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Monday, March 14th, 2011 | Author: Casey Criswell

I’ll admit, I was drawn into The Dresden Files by the TV show before the books. The book was more enjoyable than the show however. There’s a lot of extra detail as you would expect in a book vs a television show. I like Dresden as a character; he’s a bit cocky, seems to be down to earth and his quips are fun. It helped a lot to picture Paul Blackthorne as Harry since he played him on the show. It just helps to prove even more that he was a great bit of casting. Murphy is a bit stereotypical here in the book but that’s her purpose. Since I saw her on the small screen first, I like seeing this hard nosed detective as Valerie Cruz better than the blonde described in the book. She seems more fitting.

Over all, the story was a good time and had a good bit of tension. There’s a bit of deus ex machina going on here as Harry always happens to remember the perfect spell or twist to get out of whatever predicament he’s in, but it makes for good action. “Storm Front” equals out to a good bit of popcorn cinema. Just hang on and enjoy the ride. There are times that the books feel like they’re derivative of countless ours of role playing games; there’s a bit of traveling from point A to point B or everything conveniently unfolding in a straight line. Still; look at is a a good action flick and it’s a good time.

Will it hold up for 13 books? Probably not if he sticks to the same formula. While this was a good jaunt, it will need some new situations to spice things up since this series is already extremely long! Considering how big the books following is, I’ll just have to assume he changes it up here and there!

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Wednesday, March 09th, 2011 | Author: Casey Criswell

Mondo Sasquatch

“I Have Always Wondered What Bigfoot Meat Tastes Like: An Introduction” by Louis Fowler

“Arlo Felling Exists” by Richard Tiernan

“Bigfoot and the Bone Face Murders” by Michael May

“Bigfoot Must Die” by Frankie Marino

“From Hell’s Heart” by Desmond Reddick

“Incident at Crater Lake” by Casey Criswell

“Roadside Attraction” by Matthew P. Mayo

“Sacrifice” by Shawn Gilbreath

“Sasquatch Vs. El Chupacabra” by Douglas Waltz

“Strike” by Michael D Winkle

“The Ballad of the Skunk Ape” by Jarret Keene

“The Encounter” by Mike White

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the Sasquatch” by Beatrix Potter and Rod Lott

“The Tragic Hazing of Bryan Igfoot” by Eric Dimbleby

“Theodore Roosevelt and the Great American Anthropoid” by Bill Adcock

You ever get that feeling that something’s watching you while you’re walking through the woods? You shook off the cold chill that ran down your spine, passing the moment off as simple heebie jeebies and nothing more?

Well guess what. You were wrong.

The Sasquatch is real.

Myself and my two cohorts Louis Fowler and Rod Lott are thrilled to announce that this long awaited collection of Sasquatch Short Fiction is nearing completion!

Above you will see our awesome book cover designed by artist Jim Rugg whom you may recognize from such comics as Dark Horse’s The Guild and DC’s The Plain Janes! Needless to say, it’s pretty fantastic!

We are also excited to announce to the public the fifteen stories that will be making up the pages of “Mondo Sasquatch”! You might notice my own story in there, “Incident at Crater Lake” which I’m really excited about! “Incident” is a 60 page novella and turned out well, if I do say so myself! (And I do!)

We are working on mid-may release for “Mondo Sasquatch” as we put on the final editing touches! Be sure to stay tuned for more info such as official release dates, the official website and more. At this time, I can tell you that the book will be available in print and handy dandy e-book format from and more!

Tuesday, March 08th, 2011 | Author: Casey Criswell

“Day late and a dollar short.” That phrase fits me well in so many facets of life. What can I say, I like to move at my own pace. Thankfully, this time around the things I’m behind the curve on aren’t anything too important. (Not like that time I tried to grow long hair after the bald spot was into its fourth year of spreading.) Like audio books. Audio books have been around forever! I haven’t really bothered with them before. Now that I’m hiking upwards of twenty miles a week, I’ve grown attached to my headphones and mp3 player as noise helps the time go by fast. Lose yourself in the music and before you know it, you’ve covered a mile!

Of course, the music works great to while away those foot logged hours. As they say though, variety is the spice of life! I’m as fond of reading as I am music, but I’m not very coordinated. My bulky personage stumbling about the neighborhood with my nose stuck between the covers of a book is not a good site to see. Somebody’s going to get hurt. Most likely somebody driving by as I stumble blindly into traffic as reading with bated breath to see what Sparkle Vamp and Pouty Teen are going to do about their ill fated love affair! Nobody wants to see somebody die from a book like that.

Enter the audio book! Hours upon hours of somebody reading a book to me! I like being read to. It’s been a long time since my mommy read to me, I missed it. I also like vampires, hunters, dead presidents and more, so snatching up a copy of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer” seemed like a natural decision. After five CD’s worth of storytelling and about thirty miles, I can safely tell you that it was a great fit!

In 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith pretty much single handedly gave birth to a new literature genre with his mix-up (mash-up?) of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “Night of the Living Dead”. People were wowed. They sat up and took notice. Stuffy old English class nightmares mixed with zombies! WOOOO ZOMBIES! …excuse me.
Perhaps it was the overwhelming culture love fest of the undead, but the new form of storytelling was a hit. It spawned other similar books such as “Sense and Sensibilities and Sea Monsters” and more. Grahame-Smith wasn’t content with stirring up trouble in existing fiction though. Oh no. Next he set his sights on U.S. History as he gave birth to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and fun was had by all. I can say that in all honesty despite only being half way through the audio book; the book is a blast!

We all know the stories about Honest Abe. We all know he was a pretty stellar human, president, and man in general. While I’m no historian, Grahame-Smith goes to great lengths to give us a healthy dose of the real Abe Lincoln in the passages of his gory and action packed fictionalization of our 16th president. Sure, the vampires are made up and I kind of doubt that Abe and Edgar Allen Poe were drinking buddies in real life. He was an Illinois lawyer and senator. His mother did die of disease in the backwoods of Indiana. We weave in and out of the true history of Abraham Lincoln with some good old fashioned vampire slaying mixed in for good measure! That’s what makes this book a blast.

When it comes to the undead and their disposal, Grahame-Smith spares no expense. The scenes of Honest Abe laying waste to a group of six vampires one by one as he and his friend lure them into the house one by one is spelled out in gruesome detail. His encounters are many, the blood spilled by the bucketful, and seldom does the story grow boring. History buffs will get their enjoyment two fold as they work out the real details from the fictional but blood and guts fans will find plenty here to like. In fact, if I had once complaint, it would be that the author could spend even more time detailing some of the fights. At times the events feel as if they pass too quickly and then we jump five years into the future. Where we sometimes would like to languish over some slaying and adventuring, we’re ushered on a bit too soon onto the next stage in the story.

My favorite moments of “Abraham Lincoln” come in the interactions between Abe and the fabricated folks and the misplaced true to life folks that populate this enhanced world of ours. The enlarged persona of Abe Lincoln feels like the perfect extension of the historical figure we’ve grown to love.

While I’ve got some CD’s to finish before I reach the end, so far the story is a rollicking good time. You’d serve yourself well to dive into the book, especially since Hollywood has now sunk their teeth into the franchise with a big screen adaptation in the works. (Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Marty Todd Lincoln? Helloooo nurse!) In the meantime, I’ll have to continue to explore these new fangled things called ‘audio books’. I hear there’s a bunch of them out there these days! Enjoyed some yourself? Be sure to share some of your favorites in the comments!

Sunday, March 06th, 2011 | Author: Casey Criswell

This was in Wal Mart when I walked in Friday night. They really do carry everything!

For being smack dab in the center of the midwest…we sure have a hell of a lot of ‘Canadian’ geese.

If I had to guess, having a vampire at Christmas would suck. Oh…that wasn’t a question?

I hope that’s not mine…

On a serious note…the trash along Marylin Road is sad.

I know my pants are short, but there’s no need to be rude.

Monon Park in Carmel, IN. It’s a lovely place.

We’re not alone….

This was far more scenic than my boring sub division!

This was more fun when there was water in it.

The Monon Trail. This trail passes through most of Carmel and Indianapolis. Pretty nifty.

Total Miles Walked – 99 Miles
Total Pounds Lost – 22lbs
Outlook on Life – Kinda frustrated, but I’ll push through.

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