Posts Tagged ‘Dave Kellett’

Slow words for speed

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Excuses again: I’m working on my mother’s birthday present (which will be late), and so don’t want to put pictures up until she has it. The tablecloth is commuting with me, but hasn’t changed much in the last few rows.

A couple of funny books:

244: Free Air by Sinclair Lewis

This is the book I was Smooth-Reading for Distributed Proofreaders. (I’m linking to the project page for now – you can download it even without being a member – and will link to Project Gutenberg page once it’s up.) Its plot has a good bit in common with the romance in the first two Tarzan books, in my opinion, although the setting doesn’t:

[What follows is most definitely in the class of SPOILERS – no complaints now!]

  • Cultured, gently bred young woman (heroine) goes with her father (who she has to look after) on what for them is a very adventurous journey.
  • Reasonably educated but uncouth-looking young man (hero) sees, falls for, and repeatedly rescues her from trials and tribulations.
  • She repulses his affections for social reasons.
  • Her socially superior (near) fiance publicly stakes his claim.
  • Hero takes pains to learn the skills, clothes and deportment of her social milieu.
  • Heroine’s social conscience still says she can’t be with hero.
  • He saves her once again.
  • She changes her mind.

To be fair, of course, there are an awful lot of other romances out there with the exact same plot, and where they are well written (and preferably contain other interesting plots and subplots) I don’t mind that; it’s rather a classic, after all.

This is a good, light and funny version of the tale, and if I had the time I might consider recording it for Librivox myself.

I don’t, of course, with study beginning again in a couple of weeks, work being hectic already, Braille to continue, crochet to do, and now moderating the European Travelling Teddy Round that is about to begin on Ravelry. (Sign-ups are now closed, I’m afraid.) I’ll let you know when Luna is off!

245. Pugs: G-d’s Little Weirdos by Dave Kellett

The brand new Sheldon book, and I got an Artist’s Edition (with a sweet hand-drawn picture of Oso, of course, on the inside cover). Since this book focusses on pugs, and Oso in particular, some of the cartoons have appeared in the sequential books, but it’s fun seeing them together. I laughed and giggled lots, both of the times I’ve read the book since I received it yesterday!

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It’s Snowing!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Snowy garden with swing

Isn’t it pretty? (She says sitting indoors, and certainly not on the swing!)

Bare snowy tree
I love looking at trees at all times of the year. They are just beautiful.
Snow clumped on trees
Even when the bare structure of the tree doesn’t show through there is beauty.
Snow on yellow flowers
And here’s a little subtle colour in the snow. I think these are yellow catkins, but I haven’t gone close enough to check.

95. 62% More Awesome: The Third Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

96. A Blizzard of Lizards: The Fourth Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

Finished the reread, and I’ll have to make do with the daily story for the time being. There’s a great non-verbal story about Oso the Pug going on at the moment, which I’d recommend highly.

April Showers

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

March was quite good for me, but April is falling a bit flat so far, what with NatCroMo finishing, taking on more stuff at work (good things I want to do, but that will take ever more of my time, which is already spoken for) and mostly disappointments I don’t really want to discuss.

It’s still Adar; I should be happy! Oh well, perhaps Nisan will be the time to free myself from the downturns.

I’ve been helping one of my crochet students with an amigurumi duck she is making as her first project, and now I want to make one too! She has the pattern book, however, so I’ll have to make something else. Something to cheer me up. Any suggestions? I have been wanting to try amigurumi toys.

93. The Good, The Bad and The Pugly: The Second Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

I finished it this morning, and began the third, and perhaps I should go read some more of that to bring back my smile. Sheldon has insightful humour that isn’t nasty.

94. Super-Simple Creative Costumes by Sue Astroth

You know I still haven’t learnt to sew from scratch, but there are lots and lots of great costume patterns and ideas in this book, that are well photographed and look clear to read. There are costumes for children and adults and discussion of how to size whatever you are trying to make, including talking about which parts need to change least/most.

Back to what’s known to amuse

Sunday, 30 March 2008

I must admit to having finished the first of these (both of which I’ve read before) on Thursday, and the second yesterday, but unfortunately my computer and/or Firefox have been a bit slow over the weekend so I haven’t got much done. I should especially apologise for how late the NatCroMo game instructions were tonight. I really couldn’t fail to get them out tonight, after keeping it going all month, however. I hope tomorrow’s finale will be fun.

89. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

I’ve actually only read this once before, but it’s a very good book, and I’m glad I returned to it. Christopher is a very engaging character and narrator, and the unusual situations he gets himself into are very believable. Haddon skilfully has Christopher show us clearly how those around him get themselves in a pickle through their human foibles, as well as how Christopher himself cannot understand this.

90. Pure Ducky Goodness: The First Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett

I get the daily email of the new Sheldon cartoon, but I got the four extant print books as well (all signed and two with individual sketches inside). I really like the format and concept, but mostly the humour! Flaco is my favourite character, but the rest of the guys (there aren’t any regular female protagonists, as I’ve just now realised…) are fun too. This first book introduces Sheldon, Gramp and Arthur the duck, as well as Sheldon’s friend Dante. (Oops, Flaco isn’t in this one. It’s still good!)