Archive for April, 2010


Thursday Thirteen #114

You’ve probably seen them by now, and you may have even read one – The new monster mash ups. (I’m actually in the process of reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter right now.) What do y’all think of this new genre? I think it’s kind of fun, myself, though I have encountered a few mash ups that I think folks should have skipped. (Alice in Zombieland? The Undead World of Oz?)

13 Book Monster Mash Up-Type Things:
1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (place a hold) (film in pre-production)

2. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen & Ben H. Winters (place a hold)

3. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (place a hold)

4. Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights by Jane Austen & Vera Nazarian

5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim: Mark Twain’s Classic with Crazy Zombie Goodness by Mark Twain & W. Bill Czolgosz

6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (place a hold) (film in pre-production)

7. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A. E. Moorat (place a hold)

8. Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin & Charlotte Bronte (place a hold)

9. Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott & Porter Grand

10. Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy & Ben H. Winters

11. Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray

12. Little Vampire Women by Louisa May Alcott & Lynn Messina

13. Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson

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1. April 26 is Hug an Australian Day. Get out there and start hugging!
2. On April 28, say Happy Birthday to: Jessica Alba (29), Ann-Margaret (69), Penelope Cruz (36), Harper Lee (84), Jay Leno (60), and Ian Rankin (50).
3. April 30 is National Hairball Awareness Day. (Like we aren’t aware of them all the time. Ew.)
4. May is Get Caught Reading Month!
5. May 1 is Mother Goose Day. Appreciate a good nursery rhyme today.

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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Thursday Thirteen #113

I admit it. Place names fascinate me. So, this week I chose to hunt up some places with interesting monikers right here in California. You know…like Helltown and Bummerville. Do you have any interesting place names near you? Comment and let me know.

13 Interesting Place Names in California:
1. Sucker Flat (It’s not far from Smartsville)
2. Second Garrotte
3. Wimp
4. Blunt
5. Cheeseville
6. Weed
7. Elfin Forest
8. Sleepy Hollow
9. Zzyzx
10. Secret Town
11. Top of the World
12. Rough and Ready (Not to be confused with Rough and Ready Island)
13. You Bet

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Here is the April 2010 update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made. (Sorry about missing a couple of months there.)

As always, if you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

The Adjustment Bureau: In post production and due in U.S. theaters on 30 July 2010.

Airborn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Airman: In development with a release date in 2011.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: In development with a 2012 release date.

Anita Blake: No IMDB information as yet, nor do we know what they will be calling the project. Personally, I want to know who will be playing Edward. (more info here)

The Art of Racing in the Rain: In development with a 2012 release date.

The Associate: In development with a theoretical 2012 release date.

Atlas Shrugged: This project is listed as “Announced.” Release date is still listed as 2011.

Beastly: Due in U.S. theaters on 30 July 2010.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2011.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Breaking Dawn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

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1. April 18 is Pet Owners Independance Day. Apparently your cats or dogs are supposed to go to work in your place…
2. On April 18, say Happy Birthday to: America Ferrera (26), Melissa Joan Hart (34), Hayley Mills (64), Rick Moranis (56), Conan O’Brien (47), and David Tennant (39).
3. April 22 is National Jelly Bean day. I forsee many hyper people on this day.
4. On April 22, it’s time to say Happy Birthday to: Peter Frampton (60), Amber Heard (24), Jack Nicholson (74), Ryan Stiles (51), and John Waters (64).
5. April 24 is the anniversary of the founding of the Library of Congress. (April 24, 1800)

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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Thursday Thirteen #112

I’ve lately become quite interested in place names. Some of them can be quite entertaining (tune in next week for more on that.) This week I’m looking at towns with colors in their name, like Red Bluff, CA. Do you have a favorite town with a color in it’s name? Please share in the comments.

13 Color-full Places in the USA:
1. Blue Earth, MN
2. Browntown, AL
3. Red Rock, AZ
4. Greenville, AR
5. Copperopolis, CA
6. Silver Springs, CO
7. Red Lion, DE
8. Orange Heights, FL
9. White, GA
10. Blackfoot, ID
11. Golden, IL
12. Greenfield, IA
13. Redfield, KS

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At  Centerville — Kids  read  library  books ,  they  earned  Library  Bucks  and On  April 6th  we  had  an  auction  so  everyone could  spend  what  they  earned on  cool  prizes.

It  was  fun and we  are going to  do it again.  Come  pick  up a  reading log at Centerville and Earn those  Library  Bucks!  Then Join us on  May  11th for the Auction .  4pm  Sharp!

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1. It’s National Library Week!
2. April 12 is Walk on Your Wild Side Day. This may require some advance planning…
3. April 12 is also the day to say Happy Birthday to: David Cassidy (60), Tom Clancy (63), Beverly Cleary (94). Claire Danes (31), Shannen Doherty (39), Andy Garcia (54), Herbie Hancock (70), and David Letterman (63).
4. April 13 is National Be Kind to Lawyers Day…and my Mum’s birthday!
5. Have you ever heard of National That Sucks Day? Well…it’s on April 15.

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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Thursday Thirteen #111

What are your favorite historic sites?

13 Historic Places:
1. Ash Lawn – Highland – Home of James Monroe
2. Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s Home
3. The Alamo – You know, the one you’re supposed to remember.
4. Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
5. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
6. The Jamestown Settlement
7. Sutter’s Fort – Sacramento, CA
8. The Betsy Ross House
9. Route 66 – (where you go to get your kicks…)
10. Liberty Bell Center – Home of the Liberty Bell.
11. The Oregon Trail
12. The OK Corral – (keep on the good side of Wyatt Earp while visiting…)
13. The Library of Congress

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1. On April 4, say Happy Birthday to: Maya Angelou (82), Robert Downey, Jr. (45), Kitty Kelley (68), Christine Lahti (60), and Craig T. Nelson (64).
2. April 5 is National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Anyone else hungry?
3. April 6 is Tartan Day. Celebrate your Scottish roots!
4. No Housework Day is on April 7. This is a day that I can appreciate.
5. Also on April 7, say Happy Birthday to: Jackie Chan (56), Francis Ford Coppola (71), Russell Crowe (46), and James Garner (82).

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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