Friday, February 27, 2009

Fun For Friday

The literal music video of White Wedding

I love Billy Idol, ever since I was about 3. This is great.

Review of Private Midnight by Kris Saknussemm

Private Midnight, by Kris Saknussemm is being released March 5th and is definitely worth the read.

Ritter is a police detective who has been through two divorces, lots of death, and plenty of guilt and fear. He is feeling lonely and tired. One day an old cop friend who is nothing but trouble drops off a business card on his desk; which will forever change his life.

Ritter meets a seductive woman who is mysterious and desirable. Now he only has her on his mind and things are starting to become very strange…

When I first started reading this book it felt like a 1920’s detective story – I thought of Dick Tracy: the smoke, the night, the ominous narrator, the dingy bars and the loud precinct. I thought it had the classic comic book detective story feel to it – it didn’t last that way.

Soon I wasn’t sure what to believe; I didn’t know what was really happening and what was being imagined. The story then started to remind me of The Machinist. Ritter seems obsessed, he is quickly losing weight, and odd things are happening. I kept expecting the end to reveal that Ritter was crazy and he was imagining everything.

Ritter becomes increasingly distressed. None of his clothes fit him, he can’t eat, he has no one to talk to, and he has blackouts and disturbing dreams and when he wakes up he is usually covered in an odd substance. All the while, his obsession with the mysterious woman becomes stronger and more dangerous.

I don’t think giving a no spoiler review can give this book justice. It is by far the weirdest book I have ever read. I think I uttered the words “what in the …” several times outloud. Some of the things in this book were absolutely disturbing.

When I got about half-way through the book I really didn’t want to keep reading. About two-thirds through the book I really didn’t like it much. When I finished the last page of the book I was so stunned I couldn’t hate the book and wanted everyone to read it so they could go through the same thing I did.

I don’t usually cuss, but if I had to give a one statement explanation of this book I would have to say it’s a psychological mind !#$%. I had a hard time getting through it, but the end was worth it. The psychological warfare is pretty intense and interesting. And I have never read an ending like this one.

Without knowing anything about the author I figured the writer was male, when I ended the book I thought the writer might be a woman! Which I think is quite genius and fitting. I won’t tell you if Kris is male or female, I think you should read and guess yourself, then read the bio! Primeval and psychological elements of sexuality, manhood, control, violence, fear, and darkness make this book quite fascinating.

I just finished Private Midnight and could go on and on about it, but I don’t want to give anything else away. Let me know if you read this. I would love to have a conversation about it!

Oh, and to address the "vampire" element. I was expecting this book to have the present popular vampire character, which it didn't. I do however, believe that describing a vampire in it's most basic and primeval form is quite fitting. Read it and tell me what you think.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Felted Bella's Womb - Um, yeah

The boy pointed me to this gem.... if that's what you want to call it:

The Geekologie documented a Twi-hard fan who felted Bella's womb

Review of Episodes 3-5 of the Korean Vampire Drama Mini-Series

So I finally fit into my busy schedule a girl’s night in with my friend Nichole to finishing watching Freeze without the boys (Marc actually hid in his room to avoid watching it). You can view the review of episodes 1-2 here.

While we were still a bit confused throughout the last three episodes, it started making much more sense. There was also a lot of squealing on my part – lots of “oh my goodness” girl noise-making in reaction to awkward situations between the brazen and blunt young Ji Woo and the quiet depressed vampire Lee Suh-Jin . Nichole and I also shared a lot of wide-eyed looks.

The dramatic mini-series isn’t full of action or hair-raising events per se; mostly awkward situations in which we felt embarrassed for the characters or certain events we couldn’t believe were happening (finally).

In episodes 3-5 the relationship between Lee Suh-Jin and Ji Woo starts to develop into something more real and definable. Lee Suh-Jin must either listen to his sire Ihwa tell him to forget about loving a mortal, or follow his heart and love Ji Woo who is so desperately trying to be loved. He also must still face the ghost of his lost love (Ji Woo's mother), come to terms with the stipulations of his immortality, and learn to find peace and contentment in the life he has now.

The killer who has been draining the blood of women must be found and dealt with before the cops find the killer and realize he is a real vampire and Ihwa must deal with Lee Suh-Jin loving a mortal over her.

The episodes are quiet long, but I enjoyed the series. I wish it was an on-going show, but it is not. I would definitely recommend it though. It can be slow at times, but it is also funny and unique.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Non-Vampire Spam "Poems"

This has nothing to do with vampires or the paranormal, but I had to post this somewhere. These are four "poems" that came from spam email that didn't make it to my filter....

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Much Scarier than Vampires...

So Horrifying...

#1 On My Wishlist Right Now...

If you haven't heard already from Suburban Vampire or somewhere else, there is going to be an awesome vampire film festival in New Orleans on Halloween. Visit the site - they have links to the films, vampire interviews, store, and more.

From where I live in sunny California I am only a 31 hour drive away... too bad the entertainment company didn't stay where they are located! Bah! I want to go.

Anyone else out there who wants to, or plans on going?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Vampire's Betrayal

The Vampire’s Betrayal – Book 4 of Raven Hart’s Savannah vampire series is another emotional rollercoaster that has your wondering what will happen next.

As mentioned before, Hart sure has a way to put you on pins and needles while reading her books. Each book never provides closure, which makes you want to hurry and pick up the next one in the series. These aren’t your sappy happy ending stories either. Characters experience real pain and loss and in turn, the reader experiences a whole assortment of emotions. I think another apt title for book for would be “When it Rains it Pours.” The friendly vampires can’t seem to catch a break. First William finds heartache, then Jack. I almost want a happy ending to appear!
If you haven't read this series I would definitely recommend!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Check out these vampire links!

Dark Side of the Net has a great list of vampire blogs (I'm even on there). Check out the extensive list! They have some other great resources for the vampire lover too.

Now I'm off to San Francisco until Sunday for work!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Addressing the Twilight vs. True Blood ( and Vampire Kisses) for the Last Time...

I'm writing this because each week I am amazed to see the amount of people that are brought to this blog by searching for the following:
  • similarities between twilight and true blood
  • twilight vs true blood
  • twilight vs sookie
  • which came first twilight or sookie stackhouse
  • twilight copied sookie stackhouse novels
  • twilight or sookie
  • sookie stackhouse vs. twilight
  • twilight copied vampire kisses

Each week there is a ton of new searches, sooooo I figured I would make all the Sookie, True Blood, Twilight, and Vampire Kisses accessible in one entry (listed newest to oldest):

What Stephen King has to say about Meyer

Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Books comments on book similarities

Twilight and True Blood Spoofs

Comparing Twilight, True Blood, Sookie, and other vampire Books

True Blood vs. Sookie Books

Is True Blood going in the Right Direction?

Bill and Eric Cookies

True Blood Episode 4 Review

True Blood Episode 2 Review

Twilight vs. True Blood

True Blood Pictures and Videos

True Blood Trailer

True Blood Pilot Episode Changes

True Blood Pilot Review

Vampire Commercials

Vampire Kisses vs. Twilight

Pam the Vampire

True Blood coming soon!

I love the Sookie Books

Thanks and Enjoy!

The Vampire's Kiss Review

I’ve now finished book 3 of the Savannah vampire series The Vampire’s Kiss. While I found this book to be not as emotionally jarring as the previous two, Hart sure does have a way of creating suspense and cliff hangers. I was constantly wondering what in the world would happen next.

You can read the summary here.

I won’t give away any spoilers either (unless you ask me personally, I have no qualms).

I have to come clean though – I think this is the only book that I deliberately flipped to the back of the book to read what happens at the end (except maybe some of the Twilight books – for different reasons). It was getting close to bedtime (I need my beauty rest) and I was coming to the climax of the whole thing and I just couldn’t take it. I had to know if everything was going to turn out right.

Now I’m off to read the 4th book! Soon I will have to go and buy the fifth book which came out last week!

Twilight Gossip

Thanks to Suburban Vampire, I found that it seems like Stephen King didn't have very nice things to say about Stephenie Meyer. USA Weekend Blog had an interview with Stephen King and here is what he had to say about Meyer:

Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good."

But then King recalls that when his mom was alive, she read all the Erle Stanley Gardner books, the Perry Mason mysteries, obsessively when he was growing up. "He was a terrible writer, too, but he was very successful," King says. "Somebody who’s a terrific writer who’s been very, very successful is Jodi Picoult. You’ve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes he’s just awful. It varies. James Patterson is a terrible writer but he’s very very successful. People are attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie Meyer, it’s very clear that she’s writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because they’re not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that’s a shorthand for all the feelings that they’re not ready to deal with yet."

I find the comments left for the article the most entertaining. Isn't it always that way though? Most of the commentors do say that they aren't hating on Meyer's storytelling, but her writing... which some of her fans have already said "sucks."