The Wolves of Midwinter

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today, I am going to take a short break from the CSFF Blog Tour. To remember an author who just died. His name is Robert Jordan and he wrote the Wheel of Time. Sadly he died before finishing the book. I literally was in tears, I do not know why, I never knew him personally, but the wonderful world he created and the beautiful characters he wove allowed me to see into him and just like Tolkien, Lewis and Martin he has crafted a masterpiece. To all who know him not, he was an amazing writer, and my deepest wishes go out to his family and may we all remember him for the masterpiece he had crafted. It is such a travesty to lose such a great writer.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I must apologize to all the readers who read my blog, specificially to all the members of the CSFF Blog Tour, I did not read this month's book. You see, for the past three books, it was summer vacation, so I had all time in the world to read and watch anime. But no time has dissapeared thanks to those thieves who stole the sand from my hourglass, Father Time you are supposed to be watching my hourglass, not be lazing on the job. Man you annoy me some times. Mind my wierdness, sometimes after having a lot of coffee, well you know........ same thing that happens to Roheryn. Anyways, I really wanted to read the book, but since it was in a series, and my time was short thanks to stupid school (I like the clubs, but not the course and most of the kids there, if I was to go there, well you know, I could spend all day ranting about ninety percent of the school population) I am really into the whole extraterrestrial thing, so I definitely will read it, that is after I read the first two books. Anyways to end this post, I will give you a short summarry, not written by me, written by the old scrives over at Amazon (lol! The publisher wrote it, heh!) To end my post, I would like to give a shout out to Wayne Batson, "Isle of Swords rocksss!" and to Sharon Hinck,"My mom really enjoyed the Beacky Miller books, and I can not wait to get my Clavo and Restorer's Son in the mail" Oh and well... when I get the time I need to make sure to post a review of Isle of Swords on Amazon.

Summarry (Taken from Amazon)
Book Description
Six years after completing a manned mission to the Red Planet, Admiral John Wells is set to make another journey to Mars. But this time his crew is not alone, as John's team encounters a secret colony comprised of individuals pursuing John Raines' strange religion, the "Father Race."
While John begins to uncover a web of lies on Mars, his wife and daughter are struggling for survival on earth. Now John must survive his dangerous mission and find a way back home, even as a shocking plan begins to unfold millions of miles away on earth.

Austin Boyd is back with his third thrilling novel in the Mars Hill Classified series, full of high-tech intrigue, memorable characters, and adventure that transports readers to another world.

From the Back Cover
With nothing left for him on Earth, Rear Admiral John Wells didn't hesitate to lead a third NASA team to Mars, but he never dreamed that one day they'd look out their laboratory module into the lights of a slow-moving vehicle not their own. In the third installment of the Mars Hill Classified series, life on Mars becomes increasingly more unpredictable as the past collides with the future and nothing, not even the dead, is as it seems.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, the fate of hundreds, including John Wells' family--presumed dead these last six years--rests precariously in the hands of Malcolm Raines, self-proclaimed Guardian of the Mother Seed and Principal Cleric of Saint Michael's Remnant, and his insidious plans for the Father Race.

Wells will find himself in a race against time and all odds to expose the truth: about Mars, about Malcolm Raines, and, if he's very brave, about himself.
Trish Anderson
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Lisa Cromwell
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Merrie Destefano or Alien Dream
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Christopher Hopper
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Rachel Marks
Karen McSpadden
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
Lyn Perry
Deena Peterson
Cheryl Russel
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise
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Just got back from the signing in PA.I went, It was awesome. My mom thought I was crazy because I took off school and went right when Barnes and Knobles, where the signing was,opened! I brought a whole bunch of Japanese candy and a camera for the signing (took pictures of some awesome costumes, shirts and signs) At the store I bought Trinity Blood novel and Peeps after so many people recommended it. This signing was really crowded. But the crowd was really friendly ( unlike at some book signings) I met Lexiewild and Immortallove there and someone else from the Lexy but I forget their username) We sat forever outside and slowly the line grew till it stretched all the way alongside the store. I was the first person in line and maybe the first ever male to be first in line at any of her signings. Later on after chatting with the awesome people I was with and chowing down on some pocky and drinking some ramune. My friend joined me, my newly turned recruit into the Twilight universe. By the time I got my wrist band (I was so happy I camped out since 9am, I got to sit in the front row at the Q/A. We all went to the mall, and my one friend and this one girl put on the Volturi Cloaks and went into stores scaring people. It was hilarious especially when they went behind this cell phone saleswoman and made her jump at least two feet (I caught all on video and will post on this post) The Q/A was great especially since she basically was right in front of me. (the footage I took turned out awesome, no heads in front of me)Somebody asked what she thought of fanfiction and she said some of it scared her. I then asked, (and she adressed me as a Volturi, because that is what I was dressed up as) Did you ever believe that boys would ever read your books? She said that she was very happy that some many boys were reading her books and said prob. because they like Jacob (Not me! I'm an Edward/Bella fan, but my fav. character is Alice) When I finally got up to meet her I said Thank you for writing them and she told me she was glad that there are boys out there that are not afraid to read her books, she was really nice, even for the short amount of time I got to meet her (I mentioned the Lexicon to her) So look out for that! Anyways, I had a great time. Twilight fans are the nicest people on Earth ( and the girls literally worship the male fans of the book, No joke! a lot of girls said "I do not know you but I love you" and gave me hugs XD!) Oh and I almost forgot, I got interviewed tv station and I explained to them on camera that not just girls read the books, that there is a male fanbase! I had an amazing night overall!!!!! Watch Today Show this Saturday to catch me, that is if I make the cut!

Friday, September 07, 2007

In our world today, well, its confusing out there. We are constantly at battle with million of things penetrating us. Its hard. But the issue in today's world that distresses me the most is the nobodies. That is my term for the people who are basically ignored in church youth's group and other events. I have been one and it really hurts when you go into a spiritual group and basically everyone ignores you. Another term is the untouchables, the people Christians ignore who they think are too sinful for their bodies to touch; homosexuals, wiccans, goths, and other shady groups many Christians avoid at all costs. I ask those who do that, (we all have at some point) what is the advantages to that. Did God create some spiritual bubble, that we must keep around ourselves, and not let anyone sinful penetrate it. Also why as we as Christians treat these people with such hate. Do we not see the harmful effects of it. There are so many boys and girls out there struggling with homosexuality, and many of them Christians, and they want help. But they feel unloved especially when their Christian neighbors are using certain terms that start with a q and an f (I detest these words so much, that I do not use them), and are always loudly boasting of how God gave them the ability to be attracted to women, and how those who are homosexual are bound for hell. What does that sound like to someone struggling with homosexuality? It makes them feel like their mistakes from God, and makes them feel awful inside. It makes them feel like they should just die. It seriously hurts all the more especially when coming from the mouths of those who say they believe in the all mighty God who is loving and forgiving. Its like that Casting Crowns song, about the girl who is depressed and struggling and nobody notices and reaches out their hand to help. So many of those struggling with homosexuality, feel like that, they feel like everyone will hate them if they were to reveal their true struggling, that everyone will suddenly accuse them of being sinful just because they are struggling with the attraction to the same sex. I have friends who are gay and lesbian, I am not hateful or judge them. I feel very bad for them, some of them have gone through stuff that some people have never experienced. Some of the things they experienced, really saddened me, especially when I heard of stories of Youth Group members who would take very loudly of how they wanted to have all homosexuals be killed. Wow just wow, how can people call themselves Christian and ignore not even just homosexuals, and anyone they deem different, and treat them as nobodies. I ask everyone who has read this to understand I have a very strong stand against hypocrisy and hateful attitudes, having been through some of it myself by others. This post was not meant to argue whether or not homosexuality is a sin, it is more of a post to tell of the hateful attitude in the church is lending to the deaths of some many young people, who had some much potential to do so much great things.

This morning, when I saw on Yahoo news that Madeleine L'engle died I was in disbelief, the author of one of my all time favorite books, The Time Quartet, dead. The woman who wrote such awesome religious books such as And it was good, whose views that science proves God, and other viewpoints, it was made me shift my two year stint as atheist to a full out Christian. For me, she has made such a huge impact in my life, if I was there at her death bed, I would have kissed her hand and thanked her for the great impact she had on my spiritual walk. This wonderful woman may not be remembered by all, as she was a rather controversial figure in the Christian community. But let us take a moment of silence for one of the greatest writers of this past generation. I will always remember when I first read A Wrinkle in time (I read it some much its basically about to fall apart), loving the quirky characters such as Beast and Mrs. Whois and Whatsit?, and IT, one of the weirdest villains ever created. Madaleine L'engle, a woman whose books will definitely stand the test of time.