current mood: giggly
Since darktwinkle sent me a message thing to post (and has previously threatened me with a sharp stick for not being active on LJ)... I will post on a completely unrelated subject that no-one on my flist will understand. Or, if they do understand they will look at me strangely and roll their eyes.
First, let me say that I've had a few glasses of wine and am therefore likely to be at my giggliest, fangirliest (and probably bad spelling-est too) 'best'.
And now, on with the ramble. Has anyone ever read anything by Matthew Reilly? He's an Aussie author, one of whose books I picked up pretty much by accident in London. I just wanted something to read on the coach ride back to Leeds and his was on a table at Waterstones. I picked it up, thought "hmm, random blockbuster-type, it'll do". I didn't end up reading it on the way home, I read it much later.
It's called Six Sacred Stones. It happens to be a sequel to Seven Ancient Wonders (or for some reason, Seven Deadly Wonders in the US), but I didn't know that at the time. I read it a while back. About 20 pages in I was wondering what the hell was going on and then realised that it was a sequel. I continued to read. Then I thought, why the hell are there pictures in this book? I have imagination, I don't need pictures! Yet I continued to read. And I enjoyed it rather a lot. I would recommend giving it a try, in fact. I picked up the first book in Oxfam in Headingley, and recently read that, obsessively, in about two days. And since finishing it, I have been plagued by it. Or rather, by two characters. Together. As a couple. Yes, ladies and gents, the slash monster has attacked.
Let me tell you of this 'couple': two military-types, one a Muslim prince from the UAE (callsign: Pooh Bear) and the other a member of the Mossad (callsign: Stretch). How contentious! How random! I think I may possibly be the only person to like them (or the only person to admit it at least). Although I must admit that they look different in my head than to how the author describes them - such as he does (certainly Pooh Bear has had a shave and kind of looks like an older Soma from Kuroshitsuji).
This all started when I realised that Stretch's real name is Ben, as is one of mine and Alison's characters (who is gay, of course). And now the couple won't leave me alone. Oh dear, oh dear. I am such a slash fangirl. Perhaps they'll leave me alone if I write/draw them...