Sunday, November 30, 2008
This is my last post (# 30) in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This wonderful image of a street in the ruins of ancient Pompeii is by the flickr user Senex Prime.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is post # 26 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Visit each of your 5 new blogpals and snoop around their blogs to find at least one thing you have in common.
In your blog, write a post, linking to your 5 new blogpals, about what you have in common with them.
Come back and sign Mr Linky.
As you run across other Weekly Geek posts (or deliberately seek them out) if you see anyone mentioned who has something in common with you, pay them a visit.
This is post # 23 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The post about Homer and his epics made me think about The Women of Troy which is an ancient play, a tragedy, by the writer Euripides.
It has been a while since I read The Women of Troy myself, but I remember being completely taken with the story and I actually want to recommend it to anyone interested in the Classic classics. It is an engrossing story and it is short but extremely intense. Yes, the centuries has passed since it was written, but I still feel that it is worth reading in 2008 and that it is still able to make an impact on a modern reader.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is my post # 20 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The computer-expert/artist/con-man Kidd receives a call late at night from his online friend Bobby, asking him to go to the town of Longstreet, where a black kid has been shot by the cops. The town is covering up this shooting, as it was the wrong boy who got shot.
The town's underground hard-core black politicians are mad: about the killing of the black boy which is just the latest thing in a row of injustices, redneck racism and corruption in this small Southern town. Kidd is asked to help developing a scheme, making the current city council fall. His on and off lover, the burglar LuEllen, is brought in as his sidekick, and the story takes off.There were some intrigues in this story concerning political stuff and computer technicalities that I couldn't quite figure out, but the story moves quickly along, and it is overall a fast and easy read. Some of the rednecks and their methods stand out as particular bad, and the freaky new-age mayor is also a good character. Though I am not rating this story a 5 star read, I am sure I will read the other Kidd-novels by John Sandford.
Monday, November 17, 2008
This is post # 17 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
2. Come up with categories, based on relationship, personality, or whatever else you like. I think this is easier to do once you have your books in mind; you can then just assign categories to those books.
3. Post your own gift giving guide! Add short blurbs about the books, just enough so that your readers can determine if it’d be a good gift for people on their list.
For the serious crime/thriller/mystery-lover I strongly recommend the Swedish mega-bestseller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. The unlikely pair in this mega-monstrous-super-fantastic thriller is the 40-something journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the 2o-something hacker-girl Lisbet Salander. Both of them with many interesting sides to their personalities. Add to that a gallery of other exciting characters and a plot that will spin you around and you have this the first book in the Millenium-series by now deceased Stieg Larsson, who managed to write three books about Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbet Salander. All huge bestsellers in Scandinavia. TRY THIS ONE!
For the chick-lit reader, I recommend "Girls of Riyadh" by Rajaa al-Sanea. It is not high browed literature and I am not even sure that I will call it that well-written. But it definitely offers a rare glimpse into the life of a group of young, upper-middleclass Saudi girls and what problems they face in life, love, sex, fashion, education and so on. The book has been hot stuff in the Middle Eastern world for some years now and it is said that specially the Saudi boys were curious to read it. Definitely recommended for a light read.
For the picky reader in the family with a more refined taste and the want for someting with a little more meat, I recommend Midaq Alley by Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. This novel was written in the 1940's and revolves around the people in an alley in Cairo. Life is harsh, possibilities are rare and gossip abounds. It is not a happy read, but it is masterly written and deals with things that are still going strong in Egypt today. Highly recommendable, but this book is not for all.
Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise also went to a book convention recently. In Singapore though and I guess it was a liiiiitle bigger than the one I went to in Copenhagen ;o)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
NB. The image with the books covered in whipped cream was used last year on the poster for the Book Convention. This year they use another image, I just liked this one better.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This is my 12th post in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.