My spam-of-the-day was sent by Degenhardt Heacock and whoever this spammer really is I love some of the names he uses. If I ever were to write a story I would give some of the names to my characters *g*
Last night I finished Hard Row by Margaret Maron featuring Judge Deborah Knott who is now married and the stepmother of a young son. As she still lives in her home town, she knows a good many of her fellow townsfolk plus she has dozens of relatives all of which helps her to aid her husband the cop piece together the answer to a couple of mysteries. I enjoyed it as I have most of the others in the series but I figured out the pivotal bit of evidence long before she did. I think I've read too many mysteries :(
I'm fighting off a cold and therefore my brain is a bit fuzzy but does "Quantum of Solace", the title of the new James Bond film, make sense to anyone?
Monday night I watched "Life After People" on the History Channel while finishing my second book of the year The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. Both covered similar topics but are supposedly unrelated to each other - pure serendipity they say. Both are a bit grim in describing the effects of humanity on the Earth. Our descendents are going to curse the day we ever invented plastic as much of it is apparently indestructible and in the oceans breaks down into nurdles and enters the food chain. We really are messing up our beautiful planet and if we don't grow up and act in a sensible manner and take care of our home we may end up becoming a cancer from which the Earth will take millenia to recover from (after we've died off due to out own stupidity and greed).
I also caught James Marsters on last night's episode of "Without a Trace" and this time he was able to give a bit of spark to his character. However it appears now that Detective Grant Mars is on the outs with Vivian and her special task force. Does anyone know if JM will be in future episodes and when he'll return to "Smallville" (supposedly he's going to be in 4 episodes so I don't think I've missed his return)?
Bond of Blood by Diane Whiteside which was a vampire romance novel or a romance vampire novel. The author created her own vampire lore (some of the terms resembled vampire customs used in BtVS fanfic) and she translated most of them into Spanish (eg creador for sire) so it felt a bit more exotic. It was a little too "romancey" for my tastes but I believe it was the first novel in a trilogy about Texas vampires and may get better so I may try number two when it comes out in January.
Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? by Alyson Beatrice. I found this in Tanya Huff's LJ (andpuff) and thought I'd give it a try. Apparently Beatrice is a bigname fan on the BtVS message boards and chat rooms like Buffistas which is a region of the Buffyverse-on-the-Web that I've never ventured into. She's known to Joss Whedon and Tim Minnear and others at ME so she has a few stories to tell but honestly I don't know why this was thought to be of interest to any but the most ardent BtVS fan (I guess I'm not ardent enough). The best story was how some of her online friends got together and brought Nilly, an Israeli fan, to America for a visit. A book on fandom that I found far more amusing and interesting was Bjo Trimble's On the Good Ship Enterprise published in 1983 though of course fandom has altered considerably with the introduction of the internet.
If I've counted correctly I've read about 28 books this year. There were several more that I started but didn't finish before I returned them to the library. I might take them out again one day but I didn't count them. Nor did I count a couple of anthologies I checked out but only read one or two of the stories in them. I also read two newspapers a day, a half dozen weekly periodicals, several monthlies and of course an uncounted number of fanfics on the web. My icon says it all *g*
I meant to post this on Wednesday but just as I was finishing the computer went dead and the lights and everything else - we had a 48 minute blackout. I tried again yesterday but as I was closing one window the computer thought I wanted ALL the windows closed and there went my second attempt. They say the third times a charm so here goes *fingers crossed*
I just read that the Geico cavemen might get their own TV series (read about it here). I can't wait *sarcasm*. For those of you who live in ignorant bliss the series of ads deal with cavemen who take umbrage at Geico's motto: "so easy a caveman could do it".
I've now finished:
The Addams Chronicles by Stephen Cox about the television series "The Addams Family". Did you know that Carolyn Jones (Morticia) was part Comanche?
Jewels by Victoria Finlay which is about...jewels. Did you know that most of the bad luck attributed to the Hope Diamond was made up except for the bad things that happened to its last owner Evalyn Walsh McLean?
Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau. Though it reads like a giant ad for his website www.naturalcures.com it also makes you want to consume nothing but distilled water and food you grow yourself (really helpful in the big city *sarcasm*). He points out the close relationship between big pharmaceutical and big food companies and the FDA and the FTC which is very scary but not surprising as I've not had much trust in our government for the past 7 years *sigh*