Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Moment Readers, I read some horrific stories and some are true, but most thankfully are not. I'm grateful I have the ability to close the book and come back to reality even if sometimes I need to escape from this reality. Well, this time both my book and reality failed me. I love Boston and Watertown and my thoughts go out to the City, Town, and to everyone who was touched by this event. My thoughts and well wishes also go out to those all over the world who are suffering from horrific events and acts of nature. Now, that being said readers it is time to speak about a book that was just perfect for the past few weeks...this book was...a classic "Soil and Green is People?" Michael R. Hick writes a tale that is a in your face, I'm a book that demands your attention and for good measure...Paranoia Attack! The Foreword of this book just sets the tone perfectly, after all GMOs is exotic sounding doesn't it? What are GMOs you might ask? Well, they are Genetically modified organisms...and according to Hicks unless you eat Organic food we've all had GMOs in our mouths and eaten them. EEK! And of course these GMOs are safe and good for us, because ... well that's what we're told. That being said I eat carrots, apples, and grain everyday in my diet...and this book at times had me questioning what the hell I was eating...somehow Oreo s and artificial Turkey looked way more appealing...granted Oreo s are amazing! Okay, back on track, so, Jack is a stand up combat veteran and a shining member of the FBI, he's got a tough past and then there's the murder of one of his only close friends Sheldon a fellow agent and his murder is absolutely the stuff of nightmares and far too meticulous. Jack thinks he's investigating a murder at one of the biggest Genetic facilities but that's not all this investigation is turning up for whatever reason it seems Sheldon jumped ship and joined a group claiming to be protecting the worlds food source and will protect the natural seeds and humanity at any cost. Jack is then framed for a horrible event that puts him on the FBI's most wanted list and has to turn to who he thinks is Sheldon's killer a former Geneticist at the facility Sheldon was murdered at... a Naomi Perrault and she has a truth about what her group is doing that will turn Jacks life upside down a second and third time, and Jack realizes they may be humanities only hope from extinction. This book just pulled me into it and kept just moving forward and forcing me to keep reading even though it was so eerily plausible with what is going on in the world of science. A fair warning this conspiracy goes right to the top and there are some very graphic moments that pertain to a lot of events today. This book once it had its hooks in you was just so demanding and had such a punch it was awesome and could easily become a classic Sci-FI tale that could terrify any generation. So an excellent read and I do believe I will have to read the 2nd and 3rd in the Trilogy stat!
Monday, April 15, 2013
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Hello once more fellow book readers, well I took a chance and read yet again another apocalyptic book. Imagine if you will those classic horror movies where you know something is going to happen, you know something has happened, there is a build up and then! That's it? Classic B horror movies here people, but for a more modern take let's use the Inn Keepers there's all this cryptic mumbo jumbo in the movie and all this build up and then it just well... ends and we've been led to believe something was going to happen, but nothing happens. This book reminded me of a video game even where you're only allowed to follow one path and stumble upon certain clues which you know you just know is going to happen you don't even need a strategy guide because your clues are in big friggen question mark boxes! But, you can only move forward. The idea of this book appealed to me more than the actual book, the flesh and bones of this book were so emaciated and lacked polish and drama. Sure stuff happened, and it felt like these two main characters were following the yellow brick road from hell, but I couldn't like or even be bothered to care about these two people. There was a dog and that's the character throughout the book I kept holding my breath hoping that the little pup would be okay. Elliott and Evajean are the two main characters and they're as far as they know the only survivors in the world after a massive plague kills so many and drives others mad and then kills them. Evajean is given a cryptic message from her husband to go to Salty lake city if anything bad should happen, and so they do. This duo is so unequipped to handle traveling and the "fight for your life scenes" are lacking any excitement it's just...okay that happened moving on... I will admit I had no idea what was going in in the beginning and then as the tale progressed my eyes began to open and then I could really appreciate what the author Aaron Ross Powell was trying to do, perhaps he was trying to be like The Mist by Stephen King, or any H.P Lovecraft tale, but where those two authors bring a spine chilling black soul crunching atmosphere Powell managed to puzzle me and at times bore me. I will say this, it was a very original idea but just needed more flesh on the bones of this tale to make it actually scary and more interesting.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Wow, absolutely, just :Mind blown: Readers imagine just close your eyes for a moment and think about your life, about who you are, about what made you who you are, and really think are you the sum of your experiences, thoughts, dreams, and even DNA? Now, imagine... keep your eyes closed... imagine you're about to have that life ended, you cannot stop if you know you're time is near, but what if it didn't have to be? James Bannon has written a book that yes the story has been told before, but I don't believe it has ever been told quite this way. Where past stories I've read and watched concerning this topic have been sheer comedy or dark this book was just so profound and soul searching. It is a book that creates conflict with want and reason with who we are. The writing pulls you in and keeps you hooked and then at times will sucker punch you to a dizzying state before grabbing you and sucking you back in once more. Now, we have Dr. Edward Frame a brilliant 40 year old graduate from Caltech with dual degrees in organic biology and cybernetics. In his world "Today, gene therapy is a way of life. We can inject a set of DNA into a foreign cell and give it whatever properties we want. There is nothing to stop us from doing the same with information or even memories for that matter." A scary concept no? And, yet, not entirely sci-fi fantasy either as recently scientists have written the entire collection of William Shakespeare onto a strand of DNA, rather than store information on paper, CDs, and in the cloud, now we can look to DNA storage and store untold amounts of data without having to take up the space. It really is crazy, but makes this book perhaps possible, and then just yesterday my President of America announced his plan to have scientists understand how the human brain works. Crazy times, but then again when humans are involved it is always crazy, but I'm going off topic, as I merely wanted to point out how this story of Dr. Edward Frame just might not be so crazy to imagine. There are so many thought provoking statements and moments in this book I just kept thinking and questioning while the whole time following the story. After all, what will our species create when we know everything there is to know about us? Will we simply in the end create ourselves? Very heavy thoughts indeed readers. Now, I may be coming off a tad romantic about this book, but in truth the book was dark, disturbing, and quite perverse too. I began to wonder in this book do we try to keep children away from the horrors of the real world in order to protect them, or in order to protect ourselves? After all, children absorb so much, but perhaps they shouldn't absorb somethings too soon as it might just screw everything up for them and for those surrounding then? Again, a crazy amount of questions. Now, open your eyes and realize, you're not dead in fact, you are alive, and you have been born again, literally born again. Something however has gone terribly wrong and now you are in a life where your most hated advisory is raising you, the love of your life is gone, and you're helpless as you are a baby once more with just enough of the old you to realize something is wrong. Dr. Edward Frame is such a man and in such a predicament and his life past, present, and future are something truly horrendous and awe inspiring... oh and then the author will give you the Hail Mary end all move at the end making you feel like you just took five shots of tequila and chased it with another shot. Truly a powerful read my fellow readers.