Friday, September 30, 2011

The Maze Runner

Anu talks about James Dashner’s The Maze Runner.

Book cover - The Maze RunnerAuthor: James Dashner
Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner (Book #1)

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My ratings: 5 stars out of 5.
My reading period: Sep. 28th – 29th, 2011.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn is definitely here

I took some shots while I was on my way to school and from today, because suddenly today all the leaves turned golden yellow. If it wasn’t that cold, they would have been the centre of the topic.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mongolia Travel 2011: (#12) City Tour

Travel Duration: Sep. 25th, 2011.
Travel Destination: Ulaanbaatar City Tour20110925_047

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hannibal Rising

HB_070104030236667_wideweb__300x446Author: Thomas Harris
Title: Hannibal Rising
Series: Hannibal Lecter (Book #4)

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My ratings: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: September 22nd – 23rd, 2011.

Hannibal Rising is literally the Rising of Hannibal Lecter both physically and mentally.

The story jumps between different stages of his life from 6 to 20 something covering the time he lived with his parents during the war and his childhood after the war as well. The big twist, if you haven’t already watched the movie, will be uncovered towards the end of the book, which was a traumatic event on young Hannibal and he either intentionally or unintentionally closed out of his mind until older age.

The insertion of Lady Murasaki was really intriguing and to tell you the truth, she was the reason I kept reading this one.

Not recommended for those who haven’t read the prequels in the series. If so, highly recommended.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bloggity: September 22nd, 2011

shot_1315484852753You know what occurred in my mind right at this second? How insignificant I am. It is not one of the you-are-just-one-of-the-all-6-billion-people-on-Earth thing. Concerning that, I already knew about my insignificance. I am insignificant among the all talented Mongolian youths. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t talk how great we are kinda thing all the time. I am pretty skeptical. But right now I feel how great these young people are as I am listening to a gorgeous true Mongolian girl signing the traditional long song – Uyahan Zambuu Tiviin Naran – amazingly. Oh my, people! I appreciate you, I worship you, I’ll be glad to be the insignificant backbone of you.

Anu

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ascend

Trylle: (Book 3) AscendTrylle: (Book 3) AscendAuthor: Amanda Hocking
Title: Ascend
Series: Trylle Trilogy (Book #3)

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My rating: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: Sep. 15th – 20th, 2011.

Wendy is a Princess, but she’s almost running the kingdom instead of her mother, the Queen, because she is in her sickbed, and more to that she married her friend out of goodwill, not love.

The wrapping up the Trylle trilogy, Ascend, was a fast paced first person narration. Compared to the previous books in the trilogy, Ascend was written in a more adventurous way and the storyline provided more.

In my opinion, Ascend was a perfect ending to the trilogy and I would recommend it to anyone who has the time, because they are pretty cheap. Lol.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bloggity: Sep. 20th, 2011

The whole enormity of my situation just hit me. Here are the current status of my situation in no particular order:

  1. I am one of the oldest students at the university at the moment, because I am a junior and all the seniors are away on their internship programs.
  2. My best friend is leaving to Japan tomorrow evening and I didn’t have a chance to meet with her and some other friends yesterday evening, because it was TOO late for me to be out in my mother’s recent perspective about mine life outside home and school – which is actually none to nil. And me being “grounded” is making my c-r-a-z-y.
  3. The overload of the school in the junior is getting BIG. I can just float around, but how can I do that despite my nature – struggling to be a good student.
  4. Having no one to really confide in and trust in is kinda “bursting” and end up making me confide in wrong people, I guess. Which in the end, I will lose my “own”.
  5. The feeling of purposelessness in taking over and starting to conflict with everything that is already there.

1+2+3+4+5, it was a whole rambling of shit.

Thank you for your time and I am sorry that I inevitably wasted your time.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Succubus Revealed

Georgina Kincaid: (Book 6) Succubus Revealed [Germany]Author: Richelle Mead
Title: Succubus Revealed
Series: Georgina Kincaid (Book #6)

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My rating: 5 stars out of 5.
My reading period: Sep. 18th – 19th, 2011.

As the last installment of the Georgina Kincaid, the author has to end the whole sequence rather than by her style – create a new mystery. And I will most definitely say that this was the PERFECT ending to Georgina’s story.

The author picked up the whole series knot, concerning Georgy’s contract, from the previous books. Although you know everything will be eventually okay, the storyline still keep you worrying.

Highly recommended for upper age, preferably adult, fantasy readers.

Oxygen, Nisvanis fan club: 6th anniversary

First of all, I’d like to congratulate all the 150 members of the club, which I am not included at the moment, and above all – the ones who stuck to it from the beginning. I wish all of you the best and the better.
An amazing psychedelic rock band – Joker Wild – opened the concert with a couple of nicely rearranged Nisvanis songs and others. Loved them much.IMG_4692

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

A Cinderella Story Once Upon a Song (2011)My ratings: 4 stars out of 5.

Just as the title suggests, this is another Cinderella story from Disney and I assure you that it is better than the Selena Gomez one. (They should have made her sing instead of dancing.)

Don’t expect anything that has a much depth into it, it is a very naïve but well put comedy film teen film that is a little unreal yet inspiring. If you have a 90 minutes to spare for a light romance, I really suggest you to watch it.

Here is the song that is written during the movie and I loved it even though it is from that pink, fluffy land:

Don’t break my heart
Before I give it to you
Don’t tell me no
Before I ask you to

Don’t say it doesn’t fit
Before you try it on
There is too much to lose to be wrong

And it feels like there’s something here
But I wanna see it before it disappears
And if there’s something real between me and you
Well, all we both open to

P.S. I liked the song that Freddie Stroma sang on an acoustic guitar at about half of the film. Let me know if you know the song and where I can download it or something.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Great Gatsby

Book cover - The Great GatsbyAuthor: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Title: The Great Gatsby

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My ratings: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading period: Sep. 15th – 16th, 2011.

The Great Gatsby is one of the most vivid works in English literature, or rather American literature. Anyway, I wanted to read this as soon as possible, although it was already in my to-read-list, when John Green mentioned the Valley-of-Ashes from this book on one of his recent vlogbrothers video.

The book was all I was expecting and didn’t really think I would love it so bad. Anyway, it was a nice, short read and doesn’t make you confused or worked up for anything. Recommended for a free day.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil

Leviathan [front]Author: Thomas Hobbes
Title: Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme and Power of Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil

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My ratings: 5 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: Sep. 9th – Sep. 14th, 2011.

I had been appointed to do a presentation on Thomas Hobbes, and the funny thing is that I had to read this freaking over 700-page book in less than a week. But still I ended up really enjoying it; plus the presentation went well, I think…

The whole work consists of 4 books on different matters:

  • Book One: Of Men
  • Book Two: Of Commonwealth
  • Book Three: Of Christian Commonwealth
  • Book Four: Of the Kingdom of Darkness

All the books were really interestingly detailed , all the chapters are concentrated on a single matter, and anyone would be thrilled to illustrate on your Philosophy class or Politics class by Thomas Hobbes, who was living during the 30-year-war between 1618 and 1648, and he had a first hand experience.

Recommended for anyone over … well anyone who is or will be in college soon.

P.S. As usual, the audiobook link can be found in the Download section from my Mediafire account.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mongolia Travel 2011: (#11) City Tour

IMG_4675Travel Destination:

  1. Gandan Monastery
  2. Terelj National Park
  3. Bogd Khaan Winter Palace
  4. Zaisan Memorial

Travel Duration: Sep. 11th, 2011.

Terka and I took a bus with about 25 passengers in it each and did a city/countryside tour for a group of 100 travellers on a Trans-Siberian train tour.

The most exciting part is that we got to have a picture taken with Altain Orgil’s harp, drum and fiddle players. They’re good. I never had a chance/time to have a photo taken this summer.

P.S. This is my blog’s 600th post.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mongolia Travel 2011: (#10) City Tour

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Travel Destinations:

  1. Gandan Monastery
  2. Natural History Museum
  3. National History Museum
  4. Suhbaatar Square
  5. Zaisan Memorial
  6. Bogd Khaan Winter Palace
  7. Tumen Eh Ensemble

Travel Duration: Sep. 4th and 10th, 2011.

This time I did a city tour for this really lovely, and enjoyable American couple, who live in Seoul, South Korea for their work. I have to admit, they had the most sense of humour from every people I’ve travelled with.

P.S. Waiting for the Facebook friend request, I hope she didn’t lose the slip of paper with my address on it.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hannibal

n5250Author: Thomas Harris
Title: Hannibal
Series: Hannibal Lecter (Book #3)

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My ratings: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: Aug. 29 – Sep. 8th, 2011

Dr. Lecter escaped and it has been 7 years since then. C. Darling is still in trouble with her higher up(s). Now that he is out of the protective walls of the confinement center, the old enemy is hunting him to drive him into this gruesome end. On the other hand, Darling is … well she’s not doing good.

Overall, I kinda liked this book, but the whole this wasn’t that gory as I’ve imagined it to be and not really recommending this one to anyone. And the ending was kinda messed up one.

Song of the Day: Kina Grannis – The One You Say Goodnight To

The One You Say Goodnight To [Official Video]

I will be the one you say goodnight to.
I will be the one you say goodnight to.

Let me first say that you’re so charming.
Don’t you think that you could use someone to charm?
I would sit back, I would laugh, I would laugh again.
Ohh.
And maybe you’d like someone to greet you at the door after a long, long day.
I’m here for you, if you let me.

I will be the one you say goodnight to.
I will be the one you say goodnight to.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Torn

Trylle: (Book 2) TornAuthor: Amanda Hocking
Title: Torn
Series: Trylle Trilogy (Book #2)

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My ratings: 3 stars out of 5.
My reading duration: August 20th – September 4th, 2011

Wendy’s adventure and her quest to make peace between Trylle and Vittra is still continuing. Along with all the things happening in the troll world, Wendy finds out more of her becoming and where and how she came out to be, which was devastating. Kinda…

The second book of the series was full of agony and misery, and her romance becomes more complicated. Personally I won’t really recommend this series to anyone, but the books are self-published and pretty cheap too. So you might wanna check them out to just kill some time.

P.S. The date of Wendy’s birthday came up towards the end of the book, and it’s same as mine. January 9th.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Song of the Day: Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Lithium (Nirvana Cover)

I’ve just stumbled upon JGL’s site www.HitRecord.org. It’s a pretty awesome site and check it out, if you haven’t already.

Then I’ve just “stumbled” upon this clip where he performed Lithium on Aug. 23rd as a part of HitRecord at the Movies with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This is awesome.

P.S. This video belongs to Jimerlin from YouTube. http://pinkandbrown.tumblr.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

J.C. looks like Lenin to me at this moment

I might be eternally damned for writing this by some people, but I don’t care. This is my blog.

The situation of the movie of Avatar is still hot topic here, I suppose. I’ve just heard that someone speaking that James Cameron’s idea of Avatar has been stolen bit by bit over the time he waited for the technology to fulfill the story he had in his mind. For example, the ending score of The Island starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, Surrogates starring Bruce Willis and so on… As if he did a genius job like Charles Darwin (at least, he had an original idea).

I have an argument here. The whole storyline was, in my opinion, J.C. was trying to recreate, probably, Pocahontas’s story, aiming to give the audience the pleasure of seeing a different species (not exactly) that inhabits a mystical planet of Pandora (the name isn’t original too). I am disagreeing the fact that he did a good, well great job, but J.C. didn’t invent a completely new idea, that has “allegedly” stolen by other film makers. In fact the other movies came out wayyyy before the Avatar did. Why can’t it be that the others had “similar” ideas as J.C.???

Come on, people! The whole James Cameron’s Avatar theme is just to have people excited (sometimes, too excited) to go and pay to watch the movie, possibly in cinemas. Please don’t be the victim of a big advertisement lines of not only movies, but also the whole media itself.

Mongolia Travel 2011: (#9) City Tour

IMG_4621Travel Destination: Ulaanbaatar City Tour
  1. Gandantegchinleng Monastery
  2. National History Museum of Mongolia
  3. Suhbaatar Square
  4. Zaisan Monument
  5. Tumen Eh ensemble
Travel Duration: August 31st, 2011