Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Review- Grimm: The Chopping Block

We really enjoy the NBC TV series called Grimm, so we've been reading some of the novels that use the characters. I (Rob) read one of them and really enjoyed it. Recently I read "The Chopping Block" by horror writer "John Passarella.

Detective Nick Burkhardt (actor David Giuntoli)
"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales. After Portland, Oregon homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he's descended from a long ancestry of "Grimms," not just chroniclers of fairy tales but hunters charged with protecting humanity from supernatural creatures. Soon Nick discovers that he can see the creatures, "wesen," who look merely human to most people, and he must bear the responsibility of his ancestors and deal with the mythology of the Brothers Grimm. As Burkhardt tries to cope with the newfound dangers of his life without alarming his fiancee and his partner, he becomes more knowledgeable about the ancient rivalry -- with help from a peaceable clockmaker.
  (Of course, since Detective Burkhardt is incredibly handsome, it makes the show more appealing to us!) 
 (To learn more about the series:

HOW WAS THE BOOK: "The Chopping Block"? - After enjoying the first book "The Icy Touch" I gave this one a try. When I read the summary, I knew it would be a lot more violent than the TV show and the first novel, but writer John Passarella was overly graphic about chopping people up and writing about it in intricate detail - in three different chapters. UGH. 
  The book is about a group of "Wesen" who decide to feast on people. YUCK. As someone who hates horror movies, this book was okay. I had to skip through some of the gruesome chapters. So, if you can deal with that, read it. The characterizations are true to the television show and it was a good story- just too graphically violent for my taste!  - Rob 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next