Oct. 18th, 2011 09:51 pm
wook77: (FAIL BOAT)
Rant ahead.

I love Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. I really really do. I love it so much that it is one of the few m/m books I go back and re-read. Often.

However, I don't know that I can read it again after I noticed something in my most recent re-read. spoilerish discussion that includes discussion of puppies and puppy habits )
wook77: (books)
Every year, I resolve to watch 50 new-to-me movies and read 50 new-to-me books. My reviews have really slumped off as time has gotten short but here are a few good ones for you to check out. Book links go to All Romance eBooks but I do not get a commission from there if you click through. Instead, I just like their rebate program (buy 10, get one free).

Earth and Sky by Zahra Owens ) 10 out of 10

A Film Unfinished (****WARNINGS LIEKWHOA*****) ) 10 out of 10

Between Sinners and Saints ) 10 out of 10

Breaking Logan's Law ) 10 out of 10

GhosTV Psycop 6 )10 out of 10

The Sensei ) 10 out of 10

Sons of Anarchy ) 10 out of 10


Oct. 10th, 2010 10:08 pm
wook77: (FAIL BOAT)
You ever read a book and think, "this shit is so bad that I have to share it with the world"?

Below, is a c/p of a sex scene in a book called Bareback Mountain by Frank Sol. It is, hands down, the worst sex scene I have ever read. I laughed so hard I started choking. I scared my dogs as my laughter echoed off the walls of my room.

armpit licking, man-juice, gobbling, uncut prime piece of meat and when no means yes, all for the opportunity to slurp everything out of a fleshy tube )

I'm suddenly feeling a lot better about my own writing...

"Poke, poke, poke," Clint said. "Oh, I just love poking things. Poke, poke, poke, WHAM!" and Clint shoved his hard dick up Jesse's ass.

wook77: (books)
Reviews: All M/M Recs. Het edition coming.

I know the last few review posts were filled with snark but, honestly, most of the books I've read this year are crap. This post, however, is full of gems. I recommend each of these highly.

I will be linking to All Romance eBooks as they offer a really great rebate program (buy 10, get 1 free plus rebate cash to use towards future purchases depending on the book/publisher). I do not receive a commission or anything. Feel free to buy where you want from. I just happen to really like the rebate program here.

Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton ) 10 out of 10
Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane )10 out of 10
Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane )10 out of 10 (conditionally)
Making Promises by Amy Lane )10 out of 10
Jacob's Ladder by ZA Maxfield )10 out of 10
St. Nacho's by ZA Maxfield )10 out of 10
Physical Therapy by ZA Maxfield )10 out of 10
Seeing You by Dakota Flint )10 out of 10
Carol of the Bellskis by Astrid Amara )10 out of 10
Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan )10 out of 10
Winner Takes All by Jenny Urban )10 out of 10
Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell )9 out of 10
Mobry's Dick by KZ Snow )10 out of 10
wook77: (books)
Reviews (More Not Good) Good to come. Promise

Freaks in Love by TA Chase )5 out of 10
Brothers without Borders by Lieland Dale )2 out of 10
Heart of the Mountain: A Loving Hart by Leiland Dale )2 out of 10
Be The Air For You by TA Chase )3 out of 10
Shining in the Sun by Alex Beecroft )3 out of 10
Because It's True by Willa Okati )3 out of 10
Bound by Nature by Cooper Davis )6 out of 10
Curious (A dreamspinner Anthology) ) Overall, 4 out of 10. There were a few stories in this anthology I would rate as 8 out of 10.
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All M/M books that were either appalling, sporktacular or just bad. Or all three. (otherwise known as "how the hell do these things get published?!)

Simple Men or simple is definitely how'd I describe it – as in simply offensive ) 1 out of 10
Gatekeeper or the book where everyone cries all the time )1 out of 10
Coming Home or the book where you will never look at anything plum-colored the same way again )2 out of 10
Hero or the book where the author took life as a house far too literally. Or what do you get when a kitsune and a sea sprite mate? A were-house. )1 out of 10 for "good" but 10 out of 10 for "lulz".
Cursed or the fic where you have one long-haired twin falling for a werewolf that his family cursed so he has buttsex to save the werewolf's son from the family curse )1 out of 10
Betrayed or the book about the other gay twin from Guardian. AKA, yes, I am that dumb as to buy the second book. )1 out of 10
Hayashi's Heroes or yayes for I wouldn't be gay if we weren't all under some outside controlling power except for angsting!japanese american guy. That guy's a flamer and we always knew it books )1 out of 10
Water or the fic where I got so annoyed that, if this book had been in print, I would've threw it against a wall and then set it on fire )1 out of 10
Snared or the book where I started counting the usage of martin )1 Martin out of 10
Sylvan or the book where the lack of research shows ) 2 out of 10
Company Man or What The Fuck Just Happened IDEK )1 out of 10
wook77: (FAIL BOAT)
Poor [livejournal.com profile] elanorofcastile has been stuck listening to me babble about this new system registry cleaner I downloaded. It worked like a charm. My computer now reboots instead of freezing up on the shutting down phase. It takes about 3 minutes to reboot including loading up firefox when it used to take 20. Word loads instantly instead of taking a couple of minutes. iTunes loads in about a minute instead of 10. I sort of love this registry cleaner. My system commitment is lower now, with multiple hog programs running, than it used to be upon start up with no programs running.

The Ebon Hawk - she's holding together.

I sort of want fic where Kirk and Bones are old men together. Like - either together or not together and regretting it. Any recs for me?

I've been reading some m/m novels with the older men protaganists cause, tbh, I'm tired of reading about teenagers falling in love. I can't get beyond the whole "dude, ain't gonna last" personal issues thing. So, here, have a review:

Sins of the Father )1 out of 10
wook77: (books)
I'm getting too close to the end of the year for my liking with the number of Resolution Reviews I have to do. All reviews in this section are m/m. Highly recommended books are linked so you can get more information if you so choose. So, here goes:

True North )8 out of 10
The One That Got Away ) 7 out of 10
Loving Lucas )5 out of 10
High Line )5 out of 10
Ship of Dreams ) 3 out of 10 because at least the author knew some grammar
Cut and Run ) 8 out of 10
Love Ahead ) 9 out of 10
Best Revenge ) 2 out of 10
Somebody Killed His Editor ) 10 out of 10
Warriors Cross ) 10 out of 10
wook77: (books)
Zero at the Bone - is a brilliant read. I heartily recommend it. It features a hitman and a maxillofacial surgeon. Yeah, I know. How the hell does that work? See, the hitman is sent after the surgeon cause the surgeon saw something he shouldn't have. It just flows, oh man does it flow. It's got brilliant pacing, wonderful characters, an engrossing plotline and more.

I'm eager for a sequel. more blather, loads of spoilers )

The book reminds me a bit of the Administration Series in the psychopath/borderline psychopath and the way that there's a disconnect with emotions, they just know what they know and it's hard to go back to being 'normal'. I really liked D, even if he is a hitman/contract killer. I loved Jack with his sense of justice. They're both awesome in their own ways. A definite enjoyable read that is heartily recommended. If I could score it higher, I would. But, it's a a million 10 out of 10.
wook77: (know what I hate?)
Desire Beyond Death - It's an all right collection of short stories but, honestly, I'd have to give it a 4 out of 10 overall but that's mainly cause there's one good story (a 9 out of 10), one 7 out of 10, two 6 out of 10s and one -abillion out of 10. The cost was 12 bucks which, imho, was way too much money for this level of dreck. The largest story in it was the most painful story I've read in awhile and, trust me, I've read some real losers lately. moar thoughts and ranting behind the cut. To sum up - a ghost made me fuck you, now I love you and we're all gay so let's all hookup cause that's what gay men do )

The Huntsmen: Bareback - nothing great but not bad, either ) 6 out of 10

Lovers, Dreamers and Me Meh ) 6 out of 10

A Note in the Margin I was going to go with meh but this one made me think so I'm bumping it up )9.5 out of 10

I Heart That City: Razzle Dazzle um, wtf was that and why did I pay so much for it? )3 out of 10

Tigers and Devils Very Enjoyable and Emotionally Satisfying, Believable relationship about a footie superstar and a regular guy. I can't wait until this author writes more. )10 out of 10 (I wish I could give it more)

Playing Dirty omg, wtfwtfwtf BRAIN BLEACH STAT ) negative a billion out of 10. Or, since I can't go that low, 1 out of 10.

Caught Running - wonderful story with wonderful characters ) 10 out of 10

Wes and Toran - originally disliked more but after the brainbleach works above, i'll be nicer ) 2 out of 10

Realms of Fantasy lulz ) 3 out of 10
wook77: (books)
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. This book pulled me in, held me under the water and drowned me in its awesome. some flailing, some plot points, I'm trying to avoid spoilers and I overuse the word  ) 50 out of 10. Or, since I can only score it at 10 out of 10 - that's what I'm giving it.

Anyone else read this? Anyone want to discuss? I'm getting the next two books in the series either tonight or tomorrow depending on my back and I'd love to talk about this series with people.
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As I had problems concentrating at work yesterday, I downloaded a book that came highly recommended. Mexican Heat is a m/m erotica/romance from Samhain Publishing. It was awesome until the ending. Massive spoilers and rant about random contrived plot devices ahead ) 10 out of 10 up until the Major Pivotal Scene. 3 out of 10 after that.
wook77: (shelter-see the light)
I've been reading The Administration series of short stories, novels and novellas. It's original homoerotic sci-fi fiction featuring an unlike(able)ly hero who happens to be a professional torturer and a computer programmer. It's featured in a future period where the government is The Administration and it rules every aspect of life. Anti-Administration feelings or sentiments are quickly squashed and should you actually act on any of it? You get to meet Toreth, a "para-investigator". He's not perfect though no one should expect him to be what with his job and all. He's a moody bastard, afraid and virtually unable to connect to other humans but, somehow, Warrick (the computer programmer) connects with him. The relationship doesn't go smoothly, Toreth isn't capable of that.

I'm not a fan of dystopian worlds. To be honest, most of the time, they depress me and annoy the fuck out of me. This one, though, it works and I think that it's because of the way that the author writes it - it's not dystopia for the sake of dystopia.

Heavy on the BDSM and D/s, sometimes graphically violent, the books and stories are amazing in the way that they show the characters, warts and all. Toreth isn't at all likeable but I found myself cheering for him throughout, moaning at his falls and cheering when he caught himself. I wouldn't like him in real life but I wanted him to succeed regardless.

I highly recommend the series to any and all who want an engrossing and lengthy ready because once you read the first book, you'll want to keep tearing through all of them and there are a lot of them. Because some of the books contain so many "triggers" - there is a separate disclaimer/warnings page.

And because the various bibs and bobs I've read are now published in three book forms, I shall take this as three books for my new year's resolution.

ETA: Some general spoilers in the comments. Nothing that gives away major plot points.

Also - for those interested [livejournal.com profile] mannazone looks to be the fan community for this series. and [livejournal.com profile] mannazone_news for updates on when the books come out/new works/etc.
wook77: (miss you)
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews ) 7 out of 10
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews ) 7 out of 10
Nightlife, Madhouse, and Moonshine by Rob Thurman ) collectively a 9 out of 10
Sign of Seven Series by Nora Roberts ) collectively – 6 out of 10
The Last Legion – hot people doing tedious things ) 7 out of 10
Transporter – Jason Statham kicking ass )6 out of 10
Jesus – or plz god never make me watch this movie again ) 2 out of 10
Driving Lessons or Rupert Murdoch is cute but omg boring ) 5 out of 10
State of Grace or how wook hit such a state of grace during this movie she fell asleep ) 3 out of 10

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian or OMG BEN BARNES!!!! ) 10 out of 10
The Lookout or huh, who knew that Joseph Gordon-Levitt can act ) 9 out of 10
George and the Dragon or yet another D&D Remake ) 8 out of 10
Elizabeth or I shouldn't listen to critics too much ) 7 out of 10
The Fast and The Furious or it is what it is ) 8 out of 10
The Fast and the Furious 2 or where's my vinny? ) 7 out of 10
Beerfest or wtf, why am I watching this and omg why am I enjoying this?! ) 8 out of 10
in the name of the king - dungeon seige tale or yet another d&d remake ) 7 out of 10
10000 BC or hot dudes in loin cloths with a smattering of plot somewhere ) 7 out of 10
Waterhorse or cute little kid movie ) 8 out of 10
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ) 9 out of 10
Dead Letter Office or sucks as a movie but good as a film )8 out of 10
Veronica Guerin or it reached and missed )6 out of 10
Saint of 9/11 or meh )7 out of 10
wook77: (gwb is ebil)
I am appalled at how behind I am. So here goes - a few catch-up reviews. Standard disclaimers apply - spoilers and such are rampant throughout. Books I highly recommend have links so you can get a better description of the plot.

After this? there's only 52 more to go that I've accomplished so far. :/ When I say behind, I really really mean behind.

Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiI couldn't relate... )7 out of 10
Silver Master by Jayne Castlefor what it is, it's enjoyable )8 out of 10
Child of a Dead God by Barb and JC HendeeAwesome series that everyone should read if they like fantasy novels ) 10 out of 10
Chasing Midnight by Susan KrinardSusan Krinard is moved off my  ) 4 out of 10
Lick of Forst by Laurell K. Hamilton*points and laughs* )A surprising 4 out of 10 (because of the lulz)
Strangers in DeathStill Awesome Series ) 9 out of 10
All Night Long by Jayne Krentzinteresting story that didn't give away the main enemy until just the right moment )10 out of 10
Wait Until Midnight by Amanda Quickmeh ) 3 out of 10
The River Knows by Amanda Quick better than Wait Until Midnight but not up to the normal expectations ) 6 out of 10
The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick Getting there... ) 7 out of 10
Lie by Moonlight by Amanda Quick this is more like it )9 out of 10
wook77: (wtf - politics)
I have had a really bad headache all day. I think it's 95% caused by "someone is wrong on the internets" syndrome, 4% caused by the weather and 1% caused by genetics.

[livejournal.com profile] rs_games is posting Round II. Why not pop over and give it a try? It's going a lot more smoothly than before. There have been some rather awesome stories. Especially by Team Experience Wins Every Time versus Team Why Is My Willie Hard And What Is It Really Supposed To Do?.

I have thinky thoughts on what being a mod is all about but I'll leave it for another day.

I spent the evening off either sleeping or reading the trashiest novels ever. The current one isn't even well written. SNARK AHOY!

In fact, Review of Soul Song by Marjorie Liu. To sum up - merman rentboy and that's the best part )

Final Verdict? 3 out of 10 if just for the crack factor.

The other one, I spent good money on, all of three dollars and thirty eight cents. The Nymph King by Gena Showalter )

Final Verdict: A surprising 5 out of 10. At least it didn't have a bunch of typos.

Finally, the last book I've read in the past day and a half - A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole )

Final Verdict: 6 out of 10.
wook77: (Deamus - Kiss)
Resolution Reviews – First Batch for 2008 – 7 movies, 4 books –

Ratatouille )

6 out of 10

The Simpson's Movie )

6 out of 10

Eastern Promises )

5 out of 10

Stardust (movie) )

10 out of 10

Stardust – Neil Gaiman )

10 out of 10

Dragonlance – Dragons of Autumn Twilight (animated movie) )

11 out of 10

Balls of Fury )

9 out of 10

Pirates of the Carribean 3 )

7 out of 10

Plum Lucky – Janet Evanovich )

10 out of 10

Captain's Fury – Jim Butcher )

7 out of 10

Morning Light – Catherine Anderson )

3 out of 10

I'm in the middle of the first book for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_reads so I will probably write my review after the discussion opens there. You have until February 15th to read Persepolis and join the community to get to discuss it with the rest of us. Join before then and you'll get a chance to pick the next book, too! They don't all have to be serious or anything.
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Resolution Reviews –

Standard Disclaimer – if I didn't like something, doesn't mean that you don't. However, if you enjoy something that I didn't or hated something that I loved, feel free to tell me your opinions. I'd love to discuss any of these with you.

Warnings for foul language, squee over nekkidness (and higher ratings due to said nekkidness), etc. all apply.

Angela's Ashes (book) by Frank McCourt )8 out of 10

Tis by Frank McCourt )10 out of 10

Herotica (Anthology by various authors) )1 out of 10

Calderon's Fury by Jim Butcher )8 out of 10

The New World (Book 3 in the Cartography Series by Michael Stackpole )5 out of 10

300 )7 out of 10

The Invasion )6 out of 10

Rush Hour 3 )8.5 out of 10

American Psycho )3 out of 10

Angela's Ashes (Movie) )10 out of 10

The Purifiers )2 out of 10

The Italian Job )7 out of 10

Rock Star )7 out of 10

Beat )4 out of 10

Blades of Glory )8.5 out of 10

Shrek the Third )5 out of 10

Wild Hogs ) 8 out of 10

TMNT )6 out of 10

Catch and Release )8 out of 10

That's 100 folks. 50 movies, 50 books.

Bonus reviews:

The High King's Tomb (Book 3 of the Green Rider Series) by Kristen Britain )9.5 out of 10

Transformers )10 out of 10

Jack Daniels Series books 1-3 by JA Konrath )6 out of 10

Sicko )9 out of 10

So there it is. These are probably the last of my reviews for the year. I shall be back next year with more as I quite enjoyed doing this. I hope you all have enjoyed the reviews as well.
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
Resolution Reviews – Same disclaimers. These are all obviously my own opinion. In addition, random points awarded for hot guys, points taken away for plot predictability. In other words, random.

Also – Spoilers abound. Let me repeat that - SPOILERS WITHIN

Storm Front: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Fool Moon: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Grave Peril: Dresden Files )
9 out of 10

Summer Knight: Dresden Files )
8 out of 10

Death Masks: Dresden Files )
10 out of 10

Blood Rites: Dresden Files )
10 out of 10

Dead Beat: Dresden Files )
5 out of 10

Lean Mean 13 )
10 out of 10

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera Series )
7 out of 10

Academ's Fury: Codex Alera Series )
8.5 out of 10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows )
9.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 out of 10

Ghost Rider )
8 out of 10

Yossi & Jagger )
9.5 out of 10

Bridge to Terabithia )
8 out of 10

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix )
4 out of 10

Blood and Chocolate )
3 out of 10

Children of Men )
2 out of 10

Reno 911: Miami )
8 out of 10

Pathfinder )
4 out of 10

The Bourne Ultimatum )
5 out of 10

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead )
2 out of 10 **DID NOT FINISH**

That's it for now – I'm up to 36 movies and 42 books for the year. There's another 3 book reviews coming and I have 6 movies to watch this weekend or Blockbuster's going to get pissy with me.
wook77: (Books and Movies: Resolution for 100)
I have quite a few resolution reviews to get caught up on (18 of them). I'm officially at 57 out of my 100 – 31 books and 26 movies.

Same disclaimers apply – if you've not read these books/seen these movies, there will be spoilers. Random squee, higher ratings for inconsequential crap, random babbling, all of it will probably be here in these reviews.

Undead and Unwed (Mary Janice Davidson)
hilarious vampire fluff )
8 out of 10

Undead and Unemployed (Mary Janice Davidson)
Queen Betsy gets a job and I laugh. A lot. )
8 out of 10

Undead and Unappreciated (Mary Janice Davidson)
more of the same, starting to get tedious )
7 out of 10

Undead and Unreturnable (Mary Janice Davidson)
blahblahblah, fourth verse same as the first! )
6 out of 10

Dead and Loving it (Mary Janice Davidson)
Now with werewolves! )
5 out of 10

Undead and Unpopular (Mary Janice Davidson)
at least she tried some plot this time )
6 out of 10

Derik's Bane (Mary Janice Davidson)
Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment )
4 out of 10

Ghost Hunter (Jayne Castle)
Didn't expect much, didn't get much )
7 out of 10

Kirith Kirin (Jim Grimsley)
Best Book I've read in a very very long time )
9.99999999999 out of 10

And now? On to the movies.

I'm sure if I watched this with anyone else… )
9 out of 10

Happy Feet
Someone put me out of my misery with this one )
2 out of 10

10th & Wolf
I rented this for explosions, I got serious acting instead )
8 out of 10

Blood Diamond
I hated the ending but any other ending and I would've hated the movie )
8 out of 10

Curse of the Golden Flower
Pretty to look at, nice to hold, if you break it, consider it sold )
5 out of 10

Flushed Away
Funny cartoon )
7 out of 10

Night at the Museum
funny and entertaining fluff )
9 out of 10

Stranger than Fiction
first Will Farrell movie I have ever liked )
9 out of 10

The Holiday
Jack Black as a romantic interest? Yeah, I scoffed too )
9 out of 10

The Pursuit of Happyness
Feel good story that actually is inspiring and not over the top )
9 out of 10

January 2012



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