Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brief Book Review // Brief Life Review

Audrey's quick review of When Darkness Falls, by C.S. Harris:

It's always a pleasure to read a book as prettily crafted as this lime-and-black hardcover. The dust jacket is equally attractive, and made me feel quite edgy while reading on the bus. A clever cover is what sells a book, and the jacket artist deserves a cake for this pretty little number!

Harris's latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery was richly detailed and well-crafted. Jewel thieves, Prinny, mixing of London's poor and wealthy, hookers, fashion, private gentleman's clubs, street sweeps and the seediest corners of Seven Dials all received a bit of the limelight. Harris deftly made use of interesting figures from the era, including French revolutionaries and London's burgeoning ton.

This well-researched historical (Regency) thriller featured The Hope Diamond, a gem whose monetary value my life will ever equal. And I'm okay with that. The lead characters, Sebastian and his shockingly-independent new wife, Hero, made for delightful reading. The book culminated in a wild rooftop chase that left me guessing until the very end. It's hard not to enjoy a well-written novel with dark intrigue and scenes of such heart-pounding suspense!

On with the show...

Hectic. That's how I would describe life, this week. Productive, though. Tuesday marks the beginning of The Great House Hunt. Sean and I are excited, but scared witless at times.
We can do this.
We can do this.

The bookshop is, as ever, a wild mess of wondrous people and things.

I think I'm getting a Subaru.
I'll miss the Jeep.

I'm out of wine, out of brown ale, and out of time.

Enough with this word nonsense.

Here are some videos which have captured my attention, this week:

A video by Dennis Trainor, Jr., and not just Rand's filibuster. Worth your time!

Inappropriate. Clever. Palmer Squares. Terminal Knowledge. Chicago.

Watch this, then make these noises at a loved one. It's worth it.

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