Apr 24, 2012

Seriously delicious

Boy-o made fried chicken last night using this recipe  I have never had better.  So good!.

Apr 18, 2012


The Cement Garden is such a disturbing, skin-crawly kind of story.  I really like Ian McEwan, but I did not know what I was getting into with this one.  Disturbing. Unwashed, uncared for children, dead parents, seriously taboo relationships - all of that. I can appreciate writing even when the story is so messed up.  5/10.  (But I can't imagine ever ever reccomending this book to anyone).

Apr 17, 2012

Footnotes and endnotes

Wild Thing is the sequel to Beat the Reaper, an amazingly fun and brutal read.  While I loved the sequel, the second got a bit off track.

It follows Dr. Peter Brown on the run from the mob and in witness protection.  While the first book had him working in a hospital, the secon has him chasing creatures in the wilderness.  It doesn't work quite as well.  Bazell is a genius when it comes to a footnote and even endnotes so the read is still fun.  It'll be really interesting to see what happens in the next novel.  5/10.

Apr 16, 2012

Cowboys and armored bears

Oh how I'd missed Pullman's world of damon's and armored bears!  Once Upon a Time in the North, the little prequel to the His Dark Materials series has sat on my to-read list for ages, but I finally picked it up and read it in a day.  It's a short tale following Lee Scoresby & Iorek Byrnison, two wonderful characters who play a part in the trilogy.  Now I need to pick up the short little book that's timed after the trilogy - Lyra's Oxford.  7/10.

And if you haven't read His Dark Materials yet, DO!  It's such an imaginative and wonderful story.  So so good!

Apr 15, 2012

Apr 12, 2012


The Wild Trees was a really interesting read.  It follows the modern day explorers who looked for some of the largest trees on the planet.  I loved the descriptions of the cathedral-like tops of these giants.  I need to look for some Youtube videos so I can see for myself.

The bits about the actual people was less interesting to me though.  I'm not sure why, but I was a bit bored by their stories and anxious to get back to the descriptions of these finds.  Still 6/10.

Apr 11, 2012


A friend of mine is getting married next month.  Wish we had gotten him this rather than an item off of the couple's registry:

So awesome!