May. 24th, 2017

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1. Lucifer -- this week's episode was even better than last weeks. I laughed throughout. Also found it oddly cathartic.

Really going to miss this during the summer. Why is it the shows that I like have less episodes?

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2. Wed Reading Meme

Read an interesting bit in an Amazon review of the novel "The Romance Reader's Guide to Life". A romance novelist was reviewing the book and stated that it was obvious that the writer of the novel was a literary writer who'd never really read romance novels until she'd become an adult, and just picked one randomly off the shelf. As a result, the novel she'd written was not an accurate take on the romance genre and a somewhat insulting view or romance reader's in general. Her review reminded me a little of my reaction to another literary novel/best-seller, the name of which I've managed to completely block ...the Marriage Arrangement? Contract? Can't remember. I was written by the same guy who wrote Middlesex and the Virgin Suicides, but whose name escapes me for some reason.

At any rate, I agree with the reviewer to an extent. And decided to skip the book, because it most likely would trigger me right now. (And I'm avoiding triggers as much as possible or at least until I survive my current work stress situation. My boss and workplace has become increasingly absurd, anal, illogical and irrational, and it's driving me crazy.) She makes an excellent point on why it is not a good idea to write about what you don't know. If you've never read any mystery novels, or have only read a couple here and there, and have little knowledge of the genre, it's probably not a good idea to write a critique of it or a commentary on it, fictional or otherwise. Nor do I think you'd get away with it in the same way literary writers get away with besmirching the romance genre. The mystery genre is more respected. But my point is -- people shouldn't bash a genre they don't know. Or write about a genre they don't know.

Also, it's probably good to keep in mind that every genre has good and bad books in it. Which are good and which are bad is largely subjective and often a matter of opinion. And all books have merit, all have something to someone.

It irritates me when people bash genres I enjoy. Considering I enjoy all the genres...this poses a bit of a problem. Also, since I have enjoyed and read all the genres...I figure I have the right to be critical of them. LOL!

Anywho..What I've finished reading?

The Smoke Thief by Shannen Abe -- which I bought on Amazon for .99 cents. It was dirt cheap when I bought it. It's sequels weren't, damn it. I don't think Kindle e-books should be more than $5.00. Mine (as in my independently published novel) is $4.99, although I'm considering trying to take it down to $2.99. To be fair, for the expensive books on Kindle, sometimes that's the publishers not the writer's idea.

It was good. I rather adored it. It's a 1700s historical paranormal romance about a female thief who turns into smoke and into a dragon. She uses disguises to infilterate the homes of the well-to-do, then turns into smoke to steal into their quarters and steal their jewels. She has an affinity for jewels because drakon (dragon folk) can hear and feel them. The love interest is the head of drakon or dragon people in GB, he lives in Scotland, and tracks the theif to London, but he doesn't know it's a woman. Much chaos ensues.

The dialogue/banter is fun and made me laugh. And the writing is well a style I happen to enjoy, simple, clear, poetic, and not jarring. So many writer's styles are jarring to my inner ear.
Just a fun book all the way around.

Will the word Alpha is said a lot, and the hero and heroine are continuously referred to as Alphas.
So if that bugs you, you might want to skip. Also, they are very strong willed people and described as breathtakingly beautiful, so if that bugs you, best to skip. There's also a young boy/thief who is great with animals named Zane, featured in the novel.

The Dream Thief is what I'm reading now. It's the next in the series. It's about their daughter, and the thief, Zane. He's grown up, as is she. And they are hunting a magical diamond, which allows the holder to control the drakon people. Zane is not drakon. Lila their daughter has been dreaming that he takes the diamond and uses it to control her and destroy her family. Her dreams often come true.

There's a legend behind it about a Princess who was stolen by a peasant along with the diamond and who used the diamond to do just that.

Probably will read Queen of the Dragons next which is about Lila's brother and the Princess Mari, who is introduced in the book I'm currently reading.

3. Dirty Dancing The ABC movie version appears to an adaptation of the West End and Broadway musical. It works and it doesn't. Very different than the original in many ways. The plot has been changed in places. Some things work better, some really don't. Also, I'm not sure there would have been mixed races at a resort, in 1963, in upstate NY. I asked my mother, and she said, no, they wouldn't have hired black dance instructors to work at a white resort in the early 60s. This was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. And the presentation has black dancers and dance instructors. While the original film just had the black band conductor. So, not sure about that.

Also...they changed it so that instead of Johnny reluctantly teaching Baby to dance so that they can do this Tango entertainment dance at another hotel as the entertainment. If they don't do it, Johnny and Penny lose their bonus and any chance of performing or getting a gig for next summer as dance instructors -- since it is part of their contract. Anyhow, instead of doing that...Baby pays the $250 for Penny's abortion in exchange for Johnny giving her dance lessons. So she can dance in the final talent show. This just doesn't work. The other plot point worked better. But they must have found it to be too confusing...and simplified it.

Haven't seen all of it yet. I recorded it. Too frigging long.


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