Alice’s Restaurant

August 5, 2007

Deathly Hallows

Filed under: What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 10:48 am

 I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Wouldn’t you know, I want to talk about it and everybody else has already done their talking!

 Darn.  Now I’ll have to go back through my blogroll’s old posts and see if I can figure out who might still want to talk.


edited:  Spoiler warning in the comments!!

July 25, 2007

Potter Mania

Filed under: What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 12:21 am

Has everyone read the book already?  Do you have your copy yet? 

I don’t!  I didn’t get caught up in the media blitz because I don’t get much in the way of media.  Now it’s catching up with me because everyone is blogging about it!  I’m going to have to hurry up and get my copy ASAP because I’m terrified someone will let something important slip before I can read it.  Meanwhile everyone is emailing behind the scenes to discuss it, and you know by the time I read it everyone will have already said everything they want to.

All I can say is “wait for me!!!”


March 18, 2007

Quiet Days

Filed under: Day to Day Life, What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 9:06 am

It’s a quiet day today.  Hardly anyone has come by my blog, and not many are likely to.  On days like this I feel a wild urge to do something crazy and say something I shouldn’t.  It’s like being the hair cutting heroine from Susan Elizabeth Phillips book This Heart of Mine.

Down, Alice.  Down!


March 11, 2007

Childless Romance

Filed under: What Are You Reading?, Writing Craft — aliceaudrey @ 9:48 am

Romance is all about pair bonding.  Seriously, the entire genre is built around the stage in the life of a man and a woman when they overcome what ever might be preventing them from finding a mate, and forming an attachment to one another.  The attachment is presumed to be permanent, or the story is considered inferior from a genre perspective.

From an evolutionary perspective pair bonding is all about reproduction.  So far as the species is concerned the whole point of all that sexual activity is the continuation of the genetic material of the male and female involved, and the relationship is designed by nature to nurture the children that result.  Presumably individuals with strong families are more likely to live long enough to pass on their genetic material.

So when I pick up a Romance novel I have an eye on the hows and whys of the formation of a strong family unit which will include a man, a woman, and eventually at least one child.  Yet I have no problem with the ending of Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie.  It’s not because I am a fan of zero population growth either.

When I pick up a Romance I’m not approaching it with the intellectuality of someone reading a how-to manual.  I’m looking for the feelings involved in the pair bonding experience.  Finding someone who would help make beautiful babies is certainly part of it, but the creation of a condition of love and support is much more important.  Ms Crusie achieves it in spades, particularly in Bet Me.

I have read other books in which a condition of love and support is created yet the lack of future children strikes a wrong note.  I think in the case of Bet Me it has to do with the theme of self acceptance which runs so strong throughout the book.  Also, the resolution shows how this couple can have fulfilling lives without children through their association with the secondary characters.

I’m only scratching the surface on this issue, but if I start to take it any further it’ll be several pages before I let you go.  So I’ll call it quits here for now and take it up again on a later date.


February 6, 2007


Filed under: Day to Day Life, What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 8:48 am

I’m reading Ahead of the Game by Suzann Ledbetter which has the following passage (p.34) :

Hank just said she’d get back to dating in time.  Zoey replies “No, I won’t.  Not because I’m still hurting.  Actually, I feel guilty for not hurting – not to mention stupid, for not calling it quits a long time ago.  Like before the wedding, when I knew I wasn’t having cold feet but convinced myself that was all it was.”

I recently saw a YouTube video in which a woman cuts her hair right before a wedding because the hair dresser made it curly.  I know the feeling where the hair is concerned, but suspect she might also have had cold feet.  I had a case of cold feet the morning of the wedding, which was ridiculous.  We co-owned our house by then, and left for the wedding in the same car.

It got me to wondering about having cold feet right before you marry.  Is this common?

If you are married, did you have cold feet right before?


January 28, 2007

Tag: Womens Fiction Book Meme

Filed under: What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 3:40 pm

Contemporary, Historical, or Paranormal?

All the above!  Seriously, I read them as they come to hand.  I try to read more of whatever type I happen to be writing, but will often simply grab as the mood strikes me.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?

Mass Market

Heyer or Austen?

Both!  Repeatedly.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?

Brick and Mortar when I don’t know what I’m after.  Amazon when I’m after something in particular.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Both.  Preferably with a gift card in hand.
Woodiwiss or Lindsay?

Lindsay.  I find Woodiwiss a little slow-paced.
First romance novel you ever remember reading?

Already blogged this.  Not a straight answer.
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?

Alphabetized?  Hah!  Heaped by just read, reading, going to read soon, and going to read sometime.  Now and then they make it to a bookshelf.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?

Keep if I absolutely love it or learned a particular lesson from it. Sell if I can.  Um… we won’t talk about what happens to the rest.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Dustjacket?  What dustjacket?

All right, on those rare occasions when I actually have a book with a dustjacket I keep it on.  Generally I have to because I’m going to have to return the book in the condition I got it.
Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake?

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

At the top of the nearest left side page.  But then I only stopped because one of the kids wants to use the bathroom so I can’t hide there any longer.
It was a dark and stormy night or Once upon a time?

Once upon a time it was a dark and stormy night?  If I’ll put up with the purple prose, I’ll put up with the backstory too.  Maybe.

Crusie or SEP?

SEP?  Yay Crusie!

Buy or Borrow?

Beg, borrow, buy, or check out from the library.  I’ll take them any way I can get them.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?

Mostly Browse, but I can be moved by friends.  I don’t read many reviews.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?

Depends.  I hate cliffhangers that are forced, or that make me wait a year for the next book.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?

Any time I can sneak off to the bathroom.  They don’t call it Mommy’s Reading Room for nothing.

Series or standalone?

Both.  But series will put me off if I happen in the middle and can’t figure out what’s going on.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

No such thing.

I tag

Oh boy.  Here comes the hard part.  Hmmm…..  Bev’s in revision Hell.  Pam has been quiet lately, but I think she said something about being swamped.  I’ll bet I can catch Kelly lurking, and maybe Christina.  That’s it!  I tag Kelly and Christina!


November 26, 2006

Quick Quize

Filed under: What Are You Reading? — aliceaudrey @ 7:22 am

I am, of course, Dedicated.  Is there anyone here who isn’t?


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