Watch “Grandma Play GTA V (Re Upload)” on YouTube

This video is so not suitable for work. Unless you have headphones. There is swearing. There is video game violence. You will be laughing. You have been warmed. https://youtu.be/HT3nrP4U6Nw

Audiobook Review: The Lost Gate

Until recently my geek card was a little lacking as I had never read anything by Orson Scott Card. I know! What?! But I found myself quite entranced with his Mither Mages series that I borrowed from the library. I read the first two books in rapid succession and unable to get my hands on a copy of the third book right now I’ve moved on to some other things. But I definitely intend to finish this series!

The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

Summary from GoodReads:

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them.  While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father.  Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.

There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow.   There is a secret library  with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English — but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books.  While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.

Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny  as well.  And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

There is a lot going on with this series. Surprisingly I was not at all annoyed to be reading yet another book about a young teenager. Orson Scott Card is an amazing writer and the world sprang to life as I listened to Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card perform the novel. I enjoyed that there was a mixture of old world building with the gods from the past as well as mythologies interwoven in a contemporary world. If it had just been old world mythologies I would have lost interest fast, but the contemporary world story lines kept me interested and going back for more.

I also enjoyed that the setting was Northern Virginia, or NOVA, as people from there abouts like to call it. I loved that the author used what is often seen from the highways back hollars (hollows) of that area, with a sense of dignity and reason to why some people live the way that they do instead of making fun. I enjoyed the mix of country and city living that was expounded upon and Danny’s exploration of it all. It was fun to follow his adventures.

The narrators were wonderful story tellers and I liked that there were two, with each reading distinct story lines. This back and forth made it easy to keep up with the audible story, though I sometimes got annoyed when the story lines switched. If I had been reading it via paperback I probably would have skipped around a bit. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not that I wasn’t able to. The only thing I had an issue with was the male narrator’s pronunciation of a town I grew up near. But that probably only bothered me because it was jarring to my ears and wouldn’t be to most people’s ears.

If you like high fantasy and contemporary fantasy, or are a fan of either, and want to read something that intertwines the two, in a well written story line, definitely give this series a try. I recommend the audible version because I’m obsessed with audiobooks, but I’m sure reading it hardback or paperback is just as good.

Watch “Supernatural Parody by The Hillywood Show®” on YouTube

This is Amazing. Watch until the very end! https://youtu.be/tCZy8cAgBlM

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish where fellow book bloggers and anyone who wants can contribute to a themed top ten list. This weeks discussion centers around Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.). If you want to add to your tbr pile here is a list of books for book nerds on FlavorWire and a long list of books about bookstores on GoodReads.

In no particular order here are a few characters that meet this weeks discussion criteria:

1. Quentin from The Magicians. Quentin’s love of a book series is the whole catalyst to his adventures with magic. You can read my review of it here.

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2. Hermoine Granger from The Harry Potter series. Of course I have to include Hermoine, she loved books and studying and her book smarts helped Harry a lot! Hermoine is a great book loving heroine.

Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger

3. Danny from The Lost Gate. Danny is a book smart nerd surrounded by cousins who have magical abilities and make fun of Danny for not being able to produce a clant.  Danny loves to read up on history in order to show a way in which he is smarter than his cousins, but I think he still counts. ;)

The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)

4. Jericho Barrons from Faefever. Not only is Jericho the owner of a bookstore that sounds like a place I could go to and curl up in for hours, but he is obsessed with tracking down one in particular. This series revolves around that one book. Plus, it is one of my all time favorite series! Don’t be fooled by the dime a dozen romance scifi cover. This series has read depth.

Faefever (Fever, #3)

5. Anne from Anne of Green of Gables. Talk about a book nerd! She spent one afternoon drifting down a river in a leaky boat reciting poetry to herself. I just love this character.

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

6. Cassia from Matched. Part of Cassia’s quest to discover the truth is also to discover all the banned literature and art that she is not allowed to read or consume. Her love of the written word is what led to her starting a movement. You can read my review of Matched here.

Matched (Matched, #1)

7. Dr. Watson from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Less we forget the only reason any of us know about the adventures of Sherlock is because Dr. Watson wrote about him. Watson’s insight into Holmes is what gave us a character that has spawned dozens of books, movies, and television series.

Lucy Liu as Joan Watson

8. Jo from Little Women. Jo was also a writer and a subplot of the book revolved around her trying to get her works published. And this was a time before there were computers and save buttons. Poor Jo.

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9. Jane Austen from Jane Bites Back. In this book Jane is a vampire who runs a book store and is trying to get her second novel published in her spare time. Book nerd alert for sure! While his writing cant be compared to Austen’s herself, Michael Thomas Ford’s contemporary novel is a fun read. Read my review here.

10. Narrator from The Historian. This was a book about books and writings and letters and all things book nerdery. It is rather difficult to explain, but you can check out my attempt over here where I wrote a review.

Street Art Reflecting Mural

This is just too awesome. I love it! Though I agree with some people who have said that the reflection may be a bit photoshopped, it is rather clear compared to the water around it. Still, let’s just enjoy the beauty of the image! You can check out the mural being painted in Luthuania by American artist Ray Bartkus here.

Thanks to Megan who brought it to my attention.

Book Discussions, Cover Wars, Memes, and Libraries in Trees

Read or join the discussion over on io9 on what readers think will become classic books to future generations. Some people took the discussion seriously . . . and some people did not. Just like usual over here on the internets.

If you haven’t been to their blog, check out The Book Wars. I just love The Cover Wars that take place between the writers of the blog. I almost always judge a book by its cover, I wont even lie about it.

I always enjoy the various postings where bloggers join in the Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme from The Broke and the Bookish. I always mean to join, and I never remember until I’m going through my Reader list of blogs I follow. At the bottom of their posting for the week other book bloggers join in with their own links on that weeks discussion. A great way to connect with other book bloggers!

Next weeks assignment: July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) (inspired by my Top Ten Characters Who Love Words).

Another weekly meme that spotlights upcoming anticipated book releases and that is constantly popping up in my Reader feed, one that gets me to stop my scrolling through my never ending list of blog posts I need to read, is Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine. A fun way to find out about new upcoming books. Head on over there today for a new discussion and links to more great finds.

Public libraries in trees! This is not a joke. What a great encasement for a book sharing spot. I love it!

In fact, I recently came across a Little Free Library in a tree trunk myself. It looks like people are taking books more than they are adding to the collection. But hopefully that will change as more people in the area discover it.

tree library

Audiobook Review: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

I was looking for something different when I came across The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg and read by Scott Brick. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of young adult fantasy and I thought and adult contemporary novel would be a nice palate cleanser. I was right. The Chase was just what I wanted to read next as I listened for 9 hours, 7 minutes, to Scott Brick tell the adventures of FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare and one time con man Nicolas Fox.

Cover of The Chase

 

Summary from GoodReads:

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox runs daring cons, now teams undercover for FBI with agent who caught him, Kate O’Hare. Together they catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals, next Carter Grove, former White House chief of staff, now ruthless leader of Black Rhino private security for a rare Chinese rooster from the Smithsonian.

Like all Janet Evanovich books, The Chase, which is the second book in the series, was a hilarious romp of various capers and eccentric characters. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was funny, had some clever moments, and was exactly what I expected to read when I chose the book. I didn’t have as many laugh out loud moments as in previous books. This was in part because a couple of Kate’s father’s cronies show up and they were rather reminiscent of various characters in other Evanovich books that I didn’t find their addition to the novel to be all that necessary or new. I will admit there were some tired moments in the book, but over all I found myself enjoying the adventures of Kate and Nicolas.

Part of my discontent with the book was due to listening rather than reading it myself. Maybe I read sarcasm into the characters more than is warranted, but Scott Brick’s choice of no sarcasm in the voice acting characterization of Kate and Nicolas left me a bit baffled. I think it may be because I read the first novel and had my own character voices going that Brick’s skewed slightly away from what I was expecting and that was an internal disappointment others wont experience. I’m not saying he did a bad job, because he did an excellent one, it just wasn’t what my head thought it was going to hear.

While I enjoyed listening to The Chase, if I pick up the third in the series, it will be a paper version that I’ll read quietly laughing to myself.