Book: Patricia Briggs’ ‘Bone Crossed’ – “One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed”

At the end of book 3 Mercy was raped and some aftermath of this event was depicted.

Book 4 ‘Bone Crossed’ starts at the place book 3 let off – there is actually some scene overlap, and then Mercy goes off charging into another adventure.

At this point my suspension of disbelief got annoyed and stopped playing.

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If Mercy really is part of the pack now and really is Adam’s mate then why the BLEEP isn’t anyone protecting her?

Why the BLEEP is everyone saying “ok” to her running out of state pretty much on her own – everyone keeps saying how vampires cant be trusted so Stefan shouldn’t count even if he is ok for a vampire, to investigate a haunting at the house of her old college ‘friend’ who just happens to live in the State where a vampire known as The Monster lives!

Everyone treats Mercy as some sort of supernatural punching bag and it just isn’t fun to read anymore.

The plot is rubbish too, but that is almost by the way compared to my indignation at everyone assuming Mercy will be ok and then blaming her when the sh*t hits the fan!

I remember disliking book 3 but book 4 is just boring and stupid.

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Film: ParaNorman – “Mom, tell the Zombie to stop saying stuff about me!”

‘ParaNorman’ is a stop-motion animated horror comedy with a PG rating. That combination should mean that it is aimed at children – or at least accessible to them! However the plot revolves around Norman who is an 11 year old boy who speaks to ghosts – including his grandmother, and the town’s execution of a witch 300 years ago.

Oh yes and zombies, lots of zombies.  

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It is a fun film and nicely done but due to ghosts, zombies and witches I’m not sure that it would be suitable most children under 10 – although my parents wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.

The other thing to note is that there is an openly homosexual character in it, personally it was fab to see their sexuality mentioned in passing and be treated as being an entirely unremarkable, however I am pretty darn sure that my sister-in-law would freak out at her children being ‘exposed’ to this. Although given she is keeping them away from Scooby Doo because it is too scary and she doesn’t want them to know about monsters perhaps she would freak more at the zombies and witches…

Which makes me all the more inclined to buy it for them so that their minds are broadened as much as possible!

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Film: ‘Dark Shadows’ – “I am neither good nor gentle! And I do not forgive! “

I had zero expectations from this film as I paid 10 pence for a brand new copy – to be exact the film cost 10 pence more than the postage costs of a book that I was buying anyway and buying the film meant I didn’t have to pay postage.

Having avoid the lack of buzz when it came out the only film-specific things that I knew were that it was based on a TV show that I hadn’t seen and the jeweller who made my engagement ring had also made most of the jewellery for the film.

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Being a Tim Burton film it was almost certainly going to be weird and visually stylish – which is was. It also had some intentional laugh out loud moments, some of which were somewhat ick and I wouldn’t personally have given it a 12 rating.

The plot jumped around like the Mexican Jumping Bean that kept my sibling amused for a whole afternoon summer, it didn’t flow, there were lots of bits everywhere and very little actual resolution but it was fun.

The ending was sudden and almost a let down, but up to that point it had been visually very fun and definitely not boring! So all in all it was a good use of 10 pence.

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Book: Chris Marie Green’s ‘Night Rising’ – Intangible shagging and mommy issues

As it has been just over 20 years since Kurt Cobain died and, in certain circles, conspiracy theories are still rife it was accidentally topical that I picked up a book where dead celebrities are perhaps not as dead as the masses think.

Dawn Madison is a film stuntwoman and doesn’t put up with cr*p from anyone – which makes her a fairly paint by numbers female lead except for her lack of any sense of humour and her seemingly endless sexual desire (which we see as early as page 16 and she repeatedly has sort-of-sex with what seems to be a ghost). Those two character traits rather put me off Dawn, which is a shame as ‘Night Rising’ is the first in a series of six books, plus a few novellas, all of which have her as the lead.
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Anyway, Dawn has come to Hollywood to find her father Frank who has gone missing. She and her father haven’t been close since her famous movie star mother died but family ties are thicker than blood so she sticks around to look for him. The plot thickens when it transpires that Frank vanished whilst investigating how a long-dead child star was caught on film – *hint* he is a vampire like all sorts of other underdeveloped characters in the book.

Frank’s new PI buddies are a mixed bunch, there is a the mystery boss who remains unseen, a little man who happens to be psych, plus a techie woman who was bonking Frank. They are ok and are also paint by numbers but slightly off.

To be honest the whole book seems slightly off, I like the premise but it didn’t work for me. A cult of celebrities turning into vampires then faking their deaths so they can reinvent themselves in a few years’ time is interesting should be a fun main focus for the book, but instead of the book concentrates on Dawn’s rampant mummy issues.

Salt is rubbed in the gaping wound of a plot with the addition of random pop culture references and jarringly out of place sex bits. I was happy to finish the book and am mildly interested if Dawn’s mother is a blood sucking death-faking celebrity whore, but not enough to read any more of this drivel!

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