Monday, May 31, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw this book I HAD to buy it. I was compelled. I had no choice. Who wouldn't love honest Abe as a vampire hunter? The book my have dragged a little bit (very little and only in a couple parts) but I always wanted to keep reading, to the dismay of my poor husband (I never wanted to turn the light off and go to bed). I also loved the use of Poe's strange death. They way he combines fact & fiction is great.

I loved Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and am glad I picked up this book as well!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Movie Saturday- Sex and the City 2 and The Happening

I love movies but I didn't want to add ANOTHER blog to what little free time I have, so I decided that Saturdays would focus on my favorite movies and if I've seen any in the theatre (or new releases) recently I'll put that here too.

Friday night I saw Sex and the City 2.

Despite some poor reviews I went to see SATC2 with friends and had a GREAT time! There are a lot, OK the movie is pretty much all sexual references and jokes, but if you like that stuff (or don't mind it) and want a girl's night I would recommend it. Samantha is going through menopause, Carrie is dramatic (as always), Charlotte is dealing with the new hot nanny that doesn't wear a bra and Miranda has to deal with the major business woman question: do I work and miss spending time with my family or will I continue to be a lawyer?

I really liked this movie, but some of the fashion was just too ridiculous even for SATC. I give it an A-

One of my favorite movies (I have many) is The Happening directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I could watch it over and over again. I love that "what if" scenario of older movies. The acting is great (I think). Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Dechanel do a great job. The directing was fantastic and M. Night does a great job of setting up the story. It doesn't drag on at all like some movies do.

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Twilight Saga" Book 4- Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like that the Edward/Jacob battle is over with. Bella becomes a stronger version of herself (literally)and I like her more for it. And her powers are sweet.

I think this is the book I like best out of the entire saga. Edward can stop being so ridiculously protective and everyone can live happily ever after. Except for the fact that the Volturi are still watching them. Insert more drama. Blah, blah, blah. Edward and Bella cuteness.

The End

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Twilight Saga" Book 3- Eclipse

Eclipse (Twilight, #3) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I actually like Bella a lot more in this book than in Twilight and New Moon. She's coming into her own. She's getting rebelious. I love it.

Edward tries to tell Bella that she can't see Jacob anymore because he doesn't think she will be safe on the Quillette reservation (like she's safe with vampies.. jeez). So Bella spends much of her time trying to go see him, with amazing scenes where (1) Jacob picks her up on his bike and she hops and they escape (but she ditches school, tsk tsk) while Alice is watching angerly (yay!) and (2) when she is coming back, just after she cross the "line" Edward's car peels out from the trees and follows her through town. Stalker much? I'm just happy that she ignores him. He's being a douche. There just isn't a better word to describe him.

Jacob gets more selfish and both he and Edward do their own things so they can prove they are the "better man."
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Twilight Saga" Book 2- New Moon

New Moon (Twilight, #2) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book bothers me more than Twilight. Really? She just can't live without Edward? What message does this send to girls? Oh, if the guy you love leaves, just give up all hope.

It gives readers a chance to know Jacob and the reservation. It also give Bella a chance (eventually) to get a little stronger once she knows she can still live after someone breaks up with you (surprise).

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Inevitable "Twilight Saga" Review- Book 1

Twilight (Twilight, #1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'll try to be honest here. I liked this book (and entire series) the first time I read it. After about 1 year I decided to read them again. Only then did I realize how terrible the message of this book is. Edward stalks Bella, watches her sleep and wants to kill her, yet for some reason it is....... romantic? I was duped by it the first time I read it, just like a lot of others. Only after did I realize how strange it all is.

Edward is a vampire (duh) and Bella is the love of his life/ food that you REALLY want to eat but can't because you're on a diet... and in love with the food. Weird. Edward is mysterious and Bella is constantly trying to figure out what his deal is. That is basically the entire book.

"What is your problem?"
"Some strange comment that makes me sound more mysterious."

I'm exaggerating a little but that makes up for a lot of the conversations.

I also don't like how EVERYTHING is explained in so much detail. I don't care what Bella had for breakfast, I really don't.

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Updated 9/3/12
I didn't know this article existed on NPR but now that I do, I suggest you read it. They make fun of Stephenie Meyer's writing ability (or lack of) and it's hilarious.
"The Writing Style of 'Twilight':  We Kick Off The 'I Will If You Will' Book Club"

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I tried reading the original and found it snore inducing. I was wondering though the local bookstore one day and a ray of light appeared over it while I heard angels singing "Hallelujah". OK, that's an exaggeration but I was still happy to see it.

I thought this book was hilarious and even though I was never a huge fan of katana swords or ninjas, this book kept my attention. I never thought the Bennett girls could kick so much rotten stinking zombie butt.

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