Book Review – The Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson

Action packed science fiction thriller.

            

The Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson is a fine example of how the price of a book can result in a wonderful read and discovery of a new favorite. Let’s not kid ourselves, books are expensive. You may not agree with such a generalization but money is money and out of pocket costs for entertainment demand return on investment.

In this case the price is what resulted in the purchase. $3.99 for an e-book isn’t too bad, and certainly isn’t a gouge by the publisher (as so many other book prices clearly are). So once the book was downloaded and opened and the words began to spill out off the pages several things became instantly clear.

First, Jeff Carlson can write. Maybe not the best in the business, but the ability to write well stands out in the crowd, and Carlson has skill.

Second, The story is hard science fiction. Before anyone starts throwing rotten lettuce and tomatoes, the differing positions on what constitutes ‘hard science’ in novels is understood by the meat men here at Raw Movie Reviews. Our position is this – the story is closer to hard science than no science or pseudo-science or christian science, or Scientology. So drop it and move on to the next point, which is…

Third, the story is great. It’s intriguing from the first sentence. The action begins and doesn’t really stop. The points of view are extremely limited establishing the feeling of isolation that is critical to the tone and really helps set the stage for the entire story.

For the price it’s more than worth the read. Bonus – if you have Amazon Prime you can check it our for free. Awesome right? What don’t have Amazon Prime? You should… click here.

Q: What’s the story?
A: It’s a first contact story on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Q: Is it hard science fiction?
A: You’re just trying to start an argument. 😛 We stick my tongues out at you.  …and waggle several other tongues we have lying around the shop.

Q: Has Carlson written anything else of note?
A: This is the only book we’ve read by this author, however we just discovered he has written a squeal to this book. So now we have a new book to read. Yay!

Q: Is there nudity??
A; Dude it’s a book.

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Home Sweet Hell has a lot of great actors, blood and mayhem. Unfortunately it suffers from a deplorable lack of story, complexity and logic.

The cast is great – Katherine Heigl can play crazy pretty damned well (not mention she’s pretty pretty), Jordana Brewster gets nearly fully nude (okay it’s a body double but I don’t care because my imagination is awesome, and Patrick Wilson the razor sharp lead man from Stretch
In support we get Jim Belushi, Kevin Mc “Freakin” Kidd (Dog Soldiers yo!), and A.J. Buckley (Big bad on Justified season 5). No bad, not bad at all. 
So after that we get the usual plotline of – husband cheats, blackmail ensues, wife decides to murder the slut, hilarity I mean cold blooded murder/butcher/mayhem etc. etc. 
Home Sweet Hell is plagued by a litany of problems but the primary one is the lack of empathy for anyone in the movie. Seriously, you can watch great actors do wonders with direction and dialogue all day long but if we don’t give two shits about them by the end of the movie then something failed. 

Do you recommend this movie? 

No. I mean any movie is worth watching once, just don’t pay money to see it. 

Is there nudity? 

Like I said above, Jordana Brewster has a nice body double show off a hairline nipple and a couple a hot ass cheeks. 

To give me an idea of what this movie is like, what can you compare it with? 

Very Bad Things, although VBT is able to pull off the morbid humour with ease compared to Home Sweet Hell.

Where can I watch it? 

Anywhere you don’t have spend your hard earned bills. 

Home Sweet Why The Hell Did They Make This Movie

Home Sweet Hell has a lot of great actors, blood and mayhem. Unfortunately it suffers from a deplorable lack of story, complexity and logic.

The cast is great – Katherine Heigl can play crazy pretty damned well (not mention she’s pretty pretty), Jordana Brewster gets nearly fully nude (okay it’s a body double but I don’t care because my imagination is awesome, and Patrick Wilson the razor sharp lead man from Stretch
In support we get Jim Belushi, Kevin Mc “Freakin” Kidd (Dog Soldiers yo!), and A.J. Buckley (Big bad on Justified season 5). No bad, not bad at all. 
So after that we get the usual plotline of – husband cheats, blackmail ensues, wife decides to murder the slut, hilarity I mean cold blooded murder/butcher/mayhem etc. etc. 
Home Sweet Hell is plagued by a litany of problems but the primary one is the lack of empathy for anyone in the movie. Seriously, you can watch great actors do wonders with direction and dialogue all day long but if we don’t give two shits about them by the end of the movie then something failed. 

Do you recommend this movie? 

No. I mean any movie is worth watching once, just don’t pay money to see it. 

Is there nudity? 

Like I said above, Jordana Brewster has a nice body double show off a hairline nipple and a couple a hot ass cheeks. 

To give me an idea of what this movie is like, what can you compare it with? 

Very Bad Things, although VBT is able to pull off the morbid humour with ease compared to Home Sweet Hell.

Where can I watch it? 

Anywhere you don’t have spend your hard earned bills.