Arhh! My sword is huge!!

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It’s hump day.  Neither here nor there.  How ’bout a diversion to amuse you and get you through the day?

Good Show Sir is a collection of only the worst sci fi/fantasy book covers.  So bad they’re awesome.

Naked guy fights guy with tail. Plus a snake.

A wizard fights a dragon. Of course he does.

And a naked lady rides a dragonfly

“Men seldom make passes
At (Bookworms) who wear glasses.”

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I don’t know why.  I think Bookworms who wear glasses are pretty cute.  Don’t you?

You have to check out this link. This guy’s girlfriend is really into Alice in Wonderland so he created a Wonderland Expedition Kit for her for her birthday. The kit contains a number of artifacts gathered by “Professor Jonathan Lake”, the last known visitor to Wonderland in 1867. Please check out the link here for the Professor’s back story and his collection of artifacts. Amazing.

I will confess that I have read the first three volumes of the “Twilight” books by Stephanie Meyer. They aren’t particularly well written but they are kind of addictive, like a bag of potato chips, they are all delicious, empty calories. The books chronicle the adventures of Bella who discovers that the super hot guy at school and his family are vampires, and some of the local native community are werewolves. Poor Bella, she must decide between hot vampire Edward and hot werewolf Jacob. You can sort of see why these books are so popular with teenage girls, and they are HUGELY popular with teenage girls.

Meyer’s latest book in the series “Breaking Dawn” comes out tomorrow at midnight. The media are claiming that this is the biggest and most anticipated book since Harry Potter. I don’t think these books hold a candle to the Harry Potter series on any level, but it’s always good to see people get excited about reading. Chapters Indigo book stores across Canada are holding “Breaking Dawn” events at their stores tomorrow evening. There will be masquerade parties, themed drinks and prizes, and the eager costumed attendees will be able to get a copy of the book at midnight. I’m torn between thinking this is kinda lame and kinda fun, but it’s great to see the release of a book turned into an event.

Oh, yeah, the first book in the series “Twilight” is being turned into a movie opening in December and the internets are abuzz with every little piece of information that the fans can get ahold of. I guess this is quite the phenomenon, isn’t it?

Larry Doyle is a writer for the Simpsons and has a long and checkered past working in TV and film. I Love You, Beth Cooper is his first novel.

I Love You, Beth Cooper is a classic tale about that momentous life moment, High School Graduation. The last night before we head into the unknown future, leaving our high school selves behind forever. It is one very long day in the life of Dennis Cooverman, nerd and class valedictorian. Dennis decides to confess his love to Beth Cooverman, head cheerleader and most popular girl during his valedictorian speech. The rest of the book is about how his night unfolds after that speech. I Love You covers every graduation night cliche, underage drinking, awkward teenage sex, the convergence of teenage cliques for one night only, it’s like every John Hughes movie rolled into one and it acknowledges it in a wink to the readers. It’s this wink that is the problem with the book. It’s a mostly fun read, and well written but like most drunken teenage nights of mayhem it goes on too long. I was exhausted by Dennis’ evening about 75 pages before he was. Each chapter begins with a cartoon picture of Dennis who gets progressively more beat up as the night goes on, and a quote from a character from a teen movie. I found this to be very distracting. Every chapter I was reminded me that this was a send up of every graduation comedy that came before it, I just wanted to get into the story and enjoy it for its excesses, not be reminded that this was a story that had been told many times before.

Ultimately this book says nothing new about the graduation story, and isn’t quite over the top enough in exploiting it’s cliches, to be the ridiculous parody it’s trying to be.

I give this book three worms out of five.

Next up on the nightstand: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

My standard poodle Cosmo

My standard poodle Cosmo

That’s my 10 year old standard poodle named Cosmo. Cute isn’t he. Too bad he’s 78% evil.

Cosmo has left me with a terrible moral conundrum. Last night he decided to chew on the cover of one of my books. He never used to do this, but as he gets older he seems to get more evil, maybe even 88% evil. The problem is that the book he ate was loaned to me by my brother AND it was autographed by the author. AND it’s a good book, that just maybe one might not want chewed upon. So what do I do? How do I tell my brother that my dog ate his book? He’ll never lend me a book again.

Cosmo thinks this book is delicious

Cosmo thinks this book is delicious

At least the autograph is still intact

At least the autograph is still intact

What do I do? What would you do? Hide the book and hope my brother forgets I have it? Buy a new book and hope my brother doesn’t notice it doesn’t have an autograph? Confess to what Cosmo did and run the risk of him never lending me a book again?

And what if my brother reads this post? Evil, evil dog, what am I going to do with you?