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Thursday Triggers: Trigger Warnings pt 1

I love movies with little plot and a lot of action (or gore, haha). Pretty much always have, always will, but after I lost my youngest daughter, I discovered exactly how fraught with peril even going to the movies was. The stuff that didn’t bother me before, as it was just something used to move the movie forward, bothered the heck out of me now.

I wish there was some kind of way people who have been through traumatic events could be warned about unexpected triggers in movies. The expected triggers – that’s your own risk. (I learned my lesson by going to watch Annabelle. Do NOT watch Annabelle if you’ve lost a baby recently. JUST. DON’T.) So I think I’m going to start keeping a list of one’s that I’ve personally encountered. Feel free to chime in with ones that bothered you.

Here are some of the ones that surprised me, and what the trigger was. (Of necessity, I will be ‘spoiling’ parts of these movies. I will keep it as vague as possible, but there can be no helping it. If your urge to avoid a spoiler is higher than your curiosity about the trigger warning, stop reading now.

This will be updated as I think of/discover them.

Listed by category in the following order: Action, Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Scifi, Drama/Misc, Fantasy

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Flatline scene w/ sound.
There’s a scene where one of the characters dies in the hospital, and the flatline of his heartbeat is shown and the audio blared. Holy crap. Having taken my daughter off life support, I simply can’t take that sound. It sends me into immediate flashbacks.

Poseidon (2006)- Drowning Scene
Toward the end of the movie, one of the men has a violent (jerking, gasping) drowning scene.

San Andreas (2015) – Drowning Scene – x2 (First is basically just referred to, second is center-stage)
There’s a scene about 1/4th of the way through the movie where it is obvious that one of the main character’s children drowned, and he tried to save her, but couldn’t. A flash of her on the raft, a flash of her in the water. That’s it.

However, towards the very end of the movie, the hero’s other daughter visibly drowns (jerking motions, going still) and he removes her from the water and has to do CPR for a while to get her back.

Pet Semetary  (1989)- Child death | Hit by a semi
There’s a scene fairly early on in the movie where a little boy runs out in the road and gets struck by a car. The child’s body is not shown, but its very clear what happens.

Dawn of the Dead (2004) – Not a trigger, per say, in that something happens in it that might have happened to you but… Maternal Death | Zombie Baby.

Scene happens near the end. Mother is tied down, turns, is put down after discovery. Then wrapped small bundle is unwrapped, very obviously dead/zombified baby.


My Girl (1991) – Child Death | Anaphylactic Shock
There’s a scene later on in the movie where a child character ends up getting stung by bees and dies from it.

The surprising benefits of reading before bed

Go read this. Seriously.

The surprising benefits of reading before bed.

Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. See? Reading is wise. Reading is good. Reading is worth it.

I mean I’m as in to FB, Twitter, etc, as the next person, but spend a little less time on that and a little more time expanding your mind. I guarantee you you won’t regret it!

Top 5 Wednesday: Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series


We all have series that are dear to our heart, below are some of the ones that introduced me to the scifi and fantasy genres, and forever endeared them to me. Just click on the links to be taken to the Goodreads pages for a better intro to the series than I can ever possibly give!

Top 5 Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series

1. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony

A Spell for Chameleon
Piers Anthony

Almost too many books to count, the Xanth series is a book that it seems like no one but serious bookworms know about, and its a bloody shame. The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

In the world of Xanth, puns come true. I mean that. Literally. A football is a ball of feet that rolls around. Money grows on trees. Centipedes don’t exist, but nicklepedes do! Cottages are made of cheese (but not cottage cheese. More like or swiss or cheddar.) Everyone must have a magic talent, or they get exiled to the dreaded land of Mundania.

The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

2.  The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card

A quintet, with the first book (Ender’s Game) published in 1985, The Ender Series is one of the best science fiction series in existence. Very well written, following characters you can’t help but care about, you don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t read this series.

3. The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven

Larry Niven

Another quintet, with the first book being published in 1970 (Ringworld), the Ringworld Series by Larry Niven is a highly entertaining read that will keep you entranced for hours. I mean, it won Nebula, Hugo, AND Locus. Give it a try! Its even available as a graphic novel!

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker’s Guide
Douglas Adams

The first book (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) was published in 1979, and I’m pretty sure people have been giggling since then.  I think if you have anyone slightly geeky in your family that supposedly doesn’t like to read, they just haven’t been introduced to The Hitchhiker’s Guide series.

5. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
Terry Pratchett

First published in 1983 (The Color of Magic), The Discworld series contains over 40 books, and is almost universally well-loved. I, personally, was spoiled by Ringworld before I read Discworld, so I prefer Niven’s universe, but I cannot deny the allure this series has to the masses, and while I may not get through every book, I intend on working my way through at least the first 5 books.

….So, are there any you feel are missing? What are they?

Seveneves Review (Epic Science Fiction)

SSeveneveseveneves Synopsis: What would happen if the world were ending?

When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain…

Five thousand years later, their progeny – seven distinct races now three billion strong – embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth. – Goodreads

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Reblogged: There’s A Place In St. Louis Called ‘Zombie Road’ And You Should Never, Ever Go There

There’s A Place In St. Louis Called ‘Zombie Road’ And You Should Never, Ever Go There.

With a title like that, how could I resist reading it? I”m glad I did. This is an excellent little short story doesn’t seem like a short story. The author does a great job of giving you the perfect amount of information, and promptly creeping you out.

Nicely done. I recommend you go check it out!

Seeing Evil Review (Supernatural Thriller)

 Seeing Evil

Seeing Evil Synopsis: A school-hazing incident triggers preternatural prophetic abilities in Michael, a teenager foster-kid with one real friend. Suddenly Michael is a real-life mutant like from one of his favorite comic books. Unfortunately, his super power is seeing the violent ways in which people he touches are going to die. It doesn’t take long for Michael to discover the dark secrets Tessa, one of his fellow invisibles at school, is hiding, and soon Michael is over his head. Luckily, his one friend – Detective Sam Reilly – believes in her young friend, and is willing to do anything she can to help keep people safe. Unfortunately, sometimes all the prophetic knowledge in the world is just not enough.- Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Re-Reads

TTT Banner for My Top Ten Re-Reads

So for my first Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish), I’ll give you the skinny on the books that top my re-readability list (in no particular order)

Top Ten Re-Reads

1.) The Martian by Andy Weir
What does it take to survive alone on Mars? A nerd of epic proportions. Mark Watney is that nerd.

2.) Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy
Fantasy, Romance, and a dirty-minded Merlin.

3.) Feed (Book One of the Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant
A blunt blogger and….zombies. Lots of zombies.

4.) Lover Eternal by JR Ward
Sexy (non-glittering!) vampires, and a strong woman battling cancer.

5.) The In Death Series by JD Robb
A kick-ass and take names female cop, the billionaire who can’t forget her, and the disgustingly cheery sidekick.

6.) No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead, Book One) by James Cook
Zombies. Zombies. Zombies! …and an awesome friendship between two guys that would do anything for eachother.

7.) The Mammoth Hunters (Children of the Earth, Book Three) by Jean M. Auel
Stunningly written peek into pre-recorded history, with a main character you can’t help but root for.

8.) All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Just really well-written true tales from a veterinarian.

9.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Gorgeously written dystopian that flows like honey and burns like fire. Pun intended.

10.) The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
The puns, man. THE PUNS!

What about you? Do you recognize any of this? How many of them would be on your top ten re-readability list?

The Woman in Black Review (Paranormal Horror)

The Woman in Black Review

The Woman in Black Synopsis: Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. – Goodreads 

If this sounds familiar, its because Daniel Radcliffe starred in the movie adaptation.

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Why Are Zombies Popular?

A brief, interesting look into how zombies became a popular movie/tv monster.

Why Are Zombies Popular?.

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