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Friday, October 29, 2010

Sesame Street's True Mud (True Blood Parody)

   
     Yes, that title is correct. Apparently Katy Perry was too "racy" for Sesame Street because she is a pretty girl with boobs, but a True Blood parody is okay to show children. Why make a parody of something that kids shouldn't be watching in the first place? Let me say first and foremost, if kids are watching True Blood,  arrest the parents immediately.The day True Blood becomes appropriate for kids is the day Fox "News" becomes an actual newsworthy source. It will NEVER happen.
     Someone made the comment on one of the videos uploaded to Youtube saying they don't know whether it is funny or disturbing. I definitely agree with that. I mean I don't know if I laughed because I was uncomfortable or if it was funny.
     I will say this though. I am happy that Sesame Street is into pop culture. There is nothing wrong with that. They are modern and up to date.It is nice to start branching into things that kids are into and what they pay attention to. But True Blood? This show is explicitly for adults, no way around that, no way to sugar coat it. Sesame Street, I love you guys, but please keep in mind what you are doing because this doesn't make a lick of sense.
     What do you guys think? Do you think they should have done a parody of a Mature rated show? Let me know what your thoughts on this.
     To see the parody yourself, visit the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dAZ1-nF3VI

Book Review: Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton





Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, has dealt with - and destroyed - a lot of monsters. But her old mentor, Edward - ruthless killer, bounty hunter, assassin - may be worse than any of them.

But Edward's got problems. A malevolent and seemingly unstoppable force is mutilating and dismembering the citizens of Albuquerque - and if he is to stop it he'll need all of Anita's firepower and cunning.

It may not be enough.
 


     Let me start off by saying, I am a huge Anita Blake fan. There wouldn't be True Blood if not for Anita. Hell, as much as it pains me to say this, there wouldn't be Twilight if. It for Anita. She is the original badass. Now I am aware of how people feel about the series now. But this does not mean I am going to stop reading the series though.
     This book is definitely different from the last eight books. We are not focused on Anita,first of all, we are focused on Edward. Also, most characters that we are use to, Jean-Claude, Richard, Dolph, and more are nowhere in this book. Though Jean-Claude makes a "dreamy" appearance in this book.
     Now back to Edward. He scares me and he is a psychopath, yet he is surprisingly likable. He does go for the bad guys (at least I hope he does). But this book starts with Anita starting to pay Edward a favor (after killing his even crazier psycho killer friend, Harold). She goes to Arizona to meet Edward to then find out he has a fiance with kids and goes by the name Ted. I honestly didn't know whether to laugh or cry at this, given how Edward is, if his "family" knew what he did, well that would be too much. Anita, of course, knows the catastrophe that this will be and can't believe Edward is doing this not only to Donna, but to her little four year old girl and teenage son (who saw his dad die. Yeah, that bad).
     So "Ted" called Anita to help solve a series of horrendous mutilations. People are being skinned alive, but they are not dead. No one can figure how they are alive and why they have been strange occurrences while they were skinned. People just conveniently needed to leave their own homes to walk or something when these mutilations took place.
     So while investigating Anita meets Edward's backup. One is Bernardo Spotted Horse, sexy, horny ex Military killer and Olaf. Olaf is big, German, and a rapist who just so happens to target women with Anita's characteristics. I am sure you can imagine this meeting.
     They end up meeting the Master of the City and her human servant after a disturbing stage display. If you are familiar with Anita's meetings with other vampires and their entourage, at least one person has their brains shot out. But the meeting wasn't a total waste because she finds out Obsidian Butterfly (the Master of the City) is not the god she says she is and that he cryptic talk leads to a dangerous realization (won't say, read the book).
     Anita also meets up with a fellow necromancer. He is as scary as everyone says he is a d has a thing for Anita. He also has a secret. But due to Nicky's stupidity (the other necromancer), Anita and her gang are being followed by Ted's "friends" who want Anita to protect their coward of a leader.
     There are a lot of things happening in this book (sorry if my follow up isn't helping much, I don't have the book with me), but it manages to not feel cluttered. It moves in a nice pace. Some books are too slow to get to the drama or the action. This was just fine. I love that we find out the Edward isn't completely soulless. Tge other books really had me thinking otherwise. Now I have heard the complaints about no Richard and (barely) no Jean-Claude, but I think this book was fine without them. It is what Anita needed to get things figured out (but not necessarily straighten). She is attracted to Detective Ramirez in this book, but the thought of leaving her boys completely is a no-go. I honestly would have liked to have seen how Anita would be like dating a human. I love Richard and Jean-Claude for sure, but still.
     I have read multiple reviews about this book and have seen the issues, but frankly, I wasn't disappointed. I like the turn this book took. It still felt like Anita. She is still on that line of cop and killer. That is what makes me love her. She doesn't follow the law 100%, but she does what she must to save others. This book kept to that. This book was full of Anita's humor, Edward's new found beating heart, monsters that have done things that I honestly had a nightmare about the other night and strange love (well, I am nit sure love is the right word, hell not even lust is the right word).
     Overall this was a great book in the series. I love the new yet old Edward/Ted. I thought this was a great read and like I said, it is the Anita we know and love, just with a different perspective.


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Brandon Routh to play Superman in reboot?

    Superman is back and we don't know if he will be better than ever. I really like Brandon Routh. I think he is a great actor, he definitely has the look and essence of Superman. But still, Superman Returns was, in fact, a sequel (Right?). So I find it weird to do a complete overhaul of the original Superman and still (basically) continue with the most recent sequel. Everyone knows that Routh was not suppose to be in the reboot, but apparently things have changed, again. I thought that he was great as Superman, even though Superman Returns was not my favorite, he was captivating. I am not just saying that because he is hot, but because he did a great job.
   I believe one issue with Superman is the way they have been presented to us. I mean Superman Returns was (suppose to be) a sequel to Superman IV. A sequel that I don't think anyone watched or remembers, I know I didn't and don't (that made sense). I think the reboot should have started when they made Superman Returns. I mean it did nothing but remind newer audiences (and probably older ones) what the basis of Superman is all about. It wasn't really anything new except for the kid thing, that was something.
  So I don't think bringing back Routh is a problem as long as the movie goes in a different direction. Since Zack Synder is doing it, I am expecting something different (with some slo-mo action). I think Synder has the ability to scrap things and go onto a different path. I know he can do something we haven't seen with Superman and bring a different flavor to the franchise. I think that is the biggest issue with Superman. Superman IV came out in 1987, Superman Returns came out in 2006 and yet, it didn't feel like it was updated. Twenty years have gone by and it didn't feel like Superman got a face lift, to speak. I mean it was shinier and the special effects were bigger, but with Superman as a whole, I expected a more updated feel. So I know Synder understands we are in a different era and that is why I am fine with the reboot. Synder I am putting my faith in you because you belong to this generation of violence and sex. I know Superman is for all ages, but a little blood would be nice. As for the sex thing, well I am a girl and Routh is Routh, put the two together.
   What about any of you? Anybody agree or disagree with Routh coming back or just a Superman reboot in general?


Read more here:  Den Of Geek

Book Review: Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris



If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbor (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour,and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.


     Ok it has taken me a while to get to this because quite frankly, I did not know what to write about it. I am a huge fan of the series (both the books and the show, definitely the show). Yet this book didn't have the same flavor as the rest. As much as it pains to say anything bad about Sookie Stackhouse and her unbelievably sexy men, I must be honest here, I was disappointed.

    The book starts off with Sookie quite depressed. Very understandable, she has lost two family members (well three including Claudine's baby) and found out another one was crazy. Amelia is leaving her to go back to New Orleans. Even though Eric is her boyfriend, it is clear she is not 100% sure she loves him. Bill is suffering from being poisoned by silver, so he can't do much of anything either. So things are pretty down for Sookie until she gets a visit from her jerk of a cousin, Claude. Then things start looking up, in a way.

    Eric moves back and forth in the book. One night when Sookie and Eric are together, they get a visit from Eric's maker (who I thought was Godric, but apparently is a completely different guy named Appius). This was a big, confusing issue for me. Didn't make sense to me. His "child" was Alexei Romanov. This was apparently the son of the Romanovs. Yes, the Royal family of Russia. Alexei was a psychopath, as you can well imagine. But they came to visit Eric because Appius needed help because of Alexei. Because like I said, he is crazy. Before this as well, Sookie gets a visit from Alcide and his pack to hunt on her lands. They find that there is a body there and a fairy or two. So she is paranoid about it being her psycho cousin, Dermot.

    So all of this is happening just in the first few chapters. To add more, Sookie sneaks into Bill's house to find the other "child" his maker made. Sookie finds her and ask her to come save Bill. This vampire is named Judith and she looks exactly like the wife Bill had  when he was human. Worse, Judith seems a little obsessed with Bill, but she couldn't have him because of their maker. But Harris didn't go further into this, which is also very weird.

    All this is going on in the book, but it was just strange. The plot was all over the place and there was so many things going on. I like books that have various storylines in one book. For example, Adrian Phoenix is famous for this. Phoenix has three/four things going on and they tie in perfectly at the end. I can't say that for this book. It was a little chaotic and felt rushed, which is probably why this book was kind of short. 

    I would have preferred if Harris scrapped the Appius/Alexei story (save it/tuck it away/anything other 
than this) and went a little further with the dead pack member and the Judith/Bill story. But there was too much going on and not enough cohesion. The Appius/Alexei story needed more explanation and we didn't get it.The ending wasn't bad, I liked it, but again, a little more explanation would have been nice. 

   Overall, I wanted more from this book. I definitely expected more. This is first book in the series that has been a let down for me. I pray it is the only one that does. So if you haven't read this, read it at your own risk. (CAUTION!). If you have read this, let me know what you thought. Did you think it was fine as is or could something else have been done?


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Book Review: My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers 1) by Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but.

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.


    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
     Finally getting around to this. I finished this book about month ago. Not slow, just lazy (American motto). Anyway, this is the official first book of the series. Before reading this, it would help to read My Soul to Lose, which is the prequel to the series. There are things that will be referenced in this story and it helps to know a little more about Kaylee (main character).
    So to start off, this is a Young Adult book, but I can tell you, you will love it no matter the age. It is actually quite unique in style and story. Rachel Vincent did a wonderful job of creating an urban fantasy based around teenagers. The dialogue is smart and witty even though they are teenagers. Kaylee reminds me a lot of how I was when I was in high school (minus the paranormal stuff. Though I truly do believe some girls were all kinds of beasts, two-faced, bitches most likely to stab you in the back with their tails. Yeah, you have met those kind).
    The beginning of this book starts with Kaylee getting dragged to a club with her party hard, equally minor best friend, Emma, who has her cousin, Traci, sneak them into the place. So of course once they enter, Emma gets swamped with dance partners on the dance floor (damn you pretty, leggy blondes) and Kaylee is stuck by herself sucking down coke at the bar. Until the hottest and most popular guy in school, Nash Hudson, notices her and sits down next her. Kaylee, thinking she is not the kind of girl that usually gets his attention is very floored by the revelation. But her dream quickly becomes crushed when she notices the shadow over a young, pretty girl on the dance floor. Kaylee knows what is about to happen and has to bolt quickly before she embarrasses herself in front of Nash and the entire club. You see Kaylee has a talent (curse) where she can tell when the next person will kick the bucket. They get overshadowed by, well, a shadow and Kaylee screams until her throat is raw when it happens. Everyone thinks she has some kind of seizure or something, but that is far from the truth. But she quickly finds out that her secret is fine with Nash because he knows more about her condition than she does. Kaylee, being an actual smart teenager, she gets suspicious of Nash and his attention towards her. She finds it strange that he is not running and heading for the hills.
Then later after her "brush" with death, she is shaken up (naturally). But to make matters worse, Kaylee overhears her Aunt Val and Uncle Brendon talking in the kitchen after one of the incidents and they say that Kaylee is on borrowed time. So after being sent in a psych ward and put on zombie drugs, her own family knew that she wasn't crazy (Read prequel My Soul to Lose, found here).They know exactly what she is. So after the shadow appears at Kaylee's school where her and her shallow cousin, Sophie, goes to. Then it becomes clear that something very strange is going on around Kaylee. All girls that have dropped like flies were about the same age and very pretty. Kaylee and Nash realize the strange pattern. So they need information.
     Nash and Kaylee end up going to a hospital to meet a guy named Todd. Todd, in my opinion, was the best character in the book. He seems like a little egotistical but you find out more about him and why he follows Nash around and why they aren't the best of friends. Won't say too much here because it is quite intriguing. But Todd decides to risk helping Nash and Kaylee by getting the list his boss has. This list consists of everyone's "due dates". It is suppose to show when everyone is suppose to die a d they want to find out if those girls went at their correct times because it doesn't seem like they did.
Then the unthinkable happens when they go to the funeral of the girl who dies at school (someone close to them is about to be "taken", won't say who), but when Kaylee and Nash work to try and help keep them alive, they get a visit from the unexpected. An actual shadow decides to make themselves known and they have their eyes on Kaylee and Nash. They soon find that shadow is more familiar with them then they'd like to think.
     This is one of the best Young Adult books I've read. It is smart, modern, and creative. It takes the very real and frustrating world of an everyday teenage girl with some scary paranormal flavor. The story really does grab you. I couldn't put this down. The last 20-25 pages will hit you over the head though. The twists will really have you floored. I was so into beforehand, but I really, really loved the last bit of the book. I love that it is also of an urban fantasy genre, which is very different for most Young Adult books. All in all, if you are not the biggest fan of Young Adult (here, here), make an exception with this one. You are sure to get lost in a different kind of world.

Oh, P.S.- There are actually no vampires/werewolves in this book which is even more intriguing. Enjoy!


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