Showing posts from May, 2011

I am Number Four (Book 1 of The Lorien Legacies series)

by Pittacus Lore The Lorien Legacies series (Book 1) "In the beginning we were nine. Three are gone. Six are left. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. I am Number Four. I know that I am next." With a title and summary like that, and with puny Malaysia (pardon my opinion) included, you will need a chain to hold me from flipping through those pages. It has been a long time since I came across another intriguing title and summary like this one, with rhyming passages to go with as well, so I expected that this would be a story with a nice plot in it.

Star Wars: Death Troopers

by Joe Schreiber For those Star Wars fans out there, a forewarn to you all: this is not a new kind of stormtrooper... At first I thought it is, but picking up the book tells me that this is something new in that far, far away galaxy. What comes to mind when 'Star Wars' is mentioned? What is the most horrible thing that can be imagined? Darth Vader (aww, come on... you call that horrible!? he's adorable...)? Well, now you have something more horrible than that adorable asthmatic Sith Lord: Joe Schreiber (no, he is not another Sith Lord...) Imagine zombies roaming around in the Star Wars galaxy, and this is the outcome. The plot itself is nothing new: a ship met some malfunction, stalled in the middle of nowhere, met a ghost ship, entered and bring back unspeakable horrors (you know what it is), everyone become zombies, a few  protagonists  died, a few finally survived and left, blah blah blah... Well, at least that is the gist of it. Sounds familiar? If it does, that is

How Starbucks Saved My Life

by Michael Gates Gill When I first saw this book, I thought of how ridiculous this title is, and that it is just another marketing ploy for Starbucks, another big shot corporation that has not earned enough. Intrigue led me to take a look, and flipping through the first few pages changed my perception of this book, so I bought it to try out. This book is similar to a biography but written in a more interesting way. It does not promote the author; it demotes him instead. This book is all about a person who once had it all, born into a life of privilege, and had fell from grace for things that he had and had not done. It was from this experience that he wandered into an Open House job interview with Starbucks, and get to work there. This is the story of how he had been accepted, and how he had changed himself with the support of those working around him. Although this will be an advantage for the marketing of Starbucks, this is more of a motivating book to others than