Monday, August 06, 2012

The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo (Book 2011)

So first off don't let the title of this book scare you away. It's a fantasy novel with no religious underpinnings.

So the plot and storytelling style were pretty good in this one. It isn't Dragonlance by any means but it's decent. The story is interesting enough as are the rules of magic, but it's missing something; and that's other real characters.

In this book there were probably only 3 characters who had any meaning...this seems like too little for a fantasy novel. On top of that the main character is a very annoying "goody goody" treehugger type of person. Myself as a reader cannot empathize with such a character. Sure, maybe she will mature a bit more as the story goes on, but for now she is a turd of a person who just so happens to have an uncanny magical talent.

For a free book this was definitely worth the read, but I don't know if I'll be compelled enough to purchase the other 2 books in the series. You have to have a much stronger main character who makes better life choices.
Rating - Mid

Battleship (Action 2012)

So yeah as expected this movie was pretty crappy. The previews made it seem like there would be a huge armada fighting against these aliens but the story killed that pretty quick. In place of that we're left with a loser AF model in command of a Naval ship who somehow saves the world. The writing really sucked as did the dialog, and Liam Neeson essentially had only a cameo. Special effects were on par with Transformers but yeah without a good plot I don't know where it could've gone.

Towards the end it got way too silly for my tastes. No thanks.
Rating - D