Just ten days before he was killed in Dallas, President Kennedy demanded “full disclosure” from the CIA regarding their investigations into unidentified flying objects. He also ordered the agency to share all of their UFO data with NASA.
To avoid having to disclose their alleged links to UFOs, did the CIA have Kennedy killed? or was it just an unfortunate coincidence!
I went into this book wary because I love speculative fiction and this sounded like the type of book I might enjoy, but it also had a so-so rating. I’ve learned in the past to not be too hyped up for a book that has a synopsis that somehow meets a bunch of my requirements for a good book.
Tip: Always read at least the first page or chapter before giving up on a book simply because of the rating.
I’m so glad I picked this up and the only reason it took me so long to finish was because I was reading other books at the same time. This was a funny (I was really surprised with how much I laughed at some of the cheesy and lame jokes), interesting, heart-warming, and unique read. I loved all of the characters and the omniscient feel that the third person narrative offered. With books like this one, I’m happy to be able to see how everyone is affected during the story. I loved the twists and turns and that the book had more than one moment of conflict.
The main conflict comes on the heels of a minor conflict’s resolution, so it felt like this was a nonstop ride of adventure and mystery. Everything flowed so well off each other and I found myself second-guessing what was happening a lot because the people in this book always have some sort of trick up their sleeve.
If Kennedy writes another book in this universe, I hope she follows the perspectives of some of the other characters introduced. I love this whole concept of what could be and how we differ between us and our multi-dimensional counterparts.
I’m a sucker for books that feature characters getting ready to go on a mission, so this sated that hunger for adventure and the speculative side of multi-dimensional travel was like the icing on the metaphorical cake.
Heckler, produced by Jamie Kennedy, starts out as a fascinating look at what makes people yell at comedy shows. They managed to get some of the best comedians in the country to tell their best heckling stories – including David Cross, Paul F. Tompkins, Robert Kelley, Lewis Black, Eugene Mirman, and Dave Attell – all in the first ten minutes. It’s genuinely delightful. Then it delves into the phenomenon and why people heckle in the first place, and connects the people who yell at comedy shows to the then-growing trend of newspaper writers and online bloggers who were getting followers based on their reputations as angry, vitriolic critics.
Around the halfway point, though, Jamie Kennedy starts exclusively interviewing bloggers who gaveSon Of The Mask negative reviews. There’s an extended scene in which Kennedy reads blurbs about his movies back to the people who wrote them years before, and it just sort of leaves the camera on their uncomfortable faces as he channels his best Kenneth Branagh. One gets the vibe that this is less a PSA about rudeness and more an opportunity for Jamie Kennedy to spend thousands of dollars bullying nerds who hurt his feelings.
The movie ends by covering the pretty much universally maligned director Uwe Boll’s boxing matches against internet critics. Thing is, though, the critics had no boxing experience or training and – in exactly the sort of fashion you’d assume Uwe Boll conducts his affairs – they were told it was a publicity stunt instead of, you know, a for-real boxing match with someone who intended to beat the shit out of them. Said another way, the triumphant emotional climax of Kennedy’s film is a series of scenes wherein one of the worst filmmakers of all time violently assaults a bunch of unsuspecting nerds who had the temerity to question his artistic genius. Which is a pretty decent metaphor for the film’s whole raison d'etre.