“Grasshopper Jungle” is two for one. On one level, it is a darkly comic story about the end of the world. The book’s narrator and protagonist — 16-year-old Austin Szerba, of the fictional town of Ealing, Iowa — accidentally unleashes an infestation of six-foot-tall praying mantises, products of a scientific experiment gone kookily awry. These HUGE insects are practically indestructible and only desire two things: ONE: Procreate; TWO: Eat anything in sight.
On another level, “Grasshopper Jungle” is a novel about adolescence. Like most teenage boys, Austin fairly vibrates with pubescent energy and blunderbuss desires; still a virgin, he fantasizes endlessly about sex.
I've NEVER read a book even remotely like this one. But it's extremely good …Read more >
I usually post when I've read a wonderful story. I recently finished "The Book Thief" by Markus Zuzak. It was one of the best books I've read, and very different from other books. The story is being told by Death. Yes, Death, is a character and is telling the story. It's about a young girl living in Nazi Germany...although she is not a Jew. But the story was brilliant and I fell in love with all the characters. If you can stand a saddish book, then I'd highly recommend it. If it's not at your library...you can find it posted online at several reading sites.Read more >
I just watched a vampire movie called, "The Wisdom of Crocodiles." It can also be found under the name "Immortality." It was really different from other Vampire stories. There's only one vampire and he's played by Jude Law. Like Twilight, the vampire can go out into the sun...but he can also eat and drink...smoke. It was very good and unusual so I do recommend it. You can watch it for free at Putlocker. The vampire searches and finds his own "Bella" - but this vampire definitely isn't Edward.Read more >
This was the time of day when I wished I were able to sleep.
Or was purgatory the right word? If there was any way to atone for my sins, this ought to count toward the tally in some measure. The tedium was not something I grew used to; every day seemed more impossibly monotonous than the last.
I suppose this was my form of sleep—if sleep was defined as the inert state between active periods.
I stared at the cracks running through the plaster in the far corner of the cafeteria, imagining patterns into them that were not there. It was one way to tune out the voices that babbled like the gush of a river inside my head.
Several hundred of these voices I ignored out of boredom.
When it came to the human mind, I’d heard it all before and…
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I've read lots of posters here who believe there will be a Breaking Dawn, Part 3. I don't think that there's anything like that in the works. However, I did see an interview with the actors. The interviewer gave them a joke script. Here it is:
"Breaking Dawn - Part 3 starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner." Never mind that it was actually penned by MTV News' Josh Horowitz and clearly not sanctioned by series author Stephenie Meyer. And despite its unauthorized status, the trio was willing to do a cold read-through of the script—a read-through that, if we're being honest, went off the rails quite quickly. In fact, the cast didn't even make it all the way through their sides. But it's okay, because the screenwriter has …Read more >