I finished yet another drawing of my favorite X-Man, Angel. Though this is still my favorite one, I wanted to do something different. The piece to the left is done in prismacolor. A larger version can be seen here.
Colleen has presented a fun and meaningful contest. This week, for every good deed you post as a comment under this post, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a Venator Survival Kit (see her post for more details) in honor of the countdown to the release of her new book, The Rest Falls Away! It’s more about doing good deeds and “paying it forward” than the reward though, right? Let’s see how many good deeds we can do for others this week, and in the spirit of the season!
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Portrait of Anthony Michael Hall, of 80’s Brat Pack fame and star of The Dead Zone.
TNT’s original movie The Librarian – Return to King SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mines airs Sunday, December 3rd. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boss. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to see that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in the sequel as well. Nicole Noone (played by Sonya Walger) was FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bodyguard and love interest in the first movie, but it looks like sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be replaced by Gabrielle Anwar as his new lady friend. Olympia Dukakis will also be returning as FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 LibraryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s museum artifacts, and a preview of the Librarian comic.
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 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!
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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).