Entries in random Supernatural references (10)

Wednesday
Aug292012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

The Dirty Streets of Heaven
Tad Williams

DAW Hardcover
Releases September 4, 2012
400 pages

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Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

I have a hard time finding angel books I enjoy, mostly because YA titles with angels tend to have silly love triangles and plot points that just don't match up with my own expectations of angels. Plus none of them seem to have a character like Castiel and that's just wrong. It seems like this new series by Tad Williams, he of the epic Shadowmarch fantasy series, might be the solution to my angel book conundrum. Missing souls? Potential end-of-the-world apocalyptic consequences? Angels that hate other angels? Angels that act a little more human than angelic?

Yeah, I'm all for this book.

Tuesday
May292012

Random Tuesday: True Blood Is Ridiculous

At some point during the middle of True Blood’s first season, I received the pilot episode on a DVD as a bonus with some other television series I purchased from Best Buy. When Fernando and I watched it, I spent most of those two hours cringing, my ears threatening to bleed from Anna Paquin’s Southern accent. The rest of the time was spent laughing at either the way the creepy stalker rapist vampire said things or the pure stupidity that is Jason Stackhouse.

And yet, four years later, I felt compelled to watch this series from the beginning. Despite having heard that it only gets more ridiculous and pornographic as the series goes on, I felt intrigued. True Blood is such a thing at Comic Con. It’s such a thing in popular culture in general and people kept telling me to watch it because it’s so much better than The Vampire Diaries.

Well, having watched the first 18 episodes of True Blood, I can confidently proclaim that I will take Crazy Eyes and the Boring One over Creepy Stalker Rapist Dude and the Stupidest Person on Television™ any day of the week.

Spoilers through episode 02.06.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Random Tuesday: Thinky Thoughts on Male Character Types in YA Fiction

Wow, that blog title sounds like an academic paper I wrote in a parallel lifetype where I didn't write research papers on the sociological reasons behind fan fiction. Anyway...

I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot of YA and YA tends to have female protagonists, but all these girls are starting to run together. They almost always fall squarely into one of two categories: the strong, determined type or the whiney, please-save-me type. Sometimes the strong ones have moments of weakness, but they rarely fall at the feet of a guy or wait around for someone to solve their problems (even if this leads to bad decision making). They could be further divided into other categories, sure, but the differences start feeling like you're splicing hairs to create diversity that isn’t really there.

Guys in these same YA books are harder to fit into just two categories. Yes, there are the strong ones and the whiney ones, but there seems to be more variety involved in creating love interests and/or side characters to support the main female protagonist that isn’t shown as often when developing a leading female. I suppose I could easily split the boys into two categories – asshats versus not asshats – but not being an asshat can come in many different forms.

Luckily my recent reading streak has led me away from the insufferable asshat love interests that drove me crazy in Hush, Hush, and of course, Twilight. Even Jace became more tolerable during the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series than he was in the original trilogy. I also have a hard time loving the too perfect, can-do-no-wrong love interests like Xavier from Alexandra Adornetto's Halo series. Instead I’ve been presented with a fairly varied group of guys that range from sarcastic sidekick to loveable zombies (seriously). So here I present to you a recently compiled list of my five favorite types of male YA characters.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

Random Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday, The Avengers, and Things in Space

I sat down to my computer feeling like I needed to do something, but not being able to figure out what. About twenty minutes went by before I realized, hey silly, write a blog post for Random Tuesday!

During lunch I rewatched "Lazarus Rising", the first episode of Supernatural season 4, and I came very close to writing a ranty post about how Supernatural used to be so good. But I figured no one wants to read yet another Leslie-penned rant that is mostly "But... CASTIEL!" Instead I will just post a picture and move along:

Then I thought I'd write a post about how I just finished a short cartoon series about a teenage boy that wakes up one morning to find he has a miniature girl for a right hand and it wasn't as disturbing as I thought it was going to be. But I was babbling about cartoons a few Random Tuesdays ago, so I'll avoid talk of Midori Days. I'm not entirely sure what I would say about it anyway. Its something that has to be experienced to believe it's level of crazy.

At the moment I should be reading a book for a bookclub meeting on Thursday, so you're getting random links for Random Tuesday and a teaser that made me scratch my head in confusion.

The Eye of Sauron was found in space, so now we know where the apocalypse is coming from. (Tor.com)

Publishers don’t like tablets as e-readers so much anymore as they tempt you to do everything but read. I’d say more, but I need to go check my Twitter feed… (NYTimes.com)

-  I really hope this is how The Avengers movie turns out. It would make me giggle all through the movie.

-  Here’s the actual trailer though:

-  Fernando asked me to include The Simpsons’ take on Game of Thrones, so here you go:

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m working with a Kindle so I don’t have a page number. I just typed in a random number location that’s somewhere around the middle of the book and this is what you get:

Next to me, Kale stiffened. The way he’d said it, I wasn’t sure if Alex meant me and him, or evading Denazen, but either way it was out of the question.

Location 1458 in the Kindle edition of Touch by Jus Accardo

 

I have no idea what they’re talking about, so I’m taking this to not be spoilery. Granted I haven’t started the book yet, but it’s the next on the list. Mostly I just want to know if there’s seriously a character named Kale?!

 

Okay, that's Random Tuesday from me. What Random Things do you have for me?

Tuesday
Dec132011

Random Tuesdays: In Which I Try to Find Something I Like About Christmas Entertainment

Right now my brain is the consistency of cold oatmeal and about as useful.  Usually that would mean Random Tuesday would get pushed to the side in favor of memes, but not today!  Today I will power through my oatmeal brain sludge and provide you with A LIST!

Baby Sam doesn't like Christmas either. That's the day he learned about the monsters.I'm not a big fan of Christmas.  My childhood memories are primarily filled with high anxiety and general boredom, and my adult experiences haven't been much better.  It involves a lot of hours in cars, a lot of waiting on other people, a lot of money spent on things no one wants and visiting with people I see once a year that I'm not all that sure even like me very much*.  Since my nephew was born, Christmas is a little more fun because I'm normally one of a few baby-wranglers and my nephew is very silly.  But overall, not a huge fan of the Christmas thing.

But today I will be positive!  I will say things I like about Christmas (-related pop culture items)!  And spread joy about all the land!  Or something of that nature.

Today I present to you Leslie's List of Christmas-y Things She Likes Even Though She Doesn't Like Christmas (trademark pending).

 

My Favorite Christmas Movie(s):  I can honestly say I haven't seen many of the "classics" of the Christmas genre, and I am okay with that.  The ones I have seen are far too sappy for me to sit through more than once if I can help it.  There are, however, two Christmas movies that I do really enjoy, though many would probably argue that they aren't actually Christmas movies (thus explaining why I enjoy them).

Poor SantaThe Nightmare Before Christmas - It's a Christmas movie!  See!  It's even there in the title!  It doesn't matter that whenever I mention this movie, Fernando breaks out with "This is Halloween" because it says Christmas in the title!  I've loved this movie since I saw it as a kid.  It's just fun and musical and manages a "moral of the story" without any cloying sentimentality.  And because you can never go wrong with a dancing boogie monster.

Love Actually - I don't know what it is about this movie, but I could watch it over and over again.  I think it would be a little weird watching Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead being all love-sick over Keira Knightly now, but otherwise this is just a fun movie.  Christmas is just sort of in the background of this movie, which is more a collection of modern, realistic faerie tale vignettes than an actual movie.  The sentimentality level is uber high, but I don't mind as long as Hugh Grant keeps dancing like a goober.

Watch out for the zombies!! 

My Favorite Christmas Television:  I'm excluding the Charlie Brown Christmas special because, if you don't like that, you have no heart.  That's just fact.

Thankfully I've never had a Christmas where Pagan gods tried to eat me.

"A Very Supernatural Christmas" Supernatural 03.08 - If you've ever seen Supernatural and if you've ever visited this blog, this season three episode being on this list is not a surprise.  It's not the most conducive show for Christmas episodes, which is why the Winchesters hunting down the "anti-Claus" is one of my favorite pieces of Christmas entertainment, but not something I would recommend watching with my family.  I think this is the first time the boys face any Pagan gods, expanding the show's mythology beyond just monsters in the dark.  And it probably helps that the flashbacks to a Christmas past make me get all fangirl flailing at the cuteness.

If only Santa really was the Doctor...Doctor Who Christmas specials - They tend to be weaker and more gimmicky episodes of the series, but it's nice to get a little bit of the Doctor in the middle of the super long hiatus the show takes between seasons.

"Chuck vs. Santa Claus" Chuck 02.11 - Chuck trying to save the day without letting his friends and family know he's a spy?  Check.  Morgan and the Buy More crew causing havoc, making Chuck's life more difficult?  Check.  Captain Awesome being awesome?  Absolutely.  This episode changed the dynamic of the show a little, what with Chuck watching Sarah shoot an unarmed bad guy and getting a reality check that, no matter how much he tries, his family and friends are prime targets for danger.  Plus Big Mike dressed as Santa and Awesome being awesome is... well, awesome.

 

My Favorite Christmas Music:  I hate Christmas music.  I hate it with a burning passion of a million suns.  With that said, "Baby It's Cold Outside" sung by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss makes me a little giddy inside.  Then again, Darren Criss can make Katy Perry tolerable (if not absolutely addictive), so I don't think there's much bad music he couldn't save in my mind.  I think it's the bow ties.  Bow ties are cool.

 

So that's about all I can get out of my oatmeal brain today.  What about you guys?  Any particular piece of Christmas pop culture that makes you happy?  Is there something out there that can make me less of a grinch?  Think Ebeneezer Scrooge has an opening at his accounting firm?  Where are all the Christmas robots?!

 

* Okay, this is a little misleading.  It's not that they don't like me.  It's that many of my relatives think I am very strange and do not understand me, so conversation topics are very limited and I receive funny looks.  They are not wrong.