Burn Notice—Part One—Explosive Series

Burn Notice tv series
Burn Notice

Burn Notice is a snarky spy-thriller series about Michael Weston, a blacklisted spy trapped in Miami who helps out hapless citizens while he tries to figure out who ruined his life, and why. When the show originally aired, I followed it through the end of season four. I’ve lost my faith that TV series’s will actually have a proper ending, so I’ve taken to quitting them at points where I figure I’ve gotten as close to an actual end as I’ll get. My mom kept watching though, and she told me the series does actually get an ending to the story, so I’ve started watching from the beginning on Netflix. So here’s my thoughts on the series up through the end of season four. I’ll do a second part when I’ve watched the last three seasons.

1—Why Michael Won’t Kill

Of course, there’s the obvious reason—for Michael to stay a Hero, killing isn’t allowed. At least not for a show that isn’t dark as pitch in tone. The Hero has to maintain audience sympathy. But re-watching, I’ve noticed there’s an actual character motive for this too. Especially when it would be safer and easier for all involved to just blow someone’s head off. Continue reading “Burn Notice—Part One—Explosive Series”

Libriomancer—Another Kick Ass Librarian

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

The world needs more ass-kicking librarians and this novel by Jim C. Hines delivers. The first book in the Magic ex Libris series, Libriomancer is the first-person perspective adventure of Isaac Vainio, a disgraced and exiled Porter. He used a Martian death ray to burn down a house and barn and the people in it, so now he’s a librarian, stuck cataloging books and their dangers/uses for other active Porters. At least for the first few pages. Continue reading “Libriomancer—Another Kick Ass Librarian”

The Adventures of Tintin—Action Crammed

the Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin

A fast paced computer animated adventure movie, I have mixed feelings about The Adventures of Tinin. It’s another one those “almost”s, but this time I know exactly what it needed—some freaking breathing room.

1—Nonstop Action is Confusing

The pace starts nicely, showing off the animation effects: the details of the outdoor market and its wares—particularly the set of multiple mirrors we get our first looks at Tintin’s face in. We meet a pair of bumbling detectives, a mysterious American Agent, and our villain. Things speed up and that’s fine, except they never slow back down. The Adventures of Tintin hits ramming speed not even a forth of the way in and just never stops, plowing right through the audience’s consciousness and leaving a wreckage of numbness in its wake. Continue reading “The Adventures of Tintin—Action Crammed”

Doll Bones—A YA Novel Creepier Than Most Adult Horror

Doll Bones cover image
Doll Bones by Holly Black

One of my favorite things about Young Adult novels is that they often aren’t as bound to tropes as adult books are…adult in the sense of for adults, not in the sense of X-rated. Just to be clear. Anyways. Doll Bones by Holly Black, who also cowrote the Spiderwick Chronicles, is creepy as fuck—um, hell. Creepy as hell. So let’s start with that.

1—Quiet Dread and the Unquiet Dead

Ms Black creates a pervasive sense of unquiet through this novel, starting on page one. Zach, our viewpoint character, and his two best friends Poppy and Alice, live in a slowly dying small town. Each of their lives are out of their control—a fact not just of childhood but observed in those of the adults around them. The fear of growing up to be just as weary and beaten down as the adults in their lives underlies the more overt horror of the Queen—a doll that seems all too alive.

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The Un-Book Reporter on Video

So these Youtube videos are an experiment. They contain my musings and thoughts on stories, and maybe some observations that aren’t long enough or organized enough for a formal post. We’ll see how they do and maybe I’ll do more.

How to Save Your Sanity from the Christmas Season

Why Stories Matter