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Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (October 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 015206396X

Amazon.com Review
If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Oh boy.. ok.. well.. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the fall when the next book by Krisin Cashore comes out!

The first few chapters in this book left me wondering if I would really get into it.  The book jumped right into action with our protagonist being labeled a killer and not knowing much more about her, I was .. well.. uncertain.

Then.. slowly and unknowingly, I was being drawn into this book.. and by page 80 when Po became an interest to me, I knew it would be a book I would enjoy!

(excerpt: page 80……….)

“Why do you trust me,” she said, “when I left you lying on the floor of Murgon’s courtyard?”

He rolled over and sat up, groaning.  He massaged his shoulder.  “Because I woke up.  You could’ve killed me, but you didn’t.”  He touched his cheekbone and winced.  “Your face is bleeding.”  He stretches out his hand to her jaw, but she waved it aside and stood.

“I doesn’t matter,” she said.  “Come with me, Prince Greening.”

He heaved himself to his feet. “It’s Po.”

“Po?”

“My name. It’s Po.”

Katsa watched him for a moment as he swung his arms and tested out his shoulder joints.  He pressed his side and groaned.  His eye was swelling, and blackening, she thought, though it was hard to tell in the darkness.  His sleeve was torn, and he was covered with dirt, absolutely smeared from hear to foot.  She knew she looked the same.. worse, really, with her messy hair and bare feet… but it only made her smile.

“Come with me, Po. she said, ” I’ll take you to your grandfather.”

That was the defining moment when I knew I wanted to know more of Katsa ..and of Po! 

I don’t want to give a lot away, but I will say this book about as much adventure as you can possibly want… and..  a love story!   ..but don’t worry, it’s nothing like a “romance novel” !!

I really am anxious to read the next book, and although Graceling wraps things up very neatly, I was hoping that the next book, entitled Fire would bring Katsa and Po back again.  But upon finding Kristin Cashore’s blog I discovered that Fire is a Prequel and indicates that only one character from Graceling is mentioned in the book… however, Fire is still sounding really good!!!  And I will continue hoping that she will find a way to continue the story of Katsa and Po!

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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles  hb by Patricia C Wrede

This book came in the mail the other day.  I had ordered it “used” off of Amazon I only paid 2.74 plus shipping for this book!!!

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles is 4 books on one by patricia C Wrede: Dealing With Dragons, Searching For Dragons, Calling On Dragons, and Talking To Dragons

(hard to figure why I would want this huh? heh!)

Hardcover 617 pages
Publisher: Guild America (1993)
ISBN 1.56865.173.2

Product Description
Collected together for the first time are Patricia C. Wrede’s hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper. Every one of Cimorene’s adventures is included in its paperback edition–Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons

I wanted to post about this book for two reasons …. and no I haven’t read it yet!  but I do like this author and the artwork on the cover is so nice I wanted to share both the cover and the artist with you…..

Cover Art by: Gary Lippincott

This deserves a closer look…

(front cover)

  (back cover)

This artist, Gary Lippincott  is one of the artists in A Knock at the Door!

I emailed Mr Lippincott and he very graciously gave me permission to put copies of his work on my blog!!!    (you will never know how much I would love to own his “Storytime wizard and dragon” !)

As you know I love love love.. dragons..and fantasy, so I can totally appreciate this artist and I hope you can too.. here are some other examples of his very fine work!

(Gandalf!!!)

(my personal fav!)

(love the fairy tree!)

I do like this artist! And really wish I knew what books or such that all of these are on!!   

He does Wizards and Dragons and Fairies and Trees!  What’s not to like???  I sure wouldn’t mind owning a print of my favorite one above!!!  Anyone want to wish me a Happy Birthday early??  (…..it was worth a try!)

  I hope you visit his website  here. 

He’s certainly worth your time to take a look….but be careful.. you might like something!

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8 Things Meme

8 Things That I’m Looking Forward too: (this one is difficult for me)

1. no longer living in a dangerous area.

2. reading new books (duh!)

3. having a face life. (ok ok.. so i can’t afford that.. but I WOULD look forward to it if I could!)

4. loosing weight (picky picky…once again.. IF i can loose weight I do look forward to fitting in some other clothes!) I told you this “looking forward to is difficult for me!

5.  I know I can’t get to 8.. sheesh..

 

8 Things that I did Yesterday:

1. packed a few more boxes

2. loved on booboo kitty

3. did some reading

4. took some photos

5.  fed the cats

6.  watched as the neighbors mowed their lawn! (i do like watching others work)

7.  called Chris and talked to him

8.  wrote up my sunday post.

 

8 Things That I wish I could Do:

1. I wish I could be free of pain (physical and mental)

2.  I wish I could go to England!

3.  I wish I could see the Grand Canyon

4.  I wish I could go to lots more conventions/ shows

5.  I wish I could see the redwood forest

6.  I wish I could live in a log cabin on a mountain

7.  I wish I could have just enough money not to worry anymore

8.  I wish I could be younger again (about 45! lol)

 

8 Television Programs That I Watch:

1.  NCIS

2.  Bones

3.  Ugly Betty

4. Greys Anatomy

5. CSI Miami

6. CSI NY

7. Dancing With the Stars

8. the TCM channel (old movies)

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to participate in the meme please leave a link to your post.

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Sunday I was sitting here at my computer and I had TCM on the television but wasn’t paying much attention when suddenly I heard a familiar voice…. (well a number of them were familiar, but this one made me look up)..

The movie was Walk Don’t Run..

Here is the cast.. I think you will see what voice I heard.. (he was the police captain)

Cast & Crew

Cary Grant   as William Rutland   

Samantha Eggar   as Christine Easton

Jim Hutton    as Steve Davis

John Standing    as Julius D. Haversack

Miiko Taka     as Aiko Kurawa

Ted Hartley    as Yuri Andreyovitch

Ben Astar      as Dimitri

George Takei     as Police captain

(No one mistakes that voice!…  no one!)

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Here & There…

Ok.. so..

The picture below is Chris.  Everyone knows Chris, he has the blog Stuff as Dreams are Made On.  He’s a cutie isn’t he?!  He’s also my “adopted son”.  You’d think he’d give good advice to his second Mom wouldn’t you?

Let me tell you what he thought would be a good idea. 

We were talking on the phone the other day.  Among many things discussed we talked about my moving to Florida and the extreme possibility that maybe I could find a small part time job.  You know just one day a week.. or two..but nothing more.  And do you want to know what my cutie pie son suggested?.. (well, I’ll tell you even if you don’t want to know!)

Cutie Pie suggested I get a job in a book store!

Hello?!

Me?

In a book store?

I thought the idea of working was to bring money home, not owe more than you make!

Can you imagine him even suggesting such a thing?  I mean.. really!  This from a son that has a tbr pile of books bigger than the pile he’s read for the last 3 years! (ok, maybe that’s exaggerated.. but to be honest, I’m not sure!)

I did kinda get loud on the phone when he mentioned the book store idea.  Heh.. I mean come on baby boy, you know me well enough by now to know I’d owe the dang store more than I’d earn!!!… and so would you!  Afterall… you are my son!   :o)

Just thought I would share that intimate moment between “mother and adopted son”.   You have to admit.. it was a precious moment. … and one we both laughed about the minute he said it! lol.

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While we were on the phone I noticed the mailman’s truck outside my house.  I knew the mail had come already and said something to Chris..  as always when great minds are thinking alike we both said, “maybe he brought a book!”   Cha!  I do love my son LOL..

And sure enough, later when I went down there I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me… There, in the mail, was an ARC copy of The Language of Bees by Laurie R King !  A new Mary Russell book!!!   

And..

And…

It’s signed by Laurie R King!!!!

Oh man!  Is this great or what?!!  The ONLY downside is that I am far enough into the book I am reading that I don’t want to set it aside, so this ARC will wait until I am finished reading  “Graceling”.   Now the challenge is to not rush Graceling but to still enjoy it. 

Wow.. that will be as hard as walking out of a bookstore without any books!!!  But.. I guess somehow I will manage.

And as if that isn’t enough great news there’s more!…

I emailed Vickie who was the lady responsible for  my getting an ARC from Laurie R King.. she had this bit of news: 

She’s planning two more books using the Touchstone characters, but she hasn’t decided on what the next book is after Russell 10 (Working Title: The Green Man), which is the next one.

So there will be yet ANOTHER Mary Russell book AND two more books using the characters from Touchstone, which I really liked them too !!!

It’s really something when you find an author that is prolific with their writing and you like soooo many of their books!  I’ve read all the Mary Russell books and although I can say I have “favorites” of them, they were all great reads!

Gosh!  I’m excited!  First time I’ve felt like this in some time.  It feels good..

Thank you so much Vickie and  Laurie R King!

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More Movie Trivia

Ready for some more Trivia?

The last time seemed to work ok.. so here are some more questions and answers.  Maybe the last one was too short.. we’ll do more questions this time.

 

1-  Who played Young Frankenstein?

2-  Who played General Sherman in “How the West Was Won?”

3-  What was the significance of the historical events portrayed in “Midway?”

4-  From what was the mask of the Lone Ranger made?

5-  Who played the hunchback Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

6-  Who was the Oomph Girl?

7-  What was Marlon Brando’s first big film hit?

8-  Billy Pilgrim is the main character in what film?

9-  Who co-starred in Klute?

10- Who Played Mickey Spilante in Ring of Fear?

11- In what famous gangster film did Marlon Brando star?

12- What singer-actress starred in Cabaret (1972)

13- Name the female co-star in the movie “Singin’ In the Rain”

14- What famous singer starred in “Alices’s Restaurant?”

15- Who received an Oscar for best supporting actor in “An Officer and a Gentleman?”

16- What was the yearling in “the Yearling?”

 

If these bold hints don’t help….You can find the answers  HERE.

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..The Grass has Ris…..

..i wonder where the flowers is…

A post of the last spring at this house..

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Wednesday…

So… I heard this “explosion” that sounded like some sort of firework going off.  I looked out just when a louder, BIGGER explosion went off.  I saw, what looked like, a yellow ball of flame, it sounded like a super BIG firework going off on the ground instead of high in the air…..  in the moment it took me to look outside police were all over the place along with the SWAT team!.. all running around and in our local drug dealers home!

so naturally, since it was daylight yet I grabbed my camera…

 

… I didn’t see it, but my neighbor said they had two in handcuffs (might have been these two).

… geez… SWAT team !!  oh yeah.. right.. I feel safe…!  Where’s MY bullet proof vest?!!

… if you saw our local “dealer” (tall and skinny, he looks like a good gust of wind would take him away).. this could almost be funny. 

They actually (finally!) brought a drug sniffing dog with them!  Maybe this time he won’t be home the next day… maybe.. but somehow I doubt it.

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