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After taking a week off for personal and family reasons, I am back with another review for you. Sadly, another professional wrestling celebrity is embroiled in a big scandal, and another has, sadly, went on to the big wrestling ring in the sky. Strangely enough, they are two of the wrestlers who really brought professional wrestling to the foreground in the 1980’s. Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper were friends behind the curtain, but the biggest enemies when playing to the crowd. Roddy’s maniacal antics, both inside the ring and during promos, were always crazy and took unexpected turns. Whether it was busting a coconut over Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s head, using the famous O.J. Simpson chase footage for a pay per view match against Goldust, and the time he wrestled a match with half of his body painted black.
My parents divorced when I was twelve years old, and my mother had primary custody of my brothers and I. It was a painful time (which I will not be going into because I don’t want to bore you), but one of the bright spots of that time was watching WWF wrestling with my father. It was during the high point of Roddy, Hulk, etc., but Roddy was one of the ones that always stands out in my memory. Even when I saw him in movies or television spots, (which I recommend John Carpenter’s “They Live”), he always stood out against the Hollywood actors he starred with. Another piece of my childhood gone, but never forgotten.
This week’s book recommendation is one of those stories that I watched the movie version before getting to read the story. In most cases where that has occurred, it paints a much different picture of the story than the reverse. In this instance, which was watched or read first actually didn’t make a bit of difference. The story is Clive Barker’s “The Hellbound Heart”, but most people know it as “Hellraiser”. If you haven’t read it, and are a horror fan or horror addict, I strongly suggest picking up this classic for a stormy night or a bedtime read.
Until next time…
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Had some computer browser issues this week that I just got taken care of, and now that they are done, Here is this week’s review of “This Darkness Light” by Michaelbrent Collings.
It is a story about an apocalypse at the outset, one in which normal everyday people are turned into horrific creatures for a short period of time before they die. A man wakes from a coma without any memories of who he is, how he got to the hospital, or even why he is there. A glance at his chart lists his injuries as multiple gunshot wounds, but he doesn’t feel as bad as he should after a trauma like that. He’s vaguely able to recall that he has a mission, and that he needs to go to Kansas immediately. As an assassin enters the man’s room and stares in shock at the John Doe in the bed before he aims a silenced gun at him. As this is going on, a nurse arrives for her shift and discovers every one of her co-workers on her floor executed. She enters John Doe’s room and provides enough of a distraction for the injured man to subdue and kill his would be assassin. John and the nurse escape the hospital, only to find themselves targets of an assassin named Isaiah, a former priest blackmailed into chasing them by a shadow organization within the government in order to save the world.
I found this a very hard book to put down. It started like it might be a zombie style story, but just as quickly changed to a mixture of Stephen King’s “The Mist” and the 1989 movie “Leviathan”. The priest’s story was well-played out as the man who believes he is so unworthy that he tries to make things right by eliminating people who he knows for sure are abusive to other people. The back story on why is a well told story and very believable. The way John Doe’s character is painted keeps up just enough of a mystery to keep you wondering who he is and what his mission is. The nurse is a tag along who helps John in a couple of instances, but feels more like just a damsel in distress to be rescued. It read through good and very enthralling, but the ending just felt a bit anti-climactic. Up to that point, I thought it was a great read. My ranking is 3.75 out of 5.
Until next we meet…
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Please excuse the short post today. Today was my long day at work, and coupled with the pain of a possible kidney stone, I don’t have as much energy as I normally do. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into this week’s book review… “Zombie, Inc.” by Christine Dougherty.
Picture yourself in a future where, not only has humanity survived a zombie uprising, but it has found a way for the reanimated dead to become helpful. An entire enterprise has risen to meet people’s needs to protect their property, Zombie Inc. It is a government contracted company that repurposes the corpses to keep living humans safe. People no longer view the zombies as threats, at least those not tasked with servicing the security systems or providing the proverbial “guard dogs”. Add to the mix a group similar to PETA and many other animal rights groups who believe that the undead are still human and deserve to be treated with dignity and a deep conspiracy within the company, and you have the makings of a decent story.
As much as I like the idea of the story and the way they portrayed some of the main characters, there were a few whose back story and how they acted in crisis situations always seemed to contradict themselves, and not in a well defining way. That being said, I thought that the author brought out quite a bit of believability in the main two characters especially. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in zombie fiction. My rating is a 3 out of 5.
Until we meet again in two weeks…
Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis