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Book Review: Mile 81

Mile 81

I don’t know exactly what King was going for here. At the end, he throws out a dedication to a few people who supported his earlier work, so I’m guessing he was going on nostalgia?

This thing reads like a really bad B-movie. Not in a good way. I could’ve done without the blatant and unnecessary plug for AT&T wireless internet. Also, all the mentioning of an ongoing series that he’s working on (American Vampire) and a film adaptation from his previous work (Christine) was kind of distracting and pulled me out of the story.

I don’t know what I expected. I loved Blockade Billy (his short story I read last summer).. but this just bothered me way too much.

Gah.

Book Review: The Burning Soul

I was lamenting to a friend on Friday how annoyed I was coming into the long weekend knowing that the new John Connolly book wouldn’t be out until Tuesday. It annoyed me that it was given two separate release dates, one for Australia, England and Ireland (September 1st) and another for North America (September 6th). I wanted it now! I definitely wanted to take advantage of all this free time I expected to have this weekend. So you can imagine my surprise and glee when I walked into the local bookstore on Friday night and saw it sitting on the shelf for sale.

As I’ve said before, Connolly’s Parker was the character that sucked me into mystery/detective fiction in the first place. After I had read Every Dead Thing about two and a half years ago, I knew this was going to become my genre of choice. When I had read that this novel closely resembled The Unquiet, I was a little nervous. It was by far, the book I had been most disappointed in. I opened that review stating I was getting “burned out” on the character! If not for the books that succeeded that entry, I may not have stayed with the series.

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Book Review: Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You

He Backs It Up.

I’ve been so busy lately that it took me almost a week to read a 112 page book. This is sad. I am a sad Brandon. That being said, there really isn’t a whole lot to say about this one.

Honestly, this is totally insane. There’s no better word to describe it, really. There are a lot of awesome one-liners and the humor is just completely off the wall. Next time I threaten someone, I’m totally going to tell them that I plan on “punching them in the fucking face a bunch of fucking times”.

Short review is short.

Thank you.

Book Review: John Dies At The End

Spoiler?

After reading a particular great review on GoodReads, I had to get my hands on this ASAP. Several people I follow on this glorious website have been singing the praises of bizarro fiction over the past number of months and have stirred up some interest in me about exploring the genre.

John Dies at the End was my first bizzaro experience and now has me dying to devour more material. It was everything I thought this genre was supposed to be.. totally fucked up, thrilling and interesting characters with hilarious dialouge.

I could go into detail explaining the plot, but it’s so out there that it’s best if maybe you go into it with a little ignorance and just let it unfold before you. There are so many twists and turns that I found it hard at times to put it down. It’s only because I’ve been so busy lately with personal matters that it had taken me about two weeks to fully finish.

 

Book Review: Room

Room

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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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? Because..it’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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Book Review: Bossypants

Tina Fey

In my opinion, biographies are the best possible option for audiobooks. This may come from my love of talk radio and podcasts or perhaps audio interviews in general but hearing the author talk about his/her life can be very satisfying. It can lend a quality that cannot be experienced while reading the physical book. In Tina Fey’s Bossypants, those qualities are Fey’s impressions, which are often hilarious (listen for Fey’s Alec Baldwin) as well as her natural skill for storytelling and sarcasm.

Her stories about growing up as the lucky daughter of the always stylish Don Fey, made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Her adventures in dating are both entertaining and sad at the same time. I can’t believe someone as awesome as Tina Fey ever had a hard time attracting the opposite sex.
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Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Dear Mr. Larsson,

Stieg Larsson

What happened, buddy?

You and I were on such great terms! I loved the first two parts of Millennium series, especially the second installment.. and although some people found it annoying, your style of writing about every single thing everyone did in the run of a day was enjoyable.

Brandon woke up, turned off the alarm clock. He stepped out of bed and walked to the kitchen. He took out a loaf of bread and put two slices in the toaster. He waited until the bread was browned nicely on both sides and grabbed the butter. Applying a generous amount, he was standing before his breakfast.

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Book Review: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

James Frey

I’m not a religious man by any means.

Growing up, my parents never involved me with any part of their religion. I was the kind of kid that had to attend church on Christmas and possibly Easter. Actually, organized religion sort of frightens me and I’m not really quite sure why. I think it has something to do with the religious fanatics that populate our world. Perhaps it’s the fact that some wars are started or heavily involved due to religious beliefs; that or it’s used as a motivational factor. I’ve often felt that the world would be a better place if we could all just do away with it altogether. I’m not saying that people who have religious beliefs are idiots – I just haven’t really been exposed to the good side of it. So, you can appreciate why I was a little weary when I heard that this was to be the subject of Frey’s next project. However, I remained hopeful.

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