On the Subject of Revisiting Books

There are those who believe that a book should be read once and then passed on to its next reader; I am not one of them. Granted, many of the books I read end up becoming favorites of mine (19 of the books reviewed on my blog have been re-reads), but most end up being sold to a used bookstore (see On the Subject of Giving, Keeping, Selling, and Buying Books). I understand why people believe that once a book is read, all of its secrets and beneficial qualities have been leeched out through the act and that it has nothing left to give; I don’t agree with it, but I understand. So, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the reasons for re-reading a book.

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As an aside, I feel like I would hit my head on one of those light bulbs.

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Hellboy (2004) – Review

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Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Written by Guillermo del Toro and Peter Briggs; based on the comic books by Mike Mignola

Cast: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Jon Hurt, Karel Roden, Brian Steele, Rupert Evans, Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair, and Ladislav Beran.

Length: 2 hours and 2 minutes

Genre: Action, fantasy

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Description from IMDB:

“A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.” Continue reading “Hellboy (2004) – Review”

Blood on Snow – Review

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø

Published in 2015

Neil Smith Translation

Pages: 208

Genre: Scandinavian crime fiction

“The snow was dancing like cotton wool in the light of the street lamps.”

Jo Nesbø sets his 2015 novel, Blood on Snow, in Oslo, Norway circa 1977. Following the events after a contract killer is given a surprising job by his employer, the story dives into the gritty world behind the scenes of the Norwegian city. There is a lot of blood, snow, and questions of credibility as the tale weaves itself in a terminal spiral. Continue reading “Blood on Snow – Review”

An Impromptu Blog: Over 800 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Review has over 800 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content and I have enjoyed the expansion through Music Mondays and Movie Reviews; I hope you have as well. As usual, here is a picture from October of one of my cats being adorable!

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Look at him; like a beached whale.

Thank you again to my 801 followers on WordPress.com, the 113 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 608 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 800!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

Music Monday: Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Album: Blood Mountain by Mastodon

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Blood Mountain

Released: September 12th, 2006

Band Info:

Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the band that recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Mastodon circa 2006.

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Children of Men (2006) – Review

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Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Written by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby; based on the novel by P. D. James

Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Clare-Hope Ashitey,  Danny Huston, Michael Caine, and Peter Mullan

Length: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.” Continue reading “Children of Men (2006) – Review”

Cabinet of Curiosities – Review

Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions by Guillermo del Toro and Marc Scott Zicree

Published in 2013

Pages: 263

Genre: Nonfiction, collector book

“For Guillermo del Toro, it all starts with the eye – or, more accurately, the lens.”

Guillermo del Toro has come to prominence in the Hollywood system for his work directing the films Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Pacific Rim (2013); however, the truth of the artist and his abilities exceeds that with which many of us associate him. The aim of Cabinet of Curiosities, co-written by del Toro and Marc Scott Zicree, is to open the doors into a visionary filmmaker’s mind and conjure all the wonderful, strange, and sometimes frightening aspects of his genius. From famous movie monsters to Pre-Raphaelite painters, comic books to art cinema, the scope of influences del Toro harnesses in his work is as engulfing as the man’s kind personality.

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The entryway of del Toro’s Bleak House.

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