Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Before you criticize my choices, I pose a challenge to you: create your own cast list and share them with lenzilikesit.com. Under each posting, give me the name of your recommendation, and I can create a poll for each character that we can vote on and try to decide who would be the best in each roll. I'm sure my pick of Kevin Costner is raising eyebrows, but what Hollywood actor in his mid-fifties would fit Haymitch? I had thought about Terry Bradshaw, who played Matthew McConaugay's dad in Failure to Launch. I wasn't sure if he could be sour enough, and I'm sure I'm totally forgetting of a guy who would do great playing a crotchety middle-aged man with a beer belly. The actor who plays Juno's dad also came to mind...any thoughts from you?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
****ATTENTION FANS...MORE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE NEWS ON THE CASTING OF MISS EVERDEEN ON MY MOST RECENT POST. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS! Thank you for visitiing my blog and joining the Hunger Games fan wagon!
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Friday, May 22, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The first book is titled City of Bones. I finish the first in this trilogy today, but I'm too lazy to type up my own synopsis, so I'm stealing this summary from BarnesandNoble.com. Demons, Nephellium, and romance...what more could you want in a book?:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Why Twilight and the rest of the saga are under the gun, I'll never begin to understand. I've broken down mulitiple chapters of Twilight and used it for teaching purposes in my classroom, and it is rich in vocabulary and has awesome examples of literary elements, such as personification, simile, metaphor, and repitition. Luckily, I'm not the first to notice the teaching potential of Twilight. Author Brian Leaf has created SAT vocabulary workbooks using TWILIGHT and NEW MOON to provide examples. Click on the pictures below for links to purchase at Amazon.com:
I'm not sure about you, but if I were a high school kid, I would much rather study using examples from books I love than some stale workbook. This publication notes SAT words used in each chapter, sites the page number, then has activities that requires the reader to exercise use of the SAT verbage. Maybe I should be writing a workbook that uses the literary terminology I've found in the Twilight Saga?????
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Helen is a ghost, or "Light" as she calls it. She's been in this dimension for so long, she can't remember what her life was like before she was Light. Her anchor to the human world is through her "host", Mr. Brown, and modern-day English teacher at a midwestern high school. Helen is not sure how she selects her hosts, but she thinks it has to do with her love of literature, since each host has had a connection to the literary world. Helen enjoys her quiet, simple existence, reading novels over students' shoulders, doing her best to inspire Mr. Brown to write his own literary work, but everything changes when she feels the eyes of a student upon her; watching her. It has been hundreds of years since Helen has been seen, and this high school boy is not a normal boy. James, or Billy as he's known to his human friends, used to be Light, and Helen quickly learns that she does not have to stay in this realm of existance. James and Helen begin a love affair that transcends the realms of existance we never knew existed. This love story is one of triumph and despair, and takes the reader to a world beyond our comprehension.
Sookie Stackhouse, a blond, tan, and simple waitress from the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, leads a normal life until Bill Compton strolls into Merlotte's, the bar she waitresses. Falling in love with a vampire can mean trouble, but when you are a good looking telepathic waitress, love is very hard to come by! (How would you like knowing what your date is thinking about you? She can't read vampire thoughts, so Bill is sweet relief to her brain and very easy on the eyes, too!). Bill introduces Sookie to a world she never knew existed, and a love-life she never thought she would experience.
Each book takes Sookie on new adventures and has so many twists and turns, it's a wonder Charlaine Harris (the series author), can think of so many amazing and unimaginable shennanigans for Sookie! The book series is so addictive and fascinating, it has even spawned a television series, True Blood on HBO. Again, it is VERY risque and raunchy...just warning my more innocent readers.
If you've ever watched the TV series that the books inspired, you will have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about with the sex and violence. I blush as I type this review, because I usually don't enjoy reading stuff so "out there"! I'm not even sure why I've enjoyed reading a series that is so out of my comfort-zone of reading, but I will admit that I flew through the first nine books in two weeks. Two Weeks!
So if you are wanting a guilty pleasure for the summer, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels are you best bet. I eagerly awaited the realease of the most recent book, Dead and Gone, and downloaded it at midnight on it's release date this past week. I read it in one stinkin' day, and can't wait until the next book, A Touch of Dead to be released on October 6th. This website, http://www.bestfantasystories.com/ will give you a complete list and synopsis of each Sookie book if you are interested in learning more about Sookie Stackhouse's escapades in the vampire, fairy, and werewolf world! Not to be compared to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, because Sookie and her friends are more of an R-rated version of that vampire world...OH MY! Click on the picture of books below:
Check out the HBO website for True Blood. You can now rent the first season and catch up before the new episodes start in June. Click on the picture of Bill and Sookie below, then click on "watch" for a brief synopsis of the first episode, which follows the first two books:
Can't wait to see more of Bill and Eric!