Well, I am still waiting for the birds to discover my bird feeder, however there have been some NEW DEVELOPMENTS out there.
As you know, I scattered seed on the flat rubberized roof area outside my window, and then a little higher, on the windowsill, before we went out of town. When we got back last night, I observed that the seed on the roof was eaten, but none had been eaten off the window ledge, which is halfway to the feeder.
THEN, last night while I was sitting at this very desk, I heard a little bird singing and I peeked over and saw it on the ledge next to the pile of seed! One little brave bird. (Who looks a lot like the picture.) I got the feeling by his singing that he was trying to alert the other birds, but I don’t think they came by. Then this morning, I saw at least one bird fly to the ledge and leave. Maybe that same brave bird. Whew! So much excitement!
A continued appreciation of semi-freaky aspects of Midnight Breed
Semi-freaky because now that I look at the list I made while reading, really, these next four aren’t that freaky. Oh well.
The men are always washing the women’s hair. Is there a scene like this in every Midnight Breed book? I’ve only read the first three, but it seems to be a recurring activity. I actually love these scenes. A lot of times it happens right after the woman has been through something awful, or the vampire warrior has been a jerk, and it’s always a totally satisfying TLC moment. I have never had my hair washed by a guy outside of a salon setting. I just asked my husband if he would ever wash my hair. Wash your hair? **long pause.** I guess. If it was important to you.
The bloodlust problem. This is actually not freaky at all either, but I love how it’s developed through the first three books. Again, it is creative worldbuilding that feels true because it echoes things in this world. And I think it is really well done. I love how Tegan and Lucan were/are always sort of on the edge of it.
The fact that vampires are descended from aliens. I have always really liked this as an explanation. It’s very creative worldbuilding, yet sort of believable. And this alien angle also gives more credence to the villain Marek’s whole program. I mean, who ever heard of aliens who are more powerful than humans and they come to earth and DON’T take the place over?
I’m sure Marek fumes every time he watches a space invasion movie. But then again, the First Gens had human mothers, so it also makes sense that they would have split sympathies.
The way the glyphs pulsate and change colors, like mood rings. I admire this innovation, and it’s always entertaining when the human woman are like, Oh, what unusual tattoos! A lot of the glyphs seem to reach to their necks—I’m trying to remember. I know Marek’s went to his arms. Anyway, it would be sort of hard having them advertising your moods your whole life, though I think it would be handy if you were the breedmate. You could never have those conversations like, What?!? I’m not mad. Or What?!? I don’t think that girl is hot. It’s nice because it also works into the alien thing in my mind; the gylphs are very alien-seeming.
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