Monday, June 7, 2010

Bree Tanner; I don't care if you don't care, GO READ IT!!!

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner came out on Saturday. I was actually kind of surprised that other than the girls at Eyes of Amber are talking about it.

No, it's not Midnight Sun. Yes, that sucks. But, again, she didn't write this after she stopped writing that. This was written before Breaking Dawn, while she was editing Eclipse.

Also, I think you're going to be very surprised by the content included from this book in the movie if you don't read the book first.

Lastly, it's available for free in it's entirety online for a month. Go to and click on the arrow to the right of the book (a bit down the page on the right) to open the cover, then use the arrows to turn pages back or forth.

It boils down to this for me: Yes, it would suck to never get Midnight Sun, but, this has nothing to do with that really. It's another Twilight book by Stephenie. It showcases just how much larger than Bella and Edward the Twilight world is. It's dark and tragic, in more ways than you're going to guess. Which makes it something completely new from Stephenie. AND, for me at least, by the end, I definitely have hope that there may be more Twilight books someday. Which brings me back to GO READ IT!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Host Review / Go Read It!

*Sorta SPOILERS Alert*
(not too many, just a bit)

So, I'm as much of a twinut as the next person, I love it, I think about it all the time, I read it over and over again. While I previously would say I liked Stephenie Meyer as a person, I guess I wouldn't praise her too much as an author (c'mon peeps, Twilight was bad - Edward's gorgeous face - ) I did appreciate that the books got better as we went, but, was never even a tad interested in her other book The Host. Which is a tad odd as I usually love sci-fi/different kinda books.

Even when they mentioned a movie deal, I got about as far as thinking 'that's nice' and moved on. It wasn't until dastardly Costco had it on their tables for sale that I caved and let my curiosity get the best of me. What else was I supposed to do? It's just the perfect size to go on the shelf next to my others ...

Anywho, I read it in three days, and I LOVED it!!! What can I say, woman knows how to write characters, touch emotion, and make me bawl like a baby!

I then thought, everyone needs to read this, it's good! But, how to get the twihoors to cross over when there is such current animosity towards all things SM (*cough*breetanner*cough*mightnightsun*cough*)

So let me break it down for you twilight style (note, it's totally different than this, but, in twilight terms, it'll let you get a feel for it) I'll write you a book  jacket as if it was happening in twilight world ...

"Earth has been invaded by an alien species. A human named Rosalie has been captured, there are questions to be answered. Bella is inserted into Rosalie to retrieve those answers and report them to the others. Rosalie does not take this lying down, even though she's a prisoner in her own body that is now Bella's. Along the way, Bella becomes aware of Rosalie's partner Emmett. Through Rose's memories, Bella falls in love with Emmett, and eventually, allows Rose to talk her into going in search of him. Eventually they find him, and meet Edward."

Which then gives you one of the most interesting love triangles you'll get. Emmett loves Rosalie and Edward loves Bella. Rosalie and her body love Emmett, Bella comes to love Edward, but, because of Rose, loves Emmett too.

There's a crapton else going on as well, it's truly a good read, and despite the terms I used to make it relate-able, I assure you, there is no character recycling here. Stephenie Meyer has succeeded in creating a whole new world filled with all new people, and truly, if she hooked into your emotions the first time, she'll do it again!

welcome to the rotation 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Most Awesome Coffee Cup Ever!

Recently while at Toys R Us (while I was on a trip to spend my little spending money on yet more Twilight crap) I stumbled upon the most awesomenest coffee mug ever! (which of course I bought!)

For $9.99 you get a cool Team Edward cup, which I was excited about, that's actually a thermal mug, (which upon reading decided my purchase of it right then and there, over a shirtless Jacob action figure), when hot, the Team Edward mug displays the Cullen Crest and says ... what would I do without you?

Now, every morning, I get giddy like a schoolgirl when it's coffee time. I will fully admit that it makes me ridiculously happy each and every day, that I can have Edward asking himself what ever would he do without me!

Mostly now I'm just trying to keep it out of sight of Mr. T ... I don't think he'd be much amused.

Which will make weekends interesting ... what to do? Risk Mr. T catching wind of my latest shenanigans? Or go a day without Edward marveling over my presence?

oh yeah, and for all you wolf lovers, there is this:
which goes from pic of Jacob and text that reads Team Jacob on black background, to the wolfpack tattoo and the text, 'it's a wolf thing' ... which I guess would do it for some people ...

If you're thinking of buying this in a store (vs. online), I would recommend opening the box and looking at the mug you're thinking of getting. I opened it up to see what the whole mug looks like, and noticed a bit of goober stuck to the bottom edge. It looks like the final coat built up a bit at the bottom, it looks like it would come off okay, but, I'd be a little concerned it'd peel a bit up from the bottom while trying to remove it.

I ended up looking through about twelve of them before I found one that didn't have it and the very nice employees watched on as the crazy lady opened and repackaged just about every mug on the display. What can I say, I've learned the hard way about NECA and their ideas of quality control ...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What?! A New Twilight Book!!! Why Thank You SM, You Just Made My Week/Month/Until Eclipse Time!

I woke up this morning, kicked ass and took names, then sat down to the computer to log onto Facebook. Where I find none other than a link to a USA Today article that made my day.

The long and the short of it is that THERE'S GOING TO BE A NEW TWILIGHT BOOK!!!!! Oh, what? And a portion of sales go to the red cross? Bonus! SM FTW! It seems like she was inspired by the global, and twilight fandom in specifics, effort to aide Haiti and Chile as they go through these tough times of rebuilding.

The book is actually more of a Novella. A bit over 200 pages when typeset. A project SM originally was just toying with back when writing Eclipse, and was thinking of putting in the Twilight guide until she found out it was a bit too long to just be slipped in like that. It's called "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner".

It covers the last week of Bree's life. Having been turned about three months prior, it sounds like the story will cover a bit of life in Victoria's army, the end of the armies time in Seattle, the march to Forks, and the battle from the newborn army's point of view.

I have to say I'm super excited for this book for so many reasons, of which I will list below:

  • I need more twilight books. I've read the four I  have and want more.
  • This is a chance to be a darker book. I've never read the host, but, I've read Twilight, and the lady likes to wrap everything up in big pink sparkly bows. This story has no chance of being happy. It can only be a violent, chaotic, tragic little story, and this excites me (don't get me wrong, I love the goo, but, it'll be a nice change of pace that gives more depth to the Twilight world).
    • It gives me hope that there will be more Twilight books. I super super extra sparkle hope that there will be more. I want midnight sun. I want more. I love Twilight so hard and am not okay with just four books in that world.
      • It'll buzz up Eclipse. I don't know about you, but, in trying to stay away from tons of spoilers and such, I'm just not getting the buzz like I did before New Moon. The way it's being marketed and such, there's just nothing official out there yet. No merch, no TV spots, no hype. If I didn't know it was coming out on 6/30, I wouldn't have a clue there's another one on the horizon. Not only that, it makes it sound like everyone in on the movie got a copy of the manuscript and that Bree will be a bit bigger part of the movie than she was in the book, this intrigues me.
        • Hopefully sales will be huge and it will further encourage Summit that the Twilight craze has NOT died down, that they should go through with BD, and that it has enough support to be two movies.
          Anywho, it looks like the book drops June 5 and can be purchased in hardcover for around $13.99.

          ON TOP OF THAT to give a huge high five to her fan base, and really, to give me an answer to any jerkwad that thinks she's just milking this for a cash cow, you'll be able to read the whole thing FOR FREE between June 7 and July 5 at it's website. There'll even be a donation link to the Red Cross if you want to read for free and still support the aide effort.

          Read more in this article, in Stephenie Meyer's entry on her official site, or in the official press release by little brown.

          SO TOTES EXCITED!!!!!

          I just hope they'll go all the way through publishing it in paperback so I can get a copy that matches the rest of my set :)

          Someday I'll get a grown up hardback set, but, that's maybe for when I'm not reading and re-reading quite so constantly, and when I don't have little kids that ruin everything anymore ...

          Sunday, February 28, 2010

          Loves Me Some Sokka!!! (my fave sokka episode Included :)

          Years ago, before I even ever knew Twilight existed, there was a little show that premiered on Nickelodeon. Called Avatar: The Last Airbender. I watched it from the premier episode all the way through the end. I've seen every episode. I love that show SO HARD!

          So, natch, when I heard there was going to be an AVATAR movie coming out I was really excited, and then disappointed, it wasn't Avatar at all, it was a bunch of weird blue people playing Pocahontas ... not what I had in mind at all.

          Then I did hear they were also doing a movie called The Last Airbender, and I was excited all over again!!!

          From what I can tell, the movie covers the first third of the Saga, what the viewers found in Book One: Water. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, you're missing out. It's a FABULOUS show!

          I was THRILLED to hear that Jackson Rathbone was playing Sokka



          JBone's infectious smile and sunny personality seem like a GREAT fit for the comic relief that Sokka's character provides to the story. I'm really excited to see how it plays out!

          I am a bit hesitant about M Night Shyamalan being in charge of the whole thing though,while I do love his movies, the show was very funny and clever, and I don't know if he can keep the same tone it deserves.

          Another note of bummer for me, is that in the series, Prince Zuko, son of the firelord and primary adversary to Aang the Avatar

          was voiced by Dante Basco, who if you don't know off the top of your head, was Rufio from Hook

          who is now admittedly now a tad bit older than when i first fell in love with him, and maybe a little bit older than Prince Zuko should be, but, in my opinion, he's still zuko and should have been cast for him in the movie regardless!!!

          cause this guy they cast just isn't doing it for me ...

          and, they've got the hair wrong, but, whatevs ...

          All in all, again, great show, SO EXCITED for the movie, and really can't wait to see what Jacksper brings too the role. Also looking forward to see him with lines and no horrific wig!

          For those of you who've never seen it, watch one of my favorite Sokka episodes after the jump.

          avatar book 3 fire episode 4 "Sokka's Master"

          It shouldn't spoil anything for you if you want to see the movie as it takes place in the third book (which'll be the third movie if it ever gets that far) and as it's mostly a side story will likely not even make it in if we get to Book Three: Fire. Enjoy!!

          Saturday, February 27, 2010

          New Moon in the Cheap Seats!

          Locally we have a theater that used to be the big main Cinemark theater with 12 screens. Years ago, Cinemark built a better theater in the same mall that featured 17 screens and stadium seating with more comfortable chairs, arm rests that group and down, seats that rock a bit, and a bunch more cool modern features.

          Instead of demo-ing the old theater, Cinemark took the 12 screen set up and started taking older movies that are out on, or nearly out on DVD, and letting folk see them on a big screen for $1.75 during the week, and $2.00 for fri and sat night showings.

          Good news, New Moon has just hit the buck-fitties!!! (when it first opened, all shows were $1.50 and the name just hasn't caught up to the price change)

          Needles to say, I've seen it several times and have plans to see it several more.

          On my most recent viewing, Thursday night, I finally decided to take some notes so I could write a bit about my thoughts about the movie. I packed in a note pad and pen, got it out during the previews and got ready to jot a few thoughts.

          I ended up with thirteen pages of notes ...

          Let's just say what started as a 'jot a few notes to remind me later' turned into channeling my HS note taking mania at the height of finals preparation. Which gave me what ended up looking more like a director's critique of a rough cut than a few notes on a movie I want to blog about ...

          Anywho, it gives me LOTS of material to work with, and, over the next few mondays (maybe thursdays too) I'll be going over a page or two, and pretending like you all care ;)

          Friday, February 26, 2010

          RMEMBER ME TICKETS ON SALE NOW (here at least)

          Hey, y'all, fandango just sent me the fan alert. Looks like (here at least) Fandango has started selling tickets for the opening weekend of Remember Me!!! (BIG YAY!)

          I doubt it will be the huge circus that a Twilight Saga opening weekend is, but, it is a movie with the precious, and I wouldn't underestimate the power of that! On one hand, I don't want to tell anyone about it until I have money to buy the tickets tomorrow, on the other hand, I know that the maybe two people that still read here live no where near me and the ticket that will put my butt in a seat is likely safe.

          So, because I like you, I'll tell you after all, head on over to fandango and get some!