Thursday, 26 November 2009

Beware of The Big Bad Wolf Sale. It's Crowded and Eats Your Cash.

Apparently, it was madness on the first day of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at Amcorp Mall just now.

I wouldn't know, because I went yesterday and already went through most of it. Jacqueline of BBW/Bookxcess told me they had opened 80% of the boxes by then, so I'm happy in the knowledge that there is unlikely to be anything else I want there.

Considering my bag was full within 15 minutes of getting there, I'd say it was a pretty damn good sale.

So, what did I get?
  1. 3 x Asterix 3-in-1 Omnibus = RM12 each
  2. 3 x little cartoon books = RM5 each
  3. Dexter In The Dark (Jeff Lindsay) = RM8
  4. BatManga = RM20
  5. Tan Tuan Eng's A Gift of Rain = RM8
  6. 2 x Will Eisner graphic novels = RM8 each
  7. 2 x cookbooks = RM10 each
And a couple more I can't remeber. I only spent RM150 this time because I only BROUGHT RM150 this time, and no credit card. WHEW!

I also saw:
  • The Scholastic coloured Bone graphic novels going for RM8 each (which I already had, having bought them for full price, GRRRR),
  • A gorgeous leatherbound hardback of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare for RM80. I didn't buy it. No more money
  • Loads of Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin's Dreamsongs, Dune books and assorted fantasy, for RM8 each.
  • An awesome Pop-up X-Men children's book. I didn't buy it either. No money. SIIIGH.
  • A book called 'Lose Weight, Get LAID, Find God'. Who READS these things?
  • Loads of imported magazines for RM3-5
There's a lot more I didn't mention because I can't quite remember what else there was. I'll try to post pictures later!

Oh, and unlike the last one where the books were strewn all over the place with no system whatsoever, this time all the books are sorted according to genre - fantays, fiction, romance, non-fiction, cookbooks etc etc.

The sale is on until December 2, and opens from 10am onwards. And BTW, if you're going these next few days, be prepared to queue up for a while just to get in, and also when you're checking out. The venue is smaller than usual, and I reckon there'll be a LOT of people going there during the long weekend...

Don't say I didn't warn you....

I Survived The Scariest Movie of 2009.....



New Moon
Not a review.
Wanted to stab my eyes out with a pen.
Using the BLUNT point.
OMG screaming tween girls.
OMG OMG OMG OMG.
OMG OMG OMG OMG
Stop screaming already.
Someday when you grow up,
You girls will look back at this movie,
And wonder why the heck you loved it so much.
Me, I had LOADS of fun... (in between stabbing my eyes)
Most fun I've had laughing and poking fun AT a movie since....
Oh. Since Twilight. LOL



Anyway, on to the movie.
Does ANYTHING ever happen in this movie?
All they ever seem to do is mope
sulk, mope, sulk, mope, sulk,
Stare into each other's eyes lovery dovey,
and say stupid, meaningless things.
Speaking of dialogue,
How DO they say those lines with a straight face?
How can you say something like 'Let's go watch Face Punch'"
And NOT burst out laughing at how absurd it sounds?
And OMG, those horrible conversations.
They make Episode II's infamous 'Sand' lines sound like Shakespeare.
If you think about it, they essentially say the same things,
OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.



And what the fuck is this.
One chick, one half-naked guy, one bedroom...
And all they did was TALK????
And so bias, WTF.
All the guys take off their shirts.
There's what, ONE lead female,
And we never even see a hint of cleavage?
(that said, that Alice chick has some groovy cleavage going on.)
She even goes swimming FULLY CLOTHED WTF.
But she does a MEgan Fox run in the end though.
Slow-mo and all.... but not as bouncy.



The Volturi were great though.
I'd watch a whole movie of them.
As long as there is no WolfBoyloveMopeyGirllovePaleBoy shit around.
Oooh, a jibe at zombie movies, so crever!
Mopey Girl should just go out with a zombie in the next movie
At least zombies won't leave her to 'protect' her.
And just eat her brains instead...
You know, for her protection.
Oh, and I have a theory on why Pale Boy was so reluctant,
And asked Mopey Girl to wait five years.
Maybe he wants her to grow a bit older,
So her boobs will grow bigger first,
And THEN only make her immortal.
LOL.



Huh? Edward? Jacob? Who're those people?

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Wonderland Has Wonderful Posters

Whether the movie will live up to expectations remains to be seen, but for now, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is looking pretty damn wonderful.

The trailer was wonderfully weird, and GOD DAMN the posters look awesome:



Alice is very pretty, no? The White Rabbit looks a bit scary though, I'm not sure why.



A caterpiller with Alan Rickman's face! And the Mad Hatter! (he looks like a combination of a very drunk Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka...)



OOOOOH, the CHESHIRE CAT! WHEE!

I have GOT to get my hands on ALL THREE POSTERS! They would look gorgeous on the wall....

Friday, 13 November 2009

The Most Godawesome Version of Chasing Cars, Up To Now.



Oooh, Snow Patrol's got a 2-disc compilation of their songs, and it's a pretty damn good one. This isn't exactly a 'greatest hits' compilation, BTW. Sure, it's got all the big hits, and selections from all their albums; but it's also got three new songs (my favorite so far is Give Me Strength), two live from Union Chapel live versions of Run and Chasing Cars, and even some songs from The Reindeer Section side projects. I'm a bit miffed that How To Be Dead isn't in there, but overall, it's a pretty good compilation.

Now, I've heard and downloaded practically every single version of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars since it was released - live versions, acoustic versions, even remixed dance versions - but the original aside, the live at Union Chapel version found on Up To Now is by far the single greatest, most moving version of the song so far. If only they'd cut out all the cheering and clapping by the audience in the beginning and the end, it would have been absolutely perfect...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Let's All Go Get Killed in Singapore!



What madness is this? The Killers in Singapore on January 24th 2010???!!??? At this rate, I might as well sell of one of my kidneys, or just move to Singapore...

And no, The Killers won't be coming to Malaysia. Why? Do you really think Rais would allow a band called 'PEMBUNUH' into the country? heh.

Anyway, here's the rundown on the concerts happening in the first two months of 2010. I've already bought my Green Day tickets. And now that The Killers are coming too, I'm forgoing the rest, and just go for those two. Can die happy liao. Eh wait, I haven't seen Jimmy Eat World yet....

  • 12 January: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • 13 January: Cat Power
  • 14 January: Green Day
  • 24 January: The Killers
  • 26 January: Andrew Bird
  • 3 February: Muse (Big Night Out)

AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHH.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Performance-Capture, Mr. Zemeckis? BAH, HUMBUG.



A Christmas Carol.
Not a review.
It's another of Robert Zemeckis' 'performance-capture' thingos.
Like The Polar Express.
Like Beowulf.
And like all those movies,
I can't stand it.



Oh the movie itself was quite alright.
You really can't go wrong, story-wise.
It's A Christmas Carol, for god's sake.
You'd have to be stupid to screw THAT story up.
Oh wait, they did that with Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Never mind.



The effects were great too.
It was pretty to look at,
The camera angles were impossibly thrilling,
And the 3D was nicely done.
The action scenes we exciting,
And the scary bits were quite scary too.



But something seemed WRONG somehow.
Those characters... they look real, but they're not.
Scrooge himself was pretty well done.
But the rest... look REALLY fake in a real sort of way.
It's like, they're real people but are actually fake.
Especially the supporting characters.
They all look like video game cutscene characters.



And why does Jim Carrey's accent sound so weird?
Like an American trying to speak in a British accent.
A British-INDIAN accent at that.
And the ghosts... the first one was cool, with the fire.
The second one was damn annoying the way he kept LAUGHING.
And the third.... ok, the third ghost was cool.
I like how they did the third ghost.



Oh, and I think I'm getting tired of 3D.
Especially when the movies just put the 3D in for 3D's sake.
OOOH LOOK we can do this
OOOH LOOK we can make this come OUT at you
Yes yes, we know you can do that,
But what else does it give the movie?
Sheesh, and Avatar isn't even out yet...



Sorry, Mr. Zemeckis.
I still can't get used to the whole 'performance-capture' thingy.
It looks like animation,
The characters looks animated,
And the camera goes places only animation (or CGI) can go.
So why isn't it called 'ANIMATION', huh?
Performance-capture you say, Mr. Zemeckis?
BAH... HUMBUG.

Friday, 6 November 2009

A Memory Of a Formerly Good Fantasy Series

Just when you thought that the Wheel of Time was coming to an end, especially after Robert Jordan's death while he was working on the final volume....

Of they go and hire some other guy, who goes through Jordan's notes and decides that, "No, I can't do this in ONE BOOK. it has to be THREE books!"

Yeah. Guess what just got published recently:



Book One of A Memory of Light? One of THREE books? What do they think this is, the final Harry Potter movie? Stop milking the damn series for every last drop and FINISH THE DAMN THING ALREADY GODDAMMIT!

And YOU, George R. R. Martin. Don't think I didn't remember you and your OH GOD SO LONG series. Stop mucking around and FINISH THE DAMN A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE SERIES ALREADY KTHXBAI.

I Paid Good Money for HAHAHAHAHA not Yuk-Yuk, goddammit.

I went for a comedy show tonight. For a comedy show, it wasn't very funny. To me, that is. I was really bored. All the other people in the audience seemed to be laughing their eyes, ears and noses off, but all I could raise throughout the 2 hour plus show was a couple of heh hehs and yuk yuks, and maybe a chuckle or two. And I'm royally pissed off at that.

Hey, I paid bloody eighty bucks for a damn good laugh, a laugh that everyone who apparently saw the show was saying would be coming. For that kind of money I expect GUFFAWS, LOUD HA HAs that will bring the roof down. Not a couple of yuk yuks. I've had CONVERSATIONS that were funnier, goddammit.

I can't fault their presentation though. Even though they DID recycle some routines, and even used a couple of Internet jokes, it was still a well-produced act. So what was it then? Why was I so bored?

So maybe it was the topics they were 'joking' about. Most of the jokes were the usual Malaysian jokes that I used to laugh loudly at - stuff about the corruption, the politics, the education system... But somehow I didn't find them funny this time.

Have I become too jaded for these kind of jokes? Have I lost my sense of humour? Have I lost that innate Malaysian ability to laugh at ourselves? I don't think so. I think it's just that these occurrences, these scandals, these issues and these thorns in our nation are becoming so commonplace that they're just not funny anymore. We've come to a point where it's time to stop laughing at these things. Something's gotta change, goddammit.

But I digress. Back to the 'comedy'. The stereotype racial jokes, the supposedly funny jokes about social networking and the Internet, the cliched Who Wants To Be A Millionaire parodies... it's boring. It's unoriginal. Every Malaysian 'comedian' has done those skits, those jokes, those costumes. And I'm bored of it.

The next time I pay RM80 for a laugh, there better well be LOUD HAHAHAHAHA GUFFAWS or I swear there will be hell to pay.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Will Huff And Puff And Blow Your Budget Away...

UPDATE, 26/11/2009: In case you're wondering how the sale is like, I've got a 'review' of the sale up HERE.

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Book addicts beware. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is coming back, so you better lock up your wallets and purses in houses of bricks (not straw or wood), or it will huff and puff and blow your budget away.

No, this is not good news at all, especially book addicts like me who can't resist cheap books. Remember the last time I went to the Big Bad Wolf Sale? Well, go HERE and HERE to refresh your memory.

Anyway, here are the details, from their Facebook invite:

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The Big Bad Book Sale is back! It will be TWICE as big as before, with over 200,000 books and magazines coming in just for the sale. Best of all, the prices are 70% to 90% off the recommended retail prices!

Start Time: 26-11-2009, 10am
End Time: 02-12-2009, 9pm

Location:

Level 3 (former cinema lot opposite McDonald's), Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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This is not good. Not good at all. Yer gods, and I was so proud of my self-restraint during the Penguin book sale....

The End of The World Is About 40 Minutes Too Long...



2012
Not a review.
TIDAL WAVES!
VOLCANOES!
EARTHQUAKES!
The White House getting PWNED by a SHIP!
It could only be a Roland Emmerich movie.
He blew up the White House before, remember?



OMG SO LONG.
IT's about 2 hours 40 minutes.
And 40 minutes too long, if you ask me.
It was fun watching everything get blown up
Smash, crushed, thrown off cliffs, catching fire,
But once that was done with,
You just wanted to get it over with.



The special effects were of course, brilliant.
I've always got a kick out of seeing things get destroyed onscreen.
(Maybe that's why I liked Transformers so much)
(Oh wait, that was because I actually like Transformers, oh well)
Los Angeles getting ripped apart was especially great.
But why didn't Malaysia pay them some money,
To blow up the Petronas Twin Towers?
The PM would have enjoyed the irony...



Somehow I really didn't care for the characters.
Not John Cusack, not his wife, not his kids,
Not that Russian dude with a voice like a tuba,
Not the Lethal Weapon President Who Hunted Predators,
Not the scientist who tries to saves us all.
The only dude I liked was Woody Harrelson's mad man,
Remember, you heard it first from CHARLIEEEEE!!!



It's about Mother Earth laying the smackdown on us humans,
In a motherfucking BIG way.
Sure, an American discovered it,
And the Americans initiated the Save The World campaign.
But hey, we Chinese rock.
Score one for Made in China products!



I wonder what Roland Emmerich's gonna destroy next.
He destroyed famous landmarks in Independence Day,
He destroyed New York City in Godzilla,
He destroyed half a continent in The Day After Tomorrow,
He destroyed HISTORY with 10000 BC
And now he's wiped out billions of people all over the world.
What next? Destroying Jupiter? Saturn? The SUN?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Dream King and His Dresden Doll

I'm incredibly busy this week, with a whole lot of interviews from the Singapore Writer's Festival to transcribe and write up, so I'll leave you with a picture of the two coolest people I interviewed at the festival last week.

Presenting... The Dream King, Neil Gaiman; and his own personal Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer.















PS. If you REALLY need something to read, go to The Dirty Tortoise and comment on my Nanowrimo story!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Introducing... The Dirty Tortoise!

Maybe it was the beer. Maybe it was spending two days straight listening to Neil Gaiman talk about writing, and interviewing other authors at the Singapore Writer's Fest.

Whatever the reason, it 'inspired' me to give NaNoWriMo another chance. So, at the very last minute, I signed up for the mad 50000 words in 30 day challenge once again.

This time, I might actually have a chance of finishing it. My story this time round is based on something my father made up years ago when I was a child and hankering for bedtime stories. My dad made up stories about a dirty tortoise named, well, Dirty Tortoise, who lived in a drain in the Temerloh wet market. While I don't remember the exact stories he used to tell me, I figured I'll just take the main character, and go from there.

My plan is just to come up with a location, a bunch of characters and then just wing it till the 50000 words or the deadline, whichever comes first. It's probably gonna be like Walter Moer's books where I make up anything and everything, so it's gonan be a little haphazard and crazy. That's gotta make it easier to get out of holes I find myself in later on in the story too, I hope. heh heh.

Anyway, so far, so good, I've got more than 3000 words on the first day, with 2000+ in the proper narrative and the other thousand reserved for later chapters.

If you wanna see how the story is turning out, you can check out this blog I set up: The Dirty Tortoise, to read the chapters I've finished. As of now, there are two chapters of rambling and hardly any dialogue, but hey, it IS a work in progress after all.

I set up the blog for two reasons - I wanted some feedback on the story (feel free to criticize or heckle me), and I also want to FORCE myself to finish NanoWrimo this time. I figure if people start reading it and pestering me to keep writing (or stop, whichever comes first), then I'll be more motivated to finish the damn thing.

Anyway, that's the story of how Dirty Tortoise came about. Now on to Chapter Three! WHEE!