Special thanks to Leontine from Leontine's Book Realm for the super header.


Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF!

This has not turned out to be the Friday I expected. Yesterday I had a nice lunch out with my daughter at the Hard Rock Cafe (neither of us had ever been - it was okay, but nice to go out together), and today I was going to take the day off but since she sleeps till nearly noon anyway, I thought I'd work until 1:00 and then we'd spend the afternoon together. Wrong.

I get in to find panic. Big task assigned after we all leave last night, due at 4:00 today. I'm the only one who can do it. No way in hell I can get it done by 1:00, it's now 3:40 and I'm in hurry up and wait mode because until someone sends me their input I'm stuck. Will I get out of here by 4:30? Who knows. So my daughter went to a friend's house for the afternoon. So much for getting my errands done and spening the afternoon together. Grrrrr. I am really annoyed with the whole thing. I should have taken the day off. So it's been the sucky Friday from hell. On the upside they had sweet potato fries in the cafeteria for lunch (since I hadn't brought my own.).

Anchors Aweigh by Janey Chapel (100 pages)

This is the follow-up to Maritime Men. Eli and Cooper are finished their training and waiting to get their assignments. They are almost guaranteed to be split up which sucks but is a fact of life. They agree to rent a house together and they find out that Eli is being deployed right away and Cooper is going to be a second in command with two of the remaining guys and stay behind.The tentative plan is that when Eli comes back he'd take over command of Cooper's group so they'd be together. It was quite interesting to see Cooper have to be the boss. He'd always relied on Eli and he questioned if they only reason they were any good, and he himself, was because Eli made them good. He had to do some growing up and stand on his own as did the other guys. It was also hard for them to be apart for months with zero contact allowed. They had agreed to remain faithful and rather than just float quite so much they actually acknowledged their relationship and how they felt. So it was a very nice conclusion to their romance and I really enjoyed it and I am quite sure I could never serve in the military. Too much work. :-)

Freaks in Love by TA Chase (101 pages)

James is a bodyguard for a crime boss in post apocalyptic city where bomb radiation has created mutants (freaks) who live in a ghetto behind a wall, the rest of the city controlled by 3 crime families. Magpie is the body guard of a rival boss but he and James get along. James is unusual, he's completely hairless, never talks and has tattoos all over his body. A meeting is called at which the crime bosses are killed. James grabs Magpie who has been shot and takes him to the North Side where he uses his contacts to heal Magpie. Seems James is a freak but I'll keep it a surprise just how so. He and Magpie start a relationship and are basically trying to stay alive in Freaktown. Someone is trying to kill James and he finds out the Freaks plan on rising up against the NFs (non-freaks). He and Magpie plan to get on a train to another city where freaks and NFs live together. They then have to manage to avoid getting killed, get past the checkpoints as the crime families think they are responsible and get on the train before the rebellion starts. It's quite the wild ride. It really sucked me in as I wanted to see how they were going to escape and who was after them. I thought it also gave me a good picture of what it was like in Freaktown with everything abandoned, no electricity, a kill or be killed environment. I also liked James and Magpie, they were both killers, that had been their job, but they knew they could rely on each other and Magpie was also realistic enough to admit that maybe the reason they were attracted was the "we must survive" thing and maybe it would burn out. So if you like books with a futuristic bent I think you'll enjoy this one. This is two TA Chase that I've read lately that are very different and I've liked them both.

Just to make my day the tiniest bit brighter, I'll post this video. I don't particularly love this song or Miley Cyrus but I adore the signer Stephen Torrence. He actually has several videos and even some duets. What I like about this one is they actually give you the subtitles of what he's signing and you can see how it's not verbatum but gives you a sense of what's being said. Everytime I hear the song I want to do the "butterfly flies away" hand motions and the "nodding my head like yeah". You can't help but want to sign along cause he's having so damn much fun.

Have a great weekend everyone.

13 comments:

wren boudreau said...

So sad that your day has gone like it has. Maybe you ARE that "Wicked Civil Servant" KZ mentioned! I hope things go better soon.

Loved the video - I haven't seen anything quite like that. Such fun!

Lily said...

So sorry you had the sucky Friday from hell. Hope it gets better for you and that you have a wonderful weekend.

Loved the video. I couldn't decide where to look. His face cause he looks like he's having a blast doing this or the words to see how they matched up. In the end I watched it twice and enjoyed it both times. Thanks! :)

Tam said...

Well, if we're using wicked in the non-skater boi style, it's my big gigantic boss who is wicked. If we're using the "cool" equivalent then I am definitely the "wicked civil servant" to have pulled this rabbit out of a hat. My kid gave up on me so no rush now. *insert eye roll*

He is a cutie. There is another more sexy one of a differnt guy doing an ASL Britney Spears song. I'll post it another day.

Tam said...

LOL I'm the same Lily, trying to figure it out. Watching twice is an excellent solution. Our weather is going to go downhill but no riding lessons Sunday morning so no getting up at 7:00. Yay me. :-)

Erotic Horizon said...

Oh Tam..

I hate any day like that, much less Friday and when you had plans no less... That's team work for you my dear...

I love the sound of that second book - you do build it up - edge of my seat here....

And I love the name Magpie.. cute...

Will look into that - I am into those sort of books at the moment...

Thanks for the rec..

E.H>

Tam said...

I did find that it kept me reading. Because of the danger around them all the time it kept you wondering what would pop up next. Magpie was very much like his namesake. It suited him.

Okay, the task is done, I am out of here. Catch you all at home.

Chris said...

I'm sort of afraid to ask what time you got out of there...

That TA Chase title is just not sucking me in. I suspect I'll be picking up Anchors Aweigh as soon as I actually sit down to read Military Men.

Tam said...

I can see it's not to every taste Chris but I really did enjoy it as something a bit different.

Definitely read Maritime Men. A good read and it's not very long.

Tam said...

Oh, I left at 4:45. Technically it wasn't quite finished but they said just leave a gap where we will put the paragraphs I was waiting on and I'll send them Monday morning.

Chris said...

Well, at least you got out of there...

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

I'm sorry your Friday plans got messed up like that!
I might read Anchors Aweigh to see how these guys end up.
Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Tam said...

Thanks Janna. I know the first book was not your cup o tea but I did enjoy seeing them grow as a couple (even though or much of the book they are apart) and as individuals although more or Cooper than Eli.

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Part of why the first book wasn't my cup of tea was because the lack of a HEA (and I didn't know there would be a sequel), so maybe this second book will make up for that... And more of Cooper is welcome too, as I recall the first book was from Eli's POV :)