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Thursday, July 12, 2007

June Reading List

I told you that I'd get this up in the next couple of days, so here it is, my long list of books that I read last month... And as a point of interest: these were all first time reads! I've had the Jo Beverley's for a while but hadn't got to read them until now and the same goes for the Kenyon book and the Madeline Hunter novel. The others were books that I just happened across while browsing at the store or ones that I'd heard good things about from friends.


Paranormal/Fantasy


Jean Johnson: Sons of Destiny Series
- The Sword
- The Wolf
Lara Adrian: Midnight Breed Series
- Kiss of Midnight
- Kiss of Crimson
Jacquelyn Frank: The Nightwalkers
- Jacob
- Gideon
Christine Feehan: Drake Sisters Series
- Safe Harbor
Jill Gregory: Wolf River and Thunder Creek
Lindsay McKenna: Dark Truth
Angela Knight: Master of Dragons
Sherrilyn Kenyon: from the Dark-Hunter World
- The Dream-Hunter
Linda Winstead Jones: Raintree: Haunted
Beverley Barton: Raintree: Sanctuary
Lori Devoti: Unbound


Contemporary


Cherry Adair: On Thin Ice
Patricia Thayer: A Mother for the Tycoons Child



Historical/Regency


Galean Foley: Her Only Desire
Jo Beverley: Company of Rogues
- Forbidden

- Skylark

- The Rogue's Return

- To Rescue a Rogue

- Lady Beware
Kresley Cole: MacCarrick Brothers
- If You Dare
- If You Desire
- If You Decieve
Madeline Hunter: The Rules of Seduction


Over all I'd have to say that I enjoyed all of these books. I'd waited such a long time for Feehan's next Drake book and am glad that I wasn't disappointed. As usual Kenyon's D-H world drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed The Dream-Hunter. Now I'm really looking forward to the next Dark-Hunter book thats slated to come out in the next month or so. I was easily pulled in to the ranks of the Company of Rogues and I will put some effort in to locating the remaining books in the series. The MacCarrick brothers were extremely entertaining and their stories were all really well done.

I was very happy with the paranormal series novels that I picked up last month and can't wait to see more from Johnson, Adrian and Frank. Knights' Master of Dragons held up to the consistent high standards that I've enjoyed in the rest of the Masters series.

The only other books that I want to make any specific comment on are the two Raintree novels that appear on my list. These are the second and third books of the triliogy and were preceeded by Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard which was released in May of this year. The entire trilogy was fantastic and it was really interesting to read this trilogy because, as you can see, each of the books was written by a different author. It was great to look back at the end of the third book and sort of look at how the three stories weaved together and how until about the middle of the last book you really don't understand everything that was going on in the first two novels. I'm glad that I decided to pick these ones up because they were just great!!

So that's all I've got to say about the books this month. I'll be trying to put up my reading list monthly from now on and I fully encourage any comments or discussion on the novels I list or ones that you'd suggest.

Till next time =-{)...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Poetry By Me

Only Moments Ago

You were here only moments ago,
I can still see your eyes in my mind.
You begged me to come and talk to you,
But I was too busy and I couldn't find the time.
You asked me to remember how things used to be,
And I told you that things had changed.
You swore that you'd always be here.
You promised that you would never leave.
You were here, only moments ago it seems,
I can still see your face if I try.
Now there's no time left to talk,
And things will never be the same.
You didn't keep your word, you broke your promise,
You made a change that can never be fixed.
You were here only moments ago,
I can hear your laugh in the wind,
You've left me standing where I shouldn't be
You went away and now there's only me.
In my mind you will always look as you did, when
You were here only moments ago.

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This poem is published on Poetry.com.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

They Used To Be Comics and Action Figures


They used to be Comic book heroes and action figurines, now the Transformers are taking the world by storm in what I'd personally say is the best movie of 2007, so far. Since I'm a big Harry Potter fan and The Order of the Phoenix opens tomorrow there's no saying what I'll think of that or how I'll relate it to Transformers come Friday (I plan to see HP on Thursday!!).

I'm sure like most people I watched the Transformers on TV as a kid, I think I can even say that I read a couple of the actual comics, or looked at the pictures as the case may be, but I can't say that I was ever all that interested. Now, I'm not trying to suggest that I'm going to go Transformer mad and go out to buy comic books, action figures or other paraphernalia, though I have considered sheets and stickers for my son, but since seeing the movie on Saturday night I fully admit that I'm more curious about the story and where it might go from this point.




Which begs the question: is there going to be a Transformers 2? I don't know, honestly I haven't even looked around to find out what the buzz is on that topic, but I sort of hope that there will be. If there is a sequel than I hope that it will be as well done and to such a high caliber of effects and graphics as this one has been. Hollywood has had the unfortunate habit of making killer first movies and then following up with mediocre sequels lately (think Spiderman - loved the first one, thought the others were okay but that it could have, and should have been done SO much better than it was).



If my reaction to the movie wasn't apparent already than let me spell it out for you in the simplest way I can...

I LOVED TRANSFORMERS!!!!!

I loved the actors, hello:
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor. Of course I can't forget: Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight and John Turturro, because they truly were full of comic relief and stately seriousness. The line up of actors was just brilliant and there wasn't a single character for which I would have used a different actor, which is saying something because I usually find one character that I would have cast differently. I loved the personalities of the Auto-bots and even the Decepticons and was literally heartbroken when I thought that Bumble bee was going to die. (Yes I admit it, and I am not ashamed at all to say that I cried during Transformers!)



I honestly and whole heartedly loved everything about this movie... even the popcorn, junior mints and diet Coke that I had while watching it. I think I had the most fun and enjoyed this movie more than any other that I've seen in the last year or so, though I really liked 300 but that for entirely different reasons. ;)


Thats the end of my aimless ramblings for today... Until next time!!!!



Oh, PS... Just so you know, FYI and all, I will be posting my June reading list in the next 24-48 hours... I didn't forget:)