50 Shades of Boredom

Last year, I’ve been seeing and hearing this Fifty Shades of Grey everywhere. I know that it is a book, but I didn’t know what kind of book it is. Saw it in the book-store but it didn’t attract me to at least pick it up and read the introduction at the back of the book.

First of all, I’ve never heard of the author. Secondly, the title looks to me like some sort of crime novel. When it comes to crime novels, Patricia Cornwell remains my favorite author. E. L. James? Sorry.

I’ve seen a lot of people singing its praises! Most of them are female. I saw people kept saying, “I am fifty shades of…” on Facebook statuses, blogs, emails, conversations…… I was like, what the…… Why the big hu-ha about a book? Finally, one of the Facebook friends is kind enough to email me the e-books. All three of them! I was thinking, good, I have new books to read then.

So, I went on a fifty shades trip without knowing what exactly it entails.

When I read the first page, “HUH??? Don’t tell me this is a romance novel!”

By the time I finish chapter one, confirmed lah, romance!

The more I read, the more I felt the boredom.

No doubt Anastasia Steele is smart and witty, but I don’t admire Christian Grey. To me, he is just a filthy-rich-seriously-troubled guy. Without the filthy-rich, no one would ever want to associate themselves with him. A lot of women out there would disagree with me. :)

I actually stopped reading at chapter 16. However, I was so bored during Chinese New Year and I finished the trilogy in a week’s time.

I can’t believe that I actually finished reading them! Well, I finished it just so that I could blog about it later! LOL! I don’t want to write about something that I don’t know and claim to be an expert. :P

If you take away the erotic scenes in the books, you don’t get much of the story. There is no reading value unless it is the pornography that you’re after. The author did try very hard to incorporate some mystery into the story, but I must say that she failed miserably. Before anything else, I already figured where she was leading us to. Before she could unravel the mystery, I already knew how it was going to be. Everything is so predictable, even the sex at the later part. Basically, the author was merely copying the same thing over and over again.

One thing I do wonder, if the author has tried all those sex toys and scenes. Either that, or she has consulted an “expert”. :)

Well, I am a romantic person, but also a realist.

I love romance too, but romance with a good story. I do read romance as well, in fact I love Nora Roberts’ novels.

Now, at least I can tell people that, I’ve read Fifty Shades, and it is f***ing boring. LOL!

P.S.: There’s a lot of rumours that they’re going to make a film based on the book. Will the movie ever get pass the censorship with so many sex scenes? And, will they get enough story to make a film minus all the sex scenes??? If minus all the sex scenes, will it just be another boring romance movie? One thing for sure, if ever it makes it to the big screen, I’ll not be able to watch it here. It will never get pass the Censorship Board of Malaysia. LOL! :D By luck that it gets through, the movie will only have 30 minutes left. Hahahaha.

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I Read Everywhere

I have always been a bookworm. I love the smell of a book and I love flipping those pages. Also, I love being seen as some intellectual soul with the book in my hand. Hahaha. Ya, I am vain. :P

I read everywhere, literally everywhere and practically all sorts of books.

I love Jane Adams, but too bad I only have two of her books as I couldn’t find the rest here. Whenever I go to a book-store, the first thing I do is check out if they so happen to have any other Jane Adams’ books.

Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta is my favorite too. I admire the way she writes, so easy to understand and yet complicated enough to create the suspense.

Jodi Picoult is another of my favorite, ever since The Sister’s Keeper, the first book that I read of hers.

Dan Brown is another genius, but guess what, I got so frustrated reading his latest The Lost Symbol. :( The book is so lengthy that I lost my interest of reading it half way through. I am now at the last few chapters and I seriously do not have the urge to pick it up again. Worst, I’ve been reading it for 2 years! That is a new record for me!

I’ve discovered a new thing, eBook. :D Downloaded Kobo on my mobile few days ago and I can’t stop browsing for free ebooks! Now I could read from my mobile anywhere and any time!!! What a bliss!

You may notice, that I read mostly English. Yep, English books catch my attention. Like I said before, it is very difficult to find a good Chinese book or author. Also, I am way beyond the age to read Chinese novels. I used to read a lot of them but now I do not like those Chinese romance novels anymore. If at all I read Chinese book now, it would either be poetry or self-encouragement. Or Jimmy Liau. :)

Ok. Enough of my randomness. Ah… Just when I wasn’t looking, my happy self is coming back. :) The power of BOOKS.

Read ON. Write ON.

Last week, I realised, it has been months since I last had a book in my hands. It is happening again.

I love reading and I love books. That is something I will not forsake! However, I am just being plain lazy to pick up A book! With Sooshi as my best companion now, even more excuse for me to pick up A BOOK! Sigh.

Someone, commented that I write English very well and he was surprised since I was Chinese-educated. He told me not to give up reading since I have good writing skills. Gosh…… I felt so flattered and motivated. No one, has verbally TOLD me I write well. I have not felt so proud of able to write well until this very moment. Also, finally someone understands that READing is the key to write well!

However, I’ve seen people who try to write as “great” as some author. Bear in mind, able to write well does not mean using “BIG” words altogether. Point out some “big” words in my post here and see how many you could find. And, elaborate your sentence in a repeating manner is just too… confusing. LOL! I hope I don’t do that.

I know very well that when I read, I write better. Look at me now, my post is so bland and flat. Tasteless! ARGH!

I gotta find ways to ditch Sooshi for a while. This is not right and I gotta stop it.

Read, Ashley. Read.

What? How many books are still unwrapped and unread?! 2 Scarpetta’s books, 3 Jodi Picoult’s, Wondla, Jimmy Liau’s, 4 Rick Riordan’s…… That’s about all, I think. Oh SHOOT!!! *Faints*

我爱几米

两个月前在纪伊国书屋买书,正是他们派发印花收集卡的时候。凡购买RM50或以上的书本和杂志,就可获得一个印花。收集10个,就能兑换一张RM50的礼券。两年前的Daruma卡,让我买书享有28%的折扣。现在只能兑换RM50的礼券。而且还得花上RM50才能得到一个印花。唉。。。他们的生意难道那么差吗?得用这种方法吗?

星期日看完电影,Andrew竟然提议要去纪伊国书屋。惊讶。因为他很少买书和看书。一本书他通常可以看上一年!看吧,这就是我之前说的“keep yourself up-to-date with the trend”。就连不买书的他都想去看看。正合我意,看看有什么有趣的新作可以让我捧回家。:D

还没看书,就先看到摆在入口旁的迷你智趣玩具!好可爱哎!一个要RM29.90,似乎有点贵了些。只能买些比较可爱的。选了两个。:D

英文书系列。。。都没什么有趣的。兜兜转转都不知几回了,就是找不着一本我要的。到处都是大同小异的故事背景,要不就是沉闷的人生励志道理。哎哟喂。。。作家们最近都没啥灵感了吗?

跑到华语书系列去。。。哇。。。好多食谱啊!新书介绍 – 食谱,食谱,还是食谱。。。搞错没有,在暗示我什么吗?-__- 把身体一转,几米的专柜就在眼前。咦!新作品哎!二话不说,不需多想,快手快脚,冲向前去抓了一本!哇哈哈哈哈哈!我当时应该有在偷偷的笑吧?不知旁边的美眉有没看到?哈哈哈哈哈。书在手上,才仔细的看一下,“世界别为我担心”。

接下来的问题是,印花收集卡上面写着“书本和杂志而已”,那么那两个迷你智趣玩具可不算了。糟了,几米的书要RM42.84,还差RM7.16才能拿到印花哦。怎么办?Andrew又没买,那我只好买本杂志咯。到杂志区逛逛。。。什么嘛,Cleo才RM5.80!Women Weekly也才RM5.80。我只想买一本啊!^&@—*%¥# 真是的,我们这些读者,贵又说怎么那么贵,便宜又说怎么那么便宜啊。没办法啦,为了凑足一个印花,只好买两本杂志咯。

在柜台付钱时,总额RM114.24。柜台小姐说,“一共有两个印花哟。”什么?不是说“书本或杂志而已”吗?!那两个玩具都算吗?!“橄榄屎”!是她不晓得印花收集的条件,还是他们真的那么大方?!真是的!害我周旋了老半天挑选两本杂志,而且我并不想看杂志!&$#*~%¥

话说回来,现在有3个印花了,距离目标不远了。

别说我疯了,就为了那区区RM50的礼券花费RM500来收集印花。我是个爱书之人,买书是常事。现在买书还有礼券拿,为何不?再加上我一直都是纪伊国书屋的忠实顾客。:)

将来书架上,要有一个几米专柜了。呵呵呵。。。:P 笑得合不拢嘴了!哈哈哈!几米,几米,我爱你!:D

I Am Number Four

Andrew suggested to watch I Am Number Four, but I remember a friend of mine told me not to watch it and mentioned Sanctum was not bad. However, when we reached the cinema, the urge to watch I Am Number Four was too just too strong. LOL. Or I should say Sanctum wasn’t attractive enough.

There was some drama when we were purchasing the movie tickets over the counter. Andrew asked the attendant if we could purchase the Citibank promotion tickets here at this counter, she answered YES. I even showed her my Citibank Card and laid it on the counter. When she clicked and showed us the price, Andrew confirmed with her if it was the Citibank promotional ticket price. She flipped and scolded us in Malay “ah lah, cakaplah awal-awal tadi”. I was annoyed with her behavior. I came all the way here to enjoy my movie, not to get ill-treated by some irresponsible worker. Not wanting to spoil my Sunday movie mood, I told her, “Excuse me, just now we did ask you if we could use Citibank card here and you said YES. Can you please be more polite to your customer? How could you speak to you customer like that?” She kept quiet. I could have continued to give her a piece of my mind, but I stopped. Don’t sweat over small stuff. Just find it hard to understand the people nowadays, if you want to work, please do your work professionally.

Enough with the drama, let’s get on with the movie.

I actually saw the book before I knew there was a movie. The story didn’t intrigue me to buy it though. However, when I saw the trailer, it definitely looks great.

Alex Pettyfer has grown up so much! He was still a small kid in Stormbreaker! No wonder I couldn’t recognise him immediately from the trailer. Guess what, there is this one person I find him so familiar but I just couldn’t pin him to any of the movie I could have seen him in. It was Andrew who later told me he was that lead actor in Hitman and that baddie in Die Hard 4! Told ya, Andrew is extremely good with faces and people! Henri is Timothy Olyphant.

The movie was good, not great, but it was good. The visual effects are so cool! My friends were saying there are few parts at the beginning of the movie which are unnecessary. To me, I think the opposite. Every scene is necessary to explain the circumstances surrounding the characters. If they were to be cut short or left out, all of us would be in a daze of what is going on.

Actually, there are some questions in my head too. How did the Lorien people get to the earth? Why are they separated? If the protectors of the Lorien could come to the earth, why couldn’t their parents be saved too? Aren’t the protectors supposed to stay and fight so that the Lorien could escape? Why is it the other way around? Why the Mogadorians have to pursue and kill the Lorien one by one following the numbers? How did Number Six find Four? Number Six said her protector was killed in a Mogadorians attack, I thought the Mogs only kill following the number sequence? Why suddenly jumped to Number Six? Ahh…… So many questions. Perhaps the book will say better.

You may not like the movie if you’re looking for a full story from the book. This movie also isn’t for those who seek only actions. It is entertaining enough to kill some time on a weekend, and the special effects are undeniably cool. :)

Anyway, Andrew and I did enjoy the movie. At the end, it left both of us thinking, alien could be real and walking among us. You’ll never know who the person next to you really is. The world is so big, and it’s full of bizarre things. So, why not?

Book Lover

I am so sorry for not posting for the past few days. Was insanely busy with work and was a dead meat by the time I reached home. The urge to switch on the laptop was the last thing on my mind. Here I am, finally, stealing some time during lunch to scribble something.

I must admit that I am a “bookworm”. Not that I am nerdy, it’s just that I love books. Just give me any kind of book and it could cheer me up for a very long time. I could bury myself in a book all day long too. :)

Have you ever felt excited unwrapping a book? Your heart is racing menacingly when you flip on the first page? The smell of the new book simply fascinates you? Feeling like you want to carry the book to sleep?

Ok, I may sound exaggerating, but I feel exactly all of the above whenever I have a new book to read.

When I was in college, I could read at least 4 novels in one month. It even came to a point where I couldn’t find a more interesting or intriguing book to read in the library. The library in the college was huge, but it has more reference books than novels and story books. It was then I started patrolling bookstores and buying new books. The whole new world of reading started then.

I’m not sure if it’s the love for the books or the love for reading. Either one, I would not stop reading. There was a guy, asked me who is my favorite author. I have none. He asked again, what books do I read then. After I told him, he commented, “whoa, you seriously read all over the place”. I was pretty taken aback with what he said. I love reading and I don’t choose author or genre. If it’s a good book or if I think it’s a good book, I’ll read. Even if it was a mistake, I still enjoyed reading the book.

Yes, there are some authors who really stand out. There are also some who are just simply overrated by the media. Look at Dan Brown, who got famous because of The Da Vinci Code. I’ve read all his books before Da Vinci Code, they’re all equally great, but no one noticed him! Then there’s Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. In my humble opinion, the way he writes is simple and straight forward. What makes him so famous then? It’s the story.

My point is, if you love reading, you will just pick up a book that interests you and read, doesn’t matter if the author is widely known or some nobody.

Conclusion, I love reading and I love books. :)

The Search For WondLa

I was playing this game on iPad last week. It’s a “find the difference” game, called The Search for WondLa. Read from the game that it’s actually a book. Didn’t give it much thought as I was thinking the book wouldn’t be available here in Malaysia.

Went for a movie last Saturday and got some time to spare before the movie started. Andrew dearest suggested to go to Kinokuniya to kill some time. There, it is very rare for him to be the first one to suggest a bookstore for time-killing. I thought I hit the jackpot of the day! Hahaha.

I guess it was destined for me to find this book. It’s in hardcover, and there are some illustrated images in the book too. That’s what it says on the cover, since it was wrapped, I had no way to see what kind of images inside. The only thing that caught my attention and spur my interest is that, the author is the one who wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles. That’s it. No more second guessing, I grabbed a copy of the book. :D

Geez…… I bought a children’s book! LOL! Perhaps I could read this to my child (if I’d ever have one) in the future. :)

The Search for WondLa is about Eva Nine, who goes on a journey to search for her own kind.

This is going to be a bizarre journey. Would it be as interesting as The Spiderwich Chronicles? We shall see. :)

Here’s a trailer of the book.

 

Aslan = GOD?

Watched Prince Caspian from DVD last week, something Aslan (The Lion) said made me all curious again. Wanted to catch a movie on Wednesday night and it was such a good timing that Voyage of the Dawn Treader is still in the cinema! After watching the third sequel, I couldn’t help but think, “Is Aslan reflecting as the God in our world?”

First in Prince Caspian, when Lucy kind of like asking Aslan why didn’t he come to them like the first time and Aslan replied, “things never happen the same way twice.” That stunned me for a while. I even replayed that part to make sure I heard it right. Took some time to refresh my memory, yeah, Aslan did come off with the image of God. Towards the end of the movie, where it showed Aslan even has the power to call on the nature to help the rest, it raised my suspicion even further.

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan appeared much later. He was there when someone needed help or guidance desperately. When Lucy at the end asked Aslan if they would be seeing him in our world, Aslan replied yes, and he has another name in their world and by knowing him in Narnia helps them to know him better in their world. Their world, meaning our world, our reality. It started to dawn on me that Narnia is deep within us. It is so often that the good and evil thoughts come from within us. When we are desperate, we often turn to our religion/God for help and guidance.

Seeing that C.S. Lewis was of Christianity, it wouldn’t be surprise that Aslan was indeed a reflection of God.

Whether or not Aslan was portraying as the God in real life, The Chronicles of Narnia is one great story. Andrew even said that the Narnia movies are better than Harry Potter. :) Recently, we have been making fun by pronouncing Potter like how they did in the movie, with the emphasis on the POT. Hahaha.

I was a tad disappointed when I didn’t see Peter and Susan in this 3rd sequel. Obviously they’re big enough to take on the challenges in the world on their own and have learned enough to have faith in everything. Andrew said, “they’re older now, more famous perhaps, could be more expensive to hire them now.” LOL. True also.

My next reading target, The Chronicles of Narnia. :)

The Lost Symbols

What?! It was September 2009 when I bought this book??!!! Kid me not!!! I thought I just bought it, this year???? No way it has been more than a year and I have not finished it! This is so not me! Okay, Ashley, enough with all the exclamations and questioning marks, they’re annoying! Ok ok…… Sorry……

Geez…. I just couldn’t believe myself for taking such a long time to read this book. It’s my favorite and yet I haven’t even finished half. All right, I’m half way through this book. Picked it up again last weekend and I couldn’t put it down since. Am so proud of myself that I start reading Dan Brown again. :)

Feels so nice to flip those pages again and all of a sudden, I feel so in-touch with my intellectual self again. Hahaha. Once more, I’m surprised at how a good book could make one-self feels at ease and forgets the world we live in. I didn’t even have the urge to log in to Facebook last night when I got home. All I wanted to do was reading how Robert Langdon and Katherine Solomon escaped.

Ooohhh…… The good old Ashley is back, and it’s a bliss. :D

Lost And Found This morning, saw a friend posted a photo in Facebook. I was so curious and yet excited. Dan Brown has got new book??? Just so that if you don’t already know Dan Brown, he is the author of the famous “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”, which have become the big movies in cinema. I am a fan of his after his publication of The Da Vinci Code. Love the little riddles in the book and how things are all intertwined with one another. That’s t … Read More

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Got It Finally!

I am not really a fan of Stephen King. Watched a few of his novel-based television series and movies, like The Shining, Dreamcatcher, The Tommyknockers, Children of the Corn, Secret Windows and The Green Mile. Never had I read a book of his, except one. I read it when I was in secondary school, borrowed it from the school library. It isn’t his best book ever, but I couldn’t quite forget that story.

I’ve forgotten about the name of the book, have been looking for it in the bookstore but couldn’t find it. I took some time, went to check on every of his book’s description and finally I found it. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

It wasn’t exactly horror and thriller. It was about a little girl, who loved Tom Gordon, her favorite baseball player, got lost in the forest. It was all about how she managed to survive in the woods only later to be attacked by a bear and died. It was a sad story to read but at the same time you’d be awed by how much a little girl like Trisha knew about all the survival skills in the woods. Oh well, it’s just a story book you might say. There is still so many messages you could get from the book.

Finally, yesterday I found it in Kinokuniya! Of course I want to read it once again although I still remember it like I’ve only read it yesterday. I don’t know why this novel imprinted in my mind for so long.

Besides Stephen King, I bought another Jimmy Liao’s book. Hahaha. My 4th Jimmy Liao’s. :)

The book is so cute! It has more “words” in this book.