Archive for year 2010

Wolves of the Mercy Falls

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ShiverI enjoyed Shiver immensely, the first installment of the series. It was a fresh topic about another kind of supernatural, the werewolves, after a series of other books on vampires. I wasn’t able to put the book down. The writing was exquisitely beautiful. The author tells the story alternating between two characters, Sam and Grace, and the transition was smoothly executed. It was interesting to see how temperature played a major role in the story. The story is lacking however the writing made up for it.

The ending was rushed but left me wanting more. I can’t wait for the sequel Linger.

LingerI read Shiver back in May. The long-waiting Linger was finally here. I breezed through Linger in two days but it wasn’t satisfying and I am a bit disappointed. The author introduced a new character Cole who actually wanted to be a wolf and expanded Isabel from the first book. Similarly to Shiver, 80% of the book was building for something big but the ending leaving me craving for the next book.

Although, it was just sad to see how Grace and Sam were not able to stay together for long.

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Iron Man 2

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Iron Man 2Jon Favreau did it again. Iron Man 2 is action-packed, funny and definitely met all my expectations. The movie seemed lengthy at times trying to show Tony Stark being vulnerable and trying to deal with his personal issues.

Robert Downey Jr did a awesome job (as usual), the perfect cast for Tony Stark. He has an arrogant air about him that make him so attractive, not the mention the humor. However, I am a bit disappointed on Rhodey character. I felt that Terrence Howard has a better chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. Mickey Rourke’s performance as Whiplash was convincing thought I have some difficult understanding the Russian accent.

Of course, my guy-friends are drooling all over Scarlett Johannson doing kick-a** moves in that body-tight costume. Alright, I’ll admit it, I am gaga over Scarlett as well.

Supposedly this movie is a set up for Thor (opening summer 2011) and I hope they will put out another installation of Iron Man.

My Grade: A

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2010 Summer Blockbuster

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Summer 2010 blockbuster movies officially kicked off with a big bang by Iron Man 2.

May 7th, 2010 Iron Man 2
May 14th, 2010 Letters to Juliet
Robin Hood
Just Wright
May 21st, 2010 Shrek Forever After
May 27th, 2010 Sex and the City 2
May 28th, 2010 The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
June 4th, 2010 Killers
June 11th, 2010 Karate Kid
The A-team
June 18th, 2010 Jonah Hex
Toy Story 3
June 25th, 2010 Grown Ups
Knight and Day
June 30th, 2010 The Twilight Sage: Eclipse
July 2nd, 2010 The Last Airbender
July 9th, 2010 Predators
Despicable Me
July 16th, 2010 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
July 23th, 2010 Ramona and Beezus
Salt
August 6th, 2010 The Other Guys
August 13th, 2010 Eat Pray Love
The Expendables
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iBooks vs Kindle vs B&N eReader App

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I do like the fancy bookstore in iBooks, the split page view when reading the book in landscape orientation and word look-up in dictionary. The bookmarking concept in iBooks is a bit different, I need to highlight a certain word to set the bookmark. Considering Apple is not really a book seller, I can’t search for books that are being released but not available in digital format unlike Barnes & Noble and Amazon. B&N and Amazon will return books that matches even though digital format is not available and they allow you to send in request to have the book to be printed in digital format through a link. For iBooks, you have to actually send in a request form and the request form is not updated for iBooks either.

Kindle does do the page turning animation but you have to change the settings manually. It wasn’t enabled by default. No page splitting when viewing in landscape in Kindle and that makes it harder to read. The WhisperSync allows you to set bookmark and maintain the bookmark across all devices or apps you have. For example, I was reading the book on my mac, set the bookmark and I can resume the same book at the same page on my iPhone. Kindle doesn’t provide dictionary lookup but it looks like it will be a feature coming soon. I don’t need to backup my purchases, Amazon maintain the backup for me.

B&N did not release eReader for iPad. It will be a zoom-in iPhone version. B&N eReader has a lot of features and I think that makes the app is a bit too heavy to load on iPhone compare to its other competitor. It takes a while for the book to initialize, like it was loading the book for the first time doing pagination.

All 3 ebooks provider charge the same price but being a cheapskate that I am, the books are a tad bit cheaper in Kindle version since Amazon does not charges sales tax while Apple and Barnes and Noble do. “Sikit-sikit, lama-lama jadi bukit”!

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Date Night

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Date NightThis movie is about a suburb couple (Phil & Claire Foster) decided to do a spontaneous date in New York city and ended up badly while solving a crime.

I thought the movie was very funny and laughed most part of the movie. The accident between the Fosters and the cabbie was one of the unforgettable scene. This can be a good date night movie for couples and have a good laugh.

It incorporated some of the real life marriage scenarios into the movie. It is amazing to see how couples can fall into the “roommates” comfort zone after being married for a long time and with kids. Individual needs to put in some efforts to maintain the sparkles.

Tina Fey and Steve Carell are a deadly comedy combo. Mark Walhberg is so hot and can’t be missed.

My grade: B

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