Saturday, December 31, 2011
The Lover's Dictionary, by David Levithan
Ed King, by David Guterson
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Zone One, by Colson Whitehead
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
Best Adult Fiction (short stories) - Blueprints for Building Better Girls, by Elissa Schappell
Wicked Autumn, by G.M. Malliet
Rogue Island, by Bruce DeSilva
Best Adult Fiction (sci-fi or fantasy) - When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan
Best Adult Fiction (Historical Fiction) - American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin
Best Graphic Novel - Lost and Found, by Shaun Tan
The Scrapbook of Francie Pratt, by Caroline Preston
Best Adult Non-Fiction - Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis
Sex, Death and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover's World Tour, by Robb Walsh
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, by Ken Jennings
Few Eggs and No Oranges, by Vere Hodgson
Best YA Fiction - Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
All These Things I've Done, by Gabrielle Zevin
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman
Best Picture Book - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, by Jerry Pinkney
Best Documentary - Exit Through The Gift Shop
Best Feature Film - The Social Network
Fun and quick.
This was a tightly plotted investigation into the death of a French singer in the Piaf mode, and was thoroughly enjoyable.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Cinder is 36.7% artifical- a terrible accident as a child left her orphaned, and her adoptive new guardian had her body repaired with the best technology available, until he died too, leaving her with his wife and 2 daughters. In this version, only Pearl, the eldest sister, is truly evil, Peony, the younger, does love her cyborg adoptive sister and Cinder loves Peony and Iko, her android. Cinder is licensed mechanic, with a knack for fixing all machinery, and is known throughout New Beijing for her skills.
I've read a lot of re-told Cinderella tales (a recent favorite being the lesbian twist in Ash, by Malinda Lo) but this was really a stunner- impossible to put down, great classic sci-fi imagery, and a heroine whose human-vs-artificial rights/and intelligence was so much better addressed than in The Fox Inheritance.
The shrinking of people down to half and inch has been approached before, and so have the dangers of nanotechnology, in Crichton's own (and much better) Prey.
I hope she writes more of these, but am beginning to sadly suspect this is the last- I'm so glad I got to read them.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Wessels takes New England scenes, and by analysis of the trees and rocks, traces back the history of the area for years- in some cases to the glacial ages. Fascinating, and I think I will never look at the world in the same way, which is a heck of an impact.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
1 pint jar
thickened gasoline- thicken pure gasoline with styrofoam until it is thick like molassas
1/2 cup battery acid
put both in pint jar, seal, and wash carefully.
put 2 rubber bands around jar.
soak sheets of paper in potassium chloride solution, let dry, cut into strips.
put strip of paper through rubber bands.
when ready to use, shake jar and throw- supposedly, once the mixture inside touches the paper, BOOM.
(I am not- repeat- NOT saying anyone should try this or that it works - just that it was highly unusual to find recipes for homemade weaponry in a terrible novel.)