Thursday, December 31, 2009

Yay! Payed for the courses...so I should be good.

As stated before in the previous post, I signed up for my courses and payed for them.

So, I should be good for the semster coming up.

Besides, I'm celebrating New Year's the old fashioned way- by going to a fancy-schmancy restaraunt that my sister works at. (ooh, the discounts we're going to get!)

:D

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So....

I need to hang out with a bunch of my friends over the vacation.

:(

I haven't gotten the chance to, because of chores and stuff to do over the house.

I need to plan something. Maybe I'll hang out with them at the mall (right after I coerce my dad to fork over some money to get an I-pod touch.) *Evil smirk*

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And finally:


My New Year resolutions are:

1. Get an I-Pod Touch- (My sister got one before me and besides, I'm way behind on modern technology.[I still have a CD player and a cassette player]).

2. To make sure my family's happy over the year- (Been dealing with arguements from both parents and cleaning the house non-stop. Need to make them happy in some way.)

3. To make sure I'm happy- because who wouldn't try to do that for themselves? We all need to be happy in one way or another. (Whether it would be physical needs or emotional ones.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Finally signed up for new courses for next semester

I finally signed up for new courses for next semester.

Yay!


Now all I need to do is pay for them.


This could get interesting...


Picked a concentrated course for my profession w/ recent teacher in English and

picked up a humanities course involving women in literature.

Friday, November 20, 2009

tada!

see the link:
http://ealperin.stripgenerator.com/2009/11/20

Monday, November 9, 2009

Man, I shoulda gone to Big Apple comic con!

This is some EPIC stuff in the making:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu_ekyv1Vzw

Who knew Iceman could rap and Deathstroke could beatbox?

:D

Friday, October 30, 2009

4th book/1st Graphic Novel

So, I'm continuing this lovely blog with another book/my first review of a graphic novel (re: comic book in a big, thick, novel-type format).

As soon as I get the book, of course, I'll post up the review. ;)


Title: Supergirl (Volume 4, first book collection.)

Author: Peter David with art by Gary Frank.

see linkage for blurb:

http://dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=1544

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I just noticed something about the blurb, and I quote " ....Now as the Woman of Steel attempts to balance her new dual life, she finds herself a major player in the centuries-old battle of good versus evil. "

As the "Woman of Steel"?

Hmm.

Interesting that the title of the book says something entirely different.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thoughts on the Big Guy/Gal Upstairs, The Big Guy/Gal Down Below and other theological musings

Okay, I think I'm turning into an Agnostic, even though I'm Jewish.

Here's the thing, I went to synagogue over the eve of Simchat Torah (Re: Giving of the Torah), and after prayers and food I had a lively discussion with a person who's married, let's name her A.

So, A and I are discussing the bible when I point out that God is almost always referred as male. She said, "No, you have it all wrong, hon. On Shabbat (Re: the day of rest), the schekinah- female aspect of God- takes over."

I have this look of confusion on my face and say something along the lines of, "Then why isn't that aspect praised more often?"

She says, "Just look in the prayers."

Okaay.

Then I pointed out another thing that irked me: "Why- In the morning prayers- it says for a guy 'thank God for not making me a woman'. Isn't that sexist?"

She shakes her head and says, "There's more to it than that. It's not sexist. It's praising the woman. The woman is more spiritual than the man is. And the man has more mitzvahs/ good deeds/ more spirituality to achieve then the woman needs. The woman's already at that level."

I just stood there, equally as confused as before.

So she sighs and says, "When you're married, you'll know what I'm talking about."

I don't get it.

Woman are on a 'higher level' even though they are still regarded as a minority and a submissive party- both in religion and in life.

I don't get it at all.


Do I believe in a God? Maybe.

Is It female? Maybe.

Do I believe in Some Higher Power? Definetely. Just don't know what kind it is, yet.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Whew!

Okay, I had a bunch of stuff to re-type. My Final paper-for one, and the previous post is another.

I'll try to get some more stuff up over the next week.

Third Book If you're keeping count.

Title: The Better to Hold You.

Author: Alisa Sheckley.

Terms used:

Unwolf- a shapeshifter that has a genetic predisposition for changing into an animal.

Were-wolf- a "Wolf Man". Can't change into an animal, but into a hairier human with hieghtened senses.

Main characters

Abra- A vet who is a student at an Animal Medical Institute. Tends to be a klutz. Loses things. Says things on her mind that offends others. Becomes an Unwolf by making love with her ex-fiance by the end of the book- Hunter.

Hunter- Abra's fiance. Now, Ex-fiance. Just came back from Romania on a journalism-turned- book research project on wild wolves. Is a Were-wolf. Cheats on Abra with his Unwolf mentor, Magda. Has the lythrocanthropic virus.

Magda- Hunter's mentor. Infertile and an Unwolf .

Red- Rednecked Un-wolf. Becomes Abra's lover by the end of the book. Works as a Wildlife Removal Operator.

Jackie- Red's Girlfriend. Is a human.

Mom/ Piper Lefever- Mother of Abra. Former big-time actress. Is in a lesbian relationship with Grania- a young Vet student who studies alot, unlike Abra, who didn't study at all.

Dad- Split with Mom. Has a girlfriend. Is mention a few times but isn't seen in the book, physically.

Moon- Dad's Girlfriend. claims she's "psychic".

Malachy- British Staff Vet., experiments on himself with the lythrocanthropic/Unwolf virus. Develops an anti-virus for Abra later on in the story but it doesn't work. It only supresses her menstral cramps and makes her lose hair.

Ofer- Student at Medical Institute. Has a background in Neurology.

Sam- Student at Medical Institute. Very intelligent.

Lilliana- Abra's best friend. Has a degree in Social Neuroscience and is fluent in the Facial Action Coding System- Re: she knows what people are really saying without speaking. She just looks at their facial expression. (Maybe I should go into that :D)

Pia- A wolf/dog hybrid at the Facility.

Duncan- Bouvier. Had a fork stuck in his cheek. (He wen't for his owner's steak and got barbed.)

Review

Okay, even though this book has a ton of characters, it was an extremely entertaining and comical read. Not, only is the main character, Abra, sassy, she's a vet who goes through her daily life complete with twists and turns. From breaking into her own apartment when her fiance doesn't even answer his cell phone, to becoming an Unwolf. The story has a great pace and builds up with suspense by the end of the book. Everything in the story, follows chronologically. So, you can realize what goes on, even if you skip a part.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

blog posts

Blog topic: If this is the first time in a long time you're reading outside of class, what are your thoughts about it? Is this something you would likely do on your own in the future? If you read for pleasure regularly, why do you do it? What satisfaction does it provide for you?

I actually think reading outside of class,reviewing and posting about the book is a lot of fun. I'd definitely continue it in the future.

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I read for pleasure regularly because I find it fun to immerse myself into a new book or an old one and find something about the character that I haven't noticed before.

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It satisfies a physical crave that I have (Well, besides eating, of course). Reading takes me out of my life and into other peoples' lives. So, I find it exhilarating.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Characters and notes.

Good Guys

Zoey Redbird- Main character. Fledgling vampire-turned-High Priestess. can control the four elements:Air, Earth ,Water, and Fire.

Stevie Rae- Zoey's Best friend turned Red Fledgling.

Darius-Medic vampire/warrior.

Damien- Homosexual vampire who's best friends with Jack. Affinity with air.

Shawnee- Erin's "Twin". Affinity for Fire.

Erin- Affinity for water. Shaunee's "Twin"

Aphrodite- Snobby vampire- turned- human, now a goody-two-shoes, Has visions of the future. Hates being called Good. Now, mentally Imprinted with Stevie Rae.

Heath-Zoey's human ex-boyfriend.

Erik Night- Zoey's vampire boyfriend.

Stark- Bad boy of the group. Never misses his mark. Abuses,feeds, and rapes off of a young girl -Becca. Becomes the High Priestess' warrior/servant person.

Loren- first- first vampire boyfriend. Zoey loses her virginity to him.

Becca- Young girl.

Venus- Aphrodite's ex-best friend, now new head snob.

Professor Dragon- Fencing instructor.

Professor Lenobia- Equestrian instructor.



Red Fledglings- have mind control powers

Stevie Rae- Head of her group.

Dallas- Born in Houston. good with building stuff.

Ant/Anthony- Apparently din't hit puberty when he bacame a vampire.

Elliot-pudgy, pale.

Kramisha-African American. writes prophetic poetry. Becomes the Poet Lauriate.

Shannoncompton (No reallly. This is how it's spelled.)- Caucasian,brunette.

Uber-Bad Guys

Kalona- Goes into everyone's dreams-a lot. Can paralyze people at will. Fallen Angel.

Professor Neferet- has an affinity with cats, very psychic. becomes Kalona's uhm.. lover.... in a naughty way..

Raven Mockers- wierd bird/human hybrids.

Raphiel- former frind of Damien. came from the same group. Now, a bad guy.



Okay. Now what to say about all of this...

First off the story reads like a rip-off off Harry Potter : with the vampires taking the place of the wizard school.

Second, there are way too many characters in this story to keep track of. A note to the author: try to skim the story down to around 5 main characters.

and lastly, there is a lot of eroticism in this book. So, be warned.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Next book.

What's the second book I picked?: Hunted by P.C. Cast*

Why I chose it: A friend of mine read the series and wanted me to read it because I'm interested in sc-fi/fantasy situations.

What do I expect from it: Some humor, drama and intese interaction scenes between the characters in the series and where they are in this book; in other words, Did anything change from the last book I read?

*And, yes. It's the first book I originally picked. Finally got it! I'll get a synopsis up over the week.

Friday, September 18, 2009

About book.

Book title: Sundays at Tiffany's

Author: James Patterson.

Plot: Young girl/lady looking for love and ends up being in a love triangle.

The characters:

Jane- first a young girl in the beginning of the story, then a young woman by the end, who has an imaginary friend. Also a moviewriter who quits her mother's job at a production company, and writes a play based off her experience with meeting her imaginary friend- Micheal.

Micheal- Jane's imaginary friend who becomes human (somehow). Lives in a crappy apartment with other imaginary friends. Leaves Jane when she was younger but comes back to New York, and falls in love with her when she's a 20-something year old.

Vivienne- Jane's uppity mother who's a prodution designer. Looking for her fourth husband. Later on-at her death bed- she's a softie-at-heart.

Jane's Father- Only metioned, seen once in the book at Vivienne's funeral. He has a fling with a younger girlfriend who becomes Jane's stepmom (she looks similar to Vivienne but, isn't snobby like her).

Hugh McGrath- Jane's ex. Former actor who appeared in her movie. Jealous of Micheal barging in. In the end of the book, he still wants to be with Jane, but she shrugs him off.


I think the story was very entertaining and confusing at the same time. My only problem with the story is that I still don't know whether or not Micheal is a human or an Angel throughout the story. The story doesn't explain how he becomes human. The story format was very simple, First person for Jane, and third person for Micheal. Plus, it was very realistically written. That's what I like about the author, he takes his time to build up the suspense in the story.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reading a new book

Author: James Patterson

Book: Sundays at Tiffany's

How are you finding time to fit in reading your book into your scheduale?

Well. I just got the book because the other one didn't come.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1st book

What's the first book I picked?: Hunted by P.C. Cast

Why I chose it: A friend of mine read the series and wanted me to read it because I'm interested in sc-fi/fantasy situations.

What do I expect from it: Some humor, drama and intense interaction scenes between the characters in the series and where they are in this book; in other words, Did anything change from the last book I read?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hi

Hi, I'm Esther Alperin.

Purpose of blog and what I may be doing on it: reviewing books and/ or commenting on assignments given in class.

Reason for takin the course: Uhm.... I passed my English Comp. 1 course , so, why not take the sequel?

What I expect from the course: A LOT of writing, hair-pulling, and procastinating. ;)

Other info:

I like fiction, fantasy, and Sci-fi novels so, if you see some up here, feel free to comment.

I also like comic books and graphic novels.

That is all.