Thursday, January 13, 2011

Random post :)

As I type this I'm in an internet cafe with the purpose of uploading the photos of flowers I took on Facebook. It was hot so it was really quite a chore to snap 'em but they turned out fine. I just found out that I love shadows - at least, the way they appeared on this set of pictures.

I'm done reading I is for Innocent and the review will probably come over the weekend. It's one of the best books in the Alphabet Mysteries and the time I spent rummaging for it was so worth it. I'm now exploring - back to - Prince Edward Island with L.M. Montgomery's Chronicles of Avonlea. Next in the line-up is, of course, Further Chronicles of Avonlea. I'm hoping I could purchase a copy of U is for Undertow in a real bookstore, since I can't afford to wait any longer.

I haven't written the reviews for the movies I watched over the Christmas break, such as Into the Wild, My Sister's Keeper, Never Let Me Go, and Rosario. I hope I can get into the spirit, somehow. :P

I have chosen my topic for our final essay in Pol Sc 14. It's going to be the hog and poultry farm problem in Porac - something near to my... place of residence. Choosing for Kas 118 is a chore because I can't think of any. I'll probably go with former Isabela leader Grace Padaca (if I got that name right).

I think I'll be doing a puppet show for my Comm 130 presentation. It's kind of hard to write a skit about Laura Mulvey's theory of visual pleasure but I'll try my best.

The list of movies I'm planning to download just got longer. I'm adding The Departed and The Godfather trilogy (because my Film 100 professor said they're good films).

The song I'm listening to most of the time is Feels like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk from Dawson's Creek. Edwina Hayes has a version of it on My Sister's Keeper, which is where I first heard it. Give it a try. :)

Good news, peeps! Our STFAP bracket just went down to C. That means 600 per unit so we're really in a jolly, jolly mood right now. Thank God! Goodbye, money woes!

That's it for now. :D

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Book Review - Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Rating: 10/10

Winnie-the-Pooh is the first book written by A. A. Milne about the beloved Edward Bear, more famously known as Winnie-the-Pooh. This collection of stories tells the reader about the first adventures of Pooh and his friends. From Pooh and Piglet trying to catch a Heffalump to helping Piglet during a flood, this book will enchant readers of all ages.

Book Review - Sphere by Michael Crichton

Rating: 9/10

On the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Government discovered a spacecraft of enormous size. It could only have come from outer space, so a team of scientists is brought underwater to discover the secrets of the craft. What they find is astounding: the growth of coral around the ship proves that it has been lying there for over 300 years.

The summary, indeed, is intriguing, and Crichton doesn't fail to satisfy that. Every turn, every plot twist is exciting, suspenseful, and ultimately dangerous. It's one of his best works, undeniably.

Book Review - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Rating: 7/10

One of Project Scoop's satellites had just crashed onto an obscure town in Arizona. Two personnel are dispatched to retrieve it, but when they arrive at the town of Piedmont, dead bodies are strewn everywhere. Soon enough, they were both dead. The situation plunges the headquarters into alarm. What had caused the instantaneous deaths? Elsewhere, the Wildfire team, headed by prominent bacteriologist Jeremy Stone, is alerted of the contamination. Can this group of scientists find the culprit for these deaths? And can they find a cure in time to save others?

It's a 1969 novel by Michael Crichton, who is one of my favorite writers. However, for a Crichton novel, I didn't find it exactly engrossing as, say, Jurassic Park or The Terminal Man. The tension, the suspense is completely lost on me, although the language used wasn't exactly as "scientific" as his other books. There was only one scene where I "felt it": the final sequence with Hall, although I also found it lacking.

The Andromeda Strain leaves much to be desired. In spite of the "rave reviews" printed on the cover and on the first pages, I didn't find it as appealing. (Of course, I'm operating on "like" here.)

Book Review - J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton

Rating: 8/10

Wendell Jaffe's wife had just collected insurance money after a lengthy fight with California Fidelity. All seem to be satisfied, until a former insurance agent spots him in a hotel in Mexico. Now Gordon Titus, the "boss" who fired her, wants to hire Kinsey Millhone to find out the truth.

What's interesting about this novel is that Kinsey finds out she has family in Lompoc. That's surprising since she's such a grumpy lady, that she doesn't entertain thoughts of family. J is for Judgment is pretty much exciting, in its own way.

Book Review - O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Rating: 9/10

Mickey Magruder, Kinsey Millhone's first husband, is suddenly catapulted back into her life when a letter she should have read years ago is found. Fourteen years ago, Mickey was involved in a manslaughter case and subsequently quit the force. That was when Kinsey walked out on him. Now the overriding sense of guilt fills her and she has the impulse to look for him again... Only to find that Mickey is in comatose after being shot twice. Now Kinsey must unravel the knots that led to his current state.

(The summary is pretty boring, I know. Pssh.)

O is for Outlaw is one of the best Sue Grafton novels I've read for quite some time. Here, Grafton gives the reader a fresh take on Kinsey's humanity. I think the "Epilogue" is pretty dramatic, considering Kinsey's abhorrence for any familial ties. It's like looking into another part of the hardened, always grumpy P.I.

Book Review - S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

Rating: 9/10

It's been three decades since Violet Sullivan, notorious for her sexual behavior, disappeared one July 4th. But her only daughter is having a hard time dealing with the uncertainty of the loss. So Daisy hires PI Kinsey Millhone to track down her mother - be she alive or dead.

S is for Silence is the closest thing to T is for Trespass' sense of suspense. It's actually a very interesting novel, with chapters about the different characters Kinsey encounters in her investigation. It's amazing how much people are hiding from others...