30 June 2010

Contest Winners: Sea Change

The winners of my Summer Recommendation Contest are:
Kalia from Twilight-Forever
Congratulations ladies! You have each won a brand new paperback copy of Sea Change. I adored Sea Change and hope you do too. I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thank you to everyone that entered. The winners were selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.
Click here to read my review of Sea Change.
Click here to read my interview with Aimee Friedman.
Click here to visit AimeeFriedmanBooks.com.
Click here to learn more about Sea Change.
Click here to visit Sea Change on Goodreads.
Click here to visit Sea Change on Amazon.

Yackety-yak: Eclipse

The tent scene felt different. They changed my beloved Jacob kiss.
They even shortened and altered the Jacob bedside scene.
[Can you tell I'm all about Jacob?]
But overall, I loved the film. Probably the best of the three.
What did you think? Have you seen Eclipse? Do you plan to?
Unsung heroes: Sarah Clarke (Bella's mom) and Gil Birmingham (Jacob's father) have minor roles but are so amazing and well cast.
Preview note: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader preview gave me the chills! Is it possible for Ben Barnes to get any sexier?

Wishin' and Hopin': Murder with Sense and Sensibility?

Murder on the Bride's Side by Tracy Kiely is due out August 31, 2010.
While Murder at Longbourn is very Pride and Prejudice, Murder on the Bride's Side promises to be very Sense and Sensibility.
Murder, intrigue, and Jane Austen? Sawwweeet!

29 June 2010

Well Said: Killer Mermaid Grip

"I looked down and saw the mermaid, her hand gripping Marcus' leg as he fought madly to escape." - Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson

28 June 2010

Whimsy Update: Moving House

The Whimsys are moving house. Mr. Whimsy has been offered a better job (in one of the smaller cities we've been wishing and praying for) so we are officially packing.The down side? I'm usually packing when I should be reading. *insert pout* Consequently, please forgive me if it is slim pickings until August and the dust has settled.

{Photo credit: Illustration by Sonia Mendi}

Contest Winner: Perfect Chemistry & Rules of Attraction

Congratulations Miss Cindy! You have won my brand new paperback copies of Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address.
Thank you to everyone that entered. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.

27 June 2010

Yackety-yak: Readers Know

While watching Sanctuary (Season 2 "End of Nights" Ep. 14), I smiled at Mr. Whimsy and said:
Any reader would know that.
Vamps have an exceptional sense of smell.
Never ever underestimate their noses.
That's like Vamp 101.

Roving Reader: Jar

This simple sweet cover totally caught my eye. Sure the title harkens autumn, but the jar makes me think of summer and fireflies.
The Roving Reader was created by GMR at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. It features eye catching covers captured via cell phone.

25 June 2010

Contest: Blog Birthday

It is my 1 year Blog Birthday!

*invisible confetti*
So in honor of my bloggy birthday...
One (1) USA resident will receive a $20.00 eGift card to Amazon.com
One (1) International resident will get to pick $20.00 (U.S. dollars) worth of merchandise from the BookDepository.com.
To enter you:
1. Must be a follower of my blog.
2. Comment with your email address and country below.
Please don't forget to tell me which country you call home.
The two winners will be selected and announced July 2nd.
*invisible confetti*
Thank you for being such good friends.
Those of you who comment...
warm my heart and make blogging so rewarding.

First Words: Missing Heart

"When I was yet a very young woman I threw my heart away. I fashioned a wee coracle of leaf and willow twig and reed, a coracle that sat in the hollow of my two palms. In this I placed my wounded, wretched heart, and I set it adrift on the rain-misted wavelets of the Fey river, and I watched it bob and whirl, sail and sink. Ever since then I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, cold as spring rain, the way Humans think all Fey live."

24 June 2010

Talking Syfy's Alice

Under the recommendation of the lovely Ruth (from Booktalk & More) I just finished the SyFy mini-series Alice. Alice is a wild modernized hodge-podge of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. It starts with a kick, hits a bit of a lull in the center, and then ends with a bang. The best part of the bang? The super cute Hatter played by Andrew-Lee Potts.

My final say: I loved it. Kathy Bates plays the Queen of Hearts and the costumes were fantastic. Much better than the Tin Man. Especially the love bit at the end. I had to watch it like four times.

Have you seen Alice?

My British darlings, are you familiar with Andrew's show Primeval? Is it worth a watch?
{Credit: Thank you Ruth!}

Contest Winner: English Trifle

Good morning my lovelies! Thank goodness it is almost Friday. Today, I am proud to announce the winner of my gently used signed copy of English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack is Janet Ruth of Along the Way. Way to go Janet!!! I will be contacting you via email.
Thank you to everyone that entered. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.

23 June 2010

Murder at Longbourn | Book Review Mini

Authoress: Tracy Kiely
Pages: 308 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Available formats: Hardcover, Kindle
Genre: Mystery | Cozy Mystery

My summary: Janeite Elizabeth has just broken up with another Mr. Wrong when she gets invited to her auntie's new Bed & Breakfast for a murder mystery. Little does she know, a real murder is in store and she might just meet Mr. Right (i.e. Mr. Darcy).
My whodunit verdict: This mellow light mystery is perfect for cozy fans. It will charm you and keep you guessing all the way through.
My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My kiddie-o-meter: Despite the minor sexual innuendos and liberal drinking, this one is pretty clean and quite tasteful.

My final say: I loved that the mean kitty was named Lady Catherine. Have you ever named a pet after a literary character?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com
Murder at Longbourn is my 8th entry in the Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge 2010 hosted by Book Chick City and I read it in honor of the Book Rat's Jane in June.

22 June 2010

Emma: From BBC to Clueless

The Emma Masterpiece BBC Mini-Series (2009) is utter perfection. While the story is slightly altered, there is no doubt the changes are seamless. The actors are almost exactly as I had pictured them. Johnny Lee Miller (a fellow I have secretly crushed on since Hackers 1995) and Michael Gambon are flawless. Romola Garai (with her acting prowess) manages to make Emma more likable and accessible. Even knowing the ending, I still got the chills. 5 out of 5 stars

Rewatching Clueless (1995), now that I know Emma, was like being let in on a private joke. All the similarities and nuances suddenly became vivid and unmistakable. I loved it. It was such a delight to see the late Brittney Murphy do such good job as Tai (Harriet). Paul Rudd won me over with his sweet vulnerable Mr. Knightley. However, for me the best part was the flashback to my youth with pagers, saggy pants, grunge, Real World, cassette tapes, 90210, and even Beavis & Butt-head. 4 out of 5 stars.
Reviews Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com
This book-to-movie was in honor of the Book Rat's Jane in June.

21 June 2010

Yackety-yak: Word Battles

We are not writers. But as bloggers, we kind of are. Which leads me to my yackety-yak question of the day:
Do you have any words that you trip on or battle regularly?
Sure I know the rules. But often times my fingers move quicker than my internal grammar monitor and I end up typing the wrong ones. My constant nemesis?

Your vs. You're (You are)

20 June 2010

Free Christian Fiction Reads!

The following CF books are currently FREE on Amazon for the Kindle:

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone.

19 June 2010

Well Said: Brewing Murder

"When fate's got it in for you, there's no limit to
what you may have to put up with."
- Georgette Heyer

"The trouble with trouble is that
it always starts out like fun."
- Anonymous

(Chapter epigraphs from Murder at Longbourn)
{Photo credit: The Dorchester}

18 June 2010

What is the hatter with me?

I finally saw Alice in Wonderland.
Of course, my favorite part was the part most people disliked; I loved the White Queen.
In fact, I even looked over at Mr. Whimsy and declared, "I love pink and white rococo White Queen Land. I want to live there."
I'm such an odd duck.
What is the hatter with me?
Perhaps, I have too much muchness.

First Words: Murder at Longbourn

"It would be dramatic to say that as soon as I saw Aunt Winnie's letter I had a premonition of danger - a shiver of apprehension, perhaps, or even a sudden feeling of dread. In reality, the only thing I felt was mild amusement, not so much at the message but at the mode of its delivery. I'm not so romantic as to expect correspondence from elderly spinsters to be limited to lavender-scented paper, but by this same token, I certainly didn't expect a hastily scrawled note on a yellow Post-it, cheerfully inviting me to a murder."

17 June 2010

Eureka! Folio

Have you ever had the pleasure of exploring The Folio Society's menagerie of books? They literally exist solely to "create beautiful editions of the world's greatest books". Personally, I am coveting The Complete Miss Marple Short Stories by Agatha Christie. Isn't the art fun and quirky?

It's raining contests

It is positively raining contests here at whimsy! Have you signed up for each?

16 June 2010

Summer Recommendation and Contest: Sea Change

Ahhh summer...
Craving something delicious and light to read at the beach or pool?
Check out the book I called:
"A nectarous engaging story that is like a leisurely walk on the beach. It is a sweet soft slow moving tale of how Miranda unravels herself and her pain. Do not read it expecting giant revelations or tons of actions. Read it expecting beautiful writing and a slow steady but lovely pace."
In honor of summer and Sea Change being released in paperback I have 2 brand new paperback copies up for grabs. Residents of the U.S., comment with your email address below. A winner will be selected June 30th.

Click here to read my review of Sea Change.
Click here to read my interview with Aimee Friedman.
Click here to visit AimeeFriedmanBooks.com.
Click here to learn more about Sea Change.
Click here to visit Sea Change on Goodreads.
Click here to visit Sea Change on Amazon.

{Photo credit: Unknown}

15 June 2010

Emma | Review

Book: Emma Authoress: Jane Austen
Originally released: December 1815 Genre: Literature | Classics

My summary: Emma is convinced she is a masterful matchmaker and she will stop at nothing to match her friend Harriet with a proper suitor. What follows is a comedy of errors speckled with romance and propriety.
My say: Emma (the character) is difficult to love. She is stubborn, pampered, self-centered, and capricious. I agree with Jane Austen's repeated take on Emma, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like." However, her misadventures in love and miscommunication are downright comical. When she is not tripping over her self-induced romantic mayhem, she is word fencing Mr. Knightley. I found my self waiting on bated breath for Emma's scenes with him. I love how he is the only one with enough gall to openly question her motives, tactics, and behavior. Their witty banter was by far my favorite part and what made Emma an instant favorite for me.
My ABCs:
  • Miss Emma Woodhouse: Audacious Bullheaded Cheeky
  • Miss Jane Fairfax: Amiss Beloved Chagrined
  • Miss Harriet Smith: Addled Bending Childlike
  • Mr. Knightley: Amiable Brazen Caring
  • Mr. Frank Churchill: Artful Baffling Cutie
  • Mr. Philip Elton: Attractive Bitter Confounded

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; While the attention to detail was at times difficult to bear, the witty dialogue made Emma SO very worth it.

My kiddie-o-meter: Perfectly safe for any wee ones brave enough to tackle the verbiage.

My love-o-meter: When love was finally confessed and reciprocated, I got the chills. I know now why people love Miss Austen.

My recommendation: Try it!

My favorite lines:
  • "I would much rather have been merry than wise."
  • "How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
  • "What is good and what is ridiculous are most unfortunately blended in her."
  • "What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave."
  • "I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other."

My final say:
  • I love how they name their estates. When I buy a home I think I will name my property. Think Mr. Whimsy will agree to Hartfield or Donwell Abbey?
  • Which Jane Austen novel should I try next? I'm hoping to try another light one.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com
I read Emma as part of the Book Rat's Jane in June.

14 June 2010

Whimsy Update and Yakety-yak: I'm baaaack

I'm back! And I'm totally and utterly pooped...While I adore traveling, there is nothing in the world like coming home. I can't wait to get in bed and finish Emma. The last scene I read was so good and so romantic it gave me the chills. *le sigh* What is the last book you read that gave you goosebumps?

News Flash: Pop-quiz

Which Jane Austen character are you?

I am Marianne Dashwood!

I think my penchant for honesty landed me Marianne.
This post is in honor of Book Rat's Jane in June.

10 June 2010

News Flash: Janeword

My darlings if for some reason you find you are bored, vexed, missing your daily dose of whimsy, or simply in need of a pick-me-up, consider playing a Jane Austen crossword. Not a fan of the Sense & Sensibility puzzle? Do not fret! There is also Mansfield Park, Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.
This post is in honor of Book Rat's Jane in June.

09 June 2010

Whimsy Update: Toodle-loo

We're late. We're late.
For a very important date!
No time to write...
Hello. Good-bye.
We're late. We're late.
We're late.
Toodles my darlings. I will be back soon. Mr. Whimsy and I are off to an out-of-town wedding. Please forgive me if it takes me days to reply to your comments and/or you notice I'm not making my usual rounds around the blogosphere.

{Photo Credit: Disney's Alice in Wonderland 2010}