Some ideas for relaxation

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I bought a couple of weeks back an Amazon Kindle eBook-Reader and I am a huge fan of it.

Since I bought it, I was reading like hell a lot of my favorite authors.

So, to give you a glimpse of what I am reading for relaxation and what you should do, too, when you are into reading 'strange' thriller fiction, here is a list:

  • Layton Green - The Dominic Grey Series

His books are a mixture of being a Dan Brown story and Brett Battles plot of Jonathan Quinn.

Start with 'The Summmoner' via 'The Eqyptian' to his latest writing 'The Diabolist'.

The books are about, well, let me phrase it this way, a Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson couple, but set in todays world and more into a religious, voodoo focused storyline. I think, what you Ubuntu people will like most, is the mentioning of 'Juju' in 'The Summoner'. He explains what actually 'Juju' is, and that 'Charms' are very related to 'Juju'. The definition of 'Juju' on Wikipedia - Juju is very close, but there are also some hints where it all started.

  • Graham Masterton - Katie Maguire Series

I only had the chance to read 'White Bones', but this was really a ride. I think, Stephen King would be really jealous, reading this book. It's detailed, and I mean, very detailed. His description of how people are getting murdered, are really colourful. You can see the pictures, the flesh-less bones, the pain. I doubt, there will be a movie version, because there is too much detail, and it has to be so detailed. This book gave me the creeps, and it will give you the creeps, too.

  • Brett Battles - Jonathan Quinn Series

Oh, well, I can't force you to read these 7 fictional novels, but honestly, you should. It's about a man who is on the other side of 'James Bond'. Jonathan Quinn works in the spook business as a 'Cleaner', but despite of his job, he is a very moral driven person. Mr. Brattles is not actually writing a thriller story, but more a phsycological bio of someone who deals with dirty jobs, but actually trying to be honest and helpful. As I am also a Tom Clancy fanatic, especially his 'Jack Ryan' novels, I would just say, Brattles is trying to picture 'Jack Ryan' but from the other side of the desk. Being a 'Cleaner' is a dirty job, but 'Jonathan' is really only cleaning up the scumbags.

  • Simon Wood - No Show

Ok, this was a mistake. I trusted Amazon on this one, but it was wrong. It's actually too easy to read, and has no depth. The characters described are totally transparent, and the whole story is actually told after 15% of the book. British guys marries a girl from California, after some time he is able to become a US citizen. When reaching San Francisco his wife didn't pick him up and he is worried. Now, becoming a suspect of the Police, being hunted by the neighbor-hood watch, and with some little help from a guy who is running somekind of a Pub, he finds his wife...and the story ends without a happy end. Totally stupid, not well written, no detail, no depth. So don't buy this book, it's not worth it.

  • Dan Brown - Inferno

What should I say, it's good, it's bad, it's good, it's bad. I don't know. I like Dan Browns detailed writings, most of it you can go and see for yourself. And yes, sometimes he is overdoing it, but it's a good read, like all his other novels. This time, again, he takes his main character, 'Robert Langdon', on a ride through Europe. And again, he is using another persons idea to its limit. This time it's 'Dantes Inferno' which he position into todays world. A good read, but even as ebook it's still expensive. Btw, if you want to read 'Dantes Inferno' you can check out 'The Gutenberg Project'. They have a lot of translations of this lyric. I think I like this translation most: The Project Gutenberg EBook of Divine Comedy, Longfellow's Translation

So, this is for our 'we are still reading books' people.

But I have also an advice for our 'movie fanatics'.

Sadly, in Germany, the release dates of good movies are behind the international releases, but anyway:

  • Trance - Danny Boyle

IMDB Entry 'Trance' Awesome movie with James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Rosario Dawson (Zookeeper) as main actors.

It's one of the stories, where you don't know what's real and what not. Especially Rosario is one of main characters here. She's acting so good, that you think she's only a sidekick.

  • This is the end - Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

IMDB Entry 'This is the end' Living in California, had a broken toe, went to a doctor and got some Dope as Prescription?

Than this is for you, a totally crazy movie about the Apocalypse. The actors are actually playing themselves (hopefully not ;)). I don't want to go into details, but this is real fun (not the german translation though). Especially Emma Watson, even when only seen for a couple of minutes, she's so awesome, that you even forget that she was Hermine in Harry Potter ;))

  • Man of Steel - Zack Snyder

IMDB Entry 'Man of Steel' Ok this is bad. Really bad.

So, let's get this right: Christopher Nolan is one of the producers, and he co-wrote the script to this movie. When you hear: 'What? Chris Nolan? That has to be good, because he did a very good job on the Dark Knight', it's wrong. Totally wrong. This movie has nothing from 'Batman'. I don't know what Nolan or Snyder thought but this is more a different plot of 'Matrix'. So, in the Prologue, the first 5 - 10 minutes, you think: Oh wow, this movie will be good, but when you see the 'Cloned Baby Eggs' you are pulled back to 'Matrix'. For me, as someone who was growing up with 'Superman' and 'Christopher Reeve' it was so 'crap, I thought Nolan wanted to give us a different view of the Superman/Clark Kent character', but in the end, it's just: 'Matrix' and 'let's destroy Metropolis'. Ok, this movie is better than 'Superman Returns' but still, not really a good watch.

  • Pacific Rim - Guillermo del Toro

IMDB Entry 'Pacific Rim' My Favorite. Really.

The CGIs are awesome, and the story is a mixture of old japanese 'Godzilla' movies and 'Power Rangers'. Why 'Power Rangers', well, in the old Bandai TV Series the 'Power Rangers' tried to fight their enemies together, in a way, where they assembled a Robot (similar to a Transformer). So, the team riding the 'Jaeger' in 'Pacific Rim' is similar.

When you remember the 'Godzilla' Remake of Roland Emmerich from 1998, there is a scene where 'Godzilla' roars, and when you really watch 'Pacific Rim' there is a 'Kaiju' Monster, which also roars, and the silhouette is totally matching the scene from Emmerichs 'Godzilla'

  • Pain and Gain - Michael Bay

IMDB Entry 'Pain and Gain' This movie is based on a true story.

Yes it is, and people are discussing this movie highly controversial. The main characters are still alive, so the authors of the script changed the names. What I can say, it's a fun movie, and you shouldn't take the true story into account. I read about the truth later, but still, this movie is fun, especially seeing Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson playing the 'dumb body builders with a plan'.