Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cue Mission Impossible theme: ”Duh, DUH, duh-duh, duh, DUH .... DAH-di-dooooo — Dah-di-dooooo....”


It's Saturday so you know what that means:



Do you know what I hate? I hate being 50% through a book, which up until then was not a bad read, suddenly go so bad you want to throw it against the wall .... but you don't because it's on your Kindle and love your Kindle more than life itself. But you do go through the Five Stages of Book Grief:

First, there's stunned disbelief....


Second,  there is anger and resentment at the realization of the complete waste of your reading time:....



Third, there is reluctant acceptance  (a.k.a. "pouting")....


 Then there is ... well, not "peace", exactly  ...


But at the fifth and final stage, philosophical wisdom ....


Bah. No, I won't even dignify it with naming its title. Double bah.

Random thought:


Ok, I HAVE done this to Steve but only because he will come into the room WHERE I'M SLEEPING and start a monologue. I say monologue and not a dialogue because I didn't consent to a conversation at the time. I'll make every attempt to stay conscious but the gravity of the eyelids is too powerful and his voice is sometimes one of those "reading a bedtime story" tones and I lose the battle and I wake up later remembering something happened and then it didn't happen and Steve is now snoring which is what woke me up. Just sayin'. If you try to have a conversation with someone who is sleeping then it's your own damn fault.  

And finally--

Prince William and Kate had a girl this morning! Woot!  (the Tower Bridge had pink lights this morning to celebrate)

Have a good weekend!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, May 1, 2015

I *hate* the hiccups, HATE them!




Stuck on the front desk today so I'm trying to ward off a bad mood. A freaking bad mood. I hate bad moods. TGIF indeed.

I read THE MARTIAN last night .. past my bedtime. Good book, if you're a science geek or SFF nerd. Which I am.

Speaking of, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! So go!


Speaking of comic books, I'm feeling better about Arrow now. After much thought I have a theory as to what is really going on:

We will see that Maseo and Oliver are doing a long play deep undercover and going through all this without telling anyone in order to stop the Alpha Omega (hence all the flashbacks to Hong Kong this season - they failed last time to stop this bioweapon but they won't again). They will get as far as the wedding where everyone will assemble (would be great for an "if anyone objects" part and have Felicity say heckyeah) and all hell will then break loose with fights and chases. R'as will get away with the vial leading to the final showdown in the finale. 

Still speaking of comic books, this weekend we're going to try to see the Avengers 2 movie, probably a matinee for our best chances to get in. Also have Outlander and Game of Thrones.

Have a good weekend! 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Look, I don't watch YOU bathing ....


Sigh. So last night's episode of Arrow was a heartbreaker. I don't like this Evil Arrow storyline -- or as the Interweb is calling him "Darth Oliver." Even the actor's MOTHER doesn't like it. He tweeted that his mom texted him during the show last night:
You don't want to see my face after that fight scene... you are really nasty
From his MOM! But of course the writers just HAVE to shake things up because happiness isn't dramatic....

 

....and I'm sure the star loves to play something different for a while. Bah. I've half a mind to ignore the series until the end of next season and then just binge watch so I can see positive resolution. You just KNOW that the writers are going to have Oliver somehow be rescued from his brainwashing by the end of this season (week after next) but he will still feel he has to honor the vows he was forced into which makes no sense whatsoever because they were conducted by no legal authority and he was brainwashed at the time so therefore Olicity is thwarted. Again. That's your cue, writers:


 I'd be telling Felicity, "Girl, it's just not worth it. His soul is gone, he's not a billionaire anymore ... You had one good, well bittersweet, night together ... time to cut your losses. Walk away and don't look back. Move to Central City. Look who's there."


There's always Barry Allen or Ray Palmer. One's a puppy with a crush on you and you've already, er, been with the other and they are decent guys .... Yeah I know, it's hard to beat this:



Nothing on TV tonight, thank goodness. I'm free until Saturday.

I finished the Roberts book last night. I think I may read THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir. This is a stand alone and much lauded so I'll give it a try. Here's a description:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.  Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Published in 2014, it has 385 pages.



Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Behold the power of the eyebrows!


Tonight I have Arrow to watch.


 Pins and needles, guys. Last week was such a heartbreaker.



And now we're dealing with the aftermath.


"Al Sah-Him":

After being forced to join the League of Assassins as heir-apparent in order to save his sister and then saying goodbye to those he loves, Oliver goes through a transformation. Laurel asks Felicity and Diggle to help Nyssa -- because she has been passed over by Ra’s al Ghul when he named Oliver Queen as the person who would take his place -- now has the League after her -- they want to take out all of the potential contenders and she is deemed to be a threat.





Otherwise, still reading the Roberts book.

Supposed to cross over into the 80s today. Blech. It's only April, people.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I think it may be time for dinner.....


Reading slumps are no fun.


When one is in a reading slump, one does not attempt to break said hellish slump by taking on WAR AND PEACE. Nothing against this massive classic: I've started it many times. No, one does not attempt to free oneself from the dark depths of a slump ....



 ...with a complex narrative with 1298 pages and 134 different characters.....


... but rather something much, much, MUCH lighter. Nay, shall we venture to say "fluffy."  Last night .... I made myself read. For like, two hours! Woot!


And I knew it had to be, shall we say, simpler? Easy to read? Go quickly? So I'm currently reading THE LIAR by Nora Roberts. This is a stand alone. Here's a description:
Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions … The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed. Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …
Published in 2015, it has 501 pages. Think a little Steel Magnolias mixed with a little Sleeping with the Enemy. Basically, it seems Nora Roberts had Julia Roberts (no relation) in mind.

So it was a good evening.  I'm a fast reader and it was on the Kindle so I'm about 50% done.


Tonight I have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to watch. Coulson photo!


"The Dirty Half Dozen":

Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against HYDRA, even if it means teaming up with someone they don't trust.
This is the episode just prior to the Avengers 2 movie coming out on Friday so this one will set the stage for the movie a bit.

Have a great day!


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Goodbye weekend ... I miss you already


Did y'all have a good weekend? It was mostly rainy here ... lovely, just lovely. We went out for breakfast Saturday morning, I napped, surfed the Internet, etc.

Okay. It's time to call it a reading slump. Not a drought because I have plenty to read. It's a SLUMP.  Normally I'm like this:


This whole freakin' month I've been like this:





Recently of course it's because of this show (Arrow):


And his dimples:


But looking at the month of April in general, I only had a couple new books being released. So it's the publishers' faults.


May has better read-immediately books for me coming:

On the 5th:

On the 12th:


On the 15th:


On the 19th:


So I anticipate a better outcome. Soon.

We had a new episode of Outlander to watch this past weekend. There's a scene where Jaime comes to bed extremely drunk after being welcomed back home as Laird. A meme has been created that I just love:


And then we had Game of Thrones on Sunday. There was a wedding and --- oddly --- no one died. How novel. And the thought came to me that I would totally watch an entire of show of half Cersei and Margaery and Tyrion and Varys. First, Cersei and Margaery as they heave sweet verbal barbs at each other. Like a true queen, Margaey the Magnificent wastes no time establishing dominance: Within two minutes, she’s called Cersei, still generally considered a great beauty, both old and an alcoholic—all while feigning pure affection and propriety (then she mentions how fun it’s been screwing her underage son):


  • “Can we bring you anything to eat or drink? I wish we had some wine for you, it’s a bit early in the day for us.”
  • “[I’m] exhausted, to be honest, but what can I expect? [Tommen] is half-lion, half-stallion.”
  • “Oh, I always forget—what is the proper way to address you now? Queen Mother or Dowager Queen? ... Anyway, judging from the king’s enthusiasm, the Queen Mother will be the Queen Grandmother soon!”


It *almost* makes you feel sympathetic toward Cersei. Ha ha, just joking. She has it coming to her so bring it on! The other half of a entire show I would watch is the Tyrion/Varys roadshow, the imp and the eunuch stuck in a carriage together, both extremely intelligent and sarcastic, bantering:


Tyrion: I have to get out of this wheelhouse.
Varys: Volantis is a large city.
Tyrion: I have to get out of this wheelhouse.
Varys: The likelihood of you being spotted here increases a hundred fold.
Tyrion: I have to get out of this wheelhouse.
Varys: I'm not sure how many new ways I can find of saying this.
Tyrion: I will not be of any use to Daenerys Targaryen if I lose my mind. I can't remember the last face I saw that wasn't yours.
Varys: It's a perfectly good face.
Tyrion: I'm losing my mind.
Varys: If anyone recognizes you, you'll lose more than...
Tyrion: Look, we are thousands of miles from Westeros. What am I?
Varys: One more drunk dwarf.

 ***


Varys: Where're you going?
Tyrion: I need to speak to someone with hair.




All right, off you go. Have a great Monday. Go forth and ....well, do as best you can then. 

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, April 24, 2015

Come to the dark side ... Double stuff Oreos...


Random thoughts on a Friday:

Discovery: a low-carb breakfast bowl from Hardee's just isn't good when it gets cold.


I am an absolute sucker for books/shows that have an I-love-you-but-we-can't-be-together storyline. Ah the pain of yearning but never having.


Corollary: I hate that writers can't deal with the story once they finally get together (a.k.a Moonlighting syndrome).



When certain songs come on the radio, I don't care what it looks like, I'm going to car dance. Billy Idol's Mony Mony or B-52s Love Shack come to mind:



Next weekend the second Avengers movie comes out! Squee!




The Avengers are totally chick flicks. (drops mic)





There are rumors of a tv show based on  Galaxy Quest. That makes me smile.




PERSUASION is the best Jane Austen novel. Second chance at love.
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.”

I adore Minions.


I just completed watching 66 episodes of Arrow in less than a week:


Now I have to wait for new episodes each week. Oh the agony. 

David Tennant was the best Doctor Who.


You might not have known this about me but:


And finally ...


Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster