Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
The book started very slow, but picked up okay and was getting really interesting when it ended. The main plot thoughout the book was never resolved and therefore this has to be the first of a series. I hate this - do not start and story and leave the main issue unresolved. Leave a few small cliff hangers, but not the main issue. Doubt I will read the next book.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Not really my kind of book. Too romancy, but it was cute. Too much sex, but I skip those parts anyway. Story about the town hunk who falls in love with the girl who came to town to buy his boyhood dream home. A match making witch and wizard get involved along with the town dragon. I had to read it quick because I listed it in a virtual book box and it got picked. I don't think I'll add TBRs to those anymore, lol.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Probably one of the best teen fictions I've read this year. Dana has lived several lifetimes and they are starting to mesh and leak out into the lifetime she is living now. A mystery needs to be solved so forgiveness can be given. How the author switches back and forth between lifetimes is very well done.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
Read by Charlotte Parry
Unabridged -- 7 CDs -- 7.5 hours
One of the best teen book I've listened to in a while. The reader's voice bothered me a little at times, but the story itself made up for any failings of the reader. Enter Three Witches is the story of Mary, daughter of the Thane of Cawdor. Mary lived with Lord and Lady Macbeth. After the Macbeths murdered King Duncan, Mary plays an important role in helping King Malcom regain the throne.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Pepper Martin #3 - Tombs of Endearment by Casey Daniels
This is probably my favorite of this series so far. Pepper is coming to terms with being able to see and talk to the dead. She also falls in love with her dead guy who helps her on her way to getting on with her real guy(s). I really look forward to #4.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This one was sent to me as a surprise by my dear friend Amberkatze from Austria.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Meaning: inheritance, legacy, land, property
Reversed: an accident, damage, mechanical equipment failure
Got Fangs? by Katie Maxwell
Cute idea for a book. A girl who can know all about a person just by touching them has a mother who is a witch. After divorcing her father, the mother takes the girl to Europe and joins a gypsy traveling circus full of witches, vampires, demons, etc. But that is it. There is no real substance and no real story. I have book two of this series too, but probably am not going to read it.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
City of Bones: Mortal Instruments # 1 - by Cassandra Clare
Unabridged audio -- 12 CDs -- 14 hours
Read by Ari Graynor
Cover on my copy is different
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to listening to more in this series. 16 year old Clary finds out she is not really a mortal, that she is really decended from the shadow-hunters, warriors who try to rid the world of demons and other forsaken. I was warned against this book by a few people because the author tends to "borrow" quite heavily from other books. I did find a few instances where certain terms or ideas were familar to me from other books, but for the most part. I really liked the book and will listen to the others in this series.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
Isn't that the most horrible book cover you've seen in a while?? However, hiding betwixt it's pages is a really incredible book. Three teens all hide secrets about themselves. Ondine paints images that come alive. Nix sees bright halos of fire around people who will soon die. Morgan morphs into small creatures of the woods.
I really liked this one. I picked it up to read the first two or three pages and wound up reading it straight through.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
Everything I'd read about this one said it was really good. I agree, this was really a good book. The first in a series about three sisters, half human, half faery, all with different paranormal talents. The sisters are operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. This book focused on Camille, the witch. Because of her mixed blood, sometimes her spells don't work quite right.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Changling.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
After about the first 80 or so pages this one did not grab me. I thought it was silly and typical, so I am going to pass on this series. I have so many TBRs and so little time that I don't want to waste it on anything that does not interest me.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The Wish House by Celia Rees
A good listen even thought it was fairly predictable. I would only give it to older teens because of sex, drugs, etc.
Richard and his family go to the same place every summer. He and a friend play in an abandoned house they call "Wish House". One summer, a family has moved in. Father, mother, son, daughter all free spirits, artists and lovers. Richard falls in love with the girl, Clio. As Richard becomes obsessed with her, he learns more and more about oddities of the family.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Unabridged audio -- 4 CDs -- 4 hours -- read by Caitlin Greer
This had to be one of the most disgusting things I've listened to in a long time. The main character is a girl in a special arts school in NYC. The book started off fairly well, although the language at times was bad (trust me, it got a lot worse). She wishes she was a fly on the wall of the boy’s locker room so she could hear what goes on in there and the next day, she wakes up as a fly on the wall in the boy's locker room. Through all of almost 2 complete CDs of the 4, she proceeds to talk about seeing them all naked and about the size of their "gherkins". Geezzz give it a rest. I kept skipping to the next track hoping it would be finished. Also there was a lot of talk about the size of girls "biscuits". The basic story was good, but the voyeurism got to be too, too much. The girl started tossing the "f" word around constantly too.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Audiobook -- Unabridged -- 9 CDs -- ll hours -- Narrated by Stephen Lang
Awesome. Reminisent of Stephen King at his best, his son Joe Hill has written an awesome ghost story.
Aging rock star, Judas Coyne, buys a ghost from the internet. The dead man's suit arrives in a heart shaped box. The ghost has business with Jude. He claims his step-daughter, Anna, killed herself because of him. He says he is going to kill Jude and everyone who helps him.
Monday, October 15, 2007
A story from the 500 Kingdoms. Moira na Ferson, Grey Lady and heir to Highclere returns home to find her father is not exactly being loyal to the king.
Banshee Cries by CE Murphy
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I was sent this book by Barnes & Nobles as part of their "First Look" program. It is an Advance Readers Copy and the book is scheduled to be released February 2008.
Willie Upton is one of the last decedents of the original founders of her hometown, Templeton. She hasn't been home in years, but she returns, pregnant and scared that she is in much deeper trouble for trying to run over her lovers wife with a small plane.
She has always thought herself the child of her hippie mother's years in a commune and that her father was one of the three male members of the group. Soon after Willie's return to Templeton, her mother confesses that Willie's father is actually a local man. However Willie's mother refuses to tell Willie the name of her father, only that he is someone Willie knows and that he is most likely also descended from the town's founding fathers.
I really liked the book and am happy that I was selected to read and discuss the book with it's author.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
This was a slow starter, but finally got interesting. It wasn't my favorite teen audio, but it wasn't bad. I really think it was for a younger audience, probably 4-8 grade.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Very fast, very short book. I liked the ending of this one much better than the last, so I probably will continue on with the series. In search of her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, who has disappeared, Raven meets Jagger, Alexander's sworn enemy. Jagger is determined to change Raven into a vampire on cemetary ground so she will be his for eternity.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I thought at first I'd hate this book because she kept referring to her hick ways in the city and being from Hicksville and growing up on a farm, etc. All the things that people from outside of Texas think Texans are like. Then I find out the author is from Texas. I still very much dislike her exaggerating the typical sterotyped Texan, but I soon forgot about that as I got into the story. I really liked it and would like to read more in this series!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
My thoughts: Water is the symbol of emotion. The five rivulets of water indicate the five senses. The dove is peace. This card offers happiness. The potiential is there, the seeker only has to accept it.
Traditional meaning: A true heart. Joy, happiness, contentment.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Description: A family stands under a rainbow of ten cups rejoying.
My thoughts: goals achived, happiness, content, fulfillment, a time for rejoying
Traditional meaning: Contentment, perfection of human love and friendship
Reversed: false heart, indignation, violence
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
As if I didn't already have small mountain range of TBRs -- I was lucky enough to sign up in time to be a "First Look" reader over on the Barnes & Noble's Book Club website. I got a free advanced readers copy of "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff in the mail today!
Annotation - From back of book
One dark summer dawn, at the exact moment that an enormous monster dies in Lake Glimmerglass, twenty-eight-year-old Willie (nee Wilhemina) Upton returns to her hometown of Templeton, NY in disgrace. She expects to be able to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations, but Willie then learns that the story her mom, Vi, had always told her about her father has all been a lie. He wasn't the one-night stand Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town.
As Willie digs for the truth about her lineage, voices from the town's past — both sinister and disturbing — rise up around her to tell their sides of the story. In the end, dark secrets come to light, past and present blur, old mysteries are finally put to rest, and the surprising truth about more than one monster is revealed.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
You scored as Severus Snape, Well you're a tricky one aren't you? Nobody quite has you figured out and you'd probably prefer it stayed that way. That said you are a formidable force by anyone's reckoning, but there is certainly more to you than a frosty exterior and a bitter temper.
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Friday, September 14, 2007
Thor was the son of Odin and Jord. He is the patron god of farmers and peasants. His mighty hammer Mjollnir represented the power of regeneration and ferility on earth. He was said to have a fiery temper and a soft heart. He was the god of peasants and the working class and was probably more widely worshipped than Odin.
Meaning: A journey, travel.
Reversed: Obstructed plans or a lack of direction.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Rune: Wunjo (woon-yo) #8. The Valkyries belonging to the goddess Freya.
Object: The Drinkhorn
Meaning: joy, comfort, bliss, devotion and yearning
Reversed: Be wary in business matters. Impatience and uncertainly. Guard against strong impulses.
Monday, September 3, 2007
This is an amazing book. I did not expect to be this good!
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Mine was sloth, which is probably true. I do as little as possible most of the time.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 weird, random things, facts, habits, or goals about yourself. At the end choose 10 people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. Don't forget to leave them a comment (you're it) and to read your blog. You can't tag the person who tagged you. Since you can't tag me back, let me know when you've posted your blog so I can see your answers.
1. I have lived in Texas my whole life and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I love it here, especially the heat and Tex-Mex cooking. Even though I have lived here all my life, I have not owned a cowboy hat or boots since around age 5.
2. I love country music and going to concerts. This is something I inherited from my dad (even though he never went to many live shows) My father loved music and on Saturdays nights when I was growing up, he would turn the television on to channel 11 and from around 6:00 to 10:00, we would watch one country music show after another. (Those were the days of one TV households)
3. I love cats. I have 7 right now, 2 I inherited from my mom, 3 brought home as strays by my children and 2 the orginial two that I was responsible for bringing into the house. Of course as my children move out, they have not taken their strays with them (indeed one is my little shadow and he would probably morn my loss if my son were to take him now). They are all getting pretty geriatric. Occassionally my daughter brings her kitten home for me to kittensit and he drives them all crazy chasing them around and wanting to play.
4. I have been married for 30 years and I have 5 children -- 3 boys, 2 girls. I have two in-law children (one of each), and one grandbaby boy who just turned one in July. My children were born boy, girl, boy, girl, boy and I've always regretted not going ahead and having one more. Surely it would have been another girl.
5. I decided the first time I went to storytime at the downtown Dallas library (probably at around age 6), that I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I always pictured myself at a public library doing storytime. I'm not quite sure how I wound up as a university medical school reference librarian. Do you think the med students would like to hear me read "Charlotte's Web" sometime?
6. I love to travel. My parents always took one to two week long vacations every summer. One summer we drove to Tennessee, another all the way to Montana, but most of the time, we went to Colorado. My dad loved Colorado. One summer, we were in Missouri and he got bored and we drove accross Kansas to get to Colorado. One summer, as we were backing out of the driveway headed for Galveston and the Texas coast, he decided we'd go to Colorado instead. One thing about our trips, if you didn't leave home with it, you didn't buy it, you did without. We have pictures of me playing in the snow dressed for the beach in shorts and flip-flops.
7. My dream is to someday travel to England and Wales. I have always regretted not being more adventurous when I was younger and just going. Now, I send my children to Europe between their junior and senior year of college, but still have not gone myself. Perhaps when the youngest graduates, I'll finally make it. I've always been fascinated by the British monarchy and there are so many historical sites and museums there that I want to see.
8. When I was in high school, my mother bought me a set of tarot cards. I still have the deck and have since bought several more. I packed them away when the kids were little and have just recently picked them back up again. I was online one day and noticed the "Barnes & Nobles University". They were offering a class in tarot and I signed up for it. I LOVED BNU. Every month I would look forward to seeing what would be offered the next month and signed up for at least 2 each time. I was so upset when they discontinued it. I can't stand the way they have it now. They aren't really classes anymore, it's just a big message board. I very rarely ever go over there.
9. I bought a set of rune stones a few months ago and have enjoyed studying about them. I have always loved Greek, Roman & Egyptian mythology. The Norse myths were new to me and I've learned so much from reading about them while I study the runes.
10. Last one -- geez it was hard coming up with 10 things and I'm not sure I know 10 people with blogs. I have been fascinated by computers since the first time my husband & I bought one (an old dos prompt with amber print). I like MSN groups and it is still my preferred way of storing things, pictures, stories, lists, etc. I recently started this blog and I like it ok, but still prefer my groups. There is a lot more freedom to choose how they look and what I can do with them. Other people do all kinds of things with blogs, but I'm not that good with them yet. The groups are more like mini-websites.
I think I will have to do more research on finding 10 people with blogs. I could only think of one person while I was sitting here that wasn't on Amberkatze's list, lol. I will do that part of this exercise though and report back when the list is complete.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
This was a really good book. I was almost not able to put it down once I started reading it.
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What kind of witch are you?
You are a Light Witch! You are more powerful than witches of the Four Material Elements, but at first glance, its hard to tell. Ever calm and innocent, your soul shines bright and pure, and even the humans can see it. Though many may mistake you as a goody goody, you know otherwise. You fight to maintain the balance of nature, that above all else. Honor and duty are your driving force, and if that means you have to kill a thousand men, well... looks like you'll be leaving a lot of lonely women in your wake.Common Powers: Telekinesis- the ability to move objects with ones mind Invisibility- the ability to be unseenTelepathy- the ability to read thoughts, and plant them.Premonition- the ability to see the past or future.Light weaving- the ability to conjure and control light creatures, objects, and spells that nothing can destroy or kill but the user.
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Friday, August 31, 2007
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov
Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFreeless by Ahmet Zappa
I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale
Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Just One Look by Harlan Coben
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt
48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Midnighters #1 The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters #2 Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters #3 Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
The Manny Files by Christian Burch
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Stuck in the 70's by DL Garfinkle
Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Shakespeare's Counselor by Charlaine Harris
The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper
12 Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Odin, the All-Father was the most revered and most powerful leader of the gods. Warriors went into battle knowing that should he be slain, he would go to the halls of Vaihalla in the company of Odin. To be blessed by Odin was the highest honor for both men and gods. His throne was callled Hidskialf and was the highest vantage point in Asgard. His companions were the ravens Huginn & Muninn and the two wolves, Geri and Freki.
Meaning: A gift, visit or advice from an older person. Learning & wisdom.
Reversed: duplicity, interference by an older person.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Description: A young man hangs upside down from one foot on a cross. A golden halo surrounds his head. His mood seems jaunty rather than gruesome.
My thoughts: A time of waiting, reflection.
Traditional Meaning: Pausing to reflect, soul searching and prophecy.
Reversed: Lack of Spirituality, selfishness, self-centered.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Description: The queen sits on a throne on the shore by the ocean. She holds in her hand a large golden cup.
My thoughts: Cups traditional element is water. Water is elusive, always moving, never constant, therefore, cups are the symbol of emotion and relationships. The queen is gazing sedately at the cup. She seems to be a woman who is content and loving. However, she can be a lioness if any threatens her or her family.
Traditional meaning: Sensitivity and loving. Deep caring.
Reversed: Emotional access. A distinguished person who is not to be trusted.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Meaning: Mischief making, unrealiability.
Reversed: A hasty decision that causes anxiety and regret.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Description: Man sits working, chiseling a pentacle onto a disk. Another lies on the floor and six others hand from a column. Not all the pentacles chiseled in are symmetrical.
My thoughts: Hard work will bring success.
Traditional Meaning: This is the apprentice card. It is a card of starting over, new beginnings. A time of learning, making mistakes, beginning anew.
Reversed: Dread of work, poor performance at work, doubt in abilities.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Card: Two of Swords, Minor Arcana
Description: Woman sits beside a choppy sea in the evening. Her back is to the ocean. She is dressed in a long white robe and she is blindfolded. She holds in her hands a pair of crossed swords.
My thoughts: A decision has been made and the one who made it is blind to any other suggestion.
Reversed: falsehood, duplicity, disloyality
Monday, August 20, 2007
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Reversed: Selfish, egotistical. Be warned of an enemy.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I really liked this book. It was very well written and all the elements of the story tied together in surprising ways.
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