29 November 2010
Cave of Forlorn by R.C. Rutter- Fantasy. 5. A good old quest! The King is trapped by demons and dying and only his long lost daughter can save him. Is she a farm girl or a warrior woman? I was surprised how funny this book is! Fantasy isn't always a place to find laughs but I really liked the comic characters in this one. Beware the kitten of doom! The plot is fast paced with a lot of different threads that slowly join together for a great finale.
Cades Cove by Aidan James- Horror. 5. Visiting the Smokie Mountains, Miriam and David Hobbs find a strange souvenir: a little bag labeled "Allie Mae's Treasures" containing various things including a broken tooth. David brings the bag with him home to Colorado, where unexplained sounds, chills and moving objects begin to plague the family. David has nightmares of Allie Mae as the violence escalates, so he takes the bag back to Tennessee in the hopes of placating the spirit. I found the atmosphere of the story very creepy. As the ghost starts with annoyances then moves to violence you become really fearful for the characters.
Deadly Night by Aidan James- Murder Mystery. 5. Jimmy and Fiona Alea investigate ghosts, hauntings and other paranormal phenomena in Nashville, TN. When they, and their ghost hunting crew Nash-Vegas Paranormal, discover the brutal murder of famous country singer Candi Starr, it's traumatic but not going to derail their lives. But the death doesn't stop with just the singer. As the killer tears his way through Candi's Nashville connections, the Aleas must try to protect their friends and family, using Fiona's link to the spirit world to help stop the killer. Side plots follow NVP's ghost investigations, which contribute to some of the creepier moments in the book, as well as the funnier ones. The image of a ghost hanging in a plantation home foyer will stay with you. Jimmy is a great narrator, mixing enough snarky comments in that you believe him as the tension rachets up. There's also a good sense of place; you can feel the humidity and hear the southern accents.
28 November 2010
These stories all revolve around a "What would you do if..." question. What would you do if you were dying, too young, of cancer, and the devil offered to save you but curse your frenemy? what would you do if, after decades of marriage, you realize your spouse is probably a serial killer? What would you do if you were a famous murder mystery novelist and survived a brutal rape and attempted murder and knew who was responsible?
My favorites of the four novellas were the two with female protagonists, "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". "Big Driver" is the one about the novelist. At first, i didn't like the main character but slowly her thinking won me over. "A Good Marriage" also has a simple enough premise, one that's a touch scary to someone who just moved in with a man. How well does anyone really know anyone?
Overall, well worth it. a 6.
27 November 2010
While i spent 30 at McKay's today, i got a bunch of stuff. as some of this is going to my secret santa person, and some to B, i'll just show the books, not the titles. i got 4 children's picture books, 4 paperbacks, a cd, and a hardback copy of The Wind in the Willows with lovely pictures.
hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Go Tigers!
26 November 2010
Reading alone can’t cure diseases, of course, but the researchers concluded that reading contributes to “cognitive reserve” (CR), the brain’s ability to protect itself and adapt to physical damage. CR has been “extensively studied in other neurological disorders—Alzheimer’s, stroke, other dementias, sleep apnea, traumatic brain injury,” says Margit Bleecker of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Neurology in Baltimore, Maryland, who co-authored the study. In all cases, “individuals with more CR are able to withstand injury to the brain.”
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14 November 2010
when i walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says PRIVATE-GROWNUPS KEEP OUT: a child sprawled on the bed, reading.
13 November 2010
12 November 2010
wows. $500 in books? seriously? can i take $400 in books and$100 in shelving? :) here's my list! the first section is for things i'd give to other people.
- Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
- All My Friends are Dead
- Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids
- MoMA Modern Play Family
- MoMA Modern Play House
- Creature Floor Puzzles
- The Castaway Pirates
- Squiggles: A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book
- The World Almanac for Kids Puzzler Deck: Reading Ages 5-7
- The World Almanac for Kids Puzzler Deck: Math Ages 5-7
- The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
- 30 Postcards by David Choe
- The Ultimate Book of Card Games
- The Armchair Quarterback Playbook
- Dracula's Heir
- Aesop's Fables
- Home Economics
- Let's Bring Back
- Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better
- New Orleans Stories
- The Space Tourist's Handbook
- Signing Their Lives Away
- The Secret Lives of Great Artists
- The Secret Lives of Great Authors
- Writer's Workshop in a Book
- No Plot? No Problem!
11 November 2010
I finished The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston LeRoux last night. It is a pure locked room mystery. A young woman, Mlle. Stangerson, is viciously attacked in her own bedroom with her father, Mr. Stangerson, and their servant, Old Jacques, just in the next room. Her door is locked from the inside as is the only window. When the men finally break into the room with the help of the caretakers only the daughter is in the room!
I literally gasped when the Rouletabille revealed the attempted killer! very very recommended! a 7. And it counts for the 2010 Challenge as an "Up to You" book. My choice was books in translation.
By the by, I needed a book to take to work and couldn't find a properly sized one that fit the age criteria as everything is still in boxes. I decided to take Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman and am almost finished with it now too!
10 November 2010
09 November 2010
Trent is brilliant, working out what he feels is the solution but also falling in love with the widow! Later, he discovers much of his careful logic to be wrong.
I delighted in this short little book. Trent is a great character, a detective that laughs and loves and has human failings. a 6. i wish so that the library had the book of short stories featuring Trent, Trent Intervenes. Hmmm, perhaps an assignment for B to look it up at his library?
08 November 2010
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06 November 2010
- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist-vampires, love, the dark places inside people, growing up.
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami- nature of reality, finding yourself.
- Fledgling by Octavia Butler-more vampires, identity, love.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman-identity, nature of the world, family.
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley- growing up, family.
- Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn- more growing up, loss, love, revenge, family.
04 November 2010
03 November 2010
Harris: Morality must relate, at some level, to the well-being of conscious creatures. If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world—and there clearly are—then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality.
Q: Are you saying that science can answer such questions?
Harris: Yes, in principle. Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors—ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. But, clearly, there are scientific truths to be known about how we can flourish in this world. Wherever we can act so as to have an impact on the well-being of others, questions of morality apply.
Q: But can’t moral claims be in conflict? Aren’t there many situations in which one person’s happiness means another’s suffering?
Harris: There as some circumstances like this, and we call these contests ?zero-sum.? Generally speaking, however, the most important moral occasions are not like this. If we could eliminate war, nuclear proliferation, malaria, chronic hunger, child abuse, etc.—these changes would be good, on balance, for everyone. There are surely neurobiological, psychological, and sociological reasons why this is so—which is to say that science could potentially tell us exactly why a phenomenon like child abuse diminishes human well-being.But we don’t have to wait for science to do this. We already have very good reasons to believe that mistreating children is bad for everyone. I think it is important for us to admit that this is not a claim about our personal preferences, or merely something our culture has conditioned us to believe. It is a claim about the architecture of our minds and the social architecture of our world. Moral truths of this kind must find their place in any scientific understanding of human experience.