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Music Talk-Thursday: Obviously Emusic.com is Run by Chimps.

Posted 10/30/2014

It's clear to me now that Emusic.com hates me.  I've been a subscriber there since maybe 2008 or 2009 and just a few days ago I didn't just suspend my account, I cancelled it.  Why?  Because they hate me.

At the end of September, I put a temporary hold on my account because at the time I was working fewer hours than before and just didn't want to spend that $20 if I didn't have to.  When my subscription renewed a few days ago and it was time to check my saved list to see what albums I wanted to get this month, I noticed that, of my previously four pages of saved albums, only about a page and a half of them were showing.  I was confused, obviously, until I saw a notice from Emusic at the top of the page.  And then I was even more confused.

Apparently, the original mission statement of Emusic.com was to bring the best independent music to the masses.  A few years ago they got into mainstream music as well.  But now I guess they decided they wanted to leave the band and go acoustic, and they dropped all of their mainstream titles and artists.  You won't find a Prince album on there now, nor a David Bowie.  Nor any of the other 2 1/2 pages of artists and albums I had saved and was going to buy with real actual money in due time.  Now they're gone.  And the only albums left in my saved list weren't enough to make me stick around.  Those were impulse adds, stuff I would eventually get to as I worked my way through the list.  But they certainly weren't the albums I was eager every month to get the next one.

Emusic has a daily free download, and I've found a lot of excellent music that I then dug into through those daily free songs, like Amanda Blank and AWOL-ONE.  Excellent stuff, and I got it through the daily downloads.  Why couldn't they just keep doing that, and still leave the option to customers who wanted the mainstream stuff as well.  I mean, either way, we're spending money to subscribe to their sites, so WHAT THE FK, MAN!?!?!?!?!

I don't know whose brilliant idea this was, but I'm out.  I'm not sticking around there for a handful of indie albums and not even the CHOICE to stock up on some old Talking Heads or Blondie albums.  Fk it, I'll just get them from Amazon if I want them.  Good going, Emusic.  Awesome move.  And by awesome, I mean plain dumb.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 10/29/2014

This was a pretty standard week for comics.  A lot of stuff came out, but not TOO much, and still too many to feel I was walking away light-handed.  I got 11 while my daughter got 3 and my son got 2 (that seems like a really low number for him, but that's all that came out this week that he reads).  Plus I had to order 3 more from Comixology to make up a few books I'd missed.  So here's the haul:

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, because I had missed them the first time, I had to order three books in order to keep up with two of this week's books:

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last night, because they were free on Comixology.com, I also downloaded:

   

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TV Talk-Tuesday: Constantine and the Helm of Nabu

Posted 10/28/2014

This photo was, for me, the best moment on TV in the last week.  I know this isn't the first time the Helm of Nabu has appeared on television and that Dr. Fate played a part in "Smallville", but I didn't watch "Smallville" and I suspect, if it ever comes to pass, this version of Dr. Fate will be quite different from that one.

I've never been a huge fan of John Constantine, but I read his book, HELLBLAZER, back in the 90s.  I enjoyed it, to an extent, but I have a feeling that going back and reading them in succession, as opposed to one month at a time, would reveal a much more coherent and interesting story.

That being said, I do know enough about the character to know Keanu Reeves is no friggin' John Constantine.  That wasn't a bad movie, it just wasn't John Constantine.

This new TV version, though...yeah, I'm digging it.  For me, Matt Ryan proved himself to be John Constantine in the first five minutes when he tried to walk away from the possessed woman painting on the wall, only to turn back, resigning himself to helping her anyway.  The reluctant hero, that's John Constantine.

It's only one episode in, but I'm definitely sticking around for the long haul.

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Comic Talk-Monday: Comixology

Posted 10/27/2014

A few weeks ago, I wasn't able to find a Doctor Who comic on new comic day, even though Comixology said it came out that day.  So I decided to just order it instead.  My daughter collects it, so I had to get it for her.  Unfortunately, and I didn't realize this at first, Comixology is strictly digital comics.  So, yeah, I bought the issue, but unless she wants to read it on my tablet--which she did not--I was still going to have to get her the physical copy, which actually did come out the next week, so it was all cool.

But then I decided to go back to Comixology and do some snooping.  What I discovered is I love it.  At first, I wasn't sure, because on my tablet, a Samsung, I could SEE the whole page and could read it if I wanted to strain, or pinch-zoom the screen to be bigger, then move the page around with my finger, which I did not want to do.  Then I realized I can read the comics on my laptop, my phone, or my tablet and initiate the guided function, so a simple swipe moves the view where it needs to be, whether the next dialogue balloon or an important part of the illustration.  And it's AWESOME!!!!!

I bought and downloaded a few comics on Comixology over the weekend:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Hellblazer comic is the trade collection of the first several issues of JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER from the 1980s, and I got it for $5.99, as opposed to $20 for the print edition.  Now, normally, yes, I prefer the print edition, especially for comics, because I collect them.  But I've never been the biggest Constantine fan in the world anyway, so $5.99 for his first collected story is just right for me.  If I don't like it, I'm out $5 and can delete it, instead of paying 4 times that and having this book hanging around that I didn't like.

The Hellraiser comic was the second issue of this limited series, and it's the second issue Hastings didn't have on the racks.  I ordered the first issue, then had to wait for it to come in the mail, only to not be that thrilled with it.  It was okay, sure, but, again, do I want to have these 4 issues hanging around forever when I'm not that impressed with it?  So I was about to buy the ebook version and give it a quick read on break one night at work.  I liked this one enough to get the next issue, but I'll be reading this one in e-format instead.

Animal Man #1, by Grant Morrison.  For $0.99.  Fuck YES I downloaded this.  And will almost definitely get the rest of the series.  This is from the 1990s, and is almost definitely too expensive in print format to track down and buy the series, which I wouldn't do anyway.  But Comixology has them, for $1.99 each, and that's a deal you just can't pass up.

THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW is one of my favorite Clive Barker novels, and this comic adaptation is over 300 pages and I bought it for $5.99 or $6.99.  This is the full saga, made up of several trade paperback collected editions.  I saw one of those smaller trades, volume 2, at Hastings, for $12.  And it was only part of the story.  Thanks to Comixology I have the entire story and I paid a fraction of the price I would have had to pay in print.

i am officially in love with Comixology and could easily see myself dropping a few of my monthly print buys and going straight digital with them.  Not ALL of them, but a few.  I mean I don't have to HOPE Hastings has a copy when I get there, or that they ordered it at all, plus there's no delivery cost and I can read it 3 seconds after I hit purchase.

I'm going to be rooting through their back issues and hoping to find some books I started collecting, then had to drop because Hastings stopped ordering them, like Cullen Bunn's THE SIXTH GUN series.

This is a great site, a fantastic service to comic fans, and if you're a newbie who doesn't know where to start, but is curious about comics, they also have a FREE section where you can try stuff out for nothing.  I have over a dozen of these free comics, and there are some great titles in there, as well, like AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICAN AND THE FALCON, TRANSFORMERS, and many many more.  Great stuff, and I'm delighted I discovered it.

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Book Talk-Sunday: A Tour of My Library

Posted 10/26/2014

I always love to see the libraries of other writers, or the libraries of anyone, really, because I just love books and looking at them.  So I decided this week to take you on a quick tour of my library.  My house has an extra room on the first floor, in addition to the living room, the bathroom, the dining room and the kitchen.  There are no closets, so it's not a bedroom.  Maybe it's supposed to be a family room.  Who knows?  So it's my library.  And here's why:

This is the south and part of the east wall.  These are a good chunk of my paperbacks, my trade paperbacks, my hardcovers, and my writing books down there on that bottom right shelf.  The paperbacks are organized alphabetically by author, the trades are biggest to smallest, and the hardcovers are smallest to biggest.  I think the writing books are alphabetical by author, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West wall, on either side of the fireplace, as you can see.  The shelf on the left is a misc. grouping.  The bottom shelf are my Book of the Month Club books.  Next up are my Anne Rice hardcovers--most of the vampire chronicles--as well as some other misc. hardcovers like a few Peter Straubs, a Ramsey Campbell, and the Psycho trilogy from Robert Bloch.  Next up is a collection of hardcover graphic novels, and some leather bound classics.  The top two shelves are more hardcover classics, and by "classics" I mean they're really old.  The classics on the top shelf are a collection of Harvard Classics I got from my aunt years ago, as well as some readers digest condensed books from a garage sale, I believe.

The right shelf is the beginning of my alphabetical-by-author paperbacks, finished in the first shelf and a half of the first photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the north wall.  Shelf one is my Clive barker collection, my Stephen King paperbacks, my Ernest Hemingway collection, as well as some misc. books, and my collection of Bibles.

Middle shelf is my horror collection.  This started as the shelf where I put the books by authors I knew, like Steve Vernon, Christopher Fulbright and David Bain, as well as books from a lot of authors I knew from the horror message boards.  Eventually it turned into my horror shelf.

The last shelf is my Stephen King hardcover collection.  It's pretty impressive.

These are my Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time books on the top shelf, and my Necro Publications collections on the other shelves.  The first few books, to the left, on the bottom shelf, are the few books I bought from the Science Fiction Book of the Month Club about 20 years ago.

 

So there's my library.  If you've got pics of your library and would like to share them, Tweet me @CDennisMoore or email me here and let me know.

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Writing Update.

Posted 10/25/2014

There's not much to mention this week.  I had set my Grim Legion III Book 1 deadline as today, and, yes, I met it--beat it, in fact, by two days.  I do want to give it one more read through, but then it's off to edits.

Next up will be the edits and revisions and rewrites on The Kingdom Book 1.

I really like these book 1 novellas I've got waiting to be published, and I'm anxious to get them done and out to readers and to see how they do.  I'm also very eager to get back to them and start in on book 2 of all three of them.  Of course, I can't do that until I write the first Green Lake book, which is the only one I don't have in first draft yet.

And that's not to mention the next Holiday Horror and the next Angel Hill short story.

Seriously, writing is the best gig around.

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Movie Talk-Friday: Recent Watches

Posted 10/24/2014

I've watched three movies lately, and normally that would mean three new reviews.  However.  In this case, I just didn't feel like reviewing them.  For one, of the three, two of them were crap.  And the one really good one was a sequel to one of the crappy ones, but I didn't realize, at first, that I had part one on DVD until I'd already watched the sequel, and as much as I loved the second movie, that first one was just plain dull and lifeless and I felt sort of drained at the prospect of reviewing them both when I only liked one of them.  As for the third movie...I know I enjoy reviewing terrible movies sometimes, but at other times they're just so bad I can't bring myself to spend that time on it.  So here are the movies I watched recently, and a little about them:

This is an adaptation of a Jack Ketchum novel, with Ketchum writing the screenplay and I can't believe I didn't like this.  I love Ketchum's writing and the novels of his I've read, and I thought I'd absolutely love this movie.  Especially since I accidentally watched the sequel first.  But this one, holy crap, man.  First off, it looked like it was shot on video, and cheap stock video at that.  The plot was simple beyond belief while the climax barely even existed.  I was glad to see Pollyanna McIntosh in the role of The Woman again, since she played the same role in the sequel, but man this was just a bad movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I LOVED this movie.  It was so much more than I had expected it would be, so much deeper and more indicative of Ketchum's talent.  The performances, also, were outstanding, along with the direction of the very extremely talented Lucky McKee.  Skip OFFSPRING altogether, but definitely spend the time to see THE WOMAN.  Such a great horror movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had zero expectations going into this movie, and even then it STILL managed to disappoint.  Kelly Hu was mis-used, Robert Picardo was ridiculously over-playing it, and if you can find one other single actor in here you even vaguely recognize from anything else at all, then you win.  I know Asylum movies are known for being bad, but good God, this one hit new levels with a plot that didn't follow any sort of logical thought processes behind it, plain stupid character decisions and a building on CGI fire.  There's failing because you're incompetent and then there's just not even trying.  This one falls into that latter category.

 

 

Have you see any of these movies?  What did you think?  Tweet me @CDennisMoore or email me here and let me know.

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Music Talk-Thursday: Used Haul 5--and a new Loot Crate.

Posted 10/23/2014

Here are my two latest used CDs, bought for $4.99 each.  Not a bad price.  I've had both of these on cassette since their original releases--New Jersey was a Christmas gift that year, along with Escape Club's Wild Wild West and, I think, RUN-D.M.C.'s Tougher Than Leather.  I could be wrong about that last one, though--but had never wanted to pay full price for the CDs, and could never find used copies cheap enough for me to justify the spend on two albums I would probably only listen to once or twice again.  But $4.99 was, apparently, the right price.

I almost bought Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, too, another cassette I've never had on CD, but I decided, at that time, to hold off.

Now, I am still trying to find a used copy of Rick Springfield's Rock of Life on CD for cheap if anyone has any leads.

But this week I'm going to take a slight deviation from the usual blog schedule and show off some goodies I got in the mail yesterday with my October Loot Crate box:

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month's crate contained an AWESOME shirt, "Death by Kittens", see above. That's a skull made up of dozens of kittens.  Next is the book How to Survive a Sharknado, which also details how to survive other creatures like Sharktopus, Mega Python, Dinoshark, and Mongolian Death Worms.  Next is a "super emo friends" art print from The Walking Dead by JSalvador.  We also have temporarytattoos this month, designed to look like bites and scratches from various beasts.  There's a Walking Dead comic with an exclusive Loot Crate cover.  I'm pleased to say I have the original issue of the series, so I won't have to open this one to read it.  Last, there's this awesome Capcom Sledgesaw pen seen in the last two photos.  I will definitely be using this thing to sign debit card receipts the next time I go out to eat.

I'm very much enjoying my Loot Crate experience these past two months and am dying to find out what next month could possibly bring.  And yes, I am wearing my Death by Kittens shirt.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 10/22/2014

Ho. Lee. Crap.  This was the haul from hell.  It felt like everything that didn't come out last week came out this week,and that's not too far from the truth.  My daughter got 1, my younger son got 5, and I got 19 (none for my oldest this week).  Let's look at that again.  I got 19.  Yeah, yeah, two of them are FUTURES END, which I said I was going to drop, but dammit...  There's some great stuff out this week and I'm anxious to dig into them.  Here's what we got:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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TV Talk-Tuesday: Impractical Jokers

Posted 10/21/2014

Have you ever seen "Impractical Jokers" on TruTV?

No?

You're missing out.

It airs on Thursday nights and is the funniest thing currently on television.  These 4 guys have been friends since high school and on the show they come up with challenges for each other "in an attempt to embarrass each other".  Usually, the challenges consist of putting each other in a situation, having an earpiece, and the other three are giving the other orders on what to do and say.  And, as they say, "if you refuse, you lose."

And losing isn't something you want to do, because at the end of every episode, whoever lost the most challenges that episode, the others punish them,  And sometimes those punishments are sometimes pretty harsh.  They're also friggin' hilarious for the viewers.

The best part is, they also tour the country as The Tenderloins comedy troupe (check out some of their short vidoes).  I've seen them twice now and they killed both times.  They are currently on tour again, so if you EVER get the chance to see them live, jump on it.  But even if they never come near enough your neck of the woods, you definitely need to be watching them on television every Thursday.

And also, if you're REALLY lucky and you plan ahead, this can happen:

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