Brooklyn Bridge 

  

Awesome shot of the Brooklyn Bridge 🗽🌆

Advertisements

Book Review #56

it.png

I read this book when I was in college. Although I have read numerous books since, by many authors  and on various subjects, nothing has topped this masterpiece. Few books stay with you like this one. Not just because of the horror, but because of King’s ability to make you feel like you are part of the group of seven main characters. His detail is so astounding, you catch yourself wondering about these people as if they are real. Normally, in a book with in excess of 1000 pages, you would expect some flat spots, but this book keeps you turning the pages all the way to the end. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the description of the creature at the end of the book, but in King’s defense, in many of his books his writing is so brilliant, that no ending/villain/creature could possibly live up to the expectations created by the story. I plan to read it again soon. A comment on the TV miniseries: Although it was entertaining, it does NOT do this book justice.

Stephen King’s It is completely engrossing, genuinely scary, and very endearing believe it or not. The central characters are a group of self-proclaimed “losers” who don’t fit in with the other kids in school. They naturally gravitate towards one another and become a very tight group of friends in the small town of Derry Maine during a seemingly everlasting summer in the 1950’s. They make the swampy bottom area of town called the Barrens their personal clubhouse, and each of their unique talents and family backgrounds come into play.

Derry is cursed by a being they call “It,” which has inhabited the town for hundreds of years. It appears to each person as the sum of their own worst fears, forcing them to face their own demons in turn. The story goes back and forth between the group in the 1950’s as children and the group in present day as grownups, gathered back in Derry to face It again after it resurfaces 28 years later and resumes abducting and killing children.

I would recommend this book to anybody…even those readers who are not fans of the horror genre.

Book Review #55

41m-ZExBTnL._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

1.) This is an okay book, neither as good as it’s fans claim, nor as bad as its detractors say.


2.)It is, however, a lousy sequel to “Jurassic Park”; for one thing, it does not follow the obvious plotline Crichton set out at the end of “Jurassic Park” (the dinosaurs escaping to the jungle) for the planned sequel. For another, contrary to what Crichton claims at the beginning of this book, which claim is defended by his obsequious fans among the reviewers, Ian Malcolm was quite thoroughly dead at the end of “Jurassic Park”, sufficiently much so that it rated a comment which I quote: “They (the Costa Rican government) did not even permit the burial of Hammond or Ian Malcolm.” If the story had been told in the first person, and this comment had come from the mouth of a fallible character, Crichton’s claim in “Lost World” that rumors of Malcolm’s death had been erroneous would have been plausible. But the story was told in the third person, omniscient narrator style; that quote came from the mouth of the author, and can not, therefore, be set aside so easily. Yet here in “The Lost World”, that is exactly what Crichton tries to do: he claims that rumors of Malcolm’s death were greatly exaggerated.


3.) Why does he do this? It’s pretty obvious, actually, and I’m astounded that none of the other 400+ reviewers here seem to have figured it out. It has nothing to do with needing to bring him back to make the book match the movie sequel; nothing else in the book matched the movie, so what makes anyone think that Crichton or the producers would care if that detail was different? No, it has to do with the fact that if Malcolm isn’t available, Crichton doesn’t have anyone handy to spout chaos theory, and he neither wants to leave out his pet pseudoscience, nor create a brand-new chaotician character to act as his mouthpiece. Understandable, but not really forgivable; if he needed to keep Malcolm alive for the sequel, he shouldn’t have killed him off in the first place. Very careless.


4.) One of the weakest points in the plot is the fact that I find it extremely implausible that Malcolm would even CONSIDER going anywhere near the island once the suggestion was made that there might, again, be dinosaurs on it. After what he’d been through in “Jurassic Park”, and given what we know of his character, it seems highly out of character for him to so readily join the expedition. There should at least have been serious soul-searching, or a more pressing reason for him to go. As it was, he seemed almost eager: ‘Oh, the dinosaurs may not all be dead after all? Well, in that case count me in!’ Just not at all in character, but then again, see comment #3; Crichton needed him to be there, so he was there. Never mind what the character would really do.


5.) There is almost NOTHING in common between the novel, “Lost World”, and the movie, “The Lost World”. There are two characters in common, plus one character in the movie who is sort of a pastiche of two of the characters in the book (Thorne and Eddie are sort of combined into one), and I think there was one scene that was similar; I don’t remember the movie well enough to be certain. But seriously, that’s IT. I’ve never seen a movie have less in common with the book it’s named after (I won’t even say ‘based on’, ’cause it really WASN’T!).


All in all, a tolerably good action-adventure novel, but don’t expect it to follow logically from “Jurassic Park”, or to bear any resemblance to the movie version.

Book Review #54

61uYQM9S3mL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel, “Fight Club,” is one of the greatest, provocative, and enlightening books written for our generation. It’s a must-read, with a brilliant story, a writing style wonderfully crafted to depict the real world for as disgusting as it is, and a mischievous character who goes by the name of Tyler Durden, who’s out to change the grotesque problems of modern-day society, for good.

And great brain food. There are some issues and statements given in this book that really make you think especially about how we’re defining “progress” for humanity. How do we define success and progress, but by how big of a house we have, or how much we have in the bank, or how pretty our wives look? In this book, the anti-society society “Fight Club” determines success by how little you have.
“Only until we lose everything, are we free to do anything.”
Tyler Durden, Fight Club–the movie

Modern-day consumer-driven cultures have begun to press down on people to the breaking point, and now Tyler Durden has started his own therapy group that is growing rapidly in number by each session. It’s a therapy group, unlike most of the others, and instead of giving you guided spiritual meditation and opening your chakras, it promotes violence, pain, and self-destruction. It’s a group where aggressive males are sporting organized fight sessions to empower themselves by hitting rock bottom. Its called “Fight Club,” and it’s rapidly spreading in bars all over the United States.

But I’ve probably said too much already. “First rule of fight club is you cannot talk about fight club, and the second rule of fight club is you cannot talk about fight club.”
It’s one of the fastest books I’ve ever read, and it left me completely hooked, all the way until the end. The only thing I didn’t like was all the room for expansion. Palahniuk really could have exploded on some of his ideas and perspectives a whole lot more, but it was still a great book and very reader worthy.

Another disappointment was the cost for this book. After 20th Century Fox made the snazzy cover art for the book, they also jacked up the price to 13 bucks a copy, which is very ironic, especially when Fight Club’s motto was to screw perfection and neatness. But that’s show-bizz.

My recommendation: Watch the movie first, get blown away, then read the book and get more in-depth with the story. “Fight Club” is an inspiring and completely awesome story. Watch the movie. Read the book. Both are great, and after you’ve been as enlightened as much as possible, start your own Fight Club.

Book Review #53

41lfCsCLlzL._SX306_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

This is one movie I have not seen, Don’t want to see, & I don’t think I will EVER see it

I read this book in three nights…I could not put it down. The research on mental illness is very informative. This book is called a horror but I see it also as a Psychological Thriller. There are many upsetting and disturbing parts to the content that I found I was unable to digest with mentally stable thoughts.

I just got this book for my Kindle. I heard the movie is good (Again I will never watch), but the book deserves credit in its own right. The battle between good and evil, the eventual triumph over Satan, all of the elements keep me reading, despite the disturbing scenes. What I take away from the story is that you can face all kinds of Hell, and still survive, as Regan does. Horror story or not, I consider it an uplifting message, not to mention thrilling. People with strong faith or without any faith at all should read this book.

For those of you that don’t know the story…The Exorcist is the story of Regan MacNeil, the 12 year old daughter of actress Chris MacNeil, and the nightmarish ordeal of demonic possession that they must endure. The book builds slowly, allowing you to get to know the characters, but never lets it’s relentless pace falter; Blatty uses some razor-sharp prose, and some amazing psychological and theological viewpoints, to carry the reader along to the riveting conclusion. Blatty also creates some truly unforgettable characters, such as Father Merrin, the aged Exorcist who is drawn into battle once more with his implacable enemy, Pazuzu(Devil), and Detective Kinderman, who is, for my money, the coolest fictional detective since Sherlock Holmes.

One important thing…There is a lot X rated wording and scenes that I found actually sickening(ex: blasphemous, language, content,etc). You must have an open mind to get through this and capture the true meaning of what the story conveys.

As a Christian, I was worried that I would get offended, and Yes I did at times, but I kept an open mind. If you want a truly well written thriller, give The Exorcist a try.

Book Review #52

41bNXj14ixL._SX300_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

I’m Baaaccckkkk.

okay everyone, I’m back to posting. Had to take some time off to grieve.

Now lets get to the review

It must be tough to be Stephen King. You imagine the big man going about his life, experiencing the prosaic tedium of the daily routine, when horrible thoughts ride into his head and just won’t go away. Again, King takes a very basic human experience and makes it horrible.

Cujo is among the finest of his fiction that doesn’t draw on supernatural or mystical powers. Who needs that kind of magic when you have an insane, 200 pound St. Bernard slobbering and gnashing its teeth?

The truly frightening element of this book is the simplicity of it. A stressed out woman taking a ride to the mechanic’s with her young son. A vacant house in the Maine countryside. A stalled car. The heat of July bearing down and the monstrous menace of the killer dog. It’s a scenario that doesn’t require much of the imagination. Who hasn’t found himself in a tight spot now and then? And who hasn’t been betrayed by an imagination that insists on presenting all of the worst case scenarios in hideous, slow motion detail?

This is what Stephen King does, and he is about his work with mastery here. You are in the car as the grotesque, growling beast throws himself over and over at the side of the crumbling Pinto. You are the horror stricken mother, trying to hold her mind together while her small and helpless son shrieks from the passenger seat. You feel the sweat creeping into every crack and crevice as the heat inside this rickety shelter climbs to 100 degrees and higher. You feel all this because at one point, King felt it and decided he wanted to share. Cujo is Jaws retired to the sleepy town of Castle Rock, Maine. Only the fright of Jaws was limited. You can always stay out of the water. To avoid terror like that of Cujo, why you’d have to avoid the outdoors altogether and never drive again.

This is the perfect book to thrust on that friend who avoids King’s works because he or she doesn’t like vampires and killer clowns. Cujo is real world horror, with real people thrust into it. Novels like this one are the reasons King reigns over this genre. He doesn’t need ghosts and devils to scare you.

Excellent read but then again it’s Stephen King at his best!