2012/02/27

Tag.....I am It

There I was kicking back, relaxing and playing with my Aqua Girl. Then the news broke that I have been tagged from Alison.  So now I am entertaining all of you as well as myself...so enjoy. Thanks for the tag Alison..:)
1.What is your dream vacation?
 Just one vacation hmmmmm. I would choose Egypt. I grew up being a fan of the Indiana Jones movies and always that it would be pretty cool to see the pyramids and seeing some of the tombs.  

2. Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead?
With a two year old it kind of hard to be spontaneous. If you count spontaneous going to grocery store..lol. Nope I am a planner with different things always going on it is much easier to know what to expect for each day.

3. Tell us one thing you want to do but don't dare do it.

I think it would be fun scaling to the top of a mountain. I think that it would be peacful and the scenery would be out of this world. 

4. What's your biggest phobia?
My fear would be waking up and my family as I know are missing or gone. My wife and Aqua Girl are the most important people in  my life.

5. If you were stranded on a desert island-what three things would you want with you? (Not including your laptop or family)
My survival kit, a bin of TBR books and bow and arrow(does that count as one or two), because I know I will be hungry. I am with Alison I cannot believe no laptop.

6. Name three blessings in your life.
family/friends, health, my spiritual path

7. What was your nickname in High School?.
Some that are not quite appropriate. Other would include McClintock, Mr. Eastwood or the CPU guru. I had unique friend in high school.

8. If you could meet the President of the United States, what would you say to him?
Why not try to fix the health care system instead of worrying about issues that you have limited control over. Or I afraid the health insurance companies will be after you.

9. If you could be any literary character, who would you be?
There are so many to choose from from. petty much anything that involves and magical fantasy world. Yes, I know that this is a cop out..:)
10. What is your favo(u)rite quote?
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.-Mark Twain
 
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Albert Einstein

So now it my turn to tag some great bloggers:
Bookworm Blues
Book Den
Little Red
Carl
Awful Reviews

2012/02/23

Putting on Hold


With some of the reading events that are coming up in the next week or so. I decided to put The Name of the Wind on hold. I was enjoying the book and everything, but I figured I would not finsih the book by the beginning of the month. I believe I will revisit the book in May....well that it my play anyways..:)

What I did read of the book, I was in awe. It is remarkable the storyteller that Pat Rothfuss is throughout the book.

2012/02/21

AudioFiles: Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Title: Gideon's Sword
Author: 
Series: Gideon Crew
Format:Audiobook
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Year:2011
Acquired:Library Loan
Ranking: Save It

Summary: Introducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thief

At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.

Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.

But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.

For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . 


My Thoughts: I think that I was a bit spoiled with the way that this book start out. I will say that I was dialed in after the chapter or so. With all the fast past action that was going on and surrounding Gideon. I did like his mentality with the way that he social engineered most of what got him through life. He seems like the type of person that I might get along with with..:))
I did think that the story was going to go deeper with his father, but that was not the case in the story. The book did focus more on Gideon and how he was going through life.

This book had PLENTY of action, you just ever knew how he was going to accomplish the goal that organization preset for him to accomplish.I liked the way that the narrator's interpretation of the story and he made you feel that you were right there with Gideon. 



This story would be for any geek that enjoys some crime solving

2012/02/15

Scott Lynch Read-a-Long

Cover of "The Lies of Locke Lamora"
Cover of The Lies of Locke Lamora
There is a reading a event that you do not want to miss and it being hosted by Little Red Reviewer, Dark Cargo, My Awful Reviews, @OhthatAshley posting at SF Signal, and Dark Cargo Explorer. This is what I love about being a book blogger your fellow bloggers find different ways to expose you to great authors. I have never read him, but have heard GREAT things about his books.

Here are some of the details:
Detail the first: We’ll be getting started with The Lies of Locke Lamora the first week of March and Red Seas Under Red Skies sometime in mid to late April (which should give everyone a chance to get copies), and we’ll read 120 – 160 pages per week, with discussions going up on the weekends. Paperbacks tend to run less than $10, electronic probably a bit less, audio probably a bit more, limited editions from Subterranean Press considerably more so.  Any version is fine. Chapter breaks and other timing info to be posted later this month.
Detail the second: These are some of my favorite books, by one of my most favorite authors. You can expect much fan girlishness from me. What I said before about restraining order behavior? uh, yeah, that was me.  Here’s hoping all the other bloggers will be much more mature and professional.
Detail the third:  These books are rated super R for casual violence, violence towards children, promotion of flexible morals,  massive amounts of glamorized criminal activity, occasional drug and alcohol use, a smidgen of bought and paid for sex, and oh gods, the swear words.

If this sounds like it would be down your alley just stop in any of the hosting blogs that you would like participate in the read-a-long.
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2012/02/14

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games
Format: Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction/dystopia
Year:2009
Acquired:Friend Loan
Ranking: Back it up

Summary: Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.


My Thoughts:


I was not that sure if the second book was going to be as good as first in The Hunger Games Series. I was wrong Catching Fire was better than the first installment. I figured that I might as well continue with the flow and keep reading the series that is for both YA(questionable at times) to adult. 

This books keeps making you think where the next turn is going to be with the reader not really expecting what is going to happen next. Especially with Katniss being the poster child of the rebellion against the Capitol. Throughout this book reader and the victors find out how the Capitol controls the people everywhere in Panem.This book surely does not read like a 400 pager, I got through this one in relatively no time.


I did not have much to gripe about in this one I thought the dialogue was good. At times I was wondering how everything was going to fit together, with what is going to happen with Peeta, Katniss and Gale and the rest. With a pretty good cliffhanger at the end. Now I wonder what will happen in the last book of the series.




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2012/02/09

The Time Will Come #1

The Time Will Come is a sweet meme hosted by Books For Company where we can feature for land of neglected books that you have been meaning to read for quite some time now.

All you have to do is:
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post to tell us about the book
- Link the post in the link
- Visit the other blogs!


This meme makes a reading feel terrible about oneself that is for sure. I sure do at least. The book that I am planning on reading after I am done with the second volume of the Hunger Games is going to be my book this week. 

Cover of "The Name of the Wind (Kingkille...
Cover via Amazon
Title: The Name of the Wind    (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
Author:



Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the      body and mind of a wizard.

This book has sparked me interest for quite some time. I am not really sure why I have been putting it off for OVER a year or so.

So what has been trying to jump out and get you attention to be read from your bookshelf?
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2012/02/06

AquaGirl Scares Off Daycare

My wife and I were informed that the current sitter that Aquagirl has during the day will be more than likely moving a couple state over in about June or so. He husband was offered a job that will double his salary. I wish that there would an offered like that for me.This means that Aquagirl will be going through 2 live-in day cares in one year. I am thinking that maybe she is like the baby off The Incredibles  or some thing. I am just glad that the current sitter told us with more notice than the last one.

My wife is struggling with this fact. She works a part-time job during the day. We are seriously discussing if she should quit her job and considering sitting a child or 2. My wife does not deal with stress very well whatsoever. It has not been a good day and half around here. I am hoping that her friend that she emailed sents a message back about considers and thoughts about sitting children. Or it may be a LONG 6 month period or whenever what we decide to do. I am hoping that the situation is figured out sooner than later.
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2012/02/01

In The Humor Of It All Reading Event


I am not going to officially call it a challenge, but it is an event. I have been thinking about doing something fun and silly for a challenge or event for quite some time. Andrea really got it stirring for me. If you really want to blame somebody blame her...jk.There are some fantsy/sci-fi authors out there that give these world some life and makes the readier laugh out loud..:) For instance, Sir Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams(recognize the button) and Piers Anthony to name a few. I am sure that there a PLENTY out there that I have yet to discover as well.

When does this wonderful event that place anyway. When else would it be taking place in April. It will go through the entire month.

What counts as humor?
Humor you think that it would make you laugh and think it would give you joy go right ahead and give the book a whirl. I am not going to be picky with this event. You can real 1 book or 20 books under the criteria listed above. I just want people to be able to enjoy the whole month of April. I like to see smiles on peoples faces.All in all I want people to have fun.

How can bloggers who are participating identify themselves? Feel free to grab the button that I made above as well.. You can put it in the side bar, or in the post, or whatever you feel like doing.You can make it your background if you really want to.I will make a tab for you to post you reviews and comments on the top of the Geeky Daddy as well. For you non-bloggers that want to post what you read.
On Twitter? use #humorbookevent

UPDATE(2/10/2012): I was thinking at work earlier today about the genres of reading. I figured why limit what people should read. I am just going to leave the floodgates open and you can chose any type of fiction you so desire.

If you have any questions or concerns you can give me a haler on here, twitter.
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