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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
1:01 pm
Here's a great summer read for teenage girls - I read first it in seventh grade and loved it; now I'm entering college and I still think it's brilliant. Everything is written in free verse, with beautiful illustrations. Highly recommended.

(The video is only a minute long; make sure to turn up the sound.)

Happy reading!
Friday, June 20th, 2008
9:55 am
Dante Valentine series community
I'm the maintainer and moderator of an LJ community called Danny Valentine. It's a community dedicated to Lilith Saintcrow's five book series, and it's basically a fan-based community. The series is about a female Necromance/half-demon and her perilous adventures with Lucifer and her demon lover. It's set in a pretty awesome furture, and I highly reccomend the Dante Valentine series to everyone. My community's fairly new (as am I to LiveJournal), so I'm out pimping/affiliating to get it on the grid so we can start contests. http://community.livejournal.com/danny_valentine/ That's the link, and anyone interested in joining or wanting to ask questions is more than welcome to contact me. Also, if you have a friend(s) who have read the series, please let them know the community's lurking about! :D



Current Mood: blank
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
3:17 pm
Anti-Christ: A Satirical End of Days (Review)

Title: Anti-Christ: A Satirical End of Days
Author: Matthew Moses

Genre: Satire
Pages: 396

As told in Anti Christ: A Satirical End of Days  the world is in chaos – proving reality infuses fiction.
Russia is eliminating democracy, returning to an authoritarian government. The US is fighting government corruption charges as a possible war between Pakistan and India formulates. Now China wants to rule Taiwan…the global issues never end.

On a civilian scale, Matthew Ford is an average college guy, suffering the usual issues. After waiting three hours, his internet date is a no show, the bookstore refuses to refund a book he just bought, and then his car gets a flat tire as it begins to snow. Arriving home, Matt’s horrendous day ends peacefully once he throws out the ghost, haunting him for the last time. Okay, so this act is not usual however, it garners the attention of Heaven now commercialized and a power hungry Hell, both warring against the other to gain Earth peoples’ majority support. As for his awareness of the previously mentioned world issues, Matt was busy watching professional wrestling; his priorities are quite clear.

Mr. Moses composes an engaging, humorous parody, drawing from timeless world events and American life. The U.S. President Lucas is a ditz, believing that
Kashmir – in India - is a sweater company, and cannot understand why Pakistan wants that particular cloth. It’s not material they want, it’s all about the land. Russia’s President Romanov wants to return his country into greatness. He dissolves the Duma, their legislative body, assuming sole leadership. After President Lucas’ lengthy warning that the U.S. will defend democracy, Romanov, a taciturn man, replies with a barbed curse, “F--- America”. Now that is honest communication.

The true witticism shines as Matt begins an enlightened journey first to Heaven, followed by Hell, then to the mystic Buddhist temples, and then back again to Heaven. Instigating this trek are two cherubs who abduct Matt, claiming the “Boss” wants to meet. Once in
Zion (Heaven), the cherubs loose Matt, who wanders into a place called “Gabriel’s”. God’s Archangels now congregate in a local tavern since Heaven and Hell signed a peace treaty two thousand years ago, outlawing wars. They drown their sorrows in unending chalices of holy water or engage in wrestling smack downs in the tavern’s backroom; releasing pent up hostilities. The crowning moment is when Matt finally meets Jesus demanding that he take back the ghost he threw out; Heaven is overcrowded since Christ took over management.

The slapstick continues with attacks on big business, worker’s unions, fad diets, immigration, military assistance in foreign countries, reincarnation…not even the Pope is exempt from this fast paced, captivating farce. Still, when Satan entices Matt into becoming the world’s elite guru of wisdom, the amusing dialog turns gloomy. They attend congressional sessions discussing stem cell research and lecture overweight people simply to stop eating; naming only a few topics that some readers may not find amusing, in any form.

Yet, Anti Christ is a satire, “a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule” (definition from Dictionary.com)…hmmm, Mr. Moses has done his job well. His characters are well formed, genuine, aptly supporting this cabaret of imaginative intrigue. Even the typo, right at the beginning, “CwHyAPTER 1” only adds to this wacky novel. And yes, I roared with laughter throughout this distinctive book.

Pamela - Podpeep.blogspot.com

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
12:30 pm
I can't believe I am asking for more reading material

Hello all -

I need some help. I need to chose a fantasy novel for my book club. The way the person asked was "You know kinda like Mists of Avalon." Now I am choosy in my fantasy and don't want a typical "Toss in a dwarf, an elf and a princess and stir kind of book."

So here is my question, what do you recommend? If there is a goddess-y bent all the better. Or a lovely grown up fairytale.

Thanks in advance.

x-posted to 15000pages50bookchallengebibliophiliafunbookclubgoddess_wisdompagan_parentingpaganparentsrapidreadersreadpleasewiccan_mommies

Current Mood: dorky
Friday, January 26th, 2007
7:11 am
Blues4Kali- MetaMythology for the Millennium

What will Winter Solstice bring in

...an instant of Karma? ...an ethereal spiral dance of the collective soul? ... cosmic judgment leveled against civilization's expanse? ...destruction of the world as we know it? ...a chance for a new start? ...the rise and the revenge of the Goddess? or simply another day in the life of paranoia?
These are the false prophesies that your pastor warned you about!

Reality Exchange Program

"Makes DMT seem like a whip-it."

Crazy Bear said there'd be days like this. As usual, no one believed him. Now, all I want to know is: where IS that lifeboat, and how DO I ditch this ship of fools, without any of these bliss ninnies noticing that I'm already gone?

Captain, my ass. We are equal in this sea of madness.

That iceberg is looking awfully big.

New Age Metaphysical Books

Amana Mission is on a quest to save the world, and the only problem is, she can't remember why she got involved with such an obvious scam in the first place. Jesus saves. Christ. What a loser.

Kali kills first, and recycles later.

Hitchhikers, load up for a ride to the Other Side. You may wish you had gone Greyhound.

"What the...?"

*A cranky band of prankster peace warriors who absolutely cannot resist messing with each other's minds, no matter the cost.

*Cocky alchemy-dabbling quantum surfers, navigating the Ethersphere with hand-held computers, switching timelines to find a better party vibe and swap tips about the best temporary toilets for use as interdimensional portals.

*A burnt-out visionary hippie millionaire on a mission from Gaia to build a better "communitopia" by underwriting a convoy carrying telepathic priestesses.

*A wheelchair-bound mindpilot propelling a crystal-powered Seed Bank toward the post-Apocalyptic Garden, with psychic precision...and a predilection for high-velocity extreme driving.

*Hermaphrodite time-jumper fleeing a fate worse than death.

*Anarchist ghettoes where anything goes-except escape.

*Ancient Principals vying like sweatsoaked carpetbaggers for our loyalty as the Final Vote is tallied.

*Long-haired security patrols collecting a cannabis tribute tax from all pilgrims to the Valley of Fun.

*And an underground meat mafia bringing a black magic revival to a bloodless dreamworld gone bland.

All brought together by a secret psychedelic superdrug that tunes users in to reality through the eyes of another archetypal avatar inhabiting a different state of space and time. Mahayana made easy. Budding Buddha natures are running amuck on a virtual superhighway where all roads lead to the Bo tree and singularity.

Twenty-first century Tantra is about more than sex, drugs, and
rock and roll.Confronting the Karma of every wasted breath is only the first step.

Welcome to the End Times. Kali awaits. She already knows who you are.

Do you?

The 21st century counterculture is even weirder than it appears on the surface. This is not your mommy’s MTV Road Rules. Satire Parody and Humor.

Ride along on this mesmerizing, metaphor-packed bus trip toward ecstasy and enlightenment, as three real-time guides-Amana, Sissy, and Deva, let you in on what they learned when they asked what It was really all about, after all.

Become them for a multilevel metafictional tour of infinity and awaken yourself to the miracle-a-minute magic of mighty Mother Kali!

Science Fiction Novel Blues 4 Kali

Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
9:56 am
Quick update
Following my earlier posting about free UK book swap site ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk/), some of you were a bit disappointed to find out ReadItSwapIt is only available to book lovers in the UK.

So I did a bit of research and have discovered that there's a really cool site in the US called Bookins (www.bookins.com) which, like ReadItSwapIt, is totally free to use.

There's also Title Trader and Paperback Swap, which are great as well. But I personally prefer Bookins - it seems to have a very simple swapping system and they also have this facility where you can print out the postage labels from your computer so you don't even have to go to the post office, which i reckon is pretty cool - wish Royal Mail allowed us to do that in the UK!

Sorry to do a big posting like this but I've been getting a lot of emails and thought some of you might appreciate the info :)
Monday, December 12th, 2005
2:42 pm
Free books for book lovers!
Would any of you guys be interested in joining a site that allows you to swap books for free?

It's my boyfriend's site and I think he's doing a really worthwhile
thing because it costs him money but he doesn't charge anything. He
set it up in his spare time.

It's called ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk) and it's got
over 500 users now and two thousand books available for swapping.

It really helps to spread literacy, stop waste and recycle books in the UK.

It's the only 100 per cent free site of its kind.

hope you don't mind me posting this, i just thought it might be
something you'd like to know about.

It's a great way to get rid of unwanted Xmas book gifts.

Or if you want to buy a book, you can get it there instead, for free - and it won't waste trees, cos you're recycling old books at the same time.

If you like the idea, please do join and put a link up on your LJ links page to help spread the word - the more people who join up, the more books everyone has to swap with.

If you'd like any more information please feel free to get in
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
1:20 pm
I am leading the local book club I am a member of in October. Everyone has requested that we read a book with a horror theme. None of us are interested in hacker/slasher stuff but more in the supernatural/weird/eerie genre. Any suggestions?

Current Mood: working
Thursday, October 14th, 2004
3:35 am
I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Excellent, quick read. Tomorrow I will start Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. (I believe he wrote Requiem for a dream)

Did this community die? If not, what are you all reading?
Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
10:23 pm
I have few poetry books at home, and found them very uninteresting... I am a poetry fan, but seemed when I got the books few years ago. I had a bad taste.

Do you know any good poetry books?

Let me know. :)
Sunday, April 21st, 2002
3:53 pm
Ok... Um I just started this. I plan on getting questions to discuss chapters of the book that I am going to start soon. The title of the book is A Handmaid's Tale Tts Written by Margaret Atwood.
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