Books

When to Eat a Friend

Honor Lost

Honor Lost

I really appreciated this series diversity of relationships and delving into proper use of gender pronouns. But if I ever get violently overtaken by an alien parasite which attaches itself to my brain and brutally, horrifically changes by mind and body and my friend almost immediately starts combining names like were some celebrity couple…

I’m going to eat the bitch.

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Books

We Are Only the Ants: Roadside Picnic

Roadside Picnic

Roadside Picnic

By: Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

What if we finally got visited by aliens but the most important event in or history was simply an intergalactic roadside picnic for the aliens? They don’t even bother with us ants. They just pull over have some fun for a couple of hours and leave a mess behind…

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Books, Movies

What’s Scarier? Books vs. Films

Pennywise

I started reading It last week- the movie version helped restart my interest in the horror genre. Unsurprisingly like most of the King books I’ve read from that era I can’t put it down.

And reading it while awaiting the final chapter and thinking on some of the other scary movies I’ve watched or am interested in made me wonder about the age old question: What’s scarier in the horror genre: books or films?

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Books

Skyward Bound

Skyward

By: Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is one of those authors I’ve always wanted to read but at the same time I look at his books and go, “Man those are long.”  So I’m happy to say Skyward (was long) but totally fun and fast and I will definitely be picking up more of his work.

Skyward is also the rare start to a series where I’m like, “Give me the next one now!”

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Movies

Movie Thoughts with Venom

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Screw the whole Inner Goddess thing. If there’s a voice in my head it would probably be Venom so below we work through some movie thoughts and questions with the alien  (that doesn’t want to be called a parasite!)

I also feel like I should say I have no knowledge of the comic book character.

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Movies

The 5th Wave Film

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The Fifth Wave

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/ Book Adaptation…

Grade: C

 The aliens have arrived and attack us in a series of waves including taking the power, spreading disease, and mass destruction without ever being seen. The 5th Wave based on the book by Rick Yancey (that I very much enjoyed) tells the story of Cassie, a teenage survivor desperately trying to reunite with her brother Sam. As well as the children with Sam co-opted by the military to fight the invaders for the next wave.

 Like I said I really enjoyed the book but the movie was… average. It starts out pretty well in a lot of ways. The CGI isn’t bad. The alien attacks are horrible because they leave the humans with absolutely no ability to fight back. Chloe Moretz does a good job as Cassie and Liev Schreiber is really good as Vosch, the head military man. There were a couple of good emotional moments thrown in as well like when she can’t catch up to Sam as he’s taken away.

 I also thought the movie did a fairly good job of not telegraphing the twists- spoilers for which I won’t give away.

 It’s really the second part of the movie where it fell apart for me. I liked Evan in the books but it seemed like all the meat from his relationship with Cassie (and his character) was gone. There was very little there from the time he appeared and it felt boring. I hate to say it to but Alex Roe (Evan) was not that good. Maybe it wasn’t him because they stripped a lot from Ben (Cassie’s former crush and current military recruit) as well but I thought that actor still did a good job.

 Seriously, there’s a scene where she watches Evan bathing in a river and it just felt odd because there was nothing behind that relationship to me. It didn’t do much to help Cassie’s characterization either.

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 The second big thing was that the revelations in the movie happen so fast that I felt like they fell flat. I don’t want to get into spoilers but it just didn’t seem to have the weight that it needed. I was like, “Um, okay?”

 Lastly, and this could be nitpicking, I don’t remember if all the stuff on the military base was as unbelievable in the book as it was in the movie. It all felt way, way to easy for the heroes. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that at one point Cassie is rushing through a crowd, wearing a completely different uniform and making a scene while in wide shots you can see guards on the outside of the crowd and no one seems to see her or stop her.

 I gave the movie bonus points for a scene where Cassie is scavenging and grabs some tampons because hey, even in an alien invasion you still need the necessities. But then again a friend pointed out how she always seemed to have killer hair products and seriously, even after she had been injured her hair was still on point. So maybe that’s a wash.

 Recommend: Wait to Rent.

 

Books

The Infinite Sea

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The Infinite Sea

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: Sci-Fi

Grace: C

Long term reading goal: Finish at least some of the series I’ve started.

Yep, that’s been a goal for a long time! There’s just so many series. But this book is the sequel to The Fifth Wave (see movie trailer here) The story continues of Cassie and her little brother and the other teenage soldiers they sprung at the end of the first book continues even though all hope definitely seems lost.

They are holed up in an abandon hotel so Cassie can wait for Evan who may or may not be dead but either way he’s a turned alien so everyone else isn’t exactly thrilled to death at their love or happy to be waiting around for him.

This book was a typical sequel which is why I stuck it at an average C. There’s a lot going on but somehow at the end not much had happened. Ringer is a huge part of this book and that’s okay I like the character but she’s probably fifty percent of the book alone so if you’re in it for Cassie and Evan that might be a problem.

Everything is set up. Give credit where it’s due there are some answers provided and I’m definitely going to read the third book.

But I’ll tell you (without giving away any spoilers) there is one part with Cassie where she does something so dumb and does get people killed that it bothered me for the rest of the book and I don’t know if there’s any going back with that character for me. Unfortunately because I did like her in the beginning.

 Recommend: I was going to say yes but instead I reserve the right to judgement until I finish the series. Hopefully by putting this in writing I actually will!