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review 2018-11-18 23:33
The Meg
Meg - Steve Alten

This was going to be a 5 star rating, but the book needed editing. There were a few grammatical errors that were easy to spot. Also took half a star for the misogyny. It didn't bother me too much because it was military guys being that way, and that's just the nature of them. My husband tells me stories of his buddies that would make my skin crawl if I knew it wasn't a joke.

 

Anyway, the plot was fast paced, the characters varied, and the settings well described. My recommendation is to not read Meg: Origins first, even though it's in the front of the book. Read the actual novel then go back and read the prequel. It gives things more suspense. 

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text 2018-11-18 19:32
I'm back!

I made it back yesterday, although I was too loopy from lack of sleep to do much besides eat and take just enough out of my suitcases to be able to brush my teeth and go to bed. Now I'm trying to get back into my regular routines, which I completely tossed out the window in the past couple weeks.

 

One of the things I neglected to do was my regular physical therapy exercises and stretches, which I'm now paying for. I made myself go to the gym this morning, and between the suddenly cold weather and my foolish decision to skip exercises, it'll probably take a bit before I can do lunges again without my hip complaining.

 

I was going to go see the first of three special showings of Castle in the Sky this afternoon, but my local movie theater mysteriously decided to cancel all three showings without warning. It's disappointing, but looking on the bright side, I saved $22 and now have the afternoon free. I might start working on my short vacation reading posts - apologies in advance for clogging up your Dashboards.

 

The things you can expect to see:

  • Assassination Classroom (remember all those inspiring teacher/delinquent students movies in the '80s and '90s? this is a bit like that, only the teacher is an alien planning on destroying the Earth in a year and the students are trying to kill him)
  • Black Butler (which took a shocking and not altogether welcome turn, although maybe this means the series is finally inching towards its endgame)
  • Delicious in Dungeon
  • Fence 
  • The Girl from the Other Side
  • Guardians of the Louvre
  • Hikaru no Go (I realized I'd never actually finished the manga, although I've seen the anime and remember matching up the dialogue bubbles in Japanese editions of the manga to terrible fan translations)
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
  • Natsume's Book of Friends
  • Skip Beat!
  • The Tea Dragon Society

 

Also, Christina Dodd's Because I'm Watching.

 

I'll also be writing about the three movies I watched, but I probably won't be posting those here. The movies, if you're curious, are the new Fahrenheit 451 (meh), Netflix's Death Note (I know I said I wasn't going to watch this, but I did, and it was as terrible as I feared), and Khoobsurat (meh, but at least pretty).

 

I managed to watch about a third of a Chinese drama called Love 020. It's kind of terrible, and yet I can't stop watching. It's the TV equivalent of eating a bag of snack food. You tell yourself you're going to stop after a handful, and then suddenly the bag is empty and there is no room for food with actual nutrition. How do the hero and heroine manage to be so perfect without literally the entire cast hating them? Who's the guy at the cafeteria? Will the heroine ever get to display her fabulous computer-related skills again in some environment other than her favorite MMORPG? How awful will Cao Guang behave in his mistaken belief that Bei Wei-Wei is his girlfriend? I have 20 more episodes to go, and at this rate I might finish them all over the next week.

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review 2018-11-10 02:51
Love, Christmas - Movies You Love (The Holiday Series #2) Anthology
Love, Christmas - Movies You Love - Jen Talty,Mimi Barbour,Stacy Eaton,Rachelle Ayala,Leanne Banks

 

Review: Love, Christmas - Movies You Love (The Holiday Series #2) by Mimi Barbour, Leanne Banks, Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Rebecca York, Jacquie Biggar, Alicia Street, Nancy Radke, Katy Walters, Stephanie Queen, Aileen Fish, Rachelle Ayala, Dani Haviland, Traci Hall, Taylor Lee, Donna Fasano, Cynthia Cooke, Susan Jean Ricci, Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins, Natalie Ann, Ev Bishop, Alyssa Bailey, Stacy Eaton, Jen Talty

 

 

Love, Christmas - Movies You Love is an emotional high. This group of authors blend multiple feelings into one overpowering voice. There is a dreamer in us all and Ayala, Barbour, Banks and Risk help it break free. York gives that sense of danger. While Biggar, Fasano and Hall give us reason to hope. With tons of heart, bundles of laughs and charismatic characters this boxset is an irresistible find.

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review 2018-11-05 02:50
Finally took the time to watch The Haunting of Hill House, and color me impressed

 

It took me several attempts but thanks to the brilliant and persuasive review of The Haunting of Hill House by Char's Horror Corner, I pushed on through and watched the whole thing and what to you know, I liked it. Like a lot!

 

I wouldn't call it terrifying, exactly, but oh, how much fun it was to just sit there and let the story unravel and try to connect all the pieces together. Horror? Don't think so. It was however edge-of-your-seat suspenseful and an amazing psychological thriller.

 

 

 

The best part though, the family dynamics. The Crains siblings lived a very happy, practically idyllic childhood up until they moved to that old house. I don't know if it's because my family is almost as big as theirs (and we bicker almost as much) or because all of the actors portrayed their characters with such realism that it was nearly impossible not to grieve with them. Or laugh at all their antics for that matter...  

 

(I laughed so hard at that one ↑↑↑) 

 

 

So, in short, if you have doubts about it because you don't do horror or you're scared you're going to be scared witless, you should still give this one a chance. I mean, yeah, there are a few jump scare moments but nothing that's not going to let you sleep at night - I hope *he he*

 

I think once you get a hang of the story there is not much to be scared of because there is nothing to be scared of (sort of). You really just want the family to be happy. To be able to move on with their lives without the pain of the past or fear for their future. 

I think the hours spent watching this show were hours very well spent. 

 

 

 

"I loved you completely. And you loved me the same. That's all. The rest is confetti."

 

 

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go dry up my tears and get me a copy of the book. 

 

 

Have you watched it yet? Have you read about this theory? I did cry... and got upset at myself for not realizing it before o.O

 

And did you catch all the "extras"? It took me a few episodes to realize it but once I did it was impossible not to take notice.

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text 2018-11-02 09:00
Wicked Reads 'Horror Movie Listicle' aka ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’
There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins

 

When someone recently asked ‘Katherine, can I send you some candy and a book?’, what on earth do you think I possibly replied? 

 

There was a teeny catch - well, actually a few (and yes, luckily I knew the sender); there were some rules to this 'Wicked Reads' Halloween campaign...

 

 

THE RULES
 
1.    BEWARE, AND ONLY ENTER, IF YOU DARE.
 
2.    CHOOSE A PIECE OF CANDY AND A SPECIFIC DATE – Each piece of candy is tangled with a specific book. 
 
3.    WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK TO ARRIVE – I will mail your package to you. Optional: Brew potions, howl at the moon, do the monster mash, and practice your maniacal laughter.
 
4.    OPEN YOUR PACKAGE– Carefully open your package, explore the haunted contents, and dissect your Eerie-sistible read. 
 
5.    TIME’S UP– Make sure to grin like the Grim Reaper before posting your scheduled ghoulish content and send me a spooky link.
 
 

 

I won't tell you the books but I WILL tell you the candies: they were TWIZZLERS, SOUR PATCH KIDS, SNICKERS, JOLLY RANCHERS, & SWEDISH FISH.

 

Which would have you have chosen?

 

I was hoping for a gory, bloody read, and my guessing wasn't too bad (I nearly matched the book to the candy I wanted!). I did get one of the books I hoped for though - 'There's Someone Inside Your House', by Stephanie Perkins - because  I wanted to write a creative post about my favorite slasher/horror movies.

 

'There's Someone Inside Your House' is a YA thriller-horror of the slasher variety; someone is killing teens at the high school, so naturally the list is where my head went to...

 

WHY??

I used to work in film production (I have a BA in film) and I had the devilish delight of working on a whole slew of 'highly-rated' and so-much-fun-to-make horror movies during my illustrious film-making career.

This is my favorite movie-watching season so this just had to be done!

 

 

*MY ULTIMATE MUST-SEE HORROR-SLASHER MOVIE LIST*

 

*I do give some details about the movies away but not too much; you may know some of these, yes?! Click on the titles to take you to the movie links on IMDb after you have read my blurbs: 

 

HALLOWEEN (1978) - This really is the penultimate classic teen slasher movie, and it stars The Scream Queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis. Michael Myers has escaped a mental institution and is on the loose in Haddonfield on Halloween night. Jamie Lee plays Laurie, and this movie made her a star. You won't forget that ominous soundtrack, and you won't get that masked face out of your mind.

*Subsequent 'Halloween' movies (not talking about the recent installment) weren't quite as good, but do watch the second one right after the first for full effect.

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) - This started yet another horror movie franchise (and again didn't expect to), but this time the star wasn't even in the original/first installment. Everyone seems to know about Jason Voorhees terrorizing the campers who come to Camp Crystal Lake, but this 'campy' debut in the series is one to watch because of how it's a little different from the ones that follow. The deaths are gory, there's lots of blood, and you will probably recognize only Kevin Bacon as one of the actors who went on to anything after this.

*Again, the second installment is alright too, as is the third; the Jason character has a metamorphosis in the films, but after that, the killings get to the point where they are laughable or gratuitous. The actor who plays Jason believes he has the highest body count of any horror actor, and takes great pride in doing his role.

 

 

SCREAM (1996) - A movie that turned the entire horror genre on its head, coming from the horror-movie making legend Wes Craven (of 'A Nightmare of Elm Street' fame), 'Scream' has its costumed killer targeting a group of teens by using the 'rules' of horror movies as his 'code'. Like Hitchcock's 'Psycho', when its star is killed off very early on, Drew Barrymore is the first to go, which totally threw the audience through a loop. This movie really is genius, and because it comes from one of the horror masters, there are gems in here (humor, pacing, the script, references to other movies), that would otherwise fall flat with another filmmaker.

*Inspired one of the most recognizable Halloween costumes (the 'Scream' mask) I can think of.

 

PROM NIGHT (1980) - Hot off her 'Halloween' success, Jamie Lee Curtis decided to take on another horror, shedding the veneer of being the vulnerable screamer. This time she's prom queen, and one of a small group of teens who covered up the accidental death of a friend six years ago. Naturally it's the night of the high school senior prom and what better occasion than this for a masked killer to knock off these teenagers who need to pay for what they allowed to happen to their friend all those years ago.

*Features some excellent disco tracks, rad dance moves and fashion.

 

THE SHINING (1980) - This film upped the ante when it came to horror because of all the perfect ingredients. First of all, its A-list director, Stanley Kubrick, was a master filmmaker, and he employed a brilliant cast, including Jack Nicholson in one of his most unforgettable roles. Based on the haunting book by one of the most profilic horror writers of our time, Stephen King, ‘Jack Torrance’, his wife and child, head to the deserted Overlook Hotel (could there ever be a more memorable movie setting too?!) to be ‘caretakers’ in the off-season and so Jack can write. But his descent into madness, played so well by Nicholson, directed perfectly by Kubrick, is captured on film and it’s movie perfection. 

 

*Stephen King wasn’t too impressed with the adaptation, despite this being regarded as one of the best movies of all time, and one of the best of his book adaptations.

**Considered a ‘slasher’ movie because of the famous axe swinging (that axe lives here in Seattle at the ‘MoPop’ at the Horror Exhibit).

 

 

SHREDDER (2001) - Last but not least, I thought I’d include this straight-to-DVD slasher-horror movie that I worked on, quite a few moons ago now. It’s not great, it’s actually funny in parts, and it’s aimed at a teen audience, but I would have to say it was one of the craziest movie-making experiences I ever had. We filmed it up at Silver Mountain, Idaho, and the majority of it was filmed at night; standing in the snow for hours in the middle of the night making movies is a cold business (and we made a bloody mess wherever we went). I took the gig because I had friends working on it, and I wanted the challenge of working on a movie in the snow and on a mountain, and I was pretty stoked at myself. 

Movie-making is fun, but it’s HARD! I worked on movies for about 10+ years.

*There’s nothing quite as funny as taking breaks with actors with ice picks in their backs...

 

I hope you enjoyed my list; are any of these new to you? What’s your favorite?

 

 

I’ll be finishing off my book right now; thank you to Penguin and the Wicked Reads campaign for the goodies and my signed copy of the pretty book you see below! 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797848-there-s-someone-inside-your-house
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