Saturday, April 27, 2013

Heartless by Gail Carriger Review

     Heartless is the fourth installment in the Parasol Protectorate series. This series has been an wonderful journey into a world where werewolves, vampires, and ghosts are all productive members of society and all have special department in the government of Victorian England. Parasol Protectorate also introduced and new species in the supernatural set...well it's actually the exact opposite. Supernaturals in the set of the series are created from people that have an excess amount of soul. Their opposite is called a Preternatural or Soulless. Soulless can negate supernatural effects simply by touch.

   Anyway, on with the concerns of this book. Heartless brings back the mystery and intrigue that was missing from Blameless. A ghost tells of a plot to kill the queen. Who the culprit is and the motive behind it is surprising and add significant depth to the character(s) involved. While the mystery is ongoing throughout the book there are a variety of other plot threads hanging in the background and all while Lady Maccon is severely pregnant. While the pregnant Alexia provides some amusing moments it can become a glaring issue in the way the book is read. I personally was not bothered by it as it seemed realistic, but I have heard others complain that it took away from the story for them. Many other characters that before acted as obstacles or merely existed in the background come closer to center stage in this book, some in good ways, others not so much. Ivy has really shown more as a character in this book even though she was only seen briefly. Felicity also shows up considerably more for what appears to be no reason at all until it all comes together at the end of the book. I truly can't wait read the final book in the series, Timeless.

Until then, keep reading.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Batman Chronicles Vol.1 Review

I'm so glad I was finally able to find the Batman series in chronological order. I'm a bit of a purist and have to read or watch EVERYTHING in order. It drives me crazy not to know everything that happens! So I haven't been able to really get into comic books and that always bugged me. Especially after watching King of the Nerds and realizing I know nothing about super heroes.

The comics themselves are clearly classics. That being said you can CLEARLY see the time period these were written in. Most of the more ethnically diverse characters would be considered a racist stereotype by today's standards. The earliest comics were actually far more violent than I was expecting, not bad, just a little brutal. I noticed that when Robin was introduced the violence was toned down a lot. There was a kind of cool promotion of citizenship that Robin brought in as well. I'm definitely getting next volume.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips (BzzAgent)

I received my free bzzkit from Bzz  Agent about a week ago and have tried two of the veggie chip flavors.

Sea Salt flavor: This flavor was pretty good. It's not very salty like regular potato chips, but it's a nice subtle flavor. You can really taste the sweet potatoes. The chips have the same texture of regular chips, so you get that satisfying crunch, but the flavor isn't overwhelming.  They seem like perfect gaming marathon chips. Filling, tasty, easy to grab, and you get the added benefit of not getting thirsty as quickly.

Zesty Cheddar flavor: ......No, just no. They have the same look and texture of Doritos, but lack any of the flavor. My mom thought they tasted like diet Doritos; to me they tasted like old, stale goldfish crackers. No one in my immediate family cared for them at all.

Overall: Nice chips, I like that they have less fat then regular chips, but all in all it doesn't seem like you save a whole lot in calories. Not so good for dieters, but for those of you want a healthier snack they are a great option. _________________________________________________________

Saturday, April 20, 2013

What is a Bzz Campaign?

For those who were wonder what a Bzz Campaign is (I mentioned it in my first post), it is something that is done on a survey site called Bzz Agent. It's a wonderful site. Once you sign up all you have to do is take surveys and if you qualify for a campaign they will send you an e-invite. I joined about five months ago and am already on my third campaign.

If you qualify for a campaign Bzz Agent will send you either a sample of a product or free product coupons so you can try the product. Before you receive the product you are asked to generate buzz about the product you will be trying out.  The is mostly done through Facebook and Twitter.

Once you receive your "bzzkit" you can try it out and will be asked to submit a review, share on Facebook, tweet, blog, and report who you talked to about the product.

That is pretty much it. Oh! you also get points for the Mypoints survey site. Mypoints is another site that primarily requires you to spend money in order to earn points. I don't use it much unless there is something that I'm buying anyway. Mypoints does have good rewards though; they have gift cards for most major retailers. Anyway,  that's it. Putting reviews on my blog helps me out on BzzAgent and gets me writing practice so it's a win-win for me. Who knows anyone reading this (assuming there is a lost soul out there who stumbled upon this blog) might also find out about some good (or bad) products.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Point Your Face At This: Drawings by Demetri Martin Review

I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I won it for my sister, who is a big Demetri Martin fan.  However, since I won using my account I feel the need to write a review for it.

This book is a little beyond me. Most of the pictures fall into two categories,  1. Stupid guy humor (which my sister likes, but I don't), or 2. Need to be explained. Demetri Martin uses his drawings a lot in his comedy routine. He gives a set up, brings out the picture and comically explains his line of thought. When all you have are images it's kind of hard to get exactly why it's supposed to be funny.

With all of this said though there are also two smaller categories that the pictures can fall into. Humorous picture that are either funny look at everyday occurrences, pictures that have some writing on them and gives the set-up of the picture, and just oddly funny pictures that I can't really explain why I laughed. The last category is my favorite funny, yet thought provoking pictures that are often politically motivated. One example is a drawing that depicts  two booths one is called Information, the other is Propaganda. The Information booth is very simple while the Propaganda booth has been done up in a more extravagant fashion. The picture is funny, but also gives an interesting  (and accurate) view of our culture.

Overall, the book was entertaining for about a half hour. It's not something I would keep for myself, but my sister loves it so it was still a good win.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'm back


If you followed my "Countdown to 2012" you probably remember my last post. I stated that "blogging isn't for me", so why am I starting a new blog? Well, I've had some personal revelations after starting college again.

1. While I enjoy reading about psychology and learning about the different breakthroughs in the field of psychology over the years.....I don't really care for the processes that go into the career of psychology. Not only that, but job options are not as varied as I once thought. I'm not interested in working for the government, I don't want to be a traditional psychologist, and I don't want to be a consumer psychologist. This leaves me with very few options.

2. I realized I don't want to be in school for another 6-8 years. That's the amount of time I have to put into psychology before I have enough education to get into most entry level jobs. I really can't get much on the job front with a BA in Psychology. I need a minimum of a MA, but ideally would need a PhD. I just don't really want to spend that much time in school anymore. After taking two years off I feel like I've developed varied interests and school isn't the be all end all of my life anymore.

3. I don't care if I have the "smart"  or "academic" career anymore. I want a job that I will, at least to a certain extent enjoy. I don't care if I work a notable company anymore either. It's no longer a priority.

4. During my two years off my creativity developed and grew to the point that a purely scientifically career no longer seems as satisfying as it once had.

So that brings us to why I started another blog. I'm changing my major from Psychology to English. I want to be a book editor, I love reading I always have. My personal library of books contains at least 500 books. These range from text books to fiction books, to music books to comics.  Literature is a big part of my life and I want to pursue that as a career. My English grades haven't been quite a good as they could have been (I got 3.7 and 3.8 in my two mandatory English classes). Mostly though I think this comes from my lack of confidence in my writing abilities. That's where this blog comes into play. This blog is a place for me to exercise my writing skills. I will be doing this mainly by writing reviews and the media and products I consume. I might include other topics as well, but for a start this blog will be a review blog. Books, random products I find, giveaway wins, and BzzAgent Campaigns (which I will explain in another post).

I hope to hone my skills in this endeavor and find fun and interesting items along the way.
Hobey-ho, on we go.

PS: Some of you might recognize the reference in my last sentence, do you know what my blog name is a reference to?