Review: Deadlocked

Deadlocked
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m long over expecting the books to be the series (or vice versa), and this one dealt in part with one of the two things I felt like the books did much better– the fae. I have grown from eyerolling to rather liking this aspect of the novels.

While last time I felt like I could feel the series palpably running out of steam, this time it felt like Ms. Harris is definitely winding things up. The relationships are gelling in different ways and Sookie is, perhaps, growing up a little. She’s also clearly feeling her mortality, because for once her self-descriptions aren’t all about her “accidental” good looks, and she is troubled by “younger, skinnier” woman in her man’s life (that would be Eric, this time around).

The books follow Sookie exclusively, which is great if you like her narrative voice, but it does narrow the scope of things considerably, if I haven’t written that before. I am getting tired of her, myself. On the other hand, these books are insanely quick reads and are a little more fun and evenhanded than a lot of the “paranormal romance” series that have super-perfect heroines. I could name names here, but I won’t, I’m not in that kind of mood.

Whereas in the TV series, I wouldn’t wish Sookie on any of the men I like, in the books, I wouldn’t wish most of the men on her. That said: There’s a lot to be said for Team Sam, and that looks like Endgame (not to spoil).

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Working On Costumes and My First Sale

Well, starting of I made my first Etsy sale. It was one of the Jayne Cobb hats.
I am still just so proud that I got a sale. I annoyed everyone about it for the next twenty-four hours.  I hope it’s just the first. I’d like, at least, to sell a few things. Production has been down, though, because I have been working on outfits for Gen Con. My husband wanted to do Ant Man/Giant Man and Wasp, the original costumes, but then I fell in love with the Avengers cartoon Wasp, so we’re doing that. I’m a little disappointed with the booties I made riding down, but I might still be able to fix that.  Right now my costume is 98% done and his is 85%, but he decided to take on the helmet himself. I should be doing some test shots of the ensemble, soon, but I do have some process shots of the Wasp costume. I also have a finished (until/unless I also make a hakama) shot of the kimono I made for my neice, so she’ll have an outfit for the Legend of the Five Rings RPG event.

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I am pretty happy about how it came out, in the end, for my first strappless. I wish I had been aware enough to work the zig-zags in from the start, but not this time. Adding “Invisible” straps was ideal for just-in-case and to seamlessly attach the wings. The costume is far from perfect, but I had fun making them all. I still have Wonder Woman and Illyria costumes to finish sometime this year…. and some regular clothes I have on deck, too. The Underground Lair is such an awesome general purpose crafting room, now. I just wish the windows were bigger.

Also, in unrelated news, I did a minimalist, but nice redesign to www.electericneumann.com, my husband’s campaign website. He is just… so right for that job, I can’t even describe the passion he feels for justice and helping people, especially the younger ones who have so much opportunity for change, and he’s fallen in love with the scenery and potential of the area. For myself, I can’t say that the opportunity to be near my parents again (comparatively) doesn’t rock, but I also really feel like this is right for him and us in so many ways. I am praying every day.