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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Author: Ian Caldwell &n Dustin Thomason
For Coralyn's quest in reading Mysteries regarding scriptures, art and sculpture, here's my share.
A compelling modern thriller that cleverly combines history and mystery. When four Princeton seniors begin the Easter weekend, they are more concerned with their plans for the next year and an upcoming dance than with a 500-year-old literary mystery. But by the end of the holiday, two people are dead, two of the students are injured, and one has disappeared. These events, blended with Renaissance history, code breaking, acrostics, sleuthing, and personal discovery, move the story along at a rapid pace. Tom Sullivan, the narrator, tells of his late father's and then a roommate's obsession with the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a 15th-century "novel" that has long puzzled scholars. Paul has built his senior thesis on an unpopular theory posited by Tom's father–that the author was an upper-class Roman rather than a monk–and has come close to proving it. While much of the material on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is arcane and specialized, it is clearly explained and its puzzles are truly puzzling, while the present-day action is compelling enough to keep teens reading. There is a love interest for Tom and a lively portrayal of Princeton life. This novel will appeal to readers of Dan Brown's TheDa Vinci Code (Doubleday, 2003) but it supplies a lot more food for thought, even including some salacious woodcuts from the original book as well as coded excerpts and their solutions.
I've read this book 4 years ago in the aftermath of the Da Vinci Code. And found myself reading it again to refresh my memory and for Coralyn's sake. The encoding of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili book was very exciting, the domino effect is the perfect combo of suspense and oddly it didn't give me a hard time imagining the premise/plot/history that engulfs the book. The fact that the school was Princeton gives it an extra point in the imaginary mind. At its best, "Rule" informs that distinction - enlightening the habit of making friends and sharing secrets. "Rule" demonstrates convincing and compelling characters and consistent themes. The authors display a way with words and people that overcomes its scarcity of plot. I as even tempted to buy my own copy of the Hypnerotomachia.

Caravaggio's Angel by Ruth Brandon

Whoa... I've never feel so ignorant reading a book until this.
Dr. Reggie Lee, a new arrival at the National Gallery, is organizing a small exhibition around three Caravaggio paintings depicting "St. Cecilia and the Angel". One is at the Getty, one at the Louvre, and she assumes it won't be too hard to track down the third. But inexplicable obstacles keep getting in her way -- and then, unexpectedly, a fourth Caravaggio turns up. One of them must be a fake. But which?When people start to die, it's horribly clear that someone doesn't want Reggie's show to go ahead. Why, she can't imagine. But her career is at stake, and she's damned if she'll let herself be intimidated by these unseen forces. So Reggie sets out to discover the truth, on a trail that leads her from Surrealist suicides to Italian art dealers, from 17th-century painting techniques to modern French politics. By the end it seems as though nobody in the world of international art can truly be deemed incorruptible -- perhaps not even Reggie herself.
Ok. When I got passed reading the first chapter I know this books will be a hard read and that I need to do a lot of research so I can keep up on what the heck they are talking about. The only classical painters that I know are the big ones, because, well they are highly studied. Monet, Picasso, Klimt, Von Gogh, Da Vinci, et al. So it's safe to say that I don't know much about the art world. Reading this isn't the same as reading the Da Vinci code. Dan Brown was very Layman's term (no pun intended, as It was educational in some sort) compared to Ruth Brandon, that's for damn sure.I have heard of Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio before because one of his painting is housed at the Getty, I think it is/was The Supper at Emmaus but I have never paid so much attention to him. So anyway at the end of chapter one I found myself closing the book and googl-ing him. Then I've looked at the "St. Cecilia and the Angel" painting online for a good 15 minutes to make sure that it's well embedded in my mind. I'm telling you I've never scratched my head so much this was harder than solving a physics problem. Art and politics entwined is very complex. I am very fond of the main character Reggie, she have that kick ass attitude and very likeable personality and she's too damn knowledgeable on the subject matter. Even though I know that is what's supposed to be expected because after all she is a curator. I had come across to a lot of obstacles reading this book but that doesn't change that fact that I was very fascinated with the secret world of art treasure. The whole plot was endearing too (amateur art detective kind of deal). The part that I got so annoyed was the french lingo, I feel that it was rather pretentious that Ms. Brandon has to do that, I mean seriously after reading Partir, c'est mourir un peu, Martyr, c'est pourir un peu; (and other french phrases) I have to set my itouch wifi's setting to find the meaning. Then later after a chapter I found the meaning. I mean there must be a better way of giving the book it's international flavor. That part kind of kills the excitement a little bit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I got tagged - 25 Random Things About Me

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you. (To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) 1. People who knows me very well thinks that I am more addicted to books than on Nicotine. They are right. 2. I am an obsessive-compulsive wardrobe organizer. I arrange it from dark to light colors and from strapless to long dress. 3. I cook and clean when I'm royally pissed off. 4. When I was in 4th grade, I resell my toys with a 40% mark up and my classmates actually bought them. 5. Pink is my least favorite color, but ever since I read Once Bitten Twice Shy, everytime I see pink, it reminds me of Pepto Bismol and I get the psychological effect of having heart burn. 6. I've been watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air season 3 for about a week now. 7. I am determined to find out if Vampires, Aliens, Faeries and any other non-human is living on earth. 8. I am sometimes jealous of my husband because he get to own a business, have people that he can boss around and is constantly driving around looking/interviewing potential clients. 9. I admire my husband for putting up with my very erratic mood swings and sometimes overbearing behavior. LOL 10. When I decided I like a song I put it on repeat for maybe a month or so. Our neighbors are probably ready to tear our walls down if they hear another day of All American Reject's It ends tonight. 11. I am an anti-social for the people I don't want to hang with. 12. Sometimes when I'm bummed out I watch my son and my husband when they sleep and it calms me down right away. 13. My life long dream is to have my own library. (the size of a standard living room is fine.) 14. I really believe that I am adopted but my brothers and sisters just won't tell me because we have a rather severe case of miscommunicating with each other. Which always resort to horrbile argument or it ends up being my fault. 15. I find it very hard to expressing how I feel verbally (so I write them), I feel like I keep saying the opposite on how I truly feel. 16. I can spend a whole week in my apartment reading a book or watching dvds. 17. I hate Lycee and Grapefruit they taste like puke. 18. I am obsesses with Shia Labeouf movies. I love them all. 19. Everytime we do a road trip, find myself saying "wow! I am really living in another country now." and then I forgive the stress that working/living here has bought upon me. 20. I can't sleep if there is no pillow under my earlobes. 21. I have a weird obsession with gel pens and fine papers. 22. My all time favorite song is Clumsy by Our Lady Peace. 23. Tonight I'm going to brave it out and take a video of me singing My Immortal while my brother-in-law does the guitar. 24. I miss mom and dad. 25. My Montero is at the shop. I hate not having a car. I don't like hitching a ride with people. I'm tagging: (not oblige). Sorry peeps no time infroming ya'll, so just in case you check with site, yeah TAG YOUR IT!!! 1. Royalhotness 2. Amelie 3. Frech Kiss 4. Dora the Exploiter 5. Sammy 20. Connie Island 6. Jett 7. Coralyn 8. Francine 9. James 1 10. Krissy Bear 11. Ms. Drea 12. CeciliaCullen 13. Pjoyce 14. Kikaygal 15. Allan 16 17. Count of Monte Cristo 18. I love Vampire 19. Leighstar 20. MarianCruz 21. MartinTolentino 22. Hudrats in LA 23. djmixx 24. KB 25. EternalSalvation

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Oh, I know... vampire? again? yes.
Bianca wants to escape. She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in. Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. "I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would." But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
At first I have to drop this book because the first part of the story drags and frankly kind of boring and somewhat left me clueless on what the author is leading me into. But then it picks up and the twist was totally wicked, It caught me by surprise because I thought I've already figured out the whole plot and then boom... seriously totally unexpected. I have to read the paragraph twice to make sure I understood it right. I gasped and smiled after, yeah bravo for Miss Gray that's a first for me on the vampire novels. Aftert that of course it suddenly became a page turner.The characters were awesome, I must admit Bianca is way, way, way immature (for the character she plays- not going to spill) in a very cute and heart breaking way. The star-crossed lover kind of deal reminds me parts of Romeo & Juliet and if you think that scenario appeals to you I suggest you grab a copy of this book and you wouldn't get disappointed. I keep tossing and turning all night because I added another book to wait on till March. (for Stargazer)
Whoever said that this book is better than Twilight had lost his mind. Even if I rated this book as a 5, it wouldn't be the same, as they both have a different love story.

Monday, January 26, 2009

One Bite with a Stranger by Christine Warren

When Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun. . . .
The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vid├óme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret…
The story was horrible. While I appreciate the very graphic details on the sex part (which is 80% of the book). I wasn't really looking on reading a XXX book. The lead female character wants to be dominated and punished, picks up a strange vampire in a bar and falls in love for no apparent reason. The sex is creepy because he can make her do things with his mind-control. Everyone knows a vampires mate is supposed to be immune to mind-control, at least I prefer the Laura Adrian version. I think she was trying to write a more risque book, but it's missing all the humor, plot, suspense and interesting side stories. As far as buying the rest of the book for this series. I don't really know, Maybe? but I probably won't collect them all.

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, the powerful head of a New York theater company, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's eighth birthday he leaves, promising that she'll forget him soon. He was there to help her until she was old enough to manage on her own, and now there are other children who need his help.
Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets Michael again--as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.
Sundays at Tiffany's is a heart-wrenching love story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breathtaking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestseller all over the world, Sundays at Tiffany's takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love.
Can I say for the first time ever since I started reading books, I classify this as my number 1 for being weepy and disgustingly girly? Yes, I think I'm allowed because after all this is my site. Let's start with the title. Very catching and intriguing don't you think? But it also makes me doubtful? Why? Well because Sundays at Tiffany's? What is it supposed to be a copycat of Breakfast at Tiffany's? I've been eyeing this book for far too long already and yesterday browsing at Target it kind of present itself to me. The blurs as you can see will kind of remind you of the flicks: City of Angels and The Lake House. It has that bizarre love story that al ot of critics wanted to hate. This kind of book are one of the reasons why New York appeals so much to me. Ever since Breakfast at Tiffany's I was even willing to trade my Gucci Purse, Versace Sunglasses, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany's Bangle just so I can swap an apartment somewhere in Manhattan for a week. Ok back to business. Let's go with with the characters. It has the typical good people vs. bad people characters in it. Hugh was a jackass and most likely the worst possible guy in the world if he ever existed. Vivienne will be the person that has an ego larger than our universe. Michael and Jane was just plain perfect. I love the story, I will have rated this book 8 but as you can see it's not available on this site. I was smiling and feeling very Jane like a pugnacious idiot, I also cried - a lot (nothing new there) and-most of all I wanted to get inside the book and pounce on Hugh and Vivienne for being such an egotistical maniacs. All in all hands down the most fascinating love story written at the moment. The surprising twist just keeps coming from the beginning till the end. But you know what? the main reason that I love this book so much was it's so close to home. Like Jane I have imaginary friends, 3 actually and Iike her I never forgot them. Creepy I know.
As far as recommendations goes this goes at the top.

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil? In the remote village of Viscos -- a village too small to be on any map, a place where time seems to stand still -- a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives. Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil, and brings to our everyday dilemmas fresh perspective: incentive to master the fear that prevents us from following our dreams, from being different, from truly living. The Devil and Miss Prym is a story charged with emotion, in which the integrity of being human meets a terrifying test.
The book is deep in meaning; It teaches one to believe in nature but also makes one responsible for actions happening around them. It makes one realise, most of what is already known, but never realised. It is also showing that there is a bad trait in each one of us and you decided who wins you over. A perfect novel of Temptation. I can also say that it's about the struggle of Good and Evil within humanity. One of the most interesting facet of this particular tale is the explored differences between group mentality and individual morality as both struggle with balancing Good and Evil. There are many small "parables" that add to the customary tale-telling that Coelho readers have come to love: small pieces of wisdom in a simple story woven throughout the larger story.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny. July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag. Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe. In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way.
I owned this book for 2 years now and I only finished reading it last night. The first 2 chapters were boring, and I just can't put my mind into imagining the Pyrenesse mountains and though I do admit that I found *parts* of it a page-turner, a lot of it was not. I found myself looking forward to finishing, because I figured with all this detail and action, the ending would be spectacular. It wasn't. Or maybe because a heroine with background of being an archeologist appeals new to me. Positive Side: The book was deeply researched and thoughfully written. A hunt for the Grail was led by a woman who knows her history both cultural and personal, but then again the premise is still ridiculous and the whole thing was tiresome. A waste of $15.00 =(

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Quote from the book:
"Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, 'Don't worry Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world."' - The Lovely Bones
When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets.With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing.In the hands of a brilliant novelist, the author narrates the THE LOVELY BONES through the eyes of her winning young heroine. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
For the first time in 3 months, I finally read something that is not related to vampires at alI.The last time I cried of reading a book was when I was in 5th grade and that was My Girl. Man, but this book was so heart breakingly amazing that I keep thinking of how my personal heaven would look like, I wish it will be more of like Susie Salmon's, where I can see everybody I knew and love as they continue their life after my death. The murder-rape and hideous way of how she died was simply woth weeping about. the characters all have their strong points that keep made me empathic

Veil of Midnight by Laura Adrian

A warrior trained in bullets and blades, Renata cannot be bested by any man--vampire or mortal. But her most powerful weapon is her extraordinary psychic ability--a gift both rare and deadly. Now a stranger threatens her hard-won independence--a golden-haired vampire who lures her into a realm of darkness . . . and pleasure beyond imagining. A combat-loving adrenaline junkie, Nikolai dispenses his own justice to enemies of the Breed--and his latest quarry is a ruthless assassin. One woman stands in his way: the seductive, cool-as-ice bodyguard, Renata. But Renata's powers are put to the test when a loved one, a child, is threatened and she is forced to turn to Niko for help. As the two join forces, as desire fans the flames of a deeper hunger, Renata's life is under siege by a man who offers the exquisite pleasure of a blood bond--and a passion that could save or doom them both forever. . . .

So I promised myself not to read a whole series in 1 week and I am sticking thru it, eventhough Veil of Midnight was so good. Renata has so many flaws (aren't we all) the number one is being stubborn like hell. For a human she has this special power. She send some sort of a vibration/waves on vampires' minds that can either kill them or make them somewhat weaker for a few moments. And then I later found out that her kind is actually called a Breedmate. Women who has this crescent shape birthmark. Very rare. Also special for the Breed males, as they are the only ones who can carry their children. The down part was the book didn't really explained where she got her powers and all that which I would really wanted to know. The love story between her and Nikolai was cliche Vampire-human love, over protective, sexy and contains hot provocative images of their sexual encounter. The action weren't that many and I hated the ending, I feel like Lara Adrian had rush the ending after the rescue of Mira. It is very hard- I tell you not to buy the first 4 books but a promise is a promise. This is an adult book because of the sexual content. Hand off for teens.

Morganville Vampire Books 1-5 by Rachel Caine

It was one of those days when all you wanted to do was sulk. For some people it might be the cause of extreme boredom, royally pissed off, and not having the kind of day they want it to be. I used to be those people. Now I'm just this weirdo reading anything, anywhere, everyday. May it be a book, a magazine, a flyer, heck even the back labels of foods. On that particular day I was sulking because I am to wait for Sookie Stackhouse book 9 until may. That was also the day that I added a favorite book series in my overflowing bookshelf. The Morganville Vampires.
Claire Danvers was a geek (still is actaully for the concession of the series) she got an early acceptance at MIT, Harvard and Caltech and mind you she was only 16 years old. Her parents all to protective sent her to a nearby University in Morganville to ensure that she can handle college. But unfortunate things happen. She got pushed down the stairs and was left to die by Queen Bee, Mayor's Princess and all around Bitch Monica Morrell and her main cronies Gina and Jennifer. She then fled the campus and seek an off campus bedroom for rent. She then encounters an ad looking for a 4th roommate. She then met Eve Rosser, Goth, feisty and over all nice person. Shane Collins, resident badass slacker and hot guy and last but not the least Michael Glass owner of the magical Glass House. Eve then told Claire that the town was being ruled by vampires, she didn't believe it of course with Eve goth and all, plus it's ridiculous, and then she discovered that Michael was a ghost. When she realized that everything was real all hell broke lose.
I love the book simply because Claire was brilliant, smart, and oh so innocent from the beginning. I love how Shane was such an immature badass and hotter than hell. It's nice that aside from the vamps Monica Morrell is as lethal and as irritating. I like it because it involves a subtle magic without any wizards or faeries involved. I love it how they can teleport thru portal doors that Myrnin the mad scientist maintains. I love it that once you get inside Morganville you can never go out, unless they say so or until you die. It's pretty unique too how the story says there's only 80 vamps left in the whole world and they are all sick and dying and Claire is the only hoppe that holds the answer. The antidote is found in the blood of the vicious Mr. Bishop. and and you know what's the best and most irritating part. Ms. Caine has this uncanny way of ending a book by writing the first part of the next book with is a freaking cliff hanger, always... I swear that when you finish a book you'll be itching to get the other one, once you start with the Glass House you'll see what I mean.

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

Jordan's life sucks. Her boyfriend, Michael, dumped her, slept his way through half the student body, and then killed himself. But now, somehow, he appears at her window every night, begging her to let him in. Jordan can't understand why he wants her, but she feels her resistance wearing down. After all, her life -- once a broken record of boring parties, meaningless hookups, and friends she couldn't relate to -- now consists of her drinking alone in her room as she waits for the sun to go down.Michael needs to be invited in before he can enter. All Jordan has to do is say the words....

I picked up this book on a whim. I was at Borders to buy the 4th book of the Morganville Vampire book but to my dismay they've nothing in stock, so I started browsing randomly (as usual). I knew the title from on-line book shopping, it was unique and caught my eye, I'm a huge fan of vampire books so once I saw the cover I kind of assumed what it was about. The back summary was funny. During the first few chapters I thought that focus on drug use was a bit too much, but than I realized- high school is like that (here in the U.S so I'm grilling my child on the possibilities of drug abuse as early as now). I have friends going to universities everywhere that partied every weekend just like Jordan and her friends. I may not be like the characters, but people like them do exist. Many could relate to the social anxieties that Jordan faces. I read between 12-18 books a month and their either super awkward, anti-social, overly popular but Jordan is a different story. But, never this. It's a unique take on the vampire genre. A quick and enjoyable read.

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Having barely survived a catastrophic vampire hotel explosion, Sookie's back at work in Bon Temps, La., serving vintage blood and waiting tables at Merlotte's, a vampire bar. Participating in a friend's wedding and fending off the advances of her vampire ex-lover, Bill, and her blood-bonded pal, Eric, leaves Sookie chafing over the recent lack of communication from Quinn, her weretiger boyfriend. When a violent Were power struggle erupts as Vegas vampires attempt to take over Louisiana from disgraced queen Sophie-Anne, Sookie dives into the middle of it, determined to help her shape-changing, blood-drinking friends.
I can't wait for Book 9. I am hoping that Sookie and Eric takes their relationship to the next level, I've lost fate in Bill.No question, From Dead to Worse is a bridge book in the Southern Vampire series. I am one fan who thinks that is just peachy keen fine. I thought this was an excellent book, very engaging, by which I mean I read it all in one sitting, no stopping. While it's true that this book is episodic in nature, my feeling is that going along with the characters on these episodes is high entertainment. As I get older, I find it becomes harder to concentrate, and that Charlaine Harris continues to hold my attention eight books into this series is just wonderful. The truth is, if you are going to read this series, you need to start with the first book. Read them in order, and don't start with this one, because you need to know all the back story to fully appreciate how far the characters have come. (And can I just say: Sookie needs a vacation! Ms. Harris, send her off to a beautiful island where she can relax, forget her cares for a while, sip some rum punch on nice beach, and maybe go limbo-ing with some nice fella who doesn't want anything more than the pleasure of her company.)
I think this book is for the fans who have fallen in love with these characters. We've spent the last year since the release of All Together Dead wondering what was going to happen next, and musing about the paths the characters would take. From Dead to Worse tells us some great stories, fills in some of the personal details we've all been aching to know, and sets the stage for what will be I hope many more books to come. I think From Dead to Worse was fabulous. Brava, Ms. Harris!

Sookie Stakhouse (box Set) by Charlaine Harris

From my age stand point. This book is better than Twilight in so many ways. (Spoiler alert, if you guys haven't read it yet get out of this page now.)
There are 7 books (so far in this box set)
1 - Dead until Dark
2 - Living Dead in Dallas
3 - Club Dead
4 - Dead to the World
5 - Dead as a Doornail
6 - Definitely Dead
7 - All Together Dead
This book is like the Nancy Drew of the vampire lore, Sookie Stackhouse is a telepath living in Bon Temps, Louisiana working as a barmaid in Merlotte's bar. Virginal at the first book, well at the first half of the book at least. She can read people's minds but not the Supe community. So when she met Bill Compton, a vampire, she's in cloud 9 because suddenly she found peace in him in the telepathic sense, since she cannot hear his thoughts. But ever since that night her life had changed.
Miss Harris wrote this 7 books in an uncanny twist. Mystery, Sci-Fi-Fantasy, Romance, Thriller and a little suspense. Although I still love Twilight, Sookie's adventure are much more appealing and more realistic (in a sense) to me. There's flaws in every character but you'll learn to love them because that's just how things are in real life and you learn to appreciate them. Bill and Sookie's relationship turned sour but they still have love for each other. There's lots of third parties. Bill-Sookie-Eric, Bill-Sookie-Sam, Eric-Sookie-Quinn and I all love them from a stand point. Also Sookie have more adventures that our beloved Bella in Twilight. In life, in bed, in men and in friendship and she's also magical. Oh yeah I was shock too, but not too much. With that being said she acquired so many scars. She got beaten up so many times, got shot at, stabbed, etc...
As far the the HBO series, I haven't really seen any episode yet but I'm waiting for the complete season 1 to finish and I'm sure going to buy it when it gets out. I heard it's like a version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but the setting is more out of the woods, yeah since the location is in country side Louisiana.
Random editorial reviews from other magazines, websites and authors:
"The Characters are drawn with great skill, and the books in the series, including this newest title, are addicting... an excellent read, although a stormy night may conjure up more than the reader expected."~ (All together Dead)
"With... an audacious wink of her eye, Harris creates a world that is both a weird possibility and wild ride." ~ The Anniston (AL) Star
"Keeps you guessing and utterly intrigued. Harris makes combining suspense, the paranormal, and romance looks easy." ~ (Definitely Dead) Romantic Times (Top Pick)
There, it gives the adult fans of Stephanie Meyer to think about.

Tithe by Holy Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but she doesn't know it. Sure, she knows she's interacted with faeries since she was little--but she never imagined she was one of them, her blond Asian human appearance only a magically crafted cover-up for her true, green-skinned pixie self. First-time author Holly Black explores Kaye's self-discovery and dual worlds in her riveting, suspenseful novel Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. The book has its faults: it slips into shock-value mode; the descriptions are often overwritten (sunset on the water looks like the sun slit his wrists in a bathtub); the language is overly, unnecessarily explicit; and the writing often unpolished. Still, the story's pull is undeniable, and readers under its spell will be hard-pressed to put the book down. The novel begins in a bar in Philly, where Kaye's alcoholic rock-singer mother's boyfriend tries to kill her. For their own safety, mother and daughter quickly move back to grandma's on the New Jersey shore where Kaye grew up. This ugly turn of events was all rigged by the Faerie world, as it turns out, a world Black describes in deliciously vivid, if rather overblown, detail. Kaye, a drinking, smoking, foul-mouthed high school dropout in the land of mortals, soon finds herself embroiled--as a human sacrifice, no less--in a battle between Faerieland's Seelie and more malevolent Unseelie courts. The beautiful, mysterious knight Roiben, torn between worlds himself, falls in love with Kaye--the brave, clever changeling--against his better judgment. Throughout the electrifying journey to the horrific underworld of this modern faerie fantasy, teen readers will relate to a hard-luck tough girl who feels alienated, discovers her best qualities in the worst of circumstances, and finally finds a place between worlds where she can feel at home. (Ages 13 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Not for the hands of teens...Neglectful mother, Abusive boyfriends, a lot of F word, Trailer Trash, Homosexuals, Under Age drinking, a Nomad for 21st Century, this book is not for the faint hearted and definitely needs to be taken off the hands of 18 or younger. Life after Twilight Saga has ruined my future reading references, now it's so hard to find a good book, I am still hoping this is a phase and not some permanence. I love reading and so far nothing is sinking in on me, I'm still looking for the warm-fuzzy feeling that I got through out the Twilight Saga and this book definitely did not help at all. I have to put it down and will return it later at Borders.I am not up to mood with a Dark Novel (at least not this time). Coralyn, a sales assocaite in Borders was kind enough to persuade me on not returning The Host (another Stephenie Meyer), because she said it becomes better chapter after chapter, and she gave me a bunch of list for Sci-Fi Fantasy because it is a rarity to find a good read from this genre. I picked up this one, obviously a mistake. This is a story between a pixie and a knight of Darkness, in short this is a Faerie story (modern day). A truce in the Seelie and Unseelie court is being held and in order for the Fey (the fairies without any courts) to be free for 7 years, they would have to sacrifice a human, hence the title of the book. Kaye, all her life believes in faeries but never actually thought that she was one until the Thistlewitch told her. She was Glamorized to have a half Japanese-Half American with a blonde hair. It was an enticing read until you come across the F words, and all those other parts that I said on my first paragraph. Holly Black writes it well though, beautifully actually, she's talented, it was just too Gothic and Dark for me. I love her other books though, The Spiderwick Chronicles (which I know everybody knew about)

Life After Stephenie Meyer

After a much combing of the bookstore, I've finally found a better novel after Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I still love Edward, Bella, Jacob and the rest of the Cullens. As much as I hate to admit it, Twilight Saga are for teenagers (14-18yrs.), obviously because of the whole high school scenario. They'll always be in my hear though. "I'D BEEN WAITING for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar." -was the first sentence, intrigued I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse Novels are written by Charlaine Harris, so far there's 8 books. She has a straight forward, just between you and me kind of style that's fun and easy to read. One minute she's making you laugh, the next she's sending chills along your spine, and the next she's got you wondering who done it. I've read the first book as usual finished in one sitting last night whilst the ocassional call of nature, I feel asleep at the breaking dawn. I'm gonna buy the whole box set because it's as good, if not even better. We can also visualize this book thru HBO's series True Blood, it's exactly as the book. Oddly this was published way before Twilight, this was published 2001 and Twilight's 2003, now I'm beginning to question, did Stephenie Meyer adapted the characters in Dead until Dark (1st book of Sookie Stackhouse Novel) somehow? As there was a lot of resemblance in characters, their traits, even the whole romance thing. Bill the vampire is equally as seductive and perfect as Edward although he's darker, as he ocassionally feeds on blood of humans. Bella and Sookie are both virgins and inconspicuous. The plot of course is different, there's the sex for one, not porn status but a love scene. The violence is somewhat Anne Rice in field but lighter and humorous.

Good Will Hunting (memorable quotes)

Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you... I don't see an intelligent, confident man... I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you're a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart. You're an orphan right? Sean: You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally... I don't give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can't learn anything from you, I can't read in some fuckin' book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't want to do that do you sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief. and from Skylar and Will's dorm fight when Skylar ask Will to go to California with her. Skylar: What is your obsession with this money? My father died when I was 13 and I inherited this money. You don't think that every day I wake up and wish I could give it back? That I would give it back in a second if I could have one more day with him? But I can't, and that's my life and I deal with it. So don't put your shit on me when you're the one that's afraid. Will: I'm afraid? What am I afraid of? What the fuck am I afraid of? Skylar: You're afraid of me! You're afraid that I won't love you back! Fuck it, I wanna give it a shot! At least I'm honest with you.
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