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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, January 06, 2010

Christmas Pressies!

Finally, the end of the Amazon shipments arrived (Christmas Presents), so now I can show you all the books and movies I ordered from gift certificates from Debi and my Son and daughter-in-law.. a my book from Chris!

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox  (720 pgs)

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Resonant with echoes of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, Cox's richly imagined thriller features an unreliable narrator, Edward Glyver, who opens his chilling "confession" with a cold-blooded account of an anonymous murder that he commits one night on the streets of 1854 London. That killing is mere training for his planned assassination of Phoebus Daunt, an acquaintance Glyver blames for virtually every downturn in his life. Glyver feels Daunt's insidious influence in everything from his humiliating expulsion from school to his dismal career as a law firm factotum. The narrative ultimately centers on the monomaniacal Glyver's discovery of a usurped inheritance that should have been his birthright, the byzantine particulars of which are drawing him into a final, fatal confrontation with Daunt. Cox's tale abounds with startling surprises that are made credible by its scrupulously researched background and details of everyday Victorian life. Its exemplary blend of intrigue, history and romance mark a stand-out literary debut. Cox is also the author of M.R. James, a biography of the classic ghost-story writer.

Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon  (320 pgs)

From Booklist

Tessa is a very small girl in a family of giants. And, much to her family's bewilderment and ridicule, she isn't cut out for farmwork. Instead, Tessa gets a job at the local library, where the enigmatic librarian, Mary, with her stories of the circus and potions for the lovelorn, takes Tessa under her wing and teaches her the art of trapeze flying. When life gets difficult at home and Mary unexpectedly drowns herself, Tessa escapes to the circus. Over time, Tessa finds a home among the circus performers, falls in love with a wonderful man, and becomes a mother. However, when a stranger comes around talking about Mary, all of Tessa's old feelings bubble back to the surface. She must decide between the life she knows or risk it all to follow this stranger, who can lead her to the place that may hold the secret to Mary's death. Turgeon's quirky first novel explores the power of secrets and how happiness is found in searching for truth.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (576 pgs)

Amazon.com Review

Ethan Wate is struggling to hide his apathy for his high school "in" crowd in small town Gatlin, South Carolina, until he meets the determinedly "out" Lena Duchannes, the girl of his dreams (literally--she has been in his nightmares for months). What follows is a smart, modern fantasy--a tale of star-crossed lovers and a dark, dangerous secret. Beautiful Creatures is a delicious southern Gothic that charms you from the first page, drawing you into a dark world of magic and mystery until you emerge gasping and blinking, wondering what happened to the last few hours (and how many more you're willing to give up). To tell too much of the plot would spoil the thrill of discovery, and believe me, you will want to uncover the secrets of this richly imagined dark fantasy on your own.

The Time Quake by Linda Buckley Archer  (464 pgs) (Book 3 of the Gideon Trilogy.. I haven't read the first 2 yet but have them)

Product Description

Abducted to 1763, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer begin to understand that history has reached a tipping point. The antigravity machine is in the hands of the cruel and ambitious Lord Luxon -- who has set his sights on the most valuable prize of all: America. He is determined to manipulate time to his advantage, no matter what the cost.

And the cost is great indeed. As Lord Luxon changes more and more of the past for his own gain, terrible time quakes begin to sweep through all of history. Kate Dyer, adrift in time and suffering from an overexposure to time travel, knows that if Lord Luxon is not stopped, the time quakes will tear the universe apart.

Meanwhile Gideon and Peter hunt for their enemy, the Tar Man, in the dark streets of eighteenth-century London, and Peter begins to realize that he may hold the fate of the world in his hands.

The stunning conclusion to the critically acclaimed Gideon trilogy finally reveals the fates of Peter, Kate, Gideon, and the universe itself. This long-awaited book lives up to the promise of The Time Travelers and The Time Thief, delivering a rousing historical adventure that will have readers of all ages on the edge of their seats.

The Last Man on the Moon by Gene Cernan & Donald A Davis (368 pgs)

Amazon.com Review

That "Geno" Cernan was commander of Apollo 17, the final manned moon mission, was a fitting conclusion to a flying career that included two previous stints in space (Gemini 9 and Apollo 10). His frank, earthy memoir of his years at NASA adds another entertaining, informative volume to the burgeoning shelf of books illuminating the inner workings of the space program and the people who made it happen. Coauthor Don Davis, a veteran journalist, helps Cernan craft a colloquial prose style that nicely captures the competitive, macho personality that seemed virtually mandatory for astronauts in the 1960s and '70s. Cernan candidly depicts the reckless streak that twice led to needless injuries jeopardizing his spot on a mission. He also acknowledges the stresses endured by his ex-spouse Barbara as she struggled to be the perfect astronaut wife--cheerful and uncomplaining for the cameras while he experienced all the fun and adventure of the job. And it sure was fun, as becomes clear in the exciting descriptions of his spacewalk from Gemini 9 and stroll around the moon from Apollo 17. Detailed accounts of each flight, including technical problems and personal tensions (particularly with Apollo 17 teammate Jack Schmitt, distrusted because he was a scientist, not a test pilot), remind readers that the space program is a human endeavor, with inevitable failures that make the triumphs that much sweeter.

Land Keep/ Far World  by J. Scott Savage (374 pgs) (book 2 in the series)

Product Description

Four mythical Elementals Water, Land, Air, and Fire have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld, from a common enemy: the Dark Circle. In book one, Water Keep, a portal has been opened between the two worlds, allowing Marcus, from Earth, and Kyja, from Farworld, to combine their unique gifts and begin their epic quest to find the Elementals. In book two, Land Keep, Marcus and Kyja travel with Cascade, a Water Elemental, toward Land Keep, the home of the powerful and wise Land Elementals. However, their journey may end before it even begins. Land Keep is empty, deserted for at least a thousand years, and the rumor is that the creatures who once controlled all land magic are extinct. Marcus and Kyja's only hope seems to lie in finding the Augur Well, a legendary Oracle protected by subtle traps and mind-bending trials. To succeed in their quest, Marcus and Kyja must also avoid the Keepers of the Balance, an order dedicated to redistributing magic to the rich and powerful. And they must travel far underground, where Cascade is unable to follow and where they will be unable to leap to the safety of Earth. As the Dark Circle closes around them, Marcus and Kyja are faced with the temptation of what they desire most. Sacrifices must be made, and not everyone will survive unscathed.

And of course the two movies: Inkheart and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

I really love all my presents!  Thank you again Debi, and special thank you to Kat and George for treating mom to a gift she always enjoys.

You'd think after this I wouldn't have anything left on my Wish List... ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha !!

13 Comments:

Blogger Cath said...

Am so thrilled your wishlist is now empty, Pat! *cough cough cough*. ;-p Great haul, beautiful covers on some of those... will go check them out later.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh such wonderful presents!!! Looks like you have some really great stuff to occupy you for a little while now :D Enjoy!!!

12:46 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Cath: the wish list is like "the never ending gobstoppers"...it just goes on and one lol..

Hey Chris:..ummm well yes.. added to the tbr the pile is now 111 books! (down from 113 mind you! lol)

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks as if you have a few weeks of good reads ahead. I just finished a book called Black Wind spanning from the 1930'-1945, involving Japanese and American characters and cultures at war. Liked it a lot. Am now reading a book called Red Chrysathemum, a mystery set in Japan of the 1600's. Then I have quite a few more books that I need to get into. So we will both have a fun time in 2010. Vala

4:08 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Wow, what a great bunch of Christmas loot you have...ENJOY!!!

4:08 PM  
Anonymous She said...

I am jealous of you receiving Beautiful Creatures! Can't wait to see what you think about it.

4:09 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Sher: I can read all year and never buy a book! did I say "can?".. I mean could and should lol

yeah Kathleen! I have so many tbr books now I am forgetting why I bought some! *sigh*

She: I hope I like it! lol

4:14 PM  
Blogger Sheila Beaumont said...

I enjoyed watching the DVD of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (a Christmas present) a few days ago, and I'm looking forward to seeing Inkheart. That looks like a fun assortment of books too. I've read the first in the Linda Buckley-Archer series, and plan to read the others.

8:08 PM  
OpenID libritouches said...

Oooooooooooh! Those sound lovely, Pat! I hope you'll enjoy them! ^-^

5:44 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

sheila: they are good movies.. just wish they hadn't cut so much out of inkheart and it looks as if they have no plans on movies for the other two books

Shanra: yup I plan to enjoy them all!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

I've heard nothing but good things about Beautiful Creatures. I hope you enjoy everything!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

You got "Inkheart" ! YAY !!! I really enjoyed that flick.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

You could not possibly be more welcome, Pat!!!!

Yeah...those damn wish lists just never seem to fully disappear, do they? ;)

1:05 PM  

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