Thursday, February 25, 2010

Survivor 20 - Heroes vs Villians Week Three

Tucker's Nuts
Sandra Diaz-Twine (2)
Parvati Shallow (3)
Jerri Manthey (6)
Rupert Boneham (7)
Danielle DiLorenzo (10)
Amanda Kimmel (11)
Courtney Yates (14)
Coach Ben Wade (15)
Rob Mariano (18)
Tyson Apostol (19)

Colby Donaldson (1)
Cirie Fields (4)
Russell Hartz (5)
Candice Woodcock (8)
JT Thomas (9)
Tom Westman (13)
James Clement (17)
Randy Bailey (20) -- Booted Week Three
Stephenie LaGrossa (12) -- Booted Week Two
Sugar Kiper (16) -- Booted Week One

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book 10 of 52 -- Chris Moore's Island of the Sequin Love Nun

This is a re-read.

Still entertains me.

He is such a magnificent writer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Book 9 of 52 -- Bill Engvall's Just a Guy

I found this book to be like a strong sprinting horse - fast out of the gate with hilarious floor-rolling stories from his youth, only to lose my interest as he entered the college and professional years.

I laughed over the stories of the misadventures of his childhood, but found his tales of college and finding his professional way to be just like a million other 'how I found my comic career' stories.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Book 8 of 52 -- James Patterson's Worst Case

Good characters... weak villian... will keep reading this series...

Just wish he would focus more on quality instead of quantity...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Book 7 of 52 -- Howie Mandel's Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me

I love Howie Mandel and I enjoyed the book.

Not the best, but it made me laugh a lot.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Survivor Heroes vs Villians -- Week One

Tucker's Nuts
1. Sandra Diaz-Twine (2)
2. Parvati Shallow (3)
3. Jerri Manthey (6)
4. Rupert Boneham (7)
5. Danielle DiLorenzo (10)
6. Amanda Kimmel (11)
7. Courtney Yates (14)
8. Coach Ben Wade (15)
9. Rob Mariano (18)
10. Tyson Apostol (19)

1. Colby Donaldson (1)
2. Cirie Fields (4)
3. Russell Hartz (5)
4. Candice Woodcock (8)
5. JT Thomas (9)
6. Stephenie LaGrossa (12)
7. Tom Westman (13)
9. James Clement (17)
10. Randy Bailey (20)

8. Sugar Kiper (16) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE!

Book 6 of 52 -- Dennis Lehane's Gone, Baby, Gone

Reading about the scum of humanity that Lehane's Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro come up against is like watching a David Fincher movie.

It's all grit staring you right in the face with unflinching honesty.

The fourth book in the detective series has the duo searching for a missing child.

In true Lehane fashion, there are more twists than a crazy straw, and the plot gets deeper and deeper and more horrifying as the truth comes out.

Luckily there's the character of Bubba to add some needed comic relief to the story.

A story that's hard to put down, and harder to shake when you finish it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Book 5 of 52 -- Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane's prose is very well paced; secrets behind every corner.

Plot twists abound, but I can't say the whole book surprised me because I thought of just about every scenario Marshals Daniels and Aule could get into.

At first I thought the premise of two US Marshals looking for an insane, escaped murderess on an island during a hurricane was a little to zany to work, but man, I'll tell you, the whole book is so well done!

And I was TOTALLY satisfied with the denouement.

The dialogue really grabs you.

It's funny at times, heartbreaking at others and completely true to life.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Book 4 of 52 -- Dennis Lehane's Sacred

Sacred is another terrific mystery in the series featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, the team you'd want on your side if you needed a private investigation -- if only they were real people.

Lehane describes these characters in such realistic detail and uses such crisp dialogue that you forget that they are only fictional characters.

Nonetheless, they are characters you want to get to know better, and Lehane successfully evolves the personalities of Patrick and Angie in each of the five books in the series.

Thus, it's best if you read the series in chronological order.

Sacred is very fast-paced and loaded with surprising plot twists, which forces you to read on non-stop.

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to all of Lehane's books.

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Blind Side Moviegoing Experience‏




The Last Song

It's Complicated

Valentine's Day