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Monday, October 31, 2005

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (1998) Alexander McCall Smith

My mom got me the first three books in this series for Christmas, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading the first book until now.

This is a rather unusual book for a mystery. It’s almost a collection of short stories tied together by an overall arc. The book tells the story of Mma Ramotswe life and how she came to be the only detective agency in Botswana, as well as her first few cases as she settles into being a detective.

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Designed

Okay, I must to admit that I am inordinately pleased with the new image for my main page.

ADDENDUM the First:
Okay, I won’t keep this header image for long, but I loved the color of these mums and wanted to enjoy them for a bit.

ADDENDUM the Second:
Okay. I couldn’t live it it. Header image has changed, now I’m going to redto the main page image.

ADDENDUM the Third:
Done for now. I’m not 100% pleased with the main page layout, but it will do.

ADDENDUM the Fourth:
I lied. I think it’s better now.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (1999) Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano

The Dream Hunters is my favorite Sandman story. It’s not a comic proper, but is instead an illustrated story.

And the illustrations are gorgeous. I tend to do little more than glance at illustrations, but the art here is impossible to ignore.

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I Got Mail!

Dear “Satan”,

If that’s all you’ve got on me then you’ve not been paying very close attention.

With a work ethic like that it’s astounding you’ve remained Prince of the Damned for all these millenia. I don’t think I’d care for such a lax work environment, so I’ll have to decline your invitation.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Fables Vol 5 The Mean Seasons

Fables Vol 5 The Mean Seasons (2005) Bill Willingham

Fabletown has mostly recovered from the invasion of the wooden soldiers sent by the adversary, and so the mayoral election can now be held. Prince Charming has been making promises that things are going to be different if he wins–promises to the fables who live on The Farm, and promises to others of places in his administration.

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Y: The Last Man

Y: The Last Man (2003) Brian K. Vaughan

I just couldn’t get into this. The story looked interesting, but it just didn’t do anything for me.

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Drivers Beware

Some of the things that drive me crazy about living in a college town.

1. People who come from elsewhere and just don’t have a clue.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Blast!

Holy Cow!

Blast was absolutely fantastic.

I’m talking bouncing-out-of-the-CAC-with-excitement fantastic.

I, of course, liked the drums the best. The brass was quite excellent, but I just love percussion.

However, I did noticed that when they did Appalachian Spring they forgot to make the form into the shape of the state. And as much as I love Simple Gifts/Allalachain Spring, nobody does it like the Pride of West Virginia.

But I am more than willing to forgive them that small slip, because the drumming was fantastic. The two drummers who did “Battery Battle” were wonderful, amazing, and any other superlative you can think of.

I would love to see them again if given the opportunity.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004) Susanna Clarke

I got Michael this book for Christmas last year, but put off reading it myself because the book is huge: 800 pages huge. It’s not the kind of book I could curl up with; instead I had to set the book on the table, or prop it up in my lap, or lean it against a pillow.

But it was worth it.

This is an excellent book. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the setting. I loved the idea. I loved the writing. I loved everything.

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