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  1. Bought an old copy of "Sonnets from the Portuguese" today at a used book sale. I love the way it smells-that slightly musty paper smell that only an old, comfortable book can have. It's one of the reasons why I'll never understand wanting an ebook or audio book over this. I haven't read EBB's poems in years and can't wait to read it this weekend !
  2. I actually didn't say Peter was likeable, I said he was fascinating. Fascinating IMO usually doesn't translate to an easily likeable character. But then I guess I tend to latch onto the complex, damaged characters. "Likeable" doesn't' have to be a criteria for me to LOVE a character. I LOVE all four of the Musketeers, because Alexandre Dumas wrote them with life and color and human traits, up to and including them doing horrible things and making horrible mistakes. And I guess that's what I'm missing here-color and life in the characters. Except for Peter and maybe one or two others, they were all so....BLAND is the word I'm thinking of. Colorless. And for a series that is supposed to best sellers, I expect more. I was bored. I hate being bored reading a book, especially a mystery. I do think most of her characters are either written with a heavy hand, and we're supposed to think they are awful, like Jane's niece, or we're supposed to love them and think they're the greatest thing ever. Bottom line for me, I don't think most of them had much of a personality to speak of. And isn't that the point in any story ? If you don't connect to, and care about, the people in the story, what's the point ? I have read that Peter might treat Clara not so great in the future books, but since I thought Clara was pretty smug and self righteous in her own right, I guess I just don't care ? I don't need my faves to be "likeable," but I do need them to be bearable. Clara wasn't for me, at all. And if she's one of the main characters going forward, no thanks. I'll save my money.
  3. A co worker has read most of, if not all, of the Inspector Gamache Series books. She said she really liked them, so I picked up the first one, Still Life, and read it. I will say Ms. Penny can create some interesting characters, but that's the most positive thing I can say about the experience of just reading the first book. I thought Peter Morrow was fascinating, so much so that after I finished the book, I had to find out what became of him, because I knew I wouldn't be reading any more of these. And then I found out, and well. Now I know for sure I won't be reading any more. I just found her to not be that great of a writer. She tells far more than she shows, in fact, it was mostly telling. And a lot of the passages, it was like she was trying to be deep and introspective, but it made no sense. I think pretentious would be a good description. Most of the characters, ,while some are interesting, are truly unlikeable people, including Peter's wife Clara (and I doubt getting the reader to dislike Clara was the author's intention). Just an overall big fat no for me. I understand these are best sellers. I just don't get WHY. Suffice it to say, if my co worker asks, I'll do the generic "eh, it was alright" and hope she doesn't ask again LOL.
  4. I'm okay with the family being a source of discussion. But that's just it-those conversations are never shown. IDK. I guess if I feel a random person like Nelle knows stuff like that about Alan, for instance, there should be a brief explanation as to how she knows. I felt the moment was more the writers going "hey look at us, we know history" . The moment didn't feel organic. I get what you are saying. I just think having Nelle also add "yeah, that Carly has a BIG mouth" or some other brief comment to explain how she knows stuff she really shouldn't know, would have been better.
  5. Even the barware ! That's why he flings it, out of jealousy ! J/K. Sort of. I don't dislike Mo as much as most here I don't think, but I cannot really abide Sonny, so I rarely watch his stuff when I check in to GH. I do think he's done some good stuff with Mike/MG, from what I've seen.
  6. IKR ?? Gaza did it years ago with Sam knowing about the heart pills. And this was early days JaSam. No reason Jason Morgan would have any knowledge of that. Just careless writing.
  7. Not really. People still bring up Tracy Q and the heart pills, and that was forty years ago. And by people, I mean viewers, when they want to wave away some stank their fave has done, by comparing that stank to Tracy's. Obviously they do it to make their fave look less revolting. Oddly enough, I think bringing up one person's sins to defend another's almost always backfires. But I also know characters have done it as well. It always strikes me as odd that characters randomly know stuff about others that they really shouldn't know. Like Nelle knowing Alan dropped a roof on Monica also about forty years ago. How would Michael know, it's hardly something Monica would tell. And it's not pillow talk stuff, so why would Michael tell Nelle ? It is not like it was general public knowledge that Alan caused the "accident" that hurt his hand. I like Finn, but I never have and never will see chemistry between Michael and Kelly. Two low energy actors equals boredom for me. And I think Finn's words were wasted on Sam. If she hasn't cut Jason off for good by now, she never will.
  8. Eric honestly needs a total revamp because his flaws far outweigh whatever good qualities he has. I don't know if it's too late or not. He's been whiney and self righteous his whole adult life. Maybe his sole purpose should just be to stand there and look pretty.
  9. I've always felt Eric and Nicole thrive on the drama and only truly want each other when there's someone or something else in the way. If they both wanted to be together and have their HEA, they could have had it years ago and no one would have cared as long as they weren't sneaking around to do it. I think they both buy into this tragic lovers kept apart vision of themselves, when in truth, the two biggest people who have kept them apart, IS themselves. I'm well and truly over them as characters and as a couple. I just don't care. I can tolerate each of them only in scenes with others.
  10. So is Jane gone now, and if so, what was the point of THAT ? If you have a legend for a few weeks, USE them. Dumb show. Wow. I'm just.....underwhelmed. No truly meaty scenes at all. Just....nothing, and then done. Okay. I don't know if we're supposed to take the whole "Jason is like Anna" stuff seriously. I mean, I know Sam is dumb and delusional and always has been. But even I don't think she's THAT dumb. Because if she IS, she kinda deserves any and all nasty things that have happened and WILL happen to her or her family. Because there comes a point with a character where you just have to say "whelp. what goes around".
  11. I think there's also the fact that Ben has actual victims that are, as far as we know, "dead', dead, and Xander doesn't. Or does he ? I honestly don't know, but I don't think he does ? And, he doesn't have the convenient excuse of mental disease. I think there is a lot more hand waving going on with Ben. He was abused/disturbed or whatever, so we are supposed to accept it. I think if you like the character, you can accept it. I think the actor who plays Ben still plays him as if that darkness is still there, just waiting to come out. Which is fine if you're treated by everyone as if you are still that person. You know, kind of like how most of the town treats Xander ? (some of them with good reason, but still). But they crossed the line with the Ben propping for me. No one is allowed to hate him, and if they do, we are supposed to see them as wrong or bad or unfair. It's ridiculous.
  12. I think Eric has been the fall in bed easy guy for years now. I mean, if you can sleep with your brother's girlfriend/fiancé or whatever it was Nicole was to Brady at the time, you've kinda laid down all strong morals you used to have. I knew Kristen had to be around Brady when he was young, but I don't remember specifics. They are so gross. It's not the age difference. It's the fact that she tried to cause so much havoc to your family, Brady ! Man up, son. Seriously. I actually liked Kristen in that moment of offering to help. And of course, my guess is, she'll be the match, the one who "saves" the baby. You are not alone in your protection and love of Xander. And, I think he loves that baby more than anyone. He's the one really trying to DO SOMETHING. Of course he's doing it because he knows the truth, but still. He'll be treated just like, or worse, than Victor when all is said and done, while he loves that child to death and Victor doesn't give a CRAP. My list of characters I have no business being sweet on is lengthy. Loki from Marvel is not only on it, he's the only reason I can stand that franchise anymore. Pretty much all the Three Musketeers, which, if you've ever read the book, you know that they were really more anti heroes than heroes. And many more. I have a thing for damaged, complicated characters. Without them, the fictional world would be really, REALLY dull.
  13. Watching Friday's episode: It always annoys me on a personal level when someone refers to God as "the man upstairs". He's not your NEIGHBOR one flight up. But then that whole scene, acting as if Eric has some kind of line to God sarah can't have just because he's an ex priest. It doesn't work that way, LOL. I mean, I don't expect them to get it right. But do they have to be so stereotypical and annoying ? The answer is yes, of course they do. Oh well. Eric and Sarah should just stay away from each other. I don't' care how lonely or lost one or both of them are feeling. Two self righteous hypocrites in a pairing is a no go for me. Speaking of two self righteous hypocrites in a pairing: Chad and Abby. It's like watching vapor, only vapor has more depth. The whole thing with Hina, John, Stevano and Marlena is just SIIIICK, gross, nasty, disgusting. Move on, please. Wrap this nonsense up. I do think Victor and Xander are despicable right now, but I also have no doubt that Saint Eric and Bumbling Brady would probably do the same thing, were they in Xander's place. Still, I think they are taking their sweet time (in TV time) to tell the truth. So, they will deserve everything they have coming. I'll still mock Brady and Eric though, and Sarah, AND Kristen the psycho when the truth comes out. None of the four of them really have room to judge anyone, do they ? Interesting. I was so pumped by the flashback stuff and now...straight back down the toilet. *sigh*
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