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Stephen Graham Jones just keeps pumping them out. Here is another pulp horror, fast read. The Latest Final Girl is written in the same bloody vein, screenplay style as his earlier classic, Demon Theory. Not quite as amazing as that work, this is light, fluffy popcorn for the slasher flick fan.
For anyone who watched waaaaay too a lot of slasher flicks in the 80s and 80s, this book is a cyclopedic homage to every film Jamie Lee Curtis ever starred in, every Jason, Michael, and Freddy, every sorority house and boy scout camp and cabin in the woods. I watched a lot of those films as a teen, but Stephen Graham Jones must have a DVD collection to raise Vincent Price from the grave. I probably only caught two-thirds of the e story is, of course, a slasher flick. With a twist."Lindsay's right," Izzy says, collecting the leftovers. "Billie Jean is coming back for her. With a small support from his friends.""So . . . so is this a horror film now, or a teen comedy?" Brittney says."It's an afterschool special," Izzy says, Hoddering her head over to study Billie Jean. "Know what the take-home notice is? Don't **** with Izzy Stratford."Lindsay, the "Final Girl" in the film that ended in the opening chapter, survived an encounter with a slasher-killer in a Michael Jackson mask. Now as homecoming queen, she's going to lead her high school in a celebration of life and survival, and she's chosen a handful of other very unique girls for her ey're all Final Girls who survived their own teen nce this is a slasher film, and Stephen Graham Jones is not going to neglect a single trope, even Izzy, the confused odd girl out, knows that a homecoming android game with a cast right out of every scary film ever can only end in e Latest Final Girl is fun, if you search films like Halloween and My Bloody Valentine and Nightmare on Elm Road fun. And it tries - it tries so very, very hard - to be clever. But it's not quite as clever as it tries to be. It's been billed as a literary ver of Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods, but it's not a deconstruction so much as a tongue-in-cheek fan fiction collage. The characters, all of them, are genre-savvy and know they are in a horror flick, so they test to outsmart fate, even knowing that the rules aren't going to allow them all survive. The author tries to hold us in suspense about who's really the villain, but like a lot of slasher films, it kind of spins out of control during the bloody finale. But hey, who says they have to create sense?The writing style will definitely not be to everyone's taste. It's written in show tense screenplay format, complete with camera directions:→ and now Billie Jean's clambering easily over the rail after Izzy and Ben, Izzy falling backwards and up, her POV looking ahead, where they're going: to the top rail.A dead end. A quick drop. Just like the cliff."Stupid girls run upstairs, stupid girls run upstairs," she's saying to herself, turning to pull Ben with her up the aluminum steps, Billie Jean just feet behind them,→ Crystal down on the track, Billie Jean in the crosshairs of Dante's rifle, about to have his insides opened up."Now, you ****er," Crystal says, and pulls the trigger.On e doesn't understand this really does convey the sense of being in a movie, watching from seats sticky with artificial butter through the alternating POV of a stalking serial assassin and spunky teenagers, but it also gets annoying after a while.I almost wanted to rate this 4 stars, but the writing style wore on me and while there were some amazing jokes, they weren't quite funny enough to elevate this to real satire, allow alone genius. Definitely a fun read for any horror fan, but it's mostly just a celebration of all those R-rated [email protected]#$%!-fests of our (well, my) youth
Very amazing meta-romp of a novel disguised as a slasher film, chock full of nods to classic horror slashers, and some inventive verbs that film fans will appreciate (like: the assassin "Hoddering" after his victim). The style is special and rather like reading a screenplay, but that has its limitations in that the narrative seemed to lack characterization while also speeding a bit too quick through scenes. I had to re-read a couple parts to obtain the mental image. It took a bit to adjust to the style, which reminded me of reading Palahniuk's PYGMY, another novel with a special voice/style throughout. But once you obtain the cadence down, and once you obtain to the bloody third act, you'll be hooked.
A meta-textual homage to the slasher flicks of the 80s with an encyclopedic understanding of the genre's tropes, Stephen Graham Jones's The Latest Final Girl out-references such movies as Shout and Cabin in the Woods through virtuoso literary technique, cinematic jump cuts, dizzying POV shifts, buckets of blood, and a tongue planted firmly in cheek. As stylish as it is grotesque, The Latest Final Girl is a campy, absurdist fright-fest, with rival final girls jockeying for survivor status, small-town kink and connectedness, football, a wrecked Halloween truck, and a deranged assassin in a Michael Jackson mask. Don't wait for the (inevitable) movie! Read The Latest Final Girl now, an experience this horrific tour-de-force for yourself!
For full synopsis please see product description above. Recently I had the possibility to read an arc of Jinx's newest book THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP which brings back a lot of of the characters from THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP which I read when it first came out. While I didn't write about it then I do remember loving it and laughing out loud. I also remember recommending it to YAs and adults who were going through TWILIGHT withdrawal. It is a totally various take on vampires and it almost makes you think about what really goes on in the basement of the local church after hours. Recommended for those who need their vampire fix.
I absolutely loved this book. I read it because I saw that it was one of the top ten books of 2011, and I looked at the cover and said to myself: "My 8th-grade boys would read that." However, I search that the book is enjoyable for both genders and all age e plot is engrossing, the characters are unique, and the writing is very impressive. The extensive vocabulary used in the book is amazing for exposing students to words they might not otherwise be exposed e whole vampire/werewolf fascination eludes me, but this book refrains from common horror thrills. For once in my life, I have read a vampire book and found myself saying, "Hey, quality literature here."This novel deals with deeper questions like:- If you desire it, can it be wrong?- When you know a desire is wrong, how do you war that natural desire?- How can we support others control their wrong desires? (Hence the formation of the reformed vampire help group.)Ultimately, I found it a parallel for the war of flesh and spirit. We desire to do the right thing, but often do the wrong thing. How can we stop that?So, even though the novel is focusing on vampire nature, it's ultimately dealing with serious questions about human nature.Oh, by the way, in my classroom, all the boys are wanting to read it.
I don't often read funny books...I don't know why, I probably should, maybe it would jolt me out of the perpetual poor mood I seem to be in these days, but the fact remains, I usually pass up the humor for a amazing spurge of gore or zombies with anger management issues; so when my husband handed me a book with probably one of the most intriguing titles I have read in a while... I just couldn't say no."The Reformed Vampire Help Group" by "Catherine Jinks" was hilarious. Not in a joke-after-joke-pun-after-pun way, but more the this-is-so-awkward-you-can't-help-but-laugh-at-it funny. Think "A Fish Called Wanda" meets "Grumpy Old Men" (come on...picture it...got it? Funny isn't it.)The plot is written from Nina's perspective...she's a vampire (duh) but not the kind we normally think about. No, Nina and her band of vampire misfits are whiney, sickly, paranoid schizophrenics that spend more time in group therapy and fanging helpless gerbils than that do actually living their lives. That is, of course, until Cassimir (the original vamp) turns up ashes in his coffin and Nina decides she just can't take her pathetic life anymore. Her and mates (Dave the downer vamp, and a Catholic Priest) set out on a mission to track down the slayer and bring things back to order, only... after turning up at the wrong house they obtain more than could ever bargain for. (Lets just say a very mad puppy shows up.) The entire book is based around the groups fumbling attempts to be better than they are and to stop a slew of crimes that... incidentally they actually caused ere is an 80 year old granny vamp with poor hips and a crocheting fixation, a prescription sunglasses incident that has Nina a small wobbly, lots of mad bedroom captives, a failed arson attempt, a loopy newbie vamp that hurls while trying to hostage negotiate, creepy basements, and 1 very distressed mail carrier that jumps out of a 2nd story e writing was charming, as if Nina was letting you in on small secret but sparing you the gory details, and the plot was extremely twisty turny but well executed. I laughed out loud several times, and at one point had the most bizarre, in my head, film playing...but I will whole heartedly admit that I enjoyed it. So much so that I might actually consider reading the brighter side of life more often.Happy reading my fellow Groupers and remember: if at first you don't succeed, cower in a corner till the poor man goes away.
This book is heaps of fun. It's definitely not your normal vampire tale (as you can tell by the blurb) and that's what attracted me to it. I have fun vampire stories (yes, I'm a twi-hard) and I was keen to see how Jinks place a fresh spin on this age-old myth. I also chose it as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge, in which I committed to read six books by Australian women authors and review at least three of them this year. This is the third book I've read but the first I've reviewed.Anyway, back to The Reformed Vampires Help Group! Nina and her mates are a sorry bunch. I'm glad that I (as a reader) didn't have to sit through a normal help group meeting, because they sound deadly dull (pardon the pun). Instead, I was taken on a crazy, pot-holed journey as the group of vampires and Father Ramon, their long-suffering priest friend, tried to work out how to deal with the vampire slayer in their midst. As you can imagine, when you're weak, lethargic and likely to hallucinate if you go without your everyday Guinea Pig, a vampire slayer is really poor news. But the method Nina and her mates test to handle the situation just makes things worse and soon they've got some homicidal werewolf traffickers wanting to slay them too. Oops!TRVSP is told in first person, and for the most part, I really enjoyed Nina's voice. She's dry, sarcastic and somehow simultaneously down-trodden and light-hearted. Her scathing opinions of the other vampires in her group (and vampires in general) often brought a smile to my face, and I found her hero arc both interesting and ever, I felt that the narrative could have been a lot tighter (with a lot of redundant sentences removed), and a narrative device used twice in the book (described by the narrator herself as `cheating') broke me out of Jinks' globe and smacked of `the simple method out'. The multitude of dialogue tags drove me slightly nuts - murmured, `wanted to know', nagged, advised, inquired, exclaimed, whined, mused, growled, demanded, added, chided, remonstrated, announced, protested, pointed out, squawked - and that's just in the first chapter. I search colorful dialogue tags quite distracting, and I've read a few writing books that strongly advise versus them. (To be honest, I'm not sure whether creative tags used to annoy me before all of the writing books brought them to my attention, but that's another issue!) They probably would've annoyed me a lot more if this had've been a serious book, but I've got to admit they did suit the tongue-in-cheek e story lagged in some parts as the vampires spent pages upon pages deciding what to do next, but on the whole I was kept entertained and enjoyed getting to know the saddest bunch of vampires that ever lived existed. I'm looking forward to catching up with the characters again in the Abused Werewolf Help Group.I recommend TRVSG to anyone who enjoys comical paranormal teen fiction. Avid fans of spine-chilling stories with y, violent vampires might wish to choose a various book.
This had a very interesting concept--I mean, a Reformed Vampire Help Group? What? Haha. However, I found it all to be... underwhelming. The method the vampires are portrayed all sickly-like... I obtain it, really. Vampirism being more of an illness, I appreciate the various take, but it was just a bit disappointing. Though I admit I might be a bit biased since I’m not exactly the largest vampire fan. I did, actually, liked Nina’s fiction hero (she’s a writer!), the vampire Zadia Bloodstone, so much better! She was beautiful [email protected]#$%! But the characters themselves in this particular novel... they were okay, though none really stood out to me. This seems to be the norm for me with standalone e mystery surrounding who killed their fellow vampire had me very intrigued at first, but this, too, ended up being underwhelming when we found out what was going on. Another thing I was looking forward to was to romance that was implied in the synopsis, which ended up being nonexistent. *sigh* Now, don’t obtain me wrong. I have fun the occasional book without any romance--it’s very refreshing! But nothing happened between Nina and Dave--absolutely NOTHING! Well, not until the latest 20 pages of the book when they flashed forward one year (which I also did not like, ugh!)Another thing, I was not the largest fan of how this book was written. Allow me test to explain: These vampires sleep during the day, so when something exciting goes down (i.e. a war or what have you) our narrator, Nina, obviously doesn’t experience things first hand, so she is told what happened while they were zonked out. But we, the audience, are told before we actually obtain to the point in the story, so when the vampires wake up and are caught up, we are not surprised like them because we already know! Shock factor is gone and there’s this sort of disconnect. Speaking of narratives and telling instead of showing... there was too much narrative! I feel like they could’ve told this in a various way, say, in true time or through dialogue.But if I’m being honest, even though it had all these negatives (for me), overall, it was quite had some very fun moments between the characters. I especially loved the whole situation with the werewolf Reuben. Reformed Vampire Help Group was underwhelming at times, but overall quite fun and interesting with the various take on these famous supernatural creatures.
This is an adventure story, with a teenage vampire as the narrator. It's funny and relaxed, and it's refreshing that the vampires are not glamorous or even attractive: Jinks has gone to a lot of problem to think about what being "undead" would really mean for your body!That being said, the vampires didn't have enough redeeming features to be really engaging, including the main character, Nina. They were all beautiful whiny, and they argue with each other (a lot!), which grates a small after a l in all a amazing read, although it could have been better for a writer of Jinks' talents.
I was a tad disappointed that The Reformed Vampire Help Group wasn't as amazing a read as I'd had hoped.. that being said, it wasn't without charm. I did have fun the writing and the characters for the most part, but it wasn't one of those books that you just cant place down. It's definitely a special take on the vampire genre and is done with a bit of tongue and cheek. I think where the book really failed to grip me, is in that it didn't truly commit. Although C. Jinks uses smart-alecky humor through the voice of Nina, (the main character/narrator) the 'funny" just isn't consistent or powerful enough to let the reader to completely overcome how week and pathetic the vamps are. Thus you are left feeling sorry of them and small depressed. Overall it was an okay read.. Am I sorry I took the time to read it?.. No. Is it one that I'd pick up and read again?.. No.
I wanted something light to read because seriously between The Iliad, The Odyssey and Dante's Inferno, an English Lit major could obtain depressed. So, I picked this book up having read the back and thought it was a clever concept. It turns out; it's a amazing book, and amazing take on vampires. I'm not into the fresh method of looking at vampires as being y, and Jinks does a amazing job making the undead more realistic, yet in a humorous way. I recommend this book, it is amazing fun and well written.
Minor spoilers4.5/5After a slasher killing in a toy shop goes haywire, Parker Ames is living as a recluse in a dilapidated region of Detroit, serving different slime balls that pass through the diner where she is employed. Although somewhat depraved of her killing ability, she can’t refuse the alluring offer to jump back into action when two teenagers from Alaska beg her to save their slayed spite the endless grammatical flaws, I felt this was an perfect follow up in the series, maybe better than the first. The gore was endless, and the slashers were sickening. Possibly the largest highlight of this particular read is an Austrian WWII slasher backstory, involving the BOOK OF EVIL.
This book has at least one interesting idea in it: it posits that slashers, like Jason Voorhees of 'Friday the 13th' or Michael Myers of 'Halloween' are creatures like vampires or zombies. When someone evil and hateful enough dies with their bile unspent, they rise from the grave to stalk and slay again, with nothing short of beheading capable of laying them to rest. I'm not even sure this is a particularly original idea, but it was interesting.Unfortunately, that's as far as the author's creativity extends. The book is about Parker Ames, a 'final girl' (please, horror community, let's bury this term; at this point it feels like it's lost any meaning it ever had) targeted by a slasher who is taken in by ANOTHER final girl turned hunter of slashers. This mentor figure drives a muscle car, wears leather, has an eye patch, and is described as looking like a female Snake Plissken [ugh]. Parker learns to slay effortlessly with a dozens of edged weapons, but most enjoys her "customized" black chainsaw, which she names Aerosmith [ugh again]. Parker has to save YET ANOTHER final girl, targeted by the same slasher who targeted her, despite the psychiatrist determined to place her back behind bars and the little city cops who don't know what they're up against. Despite Parker's array of deadly skills, she spends most of the book running scared and asking people to give her a e writing is beautiful bad. Cliche-ridden, repetitive, and badly-structured. At least twice the flow of the action is interrupted to provide backstory on a hero who is killed dead as soon as we've learned enough about them to feel some pathos--or at least, we might feel pathos if the characters existed for more than two pages. The writing is also technically not good in spots--dropped words, poor grammar, etc. I know self-publishing is supposed to remove barriers between artists and the audience, but maybe a small editing wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.And finally...the book opens with an introduction by "Luke Preston," who claims that he's produced a novelization of a movie script he found written by "Jack Quaid," an author of over-the-top '80s splatterpunk novels who is now largely forgotten. Preston lists a number of Quaid novels he's loved over the years and raves about how no one goes to the same insane depths as Quaid. The issue is that it's all a gag: as far as I can tell, no author named Jack Quaid has ever existed, and none of the books mentioned are real. It's a gag which I guess is intended to create this book seem like something other than a crappy, slasher knock-off. And what's the point? This isn't like 'The Blair Witch Project,' where the film is creepier because you think it might be real. This is one author pretending to be another author in order to invoke some of the excitement of finding something amazing in a used bookstore, when it's actually crap dumped on Kindle Unlimited for chumps like me ping for something fun to read late at night. Adding insult to injury, the author uses the form of a script adaptation to justify a 'missing scene' late in the novel where the pages of the script were apparently removed. And really, what could the possible point of that even be? If this was really a novelization of a movie script, wouldn't 'Luke Preston' have tried to fill in the missing stage as best he could, rather than flagging it as missing and leaving the reader to imagine what happened? It's a dumb gag that exists only for the sake of being a gag, and it irritated me even though I ought to be glad at having been spared from reading more of this t recommended. You could watch almost literally any slasher movie produced 1979-1997 and obtain more originality and quality than this.
It's a cool idea, girl orphaned by maniac, turned slasher hunter...reminded me of Hack/Slash, but what really created me interested was the promotional bit saying it was "Stephen King meets Quentin Tarantino." Hahaha, yea right, if Quentin Tarantino wrote like Diablo Cody. It was really cheesy and at times totally cringe worthy. The dialogue was definitely the worst part. All in all though, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece for 99 cents, so I can't really complain, but this book wasn't really that amazing at all, like I said it was beautiful much as if Diablo Cody read Hack/Slash, watched a bunch of 80's horror flicks and decided to test to create her own cool small story, which was laughable at best.
Book 2 of The Latest Final Girl starts off by copying the film Child's Play: there's a serial assassin whose spirit is trapped in a child's toy (in this case, a teddy bear) who belongs to a small boy who is being watched by his babysitter, and there's even a toy shop on fire. Not very original there...It felt like there was a lot of recycling from the first book: some of the same types of happening and story structure, the same sayings/phrases, the same part about chapters of the original transcript being damaged so there's a skip in chapters and everything is on fire in the next scene. I was more perturbed with the missing chapters in this book because when the story came back there was a fresh hero that showed up in the missing pages and he ends up making it to the end, a hero that spent almost no time in the story survives and is set up to be featured in the next book -- other characters have pages of backstory and die in the same chapter, so I didn't really care for this.Every time I came across one of those recycled bits it just took any enjoyment I was having ide from the hero that comes out of nowhere the supporting cast are a lot better than in the first book, and actually seem to have a reason to be there. One even has a cool backstory that lasts three chapters and involves a super Nazi slasher (that was one of the best parts of the book and it really didn’t even have to be included, a summarized history could have led to the same result...*shrug).There’s a third book in this series but I can’t bring myself to move onto it after seeing how recycled this sequel 's not ALL bad, but there's just not enough amazing moments or hero growth to create me wish to hold going.:::Cover: As with the first book there is no mention of the artist or designer for the cover, so I’m still disappointed there.
When I heard about this book from my email, it reminded me of a comic book series called Cheat and Slash, which has a related concept. A girl survives an encounter with a slasher, and she becomes a hunter to place the undead assassins to rest. Sounds interesting, right? Indeed, I couldn't stop reading the book for the amazing action-horror elements and see where the hero goes to. It has a amazing beginning and the hunter's hero development is good. But on the downside, the narrative has too a lot of expositions that usually tell instead of showing. The book introduces a lot of help characters with various backstories, which can take up the entire chapter and distract you from the main plot. And these characters are usually expendables or something to add expositions to the story. Some of the expositions even explain how one of the characters got to one put from another to explain the surprise. It is annoying when you don't care about them, but the main plot will hold you reading the book through the useless scenes. As for the main killer, he is your primary Jason like slasher with a special backstory that does connect to the hunter and the hunter's relative. He appears all over the put and murders a lot of people. And he isn't stupid although he behaves like a mindless monster. Overall, the story is like a junk meal slasher B-movie with a special protagonist. If the story didn't have too a lot of pointless characters with long backstories that doesn't present anything, this book would have sticked to the point better. I do recommend this book if you are a fan of slasher flicks.
It's not perfect, but I enjoyed it for the most e book's introduction makes it seem like the author, Jack Quaid, was some really cool and underrated author in the horror pulp scene, and that this book was pulled from a junk pile of rejected movie manuscripts. It's creative and got me interested right from the first te: if that intro is actually legit someone tell me, 'cause the only thing I can locate when searching Jack Quaid is Dennis Quaid's son cape from Happydale plays out like an '80s horror slasher flick, which is beautiful much what you'd expect from the cover and synopsis. Imagine if the present Supernatural had a successful spinoff with a female lead and she hunted supernatural slasher film type people called...Slashers. It plays out sorta like that, protagonist learns how to "hunt" and goes after all the Slashers she e premise behind the Slashers is they go on a murder spree, the "last girl" gets away and the Slasher has to hunt down any and all latest girls. There's a backstory to the Slasher origin, but it doesn't completely line up: it's said there was an experiment done ten years prior to the story, but there's a Slasher in the book that is a couple hundred years old..??? so I'm really not sure if there were always Slashers and the experiment just so happened to make another one, and if so who made the first Slasher? ...or if there's an oversight e protagonist, Parker Ames, is orphaned by a Slasher. Some mystery woman shows up and offers to support her obtain revenge. Parker follows along no questions asked, and then it fast-forwards however long to where she's been a [email protected]#$% hunter for years and years. The fast-forward is covered by a little movie-like montage, but I feel like some of that time could have been fleshed out more...but then again, that might have messed up the pacing of the story..? I just felt like there should have been something more to Parker's hero to create me feel more connected, even if it was following alongside her in this crazy hunter training and her wiping out countless Slashers.Speaking of characters, in the second half of the story there are numerous characters introduced with full backstory and all, only to be butchered shortly after. I can understand having some collateral damage, the slasher films are like that, but maybe a small less time spent on said characters' history -- the story is about the latest girls and these Slasher freaks, no one really cares about these other e writing style is plain and simple to follow, pacing is amazing and plays out like you'd expect from a slasher movie. There's some minor copy editing fixes that could be made, but nothing major.And boy oh boy does Jack Quaid love using "son of a b***h" for people and objects and locations and just everything. I'm totally okay with it, but sometimes it was overkill when using it four times on one page... Mix it up a far as horror goes, there was one small stage at the beginning that was chill-worthy, but everything else was the normal hack-n-slash blood-fest type stuff. I was actually hoping for some more fright.Overall I did have fun it, but I doubt I'll remember much about it down the road. I am curious to see how it carries for two more books and will likely test moving into the second one right away to see how everything holds up.If you're an '80s horror film fan you might consider giving this one a try. It definitely has that vibe to it.:::Cover Review: I freakin' love this cover, but I freakin' hate that there are no credits in the book (eBook, not sure about print). No artist credit, no designer credit, nothing. As someone who works in book production I really don't like when the production squad isn't , if the artist and designer happen to see this review, I love your work and you did a really amazing job on this cover, it's what led to me reading the book. That oldschool pulpy feel sets the mood and clearly defines what readers are in shop for.
Looking to obtain into the Halloween spirit and search some writing inspiration of my own, I came across this series. I read the first book in two nights and couldn't place it down. The action is quick paced and the one liners hold the cool coming. I plan to read the next two and for the price, any serious fan of slasher movies and 80s nostalgia can't afford not to give these books s read.
This series is definitely old school Slasher and I loved it! I can't believe that I'd never heard of this Author. If you're interested in Slashers you may wish to give this Author a try! The only true issue with this book is it's missing a few chapters. It doesn't change the storyline! Amazing reading!
You're killing it, man! I liked it just as much as the first one, and I can't wait to begin the third. It was a true blast reading the descriptions and figuring out who their "real life" counterpart was. If you like the slasher movies of the 80s, then do yourself a favor and give this one a read. It's easy, and a damn amazing time.
I wasn't going to buy this book...until I read the negative reviews from the Christ haters and intolerant pagans. I figured Nick must have struck a chord...he did! Surely it's upsetting if you believe in aliens from other planets that are here to rescue and reveal themselves as our creator's! I have the greatest respect for Nick for telling the truth, even though it may have cost him some readership and monetary loss. The truth is worth dying for...living a lie...is not living! Thank you Nick for having the guts to exspose an unpopular truth! I've believed for a lot of years that we're on the verge of the greatest deception ever pulled on mankind in our history...these small liars with a propensity for torturing and destroying human beings don't fool us all! It's a fact that the only method to stop an "alien" abduction or a satanic attack is by calling on the name of Jesus Christ! The fact that only one belief is criticized by these evil monsters should be enough to convince any thinking individual that; Jesus Christ is not only true but alive and seated at the right hand of God almighty!
Nick Redfern is an author with a vast collection of books he has written on the paranormal and UFO subjects. He is a great, entertaining and level headed investigator and knows how to write very well. This book is special because it strays off from the "usual" UFO theories and offers a refreshing and plausible explanation/perspective to some of the phenomenon researchers have been scratching their heads over for years. Plausible theories are something you rarely hear in the UFO field and this at the very least is an interesting explanation or perspective you may have never considered (I know I didnt think of this items untill reading Nick's work), At the very least this is a special take on this topic matter and it's worth a read!
I love Nick Redfern books. This is a topic that I have only heard very religious born again people talk about. I love the background information on this story. So a lot of behind the stage Gov't projects looking into so a lot of things the rest of us always question. OF COURSE WE NEVER FIND OUT WHAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT ON OR EVER HEAR OF THE END RESULTS OF THESE STUDIES AND WHAT THE CONCLUSIONS ARE. Also so a lot of of these clandetine projects are done to weaponize our military. Everything is so secret. The general populace has no say on what goes on in our Gov't and we might as well have a dictatorship here because that is how "they" run things. We will never know the truth until the end is upon us as to what we thought was going on is hard to search the truth about anything. So a lot of android games going on all the time. If only all this cash was spent on amazing and not evil. I know that sounds simplistic but the fact things are hidden is never good. That in itself is a total red flag. The constitution might as well be ripped up because our Gov't does not follow it at all. Just a huge is is a scary topic and if real we are all doomed. Read this book it will give you another dimension on what might be going on. If these satanists are enscounced in our Govt goings on and they ripped begin a portal and involved in the JPL in all this God support us.
Hard to articulate how necessary I think this book might be.I will note that initially, I stayed away from items regarding UFOs or what have you, in my reading selections. I specifically attempted to avoid material that "was out of this world", for lack of a better term because of my previous social constructs had taught me that this material had no evidence and it was just all created up. Plus, just trying to obtain a handle on the cover-up of 9/11 and what really might of happened was hard enough, but the issue was that I kept coming across a lot of murky, deep, alternate views of history, that eventually show that we are indeed being played. Additionally as I got deeper into all of this, it became difficult not to see that there is an expanding amount of information with this UFO items connected to 9/11.I am not saying that small green men fried those buildings into dust but I can point out and ask you if you were aware that there was a police helo that had taken thousands of images of ground zero that day? These images were taken from the air but those images were hidden and officially kept from the [email protected]#$%!&il 2010. There is a specific effort disregard the photographic evidence of what happened to those buildings. I saw it on T.V, like millions, passenger [email protected]#$%! those buildings, and we saw the buildings fail but most have not seen the aftermath from the air. It tells a various question about the secret government and what this publication has got to tell us. I've traced 9/11 back to the coup in Dallas. I've also discovered the NAZI influence within my government after WW II, the State Dept influence regarding operation paper-clip and the CIA control of the whole ball of wax, with MK Ultra as the end result. Everyone that has been in the white house has been compromised after JFK's public murder, all the method up to who's there e Manufacturing of a president, The CIA's insertion of Barrack H. Obama, jr. into the White House by Wayne Madsen will cover the newest one. A private testimonial by Carol Rutz and her publication, A Nation Betrayed: Secret Cold Battle Experiments Performed on our Kids and Other Innocent People will show one specific case, tze does note that "In 1979 John Loftus, Working for the Office of Unique Investigations created a trip to Suitland, Maryland to find the archives classified files for info on Nazi's that had been brought into the country. He was astounded to search twenty underground vaults, each an acre in size, crammed floor to ceiling with classified files. Loftus says that Nelson Rockefeller and Vice President Nixon had supervised the cover-up and burial of these files so that President Eisenhower could claim "plausible deniability". In fact, years later when President Gerald Ford established a presidential commission to investigate the CIA, Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller was named to head hn Loftus reports that knowledgeable observers compared the appointment to setting the fox to guard the henhouse, because of Rockefeller's links to the Intelligence community and his knowledge of covert activities.I then got John Loftus's publication, America's Nazi secret and other authors to trace and follow up on this crazy stuff. After pulling that thread, Joseph P. Farrell and his work started to pop up in that rabbit hole.But, I think after reading "The Most Risky Book in the World: 9/11 as Mass Ritual" and "Prophet of Evil: Aleister Crowley, 9/11 and the Fresh Globe Order", I've had to revalue my private thought process about forces not out for you and my best interest. Farrell's research has become a critical aspect for me to create that connection to the occult part of this. This naturally needed me to read Jim Marrs' Our Occulted history: Do the global elite conceal ancient aliens?I will note Dr. Judy Wood and her publication. If nothing else, the images in this publication tells a mature person what was presented officially, was not possible.I also have been reading about The Franklin Cover-up by John W. DeCamp where he doented about Kid Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska as a various segment in this ere's more and it's all beautiful scary but I think that if more were aware, we will all move through this in a better light. This book helps to understand what's ahead of y Thoughts about this publication: I think one of the largest pieces of information that I got out of this was the outstanding information about Parsons and everything connected to him. The information presented is trully astonishing and one of the most critical, necessary aspects to this ditional publications not referenced above that might support the Amazon reader to validate the thesis of this work:Manufactured Terror: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Sandy Hook, Aurora Shooting and Other False Flag Terror AttacksManaging Business Ethics: Straight Talk about How to Do It RightThe Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of AmericaPolitical Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes)Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free PressA First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental IllnessConspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America)Evidence of Revision: The Assassination of AmericaAmerican Heart of Darkness: Volume I:The Transformation of the American Republic into a PathocracyPsychological Warfare and the Fresh Globe Order: The Secret Battle Versus the American People
Because of the incredibly poor cover art on this book, and the fact that it is written by a journalist for a UFO magazine, I had very low expectations of the content. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. In an age where all media is filled with "journalists" so-called who are more like extremely untalented propagandists, I honestly forgot what true journalism was e author if this book, if nothing else, is an perfect journalist. Note that he does not claim to believe any of this himself, he merely sets 4 years of findings down in a very organized and methodical manner, does his research, and creates a very tight, professional journalistic piece. Whether what he captured is real or not is up to the reader to ponder. (The fact that this IS a neutral, excellently done journalistic piece ALLOWS the reader to decide what they wish to believe, rather than attempting to force something down their throats. Remember when journalism used to do that?)The fact is that the writing is excellent, the research is sound as far as I have been able to follow up myself (most of the facts here are easily discovered by the reader if they just do a small snooping about themselves, such as compiling uncensored first-hand accounts of UFO abductions etc), the story is very entertaining, the conclusion is very possible, and the entire premise puts a refreshing spin on the entire UFO debate that I think more people should become aware of. At the least this perspective deserves to become one of the standard UFO theories and should enter into the arena of thought since it explains so a lot of anomalies in the phenomena.Highly recommended to anyone who is just curious about what UFO's might be, what all the fuss is about, and especially recommended for Christian readers, as the basic man interviewed is a Christian and speaks from a Christian perspective.
I do have to admit that I have never read any of Nick Redfern's books until "Final Events" and I found it to be a stimulating read. The book is consisted of 220+ pages and thirty-one chapters with "Final Thoughts" section, ranging a number of subjects like Collins Elite, Aliens as Demons and Fallen Angels, and even life after death experiences as a part of the e read through this book is rather entertaining and in some places, very interesting. I like the idea of aliens being the historical demons and being behind some of the strange happenings, which in a lot of cases can be true, but I'm just not too sure about other theories as outlined in this book. Overall, it's a amazing book on the topic of "aliens/demons" aspect. Also, I give props for Mr Redfern who written a book so well and shared with us some of the credible researches.
Myself being a Bible believing Christian, it was refreshing to see Nick report on the position that aliens are nothing more than Biblical demons in various clothes, and I kept hoping he would report on the fact that calling out to Jesus Christ is the only method to stop alien/ demonic visits, and he did! I was thrilled. This is no surprise to Christians, but to unbelievers it might never occur to them to call on the only Name in the universe known to save your soul, and of course that is what you are up versus when being visited by aliens/ demons. They are not just there to mess with you/ harvest your DNA or go after your reproductive parts. I was also very happy to see that Nick reported on how if these are not demons or fallen angels, why do they always seem to slander Jesus Christ, Christianity, etc if they are just other life forms from millions of miles away? Who cares what the puny humans worship? They don't seem to care about any other deity worshipped other than Jesus. So for all the scoffers out there who may laugh at the idea of aliens being demons, that in itself should solve it for you. Demons can only tolerate the worship of anything else other than Jesus because anything else is ultimately giving praise to their father Satan. So thank you Nick, for touching on this too. The only thing I was left wondering, as this was my first work by this author, was if Nick believes all of this too, or was just reporting on it. Either method I thank you, and I will read more of your works.
It is nearly impossible to search an author that can write on the UFO phenomena without skewing the topic in the light of their own globe view. Redfern uncovers the story of a government sponsored group tasked with harnessing the paranormal and unflinchingly gives us the story even though the implications lead a lot of to conclusions that are unpopular within the UFO community. The story of the Collins Elite is an interesting one, and Redfern lays it out with unparalleled objectivity. This is a must read.
Okay. So I'm getting older. I love to read, but laying down sideways on the bed. For some years now I rarely can read more than a couple of pages without nodding off to sleep! NOT WITH THIS BOOK. My consciousness wars sleep tooth and nail when I'm reading this book! In a few days I have read as much as would normally take me months -- because it is so INTRIGUING...!The author, Nick Redfern, is not a professed Christian but he IS what this country once used to know well -- a TRUE JOURNALIST. Even though he is not a Christian, he reports the research and findings of Christians in the UFO phenomena. And what a story they tell...!I might write more, but I'd rather obtain back to the book right now. Thanks so much, Mr. Redfern!
I can see why people fawn over Nick Redfern's writing abilities and is capabilities as a story-teller. I also can see why he is a respected investigative journalist renowned for setting aside his bias, to a point, and allowing a story to be told. Very few today are bias journalists, and more often than not bias is part and parcel of any story that we tune into these days. In an zone rife with passion; bias, dis/mis-information, agenda, monetary considerations, alienation, and a dismissive societal attitude it is even harder to obtain an honest and begin acc of events. Enter Nick Redfern's offer Final Events, an awesome tale of a clandestine Black Project Think Tank tasked with evaluating the origin and identity of the all-elusive cultural phenomena that we know as Alien's and UFO's. What you need to know about this book is that this is a story that Nick tells and is not necessarily his own opinion, in fact, you will obtain small of Nick's own opinion and frankly, when you do, it detracts from the story. This book is at it's peak when you obtain lost in the wonderful weaving of the ostensible photo of Alien's, UFO's, the group investigating them and their brilliant and at-times bordering on insane investigatory approach and strategies to unravelling the "Alien" mythos. If you keep an almost religious belief in the ETH (extra-terrestrial hypothesis) and have developed that as your belief system than I would suggest you not read this book. However if you've studied this phenomena and read all the best books and material's and listened to all the lectures and interviews on the subject I would highly recommend this with an begin mind. Regardless if you disagree with the groups conclusions or with it's methods the quality of fresh data here for a Ufo-nut is remarkable. One reminder before diving into the book is this, you have to remember that this story begins in 1950's America and you need to put yourself in that context to fully appreciate the [email protected]#$%! of the nsidering that the story-line to this book and the conclusions aren't saved for the end I won't ruin the story by relating the group's (Collin's Elite or CE) concerns and claims. Relayed through long time UFO investigator and Anglican Pastor Ray Boeche, who was approached bc of his special wisdom in the field of Ufology and Theology, the CE asked Boeche for support in a couple of ways. One in better understanding from an ancient and Biblical basis the role of Demons in the globe and to support warn the UFO community about their growing speculation that the Alien's were as perceived and truly ministers of masquerade and deception. While the former was achieved the latter has taken some 20 years to gain ANY traction, resulting in this story. There are a lot of a lot of amazing reasons to side with some of the groups conclusions on what exactly the Alien's are and this is a conlusion that I myself have come to in my reading of all the material, and one I'm satisfied to see others gravitating toward. It's quite awesome all the UFO investigators who had this under their nose but who've come up shy on calling it like it is and what it isn't. I blame this on the religious zeal of the UFO community at-large for allowing it's wants and for allowing pop-culture to lead it around by the tail. The metaphysical nature of the phenomena is something addressed in this story and so is the undeniable occult and Fresh Age overtones that Alien contact or investigation undoubtedly drums up. From the early contactee movement to the UFO cults, to channeling, to the astral-nature of the abduction phenomena, to the "breaking" of known laws of physics by these "craft." The dizzying array of excuse's and "reasons" that the ETH adherants cling to desperately are laid bare by the CE. Not only that but some of their attempts to communicate or bargain with the entities took put in very Occult/metaphysical fashion and had disasterous affects, 3 dead bodies, killed while attempting astral communication or intelligence-gathering. The CE went completely overboard in a lot of instances and their remedies for the issue are quite bothersome. It appears that they attempted some sort of Faustian type pact or arrangment with the entities, which was completely unsuccessful and their remedies caused, not only division, but the leaving of a lot of of the group's members due to ideological differences in handling the matter. This is the only point at which Redfern sucbed to allowing his opinion, and dare say his bias bleed into his piece. The group came to the hair-brained scheme of some sort of totalitarian Marital law type implementation of Christian indoctrination. This is what caused the splitting of the group and Nick to offer some commentary. As someone who has studied Secret Societies, the NWO and globalization I can assure you that a Christian theocracy is not only not the goal, but is laughable, and that the inverse is the truth. Anyone with a cursory study into that field will search Nick's comments, not only naive, but downright ignorant. Aside from Nick closing his book on the dangers and propensity for a Fundamentalist Christian Theocracy, which is not even close to Fundamentalist Christian, they are more akin to a cult, the book is 5-stars. I do believe that Nick had to take that route bc as I have heard him say and seen him post on notice forums he is not a fundamentalist and this book has been misinterpreted by many, who've not read it, to relate him as such. The UFO community gets quite grumpy when you take away their ETH.Whether you're Christian or not, Fresh Age or not this book is essential in understanding the UFO phenomena and while I don't agree with everything, especially some of the finer info on how things were intitiated, who initiated them, what to do about it etc.., the data that the CE bring to the table is fresh and outside the box thinking. Something the UFO community hates and shuns but if you're in find of truth wherever that may lead you than this book is for you and you can learn a amazing deal from this unbelievable story. If you just have fun a amazing story of how crazy this phenomena is and that the Government doesn't have such a amazing handle on it themselves you'll have fun the book as well. I read it in 1 day.
Having used one of Linda's other books, I was ready to see what this drama offered; particulary for this season of Lent. The play enables one to think about sacrifice in a various way. Not the traditional "give something up," process. Rather, sacrifice with a caring and trusting heart. This drama could be wisely used as sermon before Lent begins. I see its contribution, as a resource, in an adult bible study group. The play has much value, beyond the Lenten season, as one considers how necessary help groups are to Christian growth.
I love this series. _The Solution_ is the best entry thus far. Vincent and Mal are complex characters who have both reached the point in their lives when they wish to live their individual truths. They meet and luckily those truths mesh well. I will not spoiler the book as far too a lot of of the reviews here do. Both Mal and Vincent have secrets, but, like the mature adults that they are, they bare their souls when the opportunity arises. Scott handled difficult problems including abuse sensitively and with skill. I am fond of the previous two books, especially _The Problem_. But _The Solution_ is just in a various league. This is not stand alone. If you wish to read it, read the first two books first. Someone complained about this, even though the book is clearly marked as book 3.
Such a sweet story. These two have overcome so much in their lives. The only reason I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I want there had been more information about their pasts. Want more info had been included. It was sweet, y and entertaining, if a bit anticlimactic at the end. Cant wait for the next one.
Another AWESOME book from Piper. I don’t even know where to start with this book. Mal is so awesome! So powerful even after all the tragedies in his life. Vincent, i admire his bravery, kudos to him for following who he really is meant to be. And Nikki! So sweet, that girl. Really amazing book, I want there was more on the backstory but the show is more important. This might be my fave as of all the books. Still waiting for Knot’s though 😋😉
I love this book! The characters are funny without being cardboard chop outs, and the lesson is played out within the story, rather than shoved in one's face. I think the play would be very adaptable, say to a teen youth group, as well as for an adult of all, the formatting looks attractive on my Kindle and I'm actually able to read it easily without the cut-off pages or odd formatting I've found in some e-books.If more churches used short dramas like this one, with positive, realistic characters and messages rather than didactic sermons or angsty, emotional guilt-mongering, I think we might see a fresh impact on communities. Love this play, and love this author! Can't wait to see more from her!
A clever wit the author of "The Sacrifice Help Group" has and she uses it to make a play, off Broadway material, to teach as well as delight. Can you imagine a group of adults discussing what actions they will take to satisfy their Lenten Obligations, giving up certain temptations, ommiting certain pleasures, committing certain hardships. It't at once humorous and serious and delights me. I look forward to more from Linda Bonney Olin. I'd give the piece four stars as an enjoyable read, five as an instrument for serious work. FJD
This was better than the first 2 ! I struggled with book 1 . It was very confusing to me at the begin of it , as to who was who & what it had to do with single dad's group . I almost didn't even [email protected]#$%! . I only picked up book 2 because I wanted Gages HEA desperately !!! Didn't really think I'd obtain book 3 but those fellas would not allow me go lol I'm glad ! I think this was the best !!! There's a surprise twist with xVerity 😁 OMG 😁 I actually went WHOA lol I'm glad I stuck with it & I LOVE , LOVE , LOVE Mal & Vincent !!!
A delightful read, “The Sacrifice Help Group” had me chuckling even as it probed and challenged my own understanding of vertheless, it’s drama. The characters were made to come to life so we can have fun the experience together and then go on to search joy in living out what true sacrifice involves. As amazing as it on the page, it's destined for greater impact on stage.
Mal is a survivor of the white lotus and also other atrocities done to him. His soul is ready at latest to have some happy. One thing he's always wanted is a baby so he decided IVF is his method to go after other methods have not succeeded. I love Mal.xVerity ,or Vincent , is a doctor , an infertility spet but no spoilers so enough of that. He has a six going on sixteen daughter Nikki that it's impossible not to love and an ex it's impossible to l and Vincent hookup ,but really more, at Alex and Gwynning's wedding.Piper gives us so much story and all of it critical to the outcome so explaining further will spoil. Suffice it to say that Piper did it again with this one and, as usual , we're all asking when The Decision is e conversations between the group are laugh out loud funny. Just sayin’ placenta???I LOVED this book and the entire connected series but I do agree FIGI!!!🌴🌈💟
This was probably my favorite Piper Scott book so far.I loved that Mal finally was able to have his own HEA. His experiences since the White Lotus have been heartwrenching and often cent was the excellent match for Mal, and they helped one another heal, and become stronger, into the men they felt had been trapped inside.
After meeting Mal in earlier books it’s hard to watch his dreams obtain shot down time and again but Vincent to the rescue. It was a hard read because some [email protected]#$%! close to home. The age play was very hot. Ending a bit anticlimactic based on the previous books. Overall a nice simple read. Hoping KnotMyProblem & LovelyHarley obtain their HEA in future books.
This is the final album by Wham!. The album was not initially released in North America, where Wham!'s third and final studio album Melody from the Edge of Heaven was released instead. Four songs from that album appear on this is is the CD you need to obtain for all the huge hits. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Last Christmas", "Club Tropicana", "Everything She Wants". I like it.
Wham! no doubt was one of the most successful pop acts of the 80s even though they released only 3 studio albums and their fame lasted only for 4 years (1982-1986). The reason for their success was probably George Michael's singer-songwriter qualities which proved to be too amazing for the band and led to his solor career (George Michael's first solo album, "Faith" was the best-selling album of 1987). This collection includes all of the band's [email protected]#$%!s including their rare early hits Wham Rap, Young Guns and Poor Boys. I own "The Edge of Heaven", another ver of Wham's greatest hits which do not have these songs. The Edge of Heaven collection also excludes "Freedom" and "Everything She Wants" both of which are included in this collection. If you are a fan of the 80s melody or even curious about the 80s sound, you will do well buying this collection because it really defines the 80s pop sound. Wham's singles were always upbeat, catchy tunes with memorable melodies and lyrics, such as "Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the very next day, you gave it away..." a song that you will still hear on the radio come Christmas. Or Careless Whisper "Time can never mend, a careless whisper of a amazing friend" - the ultimate 80s anthem for slow ballad. The only song that is not on this album but on "The Edge of Heaven" is "Blue" but this doesn't reduce the value of this collection. If you are interested in Wham/George Michael's music, I'd also suggest DVD collection George Michael: Twenty Five .
Yes I always order from here so I know I always obtain amazing working merchandise. As for the cd itself, I love it. Always been a fan of wham. When I read latest Christmas pudding mix I thought it was going to be a horrible remix but that's the one I'm use to hearing so I am happy.
I do not understand. I pay 20$ + dollars to not be able to watch past episode 1! Amazon customer service explained to me that they are just delayed in uploading and should be up soon — just not sure when. I’ll adjust my review when I see the rest uploaded. The first episode though? Soooo good, so I am very excited about the season.
The present would be great. ...IF I COULD WATCH IT.("Don't rate a present based on Amazon not showing it") Really Queen? If I can't watch it I can't rate it now can I?This rating is based on AMAZON's inability to deliver WHAT WAS PAID FOR!Do not buy this, AMAZON doesn't seem to have the rights to sell it...or they don't know how to deliver it.
Present is AMAZING, product from Amazon is sub par by far.Episodes are available in USA in FULL already. I bought this to ensure payment to the producers and for ease of streaming/ downloading.Unable to have fun product as Amazon is failing to deliver ere are MORE episodes. Where are they?? What the fork is the release schedule? USE YOUR WORDS AMAZON. Tell us what the plan is, stat.
Clearly there are RuPaul's Drag Race fans on this side of the pond, who are stupefied spoiled brats, who leave one star trashy reviews of an iconic and award-winning tv show. It isn't Globe of Wonder's fault, it's not Amazon's fault, nor is it RuPaul's fault, that the U.K. episodes have already aired in the U.K. (which is appropriate considering each queen lives there), while each episode is created available in the U.S., the day after the episode is broadcast on LOGO TV. If they have a beef about the show, take it to LOGO TV. It's puerile and disingenuous to say you're being ripped off, or the present stinks, when we know you won't miss one min of an episode of the fresh U.K. r real DRAG RACE fans, season one of RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. is a winner! The accents are different, and the pool of talent is smaller (with 1 UK drag queen for every 5 in the USA), this group of ten queens is highly entertaining and talented. RuPaul's couture gowns are incredible, and it's a joy to watch comics Alan Carr and Graham Norton as judges. Alan Carr is one of the funniest comedians on the planet, and I know that American audiences will love him.I've seen the first four episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race U.K., and this is the same winning formula that we love and have grown accustomed to. Ignore the poor reviews here and check the present out yourself. Each episode so far has the same joy, laughter, tears and love that keeps us coming back for more. Long live the queens - I mean DRAG QUEENS - on both sides of the pond. And may the best woman win!
Ok I know I fall in the unpopular opinion category on this one but honestly, this book only blew up cause it fit the aesthetic of being “anti-man.” It wrongly categorized itself as horror and the only thing horrific about this book was how pretentious the writing tried to be. So beyond “trying hard” that the poems most of the time didn’t create sense. They had no point and I feel like if you haven’t seen every single film these poems were based on then it’s a pointless read. Overall the worst book I’ve read in years. Don’t recommend this to anyone.
The final girl trope is a prevalent one in horror films, specifically slashers, where once the action of the film sets in and her mates are picked off one by one, the mild-mannered (generally “good”) girl has to suit up, grab a weapon, shout a lot, slay the baddie, and limp off into the rising sun, soaked in blood, forever changed.And yet, women are not really depicted all that heroically in a lot of horror films. They are in need of saving, fall deep into stereotypes, and are constantly objectified and dissected as parts instead of people. Even though she’s the one who survives, the use of the final girl trope isn’t really all that empowering to women.I like Clare C. Holland’s use of the term “horror heroine” in her collection of poems that returns power to the feminine, to the women who search within them the primal urge to war and survive by any means possible.And that definition isn’t just confined to the realm of horror movies. As Holland outlines in her rallying cry of an introduction—it’s been a beautiful poor year. But it’s also been a time of change, of women stepping up and saying “no more,” of role models and fierce, nasty ladies everywhere taking charge. These poems are for them. And if you agree, these poems are for you, parated into four parts, each poem carries the title of the name of a girl from a horror movie, and the poem itself is her story, from her perspective as a person who has been terrorized, hurt, or otherwise abused by some kind of villain—human, supernatural, alien—sometimes even she is the e films range from classics like Halloween, The Brood, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to more latest and indie films like Under the Skin, The Witch, Honeymoon, and A Dark ere were only a few that I hadn’t seen (added them to my watchlist immediately) and while the context of the films is helpful and could expand on the reader’s interpretation of the poem, it is by no means important to watch them. The poems stand alone as stories of the resiliency of the human spirit and the real awesome nature of ese are emotional and resonant poems that obtain to the heart of what it means to be someone who has experienced something traumatic. Through the use of horror films, Holland has also captured a piece of the current socio-political trauma in these pages, and that’s powerful, not only as an argument for why horror is important, but for how we can continue to war back as creators, artists, and women.
I Am Not Your Final Girl is a poetry collection, each poem from the point of view of a woman in a horror movie from final girl heroes to (seemingly) monstrous villains and everything in between. Claire C. Holland skillfully captures each character, their mindset, and their emotions completely. They are sorted into four categories: Assault, Possession, Destruction, and e introduction of the book contextualizes the collection with Holland's feelings about the current state of affairs in the United States with the Trump presidency and the resulting and increasing attacks on women physically and in legislation. Women's bodily autonomy is constantly debated and, by extension, so is our humanity. She sees final girls and true life women willing to stand up for their rights as those to look to, emulate, and support us deal with our darkest moments. Through this lens, Holland takes characters in horror movies and makes them more than the trope they fall in or often how they are portrayed the section titled Assault, women survive or sucb to a lot of various types of assault. Holland takes their conflict in the movie and relates it to things that women experience every day. Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby (1968) shows how her husband, who gave her up like an object, is worse than the Devil himself. Carla from The Entity (1982) points out how doctor's don't believe her about her condition or how much pain she's in, which is a typical experience for a lot of women with fatal results. Sara from The Descent (2005) describes her mindset at the very latest stage of the film, where she is surrounded by monsters and haunted by her daughter and the sins of her past. Holland perfectly articulates the feeling behind Sally's maniacal laughter at the end of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) in the back of the pickup truck, glad to be alive but not sure if she can continue. My favorite of this section is Laurie Strode from Halloween (1978), who shows that this situation of men killing women happens literally everywhere and that she is just trying to live her e second section titled Possession has some unexpected entries. Bea from Honeymoon (2014) puts her story into her context, where her husband is frightening of change in his fresh wife and also changing to be continually interrogating her and abusive. Shideh from Under the Shadow (2016) focuses on her lost career and how women are meant to give up everything they are when they become mothers, leaving parts of themselves to rot with disuse, while men are exempt. Nola from The Brood (1979) is also focused on society's view of motherhood as the most necessary thing in the globe contrasted with society's treatment of mothers. Ginger's poem from Ginger Snaps (2000) is my favorite. People surrounding her viewed her as ly available with their catcalls, gossip, and name calling. When she became and embraced it, she became a creature in their eyes. This poem in particular captures the entire movie and its notice an only a page or e third section title Destruction contains a lot of characters deemed as monstrous. Francisca from The Eyes of My Mother (2016) and May from May (2002) both wish to connect with people. While Francisca bathes her dead father and mourns her lost connection, May collects parts like cloth scraps for a fresh mate and longs to be truly seen. Amelia from The Babadook (2014) thinks of murderering her kid and freeing herself from the burden, something women might think of if parenting isn't what they expected or wanted. India from Stoker (2013) is titillated by her own expression of violence. Elsa's poem from Splice (2009) really changed my view of the film. I hadn't really liked it and found it problematic in a lot of ways. However, this view of the monster reminds me more of Frankenstein, where men are obsessed with mothering, giving birth, and creating creatures to do the horrific things they simply can't. She longs to remake the globe in her own photo in e fourth section titled Transformation has some less obvious choices that focus more on interior rather than exterior transformation. One of the contentious scenes in Black Christmas (1974) is when Jess remains in the house even though she was told the assassin is there. Her poem shows how she isn't happy waiting outside to be saved and has to do what she can to save her friends. Mia from The Evil Dead (2013) also has the strength to war for and save herself. Dana from The Cabin in the Woods (2011) refuses to be sacrificed for a broken globe and braces herself for whatever changes that brings. Carrie (1976) rejects responsibility for original sin heaped upon her and wars back covered in blood. Clarice from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) finds it hard to tell the difference between men and creature since both look at her while stripping her down. Selena from 28 Days Later (2002) rejects the military's effort to rebuilt society with rape when that globe is already gone.I Am Not Your Final Girl is not something I would normally seek out. I am not the largest fan of poetry, but so a lot of reviewed it favorably that I had to read it. I have never been so emotionally affected by poetry. Claire C. Holland masterfully captures each hero as they are in the movie and relates their experience to women today, whether it be in surviving emotional or physical abuse, being ignored, rejecting the status quo, not fitting into society's view of women, or long for some sort of connection. I was satisfied to see fresh perspective of movies from the point of view of the hero and so much dozens in the movie choices. I will eagerly read whatever Holland writes next.
I’m a large fan of poetry, but only recently started reading items similar to the horror genre - and I’m obsessed!Each of the poems in this small collection focuses on a hero from really famous horror movies through the years - so a lot of ones that I really love, and it was wonderful reading such special takes on them. For a lot, I could tell who they were about without looking at the title, and it became a sort of android game for me to test to piece clues together and figure it out. For others, the perspective was so special that it needed me to stop and reread them, which I e method it’s written makes the poetry relatable to anyone (not just horror lovers!), especially for me as a woman - the feminist edge to much of the book and Claire's poems is both refreshing and completely heartbreaking. Feminists can often obtain a poor reputation in the media, almost to the point where some people shy away from using the term at all - but the war for equality is an necessary one, for a lot of various marginalized groups, so I appreciated this aspect a lot.I got this on Kindle, finished it in less than an hour (highlighting passages and lines the whole time!), and then immediately bought the physical copy so I could have this as a permanent part of my private library. When it arrived a few days later, I read it again - and will likely revisit it a lot of more times in the future!
This book is strong for the moment you begin it. Wether male or female the poetry in this book has something to offer you. The prologue really spoke to me and I’m sure it will speak to anyone who picks up and reads a copy of Not Your Final Girl by Claire Holland. The poetry and writing is so exceptional that unless someone told you, you wouldn’t know this is Claire’s first book. Coming from someone who not gong lie hasn’t watched very a lot of Horror Films or read that much poetry for that matter I highly recommend that you pick up your copy of Not Your Final Girl today and read it as soon as you can. It changed my perspective on a lot of things in an necessary way. I look forward to reading Claire Holland’s future work! - Monica Rivera
I heard about this collection on Horror Film Podcast Episode #145. Seeing it was only $5 on Amazon, I decided to give it a shot. I was a bit wary; although I love horror films as well as poetry, I haven't come across a lot of successful attempts to bring those two things together. I've read "horror poetry" that doesn't work terribly well as poetry--rooted more in horror tropes and creepy words than the multi-layered, imagistic sensibility of poetry. I was pleasantly surprised to see these as compelling poems unto themselves, but also to see them provide additional insight and emotional resonance if you are familiar with the movies they're based on.I also wasn't sure about what to expect knowing this was written with a feminist twist on horror movies. Horror has quite an ambiguous, not to say vexed, relationship with gender politics and feminism. Depending on the work and the critic, it can be read as highly misogynistic and risky (as several feminists in the past have argued with me), or empowering and transgressive, or some mix of the two (my private view of most horror). "I Am Not Your Final Girl" is a confrontational title that almost sounds dismissive. It sounds as if it characterizes the final girl trope as simply a reinforcement of misogyny, rather than a more transgressive figure, as Carol Clover seemed to argue in her seminal Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (which introduced the term "final girl"). I was mistaken in this, and I will explain e notion that the final girl is more oppressive than empowering resonates with the sentiment of a lot of feminist critics, including filmmaker Anna Biller, who stirred up controversy by tweets such as this: "Unpopular opinion: the 'final girl' is not there in most cases to celebrate a powerful woman. She is there to dispel male voyeuristic guilt at the pleasure of watching eight other disposable women be violently killed, and so he can call his entertainment progressive.'" She also wrote an in-depth blog post called The Misogyny of the Modern Slasher Movie . But there are also feminist critics who disagree with Biller's take. On the most latest episode (#62) of the Faculty of Horror podcast, hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West - writers who examine horror through a feminist lens - strongly objected to a number of Biller's obtain back to the title and the book's feminism: the title and the book's tone are definitely confrontational, but not in a dismissive way, as I thought at first. "Laurie," based on Laurie Strode from John Carpenter's Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray], puts it best:Something can be vulnerableand strong both at once, butyou cannot understand this,and I have grown so weary tryingto explain....The confrontation comes from what I would say is the desire to speak from the perspective of women who have been wounded, abused, terrified, or in some other method created vulnerable, without eroticizing or essentializing that vulnerability. Of telling stories of women who are powerful, but not just in a vengeful or action heroine type of way. They are strong in being able to confront daily fears and prejudices as well as creatures and psychopathic killers--and in some cases, identifying more with the creatures and psychopaths than the mundane brutalities surrounding them.I sat down to read the first few poems from the book, and ended up reading the whole thing in one stretch. The poems aren’t that long–it took me about a half an hour. I have re-read my favorites several times since, as their richness rewards re-reads. They are imaginative and really take you into the mindset of the characters, sometimes in surprising ways. The focus isn’t necessarily on the characters responding to the happenings in the movie they’re from. Each poem is more like a series of photos clustered around an idea or particular emotional experience the hero has. Some of them gave me e poems' titles are the names of the characters being explored, with the film and year the film was released below. This is a helpful method to orient the reader. The poems for "Laurie (Halloween, 1978)," "Rachel (The Ring, 2002)," "Shideh (Under the Shadow, 2016)," and "Nola (The Brood, 1979)" are especially engaging. Even those poems based on movies I haven't seen were interesting. As you can tell just from the selection above, the movies are quite varied, from the 1970s up to as latest as 2016, from classics like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary to fresh indie movies like A Dark Song."Laurie" reads as a take on paternalistic chauvinism, how "monsters" like Michael Myers are actually made by the male-centric society that restricts women's autonomy over their own bodies and holds men as their "protectors.""Rachel" seems like a meditation on mortality, focusing on the photos of horses that recognize (or represent?) her looming threat of death."Shideh" deals with the myriad struggles women face, and the a lot of sacrifices they must make:You'd be shocked what a woman can livewithout. We're like roaches, we thrive,pull our tired bodies through war, thingswe never asked for, with kids strappedto our backs...."Nola" explores the "terror" of motherhood, how patriarchy exalts it in the abstract while men often can't deal with the realities of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. It packs one of the most stunning punches of the collection at the end of the poem:The law believes in motherhood,in theory.Put to practice,and you are all recoil,all n't you wish to come with me?I thought you likedloaded weapons.I think one can understand the poem's sentiment without having seen the film, but being familiar with David Cronenberg's The Brood, a disturbing and grotesque "body horror" movie with a bizarre take on childbearing and a male doctor's attempt to control it for his own ends, that ending resonates even more strongly.I highly recommend this to anyone who would have fun a collection of poems drawn from horror movies and/or addressing feminist perspectives. It should also appeal to anyone who enjoys "persona poems" or dramatic monologue poems.
I don't watch a lot of horror and have only seen about five of the movies referenced, but reading this collection was a visceral experience that neatly paired with my mounting dread about the direction of the tide of women's rights and women's status as bodily autonomous. To empathize with these Final Girls on such an animal, female level is to know the threat is looming, to see it's shadow cast over you. Just like these Final Girls, we're all in a horror film, sensing the dread.I appreciated the organization by theme-- Assault, Possession, Destruction, Transformation-- and the accompanying drawings would create amazing ese were my private favorites:The Female (Part I) (Under the Skin, 2013)Jennifer ( I Spit on Your Grave, 1978)Bea (Honeymoon, 2014)Thomasin (The Witch, 2015)May (May, 2002)The Female (Part II) (Under the Skin, 2013)Amy (Felt, 2014)Selena (28 Days Later, 2002)
Strong and poignant. I read it cover to cover. Even the introduction created me tear up with the strength and perspective of this author. I am a huge old scaredy cat and have seen none of the horror movies referenced. But because I am a woman in this world, and I could relate to so a lot of of these poems. Highly recommend. It added some fuel to my heart. I am in the same side as these "final girls" with bared-teeth strength and unapologetic fight.
Content Warnings: assaultI Am Not Your Final Girl is a howl of pain and rage, a feminist unburdening. This remarkable volume of poetry is a tribute to Final Girls that is both tender and fierce in its love for the horror heroines who create it (or should create it) to the ends of our favorite scary movies. This book is more than just a treat for fans of horror cinema; it is an exorcism of patriarchal demons and a call to arms for women and non-binary femmes who wish to write their own endings.Each poem is named for a movie heroine, with the film’s title and year listed after her name. This easy act is revolutionary in and of itself — each woman becomes the star of her own movie, and the reader must reorient their thinking to recognize her as a fully realized being of (all-too-fragile, yet incredibly strong) flesh and bone. Holland doesn’t let the reader to reduce these women to body parts to be ogled or carnage to be devoured. She forces you to see their faces, say their names, and feel their stories. Even when the heroine has no given name, as in the cases of She from Antichrist and The Female from Under the Skin, this titling convention lends reverence to their formerly anonymous-sounding monikers and imbues the names with the characters’ own essences. They are not Jane Does; they are She and The e collection begins with “Rosemary,” an ode to Mia Farrow’s hero in Rosemary’s Baby, which is soon followed by “Carol,” a tribute to Catherine Deneuve’s hero from Repulsion. I struggled at first with the inclusion of two Roman Polanski films…how can you express your admiration for Tarana Burke and the #MeToo movement in the introduction, I wondered, and then exalt the works of a rapist? But as I said above, Holland is centering the heroines in her work, not their abusers. Ultimately, I see “Rosemary” and “Carol” as reclaiming those two characters and arguing that they — along with all real-world victims of violence, whether they be female, male, or nonbinary — deserve better.(A private note: That reconciliation doesn’t mean I’ll ever watch either movie again. I’ve watched both and loved both, which is something I still struggle with, but I cannot and will not watch a Polanski film ever again. I’ve avoided this subject in the past because I’ve been afraid of fellow horror fans judging me for the decision, but it’s not a topic I can avoid in this review if I wish to maintain any honesty or integrity. One thing I can promise you is that I will never lecture you or judge you for what horror films you choose to watch or not watch. I merely ask the same in return.)Holland organizes her poems into four sections: Assault, Possession, Destruction, and Transformation. Again, by distilling common horror tropes into such stark and easy language, Holland makes us reexamine them from new perspectives. First, we see the sadly universal language of abuser and abused, of oppressor and oppressed: the word “possession,” for example, stops conjuring up photos of small girls vomiting pea soup and starts bringing to mind more mundane horrors. In “Laurie,” an ode to iconic final girl Laurie Strode from Halloween, Holland writes: I ask you to tell me of a city where this hasn’t happened, where some brute dressed in black hasn’t donned a mask, shadowed a woman, called himself a creature to blot out his own ddenly the Shape isn’t some mythical boogeyman, but just another in a long line of men who are all too eager to go out at night searching for young women to brutalize. These words are tired and bitter and angry, and as Holland demonstrates in every poem, women have earned those emotions countless times over. But soaring above the pain and anguish, there is also strength and beauty and hope. In “Transformation,” Holland invokes one of my favorite final girls, Jess from Black Christmas: “I can’t exist in a method that comforts you.” Jess is incapable of conforming to the expectations and demands of all the men in her life, including her would-be killer. Her real identity transcends the roles each of them would have her the penultimate poem in her collection, “Dana,” Holland calls for a revolution. In this tribute to the final girl from The Cabin in the Woods, she writes: So maybe this is how the globe ends: not with a bang or a whimper, but with revolution. The promise of something new.Her final girls have survived the attempts at assault, possession, and destruction. Now they have been transformed into something new, something that will outlast the slashers and the villains. Holland’s final words to the reader are: “I will live.” This is a vow to herself, to us, and to the ones who wish to tear her down. She will live.I Am Not Your Final Girl is a searing work of art that will deepen your appreciation of your favorite horror movies and perhaps even support you search fresh movies and characters to love. It is a celebration of what makes horror heroines great, a heartbreaking love letter to the women who died fighting, and a promise that the rest of us will war like hell…not just to stay alive, but to live.
So I was grabbed by the introduction. I don't think I have ever said that about a book before, Grabbed by the introduction? The cover of this book screams amazing old-fashioned bloodbath horror, but it is so much more. The intro really gives you a deep sense of where the author was at mentally, physically when penning these poems. It also highlights the ridiculously cool premise of the comparison of today's feminist heroes to the "final girls" from horror films ( latest and classic ). The book is divided into 4 parts - Assault, Possession, Destruction, Transformation. The power of these characters/poems seems to escalate and surge from each poem/section to the next. My #1 favorite was the first poem in the Transformation section:Jess.Other favorites were Elsa, Amy and Laurie.
I've been on a history binge lately and I followed "All The President's Men" with this book and really enjoyed it. I'm old enough to remember all this unfolding and how the nation was stunned to learn of our betrayal by the President. As a read, it was a small rough due to the rush to publish. But still very interesting.
A fantastic, insightful book! Absolutely recommend, it goes far beyond All the Pres Men and other books associated with Nixon and watergate. What and exciting time to be a journalist and break the largest news story, Woodward and Bernstein the original power duo!