Monday, January 19, 2009

Is it possible to have a massive crush on a fictional character- yes.

I love House MD. There's something about his irascibility, his curmudgeonly ways, his abrasive charm that would ordinarily make me want to smack him but when you put it in the package of one, Hugh Laurie, I can't help but want to cuddle him. His wife (Laurie's) is one lucky woman. I would be role playing all the time!

An excerpt from a Playboy article describing House's character:

With shades of Sherlock Holmes by way of Hawkeye Pierce on a crabby day, House isn’t out to heal the world or make patients happy. He doesn’t have a soft spot for kids and old ladies, and he would rather watch monster-truck jams than read a stupid CT scan. No matter how antisocial he is, no matter how bitter (his favorite diagnosis is “The patient is lying”), House inevitably saves the day—even when it kills him to.

Now, I also love Hawkeye Pierce. Unfortunately this love is also slightly incestous and my grandfather is Alan Alda's cousin, so ewwwwwww...but his fictional character from the TV SHOW. Ah, hell yeah.

House MD. If I had a mysterious disease, I would want you to treat me. Frankly, I would want you to treat me regardless of a mysterious disease.

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation, Book 5)

Temptation of the Night Jasmine- Lauren Willig


After 12 years in India, Robert, Duke of Dovedale, returns to his estates in England with a mission in mind-- to infiltrate the infamous Hellfire club to unmask the man who murdered his mentor at the Battle of Assaye. Intent on revenge, Robert never anticipates that an even more difficult challenge awaits him, in the person of one Lady Charlotte Lansdowne.

Throughout her secluded youth, Robert was Lady Charlotte’s favorite knight in shining armor, the focus of all her adolescent daydreams. The intervening years have only served to render him more dashing. But, unbeknownst to Charlotte, Robert has an ulterior motive of his own for returning to England, a motive that has nothing to do with taking up the ducal mantle. As Charlotte returns to London to take up her post as Maid of Honor to Queen Charlotte, echoes from Robert’s past endanger not only their relationship but the very throne itself.


This fifth installment of the Pink Carnation series is a good book in the series but not as good as the Crimson Rose or any of the others before it. I liked the banter between Charlotte and Robert (the main characters of the Historical Fiction portion of the story) and I loved the character development of said characters and it was very nice to have Hen and Miles join the book but while Jasmine had the mystery, the history and the drama what it lacked was some actual romantic scenes. At times it felt like I was reading a Gothic Romance (which is funny because Charlotte was reading Evelina in the beginning of the book) without as much innuendo.

I have to say, this book felt truer to the Scarlet Pimpernel story than the others and again, I wholeheartedly loved Charlotte and Robert and the ending was completely satisfying.

Now, onto the modern Chick-Lit portion.

As usual, the historical fiction aspect of the books does take over and make for a better, fulfilling reading experience the story of Colin & Eloise. I think that's because there's only about five or six chapters dedicated to them and they are spread out. It's hard to actually get too involved because of that, however, I like their characters and I do like them together. In fact, of all the couples I've come across in this series, Colin & Eloise remind me the most of Robert & Charlotte.

However, there was a lack of romantic scenes (minus the beginning chapter) and while I loved the movie-watching scene, I was hoping for a descriptive paragraph on kissing and/or fondling. I mean, I waited how long for Eloise and Colin? I couldn't get just a small smidgen of toe-curling description?

I'm hoping that Ms. Willig delivers more of the description in the next book and I certainly can't wait for the next installment.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Book Review- Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (updated edition)

I will be the first to admit that I have a slight crush on Anthony Bourdain. I don't want to sleep with him but I would love to hang out with him. This book was full of interesting and funny stories, life lessons and passion. You can tell Anthony Bourdain loves his life and it translates on the page.

I only give it a four star rating because though the reader was fully warned at the beginning of the book, I wasn't prepared entirely for all of the Kitchen Jargon and constant use of that vernacular.

However, all in all, it makes me see the restaurant world a bit differently and I thank this book for opening my eyes.

I know never to piss of a waiter or a chef, I have always said please and thank you when ordering and I'm right to do so, NEVER eat Fish on Monday, always check out the bathrooms and don't be afraid of the bread.

All in all, this book is a celebration of the life of a chef, a line cook, a sous chef, a porter, a grillman and all those that inhabit the kitchen to bring you good food because cooking is in their veins.

Thanks to all those slaving, sweating, swearing, bleeding and generally busting their asses in the kitchen.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I give you an opinion, cause I just found one

Happy New Year to everyone!

And now that's out of the way...

I never read 3 books at a time. I usually can't. I usually read, maybe, two non-fiction books at once and that's usually because they relate in some way. I'm a big Celtic history fan, ancient Celtic history with the specific interest in Ireland. I love the mythology, the religion, the supposition about said mythology and religion, I love the stories, the spread of the culture (from the near East to eventually Ireland) over the centuries, and I love the impression that they left on the world. Most of all, I love learning about it. It's amazing.

So with that said, I figured I'd venture out of Ireland for a bit and finally sit down and read the Welsh collection of ancient stories, the Mabinogion, that have been around for a very long time but were finally put on paper sometime between the 12-14th centuries (my memory escapes me and I'm not looking right now) and is very very very very heavy on the Christian religion. Makes sense because the first time these stories were written down were by Christian monks who were seeking to take out some of the 'pagan' elements out of the story and make it more a tale of Christian morality.

Then, because I know a lot of the stories in the Mabinogion, I decided to try and start the History of Stupidity. I couldn't get into it.

Now, I'm reading Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bourdain, right now. I have this weird sort of crush on him and not in a sexual way. I would love to get drinks and listen to him tell stories. I'd love to eat his food and hell, I'd even travel with him. He can be crusty, curmudgeonly, selfish, a complete dick but at the same time, funny, sentimental, caring, and fair. My kind of guy.

But I never read three books at once. So I'm taking History of Stupidity of the list and shelving the Mabinogion for now.

Viva Bourdain.

Mood: Photobucket - Restless

Music: Lullaby- Starsailor