Monday, February 8, 2016

What the heck?



Did I not do posts on Thursday or Friday? I thought I did. What happened?

Tonight I have NCIS: Los Angeles, "Matryoshka":  
Part 1 of 2. In order to locate Arkady in Russia, the NCIS team goes undercover with his daughter, Anna, at a gala in Los Angeles to gain access to the Russian Consul General's computer.


The meaning of “Matryoshka” is Russian nesting dolls – the wooden dolls of decreasing size that are placed one inside another. We also apparently get to learn what Callen's first name is, finally. For seven seasons, he's only known his name to be "G".



The SuperBowl was yesterday. Not pleased with the outcome, didn't like the half time show, and the commercials pretty much sucked. But our pizza was good. :)

Just starting to read MOONLIGHT OVER PARIS by Jennifer Robson. A stand alone but loosely a part of two other books set around WWI, SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE and AFTER THE WAR IS OVER. 
Spring, 1924
Recovering from a broken wartime engagement and a serious illness that left her near death, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr vows that for once she will live life on her own terms. Breaking free from the stifling social constraints of the aristocratic society in which she was raised, she travels to France to stay with her free spirited aunt. For one year, she will simply be Miss Parr. She will explore the picturesque streets of Paris, meet people who know nothing of her past—and pursue her dream of becoming an artist. A few years after the Great War’s end, the City of Light is a bohemian paradise teeming with actors, painters, writers, and a lively coterie of American expatriates who welcome Helena into their romantic and exciting circle. Among them is Sam Howard, an irascible and infuriatingly honest correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Dangerously attractive and deeply scarred by the horror and carnage of the war, Sam is unlike any man she has ever encountered. He calls her Ellie, sees her as no one has before, and offers her a glimpse of a future that is both irresistible and impossible. As Paris rises phoenix-like from the ashes of the Great War, so too does Helena. Though she’s shed her old self, she’s still uncertain of what she will become and where she belongs. But is she strong enough to completely let go of the past and follow her heart, no matter where it leads her?
Published in 2016, it has 352 pages. 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pay heed to the Great Philosopher


Tonight I have Arrow on TV, "Unchained":


The team battles a formidable villain nicknamed the Calculator. Meanwhile, Nyssa makes her move; and Roy Harper returns to Star City.



Otherwise, I've started the JD Robb and it's awesome as always. Steve has shooting tonight.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Da nile, not just a river in Egypt


Currently about to start BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by JD Robb. 42nd of 42 in series featuring Eve Dallas, a homicide lieutenant in futuristic New York City.
Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . . .
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head. Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.  As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.
Published 2016, it has 400 pages. 

Tonight I have Agent Carter on TV, "Smoke & Mirrors":

Peggy and the SSR discover that beautiful Hollywood star Whitney Frost harbors a dangerous secret , and that she's more than just a pretty face.


Steve has a board meeting tonight so I probably don't have to feed him but I made some Portuguese Sausage and Bean soup for him last night so he can have left overs if he has time.

Bad Lip Reading has their NFL 2016 (part 1) out!!! Love these:




"We're gonna put the ball at the 3rd and whatever I don't wanna measure."
"The last one is not a pig sound."

Oh and have you seen the Heinz commercial for the Super Bowl? Best EVER.




And this video of a moose running in snow is amazing:




So reading and TV for me. That's ok. Ending with some wise words from Sherlock:



 Much love,
 PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, February 1, 2016

Yeah, there's a human in there somewhere. And five dogs.


Monday. Again.



 Tonight I may watch Lucifer on TV. I don't have to stay up until 10 because NCIS: LA is a repeat.



Sneaking a Deeks there. Heh heh heh.

Currently reading FARMER BOY by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Based on the childhood of Laura's husband, Almanzo Wilder, who grew up in the 1860s near the town of Malone in upstate New York. The book covers more than one year in Almanzo's life, beginning just before his ninth birthday, and following at least two harvest cycles. It describes in detail the endless chores involved in running the Wilder family farm. Young as he is, Almanzo rises before 5 a.m. every day to milk several cows and feed stock. In the growing season, he plants and tends crops; in winter, he hauls logs, helps fill the ice house, trains a team of young oxen, and sometimes—when his father can spare him—goes to school. The novel includes stories of Almanzo's brother Royal and his sisters Eliza Jane and Alice.

Published in 1933. It has 378 pages.

Back to Monday, I think awards should be handed out ...


But something to remember:



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, January 29, 2016

That's the trick.



Still in an espionage mood. A digital library book: ILLEGAL ACTION by Stella Rimington. 3rd of 8 series featuring Liz Carlyle, an agent in MI-5 Joint Counter-Terrorist Group, in London.
Liz has been transferred to counter-espionage—the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War. Her mission: protect Nikita Brunovsky, an increasingly vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin, who has been targeted for assassination and is seeking refuge in the UK. The Foreign Office is adamant about forestalling a crime that could become a full-blown international incident. So Liz goes undercover, attaching herself to Brunovsky's retinue: racing against the clock to determine who betrayed him and suddenly facing a wholly unexpected second task—unmasking a Russian operative working undercover alongside her.

Published in 2007, it has 338 pages.  The author is former Director General of MI5, a position she held from 1992 to 1996, therefore she knows of what she writes.



Doesn't look like I have any regular TV shows this weekend. Wow. So either reading or binge watching.


Because I have SO MUCH TO READ!!


And here are some wise words to live by:


I do not have this problem ... yet:

 


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kapow. Mind is blown.


I have Legends of Tomorrow on TV tonight. "Pilot, Part 2".

Thirty years ago today:


I remember it so clearly. I was a freshman in college. It was a very cold, sunny day.

I've got a lot of options for my next read. Too many. But I'm feeling sort of espionage/spy-ish. So I'm thinking I will go with the new release in the series I'm finding I'm loving a whole lot: THE FALL OF MOSCOW STATION by Mark Henshaw. This is 3rd of 3 in series featuring Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, working in the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank, in Langley, Virginia.
When a body with Russian military tattoos is found floating in a lake outside Berlin, the CIA immediately takes notice. The body is identified as the director of Russia’s Foundation for Advanced Nuclear Research, who is also a CIA asset. And the murder coincides with the defection of one of the CIA’s upper-level officers. Alden Maines is jaded after years in the CIA cleaning up the messes of incompetent political appointees in dangerous foreign posts. When he is passed over for promotion, Maines crosses the Rubicon and decides to cash in as a double agent for Russia. But while Maines dreams of off-shore bank accounts and a new secret life, Arkady Lavrov of Russia’s intelligence service (GRU) has other plans. He immediately announces Maines’s defection to the world and then pumps him for every last ounce of intel, including the names of every agent in the CIA’s Moscow Station and their assets working in the Kremlin. But why would Lavrov burn an asset whose intel and access could pay dividends for years to come? What is Lavrov up to? Traveling from Langley to Berlin and finally Moscow—working black without backup—analyst Jonathan Burke and agent Kyra Stryker are up against their most formidable enemy yet, and their lives and the fate of America’s most important assets in the New Cold War hang in the balance.
 Published 2016, it has 352 pages.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

THAT is a zombie and it WILL eat you



Tonight I have Arrow, "A.W.O.L.":



Diggle must learn to trust his brother Andy when an enemy of their wartime past, an agent of the criminal organization Shadowspire, visits Star City. However, Diggle learns more than he bargained for about their shared time at war. Meanwhile, Oliver struggles to learn a whole new way of life.



Hey, here's a Deeks sneak from Monday night:


And on that sparkly note....

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster