Monthly Archives: March 2011

"Faceless Killers" review

Faceless Killers (Wallander #1)Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An elderly Swedish farmer wakes up early one cold morning and is sure he has forgotten something.

After a few minutes, the farmer realizes it’s too quiet, so he gets out of bed and starts to investigate. Within minutes, the farmer discovers two bodies at a nearby farm, and Kurt Wallander’s homicide team is brought in to investigate.

I discovered Henning Mankell’s Wallander stories on PBS, with Kenneth Branagh starring as Wallander. The PBS stories are pretty good, so I thought I would give the books a chance.

Kurt Wallander is the most depressed fictional character I’ve ever encountered. He’s divorced, his grown daughter won’t talk to him, he’s gained a ton of weight since his divorce, etc.

You’d think the stories would be boring, right?

Not so, as the depressed detective is able to forget his problems long enough to work a murder.

Every time Wallander and his team think they have the murders solved, they are proven wrong, and Wallander is certain that he is a lousy cop.

“Faceless Killers” is a solid murder mystery, as I was able to feel sympathy for Wallander, for all of his personal issues.

But I also admire Wallander’s problem-solving skills, as he follows this case with the determination of a bulldog.

Mankell has written ten Wallander books. The latest, “The Troubled Man,” is the last in the series and became available today.

I’ve got the second Wallander book, “The Dogs of Riga,” ordered from the Seattle Public Library.

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‘Fringe’ renewed: Can fan passion trump ratings? – CNN.com

‘Fringe’ renewed: Can fan passion trump ratings? – CNN.com

“Fringe” fans are the best!
I should know–I’m one of those fans.
Excellent news!

How do you pamper yourself?

GranPhoto March 2011
I drink two cups of coffee every morning to get my buzz on.
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But most nights, before bed, I drink a cup of tea, usually in a coffee mug.
But lately, I’ve been thinking about drinking my tea in a china cup that has a saucer.
Do you remember tea cups?
I’ve been thinking about buying myself a real teacup for some time.
Yesterday, I set out to find myself one cup with a matching saucer.
And I decided that I wanted a new cup with saucer, so going to any secondhand store was out of the question.
I tried Target first, and had no luck.
Mugs were everywhere, but no tea cups with matching saucers.
On my way home, I checked in at the Northgate Ross store, and found the teacup and saucer shown above. 
It was the only one on the store, and available for the amazing price of $4.99 plus tax.
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Last night I drank peppermint tea, tonight decaf black tea (Lipton, of course).
Sipping tea out of this delicate cup, then placing it back on the saucer, makes me feel so special.
I don’t know, I kind of feel like the Queen Mother or someone else in British royalty, maybe Queen Anne or Princess Margaret.
I’ve never been fond of Queen Elizabeth, for some reason.
Drinking my nightly tea of the darn cup shown above makes me feel so good, like I’m pampering myself
So I hope you do something to pamper yourself, as soon as you can.
Something that makes you feel special, good about yourself.
Something that’s different from your usual routine or ways to treat yourself (I’m talking about healthy ways, not like eating a box of cookies, running naked through your neighborhood, or charging lots of crap on your credit card). 
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, either, although I’ve thought of ways to indulge myself that cost more than this teacup (e.g., a weekend in a fancy hotel, a new laptop, etc.).
And, if you don’t mind, come back to this post and let me know what you did to pamper yourself. 
Post anonymously if you wish, but remember to be kind, okay?

Fringe 3X18 "Bloodline" Preview (1)

Fringe just keeps getting better this season, and the character of Lincoln Lee is becoming my hero.
Good combination of creepy and a little bit o’ love.

"Treachery In Death" Review

Treachery in Death (In Death, #32)Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Treachery In Death is the thirty second novel in this series written by Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb.

Robb writes these books almost as fast as I can read them.

When I learn that a new “In Death” story has been published, I acquire the book asap, drop everything else I’m reading, and devour the new offering.

I’ve just got to see what the characters are up to, and this latest story does not disappoint.

In this latest offering, Eve Dallas investigates dirty cops with the help of her team–Peabody, McNab, Truehart, Baxter, Mira, Commander Whitney, and a number of other series regulars.

Oh yes, Roarke, Eve’s smoking hot, uber-rich and amazingly smart hubby, is along for the ride as well as Eve brings down the daughter of New York City police royalty.

My favorite series books allow me to see characters grow in depth, to screw up royally and pay the price, and manage to be around for the next installment.

Treachery In Death is about the choices people make, the good ones and the crummy ones as well.

The ‘In Death’ series is not great literature, the mystery elements could be stronger, but the stories are solidly entertaining.

Why?

Because the characters are fun, flawed, complex, and a bit over-the-top.

A great weekend read.

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My review of The Tenth Circle

The Tenth CircleThe Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has been sitting on my “must read” pile for some time.

I swear, one day this book started calling my name and I picked it up, then I just couldn’t put it down.

This is a very good book about a family going through hell (think of “Dante’s Inferno”).

My throat started hurting Sunday afternoon, and I’ve been sick since. I’ve not been able to do much of anything since Sunday, even work, so I was able to finish this excellent story.

As human beings, we all have our good and bad parts. Maybe bad is not the best word, how about we all do things from time to time that we are not proud of? I like that better.

This is the story of a family, fallible human beings who goof up big time. Who hasn’t goofed?

The Tenth Circle is worth your time and attention because it’s a story about living, making mistakes, and moving on.

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Thank you to Allen Schauffler and King 5 News for helping us spread the message!

I just saw this on King 5 news, and it’s so cool!
Here’s the mission of Plumbers Without Borders:
“To support the work of persons and organizations who are striving to improve the lives of people who are suffering from water and sanitation poverty.
Plumbers Without Borders is a grassroots effort, born from the desire to help people in dire need, where human suffering and disease is caused in part by a lack of safe plumbing and hygienic sanitation. Examples would be Haiti after the earthquake; the Gulf Coast hit by Hurricane Katrina, and other impoverished areas.

Our vision includes building a networked directory of skilled Plumbing and Mechanical tradespeople, related professionals, sources for needed materials, and other resources. This directory will function in synergy with other organizations to combine, share, and increase mutual benefits, to achieve common goals.”


I have access to clean water every day, and I guess that I take this for granted.


UNICEF reports that worldwide, over 884 million people use unsafe drinking water.


That’s just not right.


Thanks to Plumbers Without Borders for your service!




My brief Earth Hour 2011 video

I celebrated Earth Hour 2011 by sleeping!

By 9:00 p.m., it was lights out for me too.

It was dark and quiet, and I have not had a lot of sleep this week (slept 10 hours, amazing accomplishment at my age).

Happy Sunday!

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Earth Hour 2011 Official video

Earth Hour 2011 is tonight!
At 8:30 p.m. I’m going dark for one hour.
Join me and be a part of Earth Hour 2011!

FRINGE Renewed For Season 4

FRINGE Renewed For Season 4

Time to celebrate!

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