Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Originally published outside of North America as “The Glory Bus”, which is a far better and more original name and apparently had a better cover as well.  Laymon does cannibals, this time in a rather dull and lame fashion.
Sorry Richard (dare I speak ill of the dead), not your best.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
For a few years I fell off the Koontz bandwagon.  I am now again a passenger.
Koontz has stopped the over-the-top, totally dated, supernatural “horror” stuff and grown up. 
As with its precursor, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd has a strong voice written in the first person.  Odd is a likeable, strange and witty person and following him on his adventures is a pleasure. Though this second book lacked strength of plot, I will not hesitate to pick up the 3rd book, Brother Odd, (once it’s in paperback that is). 
Now, if he would just get back and write a 3rd in the previous series (Christopher Snow, dude who is allergic to sun/light) he started a view years ago....
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Because we don’t waste enough time watching TV, we recently signed up at to receive rental DVD’s by mail. Just think: You can have the joy of watching The Facts of Life Seasons One and Two, without the painful stupidity of paying to own it.
For some reason the powers that be have not built any video stores within a convenient distance from my new house, and said powers are also causing Shaw Video On Demand to constantly be unavailable whenever I feel like I might want to watch a movie. As a result, I looked into joining a DVD by mail service and chose They have over 50,000 titles available and my first 2 DVD’s arrived the day after I signed up. Granted, the first 2 DVD’s available on our list were The Muppet Show Season One and some Dr. Who movie, both choices made by my husband.
Time will tell if the fast service continues, and I am sure that sometimes we’ll be disappointed in which DVD shows up, but for now we have found yet another way to waste time and avoid painting the house.
Monday, November 6, 2006

Lisey’s Story is a little more out there than I usually like to go.  I prefer horror, thrillers, or straight up fiction to fantasy/otherworldly books.  That being said, King reaches new depths in his latest novel, particularly in the non-fantasy scenes, which are centred on family: sisters, abusive childhoods, and marriage.  The book is in many ways an homage to his wife Tabitha, and their long-lasting marriage, and it makes the reader aspire to have that same sort of all-enduring love.