Friday, October 31, 2008
Okay, this is actually the real new post, or the good new post. So, update on myself before the review...
Last week, Brian and Holly came to Texas and stayed with us. It was great! I got to spend a lot of time with Stephen, Matthew and Susanna, all of which I never get to see. They are all so cute! Stephen is really into Bionicles, Legos, and Bionicle Lego computer games. :D He's also starting to get into Lord of the Rings, and I got to read to him from The Fellowship while he was here before he went to bed every night. He stopped me every paragraph or so to ask a question, and I think the cutest was when he asked me what it meant when Gandalf's eyes 'glinted.' [Gandalf looked at Frodo, and his eyes glinted.]
I wasn't sure how to make him understand that, but I did my best. Stephen kept on rolling his eyes and moving them around funny and asking me if that's what it meant. I tried to explain that it meant that they were sort of sparkling, and when he finally figured it out, he said: "Is it when light is sort of shining on them?"
Triumphant, I said, "Yes!"
Stephen: "Your eyes are sort of glintering right now!"
Me: "Thank you! Yours are too!"
He cracks me up. Unfortunately, several of us were sick, and by the last night, I had a severe sore throat, and then I got the stomach bug, which I had for twenty-four hours. I was alright for two days, but last night I made the mistake of reading too much and eating a few pieces of fried balogna and then I lost it later. :(
I feel good today, though, and last night, when I was trying to relax and go to sleep, I managed to finish Blink of an Eye.
Blink of an Eye is a rewrite of Blink, which was first published in 2003. Blink of an Eye was published in 2007. According to the Dekker interview in the back of the book, he mostly changed the romance thread of the story, and made it 'tighter.'
Blink of an Eye is a mystery novel about a Saudi Arabian princess, Miriam, and a brillaint college student named Seth with an IQ that challenges Einstein. Miriam flees Saudi Arabia whn she finds out that she is to be given to a man named Omar bin Khalid in marriage. Once she makes it to the United States, she's nearly taken back by some agent sent by....I can't remember who sent the agents actually. But she's nearly taken back to Saudi Arabia, or nearly killed, until Seth intervenes. Seth starts having premonitions about things that are about to happen, and at first just labels it as deja vu. While in the middle of a speech, he sees a woman being shot, and barely manages to save her. His actions throw him and Miriam in together, and Seth uses his gift to keep himself and Miriam alive.
It was a fast paced, page-turning book that I enjoyed from the moment I opened it. I don't think anything will ever top The Circle Trilogy, but besides that, Blink of an Eye is the best Dekker book I've read. Blink of an Eye offers a glimpse of Middle East traditions and rituals, and Dekker's honest prose captures his characters as if they were actually real people. Something funny I've noticed in the last two Dekker books I've read (the other was Saint) is that Dekker sometimes labels his characters as looking like a movie star...in Saint, the villain resembled Jude Law, and in Blink of an Eye, one of Seth's professors looked like Charleton Heston. I thought that was funny. I definitely recommend it! Eight and a half stars on the ten star rating system. :D Plus, it's honorary book of the month. And I did get it on time! Oh cool, today's Halloweeney. Today is also Dwalyn Kitt's Birthday, which is one of the main characters in my book.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I guess it's been awhile since I've posted...not since Harry Potter 3, but now I give you Movie of the Month, Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant.
I've always liked Cary Grant movies, because I think he and my dad look a lot alike, and Dad probably could do a cool impression of him if he really wanted to. Monkey Business was hilarious! It was the first Ginger Rogers movie I ever saw, or Marilyn Monroe either, and it was so FUNNY!!!!
It's about a man who is trying to invent an elixir of youth, and tests it on chimpanzees. One of the chimpanzees is very mischevious, and gets out and starts playing around in the chemistry lab, and ends up mixing up an elixir of youth and dumping it in the water jug dispenser thing!!!!!
It was so funny because when Ginger Rogers drank the mixture, she acted so goofy and funny....just like my cousin Abby does! Abby makes me laugh like Bill Cosby does. She's so goofy that it gives me hiccups to talk to her on the phone. So here's a trailer for it (and don't let the trailer put you out, the movie is better than it looks).
Friday, October 10, 2008
I recently bought, read and finished Harry Potter the Third for the second time. It was great, again! It is my favorite of the first three in the series, and so far the best movie. I own it. :D I think that the second and fourth movies are second best, and the first and fifth are the third best. In other words, the first and fifth are the worst ones, so far. But they still get high ratings. :D In this one, two of the greatest Harry Potter characters ever are introduced...Sirius Black and Remus Lupin! I think its sooo sad that she killed both of them. Comment if you felt the same rage I felt!!!!!! (Hint hint Mike. :) ) I actually forgot how bad Severus Snape could be. I'm always amazed at how great a writer J. K. Rowling is. She has a good, solid voice, and great plot twists, original characters.... Yeah that was a really boring comment. Any body with even the slightest bit of a literary brain could see that...but I'm tired, and I have very little to say at the moment. Has anybody besides me noticed that my reviews always sound really stupid after midnight? I'll try harder. Kay. Let's see....(tapping temples...or some other cool gesture that signifies thinking or working hard) I had a lot of fun reading this one, because I have the soundtrack to the movie, and because I got a Hershey bar after Lupin reminded me how much I liked milk chocolate...I like how Lupin is really nice and cheerful, even when he's had such a hard life because of being a werewolf. I was disappointed that Harry never got closer to him. It almost seemed to me that Harry owed Lupin in a way...I mean....he gets so close to Sirius, but he yells at Lupin in the Deathly Hallows, and then Lupin DIES!!!! (again, comment if you felt the rage I felt. Ahem. Mike.) And Sirius Black. Ah. I really wish I had thought of Animagi first, although she technically copied the whole shapeshifter angle. And that isn't copyrighted. Heh heh. I found out in Science ( so yes, I am learning from it) that there is a star called Bellatrix, and I already knew that there was a star named Sirius (also known as the dog star, btw) and I thought it was cool that the cousins were both named after stars. I wonder if there's some more mythology behind that...like maybe the Bellatrix star would eventually destory the Sirius star for some reason? Anyway. I think I thought that up myself, but maybe somebody could like it up. (**Coughs** Mike.) Definitely a four, five, six, or ten star book...whatever my highest rating is. **Yawns** Maybe someday I'll actually post an interesting book review. :D
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I've bought, borrowed and been given several CD's over the past few months. First, the CD's I was given:
1. Peter Pan, by James Newton Howard
Mom and Dad got this for me for my birthday. It's an absolutely beautiful soundtrack..pleasant on the 'boring tracks' thrilling on the violent tracks, and breath-taking on its best ones. James Newton Howard is a really fantastic composer...I really want to get the soundtracks to Unbreakable and Signs, two of his other very best. Just go to iTunes and listen to the sample track of "I Do Believe in Fairies" or "Flying" and you'll see what I mean by breath-taking on its best ones.
2. Raising Sand, by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Andy and Alissa gave me this one for my birthday. I had heard it before, but I was thrilled to get it. I found a new favorite on it this time though; Stick With Me Baby. I didn't remember liking it as much as I do now; maybe I over listened to my other favorites. It's really a beautiful CD, with nice, mellow songs. I put together a playlist of songs to put me to sleep (sometimes I do fall asleep listening to music) and several from Raising Sand are on it.
CD's I bought for myself:
3. Heroes and Thieves by Vanessa Carlton.
I found out about Vanessa Carlton from the music video for her song Ordinary Day. She's not as good as Michelle Branch, and I think she's a little bit darker. The song that the CD is named for is cool, though, as are Nolita Fairytale, Fools Like Me, Home (the sweetest song on the album) and Spring Street. My Best is pretty good. The others a little bit blah. This Time and More than This are good though...:D
4. Be Not Nobody by Vanessa Carlton
I bought her first CD too, and I'm disappointed. There are only four songs on it I really care about listening to...all the others are boring and gothish. I'll probably take them off of my iPod eventually. She covers the Rolling Stones song Paint It Black on this CD....she has a boring version. So, her last CD was a lot better than this one, I think. I really wish I hadn't wasted my money on this one. Heroes and Thieves was worth it, but the only songs really worth it on Be Not Nobody was Ordinary Day, A Thousand Miles, Pretty Baby and Twilight. So shrugs. I recommend Heroes and Thieves over this one, but a few of the songs on this one are definitely worth listening to/ buying.
CD's I borrowed from Andy and Alissa
5. Live by Alison Krauss and Union Station
I had heard this before....one of my favorite traveling memories is when it was after dark in December, and Mom and Dad and I were going to Brian and Holly's in Indiana. We kept on going through little towns, and it was snowing, and were listening to these. I just remember it because I thought it was so pretty how all the street lights were lighting the snow all orange and blue and stuff, and it was really cozy and fun to have Alison Krauss playing all through it. My favorites were the ones I was familiar with; I never listened to every song. Let Me Touch You For Awhile, Maybe, Every Time You Say Goodbye, New Favorite and Stay I particularly enjoyed.
6. Desire by Bob Dylan
I liked this CD a lot more than I thought I would, which is often the case with these Bob Dylan CD's. I really really liked Hurricane, which was my favorite song on the album. I like how he used violin music and almost a spanish sounding style on it or something...it was really different sounding, and I liked it a lot. Joey was a cool song too, and I liked all the other songs moderately. Joey and Hurricane were my favorites, because they were the most interesting to me. I like listening to Romance in Durango too though...I like the harmony vocals on all the songs.
BTW, be checking Sock Monkeys for CD's Books and Movies of the Month from me and Mikaela....if she'll ever post hers....:D
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well, it's eleven minutes till midnight, and I've just finished Anne of Avonlea. I enjoyed it as much or more perhaps than Anne of Green Gables...and I can tell that the more I read of Anne, the more I'll understand romantic personalities, because I realized how much Anne and I are alike, no matter how many people say I'm like Diana. :D It will never be entirely true, because I've got qualities from both of them, but I'm the most like Anne, whether I've got the right hair color or not. It's a simple fact...because Diana wouldn't ever be able to think up some of the things that I do, because Diana and Anne are nearly opposites when it comes to being romantic.
It was so much fun to see how L. M. Montgomery writes her characters, and character introductions, and how Anne gets into the most ridiculous scrapes still...my favorite was probably how she died her nose red when she thought she was putting freckle lotion on it and then answered the door to some very important people.
I just loved the chapter where Anne started teaching for the first day! All the descriptions of the kids in the book were enchanting, and I can full-heartedly say and know that because I've got six nephews and nieces. I love kids!
And it was a lot of fun to see Gilbert too, when he and Anne are friends, and interesting to see how Gilbert dotes on her, and how Anne doesn't notice! Poor, sweet Gilbert. And I see how frustrating it can be to Anne sometimes too...I mean...I think I mentioned in the last post that Dad laughs at me when I say romantic things about ice cream...but that's alright. It almost makes it more fun if you're laughed at for being romantic. It would be weird if you weren't laughed at. Right? Right.
Anne of Avonlea was wonderful...so it is the first October book of the month, and there will be another one later on, when I finish it...probably another L. M. Montgomery book. L. M. Montgomery has certainly been added to my favorite authors list...right up there with Tolkien! (And this is saying a LOT.)
Every girl should read the Anne books at some point or another, but I warn that the romantics will appreciate them the most. :D