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Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4) & Cold Days (Dresden Files) book “reviews”

Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4), Karen Luellen- 4 of 5 stars

Liked it a lot! Until this book the series had a very Frankenstein feel to it… now the religious undertones are coming out a bit more than in the previous books. It’s not overwhelming, tho. Ther’es a good mix of romance (a little cloying at times) and action. I think this series is YA, and probably geared toward girls (d/t the romantic aspects). Over all I really enjoy the series, I love the strong characters, and how closely knit the family is. Alik is really stepping up and developing into an awesome character! And The “new” villain is excellent… I’m interested to see how Dr. Williams is portrayed in the next book. I know he’s still evil and all that, but… **SPOILER** he did “save” Meg, and it seemed like he really wants the family connection with her **SPOILER OVER** Finally, I’m very excited to see how Danny fits into the family, and can’t wait for the next book.

Cold Days (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher 5 out of 5 stars

I know, I know, I gush over and over again about the Dresden Files. I can’t help myself. Harry is one of my favorite characters in literature. I love Jim Butchers writing, in that there are enough twists to keep me interested, but it’s not over complicated. The characters continue to develop and grow. They story line hasn’t gotten stagnant like so many long series do (Sookie Stackhouse books). Umm… I don’t want to give anything away… So If you haven’t read Cold Days, go do it now, then come back and read my “review”.

So did you read it? Good. I was dumbfounded that Jim Butcher turned Molly into the Winter Lady! seriously, I hope she and Harry don’t “do it”. Charity would kick his ass. Not to mention I really hope that he would finally “get with” Karen. I mean, their sexual tension is KILLING ME. I was thrilled with seeing the regular crew get together… and my curiosity about MAc is peaked. WHAT is he!?

As usual with the series there are some things that got a smidge repetitive (I think there was mentioning of the Blue Beatle complete with description, again). My only other complaint is that I miss Mister. Is that weird? Oh well.

I’ve totes been slacking on reviews… and my only excuse is that I haven’t been reading any new books. I’ve been re-reading the Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson) in anticipation of the last book coming on next month. Seriously this series is my FAVORITE “High Fantasy” series ever. EVER. I love it more than LOTR or the Hobbit, more than Chronicles of Narnia… So I’m practically wetting myself in anticipation, and these are the only 2 new books I’ve read since I started the re-read… however Dad got me a KindleFire for my birthday so There will be LOTS of books in the upcoming year!

Happy Reading.

-Hey Waitress!!

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Book Quotes

I feel like I’ve been away from the blog for too long. Sadly, its due to a lack of interesting things to say. I (re)started writing because, generally, I find myself pretty amusing. Not so much lately. It’s kind of depressing me to be honest. I’ve got 5 or 6 good drafts going, but I can’t seem to want to finish them. It’s kind of tragic. So, in an effort to motivate myself to start writing (about things other than my weekly baking adventures), I’m posting my favorite highlights from my Kindle. Some may be funny, some may be sad, but in general every quote “says” something to me. Thats the great thing about books… they can speak right to your soul. I also put in the Kindle location.

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world , the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground… He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains… he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. -Sen G. Vest, 1870” from Watchers, Dean Koontz. Loc 8604-14

“Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; prosperity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed-time of continental union, faith, and honor.”  from Common Sense, Thomas Paine. Loc 258-60

“In serving dumb creatures, you are ennobling the human race.” from Beautiful Joe, Marshall Saunders. Loc2650-51

“‘Your man Jesus seems to me a bit of a son of a bitch when it comes to women, was he ever married?’… ‘No, but his girlfriend was a whore.'” from The Dark Tower V, Stephen King. Loc 9126-29

“Vas’y plus fort, mon petite cochon d’amour!”… “Do it harder, my little love pig!” from Bloodsucking Fiends, Christopher Moore. Loc 481-82

“Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” from The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One, Patrick Rothfuss. Loc 12535-36

“We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” from The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two, Patrick Rothfuss. Loc 1162-65

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.” from The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two, Patrick Rothfuss. Loc 11209-10

“It’s my New England sarcasm coming out in full force. Folks that don’t come from that region have a difficult time truly understanding what is being said to them. Many will find it an abrasive form of communication. It is, without a doubt, an acquired mode of information dissemination.” from Zombie Fallout, Mark Tufo. Loc 3596-98

“In their selfishness & greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them. They think no plant should be allowed to grow taller than the shortest, and in that way give light to all. They would rather be provided a guiding light, regardless of the fuel, than light a candle themselves.” from Wizard’s First Rule, Terry Goodkind. Loc 3177-79

“Lazy people don’t think for themselves; they only think about themselves.” from Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth #3), Terry Goodkind. Loc 1493-94

“Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.” from Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5), Terry Goodkind. Loc 5429

“Like  hounds at a feast, people gather ’round the table of tyranny, eager for the tasty scraps tossed on the floor. Not everyone will wag their tails for a tyrant, but most will, if he first makes them salivate with hate  and gives license to their covetous impulses by making them feel it is only their due. Many would rather take than earn. Tyrants make the envious comfortable with their greed.” from Soul of the Fire, Terry Goodkind. Loc 6233-36

“To truly love someone, you must revel in their existence because they make life all the more wonderful.” from The Pillars of Creation, Terry Goodkind. Loc 10404-5

“Mercy grants value to the life of a killer, while, at the same time, it strips away the value of the life of the innocent victim.” from Naked Empire, Terry Goodkind. Loc 7263-64

“All that could be hoped for was for each generation to be raised to be sensible enough to learn from the past, not to lose sight of the things that mattered, and to understand why they mattered.” from Confessor, Terry Goodkind. Loc 3663-64

“The wind is filled with music. New breezes chase the night. Away we run beneath the sun, whirling, feather light.” from The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, Mary Stanton. Loc 2043-45

“My vengeance shall be slow and involve paper cuts, many papercuts.” from Shatter (Children of Man #1),  Elizabeth C. Mock. Loc 3970

“An errand is getting  tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo.” from Blood Rites (Dresden Files #6), Jim Butcher. Loc 157-58

“I’ve noticed that people get the most irrational whenever family was around- while simultaneously losing their ability to distinguish reason from insanity. I call it familial dementia.” from Blood Rites, Jim Butcher. Loc 1705-7

“When you do something stupid and die, it’s pathetic. when you doe something stupid and survive it, then you get to call it impressive or heroic.” from Dead Beat (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher. Loc 7698-99

“Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don’t feel it.” from White Night (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher. Loc 4599-4600

“Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others- even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.” from Changes (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher. Loc 3467-68

“It was never too late to learn something. The past is unalterable in any event. The future is the only thing we can change. Learning the lessons of the past is the only way to shape the present and the future.” from Ghost Story, Jim Butcher. Loc 4066-67

“There was a time when men believed that ‘the good’ was a concept to be defined by a code of moral values and that no man had the right to seek his good through the violation of the rights of another.” from Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. Loc 11127-28

“To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason- Purpose- Self Esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge. Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve. Self-Esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living.” from Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. Loc 23342-44

“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly– they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” from Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Loc 911-12

“…We can’t live our lives by ‘what if’ and ‘if only’. We can only do the best we can to the best of our ability based on what we know. That’s why the truth is so important.” from The First Confessor, Terry Goodkind. Loc 3859-60

“But she was too big to be a thief, too honest to be an assassin, too intelligent to be a wife, and too proud to enter the only other female profession generally available.” from The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett. Loc 2247-48

“The truth isn’t easily pinned to a page. In the bathtub of history the truth is harder to hold than the soap, and much more difficult to find…” from Sourcery, Terry Pratchett. Loc 2765-66

“Genuine anger was one of the worlds great creative forces. But you had to learn how to control it. That didn’t mean you let it trickle away. It ment you dammed it, carefully, let it develop a working head, let it drown whole valleys of the mind and then, just when the whole structure was about to collapse, opened a tiny pipeline at the base and let the iron-hard stream of wrath power the turbines of revenge.” from Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett. Loc 4150-53

“When you don’t know what to do, do what’s right and do what’s  in front of you. But not necessarily what’s right in front of you.” from The Black Prism (Lightbringer), Brent Weeks. Loc 1765-66

“Put on some armor. Just remember what’s armor and what’s you, so when it’s time to take it off, you can.” from The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer), Brent Weeks. Loc 2609-10

“Idealists mature badly. If they can’t outgrow their idealism, they become hypocrites or blind.” from The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer), Brent Weeks. Loc 9182

 

The End.

-Hey Waitress!!

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Dirty Girl Scout Cookies

I lovelovelove The Boozy Baker. Seriously. I would probably dry hump Lucy Baker because of this cookbook. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I bake with booze. ALOT. One day, I’ll post the reason, and the meaning behind “Hey Waitress”. One day, that is, after I finish the draft folder full of posts. But I digress.
 
The dough was a little awkward, and sticky. Awkward? In the original directions, she said to beat the flour mixture into the butter/ sugar mixture… My poor little hand mixer wouldn’t/ couldn’t do it. I ended up stirring/ folding/ pressing it all together about 1/4 of the way through. Maybe I just need a nice stand mixer. sigh. She also made bigger cookies, 3 tablespoons each, compared to my 1 “rounded” tablespoon. It would have made approx 32 cupcakes. I got 42 out of this batch. Because they’re smaller, I only baked for 10 minutes, instead of the recommended 15. Did I mention the dough was sticky!? My cookies got SUPER flat, not like the picture in the book! I substituted hot chocolate mix for espresso, because I had it handy. Could it be part of the reason the dough was sticky?! Or maybe the dough wasn’t really sticky and I’m just not used to making cookies…
 
I doubled the icing from the Boozy Baker. Mostly because I’m a mess in the kitchen, and only a little because I have a booze & frosting/ icing fetish. Yeeeeeeeaaaaah giiiirl. Ms. Baker used a teaspoon to drizzle the icing, then pressed a Junior Mint on top. I left my cookies on the wire racks and used my whisk to drizzle. Does that make sense? Dip the whisk then flick your wrist. Then I pressed the JM on top, and drizzled some more! by the end of the drizzling I used about 3/4 of the icing. It was kind of messy, but very fun. The icing will set (harden?) after a while, so relax for a minute before you put these away. I waited about 30.
 
NomNom, you naughty little Scouts.
-Hey Waitress!!
 
Check out the recipe here. A special “Thanks” to Angie @ Big Bears Wife for suggesting I add a link to the actual recipe on the post!
 
 
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June Reads

The Oz Chronicles- R.W.Ridley… 4 out of 5 stars.
There are 5 books so far: The Takers, Delon City, The Pure, The Land of the Dead, Banshee Worm King. Excellent YA Indy author!
Oz is a neighborhood bully, who drove a young boy named Stevie to suicide. He wakes up in a world populated by the Takers, characters from a comic book Stevie wrote/ drew. Oh Stevie is one of the original Storytellers, who “worked” with a doctor (that used HMI to “create” the monsters). In an attempt to right the wrongs he did to Stevie, Oz gathers followers and eventually learns that he has to protect a Storyteller, who just happens to be a newborn baby named Nate.  And it gets worse. Each book brings on new bad guys, and new challenges. The bad guys are super creepy. The good guys are, well, good (now). I don’t dislike a single one of them! I really LOVE Lou and the gorillas.  The storylines are good, I just wish each book would “get rid” of the bad guys, instead of just adding more. The series is a great combo of sci-fi, horror, apocalyptic fiction, and fantasy. I liked the Anti-Bully message, and how the writer wasn’t preachy about it. I only have one problem… he constantly called a mare, him/ he. Mares are FEMALE horses. Other than that… love it, plan to buy the series in paperback/hardcover if I can find it.
 
Winter’s Saga- Karen Luellen… 3 out of 5 stars
3 books so far: Winter’s Awakening, Winter’s Storm, Winter’s Wrath.
Well… This was the first set of books I read in June and I don’t remember too much about them. They remind me a YA version of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series. Or any Frankenstein for that matter. The bad guy is a super-rich, super-crazy scientist, who is building an army of Super-Humans (Metas). He’s a total nut job. Meg and her brothers were stolen away when they where very young and raised by a doctor who used to work for the Mad Scientist. He wants them back, and the doctor dead. Overall it’s an entertaining series, and an easy read for me (as I’m def. no longer a YA). The major problem I have with the series is Meg. It all goes back to writers feeling the need to give a female protagonist a love interest, or 2 in this case. The love triangle irritated me. Other then that… I liked it. The was some suspense, and I liked seeing the Meta’s grow emotionally.
 
Scars- Cheryl Rainfield… 3 out of 5 stars
First off, this story was hard to rate. It dealt with some deep shit. Self Mutilation and Molestation.
Overall… I’m not a big fan of the super dramatic ending. I would have like to see Kendra realize who the perp was, then go to her therapist/ the police. I think the story delt with her mom’s homophobia well, but the instant love with Meghan was a bit much for me.
 
Favorite Wife- Susan Ray Schmidt… ?
This story was impossible (for me) to rate, mostly d/t the fact that it’s a true story. Or at least her version of the events. It’s not my usual reading material but it was free (or maybe $2.99) on the kindle, and I was running out of stuff to read. It”s a horrifying account of what this woman went through . The poverty and isolation hit me the hardest. It def made me think. I’m not bashing anyone’s way of life, I’m OK with polygamy (if you’re consenting ADULTS), just not the poverty, isolation, abuse, and manipulation. God bless her.
 
The Hangman’s Daughter- Oliver Potzsch… 3 out of 5 stars
It was a decent historical thriller, kept me guessing throughout the novel. Again, not my usual genre. I didn’t particularly care for the wrting style, there was random “modern” language thown in there, maybe d/t translation (it was originally written in German)? I sort of expected to see more of the hangman’s daughter… I thought the story was about her!? overall it gets a “Meh… not reading the second book.”
 
I also read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. It’s getting its own post. And not in a good way. Not to mention I would feel kinda skeezey putting it in the same post as all those YA novels.
 
Enjoy.
-Hey Waitress!!
 
PS… I’m almost finished with my second glass of wine. And I’m a bit of a lightweight. Forgive me if it got sloppy. 😉
 
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