Archive for September, 2007

Reading some more…

Paul Sussman; The Lost Army of Cambyses
Worthless and outdated debut novel of an archaeologist… The characters are interesting, the story also, but the writing is… awful.
I actually discovered the secret of quick reading – I read about one sentence on every page, but I still got a clear appreciation of the book and it took me about an hour to read it… (~400 pages) So not total waste of time >:-> Now I at least know not to read another Sussman ever again ๐Ÿ˜€

Arturo Pรฉrez Reverte; The Club Dumas
To my big surprise I found out that this is the novel the somewhat weird movie “The Ninth Gate” is based on… I like the book lot better than the movie.

Tim Powers; Anubis Gates
Very interesting story… I definitely want to read more by him ๐Ÿ™‚

Eva Ibbotson; A Countess Below the Stairs
This is the first book for adults she has written I have read. I liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gives a nice spectrum of Eva’s capacity; from the children’s books (like Ghost Rescue) through the teenagers’ books (river sea and Star of Kazan) to these romance novels – she has a very nice style and sense of humor, and her love of animals and children is so clearly present… Honorable Olive is so wonderfully lovely and alive *_*

Lily Prior: La Cucina
Lily Prior: Nectar

I read these both, like them, but… I am not too fond of her writing. Interesting little books.


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I have been reading some books lately… In the beginning of September I visited the library and found some books I have been wanting to read for some time now.

Kate Mosse: The Labyrinth
I liked it. It’s not as good as Katherine Neville’s Eight, but better than Da Vinci Code. I like the mystery part of the book – the idea of that the secret is being protected by Goddess herself and thus it won’t open if you are not worthy…

J.K.Rowling: Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows
Not as good as the previous books but she manages to keep me reading. I found this book a good closure to the series.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason: The Rule of Four
I liked it a lot. I liked the friendship and the idea of that someone had saved the books we know of but have been lost to ignorance and fundamentalism…

Iain Pears: The Portrait
WHOAH! A wonderful little book! So unexpected end… I think this was the best of these books

cezanne's portrait of a man

Eva Ibbotson: The Star of Kazan
Reliable Ibbotson quality. She is like Astrid Lindgren, hates when children and animals get hurt, and she “saves” them by writing a good ending to the stories.
Warning for sensitive readers: some animal abuse. A spaniel get burned badly and loses his leg, tail and eye – a horse gets somewhat abused as well.

Allen Kurzweil: A Case of Curiosities

teresa fasolino's illustration for the book

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Saturday Six Episode 177

Saturday Six Episode 177 – 8.9.2007

1. How different is your speech pattern among your friends versus a stranger youโ€™d meet on the street?

A little. I use better language when talking with strangers, than with friends.

2. How often do you get asked where youโ€™re from based on your accent?

Not often LOL I’m a Finn in Sweden, and everyone KNOWS I’m Finnish due to my accent ๐Ÿ˜‰
When I was living in Finland, no-one ever questioned my accent – my family had moved a lot around Finland, so we didn’t have much accent. Some people thought my mothertongue was Swedish though.

3. What word or phrase said by newscasters is your biggest pet peeve?


4. Take the quiz: How good at grammar are you?

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.
It’s pretty obvious that you don’t make basic grammatical errors.If anything, you’re annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they’re only human.

And it’s humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

Now, that was easy! I don’t do any mistakes in THOSE words! I do the mistakes in articles and prepositions, strong verbs, commas and capitals… and some common mistake-words like affect and effect etc.

5. How often do you look up a word in a dictionary, either online or print?


6. How many books or guides on grammar do you currently own?

One on Swedish grammar, one on German grammar and one on Danish grammar ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Five on Friday meme

Inquiring Minds

1. Which do you think reveals more about a person, the contents of their refrigerator or the contents of their purse?

The contents of their purse.
2. When you visit someone’s home, what are you most interested in looking at?


3. If you could make it so that one person on earth was physically incapable of telling lies or keeping secrets, celebrities & politicians included, who would you choose?

I don’t think these two can be connected… it is very important for people to be able to keep secrets – we have several occupations were the secrecy is demanded and rightfully so. My spiritual or medical secrets have nothing to do with any other person, so being physically incapable of keeping secrets – no, I wish that to no-one.
Being physically incapable of keeping harmful secrets or “backing up” someone’s lies by “keeping secrets”, that’s a totally different issue.
I would also like to add “telling truth with evil intentions” to the list.

There is no one person I’d choose. There just isn’t anyone who’s that important. But I would choose the Arab/Muslim/Palestinian and Jewish leaders, and because of their number, I’d keep the ability limited to the position – as long as they are leaders, they will be incapable of scheming, lying, cheating and luring when it comes to political matters.

4. Have you ever spilled the beans on someone else’s secret? If so, what was it?

Yes, because I didn’t know it was a secret. There’s already enough people knowing that, so I won’t tell.

5. Have you ever kept a diary? If so, was it top secret? What did you write about?

Yes I have.
No, it wasn’t – it didn’t even have a lock. Besides, it didn’t take me long time to realize that all the pretty, cute locks opened with the same key, so if someone – ANYONE – had a key, this person had also the full access to the diary.
About my daily life, my thoughts, my inspiration, my ideas, my dreams, my hopes… very much like this blog. I am sure you’d like to hear my deepest secrets, but it was mostly “today I was skiing” and “I read an interesting book today”. Of course there was some “today HE looked at me and smiled in a certain way and I’m sure HE’s thinking in a certain way and blah blah blah” decorated with stars and hearts, and probably it was written with red or pink pen as well… So nothing interesting to anyone else but me.
I have sneak-read my sister’s diary, so I know it’s totally uninteresting. I doubt ANYONE would write interesting diary.

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