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Weekly Meme: Musing Mondays (Jan 31)

January 31, 2011 17 comments

The weekly Musing Mondays question of the week (via the Should Be Reading blog) is:

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

I really try to avoid messing up my sleep schedule just to read books (since being half-asleep the day after is never any fun), but there are some books that make me forget to be sensible…

The book that comes to mind right now (although there should be more) is The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin (here’s my gushing review of it). You’ve probably read it yourself since it had all the buzz & hype last year, and I’m still surprised I haven’t heard about the Hollywood version yet. Especially since vampire/zombies/post-apocalyptic futures are all the rage these days 🙂 That was one book I just couldn’t put down until I reached the last (cliff-hanger) page, and I hated when I reached THE END since I wanted MORE. NOW. Like a spoilt child – sigh – Unfortunately, I have no idea when book 2 is coming out though…

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FREE eBooks from Non-Amazon Bookstores!

January 31, 2011 1 comment

Here’s some freebies for those with the OTHER kind of eReaders (Not Kindle!) 🙂

Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage‘ by Kevin Leman is available for FREE download on the B&N Nook site (The Kindle edition is priced at $8.35). Just click here to download this book. *Note that the file will be in ePub format.

Product Description:

For married couples and those engaged to be married, Sheet Music is a practical guide to sex according to God’s plan. In his characteristic style, Kevin Leman addresses a wide spectrum of people, from those with no sexual experiences to those with past sexual problems or even abuse. Using frank descriptions and black-and-white line drawings, this book has a warm and friendly tone that will help couples overcome awkwardness in discussing an issue important to all married couples.

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Amazon Promo: Spend $15 in MP3 Speaker Systems, Get $5 in MP3

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey, if you were planning on getting yourself a new MP3 speaker system anyway, be sure to buy by January 31 AND pick from this selection on Amazon. That’s because Amazon is offering this promo: Spend $15 in MP3 Speaker Systems, Get $5 in MP3!

For a limited time, when you purchase $15 or more in eligible MP3 player speaker systems shipped and sold by Amazon.com, you’ll get a $5 credit for Amazon MP3 downloads. And through January, Amazon MP3 has more than 1,000 albums for just $5 each. See complete terms and conditions.

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Update on Adam Lambert’s Birthday Goal for Charity Water!

January 31, 2011 1 comment

Take a look at how much Adam Lambert’s fans have raised so far for Charity Water! $251K raised so far, and counting! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy 🙂

I wonder if Adam’s had time to keep track of his Charity Water page, what with a new romance (Sauli) and a fancy birthday party for friends and associates 🙂 Check out this Finnish site’s (seiska.fi) funny time line for the Adam-Sauli romance 🙂

Here’s some pictures of our birthday boy (looking very toned down in a scruffy-chic but still sexy way)! More pics can be found at JustJared! (Other pics via PerezHilton, Lisarrific and BritWoodward.) Update: I won’t embed anymore but new pics are found at: Isaac Carpenter, Markus is the Durg – check out what he wrote about Adam introducing a remixed Aftermath! – sounds like it will be released since it’s supposed to be for The Trevor Project?), Smile Lounge Gallery, Oh No They Didn’t.

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic FUCK YEAH. @AdamLambert @TommyJoeRatliff on Twitpic birthday love for the birthday boy! @alisanporter @adamlambert on Twitpic

Update: Help Adam Lambert Raise $290K for Charity Water! http://twitter.com/adamlambert/status/26164145732718592 http://twitter.com/#!/adamlambert/status/26168384232099840 Update: Yup, Adam underestimated his fanbase. His old goal of $29K was filled within 5 hours, with half the world asleep (or at work/school). Let’s see what happens when more people wake up and see the new challenge – $290K!!! Check out Adam’s myCharity: Water page to contribute (take time out to read through some of the messages lef … Read More

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Book Review – De Bello Lemures (The Roman War Against the Zombies of Armorica) by Lucius Artorius Castus and Thomas Brookside

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

A recovered Latin text tells the story of a struggle between Roman legionaries and the undead in 185 AD.

Lucius Artorius Castus leads an expedition to Gaul to defeat a rebellion against the rule of the Emperor Commodus – and gets more than he bargained for when his enemies rise from the dead to fight again. The power of the zombie horde is amplified by the Babel of Ancient Rome’s religions and superstitions, and the terror the undead bring in their wake foreshadows the incipient medieval darkness already creeping into the world at the end of Rome’s Antonine age. Richly annotated, this mashup of survival horror and alternate history takes the reader on a bracing journey into one of ancient Rome’s dark corners.

The book is structured as a work of nonfiction, with a foreword describing the history of the Latin document and its solecistic title, a “translation” of the text itself, and extensive footnotes. It is a loving homage to the paperback nonfiction products of university presses – a classics text reimagined as a postmodern horror tale.

Special Kindle Edition Bonus: The Kindle version of this title contains an 80 page free preview of Thomas Brookside’s new release THE LAST DAYS OF JERICHO.

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I picked De Bello Lemures (The Roman War Against the Zombies of Armorica) to read just because I thought the idea of a mashup of ‘Zombies’ and ‘Roman history’ just too awesome to pass up 🙂 The set-up of this short book is that the author (Thomas Brookside) is providing a modern translation of a recently discovered (and very controversial) ancient Roman manuscript / letter written by one Lucius Artorius Castus. The controversy stems from the subject of the manuscript, which purports to document an infestation of zombies in Britain circa AD 185. Cool, huh? Sort of like a deadly serious ‘The Walking Dead’ gone Spartacus 😉

I liked that Mr Brookside obviously did exhaustive research on Roman history and zombie mythology, and mixed them together in this faux historical account. The story follows a now familiar path for zombie tales – it traces how the infestation starts and how the humans learn how to deal with it – and yet, it’s new and different also since, hello it’s AD 185!

As a horror book though, I never found the story really chilling or scary. At best, I can say there is a ‘mild’ horror and suspense to Lucius Artorius Castus’ first person account of the two days/nights he spent with the zombie menace (and indeed the ending is left up in the air). I understand that Mr Brookside skated a very fine line here, trying to make the story ‘believable’ as a translation of an ancient text, and yet, not alienate modern readers by boring us to death. The overall tone of the book was very dry and academic, and included a ton of footnotes you have to wade through (in keeping with Mr Brookside’s stated intent of a ‘homage to university presses’). After the first 10 or so footnotes, I found myself skipping the rest and just inferring from the surrounding text what the latin terms were supposed to mean. So, maybe it’s my fault that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would?

Anyway, if you’re a zombie book lover, don’t pass this book by – it gets plus points just for originality and putting a new spin to the zombie myth. I’m wondering if the non-ending is so the author can write a sequel?

De Bello Lemures (The Roman War Against the Zombies of Armorica) by Lucius Artorius Castus and Thomas Brookside is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition ($2.99) or Paperback ($9.99).

The eBook is also available for $2.99 on B&N Nook.

P.S. The Kindle edition includes a pretty long preview of the author’s other book that’s out – THE LAST DAYS OF JERICHO. I’ve added it to my Amazon wishlist since the story seems interesting also.

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Wow, Allison Iraheta is All Grown Up! Tattoos and all!

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

NOH8 Photo by Adam Bouska

Wow, take a look at Allison Iraheta’s gorgeous NOH8 pic! Girl has turned into a woman – tattoos and all! 🙂 That’s fierce!

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Weekly Meme: Friday Fill-Ins (Jan 28)

January 28, 2011 6 comments

Thought this was an interesting (and quick & easy) meme! Just fill in where the blanks are… via Friday Fill-Ins blog

1. Up, Up, And Away (The Wake And Bake Song) is a song by Kid Cudi. Have a listen!

2. What’s going around? Whatever it is, I hope I don’t catch it!

3. Coats and scarves, mittens and boots: make me look 20 pounds heavier (that’s my excuse, anyway).

4. I will kill for a a nice back rub right now.

5. I’m thinking about how awesome American Idol Adam Lambert’s fans are that they have raised $119,946 so far for Charity: Water.

6. “Will you be mine?” (Corny, but oh, so romantic!)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep, tomorrow my plans include visiting my darling brand new baby niece and Sunday, I want to have a haircut and a facial (must remember to book appointment)!

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