by Sean Ferguson
2015 In Review In No Particular Order
The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott
The Center for Cybernetic Neuroscience in Atlanta has the magic touch. After some implants and procedures they are able to make you smarter and more skilled. The loveable Romie Futch, uses this opportunity to try and fix his marriage and save his taxidermy business. In an attempt to do in both birds with one stone, Romie obsesses over hunting a mythic hog for his contemporary art show. Elliott’s debut novel delves into the well-traveled territory of the human condition, but does so in a fresh and humorous fashion. She builds a Southern Gothic world, paints over it with science fiction flourishes, and frames it in a surreal comedy.
You didn’t actually think you were getting out of here without me prattling on about wrestling, did you? In supreme WWE fashion, it is autumn, so their product is the pits. Unfairly, that is what everyone that cares is going to remember or talk about. One of the things they should be talking about is the big company’s leading star; and they should be doing so with a smile on their face. Instead of phoning in safe performances with his Super Cena pose, he rose above the hate, brought prestige back to the United States title, and put on some of the best matches of his career, and did so while elevating new and underutilized talent such as Kevin Owens and Cesaro.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Obviously you’re visiting this website or else you wouldn’t be reading this dumb sentence. So, chances are, since you’re here, you’ve heard about Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts. You couldn’t scroll through social media without seeing someone singing the praises of this reality show/exorcism novel. It trades in gore and extreme violence for suspense and, what has been deemed, “domestic horror.” This book is sure to be mentioned more than just here on this page, and in so many other Best Of lists for this year.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
You’re probably going to hear a lot about Mad Max: Fury Road, so I’ll spare you. Kingsman: The Secret Service is a comedy-action story of redemption. It’s a fast-paced story that hits all the spots where the unrealistic protagonist trains to become the unbelievable hero. Montages abound! James Bond-esque gadgets are all up in this piece and Samuel L. Jackson’s lispy villain is probably the best character all year. This movie is a lot of fun and was a delightful surprise.
Sean P. Ferguson
He proposed. She said, yes. They got married. He was struck by lightning. She told him she was pregnant. They found out they’re having twins. I dare you to beat Ferguson’s 2015. You can’t.