Archive for September, 2011

Meteor? UFO? Transformer? What Was In The Sky Over The American Southwest Last Night?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

A sudden bright spot in the night changed colors from blue to orange before streaking across the sky and disappearing has caused hysteria amongst residents in California, Arizona and beyond.

While many scientists are pegging the light show as the result of a basketball sized piece of interplanetary debris burning up through our atmosphere, we are not so quick to agree. While a spaceship seems unlikely, a secret military satellite being blown out of orbit (as posited in the beginning of Andrew Mayne’s debut novel Public Enemy Zero) and crashing down to Earth could work. From the picture posted above, we also can’t rule out that dozens of sitcom stars had simultaneous given a poignant piece of advice and the resulting streak was simply a The More You Know punctuation.

Do you have a conspiracy theory? Post it below.

[CBS 2]

Everything You’d Like To Know About Pet Mummification

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Glow In The Dark Kitties

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Glowing cats – I want one.


The Old Man and the Waste Land [eBook Review]

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Simone Allyne is the Weird Things eBook reviewer focusing on readily available, affordable Science Fiction and Fantasy. If you have a book you’d like reviewed, please email WeirdThingsMail@Gmail

It’s not often that a book brings me to tears, but The Old Man and the Waste Land by Nick Cole did just that.  Cole’s writing is so incredibly beautiful you cannot help but cry over the awe inducing descriptions of a sunset… only to realize that it’s a sunset in post apocalyptica.

The Old Man and the Waste Land is the story of the destruction of civilization where man is reduced to salvaging the ruins of a post apocalyptic world. A survivor of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown, with the words of Hemingway’s The Old Man and Sea echoing in his head, to prove to himself that he is still somehow useful.

Even the way Cole describes the “Horde” that develops out of a now lawless society is full of awe and wonder.  All of it is so exquisitely written that you cannot help but feel that you are there in that very situation experiencing it for yourself.

Cole’s story is also one of survival and endurance. The Old Man must use his wits to survive the desert wilderness and lawless inhabitants of what is left of our world to discover the truth behind Hemingway’s classic tale of man versus nature.

I cannot say enough about how beautiful Cole’s prose is! He tells a story in such a way that you become immediately emotionally connected to the main character.  You find yourself holding your breath when things are not going well for The Old Man.  You root and cheer for him in the hope that even though society as we know it has been destroyed, The Old Man and his village can be rebuilt and start anew.

I urge you, no I demand that you go out and buy The Old Man and the Waste Land! You will not be disappointed!


How to Succeed in Evil [eBook Review]

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Simone Allyne is the Weird Things eBook reviewer focusing on readily available, affordable Science Fiction and Fantasy. If you have a book you’d like reviewed, please email WeirdThingsMail@Gmail

Even evil villains need help, and when they do they hire Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant.  Edwin’s job is to help make the villains more villainous or at the very least more profitable.

Patrick E. McLean’s story, How to Succeed in Evil reads like a how-to guide on achieving evil through any means.  Edwin is frustrated with the lack of good super villains as clients, and has had to settle for D list villains whom he finds incredibly frustrating and haven’t helped with the bottom line of his business.

My reason for reading this book was purely self-centered.  Lately I had been feeling my plans for world domination had been lacking that…je ne sais quoi.  I started reading in hopes of finding some pointers as to what I needed to do to bring my game to the next level, along the lines of Sephiroth from Final Fantasy, Carnage from Spiderman, Sinister from The X-Men or HIM from the Power Puff Girls…

… And I was not disappointed.

Edwin Windsor has no qualms telling his clientele what they are doing is wrong.  He beautifully explains why world domination has not been theirs yet with an eloquence all his own.  He gives great advice as to what is the most important part of being an evil villain… money!   Money is what makes the world go ‘round.

Your plan to take over the world involves building a giant laser in space and then aim it at Washington D.C.?  You’re going to need a lot of money to do that.  But when Edwin’s current client refuses to listen to him he decides it’s time to appeal to his deeper needs.

McLean’s story is full of bigger then life characters, both literally and figuratively.  Wait until you meet Topper!  They just jump off the page at you while you read about their inner most desires, needs for revenge and plans for ruling all of mankind.

So if you’re like me, and feeling your plans for world domination are lacking, How to Succeed in Evil is a must read!