Friday, December 31, 2010

Booktender 2010: The December that Was


Believe it or not, there are some noteworthy things that happen during Solstichristmakwanzakuhvus.  And not just the rightful and solemn rememberance of Pearl Harbor.  Let's take a look, shall we?

This is the time of year that lots of places, including my favorite silly picture resources, release their top tens:


With concerns about the US infrastructure and the price of gas, interest in alternative modes of transportation seem to have increased this year

funny pictures history - The reason beans are banned on Amtrak today.

Face it, 2010 was a rough year. 

funny pictures-You want to impress me, Frank?  Get a job and move out of your Mom's basement.




I choose to remain optimistic

funny pictures history - It's alright . . . maybe tomorrow you can poop a rainbow.

funny pictures - Wuz dat a DISCOURAGIN' WURD ai just heard?

We can still hope to be rescued by Batman:
wtf photos videos - Wouldnt Their Chins Get Really Tan?

Here at the 'ol biblioteca, we have seen change, unchange, and re-change due to current budget.  It is enough to drive a person bonkers.  Some things have, fortunately remained comfortably unchanged.

funny pictures - GREY POOP-ON

funny pictures-Well, of course, I'm pigeon-toed.


Arizona remains a strange and frightening place to live.  Please pray that cooler heads prevail this year

funny pictures history - Kitchen this!

funny pictures history - They  grow  up                                       so  fast.

funny pictures-I tried to see things your way.    You're still an idiot.




Unusually cold here in AZ this week

Preparing for Winter...AND HELL!

An odd month to be sure.  As I said, I remain an optimist.  It's my nature.  Otherwise I'd just spend all my days curled up on the floor of my closet quietly sobbing.


Meanwhile, in Russia
demotivational posters - SOMEWHERE IN RUSSIA

And that's just the way it was, December 2010


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Things That Make The Day Go Faster

The annual wrapping of the supervisor with Christmas lights

Booktender 2010: The November That Was

funny pictures-My chemical imbalance... let me show you it.
OK, so this November wasn't my best month.  So sue me.  I tend to survive any beating life gives me and come up with sense of humor and brain intact.

Meh

December has been better so far.

Be on the lookout for the exciting post:

Booktender 2010:  The Year That Was



Meanwhile, in Soviet Russia

demotivational posters - IN SOVIET RUSSIA

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Love Boat

Death Echo (St. Kilda Consulting, #5)Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A blend of two of my favorite genres: contemporary romantic suspense and disaster. Or in this case, near-disaster. Make no mistake. This is a romance. I just like the near-disaster elements thrown in.



Mac's nightmare past in Afghanistan was well-told. His character is identifiable as one of the good guys - whether he thinks so or not. Emma's past is also well-told and paints her as a dedicated woman. While their initial meeting doesn't go well, the emotional attachment and trust develops steadily. By the end of the book there is no mistaking that they are a good team, both for St. Kilda and for each other.



Some of the bad guys are easily identifiable, while others remain in the shadows until events come to a head.



Bonus points to Lowell for portraying the desperation that exists on many reservations with a poignant side story.



Would I recommend this to a contemporary romantic suspense reader? Yes

Would I recommend this to someone who prefers disaster books that move a mile a minute? No. While imminent disaster is narrowly averted, the pace is not as swift as a thriller of that sub-genre. It is primarily a romance.

Would I recommend this book to someone who reads true-crime or likes realistic depictions of organized crime? Only if the person was looking for a departure from their regular read and indicates they would enjoy something where the focus is on characters and the development of love

Would I recommend this book to a man in a bear suit? Hard to tell. Some parts to take place in a wooded setting...



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His Soaked Scepter

Make Her Pay (Bullet Catcher, #10)Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Alternate Title: His Wet Scepter



First book I've read on my Android!



Once again, St. Claire brings us a pretty-darn-good contemporary romantic suspense title. Unfortunately, I found that this one had a couple of problems. Not enough to destroy my enjoyment of the book, just a bit flawed.



I found that the emotional connection between the hero and heroine was not as well-developed as I like. It didn't seem as much a development of emotional attachment as much as it seemed an "Oh! I really like this guy!" It's almost as if sex was used in place of emotional development.



Strangely, I found the move from an isolated ship off Florida to an isolated island off Portugal a bit off-putting. I believe this is because during the shift to Portugal, we are introduced to two new characters only mentioned briefly in the first half of the book. For a while, these characters carry the storyline while the hero and heroine are left in the background.



I give St. Claire a lot of points for introducing traditional Gothic elements into the story. The isolated ship. The isolated island. The friendly characters who turn out to be threats and the threatening characters who turn out to be friendly/a love interest.



One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch. I'm looking better to my next St. Claire read.



Would I recommend this book to a contemporary romance reader to read at the airport? Yes

Would I recommend this book to an expert diver? No

Would I recommend this book to a contemporary romance reader who also liked the DaVinci Code? Quite possibly.

Would I recommend this book to a man in a bear suit? Naw, I wouldn't think he would have a great interest in diving in warm waters off the coast of Florida.



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