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Happy Halloween


May your Gobblin’ wishes all come true!…


Happy Halloween !!


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 Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

Hardcover: 656 pages
Publisher: The Chicken House (September 26, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0439866286

Product Description

The Adderhead–his immortality bound in a book by Meggie’s father, Mo–has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants’ only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay–Mo’s fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story?

Imagine an author inside of his own book, trying to write more into the story when things aren’t as he thought they should be. 

A new story being written within a story?  Can the outcome of something you create for a new part of a story really be what you thought it would be, or would there be factors you hadn’t counted on?  Can you cause a death? Can you cause someone to come back from the dead simply by writing it that way? 

Inkdeath is the conclusion to Inkheart and Inkspell… at over 600 pages long I can’t say I was disappointed.  For most of the book the story just kept unraveling and at times I just felt as if these characters could go on forever telling their story.

If I were to find anything at all wrong with ANY of these three books it might be that although the ending began to build nicely, with excitement, it was still a little of a let down…just a little, but not enough for me to say that you wouldn’t enjoy this trilogy to it’s fullest.

It was filled with fabulous characters, and a land in which any fantasy reader might like to “really” visit… and all you need to do that is the right reader to get you there! 

It certainly had it’s share of villains, and they were as despicable as any villain could be! 

I just found the entire story so well told that I hope when the movie of Inkheart finally gets released in January that they decide to do the other two movies too!

A Sample from Inkdeath (pg. 148)

 “What about your second child?” Resa went on.  “Do you want the baby born in this world?”

Mo looked around him , and once more Meggie felt something she had long known: By now her father loved this world as much as she and Resa had once done.  Perhaps he even loved it more.

“Why not?’ he retorted, “Do you want it born in a world where what it longs for can be found only in books?”

Resa’s voice shook when she replied, but now it was with anger.  “How can you say such a thing?  Everything you find here was born in our world.  Where else did Fenoglio get it all from?”

“How should I know?  Do you really still think there’s only one real world, and the others are just pale offshoots?”

Something to ponder, don’t ya think?!

This trilogy is a keeper fersure! I envy anyone planning on reading this set of books now that they are all out in print and you don’t have to wait in between books!!


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Got Candy?

I hope everyone has purchased the candy you will need for this Friday when the witches and goblins come a knockin’ at your door!

A thought crossed my mind but since the above skull is David’s and not mine.. and because I don’t drive so I can’t get to a pet store I can’t really do it.. I thought this skull would look neat in a small fish tank with lots of mealworms crawling in and out and all around it..heh.. then keep the tank right next to the bowl of candy and see how many kids will actually take a candy bar lol..   well.. ya know.. it was a thought.

Speaking of Halloween…

Recently I found a blog. (like I don’t have a long enough list of blogs to visit!)

This one is more centered around movies,.. including old movies, and ya’ll know I enjoy old movies.  Anyway, the blog is written by a young fellow named Dan and he has a good list of “must see” Halloween movies so I thought I’d pimp his blog and give you his link to check it out.  Here it is:  Daniel’s Critical Corner.

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Just in Time..

Well, I did it!  I replaced all the photo’s that I’ve posted for the last 3 years!  And none too soon… the last 3 weeks worth (prior to aol announcing the collapse of journals) had turned into little red X’s a week sooner than they said they would.

In order to replace those pics I had to have blogspot open, photobucket open, my copy of my journal in word open, notepad open and paintshop pro open!  It was not fun!

Now I ask that if anyone should, at any time, go into my archives and fine little red X’s instead of a photo to let me know.  There shouldn’t be any, but at times I was so tired while replacing them that I may have made a mistake here and there.

As much work as that was (and it WAS!) other people still had it worse.  Some folks, once they uploaded photo’s to the web, would delete them from their hard drive (I did not.  I have 59 folders worth of pictures from my journal alone!).   If they wanted to save their photo’s they had to download them all back to their hard drive (one at a time) before they could then upload them to another site to replace them in blogspot! 

Besides whatever pictures I uploaded thru blogger I also uploaded some 2,112 to photobucket!

I think a bunch of us need to send AOL a nice thank you note ..heh.

Anyway.. it’s done, and I don’t ever want to repeat that again!

I hope all the aol journals managed to make some sort of transition, even if they don’t/ didn’t replace photo’s..

It’s a shame aol is slowly taking away all the perks to being on aol.. I have a feeling soon there won’t be aol at all.  I know many don’t like aol but it’s still a shame because for people like me (old and not too bright) it is a program that allows the untrained to be able to get around on a computer.

On a completely different note…

I am only half way thru Inkdeath but slowly getting back to reading it.. I can already tell anyone who read her first two books, that she has another winner in this one!

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I just want to thank everyone for your good wishes on my brothers passing.
David and I are doing fairly well.  I think we are even a bit better than I expected. 
We buried my brother yesterday, on a gorgeous fall day, with the trees in the cemetary at their prettiest.  He was surrounded in “the Glen” with pretty reds and yellow trees. He would have liked that.
I was presented an American flag folded in the Armed Services fashion because my brother was a Vet.  I didn’t expect that.
I’m not really facing the far ahead future yet, but just taking a day at a time for now.  I even got back to my book last night, though I admit I didn’t read for very long.  Maybe a little more today.
I know I will have ups and downs for a while now, but I think without realizing it, the 3 months in the hospital gave us fair warning.  So.. I’m dong ok.
Since I don’t work, and David went back to work and I am here alone, I will be at my computer to help keep my mind busy.  I am still trying to save my blog photo’s and I think I will be able to do that before time runs out with aol.  It may seem strange to be doing this at this point and time, but it helps !
Thanks again.. I will begin to get back to reading and commenting in other blogs, slow but sure.

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A Fall Type Day..

My reading is going slowly, which I don’t really mind since it’s a book I wouldn’t mind how long it was! (Inkdeath)

I’ve been working my butt off uploading and replacing all the photo’s for my blog from when I began in Oct. 2005 until about a month ago when aol informed us that aol was deleting all aol journals and web space where photo’s were uploaded to.

Actually, I am doing rather well at this.. I began at the beginning (duh) and have worked my way up to the beginning of Feb 2008! I have uploaded about 1,700 pics and replaced them.  The worst part is going in the html of each post to replace the new address for each photo.. time consuming and makes for a sore neck and shoulders each day .. I wake early, sometimes 5 am and work on it until 9 or 10 am when I finally poop out and just can’t stand to do one more post !  I’ve deleted a few posts but not many.  Mostly when I get extremely tired and come up against a post with more than 10 pictures in one post!

To say that I will be more than happy when this is over is a gross understatement!!!

I will admit it’s even more tiresome because of this head cold that I can’t seem to get rid of.. *sigh*

Today, now that my “work hours” are over (don’t want to see another old post today) I am watching  blogs of people doing the “24 hour read-a-thon”

Other than reading their on going blogs about their reading my only contribution to their great strides to read more than normal in a 24 hr period would be for me to post a photo of my latest book porn…..  taaa daaaa….

To be honest there’s not a book here I could finish in 24 hours at the rate I read! lol

I think it’s time I take a break from the computer and do a little of my own reading in Inkdeath.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Sometimes things you hear on Oprah can really give you those “light bulb moments”, as Oprah likes to say.

The other day they were discussing “rudeness”.

The topic of Cell Phones came up, about how people misuse and abuse them… I smiled…. a lot. I hate cell phones except for emergencies.

Then a woman in the audience stood up and talked about a “rude use of the cell phone” that happened to her.

It seems she had a doctor’s appointment.  She kept her appointment and when she got into the room was told to undress from the waist down and lay down and put her feet in the stirrups.  I know women reading this have all done it .. and you men know what woman go thru during exams.

She got in the stirrups and the doctors cell phone rang…

He answered it!  (It was his private number and so was not an emergency.)

Then he proceeded to talk on the phone for several minutes, leaving the lady laying there with her feet in the stirrups.

The audience was appalled.  I was appalled.  You should be appalled.

I don’t understand why people don’t realize how they abuse the privilege of owning a cell phone.  

Why do you answer the cell phone while in a bathroom??

Why do you answer the cell phone while driving?

Why do you answer the cell phone in the middle of conversing with someone face to face??

Is it true that no one has learned that you can TURN OFF THE PHONE when you are busy doing other things, like driving , or taking care of other business.  If there’s an emergency.. trust me.. THEY WILL CALL BACK!  (and odds are there’s not a damn thing you can do about the emergency anyway)… and.. they have the capability of leaving an message if it’s important don’t they?!!  (hello?)

ok.. that’s it .. I know I didn’t need to get on the soap box and I wouldn’t have if I didn’t hear that story on Oprah. 

.. Think about it.. you could use some quiet time!

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