SPOILER-FREE REVIEW: The Simpsons S26 E6 “Simpsorama”


I am not the biggest fan of The Simpsons. I hardly like the main characters and my only main reason for continuing to watch it revolves around the satire and the recurring characters. Futurama is my favorite out of the two. I love the science jokes, the main characters, and most of the recurring characters. I’m happy to see Futurama return, even if it is only in a crossover.

The Good:

At least every main character from Futurama had a line,  I actually liked the main characters from The Simpsons, and it did what only two prior episodes of The Simpsons could do. Make me feel emotionally attached to the main characters. It was hilarious, the background jokes were funny, and the minor references to past events in Futurama were enough to make me squeal like the goofy fan I am. (Darn you, writers! Don’t remind me of “Jurassic Bark” again! It’s so sad.)

The Bad:

Like every episode of The Simpsons, if you’ve read the main synopsis of the episode, then you know what’s going to happen for the first and partially second acts of the episode. To be fair, it may have been my fault for watching the clips that were made available pre-premiere.

Secondly, it was too short. I know, I know, everyone might say that, but I still wish that I could see more of Futurama. At least we got to see it one last time.

Final  Thoughts:

Sad, hilarious, and nostalgic. I tip my hat to Matt Groening for making this happen! A+

Comedy: An Unprofessional Rant About Mr. James Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” Series


IMMATURE ANGER

“Maximum Ride Forever” will arrive in May. So, what to say? Well, it seems like this trainwreck of a series WILL be going on forever at this rate! Oh, you say it’s the final book, Patterson? I’ll believe it when I see it! AGH! So this book takes place after the apocalypse at the end of the previous book, previously the final book? The characters were finally happy! Sure, it made no sense, but at least something happened to conclude the series!

Questions about the end will be answered? Oh, yeah, like in the previous book. Sure, sure. Just like the last book, a lot of hype and a ton of nonsensical plot twists. Broken flock? I am interested, as I was unhappy with that at the end of the previous book. Maybe that part will be satisfactory.

Finally, you couldn’t be content with inserting current trends in the fourth-onward books. Love triangles? SURE! Angst? To be fair, that was in the previous books, but we’ll wrap it up here! Wait…I just realized something. The age of supernatural books being the new thing is slowly dying out. Dystopian books are popular now. The apocalyptic world could be dystopian. Well, at least this might not be as bad as other dystopian books.

POSITIVES?

The chance for a good ending to the series. A proper one that respects the characters.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I’ll read it. If I like it, I like it. If I dislike it, I dislike it. It can’t be the worst book I’ve ever read. Please, stick to the Confession…series, Mr. Patterson. Please. You are best when you collaborate with other authors.

Bully For Me. Bully For You.


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To commemorate October as “Bullying Awareness Month,” I bring you the following insights regarding the subject…

As a latch-key kid, I basically came home from school, made my meals, and did my homework until my adult “roommates” came home. (To amuse myself I’d drive across the local park, set fire to things, and make Super-8 movies, usually of me driving across the local park and setting fire to things.) So when I was bullied at school, I not only didn’t have any sense of conflict management or support tools of any kind, but I couldn’t even really talk about it. At the time, the notion of “talking about it” just seemed like it would make it all the more real. So I kept it all bottled up inside and quietly hated myself for being bullied upon. The bullying wasn’t extreme, really, in retrospect: hardly ever physical, mostly just name-calling, the…

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Zach Recommends #1: Mahou Shoujo L’incandescent – an original story


Hi, everyone. I want to start writing blog posts again and this seemed like a nice place to start. I’m subscribed to several WordPress blogs, including a fairly new one. It revolves around a genre of anime (Japanese animation) called “magical girl.” As the title implies, the genre focuses on girls and women who receive superpowers, often revolving around magic. I am not much of an anime fan, but I’m trying to get into it, mostly with the help of my sister.

The new blog in question belongs to a friend of mine. It is an original “magical girl” story that features interesting characters, unique powers, and what looks to be a very suspenseful mystery. I highly recommend this blog to all of my friends. “ElectricNova”, the author, is very talented. I’m Zachary Krishef and I hope that you have an excellent day!

The Book Bag (#8): The Savages


Hello and welcome to The Book Bag! Today, we’re reaching all the way to the bottom! Come, have a bite to eat. We’re serving up something very tasty. Oh, yes, it is delicious. That odd taste? Simply some oregano. That sharp part? That’s not a bone! I think that’s just undercooked broccoli. Also, surprise! You’ve been eating…my famous mashed potatoes! Unlike the protagonists of this book, I do not practice “evolved eating.”

 

To imagine the family in this book, just think of the Addams family and modernize them slightly. Also, take out the weird house, odd servants, and kooky inventions. Just add in some expensive silverware and shady business dealings. Got it? Good! Today, we’re going over The Savages! They are a family who practices cannibalism, but they despite that word. The Savages prefer to think of it as “evolved eating.” Unfortunately, their daughter is dating a vegetarian and might become one. To add to their familial woes, Ivan has accidentally killed someone with a “harmless” prank meant for his sister. A private investigator has been tailing them, so they really don’t need that at the moment.

 

I must admit, this book actually made me feel sympathy for the main characters, despite them killing and eating other people.The grandfather had a relatively good reason for doing so, he just couldn’t stop. When he revealed his secret to his (child) son and when his (now adult) son revealed the secret to his wife, they were hooked. The situations are clever and well-written. Bt the time the book ended, despite the ending being revealed at the beginning, I felt disappointed. I missed the Savages. My only complaint would be to my library for placing in the children’s section. There’s some adult references, specifically, some words that I do not want to repeat.

 

Thankfully, as I was doing some research, I found out that there was a sequel. Strangely enough, that happened the last time I reviewed a current book that I read. (Suck It Up by Brian Meehls. You should read the book and my review. Or, just the book.) This morbidly hilarious tale is definitely worth a read!

 

I’m Zachary Krishef, and have an excellent day!

 

The Savages by Matt Whyman

 

Reviewed by Zachary Krishef

 

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Find out more about the series on evolvedeating.tumblr.com!

 

Next Time: Another horror book, this time recommended to me by someone!

 

The Book Bag (#7): Lorien Legacies Overview


Hello and welcome to The Book Bag! Today, we’re reaching all the way to the bottom! I love it when authors deliberately try to make it seem as though their stories could be entirely real. My first encounter with this was the Harry Potter series, all the way back in first grade. In the books, Muggles (or “non-magical beings”) encounter magic, their minds are wiped. So, the books could be real and we’ve just been mind-wiped! For all I know, I met Harry Potter at the library yesterday! The point is, I know that the books are not real but it’s fun to imagine that they are. The Lorien Legacies series takes it one step further by naming the author as Pittacus Lore, an ancient Lorien who is hiding out on Earth…possibly. In reality, Jobie Hughes and James Fray collaborated to create the series. Now, what is it?

 

The Lorics are an ancient alien race. However, an evil race of aliens known as the Mogadorians attack their planet. Only nine Loric babies and their Cepans (captains/mentors) are sent with them. The Cepans will train them to use their powers (also known as Legacies) to defeat the Mogadorians, who are hunting them. If they succeed in slaying them all, they will conquer the Earth. The various titles of the books (I Am Number Four, The Power Of Six, The Rise Of Nine, etc.) come from the Loric teenagers themselves. They were referred to only as their number. On Earth, they move from town to town when potential Mogadorians arrive, changing their identities. Finally, the Lorics can only be killed in numerical order. Once one of them dies, the others have a horrific scar burned onto their ankle as an involuntary warning signal. Three have already died. Number Four is the protagonist.

 

I have to be honest. The series has some issues, primarily in the first three books. The exposition can be very clunky at times, especially when referring to the various Legacies. Additionally, I don’t mind love triangles, but I get annoyed when they seem shoehorned in or forced. The early ones seem forced. Fortunately, it gets better by the fourth book.

 

And now, the positives. I love this series. I was getting slightly bored by the third book, but it really picked up by the fourth. I enjoy the plot twists and the characters. I don’t have a lot to say that wouldn’t ruin the series, unfortunately. You see, some of the subplots and side characters have their plots explained or announced in ebooks. This made it very confusing for me when I randomly saw a new villain appearing, seemingly with no introduction. Fortunately, they are being released as companion books. If that doesn’t work, I recommend reading the descriptions on Wikipedia or a different website. It’s not the same, but it might be convenient for those who do not possess Kindles, Nooks, or other inventions of that nature.

 

I’m Zachary Krishef. Have an excellent day!

 

The Lorien Legacies by “Pittacus Lore”

 

Reviewed by Zachary Krishef

 

Ask me questions on TV Tropes, my blog, or here! My troper handle is MiscellaneousSoup.


Next Time: I’ll review a children’s book with suicide, murder, swearing, and cannibalism. This should be delightful! (Spoilers: It is.)

The Book Bag (#6): Suck It Up


Hello and welcome to The Book Bag! Today, we’re reaching all the way to the bottom! Hey, kids, do you like vampires? You do? Great! Do you like clever authors? You do? Great! Do you like funny stories that have suspense and action? You do? Great! This book has all of that!

 

Suck It Up is a YA book created by Brian Meehl. You may recognize his name from Between The Lions, The Magic School Bus, and several Jim Henson productions. I am not afraid to admit that while reading this book, I was so happy, that I checked to see who wrote it and squealed in delight upon seeing what he worked on.

 

Anyway, the book stars Morning McCobb. Our alliterative protagonist has just graduated from a school for vampires. He gets picked by the headmaster for a very special purpose. You see, the school trains vampires to fit in with human society. The only stereotypically evil vampire are called The Others. The headmaster wants Morning to be the first vampire to actually come out as a vampire instead of masquerading as a human.

 

The cast of characters includes Morning, a vegan who wants to be a firefighter/superhero, Penny, who is his publicist, Portia, Penny’s daughter who wants to film something great enough to earn her a scholarship to a film college, Birnam, who is the headmaster and leader of the project, and DeThanatos, our aptly-named villain of the story. He sees Morning revealing his powers and wants to kill him for violating the “old ways.”

 

Suck It Up is hilarious. I love the writing style, I love the characters, I love the humor- I just love this book! It made me feel happy to read it. I can’t think of an accurate way to describe it. I really wish that it had a sequel, and it does! During my research for this review, I found out that he made one. Yes! I can’t say it enough times: I love this book. Please, please, please check it out from your local library or buy it. It’s worth buying. I can’t think of anything that I disliked about it.

 

I’m Zachary Krishef, and I hope that you have an excellent day. I have a book to put on hold.

 

Suck It Up by Brian Meehl

Reviewed by Zachary Krishef

Ask me questions on TV Tropes, my blog, or here! My troper handle is MiscellaneousSoup.

Next Time: I’m going to go over the Lorien Legacies series and deliver my thoughts. NO spoilers will be revealed!