Monthly Archives: February 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I just came across this on youtube… How did I not hear about this before!

Now I’m pretty sure I heard about the book a while back but I never got around to reading it. Of course now I’ll have to, though according to IMDb it doesn’t come out until June so I have a bit of time.

Also, read this Cracked article to understand why I totally find that movie plausible. Yes I’m a total Cracked addict.


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Story Starter Saturday

Did I miss a weekend while I was in England? I know I remembered the prompts one Saturday that I was there, but looking at the calendar I notice I was gone for two… anyways sorry about that, I have a hard enough time keeping track of days of the week when I’m at home.

Daily ones first:
1. No one in town could deny that on nights like this, with the moon at its fullest…
2. He stared at the handcuffs in disbelief…
3. When I started all this I never intended…
4. I remember…
5. Hurrying away, and looking directly at no one…
6. The red feathers of a cardinal against the snow
7. A cloud passed over the sun and the light started to die…

And from Seventh Sanctum, from the Character Scrambler (this one made me smile): The mysterious yet totally ineffective magical knight who follows the protagonist anywhere and whose odd ideas are actually true.


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Book Review(ish):Casino Royale (with a spoiler alert to be safe)

Has anyone else noticed that I never seem to read the books I say I’m going to? I mean, this isn’t new to me, but I was kind of hoping that telling people what I was planning on reading would help me stick to the plan. Since that doesn’t seem to be working I think I’ll just stop making any promises about what I’m going to read next, (I get around to everything eventually…).

So anyways I’m back home now, which mean a lot of boring travel time and I happened to have Casino Royale with me. I’ve never seen it as a movie, I’ve actually only seen a few James Bond movies, but this is the first of the Bond books and I like to start at the beginning of series. Also since I’ve never read anything by Ian Fleming this one counts as one of my New Author Challenge books, hooray!

Also did anyone else know that he also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? I didn’t even know that was a book, so now I have yet another on my list of books to track down.

I didn’t really have any expectations when I started reading this, like I said I’ve only seen a couple of the movies, and none of them recently, and the author’s also new to me. Still there were a few surprises. For one thing it was pretty short, though I was expecting it to end at one point, (after they escape from le Chiffre) only to realize there was still another forty pages left, (there’s only 212 to begin with). The other thing is that Bond gets tortured by le Chiffre at one point, and while it wasn’t hugely graphic or gory I still wasn’t expecting it since the book is from the 50s which apparently in my mind means it’s on par with the 1800s in how much of the gruesome details I expect to be included.

So while it wasn’t what I expected it was still a fun light read. It didn’t take me long to get through it, but I enjoyed it and was pretty engrossed while reading. I’ll probably hunt down the rest at the used bookstore at some point. Now it’s time to go unpack (ugh).

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Katie and I went to some charity shops around Hayes yesterday, got some clothes (mostly sweaters, I think I was cold) and books! 50 pence each! Two I’d heard of before, Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire who most people probably know from his book Wicked, (and whatever came after it in the series) and Alastair Reynolds was an author I’d heard of but I’ve never read anything by him before.

The other two I’d never heard of at all, but they both sounded interesting. And now I have a bunch of books for the new author challenge!

They actually had four book by Alastair Reynolds, the one I bought and the three that come after it, (not sure yet if that’s the whole series) so I was torn about whether or not I should get all four since I didn’t know if I even liked him yet. I ended up getting just the first one and Katie said we can go back on Monday.

I probably didn’t need to buy more books, but there is a bit of room in my suitcase for them since three of the presents I brought for my sister were books.

Anyways today I’m going to be reading books, probably Revelation Space so I can see if I like it. Also I have a cold now and most things are closed on Sunday so a day off is good.

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Saturday Story Starters

Huge fail on my part, I totally forgot to link the other blog I started. But I guess it hasn’t been going all that long, so it is here. I started doing the art prompts over there, and I’ve been posting a bit about my traveling too.

That’s also why I haven’t had time to get much reading done so no reviews this past week. But I do have another flight in a few days so I’ll probably get something finished then.

Anyways, here’s the daily story starters:
1. love letters
2. I try not to…
3. I squinted against the glare off the snow as something moved through the trees towards us. Fast.
4. Writing a letter.
5. I hate…
6. “Fiddlesticks.” she snapped
7. Cool night air.

And the weekly one from 7th Sanctum, taken from the Alien Race Generator: The spindly, feline race. They are a race of entertainers. They are extremely patronizing. They were once a dead people – what brought them back to life is a matter of speculation. They come from a low-gravity, desolate world that has many rings surrounding it and is known for being home to powerful diseases.

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Review: Welcome to the Jungle (or, Not The Dresden Book I Promised)

I felt bad for not reading Changes yet, and especially since I probably won’t get around to it until I’m done the Powers book that I’m on now, (though I did take a break from that to read Going Postal).  But comics don’t take nearly as long to read and since I had a few spare hours, and the first of the Dresden comics, I decided I might as well do a quick review for that.

Also I’m totally counting it as one of the Telling Tales challenge books, it has Greek mythology and Celtic folklore, and ok, it might be stretching the definition a bit, but the Telling Tales challenge is (I think) the only one that counts graphic novels. I also realized that I didn’t count Powers that Be as one of the New Author challenge books, even though one of the author’s is new to me. So totally adding it to the list. Anyways. Sorry this is so short, but I’m in England visiting my sister right now so I’m probably not going to have a lot of time for really long posts.

Welcome to the Jungle is set right before Storm Front, (so right before the book series starts) and is written by Jim Butcher and illustrated by Adrian Syaf. I was really excited when I first found it because I was expecting the graphic novels to just follow the books, (and the second graphic novel is called Storm Front as well) but instead I get a whole new story that I’ve never read before. Also it’s set at the Zoo! (I love the zoo, we went to the zoo for my birthday last year… when I turned 26. In my defense we went to African Lion Safari for my sister’s and she’s only a year younger than me, so I’m not the only one who misses doing cool stuff like that for my birthday). And sidetracked… So the story starts with a murder at the zoo *gasp!* and Dresden is called in to figure out what happened because so far their best guess is that the gorilla did it… then he went and locked himself back in his cage. There’s also the damsel in distress, because Dresden’s a sucker for a lady who needs his help, and bob makes an appearance, (hooray!) oh, and of course a deadline.

One of my favorite things about the novels is his interior monologues and snippy comments so I was pleased to find that they were worked into the graphic novels as well. Jim Butcher has a style of writing that is both entertaining and makes you feel like you could be part of the story too. I wouldn’t have thought that it would translate well into a graphic novel but was pleasantly surprised. Maybe it was because Butcher wrote it himself, or maybe because, as he explains in the forward, when he’s writing it in his he pictures the scenes as panels from a comic.

Either way I’m looking forward to reading the next ones.

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Saturday Story Starters… but not art ones

Alright, so not as early as I usually post, but I was kind mixed up about what day it was, (I lose track a lot when I travel). I’m posting the usual daily story starters, as well as the week long short story prompt. I figure it’ll be easier to do them both on the same day since I’m not doing the art ones on this blog any more (and no I haven’t started the other blog yet… but I’m thinking of getting a start on it tonight before we head off to France for a couple days).

Daily Story Starters:
1. It was a strange night, there seemed to be a chill in the air…
2. Feeling the effects of too much sun…
3. The smell of rain
4. The cold had seeped into my very bones…
5. The smell of winter
6. Blood trickled down his leg…
7. On a rainy night in…

The week long prompt comes from the “what-if-inator”: what if the fall of  Egypt had never happened.

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