Showing posts from October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Tonight, i shall imbibe warm witches brew and consume raw, dead fishes. After which i will see a revival showing of The Shining . I finished up the RIP challenge! YAY me! I definitely liked Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason more than The Rest Falls Away . I liked the bit more adult Victoria. I liked the story and really liked seeing more of Sebastian and his motivations. I didn't like Max in the first novel so the fact that he was barely in this was also rewarding. I know that the reader is supposed to feel Victoria is torn between Sebastian and Max but i really don't see it. Torn between Sebastian and her duty maybe. I've got book three in my TBR stack so i may go ahead and read that soon. A 5. Also, i wonder how many of the reviews/ratings at Amazon are from the book blogging world! The last book i read for RIP was Gothic! edited by Deborah Noyes. This book is a series of YA short stories. This is really a lot like stuff i read as a kid. I tore throu

BTT for 10/30

Happy Thursday! Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain? I'm not a prisine book person. I don't crack spines because that makes the pages fall out. I treat library books well and would never turn corners on those or on any book i've borrowed from someone. For ones i own though i'll dog-ear corners and lay them open face down. With trade paperbacks, at least thin ones, i will roll the cover back sometimes but since i read so quickly it doesn't stay that way very long! On a different note, I hate to admit i may not finish RIP! ACK! I intend to though. I am halfway through Rises the Night which I'll definitely finish but then i've got to tear through another by tomorrow midnight! hmmm. I'm off tomorrow but have to run to 2 dr's appts and also go get new tags

Vote Obama part I can't remember.

From Seed Magazine, on supporting Obama: Far more important is this: Science is a way of governing, not just something to be governed. Science offers a methodology and philosophy rooted in evidence, kept in check by persistent inquiry, and bounded by the constraints of a self-critical and rigorous method. Science is a lens through which we can and should visualize and solve complex problems, organize government and multilateral bodies, establish international alliances, inspire national pride, restore positive feelings about America around the globe, embolden democracy, and ultimately, lead the world. More than anything, what this lens offers the next administration is a limitless capacity to handle all that comes its way, no matter how complex or unanticipated. see! Full article here.


On a bit of a graphic novel kick I suppose. i read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi in a couple hours today. I so want to pick up the second one now so that's always a good indication of a great story. Persepolis is the story of an Iranian girl from the age of 9 to 14. It takes place during the Iranian revolution. The graphic novel chronicles the many shocks she and her family receive. One day she goes to school to discover all of the boys are now in a different school. Friends and family members die and flee Iran. Marjane herself is a free spirit, like her parents. They all even go to a demonstration together. But as Marjane grows up, the Iranian restrictions chafe more and more so her parents send her to boarding school in France. The second book apparently shows Marjane grow to adulthood. This one was a 6. I liked the artwork better than Maus, though it is starker. I'm glad she gets out but worry about the people remaining. I can't imagine a society closin

Mauses and Night

I tore through Maus 1 and 2 by Art Spiegelman as well as Night by Elie Wiesel last night and this afternoon. These books are all amazing. Shocking and sickening but amazing. I don't know if I've read any Holocaust lit at all; i've never read Anne Frank , though I've seen the play. Maus 1 and 2 cover the story of the author's father, Vladek, as he struggles to keep himself, his wife, and others alive. We are told the story piecemeal, as the author was, as Spiegelman visits his father. This is also the story of a son trying to understand his father. We see Spiegalman and his father fighting and fussing. There seems to be a huge disconnection between father and son and even between the father's young personality and older personality. The younger Vladek seems resourceful and bright but the older Vladek just seems anal and OCD and very sad. Though he's survived and made a good life for himself and his family, he's living in the shadow of his past

Video Blogging

So i'm giving this a try. sorry if boring.

Courtesy of

TOP 5 REASONS OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULDN'T REST EASY 1. The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters—or what they do in the voting booth . And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his campaign has gone even more negative. 2. Dirty tricks . Republicans are already illegally purging voters from the rolls in some states. They're whipping up hysteria over ACORN to justify more challenges to new voters. Misleading flyers about the voting process have started appearing in black neighborhoods. And of course, many counties still use unsecure voting machines . 3. October surprise . In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a crisis with Iran , or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse. 4. Those who forget history... In 2000, Al Gore won the popular

It May Be Easy Being Green

but the book isn't so great. I mean , I skimmed It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask because it isn't really a book you read. I suppose I'd have to say it is useful for someone who has never ever thought about trying to be environmentally aware. There's a bunch of tips but they are all the same stuff you can find on any green website: turn a/c up and heat down, recycle, CFL's, carpool. It has big lists of links as well to get more info on line. But you could get everything in the book online, so why not be a bit more green and save the paper! Amazon has it for 4.99 right now in their bargain bin if you're interested. It's just a 3 from me though. Glad I didn't buy it; i borrowed it from the library (another tip the book suggests).

Healthy Dinner, Kinda

So I had something really different for dinner: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese and Voga Pinot Grigio . yummy! So the mac and cheese was pretty healthy. The squash, milk and butter were local and the cheese and noodles were organic. I used a little more noodles as my squash was only about 1.8 lbs. also, i didn't realize you needed to take the seeds out before you roast the squash. it worked out ok though! Not as a sweet as i was expecting and i did have to add regular old salt and pepper to eat. The sauce, without the nutmeg at least, is something that would work great on other noodle/veggie combos too, or maybe tuna/noodles! As for wine, i'm a Reisling lover but have learned recently that Pinot Grigio is pretty good too and something i can have when outvoted on my sweet Reislings. I've been having a bit of a hard time recently. It's lead to almost no reading and a lot of staring at the tv without actually seeing what was going on. I had my dog for a wee

I don't wear Nike's

But i absolutely love their football commercials.

Serious Lit and Goofy Fantasy

I finished two books yesterday that really couldn't have been more different. I listened to After Dark by Haruki Murakami in the car. I got the audiobook from the library (of course) and now want the actual copy. There were at least a dozen quotes i want to write down. I haven't read any Murakami before and was so amazed at how beautiful the writing is. Truly, this novel has such a feel of a movie that i can't wait for someone to hand the book to Quentin Tarantino. No, there's no sword or gun fighting, or even much cursing, but Tarantino has an amazing ability to film conversations. Really, 80% of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are just people talking. Hell, the first time i watched Sin City i knew exactly which scene Tarantino guest directed! But back to the book. We follow the adventures of Mari, a nineteen year old girl in Japan. She is staying out all night, just to get away from her home. She runs into an old acquaintance of her sister. The events fl

BTT for 10/9

I haven't done this in a few weeks, but this week's BTT is a pretty easy meme. What was the last book you bought? Batman and Philosophy. Name a book you have read MORE than once. umm, any? Gone with the Wind Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it? Sure. last one would be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews all of the above? basically, no matter what the cover or summary, I'd have bought the Batman book because i like the subject. But i just read Never Let Me Go which first interested me purely from it's amazing cover. I read The Book of Lost Things earlier this year because of reccs and reviews. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction? They are about even for me. Maybe slight advantage to fiction. What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot? plot, no wait characters. Most loved/memorable character (charact

Banned Books

I haven't seen this article on any other blogs yet so here it is. Philip Pullman on censorship. I've got to read more by him. The His Dark Materials books were so so good.