Monday, October 31, 2011

Grimm [Bookish TV]

So, my Hulu queue was suddenly studded with a Pilot of Grimm this weekend.  I don't remember favoriting it, I don't remember ever even hearing about it, but I guess I could just be getting old.

I watched it, even though I have three *blush* yes, three, episodes of Castle waiting in my queue.  But guess what?  I was not disappointed.  Nope, I was scared, intrigued, and hooked from exactly the 1:00 mark where I screamed... yes, screamed.  Lame, I know.  TV on your laptop shouldn't make you scream.

Each episode is supposed to revolve around one of the stories from Grimm's Fairytales.  Let's face it.  There're enough of 'em to sustain an entire series for sure.  The first focused on Blutbaden and Little Red Riding Hood.  But like all great television shows (and yes, I consider Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a product of this same writers, great tv) it has a twist on it's original take.  A modern application that had me never ever ever wanting to hear the Eurythmics version of Sweet Dreams ever again.

Catch up on Hulu or NBC.com.  Then watch this Friday at 9/8C on NBC. It's spooky and disturbing and totally worth your time away from that book.  Peace out, friends... and Happy Halloween! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Folding Chair Designs' Worldly Words Headband [Giveaway]

You guys.  I'm so excited!  Amy of Folding Chair Designs has created this beautiful Worldly Words headband exclusively for one lucky I Heart Monster reader.

I'm thrilled to team up with her because, *gasp*, I actually know her.  And I've seen her work in person and been witness to some truly amazing creativity pouring out of her head.  So I'm stoked that you guys get a stab at having some FCD in your closet!

Folding Chair Designs has some fan. tastic. stuff.  If you want to enter to win the Worldly Words Headband, check out the FCD Etsy page and tell us your favorite item.  The winner will receive the Worldly Words Headband and his/her choice of three hydrangea pins made from felted wool with a beaded center.  


Retail value of giveaway is $28.  Christmas is just around the corner!  So enter to win today.  Giveaway is open internationally, and ends at 11:59PM Arizona Time on Monday, October 31st.  One form entry per person.





Friday, October 21, 2011

Jake Black, Author of Winged Victory [Interview]

I'm thrilled to bring you guys a series of interviews with Actionopolis authors!  Back in May, you may recall one of my posts about Phoenix Comicon, and a panel where we learned all sorts of fun stuff about Actionopolis and Agents of D.A.N.G.E.R including the fact that their books are un-dumbed-down books aimed at reaching readers who want an action-packed plot.

Our first interview is with Jake Black, who is a Cancer whose favorite icecream flavor is cookies & cream and hails from Eagle Mountain, Utah, United States.  He's the author of Winged Victory.  Read on to find out more.


IHM:  In Ten Words or less, tell us about your most recent book.

JB: Boy with wings joins the battle between good and evil.

IHM: Why are you a writer instead of a car salesman or a shrink or a teacher or any other profession?

JB: Because I suck at everything else. Seriously. I wouldn't buy anything from me!

IHM: Who is your most interesting character never published in the series (yet)?

JB: Hmmm...not sure, yet!

IHM: Who is your hero?

JB: Brad Meltzer. Also, my parents.

IHM: What is the message you want readers to gain from your work?

JB: There's always hope.

What a fantastic message to send out to readers!  You can purchase Winged Victory for your Kindle for a smokin' deal of $2.99!  Thanks, Jake for being with us here today!

Stay tuned to IHM for more Actionopolis interviews coming soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Raven [Movies] [You're The Expert]

Coming in 2012, John Cusack stars in The Raven.  Something for us Poe fans to look forward to for sure.  Tell us what you think... something you'll see?   IMDB


 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce [Book Inspection] [YA]

Plot Sketch: Ansel and Gretchen and Gretchen's twin sister go into the woods to look for the witch.  They find it.  And it eats Gretchen's twin.  Now, years later, Ansel and Gretchen have lost both their sister and their parents and their stepmother kicks them out.  They take off to the ocean from Washington State to South Carolina.  They break down and Ansel finds work, and eventually love at a chocolatier, while Gretchen figures out what really happened to their sister, and tries to save the town of Live Oak from her fate.

Verdict: Hated.  I haven't read a book in a really long time that I threw as many times as I threw Sweetly.  The plot is full of ginormous holes, and the dialog sucked - the characters all talk like androgynous robots. The middle half or so of the book lacks conflict causing the reader (in this case me) to cringe and whine and plead for it to end.  And that's sad.  Because I wanted to love the story; it had potential.  But a retelling of Hansel & Gretel without a real witch, but werewolves instead, and a main character that flounders around all over the spectrum of manic depression, growing and regressing, growing and regressing, ugh... does not a happy IHM make.  I wouldn't have finished reading it if it wasn't our book group pick for October.

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There were some good parts of the story.  Like the part where Samuel admits that he still loves Layla but is ready to move on.  I thought that part was realistic and believable.  But the way their relationship developed was not.  Hey, I'm trying to look for the positive.  Really, I am.  And I think that's the extent of it.  Help me out in the comments section if you've read it, kay?

Location: Live Oak, SC, USA
Favorite Character: Ansel as he was the only one that was remotely consistent.  Plus, I liked how protective and sweet he was to the women in his life.
Would Change: plot, characters, premise... add a real witch to the story please.  Hansel and Gretel need a witch.
Favorite Line: "My sister's name is Abigail."  pg. 187, hardcover.  It was an action that the character couldn't have come to earlier, and while I disagree with whom she shared this moment with, I totally agree that it was time for her to speak this line.
Good for Monster? Not for anyone.  And Monster read most of it in little bursts when I would put it down or throw it, and he has the same feelings as I do about the plot and characters.
Chapters: 32
Author's Website: http://jacksonpearce.com/
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Book Groups:
Sweetly was my IRL book group pick for October... we had M&Ms with the yellows picked out and left in a trail (which you would understand if you have read the prologue), skittles, chocolate dipped oreos, gold wrapped chocolate bars, and of course, Coca Cola (but laughably, we all drank water).  It is my contention that you will not need book discussion questions for this book as you will all sit around and find even more holes in the story than you did when you first read it.  The best book groups are the ones where someone really doesn't like the book.