Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TUESDAY TRAILERS: OBLIVION

I dig sci-fi films.  They make me happy and for some reason I enjoy Tom Cruise films, because crazy or not he makes entertaining films.  When I first saw this trailer it was after I had just watched the Devil's Whore which has Andrea Riseborough in it as well (its a 3 part BBC series which shows the English Civil War through the eyes of her character...also has a great cast like Michael Fassbender and John Simm in it as well) and I was very excited to see her in something else (more recently she was in W.E.).  More than that I was 'whoo hoo sci-fi' because I have missed me some science fiction films.  Looks entertaining.  And I did enjoy Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  What do you think?

Synopsis: On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

SUNDAY SEVEN: FASHIONABLY YOURS (TV EDITION)

The coming Spring (though for me that means May), means a new wardrobe for me in the fact that I love sales and a chance to bring out all of my girly girl stuff after a long winter of jeans and sweaters. And so Hailey and I sat down and started thinking if we could have a tv character’s wardrobe, which ones would we have.Now mind you this means that all of the outfits are your size, not the size of the actor/actress. Here are my top seven. Thank you to Polyvore for all of its wardrobe collections and to the fans out there who apparently thought about this as much as I did.

Inara

NUMBER ONE: Inara Serra // Firefly
She is a courtesan of the highest quality, a companion that is kind of the epitome of girly girl.  And I love it.  Sleek lines, flowing fabrics, intensely feminine…seriously who wouldn’t want her closet.  I think it helps that I really love her character as well and I love Joss intensely for creating her. One of my favorite things about her wardrobe is the different influences.  We have seen her wear India inspired clothing, Spanish and Greek influenced dresses.  I have seen her in silks and lace and she has plenty of shawls which I adore as well.  If I was going to go full on girly girl, I would need Inara’s wardrobe.  Plus one thing I loved about the series is she wore the same outfit more than once, just with different accessories. Inara polyvore by Sophie Sheppard. 


White Collar: Neal & Sara

NUMBER TWO: Sara Ellis // White Collar
I love Sara from White Collar.  Again a very girly girl sort of wardrobe, Sara has the sort of wardrobe I wish I could afford right now, of course I also wish I had her job and her some time honey Neal Caffrey. She has expensive tastes and her clothes reflect that.  One thing I absolutely love is her necklines.  I know it sounds weird but a nice neckline or a bad one at that, can make or break a dress. And her shoes.  Oh how I love her shoes.  And did I mention Neal.  Always works well as an accessory.  Lovely Neal and Sara polyvore by Tinabop613.  Did I mention those shoes?



Pushing Daisies

NUMBER THREE:  Charlotte "Chuck" Charles // Pushing Daisies
Chuck and Pushing Daisies are still two of my favorite things.  I think one thing I love about Chuck's wardrobe is the throwback to a different era.  Definitely a lot of styles from the 50's and 60's, but I love that.  I love the flowy skirts, the fun bright prints and tons of flowers.  Apparently I am all about the girly girl styles.  I am a girly geek after all.  Plus I love the bee love, reminds me of my mum. Chuck polyvore by butterflyinterlude. 

Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White.
NUMBER FOUR: Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White // Once Upon a Time
Now here is where my modern girly girl and my fantasy girly girl get all warm and fuzzy.  I get the best of both worlds with her wardrobe.  I get the fun, romantic and feminine modern wardrobe that is actually closer to my own wardrobe and then I have Snow White wardrobe that is full of princess styles and something straight out of a renaissance festival.  How cool would that be. As far as her modern wardrobe goes its school teacher chic, cardigans, skirts, bows and flowers, something you would picture a modern Snow White to wear. Snow White polyvore by j-e-d-i


[4] Fictional Females - Sydney Bristow - Alias

NUMBER FIVE: Sydney Bristow // Alias
Spy chic Sydney has an amazing wardrobe.  Why?  Because she played a different character every week.  Even in the first episode she had the trademark red wig, an amazing lingerie collection throughout the series and as a Gemini and can envy and admire that since if possible I would change my look every other day.  Sydney polyvore by fleurdelys.


The New Girl
NUMBER SIX: Jess Day // New Girl
I love Jess.  Cause Jess is me but with a better wardrobe although she doesnt play video games or read comics as much as I do.  But quirky is me and Jess is definitely quirky.  I love her style because she has worn jeans just as much as she wears dresses or skirts that are full of fun colors or polka dots. Its the hipster school teacher look and I cant help but love it. I'd be okay with being called adorkable.


"Downton Abbey" ~ Episode 3 ~ The Roaring 20's
NUMBER SEVEN: Lady Mary Crowley // Downton Abbey
I just love the style.  Gloves for dinner, sleek lines, fun hats and an elegance that I do not yet in my closet.  Admittedly while an amazing wardrobe, I would have to start dragging E to operas and such just to wear all of it.  Mary polyvore by victorianheaven

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Charlotte // Sex and the City, Rachel // Glee (more so this season), Parker // Leverage, Lily // HIMYM, Buffy // BtVS and Melinda Gordon // Ghost Whisperer (can I have her boudoir, Seriously love all of her nightgowns and lingerie)

So who would your fashion favorites be?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Night Life

Night Life

Written by: Caitlin Kittredge

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: St Martins

Language: English

March 2008, $8.99

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Nocturne City #1

Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night… Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she’s just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now. But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can’t resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they’re plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…



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A fellow blogger asked me why I choose the books that I do. Is it the cover? The artwork in particular? The Back blurb? Maybe a title? I think my answer is a little bit of everything. While as readers we would love to be able to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but admittedly I pick up a book based on a title or a cover. These days I am less drawn to covers like the one for Night Life as I assume the book will be heavy on the romance and light on the character development and plots. Its not that I don’t dig romance every now and again, but I don’t want it to be the sole focus of the book I am reading. It is why, though I am a die hard romantic of the fuzzy wuzzy type, I don’t watch too many romantic comedies unless I am in ‘one of those moods’. Maybe this makes me less girly girl, but more often these days I am drawn to books by male authors or names I may not readily recognize. Why? Because I get all of that action, thrills, etc that I so often am missing in urban fantasy these days. In fact my boredom with urban fantasy of late has brought back my appetite for comic books and all things RA Salvatore and George R Martin. Or I am reading a lot of Young Adult stuff that relies more on the story than the mushy bits. But anyway I digress.

I picked up Night Life based on the cover and also because it was very cheap when my Borders bookstore closed a couple of years ago (Yep, still going through that To Be Read Pile, but seriously that pile adds more comrades every other day). People had some great things to say about Caitlin and her works, so i figured why not. I love that Kittredge is a bit of a geek so I feel a sort of kinship there. Now Nightlife is yet another series that takes place in a world where magic exists and so do the things that go bump in the night.

Things I really didn’t like so much: So lets go with the things I didn't love and we will leave the good news for last. I wanted to like Luna despite the pun (possibly intended) of her name. But I just couldn’t. Described as a tough as nails police detective and the best detective they have to boot, I found her to be a bit too reckless and her police work fairly shoddy. I get the whole Prime Suspect deal with having to have as much balls as the rest of your male dominated work force and yet it just fell flat to me. Yes there is a reason why people don’t like you. Its because you are a bitch. But even more so I don’t buy her as a police officer, let alone a detective (as in trying to arrest someone without a badge, warrant or even reading of rights or telling your superior that a ton of evidence is being torched). She is reckless, lacks any sort of tact and continues to act like said bitca rather than tone it down a wee bit so you don’t get your badge taken away. Plus she just does Captain Suicide sort of things like run into a bar full of werewolves who will kill you just for the fun of it. Maybe if she could really back of it up, I would shrug and go with it, but she isn't that girl. A lot of bark without bite and yes I meant that to be really stupid and punny. Even if you get over the fact that she is the stereotypical Mary Sue, she is flat and I didn’t care what happened to her. In fact I was kind of hoping Moggath would eat her.

Lets get to the eye rolling romance bits now. I simply could not buy into the attraction between Luna and Dmitri. Half the time, I wasn’t sure what Dimitri saw in Luna. His lover had just been brutally murdered and her death struck him hard to the point of making him emotionally unstable so for him to suddenly switch affections to Luna made me question his character and just how in love he actually had been. Maybe that’s just me. But he was just as inconsistent as Luna. Seriously choose a role and an attitude and stick with it. Besides the fact that a pimp drug dealer who “managed” his dead prostitute girlfriend is really what gets the butterflies all a flutter and compels me to jump your bones. In fact most of the men in the book are asshats and apparently stick to the antiquated mentality that women are the weaker sex and belong barefoot and pregnant at home.

Things I sort of liked:Okay so now for the good news. It was a very quick read. So yay for that part. And I did pick it up because of the cover and title, so.... shouldn't do that again. I will say that Kittredge did a good job with the world building. I liked the various neighborhoods of the city and how each played a part of the whole, the different populations that lived in them and the way they are viewed by the larger population. Sunny and Luna’s grandmother were decent characters though again very stereotypical and mostly flat instead of fully realized characters. I did finish it so that is a plus, apparently the plot was engaging enough (despite the many plot holes) that I finished it and there have been some books that are too horrible for me to even finish (Sorry Twilight fans).

In all it was not good. It is mediocrity at its worst sadly and to be honest I think one of the reasons why urban fantasy has such a bad rap these days. Which is sad as I am really rooting for most people in the genre. Sorry Kittredge but I wont be picking up the next one, but I wish you well.

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Part of: A Series

Also Recommended: Ilona Andrews and the Kate Daniels series is nice for the world building, detective touch. For werewolves, I would go with Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series. Now if you are liking some grit, why not try the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey or for a male protagonist try Kate Griffin’s Midnight Mayor Saga.



1.75 out of 4 happy bibliosnark bookmarks

The Soundtrack for this Post: Glitch Piano Album by Torley Wong

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why I love Wednesday: ME3

WHY I LOVE WEDNESDAY:  MASS EFFECT 3 MULTI-PLAYER LOVE
Last May after E and I had been dating for a couple of months he introduced me to a little thing thing called the Mass Effect series, but more importantly the multi-player side of ME3.  Now I have been a girl gamer for a while, but I have always been into more of the single player hack and slash RPG sort of thing...first person shooters, not my thing for the most part.  And multi-player first person shooters definitely not my cup of tea.  Call it a bad experience with HALO PvP when I was still learning the ropes with FPS games.  Frankly it left a very bad taste in my mouth and it took some convincing before I was willing to try out the ME3 multi-player.  E can be very convincing and I am a good girly geek.

Now I am a fan of Bioware in general.  Baldur's Gate and Knights of the Old Republic were some of my faves on the old Xbox. And more recently both of the Dragon Age games made me quite giddy.  But instead of going the 360 route, I went PS3, so never really played the Mass Effect series until now.  So E sat me in front of his tv while he used his second system and his computer and together we had a date night in with the multi-player.  And I was hooked.  Sure, I sucked big time, but this multi-player was cooperative.  I still felt like a total noob but there wasn't anyone ruining my gaming experience with trash talk or constantly beating my character until I got frustrated and quit (What can I say I am competitive and sort of get cranky when I am constantly getting pwnd before I can learn to be a better player, plus as girl with a girl moniker you kind of either get the 'hey are you hot?', 'rock on' or 'girls shouldn't play games, see how manly I am by constantly making your game experience sucky').  I chose an engineer that night, a nice defensive character with a drone who is now affectionately known as BOB and two space magic abilities.  I knew nothing of the story or the villains as I hadn't played the games yet, but I didn't care.  This was fun. E and I were having a blast on our date nights in and I was a total boss with my geth shotgun...not sure how or why, but I was.

Plus I got better, still am getting better. I did so fairly quickly.  Beginners luck?  Or maybe the gamer girl who always wanted to shoot a lot of things finally got to do the very thing she always wanted to do.  Now ducking for cover...still not good at that.  The more I played though the better weapons or more characters I unlocked.  There were also weekend challenges we would do together to get special packs of these new weapons or characters.  Since I have started playing there have been new characters, new weapons, new maps, new villains and I didn't have to pay for any of the DLC.

Bioware is kind of ingenious that way instead of paying for all of this new content, instead I spent movie on point cards to get more weapon packs even though you earn throughout your game play.  They earned even more shiny gold stars a few months ago when they came out with a new challenge system.  My competitive goddess was filled with warm fuzzies.  I now have challenges to complete, such as use all of my tech powers, to earn shiny banners which I can proudly display in the multi-player lobby. Its basically a gamer score and right now mine is much bigger than E's and most of the men I play with.  Love that feeling.

My favorite characters to play are the adepts and the sentinels now, though my engineers are always my fall back plan.  And pistols are becoming a favorite weapon though I have much love for my Indra and Harrier.  For some reason I am not getting bored either.  There are always new people to play with and get to know, new ways of playing, new characters to play with and new levels of difficulty.

I am still playing through (very slowly) the single player games.  E insisted I begin with one and work my way up to 3 since so many of the decisions you make can change the way the other games are played.  I am on 2 right now and have become very attached to the Normandy, my space hamster and Garrus and Jack.  Plus I am in love with trying to figure out all of the plot points based on what I know from the ME3 multi-player and E has been ever so good about not spoiling me (thanks honey).  It is an awesome game series and the multi-player is amazingly good fun.  If you get a chance, ask me and you can look up my gamer tag and we can go and save the universe together.