Where Have I Been?

Seriously. Where have I been? I just logged in and I haven’t posted anything since April. There goes that resolution.

Well, let’s see. I’ve been reading and now I’m having book hangover. I bought the eARC of Monster Hunter Siege and read that as fast as I could. I never buy the eARCs but I just couldn’t help myself this time. It’s a darker tale. Kind of left me feeling a bit blue. Part of that is the letdown that always occurs after reading a book by your favorite author (the realization you’re going to have to start the waiting process … again!) and part of it is the content. Not that it’s a letdown, just that it’s not all jolly, jolly. Dark times, my friends. Dark times.

I got a friend of mine into Monster Hunter International. She’s become a complete addict, reading them all back-to-back obsessively. My work is done on that score. Can’t wait until she reads Grimnoir.

I also read Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. I’ve been waiting about six years for this book. Whenever she has a new one out I try to savor it. They’re not long books. It’s not like Diana Gabaldon taking six years to put out a giant tome, these are more … tidy. So it might seem like I would be resentful that she takes so long for each installment, but I can’t argue with the results. They’re great stories and I reread them again and again. Right now I’m listening to the new book after having read it a few weeks ago. I try to spread this addiction, but so far I haven’t achieved it. I’ve even bought the books for people and they just don’t follow through. They have no idea what they’re missing.

I read the final two installments of Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy trilogy. Not as good as Kate Daniels or Innkeeper, but definitely better than a lot of things. Some nitpicks and pet peeves will take away some star value, but I wouldn’t turn away more stories in this world.

Okay, that’s it for me tonight. I’m tired. I guess that’s why I never blog. I’m just too freaking tired by the time I have a moment to sit down at the computer. But here I am so I may as well cast something.

Milo from Monster Hunter International:

Yep, that’s Haley Joel Osment. He’s changed a lot, and is probably chunkier than Milo, but he’s awesomely talented and he’s got a good start on the beard.

That’s all for now! Sweet dreams!

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Casting: Ilona Andrews’ “Kate Daniels” Part 3

After this post I’m going to pause on the Kate Daniels casting for a bit. It’s just a fun time waster anyway.

My next casting attempt is Mahon. Now, I always pictured Michael Clarke Duncan as Mahon and that’s whose voice I hear when I read. But in looking for a good picture of him for this part I couldn’t quite find it. So I decided to go with something closer to Mahon’s description in the books. That’s always stumped me.

And then I remembered Jeff Bridges. He’s not as huge as Mahon is described, but he does make it to 6’1″ and that’s taller than a lot of Hollywooders. And he’s just a fantastic actor. Now that I’m thinking about it even more, I can easily see him playing this part.

So: Mahon

He looks like he’s about to say something that’s going to piss off Curran or George. It’s perfect!

Mahon is married to Martha. She’s described a little bit in the books, but I hadn’t really put much thought into her character until the last book where she and Kate have a very nice scene. She’s African American, which is great because — since I always pictured Michael Clarke Duncan, I then pictured George as being African American. So it all works out even though I’m no longer picturing the late, great MCD.

I looked and looked for an actress that would work. Martha is strong. Physically, as well as emotionally. She’s married to a cranky old Kodiak and she’s a shifter herself. She hasn’t been in the books very much, but she’s made an impression every time she’s shown up. I finally settled on Angela Bassett. She doesn’t look it, but she’s 58 years old, which puts her at a very good age to be George’s mother and Curran’s “adopted” mom. And Angela Bassett has always kicked ass.

So: Martha

 

That wraps up the casting frenzy for now. I’m sure I’ll come back to it. For instance, I’m not sold on Rafael. And there are many other characters in the books I’ve yet to even think about casting-wise. It’s a fun exercise in any case.

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Casting: Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

I’m not going to review this series right now. I’ll get to it, but it’s another one that I feel I have to put more heart into in order to do it justice. It’s amazing, and I can’t just blurp out a review because I want to fill some blog space.

BUT — I can blurp out some casting ideas. So here’s me. Blurping.

First and foremost — Kate. What’s she like? Well, she’s striking, athletic, intense. She’s got long, dark hair. She kicks ass; it’s her raison d’être.

I’ve had such a hard time coming up with someone for Kate, but then I saw the execrable Batman vs Superman and Gal Gadot stole the movie as Wonder Woman. I looked at her and immediately thought she’d be wonderful as Kate Daniels. Of course, already being Wonder Woman, she probably wouldn’t accept another kick ass female part, but she’s my Head Kate from now on.

Only Kate would  never wear those earrings. It’s bad enough she’s got long hair that can be pulled out of her head in a fight, she doesn’t need her earlobes shredded as well.

Now on to Curran. What’s he like? Well, he’s powerful, only about 5’10” or 5’11”, but he seems bigger because of his intensity. He’s got short, blond hair. Kate often refers to him as a psychopath.

I used to picture young Dolph Lundgren for Curran, but Lundgren is way too tall. Now I picture Charlie Hunnam.

He’s got a stick! He’s gonna hit somebody!

Now I feel I really need to cast Andrea. She’s a little bit of a tough find because Andrea is a small, blond woman who’s kind of cute/pretty but is extremely deadly. But I’ll give it a shot.

And so I chose Dakota Fanning. I kept seeing her name pop up as I searched, but I dismissed her until I saw this picture. This is a good look for Andrea, I think.

Beautiful, but older than her years in that picture. That’s Andrea. Heck, that’s pretty much all the characters in this series.

I’ll have to come back and do some more casting tomorrow. There are a lot of characters and I’m too tired to manage it right now.

I love the photos of Kate and Curran above. She looks like she’s about to skewer him with a wisecrack for his tough-guy-with-a-stick routine. Ha!

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