Sunday, December 6, 2009

Book Review: Second Stage Turbine Blade


This is probably my closest to heart review ever, because this is the original comic by Claudio Sanchez, my personal hero. As many people know, the band Coheed & Cambria tell the story of space travel, war, religious metaphors, love, betrayal, and every other ingredient needed for an epic story. The first issue, written by Claudio Sanchez and illustrated by Wes Abbott, was a futile effort in many parts, because they clearly were not prepared to write a series of comics. The comic itself though was very well done, introducing people who were not familiar with the story in the music, or people who weren't familiar to the music altogether, to all the characters and plots within the Coheed and Cambria universe. The artwork was a little too cartoony for my taste, but it was very interesting. All in all it was an amazing first effort on their part, but it lacked the creativity, feel, and all around precision future releases by Claudio Sanchez created. I didn't write this review to trash talk the band. Just a fair opinion of an older, classic, release. If you're really interested in getting into the story or band I recommend buying the newest "The Amory Wars" series and reading the story like it was intended to be read.

Band Spotlights: December 2009

Once a month during "Band Spotlight" posts I'll talk about the top 3-5 bands I've been listening to that month. I'll post links so you can go enjoy them as well. Again, I'll only be doing this once a month, because this really isn't a music blog, but as anyone knows music will drive the soul to new and creative points.

1. Star Fucking Hipsters:

Blending elements of Punk, Pop Punk, Ska, and Hardcore influence this group of rag-tag members of both together and separated bands plow through politically driven tunes of angst and positive messages.

2. Circa Survive:

Ambient, fast, high-pitches, and powerful are probably the most commonly used words when describing Circa Survive as the band plays their melodic and precise melodies behind Anthony Green's high octave, and sometimes off key and whiny, screams, lyrics, and all around insanity.

3. The Paperbacks:

I don't really know what to say about Winnipeg's The Paperbacks, except they're just amazing. I really just got into them, but I still highly recommend them anyone.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Short Stories on the Darkest Mornings.

Just because those are the stories good people tell you when you're drugged up in a hospital bed, because they care enough to try and cheer you up. :D

Knights, Princesses, and Dragons (Part 1):
A Short story by Bex and Nici:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Bex Kilgannon,
and she was to be saved by the handsome prince Adam.

And In order to do so, he had to defeat the eeeeevil dragon, Nici.

Now, the evil Nici had many secrets to protect the castle that bex was locked in
...that included a virus.

We should also mention, that as far as dragons go, The Evil Dragon Nici was SUPER attractive.

Oh, that she was! If Bex wasn't so afraid of getting burned, literally, she would holla!
And so our tale begins...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Spotlight: The Art of Racing In The Rain


If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoƫ, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama.

Top 15 Films of 2009:

Well, this is it, folks. Adam Knight's annual top 15 movies of the year. As I sat and reflected upon each movie I watched this year I reminisced upon all kinds of gems. All of these selections are from mainstream theatrical release. If anyone wants to discuss or challenge one of my choices in a respectable manner you can leave a comment below. If you wanna know my foreign and indie/underground non-theatrical release favorites, you can also leave a comment for that.

1. Inglorious Basterds
2. Up
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Paranormal Activity
5. Disney's Earth
6. (500) Days of Summer
7. The Time Traveler's Wife
8. Star Trek
9. Coraline
10. Funny People
11. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
12. Watchmen
13. Taken
14. Julie & Julia
15. I Love You, Man

Runners Up:
Taking Woodstock
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
A Serious Man
Capitalism: A Love Story
Pirate Radio

Most Anticipated:
The Lovely Bones
Up In The Air

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Early Morning Haikus.


Sir, I have no friends
I know not of acceptance
so sad, I am, sir.

A Haiku By: Collin Hart