Johnny Ostentatious's Blog – May 2008 Archive (5)

Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais

I'm still working on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's top 100 mysteries of the 20th century, and this book came up. Good book. I gave it three out of five stars over at my LibraryThing account.

One thing I didn't dig about the book was the violence. It seemed the heroes were doing so much killing, it felt like an eighties Arnold… Continue

Added by Johnny Ostentatious on May 24, 2008 at 11:57pm — 2 Comments

The Church Is Closed

I had my iPod on shuffle the other day and two songs by The Church played in a row: the rockin' "Fraulein" from the early '80s and the oh-so-mellow "Radiance" from 2002's After Everything Now This. It still amazes me how they changed from an excellent pop-rock piece to a sleepy psychedelic outift.

I much prefer their older stuff, so a few years ago I picked up 2003's Forget Yourself, since I read it was less psychedelic and more rock. It was good (I kept seven of the… Continue

Added by Johnny Ostentatious on May 18, 2008 at 7:20am — No Comments

How I Met Your Mother

After blowing through the first season in about a week, I started watching the second season on DVD last night. Goddamn, what a TV show! Best sitcom I've seen in a long time. Nice to see great writing and an excellent ensemble cast. And Neil Patrick Harris can actually act!!! Who knew?

Added by Johnny Ostentatious on May 11, 2008 at 5:35am — No Comments

THE CHRYSALIDS by John Wyndham [[book review]]

I tracked down this 1955 sci-fi novel after reading Stephen King's Danse Macabre (it was in the Suggested Reading appendix). I was hesitant at first of reading The Chrysalids because while I loved The Day of the Triffids, I was less than thrilled with The Midwich Cuckoos (which became the film Village of the Damned).

Glad I read The Chrysalids. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Wyndham packed in a lot of plot in 200 pages; lesser novelists would have made it… Continue

Added by Johnny Ostentatious on May 7, 2008 at 8:14am — No Comments

bloody American publishers

I recently ordered Adrian Hyland's Moonlight Downs. It was published in his native Australia as Diamond Dove. It really pisses me off when publishers do shit like that! Apparently, there's some writer out there with a Dove series, which I never heard of before reading the review of Hyland's novel.

What also makes me see red is when publishers change the contents of a book. J.K. Rowling's… Continue

Added by Johnny Ostentatious on May 5, 2008 at 2:48am — 2 Comments

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