Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1

From the Publisher: Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers-newly legion-have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the "Buffy" decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. 
The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1) 

Grade A-:
The comic picks up right where the TV series stops - Season 7 ends, Season 8 is seamlessly picked up in comic book format.Since I missed some episodes in season 7, a quick wikipedia refresher helped me remember some of the newer plot twists (Recommended). It is written by Josh Whedon, the creator of Buffy, who has plenty of street cred.
Plus: While the narrative is different, stylistically it is true to the fast-paced, dramatic visual format of the TV series. GREAT GREAT cover art - almost photographic in detail, beautifully drawn. In each section of the comic (Part 1, Part 2 and so on) there is a mini-cover art page, which is stellar work. You can look to the right for a sample.
Witty one-liners that punch through into the heart of Buffy-ness? Action scenes that used Buffy's Scythe? All here and more.

Minus: Felt more like a TV-type pace, than a comic book. There were some cuts in scenes which felt too contrived, had to flip back and forth to get a grip on what was happening. Luckily, being a comic book, this is easy to do! 
Really, almost a positive here, is that you can go back and forth, set the pace at which you read and re-read this story.
My one gripe is that I felt Buffy didn't look too Buffy-like in the comic, I certainly couldn't see Sarah Michelle Gellar there. Covers excepted, of course.

Finally, at 139 pages, this is good value for money.
I'd recommend this to: People who grew up with Buffy on TV, and would like more! 
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this. I've already requested for the 2nd of 8 Volumes that make up Buffy Season 8.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #39 - Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA

A friend recommended I read Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA,a book that is typically read by MBA aspirants. 
Why did I read this? While I already went to b-school, I usually like recommended books, and a refresher of those memories couldn't hurt.
Quoted from Page 62:
"I have now been to the first session of each of my five core courses. I do not understand Trees. I do not understand Computers. I do not understand Micro. I do not understand Accounting. I do understanding Organizational Behaviour, since it deals with words rather than numbers. But I don't like it.
So what am I doing at business school?"

I'm nearly done with this non-fiction book. Non-fiction is a rare breed both in my regular reading and in this meme, so I hope you will bear with me :)
Mini Review:
Good advice for someone considering an MBA, even though the edition is old and dated. Most of the material will still be very similar, and the structure of the MBA is exactly as described. The writing flows well and is easy to read - a pleasure!
To join into the TT fun, visit the link below!
Teaser Tuesdays
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Blogs that no longer post - what's to be done?

This morning I did some blog cleanup - unsubscribed from a few blogs, reconfigured my feedreader to point to some blogs that moved. I must say I feel rather guilty - I promise each one of my followers that I would follow back, and I DO! However, if a month goes by with no updates, is that a sign?

I had some blogs that were dead since early this year - those had to go!
What time-frame with No updates do you use?
If you haven't subscribed to E-Volving Books, the link is to the right! That should add it both to Google Friend Connect, and to your FeedReader, if it is Google Reader.
Leave a comment letting me know, and I will follow you!
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sneak Preview of new Brandon Sanderson novel!

The amazing has the first two chapters of Brandon Sanderson's sequel to the Mistborn novel. The Law of Alloy, to be released in November, is set in a time much after Vin and Co, where our heroine is remembered as a God.
Rumors say that this novel will also unveil at least 1 new Alloy used by the Allomancers.
Quoting from the prologue:
"Today, the dead town seemed completely empty, though he knew it wasn’t so. Wax had come here hunting a psychopath. And he wasn’t the only one."
If you haven't read Brandon Sanderson before, he has a free novel on his website - and aside from the Robert Jordan/Wheel of Time books, has established a new epic in The Way of Kings: My review here
Read the prologue and Chapter 1 at TOR here: The Alloy of Law (excerpt)
More excerpts will be out on Tor from the book over the next few months.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #24: June 24th - It's the weekend!

It's time for another Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop
“When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?”
I'll answer this in two parts:

I discovered my love for reading when my mother realized she had a hyperactive child, and made me sit down and read, hoping to keep me occupied for a while. That did it - my summer was just trips to and from the library :) I couldn't understand half the words, but she just told me carry on trying!
A truly important part of my life? It always has been, I can't remember a time when I didn't read. It was like eating and breathing, to me. My small town library had a 2 books checked out at a time policy, so I used to borrow 2 books a day, every day! Some holidays, I'd practically live in the library, until closing time - reading while there, and then take my two books to read at night.
What's your childhood memory of reading?

Recent blogpost on A Quick Ebook-finding TIP:

Inkmesh: The Ebook search engine and FREE Ebook by Ilona 

Check this post out! InkMesh is my new Google for books.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

For the Potter fans - "Pottermore"

The latest news that has the Potterverse abuzz is JK Rowling's mysterious announcement:
The Pottermore webpage, and an associated Youtube countdown!
With less than 24 hours to go for the great reveal, our curiosity will finally be appeased.
Will it be a new book featuring a minor Potter character?
Will it be James' story?
Will it be a new character in the old Potter world?

What's your bet?
More info:
J.K. Rowling does some viral marketing for PotterMore(
Could Jk Rowling be revealing a new Potter book with Pottermore
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #38 - A Curious Affair

A Curious AffairA Curious Affair: The only book I've read by this author and it definitely captured my interest. Melanie Jackson writes in that trickiest of styles - First person, yet manages to draw the reader into a murder that disrupts an idyllic countryside.
"I was unnerved, and not because I was following a talking cat, though I’m betting that’s the part of the story that most bothers you, since I assume you’re sensible and sane."
Only one line for a teaser today - from Chapter 2, Para 1. 

Mini Review:This is a mystery with a borderline supernatural element and I would suggest you pick it up if you are a cat lover. Or an animal lover.
I'm into Melanie's writing style now, and would be happy to find other books by her. If you have any recommendations for more mysteries by her, add that in your comment! 
I'm also interested in hearing about books that transcend the fantasy genre - like Jasper Fforde's novels,  Wicked by G. Maquire, and The Hunger Games.
See more here: Literature vs. Fantasy
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted at Should Be Reading.

Teaser Tuesdays

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Literature vs. Fantasy

What is common between Stephen King's Gunslinger series, Greg Maguire's brilliant novel "Wicked", Jasper Fforde, and Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell?

These are books that have transcended "Fantasy/Genre fiction" and gone into pure literature and great reading.
We've all seen the recent spate of novels that use werewolves, vampires and other fantasy props. I've had trouble explaining to people why I read fantasy, as sometimes they can only relate fantasy to Twilight or Harry Potter (I have nothing against HP, it is pretty awesome!). However, describing the genre to someone else, perhaps a fantasy beginner, is difficult without running into standard "werewolf/vampire/witch" mindsets.
Even for an author, it must be difficult to break out of these tropes.
I'm reading a book called The Secret History of Fantasy, edited by Peter. S. Beagle. The stories contributed are all strange, awesome shorts that go beyond the typical fantasy trope of evil warlord, brave n00b boy with friends.
It is rare to find a truly original writer these days, but this book has a solid collection in one place. I've discovered some I hadn't heard about and I'm sure you would too!

What books do you think transcend Genre? Which authors consistently surprise and awe?
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #37 - Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things and Septimus Heap 6 Darke

This is a re-read Teaser this week! I'm reading (for the second time), a collection of Short stories by Neil Gaiman called Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
Teaser from the Short Story - A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman: 
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders“Of course not,” said my friend. “I know the squeak of your brougham wheels, though, after all this time: an oscillating G sharp above high C. And if Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard cannot publically be seen to come into the parlour of London’s only consulting detective, yet comes anyway, and without having had his breakfast, then I know that this is not a routine case. Ergo, it involves those above us and is a matter of national importance.”
I'm also finishing up the latest Septimus Heap book, by Angie Sage. I know I'm completely over this age group, but it is still necessary for me to finish series I begin. I'm not posting  a teaser here, the Neil Gaiman book is far more captivating. Can't you tell from the above mind-twisting take on a classic Sherlock story?
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted at Should Be Reading.

Teaser Tuesdays
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Help from another blogger?

I realized recently that my blog header image doesn't always open the same on other browsers. The Problem:
I've tested my blog's header on Firefox and Safari, and things seem fine - I can see the header image of the Kindle and pencil juxtaposed, and all my posts are on one screen, visible as the page loads (no right-scrolling needed).
On Windows Explorer, the Header image seems oddly extending beyond the image area and into the right-side bar where I have contact info, follower bar, and recent posts.

If you are reading this, do you mind telling me what browser you are using, and if you are able to see this blog without scrolling to the right?
Can someone help me figure how to fix this?
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Inkmesh: The Ebook search engine and FREE Ebook by Ilona

The best website I've seen all week is
Crisp, clear search engine, dedicated to books - could this get any better?
Well, perhaps if you added features like these filters: Free, Below $1,  Below $5.
This is the easiest place I've found to find free ebooks.

Other filter choices: Amazon, B&N, and other retailers.
Even better, you can search by book type: Kindle, Sony, Kobo and more.  Screenshot below!
What you see at
Did you notice the "Free Baen Books" option up there? If you haven't heard of Baen before - here is why you should get free ebooks from
I've already found one free book; with my recent Ilona Andrews mania, what else would have been my first search?
If you want to skip all these steps and download The Questing Beast by Ilona Andrews, here it is!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Blogger Hop #23: My Fav post

It's time for another Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop
"Share your favorite post from last month and tell us why"
I discovered while look through my posts for May, that one scheduled post hadn't been published yet (probably cause I scheduled it for December in error !!)

Since it is a sensitive, yet very real issue today - what do you think?
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Ebook Prices - Variations across countries

I recently noticed something appalling - yet strangely, not shocking. Amazon differentially prizes items across different countries (not news, I knew they did this).
But an ebook I was trying to pre-order *ahem* Ilona Andrews *I've been raving about this series, Magic Slays FTW* was $2 more expensive when I tried to buy it vs. my husband purchasing it. We both have accounts registered in different countries, which probably accounts for this price change. But it burns anyway!

Related situation in France: Les Echos in France says that the French Parliament has unanimously voted to price all ebooks sold in France (whether imported or otherwise) at a fixed, standard price. Since France has already placed a fixed price on all paper books, this is a simple extension of their existing law.

Why are ebook laws so complicated? Shouldn't this be easier than selling a paper book?
If I'm buying a book on my laptop, paying taxes toward a given country, and the publisher in that country, at what point is the price difference too much?
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blogger Spotlight #8 - Lisa from Lisa's World of Books

Let's welcome Lisa from
Lisa has a Nook and she loves it!
  Her Recent Read- Lisa: "I just finished Piper’s Fury by Rachel Firasek"
HI Everyone – I am Lisa from Lisa’s World of Books. I am a native of Michigan and have lived here my whole life (except 6 months in Kansas) and I live 2 miles from where I grew up. I have been married for almost 11 years and have 2 boys, ages 9 and 10. I have always been an avid reader but until recently never even thought of blogging about my love of reading. I have always shared books with friends, family and even the random stranger looking for a book. I have been blogging for about six months and I love it. I am finding my way and still learning a lot so any advice is welcome!

I attached two picture one of Michigan in the Summer and a picture from last summer when I did the Michigan Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure.

Did you consider other readers in the market?
I did consider other readers but I received my reader as a gift so I really did not get to choose. I am very lucky to have a good friend who gave me this gift.

What's the top thing you like about it? Very easy to use!

When do you read a paper book and when do you pick up an ebook?
I usually have numerous books going at the same time, at least 1 ebook and 1 paper book. It just depends where I am as to which I pick. If I am tired a paper book for sure.

Have you transformed your reading style or frequency?
I actually read much slower with my ereader so if I have to get something done I would rather a paper book.

If your e-reader could have one magic feature, what would it be?
I really wish that I could blog from my ereader!

 For a 6-month old blogger, Lisa has a 600+ followers, and tons of posts at
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