The Rating System

All opinions are my own. We are all different. What I may think is great, you may this terrible. Don't let my opinios stop you from exploring the vast world of horror in all media.

~Mind Blowing: Search for this movie immediately. It can only be described as pure greatness and possible an instant classic.

~So Good: Highly recommended because for one reason or another it stands out above the usual fair. Put the movie on your radar as it wont disappoint.

~In the Middle: The movie is a nothing special, average affair. It may entertain in the short term but it will be easily forgettable in the long haul.

~Warning: This movie is a cliched driven slop of familiar territory. Only watch if you're really of fan of this type of material.

~Steaming Pile: The movie is absolute garbage, a complete bore, and not worth the time or effort.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Upright Man by Michael Marshall

The Upright Man (Straw Men)

Author: Michael Marshall

Ward Hopkins is running scared for his life after coming in contact with a group called The Straw Men. Former L.A. Detective John Zandt is still seeking revenge for what The Straw Men did to his daughter. And FBI Agent Nina Baynam is trying to piece together an unrelated series a murders, which could be the work of notorious serial killer "The Upright Man".

My Take:
An intense sequel to "The Straw Men" brings back all the main players (Ward Hopkins, John Zandt, & Nina Baynam) and has the reader guessing at the puzzle pieces until the last third of the book. While it doesn't leave the reader when an icky feeling like the first story, this one stands by itself strong enough.
Much like the first novel this once jumps between three main character's and seemingly unrelated storylines, each written in different tenses. I love the explaination behind the powerful Straw Men group and their reason for human destruction.

Rating: So Good

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