March 21, 2006

Book Review - Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Alice laughed:  "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Alice in Wonderland.

Jane Yolen has some wonderful fantasy books out there and they aren't your typical dwarves and elves type of fantasy, although these creatures may show up in the most unexpected places. I love her work and I especially love the book I just finished. It's a collection of short stories called Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast. It has, as the title suggests, 12 stories. My favorite was the final one in the book, Lost Girls. It's a take on the old Peter Pan story with many lovely twists. I highly recommend it.

Speaking of books, I just bought the book by Dave at Memory.Daydreams.Lapses. It's called Where the Night Animals Live and you should buy a copy and read it. It's a mix of poetry and prose from other publications and earlier writings collected in one place. Very cool :)

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March 08, 2006

What???

"I am listening to this music on the internet. Can I print it out so I have it for later?"

BTW, is there an easy way to transfer old posts to blogger?

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February 24, 2006

busy, busy, busy

It's been crazy busy here, mostly with work but also with rehearsals and things like New Employee Orientation (NEO). Clever, eh? heh. anyway, I still have some articles to finish and I am way behind on them so I'll leave you with this. I keep seeing ads for online dating sites all over tribe and gmail, etc. Let me just say that the people in those ads DO NOT use these services. They don't need to. And if they do need to, well think about what else must be wrong with their personalities or mental health if they aren't finding dates in the real world. You are not going to find an Angelina or a Brad look-a-like on Match or eHarmony.

'nuff said.

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February 16, 2006

I, Coriander book review

I just finished reading a Young Adult book called I, Coriander by Sally Gardner. If you like fantasy and historical fiction, this is an excellent combination of the two.

Coriander is writing a memoir of her life and the discoveries she makes along the way about her mother and her mother's people. Set in the time of Cromwell and the upswing of Puritanism in England, there is conflict between the Good Folk, people who are accused of sorcery, and the Puritanical force taking control of the country. There is a great blend of fantasy, and the mystical parts mix well with the "real world" parts so well that disbelief in other worlds is easily suspended. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Now I am on to reading Terry Pratchett's take on the Pied Piper tales and continuing to read about Amelia Peabody Emerson's exploits and mystery solving in Egypt.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

It's been real busy around here between work and trying to fix up the house a bit. I am also still writing for the magazine and am working on getting into graduate school soon. STRESS! I haven't even gotten to read much lately, which is a crime in and of itself. :)

On the library track, I am looking into the possibility of specializing in sequential art cataloging and preservation. For the layman, it's a fancy way to say I'll collect comics. :) There are two universities with sequential art (comics) libraries, so there is precedent. Of course I probably won't get to exercise the specialty that much, but it's worth a shot. :)

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January 17, 2006

Drift House review

I have finally gotten around to changing the "now reading" list to the left. I have actually read quite a few books since I last changed this, and I will try to keep it up to date. I am also going to try to review a few books that I like as I finish them.

Recently I finished Drift House by Dale Peck. Dale usually writes about troubled boys who have grown to be men, and homosexuality, and a combination of the two, but in this complete change of pace he has written a children's book in the same vein as the Series of Unfortunate Events books, only.....better. I love Lemony Snicket, don't get me wrong. I just got tired after the first few books of reading the same thing, no matter how clever he said it. This book is lighter, just enough so to be a really fun read. It also has some characteristics of the Narnia books, much more so perhaps than the Unfortunate Events books. In Drift House, three children are left with their uncle while their parents stay in New York City in the months post 911. The children are intelligent in different ways, and annoying in different ways as intelligent, independent-thinking children should be. Good ways. Uncle Farley takes them in and they soon discover that Drift House does just that, hence the name, however it sails from the Bay of Eternity into the actual sea of time. Soon they have to figure out how to use their wits and individual strengths to save the house and perhaps the world as we know it from Impending Doom. While some of the plot is predictable, Peck writes it in a way that is fresh enough and interesting enough to keep me moving forward at a steady but not annoyingly quick pace. If you like Narnia type fantasy and children's books that break the fourth wall, you will like Drift House.

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January 04, 2006

memes!

This was passed to me by Leslee @ 3rd House Party:

Four jobs you've had in your life: Library assistant, Java programmer, insurance clerk, roller rink girl.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Practical Magic, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Pirates of the Carribean; The Point

Four places you've lived: I haven't lived in four places :( Denton, TX and 6-8 weeks in a UCLA dorm.

Four TV shows you love to watch: House, CSI, Bones, Scrubs. I see a theme

Four places you've been on vacation: London, Colorado, New York, South Padre Island

Four websites you visit daily: My blog (to get to my comics), Refdesk.com, tribe.net, amazon.com

Four of your favorite foods: spaghetti, avocados, eggplant, chocolate chip cookies

Four places you'd rather be: Portland, London, Boston, Seattle

Four albums you can't live without: Concrete Blonde - Recollections; Jill Sobule - Jill Sobule; Poi Dog Pondering - Poi Dog Pondering; Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes. But there are so many more I wouldn't want to give up.

Four to pass this meme along to:

 The Unseen Blogger @ The Unseen Blogger Blog 
Anne @ The Painted Cave
Snowball @ Adventures of a Snowball in Hell and
Pam @ Beancounters

I hope they're all willing! :)

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January 03, 2006

information, please

Been home a while, can't sleep. Want to play Civ IV. What an addicting game! So addicting there is a built in alarm clock to remind you when to sleep and eat and go to work. Thank god for that since I know lots of people who have lost girlfriends/wives and jobs just from playing video games too much. Usually it's the online variety. It's as bad as any drug, worse maybe because it's cheaper and legal.

I get lots of weird questions at the library. People expect librarians to know everything, it's funny. They really expect you to help them find that book, you know, but they don't remember the name or who wrote it. It's red and there's a picture of a sword and a boot on the cover. Yep, that narrows it down. Oddly, it does get easier. We pull previous year's magazines and sell them for a dollar a bundle. Some woman came in looking for a Time magazine from a few months ago that had to do with infidelity. Could we find it for her because she couldn't find it anywhere on the shelves. She knows it had to do with infidelity because the cover had a huge layout about it. I knew just what she was looking for. A Newsweek from 2004 with a woman on the cover with INFIDELITY written across her chest as she holds the hands of two men. I had just seen it a few days earlier. Weird.

Then there was the young girl who came in today. She's a great movie watcher and is always asking about movies that we have, old and new. Today it was that movie called "Blonde Girls for Rich Men" and it's, you know, kind of old. You mean Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Yup, that was it, and we had it. We don't have the other one, though. How to Marry A Millionaire. Oh well, we'll get it soon enough.

More later, it's way past time for bed.

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December 31, 2005

Brave New World my ass

Found this on one of the tribes I am on. Creepy ick.

http://sydniesfashionfalls.com/ourclients.html



And as one of the members of my tribe said, "There is something really fucked up about a society that wants its little girls to look like women and its women to look like little girls."

amen, sister!

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December 02, 2005

by the way...

Gentleman's Quarterly is a monthly magazine.


I find that amusing.

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