Review: Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew

Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew by Zak Bagans
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of the Ghost Adventures show, but I was really disappointed in Dark World.

One of the biggest issues is the writing. It was like a long winded, repetitive, poorly written essay that didn’t have enough content for the length required. Is this what it’s like to be a prof at university??

I swear I read the exact same sentences multiple times throughout the book. The thoughts were disorganized and not as well thought out or discussed as they could have been. I got the impression that it was a case of the author knowing what they were saying was correct, but unsure of what they needed to get across to convince the reader. At times the grammar was atrocious too, and I found myself proof reading it, which REALLY detracts from the book.

I really enjoyed the parts where Zak discussed his investigations, giving more insight to the evidence and adding a bit more realism to the show. I also enjoyed reading the biographical aspects, which was simply interesting.

As typical as it may be, I was bored to death reading all the parts discussing theories and quantum physics. Trust me, I went to university and have had to read a lot of articles like that, but the issue here was that the ideas and examples did not work well together, and the overall connection to the paranormal was poor. This may also have been because someone who did not have a full understanding of the theories was the one trying to explain it.

As for stressing the need to improve their scientific method, and create a central database… I just don’t get why they don’t go ahead and do that. They have a TV show! Set up an online database, and advertise it at the end of the episodes, on social media, whatever. Obviously they already have a pretty good network, and they could reach out to the locations as well to pass it along to future investigators. It’s not like money is really an issue when there are free resources on the internet.

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Millennials are the WORST: Maybe This Isn’t The End Of The World

The best way to loose faith in humanity and society is to read the comments.

I have a very varied group of people on my facebook. From science nerds, radio casters, music producers, rednecks, old bitties, people who support equal rights for everyone, people who want me to believe Obama was the worst president the US has ever had, activists, haters, arrogant asshats, gentle souls, and independent ladies. Funny enough, I only add people I actually know or knew.

I don’t post much, except to share occasional articles on archaeology or express my dislike for a certain PM who I’m actually worried about naming because of a stupid bill he made. HOWEVER I am on there all the time. LIKE ALL THE TIME. With such a diverse group, I get all sides of the big arguments. Gay marriage. Millennials are the “Worst” (Ahem). Hypocrisy in the Church and government. Native neglect. I could go on.

I often read the comments on these things that get shared. I don’t know why. I know what I’ll see and I know it will depress me in the extreme. Gay marriage for today’s example. I see Christians arguing over who is a REAL christian, and how can you be a REAL christian if you take this side or that side. Doesn’t matter which side, because both sides use the argument. I think they all forgot that there are a lot of different sects of Christianity. I see Atheists jump in and ruin their point by making some rude comment about faith. I’m not Christian. I’m not an atheist. I guess if I needed a label it would be agnostic, because I don’t know.

What I do know however is that you should be kind. And if someone`s life choices aren’t hurting anyone, then it`s not my concern. That is what it should all boil down to. Always. REALLY ask yourself. Is that gay marriage hurting me? I’ve seen some arguments that it devalues the meaning of their own marriage. It really doesn’t, because what you are arguing is semantics. Christianity does not own the concept of marriage. It predates Christianity. If we just changed the word for marriage to something else, to create a differentiation between Christian Marriage and other marriage, a lot of people would stop throwing fits I think. It wouldn’t solve it all, but a lot.

By denying gay couples marriage, you deny them fair rights to government benefits in things like taxes. While Gay Christian couples would probably still want their marriage recognized by their faith, that would be an issue within the church. The issue out here is civic. They are HUMAN rights, not Christian Rights (as an example). It is hard to fully articulate the thought, but its such an obvious one to me that I’m sure I’m not the first it has occurred to. Either way, it doesn’t hurt anyone, so it shouldn’t be such a problem.

And yet, the comments I read are disgusting. Not just on the topic of Gay Marriage either. The comments grown, mature adults make, generalizing a large age grouping, are rude, inconsiderate, degrading, and JUST AS BAD as what I read in Gay Marriage arguments.

I’m not sure how I, a 27 year old with a B.A honours and a Post Grad degree, who is working 2 minimum wage jobs and struggling to support myself, while cursing the minimum wage for going up AGAIN because it ruins all chances of raises at work, and just raises costs of everything else, with a giant OSAP loan and no chance to buy a car, let alone a house, can be lumped in with 16 year old high school students who really don’t need to worry about things yet, and have the time to hang out, take selfies, and enjoy their youth like they are supposed to do. We are very different people.

All it takes is one bad apple, and the elder generations jump on all of us. We are lazy, self entitled, stay at home lounge-abouts. Did I mention I have 2 jobs? I know a lot of people my age with 2 jobs. It makes me wonder just how accurate job statistics are. So 100,000 new jobs in the month of whatever…. how many were taken as second or THIRD jobs by people who were already working? The fact that I can work 2 jobs and still not make enough that the National Student Loan people assume I’m too poor to give them their money, and the government pays my interest, is a ridiculous situation.

I repeat: The government that wants my money, will not take it, because I AM TOO POOR EVEN WORKING TWO JOBS.

I must be so lazy. How dare I expect to support myself. How dare I rely on family because I can’t. Millennials are the worst.

I got to thinking on this because it is utterly untrue. Yesterday, for a change, when I read the comments I felt hope.

Call Me Caitlyn. Can you believe it? Formally Bruce Jenner of the Kardashian Empire. Kim K and her sisters get a LOT of hate. Which is normal I guess, for celebrities. It’s the natural state of hate that appears in the comments almost everywhere. Except, not on this.

Now I didn’t click on any articles like the TO star and read the comments. I’m sure there was hate there too. But that’s also the arena of the older generations. The place where they tend to express their disgust with people like me. I got all I needed from Twitter. From reading the replies. From the Hashtags. From the Trending. From the wave of hate that unsuspecting Drake Bell received. Twitter, for better or worse, is the medium the despicable Millennials (like me) use for their news and their connections to the world around them.

On the whole, even the folks that kinda hate Kim K and her family, showed overwhelming support for Caitlyn. So accepting. So okay with it. So understanding of the whole concept that if it isn’t hurting anyone, it isn’t your concern. When Drake Bell made his stupid comment, he got hate. Because he tried to deny someone their identity, when it wasn’t hurting him. He proved himself to be a bit of a bigot, and the MILLENNIALS jumped on him for it. They made it clear that bigotry is not okay anymore. It exists certainly, but I have this new feeling. A hope that MY generation, including these silly high school kids who are rightly or wrongly fighting over school dress codes, will teach their own children that bigotry in any form is not okay. Because it hurts people.

And that their children will teach the same.

And that one day all the bigots will be flushed out of society. Died of old age and old ways.

For once, I am proud to lump myself in with the Millennials.

Review: Briarpatch

Briarpatch
Briarpatch by Tim Pratt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this guy Darrin has a string of really bad luck. His girlfriend Bridget leaves him, he loses his job, and then his car. To top it off, he’s heading out to lunch one day and sees his old girlfriend just as she leaps off the Golden Gate bridge head first and kills herself. Next Darrin starts seeing things. Alleys and paths that aren’t supposed to be there. This place is called the Briarpatch, and with the help of Arturo, a strange guy with a strange car, Darrin is beginning to find connections between this place, the guy Bridget left him for, and Bridget’s suicide.

I found this book in the bargain area of my Chapters and was kinda skeptical about how good it would be. I expected some kind of fairy world and magical blah blah, which I tend to hate, but it also hinted at something more interesting with the suicide idea.

I was surprised in a good way when I found out that this book was not about fairies! It is actually closer to books like the Otherworld series by Tad Williams, but without the tech aspect.

Another good surprise is that this book is aimed at adults!! No whiny teen characters, no censoring of language, and overall more realistic character traits. In general, the characters were intelligent if not entirely informed, and I can’t think of any choices characters may have made that bugged me as illogical or irrational. I like fiction, not stupid fiction.

The writing was well done and interesting. There were no instances where the wording was awkward or required re-reading (unless you weren’t expecting what was said). The plot was fast-paced and didn’t focus too long on events that weren’t pertinent to the plot, while slowly revealing some of the mysteries in just the right way.

The ending was satisfying and reasonable. It closed the conflict while still leaving open the possibility to return for a sequel. All in all, a good book worth reading.

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Review: The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part Two

The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor - Part Two
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor – Part Two by Robert Kirkman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one was a little boring because of the overlap with the main events from the comic(/show), and at times it was frustrating that the characters just blindly followed the Governor even when his behaviour was extreme.

However, it was interesting to read it from the other side of the conflict, and get an idea of how other groups where handling the pressures of the walker plague.

The writing is great in general, fast paced, and flows well. There was a bit of repetition that could’ve been edited out, such as how often we needed to read about the morning/afternoon/evening air. Without revealing anything, I will say that I was pretty sure the continuous mention of something else made me think it was going to be a major plot point but wasn’t. I supposed it might be in the next book, but if it’s not, then this is an example of the unnecessary repetition.

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Review: 77 Shadow Street

77 Shadow Street
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first Dean Koontz book, and I’m not sure what to think about it. It has an interesting plot, but it takes so long to develop. It was as though he couldn’t decide between a plot driven book or a narrative driven book.

The plot:

A grand house built over a fault in time/space, allowing time to overlap occasionally with a frightening future. The residents of this recently converted condominium are thrown into the future without any idea of what to expect.

The Characters:

Generally the characters were pretty interesting, and for the most part diverse. There were some who were so similar though that it was a bit hard to remember who was who. For example, there was an ex-marine, and a retired lawyer, both without families, both strong male characters. There were also to single mothers, one with a very serious son, and the other with an autistic daughter.

I don’t really have anything to rave about, but I have no negative thoughts on it either. It’s a decent book with an interesting plot and characters. I felt it was a bit slow, but that may have been simply because I had other things I was more interested in while I was reading it.

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Review: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The LeftoversThe Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good book, but not at all what I was expecting. I saw the first couple episodes of the show, and it seemed pretty exciting, but while it followed the details of the book for the most part, they weren’t the same. The book is character driven rather than plot driven. Nothing really happens, you just follow some characters for a year or so and see how they are coping after the rapture.

It’s interesting enough, and certainly has my attention for the HBO series. I just wish there was a book version of the tv show.

The characters are mostly relatable, but even so, I think there is a bit of a disconnect between thoughts and behaviour for some of the characters. Maybe I was just hoping for something darker, grittier, and less life-goes-on.

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So tired, so sleepy

I’m currently working full time hours at one of my jobs, even though I’m still part time. Just until someone comes back from their vacation. It sure would be swell if it was permanent so I could quit working two jobs and just do one.

Been watching a LOT of Ghost Adventures. I like it. Ooooh.

Some good stuff.

Tonight though, I’m Just super tired. I forgot both my breakfast and my snack at home, so all I had to eat all day was a microwave lean cuisine dinner. I got a huge slice of pizza on the way home, only to find home made pizza leftover from my family’s dinner. I ate it all. There was so much cheese on the one I brought, it was incredible.

Basically, I’m blogging this because I doodled a picture, and wanted to post it, but not on my normal social media accounts. So tah dahhhhhh:

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