Book: Becca Mills’ ‘Noland’ – “None of that meant a thing to the beast. Either blood would be shed over the matter, or it would not.”

I picked this book up because I read about the author’s recent experience with a malicious use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and because this book was free – book 2 costs money but I was open minded about paying for it if I liked the first one.

Beth has panic attacks and no real support system. She lives alone in the small town she grew up in and barely sees her brother or his kids due to his wife’s rabid dislike of her.

Beth takes photos on a non-digital camera and develops them herself, one day she sees a monster foot in one of the photos – but she swears it wasn’t there when she took the photo. Then weird stuff starts to happen and she finds herself dealing with powerful forces who think she has skills they can use.

nolander The start of the book was rather good, Beth was ok, the plotline was interesting, the characters were developing – even if Williams was clearly a pyscho,  and then the book got odd.

I think it probably got odd around the time statutory rape was mentioned and that the quasi-demonic creatures could, I’m paraphrasing, “make you want it even if you don’t”.

This seems a bit rapey for what had been reading like a Young Adult book, but I tried to ignore that feeling. I continued through the  MASSIVE plot jump and getting lost in the jungle bit and the random octopus bits – seriously I don’t know why we need to know the octopus’ gender.

By now I’m over 60% through the book and increasingly aware that this wasn’t the plotline that I started with or one that was strong enough for me to suspect my disbelief – increasingly I was getting a  bored and creeped out.

The odd phrasing of talking about characters who are searching for Beth but Beth is commenting on their actions as if she is there with them and using the word “me” was jarring.

But I got through that speedbump and was on the home stretch only to find that the end of the book seemed random too, it was as if the book wanted to be a slaves and masters romance but felt urban fantasy might be a more modern genre.

‘Nolander’ isn’t a bad book, but it feels like two books accidentally got spliced together and just had to roll with it. I was personally more interested in the original story than the one I fell into, so I won’t be continuing with Beth’s adventures.

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Film: Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster – “I got a talking dog, and I can’t understand a word he says.”

I can honestly blame the free trial of Amazon Prime for my having seen any of this film, compared to the endless list of cheap horror film and borderline ‘adult’ titles this looked good.

Watching approximately 15 minutes of the film did make the world feel a better place… when it stopped.

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster

Although I can honestly say that I hadn’t previously considered what Velma would look like with Japanese origins and in fairness to Hayley Kiyoko she was definitely the only one with acting ability in the film – apart from Scooby.

The monster being a giant frog with fangs was also … different, but it felt like a children only film rather than a family film, so I stopped bothering.

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Nails: Monsters – nice friendly ones with wobbly eyes!

My local craft store has very little of interest in it, but it does have the wobbly eye stickers that are so much fun for children.

As an adult (mostly) it is harder to find a use for these, although someone did bring some to work and now everything has eyes; from phones, to the little men on toilet doors, to my computer monitor!

However it hadn’t occurred to me that wobby eyes could be used in nail art. I am now enlightened and really want to try this idea out:

monster nail art

(Photo from layniefingers.blogspot.co.uk)

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Miniatures: Secrets of the Third Reich

Until relatively recently I wasn’t overly aware of miniature figures. I’d seen my dad’s old cowboy and Native American figures but these were mass-produced toys rather than something that you had to assemble or paint yourself.

My lack of knowledge is my only excuse for not knowing better when my other-half said that he wanted to start playing again (he’d given up before we met) and assured me that it would be cheap hobby.

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It turns out that there are an awful lot of different types of miniatures and some are scarier than others.

Fairly high on the list of scary things are the models from ‘Secrets of the Third Reich: 1949‘, also known as SoTR. These are a range of 28mm figures, produced by West Wind Productions.

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As far as I can tell it is World War 2 with monsters. So you have Russian, US, British and German forces with added zombies, mechanised walkers and monsters – both natural and created.

V-gas rockets led to zombies, vampires and werewolves are rife, as a casual observer I haven’t worked out where the yeti-things fit in – but that is a minor issue.

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In case you were wondering, it is certainly not a cheap hobby.