Monday, November 28, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
First Impressions by Jude Deveraux.
The Driveway Diaries by Tim Brookes
The Box Children by Sharon Wyse
Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self by Frances Kuffel
Friday, November 25, 2005
Himalaya - DVD, book and audio book
Adventure. He brings his own substantial charm and humor to episodes that focus on out-of-the-ordinary places and adventures. This new one, "Himalaya," I think is the best ever. I missed it when it was on PBS (if it ever was) but viewing this 3-disc, six-episode series at leisure was even better. Some of the most spectacular mountain footage I have ever seen and some intriguing glimpses of the diverse people, culture and terrain that make up the Himalayan range. Palin does a wonderful job of drawing the viewer in to his adventure. I HIGHLY recommend this for the armchair traveler.
The Life Aquatic - DVD
I remember the reviews when it came out weren't real positive. But still, I'm glad I saw it. I would catagorize it as a surreal comedy, with Murray as a Jaques Cousteau-type character. He sets out with his crew to find and kill the shark that ate his partner and best friend. Also stars Angelica Houston as Murray's wife, Jeff Goldblum as his arch enemy, Owen Wilson as his long lost illegitimate son and Kate Blanchett as a pregnant reporter.
It was a beautiful movie to watch, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the "off beat" and "bazaar" stuff.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester.
San Francisco Is Burning by Dennis Smith
The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips--2005 edition by Reader's Digest
Monday, November 21, 2005
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper--YA audio
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Treasury
Pioneer Lady's Country Christmas by Jane Watson Hopping
Some recipes are not going to happen in my house like the vinegar pie or the figgy pudding. But there are some interesting cookies that may need to be tested and a recipe for Swedish Glogg that may also need a party to go to.
Some of the stories are a great reminder of what Christmas really is about and nice to read after being in the mall with the crush of commericalism. (The week of Halloween, one grocery store had Halloween candy on one side of the aisle and Christmas decorations on the other side. ARRRGGHH) Some recipes are already being copied before I take the book back.
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand
The Colorado Kid (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King
I actually got it from the library because Brian and I had seen a report on Sunday Morning (CBS) about the series and King. Unless you like reading accents, this is just too irrating for words.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer-YA audio
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten (Opera)
This is not the opera to see if you are in the mood for something lush like Puccini or Mozart, but the story moved along very swiftly. This would not be my first choice of opera to attend, but I'm glad I went.