Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Second Day of Christmas

I must remember to check the bird feeders...

Drinking coffee from my new blue Dansk mug, fingering my necklace of blue crystals and silver beads, reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Blue Moon - which is a hoot.
Never read her before.
Have previously avoided modern vamp fiction in the expectation it would be dark and derivative.
It's not.

I know there isn't a lot to choose from between a bloodsucker and a flesh-eater, but at least after Jean-Claude finished feeding, there weren't chunks between his fangs.

Have been howling and yodeling over passages like that.

Anita Blake is a licensed vampire hunter and necromancer.
Vampires are a protected species - except the ones that go bad and become serial killers.
Have heard Hamilton disparaged, for all the usual reasons.
That her heroine, Blake, is too tough, too smart, with too much attitude.
Too much lip, too few frills.
Donno, haven't finished this one - things like fat birds, stuffing, cranberry sauce, chocolate, and blackberry cordials got in the way of feasting on my Christmas books.
Waes hael!
As well as the acrobatics of a pair of dogs in an ecstasy of dinosaur delight over yard-long rawhide bones.
The tree hasn't fallen over yet, though.
But, so far, the logic of her fantasy world holds together, as well as the human reactions of her characters, whether they are cops or weres.
And I am enjoying the attitude.

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
-Oliver Herford.

Hope your day was as lovely as mine.


Erik Ivan James said...

That bird looks as though it might bite.

Ahh...Dear Gal...but it is you that enhances the beauty of the necklace.

Beautiful poem too.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Erik!

Loved that attitude from a ball of fluff!

Ric said...

That poor little guy looks annoyed. Folks too busy with thier new toys to unwrap the suet.

House still too hectic to find a quiet place to read my new tomes.

Such fun to find a new author. Unexpected joys.

EA Monroe said...

Good morning, Bernita. I've been reading LKH for years. Now, I'm reading her latest comic books (Guilty Pleasures) and enjoying the art. I'm back at work. ;-b

Bernita said...

Decidedly a human expression, Ric!
Books are absolutely finest kind!

One of the Infants has promised to feed me more of her stuff, Liz, maybe January won't be so dark and cold afterall.

MissWrite said...

Glad you're enjoying the book, your Christmas sounds absolutely devine.

spyscribbler said...

I love LKH's world-building. She really sucks you in! The main disappointing thing about Anita is the arc over the series gets a little whacked out, especially with the men.

Although, what can you do? She compared Richard to her husband (ex-now), although she denies it now. But if you read the series, it's easy to see the parallels of getting rid of Richard and making way for Micah (her new husband). Richard was this great guy, and all of a sudden--BAM!--he's this whiny wimp acting like an a--hole.

Honestly, I'm now loving her fey series. Much, much more consistent character behavior from book to book. But heck, I'm still a fan, and will still read every Anita Blake book, too!

Dennie McDonald said...

So you had a Blue Christmas ... but in a good way ... LOL

(Belated) Merry Christmas and May you have a tremendous new year !

Bernita said...

Thank you, Tami, and I have two others by her to wallow in!

Think the other two are from the fey series, Spy.
I wanted a taste before I went whole hog.

Bernita said...

Thank you. The same to you, Dennie.

writtenwyrdd said...

The 1st 8 books are terrific, but after that, it becomes porn over plot. Mind you, I still read them all because I MUST know what happens next! But don't buy the hardcover.

December Quinn said...

Gah! NO, Bernita! NO! Put down the Anita Blake book. STEP AWAY from the Anita Blake book!

I know it seems like fun now. The books are fairly snappy and well-written. The situations are interesting, the stakes high. The possibility that Anita might actully not win, that something bad could happen, still hangs in the air to give you impetus to keep reading.

Please, for the love of all that's holy, stop after that book. Because all of that changes. Anita becomes a terrible, horrible, ball-breaker of a cheap slut. Those well crafted-plots fall to the wayside, crumbling in the wake of more and more badly-written sex and weak, clingy male characters.

Please, Bernita. I wouldn't be a good friend if I didn't tell you to STOP NOW, before it all falls apart.

I lost my innocence, and my happy memories of good Anita Blake books.

Don't let the same thing happen to you.

Bernita said...

Funny how a character or a situation can keep one coming back out of sheer curiosity, Written.

It's alright, December.
Consider me warned.
Even that will be interesting as an example of a good heroine gone bad!

Anonymous said...

Another one has come and gone. But I hope you have many many more.

Carla said...

Great photo! (Feed Me, Or Else). Do you suppose there's such a thing as a were-robin?

S. W. Vaughn said...

Glad to hear your holiday was happy! :-) Books for Christmas - you can't go wrong.

Jeff said...

Happy second day of Christmas, Bernita. That poor bird in the photo does not look happy. You might have to toss him/her an extra few sunflower seeds or something. :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Steve!

He does look very intent and determined, Carla!

They know I can go very wrong if I don't get books, Sonya.

About as mean as a couple of ounces of feathers can look, Jeff.

Gabriele C. said...

Hehe, cheeky little bird. But no surprise; the blackbird here chase neighbour's cat something fierce, like little black cruise missile jets.

I've never gone near Anita Blake because I've heard only bad things about the recent books, and I'm not sure I want to start on a series I know I'll give up on - I've given up on a lot of series already, including Gabaldon.

Lisa Hunter said...

Sweet picture. It's important to feed birds this winter because the mild weather seems to have convinced many birds to stay north longer than usual.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderfully restful morning.

Bernita said...

" like little black cruise missile jets"
Hee, love that line, Gabriele.
I'm willing to take the risk.

Yes, Lisa. As soon as the ground is covered and they can no longer access weed seeds, I fire up the bird feeders.

One of the advantages of having grown kids, Jason.