Zodiac Gift Guide: Scorpio

Zodiac Gift Guide: Scorpio

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Looking for a gift for the Scorpio in your life? Here is a couple of gift ideas for you. Scorpios are born between October 23 and November 21.

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Scorpios are an intense and mysterious group which makes the scorpion the perfect animal to represent them.

Fossil Women’s Cateye Sunglasses

Scorpios love to be incognito so a classic pair of sunglasses can help them keep a low profile.

IL Caldo Black Sun Hat

A wide brim, black hat can also appeal to mysterious side of the Scorpio woman in your life.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

A great mystery thriller is prime reading for Scorpios. They love digging into a good who-dun-it and aren’t afraid of the darker side of life.

The Rider Tarot Deck

Many Scorpios are interested in the metaphysical and a tarot deck may help them explore tarotology.

The Power of Myth

Scorpios love learning new things, an interesting documentary by a world renowned mythologist may pique their interest.

Armani Genuine Leather Wallet

Scorpios love quality items and a fine leather wallet for your Scorpio man appeals to his masculinity.

Calvin Klein Moto Jacket

A fine leather jacket like this is an excellent choice for a Scorpio man or woman. Not only is it sleek, but it will last her a lifetime due to its high quality.

T Tahari Tulia Dress

A simple black dress is an excellent choice for the Scorpio woman in your life: elegant, classy, and slightly enigmatic.

Luminarc Nuance 10.5-Ounce Goblet

A nice set of wine glasses would be great for the wine-loving Scorpio. Pair with a nice Pinot Noir, because like Scorpio, it is known for its “dark and intense flavoring.” Get more zodiac-wine pairings at Spoon University here.

Spy Gear – Micro Spy Kit

For the little Scorpio, a spy kit is a perfect gift for them to be a sleuth and solve mysteries. We hope you enjoyed this gift guide! Next month, we’ll be back with Sagittarius gift ideas (Mac’s sign!).

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The Lincoln Lawyer: A Connelly Classic Despite a Rough Start

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Connelly Classic Despite a Rough Start

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The Lincoln Lawyer is the 16th book of Michael Connelly’s and is the first in the Lincoln Lawyer Series. The main character is Mickey Haller, a defense attorney in Los Angeles who works out of his car, a Lincoln, hence the name of the book.

Mickey is doing fairly well defending drug dealers, prostitutes and motorcycle gang members. One day, he gets a call to defend a man accused of attempting to rape and kill a prostitute. The defendant claims he is innocent, and thus we begin the journey of Mickey trying to defend his new client and get an acquittal.

The Lincoln Lawyer Review

Skeptical at First

This book was difficult for me to read for a couple reasons. My first and biggest reason for not immediately liking this book is that the defendant is not a likeable guy. From the beginning, you are very suspicious of him. He doesn’t seem trustworthy.

The second reason I had a hard time with this book is that in the beginning, the storytelling is very choppy and we are introduced to a lot of characters. Now, maybe I would have been able to keep track of who was who if I didn’t read it before going to sleep, but I’m not so sure. There are a lot of names and it became confusing.

Eventual Redemption

I won’t spoil the ending, but for all my dislike of the first three-quarters of this book, in the end, I actually liked the Lincoln Lawyer. The ending was satisfying and brought all of the characters that Michael Connelly introduced along the way together.

This book was made into a movie in 2011 starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller and Ryan Phillippe as the defendant. I didn’t see the movie before reading, so I didn’t have any spoilers while reading the book. This fact made the ending all the better.

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Connelly’s ‘Black Echo’: A Gateway to Gritty LA (Book Review)

Connelly’s ‘Black Echo’: A Gateway to Gritty LA (Book Review)

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I was introduced to Michael Connelly and his main character, Harry Bosch, by my parents. They had seen Michael Connelly’s books for years at local bookstores, but only after seeing Connelly playing poker on an episode of Castle did they finally purchase their first Bosch book: Angel’s Flight (Bosch Book #6). This was a driving factor in our first Woof Trekking stop at Angel’s Flight. They have been hooked ever since and now I am too. We own all 18 of the Harry Bosch novels.


Black Echo is the first in the series and is the first that I read. It was originally published in 1992 and won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award that same year.
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In Black Echo, we are introduced to Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, a detective in the LAPD. Bosch is a Vietnam veteran who worked clearing the tunnels of the Viet Cong, a so called “tunnel rat.” He has worked his way up through the ranks to detective in the elite Robbery-Homicide division until a bad shoot gets him demoted to the Hollywood division and assigned to be partners with Jerry Edgar.

Bosch is called out to a crime scene where the body of a fellow “tunnel rat” has been found. As Bosch and Edgar investigate, they discover their body leads to an unsolved bank robbery. This induces Bosch to call on the FBI for information. Special Agent Eleanor Wish is assigned to assist the LAPD in their investigation. As the investigation continues, the case becomes more and more dangerous. Bosch must follow his instincts and re-enter the tunnels under the city of Los Angeles to find out who murdered the tunnel rat.


Overall, this novel was very well written and I can see why it won an award. The book kept me guessing as to what was actually going on up until the end. The first couple of chapters are a bit difficult to get through but once you get to Chapter Four, you are rewarded. The action starts to pick up and you are sucked in. You want to keep reading and reading to find what is going to happen next.

The Bosch series was recently adapted to be a superb web television series, created by Amazon, starring Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch. We were skeptical at first if Welliver could really play Harry, but after watching both seasons, we are convinced. Each season is based on a couple of novels. The upcoming third season will be based off of this novel and A Darkness More Than Night. You can hear it from Michael Connelly himself in this video from his YouTube channel.

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Woof Trekking Dispatch #1: Angels Flight, July 2012

Woof Trekking Dispatch #1: Angels Flight, July 2012

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Los Angeles was our very first stop on our very first Woof Trek. On our second day there, we drove around the downtown area and found a parking spot in the shade of the towering skyscrapers. We were on a mission to see Angels Flight.

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Angels Flight is a funicular railway that runs up and down Bunker Hill. It originally opened in 1901, then closed in 1969, and reopened in 1996. Another fun detail is that the cars are named: Olivet and Sinai.

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As we sat down to write this article, we discovered that Angels Flight closed in July 2013, due to apparent safety issues. What’s more is that the green space around Angels Flight, aka Angels Knoll, has also been closed according to this LA Times article. The park was featured in the movie (500) Days of Summer (Source).

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We first heard about Angels Flight from one of our favorite mystery authors, Michael Connelly. The 6th Harry Bosch novel is titled Angels Flight and is an excellent book that we highly recommend for fans of the mystery genre and of Los Angeles.


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We hopped on at the bottom and prepared ourselves for an excellent adventure!

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The view from the top. Not a particularly long ride, but fun none the less!

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Here is an official ticket stub that we received once we exited the little train.

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Here you can see the ticket booth at the top of the hill.

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Another beauty shot of the tangerine titans.

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We had a great time going up on Angels Flight. The dogs did not ride with us, as it seemed unlikely that that would be allowed. We realize that this article is not very “Woof,” so we found a couple other articles to compensate:

‘Table for two. One of us will sit on the floor.’ Pet-friendly L.A. restaurants
We particularly like the sound of #3, Lazy Dog restaurant and bars with its dog friendly meal options.

13 Things Your Dog Really Wants To Do With You in Los Angeles
Our favorite from this list is #7, the BowWow Workout, with its human + dog workouts! Check out the video below!

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