Thursday, April 23, 2009

This Book is Lame

Right now I am currently reading They Thirst by Robert McCammon and it's so boring. I think that it might be even more boring than The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was. I am seriously tempted to just stop reading it and find something better to read from my list of things to read. Do you guys think I should mark They Thirst down as a dud? 
On the sunny side I have already read 50 books this year *does happy dance*.
I don't know if this is actually true, but it was too funny not to quote especially since I am reading his fourth novel right now.

"McCammon now refuses to let his first four novels be republished because while he does not dislike the books, he does not feel that they are up to the standards of his later works. He wrote that he feels he was allowed to learn how to write in public, and therefore has decided to officially retire his earlier works."
(below the synopsis for said boring book)
A MASS MURDER.

A DISAPPEARANCE.
A CEMETERY RANSACKED.
It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles
Then night came....
Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels---it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination---and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.
High above glitter city a deadly contest begins. In the decaying castle of a long-dead screen idol, the few remaining human survivors prepare to face the Prince of Evil and his satanic disciples. Whilst the very forces of nature are called into play, isolating the city from the rest of the world and leaving it at the mercy of the blood-hungry vultures of the night....
THEY THIRST
Theirs is a lust that can never be satisfied...

Dame Orchid

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Eighth Grade Bites

Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, book 1
Number of Pages: 2007
First Publication: 192
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer."

Eighth Grade Bites was one of the funniest vampire books I have ever read and I have read quite a few vampire books.
The “snack packs” (blood packs) were a nifty idea *asks self, “why no one thought of this before”*.
It was well written, light, imaginative, and unlike any other vamp book I have ever had the pleasure to read.
If I didn't have a (long) priority list of books I want to get, I would definitely add Eighth Grade Bites to my collection.

See how far behind I am on reviews, I read EGB in February or March.

EGB gets 5 out of 5 cameo pendents.
Dame Orchid

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Author: Victor Hugo
Translator: Waltor J. Cobb
Number of Pages: 500
First Publication: 1831
Genre: Classic
Synopsis: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame, first published by Victor Hugo in 1831, is set in fifteenth century Paris. The archdeacon of Notre Dame, Claude Frollo, falls in lust with Esmerelda---a gypsy dancer who is much admired in Paris. At his instruction, Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame who he has befriended, kidnaps her. Esmerelda is rescued by Phoebus de Chateaupers (Captain of the Royal Archers) and she falls mistakenly in love with his bravery when he is in reality, something of a rogue and a braggart."

Ok, so I actually started The Hunchback of Notre-Dame a couple of (three) years ago, got bored with it and put it down. But boredom finally got the better of me so I decided to pick it up and finish it.

Turns out that it picks up some where around page 275 and becomes pretty interesting, until you get to the end and realize that it ends the same as just about every other classic book.
Not to speak ill of the dead...but Mr. Hugo went a little too far with his descriptions (a whole page to tell you about how the sun catches on Notre-Dame).
My favorite part would have to be (anything with) the crazy old lady that lived in the Tower of Roland who hated the gypsies, except that it was pretty easy to guess who her daughter was going to turn out to be.
If you have the patience to wait for The Hunchback of Notre-Dame to pick up there’s a good chance that you just might like it.

I give it 2 out of 5 cameo pendents.
Dame Orchid

Monday, April 13, 2009

Shuttin' Detroit Down

Since my allergies are bothering me al lot I think I will just post a video, and (maybe) take (another) Benadryl and go to bed. :(

I give you John Rich's (of Big and Rich) Shuttin' Detroit Down a song about just how messed up it was to bail out all those unreliable, irresponsible big corporations.


Dame Orchid

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Damien Omen II

Author: Joseph Howard                                                       (The image you see is the my copy of the book)
Title: Damien Omen II
Number of Pages: 199
First Publication: 1978
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: "Little by little, one of the world's most powerful families is being destroyed. And no one seems to know why. Those who suspect the truth do not live to reveal it.

Only thirteen-year old Damien Thorn seems immune from the bizarre accidents claiming the lives of those around him. Damien, whose own father tried to kill him seven years ago... Damien, whose loving foster family is learning the meaning of hellish fear... Damien, who is leaving behind the seeming innocence of youth to fulfull the terrifying prophecy foretold long ages ago... Damien, who is discovering that it is not , after all, the meek but the master of ultimate evil who shall inherit the earth!"


DOII was good, except for the end. I mean come on its not supposed to end that way. But it was fascinating to "watch" as Damien and everyone around him (who didn't die) realize that he isn't human, that he is EVIL.

The saddest part was when his cousin (who's more like a brother) Mark found out that Damien was evil, especially since he really looked up to and respected Damien. The biggest creeps would have to have been Buher and Neff, they weren't even creeptastic.
All in all a good read of good vs. evil or light vs. darkness (I know those are cliché, but who cares).

3 out of 5 cameo pendents.
Dame Orchid                                  

Monday, April 6, 2009

Tiny Blog: Come to Jesus By Mindy Smith (music video)

Since Easter is just around the corner I thought I would post the video for Mindy Smith's song Come to Jesus from her album One More Moment.



Artist Fun Facts:
1. Mindy Smith is from New York.
2. Has also covered Dolly Parton's smash hit Jolene (featured on the tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman: the Songs of Dolly Parton.
3. She also wrote all of the songs on her debut album One Moment More.
4. She can also play both the guitar and the piano.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tiny Blog: Sisterhood Award

I would like to thank Nadia for awarding me with the Sisterhood Award. Again, thank you Nadia.
Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

I am passing the award on to:
Irregular Kiki
Holly
21

Dame Orchid
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