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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Book 2 was a Good One!

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 2: Sorcerey & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by: Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0152046151

Amazon: Product Description
A great deal is happening in London this season.
For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at Sir Hilary's induction into the Royal College of Wizards. (Since when does hot chocolate burn a hole straight through one's dress?!)
Then there's Dorothea. Is it a spell that's made her the toast of the town--or could it possibly have something to do with the charm-bag under Oliver's bed?
And speaking of Oliver, just how long can Cecelia and Kate make excuses for him? Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is!
The girls might think it all a magical nightmare . . . if only they weren't having so much fun.

Card catalog description
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.

I read someone's review of this and I can't say I am sure what it was about it that made me buy it .. but I did.

What a pleasant surprise this book was!! Totally enjoyed it!

As I began reading I had the feeling I had found personal letters and I was being nosey and reading them ! lol.. then I got hooked! Fast!

There are no real "chapters" in this book.. just these letters that go back and forth between best girlfriends who are cousins.

In the 1800's in England a young lady "comes out" and actively searches for a potential husband. (if you ever read or saw the movie Sense and Sensibility you will get the connection right a way). One cousin is in London and one out in the country as they correspond on how one sister or another is doing in "popularity".

While meeting all these "potential men" they become involved with some magicians and some nasty magic is going on...

It's hysterical that I found I could hardly put this book down lol. You find you have to "readthe next letter to see the response".. and so it goes, back and forth and back and forth, and before you know it.. you've read the whole book!

It's not a big book, and as you can tell.. it's a rather fast read. (especially if you are nosey and just have to read the next letter!)

This was certainly an enjoyable book ! A fun version of coming of age in England in the 1800's plus a bit of a magical mystery involved to keep you on your toes, and it all comes to an exciting ending!

Whenever I enjoy a book I go back and look up the author/ authors to see what else they have written... *smacking m'hed".. sure enough.. there are followup books !

"The Grand Tour: Being a Revelation of Matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, Including Extracts from the Intimate Diary of a Noblewoman and the Sworn Testimony of a Lady of Quality" ... who could resist a title like that?.. so I sent for it !

and: "The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After" ..and sent for this.. sheesh. may as well read them all!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another Movie I am Waiting For!

Release date July 11

Hellboy II...

yet another movie I am looking forward to...
You can see the newest trailer "here".

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so as Hellboy and his team returns they must save the world from the rebellious creatures. Now, as the creatures who inhabit the spiritual realm gear-up for an all out attack on the human plane, the only one capable of saving the Earth is a tough-talking hellspawn rejected by both worlds. Written by Anthony Pereyra

Ron Perlman ... Hellboy (what can I say? I've admired and enjoyed Ron Perlman since "the old days" of Beauty and the Beast!)

Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman

Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien / The Chamberlain / The Angel of Death

James Dodd ... Johann Krauss

John Alexander ... Johann Kraus / Goblin

Luke Goss ... Prince Nuada

Seth MacFarlane ... Johann Kraus (voice)

John Hurt ... Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm

Jeffrey Tambor ... Tom Manning

Anna Walton ... Princess Nuala

Brian Steele ... Troll / Mr. Wink / Map Shop Owner / Fragglewump

Roy Dotrice ... King Balor

(yes! Roy co-starred with Ron Perlman in Beauty and the Beast!!)

Jamie Wilson ... Cat Vendor

Ferenc Elek ... Angry Neighbour

Oliver Simor ... Agent Gold / Manning Agent

Brian Herring ... Silkard-Fish Vendor

Below is Ron "as he is"... and I have to tell you about the one time I saw him at a convention.. it was in NY and I was there to see DeForest. This was a big convention of Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and so it had many guests. One was Ron Perlman. Ron was to do what all the guests do, which is to be on stage for about an hour. Give a little talk and then open the floor to questions and answers. Well........ Ron did this. He also stayed on stage for not one hour but TWO hours until he answered every possible question anyone could ask!! He was a really nice person and went overboard for the fans. I wouldn't mind seeing him again at a convention, but I doubt that he does them anymore. The old convention that I saw him at, he was still doing them for his role as Vincent in Beauty and the Beast.. it had gotten (and still has) a large fan base.

I'm glad that he is now making many new fans for his part as Hellboy. He's worked hard and deserves all the accolades he can get.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Not Every Book is a Winner

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 1: Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0375844449

Amazon Product Description

Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.

I read this review and thought I would like the book. I mean, it had plenty of things I've enjoyed before. Old Gods, fairies, goblins, magic.. it seemed logical. When I began the book it seemed... fairly good. So of course I kept reading. Then at times I found it... boring, but I read on.

I don't know what it was about this book that wasn't grabbing me. I hope it just wasn't my mood, and in all honesty, it could have been. I read on.

I read 369 pages out of 544 and decided, I just was not enjoying this book. And I can't really pin point why.

I am going to say that the story itself just wasn't my thing I guess. But I do think others might enjoy this book. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't my thing.

There really wasn't much in the way of fairies and goblins..least not it the "classic way". Any magic surrounded Runes (which of course makes since, hence the title..duh) And like I said, I do think others will like this book.

I just decided I had given it a good shot and it was time to move on...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

May 22nd Can't Come Fast Enough !

May 22nd...

That's the date for the opening of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

I cannot wait for this movie!... the hat! the whip ! the grubby pants!.. all of it that makes Harrison Ford look so damn good!

With all the talk of Harrison's "age".. all I have to say when I look at the next poster is: "Bring it on!"

Lookin' good Indy!...

This next poster I will have to find and add to my collection, even though all my posters remain in tubes.. Just can't beat Drew Struzan when it comes to Indiana Jones! He manages to capture everything that's wonderful about Indy!

Below is the "theater ad.."

Next is a teaser poster... I would love to find this one!!

(oh woof!)

Predictably, the powers that be (Paramount and the Great Bearded Ones) have decided to release another edition of the Indiana Jones pictures on DVD in the feverish days leading up to the release of what will undoubtedly be the greatest film of 2008. This can come as no great surprise to anyone, can it?? heh.

As fantastic as all the new posters are I think my favorite of all the Indy posters will always be this one...

... Others may talk as they will, about Harrison's age concerning this movie.. but he is, one of the last "old time" actors. By that I mean NOTHING about his age! Just that he is one of the best actors around in the "old tradition" of actors. He can do anything and pull it off with style.. he's an actor's actor.

Harrison Ford will always make me want to go see his movies... no matter what they are about.. or how "old" he gets.

Thank you Harrison, for making this movie. It's not even released and I can tell you I will love this movie... there's no doubt in my mind!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Grass Isn't the Only Thing To Get Cut in The Summer

Relief is just a haircut away...

Before summer Hair Cut

After Hair Cut

Before Hair Cut

After Hair cut

To me they look pretty silly... but they both have taken to strutting around and wanting everyone to give them belly rubs now! And by the end of the summer their fur has grown back.

I'm sure after a few days I'll stop grinning at how silly they look! heh. (but then again if it only took a haircut to get back rubs I'd be sorely tempted!)

Friday, April 25, 2008

An Award... A Meme... and Politics

Wow, like.. when did I finally do something right that I am getting awards???? :o)

Karen over at Outpost Mâvarin has give me an "E for Excellent" award!

I doubt highly that I have anything near an "excellent blog" but it is nice to know some people like it! I have been reading Karen's blog from the beginning when I discovered AOL had journals.. that was before I moved my blog to Blogspot ! (long time ago) They are duplicate journals.. better known as "having a back up just in case". :o) Karen has the honor of being known as collecting weird things... he home being a "museum of the weird"... I think she also collects "old bloggers".. heck why not?! hehehe.

Thank you so much Karen!! I know I am supposed to pass this on .. just not sure how to do it, because every blog on my lists I feel this way about, or they wouldn't be on my list of blogs!



Oh.. and just a note on something else not related...

I never really talk politics, and this is not saying anything good or bad about anyone, but this popped up on my aol "news" as I logged on and I nearly spit laughing...

did anyone notice in the written news that Obama's preacher is now listed as his EXpreacher? *laughing again* Gotta love politics..not!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

'Splain Somethin' to me Lucy..

So.. some of you know that there are a number of actors I adore... (we all have our share, so don't go chuckling!)

One such person I have written about before... his name is Roy Dotrice.

Many know him from the television series Beauty and the Beast. Or maybe you saw Madigan Men, or maybe a movie or two? (like: The Cutting Edge or Cheech & Chong's Corsican Brothers)

Anyway... I need something explained to me... no, I mean it! .. really ! .. I don't get it!... I know that I'm not the brightest bulb in the package but I truly do not get this at all!

I collect some things on actors I like... mostly their movies, but sometimes they write a book or a book comes out about them etc... In this case, something I would like of Roy's are books that he's narrated.

Simple enough right?

Well, I must be living under a rock, because famous or not, popular or not, I need it explained to me why two such books that Roy narrated are so "freeking" high in price!!

They would be these two of 4 popular books... but... popular, to me doesn't make them worth the prices I am seeing... and the prices listed here are the LOWEST!...

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 5 used & new from $212.38 Roy Dotrice (Reader)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 4 used & new from $198.79 Roy Dotrice (Narrated by) compare those to the last two books of the same collection, that Roy DOES NOT narrate!

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 9 used & new from $48.73

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Audio CD (Audiobook,Unabridged) $65.00 $45.50 John Lee (Narrator)

Ok.. hurry up! Explain it all to me!! I need to know WHY I can't even come close to affording to have these audio books!! (I never collected audio books but I thought it would be great to have the ones Roy did... cha!)

After finding those books I am afraid to even look for any of the others he's narrated!!!... and I do love his voice! *sigh*

Books that Roy Narrated...

  • Watership Down
  • Robin Hood TV series -
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • Batman - cartoon series
  • Death Gate Cycle Vol. 4: Serpent Mage
  • Three volumes of George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice And Fire" with over 500 different characters! (you can see why I would want this!)
  • Winnie the Pooh *Grammy Award Nomination*
  • The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff
and Disney's...
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid (Xmas Edition)
  • Pocahontas
  • The Hunting of the Snark
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast (Xmas Edition)

I did a dumb thing... I looked on the web anyway...

I AM SCREAMING!!! ARRGHHHH~! I have spent about 2 hours searching the web to see if i can find the audio version of Watership Down read by Roy Dotrice to possibly buy, ...since I know dang well I can't afford The Game of Thrones!

Do you think I can find ANY? *yeahrightsure!*

I found some sort of Download with stuff I don't have on my computer and will not download from some place I don't know...but to buy it? nada.

Not even on ebay!

I found one place that had an ISBN( 0600560589 ) number so I thought, "great! this will help me find it!"... nada..

First it ticked me off... now I am getting downright depressed. *sniffle*sniffle* I love you Roy... but I give up. :o(

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Challenge Completed.. for the 2nd Time!

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 5: The Journal of Curious Letters (Book One of The 13th Reality Series) by James Dashner

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 3, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1590388313

Illustrations: Bryan Beus

Amazon Review: Review
The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters (Shadow Mountain, 978-1-59038-831-0) accesses mind-boggling notions from quantum physics (kyoopy as Mothball calls it) and comes up with a tree called Prime Reality, with twelve branches, or alternate realties, or versions of Prime, growing off it. Master George and Mistress Jane both have instruments that make travel between the realities possible, but only one of them supports diversity. Mistress Jane believes that the world would be a much better place if it were all yellow, and she must be stopped

Well, first off I am glad to say I enjoyed this book much more than the last book I read!

Mr. Dashner has written a YA book that has the possibilities of continuing on for more than just a trilogy and I think he will get a good audience for this book and others that follow.

The main protagonist name is Atticus Higginbottom, but he likes to be called Tick. Right off the bat I loved this name lol. I believe Mr. Dashner gave some serious thought to the characters names in his book, and this impressed me!

I don't want to tell much about the story except to say it begins with mysterious letters, that you get to try to figure out before Tick does, so there's plenty of mystery afoot! Then, because Mr. Dashner must be a very nice fellow, he gives you the adventure that follows the mysteries!! (you have no idea how I thought and dreaded that he might leave me hanging! ) I must thank Mr Dashner for not leaving me hanging !

The 13th Reality could be a stand alone book! (how's that for a miracle!) But.... (you knew there would be that didn't you?)...but, he has a lot of potential for Tick to have many adventures, and if you like the character, (and you probably will) you are going to look forward to the next installment!

All of that and you even get some illustrations in the book! Gosh how I love that publishers really "dress up" YA books! (and how I wish they'd do that for adult books too!!!) Bryan Beus did the cover art along with the full page illustrations throughout the book.


I learned of Mr Dashner through my reading J. Scott Savage's blog. You should check them both out and then get ready to read some YA books!

This completes Quest the First, for the second time!... I will give a go at completing it yet one more time before the Challenge ends!! (I bet you'd never guess that Fantasy/ Fiction is my favorite reading..heh.. didn't think so :o) )

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring has Sprung

Well, here in New Jersey we finally have a full week of spring-like temperatures! Mostly the 60's but a few days up in the 70's . (65-75 is so perfect!!) So I finally took a moment and went out in the back yard. I get outside so seldom it actually felt strange!

But I did get to see that the flowering cherry tree was indeed in full bloom and looking beautiful..

As I walked back to the house I noticed the Almond Bush was blooming and walked over to take a photo... there, in all their Royal Splendor, sat BooBoo Kitty and Peanutchew gazing out the open window. I doubt they were trying to smell the Almond bush... more likely they were keeping their eyes alert for any invasion of a stray cat into their yard. (though they never go outside) heh.

The spring yard Gods are at work for sure...


The two long haired cats in the house had a rough winter. The more static electricity, the more their hair knots up... and neither on of them will let you brush their tummy's... and so... they are at the Vets getting shaved for the summer.

They will keep their bushy tails but the rest of the body gets a "buzz haircut"! I'll take photo's when they allow it ..heh.. actually Stinkey has had this done quite often... he struts around like King of the House when he gets shaved.. he loves it!

This will be Winkey's first time shave... it will be interesting to see how she reacts to it all.

As I close this post for the day Kester and Woody are busily checking out the TBR pile for what my next read might be!

The good news is that even as we get older, guys still look at our boobs. The bad news is they have to squat down first.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Monday Blahs

Amazon is highest bidder for JK Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"...

see photo's here.

As much as I love Amazon for all the books I buy from them, it bothers me why they would buy this book when they are not allowed to reproduce it..

yes, its great the money paid for it goes to charity!

But something about it just doesn't sit right with me, and I'm not sure what it is. Wouldn't this have made even MORE MONEY FOR CHARITY, if the deal was whoever won it could duplicate it in paperback, with THOSE PROCEEDS ALSO GOING TO CHARITY?? ......... Just a thought mind you.

I've also read something disturbing about Amazon and the self published authors who print on demand.. that if you want it listed and sold at Amazon you would have to use THEIR self publishing and no one else's... again.. this doesn't bode well with me. I really don't like when freedoms (of choice) are taken away.

I have to say that another such "freedom" being taken away is, as we all know, our televisions. You HAVE TO go HD or you HAVE TO pay for a special box from cable in order to have any television at all.... this is freedom??? not.

When I'm like this I have to be careful with my reading or it overrides even a good read!... so I'll put the book down tonite.. I guess I've been in better moods huh?.. sigh* Boy, I'm glad tonight has Dancin' With the Stars! I sooooo need .. not to think!

To Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity: Finish all your sentences with 'In Accordance With The Prophecy'.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

On the Edge of the Dark Sea

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 4: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 18, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1400073847

When the three Igiby siblings find a mysterious map, they embark on an adventure to discover family secrets about the father they never knew and a hidden treasure that many have long desired to find. Leeli, the youngest, can sing with a beauty that captivates dragons; Tink, the middle sibling, has the makings of a king; and Janner, the eldest, possesses a bravery that will protect them all. But the children's curiosity get the entire Igiby family into trouble with the Fangs of Dang—frightening, scaly-skinned, lizard creatures that drip venom—who have ruled the land of Scree since the Great War. Soon, the Igibys are scrambling for their lives. Peterson's style is lighthearted and funny, but following the Igibys' story requires patience and attention to detail and character so as not to get lost. The sheer amount of names, places, creatures and history Peterson invents will frustrate some readers—it is so complicated that he inserts explanatory historical footnotes throughout (though many are amusing).

I think I sent for this book based on two things: the cover (and we know we really shouldn't do that!). And in this case the choice of fonts worked!

And two: this sounded like a very upbeat and fun read, with more than one protagonist, and they aren't even orphaned!

So.... to me (and only me), the beginning was a bit slow and it was overwhelming with odd character and places names to remember. I didn't have a problem remembering them (which in itself is amazing), but it made it seem like a jumbled mess. The beginning seemed to be more about names than story.

I would have liked to known more of the kids personalities than what was shown, although, they did have a good reason for not letting you know about their "father" and even younger years.

Of all the characters in the book it wasn't until maybe the last fourth of the book that a character named, Peet the Sock Man, who was deemed "crazy" and wore socks over his hands and arms, appeared. For whatever reason, I liked this character right off the bat and he did turn into a very interesting "person".

Overall, the book was ok.. good even, but the good came the second half of the book, and even more so the last 1/4 of the book. But because of that the mysteries surrounding the Igiby family became clear before the book ended.

This is book one, with more to come... I'm not sure if I'll go on reading this or not. I might give it one more try.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Few Things...

Just a few things...

I've been given another award!!

Chris has given me a Blogging Gold Card Award :)

Awwwwww, thanks Chris!! "Blogging friends Forever".. way cool!!

Chris passed it on to others when he was awarded the card and I'd do the same thing except that everyone I think to give it to already has it!!. Oh ! And Chris... when you finally go to England , stuff mom2 into a overlarge suitcase so I can go too! lol

There was one exception (isn't there always one exception?) I'd even love to meet her if I ever DID get to England.. (but please, no holding your breath and passing out!)

Cath from Read_Warbler. Cath does a lot of great reviews and I love seeing the book covers from across the pond! Quite often the English covers make me jealous that they have them and we don't!

Another thing...

I was listening to the news and heard about a 5.4 earthquake: From AOL news...

Rare, Large Earthquake Hits Midwest

A 5.4 earthquake rocks parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. There are no early reports of injuries or significant damage from the early morning quake, which could be equal to strongest ever recorded for the area

I have to tell you.. since I heard this my stomach has been doing flip flops. As some of you know I was at the epicenter of a 6.7 quake in Ca. .. it was not a fun experience. I was thrown across the bedroom where I was asleep. Later outside I watched blacktop roads make "waves" much as the ocean water does during after shocks.. I even went for some therapy later on.. but found those there were worse off than I was!

I do know one thing.. I have an overly healthy FEAR of being in another quake! I WOULD NOT want to be in the house I am living in if one ever hits here! One reason is it's a very old house with a poor foundation... and the other is that, having lived in a state after a quake, the one thing you don't want is anything higher than your head that is not locked down so tight that a quake can't move it... they become flying objects.

My stomach remains churning.

Unfortunately I've lived long enough and in a number of different area's (Jersey, Florida, & California) to know that there is no true "safe place". Having said that I also feel that "nature" has gotten extremely more violent the past number of years, and it makes me wonder why. (not that I'll ever have any answers) But it is scary. And it gets more so by being "alone" and getting old when you may well need help to survive some of the things "nature" is throwing at us.... maybe this is why I am not a big lover of scary movies and books... there's more than enough things in real life to be scared of ! Ok.. I had to talk about it... and I did.. so that's that.

The last thing I will mention is a little happier (begin good and end good and put the "troubles" in the middle!)..

On may 3rd and 4th is the Chiller autograph show. I am looking forward to this one, but then I generally always do!

I get to see Ken Kelly and Roger Kastel and spend time with them, which is always a joy. Not only are they highly talented in their art work but super nice folks to know.

The surprise (for me) in this show is that Ernest Borgnine will be there!! Most who remember that name at all, will remember him from McHales Navy.

But I remember a number of his movies. His first BIG one was called Marty.

Aside (if I even dare use that word) from the fact that Mr Borgnine was in 192 movies and TV shows, most remember him from from McHales Navy (1962-1966) and Airwolf (1984-1986) , two very good tv shows.

But the best part is that Mr Borgnine is still working!... If that's not surprising, than how about the fact that he turned 90 yrs old this past January!!!

Lookin' Great Mr. Borgnine!!!

I can't wait to meet him!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Fairytale...

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 3: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Hardcover: 300 pages
ISBN-10: 158234843X

Amazon: 16-year-old Princess AnidoriKiladra Talianna Isillee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, is betrayed by Selia, her jealous and evil lady-in-waiting, and takes refuge as a goose girl while plotting how to reclaim her rightful place as the bride-to-be of the Prince of Bayern. Gifted with the ability to speak to animals and talk to the wind, PrincessAnidori–now called Isi–falls in love, makes new friends, and collects allies in her quest to claim her title.

This is my first re-written fairy tale. I was pretty uncertain sending for this book but so many were reading it I thought I would once again go out of that comfort zone and give it a try.

The first 1/3 of the book I can say I was not thrilled with and kept thinking that I wasn't going to finish this book. The whole fairytale aspect just didn't sit well with me... I know, I strange thing to say to someone who reads almost nothing but Fantasy Fiction. You'd think I'd love "fairy tales", but for the most part I can't really think of any fairy tales that I'd care to reread.

I don't remember ever hearing or reading The Goose Girl so I thought that, at least for me, it wouldn't be a "reread" of any sort. That much held true, though as anyone having read this knows, the ending isn't tooooo difficult to figure out. :o)

After that first 1/3 of the book the writing seemed less "fairy tale-ish". And some of the characters were beginning to have personalities and I did wind up enjoying the book. I can't say I'll order any other "retold fairy tales" but this one was enjoyable. I don't have anything to compare to this book to say if it better or worse than any other, but for anyone who's delving into this sort of thing for the first time I'd say this is the book to read. I doubt it would be a disappointment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I've Been Tink Approved!

Hey!! I've been awarded a seal of Approval !! Take a look !!

I had to make it a little smaller to put it in my sidebar so it would always be there... but that's pretty cool eh wot?!

"Tink Approved!" (that would be LadyTink_534)

Gosh.. I never knew I'd be approved by the fairies!! I wonder if this means I'll grow wings now??? ya think??!! (They'd have to be awfully BIG wings to lift this chubbo! lol..)

Laughing here, anyone see the commercial when the "toothfairy" is stuck in the window?? heh.. and that one didn't even have a fat As* !!

Thanks LadyTink! I dunno what I did to deserve your award but it is gratefully taken and added to my sidebar!!!

*May fairydust be sprinkled on your blog!*

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Wood Wife

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 2: The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

From Publishers Weekly......
When writer Maggie Black learns that her friend and mentor, poet Davis Cooper, has died and left her his house in the arid hills outside Tucson, Ariz., she travels there intending to write his biography and to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his death. Every detail she uncovers about Cooper's past, however, only seems to raise more questions. When Maggie comes home one evening to find that the house has been ransacked, it becomes clear that she's not the only one looking for answers. To solve the puzzle of Cooper's life and death, Maggie will have to outwit the Trickster and the other powerful quasi-human creatures that roam the desert hills and feed on creative energy. Although at times Windling's humans come off as too sensitive and artistic, her Native American spirits comprise an intriguing blend of human folklore and alien emotion. Her debut novelis richly imaginative, a captivating mix of traditional fantasy and magical realism.

This book was a pleasant surprise. After seeing this book crop up a number of times on the lists of others for Carl's challenge and since I had read the review at amazon, and i do love cowboy and Indian "stuff", I thought I might like this book, so I ordered it from Amazon.

However, while I was waiting for the book to arrive, I read a few reviews of the book and began to doubt that this book would be one I would enjoy...

I am happy to say I was wrong!

It's a mystery.

It's a love story.

It's Indian Lore.

It is a well written, and easily read.....

It's a darn good book!

The Wood Wife was a change from my normally read books, but one that makes you realize that Fantasy Fiction can go in many directions. I don't think those that have this book on their list for the challenge will be disappointed.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Test of the Twins

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 1: Test of the Twins by: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 11, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0786933887

Amazon Product Description............
Defying the fate that claimed his evil predecessor, Raistlin opens the Portal to the Abyss and passes through. With Crysania at his side, he engages the Queen of Darkness in a battle for the ultimate prize--a seat among the gods.

At the same time, Caramon and Tasslehoff are transported to the future. There they come to understand the consequences of Raistlin’s quest--and Caramon at last realizes the painful sacrifice he must make to prevent his brother’s success. Old friends and strange allies come together to aid him, but Caramon must take the last, greatest step alone.

The step into the Abyss.

Finally... or I should say, "Sadly" I have come to the end of the Legends Trilogy. Although this is Book 1 of Quest the First it is Book 3, and the final book of Legends

There's something to be said about going back to favorite books and rereading them. Most especially when it's been over 10 years. (more like 15)

As much as you remember, there is so much you forget !

You forget so many important little things that happen along the way.

You forget just how much the characters mean to you.

And you forget that this is not the first time you have cried over things that happen in the story. (yep.. more crying!)

These books so deserved the fact that after many years of being paperbacks, they decided to reintroduce them in hardback books!

I hate saying goodbye to good friends.. to Caramon and Tika, to Raistlin and Tanis Half-Elf, to Tasslehoff Burrfoot and Fizban, and to Sturm and Kitiara and to all the others. I hope one day to visit you all once again... and laugh at Tas, and cry for Sturm. To once again meet Fizban and to be sure he doesn't loose his hat.

I love these books (like no one noticed!) and I have read a number of other Dragonlance books along the way, but these 6 were the best of the best! I didn't need the Challenge to read them, I would have anyway, but if it made even one person interested in checking them out.. then I'm glad.