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Found a couple of cute stories--AU crossover between Novik's Dragon books and P&P.

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/lieutenant_bennet/works/143749
 
WIsh there were more.
brightly_woven: (poisoninjest_drugs)
17 books I've read and a few I've started... )



I fully intended to review these either here or on goodreads...but I read so much, I didn't have time.

I'm not sure all the reasons why I read so VERY much more than usual, but here are some:

  • Audible has been having a lot 2 for 1 sales, daily deals I liked, cheap versions if you buy the Kindle first, Kindle Unlimited + audio deals, and other cheap ways to get them.

  • Deciding to "come out" on Goodreads and start using it again has got me looking at what other people are reading and finding more and more interesting books.

  • Many of these are quick reads--less than 8 hours on Audible

  • I've been doing some boring stuff at work and a book makes it bearable.

  • And, lastly, I discovered Overdrive and free audiobooks from my local library--and they have FLAVIA!

brightly_woven: (poisoninjest_drugs)
Andrea had asked about book club books on Twitter, and since I have a list of books, I thought I would post, even though she was mostly asking M. (Is it butting in when the post is on Twitter?) :)

Here are the books that our book club has read that I would recommend.  Either they were good, great, or at least they sparked interesting discussions. I removed books that I didn't like or didn't lead to good discussions.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society   Shaffer and Barrows
Water for Elephants   Sara Gruen
The Help    Kathryn Stockett
Mistress of the Art of Death    Ariana Franklin
The Dragon Tattoo   Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games  Suzanne Collins
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand    Helen Simonson
Flowers for Algernon  Daniel Keyes
The Tigers Wife   Tea Obreht
State of Wonder   Ann Patchett
The Snow Child   Euowyn Ivey
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother   Amy Chua
Those Who Save Us   Jenna Blum
The Night Circus   Erin Morgenstern
The Secret Keeper    Kate Morton
The Fault in our Stars   John Green
The 19th Wife   David Ebershoff
Wonder   RJ Palacio
Beautiful Ruins  Jess Water
Persuasion   Jane Austen
Olive Kitteridge    Elizabeth Strout (I debated removing this, but it did spark good discussions)
David and Goliath  Malcolm Gladwell
The Book Thief    Markus Zusak
Gone Girl   Gillian Flynn
The Orphan Master’s Son   Adam Johnson

 
brightly_woven: (poisoninjest_chubby)
Been cutting back on various commitments, per doctor's orders.

Haven't been sick for a whole 5 days.  :)  Let's hope I get a bit more of a run going, but I'll take 5 days at this point.  (Serial colds alternating with stomach flus almost continually since November.)


Tiny bit of pic spam )

Sorry for the ramble.  Told you it would be a little bit of everything.

;)

Robin Hood

May. 15th, 2010 10:31 pm
brightly_woven: (can't_be_good bad_but_not_serious)
Things in my life have been too complex and serious and sad to post about.  I might someday.  I might not.  BUT, tonight I went to see Robin Hood, and i had to share with y'all.

S

P

O

I

L

E

R

S


When you start out a movie called "Robin Hood" by killing both King Richard and then ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY himself, you know it's going to be a long 2.5 hours.  I'm not one that thinks you can't take a varied and rather flexible, hidden in the mists of time story like Robin and make it your own.  But it seems to me that you'd want to retain SOME of the charm and character of the original.

Apparently not.

I am too tired to go into detail but let me say this:  when I saw Sherlock Holmes (esp the previews), I said, "Looks like a good movie, just not very much like Sherlock Holmes."  With this one I would say, "Not really a very good movie, and, oh, not very much like Robin Hood.  At all."

Nuff said.

2/5 stars.  Only gets 2 because Cate Blanchett is amazing as usual.

Robin Hood

May. 15th, 2010 10:31 pm
brightly_woven: (can't_be_good bad_but_not_serious)
Things in my life have been too complex and serious and sad to post about.  I might someday.  I might not.  BUT, tonight I went to see Robin Hood, and i had to share with y'all.

S

P

O

I

L

E

R

S


When you start out a movie called "Robin Hood" by killing both King Richard and then ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY himself, you know it's going to be a long 2.5 hours.  I'm not one that thinks you can't take a varied and rather flexible, hidden in the mists of time story like Robin and make it your own.  But it seems to me that you'd want to retain SOME of the charm and character of the original.

Apparently not.

I am too tired to go into detail but let me say this:  when I saw Sherlock Holmes (esp the previews), I said, "Looks like a good movie, just not very much like Sherlock Holmes."  With this one I would say, "Not really a very good movie, and, oh, not very much like Robin Hood.  At all."

Nuff said.

2/5 stars.  Only gets 2 because Cate Blanchett is amazing as usual.
brightly_woven: (jazzhands of despair)
I know, I know.  I'm like some well-bred Regency miss who is so insipid that all she can talk of is the weather.

But you must see this:



Yes, it is slated to be above 90 until Friday, into the mid-80s from Saturday to next Tuesday.

And yes, on Tuesday and Wednesday it does read 105 and 106.  (Which is, by the way OVER 40C for my European friends.)

And yes, my boys DO have soccer practice those days...from which I will be keeping them home.

This no longer qualifies as an extended Indian Summer...this is August in Mumbai...or, as I have named it, East Indian Summer.

ACK!
 


brightly_woven: (jazzhands of despair)
I know, I know.  I'm like some well-bred Regency miss who is so insipid that all she can talk of is the weather.

But you must see this:



Yes, it is slated to be above 90 until Friday, into the mid-80s from Saturday to next Tuesday.

And yes, on Tuesday and Wednesday it does read 105 and 106.  (Which is, by the way OVER 40C for my European friends.)

And yes, my boys DO have soccer practice those days...from which I will be keeping them home.

This no longer qualifies as an extended Indian Summer...this is August in Mumbai...or, as I have named it, East Indian Summer.

ACK!
 


Fall

Sep. 18th, 2009 04:26 pm
brightly_woven: (slainte)
I'm posting the word FALL and changing my theme to FALL because I'm really really ready for FALL.  As in Autumn.  As in rain.  Crisp, cool air.  Apple Harvest.  FALL.

Sigh.

It's going to be 100 for days and days yet (or nearly so). 

I love Livermore, usually, but it's in September when I question our choice of location.  

In December, when there are 2 feet of snow on the ground the temp is 20 degrees below zero F in the state of my birth, I will remember why I am here.  (though, truthfully, it's mostly Tom's job)

I am hot in the air conditioning.  (It doesn't really work upstairs.)

Meg

Fall

Sep. 18th, 2009 04:26 pm
brightly_woven: (slainte)
I'm posting the word FALL and changing my theme to FALL because I'm really really ready for FALL.  As in Autumn.  As in rain.  Crisp, cool air.  Apple Harvest.  FALL.

Sigh.

It's going to be 100 for days and days yet (or nearly so). 

I love Livermore, usually, but it's in September when I question our choice of location.  

In December, when there are 2 feet of snow on the ground the temp is 20 degrees below zero F in the state of my birth, I will remember why I am here.  (though, truthfully, it's mostly Tom's job)

I am hot in the air conditioning.  (It doesn't really work upstairs.)

Meg
brightly_woven: (merlin's pants)
This is in no way a smack down from me, but it is an interesting perspective on using real people in historical works of fiction.  It's by one of my favorite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/aug/20/novelists-real-life-characters?commentid=a69f47c6-fb98-45ac-9121-b761c4f958fd

EDIT:  Some of the comments and Kay's response are also interesting. 

Meg

brightly_woven: (merlin's pants)
This is in no way a smack down from me, but it is an interesting perspective on using real people in historical works of fiction.  It's by one of my favorite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/aug/20/novelists-real-life-characters?commentid=a69f47c6-fb98-45ac-9121-b761c4f958fd

EDIT:  Some of the comments and Kay's response are also interesting. 

Meg

brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I forgot that I hadn't done my magical little cover-inside-the-backpage-on-the-cover-inside-the-backpack, etc.  thing yet when I posted my last post.

So, here is the real finished product, the only real change is on the front cover.

back/front


brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I forgot that I hadn't done my magical little cover-inside-the-backpage-on-the-cover-inside-the-backpack, etc.  thing yet when I posted my last post.

So, here is the real finished product, the only real change is on the front cover.

back/front


brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I just opened Ethan's "President's Award for Educational Excellence" (must score "Advanced" on either LA or Math part of standardized test--Ethan got it in both, and maintain an A- average for the entire 5th grade year) and in addition to the certificate there is a letter from Barack Obama.  I know it's a copy, but I was really touched and I don't think E has even seen it yet. 



brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I just opened Ethan's "President's Award for Educational Excellence" (must score "Advanced" on either LA or Math part of standardized test--Ethan got it in both, and maintain an A- average for the entire 5th grade year) and in addition to the certificate there is a letter from Barack Obama.  I know it's a copy, but I was really touched and I don't think E has even seen it yet. 



brightly_woven: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]In England, it was Indian (of course)--tandoori chicken breast/veggies and naan and raita--kind of an Indian burrito because I ate it all rolled up.

Now, Indian gives me a tummy ache, so it's probably Zachary's Deep Dish Pizza with artichoke hearts, onions, and mushrooms.  Which, oddly, does not give me a tummy ache if I control myself.

:)

Meg

brightly_woven: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]In England, it was Indian (of course)--tandoori chicken breast/veggies and naan and raita--kind of an Indian burrito because I ate it all rolled up.

Now, Indian gives me a tummy ache, so it's probably Zachary's Deep Dish Pizza with artichoke hearts, onions, and mushrooms.  Which, oddly, does not give me a tummy ache if I control myself.

:)

Meg

brightly_woven: (dementor!anne)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I just made Toad-in-the-hole with a sprinkle of Mexican-blend cheese, garlic powder and oregano for lunch.

I should have had some lovely Earl Grey with it since it always reminds me of living in London.  (Well, okay, the actual flavorful bits don't, but the eggs and butter and bread-with-a-hole does!)

brightly_woven: (dementor!anne)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I just made Toad-in-the-hole with a sprinkle of Mexican-blend cheese, garlic powder and oregano for lunch.

I should have had some lovely Earl Grey with it since it always reminds me of living in London.  (Well, okay, the actual flavorful bits don't, but the eggs and butter and bread-with-a-hole does!)

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