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Alcatraz

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So I did watch Alcatraz Monday night. And I really enjoyed it! I think this one’s going to be a keeper. I’m even hoping that I can get DH to watch it with me.

It looks like it is going to be in a “crime of the week” format, at least for a while. The two-hour premiere was actually two regular episodes, each about the team looking for a different convict who had reappeared. At first I thought that they were reappearing one by one, since Jack Sylvane actually seemed to reappear in his cell. But later it looked like there were already a lot more of them on the loose than we had realized at first.

I’m in it more for the overarching mystery, though. What happened to these guys, and why are they back now? Who is giving them their orders? And how are the people looking for them connected? (You know there’s got to be more to that!)

It’s got me hooked already, and I recommend that you check it out as well! If you didn’t catch it live, you can watch both episodes on hulu.com.

Things to Look Forward To

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So it’s 2012, and it has been for almost two weeks now. Despite (or maybe because of!) rumors that the world will end this coming December, there are lots of things I’m looking forward to this year.

The Hunger Games movie
The premiere is in March, and I’m really excited about it. I loved the books, and one of these days I’m going to get around to writing a post about them. I’m amazed at how much I like the casting. When they first announced it, I had my doubts about the guy who is playing Peeta, but now that they’ve turned him blonde I like him. The only one I’m not sure of now is Kato. He looks so much younger than I pictured him in his poster, but I guess even he was only a kid. You can see all the characters’ posters that have been released here.

Alcatraz TV show
Hoping that this show turns out to be a winner. Nothing’s really caught my attention since Lost ended, but this one has Jorge Garcia in the cast, Elizabeth Sarnoff writing, and a supernatural mystery. Starts Monday night on Fox.

Written in My Heart’s Own Blood
The next Outlander novel will be called Written in My Heart’s Own Blood, and we are all hopeful that Diana Gabaldon will finish it this year. Of course it won’t be available until 2013, so I really hope the apocalypse can hold off! If you’re waiting as anxiously as I am, and you aren’t morally opposed to spoilers, here is a site that has kindly compiled all the excerpts from the new book that she has released online.

On a more personal note, my baby girl will start Kindergarten in the fall! And I’m embarking on my new, post-graduation free time-filled life. (Ha!) But I am excited about some projects I have planned around the house, and I’m hoping to move to a different department at work soon, so all that’s pretty exciting.

So what are you looking forward to in 2012?

Not Twilight

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So you know how I feel about Twilight. Oh, and I have one correction to make to that post. There is also a novella available that takes place during Eclipse: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. From the reviews, it sounds like I may not be missing much, and after the disappointment of Breaking Dawn, I really don’t care anymore.

This post, though, is about Stephenie Meyer’s “other novel”, The Host.

Now this one I liked a lot. It is told in the first person perspective by a being called Wanderer. Wanderer is a “Soul,” a small, silvery, centipede-like creature that needs a host body in order to survive. Her people explore the galaxy looking for inhabited planets to populate so they can experience lives as different creatures. Her people have occupied Earth by capturing and using humans’ bodies. Only a few holdouts remain, living far away from population centers. When one of them, Melanie Stryder, is captured, Wanderer is given her body and the task of learning from Melanie’s memories where the other resisters are. However, Melanie’s consciousness refuses to simply fade away, and she won’t allow Wanderer to access the information her people want from her head. I can’t go into much more detail of the plot without spoiling some of the surprise of it, so I will just say that Wanderer and Melanie have to learn to work together to ensure their mutual survival.

I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, it’s one of the few books I’ve re-read since getting my Kindle. I love the concept – aliens that conquer not by killing but by becoming. Wanderer’s people are not like the pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with scary monsters who want to consume the world. The Souls are gentle; they are appalled by the war and conflict that humans created and have turned the planet into a Utopian society. Of course, I also liked Meyer’s take on vampires. Say what you like about vampires who survive on animal blood and sparkle in the sun, at least it was a new twist.

There were some weaknesses in The Host, too. The character development was uneven. Wanderer, Melanie, and some of the other characters were wonderful, but some of the antagonists were very flat, with no back story or explanation for why they were the way they were. I really thought that some of that would be explained by the end, but it was left hanging. Also, I’ve heard that it was meant to be the first book of a trilogy. After Twilight, I honestly hope that Meyer leaves this book as a standalone novel. It ends perfectly, in my opinion – not happily ever after, but still satisfying. I believe that it’s fine to leave some things to the readers’ imaginations rather than trying to wrap everything up and put a bow on it. There is also a movie in the works, which I’m not sure how to feel about.

So, bottom line, I recommend checking out The Host if the premise sounds intriguing. I really think you’ll find that it’s worth it.

I Promise to Write a Real Post Soon…

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So this is partly a test. WordPress hasn’t been posting to Facebook, and I’m hoping that disconnecting and reconnecting has fixed it.

But so you won’t be disappointed, here’s a site that I’m totally addicted to and can’t believe I left off of yesterday’s post.

pinterest.com
This one is a little hard to explain if you haven’t used it before. It’s kind of like bookmarks on steroids – you can save websites to your pin boards by “pinning” a picture from the site. It’s also kind of like twitter, since you can follow people and see a stream (actually more like a collage) of pictures from people you’re following. However you explain it, it’s loads of fun, and you can follow me at the link above.

Weekday Quickie

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Sorry, guys, I just haven’t been able to get back into the groove of writing yet. But what better way than to start small? So, sorry for the brevity, but here’s a few of my favorite things that may keep you entertained for a while.

A blog I’ve been enjoying
rachelheldevans.com

My new favorite podcast
www.popspotting.net

Shop ’til you drop
http://www.woot.com

My favorite time-wasting app
Chuzzle

Huge list of free Kindle books
Kogrid