September, 2006

September 1st, 2006, 8:49 a.m. - Dear Brandon Flowers...

I love you. Please shave. It's for your own good. Also, it's "every once in a little while," so please stop singing "and."

September 2nd, 2006, 2:24 p.m. - I knew it couldn't be any worse than The People of Sparks

25. The Prophet of Yonwood (Jeanne DuPrau)
Decades before The City of Ember takes place, a girl named Nickie and her aunt Crystal wind up at an old house in Yonwood, North Carolina with the goal of fixing it up to sell it. Nickie soon learns that Yonwood is home to a woman called the Prophet who had a vision of flames and destruction and whose words are now viewed as the words of God. Everything she says becomes law, thanks to some fanatical believers who think if they do good things, the country won't go to war.

The Prophet of Yonwood brings up a lot of questions: what would you be willing to sacrifice if it meant peace in the world? How do you know someone is really speaking the words of God? If every side in a battle claims that God is with them, who is God really with? There's not much of an ending here, and the book is only loosely connected to the other books in the series, but it's still a good read. And also a little creepy in what it predicts for the future of the world.

Up next: Triptych (Karin Slaughter)

September 4th, 2006, 9:47 p.m. - And I didn't have to tell Lena to shut up once (because she's not in this one)

26. Triptych (Karin Slaughter)
The good news is that Triptych isn't in Slaughter's Grant County series. The bad news is that Triptych isn't in Slaughter's Grant County series. I usually enjoy Slaughter's books no matter what, and Triptych is a typical one of her thrillers. But I found myself missing her Grant County characters, especially Sara and Jeffrey. Lena, however, can jump off a cliff.

Triptych (the title of which is never explained or even addressed) follows cops on the trail of a serial killer, featuring both their work lives and their personal lives. (Unlike Sara and Jeffrey in the Grant County series, basically all of the cops are exes.) As always, the best parts of the story are the twists. Slaughter tosses in plot twists subtly and realistically - you'll never see them coming, but they'll not only make sense, they'll make the story better. Strangely, an ex-con featured prominently in the story is the most interesting character. But that's Slaughter for you - throwing in unexpected incidents that throw you for a loop.

Now she just needs to go back to Grant County. Please tell me it won't be another year.

Up next: The Ruins (Scott Smith)

September 5th, 2006, 11:13 p.m. - It's almost over...

"Double Vision"

September 6th, 2006, 11:25 p.m. - I never thought I'd use that title

"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"

September 12th, 2006, 11:20 p.m. - Too tired to think of something clever to put here (not that that's ever stopped me before)

"The Four Horsemen"

A local radio station decided to play only Justin Timberlake and 'NSync songs today. Bad idea. Baaaaaaad idea.

September 14th, 2006, 6:06 p.m. - Triple threat

"You Can't Always Get What You Want"

Survivor: Cook Islands roundtable

"It Don't Matter If You're Black or White"

September 17th, 2006, 11:16 p.m. - Please forgive the lameness of the title

"The China Syndrome"

September 19th, 2006, 8:02 p.m. - Ahoy, buccaneers!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrrrrrrr!

September 20th, 2006, 11:04 p.m. - Finally, someone else recognizes the genius of Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle was one of my favorite featured players on Saturday Night Live a couple of seasons ago. Unfortunately, he was only on one season, barely did anything, and then randomly disappeared. Since then, he's appeared on The Office, Arrested Development, and Talladega Nights, but basically is still unknown. Well, now he's on The Daily Show. Which means that someone out there understands that Rob Riggle is a comic genius and his talents should not go to waste. God bless whoever that person is.

September 25th, 2006, 8:54 a.m. - I feel the urge to shoot flaming arrows

"Kids, Don't Try This at Home"

September 26th, 2006, 9:24 p.m. - My new undertaking

"Why Christian is Not a Top Model"

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