What’s New for me in February

Welcome to Wild-Card Wednesday where you never know what you’re going to get. Today, I’m sharing my new TV, book, and music discoveries.  At the end of this post, I’ll invite you to share your new discoveries.

On my Kindle:

Cades Cove

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I’m a sucker for ghost stories.  The wonderfully fun and intelligent Rhonda Hopkins suggested I read Cades Cove by Aiden James.  I downloaded a sample and got hooked.

Cades Cove appealed to me for the same reasons Celebrity Ghost Stories and My Ghost Story appeals to me.  The haunting in the book had a history and a mystery behind it.  The book featured a haunted and/or cursed object.  It also appealed to me that Cades Cove is a real place.

The author’s knowledge both of paranormal phenomena and of the spiritual methods of ending a haunting impressed me.  There was enough detail to know he’d done his  homework, but not enough that it bogged down the story.

Mild spoiler: If you do read Cades Cove, don’t worry about Sadie the Yorkie falling victim to some gruesome fate.  Usually, I don’t give out spoilers. I can’t stand any kind of animal cruelty, though, and I almost stopped reading a couple of times for fear of what would happen to Sadie the Yorkie.  I’m a softie when it comes to little dogs.

As always, if there’s a way to save money, I’m out to find it.  With Cades Cove, you can opt to purchase both Cades Cove and its sequel The Raven Mocker as a bundle for $4.99, which is a savings of $1.98.  If you have Amazon Prime, you can borrow both books for free (right now—this may change).

On my iPod:

I discover a lot of music on TV shows.  Surprise, surprise, surprise, right?

The Walking Dead

Sunday was the season premier of The Walking Dead.  Between the good stuff—like Rick showing he hasn’t gone soft—I noticed  “The Regulator” by Clutch.

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The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is a favorite of mine.  I mean, Ian Somerhalder is in it.  Do I need to say more?

In the latest episode, I  heard  “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy.  Though I’m positive I’ve heard it on other shows, this was the first time I took notice of it.  Great song.

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On the Big Screen TV:

 Justified

Somehow, we missed the first two seasons of Justified.  I’m not sure why because it’s really my kind of thing.

Raylan Givens, the protagonist of Justified, is based on a character created by Elmore Leonard.  Raylan Givens appears in Pronto, Riding the Rap, a short story titled “Fire in the Hole,” and, most recently, Raylan.

Raylan–a U. S. Marshall’s Deputy–is an old fashioned lawman trapped in the twenty-first century.  He shoots first and asks questions later.  This method turns his career into a hot mess.  The series premiers with Raylan being transferred from Miami, Florida to Lexington, Kentucky over a controversial shooting.

Raylan, who grew up in Kentucky, is less than thrilled to be returning.  When he joined the Marshall service and left his home state, Raylan hoped to never return.  This sounded like a great conflict, and I was enthusiastic to see what Justified had to offer.

 

Several episodes into Season 1, I wondered what all the fuss was about.  Sure, the characters were quirky and funny and fantastic, but I wasn’t dying for the next episode.  This was like…a police procedural.

Mid-way through the first season, things changed for the better.  The storyline got personal.  Raylan Givens’s history with Harlan County began to matter more in the series story arc.

Raylan and his outlaw dad, Arlo

We learn Raylan has an outlaw father who introduced him to Harlan County’s criminal underworld.  Raylan and his father have a fairly acrimonious relationship, which adds spice to the show.

Raylan’s connection to Boyd Crowder, with whom he worked in the mines as a teenager, is explored in the show’s first episode.  Boyd’s father, Bo Crowder, is a criminal associate of Raylan’s father.

At the beginning of the show, Boyd is portrayed as a white supremacist who engages in criminal activity.  He’s pretty unlikable.  As his and Raylan’s paths continue to cross, Boyd becomes an interesting character in Justified.  The skinhead angle is dropped as Boyd becomes self-proclaimed messiah and, later, drops that to return to just plain old criminal.

Though Timothy Olyphant as Marshall’s Deputy Raylan Givens is very good looking, my crush is on the born-again outlaw Boyd Crowder.  He’s calculating, ruthless, and oddly loyal.  I’d pick him over Raylan any day.