Friday, July 26, 2013


"You're an American, an American from New Jersey. That's a Turbo-American!"

John Oliver, 25 July 2013, to Ben Bradley on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Channel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purple Passion

Texas Ranger in bloom

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Big Sis' June 2013 Reads

Here we go...

Deeply Odd, by Dean Koontz (Kindle edition) - The latest in the Odd series, I LOVED this book.  I can honestly say I'm not particularly a horror fan, but there was enough of that in this book to keep your attention if you are, but it's not the main focus.  The rhinestone cowboy (sorry, Glen Campbell!) turns out to be out to get Odd Thomas, even though Odd doesn't know why.  We meet all sorts of terrific characters, as we always do, and the special guest star making his earthly appearance in this book is Alfred Hitchcock!  Odd knows he has to rescue the children, but he doesn't know who they are, where they are, or who has them.  The difference this time is he's not helping restless spirits but real life children in this world.

Dangerous Refuge, by Elizabeth Lowell (Kindle edition) - Tanner returns to settle his uncle's estate and finds himself working with Shayne to find out who killed his uncle.  This was okay (I usually like Ms. Lowell's books) but it wasn't my favorite.  The character development, to me, seemed to be a bit lacking...

Still Life with Crows, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Kindle edition) - I needed something to read so I bought this $3.99 backlist title.  It's one I hadn't read yet and I was curious to see if the earlier Pendergast books were as good as the more recent 5 or 6 I've read.  Happily this was $3.99 well-spent.  Where else can you get ritual murders, American history, mutilations and spooky legends, all for under $5?!?  I'll most definitely have to get a list of all the Pendergast titles and go back and read the earlier ones, those published before I found the series...

The Submissive, by Tara Sue Me (Kindle edition) - Yuk.   Fifty Shades of Gray with a different author, a different cover and main characters I couldn't care less about if I tried.  Mommy porn without at least a decent storyline so I could pretend it was just fiction with more sex than usual.

The 9th Girl, by Tami Hoag (Kindle edition) - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Miss Hoag!  Probably the 2nd author I've ever written a fan letter to in my life!  A killer nicknamed Doc Holiday, 9 unidentified women's bodies found murdered in Minneapolis, and repeat characters Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska - what more could I want for a beach read bar none?  Bought it at 10 in the morning, was done with in the afternoon, sitting on the dock, reading and tanning - I'm a multi-tasker, what can I say?

The Kill Room, by Jeffry Deaver - This was another Lincoln Rhyme book (yay!) and this time Lincoln and his wheelchair go to the Bahamas to find out how and why a US citizen was apparently murdered by - duh, duh, duh, DUH! - the US government itself!  Not everything is what it seems, of course, and with Amelia's help, we make it through all the plot twists to the very end.

In Too Deep, by Michelle Kemper Brownlow (Kindle edition) - This was a free electronic ARC I got from the author herself.  I saw it on a blog I read; the author of the blog and the author of the book are apparently friends.  Young innocent girl meets young VERY NOT innocent boy.  She falls for him despite all the warnings that he's a player, that he'll bed any girl who stands still long enough...  But of course she believes him when he says she's changed him.  They date for about a year, but then he goes away to college and it's the beginning of the very long end.  The author does a great job putting us in the mind of the young girl.  We really FEEL how he manipulates and abuses her (mentally and emotionally).  He's an abuse for sure.  But worry not, gentle reader - Jake is there to save the day.  Jake, who reminds me SO much of my best college friend, C.  How can we NOT like him it he's like C??!

Just One Kiss, by Susan Mallery - Another Fools Gold romance... This time Patience is raising her young daughter alone when her best friend Justice comes back to town - Justice who was there for her in high school, but disappeared overnight, literally.  Yea, it turns out to be a witness protection program kind of story, but it was a fun and entertaining romantic read.

More Kindle reads than I would have liked this month, but sometimes convenience beats true love.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Li'l Sis' June Reads

Yup, read a book! Hooray! It was The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Being the MGSA graduate I am this was up my alley. It was a quick read, not too much dialogue, which I like. I enjoy the visuals I get from reading. It was interesting and appreciative of the old masters. Recommend. I began The Good Sister by Wendy Corsi Staub; still working on it. It tends to run on.....happy reading!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Middle Sister's June 2013 Books

A slow month, taken up largely with my book club's June selection, The Three Musketeers, which I am three-quarters through and enjoying immensely.

Julia In Ireland by Ann Bridge Re-issued series from England, I began with the last in the series. Pleasant enough excursion into mid-twentieth century Ireland, where Julia has met her future second husband and becomes involved in a local land deal skirmish. Interesting enough that I'll pursue the earlier titles, where Julia is a spy for the British government in foreign locales.

A Bat in the Belfry by Sarah Graves Recent entry into the Home Repair is Homicide series, this is one of the best I've read in the Jake Tiptree series. I'm not that big a fan of stories that jump back and forth from various points of view, but this was handled well. Kudos to the author's portrayal of the most interesting character--the nor'easter. It was very easy to become engrossed in the storm, to feel and see and experience it. Note: this is another recent story that doesn't shy away from the fact that sometimes, some kids turn out bad, no matter what.