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Book Review – I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

It starts with whispers. Then someone picks up a stone. Finally, the fires begin. When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren’t sparkly, aren’t fun, don’t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone —or something— is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root — before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

Chilling drama combines with laugh out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

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And so we reach the end…  I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett is the last book in the YA fantasy series, and I just didn’t want it to end – I really strung out reading this one as long as I could 🙂 Now, I’m one of those people who delete all the books after I’ve read them on my Kindle (since all the books are in the Archive anyway), but this one? I’m keeping it (for sentimental reasons). I just felt this sense of complete satisfaction after I’d read it –  felt so good and happy inside, and even though I was sad to say goodbye to Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegles, I was also content at where Tiffany and her friends were at when I reached the last page (and that’s a sentiment that I usually don’t feel about many series’ finales that I’ve read!)

In I Shall Wear Midnight, Tiffany is now sixteen and a full fledged witch catering to the needs of the people of the Chalk (i.e. basically, her duties include anything/everything no one else is able or willing to do). Surprisingly, she is also completely single and I spent much of the novel wondering what happened between her and Roland (the Baron’s son) who seemed destined to be her sweetheart and even served as her ‘hero’ in the previous book Wintersmith, but he, alas, is preparing for his wedding with someone else in this book. However, dealing with her pseudo-ex-boyfriend’s impending nuptials is the least of Tiffany’s problems – there’s a poisonous blight slowly crawling over Discworld and it’s directed against witches. There is a ‘Cunning Man’ who is fueling all the nasty whispers, evil thoughts, and fearful feelings – and Tiffany is heading for a showdown with yet another supernatural being…

There are so many things to love about I Shall Wear Midnight – the always irreverent Nac Mac Feegles, the castle guard Preston (a funny new character who will totally grow on you the way he did on Tiffany – I kept on wondering when Tiffany would get over Roland and just see that more interesting boys were around!), and to up the sentimentality quotient, so many of my favorite characters showed up here too – Commander Vimes, Captain Carrot, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, etc etc. Tiffany’s brief visit to Ankh-Morpork actually made me home-sick for it – and I suddenly felt this urge to re-read my entire collection of Discworld books!

Seriously, if you’ve never read any of Terry Pratchett’s books, try to read at least one. They are excellent, humorous but heartwarming and truly imaginative fantasy books, and I feel so lucky that I was able to grow up reading his Discworld series. I’m so happy that he’s been able to continue writing even with Alzheimer’s disease.

I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld: A Tiffany Aching Adventure) by Terry Pratchett is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($9.99), Hardcover ($9.43), and Audible Audio Edition ($16.95).

You can also get the ebook at Barnes & Noble, Kobo books, Apple iBookstore.

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(Updated) New Adam Lambert Song – Live Recording of ‘Outlaws of Love’ at St. Agathe en Feux Fesival

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

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Updated 3: Check out TALC videos for HD videos of Adam’s set! And this Outlaws of Love video has great audio!

Updated 2: Yay, for suz526! Here’s YouTube video finally!!! Be sure to check back on suz526 later on as she’ll be uploading the rest of Adam’s set!

Updated: Check out the complete video provided by a fan (Sandee) via Twitvid! Really clear audio too! Can’t embed, so visit Twitvid to watch!

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Well, lots of Adam Lambert fans just can’t wait for new music from him! And whataya know, Adam Lambert just finished playing a set at the St. Agathe en Feux Fesival (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec) and he premiered a new song (that he said would be on his album) 🙂 We’ve got a partial recording right now from a stream that @misfitoys kindly provided for us while we wait for videos (our faithful GlamNation videographer suz526 was there)!

ETA: The new song is titled ‘Outlaws of Love’ as you can see from the set list: (FYE, DTRH, Strut, 20th CB, Aftermath, Sleepwalker, IIHY, Music Again, Mad World, Outlaws of Love, Erotica interlude, SFW, Fever, WLL and WWFM)

ETA 2: The new song somehow makes me think of the Love theme from Romeo and Juliet (YouTube) 🙂

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Book Review – I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

Number Six — when John meets her in I Am Number Four she’s strong, powerful, and ready to fight. But who is she? Where has she been living? How has she been training? When did she develop her legacies? And how does she know so much about the Mogadorians?

In I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy, discover the story behind Six. Before Paradise, Ohio, before John Smith, Six was traveling through West Texas with her CÊpan, Katarina. What happened there would change Six forever….

About the Author:
Pittacus Lore is Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore is the prequel novella to the YA SciFi/action book I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies).

The prequel gives us the back story of Number Six (who played such a pivotal role in I Am Number Four.)  Like John Smith (Number Four), Six is one of the original nine Lorien children sent to Earth and hidden from the murderous alien Mogadorians while they developed their legacies (aka magical talents). The children are protected by a charm such that they can only be killed in sequence (1, 2, 3 and so forth). The fiery Six is a very different character from John (who basically just wanted to fit in as an ordinary human). Six is a tough little soldier,  and in The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy, we get to see how she became this scary, strong warrior who was so ready and able to do battle with the Mogadorians.

I have to say though that The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy is a pretty overpriced prequel at $3.99 (given how short it is). I read it in less than 30 minutes while eating lunch. It’s not something I’d recommend to be read on its own, but fans of the series who’ve wondered about who Number Six is would probably enjoy it. It’s better written in some ways than I Am Number Four (which really only shone in the action sequences). I liked Six‘ no nonsense character and her narrative voice came through stronger than John’s (plus I definitely appreciated the absence of the cliched ‘love interest’ here).

Cost aside, I think it’s a good way to whet the appetite of existing fans, especially since the novella includes an excerpt (the first two chapters) from the next book in the series – The Power of Six (which is going to be Number Seven‘s story and where presumably the surviving Lorien teens unite and fight back against the Mogadorians).

I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($3.99).

You can also get the ebook at the Apple iBookstore.

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New FREE Game App for the Kindle – Every Word: Crossings (A Free Game for Kindle)

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a new game app for the Kindle!

Every Word: Crossings (A Free Game for Kindle)‘ by Amazon Digital Services is available on the Amazon Kindle site for FREE! Just click here to download!

Game Description

Every Word: Crossings is a word game in which you try to unscramble letters to fill in as many words as you can on a crossword style grid.

You are given five to seven scrambled letters with the goal of finding as many words as you can. When you find a word it gets added to the crossword style grid, which gives you clues about the words that intersect with the word you just found. You score points by filling out the words in each empty spot on the crossword grid. When you find a word that uses all available letters, you can move on to the next level, or keep at it until time runs out or until you fill up the board. The more words you make, the higher your score!

Every Word: Crossings has 10 levels of difficulty and as you progress through them the puzzles become more and more complex. Level 1 gives you 5 letters to work with and a relatively small grid with about a dozen words to fill in. Level 10 gives you 7 letters to work with and more than 30 words to find.

There are thousands of unique puzzles to play — if you like word games, you’ll love Every Word: Crossings.

Please note: Every Word: Crossings may contain content inappropriate for children.

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Be sure to check out Amazon’s Popular Kindle Games & Active Content page for a review of all the games available! And if you want to see the apps as a bestseller list, check out the Bestsellers in Kindle Games & Active Content!

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Adam Lambert’s VH1: Behind the Music sneak peak!

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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Yay, something new/old about Adam Lambert! He’s currently writing/recording for his sophomore album, so there really hasn’t been anything to post about him. Hopefully, his fans haven’t forgotten about him (AI fans are notorious for their forgetfulness). Anyway, this is a good way of re-acquainting oneself with Adam – he gets his own VH1: Behind the Music show! (it airs on VH1 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011)

VH1 has released a sneak peak of the show, you can watch it online on VH1.Com (but it’s blocked internationally, so I’ve embedded a YouTube rip here for international fans! Or if you want a DL, the always dependable @terra_zephead has a HQ MP4 rip) The sneak peak is a bit too melodramatic for me (gay!gay!gay! etc), but it does feature a bonus! Kris Allen (who BTW is also currently working on his 2nd album)! 🙂

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New Game App for the Kindle – KenKen Vol. 1 Presented by Will Shortz (A Logic Puzzle for Kindle)

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a new game app for the Kindle!

KenKen Vol. 1 Presented by Will Shortz (A Logic Puzzle for Kindle)‘ by Gameblend Studios (the developer of the games Slingo (A Game for Kindle) and Letter Landers (An Early Reader Game for Kindle)) is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $1.99! Just click here to download!

Game Description

KenKen is a puzzle in which you combine simple math and logic to fill in a grid of numbers.

Presented by New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, KenKen is a challenging follow-up to Sudoku. As in Sudoku, KenKen requires that you fill in a grid with numbers without repeating a number in any row or column. In KenKen, you are also shown heavily outlined sets of squares called cages, each of which has a target number and a mathematic operator (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division). The numbers in each cage must combine to produce the target number in the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. Easy cages are made up of one or two squares and are in just one column or row. More difficult cages can cross multiple columns and rows and are made up of many squares, requiring creative thought as you figure out how many different ways you can create the target number with one operator!

KenKen Volume 1 contains 50 puzzles ranging from Easy to Expert, with grid sizes between 3×3 and 9×9. You can use the inline notes feature to help you jot down potential solutions, and if you get stuck, you can always get a hint.

Give your brain a workout and have fun with KenKen!

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P.S. For those who missed getting it for free before, Hidden Expedition: Amazon (A Hidden Object Game for Kindle) by Big Fish Games, Inc. is now back, but priced at $4.99!

Be sure to check out Amazon’s Popular Kindle Games & Active Content page for a review of all the games available! And if you want to see the apps as a bestseller list, check out the Bestsellers in Kindle Games & Active Content!

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New Game App for the Kindle – Snap Sudoku #1 (A Puzzle Collection) $0.99

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a new game app for the Kindle!

Snap Sudoku #1 (A Puzzle Collection)‘ by Puzzazz (the developer of the games Sudoku Unbound #1, Wordoku Unbound #1, Symdoku Unbound #1 and Mad About Sudoku #1 ) is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99! Just click here to download!

Game Description

Are you looking for Sudoku puzzles you can solve in a snap? If so, this collection of carefully constructed and calibrated super easy Sudoku puzzles is right for you.

These 33 super easy puzzles are the easiest Sudoku puzzles that Puzzazz offers, and are designed to be simple, elegant, and enjoyable. You will appreciate features like in-cell notes that help make solving these puzzles as easy as it is on paper. You can move to another puzzle at any time without losing the progress on your current puzzle, and come back to that puzzle whenever you like. Snap Sudoku puzzles are specially designed to give you a quick and fun challenge, but if you’re having trouble, you can always get a hint any time you need one.

If you’re looking for an easy introduction to Sudoku, or just looking for quick, fun puzzles to solve, try Snap Sudoku today!

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