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Review:The Magician King

The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)The Magician King by Lev Grossman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know if I want to smack Quentin because I relate to his angst or in spite of it, but I do spend a lot of time wanting to smack him. In spite of THAT the Magicians books pull me along and I was quick to read all three, once I finally picked them up this winter. I was glad to see the rest of Julia’s story, and sad it was what it was. I think I’d have enjoyed it more if the whole th8ng didn’t taste a little too much like a “clever” Dawn Treader retread.

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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

As usual David Wong’s work lives up to the titles he gives. No false advertising,  here. I was left feeling incomplete, however.   While it is a stand alone story, more or less,  it’s left remarkably incomplete. I’m interested enough to grab any sequel that comes up mext, but I wish it felt more complete by itself.

Review :Gone Girl

I jumped on this way late, but I stayed unspoiled enough to stand up and say, “You mean to say what, my good book?” when I noticed how early it was in the book and that part two… well it was part two all over. 
This story is more than the sum of its parts, and it delivers the full experience — at least on the first read through.   “Gone Girl” is entitlement gone awry and so many marriages writ large. “The things we do to each other and the things we make of one another” to paraphrase a very interesting man.

The localness of this story sucked me in, too. It felt very much like the author knew this area and its economy well. They actually filmed the movie about an hour from me, and I am still peeved I couldn’t get anyone to go stalk NPH with me.  It couldn’t have been a better pick, though.

Some Things I Want to Share With the Daughter I Hope to Have Soon

  • Bone.  A gateway geek.  I bought the collection with her in mind.
  • Kill Bill (Maybe sooner than I should), because it is a woman’s action movie, about women, with reference-heavy nature that will open other doors and discussions.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Movie, Show, whatever), because  of the same reasons, but toned down.  It’s hard being special, and it’s hard wanting it all, but all “all” really is at the end of the day are the things important to you.  As you grow, you’ll recognize those things.  Don’t be ashamed of the times you weren’t.
  • Judy Blume Books. Hilarious and true.  I ate them like candy when everything else I read was a fantasy.
  • Speaking of… The Chronicles of Narnia, but NEVER THE PRINCE CASPIAN MOVIE, because WTF.  Even though I am a Christian, and the allegorical nature of the piece is interesting and pretty, the WORLD WITH UNICORNS AND TALKING ANIMALS, OMG!
  • Less pleasant talking animals, for balance:  Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  That was my jam for ever.  I read that so many times it’s officially kind of surreal.
  • Dr. Seuss.  All the Seuss, all the time.  Maybe not the super-preachy Lorax.
  • Every Fairy Tale we can find, and most of the myths, because… FABLES!  Someday, Fables.
  • And the Tick.  He’s got fewer thing to explain and is funnier than Batman, Captain America, or Superman (someday them, but you have to start somewhere).
  • The Muppets.  I still LOVE THE MUPPETS, and they teach things, among them counting, spanish, acceptance, and showtunes.
  • Star Wars.  Learn your country’s epic.  It’s important
  • Star Trek.  Meet Mommy’s dream co-workers and the greatest entertainers out there.
  • More Star Trek.
  • The Addams Family.  Meet Mommy’s first TV family and ideal couple.  Also laugh, because  hilarious.  I hope she’ll be better at snapping her fingers than I am.
  • I can’t wait to watch The Graduate and discuss how boys are stupid and Alpha Romeos are fabulous.  What ever happened to that car?  Did he go back for it? I love that car.
  • Daria.  Another of my favorite girls.

To Be Continued.

I know that there will be so many hip, new things I won’t be up on.  Probably are now.  But there is so much good to share.  I want to share.

Review: Saint Odd

Saint Odd (Odd Thomas, #7)
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s over.
When my aunt, Debbie, loaned me the first 3 books in the series I was mildly skeptical, but trusting. I took them, and got sucked in. I guess I’m not the only one, but I really wanted to know where it was all going. 
Get used to disappointment,  as the Man in Black told  Inigo Montoya, because it  goes where he said it would, and the wider mysteries introduced are handled like  season 6 of Lost liked to handle mysteries. If it hadn’t began about Odd and really been mostly about Odd, that would have pissed me off a whole lot more than it did.  Odd is one of my favorite  unreliable narrators, and that excuses many a literary, or at least story, sin. 
Maybe Mr. Koontz will give us more in a spin off, because that poor astronaut deserved more than what we get.
If the previous Odd Thomas books were your cuppa, then this one is a must, but it’s not a jump on point,and certainly no stand alone book.

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Review: The Kingsmen

First things first: Innocen puppy killing is NOT ON (See John Wick). I disagree with everyone who says otherwise. Old Yeller is another story.

Mark Millar likes to go dark. I don’t know why I expected anything else here. There is a lot to love (spy gags, fight scenes, accents, technology, anti-classist messsges) and a lot to wtf  (real violence, real judgmental wankering, so much real feel killing that Valentine doesn’t seem so funny anymore).

This movie is really pretty standard fare. MiB and James Bond had a love child and here it is, basically. But if you’re looking for something for the whole family, a wise man once said, “this isnt that kind of film” (spoilers: It was our hero AND our villain warning us there.) and we should listen.

That said. Ant Man trailer looked pretty great.