Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I must remind everyone of the last truth the dastardly Darth Bill entered into resulted in an attack at WordPlay Saturday.
CARLMAN, the Jedi can not always be there to protect you, but we will do our best.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone (even you Sith)!!!
but a fearless
Have a great Thanksgiving!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Now as painful as this is to me, I must address a disturbing trend from The Great and Powerful Carlman. It seems that without any provocation on my part he has questioned my honor. He has sunk so low as to call me a chicken; does this ring any bells:
I also have my suspicions that The Carlman thinks quite a bit of himself. Did you know in his last blog he called himself awesome once, great twice, powerful twice and said his own name "The Carlman" at least six times. What's up with that? Since I have been pushed into this corner to defend myself, I must show an incident I'm sure The Great, Powerful and Awesome Carlman would prefer I not share with the public. Well here it is:
Well, I'm willing to call a truce to a battle this sweet and innocent Sith never started if you guys are? If not I'll just keep taunting you!!!!!!!
Just The Facts Biographies: Jimi Hendrix by Rebecca Poole - First off I must confess that before I even picked up this biography I considered Jimi Hendrix the most talented person to ever play the electric guitar. I have been a big fan of his since I was 12 (I'm somewhat older than that now). This biography does an excellent job of telling the story of how Jimi Hendrix grew up from a small boy with an exceptional, natural talent to play the guitar to the ultimate axe player second to none! It tells, along with his life story, how he never gave up pursuing his dream of being a recognized rock 'n' roll musician despite how he was ignored and even rejected by almost everyone in the music industry. It also shows what a kind and gentle poet he was at heart. His story is a tragedy in one way, in that he left us way before his time, but it is also a celebration of his great achievements and life. From his highest points to his not so great parts in life, this biography does a wonderful job of letting the reader peak into the life that was Jimi Hendrix's.
Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles by various - This graphic novel rocks hard, just like Jimi's playing the guitar. Let's see, besides be chock full of the ultra cool Spider-Man, he is also joined by The Fantastic Four, Kazar, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Ice Man, Marvel Girl, and The Incredible Hulk. The GN has five fantastic stories that puts these heroes up against such villains as The Looter (a total nut job), Stegron (part human/part dinosaur), Arsenal (a machine of destruction created by Tony Stark's dad), and Dr. Octopus among others. There is lots of adventure, good will and comedy to make this GN the bomb. So do yourself a favor and check this one out as soon as possible!!!!!!
Well until next time, peace out all,
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
PS--check out these two Jon Scieszka books:
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Yeah, they're picture books, but they're funny--especially for guys!!
AND--The great and powerful CARLMAN wonders if Darth Bill is up to Master Jedi Zack's challenge!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I challenge Darth Bill to read the books and try to tell me that I'm wrong!
I've been quiet for a little while because I've been buried under a pile of wonderful books. So many wonderful books that I can't even get through them all!!! Two books that I recently finished are Frankenstein Makes and Sandwich and Frankenstein Takes the Cake, both are by Adam Rex. The books are pure awesome and really funny.
Other books I am currently reading and will write about soon (hopefully!) are...
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (yay, new Alcatraz book!)
Lincoln Through the Lens
You Smell Dead
and finally The Icy Hand (book 2 in the Something Wickedly Weird series)
That's all for now, I'm going back under my pile of books now! Always a nice thing to do when it is cold outside.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thanks, anonymous! Yes, most of our readers like books with lots of words, but we try to look out for everyone here. That's we also like to hear about books with few words--or NO words! All our Owly graphic novels are checked out or I'd go get one and look at it now. You've made me curious. I'll keep my eyes open for them!
Don't forget to come and get your free book!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tis I Captain Bootstrap Bill, the Stinkiest Sea Dog to sail the Seven Seas. Me plunder today are two book reviews. So lets set sail for adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Before we start however, I'd like to share a picture of one of my favorite Pirates "Blackbeard" (smile when ya say that name stranger!)!!!!!!
Okay back to book reviews, with our first being submitted by The Mysterious Stranger:
The Gregor the Overlander Series by Susan Collins - Out of all the Book Series I have read, the "Gregor the Overlander Series" by Susan Collins is one of my all time favorites. Gregor discovers an underground cavern filled with cool, interesting and dangerous things. Giant talking Rats, huge Bats and quiet but smart Cockroaches make up some of the "Underland" Creatures. Any fan of "The Lord of the Rings" should like these books. Even though 10 to 12 year old themed, fights, romance, danger and adventure made me like them completely.
Great review Mysterious Stranger!!!!! I have not had a chance to look at these books yet, but will be sure to set aside time now to do so. I hope you enjoy the books you received as a part of this review!!!! Be sure to write back in and let us know.
Here is a list of the books in the Gregor the Overlander Series owned by the library system and there availability:
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Gregor and the Code of Claw
Now I would like to talk about the first book in a series called "The Sunken Kingdom." I have just finished reading the first book in the series and can't wait to read the next.
The Sunken Kingdom - Ghost Ship by Kim Wilkins - This story is about two orphaned children Asa and Rollo who are of royal descent and in hiding. Their parents were betrayed and killed by the evil court magician Flood. Not only did he kill their parents but caused a great flood so that the entire kingdom is now at the bottom of a great and dangerous ocean. They find out from a mysterious visitor named Egil Cripplehand that their youngest sister, Una, who they thought dead also is very much alive and being held captive by a Witch. With this information, the gift of a magical longship along with important information they did not know about themselves from Egil Cripplehand, they set out on a dangerous but exciting adventure to rescue Una. Read the book and find out what happens. I really enjoyed it!!!!!
Well until next time reading adventures, peace,
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You see--just over 2 minutes! BTW, do you know what Joshua Chamberlain did before the Civil War? He was a college professor! Of Rhetoric! (which is a fancy word for publlic speaking) That shows that guys who read can be tough guys!!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
No one knew who "The Mystery Big Head" belonged to, but through super sleuthing skills second not even to the famous Sherlock Holmes Cyber Kid has revealed the truth!!!!! Here it is straight from Cyber Kid's mouth:
Yes you are correct Cyber Kid. My hat is off to you for your "always get your man" wickedly cool detective skills. So now lets see the front of "The Mystery Big Head" and let the truth be known:
Yes Cyber Kid, "The Mystery Big Head" is indeed The Carlman!!!!!!! I know I will sleep easier tonight with this case being solved. Come by here or Matthews and get you free book. You've earned it Chief Detective!!!!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I know many of you know me as the formidable Sith Lord Darth Bill, but I must reveal another character, or side of my personality, you may not be aware of: "Luke (Skywalker that is) I am also Pirate Captain Bootstrap Bill, Scourge of the Seven Seas. Arrrrrhhhhhh!!!!!!" See below for a picture of a scallywag so fearsome it promises to at the very least make you sigh and scratch your head (he's not quite right me thinks?????).
Okay, okay here is the truth as best I can do - Sith and Pirates are very bad at telling the truth at times; it's an occupational hazard/requirement. I married me bonnie lass, Valerie, that I have been madly in love with for some time. I checked the rule books and they indeed said that for both Sith and Pirates marriage is perfectly fine and even encouraged!!! I will still be as evil as ever just married also. My bride does not need to know about me blowing up the occasional planet with my Death Star. I'm afraid to report that she definitely shows some of those darn loving and "Can't We All Get Along" Jedi teachings. Oh well the heart does not chose who we will love and I will try to overlook some of her faults and she mine (I hope).
Here is a picture of my lovely bride and me swearing my eternal love to her upon my sword (I will give a free book to the first person to identify the back of the head in the forefront. This is not a joke. Identify "The Mystery Head" and win a free book.). She is indeed the greatest treasure I have or will ever find!!!!!! I love you now and forever Valerie!!!!!
Well enough talk of love and marriage, let me tell you about a really great book I recently finished:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - If you like Science Fiction, you will love this book. This book is set in an Earth future where humanity is recovering from a massive invasion, which was repulsed by Earth Forces, from an alien species that are called Buggers because of there insect like looks and manners. Because of reasons that are eventually revealed in the book, children are looked to as the military commanders who will ultimately defeat the alien Buggers. In this not so cherry future Ender Wiggins is born. Ender is special, among many other reasons, in that he is a third child. In this Earth's future parents are only allowed to have two children. Because of the brilliance of his two older siblings and due to their short comings, Ender is allowed to be born. The Earth's International Fleet, made up of military personal from many different Earth Nations, takes in children who are exceptional in some manner to train them to lead armies to defeat the Buggers. Children are taken as early as six years old to begin this training in an outer space station known as Battle School. Ender is a brilliant military mind and recognized for it by all, which is both a blessing and a curse. Ender is set up in a no win situation by the adult officers of the International Fleet. They harass, push, and take Ender to the breaking point to make him the commander who will defeat the Bugger Forces once and for all. No one asks Ender how he feels about all this and if they did they would not like the answer. Ender wants only peace and certainly not to hurt anyone ever. A fascinating read about the duality of human nature; To strike out and crush that we do not understand or to seek to understand others so that peace can rule the day. I highly recommend this book and hope some of you out there in the Land of Blog give it a go.
Until next time me harteys!!!!!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
And here's another one of him handing out water to the thirsty people who stood in those long lines:
I've said before that it's important to be a good reader, but it's just as important (or even more so) to be a good guy. Cyber kid shows how you can be both.
Now the great and powerful CARLMAN'S mission is to find good books for you guys, not to recommend one political party over another or tell you who to vote for. If you read enough, you'll be able to figure that out for yourselves. Reading exercisies your brains. If you do it enough, you'll build up your smarts and not be fooled by some slick politician (of any party) who tries to blow smoke at you. Some of you older readers might be able to vote in 2012, and most of you should be old enough by 2016. That's why I always tell you--
Reading is important, guys!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Hey FellasI have just now like 5 minutes ago finished the first book of the " Island " series. I STRONGLY recommend it. So heres how it goes, the six children( Charla, Lyssa, Ian, J.J, Will and Luke) are all sent on this boat/program called Charting a New Course, or shorter, CNC. So those six children have been sent to this program for different reasons. Such as Luke's case where he is framed for possesing a weapon in his locker when his "friend" Reese actually hid it in there. However another character, Ian, was shipped off for WATCHING TOO MUCH TV. So next time your parents say " get off your butt and get active ", oh have I heard that wayyy too many times, listen too 'em! Anyways, they all have differentiating reasons, but they all get sent off to one place... CNC. And so, There is the captain James Cascadden and the Mate Mr.Radford A.K.A Rat-Face by the "inmates". To make a long story short, they all get caught up in a huge, I mean 12-20 ft swells!, storm and genius Son-Of-An-Actor J.J lane, with his patented brattish atitude goin' on, decides that it would be a good idea to put up the sails in 80 mph gusts.Therefore the boat tips as the sail is snapped open from the brutal winds and good ol Capt. Cascadden is thrown over-board. Then a series of unfortunate events occur. Please excuse the use of another title but it just seemed appropriate. As Ratface wants to turn around the engine dies, the sleeping qurters are flooded and the baot beggins to tilt, gasp.'!, ultimatly leaving the stranded captain to die. And as I said before in the first comment I believe, Rat-Face left with all the food on the 24 ft dhingy leaving the kids to die. As I always say " When the going gets Ugly, the ugly get going." Hahahaha. Please excuse my little pun.Whew! So when little Mrs. perfect, Lyssa, repairs the motor, the fumes in the engine room ignite from the engine sputtering to life and the boat ends up sinking in to the Pacific Ocean. Two of the kids are lost, Lyssa and J.J but the others amnage to reach and uncharted island way out in the Pacific.
Koko B. Ware
Thanks, Koko! You are going to LOVE that third book! You thought things looked bad for those kids in the first two books---just you wait!!! Go find it, guys!!!
PS--did you know that Gordon Korman has written the second book in The 39 Clues series. Won't that be great???
PPS--Bruner Boys, where are you?
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Hey Guys,Thank you soooo much. I cant believe you actually put my post up. Plus the free book, you guys dont know how cool that is. You know we put that little P.S thing as a joke, but hey i'll take a book any day of the week, hence the membership of GUYS READ. Well I think ill keep comin' back to put up more comment/reviews. Keep on posting.
Your friend, from a different part of NC, Koko B. Ware on behalf of the Guys Read book club
Oh yeah,I am just now beggining the first and third book. (of the Island trilogy) Not really the way that the author intended for it to be ready, but hey, im not your average guy. Im Special ;)Ur club ROX !!!!!!Koko B. Ware
Thanks! Your club rocks, too. I've got a book for you, but we're so busy that it might take a couple more days to send it. Be patient, B. Ware!
And a question----where are you, Bruner Boys??? We used to hear from you every Tuesday, but it's been a while. Have you disappeared into a wormhole? Did you go straight to the Delta Quadrant? Let us hear from you!! Gotta go.
The Great and Powerful CARLMAN