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Have a music video! [Sep. 21st, 2014|04:20 pm]
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2014 Reading List Update [Aug. 19th, 2014|05:57 pm]
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Well, instead of going with something I already owned, I ended up getting a couple of books out from the library instead. Two new additions to the list!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
5. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
6. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
7. The Night Eternal by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro

I actually finished these a few weeks back, but I've been slacking in updating for a wide variety of reasons.

Anyway, The Strain Trilogy is now done and it... was a bit meh. It started off fairly well but gradually fell apart as it went on. The ending and the revelation of the origin of the vampires in particular were massive letdowns. Ah well, can't win 'em all.

A Storm of Swords was ridiculously long, but it had a nice amount of important events scattered throughout it's length. I really enjoyed seeing where it different from the TV series and loved how the book's have been fleshing out the world. They've also done a fantastic job at conveying the scale and effects of the war, unlike the show. Looking forward to continuing the series, but at the moment I'm torn between reading ahead or waiting for the next season. Maybe it's time to take a break from the series and crack into some of the other books I've got lying around and need to polish off?

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2014 Reading List Update [Jun. 28th, 2014|06:25 pm]
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Well, instead of going with something I already owned, I ended up getting a couple of books out from the library instead. Two new additions to the list!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
5. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

The Fall was a pretty quick read, A Clash of Kings only took a little longer to get through.

The Fall and The Strain felt like an odd mix of horror and summer blockbuster. Everything involving the vampires is pretty creepy and fairly well done, but then you end up with weird stuff that kind of clashes with that tone. Things like the gangbangers and the luchador as vampire hunter were fun, but felt a bit out of place against the grimness of the rest of the book. I definitely enjoyed it though, and kind of love that the vampires feel like a mash up of Del Toro's different takes on the concept. Looking forward to getting my hands on Night Eternal and finishing up the trilogy.

A Clash of Kings was looong, but man did it pick up speed in the last 100 hundred pages or so. Picking out the differences between the book and the show was pretty interesting, and I think the perfect Battle of Blackwater would be a mishmash of the two. The novel's have done a wonderful job at foreshadowing and setting up plot threads that will develop into major things later on. I think it's done it much better than the show actually. Also, the way it fleshes out the setting and the world is heads and shoulders above the show. Good stuff.

Not sure what to move onto next. Obviously I'd like to get the next books in both series, but I'm tempted to crack into something new while waiting for them. Then again, I still need to finish A People's History of United States, so I'll probably just focus on that until I hear from the library.

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Booklist 2014! [Jun. 6th, 2014|07:15 pm]
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Been a bad year or two for my reading habits, but maybe that will change!

1. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
2. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro
3. The Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

BOOM! Kicking off this years list with three books! YAY! Admittedly I'm kicking off this years list six months into the year, but better late than never, right? Not quite sure what to try out next. Tempted to return to Howard and crack into The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, but I've also got Gilead's Curse lying around, and ordered a few books through the local library. Guess we'll see what happens over the next day or so.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer [Feb. 19th, 2014|12:55 am]
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Yep, looks fun.

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Merry Christmas! [Dec. 24th, 2013|09:51 pm]
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I don't post here that much, but I do lurk and keep an eye on my friends list, even if I'm really quiet about it.

Anywho, just wanted to pop up and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holiday season in general!

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A 2013 Reading List Update! [Oct. 28th, 2013|11:21 pm]
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Finished off another book, which means it's time for another update! This brings my total book list up to... 6. Ugh.

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
5. The Conquering Sword of Conan by Robert E. Howard
6. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine

So, Pacific Rim might not be high literature or anything, but it was a fun little read that expanded upon the world of the movie a bit. It was clearly based on an early version of the script and the book included several scenes that ended up on the Deleted Scenes special feature, not to mention a few scene's that didn't! I generally don't go for Extended Universe material, but I have to admit that this has me wanting to read the comic and wishing for more novels, comics or movies. I just want more Pacific Rim in general I guess.

Anywho, I guess I'll be getting back to The Aleph and Other Stories. Hopefully I'll be able to get through that before the end of the year. It's been a horrible book reading 12 months, I'll need to step it up next year.

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2014 Godzilla Teaser Leaked! [Oct. 4th, 2013|02:32 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

Get it while you can!

Godzilla 2014 Teaser

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2013 Reading List Update! [Sep. 2nd, 2013|03:18 am]
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I'm on a mini-roll! Two updates in nearly a month. It'd be nice if I could keep this up until the new year, but school's right around the corner, sooo... eh. We'll see what happens I guess. Anyway, on with it!

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
5. The Conquering Sword of Conan by Robert E. Howard

Yep! My fifth book of the year is the final collection of Conan stories from Robert E. Howard. I have to say, I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I thought I would based on the previous two volumes. Howard just seemed to lapse in to lazy, hard to ignore racism more frequently here. Still, there were a few good stories scattered throughout, the highlight being "Red Nails" of course. "Beyond the Black River" turned out to be a fairly pleasant surprise, though it was hard to wrap my mind around the setting existing Conan's world given what we've seen of it so far. It was also difficult to adjust to the idea of the Picts as Native American stand ins. Still, it was a fun little rump, helped in large part to a likeable supporting character.

Anyway, at the moment I've decided to give Jorge Luis Borges a try and I've finally cracked open The Aleph and Other Stories. Interesting, thought provoking reading so far, though at times I do feel a little out of my depth. We'll see how it goes I suppose.

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A Rare 2013 Reading List Update! [Aug. 2nd, 2013|04:02 pm]
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WHOA! Yeah! I read things other than manga and comics... sometimes. Anyway, just last night I finished off the highly enjoyable Yurei Attack!, and that means its time to update my reading list.

1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
3. The Vampire Genevieve by Jack Yeovil
4. Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda

Uh-oh. I need to shift my reading into turbo or something, 'cause at this rate I'm averaging one book every two months. Anyway...

Yurei Attack! was a lot of fun, it's by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda and serves as a 101 guide to all things related to Japanese ghosts. It follows a similar format to the other two books in this thematic trilogy, Yokai Attack! and Ninja Attack!, with a number of entries providing background on different ghosts, haunted places, ghost storeis and more. They also included a brief overview of Jigoku, aka. the afterlife/underworld/hell, Yurei themed toys and much, much more. It's a nice lil' 101 guide for anyone interested in Japanese horror, myth, lore or superstitions.

No idea what to read next, I just know I need to read something and get it done, otherwise I'll have read embarrassingly little this year.

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