Book Review - Lily

McDade Cycle, Book 1 by Cindy Bonner. Title: Lily. Author: Cindy Bonner. Genre: Historical Romance. Hardcover: 350 pages. Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 1st Edition (October 1992). Description (taken from News-Bite): Loosely based on historical events and possessing a simple, frontier-legend plot-farmer's daughter and dashing outlaw fall for each other-this sensitive, winning western a la Larry McMurtry might easily attract fans outside its genre. The year is 1883. The town is McDade, Tex. Narrator Lily Delony, 15, can't stop thinking about 18-year-old Marion Beatty, kid brother of three notorious ruffians known as "the Beatty gang." Marion begs Lily, "Don't judge me by them over there" - meaning his robbing, murdering siblings - and she trusts him, risking her reputation to sneak out with him at night. When McDade's citizens organize a posse to rid themselves once and for all of the Beatty gang, Lily is torn between loyalty to her respectable family and love for her gun-totin' Romeo. First novelist Bonner credibly conveys her heroine's sincerity, bravery and naivete as well as rugged Marion's charming-yet-dangerous persona. Even readers who ordinarily shun shoot-'em-up, rough-and-ready novels will sympathize with the lovers and become caught up in this exciting story. My Review: I read a lot of western-y books back in the day. Little me enjoyed reading about my country's history. Something about early Americans trying to survive hard weather, trying to get by without much, is very fascinating.

I believe that the thing I liked most about the book was the setting descriptions. Not that there were tons, I credit my imagination. I have a set of brain pics that pop up when the book is about "the west," etc. Anyway, I like books with cowboys and farmers. So, I was kind of hoping I would like this better than I did. I was tolerant of the first 50 pages or so, but I started to get annoyed when the only development between Marion and Lily was that Lily was finding out that she really did not know her lover-boy all that well. The thing I hated the most, and it is magnified by the fact that I read a review about the second book in the series, is that Marion is a big ol' d-bag. I hate him. He is a liar. A drunk. A gambler. A thief. A rapist (okay, maybe he's only a semi-rapist). And probably a killer too. I was so frustrated at how Lily easily believed that she was in love with Marion. The second book (spoiler) tells how Lily lives with and sorta-kinda-maybe falls for Marion's brother, who turns out to be a decent, loving and caring provider to Lily and her spawn of Satan... um, I mean Marion's kid. And still she goes back to her jerk-wad man in the end. (end spoiler) I couldn't really think about finishing the book after I learned that. I asked myself, "Why bother?". Rating: Did not finish. Side Note: The reason I put the ya in parenthesis is because this book wasn't initially aimed towards young adults... I am basing this assumption on the fact that the old covers look like romance covers for adult books. So I could be wrong. I recommend this book to people who like their boys very bad, and who like old west-y type books.

Hawaii Five-0

What is a blog the best for than just spouting off on what you're up to. Weeelll, I have been breaking all of my moral codes and have been watching TV shows. Specifically shows on NBC and CBS. Shocker? Okay, so maybe you assume I watch shows on there all the time. Nope. I watch them years later. And I say to myself, "Eh, I guess it's not all that bad." I won't go near Sex and the City or Friends though. Nope, nope, nope. Among the shows I have been watching one is Hawaii Five-0. The main reason, if you must know, that I deigned to watch the show was because of Daniel Dae Kim. Not that I love the dude, or his acting. But I love seeing Korean-Americans (all Asian-Americans) in the mainstream. Liked that there was another Korean-American main in Grace Park. So far the show is okay. I think I am watching it for the hot... um... action. Well, let's just say I'll be sticking around to see something that is short, blond and balding (...). Short man swagger, got to love it. Isn't that why we ladies watch these (action/crime) shows anyway? The main dude, Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Brooding annoys me though. The comedy act between the two main-main leads is mildly amusing, at times. Mostly bromance stuff. The action bits are almost forgettable. Bang, bang, some guns fight. Hi-yah! some kicking. BAM! some explosions. Sound good? Ha ha. Just ta let y'all know, I was not aware this was a remake... until ten minutes ago. I did have an inkling from that cheese theme song. You know the one... the one that sounds like the 1960s, the decade in which it was probably born.


Character Design - Tex Avery Character

The production model sheet above was used for the Tex Avery cartoon, Henpecked Hobos (1942). The character Jr. (that large, dumb bear) has the features of your typical "dumm" character for your typical Avery cartoon. Note: It wasn't until now that I had forgot to pose this character. My apologies in advance. In this first assignment, Bob had wanted us to design a character that's in the vain of your Tex Avery dumb type. The purpose of the assignment is for the character to have structure, a sense of balance and weight, and a hierarchy. I wanted to design a large, ugly looking female (something that's in the vain of the frumpy looking pet owner in the '46 cartoon, Lonesome Lenny). All in all, Bob loved the sheer stupidity of my large female. The problem, however, was that both poses could easily have it topple over. So, after writing down Bob's advice, I soon went to work and came out with the following: a taste of things to come... From an aspiring animator / cartoonist.