Siblings, Sarah and Tom are surviving in an alien-invaded world on their family farm, but they’re not alone for long. A stranger soon invades their home, seeking shelter. It’s what follows him that brings the trouble.
I don't know why I thought I'd love this book. Was it bad- no, but after I read the Clockwork series, I was ruined for the rest of the books. When I read The Mortal Instruments, I was already suffering death by Shadow Hunters. I even tried to watch the tv series- crashed and burned there too! So what made me pick up Lady Midnight, book one in the Dark Artifices series? The fact that I'd already purchased both the book and audiobook. Now, on to what I read...
I have to admit, this story has a unique beginning. It's rare in its horror and tells of a man who saw things differently. So much that he put himself through some serious rationalization!= but he made it fun read and kept me on my toes!
Stage 3, by Ken Stark is about poor, but very quick on his feet, Mason Tenby. Or should I say, Hank Mason? Ha-Ha! In the beginning, that's a joke even he makes. Anyway, the world's gone to pot. Forty thousand feet in the air is where the story starts off. Mason had been on a return trip from what should have been the happiest day of his life, but something occurred, leaving him alone and depressed. While asleep, in a drunken stupor, something happens and the other passengers end up in a bad way. He doesn't let this affect him though, even sleeping off the remainder of his vacation while overly intoxicated. With a need to escape the real world, he wakes on the verge of a dying one...
There are movies that grab you, and there are movies that snatch you up or poison you. Then there are the ones that wrap you inside a skin-tight water suit, then drop you beneath the waves, into an icy grave... That's what happens during the opening credits of The Dark Below, a Douglas Schulze film. I've never watched anything like this, and I found myself one hundred percent captivated.
* A short, short story
-artwork by Anca Sandu
This is the shortest short story (Tiny Story) I've ever reviewed, but it was so cute, I had to share. I subscribe to Jamie Brindle, an author who also blogs on the joys of motherhood. She's a YA, scifi author who's coming out with a new novella (All Quiet in The Western Fold) very soon.
So this tiny story is about a worrisome planet, who's visiting her doctor. Yes, you read that correctly. Something's wrong and she can't figure out what it is. Turns out, she's infected- a nasty set of buggars too! But what exactly, is bugging the planet to the point of worry and excessive doctor visits? I'll never tell. Read it for yourself!
Visit Jamie Brindle's website by clicking here! You can't read her books and stories any other way. Also, she's got a book offer, FREE for those interested! I'm off to the next read.
So many fairy tales and childhood fantasies have been revamped these past years. Some have been tremendously successful in their retelling, leaving you in awe as the loose ends of short stories came to full fruition. As if filled with facts that made the fantasies true, they've been recreated with great skill. Others have come with pieces that assisted in the original story but fell through, cataclysmically through the interest floor, crashing and burning. Gretel, by Christopher Coleman didn't fall, but it didn't fill me with he excitement I'd expected. Let me show you why...
*Movie Review (dvd)
The Burningmoor Deaths is a mockumentary on the serial murders of James Parrish. In 2005, the Parrish family was savagely murdered, with James, the father, as the primary suspect. Parrish managed to disappear into thin air, until a video surfaced, showing the murder of two teenagers in an abandoned home in Bayside Queens. In the video, a man who resembled Parrish was the killer. He remained in hiding from police, until the cast and crew of Gettin’ Hammered decided to purchase the house for rehab, into a bed & breakfast.
This book review will be short and sweet. Not because I didn't like the story or because it's been done before. It's because when it comes to mythology and the stories of Odysseus and his son Telemachus, I can't be angry or cruel. I've always been a lover of Greek tellings, but this one is more than adventure. It was all about how a young boy became a man, without his father there to show him.
Telemachus wanted to defend his mother, Penelope from those seeking to marry her, he he but also wanted to know if his father was still alive, after the whole Troy incident. He wasn't a brute just curious. He was a boy needing his father. He needed to believe his father was still alive and so he headed out to find him. The story was more of an emotional trial than an actual adventure. It's great if you want to go to your next college course on mythology, but it was no Jason and the Argonauts or The Battle of Thermopylae. It's just character building, honestly. Not bad but not good for me, the reader.
I gave the book a decent rating, but not one I'd say, "Oh man- you have to read this!"
July 5, 2016
*An Indie Movie Review
There are movies that move fast and get right in your face, then there are those that are mild, subtle and creep into your territorial bubble and mystify you to bursting. That's what happened with Inheritance, an independent movie that recently released June 2nd. It’s a haunting tale that angers and befuddles you with understanding... yet no understanding at all.
Bethany is a haunting tale of ghosts, delusions and sloppy cereal eating. Written by James Cullen Bressnick (Hate Crimes, Pernicious, If Looks Could Kill), Bethany sets in motion murder and a slippery slope into insanity.
Bethany and her husband have issues with their marriage, and most stems from Claire’s traumatic childhood. From her mother’s knit-picking, to pageants and forced piano playing, she isn’t sure if her mother loved her or loved to hate her. Yet, when she’s the sole beneficiary of her childhood home, she and her husband move right in. And then Claire begins to lose it.
Claire’s got secrets. She’s such an introvert, that to believe they’ve been married for anything longer than a year or two is unbelievable. Her depressing childhood, mother issues and emotional imbalance were obvious and caused her to behave robotically, not in a loving, likable way. It made the movie difficult to enjoy.
What better way to show love for a book than to have Noble share as well? The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden is like a family story, written in what is considered to be medieval Russia. The story glows with folklore and imagery that could sweep you from your feet. It's original and was written with care. Check out my thoughts!
*Audiobook Series Review
Solar Storms, Prequel
Orbs, book 1
White Sands, 1.1
Red Sands, 1.2
Orbs, Book 2
Orbs, Book 3
their final effort. The story is amazing and filled with realistic projections of what could become of us, if there are other things out there. Check out the militant, scientific, dystopian novel series, Orbs. It was so good.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Simon & Shuster/Simon 451
June and August of 2016
I previewed this one back in February, but I've been getting so many movies, June is when I get to post it. JUNE! Anyway, it's well worth the wait, if you're a Lovecraftian fan. This movie combines science fiction, monsters and insanity, all wrapped up in a slimy, blood-hungry, tentacled bow. It's so weird, I wasn't sure I needed to cry or cheer.
This is the shortest movie I've ever reviewed, but it carries a great deal of mystery and a surprise ending I did not see coming.
It begins a fertility specialist working with her pregnant patients. She's repeatedly texted by someone dubbed "Visitor". The messages are vague and haunting, but she ignores them, until she's called...
The movie is short and simple, yet the message tells you there's so much more to come. The a light build of suspense, as you wonder who is sending the messages, but what happens next is a shocker!
From what I'm understanding, there's to be a full-length film in the works, releasing in 2018. I think I know where it's going, but I can't be sure. I was already caught off guard by the ending.
Below is the Youtube link to Visitor. Sampson has made it available for public viewing. Enjoy!
This short story, Ravenous by Gerard Harrison, is about returning to the past. And maybe even reclaiming it? When he was a little boy, Richard and a childhood friend went on a group trip to a family cabin. The boys venture into the woods one evening and something happens that changes his family, and their friends forever. He's also left with a phobia of the forest and any place woodsy. Its not until Richard's friends try to break his fears that the story truly deepens. There's something in the woods, and Richard comes face to face with it, one more.
For a short story, this wasn't bad. I enjoyed it, as fast of a read as it was. It was a bit odd though, but college students are a breed of their own. From orgy-like activities (all of them swimming nude together, that's not normal for me and any of my besties), to sleeping with one another's girls, the story was weird but the action was original and refreshing.
I was hoping for a bigger ending, but I can't complain. First, it was free, and secondly it was a short story. If you like your creature-features with some crazy-weird, this is your tale. Ravenous is available, FREE on Amazon.com. Read it!
October 3, 2014
To say that I am excited is beyond measure. I am not excited' I'm more like eager, thrilled, jittery, elated, ecstatic, wired, flamed, ignited and so many more! I can't believe how close my day is.
*SciFi Movie Review
Let me state, for the record, I am not a gamer. I know nothing of the Halo games and franchise, other than when the soldiers are in their uniform, it's SICK! Unfortunately, the movie was not. My experience in the adventure was a bit of a disappointment.
Telling Stories to Appreciate the Unusual: Diversity, Acceptance and Freedom through Mythology
Like many academics, I like to think that I can write. But, we know that writing is difficult - from trying to find that initial idea to following through until you had to edit a particular section that you were particularly attached to. Writing and editing are not for the faint-hearted which is why we see so many papers full of incoherent ramblings - a constant reminder that just because we know our stuff doesn’t always mean that we can write about it. But, I believe I am luckier than most, in that the materials for my writings have been available for thousands of years and all I need to do was to collect, analyse them a bit and then retell them.
Whenever people ask me what it is that I do, I say that I’m a mythographer. I am a person who collects myths as opposed to a mythologist who studies myths in details, because although I study myths, I’m never really interested in them as stand-alone stories. I prefer to get to know different legends, appreciate them for what they are and what they symbolize, then keep searching. Sometimes these researches that I do lead to discoveries where I feel like I get to see humanity at our best and love us for it. I get to admire our bravery, compassionate wisdom and our cake-making skill – Humanity has been making cheesecakes for centuries. Small cheesecakes were served to ancient Greek athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Therefore, eat cheese-cake, respect the ancient arts.
There are indie movies that run off your back, like ducks with water, and quickly forgotten. Then their are those that take root, leaving you to ponder the movie for nights on end? Reel Nightmare is definitely not the latter.
Set in a New England town, where aVictorian home is location for an independent film by high school and college friends. The bulk of buddies come together for their mate, to complete a three-day movie shoot, and a little memory sharing. Sadly, their production is never completed, due to unexpected guests and a series of necronominiconic events!
Found footage movies seem to be extremely popular these days, even though they really aren't. Ever since The Blair Witch Project, filmmakers have flocked to the affordable method of live-movie play. but that doesn't mean it should happen.
An undisclosed, quiet town, violent, oil-spewing creatures and a strip bar- No, it’s not the setup for a poor joke; it’s the setting for Stephen Sawchuk’s (Sucker Punch and Final Destination 5) gorey, creature feature, Peelers. Filled with terrible puns and various baseball references, this horror flick will have you chuckling and flinching from projectile… juices?
This prequel is the start of Emily's adventure (E-Virus: Emily's Journey) to her Pharmaceutical Scientist of an Uncle for The Diary of the Modern Day Girl series. It's all about a young lady, (she's 25), who looks like a teenager, I guess. She's a marine biologist, who's socially inept, trying her best to survive the virulent effects of what's called the E-Virus outbreak.
On her journey, Emily meets up with an awkward guy, who'd prefer to be a hermit. Together they make their way towards her Uncle's lab that's miles away. There re many dangers, including a new species of humans, but it's the survivors who aren't infected that bring the story.
*Movie Review with subtitles
I have been a fan of anime for years. This is the new style; digital animation where the characters look very real. It all began with Final Fantasy, but Gantz:0 is pretty good and a story all its own.
After being killed, doing a good deed, Kato finds himself resurrected, in a room with three strangers. They tell him he has to suit up and play a game, clearing a board in order to get back home. If you die again, you die for real. Then he's thrown into the city of Osaka (I've been there!), where they fight giant heads that reminded me of Attack On Titan, and other strange creatures. There's even a Zord that fights some thing that climbs up from the depths of the surrounding waters, like Godzilla!
The movie is pretty much the live version of a video game, but it's FULL of non-stop action, with some cheesy romance. There's no serious acting and the story's a bit silly, but like I said, it's a video game. Peep the trailer!
Directed by Yasushi Kawamura
Produced by Digital Fronteir
Based on Gantz by Hiroya Oku
Starring Daisuke Ono, M.A.O, Tomohiro Kaku and Saori Hayami
*eBook & Audiobook Review
Transmission is an original tale. of how a good deed can truly go wrong.
Kenji and Dylan are two college students who didn't go home for break, like the rest of the campus. Choosing to stay and just hung out, they played video games and listened to music. Until a pirated album Kenji wanted, is played through headphones. A particular song, Cannibalism seems to have something hidden beneath it's ambient drone- something that resembled a message. Not far away, a man watching a WWII documentary discovered a figure that didn't belong. Not part of the film crew, the figure shared a message, barely audible- but definitely there!. The three men don't know one another, but together, they embarked on an endeavor with supernatural ramifications. And they couldn't stop because the message claimed: they needed help...
When I win books- I win books! These two are geared specifically to my location too, making it personal for my son and I. Granted, if you follow any of my personal media, you know my Ewoks have moved 650 miles away from me, to Alabama, so I can't share with them for younger opinions anymore. I still love the kiddie books, regardless. So Let me share these two amazing book.
I've seen many foreign films and this one was one of the strangest - but it was good. Today's review: The Wailing.
It all begins with an illness. Similar to a plague, the sickness spreads, ending in multiple, violent deaths. Jong-goo, the investigating officer is set onto the case, expected to wrap things up straight away. Sadly he can't. Strange incidents, one after another, are happening and the link ties to, of all things, a demon!
No one believes Jong-goo and it's not until his own daughter is affected that he acts on his own accord. He has to do battle with the demon, practically alone, in order to save his daughter and family. If there's still time...
Though there's a great ending, this is one of the craziest movies I've seen in a long time. You have to see it all to believe it. There's a bit of comedic relief, which really wasn't necessary, but this is a serious movie. It's also very dramatic, as with most Asian pictures. There's a scene when Jong-goo, responding to a a tip on the case, where he
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