Review: High School of the Dead
December 27, 2011
(Note: the manga uses “highschool” as one word, though the correct use is 2 words: high school, which is what the English version of the TV show uses.) Awhile back, Jon did a preliminary (zombie) review on High School of the Dead, then 2 months later, he finished watching the series (and read a bit more of the manga) and did a wrap-up review. Given Jon’s interest, when I noticed that netflix had the show available on Instant Watch, I figured I would take a look.
Renovation starts tomorrow!
August 16, 2011
The 69th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, WorldCon, starts tomorrow. I’m looking forward to meeting some of my favorite authors and getting some books signed. Amusingly enough, I had to actually buy some dead-tree books as I only had kindle versions of a few of my authors. Specifically, Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) who’s book, Feed, is nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and John Scalzi. For him, I picked up The Android’s Dream, which I read when Jon used the loan feature on the Kindle.
Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee
May 24, 2011
There is something magical about getting to preview a work before it is published. You are getting to see something before (most of) the rest of the world and that makes you feel special, maybe even “better” than the rest of the plebeians who must wait for the release date. Back in April, I received a sample for Susan Ee’s new book, Angelfall. The sample contained the first 5 chapters of the book, and an invite offering to allow me to read the entirety of the novel. Being sufficiently intrigued by the first few chapters, I responded to the invite and requested a MOBI version to read on my Kindle. The kindle is such a wonderful reading tool. In addition to providing an easy reading experience, it allows for markups. So when I noticed something that seemed slightly off (or that I wanted to ask the author about), I was able to flag it to come back to later. On to the book! Let’s start with the author’s description: It’s been six weeks since the Angels of the Apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17 year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe (Editor’s note: pronounced Raw-fee) is a warrior angel who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenaged girl. Traveling through a devastated California with only each other to rely on for survival, an unwanted and forbidden romance begins to bloom. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies in the hope of becoming whole again.
CDC offers tips on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
May 20, 2011
Recently, the CDC tweeted about the Zombie Apocalypse. I found this intriguing for a number of reasons (not the least of which was that the CDC had a twitter feed). Their post about the Zombie Apocalypse was fairly amusing, and what they were really using it as a vehicle for was to raise disaster preparedness awareness, because (as the image attests) if you are prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse, you are prepared for just about anything.
First impressions of Call Of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer
November 10, 2010
If you game, you know Call Of Duty: Black Ops came out yesterday. While this is the 7th installment in a long series of Call Of Duty games, it really is “Modern Warfare 2: The Second”. By that I mean Treyarch just took the engine that Infinity Ward made for Modern Warfare 2 and reused it. At first glance that could seem like a bad thing, after all it means they really don’t have anything new in the engine. The reality though is this really isn’t all that bad. MW2 had a great engine and a great multiplayer experience. The real question is, will Black Ops manage to expand on MW2?
Wrapup Review: Highschool of the Dead (Season 1)
October 4, 2010
Last month I did a “Zombie Review” for the anime, Highschool of the Dead. At that point in time we weren’t terribly far into the series. While I titled it a review, it was, in large part, an introduction. Since they’ve wrapped up season 1, I thought it was worth reviewing again. This time I’ll stick to reviewing it, and presume that if you need an introduction — you can go back and find it. Note: Basically no spoilers
Why do I bother with Best Buy?
September 8, 2010
When I was younger, Best Buy was THE place I could and would go for new releases. Apparently, this changed at some point, though I don’t know when; I must have missed the memo. Recently, I wanted to get Survival of the Dead on Blu-Ray (yes, I am a Zombiphile, why do you think we have a Zombie Apocalypse category?); I wasn’t even aware it was available for home consumption, until I saw it advertised in Best Buy’s flier, you know, the one that is waiting for you when you enter the store. I assumed based on its presence within said advertisement that I would be able to procure said goods at the store. But lo, not so!
Zombie Apocalypse: What's your contingency plan?
August 13, 2010
So yesterday I talked about building a Bug-Out Bag with the Zombie Apocalypse in mind. Grabbing the bag gets you out the door and safely away from your soon to be overrun residence. Now you are out in the world, working your way to a temporary safe location. The problem is, where do you go, what do you do, who do you find (and where)? Just like any emergency (earthquake, fire, tornado), you should have a plan of action in advance. Any plan you make should include a level of flexibility. You can simply say “Everyone rendezvous at X location”, but what if that location is infested, overrun or otherwise inaccessible? Sure, you can’t plan for every contingency in advance, but you can make up a basic plan of action. Hopefully you’ll share this plan with your compatriots so even if your plan falls through, they’ll have an idea of where you should be going. So let’s start asking the important questions…
Zombie Apocalypse: “Go Bag” Gear List
August 12, 2010
Stop. Imagine for a moment, you’re at home, enjoying a nice relaxing afternoon, reading your favorite blog, and suddenly you realize… the Zombie Apocalypse has hit. Outside of your window you see the undead wandering about. Shit, things are going south and they are going fast. You need to get your gear and get out fast. It’s at this point in time that you realize, you don’t have time to pack, you have to leave with just the clothes on your back — not a smart move. 20 minutes after dashing out of your house, a friend finds your undead corpse wandering about. “Poor bastard,” they say, “if only they had a Go-Bag”.
Zombie Review: Highschool of the Dead
August 10, 2010
Saeko Busujima (Kendo) Recently a friend recommended to me a new manga by the name of “Highschool of the Dead” (Editor’s note: the manga uses “highschool” as one word, so when referring to the title we will as well, though the correct use is 2 words: high school). He described to me the basic story following high school students during a zombie apocalypse and to be honest I wasn’t all that enthused. I’m not a fan of the horror/thriller genre in basically any media. The three items that convinced me to give it a try was A) my friend thought one of the characters in the story was very much like me (it involves being trained by Blackwater) B) It’s got some good (funny) lines and C) Tits. Tits sell anything. After checking out the series, I’m glad I did. Enough so that I think everyone should check it out.
Zombie Review: Gungrave
August 9, 2010
A friend recently recommended some new anime to me: Gungrave. Some of the guys that did Trigun were involved in this as well which also piqued my interest. Gungrave is about the same length as Trigun (approximately 650 minutes), so it is a fairly quick watch. Overall I found it quite amusing, except for one little thing…. There will be some minor generic spoilers with relation to the story progression, though nothing terribly specific.
Welcome to Zombie Apocalypse Week
August 9, 2010
Caution! Zombies! Ahead!!! I’d like to welcome everyone stopping by to our first ever Zombie Apocalypse week. John is a huge zombie fan and been majorly sad about the last of posts in our ZA category. We talked about doing a series of posts for it, which eventually turned into a week, which eventually got done. Tada! This week we’ll be covering anything and everything Zombie related. From zombies in modern media to your contingency plans in case of a real life zombie apocalypse.
Review: Crackdown 2
July 8, 2010
Crackdown 2 came out earlier this week. I was slightly surprised when I got the shipping notification, because I thought it came out in September. When I broached this topic with Jon he informed me that I was thinking of Halo Reach. After playing the demo (back when I thought it came out in September), I considered canceling my pre-order. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the demo (I certainly did), but it didn’t seem like it was worth paying the $60 Day 1 price. That was back then. This is now. I’m still not sure if it is worth $60, but it is a ton of fun. Oh and Amazon had a pre-order bonus that I had long since forgotten about until they emailed me: codes for 4 more sets of armor (“Xbox Agent” — Green, Gold, Black, and Gunmetal — which looks almost identical to the light grey suit).
The Ultimate “End of the World” Vehicle
October 12, 2009
Recently John and I got onto the topic of “End of the World” vehicles (Editor’s note: For certain values of “recently”). Would a big RV work? It has lots of space, though it has poor gas mileage and isn’t very maneuverable. What about a big pickup truck? Lots of cargo space, better gas millage, can store more fuel, but still not very maneuverable. Motorcycle? Ultra good gas millage, but very limited on the cargo space and the extra fuel you can take along (this is what Milla Jovovich used in Resident Evil: Apocalypse).
Zombie Attack at Hierakonpolis
November 12, 2007
I’m one of those people that watches Zombie flicks and mentally takes notes on how I would have reacted in that situation. Most people seem to think that this is a completely useless talent. Now, after years of torment I have evidence to the contrary! http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/hierakonpolis/zombies.html “What’s this?” you say. Well, for those of you too timid to click the link, I shall summarize. Hierakonpolis (aka City of the Hawk) is apparently an archaeological mecca and the site of many firsts, so it was fitting that archaeological evidence of a zombie attack be found there.