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Edited: Sep 2, 2012, 7:28pm Top

I'm back for another year of reading! Last year had a sad total of 46, the lowest since I've joined LT. Hopefully I can do a bit better this time around :)

Have some links!

2011 Thread 1
2011 Thread 2
2010 Thread

Books Finished
1. Half Prince Volume 2, 5 Stars, Post #2
2. Half Prince Volume 3, 5 Stars, 9
3. Half Prince Volume 4, 5 Stars, 9
4. Half Prince Volume 5, 5 Stars, 15
5. Half Prince Volume 6, 5 Stars, 15
6. Half Prince Volume 7, 5 Stars, 15
7. Half Prince Volume 8, 5 Stars, 21
8. Half Prince Volume 9, 5 Stars, 21
9. Angelfall, 4.5 Stars, 27
10. Intertwined, 3.75 Stars, 38
11. Rurouni Kenshin Volume 1, 3.5 Stars, 57
12. Rurouni Kenshin Volume 2, 3.75 Stars, 72
13. Mostly Monsterly, 4 Stars, 74
14. A Touch Mortal, 4 Stars, 97
15. Phoebe 41.1
16. Fourteen Hills 18.1
17. A Touch Morbid 3.75 Stars
18. Lungfull! #16
19. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft
20. Working Words: The Process of Creative Writing
21. Non-Profit Marketing: Marketing Management for Charitable and Nongovernmental Organizations
22. Advertising Communications & Promotion Management
23. The Hunting of the Snark, 149
24. Phantasmagoria, 149
25. Hex Hall, 3 Stars,152
26. Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem, 156
27. Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #2, 168
28. Can I Just Take a Nap, 169
29. The Darkest Night, 173
30. Sandman: Season of Mists, 174
31. Demonglass, 4.5 Stars, 179
32. Spell Bound, 4 Stars, 180
33. Musui's Story, 4 Stars, 196
34. Soul Thief, 4 Stars, 206
35. Forgiven, 3.75 Stars, 208
36. Dragonquest, 218
37. Dragonflight, 218
38. Dragonsong, 218
39. Dragonsinger, 218
40. The Masterharper of Pern, 218
41. Renegades of Pern, 225
42. Ready Player One, 5 Stars, 235
43. Dead (ish), 2 Stars,

P.S. If it's unrated, it's probably because I read it for a class. Forced reading usually makes me a tad bit unkind. It's unfair to unleash my stubbornness on books.

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 3:59pm Top

1. Half Prince Volume 2, 5 Stars
Fun and silly manga. Very funny. Volume 1 review is on 2011 Thread 2--pretty much the same for this one.

Jan 1, 2012, 3:59pm Top

I don't think I've read that one. Anyway, congrats on at least getting one down! :) That's one more than me.

Jan 1, 2012, 4:02pm Top

Welcome back!

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 4:03pm Top

Hi Sara! Thanks. Hopefully I'll get a few done before school starts up again.

Hi Jim!

Jan 1, 2012, 7:55pm Top

I'm here! Stars for you!

Jan 1, 2012, 8:24pm Top

*tosses star*

Jan 1, 2012, 8:27pm Top

Happy New Year, Katie!

Jan 1, 2012, 9:48pm Top


2-3. Half Prince Volume 3-4, 5 Stars
It's progressing along nicely. Online characters are starting to run into each other in real life, threatening Feng Lan's secret identity. Some hilarious love triangles forming--which may end up having more that three people involved.

I will probably stick with the manga until Tuesday since I work both jobs tomorrow *le sigh
Still debating what to work on next though. Too many choices!

Jan 2, 2012, 12:47am Top

Starred! I just recently read Half Prince as well. :) Cheers for another year of reading

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 3:40am Top

Glad to see you back with us again, Katie!

Jan 2, 2012, 7:49am Top

Melis, your thread is where I learned of it :)

Hi Stasia!

Jan 2, 2012, 10:34am Top

Hey Katie! Just getting folk starred up for the New Year, my thread isn't up yet so I'm still lurking a bit round here :P
Looking forward to following you in 2012!
See you around! *resumes lurking*

Jan 2, 2012, 12:31pm Top

Rachel! You're still alive! You're welcome to lurk, but de-lurking is more fun :)

Jan 2, 2012, 12:41pm Top

4-6. Half Prince Volumes 5-7 5 Stars
I'm very much enjoying all of this silliness right now :D

Jan 2, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Hiii Katie! :)

Jan 2, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Hi Stephen!

Jan 2, 2012, 3:41pm Top

#15: Sometimes silliness is needed ;)

Jan 3, 2012, 9:21am Top

Hi Katie! I have you starred. I am making the jump from the 50 book challenge to the 75 book challenge soon.

Jan 3, 2012, 9:42am Top

Hi Caroline! Welcome to the group! You'll find us to be a nice chatty bunch. And if you ever get a little lost or overwhelmed, the main challenge page has a ton of links, even to a wiki page that lists everyone's threads. Have fun! :)

Jan 3, 2012, 9:28pm Top

7-8. Half Prince Volumes 8-9
Images of the covers seem to be eluding me, that's just a pretty picture of some of the main characters (the most main of them all in the center). Anywho, it started revealing a serious plot line about consciousness and the physical and philosophical ramifications of its control in these volumes. Quite interesting. And there was still quite a bit of humor. I am anxious to continue, but alas, I've reached the end of what is currently translated /insertcryingchibi/

Oh well, I guess the world is telling me to read a real book. I'm just so dang indecisive right now.

Also, I watched all of season 2 of Darker Than Black. Probably start the OVA soon and decide on what to read tomorrow? Maybe? *le sigh

Jan 3, 2012, 11:39pm Top

I wish there was more Half Prince too! :( And I can't even tell if they come out monthly or yearly. Grrrrr

Jan 4, 2012, 7:49am Top

I know! I signed up for the email alert. So, thet'll show up here as they come out :)

Jan 4, 2012, 6:54pm Top

A friend just posted this on FB. A long poem about English pronunciation. I love it!

Jan 4, 2012, 9:30pm Top

What a great poem!

Jan 5, 2012, 10:15pm Top

I just finished Angelfall. Oh, how I wish book 2 was already out. But I have to wait until the summer. Anywho, I'm a bit under the weather and should get some extra sleep tonight before working -all- day tomorrow. Review will be up in the next day or two.

Jan 5, 2012, 11:20pm Top

I look forward to your review of Angelfall, Katie! I hope you get some rest and are feeling better tomorrow.

Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 6:37pm Top

9. Angelfall by Susan Ee 4.5 Stars
Two months ago, angels descended to Earth. It wasn't to sing beautiful choruses or warn people of disasters, but to destroy cities. Since then, 17 year old Penryn has survived with her paraplegic 7 year old sister and paranoid schizophrenic mother, who hasn't had her meds since the world ended. As looters and gangs encroach on their home, they head out for the hills past the abandoned cars on the highway. They're almost there when an angel falls from the sky and lands on a car in front of them, followed by his angel attackers. Penryn gets their attention to give her family a chance to run, but it upsets them. One nabs his sister and flies away with her, leaving the attacked angel to die from a less-than-surgical removing of his wings. Penryn takes him off the street. Will he be the key to getting her sister back? Will they be able to survive long enough to reach angel headquarters? And will the angel get his revenge?

I really enjoyed this take on the apocalypse. Clearly, religious lore is used. However thankfully, there is no preaching, just enough for the story. The lore is just touched upon and I feel like it will be further investigated in the following books (this being the first of a trilogy). We even meet an agnostic angel. The world building is also done very well. The situations and reactions of people are completely believable. Our heroine, Penryn, isn't helpless either. She's strong and level-headed (well, as level-headed as a teenager can be anyway), and kicks some human and angel a$$. It's a quick read, under 300 pages. I am eagerly awaiting the next book. I highly recommend if you're a fan of YA, (post)apocalypse, and/or supernatural themed books.

Jan 8, 2012, 2:59am Top

Sounds really interesting. I'll have to look into it :)

Jan 8, 2012, 6:14am Top

#28: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the review, Katie!

Jan 8, 2012, 9:29am Top

>28 katelisim:: Huh... interesting!

Jan 8, 2012, 9:07pm Top

You're welcome! As Ellie says. . . Muahahahaha! Book Bullets! lol

Jan 9, 2012, 7:30pm Top

Ellie's an evil, evil woman. ;)

Btw, Angelfall looks really good! I'd say I'd look for it, but is it only an ebook?

Jan 9, 2012, 9:43pm Top

Currently only in ebook form. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of it (won this through a blog giveaway)--I stare at screens so much already, I assume my eyes will break, and it definitely starts to feel like it after awhile. It is in the process of converting to paperback though. Not sure when that will happen. Here's the author's site that would have the info when it happens. Otherwise, the ebook is only $0.99 and short enough that it didn't feel like I was going blind :)

Jan 10, 2012, 7:43pm Top

Cool, thanks! :) I'll look for it when it's in paperback form. I'm staring at computer screens most of my days, too, so I can't tolerate staring at it anymore. I like the idea of ebooks (less use of paper, ink, etc.), but I like no eyestrain/headaches better.

Jan 10, 2012, 7:50pm Top

Yeah, I went on a bit of a computer screen reading kick. I was sick and had a headache for almost a week. . . and reading on the computer screen meant I didn't have to have light filling the rest of the room. It actually bothered me a lot less. I found it to be amazing for that one situation. . . but most other times I still wouldn't prefer it.

Jan 10, 2012, 8:03pm Top

My eyesight's really, really bad (I really should get contacts/glasses/something(!), except I'm too darn poor), so that's why I try not to spend too much time staring at the computer. I'm afraid it'll blind me. But I'll try an ebook . . . um, eventually. ;)

Jan 10, 2012, 10:31pm Top

10. Intertwined by Gena Showalter 3.75 Stars
Aden has four souls trapped in his head. They've been there for as long as he can remember. Talking to voices in his head hasn't led to the easiest life. His parents ditched him when he was three and has been in and out of institutions during his 16 years. Even more problematic, the souls have uncontrollable abilities. One raises the dead, one gets visions of the future (mostly how people will die), one can possess other people, and the last can travel back in time--bringing Aden into younger versions of himself. So he keeps his head down, stays away from graveyards, tries not to get caught talking to himself, and stays away from people--especially making any meaningful connection with them, and most of all, a way to get the souls out. A lot of that changes when he moves to Crossroads and meets Mary Ann. She neutralizes all of the weird and they develop a sibling-like relationship. Of course, with Aden's bad luck, their initial meeting sent out a 'power surge' that acts like a beacon to the rest of the weird out in the world, drawing vampires, werewolves, witches, faery, goblins, and who knows what else after him. And he falls for the vampire princess that's been showing up in his visions; Mary Ann falls for the princess's werewolf bodyguard. The souls are still clamoring for release. And cue action and drama.

So I found this in HPB. I liked the font (yes, I'm a sucker for fonts). The rest of the cover wasn't bad either ;) Anywho, the description intrigued me. Then I saw the "Harlequin Teen" label and cringed. I'm not a romance genre fan. So I put it back. But the premise stuck in my head and I think it was 2 or 3 trips later that I caved. Surprisingly, it wasn't as lovey dovey romanc-y as the label put in my head. There was only a bit more than some of the 'non-romance' YA books I've been reading. The plot of crazy supernatural happenings was in the forefront. Relief there. It started out interesting and only became more so. And even though I guessed one of the major plot twists fairly early on, I still enjoyed what resulted from the twist. I loved the interaction between Aden and the soul's trapped in his overcrowded head. This is the first in a series. I'm curious to see what happens next.

Jan 11, 2012, 7:51am Top

A neat bookish tshirt. I want it, but I've bought too many tshirts lately. Hopefully, it sticks around for a while so I can get it later.

Jan 11, 2012, 9:11am Top

>38 katelisim:: My sister-in-law just finished this one and while she said she liked it, she got annoyed at the "every paranormal being plus the haunted kitchen sink" approach to the plot. I haven't decided yet if I'll read it.

As an aside, the good thing about the Harlequin Teen imprint is that it's NOT a romance imprint. It's simply a YA imprint of Harlequin publishing... I found that out too when I warily tried one of the launch titles a few years back. Now I don't hesitate to pick them up, as so far I've only found good quality stories from this imprint!!! :D

Jan 11, 2012, 3:11pm Top

The use of "every paranormal being plus the haunted kitchen sink" didn't bother me so much, but that's probably because I'm used to them meeting in other books and TV. And really, the argument if _____ exists, then _____ prolly does too and they prolly come across each other, works fine for me. A couple times it felt a little more than necessary, but overall I didn't get that impression. *shrug*

Good to hear that about the imprint. Now I won't be so repelled by it when I find an interesting description.

Jan 11, 2012, 4:59pm Top

I think I might look into this one. :) Good Review

Jan 11, 2012, 5:38pm Top

Thanks! If you grab it, I hope you enjoy it.

I am absolutely --addicted-- to this song I just found. It's a mash-up of Crystal Castles, Michael Jackson, The Glitch Mob, Ra Ra Riot, Chromeo, The Weekend, Notorious B.I.G., Britney Spears, and Memory Tapes. But it sounds like one cohesive, brand new song. I love when I find superb mash-ups :DDDD

Jan 13, 2012, 10:21pm Top

So, I want to get back into reading manga. The last few years I've only been reading 2-6 volumes or a couple omnibuses. This last little binge with 1/2 Prince reminded me that I missed it. Problem is, I've been out of the loop. I have no idea what's out there any more. Anyone have any recommendations?

Also, I'm still sick, so reading in general hasn't happened since I finished Intertwined. There's 10 days left until class starts. I just want to finish 1 or 2 (out of 3) ER books I have before then. Hopefully I'll feel up to starting either That Which Should Not Be, Envy, or Banshee's Tale in the next couple of days. On the plus side of this not reading, I'm 22 episodes into Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood--which I'm aiming to finish by the 20th so I can see the movie in theaters. I love when anime makes theatrical release :)

Jan 14, 2012, 2:22pm Top

What kind of manga do you like? I prefer fantasy. If you don't mind gore and violence I'm in love with Berserk. Claymore is also really good if you can get past the artwork of the first few volumes. Hmm... Bleach is another all time favorite but that one is a hit and miss. If your looking for supernatural the Vampire Knight is great. And my favorite romances were Dengeki Daisy, Totally Captivated: The former was contemporary romance and the latter was comtemporary GLBT.
Hope these help :) And hope you feel better

Jan 14, 2012, 4:53pm Top

Thanks for the suggestions! Ones I own and reread are Demon Diary, FLCL, Trigun, and Princess Ai. I've read a few others, but they were always so expensive, so I couldn't get many when I was younger. I usually just stuck with the anime versions. I've been debating whether or not to start a couple of their manga versions. Bleach is one of them, as are InuYasha, Death Note, DNAngel, and a few others I'm blanking on right now. I'm just always hesitant to read after I watched it--don't want anything ruined. A friend also suggested Saiyuki today.

Today was the first event that I scheduled for my library internship! The weather was yucky, so turn-out wasn't fantastic, but it went pretty well. Author Jessie Chandler talked about her book Bingo Barge Murder and her writing process with a little Q&A at the end. Very neat. And it was recorded for a public television broadcast. I took photos for our FB and photo sharing sites. She was really nice and great to work with. Bought myself a copy of her book and had it signed. I'm not super huge into mysteries, but I did go on a mini-kick of them in late middle/early high school--mostly Mary Higgins Clark, really liked Where are the Children. So, it's just an infrequent genre.

I really hope all of the events (4 more!) go this smoothly *crosses fingers whilst knocking on wood*

Jan 16, 2012, 2:30pm Top

My address doesn't correctly exist in Domino's online order placer. #firstworldproblems

Jan 22, 2012, 5:58pm Top

A really neat bookshelf.

Went to the library today. Event #3. Best so far imo. Also brought home the first 2 volumes of Rurouni Kenshin (it took 3 tries to remember how to spell that, *le sigh) and 2 movies: Youth in Revolt and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. They rearranged the YA section, and it confused me so much at first. All the manga/comics were moved to short shelves on the other side of the teen area. And they reversed the alphabetical listing. It flows better now, but dang I thought I lost my mind when I went to where the S's used to be and found C's.

Haven't actually read anything in. . . . days. . . . *shudder. BUT, I finished the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. So I get to see the movie in theaters :)

Also, I've been invited to a book release in March for A Touch Morbid, the sequel to A Touch Mortal. It's an InsaniTEA Party. Full Victorian gothic/punk costume. Best part, during Spring Break, which means I actually get to go. Here I come Michigan! Silliest part, I haven't read the first book yet. I put it on hold from the library, 5 days ago. . . There was no wait; usually only takes 1-2 days in that case. So I'm kind of bummed that it isn't ready yet and I'll be getting it after school starts. Best news is, I want to read it -NOW- to get pumped and start with costume ideas. So, the slump should end rather soon--if my library gets it together before I'm slammed with homework, that is.

Jan 22, 2012, 6:29pm Top

Ewwwww Michigan!

Jan 22, 2012, 6:47pm Top

I've never been to Michigan. Don't ewwwww it. I don't wanna know. *sticks fingers in ears* LALALALALALALALA

Jan 22, 2012, 7:15pm Top

Hehe, in NCAA football Ohio State and Michigan are HUGE rivals. So that's just a natural reaction whenever I hear the state mentioned. I'm sure it's lovely...

Jan 22, 2012, 7:22pm Top

Ah, sports. I don't know much about the professional ones. I can sometimes match team names with their respective states and sports for crossword puzzling purposes, but that's about it.

Jan 22, 2012, 8:00pm Top

#48 Wow! Full Victorian Gothic Punk! I'd like to see that. Please post a picture.

Jan 22, 2012, 8:30pm Top

Oh, there will be tons of pics :D
I just need to figure out what I'll be wearing. Good thing I have 1.5 months!

Edited: Jan 22, 2012, 10:04pm Top

This is the cake from Stephen's thread.

ETA Weirdest thing I ever saw! It really doesn't want you to see it!

Jan 22, 2012, 10:08pm Top

Hahahaha! It's just shy, is all XD

Jan 22, 2012, 10:44pm Top

#48: Love the bookshelves! :)

Edited: Jan 22, 2012, 11:46pm Top

11. Rurouni Kenshin 1 by Watuski, 3.5 Stars
Kenshin is a wandering swordsman. Eleven years ago, he was an assassin during the revolution, earning the nickname Hitokiri Batosai for his expertise in slaughter. But now he walks the country carrying a sword with a reversed blade, not wanting to kill anymore. Of course, that doesn't stop others from attacking him and testing his skills. Such a situation arises in Tokyo where he must fight to save an innocent girl and her dojo.

I used to watch this anime after school. Thought I'd check the manga. So far (of what I can remember, as it's been, oh, 8ish years) the story's pretty much the same. Kenshin is a little more violent in the manga, but that doesn't really surprise me--after all, it was an afternoon cartoon. There's plenty of action and story set-up. But the anime really got good when the connections between the characters became strong and the shady government showed up. . . so, that's why it's 3.5. It just felt too surface-y compared to what I remember. Though, I anticipate the parts I remember strongly :)

ETA: HTML fail *sigh

Jan 23, 2012, 8:13am Top

Nope, just a server error.

Jan 23, 2012, 8:14am Top

Richard, your cake sucks.

Jan 23, 2012, 8:21am Top

The internet is just protecting my feigned innocence.

Jan 23, 2012, 8:26am Top

Ah, well, here is is hosted on another site. If THAT one doesn't work then obviously the internet hates you. :P

It's not what I thought at all. I was expecting something like this. (Richard, don't click, it's too delicious for you!)

Jan 23, 2012, 8:37am Top

Richard, Stephen wins the link posting game. And yes, I was expecting something along the lines of the second cake. . . . Cone Heads style.

Jan 23, 2012, 7:44pm Top

Oh god! I clicked it! o_0 (I'm just surprised our work computers let me see that. Hee hee! Cake porn.)

Jan 31, 2012, 11:51pm Top

Reading-ish Update:

Week 2 of classes. My assigned reading has been from the following: Burning Down the House by Charles Baxter, Creative Writing The Elements of Craft by Janet Burroway, Working Words, by Wendy Bishop, Thirteen Ways of Finding a Poem (or something like that, it's not right next to me like the previous ones), and two really boring fat text books--30 pages on budgeting an ad campaign put me to sleep 3 times.

I put a library book on hold 2 weeks ago and still haven't received it. . . there were 2 copies checked in at other locations. I am disappointed by this situation. I still have volume 2 of Rurouni Kenshin to get to, hopefully in the next couple of days before I go to the bank (which is really close to the library).

Feb 1, 2012, 6:10am Top

Sara: I know, awesome, right? I always hate when it drips on the balls like that, though. SO MESSY! :(

Hi Katie! Don't worry, some day soon we are going to have advanced technology that lets librarians send a book to your house with a press of a button. Just *click* and then *POOF* there the book is.

...what? We already have that technology? ...nooooo I won't get an e-readers, noooooo!!! *Buries head under random pillow*

Feb 1, 2012, 9:05am Top

I don't want an ereader either. Apparently universities have started putting their books on them, so I'm just dodging that bullet. Imagine, not only having to drop all that cash on books but an ereader too. *shudder* So much money.

Feb 1, 2012, 9:12am Top

I would HATE a textbook on an eReader. How do you highlight certain passages? Flip back and forth as you study to check notes? You CAN'T. It seems very impractical for many programs. It might make sense for courses where you work your way through, but not for anything progressive.

Feb 1, 2012, 9:22am Top

I assume it's a money thing. Probably cheaper for schools (if they rent them), most likely cheaper for students. I'm also assuming that the school would be endorsing a specific ereader/brand that they would be paid to do--maybe even require students to buy a specific brand. The only real perk for me would be making my backpack weigh 10 pounds instead of like 30. But that doesn't outweigh the negatives for me. I look at screen enough as it is, don't need more eye strain.

Feb 1, 2012, 10:57am Top

Faith: My mom has a Kindle Fire and it lets you highlight passages. You can also tap on a word and it'll give you the definition right there in a little pop-up box. They're horrible! :P

Feb 2, 2012, 12:25am Top

12. Rurouni Kenshin Volume 2 3.75 Stars
Another hitokiri shows, one that's been killing after the revolution. Kenshin becomes his next target. During their tiff we get to see a bit more of the war-time past--not much, but little peeks. We see Kenshin get into a serious fight. Relationships are strengthened.

Feb 2, 2012, 8:06pm Top

An article that frustrates me and makes me disappointed in my home state.

Feb 2, 2012, 10:53pm Top

13. Mostly Monsterly (Mayormente Monstruoso) by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Scott Magoon 4 Stars
It came in my cereal!!!!!!!!!
That may not be enough exclamation points. It's been soooo long since I got a fun-zies promo item from my cereal, like several years. Cheerios has made me happy.

Anywho, the book is cute. It's dual language--English and Spanish. The main character is a little monster girl who sometimes likes to do very un-monsterly things. Her monster classmates don't quite mesh with her oddities. But, as a cute children's book, she predictably wins them over. I don't care that it was predictable. It was just so damn cute.

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 11:08pm Top

I'm not a big fan of ebooks either, but I'm sure I'll eventually read one. Just not any time soon.

#73: Unfortunately, that kind of homophobia happens everywhere. I live in a relatively liberal state, but even when I was in high school, things like bringing your gf/bf to prom were allowed, but only at a separate dance for gays/lesbians, just as an example. Bullying, of course, was a daily thing for anybody, whether you were gay or not. I think humans are just wired for violence.

Also, in that article, I thought it was really weird that their town claims to be the "Halloween Capital of the World," when most conservative Christians I know/have heard of, don't celebrate Halloween because of its pagan roots. That was a bit of a head-scratcher.

Anywho, I was only able to read a bit of the article, but I'll try to catch up when I can. :)

ETA: #74: That's awesome! :) Looks very cute, but I don't eat Cheerios. Pretty much everything down the cereal aisle is a vegan no-no (D3: animal-derived vitamin). Still, yay for freebies!

Feb 2, 2012, 11:25pm Top

I think the article was really well written. It was a bit long and angered me, but many times that's the sign of a good article. The whole pagan thing. . . . I've almost given up on understanding religious hypocrisy. And yes, bullying happens to everyone and is impossible to eliminate. I think a little bit of it helps people be grounded and compassionate. But I know people that have gone to school in Blaine, my step brother being one of them. It just seems rampant there from what I hear. Someone, whether it be a teacher, parent, administrator or another person/party in the mix, should be able to stop excessive bullying. And I REALLY REALLY REALLY hate them trying to impose their religion that strongly into schools. Ya'll have only had to hear of Bachman's silliness the last, what, year? Us Minnesotans have had to endure it for so long.

I try not to talk politics too much. And if you disagree or choose to skip over this, I am not offended. I'm open to civilized politi-talk. Please, please, pleeeeease don't see this as an invitation for a heated fight.

/end political-ish semi-rant

Feb 2, 2012, 11:34pm Top

Too lighten the mood, maybe. . . . I will disclose my over the top klutziness that happened today. Seriously, it was a chain of events for a comic. Walk from class to my car, listening to headphones. I toss my backpack across the driver's seat to the passenger's seat, as per usual. Not like normal, the bag catches my headphones cord. They are the fancypants ones that don't tug out of my ears. As a result, my head jerks forward. Bridge of my nose smacks into the door frame and bounces off. I was so startled. I got a nice bumpy bruise. Guess what? There was a witness. A guy who was pulling out from behind me. *le sigh

Feb 3, 2012, 12:38am Top

#76: Someone, whether it be a teacher, parent, administrator or another person/party in the mix, should be able to stop excessive bullying. -- You would hope so, but sometimes they're just as bad as--or worse than--the bullies, because they're in a position of power and allow it to continue.

And I'm not a fan of religion in school either. Sure, students should be allowed to have their prayer groups, etc (we had those in one of my high schools), but anything heavier should be kept in private religious schools, not public ones.

P.S. I'm not offended whatsoever by your "politi-talk." :)

#77: Hee hee and ha! :) I've done the exact thing. Well, I never smacked my nose off a door frame before (I'm sure I'm somehow jinxing myself by saying that), but I've gotten tangled in my headphones and nearly ripped my earring out.

Feb 3, 2012, 1:00am Top

Oh, that politi-talk disclaimer was a general reader thing--I didn't think you would be.

I don't mind religion having a presence, I just want it forced like that (either by imposing or banning). And it should by no means eliminate discussion. How is someone to learn history without learning at least a tiny about Catholicism? Impossible. Schools should be a place to learn and discuss everything, including taboos. When you hide things from kids, they think it's either super awesome or super terrible--which in a lot of cases will equate to awesome or interesting. At least that's my experience.

I have no illusions that all teachers/admin are good or would want to stop this sort of situation. But I would hope that those who see the problem and want to help could be a 'good Samaritan' without losing their jobs or being ostracized by the community. Filing legitimate complaints as a parent should have some effect. Ya think the schools would be a bit more concerned or proactive about these situations with all the negative publicity of the last few years. Then again, I have no idea the amount/types of bureaucracy that goes into these things.

Feb 3, 2012, 6:24am Top

Teachers are totally incompetent when it comes to preventing bullying. Trust me, they can't do it. A bully is never going to pick on someone while the teacher is watching, they are perfectly well-behaved when the teacher is lecturing. It's when the during tests, or in class work when the teacher is sitting at their desk that the bully decides to strike. Or after class. Or after school. Wherever teachers aren't. They simpletons but they know enough when to not bully people.

I don't know how I managed to not get bullied. I was short, fat, shy, socially awkward, very weak-bodied. I had a sense of humor though and I seemed to have a knack for seriously insulting someone enough to make them not want to mess with me, but not enrage them enough to want to beat me up. At least I assume that's what it was, because I know it wasn't because I was so likable.

I don't even want to comment on the homophobia. Ugh. People are such idiots. -.-

And, I'm sorry Katie, I don't mean to laugh, but I'm finding it difficult not to when thinking about your accident. I hope you are okay, of course, it does sound painful, the problem is I keep picturing it in my head in such a comical and silly way that it just keep making me giggle. SORRY! :)

Edited: Feb 3, 2012, 9:28am Top

I was minorly bullied. Of course, I would let them get out their alpha attempts and eventually snap at them--vocally or physically. Which about half the time I got in trouble for, but meh. But teachers aren't oblivious. One instance where I snapped back with some ridiculously foul language, a teacher marched me away like I was in trouble, but instead told me not to fight back when teachers were around and if it got too serious, to ask for help from someone. I knew there wasn't much they could do, but even knowing that there was some sort of help when it got drastic was nice. *shrug

I'm not going to deny the hilariousness of my incident. This klutziness is so commonplace in my life. And it was such a dumb little thing that caused it. Mostly okay. Face still hurts a bit and I still have a mild headache, nothing I can't live through. Since the mirrors in our house vanish all the time, I'm really hoping it's not a situation where the bruise is worse the next day *fingers crossed

Feb 3, 2012, 10:41am Top

Yeah, delayed bruising sucks. Once I was laying on my back, holding heavy plastic something-or-other over my face examining it, when I dropped it straight on my eye. I checked it out in the mirror and it was okay, but later that night I went to my dad's house and he asked me how I got the black eye. D'oh!

Feb 3, 2012, 5:39pm Top

:) I've done it too, only my headphones are the ones that don't always stay on. Regardless I've had days where my ears hurt the rest of the day. I have my targus peirced now too so it's even worse when the headphones are ripped out. Hope it doesn't bruise for you.

Feb 3, 2012, 7:27pm Top

So, my nose is still a little swollen. And there is one of those awkwardly colored bruises that looks a few shades darker than your skin with a tad bit of red and a neutral color I can't think of a name for. Mostly, it just looks like the biggest zit ever *le sigh I would almost prefer the ridiculous black, blue, and/or green to this. So lame.

Feb 3, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Wear your battle scars proudly! ...errrr, even if it did come from bouncing your face off your own car...

Feb 22, 2012, 1:09am Top

Hello folks, just checking in. It's been ages since I've been here, and I may be doing a little bit of procrastination.

I've been doing plenty of reading in my text books. Just got A Touch Mortal from the library, FINALLY. Now hopefully I can find a bit of time to read it in the next two weeks before the sequel's launch party--which I bought the main piece of my costume for on Monday.

I'm back on the radio! I had my second show today. All went well. If you want to check it out, I DJ Tuesdays 3-5pm (central time). You can stream from the website. I also recommend the More Cow Bell show on Tuesday nights--they're pretty funny guys that run the show with good music taste. I learned of a new band from them today: Doctor Steel :)

I'm finally not sick! Now I just have to stay this way and catch up with my homework. And rebuild my focus. But I'm going to a concert on Sunday which should help with that :DDDD

Feb 23, 2012, 2:00am Top

Yay for not being sick anymore! :) And I'll try and catch your show on Tuesday. I'll be at work, but my lunch is usually from 4-5, so I can catch at least an hour. Crap, wait. That's central time. (stares blankly into space trying to figure out the time difference...)

Feb 23, 2012, 8:31am Top

I think you're 2 hours behind. . . so, I *think* it would be 1-3. So if those calculations are right, you'd have lunch break during the More Cow Bell show.

Funny, when I work, I usually don't eat lunch until around that time too. But for class, I eat around 11-noon. I'm not sure how my body doesn't rebel against the weekly fluctuations of food times.

Feb 23, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Two hours sounds about right. In that case, I'd still be at work, but probably nowhere near a computer to listen. :(

Yeah, I don't know why we call it lunch at work when some of us eat in the late afternoon/early evening. But since my shift usually ends around 9 pm, it kind of makes sense (4-5 is kind of in the middle).

Feb 23, 2012, 6:12pm Top

Thanks for trying! I haven't promoted much, so I assume the only listeners are the people I tell to listen. I started a flyer, hopefully I'll be done with it soon--the goal is by next show, but I'll give myself until the second since I have to make a portfolio this week. Speaking of, I spent almost $70 on paper today for it *sobs* I needed fancy inkjet paper for the documents, resumé paper, business card paper (cause I'm terrible at cutting, so I need the tear-able ones), and sticky post-it peel-ables for captions. I won't need to buy any of these for quite a while (since they don't come in size what you need at the moment).

Feb 23, 2012, 7:39pm Top

Transcripts from The Jersey Shore read/performed in the style of Oscar Wilde. Freaking hilarious!

Feb 24, 2012, 2:23pm Top

>91 katelisim: I saw those last year and loved them. Have you seen the bit Gary Oldman did on Jimmy Kimmel where he read a recap of Jersey Shore?

Feb 24, 2012, 2:57pm Top

#90: Best of luck with promoting your show! :) I can't imagine spending $70 on paper, though. Maybe you could write it off on your taxes next year. Or get a job at Kinko's so it's free. ;)

Feb 24, 2012, 4:54pm Top

#92: Gary Oldman is amazing and that clip is funny :)

#93: Thanks! Maybe. . . but I used FAFSA money, so I don't know. Someone told me I can write off my gas expenses for commuting too. I'm gonna look into it.

Feb 24, 2012, 5:20pm Top

I've heard that, too, but I don't know anyone who's kept their receipts for an entire year.

Feb 24, 2012, 5:36pm Top

Yeah, I only have a couple. Overall, they prolly won't push my deductions high enough to get them :/

Edited: Mar 8, 2012, 1:47am Top

14. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 4 Stars

No time for review! -Will do it later at some point. I read this to the detriment of my homework. So now I have to play super catch-up. Hoping this ice storm will get class canceled tomorrow *fingers crossed. Anywho, looking forward to the sequel that comes out over spring break :)

ETA: Hmmm, how to properly review this without giving spoilers. . . Well, our main character Eden has been dealt a terrible hand, both in life and then in death. Her recently acquired boyfriend, Az, turns out to be a -partially- Fallen angel. After a very traumatic event, she wakes up in an unknown house full of strange people. Turns out, she's dead and has become a Sider--a type of supernatural and undead creature. But even here, Eden is different. Her Touch is powerful and can turn a calm situation chaotic, to say the least (remember, going for no spoilers). This ability could be the key in the struggle between Heaven and Hell, putting her right in the middle. Welcome even more odd characters and a -ton- of drama.

I got sucked in. I only intended reading a little bit at a time over 1-2 weeks time. Well, it sucked me in, and as stated above, completely killed my homeworking. I'll be purchasing book 2 this weekend at the release. Hopefully I can sneak in reading time--but I have a ton of stuff to do, even though I'll be on vacation *shakes fist at school

Edited: Feb 29, 2012, 2:00am Top

It definitely sounds interesting! I haven't read any paranormal teen books in a long time; I really should start again. I look forward to hear (read?) what you thought of it. :)

Oh, and good luck with playing catch-up on your homework. I do know how that goes. But sometimes the book is more than worth it. I'm having the same dilemma tonight with Tales of Mystery and Madness, so we'll see which wins out--my eyes to the book or my head to the pillow.

(crosses fingers) Here's hoping you guys get the day off tomorrow. You deserve it for not getting President's Day off.

Btw, how did your show go?

Feb 29, 2012, 8:03am Top

Paranormal YA is mostly where I'm stuck right now--for fun reading anyway. Yeah, stayed up super late to read it too. . . so no homework done and exhausted *le sigh. Oh well, got stuff done last night, finish it this morning. Mostly the weekend will be sad with homework.

No cancellation yet T_T; I guess I shouldn't be surprised, we hardly ever get cancellations.

The show this week went well. I know there was at least 1 listener because she emailed asking what a song was.

Feb 29, 2012, 8:13am Top

Ooh, I'm also intrigued by A Touch Mortal!

Don't you hate it when you anticipate a cancellation and then it doesn't happen? Booooo...

Feb 29, 2012, 8:47am Top

My goal is to give you guys a review this weekend during a homework break.

Oh, and the sequel is the book release I'm going to over break--the punk/goth tea party :D I have my dress, now just need some accessories, and to find some layers to go with it so I don't freeze to death. I'm very excited :DDDD

Feb 29, 2012, 8:10pm Top

#99: Your school probably wouldn't even close if I called in a bomb threat, would they? ;) Totally joking. But I'm sorry to hear they didn't cancel. :( Even sorrier to hear about how you'll spend most of your weekend!

Well, yay for having at least 1 listener! :) That's something. Unless she's You're #1 Fan (aka psycho stalker). 0_o

Btw, will you be playing next Tuesday, because I have that entire day off for a doctor's appointment (I think)?

#101: That's awesome! :) Hope you're able to find some accessories and granny panties or whatever. ;) Let us know how it goes. Sounds like fun.

Feb 29, 2012, 11:43pm Top

Ha. . . funny story. . . in high school we did get bomb threats. The first one was pretty much treated like a fire drill. Then we kept getting them and they started ignoring them--basically put the school on lock-down w/o telling students until it was over. There were around 5 or 6 one year.

I don't make it very easy to stalk me from the radio. . . don't say who I am and we use the station's email address. But it's definitely not impossible.

I will be on this coming Tuesday. So you should listen. And send a request if you have one (song, artist, genre, language, whatever criteria).

I'll prolly look for stuff tomorrow when I go to the bank (next to mall, near thrift stores). And I was thinking more like tights or leggings and something with sleeves :P

Mar 3, 2012, 6:17pm Top

That's pretty darn scary (re: all the bomb threats and the fact they didn't let the students know). Granted, it probably would've caused total chaos, but still. For all I know, we probably had tons of bomb threats, too, at school; I just never heard about it.

I was joking about the potential for stalkers, but at the same time, I hear some of the DJs on air talk about where they'll be @ such given time, etc, and I wonder if they're not concerned about over-zealous "fans."

I'll think about a request. Do you usually play a certain genre? 'Cause I'd hate to request something that's way off from what you'd normally play.

And good luck with the shopping! Leggings definitely keep the cold out. I've worn them a few times in the fall/winter just as pants and have rarely gotten cold. Sleeves help, too. :)

Mar 3, 2012, 6:34pm Top

We were told of the bomb threat the first 2 times. After that it was all secretive until after the event. Our 9/10th grade high school was attached to a middle school via underground tunnel. When the middle school had a bomb threat, they evacuated the school through the tunnel into the high school. It was very strange to see so many middle schoolers milling about.

Yeah. . . I kinda got that you were joking, but nonetheless, I like being close to anonymous. My reply does read serious, my bad. I might use a first name soon, just so I can use clips in my portfolio, but I won't be a huge fan of it. . . mostly because I'm not a huge talker anyway. Just like playing music :)

I'll play anything (appropriate or radio edited). I have played pop, rock, electronic, trance, screamo, rap, hip-hop, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, German, goth, indie, alternative rock/pop, piano pieces, darkwave, dubstep, whatever classification Omnia is. . . . yeah, it's pretty varied--that's probably not even a full list of stuff I've played. So whatever you want to request. You can let me know here if you know by my 2:30, or send and email to pureradio887@gmail.com after the show starts.

Found a short 3/4-sleeve jacket-y thing and really cheap leggings that I will be cutting/shredding the morning of (so the rips don't get too big beforehand). And some fingerless fishnet gloves. Also some neat looking nail polish that's tied into the Hunger Games--"Smoke and Ashes," black with flecks of dark green and dark blue. Things are coming together nicely :)

Now to do all this homework that has piled up *le sigh

Edited: Mar 3, 2012, 7:06pm Top

We had a few bomb threads too over the course of 7 years of middle/high school. At least, we got sudden and random days off in the middle of a school day which were rumored to be bomb threats by other students... *rolls eyes*

If you ever need recommendations for horrible gorey disgusting repulsive brutal death metal, you know where to turn. :P

Actually, judging by the list of things you have played, well, have you ever listened to Arcturus? Painting My Horror, Star-Crossed, and The Chaos Path are all crazy weird/good. ^_^

Mar 3, 2012, 8:18pm Top

Stephen! I thought you didn't listen to music with words! I know of Arcturus. I like The Chaos Path and Star Crossed. Not big on Painting My Horror, tho, or the other stuff I've heard by them (which isn't a whole lot). Not terrible, but it's meh to me. Haven't put anything by them on air before, so that could definitely become a possibility. I'm weird with metal--sometimes I love it, a fair amount I like, but mostly meh--because it sounds like cheesy 80s stuff or like they're trying too hard? IDK, I haven't quite pinpointed the subconscious reasoning yet. I like it when they do creative stuff with it--like the creepy circus vibe in The Chaos Path or the piano in Star Crossed. Or maybe I just get bored because I listen to so much music of every genre, where many genre bend. *shrug. Maybe I'll figure it out in some random epiphany in the future.

Apparently the -at- symbol works on here like social media? Because it totes hyperlinked to a suspended member's account. . . I thought about nixing it, but I'm intrigued, so I will leave it. And now see if it works more: Ape saraslibrary

Mar 3, 2012, 8:19pm Top

HA! Profile tagging with the -at- symbol totally works. Note to self: try using site shortcuts on other sites.

Mar 3, 2012, 8:36pm Top

Hehe, actually most of the stuff I listen to has vocals, I just focus on them less. Mostly because the music I like has the unfortunate trait of having absolutely terrible lyricists. Not that "multiple counts of murder" doesn't somehow turn into a catchy line when sung by Chris Barnes. *Scratches head in confusion.*

I do appreciate technical music. It's just nice to hear musicians with, y'know, talent. I love it when a guitarist can 'wow' me with some jaw-droppingly crazy riff. I don't think a pop metal band has ever done that...ever. I mean...EVER!!

I have a last.fm account that I didn't use at all here. The site just loads too slow for me. Anyway, my taste in music is absolutely despicable and I highly recommend avoiding everything you see on my profile.

As far as it sounding cheesy, yes, it's true for most popular forms of metal. While the genre itself is defined by the style of music played, the POP metal bands define themselves by how they dress. Most popular metal bands appeal to emo/goth 12-year-olds and just about all of it is completely obnoxious and ridiculous. Even if I WAS one of those a decade ago. *Shudders*

Mar 3, 2012, 9:09pm Top

Ha, yeah, it's just any other time I've seen you chatter about music it's been instrumental stuffs. I'll listen to the station when I have homework that doesn't require near silence for focusing. Ah, Cradle of Filth, I haven't heard you in quite some time. Dethklok is probably the band on there that I've listened to most recently.

Mar 3, 2012, 11:38pm Top

Ok, I am so requesting Madonna then if Stephen's going the metal route. ;) j/k. I used to listen to a late, late radio show in Seattle that played new metal, but I haven't listened to them in so long, I couldn't give you any band names. I'd honestly request something by Suicide Commando, except I can't think of any radio-friendly tracks they have. Hmm, I'll have to keep thinking....

Oh, and congrats on getting your outfit situated! Sounds awesome.

Mar 4, 2012, 12:34am Top

Hehe, I have four Madonna songs on my computer (though, I'm fairly certain there's more somewhere): Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Vogue, and Four Minutes ft. Justin Timberlake. So you could go that way. I haven't listened to Suicide Commando in ages. . . I haven't transferred any onto the new computer even. And I can't think of anything by them that's appropriate either. Though, I think the song Suicide Commando by Vitalic is appropriate. Not the same sound at all though ;P

On a side note, I've had Skinny Puppy's Pro-Test stuck in my head for a few days.

Mar 4, 2012, 8:17am Top

Katie: Well, I like music for the musicians but just about everything I listen to does have vocals over top of it...unfortunately. :P

Cradle of Filth is one of my guilty-pleasure bands. They are so ridiculously commercialized and they are all about appealing to those 'nonconformist' teens, but I don't care, I love all their music. I have the majority of the studio albums and I love just about all of them. I'm no longer ashamed to admit it. :P

Sara: Arcturus isn't too metal-y. I believe they fall under the generic category of Avant-Garde. Each of their CDs is so different it's hard to define them. Their first albums was VERY black metal, but La Masquerade Infernale has a gothic opera vibe and The Sham Mirrors has more metal elements but focuses more on instrumentals, there is very little vocals on most of the songs.

Mar 4, 2012, 1:42pm Top

I am not a metal fan (I tend to listen to a lot of the more Pop stuff, Stephen abhors), but according to iTunes, one of the bands I do like, Within Temptation, is metal. Wikipedia says they're symphonic metal. *shrug* Back to your listing of bands I've never heard of. :)

Also, hi Katie!

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 2:59pm Top

OMG I LOOOOVE Within Tempation. I'm am so completely enchanted by her voice. Seriously. It's beautiful. I've said that in the past, actually, possibly even on this thread. I could care less how mundane the music is behind her, I'm fine with it.

I only have The Silent Force by them, but I'm a huge fan. :)

Symphonic metal is right. It's funny how great symphonic elements work with metal music. Some of the symphonic black metal bands out there are incredibly interesting.

Pop, however, is so completely unlistenable. I had a huge big rant here but I just deleted it. Let's just say... *SHUDDERS!!* That's enough, really...

Mar 4, 2012, 4:45pm Top

I enjoy some Within Temptation, Nightwish too--who sound a little similar to WT. I find Apocalyptica covering Metallica one of the most genius things ever. Seriously.

Feel free to rant about pop music. I know it's terrible. . . but I still have fun with it :)

Mar 4, 2012, 7:49pm Top

Unfortunately I don't like Nightwish. I've only heard one song, Wish I Had an Angel or something like that, but it was poppy/cheesy/terrible. Definitely not for me. :(

Mar 4, 2012, 8:07pm Top

Yeah, I'm not a fan of that song. I'm more a fan of their newer stuff, only some of the older stuff. The old singer isn't that great to me, though my friends are all about their old stuff *sigh. It's funny. . . two of my fave Nightwish songs are more folk-ish: The Islander and Last of the Wilds (instrumental song). They just sound like updates on traditional Scandinavian sea songs--even though they're not. . . it's weird how well they embody it.

Mar 8, 2012, 1:49am Top

FYI: Finally reviewed A Touch Mortal back in post 97.

Mar 11, 2012, 1:39am Top

Sometimes it's good to find a book like that, even if it kills your homework. Hope you were able to get a copy of the sequel this weekend.

Mar 16, 2012, 6:03pm Top

I'm back! I just spent an entire week almost internet-less--by choice, no less. The unread messages here are a bit daunting, as well as my main email account *le sigh.

Anywho, the book release was a blast. It live-streamed, but I can't seem to find a vid at the moment. The band Claslan played, there was a reading, snacks and drinks, gift bags, and lots of costumes. Speaking of, here is a pic of our group at the hotel (friend's photo, my camera is still elsewhere):

Then I flew to DC to visit a friend and his sister and to also see some monuments. He still had school, so I bummed around his campus while he took midterms--got all of my school reading done. Yay! Which brings me to what books I finished:

15. Phoebe 41.1 --literary journal from George Mason University, Spring 2012, 3.75 Stars
Read for an upcoming class project/presentation. Interesting mix of poetry and stories. I did not understand the image series at all. I tried to, for a long while, but I never got it. But I enjoyed the writing.

16. Fourteen Hills 18.1 --literary journal from San Francisco State University, 3.75 Stars
Read for the same reason as #15. Also enjoyed. These were grittier than the pieces in Phoebe. And the images made sense.

17. A Touch Morbid, 3.75 Stars
Well, I really don't want to put in any spoilers for book 1. . . so I find myself having another bit of difficulty in describing this series. The characters continue their Heaven/Hell, Good/Bad struggle. Um, Kristen is falling apart from the events at the end of book 1. Eden and Az are together, but secrets are causing problems. We get to read Jarrod's perspective, which I loved. And Luke. . . is being Luke. I can't really give much plot without ruining the ending of book 1, sadly.

Anyway, not quite as absorbing as the first, but very much enjoyed. We get some interesting answers to questions. Most importantly, it's a character building novel. All of the characters have major things revealed, especially Kristen. So if you liked the schizophrenic grave robber before, you're in for a treat. Again, we are left with an ending that screams, "Give me the next book, NOW!" We all have to wait though. Book #3 is due out next year.

Mar 17, 2012, 4:41pm Top

Cool pic! :) Glad you guys had fun. And I'm happy to hear you got A Touch Morbid, even if it's not as absorbing as the first. Bummer about waiting another year, though, until book #3 is out!

Mar 17, 2012, 6:42pm Top

Great picture. Thanks for posting it. Everyone looks great! If it's not to forward to ask...which one are you? If you don't want to tell me that's cool. Privacy is important on the internet.

Mar 18, 2012, 10:43am Top

Love the picture! I was wondering the same as Caroline. It's safe around here, y'know, no weird creepy guys around or anything. *Whistles* ;)

Mar 25, 2012, 7:43pm Top

Pffft, Stephen, your thread says otherwise ;P

I'm in the back row, second from the right with the zipper jacket.

So things have been. . . hectic. So much reading and writing--done and to do. Must get more done this week as my bday is Saturday, a friend is taking me to see Chris Hardwick the day before, and a good friend's bday is the Monday after. Along with working. Hopefully seeing Hunger Games that weekend too. I really hope my teachers don't assign a lot this week *fingerscrossed

I had to clean/organize to find stuff for revisions. . . . I realized this is how much I've written in the last 6.5 months o_0;;

I'm signing up for Twitter at the recommendation of my advisor :/ I signed up when it first came out, no one was on there yet, so I got bored and quit. Stubborn me never wanted to go back. Dumb portfolio wanting the use/knowledge of all these danged social medias.

18. Lungfull! #16
Another (and the last) literary journal read for this upcoming project. Poetry and images. Much more edgy and experimental than the previous two. Sometimes it worked for me, other times it didn't. The fun thing with this journal is that many of the poems also have a rough draft with them, so you get to see what changed and a peek at different revision processes. Enjoyable, with the quality of work from "that's really cool!" to "ugh."

Mar 26, 2012, 12:14am Top

Hi Katie, flying through on my broom

Mar 26, 2012, 12:28am Top

Hi Richard!

Mar 26, 2012, 10:37pm Top

#125 Thanks! You look awesome! I don't know how you have time to read books with all your writing. Have a great Birthday on Saturday.

Mar 27, 2012, 8:28am Top

Thanks Caroline! The secret is manga. They only take around an hour to read. I read novels during breaks and only occasionally at the detriment of homework--when I really need a pick-me-up. But then it's an all-nighter to keep up. It'll be lovely once I graduate and actually have (allowed) time to read :)

Mar 27, 2012, 7:35pm Top

I second the Happy Early Birthday! :)

I don't want to know why there's a gerbil on the cake or why they made a cake for their gerbil. Just odd. And gross. :D

Mar 29, 2012, 6:30pm Top

Thanks! It is weird. . . but then again, my mom has made a cake that looks like a used kittly litter box.

Went to HPB today to use the last of my Christmas gift cards--which lasted waaaaay longer than I would've guessed. Anyway, they had a bunch of stuff I wanted this time, and had to restrain myself from buying even more, especially since I'm not reading much for fun right now. I ended up with:

The Sandman King of Dreams--which I thought was a collection of the comics. . . but turns out it isn't. Boo-urns. Still looks interesting, but I will be reading the rest of the comics before starting this, once I get my hands on them that is.
The Riddles of Epsilon
Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
and at the suggestion of my professor, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
Also, a cd by The Deftones--cause I had a hankering to listen to them for a couple days and realized I had lost the digi-files in the great computer crash of '09.

Apr 14, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Found a nerdy YT video series and thought I'd share: Sword & Laser (previously a podcast that I hadn't heard of). They chat, review, and interview in the sci-fi (Laser) and fantasy (Sword) genres. The first ep is up on the Geek & Sundry channel (just launched a week or two ago, brainchild of Felicia Day of The Guild). So far, all of the shows are interesting and fun. Highly recommended if you enjoy nerd culture.

Stopped into the dollar store yesterday and picked up Another Pan. . . which is the sequel to Another Faust, which I haven't read yet. But I picked it up anyway, intrigued by the premises of both stories. And, it was only $1.07. According to people, they don't need to be read in order either. I probably won't read either soon (*shakes fist at school), but I look forward to them when I can :)

Apr 15, 2012, 1:37am Top

#131: XD Omg, that is so disgusting!

(applauds for stretching a HPB gift card so long) I'm never able to make it to February with those things. :( But congrats on finding what you wanted! I haven't listened to any Deftones in ages.

#132: Sadly, I am not a nerd, but more of a dork. (shrugs) Glad you discovered the show, though. :) And yay for cheap Dollar Store books! I haven't read either books, but still--$1.07! Awesome. (makes mental note to visit a Dollar Store soon)

Apr 15, 2012, 9:09am Top

That $1.07 was for a hardcover too!

G&S, while geared towards nerds, I think would be fun for non-nerds as well. . . maybe? If you're looking to kill time at work you should give it a shot. S&L covers sf/fantasy novels. Tabletop has Wil Wheaton and guests (ep 1 includes Grant Imahara from Mythbusters) playing complex board games. The Flog is Felicia Day's video blog--ep 1 she learns blacksmithing in real life (vs video games) and does a fave five of silly internet things. I think there's a show or two more, but that's what I've gotten too so far.

Apr 20, 2012, 7:03pm Top

I'm in a battle with EA's (Electronic Arts) customer service! Yay!

(I am actually finding it entertaining, as well as sad/disappointing)

They aren't following the fine print of their own email coupon. . . and copy/pasting their email responses (same typos in each copy), which don't answer my any of my questions. The last email had the sentence, "If it had been possible, I will go ahead and provide you the resolution." Cause that makes any sense at all. . . Moving on the phone calls tomorrow :)

Apr 21, 2012, 6:16am Top

Tell them to their video games suck for me! :P

Okay, they don't suck, but they always seem to be...less good than other games, even if they are enjoyable...

Apr 21, 2012, 12:02pm Top

Ha! I just don't really play EA's games. . . Not for a long time anyway. I loved SimCity 2000 back in the day, and a couple of the other Sim games. I have a few friends that are crazy about a couple of the games (Wytcher 2, Mass Effect 3). Most of their titles just don't appeal to me.

Anyway, I will be calling them after lunch :)

Apr 23, 2012, 11:57pm Top

Hope things worked out with EA games. I loved SimCity 2000 also way back when. Now it's Angry Birds and Bejeweled. That's what happens when you get an IPad. :-)

Apr 24, 2012, 9:42am Top

Still in progress. The phone was much more helpful. Poor guy though, he was a bit flustered. I don't think he's dealt with many customers who actually have a legit complaint with a coupon. His best guess at the time was that the product hadn't been updated yet. Told me to keep trying this week and call back Friday/Saturday if it didn't work yet. I think he was buying some time, but he was very nice about everything. I'm kinda hoping that I'm "that person" that ticks them off so much they change the wording on the coupon, lol.

I was looking through their games, and I didn't know that Dante's Inferno was an EA title (which I own). Their store also sells L4D and Portal 2, but I know those are Valve. I'm feeling too lazy right now to search if EA owns Valve or just has a deal with them to sell their games.

Edited: Apr 25, 2012, 6:09am Top

EA publishes/fund a lot, and have a pretty huge impact on the gaming industry with all the money they bank out. EA is very much a 'business' over a 'video game developer.' I don't know how often they actually make games themselves, other than all the sports titles and The Sims and whatnot.

They have some good titles, but considering the giant bank account they have to work with they do a ton of publishing, so it's likely they'll get it right sooner or later. It seems the most of their catalog is just okay though. If I go through all my games and pull out all the ones with EA logos on them it seems most of them I would label as 'just okay' or 'good but doesn't meet the standard set by other similar games.'

They do publish some goods ones every once in awhile though. Dante's Inferno is one of those, it's one of the few games I have a platinum trophy for. Dragon Age and Dead Space are both amazing too. But, overall, the EA logo makes me weary.

Apr 25, 2012, 8:16am Top

I want to try Dragon Age at some point. . . . when time for it exists (same with those other bigger/open/rpg games, Skyrim too)

Apr 25, 2012, 9:30am Top

EA is horrible to their customers, so it's not just you. We've made a vow over here that ME3 was our last EA purchase -- they don't care about their customers, have terrible policies, and seem to be willing to do whatever they can to screw over gamers if it makes them another buck. Very frustrating. At this point, I'd rather support the indie game companies, who actually care about the people who buy & play their games, and who are still fully passionate about the work they do!

Apr 25, 2012, 9:44am Top

Unfortunately, lots of indie game developers go through larger companies like that to have better distribution channels and access to their big company resources. Good at getting impressions, bad with customer relations :(
(Also, already checked, that game is only available through EA's distribution network)

Someone told me EA was voted worst in customer service. . . over credit card companies. I wasn't given any sources for this, but I guess I wouldn't be completely shocked if it were true.

Apr 26, 2012, 7:58am Top

Meh, when it comes to games, I don't think a bigger budget is a bad thing, and even the most commercial game makers are passionate about their games I think. It's the business side (and publishers like EA) that can put a damper on commerical games. I for one am sick to death of everything being locked behind online passcodes. I can't go online with my PS3 where I live so when games have half their content locked then I get a half-complete game. It's frustrating. I get the whole anti-Game Stop stuff, but...ugh. -.-

Apr 26, 2012, 8:58am Top

Ditto. For the longest time I didn't have my 360 hooked to the internet. It's an old'n w/out it built in (side note, mine came from that batch that red ringed to death and made the news, so slightly astonished it still lives). Anywho, I didn't want to buy the adapter. So I tried routing through my laptop. . . and failed because I am no computer genius. Bought a used one from this kid a friend knew (woo! odd/shady-ish dealings on a school campus I never attended). And it still took forever to hook up because our wiring and cable/internet is so jacked up in this ancient (100+yr old) house.

Basically that boils down to I agree. Some of the business folk just don't get it. On a slightly related note, I'm sick of everything going to online subscriptions. I don't want more monthly bills.

Apr 28, 2012, 2:44pm Top

Update: I am the winner! I talked to another rep. . . . WHO KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING! *GASP!!!!! Short phone call. Couldn't make the coupon work, but offered a retroactive refund. Had to place the order while on the phone, and the guy was super nice and chatty about games. So, through this problem, I had the worst and one of the better customer service experiences. Not sure how to take that. Definitely took the survey a complained about their email reps. Maybe they'll do something about it, but doubtful. Skipping to phone with them if I have any future problems.

I tried the first little bit of Warp. It's fun. I will be addicted once I actually get into it. Had to stop for homework's sake, sadly. Soon. Very soon I will be able to read and play games. 1-2 weeks :)

May 3, 2012, 10:02am Top

Last day of classes today!!!!
Textbook listing time:

19. Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft
20. Working Words: The Process of Creative Writing
21. Non-Profit Marketing: Marketing Management for Charitable and Nongovernmental Organizations (no TS)
22. Advertising Communications & Promotion Management

We also had Dreamweaver for Dummies. . . but I didn't open it at all.

May 3, 2012, 11:16am Top

Woohoo! What will you be reading and playing? :D

May 4, 2012, 4:01am Top

Oops! I forgot one! But, I'm not gonna go find it right now. . .

Our class hosted a benefit concert today. . . so after class, before set up I finished:

23. The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

24. Phantasmagoria by Lewis Carroll

(both free in the iBooks app on my iPhone)

I also started Hex Hall. . . mostly because it was the shortest book that I wanted to read at the moment (had tons of stuff in le backpack today)

As for playing, not sure yet. Still working through Portal 2, Alice: Madness Returns, and Assassin's Creed 2. Recently purchased the PC version of Warp. I have bunches of games I haven't even touched. So many choices. Games prolly won't happen for at least a few days though. Finals Fest morrow,work all weekend, papers (instead of finals, yay!) due next week, concert on Tues. . . .oh, and that whole job application thing, y'know, to actually put this expensive piece of paper to work, lol.

May 4, 2012, 7:25am Top

Oh yes, job applications are time-eaters. Probably won't be so bad for you though, I'm applying to crappy crap-jobs and they require you to fill out ridiculously lengthy surveys to make sure you're not completely incompetent.

I wonder why no one has hired me...

May 4, 2012, 9:05am Top

Mine require cover letters, which take pretty dang long. And one place I applied had a few pages of questions to fill out before hand. I'm hoping most don't have that and will just let me upload/email resume and cover letter.

May 7, 2012, 2:09am Top

25. Hex Hall, 3 Stars
It's tough when you're a part-witch being raised by a human mother. Especially when you don't know how to control your powers, and then have to move, again, because the locals might try to burn you at the stake or something. This is where 16-year-old Sophie finds herself, and after one spell too many, is forced to go to Hecate Hall, commonly referred to as Hex Hall, a reform school for trouble-making Prodigium. It should be easy to fit in with a bunch of outcasts, right? Nope. In the first week, Sophie makes a few enemies, is lunged at by an angry werewolf, and becomes roommates with a suspected murderous vampire who loves the color pink. It proves to be a long semester when witches are attacked to near-death and dark secrets from her magical side are revealed.

This was a nice piece of brain fluff. It's been a long semester (that's not quite finished) and I just needed something quick that required minimal thinking. This fit perfectly. It's an interesting premise that kept me reading, but wasn't overly involved. I guessed most of the twists, but one surprised me. I enjoyed some of the witty comebacks and use of magic. Some character reactions didn't feel solid to me, however I still liked the overall story. At the end, there was a 2 chapter preview of the sequel in which the writing felt more polished. I will read it when I come across, mostly because I want to know if my theory on a character is correct. . . .

May 7, 2012, 8:39am Top

That's what I thought of Hex Hall as well -- fun brain fluff! I have the second here ready to go, and I've heard some good things about it. So, we'll see!

May 7, 2012, 9:59am Top

Let me know what you think of the sequel, please. From the preview it seems like it will be better than the first. I'm kind of hoping that's the case.

May 10, 2012, 8:51pm Top

I just filled out the most arduous job application ever. Upload cover letter/résumé, then fill out job history, schooling, etc anyway (also, high school--who asks for high school info for a job that requires a bachelor's degree?), and like a bajillion other things. This is going to be a long. . . . however long it takes to find a job *le sigh

May 10, 2012, 8:53pm Top

Also, that forgotten text book. . .

26. Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem

P.S. I'm done! I officially graduate on Saturday :D

May 11, 2012, 12:47am Top


May 11, 2012, 3:00am Top


May 11, 2012, 5:35am Top

Woohooo! *Celebratory hugs*

May 11, 2012, 9:23am Top

Ooooh! I get hugs? *hugs back*

May 11, 2012, 11:56am Top

Well, yeah, I'm much less bashful on the internet. ...well...kind of... *blushes*

May 11, 2012, 11:08pm Top

Hi Katie!

May 11, 2012, 11:28pm Top

Hi Richard!
Thanks for the omnoms :)

May 11, 2012, 11:42pm Top

Graduation party food. Figured you'd like omnoms better than some piddlin' little check for a grand.

May 11, 2012, 11:53pm Top

Awesome Katie! Congratulations!

May 11, 2012, 11:56pm Top

164: You could've put the check in one of the cupcakes and made the grandest of surprises.

165: Thanks!

May 14, 2012, 1:18am Top

#155: Ugh. o_0 Good luck with that! I was starting to fill out job apps recently, too, so I understand the bizarre, lengthy questions that go along with it. You'll find something, I'm sure.

#156: Congrats! :) I'm impressed.

#160: Always be suspicious when Stephen offers you hugs.

Edited: May 20, 2012, 10:43pm Top

27. Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu #2
A friend gave me this wonderful piece of nostalgia. It's a comic book that features the clefairy story on Mt. Moon. A fun quick read. I hadn't read any comics/manga of the series before, only watched the tv show and movies. It was interesting to see the slight differences in terms of imagery.

May 23, 2012, 1:56pm Top

28. Can I Just Take a Nap?/ Me Dejan Dormir Una Siesta? by Ron Rauss, illustrated by Rob Shepperson
Another book in my cereal! It was cute. Aiden McDoodle just wants a nap, but there just seems to be so much noise. I can relate to that.

May 23, 2012, 2:13pm Top

I also started reading a book without pictures (Living Hell). . . but I keep getting distracted by job search things. . . . and Sim City 3000--I forgot how addictive it is.

May 28, 2012, 12:33am Top

#169: That one does look cute. :) I'll have to see if we have it at work.

#170: A book without pictures? *gulp* Scary. ;) Actually, those kind of books keep me reading.

Good luck with Living Hell. I remember seeing that one several times at work, probably because of how bright the cover is compared to a lot of other YA books.

Also good luck with job searching (major scary; that's probably why I stay at my job, no matter how much it blows at times), as well as Sim City 3000. Mustn't forget video game time. ;)

Jun 2, 2012, 7:55pm Top

Sara, I doubt you'll find it at the library. . . . since it came in my Cheerios. . . but who knows, maybe!

I'm being super putzy with LH. I like it, but it's just not striking right now. I started another picture book, Sandman 4, and a somewhat smutty book, Darkest Night. Also started rewatching the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My brain is definitely not focusing right now. But I will be attempting to read fairly soon, so here's hoping I can finish, or significantly dent, something tonight.

On the job hunt side there is a slight bit of hope. A place I am interested in has a "try before you apply" program where they offer tours. I took that yesterday, it ended in a Q&A, then we got to talk with people in our prospective department or close to it. At the end of that last bit, he asked if anyone would like to return for an interview next week for 1 of 2 positions (there were 4 of us there). It's a really cool place, so I'm hoping I get a call-back to schedule one *fingers crossed!

Jun 3, 2012, 10:22pm Top

29. The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Ashlyn hears the voices of the past, every single one that has ever occurred where she is currently standing at the time, in fact. It constantly overwhelms her and makes normal living impossible. As a child, she was taken in by The Institute, an organization devoted to searching out and understanding the paranormal. Her ability has assisted them in finding all sorts of creatures and relics. But she wants it to end. While in Budapest on a mission, she 'hears' about men with abilities living in a fortress outside of town. Some called them angels, others demons, but whatever they are, can they help Ashlyn escape the voices?

I liked it, which concerns me. Smutty romance, not usually my thing but. . . there's a lot of not smutty here. The men have a centuries old history that is not pleasant, one that they have escaped until Ashlyn's appearance. I found it a good mix of Ancient Greek mythology and the modern paranormal perspective. And I am shocked that I will probably read the rest of the series.

Jun 4, 2012, 8:24pm Top

30. Sandman: Season of Mists
I think this is my favorite so far. Great story lines dealing with Hell, and Dream's role in it. I especially liked a mini-plot involving a boarding school full of the undead.

Jun 5, 2012, 6:28pm Top

Just learned about Venus crossing in front of the sun today. . . . which is super cool in itself, but I'm more excited that I finally get to use the word syzygy in proper context :D

Jun 16, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Hey everyone! My friend's blog, Me My Shelf and I, is hosting a charity book sale benefiting Christian Hurt, who is a high school student that broke his neck during a school football game. There is a surgery that can fix it, but his insurance won't cover it. You can help him out and get some fantastic books at the same time! There's even a Nook and Kindle hidden in a couple of the boxes (but you won't know which until they're opened). I'd really appreciate it (and I know a few others that also would get big smiles) if you could participate or share this link with others. http://www.memyshelfandi.com/p/faq_06.html (That page also has links to newspaper articles and a newscast that interviews Christian).

Thank you!

From the charity I bought 2 packs with a total of (at least) 10 books--as some get extra mystery books-- and a bunch of signed swag. I believe at least 4 were signed copies! Over $300 worth for under $100. Good deals. I'm very excited. And since I only live a couple miles away, I don't have to pay shipping :D I'll let you all know what I get when I officially open them up!

Jun 19, 2012, 9:27pm Top


The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick
Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
Nightfall by Stephen Leather
Gulliver Takes Manhattan by Justin Luke Zirilli
SweetFarts #3 by Raymond Bean
Stirred by Crouch & Konrath
Bloodman by Robert Pobi
Tomboy by Thomas Meinecke
Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie
The Dead Man V1 by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
The Dean Man V2 by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Savor by Megan Duncan
Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Flatey Enigma by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson
The Wowzer by Frank Wheeler Jr.
In Her Sights by Robin Perini
Solid by Shelley Workinger
Settling by Shelley Workinger
Fatal Tango by Wolfram Fleischhauer
and 3 copies of The Settlers of Catan. . . clearly 2 will become gifts.

The first two I ordered a while ago. The rest is what I came back with from the sale/auction I mentioned above. . . . granted, some were leftovers that my friend was like, "please take some of these extras/leftovers" . . . and, who am I to turn away books? And of course, I have no shelf space. So there will be a nice big box of books chilling on my floor. (Oh, also got a "bookthingys" carrier, bookmarks, and signed swag in that box)

Jun 20, 2012, 12:06pm Top


Jun 21, 2012, 11:03pm Top

31. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, 4.5 Stars

OH MY GLOB!!! Why did you end there?!?! Sequel. Right. Meow.

Except my library doesn't have it yet. . . . And I told myself 2 days ago I've reached my book quota for at least a month, if not two. . . but I might need to pretend that I bought the next one earlier, or said that later. Because, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME RACHEL HAWKINS?!? The lives of several key characters are in the middle of peril. And, finally, my fave character starts doing stuff in the last third of the book. Why must I always finish books with sequels after book stores are closed *whimpers

I'd like to say I will be properly reviewing this book when I calm the f down. . . but by that time, I will probably be too immersed into book 3, Spell bound.

Jun 23, 2012, 2:56am Top

32. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins, 4 Stars
Well, I have conflicted emotions. On one hand, it's an un-put-down-able type book, crazy action everywhere. On the other hand, my favorite character got the short stick in every gosh darn situation, and certain situation/result made me angry at the end. I blasted through, I needed to know what happened, especially since I had more theories left over from book 2. And now I have even more theories, but there is no official word on a fourth. It ended at a fairly good spot for Sophie's current story (I could see the next year having a story, otherwise fast-forwarding several years). Clearly, in speculation mode. . . since Hawkins left small things unresolved, but I could see this series switching POV like in some other series.

Basically, I enjoyed this fluffy, action series (and am hoping for more). The first book was mostly what I expected, but the sequels diverged and did some really interesting things. If paranormal YA is your thing, I recommend it for some light reading. And will hope you don't have the same fave character I did (though, I'd rather be angry with a book for doing something like that, than feel bored or clichéd).

Jun 23, 2012, 2:02pm Top

Hi Katie, Looks like you are having fun reading some fluff books after all the serious reading you did at school. :-)

Jun 23, 2012, 6:14pm Top

Oh definitely! :D

There was a lot of text book reading over the last year. And peer critiques. So many critiques. It's a nice change that I'll probably be taking advantage of for a while. Though, I did start Musui's Story, which is an autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, but it's very interesting and a lot less dense than I was expecting. Still working through Living Hell as well. And might start Soul Thief soon-ish.

Oooh! And I found this book club in the cities that has their meetings at bars (appropriately named Books and Bars) a while ago, and they finally have something on slate that I'm interested in, Ready Player One. That's for August, so I'll prolly read it sometime in July.

All this free time, and so many books to choose from! Finally, a problem I'm not upset at having, LOL!

Jun 24, 2012, 12:28am Top

Good for you! I read Ready Player One last year. A lot of fun 80's pop culture. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Jun 25, 2012, 12:23am Top

I do love 80s pop culture. . . even tho I missed being able to properly experience/remember it by a few years. Hopefully I understand most of it.

So I've been doing an unpaid side project whilst on the hunt for a post-grad job which has had me researching kickstarter campaigns. I found a cool one featuring author Neal Stephenson. He decided he wanted to create a sword fighting game. The video is absolutely hilarious. Right at the beginning he states, "I've been writing science and historical fiction for three decades. Well, screw that." pushes over table "I wanna do a video game."

Jun 27, 2012, 9:35pm Top

Finished Portal 2!

I lurrrrrvvvvved it :DDD
Fun portal goodness. Similar to the first, but longer, trickier, and has more testing tools and an amazing ending. J.K. Simmons is a voice too. I'm kinda hoping they continue the series. . . though it's a decent cut-off if they don't. Just a lot of subtle hinting that could carry forward. And I've heard rumors of the Portal series somehow meeting up with the Half-Life series. . . we shall see

Jun 28, 2012, 10:50am Top

Those games sound like a lot of fun, but I still haven't played them.

I'm playing my sister's boyfriend' copy of Dragon's Dogma right now and it's pretty cool. :)

Jun 28, 2012, 7:57pm Top

Haven't heard of that one. What's it about? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say there are dragons involved somehow.

Jun 28, 2012, 9:15pm Top

It's an open-world fantasy RPG made by (and here's the kicker) Capcom. Yeah seriously. And it's surprisingly good. I so did not expect them to put out a fantasy RPG, but they did it, and mostly fairly well too. *Jaw drop*

Edited: Jun 29, 2012, 4:31am Top

Daaaaaannnnng. . . . . I wouldn't've expected them to do that either. . .

and yes, I'm leaving that double contraction. . . ;P

Jun 29, 2012, 6:46am Top

Mhmmm, it's pretty cool. Very fluid combat system, very different from the stiff, robotic combat of most open world RPGs. There are a lot of 'giant' monsters (Cyclops, ogres, griffins, etc) and you can CLIMB them during combat. It's swinging a giant club at your companion and you can climb its back so you can stab it in the eye. Very, very cool.

Jun 29, 2012, 8:45pm Top

Oooh, that does sound cool. I'll keep an eye out for it. Started Batman: Arkham Asylum earlier today. I forgot how much I loved Harley Quinn's character--who is also voiced by the same chick that voiced her since 1992. I do have an issue with Gordon/warden being voiced by the same person that does Mr. Harriman from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. . . . the image of a neurotic rabbit completely takes over every time o_0;;

Jul 2, 2012, 1:58am Top

#172: Oh, awesome! :) How did the try-before-you-apply job interview pan out?? I wish more jobs did that, because really, who wants to get a job and then realize it seriously sucks?

#173: I love smutty romance covers. :) I think I have one or two of her books just because of the models. Who knows if I'll even like the story, though. We'll see.

#174: I've been wanting to read that series forever. Everyone keeps raving about it, but for some reason, nobody wants to sell their copy to HPB. :/ Hmph. Some people.

#175: Syzygy...wait, wasn't there an X-files episode based on that? Must dig through my dusty VHS's.

#176: (looks @ calendar...looks @ post...looks back @ calendar) I'm late, aren't I? If so, bummer. :( But I hope the charity book sale went well! More importantly, I hope Christian was able to have his surgical procedure.

#177: (turns green with envy) Nice buys! :) And a box of books chillin' on your floor...yup, that sounds like me, too.

#178: What Stephen said.

#179-180: I haven't read any of her books, but I just love YA book covers. I don't know why they make them so much more visually appealling than adult books, not that I'm really complaining (I love eye candy). Are teens really that superficial, that they need model-perfect s/heros to get them to read? Hmm, dunno. And I'm just mumbling to myself once again on your thread. Don't mind me. ;)

#182: Alcohol and books? :D Ok, that's a new one. I don't drink alcohol or coffee, but I would love to eavesdrop on a book club that meets in a bar. Somehow I doubt there'll be any book talk.

(pretends like she understands video games and smiles inanely)

Jul 2, 2012, 10:23am Top

Well, the try-before-you-apply seemed to go well in general. . . but then he never contacted me about an actual interview *pout* So I sent him an email being all nice and gracious like asking if I was in the running for either position or not, and he never replied. Very rude in my opinion. So I'm guessing that I'm not getting those :(

However, I did get an unpaid gig helping this guy put together a writing contest and publishing an anthology of the winners. So hopefully once I actually get some stuff done with that, it'll help me get a paying job.

Not sure if syzygy was an X-Files ep. . . . I used to watch it all the time when it was on, but I don't remember a ton of it because I was like 12.

The charity sale went well--I know they raised a bunch of money, though not sure on the exact amount. This was only one of at least a few fundraising events around the web for Christian. His group is still collecting money for the surgery. The blog has a link for just donations, if you still want to help or know others that do.

I think pretty covers help teens be okay with reading. I know the stigma is starting to go away, but there is still the looking down/teasing those who read. Mainstream books like Harry Potter have started getting rid of that, but it's like anything when you're in high school. . . . if it's old-looking and not considered retro-cool, then it's fair harassment game. If the covers are cool or at least look modern or have the modern magazine models on them, then it just falls into normal pop culture status. Silly and dumb, but so was high school a lot of the time.

Y'know, I think they actually get book talking accomplished. . . maybe not the whole time, but at least some of it. And they have Twitter along from home using #booksandbars. I'm guessing they're also drinking along too tho, lol. But I haven't gone yet, August (assuming I'm still in state) will be my first attendance. Should be fun :)


Jul 2, 2012, 5:59pm Top


July 3-5, Here, relaxed/drop-in style.

I'll be there for part of the 4th, maybe on the 5th. Anyone is welcome to join :)

Jul 3, 2012, 10:10am Top

Haha, that first image is what I have on my video game account (Apegames).


Jul 4, 2012, 7:42pm Top

33. Musui's Story 4 Stars
Katsu Kokichi was raised as a samurai. But he did not follow the rules. He was rowdy and started fights and definitely had a problem with authority. This is his autobiography recounting all of his poor decisions and what they led to, from running away and begging on the streets, to becoming the boss of a city, to even learning how to divine lottery numbers and expel ghostly possessions. He acted however he wanted, and the focus of fights, scams, and money really shows the reader that his family only became a decent part of his life at the time he wrote this. It wasn't the best by any means, but I found it an oddly charming and captivating, and realistic, mashing of his experiences. Probably one of my favorite non-fiction books so far.

Jul 14, 2012, 4:58pm Top

It's unpleasantly quiet here. Let's talk about...ummmmmmmmmmmmmm, strawberry-flavored monkeys!!

Jul 14, 2012, 5:36pm Top

*horrifying image of Stephen licking monkeys*

Ew! Bleach now needs to be poured into my ear. Again.

Jul 14, 2012, 7:16pm Top

197: Lol. I will trust your judgement of the monkeys being strawberry-flavored and pass on testing it myself. Though I do want to go to the zoo. And I just bought strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt. I've never had Greek yogurt before, and someone recommended it, so I bought 2 individual packs--the previously stated one, and a plain one. I hope they are decent and don't elicit a gag reflex *fingers crossed

I have 3 books started, but seem to be having an issue finishing them right now. Though Soul Thief started to suck me in, so that'll prolly be up here soonish.

And I'm being pretty dang putzy with Batman Arkham Asylum.

I also watched Chronicle, 21 Jumpstreet, and How to Train Your Dragon. I liked all three :)

Jul 14, 2012, 8:41pm Top

I've never actually licked them myself, I just wanted to discuss the ethics of it. Wouldn't banana be more natural?

Jul 14, 2012, 9:19pm Top

Hmmm, maybe. Or ant-flavored. I know there are a lot of primates that eat those. You are what you eat, right?

The other problem with licking monkeys would be the potential for hairballs. And going back to the last line, turning into a monkey yourself, but I guess that would only be a problem if you actually swallowed, instead of just tasting.

Jul 14, 2012, 9:35pm Top

But they would be strawberry-flavored hairballs...

Jul 14, 2012, 10:47pm Top

So, you're okay with having hairballs? Stephen, are you secretly a cat? I'm not sure how monkeys treat cats. . . but there's at least one gorilla that would let you lick him

Jul 15, 2012, 6:14am Top

Apes tend to like cats. In fact, I read in When Elephants Weep (I think it was that one anyway) that said when researches introduced kitten into the enclosures of chimps they frequently reacted the way humans do, snatching them up and cuddling them. When they introduced spiders they freaked out similarly as well...

Jul 15, 2012, 9:07am Top

Learnings! Poor spiders. I used to be afraid of them. But my punishment as a really little kid was to sit in the corner with the spiders. . . . I got over it pretty quick. And my overactive imagination eventually led to me making friends with the spiders, talking to them and making up their back stories. My mother didn't like that too much, lol.

Edited: Jul 18, 2012, 5:56pm Top

34. Soul Thief by Jana Oliver 4 Stars
Book 2 of the Demon Trappers series

SPOILERS for book 1 follow:

Riley Blackthorne, demon trapper apprentice, is being hunted by a level 5 demon that killed her master trapper father, making her an orphan, and destroyed her guild's meeting place, taking several more trappers with it. Reluctantly accepting help from Beck, her father's journeyman trapper, she is scraping by. But the bill collectors are impatient in bankrupt Atlanta. Not only that, but Riley must figure out who resurrected her father and what's going on with the fake holy water, all while trying not to be killed.


I really like this series so far. It's a clever look at a world that is plagued by demons, and only recently has it become a major issue. We see the effects on society: government, business, schools, culture. The world-building is just excellent--it all felt plausible (in that world) and I never got pulled out of that mind-frame. This installment picks up mere hours after the first, making it a good binge series. It's been a year since I read the first (as an ER through LT), so it took me a little bit to remember everything that happened. But Jana Oliver made that so easy! She recapped, but not in the boring listing everything, or having the main character reminisce for the first 5-10 pages, where all I want to do is hit fast forward--She made it feel part of the sequel. For example, the ending event in the first book gained media coverage, so we relearn some of it through television news mixed with Riley's thoughts and the reactions of people around her. The best part is the series keeps its vibe that I found so captivating, like the television show Supernatural, there's the nitty gritty demon trapping/fighting scenes, world and character building through daily life, and sarcastic wit. I highly recommend this series to fans of Supernatural, YA, dystopia/post-apocalyptic, and urban fantasy.

Jul 18, 2012, 5:59pm Top

I told myself I wasn't going to buy anymore books for at least a month. . . . *shakes fist a Jana Oliver*

Soul Thief was too good. . .

Starting Forgiven now

*hides credit cards from self*

Banned until the end of August, do you hear me self, BANNED!

Jul 20, 2012, 9:19pm Top

35. Forgiven by Jana Oliver 3.75 Stars

The story in which Riley deals with necromancers, reanimated corpses, demon hunters, a conniving journalist, feuding angels, a holy water scam, and her disastrous relationships. Quite a bit for a 17 year old, but thems the draws when you make deals with opposing sides and have little power over the people around you. (I don't feel like doing spoilers this time around, so that's about all I can say, lol)

Great continuation of the story. Lots of action and wit still! And, again, we leave off where I just would like to continue reading. Unfortunately, that will have to wait until the fourth book, Foretold (the last one! *weeps), comes out in December. This would have gotten a 4, however, there were a lot of little technical errors that an editor should have caught. Some missing words, a couple repeated words/phrases, etc. I read a lot of internet and text messages. . . so most of the time I didn't even notice it until a few words later. A few of these never really bother me; I know how hard it is to edit/proof large projects and catch everything. But, then again, someone's getting paid to do it at a professional level. Eventually I reached the point of "again? really?" Even though I started getting distracted by these, the story is great and worth it. If that sort of thing bothers you, maybe wait for the next print. But I would still highly recommend the series.

Jul 20, 2012, 9:21pm Top

I made it half-way! And, only 1 month behind too! I might have to do a manga/comic binge to get caught up, lol.

Jul 21, 2012, 9:35am Top

I like your thoughts on the Demon Trappers series! I'd heard mixed things about the first one, but these other two sound decent enough to make the series worthwhile to get into.

I'm thinking it's time for a comic binge too... I just picked up a giant stack that my local comic shop had on hold for me... oops! Haha.

Jul 21, 2012, 10:42am Top

209: Hehe, yeah, that's what I'm doing now with the Sandman series...

Jul 21, 2012, 2:20pm Top

*smooch* up Canada way

Jul 21, 2012, 5:18pm Top

210: If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! :)

211: I need to request the next one. . . or three. . . soooooooon

212: Canada? Where? Have I been drifting the wrong way up the Mississippi? Or did you hear my conversation about Dudley Do-Right from yesterday? :P

Jul 21, 2012, 6:32pm Top

This is pretty funny. Screen capture (w/names scribbled out) of someone complaining about reading, that every story can be summed up in under a page. So what happens? People reply doing exactly that.

Jul 22, 2012, 9:20am Top

*waving* at Katie

Jul 22, 2012, 9:38am Top

Hello Stasia!

Jul 28, 2012, 4:55pm Top

I'm sorry I'm so behind on your thread! I've been trying to play catchup with everybody, so considered yourself stalked now, too. :)

Btw, sorry the try-before-you-apply job didn't work out, but that writing contest sounds so much better! Good luck with that. :)

(trying not to imagine Stephen eating a monkey, 'cause my brain went way down the gutter on that one)

Aug 1, 2012, 10:19pm Top

Hello folks! I've been away for a while because of a nasty computer virus. Ended up having to go back to factory settings *le sigh But in the week+ of no computer/internet, I got quite a bit of reading done :)

36. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey

37. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

38. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

39. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey

40. The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

All of the above are rereads from the same series. All are very good. This series holds a special place in my life; the Pern series returned my like of reading after some highly disliked teachers squashed it out of me. So, after becoming very cranky and incensed with my computer issues (and recent technological failures in general), I decided a vacation to Pern was exactly what was needed. And it may or may not continue for another book or two. I also forgot how somber The Masterharper of Pern is, poor poor Robinton.

Aug 2, 2012, 12:47am Top

Is Dragonquest the first book?

Aug 3, 2012, 9:09am Top

I would suggest starting with Dragonquest, then Dragonflight, and then The White Dragon. Once you're familiar with the world, what order you read them in becomes less important. It's one of those series that has books from different points of view and kind of overlap each other (the ones set in the same time period anyway). The only others I would suggest reading in a row, whenever you get to them, would be Dragonson, Dragonsinger, then Dragondrums. They're a trilogy that follows the same couple characters.

Though, I have no idea about the later books written by her son. . . I've been kind of nervous to read them, even though people seem to accept them well enough.

Aug 3, 2012, 2:02pm Top

Sorry to hear about the computer issue, Katie. Swiping a computer like that is no fun at all, especially since by the time you need to do that it's too late to back anything up, a lot of times. The worst part? Re-ripping some 15-20GB of music. I'm angry just thinking about it. :P

Aug 3, 2012, 5:36pm Top

Luckily, I knew where the virus was. And with my computer in safe mode, I could transfer my files onto an external drive. I scanned it just to be sure, and it's virus free :) Yay! Which is awesome, because I don't think I could handle rebuilding/recreating everything again *shudder

Aug 5, 2012, 8:01pm Top

Sorry to hear about your virus problems. :-(

I share your love of Pern. The Harper Hall books have always been important to me. I was a musician when I was younger and I could relate to Menolly's story. Have fun reading the whole series!

Aug 5, 2012, 8:47pm Top

Those were the first I read. I was in choir from the age of 6 until I was 19. The music part definitely had a draw. Though, I never really learned any instruments well. I taught myself recorder and how to read music when I was in second grade. . . . but again, band teachers kind of killed my enthusiasm, *sigh

Aug 7, 2012, 4:05pm Top

41. Renegades of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Aug 15, 2012, 3:12pm Top

Well, I have to start a blog. *half-hearted woo!*
While on the job search, so many places want blogging and/or WordPress experience. So, I guess if I want a job, this is happening. A friend of mine runs a blog on Blogger, and offered to give me book reviewing opportunities too, when I asked for advice (after saying not to do it, LOL. She's so busy from it).

Also found an internship with Think Geek that I really really want *crosses fingers*

No reading at the moment. I have been watching X-Men and True Blood instead. BUT, I did go to HPB yesterday while running errands (since it was RIGHT there, and I had a coupon). Picked up What the Dickens?, Graceling, and The Resurrection Fields (third in a series that I read in '09? So the remembering might be a little difficult). Also picked up two video games: X-Men Legends (sensing a theme?) and God of War. . . 2. . . just realized that now, and haven't played the original, OOPS!

Aug 15, 2012, 5:08pm Top

I loves my WordPress. Pretty easypeasy. :)

Have you read Graceling before, Katie? If not, you're in for a treat.

Edited: Aug 15, 2012, 5:14pm Top

I have not. A while back I got a box of books that contained the third of the series, Bitterblue, and a friend told me I should really read the others first. Lucky me found it used for under $5 :)

Glad to hear that WP is easy. Now I just have to figure out what the heck I will be writing about and a blog title.

Aug 15, 2012, 5:19pm Top

I just finished Bitterblue on the weekend and enjoyed it, although I thought Graceling and Fire were stronger novels. I look forward to your thoughts.

Good luck with picking a title and topic for your blog. That's always the toughest part.

Aug 15, 2012, 5:24pm Top

I'll probably end up just a really random personal blog. Really, it's just a 'hey, I can type, write, and use this technology thing' that they're looking for. . . mostly. . . I think. I'll probably send the reviews that fit my friend's blog to her, since it ranks and she said I could use it as a job/reference type deal. Yay! Then just do random for my own. Idk, it's just so much simpler (in regards to subject narrowing) doing these things as part of a previously established company/brand/etc.

Aug 15, 2012, 5:26pm Top

Or having a specific project in mind (which is what my blog is). One of my friend's does a random life blog, although hers has a very heavy foodie element. But yeah, as long as you prove you can put a sentence together, I'm sure it'll fit the bill. :)

Aug 15, 2012, 7:48pm Top

Good luck with the blog thing! :) Micky's pretty much right (as usual :P)--as long as you can put a sentence together, you're good.

Aug 17, 2012, 4:10pm Top

Started reading Ready Player One. Oh, I am sooooo in love with all of the 80s and video game references :D

Also picked up The Eyeball Collector and Episodes: My Life As I See It (which is a memoir by an autistic teenager in a format similar to IMDB listings) from the Dollar Tree. There was one that looked very interesting. . . but it was book #3 of a series by Garth Nix. Can't say I've red anything by him before (even though the name is quite familiar), but I might need to track down that series at some point.

Aug 17, 2012, 7:09pm Top

Yeah, I keep hearing about that one (Ready Player One.) I've got it on my wishlist, even though my library doesn't have a copy...

Aug 20, 2012, 5:57pm Top

42. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 5 Stars

So. Amazing. And how appropriate that it is number 42 with all of its geeky references (including Douglas Adams/H2G2). I'll be writing a full review soon. Since ze blog needs to come into being, I will coincide the two (and post the link here for ya'll).

Also, there's a public book club near me, called Books and Bars, that will be discussing it tomorrow night! And yep, their name is accurate; they go to bars to discuss books. So, I'm gonna be social tomorrow, meet some new folks, all while playing video games, doing trivia, and discussing this amazing book :)

Aug 22, 2012, 2:56pm Top

Hope your book club experience is a good one. :)

Aug 24, 2012, 6:25pm Top

Blogging and book clubbing, no doubt, which is why you're never here and pay no attention whatever to those you've so heartlessly left behind.

Such a typical girl.

Aug 24, 2012, 8:07pm Top

Yeah, guys pay no attention to those we leave hartlessly behind for way cooler (and less productive) reasons! :D

Edited: Aug 25, 2012, 6:54pm Top

Books and Bars was definitely a blast. The conversation was a good mix of nerdy nostalgia, the role and ramifications of the OASIS (an online, virtual game space that ends up hosting everything from shopping to business meetings to school classes), and humorous chatting. And I ran into a person I met while interning with the library, so it wasn't completely strangers, lol. I will definitely be keeping an eye on their future reads and meetings. September's book is The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Hopefully I can snag a copy and get it read before the meeting.

Hi Richard! I didn't leave anyone behind. I've just been mostly in lurk mode here, paying up to 4 whole attentions a day ;)

Blog's not up yet. I plan on getting that started on my day off next week. . . . whatever that day may be.

Aug 29, 2012, 3:12am Top

First blog post is up! I would love it if people checked it out. A post with the review of Ready Player One will be live some time tomorrow. . . . err, today, lol.

Aug 29, 2012, 2:22pm Top

Sep 1, 2012, 8:02pm Top

*chuckles* I use the same theme on my blog, Katie. Nice choice! ;)

Sep 1, 2012, 8:11pm Top

#235: I loved Ready Player One too, Kate. I am glad to see that the book has found another fan!

Sep 1, 2012, 8:41pm Top

#242: Haha! Nice! I plan on personalizing it at some point in the future, but that was definitely my favorite of the starter themes and will probably be there for a while.

#243: Hi Stasia! Oh, it will be reread many a time :D

Sep 5, 2012, 7:52pm Top

#240: I tried to post a comment, but I can't remember my password @ WordPress--argh! But I did visit it, and NICE. :)

Sep 5, 2012, 10:08pm Top

Sara: I believe you can comment anonymously. . . and then just tell me it's you, lol. But, THANK YOU!

Sep 5, 2012, 10:33pm Top

43: Dead(ish) by Naomi Kramer, 2 Stars
I liked the premise, but the execution was poor. Free on Kindle. Took about an hour to read.

Full review here.

Sep 6, 2012, 10:24pm Top

#246: I tried again. I think it was because I used the same email addie I have with WordPress that made things more complicated than they should. Anyway, I posted. Awaiting moderation now. :)

#247: Aaww, sorry that one sucked (and not in a good way). :( It definitely looks like something I'd read, but ebooks? (shrudders) I must be getting old, because I avoid them like the plague. I guess because it takes forever for me to load my computer, and all it takes to read a "real" book is just open it. Oh well. Btw, I did visit your blog again and post (yet again).

Sep 7, 2012, 12:48am Top

All seems to be working and is now moderated. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

I really did like the premise. I feel like it was an author's early foray into stories and that it shows a lot of promise. . . if there was a rewrite somewhere down the line. Gosh, done right it could almost be a Christopher Moore-esque plot line. . . almost.

Started The Child Thief yesterday when the power was out. So far = amazeballs. Hopefully it keeps going strong. I do like a modern and darkly twisted re-imagining of a fairytale :D

Sep 7, 2012, 1:00am Top

Also, update:

2nd interview with Wells Fargo. . . just teller position, but hey, it's a start in the right direction. I felt like it went well. Should know by Tuesday if I am hired or not.

Also started working on an application for a grant to be an assistant English teacher in Romania for a year. All expenses paid. It's competitive, so I doubt I'll get it. But maybe, just maybe. *crosses fingers*

Sep 8, 2012, 3:45pm Top

Crossing my fingers as well, Katie. :)

Sep 8, 2012, 3:53pm Top

Intrigued to see your response to The Child Thief, hopeful about the Romanian thang, and dropping an all-encompassing *smooch* before relurking.

Sep 8, 2012, 10:32pm Top

Thanks for the crossings and hopefuls!

Didn't get much reading done today or yesterday. . . due to work and the renaissance festival, but should get more of The Child Thief read morrow. I'm excited to see where it goes.

PS: I got sunburned at renfest today. It was sooooo cloudy. And I was in the shade a good amount of the time. And this is lame. My pallid nature has gotten the better of me once again. *le sigh ^20

Sep 19, 2012, 11:08am Top

Since a lot of us around here are introverts. . .

Article from The Onion titled: Report: It's Not Okay To Just Start Talking To People You Don’t Know

Sep 19, 2012, 2:13pm Top

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