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About whimsicalmeerkat

One of my goals for 2012 is to read less and play video games more. I'm also attempting to eat more healthy food. All boring, right? Well, I like to think my reviews are not. I know the ones over at OSgA Book Reviews are funny at least. Check them out. Oh yes, I also have a photography habit I've neglected of late.

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Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #2)

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

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If anything, I enjoyed Magic Burns more than Magic Bites. As I was told it would be, it was clarified that Curran is a lion, so I was glad of that, but obviously that was not all. Kate developed a little bit more dimension than in the first book, and overall I found the plot more compelling. Some of my favorite supporting characters of the series appeared. There was an epic battle. There was also an annoying child, but you can’t have everything. Overall, a solid book that led to me reading the remainder of the series in less than a week.

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Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #1)

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
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A friend highly recommended this, so another friend & I decided to buddy read it. I have to say, I enjoyed it, although there were definite flaws, hence the 3.5 rating. To get them out of the way first, the flaws: too much talk about badassery at the beginning of the book but not enough actual ass kicking and far, far too much talk about her braid and lack of beauty. I don’t care what she looks like, damn it. *sigh* Losing argument, I know. As for the things I enjoyed: the fact that she seemed to slightly change her mind about some other people but not drastically, the fact that she’s not even remotely invincible, and the fact that she fucked up the relationship with the doctor rather than it being revealed that he’s just drastically inferior to Curran, speaking of whom, does not sound like a lion in the books so why is he a lion on the covers?

If you even remotely like urban fantasy with female leads, give this a shot. It’s neither steampunk nor a romance.

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Civilizations 5 & 4

These games have eaten my life. Must conquer all the worlds!


Favorites Friday: The White Hotel

The White HotelThe White Hotel by D.M. Thomas

Surreal and beautiful. A fantastic book that combines prose and poetry in an intoxicating mixture. Set in a resort style hotel we see people going about a wealthy holiday with seemingly no awareness that the world is changing around them. As the book builds and swirls, however, the enormity of the times and realization that something is wrong becomes inescapable. I am forever indebted to the friend who first gave this to me. Reading it was a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable experience.

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Douglas Adams on Hangover Cures

Best commentary on New Year’s Day, hangovers, etc. I miss Douglas Adams.


Kkkkiiiiiiitttttyyyyyy!!

I want a kitten. Badly. :(


I <3 The Onion

2011: International

The first guy is my favorite.


Oh hi, last day of 2011

What am I doing on the last day of the year?

  • Trying to take over the world in Civilization 5
  • Probably killing things in some other video game
  • Considering keeping a recipe binder that was going to a friend for myself
  • Laundry
  • Scavenging through Christmas leftovers
  • Slacking on a knitting project
  • Looking forward to drinks with friends
  • How about you, my unicorn readership?


    Lists: Best Books Read in 2011 – # 1

    Best Books Read in 2011

    1. Room by Emma Donoghue

    Not many authors can write well from a child’s point of view, especially when writing for an adult audience. In Room, Emma Donoghue does precisely that. She conveys a haunting tale with beauty and wonder and terror. I was skeptical when I picked up this book. After putting it down seven months ago, I still think of it regularly. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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    2. The Christ-Haunted Landscape by Susan Ketchin
    3. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
    4. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
    5. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    6. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
    7. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
    8. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
    9. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
    10. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett