Vamps and the City begins with CIA agent, Austin Erickson on a cleverly-punned “Stake-Out” of the DVN (Digital Vampire Network) Studio. His job is to locate and destroy vampires. Easy enough, until he meets Darcy Newhart. He’s not sure if she’s a vampire or just a victim, working for them. But when he finds himself falling for her, he may have to choose between his job and the girl.
When I received Wandering Hearts, by Donna J. Grisanti in the mail, I was immediately intimidated by the size of the book. But after the first few chapters, I had been pulled into the story.
At the end of the Great Depression, 18 year old Raine Foster changes her and her young cousinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lives forever when she decides to fake their deaths and run away from an impending marriage to a cruel man. Throughout their journey, they come across many trials and hardships. And they meet many friendly faces as well as dangerous men. With little to no money, things seem hopeless, but help comes from the strangest places.
That smile was when I was still 29. ->
Yes, today I turn the “Big Three Oh.”
I can’t believe I’m actually coming to terms with it. I thought I’d spend the day crying.
It does help that I’m taking off to California on vacation in a couple weeks… Planning it around Creation’s Grand Slam SciFi Convention, where Adrian Paul (Highlander), Justin Hartley (Smallville’s Green Arrow), George Takei (Star Trek’s Sulu), and Colin Ferguson (Eureka) are just some of the guests that weekend. And the rest of the days will be filled with reading, lounging in the sun, and family.
We all know that 42 is THE ANSWER to Ultimate Question of Life. Or at least, those of us who have read or watching Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
But here are 13 questions that 42 is also the answer to:
1. How many teeth do wolves and dogs (canines) have?
2. The planet Uranus’ north and south poles face the sun how many years before switching?
3. How many lines are there on each page of the Gutenberg Bible, the first and oldest surviving book printed with movable type?
Carl has released his new challenge: Once Upon a Time. This challenge is on reading from the fantasy genre. He gives four optional quests, all pertaining to reading of these categories: Mythology, Folklore, Fairytale, and Fantasy. Some books, of course, could fall into more than one of those categories.
The meme I’ve been tagged for, by Ron says to post 7 songs that you are currently into and tag 7 others. Those who want to play can consider themselves tagged. I know, I’m lazy.
1. You Know My Name, by Chris Cornell from Casino Royale titles. – I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count. I’m only upset that the movie soundtrack doesn’t have this song on it.
Vicky gave me 5 questions as a short interview meme:
1. Why SciFi?
Why not? No, really, the person who got me watching scifi was my father. I watched whatever he watched, whether it be science fiction or kung fu movies. The tables have turned now that I’m an adult, and he doesn’t have cable. I tape our favorite shows for him and pass along books that I know he’ll like. My mother thinks we’re both crazy.
2. You read a bazillion books (I don’t exaggerate) what one has been your absolute favourite and why?
My all-time favorite actually isn’t science fiction. I know, shocking. But it is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas. I don’t know of any other book that has affected me as much. The beautiful writing and the heart-breaking story. My favorite part is when he’s with the old priest in prison. When the Count tells the old man that he doesn’t believe in God anymore, the old priest says, “That doesn’t matter. He believes in you.”
I did go to the theater by myself yesterday to see The Last Mimzy. I’m glad I only paid matinee price. It’s definitely for children. I probably would have loved it as a child. I could compare it to a wild adventure like Disney’s Flight of the Navigator. But without the cool space ship and Jim Henson’s muppet aliens.
The premise is that our future is in trouble. So, an old scientist sends back through time a box of high tech toys for gifted children to find. They’re our future’s last chance. Why? That’s never really explained. But hence, it’s called the Last Mimzy. Mimzy being the artificially intelligent stuffed bunny that only little Emma can understand.