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May 06, 2010 11:18AM

1218 10 things you love/like about cats.
1. The fact that they DON'T obey you, like dogs. Dogs, when you call for them, come. With cats, you call, and they lie down and groom.
2. Purring
May 05, 2010 10:08PM

1218 So...what'd ya think? Was it worth my buying, or should I wait for the library to EVER have it available?
May 05, 2010 04:52PM

1218 The Postmistress looks pretty good.
May 05, 2010 04:51PM

1218 Dune Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert

This was a re-read for me. Actually, probably more of a re-re-re-re...read! I love this book. I've read the entire series (that Herbert wrote himself), and they are all terrific, but this one is, by far, the best. We meet the Atreides and their retainers. We are introduced to the Guild, Fremen, other great Houses, the Bene Gesserit, Mentats, many religions and so, so much more. I'm amazed at how detailed a picture Herbert is able to paint in relatively few pages for it's scope.

This, the first in the series, is basically the end of status quo in the Empire. Paul Atreides and the Fremen bring about a new age, and it's long overdue. Dune is divided into three "books". In the first book that status quo is sketched out, but the other two books are devoted to the coming of the new age. It leaves me hungry for more. Thank goodness Hebert wrote more!

I hate to give away any of the plot, but I would like to praise Herbert's skill. He gives us characters that are super intelligent, intuitive, strong, excellent strategists, possessing any number of seemingly super-human abilities. His genius is in the way he shows us these abilities are aquired. These people work to become what they are. They train and study and practice. All the time. From birth sometimes. There are no born superheroes in Herbert's world. There are hardworkers, and yes, a little genetic help, but always work. I can trust these characters actions as true and believable because Herbert has presented them in such a flattering light. Even the bad guys work very, very hard for what they have. They lie, cheat, steal and kill, but they work hard to do so. I find it refreshing that things do not come easily. They require a price. Just like in the real world.

The other praiseworthy thing I feel Herbert accomplishes is giving us characters to balance each other out. Paul, who is arguably the main character, becomes less and less like us, so almost unsympathetic, and yet Herbert balances him with Jessica, who, even as she rises, stays emotionally accessible to us. We can sympathize and care about her. We have Stilgar who is honor personified, and yet also unsympathetic in his perfection. The foil to him is Idaho, as honor bound as Stilgar, and yet infinitely more approachable. I love Idaho. I could foil characters from this book off each other for pages, but the idea is the same. He gives us someone we can admire, and someone else we can love. Brilliant!

Now I want to go back a re-read them all. I may even break down and read the pre-quels Herbert didn't write. Maybe...

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May 05, 2010 03:00PM

1218 10 things you dislike about spring

1. Allergies
2. (hate is way too strong a word) I don't like all the rain, but the farmers need it and it does decrease the pollenlevels!
3. The urge to Spring clean.
4. No biking because of the weather.
5. The stupid hot/cold weather where you're forever chucking your clothes off and then having to get all your woolies back out of storage.
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May 05, 2010 02:22PM

1218 10 things you dislike about spring

1. Allergies
2. (hate is way too strong a word) I don't like all the rain, but the farmers need it and it does decrease the pollenlevels!
3. The urge to Spring clean.
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May 04, 2010 08:49AM

1218 Ten thing that make for a great summer picnic

1. Mom's Homemade Potato Salad
2. Shashlik cooked by grandfather
3. Burgers, kosher hotdogs and veggie hotdogs (for our vegetarians)
4. Feta, broccoli, orzo salad
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May 02, 2010 09:15PM

1218 Top Ten Ways to Spend a Summer Vacation

1. going camping
2. A "staycation" involving lots of honey-do projects:) You feel so accomplished at the end.
May 02, 2010 05:39PM

1218 Coming Attractions

I already knew, going in, that I liked Fannie Flagg's writing "voice", but this was so much more entertaining than even her usual writing. The story is told in the journal entries of Daisy Fay beginning a day or so after her 11th birthday and following her through her 17th year. For lack of a better term, Daisy Fay is just a hoot!

Daisy's parents are very passionate. Not just in their loving, but in their fighting as well. They move to a beach, purchasing a share in a malt shop. Like all of Daisy's fathers plans, he hasn't really thought it through. The tourist season is too short, the business too expensive to run, and they just spend too much money! Not to mention that fact that he's an alcoholic. A sweet man, with the best of intentions most of the time, but an alcoholic just the same, drinking up the proceeds. What they lack in funds, they make up for in friends. My favorite part of Flagg's books are peripheral characters. They are always a little flawed, kooky, sweet or mean. Everyone is larger than life in some way, but Flagg somehow keeps them realistic.

Daisy is brutally honest, as as she grows, the entries become more about what's really happening than what a child thinks is happening. We as the reader can read between the lines, but it's refreshing that Daisy can't. She is innocent, sweet and very honest, but she's still only 11 when we meet her, so not exactly in the know. One of the best things about the novel is seeing Daisy mature, and occasionally look back on an event and see it for what it really was. We knew as we read, she just didn't as she wrote. It's a fine line and Flagg does a great job walking it.

Through Daisy we see the injustice of bigotry, not just race, but gender and how certain classes of people are perceived. In the beginning, even though she is as country as they come, Daisy sees herself and her family as better than the potato farmers and shrimpers she is surrounded by. She is taught that she is better than black people, and yet befriends them as easily as she does the white people she encounters. With no clear "ah ha" moment, we experience her learning how all people are capable of good. We are all born equal, and it's circumstance and what we do with ourselves that really defines who we are, not our color or station in life.

The pattern of the book is Daisy looking forward to the next big step in her life, only to be disapointed when it actually gets here. Never mind. Our Daisy seems able to make the best of every situation. She never despairs, and part of what keeps her hope afloat is all the friends she collects. She's loyal, honest, unselfish and kind. She helps who she can, when she can, insuring there's always someone to help her when she needs it. It's a lesson we should all learn.

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Apr 30, 2010 04:04PM

1218 Felina wrote: "And a life size worm from Dune."

LOL Won't leave much room for books, unless it's a little maker!
Apr 30, 2010 08:58AM

1218 I wouldn't be opposed to a door between the children's section and the rest of the store, but it would be sacriledge not to have one. I can't count the hours my children and I have whiled away in book stores. They are very quiet and respectful, though. Well, inbook stores and libraries anyway! :D
Apr 30, 2010 08:15AM

1218 I don't know if it would work out, but I think it would be nice to have a "lending" or "renting" section for kids. I know that there is usually a HUGE waiting list for popular kids books at our library. Another outlet for that would be nice. Book stores must get at least a few free copies of bestsellers.
Apr 30, 2010 08:09AM

1218 I have big, overstuffed chairs everywhere. I'd also have a very brightly painted children's area. I mean liek psychedelic bright, but the rest of the store would be calming blues, greens and yellows. I'd also like an EXTENSIVE book mark section.
Apr 29, 2010 12:58PM

1218 Yeah, I would rather not count, and if I could bring myself to count, think I'd rather not confess;)
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Apr 29, 2010 10:50AM

1218 Name 10 places you will visit in summer.

1. Providence, RI (My son lives there! :) )
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Tacoma, WA
Apr 27, 2010 10:19AM

1218 I think those of us that really love to read, read a lot of things we don't expect to love for the reasons Bridgit said. Because reading isn't a chore to us, we don't mind trying something out of our comfort zone.

My husband hates to read with the exception of James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham. He won't even pick up a book by anyone else, so he would never start a book unless he expected to love it.
Apr 24, 2010 10:19PM

1218 Skim Skim by Mariko Tamaki

I didn't expect much out of this book, but was pleasantly surprised at how deeply it delved into the mind of a sixteen year old girl. Not your typical teenager either, but a troubled girl. She is dealing with the death of a peer, feelings for someone of the same sex, the desire to be a witch, rejection, pretty much anything that can make a girl uncomfortable in her own skin. Oh! She's also overweight, which is why they call her Skim, instead of Kim. Because she's not.

The authors didn't tickle foot around the way teenager really act, think and feel about, not only each other, but the adults in their lives. It's almost depressing when reading YA how silly adults can come across. I have a teen, and I just hope I am a bit more savvy at dealing with mine than the majority of those I read about.

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Apr 24, 2010 10:13PM

1218 AngelaSunshine, I haven't read the other series because they are never available at the linrary, but if they ever are, I plan on reading them. I actually really like Harper, despite a lot of my friends NOT liking them! I definitely do NOT read Harris for her writing skill, but for her story ideas.
Apr 24, 2010 10:12PM

1218 Dead, She Said Dead, She Said by Steve Niles

If I were reviewing only the artwork, this book would be a five, but since I have to review the story...I have to average. Too bad, because I love Bernie Wrightson. The story was obviously supposed to be "film noirish" and harken back to the "big bug" films of the fifties. It did that, but the story itself was just a little too silly.

The very best part of this book were the extras at the end. We get a selection of comic covers Wrightson has done and every single page of his monster coloring book. Too bad this was a library book or I would have had my crayolas out in a second!

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Apr 24, 2010 08:44AM

1218 Fragile Things Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

I am partial to short stories, so this was perfect for me. I'm not a big fan of poetry on the whole, but do enjoy it when inserted in short story anthologies, so that was right up my alley as well. Right in the introduction, Gaiman admits that the poetic offerings get better as the book progresses, and I agree. The first few were not to my taste at all, but Going Wodwo was pretty good, and I downright loved Instructions. Gaiman has a very distinct style, no matter if he is writing a graphic novel, screenplay or straight, adult fiction, and these offerrings were all distinctly his. Even the few that he says he attempted to write in another author's style.

Sunbird comes to mind. He wrote it for his daughter, much like King wrote The Eyes of the Dragon for his, and that right there is enough to make me love it, but it's style was so perfect. He uses full and formal names throughout. He drops subtle hints at what is going to happen. He sketches and then shades the characters in a way that makes you feel you know them, even though the story is only 30 pages long. It was easily my favorite in the book.

Goliath is a close second favorite of mine. He wrote it as a companion piece to the original Matrix movie. I was never a fan of the second and third in the series, but that first was such a mind screwer, and Goliath is the same. You feel that things are wrong, you know that it's not all a dream, and yet you are also compelled to winow the "chaffe" so to speak. To figure out just what the hell is going on. It's a bit like Philip K. Dick. You can figure it out, but the longer you think, the more his stories resemble a snake swallowing it's tail. There is no real answer. Like I said- mind-screw.

Monarch of the Glen was an excellent addition. It was actually more a novella than a short story, at 78 pages, but it left me wanting more. I've read Anansi Boys and really enjoyed it. AB is connected to American Gods and this story was a companion to that. I own AG and reading this story about Shadow makes me wonder just why I haven't read it yet. I guess I will. Soon.

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