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.

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







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.

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)

Win8 Touch Tablet vs iPad #1

10 12 2012

SonyDuo11UltrabookFirst Looks:

Before upgrading my desktop to Windows 8, I thought it would be good to try it out on a small portable device. And, the only way to really test it would be on a touch screen. Two devices caught my eye: the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook and  Sony VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. Base models in each range are

  • Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz,
  • Full HD: 1920 x 1080
  • 4GB Dual channel DDR3
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000
  • 11.6 inch screen (Sony), 12.5 inch screen (Dell)
  • Windows 8 (64bit) – not the RT version

Both have a screen that flips from laptop to tablet mode. My $$$ were spent on the Sony machine (as seen on the desk on the channel 10 news – so thats why the Channel 10 app was so prominent in the store!!). It’s my intention to compare its abilities against the iPad. So far, there are a few things that the iPad does better

  • Touch: The Sony might be a touch tablet, and have much the same touch gestures as the iPad, but many of the regular Windows applications aren’t touch aware (apps from the windows store are different) . It’s annoying when you can’t just spread the fingers to zoom in on such a small screen.
  • I wasn’t able to get the Zinio reader to install on Win8
  • iTunes had to be the full application – apps vs applications terminology will get messy
  • IE-10 was friendlier than Chrome on Win8 (small screen and half-screen keyboard are annoying)
  • Narrow portrait mode on Win8 wasn’t as nice as the screen proportions on the iPad. So far i think it’s too narrow.

I’ve only had the Win8 machine for a few days. Part 2 of my adventures will follow soon.

Books read in 2012

2 09 2012

MyBooks last 12mths – 2012
This PDF is a preliminary list of the books I have read this year. I will add reviews soon.

More YA (Young Adult) authors have crept into my reading list. Some like Marissa Meyer and Veronica Rossi’s books are debut novels – both the beginnings of series that are expected to have sequels annually until done. L.E. Modesitt’s Magic of Recluce anniversary issue could be YA too, except for it being in the regular SciFi&Fantasy shelves instead of the special younger reader sections of the book store.

Last days at work

13 07 2012

Farewell Luncheon

Today, I retired from the SA Public Service after nearly 36yrs. Photos were taken at the farewell luncheon at “The Office” on Tuesday, and todays workplace morning teas (and presentation). The gallery can be viewed here – enjoy!

Nobody likes the feeling of being singled out

4 12 2011

This caught my eye:

“i was asked once: “if you could pick the perfect way to die, how would that be?” my reply: an extinction level event. cause let’s face it, nobody likes the feeling of being singled out, or that they’re going to end up missing out on something. if there’s no one else around after i’m gone, well, that kinda alleviates those two anxieties.”

source: a site worth watching/following – different!

Would you rather be on the Moon?

CD Compilation PickMe#23

3 12 2011

The 23rd compilation in my PickMe series is called “Out Walking” (Xmas 2011 part 2of2)
Finalized on 26/11/2011 it was intended to mostly be a collection of tracks to listen to while out exercising (walking) ie. more up tempo than PickMe#22

01 Who’s That Girl (Guy Sebastian)
02 Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
03 Year of the Cat (Al Stewart)
04 Poinciana – The Song of the Tree
(Manhattan Transfer)
05 Make My Day (Waldeck)
06 The Paris Swing Box (Parov Stelar)
07 The Golden Boy (Parov Stelar)
08 Fragment One … And I Kept Hearing (Kenneth Bager)
09 One Note Brazil (Kitty The Bill)
10 Today Will Be a Good Day (Dianne Reeves)
11 Pantaloons (Tape Five)
12 Turn Off The Light (Monte La Rue)
13 When Love Takes Over (David Guetta)
14 Girls on the Avenue (Richard Clapton)
15 The Other Side (Nebraska)
16 Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
17 Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
18 God Only Knows (Adem)
19 Titanium (Andrew Wishart)