Monthly Archives: July 2012

Booking Through Thursday — Feeling Guilty

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A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

SammyDee asks:

What book(s) have you read that you’re secretly ashamed to admit

I have a feeling this question will get a lot of responses centering around those bodice ripping romance novels.  And while I appreciate the effort it takes to include phrases like “love muffin” in a novel, I have to admit I don’t necessarily seek those out.

I will, however, admit that I do have my guilty pleasure of young adult teen angst novels.  For some reason, every once in a while I get in the mood for some teenage angst and I just can’t help myself.  Thank heavens for the e-readers and the library’s self-help reserve section so I don’t get funny looks from the librarians when I check these out.

A lot of times, I get the teen angst novels as audio books, rip the CDs to my iPod and listen to them while I’m working out–especially when running long distances.

It’s the secret shame of my GoodReads feed.


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Review: Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford

Carter's Big BreakAfter spending his freshman year figuring out who he was, Will Carter is ready for a restful summer with his girlfriend, Abby.

But when their drama teacher reveals that local author and celebrity is coming back to town to film an independent film version of his best-selling novel and that he believes Carter and Abby are the perfec actors for the lead roles, suddenly Carter’s life can’t get any better.

Unfortunately, Carter can’t get out of his own way fast enough, quickly alienating Abby during a make-out session in the park and getting the lead role in the film opposite teen sensation Hillary Idaho. Carter’s involvement in the film means he won’t spend the summer bonding with his dad building the deck outside and that he’ll have more than his share of opportunities to alienate his family, friends and any chance he might have of getting back with Abby.

Just as he did in Carter Finally Gets It, Brent Crawford creates a believable teenage boy, who for better or worse thinks and speaks like most fourteen year old boys do. Because of this, I fully expect these Crawford’s books to come under fire and be added to the banned book list at any moment. Heaven forbid we have an authentic, realistic sounding teenage boy who is focused on and obsessed with that thing that all teenage boys are obsessed with–and no, I don’t mean his acting career.

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

Image: Canon County Arts Center Web Site

After taking in and enjoying the Canon County Arts Center production of Camelot early this year, my lovely wife and I decided to take the plunge on season tickets.   Over the past several months, we’ve enjoyed a lot of great shows including a one-act version of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the stage version of Arsenic and Old Lace and a show that was unfamiliar to us before we saw it, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.

All were great, but the one we took in this weekend really knocked it out of the park and is my new favorite of the season–Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Based on the movie of the same name, it’s the story of Elle Woods and her pursuit of love from the campus of UCLA to Harvard Law School.  After getting dumped by her long time boyfriend for not being serious enough for his law career aspirations, Elle makes up her mind to prove him wrong.  She gets accepted to Harvard Law School and soon begins to shine there, thanks to a tutor, Emmett and her friend, Pamela, a local beautician.

Now, I’ve not seen the original Reese Witherspoon film on which Legally  Blonde is based (some of you are gasping in horror, I know) so I went into the play with no expectations.   I can’t say whether it was faithful to the source material or not, but to me it doesn’t really matter.  From the opening moments all the way to the final big number, the songs were infectious (I’m still humming them two days later), the cast was superb and the production another winner from the Canon County Arts Center.

Next up is their musical on roller skates, Xanadu.  I can’t wait to see what they do with it.  And no, I probably won’t watch the movie of that one before going to the play either….

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The Liebster Blog Award

Megan from Love, Literature, Art and Reason nominated Nashville Book Worm for the Liebster Blog Award.

The Rules: Winners answer 11 questions provided by whoever tagged you, provide 11 facts about yourself, and choose 11 followers to bestow the award upon, so long as they have 200 or less followers.

So, here we go with my answers to her questions….

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Review: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

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One of the side-effects of reading reviews on-line is that it allows you to quickly and impulsively add things to your library reserve list that you normally wouldn’t. That’s what happened with Melanie Gideon’s debut novel Wife 22, a novel that’s best described as “chick lit.” And while the novel just check off many of the boxes that make for “chick lit,” I still don’t feel much guilt for having spent the time reading and (gasp!) enjoying it!

Well, at least the first three quarters of the novel. (More on that in later in the review so I don’t ruin things for anyone!)

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Retro Review: Star Trek–Dagger of the Mind

Once again, it’s time to look back at an episode of classic Star Trek.  In this case, it’s “Dagger of the Mind,” which I’ll give you is a lot better than “Miri” but it’s still not one of my favorite first season episodes.

We’ll get into details on “Dagger of the Mind” just as soon as we reminisce about the science lab Christmas party…

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Before I discovered Star Trek or Doctor Who, there was Spider-Man. I fell in love with the character from his appearances on the Electric Company and was an avid comic book collector in my younger days with a large portion of my collection devoted to the web-slinger.  And during all that time of collecting and loving Spider-Man, I always heard rumors that a movie based on the hero was just around the corner.

Turns out that corner took close to two decades before it was turned, but when it was, I was more than pleased by the results.  The original Sam Raimi directedSpider-Man was everything I wanted from a film adaptation of my favorite super-hero and a few years later Spider-Man 2 became the gold standard by which I judge all other comic book movies.  Sure Spider-Man 3 was a bit of a letdown, but I’m one of the few who will defend portions of the film and see how it could have been better had the studio stepped back and let Raimi follow his vision for the franchise instead of forcing certain decisions on him and the script.

So, I’ll admit that when it came time to see The Amazing Spider-Man, I was both optimistic and pessimistic about the whole thing.  On the one hand, I was eager to see a new cast and crew’s take on my favorite super-hero.  On the other hand, I wasn’t exactly eager to experience another origin story movie nor was I certain this set of filmmakers could capture lighting in a bottle again like the Raimi trilogy did.

And that’s the biggest thing working against The Amazing Spider-Man.  No matter how you feel about the Raimi films, there will be inevitable comparisons between the two takes on the super hero.

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