Archive for January, 2008

January 30th 2008

Firestorm

FirestormYee ha! This latest book from Rachel Caine is one hell of a wild ride! The end of the world is coming and it’s up to Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin to save the day… with the help of a few friends, and the hinderance of some bad guys.

The next book in the series had better be available, because she just leaves poor Joanne… ok, no spoilers. But the next book better be available.

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January 28th 2008

Shelfari

A few weeks back, while reading Bev’s blog, I noticed a new widget on her page. Shelfari? What in the world is that? So I linked off…

Oh boy. This site is wicked cool! I can entered nearly all the books I know I’ve read (i.e., anything currently in the house, anything on my Bookcrossing shelf, anything I rented from Booksfree, anything I’ve borrowed from friends, family and co-workers, anything I’ve borrowed from the library… you get the idea). I’ve added some of them. I can also put books in my To Be Read pile up on Shelfari, as well as books I’m currently reading. If you like books, check it out.

I’ll add a widget on the side that just shows books I’m currently reading. Or check out my Shelfari shelf to see my entire library (so far).

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January 15th 2008

The Android’s Dream

The Android's DreamI discovered John Scalzi early last month. Somehow, I wound up at his blog. I’m not sure who owned the originating blog that started the chain, but I’m pretty sure it was either John, Bev or Ron. Not directly from any of their blogs. Oh, no. That would just be way too easy.

Anyway, after having discovered Scalzi, and totally grooving on his writing style and sense of humor (“Taunting the Tauntable Since 1998″), I dropped some of his novels into my Amazon wish list. The Android’s Dream arrived under the Christmas Bush (it’s really too small to be considered a tree).

First, if you like science fiction, you gotta read it. If you like science fiction mixed with a healthy dose of humor, you gotta read it now. Scalzi is good, people. If you’ve read all his novels, read his blog.

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January 10th 2008

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar…

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar...Another one’s gone, another one’s gone, another one bites the dust.

This book ought to be required reading. I’d taken a couple of philosophy courses in college, and neither were any where near as interesting (and entertaining) as this book.

Listen. Just go read it, ok?

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Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

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January 10th 2008

The Sleeping Doll

The Sleeping dollDone! Finished! And there were certainly some interesting twists and turns towards the end. I’m going to have to check out more of Deaver’s books in this series… it’s a likable cast of characters.

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January 9th 2008

A Meme!

I haven’t managed to finish a book in a while… mostly because I’m reading five books all at once. So it’s the perfect time to get tagged for a meme! John from The Pageless Book tagged me for this one… One Book. So here goes:

One book that changed my life: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Maybe I was too young the first time I read it (4th grade), so I didn’t understand everything that was going on. What I did get was that I didn’t have to live in the box the grownups around me wanted me to be in. That’s when I started thinking maybe I should go to medical school instead of wandering into the nursing career my mom picked out for me.

One book that I’ve read more than once: There have been a lot in this category, but the one I read most often is Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon. Arthurian legend is so much more powerful when told from a woman’s point of view.

One book I’d want on a desert island: That would easily be a very large, very complete dictionary. I love language, I love words, and yeah… I read dictionaries for fun.

One book that made me laugh: There are a lot of these, too, so I’ll go with Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. That’s the first of her Stephanie Plum novels, and they’re all laugh-out-loud funny.

One book that made me cry: Following Foo by B.D. Wong. There have been others, of course, because for some reason I keep picking up books by authors who just gotta go tugging on my heartstrings. When he spoke about his son who died, I was immediately transported to the NICU where I spent four days with Mackenzie before she died.

One book that I wish had been written: My Life and Times by Jesus of Nazareth. No, seriously. Think about all the confusion and conflict that would have been avoided in the past 2000 years if he had told us what he meant instead of letting other people tell us what he meant.

One book I’m currently reading: Ok, so I’m actually working on five of them, but the one tucked next to me on the chair here (and the closest one to being finished) is Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar… understanding philosophy through jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

One book I’ve been meaning to read: There are a lot of these, too, but the one that been on my To Be Read pile the longest is The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yvees Leloup.

Now I’m supposed to tag people to go make their own lists. If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged.

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January 5th 2008

Capital Murder

Capital MurderNext, we move out to Washington, DC where Ben Kincaid is defending a sleazy politician against a murder charge. And there are vampires. Seriously. There are vampires in Washington. No, I’m not talking about the politicians, silly!

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January 5th 2008

Hate Crime

Hate CrimeMoving on to more serious fare, I picked up another of William Bernhardt’s books. I’d already read a number of the Ben Kincaid series, and was not disappointed with the latest.

There are some crimes so heinous that we (the people) sometimes think the perpetrators don’t deserve to have a trial, let alone a really good lawyer to defend them. That’s not what we’re about as Americans, and Bernhardt tackles the subject matter well.

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Hate Crime
 
 

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January 5th 2008

Windfall

WindfallSkipping the third book in the series and moving right along to the fourth (sometimes the books just aren’t available at Booksfree and they send me what they have)… we find Joanne human once again and living in Florida. With a “real” job. And her dysfunctional sister has come to visit. The Djinn are having a bit of a revolt and Mother Nature is seriously disturbed about something.

I am not moving to Florida until they get a Weather Warden down there who can handle the job.

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January 5th 2008

Heat Stroke

Heat StokeA number of books have been read over the holidays! It’s kind of relaxing to have plenty of time, but not seem to have the time to fiddle around on the computer.

So, Rachel Caine’s Heat Stroke is the first book I finished. She’s got quite an interesting way of explaining all the crap weather that seems to plague us. And who can resist stories that involve Djinn? Not me, that’s for sure. In a previous installment, our intrepid hero manages to get herself killed. This one is all about her life as a Djinn. Ok, maybe it sounds silly… but it’s not! Read it. You’ll like it.

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