Monthly Archives: May 2007

“Famous Quote 29May07”

Without trust, there can be no tranquil of the mind, there can be no belief; in kindess, or integerity, or anything.

Dean Koontz

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“Famous Quote 28May07”

Hate and love exhaust the mind; they inhibit clear thinking

-Dean Koontz, Velocity

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“Velocity”

velocity.jpg“Velocity” by Dean Koontz

“Velocity” is about a man in his thirties who takes the law into his own hands when, out of the blue, when an anonymous adversary threatens him

If you don’t take this note to the police . . . I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher . . . If you do . . . I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.

The typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than twenty-four hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare.

Because a young blond schoolteacher is murdered—and now Billy has another note.

And another deadline.

This time he knows it’s no joke. He’s racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours. — from the backcover

Ten pages in I thought I had the killer’s identity but I was only partially right. But this doesn’t stop this novel from being a page turning read; in fact it makes it more so. As the story progress Koontz speeds faster and increases the pace and chaos of Billy Wiles’s life. In the beginning Billy is just like you or me and he finds himself a crazy life or death situation. These situations would make a good movie, if done right.

This is the first of Dean Koontz novel I have ever read from this outing I think I’m going to take another trip. In “Velocity” he creates a world that is easy identifiable and easily make the reader paranoid. He displays this by invading his protagonist’s security, showing the reader how easy there security could be invaded.

Once the paranoia starts its leads to fear and leads to one of two things crumble under the pressure or rise to the occasion. Through out he keeps you guessing as to if Billy Wiles will come out on the others side. Wiles is a complicated character with a complicated past that is clouded in mysterious until it’s revealed leaving the reader wondering until the end if Wile is really the protagonist of this story.

The twist that Dean Koontz has written in too “Velocity” his ingenuous and should have been apparent but wasn’t. I think other readers will find this twist and the ending satistifying. Making this a novel worth a second read. “Velocity” lives up to its name.

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“JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel”

jla-towerofbabel.jpg“JLA Vol. 7: Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid

Betrayal!

The JLA is the single most powerful group of siper-heroes ever to be assembled and they’re dropping like flies!

Batman’s secret flies on the Justice League have fallen into the hands of one of his oldest and deadliest foes __ Ra’s al Ghul! Now, Superman, Wonder Women, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Latern, Plastic Man and the Flash are being led into trans specifically engineered to counteract their remarkable abilities.

The JLA faces its greatest challenge – possible treason within their own ranks! Will the JLA survive? And if they do, can Batman’s hand in their betrayal ever be forgiven? The answers lie inside. – From the back cover.

“JLA: Tower of Babel” is not only a entertaining graphic novel but adds an deeper level to of DC Comics major characters. Most significant in this is the level of paranoid Batman has for his compatriot in the Justice League of America.

This is a complete story that a every fan of comics. Fans of Batman, as he the hero/villain of this book, will especially appreciate it. I didn’t get the big picture until middle ways through but it was an interesting journey.

It showed that even the most powerful superheroes in the DC Universe could be defeated. It is interesting how JLA Members weaknesses were exploited. There weaknesses are simply character flaws of each hero and that’s why a fan will love the story told.

“JLA: Tower of Babel” is a masterpiece brought to us by several writers and artist. The repercussion from what happens in this book can be felt through out the DC Universe. This will show readers just how Batman is the most human, yet psychological flaw character in comic book history.

As a reader of the DCU I will never look at Batman the same again. I personally applauded Batman’s action and admonish the JLA for their stance on the situation. In a post ‘9/11’ climate I think we want our hero’s to take a stronger stance against villains and be prepare for a worst case scenario.

If you don’t like “JLA: Tower of Babel” then you don’t like character development. This story is full of character development and a changing of the guard. After this each character had to reevaluate his or her situation. They had to take a personal inventory gut check and I think each character was better for it.

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