BOM: Stripped, Marcia Colette

January 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm (Book of the Month Club, Marcia Colette) (, , , , )

“Stripped” by Marcia Colette

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, ltd
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-60504-640-2
Publication Date: August 4, 2009

Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.

Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

The main character in this Stripped is someone you have to work at relating to. She is a complex animal for sure. I sat there stunned during some scenes wondering how she could behave the way she did, but then upon greater reflection I realized that I was looking through my eyes at her and not through her eyes. With that epiphany in mind, looking at the reflection in the mirror, I see, an average looking woman, with average capabilities. Other than her skin color I have no clue as to the culture she was raised with. Delve further. Concentrate. Dig deeper. There, just beyond the surface, undiscovered memories, containing a foggy notion of incredible power rippling just beneath that latte colored skin.

I stood there in the mist straining to see, to get my bearings, wondering which direction the road of this author’s mind would lead. With every turning of a page, I went in a direction that was different than the direction my mind was trying to lead. From the relationship with close family/friends to the sensually deprived relationship of her lover, I followed Alexa’s twisting and turning through the pages, being caught off guard and by surprise at every turn. This book was entertaining and refreshing, I love being wrong with my theory on how the story will end up. And man, was I wrong!

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Sadder-day Night Sci-Fi Channel

May 2, 2008 at 8:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) (, )

I love shapeshifters so much that I’ll leap at the chance of seeing a movie even if there’s only a smigeon of it in the plot. It’s hard to find a good paranormal on TV that leans in that direction. As close as I can get is the Sci-fi Channel.

So here’s the problem. Where in the world does the Sci-fi Channel get their screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors/actresses for their corny movies, especially the ones that put shapeshifters to shame? Talk about your career being over before it started. You try putting a movie like Mansquito on your resume and see how far you get. If they had made The Rock Monster into book form, even a scam publisher wouldn’t touch it.

A few weeks ago I recorded Hybrid so I could watch it when I had time. I thought, “Hmmm? A man with yellow glowing eyes and my favorite kind of werewolves. The four-legged ones. This might actually be good.” I shook my head with disappointment and stopped watching the playback about halfway through because the TV Guide Channel was more interesting. Although I liked the Native American theme threaded through the plot, the rest of the story was as ridiculous as my grandmother trying out for the Olympic gymnastics team.

Although I’m very picky about my vampires, it broke my heart when Blood Ties was canned. I’m thankful they haven’t jerked Moonlight or even the Ghost Whisperer off CBS yet. I just wish they could some up with a shapeshifter series that might stand the test of time like good old Buffy.  What happened to the Dresden Files? Is it still on TV? That was the smartest move Sci-fi Channel made with regards to paranormal/urban fantasy programs.  Can we have another Underworld while we’re at it? And since Hollywood likes remakes,  has anyone thought about doing a remake of Cat People or has that Halle-Berry version of Cat Woman  destroyed all prospects of that? Whatever Hollywood decides to do, I hope they don’t butcher a fantastic book like Blood and Chocolate by stealing the names and not bothering with the plot that made it great in the first place. If so, they might as well save themselves the budget and slid it into a time slot on Sadder-day Night Sci-Fi Channel.

Anyone else see any butchered paranormal movie lately?  Your thoughts?

Marcia Colette

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