Friday, November 15, 2013

Book trailer for GONE by Michael Grant

Loved this book. If you have not read it I HIGHLY recommend you do!


I started reading S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst last night and can't wait to really get into it, though I fear it will be a rather cumbersome experience, going back and forth between the actual novel itself and the margin notes by the two "readers".

If you don't know anything about S., I can tell you don't expect your "normal" reading experience. The core "book" is called THE SHIP OF THESEUS by a mysterious writer by the name of V.M. Straka. However, in the margins of the novel are notes by two people who are researching the writer and the mysteries surrounding the story.

That's all I really know so far. At this time Chapters is selling the hardback for $25 and damn, that is a hell of a deal in my opinion for the product you get. There are at least 20 inserts and it comes in a nice little slipcase. The book itself will remind you of a dusty old library book from the 40's and 50's (which THE SHIP OF THESEUS is dated at). It really is a beautiful thing.

Expect a review sometime in the next little while.

BZRK by Michael Grant is going to be one I read very very soon, especially after reading and loving the shit out of GONE (see my opinion of that book below).

Where as the covers to his GONE series are a bit on the lame side, this one is exceptionally catchy. The first time I saw it on the stand at the bookstore I picked it up and read the sleeve to know what it was all about.

Nanotech, mad scientists and a war for humanity…sounds pretty MATRIX-y and quite bitching.

I can't wait to get into this one. Check out the trailer below.

Obviously this is the sequel to the Grant book above, and saying I want to read it when I haven't read the first book is a bit presumptuous. However, based on the complete and utter enjoyment of GONE, I figure I'll probably love BZRK and need the sequel.

Sue me.

I like the title of this one, BZRK RELOADED sounds, again, very MATRIX-y and I dig that (if you haven't guessed THE MATRIX trilogy is one of my all time favourite movie trilogies you now know).

Not going to look up what this one is about because it might be spoiler-y. But I do dig that cover and can't wait to see what the BZRK world is all about!

So this is from James Dashner of THE MAZE RUNNERseries of books fame. If you have spent any time inside a bookstore over the last few years then you are familiar with the MAZE books. They are supposed to be quite thrilling (and soon to be made into a major motion picture if I'm not mistaken).

THE EYE OF MINDS is the beginning of a new series called THE MORTALITY DOCTRINE. Dashner fans have been raving about it on Amazon. It's about a virtual reality video game and should appeal to gamers. It has even garnered some mild comparisons to one of my all-time favourite books, READY PLAYER ONE.

I will be reading this one and the MAZE series to boot!

The one below is the sequel to HOUSE OF SECRETS, a book I liked for the most part. I will definitely check out its follow up. Columbus is one of my all time favourite movie directors so the choice to buy this book really is an easy one to make!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


GONE is a book by Stephen King…er, I mean Michael Grant.

Just kidding.

I wonder if I would have made the comparison had it not been made by one of the promotional quotes on the cover or because of the obvious similarities to King's UNDER THE DOME.

Grant is a terrific writer and GONE is one of the most exciting books I've read in a while. It is books like GONE which make reading so fun. They remind me that reading a book can be so much better than watching a movie.

I had seen the GONE series (GONE is the first of six) on bookstore shelves for a few years now but never bothered to pick them up.

Why you might ask?

The covers.

That cover is pretty terrible.

Not sure what those two are looking at but it doesn't come close to conveying the horrors they face between the covers. So don't be fooled by the sappy cover. GONE is pure kick-ass.

One day everyone over the age of 15 suddenly and inexplicably disappears within a ten mile radius of a nuclear power plant near the town of Perdido Beach, California. At the same time a dome appears out of nowhere, surrounding the town and land around it, trapping all survivors. There is no way in and no way out.

With all the adults gone, it isn't long before things begin to spiral out of control. Suddenly some of the survivors begin to display X-Men like abilities. Animals mutate and somewhere out in the desert an evil creature waits in the darkness of a cave.

GONE is like LORD OF THE FLIES, BATTLE ROYAL, THE HUNGER GAMES, UNDER THE DOME mashed up with THE X-MEN. In other words, really freaking cool!

Grant's voice, while unique, definitely has some Stephen King flavour. If that floats your boat, well cast off my Wormy friends. Grant's writing is superb. He gets you to feel for the kids and the strange predicament they must overcome, while cranking up the tension chapter by chapter to a very explosive finale.

Highly, highly recommended.

Friday, November 8, 2013


THOR, THE DARK WORLD is another kick-ass Marvel movie that any comic book/movie fan will love.

When it comes to Marvel movies THOR 2 can comfortably stand among the ranks of the three IRON MAN films (the cream of the crop in this fan's opinion) and definitely of higher quality than CAPTAIN AMERICA or the HULK and X-MEN films.

However it doesn't quite touch THE AVENGERS.

Dark Elves, giants, epic spaceship battles and combat are stuffed into THOR 2 from the opening credits to the end of the film (which, if you know anything about Marvel movies you will stay to the very, VERY end).

No one is better suited to carry Mjollner than Chris Hemsworth. He has really taken to playing the God of Thunder and has a lot of great scenes in the movie, from light hearted bantering with his mischievous brother Loki, to chest beating threats towards Malkith, THOR 2's primary antagonist.

Speaking of Loki, Tom Hiddleston rules. Just saying.