Oh, for crying out loud!

Worst. Job interview. EVAR. One word: nosebleed. I shit you not.

Even I wouldn’t hire me. I think the best I can hope for now is a pity second interview.

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Grey’s Anatomy

I just remembered! One of my best friend’s boyfriend’s band, Sleeping At Last, is going to have a song featured in the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere on tonight at 8/7c! I don’t watch the show, but you can bet I’ll be tuning in and YOU should be too. Apparently, it’s a song called “Quicksand” and it’ll be behind a scene that’s a flashback to the main character's childhood (something to do with a pool and an affair or something… So check out Grey’s Anatomy tonight…or Sleeping At Last’s MySpace page!

Fiction

Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin

Freddy and Fredericka are, respectively, the Prince and Princess of Wales who, having been deemed not fit to take the throne by the Queen, are sent off to America to conquer the country once more. Freddy and Fredericka, despite being definitely flawed – Freddy is staid and overeducated while Fredericka couldn’t be more frivolous – are infinitely likable characters. Their journey is…interesting…to say the least. Their escapades range from the hilarious to the poignant and everywhere in between and there are interesting eccentricities present in every character, no matter how small.

The real star of the show here, though, is Helprin’s writing. His style is marvelously lyrical, even stretching into the realms of beauty now and then. There’s sort of a dreamy quality draped over everything that happens in the book. The only problem (besides the fact that Fredericka’s character sort of drops out of the narrative towards the end) is that I’m not sure I got it. I’m not sure what exactly Helprin was trying to convey by presenting me with these unrelatable figures juxtaposed with the absurdity of their quest. Is it a commentary on America? On the British royalty? On life, love, and the pursuit of happiness? Or is it just a story… I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that this was a really good book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately went out and bought another Mark Helprin book, Winter’s Tale. True, it’s already been relegated to wait its turn on my bookshelves, but still, Freddy and Fredericka was rather good, quite!

My rating: A-

IR Sci-Fi

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

With this, I believe the fifth book in Eoin Colfer’s series featuring the teenaged criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl is back in fine form…as the good guy. Which is fine, he’s still his unflappable, quick-thinking, genius self, but I have to admit that I kind of miss criminal!Artemis. Even though he’s as arrogant and commanding as ever, that ruthless edge that made him even more unpredictable is gone now that he’s no longer a baddie.

There are more characters introduced in this one, Doodah Day (I think Colfer’s been reading a bit of Fforde in respect to his character’s names, no?), a pixie thief; No1, a demon imp; and dun, dun, dunnnn…Minerva, a twelve-year old French criminal mastermind. Yeah. I’ll get to her in a second. Doodah Day, as far as I can tell, is really only in this book as a plot device and a companion for Mulch Diggums. After he’s proved his usefulness, Day and Diggums disappear back to the fairy underground for the rest of the novel. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, Mulch Diggums is by far my least favorite character – I’m sure the teenaged boys reading these books love him, but I can only take so many fart jokes.

No1 is absolutely charming. Unless the secondary narrator is Holly, usually all I’m thinking is “yeah, yeah, yeah, but ‘s Artemis doing?” No1, however, is entirely likable and, I’ll admit it, a rather enjoyable Artemis-alternative. Not that I’m still not thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah, but what’s Artemis doing,” it’s just that I didn’t skip ahead to Artemis’ next narration this time. High praise, I assure you.

And then there’s Minerva. Obviously, she’s meant to be a love interest for the puberty-stricken Artemis. Thank goodness, though, despite being a supposed mastermind, she never manages to outwit Artemis nor is she actually around that much. I found her to be rather annoying – whiny, spoiled, and not all that genius-y, to be honest – she makes a couple silly mistakes that Artemis, even when he was younger, never would have made. One reason I’m opposed to Minerva is that even though I know it would be a cross-species relationship and is highly unlikely, I’ve always sort of rooted for Holly to get Artemis. I’ve no idea how it would ever work, but Holly and Artemis have great chemistry for an elf and a fourteen-year old. And, as you’ll see if you read this one, they actually have a rather intimate relationship. Platonic, but intimate.

The plot is rather fascinating and a bit confusing, but that’s to be expected, really, when dealing with time travel. Like the other Artemis Fowl books, although the fairies do have actual magic, much of what would seem like magic actually comes from advanced technology. It’s kind of nice in that it makes the idea of magic seem almost attainable. And that theme is extended even further in this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that the lines between technology!magic and traditional!magic are less stable than before.

My rating: A

Note to HP fans: I always have a hard time remembering to picture Artemis with black hair rather than blond and I finally realized why I always make this mistake. It’s because Artemis IS fanon!Draco. He’s suave, cunning, sparklingly intelligent, arrogant, and, deep down inside, he’s caring. Not to mention, for the most part, rather evil. Trust me, you’ll absolutely adore him.

/evil plan to get crossover fic