Here at the Bat Cave, the royal we hit a speed bump insanely early Monday morning when I ran afoul of some sort of stomach bug. This basically meant I didn't sleep, and spent a lot of time sitting on my bathroom floor. Fun times! The good news is that once I got sick, I felt better. The bad news is that I didn't sleep. At all. No really, I think I got about two hours. Instead I stayed up and read a Harlequin Historical western cover to cover.
The book in question was Rafferty's Bride by Mary Burton. Now, I don't know if y'all have an author like this (maybe it's just me), but I always read Burton's westerns in a matter of hours. Then when I'm done? Yeah, all the details fly right out of my head. I have absolutely no recall when it comes to her books. It's weird. Rafferty's Bride was a shade below "OK." Of course now it's been two days and I can't recall why the story didn't work better for me. Oh yeah - the identity of the villain was obvious, and even though it was actually logical for a change, the completely gratuitous virgin widow revelation annoyed.
Completely random thought for today: I popped in the Revolver CD by The Beatles on my morning commute and damn, I had forgotten what a totally awesome song For No One is. Don't believe me? Gotta love YouTube.
Anyone else watching My Own Worst Enemy? I'll admit it, I have this completely bizarre "thing" for Christian Slater. I know, I know ::sigh::. Don't ask me why. It's probably the biggest skeleton currently residing in my closet. In my defense the show also features Alfre Woodard, who is seriously kick ass. Love her!
The first episode left me underwhelmed. I didn't hate it, and I didn't love it. Which is code for Wendy Will Watch A Couple More Episodes To See If It Kicks Up A Notch. Well did it? Well Monday's episode (#2) was really very good. And My Man was tre' impressed that they ended it on a really dark note. He tends to poo-poo "Hollywood Endings." I do too, when they aren't logical. I mean, if you're setting up the story to take a dark turn, don't yank the wheel to the right and give us a Care Bear Ending, OK? It just annoys.
Anywho, I wouldn't say I'm officially "hooked" yet, but I'm finding it entertaining. And hell, it isn't a reality TV show and that shoots it's stock up by at least 700 points right there.
Also, you have to admire Slater. He's like the Little Engine That Could. I mean, nobody is ever going to confuse him with Brando, but he's stuck around long enough to make an actual career for himself. Gotta admire that.
In other news, expect more updates over at my Upcoming Historical Romances wiki in the next day or two. I hit a different database here at work, and found scheduled releases through August 2009! I also figured out why I wasn't getting better hits. I forgot one of the cardinal rules I learned in library science school. Sometimes fewer search variables will yield you better results.