31 May 2009

I've been inspired

by my wallet and by Andi! I have a bunch of books that i own but haven't read. Seriously, based on my Librarything list i have about 80 or so i haven't read. Various things get in the way, like library books and recommendations and and the fact is i keep buying more! soooo, while i'm not going to do a full challenge of it like Andi, i am NOT going to buy or request any more from the library until i read 20 of my own. The exception (because there must be one) is that if i see the Sandman graphic novels i'm missing i can buy those and i can get Fables and Y: The Last Man from the library as i read them. Not counting those comics, right now i've actually got eight other books on request. and i have 8 more from the library i need to finish up. No real rules otherwise that i am going to follow. any order, any length, whatever i feel like reading....though Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will probably be on the top of my list!

Updated: oh, i forgot another exception! I'm in a couple yahoo reading groups, so if i join in on any of the group reads (as i'm guessing doing 20 plus my library holds will be a couple months at least) i can pick up those ONLY from the library.

30 May 2009

Second Nature

Second Nature by Michael Pollan is a book about the relationship between humanity and nature. Specifically, how people view the landscape and how their ideas create the interactions they have with the world. It is really a series of essays, loosely arranged by season. Pollan explains what he thinks having "a green thumb" really means, the class war of the roses, how the American front lawn is a weird mix of democracy and uniformity. It isn't a bad book, nor is it the best I've read by Pollan. i give it a 4.

So. Weekly Geeks, we're going into the confessional this week.

What's your non-reading guilty pleasure?


Lip balm/gloss/moisturizer! Not lipstick but perhaps slightly colored gloss. I don't wear makeup very often but i rarely leave the house without a stick or little tin in my pocket. I like several the Burt's Bees makes, like the Pomegranate Replenishing Lip Balm or the Medicated Lip Balm with Clove! Most recently i've picked up a few local and organic ones that are fabulous! And this stuff is relatively cheap. I mean, a $4 lip gloss isn't going to break my bank. so it is a way to splurge a bit while getting something i will use. living in TN makes my hands and lips dry and the fact i chew my nails and talk the whole time at work doesn't help!


29 May 2009

Y part 7

Y: The Last Man Volume 7: Paper Dolls is ok. I'm not sure why it has Paper Dolls as the title. We have some backstory for 355 and Ampersand, including why he has that name! Yorick and 355 search for Beth in Sydney and get caught up with a tabloid reporter. Hero delivers a letter to flight attendant/Catholic church caretaker Beth. The Israeli chick shows up in Washington DC again. Things happen but this book is really disjointed between one story and another. I mean, it makes sense, because we're smack in the middle of the series and we need some of this information. I just wish we could have gotten 355's story a few books ago. It was really the kind of set that should have been split between volume 6 and 8. Oh well. a 4 and i'm on hold for the next one!

28 May 2009

BTT for 5/28

I didn't answer last week's question but i almost did this topic instead. Glad i waited!

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

The last Narnia book. It just made me so incredibly angry. I disliked it so much that it made me un-enjoy the previous books!

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The A to Z meme

A
• Are you available? Any time any place!
• What is your age? 32
• What annoys you? lots of things.

B
• Do you know anyone named Billy? Nope
• When is your birthday? July 7
• Who is your best friend? D

C
• What's your favorite candy? Chocolate Frogs
• Crush? Robert Pattinson right now :)
• When was the last time you cried? Sunday night

D
• Do you daydream? Yes
• What's your favorite kind of dog? Medium sized short hair mutts
• What day of the week is it? Thursday

E
• How do you like your eggs? I like eggs benedict, or eggs in a basket, or in burritos with peppers.
• Have you ever been in the emergency room? Several times but never for my own injuries
• Ever pet an elephant? Yup

F
• Do you use fly swatters? no
• Have you ever used a foghorn? no, but i've used an airhorn
• Is there a fan in your room? nope

G
• Do you chew gum? occasionally
• Do you like gummy candies? yes but not the sour ones
• Do you like gory movies? yes but not torture porn

H
• How are you? Not that good actually
• What's your height? 5' 2"
• What color is your hair? reddish blond right now.

I
• What's your favorite ice cream? Cake Batter from Marble Slab
• Have you ever ice skated? Indoors at a rink i have
• Ever been in an igloo? Nope

J
• What's your favorite Jelly Bean? Jelly Belly's fruit flavors
• Have you ever heard a really hilarious joke? yeah
• Do you wear jewelry? everyday- 2 rings and a watch, sometimes on my days off i wear earrings

K
• Who do you want to kill? I really shouldn't say right? i mean, wouldn't that make it premeditated?
• Have you ever flown a kite? yes
• Do you think kangaroos are cute? Yes

L
• Are you laid back? Normally i would say yes.
• Lions or Tigers? I went to LSU. Tigers obviously.
• Do you like black licorice? Not really.

M
• Favorite movie as a kid? The Goonies, Star Wars, Indiana Jones.
• Ever shopped at Moosejaw? What's Moosejaw?
• Favorite store at the mall? a bookstore i guess.


N
• Do you have a nickname? guys call me Mel alot
• Whats your favorite number? hmm, 7?
• Do you prefer night or day? i'd rather work days and have nights off.

O
• What's your one wish? I really don't want to put that out here. it's too private.
• Are you an only child? Nope, 3 brothers and a sister too!
• Do you like the color orange? it is ok

P
• What are you most paranoid about? Getting fired. i guess because i want to quit so badly.
• Piercings? Just my ears
• Do you know anyone named Penelope? nope again.

Q
• Are you quick to judge people? at work, on the phone calls i get, yes. in real life no.
• Do you like Quaker Oats? Do they make the Maple and Brown Sugar ones? I like those.
• Know anyone that makes quilts? My mom used to.

R
• Do you think you're always right? how about that i think i'm pretty much always wrong.
• Do you watch reality TV? just shows like Mythbusters or Deadliest Catch
• Reason to cry? i don't get this question. worst or best reason? or the last time's reason? the last time was work stress.

S
• Do you prefer sun or rain? Rain
• Do you like snow? Yes
• What's your favorite season? Winter

T
• What time is it? 11:45
• What time did you wake up? about 9:30

U
• Can you ride a unicycle? No
• Do you know anyone with a unibrow? No
• How many Uncles do you have? 3

V
• What’s the worst vegetable? Brussel Sprouts
• Did you ever watch Veggie Tales? when i worked in a daycare i did
• Ever considered being vegan? slightly, i was vegetarian for a while and decided i couldn't give up cheese

W
• What's your worst habit? biting my nails?
• Do you like water rides? not the ones where you go in your swimsuit.
• Ever been inside a windmill? nope

X
• Have you ever had an x-ray? Yup, one of my shoulder blades sticks up a bit more than the other, so i had to go several years in a row to get a back X-ray to make sure i didn't have scoliosis.
• Ever used a Xerox machine? yup again.

Y
• Do you like the color yellow? it's ok.
• What year were you born in? 1976
• Do you yell when you're angry? sometimes. i get loud for me but it isn't quite yelling.

Z
• Do you believe in the zodiac? Nope
• What's your zodiac sign? Cancer
• When was the last time you went to the zoo? 2007, in Portland, OR

Feel free to play along!

27 May 2009

Magic's Promise

Today i reread Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey. It picks up the story of Vanyel, a powerful Herald-Mage, about 12 years after Magic's Pawn. After spending a year filling in along the Karsite border that should be covered by five Heralds, Vanyel and Yfandes are exhausted. They go to visit Vanyel's parents and family. While visiting his family won't be stress free, Vanyel should be able to rest and recover and not use magic for a few months. However, after being there a few weeks, Yfandes "hears" a Companion's cry for help in another kingdom nearby. They rush to help and become embroiled in politics and magical intrigue.

I still love Vanyel. While occasionally you want to shake him until he relaxes, he's a great person. It really really really annoys me that a few of the Amazon reviews basically say "well i would have like this book but the character is GAY!" ridiculous. and really sad in this day and age. but i'm not going to go on a gay rights rant! no ranting! This is a 6. and although it's a reread i'm counting it for Once Upon a Time 3.

25 May 2009

Weekly Geeks 19

I'm kinda doing the second part.

Again with Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. starting traditionally on Friday evening, it also is unofficially the start of summer. You've probably been asked this in other meme groups in which you participate, but do your reading habits change over the summer? Do you choose lighter fare? What do you enjoy to take to the beach, for example? What is the ultimate summer book? OR what are your favorite travel guides -- official or unofficial guides? Again, an example, I think of Holidays In Hell by P.J. O'Rourke, of places I'd rather not vacation. Along those lines, where do you vacation? Any places you recommend or even don't recommend?

First off, I've never figured out what a "beach read" is supposed to be. Do people read at the beach? I mean, though i haven't been to the beach since...um...2001 i think? i would never ever sit there and do nothing! It confuses me. If you have kids, why aren't you playing with them? if you're with friends or a partner, why aren't you swimming? Why would you want to read at the beach? There's sun and water and sand and, um, water! grab a float and go lay in the water! You can read at night or on the day it rains! You've driven or flown hundreds of miles. Be there!

Secondly, i don't go on vacation anymore. I don't have someone to go with and going to visit my family isn't a vacation. it's just a visit home. When i did go on vacation, i was too busy doing stuff to read. When i went to Portland i tried to read on the plane there but didn't do too well. I did read the travel guide to Oregon while we were there. As for travel books in general, i like the Lonely Planet ones. They are fun to read. I haven't read a bunch of travel writing but Bill Bryson has been interesting.

Thirdly, I would say my reading doesn't change at all with the seasons. Should i not want to read British classics because it's hot? Should i switch to more nonfiction on global warming? My TBR pile will have the same books in it now as it will in September, though i am guessing i'll add a few more in. So I'm going to be working on the same stuff anyway. I will fully admit to wishing there was another Harry Potter coming out this summer. that became such a big event of the summers it came out. At least we've got the movie coming out!

Maybe i'm just cantankerous today. I'm bleh and ookie and i feel bad cause i yelled at the dog. I'm tired but not sleepy. It's been threatening to storm all weekend so i didn't go hiking but it never did rain so that sucked. I had a shitty day at work yesterday and want to quit. Seriously. Too bad i guess.

Currently: in the middle of the Deadliest Catch marathon.

24 May 2009

Farthing

Farthing, by Jo Walton, is an English cozy mystery. Or you think it is for a while, until it becomes about politics and justice and law. Is there one set of laws for the powerful and rich and a different set for the poor and powerless? If personal integrity is futile, what do you do?

The story is set in England in 1949. This is an alternate history England, where the US never entered WWII and England made a peace with Hitler in 1942. One of our narrators is Lucy, a member of the English nobility who's just married David, a jewish banker, much to the dismay of her mother. The couple is at her parents' estate, Farthing, for a weekend party. On Sunday morning the body of Sir James Thirkie is found. Unfortunately, his murderer stabbed a Jewish star to Thirkie's chest, throwing suspicsion immediately onto David. So we then meet our second narrator, Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard. I liked both narrators and they were both solid characters.

The story quickly moves from the country house murder to bigger political machinations of the "Farthing Set", those English people who agreed with and orchestrated the appeasement with Hitler. America, we find, is governed by President Limburgh who also will not allow any Jews to move there. The whole world is moving towards Fascism and we see how that affects our good characters.

This one gets a 5 and now i have a new series to read! GAH!!!

also, i had fabulous strawberry shortcake tonight. Here's the shortcake cooked nicely.

and here's the finished dessert!

Delicious.

23 May 2009

My First CSA Box!



I don't know if i'll keep taking pictures of the box each week but I was so stunned this morning i had to share! I had to go buy some of those jumbo ziploc bags to get this into my fridge!

My half of the strawberries! I am going to try to make some shortcake tonight to go with them.

Ok, these are green onions. I had no idea these could grow so large! The knife is there for some perspective.


I am not much of a proper Southern woman. I didn't know which were the collard greens and which was the red russian kale. I didn't want to ask when i picked up the box so i had to look up some pictures when i got home! Besides those greens and the onions and strawberries i got lettuce and broccoli. R is getting half the box when he gets back...if i can keep myself from eating all the strawberries anyway! maybe i'll just let him have them next week. hmmm.

Our box is from Delvin Farms, in nearby College Grove, TN
Local Harvest is a great site for finding farms and farmer's markets. Here's their bit about CSAs.
The Eat Well Guide is a good site too!
Currently: kinda hungry!

22 May 2009

I love my doggie!


Her name is Chloe and she is just over two years old. She's a black lab mix, probably with some Border collie thrown in, which we can tell by the way she runs. R and I got her just a few months before...I moved out. I say we have joint custody! I have her for the holiday weekend because R is visiting relatives in Ohio. She's very sweet and close to perfect. Chloe is a cuddler (but not a licker) and a jumper but doesn't bark. she's not too small nor too large at about 45 pounds. She's alert and loves to swim. This is her favorite spot in my house.
for some reason, she also likes curling up under my dining room table, coiling herself around the pedestal and the chair legs.

It doesn't show in these pictures but she has tons of energy and loves to run. We took a long walk yesterday morning at Radnor Lake and we were quite sleepy in the late afternoon. I took a nap too!

While her main interests include playing fetch, running in circles, and looking outside, she has a habit at my house of digging into plants. Hence, unless i am paying close attention, I must leave the porch door closed. I'm sure she is thinking "hmm, i think i remember that Gerber daisies are good..."

She has also discovered squirrels. For some reason she wants to chase them but is only mildly interested in birds. I am not sure what she would do if she managed to catch a squirrel. She's also very friendly; the kids at Radnor Lake loved her. Even the one who said "she's stinky!" kept right on rubbing her ears.

In a way, it's nice to have a dog part time. You don't have to share a bed most nights or take early morning bathroom walks. On the other hand, it is nice to curl up on the couch and watch a movie or to have a great excuse to take an extra lap at the park. She comes over and lays her head next to you for a rub to be cuddled. She still does goofy puppy things, like chase her own tail or try to climb up on your lap to be held, so she's a great source of laughs. Even though it was a really bad period in my life, i'm really glad we got her.

Fables 3 and 4

Got through two more volumes of the Fables series. I am really loving this one. In Volume 3: Storybook Love we have a couple of one-shots that bookend the bigger, series-moving story. A newspaper reporter thinks he's going to be able to expose the Fables so we get "A Two-Part Caper". We find out where Goldilocks has been and new schemes start to get Snow and Bigby. Prince Charming does a great thing, even if it is just for stupid selfish reasons. This part is a 5.

In Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers, the Adversary launches an invasion. The Fables must come together and fight with their various powers to stop him. It has some awesome fighting and the dialogue is great. Boy Blue's tale of the last boat out of storyland is heartbreaking. This is the best volume so far. a 7. I am worried i'm going to have to collect this one too. Damn! More books to buy.

I love some of the ideas in this series. The fact that Billingham makes the handsome prince from the tales the SAME handsome prince, thereby turning him into a playboy, is hilarious. Yes, ok, i'm in love with Bigby Wolf and yes, it is at least partially because he's a bit of a Wolverine clone. Forgive me. Snow White, the Disney heroine i hate second most (don't get me started on the Little Mermaid, i have a pretty specific rant) transforms into a strong, independent leader. Bluebeard's a rich rake, Goldilocks has some issues from sleeping with those bears for so long, Pinocchio wishes to meet the fairy that made him real again to kick it's ass for leaving him a little boy. It is just a really fun story to read!

21 May 2009

More Food!


I finished up Mark Bittman's Food Matters today. It is sort of a diet book but not really. It is really a how-to book for people who've read things by Michael Pollan. With great sounding recipes! It is a very simple idea. Don't eat crap. If you eat mainly veggies, fruit and whole grain, with a touch of meat now and then, you'll have a hard time eating too many calories. Some of the statistics were startling. I had no idea how much soda normal people drink. I have an occasional coke when i'm eating out and i keep a 6 pack in my cabinet for others to drink when they come over. But for many people sodas comprise 7% of their calories.

He also talks about why eating like people did for thousands of years is lighter on the earth. it takes 2200 calories of energy to make 1 can of DIET soda. seriously. fruits and veggies and rice and beans aren't packaged with much and aren't processed much either. Meat is a bit less ridiculous but seriously inefficient. and not very nice.

Should a book I intend to buy automatically be a 7? I'm provisionally giving a 6 but i may revise my rating if the recipes are as good as they look!

I thought i'd post a few pictures of my balcony garden. Here's before

and here it is now.

and a couple of inside views.



I am growing peas, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, peppers, several flowers, basil, dill, and thyme. I want to get a mint plant and then that is it.

20 May 2009

Click

I am done with Click! The tag line is One Novel, Ten Authors. There are several that i'd read before including Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, and Eoin Colfer. Each author contributes a chapter of the overall story. They are really a series of linked short stories. That makes some shorts very different from others. It's not a bad book at all though. It's for a good cause even! The profits are going to Amnesty International.

The tale begins with Maggie, a young girl, mourning her grandfather Gee. George Keane, as he is known to the world, is a famous photographer. He leaves Maggie a gift of a box full of shells and instructions to "throw them all back". She discovers that they are all from different continents. His gift isn't a gift, it is a quest, one that will carry her through the rest of her life.

Only a few of the stories directly involve Maggie's quest. We find out who made the box, the stories of how Gee picked up some of the shells, how Maggie's brother Jason handles Gee's death and even some surprises that twist off into the fantasy realm. This book is about all the little people and interactions that build up a life. i really liked it. a 6!

Nymeth's review, Adventures in Reading, Miss Erin. If i missed your's let me know. I had to search by "Click Colfer Hornby" to pull anything up.

I am counting this for the YA challenge and the OUaT3 for the fantasy elements.

19 May 2009

Persuasion

Another Daily Lit book finished! Persuasion by Jane Austen follows Anne Elliot, a 27 year old middle sister. Eight years before the story begins, Anne fell in love with Frederick Wentworth. Because he is in a lower social class and has no money, family and friends persuade Anne to break up with him. At the beginning, Anne's father realizes he is broke due to his extravagant lifestyle. Anne's older sister, Elizabeth, is much like her father and the favorite. They decide to move to Bath to reduce their expenses and lease out thier mansion. It ends up going to Admiral Croft, Wentworth's brother-in-law! So Anne meets her love again but now he's made his fortune and is a captain in the navy. There are love triangles, dramatic injuries, and confused identities. I like this one much better than Northanger Abbey. I identified much more with Anne, a woman who doesn't have much in the way of independence but never tries to change to meet others expectations. She cares for her family but realizes they have very little in common with her. She yearns for affection and real friendship and love and, since this is an Austen novel, she earns her happy ending. a 6!

Is it just me or do all Austen covers look the same? Here's one for Persuasion.

And Pride and Prejudice.

and Northanger Abbey.

and Emma.

really, these could be completely interchanged!

This book counts for the Classics Challenge and on the 1001 books list! I am starting another, Agnes Gray by Anne Bronte, today from Daily Lit. Really, I can't rave enough about the service!

18 May 2009

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

As an impulse, I picked up The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell from the library this past weekend. It is a short book of Vowell's essays. I've seen her on The Daily Show and thought she was quite funny. Her essays are not disappointing. They are funny, insightful, liberal and reflective. First published in 2003, several of the essays focus on the 2000 election and the aftermath of September 11. Whether she's reflecting on her penchant for death-filled vacation locations or how ridiculous it is for people to compare themselves to Rosa Parks, Vowell never becomes caustic and never looses her good heartedness. I give this collection a 5.

I love her covers. They are all great but i'll only post this one for now. I expect to keep reading her work as time allows me!


14 May 2009

Btt for 5/14 and Contagious

First, BTT.




I am not awful about buying books but i definitely don't wait until i'm "out" of stuff to read either. I wander McKay's a good bit and pick up stuff on my mental list of books i want. I am bad about adding things on my library hold list. now that they've cut everyone to 10 holds only i have to ration. I tend to have a few on there that are new books on order or have a bunch of holds on them. then i need a couple spots open for random things i need to read.

Secondly, i finished Contagious by Scott Sigler today. I think this one is better than the first but still a 5. Nice to see a duo of a series instead of a trilogy or more though. There is an opening for a sequel though. It's in the title so not a spoiler but in this book we see a contagious strain of the triangle infection. We find out where the disease is coming from and get lots of fighting and explosions and gunfire. Perry becomes a good guy and there are some pretty touching scenes at the end. and some really gross infection scenes. Not bad but not for those with weak stomachs!


13 May 2009

Lots of stuff

More grey skies and storms for Tennessee. *sigh* I would almost welcome the heat if we'd get some days without rain. If it pours on Saturday I'll be skipping the Ren Fest.

Last night's dinner: steak with peppers and onions and purple sweet potatoes! What?

here they are cut up.

and boiling in the pan.

they taste almost exactly like sweet potatoes but a little earthier. Very yummy. And anything that color naturally has to be good for you right? It is such a distinctive looking vegetable. Maybe i'll try a sweet potato pie with them!

Lastly, i read Y: The Last Man, Volume 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra last night. This one is the weakest so far. It isn't bad but really isn't anything spectacular plot wise. Some girls hook up, we find out a bit more about Beth and Yorick's relationship pre-wipeout, more fighting happens, this time on the high seas! I give it a 4.

12 May 2009

Drood

I HATED IT! Seriously. This book gets a 1. I'd give it a 3 but the damn thing is 769 pages long and it's a week overdue at the library so i've got to pay a fine so it gets a 1. Really. And i've decided that i am completely and totally done with unreliable narrator novels. It does at least count for the Chunkster Challenge.

Drood by Dan Simmons starts with Wilkie Collins introducing himself to the reader. He says he's going to talk about the last 5 years of Dickens' life, from the Staplehurst accident forward. Dickens says he meets some sort of creepy dude during the Staplehurst wreck named Drood. After several more chapters we find out Drood is supposedly some sort of Egyptian hypnotist criminal mastermind. Dickens and then Collins get wrapped up in Drood's scheme to have either his biography or his Egyptian religious rituals published. While Wilkie does discuss this mystery but he tells us lots more about his own life. His two mistresses, his laudanum and then opium habits, writing details, financial problems and weird hallucinations all get lots of discussion. Charles Dickens comes off as an ass and Wilkie Collins seems an egotistical jerk.

so why did i keep reading it? I expected to get some kind of answer! It isn't bad writing though there are a few whole chapters and subplots that could have been left out. At the end, i was turning pages as fast as i could absolutely sure that no, we weren't going to have a no ending. but yep, we had a no ending ending. it sucked! really. don't read it.
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Other opinions: Bookish Ruth, Fantasy Book Critic, Medieval Bookworm, Book Chatter, Books for Breakfast, OF Blog of the Fallen, Bobbie's Review.

11 May 2009

Pimpage

So i am pushing the best lotion, lip balm, etc that i've found. and it's local for me! Thistle Farms is a non-profit business. It is run by women from Magdalene, a residential treatment center. A great cause in itself, the products are fantastic. I am in looooove with the body balm; it works great on my nails and cuticles. Try the Citrus Vanilla if you can; it is the best smell ever! Like sugar cookie with a lemon icing. Their products are a 7!
Thistle Farms website.

Today i also read the first two volumes of Fables. In Fables Vol. 1: Fables in Exile by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina we get introduced to all our players. All our various storybook characters have been driven from their homelands by The Adversary and have been in the real world for several hundred years. In New York City, Snow White is the Deputy Mayor and her sister, Rose Red, is missing. Unfortunately, her apartment is covered in blood and all signs lead to her murder. Bigby Wolf (the Big Bad Wolf in human form) is our investigator and a pretty cool dude in his own right. In Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham we journey with Snow White to the Farm, where all the non-humanoid fables live. Some are not too happy to be exiled that way and decide the best thing to do is to try to arm themselves to fight the Adversary. Though different artists draw the two books the styles are very similar and i didn't notice the difference. I have to say our main protagonists so far are all very interesting. Bigby reminds me of Wolverine. A solid 6 for these first two volumes.

currently: watching Deadliest Catch

09 May 2009

Media Overload!

2 movies and a play in the last 24 hours!

The first movie was a DVD, 30 Days of Night. Decent, not awesome, horror. Nice to see gross, blood sucking vampires. Basically, vampires invade a town so far north they have a full month of darkness. Survivors band together, sneak, hide, get picked off one by one. I feel the movie had more potential than they show. One character says something like "we live up here (so far north) because we 're the only ones who can. we know this town and we know the cold" but then the only real way they use their knowledge is to sneak around when the blizzards come. i guess i expected more fighting and less hiding and being very quiet. a 4.

Secondly, this afternoon i saw a conversation at TPAC. Darwin in Malibu is a play, one great big conversation of a play. Darwin is living in Malibu, California, with Sarah, a beachcombing hippie chick. Aldous Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce drop by. See, the Bishop feels the reason he's not in heaven is because he still needs to convert Darwin back to Christianity and feels Huxley might help him. It's a comedy that deals with pretty weighty philosophy. I'm mulling a line Darwin has that heaven is being happy where you are. Very Buddhist. I really enjoyed it. R did as well. it runs through May 16 if you happen to be in Nashville. Highly recommended! a 6.
Here's the Tennessean's blurb about it.

Lastly, Star Trek is a 7! Admittedly i am not a major Trek fan. I know the general characters and world structure. I've seen several of the movies and most of the original and Next Generation episodes but none of the other spin offs. Kirk was crazy-cool. Spock (is that his first or last name?) is great. I personally like the twist they took for this movie though i know some of the big fans do not. Plenty of action, nice gloss of characters. Another i recommend.

07 May 2009

Y: Ring of Truth and BTT!

SOMEONE ELSE START READING THIS SERIES!! I want to talk to someone about it. Please! In Y: The Last Man: Ring of Truth by Brian K Vaughn and Pia Guerra we get answers! lots of answers! 1 and 1/2 secret agencies identified! What happened to Hero? Has Yorick killed anyone? Is Beth alive in Australia? Why did Yorick survive the deaths? Did the astronaut girl have her baby safely and, if so, boy or girl? Seriously, this has been the best volume since the first! a 6!

Last Saturday (May 2nd) is Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:
- Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?

- How would you describe the difference between “graphic novel” and “comic”? Is there a difference at all?
- Say you have a friend who’s never encountered graphic novels. Recommend some titles you consider landmark/”canonical”.

As you may have seen above, I do read graphic novels. personally, "comics" are individual issues, "graphic novels" are the collected sets. i don't know if that holds true for everyone. On the recommendation front though, i wouldn't set someone off to read Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns at first, though these are part of the canon. I'd recommend the Sandman series as a great intro series. It is very literary so readers can latch onto that and then start looking at the pretty pictures. oh, and Y: The Last Man!! :) It's a very action-adventure series, no weird spandex superheroes or superpowers, with some deep characters. Really!

06 May 2009

Y again

I would so be done with this series if my library had 2 copies of each book! I just read volume 4 of Y: The Last Man: Safeword by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I should have book 5 in a couple days but book 6 is out of the library until June 1. Maybe they'll read it fast. I give this volume a 6.

I liked this one the best of the books so far. There are two stories in this one. In the first, 355 and Dr. Mann have to get some antibiotics for Ampersand so leave Yorick with a friend of 355's, agent 711. Yorick then has to face his inner demons and realize why he's a bit impulsive where danger is concerned. In the second, we find out that they've been on the road for about a year now! They've made it to Arizona and have to fight a militia group, the Sons of Arizona, who are blocking all traffic on I 40 because they feel the government caused the men to die. Interesting twist at the end of this one as well.


04 May 2009

The Sirens of Titan

This morning i finished The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I actually don't think i've read any Vonnegut before. Unfortunately this one is not on the 1001 List. oh well.

The Sirens of Titan is a long setup for a punchline at the end. it's not bad. It reminded me of LOST and Watchmen due to a character who can see various points in time all at once, as well as weird character connections and doing massive amounts of harm to individuals for "the greater good". It's a philosophical work as well and deals with the nature of self and memory and God. The time displaced character is Rumfoord. He's a very rich man who decided to take a rocket to Mars and flys into a chronic-synclastic infundibulum. Don't worry about that though, it's just the setup. That makes Rumfoord able to see the future and materialize on various planets at different times.

Rumfoord tells his wife, Beatrice, and the richest man alive, Malachi Constant, that they're going to go to Mars, and Titan (one of Saturn's moons), and have a child together and fall in love. They both then go about attempting to avoid this destiny.

If you're a big sci-fi fan I'd recommend it. it is definitely a product of the 50's though; Constant's random mysoginistic statements in the first portion of the novel really bugged me but after he goes to Mars that stops. I give it a 4; it's hurt by the fact that i really really didn't care about any of the characters. They aren't really likable.

CB's review and A Dribble of Ink's.