REVIEW: “F**king Through the Apocalypse” by Jason Werbeloff

F**cking Through the Apocalypse by Jason Werbeloff A review by Domoni.

When I purchased this story, the title and synopsis made me giggle. I expected satire and humor. When an 89 year old man decides to pass the time waiting for the end of the world by opening a brothel, I saw no other way for this story to be written.  So when I sat down to read it and was suddenly just sad, I was rather surprised.

Harold knows the world is ending. There are only a matter of days left. He had prepared for it so he has no real need to leave his home. Yet he is still in mourning for his wife so one day he realizes he wants to go out for some flowers; Fanny always had fresh flowers on the table. He sets out to leave his home for the first time in months. The world outside is stark. People afraid to face the end have fled or taken their lives. The businesses are closed and the streets are lined with the corpses of jumpers. When a young boy propositions him, Harold takes pity on the kid and takes him back to his home to give him a coat.

The next day the boy is back. This time with another working boy who is near frozen to death. Harold warms them both up and they come to an arrangement. The boys can bring their johns to his place and in return give Harold a cut of the money. Money is not something needed in the end of the world but the boys refuse to stop working and as in all situations, sex sells.

This end of the world tale makes sense. Though I expected some strange silly story about a man’s lifelong dream to open a brothel, what I got was a sad story about a man seeking forgiveness the only way he knows how. He pushed away his son for being gay, now at the end of the world he shelters and cares for these two young gay men who have no one else. This wasn’t the read I expected, but I enjoyed it none the less.

 

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review: “Kitchen Overlord: Colorable Compendium of Geek History” by Chris-Rachael Oseland and Tom Gordon

Review: "Kitchen Overlord: Colorable Compendium of Geek History" by Chris-Rachael Oseland and Tom Gordon A review by Domoni.

I want to thank the creators of this book for allowing me the chance to give it an honest and unbiased review.

This is a coloring book. It is also a trip through time. Plus there is food! What could make it better? It is all about the awesome geeky things I love. Created by the authors of the Kitchen Overlord Illustrated Geek Cookbook, this is a work of art. Beginning with Prehistory and a nod to all things geeky and medieval then wrapping up with the year 2013 and the fantastic show Sleepy Hollow, each page is a fun drawing of geek culture staples mixed with food. The illustrations are comical and more like caricatures than true depictions, but what you are looking at is unmistakeable.

Each page has a year and a few lines about that particular creation. A few years get multiple pages, like Doctor Who, which began in 1963 and has continued on for more than 50 years. All the well known favorites are in there. You have pages for Star Wars, Star Trek, Monty Python, Indiana Jones, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Princess Bride. If Ghostbusters or Gremlins are not for you, turn to the page for Beetlejuice. If the page for Firefly isn’t making you feel shiny, turn back to 1993 to see what Jack and Sally are up to. All of the drawings brought a smile to my face and I know I will spend many hours filling this book with colors and happiness. It has a page for everything I could think to ask for and a few things I have not heard of, future fandom ideas ahead.

This fun adult coloring book would be an excellent gift to give to any geek.  Even if they never color it I know they would appreciate it. If they are a chef, they will love the little touches and you could win bonus points. I have had so much fun flipping through it and recommend it to everyone.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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Review of “Irredeemable Volume 1” by Mark Waid and Peter Krause

Review of "Irredeemable Volume 1" by Mark Waid and Peter Krause A review by Courtney.

I wanted to read Irredeemable because it is written by a guy and the main character is also a guy. Irredeemable is not a comic book I would generally pick up, however it was recommended by a friend of mine so I gave it a shot. The book does start with an introduction explaining exactly what the book is and it does not stray from that. I was still not quite expecting the darkness that awaited me within the first couple of pages.

Irredeemable is the story of a superhero, Plutonian, turned rogue; it’s about how bad a superhero can go before he is irredeemable. Plutonian has all the strengths and powers of Superman in that he can fly, is bulletproof, he has heatray vision, and he’s basically Captain Awesome until he decides not to be. I was intrigued when I started reading chapter two and got more of Plutonian’s back story and we learned more about what made him go dark, but it didn’t really provide me with enough information on his motivations for his transformation.

I had a hard time reading this volume because I didn’t like the main character. The premise of the book is very interesting but I couldn’t connect with Plutonian and I like to be able to at least understand where the main character is coming from. Irredeemable is dark, which is the way its supposed to be, it was just darker material than I generally like to read. Plutonian basically destroys as many people as he can; whether they be young, old, attempting to help him, attack him, or simply existing. The level of violence was double-edged for me because on one hand I wanted to see how bad it would get out of morbid curiosity and on the other hand I had a hard time continuing reading it because of the lack of understanding I had for Plutonian’s motivation.

I would recommend this volume to adults who have a darker sense of humor because of the level of violence.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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Review of “How to Survive a Horror Movie” By Seth Grahame-Smith

Review of "How to Survive a Horror Movie” By Seth Grahame-Smith A review by Danielle.

How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith takes the reader through a gripping laugh inducing thrill ride by bringing the reader into a different universe the, Terrorverse. In the Terrorverse all your favorite horror movies are not only real they are constantly running, it’s like Disney World for horror movie junkies only in this world if you don’t watch your step or know the rules of the game you can easily become just another character in the body count. Breaking down the book into horror movie sub-genres author Seth Grahame-Smith walks you through how best to recognize what type of horror movie you are in, identify which stereotypical character you might be and goes over the rules to staying alive and with a little luck you can make it all the way to the rolling credits. With a beautiful forward written by the late and great father of horror Wes Craven this book has some serious street cred.

As a fellow horror movie junkie I could not wait to get this book. I was not disappointed. The way Seth Grahame-Smith transforms a movie genre into a physical space, The Terrorverse, is just riotously funny. The writing style is well crafted with great pictures to illustrate what’s being said and has been done in movies in the past. Some of it is incredibly gory, but hey this is a book about horror movies not kittens (though there is a section about evil cats) I also learned about a few horror movies and sub genre’s I hadn’t heard of before. Hooray for new things right?

Grahame-Smith divides the book into sections and makes his way through virtually every genre and sub-genre of the horror movie scene. Grahame-Smith Describes in detail how not to become just another dismembered body in your favorite movie. What is truly unique is how the author seems to pull you into the movies so you really feel like you’re suddenly a part of the movies we all loved watching growing up, but then you remember the survival statistics for the characters of this movie and suddenly you are desperate to gobble up all the info to stay alive.

If you love all things scary and don’t just wait for Halloween to roll around once a year to break out the mayhem and frights, this book is for you. I laughed my butt off nonstop and was sad when I had finished the book. I will definitely be looking into a few other books this author has written.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review of “Kissing Vanessa” by Simon Cheshire

Kissing Vanessa” by Simon Cheshire A review by Vanessa.

Kevin Watts loves photography.  And as he returns to Warwick High after Easter break he discovers he loves something else as well: the new girl Vanessa Wishart.  Unfortunately for Kevin there are several problems.  Vanessa may love photography just like Kevin, but she doesn’t seem to really know he is alive.  While Kevin is desperate to connect with her in any way he can and even tries taking the advice of his girl crazy best friend Jack, more problems show up.  Kevin’s friend Kate is making a lot of comments about her and Kevin getting together (no! not in front of Vanessa!) and James, Kevin’s rugby nemesis, is making eyes at Vanessa.  Well, tragedy of tragedies, Vanessa is making eyes back at him.  With no idea how to make her understand what is in his heart Kevin stumbles through a series of blunders in his pursuit of the perfect Vanessa.  Maybe Jack’s crazy advice can save him.  Because he will kiss Vanessa.  He will tell her what is in his heart.  If only he can manage to do so without also humiliating himself….

This young adult novel is a very endearing look at a young boy’s perspective of the all-encompassing and overwhelming effects of first love.  The main character, Kevin, is a fantastic and engaging narrator of his own story.  His observations are spot on for his age and cultural background.  Although the author and main character are British, the experience of high school is a reflection of experiences that cross the cultural barriers.  Everyone knows what it’s like to plunge head over heels in young love, and have no idea what to do about it.  This story presents this experience in a sweet, funny, and familiarly painful way.  Kevin is content to live in the background of the social world until Vanessa shows up and suddenly he is desperate to be noticed, to be cool.  That is something that anyone can sympathize with.

Reading along with Kevin as he marches forward in pursuit of his heart’s desire is compelling.  He is instantly likable and relatable, telling the story in a very distinctive voice.  The perspective is illuminating coming from that of young boy, instead of the typical and sometimes overdone young feminine perspective.  Cheshire has beautifully crafted the story from beginning to end.  Though the subject matter is not new, his style and humor brings a pleasantly fresh take on a classic story arc.  The read is very brief, but that brings a certain positive aspect to reading the story.  The author doesn’t mince words or bury the reader in flowery epithets.  Even so his style and form are charming.  The entire story is in a first person, present tense, active voice.  It moves the story along quickly, and makes the reader feel like they are walking along the halls of the high school right along with Kevin.  The imagery is very strong, and keeps you in touch with the main character, like visual snapshots of the story.  I would definitely recommend this as funny, and endearing quick read.  Although I must note a slight bias as my name is in fact, on the cover.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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