Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dancing with the Stars

Guest post from: Bruno Smith

My husband is obsessed with Dancing with the Stars that he started watching after we signed up for expertsatellite. He even records it in case he misses it. I mean this guy is a former football player who has never danced a step in his whole life. If it had been my idea to start watching that show, I am sure he would have dismissed the idea right off the bat. But no, he found that little show himself and will not miss an episode if he can help it. This has all been a mystery to me how that show has sucked him in. When my son is home, he still turns it on. Then my son will look at me like “Is he alright?” I just roll my eyes and sit down and watch it with him. If he happens to not be home when it comes on, he just watches the recording the next morning while he is eating his breakfast. I mean seriously while he is eating breakfast. I am pretty sure I do not want to watch that before I go to work. But somehow that just works for him.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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There are few things in this world that make excellent partners - coffee and books and writing and wine. Now that X-mas has come and passed, it's time to reflect on the year. All the accomplishments and all the mishaps. All the good things and the bad. All the welcomed surprises and new experiences. Here at the Book Hunter's Journal, I hope you all the best and wish you the best for the new year. I thank you for following me, the few that do (two, actually). Thank you for your input and your company. I couldn't ask for a better audience (that includes the few stragglers that happen upon my page looking for something interesting. Sorry). So I raise my glass of the most expensive e-wine the internet offers and hope that you stick around for another year. 

Until then, keep on huntin'.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dexter Caught

Surely, I could not have been the only one who shouted, "Well, it's about time!" the last few seconds of Sunday's season finale of Dexter. After six seasons, Debora finally learns Dexter's dark secret. Just as he ended Travis Marshall reign, his sister walks in to witness everything. Hopefully, that puts a stop to the semi-incestuous feeling that was bloomed late in the season. Still, I also hope to learn the secrets behind our newest buddy, the intern named Louis. What's his obsession with Dexter Morgan? Does he know our avenging angel's secret? And does the prosthetic symbolized a connection to Brian, or was it just convenient? Most of all, will he be the last person on Dexter's table, or will our hero be his first? So many things left opened for next season, I can't wait until next year.

Of course, the season opened with a good start. The season twist, however, wasn't that much of a twist. Most of the viewers had guessed it early on. I even said it after watching the first episode. The Debora in love with Dexter subplot, I can live without. I don't know why that was even used as a tool. Perhaps her love for him as something more a brother will lead her to not turn him in? Of course, this will prove Doakes's innocence - yeah, I almost forgot he was labeled as the Bay Harbor Butcher. The introduction of Brother Sam played well to contrast with the Doomsday Killer's beliefs. Though, I think Dexter learned nothing from it. Except solidify his belief that there is no good in him. I liked Mos Def, though - he's still Mos Def to me, despite his idiotic name change - it was a little disappointing that he was killed off. Sure, he did help Dexter a tiny bit, but his role could've been stronger. Maybe as a friend who doesn't try to screw Dexter over. 

All in all, the season was better than last years. Don't get me wrong, I loved Lumen and all that she did for Dexter to move on after Rita, but it pales in comparison. Hopefully next season will be the last, though. I can't see how they can drag this beast out any longer. Let's face it, nothing has really compared to season four's finale. Until next time, keep on huntin'.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tunes You Should Ignore

Somewhere there's a high school version of the Book Hunter cringing to the verge of tears as the present me listens to The Path of Totality, the latest from the Korn. The first sign that something was south of wrong: Skrillex is featured in three tracts.

It seems that the nu metal band has infused two music genres that were best left in the grave. Combining dubstep and bag pipes, what were you thinking Jon Davis? There something sacrilegious about the idea. Still, Korn attempts to keep their street cred by transitioning into the latest and greatest fad - didn't they start rapping when rap core was at its peak? Still, Korn has always mixed funk with their music - rapping was just the next step. What we have with this album is pure bred selling out. 

They hope to pull in the current generation of disenfranchised youth with the same old boring, unimaginative lyrics and hooks - no one understands you? wow. you must be deep. 

Maybe it's time to retire, boys. Or find Jesus like former band mates have. 

As for listeners, it's better if you stick to their albums prior Brian "Head" Welch dropped out. Until next time, keep on huntin'.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I've put of reading Tipping the Velvet until I can give it the proper attention - studying for the GRE pretty much eats up all my reading time - so I picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I've opted to watch the original adaptation and the US adaptation, instead. Despite all the hype that circles the novel - the series, actually - the book is unreadable. To me, anyway. 

I'm going to attempt to read Breathers, something I've been wanting to do for quite some time and, thanks to Amazon's holiday sale, I got it for $.99 for Kindle. Besides, my Kindle is much more work friendly than the cover for Tipping the Velvet.

And if you didn't catch the implications in that last statement, I got the job at the library! That's right, the book hunter extraordinaire snagged a job within a building that houses books, books and more books with carts of new books wheeled in every day (or at least for the first three days I've been there).

Well, now you're caught up. Until next time, keep on huntin'.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Best Bondage Erotica 2012

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Rachel Kramer Bussel - editor of books like Please, Sir and the upcoming, Best Sex Writing 2012 - returns with a collection of dark delights for those of us who take a walk on the wild side and those who want to venture there. Best Bondage Erotica 2012 is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive, but for those who want to add a little more spice into their lives. The stories presented here are easily adapted to real life scenarios, so don't just think of it as a collection of well written erotica by some of the best writers of the genre; instead, think of it as an instruction manual - Intro to Bondage. 

In Teresa Noelle Roberts's "Suffer for Me," we learn that bondage isn't just rope and leather. That our restraints can be mental as well as physical. We also learn that being climatically controlled can cause the same yearning arousal that handcuffs and servitude bring. And best of all, it also teaches us to remember that tingling sensation of concentrated lust time and again.

In "Melting Ice," Shoshanna Evers informs us that a bondage fantasy doesn't have to have two people. A pair of handcuffs and an ice cube is all Amanda Scott needs to get rocks off. 

Kay Jaybee pushes us further from just experimenting with the kinkier side of sex in "The Cupboard Under the Stairs," when a dominate invites someone else into their sex chamber. 

And Elizabeth Silver brings in the gothier side of BDSM in "Laced," as a bartender sees a friend in a light he's never seen him before.

Each story is carefully crafted to yank on our lusts (no pun intended - or perhaps it is) and I can imagine Bussel having a hard time to select which to use. Collected here, however, are the best bondage erotica that the year has to offer. I'm on the edge to see what's in store for next year.

Until next time, keep on huntin'.