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29 June 2010

The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler

I haven't read a novel in such long sessions in a long time! I found it hard to put this book down. I didn't have much time this past week to read, so I figured I'd just read a few chapters when I could fit them in, but I'd end up reading like 5 or 6 instead of 2 or 3.

23 June 2010

I found a favorite new album!


1. Son
2. Removed
3. Pollyanna Rose
4. Never Learn, Never Lose
5. Seeing Angels
6. Vodka Knows
7. Killing Everyone
8. Ballad of an Overnight Success
9. The Low Road
10. Coming Back
11. Spendin' Time with Me
12. Bluesy Larue


I just discovered that Billy Burke, Charlie Swan from the Twilight Saga movies, has been working on a debut album. I was excited, to say the least, and then I previewed the tracks. It's a decent offering with 12 tracks, but the little preview clips weren't enough to make a proper decision. So, I moved on to Youtube and watched the video for his single "Removed".

22 June 2010

Boy My Blog is Filling Out! =)

I'm so happy to see my content filling out here on my blog. It seemed so naked, and seemed to have no direction for such a long time. But now, with the help of those nifty little boxes you see to your right, things are shaping up!

I'd like to introduce you to some of them. I have the one for the books that I've recently read and featured on the blog and a matching box for the authors of those books. Then, I have a cool Triond.com widget which acts as a live feed for those readers interested in my latest stuff. Also, for those of you just interested in my short stories, I've created a brand new box just for them ------> Over there. =)

21 June 2010

Whispering to Witches Review

I'm rather excited to report that I just finished Whispering to Witches, a novel by Anna Dale. I was hesitant after the first few chapters, mostly because it seemed to be targeted at the Harry Potter-aged audience and the grammar was a bit different, being written from 'across the pond,' but I'm extremely pleased with this book.

As I said earlier, the target audience would match those of the Harry Potter books, but this book surpassed Harry Potter for me. It didn't have the commercially cute and whimsical characters or some silly 'growing up witchy' rituals or school. It was simply a book about a young witch trying to come into her own by herself, using her mind and problem solving.

20 June 2010

Turning Something Old Into Something New...


About a year ago, I stumbled upon a website called Triond.com. The premise was simple—you post original content and earn revenue from ads every time your original content was read or viewed. I tried it with my short stories, Raleigh, Casualty of War, and Deathbed. It was a successful trial run, for the most part. I made a few friends, collected some comments on my work, and earned a few coins.
I’d only used the service for about a month and only posted three stories during that time. Other things came into play, more important things, so my experiment ended. But I’d like to try it again with the help of my new friends on Facebook and Myspace and Twitter and here on Blogger.
It’s extremely simple. Once I post a link to the story, you—as the reader—follow it and enjoy all my content completely free! You can click on a few ads if you’d like, but I’m not entirely sure if that has any sway in determining what kind of revenue I get. The website is user-friendly, simplistic in design, and, not only can you find my stuff, but you can discover brand new authors if you care to browse a little while you’re there.

15 June 2010

"Brokeback Mountain" Review



The other night, I felt the need to read a short story. I’ve been wanting to experience a decent short for a while now, so I settled on my couch to read ‘Brokeback Mountain’ FINALLY. I’ve had it for quite some time but never really had the courage to get through it. The movie was entirely too quiet and, honestly, the plot wasn’t that gripping to me. I didn’t want to read the short story and discover that it’s just as bad—or worse, discover that the movie didn’t begin to do it justice.

Well, I fought my fears and made my discoveries. The short story was a tad better than the movie.

The entire story focuses on Ennis DelMar’s point of view. It doesn’t flop back and forth from Ennis in Utah to Jack Twist in Texas like the movie did (causing it to approach Titanic’s length). I enjoyed seeing the author, being a woman, describe a man living alone. Like the rest of the short story, the portrayal was raw and matter-of-fact. He recycled coffee and pissed in the kitchen sink of his camper. I will never look at my grandfather in the same light, being a retired farm-hand.

14 June 2010

-:- Rant Alert -:-

Yesterday afternoon, I realized why so many people download books online, both legally and illegally.

I perused the shelves of the local big bookstore chain, looking for a few titles I’d had my eye on before I left home, and found that I couldn’t find a single one in hardcover. What is the point of going to a fancy bookstore if you’re not going to buy a crisp, clean hardcover book and browse the aisles holding a tall cup of coffee?

10 June 2010

Thirteen Days to Midnight


I finished reading Thirteen Days to Midnight last night, and I have to say that my pleasantly surprised feeling lasted throughout the final pages. It was definitely a book that you could understand and follow--even predict the plot in some parts--but, just when you think you know where it's going, there's just enough of a twist to keep you interested. The final 'hours to midnight' were page turners, for sure, and the most unlikely character became a villain in the end. I give it FOUR out of FIVE thumbs, and while it may not be a MUST READ, it's still easily in the category of books you SHOULD READ.

It was a very entertaining and welcomed escape.

Peace and Love:

JJ

08 June 2010

Reading Update!

I don't normally do this, but I'm updating you on a novel that I discovered at the local Walmart on Saturday.

I'd been going through one of my cravings, you know, the one where you need to get your hands on a hardcover novel and sink into it? Yeah, that one. So, I'd gone shopping with my cousin and decided to check out the selection. To my non-surprise, there weren't too many interesting choices. All the books I wanted weren't available in hardcover, and I'm OCD in that way. I finally settled upon the title "Thirteen Days to Midnight" by Patrick Carman.