26 February 2003

Reads & Listens, February 2003

Reads:

Just Desserts (A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery) by Mary Daheim
What to say? It was okay. Not as funny as I'd hoped. Probably, it would make a good made-for-tv movie.

The Actress & The Marquis by Cindy Holbrook
Quite funny in places, but not particularly surprising or inventive.

The Seduction by Nicole Jordan
Very well written and researched erotic romance. Toe curlingly sexy -- don't skip these sex scenes.

George and the Virgin by Lisa Cach
Generally funny time travel romance, but the last chapter was a complete disappointment. What is it with romance writers that they feel they need to attach these crap addenda at the end?

The Landscaping Revolution by Andy & Sally Wasowski
Kick in the ass for those of us who keep dithering about going native. Everything you wanted to know about the whys of natural gardening. Sadly, the new edition is missing the radical cover art I love. So much for gardening as a form of political resistance.

The Bride Sale by Candice Hern
I would be much happier about seeing more gay characters in mainstream romances if they weren't so frequently portrayed as assholes or fuckwits. What's wrong with happy, well adjusted, non-hetero characters? Hmmm?

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
I really liked The Princess Diaries series and was quite looking forward to reading this book but ... I don't know ... it was all fluffy and cute ... maybe a bit too cute? The e-mail format was "fun" for the first dozen pages, but then I kept waiting for The Boy Next Door to turn into a real book. Silly me.

The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans & Other Stories by Johnny Valentine
Mediocre fairy tales in which most of the children have lesbian mothers or gay fathers.

Choosing a Career in Information Science (World of Work) by Laura Leone
Very good introduction to information science for children and pesky, but well-meaning relatives. Seriously, I can think of a whole raft of relatives who would benefit by reading this book.

Delicious & Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson
It's a beautiful book and the recipes sound quite yummy, but unfortunately neither of the recipes I tried came out particularly well. Oh, they were certainly edible, but they weren't as tasty as the recipes had given me to believe. Also, many of the recipes have out-of-the slow cooker steps that can be a trifle time consuming. When I made "Polish Beef Stew with Sauerkraut and Sausage" and "Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic" I felt as if I were pre-cooking dinner before it all went into the cooker. This book is going back to the library.