Archive for Books

Kiwi Chopsticks

// February 10th, 2011 // 282 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.

American Glyndles

// July 20th, 2005 // 17 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 // 200 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 // 54 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 // 168 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!