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13 Books of ’06

I probably should have posted this list before last week’s Books of ’07, but here are 13 of my favorite books that I read in 2006:

1. Eragon, by Christopher Paolini – my review

2. Traitor to the Blood, by Barb & JC Hendee – my review

3. Rogue Angel: Destiny, by “Alex Archer”

4. Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale, by Greg Williams

5. X-Men: Dark Mirror, by Marjorie M. Liu

6. Runaways Vol. 5: Escape to New York

7. California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, by Julie Kenner

8. Dean and Me: A Love Story, by Jerry Lewis – short review

9. Something from the Nightside, by Simon R. Green – my review
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Thursday 13 of ’07 Books

For Thursday 13, I’m listing 13 books being released in ’07 that I’m excited about:
(Again, in no particular order. And just hover your mouse over the title of the book to get an Amazon pop-up preview.)

1. Rogue Angel: Forbidden City, by “Alex Archer” along with every other Rogue Angel book releasing this coming year, about every other month.

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Thursday 13 Unique Gift Ideas

With Christmas right around the corner, here are 13 unique, last-minute gift ideas for those of you who still haven’t bought all of your presents yet:
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1. Ball Ice Cream Maker – for a holiday flare.

2. Flameless, Scented Candles – safer around pets and kiddo’s.

3. Sippin’ Seat Cushion – Actually, this is just kind of gross.

4. A Square Foot of Irish Countryside – You can’t get much use out of it, but you can say you own property in Ireland I guess.

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Thursday 13 of Upcoming Movies

With the release of Eragon tomorrow, I decided to list the
Upcoming Movies I’m Excited About Seeing for Thursday 13,
In no particular order…

1. Eragon (2006) – The best book I’ve read all year.
2. Night at the Museum (2006) – Ben Stiller, I’m there.
3. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Everyone’s favorite web crawler back to break more records at the box office.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) – The last of the blockbuster trilogy.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) – “You will lose everything.”
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Thursday 13 Wish List


This week for Thursday 13, I’m listing 13 things I want for Christmas:

1. Peace, love, and all that junk.

2. Marvel Heroes Monopoly or James Bond 007 Monopoly.

3. Nancy Drew Boxed Set

4. An Electric Fireplace

5. Black Order, by James Rollins

6. Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)

7. Shamus in the Green Room: A Cece Caruso Mystery, by Susan Kandel

8. The Aquaman Archives, Vol. 1

9. Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale

10. Sliders – The First and Second Seasons

11. Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition)

12. Alien Nation – The Complete Series

13. Daniel Craig
… Is that too much to ask?




Thursday Thirteen of Galaxy Quest

Thirteen of My Favorite Quotes From Galaxy Quest, the greatest spoof of a SciFi TV show:

1. Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell): I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.

2. [the crew is on a shuttle descending to an alien planet]
Guy Fleegman: I changed my mind. I wanna go back.
Sir Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman): After the fuss you made about getting left behind?
Guy Fleegman: Yeah, but that’s when I thought I was the crewman that stays on the ship, and something is up there, and it kills me. But now I’m thinking I’m the guy who gets killed by some monster five minutes after we land on the planet.
Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen): You’re not gonna die on the planet, Guy.
Guy Fleegman: I’m not? Then what’s my last name?
Jason Nesmith: It’s, uh, uh – -I don’t know.
Guy Fleegman: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn’t important enough for a last name, because I’m gonna die five minutes in.
Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver): Guy, you have a last name.
Guy Fleegman: DO I?! DO I?! For all you know, I’m “Crewman Number Six”! … Mommy… mommy…
Sir Alexander Dane: Are we there yet?

3. Guy Fleegman: HEY! Don’t open that! It’s an alien planet! Is there air?! You don’t know!
[Guy holds his breath. Kwan sniffs the air and shrugs]
Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub): Seems okay.

4. [Looking at the small blue creatures exiting the mine]
Sir Alexander Dane: Could they be the miners?
Fred Kwan: Sure, they’re like three years old.
Sir Alexander Dane: MINERS, not MINORS, you idiot!
Fred Kwan: You lost me.

5. [after the Blue Creatures have eaten Limpy]
Jason Nesmith: Ok, here’s the plan: first, Fred, we need a diversion to clear these things out of the compound, then Gwen, Alex, Fred and I go down to get the sphere. Any of those things come back Tommy, give a signal. Guy, you set up a perimeter.
Gwen DeMarco: Why does this sound so familiar?
Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell): “Assault on Voltarek III”. Episode 81 I think.
Guy Fleegman: We’re doing episode 81?
Tommy Webber: Whatever, the one with the hologram. The wall of fire.
Gwen DeMarco: How the hell is Fred supposed to project a hologram?
Guy Fleegman: We’re doing episode 81, Jason?
Jason Nesmith: It doesn’t have to be a hologram, just a diversion.
Guy Fleegman: Jason, are we doing episode 81 or not?
Jason Nesmith: It’s a rough plan, Guy, what does it matter if we’re doing episode 81 or not?
Guy Fleegman: BECA– USE I DIED… IN EPISODE 81!

6. [the rock monster chases Nesmith]
Alexander Dane: You’re just going to have to kill it.
Jason Nesmith: Kill it? Well, I’m open to any suggestions.
Tommy Webber: Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!
Jason Nesmith: He doesn’t have any eyes, Tommy!
Tommy Webber: Go for the mouth, then, the throat, his vulnerable spots!
Jason Nesmith: It’s a rock! It doesn’t have any vulnerable spots!
Guy Fleegman: I know! You construct a weapon. Look around, can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?

7. Fred Kwan: Hey guys, I just wanted you to know that, the reactors won’t take it; the ship is breaking apart and all that… Just FYI.

8. Jason Nesmith: All right, let’s settle down. If we’re going to get through this we’re going to need self control.
Gwen DeMarco: Self control? That’s funny coming from the guy that slept with every Terrakian slave and the Moon Princess on the show.

9. [They’re flying through a mine field in an attempt to shake off Sarris]
Sir Alexander Dane: Could you possibly try NOT to hit EVERY SINGLE ONE?

10. Jason Nesmith: Okay Gwen, put me back on with him.
Gwen DeMarco: That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you, Jason. You ARE back with him.
Sarris (Robin Sachs): Perhaps I am not as stupid as I am ugly, commander!
Jason Nesmith: [to Gwen] I gave you the ‘kill’ gesture.
Gwen DeMarco: No, you gave me the ‘we’re dead’ sign. I was agreeing with you. Like I know where the ‘hold’ button is.

11. Brandon Wheeger (Justin Long): I just wanted to tell you that I thought a lot about what you said.
Jason Nesmith: It’s okay, now listen…
Brandon Wheeger: But I want you to know that I’m not a complete brain case, okay? I understand completely that it’s just a TV show. I know there’s no beryllium sphere…
Jason Nesmith: Hold it.
Brandon Wheeger: no digital conveyor, no ship…
Jason Nesmith: Stop for a second, stop. It’s all real.
Brandon Wheeger: Oh my God, I knew it. I knew it! I knew it!

12. [Gwen and Jason encounter the chompers]
Gwen DeMarco: What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn’t have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?
Jason Nesmith: ‘Cause it’s on the television show.
Gwen DeMarco: Well forget it! I’m not doing it! This episode was badly written!
Gwen DeMarco: Whoever wrote this episode should DIE.

13. [Introducing Alex at the convention]
Announcer: Give him a hand, he’s British.

Marvel Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen of My Favorite Marvel Comic Book Characters:

1. Spider-Man
Powers: Peter can cling to most surfaces, has superhuman strength and is roughly 15 times more agile than a regular human. He has been able to lift 15 tons under optimal conditions, but his current strength level after his rebirth has yet to be determined. The combination of his acrobatic leaps and web-slinging enables him to travel rapidly from place to place. His spider-sense provides an early warning detection system linked with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him the ability to evade most any injury, provided he doesn’t cognitively override the autonomic reflexes. His powers have recently been enhanced after his transformation from the Queen to include a stronger psychic alignment with his environment, especially with other arachnids and insects. He can now create organic webs from his wrists, limited by his body’s health and nutrition. Recent new abilities resulting from his rebirth after battling Morlun include night vision, increased sensory awareness via vibratory patterns transmitted on his web lines, and twin retractable stingers within his forearms. He can use the hairs on his body to detect subtle changes in the wind. His skin’s adhesive ability, previously concentrated mainly on his palms and soles of his feet, is now more greatly present throughout his body including his face (previously used to prevent undesirable mask removal) and back.
Abilities: Peter is an accomplished scientist, inventor and photographer.

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Thursday Thirteen and Quitters

So, I’m a quitter. I’m sorry Bellezza. I did last as long as I could. I read, skimmed, and eventually skipped my way to about halfway through the book. Then I skipped to the end of the book, looking to see if it got any better. But I just can’t finish The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I struggled through the difficult language and politics discussion as long as I could. It’s just not as action or adventure oriented as I’m used to. It’s definitely heavy on conversation. It’s funny, because I can read books on apologetics and theology and not get bored, but when I read a science fiction book I guess it has to have more than just dialog and ideas. But I hope the rest of you enjoy it! I’m glad I tried though. Don’t get me wrong. I can say I at least gave Heinlein a shot. And now, I’ll get back to my action-packed favorite new series – Rogue Angel: The Spider Stone.

Oh, and I forgot to mention I finished the October Challenge a couple of days ago. The last book that I finished, The Nephilim, was too cheesy to even review.

And now, onto Thirteen of My Favorite Current Series of Books:

1. Rogue Angel, by Alex Archer
2. The Noble Dead Series, by Barb and J.C. Hendee by Joss Whedon
3. Runaways, by Brian K. Vaughan (being taken over by Joss Whedon)
4. Diagnosis Murder, by Lee Goldberg
5. The Undead Series, by MJ Davidson
6. Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon
7. Southern Vampire Series, by Charlaine Harris
8. Star Trek: The Next Generation Novels, by various authors
9. Stargate: SG-1 and Atlantis Novels, by various authors
10. Battlestar Galactica Continuation Novels, by Richard Hatch
11. Half-Blood Chronicles, by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. (The forth book has been listed as “in progress” on Lackey’s website for a while now. But who knows if there will really be any more since Norton passed away. I’m still hoping!)
12. Cece Caruso Mysteries, by Susan Kandel
13. Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom Series, by Julie Kenner