Fun Goodies!!!

I know I JUST posted but over at A Book Lover’s Review blog there is a give-a-way for some pretty awesome book swag for the next 13 days! The entries are not complex and are definitely worth the shot at winning something!

Each day something different is going on so pop on over to check it out!!!! (For the contest AND the awesome blog).

Below is taken directly (literally because I wanted to make sure I minimized errors iin trying to spread the word) from her blog just to give you a teaser, go check it out!

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Day 1 Giveaway
Screaming Bundle Pack!!

Enthralled anthology (signed by Rachel Vincent)
(Signed) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Donated by Random House)
(Signed)The Night Circus card stock Excerpts (Donated by Random House)
Dear Bully anthology
Audiobook- Dreamland by Alyson Noel (Donated by Macmillan Audio)
Audiobook- All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
(Donated by Macmillan Audio)
Bookmarks- Infinity,Forgive My Fins, If I Die (signed)
Button- YA Saves
Tattoos-Forgive My Fins
Magnet w/marker- Blessed
Not in Picture
(Signed) Firelignt by Sophie Jorden & Swag Pack
Books by Alyson Noel

And yes I am still working on plushies, suggestions welcome!!

Review-The Discovery of Socket Greeny

I am an avid user of Goodreads, and as such I find a slew of new books to oogle. One of the books I was interested in checking out was Tony Bertauski’s The Discovery of Socket Greeny.

Luckily, through a stroke of luck, Bertauski contacted me and asked if I might like a chance to read his work early in exchange for a review on the site. Seeing as I am a sucker for a)books, b) free things, and c) getting things early, I was all over it.

Let’s start off with the skepticism. While I was interested in reading this book, I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy it. Happily I can say that this is not the case.

The world takes place in a potential and very possible future in which our world is more technologically advanced. People go in “Virtualmode” rather than the internet, and I must say I’m a bit jealous.

The plot revolves around Socket, who is a typical high school kid whose father passed away when he was young and mother took it too hard, virtually leaving him on his own. An incident at school awakens abilities he never knew he had, which cause him to be whisked away by him mother to the Paladin Nation.

The Paladin Nation are your standard Men In Black scenario where a secret governmental society is protecting the human race from things it isn’t even sure exists. Socket’s parents were part of this nation and it appears Socket has advanced Paladin powers.

From here, Socket faces emotional hurdles from various parts of his life. In all, I found Socket to be a fun and believable character because no 16 year old is going to be grateful for everything, nor act rationally and sane all the time.
(MILD SPOILER: He can hear other people’s thoughts and even look into their minds. In more than one instance he invades someone’s mind against their will, which is obviously a no-no, but being an impulsive teen-ager, he doesn’t see anything wrong with it until later his mother reprimands him. Something that is realistic and nice to see in characters, where honor and nobility is instilled in the character through their beliefs as well as experiences.)

This book doesn’t feel like it’s sucked you in until you try to put it down to go do something else. I finished this book rather than finish unpacking my kitchen in the same day.  It was an easy and fun read perfect for the Summer if you ask me.

I am definitely looking forward to his follow up books in this series. Or in any other.

Dystopian Escape

Dystopia- A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

I believe I have briefly mentioned a few Dystopian books in limited reviews before, I wanted to briefly review a few dystopian series because I have been reading them a lot lately. Not intentionally, but it’s been happening quite a bit. Dystopian books have a sick appeal to the masses. We enjoy seeing what our society has (d)evolved into, and breathe a little easier that our lives aren’t that tough. Or, like me, you have a mild freak out about whether we are actually throwing ourselves head first in this direction. Tantalizing, thrilling, and oh so terrifying. I think more people should read them, give themselves a nice dose of humility and “Hey hows about we don’t wreck our planet or destroy ourselves k?”

            I have mentioned The Hunger Games (you can view trailers for the books here) by Suzanne Collins and devoted an entire post to it, although I’m sure it was more of a fangirl gush-fest than a legitimate review. I still highly recommend checking them out, especially now since the movie is currently being filmed.

                A brief synopsis for those who aren’t in the know, Panem is a world set in our not too terribly distant future. Things went down and North America was torn in to separate districts and the Capital. The 13 districts rebelled, the Capital destroyed the 13th district and in ‘reperations’ for the rebellion, the Capital demands 2 tributes, one male and one female, between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a fight to the death between the tributes, the winner of which is heralded and rewarded for the rest of their lives. The first book covers Katniss’s fight for her life in the arena.

The second book covers a return to the arena (I don’t want to say too much so I don’t ruin anything!)

The third book follows a rebellion incited by the districts against the Capital and their effort to overthrow a corrupt political system.

While these books are categorized as young adult, I think that anyone over the age of 15 would enjoy them. I’m sure younger will read them, but I think they might be better placed and enjoyed in the older crowds of teens and adults.

Another YA book with a dystopian setting is the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield in which at the age of 16, everyone undergoes an operation to become “Pretty”. This series reads much more young adult than The Hunger Games does. The series follows Tally Youngblood, on the verge of becoming pretty. She follows a friend off to a camp full of “Uglies” under the guise of wanting to one of them, when really she is infiltrating them so that she can become Pretty, something the doctor wont let her do unless she turns them in. But along the way she discovers there is something wrong with becoming Pretty.

The second book follows Tally as she is pretty and trying to discover the world around her and what is wrong with it. From this point the series follows Tally’s adventures to try to bring down the Authorities.

As is, the series follows the Dystopia formula closely, but was none the less an interesting read. The world was imaginative and full of enough high tech gadgets to make me jealous. Tally can be annoying at times, but no where near the epic levels of horridness as those of Bella Swan. (Why people loved her in Twilight is a mystery).

While I am on the YA kick, I might as well mention Wither by Lauren DeStefano. The concept was what drew me to this book. In this proposed future, the world is dying. Supposedly the only continent left is North America. In an effort to keep people healthy, society opted to under special fertilization that bore them healthy, long lived children. The draw back was that when these healthy first gens started having children of their own, they didn’t realize they condemned them to an early death.  Their children started dying, males at 25, and females at 20.

Girls are kidnapped off the street and sold to wealthy men to act as their wives and produce children. Rhine Ellery becomes victim of such a trap and is sold with two other girls to a wealthy man’s son to replace his ailing wife.

The father, part of the first gen, seeks to find a cure for his son, stopping at nothing to try to find it, keeping the girls prisoner and lying to his son.

There are a lot of things that are scientifically askew about this book sure, like the fact that everyone decided to participate in this cure? Right. A group of people that big can’t agree on anything. Then again, there are two more books planned for this series, so we’ll see where it goes.

In all, the concept was interesting and the writing was much better than other YA novels.

Something not in the YA genre that can arguably be dystopian or not is The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind. You might know it better as Legend of the Seeker, the series which is (at times loosely) based on the first novel in the series. I need to finish the show, ugh, I’ve been meaning to really.

While this series doesn’t seem dystopian at first, it takes getting several books in before it arrives. A gian invading army wishing to eradicate all magic in order to bring about “A New World Order”, crazy psychotic magicians and wizards, and visits from the underworld.

Richard and Kahlan do not manage to annoy the socks off you, in fact I genuinely like them. I do get flustered with Goodkind occasionally as he seems to forget things sometimes. Nothing tragic, but a few times he brings things up that seem like they should play a major part in the future and they never do. This could be him forgetting or just abandoning them  because he came up with something better.

These are not for the uncommitted. The smallest book in this series is around 500 pages long. At times there can be lulls, but all in all the series paid off. Well…it did. Apparently it is no longer over. I just discovered that there is a 12th book in the series coming out in roughly a week. I missed this because I wasn’t looking. See what I get for listening when an author says the last book is out? No matter, I am all over it when it comes out.

 

If you are looking for something different to read, perhaps one of these will tickle your curiosity! Likewise, if you have suggestions, please share!

Did I mention…

That I am an avid PotterHead?  I am. It’s true.

I’m not going to bother to gush and tell you to see the last movie if you haven’t, even though you should.

I am going to tell you to go take a look at Pottermore. For 7 days (only 3 left sorry) you can answer a question to find the magickal quill to register your name and get into the Pottermore beta. If you aren’t a potterhead then you can wait until October to check it out. It’s supposed to be a more interactive experience with the world and the books of Harry Potter, which I am all for.

I just registered today (family vacation kept me from catching the right few hours in which registration opens each day, which is of course at random >_<), and due to the large influx of people trying to get in I am still waiting for my validation email to arrive so I can delve in and check it out.

Now the issue is that my internet provider is slightly…special…so the link with the right answer wouldn’t work for me but I called a friend who is already in and she put the info in for me.

Registration wasn’t even open for 3 hours today if you are interested, I suggest book marking the Pottermore page and checking periodically. There is no rhyme or reason for the hours, they just are.

Also, a hint for you in preparation. There are 7 days of registration and 7 books. Each registration day correlates to that book number and the magic quill question will be related to that book. Registration day 5 is coming sometime soon-ish, so brush up on your last three books if you want a chance! They are also math related (and pretty simple) so don’t freak out over obscure Potter-Lore.

Once I FINALLY receive my email and explore a bit I’ll report back, potentially with some screen shots to give an idea of the feel of it.

EDIT:: I added a link in my blogroll ——> for the Pottermore Blog. Today’s registration has had some issues, hence my not yet receiving the confirmation email even though I got in at 11 this morning. (And why the link wasn’t working to swell on my laptop to begin with >_<)

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!!

Feed- A Review

In case you were wondering, no I am not abandoning my future post devoted to mythology in books/games/movies, I am still compiling thoughts and waiting for contributions (you can email yours to voldenae at hotmail).

I wanted to turn my attention first to Feed by Mira Grant. You can visit her site here. Mira Grant also happens to be Seanan Mcguire, whose October Daye series with which I happen to be unhealthily addicted.

Feed isn’t your typical Zombie novel, for which I am glad. As a zombie enthusiast, I read an awful lot of Zombie related material and certain plot lines/events/motifs/etc are used repeatedly and while I love it, it does get a bit exhuasting unless I read a multitude of other things as palate cleansers.

The first large difference, and one I very much enjoy is that Feed happens to take place 20 years after the outbreak of the Kellis-Amberlee virus that reanimates the dead and makes them feed on the living. Also, rather than reputable news, bloggers have become the reliable source of information. Bring in the main characters, siblings Georgia and Shaun Mason, their partner Buffy, and future partner Rick.

George (as Shaun calls her) and Shaun are entertaining characters. As typical siblings, they share interests, they have completely different interests, act completely different, fight, and back each other up without hesitation. In a zombie infested world I would like to think you can argue with your sibling while covering their back in a fight, and George and Shaun have this down. They don’t fight to a point of frustration however, and I loved this as well. I get sibling tension, I just want it there without being beaten over the head with it.

So yes, character design, I’d say pretty brilliant in some cases, while just entertaining in others, which I come to expect from Mira/Seanan.

I did not expect to fall in love with the plot. I have political opinions, but honestly I try to stay away from politics all together. I don’t enjoy reading about them. I stifled a groan when the siblings receive an email confirming that they have been selected to follow the political campaign of Senator Peter Ryman by touring with him and reporting on the events. This may make you roll your eyes as well, however Grant did a wonderful job in portraying the campaign and keeping bits interesting while not getting to wrapped up in it that it diverges from the plot. Obviously something hinky is going on with the campaign that our protagonists have to deal with, I wont say what as it is a part of the over all plot and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone intending to read the book.

Plot wise, it was not disappointing, things get really deep really fast even though you aren’t even aware of it at the time.

There are still fights with zombies, and the validation that Romero movies are in fact a great starter for zombie survival basics.

Grant put a ridiculous amount of research into certain parts of this book that most people might not even appreciate, so the tech talk, political details, and continuity of the book are enjoyable.

Grant also has the ability to make you laugh one minute and then nearly cry the next. I actually listened to the audiobook while driving which was a little stressful at certain points. Nothing like being in the middle of a zombie attack while being in high traffic. O_o

The next book in the series is Deadline, and yes I have already acquired my copy and will start it soon. I don’t feel like I’ve said much to do it justice but I really don’t want to spoil it in case someone decides to pick it up…It really was brilliant though, and definitely worth a look into!

I’m off to go read more…after I get my kindle updated…

O RLY?

So I could again apologize for my absence, so I get down to actually writing instead of being annoying. Well ok the annoying bit isn’t going to go away, its kind of who I am.

However, I do have a good reason this time (aside from laziness) because I am (slowly but surely) packing up my apartment to move 6-7 hours away. I am less traumatized by the idea of a move so far from home now, I’m just upset because my mom is upset. Granted I am in my mid-twenties, but she is spoiled by having me around a considerable amount (I live 50 minutes from home) so it’s stressing since I am close to my parents.

Granted it was bound to happen sooner or later. It’ll be ok. With the ridiculous amounts of tech I own I’ll still talk to her all the time, which helps assuage her fears that the hillbillies hiding in the high mountains of West Virginia are going to steal and eat me and she’ll never hear from me again. MY fears of this haven’t lessened but hers have so it’s ok.

Quick bit of business.
When I started this blog I fully intended for it to be a more review and reference style blog with bits of myself and my life tossed in at random, but it seems when work picks up I fall by the wayside with my goal. As a two time college graduate and current grad student, this is clearly bound to happen.
And while I am as much an attention whore as the next blogger, I have no delusions that I am interesting enough on my own for people to just read willy nilly.
So my question is, what would you like to see more of?

Also, IF (a BIIIIIIIIIG If) I can manage to have enough forethought to suggest a topic for my next post would you be interested in submitting suggestions/mini-reviews/insight/etc?

I would definitely be interested in getting some interaction from people out there.

Ok so that business concluded (can you tell I just figured out how to make polls? ^_^) I have a funny (to me) story.
I have part of this blog set aside as a platform for people to access and buy plushies from me. I have a little widgit box to My Etsy Account (currently in vacation mode due to the move so any commissions require you to message me personally right now) on the sidebar so that people can get to it quickly. In my experience, most people don’t like having to actually search for things, so I am ok with making it easier on them. At any rate, I specialize in handmade nerdy plushies. Almost all of the patterns have been made by me, and I try not to sell something that the official license holder is currently making. For example, I have made a companion cube, but I really don’t sell them because Valve makes them as well. I’ve done trades for them, and birthday presents, but I try not to step on toes. I can’t afford the legal recourse.

However, IF the item is not being made, like Brain Slugs, I sell them.

Until now that is.

I received a message through etsy from Fox asking me to cease selling them because Brain Slugs are their intellectual property. I have no qualms with this, they did create Futurama and Brain Slugs, but currently Comedy Central is the one airing the new episodes of Futurama and they make no brain slugs, there fore I am not taking away from their revenue.
They did ask me to remove them from etsy so I did, no harm no foul, I’d rather comply politely than get in trouble.

I’m a student, I make plushies to attempt to make a meager living, not to cause issues with corporations that make more money in one year than I will see in a life time.

That being said, I can still make them all day every day as long as there is no “profit”. Meh. Presents and trades still work.

I want to return to movie/book reviews soon, until then, for fun Summer flicks I recommend Drive Angry (on dvd), Pirates IV (way better than the 2nd and 3rd), or catching up on Supernatural, or even watching the newest BBC Sherlock Holmes which is incidentally AMAZING and I cannot wait for season 2. Or, if you are lucky enough to have HBO, dive in to True Blood, which is stunning and I almost love it more than the books, which is saying something. (I also need to catch up on Doctor Who >_<)

As for books, I continuing last Summer’s reading choices by working my way through all the Christopher Moore novels that I haven’t yet read. He’s hilarious, sarcastic, and ridiculously wonderful enough for Summer reading. Also, I intend to catch up on the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, as well as work through a few of her other series (that woman is a writing machine!)

As for games, Steam has been letting some pretty amazing sales fly in celebration of Summer, seriously amazing deals if you are interested. Also I have been eating up Alice: Madness Returns which has been amazing (a full review is coming of that I assure you). Suffice to say that American McGee and Spicy Horse certainly out did themselves. And, because they are such nice people, they have released the first game, American McGee’s Alice for free if you purchased Madness Returns, and for $9.99 (I believe, it could be cheaper) download if you didn’t, with achievements for both if you are in fact an achievement whore (you may laugh but I live with one and it can become dangerous…lol).

If you survived this ridiculously long post, then I thank you for your continued support and will try to reward you with pretty picture filled posted soon. Potentially of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría because my Mom and I are going to see it Thursday!! ^_^

What are your summer movies and books? I’m always looking for more! (incidentally if you have a Suncoast near you they are having a crazy movie sale, go before it ends!)

Until next time internet world ^_^

The Hunger Games

I am unclear as to why I did not read this series sooner. My old roomie loved them, I heard nothing but raves reviews, but I guess there was just not as much talk about this series than others and I forgot about them entirely.

This was a grave error on my part.

I am not sure what finally moved me to read them. I was given a Kindle for graduation and I was just looking for things to read, and when I happened across The Hunger Games, I just went for it.

The series is comprise of three books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

In the change that you did not click any of the handy links I provided you, The Hunger Games is a tale of a dystopian near future of a world very similar to ours, in which a Capitol punishes it’s surrounding districts for a previous rebellion by making them each give one male and one female child between the ages of 12-18 to the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are an all out battle to the death between the 24 tributes from the districts. The winner is provided with money and supplies to live out the rest of their previously starving and deprived lives. The losers…well they’re dead. Kind of like the asian flick/book, Battle Royale…only there was less starving in BR, but just as much devious government. (You should see the movie incidentally…it’s pretty awesome).

The first installment covers Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who almost solely takes care of her mother and sister, and her up to and through the games. It isn’t a shock to tell you Katniss survives, with three books in the series you could figure that out for yourself anf there are far more surprises larger than that.

The second book covers Katniss’ victory tour and the start of seeing the repercussions of her actions from the first games. I don’t want to give spoilers because it was delicious fun to watch (read) the whole thing unfold. Things go down, surprises happen, shit hits the fan. It gets insane. It ends with a bang.

The third and final covers Katniss trying endlessly to cope with everything that has led up to where she currently is, where I cannot tell you because, you know, spoilers and such. She goes through some things that are just as bad as the games and shit goes down. Big time. Big Time. She makes a decision near the end of the book that made me want to clap and cheer despite it being a book.

So the romance aspect of the books seems forced occasionally, but makes up for it near the end of the series I feel. Things come together that make the romance finally believable and real.

The description of the games is wonderful and are well done to the point where the reader can start stressing. I certainly did at points. The characters involved are certainly interesting. At times, Katniss can be annoying, but when thinking about how you would feel when thrown in to her position, I can definitely agree with some of it. Lord knows I would be a gigantic whiny bitch too.

Now a lot of the reviews I read for this series haled the first book as genius and liked the second and third but considered them less epic by far. I happen to disagree, this might be because instead of reading these books years apart and building up intense expectations of the books, I read them in succession in a few short days. To me they fit together into one epic and I am glad I experienced it that way. As a whole the series was EPIC. The writing was easy yet not simplistic and Collins did a wonderful job with imagery and story weaving. I definitely wanted to keep reading more to see what happened next. I’ll admit that part of the way into the third one went slowly for me, but after three straight days of reading the series I think it was more to do with my eyes being tired than it being early in the book and not quite into the plot yet. I will say this though, when Collins gets going she will not let you leave.  The woman is relentless and I love it.

Excitingly, The Hunger Games is becoming a movie! I would link you, but all I could give you right now is the IMDB, which is unnecessary unless you want the cast names. I’m excited, it should release next year, and I hope the series goes bigger than Twilight because The Hunger Games was actually worth reading and gushing over.

I would probably consider these books young adult, because I think that was their original intended audience, and that is roughly the age of the main characters through out most of the series. However, I think older ages would enjoy it more considering the graphic nature of the games and the constant increasing death toll. I certainly don’t see anyone younger than 15 reading this, but I think it can go the Harry Potter route and appeal to adults just as much, if not more.

If you are looking for something intense and entertaining, I say definitely go for The Hunger Games. I loved them far more than I expected. I know it’s a concept that has been done many a time before, but it was executed in a wonderful fashion.

Seriously…go read them now.

Graduation Etc

This past weekend was dreadfully busy. My significant other’s graduation was Friday night, Mine was Saturday, and my classmates took over my apartment Sunday (OMG I still have so many hotdogs left over…how I now loathe hotdogs…loathe). Between all of that I had to clean the apartment, make myself presentable, remove the cat hair from any dress clothing (harder than it sounds) and manage to sleep.

The parents, myself, and the boyfriend

Emilie, me, Kayla, Chelsey

I am STILL tired.

I need a nap.

Several.

Although to be fair ever since I cleared everyone out of my apartment Sunday night I have been reading non-stop. My mom bought me a Kindle as a graduation present and I have the three Hunger Games books and I have finished all but the last one already, which I am 26% through so far according to my Kindle.
I’ll finish it tonight I’m sure.

I’ve been liking them though. An old roomie of mine was going to let me borrow her copies but we moved apart before that happened so I just got to them and while I’m sad I waited this long to read them, I am glad since I have been devouring the poor things. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend that you do so when you get a chance.

I have no news on UF yet. I have scheduled my final updated transcript to be sent out as soon as I officially have my degree on file with the school. I also still have to do the exit loan interview, so I’m wondering if they are waiting for me to finish that. Geez I hate those things. Obviously doing them for one college wasn’t enough, although I guess I should get used to it since I applied to grad school and will likely have to do them again if I am accepted.

Cross your fingers for me though, I didn’t screw up my grades this semester (as slightly anticipated with the slightly rigorous paper nazi teachers I had) and I even graduated with Honors and a minor, so hopefully that as well as my not failing GPA and the fact that I now have TWO degrees will get me in to the program. One can hope at any rate.

Alright, enough distraction, time to finish Mockingjay, I’ll write more about the series later.

Irish Pride

Okay, first off, I clearly thought I made a post between the one about my brother visiting and this one…I swear I did and I swore it posted.  I was excited about Spring Break and how I had no plans and was terribly excited about that.
I remember because I made Spring Break in big colorful letters.
I have no idea what the rest of the post was about…but I remember making “Spring Break” colorful.

Ah well who knows?

In Nerdtastic news, there is going to be a Doctor Who mmo.  It will be free to play, and even though it will more than likely be odd and have nothing to do with the show, I can’t wait.  Yes…I will be playing.  Oh yes.

Also, today I finally got around to watching Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.  I’ll be honest, I was avoiding it because I loved the first movie so much that I knew I would be nothing but depressed with this one.  Let’s just say that it was definitely better than expected.  No I do not love it more than the first but I do indeed like it very much.

I thought there could be no replacement for Willem Dafoe (because the man is amazing) but Julie Benz was pretty frickin wonderful.  No lie, I loved her in it.  She had the right attitude while still being charming and was definitely a bad-ass.  The boys, Connor and Murphy were still wonderful and still manage to have fun and fight with each other while in the midst of potential life and death situations.  Rocko makes an appearance (in their dreams because yes he’s dead) and their new side kick is hilarious in his own right.  He tries so hard and instead of making me annoyed it made me warm to him.  To my delighted surprise, three of the same officers are in this movie and I love them even more because of this movie.

The action was still great and the humor was definitely still there.  Call backs to the first movie are made, which I appreciate.  Also, they still include scenes that depict the varying feelings of the public about the Saints, which I adored as well.  More of their Father’s story is revealed, which is lovely since I for one was wondering the entire damn first movie as to why he was in prison for 25 years.  This gives you an explanation and resolution which I found to be interesting even if I did want more from it.

I was not disappointed and it makes me want to re-watch the first one…again.  It may not be the epic work that the first one was, but it was more than adequate for fans, and for progressing plot and characters that people grew to love in the Cult Classic scale that they did.  No, not as great at the first one, but completely worth it still.  I tried to avoid major spoilers in case readers haven’t seen it.  However if, like me, you were hesitant to watch it in case you thought you would be disappointed, don’t be.  Watch it and laugh and enjoy yourself.

It was also perfect timing since St.Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.  Now I am an Italian girl, from an Italian family.  Let me rephrase that.  I am a eastern-european, mediterranean mixed, american girl.  Italian runs strong in the family though and we look more Italian than anything and practice those particular traditions.  That being said, I am very aware and proud of my Irish heritage.  That being said, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday I love.  It comes on a Thursday this year, which it terribly convenient since I have no Friday classes.  Will I be getting smashed? No.  Will I indulge in a Guinness or two while wearing as much green as possible? Yes.  I will since bawdy and hugely inappropriate Irish diddies and belt out Flogging Molly.

I’m also hoping that some Luck of the Irish is with me since I just submitted my application to graduate school a few hours ago.  I’m nervous, but terribly excited and I have my fingers crossed that I get in.  If I do I will be on my way to getting a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science.  I’m so excited about the projected curriculum and I will be pretty devastated if I don’t get in.  I will also reapply for the next viable semester if I don’t.  I feel that eventually they will get the picture and just let me in.

Maybe.

Brief Horror Rant/Update:
I watched The Crazies as well today, a remake of a 1970s flick, but I heard this remake was better than the original.  It was interesting and I didn’t hate it but I also don’t find it so remarkable as to add to my must have horror list.  Another remake that isn’t on my list but I have found myself owning a copy is My Bloody Valentine.  I found it for $3 and decided to go for it and was saddened.  I knew it wouldn’t be great but I hate when  figure out non-mystery based movies before the first third of the movie.  Ugh.  I do love Jensen Ackles though so I’ll let it slide because he’s so pretty and epic in Supernatural.  Then again that show is oddly filled with hot men and monsters so what’s not to love?

Hopefully the upcoming week wont be too busy despite all the paper writing I have to do.   I plan on reviewing I Spit On Your Grave as I have acquired a copy of it.  Well, acquired a copy of the newer one.  The original was made in the 1970s and I want to watch it but people said it was better so I want to watch this one first. Also, I have not gotten my hands on a copy of the original, so there.  I acknowledge there is an original and I will get to it I swear.

Also, apparently (yes apparently to everyone’s knowledge except my own) David Tennant is in the new Fright Night remake which made that movie a “must see” on my list.

Alright Alright I have jabbered enough, off to bed with a book  (Neverwhere) for me.

Blerglrglrgl

That is the sound that my brain is making.  Why you ask?  Because I finished several commissions that I had and have spent the past two days trying to contact the people who ordered them to no avail.  Well…some avail.  Etsy decided to get all complex on me and shuffle things about so that I almost had no idea what to do about one person’s order while trying to reserve list another person’s order.  It was all just a bit more ridiculous than it actually needed to be.

I’m close to pulling my hair out now however.  I have an odd honor system about my orders.  I try not to accept money for anything until I have completed the order, and I try to ship the item out as fast as I can one I receive the payment.  I feel like a customer really deserves nothing less, and I am really uncomfortable with taking money for something that does not yet exist.  I understand that is just a twitch of mine.  It just bothers me and since I can operate around it, I do.

However I now have 4 orders ready to ship and only one person has responded and paid me so I can ship out her order tomorrow. >_<  I’m getting twitchy with all these people’s order scattered about on my desk…judging me.
In awesome news, whilst I was frantically corresponding back and forth with the girl whose order went all wonky, I updated some much needed mess.  I added a widget for my

Etsy Shop on to my Tumblr, which was exciting.  I learned (the hard way) that I cannot post a moving widget on my blog, I changed/added/fixed my frickin Gravatar image thingy that had been plaguing me for ages, and then I made a new banner that is considerably less crap-tastic for my etsy.

Voldenae's Plushies

Judge it if you like, it looks much better than the old banner I made and I’m proud of it.  If you are interested in browsing or purchasing anything from my shop, just click the banner or click the link I added to the section with my other websites.  I take commissions for items that might be sold out of my shop, and I also take suggestions and ideas for new things to try to make.

LittleBigPlanet 2

Getting back into the swing of trying to review some things (that aren’t tv shows >_<), I wanted to mention that I have been playing a lot of LittleBigPlanet 2 recently as it just came out last week.  As much as I loved LBP (and oh how I loved it), LBP 2 is so amazing that I feel no need to ever play LBP again. The first one was revolutionary in its own right and was pure amazing.  In the second one, Media Molecule has seriously outdone themselves.  I had no idea how they could possibly improve an already great game, but they seriously upped the ante on this one in a way that not many developers ever manage of their sequels (unless you’re Naughty Dog making Uncharted that is).  LittleBigPlanet 2 is unfiltered awesome.  UNFILTERED!!!!I haven’t finished the story mode yet, I am seriously trying to not rush through it since I sincerely believe that I would if I didn’t control myself.  I have been playing a lot of the community made levels though, and some of those have been quite amazing.  There are people who do not have lives that just build LBP levels and I bless their creative little hearts for it.

In a quick mention, I am currently reading Married With Zombies.
Ok to be fair I am reading a lot of things right now, all of which involve dead things, and that is including my textbooks for class.  Anyway, I am only a third of the way in and I’m finding it pretty enjoyable.

In general I love zombie books.  Mainly because I love zombies, and I love books.  Naturally the two combined should strike my fancy.  This is not always the case, which is just bully on them.  Jesse Petersen is a fun writer though, and that’s what I love about her.  Authors that take themselves too seriously and ruin any fun in reading a book that doesn’t have to be serious are just lame.  That’s right, lame.

I also feel that if you aren’t a good writer then you should be funny.  It’s true, it makes reading something less than stellar entertaining.  Luckily this is not the case with Petersen.  She’s funny without having to be a bad writer, which I find I appreciate.  The emerging genre of RomZomComs (Romantic Zombie Comedy) or ZomRomCom depending on who you are I suppose, is probably one of my favorite genres to read now.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with its sequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls did it well too,  this genre is just right up my alley.

By the way, all the links for these books go to Goodreads which is an awesome site where you can track what you’ve read and look up reviews by other readers about books you may be interested in.  It’s also spectacular for helping you find new books if you are looking for something new.  I highly recommend it, it’s free and super fast to sign up.

Have a lovely day/night/whatever time you are reading this, I’m going to go make sure I haven’t forgotten to update anything online while I’m on a roll.  Potential future posts about silly zombie apocalypse advice coming soon?  We’ll see what strikes my fancy.

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