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Kung Fu High School (Ryan Gattis)

First posted review at BookCycle- Reposted here Fans of Battle Royale (Koushun Takami) and Severance Package (Duane Swierczynski) should definitely add this their reading pile. It is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It doesn?t hurt that it is chock full of kid-like drawings showing you how to reinforce your daily clothing with plastic, giving you more protection from knives with out setting off school metal detectors. This book may not be suitable for some readers. do not assume Pokemon or other cutesy text due to the name. this is a bloody violent unrelenting novel. A quick summary- Everyone knows some form of martial arts at Martin Luther King High School. This is where the locals get the nick name Kung Fu High. Defensive, offensive, a mishmash of street styles, suicide would be thinking you didn?t need to know anything in order to make it through a day. It is more like a ?out-patient? prison psych-ward than a school. Avoiding a fight just means that the fight will come…

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Jeff Lindsay)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first in Jeff Lindsay’s widely loved novel series did not disappoint. It is nice to read a book that was highly recommended and lived up to it’s praise. Essentially (as discussed in the first two chapters) Dexter Morgan is an unfeeling man, he pretends to display human emotions to get by each day, to hide in the normal human population. He learned early in life that he was different, with a desire to open animals up. Knowing this was a trend that would eventually lead him to opening humans, Dexter’s adopted father (a policeman) coached him down the path of only killing criminals and murderers, how to do it right, not get caught, and be safe. If he has to do it, he should make sure it counts for something. Obviously his adopted data loved him very much to be able to do this. The story follows a string of bloody murders in Florida in which Dexter attempts to help solve while keeping his personal pass times firmly hidden from the world. This sounds a little dull…

A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)

Song of Ice and Fire – A Clash of Kings-
A couple months back someone turned me on to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series. I recently finished reading book 2 of 4 (with seven total expected in the series). In a nutshell- Everyone you hope the best for will be violated. Everyone you hope will live is not safe from death, no matter how attached you are as a reader. There is no good nor evil; only survivor, conqueror, and dead. It may not happen in this book, but it will happen. I can see it looming on the horizon… they will all die horrifically. I cannot discuss this book as any discussion will spoil plot. Just let it suffice that I “loved it long time”. -- Instead, imagine that George R.R. Martin (GRRM) takes William Goldman’s “The Princess Bride” (TPB) out on a fancy date. GRRM picks TPB up in a nice car and say ‘Hey babe, ready for a fun night?’ to which TPB would reply ‘yes m’lord, let us be off (giggle giggle)’. They drive off into the glittering lights of downtown big city w…