Whup-ass fajitas. The OK Corral. Sack-o-matic. Ding, dong! “The plan”. Mike Tyson. These are only a few things that I will be laughing about for some time after seeing The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. As any Saints fan will tell you, there are certain catch phrases from the first movie that, when said, will let you know that you are part of something special.
The problem with modern science fiction is that it often tries too had to draw attention to the cool science fiction bits that land it within that genre. The best science fiction plays it closer to the chest and lets us slide into the suspension of disbelief that our minds so want to fight against when we start reading about laser pistols and faster-than-light travel. We want to believe, but in order for us to do that, an author must believe in his world as much as he wants his audience to believe it. William C. Dietz accomplishes that very well with his latest novel, At Empire’s Edge.
Think Twilight, then subtract the vampires, insert a couple hundred supernatural hounds and various forms of magic, and make the writing five times better. Throw in a Voldemort-like antagonist and you’ve got yourself On the Edge by Ilona Andrews. Taking place in three different realms, the novel follows Rose Drayton and her two brothers, Jack and Georgie, as intruders shake up their lives. Declan and Casshorn, the intruders, both come from the Weird, the magical realm. As a contrast, Rose and her brothers live in the Edge, which lies between the Weird and the mortal realm of the Broken. But, despite the comparison to Twilight, this book is well written and has a much darker and more interesting plot.
Military SF usually falls into two categories: those trying rewrite Heinlein novels, or those trying to bore us to death with the technical details of their spacecraft (see David Weber). Thankfully, Vigilante by Laura Reeve falls into neither category.
28 Days Later, The Hunt For The Xombie Lord of The Flies Continues...
A review of Xombies: Apocalypse Blues
(Previously published as Xombies)
A novel by Walter Greatshell
Review by Kenneth Holm
Senior Staff Writer
Okay, I will admit it. When I picked this book up, I thought it was something different. When I saw “Xombie”, I immediately thought of James Farr's online animation epic / comic book Xombie, but I was mistaken. No, this is something completely different. Oddly enough though, this was not my first time reading it... Back in 2004, Xombies: Apocalypse Blues was originally published as a book simply called Xombies. The cover featured a cool looking creature... thing and that was what drew me in. I finished the book and went about my life. Now that the sequel is somewhat close at hand, Ace has decided to re-release it to the masses to get the blood pumping for its future installments.
Of course, the buzz this week is on the new Nightmare on Elm Street trailer, but then I saw this, and it got bumped to number two on this weeks list! Check it out!
Click below to watch trailers for A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Paris With Love (from the makers of Taken), and I Love You Phillip Morris
Ok, by now the mainstream press and the hip sites like AintitCool have done their usual fellating of Mr. Taratino’s latest opus. He’s being hailed worldwide for a revisionist masterpiece. The only problem? It simply isn’t so.
According to the Associated Press, Patrick Swayze has died tonight, September 14, 2009. He was 57.
We all know he's been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last two years, but that didn't really slow him down, did it? Turn on a TV in America at any given time, and you're bound to see Swayze strutting, busting pool cues, or making pottery with Mrs. Kutcher. Heck, he was in a new show on A&E last season called The Beast. The fact is, Patrick Swayze didn't die today, because you can't kill a legend.
He had a career that wasn't ordinary, by a long shot. While most "leading men" start out in their 20's, Swayze didn't make it as a sex symbol til he was in his thirties. In spite of the women in my life all gushing about his turn in Dirty Dancing, I remember him best for kicking Commie ass in Red Dawn, or kicking preppy "soc" ass in The Outsiders. Face it, Swayze kicked a lot of ass!
Road House, Point Break, To Wong Foo... He kicked ass in all of them! That's right, Patrick Swayze could round house kick your ass out of ANY bar in America wearing a dress! Patrick Swayze was the kind of "movie star" who was never a movie star. He was married to the same woman 34 years. That's longer than most of his fans have been alive! It made him untouchable, and the fact that he made such an impression whenever he was on the screen made him unforgettable. THAT makes him a legend, my friends, and that is undeniable.
It isn’t impossible to create a good adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, whether on paper or on screen. The Jane Austen Book Club had its moments, and Lost in Austen was very imaginative and entertaining. So why, on the literary front, has Seth Grahame-Smith failed miserably with his own attempt? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looked like it was going to be a good read. Jane Austen and zombies are two brilliant elements separately, so why not mix them together and make for something insanely awesome? Apparently, they should be kept apart, or the task should be undertaken by someone who can execute it properly.