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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Books for Troops!

Hey gang!

Trying out a little something different for now.

In the months that follow, I'm setting up a little donation doodad off to the side. Not for myself, no, no. I often squirrel away money and items in order to send them to troops overseas. I use to pick a group of men and women and send the things they need. Most of the time they're bored. Books a great because they're so versatile. Don't need a DVD player or batteries to play books!

But I also don't have a lot of money to spare. It can cost a lot to send a big package of books - even if I use the flat rate boxes. So if anyone's interested and doesn't mind parting with a dollar here and there, more books could go to all the men and women doing the kind of work that would leave the rest of us shaking in our boots. It's all voluntary and every penny will go toward shipping and new books (in case I run out of ARCs). I plan on keeping the donation button up until after Christmas and see how it goes.

So if you want to help entertain some soldiers with some good books but don't have a lot to spare, we can pool our resources and send boxes full of goodies overseas. Yay!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Recently Finished

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Even though the last book did have a plot, somehow I felt this book had more of a plot, even though when I think about it, they're about the same. If you haven't read the series, then this isn't the best place to start, but if you've been reading along, you might as well. It's fun. It's vampire killin' time. Let's put it that way. I'm also glad Sookie just started kicking people out of her house. It's a good read. I read it in about a day. No, wait, there's no "about" about it - I did read it in a day. So it's fast, fun, and if you like the series, it does some interesting things that will make you wonder about the potential changes in the next installment. I think Charlaine Harris can take her time. I'm interested in quality, and for anyone complaining about how long it takes to get the next book - please either be quiet, or go write your own book and see how long it takes you. :)

Notes from the playlist: "Red Dress" by TV on the Radio (The Glitch Mob Remix)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Recommended for Fairy Tale Folk

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Edition)

I adore Grimm's Fairy Tales. I guess it's because I'm such a sucker for fun fantasy. These are all the original tales - where the princes don't always kiss the beautiful maidens to wake them up, where witches die in horrible ways, and you learn everything that wasn't in the Disney movies. Hee. It's actually very interesting to see all the differences. I like this book not only for the stories, but also for the ideas. As a writer of fantasy, I've begun to look for some of my favorite tales and discover how to work them into new ways. Yay! Even better, for every Grimm's Fairy Tale in one really good-looking book, it's a great price. I own a bunch of these leatherbound editions. I'm happy I have the one I do (the cover is different and to be honest, I like mine better). But if you love fairy tales and want all the originals in one awesome book, this is the way to go!

Notes from the playlist: "Crescendolls" by Daft Punk

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Recently Finished and Recommended

World War Z by Max Brooks

The July book for Calico Reaction's 2011 ABC Book Club. I'd been meaning to read this for a long time. Brooks is the creator of the Zombie Survival Guide - a big seller in the store. This isn't your typical book. Instead, it's a book of interviews from people who survived the zombie war. This also isn't your typical science fiction - you'll find this book sitting in the fiction section in the store. Brooks writes the interviews as if the war had really happened. It's like a wild non-fiction/fiction book, haha. It is at turns interesting, sad, and actually got me thinking about ways to escape with my family (roads to use, supplies to take) in the event of a cataclysmic event. Which is rather creepy and scary when you think about it too much. But definitely give this book a try. It wouldn't surprise me if certain government agencies actually read this and planned accordingly for similar situations. (Hey, they've asked science fiction writers for ideas and advice before!)

Read the Epinions review here!

Notes from the playlist: "Secrets (Matrick Lightning Edit)" by OneRepublic & DjMatrick

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