Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year 2014!

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Happy New Year Everyone!  

All the best in 2014!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE!

Catching Fire – The Movie

I have to say right up front that this movie was amazing!  I loved the story, the costumes, the special effects, the cinematography…everything!

The movie starts with Catniss and Peeta going home after winning the Hunger Games.   They don’t get much time to enjoy their win however as they are quickly on the road to do a ‘victory tour’ of the other districts and we see the beginnings of a rebellion coming on, much to the dismay of President Snow.  The whole point of ‘The Hunger Games’ is to quell any type of rebellion among the masses that serve the Capitol and since Catniss has found a way to supercede that purpose, President Snow wants her gone.  They come up with a brand new game in this movie in which all the previous victors (including Catniss) have to go back into the arena and fight each other to the death, thus quelling any chance of rebellion.  Catniss would no longer be the Mockingjay and the source of the peoples hope.

The new Hunger Games is totally different from the first right down to the design of the arena.  The participants have to fight poisonous  rain, crazed man eating monkey type creatures,  raining blood, electrified fences, and even mocking jays that cry out like their loved ones in a psychologically terrifying never ending call for help that they can never answer.   The game this time is truly twisted and sadistic.

I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone so suffice it to say this movie was fantastic.  There were some issues I had with the movie, but they mostly have to do with the pieces missing from the book.  The book was an amazing story and unfortunately you cannot pack all of that into a two hour movie.  Pretending that I haven’t read the book, the movie on its own was a great sequel to The Hunger Games.   I am truly looking forward to the next movie.

I have to add that the costumes and scenes from the movie were so out of this world and they really captured the spirit of the book.  My favorite has to be the wedding dress that Catniss wears on stage and is transformed by Cinna.  It is truly amazing.  The special effects are phenomenal.

I shouldn’t leave without saying something about the cast.  I am a big fan of Woody Harrelson and he does an amazing job as Haymitch.  I love Jennifer Lawrence as Catniss.  She is everything I imagine Catniss to be.  All of the cast is great right down to Donald Sutherland as President Snow.  I enjoyed all of the actors, they did an amazing job.

Well I don’t want to give anything else away so let me know what your thoughts were on the movie.  Did you like it?  Hate it?  Have you read the book? Please leave a comment.

WWW Wednesdays (Dec 18)

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Recently Finished: Unravel Me (shatter me #2) by Tahereh Mafi.  I loved this book!  I will post a review shortly.

A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood, #1)Currently Reading:  A Demon Made Me Do it. (Demonblood #1).  I just started this so no comments yet.  It has lots of promise though. 

Next for me? I just downloaded both of these on my Kindle.  Not sure which I will read first.  And of course you never know what else might show up before I get to either of them!  

Stir Me Up Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

Divergent ( Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth) 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

What Ebenezer Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing

Great Post by Author Kristen Lamb. Really get the in and out of good story telling using a popular Christmas tale.

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One of my all-time favorite movies for the holidays is The Muppets Christmas Carol. I believe I’ve seen this movie a few hundred times. I’ve worn out three VHS tapes and at least three DVDs. I play the movie over and over, mainly because, well, duh,  MUPPETS! I drive my husband nuts playing this movie over and over…and over. I’m worse than a three-year-old.

But, Muppets aside, also I can’t get enough of the music. Also, I love the story of A Christmas Carol no matter how many times I see it, no matter how many renditions, and I am certainly not alone. Charles Dickens’ story of a redeemed miser is a staple for holiday celebrations around the world and across the generations.

This story is virtually synonymous with “Christmas,” but why is it such a powerful story? Why has it spoken so deeply to so many? Why is…

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Teaser Tuesday (Dec 17)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Whoever says Hell is the worst place imaginable obviously never spent a day at Dove Creek High School.  There needs to be an inscription on its front gates reading, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

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A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood, #1) A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood #1) by Penelope King.

I haven’t actually started this yet, but it looks so cool. 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Happy Friday 13th

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Happy Friday 13th everyone.  I couldn’t resist when I saw this picture.  I have no idea why Friday 13th is considered such a bad day.  I’m not superstitious and I LOVE Black cats.  Have a terrific day!