Imagine Skull Island (the island from King Kong), now take away all those pesky natives and King Kong himself. Fast forward to the present day and have a reality television crew land on the island instead of a film crew and you have a pretty good idea of what’s going down in Fragment. Needless to say the book was written just for me. There was even a military quarantine of the island! How did Mr. Fahy know I loved those?

This book could have easily been a summer blockbuster movie. It’s got action, monsters, a fast pace, and an interesting cast. The plot is intense. A reality television crew land on the island. The first people to set foot on it in hundreds of years! Live broadcast! The ratings will be amazing! Within ten minutes of landing on the island the shit hits the fan so hard it breaks. The island is thick with some of the most imaginative and well done monsters in recent memory.

Ima eat your face off lol

Ima eat your face off lol

I mean look at that mother fucker. Look at him. He ends lives. The spiger is only one of the island’s inhabitants, and almost all of the other creatures were designed to kill people just as hard.

Speaking of killing, the author did not kill me with his techno-biological-babble. I couldn’t always follow it, but it never got too absurd and was mostly understandable. It’s annoying when people treat science fiction lazily and have lame explanations, but thankfully that isn’t the case here (even if he is guilty of name dropping Halo 5).

My favorite in the series

My favorite in the series

Up until this point all I’ve done is throw rose petals at the feet of this book. It deserves every one of those petals, but that’s not to say there aren’t a few short comings here or there. Early on in the book it would cut back and forth between what was going on with the island, and this college professor giving lectures at a university. I didn’t really care about them and would read through those parts as fast as possible to get back to some monster eating people action on the island.

This isn’t a Pulitzer Prize winning book. Much like The Strain, this book is all about entertainment and fun. Other than a few stumbles in the pacing near the beginning, I was gripped. If you’re looking for a good popcorn book this summer, look no further. In a world with practically nothing left to explore, author Warren Fahy gives us one last little spot on the map to fill in. A spot filled with horrible, horrbile things.

So, yea. Monster Hunter. Kinda, sorta might be playing that instead of reading Fragment and playing Devil Survivor. Oops. Blame Capcom for releasing Monster Hunter Freedom: Unite.

But fret not loyal readers! I have to finish Fragment by Friday so expect a review of that this weekend. I also recently completed Fruits Basket Volume 1 and that review will be up by tonight.

I’ll also be diving into Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 this Friday, and that too will get a write up. Don’t worry, that game won’t eclipse my normal duties.

If all of that wasn’t enough expect some more long winded opinion pieces from me and whatever articles Fred has hidden up his mysterious, magical sleeves (isn’t he great?). And if I feel so inclined you might just here about my monster hunting exploits from time to time.

So keep on tuning in and we’ll keep on serving up piping hot articles that are ready to eat.

It's tastey!

It's tasty!

Right now I’m reading a book called Fragment by Warren Fahy. It’s about an isolated island covered in horrible monsters. Up until ten minutes ago it was awesome. I bought into the world he was creating, even if I can’t understand all the science-y talk. However, he completely took me out of  his world and what has so far been a thoroughly enjoyable book with this passage:

“Every three and a half minutes Peach nibbled a peanut M&M as he played the twenty-sixth level of Halo 5…(page 124)”

Seriously? Halo 5? Really? You have all this awesome and realistic sounding scientific jargon in a book set in modern day and you have a guy playing Halo 5. What’s wrong with the one, two, or three? You know, the ones that ACTUALLY EXIST. And I know this is just way into detail, but name dropping the twenty-sixth level too? This is borderline criminal. I had to stop reading and look up from my book and make a face. When the author goes through such lengths with the scientific side of the story in the book this just comes across as lazy.

Look for the full review of Fragment in the next week or so. (It won’t be affected by this small quibble. Everything else has been top-notch so far.)