Showing posts from September, 2012

Sunday Salon: Sept. 30, 2012

What happened since last Sunday: My health is much better, in fact I feel fantastic.  The medication is working wonderfully and I am finally pain-free, (really the first time since the summer).  Needless to say I feel like a million bucks and I finally updated my weightloss blog with my 100lb post.  I've actually lost 102 lbs as of last Monday (watch the ticker at the top of this blog to see if it changes with tomorrow's weigh-in) and I posted with pictures of my before and after.  Wow!  I can hardly believe it.  Please go over and help me celebrate!
My best friend came back late Thursday night from a 2-week trip to Ireland.  She went with the church on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Patrick.  So it was fantastic to talk to her on the phone and meet up with her on Sat. eve mass.  Looking forward to a get-together to hear all about the trip and see all her souvenirs and photos.  I bought a gorgeous pair of black pumps with tiny gold studs on the toe at Sears for their &quo…

250. Catholic Sexual Ethics: A Summary, Explanation, & Defense, 3rd Edition

Catholic Sexual Ethics: A Summary, Explanation, & Defense, 3rd Edition by William E. May, Rev. Ronald Lawler, O.F.M. Cap., & Joseph Boyle, Jr.
Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur (2011)

Pages: 340 +index
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sept. 16, 2012
First Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Genre: non-fiction, Catholic, theology, philosophy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "When Cabernet's wing regenerates, he'll head straight for the Capital."

Publisher's Summary:  "The authoritative work on the Church's teaching on sexual morality has been thoroughly updated to address dimensions of this complex topic that have emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Since publication of the 2nd edition of Catholic Sexual Ethics, the philosophical landscape of human sexuality has dramatically changed. The rise of such concerns as moral relativism, the drive for same-sex unions, and a drastic redefinition of "marriage" and "family" ha…

249. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Ruth Galloway, #4

Pages: 346
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sep. 15, 2012
First Published:  Feb. 21, 2012
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Genre: mystery, forensic archaeology, horse racing
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "The coffin is definitely a health and safety hazard."

Publisher's Summary:  "Set in Norfolk, England, embroils, once again, our brainy heroine in a crime tinged by occult forces. On Halloween night, the Smith Museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event — the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the curator, Neil Topham, dead beside the coffin. Topham's death seems to be related to other uncanny incidents, including the arcane and suspect methods of a group called the Elginists, which aims to repatriate the museum's extensive collection of Aborigine skulls; the untimely …

248. Leonardo da Vinci: The Life of a Genius by Atsuo Sugaya

Leonardo da Vinci: The Life of a Genius by Atsuo Sugaya. Illustrated by Tatsuyoshi Kobayashi (US) - (Canada)
Biographical Comics

Pages: 144
Ages: 9+
Finished: Sept. 11, 2012
First Published:  Sept. 4, 2012
Publisher: Shogakukan
Genre: manga, biography, history, inventor, artist, renaissance
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "If you're going to be kept in a cage ... you may as well drink poison and die!""

Publisher's Summary:  "Creator of the world-famous painting the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered the greatest genius of all time, his knowledge and ingenuity extending far beyond the field of art. A scientist and inventor, he experimented with flight, studied the human anatomy, and conducted military expeditions. However, some details of his life are less well known. As an artist, he completed only a few works of art, including The Last Supper, and many of his inventions never came to fruition. In his personal writing, he often employed "mirr…

247. Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Susanna Natti  (US) - (Canada)
Cam Jansen Mystery, #20

Pages: 58
Ages: 7+
Finished: Sep. 10, 2012
First Published: 2000
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genre: children, mystery, theft, grandparents
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Quack! Quack!"

Publisher's Summary: "Not only does Cam Jansen have a birthday mystery to solve...she has one to celebrate! The Cam Jansen series marks its twentieth year with the twentieth book featuring Cam Jansen and her photographic memory. When Cam's grandparents are robbed on their way to a surprise birthday party, Cam puts her memory to work to solve the mystery. The clue is in the story--try to find it before Cam does!"

Acquired: Purchased a used copy from the library discards/for sale table.

Reason for Reading: My son read this aloud to me and we've read the second book in the series.  This book is just a bit too hard for him so I need to help frequently and now …

6th Canadian Book Challenge - FINISHED

ETA:  Sept. 26 - I have officially finished the challenge having read 13 Canadian authored books.  However I will continue to keep adding books to this list and the blog until the challenge is over.

Happy Canada Day!  And you know what that means!  Time to start a new annual, make that 6th annual, Canadian Book Challenge.  Rules are same as the first, read 13 books by Canadian authors or set in Canada by June 30, 2013.

Review links can be posted here.

1. Emma's Emu by Kenneth Oppel
2. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel
3. Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel
4. Butterfly Tears by Zoe S. Roy
5. Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O'Malley
6. Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires
7. White Lies by Jeremy Bates
8. This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
9. A Door in the Wall by Inger Ash Wolfe
10. Jake and the Big Hairy Lie by Phil Calloway
11. Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: vs the World by Brian Lee O'Malley
12. Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
13. Peg and the Whale by Ken…

246. Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel

Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel. Illustrated by Terry Widener (US) - (Canada)  OUT OF PRINT
Peg (#2)

Pages: 32
Ages: 4+
Finished: Sep. 8, 2012
First Published: 2000
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Genre: picture book, tall tale, Canadian author
                                                      Rating: 4/5

First sentence:"Peg was born upon the bright blue sea."

Publisher's Summary: "Peg was born upon the bright blue sea.

A big, strapping lass, she isn't one to do things in half measures. Anything she turns her hand to, she's good at. But she wants more than that. She wants big, she wants better, she wants best. She wants to be the world's best fisherman....

Now that Peg's pushing seven, she figures it's high time she caught herself a whale. So she packs up her fishing rod and signs on with the whaling ship Viper. Peg is ready to catch a whale. But is the whale ready for Peg?

In this humorous nautical tall tale, Kenneth Oppel and Terry Widener have crea…

Top Ten Tuesday

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's list is sooooo me.  Make a list of the top ten series you haven't finished for whatever reason (haven't got around to it, didn't like it, etc.)  Hahaha....  I am by nature a series reader and about 3/4 (maybe more) of what I read is part of a series.  This list could be my top 500 series I haven't finished {sigh}, but I will concentrate on 10 series I really *need* and *want* to finish but just haven't for some reason.

1.  The Gemma Doyle Trilogyby Libba Bray- I absolutely LOVED the first two books in this series and pre-ordered the 3rd but when it arrived on my doorstep and I opened the package and found a what? 9000 page doorstopper {slight exaggeration} I was disgusted and put it on my shelf and there it remains.  In reality it is only 832 pages but this was 5 years ago, a long time to wait.  I want to make this one a priority next year.

2. The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix - I was faithfully reading this s…

173. The Iron Spirit by Steve Niles

The Iron Spirit by Steve Niles. Art by Scott Morse (US) - (Canada)
Criminal Macabre: Cal McDonald Mystery (Graphic Novel #7)

Pages: 34
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 24, 2012
First Published: Sep. 25, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: graphic novel, horror, ghost story, paranormal, detective, picturebook
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "It was 3 a.m. when I heard the knock on the door of my Studio City sh*t hole."

Publisher's Summary: A haunted veteran leads monster hunter Cal McDonald to a creepy subterranean military base where mad science experiments were conducted on US soldiers. Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) takes his occult detective into an exciting new format with Eisner winner Scott Morse of Pixar and TR!CKSTER fame! Published as an oversized board book hardcover at 9"x12" with rounded corners.

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading: I love horror stories and I love detective stories.  Putting the two to…

244. Bucko by Jeff Parker

The Collected Bucko by Jeff Parker. Art by Erika Moen. Forward by Steve Lieber. (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 144
Ages: Adult
Finished: Sept. 7, 2012
First Published: 2011 webcomic (Sep. 12, 2012 this edition)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: Graphic novel, humour, adult
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Hey--didn't you need to get up?"

Publisher's Summary:  "After discovering a dead body in an office bathroom, hungover job interviewee Rich “Bucko” Richardson becomes suspected of the murder. What he thinks is a quest to find the real killer turns into a weeklong romp through the wilds of Portland, Oregon, complete with bike-mounted cover bands, steampunk Makers, Juggalos, SuicideGirls, meth heads, so much absinthe, and an entire city made of books. After taking the Internet by storm, Jeff Parker and Erika Moen’s dirty, funny murder mystery is now the most hilarious book in comic shops!

*Includes brand-new strips, commentary, and info on the real-life inspirations for Bucko!


DVD Break: Ewoks: Caravan of Courage

Ewoks: Caravan of Courage orig. title The Ewok Adventure - (1984) - (DVD) - (Made for TV) - (ILL)  
After watching the sequel to this, which we own at home, we thought we would try ILL and see if we could come up with the first original made for TV movie since it too had received an Emmy.  This movie however we found rather tiresome.  After the initial sequences in which the children are separated from the parents and we get to see some huge special effects creatures, the movie really slows down.  The brother's character really bothered me.  He doesn't trust the Ewoks at first, calls them names, then suddenly he's ok with them, but he continues to have an attitude the entire film.  Cindel's main purpose seems to be to stand around and look pathetic.  Which she is very good at doing.  Anyway nothing of significance happens as they look for their parents except a few comic moments with the Ewoks, until the big scene at the end where everyone is reunited.  Ds was bored wit…

Sunday Salon: Sept. 23, 2012

I've decided to join the Sunday Salon.  I've been reading and commenting on the posts for years but have never participated myself.  I've decided to join in a few memes and thought this would be a good one.

What happened since last Sunday:  Health crisis.  The previous week I'd had exploratory surgery on my abdomen and they didn't find anything, PTL, but that meant was I was still in excruciating pain. Went back to see surgeon on Thurs. He was pretty confident the surgery ruled out anything serious and that I probably had an ulcer so booked me for a gastroscopy which I had on Friday.  I have a terrible gag reflex, so that was totally not fun, but I was overjoyed when they called out that they had found a "big ulcer".  Yeah!  I know what's wrong with me!  Yeah! It's big!  That explains the unbearable pain.  So I was put on very strong ulcer meds the day before the gastro and now that it is Sun. the pain is starting to diminish.  Prognosis is that …

243. The Gospel according to Matthew

I do not review the Bible.  This is the format I've previously set upon to record my readings of the Books.

Version I am reading: Good News New Testament, Good News Translation, Imprimatur: CCCB

Book: The Gospel according to Matthew

Book No: 47, The New Testament, First Book of the New Testament

Author: St. Matthew

Written: Catholic scholars, in general, agree it was completed during the years 40-45AD

No. of Chapters: 28

Type of Literature: Historical

Have I read before? Yes.  Many times.  Many translations.  Matthew is a beautiful Gospel focusing on the ministry of Jesus; his works, deeds and preachings.  It is rich in what Jesus said while he was here on earth.  Told in chronological order, the birth of Jesus is told quickly as is the story of John the Baptist; the meat of Matthew starts in Chapter 4 when He calls the disciples together and starts preaching.  One of the most beautiful parts of Matthew is the long detailed account of the "Sermon on the Mount".  This should be …

242. Adventure Classics (Graphic Classics Vol. 12)

Adventure Classics edited by Tom Pomplun (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Classics, Vol. 12

Pages: 144
Ages: 12+
Finished: Sep. 5, 2012
First Published: 2005
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Genre: graphic novel, YA, short stories, anthologies
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Conor wrote to me three times before the end from the camp at Deir-el-Bahari..."

Publisher's Summary:  "Adventure Classics is the second multi-author anthology in the Graphic Classics series. The book presents thirteen stories and poems of danger, horror, comedy and romance; all told in new comics adaptations. Included are "The Valley of the Sorceress" by "Fu Manchu" author Sax Rohmer, "The Masked Ball" by Alexandre Dumas, and "Tigre" by Zane Grey. Plus a classic war story by Damon Runyon, a saga of Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, and a noir crime tale by "Zorro" author Johnston McCulley. Also more stories from O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ro…

241. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll V. 5 (Final Volume)

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 5 by Yumi Tsukirino. (Canada) - (US)
Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 5 

Pages: 160
Ages: 5+
Finished: Sep. 3, 2012
First Published: Sep. 4, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: children, manga, fantasy, humour
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "One spring day... something floated down to the cafe.."

Publisher's Summary:"The friends from Café Cinnamon are selected for an elite café training program at Dream School Town! But a rivalry immediately ignites with the pups from Black Café. Can they put aside their differences long enough to make some great desserts?!"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon and Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next (and final!) in the series.

On the back cover of this book is highlighted the words "FINAL VOLUME", other than that you would have no idea. The quality of the story continues along as it has for the previous four versions but as a final volume it is a let down, without any conclusions or endings…

240. Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire

Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire. Introduction by Timothy Callahan. (US) - (Canada)

Pages:  104
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sept. 2, 2012
First Published: 2005 (new edition:  Jul. 31, 2012)
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Genre: Canadian author, crime, historical fiction, graphic novel
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Papa! Papa! Papa!"

Publisher's Summary: "Long out of print, Jeff Lemire's Xeric-Award-winning LOST DOGS now returns in a newly remastered edition, soaked with blood and ink. This 104-page mythic yarn follows a family man who's larger than life... but even he may not be powerful enough to prevent the loss of everything he's ever known.

Bold, brutal, and emotionally raw, LOST DOGS represents an acclaimed storyteller's first professional work."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading: I had not yet read anything by Canadian artist Jeff Lemire and have wanted to for ages. This being his first book, and knowin…

239. Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Criminal by Karin Slaughter (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Special Agent Will Trent, Book 6

Pages: 436
Ages: 18+
Finished: Sep. 2, 2012
First Published: Jul. 3, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: mystery, thriller, serial killer
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "A cinnamon brown Oldsmobile Cutlass crawled up Edgewood Avenue, the windows lowered, the driver hunched down in his seat.."

Publisher's Summary:  "Karin Slaughter’s new novel is an epic tale of love, loyalty, and murder that encompasses forty years, two chillingly similar murder cases, and a good man’s deepest secrets.

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been…