Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

Again…I’ll say it. Stephen King…love his work or hate it. This time around, I LOVE IT!! I have been incredibly inspired by this book. King has given me a new outlook on completing Purloin, a novel of mine that I’ve been working on for five, yes 5, years. I guess five years isn’t so bad. Better than saying life long work. Anyways, On Writing reminded me that writing can be easy. Hell, I did it … Read more

Movie Review: Sunshine

I had a hard time getting into this movie because I started watching too critical of the science of making a space ship that could fly so close to the sun, not to mention all the other things they were attempting to do to restore the sun’s energy. Don’t do this if you decide to view the film. While this movie is visually stunning, the plot is more about the decisions made by the crew. … Read more

Book Review: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Have added it to my list of favorites on Shelfari. This is the first book I’ve read by Cormac McCarthy and he left me wanting to read more of his books. The road is one of the most emotion provoking novels I’ve read, bringing out few of the positive kind. While the setting of the book occurs after a world wide catastrophe and survival is the objective, it also speaks so … Read more

Movie Review: 30 Days of Night

I watched 30 Days of Night because I loved the idea of vampires taking over a town in Alaska during 30 straight days of night. Unfortunately it fell short, primarily because they followed the typical Hollywood horror/thriller movie formula–bad guys come to town, bad guys kill the people, heroes fight bad guys and survive. What did I like? I enjoyed the cinematography and the fresh story idea (not the story line), as well as appreciated … Read more

Book & Movie Review: I Am Legend

Let me start with the book shown to the right. This is the book that I read. I didn’t realize that the book also contained short stories written by Richard Matheson. When I got to what I thought was the logical end of the book, I progressed to a short story, not realizing I Am Legend had ended until I read at least a page. Boy am I a dork! Consider this another one of … Read more

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this book a couple months ago with mixed feelings. I never would have picked it up if it weren’t for the book club. Getting through the first part of the book was tough! The author goes into great detail about her life leading up to her trip to Italy, India and Indonesia. She’s very open about how neurotic she was while going through a divorce after realizing she didn’t want the traditional family … Read more

Book Review: Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 17

Finally! A review of a horror book! Unfortunately I don’t have much to say about this book other than the stories are equivalent to those in other Mammoth Books of the Best New Horror. Pretty darn average stuff, with nothing that scared me or turned my stomach. But then again, not much scares me any more. The only story that really stood out was the first by Ramsey Campbell. Sorry I can’t remember the name … Read more

Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

When I originally added my star rating to this book in Shelfari, I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Now looking back, it deserves another star. Here’s what it’s about: The stakes in the novel’s plot are high: corporate crime on the largest scale. The duo of lawyers at the centre of the narrative are Mary and Wes Grace, who succeed in a multimillion dollar case against a chemical company, who have polluted … Read more

Book Review: Tales from Mistwillow

This is going to be a bit of a lame book review. I basically read this book because it contains short stories by other Colorado authors. Oh, and that the book was published by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group, of which I’m a member and have not yet attended a gathering hosted by the group. Here’s what it’s about: You won’t find the fictional Colorado town of Mistwillow on any map or atlas. Featuring … Read more

Book Review: Blaze, By Richard Bachman

People always assume I’m a Stephen King fan because I write Horror and love Horror movies. Well, I’m not exactly a fan. I’m a critic. Like many of his readers, I either love his stories or hate ‘em, and have mostly disliked his work. For example, I hated “The Stand” finding it long and boring (a book considered one of his best works and a must read), but I absolutely loved “Pet Cemetery” (my favorite … Read more