July '09

Jul. 19th, 2009 12:49 pm
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July '09: 12 - 18

July 12;

One ragweed plant can release as many as a million grains of pollen in one day.

July 13;

People over the age of fifty will start to lose their dislike for foods that taste bitter.

July 14;

The adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily.

July 15;

The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin.

July 16;
Title: The Strain
Author: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Rating:
Goal: 32/60 (53 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 401
Genre: Horror
About: They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.
In two months - the world.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.
My Thoughts: The reviews definitely aren't lying when they say this book isn't for the feint of heart. It was constantly fast paced, intense and frankly disturbing. This book was easy to picture once you've seen del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Those creatures are right in line with this book's version of vampires. I recommend that movie more than this book, but honestly I wouldn't be surprised if this book were made into a movie.

The average person spends two weeks of their life kissing.

July 17;
Title: Kitty and The Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Rating:
Goal: 33/60 (55% Complete)
Pages: 259
Genre: Urban Fantasy
About: VAMPIRES. WEREWOLVES. TALK RADIO. Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station--and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew…
My Thoughts: Very enjoyable. It was difficult for me to adjust to Vaughn's weres after being so used to Brigg's (Mercy Thompson). I didn't like Vaughn's as well but Kitty is quite likable and made up for this. I also really enjoyed the premise of the plot.

The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands.

July 18;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 3.05 - Signals and Codes
Goal: 171/400 (42.75% Complete)
About: Michael helps a mathematician with preventing the firm he works for from selling government secrets.
Quote: "Ladies and gentlemen, if I can borrow your attention I promise to return it on about an hour." -Sam

The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella.

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You know spies...

"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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