Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Girl Crush, Boy Tush, Fairy Tale Rush

For some reason, the SyFy channel has been on an Underworld-kick. I can't stop watching it! Kate Beckinsale is absolutely amazing as the vampire warrior chick. She is super sexy, seductive, kick-ass and stunningly gorgeous. Those poor werewolves and vampire schmoes don't stand a chance with her. If I was a guy, and she was a girl (oops, she is a girl) and I wasn't married, and she wasn't married, and I wasn't a vampire or werewolf she wanted to stab with a sword.....I would totally ask her out on a date.

I finally gave up on the Bearotica book. I was willing to overlook the overabundance of sticky, hairy, disturbing images and bordering-on-pornography-sex-scenes, but I just can't overlook plain old bad writing. Some of these stories were horribly written...with major POV issues, the tenses jumping all over the place, etc. Geez, if you're gonna write beary, hairy porno stories, at least make sure your POV stays consistent. Is that too much to ask? (2 stars)

Fairy Tale Lust was another bust. I was excited to read it, since I totally dig stories that are funky twists on fairy tales, but this was all over the place. Some of them were okay, but some were very odd. I like it when there is a strong reference to the original fairy tale, and many of these were not recognizable as any traditional story. I did like the juxtaposition of paranormal next to modern next to traditional. The editor did a nice job mixing them up within the anthology. However, most of the stories felt too short and rushed to me. (3 stars)

Next up on the reading horizon: Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston--I'm giving her another try. The Prince's Groom by KT Grant--I'm going to attempt another M/M story...I hear one of the characters has a beard! And, Zoë Archer's Scoundrel. I can't wait to get back into this series!

All My Best,


Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I like Underworld as one of those re-runs on TV - would have been a bust for me int he theater. I also love the Lara Croft movies and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and all those weird and oh-so-interesting sci fi movies.
I'm relieved that you're done with Bearotica - You had me very worried.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oops, typos! Stupid blind spots! I also love The Day After Tomorrow.

JenM said...

If you like twisted fairy tales, have you ever read Ember by Bettie Sharpe? I picked it up awhile ago for free at Smashwords. I don't know if it's still free there, but it's $0.99 at Amazon. Hilarious and inventive take on the Cinderella myth. Another one that I read and enjoyed was The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt. That one is based on Sleeping Beauty but told from a very different point of view.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! I never go to the movie theatre...very, very rarely. All of the movies I see are on TV...syfy or AMC. I know the whole "movie experience" would be enhanced by going to the theatre, so I need to get off my arse and go one of these days.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Jen....Thanks so much for the recs!!!! I am going to add these onto my TBR pile at Goodreads....I really love fairy tale stories, but the anthology I just finished was not stellar. Thanks a bundle!