June 25th, 2010

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I recently finished reading Osprey Campaign #216: The Six Day War 1967: Jordan and Syria. Photos, maps, etc. I found the material here new to me, and it seems to give a more balanced view of the political situation as well as the reality of the war. Nice.

Book 28

Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Themes: Love, Magical Realism


I have loved everything Sarah Addison Allen has written (Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen) and this novel is certainly no exception.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon has the same themes/topics as her othernovels: love, magical realism, and women protagonists. It is light and fun and beautiful and I even shed a tear which I NEVER do when I read.



I wish I had more time to read or more books to read... I also hope my count is correct.

13. Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton Bullet

Summary: Problems at home are nothing new to Anita Blake as her harem of men keeps growing. Internal conflicts arise and are quickly settled once Marmee Noir returns. This time she has inhabited several bodies and she is hellbent on taking over Anita's body and making it her own. Now Anita needs to get past her own moral issues as well as bigger problems with the local werelions in order to save herself and the people she loves from the Mother of Darkness. The only problem is she is going to have to ask for help from every weretiger that exists and some aren't so willing to comply.

Review: I'm going to keep this short out of fear of spoilers and such. Overall I did enjoy to book to a point. It was sextastic once again but this addressed a lot of issues of having so many men to love and it put the focus on other people's thoughts and feelings, not just Anita's. There wasn't a whole lot of action, which I felt would have been nice, but it was definitely a part of the story we need for future books to come.
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16. The Lady of the Lake - Walter Scott (1810) 3 / 5
Narrative poem set in the Trossachs region of Scotland. Composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men, Roderick Dhu, James Fitz-James, and Malcolm Graeme, to win the love of Ellen Douglas; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the lowland Scots (led by James V) and the highland clans (led by Roderick Dhu of Clan Alpine). The poem was tremendously influential in the nineteenth century, and inspired the Highland Revival.

I'm not entirely sure if I like rhymed poetry but there are some beautiful parts and Scotland is always appreciated.

17. The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook - Alice B. Toklas (1954) 3 / 5
Toklas's rich mixture of menus and memories of meals shared with such famous friends as Wilder, Picasso, and Hemingway.

A bit disappointed in the writing, it wasn't as insightful as I thought it would be, but fun and interesting anecdotes nevertheless. It almost got me interested in cooking which is quite an achievement in itself.

18. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King (1982) 2 / 5
Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

Liked the movie and the story was alright but it's not the best work of King in my opinion, a tad overrated.

19. Hard Times - Charles Dickens (1854) 4 / 5
Championing the mind-numbing materialism of the period is Thomas Gradgrind, one of Dickens’s most vivid characters. He opens the novel by arguing that boys and girls should be taught “nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” Forbidding the development of imagination, Gradgrind is ultimately forced to confront the results of his philosophy—his own daughter’s terrible unhappiness.

20. Chopin: Prince of the Romantics - Adam Zamoyski (1979) 4 / 5

[ summaries from Barnes & Noble and Wikipedia ]
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Title: The Vast Fields of Ordinary
Author: Nick Burd
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA
Pages: 309
First Line: "I spent a good part of my senior prom drawing DH + PS in a giant heart in the last stall of the Cedarville High boy's bathroom."

Summary: It's Dade Hamilton's last summer before college. He has a crappy job at Food World, a "boyfriend" who won't publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend, one of the most popular girls in school), and parents on the verge of a break-up. Add to all this the case of Jenny Moore, a nine-year-old whose disappearance has gripped his Iowa town, and Dade's main goal is just to survive until he leaves for school.

Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid, a dreamy-eyed misfit with all the wrong friends. Alex breathes new life into the suburban wasteland that Dade can't wait to escape -- but real love, like truth, has consequences, and its power soon sets in motion a tragic chain of events that will change Dade's life forever.

Source: Back of book

Review: The beginning of the book is a bad representation of the rest. The rest of the book is a million times better. I'll be honest -- there's not a whole lot of plot going on, and it's a whole lot of nothing for the most part. But it's pretty interesting. There were some loose ends at the end (one in particular that was annoying, having to do with Alex), but other than that I was pleasantly surprised with this. It wasn't the best book I've ever read by any means, but it was enjoyable.

Worst part: Probably that loose end about Alex.

Best part: I loved the main character, Dade. And the description of kisses was somehow fantastic.

Grade: B

Other Books by This Author: None, but he's working on others.

47 / 50 books. 94% done!