Good News! Borders has released the name of the 7th Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and is allowing people to reserve their copy now.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve started several books but havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t finished anything lately. The Spy Who Loved Me, by Ian Fleming is a bit unlike his other Bond books, as this one is written from a womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m about halfway through this 172-page book, and so far it has just been VivienneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back-story Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who she is and how she views men. So far, it has been masterfully written and engaging.
I found the book with the cover to the right at Half-Price Bookstore.
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My choices to review will be:
1. Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause
2. The Holiday
3. The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
4. Christmas Letters by Bret Nicholaus
And probably a few othersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
And on the subject of Christmas, quite a few blogs have been doing a Christmas Tag. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been fun to read everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answers.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Both, though a little Egg Nog goes a long way.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
His elves wrap them. He knows how to delegate.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. Looks much classier.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I would, but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no point this year. Unless I meet someone pretty fast!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Well, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m heading to Georgia early Thursday morning with some family for the weekend. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be back on to posting on MondayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ with a few book reviews, I imagine. (And hopefully, another addition to the gallery.) IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been lax with drawing lately. Apologies to Colleen! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping I remember to print off all my reference material so I can do some sketching this weekend. And even if I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m taking Monday off just to recoup. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have no excuse then. Also, hoping to see Casino Royale again this weekend! (Dad hasn’t seen it yet… that’s my excuse.)
On another note, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t decide if I want to see The Fountain which releases today. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gotten booed in Venice and hissed in Canada. People have gotten up and walked out. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so bad about it, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to wait to see what friends say about it.
Let me know if you see it, and what you thought!
Fun (and slightly disturbing) waste of time:
Over the weekend I picked up a couple new books. (As if my TBR pile isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t big enough.)
Diagnosis Murder: The Double Life, by Lee Goldburg, the seventh novel in the series.
DC Universe: Helltown (Dc Universe) by Dennis O’Neil.
And tonight, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m picking up Superman Returns: The Prequels, Bryan Singer (graphic novel).
I started reading DC Universe: Last Sons over the weekend. This is going to be a fun, quick read. And Battlestar Galactica: Redemption, Richard HatchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest in his continuation saga. Right now, on sale at Amazon for $2.99! I wonder if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a mistake. But a hardback book for $3, man I wish I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bought this 2 months ago! I feel ripped-off.
I started watching the first few episodes of Simon and Simon yesterday. Now I remember why I loved this show as a kidÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and why I had such a crush on A.J. Simon (Jameson Parker). In fact, I think I have a bigger crush now. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always loved detective shows, and wish they still made them like they did in the 80s: Simon and Simon, Remington Steele, Murder She Wrote, Moonlighting, Hart to Hart, Magnum PI. Though with shows like Monk and Psych on USA, I can still get my fix of new and fresh quality private detective shows. Meanwhile, between seasons, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m re-watching the classics.
I finished another commissioned drawing this weekend, and started working on one for fun of Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Inara (Morena Baccarin) from Firefly. As you can see, I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t finished. Mal and Inara look like they’ve gotten in a fist fight and both have black eyes.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll, hopefully, be posting the finished version tomorrow.
And I started reading Dean and Me this weekend. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m already loving this book. Emotional and heart-felt, Jerry Lewis wrote a loving memoir of their time together.
Since I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think of anything to blog this morning, Friday 5 lists these questions:
1. What is one thing you always have with you?
A paperback book in my purse. Currently, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Spider Stone.
2. What are two things on your night-table (or next to your bed)?
A cup of water and my alarm.
3. What are three things you learned in the last seven days?
Heinlein isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t my favorite author.
I have some really great friends that would do anything for me.
And that I need to lean on God more.
4. What are four things parents always have to tell you?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only money.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t burn any bridges.Ã¢â‚¬Â (My motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite phrase when talking about guys I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to date.)
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do you need anything?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Call me when you get home, so I know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re safe.Ã¢â‚¬Â
5. What are five things you paid for in the last month?
Car loan & college loan
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re bored, check out this site for some fun pumpkin carving ideas: ExtremePumpkins.com
And Dirk Benedict in Battlestar Funtopia!
Fans of the classic Battlestar Galactica will love this.
Saw this YouTube video on a forum that I visit. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is very funny, but just to warn you (if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re watching at work) there is a little swearing. It looks to be a TV pilot for a show called Paine Management. This episode stars Dirk Benedict and Corbin Bernsen.
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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to love this one.
From the back cover:
The year: 2006. The mission: routine. Or so U.S.A.F. pilot Bree Ã¢â‚¬Å“BanzaiÃ¢â‚¬Â Maguire thinks. Then sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shot down over enemy airspace, captured and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everythingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s changed. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one hundred and seventy years later Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2176 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the world is in crisis, and sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hotly contested prize.
Once, BanzaiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back. But who will help? Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
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 theÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and aÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. While there are some humorous parts, I feel myself getting too distracted by the style of writing. So far, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not impressed. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll keep reading though, I usually read at least halfway through a book before giving up on it.
Am I alone in this? If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re bored or can tell youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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!