Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Another Work Cake

This is a birthday cake for all the January and February birthdays at work. I'm on the Staff Motivational Committee and they have been asking me to make the treats for the birthday people.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Nymphos on Rocky Flats Review

Nymphos is an unusual read for me, though it's technically horror. The author, Mario Acevedo, was at my first book talk in Second Life and suggested his book. I figured, why not? Trying to authors can be an adventure, and it fits in with the theme of the group. Plus, part of the Guild of UK Writers mission is to promote authors.

Felix Gomez is our hero, he is an Iraqi war veteran that has been turned into a vampire. He makes a living as a private detective, and gets a call from a friend to come investigate a strange case of contagious nymphomania on a military base. It is in part a vampire, a detective, and a comedy novel. The novel is not as saucy as you might expect from the title, if that is what you are looking for you will be disappointed.

It took me some time to get into the story, partly because I was unsure if I would like it and partly because I was really interested in the other book I was reading as well. Being his premiere novel, I think that it also took a little while for him to smooth out his style.

Acevedo exhibits quite a skill for descriptive passages. The car chases were well paced, and there were a few places where I laughed out loud. He included some Latin like words to give the vampire's special characteristics and skills a sense of realism (I am not sure if he borrowed them or made them up.). This book, and probably the whole series, would be excellent reading for a vacation or just a break from stress and strain.