Archive for July, 2006

Raining in Dublin

Posted by on Jul 31 2006 | General Ramblings

Where’s this so called heatwave? Everyone else is as tanned as me, i was promised sunshine, and instead it’s raining. Bah!

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Home Again

Posted by on Jul 30 2006 | General Ramblings

Ahhh, the first cup of tea after a holiday: there’s nothing like it.

Just back though, and still have to unpack, do the washing etc etc etc, but also have to be in work first thing tomorrow.

Will catch up with the internets and hopefully get a few posts up tomorrow.

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Posted by on Jul 26 2006 | General Ramblings

When I travel I like to sample delicious things that I can’t get at home. Here you see a Plopp bar, which is chocolate with a caramel centre. Imagine a cheap version of a Cadbury’s caramel bar.

It’s resting on a Dalecarna horse, the symbol of the part of Sweden we’re in, sitting on the windowsill of our cottage.

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The Scar by China Mieville

Posted by on Jul 26 2006 | Books

This is the second in a set of three books that take place in the same world. The first, Perdido Street Station, was great, although quite intense at times and a bit hard to get into. This was a bit more accessible, but kept the intensity and the huge, huge amount of detailed ideas, which he seems to have in bucketloads to just use up so many on such small things. The different creatures in the world he’s created are all so clever – detailed and humanoid but disturbing at times too. If I had to have a complaint it would be that I don’t really find any of his characters particularly likeable, and I do like to be able to relate to at least one character on some level. That’s just me though, I don’t think it’s a measure of the quality of the book.
The writing’s fantastic, so descriptive, the plot is interesting, and although I don’t necessarly warm to the characters they’re really so well realised.

Ohhh, just read someone’s review on Amazon and they described the style as industrial fantasy. I think that sums it up well.

Anyway, this was good. It took me a while to get through, it’s definitely not a mindless holiday read sort of a book.

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Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi

Posted by on Jul 23 2006 | Books

At the end of Persepolis, the author, aged 14 at the time, was sent to Austria to live with a family friend, as her independence and rebelliousness was putting her at risk in Iran. This takes off from there and covers her return to Iran a few years later. Again, the graphic medium is really successful, and, again, this was fascinating to read and completely shocking at times. I would totally recommend these two books.

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