Please post links to your DIK Reading Challenge submission in the comments of this post. (through 3/31/10 11:59pm)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Westley and Buttercup, The Princess Bride
Westley: Hear this now: I will always come for you.
Buttercup: But how can you be sure?
Westley: This is true love - you think this happens every day?
Rhett & Scarlett, Gone With the Wind
"And you do look gorgeous when you are mad. I'll squeeze you again-there-just to see if you will really get mad. You have no idea how charming you were that day at Twelve Oaks when you were mad and throwing things."
"Oh please, won't you forget that?"
"No, it is one of my most priceless memories-a delicately nurtured Southern belle with her Irish up-You are very Irish, you know."
Darcy and Elizabeth, Pride & Prejudice
"If you will thank me," he replied, "let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you."
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I mentioned in my previous post that I was re-reading Bridget Jones's Diary. In this book 30 something Bridget is involved with her playboy boss Daniel Cleaver, however the sweet Mark Darcy is waiting in the sidelines to mend her broken heart.
I have a few questions for you ladies today:
1. Who are your favorite literary Good Guys/Bad Boys?
2. Do you prefer a Good Guy or a Bad Boy? Why?
Monday, March 29, 2010
I brought along some yummy chocolate covered strawberries:
For today, I thought we could discuss current Hero involvement.
I'm currently re-reading a favorite book of mine when it comes to chic-lit, Bridget Jones's Diary. Loosely based on Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, this book is a great dose of romance and humor.
The hero of this story is the rich and handsome lawyer, Mark Darcy. He is shy and reserved but a romantic at heart. Darcy is definitely the type of hero you bring home to mom. He's your all around good guy and at the end of the story, he saves the day.
My question for you today is, what Hero are you currently involved with? What are you reading?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The winners, chosen random.org, are:
Please email me at redneyrae AT ca DOT rr DOT com and we'll get those out to you ASAP. Congratulations!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
None of them had understood that my moments of sweetness were pure ophorium. Everything that they seemed to love about me came from the needles they detested. The man they desired was an illusion, an ugly stone made briefly beautiful by a trick of the light. In their own ways, each of them had fallen as deeply in love with my addiction as I had.
The wall clock chimed out a popular tune every half hour, and steadily I grew to hate it. I had nothing to do but wait and brood over the disassembly of that happy little clock.
The only thing that truly pleased me was the prospect of escaping the waiting room before that clock went off again.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Now of these books I have in my TBR there are quite few that I will never read - mostly print books, but some ebooks as well. They were given to me as gifts by some poor misguided relative with excellent intentions or they are ones I bought and I've had for a darned long time and have just never read. So why are these books on my shelves when I know, deep down inside, that they will never get read? I know that they'll never be read but yet I have a hard time letting them go. Why? Is it the small hope that one day I will get to them? Probably not, but I have a hard time discarding books that I haven't read. Yes, I've done it in the past but it's not something I like to do.
So what do you do? How do you do it? Are you ruthless? Do you just give away the books that you know you won't read? If so, how do you decide which ones go?
Or are you a hoarder like myself and keep them long past their expiration date?
Also, I never get rid of ebooks even though there are some in there that I'll never read as well. I think because storage is so simple the thought doesn't even cross my mind. Do you get rid of ebooks?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
One of those occasions that I remember so damned well was when they were going to go see the Danielle Steele movie The Promise. It had come out in the theaters and they wouldn't take me with them! How dare they?! They thought they were being quite clever and decided to give me the book. They said that when I was done with the book they would take me to see the movie. Well I finished that puppy in a day - of course they were shocked - but they still wouldn't take me with them. (Ok, Ann took me eventually) Now being in 8th grade I thought The Promise was a fab book so I was extremely excited to see the movie...which was crap. I mean as far as I'm concerned it was utter and complete shite. This was a poorly done "made for TV" movie that shouldn't have even aired on TV. I was so stinking disappointed I could have screamed!
Another time this happened was many years later after having read Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. A great thriller that I loved. I was totally excited to see that it was coming out in theaters. Oh. Dear. Lord. Suckage. Seriously people? You thought that was good enough to release? And then they changed the end of the movie to make it more fantastical. Ug.
Now I realize that no movie can truly capture the emotions that we feel while reading and no one person can be in my brain seeing the way I picture things (thank heavens) but it would be nice to see a close approximation to how events are described in the book. Wouldn't it?
There are exceptions to the rule of course. The first one that comes to mind is Jurassic Park (which my 12 year old watches every time it's on). I thought they did a really great job of that one cuz let's face it, the book was so involved there was no way they were going to get every little nuance in the book taken care of in the movie. There's also Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility which are incredible.
Overall though, I've learned the hard way that some books are just better as books. What books have you read that were turned into movies that you loathed? Or on the flip side, what books were turned into movies that you adored?
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Hi everyone, my name's Lily and I'm so happy to be on the Island today. It was a lovely surprise when Tracy invited me to be a guest blogger (per Kris's suggestion). This is my first time as a guest blogger anywhere and I'm having loads of fun already. The weather's great, the men I see walking around are hot hot hot and for it being early morning the drinks they're serving are going to have me falling down onto one of these convenient hammocks pretty soon. Oh well, I'm sure they'll take good care of me.
Since Tracy's invitation I've been trying to figure out what to talk about before I list my six DIK books. What came to mind is size. I'm a definite 'size queen' although I can be satisfied with something smaller. Now please everyone, get your minds out of the gutter, what I'm talking about when I say size is the length... of a book, of course. I love to read long books, the longer the better. I think my love of big books came about when I read The Stand by Stephen King many, many years ago. That book totally grabbed me and pulled me in and even at 1152 pages I didn't want it to end. Since that time I've always preferred to read novels more than novellas and short stories. Not that there aren't great novellas and short stories out there and I do read them but there's just something about sitting down with a well written novel that calls to me.
Related to my love of big books is that I also love to read series. I think it's all tied in with my 'I want more' and 'no, I don't want it to end' mentality. If I fall in love with the characters I find myself just wanting to know more and more about them. They have their happy ending and then I'm curious, well what happens next? Maybe that's why I watched soap operas for so long. They kept giving me more and more to watch. I finally did stop when RL just got to hectic to watch them, even if taped them to watch later. But no way am I ever giving up my books!
And so here's my list of the six books I'd want with me if I were stuck on an island. My list consists of M/M books since that's what I've been reading for over three years now. Of course there would have to be a way to recharge my Sony otherwise I'd be out of luck as most of my books are in fact ebooks. In alphabetical order they are...
A Red-Tainted Silence by Carolyn Gray is an engrossing story that shows how love can triumph over pretty much anything. Nicholas and Brandon are musicians and have been lovers on and off for over ten years. The book uses flashbacks to tell the story from their first meeting at a high school play to the present as they try to overcome a life threatening event that Brandon rescued Nicholas from as well as dealing with a danger that they know is there but can't figure out who's causing it. This is a very emotional book and there is a lot of angst and crying but the complex characters, solid writing and emotional connection between Nicholas and Brandon that resonates throughout make this an engrossing and memorable love story.
I loved everything about this book and the added bonus of it being about 500 pages long was great. :)
Bareback by Chris Owen is one of the first M/M cowboy books I read. It's also the first one one that made me so angry I could have thrown it across the room, if it had been a print book, as well it's the first that made me cry. Jake and Tor are unforgettable characters and their love story, told over a long period of time, is volatile, sweet, super hot, very emotional, sad and above all it's a beautiful portrayal of a relationship with all the ups and downs that could come with it.
The added bonus in this one was the super hot sex scene when Jake and Tor 'played' with a couple of friends. It was the first foursome I had read and yeah, it was pretty darn hot! I also like how they expressed their commitment to each other with some very special 'rings'.
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr is an amazing book. It's not a M/M romance although there are gay characters as well as loving relationships. Kelland is a story of evil hidden behind the guise of goodness and piety and the effect it has on the lives of some of the people that come into contact with it. Whether that effect is felt first hand or as the result of damage done to a loved one it is nevertheless felt quite keenly throughout the book. It's a very well written and thought provoking story.
The bonus here is the flawless writing that totally captivated me. I did not want to put this one down.
My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley is a fabulous historical romance in a futuristic setting. It's a fun and engaging story and introduces one of the sexiest heroes I've read about, Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins. Nate is gorgeous, strong, smart, super hot, definitely swoon worthy and a total Alpha male. Especially when he's putting on a private show for Aiden. Nate is also the first character I read about with a piercing (Prince Albert) and after I Googled and saw that piercing and many others I added that little kink to my existing love of tattoos.
This story's added bonus aside from the PA were the super sexy scenes between Nate and his Boy. I loved both characters and some of the scenes between are amazing, very sexy and sweet at the same time. A wonderful combination.
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy is a great book. It's an entertaining, funny and romantic story and I really enjoyed reading about Simon and Declan. Simon is sarcastic and sharp-tongued but also a nice guy and a great friend. Declan is a football player who's very popular. He's a great all around guy living in the closet mainly because of what he does. They meet at a party, in a very amusing way, and slowly become friends. That friendship turns to love and the ups and downs of their relationship over a two year period was very well written by Sean Kennedy. A great point to make is that only when I reached the end of the story did I realize there had been no explicit love scenes in the book. There is sex in the book, after all they are two healthy young men in love, but the scenes are not explicit and they don't need to be. The story works beautifully without them.
With such a wonderful story there's not much to add as a bonus but I will say that the excellent characterizations in this book and the ability that Sean Kennedy has to convey so much in a simple sentence is fabulous.
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville is a gritty, action packed thriller that is full of suspense and action yet at the same time it's also an emotional and sensual story. The protagonists were both very appealing although quite different from each other. D is a hired killer and Jack is a doctor who witnesses a murder. When D is contracted to take Jack out his conscience, which doesn't let him kill innocents, stops him and instead he becomes Jack's bodyguard. These men are very different but as they spend more time together the sexual and emotional connection between them is undeniable. This was an awesome book, very intense and gripping with great characters and some very hot sex scenes as well.
This is another case where the excellent writing shines through. I really fell in love with the characters, D most of all and it was great seeing him come out of his self-imposed 'prison' and see him find his emotions, accept himself and finally be able to love. Awesome!
Well, my stay is almost over now but before I leave I'd like to thank all of the DIK ladies and of course anyone who dropped by today for the warm welcome. I've had a lot of fun here today and the memories of this beautiful island will stay with me when I get back to the little town I live in. I'd love to have you all come by my little corner of the web anytime you'd like. My blog, which in a little over a week turns one (hard to believe, it feels like it was just born yesterday) is simply called I Love Books. Pretty easy to remember and so very true.
I brought along a few friends to keep me company on the plane ride and now they're telling me they are having so much fun they don't want to leave. I guess I can't blame them. I'd stay on the island all the time, sipping on yummy little umbrella drinks and admiring the view, if I didn't have a RL waiting for me. Maybe I can use the excuse that I need to come back to get them so I can stop by for another visit.
Thanks for letting me come and play on the island.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
However, I shall gird my loins in the hopes that you are all firm (to the power of infinity squared) believers in the concept of honesty being the best policy...
My name is Kris and I am a Spine Cracker.
I know! *wailing* I’M SO SORRY.
But it’s not all my fault! I swear!
Erm. I don’t s’pose anyone out there knows of a support group for spine crackers, do they?
You hate me now.
Monday, March 15, 2010
So, I thought why not play up more than usual during my 3-day return to DIK – and trust me there will be a hell of a lot of drinking and hitting on the heroes *mutterprobablyotherpeoplesmutter* involved as well - by owning up to
Theoretically I’m amongst friends, right? Hopefully?? Ladies???
My name is Kris and I am a Chronic Reader Of Endings.
I know it's a bad habit, but I can't help myself, especially
(a) when it's so friggin’ obvious where a story is heading that I want to see if I guessed it right, and
(b) when the story is complete and utter shite and I want to see if there is any reason why I shouldn't just stop wasting my time and put the book in the pile for the secondhand bookstore straight away.
Thankfully reading ebooks has meant that I’m unable to get to the end very easily. That is, I generally have to use two hands to co-ordinate, which requires me to put down the glass of wine I'm holding. Not going to happen.
With a print book, however, there is no chance in hell that I will resist. I can literally count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that I haven’t flicked to the end.
I kid you not. I am that bad.
What about you? Are you a goody two shoes or
an impatient cow total rebel like me?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Patricia Brigg's latest Mercy Thompson book, "Silver Borne," will be out in time (and she's signing in Seattle on March 30), unless the baby decides to arrive before her due date (April 5th).
What's a girl to do? I'm not caught up on the new releases of the past 5 months, so please feel free to suggest your favorites. A book that Mr. Wonderful could possibly fall in love with too would be an extra plus.
Is your recommendation good enough to distract me from this?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Their goals are in direct conflict with the heroine's, and their motivations are sketchy at best. Appearing at first to have their feet firmly planted on the dark side, these men somehow transcend awful beginnings to inch their way across the good/evil line and into our hearts. Somehow knocking the heroine about (Jerricho Barrons), stealing from her (Drake Vireo), or trying to kill her (Currin, the Beast Lord) becomes forgivable.
The ultimate coup for a writer is turning the villain of a previous book into the hero of the next book in the series. My ultimate love: Adam Black. This fae trickster from Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series toys with the MacKelter clan and their women until he finally falls foul of his queen and ends up banished, magic-less, and hunted by his own kind. This egotistical, all-powerful immortal falls for a human woman and finally--finally--realizes the true meaning of love and sacrifice. It is one of the best transformations I've ever read, giving The Immortal Highlander a permanent, superglued-on position on my keeper shelf.
How do writers make these morally questionable bad boys slip under a reader's skin? Talent, skill, magic muse dust? Is it extremely subtle "save the cat" moments early on? I don't know the secret to writing a redeemable anti-hero. I just know a well written one gives me goose bumps.
Who are your favorite anti-heroes?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Eric: Welcome, Crazy Little CJ. I'm so glad you made the time to be here today. For our guests who don't know, Crazy Little CJ is Carolyn Crane's childhood portrait, painted by an elderly aunt. Crazy Little CJ, I understand you have hung on Carolyn Crane's office wall for years, because her husband won't let you be in the living room because he thinks your eyes follow him everywhere. I think that is terrible.
Little CJ: Yeah. It is. And it's just Little CJ. You can drop the crazy.
Eric: Okay, let's get right to it. Little CJ, I am so in love with Carolyn Crane. You have to help me get inside her head. How can I make her love me? I had hoped that now that I am a TV star, she would think I’m special, but frankly, I feel neglected.
Little CJ: You like?