This book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me telThis book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me tell you, it's quite daunting for a beginner like me). There's examples of glasses, liquors, equipment and even a section for various measurements (what does a dash really mean?).
Then it goes into some other stuff before coming to the gist of the book: the spirits and drinks. The cocktails are all arranged by type of liquor. Certain famous cocktails have several pages devoted to them, with a brief history, classical way of preparing it and more common variations.
Some interesting cocktails / things that jumped out at me while browsing: - Slippery Nipple: Bailey's Irish Cream + sambuca - Barcardi Cocktails are only allowed to be made with Barcardi rum (as ruled by a New York court in 1936). - Angel's Tit: white creme de cacao+ heavy cream topped with a maraschino cherry.
There's so much more. I could just keep going and going. I have a feeling this book will get a fair amount of use this summer! (And for the next many years)....more
I never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I donI never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I don't have much of an idea about books written in the 1950s. I found the style slightly off-putting, but that could have been for a myriad of reasons: older publishing date, an author heralding from not just a different country, but from a different level in society there, and perhaps Ian Fleming's background as a spy and rather as an author managed to color his words as well.
The plot itself is not too farfetched. The tale is told quite simply. It's straightforward. I question our 'hero' and his actions at some points. But perhaps that was how the spy game was played back in the day.
I felt that Bond was more interesting as a character in this book than in the movies (Pierce Brosnan's Bond always comes to my mind when thinking of the international spy). He was more of a sociopath, with a dark grimness and a lack of care for anyone around him. This seems a far better suited personality to someone who needs to murder and be rather loose with morals like an MI6 double-o agent.
I'll keep reading the series though, just to see how they all stand up to the test of time and the idea of Hollywood. Perhaps I'll even see the Casino Royale movie now to see how well adapted the book was.
EDIT: Now that I've seen the film, I can make a few spoiler-ish comments. There were a few parts that had no place in the novel, but overall they correlated nicely. They also removed the whole SMERSH and Chiffre-is-a-spy bit, which I felt detracted a bit from the plot. For that reason they had to play around with Vesper Lynd's betrayal and why they wanted Chiffre in the first place.
Also, I felt it was interesting that at one point M says she had just made Bond a double-O agent. This makes me wonder if casual movie-goers would know that Casino Royal was the first book of the series. I certainly didn't before looking more into it. ...more
I tend not to review the books that fall into the category of erotica anymore. Mostly because what else is there to say? "Your book made me feel hot aI tend not to review the books that fall into the category of erotica anymore. Mostly because what else is there to say? "Your book made me feel hot and bothered and it was awesome" seems to pretty much be the high end of that spectrum.
But Special Forces - Soldiers (the first of the trilogy) just belongs into another class. There's definitely erotic scenes in here. But it's more akin to an NC-17 film than a plain raunchy porn tale.
You can read this book just for some hot, sweaty, military boy action, but at the end of the day, you'll find yourself staying for the story.
This book starts out very dark (there is rape), then it continues being terrible (there are many war scenes from Afghanistan) and then it ends on an impossible spot (not spoilering this). But in between there are moments of purity. Of kindness. Even freedom.
At the end of the day, this is the story of two humans trying to find some happiness in the world. In a world that seems to be hell bent on keeping them apart for such mundane reasons as racism, homophobia and doing your duty to your country. ...more
This is probably the cornerstone book on BPD. Zanarini and her fellow researchers are the ones that started the research papers that are now most citeThis is probably the cornerstone book on BPD. Zanarini and her fellow researchers are the ones that started the research papers that are now most cited on BPD. This book of her findings reads more like a statistics manual, rather than a summary, though.
If it's numbers you want, then this is an excellent book. But there is a lot lacking: no correlations with other psychiatric diseases is the most glaring, but also more modern research should be done and included....more
Wow, I think this is my most favorite Sarah Addison Allen book to date! I think it might be because she kicked it up a notch, storytelling-wise. We geWow, I think this is my most favorite Sarah Addison Allen book to date! I think it might be because she kicked it up a notch, storytelling-wise. We get a lot more details on the Waverly family past, but also of a lot of the other families in town. There's a small little mystery / intrigue going on, on the side, which we also haven't seen from Allen before. But it didn't detract from the story, even if it was a different element.
I love the magical realism. I love the romance. I love the magic. And I love these books. ...more
The writing was supbar, which was a shame since the plot was actually an interesting one. I think I would have appreciated more painting and less of tThe writing was supbar, which was a shame since the plot was actually an interesting one. I think I would have appreciated more painting and less of the kinky times, surprisingly enough!...more
How do you review a novel that is essentially 10 books in one long series? I have no idea, but I'll give it a shot.
First off, this is an amazing book.How do you review a novel that is essentially 10 books in one long series? I have no idea, but I'll give it a shot.
First off, this is an amazing book. And it's free on the internet (it's a webseries) so definitely check it out if you're at all interested in superheroes, villains, powers, robots, murder, mayhem, gigantic beasts wreaking havoc and a doomsday prophecy!
That all said, none of that actually does the tale justice. Wildbow made something incredible when he wrote Worm, and it is seriously good. Not only is the writing superb (aside from some areas that could use a bit of editing, but hey, it's a webseries and not published yet), but the plot takes amazing twists and turns you really don't expect.
It's a bit like when you read Game of Thrones and Ned Stark dies in the first few chapters and you're left wondering 'what's next?'. Or when Sanderson dumps the everything you suspected might happen into the first 100 pages of his Words of Radiance and you wonder what could possibly still occur. And then everything that happens is better than you could have ever hoped for.
That feeling is also here in Worm. And it's so good. Because yeah, it's a death and doomsday tale and lots of grimdark happenings occur, but the plot really makes it feel worth it.
Plot aside, the characters were excellent as well. I started out thinking it was just another teen / highschool coming of age story, but that's just the first few sections. After that it's definitely twisted into something more. Taylor Hebert is our main character, and her power is that she can control bugs. This sounded completely lame to me, but once you see all the crazy shit she gets up to, well, it slowly becomes one of the coolest powers out there. I wish there had been some pov's from more characters; more deeper insights into their minds / powers. There's a lot of that going on, but still. With hundreds of people showing a myriad of powers, it would be nifty to see how they deal with them. Don't get me wrong, we got a lot of that, but the story also focused a lot on Taylor, who irked me with her ways.
My favorite capes would have to be Miss Militia (I loved her background story), Contessa (when her actual role was revealed, I was seriously stoked), Tattletale (the way she pisses everyone off is awesome), Clockblocker, etc etc. I can't even remember them all right now.
What else is there to say? The tale is amazing. It took me 6 months to read (because breaks in between to get over some of the shit that goes down and it's just hella long) and I wish the journey wasn't over. Worlds are destroyed. People are dead. But what happens next? Who knows. Probably the same old, same old humanity fighting itself to pieces. I'll let my imagination take a more peaceful course for the beloved characters, though. ...more
I only first heard that this was a book series recently. Before I was only familiar with the movie. I wish they had kept the plot elements of the bookI only first heard that this was a book series recently. Before I was only familiar with the movie. I wish they had kept the plot elements of the book, though! It is seriously much better. Less action, and more drama, I suppose, but I feel like it makes for the more believable story.
That said, for a YA book this one was fantastic. I wish it hadn't been YA, as a could have hoped for a more fleshed-out tale. Also, while there were some glaring technological details that made it very telling that this was written back in the '90's, and that was slightly irritating, it amused me to no end as well. Most of the time I kept wondering why Dany just didn't get a cell phone. And I had to remember that they really weren't so pervasive back then.
Anyway, I'm glad I picked it up. It was an easy ready. Very enjoyable after slogging through so many heavy textbooks. I'll continue with the next in the series soon, probably....more
They call themsleves the only ECG book you will ever need, but it's really not the case. Sure, they cover the stuff, but there definitely was somethinThey call themsleves the only ECG book you will ever need, but it's really not the case. Sure, they cover the stuff, but there definitely was something lacking. I think some other ECG books might be better suited for fast comprehension. There was just too much prose for a book that needed to be to the point....more
This was possibly the first Doyle book that I actually figured out the solution before Sherlock. That is weird. Usually the books are writing in suchThis was possibly the first Doyle book that I actually figured out the solution before Sherlock. That is weird. Usually the books are writing in such a way that you can't really determine the plot ending ahead of time, which is quite lovely. But in this case I quite figured it out. Perhaps not a thoroughly as Sherlock revealed it at the end, but otherwise, the mystery was solved by Xeni!
(Or rather, I was a bit more disappointed by this tale because I happened to unwind it without much difficult.)...more
Wow, what an amazing book. Lian Zhen has been my watercolor idol since I discovered his work. You can see one of my most favorite paintings of him inWow, what an amazing book. Lian Zhen has been my watercolor idol since I discovered his work. You can see one of my most favorite paintings of him in progress here.
Zhen uses color in a way that is both flamboyant and without hesitation but in such a manner that it works better to convey a scene than real life does. I've long wanted to learn how to paint the way he does, and this book brings me a step closer. Here he details not only how to do Chinese painting on shuan (rice) paper, but also how to do Western watercolor. The highlight of the book is all the ways he shows how to combine the two techniques into something wholly of his own.
It's definitely time to break out the supplies and apply some of these techniques that I've learned, now!
"Painting is not the direct copying of nature. Aim to evaluate your paintings by how well they are composed and organized, how skillfully you’ve used the medium, how well you’ve captured an object’s essence, or how you’ve innovated it with personal touches. Paint what you want to see but not what you see. Paint happy, eat healthy and do many good deeds, and you will have a long and joyful life."
I remember reading this tale before, if only because there's this scene where Sherlock taps his cane on the cobblestones in front of a building to detI remember reading this tale before, if only because there's this scene where Sherlock taps his cane on the cobblestones in front of a building to determine the hollowness (of course this may be from another tale as well).
In any case, I'm really glad to have read this one, since the title had always bothered me. It's a good short tale, close to my own red-headed heart. ...more
The type of person with narcissistic tendencies is probably very familiar to all of us. This book first takes a look at what a narcissistic person is;The type of person with narcissistic tendencies is probably very familiar to all of us. This book first takes a look at what a narcissistic person is; which traits they express. Then where the issues stem from. After that it moves on to strategies of how you can defend yourself from these pervasively negative folks. Next, it focuses on more concrete situations where you might encounter narcissist, and how to emerge from such situations more or less unscathed, and lastly there are preventive mechanisms in place of how to prevent future children from turning into narcissists.
Introduction aside, I quite enjoyed this book. It took a very thorough look at the entire situation, from beginning to end; from the past all the way to the future. It helps immensely that Sandy Hotchkiss is a psychotherapist, and thus has many experiences with dealing with the fallout of narcissism to showcase as examples.
Narcissistic people are all around us. Probably more so than we are even aware. The 7 main characteristics of such folks are: shamelessness, magical thinking (not being realistic), arrogance, envy, entitlement, exploitation and having bad boundaries. And while most of us experience some of these from time to time, a narcissistic person will experience most of these most of the time.
There are periods of "healthy narcissism" in all our lives. These are moments of growth and serve as a time to rebuild our 'Self' into a more empathic, caring, conscious person. When these moments of growth are thwarted, however, then a person may stay arrested in this narcissistic stage.
Coming into contact with someone who is narcissistic can be toxic. If you have a boss who demands you cater to them all the time, or have a parent who puts their needs before their own, or have a sibling who doesn't recognize boundaries... all these can lead to having detrimental effects on everyone they come into contact with. The examples outlined in this book are quite alarming. But they happen all the time. This is probably why I find the chapters on how to defend yourself from such people the most important.
I will just list the strategies here, in order to serve as a reminder for myself for the future: 1. know yourself 2. embrace reality 3. set boundaries 4. cultivate reciprocal relationships
While to you these things might all seem very obvious, to those who were raised in a less than stellar environment might not take these things at face value. This is a really excellent book to read. I recommend it to everyone. If you haven't run into someone with narcissistic personality traits yet, you probably will one day. And it is definitely better to be prepared beforehand, in order to remove yourself from their environment before you get too entrenched....more
I do believe that the BBC adaption of Sherlock portrayed this episode of Sherlock's sleuthing abilities much better than the original story. In the shI do believe that the BBC adaption of Sherlock portrayed this episode of Sherlock's sleuthing abilities much better than the original story. In the show Sherlock is smart and devious and figures things out. Here it's really more a by-the-by. Inferior work, Mr. Doyle....more