Prejudice Subordinates Judgement Every Time

Alexis de Tocqueville was a fucking prophet. I’m thinking of starting a religion. Can anyone guess what I’m reading? Here’s a hint:

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

Well, here’s another:

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

And finally, here’s the proof of his Divine Gift:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

A prophet, I tell you. It’s enough to make you believe in the Divine. Well, it’s enough to convince me that Tocqueville was brilliant. [Full Disclosure: I found the quotes above on some website. I didn’t have the sense to write anything down while reading  Democracy in America. So the quotes could come from some other Tocqueville work.] At any rate, go read. It’s scary good.

Oh, and what a coincidence! It seems I’m not the only one with Tocqueville traipsing through the thinker.


Acworth Books-A-Million Sucks

Alternately Titled: The Curse of the Book Club Membership

So yesterday, I went to Books-A-Million here in Acworth (3372 North Cobb Parkway) to get the three books I’ve been drooling over this past week. I found the books easily enough (they were new releases) but, as usual, I had problems at the checkout. 

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Sweet Super Tuesday…

Not only is Laurell K. Hamilton releasing a book tomorrow, but JD Robb is releasing one, too. WooHoo!  

That’s TWO of my favorite authors with a new book out tomorrow. I’m not going to know what to do with myself. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought two new books at once. You’re probably not going to hear much from me tomorrow. I’ll be nose deep in my books with the TV turned OFF.


LATER: Holy smokes, JD Robb is releasing two books tomorrow. I think my head just exploded from joy.

Hello Darkness

Well, I finally have a reason to look forward to November 4th. Laurell K. Hamilton’s newest Meredith Gentry book, Swallowing Darkness, will drop that day!

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus. Cue the fireworks.

[WARNING: Do not read the next two paragraphs if you haven’t read and plan on reading A Lick of Frost. Go straight to LATER below. Spoilers ahead!!!!]

Well, OK. Don’t cue the fireworks. I have mixed feelings about this book. But for one small thing, like killing off (sorta) Frost, I would have loved the previous book, A Lick of Frost. But Frost is gone, perhaps forever. 

All I gotta say about that is, he better come back in some surprise plot twist or I’m going to be one perpetually unhappy reader each time I finish a Meredith Gentry book. (Though, to tell you the truth, his moody whiny bitch routine was starting to get on my nerves. It was beginning to make me want to smack him upside the head with something hard and heavy. So, he should come back in a surprise plot twist that somehow makes me want to smack him upside the head less. Let’s face it, a brooding troubled hero is sexy; a whinging moody bitch is not.)

LATER: Sheesh. Laurell K. Hamilton needs someone to redesign her web site. That’s just pitiful. I’m almost embarrassed that one of my favorite authors has such a fugly site.

LATER STILL: Hee. To understand the comic below, you need to know that Laurell K. Hamilton also writes the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, which is quite bloody and violently graphic.

MUCH LATER: You know, I don’t think the fugly web site curse is confined to Laurell K. Hamilton. Most of my favorite authors have fugly sites. What gives?