Stung Review (Creature Feature)

Stung Review Stung Synopsis: A fancy garden party turns into upper class prey when a colony of killer wasps mutates into seven foot tall predators.
Tagline: The ultimate buzzkill.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated | Release Date: 2015-7-3 | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Trailer: Stung


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Three Things Worth Reading This Sunday

1.) Confessions of a Book Addict had a great, thought-inspiring post with just the right touch of scolding regarding Shipbaiting in YA and Respecting Authors. Head over there, check it out, and leave your two cents.

Personally, I was completely unaware of the drama that started it all, but I tend to not get that involving in the YA world. And things like this make me glad. Because, really, people? Didn’t your mommas teach you better than that? Don’t you have any decency in you at all? If you don’t like what an author has done in a book, then you find another book to read. Plain and simple. This behavior – sending mean letters/comments, etc, to the author is not okay. And just to clarify here: I don’t even like the Throne of Glass series!

So, yeah, shame on all the ones who think that harassing an author is okay. Y’all are fifty shades of ridiculous.

2.) I recently read a good article from Young Idealism on Being an “Ally” that I would love for you all to read, too.

I knew a good bit of this, but I know others don’t. Its worth the read, especially since its very clearly laid out. I think that people want to be helpful, and they want to see progress made in the support of the LGBTQ+ communities, but they do get overwhelmed with their own self-importance. Remember, when you’re standing up for someone else’s rights, its never ever ever about you. Its always about them. Support without self-aggrandizing.

3.) And… The 2016 Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies, and thoughts about all that. The Digital Reader gave a non-scathing look at the Sad Puppies and how they’ve influenced the 2016 Hugo Awards. I don’t know if I agree or disagree with it.  I need to look further into the Hugo Awards, and I’ll admit it. I knew very little about the nomination process.

Bonus: Scalzi’s scathing commentary on it all.

So, there’s my Three Things Worth Reading this Sunday. What are yours?

 

 

 

 

Wonder Review (Diversity in Lit)

WonderWonder: I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels. – Goodreads


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What’s Up in Horror: 8/26/2016

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Welcome to our first run of What’s Up in Horror. This will be a bi-monthly sampling of horror news across the mediums. From movies, to books, to real life, and any bits in between that I can think to list. I have no doubt the format will change as I figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what has happened these last two weeks, but it should whet your appetite!

Movie Tidbits

In Theatres

Don’t Breathe Directed by Fede Alvarez, this horror/thriller about a group of friends who make the mistake of thinking an old blind man is the perfect person to rob has gathered some positive attention. I plan on waiting until it hits Red Box, personally. I hope I’m wrong, but nothing about this movie screams “Oh, My Pasta! I must watch!”

Coming Soon:

Morgan – The summary for this one from IMDB states: “A corporate risk-management consultant has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.” I watched the trailer. No major stars, the genetically engineered female just looks like she has thick makeup caked on her face to change her complexion, and it’s a run of the mill plot. No urge to see this. At all. But take a look at the trailer and tell me what you think.

 

Before I Wake – I’m super excited to see this, if it actually gets released when it says it will. It’s been pushed back and screwed with more than a few times already. This couple adopts this kid whose dreams become real.  I just read the Lathe of Heaven, and while I know this isn’t going to be anywhere near the same level, it’s still something I’m eager to explore.

When the Bough Breaks is a horror drama about a surrogate mother who gets obsessed with the baby’s daddy. It’s got some decent actors in it, and yay for a horror that centers around a diverse group! ….but I’ve no interest in seeing this one either. Not my type of horror.

Horror Books

NY Times Best Sellers – Nada. But that’s kind of to be expected. If it ain’t King, they ain’t interested.

USA Today Best Sellers (1-20) – An almost-kind of-not really but maybe if you look hard enough whilst drunk book is on the list. I’m talking, of course, about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (C’mon, I didn’t want to just say “nada” again.)

Amazon’s Kindle Horror Best Selling Section is topped by Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (books 2 and 1 of a trilogy, respectively) by Stephen King and The City of Mirrors (book 3 in The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin.

Interesting Articles

Dread Central has a pretty interesting little article on seven horror movie remakes featuring cameos from the original stars.

Deadline has an article on A Smart Computer helping to craft a horror film. (I’m not sure what I think of this, but I’m curious to see what happens.)

Notables on Famous People in Sci-Fi:

I got nuttin’, sorry.

 

 

 

Emerge Review (Young Adult Dystopian)

Emerge ReviewIn Emerge: Six years ago, a highly contagious virus wiped out more than ninety-nine percent of the country’s population. The only person to contract the virus and survive, Cricket fled her identity and the safety of New Caelum, an airtight city. Now eighteen, she watches the city where the wealthy cocooned from the devastating outbreak. When the city’s rumbling incinerator wakes her one night while she and her friends are camping just beyond the city walls, she alone knows what the fiery machine means: the lethal virus is back.

Only eighteen, Westlin Layne is already being groomed to succeed his mother as New Caelum’s next president. Suddenly West’s sister develops symptoms of the deadly virus thought to be eradicated years ago. Placed under quarantine, the president confesses to West a long-held secret: Christina Black, West’s childhood friend and first love, survived the virus, and her body alone holds the precious antibodies to save his sister. Now West must leave the city to find Christina. But Cricket has no intention of being found. – Goodreads


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The Lathe of Heaven Review (Classic Science Fiction)

The Lathe of Heaven 1The Lathe of Heaven: In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre – Goodreads


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T5W: Science Fiction & Horror to Read Before 2017

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme, done by most book bloggers and booktubers. It’s started out by Lainey, but is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts On Tomes. Here’s theGoodreads group if you want to join in! My top 5 science fiction & horror to read before 2017 gets here. These do not include review submissions, but are already published books (though not necessarily new releases) that I need to read.

Science Fiction & Horror Books to Read Before 2017

The Kraken

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The Kraken Synopsis:

In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis dux—better known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air.

As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizens—human and otherwise—are adept in magic and murder.

There is the Congregation of God Kraken, a sect of squid worshippers whose roots go back to the dawn of humanity—and beyond. There is the criminal mastermind known as the Tattoo, a merciless maniac inked onto the flesh of a hapless victim. There is the FSRC—the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit—a branch of London’s finest that fights sorcery with sorcery. There is Wati, a spirit from ancient Egypt who leads a ragtag union of magical familiars. There are the Londonmancers, who read the future in the city’s entrails. There is Grisamentum, London’s greatest wizard, whose shadow lingers long after his death. And then there is Goss and Subby, an ageless old man and a cretinous boy who, together, constitute a terrifying—yet darkly charismatic—demonic duo.

All of them—and others—are in pursuit of Billy, who inadvertently holds the key to the missing squid, an embryonic god whose powers, properly harnessed, can destroy all that is, was, and ever shall be.

 

 

 

It’s possible that a big part of this may be so I can use the following gif at the beginning of the review. Not gonna lie.


Burnt Offerings

Burnt OfferingsBurnt Offerings Synopsis: The Rolfes — Ben, wife Marian, son David, and Aunt Elizabeth — are a pleasant family from New York seeking to escape from the doldrums of a summer in their Queens apartment. They find a beautiful old country mansion on Long Island — restful, secluded, with pool and private beach — perfect, for the right people. But their “perfect” summer home hides terrors beyond their wildest imaginings. During that long summer the house becomes a nightmare from which there seems to be no escape.


I, Robot

I RobotI, Robot Synopsis: The three laws of Robotics:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future–a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world–all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.

 

 

 

Is this gif not creepy as Hades?


The Mote in God’s Eye

The Mote in Gods EyeThe Mote in God’s Eye Synopsis: In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster-than-light Alderson Drive. Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud. The bottled-up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years.


House of Leaves

House of Leaves Synopsis: 

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

TTT: They Came, They Sat, They Went Unread.

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Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet is the topic of this Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish. In my case, I’m going to do the ten audio books still collecting dust on my virtual shelf. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought some of these.

 

Tsundoku Problem

They Came, They Sat, They Went Unread

10 Audio Books I Still Need to Read

Mysterious Affair at Styles First Grave on the RightThe Way of Kings Stainless Steel Rat

Flight of the Silvers Legend Lock In BOne Dust White

Expendable Theft of Swords

 

  1. The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie
    1. I think it was more the shame of never having read one of her books rather than the actual wanting to read one of her books that made me purchase it. My fallback for these types of books is that if I think it’ll be boring, I’ll get the audio book version since that’s generally more entertaining.
  2. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    1. The cover is cool, the synopsis sounded awesome. I don’t regret getting it, but… yeah, it just has never actually been something I was interested in starting to read. I will. Eventually.
  3. The Way of Kings by Brian Sanderson
    1. Okay, so this is a partial read. I actually listened to the first 30 minutes or so and… I just didn’t care about it. But I keep hearing good things about it, so I will give it another shot at some point. (I’m actually quite decent about forcing my way through an audio book. Its the only way I’m finishing Leviathan Wakes right now.)
  4. The Stainless Steel Rat by Henry Harrison
    1. Picked it up from an Audible Sale because I’d heard it talked up positively. I think I’m just afraid since it’s an older book that it’ll be very dated.
  5. The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price
    1. Actually this is a partial read too. I tend to start these books at bedtime, and if I can fall asleep easily to them..lets just say they don’t get finished as much as they should.
  6. Legend (Event #2) by David Golemon
    1. The first Event book was fun! This one…….eventually I will like this one. Right? The first couple chapters I’ve listened to a few times now and it just can’t hook me.
  7. Lock In by John Scalzi
    1. I’ll confess, I got this one before I even knew the name “John Scalzi”. I got it because I knew the narrator as Tara from Buffy, so it was so wistful memory crap because I loved that show. I just wasn’t impressed, and couldn’t get into it.
  8. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio
    1. Audible Sale. (Who can pass up an audio book for 5.00?) I will read it eventually. Maybe. Probably. Hopefully.
  9. Expendable by James Alan Gardner
    1. I actually got halfway through this book before I just wandered away from it. I don’t know why.
  10. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
    1. When am I going to learn to stop buying fantasy novels? I get bored with them way too easily to waste my money on them!!

 

Bloodwalker Review (Horror & Whodunnit)

BloodwalkerBloodwalker: Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…

When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.

When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable. – Goodreads


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Collision Earth Review (Campy Space Disaster)

Collision EarthTitle: Collision Earth

Synopsis: When the sun converts to a magnetar for a short time, the planet Mercury is thrown out of orbit (along with a spaceship exploring it) and set on a collision course for Earth. Can a disgraced scientist manage to use his failed weapon system, Project 7, to save our planet?

Tagline: None, so here’s mine “MAGNETISM!”

Trailer: Collision Earth

Release Date: 2011-3-26 | MPAA Rating: PG | Coolthulhus Earned: 4


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  • I love Audible. Tons of books, fantastic narrators, good prices.