Monsters Present…Rapid Reviews! (July 2014)

For the longest time I thought that when writing a review it had to be a massive piece of work that covers every aspect of the product, but I have come to realize that my 7th grade English teacher was more right than I ever realized. She taught us that when writing we should think about it like a skirt. It should be long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep your interest. So here are my Rapid Reviews.


Amazon Prime

Photo: Amazon

Amazon Prime is an amazing purchase for anyone who buys products online.
First off, the free two day free shipping is great. The amount you can save on the products you buy more than makes up for the cost of Prime.

Second, free video content. Amazon has a decent selection of movies, and it is constantly changing. Some months are better than others, but there is always something for everyone on there. They also made a huge purchase by adding the HBO catalog of shows. It is binge watching at its finest. Lastly,

Prime added music streaming. Many of the greatest albums ever are available for free to stream or add to your mobile device.

Recommended shows to watch: The Americans, Rome, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and Deadwood

Recommended music to listen to: Any of the Bob Dylan Catalog, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Jack White’s Blunderbuss, and The Lumineers


Band of Brothers

Photo: HBO
Photo: HBO

Based on the book by the same title by Stephen Ambrose it is one of the greatest shows to ever be put on TV. The directing, set design, acting, and every aspect of this show is extraordinary. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks put a lot of care and passion into this series. The show will draw you in from the beginning and keep a hold on you as you follow Easy Company from boot camp through the end of the WWII. There are several great actors in the series. Damian Lewis, who plays Captain Richard Winters, is the main focus of many of the episodes, but as the show progresses you become attached to each character.

The Two episodes to me that were the hardest to watch, and really display the hardship of WWII, are Bastogne and Why We Fight. Bastogne shows the toll that winter takes on a group of soldiers with minimal supplies, trying to survive while holding the line. This episode focuses on one of the medics. Why We Fight has Easy Company find and enter a German Concentration Camp. It truly shows the horror that the people in the camps faced. When it is over you will see why that truly was the greatest generation. When the show was over I cried and could not stop it. It makes you think about what those that have come before us went through to give us what we have today.


Rumours/Fleetwood Mac

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

There are so many stories about the making of this album and it is always listed as one of the greatest albums. I was curious about it so I decided to give it a listen. After listening for the first time, I was completely blown away. The lyrics tell of the strain going on in each writer’s life. The vocals convey such an emotion and they put their soul in the recording. Most of the songs are very catchy and hold up to the test of time.




The Maze Runner

MazeRunnerThe Maze Runner is the first book in the series of the same name by James Dashner. The premise for the book revolves around a group of young men, who have been dropped off and live in the middle of a giant maze. At random times there will be an alarm that sounds and someone new will be delivered by a cargo elevator. No one has any memories from their previous lives. Each day runners are send out to map the maze and try and figure out a solution. Once Thomas shows up things start to change. If you like dystopian society books like the Hunger Games or The Giver then you will enjoy this.

There are parts of the book that seem silly at times, but in the end it will hook you into wanting to read the next book. It will also be hitting theaters later this year, so check out the trailer and see if it peeks your interest.

3 thoughts on “Monsters Present…Rapid Reviews! (July 2014)

  1. This is my first time reading your blog, and I love this! I proudly consider myself a geek, and I do get tired of the stereotypes, even if geeks/nerds are becoming more socially acceptable. I’m glad I’ve discovered your blog! Geeks unite!

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