Monday, March 30, 2009

Tiny Blog: Found One Missing Book Title

Today I was catching up on the blogs that I follow when I started reading Jennifer Lynn Barne's latest post, and found the title of a book that I read eons ago. And I have been racking my brain trying to remember the name of the author or the title of the book and now I know that I am looking for Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan. I am, like, so excited to finally have that all cleared up. :)

Here is the cover and synopsis for Winter of Fire: "Elsha is a young girl living in a bleak, cold future where worldwide cloud cover has permanently blocked out the sun. Humans have split into two classes - the Chosen and the Quelled, of which Elsha is the latter. The Quelled are doomed to spend their lives in servitude to the Chosen mining "firestones" - the only means of warmth on the planet. A rebellious girl, Elsha causes trouble for herself - even going so far as being considered for execution - until she is made the unprecedented heir to the Firelord - the leader of the Chosen. Elsha uses this unlikely position to fight the stigma and oppression of her people, eventually inheriting the title for herself and changing the course of the planet's history for the better."

Dame Orchid

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Legacy of Lies

Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Series: Dark Secrets, book 1
Number of Pages: 192
First Publication: 2000
Genre: Teen Fiction/Horror and Suspense
Synopsis: "Something is haunting Megan...
She had seen Scarborough House only in her dreams. Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she'd never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear. Grandmother was so cold, so distant. Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years? And why was Matt so determined to call her his "almost" cousin? For all her prophetic dreams, nothing could have prepared Megan for Matt's astonishment when he first saw her...or the reaction of perfect strangers who looked at her with fascination—and fear...

Megan thought she knew who she was. Until she came to Grandmother's house. Until she met Matt, who angered and attracted her as no boy had ever done before. Then she began having dreams again, of a life she never lived, a love she never knew...a secret that threatened to drive her to the grave."

I could barely put Legacy of Lies down and I have already read it more than once. Its just one of those books that once you start reading it you would be hard pressed to put it down until you have finished it. Although, most people might find the book a bit odd, because Megan falls for Matt and vice versa, it's only weird because they are kind of, sort of, um, ******* but their not really ******* so its not nearly as gross/weird. Legacy of Lies is a great fast paced thriller full of shocking twists and turns. As the characters try to figure out who they really are and solve a sixty year old murder mystery surrounding two sister’s one guy and a mysterious fourth character that no one suspected.

Legacy of Lies receives 4 out of 5 cameo pendents.

I have been horribly lax with writing reviews this month, I have like seven partial reviews that I need to finish writing. But on a high note, Legacy of Lies is the 35th book that I have read this year (I have already started finished my 36th book).

Dame Orchid

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Taking Things Apart

I love taking electronic equipment apart, it’s so much fun. Especially when you know that no matter what you do to it you cannot actually break it because it’s already broken, and you were asked to remove part of its inner workings.

Other than getting a little dust in my eyes it was a blast dismantling my family’s old computer tower so that I could remove the hard drive before we get rid of it. The thing is ancient, crusted with dust, and dead.
You’d be surprised how light it felt after the hard drive had been removed.

In short it was a ton of fun. Does the fact that I really enjoyed taking things apart make me sound weird????
                                                                                                                                                                  Here's a picture of a hard drive.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Author: Greg Bear
Title: Psychlone
Number of pages: 311
First Publication: 1979
Genre: Science-Fiction/Thriller
Synopsis: "The nuclear bomb is the only weapon so terrible that it destroys not only the human body, but the human soul. But what of those souls that were not destroyed, but maimed and ruptured by the blast at Hiroshima? They are coming, across the Pacific ocean, leaving blood and destruction in their wake, searching for revenge. They are the Psychlone! Larry Fowler is a scientist--he doesn't want to be frightened by things he doesn't understand. However, he can't stop asking questions--questions that will bring him face to face with psychlone."

The (original) cover of this book is sadly misleading, it says that it's an Occult Science-Fiction Thriller so I am thinking yes, maybe this will scare me. But it left me feeling nothing but disappointment for its lack of scaring me stiff *tears*.
Pyschlone didn't pick up until somewhere near the middle of the book. It was a slow slow  read, plus I figured out maybe a third of the way in what was causing all of the destruction (those that died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though, I'm still not sure how I feel about the use of a tragedy like that, for a science-fiction book).
Psychlone: definition, a cyclone(ish, like, entity thing) created by the psyche's that are violently ripped from the body after a horrible death (gruesome, no?).

Psychlone receives 1 out of 5 cameo pendents.


Dame Orchid
(Disclaimer) The above definition is of my own creation and is not mentioned any where in the book (end of disclaimer).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tiny Blog: I Officially Love Zazzle

A couple of day's ago Holland, 21, and yours truly started a shop on Zazzle. You can check out our designs below (there aren’t many articles…yet).

create & buy custom products at Zazzle

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tiny Blog: Poll Results

Here are the results from the last poll.

Do You Notice Anything Different???
1. Yes, the Pyzam bar is gone. 66%
2. Yeah, you have three columns. 66%
3. Um, what's different?
4. I'm here for the content, not the style. 33%
5. No.

Dame Orchid

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Second Generation

Author(s): Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Number of Pages: 448
First Publication: 1994
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: "Years have passed since the end of the War of the Lance. The people of Ansalon have rebuilt their lives, their houses, their families. The Companions of the Lance, too, have returned to their homes, raising children and putting the days of their heroic deeds behind them.

But peace on Krynn comes at a price. The forces of darkness are ever vigilant, searching for ways to erode the balance of power and take control. When subtle changes begin to permeate the fragile peace, new lives are drawn into the web of fate woven around all the races. The time has come to pass the sword-or the staff-to the children of the Lance.

They are the Second Generation."

I think I started The Second Generation over a year ago, but then I moved it got packed and I forgot about it, until I was rummaging through my shelves in search of something to read. The whole line of (Dragonlance) books is interesting...yet, not necessarily something that most people would read (or admit to reading).It’s got action, (many) webs of lies, and did I mention fight scenes. Oh yeah, there’s also a smidge of romantic intrigue.
If you haven't read any of these books you might find that it’s a bit confusing, until you realize that you can read another book (and another, and another, and so forth) to know what/who their talking about.
The Second Generation, receives 3 out of 4 cameo pendents.

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

And the I Love Your Blog Award Goes To...

I would just like to thank Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind for the awesome I Love Your Blog Award.

Here's how it works:
1) Show off! Put the award logo on your blog somewhere
2) Aren't they nice? Add a link to the person that gave you the award
3) Share the love! Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Links galore! Add links to the blogs you nominated
5) Let'em know! Leave a message on the blogs you nominated (they can't accept an award they don't know about)

This Is E's Blog

Three Evil Cousins
Pop Culture Junkie
Just Blinded By Books
Kiki's Randomness
Reading Keeps You Sane
Liv's Book Reviews

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Japanese Spider-Man

This video is just too funny to not share with everyone out there in the blogosphere. So here is what Marvel has to say about the Japanese Spider-Man show from the 70's.
The video is acting kind of wonky. So I will try to re-post it at a later date.
Ok , the video is back and working today.

"Today we celebrate, webheads, for the glory that is the Japanese "Spider-Man" show, produced by Toei, makes its debut! Starting today, fans far and wide can stream episodes of the show right here on, with "new" episodes going up every Thursday!

Produced by Toei Company in the late 1970s, the series follows the exploits of motorcycle racer turned super hero Takuya Yamashiro (not Peter Parker), as he slings and swings, battling the evil Iron Cross Army along the way. No, it's not the Spider-Man most fans are used to, but it's fun, frantic and FREE. Watch the first episode below and come back every Thursday for more Spidey action!"

Dame Orchid

Saturday, March 7, 2009

She's Country

I think this is my favorite song by Jason Aldean. It's just a really, really awesome song (in my opinion). And it also doesn't hurt that there is only a little over a month till his new CD (that features the song She's Country) Wide Open comes out on April 7th.

Dame Orchid

Friday, March 6, 2009

Bras and Broomsticks

Title: Bras and Broomsticks
Number of Pages: 320
First Publication: 2005
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "Everyone needs a little magic. Especially 14-year-old Rachel. Not only did her younger sister, Miri, inherit her mother's ample bosom (so not fair), it turns out that her little sis is also a witch! Of course, there's a chance that Rachel is a witch too--maybe her powers just haven't kicked in yet. If only they would . . . in the meantime she's got to suffer being a B-lister with a crush on an A-list guy, watch her best friend and social schemer Rosie desert her, and be an unwilling participant in her hapless father's remarriage to STBSM (soon-to-be-stepmonster). Retch.Samantha Stevens? Sabrina? Anyone in Salem home? Rachel Weinstein needs your help!"

Bras and Broomsticks was a great read, but it reminded me of too many other books. With the whole ordinary girl finds out that she (or her family) isn't exactly normal (like, Harry Potter and The Princess Diaries series). But take out the life changing cliché; it was a thoroughly enjoyable book that can be devoured in one sitting. It’s especially funny when Rachel attempts to manipulate her younger sister into doing her dirty work (I mean will). The close relationship between Rachel and Miri was a refreshing change from books were siblings argue and bicker all the time.
I can't wait to read the second book in the Magic in Manhattan series.

Rating 3 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hacking Harvard

Number of pages: 320
First Publication: 2007
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "It's the ultimate challenge: breaking into the Ivy League.

The hack:
To get one deadbeat, fully unqualified slacker into the most prestigious school in the country.
The crew:
Eric Roth -- the good guy, the voice of reason.
Max Kim -- the player who made the bet in the first place.
Schwartz -- the kid genius already on the inside...of Harvard, that is.
Lexi -- the beauty-queen valedictorian who insists on getting in the game.
The plan:
Use only the most undetectable schemes and techno-brilliant skills. Don't break the Hacker's Code. Don't get distracted. Don't get caught. Take down someone who deserves it.
The stakes:
A lot higher than they think.
They've got the players, the plot, and soon -- the prize.
It's go time."

I don't want to give anything away, so all I am going to say is, I love this book! It just seems to get better every time that I read it.
5 out of 5 cameo pendents.

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Portland Oregon

OK, so this is like the WEIRDEST duo ever!!!
Loretta Lynn (legendary country singer) and Jack White (of the White Stripes) performing Portland Oregon, from Loretta Lynn's album Van Lear Rose (produced by Jack white).
I was going to post a second video, featuring another odd singing duo. But I couldn't find the video. :(

Dame Orchid

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Iliad

Author: Homer
Translator: W.H.D. Rouse
Title: The Iliad
Number of Pages: 312
First Publication: 1950 (for this translation)
Genre: Classic
Synopsis: "Humans and gods wrestling with towering emotions. Men fighting to the death amidst the devastation and destruction of the Trojan War. To this day, the heroism and adventure in "The Iliad" have remained unmatched in song and story. This edition features a new Introduction. Revised reissue."

The Iliad covers the tenth and final year of the Trojan War, though surprising enough it does not cover the destruction of the city of Troy. Instead it focuses mainly on the conflict between the immortals and the mortals and the two warring armies (jeez, a ten year war, over a girl).
At first the striping off of there opponents armor seemed a bit odd, until I realized that they would use the extra armor to replace their own armor when it needed to repaired and they wouldn't have time to fix it.
Frankly, I hated Paris. He was selfish, vain, cowardly, and the whole bloody war was HIS fault!!! I'm not even going to get started on how much I disliked Helen.
Although, I must admit that it was a mildly interesting read. Which is why I am giving it a rating of 2 out of 5 cameo pendents.
Dame Orchid
The Iliad is very, very violent. Kind of like 300 and Kill Bill.