Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Ender's Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Published: Tor Science Fiction

I was told last year that I probably wouldn't like this book because of the military tactics in the store and how most of the book was just strategy. I believed them for a time but this year when I saw that the book was being made into a movie and I had watched all the trailers for it and thought it sounded good so I picked it up and read it anyways. After the first two chapters I was quickly hooked and I found myself staying up real late just to read it. The book wasn't all about strategy at all and yes I get that it was about military in the the future but most of the story was about Ender Wiggin a young boy who thrust into the military training school at the age of six...

We didn't see them coming. We didn't see the buggers coming so when they finally got here most of the human race was lost before we figured out how to kill them. And now there are signs that it could happen again and because the buggers learn every time a person fights them to the point where they know you moves before you do we need a new hero. A new commander is needed so the military took it upon themselves to breed new recruits. The worlds children but not just any child can join they must be smart and able to handle combat even if it means killing or being killed...
They wanted someone tuff / hard / able to kill that's how they got Peter Wiggin the oldest of the three Wiggin children. Peter was to willing to kill which he showed signs of early in childhood by torturing children at his school without mercy. So They thought that they should add gentleness to the next child and they got Valentine who was extremely gentle but to gentle to hurt anything let alone fight for the survival of the human race. Even though the law in only two children per house hold they try again with a mix of gentle and hard...that's how they get Ender a third child for the Wiggin family.
Life though it was hard wasn't so bad as long as Ender had his monitor on the back of his neck, though Peter bullied him when he was home nothing really bad could happen to Ender as long as the military let him keep the monitor. Then the day came when Ender was six that the military had seen enough of Ender's mental abilities so they took his monitor away and released him back into the world expecting him to carry on with life like he never had a monitor to begin with. Ender's peers however noticed right away and a few of the bigger kids took it upon themselves to corner Ender as he was leaving school. This was the part where you got to see just how ruthless and smart Ender could be because he not only beat the hell of the main bully but he continued to beat him even after he fell just to make sure they didn't come after him again because they would know that he would hurt them.
When Ender got home his brother Peter wanted to play buggers and Ender was made to be the bugger in the game yet again. Peter beat Ender badly until his sister Valentine walked in and yelled at Peter to stop. Peter stopped of course but made it very clear that he was just waiting for a time when his parents wouldn't be looking so he could kill Ender and Valentine. Peter can finally tell them this now that Ender has lost his monitor but it isn't a surprise to Valentine or Ender because they already know that Peter would probably end up doing it.Of course The military got to Ender first because what they had seen through his monitor was enough for them to know that with training Ender would be the one to save us all.
Training tip one :Isolation
Training tip two : Spotlighting Ender as the best student in the school and make sure the others know it.
Training tip three : Don't let him get comfortable. Whenever he is getting the hang of things move him to a different thing. Will he have time to make friends? Who cares...
Training tip four : Never help him. The others will be jealous and might try to attack him. Should we stop it because we know it's coming? Nope. What if he dies? Well lets just hope he doesn't.
Training tip five : Work him harder than the others until he can't take it anymore. Why are we giving him more battles than the other teams? To break him.
Training tip six : Cheat. He has outsmarted the game so we change the rules to break him even more.
Training tip seven : Force him to kill. You know we could have helped him. He has to learn that he has no friends here sometime.

Play the game....
Learn the moves....
Save us all.....


Thoughts: I loved this book and the characters I just wished that some of the characters would have stayed longer.

" The king had a dream said Valentine
but he forgot what it was, so he told his wise men to interpret the dream or they'd die."

" You get all the pleasures of the puppeteer. Until you get a soldier who can do more than anyone else."

" Why the world of people might be worth the price you pay."

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bookish Survey!

I kept seeing the A to Z book survey done by so many bloggers so I figured I would do my own take on it.

1. Author you've read the most books from
Charlaine Harris...I have read all but two of her Sookie Stackhouse series

2. Best sequel EVER!!!
A: It's a draw between Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck and Spells by Aprilynne Pike

3. Currently reading
A: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

4. Drink of Choice while reading:
A: Green tea

5. E-reader or Physical book?
A: I tend to go for a Physical book but I wouldn't ever get rid of my Kindle because I love it too.

6. Fictional character you probably would have dated in High school.
A: I have 2     Ren from Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
                                 Lucas from Easy by Tammara Webber

7. Glad you gave this book a chance.
A: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. If you could unread a book just so you could read it again for the first time what book would it be? 
A: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. Important moment in your reading life:
A: I was asked if I wanted to work in the High school library when I was in the 10th grade. That was my favorite time of the school day. I loved showing people books based on things they liked and having them fall in love with it.

10. I just finished reading
A: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Mariller

11. Kinds of books you won't read
A: Mystery and Thrillers I HATE THEM!

12. Longest book you have ever read
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray   with a page count of: 720 pages

13. Major book hangover because of
A: The Clockwork Prince series by Cassandra Clare   I actually cried when I read the last book in the series.

14. Number of bookcases you own
 A: I own 2 and books are spilling over

15. One book you have read more than once.
Crimson Kiss by Trisha Baker

16. Preferred place to read
A: In Bed! Best place of all!

17. Quote that inspires you / gives you all the feels from a book you've read. 
A: "Do not thrust away destiny, toss away like a weed! Is precious, costly flower. Patience, wait time and bloom open." -Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

18. Reading regret:
A: I regret that I  didn't learn to read sooner. I didn't start teaching myself how to read until I was in the 5th grade.

19. Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in the series):
A: Daughter of the Forest series by Juliet Mariller    and   Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

20. Three of your all-time favorite books:
A1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
                2. Crimson kiss by Trisha Baker
                3. Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck

21. Unapologetic Fangirl for
A: Easy one.....William Herondale
......well maybe not that easy because I would also fangirl over  Ren from Tiger's Curse as well.

22. Very excited for this release more than all the others:
A: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

23. Worst bookish habit
A: Going to the library when I have tons of books to read at home.

24. X-marks the spot...start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
A: The Slayer Chronicles First Kill by Heather Brewer

25. Your latest book purchase:
A: Earth Bound and Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

26. ZzZz snatcher book (last book that kept you up way late):
A: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (I was up until 3am last night reading it)

:) I hope that has opened your eyes to the dork that I am. What was that you want one more question? Ok here is one last question.

27. What is your favorite movie based off a book (fairy tales don't count):
Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ghost Series! Incubus Demon

The name Incubus is made from the Latin verb, incubo/incuare or "to lie upon." An Incubus is a demon in male form who , according to a number of mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon sleepers (mostly women) in order to have sexual intercourse with them.
In the legend of Merlin an Incubus pursued sexual relations with a woman in order to father a child. Some say that repeated intercourse with an Incubus or a Succubus may result in failing health and even death.
The Earliest recorded case of an Incubus was in Mesopotamia in 2400 BC.

A real Incubus attack in Alabama.

It was January 2011 and it was snowing in Alabama which doesn't usually happen in the south. Tsura was just starting to show in her pregnancy and had just moved into the apartment with her new husband. She says she was awakened to what she thought was her husband having a bit of fun with her until she got the sudden feeling that something was wrong. You see it didn't take long to realize that her husband wasn't there with her that night so whatever she felt was something else.
When Tsura started to talk with others living in the building around her. The other residents told her that anyone that moved into the apartment she was now living in never stayed for very long. Though Tsura couldn't tell what might be going on from what was told to her it was hinted that something was in fact going on inside her apartment.
Tsura said that he felt like it was some sort of entity. She also said that she would wake to find standing water in her sink and bathtub.

Back to that cold January night...
Tsura's husband was working that night so she was home alone. That night Tsura fell to sleep with her cat. The next things she knows she is being woken up by her legs being spread apart.
Tsura at first thought it was her husband but knowing it wasn't morning yet soon made her realize it was someone or something else. Tsura opened her mouth to scream but stopped short when she saw her attackers face.
Tsura describes the entity's face as being both beautiful and ugly at the same time. Then it fell on top of her with a great weight that knocked the air out of her lungs. Then the entity began to sexually assault Tsura who eventually lost consciousness.
The next morning Tsura awoke to find blood on the sheets, by the time Tsura's husband got home she was already on the phone with 911. Tsura began to cry as she recounted the attack to her husband. Tsura's husband blew it off saying it was sleep paralysis or her body reacting to the rejection of the baby (the baby did infact die that night).
After doing some research Tsura figured that all of the evidence pointed to an Incubus. Tsura was eventually released from the hospital but she moved in somewhere else because there was no way she was going back to that apartment.

Psychological Reason for an Incubus Attack
Usually when an Incubus attack happens it is caused by a state of dissociation. This means that part of the mental apparatus comes to conscious awareness even as the rest of the brain is in the REM stage of sleep. This will make the body remain paralyzed. REM stage sleep could also be a reason fore mistaken sexual attack because it can cause erections for men and lubrication for women. Sleep paralysis can also cause hallucinations...

Which do you believe? Are they real or just sleep paralysis?

A fiction book about an Incubus? 

You heard right it's called  The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark and it was published by Random House!

Just for fun!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Book Signing? Oh Hell Yes!

I learned last month that there would be a book signing near Skeletor's house and he asked if I wanted to stay the signing on that Saturday Oh hell yes I wanted to go! So I was picked up the Thursday before the book signing so I could do some other things while I was in town. While I was there I tried two different places that had ice cream and I went to the park as well as the malls in the area. My favorite time was when we went to Half Price Books because it's FREAKING AWESOME! Needless to say I left Half Price with an arm full of books because I can't go to that place and not get something. After two long nights of not sleeping well because I forgot to pack my pills and I don't sleep by myself, the longest I think I slept the whole time I was there was about 4 hours which is pathetic. Anyways Saturday finally came and it looked to be an eventful day. I figured that it would be after we got breakfast at McDonalds and the guy bringing us our food slipped and fell (he was ok we check on him).
Skeletor had to work for a couple of hours so he dropped me off at the bookstore hours early so I could get really good seats (which I did). I walked around for a while just killing time by looking at books and what not then I noticed that they started to set the place up for the book signing so I started to hover in the area of the signing. A staff member that was setting things up noticed me and struck up a conversation with me about books which I was happy to talk about. He asked who I was excited to see and I quickly told him that I was there for Julie Kagawa and Aprilynne Pike (who I love because her Wings series is awesome). While I was talking to the male staff member Kristina Mcbride walked up and sat some of her things down so she could walk around and shop. She walked over to the Cassandra Clare table will all of her books on it and started to look through it. She looked like she might need some help so the staffer who was talking to me walked over to her to talk to her about the books she was looking at. That is when I heard her ask about the Cassandra Clare books she said she wasn't a fan of the Clockwork series but she wondered if she would like City Of Bones, she wanted to know if they were set in the same world. I walked up to her and said that they were but Clockwork was set in like the 1800's where as the City Of Bones was set in modern day. She said "ah, that is probably why I didn't like Clockwork then because I don't like historical books". I told her then she probably would like the other series then and as far as I know she bought a copy of it but I gave her some privacy while she shopped and went to sit back down.
I got a seat in the front row right up against the table and the male staff member I was talking to before gave me a book to read while I waited because he said since I liked the Clockwork series I would probably like The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson.
I read a bit of it and it did seem like it would be a good book and I would have bought it but I was on a mission and because of that I saved my money for book signing books. Skeletor joined me a short time later then Aprilynne Pike was the 2nd author to arrive and she was sporting her very own pair of Google Glasses. It wasn't long until the rest of the author's showed up and were walking around chatting with each other before the signing ( they even posed for pictures).
The books signing started on a good note and the first person to ask a question was a librarian who then got a prize from the authors for asking a question. After that more people to ask questions some just so they could get prizes and you could tell because they would ask questions that had already been answered. Julie Kagawa had two prizes that she brought with her that she hand made, one was a little chibi vampire girl and another was a blue and purple dragon. She brought them to give away but she didn't want to give them away as asking questions prizes which she stated at the very beginning of the Q&A. Most of us understood that but there was this one girl who was sitting behind us that was rude about it and complained when they told her no. They told her they would give her a book for a prize and she thought it would be smart to say this rude comment "what if you don't want the book you are giving away". That was when I realized that the giving away of prizes though smart and very fun had turned people into rude animals with no respect.
I am not going to lie that it took the authors a while to answer me because I am to nice during book signings and I didn't raise my hand up super high and act like a little kid in school who wags their hand and goes "ooooo pick me pick me" (like the other girl who also sat behind me). I thought for sure that they were just going to keep ignoring me which upset me since I was being good and respecting everyone. The Julie Kagawa came through for me and said "she has had her hand raised for a while so it's her turn". My question to them was "after you release a popular smash hit book do you feel pressured to always be epic no matter what your writing or do you just go with the flow. I also told them I came up with the question because of the J.K. Rowling thing recently. They all told me that they are no J.K. Rowling and yes they do feel pressured sometimes and the ones that actually read the reviews for their books are hurt sometimes when they get a negative review. I then was given my prize book from Julie Kagawa which was The Iron Traitor.
Shortly after my question the Q&A ended and though I didn't win the Dragon everything was still going smoothly. Then they told us to line up for the signing and since there was no rime or reason to it Skeletor bolted up first and was first in line. Aprilynne Pike was my first stop and I walked up to her and told her how much I loved her and that her books were awesome and she smiled and asked if I wanted a cupcake. That comment set the girl next in line behind me off and she said "those cupcakes are supposed to be for people who said the secret word"! Aprilynne Pike then told her " she told me she loved me so she is getting a cupcake".
That shut the girl up behind me and I got my raspberry chocolate cupcake, come to find out the cupcake thing was a twitter contest were you would have to say a secret word then you would get a cupcake...I had no clue about this contest and wasn't told about it until later. I eventually got all my things signed we were hanging out at the end of the table with two other author's who didn't have any people getting things signed from them. We actually sat there for a bit talking books with them can you believe it! All in all the day was good though I wish people had better manors and respect for other people. I ended up spending $40 on books and my little tote bag was so full it actually ripped (I have to sew it back together). Atleast now I can say hey I mingled at a book signing for once!