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Could Skarsgård be any hotter? My review of Straw Dogs

So, I saw a special screening of Rod Lurie‘s Straw Dogs re-make. I liked it. The plot was a bit slow, but the characters were complex (not to mention beautiful), the cinematography was great, and the ending wowed me. I haven’t seen the original, but apparently it didn’t stray too far plotwise. The characters, however, … Continue reading

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater now available for pre-order

Forever, the last book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, is now available for pre-order. Check out my review of the first book, Shiver, to see what this series is all about. Click here to pre-order to book! Oh wait, did I forget to mention you could order SIGNED copies of the book?  Well, … Continue reading

Fire by Kristin Cashore + video

Fire, a prequel to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, sends readers on a fantastical journey filled with colorful creatures, characters, and language. Discover what it’s like to be the one monster girl in a world of regular humans. Fire is a human monster, a beautiful person with the ability to read and control the minds of … Continue reading

Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock

The plot of Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock keeps the reader turning pages, but lacks originality. It’s a typical allegory, with the lines between black and white stark for the reader, but often blurred for Abramm. Brother Eldrin is ready to make the final journey towards becoming a guardian in the Mataio. But trouble … Continue reading

Early to Death, Early to Rise

Overall, the second book in the Madison Avery series is entertaining but cliche. Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison falls short of divine. Madison is dead, but her spirit remains fixed on earth by a special amulet. But this amulet comes with a special responsibility: it makes her the Dark Timekeeper. It’s … Continue reading

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bleeds is refreshing for its grittiness. In a genre full of hunky werewolves and friendly vampires, Ilona Andrews has created a dark landscape full of ugly monsters and terrifying people. Kate has a secret. She’s the missing daughter of Roland, the creator of vampires, and the most powerful man in the world. She’s hiding … Continue reading

Straw Dogs (2011)

Straw Dogs is an upcoming thriller directed by Rod Lurie and starring Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, and Kate Bosworth. A writer and his wife move to the deep South. They struggle both within their marraige and within their new, rather hostile, community. James Marsden stars as writer David Sumner, and Kate Bosworth plays his wife, … Continue reading

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten, an urban fantasy novel by Kelley Armstrong, has all the trappings of a good book: a love triangle, copious action scenes, and a woman trapped between two worlds. All of this, however, can’t save the book from Elena, the spineless and selfish protagonist. Elena is a werewolf, changed against her will by her fiance, … Continue reading

House Season 7 Opener – mediocre but funny

Gregory House. Lisa Cuddy. James Wilson. Eric Forman. Robert Chase. Remy Hadley. Christopher Taub. These characters and their relationships to each other make Fox’s House such a great show. It’s the tension between House and Cuddy, the frustration Dr. House’s team feels when he doesn’t show up for work, the worry Foreman feels for Hadley … Continue reading

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