Annette's Acre

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April 15th, 2009 by Annette

Idol, Dresden and More

Thanks everyone for the great birthday wishes!

I did have a marvelous day.  DH and I went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch.  I had my favorite – Miso Salmon with Snickers Cheesecake for dessert.  Very very yummy.  Light dinner and a cake from Baskin-Robbins awaited me at home (pralines & cream with white cake).  I am sporting a lovely new watch, have two classic pirate moves to watch (Sea Hawk and Captain Blood), and some gaming fun (Henry Hatsworth and Scrabble).  I spent the evening watching Idol (thoughts to follow), Fringe and Dancing with the Stars while stitching on my bookmark exchange.  It’s coming along so nicely, I didn’t put it down.

Idol Thoughts

This week was devoted to movie songs with some interesting choices:

Matt Giraud – Bryan Adams’  “When  a Man Loves a Woman” from Don Juan DeMarco.  This is one of my very favorite movies and I am a huge Bryan Adams fan.  I did *not* like Matt’s “version” of the song – it had all the right words and I could hear the melody, but he  totally overkilled the melody.

Lil Rounds –  Bette Midler’s “The Rose.” Oh my.  This was not a good week for Lil and I think she is in some serious danger.  Also, not confident the judges will save her as Lil hasn’t given them much to work with the last few weeks.  She was just all over the place on the song and sounded “off” to us here at Chez Acre.

Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” from Once.  I’ve never heard the song, never heard of the movie.  Not that that is a bad thing, but when I have a hard time appreciating any of his performances, well, let’s just say it’s still a challenge.

Anoop Desai – Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do, I Do for You” from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.  As noted above, I love Bryan Adams.  Love this song.  Not enamored with Anoop’s performance, and I think he’ll see the bottom three tonight, but he’s definitely not the worst of the bunch.

Danny Gokey – Lionel Ritchie’s “Endless Love” I remember seeing this movie in the theatre when it was first released (I was in high school).  Loved the song then….not so sure I loved it last night.  Danny started out waaaay off-key but did bring it in by the end.

Allison Iraheta – Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from Armageddon.  Thankfully, no costume craziness tonight.  Just a girl with bright red hair doing her thing.

Adam Lambert – “Born to Be Wild” from Easy Rider.  I’m so glad he didn’t sing a ballad like everyone else!  Adam has done a couple mellow weeks, it was a great change and definitely set him apart from all the rest of the group.  I could have done without the running around the stage, though.

My vote this week: Adam (surprised?  Nope, me neither)

In danger:  Lil and Anoop and I doubt the judges will save either.

Dresden

If you are a fan of urban fantasy or love a good detective story and can handle mixing your supernatural with the Chicago skyline, you *must* read The Dresden Files.

Start with Storm Front and work your way thru the series until the latest installment: Turn Coat.

Go look.  I’ll wait.

As I’m typing, I’m about halfway thru Turn Coat and I LOVE IT.  It’s got all the things that I love in the series….. well, almost.  Not enough Bob so far.

If you’d like a taste of what Harry’s world is like, head over to Hulu.  They have the episodes of the short-lived series based on the books (Here – start with Birds of a Feather).  Now, there are some *significant* differences in the characters between the series and the books.  Harry is a proper wizard and carries a staff, not a hockey stick.  He doesn’t drive a Jeep (though I admit to liking that change).  Bob is not a ghost, but the voice is right.  Murphy is a blonde.  Don’t get confused with the “Storm Front” episode – while the crime is the same, from that point forward the two plots diverge.  Widely.

And Melissa?  If you want to borrow my copy when I’m done, I’ll send it over 🙂  It’s that good.

Off to stitch and watch Idol results and then some Ghosthunters with K, the shiniest daughter in the ‘verse.  (Hulu has Firefly, too!!)

Comments

4 Responses to “Idol, Dresden and More”
  1. Love the Dresden Files. Was very upset when the series was canceled. Damn top peeps at SciFi Channel anyhow!

    Have you been to a signing by Jim? Very funny guy

  2. Dresden Files? Have to add it to my list. Always on the lookout for good reading. 😀

  3. OK, I’m not much more than a lurker any longer but I love Dresden so I have to ask if you have read the “Codex” books by Butcher as well? Heckuva good read.

    And can I just say I’m a bit jealous that Rachel has met him. :o)

    Happy Birthday.

  4. Thanks for the tip about the Dresden Files, I downloaded Storm Front ebook yesterday and I’m really enjoying it. Glad you had a good birthday!