This is a supernatural series where all kinds of ghosts, spirits, hauntings, etc, have suddenly burst out of control and the only ones who can both see the manifestations and have the most control over the psychic powers necessary to fight and exorcise them are children. You lose the powers as you age, you see. So there's a time period where young kids, teens, and maaaaybe early twenty-somethings are running the show.
Lockwood & Co is an investigative agency with three agents who appear to be mismatched. Quirky personalities, damaged backgrounds, and very real danger help drive the story along; and Lucy, the pov character, is pragmatic, phlematic, and more than a little blunt. There's a good bit of humor in these novels, along with the genuine creepiness.
Thankfully, the characters are young enough that there's no romance as yet. An inkling of unrealized attraction, maybe, and eventually genuine caring. The focus is on the cases they're working, and only secondarily on each other.
I just found out the fourth in the series is out now. I'll have to see if I can get it via the library. :D
#1-The Screaming Staircase
#2-The Whispering Skull
#3-The Hollow Boy
YA fantasy with talking animals though it is, don't be fooled by comparisons to Narnia. The book starts off well (baby brother kidnapped by birds and flown off into the wilderness, what to do?!);, and it has some odd moments of humor and unusual characters. But ultimately, the story doesn't live up to the initial promise, imo. The secondary sidekick character ends up being more interesting than the main one was, and the more important and pivotal storyline.
I think if an editor had actually edited it could have been boiled down to half the size and twice the intensity, and then it would have been all right.
I did attempt to read the sequel, Under Wildwood, but gave it up after a few chapters. I don't believe in forcing myself to read something once I've given it a fair start if it's not holding my interest.
I've read many of the original Nancy Drew titles over the years, and wanted to compare. I remember Trixie Belden, the Boxcar Children, and that ilk...never got into the Hardy Boys past the short-lived tv show.
Well, The Tower Treasure and The House on the Cliff were ok. I can see why kids would have liked them, light easy reading with lots of gadgets. But the writing wasn't as good as the average Nancy Drew title, imo, and there was a whole lot of talking about how great this person or that person was, and not much showing. They come across as much more dated than Nancy's books do.
I satisfied my curiosity, so I won't be finishing the series. I do think they'd still make fun gifts for a young reader.
I realized recently I haven't been posting my 50bookchallenge stuff. I got behind in the latter part of last year, due to getting ready to move and the massive amount of sorting/donating to do; and what with all the constant changes and adjustments I've been doing, I didn't even think of it.
But my enjoyment of my new library card has encouraged me to start reading more fiction again (it's been a long time since I've done more than re-read an old favorite). Also, I got my new glasses last night and I read a book in 3 hours..."one more chapter and I'll go to bed", HA! So I'll be able to zip along more easily now. I'm having difficulty with stairs, curbs, driving and changing focus from near to far and back, but no matter. I CAN READ. \0/
Greenglass House is a YA mystery novel set in a contemporary smugglers' inn. The pov character is a young adopted Asian boy; and there's a cast of quirky guests that descend upon the inn during the "slow" season. Mysterious maps, thefts, telling each other stories in the evening, the cook's annoying daughter and a completely unexpected plot twist all help drive the book to what I felt was a satisfying ending.
I might look for another title by this author. I liked her pacing and ability to create characters that were offbeat but not caricatured or attempts at be cute. It's always nice when I find a professional writer who writes like it.
I've been cooking (!!!) since I've moved here, in an effort to save money and be healthier and have a nice kitchen and actual cooking equipment now. It's been surprisingly fun, especially since much of what I've cooked has actually been not just edible (and survivable, ha) but good enough I'd feel comfortable serving it to someone else. Freezer meals, ftw!
However, this soup came out MUCH saltier than I like, even though I used a lower sodium bacon. I think if I do it again, I'll use half as much and maybe turkey bacon-the seasonings are tasty enough I don't know that I'd need the bacon.
Cold weather's coming soon. I need to get my soups, stews, chilis and casseroles lined up. :D
I've been able to unload many cookbooks thanks to Pinterest. There's a carrot and coriander soup that caught my eye, and a lemon chicken orzo soup...and sour cream chicken enchiladas...those will be done soon, oh yes.
My brother gets all happy and animated because I call to talk cooking with him (usually, "will this give me food poisoning if...?" but also to rhapsodize about new equipment). My sister said she's proud of me. It's ridiculous.
~is amused but proud of self too anyways
We got a lot of rain in my area, from what I heard, but went through it all right. I went up to my dad's, and there was a good amount of rain and wind, but no worse than a generally nasty rainy day, very gloomy. I feel fortunate...I've been through many a hurricane in Florida, but this is my first one here and I wasn't sure what to expect.
We were short-handed at work today (and probably will be for a while) because some of our people have gone to help out in Charleston and Columbia stores.
Today was absolutely beautiful, oddly enough.
to get my prescription updated, and a new pair of glasses. Mine are out of date by a few years, and the frame got bent, so they really aren't doing me any good.
I finally was able to co-ordinate a day when the office was open, I had the day off, had the money, the weather was good, and I felt good enough to run errands...
and they haven't had a doctor since July. "We're looking, though!"
Many curses later, my brother said he was able to make me an appointment for tomorrow at the Wal-Mart Vision Center where they live; and since I'm driving up to visit, I can just pop in there.Then I can take the prescription anywhere.
I'm looking forward to being able to do needlework again. It's been so long since I've seen well enough for up close work, or reading. One more benefit of being near family, and having more stable finances!
Plus, I'll get to go to breakfast with my daddy. He likes that. :D
It's nice to have some plants that actually survive. I don't have a black thumb, exactly, more like...my old apartment's patio was pretty much out of sight, out of mind. I alternated a rose and hibiscus, killed 'em off after a few months each due to the too much sun/too much rain equation, and eventually gave up.
Now I have a 4 pot plant stand that used to be my mom's. Dad spray painted it for me in a nice bronze-ish shade, so it looks nearly new. I have a pink polka dot plant on it (which is fantastic, needs minimal care, droops when it needs water and perks up immediately upon receiving water, has grown like crazy-my kind of plant!). I also have 2 kalanchoes, an orange one and a pink one, which are new flowering plants to me, and I'm not sure how I'm doing with them. Not dead yet, but they show funky leaves sometimes. My neighbor gave me a couple of vinkas that she had left over from planting hers-pretty pink ones, and again, they're flourishing enough I'm going to have to transplant them. TALL, with no sign of stopping. And I have a zinnia in a hanging basket, which I just trimmed down like whoa due to blown blooms.
I've got one (surviving, oops) inside plant, some kind of potted frondy thing. I don't know what it is, but it seems to like sitting on the windowsill and getting watered lightly once a week.
Casualties include a pretty red begonia, a campanula plant, and an orchid. I took a miniature rose up to my dad for transplanting, and it's doing ok there. At least half of it is-he split it up into two plantings, and one accidentally got weeded. Not surprised, as my dad's gardening technique tends to be shove it in the ground and stomp some soil on it, and walk away. If it looks like a weed, yank it up. If it's too crowded where it is, or might provide better coverage somewhere else, yank it up, shove it in the ground in the new spot, and stomp some soil on it. Walk away, and let nature fight it out. It's survival of the fittest in his yard, and oddly enough, he has a very nice garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds have started hanging out there, which is pretty to watch...I just get wasps. o.O
I did transplant the orange kalanchoe that was desperately in need of it. I've got another pot for the polka dot, but by the time I get around to putting it in there, I might need something even bigger. I swear it grows a little every few days.
I might try another begonia, but inside this time, next to the mystery plant. I think the other one got sunburned. "Indirect lighting" is so vague.
I wonder if I can get some kind of window box that might fight on the balcony railing? That might have to wait until next spring. We're just getting some greetings from autumn, and I'd hate to get a bunch of new plants only to have them die off in a frost. I wasn't here for autumn last year, so I'm not sure how fast or hard winter will hit. Right now, I can move everything I have inside, and put them in front of the living room and bedroom windows for sun, and not be crowded out.
It's not the same as having a garden outside in a real yard, but then I don't have to mow or weed. All in all, I think I got a good deal. :)