Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Blood Lite by Various Authors
I was very disappointed in most of the stories in this volume. I really enjoyed Jim Butcher's "Day Off". It was hysterically funny, but for the most part, the rest of the stories fell well below the mark. I started several and didn't even bother reading past the first or second page. I usually pick up on a couple of new authors when reading this sort of book, but not this time.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Quidditch through the Ages & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Two little companion books to the Harry Potter series. Cute enough little books. The one gives a rather nice history of Quiddich and the other is an encyclopedia of the different beasts that only the wizarding world can see. Only a true die-hard Harry Potter fan would find these of much interest.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Innocent, tom-boyish, and shy, you definietly are. You also are a bit of a clutz at times. Even though you have a very low self-image, others see you as beautiful.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Dresden Files #1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Unabridged audio - 8CDs
Everyone told me that I would like this series and they were right! Harry Dresden is a wizard would helps the Chicago police with paranormal crimes. I especially liked listening to it on audio. I just hope I can find more of the audio series.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Just Like Heaven by Marc Levy
Unabridged CDs read by Michael McGlone
I had seen the movie and thought it was cute. I really enjoyed listening to it as well. Arthur moves into a new apartment to find it haunted by Lauren who's body lies comatose in a hospital while her spirit returns to her home.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Unabridged Cassettes read by Blair Brown
One of the best I've listened to recently. The story revolved around Alexander, a fifteen year old who has to go live with his grandmother while his mother is undergoing cancer treatments. His grandmother takes him on an expedition down the Amazon in search of the beast, a giant that had been seen in the area. Along the way, Alexander gets kidnapped by the People of the Mist, a local Indian tribe, and with their help, visits the city of the beasts.
A very, very good story that is well written and able to hold my attention all the way through.
Unabridged CDs read by Susan Ericksen
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Unabridged CDs read by Lenny Henry
I was a bit disappointed in this one. I recently listened to American Gods and loved it so I was really looking forward to this one. It was funny at times, serious at times, but just not as good as the other Gaiman's I've listened to.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sisters of Isis #1: The Summoning by Lynne Ewing
Short and quick, I enjoyed this one, although the writing left a little to be desired. It was written for a teenage audience and you could tell. The main character, Sudi, had parents that were way too trusting and didn't notice anything about their daughter. They were almost non-existant in the book. This book begins a series using Egyptian mythology as it's basis. I hope she stays true to history and doesn't take too much creative license with the legends and myths. I probably will not continue on with the new series because I have so many other things waiting on my Mt.TBR, but it is one that I would recommend to teens.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
You are a Swan! (your score: 24)
Characters: Tereus, Kalia in Eyes of Crow
Powers: Foretelling future through dreams, dream-walking
Swans are idealistic, open-minded, and passionate. Your good nature often leads people to think they can take advantage of you, but they should be careful—beneath that serenity lies a fighting spirit. Your love is fierce and unconditional, fueled by the certainty that it should last forever.
Best matches: Wolves, Horses, Otters
Watch out for: Cougars, Foxes, Hawks
The second is for a a signed set of the Aspect of the Crow trilogy by Jeri Smith-Ready. http://amberkatze-amberkatze.blogspot.com/2008/11/author-interview-contest-with-author.html For this one, you have to take a test to see what kind of animal my spirit guide is -- mine is a Swan!
Go visits Amberkate's blog and sign up for the contests. I just did!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, book 2 of the Faery Court series
The second book in Melissa Marr's Faery Court series is a winner. Leslie is a mortal friend of the Faery Summer Queen Aislinn. She know nothing of the paranormal life her friend lives until she gets a tatoo. A tatoo that changes her into the Dark King's Shadow Girl. A very, very good read.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I decided to miagrate my list of books read to Blogger and I will link from this blog to it and from it to here.
Please see my list of "Books Read" here: http://kathybsbooklist.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I am so glad this author went back to what she is best at - a good old vampire story. I loved this book and hated for it to end. I don't know if this is a new series, but I would go out and buy the next one the first day it comes out.
Darkest Power Series Book #1: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
I liked this one ok, but I wish she'd gotten to what she wanted to say and get on with the story. It took forever for this book to get anything accomplished. It also didn't have an ending. If you want to know what happens, you HAVE to read the next one. I want to continue with the series, but I hope they get better.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The Sorority Trilogy by Tamara Thorne
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Dragon's Fire by Anne & Todd McCaffrey
Unabridged audio 10 CDs
Anne McCaffrey's fantasy world of Pern is one of my favorite places. I am so happy to see that her son is now writing with her and the stories are still just as magical and exciting as always. Loved this one
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Faerie Path (Faerie Path series #1) by Frewin Jones
This book was really a very slow starter. The story did not really get going until two thirds of the way. Normally, I would not wait that long for a book to get my attention, but I'd wanted to read this one for so long, I wanted to give it full consideration. I was glad I read it all the way through. It did leave you hanging, so you knew there would definitely be a book two. I will probably read it, but not go out of my way to hurry and buy it.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Breaking Dawn - Book #4 Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
I was really curious to see how Stephenie Meyer would end this series. I have thought all along that she was writting herself into a corner and could not imagine how she would resolve everything. Though the story was pretty good, I found several faults with this one. But there were also a few very nice surprises. All in all, I think this is probably the weakest book of the series, but a relatively good ending.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris - Southern Vampire series #8
I swear I love this series, but Sookie needs to grow up. She has to be terrified of committing to a serious relationship because she keeps finding infantile reasons to break up with the current boyfriend. This seems to be an "in between" book. There wasn't a lot of real plot going on, but a hint of things to come. I really do like this series and can't wait till the next installment.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Former God falls in love with a girl he thinks it's impossible for him to be with. She loves him and doesn't understand the problem.... seriously, will she ever come up with a new story line? I guess it's served her well, this one is book eleven of the series. As far as the audio goes, the reader is very good.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Weddings From Hell by Various
I enjoyed all these stories. The first, Till Death by Maggie Shayne was my favorite. For my complete review, please see Yankee Romance Reviewers at http://yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com/2008/08/wedding-from-hell.html
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Unabridged audio, 7 cassettes
Oh my gosh! I loved this one. I am going to go look for every Terry Pratchett novel I can find and put the audios on my wishlist. I hope they all have the same reader, Stephen Briggs was great! Story of a 9 year old girl who discovers she is a witch after her brother disappears. He has been stolen away by the Queen of the Elves. Tiffany must rescue him with the help of the Wee Free Men.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I liked this one. I liked the idea of the story before I even read it because of the back cover notes. An abandoned child found by two thieves grows to be the downfall or is it the salvation of the kingdom of Abascar, a country where only the royal family is allowed the joy of color.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Unabridged Audio - 18CDs
Ok, I have to admit it, I love Jimmy Buffett, his music, his books, just everything. This is a really cute litte book. It is a story for children, but written in a way that adults will enjoy it too. It is the story of a small boy, his sister and their mom that moved into an upscale New York City hotel where mom is a pastry chef. They smuggle in the family pet, a pig named Rumpy and the fun begins.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Unabridged Audio - 6 cassettes
Koontz writes the scariest stories sometimes. My favorites are the ones like this one, a perfectly plausable, it could really happen tale of murder and mystery.
Billy Wilds gets off work one night to find a note on his windshield. If he does nothing, a young school teacher will be murdered. If he goes to the police, an elderly lady that likes to do charity work for the church will be murdered. His choice, what should he choose, this is no joke.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Unabridged audio - 7CDs
Vassar Spore's life is all planned out. Everything from what college she will attend (Vassar of course) to winning the Pulitzer Prize. What she didn't plan on was spending the summer with her out of control grandmother on an expedition to Cambodia for the summer. The story was cute and had some unexpected twists to it. Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was a short, quick, listen to.
I like this one better than "Specials", but still not as much as the first two books in this series. Mind rain has reminded people that they were brainwashed during the time of the "uglies" and "pretties" . Now people are only concerned about how famous they are and rate themselves according to how many times their name is spoken on a live feed. Aya looks for a story that she can "kick" to her feed to make herself famous. She uncovers what she believes is a plot to destroy the world and Tally and Shea show up to help her uncover the truth. Overall a good story, but let's hope Westerfeld quits while he is still ahead.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Unabridged audio - 14CDS
Ok, best book of the year so far. Maddie is born with a rune mark on her hand. She is feared by most of the small village she lived in. Her only friend is "one-eye" a wanderer who comes to the village on his travels. When he discovers her powers, inborn in her, he helps her uncover an opening to the underhill where she meets, Loki, the trickster, Hella, the lady of the dead, Skadi and a host of other lost Norse gods and legends. The story was awesome and since I am very interested in runes, it made it even more so.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Whats a girl to do???
I really dread buying a new car (my husband and I take turns - buy one get it paid off, next person gets a new car, etc). My turn is coming up in March and I dread getting a new car because I don't know of any that have both a CD player and a cassette, which is EXACTLY what I want again. ALSO - if I listen to music, it is on my iPOD and rather than mess with trying to find a station that it comes in staticy on (at best), I use a blank cassette tape hooked up to the iPOD that allows it to use my car speakers and it sounds just like the radio or CD.
Monday, June 30, 2008
I tried to run a picture of the cover of the book, but for some reason BlogSpot won't let me enter pictures today. Sorry!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon Edited by P.N. Elrod
This books picks up where My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding leaves off. Most of the stories were really cute. I only felt one or two were great. "Where the Heart Lives" by Marjorie M. Liu was awesome. Very well written and held my attention from the first. By far my favorite.
Thought I should mention that I did a more extensive review of this book for YankeeRomanceReviewers
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Kenaz (kane-awez) rune #6
I have began naming my World of Warcraft characters after runes. Today I named my new blood elf mage "Kaynaz" (Kanaz and Kenaz were already taken). The rune's ancient meaning is boil or sore, something I had forgotten when I went to name today's toon or I might have reconsidered. The more modern meaning is torch. Since my toon is a mage, she can throw a pretty good fireball, so torch seems much more appropriate. It also symbolizes knowledge and enlightenment. It is the sign of discomfort (which I mean for my enemies on WOW to be!)
Kenaz is the rune of Skuld, one of the three Norns or Fates. She was the norn of the future. She also rode with the Valkyries to collect fallen warriors on the field. Her animal is the owl, her tree the pine and the color associated with her is blue.
Upright: Good fortune, giving and receiving gifts, lust, empathy, enlightment, dicomfort.
Reversed: Loss, endings, casting out things from the past.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Unabridged - 7 Cassettes
What can I say? I loved this book about scientists studying whale song and the wild situations they find themselves in. Cona is now one of my all time favorite Moore characters.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Gebo - Gift
The Goddess Gefjon
Gefjon is the goddess of unwed women. He dwells in Frigg's palace where she welcomes them when they die. They are made comfortable and happy and will be forever under Gefjon's protection.
The main legend surrounding Gefjon is the agreement she made with King Gylfi of Sweden. Odin sent Gefjon to the king requesting ownship of some land. Gylfi told Gefjon that she could have all the land she could plough in one day. She turned her four sons into oxen and ploughed a huge piece of land. The oxen sons then dragged the land out to sea where it became the island Seeland.
Gefjon means the giving one and therefore Gebo's meaning is gift. The object associated with Gebo is glass and the color blue. The animal is the ox.
It's meaning is a good partnership or relationship, love, and gifts bestowed. It can also mean emotional problems or disharmony depending on what runes are cast with it.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
You Suck by Christopher Moore
Alright, after my tirade on books I don't want to read, let me tell you about the one I finished today. This was a fun book even though I got a bit confused with all the biting and vampire turning that was going on. I'm still not sure what happened in the last chapter or who the bronze statues are, but I loved it and will read (or listen to) as many Christopher Moore's as I can get my hands on!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Eclipse: Book #3 of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Excellent! She tied everything in the series up very neatly. I'm not quite sure I like the way it ended. I probably would have done it differently, but still, awesome book, awesome series. This will go in my permanent collection. I have an audio of Meyer's most recent book "Host". I will probably listen to it after Duma Key.