The Monsters of Templeton (a review)

January 6th, 2009

A “who done it” mystery, where the mystery is not murder but about which ancestors had illegitimate kids. The ancestor research is being done by the main character who returns home to put her life into perspective before heading off to finish her archaeology dissertation. The family has a long sordid history which starts at the founding of the town. Alternating chapters are told from different ancestors, be it by letters or diary to a sort of first person inner dialog, giving the past characters more life then just the present day actions of the main character. The “monster” plays a back ground role to add ambiance and a thread that weaves through out the sordid past.

I enjoyed this book, but can understand that those people who read for action may find it slow or hard to get into.

Confucius says:

January 6th, 2009

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

52 in 52: 2008

January 1st, 2009

Well the goal was to read 52 books in 52 weeks, one a week. I thought this would be easily done for me, I even joked that I would make my goal 104 books in 52 weeks. As the year started I was flying through books so fast that I could not fathom not surpassing the 52 in 52 by a large amount. As it turns out the end off the year was much more full then the start. I did reach the goal, I read 54 books in the year 2008.

2009 looks as if it will be a full year. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that once again I will meet 52 in 52.

December 30th 2008 Movie

December 30th, 2008

The Last Boyscout. What can I say it happends at Christmas and they make fun of Santa Claus.

December 29th 2008 Movie

December 29th, 2008

Terminal. What can I say? It has some Christmas decorations up at some of the movie.

December 28th 2008 Movie

December 28th, 2008

A rich guy tired of being alone on Christmas rents the family who now lives in his childhood home with the intentions of reliving his Christmas filled youth. Little does he know this family not down with Christmas spirit. Surviving Christmas

December 27th 2008 Movie

December 27th, 2008

Daughter gone for her first Christmas and her parents can’t stand the thought of the holiday without her choose to skip Christmas, but the townhas other ideas and will not let them. Christmas with the Kranks

December 26th 2008 Movie

December 26th, 2008

One kid, Two robbers, Who will win in a fight over the goodies under the Christmas tree? Home Alone

December 25th 2008 Movie

December 25th, 2008

What’s Christmas without Cousin Eddie?  You’ll never have to know if you own National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

December 24th 2008 Movie

December 24th, 2008

Bill Murray gets Scrooged.