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I've been meaning to review a book I read recently - "Cold hands, warm heart" by Jill Wolfson. It arrived in the library for cataloguing and caught my attention so I thought I'd give it a read. It was time well spent - this book deals with a number of intertwined issues, a cast of well-defined characters and several narrators concisely and effectively. The book focuses around a heart transplant and views it from many angles and points of view in a believable way that neither judges the characters nor patronises the reader. The transplant donor and recipient(s) and their families have complex emotions to deal with and none of these are neglected or simplified - the recipient is very much aware that someone healthy died, and it is only because of this that she could continue to live. The transplantation process is well portrayed and not glamorised or made to appear a simple fix - the downsides of living with ongoing medications and the consequences of rejection are not left out or glossed over.
I would happily recommend this book for anyone - even if you are unable to relate to the story it is told well and is very thought-provoking.

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Also, I went to the post office to send one of my long overdue parcels - it seems that the post office opening hours I googled were out of date - that'll teach me to just take the first search result. I should know better than that. Bad librarian! Bad!

I guess I'll try to get there during the week...

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Nov. 27th, 2011 01:19 am
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Friday was the work Christmas party - it was a lot of fun but the only photos I got were of the fish tank and even those are on my phone which is charging in the other room so... the other thing that happened was that Skyrim finally arrived in the mail. Waiting for installation, patching on a connection that was behaving patchily and getting some basic until-the-next-patch-comes-out fixes put in I finished this book. A good read... it's also published under the name 'Eon'. I have to go find the second book next week!




Skyrim itself, once some control and graphics fixes were put in, has been good so far. I can't honestly say it's as quite up to the standard of Oblivion or Morrowind, but they do set one heck of a high bar. I'm looking forward to playing more of it, these games do tend to grow on me :)

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Nov. 20th, 2011 01:44 am
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Early nineties extremely American version of Trivial Pursuit - we were playing around with the question cards late at night. Sometimes the questions are more fun than the answers :D




Today I did some geocaching, placed a new geocache, and picked up the new Dresden Files Fool Moon comic hardcover bindup from Pulp Fiction Comics. It's very, very pretty :D

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Oct. 21st, 2011 12:33 am
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Well normally I wouldn't post two books in a row, but normally I haven't just had a new Terry Pratchett (signed :D) arrive in the mail. Time to get some serious reading done :D

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Oct. 20th, 2011 01:27 am
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Awesome to see one of my favourite childhood books is still around! I loved this when it was in my primary school library!

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Oct. 9th, 2011 12:21 am
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Last catchup day... and due to facebook requests there are two Saturday photos. You'll have to excuse the photos for having evidence of unfinished house organising around the place...



On Friday I set out to get started on sorting a huge number of books and then alphabetising those bear at least a passing resemblance to a novel. I didn't expect to finish that, but I did. One of those jobs you start on and just keep going and going and going. Of course, now I have to rehouse the stuff that didn't pass the something-like-a-novel test.



The first thing I did today was build this table. I've got a lot more of this room sorted now, though there's still a ways to go. Now that I can access the built-in cupboards that had been hemmed in with boxes it should progress a lot faster. Oh, and you're not seeing things, the globe in the lamp IS blue. It filters out the yellowishness you usually get in artificial light to give a more accurate colour for craft purposes.



I also went out to knock off a few things on my household shopping list. The biggest of which was a vacuum cleaner. Yay? I have to say... this vacuum cleaner sucks. You know. The way it should.

Also, I watched the Doctor Who series finale, but can say nothing as several people would be really angry if I spoilered it.

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Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:38 am
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Officially I have to disapprove of any writing in or modification of library books. But every now and then you find a gem or at least something highly amusing and it's really, really hard to be disapproving.

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Jul. 25th, 2011 01:46 am
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This evening I finished reading 'A Buffalope's Tale' by Philip Caveney. It's a very well-written prequel to the Sebastian Darke series which I have not read, but I expect I will seek them out later.

It is the autobiography of a character from the series, Max, a buffalope. He begins life as part of a herd but that changes, and his life steadily gets worse until he meets Alexander Darke, though that does not entirely end his struggles. The story is well set up and flows well. It's one of the best children's fantasy books I've read in some time, it neither drags nor tries to disguise the unpleasant things that take place, instead using humour to make them less traumatic.

If I had to pick fault, I'd have to say I'm never a fan of renaming something for the sake of it appearing different to make the fantasy world sound more different - horses are called equines, apples are called pommers. It does not take much to see straight through that so I do not understand why so many authors do things like this.

Squareley aimed at those aged 9-12, but I appreciate a well-written book for any age bracket.

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Sebastian_Darke:_A_Buffalope%27s_Tale_by_Philip_Caveney This is a good review of the book, somewhat beyond my current reviewing skills...

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Jul. 21st, 2011 12:57 am
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A book review and a photo post in one. Hoo boy. (My reviews generally go to Google+, just... slightly less directly this time). Also a brief review, much as I enjoyed this, short of analysing it I don't find myself with a lot to say.

Blacksad is an excellent read, this comic is in a hardboiled noir/anthro style which is pulled off brilliantly. Some heavy stuff and conflicting ideaologies dealt with. The characters feel very gritty and realistic - they're not without their flaws and secrets and their interactons are quite complex and well done.

Probably a good place to introduce mystery lovers to comics - providing they're not TOO easily offended... "mature content" and all.

Definitely worth the wait to get it.

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Jun. 20th, 2011 11:15 pm
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This is the second volume of Pinnochio, Vampire Slayer. When I saw the first volume I just *had* to read it, and it did not disappoint me. The perfect vampire slayer really - no blood, and an endless supply of stakes. Also, a sense of humour that just WORKS.

I'm really looking forward to the next one now... anyhow. It comes with my recommendation. It would have to be one of the better classic story gothifications out there. What's not to love?

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May. 28th, 2011 12:13 am
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The Biggest Morning Tea went rather well - and was the beginning of a busy day with quite a lot going on... not least a very large delivery of books that is going to keep me out of trouble for some time. I'd love to take the time to really examine all of the books, but I must press on and work... the sacrifices we make. Nevertheless I noticed a book on the subject of Chuck Norris and a Stavros Pippos photography book in there. Might have to look closer after they're catalogued!

After work I went to a signing where Garth Nix and Sean Williams were signing Troubletwisters, which they co-authored. And if you've already seen the photo twice on facebook, I do apologise but it relates to a competition entry ^.^; In related news, this is the second time Garth Nix has appeared in this photo blog. I've been to other author signings as well, but it's either been impractical or against the rules to get photos.

I also got new Tyres, picked up some honey I'd ordered (my favourite kind ^.^) and took care of other bits and pieces.

After all that I'm kind of exhausted.

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May. 2nd, 2011 12:52 am
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So is there anything wrong with allocating some to-do list time to reading the books on my to-read shelf? Theyr'e getting a little out of control.

We won't talk about the ones on the wish list or in the wardrobe. Oh no, we won't...

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Apr. 13th, 2011 11:48 pm
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Whilst I'm going to try to cut back on pictures of objects taken at the last minute (^.^;;) this one is not without purpose.

Because as I said earlier on Facebook, I've won an opportunity (one of 100 people) to meet Terry Pratchett and get a book personalised after a show in which he will be interviewed by Garth Nix in the Sydney Opera House on Sunday. I'm thinking I'll take Thud, because it's my favourite Discworld book. I'm not totally decided though. I keep looking over and seeing the Discworld comics and Unseen Academicals too...

Also, I will get to spend the weekend with friends over there. So it's shaping up to be a pretty awesome weekend.

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Mar. 23rd, 2011 10:23 pm
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I opened a courier box at the library this morning and found something waiting for me. Freshly catalogued and ready for its first reading. I guess I'll get my own copy eventually, but in the meantime, I'm off to get into it!

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Jan. 14th, 2011 12:42 am
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This is my to-read shelf. As you can see, it's two rows deep. Some of the books have been there an embarrassingly long time. I did cull the shelf recently getting rid of those I doubt I will read... but when I keep borrowing library books and those have due dates I tend to read them first. Every now and then one of these books gets read though... the gaps in the shelf don't last though.

I'm sure they will get read some day. These books are amongst the larger items on my longer term to-do list.

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Jan. 5th, 2011 11:40 pm
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This evening I mostly chilled out with a book... this book in particular. I should do that more often.

This book was a new one in the library today - it was expected to go onto hold for someone but I guess another copy filled that hold request. So, seeing an author whose work I really enjoy I borrowed it. This one is a YA book whereas the others by this author are nominally Adult. There was a discernable difference - less depth in the plot complexity for one (but no less in the moral complexity). It was also interesting to not certian themes continue to show up in the author's work. Large corporations as an evil force for one. They may not always be this author's driving force for evil, but they're always there. I'm not sure that I particularly have an opinion about this one way or another but it interested me. I don't often read very analytically when I read for pleasure, but I did find myself automatically doing some of this with 'The Last Dragonslayer'. Worth the read if you have a chance!
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Thursday and Friday's photos... almost caught up.

Thursdays is a bit of a cheat. I had a busy day and didn't really get a photo op, so here is a shot I took some time in April at Glenelg - I think it's there anyhow. Glenelg's been part of my life for ages, as my Nanna lived there and I went to primary school in Glenelg. I caught and lost my first (and only) fish on that Jetty when I was four.



On Friday I went to a book signing at Borders - Garth Nix was one of my favourite authors when I was in my teens, and I still enjoy reading his books today. I took along a 1995 copy of Sabriel, he said it had been a long time since he'd signed one of those.

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