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Top 100 Graphic Novels, Book #100 – Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness

This is actually book 3 of the Scott Pilgrim series, but it is the 100th entry in the list I am working on, so it is book #1 on my reading order.

Confused yet?

Anyway, I laughed a lot reading this, Scott is a kind of backdrop character in this volume with Envy and Ramona playing the more main roles as the sympathetic and not so sympathetic leads.  I’ll leave it to other readers to decide for themselves which is which.

Todd is the big douche throughout, and shows his true colors more than once.  He was played way cooler in the movie than in the book.  (by Brandon Routh)

This is the tale of when Scott’s ex, Envy, shows back up with her band that includes one of the evil exes of Ramona’s that Scott must defeat in order to date Ramona.  That’s it, there are fun things hidden all the way through, but that is the meat of the story.

“You cocky cock!”

I’ll give this a 7 out of 10.  It does a pretty good job of explaining the previous books, and so it can sort of stand on its own.

Next week, Book #99 (#2) – Punisher Born

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Stephen King book club, book #6 – Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game

 

Sigh, it is so difficult to review a book I totally loathe, but I will try.

I’ve read this King book twice, once in the late 90s, and then the second time for this book club.  I couldn’t stand it either time.  I understand the need to find feminism in this story, and woman growth to rise above the evils of man, but, seriously??  Blah to a woman handcuffed to a bed for 275 pages!

Jessie Burlingame is a weak protagonist.  At least to me, and this is my review, and my blog, so my opinion rules.  Comment and argue with me if you disagree, I’d welcome and enjoy the distraction from so boring a tale.  Jessie does find solace in her head with 3 voices that shape the story with their individual personas.

Then we have a hungry dog just out for a meal, why try to deter him from finally eating after being abandoned?  How unfair, just because you’re unhappily chained up doesn’t mean he can’t have some fun, sheesh.

Ah, Raymond Andrew Joubert, the only saving grace of this story.  You are tormentingly creepy, and a perfect thing to haunt and scare our “heroine” while she struggles with her reneging on her love game promises with her husband.

“You’re not real!  You’re not anyone!”

King tries to interweave sexual abuse into the story, and forces an eclipse connection to another, far better book, but in the end, I was relieved and content when page 332 came and disappeared onto the book shelf for the rest of time.

If not for Joubert, I would have nothing positive to say here, and I am unapologetic for that.

This book gets my lowest rating, a 1 out of 10.  I don’t give zeros, because there is always at least a 1 that I can pull out of anything, no matter how awful the experience is.

I know there’s now a movie for some ungodly reason, and you can be sure I won’t waste my Netflix time to watch it.  Good luck to those who do, I will pray for you.

Top 100 graphic novels of all time, explanation

So, I bough this magazine the other day at B&N,

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And I decided to “read” my way through their list, starting at 100, and so on.  Obviously, I don’t mean read through the magazine, I mean read each book as they are ranked.

I’ll try to do one book a week, and the only spoilers given in this list will be the rankings from the magazine, I’ll do my very best to not give away anything from the selections themselves.

First up is Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, or Scott Pilgrim book 3.  My “review” and thoughts will be coming as soon as I’m done with the book.

Hope anyone likes this new project as an add-on to my King book club and other random ramblings from my dripping mind.

 

 

Songpop, half off apps, and the trail of Xanax

The words to live by this Saturday night.

One, a game I am addicted to and spend farrr more hours playing than I probably should.

The next, a thing I am venturing out to do even though I am petrified of Saturday night crowds.

The third, a mater’s little helper that will allow me to do my venturing.

If you are uninterested, I do not blame you.  My life is hardly top notch material, and definitely not worthy of time spent on the internet.

Alas, I am here writing for me, and if any one else feels compelled to follow along, be my guest, there is room in my Chrysler that seats about 20.

Almost 2000 games played per week, so many songs, so many notes, that is 10,000 songs.  I am a seeker of mastering the playlist, 23 and counting.  I do try and annihilate all in my virtual musical path, but in the end, all I am after, is that fifth note and a hopeful badge to follow.

Zannies, ahh, many a night have you gotten me through.  Floating above the sewers, avoiding the gloved clown hands.  I feel a long island iced tea in my near future and then some delicious pretzels and beer cheeeezzee.

Let’s go people, come along on my not so fantastic voyage, and be amazed at the things and occurrences that fascinate my brain, drugged or not.

Tomorrow, back to life, and whatever reality awaits, but tonight, live on the edge of nothing.

Float on, my mousers, float on.

Pipe Dreams, giggle

up the stairs

to the bowl

lid slips

urgency

cramping through the middle

just want to die

the id train

becomes cumbersome

down there

down there

DOWN THERE!

will the steak fried twanging ever stop

oh please, just some silence

to the do the duty in peace

the duty

snort

funny made,

back to business

Bag of Bones

Book #5 of our King Book Club, new format, hope you enjoy it

 

Easily one of the best ghost stories I’ve ever read.  This book flows smoothly from one scare to the next with a few great tales of loss weaving their way through the frights.

King showcases his ability to create wicked bad guys, and even make us readers feel sorry for those bad guys more than we really want to.  Max Devore is the chief baddy in this one, and he’s so evil in his methods, but his intent seems to have the slightest chunk of heart attached.  He’s a hard one to figure out.  But no matter what, ol’ Maxie poo is still the big baddy of the story and he casts a long shadow over the town and its residents in his attempts to bend everyone to his own sick will.

Mike Noonan, our hero, shows plenty of bad traits in his own right, jealousy, twisted need to win, even a willing attitude to hurt his friends to find out what he’s searching for.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”

There are no pure black or white characters in this book, everyone has plenty of layers in them, showing both sides of the integrity line and I totally dig how King is able to move us through these layers.

Some of the moments in the scarier parts will make the reader check and double-check corners and shadows to make sure they are still alone.

I have read and re-read this book about seven times since it came out in 1999 and it never gets old for me.  I may know what’s coming, but it still gets me every time.

There are a few points that are disturbing, children getting killed (which is a recurring theme for this author), a gang rape scene, and then of course the finale will take your breath away in its coming out of nowhere shocker.

All in all, I’m still in love with this book, even after all this time, and happily give it an 8 out of 10 rating.

The movie, blah, couldn’t get through it.  It’s modernized, and I don’t like seeing modern technology such as tablets and phones in a tale that was set before such things came about.

Cujo

Cujo

 

King Book Club book #3 is Cujo, published in 1981 and released as a movie in 1983.  The book is light years better and scarier than the movie, although the movie is decently scary in its own right.

I first read this book when I was around 15 or so, and the not again until I did so for this club.  I absolutely am in love with how King personifies Cujo and his thoughts.

SPOILERS AHEAD, TREAD WITH CAUTION OR CUJO WILL GET YOU

 

Poor Cujo, he’s a big Saint Bernard belonging to the Camber family, is in love with “His Boy” Brett, and just wants to be a Good Boy.  He chases a rabbit, and gets bit by a rabid bat.  He then slowly goes down the hole to rabid dog, and the story moves along in his head a lot of the time.

Elsewhere, in a boring part of the story for me, Donna has cheated on her husband who finds out and goes away for a business trip.  She takes the family car, along with her just older than toddler son Tad, to the Camber house to get Joe to work on it as he is the town mechanic.  The car breaks down in the Camber’s driveway, and she is stuck there by a rampaging Cujo.

Unknown to Donna, Cujo has already killed Joe and his friend Gary.  The poor dog thinks the humans are to blame for the disease eating his brain and he is certain that after he kills them, it will leave him alone.  He relentlessly attacks Donna and Tad in their tiny car.  Both mother and son are roasting in the heat and Donna is trying her best to keep Tad alive during the siege.

“He was a Good Dog and wouldn’t ever hurt His Boy”

She considers running for the house to try the phone, but is afraid the door will be locked and the dog will get her and Tad will be left helpless.  She also is waiting on the mailman, but is unaware that Joe has cancelled service for a few days since the entire family was due to be out of town on various trips.  Nothing works in Donna’s favor during her ordeal.  Cujo outsmarts her several times, and thwarts every chance she thinks she has to escape or get help.

Meanwhile, her husband is trying to convince the police that his wife and son are missing and is imploring them to check everywhere.  The police believe she may have ran off with her lover, who has wrecked her bedroom and is nowhere to be found.  Finally, the town sheriff, Big George Bannerman, heads out to the Camber house, positive that he will find nothing and that he is on a goose chase.

When Bannerman gets to the Cambers, he spots the tiny Datsun, now battered and bloody from Cujo attacking it.  George approaches the car, sees Donna and Tad inside trying to sleep and fails to see Cujo in time to avoid being gutted by the huge dog.  Donna sees Cujo destroy the big sheriff, and decides enough is enough.  She then battles Cujo, and manages to kill him finally moments before her husband and state police arrive to find the carnage.  The joyous scene of rescue and no more rabid dog is cut short when the parents realize Tad has died of dehydration, more than likely during his mothers final desperate battle with the dog.

The book ends with a poignant sort of closure, the rabbit Cujo chased at the end was stuck in a bat cave and slowly died of starvation, alone and scared.

The movie is weakened by the Hollywood ending that keeps Tad alive, and as such, is lesser ranked than the book.

I give this book a 6 out of 10, and think the best parts are when we are inside the mind of Cujo, who is supposedly haunted by the spirit of a previous serial killer than we will meet in a previously published, but not read by the club, book.

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