June 1st, 2017


Book Reviews: A Day For Damnation + Closing Doors

The War Against The Chtorr Book Two: A Day For Damnation by David Gerrold
This 1985 novel sees still no serious commitment to the war. Things are not hugely positive and there are more author tracts and weird sexual politics. This leaves one unresponsive. This earns no plaudits and one can concisely say that this was rubbish.

This has 3D printing, nobody cares that the US destroyed Pakistan and sense has been expunged from public consciousness. This was racist, sexist and the lead character goes into raptures over a pentax-pro: “with eight gigs of zilog layered memory!” This has no charm or promise. Why bother with quality or a decent cover? This novel can’t be derided enough. Idiocy is sadly commonplace as are idlers. There are wildly inaccurate comments about dinosaurs and an attack by killer pink alien fluff.

Best Lines:
“Plaintive wail of anguish.”

“Weren’t designed for friendliness.”

“What kind of ecology could produce creatures like the Chtorran worm?”

“The Chtorran primary is a red star. Very old.”

“Presumably that’s what rules Chtorr.”

“That place below despair.”

Closing Doors by TA Pratt
The tale of Marla Mason, contemptuous narcissistic sociopath sorcerer turned God Of Death, concludes. Something is targeting her with deliberate malice. Again. Meanwhile Marla wants a new slampiece and characters do not act reasonably rationally and sanely and in their own best interests. Seedy enclaves are visited, un-constructive things are done and Marla and her idiot lackeys realise that they should in some way bear responsibility for this latest threat. This was intensely dull and not a cohesive unit. Marla’s choice of consort is a bit of a surprise, things are tied up and then it ends. This was dull with a naff cover.

Best Lines:
“Personal murder-sidekick.”

“Happiness was never a part of her essential nature.”

“Earthworms in the soil under her feet went mad, insofar as they were able, and began tunnelling the shape of forbidden sigils.”
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Movie Review: Bay Cove

Bay Cove (1987)
Tim Matheson, Woody Harrelson, Jeff Conaway and Barbara Billingsley star in this okay TV movie tale of witches who might as well live on murderkill lane. This was fanciful and not emotionally loaded.
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The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (1978) part 2 + Supergirl 2x22 + The Flash 3x23 Reviewed

The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (1978) part 2
Bette Davis, Rosanna Arquette, Tracey Gold and David Ackroyd star in this miniseries of mumbling, a scarecrow and something monstrous lurking in a pastoral rural community. This is not chillingly bleak but David Ackroyd of ‘Deadly Lessons’ has charm. Davis mumbles and doesn’t bleat-shriek as Widow Fortune. There are apparently darkly purposed rituals going on but it takes a lot of build up to get to them. This was made by NBC who would later on make ‘Deadly Lessons’.

Something insidious is brewing in the idyllic Cornwall Coombe. It is untouched by time and is seemingly tranquil with a strong emphasis on community. This miniseries has no palpable tension. The locals are not gregarious. This has no air of credibility. A quilt is made, a lamb is sacrificed and the Widow Fortune is an obvious liarface. Nick (Ackroyd) can’t get anyone to share his big city interests. A bloodied scythe is waved and there is over earnestness. Nick’s mockery and dismal of the ways of Cornwall Coombe will lead to lethal consequences. Eventually.

The locals do an ecstatic celebration of corn. This was based on a much vaunted book which is out of print now and this miniseries isn’t on DVD. Nick’s wife and child like the town, he doesn’t much care for it or them. Local lad Woody and his 70s hair wants to leave. This miniseries was relentlessly mediocre. It’s obvious the locals are very dangerous people. There are endless cornfields and dark woods. Nick has arrogance and condescension and this is no pastoral bliss for him. The locals have a quiet dignity and a work ethic. Nick is belligerent. The un-amiable peddler knows something. The village is not short of idiots. Nick is all ludicrous smugness. One does not care. People talk in country ways, Nick and his grim expression finds a skull and is self involved and pompous and excluded from the narrative. But not for long, hee hee hee.

Best Lines:
“Against the ways.”

“What do you do around here besides watching the corn grow?”

“Very old one.”

“Demented kid.”

“Pagan princess.”

“Drink their own urine.”

“I got no say in my own life.”

“Ungainly thing she was.”

“Fired a shotgun at me.”

“Quaint custom.”

“If it pleases you.”

Nevertheless, She Persisted
Superman hallucinates Zod. Where is the real Zod? This has silver kryptonite, Teri Hatcher overacting and Superman hits the heights of fury. Where is Max Lord? Kara fawns over Mon-El. Lillian and Lena snarl. Mon-El is so selfish. Fake Hank wakes up. Real Hank has vanished. Cat sneers.

Supergirl and Superman are arrogant. Lena can make the atmosphere toxic to the Daxamites. Mon-El has moral culpability. The much-maligned Mon-El needs to go and finally does. There is a fight and I’m done with this show. What’ll be the aftermath of the alien invasion? Lillian is hailed as a heroine because Cadmus was right all along. Rhea dies, nobody cares. I wish Mon-El would die. Why does Kara love him? She’s forgotten all about James. Alex proposes to Maggie. Cat spews more un-salient advice.

Where are Snapper Carr and Roulette? Where is James? Cat knows who Kara is. Where did Mon-El go? Oh who cares? It turns out that the House of El wasn’t the only lot that sent children into space. Fascinating, only not.

Best Lines:
“That needs to be handled.”

“Parading around like Darth Vader, punching out bad guys.”

“There’s nothing to do.”

“Make tomorrow better.”

“Fashion challenged fascist.”

“I turned down Rob Lowe. Twice.”

“And then it will Reign.”

Finish Line
What a cop out. Iris isn’t dead, only HR is. Bye HR, nobody liked you anyway. Why are Joe and Iris okay with the murderous Barry? They’re all so selfish. Vibe wears his dumb outfit. Killer Frost reverbs and decides to not be evil. Savitar roars. Julian is pointless. Where is Snow’s mother? John Wesley Shipp shows up. Savitar aka evil emo Barry bores. I’m done with this.

Harry shows up. Iris bores. Zoom aka Hunter aka Black Flash shows up and Snow kills him. Jay prances. Gypsy babbles. Technobabble is spewed. People wave their hands at each other. Where is the priest at HR’s funeral? Snow won’t go good. Nothing here was conducive to reason. I don’t care.

Best Lines:
“Grand Ascension.”

“Go bad.”
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Trailers, Quotes and musings on issues 45-52 of Misty

‘Lethal Weapon’ promo

‘Unforgotten’ promo

Raspberry/Tropical Punch Nerds - okay.
Maple, toasted rice & pink salt 74% organic dark choc - nice.
Icebreakers Sours - nice.

I will review ’Shadowhunters’ season 1 ‘Prophecy’ and ‘The Fates’.

Anyone see the 1970s drama ‘The White Stallion’?

I hope to see ‘Phoenix Forgotten’.

The new ‘Star Trek’ novel covers are bleh.

Vicki Kriegler of ‘Deadly Lessons’ was in the ‘Vampire’ ep of ‘Fantasy Island’ in 1978.

I won’t read Diane Franklin’s book.

I didn’t like ‘And The Band Played On’ (1993).

‘Dr Phil’ Quotes:
“Why doesn’t he move out?”

“Attention from men.”

“Tripped over a shoe.”

“So desperate for male acceptance and approval.”

“Irrational and irresponsible decisions.”

“Selfish to allow it.”

“Moved a sex offender into our home.”

“Very disappointed in my mom.”

“Questioned your judgement.”

“Living with a parent of questionable judgement.”

“Discontinuation threshold.”

“Men with questionable pasts.”

“You set your house on fire?”

“Yet a different fire.”

“The house was set on fire.”

“Money hungry terrible mom.”

“Aggravate to the point where there’s a confrontation.”

“The police were chasing him through a field in his underwear.”

“No one in their right mind would go into my brother’s house.”

“Isn’t rational thinking.”

“Peed on the headboard.”

“Homeless is about 6 days.”

“Butting into my life.”

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“A quit pack.”

“Preventative care.”

“Moral position.”

“Minor personal flaws become massive turning points.”

“Our interesting life!”

“Known for brandishing a machete.”


“Confronted by a mob.”

“Manifestly excessive manner.”

“Human trash.”

“Strongly negative public reaction.”

‘RTE News’ Quotes:
“At their most distressed.”

“Plays into that narrative.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (book) Quote:
“I wonder how she manages to get herself noticed. I think it must be hard.”

‘The Daily Telegraph’ Quotes:
“Impending personal catastrophe.”

“You’re not gonna be great again.”

“News of further unravelling.”

“A barometer of changes within national life.”

“Rumours of thwarted parents abound.”

“Liberal sexual practices.”

‘Scannal!’ Quote:
“Conspiracy cannot be one sided.”

‘The Chillenden Murders’ Quotes:
“Regular thief of items such as lawnmowers.”

“Guilty because they’re criminals.”

“Low level shed burglary.”

I read ‘Misty’ issue 45 to 52. ‘Home Sweet Home...’ was devoid of any redeeming quality. ‘The Girl Who Walked Through Walls’ was not good. ‘The Sad Eyes Of Sorrow’ about a monster at a carnival was silly. ‘Rope Trick’ was mean. ‘The Ghost of the Butterfly Ballet’ was ridic. ‘Happy Birthday, Spooky Sue!’ was not good. ‘Miss Cassidy’s Cat...’ was a good tale of an old lady menacing yob who gets got. ‘If Only...’ is a tale of a body swap that backfires and it was good. A lot of the stories were not impressively relevant despite this being the comic’s apex popularity.

There are ominous presences all around and pretty dark things happen to pontificating twits. ‘Green Fingers...’ was terribly grubby and inglorious. ‘The Girl Who Stole The Stars’ is about a girl who make the stars go out by making wishes. The ending is a cop-out sadly. ‘Danse Macabre’ is a memorable tale of a ballet student who steals ballet shoes and ends up facing ghosts. It was good. ‘Who Pays The Ice Cream Man?’ was a dumb tale. Just so you know fat people and or working class people are cold and harsh and are usually shady adversaries.

Best Line:
“Nasty things happen to snobby swots here.”