Just for Fun, Reading

Lost in Today’s Top 10 Best Sellers

There must be a word that describes what I feel when I settle myself on the sofa, only to remember that my Kindle is fully read. Betrayed, perhaps?  By a source of interest and entertainment and joy that I have bonded with so closely, and taken great care of, yet has nothing for me at… Continue reading Lost in Today’s Top 10 Best Sellers

Advertisements
Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Review: Day After Disaster, Uncut Edition

Day After Disaster: Uncut Edition by Sara F. Hathaway My rating: 3 of 5 stars It's probably fair to emphasise up front that I read the "Uncut Edition". At the time of purchasing it, I didn't think about that much, but now it occurs to me that instead of signifying a longer read, it might… Continue reading Review: Day After Disaster, Uncut Edition

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Book Review: Fever

Fever by Jacqueline Druga My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have read a lot of Druga's books, so I can be considered a long-term fan; but I am still so frustrated that it doesn't feel right to award 5 stars. 'Fever' is a great example of one I really enjoyed. I'm attracted to her… Continue reading Book Review: Fever

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Book Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first rated this book 4 stars because I felt so dissatisfied with the story. But that's the point. The story is meant to be discomforting. The characters are meant to be flawed. The writing is flawless. I sought this book out because it is… Continue reading Book Review: 1984

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

One Man’s Opus by Boyd Craven III

5/5 stars. The main character is a fiction author.  I have been doing a lot of reading and learning about fiction writing lately, as well as about the other activities that indie authors need to know about - so I connected more than usual with the main character's interests, even if not with his activities.… Continue reading One Man’s Opus by Boyd Craven III

Just for Fun, Reading

Forever-books

I have only two categories of books.  Regardless of the genre, or even whether it is fiction or non-fiction, a book with be either one that I respect the future owner of, or one that I love for myself. I treat them very differently. If I love a book, it will be (to others’ minds) abused. … Continue reading Forever-books

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Escape from L.A. (30%)

I bought an ex-rental copy of this movie when our local store had its closing-down sale. The cover artwork, and the blurb reference to 2013 being futuristic, let me know that this was an old movie, but that's okay by me.  The appealing part was that the lead character would "wade through LA's ruined landmarks… Continue reading Escape from L.A. (30%)

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Pompeii (91%)

Story: 4.5/5  The story is about the central character, a gladiator, whose presence in Pompeii coincided with when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.  Some of the scenes are brutal, but given the time in history, I found the violence to be integral rather than gratuitous; perhaps even tamer than I can imagine such a life might… Continue reading Pompeii (91%)

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

San Andreas review: 95.7%

During 2016, I saw this for about the third time, and I finally remembered to make notes using my review template.  It's now the middle of 2017, but better late than never, right? Story: 5/5  It's a pretty standard formula, but there are plenty of twists.  Not only in the plot, but in the visual… Continue reading San Andreas review: 95.7%

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Add Your Movie Review

I love (awful) disaster movies so much that I developed a system for reviewing them. And at the end of each year, the movies are all ranked to see which is the best of the worst movie reviewed in that year.  I got distracted by other writing for the last couple of years, but those reviews, and… Continue reading Add Your Movie Review

Book Reviews, Just for Fun, Movie Reviews, Reading

About Just for Fun Reviews

The reviews in the Just for Fun section are all about Opinions.  Mostly my opinions, but yours are invited too.  And they really are just for fun. You will see that most of the opinions already here are about fiction:  Mini-reviews of novels read.  So far, these are mostly disaster and post-apocalyptic genre tales, but there will no doubt… Continue reading About Just for Fun Reviews

Just for Fun, Reading

Let the fun begin (again)!

I have always been a fan of reading.  I can't remember which books I read as a kid, but I do have many memories of reading books; and I knew by age 12 that I wanted to become a writer, so reading must have made a huge impression on me. Flash forward three or four… Continue reading Let the fun begin (again)!

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Cyberstorm, by Matthew Mather

5 stars Apparently this book is to be made into a film by 20th Century Fox.  I will certainly watch it. The thing I like best about this book is that the characters are so well fleshed out.  They make mistakes and each of them acts according to their values, just as any ordinary human… Continue reading Cyberstorm, by Matthew Mather

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Absolute Zero (score 57.8%)

With Jeff Fahey and Erika Elleniak [Some reviews, such as this one, are not particularly descriptive.  I will do better in future.] Story  1.5 "because science is never wrong"…  The biggest problem with that is all the 'science' in the movie. Direction (incl cinematography) 1.5 nice helicopter shots Acting 2 David x (Jeff Fahey?) … Fahey is… Continue reading Absolute Zero (score 57.8%)

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

2014’s AW awards go to…

AWful… congratulations to Faultline for being voted the best worst disaster movie reviewed at On That Note in 2014. and AWsome... congratulations to Nuclear Hurricane for ranking as the most awesome disaster movie reviewed at On That Note in 2014. The list of candidates was very small during this first year of reviewing, so the competition was… Continue reading 2014’s AW awards go to…

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Catastrophic, by Dustin Stevens

4.5 stars This is not an apocalypse story.  Not quite even a medical thriller (which I also enjoy).  This is more of a court room drama / action story. I like the way Stevens writes though, and stayed up way too late a couple of nights in a row because I didn't want to put… Continue reading Catastrophic, by Dustin Stevens

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Last Woman 2, by Jacqueline Druga

4.5 / 5 stars Despite some concern I'd forgotten what happened in the first book, due to the delay between reading, I was immediately back into the story.  But not due to any boring, repetitive text. Druga reunited me with her characters and the plot by having Faye and Dodge speak in their 'present day'… Continue reading Last Woman 2, by Jacqueline Druga

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Sea Ghost (score 49%)

With Billy Warlock, Jim Thorburn, Kiara Hunter It appears that this movie might have cost quite a lot, but a good film isn't all about the money.  I think this would have been a much better film if all the illusions, military shots, and the weird CIA sub-plot were all cut out.  Greater focus on… Continue reading Sea Ghost (score 49%)

Just for Fun, Movie Reviews

Supershark (score 43%)

With John Schneider, Sarah Lieving and Jimmie Walker Story - 0 This film's level of credulity is well established before the opening credits.  I kept watching for the sheer fun of it. Direction (incl cinematography) - 1 Acting - 2.5 Costumes / makeup - 2 Pretty average but for a couple of massive boo-boos.  One… Continue reading Supershark (score 43%)