How you know when you may need to re-evaluate your priorities in life

April 22nd, 2014

Business card in show on television:

TREXCOM

I swear, my first thought: Sweet. Didn’t know dinosaurs were involved in this plot line, too.

Few minutes later a  character on show says: So what happens at Trexcom?

Me: What’s Trexcom? Oh… Trex. Not T-Rex dot com. Damn.

And thus ensued the discussion about a company staffed by T-Rexes. Emails are unintelligible due to the face typing that has to happen since the arms are too short to reach the keyboards. “Is Paul there?” “Rawrrrrrr!”

Already a video series of a dino office. Who knew.

Already a video series of a dino office. Who knew. Warning: it’s pretty not funny. But the T-Rex does have a beard in at least one of them, which is funny…looking.

Cool places

April 20th, 2014

They look like they could be alien landscapes in a movie.

Antelope Canyon, AZ

Antelope Canyon, AZ

Capadoccia in Anatoli, Turkey

Capadoccia in Anatoli, Turkey

Dragon's Blood Trees in Socotra, Yemen

Dragon’s Blood Trees in Socotra, Yemen

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone

Travertines in Pamukkale, Turkey

Travertines in Pamukkale, Turkey

Red Beach in Panjin, China

Red Beach in Panjin, China

The Wave in AZ

The Wave in AZ

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, AK

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, AK

Veronica Mars the Movie

April 16th, 2014

If you liked the series, rent the movie. We bought it off of iTunes but we do rewatch stuff a lot and this whole series is one I’m sure we’ll watch again in a few years. Or next weekend. Whatever.

Only thing is, I now have a sad. No more:

I don't go for redheads and he irritated me in the first season, but he certainly grew on me. Sigh.

I don’t go for redheads and he irritated me in the first season, but he certainly grew on me. Sigh. He needs to be in more stuff.

Just a cutie.

Just a cutie.

She's just perky adorable. Can't help it. I like her.

She’s just perky adorable. Can’t help it. I like her.

Weevil. My go-to eye candy in seasons 1 & 2. After that, not as much.

Weevil. My go-to eye candy in seasons 1 & 2. After that, not as much.

She was cute in the series. In the movie? Oof. Good hairstyle choice. No spoiler pictures here though. :)

She was cute in the series. In the movie? Oof. Good hairstyle choice. No spoiler pictures here though. :)

I almost don’t want to find television series that I like because they always end and then all those imaginary lives that are vastly more exciting than mine are gone. Poop.

 

 

 

 

Bacon Pecorino Spaghetti (with Egg) (a la Antoine)

April 14th, 2014

And I don’t mean Antoine of Flatbush.

Cut 1/2 pound of bacon into small pieces. Cook 1/2 pound of spaghetti to al dente. While cooking spaghetti, cook bacon to crispy, reserving half of the grease. Drain the spaghetti and reserve 2 tablespoons cooking water. This is important. Don’t drain it all away. Set aside 1/2 of bacon grease. Put spaghetti into pan with grease and sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese (or parmesan or asiago). Add reserved pasta water. Toss to coat. Add bacon back in and stir around till heated through, cheese is melty and mostly emulsified with the grease and pasta water. Portion onto plates. Wipe out skillet, add remaining grease and crack in 2 eggs. Cook till sunny side up. Slide an egg on top of each plate. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 2.

I didn’t put the egg on top of mine because eggs not completely cooked gross me out. But the OAM pronounced this pretty good.

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The otter has landed!

April 12th, 2014

There is a new post up over at Travels With Stinky. The otter went to Hot Springs, Arkansas this past weekend.

It’s got everything. Spas, food, mini-golf, flowers…

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And Stinky is now an official person. He got his very own Easter card in the mail, addressed to him and everything. Next up, credit card applications.

On the other hand, movies and tv have been better than what I’ve been reading

April 8th, 2014

We’ve been rewatching Veronica Mars. It’s just a good, solid show. Decently written, engaging characters. And Enrico Colantoni and Kristin Bell are simply charming. The OAM made the observation that the two of them would make a decent version of Nick & Nora (ala The Thin Man, not  Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, though that was a movie I liked as well, despite the presence of Michael Cera). She would be the weak link in that I’m not sure she could be as classy as Myrna Loy, but she’s damn cute and she could pull off the witty.

True Detective was really, really excellent. Great storytelling, extremely well written characters, exceptional acting. It was a little spooky listening to the OAM’s side of so many conversations coming out of Cohle’s mouth…

Justified continues to be good. Raylan is still going down his path to destruction. I miss the repartee between him and Art.

Frozen was standard. I know it’s the big thing right now and the vocal work is incredible and the animation on the ice is great but the story is just standard. Not a waste of time, but nothing to rush to watch.

 

A few words about more books

April 6th, 2014

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

An odd story but decent. Kid finds out his grandfather was involved with some really special people and that very special nature is putting them and him in danger. Only thing I didn’t care for much was the first person narration. That is just not my favorite style. (Strangely, a lot of what I have read recently has been first person. And I’m not growing to like it any more than I did previously. ) There is a sequel to this and I’ll probably grab it eventually.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

This one had a creepy premise but it has huge problems and never really delivers. I got impatient with the narrator for being dense. It was like watching a standard television show – you can see where the twists are coming and the characters just refuse to catch on because then there wouldn’t be a story. This had a good idea but I saw it coming a mile off and lost empathy for the character because of that. And again… first person narration along with really poor writing practices. It started life as a series of forum posts and that is pretty evident in the finished product. This one would be one big mass of red if David ever got a hold of it. :)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I had a really hard time having empathy for any of the characters in this book. Not only were they shallow and essentially unlikeable, it was like the author was trying too hard to present things one way, only to turn around and say “gotcha!” and present them another way, then do it again. I didn’t get a Hitchcock vibe at all from this and all the glowing reviews by critics are a wee bit over the top, methinks.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This one was better than Gone Girl, in my opinion. That doesn’t mean it was awesome, though. I have a pretty high tolerance for brutish and nasty books and this is probably one of them. The characters, once again, aren’t very likeable and it almost seems like Flynn flaws them to extremes to avoid making them into real people. I thought the plot of this one was better executed than Gone Girl but it doesn’t mean I’d recommend it.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

This one was mostly worth the read. The beginning is better than once you know what’s going on. At that point it gets a bit… simplistic in description maybe? The right ingredients are there, but in a mistaken effort to take things really “out there” the antagonists are made far too alien. Almost like Lovecraft, it seems like the author gets to the point where he just can’t figure out where to go with them and what he ends up with is as unsatisfying as “indescribable horror.” He’s a better writer than Lovecraft, don’t get me wrong. I like his characters and his idea here is mostly sound. It’s like it got away from him though. It starts out all Twilight Zoney but ultimately doesn’t live up to the expectations it builds of what is behind the curtain. If he’d gone in a more Gaiman myth direction it would have been a better book. This is okay but it is like a book that can’t really decide what it wants to be.

Hm. Seems like this is more of a cautionary list than a recommended reading this time around. I just haven’t been reading anything that has really wow-ed me lately I guess. Anyone else read these? Am I being too harsh or picky here or are they just largely meh to sub-meh books?

 

Assorted cat blogging

April 4th, 2014

Kira on her cat tree

She loves her cat tree. It lets her be up high so she’s eye to eye with me. She watches out the window, uses the scratching posts and rolls all over wanting to be petted. This is the only time she purrs – when I’m messing up her fur like this.

Caliban @ vet

We are normally in the room with a window. He hates the vet and yet apparently he remembers that there is normally a window. He paced back and forth and kept stretching up to get to the nonexistent window. I thought I’d video him being a dork – didn’t expect the leap. :)

chasing the toy

Their Auntie J sent them a fake hamster in a ball. It does a pretty good job of running around pointlessly like a hamster. It even gets itself out of corners eventually. They were pretty interested, as you can see, but still somewhat wary of it. The second outing they did about the same thing. I wonder if there were hamster smell included if they’d be more active about it. But that’s also the good thing about this – no included hamster smell. Which is a mix of piddle and cedar chips.

Snoring

Listen carefully and you will be treated to the sound I enjoy every evening. It’s not very loud in this video. I need to try to get a better one.

I may have involuntarily squeed

March 31st, 2014
I wish it was leather so it would be more durable, but payday is going to be dangerous this week.

I wish it was leather so it would be more durable, but payday is going to be dangerous this week.

As we eat the last of chocolate week…

March 31st, 2014
Chocolate Babka Buns from Smitten Kitchen

Chocolate Babka Buns from Smitten Kitchen

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies. Just make brownies and swirl raspberry jam through them. Simple.

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies. Just make brownies and swirl raspberry jam through them. Simple.

Chocolate Week Tea Party @ work. I am way too nice to these people.

Chocolate Week Tea Party @ work. I am way too nice to these people.

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Day 3: Let them eat cake!

March 26th, 2014

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Chocolate Dump Cake

20-21 ounce can cherry pie filling or sweet dark cherries
large can of crushed pineapple, undrained
2 layer chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Heat oven to 350F. Dump pineapple into 9×13 pan and spread out. Drop spoonfuls of cherries evenly over pineapple. Sprinkle dry cake mix over cherry layer and spread to cover. Drizzle butter evenly over cake. Sprinkle with coconut and pecans. Bake 45-50 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or at room temperature. This is usually best eaten within a day or two.

I don’t care much for the chocolate version. I actually like the standard yellow cake version better. And in the old version I learned to make way back when in a foil covered box oven at day camp used pats of butter dotted over the cake. I’m on the fence on the melted butter.

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Chocolate Apricot Nut Coffeecake

2 layer chocolate cake mix
1 cup finely chopped apricots
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)

Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour (or dust with cocoa) Bundt pan. Make cake mix according to package directions. Pour half into pan. Mix together remaining ingredients and carefully spoon 2/3 of mixture into center of cake – when the apricots touch the side they will burn so be very careful. Push the mixture down into the cake if you need to to keep it from touching the sides. Pour in remaining cake mix. Sprinkle with remaining apricot mixture – again, don’t touch the sides! Just like Operation. Bake for 45-55 minutes till toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with powdered sugar icing mixed with cocoa… don’t put anything on it.

This recipe originally had a from-scratch cake component. But it was really dry so I think the next time I’ll use a cake mix.

Dropped the posting ball on Day 2

March 25th, 2014

Not an auspicious start. But at least it’s only a week that I have to keep up. :)

Day 2 was cheesecakes. I don’t usually use recipes for cheesecakes unless they are some variation I’ve never tried before (rare, but it does happen). Folks are afraid of making cheesecake at home a lot of the time but unless you are aiming for Cheesecake Factory perfect looks, great tasting (and often better than Cheesecake Factory), quality cheesecakes are super easy to make at home. They are very lenient with ingredients. Got 2 eggs and not 3? Use 2. Got 4 bricks of cream cheese to use up instead of 3? Use 4. Want to halve the sugar? Go ahead. Put some cocoa in there? Don’t go crazy but sure.

Nicole’s Cheesecake Guidelines

1. Basic ratio stuff: 1 egg and 1/4 cup sugar per 8 ounces of cream cheese minimum. You can exceed this if you want. Throw in an extra egg or two if using 16 ounces or more of cream cheese. I wouldn’t use more than 1 cup of sugar per 24 ounces of cream cheese though. Sour cream gives it a bit more tang. Use up to 1/4 cup per 8 ounces of sour cream. If you add flour, it will give it a more cake like and less custard like texture. Up to 40 ounces of cream cheese with proportional sugar, eggs and sour cream will fit in a 9” springform pan (the size of pan that 90% of recipes call for) but you will be cooking it for longer than an hour. Mix ins – use up to 1 1/4 cup of other stuff like chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried or fresh blueberries, cranberries, etc. There are all kinds of recipes out there that don’t follow my guidelines (I know, I know – such scofflaws they are) and turn out wonderfully but the above will give you a basic starter cheesecake outline.

2. Crust basics: Standard graham crust is 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups crumbs and 1/4 cup melted butter. You can use pie crust, chopped nuts, more sugar, cocoa, powdered sugar, crushed cookies (skip the extra sugar in that case)… Baking it for 10-15 minutes before putting the filling in will give it a bit more resistance to softening up from the liquid in the filling but you don’t have to bake it ahead of time at all. Easy peasy crust forming method is to use a straight sided measuring cup or glass to press the crust into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

3. Cream cheese basics: If you don’t beat long enough, once you add liquid, you will never, ever get lumps out of cream cheese. Make sure it is super, super softened before you start mixing. If you beat too long, you’ll incorporate too much air and your cake is more likely to crack. But hey, if you’re putting something on top of your cake like whipped cream or a sour cream layer it doesn’t matter as much. And if your cake is vanilla or has other chunky additions, you can err on the side of not beating enough and no one will notice much.

4. When is it done? When about 3 inches of the center jiggles lightly when you shake the pan. It will continue to cook so don’t sweat it. You can cook the cake till there is no jiggle if this makes you nervous – this is technically overbaked but that’s how my mom insists they need to be cooked and they just turn out a bit more cake like than creamy. I don’t think I’d leave them in the oven for the full hour afterward though. Maybe just half that. And I’ve eaten many a cheesecake where the center was spoonable and not forkable and it was just as yummy.

5. Drafts: Don’t peek at your cake. Don’t open that oven until you are ready to check for jiggles. Check fast, and if it is done, run a knife around the edge to loosen it from the pan. This helps prevent cracks by loosening the cake so it doesn’t get pulled as it cools and shrinks down.

6. Homemade cheesecake is never to be scoffed at. If someone turns up their nose at a cake with cracks, it’s time to find new friends.

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
1 1/2 cups chocolate or plain graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Heat oven to 325F. Stir together butter, crumbs and sugar. Press onto bottom and slightly up sides of 9” springform pan (if yours are old like mine, you want to wrap them in foil across the bottom and up the outsides to prevent butter spillage in your oven. That smoke detector is super annoying.) Bake 10 minutes.
Beat together cream cheese, sugar and cocoa. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla with last egg. Pour into crust. Bake 55-60 minutes till sides are set but center is still a little jiggly (about 3 inches of jiggle circle is good). Run knife around edges of cake. Turn off oven, close door and let cake stay in there for another hour. Remove from oven, cool completely in pan on rack. You can do this a couple of days in advance if you want. Just wrap it up well and put in the fridge still in the pan till you are ready to deal with it again.
Melt chips and cream together, stirring till smooth. Let cool to room temperature or just above. Beat remaining cream to stiff peaks and fold in cooled chocolate. Spread this over the cooled cake layer and let set up 4 hours in fridge. Run knife around sides to loosen again and remove springform ring.

You can replace the 1/4 cup cream with liqueur of some kind if you want – that extra liquid is just to lighten the chocolate so it folds better into the whipped cream. Plus, it’s not like they typically sell 12 ounce containers of cream or at least they don’t where I live. May as well use up some more of it!

Mine was not this pretty. But it all got scarfed up with many a "wow."

Mine was not this pretty. But it all got scarfed up with many a “wow.”

Chocolate Week Day 1

March 24th, 2014

Oboyoboyoboy…it’s Chocolate Week again!!! If you don’t like pictures of food or recipes or don’t want to be tempted, you’d better avoid this week around here. :)

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Chocolate Thumbprints

2 cups flour
1 cup +1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoons salt
1 cup softened butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Ganache
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift dry ingredients together. Cream butter and sugar together till fluffy. Add yolks, cream and vanilla. Beat in dry ingredients till combined. Roll into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in sugar. Place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. With handle of wooden spoon, press gently in center of balls to make indentation. Bake 10 minutes just till set. If indentations lose definition, press centers again. Remove from sheets and cool on racks.
Ganache
Bring honey and cream to a simmer, stirring till honey melts. Add vanilla. Pour over chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. Stir till smooth. Add butter and stir till incorporated. Cool slightly. Spoon warm ganache into center of each cookie. Let stand till firm. Store at room temperature up to 3 days.

The ganache has a weird alcohol type of taste before it sets. I’m guessing that is the honey. Not sure I’d do this the same way again. Probably just make normal ganache by leaving the honey and vanilla out. And what I use to make indentations in cookies like this is the back of a rounded teaspoon measure. I find it works better than a wooden spoon handle – makes wider indentations and harder to push all the way through the cookie.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Clouds

1 package (18.25 ounce) moist chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting
18 ounces whipped fluffy white frosting
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons milk

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease baking sheets. Beat together all but chips till well blended. Gently stir in chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 7-9 minutes till set. Cool 1 minute before removing from sheet to racks to cool completely.
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Stir together ingredients and frost cookies.

Just realized I forgot the chocolate chips in these. You know, sometimes that last bit of chocolate makes it too sweet. I don’t think these really need the added chips.

One for Mitchell

March 23rd, 2014

I could never use one of these for my crochet yarn because of the very animal the bowl depicts. It would be far too tempting.

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A book list! Whoohoo!!!

March 19th, 2014

Lynn put up a book list the other day. It’s taken me a bit to fill it out but here it is. :)

1. Your favorite book: Hard to pick a favorite one. Depends on my mood at the time I’m asked. :)
2. Your least favorite book: The only book I can think that qualifies for this is the only book I ever threw away in the trash. No one ever needed to read it, it was that brain curdlingly awful. I don’t even remember what the name was. It was some werewolf book back when I was in either junior high or high school. I had a membership in a monthly horror book club (can’t imagine why my mother went along with this). For $5 a month, they sent 2 or 3 paperback horror books that couldn’t be printed or sold anywhere else for a profit I think. I did find a couple of stories that I really, really liked through this club, but then I also found this one, so that’s probably a wash.
3. A book that completely surprised you (bad or good): Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I picked it up on a Borders sale rack on a whim and truly liked it.
4. A book that reminds you of home: I’m not sure I even understand this question very well. If it’s a book that I remember reading at home, then that would be one of the good books I found through that horror club – The Hyde Effect by Steve Vance. I read it after dark when my parents were gone to the dirt track races till midnight. My little brother wasn’t home and I don’t remember why, but I was by myself. We lived in a trailer on the edge of the woods and my grandfather lived across the field out in front of our house. It was autumn and I was lying in bed with my head by the window. My bed was just the right height for breezes to blow across it but it was still below the level of the window. I heard something walking outside my window. Since we lived in the middle of nowhere, we also had the door open with only the screen door closed. It never really shut and latched… but again, middle of nowhere almost 30 years ago. So anyway, after lying there petrified (sheet over my head of course) as the footsteps sounded from one side of the house and then the other, the front door opened and shut. I was up out of bed in a dash, ran back to my Mom & Dad’s bedroom (with no exit, not my smartest move…), shut the door and called my grandfather. He came across the field in a truck and drove all around the house, with me in the bedroom the entire time, certain that whatever it was was no longer outside but inside with me!!! He finally came in and of course, there was nothing. Likely it was the wind in the leaves or a couple of wild critters, one on either side of the house. It wasn’t a werewolf, though, much to my disappointment.
5. A non-fiction book that you actually enjoyed: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Took me forever to get through this because it was so packed with information. I kept wanting to share little bits with people around me, but when I’d start, I’d realize that if I started, I’d never stop. It was so full of cool facts!
6. A book that makes you cry: Several have at one point or another, but most recently, Racing in the Rain – My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein. Not a book I’d normally read but Mom loaned it to me with a recommendation. She didn’t warn me I’d bawl my eyes out.
7. A book that’s hard to read: It took me years to completely read Dracula by Bram Stoker. Bored the snot out of me but I felt like it was something I had to read.
8. An unpopular book you believe should be a bestseller: No idea what books are popular so I couldn’t say. I just know what I like.
9. A book you’ve read more than once: A few of them, but don’t normally re-read books. Like Lynn says, too many good ones out there to be re-reading!
10. The first novel you remember reading: Something that was called a novel? The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I really liked it. First book that wasn’t classified “young adult?” Conan the Barbarian, the Horseclans series, the John Carter of Mars series or Elric of Melnibone. I read all of them about the same time when I was around 11 or 12.
11. The book that made you fall in love with reading: Probably Good Neighbors by Dianne Massie. I liked the “oomph on my sofa” part.
12. A book so emotionally draining you couldn’t complete it or had to set it aside for a bit: Um, yeah. This has never happened. Boring, yes. Emotionally draining, no.
13. Favorite childhood book: The Wahoo Bobcat by Joseph Wharton Lippincott. This was the book that turned my 1st grade reading lesson into going to other classrooms and reading to them and also the book that got me unfettered access to all levels of the school library once I proved I was actually reading it.
14. Book that should be on a high school or college required reading list: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein or Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
15. Favorite book dealing with foreign culture: Hm. Not sure I have many of these in my “have read” shelf. Unless you count fictional cultures. :)
16. Favorite book turned movie: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
17. Book turned movie and completely desecrated: Mostly all of ‘em. I just try to think of them as “inspired by.”
18. A book you can’t find on shelves anymore that you love: There are several kids books that I can’t find on shelves anymore that I loved and think all kids should be able to read rather than some of the insipid junk that is out there for kids now.
19. A book that changed your mind about a particular subject (non-fiction): I don’t read much non-fiction. What I do read of non-fiction is not topics that typically one “makes up one’s mind” about.
20. A book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed-minded person: I don’t recommend anything to people like that. I don’t waste my time. Which may make me closed-minded myself… Hm.
21. A guilty pleasure book: I was a bit embarrassed to find how much I liked Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson. It’s a kind of mystery set in the 20s but it’s also very much a romance and thus very far from my standard reading. But I don’t feel guilty about enjoying a book.
22. Favorite series: So many. So hard to choose. For sheer amount of times I re-read them as a kid, the Elric series by Michael Moorcock or the Horseclans by Robert Adams. But I have others that I have never re-read yet immensely enjoyed like the Bob Swagger books by Stephen Hunter or the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.
23. Favorite romance novel: I don’t normally read romance. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is probably the most “romance” type book I’ve read and I really, really liked it. I don’t do bodice rippers. Blech. I get more of a bodice ripping thrill reading books that probably shouldn’t excite nice girls – ones with lots of bloodshed and hardened bad guys you don’t take home to Mom killing villages.
24. A book you later found out the author lied about: I don’t set out to read Oprah recommended books so none…
25. Favorite autobiographical/biographical book: I am woefully under-read in this area, I admit. I haven’t read one since they were required reading and I don’t remember any of them.
26. A book you wish would be written: The sequel to Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell. C’mon, already!
27. A book you would write if you had all the resources: I’d write the Vampire Chronicles game that we played for years. Unfortunately, since we started with and used some plot points and NPCs from White Wolf, I’d need a lot of resources. :)
28. A book you wish you never read: That one that I can’t remember the name of that I threw away.
29. An author that you completely avoid/hate/won’t read: Stephanie Meyer & EL James
30. An author that you will read whatever they put out: So, so many authors here.