Monthly Archives: February 2013

THE DROWNING GIRL by Caitlin R. Kiernan

I wasn’t sure about this one when I started it, but when I finally got going on it, I finished it in pretty much a single sitting. It does creepy pretty well. The creepiness of a mind betraying itself. Talk about your unreliable narrators, this narrator doesn’t even know herself. 

 

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Home sick

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Max was home sick today and he got sooooo bored (because I had to work). This is one of the things he did.

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GUN MACHINE by Warren Ellis

It’s been a while since I read a book in one day. Quite the pageturner Mr. Ellis has set out for us. If you’re into police stories, this one’s pretty nice. Pretty appropriate, given our country’s gun-drenched mania.

Ellis’ protagonists are strange and broken peopel, but quite simply humane and likeable. But really, I’ll probably like any book whose main character is a Reader. 

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What the heck!? A baby elephant!?

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I don’t know if Alice actually said that, but it’s something she might have said. She was super thrilled to see the Oregon Zoo’s new baby elephant.

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Presidents’ Day 2013

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So many things.

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Hiking

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Max walked all the way to the top of Multnomah Falls. All 2.6 miles of it.

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Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Robert

 I’m ashamed to admit, that even with four years of Russian in college, I didn’t really *get* the title until it was very much spelled out for me.

Nevertheless, I very much enjoyed it. The middle third of the book very much redeems the somewhat slow, and dry beginning. Or perhaps it’s simply that the narrator’s voice took some time to grow on me. I laughed aloud at times, which isn’t true of many books.

Like the artists in Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN, the narrator is one of several Soviet science fiction writers compelled by Stalin to concoct an elaborate fantasy of radioactive aliens intent on destroying the planet. And that’s just the first twenty pages or so.

I would very much recommend this one.

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Spontaneous Trip to Multnomah Falls

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Max and Alice made it all the way up to the first switchback. Max wants to go back next weekend to go all the way to the top of the falls.

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Max’s Bones

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Yay! No fracture!

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New Haircut

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Alice got one.

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