Archive for December, 2012
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This weekend I had the opportunity to go see The Hobbit again. It definitely wasn’t made for two viewings that close together – some of the slower parts had me zoning out and sleepy. But, it was still just as good the second time around, plus since I’d already seen it, I noticed more interesting details – Kili (the only non-dwarf-looking dwarf) is the only archer and wears what looks suspiciously like an elven cloak, they used more music from the LOTR trilogy than I originally thought etc.
This got me thinking. There are so many ways that things can get better on a second watching, mostly because when you’re less plot-focused you have time to notice so much more. That’s why I can rewatch favorites over and over, trying to catch all the details. But there are some people who can’t stand watching something more than once. Case in point – my father, if he accidentally tapes a rerun of one of his TV shows, will watch just long enough to be sure he really has seen it (a minute or two) and then deletes it, no matter how long it has been and how much he might have forgotten. He loves his TV and movies, he just never wants to see the same thing twice. I’ve never understood that, but I can accept it as a way of life.
But now I’m curious. What makes a person so averse to repeats? Is it boredom? Is it that the ending is already spoiled? Is it just a time issue, or is it actually not fun to watch anymore?
Do you watch reruns of your favorite movies and/or TV shows? If not, why not?
Hi, my name is Anne, and I am a Book Bigot. What’s more, I’m incredibly ashamed to admit it.
We’ve all heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” and I do my level best not to (although sometimes I think we should – but that’s a discussion for another day). My personal book prejudice is much deeper than that. I’ve said many times, and proudly, that I’m a genre reader: Sci-fi and Fantasy no matter the intended age group of the audience. Lately, though, I’ve begun to wonder if that isn’t its own kind of prejudice. If I pick up a contemporary, do I enjoy it less because I “know” I don’t like contemps as well? I know I tend not to pick contemps out of a batch – if I bring a contemp home from the library, 9 times out of 10 I end up taking it back before even cracking the cover. Is that really because I don’t want to read it? Or do I not want to read it because I’m prejudiced against its genre?
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Title: Carnival of Souls (Series name unlisted #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Summary: [from GoodReads]
In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.
I’m having a really hard time articulating what I thought about this book. On the one hand, there was a great diversity of characters and a fun setting. On the other, that ending? Awful!
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Title: Until I Die (Revenants #2)
Author: Amy Plum
Summary: [from GoodReads]
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.
I am so glad I won the first book in this series from Julie as a part of a package. I probably never would have tried it otherwise since they classify it as a “zombie” book. In my opinion it is SO not – it’s the shambling brain-eating zombies that I don’t like!
I still really loved the setting. It probably helps that I’ve been to Paris, so I actually have mental pictures to go with her descriptions. My favorite was the scene and descriptions of the Père Lachaise cemetery. It’s a beautiful cemetery in the first place, a wonderful inspiration for writing. Even though I was in Paris in the spring and the weather was beautifully sunny, I could vividly imagine the Héloise et Abélard monument in the bleak miserably rainy January she describes. It’s just such gorgeous imagery. Read more »
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Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Peter Jackson
Studio: New Line Cinema
Summary: [from IMDB]
A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
I have been waiting for this movie for SO LONG. Seriously, I was that kid in high school that had marathon parties before each movie came out. We dressed up (I was Eowyn, and before you ask, no there aren’t any pics that I know of. But I may still have the costume and wear it on occasion *shifty eyes*), made lembas bread and spent HOURS watching through all of the extended editions. I wrote a research paper on the music of the whole trilogy. And I read the books, obviously (although I never managed to make it through book 2 a second time – something I plan on changing next year!) Let’s just say my expectations were pretty high. I was certainly not disappointed!
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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]
The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)
Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)
It was a good week! (Well, except for that day when my servers went down and I lost everything since JUNE. But let’s not dwell on that.) I spent a lot of time catching up on things I couldn’t do while I was busy making sure all my apps got in on time. I got to see my best friend from college and we got to watch The Hobbit together. (I need the soundtrack. Like now. KTHXBAI!) AND I am 100% ready for Christmas, shopping and wrapping-wise. Now it’s just bake cookies this weekend and then BRING IT ON! 😀
Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)
There’s lots this week, just like I promised. You guys did lots of awesome stuff while I was busy!
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)
- Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
- Defiance by C.J. Redwine
- Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (audiobook)
Unbreaking the Shelves stats:
Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.
- Beginning total: 65
- As of 12/15: still 58
Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.
- Beginning total: 253
- As of 12/15: 256
Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list
EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)
AS OF 12/8: Original GR goal has been reached.
Button from Reading the Paranormal
Are you behind on your series reading? Want to get caught up in the new year? Then the Seriously Series Reading Challenge hosted by Amanda and Kelly is for you!
I can’t wait to get caught up on my series reading for this one, especially since I’ll be able to combine it with Kristilyn‘s and my 2013 Book Bingo Challenge. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to follow through with – my list of series to catch up on is seriously LONG guys. But I’m going to try!
How It Works
To allow for the greatest level of flexibility, we’ve separated series into three categories: series started before 2013, series started in 2013, and series rereads. Series started before 2013 are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2013 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series. Series started in 2013 are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2013, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2013. A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2013 and that are reread between Jan. 2013 and Dec. 2013. A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.
For each category, there are different levels of seriousness about series that you can choose. Semi-serious is reading 1 to 6 series, seriously serious is reading 7 to 12 series, super seriously serious is reading 13 to 18 series, and seriously spectacular series star is reading more than 18 series. What this ends up looking like is this:
||series started before 2013
||series started in 2013
|Super Seriously Serious
|Seriously Spectacular Series Star
You choose which categories you want to attempt and which level to shoot for. Reading novellas and short stories from a series does count here. [From the sign up page on Reading the Paranormal]
I’ve decided to sign up for:
- NEW SERIES (series’ started after 1/1/13): Seriously Serious (7-12)
- OLD SERIES (series’ started before 1/1/13): Super Seriously Serious (13-18) I’m hoping on the high end of this one – I’ve got a TON listed that I only need 1 more to finish!
- REREAD SERIES (series’ I’ve read before and want to read again): Seriously Serious (7-12) – I’m counting some series’ in both “Rereads” and “Old” because it has been long enough that I need to reread the first few before continuing.
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Title: The False Prince (Ascendance #1)
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Summary: [from GoodReads]
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
GAH! THIS BOOK! Soooooooooooo good!!!
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Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.
Title: The Hunger Game (Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Summary: [from GoodReads]
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
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Title: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles #’s 1-3)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Summary: [from GoodReads (book 1)]
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
Hounded, the first of the Iron Druid Chronicles, was my very first full length new audiobook. I honestly expected to be unable to pay attention enough to form an opinion. Instead I found myself really into the story, trying very hard to not to laugh out loud while I listened at work!
My favorite character, by far, was Oberon, Atticus’s Irish Wolfhound. His commentary was hilarious, so blunt and honest and so very doglike! It’s also worth mentioning that Luke Daniels, the narrator, did a fantastic job with creating voices for all the characters. I never had to wonder who was speaking when there weren’t speech tags – I’m amazed that one person could do that many different voices!
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