Teaser Tuesday: Here’s The Story

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TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

My teaser for today is:

“Everything was taken away from me. Next, a doctor examined me, wrote down the drugs I said I’d abused (coke, diet pills, quaaludes), and then nodded blankly when I said that I hadn’t done anything for two days.”

from page 125 of Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick

Weekend Diversions: Grey’s Gossip, Gay Superheros and Gadget Lust

I’m giving you a little bit of everything today with nothing really related to the next thing. And I tried to make them all alliterative and stuff to SEEM related, but trust me, they’re not.

First up, if you know me, you know this has been front and center in my mind lately – Grey’s Anatomy, most specifically the whole Izzie / George thing – should they stay or should they go? First it’s just a silly little rumor which no one really takes seriously, then almost every member of the cast is confirming it, then almost every member of the cast is denying it as soon as Shonda does. Have they been forcibly silenced? Is all this gossip leaking on purpose to boost their known poor rankings this season? How do they have poor rankings in the midst of one of their most controversial, interesting seasons ever? I can hardly believe they aren’t getting enough viewers when almost everyone I know and don’t know has an opinion on the Denny thing – obviously they’ve watched if they know enough to complain.

I know people love to hate on Izzie, but you have to admit she’s one of the most interesting characters in the show and has had a lot of big arcs in this series. She’s also a gorgeous, successful level headed actress with a long career ahead of her. If she really wants to move on, I can’t necessarily blame her – but I also think that her character still has a lot of mileage left in her – and if Izzie leaves, it’s going to break Alex Karev who has finally become real and almost likable. Do the producers really want to do this to him again? Or will he leave, too? As for poor Georgie? Yeah I can see him leaving. His character has been all but silent for weeks and since it doesn’t look like there will be a George / Lexie hook up anymore, I’m really not sure where he could go from here. I liked the military angle, but if Shonda really has something even better planned, then I’m guessing I’ll be fine with it. Speaking of crazy – Sadie? Yeah I’m happy to see her go, but feel kind of weird about her whole character – I told my husband last night that Sadie on this show was kind of like forcibly hanging out with a drunk stranger. It’s awkward and uncomfortable and when they finally leave, nothing has changed on your end except having been uncomfortable and awkward for a few hours. Basically – what was that all about? Her role in Alias was way better, even though I hated her on that show, too.

Which characters story arcs your favorite this season? Least favorite? How do you feel about Izzie and George potentially leaving the show?

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So in a completely unrelated change of tangents, apparently DC Comics is going to release their first ever gay superhero. And given their target audience, it should be unsurprising that by that I mean a lesbian. Yes apparently Batwoman will be a fan of the ladies – I support this, I mean, I think it’s about time and yet not even a little bit shocking really. I’m sure she’ll be a big hit with comic book fanboys everywhere.

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Alright, and after that brief (awkward and uncomfortable?) intermission, have you seen the new Kindle 2? Apparently thinner than an iPhone it is admittedly drool worthy. But at $350 I still can’t see me ever justifying that kind of expense, especially considering you still have to buy the books you’ll be reading on it. Still, take a look at some of these pictures and day dream with me for a bit…

Book Review: Wicked: Witch & Curse

Grade: B+

It’s tough having the same title as a literary phenomenon turned Broadway musical. How do you compete and set a name for yourself? Well if you’re smart you get a really standout cover and make the book as huge as possible (even if you have to combine two books in one). Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie can consider this a job accomplished. Their book practically leaped off the shelf at me while perusing my local bookstore and I thought, “If you can judge a book by it’s cover, this is going to be a good one.”

I really enjoyed this story of Holly Cathers and her cousins Amanda and Nicole, descendants of a hugely powerful wiccan tribe, the Cahors whose long running blood feud with warlock family the Deveraux has been passed down from generation to generation as the ghosts of Isabeau Cahors and Jean Deveraux attempt to live out their destinies through each generation, resulting in bloody massacres, heart break and deception.

The book’s story is rich and complex, and grows more and more intricate with each chapter, but never feels like too much – Holder and Viguie masterfully weave their tale in just the right way, the mix of current teen culture and ancient magical history is well accomplished. I really enjoyed the story and definitely plan to read the next book, Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound. I did feel like some of the story was rushed, some tragedies seemed to simply fix themselves with little explanation.

I also think this story might be way too much for some teenagers to handle. This book has a lot of death – and a lot of the deaths are friends and family. There are some very dark passages describing magical rituals, some involving sex, though not explicit, it isn’t romantic either. I’d be hesitant to recommend it to just anyone in the teenage set. A college student and above I think could easily handle it and some mature teenagers might do fine, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

Still, all said, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next installment.

This review can also be found at @ Momma’s Review.

What’s On Your Nightstand: January

February is just around the corner and per usual my nightstand is currently begging for mercy, and more books are on their way. This month I finished reading (and reviewed) Home by Julie Andrews (LOVED IT), The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (liked it, but not as much as I’d expected to) and Wicked by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (which I’ll be reviewing later today, but suffice it to say it was terrific).

I’m currently reading The Horse & His Boy (book 3 in Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis and Walk Away The Pounds by Leslie Sansone (I know, I’m a little bit obsessed – the book is actually really good so far btw).

And here are the books slated to be read next, some in my possession others on their way here via Amazon.com:

What’s on YOUR nightstand this month?

Children’s Classics: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

I wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about for this month’s Children’s Classics carnival @ 5 Minutes For Books. But as I finished reading The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe last night it occurred to me that it was both a children’s book and a classic – it was simply a slightly older read than the things I’m reading to my own son who is just two years old. Still it does qualify even if I haven’t been reading it with a child (just a child at heart). I do hope to read this to MM when he gets older and I hope he enjoys this story as much as I have.

First, to be honest, I didn’t love this book as much as I’d expected to – I read The Magician’s Nephew first and liked it more – but I think that is only because The Magician’s Nephew was a new read for me – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is a story I already knew well, and I’d seen the movie adaptations a couple times. I have a very hard time reading a book whose movie I’ve already seen, but I did read and enjoy this book. It is possible I liked the movie more though – but really, in a book this small, it was easier I think to give more details in the movie, something that rarely happens in a book-to-movie adaptation. The length of the movie and being able to see it all unfold in front of your eyes was magical and the recent movie especially was very well done. So while I did like the book, I think I handicapped my own enjoyment by seeing the movie first.

But I love C.S. Lewis’s writing style and the book is very well written and perfect for children. I think it will be a very fun book to read aloud to my own children someday and the story is truly a classic that anyone can enjoy. I recommend both the book and the movie.

For more reviews of children’s classics, head over to 5 Minutes For Books for a list of participants.

Review: Home by Julie Andrews (A Memoir)

Grade: A +

I haven’t read many memoirs but every time I do, I typically think, “Memoirs are wonderful – I should read more of them.” But being non-fiction, somehow memoirs are harder for me to get through, even when I’m enjoying them – a good novel I can typically plow through in less than a week, given appropriate reading time. A good memoir will take me at least 2 weeks, probably more. I started reading Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews shortly after Christmas and finished it two days ago. Being sick with the stomach bug gave me more time for reading (when I wasn’t doing stomach bug things) but it still felt slow going even though it was good.

I’m often amazed reading a good memoir that all those remarkable things can actually have happened to one person. All the same elements of a great book are usually present – comedy, love, drama, tragedy – and it’s all miraculously true. Andrews delivers a powerful punch in her memoir, which tells not only the story of her childhood and first several years in theater, but also the stories of her parents, grandparents, great grandparents and aunts and uncles – not to mention back stories to several of her friends and acquaintances. Andrews reminds me a lot of my grandmother and my mother-in-law, in that she seems to have taken the time to truly know everybody she meets – a quality I greatly admire – and I think it really added something special to her story.

I loved learning so many things about Julie Andrews that I never expected, like about her time in World War II as a child, and her parent’s rocky marriage(s), about how early in her career she thought she’d never be good at acting at all and considered herself pretty unspectacular – a word I don’t think anybody would use to describe The Julie Andrews! She also includes a lot of factual tidbits about voice training, the theatre, history and even housework tips! This memoir really had it all and I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend it.

This was the first book I read this year for the In Their Shoes reading challenge. For more information on the challenge click here.