An adventure in Mavenland

I have been meaning to write about my super busy Saturday.  It was literally a day full of a birthday, a 911 call, a wedding and vampires.  I know these don’t seem like they are connected at all, but believe me they are.

Saturday was my birthday.  It wasn’t a big one and if you ask I won’t tell you how old I am.  It’s not that bad, but I like to leave an air of mystery.  Well, my birthday started out with me getting up at the crack of dawn to go to my second job. I work at a gym for my second job.  This is normally a very easy job except for those days that go all to hell.  Saturday was one of those days.  I won’t go into all the details, but the biggest highlight was me having to call 911 because a woman passed out in the parking lot. She didn’t eat before her exercise class.  She claimed this happens often.  You would think people would learn, but I know better than to think that. So, me being the person who called had to stay later at work because of it.  This just set the tone of the day.

I proceeded to rush home to get ready to go to the wedding.  My husband and I hopped into the car and set out.  Now, I am going to preface this by saying my husband is a truck driver and knows the area.  That being said.  He missed his turn and we arrived at the wedding just as it was about to start.  It was a very nice wedding.  It was a beautiful ceremony and I wish them all the happiness. The wedding was a bit unorthodox with the groom being 30, the bride being 19 and her something new was the very visible baby bump.  I think this is going to be a very challenging road ahead but if they work together they can get through anything.  I would have to say there were two interesting parts to the wedding and reception.  First, the couple stood and braided a rope as a symbol of their relationship with God.  I didn’t realize what it symbolized until a bit later.  I thought at first they were incorporating the pregnancy and thought that was weird.  Guess that will teach me for not paying attention.  Second, I noticed there were a lot of children at this wedding.  There is nothing wrong with having children at a wedding, but when they are unruly and you can’t control them then that’s a problem.  It’s just amazing how people can just ignore children running around especially their own mother and grandmother.  Anyway, we ended up leaving before the cake was cut so we could do something for my birthday.  I chose to go to the movies.

What movie did I choose?  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Now, normally I don’t see movies I want to see because my husband and I have such differing tastes.  This was an anomaly that I got to pick whatever movie I wanted to see.  So I told my husband and he was very amicable about it.  I did put one stipulation on it.  I told him he wasn’t allowed to scream like a girl (he doesn’t like scary movies).  He promptly informed me “I make no promises.” I laughed at that.  So we went to see the movie and it was an excellent movie.  I would recommend anyone to see it.  But, one little warning do not take someone who is going to sit through the whole movie saying “I missed that in History class.”  Throughout the WHOLE movie.  I kept reminding him that it was based on a book, a FICTION book.  This did not stop the commentary.  Even though I had the peanut gallery sitting next to me I did enjoy the movie.  The rest of the evening ended pretty tamely with dinner and going home.

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I haven’t had quite a birthday before.  A birthday beginning with a 911 call and ending with Abraham Lincoln slaying vampires.  All I have to say is I wonder what my next one will consist of.

Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #1)

I finally broke down and read the first book in the Anita Blake series.  I feel like I am the last person standing who hasn’t read these books.  I had heard a lot of good things about this series, but I am reading so many different series’ right now it is a challenge to fit a brand new one in.  Well, I found the time and read Guilty Pleasures.  I am glad I finally jumped on this bandwagon.

We are introduced to Anita Blake in the midst of a negotiation with a vampire for her services to find a serial killer killing vampires.  We find that she is a Necromancer or “Animator”.  She raises the dead for the company she works for called Animators, Inc.  From here Anita Blake is dragged into finding the culprit of  a horrendous vampire killing spree by the most powerful vampires in St. Louis.  We meet many different creatures while following Anita.  Anita’s world is seedy and dangerous. Her life and that of her friends are being threatened if she does not bend to the will of her tormentors.  As Anita is dragged into this world further and further as she is then attached to one of the strongest vampires in town, Jean-Claude.  Jean-Claude her only ally (reluctantly so for Anita) is soon AWOL and she is left fending off vampires and ghouls with very little help.  You very quickly learn why she is known as the Executioner.

This was a very smoothly written book.  I was impressed with how well written and informative this story was all the while the information didn’t slow the story down.  For a first book in a series it sets up the series without dragging down the story.  I would say that this was not much of a Paranormal Romance if that is what you are looking for.  It is suspenseful and thrilling and you really do want something romantic to happen for Anita, but alas it does not happen.  I do foresee that things will happen further into the series.

I would highly recommend this series.  If you like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson then you will like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.  The structure of the stories are similar and both keep you guessing about what may happen next.  I can’t wait to read the next one in the series, Laughing Corpse.

For additional information regarding Laurell K. Hamilton’s books check out her website at www.laurellkhamilton.org.  All of the Anita Blake series can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any other book retailer.

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