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Walking Dead

Walking Dead (Walker Papers #4)
by C.E. Murphy

This is the fourth instalment in the Walker Papers series. I feel like I have waited forever for this book to come out because the author has been busy writing two other series, a monthly comic book and, you know, a ton of other stuff. Meanwhile, I was all, “I want a new Walker Papers, bitch!” and the author was all ambivalent to my pleas because she doesn’t know me from Adam and had no idea I was crying to the  heavens and shaking my fists just to get a new dose of Joanne Walker.

So, I guess I can’t blame her. You’re off the hook, Murphy. This time.

Based on the title of this book I had an inkling that perhaps we’d be encountering zombies and I was wary of reading it because, well, I don’t like zombie anything. And it seems like everything is all about zombies these days. Fine for my husband, but not for me.

And.. as I am writing this up I am trying to think of how that horse fits into the story at all. And I don’t think it does. Huh.

But I digress… I started this book about 2 months or so ago and couldn’t really sink my teeth into it. It wasn’t the book’s fault, I was just not in the Urban Fantasy mood. In the last 3 weeks I have been and have been going through all the UF stuff I have bought since MAY! I wasn’t sure if I would have to reread the first 5 chapters or not and I dove into the story feet first. Luckily the story was still fresh in my mind, even after putting the book aside for a while. It starts off close to Halloween, with a Halloween party co-hosted by Joanne and ghosts erupt from a cauldron in the middle of the room. The next few days are filled with trying to figure out what caused the ghosts to appear, the theft of a mystical cauldron from a museum and black magic which covered the city and was possibly going to raise the dead.

There were zombies, sadly for me, but there were also spirits and ghosties and a Celtic God that Joanne had a sarcastic rant at that cracked me up (and I totally saw myself in that scene, because I am known for the occasional inappropriate sarcastic rant at people myself ;)). The ending of the story even surprised me, which made me happy.

Oh, there was even a stalker-ish insurance adjuster. I liked him.

Whereas I didn’t find Walking Dead as humourus as I have found the previous books, it did have it’s great moments (like the outburst at Cernunnos). I found myself enjoying the story more as it moved along even though I was sort of “meh” at the start of the book.

I will be looking forward to the fifth Walker Papers which is due out sometime in 2010 per the back of this book. I hope it’s true!

The Walker Papers

  1. Urban Shaman
  2. Thunderbird Falls
  3. Coyote Dreams
  4. Walking Dead
  5. TBA – 2010??

decorations up! and.. how i fail at existence

So, with the help of my ever wonderful husband (aka – he’s tall so he can reach most of the places I need to decorate) we got the house all festified last night. I am hoping to pick up our tree next weekend. It’s a little early for us, but at the same time, December falls oddly this year and I feel like if we don’t get it up next weekend we’ll be short a weekend! I am sure it’s the same amount of time, it just feels like it’s not. Don’t ask. Go with it.

After we got everything up I thought it looked pretty sparse. So I guess I’ll be hitting the dollar store this week to pick up more garlands and knick-knacks for the house.

It also makes me feel like I wish we had finished painting the room all up and added the mouldings and stuff 2 years ago. heh. Oh, well.

The tree is going to go into a different spot this year since I now have a piano where we have put it our last 2 Christmasses. I am not 100% if I will like this, but I am not about to move the piano around just to put up the tree. Never mind the fact that I have nowhere else to put the piano. 😉

Also done yesterday – I managed to gouge a hole in the roof of my mouth (just behind my two front teeth) with a rice cracker. I kid you not. At first I thought I had just poked it or something and thought I had some cracker, or a sesame seed stuck on the roof of my mouth, until I tasted blood. A lot of it. So, I went to the bathroom, shoved a mirror in my mouth and saw that the skin was hanging down and I had a hole in the roof of my mouth. I can assure this hurts one heck of a lot. I couldn’t finish my diet pepsi – or any other beverage after that because it burned like hell. Even this morning, drinking my tea (not too hot) is difficult. Stupid wound.

You are all lucky enough to know someone who is able to do things like this. Injure themselves with a cracker, or other odd thing. Just this morning I was accosted by the teabag I was trying to take out of my mug! It’s like anything edible is out to get me all of a sudden! What is up with that??

And just look at the awesome new Christmas mug I got for a whopping $10!

This photo really doesn’t do the size of it justice,because this is one of the biggest mugs I think I have ever had. I just couldn’t pass it up in the store – it’s gorgeous!

It’s almost bigger than my face!! (Just ignore the bad morning hair I am sportin’ there… I wasn’t about to style my hair just to take a photo of the mug in my hands. ;)).

And, one more thing, if you’ve made it this far… I have a plan! A secret plan! Muahahahah! And I hope it’ll work out… If it does – make sure you visit again on December 13th!! 😉

yes, i know the blog changed early…

… but I am home fighting a cold or exhaustion or something and darnit! I still feel festive!

Strange that this has been such a miserable year for not only myself but for many people I know and love and this has been the warmest, sunniest November that I can remember – I was outside in a sweater and fleece vest yesterday in 10°C weather and we had the windows open while we slept!

But I am feeling all festive. For the last 3 weekends I have wanted to put up my Christmas decorations. Heck, I wanted to put them up rather than my Halloween ones in October. I still have not put them up (much to Shawn’s pleasure) but I think I might tackle them starting today. This Christmas I feel all red and green. Some Christmases I feel blue and white, or silver and white. But this year? Red and Green all the way, baby!

I did try sleeping this morning, but sadly the tea and my bladder conspired together with other ideas. So instead I have been camped out on the couch festifying my blog and twitter page.

The only thing I don’t feel like doing it Christmas shopping. Mostly because I hate shopping at any time of the year and right now the stores are all full of stupid people who think they are the only ones out there and they just make life miserable for other people trying to walk by, or look at something, or even just standing there!

Gah! I hate people!

So rather than wait for December 1st, which is a Tuesday after all. I took it upon myself to redecorate early. I would have put up the more wintery theme, but it’s nowhere near wintery outside and to be honest, I don’t want to look at snow right now. I am enjoying the semi-green grass and warm weather. Even if my allergies do not!

This week was particularly brutal at work and I really should have been there today, but I feel like I was run over by a stampede of reindeer and my body aches and my nose is stuffed and the plan was to sleep as much as I could today to try and fight off whatever bug is going around. Sadly my bladder will not cooperate and I am unable to sleep.

Now I think I should break out the vacuum so I can clean a little before putting all the Christmas stuff out.

OMG! OMG!! Obernewtyn’s in the house!!!

I am so, so, so excited! I happened to be browsing Amazon.ca due to boredom and I thought I would check to see if there was a listing for the seventh Obernewtyn book on the off chance that there was… and imagine my shock and surprise when I saw THIS:

The Sending: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 7

Once shunned as a Misfit, Elspeth Gordie has found happiness and love in a world where such things are rare. But in the midst of planning a trip to the mysterious Red Land, Elspeth receives the long-awaited summons to leave all she loves. Now she must cross a range of toxic Blacklands to seek the help of a pack of dangerous human-hating wolves—for only these mutant beasts can lead her across the poisonous landscape, to the black road and the Beforetime city that haunt her dreams. Accepting the mission will cost her dearly. But to refuse—or to fail—is to condemn the world to a second apocalypse.

BOOK SEVEN!!! Released July 27, 2010!!!! I am counting down the days RIGHT NOW!

The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 8

After years spent struggling to balance her desires with her responsibilities, Elspeth Gordie has fully embraced her role as the Seeker. Battle-scarred and lovelorn, haunted by memories of her beloved Rushton, Elspeth is not prepared for what she finds at the end of the black road she travels: the Compound, a lost community with a startling secret. As Elspeth strives against her captors, she learns that Rushton and her friends have fallen into the hands of the deadly slavemasters that rule the Red Land. And worst of all, as Elspeth stumbles, the Destroyer creeps ever closer to his goal: awakening the cataclysmically destructive weaponmachines that Elspeth has been charged with stopping. Has all her sacrifice been in vain?

Also to be released July 27, 2010! I feel like I should pre-order these books right now! Maybe if I get amazon gift cards at Christmas or for my birthday in January I will. I can not wait for these two books to be released!!

Some of you may have already known this, but I haven’t seen it mentioned on any blogs recently. I know a few people who read my blog read this series (*cough* PolishOutlander *cough*) so I thought it might be of interest. 🙂

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

First: I loved this book.

Second: I thought it was going to be about faeries. I don’t know why, I guess based on the title and the sort of mystery about the girl, I thought it was faeries. It’s not.

Third: Generally, when a book is hyped as being fantastic and a Must Read! I tend to dislike them. I was lucky with Eyes Like Stars and Prophecy of the Sisters because those two books lived up to what I had been hearing/reading. I was nervous about this book as I knew little about it, though what I had heard about the plot interested me (although I DID think it was about faeries!). This book more than lives up to its hype. It is beyond any hype, it truly is. And I BOUGHT this book on my own, no reviews owed to anyone. It takes a lot for me to give a book 5 stars anywhere, and I did just that for BC.

Just the first chapter had me holding in my breath as I was captivated by detailed description and wondrous writing. The first chapter, people.

I also didn’t realize that the narrator was male. Normally I don’t like male main protagonists, (just like I tend to only like female singers, it’s a thing I have). But I was quickly stripped of any doubts I might normally have about not being able to relate to the narrator. I related. I loved Ethan and I loved Lena. I could just picture Lena in my mind and she was everything I could ever want in a character.

I love the detailed southern small town, and its people. I loved the horridness of the cheerleaders and jocks and how an outsider (Lena) is shunned just because she’s new and different. She doesn’t dress right, she is smart, etc.

I love that it didn’t take Ethan long to chose which side he was on.

I especially love that this was more of a story about a girl trying to fit in somewhere she really stood out and how small towns can be just evil and mean. It was a story about a boy and a girl and not just about the paranormal aspects, which are there, yes, and they are all kinds of awesome (I have mentioned numerous times how much I love witches!), but they seem to take a very comfortable back seat to the growing up and learning who you are at 16.

There is suspense, humour, tragedy, awkwardness and magic all rolled up into one fantastically told story.  I honestly do not know how to summarize this story without giving anything away. I don’t want to. I was so contentedly surprised by what happened the entire time, I want others to share that feeling.

This is a 600+ page novel, which does not feel like it’s 600 pages. The story plays out just right, nothing is rushed and nothing slows down to the point that you feel you have to skip a bunch of pages to get back into the action. There isn’t action like you would find in an Action Flick at the movies, but there is constant forwarding of the plot. I could not put this book down. I had read 133 pages before bed and only stopped because I HAD to sleep, I was falling asleep while reading. I finished the book this morning. A little over 4 hours of reading and I was done. I did nothing else this morning. My computer and the internets were forgotten. I devoured this book.

A quick message to Margaret Stohl on Twitter got me confirmation that there will be a second book. Which I am happy about, as I was left with a couple of questions at the end of BC and was hoping that it was only because there was a sequel planned and not just because it was forgotten about (one point was fairly important to the entire story!).

If you can get this from your library, or want to add a gorgeous hard cover to your book collection, I would suggest you read Beautiful Creatures as soon as you can. I took a chance buying the hard cover, though I DID have coupons making it less painful to buy, and I am not sorry that I did.

Caster Chronicles

  1. Beautiful Creatures
  2. Beautiful Darkness
  3. Beautiful Chaos
  4. TBA – Fall 2012?