Random Fun Fact of the Day: Fake movie blood tastes worse than real blood. Much worse. I know this from personal experience, for indeed that is yours truly: chomping down on rubber prop intestines and said unpalatable liquid in my role as a zombie in Blair Murphy’s Windber-centered low-budget movie, Zombie Dream. For addition poignant, […]Read more "Not Gagging On It, Tonight!"
Before the War by Fay Weldon (Historical Novel, 2016/2017). This bitingly satirical romp of a novel details a wildly dysfunctional English family’s misadventures from 1922 up to the day in the autumn of 1939 when the slow simmering background tensions in Europe finally boil over in open war with Hitler’s Germany. There’s plenty of fine period […]Read more "REVIEWED: Before the War"
The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang (Satirical Novel, 2016). A satire on family conflict and the materialistic side of the American Dream, this good first novel is about a Chinese-American family dealing with a sudden fall from economic grace, courtesy the Great Recession, circa 2008. Charles, the Wang family’s middle-aged patriarch, came to California […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wangs Vs. The World"
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. (Humorous/Satirical Mystery Novel, 2016) Carl Hiaasen is quite possibly the funniest writer in the US today. His fractured fairy tales paint a vivid and often laugh-out-loud portrait of modern life and crime in America as a whole, with a particular focus on his home ground of southern Florida. His latest, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Razor Girl"
Sneaky Pie For President by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown. (Satirical/Fantasy/Humor Novel, 2012). Tired of “politics as usual” and–in particular–this year’s mega-toxic Presidential campaign? What better antidote to all this could you imagine than this gently satirical, humorous and kind of charming bit of fun from 4 years ago? And what better time to post […]Read more "REVIEWED: Sneaky Pie For President"
Yet another offbeat movie at the coffeehouse: Incomparably strange fun, no? I sip more pumpkin spice coffee. Obscure car models are discussed. One strange person (of many here, thank you very much) announces his special affection for stun guns. Blair told us about getting a couple boxes of weird magical odds and ends donated from […]Read more "November 3 at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
Devils & Demons edited by Marvin Kaye. (Horror Anthology, 1987). Putting myself in a Halloween mood, I checked this thick (586 pages) anthology out of my local library. The book contains 52 works–mostly short to medium-length horrific fiction, but with a sprinkling of poems and even one short play script. The contents range from old classics […]Read more "REVIEWED: Devils & Demons"