Category Archives: Books

Both of us love to read. And we’re both studying english. So we’ll have some commentary on the books we are currently reading/books we suggest you should read.

Calling all Trekkers

One of the largest organized group of fans are probably the Trekkers (or Trekkies depending on your preference).

For those of you who don’t know, a Trekker is a fanatic of the Star Trek universe. The term was first applied to a group of these fans dressed up in Star Trek attire at the World Science Fair Convention in 1967. 

And not much has changed since then. They still get together for conventions, and since Comic-Con is currently under way, I felt this an appropriate time to send a message to all my Trekkers out there.

It is time for you to SERIOUSLY REGROUP. You got a whole new makeover thanks to J.J. Abrams and the new Star Trek movie. Star Trek was actually cool again, and you gained what I like to call pseudo-fans.

Now, take a look at this book and see why you’ve got me in a tizzy.

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Product Description

There is a void in the alternate universe that demands to be filled. Iliana Ghemor, the Cardassian operative who years ago was altered in both body and mind to replace Kira Nerys, dreams of fulfilling a prophecy that will mark her as the one true Emissary of that other reality — a messianic figure who could lead her followers into an era of renewed hope…or an age of deepening darkness.

Ghemor’s claim to the mantle of the Emissary is by no means certain, however, as the inexorable pull of providence tugs also at other souls who are swept into the vortex of the Prophets, the remote and timeless beings who have set these strange events in motion.

But the stakes are higher than anyone imagines: for the outcome of this struggle for the fate of one universe will ripple across many others, and become the key to unlocking a future that will prove to be the greatest trial yet for the heroes of station Deep Space 9. 


 

What does that description even mean?!?! And seriously, what the hell is that cover all about?

Trekkers, do you see how ridiculous this looks?! Have some pride, don’t let people think you’ll let just ANYONE write a half-assed book about your beloved Star Trek universe. Put out some quality work. Put your best men (and women) at the front. Let the world believe in the power of the Star Trek nation.

Until then, the only reason I’ll pay attention to Star Trek is going to be this right here.

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Oh yeah…

 

peace & love

-B

 

*Disclaimer: I’m sure a true Trekker knows exactly what this book is about (and probably has even read it). But just let me have this will ya?!

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a new Jane Austen novel turned quirky

As some of you know, I currently work as an assistant buyer for a bookstore. One of the many perks about my job is that I get to preview new books that are being published. (This is especially exciting for someone as nerdy as me).

Well, it just so happens that a couple of months ago I saw the catalog featuring the new Quirk Classic. At the time it was untitled, but my boss informed me today that it is going to be called…(drum roll please)

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters!!!

Muahahahaha!!! Now, I was sort of a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but this trailer makes me uber excited about this one.

Plus there is a new writer, Ben Winters…from Brooklyn. He has written plays and musicals for both children and adults, written for different magazines and newspapers, and several of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Guide books. Plus this picture on Amazon.com makes him look super cute and nerdy. Just my type!

Ben Winters, so cute!

Ben Winters, so cute!

The book is supposed to be released in September. Until then, that’s all I’m gonna say about that. I’ll let you know more when the book comes. Def. a must read.

*PS–rumor has it that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is going to be a movie soon. Now THAT should be interesting. 

peace & love

-B

HP has my Heart.

It’s true. I’m crazy for Harry Potter.

When the books first came out, I was far too cool to read them, naturally. Back in Jr. High it was dorky to even read at all…throw some wizards into the mix and we’re talking the dweebiest of dork behavior. So I steered clear of Harry and his magical adventures. I don’t really remember when I decided to throw caution to the wind and unleash myself from the chains that bound me a slave to “cool”, but whenever that was I thank God for it. Because Harry Potter is what’s up, people.

I’ve read all of the books. I’ve seen all of the movies. I’ve got the soundtrack on itunes.  And I’ve even attended a conference on the religious symbolism within the Harry Potter series. Yes. I am a fan. At the eleven o’ clock hour on July 14th, I will arrive at the theater and hand over my ticket, which I bought online a week ago. I will be bearing the scar of Harry Potter on my forhead. I will be wearing a shirt that expresses my fiery passion for the fiery redhead Ronald Weasley. I will enter the theater, surrounded by my closest friends and together we will experience all that is magical.

There is something exhilirating about loving something that millions of others love. To be caught up in a series of books or movies that is so wildly popular is something so ordinary that people dub it as “lame”. But I see nothing lame about being caught up in the mania surrounding Harry Potter. Good literature is good literature.  Toss some crazy spells, a school of witchcraft & wizardry, and a  redheaded young wizard into that literature, and I’m completely sold. So yes, I WILL be a crazed fan tomorrow night at that movie. And yes, I will return to the theater as many times as I need, to get it out of my system. And I just  might re-read the book. And that’s what’s up. Keep an eye out for my eventual commentary on the film.

-V

Through His Eyes

As you all know, I’m currently enjoying the Twilight series. As you may not know, I have also started reading the leaked rough draft of Stephenie Meyer’s next book: Midnight Sun. This book is basically the first book written from Edwert’s perspective. (For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts on the Twilight topic, I call the vampire character “Edwert” as a combination of “Edward” and “Robert”. The two are one in my mind.)

 When I first started reading Midnight Sun, I felt a little iffy about it because well…I’ll be honest…Edwert seemed like a major jerk. He’s all mean and pessimistic in the beginning of the first chapter and it just gave me all the more reason to be on Team Jacob(I advise you to be on this team too…he’s right sexy). But reading from Edwert’s perspective was actually really interesting and insightful into his character. He was mean in the first chapter because he was lonely and bitter and I mean…that makes sense. I advise any Twilight fan to read this draft. It may be hard to get through the first couple of pages, but it gets good. This will be especially good for those Twilight fans who find themselves having Edwert withdrawals after having finished the series.

Here’s the link to the unfinished draft of Midnight Sun: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf

The draft is also posted on Stephenie Meyer’s website. You can also take a look at some of her other projects that she’s currently working on:

http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/

On another note, I’m in the midst of reading Breaking Dawn. It’s taking me a while because I barely have any time to read…but so far it’s been the best book yet. So many things are happening that I would have never thought of…that Stephenie…she’s killin’ me. Yes, I have fallen deeper in love with Jacob. And yes, I believe that Bella is a straight fool most of the time. And yes, my mother is reading it like a teenage fanatic. Gotta love vampires and werewolves.

-V

Vampire vs. Furry Beast

In backing up Vanessa, I too claim Team Jacob. And in the spirit of Vampire vs. Furry Beast, I also claim Team Sam.

Now, most of you probably don’t know what I’m referring to. But there happens to be ANOTHER (gasp) vampire series. The series is based around a young telepathic girl, Sookie Stackhouse, and the strange happenings in her hometown of Bon Temps, Louisiana. (Fun fact, if Bon Temps existed it would be about an hour from my house!)

 

oh yeah, Anna Paquin plays Sookie...She has an OSCAR. Jussayin

oh yeah, Anna Paquin plays Sookie...She has an OSCAR. Jussayin

 

To sum up the story for you, Sookie is sort of an outcast in the town considering they all think she’s crazy readin’ people’s minds and stuff. She meets the vampire who saves her from loco southern folk. Then, Vampire Bill (ummm, really? Bill?) falls in love with her, and she falls in love with him and…

Wait, haven’t we heard this story before?

Well, even if the story sounds familiar it is still gaining popularity. (Haven’t you people had enough of vampires yet?!) The author, Charlaine Harris, has written 9 novels and there is even an HBO series based on her work called “True Blood.”

Here’s a little comparison of Twilight Saga vs. Sookie Stackhouse series

Published

Twlight: 2005    

Sookie Stackhouse series: 2001

Love interest

Twilight: Edward Cullen (vampire)

Sookie Stackhouse series: Bill Compton (vampire)

***As a sidenote, in Twilight the vampires hide their identity. In SS series, they come out of the closet, so to speak.

Setting

Twilight: Forks, Washington

Sookie Stackhouse series: Bon Temps, Louisiana

Film Adaptations

Twilight: uhm, Twilight (November 2008)

Sookie Stackhouse: True Blood on HBO (premiered September 2008)

FURRY BEAST

Twilight: Jacob Black, werewolf

Sookie Stackhouse: Sam Merlotte, shape shifter who turns into a dog

Well now that we can see clearly how…similar the two are let’s talk furry beast, shall we? You can read Vanessa’s posts about Jacob to see why I claim his side too. Instead, we are going to talk Sam Merlotte.

Now Sam is just your all around genuine nice guy. He is kind of brooding and keeps to himself most times. But above all he cares about Sookie. In fact, he loves her. Oh yeah, and he can also turn into a cute dog. (I’m beginning to think my team choices are motivated by other factors.)

Sam Trammell playing Sam Merlotte in True Blood

Sam Trammell playing Sam Merlotte in True Blood

 

Nonetheless, when Sookie finds out about Sam…what does that b**** do? She flips the eff out. Ok, seriously?! You have relations WITH A VAMPIRE and you can’t accept that your pal here, whom you have known practically your whole life, can sometimes turn into a dog…to protect you!!! B**** be crazy.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think I would pick the furry beast over the vampire any day. But I won’t hate on Sookie and Vampire Bill yet considering I’ve only watched the first season of “True Blood” and read halfway through the first book. I’ve still got some more material to base a final decision on. Until then…

peace & love

-B

Taylor Lautner = Underage and Sexayyy

Oh I am so ready for the New Moon film. Why? Because it’s Jacob’s time to shine. And he’s better than Edward. Yeah, I said it! That’s what I believe and that’s how it’s gonna be! 16 might be young…but lemme tell you…that body sho don’t look young to me. You can’t say i’m lying on this one, ladies.

-“Have you got a six pack?”

– “Um…maybe, maybe a little?”

HAH. You’ve got jokes, Taylor. You’ve got jokes. Aint nothin little about that. Whoooo! Ya killin me. And that concludes this steamin’ post.

-V

i’m in love with a werewolf. nbd.

As you all know, I am in the process of reading New Moon. Well. Just when Bella and myself think that we couldn’t be anymore grief ridden and shocked by the loss of Edwert, here comes Jacob, our personal source of light and sunshine.

Jacob is no longer the boy of 15 that we rendezvoused with on the La Push beach while discussing ancient legend. No no. Jacob is now a man. His “russet” skin perfectly compliments his dark flowing hair and muscular, Jacob-Black-jacob-black-2921586-287-411developed beyond his years, body. Not only is Jacob smokin hot, he also has a kind heart that calms both Bella and mine’s souls as we struggle with the loss of our cold-skinned lover (who apparently now no longer gives an eff about us. yes, i’m bitter).

When it comes to the subject of Jacob, I must say that Bella and I, who usually share the same emotions, differ. I love Jacob. And more than a friend, ya’ll. More than a friend. He’s amazing. Mind you, I haven’t finished the book, but I  have come to the part in which Jacob is revealed to be a werewolf. Yes, folks. We have just been introduced to another mythological creature, as if vampires weren’t enough. I gotta admit, I saw this one coming. But Bella stupidly did not. Come on, Bella get with it. I mean obvs Forks is crawling with the darkest creatures from hell. I’m gonna need you to pay  more attention, thanks. Jacob is so fabulous. He promises to never hurt us. He’s rugged and rough like a wolf. He is warm rather than icy cold (personally I prefer tropic temperatures to arctic, don’t you?) He’s exotic looking.

I officially claim Team Jacob. I’ll keep you posted as I read.

p.s. i’ll have whatever Bella’s havin. I need some rough dangerous sexy men in my life. what the heck, Bella. how do you do this.

-V