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Yes, I know the site was down for about an hour and a half.

Very sorry – I bought some new URLs and a few other things and when I set the domain forwarding something got whacked.

Thank you very much to Krista from support for getting it resolved so rapidly.

The Last Airbender (2010)

 The last Airbender (2010) (1 out of 5 Graves)

I so badly wanted to watch this movie and like it.  We have all three of the cartoon seasons on itunes and we’ve watched every episode at least two or three times.  My youngest son has a rare eye disorder where he goes through periods of blindness, and he loves to listen to the Airbender cartoons even when he can’t see, so needless to say – we know the cartoon very well. 

It hurt not to like the movie.  But it was just horrible.  Unwatchable.  I implore you not to buy it, it is a waste of your money.  We turned if off half way through, and then I forced myself to watch the end so I could write this review in good conscious without feeling like maybe, just maybe, the end redeemed the beginning.  But alas, not a chance. 

What were they thinking? 

  • The airbender tattoos are blue, not some oriental artwork.
  • Why would you pronounce the names differently?  It makes no friggin sense.
  • The action scenes were horrible.  They’d dance about for ten seconds to make a little jet of air.  It just looked stupid.
  • Uncle Iroh is supposed to be a little pudgy and fun – he grows into the respected and powerful man you know him to be later as you start to really see what his motivations are.  Sorry Shaun Toub – but the part just wasn’t for you.

If you spend good money on this I’m sorry for you, but mor importantly, if you wasted your time on it, then you only have yourself to blame.  I warned you.

One Foot in the Grave – Jeaniene Frost

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (5 Out of 5 Graves)

If you liked the first book, the second won’t dissapoint. The action get’s hotter on every front. Mrs. Frost delivers a page turner with the right mix of action, covering everything from vampire fights to epic love.

The first book felt like a one shot deal when it ended – but the second book picks up the storyline in a believable fashion and brings everything back to life. The first book was good, but the second in the series really highlighted Catherine Crawfield’s vampire killing skills.

Better than Sookie Stackhouse, the action is faster and hotter, and doesn’t pull any punches.

Definetly too much for any fan of Twilight. Sorry Twi-hards.

The Walking Dead – Episode 3

Okay – who else almost cried when Rick finds his family and hugs his son?

My sixteen year old was punching me in the arm, mad that I was choking up during the scene. I’m sorry, if you have kids, the idea of finding our child alive afterall that just gets to you.

WTF Moments:

  • Everyone is just a bit too upset over Merle. If you’ve seen your friends and family die and then get eaten, or start to eat people, I think the way you value human life and risk takes on a new meaning. There is no way they would be going back to Atlanta to rescue Merle. I get that they need the guns and the walkie talkie, but it started with Merle and then Rick justifies it with the other stuff. Go hang a huge sign from the overpass to warn the guy who saved you in episode 1 – then find a nice little town and raid their sherif’s office.
  • Rick’s kid is okay with him leaving. There is just no way that could wouldn’t be a wreck. If I was Rick, I’d have a 36 inch rule. The kid isn’t getting out of my sight.
  • Ricks wife realizes that his partner lied to her about her husband being dead. Do you really start stubbing your friend’s partner a week or two after the world ended because you think he’s dead? What’s the appropriate mourning time in this scenario?

Can’t wait for episode 4, but sad the first season is only 6 episodes long.  Thankfully it already got picked up for a season 2.

Garden City, Iowa – Volume 1.1

Garden City, Iowa
Hmm the snow shows they have been around but where are they now…

Claire peered down the scope of her dad’s old deer rifle.  She could see fresh tracks in the light snow.  She scoped them up to and around the edge of the old red barn across the yard. 

She had been visiting her parents when it happened.  They were so happy to see her home, away from the dangerous big city. Her parents were both in their late 50’s. They died so fast which was bad and then it got so much worse.
those clumping feet on the porch at night aren’t my Dad coming in from the barn , it’s not him it’s…the…the..things. I  am not calling them zombies – this is not some b horror movie where it all gets better in 90 minutes it’s been almost a week since they started to.. to…come back

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Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (4 Out of 5 Graves)

So what do you get if you take a decent story, a good sprinkle of sex (disguised under the context of love of course), with a fast paced plot?

A great read.  I highly recommend the book if you like a little bit of sultry content mixed in with your vampires.  Its a bit more graphic than the True Blood Series, but in a good way if you like that sort of thing.  My suggestion would be not read it while on the bus though, you might poke someone by accident.  

Not recommended for Twilight fans.  Its a little more than you can handle.

What is the overall best melee weapon against the undead?

What is the best overall melee weapon against the undead?

  • Katana…come on, most of them are cheaply made and unless you really know what your doing, its going to be useless.  I propose the same test as I did for the claw hammer.  Go to your butcher and get a pigs skull.   See how easy it is to cut into a skull with a katana.
  • Two handed broad sword…same basic comments as the katana.  You might be slightly better off because its heavier, but unless your a master swordsmen (and how many of you are out there?) I don’t think this is the best weapon for fighting the undead.
  • Mace…I like this one.  I like blunt force trauma when it comes to undead killing.  It minimizes the chance of cutting yourself (most knife fights leave the user cut up as well, even if they opponent is un-armed) so you reduce the chance of cutting and then infecting yourself.  The real deciding facter is how heavy it is, and how long it is.  See baseball bat and sledge for more information.
  • Hammer…nope, click to see complete post on the subject.
  • Sledge…nope, click to see complete post on the subject.
  • Baseball Bat…yep, click to see complete post on the subject.  As long as your mace is light and easy to use (like a baseball bat) you’ve got my vote.
  • Chainsaw… way too heavy, way too hard to kill the undead with.  You are just as likely to cut your own leg off.  Get real.
  • Golf Club…it will work if its all you’ve got, but you better carry your golf bag.  Golf clubs are basically one hit weapons.
  • Spear…a spear would only be good if you had a lot of people with them and you could use them to hold back a horde.  But as offensive weapons their main attack is peircing, which doesn’t do much to stop the zombie about to munch on you.
  • Hatchet…I lump the hatchet in the same boat as the hammer, if slightly more effective.  You can certainly cut into someones skull with one (who doesn’t remember that accident at boy scout camp) but you have to be close up, and if you hit too hard your going to get the blade bound in the head or neck.  Not the best weapon for undead killing in my book.
  • Axe…same thought process here as for the sledge.  It might be okay if your fighting one zombie, but not if you have to do any prolonged fighting.  Just too heavy and too dangerous to anyone who might be standing next to you.

Vote on the best or post new ones and I’ll add to the list.

What is the best household melee weapon against the undead?

Assuming you have access to the normal household items, what is the best melee weapon to fight the undead?

  • Claw Hammer…it sounds like a great tool.  Easy to swing, everyone on the planet has used one.  The downside is the weight (not enough) and the claw.  Go buy a pigs head and see how many stroke it takes to crack the skull with the hammer, then dig in with the claw.  Your going to be pulled down before you take down the second zombie. 
  • Sledge Hammer…if the claw hammer is the “my porridge is too cold” side of hammers, then the sledge is the “my porridge is too hot” instance.  It will crush an undead skull to the brain stem with ease, but unless your built like Arnold Schwarzenegger this really isn’t a survival tool.  Its heavy to lug around, and is easy to lose control of.  If you think your man enough to use the sledge, take this test: 
    Line up ten watermelons at chest height.  Click the stopwatch (and please videotape and send this in) and go down the row.  If you can crush all the watermelons in under a minute with solid blows I will send you an Undead-Earth Machete.  (You must supply unedited video evidence.)
  • Baseball Bat…now we’re talking.  They are light, durable, and have good reach.  They are great blunt force trauma weapons and you can easily carry a backup without a weight penalty. My porridge is just right.

Post your comments and I’ll add to the list with anything good.