Open Call: Looking for a Co-Blogger

Morning, all!

The Book Nut: After Dark is pretty new and with all of my responsibilities I have decided to look for a co-blogger for this site.

Duties-

The co-blogger shall have free reign of the After Dark site to post as he or she pleases. They are responsible for the writing and posting of their own content, replying to comments as they see fit, promoting their posts on social media, etc. They must be able to post at least once a week if not more.

Requirements-

Must read Adult and/or New Adult literature.

A basic knowledge of writing and grammar.

A writing sample to send to booklovernut@gmail.com

 

The CO-blogger will receive their own graphic to use for signing off posts, full access to the site, sidebar space to place their own social media links, and say in all creative decisions on the site. They will be a full and equal partner, able to have autonomy in their own posting schedule, content, etc…

If you’re interested just send me a quick writing sample, such as a goodreads review, and a little bit about yourself in an email. I will look through each one and decide based on who I think would fit best for me and for the site.

From my shelf to yours,

Erin

Book Nut News: Jenny

Some of you may know about The Book Nut and The Book Nut: After Dark’s co-blogger Jenny. If you don’t, let me fill you in.

Jenny has been my co-blogger since last year. We changed the blog over to WordPress together, celebrated The Book Nut’s 2 year anniversary together, started After Dark for our adult content, and quite a bit more in that time.

But now the time has come for Jenny to go. Jenny has a family: 3 kids and a husband to take care of, and let me tell you blogging is ALOT of work. So Jenny has made the decision to give up blogging, and I completely support that.

If you want to know more about Jenny’s decision, she wrote about it on our main site The Book Nut.

What does that mean for After Dark? Well, less posts. Jenny was the big adult/NA reader so even though I’m trying to read more adult books there probably won’t be a lot of content for a while.

Also, eventually I may be looking for a co blogger. Maybe even 2: one for each site. But not now. Not yet. Because I’m going to miss Jenny blogging with me, sharing my blogs with me, chatting about content with me. And I’m not looking to replace her, just to find a space for a different voice.

So for now, it’s just me.

From my shelf to yours,

ERIN

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

301082Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #1)

Publisher: Berkley Crime/Ace Books

Release Date: January 1, 2001

292 Pages

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Rating:

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Description: Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next…

 

Review: My mom has been trying to get me to read these books since what feels like forever. I’d watched the show, something like 4 seasons of it, but I could never get motivated to actually read them. I mean the show takes itself so seriously. But this year I made a promise to myself to read more adult books and I figured this would be a good place to start.

I wouldn’t say that the first book is that much different from the show. Other than the addition of a few random characters for the show and the omission of  few things (Bubba), the two stories are almost identical. I know that changes later on. Personally, I like the book better, but I don’t usually care for the “HBO Treatment” that books get ie SO MUCH SEX. It’s not that I mind the sex, just that it got in the way of the story. Game of Thrones was different, that book already had tons of sex in it to begin with. But this book only had a few very mild scenes that were blown completely out of proportion and suddenly there’s nakedness  everywhere. Can I just have my story please?

At its heart, this book is a mystery. It’s not super descriptive of the vampire world (yet), the characters are mostly concerned with finding a murderer. It’s southern Miss Marple with vampires, and a bit of sex. Though Sookie certainly doesn’t have Miss Marple’s brains.

All in all, I’m excited to see where the series goes. It’s fun, not as serious as the show sometimes makes it. For me, I’d call them a light read.

What do you think about the Sookie books? Share in the comments.

 

 

Review: Torchwood- In the Shadows

2450784Torchwood: In the Shadows by Joseph Lidster, Eve Myles
Published by BBC Audiobooks Ltd on May 7th 2009
Goodreads

Torchwood receive reports of a strange death: a man in his thirties who died of old age. A series of other strange events leads Torchwood to conclude that someone is sending victims to a dark dimension, to be punished by the thing they fear most. Who is the mysterious taxi driver preying on his passengers? What significance do boxes of matches play in this mystery? And can Jack ever escape from his own personal Hell? A Torchwood audio original short story read by Eve Myles (a.k.a. Gwen Cooper).

Read by Eve Myles

3 Nuts

Ok, I don’t like Eve Myles. Moreover, I really don’t like Gwen. And as is tradition with these audio exclusives, whoever reads the book is usually who its about. So its a Gwen POV, yay. -.-

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Yeah, Gwen, keep your mouth shut! You already get most of the episodes of the show, can’t you let everyone else have the other stuff?

Like I said, I’m not a fan of Gwen.

So, anyway, this story involves a cabbie who is killing his paasengers….wait….

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But actually he’s making young people die of old age and sending their souls to be punished. Or something. Honestly I don’t like it made that much sense.

So…there’s that.

It’s not that great of a story. I mean…it’s ok…I guess. It would certainly be better without Eve as the narrator and Gwen as the focus character but I’m probably never going to get away from that in Torchwood (especially after the finales of season 2 and Children of Earth).

I know, I’m horrible, those things never happened. THEY NEVER HAPPENED!

And all you non Torchwood folks are so confused. Sorry, guys.

From my shelf to yours,

Review: Torchwood- Everyone Says Hello

2444301Torchwood: Everyone Says Hello by Dan Abnett,Burn Gorman
Published by BBC Audiobooks Ltd on February 4th 2008
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads

Outside the government, beyond the police, fighting for the future on behalf of the human race. The 21st century is when everything changes and Torchwood is ready. Led by the mysterious and enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood delves into the unknown and fights the impossible…
Across Cardiff, ordinary people are behaving in odd ways: saying hello to complete strangers, and going out of their way to greet one another.Torchwood discovers that an alien communications field is gathering strength in the area. The team must find the device responsible and shut it off – before civil unrest engulfs the whole city.
Burn Gorman, who plays Owen in the hit BBC TV series created by Russell T Davies, reads this exclusive audio story by Dan Abnett.

Read by Burn Gorman
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BURN GORMAN! *dances*

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Yes, Burn is reading this audio exclusive. Don’t know who he is? Actually, I bet you do. Other than playing Dr. Owen Harper on Torchwood he’s also Adam in Forever and Night’s Watch traitor Karl Tanner. He also played Hindley in the Masterpiece Theater mini series of Wuthering Heights and William Guppy in the Bleak House miniseries from the BBC. Yeah, I kind of love him.

Burn is an excellent narrator, which is good because this is one of the weirder Torchwood stories. This is one of those stories that if it’s not read and told well, it won’t work. But Burn does a great job so it doesn’t flop, it actually earned itself a 4 nut rating!

Like I said, this is a weird story and I don’t know what else to call it. Quirky? Strange? Yes, yes to both. This story is from Owen’s POV (hence having Burn read the story) and there aren’t a whole lot of those. The story itself is actually pretty well condensed into the title: Everyone Says Hello. And’s what happens. EVERYONE says hello. EVERYONE starts talking to random people. Obsessively. Compulsively. Weird.

This is an episode I actually see as more of a Doctor Who episode than a Torchwood one. But it doesn’t suffer from not being a Who episode, it just seems like something they would do rather than the darker, grittier stuff you see on Torchwood.

What do you think of audio exclusives (books only released in audio format)? Share in the comments.

Review: Torchwood: Ghost train

10285518Torchwood: Ghost Train by James Goss, Kai Owen
Published by BBC Audiobooks on March 3rd 2011
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads

It’s not easy being Rhys Williams. You’re married to the sexiest woman in Torchwood. She saves the world for a living, you move lorries round in a timely fashion. Suddenly, you’ve got a mystery of your own. Oh, it starts off being about missing fridges. But it leads to a midnight train pulling into an abandoned platform at Cardiff Station. What is the mysterious cargo that Rhys is unloading from the train? Where’s it going? And what can be behind it? Rhys Williams is going to get to the bottom of it. All by himself, thank you very much. Soon Captain Jack is missing, his wife’s dead, and it’s up to Rhys to try and put everything right. And find those fridges… Written specially for audio by James Goss,Ghost Train is set before the ‘Children of Earth’ TV story and features Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 18 mins.

Read by Kai Owen

5 Nuts

This is probably one of my favorite audio exclusives from the Torchwood series. And let me tell you why:

  • It’s read by Kai Owen.
  • Kai Owen’s American accent for Jack makes me giggle.
  • Kai Owen’s voice is beautiful.
  • Rhys and Ianto are super bro-y in this story.
  • I think it might be the ONLY Torchwood story in which Rhys and Ianto have significant time together.
  • Rhys is a sass factory.
  • LOTS OF IANTO!

So basically it has a lot to do with Kai Owen and Ianto.

But there is one other really big reason. This is one of the best written Torchwood stories of all time. And that includes the show itself.

Ok, sure, Torchwood tends to be a little hokey so it’s not hard for this to be the best written episode. To that I say YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND and heeeeey, I like Torchwood. Leave my show alone. Because it’s part of the Whoniverse (Doctor Who Universe) hokey is kind of par for the course. But you combine a hokey but well written story with a spectacular narrator in Kai Owen you get something really special.

This is also one of the funnier stories in the Torchwood series. After all, you have a well established sass factory in Ianto and you find out that Rhys has quite a good sense of humor himself. I like the British style of humor. I think it’s much funnier than what passes for humor many times here in America. So maybe this one was just made for me, sassy and dry just te way I like it.

*shrug*

Still, if you only listen to one audio exclusive, make it this one (though if we’re talking radio plays totally go with House of the Dead).

Torchwood yes or Torchwood no? Share in the comments.

Review: Torchwood- Slow Decay

1102166Slow Decay by Andy Lane


Release Date: February 23, 2010
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
3 Disks
Received: Library
Format: Audiobook


Rating:

Read by Burn Gorman
Description: When Torchwood track an energy surge to a Cardiff nightclub, the team finds the police are already at the scene. Five teenagers have died in a fight, and lying among the bodies is an extraterrestrial device. Next morning, they discover the corpse of a Weevil, its face and neck eaten away, seemingly by human teeth. And on the streets of Cardiff, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary hunger is attacking people and eating her victims.
The job of a lifetime it might be, but working for Torchwood is putting big strains on Gwen’s relationship with Rhys. While she decides to spice up their love life with the help of alien technology, Rhys decides it’s time to sort himself out — better music, healthier food, lose some weight. Luckily, a friend has mentioned Doctor Scotus’s weight-loss clinic..
Review: I’ve both listened to this one and read it myself and I have to say that I prefer it when Owen (Burn Gorman) reads it to me. These books are brilliant when read by the actors from the show, not so much when read by outsiders. Seeing that Owen has a wonderful emotional bit in this book, having Burn Gorman read it was an excellent choice on the part of BBC Audiobooks.If this were a YA book I’d probably have been bored. The whole “weird diet thing goes wrong” thing has been done, and it’s never that great. When Torchwood does it, though, they take it to another level. When it’s because of an alien it can get a little gross. When Torchwood does it people die. Painfully. It’s the only version of the diet gone wrong that I’ve actively enjoyed and reread not once but twice.

Torchwood often focuses on one or two of it’s characters per episode, rather than the whole group. This particular book spends a lot of time with Rhys and Owen, as well as two new female characters who belong to their stories. I don’t care what anyone says, Gwen is not the only team member with a heart. This book proves that as Owen reaches out to the poor scared victim of the whacked out diet. He is highly affected by her. Proof that we don’t need the most useless Captain Planet member after all *glares at Gwen*.

Sorry, Gwen lovers. Thankfully she isn’t completely her annoying self in this novel, thank god for extended canon. Because this is an early novel, placed somewhere right before season one’s Cyberwoman, Ianto isn’t in it all that much. He doesn’t get a lot of witty lines and most of the good jokes go to Jack and Owen (my personal favorite are the Beatles references).
All in all one of the better novels in the extended canon, and certainly one of the best audio productions (which are often more miss than hit).
What do you think of the Torchwood extended canon? Share in the comments!