I don't buy Pringles anymore, because not only are they full of chemicals and bad for me, but if i open up a can I will start with just a few and thenI don't buy Pringles anymore, because not only are they full of chemicals and bad for me, but if i open up a can I will start with just a few and then proceed to eat the entire thing. I can't help it, something about the salt and MSG and fake sour cream and onion flavoring is just a combination that is lethal to my self-control. There's not a lot redeeming about Pringles, but they sure are tasty, and highly appealing to some part of me.
The Twilight series was my literary can of Pringles.
Once I started reading them, I could not stop until I'd finished them all. The appealed to my 13 year old self, and were so very easy to consume, and yet there was not much there that was good for me. Now that I've finished them all I can put them behind me and never pick them up again.
But of course I'll still watch all the movies. I don't have that much self-control. ;)...more
Is it silly that I sat down and read through this recipe book today? Perhaps it is. However, I found the original recipe on the Mother Earth News websIs it silly that I sat down and read through this recipe book today? Perhaps it is. However, I found the original recipe on the Mother Earth News website, and have been making the basic boule recipe with crazy success ever since, and have been coveting this book from the first delicious loaf that emerged from my oven. And lo, I was gifted with this book for my birthday by my wonderful in-laws. And, therefore, I have sat and read a cookbook most of today.
First off, the basic boule recipe is fool-proof, and works every. single. time. The book is worth it just for that. Not only that, but there are many recipes that just use that basic recipe as a starting point, and up the complexity a bit. I can't wait to try out some of the other basic breads they have, as well as some of the sweet enriched ones (like Challah!!!). There are some pretty color pics, but not many. Some of the directions are a bit confusing, and need a bit more illustration of the techniques, which is why I gave this three stars rather than 4. All in all, a lot of promise in this book, and many many recipes I am really excited to try....more
What a beautiful and amazing book, what quirky intelligent writing, so full of surprises, astonishing characters, and a plot of mystery and wonder. AtWhat a beautiful and amazing book, what quirky intelligent writing, so full of surprises, astonishing characters, and a plot of mystery and wonder. At turns Gothic and Victorian, fantastical yet mundane, the story is as concerned with magic as it is with manners.
If in an alternate reality, Jane Austen and Neal Stephenson were to have a daughter who wanted to write about magic, this is the book she would write. This should give you a good indication as to how awesome this book is.
This was my second read, and I have to say it was even more impressive this time around. Clarke's descriptions of places just lived for me. My head is now full of magic, and I am lost in the moors of Uskglass's England, and wishing with all my heart for the return of The Raven King....more
What a strange book. Dahl is not a sugary-happy-fun-times author, this is for sure, and it's definitely apparent in this collection of short stories.What a strange book. Dahl is not a sugary-happy-fun-times author, this is for sure, and it's definitely apparent in this collection of short stories. "The Swan" is particularly disturbing, and there is no moral message there, no come-uppance for the evil children. I had a hard time liking most of these stories, but I did find them quite interesting....more
Once again Le Guin gives us a protagonist that you don't really like most of the way through the book, but you slowly grow to love simply because sheOnce again Le Guin gives us a protagonist that you don't really like most of the way through the book, but you slowly grow to love simply because she is a flawed and realistic character who does a lot of growing in her story. This is what I love about Le Guin's series, and I loved this even more on my second read....more
Having just seen the fairly terrible Sci-Fi channel adaption of this series, I decided it had been long enough since I read the series and I should geHaving just seen the fairly terrible Sci-Fi channel adaption of this series, I decided it had been long enough since I read the series and I should get right on that.
This is only the second time I've read the book, and I was introduced to Le Guin only a few years ago. I love her writing style, and I love the fact that the protagonist of this book is really not very likable for most of the story. It is hard to carry a book along with a protagonist you kind of can't stand, but she does an amazing job.
Actually, I liked Ged better this reading, maybe because I was already sympathetic to the man that he eventually becomes.
Le Guin creates a beautiful and magical world, filled with interesting lands and characters. She's a storyteller who is not afraid to show off characters that are complicated, unlikable, or just unfathomable. She trusts that the reader is intelligent enough to realize that people are complex, this makes her writing all the more real.
I would definitely recommend reading the whole series, but don't watch the Sci-Fi mini-series....more
I haven't been reading comics my whole life. I started a few years ago with some classics like V for Vendetta, and Watchmen. In the past week or so I'I haven't been reading comics my whole life. I started a few years ago with some classics like V for Vendetta, and Watchmen. In the past week or so I've read a few more authors, and am getting a sense of what it means for a comic to be called a classic, or a great. Of all the ones I've read thus far, I do have to say that this is now my favorite. (Of course, this is only the first of 5 books, so I will have to withhold final judgment until the end.)
This comic is beautiful. The art is stunning, the writing is wonderful, engaging, and intelligent. Set in an alternate 1999 with flying cars and psychic crime fighters, the story draws on many historical themes and events, dating back to ancient Egypt. And of course, I'm a sucker for that kind of thing. But really, the art is just so sumptuous, so creative in use of space and panels, it just draws you in immediately and leads you by the hand through this beautiful journey into this sacred space where stories are real, and imagination is the key to creating a better humanity....more
This comic is, to put it bluntly, a complete mind-f**k. It is truly weird, and truly groundbreaking. After reading this comic I had to decompress withThis comic is, to put it bluntly, a complete mind-f**k. It is truly weird, and truly groundbreaking. After reading this comic I had to decompress with cute pictures of fluffy kittens before bed so that I could try to avoid having nightmares. The kittens didn't really help much. Now, this is not to say I won't be continuing to read this, as I really want to see where it goes, but it's a tough one for me to read.
The Invisibles refers to a "super hero" team fighting the good fight against a shady and unknown enemy in a war that spans realities. It is filled with weird characters, and literary references. We're mostly seeing this from the perspective of the newest member of the team, a violent kid who sees ghosts, and is recruited to replace a team member who's no longer there. Because we're generally getting this from his point of view, it's really hard to know what is going on at all. Ambiguity and confusion abounds, and leaves the reader with more questions than answers.
See why I want to keep reading it now? I hate not knowing something....more
This book was a little rough on me. Ultimately I did enjoy the novel, and I'm glad I read it. Murakami writes novels that are very haunting yet unemotThis book was a little rough on me. Ultimately I did enjoy the novel, and I'm glad I read it. Murakami writes novels that are very haunting yet unemotional, and make me feel very disconnected from reality. In that way, they are very discomfiting to me, and leave me with not only with that feeling of disconnect, but also unease. It's hard to get back into real life after a Murakami novel - I feel like I've been on the moon, or under water for a very long time and it takes some time to settle back into my normal atmosphere.
Every now and again it's good to read something that stretches your brain. Murakami does this for me, and I recommend him for anyone who wishes to be unsettled for a while....more
This is the second time I've read this book and I have to admit when I started it this time I just wasn't as into it as I had been the first time. I fThis is the second time I've read this book and I have to admit when I started it this time I just wasn't as into it as I had been the first time. I felt it was a slow start, and it really wasn't gripping me like I remember it had. I kept reading, however, and by the time I was less than halfway through the book I couldn't put it down. Yes, that's what I remember from dear old Stephenson. It's a giant tome, but it really is a page turner. I really enjoyed the tangents I had forgotten - the wisdom teeth story, and the divvying up the furniture scene. Really brilliant, really fun.
The other difference this time around was that I appreciated the ending. I was unimpressed with the ending the first time I read it, but this time it really worked for me. I think the only thing that bothered me about the final few chapters of the book was the evil arch-nemesis of Randy showing up in the jungle - it felt pretty random to me, just put in there to heighten everyone's tension in the already tense minefield scene....more
I honestly believe that this book, along with Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma should be required reading for just about everyone in AmericI honestly believe that this book, along with Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma should be required reading for just about everyone in America right now.
Fast Food Nation uncovers the food consequences of our love affair with our cars, freeways, and hamburgers. The Omnivore's Dilemma goes more in depth into the evils of the monoculture crop, and shows that even big organic is just that, too big. But Animal, Vegetable, Miracle really brings it down to a personal, a local, level.
Inspiring and hopeful, Kingsolver documents her family's year long resolution - eat local, and mostly what they can produce from their own garden. She's a great writer, and I'm impressed with the humor, sensitivity, and gravity that she gives this subject. Food = life, and we don't have a food road map right now, just glowing arches along the freeway. We're lost in a world of "convenience" that allows us to put it all on the tab our kids and grandkids will pay.
I recommend this book to those who feel that there must be a better way, those who are a little lost in the giant 8 lane food super-highways. Pick up a copy of this book, and head to the farmer's market. Buy some fresh fruits and vegetables, support your local economy, and make a delicious and satisfying meal. And tell everyone else you know to do the same....more