Monthly Archives: September 2013

Book Review – Beyond Dinocalypse

Beyond Dinocalypse (Dinocalypse Trilogy, #2)Beyond Dinocalypse by Chuck Wendig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When last we left our intrepid adventurers the Centurions, they were tumbling through time. Beyond Dinocalypse picks up the story shortly after the first book of the series Dinocalypse Now. Our heroes, Jet, Amelia, Benjamin, Atok and Khan find themselves some years in the future, one dominated by dinosaurs.

This book picks up the adventure at the same pace at the first book. The time lost heroes are reunited with old allies, long since changed by the nightmare world they live in. The book leaves our heroes struggling with helping the people now, or trying to find a way of going back and fixing the world before it goes to Hell.

Like the first book, this one is a fast read that any fan of the classic pulp heroes will love. The story twists and turns as the heroes struggle to find their place in the new world.

Also featured in this book is the short story Truth and Illusion, which focuses on another Centurion and his role in things, both in the past and in the nightmare of a future.

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Sunday Siesta

Saturday Songs

This week, we take another look at one of the genres I listen to.  No matter how happy you are, every once in a while, you just have to sing the Blues.  And who better to sing the Blues than one of the legends of the music genre.

So, without further delay, I bring you the legendary B.B. King.

Stuck In My Head

This song got stuck in my head Thursday.

Enjoy

Picks of the Week – September 25, 2013

This is the last Wednesday of September, 2013, and the first of Autumn.  sounds like a good time for some new comics.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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iPod Resurrected

A few months ago, my old iPod took an accidental sink bath, seemingly ending its life forever.

oldipodWell, the above picture is of that iPod.  It was not taken before it took the sink bath.  It was taken early Tuesday morning after I plugged it in on a lark to see what, if anything, would happen.

The last time I even looked at this thing, the screen was dark and it would not even acknowledge that it ever had a battery charge, or any function whatsoever.  And I did nothing to it.  I did not put it in rice to dry it out.  I didn’t even keep it in a dry place to dry it out.  Heck, I left it in a damp basement.

Now, I am not an Apple snob.  I prefer PC’s over Macs, and Android over iOS (especially iOS7).  But, I have to give Apple credit for building a device that is sturdy enough to endure what this particular iPod went through.

That being said, iOS7 is not going anywhere near this newly resurrected iPod.

World War Z – the Movie

Some of my regular readers may remember that I created two lists at the beginning of the summer.  The first list was the list of the movies that I really wanted to see.  The other was the list of the movies that I really did not care if I saw.

World War Z was on the second list, though it was there with some misgivings.  Now that I have seen it, I can say that it did indeed belong on that second list.

My biggest problem with the movie is that it does not follow the book at all.  I am a fan of Max Brooks’ novel, so much so that I have read it twice.  What I watched when I saw World War Z the movie was nothing like the book.  While the book is a terrifying look at the lives of many people who have lived through a global zombie epidemic, This movie comes off like most zombie movies.  There really is little focus on the characters beyond Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane, and even his character feels a bit flat.

The sad part about this is that there is a lot of potential for a great movie if only they had tried to include some of what made the book so chilling.  Instead, we only get hints of what could have been, or scenes are altered to work for the more spectacular (but less fulfilling) action sequences.

Fans of the book will want to avoid this movie, especially since the only thing these two works have in common is the title.

Book Review – Dinocalypse Now

Dinocalypse Now (Dinocalypse Trilogy, #1)Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is perfect for fans of the pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, and the Green Hornet, along with contemporary heroes like Indiana Jones and the Rocketeer.

The world of the 1930s is being invaded by dinosaurs, and the only ones who can defend it are the Century Club, a global group of stalwart adventurers. The action is fast paced as we travel of the globe with our heroes as they face everything from dinosaurs to talking apes to unscrupulous treasure seekers. It is a fun read that pulls you in from page one and does not let up.

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More Thoughts on iOS7

Friday, I had a brief mention of iOS7.  Now that I’ve had a chance to check it out a little bit further, I had a few observations.

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Saturday Songs – September 21, 2013

People looking over my past Saturday Songs selections may think that I only listen to heavy metal and 80s music.  that actually is pretty far from the truth.  In reality, I listen to a broad range of music.  With the exception of Justin Bieber, Eminem and Sugar Ray, I usually can find at least one song from an artist that I like.  Sometimes even more than one.

This week (and beyond), I decided that I should explore some more of the genres that I listen to.  First up I take a dip into pop country with American Idol winner Carrie Underwood.

 

Also, I’m still looking for scary songs for my October picks.  If you have any suggestions, drop me a line.

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