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Friday, October 17, 2008

Book Contest at Ruth Schaller


Ruth Schaller of Books Books and More Books is hosting a contest. There will be 5 winners for the set of ten books below. Here are some of the ways you can win.
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I hope to win one of these sets. Wish me luck!

1. THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER By Kathleen Kent
2. ISOLATION By Travis Thrasher
3. THE 13 BEST HORROR STORIES OF ALL TIME By Leslie Pockell
4. THE MONSTERS: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein By Dorothy Hoobler , Thomas Hoobler
5. THE MYRTLES PLANTATION: The True Story of America 's Most Haunted House By Frances Kermeen
6. GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS: True Stories of America 's Haunted Inns and Hotels By Frances Kermeen
7. THE TERROR By Dan Simmons
8. DRACULA By Bram Stoker
9. WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits By Mary Ann Winkowski
10. THE HISTORIAN By Elizabeth Kostova

Saturday, October 11, 2008

City of Ember

The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
by Jeanne DuPrau
Paperback
List Price: $6.99
Published in 2008
ISBN-10: 0-385-73628-2

My daughter and I went to see this movie last Friday. I have no idea what it's all about until I was watching it. It's a story about people living under the earth. I didn't quite catch why they had to live way down under.

It's always nighttime in the city of Ember. Their light source is light bubls which run on cranky and failing generator. The children have education, but instead of graduation day, they have 'Assignment Day'. After 'graduation', the kids gets their life job. Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet became a pipe assistant and messenger.

Like any other civilization, there's always that forward thinking individual who thinks there's something better out there. These two were inquisitive, and curious enough to find out what's out there. I have not read the book, but the movie was good.

Top Five Cast:
David Ryall ... Chief Builder
Ian McElhinney ... Builder
Harry Treadaway ... Doon Harrow
Tim Robbins ... Loris Harrow
Bill Murray ... Mayor Cole

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ghost Town: Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni and Greg Kinnear

Last Thursday night, my husband and I went to this movie, GHOST TOWN. I wanted to see THE WOMEN, but we missed the time. Our kids had a late karate class they can't miss. They're going to test for blue belts on Saturday.

I like this romantic comedy. The premise goes like this. A dentist, Bertram Pincus (Gervais) had a surgery and came out seeing ghost. When Frank (Kinnear) noticed, he convinced Bertram to help him with his wife (Leoni) love life. There's a lot of funny moments and some tears too. It's a fun date movie.

As a side note: Greg Kinnear is hot, hot, hot!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Best Friend's Girl: Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs

There are many laugh out loud moments of this film. It is not for kids, but I enjoyed watching it with my husband. My favorite line:
"It's not gonna suck itself"

It's a movie about a guy who is sort of a date specialist. He gives these girls horrible dates so they would go back to their old boyfriends. Then of course, there's always the one person that gets to him.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Arthur's April Fool (Arthur Adventure Series) by Marc Brown

I'm doing homework with my 7 years old every night from Monday to Thursday. We read books together every night of the week. Sometimes, the other kids would join us, other times, it's just us. Last night, we were reading a book that Yoav borrowed from the library. The story is about Arthur's fear of Tank, a giant, hulking boy who's a bully. When Arthur was performing a magic show, Tank volunteered just to intimated Arthur. Well, Arthur found his bravado at last. Here are the parts that made my kids laugh.

Arthur: Let me saw this man in half.
Tank pales and backs away.
Arthur: Give me my saw Francine. Here's the bucket to catch the blood...
Tank fell off the stage.