I have recently fallen in love with stranded 2-color knitting, and I ordered this book from the author immediately after I first came across a mentionI have recently fallen in love with stranded 2-color knitting, and I ordered this book from the author immediately after I first came across a mention of it.
It's not just a book of pretty mitten and glove patterns, but a meaty history of knitting from Selbu. I had no idea that what I used to think of as simply "Nowegian ski mittens" had such a relatively recent history and could be traced back to just one originating knitter!
The patterns are for knitting reproductions of the mittens and gloves the author selected from the two collections she studied - with, I think, some minor corrections for the ideosyncrasies of the originals. She includes clever techniques for getting glove fingers distributed effectively, and for getting the palm pattern on mittens to continue seamlessly up the inside of the thumb.
I think this book should be on the bookshelf of every knitter with an interest in Nordic stranded knitting, as much for the information as for the fantastic patterns....more
Yet again, I feel like I want to throttle the people who choose/write blurbs for book covers. I am not a person who can avoid reading them, if there iYet again, I feel like I want to throttle the people who choose/write blurbs for book covers. I am not a person who can avoid reading them, if there is text on the cover of a book, I will read it, that's just who I am.
So I pick up the book, read the cover, and expect that it will be dark but funny. I liked the book, I think it's a great noir-ish/unreliable-narator detective story, but it's not a comedy. There's sarcasm, and the protagonist seems to have a sense of humor about his life, but it's not a funny book. and it doesn't have to be. I just wish the cover didn't imply that it was.
Once I got over my expectations, I enjoyed it. It's a good story, the resolution is good, not a let down at all. A long slow build up and a slow reveal. Tremblay knows how to write a detetective novel....more
I have grown to like this whole romantic suspense genre. Kind of like the pop tarts of literature. (Well, except I don't like pop tarts, but it's a meI have grown to like this whole romantic suspense genre. Kind of like the pop tarts of literature. (Well, except I don't like pop tarts, but it's a metaphor, ok?) I like the tension of trying to find the killer before they killed again. It felt like there was more going on than straight romance.
This was a fine example. The mystery part was a bit of a surprised, I only figured it out just a little while before it was revealed. The tension between Eve and Roark, while wildly unrealistic, was also entertaining and satisfying.
I'm working my way through this series on audio, and the reader's character voices were a little silly, but it just added to the cheesy ridiculousness of the whole experience. So much fun. :)...more
I remember being a kid, and feeling powerless in an adult world. where adults acted in ways that seemed inexplicable and capricious to me at the time.I remember being a kid, and feeling powerless in an adult world. where adults acted in ways that seemed inexplicable and capricious to me at the time. I enjoyed this book as a caricature of that feeling, exaggerated to an entertaining degree.
I think the fact that I listened to the audiobook read by Tim Curry increased my enjoyment of the book. I got the impression it was really intended to be enjoyed out loud, and they couldn't have picked a better narrator. (Though I did find myself waiting for him to invite me up to the lab to see what's on the slab)
Finally, I was so thrilled to find Lemony Snicket explaining the difference between "literally" and "figuratively" to a whole generation to children. If I hear one more person tell me they "literally died laughing," I may slightly lose my composure. Literally? Really? You seem to have recovered from dying quite successfully....more
This is not a great piece of literature. In the same way that pixie stix are not gourmet food. But that doesn't make them any less tasty! It's a littlThis is not a great piece of literature. In the same way that pixie stix are not gourmet food. But that doesn't make them any less tasty! It's a little bit romance, a little bit mystery, and a little bit sci-fi, just enough of each to keep it interesting.
This is a great choice for an audiobook to listen to in the car. I generally prefer to read rather than listen, but when I'm crazy busy, driving around all over the place, it's nice to have a story to listen to - and a fun pulpy book like this is definitely a place where I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by passing up the paper book.
It was a little weird to be sitting in traffic listening to the love scenes, and I did find myself sitting in my car in a parking lot, not getting out because I wanted to hear how the big final fight scene ended. But I definitely enjoyed it....more
First of all, let me point two facts out to the author:
#1) The Nicene Creed and and the Apostles' Creed are not the same thing. They cover a lotSigh.
First of all, let me point two facts out to the author:
#1) The Nicene Creed and and the Apostles' Creed are not the same thing. They cover a lot of the same ground, but that doesn't make the names interchangeable. Jack claims he recites the Apostles' Creed at every mass. Unless the only masses he goes to are baptisms or children's masses that is highly unlikely.(the Apostles' Creed is shorter, and is easier for kids to recite, the Nicene Creed is quite a bit longer.) see pg 61.
#2) "Zeus, Jupiter, and most of the other gods of the Roman Empire..." in a book where there is essentially no mention of Greek mythology, and the primary focus is on the interaction of Christianity and the Roman empire, it sure sounds to me like that sentence is calling both Zeus and Jupiter "gods of the Roman Empire". Please tell me that was not your intent. Zeus was Greek, really. see pg 161.
Beyond that, the book is a thin framework around an exposition about gnostic Christianity. I would recommend Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels as a better introduction. Yes, it's nonfiction, it's also a more engaging read.
Jack the main character unfortunately has no force of personality. When a point needs exposition, he suddenly knows nothing about the topic at hand, so another character has the opportunity to explain. For example, he seems shocked, shocked to hear that December 25th might not be the real date of Christ's birth. Really, Jack? I learned that at Catholic middle school. When a character needs to display an excitable ego, he suddenly gets so enraged by a mild insult that he feels he would like to hit Punjeeh - even though he shows no other indication of a violent temper elsewhere in the book.
Speaking "ego" - I totally get that they are talking about the Gnostics' ideas about the base self. But the characters are riffing on the idea of the ego as if the Gnostics knew all about Freud and Jung 1900 years early. Like the author's understanding of ego is so Freudian, he couldn't help but write from that perspective.
Overall, this was so obviously an attempt at non-fiction information shoe horned into a fictional story, that I feel the reader would be better served by going for a non-fiction source directly. The real history (what we know of it) of early Christianity is fascinating enough to stand on its own feet....more