Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review for 'S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home' by Eric B. Thomasma

S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home was written by Eric B. Thomasma and is available for purchase at http://www.seams16.com/
Life has never been easy for Charlie and Susan Samplin and their married life together has consisted of one struggle after another. All that is about to change when Charlie is offered an amazing job on S.E.A.M.S. 16, an S.E.A. maintenance station in space. The station is everything that Charlie has ever dreamed of, but Susan believes it just may be too good to be true. After a tour of the station and much consideration, the couple decide to give life in space a try and embark on a new journey together in a new home.
The Samplins are welcomed with open arms and quickly fit into the scheme of things on S.E.A.M.S. 16. But a series of curious and tragic events place them in the midst of an investigation into the origins of a mysterious find and the perpetrator of the terrible crimes against the space station.
S.E.A.M.S. 16 is a very interesting read with descriptive passages and well placed characters that make it easy to immerse yourself directly in the midst of the story. I stepped out of my reading 'comfort zone' with S.E.A.M.S. 16 and was glad that I did. This is a fantastic YA Sci-Fi read and I can see this book translating easily onto the big screen. I must say, I am looking forward to the second book in this series.
I am giving S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home a 3-spider rating. If you find your life on earth a little too boring or mundane and long to be transported away, then pick up a copy of Eric B. Thomasma's S.E.A.M.S. 16: A New Home and let the adventure begin.
CK Webb

Monday, December 21, 2009

Book Review for 'Royal Exile' by Fiona McIntosh

Royal Exile was written by Fiona McIntosh and published in Great Britain by Voyager in 2008. It was also published in the US in 2009 by Harper Voyager. It is the first book in a three-book series named The Valisar Trilogy.
Loethar, an ambitious and bloodthirsty ruler from the Stepps leads an army to take over the Kingdom of Penraven, which is ruled by King Brennus, the 9th Valisar king. But Loethar is after more than the kingdom and he believes the Valisar line is in possession of the power of Coercion which makes them able to compel anyone to do anything. Though King Brennus does not have the power, he knows that only a female Valisar heir can posses it. As Brennus' queen Iselda brings forth the female heir, Brennus hatches a plan to save the baby along with his son, Leo from Loethar and the death he surely brings the heirs of the Valisar throne.
Loethar takes over the Valisar kingdom and murders King Brennus and Queen Iselda but by this time, Gavriel DeVis, the son of Brennus' Legate Regor DeVis, has secreted Leo away and now must keep him safe until he is a man and can take back his father's throne. As Loethar attempts to find the young king, Gavriel and Leo play a dangerous game of cat and mouse while other loyal subjects of the Valisar's are perilously working from within to save the Valisar Kingdom.
I found Royal Exile to be a fine, spirited read with plenty of action, adventure and mayhem. The characters are believable and the scenes are true-to-life. The descriptive passages make the reader feel the fear and sorrow experienced by the characters as the story unfolds and races to the crowning of a king. Although I don't feel that this is a stand-alone novel, I believe that anyone who reads this book will be more than happy to read the remaining two books, the second book in the series being Tyrant's Blood, also published in 2009.
I am giving Royal Exile a 3-spider rating and I hope you will check out this great tale of warriors, magic powers and how a young prince becomes a king. It will be well worth your reading time.
DJ Weaver

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Movie Review for Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince - Rated PG


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was directed by David Yates and released in theatres on July 15, 2009. It was released on DVD December 08, 2009. The movie stars Danielle Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) as the young trio of friends attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Since the murder of Sirius Black and the escape of the Death Eaters from Azcaban Prison, no one is safe. Wizards, witches and muggles alike are being terrorized by the Death Eaters and their seemingly misguided dedication to Lord Voldemort. When professor Albus Dumbledore once again asks Harry Potter for his help, the search begins for a missing memory that is key to Voldemort's existence and also to his destruction.
While searching for the missing memory, Harry inadvertently comes across a 'potions book' once owned by The Half-Blood Prince, but who is he? A series of vicious attacks aimed at the now aging Dumbledore prompt Harry, Hermione and Ron to search out the Half-Blood Prince and try, yet again to uncover the one thing that will rid the wizardry world of Voldemort forever. But they will suffer great loss along the way and no one will be the same after they find what they seek.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is, of course, visually stunning and yet I found myself wanting more as the credits rolled. This is not the Harry PotterI have grown to expect and the supporting character's rolls were dull and lackluster. The lead characters did do their very best to save the film and it is for that reason, and that reason alone that I long to see the two final movies.
I must say that I was slightly disappointed by this film, however my children enjoyed it immensely. I am quite sure that lovers of the Harry Potter series will want to see The Half Blood Prince, as they should, in order to continue on with the series' storyline. I can only hope that the next Harry Potter movie doesn't leave me asking 'What Happened?' and that the story I have grown to love returns to the big screen. I am sadly giving Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince a 3-spider rating and am doing so in hopes of better things to come. Please Harry, don't let me down!
CK Webb

Monday, November 30, 2009

Book Review for 'The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land' by Thomas Asbridge


The Crusades: The War For The Holy Land was written by Thomas Asbridge and published by Simon & Schuster UK. The book is set for release in January of 2010. We at WebbWeaver were asked by Simon & Schuster UK to review this title based on a 100 page excerpt and reference materials with maps. We graciously accepted their request and we were quite pleased.
We began our journey into The Crusades with Chapter 13, 'To Crusade' and continued through Chapter 16 'Lionheart'.
In late summer of 1187 Archbishop Joscius of Tyre, set sail for the West. Since Saladin's overtaking of the Holy Land, the most powerful men in the Latin world had become compelled to take up the cross and engage in the campaign and call to arms known throughout history as The Third Crusades. Among the most powerful were Frederick Barbarossa, Emperor of Germany and Phillip II Augustus, the young King of France. But it would be Richard the Lionheart, King of England who would rise as champion of the christian cause and challenge Saladin. The two would meet head to head in the Third Crusades, pitting King against Sultan.
Saladin's rise to power had grown quickly but his taking of Jerusalem marked the beginning of his real trials of leadership and would almost certainly become his downfall. It was much easier to conquer a land than to rule it. The battle between Christendom and the Jihadists is highlighted in great detail, re-enforced with artwork and maps that strategically place the reader directly in the heart of the conflict as it unfolds. We are witness to the first battle where the Christians are finally in a position to go on the offensive and begin the task of attempting to reclaim that which has been taken by Saladin but, a shift in the tides results in mass casualties and the Christians are defeated on the plains of Acre.
The turn in Christendom's favor begins when three and a half years after taking up the cross, King Richard I of England, finally sails into Palestine on June 8, 1191, bringing with him much needed supplies, re-enforcements and positive morale for the weary. Abandoned by the King of France, Richard the Lionheart would step up as a leader and king making the world know his intentions to reclaim the lands Saladin had taken.
After the execution of over 2,600 Saracens due to a broken treaty he and Saladin had entered into together, Richard the Lionheart was free to lead the Third Crusades on to victory. He would do this with the help of many including, the Templars, Poitevins, Normans and the English.
Though he may not be responsible for the turn in The Third Crusade, it is widely believed that Richard's contribution of outward gallantry just may have been the deciding factor in the direction the Crusades would take. The battle at Acre would indeed drive Saladin's forces into retreat however it would not signal the end of the Third Crusades, though it would bring Richard the Lionheart to the brink of victory.
The Crusades is an intricately and beautifully woven tapestry of historical proportions.
Though we have not had the pleasure of reading the book in its entirety, the small part of the journey we took with the writer was entrancing and enlightening. We are quite anxious to read more on the Crusades and that interest was sparked by our reading of three small chapters from The Crusades.
WebbWeaver is giving The Crusades:The War For The Holy Land a 4-spider rating. We would recommend this to any history lover and anyone who has ever wondered about or questioned the past. Pick up Thomas Asbridge's book at http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/, you are sure to be pleased.
CK Webb & DJ Weaver
WebbWeaver

TV Movie Review for 'A Dog Named Christmas' - Rated G


We here at WebbWeaver, don't normally review television movies, but in the case of Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Dog Named Christmas, we are making an exception. This feel-good movie was directed by Peter Werner, with Jenny Wingfield writing the script from the New York Times Best Selling book by author Greg Kincaid. It stars Bruce Greenwood as George McCray, Linda Emond as his wife Mary Ann and Noel Fischer as their developmentally challenged, 20-year old son, Todd.
This wonderful story opens with the McCray family who own a farm in Kansas. George and Mary Ann's son, Todd has a way with animals and when he learns of a local animal shelter's 'Adopt a Dog for Christmas' program, he immediately sets out to convince his dad what a great idea it would be to foster a dog for the holidays. George and Todd visit the shelter and find a dog with no name. Todd decides that the dog's name is Christmas . But there are 32 other dogs in the shelter without homes for the holidays and Todd begins his own campaign to insure that they all get placed and loved by a family, for Christmas.
While Christmas is with the McCray's, Mary Ann tries to convince George that Todd should be allowed to keep the animal, but personal trauma in George's past causes him to resist the idea.
This film was not just a movie about a dog, but a movie about the love of a family, one person's impact on a community and the inner turmoil of a man who is trying to resolve his past. A Dog Named Christmas will make you warm inside and show you how the love of an animal can open our hearts and save us from our pasts.
A Dog Named Christmas is available for purchase on-line at http://www.hallmark.com/ or from any Hallmark Gold Crown Story. If you want a wonderful and heart-warming story to share with your family, believe us...this is it. WebbWeaver gives A Dog Named Christmas a 5-spider rating and we highly recommend this movie for the Holidays.
CK Webb & DJ Weaver
WebbWeaver

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Movie Review for The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Rated PG-13


The Twilight Saga: New Moon, from Summit Entertainment, was released in theatres on November 20, 2009 and was directed by Chris Weitz. New Moon, the second in the series written by Stephanie Meyer and adapted to screenplay by Melissa Rosenburg, stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning and a plethora of other up-and-coming stars.
When a birthday party for Bella (played by Stewart) goes horribly wrong, Edward (played by Pattinson), begins to believe that there is no place for Bella in his vampire world. Edward and the rest of the Cullen family then disappear from Forks, Washington and from Bella's life. Months pass as Bella sinks into a deep depression and longs for her lost love. Through a chance meeting with some local 'bad boys', Bella receives a rush of adrenaline from the dangerous situation, but also a surprise; a spectral image of Edward. Believing that placing herself in danger is her only means of seeing the man she loves, Bella sets out to live life on the edge.
Jacob Black (played by Lautner) and Bella become best friends as he helps her to forget the pain of her loss, but when Jacob begins to exhibit some unusual traits, Bella pushes to find out the truth about her friend and discovers that maybe ALL monsters are real.
Edward, believing Bella dead, goes to The Volturi, rulers of the vampire world and asks to be exterminated but is refused. He then sets out to expose himself in an effort to force the Volturi to end his existence without his beloved Bella. Alice (played by Ashley Greene) and Bella embark on a race against time to save not only Edward, but the entire Cullen family. As Edward, Bella, and Alice are forced to face the Volturi, Aro (played by Sheen) gets a glimpse into Bella's uniqueness and a different turn of events are set into motion.
I must confess to being a big fan of the Stephanie Meyer series and I watched this movie as unbiasedly as possible. The wolf transformations in New Moon are, for lack of a better word, FANTASTIC! The fight scenes that pit vampire-on-vampire are literally mesmerizing and I even held back a tear at more than one point in the movie. Though the movie soundtrack felt lackluster and dull, the introduction of the new characters made up for the musical short comings. If you are a fan of the series you will love New Moon, as it is in good keeping with the book. But if you have never read the series, I recommend that you wait and enjoy the film adaptations first and then read the books. I am giving The Twilight Saga: New Moon a 4-spider rating based on the incredible special effects, the nail biting fight scenes, the intensity of the character emotion and definitely on the promise of things to come.
CK Webb

Movie Review for 'Star Trek" - Rated PG-13


Star Trek, starring Chris Pine (James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Eric Banna (Nero), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Bruce Greenwood (Christopher Pike) and Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) was released through Paramount Pictures. Star Trek premiered in theaters on May 8, 2009 and the DVD was released on Nov. 17, 2009.
When the US Kelvin is attacked in deep space by the Romulan ship Narada and it's captain, Nero, Captain George Kirk must replace his leader who must go to meet with Nero and evacuate the damaged starship. As these events unfold, George Kirk's son, James T. Kirk is being born and the Kelvin is falling apart. George Kirk must sacrifice himself in order to save the 800 persons on board the Kelvin.
Twenty years later, James Kirk is a young troublemaker who is inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to follow in his father's footsteps and become a starship captain. Kirk attends Starfleet training and finishes with high honors but is not assigned to the Enterprise because he has been relieved of duty over a dispute with one of his instructors, the young Lt. Spock. Lucky for Kirk and the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy or 'Bones' as he is known to his friends, through some medical hockus pockus, manages to get Kirk on board the Enterprise.
The planet Vulcan is destroyed by the same Romlulan vessel that destroyed the US Kelvin and James Kirk must fight to save the Enterprise and the Earth, which is Nero's next target.
This movie is an action-adventure of the truest kind. It neatly fits to the story line created by Gene Roddenberry and is true to his vision. The action is non-stop and the plot will keep you entertained throughout. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto convincingly portray Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock in a manner that would make William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy applaud and Mr. Nimoy even makes an appearance as the aging Mr. Spock who sets Kirk on his course to save Earth.
This movie has all the action scenes, sci-fi chromatography and believable characters that come together to make a box-office hit and I loved it. I am giving Star Trek a 4-spider rating and advising you that if you missed it at the movies, please rent the DVD. If action is your genre, you will be PUMPED by this one.
DJ Weaver

Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Review for 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks


The Last Song was written by Nicholas Sparks and released by Grand Central Publishers on September 30, 2009. The Last Song will also be a 2010 coming-of-age drama film starring Miley Cyrus.
Ronnie Miller is an up-and-coming prodigy in the world of classical piano. With the help of her father who is a Julliard instructor, Ronnie is destined to do great things. When her parents' marriage falls apart and her father leaves, Ronnie's hurt and pain change to rebellion and she turns her back on the two things she loves the most...her music and her father.
Three years pass while Ronnie's rebellion spirals out of control and she refuses to speak to her father. Her mother intervenes forcing Ronnie to spend the summer before her eighteenth birthday with her father and brother at her father's home. Her father is now living a much simpler existence and his life's work consists of building a stained glass window for a local church. Ronnie feels only bitterness towards her father but in the end, the journey Ronnie takes in that summer will change her forever, opening her eyes to the real truths behind her father's leaving. With pure, raw human emotion the story also shows us the love of a father for his child, and the spiritual awakening he must embrace.
The Last Song is a heart wrenching tale of love and of love lost, of family and their pull on our lives and of the secrets we sometimes keep. Nicholas Sparks does something in this novel that he always does...he breaks our hearts. Then he does something truly wonderful...he always rebuilds whatever he breaks and we leave stronger than when our journey with him began.
As I read this book it became clear to me how the story would progress and yet I was still moved to tears. Nicholas Sparks has a way of doing that and even though we see the sadness coming, still it overwhelms us. This is not only a beautiful story but an inspiring one as well. I would definitely recommend The Last Song to all fans of Sparks but also to those who have never felt the intensity and strength in this talented author's writing. The Last Song is deeply moving and beautifully written, with characters that vividly bring to memory, times in our own lives. It is for this very reason that I am giving The Last Song a 4-spider rating. You surely will not be disappointed in this poignant story.
CK Webb

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Review for 'The Lost Throne' by Chris Kuzneski

The Lost Throne is the fourth book for Internationally acclaimed writer Chris Kuzneski. It was published in the US in July of 2009 by G.P. Putman's Sons/Penguin Group.
When the decapitated bodies of seven monks are thrown from the high cliffs of the Meteora monastery of Holy Trinity, Nick Dial from the Homicide Division of Interpol, is plunged into the strange world of a monastic religious group guarding an ancient secret in Greece.
Half-way across the globe in St. Petersburg, FL, special forces elites Jonathan Payne and David Jones receive a phone call from a man they do not know who asks for help. When the two men learn that a friend of theirs is also in danger, they decide to get involved. What takes place from this point on is a whirlwind adventure that uncovers a strange twist in history, a phenominal ancient treasure and a beautiful damsel-in-distress.
This tightly written, nail-bitter has something for everyone. The Lost Throne is boldly written and extremely riveting and will keep you on the edge. Kuzneski's descriptive passages are sprawling and make you feel that you are in Greece seeing the ancient monasteries and walking through the small, little-known villages that make up the setting for the book.
The characters are bigger than life and hell-bent to discover the secrets of The Lost Throne. Chris Kuzneski has woven a tale of ancient Greek lore, hidden treasure, murder and intrigue with this one and you could not go wrong reading this thrill-ride adventure story. Put this one on your list of 'must-reads' because your going to love it. I gave The Lost Throne a 4-spider rating and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great adventure.
DJ Weaver

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review for 'Thunder and Blood' by Stacey Voss

Thunder and Blood, the first novel by author Stacey Voss was published in May, 2009 by Donner Publishing and it is a fantasy fiction with a different twist.
When Sarah Ingram discovers that her husband has been unfaithful, she immediately runs to the comfort of her sister Christine. The two women decide that a weekend trip to a lavish spa is just the ticket to help Sarah perk up, but as the ladies travel to their destination, they encounter a strange fog that forces them into a very different world from the one they have known. Although the country side looks the same, many things are different. The two women are separated by circumstances they cannot control and this forces both women to deal with their new surroundings in different ways.
Sarah meets Hillard, a gentle man who helps her and whom she is drawn to but who she is not really sure she can trust. Christine finds herself a prisoner of Lord Radek, ruler of Donner and surrounding lands. She does not trust him but when he is close, she feels an overwhelming sense of euphoria.
The two women must figure out what strange power has brought them to this new place, how they will deal with their lives from this point forward and how they will survive the inhabitants they encounter in this parallel land.
Stacey Voss has brought a new twist to an age-old story of beings who are no longer human but undead vampires, living in a world that is the same, but different in so many ways. She shows us a new breed of monster that is kind and caring, while also introducing us to the same blood-thirsty beasts we have feared for generations. Her writing is imaginative and descriptive and she blends new and old in a delightful way to captivate us with this new vampire story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thunder and Blood and have recommended it to my book club members. We are all looking forward to Stacey's next book, Thunder and Ice. I gave Thunder and Blood a 3-spider rating. Good job Stacey!
DJ Weaver

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Music Review for Even Heroes - To Be Continued...


The as-yet signed band Even Heroes consists of Nathan Schroyer (vocals), Bruce Curtis (guitar), Billy Law (bass), Matt Chapko (drums) and Thomas Doss (guitar/vocals). The band hails from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas.
I stumbled across Even Heroes on MySpace and was very excited when their EP hit iTunes with an album title that simply states To Be Continued. These guys have a sound reminiscent of bands such as Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin and Seether, yet they maintain a style and sound that is original and belongs to them alone. Even Heroes' sound is mainstream Rock that focuses on heavy hitting chords, powerful lyrics, amazing harmony and a unity of sound that flows from each and every member of the band.
With songs ranging in genre from rock to alternative Even Heroes is fast becoming one of my favorite bands and offers a sound everyone can appreciate. If you are looking for the mellower side, then songs like 'The In Between', 'Today is Sunday' and 'Cherish the Rain' are your solution. Searching for something a little harder with powerful bass and alternative feel; then the songs 'Make Me Burn', 'The Highway' and 'The Stand' are what you're looking for. Imagine my shock at discovering Even Heroes is unsigned! If these guys don't get a record deal then there truly is no justice in the world.
I have thrown Even Heroes name out to everyone I know and have done so with confidence. Even Heroes is phenomenal! I cannot find a single song that I don't love, so I am going to do something I have NEVER done with any band. I am going to give Even Heroes a 5-spider rating! I am very anxious to see more from this talented group of guys.
CK Webb

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Book Review for 'The Murder of King Tut' by James Patterson & Martin Dugard

The Murder of King Tut is a non-fiction thriller written by James Patterson & Martin Dugard and published by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. It is the story of an extraordinary quest to discover exactly what happened to the boy-king.
This book was written from three different perspectives. Patterson and Dugard performed extensive research combing through tons of evidence and data to link details of the young ruler's life with the hopes of determining whether his death was an accident or something else. Dugard spent many weeks in Egypt, researching first-hand the life and death of Tut in hopes of uncovering information that could be used in determining his actual fate.
They studied the journals of Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who discovered Tut's tomb, and they chronicled the story of the find as Carter perceived it, from the time he was just starting out in his work, until after the tomb of Tut was finally discovered.
Patterson and Dugard also told the historical story of the boy-king from his beginnings as the illegitimate son of Amenhotep the Magnificent, to his life while being raised by Queen Nefertiti after his father's death. Tut and his step-mother ruled Egypt together until Tut took his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, as his wife in order to ascend to King.
These three tales are interwoven in a manner that permits the reader to see how life in Tut's time was lived, with all it's royal splendor, along with its mystery, deceit and betrayal. We also learn how and why Howard Carter spent so many years looking for the mysterious tomb of the ancient ruler. We see the evidence that lead many in Carter's time, to believe that Tut died of an infected broken leg. But Patterson and Dugard also show us the newer evidence that has lead many to believe now, that Tut may have fallen at the hands of a murderer who coveted his power.
The Murder of King Tut is a powerful and interesting read. Patterson took a step in a different direction with this one and the outcome will leave you wondering what fate actually befell the young King Tutankhamen. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking knowledge of ancient Egypt, or to anyone who just likes a excellent, fast-paced mystery. I am giving The Murder of King Tut a 4-spider rating and I hope you will pick it up and enter the mysterious and unknown world of the Valley of the Kings.
DJ Weaver

Friday, October 9, 2009

Movie Review for 'Lies And Illusions' - rated R


Lies and Illusions was released on DVD on September 29, 2009, and was directed by Tibor Takacs. The movie stars Christian Slater as Wes Wilson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Isaac, Sara Ann Schultz as Samantha and Christina Campbell as Nicole.
Wes Wilson is a first-time novelist who's book, 'How To Find Love In The 21st Century', is topping all the best seller lists. Wes is also engaged to be married to the girl of his dreams. Everything seems perfect in Wes' life until his fiance' is kidnapped and presumed dead. Soon Wes meets Isaac, played by Gooding Jr., who claims that Wes' fiance', Samantha stole 10 million dollars worth of diamonds from him and guess what? He wants them back! Now Wes is faced with the harsh reality that everything Samatha had ever told him was a lie.
Let me just stop right here so you won't get the impression that this is actually a good movie. It was almost painful for me to watch Lies And Illusions because I am such a huge fan of Slater and Gooding. The acting is below B-flick and the camera angles are reminiscent of home movies shot by a shaky mom. Toss in the ultra-cheesy special affects and what's left over is Lies And Illusions. If you find yourself at the video store standing in front of this movie, please walk away quickly! If you will not heed my advice, you would be better off by simply walking in the store, handing the kid behind the counter $3 and walking out empty handed. I am only giving Lies And Illusions a 1-spider rating. Half a spider for Christian Slater and half for Cuba Gooding Jr. And trust me when I tell you...I am being generous!
CK Webb

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Book Review for 'Stop Me' by Richard Jay Parker

Richard Jay Parker was born in South Wales but later moved to London, where he was a successful TV scriptwriter, script editor and producer. He now resides in Salisbury, England.
Stop Me was published by Allison & Busby Limited and is available for purchase on bookdepositiory.co.uk or at amazon.co.uk
"howdy doody,
on vacation
slim, attractive dreadlocked babe with a fun sticky-out belly button, likes rabbit fur
forward this e-mail to ten friends
each of those friends must forward it to ten friends
maybe one of those friends of friends will be one of my friends
if this e-mail ends up in my inbox within one week I wont slit the bitches throat
can you afford not to send this to ten friends?
vk"
Strangely written and punctuated, this email begins Richard Jay Parker's novel Stop Me and instantly you are intrigued and drawn in. A killer is sending out cryptic e-mails and at first no one takes them seriously, until the boiled jawbone of Cody Solomon arrives wrapped in a rabbit skin scarf to the Wyoming Police Department. Leo Sharpe receives a similar e-mail but dismisses it as a hoax. Leo later learns the description of the latest victim matches that which was given in the e-mail he received but discarded. Leo wonders if he could have stopped this from happening and is plagued with guilt.
When Leo's wife Laura disappears from a restaurant, police are certain that she has become another in a along line of victims of The Vacation Killer. Months go by with no jawbone and no leads as to Laura's whereabouts but Leo still holds onto hope.
Through fate and perseverance Leo meets Bookwalter, the man who claims responsibility for Laura's disappearance and Leo is quickly drawn into his web. But nothing in Stop Me is what it seems and Leo's fifteen-month journey to find his wife, takes many strange turns.
I was quite fond of the way Parker wrote his lead character Leo. "If the key goes in smoothly, I will see Laura again!" was just one of the many child-like ways, Leo would barter with the universe for his wife's return. The storyline for the book is fantastic and will make you cringe any time you receive an e-mail from a stranger asking you to forward to ten friends...Can you really afford not to?
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller and doesn't mind a great, big dose of shock at the end of a good read. Richard Jay Parker's originality will give you the creeps and will keep you guessing til the very end. I give Stop Me a 4 spider rating and hope you enjoy this page turner.
CK Webb

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Book Review for 'The Lost Symbol' by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown was published by Random House in 2009. Let me first say that I have been a fan of Dan Brown since The Da Vinci Code first appeared on the scene, but I really did not enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the movie. I started reading Angels & Demons but got mired in the details and have never finished it. When I started hearing about the release of The Lost Symbol, I knew I wanted to read it and review it here for you all, but I was not sure if I would be able to get through it. I am aware that Dan Brown writes allot of fact into his fiction and I thought that I may not be able to finish the book if I again got too far into the details. So, in a word, I was skeptical. I received my copy of The Lost Symbol last weekend and waited a day or two before I started reading, as I and was really rather dreading getting into it.
Let me tell you, that from the minute I picked it up, it has been difficult to put it down. I truly believe that this is Dan Brown's best effort to date. I loved this book!!!
The Lost Symbol once again pits Harvard symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon against the bad guys, or in this case the bad guy...one man. The book is set in Washington, D.C., amid the hidden world of the Masonic secret society that has had such a great influence on the history of our country. Langdon is asked to lecture at the US Capitol building by his mentor and old friend, Peter Soloman, a philanthropist, who happens to be a thirty-third degree Mason, the highest attainable level of the Masonic Society. Moments after Langdon arrives at the capitol, a startlingly gruesome discovery is made and Langdon is plunged into a life-and-death situation that only he can unravel. Langdon, along with Katherine Solomon, Noetic Scientist and Peter's sister, are being pursued by the CIA and a mad man who is seeking The Lost Word. Mal'akh, as he calls himself, believes that The Lost Word is buried in the ground at the bottom of a long, spiral staircase, a secret location which the Masonic Society has hidden for years. He believes that if he finds The Lost Word, he can use it to become a God in his own rite, and he will do whatever is necessary to find the clues that lead to the Ancient Mysteries which contain The Lost Word.
Langdon and Katherine are forced to participate in a frightening chase through the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., to save Peter and the vary existence of the United States of America as we know it.
Dan Brown has outdone himself with this story. His uncanny ability to weave fact with fiction, and the secretive nature of the ancient Masonic Society, are blended together to bring us a spell-binding and riveting story that will compel you to read it from front to back in one sitting. The clues are divulged one by one, and you will be holding your breath, as each one falls into place and the clock ticks toward a single, inconceivable discovery of truth. This is one of those books you will read over and over and Dan Brown will become one of your new favorite authors.
I gave The Lost Symbol a 5-spider rating and it earned every single one.
DJ Weaver

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Book Review for 'Dream State' by Robert Crull

The as-yet unreleased novel by Robert Crull, 'Dream State', is to be published by Eloquent Books and will be out soon. I feel very lucky to have gotten a 'first read' on this one. Remember the name...'Dream State'. Write it down because your going to want to read this one. Believe me...this story is much more twisted than it appears to be on the surface.
We follow the inner workings of the mind of Mr. Drew Sovern; a wealthy, handsome man who is a control freak of the deadliest kind. He kills women! This is how he proves to his inner voice that he is in control and can do anything to anyone and get away with it. As he befriends women and then murders them, his mind feeds off his victims' last dying fears and regrets, proving his superiority to himself and to his mind's voice. But is this how Drew really wants to spend his remaining years?
At times, we see a Drew that struggles to have a loving relationship with the women of his dreams, but at other times, we see a Drew that only wants to control, and who is in turn, controlled by the voice in his mind that will never let him get too close to anyone.
Robert Crull has woven an tale of murder and control and the entangling deceptions of the mind. He is the new master of the surprise ending and I can guarantee that it will take reading the entire book before you get to see what's coming next. Mr. Crull gives us good characterizations and vivid descriptions of the players, but he only gives them to us a little at a time, making us want more at every turn. You will be flipping the pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next. I loved this shocking, surprising book and recommend it to you all, knowing that you'll be just as surprised as I was. A 4-Spider rating for this one...you're going to love it! Please go to http://robertecrull.blogspot.com/ for information and release dates.
DJ Weaver

Friday, September 18, 2009

Movie Review For 'X-Men Origins Wolverine' - Rated PG-13


X-Men Origins Wolverine was released in theatres on May 1, 2009, available on DVD September 15, 2009, and directed by Gavin Hood. Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Dominic Monaghan, X-Men Origins Wolverine is the story before X-Men. It charts the beginnings for Wolverine also known as James Logan.
When Logan, played by Jackman, accidentally kills his own father in a fit of rage and is looked upon as a freak by his mother, he leaves home to find his place in the world. With the help of his half-brother, Victor, better known as Sabertooth (Schreiber), Wolverine embarks on a journey through wars and time to fight the forces of evil. Sabertooth soon becomes consumed with bloodlust and in disgust, Wolverine sets out on his own.
Years later, a mutant killer is on the loose and the government needs Wolverine's help to stop him. The indestructible Wolverine is then created. Inevitably, Wolverine is betrayed by those closest to him and he is then forced to take revenge & free the other enslaved mutants.
I absolutely enjoyed this movie. It was in-your-face exciting and the fight scenes were amazing and well choreographed. Wolverine was action-packed from start to finish and it answered so many questions about where Wolverine came from before joining the X-Men.
I would recommend this movie to all ages, young and old. You will be on the edge of your seat and hungry for the next installment of this fantastic series. If the astonishing action scenes don't keep you utterly enthralled then the story line will!
I had a hard time deciding on the WebbWeaver rating I would give Wolverine...it is that good! Pick up this flick today; you will not be disappointed. I am giving X-Men Origins Wolverine a 5- spider rating.
C.K.Webb

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Music Review For Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major


Ursa Major was released on August 17, 2009 by Third Eye Blind's own label Mega Collider. It is their first studio album in over 6 years. The album debuted at #3 on Billboard's 200 list and sold over 49,000 copies in its first week alone.
An alternative band that formed in 1993 in San Francisco, Third Eye Blind consists of members Stephan Jenkins (lead vocals, guitar), Brad Hargreaves (drums, percussion) and Tony Fredianelli (guitar, vocals). Original bassist Ario Salazar is currently not performing with the band and his future with Third Eye Blind is unclear. The band has issued an 'open door policy' regarding his return. In his absence, bassist Abe Millet of Inviolet Row, has been filling in with the band on stage.
Ursa Major was originally scheduled for a 2007 release date but was pushed back by lead singer Stephan Jenkins, who felt the album wasn't ready. Ursa Major is due to be followed up by another album entitled Ursa Minor.
I must be completely honest in saying, I had no idea these guys had another album released and when I found out, made a bee-line to obtain it. Turns out, a song I knew all the words to and had been singing for months but could not quite place the artists, was indeed Third Eye Blind's single debut Don't Believe a Word. The single had been released on June 5, 2009.
If you were a fan of the band in the 90's, you will remain a fan today. If you have never heard of Third Eye Blind, I urge you to pick up this CD...You will not be disappointed. From tracks like Sharp Knife, Why Can't You Be and One In Ten (my personal favorite), the band delivers. There is something beautiful and profound in Jenkins' writing style and the songs range from funny and quirky, to fast paced and exciting. Toss in a couple more emotional tunes and Third Eye Blind delivers a well rounded CD that you can pop in the player and walk away from, feeling confident you will love every song. I have acquired a new favorite from this disk and am very excited to see Third Eye Blind back on the stage, and to hear them on the airwaves.
Third Eye Blind will also be giving a free concert to benefit the United Way in Starkville, MS on September 25,2009. Not only are they a great band but they give back and show their appreciation to a great cause and to their loyal fans. Six years was a long wait. I hope we never have to wait that long again, but it was well worth it. This CD is great and I highly recommend it to all who love feel-good music. I am giving Ursa Major, 4 spiders, and when you take a listen you will know why.
C.K.Webb

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Review For 'Vigilante' by Claude Bouchard


Claude Bouchard is a Canadian born author and artist living and working in Montreal. His book 'Vigilante' is the first of four novels written and published by Mr.Bouchard.
A child is raised under horrible circumstances and witnesses heart-wrenching atrocities daily. He vows then to never again sit idly by, while others suffer at the hands of their aggressors.
Years later a Vigilante is on the loose in Montreal, Canada, and he is cleaning up the streets, one lowlife at a time. Gang bangers, murders, rapists and abusers are all the same to the Vigilante and he brutalizes each one just as they have done to their victims. When a woman is nearly raped by two seedy businessman and then rescued by the Vigilante, local Investigator Dave McCall gets a hunch that the woman has seen more than she is willing to admit. McCall then initiates the help of Chris Barry, the Chief Operating Officer of CSS Enterprises, one of the largest and fastest growing corporations in the computer intelligence industry. The two become fast friends and work together to trace the origins of the Vigilante's computer transmissions and to track, identify and put him away for good!
This book is a roller coaster ride, kick in the pants! Just when I thought I had it all figured out...Wham! Claude hit me with a twist that I never saw coming. I would recommend 'Vigilante' to anyone who loves a great, thrilling mystery ride. I am very excited to watch Claude Bouchard's career unfold onto page and anxious to read his three other books, 'The Consultant', 'Mind Games' and 'The Homeless Killer'. If you think you have a clue who the Vigilante is...Think Again!
I give this book a 4-spidar rating.
C.K. Webb



Monday, September 7, 2009

Book Review for 'The Dark Path' by Luke Romyn


'The Dark Path', written by Luke Romyn and published by Wild Child Publishing, is the story of Martin Roberts who, having watched his wife and daughter die cruel and tortured deaths right before his eyes, becomes the accomplished assassin Vain. Also referred to as The Dark Man, Vain is an absolute expert at the killer-for-hire game and the reason he is so good is because he unquestionably enjoys his work. No longer caring about himself or his previous life, he becomes an expert in death, dolling out punishment for the highest bidder. He is so accomplished at his profession that his name is only spoken in whispers and anyone who meets him and lives to tell about it, also lives in fear of the evil that emanates from his very soul.
That is, until he meets Priest, who finds the The Dark Man and aids him when he is left for dead. But Priest has a mission for Vain; one that will literally take him on a journey to Hell and back. Vain will have to do battle with the ages-old and unbelievably powerful Empath; leader of The Souls of Sordarrah, and all his evil minions. All this to save the life of the Avun-Riah, a young boy named Sebastian, who, if sacrificed to the Sordarrah, would bring about the fall of mankind and allow the dominion of Evil to reign forever more on earth.
Luke Romyn has descriptively brought to life the most gruesomely evil-incarnate harbingers of Hell while also bringing forth the most Divine visions of Heavenly entities in this imaginative and gripping story of a man turned evil by hatred and then redeemed by caring. Mr. Romyn's sprawling vistas of unholy places and unnatural beings will make you glad you live in the normal world and may make you a little afraid to turn out the lights. This story is wonderfully written and excitingly powerful from beginning to end. I absolutely enjoyed this book and will be anxious to pick up another Luke Romyn masterpiece in the very near future.
I give this book a 4-spider rating.
DJ Weaver

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Twitter Community of Literary Friends...

We want to touch base on the blog posted by Winslow Eliot, regarding our wonderful friends on Twitter. My co-writer DJ and myself, have recently joined the ranks of aspiring novelists. In doing so, we ventured further into social networking by joining Twitter and have never had a dull moment since. We have met with nothing but honest support and friendship from the literary community.
How can you call someone a friend having never laid eyes upon them. The answer for us came, surprisingly, 140 characters at a time. Friendship comes as a word of encouragement, a suggestion or lead to help with our career and in an honest outpouring of love and support for our endeavors. Toss in a little humor, be it literary or otherwise, and you have found something in the most unlikely of places.
Authors, editors, publishers and others, have reached out to us and extended their hand and in blind faith, we have accepted it. We are thankful for having taken that leap of faith, and thankful for the friends we have found in doing so.
To the right, we have listed the links to web sites and blogs of friends we've met on Twitter, and everyday we are adding more. You all mean so much to us and we look forward to sharing this journey with you, our new-found friends.
Thanks for everything you do, say and give. Your simple tweets provide us with insight, passion, inspiration and of course humor. It is truly our honor to call you all friends.
Sincerely,
CK Webb & DJ Weaver

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Movie Review for 'State Of Play' Rated PG-13

'State Of Play' available on DVD September 1, 2009, and starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams, was directed by Kevin Macdonald.
After a woman appears to have committed suicide by jumping into the path of a speeding D.C. subway train, married Congressman Stephan Collins, played by Affleck, is linked in a romantic relationship with the dead girl. Collins institutes the help of long time friend Cal McCaffrey, played by Crowe, to find out the truth behind the girl's death and help clear his name.
Cal goes on an all out hunt with the help of D.C. reporter Della Frye, played by McAdams, to discover the truth, which in politics is never, ever what it seems. Helen Mirren plays a wonderful supporting role as Cameron Lynn, the newspaper editor that Crowe and McAdams work for.
'State Of Play' is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. It is racy with an ever constant government conspiracy theory looming over its story line and characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I was never able to decipher the 'conspiracy' until the end. I recommend 'State Of Play' for anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller and who has ever questioned just how deeply involved politicians and players become on Capitol Hill.
I give this flick a 3-Spider Rating.
C.K.Webb

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Music Review for Chevelle - Sci-Fi Crimes

Chevelle's newest CD, Sci-Fi Crimes was released on August 31, 2009. The CD is the fifth in line from this Chicago trio and the follow-up from their 2007 CD, Vena Sera. Sci-Fi Crimes was recorded in Nashville,TN, this year with Brian Virtue and Chevelle as co-producers. The CD was released under the Epic Records label. Chevelle consists of Pete Loeffler- lead vocals/guitar, Sam Loeffler- drums and Dean Bernardini-bass.
I must confess first off, to being a major fan of the band but I will try to give an unbiased review.
Sci-Fi crimes is a heavy hitting, dark, full-on-assault of all the senses! Pete Loeffler gives it to his fans in pure 'Chevelle' form once again, using metaphors in the lyrics that are deep and thought provoking. I heard a little of every previous Chevelle CD, in Sci-Fi Crimes and was very pleased with it as a whole. It took me back to that world I love so much...the world of alternative music. If you have never given these guys a listen, you definitely should. The band works really hard to satisfy and never disappoints! Being a fan myself, I can tell you that once you get these guys in your system be warned...There will be no getting them out. This CD was worth the wait and it will only make me run faster to grab tickets to their next venue. Keep in mind these guys are not for the faint of heart, so consult a physician before you start a 'Chevelle' regimen for the first time. ENJOY!
C.K.Webb

Saturday, August 29, 2009



Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Adam Goldstein. Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Friday August 28, 2009. He was 36 years old. A young life cut short, way too soon. He will be missed.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Book Review for 'Intervention' by Robin Cook

Robin Cook's 'Intervention' was released this month and published by Putnam Books.
In this book, we delve into the life of Jack Stapelton, a highly regarded ophthalmologist, until a plane crash takes the lives of his wife and two children. Then his career path takes a dramatic turn. Now, Jack is remarried and has a young son. All seems well, except for Jack's recurring nightmares. When his young son is diagnosed with a rare disease and an autopsy on a healthy young college student reveals some unusual results, Jack's renegade, activist personality comes into play. He then begins to explore the field of alternative medicines. After 30 years Jack's college buddy Shawn Doherty, now a renowned archaeologist and biblical scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contacts Jack about something he's discovered on his latest archaeological dig. His find, the possible remains of the Virgin Mary, are significant not only in biblical terms but in medical terms as well. That's when Jack's other college friend, Kevin Murray, now the Bishop of the Archdiocese in New York, gets wind of the find and enlists Jack's help to keep under wraps, this explosive secret that could change lives forever!
Let me first say that Robin Cook is one of the greats in the literary field today and is always providing fresh stories for his hungry readers. I am quite sure there will be many people who will enjoy this book. 'Intervention' is well written and has a fantastic plot. However I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I thought I would. It felt drawn out and lengthy to me and I found myself bored at times. Don't take my word for it. If you are a fan of Mr. Cook, you will almost certainly enjoy 'Intervention' and the places it takes you. I will still rush out to buy Mr.Cook's new releases and wait with baited breath for his next medical thriller!
C.K.Webb

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book Review for 'Dreamfever' by Karen Marie Moning

'Dreamfever', the fourth installment in the Fever Series, by Karen Marie Moning and published by Delacorte Press (Randon House), is the continuing story of MacKayla Lane and her struggles to free the world she knows, from the dark forces that have enveloped it.
The walls between human and Fae worlds has fallen and as the destruction of the Unseelie dark fairies, spreads to all corners of the globe, Mac, with her recently discovered sidhe-seer powers, battles for survival on the streets of Dublin. Trying to save her family, the life she's always known and herself from extinction, Mac is plunged into a dark world controlled by the Lord Master and the Dark Book. He has murdered her sister and loosed an over-powering sexual craving in her, that only one man can exponge.
But, as attracted as she is to the dark and powerful Jericho Barrons, she knows too little about him to trust his underlying motives. Then returns V'lane...the death-by-sex Fae prince who could help Mac, or just as easily turn her pri-ya, a human addicted to Fae sex, with no mind or will of her own.
As Mac battles the dark Fae, with her young friend Dani, and a newly discovered group of sidhe-seers, the world around them grows blacker and more barren with each passing day.
Karen Moning has once again, dropped us into a fantasy world, where things are never as they seem...and made us LOVE it. From her descriptive panoramas of realms we've never imagined and creatures beyond belief, to the stunning and deliciously seductive men she throws into the mix to help or hinder our heroin, Ms. Moning takes us on a journey through the world of Fairies, that will change everything you ever thought you knew about the little people of Ireland.
This magical story will glue you to your chair, hold you till the end, then spite you out and make you beg for more. I, myself, cannot wait for book number five. There be fairies here!
D.J. Weaver

Book Review for 'Sundays at Tiffany's' by James Patterson

Sundays at Tiffany's was written by master storyteller, James Patterson along with Gabrielle Charbonnet, and was published by Little, Brown & Company. This book takes you on a journey with eight year old, Jane Margaux and her best friend Michael. Michael is witty, charming and perfect in every way. Michael is also Jane's 'imaginary friend'! But as all imaginary friends must, Michael is forced to leave Jane on her ninth birthday, and tells Jane she will quickly forget him, never remembering their time together.
Years later, now in her thirties, Jane has never lost the fond memories of her imaginary friend Michael and wonders if he ever truly existed. Until...by sheer accident, she runs into Michael in a city restaurant and a new journey begins for them both!
This book is heart warming and imaginative. Sundays at Tiffany's will make you laugh, cry, and see life the only way you should... as an innocent child. This endearing and touching story is full of emotional twists and Sundays at Tiffany's shows us all the timeless power of friendship and love. I adored this book and was pleasantly surprised by my infatuation with it's characters. If you enjoyed Sam's Letters to Jennifer and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas you will love Sundays at Tiffany's. James Patterson has once again outdone himself.
C.K.Webb

Monday, August 24, 2009

Music Review for Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

The new CD, Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon is the band's fourth CD release and is currently burning up every music chart on the planet. The band from Tennessee, consists of Calab Followill-lead vocals/rhythem guitar, Jared Followill-bass, Matthew Followill-lead guitar, and Nathan Followill-drums. Your eyes do not deceive you! These band members are all related and apparently, we know how to grow them in the south! These guys are not only super-talented musically, but are super-easy on the eyes as well. These guys are HOT, Ladies!
From tracks like Closer (my personal favorite) to Use Somebody, Crawl and Manhattan, this CD has something for everyone. Kings Of Leon succeeds in covering all spectrum of emotion on this CD and the diversity of the tracks makes it a great pick for anyone. The guitars are ringing and drive deep, while the strong lead and melodic, harmonious tones from the combined band will entrance you.
Kings Of Leon has been touring and performing since April of 2007 with little down-time. They are scheduled to resume their U.S. tour on September 8th and continue touring through October 22nd of this year. If the CD is any indication of how good these guys are in concert...please make my seats 'front row'. Or, better yet, move over down front because I'm pushing my way to the stage! Kings Of Leon has stedily been drawing not only a large, but also diverse and exciting group of fans to their concert venues. I highly recommend you give Kings Of Leon a try. But don't be surprised when they become your favorite band and Only By The Night becomes the next favorite CD that never leaves your player.
C.K. Webb

Friday, August 21, 2009

Music Review for Daughtry 'Leave This Town'

The new CD by Daughtry, 'Leave This Town' has got to be at the top of your "Must Listen To" list! Yes...Daughtry! Ever since coming off American Idol in 2006 and releasing their self-titled, debut CD that same year, Daughtry, that little rock band from North Carolina, has been throwing down across the country for thousands of fans and breaking records left and right. Billboard said they were #1 in 2007 and their CD was the fastest selling, debut rock CD in Soundscan history.
Chris Daughtry (vocals, guitar), Josh Steeley (bass), Joey Barnes (drums), Brian Craddock (guitar) and Josh Paul (guitar)....remember these names People! Because they are BIG and getting bigger as I write.
The new CD, 'Leave This Town', rocks on in the true fashion this band has already established. From the rockin' sound of songs like 'No Surprise' and 'You Don't Belong', to the soulful harmonies of 'Learn My Lesson' and 'Call Your Name', Daughtry never fails to delight.
Chris, Josh, Joey, Brian and Josh, with a little help from a few friends, wrote this complete CD and I can absolutely say there will not be a single song that you will not love.
These guys are so talented and just a great group of musicians. Chris' vocals are strong with a wide range, and the fantastic back-up by the boys in the band, bring it all together and make every track on the CD, your next, favorite song. Believe me when I say, you need to get this CD...you will NOT regret it.
And by the way, Daughtry has just announced a 36-date, US arena tour for this fall, to support the group's new CD. The opening acts will be main support and they are, Theory of a Dead Man and Cavo.
Get out there and see them. It will be a rockin' good time!
D.J. Weaver

Movie Review for 'Obsessed' Rated PG-13

Available now on DVD, 'Obsessed' was written by David Loughery and directed by Steve Shill. The movie stars Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Beyonce Knowles and Jerry O'Connell. The trailer for 'Obsessed' had me fired up and ready to see a fantastic movie, however, the trailer ended up being the best part. I struggled to sit through this flick and was disturbed over the $3.00 I had spent to rent it! We have all seen this movie before. It was called 'Fatal Attraction'. The difference being that there was none of that pesky sex stuff to make us understand how our villainess became so enthralled with our married, male lead!
The acting in 'Obsessed' was much like watching a fourth grade play (No offence forth graders), and very quickly made me come to the conclusion that not all singers can act, regardless of their efforts...sorry Ms. Knowles! Ali Larter, on the other hand, played a fantastic psycho but the movie's dullness and lack of luster threw a dark veil over her performance. If you are looking for a good DVD this weekend, Obsessed IS NOT IT ! Surprisingly, this movie grossed $68 million dollars at the box office. Good thing there is a no-refund policy on box office hits...or in this case, misses!
C.K.Webb