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2008… so far.

The photo below is the list I am keeping of the books I read in 2008…

When I look at this list (so far), I see old friends (Pern, Belgarath, Raistlin etc), and I see new friends, (Bartamaeus, Mary Russell, Cecelia etc) and I see time enjoyed inside my books.

Knowing this I still wonder, how come it’s enjoyable just to look at your books even when you aren’t reading them?  The people and places in those books, and of course the mystical creatures, are not real…. yet they continue to make me smile, and continue to make me wish I could run away to those special places, with those special people and live some of the lives that are only real in authors heads.  Creepy huh?

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You must be sick of me mentioning Roy Dotrice or anything about Father on Beauty & the Beast.  Well………….  one more time!  But this time it has to do with the fact that I just purchased all 3 seasons of Beauty and the Beast on DVD!! ohhhhhhhh yeah! 

Lookey Lookey!!  They came in the mail Saturday, and I watched the first dvd which had 4 episodes on it.  B&B ran from 1987-1990.

As much as I remember each episode (and amazingly I do remember !!  I say amazing because it was never in rerun!) as I watch them… I find that I still forgot ..just how good they were!

Linda Hamilton never looked so good. (yeah, some guys will argue with that and say she looked better in the Terminator…but Nah.. it’s not true!)

Perlman’s makeup, was outstanding, and so were the costumes and every prop they had “below ground”.  For instance, I forgot that Father’s (Roy) opening scene was in his “library”!!  He had rows and rows of books!! (and you wonder why I love Father! cha!)

Exquisite costumes!!!  I think the next time I see Armin I will have to discuss the costumes with him!  I could never say enough good things about the people who did the costumes or the set designs and displays, so I will try to say it in just two words. 

Absolutely Phenominal.

And just so I had a new photo to show … I had forgotten (CRS) I had one of Jay Acovone who played Linda Hamiltons boss on the show.

And here’s a little trivia for my book friends…  George RR Martin wrote 14 of the 56 episodes for Beauty and the Beast and was consultant on many other episodes!!  I guess we now know why Roy Dotrice did the audio versions of A Song of Ice and Fire! (which I would give anything to have, even a poor copy!.. just fyi , heh)

Strangely, Armin (Pascal) was in 14 episodes.  It seems to be a magic number.

I managedto watch 2 dvd‘s of season one (8 episodes).  I saw one episode that George RR Martin wrote, it was called Masques, it was a Halloween/ costume party, which allowed Vincent (the beast) to walk among normal people because they thought he had a costume on.  It was also about an Irish writer who told a story about a man and woman, where he couldn’t live in her type of life, and she couldn’t live in his, yet the loved each other.  (sound like Martin?) 

 I am surprised that he worked as a consultant on other episodes.  This is what happens when a really good show gets lost and never hit reruns..things you missed the first time around, … stayed missed. 

I’m already glad I bought these dvds… though I truly thought I would never buy a television series on dvd.  I never even bought my own friends show of Star Trek! (but of course they are forever in reruns, so no real need… though if they hadn’t been so expensive I would have gotten them, just to have.)

So now I get to watch Roy A LOT! And that makes me happy, even if many years have passed since they were first aired.  And occasionally one of his other movies pops up on the telly… and I do get to look forward to Hellboy II !! (even if only a small part, I will be thrilled to see him once again, as he is now)  

I have to say this, especially to anyone who watched Beauty and the Beast and liked Roy’s character of Father… you have to rent Cheech & Chong’s Corsican Brothers and see Father like you’ve never seen him before or will again! lol

And lastly, I tortured myself  (yet again!) searching for  an audio cassette of Roy narrating Watership Down. *sigh*  ..geez, who would think an audio tape would be so hard to find???  I mean, I’m talking Watership Down for gosh sake, not the over $1,000 price for George RR Martin’s book in which Roy does hundreds of voices!…  why do I torture myself?  ARGH!

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I’m Ba-a-a-d

Have you ever watched a bad movie just because an actor you like is in it?

I have.

And I did just that Saturday morning on TCM

It was called The People That Time Forgot (1977)  ..and it was so “corny” it was almost laughable!  But it had one thing.. or rather, one person in it that was always so gorgeous to me that I couldn‘t not watch it.

The actor?

Oh!.. that would be Doug McClure. And if you look below you will see the eye candy that he was!! (well, the woman will.. the men can just be jealous)

(below is what caught my immediate attention!  Hello?!  Can you say “gimme, gimme gimme!?” lol)

Next is a very young Doug McClure, woof!  What a cutie he was!

Here’s a nice shot of Doug with John McIntire in the television series The Virginian.  His character name was Trampas.

next is just a gorgeous shot of his irresistible smile!

And lastly the photo in my collection…..

Since I purchased this from a dealer I can not be positive that it’s an authentic autograph but I sure hope it is.

Educated at UCLA, this blond leading man long made a career of apparent agelessness. He played one young sidekick after another through numerous movies and one TV series after another, playing 20ish roles into his late 40s. Although he made more than 500 appearances in his career (counting TV episodes separately), he is undoubtedly best remembered as Trampas in the series “The Virginian” (1962) and and Backtrack! (1969). McClure was fighting cancer the last couple of years before his death; despite this, he continued working, appearing in Maverick (1994) as one of the gamblers, as well as in Riders in the Storm (1995) and episodes of “Burke’s Law” (1994) and “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” (1993) which didn’t appear until after his death. McClure got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame shortly before his death.

I’m sure no one under the age of 40 , will remember most of those television shows! lol  

Even though the movie I was watching with him in it will never make the list of top 10, it was worth suffering through it.. just to see Doug! 

(This was every bit as bad of me to do as it is when I buy a book because of its cover!! sheesh!  well, I guess eye candy remains eye candy, in more ways than one!)

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The Grand Tour

  

 Quest the First…

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

 

Book 3:  The Grand Tour: Being a Revelation of Matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, Including Extracts from the Intimate Diary of a Noblewoman and the Sworn Testimony of a Lady of Quality by Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (September 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 015204616X

Both book covers: Jacket Design by Kelly Eismann

Amazon.com
In this elegant, old-fashioned rambler, a sequel to the historical fantasy Sorcery and Cecilia, a party of five Brits (three of them are wizards)–Kate and Thomas Schofield, Cecy and James Tarleton, and Lady Sylvia–takes a “grand tour” of 19th-century Europe. What promises to be a pleasant exploration of old world antiquities and fancy shops turns out to be an adventure of a lifetime when Cecy receives a mysterious alabaster flask (a coronation treasure) from an agitated Lady in Blue. Before they know it, they are wrapped up in a magical conspiracy to take over Europe.
Written in two voices by two different authors, the novel alternates between Cecy’s deposition and excerpts from her dear friend and cousin Kate’s diary. Despite the crisp, clever dialogue and wonderful character subtleties in this Jane Austen-style comedy of manners, readers may be confused by the episodic nature of the novel whose mysteries take their sweet time in unfolding.

From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–Cousins Kate and Cecy, first introduced in Sorcery and Cecilia (Harcourt, 2003), are married to Thomas and James and honeymooning in Europe. With continued echoes of Jane Austen, the marvelous mixture of fantasy and Regency romance easily captures readers’ interest. The alternating voices of Cecy, in her deposition to the Joint Representatives of the British Ministry of Magic, and of Kate, in her commonplace book, tell of married life, attempted robberies, murder, magic spells that work (and a few that backfire), and the search for the reason for a series of mysterious thefts of arcane historical artifacts that are linked to magic and a king’s coronation. On their tour, the newlyweds take their place in European society, meeting well-known historical figures such as Beau Brummell and various noblemen and magicians. The plot moves at a sedate but steady pace befitting the period, and the characters shine as they struggle with their magical legacy and grand adventure, while they try to prevent the coronation of a new Napoleon. This book will appeal to fantasy readers who appreciate something more sophisticated than Harry Potter-style magic.–

This is book 2 of a series of books by Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, the first being Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot.

Once again Amazon did a good job at reviewing this book.  It is only a short period of time from Sorcery & Cecelia to The Grand Tour.  In this book both girls married the magicians that they were involved with.  They had a double wedding and are going on the Honeymoon Grand Tour together, along with Lady Sylvia (also a magician).

In Society back in the 1800’s when these books take place, it is proper for a Grand Tour of Europe to get to know who’s who and to be seen in all your splendor.

The book is a mixture of the grand tour of that time, and a mystery that begins to unfold along the way. 

In the tradition of movies I’ve seen such as Sense and Sensibility, things do not move quickly, and are done most proper for the coming out of such ladies. 

I found I enjoyed the book quite well, but not quite as much as the first book. 

It was nice now that the two married couples were involved in things and the fact that you were reading whan each girl wrote down in their private journal, made you, once again, feel like you were snooping! 

I think I most enjoyed the way the authors have set these books up… first you read the letters the cousins wrote to each other in Sorcery & Cecelia, and now you are reading the entries of their journals.  This give you two different views as you go along and keeps you on your toes.

I’m not sure these books are for everyone.  They might be more of a women’s book, but I’ve found them a nice change of pace (in time and place) and just plain enjoyable.

Next I will read the third book of the series, The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After.  (Love the titles of all three of the books!!)

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One week and counting!  Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull!!  Oh man!

This morning Good Morning America interviewed Spielberg/ Harrison and Lucas.. you can see interview from Good Morning America  by clicking the link !

Meanwhile.. here’s a few screen caps I did while I watched the interview for the 4th or 5th time.. but who’s counting?! heh.

Indy, Indy, Indy!!  It just can’t get any better!  Thank you Harrison, Steven and George!!

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I’m not sure I can do 5 more books for a fourth time.. but while the challenge goes on I’ll keep posting my reads until it’s officially over! 
   
 Quest the First…

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 2: Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 1 edition (February 18, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0618981780

From Booklist:
Twelve-year-old Claire and other Blue Wing townsfolk know there’s something magical about living along the Mississippi River. How else can they explain Claire’s bullying cousin Duke suddenly finding a rhino horn growing where his nose was? Or Duke’s parents mysteriously turning to stone? Seeking antidotes, Claire, who “can’t resist an adventure,” joins Duke and a motley trio of river trolls on a quest filled with obstacles, magic, and mayhem that ultimately leads to a showdown with a Rock Troll, who may hold the key to it all. Folksy charm, inventive fantasy, and diverse characters blend in this offbeat river tallish tale.

I have to admit that the artwork on the cover AND the title caught my attention some time ago and is probably what made me buy the book!  I was really curious of the title.. one could “see” the “horn” part of the title but “wrinkles??”

Well I sure don’t want to give away the meaning of the title.  I will say you do find out before it’s all over! heh.

Duke and Claire are cousins who hang out together, but it turns out that Duke is quite a bully, even to his own cousin.  Each time Duke is mean and bullies Claire his nose grows (flashes of Pinocchio flash thru my mind).

I’m sure everyone knew a bully when they were young.  Hopefully you didn’t have to deal with the bully,but if you did, you could only wish his nose would grow!

Claire becomes the one to deal with river trolls and rock trolls and even a blue wing in order to try to save Duke and family members that the trolls have turned into stone.

Have you ever had to deal with trolls?  Ah, well.. me either, but yaknow.. we all do what we must to get thru life.

This was a cute fantasy story, and along with the artistic illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli the adventure that Claire and Duke live through comes to life.

A very enjoyable book indeed.

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Today I planned just to show a few yard photos… and I still will.  But first  Kim of  Bold, Blue Adventure is asking for blogging tips, and or.., complaints.

Well, the only tip I have is.. when you are stuck on something.. BEG!  Eventually someone comes to your rescue!  heh.. 

I keep my blog in 3 places.   Yah I know ..dumb.. overkill.  But when I first started blogging I heard of someone in aol who lost his entire blog which he had been writing well over a year.  So I decided to “back up” mine.

Now.. I am not a Techy Type.  (boy am I not!) But I can copy and paste!  So that’s what I do!   When I began I started in aol journal.. I did manage to learn where to type it up and how to get a picture on the journal… from there, as I said.. “copy and paste” to blogspot and to wordpress.  (I didn’t mean to have 2 backups but I got mad at blogspot and was looking to move and so pasted into wordpress)

Blogspot changed… used widgets and such.. no more templates (my main blog still has the old template!) I have not mastered a thing with the new “layout” most especially widgets.. and even more so in wordpress!! so.. when I can no longer copy and past I will be up a creek.  Which will be sooner than I hope because I am nearly out of the free space aol gives me to upload photos to.  Oh there is a secondary place, but when I upload to aol pictures and then add them to my journal.. they are way smallerthan what I want!  so.. not sure what will happen when I run out of space at file manager in aol.. like I said, it will be sooner than I like.

Anyway… Copy and Paste is my only “tip” in blogging lol… but I do have one complaint:   I HATE the pop up  things that happen when you mouse goes over something!  It totally interferes in my reading!!!   It really annoys the heck out of me and it seems to be written the the scripts of many blogs now so one does not have a choice if they use it or not…  maybe it’s my age, but I really dislike it!!

 (pop ups like this.. drive me crazy! how about you?)

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(I guess I should stop putting up pictures like this that “aren’t necessary” because I am almost out of room to upload to… anyone have suggestions?  )

Kester and Woody take a walk in the yard….

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