Archive for August, 2012

Novel Series for teens – But Punches harder than the Hunger Games!

August 24, 2012
The Last Hunter – Descent is Book 1 of the Antarktos Saga by Jeremy Robinson. This is a YA action/thriller based on Robinson’s Antarktos Rising novel (for more mature audiences).
If you have read any of Jeremy’s books, then you know the awesome flavor he deals out on the page. His books have big action with relatable characters who fight fantasy monsters, The monsters are grounded enough in some reality that they come out hardcore and never corny. The plots are the same. They are roller coaster rides but intelligently done so you are never taken out of the story.
This book, unlike his others, is not as gory, has no cussing, and no adult romance. Still, hits as hard as his other books. It never feels like it’s sanitized or that he’s pulling punches. You are right there and get all the “butt” kicking you expect from this style of book. I know he planed this as a YA book, but it reads as if it just happened to work out that way.
This is a great book to pick up, especially for Boys, who have run out of Hunger Games books. It’s also about a teen boy, who is a strong male character with out having to be sexiest or superficially macho. I love the idea here. He is trying to fight between being the savage killer and being a real person. If you are at all into thriller (for adults, kids, or teens) You should pick this up.

If the thing you liked about Hunger Games was the Twilight style romance and just endured the rest of it to find out what happened with that Bread Guy… then pick out a different book.

The Last Hunter – Descent

Jeremy Robinson

Antarktos Rising

Jeremy Robinson

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

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Movie Recommendations

August 24, 2012

So. I updated my Movie Recommendations page. It’s funny. It started at this list:
What are your favorite movies?

Lord Of The Rings (1 movie in 3 very long parts)
The Passion of the Christ
Signs
Mercy Streets
Luther
Babe: Pig in the City
The Addiction
Phonebooth
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
The Wild One
Godspell

Now it’s up to 53 films. (54 if you count my either or at number 23)

The numbers are not a ranking, but the order you should see them in.

(First Read JRR Tolkien’s

The Tolkien Reader

ON   FAIRY-STORIES)

  1. B000JLTR8QM. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water  (pe) (d) (bl)
  2. Babe (m) (f) (bl)
  3. Babe Pig In The City (m) (d) (bl)
  4. Nanny McPhee
  5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)(d) (nf) (pe)
  6. B000OHBCI8The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) (d) (nf) (c)
  7. The Exorcism of Emily Rose   (nf) (pe) (d) (bl)
  8. Luther   (c) (nf)
  9. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (c) (d)
  10. The Village (pe) (nf)
  11. SE7EN (pe) (nf) (d) (bl+)
  12.  Let The Right One In (m) (nf) (D) (bl)
  13. The Addiction (c) (nf) (d) (bl+)
  14. Signs   (c) (nf)(bl)
  15. Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (c) (d)
  16. Godspell (c) (f)(bl)
  17. The Miracle Maker (c) (d)
  18. Ben Hur   (c)
  19. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe  (c)
  20. The Passion of the Christ (c) (nf) (d)
  21. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (c) (d)
  22. To End All Wars (c) (nf) (d)(bl+)
  23. I Am Legend (c)(nf)(d)(bl) or   The Book of Eli (c)(nf)(d)(bl)
  24. On The Waterfront(c)
  25. The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit [3 shorts] (f) (s)
  26. The Incredibles (m)
  27. Testament: The Bible In Animation [9 shorts] (c) (d)
  28. Rope (d) (m)
  29. In The Bedroom (d)(nf)(pe)(bl)
    Note: “The Bedroom” in the title refers to a compartment of a Lobster Trap
  30. Mercy Streets (c) (nf)
  31. Citizen Kane (m)
  32. Phone Booth (m) (pe) (d) (nf)(bl++)
  33. Man On Fire (c) (nf) (d)(bl+)
  34. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (s)
  35. Newsboys Down Under The Big Top (c) (s) (f)
  36. Napoleon Dynamite (s)
  37. Danielson a Family Movie (or, Make A Joyful Noise HERE) (c) (pe) (nf)(bl)
  38. Extreme Days (c) (s)
  39. Arsenic and Old Lace (s)
  40. 13 Going On 30 (m) (s)(bl)
  41. Chillicothe (s) (m) (d)   (nf) (slightly – pe)(bl)
  42. Lars and the Real Girl  (c) (nf)(bl)
  43. Sense and Sensibility (c)(f)
  44. Maltese Falcon
  45. Vertigo (d)
  46. Pride and Prejudice  (m)
  47. Unbreakable (nf) (d)(bl)
  48. The Wild One (m)
     (Under Midnight’s Void album is a concept album imagining the inner thoughts of a space aged Wild One)
  49. Casablanca (m)
  50. The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition   (one movie in three parts) (c) (nf) (d)

In the comments below tell me:

  • How many of the list you have seen.             or
  • Which movies you think are good choices.   or
  • Which movies are bad choices.                     or
  • What should be added.

And for the big time film aficionado…

  • Which movies are in the wrong spot.