Being a writer in 2017 is not easy. We have competition and not just from our fellow wordsmiths. How can a book compete with Netflix and Hulu and movies? I mean, I love books, duh, and I read a lot of them, but even I am a lover of movies. How could you not love movies? They’re so good lately. Continue reading
No, I have not seen the movie. Nor am I sure I will ever see the movie. This is just about the book.
So, let’s begin!
- What’s It About?
The Circle is about a near-future world where a company modeled after Silicon Valley corporations integrates technology into the world that breaks down the concept of privacy. Continue reading
As some of you may know, I am a reviewer of sorts when I feel the urge. And though I am not one who wants to spend all my time reviewing things, it is an itch I like to scratch on occasion. So, since I read a lot, I figured I might occasionally review a book for your enjoyment, and perhaps along the way swing someone to read a book they might not have otherwise. Continue reading
The easiest way to get me to buy a book is for the first few sentences to blow me away, or for the premise to be amazing, or for your name to be J.K. Rowling or Neal Shusterman.
So, to this end, when I’m not already a fan of the author and the premise isn’t an immediate hook, I have a little test I will do, which while not at all fair, is fun and a learning opportunity. And the test is this: if I read the first sentence, or the first page, and my eyes don’t bounce off once, then it goes on the to-buy list.
Again, super unfair. But it is an interesting exercise. And, by doing this sort of test a lot, I’ve noticed a few reoccurring methods of structuring the beginning sentence from book to book. Continue reading
Video games have inherent worth. To claim otherwise, would suggest that books, movies, songs, television shows, and paintings all have no inherent worth. Continue reading
The subjective nature of art, and the changing of a person’s personality as time goes by, adds up to it being desperately hard to nail down a favorites list. Media shifts as we do—at least from our perspective—and thus we will respond differently than we had minutes before. But, as a creator, and a consumer, and dare I use the pretentious word: “connoisseur” of creative things, I do feel it necessary to try to understand my taste in media, and since this is the internet, the natural tendency is to try to put it into an easy to read list.
So, here we go. I am going to, based on my opinions on this day 2/6/17 (which is when I wrote this…you’ll see the edited version on Wednesday) list out my favorite creation in each form of media I can think to include, along with a short reason for why. Though, to keep the word count reasonable, I’ll keep to only a few short sentences each.
So, here we go. My current all-time favorites. If I had to grab something for entertainment and run, these would be my choices. Continue reading
Another year, another set of books I read. Here are reviews of some of them.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Now, let it be known that I don’t like romantic comedies—with a few exceptions (2015’s Man Up and 2013’s Not Another Happy Ending being my weaknesses—Simon Pegg and Karen Gillan are joys). I just cannot get into them. And, as a guy, I’m not expected to do so. But, for whatever reason, I read a lot of romance novels. Blame it on me liking Paper Towns by John Green so much, I guess. In any case, I ended up reading both this and one of its sequels, The Boy Most Likely To, and found them both strong in the same way: realistic, lived-in characters—even with a huge cast—and surprisingly complex moral dilemmas. The characters end up facing huge, realistic gray morality conundrums, and though the solutions for them are not perhaps what the audience wants (and might be a little too neat and clean), it is still a compelling puzzler for how a person would deal with them up until that point. And, for that, and some genuinely sweet romantic moments, it is worth a recommendation if romance novels are your thing. Continue reading
The expression “First World problems” is interesting. It serves as a reality check for certain complaints. To get someone to examine all the comforts of their life they may take for granted.
It’s a common enough thing in America. I am certainly guilty of overinflating my grievances. Of being dramatic.
This is one of those times. Continue reading
I don’t know if you guys have read–or in my case are reading–Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams. But if you haven’t, I seriously recommend it. Every chapter, at least so far, starts with the King himself talking about the inspiration for the story–and that alone is beneficial. If you are a student of the literary arts, it’s worth the price of admission just for that.
And when I started reading, I, of course, got to the first story, a little tale called “Mile 81”. It’s a horror story. One so well-crafted that by the end of it I learned so many new things about how to do horror well, my head spun.
And though some of this may be common knowledge, I thought I’d share some of it with you. Continue reading
As a writer, I read a lot of books, not as many as I’d like, honestly, but still quite a few. And since the year is closing out, I thought I would give my recommendation of three books I’ve enjoyed during 2015.
1.) “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness
In a word: Poignant. In more words: The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book that is not what you probably assume going off its synopsis. I picked it up thinking it was going to be a somewhat black comedy dealing with the people on the sidelines in a chosen one narrative. And while that second part is true, it is not a comedy. This is a bleak book. Full of relatable, if horribly broken characters. It tore me up inside watching people younger than I am deal with this…well…life shit. It is not a book to read if you’re in a good mood. But it is excellent. And I have to recommend it. It is just too artistically clever, and downright human not to tell you to read it. Continue reading
It’s been a busy month for me, but even still, there’s always something new to share.
So in that spirit, this…is Monthly Mentions!
- Collin Pearman
- Dylan Alexander
- Jerry Banfield
- Michael The Comic Nerd
- Pulsatilla Pratensis
- SuperGoof Media
It’s my birth-month! But you’re the one that gets a gift! The gift of all the awesome stuff I’ve found!
This is Monthly Mentions!
When I first started Coolerbs Reviews I never thought I would end up doing a comic. And even when Marvel started to become an obsession of mine, I still never thought it was going to happen.
“The universe was too complex” I’d say, “and I don’t live near a comic book store.”
Yet, for some reason, it never occurred to me that there were original comics being made online. Ones just starting out, devoid of the labyrinthine plot lines and hundreds of characters. Stories I could get into with only a few clicks.
And so, here we are. Continue reading