Posts Tagged ‘book’

Kiwi Chopsticks

// February 10th, 2011 // 797 Comments » // Books, Culture

A gem of a cookbook we found in Jan’s mother’s stuff. Published in 1970, it includes such delicious treats as Watties Chop Suey Soup, Lamb of the Golden Peach and Kiwi Yang.

Yay! Lego Books!

// February 15th, 2010 // 696 Comments » // Obsessions

Just received a couple of Lego books in the mail that I ordered 6 weeks ago from Amazon. Very exciting!

The first is one I actually bought for my dad for his birthday in December. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to get it for myself…

It’s called simply “The Lego Book” and is a history, guide and tribute to Lego. Did you know that the Lego company was founded in 1916 by a Danish carpenter? At first he made furniture, but in 1932 he switched to children’s toys. The company did really well out of pull-along toys before inventing the Lego brick in 1949. Anyway there is a lot of good stuff in it as well as beautiful full colour photos. And if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a BONUS book “Standing Small” which is a tribute to 30 years of the Lego mini-figure!



// May 7th, 2007 // 309 Comments » // Internets, Moviesandtv

Have you ever read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman? I highly recommend them. They are the most blasphemous children’s books ever created! And the first book – Northern Lights – has been made into a movie which is coming out later in the year. Of course it’s been renamed to its American title, The Golden Compass.

The first book is set in an alternate universe where humans have their soul on the outside, an external embodiment called a daemon. And the movie website now has a quiz where you can find out your own inner daemon.

Hmm, a hare, not very glamorous but perhaps appropriate? Have your say above. Not sure about the “modest” bit!


// August 2nd, 2005 // 679 Comments » // Science

I’ve just finished reading Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Survive by Jared Diamond. What a great read it was. The last bit was particularly concerning when he discussed how our present day society will feasibly collapse within 100 years without some major changes.

If the ambition of most Third World residents is to achieve the lifestyle of the First World, we would have 12x the impact on the planet than we do currently. Not many people would say we could achieve that. And even if there was NO Third World, the First World alone is consuming more than it can sustain (along with many Third World resources of course). The most hard-hearted First World may think, well, so everyone in the Third World will suffer and we’ll still be alright – an insane and patently false argument given globalisation today. The only way our society can survive is for the First Worlders to make radical changes to their lifestyles – will we accept this or will we too “collapse”?

It’s actually not that depressing a book – there are reasons for hope – and much interesting stuff to be gleaned through case studies of past societies like Easter Island and the Mayans through to present day examples like Rwanda.

Highly recommended!!

American Glyndles

// July 20th, 2005 // 84 Comments » // Books, People

Glyn left our place at 5:00am this morning, on his way to his new life in Los Angeles. Jan is quite sad about his emigration. But I think it’s really positive – he’ll be with the woman he loves and doing what he loves too. Besides it’s a great excuse to go to the States for a holiday!

I am halfway through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and enjoying it a lot. Some reviewer summed it up when he said “J.K. Rowling is not a great writer. She is, however, a brilliant storyteller.” It is quite gripping even though not much has happened. And at least Harry is more sympathetic this time, not like Book 5 where I just wanted to strangle him!

Sadly I am having technical difficulties with my new 300Gb hard drive – it got totally corrupted last night and I was forced to format it. I have changed a setting in the device manager so will see if that makes any difference. Bloody hardware, ergh.

Another Book Meme

// April 5th, 2005 // 854 Comments » // Books, Internets

Geez, they come around fast don’t they? Thanks Asher (I think).

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
Hmm, so many, but I think I would be The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – familiarity and strangeness blended seamlessly. The bridge between childhood and maturity.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
A zillion television characters, but I don’t suppose they count! I can’t remember any specifically from books but I’m a rather crush-prone person, so it’s likely.

The last book you bought is:
Embarrassingly, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages, there’s something really satisfying about a gripping, unputdownable book even if it is opiate for the masses. Besides, it was on special at the Warehouse!

The last book you finished is?
Stoner McTavish by Sarah Drerer – your typical lesbian mystery book, funny characters, a good romance.

What are you currently reading?
The aforementioned The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Getting Used to Dying by Zhangng Xianliang (a more challenging read). Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome – hoping to do this with Archie this year.

Five Books you would take to a deserted Island?
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – never get sick of this one
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – for a lesbian romp and a dose of melodrama
The complete Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – pure escapism
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – endlessly thought provoking
The Odyssey by Homer – inspiring for one stuck on a desert island

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Sidherian – more lesbian romps?
Jessie @ the Backyard – she needs another book meme
ACP – something to blog about?

That’s enough about my reading habits to last a lifetime – no more book memes!

Half Blood Infringement Princess

// March 31st, 2005 // 226 Comments » // Books, Life, Obsessions

To celebrate the end of my big project, Jan & I & the kids went to the mega Warehouse by the airport. And while there I saw an ACTUAL POSTER for Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince! With a release date! Somehow all the info on the internet does not seem real until one sees physical evidence, and then one can really get excited!

That morning I found a ticket on our car that had been parked outside our house! Apparently it is an infringement to be “parked facing the wrong direction” – and Wellington City Council will police this vigorously at 10:07pm on a back street of Newtown! Crazy. I won’t be doing that again, $40 has taught me my lesson.


// March 29th, 2005 // 602 Comments » // Books, Lesbian, Moviesandtv, Obsessions

Discovered today that the BBC’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith is screening in Britain as we speak! If you have not heard of Ms Waters, she also penned the amazing Tipping The Velvet which was made into a fantastic BBC miniseries also. Fingersmith is my favourite of her novels so I am very excited by this development. I will have to get the DVD as soon as it’s available!

The novels are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as well, the twists and turns in Fingersmith will make your head spin!