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Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E4 It's Not for Everyone

I’ll give it to del Toro and Hogan this week. Opening episode four “It’s Not for Everyone” with the dissection of the plane captain was disgusting, fascinating, and an expository change of pace. The show’s “monster” aspects – and their obvious del Toro signatures – keep me coming back each week. The attention to detail of what we learn during the dissection, and to the stinger especially, is impressive.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E3 The Third Rail

Another week of “The Strain,” another debate with the mister about whether it should have been a movie instead of a TV show. Where the former might have gotten some critical details squeezed out, the latter continues to get away with not-quite-enough exposition each week. It’s still hurting the show’s overall effectiveness, in my opinion, but more on that shortly.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E2 The Box

The second episode of FX’s The Strain picks up immediately from where we last left it, opening to Gus the hustler transporting the Master’s coffin across the river. Though the episode begins delving deeper into the “virus” itself – and, more enlighteningly, its potential commercial and political implications on one of the world’s largest cities – the plot plods at a pace nearly rivaling Gus Van Sant’s Last Days. Whereas the book’s monolithic, apolocalyptic atmosphere loomed high, the show has thus far largely missed the mark.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E1 Night Zero

If you’re a horror or fantasy devotee of any shade, hopefully you’re a student of master filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. With the help of Chuck Hogan, he recently expanded his storytelling into the written word, delivering the terrifying Strain trilogy. Now, FX has brought the story to life as del Toro originally intended: a television show. The story vividly captures an apocalyptic nightmare initially disguised as a post-9/11 paranoid disaster.

Book Review: The Night Girl by Amy Cross

Amy Cross’ The Night Girl,follows Juliet in her pre-college blues as she reluctantly takes a job at the Crestview retirement home. Instinctually bored, Juliet seeks out the nooks and crannies of the rundown facility and finds someone that has been waiting for her for quite sometime. When Juliet meets Jennifer Mathis, she doesn’t believe she’s a ghost, she doesn’t even believe that she’s real. After a few treacherous graveyard shifts, Juliet realizes that regardless of what Jennifer is, she has several skills that are very handy for Juliet.

Book News: Upcoming Horror Books to Screen

A Good Marriage:

Based on the Stephen King short story from “Full Dark No Stars,” a woman begins to question her husband’s constant work travel and unravels a sinister secret he’s been hiding from his family at home. The cast includes Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, and Krisien Connelly (Cabin in the Woods, House of Cards.)
One of my favorites in the collection and hopefully delivers as well on screen as it did on paper.



Under the Skin:

Book Review: Tamara Thorne's The Sorority

I feel need to preface this with the fact that I found Tamara Thorne’s book and took a chance because it mentioned witches and I've been on an AHS: Coven kick...Unfortunately, my senses were way off and that proved to be a terrible chance. I don’t really like cheerleaders or sororities unless they are followed by massacres and this book has none of those.

Upcoming 2014 Book Releases

Since I was late on the Best Books of 2013, and the fact that the majority of the books I read last year weren’t published in ’13 - a short list for some interesting early 2014 releases seemed more appropriate.

Snowblind, Christopher Golden - January, 21

Top 5 Halloween Reads, 2013

Since Halloween is on a Thursday night this year and we're all in that limbo of debating on partying it up on a week night or waiting to enjoy the weekend celebrations...you could always stay home in your costume and read.

5. Goodnight Goon, Michael Rex – 2008
Look, I know we’re pretending to be adults in our normal day-to-day lives, but who doesn’t appreciate a little nostalgia? Goodnight Goon is a monster parody of the well-known children’s book, Goodnight Moon. Yes, it is a picture book – but the illustrations were fun and worth checking out

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