Monday, April 30, 2012

Movie Trailer Mondays: The Avengers


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BRING. ON. THE. MAN. CANDY!  WOOOOHOOOO!


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Random Movie Quote Sundays


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Dr. Rumack:  Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Ted Striker:  Surely you can’t be serious.

Dr. Rumack:  I am serious...and don’t call me Shirley.

-Dr. Rumack and Ted Striker, Airplane!



 

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

Breakfast for dinner: Are you a fan?

 

Unfortunately, I am NOT a breakfast for dinner fan.  I blame it on the fact that I have this thing about not being able to eat breakfast past 11:30.  I know.  It’s SUPER weird.  I don’t know why.  I just can’t do it.  *sigh*  Maybe hypnotherapy could fix that.

 

SBC-BE may Menu

 

 

How about you?  Are you a fan of breakfast for dinner?

 

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Andrew Smith Saturdays Announcement


Andrew Smith Saturdays



To quote Andrew Smith, this summer, heads will explode.

You heard that right! Four book bloggers are taking a trip into the incredible, exciting and frightening territory known as Andrew Smith’s mind. We hope you will join Smash Attack Reads, Not Now...I’m Reading, Roof Beam Reader and Lady Reader’s Bookstuff on this journey!

This will be a 4 month read-a-long featuring one of Andrew’s books each month as a celebration for his new release, Passenger, the sequel to The Marbury Lens, which is due out on October 2, 2012.

Schedule

May 12: Major Announcement to include the breakup of chapters for entire event. We have decided for the designated blog to host the discussion for the designated book, instead of a traditional read-a-long where people post answers to questions on their own blogs and link up to host blog. This will keep things streamlined and the discussion easier to follow.

June: In the Path of Falling Objects (Hosted by Lady Reader’s Bookstuff)
Saturdays: 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

July: Stick (Hosted by Roof Beam Reader)
Saturdays: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28

August: Ghost Medicine (Hosted by Not Now...I’m Reading)
Saturdays: 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 8/31

September: The Marbury Lens (Hosted by Smash Attack Reads)
Saturdays: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6

Aside from awesome reading material and mind-fuckery, there will be prizes and interviews and fun things for all. So put that library card or credit card to good use and get prepared for four months of awesome!

Where to buy:

Please join us in celebrating the amazing Andrew Smith!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Joint Review: Feed by Mira Grant

FeedTitle:  Feed

Author:  Mira Grant

Genre:  Science Fiction / Horror

Publisher:  Orbit Books

Publication Date:  May 2010

Series/Standalone:  Book 1 in the Newsflesh Trilogy

Cover Artist:  Lauren Panepinto

Who/What/Why/Where/How:  We had it on our shelves for way too long and decided it was time for some zombie goodness.



Book Blurb
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“Alive or dead, the truth won’t rest.  My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you.  Rise up while you can.”

The year was 2014.  We had cured cancer.  We had beaten the common cold.  But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.  The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command:  FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia Mason and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.  The truth will out, even if it kills them.


Review
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Before we get started I just want to warn you in advance that a ton of fan girling is about to ensue.  Also, we haven’t really gone into too much of the background of the book because A) it’s been out for a while and B) it’s kind of complex.  So I’m giving you a real brief cliff notes version of the synopsis.  This story takes place 20 years after the Rising (aka the zombie apocalypse) and is about a blog team that gets to follow a presidential candidate on the election trail.  Shit goes down and all hell breaks loose.  So now that that’s out of the way let the gushing commence in 3…2…1…

Rain Maiden:  So I couldn't wait to talk to you about Feed.  It's been a long time since I've read a story that had my pulse rate going.  I stayed up so late reading this that my eyes started messing with me but, I didn't want to stop once the ball got rolling.  Feed is so much more than a zombie story.  Feed had a mix of sci-fi and horror all wrapped around a political conspiracy that was served medium rare.  I even shed some tears...or maybe that was dust.   If I ever read this book again, I'll have to have a paper bag next to me to breathe in.  So do tell Jen, what was it about this book that blew your mind?

Jen D:  Have I ever told you that you have a way with words?  Because you totally do.  The ENTIRE book blew my mind.  I finished on Saturday morning and I'm STILL thinking about it.  I loved all of it.  The characters, the world building, the plot, even the tiny details.  OMG did I love the tiny ass details!  If you haven't already guessed, this is going to be a total fan girl review from me, hence my initial warning.  I bow down to Mira Grant.  *Ahem*  Anywhoozle, let's talk characters.  Not only did I love the main characters but, I loved all the supporting characters as well.  And the ones I didn't love I absolutely hated.  Which sounds like it would be bad but, if you make me feel that much dislike for a character then it's a good thing because the author is doing something very, very right.  I love Georgia and Shaun Mason to pieces.  PIECES!  They're relationship reminded me so much of the one I have with my sister.  Minus the whole zombie apocalypse thing and the whole we’re both girls deal.  Everyone was so fleshed out that you got a real sense of what everyone’s deal was.   How about you Jen?  Who were some of your faves?

Rain Maiden:  I loved Georgia and Shaun too.  I loved that they were doing what they loved—getting the truth out.   I liked that Georgia had a fondness for Coke and Shaun had a fondness for wanting to go out and poke a zombie with a stick.  I wasn’t sure about Rick joining the team, but he grew on me.  One of my favorite scenes was when Georgia hired Rick.

I smiled. "You get to stay with us until the bitter end, or until I fire your ass, whichever comes first."
"Acceptable." He held out his hand.
I shook it. "Welcome to After the End Times."
Shaun clapped him on the back before he had a chance to let go. "More testosterone on the field team! My man! What do you think about poking dead things with sticks?"
"It's a good way to get ratings and commit suicide at the same time," Rick said. (pg. 238)

Mira Grant had me caring about and attached to her characters right off the bat.  That made the story really good and really heartbreaking at the same time.  There were times when the tech/computer /blog stuff was a bit over my head, but that was very minor.  Feed had me holding my breath while the team tried to get down to the truth about the funky business happening to Senator Ryman's campaign.  I bet you loved all the technical stuff?  Admit it!  Any favorite scenes or lines?

Jen D.:  LOL!  Of course I loved all the technical stuff.  It was right up my alley.  What was crazy to me was that I was really enjoying the political stuff just as much.  I typically avoid all things politics so the fact that Ms. Grant based her story on bloggers following a political campaign and managed to still have me reading totally blows my mind.  I have a TON of favorite lines. One of them being:

Our story begins where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot—in this case, my brother Shaun—deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.  (pg. 5)

If that line (which coincidentally is the opening line of the story) doesn't immediately make you want to read more then I don't know what to tell ya. What other aspects of the story did you find intriguing?

Rain Maiden:  What was intriguing was that I got a real sense that this could possibly be our future.  The bad guys you love to hate were intriguing too.   I had my head turning one way then another trying to figure out who was the mastermind behind all the things happening to the team.   I was shocked to discover the nut job behind it all.   I have a feeling there is more to the story in book two, Deadline.  Speaking of which, I wish my copy was here right now.  It's hard to start another book when I'm still craving more of Feed.  I need to send a copy to my brother who reads horror, he'll eat this book up.  No pun intended.

Jen D.:  OMG me too!  I could totally see how something as innocent as the cure for the common cold could end up going horribly wrong and bringing on the zombie apocalypse.  It was such a...smart story.  I don't know if that even makes sense.  I kind of had a sneaking suspicion that it might have been you know who behind you know what but it still managed to shock me when all was revealed.  You're going to hate me for saying this but, I have Deadline sitting on the shelf.  *ducks behind desk*

Rain Maiden:  If you enjoy zombie reads then you definitely don't want to miss Feed.  Let's hope our next round of books are this good.  That's all folks.

Jen D.:  Couldn’t agree with you more.  *crosses fingers and hopes Feed doesn’t set the bar so high the we end up crashing and burning*  Thanks for sticking with us.  Hope we’ve been able to convince you to give this awesome book a try.


Favorite Lines / Scenes:
Jen D.:

“You’re always writing, unless you’re reading, screwing with something mechanical, or masturbating.”  (pg. 55)

“Speak English at this table or I will fire you so fast you’ll wind up standing at the airport wondering how the hell you got from here to there without any goddamn pants on,” the senator snapped.  (pg. 169)

Rain Maiden:

“S’up, the house?”  Shaun replied, removing his shoes and tossing them into the outdoor cleaning unit before he walked inside, hollering, “Hey, ‘rents!  We’re home!”  Our parents hate being called “’rents.”  I’m pretty sure that’s why he does it.  (pg. 36)


Rating:

Jen D.:  Hands down, without a doubt this book gets nnir_5_cups .  (5/5)

Rain Maiden:  I’m giving Feed nnir_4_cupsonly because the tech stuff was a bit over my head.  (4/5)


Who would we recommend this book to?:

Jen D.:  I'd recommend this to anyone who damn good book to read.

Rain Maiden:  I’d recommend Feed to anyone who enjoys science fiction, horror, urban fantasy and of course ZOMBIES! 


Series Info:
Countdown (Novella set in the Newsflesh universe prior to the Rising)
Feed
Deadline
Blackout (May 2012)


Author Info
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Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads


Also Reviewed By
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Booked on a Feeling
Smash Attack Reads
The Bookish Brunette
Offbeat Vagabond
Vampire Book Club
Reading with Tequila

 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Movie Trailer Mondays: The Pirates! Band of Misfits


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Ahoy, me hearties!  Er, sorry...I've got a thing for pirates. ;-)


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Random Movie Quote Sundays


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[As Lone Starr is about to push the self-destruct button, Dark Helmet appears.]

Dark Helmet: Not so fast, Lone Starr!

Lone Starr: Helmet. So, at last we meet for the first time for the last time. (Thinks about what he has just said, then nods in approval.)

Dark Helmet: Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Starr.

Lone Starr: What?

Dark Helmet: I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.

Lone Starr: What's that make us?

Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become.

-Dark Helmet and Lone Starr, Spaceballs



 

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

What famous monument do you hope to see one day?

 

Okay so in my head I have this stellar European vacation planned out for myself.  It includes visiting Italy, France, and England.  The day this vacation comes to fruition I hope to have the opportunity to check out the following monuments:

 

Roman Colesseum Eiffel Tower Stonehendge

 

This reminds me that I have to go get my weekly lottery ticket.  *sigh*

 

What famous monument do you guys hope to see one day?

 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tune in Tuesday


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This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads and is meant to showcase another passion: music. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest or is discovered by new ears. So let's help Ginger spread our love of music. Oh and don't forget to submit a link to your post over on Ginger's site by clicking on the banner.



Taking you back to one of my favorite songs from the 90's. Enjoy!



Artist: The Black Crowes
Album: Shake Your Money Maker
Track: Hard to Handle



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Monday, April 16, 2012

Movie Trailer Mondays: The Lucky One


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This one's going out to all the Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron fans.
Neither of which I am.


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Random Movie Quote Sundays

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Tommy: Richard? Is this your coat?

Richard: Don't do it.

Tommy: Fat guy in a little coat. Fat guy in a little coat.

Richard: Don't

Tommy: [singing] Fat guy in a little coat / Fat guy in a little coat.

Richard: Take it off, Dickhead, I'm serious!

Tommy: Richard! What's happening?

[coat rips]

Tommy: Uh oh!

Tommy and Richard, Tommy Boy


Tommy Boy

 


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.


Name a movie that has a great soundtrack.


I’m going to cheat on this one and list two movies that have fantabulous soundtracks.  They are:

 

Dirty Dancing (Original) Track Listing

(I've Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Be My Baby by The Ronettes
She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze
Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen
Stay by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
Yes by Merry Clayton
You Don't Own Me by The Blow Monkeys
Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel
Overload by Alfie Zappacosta
Love Is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia
Where Are You Tonight? by Tom Johnston
In the Still of the Night by The Five Satins

 


Garden State Track Listing

Don't Panic by Coldplay
Caring Is Creepy by The Shins
In the Waiting Line by Zero 7
New Slang by The Shins
I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You by Colin Hay
Blue Eyes by Cary Brothers
Fair by Remy Zero
One of These Things First by Nick Drake
Lebanese Blonde by Thievery Corporation
The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon & Garfunkel
Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine
Let Go by Frou Frou
Winding Road by Bonnie Somerville

 

 

Your turn ladies and gents. Name some movies you thought had amazing soundtracks.

 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cover Reveal: Outpost by Ann Aguirre


I am soooo excited to share this cover reveal with you.

*happy dance*

Outpost is the second book in Ann Aguirre's Razorland trilogy AND it just so happens to be in the top 3 of my 'most anticipated reads for 2012' list.


*Update:  Per Ann's note below, it turns out that this is the preliminary concept cover.*

*Update the second:  Here is the official cover for Outpost.*


Monday, April 9, 2012

Movie Trailer Mondays: The Cabin in the Woods


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Um, yeah, uh I think I’ll pass. I'm all about not being traumatized if I'm thinking of renting a log cabin for Christmas vacay.


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Random Movie Quote Sundays

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Frenchman: You don't frighten us, English pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottoms, sons of a silly person! I blow my nose at you, so-called Ah-thoor Keeng, you and all your silly English K-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-niggits! [makes taunting gestures at them]

Sir Galahad: What a strange person.

King Arthur: Now, look here, my good man--

Frenchman: I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Sir Galahad: Is there someone else up there we can talk to?

Frenchman: No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!


-Frenchman, Sir Galahad and King Arthur, Month Python and the Holy Grail

 

Monty Python Guards Monty Python King Arthur

 

 

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Plinky Question of the Day

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The Plinky Question of the Day is a weekly feature I added to the blog to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won’t.  Because, let’s face it, there’s more to us than what we read.

 

What's your favorite foreign film?

 

Welcome back party people!  Apologies to those who have been missing the Plinky Question of the Day.  Life got hectic (as it sometimes does) and the feature kind of slipped through the cracks.  But alas, it’s back.  I figured I’d ease into it with an easy question this week.  One of my all time favorite foreign films is:

 

Le Pact Des Loups
(Brotherhood of the Wolf)

Le Pacte Des Loups Brotherhood of the Wolf

 

Here’s why:

 

  • It has amazing action sequences.

Brotherhood of the Wolf 2

 

 

  • It includes some really kick ass actors/actresses.

Monica Bellucci Vincent Cassel
(Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel)

 

 

  • And it’s a werewolf mystery!

Werewolf

 

 

I mean seriously?!  How could I resist checking this flick out?  Seeing as how I have a feeling your interest is now piqued I decided to throw in the trailer.

 

 

 

What are some of your favorite foreign films?

 

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