Dec. 31st, 2005

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The History of Love by Alison Krauss, book 96, a recommendation from [livejournal.com profile] ascikitty, I think. I liked it, even though I didn't understand it. The format was a little hard to follow. The ending was... good, but very confusing. I give it three stars.

The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford, book 97. Bordertown meets Mob Chicago. Wow, that was fun. :) I loved the hat-tipping to the folks who created Bordertown in the first place. This one, I suspect I'll have a hope of understanding better the second time I read it, and there will definitely be a second time. Four stars. I hope he writes more!

Necessary Evil by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, book 98. Their most recent holiday chapbook, with two stories. I liked the first all right, and the title story bunches and bunches. Four stars.

Hydrophibian by Michael Manning, book 99. I didn't not understand it, it was just... a little silly. I loved the artwork though. I'd like to read the first book, Spider Garden, I think that would be... more to my taste.

Books I have in progress right now:

Arch by David Craig and Andy Goldsworthy
Tribe of Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Beauty's Punishment by Anne Rice writing as...
A Place of my Own by Michael Pollan
Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin

I'd like to finish the first two today, just 'cause. The others are going more slowly.
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I finished Arch, by Andy Goldsworthy and David Craig, which I had out from the library. I think that Andy Goldsworthy is an amazing artist with some profound things to say about our relationship with nature. (I love his work, which I recently found out more about through the movie, Rivers and Tides, about the use of time in his art. It was loaned to me by [livejournal.com profile] 7j.) Arch was a short book with text and pictures, and an interesting premise, which was one arch erected and taken down in a number of places in Cumbria. I liked it, and it made me interested in sheepfolds, which had never really crossed my mind much before. I'd give it three stars, mainly for the pictures and the part of the text written by David Craig, which I liked. I have Goldsworthy's book Wood out of the library, and plan to continue exploring his work. I'd love to see it in person some time. Probably most possible at Storm King Art Center in New York, where he has a permanent installation.

I also finished Tribe of Tiger, a loan from [livejournal.com profile] an_gadhar which he has been incredibly patient about getting back. I loved this book. The parts about how life has changed for big cats and native people in Africa made me very sad. It never ceases to amaze me how humans fuck up the world that we live in, and a lot of it seems so far away and outside of my power to change. I mean, gosh. I think about things I do to make the world a better place, but how to help big cats... I wouldn't even know where to start. Probably my favorite parts were observations of the author's cats and their behavior, and observations of Ruby, a (relatively) tame puma rescued as a orphaned kitten. I loved how this book helped me to understand the behavior of my own cats differentely. Four stars - I'll definitely want to read this again, and I'd love to read other books like it about different animals, like wolves and dolphins. The author has two books on dogs, also, but I'm not really into dogs.
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I went to go and read the crochet community, which I sometimes do, and found that it had been deleted.

The whole thing. Deleted. Gosh.

Apparently a bunch of splinter communities have jumped up in its wake, and some people are talking about child pornography and CPS, and I'm so confused. I just... like reading about people's crochet projects, and asking questions and stuff.

It's a little hard to tell where to go, but [livejournal.com profile] polite_crochet seems promising. Crocheting Friends, what are you doing?
snugglekitty: (shawl)
I posted this on the now-defunct crochet community earlier this year. I thought I would re-post it, so that I would not lose it, and all of you would get to still have it.

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