I just got done reading “Verbena,” by Nanci Kincaid and I really enjoyed it. Set in a small town in Alabama, “Verbena” revolves around the life of Verbena Martin Eckert McKale, who is mother to five rapidly growing teens, and the widow of Bobby Eckert, who was killed with his pregnant girlfriend in a car accident. “Bena” has no idea her husband had been unfaithful until his death, the infidelity making the situation that much more difficult to cope with. She does cope though, and manages to get on with her life, and the raising of her children, finding friendship, love, and a new husband along the way. When bad luck strikes once again, Bena finds her way through it, her family and friends standing beside her. The characters in this book are so ordinary, and yet they draw you in, each one a hero or heroine in there own right. The plot is surprising, delightful, and funny-when I was finished, I wished there was more.
Next in my stack was “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen & Terry Pratchett. While I was intrigued when I picked it up-it reminded me a lot of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe.”-I’m just not interested at this point. I’ll be bypassing this for now, maybe pick it up again at a later time. Books are due back tomorrow anyway, so I’ll have a whole new stack to work on very soon.
In the meantime, and knowing I would probably finish “Verbena” sometime this afternoon, I also brought a Dean Koontz novel “The Door to December” so I wouldn’t be too bored at work today. A friend at work had passed along a few of his books to me a couple weeks ago, but just having been to the library, I hadn’t had a chance to get to them. I used to read a lot of Koontz in high school-I was very big in to horror fiction then. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, but back then it was all I would read.
I’m really wanting to track down Laurell K. Hamilton’s vampire series as well as her Faerie Queen series. I’ve been told both series’ are excellent. Apparently, she’s pretty prolific, and there’s a ton of books. The Webster library has only the last three in the vampire series, and I obviously don’t want to read them out of order. I haven’t tried searching the other western NY libraries online yet-I might have some luck there, especially with the city library. I have looked at Borders in Henrietta, and they have a crappy selection of fantasy and sci-fi. They don’t even have any Charles DeLint-who is my absolute fav. I have not tried Barnes and Noble yet, though I might next time we’re out in that direction-there’s one near PetSmart in Webster, and god knows, we’re there often enough we should have stock in the company. I have not looked online to buy yet either-which I’m guessing will be my best bet for all of them. I’d really like to get them through the library if I can, but if I must, I guess I’ll purchase them.
“Hex” season finale is Thursday night on BBC America @ 9pm. I usually Tivo my shows, and then watch them when I want, but I just might sit and watch this one, I’m so excited for it. The last epi was awesome-I love Ella!-and this episode coming up promises to be a great one.
Has anyone been watching “Blade-the series?” I’ve been Tivo-ing it, but I haven’t sat down to watch any of it yet. Also Tivo-ing “Life on Mars” (BBC) and “Shipwrecked Island” (BBC)-again, haven’t watched any of them. What can I say?!-it’s summer, and I’ve been busy. I love the DVR/Tivo thing-it makes watching TV so much more convenient. I’m really looking forward to the new seasons of “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy” too.
I’d also like to mention that there are two horror films coming out that look really tasty. “The Descent” opens this Friday, and apparently it’s by the same people who did “Cabin Fever (fav!!!) and “Hostel”-my husband alerted me to this one, and I’ve only seen a tiny bit of the trailer, so I’m not really sure what it’s about, but it looks gory, and scary, and I think we’ll be going this weekend to see it. I’ll let ya know how it is!
Also, “Pulse,” which is a remake of a Japanese film much like “The Ring”/”Ringu,” is due out on 8/11. I remember seeing the trailer for this movie months ago, and it looked kick-ass. I’ve been dying for it’s release ever since. We’ll be seeing this the night it opens.
I don’t have any info on this at all, but I’m also dying to see “Brick.” It’s an indy, and was released as such several months ago. I had seen trailers for it on DVDs we had rented and it looks awesome-very modern film noir kicked in the teeth with some David Lynch/Twin Peaks/Blue Velvet kinda stuff. I wanted to see it at the theater, but Craig hates our indy theater, as it’s so small and he prefers stadium seating, which they don’t have. I’ve been waiting for the DVD-and at last check it wasn’t out yet. I’ll have to look it up in IMDB. (Note-just looked it up, release date is 8/8/06. Rent it or die.)