Daniel Craig as James Bond Version 2.0
Finders Keepers, by Linnea Sinclair is another scifi/romance. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attracted to him.
The technical jargon is a bit much, as are SinclairÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“zÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“vÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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 wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be reading this again), IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be passing it along to Bookfool. I hope to hear what you think as well.
Daniel Craig as James Bond Version 1.0
I’ll be adding blue to his eyes, and doing a bit more blending. (The charcoal background makes the face look like a cut-out at the moment.) But I wanted to scan this in case I screwed it up with the changes.
So far, done in charcoal and graphite.
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).
Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver/Stargate: SG-1)
I finished this drawing over the holiday weekend as well as a couple long books that I’ll be posting reviews for tomorrow.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
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:
Diagnosis Murder #7: The Double Life, by Lee Goldberg is the seventh installment in the Diagnosis Murder series. Dr. Mark Sloan awakens from an accident to find that two years of his life have passed of which he has no memory.
Goldberg’s Diagnosis Murder novels are based from the hit TV show of the same name, for which Goldberg also wrote and produced. Dr. Sloan is the Chief of Staff at Community General Hospital in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Sloan solves mysteries and tracks down murderers, with the help of his son Steve (a homicide detective) and fellow doctors Amanda Bentley and Jessie Travis.
This book was nearly impossible to put down. I ended up reading it in one day. The murder mystery was very fast-paced and had a lot going on, but not so much that it became confusing. Goldberg weaves a complex mystery full of murders and puzzles. As always, he gives Dr. Sloan so much depth, emotion, and humor that you can imagine Dick Van Dyke playing the part on TV. Goldberg has proved once again that he is a master of writing whodunits.
Besides writing Diagnosis Murder books, Lee Goldberg also writes original stand-alone novels and novels from the Monk TV series (starring Tony Shalhoub on USA). Check out Goldberg’s website for a complete list of his books.
On another note, I want to wish my friend Carl a very Happy Birthday!
Enjoy your day of watching many hours of Lord of the Rings!
I was extremely impressed with Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. He may not be the prettiest face. But heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely the most believable as a spy, since heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s by far the most fit of all the Bonds.
Casino Royale takes us back to when James Bond first becomes 007, even though set in present day. And this may be the closest to the original Ian Fleming novels that the movies have come. Bond is brash, gritty, and ruthlessÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ everything that makes a good spy.
I am so glad for the reboot of the franchise as the last couple Bond films had gotten stale and corny. This latest installment was neither of those, thankfully. I thought that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d miss the Q character, but I found that I had completely forgotten about him. This Bond doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need fancy gadgets. He uses his brains, as well as his brawn.
Not only did Craig look the part, but he acted it as well. He was hard and brutal when fighting, and relaxed and suave when dealing with the ladies. The supporting cast was great in their roles as well. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd played wonderfully opposite Craig. Their interaction was fun to watch. And the many villains were perfectly cast as well.
The story seemed to take a backseat to the action, but it was cleverly written as well. There plenty of surprises and deceit, as all Bond films have. But the action was definitely the highlight of the movieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ non-stop, heart-pounding action with plenty of thrills.
For once, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to be proven wrong. Daniel Craig was a wise choice as 007.