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House of Reckoning by John Saul

To be honest, I expected more of this book. It seemed pretty interesting and as a teenager, I enjoyed John Saul. I remember reading Nathaniel and loving it (although if asked what it was about now, I’d be hard pressed to answer).

House of Reckoning was underwhelming at best. Basically, it’s the story of a fourteen year old girl named Sarah Crane who is the biggest Mary Sue that I’ve ever seen in a published fiction. Ever. Sarah’s mother died of cancer half a year ago and her daddy hasn’t been the same. He spends all of his time getting drunk and letting their farm fall into ruin. One night, he goes out drinking and he kills a man in his drunken rage. Driving back home–still drunk–he hits his own daughter with his truck, crippling her. Doesn’t this already sound ridiculous? I mean, this is stuff a newbie writer comes up with. I know I’m supposed to feel sorry for Sarah, but all I did was roll my eyes repeatedly. It only gets better.

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Boys Night Out – Trainwreck

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Boys Night Out is a Post-Hardcore/Screamo band from Canada. They haven’t been around in a while, but I just rediscovered them a short while ago.

Now, a few years ago, my brother and sister were obsessed with them, particularly the album Trainwreck. At the time, I was very resistant to any music with screaming in it–even the tasteful, emotional screaming you’ll find on this album. I actually remember sitting in my sister’s old Mercedes (backseat) while they sang loudly to this album. I was pretty annoyed–partly because I didn’t know the songs and partly because I really wasn’t into the screamo scene at the time.

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Darker Than Black Review

There goes our hero.

Darker Than Black is a short 25 episode series (with a little OVA episode at the end, rounding it out to 26) about a mostly modern world with a very strange twist: due to an event 10 years ago, there is this enormous gate around Japan called Hell’s Gate. A matching gate called Heaven’s Gate resides in South America, where a terrible tragedy took place five years ago. That tragedy is believed to have killed many, taking a chunk of the world with it–but they really just don’t know what the hell is going on in there. In this world, people began to change. There are still normal human beings who make up the majority of the world, and these people have no idea what’s going on around them. Oh, they know about the Gates, and they’ve heard rumors, but that’s about it.

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