Monday, May 30, 2011

Thief of Lives

Written By: Barb & J.C. Hendee
Copyright: 2003
Publisher:  Penguin, ROC
Pages 410

This will be my forth book in Quest The First.
Quest The First : Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres

This is the second book in the Dhampir series. To read my first review click here :D

 Magiere, Leesil, and Chap are happy in their home in Miiska. They're about to reopen the newly rebuilt Sea Lion and it seems that life will finally have some normalcy for the trio. 
 Since the burning of the main trade wherehouse the town is in dire straits, and its people have little to no money to live on. There are many who resent Magiere and her companions, although most realize the fire was a necessary sacrifice in order to rid their town of Noble Dead. 
When a proposal comes to Magiere from the city of Bela that would earn her enough money to rebuild the wherehouse and save Miiska, she can not refuse....or can she? The offer would require Magiere to become the hunter again, and that transformation is something she simply can't come to terms with.

The way I see it: This book is written so that even if you hadn't read Dhampir, you would still understand what's going on. It delves further into Leesil and Magieres' relationship, which forces both of them to battle their individual demons. It also exposes many of the hidden secrets behind Chap, Leesils "Dog" and the infamous Welstiel, the noble who taught Magiere what she truly was in the first story. 

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: A little too much background info from the first book IMO. Also in the first half of the book the Magiere/Leesil up/down, back/forth thing got a bit annoying. Lastly, the cover....In my mind, (and that's the one that counts right these characters are a Lot better looking :D

Love it or Leave it: All in all...Gotta go with Love it. The initial annoyances worked themselves out. I also immensely enjoyed uncovering Chaps' story, as I find him to be highly entertaining :D

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things I've Learned NOT to do, from Movies and Books.

This idea came to me as I was reading a post over at Pen and Paper...
"YOUR DINNER IS IN THE DOG" The post was about occurrences that commonly go on in movies and soaps that would't generally happen in everyday life.
The following was actually the beginnings of my response, until I realized that human nature would instinctually force us to look back at our pursuer to see if we were still in danger. It's only this, and other stereotypical movie scenes that compel us to change what has evolutionally been bread into us as a survival instinct.
If I've learned one thing from horror/thriller movies, It's...Don't....Look....Back!!! Every time someone's being chased through the dark, creepy woods by an ax murderer, (generally, a scantily clad young they make good progress for a while, and then Boom!!!...they look back. Of course, once they do, they trip over the proverbial tree root and the ax murderer does what ax murderers

In reality, is anyone really walking through the dark, creepy woods??.....NO! They're Dark... and Creepy, and usually have preceding stories about all the people who have been murdered there before the current unfortunate tripper.

So, if at any point in the future I am being pursued by ax murderers, monsters, ghosts or any other form of baddy...I shall condition myself to keep my sights forward....and wear more clothing :D

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Covers That Make Me Say...Really??

 I'm writing this post because there are sooo many book, magazine, video, and even game covers that truly make me say....Really?? So I've decided to share :D

In complete fairness, I'll also add information, and/or reviews on the current apple of my eye. For although their covers may be an enigma to me, that is not to say that they aren't amazing works.

This week...Kiss of Snow
                       Author: Nalini Singh
                       Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (May 31, 2011)
Release Date: May 31, 2011

I was searching for new Science Fiction & Fantasy books when I came across this cover. Well, to say the least it made me After I came back to reality I read the summary on a few different sites and, low and behold...It sounds like an interesting for reals, the story sounds good!
I think my "Really?" moment occurred because the cover is a bit soft porny to me.  It sounds like an entertaining read, and I'm sure it would hold it's own without such an "eye catching" cover. I'm not big on romance novels, but if you're a fan this could be a whole lot of fun.
If any of you have had "Really??" moments...I'd love to hear them :D

                      Goodreads Summary

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is "paranormal romance at its best" (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants--and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Directed by: Ichiro Itano
Studio: Gonzo, Nitroplus
The series premiere: April 5, 2008 –September 27, 2008
Episodes: 24

This is my second Quest on Screen review.
Rules: Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.

Demoniacs are creatures that were once human. They're able to merge their bodies with just about any technology. Cars, motor cycles...even computers. They use them as a means to purge human kind from the face of the earth, starting with Germany. Oh, did I mention they're an epidemic...yes. They're producing more of their kind through the people they come in contact at an alarming rate. And the worse part one knows how. Their ultimate goal, (aside from wiping out the human race) is to find the ultimate demoniac called the Blassreiter.

That's where the XAT , (Xenogenesis Assault Team) comes in. They're an organisation that attempts to contain the demoniacs and ascertain how they're able to spread so rapidly. Little do they know, they're not the only organization out there who has an interest in the demoniacs.

The way I see it:  There are demoniacs that use their power for good....and not so good to say the least. Some, who have come to this power by choice, and some whom it was forced upon. They also have different levels of consciousness, ranging from mindless drone to pathological, (yet delusional) genius. 

This series has a Large cast of characters, centering around Joseph, who may, or may not be the hero of this tale. All of the characters' stories are introduced at some point in the series, (both human and demoniac) and...much like gain a greater understanding of their actions in looking past the surface. 

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: As I watched the first episode, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this series. It was mainly about a motorcycle race and I didn't feel like it had much depth. In anime however, I've learned that the first one, or even the first several episodes are very much like the cover of a doesn't always do justice to the story inside. So I continued :D

Love it or Leave it: Overall, I'd have to give it a Love it. There were many instances when I wasn't sure who, (for lack of a better term) the "bad guys" were. It really kept me guessing and did it in a way that I wasn't Also the character stories were integrated almost seamlessly. I enjoyed learning about their past, and the trials and tribulations that created them and were the catalyst for their actions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Outstretched Shadow- Obsidian Trilogy, Book One

Written by: Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 711

This will be my third book for Quest The First.

Quest The First : Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Let me begin by saying that this is my second time around with The Obsidian Trilogy, but I've never reviewed it. I had the itch to read it again and thought it would be perfect for the OUaT Challenge :D

Kellen is the only son of the Arch-Mage of Armethalieh, The Golden City of the Bells. As such he is expected to set the standard in both mage craft and behavior. Kellen however, is sorely lacking in both areas, and continues to be a disappointment and an embarrassment to his father.
Living in a "perfect" Armethaliehn society is a challenge for Kellen, who is stifled by the complete control the mages have over every detail, from music and weather, to the very knowledge each citizen poseses. 
While searching the lower market for clues of his city's past, he happens upon a set of books that will forever change the course of his life. Through them, he encounters creatures he believed to only exist in wondertale, and begins an adventure that will effect the fate of all. 

The way I see it: This is a book about choices. You get the very strong idea that the future of every race is weighted heavily on each choice that Kellen, and his fellow characters make. You also get insights into his thought process and how he weighs the pros and cons of these decisions. It's a birds eye view of the mind set of a 17 year old who has never been very good at anything and is completely unsure of himself. As the story progresses Kellen finally starts to understand who he's meant to be, and what sacrifices he's willing to make for the good of his world. 

The bad, the bad, and the ugly: After reading this for the second time, I still have the same have to get through the first few chapters for the excitement to begin. There's no instant gratification, but once it starts, it doesn't end :D

Love it or Leave it: OMG!!! Love it! It is one of my very most favorite series and it's starting out just as good the second time around. I find myself laughing out loud at times, and Kellen is absolutely endearing. Not wanting to give anything away, I didn't delve into detail about the other characters, but I have to tell you... the supporting characters are just as amazing.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

OMW...Ghost Story

"On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming." 

This looked like a very enjoyable meme indeed, so I thought I'd give it a go. 
I originally spotted it through Serendipity's Blog. So Shout Out!!

Written by: Jim Butcher
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Roc
Pages: 432
Release Date:  July 26, 2011

 From JimButcher.comWhen we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.
To save his friends — and his own soul — Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

I have read all of the Dresden files and also the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. Loved them all :D
Harry Dresden is one of my all time favorite characters. He's very...imperfect :D The Dresden Files are what I would describe as "easy reads" But that could just  be because I enjoy them so much. Simplistic, funny, action packed, and a wee bit Just can't get enough!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet

I saw this one over at Polychrome Interest and thought it might be fun :D
So here we go....
I thought I should preface this meme by saying that these are not the greatest movies of all time, with the best acting, special effects and movie scores. (Although some of them are, in my opinion :) These are movies that, If they're on...I'm watching them. They're also movies that, if they're not on...I put them on once in a while. In essence, I never get tired of seeing them :D

A is for Annie: Love the 1982 version with Carol Bernett and Albert Finney.
B is a tie between Blade Trinity, and Best in Show...both of which contain Parker Posey.

C is for Conan the Destroyer...oh, yes is is :D

D is for The Dark Crystal

E....The Empire Strikes Back

F= The Fifth Element

G stands for...Goonies

H...Hocus Pocus

I can only be Indiana Jones...What, you want me to choose...Raiders :D

J (after much deliberation) shall be JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
I know...he's fighting skeletons!!!!

K: Krull, Krull, Krull

L .... One L to Rule them all, One L to Find them, One L to bring them all, and in the Darkness Bind them
Lord of the Rings

M :D My Neighbor Totoro

and I can't forget
Meet me in Saint Louis

O...nce again The Divine Miss M
Outrageous Fortune

P is for Princess...Bride that is

Q...Shhhhhh, The Quiet Man

Rrrrraising Arizona

and a qiuck shout to Resident Evil

it'S Singing in the Rain

Woof I <3 me some Gene Kelly...yummy


Double Woof Captain Picard

U have to love Underworld

Vaaaannn  Helsing

And I also have to add Christmas Vacation...I HAVE too

W Is for When Harry Met Sally

X-Men Too easy

Y I love Lucy...
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Z..for me
Zoolander..I know, but really...Zoolander