Friday, April 29, 2011

I Wanna...We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

    We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen 

    Carsten Jensen’s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world’s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, the Drowned spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind.

    Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men—fathers and sons—away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals—everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes We, the Drowned an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.


    I saw this book at Barnes & Noble the other day, and now I'm crushing on it!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What's Releasing? (04-27-11 edition)

    What books will be released the week of 5/2/11:

    Illusions (Laurel Series #3) by Aprilynne Pike

    "I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."

    Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. 

    But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.


    The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma 

    When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

    Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.

    Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays.


    The Worst Thing by Aaron Elkins

    For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job-as long as he keeps a safe, theoretical distance. What he can't do is deal directly with kidnappers or their victims, as a result of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy. Thirty-some years later, intense nightmares still plague his sleep, and a fear of enclosed spaces prevents him from attempting to travel. 

    So when Bryan's boss asks him to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, to teach his corporate-level kidnapping and extortion seminar, he automatically says no. But the CEO of GlobalSeas Fisheries, Inc. has specifically requested Bryan-or no one else. Bryan finally relents... 

    For decades he's treaded gingerly around the edges of his deepest terrors. Now, on this trip, Bryan's taken hostage again and must face his fears full-on. Will he realize that in this battle of will and nerve, he is his own greatest enemy? Or has this fight already been lost, years and years ago?


    The Beach Trees by Karen White

    From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.


    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.


    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

    During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. 

    Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

REVIEW: The California Roll by John Vorhaus

    Synopsis

    Meet Radar Hoverlander, a witty, gifted con artist with the mind of David Mamet, the voice of Tom Robbins, and the morals of a sailor on shore leave.
     
    What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They’re all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar’s been “on the snuke” since childhood, but he’s still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that’ll set him up in sushi for life.

    Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn—either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar’s hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn’t con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar’s being played. But if love is blind, it’s also deaf, dumb and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he’s sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses that’ll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground. 

    As timeless as a perpetual-motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment,
    The California Roll brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.
    • Pub. Date: March 2010
    • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
    • Format: Hardcover , 264pp

    About the Author
    from his website

    John Vorhaus is best known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not.  This seminal book on writing comedy for television and film is now available in four languages, and continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia.

    An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, and production companies in 30 countries on four continents, including half-year stints in Romania and, God help him, Russia in winter. He has traveled regularly to Nicaragua, where he helped build a social-action drama designed to teach the young people of Nicaragua to “think for themselves and practice safe sex.”

    Vorhaus’ own screenwriting credits include Married… with Children, Head of the Class, The Sentinel, The Flash and many overseas television shows and films, including the sitcoms House Arrest and Pretty, Sick and Twisted, and the movie Save Angel Hope.

    In another corner of his ADD multiverse, he is the author of the six-volume Killer Poker series, plus miscellaneous other books on the subject, including the novel Under the Gun, a “how-to whodunit” set in the world of high stakes tournament poker. His other novels include The California Roll and its upcoming sequel, The Albuquerque Turkey.

    Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America.  He has taught writing at Northwestern University and the American Film Institute, and lectured for such disparate groups as Mensa and the New Jersey Romance Writers Association. His favorite sport is ultimate, his favorite game is poker, and his favorite color is plaid. He lives in Southern California in the company of his wife and an endless rota of dogs.

    Here's a video trailer for the newly released The Albuquerque Turkey...


    My Thoughts
    The first person I ever scammed was my grandmother, who had Alzheimer's disease and could never remember from one minute to the next whether she'd just given me ice cream or not.
    Radar Hoverlander is a grifter- a con artist -and like every grifter, he's seeking his California Roll. Which means to say that he is seeking his one big take that will set him up with sushi for life, and allow him to ride off into the sunset to live a charmed life of hot sands and cold beers. Then he meets up with fellow grifter Allie, and he has to begin to wonder whether he just bit off more than he can chew.

    This was a fun and “smart” story. Full of clever dialogue, a twisting plotline, and more new-to-me vocabulary words than I can even mention in this review, I found it to be fresh and engaging.

    There’s something likable about Radar Hoverlander. You almost get the feeling that he’s “honorable”, despite him being a con artist. Is there such a thing as an honorable con artist?
    So I work hard to keep up my pointillist perspective-- make every day indeed Sunday in the park with George if I can-- and I always try to give my victims the metaphorical reacharound, so they can feel like crossing paths with me wasn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened to them in life. (p. 3)

    According to me, I’m moral. (p. 3)
    Radar finds himself surrounded by his ragtag team of fellow grifters. And grifters always seem to be trying to wind up as the man on top, always trying to outdo one another. And, really, how does a player trust a player not to play them?
    But who can a confidence man confide in? (p. 133)
    Allie had me as stumped as she did Radar, wondering what her game was. You want to believe that she is real, but can you really trust her to be on the up and up?
    ...I met Allie Quinn and saw in her a reflection of myself, the sort of flirty, tarty, smarty grifter that only a grifter could love. (p. 145)
    Vocabulary:

    Peripatetic- Walking about or from place to place; traveling on foot.
    Usage: I suggest that the Doolally is a little more peripatetic-- at that age I was all about the SAT words-- wandery, yeah, than they can handle, but this other dog is a real homebody and won’t go nomad like the Doolally. (p. 2-3)

    Arrogate- To take or claim for oneself without right
    Usage: I was thinking I might even arrogate the structure of the yak for myself, maybe dress it up in Santa clothes for Christmas. (p. 24)

    Cataleptic- A condition characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and muscle rigidity.
    Usage: And he does have a certain cateleptic charm, a sunny membrane of optimism utterly impermeable to reality-- and equally oblique to critique: There aren’t too many people who will smile while you call them stupid to their face. (p. 34)

    Truculently- Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
    Usage: “She is not,” I said truculently, “easing me in.” (p. 74)
    (Note: This one always makes me think of the Lorax. Didn’t he refer to “truculent” trees? Something like that.)

    Penumbra- The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object.
    Persiflage- Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.
    Usage: “Not just the...penumbra of persiflage you call the real you!” (p. 101)

    Moue- A pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.
    Usage: Kyoko made a moue. (p. 158)

    Helot- A serf or slave
    Usage: In other words, harlot no, helot yes. (p. 184)

    Simulacrum- An image or representation of someone or something.
    Usage: ...and since Radar Hoverlander wasn’t well heeled like simulacrum Chad Thurston, the money would have to come from elsewhere. (p. 185)


    The Cover:  Interesting cover. A faceless individual in stereotypical grifter garb. Very apropos.

    Content: 
    There are some mild sex scenes, crudity and occasional vulgarity, but all of it is appropriate to the story and the characters involved. There was no real gratuity (other than gratuitous usage of pedantic vocabulary- which I loved!)

    My final word:
    There are interesting footnotes in the book, but they are used more parenthetically than in the traditional sense that footnotes are used. The character Radar even has a website in the book that is an actual website used by the author: radarenterprizes.com

    The story was a little slow to start, which is probably one reason that I took so long to actually read it, but by the second chapter it really picks up and takes off. At that point, hang on for the ride of your life! This book had so many twist and turns, I thought I may have to file a lawsuit against the author for whiplash!  A fun read that I would definitely recommend!

    My thanks to author John Vorhaus for verifying the quotes for me in the final release version, and for his good humor and quick response!


    My Rating: 8 out of 10

    Disclosure:

    I won a copy of this book through Random House’s Read It Forward program. I was not financially compensated in any way, and the opinions expressed are my own and based on my observations while reading this novel. The book that I received was an uncorrected proof, but I verified with the author that the quotes used did appear in the final printed copy.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 05 - A time you thought about ending your own life

    Glad that I actually found some space of time to talk about this. At a tender age of 13 I felt that it was rare that teenagers feel all alone though being surrounded by their friends.



    I was an emo kid just by the look because I was very good in hiding my emotions. Due to that people always thought that I was "hyper" kid and the "happy go lucky" type hence people never really bothered about how I felt. So sometimes I tend to talk to myself about things that bother me so much since I always kept them within me.
    Yea felt as if I had a real friend but I was sane enough to know that it was all my imagination. However things doesn't really help much and after advice from various random people, I decided to open up. Well I used to have scars on me, that's how these few people realized. During those times I felt so pissed to be such a phailure! 



    Being told that your an emotional person, weak in heart, hurting ur ownself and blah blah ain't nice to hear. I never liked it hence I changed once more. But life would never be easy for those meant for greater things in life, right? Well of course, this is proved based on the histories and not self praised. 

    As things went by I certainly hit my rock bottom phase in my life. I've faced a few types of phailures and I think among all those, this was the worst. Because I really didn't know what to do. Standing on top of building rooftops, with a few bottles of beers around, anything can happen from there. Of course am not attempting to die or anything just sitting there to enjoy the view, but during those times is when these thoughts came flooding.
    At it was then when the magical things happened. I had someone to share my feelings, pains with. Guys have feelings to, and they would want to be treated the same way you girls would like us to treat you to. So be nice when you sense ur partner is troubled yea! 

    So last but not least, life is not something that you can waste just like that. Ending your own life never prove anything expect stupidity and coward-ness. Maybe some might think otherwise. Think about it for a moment, you could always have a chance to turn things around whilst your still alive but once your gone, that's the end. Wasted, no?


    These cartoon images are certainly cute. And they are meant to make u smile. But at the same think, take a minute to think carefully about why is there a need to end your life as well. So just before I end, I would love to dedicate this song " When your gone - Avril Lavigne" to everyone who have lost someone dear to them in any ways. 




    Appreciate life and it will appreciate you back. Make sure you be there for those who are fragile and open up when you feel like your suffocating! Life is too precious to throw it away! 

    Live on so that you will be able to read my blog continually! Just joking! *grin* Next stop would be Day 06 - Write 30 interesting facts about yourself. 

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Book Giveaways in Blogworld (4-23-11 edition)

    NOTE: A reminder that you are free to email me about any giveaways that you are having, if you want me to blog them, and I'll be happy to try to post them even if I am not entering them. Just include a link to the giveaway, what you are giving away, how many copies are being given away, and the deadline in order to assure being included. Email me at nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com.

    Here is a list of some giveaways going on in Blogworld*. Please note that new giveaways that were added this week are indented in Blockquotes:

    The Bookish Type is giving away Bumped and Awaken to one winner. Deadline is April 23. US/Canada only.

    I Heart Monster is giving away $50 to the online bookstore of your choice! Deadline is April 30. International!

    21 Pages is giving away your choice of book. Deadline is May 1. International!
    Suko's Notebook is giving away $25 to Amazon. Deadline is May 2. International!
    Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away Miles from Ordinary. Deadline is May 3. US only.

    Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me is letting you pick your choice out of  eleven YA books. May 5. International!

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away 2 copies of The Peach Keeper. Deadline is May 7. One is US/Canada and one is International!

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of Song of the Silk Road. Deadline is May 7. US/Canada only.

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of The Uncoupling. Deadline is May 14. US/Canada only.
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away 2 copies of The Bird Sisters. Deadline is May 14. US/Canada only.
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away Miles from Ordinary. Deadline is May 14. International!
    *Courtesy Note: Please keep in mind the many, many hours of work that goes into me compiling this list each week. Please be courteous and thoughtful, and do not steal my text. Either recreate your own list, or link to this list and direct your readers here for giveaway information. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 04 - Your Views on Religion

    Am back here once again after a week break. Sorry guys, kinda started a new job hence too tired to blog. Don't mention the chances of me going online in the 1st place though. Other than my bb, I practically ignored due to the drastic change in my body clock left me fatigued! Even right now am partially drunk in a sober state. Confusing? Drunk with sleepiness and tired-ness.

    Anyways coming back to the topic, what is religion. Everybody have their believes and followings in their lives. I've been a open minded person since god knows when! Then I kinda left everything because for me, I think religion is just believe and following.

    WAIT! Don't misunderstand what I meant over here! I ain't spreading any heresy (Ajaran Sesat) or anything. It's just my believe and SOLELY APPLICABLE TO ME AND ME ALONE! 

    Do excuse those bold-ed capital letters. I just get irritated that people always make fuss about it whenever I comment about such topics. Nobody ever asked me why I would have come to such thought but already start to lecture me and all.

    I feel like Religion was made to make people more discipline and have a guideline to follow so that the world that we live in won't be in chaos. Simple as that. Won't go into any details here. Yet still, I accept all kinda people, but as long as you don't cross my path I won't cross yours. Win - Win situation!

    Respect amongst people is important. And I believe I practice that especially when it comes about believes unless its ridiculous.

    So there you have it about my views on religion. Once again, this is my view and I meant no harm. But if I said anything that offends you guys, I sincerely apologize.

    If I get the strength and time to blog tomorrow, I'll be back with Day 05 - A time you thought about ending your own life. Kinda gruesome title eh? Anyways I shall go get my badly missed SLEEP!! Nights!!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

11/22/63 Dust Jacket Revealed on StephenKing.com...

    The dust jacket for Stephen King's upcoming 11/22/63, due out November 8, 2011, has been revealed. Click here to launch the artwork page. (The image file is protected, and I don't think they want it shared out on the blogs.)

    Interesting! It definitely gives you a glimpse into what the book is about. From the official launch page:

    Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. 

    Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time

    For more info, see the promotional page of Simon & Schuster.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

REVIEW: The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

    Synopsis

    A coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit, this is the tale of the future leader of the Amazon women warriors. Rain must hold fast to her inner warrior, but she is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy.



    • Pub. Date: September 2006
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Paperback , 192pp
    • Sales Rank: 127,316
    • Age Range: 12 and up
    • ISBN-13: 9780316154093
    • ISBN: 0316154091
    • Edition Description: Reprint

    About the Author
    from Barnes and Noble

    Born in the 1950s to college-educated parents who divorced when she was young, Alice Hoffman was raised by her single, working mother in a blue-collar Long Island neighborhood. Although she felt like an outsider growing up, she discovered that these feelings of not quite belonging positioned her uniquely to observe people from a distance. Later, she would hone this viewpoint in stories that captured the full intensity of the human experience.

    After high school, Hoffman went to work for the Doubleday factory in Garden City. But the eight-hour, supervised workday was not for her, and she quit before lunch on her first day! She enrolled in night school at Adelphi University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in English. She went on to attend Stanford University's Creative Writing Center on a Mirrellees Fellowship. Her mentor at Stanford, the great teacher and novelist Albert Guerard, helped to get her first story published in the literary magazine Fiction. The story attracted the attention of legendary editor Ted Solotaroff, who asked if she had written any longer fiction. She hadn't -- but immediately set to work. In 1977, when Hoffman was 25, her first novel, Property Of, was published to great fanfare.

    Since that remarkable debut, Hoffman has carved herself a unique niche in American fiction. A favorite with teens as well as adults, she renders life's deepest mysteries immediately understandable in stories suffused with magic realism and a dreamy, fairy-tale sensibility. (In a 1994 article for The New York Times, interviewer Ruth Reichl described the magic in Hoffman's books as a casual, regular occurrence -- "...so offhand that even the most skeptical reader can accept it.") Her characters' lives are transformed by uncontrollable forces -- love and loss, sorrow and bliss, danger and death.

    Hoffman's 1997 novel Here on Earth was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick, but even without Winfrey's powerful endorsement, her books have become huge bestsellers -- including three that have been adapted for the movies: Practical Magic (1995), The River King (2000), and her YA fable Aquamarine (2001).

    Hoffman is a breast cancer survivor; and like many people who consider themselves blessed with luck, she believes strongly in giving back. For this reason, she donated her advance from her 1999 short story collection Local Girls to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

    For more information, check out her website
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    My Thoughts
    I was born out of sorrow, so my mother named me Rain.
    Rain is the future queen of a band of Amazon women, and a reluctant queen at that. This story follows the life of the Amazon women- their battles, triumphs, losses and cultural practices- and the inner workings of the would-be-queen Rain.

    This was a brief story, and it felt almost too brief. I felt like I wanted to know so much more. I wanted to get to know the male counterpart Melek, to get to know his people and their way of life. I wanted to know what became of Anto. I wanted to know the back story of the smith, and of Penthe and Io. This just briefly touched on so many things, and introduced characters that were only half-fleshed out. And especially frustrating, because I felt that I would like these characters and really enjoy getting to know them better.

    I liked Rain. She was strong, yet she had heart. She's lived a life of sorrow much of her life, with moments of bliss. And she is conflicted, trying to be something she isn't. Her clan practices collectivism, whereby its members generally think of what is best for everyone and not a single individual. Some of the Amazon are cruel and savage, some are patient and thoughtful...
    “The weak are cruel,” Cybelle said to me. “The strong have no need to be.” (p.39)

    Town/Location/Environment:
    Amazons are thought to have lived in what is today Turkey, near the Black Sea. 

    The Cover: I love the cover, which shows a beautiful white horse representative of Rain, looking back behind itself where a storm brews in the distance.

    Content Rating: There is no vulgarity, and no graphic sex, although sex is alluded to. There is also a lesbian relationship, and lots of death and disturbing events that are spoken of, but not graphically so (things like rape and infanticide).

    My final word: I generally enjoyed this story, but it felt like it was only half a story. I would have loved to dive into it more thoroughly.


    My Rating: 7 out of 10

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Stephen King's Showbiz Career

    I was reading an article on Bloody Disgusting about Stephen King's showbiz history (e.g. movie/TV adaptations of his work, directing and acting attempts). It was an interesting read for a King fan. Here are a couple of blurbs from it:
    After noting that more and more aspiring directors were writing him for permission to adapt his short stories for the screen, in 1977 King implemented his "Dollar Babies" policy, in which we would grant any student filmmaker the non-commercial right to adapt one of his stories for the bargain-basement price of one dollar (novels excluded). All that King required, other than a guarantee that the film wouldn't be exhibited for commercial purposes without his express consent, was that the filmmaker send him a copy of the completed product for inclusion in his private library. Though the declaration allegedly sent his accountant into a tizzy, this open-door policy – which King himself never publicly addressed until nearly 20 years later – demonstrated the down-to-earth qualities that to this day so endear the author to his legions of loyal fans. It also resulted in kicking off the Hollywood career of frequent King collaborator Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist), who at only 24 years old adapted King's short story "The Woman in the Room" into a well-received short film that was shortlisted for the 1983 Academy Awards.
     And in regards to his disdain for the adaptation done of his "Lawnmower Man"...
    Grossing over three times its $10 million budget at the domestic box-office, The Lawnmower Man became a sleeper hit based partially on the strength of King's name, which was used prominently in the film's advertising campaign. Unfortunately for New Line, King went on to sue the distributor for exploiting his name to sell a movie that he claimed "bore no meaningful resemblance" to his original "Lawnmower Man" story (included in his 1978 collection Night Shift). Forced to pay King $2.5 million in damages, a court injunction was also issued barring the studio from further using his name to market the film. Nevertheless, King later discovered the studio had released the movie on home video with his name still attached, and New Line was found in contempt of court and ordered to remove King's name from every home video copy or else pay him $10,000 a day until they complied. In addition, the author was awarded all profits they had so far derived from the home video release.
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Mailbox Monday (04-18-11 edition)

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    Mailbox Monday is brought to us by The Printed Page.  Here is what I received over the last couple of weeks:

    The Samaritan by Fred Venturini
    Won from The Ranting Dragon

    To age is to embrace a slow hurt inside and out, to collect scars like rings on a tree, dark and weathered and sometimes only visible if someone cuts deep enough. Scars keep the past just close enough to touch, but healing is forgetting. Healing invites another cut. Healing is the tide that smoothes away our line in the sand. For life to begin, the damage must be permanent.
    - Dale Sampson, The Samaritan


    Dale Sampson is a nobody. A small town geek who lives in the shadow of his best friend, the high school baseball star, it takes him years to even gather the courage to actually talk to a girl. It doesn't go well. Then, just when he thinks there's a glimmer of hope for his love life, he loses everything.

    When Dale runs into the twin sister of the girl he loved and lost, he finds his calling--he will become a samaritan. Determined to rescue her from a violent marriage, and redeem himself in the process, he decides to use the only "weapon" he has--besides a toaster. His weapon, the inexplicable ability to regenerate injured body parts, leads him to fame and fortune as the star of a blockbuster TV reality show where he learns that being The Samaritan is a heartbreaking affair. Especially when the one person you want to save doesn't want saving.

    The Samaritan is a brutally funny look at the dark side of human nature. It lays bare the raw emotions and disappointments of small town life and best friends, of school bullies and first loves, of ruthless profiteers and self-aggrandizing promoters-and of having everything you know about human worth and frailty questioned under the harsh klieg lights of fame.


    The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
    Won from My Book Views

    This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle. 

    Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences. 

    Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans finally snap into action. She high tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter’s family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stum­bling into. 

    Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced with anti-freeze, and that’s not all . . . 

    Told from the varied perspectives of an incredible cast of endearing oddball characters and written with the flair of a native Floridian, this dark comedy does not disappoint.


    Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
    Won from NY Journal

    “I wanted the lettuce and eggs at room temperature . . . the butter-and-sugar sandwiches we ate after school for snack . . . the marrow bones my mother made us eat as kids that I grew to crave as an adult. . . . There would be no ‘conceptual’ or ‘intellectual’ food, just the salty, sweet, starchy, brothy, crispy things that one craves when one is actually hungry. In ecstatic farewell to my years of corporate catering, we would never serve anything but a martini in a martini glass. Preferably gin.”

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors. The smells of spit-roasted lamb, apple wood smoke, and rosemary garlic marinade became as necessary to her as her own skin.

    Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a difficult and prickly marriage that nonetheless yields rich and lasting dividends.

    Blood, Bones & Butter is an unflinching and lyrical work. Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion. By turns epic and intimate, it marks the debut of a tremendous literary talent.


    One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home by Iain Reid
    Won from Colloquium

    Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, living in the big city in a bug-filled basement apartment and struggling to make ends meet. When Iain lands a job at a radio station near his childhood home, he decides to take it. But the work is only part time, so he is forced to move back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. What starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semi-retired, rural lifestyle. A hilarious and heartwarming comic memoir about food, family, and finally growing up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arrival of a funny, original, and fresh new voice.


    The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories by Susi Wyss
    Received for review from Henry Holt and Company

    A glorious literary debut set in Africa about five unforgettable women—two of them haunted by a shared tragedy—whose lives intersect in unexpected and sometimes explosive ways 

    When Adjoa leaves Ghana to find work in the Ivory Coast, she hopes that one day she'll return home to open a beauty parlor. Her dream comes true, though not before she suffers a devastating loss—one that will haunt her for years, and one that also deeply affects Janice, an American aid worker who no longer feels she has a place to call home. But the bustling Precious Brother Salon is not just the "cleanest, friendliest, and most welcoming in the city." It's also where locals catch up on their gossip; where Comfort, an imperious busybody, can complain about her American daughter-in-law, Linda; and where Adjoa can get a fresh start on life—or so she thinks, until Janice moves to Ghana and unexpectedly stumbles upon the salon. 

    At once deeply moving and utterly charming, The Civilized World follows five women as they face meddling mothers-in-law, unfaithful partners, and the lingering aftereffects of racism, only to learn that their cultural differences are outweighed by their common bond as women. With vibrant prose, Susi Wyss explores what it means to need forgiveness—and what it means to forgive.


    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Won from Book Harbinger
    (I won a special movie tie-in package that included a pen, a journal and a music CD, as well as the book!)

    Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester.

    The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect.



    Awesome! And additionally I found a great local independent used bookstore called Sandman Books, and I purchased "like new" copies of  Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and a "gently used" Pretties by Scott Westerfield.

    Thanks so much to everyone!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

WINNERS: Pretty Little Liars and Story Sisters

    Well, I finally have winners for these two books! It took a little work to get the extra entries worked out, and who was entering for which book, but it is finally done.

    The winner of Pretty Little Liars is...

    Lacey in the Sky

    And the winner of The Story Sisters is...

    Kelsey O.

    Congratulations to the two of you! I'll send out emails soon to request your addresses, but you are welcome to contact me in the meantime if you see this first.

    And don't forget about the ongoing giveaways for The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst (ends 4/30), and my 2-year Blogoversary giveaway where you can win your choice of one of my twelve favorite reads in the last 2 years.

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Win books for your local library!


    You have a chance to win books for your local library! From the Regal Literary site:
    Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with Audrey Niffenegger, and win books for your local library! Regal Literary is giving away, with the support of Harcourt Houghton Mifflin and Abrams Publishing, 25 copies each of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry, The Night Bookmobile, and The Time Traveler's Wife.

    All you have to do is complete this statement in 140 characters or less: "I love my library (or bookmobile) because...." We'll pick 25 people at random, and then deliver the books to your library or bookmobile!
    Go enter now and help your favorite library out!

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Kings and Queens!

    I'm not much of rocker though I won't deny that I do love rock music. Music has always played a major role in my life.

    Anyways, coming back to the topic, I've heard this song quite some time back if not wrong somewhere around last year. I love the lyrics, the way everything goes with the song. 30 Seconds to Mars have been kind of 1 of my favorite band but I only viewed this MV just few days ago. Actually am not much of a Youtube fan but if I need something or heard something, that's when I look up things I like or want. Of course don't forget my amnesia, hence this explains why am blogging about this song after so long!

    The official MV



    Lyrics.
    oh--->

    Into the night

    Desperate and broken
    The sound of a fight
    Father has spoken

    oh->


    We were the kings and queens of promise

    We were the victims of ourselves
    Maybe the children of a lesser God
    Between Heaven and Hell
    Heaven and Hell

    Into your eyes

    Hopeless and taken
    We stole our new lives
    Through blindness
    In defense of our dreams
    In defense of our dreams

    We were the Kings and Queens of promise

    We were the victims of ourselves
    Maybe the Children of a lesser God
    Between Heaven and Hell
    Heaven and Hell

    The age of man is over

    A darkness comes at dawn
    These lessons that we've learned here
    Have only just begun

    We were the Kings and Queens of promise

    We were the victims of ourselves
    Maybe the Children of a Lesser God
    Between Heaven and Hell

    We are the Kings

    We are the Queens
    We are the Kings
    We are the Queens 

    I can't really comprehend what exactly that I love so much about this song but I love it! Don't you agree with me? Of course don't get me wrong, am not saying you must like it though. =P

    Soon my Day 04 - Your views on Religion is coming up guys for the 30 days Challenge post! Once again thanks for the support!!

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Book Giveaways in Blogworld (4-16-11 edition)

    NOTE: A reminder that you are free to email me about any giveaways that you are having, if you want me to blog them, and I'll be happy to try to post them even if I am not entering them. Just include a link to the giveaway, what you are giving away, how many copies are being given away, and the deadline in order to assure being included. Email me at nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com.

    Here is a list of some giveaways going on in Blogworld*. Please note that new giveaways that were added this week are indented in Blockquotes:

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away 5 copies of Claude and Camille. Deadline is April 16. US/Canada only.

    Suko's Notebook is giving away a copy of Dancing with Gravity. Deadline is April 18. US/Canada only for print, or PDF copy international!

    Musings of a YA Reader is giving away an ARC of Memento Nora. Deadline is April 18. US/Canada only.

    Tutu's Two Cents is giving away 2 copies to Caleb's Crossing. Deadline is April 19. US only.

    The Bookish Type is giving away a copy of Enclave. Deadline is April 19. International!
    The Bookish Type is giving away Bumped and Awaken to one winner. Deadline is April 23. US/Canada only.
    I Heart Monster is giving away $50 to the online bookstore of your choice! Deadline is April 30. International!

    21 Pages is giving away your choice of book. Deadline is May 1. International!
    Confessions of a Bookaholic is giving away Miles from Ordinary. Deadline is May 3. US only.
    Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me is letting you pick your choice out of  eleven YA books. May 5. International!
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away 2 copies of The Peach Keeper. Deadline is May 7. One is US/Canada and one is International!

    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of Song of the Silk Road. Deadline is May 7. US/Canada only.
    Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of The Uncoupling. Deadline is May 14. US/Canada only.
    *Courtesy Note: Please keep in mind the many, many hours of work that goes into me compiling this list each week. Please be courteous and thoughtful, and do not steal my text. Either recreate your own list, or link to this list and direct your readers here for giveaway information. Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 03 - Your views on Drugs and Alcohol

    Here I am again with Day 03 topic, views on drugs and alcohol. As the young man I am, I would never deny the fact that I love drinking but am not addicted to it. Addiction is a dangerous thing. Once fallen in it, leaving it would be a tougher than anything.

    Drugs nowdays, is very popular among certain groups of youngsters and also adults. I don't know the source of their addiction but I assume that it's either curiosity or miss-education. What I mean with miss-education is that people tend to think that taking drugs is cool and etc. That is obviously wrong!

    Personal view about drugs and alcohol, I haven't got much. Because I myself love alcohol, Though drugs are big NO NO for me. Anyone can drink but not too much or making it a habit. I tend to drink once in a while nowdays that sometimes I go on months without alcohol! When I can do that, I believe anyone could!

    Drugs, never tried and never would! Just as a message to everyone, if you do drugs, try to fight the addiction to quit. For those who aren't doing drugs, best keep away from it.

    I once had a spiked drink which really screwed me up so badly that I'll never forget what happened! Of course I was told what I did, Silly! All I know was that I was knocked out for about 48 hours! Geez!

    Though I don't really feel like I fulfilled there requirement of the title, this is all for my Day 03 post. Next stop on Day 04 - Your views on religion.

    For Drinkers and Party-goers,




    I hope that you guys would put in more thought and planning before drinking after reading this. Thanks guys! We can't clap with 1 hand cause we need both. Hence we need to join forces to help make the community a better place to be in! Cheers!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 02 - Where you'd like to be in 10 years.

    I am very sorry guys. Probably you guys might have been hoping to read about the Day 01 post. However, I would love to apologize deeply as I skipped that topic due to personal reasons. But you may never know that there could be a day that I would write about it. *wink*

    Anyways coming back to the topic, where would I love to be in 10 years. Hmm, I'd love to be an astronaut, fly to the moon, become a millionaire, be a F1 driver, have shares in Man Utd football club, and etc. Just joking! There are a lot of dreams for me to fulfill. So I shall go on slowly 1 by 1.

    Since being 23 years old right now, probably I would already have own a beautiful apartment for myself and my ever beautiful wife. Which ultimately means that I am actually seeing myself married already by then though "kids" are not exactly part of my plans. *wink* Cruising along to coastal roads for shopping or any given things as I am actually seeing myself as self employed! Having a nice successful own business where you don't have to be present there 24/7 is awesome!

    Next stop of course, my love for cars and big bikes! Own my very own big bike and my beloved Audi R8! Both my craves and ultimate goals!! Other than that, I don't really see much of my self in 10 years. Let's say I don't make it as a businessman, then probably I'd be some big shot guy in a corporate company. Who knows probably I am still with Digi but as 1 of the Directors! *drool* Though of course I can't really imagine myself being in the same company for that long, but I've got to really discipline myself!
     This could be among my 1st goal to achieve though. My main target would be....... *drum roll*

    Of course! The R8! The interior, is so awesome!!! *droool*

    Personally I think by 10 years time, I would wanna be able to speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, French, Italian and dunno what other language fluently. Greedy and impossible? I think so too but nothing is impossible as long as there is the will to achieve, no? Hehehe.

    Ok enough of myself dreaming and time to get back to reality. It's time for to hit the sack so next would be Day 03 - Your views on drugs and alcohol. Stay tuned!

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30 Days Challenge!


    Finally I have succumb to the wanting to do the 30 Days Challenge too! I actually saw this from a friend's blog and was ever since been pestered to do it. Though I often denied that I wanted to do it, finally I suppose I gave myself away. LOL

    I am always scared of blogging because I worry that I won't have the time or chance to update regularly. The thing is I don't own a laptop anymore, house internet is super duper crazy slow, I am starting a new job next week, and etc. Hence I always put aside ideas of doing such things but this time, I just decided to make the move without much thought and just do it! So here we are!

    Well I have never made any resolutions or any long term challenges as my discipline is bad cause I tend to get bored to easily or get distracted. But I am really hoping to finish this though! Won't exactly say that I am trying to work on my discipline, but I think it's kinda fun and interesting.

    So if any of you are actually doing it, done it or planning to do it , please let me know. We could actually share our goals and that could be fun!!

    Sit tight for the 1st day post!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2 Year Blogoversary Giveaway

    Boy howdy! It's hard to believe that I started this blog two years ago, but that's exactly how long it's been. 2 years and 66 reviews. I know. That is on a much smaller scale than some of you insanely productive readers and reviewers out there! But I've said before that I am a very slow, distracted reader. So 66 is a lot to me!

    So in tribute to this little landmark I decided to hold a giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will get to choose one of my twelve favorite books that I've discovered and reviewed here since my blog began in April 2009. You have your choice of the following books, covering several different genres, and shown with my rating:



    Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield (9.5 out of 10)

    A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy

    The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul’s streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain. In his short life, eleven-year-old Fawad has known more grief than most: his father and brother have been killed, his sister has been abducted, and Fawad and his mother, Mariya, must rely on the charity of parsimonious relatives to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence. 

    Ever the optimist, Fawad hopes for a better life, and his dream is realized when Mariya finds a position as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Georgie, and her two foreign friends. The world of aid workers and journalists is a new one for Fawad, and living with the trio offers endless curiosities—including Georgie’s destructive relationship with the powerful Afghan warlord Haji Khan, whose exploits are legendary. Fawad grows resentful and worried, until he comes to learn that love can move a man to act in surprisingly good ways. But life, especially in Kabul, is never without peril, and the next calamity Fawad must face is so devastating that it threatens to destroy the one thing he thought he could never lose: his love for his country.

    A big-hearted novel infused with crackling wit, Andrea Busfield’s brilliant debut captures the hope and humanity of the Afghan people and the foreigners who live among them.

    Click here to read my review


    Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell (9.5 out of 10)
    Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under This Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist.
    Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Teodor Mykolayenko is a free man. While he was gone, his wife, Maria; their five children; and his sister, Anna, struggled to survive on the harsh northern Canadian prairie, but now Teodor—a man who has overcome drought, starvation, and Stalin's purges—is determined to make a better life for them. As he tirelessly clears the untamed land, Teodor begins to heal himself and his children. But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived. Anna's rogue husband, the arrogant and scheming Stefan, unexpectedly returns, stirring up rancor and discord that will end in violence and tragedy. 

    Under This Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, that will resonate long after the last page is turned. Shandi Mitchell has woven an unbearably suspenseful story, written in a language of luminous beauty and clarity. Rich with fiery conflict and culminating in a gut-wrenching climax, this is an unforgettably powerful novel from a passionate new voice in contemporary literature.

    Click here to read my review


    The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg (9 out of 10)

     In the middle of her life, Nan decides to leave her husband at home and begin an impromptu trek across the country, carrying with her a turquoise leather journal she intends to fill. The Pull of the Moon is a novel about a woman coming to terms with issues of importance to all women. In her journal, Nan addresses the thorniness—and the allure—of marriage, the sweet ties to children, and the gifts and lessons that come from random encounters with strangers, including a handsome man appearing out of the woods and a lonely housewife sitting on her front porch steps. Most of all, Nan writes about the need for the self to stay alive. In this luminous and exquisitely written novel, Elizabeth Berg shows how sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to find it.

    Click here to read my review


    Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan (9 out of 10)

    Reminiscent of Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child, Erick Setiawan's richly atmospheric debut is a beautiful, engrossing fable of three generations of women in two families; their destructive jealousies, their loves and losses, their sacrifices and deeply rooted deceptions, and their triumphs.

    Of Bees and Mist is the tale of Meridia -- raised in a sepulchral house where ghosts dwell in mirrors, she spends her childhood feeling neglected and invisible. Every evening her father vanishes inside a blue mist without so much as an explanation, and her mother spends her days venomously beheading cauliflowers in the kitchen. At sixteen, desperate to escape, Meridia marries a tenderhearted young man and moves into his seemingly warm and charming family home. Little does she suspect that his parents are harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air like an army of bees. In this haunting story, Setiawan takes Meridia on a tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak as she struggles to keep her young family together and discovers long-kept secrets about her own past as well as the shocking truths about her husband's family.

    Readers of magic-realist fiction will instantly be captivated by this richly evocative fairy tale. Of Bees and Mist takes place in a nameless town during a timeless era, where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, ghosts and clairvoyance -- both real and imagined -- are an everyday reality. Setiawan skillfully blends the real and the fantastical as he follows our heroine over a 30-year time span in which her love, courage, and sanity are tested to the limit.


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    Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (9 out of 10)

    From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey. 

    Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting -- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power.

    Click here to read my review


    The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (9 out of 10)

    Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

    For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

    Click here to read my review

    Falling Home by Karen White (9 out of 10)

    Falling Home is a coming home story about forgiveness and acceptance, and of finding love in the most unexpected of places. Home is where the heart is, but Cassie Madison prefers to think of it as a place where one is born, then outgrows, along with skinned knees and childhood dreams. A humiliated Cassie left Walton, Georgia for Manhattan fifteen years before, vowing never to return. 

    And then her sister calls. Their father is dying and wants Cassie to come back home. When Cassie's father dies, saddling her with the family's antebellum home and letters hinting of an unknown sibling, Cassie finds herself sinking into the red Georgia clay like quicksand. Reluctantly, Cassie is pulled into the lives of her sister and family, and that of Sam Parker, the town doctor. 

    When tragedy strikes, Cassie is led to discover that home is a place that lives in one's heart, waiting with open arms to be rediscovered. 

    Click here to read my review


    Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (8.5 out of 10)

     The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world.

    Click here to read my review






    Under the Dome by Stephen King (8.5 out of 10)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away. 

    Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

    Click here to read my review


    The Color Purple by Alice Walker (8.5 out of 10)

    The Color Purple is the story of two sisters—one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South—who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

    Click here to read my review


    Room by Emma Donoghue (8 out of 10)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

    Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

     Click here to read my review


    Darling Jim by Christian Moerk (8 out of 10)

    Fiona Walsh thought her family’s secrets would follow her to her grave, but when her diary is found by a young postman, Niall, the truth about her untimely demise—and that of her sister and aunt—begins to see the light of day. It’s the most tragic love story he’s ever heard.

    Niall soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding Jim—an itinerant storyteller who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing women with his macabre mythic sagas—though a trail of murder followed him wherever he went. The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to each other, were not immune to “darling” Jim’s powers of seduction, but found themselves in harm’s way when they began to uncover his treacherous past. Niall must now continue his dangerous hunt for the truth—and for the vanished third sister—while there’s still time. 

    And in the woods, the wolves from Jim’s stories begin to gather.

    Click here to read my review

    Rules for the giveaway (you knew there had to be some):
    • You must be 18 years or older
    • Open international. I retain the option of delivering the book by whatever means I prefer, e.g. Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, etc.
    • There is a $20 maximum. You have your choice of paperback, hardback or kindle edition, as long as that option it is under $20.
    • To enter, just comment below. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment, or have it visible in your profile. You don't have to decide which book you prefer at this time, but I would be curious to know. Don't worry- you will have a chance to change your mind, if you should win.
    • For extra entries, follow my blog, follow me via Facebook/Networked Blogs, and/or blog about this contest. One extra entry for each. Sidebars are okay.
    • Leave a separate comment for each entry.
    • That's a total of 4 possible entries!
    • Those who don't follow the rules risk being disqualified.
    Deadline is May 8, 2011

    Good Luck! Ready, Set, Go!

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