Top Ten Tuesday – ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here by the The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new Top Ten list that The Broke and the Bookish and other bloggers will answer. If you want to join in the book-related fun, feel free. Just be sure to link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget over at The Broke and the Bookish so that others can find your post and you can find other. Because really, what’s better than talking books with kindred souls? (more…)

Review: Day Shift

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas, #2)Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A brief note to begin, I have not read Midnight Crossroad, so Day Shift is my first introduction to the people of Midnight, Texas. That said, my enjoyment was not hindered at all by this fact.

Midnight is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere Texas. And that seems to suit all the characters perfectly, which is why additional visitors seem to unnerve the residents. And despite the truly terrible character names, the characters were all so intriguing (enough to make me want to go back and read Midnight Crossroad). You’ve got the tattooed and pierced psychic, the vampire, the witch, the nice gay guys, the mysterious woman, and more. Over the course of the book, we are given tidbits and glimpses into all of these characters and more. We are teased wonderfully with the secrets they are hiding. None of these people truly know one another and we don’t either, even by the end of the book. But, we are given enough information over the course of the story to whet our appetite and not frustrate us.

There are a lot of story threads and a lot of viewpoints which may frustrate some readers but served to keep me intrigued. Although I will admit, I did lost track of some of the different intrigues over the course of the story as we focused on some of the more direct mysteries (the accusations leveled at Manfred and the mystery of the boy left in Rev’s care). Just when you think that even Charlaine Harris has forgotten about some of the stories, she’s weaves a tidbit or reference back in. Harris is great at mystery and she has set up a lot of things in this quirky town to fill several more books.

The story is unfolded in simple language without overly complicated or hard to understand writing. It’s clear and direct and makes the book a fast read. .At times, it feels too simple. The main mystery in the book was not too hard to unravel and guess at which annoyed me until I realized it had wrapped up just to leave room for the return of my absolute favorite character from the Southern Vampire series (aka the Sookie Stackhouse books). I love that the Midnight, Texas books are set in the same world as those of the Harper Connelly and Southern Vampire books for exactly this reason. Day Shift actually has a couple characters known to Sookie making appearances.

Overall, I enjoyed Day Shift immensely. But that enjoyment was very much due to the fact that I was looking for simple, light, enjoyable fare. That’s no to say there wasn’t violence, death, and references to terrible acts, but we didn’t linger on it. It was straightforward. This is exactly the type of book you want to take with you to read on the beach in the summer. This is the Charlaine Harris I grew to love in the early Sookie books (before they went off the rails).

I look forward to checking back in with the residents of Midnight in a future installment.

Note: I was provided a promotional/free copy of Day Shift by Ace or Roc Books, but all views are my own.

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Five Fandom Friday – Favorite Theme Park Rides

Five Fandom FridaysToday’s Fandom Friday is Favorite Theme Park Rides! I figured this was a perfect opportunity to jump back into the fun blogging prompts provided by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. As you can probably guess, my favorite theme rides are all Disney based.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to any other theme park besides Disneyland. And with Disneyland being one of my favorite places in the world, it was both easy and hard to pick my top five. So here we go… (more…)

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. It had me completely hooked when I understood there would be references to pop culture of the 80’s and when it references Dead Man’s Party I was beyond excited. It just got better from there. And the few times I started to question something, I was pleasantly surprised to find my questions answered in the very next chapter. I loved the diversity in the characters and the accurate representation of friendships that can develop in online communities.

It’s a brilliant book that both celebrates and cautions online communities. I think everyone can find something they enjoy in this book.

PS Who else is dying to go to dancing at the Distracted Globe?

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New Comic Book Day – Final Harley Variants of the month and Gotham Academy

It’s new comic book Wednesday! We’ve got a lot of good stuff out this week. Harley Quinn’s takeover continues on the February variant covers on the following titles out today:

  • AQUAMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
  • BATMAN #39 by Jill Thompson and CV Painting
  • CATWOMAN #39 by Jim Balent
  • THE FLASH #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39 by Joe Quinones
  • SINESTRO #10 by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth

Additionally, today we get Gotham Academy #5!! I can’t wait to see what happens next in this amazing, creative, and perfect book with wonderful characters. We also get Arkham Manor #5. And obviously we get Batman #39, but I want to show you the amazing non-variant cover by Greg Capullo:

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What’s on your pull list for today?

Music Monday – Fifty Shades of Grey Soudntrack

I haven’t seen the movie (I did read the books – I wasn’t a fan because the poor writing kept pulling me out of the story), but I am completely taken with the movie’s soundtrack.  Have a listen to this song from Ellie Goulding:

And check out the track listing for the soundtrack:

  1. I Put A Spell On You (Fifty Shades of Grey) by Annie Lennox
  2. Undiscovered by Laura Welsh
  3. Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) by The Weeknd
  4. Meet Me In The Middle by Jessie Ware
  5. Love Me Like You Do (From “Fifty Shades Of Grey”) by Ellie Goulding
  6. Haunted by Beyonce
  7. Salted Wound by Sia
  8. Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  9. I’m On Fire by AWOLNATION
  10. Crazy In Love by Beyonce
  11. Witchcraft (Remastered) by Frank Sinatra
  12. One Last Night by The Vaults
  13. Where You Belong by The Weeknd
  14. I Know You by Skylar Grey
  15. Ana and Christian by Danny Elfman
  16. Did That Hurt? by Danny Elfman

It’s a stellar line-up with amazing music. No matter what your thoughts are about the book or the movie, I suggest you let this music stand alone and give it a listen.

Let’s Go to the Movies – Oscar Sunday!

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This year I haven’t managed to watch nearly as many of the nominees as I wanted or have in the past. And very sadly, I did not make it to a presentation of the short films either.  That said I’ve seen some and know enough about some others that I will once again make my predictions.  Have you made yours?

I’ll likely be tweeting during the broadcast if your interested in my opinions of what actually happens.  Congratulations to all who’ve been nominated and all who will win. Happy Oscars! (more…)

New Comic Book Day – More Harley Quinn Variants

It’s new comic book Wednesday! We’ve got a lot of good stuff out this week. Harley Quinn’s takeover continues on the February variant covers on the following titles out today:

  • BATGIRL #39 by Cliff Chiang
  • BATMAN & ROBIN #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tomeu Morey
  • BATMAN/SUPERMAN #19 by J.G. Jones and Alex Sinclair
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 by Dustin Nguyen and CV Painting
  • TEEN TITANS #7 by Sean Galloway
  • SUPERGIRL #39 by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald
  • SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16 by Francis Manapul and CVDL
  • WONDER WOMAN #39 by Phil Jiminez and Hi–Fi

Additionally, today we get another book from The Multiversity, the third in Kelly Sue DeConnick’s groundbreaking book Bitch Planet, and a Ms. Marvel Valentine themed book that features Loki of all people. Now if that’s not good comic reading, I don’t know what is!

What’s on your pull list for today?

Surrounded By Real Love

I’ve been blessed (and cursed?) to have been surrounded by great love for as long as I can remember.  It’s both encouraging and maddening to see so many lasting examples of great romantic relationships.  I’ve had my share of trials and been a part of some truly ugly stories, yet through it all, I have not become jaded or cynical.  For lack of a better phrase:

I still believe in love.

And its because I’ve been witness to these stories:

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I have no illusions that it’s all magical and perfect all the time. I know there’s real work and commitment involved. And maybe someday I’ll find someone that’s willing to put in that effort with me.  Until then, I’ll enjoy being witness to some truly great love stories. And revel in the fact that while I may not have romantic love in my life, I do have love in my life.  All these people (and more) love and care for me and have supported me through so much in my life.

To them: Thank you.

To everyone: Enjoy all the love you are surrounded with, romantic or not. Marvel at the beauty and success that so many have achieved and keep hope that it can happen for you (if you want it). And Happy Valentine’s Day.