Friday, October 31, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: October

The last Friday of the month is time for The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a chance for bloggers to get together and discuss the best books they have read in the last month.  Hosted by The Armchair Squid it is a wonderful chance to gain new entries for your to be read list and of course make new friends.

This month I have read a few books I haven't gotten a chance to blog about yet but my favourite (and least favourite) among those has to be 'The Book Of Strange New Things' by Michel Faber.  This is a book I never would have picked up on my own but I won it from Read It Forward and I felt I ought to read it.

Usually if I don't LOVE something right away, I don't really like it either and it takes FOREVER to read it but I was drawn into this book and unable to put it down.  Even though I really didn't like the main character, Peter, I was dying to know what happened to him and the people around him (because it felt like something ought to happen).

The idea is that Peter, a reformed alcoholic turned minister, is sent as a missionary to a another planet, Oasis, leaving his beloved wife, Bea, behind.  Things go ever more wonderfully for him amongst the natives on Oasis while Bea sends him messages detailing one disaster after another back home on Earth.

My favourite thing about this book was how descriptive it was, plenty of detail to fuel the imagination.  I could easily visualize the airport where Peter and Bea are waiting before he leaves England or his first meeting with one of the Oasis natives.

My least favourite thing about this novel, well I can't really say because SPOILERS but I was not a happy camper by the end of the book.  I hate when that happens and unfortunately that's a thing that happens sometimes in Science Fiction and Fantasy, you are left at the end of the story either going WHAT THE %$#! or with a boatload of questions.

All in all though it was worth the read.  What have you read this month?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Neverending Blanket

Sometimes I start projects and I feel like they are never, ever going to come to completion.  This blanket that I am making for my best friend is one of them.  I must have started it two years ago now and I picked the particular wave pattern that I did both because I thought it would look neat with the self striping yarn I am using and because it is supposed to work up quickly.

It seems to be a glitch on my part because patterns that are supposed to work up quickly almost never do, I don't know what it is.  I think perhaps it's because they are usually made of repetitive stitches that require little to no thought which bores the utter life out of me so I can only work on them for so long before I start just going slower and slower....

Fortunately it is finally nearing completion, which is nice because I have tons of other projects I would like to get underway.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things: October 24, 2014

It's time again for the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.  It's a chance to look back over the week and remember the things big and small that made it a little brighter.

A busy week this week on the work front so not a whole lot going on to celebrate except I suppose that I have a job?  Looking forward to tomorrow after work so I can curl up with a nice cup of tea and catch up on my letter writing. 

Also looking forward to the clocks falling back so that I have what will hopefully be an extra hour of sleep. 

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Childhood Halloween

Remember that bunny costume I was talking about on Tuesday?  Well last night I found a picture of it.

It was a lot less dorky looking in my memory...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Express Yourself: Childhood Halloween Costume

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: What is a costume you wore for Halloween as a child?

Being born in 1981 I wore many awesome Halloween costumes as a kid, I vaguely remember the year of the carebear costume with the mask I could barely breathe out of.  Or the year we were in Montreal for Halloween to visit my Grandfather and my mom dress me up as a Hobo.

I think my favourite childhood Halloween costume though was the year I was a bunny, because bunnies are awesome.  Plus I really love face paint.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Saga Volume One

I had been on the hunt for the first volume of Saga for quite a bit of time but I was having a little bit of trouble locating it.  Everyone had Two and Three but One was nowhere to be found.  Mike added it to his handy dandy list of books that I was looking for and he managed to locate it in no time flat.  (I don't understand how that works but he does live in an area better populated by book and comic sellers than I do)

Saga had been briefly described to me by a friend which piqued my interest and I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself in for but I really didn't.  I am not sure I even know where to begin on a review of this.

The art is simply stunning, it just blows my mind how it goes from eerie to downright creepy to breathtakingly beautiful.  There are a few panels I would love to see as prints to hang up on my walls.

Vaughan and Staples depict the world of Marko and Alana so vividly that I couldn't help but fall in love with it and get emotionally invested in their story.  Which of course made me want to kick myself when I got to the end of Volume One as I didn't have the next ones lined up and ready to read. I did however pick them up in Hamilton so I am excited to read them when I get a chance.

Have you read Saga?  Did you enjoy it?