September 21st, 2009

Scary Books

Book Review: The Harrowing

The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

Robin is a depressed overlooked student at Baird College. When the rest of the students head home for Thanksgiving, Robin stays behind in her residence hall. She wants to brood and think about ending it all. Then she learns four other students have also stayed behind.

They are Lisa, Cain, Patrick and Martin and over the long weekend Robin and they bond. With the help of alcohol, drugs and an ouija board, an unlikely friendship is formed. But as they continue to use the board it becomes clear that something is using them for its own ends.

This is an enjoyably creepy tale of growing menace and the power of myth and friendship.

Legend of the Seeker Season 1 Ep 1 Review


I’ve never read the books this series is based on, just getting that out of the way up front. We open with CGI arrows, women in wonderbras, lots of slo-mo and a mysterious boundary. Via some bad acting wonderbra woman is revealed as Kahlan who is here to lead Richard to his destiny as The Seeker.

Problem is Richard’s a slacker with an idiot brother named Michael. Richard doesn’t want to be the Seeker whose destiny it is to kill the tyrant Darken Rahl. In fact how do we know anything Kahlan and the wizard tell Richard is true? Plus Richard is an idiot who loses his magic book. Not a good start to his heroic quest.

This was okay but nothing special. It’s no ‘Queen of Swords’.

Best Lines:
“Zedd will explain everything.”
“He talks to his chickens.”

“You need to know about a man named Darken Rahl. If he is a man and not some twisted wraith of evil brought forth from the underworld to shatter the dreams of humankind.”

“The Book Of Counted Shadows. It was written in a time before remembering.”