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{October 29, 2009}   Aaaaw …

OK so mebbe this is the cheesiest thing ever but I likes it. Aaaaw … hard to believe but I only just saw this video for the first time today, despite its VMA-winning, Kanye West-maddening notoriety. And I gotta say, Taylor Swift is an incredibly talented young woman, and this video is highly kyoot. 😀 I’d have been a COMPLETE sucker for it in MY high school days, and still kinda sorta am.



{October 28, 2009}   A Complaint

OK I haven’t done just a pure ‘go off and whine’ entry in awhile so now I am going to:

It is recommended that babies between 5 months and 6 years of age get the H1N1 flu shot in this early round available here in Ontario. So here in Ottawa, first annoyance: clinics open at 2:30 in the afternoon. No worries at first; I pick up Little Tyke from the sitter’s at 3pm. I had heard some things on the radio about lineups outside buildings, but I was thinking, it’s a mild day and I’d checked the wait time for this particular clinic before heading over; 1 1/2 hours. No bigs. Ari would be getting off work around that time, he could meet us as we were coming out of the clinic, and then home, Jeeves, to dinner for all. Especially since LT had just finished his bottle around 4 as we pulled into the clinic. I ask as I line up about the start time – confirmed, 1.5 hours.

An hour and a half later I’m JUST pulling up to the tent as Ari joins us; no longer is it particularly mild, and as we sort of listen in it’s obvious we have at LEAST another hour once we hand in our prescreening paperwork and get inside the building. LT was getting hungry and understandably so as it was dinnertime and I’d stretched the point with his bottle giving it to him so late-ish. We made the decision to leave; it was a waste of an hour and a half of time, but with another hour ahead of us we’d get him home after he’d be prepared to eat dinner (it was already about 6pm by now), and he hasn’t been eating breakfast all week (we make up for this with bigger lunches/dinners/more snacks as he’s interested, but still, that’s where he gets his iron, and it sets the tone for the day). I’m not one to complain about this type of thing generally; it’s public health, something everyone needs to get, of course there are going to be waits and lineups etc. That’s the tradeoff for these shots being free and available to all. But a few questions come to mind:

  1. It’s the end of October, heading into the late fall and early winter; this particular round of shots is aimed especially at children and those with poor immune systems (diabetics, cancer patients, etc). Is a TWO HOUR LONG LINEUP OUTDOORS really the best way to handle this? We got lucky to have a mild day, and it was still cold and fall-like. Beyond discomfort this isn’t healthy for anyone. And don’t get me started on the idiot or two smoking on the line, which wouldn’t have happened if it were inside a public building, such behaviour being illegal in Ontario.
  2. This was hardly a surprise, knowing these clinics were going to be run since this summer. Was there really no chance of having them better planned than some 3 hour waits in some places? Surely the prescreening forms, for example, could have been filled in online rather than in a waiting area; surely there could have been more done to keep those not in immediate need of the vaccine from clogging the line (as I’m sure there were several there who weren’t in the ‘high priority group’). I fall a little short here as I’m not a planner/organizer of such things, and I understand medical screening/shots/etc. require a specialized group of people; but this just felt like a fiasco in general.

I’m just sayin’ … 😛



{October 25, 2009}   Book 4 – Complete

Finished “Why I Hate Canadians” by Will Ferguson last night …

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Iran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams of My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Play it as it Lays – Joan Didion
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. I was a Teenage Katima-Victim – Will Ferguson
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answers – Matthew Cory
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. The Ultimate Weight Solution – Dr. Phil McGraw
101. Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life – Dr. Phil McGraw

WHY I HATE CANADIANS, first of all, is a highly entertaining book. From a literary critical perspective I need to say that first and foremost. Will Ferguson is a fantastic writer; I’ve read his BASTARDS AND BONEHEADS book (where he ranks Canada’s Prime Ministers, as well as other important historical figures, by whether they were a bonehead or … well … y’know), and he is also the author of Canadian History for Dummies, which I’ve read excerpts of. I don’t always agree with him – I think he’s tough on William Lyon Mackenzie King as a Prime Minister, and I think his TOTAL lack of sympathy for the group rights claims of the French-Canadians, coupled with his TOTAL empathy with the Native Canadian plight, is at least mildly hypocritical (I tend to agree with him as to which group has more of a claim to special treatment due to historical and current mistreatment; however, I feel that from an intellectual honesty point of view there are probably better arguments he could make).

Which is probably my only criticism of this book; his general point – that Canadians can achieve something grand and great if we simply disabuse ourselves of our national illusions (our ‘niceness’, for example) and stop comparing ourselves to the big ole elephant we share a continent with, along with a healthy dose of criticism of the modern subdivision/shopping mall culture, separatism, etc., is well taken. But I feel like Ferguson sometimes loses some strength and intelligence in his argument in favour of wittiness, cleverness, or a great turn of phrase. The book doesn’t lose MUCH for this – but it does mean we need to be careful to not find ourselves agreeing with him SIMPLY because he has a great way of putting his thoughts. Agree with him when and because he’s right, not because he’s a good writer.

That said, he IS a good writer and I eagerly anticipate the other Will Ferguson book on my list; I WAS A TEENAGE KATIMA-VICTIM, which was one of my favourite finds in this book; a nation-wide voluntarism opportunity for Canadian youth and young adults cut by the Mulroney Government in 1986 and reinstated in 1996 by the Chretien government. BOTTOM LINE: This book looks at a healthy dose of Canadian history (the voyageurs and habitants, the Natives, even the history of Sudbury), as well as considering where Canada is today (the results of the above in many cases), in a witty, easy-to-read (from an enjoyability factor, not because it is facile), manner with a good dose of intelligent, considered observation; this last falters ONLY when he sacrifices following through an important line of thought, in favour of a witty line of writing.



{October 24, 2009}   Little Tyke Update!

Haven’t done one of these in awhile.

Little Tyke

  • is sleeping through the night! 7 nights straight now!
  • is starting to definitely mimic the stuff we say.
  • calls Ari ‘Dada’ and me ‘Bobbob’ (or perhaps Bubba, which I call *him* all the time).
  • is closer and closer to standing on his own he CAN stand but not STAY up, and that’s lasting longer and longer each day; in related news, he’s falling better and better.
  • has been a bit crankier than usual as he’s teething, but is still basically good-humoured.
  • is a smart little cuss; he cries whenever I drop him off at his sitter’s, but apparently stops as SOON as he hears the door shut behind me.
  • is a size 4 in shoes … the last size in ‘infant’ shoes before he’s in ‘toddler’ shoes (tear).
  • is about to celebrate his first Halloween. Which I think is the last of the firsts for holidays (except Remembrance Day, which we’ll be taking him to Parliament Hill).

In short … he’s doing awesome. 🙂 Loves me my little guy.



{October 22, 2009}   DWTS tribute to MJ


{October 21, 2009}   Children’s entertainers …

Ari and I were doing a little bit of reliving our youth today, checking out some old clips of Sharon, Lois and Bram and the Polka Dot Door etc. on Youtube, and we realized; the time will come in the not terribly distant future that Little Tyke will be getting into these things and we’ll be taking him to shows and concerts etc. I know Sesame St. still airs, and does live shows from time to time, but other than that I’m horribly out-of-touch with what is on children’s TV/out there in children’s music these days. I’m familiar with Toopee & Binoo (sp?) and Bob the Builder, and I know the Barenaked Ladies have come out with a children’s CD (yes, people buy children’s music by a band named Barenaked Ladies), and there are always classics (we have some Raffi CDs) but anyone have any suggestions as to what a tot can listen to/watch out there?



{October 19, 2009}   Balloon Boy’s Dad to be Charged

So I guess we all saw it on Thursday, or at least heard it afterwards; the experimental weather balloon goes flying away from the backyard of the Colorado Heene’s, ostensibly with their six year old son Falcon in it … the 24-hour news media, rather than covering the healthcare debates, or the discussion of sending troops to Afghanistan, or other such things, all rivets themselves to this story, along with the rest of us. And for once I have no problem with this; as a mother, it’s a terrifying thing to watch, as the balloon careens down to the ground and it’s … empty. A frantic search and questioning ensues … did he fall out? Was he ever in the balloon to begin with? The networks change their stories as they follow it in real time … and me? I can only imagine what must be going through the poor kid’s parents’ minds.

Well now we know all too well what was going through Falcon Heene’s parents’ minds, particularly his father Richard; a storm chaser, thrillseeker, ‘meteorologist’ who never went on past his high school education. This family, who have previously appeared on the Godawful Wife Swap reality show, staged the entire ordeal. It didn’t take long for the lid to be blown off the hoax, and it was all thanks to the young man around whom the story centred in the first place, as Falcon Heene informed Wolf Blitzer of CNN, standing in for Larry King that night, that he hadn’t come out when he heard his parents calling him because they had told him they were doing it ‘for the show’.

The Sherriff’s office has now stated that Richard Heene and his wife will be charged with filing a false police report among other charges. Even my bleeding heart self only regrets that of the charges being filed, none are jailable, indictable offenses from what I could tell, but misdemeanors. No one’s hands are clean in this story; obviously the Heene’s are the most guilty of all, but the news media for being so credulous and giving this story so much airtime as well … I understand the coverage to a degree, but bare minimum once it started coming out that this was hoax, when it’s understood what this family wants is attention in the media, the coverage should have stopped. Period. Anything less would be giving them what they wanted.

And shame on our Hiltons/Kardashians/Survivor/Octomom 15 minutes of fame culture; if you earn it, a la So You Think You Can Dance or American Idol, that’s one thing. But stupidity is a high price for all of us to pay for fame, and I’m hoping the increasing number of clearly stupid publicity stunts in the last few years – and the non-stop coverage paid them by the ever-increasing entertainment/pop culture media/blogs etc. – has maybe started to sour us on ‘fame for its own sake’ and the famous for being famous ethos. I mention this as a story because it has now come to a conclusion with charges to be filed; I did not mention it before because as I was about to the suggestion it was a hoax came about; I will not mention it from here as, as far as I’m concerned, whatever happens in the actual legal system the court of public opinion is now adjourned. Will I still talk about Jon & Kate or other such things from time to time? Yes you can barely avoid it. But I’m starting to think we might be better to …



{October 15, 2009}   This video brings the LOLZ

If only my son would do this every time I popped a fry in MY mouth I’d be a skinny minny by now!

Meanwhile, Happy 11-monthiversary to my Little Tyke! Can’t believe this little guy who could barely open his eyes, eat, or cry not so very long ago is now crawling, standing on his own for short periods of time, on the verge of talking, starting to eat ‘big boy’ food (and not just out of jars) … we’ll be celebrating his first Birthday next month and it should be a good time. 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great week so far – mine has not been bad, minus the headache I’ve been rockin’ for two days now. TGIF tomorrow y’all! Xs and Os.



{October 13, 2009}   Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanting to say that to my Canadian readers, and to say I’m back – I had a lovely weekend (albeit off to a rocky start with a terrible drive home – still very sorry to my stepmom who we worried and annoyed with 3 hours of lateness due to HEAVY Toronto traffic and awful weather). Still we were made to feel very warmly welcomed by everyone, and all our parents, as well as my brother and his girlfriend Dawn, were so helpful with entertaining Little Tyke. We got to see friends too, Alex over at I’m-The-Mom and her family, as well as a couple other girlfriends from high school this afternoon for lunch. It’s been a whirlwind, but very much fun, and good as well to be back in Ottawa and back to the routine. We missed our kitties, and I think LT missed his own bed and home.

Hope everyone else’s weekend was fantastic as well! Have a great week!



{October 9, 2009}   And book 3

I had a few minutes after all so I thought I’d scratch ‘Dead and Gone’, the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood book series, off my list and provide my review. For my Thanksgiving post, however, as I don’t know if I’ll be back on the blogs before that day, check out the post before this one. 🙂 Cheers all.

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Iran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams of My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Play it as it Lays – Joan Didion
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. I was a Teenage Katima-Victim – Will Ferguson
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answers – Matthew Cory
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. The Ultimate Weight Solution – Dr. Phil McGraw
101. Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life – Dr. Phil McGraw

DEAD AND GONE is the 8th in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries, featuring Sookie Stackhouse, the inspiration for the super-successful True Blood series on HBO. Obviously, as it is a series, I want to preface this review by saying that at this point, to get the most you can out of this book, you should probably go back and read the entire series starting from DEAD UNTIL DARK. And for fans of True Blood looking to read the books that started it all, beware on two fronts; the books in some ways ARE different from the series (DEAD UNTIL DARK very closely follows season 1 of true blood, but season two diverges from book 2’s LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS in some ways, incorporating aspects of book 3, CLUB DEAD, as well). But in other ways they are very different. That means you are in danger of both potential spoilers when the series follows the trajectory of the books, AND disappointment where the books and TV show diverge. For that end, I am not going to get into specific plot points for DEAD AND GONE, as that would ruin the previous books in in the series for readers, and potential future plot points in True Blood for watchers.

With that ample preamble out of my way, I definitely enjoyed this book the way I’ve enjoyed the rest of the series. Similar to the rest of the series, wrestling autobiographies, romance novels, etc., it’s an easy read clocking in at just about 300 pages of fairly easy but interesting reading. The Sookie Stackhouse universe has become replete with different characters, types of supernatural beings, and history at this point, so the later books like this one do become a bit slower as you attempt to recall and place a whole series of characters, past events, etc. But it is popcorn reading at its best … which is not to say it is stupid or intelligence-insulting. Is it high art? No – but neither was Shakespeare at some points, and, in a more apt comparison, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein were considered pseudoerotic monster thrillers in their day. And in that vein, I feel that while these won’t become hallowed and respected and obvious classics like the Harry Potter series, or much of the Bard’s work, it will still hold up and be read in a similar vein to Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera” years in the future. Sookie Stackhouse: The Musical, anyone? 😉

Charlaine Harris does a great job of intertwining popular culture as we recognize it (real musical artists, writers, movies and TV shows are referenced), with actual historical events (Hurricane Katrina was an un-ignorable historical fact hitting Sookie’s home state of Louisiana as Harris was writing the 4th or 5th book in the series), with the supernatural, making the less believable aspects (vampires, werewolves) seem all the more real for fitting into a world we recognize (as opposed to a remote castle in Transylvania, or secret subteranian lairs under the Paris Opera Populaire). Again – not high literature, but well-written, hums along, interesting and challenging in that an entire little society has been created through this series.

Fans of the Twilight saga – such as myself – might be attracted to this series, which made its debut around the same time (thus not exactly capitalizing on the vampire hype that came about with the release of the Twilight movie … no, its TV counterpart did THAT 😉 ), but a word of caution. While Twilight is geared at preteen and teenage audiences (although I as an adult and many adults I know enjoy it), the Southern Vampire Mysteries (and definitely, perhaps even moreso, the True Blood TV series) are more for adult audiences; YOUNG adult audiences definitely (I don’t think our parents would enjoy it), but they wouldn’t, nor should they, appeal to the younger end of the Twilight crowd, or those who liked Twilight’s sentimentality (there is VERY little ‘mushy stuff’ in this series). Still, if you grew up on Twilight and are now ready to graduate to something a bit more edgy, that takes itself a bit less seriously, give the Sookie Stackhouse series a try, ending from the beginning, ending with DEAD AND GONE, which ties a lot of previous plotpoints together and answers several questions. Even if not, hey, give it a try – it’s a quick and easy read that won’t waste a whole lot of your time if you DON’T like it.



et cetera