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July 6th, 2010 (09:48 pm)
enthralled

Peace's mood: enthralled

I have been reading recently and I have found a nice series of books known as The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. It was a town in Texas called Morganville and it was being run by vampires. Claire, the main character of the book, did not know that the town was being run by vampires at first but finally found out as the story proceeded. Then, she met Michael, a ghost-turned-vampire, Shane and Eve. To know their adventure, please find out more information on http://www.rachelcaine.com/

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The way parents interact with children

June 13th, 2010 (01:28 am)

Recently, I came across an article on http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/garden/10childtech.html?pagewanted=2&hpw which was about how parents ignore the needs of their children when the children are vying for their attention, yet the parents continue to use their iphones or handphones. Nowadays, this has become a phenomenon whereby we are being surrounded by technology. It may or may not be a good thing but personally, I think that parents should stop what they are doing when their kids call out to them. As at a young age, children require their parents to have constant attention on them if not they may get into accidents etc. But after that age, even if the parents want their kids to listen to them, the kids may not need their parents' attention already or do not even want their parents by their side. I know that a lot of people use their iphones or handphones to get connected with people around them but when the children call you, one should just switch off the phones or computers and listen to what the children want to say. When one does that, it will be easier for parents to communicate to the children in the future. And one should look at their children when their children are speaking with them as it will allow the children to know that their parents are concerned about what they have to say and what they are doing at schools. If not, when the children grow up, they will not tell anything to their parents even when they are deep in troubles. Anyway, children tend to imitate what their parents do, so how an adult behaves will have tremendous effects on the child.

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April 21st, 2010 (03:41 pm)
blah

Peace's mood: blah

Finally, I had managed to finish reading the compilation "The Lost". Out of the four stories, I enjoyed more from J.D. Robb's Missing in Death and Mary Blayney's Lost in Paradise as they made you want to continue reading it because of the stories' splendid plot and the intricate feelings of the characters. Another element in the two stories which made me curious to find out its ending is the paranormal stuff. (In Missing in Death, the paranormal stuff is the device which allow one to lose its time and in Lost in Paradise, the paranormal stuff is the curse which caused a man to live for more than a century.) Although in Patricia Gaffney's The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, there is the paranormal part about Laurie being in the dog's body, it was not enough to keep you going and there was not much climax. Yet, it was worth reading the other two stories despite them being simple, they highlighted on the power of love and hope.

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Novel Review

April 21st, 2010 (03:26 pm)
creative

Peace's mood: creative

Compilation: The Lost
Title: Legacy
Author: Ruth Ryan Langan

Summary: Aidan O'Mara had just finished burying her mother and was landed in debt due to the costly medical fees. And it was the time when she was informed that her mother may be the child of a man called Cullen Glin and not the grandfather she known as Edward Martin. So, due to her curiosity and the promise that her debt will be paid, she went to visit Cullen Glin to find out the truth in Ireland. They exchanged the stories which they know and despite the stories, Aidan still could not believe that her mother would be the child of Cullen, so they went to do a DNA. In the end, she fell in love with Cullen's solicitor, Ross Delaney, who was the beneficiary of Cullen when he died. She tore the result of the DNA as she would not want Ross to not able to inherit Cullen's asset. Thus, nothing matters as long as they were together as a family.

Remark: Yet, another simple and happy story. If you would enjoy this, you would enjoy the second story of the compilation "The Dog Days of Laurie Summer" by Mary Blayney. Compared to the suspense in the first and third stories, this story was simpler in speaking of the importance of love and trust. It would be a joy for one to read and feel the happiness and bitterness which the characters were experiencing. Despite of its simplicity in terms of the plot and characters, it was nevertheless a wonderful production.

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Novel Review

April 20th, 2010 (07:34 am)
accomplished

Peace's mood: accomplished

Compilation: The Lost
Title: Lost in Paradise
Author: Mary Blayney

Summary: Sebastian Dushayne had lived for almost 200 years since his beloved wife's, Angelique, mother cursed him in 1810s when Angelique died during the storm season He was cursed to not able leave the island and to feel remorseful for the rest of his life. Angelique's mother blamed Sebastian on her daughter's death as Sebastian was the one to order Angelique to travel back during the storm season. To break this curse, Sebastian had to fall in love with someone with the heart pure as gold. And this person was Isabelle. Sebastian struggled through his fear to fall in love as he was afraid that by falling in love again, he may once again cause the love of his life to die. In the end, the curse was broken when Sebastian fell in love with Isabelle and they left the island, only to return periodically to run away from reality. Happily ever after!

Remark: Love, lust, hope, happiness and misery were all the things we could found in this short story by Mary Blayney. It highlighted on the power of love and hope. Also, it mentioned about the ability to trust someone instead of doubting which was getting difficult in the current society. Undoubtedly, it was a great story which one would have to read as the author was creative in the writings by including hymns in the story and the idea of the curse which had allowed one to live for more than a century. Yet, it was not suitable for all age-groups as it had some explicit parts in the story. Overall, it was another great story in the compilation which had enough suspense and great adventure but if you are in for mystery and logic as such in detective story, you will prefer the first story(Missing in Death) over this one as this story do not sound as logical due to a person living for over a century.

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Novel Review

April 18th, 2010 (04:40 pm)
exhausted

Peace's mood: exhausted

Compilation: The Lost
Title: The Dog Days of Laurie Summer
Author: Patricia Gaffney

Summary: A woman named Laurie Summer went into a coma after drowning in the river. Yet, when she woke up, she realised that she had become a dog. Coincidentally, her husband, Sam, and son, Benny, adopted the dog as they had run over it and called the dog Sonoma. In the body of the dog, Laurie began to understand more of her husband and son. Also, she had realised that she should have spent more time with her family rather than keep on working to earn more money. In the end, she went back to her real body and had changed for better.

Remark: I think that it is a plain and delightful story which highlights the importance of kinship and the need to value it. We should not take it for granted and assume that we will always have time with the family as no one knows what will happen in the next moment. Although earning money to raise the standard of living of the family is important, it is also critical to keep the family together as closely as possible. It is something easy to grasp but if compared to the first story in the compilation (Missing in Death), it can be a tad bit boring as it does not have the suspense and action which the first story possessed.

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Novel Review

April 15th, 2010 (08:57 am)
excited

Peace's mood: excited

Compilation: The Lost
Title: Missing in Death
Author: J.D. Robb

Summary: A woman named Carolee saw another woman known to be Dana being murdered by a man called Ivan in the restroom which was known to be out of order. After that, she was being knocked out and when she got back, she lost her memory of seeing the murder scene. This puzzled Detective Eve. When Eve dug around the evidence, she found the dark side of the Homeland, an organisation which caused pain and hurt to her as well as the murderer. And this murderer, Ivan, killed Dana (later found out to be an associate assassin)to take revenge on her as she had killed his family.

Review: It was one of the most splendid works I had ever read in a few months' time. The story was very well-planned and lured you to continue to read. Also, the characters which appeared in the story were being drafted out nicely allowing you to know more about what the characters were thinking. It brought out the darker side of human nature like cruelty, greed and ruthless etc because of assassination, trade of dangerous weapons and dark works of organisations in the story. Alas, it was one great work which one should not miss.

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April 5th, 2010 (08:44 am)
calm

Peace's mood: calm

In recent years, there are several new shopping centres being built in the central area. And these shopping centres are like Orchard Central, ION and 313@Sormeset. I had only been to the 313@Sormeset yesterday to see what exactly was different about it to the current shopping centres which we had like Plaza Singapura. It was not really that different as it also have shops which sell clothes, food and electronic stores etc, just that 313@Sormeset do not have a cinema and Kbox such entertainment. Despite that, it will still be a new experience for people to shop there.

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Writer's Block: Search for intelligent life

March 29th, 2010 (10:01 pm)

Do you believe there is other intelligent life in distant galaxies? If no, why not? If yes, do you believe this is something to be feared and avoided or actively sought out?

I believe that there are other lives in distant galaxies because if there are water, food and gas existing in the planet, there are chances for organisms to live. As such, why the doubt of lives in distant galaxies? It is just that we have not discover all of the stars, yet, it does not mean there is no existent of them in the distant galaxies. Scientifically, I agreed that it should be actively sought out for the betterment of us. Morally, I think that we should just leave it alone as not everyone like their privacy invaded (if we treat the other lives on other planet as individual).

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March 27th, 2010 (06:42 pm)
bored

Peace's mood: bored

Just finish reading the latest chapter of Bleach and Reborn...Reborn's finally into another brand new arc and there are several new characters;some weird and funny characters. As for Bleach, it is still about Ichigo fighting with Aizen but finally Ichigo's dad turned up. Hope for more surprise for the next few chapters...

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