Since I started knitting again I've been picking up various books that pique my interest. Most of them are simple pattern books. After I made my first...moreSince I started knitting again I've been picking up various books that pique my interest. Most of them are simple pattern books. After I made my first "cardi" (a little sweater for a baby) I began to think about designing and the different techniques used to create some of the wonderful patterns that end up in my queue on Ravelry.
I am not too terribly fond of seaming pieces together especially on larger projects like sweaters or cardigans so the idea of virtually no seaming using the top down method appealed to me very much.
Every time I went to the bookstore I would pick this book up and flip through it debating if I should get it or not. After doing this three or or four times I finally gave in and picked it up.
Wendy does a wonderful job of introducing novice knitwear designers to top-down construction and all of the variations that can be made. She provides some wonderful example patterns to try out as is and even gives advice on how to alter not only the trial patterns but any pattern to make something uniquely your own.
She covers the different necklines, sleeves, and how to design knitwear on the fly. She even provides instructions on how to make a temporary dress-form. Which I have to admit, I have made, with the assistance of my husband.
Custom Knits is a wonderful book to add to any fibre enthusiasts library planning on dipping their needles into designing. (And even if you aren't - the patterns alone are worth it)(less)
I picked this up on a recommendation from a friend and found myself pulled into the world of the Darkhunters. So much so that I joined a fanfiction gr...moreI picked this up on a recommendation from a friend and found myself pulled into the world of the Darkhunters. So much so that I joined a fanfiction group dedicated to the world Sherrilyn created.
As Alternative worlds go, this is by far one of the better ones I have read. The way she weaves the different myths into her world is flawless.
A friend recommended this series to me. This series follows Aisling Grey, a would be guardian through all sorts of trouble. You will find ghosts, drag...moreA friend recommended this series to me. This series follows Aisling Grey, a would be guardian through all sorts of trouble. You will find ghosts, dragons, demons, and wizards. All in a modern day setting. A fun alternative to read in the paranormal genre.(less)
I first heard about Ready Player One on Twitter. Wil Wheaton mentioned that he was recording the audio book. Curious I looked the book up and immediat...moreI first heard about Ready Player One on Twitter. Wil Wheaton mentioned that he was recording the audio book. Curious I looked the book up and immediately knew I wanted to read it.
Ernest Cline, according to his website and biography,is a pop culture expert. Specifically the 1980s. And well, I love just about everything from the 80s.
So let's take a look at a quick synopsis:
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle and solves it.
Cline draws heavily on his love of pop culture and his own life to some extent. This is evident in the initial setting of the novel in Oklahoma City and then ending in Ohio.
The novel is well paced and at every turn of the page (or press of the forward button) I found myself smiling and saying "I remember that..."
The thing that I found most intriguing about this book was that I could see something like this happening in real life. The potential is there. Consider that we already have massive rpgs, and the current climate regarding energy and its production.
Not only was Ready Player One a wonderful read, it was also thought provoking. A definite must read for anyone that loves 80's pop culture, gaming and computers. (less)
So Wil Wheaton took a step and wrote a piece of fiction. It's short. I read it in about 10 minutes and is more of a vignette than an actual complete s...moreSo Wil Wheaton took a step and wrote a piece of fiction. It's short. I read it in about 10 minutes and is more of a vignette than an actual complete short story. And I loved it! It grabbed me and ran through broken down streets and a very post-apocalyptic type setting without actually being a post-apocalyptic story. The ideas that Wil has in this short piece could easily be turned into a full length novel if given the chance. (At least in my opinion.)
There were two thoughts going through my head when I first read Hunter...actually there were three -
1. There was only one editing mistake in the entire thing. (A he/she issue late in the story easily missed.) 2. Wow! 3. I want to read more.(less)
Fabulously written, excellently executed. Why didn't I read this sooner?
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a Teen/YA series written by Suzanne Collins publis...moreFabulously written, excellently executed. Why didn't I read this sooner?
The Hunger Games Trilogy is a Teen/YA series written by Suzanne Collins published by Scholastic.
Even with all the buzz surrounding the upcoming movie release (I have not watched the trailer) I began reading the books with no knowledge of what they were about.
Within the first few pages I felt like I was reading a reinterpretation of The Lottery. And in a sense I was, but it's also about so much more.
It's about a young girl that only desires to protect her family and inadvertently becomes the symbol and voice of a rebellion.
It's about a young girl trying to make sense of where she belongs when the world she knows changes with a blink of an eye.
It's about human nature. It's about survival. It's about freedom.
Collins creates a very likable character in Katniss Everdeen and surrounds her main character with a cast that is simply amazing. Every single character makes their mark in the story and when they've exited there is a feeling of great loss.
There is constant action dragging the reader through a world that is both brilliant and shadowy. You can barely take a breath.
The transition between the books is seamless and it's as if you are reading one large tome. (Providing you have all three books on hand or purchased the "all-in-one" version)
If it weren't for the fact that I gave myself a headache reading and had to stop, I would have finished the entire trilogy in three days. I was that engrossed in the story. It's a rare thing for me to do - read that many books in such a short period.
My sister mentioned that she cried twice when she read the series. She told me what scenes they were and I could understand perfectly why. In the end, for me, it wasn't something that happened to a character that made me cry - it was the description of a box. Yes, a box. Think about that for a moment. Now go get the series and read it for yourself.(less)