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TGIF

I began two books yesterday. The Legend of Banzai Maguire by Susan Grant, author of Your Planet or Mine? which I reviewed last month. So far, Banzai Maguire has been fun and intense. You can tell Grant has a background in the Air Force. She speaks with knowledge and the first chapter reads like something out of Top Gun. I can already tell I’m going to love this one.

From the back cover:
The year: 2006. The mission: routine. Or so U.S.A.F. pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire thinks. Then she’s shot down over enemy airspace, captured and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything’s changed. It’s one hundred and seventy years later – 2176 – the world is in crisis, and she’s a hotly contested prize.

Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back. But who will help? …

I also started reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. Bellezza has asked bloggers to read along with her and post comments on the 28th. I read a few chapters, but the language is annoying me, leaving out the’s and a’s. While there are some humorous parts, I feel myself getting too distracted by the style of writing. So far, I’m not impressed. I’ll keep reading though, I usually read at least halfway through a book before giving up on it.

Am I alone in this? If you’re bored or can tell you’re not going to like a book, how long before you drop it altogether?






Oh, and I have a new favorite meal..
Since I absolutely hate grocery shopping, and my fridge is bare at the moment, I stopped at KFC on the way home and got the new Mashed Potato Bowl. Mashed potatoes and gravy, cheese, corn, and chicken strips. It sounds gross (especially since I usually don’t like my food to touch each other on the plate), but mmm.. I loved it!

October Challenge

Sassymonkey issued an October Reading Challenge.
So I figured I’d do this one too, since I just finished the RIP Challenge with the following books:

1. Winter Moon , by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, and C.E. Murphy
2. The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing , by Minda Webber
3. Death Splits a Hair, by Nancy Bell
4. Magic Street, by Orson Scott Card
5. Everybody Comes to the Nightside (3-in-1), by Simon R. Green

My October reading list will be:
1. The Thirteenth Tale , by Diane Setterfield – Yep, since everyone else is doing it…

2. The Artifact , by Kevin J Anderson – He’s one of my favorite authors, so I’m excited about this one.

3. Nephilim, by L.A. Marzulli – One I’ve started but abandoned.

Bonus Book: I’m also hoping to start Dean and Me: (A Love Story), by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan.

And I need to get going on some drawings. I’ve slacked off for over a month. Next project is for a friend of mine’s husband (Christmas present), a portrait of Ben Browder from Farscape. And I always get an influx of people asking for portraits and such to give as gifts right before Christmas, so I need to get as many done now as I can. But then, there’s nothing like waiting till the last minute.

The Best-laid Plans…

Well, so much for the book signing.
I had drug my sister along, even though she doesn’t own any of Janet Evanovich’s books, she still enjoys them. I had assumed Janet would give a little talk. I was wrong. When we got there, I was #535, and told they’d call out numbers to get in line to meet Janet and to get books signed. There didn’t look to be nearly that many people in the store, so I decided to stick it out to see how fast the line went. Well, at first, they were calling out sets of 25 every few minutes. So I was hopeful. My sister and I sat and read for a while. And hour passes quickly, and I offer to buy my sister coffee for the both of us at the Starbucks stand. (It’s the least I can do for dragging her to this, and Janet not even giving a talk. I had talked up my last experience at MJD’s book signing, so she had reluctantly agreed.) Bringing back the coffee, my sister had a strange look on her face. She said that the line of people called was ridiculously long, and that even though they might get to my number in an hour or so, we’d still have to wait another half an hour (at least!) standing in line. Forget that. So I dejectedly left Barnes and Noble with my unsigned books, and walked down to Best Buy so my sister could buy her husband a birthday gift. At least the trip wasn’t a total waste. If Janet had been my favorite author, I might have stayed. But it definitely wasn’t worth over 3 hours of waiting just to get an autograph and a picture. (I did sneak up and take a couple photos from a distance. Whoopee.) I felt bad for my sister that I had drug my sister along to sit for an hour and a half for nothing, and she felt bad that I didn’t get to meet Janet. She consoled me that at least we did have fun reading. We actually go to B&N occasionally just to sit and read (so we don’t have to actually buy the book).

What saved my night from being too much of a bummer was Smallville. This episode was ten times better than last week’s season premier! Justin Hartley, star of the Aquaman series that never made it to the small screen, made his first appearance as Green Arrow on Smallville. I’m such a comic geek that these special appearances by future JLA members make me giddy with delight. Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) is a great character, and I’m excited to see more of him in next week’s episode.

TGIF

What a gloomy day. It was pitch black and raining a torrential downpour when I pulled in to work. And as soon as I juggled my things, opened the door with my umbrella ready, and grabbed my coffee… the coffee splashed up onto my leg and leather car seat.  I didn’t want to stand there in the rain to wipe my car seat off, so I just left it there in a puddle. At least my leg has mostly dried by now, but what a way to start the day.  Thank goodness it’s Friday. 

The only good things about having this weather all weekend is that I don’t have to mow my lawn and it’s perfect for reading.My current all-consuming book is Everybody Comes to the Nightside, by Simon R. Green. This compelation includes the first three novels in the Nightside series: Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, and Nightingale’s Lament.  I’m halfway through Something from the Nightside and am completely enthralled. I read through lunch yesterday, and completely lost track of time. Oops.