Saturday, July 23, 2011

Alaskan State Troopers, Sparkly Vampires and The Upside Down Fish


Here are some updates from the sweltering world of Penelope....

1.) Update on search for the meaning of life.....air conditioning.

2.) Most Excellent Discovery for July: Dana Stabenow's Liam Campbell mystery series. What do you get when you mix one sexy Alaskan state trooper, one sassy pilot love interest, lots of cool details about Alaskan history and culture, juicy plot lines, juicy sex scenes, complex relationships, and a little touch of the paranormal? The Liam Campbell mystery series. I read all four books back-to-back and inhaled them like a greasy cheeseburger at Bill's diner. I think Stabenow has done a fabulous job balancing the storyline and characterization in these books. Sometimes mysteries are too light on the characterization, and the stories suffer as a result. Not so with this series. She creates complex characters and real issues for the characters to deal with. Although I do think she went slightly overboard with Liam's troubles....adultery, scandalous demotion from a tragic accident, kid killed by drunk driver, and comatose wife would have been enough. Then she heaped on Liam having to confront the drunk who killed his son in a routine traffic stop....that was pushing it. Nevertheless, I loved how Liam and Wy had to deal with difficult decisions in their lives, and how their love continued to grow and flourish. This is a great mystery series for romance lovers! (I did have a bit of a problem with book #3....it deals with the abduction, rape and murder of women by a serial killer, a topic that was a bit too gruesome for me). Overall, this series is a super epic win! Highly recommended!!!!

3.) I watched Twilight for the first time last night with my daughter. Christ on a crutch, that movie sucked! It was boring, slow, ridiculous, and the acting was so hideously bad, my daughter and I were laughing out loud. Seriously, that was one of the worst movies I have seen in my life. I can't believe so many folks are manic about this film. Not sure if the book is any better than that, but I hope so. My "favorite" scene is when Edward tells Bella she has to see the real him in sunlight. I thought he would look hideous, grotesque, etc. Instead, he sparkles like a shirt from Justice. Hee heeeeeeeeee! Oh, snap!

4.) Due to my daughter's incessant badgering, I caved and got her another pet. I talked her down from the boxer puppy, to the guinea pig, the finch, and finally.....the fish. Yep, we got two new fish and a fish bowl. I tried to explain the concept of "starter" fish to her, and made her promise not to get too attached to Jo Jo and Hazel. Nevertheless, she got teary-eyed when Hazel started swimming sideways, then upside down. Sigh. Life Lesson #49....Sometimes we have to flush the ones we love.

Signing Off And Praying For A Day Cooler Than 101 Freakin' Degrees,
Penelope

13 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Regarding Twilight: the book is better :)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

OMG! Sometimes we have to flush the ones we love??? ROTFLMAO!
Sparkly Edward...I hated the movie - it rated extremely high on my suckometer. Watched it with my girls and we made fun of it from beginning to end.
If you read the book, remember this - a word of advice from your older and wiser friend - the first book will interest you - you will understand the attraction for women of all ages. The second book will interest you in Jacob only, as he is the only fleshed-out character in the entire series. The remaining books will bore you to tears.
Don't expect quality writing, expect a concept that resonates with women who want a perfect marble statue upon which they can project their hopes and dreams.
And when you get to the last book, you will be shaking your head.
Think authors breaking their own rules and da-da-da-da - introducing Super Bella! Think of a whiny, self-absorbed version of Supergirl meets Wonder Woman meets Betty and Veronica with a little Jughead thrown in for good measure.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! The book couldn't possibly be worse....just sayin!

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! Bella was horrible...no personality, just awful. Edward seemed like an idiot. I couldn't figure out why they had the hots for each other, and I wanted to laugh when Bella professed her love. The director should be shot for making that piece of crap movie. Absolutely NO INTEREST whatsoever in reading the book. I was bummed because I thought the movie would at least be entertaining. Natty said "Mom, I'm bored" after 15 minutes. We had to force ourselves to watch to the end. Natty's commentary was the best part..she is funny!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Apparently Natty has not drunk the Twilight Kool Aid.

lemonverbenalady said...

I'm glad I didn't waste my time on either the books or the movies! You have saved me again, Penny!:)

Penelope said...

Julia....Nope. Natty has a mind of her own!

Hi Nancy! Avoid Twilight at all costs!

Cedar said...

I haven't tried the Liam Campbell series yet, but I am loving her Kate Shugak series. As a exiled Alaskan the books make me homesick for the people and places of my childhood, and they are rattling good reads to boot!

Alexis said...

I got hooked on Dana by reading the Liam series, and am now sadly on the latest Kate and will have to wait(im)patiently for the next one. It's been months of reading while nursing, while the kids play, and while my hubby drives, so I don't know what I'm going to read once I'm done with Though Not Dead! LOL And the Twilight books are MUCH better, so clear your head of the movie and just read. I read the books first and they really are so much better.

Penelope said...

Hi Cedar! I heard the Kate books are great too. I have them on my TBR pile. I'm jealous you used to live in Alaska! It's #1 on my bucket list....hopefully next summer we will get there for my dream vacation.

Penelope said...

Hi Alexis...I am sure the books are better, but I typically hate YA books, so I'm not too keen on reading that series. I wonder how the author feels about the movies? Because Twilight was laughable. Oy.

Carolyn Crane said...

Great post! Sounds like a fun mother daughter time, laughing at Twilight together! How cool you guys can sit around doing that.

My condolences on the fish.

Penelope said...

Hi Carolyn! Natty loves watching cooking shows so our favorite activity is critiquing the contestants on Chopped! :^)