ME2 Kate Shepard

Fever Dreams

My husband and I have both been sick with the flu since this past weekend. I'm still exhausted and achy, but at least my fever broke last night. Blarg! Thankfully, the flu was the kind without the vomit and other fun stuff. I just had the coughing, aches, stuffy and runny nose. Anyway, I've been muddling around in a drug and fever-induced stupor. What better thing to do than play a video game? Luckily, the Dragon Age II came out yesterday. Here's some screen shots of my character Gwen Hawke.

There may be a few minor spoilers, but nothing that you really need to worry about.

Gwen (in front) and her sister Bethany. I went for the gamine look for Gwen.

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ME2 Miranda | owns the hallway



We hardly ever get snow, so I rarely see icicles around my place in the winter. When I saw this one this morning, it looked so beautiful with the sun shining through it—almost like a crystal.
ME2 Samara | red and purple

Emily Shadowtalon

Emily recently returned from her spa treatment with Tiff (aka aEthEr hEad) at Zephiroth Aesthetics. She misses her friends that she made there ("Hi, Kendall!") but everyone here is glad she's back (especially her boyfriend Edmond).

Emily Shadowtalon (1 of 5)

I can't stop looking at her! ♥ She's been hanging out on my desk keeping me company.

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You can see all of Emily's past looks here.
ME2 Zaeed | cool guys walk away

Rage = Anesthetic

Rage is a hell of an anesthetic. — Zaeed Massani

Continuing with my Mass Effect 2 screen shots, this week I'm posting pictures from the loyalty questline of one of my favorite characters: the mercenary soldier/bounty hunter Zaeed Massani. I think one of the things I like most about this character is he seems like those badass, antiheroes from many of the gritty 80s sci-fi movies, such as Blade Runner, Aliens or Mad Max. Also, his accent is really damn sexy. ♥ I so wish this guy was available as a love interest for my female Commander Shepard.

The screen shots in this play-through of Zaeed's questline represent the paragon pathway; I've played the renegade path as well. The ending of his quest turns out differently depending upon what options you choose.

Note: The following pictures contain spoilers, if you're concerned about that sort of thing. ;)

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Take a look at the man in action, and hear his sexy accent!
ME2 Shepard | renegade

Book Review 2011 #6: Magic Bleeds

Magic Bleeds by Ilona AndrewsMagic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 stars

Magic Bleeds is actually the fourth book in the Kate Daniels series. The previous books are (in order): Magic Bites, Magic Burns, and Magic Strikes.

As in the past novels, this book takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in a world that has undergone a magical apocalypse where magic feeds on all things technological. To make things more difficult, magic comes in waves so it is not "up" all the time. When magic is down, tech (like cars, guns, microwaves, etc.) will work until the next magic wave rolls in. Unfortunately, the waves of magic aren't very predictable so, for instance, you might be able to drive your car into work, but then have to ride your horse home at the end of the day. It all makes for a crazy and unsettled world.

At the beginning of Magic Bleeds, after having lost a bet with Curran the Beast Lord, the leader of all the were-beast clans in the Atlanta area, Kate Daniels finds herself cooking a special meal for him comprised of all his favorite foods that he stipulated in a letter he wrote her a month before. She is also dressed only in her lingerie, another stipulation of the bet—one which Kate can't believe she agreed to. After three hours, however, the meal is cold and Curran has failed to appear; Kate begins to suspect that he has just made a fool out of her. A call from The Order interrupts her increasingly irate musings and she soon finds herself at the site of a murder where the victim's body is already sprouting a rapidly multiplying plague—a plague that almost seems sentient. She manages to contain it through magic, but who would have the power to create a plague of this magnitude and what is their goal in starting it? And if Curran thinks Kate will forgive him for standing her up, then he better think again!

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