31 August 2011
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26 August 2011
Lady K and I had a really good time last night at the Oriental and Navajo Rug Gallery in Longmont, CO where we got to listen to and meet author C M Wendelboe. His debut book, DEATH ALONG THE SPIRIT ROAD, has received excellent reviews so I was especially looking forward to the event.
I have DEATH ALONG THE SPIRIT ROAD up next on the nightstand. I cannot wait to read it.
25 August 2011
24 August 2011
In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story...
Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as mysterious as her departure-Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer's block, and even make a few friends...
But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it's up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.
22 August 2011
21 August 2011
And ta-dah!! It opened this week. I love my sunflowers
20 August 2011
This week's guilty pleasure flick is Tremors.
Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing and a sense of humor; but it's also a loving tribute to such 1950s low-budget desert-based sci-fi-horror films like Them!, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, and The Monolith Monsters. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the stars, a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community, who stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures -- that are smart as well as fast -- close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks. The film benefits from the presence of special effects that are good enough to pull this all off, keeping the shock value high, and also from a subtly humorous script and performances to match by the entire cast, and director Ron Underwood's breezy pacing of the whole picture. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi All Movie Guide
17 August 2011
Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.
Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.
Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...
15 August 2011
SHADOW MAN: Smokey Barrett #1 - Cody McFadyen, thriller, MPB
THE FACE OF DEATH: Smokey Barrett #2 - Cody McFadyen, thriller, MPB
THE DARKER SIDE: Smokey Barrett #3 - Cody McFadyen, thriller, MPB
ABANDONED: Smokey Barrett #4 - Cody McFadyen, thriller, MPB
From Rachel Caine via Fresh Fiction contest (http://freshfiction.com/contests.php):
CHICKS KICK BUTT - UF anthology, TPB, signed by Rachel Caine
From Jeri Smith-Ready
signed bookmarks (a whole bunch, so I can share!) and a cool button
DEAD IRON: The Age of Steam #1 - Devon Monk, steampunk, TPB
LibraryThing June win:http://www.librarything.com
CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD - Sara Gran, paranormal mystery, BOCD
14 August 2011
13 August 2011
I have a lotta lotta what I call 'guilty pleasure flicks'. These are the movies that, no matter that I've seen it a gazillion times, no matter that it's in the middle of the movie when I see it on the lineup as I flip through what's playing, I will change the channel to watch that guilty pleasure flick. They make me smile, grin, cheer, laugh out loud, maybe sometimes even cry a bit. I love my guilty pleasure flicks.
Long before Jackie Chan teamed up with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour, East met West on the big screen in director John Carpenter's celebration of everything chop-socky, Big Trouble in Little China. Carpenter mainstay Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a straight-shooting macho trucker -- is there any other kind? Burton and his old pal Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) head to the airport, where Chi's fiancée, Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), is due, and when she's kidnapped upon arrival, the adventure begins. Equipped with a trademark mullet hairdo and a one-liner for every occasion, Burton teams up with Chi and feisty, know-it-all attorney Gracie Law (Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall) for a rescue mission in Little China's seamy underground, a world ruled by martial arts and sorcery. The film uses kitsch and camp to supreme advantage, mocking the martial arts and action genres while simultaneously adoring and reinventing them. Among its truckload of extras, the two-disc Special Edition DVD includes deleted scenes, an extended ending, and an unforgettable audio commentary track with Russell and Carpenter discussing everything from learning to drive a rig in San Francisco to their children's hobbies. This chumminess is no surprise, as the old friends have worked together on several films, including the 1981 cult classic Escape from New York, its 1996 follow-up Escape from L.A., and 1982's The Thing. Packed with action and laughs, Big Trouble in Little China is a dizzying, hyperkinetic delight. Jason Bergenfeld, Barnes & Noble
09 August 2011
"Led by Oklahoma hand-fishermen and self-proclaimed hillbillies Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson, get a taste of the redneck lifestyle by going through the paces of noodling catfish in Hillbilly Handfishin'. Think you're cut out for Noodling?...."
The show is on Sunday nights at 9pm (I guess Eastern). We caught it last night flippin' through the channels at work. I asked if we could take a look at the show with the highly intriguing title. I believe Bravo Crew is hooked (for lack of a better, less punny term).
Skipper and Trent lead three or four teams of two peeps each from all over the country and teach them to noodle a catfish. This means getting in muddy bodies of water and sticking your hand into holes in the mud and see who catches the biggest catfish with their bare hands (or foot as the case may be)
The show we watched had a team of two Chicago cops, two women with big breastesses in tank tops, and a brother and sister team. Lots of squeals about bugs and mud and snakes and mud.
TOO MUCH FUN! Next Sunday's show "Catfish are Wicked Cute".
07 August 2011
05 August 2011
Five mysterious Texas beans.....