Saturday, March 21, 2009

Let's look at the other e-book reader, the Kindle from Amazon and we would buy a Sookie book first !

Fancy that, 'Words from Dancing Fool blog' just got her new kindle and what's the firsts book she downloaded ? A Sookie Stackhouse book !

The Kindle is from Amazon and like the Sony Reader (we looked at it yesterday ) you can wirelessly download books, magazines and newspapers and read them on the device.

You can buy a Kindle 2 here

There is nothing like curling up with a good book, but these devices are fantastic if you commute, travel, live in a small place, require large print materials etc You can instantly have access to 500 thousand books -now how would you carry them around and where would you them? I love e-readers and I love books.

Benefits for e-book readers: Books are cheaper ( instantly buy any NYT book for $9.99)

Portable: Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines, weight: At 10.2 ounces
easy to store

Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books

You can access them anytime anywhere: Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Easy to Read : Changeable font size is GREAT for those with eye sight issues. Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images.Read-to-Me: With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog, and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder

Saves trees for paper, water and other natural resources

From Words from a dancing....
I finally got a Kindle2. I have been looking at the Kindles since they first came out, but I kept putting off getting one for a variety of reasons. The first generation ones were a little bulky and new technology, which is always scary, and I am always broke, which was another powerful inducement to wait. When the K2s came out, though, I had a much harder time waiting. They are sleek and many of the complaints early users had were gone. I went so far as to place one in my amazon cart several times, but I didn't get one until Saturday of last week.

It came Wednesday. It's already one of my favorite pieces of technology. I have read two books on it and am about halfway through a third. I have about 25 books downloaded onto it including some of my very favorite rereads. Almost all of the books I've found so far have been free, too, since they are old enough to be out of copyright protection. It's amazing.

There are so many people and sites out there putting out literature for free. I find that to be a wonderful thing. It's like having a huge free bookstore with thousands of titles for the asking. Granted, the latest best-sellers are not free, but that's not a big deal to me. I pay less to download the ones of those I'm interested in that I would pay to buy them from my local bookstore. Plus, I can get them when I want them, something I can't always say about my local book store.

I've also noticed that with my Kindle I read much faster. I don't know why that should be true, but it is. It may be because of the adjustable print size or the ease of use, but even though I've always been a fast reader, I'm really flying now. The day I got my Kindle, I read the 8th Sookie Stackhouse novel and half of a Lauren Willig book, too. I'm now working on rereading Beloved.

Read on here

Did March Madness or maybe the True Blood characters crash Twitter Friday night??

One response to the techcrunch article about the Twitter outage was:

When twitter went down, it was crazy. I picked up the phone and called a friend, and guess what, it worked! I heard their voice and everything!! Then I hung up and turned to my wife and spoke real words, and our conversation led to dinner and a movie. What a crazy night it was without Twitter.


Everyone’s always raving about the huge popularity of Twitter given its limited feature set. After all, the service lets people share whatever they’re doing, eating, listening to, reading, etc. in 140 characters, and that’s basically the gist of it. Of course, we’ve learned that it can be extremely powerful for a variety of reasons, like enabling people to keep up with your friends’ social activities without cluttering your e-mail inbox or Facebook account, for instant news, real-time search, etc.

But some time ago, about two hours at the time of this writing, the constant waterfall of Twitter messages has abruptly stopped updating. Status update messages are simply no longer being published, neither on the Twitter home page or through any of the third-party clients, and even Twitter search no longer crawls for recent messages, as you can tell from the screenshot below. The basic functionality of Twitter is still there though, so you can still update your own stream, but the conversation has ended. All you can do is go to individual profile pages for people you’re following and take a look at what they’re tweeting about, but that’s it.

Update: messages seem to be trickling in again, but with a lag.

Update 2: should be back now. Lucky for Twitter this happened on a weekend during the night (at least U.S. time) so most users won’t have even noticed. But it goes to show how dangerous it is to rely on a free third-party service for important communication.

Move over, 'Twilight' hunks! 'The Lost Boys' are coming back!

From the LA Times

Move over, Edward Cullen, a.k.a. Robert Pattinson.

Vampire hunter Corey Feldman is back! “The Lost Boys” are returning, and they're gonna be real thirsty for fresh blood.

An original cast member of the 1987 "Twilight" precursor, Feldman will produce and star, with his hapless character Edgar Frog getting –- surprise -– a much more central role.

Evan Charmov will write the script for Warner Premiere’s “The Lost Boys 3” a direct-to-disc sequel to 2008’s direct-to-DVD “Lost Boys: The Tribe.”

No word on whether the other original Corey -- Corey Haim -- will have a part in the film. Which is kinda sad. Maybe he’ll get his act together.

But "highly unlikely” is the phrase that used when it broke the news.

OMG, they totally gotta pull Kiefer Sutherland out of “24” for a cameo!

And how about still car-window-steamy Jason Patric, as an older vampire who has learned to control his feeding habits and hunts only animals now?

Oh wait, that's too :Twilighty" familiar.

Maybe he can drink a concoction called "True Blood"? Nope, that's been done by HBO.

Well, we hope they come up with some to raise these devilish dudes from the dead. Rent the original on Netflix and see just how hot they were.

Update: adds that Jamison Newlander has also been cast! We've learned exclusively that veteran TV writer Evan Charnov (Fearless) has been tapped to pen the screenplay for The Lost Boys 3, Warner Premiere's next direct-to-disc sequel to the classic teen-vamp film from 1987. In addition, Corey Feldman has come on to executive produce and will also return once again as Edgar Frog. We're told this film will actually focus on Feldman's popular character (thank God). Corey Haim's return as Sam Emerson is highly, highly unlikely at this point in time.

Loving True Blood in Dallas blog reaches a milestone

This milestone happened last Wednesday and I have been thinking about it and wanting to say something. I am not any further along with thinking of something appropriate and brilliant to say, so I think I'll just settle for saying, Thank You.

In just 4 months,(funny that it's to the day!) this blog has had 100,000 visits! I am astounded, pleased and honored.

I am having fun and I hope you are too. I love hearing from you guys and I love getting suggestions, tips and questions.(Ask Dallas)

I talk almost everyday with blog (and radio show) fans and readers from across the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. It's an amazing amount of fun.

We have so many big events coming with the new book release in 45 days and the new season of True Blood in 3 months! I will keep posting and chatting if you'll keep reading and listening !

So, thanks and I'd love to hear from you.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:29 PM
Subject: Log hits from access statistics:
Number of hits since 11/18/2008: 100000

Vampire Bill Compton as Yoda ?

Funny he is .

haha thanks to @jessicahamby for this great graphic

Living Dead in Dallas a look at the cover art

OK, let's try another one ...

This is the cover art for Book 2, Living Dead in Dallas.

What do we see here in the book cover about the story?

You can buy these fabulous prints from the artist , Lisa Desimini

Dead Until Dark Cover ...what we learned

So this is what we got from the Dead until Dark cover from Sucker !

The cape is about Bill´s and Sookie´s relationship and also how protective he is about her.

And because they are flying I think it means that he rescues her from her boring life.

It´s night time for obvious reasons...vampires in CH universe can´t walk around in day time.

The light under the couple is about how Sookie brings light to Bill´s life, sunshine.

Would the fire be for the vamps in Monroe? If it is I think that represents the hatred the community feels about vampires.

Anything she missed ?

Is that Gran's dark house at right , or maybe Bill's ?

He's looking at her and she's looking ahead with eyes closed or squinting ? meaning ?

Is the round light the full moon reflection ? and is it foreshadowing shifters and weres ?

Vampire Weekend, have a great vampire weekend !

We learned from an earlier interview that Alex Skarsgard is a fan of the band, Vampire Weekend (what a coincidence , huh?)

They premiered a new song last week on the Jimmy Kimmel show, no big True Blood connection here, just some fun. By the way, the band's name is derived from lead singer Ezra Koenig's amateur film of the same name.

Moonlight now on DVD

From Film Guide
I don’t have a good relationship with the vampire genre, out of all the movies I’ve seen, there are only two that I liked; 30 Days of Night and Let The Right One In. But because vampires seem to be getting the upper hand in the popularity stakes, I figured I should check out Moonlight, after all it does have an interesting plot outline:

L.A. private eye Mick St. John has a secret, he’s a vampire, dwelling in a covert netherworld complicated by friendship with an undead finance honcho, memories of the alluring ex-wife (who turned him into a vampire), and a relationship with a human he feels drawn to protect – and maybe to love. But no matter how tempting, Mick knows a vampire-human romance is eternally dangerous.

Now that I think about it, I must have focused on the private eye part and not the love/romance part, because re-reading it with the advantage of now having seen the series, warning bells are going off in my head: Steer clear, this isn’t something you’re going to get.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that Moonlight is a waste of time; it’s just not what I had hoped for. I was after something a little darker with some more sinister undertones. Instead, it’s pretty much your run of the mill detective series, with a vampire twist mixed in with the oh-so-trendy online reporter/love interest angle. It’s more soap than serious, and in this respect will probably appeal to all those 30 something housewives who fell in love with Edward, Twilight’s high school vampire. Of course, Mick is a little more age appropriate for 30 something housewives as well.

So if you’re after a well produced, by the numbers romantic vampire detective series, then Moonlight is for you.

If, like me, you’re of the male persuasion, you might want to approach this with caution.

You can buy here $25 Amazon

Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.
Released on: March 4th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2007
Stars: Alex O’Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon, Jacob Vargas, Brian White, Kevin Weisman, Tami Roman, Jordan Belfi, David Blue, Eric Winter, Holly Valance, Victoria Pratt, Claudia Black, Jonathan LaPaglia
Media Format: DVD
Languages: English
Brand: Moonlight
Director: Various
Studio: Warner Bros

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) by Concrete Blonde

Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)by Concrete Blonde Lyrics

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I’m going down by the river
Where it’s warm and green

O you were a vampire
And I may never see the light

* Dallas sways to the music *
Thanks rorlan27