Ladygarden? Huh?

“Io pointed at his crotch. ‘You’re getting all bulgy, and I resent your penis’s implication that I’m doing something to arouse you.”

This book has some of the funniest lines I think I’ve ever read. And I’ve read some seriously funny authors. I’ve been reading A Tale of Two Vampires and I have to say, I’m totally into it. I find myself laughing outloud every time the two main characters have a conversation.

Nikola is a Dark One, otherwise known as a vampire. Iolanthe Tennyson is an amateur photographer who during a visit in Austria to her cousin, falls thru a time portal and ends up in Nikola’s castle. Nikola is mysterious and sexy but also a scientist, interested in all which he does not understand. This leads to some extremely funny circumstances throughout the book.

“‘…stop staring at my breasts.’
His gaze flickered straight back to my boobs. ‘Why? You present them for male appreciation, do you not?'”

I don’t normally read Katie MacAlister (which, as I’ve said previously is very peculiar considering she is known for her Paranormal Romance) but the character of Nikola is so intriguing and genuinely humorous, I can’t help but read on. The storyline, to be completely honest, has been done. Time travel? Vampires? Though, I must admit, though they’re two of my favorite genres I have never read a time travel novel that was also a vampire novel.

“‘Perhaps penguins were not allowed on the ship that you sailed on to Europe. However, I will admit that I’ve never seen a pink penguin, and I take quite an interest in natural history…’
‘No, it’s not…er…it’s not a real penguin.’ For some reason, Io seemed flustered by this turn in conversation. He was more than intrigued by that phenomenon. ‘It’s my Tingleator. It’s shaped like a penguin, you see.’
He hated feeling left out of knowledge. ‘I am unfamilar with a Tingleator. You will describe it to me.’
‘Sorry, that may have been too regional. It’s my hoe, you know?’
His frown deepened.
‘My hoe for the ladygarden.’
Perhaps she was mad. Her conversation certainly didn’t make too much sense. ‘You wish to discuss gardening?'”

Seriously, check this book out. It’s totally worth it even if just for the hysterical conversation that takes place between Io and Nikola. I wish I could post all my favorite quotes but the story does progress and I don’t wish to give anything away!

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Challenging

Just a quick update…

I did update my What I’m Reading Now page: click here! to check it out.

I also created my Challenge 2013 ( <— click it!) page. This is an idea that I’ve had for the past couple of months especially after cruising thru goodreads and some other blog sites. I’m going to create a booklist of books that I will be reading next year. I think my goal is going to be for 100 but I haven’t set any ground rules yet. I’ll certainly keep everyone updated on when I update the Challenge page!

Have a great rest of the week-end, all!

Meghan

WIRN August 9, 2012

WIRN (What I’m Reading Now)

Sorry, all. I just couldn’t stay away. I had every intention of pausing the Gabaldon series and reading a quickie book in between but the last hundred or so pages of Dragonfly in Amber propelled me quickly from bed and to the bookshelf to hastily begin book 3 of the saga, Voyager. Two hundred pages in, the book is about that much longer than book 2 and the words on the pages about 1/2 the size. My eyes are taking a severe beating (happened to have an eye exam today – not the 20/20 vision I had once as a child before developing my 2-3 book a week habit) but it won’t stop me from continuing to read. I just can’t stop.

Voyager begins almost immediately after Dragonfly… ends. Jamie Fraser is badly wounded in the pivotal battle at Culloden. He has sent Claire back thru the standing stones in an effort to save her and their unborn child from sure death during the battle. Jamie charges into battle like the hero he is, blatently intending to die in battle- for he cannot imagine a life without his beloved Claire. But with what has become his luck, he lives and manages to survive three days with a few other badly injured men cooped up in an old abandoned farmhouse. The English come, finally to shoot the Scottish highland traitors. Jamie, in intense pain (emotionally and physically), is more than willing and ready to go. But if he did, that surely would be the end of the book series and so through a series of circumstances has his life spared. Thus ends Chapter One.

Throughout the next hundred pages, there seems to be three stories developing. One, Jamie’s: back in the mid 1700’s…two, Claire, her daughter, and Roger Wakefield: in present time, trying to figure out if Jamie survived the battle at Culloden and if so, what happened afterwards? And finally, three, Claire and Frank’s: immediately following Brianna’s birth and their struggle to find a happy medium after all that developed since Claire’s disappearance.

Diana Gabaldon effortlessly weaves these three stories into the flow of the book. While in the 1700’s, I yearn to read more about Claire and her Daughter in the mid 1900’s…and while there, I can’t wait until I reach the chapter that has Frank Randall doting over a child he loves as his own but knows is not really his…it’s during these pages that I just itch to read Jamie’s story again; to become a fly on the wall during his adventure of life.

I can’t believe that 2000 pages later, these characters still come to life before my eyes. When I think I might start to become bored of the storyline something suddenly happens to pique my curiosity once more.

I know since I began this blog, it’s been ALL about Jamie and Claire Fraser and that may bore you but if you’ll just pick up the book you’ll see what I mean! Unbelievable writing, characters, history. It just unfolds before your (sometimes very tired) eyes.

WIRN August 5, 2012

WIRN (What I’m Reading Now)

Er, well, in this case it should really say WIAR (what I already read). I picked up this book Saturday afternoon while grocery shopping and had it read in little over seven hours. I didn’t even stop to post about it.

My plan was to finish Dragonfly in Amber and then start this book. I just couldn’t wait though. Lynsay Sands is my all-time favorite author and I just had to read this one first. Fortunately I read it so quickly I was able to pick up Dragonfly in Amber again as if I had never put it down. (I had really expected to finish this one last week-end but got sick and it definitely slowed the reading down.) I only have about 150 pages left though (and that’s out of 950!) so I’m in the homestretch.

Anyway, back to Lady is a Vamp… Lynsay Sands never disappoints me and this latest installment to her Argeneau Vampire series was no exception. The book stars Jeanne Louise, a 103 year old immortal (considered a baby by most of her family) who is kidnapped by mortal co-worker Paul Jones in an effort to save his dying 5 year old daughter. Jeanne Louise quickly realizes that Paul is her lifemate and the story goes on from there…

I’ll follow this entry I’m sure with another WIRN, which will either be the next Gabaldon installment, Voyager, or another (much shorter, fluffier) novel titled The Miss Fortunes.

Hope everyone’s enjoying the Olympics this past week, I know I have!

WIRN July 17, 2012

WIRN (What I’m Reading Now)

I thought after finishing Outlander that I might start and finish a lighter, “fluffier” book. By the time my fingers flipped to the last page, I couldn’t wait to read on. I was wary of starting Dragonfly in Amber because it begins with Claire and her grown daughter in 1968. No more Jamie Fraser?? No more 18th century Scotland?? However, I forged ahead and very quickly became enveloped in the modern day storyline. Claire (now Randall again) brings her adult daughter Brianna to Scotland in order to tell her the truth. Little over 20 years ago, Claire was hurled back thru time and into the arms of a twenty-three year old Scottish outlaw–Brianna’s real father.

I found myself almost a little distraught that after Part One ended, Part Two picked up Claire and Jamie’s story from back in the 18th century, now in France and trying to put a stop to the inevitable final battle at Culloden where many lives will be lost. My disappointment lasted only several pages, as I found myself overjoyed to once again become a spectator of Claire and Jamie’s private moments and new adventure in France.

Now on page 165, I can’t wait to see what happens in the 18th century…and also what will happen in the 20th. I had previously read Outlander years ago but never continued the series and I’m excited to find out where it will go. I’m going to try to read a fluffy book after this one, but I can’t promise anything. We’ll see how great the story gets from here!

WIRN July 13, 2012

WIRN (What I’m Reading Now)

Right now, I’m currently working my way thru the 850 page Outlander. Diana Gabaldon writes about Claire Randall, a former combat nurse who is currently on a second honeymoon with her husband, Frank. One morning while exploring outside, Claire touches an ancient stone and suddenly it’s 1743 and before she knows it, she’s married to Jamie Fraser, a Scottish outlaw on the run.

Of course, there’s much more to it than just that. As I’m sure you gathered seeing as how it’s over eight hundred pages long. It’s really a fantastic read. I’m not much into historical romance anymore but this one is just captivating. It’s one of the few books I can make it thru that’s written in first person narrative. I have read it before, though it’s been many years since I picked it up and I’m finding that the second time around is even more breathtaking and exciting.

Gabaldon has published seven(?) more books in this series and I’m excited to continue it. You can definitely look forward to a more thorough review later on after I’ve finished it. While it’s quite long, every chapter is exciting and contains something new and different. I actually have two copies, so look for my second copy on http://bookmooch.com/m/bio/meghanirene.