Monday, July 31, 2017

Midnight, Texas

Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Books 1 and 2 in the Midnight, Texas series

These books are pretty interesting. I read them because I read most but not all of the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. Plus I saw that the TV show was going to be released soon. Reading the first two though looks like the TV show is going to change a lot.

Manfred, a psychic whose power only sometimes work, moves to the extremely small town of Midnight, Texas. All the residents are shall we say an eclectic bunch aka an intriguing plethora of many different kinds of supernatural. All the characters are interesting and have a variety of colorful pasts.

It’s told in multiple points of view but Manfred’s chapters were my favorite. The books are pretty slow moving but the mystery of it all is pretty intriguing too. Everything is pretty slow though though and it takes a while to get explanations for what's going on.

The relationships are all really well done. You'll be rooting for these characters especially when bad stuff starts to happen. I look forward to reading the third book and seeing if it connects everything together/or explains more.

The TV Show:

I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show now and it was pretty great. The show seems to be moving a lot faster than the books. Plus Manfred’s powers are a lot stronger than in the books. This show is definitely going on my must watch list.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stellar Catchphrase Forever

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Meanwhile, the middle of the New Mexican desert is witnessing an altogether different type of erection.”

“According to the laws of astrophysics, everyone has to shut the hell up.”


“Emily Dickinson says that hope is the thing with feathers. But I think hope is the thing with a doorway.”

“Catchphrase forever!”

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book took a little bit to sync with me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading, it just kind of draws you into its orbit.  Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way.

The setup and style of the book reminded me a lot of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (another awesome book that takes a look at tropes/satirizes the reality TV shows and politics of the world.)  

Throughout the book you know something really big/really bad happened. You just don’t know what exactly. This book very entertainingly shows you how they all got to this point and how this crazy reality stunt idea imploded. I know it’s a satire of reality shows/culture but parts of it do feel pretty darn believable especially in the world we live in today. I mean just look at the memes and catchphrases like “catchphrase forever” something like that could totally happen.  

These ten contestants check off all the reality show cliche boxes and are a blast to read about. The whole casting process is insane I mean just look at Matt and Kaoru and how everyone is cast one way or another. Nico and Bacardi are my favorite personality wise and because of how the book ends.

Their adventures aboard the Laika ship make for really great reality TV. Plus you will be kept guessing about what’s real and what exactly is happening. Just when you think nothing Science Fiction-y is going to happen then WAM you’re in for quite the intriguing surprise.

The ending is stupendous and will make you wonder what would happen to these characters and their futures.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Question of the Day - What Book Have You Finished Recently and Would Highly Recommend?

Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way. This book is no different, it took me a little bit to get into but I really loved where it went and it's plethora of quirky characters.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Comics Time - Check These Out

I’ve been reading a bunch of comics lately, here are some really great ones that you should read ASAP.

This comic has a crazy premise but it really works. Seeing all the Looney Toons characters personified as humans = some really dark noir intrigue. Plus Elmer Fudd has never been more terrifying.

I love Iceman from the movies and even that really old I think super nintendo or nintendo game based off of the X-Men. This comic throws you into the current world of the X-Men and Bobby trying to find out exactly who he wants to be.

Justice League and Power Rangers, it really shouldn’t work as well as it does. I truly loved it though. The art is great and the story works well too. If you watched Power Rangers and like the Justice League too then you should definitely check this out.

If you saw the new Wonder Woman movie then you should definitely check out this comic. The stories are so well done and show just how well rounded this character can be.