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2016: Movies and Books Edition

Holy shit, Brownies. I haven’t posted since August. Because reasons. Maybe I’ll get into those in another post down the line, maybe I won’t. I’m never very forthcoming with my emotions (unless I’m drunk, which was more often than usual at the end of 2016), so we’ll see.

But, I always kick off the new year with the books and movies I partook in the previous year. The movies list is always huge; I average about a book a month, give or take. Lately, too, I’ve been sticking to smaller press books (for obvious reasons), but I did read a few masters of the genre, so to speak.


  1. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – 4/5
  2. A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno – 3/5
  3. Inheritance by Joe McKinney – 3/5
  4. Barlow After Dark by Brad Carter – 4/5
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 3/5
  6. Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano – 5/5
  7. Blackened by Tim McWhorter – 4/5
  8. On A Red Horse by Monica Corwin – 4/5
  9. Post Office by Charles Bukowski – 4/5
  10. Joyland by Stephen King – 4/5
  11. The Winding Down Hours by Tim McWhorter – 4/5
  12. High Moor by Graeme Reynolds – 3/5
  13. They Rise by Hunter Shea – 2/5
  14. Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  15. Pale Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  16. Last Wolf by Tim McGregor – 2/5
  17. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon – 2/5
  18. Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore – 3/5
  19. Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden – 3/5
  20. Blood and Rain by Glen Rolfe – 2/5
  21. Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian Easton – 2/5
  22. Abed (short story) by Elizabeth Massie – 4/5

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10 Life Lessons: “This Is Where I Leave You” Edition

I own the book by Jonathan Tropper and haven’t read it. I’m kind of afraid to, actually, which is weird. As a writer, I love books (even bad ones), but in this case, I enjoyed the movie so much, I don’t want the book to disappoint at all. That said, I will eventually get around to reading “This Is Where I Leave You” and, well, you probably should as well.

And if you haven’t seen the movie, then you’re missing a treat. A family comes together to grieve their father and husband, and, well, if you’re actually a part of a family, you’ll get it. The jokes aren’t the same, the lifestyle isn’t the same, but the feelings, man, the fucking feelings. Those are spot on.

So here, take these tips from the Altmans, and love better.

10) “I always knew there was something of a cold hearted slut in you.”

09) “Stop chasing tens. Bang a four. Bang a five. Look at the gratitude in their face. You be the best part of their year.”

08) “You know, in some cultures, people actually enjoy sex.”

07) “I think he liked us because we’re a lot like him; he liked Phillip because he’s nothing like him.”

06) “What’s the matter with you. Do you ever think before you speak?”


05) “She was sleeping with somebody else for a year and you never noticed… How in love could you have been?”

04) “Well, I’m no expert… but I think you’re gonna have to make much larger sacrifices down the road.”

03) “It’s hard to see people from your past when your present is so cataclysmically screwed up.”

02) “It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”

01) “You guys are idiots, but you’re my idiots.”