Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review - Night Shift

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

2 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

What and Why, these are the two words you might find yourself thinking while reading this last book in the series.

This book felt very rushed to get to a kind of a meh conclusion. I mean everything was slow paced before but this just felt like the author wanted just to be done with the series.

I like multiple points of view books a lot usually. This though felt like Harris couldn’t pick which character she wanted to be the protagonist. You flit from person to person but don’t really find out a lot about anybody.

They introduce something extremely interesting about Manfred’s family but then don’t really go into it a lot.  

The whole end game kind of felt like an afterthought and a no duh kind of moment on who would be participating. Their solution doesn’t really feel like much of a solution… Plus nobody really got a satisfying conclusion.

P.S. The TV show has me hooked and I recommend it a lot more than I do these books. The show is definitely cheesy but in an awesome way. The pacing is much less slow and things are happening crazy fast. The characters are also a lot easier to connect to on the screen then via the books.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quick Review - By Your Side

By Your Side by Kasie West

3 out of 5 gnomes

I work in a library so the whole being trapped in a library aspect made me want to read this book. Lets just say that I know people have been very close to being locked in the library here before...but the place is always double checked by security too. It's a cool concept but I'm not sure how feasible it would be so you have to suspend your disbelief and just kind of go with it.

Dax and Autumn have some great chemistry. He's the loner/bad boy that nobody gets she's the photography person who has a lot of friends. The book is without a doubt predictable as heck. There are some definite eye rolling moments but then I just kept on reading. Let's just say Autumn has some rather oblivious friends. Saying all that though, I just couldn't stop reading. It's like one of those bad TV shows that you just can't stop watching.

Overall a quick yet not very surprising read that still manages to make you care about these characters.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Colorado Vacation

 Moose and baby Moose :)

Fun with the panorama setting on the phone:

 The Stanley Hotel on Overlook Lane aka the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining

Monday, July 31, 2017

Midnight, Texas

Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Books 1 and 2 in the Midnight, Texas series

These books are pretty interesting. I read them because I read most but not all of the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. Plus I saw that the TV show was going to be released soon. Reading the first two though looks like the TV show is going to change a lot.

Manfred, a psychic whose power only sometimes work, moves to the extremely small town of Midnight, Texas. All the residents are shall we say an eclectic bunch aka an intriguing plethora of many different kinds of supernatural. All the characters are interesting and have a variety of colorful pasts.

It’s told in multiple points of view but Manfred’s chapters were my favorite. The books are pretty slow moving but the mystery of it all is pretty intriguing too. Everything is pretty slow though though and it takes a while to get explanations for what's going on.

The relationships are all really well done. You'll be rooting for these characters especially when bad stuff starts to happen. I look forward to reading the third book and seeing if it connects everything together/or explains more.

The TV Show:

I’ve watched the first episode of the TV show now and it was pretty great. The show seems to be moving a lot faster than the books. Plus Manfred’s powers are a lot stronger than in the books. This show is definitely going on my must watch list.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stellar Catchphrase Forever

Waste of Space by Gina Damico

Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Meanwhile, the middle of the New Mexican desert is witnessing an altogether different type of erection.”

“According to the laws of astrophysics, everyone has to shut the hell up.”


“Emily Dickinson says that hope is the thing with feathers. But I think hope is the thing with a doorway.”

“Catchphrase forever!”

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book took a little bit to sync with me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading, it just kind of draws you into its orbit.  Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way.

The setup and style of the book reminded me a lot of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (another awesome book that takes a look at tropes/satirizes the reality TV shows and politics of the world.)  

Throughout the book you know something really big/really bad happened. You just don’t know what exactly. This book very entertainingly shows you how they all got to this point and how this crazy reality stunt idea imploded. I know it’s a satire of reality shows/culture but parts of it do feel pretty darn believable especially in the world we live in today. I mean just look at the memes and catchphrases like “catchphrase forever” something like that could totally happen.  

These ten contestants check off all the reality show cliche boxes and are a blast to read about. The whole casting process is insane I mean just look at Matt and Kaoru and how everyone is cast one way or another. Nico and Bacardi are my favorite personality wise and because of how the book ends.

Their adventures aboard the Laika ship make for really great reality TV. Plus you will be kept guessing about what’s real and what exactly is happening. Just when you think nothing Science Fiction-y is going to happen then WAM you’re in for quite the intriguing surprise.

The ending is stupendous and will make you wonder what would happen to these characters and their futures.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Question of the Day - What Book Have You Finished Recently and Would Highly Recommend?

Gina Damico’s books are a must read for me because they are often bizarre but brilliant in a uniquely unexpected way. This book is no different, it took me a little bit to get into but I really loved where it went and it's plethora of quirky characters.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Comics Time - Check These Out

I’ve been reading a bunch of comics lately, here are some really great ones that you should read ASAP.

This comic has a crazy premise but it really works. Seeing all the Looney Toons characters personified as humans = some really dark noir intrigue. Plus Elmer Fudd has never been more terrifying.

I love Iceman from the movies and even that really old I think super nintendo or nintendo game based off of the X-Men. This comic throws you into the current world of the X-Men and Bobby trying to find out exactly who he wants to be.

Justice League and Power Rangers, it really shouldn’t work as well as it does. I truly loved it though. The art is great and the story works well too. If you watched Power Rangers and like the Justice League too then you should definitely check this out.

If you saw the new Wonder Woman movie then you should definitely check out this comic. The stories are so well done and show just how well rounded this character can be.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines: Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

“This, you see, is the true danger of children: they are ambushes, each and every one of them.”

“It can be easy, in the end, to forget that children are people, and that people will do what people will do, the consequences be damned.”

“Every choice feeds every choice that comes after, whether we want those choices or no.)”

“There are moments that change everything, and once things have been changed, they do not change back.”

“The best beauty was the sort that took some seeking.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review - Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Quote that explains the series really well:

“...Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world. Other adventures must be committed to before they have even properly begun. How else will they know the worthy from the unworthy, if they do not require a certain amount of effort on the part of the ones who would undertake them? Some adventures are cruel, because it is the only way they know to be kind.”

5 out of 5 gnomes

Dark/Gothic story telling at its finest. What an awesome prequel. It was great to learn more about Jack and Jill's story especially after reading the first book. They spent a lot of time in a very different kind of world then what most the people who went through doors did.

This book lets you dig into more of their psychology and why they become who they do. They’re identical twins who never really had a chance to be who they wanted to be. Then they go to a dark fantastical world and are divided on two very different paths. Both paths are intriguing to read about too.

Lyrical writing and a tense setting equal a story that's hard to leave behind. Putting all the pieces together of their story fleshes out the characters well and I know I wouldn’t be adverse to having another story about them just to see what happens after the events of the first book now that I know more about them both.

I continue to adore the door mythology and all the laws behind them. This story shows that home and belonging can be extremely different depending on who you are. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series (I don’t think I’ve ever preordered anything so fast.) Check out this series ASAP.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Sentence Sneak Peek:

The first sentence from each chapter of Down Among the Sticks and Bones, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

PEOPLE WHO KNEW Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children.”

THE WOLCOTTS LIVED in a house at the top of a hill in the middle of a fashionable neighborhood where every house looked alike.”

AGE SIX WAS KINDERGARTEN, where Jacqueline learned that little girls who wore frilly dresses every day were goody-goodies, not to be trusted, and Jillian learned that little girls who wore pants and ran around with the boys were weirdos and worse.”

JILLIAN AND JACQUELINE ran through the flowers like wild things— and in that moment, that brief and shining moment, with their parents far away and unaware of what their daughters were doing, with no one who dwelt in the Moors yet aware of their existence, they were wild things, free to do whatever they wanted, and what they wanted to do was run.”

THE MAN LED THEM through the silent town beyond the wall.”

JACK AND JILL were tucked away in the same round tower room, in two small beds shaped like teardrops, with their heads at the widest point and their feet pointed toward the tapering end.

DR. BLEAK LIVED OUTSIDE the castle, outside the village; outside the seemingly safe bulk of the wall.”

IT WOULD BECOME QUICKLY dull, recounting every moment, every hour the two girls spent, one in the castle and one in the windmill, one in riches and one in artfully mended rags: it would become quickly dull, and so it shall not be our focus, for we are not here for dullness, are we?”

THE INN OWNED by Alexis’s parents was small and cozy and reasonably clean, as such things went.”


SHE SHOULD BE HERE by now,” said Jack, putting aside the bone saw she had been carefully sharpening.”

SEE THEM NOW, two girls— almost women, but still not quite, not quite— running hand in hand across the vast and unforgiving moor.”

DESCENDING THE STAIRS as a twelve-year-old had been tiring but achievable: the work of hours, the amusement of an afternoon.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review - When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Strange things were happening in the pit of his stomach. Fun things.”

“Even his eyebrows looked embarrassed, somehow. Dimple felt a little bad for him. But not that bad, because he was the one who’d said it.”

“And then, once you’d been together awhile, bam. The gauzy lust-curtain fell away and you realized you’d married an alligator with bad breath.”

“The realization was alarming. Concerning. And not altogether unwelcome.”
“...but all he felt was this warm, almost gooey feeling in his chest. Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.”

4 out of 5 gnomes

Dimple & Rishi is a pretty darn adorable book.  

When they first meet, they couldn't be any more different. Dimple is about as nontraditional as she can get and Rishi is all about tradition. Both characters are well written and will make you feel for them.

It gives you a look at tradition versus new and whether arranged marriage could work for them. There are some great characters and chemistry abounds.

The banter between Dimple and Rishi is very well done. It's a fun read for the most part as you get to know them and see their relationship grow. They slowly well as cliche as it sounds they find themselves.

The story gives a great look at culture and identity and the ending especially feels like a Rom Com movie. It's the kind of book that will just make you smile while reading it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Love Interest

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“If an oddly shaped nose is enough to get rejected, I’m sure my pale, weirdly hairy body isn’t far behind.”

“Some people,” I say, “would say if laughter is a manipulation it’s the best one there is. It makes people feel good. Who cares how that end is achieved?”

“He grins. “You know what I think? I think you’re a great actor. I know you’re lying, yet I find myself believing you. It’s truly a rare gift.

“It doesn’t matter,” I say. “She’s the hero of this story, so how I feel is irrelevant.”

“No freaking way. They’re faint, and only visible when I’m smiling, but this fact is unavoidable: they gave me dimples.”

“No one finds the love of their life while they’re a teenager.” “You haven’t read any YA novels recently, have you?”

“An informed Love Interest is an effective Love Interest.”

“Of the two of us, he’s better-looking. By a wide margin. After everything I’ve done to turn myself into the perfect Nice, he could win because of his pretty eyes and stupidly cute smile. It’s bullshit.”

“Now I know why they’re so popular. The very air of this place is delicious.”

“For the first time, I start to wonder if love is, in fact, necessary.”

“Did she just say frigging? My favorite fake swearword? Be still, my beating heart.”

“I may not be Nice, but that doesn’t make me mean.”

“What would Juliet think if she saw us side by side with our shirts off? Whose body would she prefer? I have a feeling it’d be his. I prefer his.”

Crap! I like him. Good job, brain, you can’t have him, so you decide you want him. Typical.

“I can’t help but be myself when I’m around him, and that’s dangerous.

“And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that my real feelings only hurt me.”

“Stupid feelings, making me all soft.”

Of course I like you. I like three things: Nicki Minaj, Star Wars, and you.

“We live in a world where a piece of information can kill careers or start wars.”

“My life has had so much darkness but it’s the sparks of joy, like his smile, I think of now.”

“I have one idea, and it’s risky. But it is what a protagonist would do.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review - The Love Interest

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

5 out of 5 gnomes

This book was intense and awesome all rolled up into one. I loved how it played with the whole ideas/tropes of two love interests in a story and amped everything way up from there.

Our main character has spent his entire life at the LIC learning how to be a Love Interest. The Interests are divided into Nice guys and Bad guys. They then compete for the target, the winner gets the girl and the loser dies.

There's built in drama of course but just when you think you know where the story's going, you're in for a surprise. The whole spy/wondering who to trust really pulls you into the story.

Caden and Dyl have some solid chemistry and it makes the story seriously shine. The relationships scripted and not are really well done.

The whole book would make one heck of an intriguing TV show or movie. The last half especially has some great action/sci-fi scenes.

The only slight misstep to me was the epilogue, I think ending before it would have been even better. Plus I wanted to know more specifics of how the ending changed them and the world.

Overall strong world building and characters you'll really care about. I'm looking forward to whatever this author writes next.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Goodbye Batman

Goodbye My Batman

Adam West will always be my Batman, his Batman showed that the character doesn't have to be all dour darkness to work.

I wasn't born in the 60's when the show originally aired but saw reruns when I was younger. The show meant a lot to me because it's just so bright, positive and fun. I believe it's where I got my love of awesome alliteration and words in general. 

West just always seemed like such a jovial guy in everything that he did. I'll miss his colorful characters and unforgettable utterances.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

“They wanted what was best for their charges, as did she. It was simply that they had very different ideas of what “best” meant.”

“If her hair was white now, and her skin was soft with wrinkles and memories, well, that was no matter at all. There was still something unfinished around her eyes; she wasn’t done yet. She was a story, not an epilogue.”

“‘Real’ is a four-letter word, and I’ll thank you to use it as little as possible while you live under my roof.”

“Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world,” said Sumi.”

“Because they’re the wrong colors, right? Somebody else’s rainbow.”

“We’ve much to do, and time does insist on being linear here, because it’s awful.”

“I never did like to leave a story unfinished.”

“We are in a material place. Blood flows in your veins. Try to keep it there.”

“We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

“Sumi was a reason for other people to scream.”

“That’s because Narnia was a Christian allegory pretending to be a fantasy series, you asshole,” said one of the other boys.”

“This world is unforgiving and cruel to those it judges as even the slightest bit outside the norm.”

“I don’t like corpses in that way unless they’ve been reanimated,” said Jack. “Corpses are incapable of offering informed consent, and are hence no better than vibrators.”