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October 2nd, 2014
05:23 pm
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(Advance Reader's Copy's up for grabs!
I have many Advanced Reader's Copies of books sitting around that I have won in various contests. I cannot sell them because they are not the completed, for sale, book. I am going to start to give them away to friends.

Many are already released now as finished books. Others are not. I will put a list of them here with a link to their Amazon page so you can get an idea of what the book is about. I will also attempt to write the genre of book that they are as I list them.

If you are interested (and willing to pay postage) they are yours. Just let me know which ones.

The Pentrals by Crystal Mack- (Young Adult, Fantasy)
Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan- (Romance)
Gemini by Carol Cassella- (Medical Mystery, Relationship Drama)
A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow- (Drama, Historical, Family, Generation Spanning)
Altered (Crewel World 2) by Gennifer Albin- (Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian)
Come To Me Quickly (Closer To You Series) by A. L. Jackson- (New Adult, Romance, Relationship Drama)
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Science Fiction)
Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin- (Historical Fiction)
Moth and Spark: A Novel by Anne Leonard- (High Fantasy, Dragons, Historical Elements)
Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler- (Drama, Family Mystery, Woman Main Character)
The Catch by Taylor Stevens- (International Mystery, Strong Female Character)
Seeing America by Nancy Crocker-
(Male Coming of Age, Road tripping, Turn of The 20th Century)
Make Me Lose Control by Christie Redgway- (Romance novel)
The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True (Women's issues, fiction)




There will be more added as I read through my pile of "won in contest' books and I will take off the ones that I have given away. Keep checking back.

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May 27th, 2015
12:43 am

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Inherent Vice
This movie....



It was so frustrating to watch! All style and no substance.

I had no idea WTF was going at all in this movie. The dialogue made zero sense and it seemed to be trying too hard to be wacky in plot...if it had a plot that is. I liked the style of the film but grew horribly frustrated because I could not figure out what was going on. It was like the characters were speaking some weird shorthand version of English or purposely not having a point to any conversation they had within the film. It made me want to throw things at the TV.

Still, I suffered through the movie but admit I fastforward to the end (with English subtitles) when there was 10 minutes left because I was just done trying to figure out the point of what I was watching. So the style and time period were to my liking but the plot was not. Just a horribly annoying film with big name actors. Such a disappointment.

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May 24th, 2015
04:14 pm

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Wish I Was Here
I have had a busy weekend with meeting with the Spokane Sketchers group on Saturday and heading out to the Valley to get my hair cut. I even took a walk yesterday evening because it cooled off enough to do so. It has been in the low 80s (F) but humid due to thunderstorms passing to either the north or south if us. We haven't had them here but can see them in the distance. It makes it really muggy and way too early in the season.

Meetup yesterday was fun and happened on the MAC (http://www.northwestmuseum.org) museum's campus. We did sketching for about 3 hours then went to the cafe in the museum for coffee and a bite to eat. The owner of the cafe (http://www.northwestmuseum.org/support/café-mac) is from Syria so it has a Middle Eastern touch to all the food/coffee. I cannot eat hummus because of my sesame allergy but I hear it is quite good since the owner makes his own. He even sells it in local grocery stores. I had a grilled cheese sandwich which had feta, provolone, and cheddar cheese...and a tasty garlic sauce. I have to get back soon to see the current exhibit of contemporary art from the Emirates. It looks fascinating.

http://northwestmuseum.org/explore/exhibits/past-forward-contemporary-art-emirates

Last night, I ended up watching Wish I Was Here.



The film was quite boring. It had some good moments but fell really flat to me. Lots of stuff that I could tell was suppose to be funny but just wasn't. Really disappointing.

I have one more movie to watch and then I will return the DVDs to the library and pick up the ones on hold for me.

Now, off to catch up a bit online.

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May 17th, 2015
09:02 pm

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


SO FUCKING BORING!!!

It is bad when a film that has a dragon attack and burn a town, build up to a huge war, and the actual battle is tediously boring like this. I found myself checking the time often in hopes the movie would end soon. I just did not feel any connection or emotional investment in any of the characters.

My god! Lee Pace was eating the scenery as that elf. It was like he could not act and made me wonder how Jackson thought Pace's acting performance was worth keeping in the film. It was totally overdone! Pace came off as a shit actor in this film. I shall have to watch The Fall to remind myself he actually can act.

I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and can now say, I detested The Hobbit and am glad I did not waste money on this film in the theater!

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May 16th, 2015
03:21 pm

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The Imitation Game
I saw The Imitation Game last night.



I just was not impressed. I felt very removed from the story. It felt like the story should of moved me but failed to expect for one scene and that was near the end of the film. Too little, too late.

I am not a fan of the main actor and find his greatness to be overhyped, wet pantied (though he looks like a space alien in a bad wig), squealings of Sherlock fangirls. He just is rather weak as an actor. I think this is the best acting job I have seen from him and it was in a poorly done film.

So, yeah, not my type of film. Onward to the next.

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May 12th, 2015
07:49 pm

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The Skeleton Twins
I ended up watching The Skeleton Twins last night.



I wasn't sure of it at first but the film got better as it went along. It had darkly funny moments and I really liked how the story was told. How you see the legacy of a family suicide and how it affects those left behind. How families can be super dysfunctional yet have each others backs.

I loved how Hader made his character sem unsure like a teenager when interacting with the first person he had a relationship with. I really liked Hader in this movie. He did a wonderful acting job.

So, now to get those DVDs picked up from the library...I may watch a comfort film tonight just to relax.

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May 9th, 2015
08:37 pm

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Mockingjay Part 1: Hunger Games
I ended up watching this film because I had seen the other two.



I am still wanting to throw things at this movie/story because Peeta is a whiny, weak, little shit that doesn't deserve Katniss at all. She should have ended up with Gale.

Anyway, I found the film boring and thought it was a bad thing for the last book to be broken into two movies. It made it full of filler and just not as exciting as it should have been. The first film was great. The second filom not that bad. The whistling the mockingjay call and raising of the two fingers in support of Katniss is always awesome. The story? It goes down the tubes in the last book and it is noticable when watching this film. All of Katniss' stirring speeches fell flat and everytime she got disturbed about Peeta being held in the Capitol I wanted to shake her. I will be watching the last movie but it is just to see how they can possibly pad out the story to fill two hours.

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May 8th, 2015
11:10 pm

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Whiplash
I am so torn on this film.



It was good but the abusive relationship between the student and teacher was angering. I cheered on the student when he finally cracked under the abuse and tried to beat down the teacher. I wanted to punch the teacher out when he publically humilated the student near the end of the film.

Yet, when the teacher tells the student the whys of how he teaches so brutually...I understand what he is saying. It is no excuse for his sadistic behavior but I can see how his reasoning makes sense in what he is doing. He is just way overstepping in his methods to the point if abuse. It makes the student's performance at the end all the sweeter in truimph.

I feel/think about this movie long after seeing it but probably would not watch it again due to the sadistic relationship the teacher has with his students. It is just hard to watch.

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May 7th, 2015
03:49 pm

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True Detective
So I suffered through True Detective.



I found the series horribly boring. I kept checking my phone throughout watching and even considered reading a book while it was on. Yeah, all things I do when I should just turn it off and not bother. I sat through all the episodes instead because people I know love this series with a passion.

I hated it.

Boring boring boring. The bad guy was an overdone cliche. The incest practicing, not too smart, ugly, inbred, southern, redneck. The ending was anticlimatic. I remember thinking, "I sat through this boring shit for this!?!?!?" It was just a huge "Nope!" for me.

Sadly, fans of this series tend to be of the smug, "you hating it means my tastes are vastly superior to yours", variety. I even had one of those fans tell me I should watch the second season because "the cast will make it outstanding." How about HELL NO! Why would an intelligent person continue to watch a series they did not like? That makes zero sense.

So huge thumbs down to this series from me.

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May 2nd, 2015
05:07 pm

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Tracks
I ended up watching Tracks over two nights due to being tired.



It wasn't bad. It could have had a little more umph to the storyline but was quite good. I really do not know what to say beyond I really find actor Adam Driver untalented and one note as an actor. He played the photojournalist in this film. I knowe he is on that horrid 'Girls' tv series so is considered hip and young but he annoys the shit out of me with his acting choices. I was hasppen he did not have a lot of screen time in this film.

And with that...off I go to feed cats.

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