Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Barrons for the Win!

Please don't forget to vote for Barrons during the ultimate Alpha showdown between Barrons & Kate Daniels. Even though I'm a big Kate Daniels fan, I have to give the bad A$$ award to Barrons this round, & because KMM has already promised new Fever content, in the form of a sexy scene POV in his POV if he wins. All the incentive I need.  Polls are open at the Vampire Book Club for the next 48hrs. Go here to vote.
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Monday, May 30, 2011

True Blood: Breaking Up Sucks Promo

New this Week

Magic SlaysMagic Slays
Book #5

No introduction needed for this series. I'm a big fan of this author team and this series. Looking forward to diving as soon as get my hot little hands on this book.  A great Shifter series, about a tough magical heroine & a cute Alpha Shifter.  The Vamps in this series aren't your run of the mill sexy predators.  

                                1-Magic Bites
                                2-Magic Burns
                                3-Magic Strikes
                                4-Magic Bleeds  Curran's POV (Part 123)
                                5-Magic Slays 

Dead on the DeltaDead on the Delta
Book #1

I'm looking forward to reading this YA author's debut into adult UF. Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.

Book #2

I surprisingly enjoyed the first book (Raziel) of this new PNR series, and I can't wait to read more soon.  Reminiscent of  Ward's BDB series.  This well written & engaging PNR series is about a group of fallen angels at war, and are cursed with the task of ferrying souls to their next life.  The first book starts off with Raziel finding himself  in trouble when a antagonistic woman refuses to cross over.   Each book focuses on a different fallen angel.


Book #2  (Jun 1st)

The 2nd book in this trilogy, from one of my favorite authors.  My thoughts on Feed:  Mira Grant, or McGuire to Toby Daye fans, is a great writer; which is definitely evident from her eloquently written zombie book-Feed. At 600 pages, the first novel is a bit long, but very strong indeed. Not being a huge fan of its political/news focus, the questionable brother-sister dynamic, or the blog entries for multi-character POV; I can still recognize this book as a must read for any zombie/UF fan.

                                 3-Blackout-Final Book (May 2012)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die

I knew it couldn’t last. This was one somber episode. I'm breaking it down by Pro vs. Con this week, since there wasn't a whole lot to crow about.

Pro: Charles Dance shows off his acting chops as Tywin Lannister.
Now it’s Dance vs. Bean, for the Hot-Shiz Brit Crown.

Con: Petyr Baelish moons over Lady Stark & old unrequited love, but (Pro) looks cute while doing it. I’m such a fool for a man in a dress.

Pro: Jon Snow and his sourpuss, graces us this epi. Would it kill him to smile? Even his slight smiles appear as if he's smelling something rank.

Con: One of the King’s favorite pastimes results in some bed rest, and we are subjected to a really long deathbed monologue, that I could have done without. Hopefully the bare necessities, such as wine & a couple of naked ladies, are kept handy while he recups.  Get well soon. XOXO

Pro: Lord Stark for the Crown!! Vote here.

Pro: Horse Lord. That is all.

Con: And the assassination attempts begin. Curious to see which side Ser Jorah Mormont is truly playing on.

Pro: Drogo speaks more than two words and a grunt, and of course it's all to do Khaleesi's bidding. Girl is handling herself like a true Pro.

Con: I demand a reshoot. Couldn't they have found someone else for the first full-frontal male scene (like the horse lord)? I think I just lost my appetite for the next week.

Con: King Robert RIP. Sads. Now King Crazy-Boy for the Rule?
Say it isn’t so!

Con: Queenie doesn't let a small thing like a lack of a blood tie, stop her from proclaiming her son as the rightful successor.  Oh no she didn’t. No one talks to Sean Bean like that & gets away with it!

Pro: Petyr Baelish is so bad he’s good. I knew he had it in him.

Tune-in next week, when Sean Bean Kicks arse and leads an army to overthrow Queenie & her Crazy-Boy.  Go here for a more in-depth review.

True Blood: S4 E1 Sneak Peek

Laugh of the Week:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Instant Book-Gold No More

The midas touch for books, also known as Oprah Winfrey's Book Club, will be no more, after the show's final airing today.  Publishers & Authors who were lucky enough to have been touched by "O gold" the last 15 yrs, will mourn a great loss when one of the literary world's greatest influences retires. Not a great loss on my end, as Oprah's literary opinion has never held much bearing on what I read, even when I did watch her show (don't judge). Sayonara 0-Book club.
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

New Nook Attempts to Top Kindle

On Tuesday, B&N unveiled the "Simple Touch Reader". Designed for a “pure and simple” reading experience without buttons, keyboards or complexity, the new compact Nook will be available around June 10th in stores or online.   B&N CEO claims the Simple Touch would be the “easiest to use, most portable e-book reader ever.” He outlined several advantages to the new Nook over its Amazon rival.

Sounds good, but I wouldn't ditch my Kindle just yet.  I would have to first see a comprehensive comparison between the K3 & this new Nook, before even thinking about making the jump, since I prefer Amazon's large stock, website, & prices over B&N.  I don't see any major advantages over the former, other than the extended battery life. The memory expansion function is overkill in my opinion, since most ereaders already have the ability to hold over 3,000 books. And if you need additional space for non-book media, you might want to look to a multi-function device, like the iPAD. Not that I would ever buy that expensive-overhyped toy for reading anything other than periodicals.

  • 6" Pearl E Ink display 
  • Weighs-in at just under 7.5 ounces 
  • 35% lighter than the Original Nook
  • 2 Month Battery Life  (Twice the length of the K3)
  • Price-$140 (Same price as the Kindle 3, but not as cheap at the $114 Kindle with ads.)
  • 80% Less flashing (annoying “ghosting” effect between pages)
  • 50% Better Contrast than the 1st edition Nook
  • “Soft Touch,” (Contoured back, presumably to make it comfier to hold.) 
  • 2 GB w/ Expandable Memory a Slot, that can be boosted to 32GB.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

True Blood: Solo Promos

Free ebook

For a limited time, free Amazon Ebook. Again, I'm not responsible if this turns out to be a stinker. Read at your own risk. Happy Reading.

Heart of the WitchHeart of the Witch

Ravyn Skyler narrowly escapes death at the hands of a serial killer and now she must find him before he can kill again. Nick Lassiter is a private detective with issues and teaming up with Ravyn will be just the beginning of the troubles that now comes their way. Magic, mayhem and heart rendering emotions are brewing into something both Nick and Ravyn have no control over; all the while dark magic and evil minds are plotting to destroy them. Can they stop death before death stops them?

Alicia Dean has created an edgy tale with lost souls, vengeful enemies, and a magical journey in Heart of the Witch. Nick and Ravyn will touch your heart, as each must overcome a difficult past before a future can be found for them. The unfolding plot will keep you entrenched within a fascinating world of witchcraft, both good and bad, and the dark mind of a killer will send chills down your spine. Heart of the Witch is a gripping read of life, death and magical possibilities with memorable characters and a great climatic ending. --Night Owl Romance
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Game of Thrones: "He was No Dragon"

Sean Bean is kicking arse & taking names, in the name of the king no less, while he is off doing what little he does best, fornicating-drinking-hunting.  Take your pick which action word he is up to this week.  Though, he does exsert himself just a tad, by smacking around his baby's mama-aka the Queen, but quickly rewards himself with a drink. All work & no play, makes the king a dull boy. At this point, Mr. Bean has my vote as the next sovereign,                   that is, if this was a democracy & I had Britannia voting rights.
A few hundred miles due east, the Lannister imp gets plenty of laughs, as he tries to wiggle his way out of his latest tight spot.  And at last, we get more than two minutes in the horse lord's world, and we finally get to see him throw down.  Viserys RIP.  Can I get a woot-woot!? This one may be worth re-watching a more few times.  Go here for the full recap or here for a nice episode breakdown.

Friday, May 20, 2011

My Favorite Word

Free Amazon Ebook for a limited time.  I take no responsibility if this turns out to be a bad book.  Happy Reading.

Saying Goodbye to the SunSaying Goodbye to the Sun

New York City, 1986.  The name of the beautiful woman in the red dress is Raine, and Vincent Walker has no idea she’s about to change his life forever – by ending it.

Now, impossible as it is to believe, Vincent is turning into a vampire. He sets out to find the woman who changed him, hoping she can take it back. Instead, he finds himself at the mercy of the infamous Council of Thirteen. Not wanting to risk any of its more valuable servants, The Council assigns him the task of bringing her back to be punished for turning him without permission. If he succeeds, the woman he loves will be no more. If he refuses, the Council will take out its anger on him, instead.  But Vincent is not the only one looking for her.
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

The CDC tells us to Prepare

Someone has some splainin to do.  The CDC has been our go-to resource for Emergency Preparedness and Response since 1942.  They probably have a standard operating procedure for any and all scenarios that are likely to occur.  I just never thought that a Zombie Apocalypse would factor into one of those scenarios.  Hopefully we still have time before the end.  Go here to view the full post.

"There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

Better Safe than Sorry
Photo: Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado orhurricane)"     Courtesy of the CDC

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the mood for Dark Sci-fi?

God's WarGod's War
Book #1

Talented young author, Kameron Hurley, turns out an ambitious & thought provoking Dark Sci-Fi novel, that examines our current & past global social problems. This author either did an extensive amount of research or knows a great deal about theology & the Islamic culture. A very introspective, yet objective, look into religion & the very real social issues we still face. And although I can appreciate and admire the quality of work that went into writing & constructing this book, I didn't find myself devouring it or desperate for more. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good book, but it may have been a tad too intense & somber for me.  The protagonist is a very hard & unapologetic-godless woman, who I somehow both disliked and sympathized with.

On a brutal desert planet, a centuries-long holy war wages - fought between two Muslim colonists. Nyx, a former government-sponsored assassin or "bel dame," gets by as a bounty hunter. Her assistant is the foreign magician Rhys, who can control the ubiquitous insects that drive the planet's technology. When the government asks them to hunt down an off-worlder who possesses technology that could end the war, they find themselves facing off against foreign agents and their fellow bel dames.

Hurley's world-building is phenomenal, with casual references to insectile technology and the world's history that provide atmosphere without info dumps. Far too many pages are spent introducing the characters, but the story is highly engaging once it starts, and Hurley smoothly handles tricky themes such as race, class, religion, and gender without sacrificing action.

Warning:  Extreme Violence / References to Sex & Homosexuality 
Book #2-Infidel (Oct 01, 2011)
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fever Moon

The one Graphic Novel I won't be making fun of.  Probably because I'm willing to take any minuscule scrap, Moning wishes to throw my way. And since this series has officially concluded, their won't be much to look forward to anytime soon.  Go here to check out her post and the fan created Fever Graphic Novel, which is pretty impressive.

Speaking of Graphic Novels, Richelle Mead's Storm Born Comic was set to release today, but has been delayed for another week.  New release date is May 25th.  Go here for info on getting a signed copy.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

ASkars Is Wearing Way Too Many Clothes On GQ

Courtesy of Dlisted.com

"If you worked at GQ and got a call from Alexander Skarsgard's publicist confirming that he will be happy to grace the cover and pages of your magazine with his long Swedish limbs, what is the first thing you would do? If it was me, I'd immediately torch the sample closet, hypnotize the editor into declaring June "The Nekkid Swede" issue and tie up any stylist who came to the set with "clothing options for Mr. ASkars." That's what anybody with working genitals would do!"           Go here to read the rest of this post. 

True Blood: S4 Promo (Witches vs. Vamps)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

SoullessI should be working on lovely Electronic Service Process Guides and Flow Charts, instead my mind keeps wondering back to my early morning read of the first Parasol Protectorate book, Souless. I thought it would be quite fitting to keep in line with my current Victorian reading roll, and delve into a book that has been in my queue for an upper part of two years. My first impression has not been a positive one. The author's clever writing comes off more pretentious than funny. This is a highly rated book, so what am I missing? Still very early in the book to fully judge, so I'll try to keep my opinions in check, at least until the 5th chapter.

Update:  Call me a quitter, because I gave up before the end of the first chapter.  Frankly, this book was just too painful to read any further.  The author's tone & writing style was really not that appealing to me.  Though, based on this book's average rating, I seem to be in the small minority with that opinion.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Monday, May 16, 2011

An Enjoyable Romp

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences NovelPhoenix Rising: 
A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
Book #1

A very good and lively Steampunk story, if you can get past a rather rough start. It is not exactly the smoothest read throughout, but I'm glad I was able to stick it out until it grabbed me fully.

The first chapter opens up with a bit of a bang, as Field Agent - Eliza Braun breaks-out the Ministry's Archivist - Wellington Books, from his Antarctica prison.  And from there, you can't help but think this is a start of a clever and fast paced book. But as Chapter 2 opens, all energy and pace seems to bleed out, as the two become reluctant partners down in the dens of the Ministry's Archives.  Again, around the 6th chapter another marked shift in voice & writing style becomes blaringly apparent, as this briefly action filled, then a meticulously slow book, becomes a mystery-adventure story, as the two begin to unravel one of the Archive's cold cases.

The story itself is a rather fun read, between the two new partners needling each other and the cleverly crafted story & world building that starts to unfold. Word of warning, this is not a YA book (nor is it a romance).  What starts off as a mild description of events, becomes a bit more descriptive, but never quite reaches the level of raunchy. There is a fair amount of shocking violence that would not at all be suitable for children.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Game of Thrones gets Bloody

Watching through slotted hands, I'm truly astounded by the amount of blood and violence in this week's episode.  And it only gets worse, after a very shocking & graphic beheading of a poor innocent  horse.  I know this is an uncensored cable show, but I didn't quite think they could possibly top the first four episode's body count in just under an hour.  Yikes.  Violence & gruesomeness aside, this was a damn good episode, although there was an utter lack of horse lord & Jon Snow eye-candy to be had.  Go here for the full recap.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Long Awaited

An unexpected release, of a long awaited PNR sequel. After over 4yrs of steadily gaining popularity and tirelessly trying to sell her 2nd book to publishers, freshman author - Jennifer Turner, has finally realized her dream.  Just released, is her second book to her PNR Vampire series, A Darkness Within.  I read the first book, Eternal Seduction, some time back, and I thought it to be rather engaging and pretty good for its type.  Reading the books sequentially has been suggested, since the protagonists in the 2nd book are introduced in the 1st, although I don't recall them all that well.  I look forward to reading Eternal Hearts in the upcoming weeks.

Drug-addicted & homeless, Logan sees too much of the secret life of vampires to ever go back. A PNR driven vampire plot, that I found surprisingly interesting & somewhat original.

Eternal Hearts (A Darkness Within)2-Eternal Hearts  (Just Released)
Toni Tutoro just wants to go home. Banned from Chicago’s vampiric society after cutting a swath of violence through the city, she must now successfully complete an investigation for the Lord of Chicago to regain the right to live in her hometown again.

To ensure Toni’s safety during her probationary period, Drake Black, a feared assassin, is secretly contracted to protect her. Even with direct orders to keep his relationship professional, and his own personal vow to never get involved with a female vampire again, Drake finds himself drawn to Toni in ways he can’t explain. But unbeknownst to him, he’s tied to one of the people who drove Toni to her night of destruction.

The E-Book Reader is Dead!

From Dark Central Station
According to Amy Lee at The Huffington Post, at least.

When I first saw the headline “Tablet Takeover Suggests Ereader’s Demise”, naturally I raised my eyebrows. Given the surge in ebook sales and the sheer dominance of Amazon’s Kindle, I was left scratching my head at how the tablet pc would somehow surpass a growing market for ebook readers given that there’s only one tablet that people really have bought into en masse – Apple’s iPad.

Amy Lee’s article suggests that two things are going to happen: first, more and more tablets will enter the market driving prices down (alright, that’s feasible) and second, “experts predict users will drop ereaders for tablet PCs that offer web-browsing and video capabilities alongside ebook”.

While I don’t argue that most of us like a multi-purpose device, I believe those experts probably don’t read a lot of books. They argue the weakness in Amazon’s Kindle or the Chapter’s/Indigo Kobo is that they are stand alone devices and consumers are far more interested in the electronic version of the Swiss Army knife. But here’s the thing and I suspect most people would probably agree with what I’m about to suggest: reading is a stand-alone act. People read books to get away from email, texting, video games, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter. We read for enjoyment and relaxation and I suspect the last thing anyone who just got to the good bits in a novel wants is for their ereader to suddenly announce they’ve got mail or a little window to pop up with periodic updates from Facebook and Twitter friends.

White Trash Zombie

After six months of blog silence, UF author - Diana Rowland finally dishes about her new book and its awesome cover. We also get a sneak peek - Chapter 1 / Blurb.  I know I've been intrigued to hear more about this new series, by one of my favorite UF authors.

From the Author:
"I have a new book coming out in about two months!! For those of you who come to this blog via the front page of my website, you’ve no doubt seen the OH MY GOD AWESOME COVER for My Life as a White Trash Zombie which comes out July 5th. But for those of you who have yet to see it.. *cue chorus of angels*:

White Trash Zombie
July 5th, 2011
I am so in love with this cover it HURTS! The artist is the amazingly talented (and super nice guy) Dan Dos Santos. The even cooler thing is that he entered this art in the Spectrum contest earlier this year, and this cover took silver!!! I’m SO stoked for Dan because he deserves all sorts of praise and adulation. He’s also part of a group blog of incredible artists where they talk about process and the industry and talent and other really neat stuff, which is a fascinating read even if you’re like me and can barely draw stick figures."

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

HP Mallory ebooks on-sale for .99 ¢

From her Blog:
"Hello everyone! I've decided to run a Spring sale! LOL For four days only, all of my books are priced at just .99 each (for both Kindle and Kindle and Nook!) So, if you can think of anyone who might enjoy them, please spread the word!!

Thank you in advance,

Jolie Wilkins
This one isn't as silly as the covers would lead you to believe. A well written & engaging series about a self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. Let the games begin.

                                   2-Toil & Trouble
                                   3-TBD (Spring 2012)

Dulcie O'Neil
I adore this author, but I have to say that this series is not as good as the Jolie Wilkins series. Still an enjoyable read, but not on the same level.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

True Blood: New S4 Promo

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I heart Game of Thrones

What a great 4th episode.  Riveting from start to finish, though I probably still don't know 1/2 the character names or exactly what's going on. Love that we get more face time in the horse lord's (Drogo) world & I'm falling for Jon Stark/Snow & his story.  We also see Daenerys (Kaleighsee?) get an even bigger back bone, but we still don't see Drogo throw down in the name of love. Damn, I need to read these books, because each of the character synopsis on IMDB, read like an epic tale that plays out prior to the start of this show.  Go here for the full Recap.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-