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Charlaine Harris: Dead Reckoning

I don’t know what to think.

I love the fact that some of my favourite characters get to star in novel after novel but I also wish those novels would be on par with the beginning of the series.
I am not terribly happy with this installment of Sookie Stackhouse adventures, especially after having the series in my mind, which I have to admit that even though they don’t really stick to novels, are very well done in my opinion.

The moment that made most impact on me in the whole novel was the part where Sookie thinks about sins and says that she doesn’t think  a child molester and a person who doesn’t pay taxes make for equal sinners and goes on to say that you can’t choose what to obey when it comes to not sinning.
But I can’t help but agree that not all sins are equal and you aren’t supposed to choose yourself which sins you are going to commit, you’re supposed to do your best not to make them.
This is all in deliberation of what she is about to attempt and there might be some who might not agree with her thoughts. I can’t really say what my thoughts are on the subject as I’m having problems understanding Sookie’s character as it is. Although I’ve known this for some time now, I just don’t understand her frame of reference.

But that has nothing to do with how much I like the book. It’s just feels like taking advantage of the fact that series is so well known (not a new thing in the publishing world to be sure). I can’t seem to gather much enthusisasm about it. Yes, I read it as fast as I could as I love the series, and I will certainly buy the next one as soon as it’s out but it didn’t make me feel exhilarated and anticipating the next one as I feel good books should.

I sincerely hope this changes with the next one.

Charlaine Harris: Dead in the Family

Finally! I got my copy late Friday afternoon and wasn’t able to start reading it until Saturday (and had no pressing stuff so I finished it yesterday evening). I feel like someone lifted a little burden I was carrying since the book came out and I didn’t have it. πŸ™‚

This is not going to be only about the book – I was thinking a lot about the series I was able to watch in between the last book two books in the series. I wasn’t particulary thrilled with the choice of Sookie (Anna Paquin) but now, I think they got it absolutely right. And I’ll tell you why.

When I started reading the series, I thought of Sookie as this really nice blonde girl who just happens to have a problem (she can hear other people’s thoughts) and that makes everyone think she’s a bit crazy (only her friends consider her normal). Anyway, she sounded stereotypically blonde in most ways. And it hit me with this book. I mean I changed my opinion of her character before (she is terribly nice but goes through a lot of bad things) and then I was thinking about the series and who could have starred as Sookie instead of A. Paquin. The problem with blonde actresses is that they all seem nice and gentle and in need of protection, without that inner core of steel which Sookie obviously has and Anna is portraying wonderfully.

So, I’m also looking forward to the new season of True Blood. πŸ™‚ It actually took for me watching the series to realize how dark and bloody these stories really are. It’s never that dark in my head.

On to the book. Since I love the series, I enjoyed it very much – I love the fact that Sookie and Eric are in love (even as complicated as he is). And I loved the Bill surprise in the book (definitely didn’t see that one coming).

The rest was a less bloody Sookie story than I keep remembering from previous books. Maybe that’s because it’s been a while since I finished the last. I mean, there is some bad stuff happening but after the ending of the previous one (where there is the Fae war), this one was a walk in the garden for Sookie. So, the ending was a bit anti-climactic for me even though it ended with a serious fight. Well, it’s Mrs. Harris who has put the bar so high with the previous one.

This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it – quite the contrary. I will be awaiting the next one with the same anticipation as this one. Can’t help it – I love the Sookie world. πŸ™‚

P.S. The previous books I read weren’t mine, a colleague lent them to me. In order for me to explain how much I enjoy them, I plan on buying the whole series to be able to enjoy them again at my own leisure.

Pic by: www.charlaineharris.com/

Being strangely busy

I don’t know if that ever happens to other people, but before I went away for the long weekend, there wasn’t that much work to be done. OK, I had my standard stuff to do, but not too much. Suddenly, since my return, it seems I don’t know what to start first and more things just keep piling up and need to be done before Friday because next week is the week when there are 2 state holidays, so everyone will be off someplace where there’s fun in the sun (including me). πŸ™‚

I’ll be at the seaside again for a week to enjoy myself and in the meantime I’ll post some of the photos from the lovely weekend I had.
I managed to go through the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse books I had (there’s only no. 9 left but I don’t have it yet) and I wasn’t terribly happy with the end of book 8, I turned the page and was surprised to see there’s no more. Although, after a while I thought there was no better way to end it. It definitely calls for a next one to be read. Soon I hope. πŸ™‚
I’m already assembling books for the next week – I’ll of course take more than I can actually read – so I’d have a choice, but I think I might read some 5-7, so of course, I’ll have at least 10 with me. *grin*
I did take some samples with me to try but in the end, I enjoyed the smell of early summer – the rosemary, sunscreen, sea and fig trees. The place I go to is called Smokvica (which is diminutive of fig) so there are fig trees everywhere and they already have fruit (as in ripe enough to be eaten) – too bad I don’t like figs.
And to my suprise, the scent I used when I wanted to wear something was Bath & Body works Chocolate amber which doesn’t smell much like chocolate to me (just a little bit a not for long – more like dark chocolate truffles), but smells nice and warm in a sunny way and now that I checked the notes, it is a bit clearer to me why I like it so much. πŸ™‚
Notes: pineapple, red berries, lemon, honey blossom, rose, jasmine, dark chocolate, honey wood, patchouli, vanilla orchid and musk.
Now some photos:
How it looks when I go in:

The view of a garden nearby:

More sea view:
My beach accesories (the bag contains the book and sunscreen):

The white oleandar in our garden (there’s a pink one as well):

Stress, books and Etat libre

This has not been a good period for me. I’m not going to go into details, I don’t want to bother you with the bad news I keep getting and the stress I’ve managed to accumulate, but instead I’ll talk a bit about what I do to relieve it.

I already thanked my colleague profusely for giving me the Sookie Stackhouse series to read. I’m already on book 3 and I’m enjoying it terribly much. πŸ™‚ It’s a somewhat lighter and more humoruous version of Anita Blake and something that came at the right moment. Anita Blake is a bit hard to go through because she’s always doubting herself, people around her (mostly boyfriends), her choices, her religion… And meanwhile, she just has a lot of sex. Sookie on the other hand takes what life throws at her with, well, what I suppose is a Southern view of the world. Tries to look at the bright side of life most of the time, when necessary gives in to grief and just enjoys life as much as she can and deals with trouble with a big smile. It’s easy and fun to read and you go through the books quite fast.

Reading is what de-stresses me most. πŸ™‚

Being so deconcentrated these days and very much tired, I don’t feel my nose and brain are up to the task of sniffing efficiently. So, I’m slowly going through my Etat Libre d’Orange samples and finding them nice, fun to read the stories and mostly easy on the nose, although I managed to take out several with the strawberry note and generally of sweet disposition.

Today I tried Jasmine and cigarette and I got a lot of jasmine and it smelled to me like it was mixed with lilly of the valey but that note doesn’t appear on the list (jasmine absolute, tobacco, hay, apricot, tonka bean, curcuma, cedre, ambre, musc). I didn’t get any tobacco or the smell of cigarette and after a while some hay. It smells nice though, I like it – I’ll try and swap for this.

I also tried Delicious closet queen and not reading the story first thought it was feminine so I got a bit surprised with the opening that smelled totally masculine. Well, it all got clear after I read the story for this one. The notes are: violet leaf, iris butter brut, atlas cedre, patchouli, vetiver,, dynamone, rose absolut, irisy strawberry (that’s my translation of original), santal, cuir, tonka bean, opoponax. I don’t know what violet leaf smells like (probably not like violets since I didn’t find any) and I’m not sure what of the listed notes might smell citrusy but I got something of the sort at the beginning and thought there might be some lavender in it but I was wrong. I liked the opening more than the drydown, although it isn’t bad. It’s just, well, sweetish. I don’t know how many of their perfumes feature a strawberry note but to me that smells more like strawberry candy than a real strawberry.

I managed to go through Nombril Intense which starts as a salty-sweaty oriental but quickly loses the belly button opening note. It strikes me as having an old perfume feel to it.

Notes are: patchouli, Peru balm, vetiver, poivre noir absolu, opoponax, bergamote, carrot seed, ambrette grain absolut.

The Vrai blonde made me wonder what exactly do they mean by fine de champagne because I didn’t get anything champagny from it – it smelled sort of florally sweet, slightly powdery and creamy. Nothing spectacular.

Notes: aldehydes, fine de champagne, rose, peach, poivre blanc, myrhhe, patchouli, suede.

Rossy de palma was ok, I thought I didn’t like roses in my perfumes but that is slowly changing. This was a nice green, fresh version of the rose (in my opinion) with a smoky undertone later and some patchouli. It’s actually a wearable rose for me.

Notes: benzoin, patchouli, encens, cacao, rose de Bulgaria.

And the last one for today, Encens and bubblegum is totally true to its name. Although I got less bubblegum than in Charogne (can’t say that’s bad). I’d say it’s a fruity bubblegum.

Notes: peach, strawberry, vanilla, lilly of the valey, fleur d’oranger, musc, essence and resinoide d’encens. It’s totally girlish, as in 12 year old girlish. Fun though. πŸ™‚

So you see, not much from my nose and brain. I do hope that will change soon. Until then, back to Sookie. πŸ™‚

New book series discoveries

I’ve been starting to get a bit anxious, even though my free time has dwindled to almost non-existing, I didn’t have anything new reading-wise to look forward to. Sure, I have dozens of unread books at home but since they are already mine and I’m not in the mood for most of them, I was looking for something new and interesting in the manner of Kresley Cole and Kim Harrison. And just in time, here come Lilith Saintcrow and Charlaine Harris. LS name came to my attention after reading about her on Keri Arthur’s site and browsing Amazon for similar books to those I usually read, and I am very happy I ordered the first book in her Dante Valentine series (Working for the Devil) and although I only started, I can tell I’m going to enjoy this one. πŸ™‚ The only problem, I have to wait now for the sequels to come (after I order them today). And yes, she is actually working for the Devil.

It seems I’m a bit late to Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and I wouldn’t have ventured even now if my colleague hadn’t borrowed me the first 4 books in the series to read. And I was asking him how come he was reading that because I thought they were children’s books? Which is stupid I know, because first, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and secondly I also read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. But the cover for Harris’s books just made me think they are not something I might be interested in – just check the cover and the heroine’s name is Sookie (it sounds like a little girl to me, but I’m wrong on that account) :
Anyway, it seems I was wrong about that one – I started reading it just to see if it’s interesting.
I like it and the series already already progressed to book 9, so I’m set for some time to come. Btw, I do that a lot – read more than one book at the same time. At almost any point in time, there are at least two books I started and am reading according to how I feel at the moment. Currently, it’s 3, the two I just described, and Sharing knife trilogy by L.M. Bujold. πŸ™‚

And it seems that there’s actually a TV series True Blood made after the books. Hmmm, I do have to read the books first before going to watch them though. There is absolutely no pleasure doing it the other way.

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