Monday, June 20, 2011

The Time of Angels: A Game

I put my MP3 player on shuffle among my Doctor Who soundtrack, to see what kind of answers the titles would provide

Are you male or female? “Doctor Who Season Four Opening”

What do people feel when they are around you? “Slitheen”

Describe your current relationship “Kiss the Girl”

Where would you like to be right now? “Honey, I’m Home”

What do you feel about love? “You Must Like It Here”

What's your life like? “Midnight”

What would you wish for if you only had one wish?
“Cassandra’s Waltz”

Say something wise: “After the Chase”

If someone says "Is this okay. . ." You say? “A Noble Girl About Town”

How would you describe yourself? “All the Strange Strange Creatures”

How do you feel today? “A Pressing Need to Save the World”

What is your life's purpose? “Into the Museum”

What is your motto? “New Adventures”

What do your friends think of you? “Father’s Day”

What do you think of your parents? “With Love, Vincent”

What is 2+2? “A River of Tears”

What is your life story? “River Runs Through It”

What do you want to be when you grow up? “Voyage of the Damned Suite”

What will you dance to at your wedding? “Chicken Casanova”

What will they play at your funeral? “Little Amy: The Apple”

What is your hobby/interest? “Paint”

What is your biggest fear? “Evolution of the Daleks”

What is your biggest secret? “Doctor Who XI”

What do you think of your friends? “Finding Jackie”
What will you re-post this as “The Time of Angels”

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Good Man Goes to War

Sorry for the belated response, but I am trying to have a life outside of the laptop, you know :)
To give you some idea of my immediate response, here are my real-time notes (spelling corrected)

One Point:
That’s all human and delicately
All running about
then he was dead, then he didn’t exist, then he was plastic

little baby

Little baby
baby time lord
not weapon
wedding night hijinks

Last Few Minutes:
The baby is flesh
Or is it Amy
No no no nooooooooooooooooo

not another ganger
please don’t let amy be another ganger

is Lorna River?
that can’t be right

River? Where the hell have you been
You could have tried

good spat
Not him
please not him
I don’t get him
Tell me
tell me

Water in the fores

Even if viewers weren't pleased with the content of River's revelation, the reveal was brilliantly written. (Apologies for the subtitles. It was all I could find)

Now we are left to go AGHHHHHHHH and ponder theories till next fall.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Giving our Deaths

People often say that someone who died in war or as a martyr "gave his life" for the cause. In one sense, that's true. But while reading Urchin and the Rage Tide, I came across a beautiful passage about this. (paraphrased)
You've already given your life for the island, every day. Now you're giving your death.
It's all about living sacrifice. If you don't give God every day, every moment of your life, why give him something he has control over anyway?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Dragons of Chiril

Originally published under the (in my mind) more fitting title The Vanishing Sculpture, The Dragons of Chiril is the first of Donita K. Paul's second book in her new series.
Because I originally read the sequel, Dragons of the Valley first, I already had some idea of what was going on, but I found the book much more inviting read in its proper order. The characters are amusing and delightful, and the plot is well written.
Four and a half stars.

The Quotable Rogue

What makes America exceptional isn't her politicans; it's her people
--Sarah Palin

In the midst of all our political backstabbing and mess, it's easy to overlook the people who do their part to make America great. But once in a while, there's someone who is both an exceptional person and a decent politican.
I happen to think that Sarah Palin is one of them. Feel free to disagree, but this is not a politics post: it is just a review of a book that happens to be political. A collection of Palin quotes, The Quotable Rogue is exactly what it claims to be--a handbook of soundbites from one of politics' most polarizing personalities. It might even make you interested in picking up one of her two books.
Four stars

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Final Summit

The Angel ((Archangel, yes Mr. Gabriel, I understand there's a difference) Gabriel summons Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, the WWII spy Eric Ericson, and a modern businessmen to provide a two-word answer to explain how the world can avoid the apocolypse. No, this isn't a joke. It's the plot of The Final Summit by Andy Andrews.
I did not enjoy this book at all. First of all, the opening chapter is spent on a minor character we never see again. Secondly, a plot entirely consisting of discussion, no matter how well done, is bound to come off pedantic. Finally--and most seriously, there is nothing remotely Christian in this book. Apart from a brief mention of "barely slipping in," there is no mention of faith or belief required to entire heaven. Personalities like Socrates, Anne Frank, Edison, and Franklin just hang out together. But the worst part is the answer. What must humanity do to avert disaster?
Do something.
That's no help at all, not even remotely. Do what? Where do we start? Hitler and Stalin did something, for that matter, and they thought they were doing right.
No stars
I was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for writing an unbiased review.

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