Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thanks for the idea, Kady

Kady wrote a post today about all the books she's been reading on her trip and I thought that a book review was a fine idea!

I finally finished reading Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.  It's the first book in a series of at least ten books that I won't be reading unless someone puts me in a jail cell with nothing but those books.  The reason that I even finished it was because the TV series True Blood was in my Netflix queue (isn't that a stupid way to spell a word?  Queue?  Looks like it should sound like Kwayay)  Anyway... what was I saying?  Oh yeah, True Blood in my Netflix.  I'm into the TV show now because it's pretty good (and because I'll watch anything and like it).  A bit porny, but good!  The characters are written much better in the show than in the book.  They are funnier and more believable (shut up) in the TV show.  The characters in the book are pretty flat.  Anna Paquin as Sookie in the show is fantastic!  (I almost wrote Anna Quindlen and then I laughed at myself.)

 Anna Quindlen, not Sookie Stackhouse

Sookie and Vampire Bill.      
Sure, it's about vampires and stuff, but there's a lot more to the show than there is to the book.  I can't say I didn't enjoy the book because after I stopped expecting anything good at all to come of it, I was pleasantly surprised sometimes.  Not often.  Most of the time I would read something a character said and think, Huh? that makes no sense... and then forget it and go on.  I do not recommend the book, but if you don't mind lots of swearing and soft-core porn, then True Blood is for you!  (The character of Lafayette is the best.)

Now I'm reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.  It's the third book in the Millenium trilogy and these are the BEST BOOKS!  Larsson was (he's dead now) Swedish so all the books take place in Sweden and were originally written in Swedish.  The translations are wonderful and the books are super.  The "girl" is Lisbeth Salander.  She's an odd person.  She works for a security firm as a researcher.  Her coworkers think she is retarded, but she's not.  She's super smart and resourceful.  She was declared legally incompetent because of something that happened in her past (which you'll find out about, eventually!) so she has a guardian.  He's a good guy but he has a stroke so she gets assigned a new guardian.  He's not a nice guy.  He's a super duper bad guy and he's mixed up in all kinds of trouble.  This is just one plot out of many and I'm not telling you anything else, except that they are fascinating books, and I heard on NPR the other day that they are supposedly "hard to read," but not for me, so I think I must be reading at about a 45 year-old level.  YAHOO!

One more plug:  The TV show Glee.  I have liked it from day one, but last night's episode was so good that I have gone from being a simple fan to a super GLEEK!


  1. Your like the 20th person to tell me about those books. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first
    one, right?
    I reading the last Twilight book *** spoiler alert***
    I hate Bella pregnant with some monster..... I have to finish it and then I'll start these books.
    I tried to like Glee but I just can't get into it!
    Do you have Showtime? I love, love Nurse Jackie, Dexter, Weeds and Tara... have you seen any of these?
    Well if you haven't rent the seasons!!
    Ah if you want to!

  2. Hi Jane! I'm so glad you read my blog! I LOVED the Twilight series and felt ashamed the entire time I was reading them. If I was in a waiting room or something and was reading, I would hide the cover so nobody would see me. That's so stupid because everyone with estrogen loves those books. The last Twilight book is a bit like an acid trip, but SO GOOD! You will get to the best part soon.

    I have not watched Nurse Jackie, Weeds or Tara, but I love Dexter. I'll have to put those other ones on my Netflix. I finished the first season of True Blood today but it took me about two hours to watch the last episode because I'd have to pause it everytime my kids were within 50 feet of me or else they would hear "fuck you, bitch!" over and over or see people doing it. There's not much that's child appropriate in that show. Like maybe two minutes of the first 12 shows.

    The first book of the Millenium series is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it starts a little slow, but gets better and better the more you read it. The second book is The Girl Who Played with Fire, and then the last one is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

  3. I think I'm going to have to read this Dragon Tattoo book series also


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