Monday, August 24, 2015

It's *Monday* again

Currently reading THE FIXER by Joseph Finder. This is a stand alone thriller. Here's a description:

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancĂ©e, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home. As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father.  Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick... if he can survive long enough to do it.
 Published in 2015, it has 384 pages. This is a digital loan from the library. 

 We watched the premiere of The Walking Dead spin off, Fear the Walking Dead last night. Ninety minutes. Slllooooooooowwwwww. The creators have said this will be a "slow burn" in story telling but really??

According to executive producer Dave Erickson:
“We purposely built the show a little bit more slowly than the original. We tried to slow burn the story [and] make it as much about the anxiety and tension and paranoia that goes with this outbreak as much as it is about the actual confrontations with zombies.”

It's an interesting premise. With The Walking Dead, which mirrored the graphic novel it was based on, the POV character Rick has a pre-Apocalypse scene as a sheriff's deputy who awakens from a months-long coma to confront an apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. It's a done deal and the world as we know it has fallen apart.

 The spin off, however, is set in Los Angeles in the opening stages of the zombie apocalypse -- rumors of a virus or maybe bath salts -- as they then come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization. In other words, the parts the original show skipped. So it WILL be slower; it's an origins story.

After the storms blew out the smoke from the Washington forest fires on Saturday, it's back and it's going to be hot again, in the 90s. Mornings are cooling off; kinda feeling like Fall.

We had dinner with Steve's mom, sister and niece on Saturday at Olive Garden. I haven't been there in ages. I had the lasagne because I don't get to eat Italian that often. I LOVE their salad. 

I came across some Once Upon a Time fan-created art that I thought was pretty cool:

And for equal time, here's some NCIS: Los Angeles fan art for the up coming new season:

People are very creative. And apparently have more free time.

Have a great day, all!

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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