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I Have Nothing Clever to Say Today…

7 Jan

Really Weird Elvis Poster From South America

Really Weird Elvis Poster From South America. I have no idea why it came up as a suggested photo for this post, but I thought it hilarious so it's in! (Image by joanna8555 via Flickr)

It’s after 11pm.  I’m mindlessly reading forum posts on Amazon of all places.  ( I didn’t even know Amazon had forums until tonight! Did you?)

My review of Managing Death by Trent Jamieson took much longer than I thought, but it’s done and up at Aurelia.  And I got a Wow! Thank-you! from the author.  Which of course is NOT why I write the reviews, but it’s nice to know I’ve made someone’s day anyway.  For some reason positive reviews are always more exhausting to write.  With negative reviews I go in with a list of things I didn’t like.  Sometimes there’s a list with positive ones, but I think more accurately, if the author has done a really good job, I just loved it and while enjoying myself, didn’t notice all the stuff that made it great.  I have to go back and analyze that afterwards.

At any rate.  I now have what feels like a million books I need to read and my brain is exhausted and my apartment once again a mess…. so… I know it’s pathetically un-entertaining, but that’s all you get for tonight folks. Me and my Nook are going to bed.

Happy Friday. Sweet Dreams.  See you tomorrow!

Wait, wait don’t go…..I thought of some questions for you.  Wondering what your take is on some news headlines…specifically the Borders  financial situation.  Do you think they’ll pull through?  Curious of your thoughts, and I’ll post mine tomorrow when my brain is functioning again.

Had more headlines, but I realized they are all book and publishing related. So I’ll save ’em for my other blog.  (I really need to check out CNN or  something , huh?)

xoxo – Bex

New Reviews: Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series

22 Dec

My 2 for 1 review of both Uglies and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld is now up at Aurelia.  There’s also a bonus Cover Fix and wallpapers up for grabs. Please jump over and check it out.

2 in 1 Review: Uglies & Pretties by Scott Westerfeld « Aurelia..

Graveyard Book Review

9 Dec

My review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is up at Aurelia (and Goodreads, and Librarything).

 

A sampling:

I have to admit, I was a little iffy with the first couple pages, thinking this was going to be straight-out horror story all the way through, but then it took a lovely shift into fanciful and it quickly became one I couldn’t put down.  If I was forced to draw one comparison between Gaiman’s other works, it would be that he seems to me to be at his best when he writes for a younger audience. He gives himself more room to play, and his sense of whimsy is fully-developed.

Check out the full review here:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

9 for ‘09 Challenge

25 Jun

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Ok, so It’s half-way through the year, and I’m at a slight disadvantage but the 9 For ‘09 Challenge is a great way to get through some of the books on my shelves.   If you’ve been to my apartment you know what I mean, and if you haven’t.  Well picture a cozy little library (with a messy kitchen) and you’ve got a pretty good idea.

The point of the challenge is to whittle down our TBR (To Be Read) Lists by reading and reviewing 9 books in different categories during the course of the year. Since we still have until the end of December, I think I’m up for the challenge.

So, without further ado, here are my picks from my collection for each category. I’ll post updates as they are finished and reviewed.

  • Long – Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
  • Free – The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • Dusty – Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  • Used – We Thought You Would Be Prettier by Laurie Notaro
  • Letter – Evermore by Alyson Noel (E, R, M)
  • Strange – Three Fates by Nora Roberts
  • Distance – The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (5409 miles)
  • Alive or Not – My Century by Günter Grass
  • Cover – Idlewild by Nick Sagan
  • Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    24 Jun

    My review of The Road by Cormac McCarthy is now available on Aurel Media and  goodreads. I’d love to hear any comments and feedback.

    Tool Review Articles Published on Blogcritics and Writefly

    6 Jun

    Read my review about a great set of tools for writer’s by author, editor and writing coach Jeff Gerke. A serious boon to anyone who struggles with one-sided, flat writing. Plotters learn how to build fabulous characters and character kings and queens learn all about making your plot out of this world.

    My rating: 4.5/5 stars
    Highly Recommended.

    Read the full review here.

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