The Librarian

TNT’s original movie The Librarian – Return to King Solomon’s Mines airs Sunday, December 3rd. It’s the sequel to The Librarian – Quest for the Spear that aired back in 2004. I enjoyed it so much, that I had to buy the DVD when I saw it available at Blockbuster.

In Quest for the Spear, Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle) is hired to be the new librarian at the New York Public Library, specifically for a mysterious room full of fantastic artifacts. His qualifications? He holds 12 bachelors, 6 masters, and 4 PhDs in various subjects. He’s a career student in his mid-thirties. Full of humor, action, adventure, and mystery, The Librarian is a swashbuckling comedy and somewhat a spoof of Indiana Jones.

Bob Newhart has a great role as the museum curator and Flynn’s boss. I’m glad to see that he’ll be in the sequel as well. Nicole Noone (played by Sonya Walger) was Flynn’s bodyguard and love interest in the first movie, but it looks like she’ll be replaced by Gabrielle Anwar as his new lady friend. Olympia Dukakis will also be returning as Flynn’s mother, who nags him about settling down.

The Quest for the Spear will air again on Sunday at 1 am on TNT, for those wanting to catch the first tv movie. And Return to King Solomon’s Mines will air several times on Sunday night starting at 8/7 Central.

And check out the Librarian website for info on the movie, a fun look at the Library’s museum artifacts, and a preview of the Librarian comic.

2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge

Carl has issued a 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.

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 others…

And on the subject of Christmas, quite a few blogs have been doing a Christmas Tag. It’s been fun to read everyone’s answers.
Christmas Meme:

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 there’s no point this year. Unless I meet someone pretty fast!

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Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers, by Linnea Sinclair is another scifi/romance. It’s an action/adventure story with plenty of romance, but in a futuristic space setting.

Captain Elliot and her C-3PO-type droid, named Dezi, find a marooned and unconscious man on a desolate planet. But the rescued man, Rhis, isn’t who he claims to be. And Captain Elliot soon finds herself in the middle of conspiracy and treachery. Elliot seems to trust Rhis even though he has lied to her, simply because she’s attracted to him.

The technical jargon is a bit much, as are Sinclair’s made up words and language. This book might have been easier to read (and not as corny), if she had toned down the bizarre language with so many “z’s” and “v’s.”

On the other hand, her descriptives regarding appearances were seriously lacking. There was an alien species, but I have no idea what they looked like. And no one else, other than the two main characters, was described in any detail either.

Besides my criticisms, there was a good story underneath, though the ending seemed a bit abrupt. As I won this in a giveaway (and know that I won’t be reading this again), I’ll be passing it along to Bookfool. I hope to hear what you think as well.

The Book Thief

One of the books I read over Thanksgiving break was The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. My sister kept teasing me because I was crying. As I told her, I think the only book I cried more through was while reading The Notebook.

The Book Thief is narrated by death and centers on a little girl in Germany during World War II. Even without reading other reviews, I knew this was going to be an emotional book. While it was quite long, it was cleverly written and easy to read.

Many people have stated this was their favorite read of the year. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for a couple reasons. One, this was published as a young adult book, but the profanity was beyond ridiculous. I might not have minded one or two instances, but throughout the whole novel: I would not recommend it to a youth. And second, it was just a little bit too long. Several things could have been cut out. It seemed to drag in places, like the neverending story. I guess after having read The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom, it would be hard to measure up.

It was still a great and powerful story. But instead of recommending The Book Thief, I’d have to recommend The Hiding Place (even more powerful, being a true story).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Well, I’m heading to Georgia early Thursday morning with some family for the weekend. I’ll be back on to posting on Monday… with a few book reviews, I imagine. (And hopefully, another addition to the gallery.) I’ve been lax with drawing lately. Apologies to Colleen! I’m hoping I remember to print off all my reference material so I can do some sketching this weekend. And even if I don’t, I’m taking Monday off just to recoup. I’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 can’t decide if I want to see The Fountain which releases today. It’s gotten booed in Venice and hissed in Canada. People have gotten up and walked out. I’m not sure what’s so bad about it, but I’m going to wait to see what friends say about it.
Let me know if you see it, and what you thought!

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