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The Strain – Book Comment

Book Cover Copyright 2014 by FX, LLC

Book Cover Copyright 2014 by FX Networks, LLC

Author: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Publisher: Harper, HarperCollinsPublishers, 195 Broadway, NY, NY

Cover: FX Networks, LLC

Copyright: 2009 [ISBN: 0062344618]

Cover: Artworks/Cover Art, copyright 2014 FX Networks, LLC

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, July 27, 2014

Summary: Vampire from World War II invades New York via a plane ride and raises from a coffin put on board with the evil mechanizations of a superrich guy. The usual biting; the usual blood; the usual gore; the usual superhuman demon: But an incredibly imaginative beginning.

Vampire stories have been referred to as the teenage version of hardcore pornography. No argument with that. However, there is only one way to bite someone and turn them into a walking dead person. You bite. Swallow blood, and viola, you have given birth to your soulless mate. The story, if there is one, involves those die-hard or die-heart untouched who resist such succulent advances. (Please excuse any confusion here between zombies and vampires. A little bite of this, a little bite of that and it’s all Munster after a while.)

The foundation of all things vampire of course is rooted in folklore. Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula set the stage for the modern telling of vampire stories. First came F. W. Mumau’s 1922 movie Nosteratu. Say Béla Lugosi about fifty times and you just about covered every vampire-animated-dead movie made since. (It is also a good benediction to ward off all vampire movies).

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When Will The Heaven Begin? – Book Review

WhenWillTheHeavenBeginAuthor: Ally Breedlove with Ken Abraham

Publisher: New American Library, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 375 Hudson Street, NY

Copyright: The Ben Breedlove Trust, 2013, [ISBN:0451239648]

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, 13 July 2014

Summary: Story behind the YouTube video of a dying man, Ben Breedlove, posting flashcards of his battle with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). He died not soon after in December 2011 and left not only the video but an inspiring legacy about the power of the human spirit. Not the typical Near Death Experience chronicle but an amazing story in the telling.

If you follow reviews on books about near death experiences (NDE) in this journal, you know the approach is basically one of skepticism. Not necessarily of the NDE itself, but of the “spin” swirling around and flowing from the reported NDE. The conclusions Dr. Eben Alexander reached about his NDE in PROOF OF HEAVEN (reviewed December 2012) is one example. Barbara and Lionel C. Basom’s FULL CIRCLE (reviewed June 1994), and Roy Abraham Varghese’s THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH (reviewed January 2010), and P. M. H. Atwater’s COMING BACK TO LIFE (reviewed March 1995), and SAVED BY THE LIGHT by Dannion Brinkley (read but not reviewed) are a few others.

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