Saturday, October 31, 2015

Evil Dead 2

Happy Halloween and welcome to the last movie review of the week. Hope everyone has had fun so far and those that celebrate Halloween have a great night.This is my favorite horror movie of all time.It is super cheesy and you can see the strings for the things that fly but I love this. if you watch in some of the scenes you can actually see that the ceiling of the cabin is missing but the story is good and the one liners are even better. "Groovy!"

 So here is the story behind the movie. A normal guy decides to take his girl friend to a secluded cabin to well, spend some alone time together. when he gets there he finds this book bound in human flesh and inked in blood next to a recording. Who wouldn't be curious to see what was on the recording. The voice on the tape begins to read the translations and it wakes the evil  and it takes his girl friend. our main character is named Ash and he is played by the king of bad horror Bruce Campbell. The rest of the movie is him trying to survive the night. Everything that could go wrong does for Ash and he is not only try ing to survive but also trying to stay sane.

Evil Dead 2 is less of a sequel to Evil Dead and more of a reboot. This movie redoes the whole story from the first one with different characters and honestly a better story line. the one thing that is so separates this movie from the first one is that Ash is a stronger character, The evil tries to take him over and only succeeds in taking over his hand. Ash cuts it off with a chainsaw and then fabricates the chainsaw to fit over his stump.One hand is a chainsaw and the other wields a sawed off shot gun. What better character could take on the deadites and save the world.

The special effects are cheesy and it is funny to see how far Greg Nicotero has come since he is now doing the effects for The Walking Dead. The tag line for this movie was the Gorier the merrier so you can expect gallons and gallons of fake blood in this one. The Book of the Dead is really detailed and so is the dagger that is with the book but we honestly don't get much explanation about the dagger.

Old Nicotero
Current Nicotero
This has a huge cult following and I'm apart of it. I have two copies of these movies on dvd. One regular edition and a collectors edition. If my wife would let me I would buy these on iTunes so I have a digital HD version that I could watch  anywhere on my iPhone. Flash forward to today and the new series, Ash vs the Evil Dead airs on Starz. I am super excited to be able to continue Ash's story. The first series premieres tonight on the best night possible, Halloween. the new show picks up right where Army of Darkness left off just 30 years later. The remake of Evil Dead was amazing but this is what the fans have been waiting for. We finally get more Bruce Campbell as Ash. you can believe I will review the first season  as soon as I can watch it. I don't have Starz and usually Starz shows don't hit iTunes until after the season is over. As soon as I can my review will be up so look for it. Watch the trailer for this movie above and then check out the trailer for the new series airing tonight and hopefully you will understand why I love this series so much and this is a 5 out of 5 star movie.

This is my very last post for the R.I.P Challenge Peril of the Screen section. I'm so sad to be at the end of this challenge. Now I get to start planning my Halloween week for next year. Check back Monday for my Halloween Week/R.I.P Challenge wrap up. Hope to see you all checking out my blog through out the year and come back for the 4th annual Halloween week in 216.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dead Silence

I'm going to be painfully honest with you my readers. I have a fear of two this that can keep me up at night. Clowns, and Ventriloquist Dummies. They are terrifyingly creepy and this movie always gets to me. I was never around ventriloquist dummies but when I was younger my grandma had this room that was where I stayed when I spent the night that had all my mom's old dolls. They were on shelves over the bed and they all looked down on me with those cold dead eyes. I had to sleep with the covers over my head. That might have lead to my irrational fear of ventriloquist dummies.

This movie is made by the geniuses who made the Saw franchise. The story behind this is all about a woman named Mary Shaw who had no children only dolls. That's part of the nursery rhyme they talk about in the movie by the way. She was very popular putting on shows for the town at her own theater. One day a little boy heckled her making her dummy very angry. After that the boy disappeared. Marry Shaw was blamed and was found dead shortly after.

Flash forward to the present and our main character Jamie has just received a mysterious package on his door step. Inside is the creepiest ventriloquist dummy ever. While Jamie goes to get dinner his wife is mysteriously killed having her tongue removed.  Jamie ventures home to the town where all of this happened looking to bury his wife and get some answers.

Here is the great thing about this movie. It is psychologically scary and not all that gory. There is some gore to it, I mean people are getting their tongues ripped out, but it isn't a slasher flick or some Eli Roth torture porn. This movie is all about what you don't see and things that crawl out of the darkness. This movie is really well done and even though I have seen this a bunch of times I still feel the clod creep up my spine as the hair on my arms and neck stands on end watching this movie. If you are looking for a reason to pull an all nighter then watch this movie. The first time I saw it I hardly slept. Lets see how tonight goes. Check out the trailer and see if you aren't creeped out from just this little taste.

I love this movie and I love the fact it still creeps me out. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. As always I will include this in the review site for R.I.P. Challenge as part of the Peril on the Screen. I encourage you to check out the site because there are some great reviews this year. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Fog (2005)

John Carpenter is an amazing director. He has produced some amazing horror movies that became instant classics. One of his lesser known horror movies was The Fog. In today's world this isn't half as terrifying as it once was due to enhancements in special effects, CGI, and film quality. This review will revolve around the remake which was done in 2005. Not many people like remakes because it tends to not do the original justice, but I like them. I like to see how a new director with new tech can give these old movies a new twist. In some cases they are amazing, and in other cases they are terrible flops. This remake follows pretty close to the original but adds more to the story behind the fog which I liked. 

Since this movie stays pretty close to the original it isn't very scary but it does do very well at giving you the creepy factor throughout. The thing that makes the Fog so scary is the fear of the unknown. What is lurking in the thick fog and what does it mean for the quiet town of Antonio Bay? This movie relied very heavily on the popular actors of the time. The biggest name is Selma Blair and she isn't one of the stronger main characters. We also have Tom Welling, Mr Clark Kent himself from the CW show Smallville.

Very little is known at the beginning of the movie which allows us the viewer to kind of learn  about this towns troubled history along our characters. Slowly we start to get this picture of the founding fathers not being as heroic as the town thought. Now I don't usually do spoilers and I don't feel what I am about to tell you is, but I want to give those who don't want to know a chance to stop reading. I am going to tell you the reason behind the fog and even though this movies is 10 years old there might be some who don't want to know that might not have seen this. So, if this is you stop reading right now. 

There was a Leper colony that just wanted to buy some land and spend their last remaining days in peace. They found a little place to call their own and brokered a deal to buy this land from the founding fathers of Antonio Bay. The founding father's steal the Leper colony's money, locks them in their ship then set it on fire killing everyone on board, Then these founders take the land they were going to sell and start their own town on it. Now the Lepers are back to enact their revenge or get justice. Here is the trailer of the movie for you to check out in case this has peaked your interest.

The special effects were really good. Even though most of it is GCI it was still very realistic and scary in its own way. The acting could be better I'm not going to lie on this piece, but I liked this movie. This gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and I am so glad I blew the dust of my DVD and re-watched it after all of these years. This whole week of movie reviews will be part of the R.I.P. Challenge as the Peril on the Screen section. 


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shaun of the Dead

Spoofs or Parodies are not always a good thing. Most of the time o enjoy them no matter how horrible they are. The combination of Simon Peg, Nick Frost, and Zombies is perfect for one of, if not the best parody movies ever. These guys can make pretty much any type of movie they want and I'd watch it. In this zombie apocalypse movie we follow Shaun (Simon Pegg) through his mediocre boring day. He is completely oblivious to the Zombies turning around there. Since Shaun is so oblivious there are a lot of clever zombie attacks in the background that if you are only focused on Shaun you will miss them too. 

Once they realize what is going on they become fearless zombie killers as long as they are only zombies in there way of them getting to their favorite Pub the Winchester. This one pub is where Shaun and his buddy spend all of there lives so of course it is where they head to. Hilarity and gore flow throughout this movies. 

This is one of my favorite horror comedies. I feel the review should be longer but there isn't much to this movie. Not a lot of plot but plenty of comedy, and really life like zombie effects. This movie is British comedy at it's finest. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and please enjoy the trailer if you haven't see this horror gem. This will also be part of my R.I.P. Challenge as part of the Peril on the Screen. 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

George Romero father of the Zombie Horror film paved the way for some great remakes. I love this movie and I've got to say this movie is terrifying because the zombies run full speed. I know that sounds really dumb to be terrified of but in most zombie shows and movies they shamble and move slowly. A character's biggest problem is to be caught in a group of zombies where their attention is focused on something else and be attacked from behind. In this movies the zombies are vicious and fast. It was great. 

This movie is all about the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. The out break begins slowly and over night has spread like wild fire in California. We follow a group of people who have locked themselves in a mall trying to survive. It has been a really long time since I saw this movie that is was a surprise to see that not only was this directed by Zack Snyder, but it had my favorite Dumphy from Modern Family Ty Burrell. The special effects are really good in this and I was impressed with their use of amputees. There is a bonus feature on the Directors cut showing how some of the zombies that were missing arms and legs were actually handicapped people to really give a realistic feel to this movie.  No CGI here, just great make-up effects to make this look completely real. 

One thing I have to share about this movie is something my wife pointed out. This movie does have a look to it like it was filmed in the 80's. It adds to the cheese factor of this graphically violent zombie movie. I like to think that Zack Snyder was trying to pay homage to the original film having been filmed in 1978. I love this movie and not just because I'm a big fan of anything zombies. Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows on TV so I am always up for more zombies. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this to any fan of a good zombie movie. Check out the trailer if it has been so long you have forgotten all about this.

This is another entry for the Peril on the Screen as part of the R.I.P. Challenge. 


Monday, October 26, 2015

Amityville Horror (2005)

I love this movie. This is another remake that goes deeper into the backstory than the original and I really like that. This movie opens up with the slaughter of s family giving some clues as to what is going on. Voices tell Ronald to kill and the time 3:15 Am seems to have some significance. After some brief news clips explaining the events we just saw we meet the Lutz family. A sweet family looking for more space. They find the deal of a lifetime on this house and move in. Everything is all sunshine and roses at first.

Once things start to happen the only people who see what is going on are George and the little girl. The evil in the house starts to play with George's mind.  One of the most terrifying things happens in the bathroom. I can't tell you how terrifying it would be to be attacked by a ghost while using the bathroom in the middle of the night. That part always creeps me out. There are some intense scenes in this movie that when I saw this for the first time in the theater it gave me nightmares. It was great.

Now here is the part that I describe what is going on with the house in this movie. If you wish to learn this on your own by watching the movie I would suggest stopping the review here and skipping to the last paragraph for the rating. The house is part of a hidden torture chamber. A reverend in the Puritan days was torturing and experimenting on the native Americans that lived on the land first. The victims were sliced and skinned and subjected to all kinds of other horrible violent acts. Once George's mind is completely poisoned by the evil reverend who possesses the house he tries to kill his family.

This is a movie that once it takes off with the plot you will need to hold on to your seat and not let go till the very end. It may have been awhile since I have watched this movie but it is always in my mind as one of my favorite horror movies. This is easily a 5 out of 5 star review for me. Now it is no secret that I love the R.I.P. Challenge. the best part about reading my favorite genre of book is that I can include my movie reviews for it as well. This is my first entry in the Peril on the Screen portion of the challenge.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Week 2015

Welcome to my 3rd Annual Halloween Week. I love this holiday, it is one of my favorite holidays and having kids makes it even better. My kiddos are not yet old enough to scare the living daylights out of on Halloween but I still have something to look forward to when they get older. I have had a lot of fun writing these the last few years that I am doing it again. The first year I reviewed remakes of all of my favorite horror movies, and last year I reviewed the originals. 

This year I just chose a few random favorites to review. I am going to review The Amittyville Horror (2005), The Fog (2005), Dead Silence, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Shawn of the Dead, and Evil Dead 2. I love these movies. A lot of people didn't care for the remakes of The Fog and Amittyville but I did. You will get to read all about them for Haloween week. I had to finish out the week and end on Halloween with Evil Dead two because Ash Vs the Evil Dead Season 1 begins on STARZ. I don't have STARZ so I'm really bummed I wont be able to watch it, but as soon as it comes to iTunes I will buy the season and let you all know how awesome it is in a review after I have binge watched it three or four times.

I have a lot to look forward to this Halloween. It falls on a Saturday which means I get a day to recoup before having to go back to work. This is my second year in my job and the company is doing a Trunk or Treat during the day on Halloween so I am really excited to take my family to work and let the kids get some more candy (which I will of course enjoy too). For those of you who don't know what a trunk or treat is, this is where people just park in a parking lot and decorate the trucks of there cars and the kids can go from car to car getting candy instead of house to house. It should be a lot of fun for all of us. The company is putting on games and providing free lunch, and I love my job. 

Both of my little ones are really excited for Halloween and they have their costumes all picked out. My son is 5 and he is going to be The Flash because that is his favorite superhero. My daughter was going to be super girl but then changed her mind and is now going to be Mini Mouse. She is 2 and my wife is making her costume. It is the cutest thing ever. Enjoy the week and Happy Halloween early. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Green Lantern: The Wrath of the First Lantern by Various


This book is a crossover book that includes several different Green lantern titles. This book has Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns, and Green Lantern: New Guardians. I have had an issue with the individual books because there are so many plot holes. It was driving me nuts and I even took a little break from the Green Lantern series for awhile. Reading this book was great. 

This book is the comprehensive First Lantern story. All of the plot holes are filled in and the book flows seamlessly. Even with this story being written by different writers it just works. The first lantern is the one person who took the ring formed by creation itself. He used the ring for his own gain to change and reshape reality itself. The Guardians of the Universe trapped him and threw away the key. Since the Guardians are focused on destroying the Green Lantern Corps that they don't see the attempt to free the First Lantern coming. Once he has escaped he has to absorb emotions to help him charge to his full power. We get to see a lot of big players in the different Lantern Corps face some of there biggest faults in this book and it made for a great story. 

This is a huge graphic novel because of all the different series that are smashed in here but the story is so good I couldn't put this down. The art work was really good also and was perfect for each panel. There are several covers that take up two pages which had amazing scenes in those, plus there are a couple of characters who have their different personalities shown. For example, Hal Jordan is touched by the First Lantern and he duplicates into every form he has had. Every different Lantern he has been and it was a great scene that gave me goosebumps. 

This book was great and I loved it. Easily a 5 out of 5 star book. I can't wait to see where Hal Jordan is taken in the next story line. This one wraps up pretty well and even gives the future of all of our favorite characters. I highly recommend this book to any Green Lantern fan. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Green Lantern Vol 2: Revenge of Black Hand by Geoff Johns


It has taken me forever to get this book read. This was one of the books I requested but didn't get approved to read this through Netgalley. I got the next two volumes so I kind of skipped this and moved on. I was such and idiot because this is one of the best Green Lantern books I have read. 

Hal Jordan is still being used as Sinestro's puppet. He has a ring that Sinestro created and divided his power so Hal could help him prevent the Guardians of the Universe from destroying the Green Lantern Corps. While trying to figure out what to do next Sinestro and Hal are kidnapped by the Indigo tribe whose power is compassion. They are also able to simulate the other ring powers and use them. While with the Indigo Tribe they run into Black Hand. He has been brought back to life and converted to a compassionate member of the tribe. 

There is a lot of pieces of the overall story that are revealed in this book and I spent most of it with goosebumps. The art work is fantastic because it leads the story just as much as the writing. Geoff Johns continues his run on Green Lantern with an amazing story that I couldn't put down. I flew through this book and now I am itching for more. I am going to work to get fully caught up on the books that I missed and then I think I am going to go back are read Blackest Night and Brightest Day. I read most of Blackest night as well as all of the companion issues that went with it. I gave up comics before I could finish the story line so I want to go back and finally read the whole thing. 

There is so much in this book that I want to talk about but I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone who has yet to read this book. I got goosebumps constantly and there were so many great reveals. It should come as no surprise that I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Cleaner by Paul Cleave


Years ago this book was offered as a giveaway on Goodreads and I was intrigued by the summary so I entered. Clearly I didn't win it or else I would have reviewed this long long ago. This is a mystery detective story but with a very interesting twist. Our main character who is a self proclaimed detective, is also a serial killer. Now where have a I read this one before? That's right, this sounds a lot like Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, only Dexter is actually a forensic blood spatter technician.  Joe is just a serial killer who is really pissed off that someone is pinning a murder Joe didn't commit on him. Oddly enough Joe feels like he has to get Justice for the girl he didn't kill so he takes it upon himself to find who this copycat killer is.

This killer is absolutely bonkers. His priorities are all screwed up but you kind of expect that from a killer. He is a clever killer and changes up his routine so it makes him harder to pin down. He does make a point in mentioning that he makes sure to leave the exact same physical evidence at every scene. Oh yeah, and he also loves his mother. Not as much as Norman Bates but more than you'd expect a serial killer to love his mother.

I thought about what I wanted to say about this book the whole time I was reading it and ever free moment I had until I wrote this post. You know what, I just don't have much else. The book is kind fo goofy and almost light hearted. It doesn't take it's self to seriously which is good because if it did I think I would have liked this book a lot less. It was enjoyable but I kept waiting for it to end so I could move on to the next book on my list. There is a second book in the series but I'm not sure I am interested enough to read the next one.

So when thinking about the review it went up and down as I read this book. It was enjoyable but not impressive so I I am going to say this barely crosses the line into 3 stars. I was very middle of the road and I'm ready to move on. I am adding this to the RIP challenge. If you haven't check out the reviews submitted by everyone participating you really should.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Aquaman Vol 5 Sea of Storms by Jeff Parker


I have loved this series since The New 52 started and Geoff Johns made Aquaman a likable character for the first time in DC history.  I am always a little nervous when a new writer takes over for one of my favorites because it is usually never as good. Geoff Johns I think laid a decent ground work for the character that this book was still good but I felt not as strong as previous volumes. 

There is so much that is going on in this book I don't know where to begin or what I can say that wont spoil some aspect of this book. I will, as always, do my best to not spoil anything but it is going to be tough and a shorter review. The book opens with the discovery of something very old and very large waking up very angry. This calls into question Arthur's right to rule Atlantis among some of the people but they already hate him anyway so this is a very small plot point. We then move on to a gate which is believed to open the gate between Atlantis and the surface world but has a far more sinister purpose. This leads to Arthur's need to call in some back up. Wonder Woman has a good size roll in this and I always enjoy a good team up. We also get another DC hero in this volume too.

The art work is very well done in this book and I wish I had some examples but I got this on in hard cover and it is difficult to get a good picture. There is so much detail in this book that I really enjoyed it. The artwork compliments the story very well. One last thing that I will mention about this book because I am just stumped what else to add before I give you my rating. It looks like in this volume we might be seeing the creation of a new villain to go up against Arthur in future books. 

I enjoyed this book even if it wasn't as good as the earlier volumes. I easily give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I am very interested to see where Arthur's story goes. I will have to get the next volume soon. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard


This is another book that I found searching various horror book lists. I really liked the cover and thought it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. For those of you who don't know what a Necromancer is I took the liberty of looking up the exact definition. Necromancer: a person who practices Necromancy; a Wizard or Magician. To further explain what I felt wasn't really explained all that well in the book; Necromancy is the conjuration of the spirits of the dead for the purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events. 

There, now that we have gotten the lesson portion of this review out of the way here is what this book is all about. Johannes Cabal wants to learn all he can about being a Necromancer so he strikes up a deal and walks into Hell to study and learn. One of the things I really got a kick out of in this book is that the fist torment of hell is none other than paper work. In order for Johannes to get into Hell he had to fill out mountains of paper work. One such document was 15,497 questions alone. I get it, paper work is hell and we have to deal with it every day in our own lives. Paper work on steroids is a great idea Jonathan Howard had to describe Hell. After awhile Cabal feels like he's had enough of Hell want wants his soul back so he can return to the world and continue his work here. Now, I'm not a very religious man but I would think, if you give you soul to Satan he's going to want a cookie to go with it. Wait, maybe that's if you give a mouse a cookie; anyway I'm pretty sure Satan isn't just going to hand it back and say that you for visiting we hope you return soon. 

You guessed it, Satan wasn't to happy to just hand back his soul. In exchange for one soul willingly given he wanted 100 souls to replace it. He even graciously gave Cabal a carnival/freak show to help him collect these souls. This book has a surprisingly lighthearted approach ti taking people's souls and sending them to Hell. There were a few instances that I just really had a problem with but for the most part the people they got to sign their lives away were people already on the road to Hell on their own. 

I started out very invested in this book and looked forward to every new chapter. A little over half way through I either lost that interest or things slowed down to much causing me to drift way from the story. By the time the book was over I was just happy that I could move on to something else. This is another one of those books that I didn't love or hate. I am very much in the middle of the road on this one. I see this is a series of books and I am interested in seeing what is next for Johannes Cabal but unless I can find the next book at my library I won't try all that hard to fins it. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

I'm still loving the R.I.P. challenge and I'm very happy to add this to the review site. I have to say that I have read some great reviews from others in this challenge so I would urge you to check out some of the reviews that have been submitted for this challenge. 


Monday, October 12, 2015

The Box by Richard Matheson


Thanks to the R.I.P. challenge and a little web search I have found another book I might have missed otherwise. I was able to get an audio version of this book and I learned one thing. I do not like short story collections in audio. Nothing against this book at all but there were times that the transition between stories wasn't enough of a pause that I thought the story I was just listening to was still going and then I got lost and had to go back. Short story collections on audio are just not good for me. I love them but I think I will stick with the Kindle or paper versions. 

Ok, on to the book itself. This was a fun collection. There were some stories that I really liked and others that just fell flat for me. There is always one or two stories in a collection that don't work for everyone. I have only found a few collections that have had every story be a winner. With this book there were a few stories that really stuck with me and it was the ones that had the best twist ending. My favorite is of course the most well known story in this collection "Button Button". This is the one that was made into a movie about an offer to a couple by a mysterious stranger. Press the button and you can have a huge sum of money but someone you don't know dies and you wont have to watch. What a premise. You could have a life changing sum of money but someone will die. Could you live with that thought hanging over you? Everyone could use a life changing sum of money but the thing is, I couldn't live with the guilt knowing I was the cause of someone else's death. People die all the time through war, disease, and terrible people doing terrible things but I don't want to be one of those terrible people. 

The other story I really liked was "No Such Thing as a Vampire". This is very similar to the story of Dracula but with a twist at the end I didn't see coming. That twist was what made this such a great story. I enjoyed a few others but this review would drag on way to long if I went into each one. This book is one I will read again and I will read it instead of listen to it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

This will be included in my R.I.P. challenge and this is the 8th book I have read for this challenge. I have now completed the Peril in the First twice. I've said it before and I will say it again. I love this challenge. It is my favorite of all the blogging events I take part in and I look forward to it every year. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield


I knew very little about this book when I started it. My wife read her other book Thirteenth Tale and loved it. She still raves about how much she really enjoyed that book. I was looking for something to read for the R.I.P. challenge and this one kept popping up in the horror suggestions for the sites I was visiting. I figured I would give this one a try. 

This is the story of a book who kills a Rook with the luckiest shot I have ever heard. He grows up to have a rough go at times but then turns his life around to be a dream. Just as everything in his life is going great the people around him start dying. All of the things he lvoes in his life are being taken from him except is career. This section of the book was really hard for me. I may not have been real invested in the story but I was with the characters. Reading the part where William Bellman's Infant child passes from the disease running through the streets was heart wrenching. Now I am not giving anything away because this is all part of the general description of the books. 

I am not sure how exactly I feel about this book so bare with me as I work thought some thoughts. The book is a slow starter so hang in there it will be a little dry. My wife said that Thirteenth Tale is the same way but the ending was amazing so I stuck it out. As I mentioned the story was a bit on the slow side but the characters in this book are very well written. I cared more about what was going to happen to the characters more than I did the direction of the story. This was enough to keep me interested in the book. By the time the ending came around I had this feeling like I missed something. It is entirely possible, because there were moments I had to go back and re-read sections because the symbolism got so heavy that it almost seemed like the words didn't make sense unless you thought about the symbolism and how it worked out. Kind of like when you translate a foreign language and the meaning gets lost. 

Thinking about this book I can say that there really wasn't anything I didn't like about it. I also didn't really love any one thing. Yes the characters were great but it isn't something I would say you have to read this book because the characters are just so unforgettable. I guess I'm kind of in the middle of the road or almost benign about the whole thing. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I'm glad I read it and I am going to read the Thirteenth Tale at some point because I liked Diane Setterfield's writing style and her characters. 

This will be included in my R.I.P. challenge entry. I have already finished my Peril in the First challenge but I will keep reading books for this challenge until I run out or the challenge ends.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gotham by Midnight by Ray Fawkes


With the first volume of Batman Eternal there weer several new Batman/Gotham series that spun off from it. This of course being one of them. I will be honest and tell you that I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up. It said Gotham on it and my original through was the guy with the lightning in his eye was John Constantine. The though of Constantine in Gotham was something I was really interested in. Well, I was wrong, this is Detective John Corrigan who is one half of the Spectre. I love the Spectre so I was still really excited to see where this was going to go. 

This select team is called the midnight shift and they have been assembled by Commissioner Gordon to deal with the magical demonic side of grime in Gotham. I love the magical aspect of the DC Universe. I didn't when I was younger but now that I have grown I have found that there are some really great stories in these books. The art work is perfect for this book. It isn't the greatest in the world but it is dark and scary and it fits. There are times when this kind of art is perfect. Here is an example of just how dark this book is.

Something big is coming to Gotham. Evil has come in different forms The first is a creature who has taken kids and warped them to the point of no longer being able to speak anything other than demon language.The team will have to figure out the mystery behind these demons and how to stop it before Gotham is judged. As soon as I found out that this team included Detective Corrigan I couldn't wait to see the Spectre appear. It might have been a bit of a wait but it was worth it.

This was a great book and I am really interested in this series. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume. This can't come out fast enough. I liked this book a lot and give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The art work was great for this book but there were some sections that that were a little slow and there could have been a little more detail to the art work. For the purpose of all the other review sites I am going to round down to a 4. Still really enjoyed this and will keep up with the series as long as it runs. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Joker: Endgame by James Tynion


I like these collections. These are the best issued of all of the series that the story crosses over. This book if I am being honest didn't do as good of a job at being one big story as Joker: Death of the Family. I was so fortunate to be allowed the chance to read and review this by DC Comics and Edelwiess. I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped. The ending was also a little less than awesome, but that's all I'm going to say on that one. 

The Joker is back with a fresh face and a plan to wipe out everyone in Gotham. Batman is struggling with the toxin Scarecrow hit him with in earlier issues causing him to live his death in different ways over and over again. Batman is going to need al the help he can get and he will find it in some of the oddest places. 

Most of the issues that are pulled from different Batman series involve a small group of Arkham escapees who are sharing there Joker origin stories. This for me dragged on and I could have really done with out this. I understand the purpose behind this little interlude I just didn't care for it and I felt it kind of took away from the main story a little. I wanted more Joker and more Batman. The best part of this book was  the issued written by Scott Snyder. I am anxious to read Batman vol 7 to have all of these back to back and see if there were other issues not included in this collection. 

I also want to mention that a good portion of the art work was pretty good. There were a few issues that I wasn't all that impressed with but over all there is a lot of detail to the panels and The Batgirl issue had the story told all in pictures with a few little text items thrown in. It was actually a pretty good issue. Over all this was a pretty good book but I had higher expectations. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk


I have never read anything by Chuck Palahniuk and I didn't care for the movie Fight Club. I figured it was mainly because I don't really like Brad Pitt but maybe it is Chuck Palahniuk. I love the R.I.P. challenge because it gets me out of my comfort zone and trying new books. I searched Goodreads, my library web site, and audible looking for bestsellers in horror and this book shows up in all of them. I read reviews and had an idea of what I was getting into before I started this. The reviews had one thing in common, people either loved this book or they hated it, there was very little in between.

You might be wondering where I am in this scale of love and hate, but I will get to that in a minute. Let me start with the description of the book. This is a collection of short stories that are part of a bigger overall story. The main plot is all about a group of writers. who agree to be sequestered in an unknown location for 3 months in order to write their masterpieces. Each writer then has a short story or poem pop up every now and then as we get more and more parts of what is going on with these writers. It sounded really interesting and I was intrigued as to how this was going to work. A short story collection that compliments a main plot is not something I see very often. This is a story of self destruction, man vs man, and a character's psyche based on this type of situation. It is a big undertaking. 

Now, for my take on this. I am one who hated this book and I have no problem voicing that this is one of the worst books I have ever read. I made it half way through this and decided I am tried of wasting my time when there are so many great books out there waiting to be discovered. A lot of the reviews I have read warn against the graphic subject matter of the first short story Guts. I am not a squeamish person unless there is something being done to eyes, but this story made me sick to my stomach. Whenever I hear or read reviews about something being outrageous and over the top I want to know why. I have never had my stomach turned by a book before so congrats Palahniuk you made me sick and I have read Off Season by Jack Ketchum. 

The other thing I just couldn't stand is that all of the stories up to the point I stopped reading this involved some sort of weird or disgusting sex act/situation. I'm no prude when it comes to freedom of expression in writing but this was ridiculous and just gross to be gross. I'm not a fan of romance novels but I don't mind a little sex in a story from time to time. Even Harry Dresden gets a little action from time to time and that't not a book you would see that in. This book however is just perverted in some of these situations. 

Finally the other thing that just put me off this book is that the main story about what is going on with these writers was just dull. I started to lose interest and then just started to get mad at myself because I continued to torture myself with something I wasn't enjoying. I used to be one of those readers who would suffer through a book no matter what because when I start something I finish it. I have learned in my time of being a blogger that it is ok to not finish a book if I don't like it so I can move on to something I will enjoy. No point wasting my time anymore. Normally those books I don't finish I don't review but nothing has sparked this much of an emotional response in me so negatively in a long time. I just had to vent about this book, get it off my chest, and move on. 

It should come as no surprise that I give this book 1 out of 5 stars. I am so disappointed in this book that I will not be including it in the R.I.P. challenge. I guess I should do everything I can to get this review out there to as many people as possible to hopfully stop someone else from wasting time on this book, but there are a lot of die hard fans of this out there and I just don't want to upset them. My opinions are my own and I needed to vent. Se in reality only a few will ever see this review.