Archive for November, 2004

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Sick as a Parrot by Liz Evans

In books read on November 30, 2004

Excellent stuff. Liz Evans gets better with every book. More comments later...

Purchased on 24th August 2004.

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Invitation to a Dynamite Party by Peter Lovesey

In books read on November 26, 2004

Comments later.

Borrowed.

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Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

In books read on November 24, 2004

Booker Prize winner? I'm surprised to be honest. I can see the writing is good but the plot and the characters bored me to death and I really couldn't be bothered to finish it.

Borrowed.

2 copies of this book are available on BookMooch.

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The Scheme for Full Employment by Magnus Mills

In books read on November 14, 2004

Comments later.

Borrowed.

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Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman

In books read on November 11, 2004

This book felt more like a long short story than a novel and probably because of that I enjoyed it more than I did Blackwater. Small town Sweden and some excellent writing/translation.

Purchased on 4th February 2002.

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watch out

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2004

it’s the time of year when aurora watch is starting to spot magnetic storms again – maybe i’ll get to see some northern lights sometime this year…

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Home by Julie Myerson

In books read on November 7, 2004

I was quite surprised to find this book getting some lousy ratings when I looked it up on Amazon as I really enjoyed it. It's subtitled "The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House" and I think it manages to tell that story nicely. It's not how to find out the history of your own house and it is a story - don't read it if you wouldn't normally read a novel.

I thought the stuff about the author's own life (for example her thinking about all the houses that she'd lived in and what happened there) and her family (for example the reactions of her own children to finding out about and in some cases meeting people who have lived in their house) were great additions to the story of the house itself. In many cases Myerson expands on the facts that she's discovering by inventing tales about the previous residents (embellishing facts rather than inventing I suppose) and I thought these bits worked well. It could have turned out to be a dull parade of facts about a house but it wasn't.

Borrowed.

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november for elephants

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2004

a great idea from loobylu:
a month of softies.

A Month of Softies is a group craft project which takes place every month and everyone, all over the place, is welcome to participate.

You don’t need to register, be particularly talented, have a website or even know what you are doing with a needle and thread to join in the fun.

It’s so easy! A theme is supplied and it’s your task to create some crafty item which uses this theme as inspiration. The themes will be mostly aimed at people who make dolls, toys, monsters and other such items but can easily be applied to any craft project. You could paint it on something, embroider it on something else, print it all over the place or carve it out of something else again. The more varied the media the more interesting this will be.

the theme for november is the accessorised elephant. my thinking cap is on! (whether i’ll get past thinking remains to be seen but i think it’s a really cool idea.)