Okay, admittedly it’s not saying much that this fan video for Hunger Games is better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes because… well, Apes is just a bad movie. I am an Apes fanatic, so it pains me to say such a thing, but the movie just isn’t that good. I enjoyed it because of my affinity for all things Apes, but the hype about this movie is so not deserved. The entire audience laughed at some key dramatic moments in my local theater. It wasn’t pretty.
Back to this fan video – If you haven’t read any of the three books in Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series, you should. In my opinion, they are the best young adult books on the market today, better than Harry Potter, and… do I have to say it? Okay, the Hunger Games books could take a crap that is a better series than the Twilight books.
This fan video is by a production company called Mainstay Productions. They are a professional outfit out of Utah, so it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a “fan” video, but they weren’t paid for their efforts, and they’ve paid a wonderful homage to the books so technically it is a fan video. If only I could get them to do a video for The Takers… but I digress. Here’s the video that is based on the second book.
The kindle version of The Land of the Dead: Book Four of the Oz Chronicles is now available for download!
Sweet, the first Amazon review for The Land of the Dead has been posted, and thankfully, it’s five stars. I know it shouldn’t matter, but boy does it feel good! Here’s the review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, when’s the next one coming out?, August 13, 2010Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)This review is from: The Land of the Dead: Book Four of the Oz Chronicles (Paperback)
This is the 4th book in the Oz Chronicles series. Like the other books in the series it was a page turning horror fest. Let me first say, you must read the other books before reading this one, otherwise it’s like sitting down in the middle of a movie and you have no idea what’s happened.
Oz, Lou, Wes, Gordy, Tyrone, Kimball, and the apes are looking for the next clue to the end of the world. Oz must travel to the Land of the Dead. However, he’s no idea how to get there. After being chased by a new creature they crew ends up at the Biltmore Mansion. Here they’ll find the Land of the Dead and a cannibal ghost. After entering the mansion they’ll soon discover they have nine days to survive. In these nine days they’ll have to overcome their need to feed……..on each other. However, not everyone wants to eat each other. The new additions to the story, the Throwaways and oddly Lou, are immune to the hunger. Why they are immune is the question.
Some character’s immunity to the hunger and the dawning of love on Oz give the story a nice twist. My only complaint about this book is it’s been too long since I read the prior three books and struggled with getting up to speed. So my complaint is I wish it would have come out a lot sooner. I am looking forward to starting the series from the start and reading through this book again. This world created by the retarded children is brilliant and oh so twisted. I recommend this book and series to adults and teens alike, it’s great. Keep em coming Ridley, but sooner please.
Remember, feel free to post a review on Amazon if you enjoyed any of my books. If you hated my books, forget that reviewing them is an option immediately!
I’m working on finishing up Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles. I am so close, and I think I’ve found a new direction for Book 5 that came to me last night as I was writing. Somebody searched for Ajax Takers Gorilla yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier. I think that’s cool that someone is doing a search for one of my favorite characters in the books. I thought I’d share a little Ajax history with you. Ajax is based on a real gorilla by the name of Michael. He was a member of Dr. Penny Patterson’s study to teach gorilla’s sign language. Her most successful pupil is Koko. Michael was actually brought into the study as a companion for Koko, but sadly, he passed away in 2000. I found this video of Michael on Youtube. It’s very emotional because Michael signs about how his mother was murdered. Keep in mind, he didn’t know sign language when she died. He’s telling his handlers about an event that happened in the past, and he describes his emotions. It really is remarkable.
My buddy Alec and me hanging at a book fair talking literature and Photoshop. Alec insisted on getting his picture taken with his favorite book. He couldn’t care less if I got in the shot or not. When I tried to explain to him that without me there would be no book, he reluctantly agreed to let me be in the photo. He’s such a kidder. We broke out into a tickle fight right after this picture was taken. You probably can find the video on Youtube.
Upon hearing that Spielberg and Scorsese are fighting over the film rights for Lost Days, Guillermo del Toro proclaims, “Dude, did you see Pan’s Labyrinth? I could totally rock this book and the entire Oz Chronicles series, too!” To which I say, “Yes you could, Mr. del Toro. Yes you could.”
Of course, I said this after spending a few quality minutes playing around with Photoshop.
Bo Obama is photographed walking the White House grounds with his favorite book Lost Days to promote canine literacy. When asked why Lost Days was his favorite book, he barked.
What? He’s a dog. What did you expect?
Next up for Bo? He’s taking an adult continuing education class in Photoshop? When asked why, he barked.
We’ve been over this.
This is a rare photo revealing that President Lincoln did actually have something under his hat. The Great Emancipator sits in a command tent with General George B. McClellan talking about the war, politics and Abe’s favorite book, Lost Days. You know that this picture has to be real because it was taken way before Photoshop was even invented.