Holy balls that was awesome. Honestly I can't even wrap my brain around how great that was... Honestly I think Wendy has said it best. Plus of course...moreHoly balls that was awesome. Honestly I can't even wrap my brain around how great that was... Honestly I think Wendy has said it best. Plus of course as usual she's shown me a few more I need to add to my TBR.(less)
Ugh that is so annoying. It started off with such a wonderful bang... and ended with a bit more than a fizzle. Why? Part of my wants to pick up the sc...moreUgh that is so annoying. It started off with such a wonderful bang... and ended with a bit more than a fizzle. Why? Part of my wants to pick up the screenplay it's based off off - the other part of me wonders if it's worse than this "adaption" anyway. It's a decent story and it definitely did have samurai warriors and vampires so that was pretty awesome. At the end of the day though I'm going to have to pass on recommending because it just loses it's steam. Sorry.(less)
Ugh, why is this turning into a predictable mess? Not only that but do we really need to take the time to spell some of these cliches out? I know you...moreUgh, why is this turning into a predictable mess? Not only that but do we really need to take the time to spell some of these cliches out? I know you don't want to harm the girl - I'm going to double cross you anyway... let's send them a message.. blah blah. Final chapter is up next. I really hope it turns around.(less)
The tale is good, the art is good, everything about it is good. Somehow, someway I wish it were more than good, I want it to be excellent. It's got ev...moreThe tale is good, the art is good, everything about it is good. Somehow, someway I wish it were more than good, I want it to be excellent. It's got everything I love... how is this not epic?!(less)
I don't know what is the matter with me but since I've been stuck in my little rut I just kind of shut down. This was amazing. That last panel. Dear l...moreI don't know what is the matter with me but since I've been stuck in my little rut I just kind of shut down. This was amazing. That last panel. Dear lord god I will not spoil but ... It was magnificent. You must check this book out. It is absolutely stunning.(less)
Holy holy holy. This book is beautiful. It's a costumed theme, cosplaying, goth dream come true! I loved just about everything about it. If I am compl...moreHoly holy holy. This book is beautiful. It's a costumed theme, cosplaying, goth dream come true! I loved just about everything about it. If I am completely honest the entire pages of text made it - difficult - to fully enjoy at first. Don't get me wrong. I have no issue with reading in the slightest but I am finding (Nowhere Men is the other one) that when entire pages of text pop up like this in such a visual medium my brain struggles to process. It's not about being lazy cause I for damn sure read every word and it really does immerse you in the tale but its something to get used to. Clearly I am just not there yet. Come to think of if, it seems like my biggest gripe is really the placement of these text pages. Sometimes its in the middle of the action, sometimes it's at the end of the issue (yes I'm talking about Nowhere Men as well) but I guess when you're trying something different you gotta make sure you try it all. Ugh, I feel like I'm rambling and I can't seem to find the right way to put it.I really liked the training bit. I especially liked that quote at the end. I just wish I knew a better way to present all the text without it being so jarring.(less)
I now own this boxed set and it holds the dubious honor of being the last purchase I will ever make in a brick and mortar store. Since I'm currently w...moreI now own this boxed set and it holds the dubious honor of being the last purchase I will ever make in a brick and mortar store. Since I'm currently working at a job that restricts the use of all electronic devices. I was required, if I chose to read this at work, to buy the physical copy. Dead trees be damned, it's a policy... I must obey or I would have to wait until I was out of the building to keep reading. The price of the books online were ~$18. The price of the books in store.. the very same store... the very same books, ~$28.
I am done. Fuck them all. This is why I will no longer buy anything in stores unless I absolutely, positively, have no other way to purchase them - and that the price *online* is so outrageous it makes buying it online ludicrous. I've seen that. Every once and awhile. Unpopular Tupperware and Rubbermaid stuff for example since its size is... well shipping a container doesn't make sense for online vendors and the shipping is nine times out of ten more than the price for the item itself, I'll force myself to go in a store putting my hatefire in reserve, just to avoid the annoyance of having to pay for the "privilege" of getting to "boxes" shipped to my door at exorbitant prices.
Anyway fuck Barnes & Noble. This is the last time I will ever stomach that shit anymore. If you don't believe me, check it, I'm currently buying 2 packages of socks from Amazon. They're literally the same price in stores - oh and neither Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Marshalls - or any other retailer in my area even carries my size anymore - so who's missing out now? Sure as shit ain't me.(less)
People need to calm down. Yes Feed was perfect, do you want to know why - because this take had to be "cut" for the one presented in the book to happe...morePeople need to calm down. Yes Feed was perfect, do you want to know why - because this take had to be "cut" for the one presented in the book to happen. Also what is with all this copy and paste bullshit. Wake up people it is an alternate ending, it is something that *could have happened* it doesn't need to be entirely fleshed out. We already know what happens in the already canon and published version. We get new blog posts, new POVs, and a new way for the Masons to end it.
I can't fault how people are upset that things seem a bit out of character - that is why it didn't make the cut. Actually of all the things out of character - imagine if they did both go at the same time. Can you imagine if the whole truth *didn't* get out? /me laughs maniacally - that would be even more out of character.
Again, calm down people. This is a different way to see things, which I appreciated and can look at objectively.
Did I forget to mention it's free? I'm shaking my head folks, you're acting like you just paid a million dollars in lottery tickets to get the chance to read this...
That took my entirely too long to read. I have no excuse... well maybe one. It's a terrifying idea and I am absolutely panic-stricken at the idea of g...moreThat took my entirely too long to read. I have no excuse... well maybe one. It's a terrifying idea and I am absolutely panic-stricken at the idea of going to SDCC 2014. So... thanks for that.(less)
I know Zombies are in right now. I am quite alright with that. I've read/viewed (I'll include movies in here for arguments sake) enough zombie materia...moreI know Zombies are in right now. I am quite alright with that. I've read/viewed (I'll include movies in here for arguments sake) enough zombie material the last few years to know that not all zombies are created equal. With that, adding extra dept to your typical zombie is a welcomed bonus for me. It's not that Morrigan didn't focus on it but allowed the zombies to just be a part of what was happening to Captain Nate Leathers. Morrigan plays us well by (1) not keeping us in the US (2) not even allowing us a reasonable understanding of what went on since Leathers, a hostage being held captive, underground for days without any knowledge of what all the commotion was about. By the time you actually see any bad guys you're not even sure that zombies are what you are really looking for. I liked it. I liked it a lot.
Forewarning though, Leathers talks a lot. At first I was thinking we were in for a slow burn of sorts but really that man's being held captive what else is he supposed to do. One other thing that I'll take away was how everything was not was it seemed. Because Leathers is in a constant game of catching up, he's got to get his learn on and sometimes that's happening pretty much in real-time he makes a poor decision he's definitely paying for it. It's not that he was unintelligent he just wasn't on the same page as the new world around him. It really kept him (thus the reader) on his toes.
I think we need a disclaimer here so everyone reading this is on the same page. This book is one of four released as a new deal struck with Permuted Press and Audible. They picked their best selling books to be made into audiobooks and added a promo for their upcoming release The Junkie Quatrain. There's pretty much no way any of these books will suck since they've already been "vetted" (heh heh) That said not only is the book great, the preview at the end "Predator and Prey" is tasty! I was already on the hook after reading Peter Clines' last few novels now I'm pretty much bouncing out of my chair with excitement for it to come out.(less)
There is something about this book. I know it's in the middle of the e-market push of late. Great new...moreMy name is Cyrus V. Sinclair. The V stands for...
There is something about this book. I know it's in the middle of the e-market push of late. Great new ideas are being released everyday, of which I'm am a fan of. I am excited for the new blood in the mix. Frankly, I've always had a little morbid curiosity going with some of the more graphic stuff just hasn't been done well. Its usually been more about unnecessary blood and gore without any reason and once it stops making sense I check out. Of course with The Undead Situation that is not the case. This one starts off with a dude sitting in his room chilling and not giving a shit about anyone or anything - well except for his pet ferret. He's got all he needs and perfectly is ok with that. Who gives a rats ass what's out there right?
This book so was brutally honest it made me cringe and worry and fearful and realize that in a zombie apocalypse I'd be dead. When's the last time a book made you reassess your emergency survival plans? This shit is for real people! (hahaha) Honestly I've got too much of a heart to be able to survive. I appreciated this bleak view of things because when the good moments happened they meant more. Hand to heart, they really did. Even though things were out of control every once and while there was a few moments of normalcy and it was truly refreshing.
These novels and their fat cutting, really getting to the raw flesh (and quickly at that), while keeping you entertained - pfft, no faults there. I can't find many points where I'm thinking "where is this going" or "why should I care about that" because you either know from the get go or you're about to find out and for damn sure it will matter.
I'll take a moment and point out that this is 3 of 4 for ZombieFest (of course Permuted Press should keep them coming!) and I cannot get enough of the shorts at the end of these audiobooks. They made a pretty smart decision in pairing up this particular short after the novel. It's pretty much the coolest thing next to Predators themselves (you know the alien hunters...) I'm really starting to feel like a junkie myself. This book cannot get here fast enough.
I'm beat, this may be is all I've got, so I'm going to say Pickles is awesome. Peace.(less)
(Does anyone remember Happy Feet?) Ramone: Let me tell something to you.
Because of the length of the audiobook and the fact that I need sleep somewher...more(Does anyone remember Happy Feet?) Ramone: Let me tell something to you.
Because of the length of the audiobook and the fact that I need sleep somewhere during the night to do the annoying things in my day like work I had time to put down some of my thoughts. At the time I was seriously considering dropping down to at least 4 stars due to my feelings on having such a predictable plot. Cliche some would call it. There were even moments when lines from the book that had quoted movies were about how cliche the the situation would be in a zombie-pocalypse. Looking back I must say I think it was a pretty intelligent decision. I'm not going to call it a red hearing but you definitely have to rethink it all once it happens.
Now that being said I'm so glad I didn't check out because once I got back into the book on day two I realized all my gripes were me nitpicking because I felt I'd been played. I was ready to bash all the heroes over the head for their stupidity starting with the woman in black herself. All of that would've been a terrible mistake.
You know I'm not going to give any of it away and I genuinely hope no one goes in looking for "the moment" but man after everything that had happened I was just amazed at how well it all turned out.
As I said before Clines has an ability to juggling the story elements without losing the reader and keeping an eye on the situation from the present and in the past, from a lot of different POVs, all while throwing in some parts comedy, drama, action, and a couple little pop cultural references that keep you smiling. I'm a fan, honest. I know I'm new to the club but after the preview of The Junkie Quatrain I'm all in. I do have one small worry though. The rate he seems to be releasing these books (Junkie will be out "soon" says the publisher) I hope that it doesn't become predictable in its own right. We all known Shyamalan was amazing at once point... then... so if he can avoid that pitfall I'm all for an abundance of more.
How kickass is this book? I am currently sitting on toilet but not going to the bathroom at work just to try and get my thoughts out. I figure that if...moreHow kickass is this book? I am currently sitting on toilet but not going to the bathroom at work just to try and get my thoughts out. I figure that if anyone does read this, enjoys the hell out of this book, and comes to thank me because of my review - they won't mind. Deal with it :p
Seriously I love the imagery of the entire thing. You would think that it's all just blood, guts, and load of undead and in one way it totally is but there is so much more. Epic. This book is totally epic. The way Clines tells the story with his then and nows is very well developed. It's like he's a master juggler putting on his best act just asking you to keep on watching. He's good. So good I'm starting the next part as soon as I'm done here. And after that I'm pretty sure I'm a fan and will read his other works ASAP. Update: I am a HUGE fan. No hesitation to speak of. Clines is a genius. Seriously though in an uncoordinated hand this story would be all over the place.
He takes you wherever you think you want to go, keeps the story moving along in real time, knowing where it's going shows you just a sliver to make sure you're paying attention all while the juggling act keeps going you didn't even see he's go the grand finale unloading on another part of the stage. You just can't believe there's fire, and more gasoline and a tiger and the Titanic (how did he get the Titanic on stage you may ask, YOU DON'T CARE AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE OK WITH IT!) all seemly like it's not big deal the fireworks are not going off indoors to blow the roof off over your head. One moment you're hearing exposition and you think to yourself ok I have a grasp of what's going on and then he shows you a new trick, taking you to a different time or place like it's meant to happen that way and you're left there just staring. Not trying to make sense of it but to wonder how did you get sucked in so deep, so quickly. Love it. Yes I know the act may seem like a bit much at times but when you get home later and your house has pimped out by Clines cause he got bored with his magic act you thank him. That's what I'm trying to tell you right now. I thank you Mr. Clines. I thank you for sharing your awesome with us.
Also I've had a couple of delusions of grandeur while reading this. One, making it into a blockbuster movie is inevitable and two, while I really liked the heroes portrayed I actually had a few favorites not just one and a bunch of sidekicks. I want them to all have their own films. I'm a fan. Just saying.
Its actually taking me a bit longer than I thought to get all this down on my phone and so without rising any suspicion in here I'm going to pause it.
Seriously though, have I mentioned how sweet this book is? It honestly felt like someone pumped some adrenaline into my veins. Work has moved quick with some books lately (don't get me wrong) but this one... hot damn the night was over almost as soon as it started AND we're in mandatory overtime. Yeah yeah I'm clearly out of the bathroom now ;-)
I'm recommending this to anyone who's a fan of the genre, anyone curious, anyone with a pulse really. I mean it's a totally different feel than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (was that really last week already?) but it's just as worth it. Honest.(less)
Damn. Some how she did it. She took a story we already knew. I mean anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention knows the story - or at leas...moreDamn. Some how she did it. She took a story we already knew. I mean anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention knows the story - or at least you thought you did. I like this. A lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to "go behind the scenes" as it were and look at what actually happened instead of the reporting of the events that occurs much later, 30 years or so, in the books. Most surprising? Actually having a few moments to spare and realizing that Masons weren't always terrible people...(less)
So I've been watching The Incredibles (A LOT) on BD lately (I mean you couldn't just tell could you ;-) and I think I figu...more "That was totally wicked!"
So I've been watching The Incredibles (A LOT) on BD lately (I mean you couldn't just tell could you ;-) and I think I figured out the two moments of that movie that completely embody my feelings towards these two short stories. Oh I mean Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box and the short shorty presented in The Living Dead 2. What was the name of that again??
Anyway. For The Box see quote above. For... Hmm must get the name of that story. I shall quote you:
Bob Parr: What are you waiting for?
Neighbor Kid: I don't know. Something amazing, I guess.
Bob Parr: Me, too, kid.
I really wish I could say more but I'm not feeling, hehehe, the other story - see, I can't even bring myself to stop typing and find the name of it to finish this review - enough and reading this, TWICE!! Is that a cheat? I mean the audiobook is only 22 minutes and am actually listening to it for a third time while typing... but yeah, it's that wicked.
I want to know more. I need to know more. I also know this is probably all we're going to get. Something about it's perfectness in the presentation tells me it's not going to be expanded on. Ever. We need to make peace with that.
Also my million dollar question is, semi spoiler, not that much... well really it's a short, short read. Why would you not read it and then come back to my review? (view spoiler)[How many other fantastic scenarios were shared in the other 682 weeks...BHWHAHAHAHA you thought I was going to say what were they going to do after they opened the door. You're hilarious! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have finally identified the type of person who will read these books and say they don't care for it. Rating it anything less than, well, frankly you...moreI have finally identified the type of person who will read these books and say they don't care for it. Rating it anything less than, well, frankly you're insane if you try to even click 4 but we'll go with "under 3". It's the person who would stay in their home, waiting cautiously... paralyzed in fear of the outside world - well after the bloggers have absolutely confirmed that staying indoors is the worst possible thing you can do to keep yourself safe.
If you're that type of person, so scared shitless that you will only live in fear, I beg of you to still read these books, maybe you can learn something... also accept you're most likely going to be dead anyway. Just accept it. Game over.
Clearly I am a fan. My only regret, honest to god, is that I waited so damn long to pick these up. I know I would have still been feverishly trying to finish them but I would've been able to read them feverishly years ago and not today.(less)