Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BOOK(S) IN PARADISE

Ever so often we all need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We all choose to escape in someway and that's what I did. So what is your perfect get away spot? Think of it! Is it a cold wintery setting like Colorado or is it a tropical setting like the Caribbean? Well just think of it and imagine what book would you take with you to any of these places you can imagine. Well my favorite place in the world to escape too is Port Royal, Jamaica.

For those who don't know about Port Royal here is some general information. Located on the Caribbean island of Jamaica at its southeastern tip, Port Royal was established in 1518. The city was the commercial center for shipping commerce in the Caribbean sea during the latter half 17th century. The town was labelled "The Wickedest City" in the Caribbean also called "Sodom of the New World". It was a hot bed for pirates, prostitutes, and any cutthroats sailing the Caribbean Sea back then. The city was once considered the capital on the island since much of the countries business was done there. In the year 1692 the city was hit by a massive earthquake and half the city shank to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. After Port Royal was hit my the earthquake the capital of Jamaica was now Kingston and the once great city had lost its luster. This piece from Wikipedia sums up what Port Royal is today to most:

Today, Port Royal is known to post-medieval archaeologists as the "City that Sank".[18] It is considered the most important underwater archaeological site in the western hemisphere by Robert Marx, yielding 16th–and-17th-century artifacts and many important treasures from indigenous peoples predating the 1588 founding, some from as far away as Guatemala. Several 17th and early 18th century pirate ships sank within Kingston Harbour and are being carefully harvested under controlled conditions by different teams of archaeologists. Other "digs" are staked out along various quarters and streets by different teams.
Port Royal has been featured as a location within Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film series, though much of the location work for Port Royal was actually done on the island of Saint Vincent, not in Jamaica.[19] Michael Crichton's posthumous novel, Pirate Latitudes, has extensive scenes taking place in Port Royal in the mid-1660s. Port Royal is also the "City Beneath the Sea" in the 1953 film of that name.
But I know Port Royal for what it really is. A city filled with interesting and beautiful people that welcome you with open arms. The towns present economy depends on the in flow of tourist that come to see the old fort and to view its most popular attraction the Giddy House. Another large part of the economy of the town is fishing, since this is how most living their make their living. Most tourist and locals also end up at Gloria's which have two locations in the small town. This restaurant is the only one in the town and its a great location to great some wonderful seafood. Another source of business for the town is ferrying tourist and locals to and from the small cays located off its coast.

Lime Cay this is where I spent one of the loveliest day on my vacation and where I enjoyed my new Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse novel entitled "Deadlocked". Sitting on a white sand beach reading about your favorite fae/human waitress and her vampire husband is a great way to relax in the sun.  "Deadlocked", picks up with Sookie and Eric's relationship on the ropes and her cousin Claude being very mysterious. The latest work like all the others leaves you wanting more after every page of reading. We see characters return that we thought we wouldn't see again and yes I am speaking of Sookie Fairy Great Grandfather Niall. After closing the portal to the Fae world we thought that Niall wouldn't be heard from again, but as we all know from the last novel Sookie was in position of a magical fae object that everybody wanted.

The way that Charlaine let us know that Niall knew that the Cluviel Dor was in Sookie's position wasn't very clear in the last novel, but when he returns to make sure that his favorite human grandchild was okay we see another side of Niall and also of Claude and everyones favorite uncle Dermot. Claude who we thought loved Sookie (spoiler) turns out to be one of the villains in this chapter of Sookie's life. But we I am not going to spoil the book for those who haven't read it yet. (Yes I know I told you who the villain was but there are things you still don't know so you have to read the book-lol). All in all I give the book a 8.5 out of 10, just because I felt she left me hanging as far as Eric and Sookie goes.

So by the end of my wonderful day on the beach I finished my novel and enjoy the wonderful town. So if your on a tropical island and you forget your book and your looking for something to read make sure to checkout the islands local books stores. But don't forget to take in the history and beauty of where every you are. For more information about the town of Port Royal, checkout Google, or you can get more info on Wikipedia. For information on where you can find Charlaine Harris latest novel checkout your local bookstore or Amazon.com.  Check out my pics of paradise


Lime Cay, Jamaica

Canon boat off the coast of Lime Cay, Jamaica

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Lime Cay, Jamaica