Jun. 17th, 2009

May '09

Jun. 17th, 2009 09:33 pm
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May '09: 31

May 31;
Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Rating:
Goal: 23/60 (38 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 499
Genre: Epic Fantasy
About: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood,” one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling.…
An orphan's life is harsh - and often short - in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains - a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans - a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful - and more ambitious - than Locke has yet imagined.
Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men - and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game - or die trying.…
My Thoughts: This was a wonderful book. The comparisons to Robin Hood and Ocean's 11 were spot on; however, this book was much darker and more graphically violent. The beginning is a little dry and hard to get through, but the rest of the book is impossible to put down.

The Dead Sea has been sinking for last several years.

June '09

Jun. 17th, 2009 10:42 pm
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June '09: 1 - 6

June 1;
Title: High Five
Author: Janet Evanovich
Rating:
Goal: 24/60 (40% Complete)
Pages: 317
Genre: Mystery
About: In her fifth high-octane thriller, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum sets out to find her missing uncle-- and along the way smacks slam-bang into: a dead body, a nasty bookie, her stun-gun-toting grandmother, two very sexy men, an angry little man who won't leave her apartment, and a Mafia wedding...
Jersey's favorite bounty hunter has never been better! With high hair, street smarts and plenty of attitude, Steph's sure to nail this case-- or risk life and spandex-clad limb trying...
My Thoughts: My new favorite in the series so far! I loved all of the new characters in this book, especially the midget. I also loved Steph and Lula's interactions/apprehension attempts in this one. Not many series get better as they go, but this series does!

TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.06 - One Night Stan
Goal: 143/400 (35.75% Complete)
About: When Stan's first witness turns up dead, with his badge amongst the bones, he becomes the Chief suspect - forcing Mary & Marshall to dig deeper into a 20-year old love triangle.

Each day the sun causes about one trillion tons of water to evaporate.

June 2;

Florida has twice as many lightning injuries and deaths than any other state.

June 3;

The largest volcano known is on Mars: Olympus Mons, 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest.

June 4;
Movie: V for Vendetta
Rating:
Goal: 18/50 (36% Complete)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller; Dramas Based on the Book, Political Thrillers
About: From the pages of David Lloyd and Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel springs the enigmatic "V" (Hugo Weaving of The Matrix), a masked freedom fighter who's taken up arms against the totalitarian government in a futuristic Britain. Finding an unlikely ally in a young woman named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), V urges the citizenry to fight the oppression of the state. John Hurt and Stephen Rea also co-star.
Quote: "Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V." -V "Are you like a crazy person?" - Evey
My Thoughts: This was a rewatch for me, loved it just as much as the first time. I really don't like political movies, but this movie is just amazing.
Movie: Terminator: Salvation
Rating:
Goal: 19/50 (38% Complete)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
About: All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots in this fourth installment of the popular action-packed Terminator series. But when Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.
Quote: "We've been fighting a long time. We are out numbered by machines. Working around the clock,without quit. Humans have a strength that cannot be measured. This is John Connor. If you are listening to this,you are the resistance. " -John Connor
My Thoughts: Oh, Christian Bale, I still love you. I love special effects and fighting so this movie sat well with me, if you're looking for a real story or something meaningful, look elsewhere.

Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world.

June 5;
Title: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
Rating:
Goal: 25/60 (41 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 292
Genre: Fantasy
About: Being immortal isn't all it's cracked up to be. Life's hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn't respect you, and you're stuck in a delapidated hovel in north London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there's no way out...Until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives, and turn the world literally upside down.
My Thoughts: For such a wonderful, interesting idea, this book turned out to be trash. There were so many instances that were obviously meant to be funny but instead came across as desperate and lame. To top it off, all of the characters irritated me.
Title: Hot Six
Author: Janet Evanovich
Rating:
Goal: 26/60 (43 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery
About: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.
Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He's Stephanie's mentor--the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he's more than her friend.
Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him...what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?
Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie's apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she's adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can't button the top snap on her Levi's.
Experience the world of Plum--in Janet Evanovich's new thriller. It's surreal, it's frenetic, it's incendiary. Hot Six. It's the best yet.
My Thoughts: I don't any anything new to say about this series that I haven't already said. I have to say that I wish the pursuit of Ranger had been more like when she had to catch Morelli though. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book.

TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 3.01 - Friends and Family
Goal: 144/400 (36% Complete)
About: After escaping "Management", Michael is caught by the police and put into jail. An old friend named Harlan bails him out but asks for a favor in return.
Quote: "One of the things covert operatives have to give up is the idea of a fair fight. Spies are not trained to fight fair. Spies are trained to win." -Michael

Delaware State Park isn't in Delaware, it is in Ohio.

June 6;

There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year.

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"I never run around in the bushes in a ski mask when I’m breaking in some place. Somebody catches you, what are you going to say? You want to look like a legitimate visitor until the very last minute. If you can’t look legit, confused works just as well. Maybe get a soda from the fridge or a yogurt. If you’re caught, you just act confused and apologize like crazy for taking the yogurt; nothing can be more innocent."
-Michael Westen (Burn Notice)

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