darkspirited1
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darkspirited1
23 September 2011 @ 04:00 pm
Those of you who know me, know that I don't really do this. I only
reserve mass friend cuts for when people haven't posted in a long time.
Today is that day.

If any of these are your account and you'd like to remain friends, just post a comment.
I do these mainly to be sure that my journal is still secure in case
someone hacks into your never used account. If you are still around and
reading but not posting, I WILL add you back!

If any of these are an old journal of these, please let me know too!

All comments are screened.


List of those Cut (ABC Order)

[info]alabasterfalcon (no posts since '10)

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cdniche
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[info]drinkinginsmoke (no posts since '10)

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duckyluver234
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[info]eleonoraj (no posts since 09)

[info]elliottebristol (no posts since '10)

[info]etherealxmuse (no posts since 09)

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evertwilight
(no posts since '10)

[info]falconswriter (no posts since 09)

[info]feral_muses (no posts since 09)

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fates_lovequeen
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jubiley
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[info]kittenmuffins (no posts in several months)

[info]lacombe (no posts in several months)

[info]lieffpile (no posts in several months)

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misled_legend
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[info]opheliaslost (no posts in several months)

[info]radicaldreamerr (no posts in several months)

[info]sora_kainomori (no posts since 09)

[info]talithakalago (no posts in several months)



The following people will be cut December 31st if  there's No Journal Post or Comment or Some sign you're alive by then:
(Just say Hi in a comment; it's cool!)



[info]ambiguousmystic

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buries


[info]etacanis

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lisaheron


[info]rinraj  

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semisweetsoul


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seynee


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shoelace009


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zen_kitty






 
 
darkspirited1
17 June 2011 @ 01:39 am
Well, I did actually make some icons, LOL. They weren't really the ones I intended them to be, but whatever. It was one way to practice with GIMP. I really do prefer Photoshop though. I know my way around it and could have probably made these better, but it satisfied the urge to play around with images a little at least.

Game of Thrones icons are mostly of Daenerys but she's really pretty in the movie, LOL.

Total Icon Count:
11
 
Icons 1-5: Game of Thrones Episode 1
Icon 6: Gnomeo & Juliet
Icons 7-9: Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Icon 10: Gnomeo & Juliet
Icon 11The Lion King

Teasers:



Icons Here! )


If you take any, please comment and let me know what you took so I can see what's popular.
Credit would be nice. Just something as simple as " made by <lj user="darkspirited1"> " would be perfect.
Enjoy. :D
 
 
darkspirited1
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Pocket (June 25, 1970)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416509623
ISBN-13: 978-1416509622
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches  

Synopsis from Back Cover:
When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away from her-home, family, possessions, even her name. She is now known only as Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the labyrinthine Tombs of Atuan, shrouded in darkness. When a young wizard, Ged Sparrowhawk, comes to steal the Tombs' greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth-Akbe, Tenar's rightful duty is to protect the Tombs. But Ged also brings with him the light of magic and tales of a brighter world Tenar has never known. Will Tenar risk everything to escape the darkness that has become her domain?.

My Review )

Rating: 3/5 for mild climax, some lack of character depth, but a return of the ever intriguing Sparrowhawk and cliffhanger
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060530928
ISBN-13: 978-0060530921

Synopsis:
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy - an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family...

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic CORALINE. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

My Review - Some Spoilers though mostly minor )

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars for amazing potential but failing to follow through. Perhaps he rushed this one.
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0439023491
ISBN-13: 978-0439023498


Book Synopsis and My Review are behind a cut to avoid spoilers because it's a sequel. )

Rating: 4.5/5 for captivating characters and plot.
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (September 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 978-0439023481

Book Summary:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see morning? 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My Review:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book that is nearly impossible to put down. Katniss is a determined heroine who steps forward to protect her sister from dying in the hunger games. The narration style keeps you in Katniss' shoes at every turn and keeps you wondering how she'll manage to survive. The Games may give readers a new light on reality TV shows and wonder if Panem is indeed the future of North America since it is so believable. It makes one wonder though what has happened to the other countries. Could they still be out there or is Panem the only country left? The trilogy gives little premise that it will answer this question, but it does still give a very intriguing story that is addicting.

Collins cliffhanger ending will no doubt leave readers desperate to pick up Catching Fire to see what dangers Katniss has to face next.

Rating: 5/5 stars for engaging plot, captivating characters, and page-turning action.
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
24 April 2010 @ 04:01 pm
Paperback: 361 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Reprint Edition (October 21, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0312368074

Back Cover:

Do you still miss your little Bonnie? This one sentence, spoken by a male voice in an anonymous phone call, is all it takes to drag Eve Duncan right back to that horrifying moment years ago when her only daughter vanished without a trace. Since then, Eve's life has become an obsession to find her daughter's remains. Only one man - a brilliant, ruthless killer - knows the truth about what happened to Bonnie. But taunting Eve might be his first and last mistake...
 
Eve is armed with more than just her talent as a forensic sculptor. She brings with her former Navy SEAL Joe Quinn, an Atlanta detective who will do anything to help Eve put the pain of Bonnie's death to rest. Even if he has to lie to the woman he cares about the most. And even if this killer wants nothing more than to lure Eve further and further into his swamp of madness.

My Review (Spoiler Alert) )

Overall: 1/5 ~ This book would be better off used as a doorstop or paperweight.
Warning:
 Flat characters, whining, and stale plot ahead!

 

 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
Book cover for The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Contains man in cloak walking towards tree in distance.Paperback: 722 pages
Publisher: DAW (March 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0756404079

Back Cover Synopsis:

'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.'


So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature - the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

My Review )

Overall: 4.5/5

(Note: I will be rereading the story and reviewing it immediately after because I admit that the story's flaws and pros are currently a little hazy to me since I waited so long to review it.)
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
20 March 2010 @ 05:37 pm
Paperback: 311 pagesBook cover for The Search. Woman searches in forest with dog.
Publisher: Bantam Books (2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553582127
ISBN-13:
978-0553582123
 

Synopsis from back cover:
HE STRIKES WITHOUT WARNING
HE KILLS WITHOUT MERCY
HE'S ONLY JUST BEGUN

As part of an elite K-9 search and rescue team, Sarah Patrick and her golden retriever, Monty, have a gift for finding what no one else can. But their latest assignment is not like the others. This time Sarah is being forced to take part in a deadly mission...by a man who knows enough about her past to ensure her cooperation.

Billionaire John Logan's top-secret venture has been sabotaged, its facilities destroyed, and its handpicked staff massacred. The sole survivor is being held for ransom. Logan knows that the only way to save the man - and the secrets he holds - is to find him as soon as possible. Sarah is furious when she is strong-armed into joining Logan on his search. And once she takes the perilous assignment, not even Logan's promises that she and Monty will be safe may be enough to protect them. Because a killer is devising a sadistic vengeance...and he may soon find use for Sarah.

My Review - Some Spoilers )

Overal rating: 4/5 for suspenseful action but some unbelievable side plots.
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
20 February 2010 @ 11:36 pm
Messenger book cover by Lois LowryReading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Laurel-Leaf, a division of Random House (2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0-440-23912-5
 

Synopsis from back cover:
For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of
Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Once Village was a place that welcomed
newcomers and offered hope and homes to people fleeing poverty and cruelty. But something sinister has seeped into Village, and the people have voted to close it to  outsiders. All along, Matty has been invaluable as a messenger between Village and other communities. He hopes someday to earn the name of Messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous Forest to spread the message of  Village's closing and convince Kira, Seer's daughter, to return with him. Matty's only weapon against his increasingly dangerous surroundings is a secret power he unexpectedly discovers within himself. He wants to heal the people who have nourished his body and spirit and is willing to offer the greatest gift and pay the ultimate price.



My Review )

Overall score: 4/5 for creative worlds, rich story telling, but abrupt ending
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1
18 February 2010 @ 05:08 pm
Synopsis from back cover:
Praised by writers including Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Dillard, and Kent Haruf, The Heartsong of Charging Elk will stand alongside James Welch's award-winning Fools Crow as a classic of Native American literature.

Richly imagined from historical fact, this is a novel of cultural crossing, as Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux, joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, journeying from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the back streets of ninteenth-century France. Left behind in Marsielle while the the show travels on, Charging Elk is forced to remake his life alone in a strange land. He adapts as well as he can, holding on to the memories and tradition of life on the Plains and eventually falling in love. But none of the worlds the Indian has known can prepare him for the betrayal that follows. At once epic and intimate, The Heartsong of Charging Elk is a triumph of storytelling and the historical imagination that echoes across time, geography, and cultures.
 

Genre: Fiction
 
Read Review? (Spoiler Alert) )

Rating: Overall, it ends up with 2/5 stars. I truly believe James Welch could have done a better job with this, especially since it starts off well. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, he lost it.
 
 
 
 
darkspirited1

Stats for High King's Tomb by Kristin Britain 
(from Barnesandnoble.com)


Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: November 2007
ISBN-13: 9780756402662
Sales Rank: 84,889
688pp
Series: Green Rider Series, #3


Book Jacket Summary )

My Silly Attempt at Reviewing a Book )