Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Okay, I'm having a little Briggs time....

I read three books by Patricia Briggs over the last weekend. I can always read when I'm sick and too tired to do anything else.
37 is Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. This is the second in the Mercedes (Mercy) Thompson series. She is a walker, a person that can turn into a coyote due to her Blackfoot father, and has been raised in a pack of werewolves. I think she is a stronger, more likeable Anita Blake. And though it may be heresy to my German soul to say so, the downplayed angst is refreshing. More story, less fingernail-biting/soul-searching. In this one, Mercy and company hunt down a demon-ridden vamp.
38 is Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs. Mercy takes on the fae in this book and we learn more about Zee and Uncle Mike. I'm partial to Zee, of course, as he's German, but many old favorites are here : the Green Man, selkies, Morrigan. And Mercy makes a choice between men -- her only choice, in my opinion, that wouldn't have ruined the series.
39 is The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs. A very nicely written "Beauty and the Beast" remake, with the only eyeblink being that the story switches from Aren's 1st person narration to the hob's 3rd person narration rather abruptly back and forth. The hob's tail is a character all its own.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I hate my sinuses

So I have this sinus/cold/flu thing that's a real pain, and I've spent the weekend lying around grouching and whining. And reading. There's something about fever and congestion that puts me into this zone, where I can devour books without even slowing down. But first, a meme.
What I Was Doing 10 Years Ago: Working as the educational director for our local children's museum. Thought it would be an ideal job. Not so much because of the hip-deep politics.
5 Things On My To-Do List Today: Blow my nose, groan, cough, sneeze....and do some laundry. Not a lot of laundry. Just some.
Snacks I Enjoy: Chocolate, ice cream, tapioca, cheese sticks, Cadbury eggs
Things I Would Do If I Were A Billionaire:Build a super-duper school for my Christian school, buy a farm out somewhere where I could have any darn animal I wanted (llama), make sure my kids have all the money to go to any college they want, travel the world
3 of My Bad Habits: procrastination, soft heart for any stray animals, rebelliousness
5 Places I Have Lived: I've only lived in four homes, in two cities, both in central Illinois.
5 Jobs I've Had: teacher, professional storyteller, babysitter, jewelry maker, busker

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Techno withdrawal

So...our computers at work have been on the fritz for nearly A MONTH!!!! and I'm going into serious comp time withdrawal. I mean, how can you get through the day without an occasional icanhascheezburger fix?? I've been soaking up a wonderful series, and now I'm ready to tackle a renaissance fair with my baby brother.
33. Dies The Fire by S.M. Stirling. A phenomenon like an EMP destroys all electrical/electronic technology in the world, and also changes the laws of physics so that guns/gunpowder won't go off. Everyone reverts to Middle Earth -- swords and bows and arrows. Wonderful characters, especially Junie McKenzie and Mike Havel.
34. The Protector's War by S. M. Stirling -- the continuing story....
35. A Meeting At Corvallis by S.M Stirling --the battle for Oregon comes to a head between the evil Arminger and the forces of good.
36. A Harvest of Bones by Jasmine Galenorn -- a great paranormal ghost story, righting wrongs and reuniting true love.