Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sunday Post #239


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
  
Is this really the end of March? My birthday is today and I don't have much planned other than going out to dinner with family. And seeing my niece who I don't see that often. Hopefully I'll get some book time in too. :) Otherwise it's been a good week. I posted my second Movies That Suck post this past week- featuring Maximum Overdrive. A truly bad movie, let me just say...     

Reading was decent this week, I finished up The French Girl and also Diamond Girl, the new Julie Mulhern short that is part of the Country Club Murders. And this week Movies That Suck will be... Tremors!  

Last week I reviewed Obsidio and did a discussion post on movie tie- in covers.        



Song of the week  


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie.  Pan edition, 1955.  No price.

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 1: Anchor PointsSunburn

BOOKISH LINKS 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why Dragons Are Like Cats

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I was thinking the other day how similar cats are to dragons. Think about it. See any similarities? So then of course the next step was to write a post- because of course. Anything can be a post, right? Although the more I thought about, the more likely it became. What if - looks around slyly- they ARE dragons, just, you know, enchanted to pass as cats? That would explain so much. But at any rate, here are my reasons why cats = dragons.

1) They sleep - a LOT. And they do that turn around thing when they lay down? Seriously, look at your cat sleeping sometime and then compare to this?

The Hobbit 

2) Dragons like shinies. So do cats. I mean I moved a piece of furniture the other day and you should have seen the treasure trove I uncovered- toys, milk rings, general stuff that they like to bat around the house and/ or covet. Um, dragon hoard much? 

3) They can be cruel. Let's face it, cats can do some messed up stuff. Bringing in live mice (and then letting them go- thanks cat!), but they have to practice their hunting skills, and if you've ever seen them catching and then releasing prey, only to catch it again, you know what I mean. Can't you see dragons doing that? 

4) Dragons and cats are aloof. Think Smaug! They do their own thing, they don't react well to being told their business, and they're just generally ornery at times. 

5) They like the darkness. Let's face it, cats thrive at night, and what do dragons choose for lairs? Yup, caves and dark places. 

6) They're cute when they're little. I mean, is there anything cuter than baby kittens? I don't know, but baby dragons might be close??

Old Tree Wallpaper by Deligaris

7) They're sneaky. 



8) They inspire great fear. Just as dragons are feared, think about how cats have been at times feared, but also in some cultures revered or even worshiped? 

9) They like fish. 
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10) They don't really give a fuck? 


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Bookcover Spotlight #147

The Reprisal (The After Trilogy Book 3)

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Comic of the Week #12 More Human Than Human?

Alex + Ada #5

Comic of the Week has been on a long hiatus but I wanted to bring it back since I've been reading graphic novels and comics again. Every week I'm going to showcase a comic or GN cover- could be old, could be new- and share a few thoughts on why I think it's special. Do you like what I picked out? Let me know in the comments, and as always, if you have a favorite cover or piece of comic art, let me know! 

This week is Alex and Ada #5. This is a powerful series about an AI who becomes (?) human and falls in love. Nice art and a great story.  

Movies That Suck #2 - Maximum Overdrive

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Movies That Suck is a feature where I watch a bad movie and share my reactions to it in real time. Sort of like live tweeting without the tweeting. I watch it so you don't have to! This will be spoilery I guess by definition, but since you probably won't want to watch these anyway it probably won't matter? But heads up anyways. So get comfortable, grab a favorite beverage, and let me tell you about a movie that sucks. 

This week is Maximum Overdrive, a film written and directed by Stephen King. Apparently King was doped up on coke for most of the production, and maybe that's why it's so good? Seriously though this is a guilty pleasure all the way, with really wonderful dialogue and excellent performances. Really. The premise is... machines come to life, and lots of killing ensues. I guess that's it? Anyway, let's get started. 

So right at the outset we're told that Earth has passed through the tail of a rogue comet. What does that even mean? But I guess we have our "cause" for machines, um, coming alive. We then segue right into my favorite part- where Stephen King himself goes to an ATM. This happens  



From there we go right to a bridge going up by itself. The only problem is there are cars and trucks on the bridge, so when it goes up- they go down. Mayhem and deaths ensue. 

Here comes the Green Goblin rig, pulling into the Dixie Boy truck stop for a gas-up. 

Ack Emilio Estevez is in this. Okay this movie is gonna suck. He's a short order cook at the truck stop, and his boss is Bubba. Clearly they don't get along. Meanwhile in the game room the pinball games are going apeshit, and the coffee dispenser is spitting out cups of coffee onto the floor. It's on, y'all. 

Note to gas attendants: don't peer into the gas pump when it stops working. 

Bubba wants Bill to work 9 hours and only clock 8. Bill says no but turns out he's on parole, so Bubba essentially owns his ass. Meanwhile poor waitress Wanda is making some eggs and an electric knife gets her on the arm. Billy kills it with a hammer, thank goodness. 

Hey Giancarlo Esposito is in this! Um, not for long... 

Cut to a baseball game and oh no- the pop machine isn't working. Oh now it is- it came out a little too fast though, right to the coach's groin. Oh dear... more cans come out. Coach is toast. Deke runs, horrified after a steamroller (where did that come from?) runs over his teammate Bobby. You know, the body count in this is already skyrocketing and I'm only fifteen minutes in? 

Brett shows up now, played by Laura Harrington. She's a drifter apparently, hitching a ride with some perv salesman, and she makes him pull into Dixie Boy after they hear on the radio to stay off the highways. And then Curtis and Connie appear- they're newlyweds- and after a truck nearly kills Curtis, she helpfully calls out "are you dead?" 

Brett tells Billy he's cute. She doesn't waste any time. 

Deke's back in his neighborhood and everyone's dead. Some woman is hanging out of a second floor window- death by hairdryer! And here comes the ice cream truck! Deke wisely hides, but a lawnmower almost gets him. Back at the Dixie Boy the killings continue- there goes the perv salesman. And now all the semis are starting up- that's not good. 



Curtis and Connie meanwhile are driving for their lives from a crazy truck. Luckily they make it to the Dixie Boy, but Connie needs to STFU with all the screaming. They almost get squashed on their way in but Billy and Brett come to the rescue. And Bubba's got a rocket launcher?? *sputter* Where the %^&* did he get THAT? 

So the semis are blockading Dixie Boy. Billy and Brett are getting friendly, but man the dialogue. "You sure make love like a hero," Brett tells him after they... tryst. Wow. I guess you have to find love where you can in the semi apocalypse. Oh and the sky is green... because, you know, the comet. Billy has an idea to go sailing to an island where no vehicles are allowed. Brett's up for it. Meanwhile Wanda Jane flips out, saying "We made them" and she goes out to scream at the trucks. 



Deke's across from the truck stop- he made it!- and is trying to find a way in. And the perv salesman is alive! And calling for help. Billy and Curtis make a play to help him, while more semis arrive- apparently they need to gas up. You know, as bad as this is, there's something kinda fun about watching this bullshit while For Those About To Rock plays. Billy and Curtis get to the salesman, who has since died, but they meet up with Deke and make it back to the truck stop. 

Okay the trucks want gas. And they wants it now. They communicate by Morse code, instructing the humans to pump gas. Wanda flips out again and gets killed... and the highway is clogged with trucks, all waiting to fill 'er up. Billy and the rest are soon exhausted... but they have a plan. They trick the trucks and make their escape, and the semis go berserk, bringing the place down. 

Billy and the rest make it to the marina, but Green Goblin is on to 'em. It runs over another person before Billy blows it away with the rocket launcher. And they're off! Out to sea, for a new beginning... or whatever. And we get a little postscript telling us that the Earth passed through the comet's tail, so apparently we're all good. Billy and Brett actually make kind of a cute couple, Deke survives, and even Curtis and Connie make it. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Movie Tie-In Covers

Annihilation

So I was thinking about movie tie-in covers the other day as I was reading Annihilation. This is one of the few books where I may like the movie cover better- and I know a lot of bloggers generally are not fans of movie tie-in covers, judging from past comments I've seen. But sometimes the movie version isn't bad! In this case I (narrowly) prefer the version above- the other cover of Annihilation is just a little too bland for me. In fact I wouldn't have known it was science fiction necessarily from the old cover- I mean it's got a plant and a dragonfly on it! Now looking closer, sure the plant looks rather menacing, but my point is that cover never really enticed me to pick that book up. 

In fact the only reason I read Annihilation was because a) the movie, and b) a blogger recommended it. But my bigger question is- what do you think? Movie tie-in covers- yea or nay? Or does it just depend on the book? I think for me I generally hate tie-in covers, but Annihilation is a case where maybe I make an exception. :) 

Below are a bunch of tie-ins. Let me know which you like- and any that I missed!  

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)Annihilation


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)


Gone GirlGone Girl


The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)

Water for ElephantsWater for Elephants

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1)


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2)


Twilight (Twilight, #1)Twilight (Twilight, #1)