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“The Dwelling” a review

Posted in Rants, Reviews, Taz on December 29, 2008 by tazspaz

I’ve mulled this over for some time.  I’m even putting this post on a “delayed” entry status so that it posts in the afternoon after I have had a chance to decide if I want it to post or not.

I usually don’t do “book reviews” as it were here on this site.  I share insights with friends about authors, content, etc.

This time, however, I feel drawn to write a review of this particular book I have recently read. 

“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is a great book.  A haunted house/horror fiction read that kept me turning pages until it was complete.  I must admit that it has been a long time since a book has had such an affect on me.  I started reading Steven King when I was in the 3rd grade (Ricahrd Bachman too!;) ) and this was the only other author that has ever been able to give me nightmares.  Those happened when I was a kid!!

Now I’m a bit older *ahem*.  However, this was the first time, when I finally went to sleep, since 3rd grade, I had nightmares.  IT WAS GREAT!!

I know sounds twisted right?

I’m one who likes to get into my reading.  I like when an author can draw you in and just when you think that you can find a point to stop because the read is “ebbing” out of you you’re inexorably drawn back in.  If a fiction book can make me think “outside of the box” we put reality in;  I greatly enjoy it.  If a horror book makes me check the closet before going to bed, or look for “Chucky” under my bed, it was a great read.  However, if a book can induce me to dream in it’s context … I don’t dream; there was a period in life of nightmares of remembered past … but I haven’t “dreamed” since I was a kid … that book is stunning and a world apart.

“The Dwelling” by Susie Moloney is one such book that is a world apart.  I personally was drawn in by the first family’s experience moving into 362 Belisle street and how the realtor is interwoven throughout the whole story.  The second part where divorcee Barbra and Peter (he prefers being called Peter and not Petey you know) is riveting and in the end somehow touching; albeit in a disturbing way for most.  The third person to move in is Mr. Bramley and he is hit full force with his past and present circumstances.  Of course there is also the realtor and the house; let us not forget their tales.

After reading “The Dwelling” I have asked that my local library place a hold on Susie Moloney’s other two books she has written:  “A Dry Spell” and “Bastion Falls”

I eagerly hope that each of the other books she has written entice me such as “The Dwelling” has done.

I’ve been looking for yet another good author to read!  😉



Posted in Rants, Reviews, Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2007 by tazspaz

Well here is the latest Rant from Taz! 

I celebrated my 34 birthday in odd fashion.  The day started with my neighbor’s and I hanging out and them congratulating me to having to take care of an inebriated younger sibling who caused no end of drama for most of the remainder of the day.  However, the evening of that day salvaged an otherwise (yet once again) horrible birthday.  Due to someone planning a great night with dinner and Cirque Eloize: Rain tickets, 4 of us went out and had a great time.  Many called to have me come out for my birthday and celebrate like we did last year however; I didn’t feel the need to involve TABC in my birthday this year. 😉 

My Daughter’s birthday was by far more fun!  I brought her to Build-A-Bear Workshop and watched as she ran through picking everything out.  She already knew exactly what she wanted and where it was at so the stint in the crowd was short lived.  Thankfully!  The longest part was getting the bear stuffed and paying at the counter.  Then she picked to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks and have “dinner” in the theater.  Who knew you could spend over $100 on snacks for 4 people!  SHEESH!  

Cirque Eloize: Rain
This was one of the most amazing shows ever.  I hear that it is better in Las Vegas but the encore showing here in Dallas was great!  So many people seem to forget that it is a tale of life and not just a subset of enactments.  If you have yet to see it I would encourage you to go.  Even if it is a long weekend trip, flight to a different city, or a long drive I say it is well worth it!

On the travel front, personally, I have been to many places as you all can see from earlier posts.  The one place I seem to find myself a lot lately has been in L.A.  I do have to say I really enjoy the Hilton Garden Inn Suites in Montebello.  The adjacent golf course is grand and has spectacular views while you play the course.  Might I once again add that you should do your best to stay away from Chuey’s?!?!? 

I’m off to L.A. again in the morning!  

On the movie front let’s see what have I seen with the kids recently: 

Bee movie: 
In my opinion is a “B” movie.  It was funny and cute in the beginning and the kids loved it to death.  However, if I wanted to watch Seinfeld again I’d go rent a season series of DVDs.  Half way through the movie it seems to descend into the old format until near the end of the movie once more.

Pleasantly surprised.  I loved English Literature as a kid and even remember having to do an essay on Beowulf (was suppose to be 10 pages I submitted 250) in which you continued the story.  I didn’t know until the movie started that it was suppose to be animated.  I was going to see it because Angelina Jolie was in it.  : ) 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: 
By far one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a really long time.  Reminded me of the days when we would put on 45’s and listen to the Christmas songs (yes I dated myself there but if you were paying attention earlier I already said my age) as they made your ears bleed from the high pitch that had kids giggling uncontrollably.  Same goes for the movie; kids and adults alike were laughing and enjoying.  It was fun to see my kids so happy that day.


This is like all the Disney favorites rolled into one, moved from animated to “real world” and blended all together to make for an interesting family fun filled time!  If you have kids I encourage you to bring them and watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed! 

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium: 
How to describe this movie?  It is full of magical wonder, with great actors and a story line that grabs even those of us that are no longer “young” at heart.  It gave me a new respect for Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman!

Well I hope today’s Rant gave you something to laugh about and think of and I wish you a wondrous Christmas this year! 


Posted in Reviews on March 13, 2007 by tazspaz

What craziness! 300 to stand against and army of 150,000 Persians. This is what the movie portrays. You keep hearing of the 300 Spartans and not how many other Greeks showed up for the battle. Just that the other Greeks were farmers, blacksmiths, merchants and the like.

Don’t get me wrong, this movie was great! AMAZING even!

Several of the guys and I went to see it and it appeared that many other groups of men stood around waiting to see this movie. The showing we went to was at 9:40 at IMAX on Sunday. Sadly when we went to buy tickets on Wednesday this was the first showing that was NOT sold out! We all sat around talking starting about 9pm. Seemed many others had the same idea we did, come early. We made it into the first lineup (the broke it into two lines so other patrons could come into the theater for other movies) and they closed the ropes behind me. There were all kinds of theories about what the movie was going to be like and what it was about. My favorite, made me want to punch the guy, was that it was Christians fighting Muslims. I turned to him and said, “You must have slept in history class when you were little huh?”

Unfortunately I found out quickly that most people thought that this is what that movie was about. The didn’t know the history of the Greek/Persian relationship that started with Darius’ loss at the Battle of Marathon in 490B.C. nor how Xerxes wanted to exact revenge on Greece when he came to power in 486B.C. after his fathers death while trying to stop rebellions within the Persian empire. Persia at the time had conquered the known world minus Greece.

So I kind of felt bad for people going into this movie as they seemed to be going for the wrong reasons. Hell, I would have been fine with just people wanting to see the movie for pure entertainment purposes such as the reason I went. But, thinking that this was about the Christian/Muslim relations of that day, I think tensions continue to mount because of things like this happening.

Please, if you go to see this movie as a historian or for historical fact, know that it is a movie and does not stick to facts. If you go to see this movie because you think it’s about Christians and Muslims going to war, grow up get a history lesson and PLEASE don’t watch this movie. If you’re going for pure entertainment…you’re going to have a blast!