CD Compilation PickMe#02

29 07 2016

PickMe02-CD-Cover“Lovebird”

01 Lovebird (Acimo)
02 Africa (Toto)
03 Felt Mountain (Goldfrapp)
04 Porcelain (Moby)
05 Theme from a Fistful of Dollars
(Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni)
06 Evergreen [Dusted Remix] (Faithless)
07 Since I Left You (The Avalanches)
08 Never Before (Afterlife)
09 Karyn (Jose Padilla)
10 Grandpa Was an Alien (King Brillo)
11 Love is Incredible (Bastian)
12 Per Qualche Dollaro in Piú [Aka for a Few Dollars More]
(Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni)
13 The Last Night (Cool Water/Time Passing)
14 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly [Mail Title] (Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni)
15 Human [Calexico Vocal] (Goldfrapp)
16 Madam Butterfly (Malcolm McLaren)





CD Compilation PickMe#01

29 07 2016

PickMe01-CD-Cover“Where My Heart Will Take Me”

01 Voyeur de Luxe (Plastyc Buddha)
02 Firewire (Substructure)
03 Spring in Lhasa (Oliver Shanti)
04 This Love (Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser)
05 Sing, Sing, Sing (Chicago)
06 Human (Goldfrapp)
07 Dreaming of… (Rue Du Soleil)
08 Walking on Air (Jose Padilla)
09 Blue Bar (Afterlife)
10 Angel (Zohar)
11 Many Rivers to Cross (CDM)
12 Tiptoe (Goldfrapp)
13 Dynamic Earth [gravity mix] (Jose Padilla)
14 Where My Heart Will Take Me [Album Version] (Russell Watson)





Superhero Generations

29 03 2016

Author: Carrie Vaughn

After the Golden Age Dreams of the Golden Age

After the Golden Age
(9780765325556) April 2011
Dreams of the Golden Age
(9780765370105) January 2014

The first generation of superheroes in Commerce City are the result of a mind alteration experiment gone wrong. Their creation, though, is a good thing for the city. There may be a super villain or two, but the rest are dedicated to helping the city. Things start to unravel when their identities are revealed.

In book one, we have the story of the next generation. The estranged daughter of the 2 main super heroes, Celia, is the target of frequent abductions. She doesn’t have any powers, but the mind-reader of the team can always find her. This book culminates with the handing over of the reigns from the first gen super heroes to Celia, their daughter. Along the way the history of the super heroes (and villains) is revealed. A thoroughly engaging tale. Young Adult and above. Female lead character.

In book two, it’s the story of the 3rd generation of superheroes. Much younger, mid teens, just exploring their powers without their parents knowing. Not so. The parents give them free reign to explore their talents, without interfering. They watch though.

A new villain arrives from another city, with a collection of new supers that do not have the same loyalty to Commerce City. They are only discovered in the final chapters, when Celia is kidnapped, again. The final shootout between all the supers is quite exciting.

Again, the leads are female (villains older males).

Excellent reading. Read both books over Easter 2016.

Both tales are suitable for Young Adult readers. There are a lot of good YA targeted books out there that may not appear on the main SciFi/Fantasy shelves, and are great reads none-the-less. I got both books from Amazon as they weren’t available for kindle. The first came as a hardcover and the second as a paperback (with much smaller text, of course) – both at the same price.

www.carrievaughn.com





A Love Story

27 01 2013

Innocents by Cathy CooteInnocents by Cathy Coote
ISBN: 0802139272
Australian Author
amazon link

A 16 year old school girl meets a 34 year old teacher. They fall in love and move in together. She’s a bit of a tease and draws the animal in him to the surface. Things go too far, and the stresses threaten to break the relationship.

This story is told from the girl’s point of view. She explains why she’s at fault (not him). It avoids issues that such taboos generate in the community, and concentrates on the love they have for each other. Her innocent perspective, of course. It’s well written.

It’s a (different) love story. A quick read – enjoy! 3.5/5





Two tales of “Life Interrupted”

26 01 2013

Teenage AmnesiacMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
ISBN-13: 978-0312561284
Tags: Teen, Young Adult,
High School
Naomi’s accident results in amnesia. She can’t remember the last 4years – her parents divorce, mother’s remarriage, her new step-sister, her boyfriend/s. A good read. Memoirs-Teenage-Amnesiac-AMAZON

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Torn

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Torn By Stephanie Guerra

ISBN-13: 978-0761462729
Tags: Teen, Young Adult, High School
Ruby comes into Stella’s life, alienating her from her friends, and introducing her to a different lifestyle. Ruby leads a detatched sort of life, doing things that unsettle Stella, but she manages to not stray – much! A tame-ish story, and a pleasant read. Torn-Stephanie-Guerra-AMAZON

Torn is not as rich, in characters and story, as the Amnesiac tale.

Ratings:
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac 3.5/5
Torn 3/5





CD Compilation PickMe#25

13 12 2012

PickMe25-CD-CoverThe 25th compilation in my PickMe series is called “Cruisin” (Xmas 2012 part 2of2)
Finalized on 12/12/2012, it is a quirky collection of some of the music that has caught my attention this year.

01 In the Light of a New Day (Santana)
02 Cruisin (Jeff Golub)
03 Maja (Cantoma)
04 If I Could Make September Stay
.     (Michael Franks)
05 Moaning (Brenda Boykin)
06 Les Kid Nappeurs Main Theme (Marc Collin)
07 You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
08 Landslide (Karise Eden)
09 Bad Things (Jace Everett)
10 Cape Clear (Chris Coco)
11 Angelica (Lamb)
12 Trust In Me (Holly Cole)
13 Our Day Will Come (Amy Winehouse)
14 Riders On The Storm / Pink Solidism (Yonderboi)
15 Hideaway (Blank & Jones & Jason Caesar)
16 In This World (Moby)
17 Get a Move On (Mr. Scruff)





CD Compilation PickMe#24

13 12 2012

PickMe24-CD-CoverThe 24th compilation in my PickMe series is called “Smooth” (Xmas 2012 part 1of2)
Finalized on 12/12/2012, it is a quirky collection of some of the music that has caught my attention this year.

01 September (Atlan Chill)
02 Love You So (Chris Coco)
03 You’re Just too Hip Baby
.    (Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes)
04 Love On Top (Diana Rouvas)
05 The Look of Love (Emma Louise Birdsall)
06 Cologne Cerrone Houdini (Goldfrapp)
07 No Promises (Icehouse)
08 Limit to Your Love (James Blake)
09 What a Difference a Day Makes (Laura Fygi)
10 Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby)
11 Woman (Neneh Cherry)
12 Where the Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
13 Smooth Operator (Sade)
14 All I Want (Sarah Blasko)
15 Needles And Pins (The Searchers)
16 Lentil (Sia)
17 Main Title – Game of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)
18 Never the Same Again (Santana)
19 Farewell Aunty Jack (Aunty Jack)