Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Among the many books I have on my shelves, I have the first three books in a series by Kate Atkinson. I've never read anything by Atkinson, so I pulled out the first in the series, Case Histories, and started it.
You can see that Stephan King called it "the best mystery of the decade." High praise and I think the book is delivering on a pleasurable and interesting reading adventure.
Atkinson takes a good 100 pages telling 4 seemingly unconnected stories. One is about a missing 3 year old, a story of a woman who loses it and murders her husband, the story of a man whose daughter is murdered by a man who has never been caught, and the story about the private detective who seems to be bringing all the stories together.
Atkinson has a great voice and I like the flow of her writing. For a mystery writer, she is skilled in crafting prose that does more than tell the story with the appropriate clues and foreshadowing and is pleasurable to read. It evokes the feelings that go with the story, so we are not only on the journey to solve the mystery but we get to know the characters in an emotional way.
If this book is good measure of Kate Atkinson's other books, I will continue to read her other books. Next up:
Monday, April 15, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I've decided that on Wednesdays I will share something from the world of books. Books have always been something I love. I read to live and I live to read. Who said that?
For a while I've been enjoying Flavia de Luce, an eleven year old sleuth who happens to be a chemistry prodigy and lives in a moldering British estate with her father and two sisters. I know this may sound as though this series is for the juvenile, or young adult readers, but that is not so. Alan Bradley has written her as a delightful, energetic detective and narrator, who is still a child and naive in the most enduring ways, and manages to pull the adult reader in with good story lines.
The father is absorbed in his stamp collecting and grieving the loss of his wife and Flavia's mother, who was an adventurous soul with a real zest for living. Her death has left some huge holes in her family's lives. This is especially true for Flavia who has no real memories of her mother. The whole family is a study in disfunction and Flavia and her sister live to torture each other.
There are 5 books so far beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Next is The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
A Red Herring without Mustard
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
and finally my present read: Speaking from among the Bones
If you decide to read this series, I hope you'll find them as enjoyable as I do.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It's also been a lot of months since my last entry. Sorry. I've running from my blog for a while, feeling less than inspired and creative. Maybe now I am back on the wings of inspiration and ready to inspire more than me.
For my first day of love, I made a simple card using my Cricut. The cuts come from the following cartridges:
The heart and the x are from George and basic shapes with the heart cut at 2" and the x at 1".
The sentiment is cut from A Child's Year at 1".
Under the heart is a chocolate marshmallow heart which happens to be one of my husband's favorite things. Inside is a sentiment written by me and a carpenter's pencil that I attached to the inside with adhesive.
The photos are not great because I took them with my iPad and quickly, but here they are anyway.
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Friday, February 4, 2011
I wanted to let my loyal followers, and I want you all to know how much appreciate each and every one of you who stops by regularly to see what I’ve done, that I don’t know when or if I will post my latest project today.I did get started on my next project for today’s post, but I’ve been dealing with some flu strain and haven’t done much else besides sleep and lay in bed. I am feeling a little better and my fever has come down a little so I’m hoping I can get in my scrap studio this afternoon. So until then I’ll give you a peek at what I’m working on.
I’ll have lots of picture to show you when I’m done. Until then I hope every one of you has a wonderful and productive day.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
It’s got a new life and tomorrow it will hold some yummy brownies I’m making for my husband to take to work. It’s such a nice size for this or a small pan of cinnamon rolls. I’ll line the inside with waxed paper and pink tissue paper and who would know it once held Taco Bell.
I used a couple of sheets from the My Mind’s Eye Love Nest stack and cut out the birds in the nest to pop them up from the design on the paper and added some Prima flowers along with some others I had in my stash. I added pink rhinestones for the centers. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and is a perfect match to the paper.
I just measured the box and cut my paper to match and it worked out.
The sentiment is made with Alphalicous and was welded with my Gyspy.