Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Road

Stardate 02-21-07

Katie, of Katie's Cafe, gave me The Road by Cormac McCarthy for Christmas this year. Ian alwyas seems to be going off about Cormac McCarthy and how great he is. I've decided that if Cormac is good enough for Ian and Matt Damon, then he's good enough for me.

The Road is a post apocalyptic tale about a father and his son and their journey to the South. The scene that McCarthy paints is a chilling wasteland of death and decay. The world has been destroyed and polluted and seems to be in a state of perpetual winter. Everything is black; either scorched or covered in black ash and nothing lives except for the few remaining humans who roam the earth, scavenging for food, supplies, or anything that will keep them alive.

I really loved this book. It is both beautiful and terrifying. The little boy and his Papa share a very tender relationship. I've never found myself so concerned for characters in a book before. But I must warn, that this book is not for the light of heart. Father and son are put through some shocking and awful ordeals that are both violent and disgusting. There are parts that will leave you sick to your stomach.

I've decided that the reason that this book is so freaky is not only because of what McCarthy says but also because of what he doesn't say. We never find out the characters names, the time frame for when these events are taking place, or where they are. It gives the reader nothing to hold on to or to orient themselves to. You find yourself almost as lost as the young boy and his Papa. For me, the best example of this, and the one that freaked me out the most, was not knowing why the little boy and his Papa were so afraid to meet other people while traveling on the road.
To find out, you'll have to go down The Road yourself.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Night Watch

Stardate 02-09-2007

Darth Spencer's post has been approved for distribution as conductive to the cause of Light.

-The Night Watch

Darth Spencer's post has been approved for distribution as conductive to the cause of Darkness.

-The Day Watch

They walk among us, and we have no idea who they are. They are the guardians of Light and Dark. They are vampires, warewolves, wizzards, witches, shape shifters, and those with other supernatural powers. They are called, "The Others," and they are at war.

In order to maintain a balance of power, the choice is given to all Others as to which side they will join. Each Other must choose his or her own path; the rules of war dictate that before they choose, they cannot be negativly or positivly influenced by either side. Both sides lay in wait for the prophisied chosen one of unthinkable power to come forth, join one side, tip the balance and destroy the other side.

This book, Night Watch, by Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko, is about the agents of Light, the Night Watch, who are the guardians of Light. They police the night and make sure the Dark Others obey the rules. It is also about the Day Watch, the agents of Darkness who patrol the day to make sure that the Light Others also obey the rules.

This fantasy novel takes place in modern Moscow and is the first in a four book series. The others in the series are Day Watch, Dusk Watch, and Final Watch. Night Watch centers around Anton, and mid-level Night Watch agent. There are three parts to the book and each is set up as some sort of mystery where Anton needs to figure out what is going on. Along the way, the reader learns more about the history of the Others and the rules that help maintane the balance. I personaly would have enjoyed a bit more about the history, but I guess there are still three more books in the series.

I first heard about Night Watch from a movie trailer that I saw on Quick Time about 8 months ago. I looked into it and found out that the movie was based off of this first book. As it turns out, this series is just huge in Russia. The Night Watch movie has been Russias highest grossing non-foreign film. The movie is now out on DVD, but I do not highly recommend it. I rented it with my Blockbuster Online account and it is wierd. They've turned the movie into a horror/thriller rather then sticking to what the book truely is, which is fantasy. I've read that Miramax is planning to follow up the Russian release with an American version. Lets hope its better. If your interested, you can follow this link which will lead to the movies web page and you can watch the trailer.

I do however, recommend this book. Its a good story and a fun read. It has original ideas and unexpected twists. I'll be honest that its not the best writing in the world, but its not bad eitehr. The translation and language can be a little awkward at times. According to, the next two books in the series are slated for American release in March and then again in July. I think that my fellow nerds will enjoy this book.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Harry Potter Year 7

The end is near. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits the streets July 21, 2007 and it shall usher in the end of a new era. I don't know what a world without anymore Harry Potter books will be like, but this is not the "era" that I am referring to. You see, when I saw that date, 07/21/2007, a strange feeling came over me. I couldn't stop staring at it. I knew that there was something deeper that I could not yet understand. So I started playing with the numbers.

7+21+2007=2,035 (nothing)
7-21-2007=-2,021 (still nothing)
7x21-2007=-1,860 (no meaning)
7-21x2007=-28,098 (still no meaning)

I soon realized that I had to dig deeper. Using the cryptography skills I picked up from reading The Da Vinci Code, I made a terrible, but at the same time, amazing discovery. 07/21/2007 was an anagram, and this is what I found.


Harry Potter is the Beast. Not only will Year 7 bring us to the end of the Harry Potter series, it will bring the END OF THE WORLD.

Suddenly, the name of the book, "The Deathly Hallows" doesn't sound so strange and ambiguous. It clrearly refers to the killing fields of Armageadon.

I guess this is a good time for me to tell my literally thousands of readers that I love you all and I will cherish your comments all the way up until the end.