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29 April 2007 @ 02:01 pm
It's been a loooong time since we've posted, mainly because our internets so slow :/
I was thinking (and I haven't had a chance to talk to krys about this yet) that we could move the comm to heartinstitches, my icon journal (that mainly posts boredom cure websites, recipes, reads, textures, patterns etc etc) because we always forget about this.

I'll update later with an answer from krys :)

Meanwhile. Go check out heartinstitches!
25 January 2007 @ 05:56 pm

Author: Matthew Reilly
The New York State Library. A brooding labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and spiraling staircases. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter, Holly, it is the site of a nightmare. For one night this historic building is to be the venue for a contest. The Presidian. A contest in which Swain is to compete - whether he likes it or not. 

The rules are simple. Seven contestants will enter. Only one will leave. With his daughter in his arms, Swain is plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. he can choose to run, to hide or to fight - but if he wants to live, he has to win. For in this contest, unless you leave as the victor, you do not leave at all.

Ratings: 10
Thoughts: Yes finally, a thriller, a boyish book :D Although I am not saying if you are one of the female specimens you cannot read. For I am one too. If you liked Temple (another one of Matthew Reilly's books) you're sure to like this.
It was heart stopping in places, and very well written. In places it may be quite gruesome. But I loved this book. I read it all in one go. Just couldn't put the damn thing down.

So, the rules are simple. You read this book, and discover the great wonders that are within it. Or you don't read this book, and miss out on 3 hours of reading a perfectly written book. For this book, unless you have special powers, you cannot possibly put it down at all.

09 January 2007 @ 11:34 pm
I have a life, you know. Well, at least I used to. That's why I barely ever post, that and I watch The Office quite a lot. You can never really get enough of that show.

AND I'm writing a book. Except its all stuffed up. Because I thought that To Kill a Mockingbird was actually called How to Kill a Mockingbird. And I tried to make it funny (because I heard its quite a depressing book) by renaming it How to Kill a Mockingturd. And it goes on about how To Kill a Mockingbird doesn't actually tell you how to kill a mockingbird but in my book there is a guide to eleminating the existance of mockingturds. Not mockingbirds. MockingTURDS.
If you're stupid enough to want to read it I guess you can e-mail me and I'll send it to you. Except it's...lame. So, its your choice. I haven't even finished it yet, I'm like half way through chapter one. But I do have an intro., which is pretty cool. Not.

Onto reads, I have read a book in a series called GossipGirl. I liked it..in a way. But I didn't like it in another way. I never knew that so many kids (yes, baby goats) in NY smoke, drink, have underage sex etc. I could not relate to one character in that book. Not one. They were all rich and they all drunk alcohol all the time. and smoked. ew. BUT there was something about it that I liked. I liked that after reading it I was actually glad that I'm not like those people in the book. Because being rich sounds great, but seriously. I can not get over the fact that they drunk so much. Call me a party pooper but that's just not right. They're going to turn into some seriously disturbing adults. And did I mention that they throw up after like every meal? They don't even have to stick their fingers down their throat, it comes automatically now that they've been doing it for so long. sick.
If I really can't find anything to read I guess I will getting a few of these ot of the library.
29 November 2006 @ 12:49 pm

Anna Sewell 
The adventures, disappointments and joys of a very special horse.

Black Beauty is a handsome, well-bred colt with a strong spirit. But when his owners are forced to sell him, his fortunes change from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Black Beauty soon learns how unpredictable life can be with man as his master.

Thoughts: Black Beauty is one of my all time favourite books. There is no way the Pony Pals or Saddle Club can beat this book. Yes it may be stupid reading a book based on a horses thoughts but it is the most beautifully written book you'll ever find. It's great because it's got children's version too where it's cut down and simple for a kid to read. The cover of the book often varies though because it has many versions of covers. But overall a lovely book.This is my little piece of magic.
26 November 2006 @ 06:47 pm

Author: Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you read the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.
This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous twelve volumes, you probably can't stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.
It has been my solemn occupation to complete the history of the Baudelaire orphans, and at last I am finished. You likely have some other occupation, so if I were you I would drop this book at once, so the end does not finish you.
With all due respect,

Rating: 10
Thoughts: What a terrific end to the end of the end of Lemony Snicket's series. It yet again made me cry, I won't tell you why, because plainly it'll ruin the book. Last thoughts are: READ IT OR WEEP!
26 November 2006 @ 06:35 pm

Author: Bronwyn Blake

At the end of her Year 10, Julia Kelly, gifted music scholarship student at Killian Grammar School, Melbourne, is badly burned in a car crash. Severely traumatised by shocking burns and the loss of a rising career as a pianist, Julia attempts to cope by sending the scarred Julia to an imaginary place in the Simpson Desert, while retaining as herself, the undamaged 'Kate'.
The first part of 'Julia, my Sister' focuses on the internal relationship between Julia and 'Kate', the imagined desert ghost town on the Old Ghan railway and the effect that Julia's behaviour has on her parents and her and close friends, Ned and Danica.

Julia spends most of Year 11 at home or in hospital recovering. She becomes obsessed with the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and writes a sixteen part Song Cycle based on this in an effort to reintegrate Julia and 'Kate' and to reinvent herself as a composer. In her determination not to become a victim, she seeks to 'change the ending' of the myth, (Orpheus' destiny and death).
Julia's closest friend, Danica, from a tiny wheat town in Central Victoria, is also a scholarship student and fellow boarder. Danica works as a cleaner at the Royal Children's Hospital during the summer holidays while Julia is an inpatient. Both of them return to Killian Grammar for Year 12; Julia, following face reconstructive surgery.
Julia realises she must regain charge of her dramatically changed life, and develop internal resilience to face the VCE exams, her future, her changing relationship with Ned, and her struggle to compose contemporary Australian music to her exacting standards.
The libretto (16 poems) for the Song Cycle, 'Eurydice, my Sister' are presented in 'Julia, my Sister' as a VCE performance within the context of the book.
My sister, Eurydice, has blue, blue eyes.
In them I find the deep, the hidden waters of her desolate place,
dark sapphires suddenly discovered.
She has watched, with her far blue eyes,
the edges of the sky, the circling passages of the plain,
the sun and night stars, and keeps within herself,
the understanding of them.
Rating: 9
Thoughts: It may or may not make you cry, but I did. For sure.
18 November 2006 @ 08:03 am

Author: Meg Cabot

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen -- not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives -- even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .
Rating: 10
Thoughts: LOVED THIS BOOK! Actually, I love all Meg Cabot books but this one especially. I love the idea of a detective that I can relate to, the book is very modern and really funny. I think anyone can enjoy this book, I mean, even my brother read it!