Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Morning Update: The Good, The Bad, & The &$*#@ Superbowl






Let's start with the good, shall we?

My son won first place in the 50 breast yesterday, and 2nd place in 50 butterfly.

I have been reading Nico Rosso's web series called Dead Drop on Tumblr. It's excellent. Here's the link to the first episode if you want to check it out. He posts a new chapter every day.

I'm heading to New York City this weekend to watch the weenie dogs at the Westminster Dog Show.





Now, the bad.

In spite of a nice selection of great reading materials on my Kindle (Zoë Archer's series, Taken to the Limit by Nico Rosso, and When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James), I seem to have developed a penchant for train wrecks. As in, I-know-this-book-is-gonna-suck-trainwreck-bad-but-I'm-gonna-read-it-anyway. Why? I don't know. It must be the same reason I continue to read Us Weekly online even though there is some asinine story about the freakin' Kardashian sisters every day. It's a sickness.

Both are shapeshifter books...one about a werewolf who likes to pee around his cabin, the other about an Orca whale (God help me!!!!). The werewolf book (A Wicked Wolf by Brenda Williamson) I already read...the whole damned thing. I endured endless pages of mindless sex scenes, a piss-happy werewolf who keeps confusing his new ho with his dead wife, a ding-a-ling heroine who (a) doesn't notice the guy she is boinking is turning into a werewolf for 3 days!!!!!, and (b) forgets she has 2 siblings at home while consumed with lusty Lycan lovin. This gem is filled with purple prose ("He sucked at the creamy essence trickling from her quivering folds"), a ridiculous storyline involving a real estate transaction, and finally, the I-couldn't-see-that-one-coming dramatic revelation that the bad guy is....(wait for it)....a wolfy lawyer! Sigh. Here are my 2 favorite lines from the book....

"As much as he wanted to hump the fertile bitch, he wanted a devoted, nurturing mother for his offspring more."

....and this masterpiece.....

"For the first time in his life, he'd had his ass licked by someone he cared about."

Hee hee hee....oh Lordy!

FYI, plenty of folks loved this book at Goodreads, and at least one reader noted that the author has written better material. Read at your own risk. Although I wouldn't recommend it.

The Orca book (The Orca King by Darragha Foster) is on the TBR pile. Gulp. Do I dare to read an Orca shapeshifter book? That is the question for the week.....




And finally, the @#$%&* Superbowl.

Stillers! How could you???? You raised our hopes and smashed us into little bits in the final two minutes of the game. Sniff, sniff.

Okay, I'm over it.


Happy Monday, Happy Reading, Happy Writing, Happy Shapeshifters for All!
Penelope

12 comments:

KB/KT Grant said...

I can't wait to hear what you think about the Orca book. LOL.

A hero who confuses his lover for his dead wife? Um yeah... won't be reading that one anytime soon.

tori aka ggs_closet said...

"He sucked at the creamy essence trickling from her quivering folds"

Dear lord.

Amber (aka BBB) said...

ROFL... sounds like you might need an intervention. I don't read 'I know it's going to be horrible' books, but I do watch movies that I know will be real turkeys. Probably amounts to the same thing.

There's a certain MST3K appeal to really bad art.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yah son! Yah NYC!

Penelope said...

KB--I read the excerpt to that Orca book as a joke, but then....I actually sort of liked it. Somebody just shoot me now! I already bought the book for my Kindle!

Penelope said...

Hi Tori...nice line, huh? hee hee....

Hi Amber!...I totally need an intervention. This is getting ugly.

Hi Juju...thanks so much! I am really proud of my son...he is only 13 and doing great with his swimming already. And, I can't wait for my trip to NYC!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You're killing me...you are just killing me! How can you even write those words on paper, let alone read them - now they're stuck in my head like a bad record/song seizure! Geez! You and Stephanie (at my site) must have read the same book!

Ack! Ack! Double Ack!
Yeah, the guys lost, but since the Packers are my third favorites, I'm okay with it.

Hey, did you catch the Harrison Ford steampunk cowboy vs. aliens commercial????

Penelope said...

Hi Julia...there were more scary quotes, but I only included those two. Be glad.

Yes!!!!! That movie looks fantastic...I can't wait! Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and aliens all in the same movie!!!!!

Hannah said...

I was puzzled about the Orca shifter book at first, because large (or for that matter small) aquatic mammals are pretty unsexy in my book. Then I read in the intro that it was based on First Nations myths and it made more sense.

Penelope said...

Hannah...I am reserving judgment about the Orca book until I've read it.

Lindsay Kiernan said...

Ekk, I'll just focus on the pro! Yeah for your son! Butterfly was my worst when I was on team so that is awesome! I hope that you and your daughter get to enjoy the show! Another check off the bucket list!

Penelope said...

Hi Lindsay! My son always grumbles about doing 100 butterfly, but he got to do 50....and he just cruised!

Looking forward to our NY trip...first time for the kiddies!