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Zorb ride in Russian mountains proves deadly

Zorb ride in Russian mountains proves deadly – Yahoo! News.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a Zorb is, let me paint a picture. A giant bouncing ball with you inside. Sounds like fun right? Yeah, until you put it on top of a snow covered mountain, set it in motion with two grown men strapped inside, then expect one man at the bottom of the hill to catch said giant bouncing ball hoping that it doesn’t go over the edge of the cliff!

I am sorry for the man who died, it is a tragedy, but I also must say who in their right effing mind thinks this is a good idea?

The Neverending Story

The Neverending StoryThe Neverending Story by Michael Ende

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved the movie, it has always been one of my favorites, but I never considered the fact it was a book until a couple of months ago. The book is beyond all doubt amazing in my opinion. I love fantasy and this book encompasses everything that I love in a good fantasy.

Bastian is a remarkable character who you love, pity, and can dislike throughout his journey. He struggles with finding out who he wants to be and who he really is. His friends and people he meets help him in his journey throughout Fantastica.

If you have only seen the movie, read the book, there is so much more to the story and it grabs you from beginning to end. It is a quick wonderful read and has definitely made my list of top reads for 2012. I will be visiting Bastian, Atreyu, Falkor, and Fantastica again and again, wishing I could be part of The Neverending Story…

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The Long Walk

The Long WalkThe Long Walk by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely amazing, it is a very quick read and I would classify it as a novella, or for those who don’t like that term a long short story. I made a comment in a discussion group during the beginning of the read that it reminded me of The Hunger Games, I need to retract that statement at this point. While you do get that impression early on, you realize King did a much better job and made it a lot more terrifying due to the fact that The Long Walk is voluntary.

Ray Garraty is our main character, a sixteen year old boy off to join ninety-nine others for The Long Walk. The idea is simple out walk the others to win the prize, but it begs to answer at what cost. While the walk is ‘every man’ for himself, Ray develops a bond and even friendship with those he is walking against. In the face of it, this seems detrimental, why become friends with someone you want to get a ticket? That’s the whole idea, they have to buy the farm before you do. However, it seems just the opposite, the friendship between Ray and Pete is what saves Ray’s ass more than once.

This book also makes you wonder, what kind of sick twisted society allows this to even take place. Who let’s teenage boys decide this is a good idea, I can do this. This is the struggle that Ray has on the walk, why did he sign up for this, what is the real reason. The boys not only struggle with their own internal turmoil, they have to struggle against the other walkers, and with their views on society. In the end what is the point? After the struggle and the insanity of finishing the walk does the prize even matter?

The character development is amazing, watching Ray grow and come to understand things that he thought he knew but had no idea. McVries and Stebbins are also great characters and the interaction they have with Ray really gives you pause for thought. I also must admit I really liked Scramm, he was a good guy, big, not too bright, but someone you couldn’t help but like.

Okay my review is getting wordy – in a nutshell – read the book.

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The Talisman

The TalismanThe Talisman by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not what I expected, but presently surprised. I really enjoyed this book and the wonderful story of Jack Sawyer. The characters in the book were amazing and easy to fall in love with or hate. It is a wonderful fantasy about multiple worlds with a truly engaging story.

I did find it a bit wordy in spots, and thought on many occasions, just get to the point already. I think that may be why it took me so long to read it. I also kept thinking of The Never-ending Story, while I have not read the book yet, I have seen the movie, and all through this book, I kept thinking of parallels between Jack and Bastien.

I must say my favorite character in the book was not Jack, Wolf was by far my favorite. I loved everything about Wolf and loved how his character was written.

All in all a great story, the end was a bit abrupt, and kind of leaves you hanging in my opinion, but the quote by Twain at the end really does sum it up. You have to end the story somewhere. Four stars for me, and will definitely make my re-read list.

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Poor hound: Mark Buehrle’s dog will also not be welcome in Toronto

Poor hound: Mark Buehrle’s dog will also not be welcome in Toronto | Big League Stew – Yahoo! Sports.

Bans on Pitt bulls are entirely ridiculous! The dog is not a bad breed, the ignorant owners are the problem. Both of my dogs are part pitt and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

I feel for Buehrle and his family, it is really not fair.

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