Tuesday, September 27, 2011
After a few years in prison, Shadow is released to find that his wife tragically died along with his best friend. Few remnants of his past life remain and he quickly meets Mr. Wednesday, a mysterious character that requests his services. Their journey continues across America to meet many of his new boss's unusual colleagues and acquaintances. Through a series of twists and turns, the novel unfolds into a great tale of intrigue and mystery culminating into a battle between the old and new Gods of this world. The novel is the winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2002. I enjoyed the book, but unfortunately had very high expectations prior to reading that were not entirely met. Neil Gaiman is a talented writer with a prolific career. I would recommend the book and look forward to the HBO series adaptation that is planned to come in 2013.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Lost in the Trees is an eclectic ensemble that can even impress theEclecticHobbyist with its breadth of originality. Any group that includes a guitar, tuba, accordion, violin, and cello is already on the A-list. The group founded the genre orchestral pop and infuse many classical elements with a more traditional singer-songwriter. Ari Picker the songwriter and composer was formally trained at Berklee and shows his musical abilities in every song. Lost in the Trees released their debut album (All alone in an Empty House) for the Anti-Records label on August 10, 2010. Check out their title song below.
Monday, September 5, 2011
This epic science fiction novel is a fantastic adventure full of endless action and mystery. As three unsuspecting teenagers get pulled into space while driving an old car, they soon learn that more exists in space than just life on earth. As they journey further into the great beyond, they discover that life on earth is threatened by an invasive race that has been causing destruction throughout the galaxy. It is up to Dan and his friends, as well as a ragtag group of followers to save earth and ultimately the galaxy. Although the characters lack some development, it is a fast paced book that is hard to put down. I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys a great story. Also, the book is currently free on Amazon!!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
This GPS device is great for calculating mileage and speed for runners/bikers. It is not too bulky to be worn easily on the wrist and is generally as comfortable to wear as a wristwatch. It’s a great running partner particularly on days when I run alone. The only con, is that at times it can take awhile to obtain a signal, but once connected it never loses signal. Although it is one of the cheaper GPS enabled wrist watches on the market, I have been very happy with the purchase.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
My favorite album is by far their compilation album, Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band (see album cover below)
The album and group overall: 5/5 Stars
Sunday, July 17, 2011
As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.
Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she’s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she’s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston.
Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it’s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Hunger Games Trilogy
These books are a great summer read that are full of action with a great overall story. Set in a grim dystopian world, the books are very exciting and entertaining reads. They are likely to become extremely popular once the first movie comes out starting in 2012.
Monday, June 13, 2011