Wednesday, September 28, 2011

4 New Ones Baby!

And finally, we get what all devote readers have been looking  forward to.  Not just one new ereader, but four.  Three new designs and constructions, yet all the same 6" screen, with exception of the Kindle Fire color at 7".  Seems like Amazon has taken B&N's challenge and matched it (Margins and all). I'm glad to see the new ereaders finally, but where is the 8" screens and this fabeled tablet, that was going to rival IPAD sales? Not this season you say?  Well, there are many more months until X-Mass.  I think that Amazon is still holding a few tricks up their sleeve, before the big holiday season.  

And what is with all of these new readers having "Special Offers"? (Ack)  Update: For a few more $$ you can eliminate those pesky "Offers" ads.  They can keep the offers and give me one that doesn't resemble a billboard, thank you very much.  Other than that, sign me up with the little one and the Touch-Kindle.

If pre-orders are handled anything like last year, you only have a certain amount of time to get in, before the first batch of orders for the advertised November ship-date is closed.  After that, it will just be a small amount of waiting before the next batch gets shipped.    

I just ordered the Kindle Touch Wifi Without Special Offers (thank you very much) and the smaller Kindle Wifi w/ offers for $79 (it's a tide over until the Touch ships).  If you are willing to wait, get the Touchscreen.  There is much more offered with this version (Audio, 2month battery, & lot's of space).  I'll report back once I get the $79 Special in my hot little hands.
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"We're excited to introduce an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers that are smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before, and Kindle Fire - a new class of Kindle that brings the same ease-of-use and deep integration of content that helped Kindle re-invent reading - to movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more.


1-Fits In Your Pocket-Only $79

The new latest generation Kindle is for readers who want the lightest, most compact Kindle at an incredible price. The latest generation Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.

Kindle is available starting today at www.amazon.com/kindle.


2-"Kindle Touch"-Only $99

Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes - still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch is also lighter, smaller, eliminates battery anxiety with extra-long battery life and holds thousands of books.

Kindle Touch is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch and ships November 21.


3-"Kindle Touch 3G" -Only $149

Kindle Touch 3G is a new addition to the Kindle family for readers who want the top of the line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch - small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, storage for thousands of books, and extra-long battery life - with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle's free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot - you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there's no monthly fee or annual contract.

Kindle Touch 3G is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch3G and ships November 21.

All three new Kindle e-readers also come with special offers and sponsored screensavers that appear when you're not reading. (ah crap) Customers enjoy special money-saving offers delivered wirelessly, including discounts on local services, products, and experiences from AmazonLocal, Amazon's local deals marketplace. Customers can also choose to purchase a Kindle without special offers and sponsored screensavers.


4-"Kindle Fire"-Only $199

Kindle Fire is a new addition to the Kindle family that offers instant access to Amazon's massive selection of digital content, Amazon's revolutionary cloud-accelerated browser, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, brilliant color touchscreen, and a fast and powerful dual core processor -all for only $199.

Kindle Fire puts Amazon's incredible selection of digital content at your fingertips - enjoy over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, and magazines in vibrant color.

Customers in the U.S. can pre-order Kindle Fire starting today at www.amazon.com/kindlefire and it ships November 15."

Monday, September 26, 2011

New this Week

Spider's Revenge
Book #5

An ongoing series I've been following, about a gritty ex-assassin, just trying to lead a normal life but utterly failing because she is anything but. The last couple of books have been meh, compared to the first couple, but I am hopeful that this book brings this series back on track.


Sins of the Angel
Book #1

This one actually looks pretty promising and I look forward to sampling it in the weeks to come. Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.


Ganymede
Book #4

Already a pretty popular Steampunk/UF series, that I still haven't had a chance to check out.



Blood Rights
Book #1

The Covers and the synopsis of the first couple of books in this series are more than a little eye catching. I'll be interested in checking out the first batch of user reviews in the upcoming weeks. Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance
Anthology
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I agree, not for everyone

Contagion (2011)

Overall Grade: B+
Story: B+
Acting: B-
Direction: B+
Visuals: B+

I was a bit apprehensive to check this movie out, after reading the numerous bad user reviews on Yahoo's movie page. Well, I finally caught the early matinee today, and while I have to agree it's not for everyone, it's still very good.

The style and direction is more like a fictitious documentary type drama. The pace was not at all slow, but because it was not in the style that most Hollywood action/thriller movies adhere to, most people would be perplexed and impatient for it to grab them.

The movie is definitely geared towards those with above average intelligence and penchant for the sciences and biology. This is not a suitable movie for children and young teens, not because it is gory or inappropriate, but because they just won't get it and quickly become bored. Case in point, a few late comers came to the theater with their young children and they were antsy throughout and expressed their confusion at the end.

Overall it was a very intelligent and entertaining film, that caused a bit of mist in the eye during a couple of scenes. I didn't see it as a Outbreak ripoff by any means, but I did get a liberal-treehugging California vibe. The only thing that I could have done without was Jude Law's dental makeover.  I couldn't take my eyes off his discolored crooked front tooth any time he came on screen, which was truly a distraction.  And were they going for realism when they made Matt Dillon's character well rounded?  A tad bit overacted but overall well played by some well-known seasoned actors.  I'm glad I didn't listen to the general user reviews on this one, but I wish I would have kept my hand sanitizer handy for after.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Library Lending Now an Option for Kindle

Straight from the horsey's mouth:

"We're excited to tell you that starting today, Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States. When you borrow a Kindle book from your local library, you'll find all the unique features you love about Kindle books:

--Whispersync automatically syncs your margin notes, highlights and bookmarks - even once you return a Kindle book to your library, we're going to back up your notes and bookmarks, so the next time you check out the book (or if you decide you want to buy the Kindle book) your notes and bookmarks will be there, waiting for you.

--Read Everywhere - when you check out a Kindle book from your local library, you can read it on your Kindles and your free Kindle apps for the most popular devices and platforms.

--Real Page Numbers - our page numbers match the page numbers in print books, so you can easily reference and cite passages and read alongside others in your book club or class.

--Facebook and Twitter Integration - Share meaningful passages with friends and family with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.

--Wireless delivery - Your Kindle library books can be delivered via Wi-Fi, so there's no need to transfer books to your Kindle via USB.

To learn more about borrowing Kindle books from your local library, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To find out if your library will have Kindle books available, visit your library's website.

We love libraries - they're a great way to discover new authors and genres, so we're excited to hear what you think of getting Kindle books at your local library.
Let us know!"

Not my thing, but well written

The Pattern Scars
This is one of the most somber stories I’ve ever read. It took me an extensive amount of time to get through this book, probably because of its somber tone. Well written, but if you like your stories to have some glimmer of hope or happiness, you’ve come to the wrong place. This is a standalone book written in 1st person POV, about Nola, a common girl who has a strong talent to see into someone’s future.

After being sold by her mother to a brothel for that purpose, she finds that her path is not destined for happiness. Without giving too much away, Nola spends almost the entire story as a magically mute slave, to a very sadistic and sick master seer. He uses her talent in a very twisted and forbidden way, which leads her to a path that she can never return from. The characters are three dimensional, but utterly unredeemable, which went along with its somber non-HEA tone. There is a just sliver of romance, between Nola and her childhood friend that comes back later to find her enslaved but unable to say so. No sex is described, but there is a fair amount of violence and gore, not YA.

If you like your books on the darker depressive side, then this one might be for you. But for me, it was out of my comfort zone, and not exactly satisfying, to say the least. Still well written and constructed, which were the only redeeming factors, besides its unpredictability.

I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.
-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Touchdown


I finally made it to my new home in Virginia one piece (always a good thing). Well, I haven't exactly found a place to hang my hat, but I'm currently working on it now.  It still might be awhile until I can post regularly again, as I have to snatch my internet access at hotspots and random peoples houses.

Trip Stats:
Miles Driven: 3700mi
Days to Drive: 10Days (yeah I took my time)
Most Scenic State: AZ
Most Scenic drive: I-395 (East Cali)
Scariest Drive: Ca-168 at Night
Think The Hills Have Eyes & Pitch Black
Highest Gas Prices: $4.69 Yosemite National Park
Lowest Gas Prices: $3.15 South of Greenville, SC
The most Patrolled Interstates: I-17 (AZ) & I-85 (NC)
# of Speeding Tickets Received: 0 (thank you cruise-control)
Hottest Places: 104° San Antonio, Tx
Coldest Places: 45° Yosemite National Park
& low 60s for Greenville, SC/Flagstaff, AZ
Rudest Drivers: San Antonio/Atlanta
Most likely place to get jacked mid-day:
Montgomery, AL/Atlanta, GA

Thursday, September 15, 2011

TB: And When I Die

Better late than never. No? Well too bad, I was on the road, wrecking havoc across America, while you all were sitting comfortably in your easy chair. Deal. I'm only halfway through my journey, so radio silence will resume after this brief post.

Con: I just realized from watching the recap, I really didn’t need to watch last week’s episode. I think the recap may have been a tad more interesting than the actual show. Good job Recap Editors.


Pro: Lafayette/Marnie did some expert eye-lining/lash job this week. I want her as my makeup artist. Still the same “just chillin’ au naturale” do though. She better step it up or I’m going to have to revoke her Vidal Sassoon Pro membership card real soon.


Con: Marnie doesn’t seem to like her eggs over easy (which is the best way of course). What a waste of good man-meat. I wouldn’t kick Jesus out of bed. I’m just sayn’.


Pro: Tommy remembered is much better than Tommy in the flesh, especially when you have Maxine to reflect with. And from the convo, we discover that Tommy stole a pair of Maxine's underpants. Who knew Tommy could be so Method.  Look out Johnny Depp.

Friday, September 9, 2011

On the Move


I'm currently in the middle of a move, so it might be quiet or quieter around here than usual. I'm leaving beautiful Northern California and heading out East for a year to attend Radar School. Where I go from there, only the big man in Washington knows.

Until then, I'm going to try to stay sane with my many reads (preferably while I'm not driving) and by checking out the sights. I plan to drive through Vegas again (and not stop-right...)and see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Hopefully my cousin or any close roach motel will have HBO, so I can catch the final TB episode with all of ya'll. Until then, adios amigos.

Monday, September 5, 2011

New this Week

One Salt Sea: An October Daye NovelOne Salt Sea
Book #5

Currently one of my favorite UF series. This series is a must for any UF fan. I encourage anyone to check out McGuire/Grant's various work.

October "Toby" Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She's actually dating again, and she's taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it's time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. Toby's search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days' time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. But someone is determined to stop her-and whoever it is isn't playing by Oberon's Laws...


Rift Walker, The (Vampire Empire, Book 2)The Rift Walker
Book #2

A recent new favorite. I can't believe it took me this long to read the first book, but I'm sort of glad it did, because wallah here's the 2nd book. This swashbuckler vamp adventure series, has bit of everything. There is also lots of romance, but it leans more towards YA in regards to sexual content. I look forward to reading the second book in this trilogy.  Go Here to read my thoughts on the first book.


Archangel's BladeArchangel's Blade
Book #4

This series was a semi-PNR-favorite, but the last book was not as good as the rest, IMO.  This book will focus mainly on Dmitri, so maybe we won't have to read all about how in looove the main couple is.



Envy: A Novel of the Fallen AngelsEnvy
Book #3

The third book in a series that I've never read, but I'm starting to have second thoughts, because there is a continuation from the last BDB book in this one. Detective Veck's story will continue, and that might be enough persuasion for me to finally check this series out.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

TB: Soul of Fire


Pro: “Can we blow up these Wiccan dip shits already? I have a mani pedi at four.” Between Pam and Jessica, these Wiccans don’t stand a chance. Don’t underestimate the power of vampire estrogen. It’s serious business.


Con: “Don’t you get it? This is a Hotel California, baby. You can check in any time you want, but can’t never fucking leave.” Roy needs to sit down and shut up already. Hopefully he’ll become the first casualty of the night.


Pro: Marnie and Antonia are having a disagreement over creative differences. Breaking up is so hard to do.

Con: Lafayette: “Marnie Won.” Jesus: “We’re fucked.”
Marnie 1, Antonia 0.