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 on: August 26, 2014, 05:26:34 PM 
Started by Allhallowsday - Last post by JaseSF
Scream Queen

 on: August 26, 2014, 05:20:00 PM 
Started by Mr. DS - Last post by JaseSF
Murderdolls: B-movie Scream Queen Small | Large

Probably NSFW

 on: August 26, 2014, 04:54:14 PM 
Started by Allhallowsday - Last post by VenomX73
World’s scariest selfie Students take selfie on Hong Kong’s fifth tallest skyscraper

 on: August 26, 2014, 03:48:12 PM 
Started by ER - Last post by BoyScoutKevin

C. J. Box's
The Highway

When the girlfriend of the teenage son of our hero and her younger sister disappear along a stretch of highway notorious for the number of women who have disappeared along that same stretch of highway, it is up to our hero to find them, before something worst happens to them.

Most writers, both domestic and foreign, swing from the left, but this one is a bit more conservative than that. Which inadvertently or advertently, and there are differences between the two, points out the similarities between the two ends of the political spectrum. I wish I had wrote down the similarities, but I did not, but I do remember, and this does not apply to all, but it does apply to some, that hypocrisy runs rampant at both ends.

The writer also pulls off what I call a "Psycho." I won't say anything more than that, as not to give anything away, but if you read the book, I think you'll see what I mean.

G. Malliet's
Pagan Spring :
a Max Tudor novel
3rd in the Max Tudor series

When the local boy made good as a London actor and playwright returns to his home town to retire, he stirs up animosities, both old and new. No wonder someone wants him dead. But who did it?

Not quite as good as the previous one in the series (IMHO.) (1) Is that the best location for a mystery is an island cut off from the world, the lone house on the moor, or the isolated castle by the sea, as in the previous one, and not the village connected to the world, as in this one. (2) Not from this one, but children should seldom be the villain. As, and there is some proof of this, a child's mind has not developed enough so that they can always tell right from wrong. And I want a villain that does wrong, because they know it is wrong. Still looking forward to the 4th in the series.

H. Terrell Griffin's
Found :
a Matt Royal mystery
8th in the Matt Royal series

Colleen McCullough's
Sins of the flesh
3rd in the Carmine Delmonico series

Women, for the past several years, have been disappearing, never to be seen again from the town. So have several young men, but their bodies are found later, having been starved to death. Are the two connected, and what is the connection, if any, with the town's largest employer, the mental institution at the edge of town?

The 2nd of 3 foreign writers who write a mystery set in the U.S. The 3rd to come later, but like our previous writer, she is writing about an area in which she has lived and worked.

A couple of items of particular note. (1) She is one of the few to include men as victims. Men actually make particularly good victims, because they are so little used as victims, but victim denotes weakness, and God forbid that men be denoted as being weak. (2) And outside of the late Margaret Truman, she is the only mystery writer, who I have found, who includes asexuals, a distinctive sexual orientation, among her characters.

And if the name is familiar, then think "Thorn Birds." And she and her husband live in one of the most remote and exotic parts of the world or Norfolk Island, which is an island some distance off of the Australian coast.

Lynda LaPlante's
2nd in the Anna Travis series

When as suspect is found with a dead woman in his vehicle, he comes under suspicion of having been involved in the disappearance and possible murder of several other women.

Again, if the name sounds familiar, then think one of the greatest British police procedures seen on TV or "Prime Suspect." She was responsible for writing much of that limited TV series.

Priscilla Royal's
Covenant with Hell
10th in the medieval mystery series

The king is coming to town and so is a reported assassin. When the only person who knows who is the assassin is killed, then two more people are killed, it is up to our heroes to find who is the assassin and prevent a possible regicide of the king.

What does an ex-nun look like? She looks a lot like the writer. What does a lesbian look like? No way of telling, but the writer does beat the "gay" drum louder than most writers, even though characters that are either lesbian or gay are often found now days in most mysteries.

+ 1 non-fiction

Linda Rodriguez McRobbin's
Princesses behaving  badly :
real stories from history without the fairy tale endings
1st non-fiction book by the writer

30 princesses covered in depth. 34 more covered somewhat more in less depth.
Princesses from 23 to 88. Average age: between 58 and 59.
Princesses from 1508 B.C. to the 21st century.

Next time: still continuing with 6 of 1 and a half dozen of the other fiction + 1 non-fiction

 on: August 26, 2014, 02:37:30 PM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by ER
Charles Dickens' books are full of those sorts of lines. Sometimes when he's been his most serious is when I've found him funniest.

 on: August 26, 2014, 02:33:52 PM 
Started by A.J. Bauer - Last post by ER
Hey, cool, good luck to you, AJ! Whatever else may be said of it, college is a mighty undertaking. Just remember, on multiple choice questions, the answer is often "B".

College stories, huh?

Well, my dad calls the summer before I went to college the time I "ran away from home" because in June '97, after telling my friends and family I was going to take a road trip, from their perspective I kind of all but vanished off the earth till late August and scared everyone half to death, just sent post cards home, skipped out of the university I was supposed to attend, and enrolled myself in another school where I had no connections whatsoever and chose almost on a whim.

That was a great time, though, that summer and into my first semester, but also rough. I slept in my car a bunch, went places, met people, even spent a short time on the Appalachian Trail in New England (I woke up one morning to hearing Princess Diana had died) and when I found a roommate at the start of school, I slept in a sleeping bag on the floor of my room for a while because I'd left my bed and everything back home, lol.

I transferred some of my scholarships so my tuition was covered, but I was so broke those first weeks I remember I'd look forward to Sample Fridays at the local grocery store because they had food, lol. I don't think my roommate and her friends quite knew what to make of me but the conclusions they drew were a lot different than the way I'd been thought of back in my preppy Catholic high school in the Midwest, where I was viewed entirely differently. Starting over like that was interesting.

Oh, man...what a time, starting college. Again, best of luck to you!

 on: August 26, 2014, 01:54:24 PM 
Started by Metropolisforever - Last post by JaseSF
Enough time has passed here it's probably O.K. for someone else to post a mystery pic so here goes...

Clue: Late 90s sci-fi film

 on: August 26, 2014, 01:25:36 PM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by JaseSF
A lot of really good movies on that list. Some pretty good B-movies too.

 on: August 26, 2014, 01:13:41 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by JaseSF
The Lost Jungle (1934): Famous animal trainer Clyde Beatty (playing himself), along with old friend/promoter Larry Henderson (Syd Saylor), goes on an adventurous search in a flying dirigible for his girlfriend Ruth Robinson (Cecilia Parker) who's been lost, along with her father and the crew of a shipwrecked vessel [they had originally set out on an exploration mission with Professor Livingston] on a deserted jungle island named Kamor, said to be inhabited by all sorts of wild animals including bears, tigers, and lions.

This shortened movie version of an old Republic movie serial is actually pretty well edited to the point one really doesn't notice too much all the missing serial footage. The film is really a showcase for Clyde Beatty and his astounding animal training act where he manages to exert control over numerous different wild animal species within the same cage including bears, leopards, panthers, tigers, and lions. Aside from that, it's a typical adventure film with our hero going in search of his lost love while also having to tangle with even more lions and tigers, not to mention a jealous scheming villain named Sharkey (Warner Richmond) who really doesn't have Beatty's back (in fact he's constantly putting our hero in deadly peril) even though Beatty seems to remain clueless to it just as much as he seems clueless when it comes to romancing Ruth as well. Syd Saylor provides some nice comic relief throughout and I really enjoyed his presence in the film. Without him, I suspect it would have proven much duller. Still this is very much a product of its time and is somewhat dated. Nothing like this would ever get made today and arguably the treatment of animals in these old circus acts is somewhat questionable. Also the disregard for human life and safety in this film does prove a bit surprising. I will say for Beatty though that he does state in the film he disapproves of the mistreatment of his animals and he was perhaps the greatest of animal trainers. A bit dated and predictable, in terms of entertainment value I'll give this  *** out of ***** stars (but I'm adding half a star for historical value).

 on: August 26, 2014, 01:12:52 PM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by A.J. Bauer
I like half the movies on this list.


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