January 3rd, 2012

Scary Books


'Interstellar Pig' is out of print :(

Put 'The Golden Key' on hold and am reading 'The Mageborn Traitor: Exiles Book Two'.

I will be reviewing: 'The Devil's Nebula', 'Plagues of Night', 'Bleeding Out', 'The Near Witch', 'The Ruins of Ambrai', 'The Selection', 'Then' and 'The Best Horror of the Year 4'.
Scary Books

Book Review: Killing Rites

Killing Rites: Book Four of the Black Sun's Daughter by M.L.N Hanover

Jayne Heller inherited a world of magic and thought it was fun. Now she knows nothing is as it seems. Also she's possessed by a demon and has been for a very, very long time. Jayne hides out with her friend Ex hoping to find a way to exorcise the thing inside her skin. But once again, nothing is as it seems.

There's an unexpected enemy out there as well as betrayal and unlikely allies. Jayne must finally confront her secrets and the motives of her dead uncle. This is very good. There is a lot of peeling back of the layers of mysteries of this world. I hope there is a 5th book in the series as the world building is fascinating.

Best Line:
"I had the sense of something ancient maybe something that had been beautiful once but was all septic madness now."

Movie Reviews: The Ruins + Race To Witch Mountain

The Ruins (2008)
Idiots learn about some Mayan ruins and blunder around to sight see. The natives object and the idiots are stuck up the ruins being picked off by sentient meat eating plants. The idiots stomp around screaming and being stupid. Twerps die.

I didn't care about this. Everyone screams in petulant squeaks audible only to bats and shows no genuine emotion. Thank you Hollywood liberal intelligentsia. The morons fail to engage with the consequences of their behaviour. This was boring and I've seen scarier killer plants in the 1981 'Day of the Triffids'. This was all murk and bad hair. How do plants make ring tone noises?!?!

Race To Witch Mountain (2009)
A UFO crashes near Las Vegas and two snotty alien kids get into a cab driven by Jack (Dwayne Johnson). They are chased by Men In Black and an alien assassin. They have to save the brat's planet and Earth as well, retrieve their spaceship and foil the MIBs.

Alex (Carla Gugino of 'Threshold' and 'Watchmen') tags along. There is a lovely starmap scene and much comedy from the nutjob convention. It's no 'Hanger 18' but it does amuse apart from the really fake looking bullets. This is okay.

Best Line:
"You have the ability to fly at the speed of light yet you use a beat-up cab? I don't think so."

Sherlock 2x01 Review :(

A Scandal In Belgravia

This was a bit of a let down. Moriarty is an annoying idiot who overacts and gurns. I don't care what his ring tone is. Irene Adler shows up and Sherlock ignores poor John to fawn over her. Granted there are cute jokes and a funny visit to a palace. Holmes and Watson brawl in the street. The Adler woman prances around with no clothes on and plots like she is Sydney in the original 'Melrose Place'.

Sherlock insults people and throws a baddie out the window. Poor John is overlooked. Irene Adler plays Sherlock. Mycroft annoys. The ending is WTF and where did all the subtext go? This was merely okay.

Best Lines:
"I was a solider. I killed people."

"I'll make you into shoes."

"We're not a couple."
"Yes you are."

"Try not to punch him."

"The right sleeve of an internet porn addict."

"A good coat and a short friend."

"I always hear Punch Me In The Face when you're speaking but it's usually subtext."