Sunday, January 30, 2011

Manga Review: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

On top of liking regular books and television show I am a huge fan of asian drama and manga. I lived in South America as a child and down there the shows that were in english were mostly Japanese cartoons. I fell in love with them then and continue to keep up with some. Yesterday I was checking to see if there had been any updates for a series I enjoy called Skip Beat when I noticed this one. I remembered the name and description from another website as a new series that was coming out soon. So I clicked to read the manga, and then I finished all there was to read today. So now I will review what is out.

The story begins with a girl Misa who is the student council president for a school that used to be all boys but now has a few girls. She works hard to keep the school clean and to try and change their public image. But her family is in debt because her father ran out of them so she works at a Maid Cafe to help pay the bills. (For those of you confused this is a restaurant were all the waitresses are women and they dress up in French maid costumes and treat you like their master. Its sorta a fetish thing. But not in a creepy way, Japanese people just have different ideas of charming and fun.)

Because she feels that if the boys at her school found out about her job Misa works every hard to keep it a secret. Then the school's most popular boy Usui finds out about her job, but rather than using the knowledge against her he protects is and spends a lot of time bothering Misa at her job and at school for his amusement.

The story and how things play out are pretty standard for what is referred to as "slice of life" stlye manag. There are school trips and a sports day. Exams come up and characters have to study. There are holidays and special events. Most of these things push the action forward. Misa tends to over react to everything and Usui is stoic or a bit odd in all situations. Its clear that he is interested in her but finds watching her more fun than saying anything and Misa is a little too dense to figure it out anyway.

My main issue with the series comes up at right about when the translation kicks out. Right about the time they are finally about to address their feelings the stupidest of plot devices comes up. He is super rich but an illegitimate child of the family. They dont really care about him that much but they are trying to pressure him to go to the rich kid school and his family disaproves of Misa. I dont really know why but this is coming up more and more in the manga I read. I am just waiting for some aranged marriage to come out of closet in the next few chapters. (checks closet)

I don't know if they do this for effect of because they really think that English and French people are that old fashioned. Who knows. But other than that stupid of stupid plot tricks coming up I enjoy the series greatly.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Quote of the day

"I had just heard tales that the Valkyrie were large warriors, akin to Amazons.”

"If you’re the sole survivor of an army attacked by us, are you going to say we had our asses handed to us by petite, nubile females, or by she-monsters who can bench Buicks?"
-Kresley Cole (No Rest For the Wicked)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra

I started this series a while back when the first couple of books came to my library. The basic over arching plot follows "children of the sea" which includes selkies and finfolk. They are a dying breed of people because pollution has caused the ocean to suffer greatly. The entire series takes place on an island in Maine called Worlds End which to me screams "weird shit happens here." The first book there was a female selkie that is in love with the human sheriff of the down, and they battle some demon for some reason I forget that one. The second book the human sheriff's selkie brother gets a lady preggers after a one night stand and then a demon tries to kill the baby thinking its some prophesy baby. The third one was the sister of the two previous males turns out to be a selkie too and she and the selkie king get it on.

This book was the first of the stories to introduce a none selkie character. The lead, Morgan, is a finfolk which means a water shape shifter. Anyway we go back to roughly the plot of book two but with a time lapse. Morgan has sex with Elizabeth in the Netherlands about fifteeen years ago. She of course got preggers but because he never spoke to her again was never able to tell him about it. Liz has now moved to World's End to be the doctor there after her husband died. Morgan is visiting for the birth of book two character's baby and run into his son. From there its mostly Morgan trying to find time to talk to Liz and Zach about the fact of what they are.

There is a demon involved but only at the very end. So much of the book is dedicated to deal with Morgan's lack of emotions and Liz's attempts to deal with him and yet remain a responsible mother. I was pretty far into the book before I felt any tension. Of the series I still feel like the second book was my favorite. This one fell a bit flat. Morgan is extremely one dimensional and Liz is a bit on the boring side the entire time. I really never felt the passion.

I will say that I am intrigued because the next book is going to include a "child of air" or angel as a main character. Oh yeah demons are "children of fire" and fairies are "children of forest" or is it wood. Whatever. Anyway the next book is going to branch out a bit more from the rigid rules the series has held so far.

Final word is pick up the series in order first before going right to this one. All previous characters come up and it could be confusing.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Season of Archer

If you have not already seen the FX show Archer you need to get netflix instant watch yesterday and watch this show. I mean it. Also the new season started tonight and I was not disappointed, goodness this show is epic. Its James Bond if he were real because he would be a total ass. And if his mother was in charge of the company.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the day

"But in Indiana it's not like New York where everyone's like, 'We're from New York and we're the best' or 'We're from Texas and we like things big' it's more like 'We're from Indiana and we're gonna move."- Jim Gaffigan

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bad Habits Return

I will admit that I have a few bad habits. I scratch my face all the time and touch my hair non stop because I like having some thing to do with my hands, also I like picking at things. But now that I am between jobs again one of my more annoying habits is back.

You see everyone else has work to do around here so I am left for hours on end by myself with my computer and the television to keep me company. And yes some of that time is spend trying to find a job but a good part of that time the television is on no matter what I do. So I have conversations with the television. I talk to the actors or if its a reality show I express my feelings towards them or coach them. I tend to yell at the reality shows more. Teen Mom is my worst.

I don't really notice that I do this until my boyfriend gets home and wants me to stop because its driving him crazy.

Also my right eye has been twitching all yesterday and today. I think its rebelling, and I think my stomach might be in on it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thought of the day: A Problem with Names

I can't be the only one to see this. There is something crazy about names in these books and soap operas really. The men and women have the strangest names ever. I mean what mother goes Venom that sounds like an awesome name for my adorable and precious baby boy. I don't think so. Men get these odd names in Romance and Fantasy books. Muhdur? Butch? Blade? Okay I did know a kid named Blade in the 5th grade but he was weird and had some very strange parents.

At the same time girls get these odd names two. They get giant first names that are almost always shortened to something weird. Again I just don't see that many mothers pulling that out of their hats. I mean understand that some times its in some other world and that makes some sense, but when characters come from modern times then I don't believe it. Also what is with the name Tabitha? Every series has a Tabitha, I am not joking. Am I missing something here? That is not a popular name, I checked. I am just saying I was in a sorority and had we had about 15 girls with some kind of variation of Kathrine as their name. So if we are going for accuracy and sense then I should be seeing a lot more Katie, Emily, and Jessica.

If anyone reads this I want them to post their first name and the names of three of their friends. I just want to gauge this. Because I know I am write. Also include the strangest first name you have ever encountered.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Book Review: Dark Embrace by Brenda Joyce

I got this book from the library because there was some subconscious recognition going on. I saw the author name and had a vague impression of knowing it. So I looked through the selection and picked the one with the back the most drew me. It was because the lead male in this one could turn into a wolf, I know big surprise but you can just deal with it.

Anyway I am a little lost as to what the main plot of these books are because this one takes place in the middle of the series. But there are a bunch of Highlanders who are all crazy hot and can time travel to save innocent people, and find pretty ladies. This book is about the guy, Aidan the Wolf of Awe,  that basically got semi screwed cuz is dad is crazy evil and he ends up kind of half evil-half good. We get that whole tormented thing going on big time here. He saves this girl, Brie Rose, that at first I totally like but as it went on I got annoyed with. She is a bit of a geek girl and wears glasses which I totally love when they have fellow glasses wearers in these books, but she is a bit of a wet blanket in my opinion.

See mr. man doesnt want to love her and have his soul saved so he is mean and still pissed about some stuff his dad did. And the girl just takes it and chases him around saying she loves him and wants to heal and save him. It got to the point were it was a bit like domestic abuse the way thing were going. A large portion of this book was devoted to simply hashing out this same thing over and over again until the guy finally gave in. It bored me a little and I turned up the skim speed so to speak so that I could get through it faster.

On the other hand the side characters that clearly had their own books seemed interesting and I have every intention of reading more of the series. I don't really know if I liked this book a whole lot, but then again I have been in a mood recently because of not knowing how the job interview went the other day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Review: Come the Night by Susan Krinard

I started this book at about midnight last night and finished it at about six in the morning. Yeah I did that. My head kills right now but I forcing myself to stay awake although I am noticing an extreme number of typos as I do this. Anyway.

In this book you a werewolf girl and a part werewolf guy who during the Great War had a bit of a fling. The story takes place a while later during Prohibition and centers on the fact that the two have a son and that the girl's dad is a total ass. There is more to the story including some murder mystery and some very confusing political dialogue that some how ends with Hitler.

The plot was well written and the fact that the story was told from nearly every major characters point of view at some point was intriguing. The bad guy's intentions took some time for me to iron out. I just dont know if I would call this a romance novel. True the relationship between the two leads is central to everything in the story but both of them act stoney and cold the entire time and barely is there mention of feelings in the book. It sorta just assumed that they still love each other and are putting on brave faces to do what is right. The plot takes up quite a bit of the book and there are really one three scene that might be considered scandalous, which really means that this book could have been put in the plain old fantasy section without too many people noticing.

I did find that the female lead was a bit odd because we were supposed to accept that she had been verbally abused her entire life and yet had this back bone of steel because she is a werewolf. I am not sure if I can agree with that. But at the same time it took the male lead a very long time to come out from the indoctrination she was under. It might be that the plot had to rush her transformation but something about her felt a bit off.

Another thing was that everyone was drinking. I can understand the parts were they are in England and Prohibition isn't in play but nearly everyone is having a drink in the book. The hotels even have minibars. Now I know that most of the police force back then turn some what of a blind eye to the drinking because they liked to have a cold one too, but seriously shouldn't there be at least some lack of booze.

I would suggest the book to anyone that maybe wants a light suspense kind of fantasy novel. There are only two sex scenes and one memory of sex. No mention of throbbing members throughout the book so it can be enjoyed as a purely fantasy novel.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Review: Zombies vs Unicorns

I haven't really finished this book. I can't. It saddens me. Let me explain.

This book started when two writers began an argument about which was better zombies or unicorns. It turned into this big deal so they got other authors together (including Scott Westerfeld, Naomi Novik, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare and Garth Nix) to create an anthology were authors took sides and created this book. I saw part of the blog argument and then picked up the book at the library the other day. I mostly got it for my boyfriend because he loves zombies and when he saw the title he seemed interested.

I started reading the stories in order, until I got to a creepy one about zombies. I am super terrified of zombies. I routinely have panic attacks about them which is normally brought on by the fact that my boyfriend finds them fun and talks about them and reads books about the all the time. And then I have night mares and stay up late reading romance novels until I am not scared any more. So yeah after that first creepy zombie story I switched to only reading the Unicorn stories.

This anthology got the length right, all of the stories I read had enough time to develop a character and a connection to plot before it ended. One Unicorn story was rather hysterical and involved a drunk girl who was not a virgin and a surly unicorn that just wanted help. The story were unicorns are vicious and predators was interesting as well. There was one about a princess having an affair with a unicorn that I skim read a little to fast and cant tell you what happened because it wasn't interesting.

The one zombie story I did manage to read was rather epic and involved a new kind of zombie that was half cured enough that he had the ability to function on a certain level, enough so that he didn't want to kill the boy he liked. Gay zombies was a turn I was not expecting. The second one had that whole end of the world thing that creeps me out to no end and I rushed reading that one.

The thing that I really loved was that each story was prefaced by a mini argument or discussion between the two authors that started the fight. I found myself reading those no matter what, even for the zombie stories that I skipped and I enjoyed them greatly.

This is a book I suggest to anyone that likes zombies or has an interest in hearing more about this battle. There are some very comical moments and well written short stories. The cover also entertains me to no end to see zombies and unicorns in full on battle.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Movie Review: Dorian Gray

Alright so back when the Chronicle of Narnia Prince Caspian came out my friend Sam and I became rather crazy about the guy playing Prince Caspian. I mean we thought he was hot shit. Mr. Ben Barnes was fought over at great length as to who would get him. Now I feel a bit bad that I never went to see the second Narnia movie is in. Anyway back to the point. After Caspian came out we stalked him on IMDB at about that time I found that he was going to appear in a movie called Dorian Gray. Now I am well read so I know the story and I was kind of stocked to see it was coming out in the not to near future.

So I waited and waited and waited for the movie to come out. There is a good chance that it never came out in the states. In fact I forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I was out of my mind bored and found the movie on the request options to order. Well I added it to my queue and carried on, then today it showed up in my mailbox.  No one wants to watch it with me so here I am sitting watching it by myself.

Okay so right off the bat I am a wee bit creeped out by this odd tension between the painter and Dorian. I mean I was convinced they were going to make out. And then Colin Firth came in and I thought it was going to happen again. I was really messed up by that. Its a bit of a mind bend.

Also Colin Firth appears to be the one who is the bad guy at this point. He is making Dorian do bad things when he doesn't want to, like cheating on his girlfriend and then making them break up so that she kills herself. Colin Firth what are you doing? Now he just made Dorian ruin some girl's innocence and mind bend some old lady. Now he has done both mom and daughter, wow. Well now we are getting to the part were the painting turns bad, and they are making out! Ben Barnes stop that, come back here, no making out with the painter dude. Alright the painting screamed. It was really odd.

Also on a side note while all this is happening my boyfriend's parents are having some yelling fit about finding and S cable for the tv. Its rather comical. I mean really tense moment with Dorian while at the same time I can hear "Did you try the drawer? Yes I looked there. What about the basement?" Parents are fun like that.

After we get past the initially creepy part of this movie its not as scary as I thought it was going to be. I mean I really was expecting horror because all the trailers were for horror movies. I am really bad when it comes to horror movies, I am a massive pansy. So watching this movie originally was going to be a bit of a double edged sword for me because I was sure I was going to be freaking out. So far not scary, at least not to the point where I have a sheet over my eyes.

I am not really sure now if I liked the movie or not. I mean I enjoyed watching it and it freaked me out just a little bit but I don't feel sad that its over. Hmm another movie for the fence.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review: Enchanting the Beast by Kathryne Kennedy

Remember that other review I did of her books? Yeah I liked those, this one has got me very on the fence. So this one involved a werewolf, which had me really excited until the book started. This one was paced completely differently than the other two and I knew something was off when I was a few chapters in. It just felt like a different author. Also I can't be sure but it might even be a different time period because the fashion that the women are wearing seems to have hoops in it. Its messing with my brain.

Also there is the part here that I don't want to sound mean about. The female lead is in her forties and the male is twenty seven. Which is just a little ewww...... I mean I know that it happens, but its just a bit gross. I am just a wee bit like ehhh. I don't want to judge the book because I feel that it would be cruel but just can't get into it. I just see some one my boyfriend's age banging my mom's friend. Its just odd.

Also I am about half way into the book right now and so far nearly nothing has happened. I mean I walked away from this book. I hardly ever do that, once I start a book I rarely ever put it down. So the fact that I have walked away from the book means that its not that good. I mean there has been no mention of Merlin's relics at all. In fact now that I look back at the book I think this might have been her first because the opening speaks more of Merlins relics. Yeah this is a first go and it shows.

Undecided on this one.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Thought of the day

Next person to write a series about a vampire that falls in love gets punched in the face. I don't care if its a good story they need to be punished for their crimes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Over the summer I bought an anthology of stories and Brook had one in there. Now the back cover or first few pages did not give me a hint as to what would be happening in the short stories, so I went in blind. Here was what happened when I started reading. "What Horde? Are we talking about World of Warcraft because everyone knows only douchbags play Alliance and the Horde is for cool people. Why does this lady have metal arms? What is a control tower? What is this airship doing in Victorian England........................OH MY GOD! STEAMPUNK BITCHES!"

So yes the short story was a steampunk story and if you read my review of Leviathan (which you should have already but if not do it now) you know that steampunk is something I love. Its a fairly new genre in fiction and has only had a small following. But making a romance novel with steampunk is pretty much a new form of crack for me.

Okay so here is the lore for these books. This is a quote from Brook's website.
"In the Iron Seas history, Ögedei Khan still dies, but Batu Khan, leader of the Golden Horde, and son of Jochi—Genghis Khan’s eldest son—is named the successor over the wishes of Ögedei’s descendents and their supporters. In the civil war that follows, Batu, a brilliant strategist, crushes his opponents, but the effort prevents him from immediately returning to Europe. He relinquishes his westernmost holdings and consolidates his power in the east. His son, Sartaq, continues to strengthen the reunited empire, establishing strong civil and military presences in the outlying khanates. He is both generous and ruthless, ensuring their loyalty. The empire is relatively stable by the time the Polo brothers make their first journey along the Silk Road to the emperor’s seat. Though not Kublai Khan, Batu’s successor is not a fool, and he takes similar steps to establish a relationship with the west. Batu and Sartaq had taken pains to maintain their trading routes and roads, so the Polos’ journey back to Rome passes quickly, and they arrive before Pope Clement IV dies. The pope partially fulfills the Great Khan’s request; though he didn’t send one hundred, a handful of scholars and engineers returned east with the Polo brothers, eager to spread both knowledge and Christianity. None were heard from again—except for Marco Polo, who escaped and related horrors of workshops, of men forced to invent machines of war, and who was ridiculed and called mad. For two hundred years, the history of the western world progressed similar to our own, aside from rumors about strange technologies in the east, all of which were dismissed as fables. Then the first war machines rolled into western Asia, followed by the Horde. "

But not too long ago The Iron Duke blew up the control tower that allowed the Horde to control the people of England. But then some one drops a body in his garden and that is where the book begins. I enjoyed the book quite a bit. There were airships and the navy and nanotech and a really well developed plot. There were also zombies which I would have preferred not exist because they creep me out more than words and in this version its nano bugs that cause people to be zombies but they are still a bit transferred kind of infection.

I enjoyed the characters although it felt overly one sided. Very little of the book was written from the duke's point of view but yet there were still portions in his point of view. I think if you choose to do a rotating point of view that it should be more even. I was able to keep up with everything they talk about in the story because I had read the short story before which was a big help. But if I hadn't this review would have been very different. I can never deiced if too much explanation or too little is my pet peeve.

I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting and different plot in a romance novel, and some steampunk too.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Movie Review Piranha

When this movie came out in theaters over the summer I had really meant to go see it. My boyfriend and I on several occasions said we were going to go see it and then never got around to it. Now I am really glad we didnt.

The movie was a bit of a let down. This one movie reviewer I trust said it was tons of blood and girls and just sorta good bad. I wasn't expecting it to be epic but at lease pretty cool. Frankly I was forty five minutes into the movie before there was anything super entertaining. Before that point there was really only two deaths by fish in the movie. I was kinda bored for the first half really. And then all of a sudden it got crazy bloody. I had to stop eating the pizza I was having at the time to not get super grossed out. They really went all out with the prosthetic mayhem.

Another thing that was annoying was that there were two kids in the movie. I mean really two small children were part of this. We all know that no one is going to kill the kids but people trying to save them is going to end up causing others to die. And there was this whole plot with their older brother trying to get some money for a Girls Gone Wild kind of group. Which involved some really long drawn out moments. Not to mention they have this glass bottom boat that could never exist because glass that protruded would slow the boat down when its moving. But on a similar note there were a lot of tits in the movie. I mean not enough to really blow my mind or anything like that, but there were like four porn stars in the movie. My boyfriend was really entertained until he got his pizza and then it didn't really matter anymore.

The end of the movie is real punch in the face. It ends with this idea that the piranhas that have been attacking everyone all day are the babies and that there are larger ones out there, and then a giant one eats the scientist. Which begs the question if they are planning to make another movie about this, because I don't know if I can sit through it.

Also that outboard motor scene that looked like it was going to be epic in the trailer was a total let down.

Quote of the day

"Jinro fighting!" - In honor of Jinro wiping the floor with everyone last night in the GSL in Korea.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thought of the day

I have none, trying cross country skiing for the first time today has robbed me of my ability to move or think. Should have known this would happen.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book Review: Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks

Before I even start talking about the book I have to first address the name. When I first saw the name this was my reactions "Pahahahaha" (the P is there to let you know I made this sorta strange noise before I began to laugh.) after that I made that noise that drummers make when they tell puns or jokes. You know its sorta 'dadum tish.'

Okay so back to the book bit. This book is part of a series that Sparks writes and I haven't read them in a while so when I picked up the book there was about four minutes of "who the f*** is this? wait what? who's talking?" After awhile I got my bearings because after the birthday party was over the extreme number of old characters went down to hardly anything so that was better. But seriously talking about nearly every old character in the first twenty pages or so really confuses me.

So this book is about Carlos Panterra who is a were-panther and apparently in one of the previous books he pretended to be gay at some point but I didn't remember that so when they had this big scene for him to hash out that he was straight my reaction was: Well yeah I read the back. Anyway his love interest is Caitlyn Whelan who is the younger sister of the girl who had the very first book, and whose family is the central connector of all the books. So um yes.

We get the same song and dance of taking a human and trying to explain to them that vampires and shapeshifters are real and then we get Carlos trying to resist his desire for Caitlyn because he needs to find a were-panther to save his species. Also Caitlyn is magical and can understand any language so there is that part put in but seeing as nothing is ever written in another language its mostly a plot device for the travel part later, and when they mentioned that I knew there was going to be travel.

I feel like the romance as a little forced, and not because of the time constraints like I normally do. I think it was rushed because I was near page 300 and there had been no sex. Sure there had been some heavy making out but that was few and far between. On the other hand the plot was really on top. I mean I was with it and interested and I get the feeling that so was the author. I think Sparks might have gotten to about page 250 and gone "oh crap I forgot about the romance bit."

One other thing, I can't take the name Carlos seriously after seeing The Hangover. I mean really. I was trying really hard to not laugh.

Anyway the book was a good read and progresses the on going plot arc by adding a new bad guy to contend with and introducing a few new male characters for future books. But really the story did little to the overall bad guy and his plot to destroy us all. I get the feeling the new bad guy is just here to kill time so we have more males to write about, because if they catch the main bad guy before everyone has a book the series will lose its spark.

I  vote library unless you already have a collection going for this series.

Quote of the day

"There are only two positions in snowboarding, the first is looking cool and the second is DEAD!" - Eddie Izzard

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rising To The Challange

Alright so I like video games. I think they are really cool and I love all the different kinds there are. Sadly I suck royally at them. I am a button masher of the worst degree. The second the enemy attacks my ability to remember which button does what fails and my braid issues a command; "PUSH ALL BUTTONS! ALL BUTTONS UNTIL IT IS DEAD!" As most of you know this means I do poorly all the time.

My boyfriend likes to call me out on the fact that while I talk about video games, and am interested in them I don't acctually play any video games. That was right about the time that Dragon Age came out.

Okay so Dragon Age is the standard medival action adventure kind of game. You get to place one of three races, Human, Elf and Dwarf and those standard sort of jobs Warrior, Rogue, Mage. There is some kind of orc/zombie esc horde that is attacking this country. Pretty much its right up my alley. In fact here is a really funny review of it.

So about a year ago or so I picked up the game from my boyfriend and started to play. Well actually first I played through the part with werewolves and nothing else. Then I went back and started the game over on my own xbox. I was past some of the really annoying missions when I learned I had stacked my character points wrong. I was making game play harder for myself. So I started all over again. And when I got to this really annoying part right before this dream sequence stuff that killed me about three times in the previous attempt I gave up.

Well then I made my boyfriend read a book I thought he would like that I had read. He almost liked it, but not enough to ever let me live down the fact that he completed the thing I wanted and yet I can't finish the thing that he wanted me to try.

Well being unemployed for a couple of days has seen me burn through the selection that Netflix has to offer and I have seen so many movies that there are no new releases that tickle my fancy. Also there are trailers for the second installment of Dragon Age out already and I would sort of like to know where the story goes.

The major draw back here.....My game data is on the hard drive I sold to my brother, so I will have to start from the point I left off here or play through the opening quests for a fourth time. I can't decide. I know I slaughtered all the elves in favor of the werewolves in this one but I also missed like five quests in the area. It has also come to my attention that I left my strategy guide with my brother so I might be playing with a poorly stacked character again. Argh. I think I might start a chronicle of what I do here.

Quote of the day

I don't hate you.. I just don't like that you exist
-Gena Showalter

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Currently watching Vanread

I don't know where to start. I am very unsure. Found this show on netflix in the Anime section. The description says that it takes place in the future when Men and Women have created waring tribes. That alone pretty much had me clicking on it. And then I saw that it was a complete and utter train wreck, and I could not look away.

First of all the writing is crazy strange. One character is a doctor, I can't tell you his name only that he is a doctor. Why is that? Its because he says he is a doctor just about every time he has a line. If any one has ever seen Cowboy Bebop then I will also say that it is the same voice actor as the guy that did Spike. I am begining to learn that there are only a handful of American voice actors who dub Anime and this guy seems to do a lot. Its weird for me because I just hear Spike, and my brain keeps saying "Spike is not a doctor."

The show also falls into so many stereotypes, oh the silliness. I can't verbalize what I have witnessed. But I highly suggest watching a few episodes if only to get an idea of what I am talking about

Friday, January 7, 2011

Quote of the day

Scrabble was invented by Nazis to piss off kids with dyslexia. This is true, they proved this one. The word dyslexia was invented by Nazis to piss off kids with dyslexia.
-Eddie Izzard, Stripped 2 Tour

Thursday, January 6, 2011

TV Review: Eureka Season 1

I feel a bit bad about this. I bought these dvds a few years ago and then forgot about them after watching half the season. The boyfriend was bored a few days ago and then we saw the season on Netflix. We ended up pulling out the dvd's when my computer started being stupid.

Okay so the basis of the show is that some where in Oregon there is this town called Eureka that was created during the early days of World War II. The town was created for the scientist that were creating our weapons of war, the town later became a place were the brightest minds in the country are kept so that their experiments can be monitored. The show opens with US Marshal Jack Carter and his daughter Zoe making a road trip home after she attempted to run away. They have car trouble and end up in Eureka. While there an experiment goes wrong and Jack is forced to help the local law enforcement.

The show is science heavy. I mean rather science heavy. The issue is that I am watching this show with my boyfriend, who reads modern science for fun and picks up books by Steven Hawking for light reading. So the few times the show tried to do something that can't be done or doesn't make science sense then I get to hear about it. At the same time he was the one begging to watch another episode at two in the morning.

The characters are fun. I like Jack a lot and his continued attempts to understand what is happening around him. Henry, the local mechanic who functions as a jack of all trades for the town is the boyfriend's favorite. He wants to be Henry. I am a little annoyed with the females in the show. The female cop is cool and is fine, but the 'love interest' girl is just super dull. Like crazy dull. Then there is this therapist in the town that everyone is supposed to think is crazy hot but she sure doesn't look it. That's the issue with Sci-fi produced shows, the network doesn't have the money to pay really pretty people to be in the series, so you end up with sorta pretty.

I enjoyed the show. I am kind of stocked to see what happens in the up coming seasons. I would really recommend it. Because while there is science they explain it to Jack so we get to understand the science in layman's terms.

Quick Ramble

So this post really counts for yesterday. I was doing that one post everyday thing and so far doing well until Blogger seemed to have some kind of issue and got confused when I tried to open the post page.

Firstly. I am beginning to realize more and more that I like history more than I thought I did. Wait I take that back I was totally a history major for like ten minutes before I realized I did not want to try to get high schoolers to be interested in the Aztecs for the rest of my life. I came to this when today I spent about two hours reading the appendix of Return of the King. I can't even tell if there was a reason that I went into that scary place in the first place. I finished watching the movie Return of the King and then just sorta opened the book and read the appendix, I need help.

Secondly. I finally wrote new stuff for my story. For those unaware I am in the process of writing what I hope to be a book one day. But frankly seeing the crap they publish these days all I need to do is finish the story and then send it out and eventually some one will publish it. I was having a really long stink of writers block, most of which I blame on my job and its rather silly requirements and bi-polar managers, but now it appears to be over. Well not over. Still ironing out thing. The middle bit is hard. I have my climax, I have my open. But the middle is proving tricksy.

Finally. I have to talk about this because I love it. Red Letter Media does these reviews of movies with this persona called Plinkett. He has done some epic reviews about the Star Wars prequels, that frankly might be my favorite thing on the internet. So the first two reviews have been out for a while and then a couple of months ago the website released a preview for the review of Revenge of the Sith. I pretty much wet myself in joy. The video is now out, as of a few days ago. Watch it!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Quote of the day

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.

-Neil Gaiman (The Kindly Ones)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Review: The Mamoth Book of Paranormal Romance

Its really hard to review an anthology, especially one this size. In fact I have yet to finish the book, but I am far enough in that I can say a few things about it. I would like to take a moment to say that my next few statements may be taken the wrong way but need to be said.

Size does matter. It really does. Bigger is better, lots of small make for very little fun. Every time I start to really get into it suddenly its over. I am left feeling rather unfulfilled. Literally every story ends right when it gets good. Right as I get a grasp of the characters and why I should like each one and what their motivations are the story is over. In nearly every single one the romance feels rushed and out of place in half the stories. In a few stories I was surprised and confused when the romance came out of left field.

This book really did sound like a stellar idea. Get a ton of popular paranormal romance writers and put short stories together. The book looked huge so I thought everything would be okay until I noticed the sheer number of names. There is a very good reason that most anthologies only have about three or four authors and they are the size of a regular book, and that is because it takes that much time and space to write any kind of decently developed short story.

While most of the stories have a good start they don't really have any kind of ending. I can't make a choice if I think this was worth the money or not.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Quote of the day

"Plot armor, the best kind of armor!"- While watching LOTR and Aragorn never gets hit.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Freaking Hungry

Most people when they are sick have trouble eating, all I can think about it food right now. I keep eating and right now I would kill for bacon. I am beginning to think I have the flu because I only get this hungry when I am really sick but the Dayquil and Advil seem to be keeping the worst at bay.

The tricky thing is I thought I was going to skip this. The boyfriend gets sorta sick all the time. He feels off but he doesn't get really truly sick. I on the other hand only get crazy sick once in a blue moon. Oh look a blue moon. I feel horrible and desperately want bacon. If you read this please make me bacon and send it to me. Speaking of which, watch this while I go take some more Niquil.

Quote of the day

"What part of you says, 'It's three in the morning I want to learn.'?" - My boyfriend when he found me watching a National Geographic special at three in the morning.