12/6/21

The Darkness Before Me

                                         


12/3/21

H2O by Virginia Bergin

 Author: Virginia Bergin 

Genre: Post Apocalypse

POV: 1st person

Age: Teen

Summary: Its in the rain. It everywhere. Water kills. Anyone who's been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby's only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

11/29/21

November wrap-up 2021

 




Great news!!
I started my own link-up party for the holidays. If you like sitting by the fire and reading a good ghost story then come join A Very Dickson Charismas link-up party.

11/27/21

A Very Dickens Christmas Link-up Party




In Victorian times there was a tradition during Christmas season to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories. Charles Dickens help made this tradition by witting to other authors and asking them to write ghost story and publish them in magazines.
 
What better way to bring this tradition back for the modern times then on the internet. Calling all writers, book bloggers, and booktubers. For each post/video you link up you can do one of two things:

1. Write a ghost story. It can be any type of ghost story from gothic to modern horror and anything in between. For those of you that are on booktube you can write your ghost story and read it out loud in front of the camera or act it out in a unique way. Be as creative as you like.

2. Pick a short ghost story or a whole anthology and talk about it. It don't has to be a review. Just tell me what you like/dislike about the story. What elements make it scary/not scary etc...
It has to be in the short story format. Novellas are fine but, anything larger then that will be taken off.

a)When you link up be sure to visit and leave a comment on someone else's post. 

b)You can link up as many post as you like as long as they theme of the link-up party.

c) There a link on the top menu of this blog so you don't has to keep finding this post. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

11/24/21

The Autumnlands Vol 1 Tooth and Claw

 


Author: Kurt Busiek

Artist: Benjamin Dewey

Genre: Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery

Age: Adult

Summary:  When the wizards of the Autumnlands reach through time to bring back a legendary hero, they don't get the savior they expected. But in a shattered, besieged city, he's their only hope of survival and possibly their entire world as well.

11/22/21

Apocalypse Now Now

 Author: Charlie Human

Genre: Urban fantasy

Age: ~16 and up

POV: 1st person

Format: Audio

Summary: Baxter Zevcenko's life is pretty sweet. As the 16-year-old kingpin of the Spider, his smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, he's making a name for himself as an up-and-coming entrepreneur and he's going out with Esme, the girl of his dreams. But when Esme gets kidnapped, and all the clues point towards strange forces at work, things start to get seriously weird. The only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson 'Jackie' Ronin.

11/17/21

All Hallows' Eve by Charles Willams

 Author: Charles Williams

Genre: Horror, literary 

Age: Adult

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Hallows' Eve is the story of a man & woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true.

11/15/21

I making a link-up party for the Holidays!

 

Starting on November 27th I will be hosting a link-up to get everyone in to the holiday spirit. The theme will be center around carrying on the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories. 

In Victorian times there was a tradition during Christmas season to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories. Charles Dickens help made this tradition by witting to other authors and asking them to write ghost story and publish them in magazines.

 
What better way to bring this tradition back for the modern times then on the internet. Calling all writers, book bloggers, and booktubers. For each post/video you link up you can do one of two things:

1. Write a ghost story. It can be any type of ghost story from gothic to modern horror and anything in between. For those of you that are on booktube you can write your ghost story and read it out loud in front of the camera or act it out in a unique way. Be as creative as you like.

2. Pick a short ghost story or a whole anthology and talk about it. It don't has to be a review. Just tell me what you like/dislike about the story. What elements make it scary/not scary etc...
It has to be in the short story format. Novellas are fine but, anything larger then that will be taken off.


If you are interested in this mark your calendars and  please help spread the word to as many people as possible. 

11/8/21

Dune

Author: Frank Herbert

Genre: Sci-fic

POV: 3rd person

Summary: When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

10/28/21

The Séance by Joan Lowery Nixon

 Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Genre: Mystery

Age: Teen

POV: 1st person

Summary: A séance gone terribly wrong leaves one girl dead. Laruen most find out who picking them off one by one. Is it something supernatural or a murder?

10/27/21

Nijigahara Holograph

 Author: Inio Asano

Genre: Horror

Age: Adult

Summary: Butterflies ominously proliferate as children whisper rumors of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school. To appease its wrath, they decide to offer it a sacrifice--a human one. But this is only the beginning of Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Amahiko; Kohta, the lovestruck bully; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors, and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another. Ten years later, all will have to face what they've done or suffered through--and maybe the end of the world.

10/26/21

TTT #48 Freebie: Short Horror Stories that are a Much Read


Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is another Freebie. I don't like Halloween nor do I celebrated it. 

The topic I'm doing is Short Horror Stories that are a Much Read.

10/22/21

Rope: movie review

 Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Rated: PG

Year of Release:1948

Director: Alfred Hitchcock 

Summary: Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

10/18/21

13 Horror movies that have the right level of Creepiness

It's that time of year again. Where a lot of people get all gimpy over Halloween yet, are too scare to watch horror movies. 

10/15/21

Dia de Los Muertos book tag

 


This Book tag was created by Jyvur Entorpy and myself. Please link back to both are blogs if you decided to do this tag.

10/13/21

Crowded Vol. 1 Soft Apocalypse

 Author: Christopher Sebela

Artists: Ro Stein  (Artist),Ted Brandt (Artist), Triona Farrell (Color Artist), Cardinal Rae (Letters)

Summary: Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, while crowdfunding has evolved into Reaper: a platform for assassination that's trickled down from politicians, celebrities and CEOs to everyday life and all its petty resentments. A world where anyone with enough backers and the money they contribute can kill anyone else.

10/11/21

Slan by A.E. van Vogt

 Author: A. E. van Vogt

Genre: Science fiction classic, pulp fiction

POV: 3rd person

Review: I have been trying to beef up the science fiction section of my library. How can I say I like science fiction when I read only a few sci-fi classics.

10/8/21

Rear Window: Movie Review

 Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1954

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Summary: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

10/4/21

The Lantern City Trilogy

 

Author: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott

Artist: Carlos Magno

Genre: fantasy

Age: Teen

9/29/21

2021 September Wrap-up



Here the link for my last monthly wrap-up post if you haven't seen it.

Greywalker

 Author: Kat Richardson

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Urban fantasy

Age: 14+

POV: 1st person

Series: Greywalker book one

Summary: After dying for two minutes Harper can now see into what is know as the Grey a place between life and death. Pretty much Harper life has change. Taking up a missing person case she ends up having to deal with vampires. 

9/28/21

TTT #47 Freebie: Books that deserve more attention

 

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic will be a freebie which will be about Books that Deserve more Attention

I do read adult books but I notices that the lesser known books I read are kids and teen books. The adult books that I read are either popular or classics. I have read some lesser known adult books but, don't have enough of them to make a list. 

9/27/21

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

 Author: Kelly Barnhill

Genre: high fantasy, 

Age: Children

POV: 3rd person omniscient 

Summary: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her

9/13/21

The Search for WondLa

 Author: Tony DiTerlizzi

Genre: Sci-fic fantasy, Dystopian 

Age: Kids

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve-year-old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva's great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans and soon meets both friend and foe.

9/7/21

TTT #46 Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

 






Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic will be Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face. What will put a smile on someone face are kids books about kids and an animal. Weather that be a pet or an animal they found. There something about kids going on adventures and brining alone a cute animal friend that make someone long for their half-forgotten childhood. 

9/4/21

The King in Yellow

Author: Robert W. Chambers

Genre: Short stories, Horror

Review: An anthology with eight stories. The first four mention The King in Yellow a curse play. Whoever reads it is said to go insane. Robert W. Chamber's book lay the ground works for modern horror. Many have said H.P. Lovecraft was inspirer by Edgar Allen Poe. Well there is some influences. Every horror and mystery writer owe it to Poe. However in the Cthulhu mythos one of the deity, Hastur is know as the King in yellow. Who has the most influences? 

9/1/21

Reading the World: Nordic Tales


Folklore stories from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark.

Illustrations by Ulla Thynell

About the book: There is no Norse mythology in this book. This is a collection of folklore and fairly tales from Scandinavia countries. 

August Monthly Wrap-up

 


8/31/21

Poltergeist (Greywalker #2)

 Author: Kat Richardson

Genre: Paranormal, mystery, urban fantasy

POV: 1st person

Summary:  Harper's been hired by a university research group that is attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. The head researcher suspects someone is faking the phenomena, but Harper's investigation reveals something else entirely - they've succeeded. And when one of the group's members is killed in a brutal and inexplicable fashion, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human.

8/23/21

Let's Talk Bookish: Can Books be Effective Horror

 



Let's talk bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion.

I am a little late to the discussion but, I do want to talk about this topic: Can books be effective horror?  

8/18/21

You Can't Hide: Shadow House book two

 Author: Dan Poblocki

Genre: Horror

Age: Kids ~9 to 13

POV: 3rd person

Format: Audio book

8/16/21

Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: High fantasy

Age: Teen

POV: 1st person

Summary: Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

8/13/21

Movies that Take Advantage of the Visual Storytelling


A picture is worth a thousand words. A moving picture is worth millions. I have stretch quit  a few times how the show don't tell rule is important in movies. 

Here a list of movies that either take most or full advantage of the visual storytelling. Some of these movie don't have any dialogue and in some movies you don't need to listen to the dialogue to understand what going on in the story. 

And yes some of these are arty films. 


1. The Artist



The Artist is what you call a modern salient film. I have said in my review that its like Singing in the Rain only the other way around. Instead of rising up in the era of talkies its about an salient film actor dealing with his fading career in a changing industry.


2. A Ghost Story




This movie has vary little dialogue in it. The story is told through the action happening around the main character who is a ghost. 


3. Shawn the Sheep The Movie




I watch the TV show as a kid and just like the show the movie has no dialogue. Everything is told through action. This is a great movie for kids to watch. In fact kids need movies like this, so they know that there are great animated movies beyond Pixar.

4. Isle of Dogs




Isla of Dogs switches from English to Japanese in such a clever way. During the parts where Japanese is being spoken you don't need to understand what being said.


5. Alpha




I got to see the preview when this movie first came out. The language being spoken is made up of serval different language. Alpha is set in the stone age about a young man that gets separated from his tribe and he befriends a wolf. 


6. Hugo



For a film class I had to pick a movie and write an essay on the cinematography. I pick Hugo because of how the camera shots match the pictures from the book. 


7. Mad Max: Fury Road




Mad Max was not written like a screen play. Instead it had to be drawn out on a story board because of all the detail that could not be written on a screen play. 

8. A Quiet Place




I like how in every scene where there tension there is different music being play. A Quiet Places is a good example in how sound can be used in horror movies.

9.  Spirited Away



I have mention in my review of this film that Spirited Away straight lies in its visuals. Some scenes are just left to play out where things just happen. From characters going about their day to a train moving along the tracks. Soft piano melody is play in the background. 


10. Every movie directed by The Archers: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger



I was raking my brain to think of a tenth film to place here when this video pop up in my Youtube feed. Look at that, miracles do happen. For once I have not heard of these pair of directors nor have I seen any of their films. Seven films are talk about in this video and each and every one are beautifully stunning to watch. 


That a wrap everyone. Have you seen any of these films? Do you know of any film that express visual storytelling that not on this list? Let me know down in the comments. 

Why the Show don't Tell rule is important for filmmakers




Writers can get away with some telling. In fact, there is debate whether 'show don't tell' should apply to writing at all. Some writers question what it means and others are like you show some, you tell some. Who cares.

When it comes to filmmaking the rule of 'show don't tell' is clear cut. How many movies have you seen where the plot is explained mostly in dialogue. Chances are that is not a good movie. An example of that is the 2016 Suicide Squad. Each of the characters backstory were jammed into the movie that it took away from progressing the plot. Good dialogue is important. As to why I will save that is for another post.