Sunday, March 29, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Some time not long after reading Stardust I decided to have a go at more of Neil Gaiman's books. I think first I read Anasi Boys and then I tried American Gods. I say "tried" because the book freaked me out. Mostly it was all the death that just seemed to spew out of the pages that disturbed me, and so I had to stop and move on to Neverwhere (which is still my favorite Neil Gaiman book).
Recently I got back into Neil Gaiman's works when I started following his tweets and his blog. Through the blog I learned that his executive assistant, Kitty, would be at Wonder Con. I visited her booth and had the chance to chat with her boyfriend who loves American Gods. I decided to have a go at it again.
And now finally, my review. It was great! I am so glad I picked this up again because it was worth another try. There certainly is a lot of death in the story, but it deals with so much more. It's hard for me to put into words exactly, but I feel like Neil Gaiman wrote America right. Just read it if you haven't and I'm sure you will see what I mean.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
There were several midnight release party options, but I went to the Hot Topic one because Seth pre-ordered the DVD for me as an anniversary gift. Very, very nice and thoughtful of him. He of course thought it was a great idea until I forced him into accompanying me to the party (I used the whole if-we-lived-LA-or-Hawaii-this-wouldn't-be-an-issue to guilt him into this).
Well, bachi on me because it ended up being a torturous evening for both of us. Despite all the hype, the Hot Topic we visited did a poor job of entertaining Twilighters and their guests. The yawn-fest consisted of standing in two separate lines; one line to get into the store and the other to pick-up the DVD. If you read my twitter feed, you know exactly how bored I was, and I won't get into it again. It was so bad that I let Seth ditch me and wander off. I also stupidly left my book at home--more often than not I have a book in purse specifically meant to ward off impatience and boredom while waiting. Seth at least laughs about the whole thing and tells everyone that he stood with all the other dads while he waited for his 30-year old kid. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
On the other hand, it's a little hard to completely love March this year. There is actual madness to the month this year: moving and pending layoffs at work. Makes me want to be a hermit.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
It is amazingly difficult to think of Google searches for these buttons since "buttons" also brings up flair. I do not need flair.
If I can't get the long heart buttons in black, I'll take watermelon seed buttons. Oh...light bulb...search for watermelon seed buttons. Regardless, if you have a lead, comment, please. Arigato!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Somehow I convinced him to see Twilight, and that's when we saw a preview for Watchmen
Got to see Watchmen on opening night; seeing a movie on opening night with Seth is a first
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
By the way, Watchmen was excellent. The cinematography, music and editing alone are worth seeing on the big screen. My two favorite scenes:
- Opening scene with the killer and the Comedian; love the contrast between the action, darkness and music
- Rorschach in jail, "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
I have not read the graphic novel yet, but it's jumped up to the "must read now" level as I am beyond intrigued. Apparently the dork in me has found another interest; not one that has replaced Twilight, but rather one that has formed a line behind it.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It turns out there is also a law about turning on your car's headlights when using the windshield wipers. Every time it rains I hear the weather man remind us drivers to "turn on those headlights," and I finally looked it up (online of course). There it is, right there in the California Driver Handbook:
Use Your Headlights
- When it is cloudy, raining, snowing, or foggy. If weather conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you must turn on your headlights.
This is a good thing because I have a hard time seeing dark cars driving on the freeway in pelting rain--when the water is not just pouring down from the sky, but is also shooting up at you, spewing from the tires of the car in front.