Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Collector of Lost Things

By Jeremy Page
373 pages

Not my typical book. A naturalist, a hunter, and a woman all set sail for the arctic. They visit some glaciers, some villages, search for an extinct bird species and look for seals to shoot.
It's strange, often sad, and often gory. Wouldn't read it again, but am glad that I read it.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs
YA Lit
Hardback 348 pages

This book was one of the choices for World Book Night, so I've been curious about it for a long time and finally put it on hold at the public library. It was strange and interesting. It didn't go the way I expected, which is good, but I also had a problem with the ending. Hmmm. Overall I enjoyed it.
One of the interesting hint about the book is the photographs. They come from collectors and, if I remember correctly, the narrative was woven around or inspired by the pictures. The pictures are weird. Actually, from glancing through the pictures in a bookstore once, I expected this to be a horror story, but it's not. Instead, it is an interesting adventure story.
It starts out pretty horribly, not bad writing- the grandfather of the protagonist is gruesomely murdered. Jacob, the protagonist, is pretty much treated like a mental patient for the next couple chapters. Then, with the support of his therapist, he makes a trip to an island...

The Rook

This was a big thick grownup novel. A student recommended it to me, and I enjoyed it a lot. It is sort of James Bond meet the X-Men with a bit of an army vibe. Very strange and interesting. The protagonists are one likeable lady. Two voices, two personalities, one human. It's very strange and not as confusing as one might fear. I didn't find it to be the page turner that she did; I didn't stay up until three in the morning on a school day reading it, but I enjoyed it immensely.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman

Short and quirky, this book is a fantasy romp through the English countryside. It was quite enjoyable and often surprising.
The protagonist is a young boy who, after his kitten was accidentally run over, is drawn into a land of mystery and magic.
I would probably read this again.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Women from the Ankle Down

By Rachelle Bergstein
237 pages

I picked up this book on a lark. Something about the.cover just appealed to me. But then I didn't read it for a couple weeks.

I began it yesterday, and enjoyed it immensely. It is conversational and entertaining, factual without being heavy.
Each chapter focuses on a particular movement and change in the world of footwear, and explores it in reference to the corresponding social movements, mostly in the States.

It discusses Monroe, Garland, Wonder Woman, and many more. The author has a friendly easy style and a good sense of humour.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Apple Crisp

No, this post is not about a book. This post is about the most delicious apple crisp that I have made in a long time. It started with 6 golden delicious apples that have been hanging out in the fridge for an unusually long time. Add to that a slightly rough day at work, and apparently I'm baking. Yum!
Then, we have some canned whipped cream that we bought for the kids for a school party. I guess that we need to replace that...