What I Watched: Hemlock Grove, a very, very odd television show. Have you watch this?@lymond , as an industry professional, do you have an opinion on it? It’s violent American horror, produced by Eli Roth and developed by Brian McGreevy, upon whose novel it is based. It’s full of gore, blood, vomit, incest, werewolves, vampires, secret monstrosity biolabs, Romani, affairs, and did I mention gore? It only scored 38 Rotten Tomatoes, but I like it for the weird.
It features some recognizable actors, including a young Bill Skarsgård, Famke Janssen, Lili Taylor, and Dougray Scott. There are three seasons, it ran from 2013-2015. I am early into season two and am a teensy bit addicted to it, but it garnered a number of negative reviews.
Here is a quote from the Daily Beast:“Hemlock Grove, unfortunately, is absolutely dreadful. The Roth-directed drama is an almost unwatchable muddle of horror tropes and painfully creaky dialogue. The show is set in an eerie Pennsylvania town that is equal parts Twin Peaks; Twilight’s Forks, Washington; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sunnydale. The brutal murder of a high school student puts the entire town on edge, particularly since it appears that she was ripped apart by a wild animal while en route to a lesbian encounter with her teacher. Two suspects in her killing quickly emerge: Peter Rumancek (Terra Nova’s Landon Liboiron), a Gypsy whom the local kids believe to be a werewolf because of his “quite excessive body hair,” and cherub-faced teenage playboy Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård), who isn’t a werewolf but is … something else.”
Terminal Peace (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Book 3) by Jim C. Hines. Here is the blurb from Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Book 1) to set the stage. “The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse. Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.” Good stuff, all three books worth a read – they are funny, creative, and subtle in their current-world critiques. The author’s wife died between books 2 and 3; she had an aggressive form of leukemia and passed away eight months after diagnosis. Book 3 reflects his emotional journey through kindness, devastating loss, and casual cruelty.
Ruby Fever: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews. I am a big Ilona Andrews fan, comprised of a husband-and-wife author team. They specialize in urban magic and post-apocalyptic magical stories. Here is the blurb for this book “An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss… And it’s only Monday. Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.”
Also reads: The Graveside Bar and Grill: A Charley Davidson Novella by Darynda Jones; WOLF (Stope Packs Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti; Gray Witch (Black Hat Bureau Book 5) by Hailey Edwards and The Rake Mistake: A Wild Wynchesters Caper (Heist Club Book 1) and The Modiste Mishap: A Wild Wynchesters Caper (Heist Club Book 2) by Erica Ridley.
What I Listened To: My Adulthood by Del Amitri; Blue by Big Wild; Sway by Matt Nathanson; and Smalltown Boy, Nova Version, by Catastrophe – this song aged quite well, the original is 38 years old.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, dearhearts? DeadSplinterites, what is up with you?