Archive for November, 2010



Southern Vampire Mysteries: The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

The first eight books

A few weeks ago, I finally made it to a bookstore and perused the Charlaine Harris books on which True Blood was based upon. I was torn between getting them all or getting just a few. In the end, I decided to get them all. I got a healthy rebate as well, as I spent $140 on books that day. If you must ask, I saved around 24%.

Once I started reading them, I quickly went through them. It took me a few days, about a week, to get through them all. I hadn’t foreseen how fast I would read them, but these books were a cut below the complexity of my usual books, but they were easy and fun to read.

Immediately, I noticed the differences between the books and the series. Except a few filler books. like Dead As A Doornail and From Dead to Worse, the series was quite entertaining. The faerie element made more sense now after I had read the books, but I still disliked it. It confuses matters, to be honest, but apparently it’s an integral part of the plot. I don’t like how they were presented. The whole Seelie/Unseelie affair is presented strangely and doesn’t make much sense.

Also, the novels are quite short. They’re actually shorter than what I expected. Most of them are about 300 pages and can be read fast and easily if you read at a decent pace. They are good, but they do have their faults. The narrative between the books is almost continuous, meaning that it’s one big story. Instead of including a little recap in the beginning of each book, Harris includes the recaps inside the story, making some parts more tedious than others because of the repetitions.

That being said, I did enjoy her portrayal of werewolves and vampires. The other shapeshifters, well I don’t know. But the werewolves and vamps are pretty good. All in all, these books are very entertaining, easy to read, and time flies while you read them, which is one of the reasons why they are doing so well.

The Mentalist Red Moon S03E09 (CBS)

The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker, a man specializing in studying the micro-expressions of people who became involved with trying to catch a serial killer named Red John. Red John killed his wife and daughter. Since then, Jane has been working with the stupidly named CBI, California Bureau of Investigations, a kind of state police.

Robin Tunney plays Agent Lisbon, who is in charge of the unit. Van Pelt is the new agent on the squad. Rigsby has a crush on her. The Mentalist is kind of like the TNT show Psych, but it’s not a comedy, it’s a drama. I’ve enjoyed this series because it’s light and interesting. I’ve kind of come to despise Criminal Minds.

Jane uses his semi-celebrity and his lack of protocol to solve cases quickly, cases in which the CBI wouldn’t be able to come up with answers without him. Each episode has the color red in its title. The Mentalist resembles the show Lie to Me, which premiered in 2009 on Fox. The Mentalist started on the 23rd of September 2008 on CBS.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus Phase Three S04E09 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus the Fear of Death S04E08 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus the First Fight S04E07 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror S04E06 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus the Couch Lock S04E05 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Chuck Versus the Coup d’Etat S04E04 (NBC)

Chuck is an American science-fiction television program created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend Bryce Larkin, a rogue CIA agent, which happens to embed the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. This is called the intersect.

From the Wikipedia entry on Chuck.

While Chuck has to deal with his new situation, he gets to enjoy the company of Sarah, working for the CIA, and Casey, working for the DOD. They use him as an asset to accomplish their missions, which surprisingly happen around town (?).

Chuck has just started its third season and it’s still entertaining. The mix between an everyday guy and espionage doesn’t get boring, since the character of Chuck actually puts us in these situations as well. I recommend it, though it’s not for everybody.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The Walking Dead Tell It to the Frogs S01E03 (AMC)

The Walking Dead intertitle, via Wikipedia

The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse; it follows a small group of survivors traveling across the desolate USA in search of a new home away from the shuffling hordes of the undead. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a police officer in the old world. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group’s desperation to survive pushes them to the brink of humanity. At every turn they are faced with unspeakable horrors, both from those who are dead, and from the scattered remains of a struggling human populace.

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I don’t know what it is with the series on AMC, but they definitely have interesting ideas. This show is based upon a comic books, and I enjoyed watching the show. It reminds me of a lot of zombie movies, so it’s not revolutionary, but I did have fun.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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My Daily Tweets 11-27-2010

  • 00:04:21: I hate it when people try to make up new names for what will become the Matrix, the evolution of the current Internet.
  • 00:09:50: 00:09 and I’m done for the day. Time to walk Spike and relax.
  • 00:21:21: Actually, had to reply to 2 more emails and now it’s 00:20. TGIF again?
  • 00:48:40: Spike, it’s called a walk, not a sniff.
  • 00:49:27: Had a lot of pressure at work about the Christmas play my K2 class is going to perform. It’s the 1st time that I had to write one.
  • 00:50:06: We had a rehearsal. Owner wanted to see more, I said that we’ve been practicing daily for little more than a week.
  • 03:03:10: From Twitter 11-26-2010: http://wp.me/pWvW-4QT
  • 14:07:58: Lots of fireworks, barking dogs. I got up a bit earlier than I wanted, but 10 hours is darn good for me.
  • 14:09:57: Tokyoflash to Make Kisa RPM Watch: Reader’s Concept Becomes Reality: http://wp.me/pWvW-4QW
  • 14:14:01: Lamp Made Out of Keyboard Parts: Qwertylight: http://wp.me/pWvW-4QY
  • 14:15:02: @FrancisMartin On a acheté un duplex à Urbana-Champaign aux USA. Ma femme a commencé un doct et je la rejoins ds pas long.
  • 14:16:23: @kristenlubbe What style of music do you DJ? I used to DJ min tech and hard techno.
  • 14:16:42: @Joanna_Rees Yes, I have a list. I’ll email it to you. Love!
  • 14:17:25: @Naruwan yep, but trucks don’t go around nights. Fireworks do. But honestly, it hasn’t kept me up either.
  • 14:24:39: @kristenlubbe Nice. Been a while since I spun turntables, but I still have some Technics 1200 in storage in the US.
  • 14:33:58: How Are You Spending the Friday After Thanksgiving?: http://wp.me/pWvW-4R1
  • 14:36:15: Energy Efficient Air Purifiers: Cleaning Air Silenty: http://wp.me/pWvW-4R3
  • 14:37:40: On This Holiday, How Much Time Are You Spending Offline?: http://wp.me/pWvW-4R5
  • 14:40:34: 20 Best Strategies for a Successful Black Friday: http://wp.me/pWvW-4R7
  • 23:09:35: @FrancisMartin Non, elle est canadienne. L’annee prochaine. Elle vient me visiter pour noel. Longue distance depuis ce mois de septembre.
  • 23:23:58: @FrancisMartin On a +/- finit avec Taiwan. Il est temps de passer a d’autre chose, des enfants etc.
  • 23:25:55: Had a nice long nap.
  • 23:26:52: CHT is a lot better than FET. I’m on an iPhone 4 waiting list. Didn’t find anywhere where it was in stock & willing to give me a contract.
  • 23:27:08: I needed a nap. An angry nap.
  • 23:41:46: Tabarnac, je viens de découvrier la libraire Le Pigeonnier de Quercy. Tous les livres francophones que je veux sont en stock!
  • 23:42:18: http://www.llp.com.tw/ Proche du MRT Nanjing East Road, No. 9, Lane 97, SungChiang Road, Taipei. Super!
  • 23:42:57: C’est drole, pcq les prix sont moins chers qu’au Archambault à Quebec!
  • 23:46:21: Et on y vas demain. La carte et le territoire devra etre commandé, tout comme Apocalypse bébé. Youpi!

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