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Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: Deliver Me From Temptation by Tes Hilaire

Deliver Me from Temptation by Tes Hilaire

Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human. Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn't believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she's a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he'd never thought he'd feel. But she's also as human as they come


I read the first book of this series, Deliver Me from Darkness, and immediately knew I would be following this series to its conclusion. I loved the Paladin mythos created and the author’s writing style. It is classified as a PNR, but there are enough urban fantasy elements to grab my attention. I was pleasantly surprised to find Deliver Me from Temptation had a much stronger urban fantasy element than the first book. The book is still a PNR with a forbidden love theme (hubba, hubba), but there was much more substance to the story and overall series arc. To top it all off there is a good murder mystery that isn't eclipsed by the romance.

I was desperately hoping book two would be Valin’s story; he pushes all my dark, mysterious outcast buttons. But Deliver Me from Temptation is Logan’s story. He wasn't my favorite of the Paladin warriors we meet in the first book. There is nothing wrong with him, he just didn't push those buttons I was talking about. I still enjoyed his story because Detective Jessica Waters is a smart, rock solid heroine with her own personal demons (heehee, pun intended) she must defeat in order to fulfill a surprising destiny.


There is also an anti-hero introduced and I can’t wait to see where his story is going. Valin is up to his usual mischievous self, but we still don’t know anything about the darkness that keeps him from feeling like he belongs to the Paladin Brotherhood. He knows who his mate is, but she disappeared at the end of book one. The next book will be his story, squeee!

The Paladin series is a great combination of PNR and urban fantasy and will appeal to both readers. 

4 “freaky angel spawn” sheep

Sharon Stogner (edit Kalpar)

About the Author:
While growing up Tes Hilaire always wanted to see a ghost. Or meet an angel. Or dine with a vampire. Despite her vivid imagination, none of these things ever happened… yet. In the meantime, she writes about them from her home in North Carolina where she lives with her hero, her cats, a son and two daughters–one of whom claims to actually have seen a ghost (Tes is very jealous). She hates lima beans, loves spaghetti, and still believes in the impossible.

Movie Review: President Wolfman (Another Hole in the Head)

PRESIDENT WOLFMAN Director: Mike Davis 
Writer: Mike Davis 
Stars: Marc Evan Jackson, Matt Piedmont and Jonathan Yudis 
Stag Films
Genre: Comedy, horror 
80 minutes. Unrated. 
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The President of the United States has been bitten by a werewolf and is loose on the streets of Washington on a killing rampage! This

comedy/horror/political satire is also a 'green movie,' made entirely out of recycled stock and public domain film footage culled from over one hundred grainy government instructional shorts, classroom education movies, vintage stag reels and long lost b-movie features. Director Mike Davis re-dubs and reassembles the old footage with new dialogue supplied by a talented cast of voice actors led by Marc Evan Jackson (as John Wolfman) and a wild new storyline to create the ultimate midnight movie mash-up! 


President Wolfman is a “green” (uses recycled materials) movie made by Stag Film. They combined the 1970 schlock film Werewolf of Washington starring Dean Stockwell with dozens of clips from public domain film.

The idea behind this movie is clever and fun: Take old public domain film footage, like those 1970 educational movies you watched in school or old B-movies, and then edit it together so it tells a story and then add some music and dialogue. Bam! You got a cool movie… in theory.


At first I laughed at the hair styles and clothes and smiled at the cheesy dialogue and the job they did syncing up the footage to the voice overs. About 15 minutes later I was rolling my eyes at dialogue that seemed to be added because they thought it would be funny with the footage, but had nothing to do with the plot of the story. 15 minutes later I turned it off. There was no way I could sit through 80 minutes of this. If they had made a short film instead, I would probably be singing its praises because it would have had more focus and the sophomoric humor wouldn't have gotten old.


wouldn't be a B-movie without boobs!
The creators have the right idea, but they beat the dead horse a little too long. I am giving it two sheep because it really is a great idea.



2 Sheep




Sharon Stogner (edit Kalpar)

Stag Films is a full service production company based in Hollywood, USA. Internationally recognized pioneers of the ‘green movie,’ Stag creates films and videos out of 100% recycled materials. We specialize in the following:

FEATURE FILMS
GREEN MOVIES AND ADVERTISEMENTS
WEB PROMOS AND VIDEOS
STOCK FOOTAGE SERVICES



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hot Autumn Night Blog Hop

"What's your idea of a hot autumn night?"

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with H.D. Thomson and Caris Roane for hosting!


Does it involve a romp between the pages of a romance book with a fictional hottie?! We are going to say it does...

At I Smell Sheep we prefer to romp with the supernatural variety. What flavor would you want to heat up your autumn night? Shifter, vampire, mage, fae, superhero, transformer?



Sharon: I think I will go for a Fae prince on this one.

Check out Prince Nuada's mad bo staff skills as well as the hauntingly sad song.


Katie: For my Autumn Night pick I've got to go with the fine Scottish hunk Dougal Kincaid from author Kerrelyn Sparks 'Love at Stake' saga. Yes, yes I pick him all the time. But I don't care! He's my vampire, scottish hunk love bunny and I can't get enough! 



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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sheep Book Review: Angel in Chains + Giveaway!


Angel in Chains, book three in The Fallen series, is a PNR by author Cynthia Eden, and is an entertaining bayou party with all the paranormal bag of tricks you can throw your beads at! 

Plot:

As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death.

Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She's spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions...

Our story picks up as Azrael, the Angel of Death, is walking around minding his own business and stumbles upon a gal being mugged down a dark alley near the French Quarter. Now, I've been to NOLA and yeah some parts are a bit sketchy, but this time it's not the humans doing the mugging. It's a pack of wolves, on the hunt for the packmaster's gal Jade. Although that gal wants no part of the pack, the wolves seem to not understand and want to force her back to the wolfy side. 

Jade is feisty as heck and won't back down or submit to the tyranny of a deranged pack, all she wants is freedom (which William Wallace can totally understand!) and the right to choose how she will live her life. But story being what it is, Jade is our lady in distress and Azrael is the Angel who just happens to be in the right place at the right time. Then we're off into a steamy bayou adventure across the Louisiana countryside and back again! 

Though this couple's struggle is not an easy one, the best love stories never are and they become united against a common foe and lead the way to an epic battle. Plot twists and turns keep the adventure going while romance heats up the pages! 

Angel in Chains is a fun read that's enjoyable for all PNR fans looking for some darker angels that walk the line between goodboy and badboy. You can easily pick up from this point, as I did, and not feel lost in the series whatsoever! 


Getting 4 'demon bar' Sheep 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Movie Review: Deadball (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival)

 Deadball 
Director: Yudai Yamaguchi 
Writer: Yudai Yamaguchi, Keita Tokaji 
Producer: Yoshinori Chiba, Junji Hashimoto, Akifumi Sugihara, Shin Torisawa 
Cinematographer: Masakazu Oka 
Release Date: July 23, 2011 
Runtime: 99 min. 
Language: Japanese 

Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch, Jubeh swore off baseball and became a criminal and now, at 17, has been sent to the Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory for hardened criminals. Headmistress Ishihara, the granddaughter of a World War II Nazi collaborator, runs the institution with an iron fist and the enthusiastic help of her sadistic assistant, Ilsa. After arriving at the hellhole, Jubeh soon learns from governor Mifune that his long-lost, younger brother Musashi had also done time there after a murder spree, but had since died mysteriously.

Despite having sworn never to play baseball again, Jubeh is presented with an ultimatum by governor Mifune: join the reformatory team, The Gauntlets, in the national tournament for juvenile inmates, or witness the death of his innocent cellmate Four Eyes (Mari Hoshino). With the knowledge that the death of his brother is somehow connected to the team, Jubeh agrees, and Gauntlet training begins. Their first opponents: the sexy but deadly “psycho butcher girls” of the St. Black Dahlia High School, a team of literal man-killers. And so the splatterific baseball tournament begins, but Jubeh soon learns that he is not only fighting to win the game, but also to save his own life!

the psycho-butcher baseball team
The only word I can come up with to describe this movie is bizarre; the Japanese call it splatter comedy, which is a mix of extreme camp and horror. Believe it or not, this is a follow-up movie to director Yudai Yamaguchi’s zombie baseball classic, Battlefield Baseball. Sushi-typhoon is a Japanese movie company that specializes in the splatter genre. There is a plot to the movie, and while you can read the blurb for that, you really have to watch the trailer to truly get an idea of what I am talking about. So go ahead and watch it… seriously… I’ll wait 


There is definitely a certain audience this movie caters to, and if you are it, then this movie should absolutely be on your to watch list. I had a blast watching it; the special effects are low-budget and the gore gags are over the top. They didn’t just create 90 minutes of WTF-ery, they rolled all in it, humped it, and had its robot baby! Yes, there is a robot… it is a Japanese splatter movie, duh! There are Nazis, a protagonist that dresses like Clint Eastwood and can magically pull lit cigarettes out of nowhere, a sexy school girl musical number, a robot, baseball, and blood spurting from every orifice and I swear they pull a rubber squeaky toy out of someone’s butt, but don’t quote me on that. The only problem was poor lighting in many of the action scenes, but this might be intentional. 

this baseball stayed in his eye for the whole movie... it was stuck
I really don’t know how to rate this movie. If you are squeamish, stay away. If you enjoy shock and awe entertainment, or just love to have fun this is a must see. I’m gonna give it 5 Sheep because it left me speechless.

Nazi juvenile prison warden
5 “WTF” Sheep 


Sharon Stogner (edit Kalpar)



Born in 2010, The Sushi Typhoon is the upstart, wild offspring of a respectable parent: Nikkatsu Corporation, the oldest film studio in Japan and once home to legendary 1960′s action stars like Joe Shishido, Akira Kobayashi, Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji and Yujiro Ishihara. With a long history of genre films and violent gangster epics, the company was also the leader of Japan’s erotic renaissance of the 1970′s with their Roman Porno line; and now, Nikkatsu’s latest offering, The Sushi Typhoon, takes their century-old extremes to the next level. 

The brainchild of veteran producer Yoshinori Chiba, responsible for introducing directors Takashi Miike, Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura to Western audiences, The Sushi Typhoon seeks to satisfy audiences who crave the good taste of bad taste, and for whom too much is never enough. 

Connoisseurs of dangerous and wild Japanese cinema need look no further to satisfy their hunger for comedy, action, horror, splatter and raucous cult entertainment!

Press Release: Another Hole in the Head Film Festival 2012


I Smell Sheep will be screening 4 films from Another Hole in the Head Film Festival #9! Here is the list of the movies I will be reviewing along with links to their trailers followed by the press release for AHITH#9. Good times!


Animated Feature, Justin Paul Ritter 2012


Mike Davis 2012



Yudai Yamaguchi 2011



Press Release
ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD

FILM FESTIVAL 2012

November 28th to December 9th, 2012
At Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St, Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, and Vortex Room 1082 Howard Street in San Francisco

Attention freaks: ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL is back for its 9th year of psychotic savagery and bloody pandemonium. San Francisco's original genre film festival will screen 54 films in 11 days, November 28 through December 9, 2012, at Terra Gallery, Victoria Theater, Roxie Theater and Vortex Room. For Tickets and more information, please call (415) 820-3907 or visit www.sfindie.com

Viewers will be soul-sickened and morbidly offended as they watch murderous maniacs, evil ghosts, Nazis in space, a werewolf President, and zombies galore! 28 features and 26 shorts from here and abroad will screen at four venues in the Mission and SOMA. If you’re truly hard core about horror, if you’re a dork for dark fantasy, or if you’re a freak for crazy sci-fi, then you can’t miss ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD #9

Click for more info about times, pricing and movies being shown...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Release Day Giveaway: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Cold Days (Dresden Files #14)
After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…His soul.





About the author:
Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.


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