Finished this portrait of Ben Browder (Farscape and Stargate: SG1) on commission.
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!
The Artifact , by Kevin J Anderson (and others) just affirmed why he is one of my favorite authors. Every book of his that I have read has been action-packed and fast-paced. It feels like you’re watching a movie. The Artifact was no exception. A group of men, calling themselves the Daredevils Club meet every year to brag about their adventures. When one of the men discover several mysterious artifacts, seemingly not of this world, he enlists the aid of the Daredevils Club to help find the missing pieces.
The cast of characters was a group of people, so none of them were explored too deeply. But this was a short book, with only a back-story at the beginning, explaining how the Daredevils got together.
With plenty of twists and a surprise ending, The Artifact will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read through it in two days, because it was so hard to put down.
It seems like everyone and their brother has read and reviewed this book, but I’ll give my two cents as well. I purposefully didn’t read any details on The Thirteenth Tale, wanting to have a fresh take on it.
It was a perfect read for this Halloween season, spooky and mysterious. The story was so beautifully written, that I was captivated from the start and never once wanted to put it down. Setterfield wove a brilliant web of stories within stories, revealing parts at different times, as everything came together at the end.
I do have a few criticisms. One, I didn’t care for Margaret’s constant complaining about her dead twin that she had never known. Yes, it’s sad, but she’s now an adult and needs counseling if she’s still that wrapped up in the ghosts of her past. I guess I don’t have a lot of sympathy for such week women portrayed in books. That’s why I thought it hilarious when the doctor prescribed for her to read Sherlock Holmes, instead of her usual Jane Eyre.
My other major complaint is that Setterfield took so long to wrap everything up at the end. The end seemed to drag (the only part in the book that did). And the explaining what happened to everyone was overkill. Why would we care what happened to Judith and Maurice? I don’t remember who Maurice even was! I believe he was referred to once or twice in the story.
But overall this was a fun novel that I’d recommend to anyone who loves a good, spooky mystery.
And of course, I have to comment on last nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Heroes episode.
We finally got to see NikiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mr. HydeÃ¢â‚¬Â persona. And I have a new theory on Peter. (And I’m sure I’m not the only one). I think maybe he has the ability to adopt anyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s powers when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s near them. This would explain why he could fly only near his brother. (Remember he was falling the first time he tried to fly, until he was close to Nathan in the air.) It would make for a cool twist. And it would also mean that Peter could match SylarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s abilities, making him the only one who could possibly take him down. Since it seems that Sylar has multiple powers: mind control, healing, flight, super strength, freezing ability, etc.