Sunday, 26 June 2016

My Subscription Box arrived!

This cat did not want to get out of the bag er box

And then there were none
  Detailed review to come later! For now, visit this page if you want to subscribe to a box filled with book themed goodies and a book!

Friday, 24 June 2016

My Vindication and The Gunslinger

So, I started this book a few days ago with much misgivings. Turns out, I was right. I had the same ol' issues that I have always had while reading King:

a) I find the descriptions too lengthy

b) I realize every time that there is such a thing as too much tell and less show, just as there can be too much of showing and not enough telling

c) I am never able to root for or even remotely care for the characters

I don't know if I will be continuing with the series! I just wish Idris Elba will help make up for my disappointment!

I got my copy of The Gunslinger from Kitabain, which is an online bookstore that goes above and beyond to make their customers happy. Check out their collection and at very reasonable prices!

Of course, I am not reading any book without a bookmark at hand. This one was a gift from the Paperback Emporium. Another digital bookstore, publisher, and now a monthly subscription box  with book themed goodies and a book provider! They also go the extra mile to make their customers feel special. You can see how special right here.

Update: First look at Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg, the Man in Black!

Zombie Genes...I for one Am Not Surprised!

"Although scientists analyzing blood and liver tissue from human cadavers had previously noted the postmortem activity of a few genes, Noble and colleagues systematically evaluated more than 1000. The team measured which of these genes were functioning in tissues from recently deceased mice and zebrafish, tracking changes for 4 days in the fish and 2 days in the rodents."

"What’s jaw-dropping is that developmental genes are turned on after death,” Noble says. These genes normally help sculpt the embryo, but they aren’t needed after birth. One possible explanation for their postmortem reawakening, the researchers say, is that cellular conditions in newly dead corpses resemble those in embryos."

Don't tell me that you are surprised! My response:

Sean of the Dead


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Necromancy Light and Dark by Gail Z. Martin (GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY)

Reblogged from: Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection - Gail Z. Martin

Stop by the Ruins today to see what Gail Z. Martin has to say about Necromancy Light and Dark in her various series (Chronicles of the Necromancer / Fallen Kings Cycle / Deadly Curiosities / Iron & Blood), and to win one (1) physical copy of The Shadowed Path (US/UK/Canada/Australia) and one (1) ebook copy of Modern Magic (worldwide).



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Friday, 10 June 2016

Best Birthday Ever

#bestbirthdayever️ #booklove #howawesomeisthat #paperbackemporiumrawks #davidwellingtontheauthor #23hours #99coffins #lauracaxtonseries

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jorg or Jalan?

The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence is amazeballs.


I have finished reading the series but I don't think I will be reviewing ever. It is just too amazing for me to put it into words!

Anyway, the author designed a fun quiz that tells you which character from his series you are like.


My result:
2 parts Jalan, 1 part Jorg

Discretion is the better part of valour, and besides, you have a hot date waiting. Wine, women and song are occasionally worth fighting for but there's plenty of them to be found around the next corner and only one of you.

You're here to have a good time. You'll stick your neck out if you really must, but couldn't someone else do it?


Take the quiz here!

#IMayNotBeJorgBut #InJorg'sName #TheBrokenEmpireSeries #WheelOfOsheimSeries

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Flatworms Break the Mold with their Revolutionary Use of Mitochondria!

Check it out!

"On each eye, normally an inconspicuous black spot, I found a tiny spherical lens perfectly situated above their light-sensitive cells"

"by accumulating refractive proteins, packing together, and becoming enlarged, these mitochondria have become lenses that focus ambient light onto the light-sensitive cells."

"What are we to think of this spotty distribution of mitochondrial eyes in the flatworm tree of life? ...Another possibility, however, is that this represents a convergence – unrelated lineages of flatworms may have all found a way to build lenses with mitochondria, just as dolphins, sharks, and ichthyosaurs all independently became streamlined for drag reduction in the water."

"Some dinoflagellates, single-celled photosynthesizers of the shallow ocean, have found a way to make lenses of their photosynthetic plastids"

#FlatwormsNoLongerFlat #FlatWormsWithEyesThatSee

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Microbial Works of Art

Tolkein, False Starts, and Guy Gavriel Kay

 “And I learned a lot about false starts in writing. I mean that in a really serious way. His [Tolkien’s] false starts."

"...So I was looking at drafts of The Lord of the Rings and rough starts for The Silmarillion and came to realise they don’t spring full-blown, utterly, completely formed in brilliance. They get there with writing and rewriting and drudgery and mistakes, and eventually if you put in the hours and the patience, something good might happen. That was a very, very early lesson for me, looking at the Tolkien materials. That it’s not instantly magnificent. That it’s laboriously so, but it gets there."