March 30th, 2010

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More on Books/Life

I'll bet there's something you don't know about me. I _love_ a good conspiracy theory. This all started when I was doing research for FALLEN HOST and I came across a book called, THE ANTICHRIST AND A CUP OF TEA by Tim Cohen, in which the author surrenders his copyright in case of apocalypse/the tribulation. (Oh how I wish I had thought of that! I wonder if Penguin would have let me!?)

Anyway, since then, I've bought books about any number of conspiracies: the knights templar's journey to America, the secret organizations running American politics, and the Masonic influence on architecture in Washington, D.C.

While at HPB, Shawn picked me up a new one: DARK MISSION: THE SECRET HISTORY OF NASA. I like this one because it's not the usual NASA conspiracy, which is the whole "we never went to the moon, but just faked the whole thing in Nevada" ala the movie "Capricorn One" (with OJ Simpson, no less). This book, instead, sets forth the theory that we *did* go to the moon, but we went there for more than routine exploration. Yes, my friends, we went because we KNOW that there are alien artifacts to be had and we want their technology before the Russians/China/newest enemy can get their hands on 'em.

Like any truly useful conspiracy, the NASA book works for me because it lays out stuff that would be sort of cool if it were true. I ADORE the idea that an android crashed on the moon and we went to collect its parts or that the "face" on mars isn't just a trick of shadow -- but an actual monument built by an ancient civilization.

Tell me that wouldn't be awesome!

But I can't read conspiracy books in one sitting or they do weird things to my brain, so I've been alternating between DARK MISSION and Lilith Saintcrow's WORKING FOR THE DEVIL. I mostly know Saintcrow from all the redirects to her blog that Kelly posts over at Wyrdsmiths' blogspot (if you haven't checked it out, she has great stuff to say about writing), and, anyway, while we were at Barnes & Noble I saw that they had the first book in the used section. So I picked it up thinking I'd give it a try. I've been really enjoying it so far. I'm about half way through, and I'm harboring a serious crush on her Lucifer, as well as the demon "Jaf."

I think if you're a fan of my Morningstar, read/write slash, and enjoy urban fantasy -- these books are for you. The universe she's create is loosely science fictional (certainly as much as mine ever were,) and she has a very interesting Univeralist take on religion. After an "Awakening" people develop psi powers and all of the old religions (and parts of Christianity, etc.) become "real." It's not clear how all this came to pass, but it really doesn't matter to me because I enjoy the implications and what she does with it all.

Anyway, I'm pleased to see that there are a bunch of books in the Dante Valentine series, so if I end up liking the novel all the way through I have more to get right away.

Today I have to get writing, because I ended up up skivving off from "work" yesterday. Shawn needed to renew her driver's license, so I took her to our favorite DMV over lunch. After that I kind of lost steam, so instead of writing, I mopped the dining room floor. This week is Shawn's birthday (April 1, no foolin') and part of my plan is to mop all the floors as an extra birthday gift. (If you knew Shawn, you would understand that this consitutes a MAJOR gift -- especially from me.)

Not much else is happening. How about with you?