Colleen Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab” had me at “Hello.”

The Clockwork ScarabI follow several blogs and subscribe to even more emailings & newsletters that specifically advertise book releases, galleys (eCopy or otherwise), and ARCs.  I get a ton of inside information and advanced copies for review, but rarely do I read a blurb or press packet and get that ‘I must have it’ feeling.

It happened.

One of the aforementioned (and most-popular) email blasts that I subscribe to is called “Shelf Awareness.”  They send me a core email and a digest twice daily, and they are always chocked full of interesting book releases and information.

One such email graced my inbox yesterday (and ‘yes’ I still use as my email client) and sported a truly awesome advertisement for a novel called, “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason  What immediately grabbed me was the advertisements plug, which reads as follows:

Evaline Stoker, Sister of Bram, & Mina Holmes, Niece of Sherlock

This concept is truly brilliant.  Combining one of the most popular characters and writers of the 20th century (Sherlock Holmes & Bram Stoker) in a singular supernatural novel is something that needs to happen more often.  I recall first hearing about the sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” by his great grand-nephew, Dacre Stoker, and only then has my intrigue been rivaled by my interest in “The Clockwork Scarab.”

Considering the similar nature and tone of the source materials along with all of the wonderful television adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and modernizations of “Dracula” it makes perfect sense for these two classics to converge.

I look forward to cracking into Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab”–  She had me at the proverbial “Hello.”

(SOURCE:  Colleen Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab” had me at “Hello.”)


Goals, Christmas, and Movies.

A week-and-a-half ago or so I posted a post detailing out some personal goals of mine to complete within one week in order to get me out of Funktown and back on the road again.   I have not written out a detailed list of goals for myself since childhood, and they are a lot more difficult to keep than I would have thought.  I finished about half the items on my list, but I overshot my week timeframe by almost another full week.  Some goals I even replaced with other endeavors, but it seems as if that logic would inevitably defeat the purpose of the list.  However, by focusing on smaller tasks I was able to pull my self out of my funk and I feel as creative as ever, which in the long run was my ‘true’ goal.  So, all in all, I would say that my post did just the job I was hoping it would do.  Maybe as a New Year resolution I will vow to be more diligent about completing my goals (no matter how small) within my allotted timeframe.

It has been an unusual and crazy week and with the holidays in sight I have a feeling that quite a few people felt the same.  December can be a tumultuous time.  There is so much pressure on everyone to make the holidays…holiday-y, and it can be a heavy burden to bear.   With work, family, friends, travel, gifting, food making, and everything else that befalls this hectic time frame it is a miracle that we all survive.  Personally I had to take a step back and try and look at what really makes me happy and what I want out of this time.  I want to be with my family, so I made sure and created definite plans so that I could be with the people I love most.  I also love Christmas shopping.  I am not so big into the wrapping portion of gifts, but I do enjoy buying the ‘perfect’ gift for someone I care about.  I love good eats and drinks.  Give me some Eggnog coffee, some Turkey, sausage stuffing, and a slice of pumpkin pie Cheesecake and I am in heaven.  With these couple of staples in place the holidays are set for me.

Even though Robert Downey, Jr. is my favorite actor I thought that Jude Law's "Watson" poster was awesome.

Also, last Saturday I was able to see “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and I absolutely loved it!  Robert Downey, Jr. is my favorite actor and Guy Ritchie is my favorite director, so I was planning on being wowed from the get go.  Seeing a couple films in theaters during the holidays has always been a semi-tradition, in the Schultz household, and it bolsters my sense of Christmas spirit during the season.  I am hoping to watch “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” this coming Saturday to top of my pre-Christmas bolstering.

And, as far as today is concerned I have a great book to finish, an article to write, and a stack of comics to read with a pot of Eggnog coffee brewing in the background.  It is going to be a good, good day.  Happy holidays everyone!