Currently Reading: Parasite

parasite by Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

“A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.” — Goodreads

1/5/16 : With as much as I loved the Newsflesh triology by the same Author, I couldn’t help myself from getting another book from her. ¬†This has been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I thought it’d be a great way to start out 2017. ¬†So far, it’s done is a much similar style as the previous books I’ve read by Grant. ¬†We’ll see if she can keep up the story as well too.

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Movie Madness Monday


Welcome to the first installment of my new weekly Movie Madness Monday! ¬†(I almost forgot I was doing this… >_>)

Working for a movie rental chain means I get to watch movies the weekend before they’re released on DVD on Tuesdays. ¬†I must say that I’m not in the habit of watching movies. ¬†I tend to be doing other things… for instance, my best friend was married this past weekend, so I was a little busy and didn’t get all the pre-streets watched.

The ones I did squeeze in:

  1. Skin Trade, featuring Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, and Peter Weller. ¬†Obviously, I watched this because of all those actors. ¬†It was an okay movie. ¬†I’d say I was entertained. ¬†I felt that they watered down Tony Jai’s fighting style quite a bit. ¬†Not sure if that’s because he was going up against someone the size of Dolph or not… but yeah. ¬†I’ll give it 3/5 stars.
  2. Big Game, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and a bunch of other people that no one knows their names. ¬†It’s one of our bigger titles and seemed more interesting than the others… at least to the Beau. ¬†President of the USA gets shot down over Finland and is being hunted for sport while a young boy who has to spend 24 hours in the wild to prove he’s a man helps save the day. ¬†This was another okay movie. ¬†Kinda had a bit of a Homeward Bound feel to it… like it’s meant for pre-teens or something. ¬†There’s some action and explosions and guns and Sammy L. Jackson. ¬†Not too bad. ¬†Another 3/5 stars.
  3. Plague, featuring no one. ¬†Really. ¬†It’s another zombie movie. ¬†I couldn’t pay attention. ¬†Low budget, bad acting. ¬†We didn’t finish it. ¬†I was tired. ¬†The Beau was tired. ¬†We gave up. ¬†Don’t bother with this one unless it ends up on Netflix and you literally have nothing else to watch. ¬†In fact, go re-watch Fido or Evil Dead. ¬†Or check out my next list for some not-so-new releases for suggestions. ¬†Plague gets 1/5 stars. Can I give 0 stars? ¬†This is probably a 0/5 stars.

Now for some better movie suggestions since this list kinda sucks:

  1. Ex Machina. ¬†Didn’t recognize any other actors in it. ¬†That was perfectly fine. ¬†This movie was done by the guys that did 28 Days Later. ¬†That’s the only reason I grabbed it. ¬†That and robots. ¬†You know me and science fiction. ¬†This movie is like watching three people play chess without actually seeing the chess board. ¬†The ending was absolutely perfect. ¬†OMG. ¬†Spend the money and rent this movie. ¬†Or just buy it. ¬†WORTH IT! ¬†5/5 stars.
  2. The Kingsmen, Secret Service. ¬†This has Colin Firth in his first ever action movie. ¬†I looked up the trivia. ¬†He wanted this role. ¬†He trained for it. ¬†And did 80% of his own stunts in this movie. ¬†If you’ve seen… remember that church scene?! ¬†One take. ¬†The fucking shot that entire scene in one take. ¬†Woah. ¬†And then there’s Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp. ¬†This movie is a perfect balance of action, snark, serious stuff, and really just everything. ¬†It was balanced and the ending is just… mind blowing… 5/5 stars.

Oh, and a movie that really pissed me off: Maggie, starring the Arnold and Abigail Breslin. ¬†FINALLY ARNOLD IS IN A ZOMBIE MOVIE! I was so excited to watch this movie. ¬†It’s not an action movie. ¬†At all. ¬†It’s more about the family aspects of the zombie apocalypse. ¬†What would you do if your daughter became infected? ¬†There is really only one ending… the question is the method… It’s definitely more of the touchy feely, omg emotions side of the end of the world. ¬†I mean, I suppose it did a great job at showing that but I wanted to see Arnold slaying. ¬†It didn’t happen. ¬†A couple zombies here and there but yeah… And this movie was a goddamn tease. ¬†You think it’s finally getting somewhere, that something is finally going to happen… and……..

Have you seen any of these movies?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below, send me a tweet @Owl8bit, or a message on Tumblr!

All Work No Play…

IMG_1889With the change in jobs, I’ve been doing what I can to pick up more hours and all that fun stuff. And since it’s for a movie rental place, I’ve been trying to watch some of the latest movies that are out on DVD so I can actually give honest suggestions to customers and whatnot. This hasn’t left much time for reading. I’m about half way through Blackout and I’m loving every moment of it.

In a couple weeks I’ll start college courses again. At that point, I’ll re-evaluate my “schedule” and figure out how to squeeze in 1-2 hours of reading each day.

So my question to you now: Do you want my movie ratings/suggestions? I was debating doing a quick list once a week. A perk of the job is that we get to watch all the movies that are coming out the weekend before they’re released on Tuesday. I could do a Movie Monday thing! Oh, brainstorming while I type. Haha. What do you think? Leave me a comment, shoot me a tweet (@Owl8bit) or hit up my Tumblr and leave me a message. Hope to hear from you soon!

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by Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

“Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.”Goodreads

I read this book far too fast. ¬†Don’t worry, I took notes for my review. ¬†There were just a few things that bothered me (though as I’m reading the third and final book in the series, it kinda makes sense). ¬†I totally called the surprise ending, though I expected that part to happen sooner in the book than later. ¬†And I’m fairly certain I’m in love with Dr. Abbey. ¬†Check back soon with my review… ¬†

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blackoutmiragrantby Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

The explosive conclusion to the Newsflesh trilogy from New York Times bestseller Mira Grant.
Rise up while you can. — Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn’t end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there’s one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it’s this:

Things can always get worse.

BLACKOUT is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated FEED and the sequel, DEADLINE.” —Goodreads

July 31st: Obviously started reading because I need to finish the trilogy. ¬†I know I haven’t posted my review for Deadline yet (or that I didn’t even post that I read it! AHHH So much reading… so little updating blog… bad Siri). ¬†I love this series so far. ¬†I love the way this third book is set up. ¬†I had know idea how she was going to do it with the way the other two were done (and what happened in them). ¬†

Are you reading it?  Let me know what you think!

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Book Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Goodreads Rating: 3.59
My Rating: 2.3 stars
Recommendations:¬†¬†Get it from your local library;¬†purchase only after you’ve read it.

What I Liked:¬†Giving the me opportunity to use the gif as displayed below… Oh! And the schematics inside the hardcover book jacket. ¬†That was a neat touch.
What I Didn‚Äôt Like: Reads much like a pop-culture-riddled-Fan-Fic of Ender’s Game/Every Other Major Scifi Story…¬†

Before we get too far into this, I do want to state that I loved Ready Player One by the same author.  I wonder if my opinion of this book was influenced in that he set the bar really high with R.P.O?

Don’t get me wrong, there were entire chunks of this book that I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. ¬†I had a rather love/hate relationship with Armada. ¬†I slammed through it, hoping and praying the Cline would throw out something original, something I hadn’t read/watched before. ¬†Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. ¬†It was entertaining… kinda. ¬†Just far too predictable.

The writing itself was decent. ¬†Grammar and syntax on par. ¬†But that’s about as far as I can go on such. ¬†The rest of the aspects about the book were very much a let down. ¬†I wasn’t a fan of the constant pop-culture references. ¬†At least in Ready Player One, Cline was able to weave that stuff into the story. ¬†This time it was incredibly over kill and seemed there just for padding.

There was next to no character development. ¬†The plot, from cover to cover, took place over just a 24 hour period with a few flashes here and there as the protagonist reminisced. ¬†All the characters were horribly cliche… All of them.

The main character, Zack Lightman (cough >_>), is your typical stand-up-against-the-school-bully nerd who’s tall and dashing. ¬†He has daddy issues since his dad died when he was baby in a poop explosion accident. ¬†His super hot mother never got over her love for her deceased husband. ¬†Never tossed out anything that he had owned, which conveniently allowed the protagonist to¬†have access to all the secret, seemingly-paranoid filled journals and such. Oh, and Zack apparently can’t have internal dialogue without referencing any and all scifi movies/books/games/etc that his father had been obsessed with… In fact, I’m not sure that kid had any real feelings. ¬†It was always “this must have been how Luke Skywalker felt during blah blah blah”.really

His best friends, and most of the other characters in the boo,¬†are exactly what you’d think: there just for comic relief/filler. ¬†Zack’s boss is the owner/operator the local video game store where they don’t actually work. ¬†They just play video games all day and debate scifi stuff. You really don’t get to know anyone.

The two main games in the story, Terra Firma and Armada, also sounded too perfect. ¬†If you ranked up high enough, they waived your monthly fee and there were no micro-transactions. ¬†WHAT MMO DOESN’T HAVE MICRO-TRANSACTIONS?! ¬†C’MON!! What any-kind-of-game doesn’t have some form of micro-transactions anymore?

The rest of the side characters really weren’t anything special either. ¬†Of course he falls for the first girl he meets once things get rolling. ¬†Of course, she’s some super hacker, super hot, and way super awesome. ¬†Of course, she instantly falls for him too. ¬†Of course, there’s more to the alien invasion¬†than meets the eye. ¬†The government was secretly training people via video games to be able to fight the alien invasion… of course they were hiding other stuff too. ¬†Of course, Lightman was the one to do something about it once someone explained the secret plot to him in incredible detail.¬†Of course, someone saves his ass at just right the moment so he can go on to save the planet… multiple times.

Some character’s died, but they’re exactly who you’re going to expect to die. ¬†It was hard to feel sad over anyone’s death. ¬†An example of the cliche characters is¬†AtomicMom, the one non-teenager,non-government-player Elite Gamer. ¬†Of course, she was a single mother of boys, that worked as the school librarian, that also flinched any time anyone cussed, and that prayed at meals and before launches… >_> I know female gamers. ¬†They certainly aren’t anything like Ms. Debbie.

DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE EPILOGUE! OMG… that has to be the worst ending of a book I have ever read.


Have you¬†read it yet? ¬†Let me know what you think. ¬†I really feel like I must have missed something major… this book couldn’t be that much of a disappointment. (Also, let me know what you think of this review… I wrote it while fuming over Armada…)signature 1