Pretty much a 500 page essay on his crappy documentary and how he made it. Interestingly - doesn't come with a copy of that documentary. So i went andPretty much a 500 page essay on his crappy documentary and how he made it. Interestingly - doesn't come with a copy of that documentary. So i went and watched it, and it was pretty pathetic, honestly. I mean, it did what it was supposed to - but it certainly wasn't moving or important. Sooo ... if this was called "How to make a stagnant documentary somewhat in the vein of the one i made" it would be a fine book. But outside of that ... just pretty much a waste of time....more
I had never read a western before, and really hadn't planned on ever reading one. But, i found this in a free book pile and noticed Matheson's name. BI had never read a western before, and really hadn't planned on ever reading one. But, i found this in a free book pile and noticed Matheson's name. Being a fan of "I am Legend" i decided to give it a read cause i had nothing else on my plate. Its a quick, one or two night read, about the sad sad exciting life of a fiction wild west character. Somehow its glamorizing, while simultaneously not. Kind of hard to explain. The main progtagonist is a simple man, yet complex and pensive. I know i'm just using contradicting adjectives, but its how the book made me feel. Its a constant downward slope of excitement and gunbattles. A highly enjoyable read. Even for non-western readers, apparently....more
You'll get issued this if you join the navy. Its got lots of good stuff in it. But don't bother buying a copy before you ship out to basic training -You'll get issued this if you join the navy. Its got lots of good stuff in it. But don't bother buying a copy before you ship out to basic training - because nothing in this will help you with the tests in boot camp. They give you a different book at boot camp that all of your tests are from, and this book just sits in your rack looking pretty. So calm down, and work on your cardio instead of paying too much for this, you'll get a copy man....more
I gave up for a bit on finding a good zombie read after a few too many permuted-press SUPERplausible endless weapon list/convenient super secret forceI gave up for a bit on finding a good zombie read after a few too many permuted-press SUPERplausible endless weapon list/convenient super secret forces training books. Seriously - i got turned on to the genre through max brooks' world war z and thought "Wow - i love this" then have just been repeatedly let down since then. Bourne, McKinney, Recht, and Ibarra are all hacks. Mira Grant is decent, but really just writing bloated cyberpunk with zombies. Jonathan Mayberry is great - but seems distractable in a Mark Twain kind of way, if that makes sense (i'm loving Rot & Ruin though - kind of embarassing to shop in the Young Adult section though). Keene is a great writer - but he's writing demons, not zombies, and doesn't realize it. Or doesn't care, cool whatever. Every anthology is garbage (except John Skip's). Kirkman is amazing, but waiting a month for a few pages of TWD is like eating a bite size snickers when you really want to eat a whole cake. And don't get me started on how DONE i am with ZomComs and RomZomComs - they just need to stop.
So I was very relieved to pick this one up. Strong female protagonist - and none of the cheesy impossible ending stuff you're expecting for more than half the book. I hate predictable yet highly unlikely plot turns, and this one makes you think you're going to get that, but then just refuses to do it. The characters are well developed. The commentary on the military industrial complex is heavy yet doesn't impede the movement of the book. (though i kind of expected the extended bit-by-bit flashback to resolve more than it did)
The author isn't fond of Blackwater - or whatever he calls them in this book so he won't get sued - and as a member of the real military i totally agree with his views. So overall, i really enjoyed this book and read it in about 2 days in my spare time. It was totally refreshing compared to the last half dozen zombie reads that i have had. So thanks Tripp.
So, spoilers (view spoiler)[i really liked the take on infection - with the whole running themselves to death, then seeming dead. then waking up and seeming harmless. THEN suddenly eating and killing the hell out of everybody. I really really really liked it. Then the book followed all of my personal rules of zombies and i was loving it. BUT THEN they got smarter ... which i just dont like. Zombies getting smarter ruined George Romero ... and it just comes off as silly. So the smarter they got, the less interested i got. So basically the last 70 pages or so started to simultaneously draw me in and push me away. kind of hard to explain - but the story was strong enough to keep me going through a bit of semantics that i just personally disagreed with. (hide spoiler)] Great, fun, read - worth your time, though.