Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Meditation from a friend

     This was a nice piece of advice written by a friend of mine.  All credit goes to Kenzo Keophakdy.  Smart man, he is helping me out along with a few others.  here is the piece he wrote.

Meditation is basically a training method for your mind. When certain things happen to you, your mind generates a certain response whether it be happiness, frustration, anger ect. The way your mind has been inculcated is the path of least resistance and the path it wants to take, and will take unless you know how to mitigate it. Meditation teaches you how and makes it easier to override the process. Who is doing the overriding of this process? Well, that's the million dollar question. But I digress.
So here's what I'm getting at: if meditation is too easy, you're doing something wrong. You might be getting yourself really relaxed, but is it possible that's all you're doing? Not saying it is. I don't know, just throwing some ideas out there and it's up to you to see if any seem to fit your situation.
But as you meditate, your mind wants to grab onto the thoughts and not your breath. The course of least resistance is away from your breath and back into whatever thoughts are vying for your attention. Every time you go back to the breath, you train or teach yourself even, to take the opposite of the path of least resistance. This is coupled with the fact that half the time when you meditate, your mind says, "I'm tired. Stop concentrating on the breath and just kick back and let a guided meditation do most of the work." But every time this comes up you learn to drop it by returning to the breath and not listening to the thought no matter how loud and powerful it can get.
When you first start meditating you have this thought and then come back to the breath. But there's still a trace of this thought floating around in your mind and eventually it pulls you in again. As soon as you realize your back in that thought again, you turn your awareness back to the breath and away from the thought. But then it pulls you in again. And then you drop it again. You do this over and over and over. But as you practice you get better and better and faster and faster at recognizing it. You start to figure out how to do it most efficiently and quickly, seeing and dropping thoughts before they even become thoughts at all.
After doing this hour after hour, you gain a skill. One day you realize that you don't have to be sitting on a cushion to use this skill. I can't really explain how it's done, but it's just something you learn from continually focusing, coming back to, and holding your attention on the breath. It's like if you ever do a lot of push-ups, eventually you will realize, "I can flex my pecs." You couldn't flex them before, and you don't really know how you learned to do it, but now you can just do it.
So when I'm driving down the street and I get cut off, this magnetic, powerful idea pulls at my attention. But I've done this so many times before in my meditation sessions. It's not my first time at the rodeo. I know how to just drop it. I don't need to take that path of least resistance into anger because I have had so much practice choosing not to just take the path of least resistance and get pulled into the thoughts. That said, just because I'm better at dropping a thought process doesn't mean I always choose to. In fact, I still get irritated a lot, but not usually right after meditation.
I think it's more than just being better able to drop unhelpful thoughts. I think it stems form the fact that after you do this process with literally every thought you have and put hours and hours of practice in, your mind almost has this other mode where its immediate reaction is not to get pulled into the thought processes or emotions, but just to let it float by. This is how I feel after a meditation session. It's like my mind is so used to not letting ANY thought or emotion draw me in and start the thought process, that it takes a whole hell of a lot to produce an idea or thought magnetic enough to pull my mind into the old environmental trigger and thought process response mode.
This is why it's odd to me that after a meditation session, you feel like you let thoughts and emotions affect you more. You're mind should still at least semi-be in the letting thoughts and emotions go mindset.

Also, it sounds like you have a lot of stress in your life. Is there anything you can do about that? If I had that kind of stress, it would certainly be hard for me to get out of the thought process and have productive sessions. Not to say you can't. You definitely can, but it just makes it that much harder -- but also that much more rewarding when you can silence the stress.

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Adventure

       So earlier this week some actions were taken that is best for everyone and now I am on my way back to my old home state to see my family and my friends again while trying to maintain all my old friends here in New York.  I will back in Great Falls, Mt within two weeks and will take a week just to my self so i can readjust to that life style.  So in the meantime I will try to update this as much as possible and i will post pictures of my adventure back home.  I am a new person and I look forward to meeting new people and learning more then I ever have before.

      This is a great learning experience for me because i get to learn more about myself while i have some great father son bonding time with my dad who is coming on up here.  We are going to drive back home and enjoy the road and some loud music while hanging out and reconnecting.  It has been almost 2 years since i left home and I really do want to be back.

     While this is hard to do, I also will make me a better person in the long run.  I will miss my best friend and everyone i was able to meet.  

      I will update as soon as I can but dont expect huge reviews right now.

Monday, April 28, 2014

75th anniversary of Batman

                Ahh, today is the day, the big 7-5.  If you are unsure of what I am talking about I am talking about the 75th anniversary of Batman.  It is a huge occasion in the comic book world that Batman has been around for 75 years now.  Batman was created in 1939 by artist Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger when he first showed up in Detective Comics #27.  So in following in these footsteps I would like to point out the top 3 comics that every Batman fan should read in order to honor the legacy of Mr. Kane and Mr. Finger, so enjoy and check it them out because they are some great reads. Enjoy!

                Batman: Knightfall -  In this classic story, Bane escapes from prison in order to hatch his best plan yet, cause a huge riot with the other inmates of Arkham and cause Batman to attack them all so he can break the bat.  Thus a new Batman is chosen who goes by the name of Azrael, and dispenses his own brand of justice.  It is worth a read to any Batman fan and you can see just how much of 90’s cheese and cliché it really is. 

                Batman: Hush – Another great one, also done by my favorite artist Mr. Lee.  This one has Batman fighting a brand new enemy who can take on the face of anyone he knows while he also brings back some old foes and even old friends and heroes to make Batman question who he really is.  This one even goes so far to make it my number one Batman comic and I even own it in my own collection, such an amazing ride from start to finish. 

                Batman: A Death of the Family -   This one takes place in the new 52 continuity and uses all of the bat family in order to rope the viewer in.  After a year of the Joker thought to be dead, he returns with a brand new plan to rid himself of the Batman family so it can only be him and the bat.  While trying to kill off other members of the family, Batman makes a startling realization of his own.  Such a great read that it deserves to be in every collector’s collection.


                There you have it, the top 3 batman storylines that everyone should read.  Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Have a great night all.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Writers!

            I wanted to switch gears a little bit today because for the past week all I have done is talk about the artists of the great comic books we read and enjoy.  The thing is though, without a great writer the comic is nothing more than a fancy art book.  I want to keep this one very focused and on track so I want to talk about my top 3 writers for comic books and why you should check out at least one of their comics at some point in time.

            Brian K Vaughn – He might not have a very recognizable name but he is one of the top writing talents in the comic book world.  He wrote the very successful Y: The Last Man, Young Justice, X-Men, and is currently working on a new comic called Saga.  He has been around the comic industry ballpark and has worked for DC and Marvel before switching gears and heading over to Image where he has complete control over what he does.  His current comic out right now is more of a science fiction comic where it is Star Wars meets Game of Thrones.  Without his writing style and the moral conflicts he puts into his stories, they would be nothing more than general run of the mill genre filler.  His also wrote for the TV show Lost and is currently writing for the new show Under the Dome.

            Geoff Johns – Right now Mr. Johns is one of the biggest writers at DC comics due to his popularity on the Green Lantern run he did for a couple of years.  He has been so successful with his runs in the comic market that he was promoted to a new position created at DC comics just for him.  He is also an avid screen writer and has written episodes for the current TV show Arrow and he even wrote a few episodes for Smallville.  Right now he is currently writing a line of Superman comics after his 20 issue run of Green Lantern. 

            Todd McFarlane – He is very well known in the comic industry not only for the creation of Spawn, but his legendary run of Spiderman from the late 80’s until the very early 90s.  During his run of Spiderman, he the one credited for bringing Venom into the Marvel fray and because of his story work, he makes it so you sympathize with the villains in some small way. 


            Those are my picks for my favorite writers and why you should care or even just check out some of their work.  Tomorrow is a big day and I hope you are all prepared for it is going to be a blast. Only 75 years in the making.  Until the next time.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Alex Ross

           Ahh, I have been looking towards writing about this artist for some time now, not only because I believe he is one of the most famous of the comic industry, or because I wanted to learn to draw better like he does, but because of his ultra-realistic approach to comics and the heroes and villains he draws.  He has drawn almost every hero and villain out there and works for everyone.  He is not known to stick to own company and will draw for everyone just for the love and the craft of it.  I am going to talk about my top three favorite works by him and why you should care about them.
           
            Kingdom Come (1996) - During the 90’s DC comics was going through an identity crisis and they were doing everything possible to stay relevant and stay ahead of the comic industry, they killed off Superman, they broke Batman and brought a new one in, they killed the Flash and Green Lantern, they brought Superman back but made him electric based and two Supermen (red and blue).  They looked in Alex Ross and he thought of a new miniseries where he took the existing roster of the DC lineup and created his own universe where all the heroes where much older and seasoned.  Why this one worked so well was because of his art.  The ultra-realistic design showed the detail in each hero, Superman older with grey hair, Batman using an armored bat suit to keep him fighting.  It showed how much a toll fighting crime takes, and what happens when a new generation of heroes rises up and doesn’t have the same morals as the old generation.

            Captain America #600 (2009) – Alex Ross lent his art style and skills to this amazing issues of Marvel’s Captain America.  In this pivotal issues, it has been one year since the death of Steve Rogers when he was killed at the end of Marvel’s Civil War storyline.  Steve’s former partner and semi-enemy James “Bucky” Barnes aka the Winter Solider, takes over as a new Captain America.  He then starts to unravel a plot where maybe the original Captain isn’t dead.  His art helps lead this action thriller into new territory where everything isn’t as it seems and some friends are enemies and some enemies are friends. 

            JLA: Secret Origins (2002) – Another DC comic, I know what you are all thinking, “he is obsessed with DC, what do you have with Marvel?”  To answer your question, nothing!  This one takes all the classic heroes you know along with a few others and gives you all one shot stories about each characters secret origins.  Again this one is done in his art style and makes each hero look realistic and makes them look like it could be you or I.  Do yourself a favor and check this one out.


            There you have it.  Three great comics done by Alex Ross and three reasons why you should read them.  If there is anyone you would like me to talk about comment down below or email, tweet me at @BrendanB1990 or facebook me at The Gavel.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Big 4

            By now you have guessed that Jim Lee is my favorite comic book artist and that has been all I have talked about well you would be wrong.  I have tons of favorite artists and each one has brought something new to the table.  I will talk about the other four big artists that I admire and what each one brought to the table and how they helped impact the comic books we love and cherish to this day.

            Stan Lee- You can’t hear or read Stan Lee’s name without screaming “EXCELSIOR” or one of Stan Lee’s other catch phrases and being the comic book person you are, you know you go into a Marvel movie and you are expecting Mr. Lee to show up at some point in time and say something humorous or witty.  Mr. Lee is credited as creating well known favorites that we all love today such as Captain America, Iron Man, The X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, The Avengers, and even The Fantastic Four.  Without him and his creativity, a lot of the comics we love today, that he created and he drew would be nowhere near as good or even in-depth to what we read or view now.

            Frank Miller- Mr. Miller is a little bit different because he isn’t known as the hero type creator, but more of the gritty, film noir-ish type comics that are ultra-violent and make people cringe in some aspect or avoid all together.  This man is responsible for the art and the creations of Sin City, The Spirit, 300, The Dark Knight Returns, and some unknown others.  His art style is unique in that all of his work is devoid of bright flashy colors and uses mainly black and white, or sepia tones, and only truly highlights some darker hues when the art or the story calls upon it. 

            Jack Kirby- Another huge name in the comic book industry.  Mr. Kirby is well known for his use of “Kirby dots”, which help distinguish him from other artists during the same time period.  Normally when Kirby dots where used it showed a character shooting rays from his body or was used as a cosmic force.  He is also credited for linking the majority of the DC characters into one self-contained universe so all the heroes and villains could interact and was responsible for the creation of the DC comics “New Gods”.

            Alan Moore- Mr. Moore is another brilliant outspoken author who only makes a comic book or two every decade then goes back into hiding because he does not like the state of the comic book industry right now.  He is the one responsible for the creator of The Watchmen, and was very vocal about the movie and all the new spinoff prequels that DC reintroduced into their current lineup.  His art is very bright and colorful and he does not shy away from nudity and will embrace it when the story calls for it.


            So there you have it, four more artists and creators of some of the comics you view and admire and a little bit about each one. Once again all views posted here are mine and mine alone.  A small amount of neutral bias has been given because of their art and how I use it to give myself a baseline when I draw.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Jim Lee List

                So I want to continue yesterday’s topic about Jim Lee and talk about some of the major comics his art was used in.  These comics are some of my favorite and others are ones that have a cult following.  These are in no order of favoritism and there is no bias at all towards one company or another.  They all have their own merits and that is what I am going to be talking about.  So without further ado, the list of the top 4 comics by Jim Lee.

            Batman: Hush – This one features some of the most beautiful art and some of the best writing for the Batman character while it also introduces a new villain that can match Batman’s wits while also making The Dark Knight scramble to save everyone he knows.  The art in this graphic novel is some of the best art to ever grace the comic industry.

            Justice League New 52 – This one is another strong comic that you can see runs very well on its own and that is because of the art.  While the writing is superb in this comic, it is really the art that stands out and make the biggest impact.  Mr. Lee’s style has been perfected and this is the way superheroes and villains should look and you can see he takes the time to give each person realistic emotions and does not overdo each person’s body types.

            Uncanny X-Men #248 – The very first time that Jim Lee has drawn for such a huge comic with an even bigger fan base.  Because of his work on this issue, he was given the Lead artist spot on the new re launch of X-Men in 1991 which became known as X-Men volume 2.  His art work and even some of his writing style lead this comic to being inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the bestselling comic of all time.

            Spider-Man #10 – Some of his even earlier work, he was not credited on the front cover of this comic because marvel believed they were taking a huge risk on him and they did want to jeopardize such a huge comic.  He was a co-penclier at the time, his work has greatly improved since then and has made him a Co-Publisher of DC Comics.


            Once again, these are some of the comics that I think everyone should check out just so they can see how much his art has improved and how he is helping to shape the comic industry one pencil stroke at a time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jim Lee

            As I talked about yesterday with comic books and the people who make them important, I will continue my running expose about the industry and the wonderful care givers of the comic universe.  When you open a comic book, what is the first thing that you notice, the writing, the art, the cover, the heroes or characters themselves?  Most everyone in a unanimous response would say “The Art”. You good sir or ma’am would be correct.  Today we will talk about of my all-time favorite artists and how he is helping to shape the books we love to read and the stories they weave through their art.

            Jim Lee is one of my all-time favorite artists for a plethora of reasons, not only is he an artist, but also a writer, and he is now the Co-publisher of DC comics alongside Dan DiDio the head publisher of DC comics.  You may say to yourself “I don’t know who he is and I have never seen his work” but you might be wrong and you wouldn’t even realize it.  Jim Lee has been at his craft since 1987 when he first started work at Marvel drawing for Alpha Flight and The Punisher War Journal, but due to his popularity they gave him the main spot on the X-Men spinoff Uncanny X-Men in 1991 in which art alongside the writer became the #1 bestselling comic and earned them a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.  That alone has earned him a spot among the one of my favorites.

            In 1992 he left Marvel with a group of other artists and writers and founded Image Comics where he started work on his own comic for a number of years before selling most of property to DC comics where he then started to work and grow in the ranks.  He has written and drawn some of the best comics in the past 20 years and he is all the better for it.  His work in the comic field has earned him five awards so far and he is at no point to fall out of the lead.  He has earned a Harvey Award in 1990, and Inkpot Award in 1992, and three Wizard Fan Awards in 1996, 2002, 2003.


            He has earned a special place on my book shelf because of his art and the history of which he creates it.  He was born in South Korea and moved to the states at a young age which put him at odds with others.  I was a military brat my whole life so I moved to a new state every other year and I was the outsider.  He learned to draw and to speak through the art and for that reason he earns my #1 artist spot and I hope he continues to create and write some of the work I idolize and love.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Age of Comic Books

            Comics, we all love them and some of us have even heard of them, but when was the last time you sat down and truly thought about them and their origins.  How they came about and what was the first one.  When did you think about the writers from each comic, to the artists, even the overarching narrative they strive to tell? We all have found ourselves at one point trying to get into a comic or even just reading it without much knowledge about it. That is where I plan on taking you all, down this little rabbit hole of comics and the people behind it.

Each comic book has its own following, whether you care about the person, the story, the artist, or even the writer and company.  The special thing about them is no matter what angle you look at them, you in your own right will find something redeeming about the comic in question. . Comic books have been around since the 1930s with the introduction of Famous Funnies.

Across the board you have your all-time favorite writers for your favorite comics, whether that writer is Dan DiDio, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Scott Snyder or even Geoff Johns.  You know at least two people on that small list right there and by the end of this week you will know every writer up there and every artist that I talk about such as Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Jack Kirby, and Bob Kane.  These group of people are responsible for making your comic great and for leading the industry in the work they do to provide you with your entertainment.

So for the next week strap yourself in and enjoy the ride as we go over some the greatest artists in their fields to the writers that make your comic enjoyable.  Different story arcs that every comic reader has to read in their life time even if you don’t care about that comic or hero.  How these small time comics gather mainstream appeal and show up on your TV or in the Cinemas.  Enjoy the ride and remember, if you have questions, email me or comment down below and ill answer anything you want.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Interview with the creator of The Bookery

So I had the chance to interview Nora from the Bookery and was able to talk to her a little about her thought process.

Brendan Boots: So, go ahead and give me your name and your website.
Nora Yelekli: WWW.NBBookery.com and full name is Nora Yelekli
Boots: So tell me about your website and what you do on there.
Yelekli: I review books, mostly young adult, with some adult books thrown in for an eclectic mix. Also I participate in memes to raise awareness for my blog, while gaining followers and popularity
Boots: How do you come about doing this website?
Yelekli: I regularly had my reviews posted on a friend’s blog, and when we had a falling out I created my own to keep reviewing books and blogging.
Boots: So how do you decide what to read and what to review? Is there an election process you do?
Yelekli: No, I read everything and anything excluding a few genres that I can tolerate at best.  Usually I read the latest books, based on other bloggers reviews, or I pick out a new book at a whim.
Boots: What is your reasoning behind the blog? What do you want to gain or do with it?
Yelekli: It is more of a hobby; I have no long term goals with it.  I would be reading with or without the blog, this helps put my thoughts into words and to get my opinion out there.
Boots: With your blog, do you receive anything special or anything to help sway your opinion of a book, whether good or bad.
Yelekli; The only thing that I receive, are copies of books in electronic formats, via the author or the publisher, these Advance reader copies also known as A.R.C. are given in trade for an honest review.  Other than that, I don’t receive anything.
Boots: Has one of these A.R.C’s received a poor review that made the author or publishers not want to give you sneak peeks anymore?
Yelekli:  Yes!
Boots: Really? How so?
Yelekli:  When you receive an A.R.C. it is common courtesy to respond with a link to your review. I never received a response and I was removed from the mailing list from that publisher. Though I believe this is unfair, I realize that negative publicity is not good for the publisher or author.
Boots: Is that the only time this has happened?
Yelekli: Yeah, that I know of/
Boots:  Is there anything you would like to say to people wanting to start a blog or review media?
Yelekli: It is a tough business; there are a lot of people reviewing the same thing. So you might not get noticed for a while.  Don’t be afraid to comment on others peoples work, whether it is good or bad.  Also be persistent, and don’t give up.
Boots: Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to do this interview.
Yelekli: Your Welcome.

So why dont you head on over to WWW.NBBookery.com and give her a follow. Thanks for your time.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Deaths of Tao, By Wesley Chu

The Deaths of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Pages: 462
Publisher: Angry Robot       
Genre: Sci-Fi and Action
Buy The Deaths of Tao: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Well done Mr. Chu well done.  The sequel to The Lives of Tao, The Death of Tao, has outperformed its predecessor and was even better than the original by a factor of 100.  The book took the existing formula and took off flying with it all the while gaining new ground and making the situation you are reading about feel bleak and uncomfortable.  Where most sequels fall is it tries to take what made the first so magical and tries to copy it word for word and shot for shot.  This one takes the formula from the first one and adds new ground and makes the characters feel like real people.  Wesley Chu adds depth and fleshes out each person with more character and makes them believable.  This time around he gives an in depth look into the Genjix’ role in the conspiracy they are creating while you get to see more of the Prophus side working to stop the Genjix threat.  The book follows three characters and while doing so adds to the genre already established. One is your action and thriller section, the second is your political espionage and thriller, then the third is more of your behind the scenes to the other team.
PROS:
·         New twists and turns around every corner
·         Fast paced and never dulls
·         Does not get the sophomore slump most sequels get
·         New CHARACTERS
CONS:
·         Over too quickly once again
·         The wait until Jan 1, 2015 to get the new book
·         Some great characters are lost
·         Made me cry (Again!)

This book took me exactly two days to read because I could not put it down. Forget homework and a social life, this book was amazing.  There is a twist in the book that I never saw coming, when it happens it hit me in the face like a freight train.  The long and cold wait until January 1st 2015 will be a long time, also the day of the final book release.  Overall this book is amazing.  The settings and the people and the scope is just out of the park.  That good, so once again I give this book a BUY! not a skim or skip. It truly is that grand and makes me want the next one.  Hell, I will take a movie based off this as well.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Movies That Matter

So me being the movie man that I am have decided to do more of an opinion piece rather than a review today. So for today is something I have been thinking about for a while now. MOVIES THAT MATTER.  I will take 3 or my favorite genres and give you 3 movies per area that you should see at least once and why they matter. Also they are some of my all-time favorites

SCI-FI
·         Blade Runner- I pick this as my number one science fiction movie for a few reasons. One, with this movie it gave way to large scale visual effects. Two, Ridley Scott took the existing source material and translated it into something that everyone could enjoy.  Three, this movie helped pave the way for the cyberpunk genre and made more people aware of it.
·         Pandorum- This one was a lesser known sci-fi flick that came out a few years ago but damn was it creepy and kept you guessing until the very end.  This one should be seen at least once and then it will make you think about your own sanity.  Dennis Quaid was amazing in this movie and it kept up the pace and tone until the very end. Check it out.
·         Dune (1984) - So this one might be a little of a tough sell to some of you. Think of it more as a Game of Thrones in space.  You have warring families all fighting over the same thing.  You have giant freaking worms that make the monsters from Tremors look like earthworms.  Frank Herbert created a whole universe and it spans generations. Check this movie out.  Not just that but the cast is phenomenal and it really pulls you in.

ACTION
·         Lethal Weapon- This is one of my all-time favorite action movies, not just that but it is a classic buddy cop movie.  Danny Glover and Mel Gibson are perfect in their roles and they play off each other like real friends.  This movie has it all, explosions, nudity, language and action.  This is one movie I love watching with my dad because; if we were cops it would be just like this.
·         Mad Max- So, another Mel Gibson movie, what can I say, the man has some serious acting chops.  This one is more a post-apocalyptic action flick, but it is some good that I own the whole set of movies and whenever it is on TV, I stop what I’m doing just to watch it.  It helped pave the way for some of my favorite games as well in small subtle ways. (Fallout) in case you were wondering.
·         Raiders of the Lost Ark- Yes, you are sensing a theme here, as a married man, I have a small man crush on both Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.  This is another movie that I drop everything I am working on or doing just to watch.  My dad and I would marathon all three of the Indiana Jones movies just because they are that amazing to watch.  For those wondering, the fourth one isn’t bad but I don’t consider it part of the original trilogy, just like Star Wars has two sets of trilogy. This movie just leaves me wanting to become an adventurer and travel the world and find rare artifacts and be a badass just like Mr. Jones.
Comedy
·         Blazing Saddles- This movie has all the best quirks and lines to make you remember this movie for a long time. Mel Brooks took the classic western movie and butchered it in his own unique way and made something funny for everyone. Gene Wilder costars in this raunchy comedy where nothing is sacred and nothing is off limits.  They don’t care who they offend because that is the point.  I love this movie for so many reasons.
·         Robin Hood: Men in Tights- So, another Mel Brooks movie, he is a comedic genius, this one takes the classic Robin Hood  mythos and twists and perverts it in so many ways.  This movie is just so damn funny that the cast makes it work. Cary Elwes, Dave Chappelle in his film debut, and even Sir Patrick Stewart. They pull this movie together like no one’s business and make it funny for so many more reasons.
·         The Princess Bride- Another Cary Elwes movie, but this one is more of a romantic comedy but still loads of fun. This movie has so many redeeming qualities that make it fun for the whole family.  From Andre the Giant, Cary Elwes, and Mandy Patinkin, this movie will have you in stiches and make you cry from joy and make you feel good in the long run.

So now for the Honorable mentions
·         Any James Bond movie
·         Jurassic Park series
·         Any Superman film
·         Any Batman film
·         Multiple Mel Brooks movies
·         Dawn of the Dead because I love zombies.


Monday, March 3, 2014

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

The Lives of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Pages: 456
Publisher: Angry Robot       
Genre: Sci-Fi and Action
Buy The Lives of Tao:  Amazon , Barnes & Noble
           
Oh boy, where to start with this book. Unexpected, hilarious, downright witty and made me tear up.  The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu is the story of out of shape IT worker Roen Tan who unwillingly becomes the new host of an ancient alien race known as the Prophus.  Something along the lines of Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Matrix; Tao the alien who lives within Roen teaches him how to be a solider, spy, and leader in a war that he never knew existed. While Roen learns to deal with his new guest, and Tao learns to live with his host, they are caught up in the war against the warring faction known as the Genjix.  It is smart and funny. Very easy to follow and provides a nice mental image of the conflict and characters. 
PROS:
·         Great pacing and fun to read
·         Great for Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller, James Bond fans
·         Has some romance and comedy aspects but very well done
·         Amazing depth of characters, never fells shallow or cliché
CONS:
·         Some scenes are unnecessary
·         Never gives you time to breath
·         Over too quickly
·         Some characters are just lost quickly
Over all, it was amazing, for a book that is damn near 500 pages I couldn’t put it down.  Had I not had school or work I would’ve read the book in a day.  3 days to read the book and now I am waiting for the sequel to show up in the mail.  This is one story that hooks you from the first page and just goes from there.  When I say it doesn’t give you time to breath, it is a nonstop ride.  Just when you think it is going to go downhill towards the end, it doesn’t.  The book is one constant uphill ride that when it does go downhill, it ends, but in a good way. 
This one is a definite BUY, do not skip it, or skim the review. Buy it.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Almost Back!

So I have been non stop busy with work and school and running around like a madman trying to save the world and all.  I will be starting up my reviews again but I will also be working with a fellow reviewer who has quite a large fan base. I will still be doing the Music, Movies, Games, and now even Books as i get through them.  So now my time will be divided between this blog and another one. More to come soon.

Stay Tuned.

In the mean time check out http://www.nbbookery.com/

That will be the other page.