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Friday, October 31, 2014

Game Review For The Walking Dead:The Game - Season 1

Premise:A convicted killer and a little girl stick with a group of survivors during the zombie apocalypse.

Cast:
Dave Fennoy as Lee Everett, Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, Gavin Hammon as Kenny, Cissy Jones as Katjaa, Jolene, and Brie, Max Kaufman as Duck, Nikki Rapp as Lily Caul, Terence McGovern as Larry Caul, Nick Herman as Glenn Rhee, Nicole Vigil as Carley, Sam Joan as Doug, Mark Middleton as Mark, Chuck Kourouklis as Hershel Greene, Peter Edward Mussard as Shawn Greene, Brian Sommer as Danny St. John, Adam Harrington as Andy St. John, Jeanie Kesley as Brenda St. John, Roger Jackson as Charles, Owen Thomas as Omid, Mara Junot as Christa and Anna Correa, Erin Yvette as Molly, Mark Barbolak as the cop

Available On:
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Xbox One

ESRB Rating:
M for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, and strong language

Genres:
Action adventure, horror, point-and-click

Notes:
Cover art taken from IMDB.

Pros:
Decent main character and story. Mildly entertaining. Lets you rewind if you get stuck.

Cons:
Terrible graphics. The controls. Panic sequences. The choices are often pointless. The voice acting on Clementine.



As a man convicted for killing his wife's boyfriend is driven down to his new home, something appears in the road. Something human and yet inhuman. Something that should be 100% dead, but is up and walking around. The zombie apocalypse has begun.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Album Review:House Of Heroes

Artist:House of Heroes
Image credit:Amazon

Songwriters:A.J. Babcock, Tim Skipper, Colin Rigsby

Genres:Rock, alternative

General thoughts:Most of the rock bands I listen to, unsurprisingly, are pretty emotional. Bonus points if they're also male-fronted and Christian. But compared to most bands I've heard over the years such as Switchfoot or Relient K, this is kind of dark. In fact, I'd be quicker to compare it to something like Evanescence.

Subject matter includes the fact that the world around us is messed up and cares more about things that don't end up mattering that much. There's also watching people you love suffer. A few underwhelming lyrics pop up now and again, but nothing that ruins the whole thing.

Overall, I liked it and would recommend to those who don't mind some dark lyrics mixed in with their Christian rock.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Soundtrack Review:The Dark Knight Rises

Image credit:Amazon
Composers:Hans Zimmer, Andrew Zack, Lorne Balfe, Mel Wesson, Tom Holkenborg

General thoughts:If Batman and his movies are dark and brooding, then you'd expect the background music to be that way. And you would be right.

A few tracks sound creepy in a not-immediate danger kind of way, more you know something bad is going to happen soon. Others skip that and go straight for "bad stuff is happening right now."

It sounds very similar to the scores to the other movies, so if you've already bought the soundtrack for Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, just skip this.

Overall, I recommend it to anybody who loves Batman.

Ridiculous and Pointless Stuff (I Do Anyway)

These things are nonsensical and unproductive. I know they are. Yet for some reason, I continue to do them.


  • Fixing my hair before my self-defense class:Even thought a) no one cares and b) it's going to be a disaster by the end anyway.
  • Changing blog and post addresses:It's going to break any links that were there, so why do it? Really, why?
  • Watching shows and movies I don't like:Now that I review them here, I at least have an excuse. But still. Why did I watch all ten seasons of Smallville when I didn't even enjoy it that much?
  • Staying up ridiculously late when I need to get up early the next day:Getting up to do something is in of itself stressful enough. Lack of sleep will not help anything.
  • Reading articles that spoil shows and movies I plan to watch:Seriously, why?
  • Waiting until the last minute to get ready:My mind tells me "Don't worry, you've still got time." And then I run a serious risk of being late.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Dracula

This is intended for the original book. Any applications to adaptions just kind of happened.


  • I've heard a few people comment on Dracula's homoerotic treatment of Jonathan. Hmm, that interpretation actually makes some sense. After all, vampires are meant to represent forbidden sexuality (in this story alone, they deal with rape, adultery, and polygamy). But I think in the end, it's better this wasn't blatantly explored because, as mentioned, there are already a lot of different sexual issues brought up.

Book Review:Dracula

Image credit:Wikipedia
Premise:Two couples are put in danger when they're targeted by a bloodthirsty monster.

Author:
Bram Stoker

Genres:
Horror

Notes:
Cover is 1st edition and is public domain.

Pros:
No cheesy human/vampire romance. Plenty of suspense. A few good characters. Creepy villain.

Cons:
Nonsensical moves. Can be hard to understand. Drags in places. Anti-climatic ending


Ever got a feeling about someone you've met? Like they seem friendly enough, but they have a dark secret? Then you have a basic idea about how Jonathan Harker feels about his host.

And that feeling of creepiness is continued through diaries of unaware victims. You know that terrible things are going on, and that these people are in danger, even if they don't. And another thing that I love about this book is the fact that there isn't any cheesy romance that seems to be a staple of modern vampire stories. Oh, there's sex, but it's not very fun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Movie Review:The Dark Knight Rises


Premise:After years of hiding, Batman is drawn out for one more fight for Gotham.

Cast:Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Ben Mendelsohn as Daggett, Matthew Modine as Foley, Burn Gorman as Stryver

Director:Christopher Nolan

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and language

Genres:Action, sci-fi

Notes:The final film in the Dark Knight trilogy. Images taken from Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Warner Brothers.

Pros:The bad guys. Good acting. Human nature.

Cons:More plot holes. The protagonist. The ending.


Eight years. Eight years since the Joker ravaged Gotham, since he drove Harvey Dent mad. Eight years after the White Knight of Gotham lost any goodness he had left. And since that time, it was decided Dent's reputation must live. No one can know the truth. But hiding the truth will have consequences, among them the disappearance of Batman.

In a way, this film is darker than its predecessor was. Dark Knight showed that even in desperate situations, people can make the right choice. Here, no such optimism exists. Everything goes south and people turn on each other, kill because of hatred between classes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TV Review:Once Upon A Time (season 1)

Premise:Fairy tale characters live halfway between their world and ours.

Cast:
Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Regina Mills/the Evil Queen, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White, Josh Dallas as David Nolan/Prince Charming, Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, Emile de Ravin as Belle, Meghan Ory as Ruby, Lee Arenberg as Grumpy, Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Beverly Elliott as Granny, full cast can be found here.

Genres:
Fantasy

Notes:
Image taken from IMDB.

Pros:
Good villains. Hero-to-villain and villain-to-villain rivalries. A couple of interesting minor characters.

Cons:
Annoying characters. The big curse doesn't make sense. Its approach to romantic love. Some cheesy acting.



You ever think how annoyed the villain must be when it's only the heroes who get a happy ending? In this case, they might just be annoyed enough to destroy the happiness of everyone, by sending them to a world where there are no happy endings:Our world.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Album Review:Lost Songs

Image credit:Official site
Artist:Anberlin

Songwriters:Steven Arnold, Joseph Milligan, Bob Dylan, Deon Rexroat, Nathan Young, Martin Lee Gore, Johnny Marr & The Healers, Morrissey, Clive Farrington, Michael Nutall, Andrew Ramsbottom, Colin Greenwood, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood, Jonathan Greenwood, Edward O'Brien, Thomas Yorke, Philip Selway, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Joey Bruce

Genres:Rock, alternative

General thoughts:With the announcement that the band is breaking up this year, I thought I'd take a look at the first (and until recently, only) album of theirs I heard.

It's mainly a collection of various songs that couldn't make it onto other albums. (And I haven't actually heard most of the original versions. Maybe I should look them up.) This includes acoustic versions of songs, demos, and covers. In my experience, this kind of compilation ends up with some mixed but often good results. Definitely seems to be the case here.

Overall, it's good.

Random TV Thoughts

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Just a few things I have to say about the shows that are currently airing.


  • Agents of SHIELD:It has been going strong with the villains, though I've started to dislike Simmons.
  • Big Bang Theory:Also been good, letting Penny finally mature. But I'm still wondering how long Shamy is going to last.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Catching Fire

This is for both the book and the movie.


The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand.
-This is a tagline for the movie.


  • Anyone else notice the parallels between the Capitol and ancient Rome? You've got the big bloody fights for entertainment, then you treat the winners like VIPs. And as if that wasn't enough, there's also the social-accepted bulimia.

You are a strangely dislikable person.
-You're not exactly making tons of friends yourself, Haymitch.

Soundtrack Review For The Hunger Games:Catching Fire

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Songwriters:Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Sia Furler, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Andrew Swanson, Abel Tesfaye, Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Mikky Echo, Jason Quenneville, Alex da Kid, Imagine Dragons, Josh Mosser, Ian Stanley, Roland Orzabal, Chris Hughes, Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Ellie Goulding, Mathieu Jomphe, Patti Smith, Santi White, Rick Nowels

Genres:Soundtrack, pop

General thoughts:This ended up being much more pop-style than was the first film's soundtrack, and is not my usual kind of music. I kind of liked it and at the same time found it annoying. There's romantic angst, rebellious stands, and hope even in desperation. Soundwise, there is a lot of pop here. Some songs sound like radio pop, others are quieter and more hopeful/apathetic to the consequences.

It's much like the sequel itself (the book version at least). It's not as good as the first, but it has some things going for it. Overall, I would say to give it a listen and buy the tracks you like.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Random Thoughts About Exodus

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So we've been reading Exodus in Bible study. And during said study, there are few things that I heard or thought that never before occurred to me or that just sounded interesting. Please note that we aren't far in, so this won't be covering the whole book.


  • Technically, Moses' mother did throw him in the Nile. Well, not throw precisely, but she was following the letter of the law. (Exodus 1:22 and 2:3)
  • Did the Pharaoh that became Moses' grandfather ever truly accept him as an heir? (Exodus 2:15)

Album Review:New Way To Be Human

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Artist:Switchfoot

Songwriters:Jonathan Foreman

Genres:
Christian rock, alternative

General thoughts:
After their philosophical and often slow debut, Switchfoot returned with more faith, more musings. Much of this is wishing to do something more than the mindless routines our lives tend to revolve around.

It also has picked up a little more than their last album, adding fewer slow songs. That's not to say there aren't any (and they are good).

Overall, it's some of Switchfoot's best.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Album Review:End Of Silence

Credit:Official site
Artist:RED

Songwriters:Anthony Armstrong, Jasen Rauch, Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Chad Cates

Genres:Rock

General thoughts:Another rock band. More emotional music. So let's see how this goes, shall we? Much of it has a sense of pain or desperation. Some of it places hope in a relationship (whether with God or a lover is hard to determine).

It might not be terribly original, nor are the vocals always inspiring. But there's something about it that draws me to it. Maybe it's the emotion I mentioned. Maybe it was the thoughtful mood it put me in.

Overall, while it's not perfect, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TV Review:House M.D. (Season 1)

Premise:An arrogant doctor and his team cure rare diseases and conditions.

Cast:Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson, Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman, Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase, Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Alison Cameron, Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub, Olivia Wilde as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley

Genres:Drama, medical

Notes:Image taken from IMDB.

Pros:The main character.

Cons:Reckless medical practices. Some annoying characters.

You've probably heard of this show at least once. Brilliant doctor who's also a jerk? Yeah, that.

This show shares traits with a crime procedural. Someone mysteriously dies/falls ill, the team gets the case, goes through some false leads and lying people to get to the end, and the killer/illness turns out to be someone/something unexpected.

Just Friends

Hello, faithful readers (and you new people too). Today I'm going to rant about society destroying the idea of platonic friendships.

The gender doesn't matter. If they care about each other, help each other, and spend much time together? It can't be because that's just what friends do, no, it has to be because they're in love. It always has to be, doesn't it?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Bioshock

Image credit:ABlackInkArtist's DeviantArt


The review is here.



  • From all the dialogue I've heard about Ryan and Diane's relationship from this game and the next, I have to wonder how or why they got together in the first place. It does explain why he was visiting strippers.

Game Review:Bioshock

Premise:A plane crash survivor finds a strange underwater city full of extremists and violent drug addicts.

Cast:
Adam Sietz as Jack, Armin Shimerman as Andrew Ryan, Karl Hanover as Atlas, Anne Bobby as Brigid Tenenbaum, Juliet Landau as the Little Sisters, Stephen Stanton as the Big Daddies, Susanne Blakeslee as Professor Julie Langford, Ritchie Coster as Bill McDonagh, Peter Francis James as Dr. J.S. Steinman, Miriam Shor as Diane McClintock, T. Ryder Smith as Sander Cohen, James Yaegashi as Dr. Yi Suchong


Available On:
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Mac


ESRB Rating:
M for blood and gore, drug references, intense violence, sexual themes, and strong language


Genres:
Action, horror, first-person shooter, sci-fi


Notes:
Box art taken from IMDB.


Pros:
Conveys quite a sense of horror. Tricky villains. Engrossing story and world. The fun of collecting stuff.


Cons:
Annoying hints. Badly timed subtitles. Brief freezes. Mildly irritating controls. Anti-climatic bosses. Graphics could be better.



Let's say your plane crashed in the ocean, with only one nearby land mass. Now when you go in, you get a pre-recorded speech about how this guy is sick of being told whom the sweat of his brow belongs to. And that he wants a place where artists need not fear censorship and where scientists won't worry about morality. (That last one should be setting off alarm bells in your head.)

And now even the "something-terrible-happened-here" creepiness gets tossed out the window and replaced with "holy-crap-that-thing-just-gutted-a-guy-with-a-hook." Welcome to Rapture, the project of one Andrew Ryan. Everything was going great, until human nature got in the way. But what were you expecting when you take a bunch of people and encourage them to look out only for themselves? Now they all wander the city in search of ADAM (a genetic wonder drug) and its companion EVE.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Movie Review:Cloverfield

Premise:A small group of friends goes through a monster attack in New York and film it.

Cast:Michael Stahl-David as Rob Hawkins, Jessica Lucas as Lily, T.J. Miller as Hud, Lizzy Caplan as Marlena Diamond, Odette Annable as Beth McIntyre, Mike Vogel as Jason Hawkins

Director:Matt Reeves

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for violence, terror, and disturbing images.

Genres:Action, sci-fi, thriller

Notes:Poster taken from Rotten Tomatoes and belongs to Paramount.

Pros:Rather intense. A couple of characters.

Cons:Slow start. Reckless characters. Plot holes. Irrelevant romance. Obnoxious product placement.


Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a character in a monster movie? You don't know what that thing is or where it came from. All you know is a lot of people are and will be dead.

Weird Stuff That Upsets Christians

Image credit:Hamner_Fotos on Flickr

I've gone to the gatherings, read the articles and books, talked to the people. And some of what offends other Christians just makes me wonder what the fuss is about.


  • Calling yourself "self-sufficient":From what I've gathered, this is considered equivalent to saying that you don't need God. (And when you think about it, nobody's entirely self-sufficient.) What's up with that?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Movie Review For The Hunger Games:Catching Fire

Premise:Katniss Everdeen is forced to decide whether to join the revolution or stop it.

Cast:Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, Jeffrey Wright as Betee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lyn Cohen as Mags, Paula Malcolmson as Mrs. Everdeen, Willow Shields as Prim Everdeen, Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere, E. Robert Mitchell as Chaff, Maria Howell as Seeder, Taylor St. Clair as Ripper, Erika Bierman as Snow's granddaughter, Stef Dawson as Anna Cresta

Director:Francis Lawrence

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, and language

Genres:Drama, action, sci-fi

Notes:Based on the book by Suzanne Collins. The second film in the Hunger Games franchise. Poster is from IMP Awards and belongs to Lionsgate.

Pros:Cool characters. Good acting. The villains. Better exposition.

Cons:Some plot conviences. Moves slowly. A few annoying/badly-acted characters.


How would you emotionally survive after being forced to take a life? What if you had to be reminded of it every day? And what if you were to learn you (and by extension your loved ones) are still in danger?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Movie Review:Coraline

Premise:A young girl bored with her life wanders into a seemingly better world.

Cast:
Dakota Fanning as Coraline Jones, Teri Hatcher as Mel Jones and the Other Mother, John Hodgman as Charlie Jones, Robert Bailey Jr. as Wyborn "Wybie" Lovat, Keith David as the cat, Ian McShane as Mr. Bobinsky, Jennifer Saunders as April Spink, Dawn French as Miriam Forcible

Director:Henry Selick

MPAA Rating:
PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language, and suggestive humor

Genres:
Horror, fantasy, animation

Notes:
Based off the book by Neil Gaiman (which I have not read). Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:
Impressive animation. The villain. Very creepy.

Cons:
A couple obnoxious characters.



We've all had a point in our lives when we were sick of how things are. We want adventure, something more exciting than what's happening. And Coraline Jones may have just found something. Something better.

Things Thor 3 Should Do

First, let me say that I liked the first Thor movie as well as the second one. But there are some things about them I hated. Here's what I'd like to see in the next one.


Give Sif a larger role
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For a character who ends up Thor's girlfriend/wife in the comics and the Norse myths, she hasn't played that big a part in things. And let's be honest:She's one of the best female characters the MCU has to offer. Let her show that. I don't even care if they make her Thor's official lady or not. Just let her be awesome.




Introduce a good villain who isn't Loki
I like Loki as much as the next fan, but so far, the other villains have sucked. Laufey is easy to forget and Malekith ended up rather flat. Bring in a baddie we can love (or love to hate).



Let Jane be awesome
Something like Dark World climax cool. Just let her be the superwoman of science and actively help Thor and all the main cast.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:The Dark Knight

The review is here.

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 Why so serious?
-The ultimate question.

  • Even though trusting any of the Joker's stories is naive, I can't help but wonder if maybe there's just a speck of truth in all of them. Listen to the anger in his voice as he tells the story of how his wife left him.

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.
    -Particularly if they set the fire.


    •  On that note, imagine what his parents must have been like for him to turn out so messed up.

    Movie Review:The Dark Knight

    Is he writing that in his own blood?
    Premise:A mysterious man arrives in Gotham, intending to destroy both the city and its dark protector.

    Cast:Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Monique Curnen as Ramirez, Ron Dean as Wuertz, Chin Han as Lau, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor, Eric Roberts as Maroni, Ritchie Coster as Chechen, Joshua Harto as Reese, Colin McFarlane as Loeb, Melinda McGraw as Barbara Gordon (not that Barbara Gordon), Nathan Gamble as James Gordon Jr.

    Director:Christopher Nolan

    MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace

    Genres:Action, sci-fi

    Notes:
    The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy, after Batman Begins. Poster taken from IMP Awards and belongs to Warner Brothers.

    Pros:
    The villains. Secondary characters. Dialogue.

    Cons:
    Plot holes (again). Somewhat unlikable protagonist. It's kind of long.


    Things are finally looking up in Gotham. Crime rates are down and the new District Attorney is showing promise. So of course somebody has to ruin it all.

    What makes the Joker so freaky is the fact that you don't know exactly what he's going to do, except that he will find a way to screw you over. Maybe he'll kill you. Maybe he'll drive you insane. Maybe he'll use you to make your loved ones suffer. As I said, all you can be sure of is that you're screwed. He adds a layer of disturbing to the usual action movie violence. In any case, he is good for this movie, as is the other supervillain.

    Friday, October 03, 2014

    Album Review:The Legend Of Chin

    Taken from the official site.
    Artist:Switchfoot

    Songwriters:Jonathan Foreman, Casey Gee

    Genres:Christian rock, alternative

    General thoughts:Throughout their career, Switchfoot has produced mostly two kinds of songs:Introspective rock and quieter, sadder tracks. This album is mostly the latter. This is mellow, quiet-evening or lazy-afternoon kind of music for the most part.

    On the whole, this is definitely worth checking out for fans of the band.

    Pushy & Loud Ain't The Way

    Sorry about the bad quality. I ended up doing this at the last minute.

    When Jesus said to "confess God in front of men", I don't think He meant taking every opportunity to tell people you are a Christian. Remember when He said to "enter thy closet" when you pray? That means don't make a big show of it.

    Thursday, October 02, 2014

    TV Review:The Walking Dead


    Premise:A group of survivors struggles their way through challenges posed by zombies and psychopaths.

    Cast:Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, full cast here.

    Genres:Horror, drama

    Notes:Based on a comic book series (which I have not read). Banner is from Wikipedia and belongs to AMC.

    Pros:Some character development. Avoids ignoring lost characters. No irritating recaps. The Governor.

    Cons:Annoying characters who do nonsensical things. Bottomless bullets and gasoline. Constant cliffhangers. Rehashes the same plot every season.


    Imagine if you woke up to find the world had changed for the worse. Imagine everywhere you go, you find just death and misery. What would you do? Would you lose hope? Wish you were dead? Become as cold and cruel as the world around you?

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014

    Book Review:Catching Fire

    Premise:During Katniss and Peeta's victory tour, a revolution spreads.

    Author:Suzanne Collins.

    Genres:Drama, action

    Notes:The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Cover taken from the official website and belongs to Scholastic.

    Pros:The bad guy. The protagonist's point of view. Some cool characters.

    Cons:Overly complicated romantic subplot. Ends on a huge cliffhanger. A couple of annoying characters.



    Katniss Everdeen may have won the Games, but she is not safe. It seems her method for saving herself and her TV beau has encouraged some to rebel. Naturally, the President isn't happy about this. So, he tells her, she had better convince them she was and is in love with that boy. Otherwise, well, it could end very badly.

    So we get further into the oppressive government thing, and this time, they're desperately clinging to power as the country rebels. Speaking of that, I liked President Snow. He was a little unnerving, and plenty cold.

    IWSG:Minor Issues


    Because Wednesdays are my busiest day and because I'm lazy, I probably won't get around to visiting a lot of other blogs until tomorrow.

    Hello all. I seem to be having a lot of little problems that are screwing up my writing.

    • Laziness and procrastination:Working up the motivation to get to what I need to is part of the problem. I don't take opportunities when I should.
    • Time:Finding the time can be a nuisance.
    • Remembering stuff:I've often wound up in a place or position where I cannot currently write down the ideas flooding into my brain. And when I actually do get to a point when I can, I don't remember the ideas until I've walked away. I really should use that notebook I've got stashed in my purse more often.
    • Actually bothering to write stuff down:Really need to do this more.

    As always, I will (or should be) working on these. So how are things on your end?

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