Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween (1978)

There isn't a better movie to end my Halloween week than this one. Halloween Night is the night young Michael Myers snaps and kills his family. Decades later Michael is a patient at an asylum and finds breaks out. He returns home to finish the killing spree he started as a kid. Halloween night is when he returns to Haddonfield. Like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, Michael Myers is a giant hulking silent killer. Sure Leatherface does some grunting and  occasional scream he doesn't say anything. Nothing can stop Michael when he sets his mind to something. 

I did mention in my Friday the 13th review that it is a lot of fun seeing these big actors when they were first starting out. This wasn't Jamie Lee Curtis's first role but it was very early in her career. She has come a long way since this movie. The was the movie that gave her the moniker of Scream Queen.

The thing about Michael Myers is the mask. This is the thing that makes him stand out from other mask wearing horror movie villains. Michael's mask is very plane. It is the most human looking of all of the masks. Ok, so Leatherface's mask is actually made of human skin but it is all pieced together where Michael's mask is just a white face with hair. Another Slasher movie that is unforgiving and packed with multiple stabbings. I really like this movie but this is one franchise that I can't say I am a fan of all of the movies. The newer movies before Rob Zombie did the reboot, Halloween Resurrection, and Halloween H2O were horrible. The 3rd Halloween movie wasn't about Michael Myers at all but about witches who control a small town. 

John Carpenter did a great job with this movie. The filming was very well done and it was an interesting story not just a hack and slash. He also composed the music for this movie. His theme for Halloween has become so recognizable that you can't go anywhere this time of year without someom having it as their ring tone. Personally my Halloween ring tone is Alice Cooper's Keeping Halloween Alive. I have to be different and I love classic metal. 

Tonight I will be out with my wife and my two little ones having a great time. I'm so glad Halloween falls on a Friday this year. I'm always beat after everything and it will be nice to relax on Saturday before the craziness of the next bout of holidays begin. I will write my wrap up post this weekend but I will thank you all in advance for sticking with me this week. Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This movie has one of the scariest premises ever. As kids do you remember when you would get really scared you would jump into bed and pull the covers over you because if the scary thing can't see you you are safe. I know I did, I felt like nothing could touch me under those covers and when I would gather my courage to peak out, whatever scared me was gone. Not in Nightmare on Elm Street.

In this movie a child molester named Freddy Krueger is killed in an abandoned building by the parents of Elm Street. Burned to death his face is horribly disfigured and his evil soul has found a new life. Freddy comes after you in your dreams. The only good thing about a nightmare is that you can wake up and it is gone. What if you couldn't wake up and your nightmare could kill you and you never wake up from it. This movie terrified me as a kid. I remember watching this on my little black and white TV in my room late at night when my parents thought I was a sleep. Well guess the cat is out of the bag when my parents read this. 

If you watched the trailer did you notice a very young Johnny Depp? This was his first role. The credits actually read Introducing Johnny Depp. His acting wasn't near what it is today but it is fun to see him just starting out. 

This movie, much like the others I have reviewed this week, is really hokey and cheesy. Freddy Krueger has this creepy joking character kind of like the Joker. The iconic thing about Freddy is the glove of finger knives he wears. The sound of those knives scraping across the boiler pipes is a sound that even when done by Hollywood's effects team cuts right to the bone. 

This is the perfect Halloween movie. It has lost it's ability to terrify me to my core with the way special effects have progressed, but it does take me back to those sleepless nights of childhood. The trip down memory lane is a lot of fun for me. 

The week is rounding down and tomorrow is Halloween. I am looking forward to getting off work and getting the kiddos ready to go out trick-or-treating. Because they are little it doesn't take long for them to tire out and head back. I am looking forward to picking through their candy and sneaking a few pieces for myself. I am going to post the link to this on the RIP challenge. The Challenge ends after Halloween and I am sorry to have it end. I really love this event and I will eagerly look forward to this again next year. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Evil Dead (1981)

This wouldn't be part of my Halloween Week if it wasn't one of my favorites, but I really love these movies. All of these including the Re-Make are ones I watch over and over again. The first of these that I saw was Evil Dead. 2. That one is my favorite and I might just have to review that  in the future or maybe for next years Halloween Week. After seeing that one I had to find this one and watch it too. I ended up finding it at my local Blockbuster (yes I am dating myself since they have been closed for I don't know how long now). My wife and I were just friends then and we would hang out sometimes. I ordered Pizza and and we watched this together. We were huge fans of all horror movies back then and saw everyone we could. I still am a big fan of horror movies but now that we have kids it is tougher and tougher to find time to watch them. 

This is the pinnacle of low budget horror movies. Again we have a group of College aged kids heading out to the middle of nowhere to spend a weekend. The Cabin in the woods looks like a skull. The windows next to the door and there is a row of rocks in front of the door like teeth. It also has a cute little porch swing that bangs up against the house even if there isn't wind blowing it around. It stops when they get to the door. Let's not forget the really creepy taxidermy shed out back. I;m sorry but this is another instance where I would turn around and find a hotel or something. 

In this movie the evil is freed through the reading of passages from the Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in blood this has the power to posses the living. A creepy sound and the cellar door blows open. They move downstairs to find out what caused it. While down there they find the book a tape recorder, and a skeleton dagger. They listen to the recording to see what is on it and the professor who has translated the book reads the passages. It calls forth the evil lurking in the woods and well, all Hell breaks loose. 

They try to escape the evil and our main character Ash takes his sister and they try to leave. When they come to the bridge they crossed to get there it has curled up like bonny fingers. One by one the evil posses them and dismemberment and gore ensue. This is a non stop gore fest but it is so cheesy and fake you can't help but laugh. 

I could go on an don about how much I love this movie but I will leave you with one final thing. I love the goofy claymation death at the end of this movie. It was hilarious. If you like cheesy horror this is definitely to you. This is another submission for the RIP challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friday the 13th (1980)

When you think of Friday the 13th do you immediately go to Jason Voorhees? Jason is the star of this franchise but not actually in this movie. Well, he is in a scene or two at the very end but not as the Jason we are familiar with. Jason actually doesn't start his killing spree till the second movie and it is the 3rd or 4th where he finally picks up the Hockey mask. This movie does set up the whole story of the iconic psychopath.

Jason is a deformed little boy just hanging out at the summer camp his mother works at. The kids are cruel and he gets pushed into the lake. Normally he would be rescued by a life guard but the camp counselors who should be watching are off having sex, so Jason drowns.

This movie wastes no time getting to the hack and slash. In less that five minutes the counselors who should have been watching are killed while fooling around. The difference between this scene in 1980 and the same scene now is the fact that the over the top gore is missing from the 1980's version. It also has everything a horror movie should have. Knife wielding maniac, high body count and a crazy town loon who keeps yelling about the death curse.

Much like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre there is blood and gore but it isn't over run with bucks of blood. This is one of those movies that is full or stupid characters making even dumber decisions. If I walked into a cabin and found a bloody ax on my pillow I wouldn't stick around to find out why it's there. I'd either be locked in a closet with something sharp and pointy or booking my butt out of there as fast as I can. I'm not much of a runner but I'm sure even the Flash would have a hard time catching me.

86194This is goofy and cheesy and I love it. I watch this when ever I can and really try to for Halloween and any time it is Friday the 13th. One thing I also really like about these early horror movies is seeing the actors who get their start in them. In this movie we get to see a very young Kevin Bacon and his acting is pretty bad in this. Friday the 13th has such a cult following that I remember when I was younger there was a series of books all about Camp Crystal Lake and Jason's reign of terror. I was to young to read them but I had a friend who swiped them from his older sister and he would tell us all about them.

My Halloween week fits perfectly into the RIP challenge and I will be submitting this review as part of the Peril on the Screen section of the challenge. This is my favorite blogging event and I look forward to it every year.  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Horror movies have really changed over the years. Long ago horror movies were more about what you don't see. They gave you an idea of what is going on but you had to picture it for yourself. Even the slasher movies were not overly gory. In 1974 this probably was equivalent to Hostel, but your imagination can still be much worse than what you actually see in this movie. 

Today movies Like this one are cheesy, horribly acted, and just goofy, but I love them. This is one of several Classic horror movies that I just love. Every year I watch this or the remake in the month of October. It gets me in the Halloween spirit. Just take a look at how different this is from movies today.

So here is the low down on this movie. It opens with a decomposed corpse that we are led to believe has been part of a grave robbery. The background news report voice over helps bring a creepy factor. Then the credits begin to roll with this spilled blood look that is over exposed and this sets the tone for the whole movie. Then we slide into the same basic horror movie mistake formula. First big mistake is a van full of hippie stoners take in a creepy looking hitchhiker. Not only does this hitchhiker like to cut himself but he has his very own bag of crazy. One thing that doesn't fit the traditional horror movie mistakes is when Pam see Leatherface for the first time she doesn't go running up the stairs next to her. She actually runs outside, or tries to at least. 

Now lets talk about what a horror movie should be. This movie is what it should be, low production value, iconic characters, and they show very little of what is going on. We may see Leatherface wielding a chainsaw after braless coeds but there isn't this over blown amount of chunky blood flying everywhere. The camera goes into these weird close ups so we can't see the carnage. The close ups do get a little lame from time to time. At one point the camera get so close that all you can see are blood vessels in the girls eye.  

There is a pretty interesting story behind the family but most of it is left up to us the viewer to fill in the blanks. Some of the makeup and effects in this movie are really lame. Leatherface's human skin mask is really goofy and the Grandpa looks like a decomposed version of the Old Six Flags guy from the commercials.


I love this movie and even though it has its moments of sheer goofiness it is a fun movie to watch for Halloween. Not very scary since I seem to have become desensitized with all the horror movies I have seen, but with the level of realistic violence in video games and television shows it is easy to get desensitized. 

Since the RIP challenge goes on through the end of the month so I will be including this in my peril on the screen reviews. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Week 2014

It's my favorite time of year again. Halloween is quickly approaching and I am doing my Halloween Week again this year. I had so much fun reviewing horror movies that are part of my Halloween tradition that I am doing this again. The second annual Halloween Week has officially begun. 

Last year I reviewed the Remakes of all my favorite Horror films. I reviewed Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween. This year I have an extra day in the week leading up to Halloween so I am adding the review for Evil Dead. Last year I reviewed the remake of Evil Dead when it came to Blu-Ray so I am adding the original to this week. I have been re-watching the classics all month getting ready for the next few days. It has been a good while since I have had a new post every day but this week is special.

Well, the pumpkins are carved and my kids have their costumes., They are all ready to go Trick-or Treating. I'm as always excited to take them out on there short little trip to gather as much candy as possible. They are young still so the bulk of the candy they bring in is snacked on by my wife and I. I think I have one more year before my son gets wise to our eating of his candy and it will have to end; or I will have to get better at being sneaky.

I would like to see more participation from my readers here on my blog so I am going to throw this out there. What movies would you like to see me review next Halloween Week? I love horror movies and I have seen a lot of them. I do tend to stick with more of the classics and stay away from the over the top gore fests like Hostel, but I want to know if there are movies that you would like to read my take on for next year. I know this is sill y to ask now with a year before I would watch and write them, but I thought I would get some ideas. Let me know in the comments what you like as you favorite Horror movie and what you would like me to review next year. If I get enough suggestions I might do a few of them throughout the year so there isn't a long wait. 

For those of you who celebrate this awesome holiday, I wish you a very Happy Halloween. Hope ti is a fun and safe one. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury


I'm a big fan of Ray Bradbury. My favorites of his are Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. When I saw this available at the library I was so excited to have another Halloween themed book by Bradbury. This one will need another read. There were a few things that I was a little confused on. 

The thing I love about Badbury's writing is that it has this timeless feel to it. I picture the scenes in this book like they have walked out of a Norman Rockwell Painting. He does a great job with explaining a scene or setting with amazing detail without being boring or beating you over the head with words. I have read books that get so involved with trying to explain what the grass looks like that I loose interest. Bradbury doesn't have that problem. 

This is another book about a group of boys who are out for fun and mischief on Halloween night. Dressed in their best costumes they go house to house trying to get as much candy as possible. They begin there night gathering together to go out as a group but they are missing one of their friends. This is where the mystery begins. Heading to his house the boys arrive to find not a single decoration out and there absent friend isn't even read to go Trick-or-Treating. While waiting for him to get his costume together the boys head to a house they haven't been to before. When they arrive they find a man with a few screws loose and a tree full of Jack-o-Lanterns that light themselves and more on the branches. 

This book was great, it really helped get me in the Fall and Halloween spirit. This was a fun story and I am so glad I stumbled on to it. Finally have something that I really enjoyed to add to the RIP challenge. A good while ago I read my fourth book that I pledged to read for this challenge. Now all my entries are just for the fun of it. If you are looking for a quick fun read to remind you of what it is like to be a kid on Halloween this is for you. Even if you are one who hates Halloween you could think of this as an almost cautionary Trick-or-Treating tale. That is why I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Injustice: Gods Among us Year 2: Vol 1 by Tom Taylor


I'm going to be honest here. I haven't read this series yet at all. I saw this on Netgalley and decided I was going to throw my name in for it and see what happens. Well, I was fortunate to be selected by DC to review this and I couldn't be more thrilled. I have hear a lot of great things about this series and I really have loved my Injustice game app for my iPad. The graphics and game play are amazing. 


I have had the First Year vol 1 for my kindle for awhile but I just haven't' had the time to read it. After reading this book the graphic novel that started it all has moved up on my to-read list. I can't wait to read the way all of this starts. Here is a brief little overview of the way things are in this world. 

The Joker has gotten bored with the way things are in Gotham and travels to Metropolis. Chaos follows and Superman snaps. Batman's greatest fear that one day Superman would loose control has happened. The world and other superheroes have to choose sides. Are they with Superman, or against him?

Batman begins to put his plans in action and this causes tow of the most powerful best friends to be at odds with one another. In this book we have already been through a year of this battle and tearing apart of the world. Batman has been wounded by Superman and is in need of help from those heroes that sided with him. Not all the Bat-family joined Bruce's side. This bothered me a bit but I moved on. One battle has been fought and this is where the pieces are picked up  before the next one begins. 

I loved this book!!! The story was really good and the artwork was perfect for this book. Each panel is detailed and helps move the story as well as the words do. I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't put this book down. I read straight through in one sitting. I loved this and can't wait to not only catch up on all that I have missed but to get my hands on the next volume so the story can continue. I give this 5 out of 5 stars on this book and it has become one of my favorite graphic novels. 

Thank you again to DC Comics and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this. I will leave you with one final taste of this book. Some of the best artwork in this book was the cover art for each single issue that was collected here. These are a few of my favorite covers.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Flash Season 1 (2014)

The series so far....

There was a lot of hype behind this series. This was first hinted at the the Second season of Arrow when Barry Allen shows up in Star City to help with a very strange break in at Queen Industries. The second episode that he appears in this season ends with Barry being struck by lightening. Season one begins with Barry as an young boy being picked on by bullies. We see a very happy and supportive home life with a loving mother and Father (John Wesley Ship) and then Bang!!! Things get bad in a flash of yellow and red light. Barry's mother is killed and his father blamed for the whole thing but Barry knows what he saw and there was a man in the lightening. Flashing forward the show picks up right after Barry gets back from Star city just before he is struck by lightening. 

So far there have only been two episodes with the next one airing tomorrow night Tuesday Oct 21st. 
These are awesome and I am loving the show so far. These episodes can't come out fast enough. There are little hints in these episodes as to what we might be able to expect in the series. The most notable is the brief glimpse of the Reverse Flash when Barry's mother is killed and later in the pilot episode Barry gets a tour of the damaged Star Labs. Barry and Doctor Wells walk past a broken cage with a name plate. Looks like we might get to see Gorilla Grodd in this series. There is also a good bit of mystery that surrounds Doctor Wells that could open up some really great story lines if this show is given more than just one season. 

This is a very well put together show. There are things about this show that I love and some that I am just kind of meh on. The biggest thing for us long time fans is the fact that John Wesley Ship plays Barry's Dad . He was the original Flash in the 1990 series and I am really excited to see him in this show. I really liked the old series and so did my 4 year old. Both of us are watching the new series also but only after my wife and I watch the new episodes first. Can't be to violent or scary for my little man. So far the two haven't been next to each other but here are they are. Both the new and the previous Flash in one great show.

The Last thing I want to point out before I close this lengthy review is the fact that I'm so glad DC Comics is taking a bigger roll in the movies and TV shows that are coming out. Way back when there were super hero movies that were done really horribly (Batman and Robin) and basically crapped on the Batman Mythos in different ways. Recent Movies and shows have held truer to the characters and I love that. I totally dorked out when I saw the new DC logos at the end of this show and Arrow that have the character in the C. Here is what I'm talking about. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 5

This was AWESOME!!!! Well worth the wait from last seasons cliffhanger. As those of you who read my blog regularly would know that my wife and I spent the summer catching up on all of the graphic novels of the Walking Dead so we were ready to go when this season started. We had a ton of ideas of what was going to be pulled from the comics to be used in the opening episode and I couldn't wait to see this. 

Not going to lie to you all, but I didn't watch this till Monday night. I avoided all social media and write ups of the season premier so I didn't spoil anything. The Cardnials were playing the Giants in the NLCS and it was a close game so that won out. My DVR caught the first episode anyway so that meant we could fast forward through the commercials. Last season ended with a big cliffhanger and no idea what to expect since the show is much different from the books at this point. for the last few months there have been these teasers floating around drumming up excitement. 

This episode was brutal. There were things that happened in this first episode that have never been done in this show. Some of it was very hard to watch and my wife did look away. The big thing that I loved about this episode that the books have been missing was suspense, action and wait for it... ZOMBIES! This episode was packed with Zombies and some of the best special effects I have seen even in high budget movies. Greg Nicotero is amazing with visual effects. The Zombies are amazingly detailed and from season to season we get to see the progression of decomposition. This is a detail that I love. If this were real life the zombies would continue to decompose over time and this is evident here. There is also a few themed zombies that are thrown into the season and I can't wait to see what hose are in this one. Last season had the first Crispy Zombies. 

This episode game out with a bang and didn't let up to the very end of the episode. We get a lot of satisfying Zombie attacks, plenty of action both human and Zombie fights as well as a very satisfying reunion. I'm so excited about this season there aren't words. I can't wait for next weekend just for the next new episode. This is one of my favorite shows on television. This review will be included in the RIP challenge as part of the Peril on the Screen aspect.


Monday, October 13, 2014

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill


What is my deal this Fall? I have read one disappointing book after another with no end in sight. This book was kind of my fault in a way. I tried to read this right after it came out and couldn't get into it. I made it about a quarter of the way in and just gave up. I feel bad about not liking this in a way because almost everyone I know who read this book just raved about how amazing it is and Joe Hill is the new great writer of all time. I don't have a problem with Joe Hill. I loved his Locke and Key series as well as his novel Horns. I have not really been a far of the rest of his work. The issue is with me, I can't stop comparing him to his dad Stephen King. His writing is just different but I can't seem to separate the two. 

This was another book that sounded so good from the summary but fell flat for me. Here is the Goodreads description:
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
I already have a problem comparing Hill to his father and he has to go ahead and do this homage to his dad in this book. The book was basically a cross between Carrie,The Shinning, and Christine. We have a car that drives itself and holds the soul of Charlie Manx, and some telepathy that is similar to the Shine. I really tried to like this book, I wanted to like this. I just don't feel I should have to work to find enjoyment in a book.

There are plenty of good things about this book that at least helped me keep going. When we finally get to Christmas land the children who are there where really creepy. The descriptions we so detailed that I could see them in my mind as clear as if they were standing in front of me. The visuals of this book were really well done. Hill definitely has a talent for descriptions. He doesn't over do his detail making it redundant, but includes just enough to make these scenes so easy to picture.

Looking over reviews on Goodreads they are mostly 4 to 5 stars I have to give this 2 out of 5 stars. I just couldn't fully get into this one. I will be including this in my RIP challenge also. I really wish I had better reviews This year for the challenge but I only have had one book that I have read recenntly that was really good and that was The Skin Collector.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz


I have only read a few books by Dean Koontz but the ones I have read were awesome. Tic Tock and Life Expectancy were great books and I couldn't put them down. My father-in-law and I were talking books one day and I got on my high horse about how awesome the Stephen King book I was reading was and he said this book was really good. I put it on my to-read list and forgot about it. Well tis the season to be scared and I needed a new book to read for the RIP Challenge. I figured I would give it a read. I wasn't a fan. 

I don't know what my deal is this year but all but one of the books I have included in the RIP challenge have been disappointing to say the least. At leas this book had likable characters that I could at least be interested in seeing how their stories played out. The rest of the plot just dragged on for me. I couldn't wait to get to the end of this book. There wasn't a lot of action in this book which made the downtime seem so much longer. 

I honestly don't have much to say on this book so I will keep it short. The story seemed a bit cliche with the way the plot played out, and the ending was anti-climactic. I give this 2 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to like this book. It was just so odd and dull that I struggled to get through this one. There were also a few grammar issues that kept driving me nuts through the whole book. This will be included in the RIP challenge. which there is still time to join in on if you are so inclined. 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scowler by Daniel Kraus


This fall I haven't had this big list of horror books to-read for the Halloween season. The RIP challenge finally started up for this year and I really didn't have much read to go.Thank you to my library and the Overdrive app on my iPhone to supply me with a steady stream of audio books. I decided to pull up the Horror genre and see what was available. Right away this cover caught my eye. Reading over the summary I started to think this was really interesting and I was going to give it a shot. Again, I had no idea this was a YA title until half way through the book so my trying to aviod YA titles for a little bit wasn't going so well. 

Here is the Goodreads description:
Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father's physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. 

This book was nothing but random trips to crazy town. The flashbacks that popped in and out of the story were not done well. Most of the time it caused the flowing action of the story to just stop. Its like if you were running and feeling good them crashed into a brick wall. It would take awhile to get going again and that is how I felt about these.  I understand the author't desire to make use understand just how bad things are for Ry but really I felt it was more crazy filler.

The other thing I didn't care for with this book was that I didn't like any of the characters. They were all horrible and ranged from both sides of the spectrum. They were either terribly pathetic or horribly insane. There wasn't a middle ground and made it really hard for me to care what happened to them. I actually found myself counting down sections to the end of the book because I just wanted it to end. I should have put it down and moved on to something else but this was short enough that I just struggled through.

I may not have had anything great to say about this book but I didn't hate it. I was just disappointed with this one. I give it 2 out of 5 stars. Sadly I judged a book by its cover and was let down. One last note as more of an FYI. I'm not a teen and haven't been one for a long time. I didn't realize this was a teen novel because some of the events that happened were written in graphic detail. It wasn't something I would expect from a YA novel but I might just be out of touch with what teens are like these days.

I will be including this review in the RIP challenge because that is what I read this for. I have already read my pledged 4 books for this challenge but this is my favorite time of year and I will cram in as many horror novels as I can until this is officially over.


Monday, October 6, 2014

The Walking Dead Vol 21: All out War Part 2 by Robert Kirkman


Well I'm finally caught up on the series from a Graphic Novel stand point. It is really kind of bitter sweet in a way. I'm really bummed that I have to wait however long for the next volume to be released because I want to know where our characters go from here. At the same time it has been such a challenge to write these reviews back to back and not spoil something for future readers. I want people to be able to read my reviews and see what I felt about a book and why I felt it without giving anything away in case I can encourage someone to read the books I review. 

The calm before the storm is over and it is time to end this once and for all. Rick is working a plan to take out Negan but is beaten to the punch. Negan brings the fight to the community and things get interesting. There are a few slow spots and a good but of wore is me from our characters which seemed out of place in a story like this but over all the battle was a good one. Just when you think Negan can't be a more horrible person he finds a way to surprise me. The ending of this was a little anti-climactic for me. All the build up that has taken place over the last few issues I expected a bigger more impressive ending.

This was an enjoyable book and there were some great action sequences. I just wish that there was more to this story, or that the ending wasn't so anti-climactic. It's probably just me who expected so much more from this book than was delivered.I'm going to give this a 4 out of 5 start rating. I fell it is more of a 3.5 book but it is better than a 3 star review. I'm glad to have a little break from these books and really anxious for the series to start up again. I also look forward to seeing what is next in Volume 22 when ever it comes out. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Flashback Friday

I'm a big fan of The Flash but that wasn't the case till the Rebirth story line came out. As I have mentioned Geoff Johns is a genius of a writer in the comic book world and his run on the Flash was amazing. 
 I was hooked on the whole story and the idea that there is this singular force the grants the few members who have worn the red suit incredible speed with limitless possibilities. There have been several men who have been called the Flash and most of them are still around and the world has several speedsters. The Golden Age Flash is Jay Garrick, and then we Have Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. Barry Allen is the one that usually is refereed to when you think of the Flash. He is the one who has had his own show and is returning to the screen for the CW in the newest incarnation of the Flash. 

I was a huge fan of the show back in the 90's. I was really bummed when it only got one season. I'm still upset about it to this day because even though it was cheesy I really liked all of those cast in the different rolls. John Wesley Shipp was the perfect choice for Barry Allen and guess what. He is coming to the new Flash series in the roll of what I would guess is Barry's father since IMDB has his character name as Henry Allen. The original series was a good bit different from the comics but it was fun to see what characters they were going to create or bring in from time to time. I also loved seeing which guest stars they would have on this show. Just to name a few Mark Hamill, Angela Bassett, David Cassidy, Denise Crosby, and Brian Cranston. Watching this series currently I enjoy playing spot the celebrity. I recently bought the whole series on iTunes so my son and I can watch this. He is 4 and loves all superheroes. He had this little Flash mask and loved running around our place pretending to be a character he knew very little about. Now on weekends and sometimes late at night I will curl up on the couch with him and we will watch an episode or two. Making great memories for him and getting to spend some quality father son time is a lot of fun for me. Just check out how awesome the old series was. 

With all the focus on Marvel bringing the Avengers to the screen DC is trying to finally get their Justice League project going. They have talked about a Justice League movie for over a decade now I think. The CW brought Green Arrow to the screen for the first time and it has done very well. Last season in Arrow we got to meet Barry Allen and see him begin his transformation into the Flash. Now there is a new series for a whole new generation and I am excited. I have a few reservations about the show but I will reserve my judgement until I get to watch it. The first thing that irks me a little is the suit in this new show. Why does it have to be leather? Yes the suit from the 90's was clearly foam and a little tight, but I don't care for the dark red leather. I'm also a little concerned that this show will fall into the annoying plot formula that Smallville had for the first few seasons. From the preview of the new series they are searching for Metahumans, people who have been affected by the particle accelerator exploding. To me this seems like an easy way out of writing great characters. For the first few seasons of Smallville every episode was about a meteor freak. Someone who was affected by the Kryptonite that crashed when Superman landed. This caused a great bit of woe is me and guilt for Clark and was a poor attempt at adding drama to the show. I fear this will be the same formula here. I loved Smallville despite this plot weakness so I'm sure I will enjoy the Flash. Check back for my review of the show once it airs on October 7th on the CW. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet2000 by Dav Pilkey


I'm always digging through Net Galley to find comics and books that I really want to read in hopes of being selected for a review. I also enjoy looking through what is available from Scholastic. Now that I am only working one amazing job I am home in the evenings and can read to my kids again. I love looking for books that I think my son will like. I have seen these books for years and always thought it might be worth reading. Now that my son is almost 5 I figured now would be a good time to start. Scholastic and NetGalley were kind enough to allow me to read this to my son and review it here. 

Now I don't recommend starting here in the series. There is a lot that happens before this that kind of leaves gaps in the story, but for the most part there was plenty of explanation as to who everyone is and how things got going. This book is one solid story, but the way it is told it almost feels like two stories in one. At the very beginning everything happens so quickly, then things shift and it is like staring the book all over again with a new story. It all ties together in the end. 

I liked this and so did my son. There is a lot of toilet humor (I know, Shocking right) which is exactly what a 4 year old boy loves.  There is quite the vocabulary in these books and I don't mean the potty talk, but they actually have some adult words through out the book to help teach kids a bigger vocabulary. The one problem I had with this book was the comic flip book scenes. Really that is more my fault and I can't complain about it really. If you have the paper back version then there are sections that play out like a flip book. Having it as a digital ebook you are not able to do that. 

The little action scenes in this book are funny and some of the word play is clever. My son doesn't quite understand it but it gives the adults who read these to there children a little laugh. Even my wife who wasn't really listening as I read this would laugh from time to time.

This was a cute book and we both had some fun reading it. My son is already asking when we can read more Captain Underpants. My wife told me that while I was at work he came running out of his room in his own underpants with a shirt around his neck like a cap shouting I am captain underpants. Wish I could have been home to see that. I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.