Monthly Archives: June 2011

Book Review: Room



A woman is taken captive at the age of 19 and held against her will in a small 11 x 11 garden shed. Her captor, Old Nick, has basically fortified the shed into a type of prison, keeping the woman as a sex slave. During her stay there, she gives birth to a boy, Jack. We’re brought into the story at the point of Jack’s 5th birthday as the woman and her son begin to formulate a plan to escape.

I’m not really sure what to say about this one. In all honesty, the writing really should have bothered me. In fact, when I started reading, I almost gave up immediately, I didn’t think I could handle an entire book written through the viewpoint of a 5 year old. I carried on however, and I’m glad I did.

I told a co-worker I was reading this book and proceeded to explain the plot. We often exchange recommendations in regards to what we’re currently reading and mine usually tend to be darker fiction. When I came to him with this recent purchase, he said “There must be something wrong with you. Why do you always pick the most depressing sounding books to read?”. I didn’t have an answer for him.

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Video Games: Kinect Fun Labs

I scanned myself into my XBOX.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new addition to the default Kinect software called Kinect Fun Labs.  Apparently, you can not only scan yourself into an avatar.. but you can also scan random things in your home.  Here’s a scan of me as an XBOX avatar.   If you cannot tell, I’m wearing a Starbucks t-shirt.

I’m awesome.

Movie Review: Red

John Malkovich in "Red"

Red was a fun movie, plain and simple.

I’ve been known to rather enjoy Bruce Willis movies in the past.  Big fan of the Die Hard flicks, loved Sin City and I even remember being OK with Hostage.  You’d be hard-pressed to get me to watch a Willis movie and say, “Wow, that was utter shit”.  Throw in a little John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman and you at least have a movie I’m willing to sit down and devote a few hours to.

So, when I finished Red, there was no surprise that I really enjoyed it.  I think Willis was given the lead role and the marketing was thrown behind him to tell the movie going audience, “Hey, this is a John McClane picture”.  I mean, why not?  The guy is a bankable screen presence.  The only problem was that John Malkovich stole the whole damn movie!  All the best and most memorable scenes where created by Malkovich’s character, Marvin Boggs.

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Book Review: Death Clutch

Brock Lesnar

I’ve read a lot of biographies written by professional wrestlers. They all talk about the passion it takes to be the best, the crowning achievements of their careers, their most memorable feuds and experiences. Lesnar, who spent 2 years at the top of the WWE mountain, spoke of how it was just “a job” that helped him pay off his student loans and make some money. That blew me away! He spoke to the fact that most guys spend their lives stuck in the business, never really branching out and escaping the vicious road schedule and often horrendous lifestyle. It basically backs up what Chris Jericho had been saying all these years, that you need to be able to have a life beyond professional wrestling.

At the time he was leaving WWE in 2004, I didn’t quite understand why. How could he leave at this point in his career? The man was a monster who took the industry by storm. Lesnar was such a natural in the ring and clearly had his best years ahead of him. However, after reading about his desire to be more of a family man in spending as much time as possible with his wife and children, you have to hand it to him getting out when he did.

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Book Review: The Waste Lands (Dark Tower # 3)

Stephen King

Where do I start with this one? Do I talk about how it’s one of the best 3rd books I’ve ever read in a series? That’s kind of a weird honor isn’t it? I mean, you can call a book “one of the best you’ve ever read” but when you start to say it’s the best 3rd entry in a series of books, you’re getting weirdly specific. Do I talk about how much I love Roland, Eddie, Suzannah and Jake? Do I say that they’re probably my favorite group of 4 people to ever trek across Mid-World in search of a giant tower? Because..well, they are. Do I talk about how love the mixture of high-speech and Mid-World mythology with the integration of “real world” characters like Eddie, Jake and Suzannah?’s awesome.

From start to finish, this book just blew me away. The opening alone is probably one of the best openings I’ve ever read; I was sucked in immediately. The experience I had when reading this book is the closest thing I can compare with the experience I had reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I had that same feeling of urgency when Jake was searching through New York, desperate to find his entrance into Mid-World as I had when the Man and the Boy were searching for food in The Road. I just couldn’t put it down. I needed to know if Jake was going to make it.

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