Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ancient Memories Review

Ancient MemoriesAncient Memories by Youngblood Hawke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve become an evening/weekend escape artist, settling in with books or movies that let me set aside the realities of my workday.

Ancient Memories is a fun story, with a bit of a twist at the end that gave me goosebumps.

I like fiction that gives me goosebumps.

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The Ghost Dancers Review

The Ghost DancersThe Ghost Dancers by G.P. Schultz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed The Ghost Dancers, a story about family, friendship, love, loss, and war.

My favorite books have characters that I would like to know in real life, wish I could know, because they possess the good and bad human traits that make a human being. This adds life to the story , allowing me to get caught up in what’s happening. How do the characters get through the trials that the author is putting them through? Are they changed by the story’s events?

Good story, satisfying end, and I’m wondering what life looks like for the main characters five years after the book ends.

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Three (and a Half) Tips to Survive Cyber Monday | PCWorld

Three (and a Half) Tips to Survive Cyber Monday | PCWorld.

Well, I’m back from celebrating with TWO Thanksgiving dinners, detoxing from all of the good food and getting my blood sugars back into the normal range.

I started Saturday out by spilling coffee on my brand new t.v. remote control, so a trip to the cable store gave me a chance to get out of the house and take a long walk. Then I came home and crashed. Thankfully, my blood sugars were no longer in the danger zone (note to self:one holiday dinner okay, two holiday dinners are a no-no).

I’ve been getting as large number of email deals for cyber Monday, but I’m going to pass, thank you all very much.

My grandchildren are crafting their Christmas lists now, and I will be shopping throughout the month.

How about you–will you be cyber shopping?

It’s a short week at work for me, and I’ll be off to eat some great food and visit family.

Back next week.

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I went to see Breaking Dawn Part I yesterday, snapped the picture above on my IPhone, right after a group of tween girls took their pictures (mostly pics of Jacob, the dude standing off to the right).

It was kind of fun, and very relaxing.

Something different from my “must work faster” Monday-Friday work mantra.

I found the first part of Breaking Dawn lots of fun, total escapism, and fairly consistent with the book (which is my favorite in the series, as Bella speaks up and learns, by the decisions she makes, that she has her own power.

Breaking Dawn is a total chick flick, and I will be awaiting part two eagerly.

I’m still trying to take pictures with my IPhone, as you can see 🙂

Fun with stripgenerator

Senior citizen discounts

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I’m finally saying “yes” to senior citizen discounts.

What the hey, I’m 62!

Ross Dress for Less gives me a sc discount when I buy stuff on Tuesday’s.

I got a sc discount when I bought my Amtrak ticket the other day.

I think it’s kind of cool.

I’m a senior citizen!

Who’d a thunk it?

Case Histories | Masterpiece | PBS

Case Histories | Masterpiece | PBS.

A big thanks to Rachel Weeks Bright for reminding me that Jason Isaacs (a.k.a Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) is p.i. Jackson Brodie in three  Masterpiece  Mystery stories.

Isaacs is so good in this role that I forgot he played Lucius Malfoy, a real stinker of a character.

Jackson Brodie is also kind of a stinker, but he’s a brilliant detective.

Kate Atkinson has written four Jackson Brodie novels; I’ve read the first, Case Histories, and enjoyed the book.

I recommend watching these three stories on PBS; they are very good.

Here’s an interview with Isaacs and author Kate Atkinson:


Murder in the 11th House: A Starlight Detective Mystery

Murder in the 11th House: A Starlight Detective Agency MysteryMurder in the 11th House: A Starlight Detective Agency Mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book of a series, and I found it a fun read.

I work hard, and when I come home from work I want to relax, unwind, and zone out, and murder in the 11th House helped me do this!

I finished this book tonight while soaking in nice warm bubble bath.

David Lowell is an astrological detective. I don’t know anything about astrology, except that I’m a Leo. I’ve never been that interested in astrology, but I like the characters that author Mitchell Scott Lewis has created in this book.

Lowell has an entourage helping him solve the murder of a New York City judge–his daughter, a personal computer hacker, a fashionable assistant, and a chauffeur/bodyguard (and Julia, his live-in housekeeper, except she’s more of a major domo).

To round out the cast of quirky characters, there’s a police detective who thinks he’s caught his suspect, a foul-mouthed bartender named Johnny who’s been accused of blowing up the judge, and a host of bad guys.

It’s a fast-paced and fun read, and dang it, this book made me smile (and I need to smile more).

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Cold Vengeance Book Review

Cold Vengeance (Pendergast #11)Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Congratulations to me!

This is the first book I’v been able to finish since being laid up with a respiratory infection (and having to get to work most days).

Cold Vengeance tells a fast-paced, solid story, picking up where Fever Dream left off.

FBI Agent Pendergast, still haunted by the murder of his wife Helen, discovers that his brother-in-law is the keeper of some monstrous secrets. Pendergast’s search for the truth leads him into some dangerous situations, as always, with his colleague Lt. D’Agosta helping out minimally this time. The loot is still recovering from what happened to him in Fever Dream, and Pendergast feels the situation is too dangerous.

Cold Vengeance ends with a cliff hanger, and the promise of the next Pendergast book.

Hopefully I’m on the mend, and will finish another book soon!

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