Friday, January 24, 2014

This is just a test post

I am checking things our on here for a patron, please disregard.

Frisbee Guy

I seem to be able to, although it moves my text around weirdly.  

She wants to know if I can always add captions
Puzzles - Captions work on the right.

Sign - Captions work in the center.

Nathaniel - captions work when big.

I Tested this in Mozilla Firefox.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pride and Prejuidice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Now, if you are anything like me, you always hear about "the classics" and think that maybe you should read them. But...when you actually pick them up, they bore you to tears. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to read Moby Dick *insert puking sound here*. Sorry, but I just can't get into Ishmael and all that.

So...when I heard that there was a version of Pride and Prejudice coming out that involved zombies and ninjas, I thought 'hmm, this could possibly keep me awake!'. I listened to it on audio, which I very much enjoyed because it was then all in an English accent, as it should be. It was a fun romp of a book! The zombie part did get quite graphic, and there was a part where I was literally gagging in my car, but overall it was great. At this point, I am not exactly sure what there would have been to the story if it were not for the zombie story line. Why would Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth had any interest in each other if it was not because they were both first-rate warriors? But, let I give something away, I'll end. And, I am going to try Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter very soon!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Southern Vampire/ Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

My friend Mary suggested the first book in this series to me. She told me it was like the Twilight series, but for grownups, because it is much funnier and much saucier. She was quite right. It is not as "romantic", although there is quite a bit of romance. The first book is Dead Until Dark. In it Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic barmaid. She has many problems because of her ability. She knows too much and if she lets others know she can hear their thoughts, the think she is crazy. When Bill Compton, a vampire, moves into the area, he is perfect for her to date since he is dead, therefore no thoughts. The whole series is very good, I would love to have a week to sit on a beach and read them all. Much good fun!

Book 1: "Dead Until Dark"
Book 2: "Living Dead in Dallas"
Book 3: "Club Dead"
Book 4: "Dead to the World"
Book 5: "Dead as a Doornail"
Book 6: "Definitely Dead"
Book 7: "All Together Dead"
Book 8: "From Dead to Worse"
Book 9: "Dead and Gone"

Aside from being a great book series, I am told that HBO has made the first book into a TV series called True Blood. I have not seen any of it since I have no cable, but maybe someday.

My mother-in-law had recommended Charlaine Harris' other series' to me as well. I will try them soon and get back to you. For more information, check out her website.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Foul Play by Janet Evanovich

This book was pretty silly, as most of Janet's books are, but I laughed out loud repeatedly. The book follows Amy as she loses her job as a children's TV show host to a chicken and gets a job at a vet office, where the chicken is subsequently stolen from. Amy is blamed when she walks into the office the next morning, unknowingly, and carrying fresh, homemade chicken noodle soup.

Very funny, even my husband was laughing out loud.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

I read this YA book just for fun and it was a lark! I'm going to recommend it to my friend Meredith, as I think she will enjoy the word play. Synopsis from B&N:
"Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father's "Bunny Rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer.
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew is lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind."

Frankie masterminds so many great pranks that you find you want to be her.

Unwind by Neal Schusterman

I'm not going to say too much about this book, in case some of my book club members tumble upon this post before July 15. It is really good, you should read it. Here is the blurb from B&N:

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until theireighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

In Unwind, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winner Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive."

Read it.

Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts

3rd in the Trilogy. Darcy has always claimed that she only wants a rich man who can provide for her want of material things. She doesn't plan on falling in love, ever. Until Trevor Magee shows up on the scene.

Narrator wonderful. The whole series is emotionally satisfying!!!