NOTE: Mockingjay is book 3 and the finale to The Hunger Games series. The books are impossible to discuss without revealing the plot of the preceding books so do not read further if you intend to read book one, The Hunger Games or two, Catching Fire but have not yet done so. Although Katniss, Finnick, [...]
Catching Fire is book 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy and plot discussion will necessarily reveal story details of The Hunger Games. Review for The Hunger Games can be found here: The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have come home to District 12 as heroes. They emerged as co-victors of the 74th Hunger [...]
After a series of disasters and upheaval the United States falls. In its place rises Panem, an interconnected set of 13 districts, each feeding the ruling city Capitol with their commodities. When the districts rise against the authoritarian rule of the Capitol they are beaten down and district 13 is obliterated. The 12 remaining districts [...]
David Sedaris newest collection of stories uses anthropomorphized animals to deliver compact fables hitting on very human themes like racism, religion, terrorism, domestic violence, friendship, family, etc. Few of the tales are longer than 6 pages yet each gets its point across in the time allotted and none overstay their welcome. Sedaris is best known [...]
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a classic for a reason. It is simply constructed, but loaded with details and inflections that make the story come alive. I’ve seen most versions of the story told in film. My favorites are the George C Scott movie from the 80’s, Scrooged with Bill Murray, and the Muppet’s [...]
The mark of a truly great book is one that you both don’t want to end but can’t wait to finish. The kind of story that has your eyes skipping to the opposite page just to get a glimpse at what happens next, because the tension of what you are reading is almost too much [...]
Sharp Teeth Cinema Craptastique review by TylerDFC I very seriously considered turning Sharp Teeth off several times. While Cinema Craptastique is dedicated to judging crap films, Sharp Teeth is SO terrible that it barely qualifies as a movie at all and functions more as a torture device. The plot has something to do with a [...]
Ronnie James Dio, the tiny rock god with the huge voice, died Sunday at the age of 67. Undoubtedly, his passing will be met with derision and jokes from those outside of the metal community. For those of us that grew up with the music, it is the loss of a founding father of metal. [...]
The Devil Went Down To Chem Class ( Originally published 12/9/2008) I hated high school with a white hot fury. I could not WAIT to get out of that place. I am always incredulous upon meeting people that proclaim high school as the best years of their life. I usually stare at them for a [...]
There is nothing quite like driving to work in an ice storm to make you realize you are nothing more than a rat in a fucking maze. As my car spun out at 20mph on ice covered roads I had to wonder “What the FUCK am I doing?” And more importantly why did my employer, [...]
Unseen Academicals is the newest entry in the long line of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. The series of books that take place on the flat planet known as Discworld as it glides majestically through the cosmos on the back of the Great Turtle A’tuin are a heady combination of fantasy/satire/comedy/adventure and just about any other [...]
Stealing a page from the Carl Hiaasen playbook Victor Gischler’s dark comedy Gun Monkeys portrays the seedy side of Florida as an anti-hero hitman leaves a path of bodies from Orlando to Tennessee . Charlie Swift is a competent and brutal enforcer/hitman for Stan the crime boss of Orlando . But when Charlie is sent [...]
If you have been searching for a novel that will turn your brain pretzel shaped, look no further than Sean Beaudoin’s Fade to Blue. This is one that really has to be experienced to understand. I’m not entirely sure what it is about but I have my theories. The book is one huge puzzle where [...]
Since last summer, one album is in constant rotation in our cars and iPods, reassuring the RUFKM writers will achieve our goal to go deaf by March. That album? Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: III. Not only do they have the longest band name in rock history, TylerDFC wrote a review and called this “the best rock album of 2009″ , they have two previous releases creatively titled I & II, and they opted to sign to a music label named after a ferret.
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril (hereafter referred to as CDCP) is a unique and highly enjoyable adventure thriller. Author Paul Malmont’s love letter to the age of pulp fiction (not the Tarantino movie) is fun, exciting, and tremendously entertaining.
The meta implications of reading the memoir Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously as part of a competition to read 50 books in a year and blog about the experience is not lost on me.
I am convinced that everyone had a fucked up childhood. I’m not sure there is any way to escape childhood without something jacked up imprinting itself forever on your psyche.
Meyer Landsmen is a police detective living in Sitka, Alaska. One night the landlord of the ramshackle flophouse he calls home knocks on his door and tells him another tenant has been murdered.
Few subjects cause us to take up arms faster at the RUFKM, Inc. headquarters then our music preferences. Loose Cannon enjoys a good polka, and regales Boondoggle, Jack, and I with hours of dissertation on the merits of the accordion. Because he has the RUFKM, Inc. Headquarters Self Destruct System wired directly to his heart [...]
There is a timely article on CNN today as I’m writing this review. As The Simpsons, the longest running fictional program in television history, trudges through its 20th season the critics and fans are (once again) asking if it is time to throw in the towel. One of the interviewees is John Ortved, writer of [...]