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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Review: Storm Front

Storm Front
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was exactly what I needed right now. An interesting series with lots to think about world-wise and crime-wise. without gtting so complicated that it becomes boring. Perfect for me to catch up on my GR annual goal (lol). Kind of along the same lines as the tv show Supernatural, and Harry Dresden is a great main character with lots of realistic flaws and while still being pretty cool. He’s also not the stereotypical BA either, so that is a nice change.

This book will appeal to fans of Supernatural Crime, including the Otherworld series, the Sandman Slim series, and shows like Supernatural, Haven, and Buffy (though not as dramatic).

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Review: Zone One

Zone One
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark Spitz is working with his unit to clear out the left over undead in Manhattan so that the American government can finally reclaim it and begin returning to normal. Over a couple of days, Mark Spitz shares his memories and knowledge in flash backs and conversational narrative. It’s a very interesting read for sure, a bit World War Z, in a good way.

It has its predictable ending, but because of certain aspects of Mark Spitz character, it’s still worth reading. Because Mark Spitz is mediocre, never the best, but never the worst, and somehow he survived the plague so far out of sheer unremarkable-ness. The author has also added in PASD, like PTSD but the apocalypse version, which makes sense yet has not been a common theme in the genre.

The writing can be a bit difficult at times, with some sentences needed to be reread to get the right cadence/flow, and the language is certainly more mature in the intellectual sense.

One of the things I liked about the story is that characters generally made sense in their actions and choices. Some people are idiots and get themselves in trouble of course, but a lot of them don’t fool around, and there is a reason they made it so long.

Nothing negative stood out, and it was a refreshing take on a plot that has become almost boiler plate. The story may be the same, but its execution is what makes it great.

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Fresssshhhh

I’ve been watching a ton of Fresh Prince lately. I watched it growing up, which in hind sight is weird. 

 

I remember asking my mom if we could change the channel, and she was like no. She usually likes the CSI and crime type shows, so FP doesn’t fit. I know she also likes shows like Reba, but thats because Reba is hilarious. I should have known that it was hinting at my mom’s silly side that I didn’t notice until I became an adult myself. Now its a funny story to tell my friends whose own parents won’t watch it. 

 

I’m also having a hard time connecting Will Smith the Fresh Prince with Will Smith the-guy-whose-children-are-getting-acting/singing-ops-just-because-their-parent-is-Will-Smith.

News Now-a-Days

I follow a lot of news accounts on Twitter, and I’ve noticed that sometimes they have a hard time condensing headlines to 140 characters. Sometimes, I think they just want to get your attention. And sometimes, I think there is no other way to word it. Here are some of the ones I thought were worth repeating, or that made me go “Wut”.

Trail of ‘unique’ coins leads police to suspect in Hamilton bakery theft.

Treasure hunt set up for girlfriend prompts bomb squad response in Utah.

Ryerson president, engineering students meet today to discuss event where half-naked students crawled through slush.

Jury to consider fate of accused in snow plow murder.

U.S. boy killed by falling airport sign.

Mom charged with impaired driving after arriving at police station to pick up son who was arrested for drunk driving.

NYC man has heart attack on second day of freedom after murder conviction tossed.

Youths pepper spray variety store owner, steal smokes.

Lululemon vows transparency over see-though pants.

Thieves illegally tapping maple trees on private property in Maine, stealing sap used to make maple syrup.

Michigan police officer investigating suspicious car surprised as deer climbs out of trunk, runs into woods.

Ontario’s Wynne in a ‘local’ food fight with feds

Prince Philip’s love affair with Canada

Leafs fan takes aim at CN Tower goal light

RCMP investigation known as ‘Project Smooth’

2 accused men were arrested today

Toronto family wants to know why their van caught fire

Family says missing Toronto man has died.

Sigourney Weaver plays aging, conceited film star on Broadway

Eighty-year-old woman accidentally swallows $5,000 diamond at charity event in Florida

Man shot in hand in city’s northwest end

Zoo workers could be locked out at midnight

Ontario cop accused in cheese-smuggling operation charged

German authorities say Bieber’s monkey is staying put

Police seek suspect in theft of rare bottle of scotch

k.d. lang tells Canadians it’s OK to be you

California woman yelled ‘You deserve it!’ before severing estranged husband’s penis, prosecutor tells court.