Friday, November 28, 2014

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher


I have been on a bit of a comic book hiatus since I binge read the Walking Dead books. I happened to get an email for new Comics from NetGalley and this was in it. I love the Dresden File books that I have read and the comics are a lot of fun. I had to grab this as soon as I could. Thank you Netgalley. 

I have missed a lot apparently since the last graphic novel I read. This book finds Dresden as a Warden of the White council. His first mission is to take a bunch of newly appointed Wardens who are young and inexperienced to the middle of nowhere and rescue a few mortals. These regular humans have been targeted by the Red Court of Vampires and it is Harry's Job to get them and keep them safe.  The story was really good and it made me want to catch up on all of the books and Graphic novels I have missed. I love the Dresden files novels but I have only read about 5 of them. I wish I had more time to sit down and read because I would be able to catch up on these.

The thing I like about these graphic novels is the art work. The way the characters are drawn is exactly how I picture them in my head when when I read the books. The art work is very well done and the cover art is some of the best in this book. The detail is really good and really helps get you interested in what will be in each issue in this collection.

These are always fun reads that allow me to step out of my comfort zone of my superhero comics and mystery novels. I look forward to seeing one of these pop up at my library or NetGalley every chance I get. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I had a lot of fun reading this and it has only further sparked my love for these characters. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teen Titans: Earth One Vol 1 by Jeff Lemire

Teen Titans: Earth One

I really like these Earth One Books. It is a little hard to adjust to the change of origin stories but at the same time I really like seeing what the writers come up with. This book has an interesting twist on the origin on the Teen Titans and it definitely raised more questions than it answered in this book. I'm hooked and anxiously awaiting Vol 2. 

In this book our heroes all start out as ordinary high school kids with a hidden past. All at once they begin to go through changes and are drawn to one place. One person is calling for help and these teens are the only ones who know she needs help. We get to see these characters grow and begin to find out who they really are. 

I don't want to give to much away because this is such a great story. A little slow to get started but the overall plot was really good. It also left me wanting even more so I am looking forward to the next volume. So many questions and so many ways this story could go. The art work was very well detailed also. I have seen better art work, but this was still perfect for the tone and feel of the book. 

This was a great book and I have to thank DC comics for allowing me to read and review this through Netgalley. I always enjoy being chosen to review one of the books I request from them and I'm really glad this was one of them. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blogging Break

For those that visit my blog regularly might have noticed my usual three post a week have been missing. At best I think I might have put out one a week. I have to admit that I really haven't felt like blogging much. I haven't really been in much of a mood to read either. The whole family has been since the last week and a half so that has been fun and left all of us pretty run down. I have also been really busy with work so when I get home I just want to chill. The computer hasn't been out all week and my iPad was pretty much used for a few games and checking email. 

With things being crazy busy at work and feeling a bit more stressed than usual I have skipped listening to books at work because I can't afford my attention to be divided and had a lot of great music playing instead. This has caused my nice stock pile of reviews to thin out to nothing. I have one or two reviews to write and one that will post Tuesday because I had to wait till release day to post it. I have enjoyed my little break to be honest with you. I still love doing this blog but I have enjoyed the little break. 

I am slowly getting back into my reading mood. I read a about 50 pages in Mr Mercedes today. This is one I am actually reading instead of listening to so I only get a little time occasionally to read it. 50 pages is a lot for me to read in one sitting. I am really enjoying the book though it has just taken me months to get almost half way.  I've got a few Audio Books that I am waiting on at the library and DC comics has graced me with two Graphic novels for me to read. Look for all of these reviews in the near future. 

Even though I have been on a break I have read some interesting posts on different blogs this week. Of course the big news it seems is the release of The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 1. Two of my favorite blogs have reviewed it and you can check out those posts on:

If you are interested in an update on the remake of Stephen King's The Stand movie check out Talk Stephen King. I also read a tech blog called Engadget and they had a cool way to cook food perfectly. Way out of my price range so I wont be buying it, but check out the Frying pan with bluetooth

I'll get back into my reading and reviews soon I think. Thanks for sticking around and I will post again soon. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro


I read this book in 2011 long before I knew this was going to be a television show. When the show started I was really curious to see how they were going to do the special effects. The trailer for it looked awesome so my wife and I decided we were going to watch this. I was hooked on the show right from the start. 

The show was great, the book however was not my favorite. The idea is terrifying, a plan lands and everyone on it is dead. Later the bodies begin to get up and infect the rest of the city spreading quickly. When I read the book and reviewed it the first time I only gave it 2 stars. It was hard to keep my focus on the book and I was getting really bored. Since I love the show I decided to give this book one more try. 

I liked it a little more but it was still really boring for about half of the book. The story seemed to drag on and on before anything really interesting happened. A lot of CDC talk and bodies in cold storage. The show doesn't have the luxury of a slow build. On a re-read I did enjoy this book a bit more this time around. Between the show and my re-read I am interested in finishing out the trilogy. I have already put myself on the waiting list for the audio book at the library.

The one thing I have to say about this book is that the Vampires are different with their straw like suckers that come from their throat, but they are ruthless. These vampires are exactly how they should be, they only have one thing on their mind and that is to feed and infect everyone. I am bumping my original rating from 2 stars to 3 out of 5 stars. Still not the best book I've read but I am going to see what book two brings. I know that in trilogies the first book is really just setting the stage. My hope is that the next book blows me away.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Hero 6

I did something I haven't done in years. I saw a movie in the theaters on opening day. I haven't done anything like that since my wife and I were dating and that was a long long time ago. Friday the 7th was my son's 5th birthday. I took off work and we made a big day out of his birthday one more time before he starts next year. We have taken him to movies before but it is usually the dollar show because it stings less if we have to leave mid movie. This was the first movie in the bog theater that he has gone to and aside from getting up several times to go to the bathroom he was great. He loved it and so did I. 

Leave it to Disney to make a happy kids movie heart wrenching and sad before it picks you up. I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin anything. This movie is about a genius teenager who has this healing robot. Baymax is this squishy health robot that will heal burns and make you feel better when you are down. Check out the trailer.

This is a great family movie and I say that because everyone no matter how old you are will enjoy it. You don't need to have a family or kids to go see this. Before we had kids my wife and I would go to these movies all the time. Disney always has something for the grown ups in there even if the kids don't get it. It could be an old pop culture reference or a joke that has plenty of innuendo in it that the kids wont understand. 

This movie is apparently based off of a Marvel comic which I haven't read myself (I'm a DC Comics guy). In all of the Marvel movies the creator of Marvel comics Mr Stan Lee finds a way to cameo in it. Just because this is a kids movie did stop Stan Lee from popping up in this movie. Lets see if you can find him. 

This movie was so good and we all liked it so much that from the lobby of the theater I got on my iPhone and looked to see if this was available to pre-order yet. It is and I have already ordered my digital copy of this movie. As soon as iTunes gets it will be having a movie night at home. So if you don't want to deal with the theater's outrageous prices and crazy kids kicking the back of your seat then I would encourage you to order this right now. It was worth it. Just re-watching this trailer made me wish I could watch it again right now. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Locke and Key Vol 6: Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill


I finally got to finish this series and I am both elated and really sad that it is over. I was granted this by Netgalley as an Advanced reader copy a long time ago before it was published. I had a problem with my Bluefire Reader app and I lost everything I had downloaded. By that time this had been archived and I couldn't get it back. I have been waiting for my library to get this one as part of its stock. I loved this series but this book is my favorite out of them all. 

A few of the books were a little on the slow side but they helped build one heck of a story. Each book introduced new keys and what they did. These keys don't just open doors but they can control armies and open your mind and all sort of cool things. The house, and town have secrets that are slowly revealed through these books. Most of the time these book raise more questions than answers, but everything comes to fruition in this book. 

This book starts out a little confusing at first. When I was reading this as a digital edition I was worried I only got part of the book. Thankfully I wasn't the only one who thought this. A friend of min over at Angela's Anxious Life read this book about the same time I started it and she felt the same way. When I actually got the book from the library it was the same way. No idea what is going on at first but as things progress you catch on. So if you read this for yourself the confusion will pass after a few pages.The rest of the book is non stop action and it doesn't let up.

I really liked this book. Joe Hill does a very good job writing this story. I may not be a fan of his novels but I love this series. The art work is pretty good in this as well but I have seen better. The way Gabriel Rodriguez draws his characters is very similar to the early years on the Nightwing series. Those were done by some one else but the style is very similar. I can't end this review without mentioning the little homage that Hill did to his father. We get a funny interpretation of Carrie in this book and I really enjoyed it.

I really like this book and I loved the series over all. I actually can't wait to re-read all of these again. I got them from my library but I think I will have to just buy these for myself. They really are nice hardback collections with a ribbon place holder in the spine. These would make a great addition to my book shelves. I have also seen that the Keys from these book have been made for collectors out there. This one on the left here is one of my favorites. I really like the way it looks and the power it holds in the books. Maybe one of these day I will buy it. Again, the comic nerd in me really wants to collect these keys. If you are interested in checking out all the keys yourself then click here for the site that sells these keys. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is definitely worth them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Green Mile by Stephen King


I saw the movie right after it came to video. Not usually something I would have watched when I was younger but I really liked it. It has always stuck with me and the reason is because of the characters. I have read some pretty disappointing books in the last month so I wanted something I knew would be a good one. I don't usually do this but there are so many things I want to talk about this book so there will be SPOILERS in this review. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book this is where we shall part. Beyond this point there is a change that something might get ruined for you. 

I haven't read this book until right now. It stayed very close to the book but of course there were little things that are in the book that are cut out of the movie. These little pieces help fill in gaps and keeps the story moving. The one thing I didn't care for much is after the second part we get these interludes with Boss Paul in a retirement home and we find out that this book is his very own hand written tale. I liked this piece at the end because we get to know what happens to everyone but when these interruptions started the story would stall. King I think did this on purpose because it always happened when there was a cliffhanger chapter ending. 

King has this amazing gift to write a book that can scare the pants off me and then turn around and write a book that makes my eyes teary. He is also the only author I have read who makes you sad to see a mass murderer finally end in the electric chair. I loved the scenes with Delacroix and Mr Jingles. His character was really child like at times and funny even with living out the last of his days. The other thing about reading this book was knowing the whole time that John Coffey was innocent the whole time. Knowing that he will walk the Green Mile and end his days in old sparky when he was just trying to help was heart breaking. The time period really plays the stereotypes and prejudice in a way that I feel was probably very realistic. I wasn't around in the 1930's but I can only imagine that this has to be close to what life was like back then. 

Movies can be limited in what they can do with scenes. It has been a long time since I have seen this movie but the seen with Delacroix in the Electric chair when Percy intentionally doesn't wet the sponge was so much more gruesome and realistic in the book. On top of that the very end when John Coffey takes his turn in the chair was so emotional I couldn't keep the tears from my eyes. I could sympathize with Boss Paul and the other guards. I have grown with these characters from the very beginning because of how King wrote these lifelike characters. I allowed for me to be really invested in what happens next and to feel each emotion throughout the story. 

I have talked about all of the amazing likable characters King wrote in this book but he also does villains really well. I have never hated a character more than Kings Jim Rennie in Under the Dome, but Percy comes really close in this book. Percy is just a despicable person who enjoys torturing people and throwing around his powerful relatives to get exactly what he wants. Percy is like a like a stubborn child who has never been told no. 

I think I have rambled on long enough so I will just get to the rating. I couldn't put this book down and I know I could go on about different things in this book for pages. I am going to give this the highest of honors on my shelf and rate it 5 out of 5 stars and this has been added to my favorite books. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Hangover and RIP Wrap up

Sadly another Halloween has come and gone. I had a blast this year and I really hate to have it behind me. I did feel like I needed a few days before I wrote this post so I could recoup from everything and really put thought into this post. I've got nothing. 

Where I live the weather is always against us. Last year it was raining and this yes the temp was 37 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind was unforgiving. It really brought back those memories from my child hood where the only thing you could see of your costume was your mask because you were bundled under layers and coats. My son was lucky enough because he was Spider-Man we were able to put his costume on over his clothes, then a jacket and then his Spider-man hoodie over that so you still got to see his costume. He is 4 so we were only out trick-or-treating for maybe a half hour but he wanted to eat some candy right away. My poor daughter is 1 and she was going to be Bat-Girl but it was so cold we bundled her up and was Mobi wrapped to my wife for the little while we were out. She didn't get any candy but then again she doesn't need sweets just yet. 

I am beat, even though we weren't out for very long it was tiring. Lots of excitement leading up to the night. We did do more Pumpkin carving after my initial post. My wife did a fancy patterned carving and you saw my throw back to the traditional. My kids painted there's. Our pumpkins looked great all lit up.

The Readers Imbibing Peril challenge was a lot of fun this year. I of course added my movie reviews for the peril on the screen part of the challenge. These are the movies I reviewed for the challenge if you weren't around for my Halloween Week reviews.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Friday the 13th (1980)
The Evil Dead (1981)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Halloween (1978)

Also with this challenge I reviewed a few shows. Here is that llist:

Sleepy Hollow
Walking Dead season 5

I pledged again to do the Peril in the First level of this challenge. That is a whopping 4 books. I actually read a lot more than that. Here are the books I read for this challenge.

The Waling Dead Vol 16
The Walking Dead Vol 17
The Skin Collector
The Lake
Midsummer Nights Scream
Fear Nothing
The Halloween Tree

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and Halloween. I'm excited for the colder weather becuase I love the Fall and Winter. Yet I am already looking forward to next Halloween. Hope those of you who celebrated this wonderful holiday had a lot of fun.