2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Why isn't he posting?!

Hey guys! I do apologize for not posting so far. I have midterms and I need to study and work my ass off so I can pass. So I don't think I'll be posting this week. My midterms are this Thursday, next Monday and next Thursday. So these two weeks I'll be studying. Well mostly this week since Psychology is first. The others are just writing so eh xD

But yea, hopefully I'll see you guys soon =D

Sunday, October 24, 2010

In My Mailbox/Book Haul (6)

It's Monday! Funny thing, I started writing this yesterday but didn't finish it and had to go to the Muse Concert -which was AWESOME- and so I'm going to finish it now. =D. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you basically show the books you got in the week so that people can see and join you in telling what they also got. It's not gloating more of having fun and interacting with others.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

I got the DVD with English Dubbed but have not seen The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo yet. Even though I do have it but I'm guessing I'll be seeing it some time this week.

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.

I'm kind of in love with Emma Roberts. I don't know what it is but she's just pure awesome so I really want to see this movie also.

While Jo is chained down in a dead end supermarket job, her friends are all out on their own separate adventures: Cassandra is jetting off to New York to meet her internet boyfriend; Kerrys is on a one woman crusade fighting for female liberation and Shannon is on a one way trip to meet her maker. But a chance encounter with some diamond thieves sends their separate worlds on a collision course with not only each other, but fate itself. These 4 girls are about to have 3 days they will never forget, spanning across 2 cities. That is . . . if they survive.

I saw this book on someone's In My Mailbox a few weeks ago and decided to contact the author to see if I would be able to review it. I finally got a copy and the funny thing is that; because the book is about 600+ pages, they split it up into two different books. Both are titled the same except there's Part One and Part Two. Although I'm counting it as one book and will review it as one.

In the time when the world was ravaged by chaos, one kingdom remains; ordered, isolated, protected. Then Tabitha Serannon awakens an ancient power and the world begins to change. She is hunted for her talent. The path she follows leads to darkness; into terror, treachery, and desire. To survive she must give voice to a music she hardly understands, an enchantment that will echo through all time.

I was actually approached for this one and it's sequel and was asked if I would be able to review them. Of course I said yes and they're pretty short and look awesome enough =D
And I found out that they're signed and I was like wait whoa! Haha

Zan-Gah, seeking his lost twin brother in a savage prehistoric world, encounters adventure, suffering, conflict, captivity, and final victory. In three years hero passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes include survival, brotherhood, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, and nature's wonders and terrors.

The prehistoric saga continues as Zan-Gah and his disturbed twin brother, Dael, come into conflict. When their clan migrates to a new Beautiful Country, Dael's furious violence, joined with the magnetic power of his personality, precipitates division and an unwanted, preventable war. Zan's task is to restrain his brother's destructive and self-destructive tendencies, leading him to peace and recovery in the bountiful new land. But it is not to be, despite Zan's efforts and those of two strong female characters. This book features themes of war and peace, tribal conflict, traumatic stress, gender roles, and sibling rivalry, bereavement, redemption.

I received this book from randombuzzers.com They do a giveaway each week and I won it! It's an ARC and will be released October 26th, 2010. So basically Tuesday. I love the authors, especially their book Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist!

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash & Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

My mom went to the dollar store near my house. And this dollar store is like one of the most fancy there is. They have everything for like rich people but at a dollar. Stuff you'd think were expensive but isn't. And they had books so my mom brought me two because they were a dollar each =D

Coe follows the Winds of the Forelands series with this absorbing trilogy opener set across the sea in the Southlands, where a mysterious plague is heightening tensions among three groups: the Qirsi, who wield life-draining magic; the Mettai, who cast spells with blood and earth; and the nonmagical Eandi. Decades earlier, the plague destroyed the Mettai villagers of Sentaya, leaving only young Lici alive. No one in Lici's adopted village of Kirayde realizes the depth of her mental scars until she disappears 64 years to the day after her arrival, intending to use blood magic to punish the Qirsi she feels were responsible for the plague. Fans will cheer on Forelands series hero Grinsa, a powerful but pacifist Qirsi, who ties the two series together as he strives to understand Lici's motivation and aims to find a peaceful resolution to the escalating Qirsi-Eandi strife that follows in her wake.

The other book my mother got me that was a buck. =D

Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years' war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps's mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov's greatest weapon. But now one of its more unruly members is at the center of the city's rumor mill, causing a distraction that may turn the tide of victory.

With Volstov immersed in a scandal that may have international repercussions, the Ke-Han devise an ingenious plan of attack. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save the kingdom they love: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student - and the unpredictable ace airman who flies the city's fiercest dragon, Havemercy.

But on the eve of the battle, these courageous men will face something that could make the most formidable warriors hesitate, the most powerful of magicians weak, and the most unlikely of men allies in their quest to rise against it...

This one was also from randombuzzers.com And the funny story is; I had enough buzzbucks, which is in-site credit, to get Brisingr regular edition. But I wanted the Deluxe which was 30000 BB and I had 25000+. I would've waited to get more but I also needed to be a special rank. Figuring I wouldn't get that rank anytime soon I ordered regular Brisingr. The next day they made me the special rank. When I got the book it was the Deluxe Edition. Which was so epic lol. So thank you guys =D

Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more at hand for the rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength-as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices-choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

One of the books my sister let me borrow. =D

Evil forces are after Morgan, forces connected with a dark wave of magick. And she knows something is wrong with the way Cal is acting, although she can't put her finger on it. Cal is definitely hiding something, but is he out to hurt her, as Hunter says?

The other book my sister let me borrow.

For now, Morgan is safe from the dark wave that has been attacking witches. Betrayed by her first love, she is trying to come to grips with her Woodbane heritage and with Wicca-its thorn and its rose.

So that was everything I got last week. Huge haul which brought up my To Be Read Pile. -_- I must now try to lower it again before it's up to 50. Dear Merlin haha. What did you guys get?
Leave a comment with a link to your post =D

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review: Tyger Tyger

Finally I have a review to put up! I know I haven't written any reviews but for some reason I wasn't able to write them well but actually got Tyger Tyger down. =D So here we go!

Author: Kersten Hamilton
Pages: 320
Rating: E for Exceeds Expectations
Review: It does not involve Vampires nor Werewolves. No Angels and Faeries come into play either. This time, one author took it to a whole new level and brought out a mythical creature that needed to be introduced on its own. Goblins. I am not only talking about those Goblins that are short humanoid creatures. I am talking about every type of Goblins you can imagine. From ones that look like cat breeds to the scariest most ugliest kind of Goblins imagined. There is so many and just finding them all is pretty interesting.

But what exactly is there to this book aside from the Goblins? The story is about this girl Teagan who only wants to do well in life. The only thing she focuses on is the success of her future, her work, and her job. She does not have time for silly relationships, let alone adventures. And when her best friend Abby tells her that she had a prophetic dream about Goblins coming after her, she brushes it off as another crazy-Abby moment. But then everything changes.

Finn Mac Cumhaill appeared at her front door. He has no where to go and with Teagan’s mother being his aunt, he is automatically put under her care. And by care I mean bringing Goblins along with him to cause chaos in the perfect life Teagan had. A series of events begin to explode as if connected by a chain and before she knows it, Teagan is thrown into a world where not only is her life in danger, but everyone else’s around her. On top of that, she has to travel to the Goblin world called Mag Mell, where she learns all about the Goblin’s and their powers. But at least she has Finn, who by the way is a Goblin Hunter called The Mac Cumhaill, the only hunter of the Goblin’s.

Kersten Hamilton starts off the novel with a steady pace. Slow enough to have me understand who these characters are and what they are up to, yet fast enough to keep me interested and turning each page. I came into this novel expecting only Goblins and to be honest I only saw Harry Potter Gringotts Goblins, but I was a bit surprised and pleased when she began to mention the different types. It made me go oh! and want to find out more about these different types.

Her writing style, I can safely say, is unique. I read an ARC version so there was a lot to edit and I know some will change, but from the overall writing, I am really pleased with her. Sometimes you just do not know what to expect when you meet new authors that you have never heard of. And Tyger Tyger being Hamilton’s first YA novel, you sort of worry if it will be able to live up to its competition. But no need to worry because the way she mixes in the adventure with the narratives and adds the different ingredients of emotions is basically like traveling over smooth water.

The characters all have their flaws. Some more than others but they are relatable. Some characters you begin to love like Abby and Teagan’s brother Aiden, and others you begin to hate in a loving manner like Finn. Although it is not hate as in “I can’t stand you!” way, it’s more of a “You piss me off with the way you are…” type of hate.

They are all compatible with each other. Some authors have the problem where their characters do not fit in as a whole cast, but Hamilton’s do. Every relationship is well thought out and well played and not overly dramatic. And for those of you wondering if this is any love type novel, it is not. Granted there are some moments in there but it is well constructed into bits and pieces enough to keep the romancers coming back. And if you just realized that Teagan and Finn are cousins, worry not. There is more to the story of their actual family than just the basics. Ever thought of adoption?

Overall this novel is an amazing read and I am so glad that it is based on something different. I was actually really interested to hear that it was based on the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology and it made me actually want to go to Ireland even more than I already wanted to. So for all of you who are looking for something fresh and new, check out Tyger Tyger and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Author Interview - Kersten Hamilton

Today is supposed to be Author Spotlight, but instead of giving you something even better. An interview with the one and only Kersten Hamilton! Her YA debut novel, Tyger Tyger is about to be released next month and I've had the pleasure of reading it beforehand. I've actually had the book and finished it a while ago but I finally got down to writing a review and doing and author interview. So I know present to you, Kersten Hamilton!

The Author

Who is Kersten Hamilton?
I was born in a trailer in the mountains of southern New Mexico. I escaped electrocution when a typhoon blew power lines down over yet another trailer in a swamp in Washington state, and drowning when a station wagon spun out of control and onto thin lake ice in Alaska. Most of the bullets missed, and none of the incidents with bears, snakes, wolves, and angry moose were fatal.

I went to school as little as possible, read as much as I liked, and raised goats.

I have worked as a woodcutter, a horse wrangler, and a wilderness guide, as well as other, much more boring things. Right now my life is relatively tame, but I do enjoy hunting dinosaurs in the Ojito wilderness.

Why writing and not something else?
Writing is what I was created to do. The thing I like best about being a writer is that you never really get there. Not when you have a book published, not when you get good reviews or bad reviews. Being a writer is all about the process of creating - and that goes on forever!

Who is your favorite author and which authors inspire you?
Probably my favorite author of all time is George MacDonald - not because of his writing, though I do like his ideas very much. It was the way he lived his life. He was a completely honest and good man who befriended, mentored and encouraged many other writers, even those with serious philosophical differences in their world views.

I am inspired by Eiichiro Oda, Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Robert Heinlein, Leo Tolstoy, Isaac Asimov, Mark Twain, Flannery O'Conner, and Hayao Miyazaki, Jane Austen, Louis L'Amour, H. Beam Piper, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien...Do you have forever? Because this list is like the song that never ends...

That's one of the best things about living when we do. There are more books than we can read in a lifetime!

How are you able to preserve through writing a book and actually finishing it?
It is actually very hard for me to write books. I have severe dysgraphia.

Finishing a novel can feel like trudging through an endless muddy ditch. But there is a Japanese proverb that says: "If a man dies in a ditch, he should die falling forward."

Yep. I just keep moving forward.

Tyger Tyger

How did you come up with the idea for the novel?
Tyger Tyger started out as a picture book that was too long and dark to sell! I started expanding the concept into a YA novel, and it became a whole world. That's creative chaos for you!

What is and was your favorite part of the writing process?
Building characters. I love my characters.

If you could change anything, would you?
Do you mean in the novel, or in the real world? I wouldn't change anything in the novel - although I know there are some decisions I made and scenes I wrote that bother people. They need to be told just that way for this story.

There is a great deal I would change in the real world. That's part of the reason I write.

Why Goblins? Why not some other creature like Imps or Ogres?
Because of George MacDonald.

When I was a child, a goblin crept out of the dark and slipped her paw into my hand. The creature's name was Lina, and I met her in a book by George MacDonald.

Lina was a dog-like creature with green eyes lit by amber fire, and a huge mouth with icicle-like teeth. Curdie, the hero of the story, could feel the real hand of any creature inside its flesh glove, and when Lina put her paw in his hand: "a shudder, as of terrified delight, ran through him... instead of the paw of a dog, such as it seemed to his eyes, he clasped in his great mining fist the soft, neat little hand of a child! The green eyes stared at him with their yellow light, and the mouth was turned up toward him with its constant half grin; but here was the child's hand!"

When I read those lines I felt it. Lina was a small part of George MacDonald's book. After I met her, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to write a book full of that kind of goblin creature. So I did.

A question I like to ask every author is, what do you honestly think of your finished novel?
I honestly don't think about it, though I do hope other people like it. I am a journey person. The book I wrote last week was wonderful while I was in the fire of creation; but now my head and heart are all wrapped up in a new story about the Goblin Wars.

I know from experience though, that I will go back and read Tyger Tyger five or ten years from now and think, "Wow! I love this book!"

But of course I feel that way - I always write the kind of books I love.

Future Novels

Are there any plans for future novels of Goblin Wars? If so how many?
I just finished the second novel, "In the Forests of the Night". There will be at least 3 books in Teagan's story arc; but the world is wide open for more if readers like them enough.

So it's called the Goblin Wars Series, or should I say Trilogy for a more correct term, but do you think that perhaps it could turn into a Chronicles perhaps, where you'd introduce more characters and different creatures?
Absolutely! I have lots of plots and plans...

Do you have any plans for books outside of the Goblin Wars Trilogy?
I write all kinds of books. I finished a very young picture book last week, and I will be finishing a young MG steampunk book this month, and then a 'Holes'-esque story set in New Mexico.

Now before we finish this interview, I'd just like to say thank you so much for allowing me to read your novel before its release and doing this interview with me. You truly are an awesome author and I bow to you. But one final question, any advice or last words to readers of your novels and future authors?
Pft. Don't bow to me, Mike. Just get busy and write some good books for me to read!

My best advice for new writers is: read widely. Read many genres at many levels. There is no such thing as a book you cannot learn from. Love many books but study the masters.

Thank you for interviewing me, Mike!

That was an epic interview! I say we all give her a round of applause for her awesome responses =D

As you can see Kersten Hamilton has much to say and many wise words to spread. We learned some things such as information on the book and future books, some future works we can expect and even one thing that amazed me, sometimes you can be challenged with your dream. But no matter what just keep going and defeat that challenge as Kersten has done.

Again I thank her so much for allowing me to read Tyger Tyger and for interviewing her. I advise everybody to go out and buy the book which comes out in November! Only a few days away. And the thing is, even with the book not out yet, she is getting a lot of recognition. So just imagine when the book is out and people finally know who she is. I smell a success in someone's future. And I just want to wish you much success in your future, may you become a well known author and have your dreams come true. Hopefully people will see how good it is and it'll be picked up for a movie.

Thank you guys for reading this and tomorrow I will post up my review of Tyger Tyger. I can't wait because I haven't posted up a review in a while and finally I have one. So until tomorrow just hang a bit tighter to your chairs.

And pre-order Tyger Tyger!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guess That Novel (14)

Hello fellow bloggers! It is Wednesday and time for another edition of Guess That Novel!!!! Guess That Novel is a weekly post hosted by me where I put up a quote from a certain book and you, the followers, try to guess which novel it is from so that the follower who guesses it first gets to have their link featured in a post. =D

So to start off this post let me just put up last week's quote.

The bull-man wheeled towards him, pawed the ground again, and got ready to charge. I thought about how he had squeezed the life out of my mother, made her disappear in a flash of light, and rage filled me like high-octane fuel. I got both hands around one horn and I pulled backwards with all my might. The monster tensed, gave a surprised grunt, then-snap!

The winner of this quote is, Yan over at Books By Their Cover! She got it correct with Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Congratulations Yan! So everyone check out the blog and follow it! Leave some comments and everything! I checked it out before and it's really good and epic =D

But now we must choose a new quote. And as always I have to look for one so this might take a while. Finally I got a good one! I love this book and haven't opened it up because I like to preserve the special smell in it. I'll talk about the smell in next weeks post. =D

There was once a kindly old wizard who used his magic generously and wisely for the benefit of his neighbours. Rather than reveal the true source of his power, he pretended that his potions, charms and antidotes sprang ready-made from the little cauldron he called his lucky cooking pot. From miles around people came to him with their troubles, and the wizard was pleased to give his pot a stir and put things right.

So that's basically it. But this time there's more to it. You see that quote is part of a short story in a book. The book is made up of four or so short stories so it's not that hard. So click this link here and get to answering. =D

It's not that difficult of you think of major books. Those that everyone knows about basically.

So next week we shall so who got it right and if anyone did get it right.

While you're here check out my The Subtle Chronicler Facebook Page and become a fan by liking it. =D

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (12)

I am such a duck! I seriously thought that this came out on November 16th. At least that was the previous release date but I guess it was pushed up. Well there goes another books to add to my pile along with Nightshade which I really want to read but I guess I can wait.

Anyway this week's Novel is none other than...

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. The sequel to the awesome book of Hush, Hush. I read Hush, Hush as an ARC for Barnes and Noble and I still not have bought an actual copy of the book. Although I will sometime soon so that I can add it to my collection. But this one just came out to day and it literally flew past me. -__- So anyway for you to all go out and buy it let's see the synopsis.

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying to heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

The first book was amazing and the second one just sounds really freaking intense. I understand that the books were released earlier in some places so tell me what you guys though if you have read it. And if you even want to buy it at all. I'm going to see if I can get my sister to buy me this =D

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday's Novel Talk (16)

Hello fellow followers! It is Monday and I am tired and just remembered for the 8th time today that I have homework to do. Crap. So I'll be rushing this up a bit.

Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind is still in the same place. I seriously can't wait for some sort of break so that I can just read.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, I'm on Chapter 4, Page 60 and it is interesting. I found out that the reason I can't really read it, is because I'm reading the other book for class. And since I'm almost done with that one my mind is just making me finish that one up first so that I can then turn my attention to this one. But yea, I'm really excited with this one because it's starting to pick up and there's more mystery and interesting things going on that I want to find out what the hell it means. Like what are those cuffs around Han's hands really about? There has to be a whole plot revolving around them. I just want to get to it already haha.

A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines, I'm on Chapter 22, Page 168 out of 256. I actually have a test on it from Chapters 1-15. And I'm the only one who is actually ahead. So I'm trying to finish it and figured out the whole gist of the story before everyone else even thought about there being a gist. I still don't know why I'm in this reading class. Um, HELLO! BLOGGER HERE! But yea, I am actually enjoying this story which I thought I wasn't. And that's really weird.

But yea, hopefully next week I'll be done with this book and some more into The Demon King. I'll be able to talk about it more and go deeper into it.

Oh and I have a surprise this Thursday and Friday! It's really awesome and I'm very excited for it! Mwuahahah. So see you all tomorrow!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

In My Mailbox/Book Haul (5)

In My Mailbox/Book Haul is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where we show the books we got in the week. Not to show off but to show others and have them do the same to be excited for reading. It's hosted every Sunday as previously done.

This week I got 2 books only but a fair number of dvds. mwuahaha =D So let's start this off!

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
I received this on Monday actually. My mom took me to Barnes and Noble and bought it for me since I wanted it. =D

You can't always run from danger...

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden's Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn't mean danger isn't far behind. Han is haunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darkest parts of sorcery-but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of Cadets. Now, the safest place for Raise is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

This one is actually my sisters. She found a copy at the train station and bought it and then ordered the rest of the books. So she's letting me borrow them. Although I want to buy them also and they have been on my list of books to read for the longest. But I think I'll wait for the rest of the set of 3's to come out since I like the covers.

Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discovery that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan's power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong-almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal-her love, her soul mate-may be keeping secrets from her ... secrets that could destroy them both.

Comet is a super-smart chimp who dreams of blasting off into outer space and visiting Planet Malgor, but no one at Mission Control will take him seriously. Then, when he least expects it, a fantastic accident happens and Comet finds himself rocketing through Space on his own. Meanwhile, Mission Control needs Comet to return to Earth to save the planet from the evil dictator Zartog. If Comet accomplishes this mission, he'll go from being the guy no one believed in...to the ultimate Space Chimp.

Yes, I know that this just came out in theater's this Friday. But I have connection with this one dude and he gets me DVD copies of movies that just came out or will come out and stuff. I'm badass I know. =O

Red is the story of Frank Moses, a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sara, endangered, Frank reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive. "Red" is based on the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name by Warren Ellis.

My mom actually got this one. I'm not to keen on watching it though.

The highly skilled Federal Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he noticed someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you!

I actually kind of started watching this one and it's hilarious!

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunite with the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall in this outrageous comedy about Aaron Green, an aspiring music executive, who has 72 hours to deliver the wild rock legend, Aldous Snow, from London to Los Angeles for a comeback convert. In order to keep his job, Aaron must nagivate a minefield of mayhem and debauchery to get Snow to the world famous Greek Theater on time!

So that's what I get this week. Hopefully next week I'll have more things to show you guys. I'm actually waiting for some books that I got sent for review so YAY! xD

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday's Author Spotlight (8)

Finally I have started another Author Spotlight post for the longest. haha. no -__-' I suck, I know. Anyway Thursday's Author Spotlight is a weekly meme hosted by me, The Subtle Chronicler, when you introduce an author to your followers. Talk about them a bit and show their works. This week's is actually someone very interesting to me.

Graham Peter Taylor or G.P. Taylor as he is known, was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1958. (Seriously, what is up with these authors all looking young?! I swear there's a fountain of youth they're not sharing.) Before he became a full-time writer he was an Anglican vicar for the village of Cloughton, North Yorkshire. Pretty interesting, when he was younger he became involved in the occult. That was before he turned his life towards Christianity.

Interesting thing actually, I don't remember if I said this but I'm an Atheist. But I'm the kind that respects every religion there is and won't say that a religion is wrong only because I don't believe in it. I'm also very interested in the subject of religion. I like hearing the different stories of the different religions and see how they all compare and contrast to each other. So I'm not really the type of person to discriminate against books with religion in them.

But I received two of his novels from Tyndale House Publishers, and I was really interested in them. To start of the books are a mix between a novel and a graphic novel. For example one of the books, Pages 52 & 53 is the novel part and there's images of feathers around the text. 54 & 54 turns into a Graphic Novel. 106 & 107 are two black pages with the word Growl and a pair of eyes largely printed across the two pages. It's a very interesting change and it was fresh and enough to keep me going. I see where the religion came in these two books (which by the way are titled The First Escape & The Secret of Indigo Moon).

G.P. Taylor has been described as "The new C.S. Lewis." by Heaven and Earth Show, BBC and "Hotter than Potter." by London Times. Now I don't mean this in an offensive way or in any disrespect but that I have to disagree with. J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis are legendary authors whose shoes are hard to fill in. And while G.P. Taylor (haha just noticed they all have two initials and last name) is an amazing author, I feel like he hasn't reached that level. YET! We never know, he might be up there very soon.

He really is awesome and that he uses religion in his novels is also awesome so you guys have to check him out for sure.

Partial Sequels
Mariah Mundi
The Dopple Ganger Chronicles
Vampyre Labyrinth
  • Redeye (September 2010)
  • Dust Blood (January 2011)
So check out his books, check out more info on the author, and his website over at http://www.gptaylor.info/

I really hope you guys read his books because he really is a good author and I'll be checking out more of his works soon.

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