December 21st, 2020

Scary Books

Book Reviews: Familiar Spirit + After Sundown, part 1

Familiar Spirit by Lisa Tuttle

This 1983 novel has sadly been reprinted by the 'Paperbacks From Hell' brigade. A constantly anxious woman moves to a new house sold to her by a witch. This is an act of utter folly. A demon or something lurks. There is moral sludge and bad dialogue in this horrifically bad and deeply inept 'horror'. There is worrying behaviour and violent trauma as the demon adversely affects people.

This was not a source of fascination. There is a nagging sense of emptiness as this badly written book swirls down the plughole of irrelevance. Something unpleasant lies in store as the bleak denouement shows. There is ugliness at this book's heart. It is not a bleak and stark account of possession with psychologically disturbing elements.

I don't care about the demon's machinations and casual cruelties. There's not going to be a good ending. Plausibility and this book are not even on nodding terms with one another. The heroine was left bitterly disillusioned by her ex. This was fatuous. No one has the essence of decency and the demon has malicious purposes.

Best Lines:

“I cannot believe that I meant so little to him,”

“Means you no good.”

“To be thrown away as if I meant nothing to him.”

“How bored my friends are with me,”

“Their Superman Nietzsche dreamed of, beyond questions of Good and Evil.”

After Sundown edited by Mark Morris, part 1

This is a new horror anthology.

Butterfly Island

Going for a boat trip in a post-apoc world is not a good idea, at all. This was short, good and delicious.


By Tim Lebbon. 2 non fans re-enact 'Misery' on a horror author. I didn't get the point of this.


A tale of wrecked hopes, cruel men and revenge. This was sad.

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Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Prodigal Son' season 2 promo


'Star Trek Discovery' 3x11 promo


'The Dry' trailer

Eric Bana.

'Wonder Woman: 1984' clip


'The Stand' (2020) 1x01 clip

His foot? Seriously.

'It's A Sin' promo


'The Mandalorian' clip

So did Kylo Ren kill baby yoda? When did Luke lose his mojo? Oh who cares.

Caffanel Hazelnut Creations Creamosa – yum.

Gluten free all butter Belgian white chocolate and christmas spiced cookies – nice.

Cranberry, raspberry & grape drink – nice.

Greek style honey yogurt – yum.

White Reese's – nice.

I saw a wren.

I won't read 'Thirteen Storeys' or 'Hex Life'.

I'd try chaud froid d'oeuf and white truffle pizza.

There is lobster ice cream?

Contoured teeth and jardigans are things? FFS.

I want an Agent Provocateur christi teddy. I want a Dior joaillerie yellow-gold and emerlad mimirose earrings and Viltier gold, white-diamond and bull's eye earrings. I want IDYL gold and diamond earrings. I want white-gold, diamond and ruby earrings.

Who saw 'The Crimson Petal and The White', 'Murder One' or 'The Russian House'?

'Star Trek: Picard' brought back Picard without having first worked out if there was a good reason for doing so.

'The Last Act' – no.

'Raw' – no.

I was betrayed by him who should have been truest to me. My relationship was ephemeral. Something unappealing was in my ex. I don't think my ex is sorry. My relationship had impermanence. I'm rejected and forgotten by him.

'RTE News' Quotes:

“Failure of society.”

“Absolutely very necessary.”

“Urgent clarity.”

'Sex, Lies and Murder' Quotes:

“Live in a crack house.”

“Body that isn't moving.”

'Sky News' Quote:

“Needs the country to comply.

'Tiny Pretty Things' Quotes:

“Praying to god knows what.”


“Yeah, you should be.”

“Sancity of the artform.”

“Transform yourself into what's wanted, what's expected.”

“Suprised she didn't do better.”

“So is she.”

“A world she left so terribly.”

“All hoodies, all the time.”

“Approved agenda.”

“Ballet is dying.”

“Dancing in the bloody backrow.”

“I know an enemy when I see one.”

“For once I'm the one dancing the prince.”

“Screw you.”

“Buddy that's the idea.”

“I'm quite sure it won't be you.”

“Health clearance to dance.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Determing factor.”

“Fight factor.”

“Mismatch between safety and lifestyle.”


“No credible account given.”

“Becomes the problem.”

“Unable to put any timeline or context on events.”

“Talk about the bad things.”

“Subjected to abuse by a justifiably furious general public.”

“Craved establishment respectability.”

“Era of suspicion.”

“Thought disorder.”

“Who is mad and evil.”

“Absolute confidentiality.”

“Anger and despair.”

“From which they had expected support and protection.”

“Finding themselves on the receiving end of attention.”

“Deeming the home unsafe.”

“Perpetrator's behaviour becomes their responsibility.”

“My choice of partner endangers my kids.”

“Become the inevitable focus.”

“Protective parent.”

“Regain their lives.”


“Held accountable for all the difficulties within the family.”

“Perpetrators thrive on that.”

“Year without friends.”

“Sprout water.”

“Great men are almost always bad men.”

“Empire inevitably led to his undoing.”

“Largely unaccounted for.”

“Pathological liar, misleading everyone he encountered.”

“Not seeking the quiet life.”

“Incorrigible self-publicist.”

“Hard little grins and a burning need to be disruptive.”

“Delivers platitudes.”

“Nostalgic nowhere.”

“Forsenic bleach-clean.”

“Towels will be burned in a barrel in the garden.”

“Shared experience in cinema.”

“There were 64 television shows. About 40 of them required acting.”

“Just the right amount of success.”

“Automatic redeeming quality.”

“Communicate their horror over the arty sex scenes. These they were obviously obliged to watch all the way through in order to be certain of their degeneracy.”

“Tableware will be put through three dishwasher cycles, then hand-washed, then smashed up with a hammer, then burned in a barrel, then placed in an insulated cooler box, then buried in a shole in the gorden dug to a depth of no less than six feet.”
“It looks like it's going to be a busy Stephen zuzz day for someone. I'll take the shovel out of the shed for you.”

'Disappeared' Quotes:

“Turn this into an episode of COPS.”

“Where transients are known to gather.”

'FTWeekend' Quotes:


“Prompted many to pledge radical shifts in behaviour and lifestyle.”


“Rethink their behaviour further,”

“Merciless consequences.”

“Make us more likely to accept restraints on our lives.”

“Reshape our social norms?”

“Unaccustomed to be lauded as favoured.”

“Grudges waiting to happen.”

“Violent idleness.”

“Format change.”


“Future past.”

“Discourse controls.”

“Disastrously hesitant.”


“Celebrated comments.”

“Delivery riders he once cursed as a meance.”

“Apparently doomed.”

“A film-maker with things to say and no film to say them with.”

“Public spats.”

“Tepidly received.”

“Close-out team.”

“None of the important people would speak to me.”

'HowToSpendIt' Quotes:

“Traditional French-court style-”

“Social aid.”

'How To Get Away With Muder' Quote:

“I'm not evil, I just did an evil thing.”

'The Guardian' Quotes:

“Create the boundaries of who does and doesn't fit into your family.”

“Historic resentments.”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:

“Awful event.”

“Sex hair.”

“Built reputations.”

“Ferocious clash.”

“Malign social influence.”

“Filled her head with assertions that she struggles to discard.”

“Rational and moral universe.”

“What was once thought valuable is leached of all meaning.”

“A faecal incident.”

“Did not sound very amicable.”

“Paid-for lies.”

“Moral co-operation.”

“Ethically negative evaluations.”

“Nosily expressed opinions,”

'The Sunday Business Post' Quotes:

“Colloquiquialisms that I have only read about in Irish history books.”

“Rest a hand on another's shoulder meaningfully.”

“Ominious sign of things to come.”

'The Man Who Invented Christmas' Quotes:

“Vile things they wrote about.”

“Bloody fog.”

“Those people don't belong in books.”

'Waco' Quotes:

“I didn't have much joy growing up.”

“Lost souls at those gun shows.”

To Light The Way To Bed

Discovery 3x10+Tiny Pretty Things 1x03+The Flight Attendant (2020) 1x01+Star Trek Picard 1x10🩰

Terra Firma, part 2

Mirror Bunrham ends up in the agoniser. Mirror Lorca is mentioned but not seen. Rebellions are growing in the Terran Empire. Mirror Burnham is right about the alliance against the Terran Empire. Mirror Burnham is frequently negative. This was palpably ridiculous. Mirror Burnham ends being battered by Mirror Tilly aka killy.

Killy is an interrogator. Doesn't killy have a ship to command? Mirror Connor was not in this. Mirror Detmer is part of the conspiracy. What became of mirror Lorca? Was his fate and the real Lorca's fate changed? The emperor tries to make mirror Michael change. Where did the fireflies come from? Mirror Burnham feigns compliance. What else happened during all this?

There is moral pressure and mirror Landry and mirror Detmer fight. Mirror Burnham has her bling back on. We never got to see mirror Lorca in his bling of war. Blood flies. The emperor and mirror Burnham eat odd looking bright coloured food. The emperor fears mirror Lorca. Mirror Saru brushes the emperor's hair.

The emperor helps mirror Saru and shows off her gold dressing gown. There is no moral obligation. The emperor wants to remake the mirror universe, which is actually called that. Risa is seen. The emperor wears a furry cape. Mirror Airiam is seen. People have malevolent joy and the emperor gets a ludicrously overblown goodbye. This not was narratively inventive.

Women look like demented She-Ra dolls. Mirror Burnham slouches and the mirror doctor sneers. There is a bad fight scene and Carl is not a Q but the Guardian Of Forever. The 1st time that's been seen since the 1960s tv show. What became of Killy? The empeor now Georgiou is sent through the Guardian. Georgiou was in the mirror verse for 3 months and it was all real. Would that change the mirror universe and the fate of the Lorcas? The detached nacelles are seen. What is sending out the distress call?

Book lurks. Paul sulks. How could the Guardian move and have an avatar? Nobody knows of him/it? He/it hid during the Temporal Wars. Does this mean the 'Section 31' show is happening? Burham disgraces the memory of the real Gerorgiou. In 'TOS', the Guardian was over 10,000 centuries old, how old is it now? Who was Gerorgiou blathering about before she left? Burnham gives her the Vulcan hand gesture. Vance shows up. Why do people toast Gerorgiou? What about Lorca?

Best Lines:

“Give me the honour I deserve!”

“You deserve many things.”

“Fretting over artists.”

“Death opera.”

“Palace in the sky.”

“An empire left to rule.”

“A tormentor.”

“She will not return?”


“Mirror and the prime universe were still aligned.”

“Some endings are inevitable.”

“Destined for her end as well.”

“A chance once, long ago.”

“Never find another like you.”

“This era is different.”

“Always be in rebellion.”

“Make different choices?”

“Temporal wars happened. Everyone was killing everyone else.”

“Winds are a shifting.”

“What are you?”

“Was any of it real?”

“I am The Guardian Of Forever.”

“Range extenders.”

“What's a Guardian Of Forever?”

“You promised us new worlds to conquer.”

“Doesn't deserve mercy.”

“She isn't getting any.”

“Still drawing oxygen on my ship.”

“Even the darkest night will end.”

“Rot in hell bitch.”

“Strength is power.”

“Terror is love.”

“I don't think he's coming.”

“Execute the traitors with my own hands.”

“Craving ganglia in my cell.”

“Silly democratic things.”

“Threats you didn't foresee.”

“How do we find him?”

“Lorca was always an under-achiever.”

“All of it was a lie then?”

“Won't give up Lorca easily.”

“Not so terrifying.”

“Judge between loyalty and flattery.”

“You are not Terran.”

“Make it what it needs to be.”

“Cheap bastard.”

“As if he had another choice.”

“Not as much as they despise you.”

“Where is Lorca?”

“Making new friends.”

“No spoils from peace.”

Class Act

People are aggrieved and try to ascertain who pushed Cassie. It proves impossible to care. Yet this is an oddly addictive spectacle. Nabil stirs suspicion. Bette plots. Oren and Shane's relationship turns toxic. Neveah sneaks. People are either naked or in their underwear. Ramon creeps and June sulks and does her silly fake accent and faces public school.

Nabil screams and acts like a crazy loon. June's mother is done with her medicore ass. Bette's foot is messed up. There is bad acting and Neveah is nearly pushed under a bus. There is no emotional complexity. This was a seriously average grim affair. The acting is horrifically bad. Caleb whines and nobody acts reasonable or rational. This was not a complete failure.

There is inevitable damage. Lauren Holly wears an interesting dress. Bette makes a scene and pukes off a bridge. Nabil makes a scene and is arrested. The dance teacher is so awful and selfish. He and the massage guy look like twins, which is creepy considering their relationship.

Oren punches Shane in the face and threatens more violence. Shane cries shirtless and in his udnerwear and does a sad dance on the roof, okay then. Shane's trailer trash. One feels apathy and one's assessment of this is damning. People work out and fight shirtless. This was inadequate. June is a bimbo who is onerous. This lacks clarity and insight.

There is no moral crisis. Oren does incitment. Interest in this is sporadic. Shane's affection is regarded by Oren as a provocation. Nobody in authority seems in a hurry to uncover the truth of what happened to Cassie. One is irked by the irritant June and her constant complaining.

Nabil kisses Neveah, okay then. Bette flaunts a certain shamelessness and has venal complicity. There are situations with no easy resolution. Bette is endlessly deceptive and has no essence of decency. One doesn't care about Oren and his bitter tirades.

Best Lines:

“Scripture foretelling armageddon.”

“Don't kill yourself trying to keep it.”

“You had the price being being paid.”

“Let yourself fly.”

“The least they can do is worship.”

“Volunteer ushers.”

“Make a career.”

“Arrested him without warrent, attorney or probable cause.”

“Poor hick friend.”

“The weak don't make it.”

“I don't seem normal to people.”

“For god's sake! It's a ballet school!”

“The world doesn't get your genius.”

“You should get dressed for the gala.”

“I am dressed for the gala.”

“Like some crazy person.”

“Cops. Stay out of it.”

“To exist in the shadow of something greater.”

“Show professional promise.”

“Wreck you bad.”

“Injury prone weakling.”

“Get your ass out of that house.”

“Save it for Giselle's mad scene.”

In Case Of Emergency

This got a 2nd season somehow. A flight attendant shags a passenger and wakes up to find him dead. There is a gross Amanda Knox joke. She has the dead man's ghost as a spirit guide. Yawn.

Best Lines:

“Public nudity, yelling in the subway kind of drunk.”

“It's his job to stare at things.”

“I asked for a soda. This is vodka.”

Ex In Arcadia Ego, part 2

AI's whine about organics. Piss off Soji. I've no idea what is going on or why. Brent Spiner has been shoved into this show. The abusive Romulan boyfriend shouts in a vest. The AI's signal something to come. People fear AI's will destroy all organic life. I accidently skipped a few eps. Picard is in full old man yells at clouds mode. Seven's back and fights the Romulan bitch. The Romulan bitch does fancy flips during her catfight with Seven. The Romulan bitch is kicked down a bottomless pit and you can hear her screams echoing for a good while. Oh ick. Riker shows up to save the day. The acting is appalling. Picard is profoundly wrong about the evil bitch Soji. Picard dies of his brain disease of the brain. Neither Picard or Data will stay dead. FFS. This was a turd, a turd of an ep and a show.

Best Lines:

“Uber synths.”

“Generations beyond us.”

“Fear is an incompetent teacher.”

“Disgusting half meat.”

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