Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Funny Animal Pictures

Sure the cat pictures are funny. But why doesn't anybody post cute dog pictures?


Dame Orchid

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Brisinger

Author: Christopher Paolini
Title: Brisinger
Number of Pages: 763
First Publication: 2008
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?"

I totally knew that they were related (the hints weren't to subtle), and who his father was (again obvious). One of my favorite parts about the series is the bond between the Rider's and their Dragons. Which makes the tales about the Dragon Rider's who have lost their other half so terribly sad.
I love how in "Eragon" and "Brisinger" the story is seamlessly told through various characters.
There aren't enough words to describe how much I love this series. The Inheritance Cycle is chalk full of some of my favorite things about books with page counts that go over 300 pages, well written characters, lots of action, and a story that completely absorbs you.
In preparation for the third book I re-read the first two in 4 days (since I had already read them I decided to take my time), then I impatiently waited for Saturday to come so that I could read "Brisinger" uninterrupted.
It took me 15 hours to read it from cover to cover. I started at 9:30 am, and finished at 12:30 am.
Even though the Inheritance Cycle is kind of reminiscent of Star Wars and LOTR it is still a remarkable series that will leave you impatiently waiting for the next (and last) one.

"Brisinger" receives 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.






The reason it has taken me so long to write and publish my reviews is that my allergies have been acting up (itchy, watery eyes, plus a lot of sneezing) every time I got on the computer my eyes would start to burn and water, which also means I couldn't read *sad*.

Orchid
Next up is "Girl at Sea" By Maureen Johnson

Monday, January 26, 2009

Eldest

Author: Christopher Paolini
Title: Eldest
Number of Pages: 704
First Publication: 2005
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "Darkness falls...despair abounds...evil reigns...
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.
Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle -– one that might put Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life...."

So far "Eldest" is my favorite book in The Inheritance series.
My posts for "Eragon" and "Eldest" only have their synopsis, while I plan on using the post for "Brisinger" as my actual review. Plus I'll tell you why it's taken me so long to write and publish my reviews.

"Eldest" receives 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.






Dame Orchid

Friday, January 23, 2009

Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini
Title: Eragon
Number of Pages: 544
First Publication: 2003
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...."

I have decided to give The Inheritance series review in the third post about this series. I should warn you that I have read Eragon at least four times since I got it.

I give Eragon 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.






Dame Orchid

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inheritance Poll Results

Here are the results for the Favorite Inheritance Series Book?

Eragon 33%
Eldest 0%
Brisinger 0%
All of the above 0%
None of them 0%
Haven't read them 66%

I am shocked. It seems that the majority of those who read this blog have never read any of The Inheritance books.
I promise that my next post will be my review on the Inheritance books. :)


Dame Orchid

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pass it on Down

I was going to post the video for this song, but then I thought the lyrics of the song might get over looked.

Artist: Alabama
Album: Pass it on Down
Song Title: "Pass it on Down"
Year: 1990
Songwriter(s):Randy Owen, Ronnie Rogers, Teddy Gentry, Will Robinson

We live in the land of plenty
But many things aren't plenty anymore
Like the water from are sink they say it's not safe to drink
You gotta go and buy it from the store

Now we're told there's a hole in the ozone
Look what's washing on the beaches
And Lord, I believe from the heavens to the sea
We're bringing mother nature to her knees

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down

Well there's a change taking place way on the mountains
Acid rain is falling on the leaves
And down in Brazil the fires are burning still
How we gonna breathe without them trees?

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down

There's a place where I live called the Canyon
Where daddy taught me to swim
And that water so pure and I'm gonna make sure
Daddy's grandkids can swim there like him

Now we all oughta feel just a little bit guilty
When we look into the eyes of our kids
'Cause brothers it's a fact, if we take and don't put back
They'll have to pay for all we did

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down

So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down
Leave it and pass it on down

I think that after reading the lyrics to "Pass it On Down" we should all take into mind the impact that our actions will have on future generations.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Short Post

Last night I finished reading "Brisinger". As soon as I get a chance to collect my thoughts I will post my review on The Inheritance Series.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Howl's Moving Castle

Title: Howl's Moving Castle
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 1986
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.
After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.
The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.
In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?"

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors of all time. Her stories are just so well written, with amazing plot twists, and fantastic characters.
If you love Howl's Moving Castle (the book), then I highly recommend that you check out Howl's Moving Castle (the movie) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
This book was so good that my rating system just seems so inadequate. So I will try to give Howl's Moving Castle an appropriate rating.
I give this book 5 out of 5 cameo pendents plus 3 hand fans.





Dame Orchid

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Coraline

Neil Gaiman's Book "Coraline" will make its movie debut on February 6, 2009. I just loved this book when I read it and now I can't wait to see the movie, plus I love stop-motion animated movies.

"The film is about a young girl, Coraline (Dakota Fanning), who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home and enters into a parallel reality, a fantastical and thrilling imitation of her own dull life. In this world, Coraline finds a new version of her real mother (Teri Hatcher) and father (John Hodgman), her off-kilter neighbors, Miss Forcible (Dawn French), Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Mr Bobinsky (Ian MacShane), and the Cat (Keith David). However, this other world soon begins to unravel and she becomes a prisoner to her Other Mother and must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home."








Dame Orchid

Monday, January 12, 2009

Curtain

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: Curtain
Number of Pages: 224
First Publication: 1975
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "Poirot returns to the scene of his very first crime to solve a mystery that will be his last."

It has been a year since Captain Hasting's has seen his friend Hercule Poirot, so at Poirot's request he meets him at Styles. Yes, the very same place where he solved his first case.
Hasting's is dismayed to find that his old friend has aged considerly since thay last met. But, when Poirot insists that there is a murder at Styles (again), one who will kill again if he is not stopped in time and brought to justice. With the realization that Poirot will go to any length to bring the murderer to justice or die trying, Hasting's trys to figure out the killers identity.
Curtain starts out a little slow, but picks up a lot of speed after the first murder.
Curtain gets 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.






Dame Orchid

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Author: Agatha Christie
Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Number of Pages: 160
First Publication: 1920
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. And there are plenty who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law.

Agatha Christie's eccentric and hugely popular detective, Hercule Poirot, was introduced to the world in this book, which launched her career as the most famous and best loved of all mystery writer."


When Lady Inglethrop is poisoned one night, Captain Hasting's enlists the help of his old friend Poirot to solve the case. But as family secrets come to light the whole house comes under suspicion. For not everyone is as innocent as you might think.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a moderately fast past murder mystery, with plenty of red herrings that will leave you wondering who the real culprit is.
Agatha Christie's work never fails to leave me guessing with every turn of the page.
Rating 5 out of 5 cameo pendents





The next book up for review is Curtain by Agatha Christie.

Dame Orchid

Friday, January 9, 2009

Busy Being Fabulous

Since I am busy re-reading Eragon. Here is "Busy Being Fabulous" by The Eagles from their latest album Long Road Out of Eden.
Enjoy.



Dame Orchid

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Nightfall

A few years ago at some library (I can't remember which one) I found this really awesome series that I pretty much devoured.
Fast forward to like, two years ago which has my Mom and me looking high and low for the whole series (i.e. online, used bookstores, and Barnes and Noble). Well much to my surprise I received the first two in the series for Christmas and then spent the next couple of months looking for the last two (I was victorious).
Again, fast forward to the present and what to my surprise did I find as I randomly search new releases on my favorite authors (I guess this is where I should tell you about the book).... L.J. Smith, author of the Night World series, has a new Vampire Diaries book coming out in February called Nightfall. Nightfall will be apart of the Vampire Diaries: The Return series.
I must admit that I was shocked. I mean come on, Dark Reunion came out in 1991, Nightfall will be out Feb 24, 2009 (you do the math).

I think this is a bonus. You can find the whole Vampire Diaries series at just about every bookseller, in two volumes with covers that are a whole lot cooler that the original ones. I almost forgot, Nightfall focuses more on Damon.



Dame Orchid

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I've Been Tagged

Last night I was tagged by Dahlia to answer some random questions with pictures from Google search.
The rules of the game are as follows: Type your answers to the questions below into the Google Image Search. Pick the best pictures and post them on your blog with little to no explanation.



I would like to go...

(Cedar Point)


My favorite place is...

My favorite foods are...
Favorite articles of clothing...Least favorite article of clothing... Favorite TV shows...

Town in which I live...
Screen name/nickname
First job...



Dream job... What I would buy if I had a million dollars...


Go to... My one wish...


I am tagging my followers E, Hanz, and 6.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mini Blog: Google Alerts and Authors

A little before Christmas I wrote a review on my blog about Alan Gratz's book Something Rotten. And Guess what? It was mentioned on his blog Gratz Industries. When Dahlia told me that I my blog popped up on an authors blog it was totally bubbly-making (and that's a good thing).



Dame Orchid

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