Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Branching off from the events compiled in Brightest Day:Green Lantern, this compilation centers on the pact that he made between Guardian Ganthet & Atrocitus, and the devestating results from following up on that.
Not to give anything too much for those who have yet to read the other issues of Brightest Day, basically it follows up on the mysterious disappearances of the other entities of the color spectrum as someone seems to keeping them plus the fact that the Green energy of will seems to be on the verge of being siphoned out by another entity located in the Uncharted region that prompts Guy Garder, along with Drill Sergeant Kilowog and Lantern Arisia to check it out.
All in all it's a good wild ride of a read together with the unlikely partnership of Red Lantern, Bleez, I'm excited for the next compilation and like Guy I'm starting to see Green.....and Red!!!
Power up Poohzers!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Following the events detailed in the first book, The Strain, its sequel, The Fall aptly titled, metaphorically works on different levels for the reader upon finishing the last chapter. When last seen our hero, (CDC) Center for Disease head, Ephraim Goodweather together with Jewish Pawnshop broker and Vampire expert, Abraham Setrakian, has just faced the Master and lived to tell the tale. Along with rat exterminator, Vasilly Fet, they have traced the Master’s lair to the tunnels underneath Ground Zero in New York, flushed him out and even wounding him after facing him head on following an attack on their home. But surviving that was just the beginning as The Master’s human partner in this pandemic crisis, billionaire cripple, Eldritch Palmer have begun to infiltrate people in government, and turned the tide against Ephraim and made him look like the bad guy for having uploaded a video of a Vampiric transformation and blamed him for the death of fellow CDC officer. Apparently in wanting to warn the public and do good, he has done more harm.
By the time the crisis was addressed by Congress, numerous raids by newly turned Vampires have begun in different neighborhoods and being not warned, local enforcement officers have fallen both as prey and have become turned victims by the monster themselves. If this wasn’t enough, Ephraim had to deal with his wife being newly turned and is hunting them as they move from one sanctuary after another. One silver lining amidst all this was the revelation of The Ancients, a group of 6 Vampires who are opposed to what the Master is doing and have rescued Book 1 survivor, Gus and added him to their roster of exterminators and contracted humans to fight against the Master’s increasing forces.
Like the first book, and in spite of the wait for its release, The Fall, succeeds in keeping the pace and twists of the storyline and even add more glimpses into some of the characters past like how Abraham and Eldritch Palmer have been rivals in the Vienna University, and it is rivalry that has characterized their relationship ever since. We also learn that being a survivor in a Nazi concentration camp, Setrakian’s commanding officer was currently the Master’s right hand man, Thomas Eichhorst. Add to that is the revelation and search for a mysterious book called the Occido Lumen, a silver lined tome that holds the key to the Vampiric origin and greatly desired by both the Master and Abraham himself. And you know how Silver is poisonous to Vampires. Well, in this book, that is.
The title works for me on all levels as it refers to different beats in the story. On the surface, it does mean the fall of different key cities in the book like New York, Washington, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Paris and others as well as the fall of Man to these beings who clearly declare that they are at the top of the food chain by way of their actions. But in certain places, it also covers the fall of the Ancients themselves, by falling into hubris and not protecting their own ranks from the Master’s infiltration as well as Man’s own fall into the abyss of his own dark side and turning against his fellowmen when push comes to shove.
So clearly on all levels, the book is a good read for me in spite of some scenes that didn’t explain why some of the Ancients were just dropping down like flies and turning into a pile of white ash while Abraham was in conference to them when he brought them the book. Clearly it was the doing of the Master who by this time in the book we know was part of this Ancient Coven and was also the 7th and the youngest member of the circle who rebelled and waged this war; this infection of the food supply in bitter protest against the Ancients who have not given him his due. But I would’ve wanted a clear insight as to how the Master was doing this. Or we left to assume that the silver-lined photo flash that Fet and Abraham rigged underneath the tunnels have been copied by the Master? (scratches head)
With that said I hope that I have given this book its due and warrants enough interest for you to either pick it up or begin reading the book that began it all. Like Empire Strikes Back, Two Towers, our heroes are battered, bruised, pushed to hell and back but there is definitely still some fight left in them. Till then like you, I will be awaiting the 3rd and final installment of this hi-tech vampire epic and like the Master and picking up on his own line, I look forward to “The Night Eternal”.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Like any other trip, all of us were excited from the get-go; not to mention the excitement we had in getting to the airport. It was a Friday and so traffic was expected. Baby had to go straight to the airport and wait for me there while I had to take a cab to Terminal 3. Badet, Charm and with husband Jun followed suit. Meanne was the last to arrive. And when she did, we were queing up to the check in counter. Our flight was 10:50 in the evening and so we had a lot of time to catch up on our own excitement from the Friday traffic trek to the airport, the weeks quest to find the proper rate and money exchange center for our respective Malaysia Ringgit, to which I only was able to find 200 and the prospect of awesome purchases in Malaysia when we get there.
We call ourselves the Kurimaws, a name that Baby called his fun loving and rowdy group of dentists and nurses. And so it was that the Kurimaws got into Malaysia at 1:00am with apparently no sign of our tour guide Mr. Bell. We were surprised to find out from him as we got into the van some 30 minutes later that the airport we arrived at was a low cost airport. But considering that the airport was well lit, well equipped technologically with finger scanners at the immigration, it was for us, a far cry from a low cost airport. And because it was low cost, we could only imagine how the real Malaysian international airport is going to be.
Now since 1pm is the check in time for our hotel, Swiss Inn, in Chinatown, Mr Bell, who is a resident Malay and has been doing this for 17 years took it upon himself to check us in at Guest Hotel where we stayed for the night. As we were at the outskirts of the city, the hotel did not have the glitz and charm of most 3-star, much less 5 star hotels but had the basic necessities we needed that night, which was a good bed and good bathroom to freshen up and be ready for gruelling day ahead.
The day started with rather unusual and non-satisfying breakfast choices consisting of only toast bread with egg and the Malaysian staple called Nasi Lemak. Baby, being the adventurous one in tasting new food and vowed to immerse oneself in Malay went for the unconventional choice. When we were served, I got the better end of the deal with the toasted bread with preferred scrambled egg and coffee. Nasi Lemak as it turned out was just white rice topped with egg and with a side dish of some spicy concoction that we never got the name for. I know, bummer. Later when Jun and Charm came down for breakfast, the server saw the result of our choices and changed both their toasted bread selections to the standard American breakfast with additional sausages. Lucky.
And with those choices, we set off for the first stop of the morning which was the Royal Palace. And like the UK, the Royals were just figure heads and do not hold true lawmaking power. The Prime Minister is the one who does. The Palace was off limits for casual visitors and tourists. People hoping to catch a glimpse of Malaysian royalty were only relegated to the gates, where sentries, like UK’s Buckingham Palace, were posted and riding atop big horses and in full Malaysian military regalia. The high gates reminded us of our own Malacanang Palace in Baguio to which we were also forbidden to enter. Second stop of the day came next by way of the Batu Caves.
The cave itself is a limestone hill, which is a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district. I remember seeing a documentary about the cave some months back on the Lifestyle network. The cave itself is truly a wonder of massive rock formation and although may seem incongruent in the middle of a bustling city, it is that quality that makes it a wonder to behold up front. I can only imagine the same awe that Malaysians in history had when it was discovered and formed. The sight itself was something to behold with a gigantic golden statue of Murugan, the son of the Hindu God, Shiva at the mouth of the cave.