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Feb. 19th, 2009


Blacked out...

I've blacked out my user pic in support of New Zealand's Creative Freedom Foundation's Internet Blackout (Feb 16 -23). This is a movement by Artists Against Guilt Upon Accusation Laws in NZ (Not In My Name).

It just makes sense.



Feb. 17th, 2009


Caitlin Kittredge contest

There's a little contest being held over at BittenByBooks.com... go check it out!! I've entered it myself, 'cuz I likes Caitlin Kittredge's books! :)


Feb. 15th, 2009



I've been down for a while and this last month things came to a head. I'm just barely getting by, and a blog just ain't in the picture.

I do a LOT of reading, 'cuz it's an escape, but truly I need to find a way to get my self a bit motivated.

Anyway, just like the last 4 months, this LJ is in holding mode...

Aug. 26th, 2008


Rocky Horror Remake? Oh NO!

It's unbelievable, but true. MTV is planning to remake The Rocky Horror Picture Show - with NEW songs!! The repugnance I feel at that thought just won't end. (Read more about it on Wil Wheaton's blog: http://tinyurl.com/6fbxas

But better yet, go to http://www.stoptheremake.com and sign the petition!

Stop the Remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Jul. 29th, 2008



A 5.8 earthquake centered less than 10 miles from my house, about 30 minutes ago. Scary! A big jerk, then it just rumbled and rolled... it felt like a loooonnnngggg time, but probably only 5 to 10 seconds. Something fell in the garage, but the house seems OK.

Checked on my elderly neighbor, then tried to call family & friends, near & far, to check on them. All is well. *whew*


Jun. 30th, 2008


rissatoo vs. B&N...

I don't think I should be allowed in a bookstore if I have a credit or debit card on me. If all I have is cash or a gift card, I have a limit I can see/feel/KNOW. But set me loose with plastic, and I can do a little harm to the bank account.

For example: The other day I stopped at Barnes and Noble to pick up a book. Just one, for my husband. He wanted a certain book, I was out, I could drop by the shop, no problem.

Ummm... WRONG! As I wandered around the store 'looking for his book', I had actually picked up 12 books in about as many minutes (only a slight exaggeration, truly). I could barely juggle them. And then I spotted another I just had to have. Disaster! 

Yes, I managed to drop them. Not only that, but I made a bit of a scene when I tried to catch a couple, but instead batted them at a guy standing a few feet away from me. Nice, huh? I apologized, picked them up, and realized I simply could not justify spending so much on books. Not all in a single trip, anyway! :)

So I sorted through them, picked out the ones I had to have right now and made my escape. I only bought 7 books... :)

My new books are:

Dead to Me by Anton Strout
Hotter than Hell by Keri Arthur, L.A. Banks, Heidi Betts, Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, Susan Krinard, Marjorie M Liu, Cheyenne McCray, Lilith Saintcrow, Susan Sizemore & Denise Little, Carrie Vaughn and Linda Winstead Jones.
Undead and Unworthy by MaryJanice Davidson
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Playing with Fire by Katie MacAlister
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey

I am trying to feel virtuous, in that only 3 of the 7 books are hardcover. So I saved money, right? Yeah.

One the positive side, after I read the books, they go to my sister & mom, so I feel justified that I'm buying books for 3 people, not just me. Of course, sometimes they've already bought their own copy.

Now, I have to ignore LJ for a few days while I get some reading done... :)

Jun. 28th, 2008


Book Meme

Found via irysangel :

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE. (Wasn't sure about this... since the books I LOVE are ones I've read, I did BOLD and Underline.)
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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Jun. 13th, 2008


Writer's Block: The Eternal Nocturnal Struggle

Vampires or werewolves?
my answer:  Yes!

May. 28th, 2008


Vampires & Weres & sex, oh my!

Laurell K Hamilton's newest Anita Blake novel Blood Noir was released yesterday. I had pre-ordered it from Amazon and got it just after noon; started reading and couldn't pull my nose out of it until I was done... I think it was almost 5pm. Thank goodness we had other plans for food, since Anita & I weren't cooking dinner. LOL!

I'm not a book reviewer. I like almost all the books I read, and can't/don't want to go into all the why's and wherefor's that make a book a great read to me. That said, I really enjoyed this latest book in the series. I have only a couple complaints... no, that's too harsh... regrets, maybe?

I wish the book was longer. I had to wait a year for it, and I got less than a page-a-day! *pout*  All right, the length wasn't bad. I just want HUGE novels that take even me a week to read, that's what I want! But that's more my problem, since I read too fast. And now that I've been reading more author blogs, I understand better about how much work & time & effort goes into bringing even a short story to press, much less a full-length novel. And one in a series has to be even more work, since you have to stay consistent, or the fans of the world you've created will be much unhappy. But hey, this is my blog, and I can wish for the stars if I want, right? And it does lead to my next bit of discontentment:

The story. While I don't mind the sex (did I say 'don't mind'? I meant 'enjoy'! LOL) in the Anita Blake novels, I wish there was a bit more story to the story. It seems to me that the earlier books did have a bit more story & a bit less sex, and over time that has flip-flopped. The sex in both the Anita Blake & Merry Gentry novels is HOT, don't get me wrong. I even think I envy LKH a bit. [While some of it has to be complete fiction, you know that there has to be a basis in reality to build on. She must have much fun building. :)] I just wish we had more depth to the story.

The main thing is: I really liked Blood Noir, and am certainly looking forward to next year's Anita. (And to the next Merry Gentry, Swallowing Darkness, which comes out in November.) :)

I also got the newest Vicki Pettersson, The Touch of Twilight yesterday, but I've barely gotten started. So far, I'm enjoying it, too.

Buy both books & read 'em... you won't be unhappy!


May. 17th, 2008


What a week...

This past week has been more stressful than usual. Sis & her family needed to move NOW. So our Sunday plans (and Monday, too) got canceled so that we could pack & schlep stuff for them. At least the weather was cool (even misty on Monday).

Then Tuesday I got stuff done around the house (sort of), and was planning to be back in schlep mode on Wednesday.

I got a phone call just after 4 in the morning. Mom (who is staying with sis right now) had a heart attack. She was on the way to the hospital and we didn't know anything more than that. Roommate drove me out so that Hubby could use the car (he had a little accident and the Pathfinder is no more). We spent the morning in waiting rooms, and Mom is OK now. She had a stent put in, and other than being weak, tired and a bit breathless, she's recovering well. Actually better than just well. They sent her home yesterday.

Thursday was another day spent partially in the hospital, when they moved Mom from CCU to a regular room, and then to sis's for more moving action.

Yesterday I decided to stay home & get laundry and other stuff done. It was hotter than Hades (OK, only about 100°, but still...) I got 4 loads of laundry washed, hung out, dried & put away. I made homemade Carnitas. I wilted and sweated and refused to turn on the a/c (can't get in the habit too early in the season, you know!)

Today, we had planned to go the the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, but the temps are going to be around 100° again, and there's just not enough shade and too much dust. So... another load of laundry (why can't it do itself, darn it?!?) and we're going to go to the movies this afternoon. 3 of the 4 of us want to go see "Harold and Kumar..." I think I'll just go TO the theatre with them and see another movie. Perhaps "Ironman", if it's starting at a compatible time. Or just about anything else. Yes, I'd rather sit alone at the theatre than to see H&K. Just not my kind of humor.

Maybe I'll head to Ontario Mills and do some power window-shopping in it's a/c goodness. And I'll try to influence Hubby to take us out to dinner so I don't have to heat the kitchen to 'unbearable' again.

Tomorrow... I dunno. It's supposed to be just a teensy bit hotter. Maybe we can go to the beach. Hmmm... but everyone else will be there, not too much fun with crowds. Maybe I'll go to the library. I'm just so exciting, right?

Well, hope your week was a bit less stressful than mine. :)


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