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Archive for June 9th, 2007

Rolling Along

I finished The Dragon Chronicles in just a few sittings.  It could have been ONE sitting but the book was awkward and hard to hold so I rested .  It was only 128 pages, and of that at least half were drawings and artwork. 

It was clever though… the premise was that you were reading from the Journal of the Wizard Septimus Agorius as he and a group of others set out to do the Kings bidding of killing some Dragons in the Kingdoms.

I chose here a shorter post by Septimus as an example:

Day Nineteen:

This afternoon I felt that the time was right to speak to Bandred about what happened in the canyon and the conversation turned in due course to the responsibilities he would ultimately have to face as the future King.  I praised hm for the bravery he had displayed on the high pass just a couple of days ago and conceded that we probably would have missed our best chance had he not revealed himself to the beast at that point, but I had also to admonish him for his recklessness.  I explained that a Sovereign must never endanger himself so and he accepted my warning with good grace.

Truthfully, I may not have chosen to buy this book  had I seen it in person and not at Amazon.  Not that it wasn’t good (but short).. just awkward.  I did like it written as journal entries… that was different, and a nice break from the norm.

Next:  I have 2 Leven Thumps books.. the third due out in September.  I began reading the first this morning.  I’ve only read 64 pages and I already am enjoying it. (I was writing this Friday for a post today… now I’m 168 pages into it and it’s very good.)  He has a really good  artist, Ben Sowards, he did the cover art… and I love his pencil sketches inside the book.  I’ll post some under the book..

Leven Thumps

Hardcover: 348 pages
ISBN-10: 1590383699

Oklahoma orphan teen Leven Thumps has a hidden and powerfultalent: he can glimpse, and then manipulate, the future. He is also the only person on the planet who can protect the gateway to Foo, a mythical realm whose existence ensures that human beings in this reality retain the ability to dream, hope and imagine.

   (Leven)

 (Winter)

  (Clover)

This is already an enjoyable read.. thankfully book 3 comes out in September, so I don’t have all that long to wait for the ending!

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Yesterday, in the mail, came the last of the books I’ve ordered: by Mel Odom.

The Rover

These will be the last I buy for June and July.  As I have to save my SS for a trip in July.  My son wants me down in Ft Lauderdale Florida to see their new home.  I jumped at the chance (since David is on a 2 week vacation, I can leave my brother for one of those weeks).  I haven’t see them since their wedding 2 yrs ago.. and haven’t seen my grandson in that length of time either.

Oh btw.. my 12 yr old grandson, Brent… he loves to read!  Oh yeah!  He’s been reading Harry Potter but I fully intend on getting him hooked on some of the recent young adult books I’ve been reading!! Oh yeah! oh yeah!

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Weekend Assignment #169:

John had an interesting weekend assignment so I thought I’d toss it out there.. be sure to leave a link at By The Way if you care to join in!

Do something creative with a photo to make it look different and unusual.
For those of you with Photoshop or some other photo editor, you can use filters and other techniques to do this. If you don’t have a photo editing program, you might look at some of these online photo editors out there, some of which allow you fiddle quite a bit with your photos. If you’d like you can also post the original, unaltered photo so people can compare and contrast.

Ok, so I took two photo’s and used two two different plug-in filters on each so you’d get a variety of 4 filters….
 
The first is BooBoo Kitty…

 (His Majesty: King BooBoo)

Then I used a photo I took recently of the Clamatis plant….

Extra Credit: How old were you when you got your first camera?

Duh.. you jest right?  Just remember as we age memory fades…

I do remember an old Brownie camera that you held about mid chest and looked down into the “viewer” to snap the picture.. but how old was I?… God only knows!

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