I have been in kind of a reading slump. 247 pages since Sunday? What's up with that? It's like read 3 paragraphs, surf the net, read 5 paragraphs, flick around the TV channels, read 3 paragraphs, have conversation with cat. Sigh. And it's not reflection of the book because I really enjoyed it, just couldn't focus. We'll see how it goes now that I've actually finished one and I went shopping yesterday so I have lots of new things to read and no excuses.
So what's new you ask? Well, I did find out and internet friend of mine has been diagnosed with liver cancer. We don't talk regularly although we run into each other on blogs and we always said if he wasn't gay we'd get married. :-) My heart breaks for him. They've said 9-12 months, whatever that means and I know liver cancer is a bitch. Wish I was closer but Virginia is very far away. So that kind of sucks. It also makes me realize how fragile internet friendships can be. He takes breaks from the internet periodically where we don't talk and if something happened to him and he disappeared forever I'd likely never know why. That's kind of sad. I sometimes think I should leave a message in my will of all the websites I need to have it announced if I die. Wow, morbid huh?
Otherwise same old same old. Spring seems to be here. There is hardly any snow left in the open areas. My daughter is on spring break next week. We were going to go to Quebec City for a couple of days but now we are going to San Francisco in October so I'm saving my money for that. She'll spend a couple of days with her Dad's and maybe I'll take some afternoons off. We can meet for lunch and hang out downtown. Work is pretty slow and boring so nothing exciting there either. Blah. So the one book I did read.
Immortality is the Suck by AM Riley (247 pages)
Adam is a cop but he's worked in undercover vice for years as part of a motorcycle gang in LA. He is a dirty cop in that he deals drugs, has been hooked on drugs, and doesn't really see that it's a big deal. He's not bad-bad, but he's not good. He's had an on-going affair with perfect cop Peter for 15 years. Adam is killed one night and wakes up a vampire. He spends the rest of the book dragging Peter into his shit as he tries to figure out what is going on and gets caught up in a plan to start a vampire gang who will rule LA. He ends up helping the police break up the gang, almost against his will. Adam is a total dick, he cheats on Peter every 5 minutes, treats him like dirt, steals drugs, lies, etc. but you don't hate him because he knows he's a total dick. He's quite aware that he's an asshole and all the things he does are wrong and it niggles a bit at the back of his head, but not enough to make him stop and Peter certainly doesn't help by giving in everytime Adam comes around. Being undead gives him a bit more time to think about it, he doesn't really change, but he does admit to even more than before. So I think if he had been "it's not my fault" about everything he would have been annoying but because he owns his behaviour you can accept him. I also like the way it's written as if he's talking to you directly. There are little comments about not looking away because you are reading a book. Kind of as if he told his story to someone who wrote it down. It worked for me. So on the whole, despite the fact I would love to find Adam loathsome I quite liked him (which is how he's managed to get away with his behaviour so long). I did want to give Peter the odd kick in the ass but on the whole a great read. There is a sequel which I bought yesterday as well, so hopefully I'll enjoy it as much. For those though who like their romance heroes monogamous and falling in true love this is not that book.
Oh and that cover? It was one of the first ones using that shade of blue (it's all the rage now though) and I'm telling you, I would buy a VCR manual if it had that colour on the cover.
To lighten things up a bit and since Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is sending me music with a Canadian theme, here's a little video about Canada for you all to enjoy.