Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What I read -- July 2017



“Blood Oranges” by Caitlin Kiernan as Kathleen Tierney. The way she talks about this book made me curious. She thinks it was a mistake. And to be honest, maybe the triteness of Urban Fantasy doesn’t really suit her… themes? Writing style? General message? Interesting read, maybe not for the right reason.

“The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. The boy had it lying around and for some reason he decided to read it (because exams were over, so reading could be fun again?) He talked it up so much, I said could I read it after (we actually traded – His Majesty’s Dragon for this). In the meantime we watched the movie and he pointed out all the places it deviated. An interesting game to me, since I took a class in adaptation in school. This being a paperback was a nice thing to carry around, while the other things were good to read when I was at home. Also, it didn’t hurt that the characters weren’t hard to keep track of since I’d watched the movie. Also, at a certain point it didn’t matter that much who they all were, I got the idea. A classic totally worth reading.

Monday, July 31, 2017

In Progress -- July 2017



Daily efforts (formerly 1st draft)
Read Vinterlys.
Finished that short story and sent it out.

Accomplishments (formerly Editing)
uh... finished that story and sent it out?

Connecting
Critted 3
Got back 0 
haven't actually posted anything lately so that's my fault. I did renew myself on OWW though. 

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Last month I was around the hips, knitting downward. This month 8 rows.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Started the month with 16 inches. Now I have 23.5 inches of the back and just finished the decreases for the armholes. I'm still on the first piece after starting on boxing day, and this sweater literally makes me maudlin when I work on it.
Nomia sock (Knitty SS 2017). Finished the second sock. Win!
Slow Fade sock (Knitty FF 17). Started the first one. Great car project.
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Did first sleeve and started a second. Boy do I hate intarsia.

Monday, July 17, 2017

what I read, June 2017

a little late, but...



“Hex” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Americana horror in translation from the Dutch? I have an irrational fear of all things in translation that I know is not fair. I suspect this is an Anglophone problem, and it’s lame. In my first sitting I read the first 55 pages, and went to bed stressed out. A lot of horror doesn’t really creep, and this did. But maybe that’s because there’s a monster, but everyone in the story can totally deal with that. The real horror is your neighbours.

It wasn’t a perfect book. I was trying to figure out what happened to the other two boys that were sent into the local dungeon, who were never really mentioned again (or if they were I missed it). And then the afterword! I kind of wish I read Dutch so I could see what the original was like. Though the boy told me (I forced this on him) what happened, since he googled for it. And then we had a big conversation about how we would have done the ending differently. Basically I think once Tyler was dead, we didn’t engage with any characters anymore.

“The Evil Wizard Smallbone” by Delia Sherman. Despite loving the only other Delia Sherman book I ever read (I even forced it on others, like you do), I never sought out her other writings. I quite liked it.

“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters. I think I read a review of an Asian movie based on this book, and I never see movies, so I put this on my list. It was divided into three parts. Reading the first one, I really couldn’t guess how this book was going to be roughly 550 pages long. But then part 2 did it all again with a different character, explaining what had really happened, and part 3 was the conclusion. Ridiculous things happened in this book, proving that if you’re a good enough writer, you can make any event seem legitimate.