Monday, December 29, 2008

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I finally broke down and read this. My friend Shelly recommended it and since I trust her instincts, I got a copy from the library. After being 20 millionth in line....

This was an entertaining teen romance-type book between a vampire and a chick. Buffy and Angel, they are definitely NOT. Edward and Bella, our young couple, meet in school after Bella transfers to Forks to live with her dad. Edward is apparently a stunning specimen of flesh (seeing the movie posters makes me beg to differ) and Bella is soon madly in love as only a teenager can be. Are they doomed? What, with him being a bloodsucker and all? Who knows....this is only the first book in the series. I'm in line for the next book, #10,001.

So far, I agree that this is a cute series, definitely made for teens but entertaining for everyone. Quick reads, I'll never purchase the books and probably won't see the movie, but it will be a fun journey to see what happens to these kiddos.

I do have a quibble: vampires DO NOT and never ever should *sparkle*. Geesh.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon

The title pretty much says it all.

I read through nearly 90% of the entries, taking notes along the way. But the library wanted it back so I had to skim the rest. Darn them.

I found a lot new music to listen to and try and pondered why Moon choose the right artist at times but the wrong albums. My personal opinion obviously. (M.I.A. is awesome but Kala is the best, not Arular) He also lists 108 recordings at the end that he didn't get to list in the main book.

If you're a music fan, this is well worth checking out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I've been hearing about the new stop-animation movie of Coraline coming out and I was intrigued. This is a YA book and pretty thin. Ergo, it was a quick read.

It turned out to be really great story. It even creeped me out some :)

Coraline Jones is a little girl, about 10, who lives with her parents in a flat. Coraline explores the property, but on a rainy day, her father suggests that she explore the flat itself. She comes upon a door that opens up to a brick wall. Later that night, she discovers the door partially open and the brick wall no longer. Being the adventurer that she is, Coraline ventures into the corridor into another world, much like her own but very different.

The book takes the reader on a journey as Coraline attempts to outwit the evil "other mother" to rescue 3 lost children and her parents.

Even if you're an oldie, you'll like this book

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen

3rd in the Smokey Barrett series, this book was just as good as the first (which I read in a day). The 2nd in the series was slightly disappointing but by putting Smokey and team on the trail of a religious serial killer, McFadyen brought me back :)

There were too many places where I said "Oh wow." that I don't want to give anything away. I'll summarize by saying people are being murdered (duh) and there's a religious bent to it. That's all I can give ya.

Smokey herself makes leaps and bounds in this book, giving away not 1 but TWO deep dark secrets. This book is all about the dirty little secrets everyone has. And what they do with them.

Happy Reading!