Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Check Me Out @ A. Literary Mafia

Dear Readers,

Just wanted to let you know that I have decided to split my reading up and post to two blogs. MAD Hoydenish is going to focus mainly on books and movies. My new blog, A. Literary Mafia, is going to focus on all of the other books that I read. I hope that you will join me over there as well.

Happy Reading!

You can find A. Literary Mafia here:

A. Literary Mafia Blog




Monday, April 9, 2012

Listen to Dracula: Adventures in Old Time Radio by Orson Welles

I was having trouble finishing Dracula and needed a pick-me-up. I discovered the CD, Adventures in Old Time Radio: Dracula, starring Orson Welles at my local library. How exciting!

And guess what? While researching the production,  I found another source of the audio for FREE (alternatively, there are copies available for purchase by clicking the image below from Amazon). You can listen to the free version via the Internet Archive.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

From the CD cover: "Orson Welles selected Bram Stoker's Dracula for the premier broadcast of his legendary radio series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, hailing the 1897 gothic novel as "the best story of its kind ever written."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

AMC's "Which Mad Man Are You?" Quiz: I'm Jane Siegel.

I took the "Which Mad Man Are You?" quiz and I'm Jane Siegel. Find out who you are at http://whichmadmanareyou.com. Mad Men, Sun 10/9c on AMC.

Which Mad Man Are You?

Join me in the Bookin' It with Mad Men reading group on Shelfari. It's for book-loving fans of the TV show Mad Men. The group features books that have appeared in Mad Men episodes, books about the show itself, and Mad Men-era reads.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Can you tell a lie if you never open your mouth?" [HOW to BE a MILLIONAIRE]

In How to Be a Millionaire, Farley Joshua needs to find a financial backer so that he can purchase a one-third share in a copper mine. He wants to approach wealthy hotel owner, Willoughby Matthews, with the venture. Farley thinks that there is a chance Mr. Matthews won't go for it on just his word and a mining report. He needs a feather in his cap.

Farley's sister, Penny, proposes, "What if ... what if we can find someone who looks important to go with you?  What if Matthews only thinks the man is rich and backing the mine?"

Farley answers, "That's dishonest."

And she counters, "Can you tell a lie if you never open your mouth?"

Shortly thereafter, Penny comes up with a plan to train a waiter to act like a millionaire to help refer Farley for loan approval.  Because the waiter won't actually say anything (he'll just look impressive) and the mine is a good investment, Penny believes that this presentation is not really lying. 

So I ask you, dear reader, what do you think? "Can you tell a lie if you never open your mouth?"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Best I've Seen Today: Transforming Edward Cullen into Heath Ledger's Joker

Makeovers seem to be all the rage these days. From fashion magazines to television shows, they seem to be everywhere. Yawn. Sometimes, the participants look better. Most of the time, they just look different. Sara Esperanza (aka Alexandra Pelaez, Twitter: @sirenshaper) has managed to make Twilight's Edward Cullen look better and different. She turned him into Heath Ledger's Joker.

Check out Sara's blog post, "My Revenge Against Twilight: Transforming Edward Cullen into Heath Ledger’s Joker," to get before and after pictures and video footage of the amazing transformation. I've posted the first video below.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. - Proverb

Indeed. Edward Cullen has never looked better.

What do you think of Edward's new look?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What did I miss? Is it me? Or bad editing? [HOW to BE a MILLIONAIRE]

For such a short story, the publishers seemed to make some distracting errors in their prints.

1. The subtitle for all of the books of Rosey Dow's Colorado Christmas series is "Love Comes in an Unexpected Package During the 1880s." However, the first chapter of How to Be a Millionaire (book one in the series) starts in December 1890. Wouldn't that make it "Love Comes in an Unexpected Package During the 1890s?" [publisher, Thorndike Press]

2. At the beginning of How to Be a Millionaire, it states that Farley's potential mining financier is Willoughby Matthews, the owner of the Regal Astoria hotel. At the end of the story, it is a Mr. Montgomery. Is the person at the end really a different person and I missed it? [publisher, Thorndike Press]

3. From the description on the cover: "Penny Joshua decides to train a bellboy to act like a millionaire to refer her brother for loan approval.  Um, no.  He's a waiter. It says so in chapter 2: "He's a waiter at the Olympia. He's a bit young, but he fits the part perfectly. And he said he'd do it for twenty dollars."  [publisher, Thorndike Press]

4. On the Colorado Christmas collection cover, the back references Maggie Collier as the main character in How to Be a Millionaire, when it's supposed to be Penny Joshua. And repeats the bellboy error in number three.  [publisher, Barbour Publishing]

Is it me? Or do Rosey Dow and her publishers need to step-up their editing procedures?

Related Posts:

How to Be a Millionaire by Rosey Dow [Book Review]