IT

I have recently watched the creepy 1990 Television adaptation of the Stephen King novel IT. It features an ensemble cast, starring Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur as the seven members of the Losers Club, and Tim Curry as Pennywise. The child counterparts of the Losers that appear in part one are played by Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, and Ben Heller. Michael Cole, Jarred Blancard, Gabe Khouth, Chris Eastman, Olivia Hussey, Frank C. Turner, Tony Dakota, Ryan Michael, Tom Heaton, and Chelan Simmons also play supporting roles

The story is set In Derry, Maine, in 1960, and starts a young lad named Bill Denbrough gives his younger brother Georgie a paper sailboat to take out onto the street to sail in the gutter. Georgie then encounters a seemingly innocent clown named Pennywise with gruesome results. Months after the tragedy, during the School Spring term, Bill befriends the overweight and nerdy new kid Ben Hanscom, asthmatic Eddie Kaspbrak who lives with his overbearing mother, Beverly Marsh who lives with her abusive father, comical Richie Tozier, and Jewish Boy Scout, Stanley Uris, who are all outcasts and are continually tormented by a gang of local bullies led by Henry Bowers, and have all had disturbing encounters with Pennywise. Bill and his friends help African-American Mike Hanlon chase Henry’s gang off

The group, calling themselves “The Losers Club”, learn that they are each being terrorized by the same entity a predatory shapeshifter which has the ability to transform itself into its prey’s worst fears, allowing it to exploit the phobias of its victims. It mostly takes the form of a sadistic, wisecracking clown called Pennywise played by Tim Curry. They learn that Pennywise appears every few years and is linked to a series of unsolved tragedies which have been happening in Derry for centuries. So they decide to kill IT. So the Losers venture into the sewers under Derry to kill It, hotly pursued by Henry and his friends, Victor Criss and Belch Huggins, who are intent on killing them. They encounter IT in an exciting encounter where IT manages to clobber some of them. Henry Bowers meanwhile sees The Deadlights, and loses his mind in the encounter. He is later institutionalized in Juniper Hill Psychiatric Asylum after taking credit for all the murders. Meanwhile Pennywise/IT escapes. So Bill and the others promise to return and kill IT should the creature resurface 30 years later.

Thirty years later In 1990, now the town librarian, Mike is investigating the string of missing children and killings and arrives at the crime scene of a murdered girl named Laurie Anne Winterbarger. Finding Georgie’s picture convinces Mike that IT is back as he proceeds to contact the others to fulfill their vow. Bill became a horror novelist married to British actress Audra Phillips, Ben is an architect, Beverly is a fashion designer abused by her husband Tom Rogan, Richie is a late night TV comedian, Eddie runs a limousine service but still lives with his mother, and Stan is a real estate broker. After being contacted Stan tragically commits suicide in his bathtub and writes “IT” on the wall in his own blood.

Upon reaching Derry The remaining six find themselves harassed by Pennywise and eventually meet at dinner and learn of Stan’s suicide. Meanwhile an older Henry escapes the Psychiatric asylum with assistance from Pennywise intent on killing the Losers Club. Then Audra is abducted by Pennywise after being exposed to the creature’s Deadlights. Mike is then stabbed by Henry Bowers. So the five remaining Losers attempt to destroy It for good and descend into the sewers once again, however Bill, Ben, and Richie nearly succumb to the Deadlights and Eddie pays the ultimate attempting to save his friends in an exciting confrontation…

Swordland by Ruadh Butler

I also enjoy reading exciting historical fiction by authors such as C.j.Sansom, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Hilary Mantel and Ken Follett. So i would like to read Swordland. This is the debut novel by Ruadh Butler and book one in The Invader Series. It is an exciting tale of war, death, lust, and scheming, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of medieval Celtic Ireland and Wales.

It tells the story and career of Robert FitzStephen, the first of the Anglo-Norman warlords (or, more accurately in his case, Norman-Welsh) to land in Ireland, before the more powerful and better known Richard de Clare (or Richard Strongbow). Robert FitzStephen starts of as a warrior down on his luck. Arrogant, cold, but a brilliant soldier, FitzStephen commands a castle – yet although his mother was a princess his father was a lowly steward. When a Welsh rebellion brings defeat and a crippling siege, his highborn comrades scorn him, betraying him to the enemy. A hostage of his cousin, Prince Rhys, FitzStephen is disgraced, seemingly doomed to a life of obscurity and shame

Then the deposed King Diarmait Murchada arrives, he is the ambitious overlord of an Irish kingdom who was Forced to flee by the High King of Ireland, he seeks to reclaim his lands by any means possible, and that includes inviting the Normans in. With nothing left to lose and perhaps a great deal to gain – FitzStephen agrees to lead the Irishman’s armies, and to drive Diarmait’s enemies from his kingdom. His price? Acceptance, perhaps or maybe even a kingdom of his own.

Book Two of the Invader series “lord of the Sea Castle” is also available.

Breakout & He Who fights

I would like to read Breakout, an Exciting fast paced science-fictions story by Monique Mondesir. It is book one in the Space Outlaw series of novels. It features Phoenix Jones who finds himself being Locked away with the scum of the galaxy after being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and shipped lightyears away from family that need him the most, he is Looking for a major payoff to save his brother and sister, he needs money and fast.

Now locked away in a prison on the planet Dredar with the vilest and most dangerous criminals in the galaxy, hope looks bleak. He needs help and he needs it fast. Then he meets the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, a crazed scientist, a plucky engineer and a backstabbing thief who are all plotting to escape. However is he willing to risk his life and can he rely on them to get the job done?


He Who Fights

Another short fantasy/science fiction book I would like to read is “He who fights” by Mike MorriS which is available Free gratis with Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It is an exciting fantasy adventure that features a chap named Nathaniel Rane. He is a soldier in the Fabled Legion of Swords. The Legion of Swords find themselves confronted by A fearsome Demon Army. So Faced with the prospect of defeat Nathaniel Rane and his fellow soldiers in the fabled Legion Of Swords resort to using outlawed magic to fuse their souls with their blades. This make them Faster, stronger and all but impossible to kill, and they manage to turn the tide of the war and emerge victorious.

However the magic has a terrible price, Two years after the end of the war, the magic that once saved them is now turning the Legionnaires into monsters far worse than anything the world has seen before. Now pursued by bounty hunters and foul creatures from the underworld, Rane must find a cure before he loses the battle for his soul.


The Cosmic Bullet: The Enigma Series, Part One by Andrew C. Broderick

I would also like to read The Cosmic Bullet by Andrew C.Broderick. The Cosmic Bullet is part one of a gripping science-fiction adventure series. It features two brothers on different ships who on Finding a huge one-mile-long alien object has entered our solar system, Christen it “The Enigma”, and fly out to investigate. One brother, Drew Kovacs, is a scientist and intends to examine it scientifically and to find out where it came from and uncover its secrets, hoping this will make him world famous.

Meanwhile his brother, Storm, is the owner of a space salvage company, and intends to salvage it, strip the artifact’s immense titanium exterior and sell it for scrap, in order to make him rich And secure his daughter’s future. Meanwhile the Russians also intend to plunder the enigma for its alien technologies, and they have the weapons to fend off both brothers.

However the Cosmic Bullet is made of self aware material and contains a deadly payload and people are so preoccupied with their own intentions that nobody has even considered the alien race who actually built the Enigma, and to whom it actually belongs, and they may be much closer than anybody realises and could pose a serious threat to the human race.

Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James

Sister, Psychopath is a gripping psychological Tale of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships,by best-selling author Maggie James which is available Free gratis with Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Sister, Psychopath tells the story Of two sisters Chloe and Megan. When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her. Megan believes Chloe to be a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel, lacking in empathy, selfish who will do anything to get what she wants.

Chloe continually taunts Megan at every opportunity and insists in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly. Then When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world begins to fall apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

 

 

The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini

Having read both War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells and The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, I would like to read The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini. This fast-paced, gripping, suspenseful and exciting science fiction thriller features a newly graduated reporter named Jack Amato, who is writing obituaries and Pet stories for a daily newspaper called “the Iowan” in Keokuk, Iowa, while waiting for the scoop that will lead to fame and fortune. Jack is frustrated and longs for a breaking story. As his frustration mounts, He suddenly realises that no one has died in over three days.

Then a meteorite crash lands near his home. So Jack requests an assignment to report on the asteroid. Jack’s in a position to not just report the news, but change it, so Seizing the opportunity, Jack writes a far-fetched story connecting the meteorite to the lack of deaths in the area. However he discovers that the curious phenomenon does in fact follow along the route the asteroid took. So Jack investigate whethers it is just coincidence or something more sinister.

Unfortunately his report has unintended and unexpected consequences when The population begins to panic and create havoc and society begins to break down. Now With the survival of the human race hanging in the balance, politicians enact increasingly draconian measures and desperate citizens start taking matters into their own hands. Society gradually disintegrates causing a race for survival, involving Secret plans, starvation, suicide…Only one man can stop the carnage and he is buried in the obituaries department…

Nevermore

American author, poet, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe sadly passed away On October 7, 1849, at the age 40 in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other causes.

He was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family & was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer’s cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans’. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to “a Bostonian”. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin.

In January 1845 Poe published his poem, “The Raven”, which tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, who is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore and it traces the man’s slow descent into madness. The poem has a supernatural atmosphere and also makes use of a number of folk and classical references and became a huge success. Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay “The Philosophy of Composition”. The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty by Charles Dickens. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. Soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated, critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written. He also began writing his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus).

Poe is considered part of the American Romantic Movement and is remebered for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. The award is named after this author

Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Thom Yorke, singer with English rock band Radiohead was born 7th october 1968. Originally from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Radiohead formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion) and Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals). Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Radiohead’s popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends(1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to greater international fame. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer is often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s.

Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked an evolution in Radiohead’s musical style, as the group incorporated experimental electronic music, krautrock and jazz influences. Kid A, though somewhat polarizing at the time of its release, is now frequently recognized as one of the most important albums of the 2000s. Hail to the Thief (2003), a mix of piano and guitar driven rock, electronics and lyrics inspired by war, was the band’s final album for their major record label, EMI. Radiohead self-released their seventh album, In Rainbows (2007), as a digital download for which customers could set their own price, and later in physical form to critical and chart success. Radiohead’s eighth album, The King of Limbs (2011), was an exploration of rhythm and quieter textures, which the band released independently.

In 2006, Yorke released his debut solo album, The Eraser, comprising mainly electronic music. In 2009, to perform The Eraser live, he formed a new band, Atoms for Peace, with musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich; they released an album, Amok, in 2013. In 2014, Yorke released his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. He has collaborated with artists including Björk, Flying Lotus and PJ Harvey, and has composed soundtracks for film and theatre. With artist Stanley Donwood, he creates artwork for Radiohead albums.

Yorke has been critical of the music industry, particularly of major labels and streaming services such as Spotify, which he believes cannot support new music. With Radiohead and his solo work he has pioneered alternative music release platforms such as pay-what-you-want and BitTorrent. He is an activist on behalf of human rights, environmental, and anti-war causes, and his lyrics sometimes incorporate political themes.

So far Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, with the band’s work being placed highly in both listener polls and critics’ lists, they have the distinction of doing so in both the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, Radiohead were ranked number 73 in Rolling Stone’s list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time”, while Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien were both included in Rolling Stone’s list of greatest guitarists, and Thom Yorke in their list of greatest singers. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second best artist of the 2000s