31 May, 2010

Parade & How Monopoly Saved 10,000 Allied POWs

There's a parade going past the house right now, for the second time within the hour. It's a group of local organizations, the fire department, and a school band. Since the town is small, the parade was shorter than I've seen before, but it was still in the Memorial Day spirit.

*****

In an article in a local newspaper, I found out that maps, compasses, money, and other necessities were hidden in Monopoloy games and distributed out to Allied forces in Europe during WWII, rescuing thousands. In 1941, they needed an alternative to paper maps which were noisy and bulky. They then used silk, and the company that made the specified silk maps was also the distributor of the popular American game Monopoly. They tucked things away into the playing pieces, and the rigged boards were marked with little red dots on the game's squares. According the article, a total of 35,000 Allied POWs were rescued during WWII, and an estimated one-third were assisted by these rigged Monopoly games.

Isn't that cool? The information was only declassified in 2007, since Great Britian wanted to keep things secret in case they needed to use the method again in a future war. The employees of the company that made Monopoly and the soldiers were honored when the government allowed the story to go public.

-----The Golden Eagle

Happy Memorial Day!

Today's the 31st of May, the last Monday of the month and Memorial Day. Hope you guys have fun!



-----The Golden Eagle

30 May, 2010

Awards!

All of these go to whoever wants them!

Rules:
Tag at least five 'sweet friends,' on Blogger
Answer the tag (below) in your post
You may tag the person who gave you this award
Don't forget to comment on the post that awarded you!

You are _______ in your family.
The only child. :)

Do you have your own camera?
No. There's a VGA camera on my cell, but I can't upload them onto the computer/send them to an email, so it doesn't change much.

List three of your character qualities: writer, reader, blogger

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I blog about everything! But I suppose most of it's about things I see. Life, experiences, TV, books . . .

How long have you had your blog?
Since February 27.



1. Post the logo on your blog and/or within the post.
2. Pass it on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Add links to these 12 bloggers within your blog.
4. Let them know they are receiving the award.
5. Share the link of the person from whom you received the award.

I got this award from Memzie @ http://emileighttherebuilder.blogspot.com/


And this one I took from The Book Blog!

29 May, 2010

30,000 Words

I'm going to try to write 30K words in a month! I usually write a lot anyways, so I thought, why not get some credit for it? I'm not going to post my writing (I don't want it copied/stolen) but I will give you guys updates on how I'm doing! Go join yourselves! It's going to be a a lot of fun no matter how I do, I'm sure. :) Here's the link:

http://caroline-awriterslifeforme.blogspot.com/

-----The Golden Eagle

30 Followers!

Thank you for following The Eagle's Aerial Perspective, everyone, and keeping my posting with your reactions, comments, votes, and all feedback! Here's a list with the links I could find in profiles and elsewhere (from top-bottom):

Milli
Adria
The Neverending Shelf
Kristen
Miss M
Dragonfire
Liberty
Audrey
Hannah
Liliejane
Bridget
Hayhay
Bekah
Sarah
Quintessajazz
Shantal
Jojo
Memzie
Jayden Black
Bleah Briann
Shimmer the Cat
Julie
~Prism~
Alex
Cassie
Tay in Real Life
Icewolf
Kenzy
Tjheart
TJ

Thank you once again!

-----The Golden Eagle

5 Awesome Blogs (8)

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

1. Written Words Are Magic

2. The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

3. The Cookie Jar

4. My Life

5. Find That Creative Spark

28 May, 2010

Another Award!

Once again, thank you, Bleah Briann! This is the honesty award, and you have to answer these questions:

Share 1 thing that no one knows about you

Umm, like what? There's a lot you guys don't (and probably never will) know about me. But I suppose most of you don't know that I play the piano and violin a LOT. :)

What is your biggest regret in life?

Hmmm. I'd have to think about that one for a while.
Have you ever been jealous of someone elses blog page and why?

More like admiring of someone else's blog page, not jealous. There are so many beautiful blogs out there!

What would you do for a $1,000 dollars?

What are the conditions? I wouldn't murder anyone, do something really disgusting, or anything illegal, just so you know. :P

What secretly makes you happy?

A lot makes me happy. :)

If you could go back in time, would you still pick the person you are with right now? And why.

Ahem. I am not *with* anyone right now. Hel-looo, I don't plan on being *with* anyone for years.


What do you like or dislike about my blog page.

~With Love and Kisses~ you mean, right? I love the header, for one thing. And I like the columns with all the different gadgets and gizmos and the fonts are nice. ;)
If you could take a trip anywhere, who would you take with you?

My MOM. Of COURSE. It wouldn't be a trip without her! :D

And I award everyone who wants it!

-----The Golden Eagle

Car Crashes

A truck and a car collided at an intersection down the street yesterday. The intersection is quite close to another intersection with a light, and I am assuming that the car took a quick right turn, and the truck started moving forward without noticing it.

The front fender of the truck got all bashed up, but the car fared the worse with the drivers' side door getting completely dented in, one rearview mirror got destroyed, and one of the lights was smashed. There was some debris on the road.

I don't believe anyone was hurt, since the guy in the car shook his head when a woman who called the police asked him if he was, and the man in the truck ran right over. Thankfully.

People need to be more careful when they drive. Cell phone, GPS, etc., all get in the way of focusing on the road and watching where everyone else is going--defensive driving, you know!

-----The Golden Eagle

27 May, 2010

Award!


Thank you Bleah Briann for awarding me with The Inspirational Blog Award! The people I award are:

Adria (my newest follower!) @ @dria Cherelle
Memzie @ Memzie, the Rebuilder
Miss M. @ Just a minute . . .
Hannah @ My Nutty Life
Tay in Real Life @ Fearless
Icewolf @ Randomness is Sweet
Cassie @ Inside My Mind

26 May, 2010

Summertime? NO WAY!

First off: Thank you, Adria, for following!

Can you believe everyone's discussing summer plans already? I'm still back in the beginning of spring, around April. May just went so fast. Summer's less than a month away now! I can't believe it.

Perhaps that's because I don't really like summer. I know, I'm a weirdy. But really; heat, bugs, more bugs, bites, sweat, no school. What's to like? I like sunshine, warmth, being able to be outside, but spring/fall are more my thing.

No plans, really, at the moment. Just going to chill and do what I normally do; read, write, and do schoolwork, probably. No places planned, nothing spectacular, and September is going to be a problem, I just know it.

What about you guys?

25 May, 2010

Bad Guys aka Antagonists

One way to judge a book is how cunning, ingenious, and plain old evil the antagonist is. If you have a dull enemy, where's the fun in that? People who are evil have to be evil. Cruel, sometimes. Mean. Nasty. They have to have motives, too, not just a blind bashing of their fellow companions.

Take The Mortal Instruments, The Immortals, The Five Ancestors, and Twilight.

In The Mortal Instruments, Valentine is a complex enigma in many ways, and that makes him interesting. You really wonder about what he'd going to do next and what his next plot will be.

In The Immortals (which, by the way, is not one of my favorite series) Roman had a) motive and b) good plots. I mean, no exchange of DNA and the blood transfusion thing? Ingenious.

In The Five Ancestors, Ying has motive. He has a complex past, and there's a reason for his actions. There is more depth than in some antagonists, and it's intertwined with so many other things. (I highly suggest you read these books.)

In Twilight, it's just the opposite. I do not empathize nor sympathize with Bella and dear Mr. Edward Cullen, seeing as I agree with the Volturi. There has to be some kind of law and order in every society, even if that means some methods just don't fit the Oh-So-Romantic-Feel-Bad-For-Bella idea. *shrugs*

What do you think?

-----The Golden Eagle

24 May, 2010

Monday Again*

Temperature: warm. My attitude: mild. Writing influences: melting. Telekinetic powers: frozen.

*sigh*

Anyways, not much happened today. I didn't get any calls at 4:55 AM (it happened on Saturday night and it REALLY pissed me off seeing as I did not know the caller; it's illegal to randomly call people, you know!) on my cell, Mom's off at work, I did most of my schoolwork already, went to the library, got out a book that I now regret having done so since it sucks but I hate stopping in the middle of novels, and I have a cat sleeping on the keyboard shelf on the desk.

*****

I hate people who go around as anonymous. If you can't say it with your name, don't say it at all! For exapmle, people call random numbers and then hang up, and they think it's funny. Amusing. Trifling.

Well, it's NOT.

1. It's illegal.
2. It's annoying.
3. It's sick.
4. It's disrupting, especially at 4:55 AM on a Saturday night.

So don't do it. I don't appreciate it, you don't appreciate it, so SHUT UP AND GO TO SLEEP ALREADY.

Rant, I know, but I don't like being called when I'm sleeping! I want to sleep! And I want the phone's ringtone to be audible in case there's an emergency, but I don't want it to be waking me up for no reason.

*BTW, what do you think of my new profile image? Do you like the one with the blue background better?

-----The Golden Eagle

23 May, 2010

Book Review and Thoughts

Evermore

Title: Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 301
Rating: 2 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.5 out of 5. I love the color contrast between the tulip and the darker purple background.

*May contain spoilers. Read at your own risk*
The good: It wasn't horrific. He wasn't a vampire, and I thought the mystery of what Damen Auguste's existence meant was interesting.

The bad: If you took out the sentences about how "gorgeous, dark, and sexy" etc. Damen was, there was perhaps about 70 pages of substance. Really interesting things, like the way Haven was close to dying and the Drina situation. Other than that, it was mostly focused on Damen and the way he treated Ever.

Ever I did not especially like. She gets drunk, for goodness' sake! Drunk as in: expelled, acting stupid, and generally wallowing in self-pity. She's not the strongest character by far, and I didn't like her attitude toward life. It was just so . . . defeatist. Like there was nothing she could do, and she kept resisting help from those who wanted to help her.

Damen is all right; I don't know about his history with Drina, though. It seems pretty shaky, and I'm not sure that makes him the best protagonist. He's not arrogant when he meets Ever, but he says that he was when he became an immortal. How is the reader supposed to know he won't go back to that sort of mindset?

*Some language.*
Do I recommend this book? Mph. Not really.

Back cover:

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she had been branded a freak at her new high school--but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
   Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head--wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answer. And she had no idea just who he really is--or what he is. The only thing she known to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.*

*(Why is that phrase "deeply and helplessly in love with him" so rife among YA novels? It's so overused, and please, girl's aren't helpless. Or at least they shouldn't be.)

*****

In the above review, the immortal person (Damen) is male. In The Twilight Saga, Edward is male. In The Mortal Instruments, Jace is male. In so many other books the powerful, smart, mysterious, beautiful character is male.

WTH?

What's wrong with the girl being the powerful, smart, mysterious, and beautiful character? Hmmm? Why doesn't a mortal boy fall in love with a girl for once, instead of it being the girl falling "helplessly" in love with the boy? Surely not all books have a male immortal whatever who changes the female character. If there are, please alert me! I'm dying for some literature that doens't have a girl as the main character!!

*****

Have you ever heard the quote "For every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple, and wrong"? Well, it's true. People want simple answers, and when it comes to solving something difficult, the solution is often complicated. There is usually not just one right answer or response, nor is there one wrong answer or response. Sometimes there is a simple solution, but not usually.

Take the phrase "government takeover". People react to that phrase explosively, demanding that they do not want a "government takeover". But those words are tricky; what do the Republicans mean when they say "government takeover" or "government bailout"? Americans react with knee-jerk words and actions, and don't stop and pause to wonder if their answer/response is really the correct one. It's an easy response to simple cry "We don't want a government takeover or a bailout of financial institutions!" but is that really what is happening? Republicans play with people, pressing buttons with those very phrases, depending on what they want the result to be. Like is someone says, "there's a government bailout in the new legislation"* people don't stop and ask whether that's really true or whether it's a political thing. They just react.

That's not solution to our problems. We have to think to get the right answer, and catch phrases don't do that. It's not the right answer. It's clear and simple and it's wrong.

*Note: I'm not trying to say that there is or there isn't a bailout in the bill. I might state my views in a different post, but this is neutral.

-----The Golden Eagle

I'm a Spotlighted Blogger!

Check out this post at Bookworming in the 21st Century!

Thank you, Kristen!

-----The Golden Eagle

22 May, 2010

An Award and Another Tag!

I got the Oh My Blog! Award/Tag from Hannah @ http://mynuttylife97.blogspot.com/ and the Smartness Award from Shimmer the Cat @ http://shimmerkitty.blogspot.com/! Thank you!!

Here is the Smartness Award (that I award to whoever really wants it!):


And the Oh My Blog! Award/Tag (and I award Icewolf, Shimmer, Bleah Briann, and anyone else who feels like doing it) and here are the rules:

1. Choose ONE of the following options of accepting the OMB award:

(a) Write about your most embarrassing moment. (I *ahem* choose this since I don't know enough titles to do (b) and I don't want you to see my face. For several reasons.)

(b) Write a "Soundtrack of your childhood" post.

(c) Make your next blog a 'vlog'/video blog. Basically, you're talking to the camera about whatever.

(d) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc)and post it.

So. Embarrassing? I once forgot my steps onstage and started over at the beginning when I was supposed to be dancing something that was totally different, and one time I fell into a pond and started thrashing around because I didn't (and still don't) know how to swim and had to walk home soaking wet. You can decide which is worse. :P

-----The Golden Eagle

Cookie Tag & 5 Awesome Blogs (7)



I've been tagged by Icewolf @ http://icewolvesdomain.blogspot.com/!

What is your favorite cookie?
Almond.

What is your least favorite?
You know, I don't eat cookies all that often . . .

How many cookies can you eat in one sitting?
No more than 2, thank you very much.

Make up a cookie!
Hmmm . . . Fruiteeka. Apples, grapes, and orange all at the same time. :P

Have you ever made that before?
No. I've never made cookies myself, actually.

You see an army of angry cookies coming at you. What do you do?
I slam the oven door on them. Muahahaha!

And I tag:

Kenzy
Audrey
and
Tay

*****

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

1. Brave Chicken's Look on the World
2. Chase Your Dreams
3. Da Lovely World of What-Not
4. Teens Read and Write
5. Jojo's Blog

-----The Golden Eagle

21 May, 2010

PAC-MAN and Yet ANOTHER Book Review

This is my second today, but I am ADDICTED to reading. I'd fall into a coma if I didn't read anything . . .

city of bones

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 485
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.5 out of 5. I love the shining Marks and the image of NY below it!

The good: I really did expect to hate this book, since I thought the second (City of Ashes) was not terrific and I didn't get a whole lot of it. I guess I should start reading things in order, though, since I find that City of Ashes is a lot more comprehensive and understandable than it was not that I've read its prequel.

City of Bones has adventure, (which I love!) action, (which is necessary!) violence, (which is fine, as long as it's not terribly gruesome) betrayal, (which is excellent) romance, (which gets worse in City of Ashes, unfortunately) and a fairly good plot (which is a HUGE plus).

I thought the idea of Downworlders is fascinating and the Shadowhunters themselves are demon-butt-kicking experts and Jace is more complex than he seems with his wisecracks. Jace is funny; he's supposed to be a cocky, self-assured Shadowhunter, but once Clary comes along that changes. (It's him on the front cover, I believe.)

Clary herself (who is the main character) is a little too girly for my tastes, and while I think she could have learned to use a knife a little better and perhaps gotten over her looks, I think that she's fairly strong and can hold her own well enough when it's really required.

The bad: Again, vampires and werewolves are a little overused in my opinion, but I think Clare fit them in an okay fashion in City of Bones; City of Ashes gets a little carried away, but this book balances the stereotypes and common images in a way that doesn't bore me to death.

Do I recommend this book? Sure. Go head and read it, since the action is fast-paced and there are werewolves running around. :)

Back flap:

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she haardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons--and keeping the werewolves and vampires in like. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours, Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herslef is attacked by a demon. But why woud demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know . . .

*****

Have you guys seen the Google Homepage yet? I scored 3330 points after trying it once, (and I have a feeling that's bad) but the whole PAC-MAN thing is funny. You should try it out. :)

It's warm here. *pant* Really, it's like in the uppere 70s and they were predicting mid-80; maybe it's up there right now, but I do know that running in this warmth makes me sweat. And have I ever mentioned how much sweating irritates me? Sticky, germy ooze spreading all over me. I don't really, really mind it, but it's just annoying. And stopping when I'm sweating and feeling it trickle? Yuck. Yet another reason I wouldn't want to live farther South.

-----The Golden Eagle

TGDB, A Book Review, and Some Thoughts On Washington

Date...May 21st, 2010
Starting time...7:11 AM
Mood...dunno. i had some wacky dreams last night, the neighbor was noisy, and yesterday was strangely tense so maybe . . . bristly?
Outside my window...Clouds clouds clouds
I'm thinking...about the neighbor and hoping that she leaves for the weekend. Like NOW.
I'm reading...City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I'm listening to...the computer which is being really slow this morning
I'm wearing...blue capris and greeen tee-shirt
Yesterday, I...waited for my mom to get back from a job thing from which she GOT A JOB
I'm excited for...nothing
I'm sad because...of things that happened in the past
I'm hungry for...nothing
The song stuck inside my head is...Er, I don't listen to songs all that much
I want...for the car to get fixed, which seems entirely unlikely at the moment
I love...skunks. I was thinking about them this morning earlier
I loathe...loose dogs
This week, my goal is...dunno. Try to focus on WWI?
Did I meet last week's goal?...Yes. Sort of.
Ending time...7:17

***

Title: Shift
Author: Jennifer Bradbury
Genre: Self-understanding? Mystery? I don't know . . .
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4 out of 5. I love the yellow and black!

The good: Excellent plot and I like the way the parts of Christopher's life were interspersed with the story of what happened on the bike ride. His voice seemed original and the perspective was interesting to read. His path to finding himself was rough, but the ending worked well and I liked it. Some parts were funny, others a little disturbing, some were like "WHAT!?" and others were just great. :) At first I thought there would be drugs or drinking or some other kind of objectionable stuff in this book because the front gave so little information, but there wasn't. Thank you Bradbury!

The bad: Not much. Mild language, but that's about it.

Do I recommend this book? Yes!

Inside flap:

Imagine you and your best friend head oout West on a cross-country bike trek.

Imagine that the two of you get into a fight--and stop riding together

Imagine you reach Seattle, go bak home, start college.

Imagine you think your former best friend does too.

Imagine he doesn't.

Imagine your world shifting . . .

*****

I can't believe that the Republicans are gaining momentum! For one thing, Bush was a Republican. And who is responsible for the massive debt that America owes? Him and his administration. He lowered taxes for the wealthy, promoted oil, and made some really bad decisions. And now the Republicans are actually starting to take over incumbents and Democrats! The Democrats are trying to get things done and the Republicans just sitting on their hands, stalling, and holding up reform policies. Now, how does that work? People asked for CHANGE and they got it. Democrats are trying to CHANGE things but now America is clamoring for the party that refuses to change?

And the Tea Partiers; what do they stand for? Democrats stand for certain things like unions, spending (we all know that), and the Republicans are against regulations and spending, but what do the Tea Partiers stand for? Hmmm? A party should stand for something if it's going to exist.

-----The Golden Eagle

19 May, 2010

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor - Jaclyn Moriarty

Title: The Spell Book of Listen Taylor
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Genre: Mystery/Fiction
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 3. Not terrific, since I think that there's too much green and that the clothes are weird. The high heel is a bit much, too.

The good: The play on words was interesting, and the mystery part was all right. I like some of the jumpy plot in the beginning, and some of the aspirations of the characters were okay.

The bad: Oh, is there anything we haven't gone crazy over, yet? Ah! There is! Let's make the world as complicated and as wacky as possible.

-_-

For one thing, there was all too much going around and cheating on other people. Marbie has an affair with the aeronautical enginner (his name is never revealed) Listen gets into a huge mess of a social//psychological problem, and there are a million breakups. Divorces, dumpings, divisions, you name it. And it's all because of this spell book, but from the way it's presented, you can't be really sure that the spell book does it all. Things are just so random it's impossible to figure anything out. At first, it was okay, since I didn't really know what was going on :P but as the book progressed it just got strange. And strange-er. And strange-est.

Do I recommend this book? Not particularly. If you want a whole lot of randomness and discombobulation and wacky people, then this is the book for you, but if you're looking for down-to-earth sanity and reason . . . sorry, but no.

*****

Pizza tonight!

Sorry, I just had to broadcast that point. :) I loove homemade pizza, don't you? I highly suggest you try it out. Just get yeast, flour (whole wheat white) and warm water, mix it together, let rise. Take out around an hour later, stir, (this is called the sponge stage) add olive oil, two eggs, tablespoon or so of honey, mix, add flour to make dough. Pound it. Punch it. Take out your aggressions on that hard-at-work yeast. Let rise some more for around another hour. Take out the dough. Punch it down, or "deflate" it, as some say. (My mom does.) Spread it out. Let it rise some more. Bake for around 15 minutes, and get cheese and sauce and whatever out. Put it on the bread. Put it back into the oven, and let it bake for around 10 minutes. Devour like a savage. (Or you can leave that part out, if you so desire . . . LOL.)

*****

I am having trouble writing fighting scenes! Usually it's the diplomatic and calmer conversations that are difficult, but now it's the conflict. *glares* Figuring out craft formations and ship positions and shuttle ports and Navy ranks and Air Force weaponry and Army tactics and Marine strategies is hard. People in the military only have to worry about their own branch; me, I have to run the whole freakin' system! And the infrastructure! And the upper-class! And the lower-class! And the genetically-engineered geniuses and the genetically-engineered pompous-brats!

AAAHHH! *flails* as Kristin Cashore might say (she's the author of some of my favorite books EVER). (http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/)

But anyways, I'll figure it out lol.

-----The Golden Eagle

18 May, 2010

Specials, Sunrise Over Fallujah, and Moi (who else?)

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Specials
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover Rating: 3 out of 5. A little too much face, and not enough background. It's visual, but I think more black/tattoos would be better than seeing her nose really well.

The good: I was surprised that I liked this book. I didn't especially scream when I read Uglies, and I despised Pretties, but I thought that Specials had a different touch. I enjoyed the ending, and I thought that it wound up the trilogy pretty well. And everyone gets a collective smack in the face and reconnect with reality. Life isn't just being pretty, and they learn that. FINALLY.

The bad: Tally isn't human at the end of everything. Can she have kids? Can she survive like a human being? Do microfilaments instead of bones work in the wild? And about staying "icy"--I hate that the Specials have to mutilate themselves just to think clearly. What's wrong with them, really? That's something that never get clarfified; what's really wrong with their brains? What's the lesion do, exactly? How is it put there? How do "nanos" get rid of the lesions? I wish there had been more clarification, because if there's science in a novel, I like it when the science is explained--COMPLETELY, darn it.

Do I recommend this book? Yes. It's not a really strong promotion, but I think that it's worth reading.

Back cover:

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Tally thought they were a rumor, bur now she's one of them. A Special. A super-amped fighitng machine, engineered to keep the uglied down and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn't better than anything she's ever known. Tally still has memories of something else.

But it's easy for her to tune that out--until she's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to that one last choice: listen to that tiny, faitn heartbear, or carry out the missions she's programed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same.
*****

Next book review:

Sunrise Over Fallujah Walter Dean Myers

Title: Sunrise Over Fallujah
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Genre: Modern Fiction (really, what do you call it?)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 5 out of 5. I like the orange-brown tones and the image of the military vehicle and the soldier. It represents so much of the book and is reminiscent of the title.

The good: I liked the aspect of the US Army situation in Iraq. It was well-written and the values were presented in a complicated fashion--perfect for the war setting. It was amusing at times, shocking at others, and a very nice whole. I enjoy reading books based on the military, and this fit my standards quite well.

The bad: Not much, really.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely!

*Warning*: this is about war, after all. And there's one instance where Captain Miller nearly gets raped.

Inside flap:

Spring 2003

Robin "Birdy" Perry , a new army from Harlem, is not quite sure why he enlisted, but he's sure where he's headed: Iraq. He's riding along with the rest of the Civilian Affairs unit: Marla, the witty gunner; the ever-cool career man Captain Coles; Jonesy, the funny guitar-picking blues player; Victos, an ex-gangbanger; and Captain Miller, a thoughtful and complicated military doctor.
   Birdy and the other in Civilian Affairs are supposed to help secure and stabilize Iraq and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. Officially, the code name for their maneuvers is Operation Iraqi Freedom. But there young men and women in the CA have a simpler name for it:

War.

Much of what Birdy knows about war he learned from the letters his uncle Richie Perry wrote from Vietnam. Seems like a lot of the fear feels the same. But it's a different time, a different war. Caught in the cross fire of a conflict, a country, and a culture he doesn't understand, Birdy soon finds that "winning" sometimes means just surviving--and that hero is a complicated word.
*****

Sound like some good books, huh? Well, I think so at least. Raining right now, and I ran in the dripping weather. :) I highly suggest you go do it too.

I hate writing paragraphs. :P Okay, so I enjoy writing in general, but I just don't see the point in writing and re-writing a paragraph on football team names. Or surnames like "short" and "tall" and "greene" and "smith". What's the point? It doesn't result in anything except a grade and while I appreciate the organizational (is that a word?) skills, it doesn't really catch my brain. Why can't I be organizing mesons and antiparticles instead? I'm learning about them in the first place. *sigh* But I guess football teams are easier to arrange and keep track of.

That was a rant, wasn't it? Maybe I should have a conversation with some of my characters instead . . .

Connor: What am I doing here?
Cassie: Don't ask me. I may be the Endessa, but that doesn't mean I can tell you
Eagle: Hello.
Connor/Cassie: *whirls around*
The Golden Eagle: *grins* yup, it's me all right.
Connor: I am a prince. I demand answers.
Eagle: I suppose I really haven't written about you in a while, huh? I'll get around to your story sometime . . .
Cassie: It's all right, girl. We don't mind, right, Connor?
Cassie: Connor? Where'd he go?
Torment: I'm a Chief, you know. I'm not supposed to be yammering away.
Cassie: Who're YOU?
Torment: Don't ask. I'm not from your world.
Athena: HEY, peoples, you seen the centaur around?
Eagle: Yeah, he's on page 5
Athena: Really?
Torment: I have to go order a ship to 156. And Trompeur's acting up again.
Eagle: Of course she is. What else would she do?
Centaur: Athena?
Cassie: OUCH. That's my HEAD.
Connor: I'm Ba-a-a-ck!
Cassie: lovely. "-_-
Gabriel: Yo, EAGLE. I'm getting DUSTY over here! Write me, please!
Axe: My friend is right, Eagle. Get over here!
Eagle: I can't do you all--
Athena: Sure you can! You just need to--
Lord of Mortals: I am getting impatient.
Eagle: YOU. Get OUT.
Lord of Mortals: *cruel grin* I'm afraid I cannot do that
Centaur: I need my story written!
Athena: You really can get us done--
Axe: YO PEOPLES. Eagle's escaping!
Gabriel: Powers, I draw upon you! Catch that eagle! We need our stories written!
Connor: My beast, to the rescue!
Cassie: Was that directed at me . . . ?
Connor: ATTACK THAT EAGLE!
Cassie: Wait--
Lord of Mortals: There is no time! Make her type!
Axe: CHARGE!
Gabriel: YAAAH!
Eagle: Hehe. It would seem that I have a few irate characters here! Gotta go! *zooms off into the air and off stage*
Characters: NOOO!
Curtain: *sweeps everyone off their feet and out of the blogging world*

-----The Golden Eagle

17 May, 2010

Crazy Laws!

Oh, this is funny. I took a book out of the library--the title is How to Build Your Own Country--and this was in it. :D

Eight of these are actual laws that once existed or continue to exist in parts of the world. But one is fake. Can you guess which?

1. Thailand: It is illegal to leave your house if you are not wearing underwear
2. Italy: A man may be arrested for wearing a skirt
3. Australia: It is illegal to feed a kangaroo in a restaurant
4. Israel: It is forbidden to bring bears to the beach
5. Denmark: No one may start a car while someone is underneath the vehicle
6. Alabama: It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle
7. Canada: Citizens may not publicly remove bandages
8. Alaska: It is illegal to push a live moose out of a moving airplane
9. Pennsylvania: It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors

(Answer in comment)

-----The Golden Eagle

16 May, 2010

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Leviathan
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Science Fiction (SF)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The good: When I started this book, I thought I wouldn't like it because I didn't really like the Uglies Trilogy. But as I started it, I just got completely drawn in the characters, the events, and the setting. I love the idea of "Darwinists" and "Clankers" and ecosystems working as a way of transport and, yes, war. The Leviathan airship is amazing, with the bees and the Flechette bats and the way everything fits together as a whole.

I also found Deryn (who goes by Daryl) a very strong character. I female in the air force for the British, she'd smart, spunky, and definitely no weakling. She can stand up for herself and others.

Alek, the son of the archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie is another fascinating character. He may not be used to actual fighting, but he learns as the story progresses and I think does the right thing when its needed.

The action scenes were great, with plenty of tension and the descriptiong fit. The illustrations by Keith Thompson were terrific, and I liked actually being able to see the characters instead of thinking them up in my head. They were well done, too, and gave an extra sense to what the airships and the Stormwalkers looked like.

History plays an important part, too, and I liked that. WWI is not something that's as widely talked about as WWII, and since this is in WWI, I found the information great.

The bad: I didn't really find much wrong with the book.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely.

Inside flap:

It is the cusp of World War 1, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and the Germand have their Clankers, steam-dricen iron machines loaded with guns and ammuniotion. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksander Ferdinand, pince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in on the run. His own people had tuned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalked and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a ommoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant aiman. But her sevret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way . . . taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.
Go check it out!

-----The Golden Eagle

I've Been Awarded!!

Thank you Elyse!

And I award this to: anyone who wants it!

Coraline: The Movie

At first I thought I wouldn't like it, since the kind of animation they use is strangely proportioned and I thought it would be better acted out. But once I got used to the type (which didn't take me long) I really liked it! They kept to the plot mostly, and despite adding in Wybie, I think it was a great movie and didn't butcher the book itself. It wasn't like The Secrets of NIMH which really really was bad, or Eragon, where they remade the story, or most other movies made out of books. I think they kept the original feel of Coraline, and I liked the creepiness. But Miss Forcible and Miss Spink . . . *shudders* They were weird. I didn't especially like that part of the movie, but I guess strange was what they were aiming for. :P

-----The Golden Eagle

15 May, 2010

Neil Gaiman & Book Miscellany

Neil Gaiman is definitely one of my favorite authors. I've read many of his books, and one of his short stories; Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and the short story was called How to Talk to Girls At Parties. (It was a bit strange, but that's SF for you.) I've read more than that, I know, but I can't think of anything right off of the top of my head. :P I like his style of writing, and I like the storylines that he comes up with. If you're wondering why I'm talking about him, it's because I took out the DVD of Coraline (I have yet to watch it) and now he's on my mind.

*****

I wonder where modern literature is going these days. It used to be Alice in Wonderland that kids read, and now it's books like City of Bones and Twilight. I hate all of the abovementioned three. I don't see the draw in hopeless love triangles, werewolves, vampires, mad people, and teenage infatuation.

I also don't see the draw in reading about high school and a bunch of kids making loads of bad decisions. I've read books where it's middle.high schoolers and they're freaking out about the strangest things. Like clothing. Who's going to remember what you wore when you've got a job ten years from now? Who's going to care in a while whether or not you wore makeup in that way once you go to college? Chick/pink lit is just not my thing.

Anyways, I can't really come up with many examples (TTYL is one) of bad literature since I try to stay away from it.

*****

I think that people should read more books like Sunrise Over Fallujah, (I'm reading it now, and it's excellent) Airborn, (the prose is good, it's amusing, and it's adventurous) Maximum Ride (there's a strong global warming theme in there, along with responsible living and taking care of the planet) Darkwing, (it explores the evolution of bats and how one creature had the ability to fly while his counterparts did not, therefore being an outcast) The Land, (racism in the 1870s, and how a boy with a white father/black mother tries to survive in a segregated world) Cracker, (the Vietnam War and part of it's through a dog's perspective) Sammy Keyes, (mystery series with a smart, strong female character) and that's the end of my recommendations for the day.

-----The Golden Eagle

5 Awesome Blogs!

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In no particular order, save for the one unifying feature indicated in the title. :)

1. Kenzy is Totally Awesome

2. Bookworming in the 21st Century

3. Memzie, the Rebuilder

4. ~With Love and Kisses~

5. The Book Blog

{Note: If you'd like to do this yourself, feel free!}

-----The Golden Eagle

14 May, 2010

Lawn Mowing: Grass vs. Moss

DYK that in an hour a lawn mower uses as much gas as 64 new cars? They're pollutive, stinky, noisy, annoying, and you have to struggle to get them started. So instead, my mom mows the grass with a push mower. Y'know, the kind that you push and the blades turn around in the center? Well, it's greener, gives the user plenty of exercise, and gets the grass done just as well.

I don't know why people grow grass in the first place. It grows and grows and you just have to keep on cutting it. There are plants that grow only a few inches and you don't need to cut. Moss is one of them. Moss is soft, short, and greener than grass is. Why bother with the whole mowing shenanigans?

And around here, it's worse. The neighbors are literally mowing their lawns every other day, or even more often. The guy across the street will mow from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Really, I've seen him do it. And they have those tractors out there, too, and they're noisy. They ruin perfectly nice and serene days!! Grrrrr.

-----The Golden Eagle

Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like Bananas

Friday!

Like the post title? Me: *grins* Other bloggers: *-_-* Okay, okay. I'll get serious and do the TGDB like I'm supposed to.

Date...May 14th, 2010
Starting time...6:50 AM (I loooove getting up early in the mornin')
Mood...chipper.
Outside my window...Clouds. *boooo* Where's the sunshine!?
I'm thinking...about my story. And about the local library. And about Blogger.
I'm reading...Artemis Fowl
I'm listening to...The computer.
I'm wearing...Black pants, blue shirt, gray sweatjacket
Yesterday, I...uuuuhhh . . . fixed caviar. JK! I fixed my lunch. Really.
I'm excited for...Monday/Tuesday
I'm sad because...not sad
I'm hungry for...nothing
The song stuck inside my head is...none, except the music at the end of the News Hour.
I want...to RUN
I love...technology!
I loathe...malfunctioning technology. :P
This week, my goal is...to rock the world of course!! Well, maybe the household, at least . . .
Did I meet last week's goal?...Kinda sorta.
Ending time...6:57 AM

***

-----The Golden Eagle

13 May, 2010

The Wings of a Falcon

{Note: This is a review of a book I hated, so it's pretty biased and hotly written}

Title: The Wings of a Falcon
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1 out of 5

The good: I enjoyed the style of writing, and there were plenty of plot twists.

The bad: All right. I did not like this book at all. It's not that the plot was too slow, or that the characters too boring, but it was that everyone was behaving badly and generally acting as if they were jerks, IMO. Oriel (the main character) is so pompous and stuck up I wanted to throw the book through a glass window. He just kept doing things that were put-downs and saying things that were ridiculous. I might have liked Griff, but he was too weak and let others push him around.

Let me explain.

For example: in Selby, Oriel and Griff are staying with the Saltweller. (He takes salt out of briny water and sells it.) He has a daughter, and at only 10 years old she decides she wants to marry Griff when she's 13. But Oriel is all "Oh, she'll change her mind" and she does. Griff is passive about it all. He follows Oriel around loke a dog an does exactly what Oriel tells him to do.

Oriel is well-known in the town of Selby. He's the leader of this sort of resistance movement against the ruling family. But when the Saltweller comes up with a good idea, Oriel is literally mad at him for thinking of something he hadn't.

When the Saltweller's farm is attacked by Wolfers (nasty people who get wives for how much booty they bring to the king Wolfer) the girl Tamara shouts "I'm not worth it!" as Griff and Oriel are about to try to fight the Wolfers. Now, that is typical. Noble people shout that at the people they admire.

But Oriel says to Griff, as if an epiphany had hit him, "She's not worth it."
Me: *O.O
My first reaction was JERK. And Griff doens't protest because he's wound around Oriel's little finger. Later in the book he starts to form different opinions than Oriel, and Oriel says that he feels "as if his hand had started to move on its own".

And later on, when Oriel meets this 17-year-old named Beryl he sleeps with her, and then leaves her. Just like that, and goes off to become the Earl of Sutherland and marry this Lady Merlis. He is going to compete in a "Tourney" where the winner gains the position of Earl and lands, and the Lady Merlis. When he sees Merlis (and Beryl is just a distant thought in his mind, despite the fact she's pregnant with his child) he falls in love with the Lady.

As it turns out, however, she'd secretly married Tintage, another contester in the Tourney, and Tintage murders Oriel in front of everyone when Merlis cries his name. She then clings to tintage as Oriel lays there dying with a blade in his back. And Oriel had been about to do the most decent thing he'd ever thought of in his life--give the Earl's lands back to the Lady.

But she never gave him a chance, and he dies without doing many good deeds. Griff--his lifelong friend--takes over the Earldon since it was Oriel's dying wish, and marries Beryl. Who's still pregnant with Oriel's baby.

Merlis runs away with Tintage into exile, but Yaegar, Tintage's father wars with Griff, Tintage is killed, and Merlis hangs herself out of grief for his death.

Women are treated like objects in this book. They can't run businesses, they're slept with and treated like their sole purpose is to marry the men who are idiots. Beryl has no freedom, Merlis has no freedom (she doesn't deserve it, thought) Tamara has no freedom, the Wolfer's wives have no freedom. Polygamy is rampant.

AARRRRGGHH. 

Why can't someone act reasonable for once. Like someone says on Amazon:
"It's a good thing it's out of print".

Recommendation: NONE.

And so concludes this book review. (I'm sorry if it was a bit rant-y, but I needed to vent my thoughts about this book. I have no idea what Voigt's other books are like, but I took another one of her's out; maybe I will have more positive things to say about that one.)

-----The Golden Eagle

12 May, 2010

Finally someone gets the truth . . .


Awesome! I got this from ~With Love and Kisses~ and feel free to take it if you're homeschooled!

Bus Rant

AAAH!

Public transit. So okay, they're suppposedly greener than your average private vehicle, as long as there are other people on the bus. Yesterday, my mom and I went down to the biggest city in the county on a bus, and it was unpleasant.

My mom got carsick, (or bus-sick) I smelled gas, the bus was full of yammering seniors and people from  a workshop, and I couldn't read because then I'd get sick and it was too jostly anyways. And about being green, well, those buses idle a LOT. They sit in front of buildings waiting for people to come out, and while spewing fumes into the air. Now, that's not really what I call clean. They're not clean green mean machines, which is what I wish vehicles were like internationally. *sigh*grumble*glare*

I'm a green girl; I should like buses, but I hate them. Well, maybe not hate. Hate is a strong word. Maybe I just find them unpleasant and horribly noisy on top of everything else.

-----The Golden Eagle

10 May, 2010

100th Post!

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So, here it is! The {blog} parade runs from May 10-16; one week. The questions (and my answers!) are below. Have fun reading them, have fun answering them, and above all, have FUN!!! :)

My answers:
1. Do you have a favorite color? Or do you like several?
All colors are fine with me!
2. Name a random favorite book:
Brisingr
3. Do you listen to music often?
Not really
4. Given these option, you would prefer to:
a) Ride a zipline in South America
b) Go sky diving
c) Surf in Hawaii
d) Climb a mountain
e) Learn how to fly a fighter jet
Either a) or e) *grins*
5. Do you like animals in general?
Yes!
6. If you found yourself in an empty alleyway blocked at both ends by international assasins, what would you do?
a) Unsheath your sword and charge at the people at one end, going, "Yah! Fear me, for I am a swordsman/woman!"
b) Jump up, grab a nearby clothesline, and start scaling the wall via windowsills and other clotheslines
c) Curl up and hope they don't notice you
d) Attack them with fireballs that drain your energy based on how many you throw
e) Scream. Loudly.
a) or d). It would depend on the assasins. :P
7. Science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal genres?
SF or fantasy, most of the time. But if the plot and character are good, I'm game!
8. Movies that make you cry, movies that make you laugh, movies that make you scream in fright, or movies that make you freeze up as the heroic hero battles the enemies?
Laugh/freeze up. I do love a good swordfight . . .
9. Cats, dogs, or skunks?
Skunks. Or a dog, but skunks are soft and can be sweet pets. (They sometimes smell a little after they've been de-stink-ified, but that's all.)
10. What do you think of these questions so far? (Go on. Be truthful.)
*neutral stance* These are my own questions, after all.
11. Do you think the word "antidisestablishmentarianism" is cool?
It's long, all right.
12. Black panthers, tigers, or lions?
Panthers, since they're slinky and very cool. Tigers come after that, and then lions.
13. Snakes or Spiders or Bears?
Snakes!
14. Pizza?
Absolutely. :D
15. Do you like Memorial Day as a holiday, or do you treat it as a memorial of the people serving?
I don't really think about it that much (or at least I haven't in the past), but I consider it both.
16. A guy with a purse is ruching towards you and police are chasing after him. You are the only one closest to him before he reaches the exit door, so you
a) Jump out and scream "STOP RIGHT THERE!"
b) Trip him up
c) Shrink back and hope that the police trained for the Olympics
d) Stumble out and ram him with your super-heavy shopping bag filled with high-heeled, spiky shoes.
e) Shove your friend out in front instead
a). If I got the guts fast enough.
17. Artemis Fowl (yes, he's a boy despite the name!) is a popular series. Have you ever read a book in the series? If so, which one(s) and what did you think?
I've read ALL of them, and give them all a rating of 5+. (Do you know how rare that is for me? :D)
18. Is anyone missing from your life right now?
Nope!
19. Do you wish your family was bigger? Smaller? Is it the perfect size?
Perfect.
20. Do you go to the movies often?
Definitely not.
21. What's your opinion of books being turned into movies?
If they keep to the main plot, or protray the characters the way they appear in the book, and the plot's good, then I have nothing against books-to-movies.
22. Italian or Asian cuisine?
Asian, but Italian is good, too.
23. Do you prefer home cooking, home-delivery, or restaurants?
Home cooking. I eat it every night. :)
24. Is exercise something you do a lot? e.g. walking, jogging, running, stretching, jumping, sports.
Yup. Every day.
25. Are trends something you follow, or do you like what you like when you like it?
I don't follow trends. I like what I like when I like it.
26. Would you become a Dragon Rider, given the chance?
Ab. So. Lu. Te. Ly. I'd love to ride a dragon!
27. Do you enjoy blogging right now?
Yes!
28. What's the thing you don't like about Blogger?
It makes the computer noisy. *WHHRRR* It's sort of annoying.
29. Name some random-ish fact about yourself:
I like friendly neighbors. :)
30. The questions are over! Did you hate it? Love it? Ho-hum it?
Love it, of course. =D

Here are the questions for YOU to answer:
1. Do you have a favorite color? Or do you like several?

2. Name a random favorite book:

3. Do you listen to music often?

4. Given these options, you would prefer to:
a) Ride a zipline in South America
b) Go sky diving
c) Surf in Hawaii
d) Climb a mountain
e) Learn how to fly a fighter jet

5. Do you like animals in general?

6. If you found yourself in an empty alleyway blocked at both ends by international assasins, what would you do?
a) Unsheath your sword and charge at the people at one end, going, "Yah! Fear me, for I am a swordsman/woman!"
b) Jump up, grab a nearby clothesline, and start scaling the wall via windowsills and other clotheslines
c) Curl up and hope they don't notice you
d) Attack them with fireballs that drain your energy based on how many you throw
e) Scream. Loudly.

7. Science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal genres?

8. Movies that make you cry, movies that make you laugh, movies that make you scream in fright, or movies that make you freeze up as the heroic hero battles the enemies?

9. Cats, dogs, or skunks?

10. What do you think of these questions so far? (Go on. Be truthful.)

11. Do you think the word "antidisestablishmentarianism" is cool?

12. Black panthers, tigers, or lions?

13. Snakes or Spiders or Bears?

14. Pizza?

15. Do you like Memorial Day as a holiday, or do you treat it as a memorial of the people serving?

16. A guy with a purse is ruching towards you and police are chasing after him. You are the only one closest to him before he reaches the exit door, so you
a) Jump out and scream "STOP RIGHT THERE!"
b) Trip him up
c) Shrink back and hope that the police trained for the Olympics
d) Stumble out and ram him with your super-heavy shopping bag filled with high-heeled, spiky shoes.
e) Shove your friend out in front instead

17. Artemis Fowl (yes, he's a boy despite the name!) is a popular series. Have you ever read a book in the series? If so, which one(s) and what did you think?

18. Is anyone missing from your life right now?

19. Do you wish your family was bigger? Smaller? Is it the perfect size?

20. Do you go to the movies often?

21. What's your opinion of books being turned into movies?

22. Italian or Asian cuisine?

23. Do you prefer home cooking, home-delivery, or restaurants?

24. Is exercise something you do a lot? e.g. walking, jogging, running, stretching, jumping, sports

25. Are trends something you follow, or do you like what you like when you like it?

26. Would you become a Dragon Rider, given the chance?

27. Do you enjoy blogging right now?

28. What's the thing you don't like about Blogger?

29. Name some random-ish fact about yourself:

30. The questions are over! Did you hate it? Love it? Ho-hum it?

-----The Golden Eagle

Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

[This is post #99!]

Title: Sucks to Be Me
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Genre: Vampires (they pretty much have their own category)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The good: Mina Hamilton does not freak when she finds out her friend is in love with her crush. She does not go crazy when she finds out that her parents are forcing her to make a decision. (Okay, maybe a little, but not that much) She does not go nuts, or mad, or crazy, and since she stays pretty down-to-earth most of the time, that sort of boosted my confidence in the plot. I also liked Mina's voice, which I thought was fairly original, and the a) b) c) lists were funny. I liked the conflict between family/friends since it seemed to be fairly realistic.

The bad: The plot, if it had had a weaker and less-likeable character, would have been bad. Not really bad, but not good, either. It's simple, and there are a few things that I wish the author had put more light on. Like the Black Talons, and some of the Council's methods. I also found the presentation of Samson a bit . . . off center. Sure, the military is not the most cheeful place, but that doesn't make them cold, stony, and villainous freaks.

Do I recommend this book? Not particularly. I took out this book to see if this presentation of vampires was as bad as some others, (and because the library didn't have anything else that really caught my eye) and I found that it was ho-hum. If you like vampires, then it's a go, but if not, and if plot is a main aspect of a story in your view, not really.

-----The Golden Eagle

09 May, 2010

I've Been Awarded!


Thank you Bleah Briann! Now I have to choose 10 sweet bloggers myself (sorry, victims :D):

Icewolf
Tay in Real Life
Kenzy
Liliejane
Audrey
Hayhay
Cassie
Bekah
Bridget
Hannah

(I hope you guys haven't been awarded already)

*****

This is my 98th post! Only 2 more to go, and then it's 100!

-----The Golden Eagle

Sunday!

Right now, I have a cat sitting on my arm. She's purring away, and, despite the fact I don't usually appreciate cats sitting on any part of me, I like it.
Cat: *rub rub rub* Why aren't you petting me, human? C'mon . . . ah! Claws seem to do the trick, now if I just poke here
Me: *YOW!* Why are you abusing me, kitty? I give you a home, and food, and a place to sleep. (Not to mention a litter box.) You could be outside in the wind and snow (yeah, it's snowing) but NO! You're inside because of OUR compassion.
Cat: I deserve better. *sniffs*
Me: *noncommital grunt*

*****

Dum da dum dum . . . I didn't really do a whole lot yesterday besides write (I'd post some, but there are copiers and snatchers and illegal people out there), watch Eragon (the movie rocks, BTW, despite the fact they changed the whole plot. :P), and read. I also walked over a mile and jumped on a trampoline for a while, along with watch my mom move around boxes, but that's all. The ideal relaxed and calm Saturday. The neighbor was gone, too, so I could be noisy and turn up the volume on the TV when I watched the movie, and practice piano. (She's fussy.)

*****

This is my 96th post! Only four more to go until I reach 100!!! I have decided what to do, and here's a hint: it's like a tag, but not completely.

Some hint, huh? I couldn't think of anything more poetic. :P

This Post is Dedicated to My Mother

Where would we be without mothers? They're the ones who offer support, guidance, life, love, and hope for so many of us. My mom is the best in the world, (of course!) and here are the things I treasure the most:

She:

--Is Kind (toward me and others)
--Is Supportive (of my efforts)
--Is Loving (continually)
--Is Always There (all the time)
--Is A Light in The Dark (everday)
--Keeps me up to standard (and higher!)

THANK YOU MOM!!!

08 May, 2010

I've Been Tagged . . . (twice!)


Icewolf and Dragonfire have tagged me with the Sky Tag, so here are five things that I would most likely like to be able to do:

1.) Fly like an eagle!
2.) Know how to use a sword like an expert (TAKE THAT, HYAAA!)
3.) Complete calculus problems without any trouble at all
4.) Be cryokinetic
5.) See up to two miles away with amazing clarity

And I tag:

Kenzy @ kenzyistotallyawesome.blogspot.com
Tay in Real Life @ therealartfreak.blogspot.com
Audrey/That Girl in The Pink @ quirkyteenramblings.blogspot.com

-----The Golden Eagle

5 Awesome Blogs!!!

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Into the breach once more, comrades! . . .

1. Pure Fire
Welcome to the blog world, Dragonfire!

2. The Faithful Elven Princess

3. Teenage Politics

4. Inside My Mind

5. Center Stage

There you have it. :)

07 May, 2010

Health, Dreams, and Britain's Politics (Britain wasn't in the dream)

There's this thing in my town called Around *X*X*X*X*X* (sorry. If you Googled it you might get the place where I live) and it's where you walk tracking your steps and miles with a pedometer, and then your distance logged in at the end of the week. You drop off a little sheet of paper that says how far you went in the last week, and then those slips of paper are drawn each week in a raffle-type-thing-y. AKA prizes! I'm not too crazy about that part, since I don't know what the heck they are, so I'm just enthusiastic about the walking part of it. Now a little blue device is strapped to my waistband, and there it will stay until the end of the day. (Gee, that rhymed.) HOPEFULLY people will participate, and get moving! It's the whole point, anyways . . .

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On a different note:

I had a dream . . .

That I designed my own city! It was environmetally friendly, with clean, fresh air, plenty of parks with people laughing and talking, dogs (and cats!) on leashes walking around, completely green cars that thrummed as they passed, shiny new building that were maybe 20+ stories yet didn't pollute, and I was the main person behind it all . . .

It would have been bliss except for the fact I was arrested be a malevolent group of terrorists. =P I was thrown into this black (but clean and non-pollutive!) sedan and taken somewhere, and then my alarm went off and I shot up, ready to bean in their heads. Just JK. :P Not quite the perfect metropolis, but better than some . . .

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Link to election results:
Britain's Election Results

Gordon Brown came in second! SECOND. Well, the people voted, and I'm not all that perturbed. So the government might shift away from Labour. *blinks* Cameron, the person who came in ahead, seems willing enough to comply with the USA, and even if Clegg's perspective dominated, we can't dominate other countries. At least, we shouldn't.

I wish that they hadn't broadcasted Gordon Brown's comment that that person was a "bigoted woman". It was a personal comment to an aide, and it should not have been publicized. Surely the news corporation could have switched off the stupid mike before it did any damage. Plenty of people insult other when in private--or in place where it should be private. We all vent occasionally. (Admit it!) Brown's having a tough time, and he was stressed. I'm not completely defending him, but I think that keeping it private would have been the best idea.

That's all for now. =)

(BTW, don't forget to comment on the previous post with ideas . . .)

-----The Golden Eagle

What do YOU Think?

{Note: only 9 more posts to go until 100!!}

Hello, everyone.

So, since this is post #91, I need some ideas about what to on post #100. What do you think? Caption contest? Questionnaire about books/movies/etc.? Button creation or an over-the-blog-world giveaway? Do you have any thoughts on what might draw more readers/followers/visitors?

06 May, 2010

Thank you Elyse!

Thoughts on Terror and the War in Afghanistan

DYK that Osama bin Laden has (or had) 52 siblings!? He was the 17th of them. No wonder he has problems. -_-

Ahem. Right.

But really; why do people get such extremist ideas? I can see the drive to die during an explosion and then gaining a place in Heaven or something, but what do people who are basically wanna-be terrorists gain from getting arrested and put on trial? I know wanna-be is a strange term for a person like the bomber at Times Square, but that's what some are saying he was, since in the Taliban message, they never actually mentioned New York, nor did the message have the logo that they typically use for attacks. The man said that he was trained in Waziristan, but if he was, why did he use the wrong type of fertilizer to make the bomb smoke instead of explode? Thank goodness that it wasn't a functioning bomb, but if he was supposedly knew about what he was doing, then why didn't it work?

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About Afghanistan. I think that we should stay there until we're finished routing out the Taliban and until relative security has been implemented so that the populace does not have to worry about getting blown up when they're doing their daily shopping. The people living there can't just hold themselves up after leaning on US shoulders for so long, and since we abandoned them before, I don't think we should do it again; we're Americans! They depend on us, and besides, the al-Qaeda have said that "time is on their side" and if we withdraw now, won't that prove them right? And after 8 years, what will we have gained from occupying the country if we give up now?
Keep the troops there! Do whatever you have to do to get us out and get rid of the Taliban (or at least scatter them into incapability) as fast as possible, McChrystal, but let's not waste many long years of fighting, shall we?

-----The Golden Eagle

Teen Girl's Day Book

Date...May 6th, 2010
Starting time...7:43 AM
Mood...mmmm . . . edgy?
Outside my window...clouds. *grumble*
I'm thinking...about dreams I had last night
I'm reading...Brisingr
I'm listening to...the computer
I'm wearing...green t-shirt white capris
Yesterday, I...watched Japanese Supersubs (Secrets of the Dead is really quite interesting)
I'm excited for...huh. Not much.
I'm sad because...of Greece. People were killed yesterday!
I'm hungry for...nothing.
The song stuck inside my head is...a piano piece I played yesterday intermingled with Shumann and Mendelssohn
I want...more time.
I love...everything alive. :)
I loathe...this economic recession and big, stuck-up executives who contributed to the crash.
This week, my goal is...to conquer the world (JK! Maybe just conquer the keyboard.)
Did I meet last week's goal?...Yes.
Ending time...7:48

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-----The Golden Eagle

05 May, 2010

The Five Ancestors: Tiger

I've read and re-read this book dozens of times so I thought I'd do a book review. (Since I haven't done one in a while, and I can't think of anything else off the bat.)

Title: Tiger
Author: Jeff Stone
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary (from back flap): Before he dies, the grandmaster of Cangshen Temple instructs his five youngest pupils--each a master of a different fighting style--to search out the secrets of their pasts. Only then, he tells them, will they be able to avenge their fallen brothers and retrieve the temple's secret scrolls. Fu, a master of the tiger arts, doesn't even know where to start. Wounded and hungry, he stumbles through the forest until he heards a tiger roar in pain. Then instinct take over . . .
The good: Plot, characters, action, ancient China, Manchu rule, Chinese lifestyle in the 1600s . . . I love all the elements of this book and it has a very dramatic beginning that quickly makes you ask What happens? Fu has a younger voice that questions what he's there for and what principles to live by, and I like the way Stone incorporates the enemy's voice into the book. I like being able to see what the antagonist is saying in the same situations, and that clearly shows itself in the next few books, where different characters are telling their side of a fight, discussion, or argument. It's the first book out of seven (for five of the temple brothers and two for the persepctives of a street boy and a former brother turned renegade) with the rest of them titles Monkey, Snake, Crane, Eagle, Mouse, and Dragon, Dragon having been released two months ago.

The bad: There is a lot of fighting. I don't particularly mind it at all, but if you like low-violence stories, this one has a lot of kicking and punching. They are kung fu masters, after all. And Ying is a violent person in general.

Do I recommend this book? YES! It's nice to have a book that I can sit back and really enjoy for once, instead of criticizing one character flaw or another. You've got to have them, but I think this book (and series) balances them out.

-----The Golden Eagle


04 May, 2010

Thunder! And Lightning! and Dragons! Oh JOY!

Yup, there's a thunderstorm going on right now. :D Dark clouds just rolled over while I was outside reading, and now RUUUUMBLE is the sound every minute or so. There are a few flashes, but not that many. At least it's cooled down, now.

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Eldest is a great book. (I'm rereading right now, since I kinda forgot like half of it. lol.) But dragons are awesome no matter where they are. :) The movie of Eragon I thought was pretty good, despite the fact their changed a whole lot of it. Plot, appearances, etc. But it was MUCH better than Twilight or something like that. :P

The only problem I have with the Inheritance Cycle is that Eragon falls in love with Arya. I like Arya as a character, but please. She's 100 years old, and he's 16! He might be immortal (technically) but must he pursue an ancient elf? *sigh*

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I have absolutely no writer's block at the moment! I wrote almost (but not quite) 2000 words yesterday, and today I did over 500 and edited and revised several pages. :) Ideas are streaming by, and the schoolbooks (yes, schoolbooks) I'm currently reading are helping with the plot!

I just love days like this. :) :)

(That kinda went off on a tangent, didn't it? But hey, I felt like posting!)

-----The Golden Eagle

02 May, 2010

New Moon: Movie

I suppose that in order to truly enjoy these movies, you have to revel in The Twilight Saga itself. Which I don't.

The good: I thought the wolves were good. I liked watching the wolves run about and even the people phasing was interesting in itself. The animation, anyways. And I liked the way they did Volterra and the Volturi, even though it is supposed to be a very bad city. Taylor Lautner was an OK Jacob, and I think he made a reasonable interpretation of the person in the book.

The bad: I think that Robert Pattinson does a bad Edward Cullen. I think his voice is all wrong, his looks are wrong, and I don't see why girls are all so ga-ga and etc. Kristen Stewart I don't mind, since she doesn't come across as so very gullible and mushy as Bella does in the book, but I do think that they perhaps exaggerated her spell of craziness in Port Angeles. I guess they figured it was an easier way to factor in motorcycles, but really--you'd have to be extremely reckless and suicidal to do what Bella did in the movie.

My rating: *sigh* 2.5 out of 5. Half-and-half. I thought the Jacob/werewolves/Quileute was good, but, like in the book, I did not like the way Edward comes back in the end and ruins what might have turned out to be a fairly reasonable relationship between Bella and Jacob.

Recommendation? Not really. Unless you're really, as I said before, enthralled with the books or just want to see some werewolves.

-----The Golden Eagle

I won Hayhay's April Caption Contest!


*grins*

-----The Golden Eagle

Blog Parade!

Congratulations Cornet Crazie on reaching 550 posts/80 followers! She's having a blog parade, and I am joining in!!!

This is separate, but here are my answers to her questions:

1. Why do you have the blogger name that you have?
Eagles rock!!

2. Do you have any siblings?
Nope. I'm kinda glad of it, too.

3. Coke or Pepsi?
Neither. I only drink water (and the occasional juice) and I hate carbonated drinks.

4. What are your feelings about thunderstorms?
As long as they don't blow out electric circuits, I love thunderstorms!

5. Do you prefer the sound of a trumpet, or the sound of a flute?
Either!

6. Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore, or Carnivore?
Omnivore. I usually eat vegetables AND meat for dinner.

7. What is your ideal pet?
One that doesn't need excess cleaning up after, doesn't smell bad, and loves to socialize with me. :)

8. Describe your dream life when you grow up.
Finding new animal species out in the field as a biologist.

9. Pick a color and write a poem about it.
Black, the color of the night
Black, the shade of the shadows
Black, the tone of the endless sleep
(It's not my favorite color, all right? But it's the first one I thought of.)

10. Compose a song or conduct the band?
Compose a song!

11. Novels or comics?
Novels! But the occasional graphics aren't so bad either . . .

12. Laptops or desktop? Macs or PC's?
Laptops! PCs! (Apple is fine; I just prefer Dell.)

13. Would you like to go sky diving?
Ummm . . . *shifts uncertainly* maybe, if I was really in the need for some adventure. But not right now, I don't think . . .

14. Do you want to learn to surf?
I guess, once I learn to swim.

15. Which are you more afraid of- Sharks, bears or snakes?
Bears. It's safer to swim with a great white than to eat one due to mercury poisoning, and I like snakes--they're cool!

16. When writing- cursive, print or combination?
All of the above! I love changing my handwriting around at will. :D

17. Red Sox or Yankees?
I don't watch baseball, and I'm not all that interested in it.

18. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
Neither. I have glasses, but I absolutely despise wearing them.

19. Do you follow over 100 blogs?
Not yet. I'm currently at 54.

20. What is your favorite type of music?
Classical.

01 May, 2010

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Here we go again for the 4th Saturday in a row. :)

1. Just a minute . . .

2. @dria cherelle

3. My Nutty Life

4. Quirky Ramblings from a Teenage Soul

5. ~Elyse~Is~Randomly~Awesome

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May 1st, people! April for 2010 has passed!

I suppose that I'm not the most enthusiastice person about May, because May means warmer weather, heading toward summer, and I don't especially like summer. I don't like a lot of heat, I don't like UV rays beating down on my skin, I don't like sweating a lot (and I have to exercise), bugs seem to live feasting on my blood (really. I usually get clusters of bites that around 3-10 at a time. Totally sucks, no pun intended) and I don't like the whole shebang in general. . . I pity people farther south. How to they STAND it?

-----The Golden Eagle