lurkerwithout: (television)
Haven s.2:  Several new long-term cast additions.  Notably Jason Priestly as Son of Mayor Charm and Adam "Edge" Copeland as Dwight the Cleaner.  Plus lots of Mythology mixed in with all the Monster-of-the-Week.  Especially for Duke's family history and the coy secret back-story of Dave & Vince.  Though going from the season finale to some kind of Christmas special is kind of weird.  They should probably have moved those around in the schedule.

Moana:  Rewatch, still gorgeous with great songs and perfect line-readings from Dwayne Johnson as Maui.

lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
I should really get these done sooner, I've been seriously slacking on them. And April was a pretty light month with the books read. Started with an urban fantasy series involving tooth fairies by Jennifer Safrey called Tooth & Nail. Don't remember a lot about this, beyond that the main character was an amateur female boxer, the fae were kinda callous jerks and the bad guy master plan involved mind altered kids. Also that I didn't care for it even a little...

After that I went with the second of Tobias Buckell's "Xenowealth" series, Ragamuffin. It takes awhile before the new characters meet up with the original cast, but it gives some excellent world building in its on-the-run tour of parts of the Benevolent Satrapy, where humanity are 3rd class citizens at best. Also some excellent zero-g gunfight sequences...

Next up is the second of Phil & Kaja Foglio's text versions of Girl Genius, Agatha & the Clockwork Princess. Like the previous novel, the Foglios do a great job of adapting formats, losing nothing from the original and adding just a small amount of extra info to increase the value of the book. The book covers volumes Four thru Six of the comic. And I'm hopeful that the next volume will be able to cover Agatha and Castle Hetrodyne in less time...

And then still another second volume, with Dan Well's Mr. Monster. I've been hesitant to finish up this trilogy, since much of whats going on the head of the budding sociopath teen protagonist disturbed me. Plus it involved violence against a cat which is just one of my buttons. The roommate assures me the mental state of John Cleaver improves a bit in the finale, so I'll probably get around to it fairly soon. After all I've still got some curiosity about how this whole Dexter + Buffy concept works out...

I then tried another book by Chris Roberson, End of the Century. It makes a somewhat novel take on the Arthurian mythos and has an interesting interconnected three-time period story. But something about how the ending shows that it was mostly a way to interlock several of Roberson's previous stories and characters that left me feeling fairly ambivalent about it...

Happily getting Jenny "the Bloggess" Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened was a much more positive reading experience. Lawson's website is often one of the funniest things I'll read and her first book collection didn't disappoint...

Read the first of Alan Dean Foster's "Tipping Point" cyberpunk books the Human Blend and enjoyed it quite a bit. I like the set-up where much of human society indulges in wildly varying body modifications...

The next two e-books are really more novellas or even short stories than full length books. But both are quite good. Stephen King's Mile 81 is creepy and weird and he manages to give real depth to characters you only get to spend a page or two with. And John Scalzi's Election about a human running for city council seat that hasn't had a human win it in decades is just funny and clever in all the best ways...

After that I finally got around to finishing up Sherwood Smith's "Wren" series with Wren's Quest, Wren's War and Wren Journymage, a YA fantasy series focused on a teen princess and her wizard in training best friend...

Blake Crouch's Run was a very nasty piece of survival horror. The set-up is that a large portion of America's population seemingly goes crazy overnight and becomes a merciless army dedicated to wiping out the rest of the population. Regardless of what their previous relationships might have been. The struggle by the point of view family to survive both the kill-crazy mobs and nature was pretty brutal...

Next was a reread of the George R.R. Martin edited Fort Freak. I'd already read the latest Wild Card anthology, but I ordered my own copy when it hit mass-market paperback. And after that was another anthology with the May 41st edition of the Grantville Gazette (edited still by Flint and Goodlet) coming out a couple days early...

And I finished out the month with Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez. An ok teen girl urban fantasy and start to a series that I picked up as a Daily Deal at some point. The urban fantasy bits seemed a bit hastily added into the teen girl mystery base concept. Still, an ok read but not something where I see myself tracking down the further books in the series...

Total Books: 16

Yeah a very light month. And thats with almost too short to count Mile 81 and Election added in...
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
A somewhat skimpy list of books read for last month. Including a large number of anthologies. Starting with Chuck Wendig's Irregular Creatures, a collection of loosely fantastic beast themed short stories. Of which I probably liked the one about the flying cat best. Then I finally got around to finishing up Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars. Not his best collection. A Murder Leads to Madness, a Brutal Revenge From a Forgotten Victim, a Deal With the Devil and a Family Member With a Dark Secret stories. The 3rd one, "Fair Extension" is both a very dark and sort of comedy, but also the strongest of the bunch...

After that was the free e-book anthology from Rockstar Games that is a tie-in to their L.A. Noire. A couple good pieces of noir/pulp fiction and some so-so ones. But a steal given the price and the talent involved. I also snagged the roommate's copy of the latest Wild Cards' anthology, Fort Freak (G.R.R. Martin ed.) I liked this one about the Jokertown precinct house a great deal. Truly one of the best in the long running series. And the last anthology for the month was the Anthology With No Name Vol. 1 - A Fistful of Dead Guys edited by SHane L. Hensley. A very short collection, with several of the stories suffering by being split up so they continue in latter volumes of this "Deadlands" tie-in series...

I also started the month with a new series by Daniel Fox. Dragon in Chains is a fantasy series loosely based around one of the various feudal China civil wars. Good enough that I'll probably eventually get the rest of the series...

Several of the anthologies before were free e-books as was Treasure Island by Roboert Louis Stevenson. This was one of many classics I've decided to finally get around to since so many of them are available for free from Amazon. Liked it a lot more than I was expecting and I'm looking forward to getting to more of R.L. Stevenson's books...

Almost forgot the more a novella in length prose adaptation of Mark Crilley's first chapter to his Akiko comic series. Akiko on the Planet Smoo starts up his kid's adventure story. Still a fun read even lacking all the pretty pictures...

Got the next book in Mark Hodder's steampunk series starring Sir Richard Burton. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man has Burton and his allies strive to defend Regent and Country from an army of anarchist ghosts with mysterious foreign backers...

After that were a couple more e-books. Discovered that there was a sequel to Martin Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl, the Curse of the Werewolf Girl. I might actually like this more than the earlier one and that is easily in my top list of urban fantasy. Then the Shotgun Rule an early crime/pulp book from Charlie Huston. This one is about a group of teen-age, well, hooligans in a small California town...

Went back to try some more Brandon Sanderson first with Mistborn and then ending the month with Well of Ascension. Much more polished books than Elantris and an intriguing system of magic. The second book is nice in showcasing the consequences that come once your ragtag band of rebels and outlaws overthrows the Giant Evil Overlord...

The roommate got me to try out a couple more books as well. First Larry Correia's Hard Magic. Which is a bit steampunk and a bit pulp and more than a bit like Heroes when it didn't suck if it had set in the 30s. And also Victor Gischler's Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. An enjoyable and darkly comic post-apocalypse survival novel. Some brutal fucked up moments in that one, even some of the funnier moments...

Total books: 15

The Mist

Feb. 16th, 2009 06:52 am
lurkerwithout: (Puss in boots)
Oh fucking C'MON! I totally call bull-shit on that ending. Seriously. You have to be FUCKING kidding me! No, fuck that. The last TWO MINUTES drop this from a 4/5 to a 2/5 for me. The hell with that...
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
So I finished. And yep, I was pretty disappointed. Why?

Reasons why )

Oh well, at least the series finished. I've given up on Robert Jordan without even trying to read the latest book...
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
I'm about halfway through The Dark Tower and only one thing is bothering me so far. Its not that King is rambling and meandering (and he does, but I've never been bothered by writers with diareha of the type-writer provided what they write is interesting). And its not that he's obsessed with getting hit by a car ('cause its understandable. I mean if I spent months and months in rehab after getting run over I'd obsess as well). Its that Flagg went out like a bitch.

I mean this was the guy who SURVIVED a nuke/hand of god at the end of The Stand. The Walkin' Dude. Heavy psychic/super-natural powers. And he goes down like a chump to the flava of the week villian. Booo!

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