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<A Rush of Wings was a random "that looks interesting" choice from the library's new books shelves. I was somewhat surprised to find that the book was just published this January, because the copy I checked out has obviously been read many, many times. It seems as if Adrian Phoenix's first novel is a hit.
It wasn't bad, especially for a first novel. It's yet another urban fantasy/horror vampire story, but it didn't feel too derivative. I did wonder if Phoenix has read much of Nancy Collins' work, but she still has a reasonably different spin on the genre.
I liked the main character, FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace. Her love interest, Dante, didn't do much for me, but then I'm not into bad boys or goth kiddies. I didn't quite buy the attraction between them, but happy Wallace did (mostly) continue to live by her values.
I think I would have been slightly happier if I didn't feel like the book was being set up for sequels if it sold well. Whatever happened to standalone novels? Phoenix's website says that her next book, In the Blood, will be released next year. I didn't find anything that says it's about Dante and friends, but I have a feeling that it is.
I’ve been on a video spree over the last month or so, getting caught up with all three C.S.I. shows. We also finished watching season 2 of Torchwood, and realized that some of it wouldn’t make sense unless we get caught up on Dr. Who.
Annoyingly, all three C.S.I.s ended on cliffhangers. I do hate that. I would keep watching next season anyway, so why the tease? They’re all very well established. And one episode of C.S.I. Miami had a “special scene” that was only available on the official website – and it isn’t there any more! What are all the viewers who didn’t view it in real time supposed to do? I found a description of the scene, but it wasn’t as good as actually watching it.
Sam is always amazed that I can watch that stuff. Honestly, the violence and blood do bother me, especially when there are random crimes. For some reason, it doesn’t bother as much as some other things, maybe because I take off my headphones so that I don’t have to hear some sounds, and I generally avoid looking at the bodies too much.
The part I like is the puzzle, figuring out how a crime was committed and who did it. I know the shows are incredibly unrealistic in many ways, from the fact that real crime scene investigators almost certainly do not go running around with guns to arrest criminals to the reality that nobody can be proficient in every single type of forensic analysis that needs to be done. Actual forensic labs are almost always underfunded, so getting evidence gathered, processed, and analyzed in hours (as the shows often depict) is pure fantasy. Real forensic labs don’t usually get the equipment they need regularly, and they certainly don’t have the latest and greatest toys of every sort in handy forms that every single tech can carry in his kit “just in case” he ever needs it at a scene.
I can suspend my disbelief that much. And I can almost ignore the nonsense of “tracing an IP address to an email address” to get a criminal’s identity in seconds. It’s Hollywood.
I watched the first episode of The Closer tonight, since I’ll have to wait until fall for more C.S.I. I don’t like cop shows as much as forensics shows, but I was intrigued by Kyra Sedgwick’s performance in some promos I saw a few years ago. Her “Atlanta accent” is atrocious, but the character is interesting. I don’t know why the “big plot twist” that was obvious to me in the first few minutes of the show would take a bunch of professionals days (apparently) to figure out, though. Maybe they’re too gender-bound? Who knows.
I suppose that if we had cable and I happened to run across The Closer, I would watch it again. I think I’ll find another forensics show the next time I’m bored enough to go looking for viewing matter, though.
I read My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon last night, with much giggling. The stories were a bit uneven (normal for an anthology), but worthwhile overall.
I especially liked "Heorot," the Harry Dresden piece from Jim Butcher. I love the way he brings in mythology from so many different cultures.
Kelly Armstrong's "Stalked" was fun, too. Her werewolves are just more wolfish than most, in my opinion.
P.N. Elrod's "Her Mother's Daughter" wasn't bad at all. I've obviously missed some of her Jack Fleming novels, and I'm looking forward to catching up.
I want to find some of Marjorie M. Liu's longer works, as "Where the Heart Lives" isn't the first of her short stories that have impressed me. What's even better is that WtHL is a total departure from the earlier stories I remember.
The Stitching Blogger’s Question of the Week is:
Do you ever get to a point working on a project that you’ve had for so
long, you start to wonder what possessed you to start it in the first
Of course! It has always happened with patterns I chose to do for someone else, though, rather than those I chose because I was interested in them. There are a few WIPs that have outlived the relationships that inspired them, and they may never be finished. That’s a bit embarrassing, but in at least one case I wouldn’t have ever started the piece if I’d really known what an unstable, vicious being the intended recipient was.
I finally got the book review up for Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease over at Fibrant Living.
After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.
By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex â€” who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism â€” out of the class.
The teacher, Wendy Portillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), has acknowledged that the incident happened. She had been participating in the child's IEP team since February, so she knew that Alex was being evaluated for a disability (most likely Asberger's syndrome, from the information in the article).
There isn't be any excuse for any adult treating any child that way, but a teacher to encourage children to ostracize a disabled child? That's even worse.
The school district has refused to fire Portillo, but claims that she has been moved to non-classroom duties. That isn't nearly enough.
Today’s post is at Fibrant Living.
Months ago, I posted about Ponce de Leon High School in Florida banning the wear or display of any kind of gay pride symbols or words, claiming that they indicated involvement in an “illegal organization.” I later found out that the problem started last fall, when a lesbian student complained that she was being harassed. Instead of investigating or trying to stop the harassment, the school administration cracked down on any show of support for her. The principal later said that he was sure that gay pride symbols would cause students to visualize gay people having sex, leading to disruption.1
Anyway, Florida managed to get something right, or at least one judge there did so. Oh, wait – he was a federal judge, not a state authority. Anyway, on May 13 he issued a permanent injunction against the school! He told them that they must stop their unconstitutional censorship of expressions of support for gay people, and warned them not to try retaliating against anyone involved in the case.
1 Damn, those are powerful rainbows! Wonder what kind of porn they’d find in a raid of his house?
This is not a "happily ever after" book, but it isn't an "oh my God what's going to happen next," either. I'm sure that more could be written about Sookie Stackhouse and her very interesting life, but Harris has a history of leaving series on a high note. The Aurora Teagarden and Shakespeare sequences felt a bit more "done" at the end, so maybe I'm wrong. I certainly don't hold Ms. Harris' confidences.
In any case, I hope that we'll see more books by Harris before long. She's a good author, and I enjoy her ideas.