Blu-Ray Review: Being Human Season 2

Being Human Season 2

Being Human Season 2

Returning for a second season, vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner), werewolf George (Russell Tovey), and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow) face all new challenges in their hopes of leading normal human lives. Mitchell is dealing with the fallout of the vampire community left without its leader. And meanwhile, he begins a relationship with a new doctor with dark secrets of her own. George also finds a new girlfriend, but her daughter is wary of him. And Annie deals with constant changes and challenges to being non-corporeal.

This season ramps up the suspense and violence to a whole new level. The trio are faced with a new enemy this season: CenSSA, a religious organization headed by a man with a deeply-rooted vendetta. Mitchell takes a dark turn to his former blood-thirsty and violent self that I didn’t care for. It also didn’t make much sense when he drastically shifts mind-sets and moods without much provocation. Most of his decisions and actions this season seem severely out of character, even before he is betrayed. He never seemed to care much for the vampire community until they are left without a leader. Now, he cares more for them than humans. Despite this, the plot and pacing throughout the season is non-stop suspense, thrills and chills. While the viewer knows what’s going on most of the time, it’s fun to watch the mysteries unfold through the eyes of Mitchell, George, and Annie. And seen in blu-ray is all the more thrilling and captivating. Fans of the fantasy and horror genres should not miss this incredible series.

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DVD Review: Alien Autopsy

Alien Autopsy

Alien Autopsy

Based on true events, the story follows Ray (Declan Donnelly) and Gary (Ant McPartlin) who are responsible for footage from a supposed alien autopsy from 1947 shown around the world. Ray claims to have seen and purchased the original footage from the 1947 Roswell alien autopsy. But the film has been so corrupted that Ray convinces his friends to help him “recreate” the footage to satisfy his loan shark. But things get out of hand when the Ray gets a taste of fame and fortune.

The outrageous farce incorporates plenty of humor and wit. Unfortunately, as an American, it’s very hard to understand a great deal of what the main actors, Donnelly and McPartlin, are saying because of their accent and unfamiliar vernacular. Yet the plot and pacing hold up and are easy to follow. Bill Pullman plays the director of the documentary, with too few scenes. Science fiction enthusiasts who remember the original Fact or Fiction with Jonathan Frakes will get a kick out of this retelling as a fictitious documentary. And even those unfamiliar with the story, should find the humor and outrageous events highly entertaining.

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Received in September

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in September for review and/or giveaways:

Movies/TV:
The Fellowship Of The Ring Blu-ray Edition
The Two Towers Blu-ray Edition
The Return Of The King Blu-ray Edition
Chuck: The Complete Third Season
Stardust Blu-Ray Edition
Alien Autopsy
Fringe the Complete Second Season
Being Human the Complete Second Season

Orbit Books:
Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen
The Sworn by Gail Z. Martin
The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Tor Books:
Rebel by Claire Delacroix
Esperanza by Trish J. MacGregor
Twilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan
Out of the Dark by David Weber
Betrayer of Worlds by Larry Niven

Roc Books:
Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Silent Army by James Knapp
Memories of Envy by Barb Hendee

Wizards of the Coast:
Gauntlgrym: Neverwinter, Book I by R.A. Salvatore

Berkley:
Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day
The Book of the Living Dead by John Richard Stephens

Atria Books:
The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch
To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn

Harper Teen/Children:
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Father of Lies by Ann Turner
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Teeth: Vampire Tales by Ellen Datlow
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
Plague by Michael Grant
The Six Crowns: Trundle’s Quest by Allan Jones
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Blood & Flowers by Penny Blubaugh
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson
Emily the Strange: Dark Times by Rob Reger
Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Harper/ Harper Collins:
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Pocket/Gallery Books:
Star Trek by Alan Dean Foster (mass market edition)
CSI: Skin Deep by Jerome Preisler
Haunted Honeymoon by Marta Acosta
Dying to Live: Life Sentence by Kim Paffenroth

Ace Books:
Masques by Patricia Briggs
Bones of Empire by William C. Dietz

Egmont Books:
The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Vordak T. Incomprehensible

Daw Books:
The Magickers Chronicles by Emily Drake
Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey

Scholastic Books:
Trackers #1 by Patrick Carman

Night Shade Books:
The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor

DC/Wildstorm:
A God Somewhere by John Arcudi
Wildcats Version 3.0 Year One by Joe Casey

Speak Books:
Trance by Linda Gerber

Flux Books:
The Blending Time by Michael Kinch

Cider Mill Press:
The Zombie Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and H. Parker Kelley

McElderry Books/ Simon & Schuster Teen:
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Gold Eagle:
Rogue Angel: Tribal Ways by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: The Dragon’s Mark by Alex Archer

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Only Good Dalek by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock

Houghton Mifflin:
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Book Review: Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Sixteen-year-old Katniss is a survivor. Katniss struggles to provide for her mother and young sister by hunting and gathering after her father dies. In a future where the US has fallen, the result of brutal wars has left 12 districts governed by cruel dictators. Each year the government chooses a boy and girl from each district to participate in the Hunger Games – a fight to the death, televised for all to see. The Hunger Games are a punishment on the districts for a long-ago uprising against the Capitol. This year, Katniss is shocked when her young sister’s name is chosen to participate from the lottery. So Katniss volunteers to take her place, along with Peeta – the son of the district’s baker. The two have little fighting skills compared to other districts’ participants who have been training their whole lives for this event.

Katniss is a completely engaging character. I usually can’t stand present tense narrative, but Collins’ writing pulled me in nonetheless. I was pulled in from the start, and couldn’t let go. It’s a story of love, friendship, surviving, violence, and death. The reader experiences everything that Katniss does, and experiences a full range of emotions. Collins’ characters are truly stunning.

This is an immensely popular trilogy, and I now know why. With an abundance of drama and suspense, this futuristic science fiction novel for young adults will appeal to readers young and old. It’s breathtaking and a fantastic adventure from beginning to end.

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