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All you need is Kill (Hiroshi Sakurazaka)

Released as part of VIZ-Media’s recent fiction line, Haikasoru, All you need is Kill was a very fast but great read. Though technically considered a light novel, you do not find any of the watered down elements a LN would normally bear. The characters are clear and enjoyable. the story is descriptive and vibrant. The novel could very easily be triple the length, but it would not make it any better. Instead, you would risk watering down its power, like small punches to your gut turning to love taps. Though originally written in Japanese (2004), it was recently translated by Alex Smith and pushed out to the English market. if you read AYNIK, you will definitely be reminded of Robotech, Groundhogs day, and general anime/manga. This book is much more than any of those things however, so you will see no further references to them. FNORDinc’s overview- The planet earth is in the midst of a ground war. We fight alien machines sent to our planet to reform the atmosphere and land to the needs of t…

Endymion (Dan Simmons), Hyperion Cantos book 3

For anyone who has NOT read the first two books of the Hyperion “Cantos”, self referencing Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, STOP HERE. It’s not that i will give spoilers here, instead that you are doing yourself an injustice by continuing. Go pick up the first book and read it. This is one of those thought changing sci-fi series. you will start thinking about its congruence with reality: start seeing the tech it describes in modern life (albeit in nearly unrecognizable forms). you will scan the news and see articles that will remind you of the story. Some people start spreading the viral thought of tattoos… thanks a lot Mongo.. For the genre, it has a lack of balance, spanning horror, sci-fi, fantasy, tech, erotica, and religious theory. This lack of balance makes it ACCESSIBLE, something nearly all sci-fi authors wish for. They want the ability to reach more than the core crowd of fan boys/girls and aficionados. Simmons does this with a silver tongue. The remainder of this will not mak…

The Art of the First Date (DiMarco/DiMarco)

The Art of the First Date: Because Dating’s Not a Science–It’s an Art – In the first 10 pages of this book, I expect that most people I know would be offended and put it down. I grabbed this book a couple years back after Greta and I were flipping though it and laughing at the ridiculousness of it. It tells you about how women are built to be hunted, not to hunt. Men should call women, but not the other way around, etc. Basically rolls back the Womens’ movement to 1950′s era, and they admit it right up front. When I found this in a box recently, I decided to read it cover to cover for a laugh. I am married after all, no longer needing dating advice. Turns out, if you can get past some of the more silly sections and the undercurrent of christian dogma, it is actually CHOCK FULL OF GOOD ADVICE. It is 90% common sense, but? having it written out in a humorous manner all in one location is nice. The print is big, the graphics and pictures are cheesy but fun, and the book is only 120 pages in a …

God Knows No Heroes (Norman Shabel)

In 50 words or less...

i hate that i have to be the douchebag reviewer, but damn... i cant do otherwise. I refuse to Kowtow, would prefer kicking puppies and stomping flowers than finishing this novel. Sweating like a fat jogger, spurned author pulls the trigger, spreading skull like airplane's wings. red nervous system buttercup glistens in the bullet's wake. I feel relief, death saves!."

too much lawyer fashionista, forcing me too look up brands in order to accurately picture someone. too many foot notes telling me the meanings of common acronyms such as DUI. characters, lets leave them where they lie.

avoid this book

Hardcover: 357 pages
Publisher: Chateau Publishing (2001)
This review is based on a book kindly provided for free by the publisher or author. Please check my FTC Douche-claimer for details regarding this disclaimer’s existence.

Parasite Pig (William Sleator) - Interstellar Pig II

In 1984 William Sleator released Interstellar Pig, a Young Adult science fiction novel. Barney, a fair skinned geeky kid spends his summer vacation at the beach with his parents. some good looking folks move into the rental next door and drag him into a real life game of intergalactic war. Book one Barney learns that the game is real, the neighbors are aliens, and for hundreds of years, interstellar races have been in a battle for survival. 18 years later Sleator released Parasite Pig, a sequel. Book two takes Barney off world. It picks up 6-10 months after the last page of book one. Barney is working in the stacks of a library to earn money. He is playing the abandoned Interstellar Pig board game on the side with friends. Kidnapped and dragged to the planet J’koot, Barney and his would-be girlfriend Katie must fight to get back home. Ultimately, this would be best accomplished with out losing a limb or having their flesh flayed off by giant Crabs who feel human flesh is a delicacy. I gott…

Horns (Joe Hill)

it is the day after the 1st anniversary of your girlfriends rape and murder, both of which you have been blamed for. you wake up with a horrible headache, the hangover tied to your previous nights drinking binge. you look in the mirror and find your forehead has sprouted two devilish horns. you find that every person who sees your horns want to tell you all of their worst thoughts, compelled to seek your advice about acting on them. and this is just the beginning. Horns is all about Ignatius (Ig), his dead girlfriend Merrin, and the horns growing out of his head which give him a semi-sexual tingle on their tips when he helps lead people astray. anyone who read Locke & Key or Heart Shaped Box will enjoy this. It is worth the time you are going to put into it. Hardcover: 370 pagesPublisher: William Morrow (2010)ISBN-10:0061147958ISBN-13:978-0061147951