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    Changeless (Sunday Salon May 30, 2010)

    May 30th, 2010

    Finally time for another Sunday Salon blog post.

    At the same time this wil also be my entry for the awesome Big Fat Contest Gail Carriger has going on on her blog. So here we go:

    From the back:
    Alexia Maccon, the lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs.  Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

    But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigastions take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only a soulles can.

    She might even find time to track down her wayward husband – if she feels like it.

    Just like Soulless, this book grabbed me by my throat, pulled me in and did not let me stop reading until I finished the last sentence. Changeless is more about the steampunk and less about the romance, although we do hear some disturbing news from Miss Hesselpenny, feel sorry for Mr. Tunstell and want to smack Alexia’s sister Felicity on the back of her head for her disturbing behaviour.

    In the book we meet some new characters but we also find the trusty voices of Lord Akeldama, Professor Randoph Lyall, Tunstell and off course Miss Ivy Hisselpenny. One of the new voices is that of Madame Lefoux. I liked her from the beginning. She was so “my kinda girl.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Alexia, but she is still a lady, with her dresses, manners and decorum. Genevieve Lefoux does not wear dresses, or not very often, she is an inventor and she has a hat shop. I love hats. A few years ago when I was under the influence of the miniature-bug I made lots and lots of 1:12 scaled hats. And Madame Lefoux does what Madame Lefoux likes, and does not give much about the decorum. I like that.

    My favourite scene from this book was however when Alexia met Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings. It was hilarious, tears from laughter kept going down my cheeks. That man! Dan_e and me have made a sobriquet out of Laurell K. Hamilton’s character Richard in the Anita Blake series. Because we don’t like Richard very much. So every whining, complaining but also pathetic and/or prejudiced man, we call a “Richard.” Angel is a Richard until he got his own series, Riley is a Richard and yes, Channing Channing is also a Richard. Again I say: That man! In this scene I so loved Alexia. Way to go girl!

    I’ve read several reviews for Changeless and the one thing they all have in common is being flabbergasted by the end. The cliff hanger that made them all feel in awe. I was not. I am one of those people who read the last pages of the book after I finished a few in the beginning. Have you seen the film Alex and Emma with Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson? I’m like that Emma. If I don’t read the end globally I tend to read too fast and I skip sentences just to know how it ends. If I know the end, I can read more slowly, enjoy the book and the path the author has taken to get me there. In this case, Gail Carriger put me on a roller-coaster en made me read on and on, until I finished it.  Kudo’s for Gail, because its the way I like to read my books.

    BTT February 4, 2010

    February 4th, 2010

    Winter Reading

    “The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?”

    I’m not a season reader. I just read whatever I feel like and I read more than one book at the time.

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    The Sunday Salon Januari 24th, 2010

    January 24th, 2010

    A short post today. I finished Laurell K. Hamilton’s Guilty Pleasures, but I haven’t had time to write a review. I did however post a review of Maggie Sefton’s Dyers Consequences. And I started reading in the second Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel, The Laughing Corpse this weekend.

    Some goodies too, although I did say to myself not to buy any new books for the next few months. My TBR-pile is growing and growing, but these I really could not resist:

    It’s Katherine Neville’s The Eight, which I started in Dutch, but can now read in English; The Ruby in the Smoke  from Philip Pullman and The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber.

    All three books only cost me €10,– ( £8.77 or U$14,14) so, I really could not resist. Now all I need is to know where I can buy some time to read the books.

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    Maggie Sefton: Dyer consequences

    January 24th, 2010

    Dyer Consequences is the 5th Knitting Mystery from Maggie Sefton. In the first one – Knit one kill two – we meet Kelly Flynn, a Corporate Accountant who lives and works in Washington D.C. She came back to Colorado for her aunt Helen’s funeral who was murdered in her house. The police are convinced that her death was the result of a burglary gone bad, but for the accountant in Kelly, things just aren’t adding up.

    Kelly meets her aunts friends, the House of Lambspun regulars, regular knitters who come to the knit on the large library table on their free moments of their busy lives. The House of Lambspun is the yarnstore right next to aunt Helen’s –  now Kelly’s – cottage and used to be part of the huge farmhouse her aunt and uncle lived in when her uncle was still alive. Aunt Helen was an expert knitter but Kelly never even picked up the knitting needles. In Knit One, Kill Two she learns how to knit and purl and solves the mystery behind her aunts murder.

    In the next novels (Needled to Death, A Deadly Yarn and A Killer Stitch) Kelly finds ways to stay in Colorado, meets more friends, secretly starts dating one of them and learns to knit some more scarves and even a sweater. Oh and she solves some murders along the way too.

    One of the murderers Kelly pointed out to the police owned an alpaca ranch up the hills and Kelly bought the place to live in and to breed alpaca’s. A Killer Stitch ends not so cheery with all 4 tires of Kelly’s car flat, presumed slashed by some vandals.

    In Dyer Consequences Kelly has finally admitted she really likes Steve more than just a friend and she and him are making plans to build a whole new house up on the hills, but it seems someone does not agree with those plans. Kelly finds the windshields of her car cracked and her little cottage stained with red paint. She is scared but hopes it’s random vandalism by some gang from up north.

    A little copied from the back:

    “All that changes when House of Lambspun, the local knitting shop, is trashed and a young woman is found dead in the basement, drowned in a tub of dye. Although it seems like a burglary gone wrong, Kelly suspects there is more to the story. And as disturbing incidens pile up, she must pick up the stitches of these crimes before the killer strikes again…”

    I really love the series and the stories told never seems to get bored. Even all the murders in the area in a relevant short period of time in which Kelly gets involved are – although a bit too much to be true – still acceptable. Each book has a recipe and a pattern at the end of the book and I must admit I haven’t tried out one, not the knitting pattern, nor the recipes although they look very good on paper.

    Maggie Sefton on the web:

    1. Maggie Sefton homepage
    2. The Cozy chicks
    3. Maggie Sefton on LibraryThing


    Sunday Salon Januari 17th, 2010

    January 17th, 2010

    I have finally some time to visit the salon again. The last few weeks months I’ve been busy with lots of things, including some reading. But what I like best at this time is the new feel and look of my blog. Thanks to the Bloggiesta weekend hosted by Natashafrom MAWBooks I really got to think aboout what it was/is I want with my blog, and mostly I want to keep track of my reading, my fiber projects and occasionally talk about my work or my volunteer job at the zoo. My BF dan_e helped me a lot (it is after all his profession, being a web developer and all) and now I feel my blog is ready to be filled with stories, reviews and more.

    News about my reading, as you can see I joined some reading challenges and I even made dan_e a page and dare him to read the 100+ books with me. We did a lot of reading this weekend and I finished Dyers consequences, a Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton. I will write a review somewhere this week. Yesterday I started in “Guilty pleasures” by Laurell K. Hamilton. Someone in Second Life told me about the Anita Blake vampire hunter novels and since I’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I had to find out. Seems like dan_e had all 17 of them on his book shelves, so he brought me the first one this weekend.

    I made an account on Goodreads and you are free to “befriend” me if you like. I will try to keep my books up to date.

    So that’s it for this week, See you next Sunday

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