Saturday, January 24, 2009

Word of the Day : reconnoiter

Who uses this word and in what book ?


SYLLABICATION: re•con•noi•ter

VERB: Inflected forms: re•con•noi•tered, re•con•noi•ter•ing, re•con•noi•ters

TRANSITIVE VERB: To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.

INTRANSITIVE VERB: To make a reconnaissance.
ETYMOLOGY: Obsolete French reconnoître, from Old French reconoistre, to recognize. See recognize.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.

Vanity Plates seen in Bon Temp






Sam could be called 2NATURD

Loving True Blood Dallas Blogtalk Radio:Role Playing in the True Blood and Sookieverse (Episode 8)

We are thrilled to be discussing various forms of role playing in the Sookieverse and the world of True Blood fandom. I am just amazed at the quality and creativeness of these hyper-fans and I know you will be too .

We are MOST excited to be doing a first EVER (we think) "Twinterview " (a Twitter interview done on the radio, this term was coined by Sookie herself !) Can we do that? Yes, we can and we will!
This should be very interesting Monday night when we will be 'chatting' with the hottest True Blood /Sookieverse Twitter characters there is, @SookieBonTemps ! We will be doing a live radio- to -Twitter interview with the amazing and very entertaining Sookie and we are also grateful that her friend, the great @EricNorthman has also agreed to stop by (and we had to be careful about asking him for favors) and I'm sure he'll liven up the conversation.

You can follow along on Twitter here :

True Blood in Dallas here :
SookieBonTemps :
EricNorthman :

You can contact Becky about Vamps in Bon Temps @ Live Journal here:

You will be able to follow along on both on Twitter and on the radio and they both have agreed to drop into the chat room at the end of the show to talk for a few minutes with our show's fans.

*For the purpose of this interview, I will have to do a little role playing of my own but I think it will be fun and should be very interesting.
* I will post all the links you need to the blog by Monday afternoon

We will also be discussing the amazing 'Merlotte's Bar and Grill' thread on the HBO True Blood Wiki , with LaProv and we will learn about the wonderfully imaginative world they have going on over there, then finally we will be joined by Becky from the Live Journal True Blood RPG community called 'Vamps in Bon Temps ' ! Wow!

This should be an incredible night and a show you won't want to miss.

If you can’t join us live, the show will be archived and available for podcast usually within an hour of the end of the live show. You can listen to it on the blog and it is also available as podcast from ITunes.
Thanks to Object Desire and Miss Information for helping tonight with the extravagant production!

Charlaine Harris was recently asked: What are your ten favorite books, and what makes them special to you?

Here are her answers --

What are your ten favorite books, and what makes them special to you?

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman -- Gaiman's vision of an underground London that encompasses magic and evil, fantasy and good, is a book I've read again and again. The villain that eats ancient Chinese pottery is just brilliant.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen -- No one can write like Jane Austen, and there are reasons Pride and Prejudice is one of the most successful novels ever written. Mr. Darcy is changed by the love of Elizabeth Bennett just as she is changed by his love for her, though their initial impressions of each other are hardly favorable. I love Jane Austen's work, and this is Miss Austen at her best.

Passage by Connie Willis -- This book is about life after death, and I found it profoundly moving and mysterious. Connie Willis can write circles around almost anyone else, and she is one deep thinker.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton -- The first book in Hamilton's long-running Anita Blake series, Guilty Pleasures, sets the tone for the whole best-selling line. Laurell's trademark recklessness, imagination, and storytelling grip you by the scruff of the neck and never let you go.

The Fourth Wall by Barbara Paul -- Barbara has never gotten her due as a writer, and this book will show you why. It changed the way I wrote women forever. I should have seen the parallel to Jane Eyre a long time ago; this is another heroine who lives largely in her own mind, a woman who reads and values intellect, yet a woman who can take action once she's convinced her course is correct. Also, Barbara's playwright is a woman who never thought about living on her looks. [out of print]

Lullaby Town by Robert Crais -- Bob Crais's Elvis Cole novels are all wonderful. There are only degrees of more-wonderful and less-wonderful. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are the best private eyes in California, or maybe in the world. Crais knows Hollywood, humor and deep feelings, and he can write action. Nothing's better.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde -- Due to my love of Jane Eyre. Imagine being able to visit the book -- to actually be inside Jane Eyre. I couldn't imagine it, but Fforde could.

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich -- This book started a whole phenomenon, but it's good to go back to read it every now and then to reacquaint yourself with the disaster that's Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter. I love books that make me laugh, and this book always does.

The Haunting and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson -- Jackson was one of the best American writers of the past century. She can write funny, or she can scare you till you want to scream. The Haunting can still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is eerie all the way through, from word one.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey -- Tey makes it clear that the crime novel can be a vehicle for much more, in her classic novel about a policeman in bed with an injury whose friends entertain him by bringing him an historical mystery to solve.

True Blood Music Video of the Day

Gots to Get Her by Blake Lewis