Archive for August, 2008

TBR Challenge: Fledgling by Octavia Butler (2005)

Posted in Fiction, Gina, TBR Challenge on August 19, 2008 by Gina

This book has been on my TBR for probably the longest of all my books.  My husband heard a NPR review of it sometime in late 2006 and asked me to put it on my TBR list.   Even with a near 2 year wait for this book, I was not disappointed.  The only disappointment I have is that Ms. Butler tragically died in February of 2006 and will not be able to finish the story which she began in Fledgling

Fledgling is not just another vampire tale.  The creativity in which the Ina are introduced is astounding.  The writing beautifully woven to just give the reader enough information to connect to the characters.  Shori is tragic and strong with each stroke of the pen.  

I found Ms. Butler’s story to be one that flowed well.  I was engaged and involved with the lives of Shori and her symbionts.  The first two-thirds of the book had Shori and her symbionts on the run from the murderous racist that annihilated her family.    The last third of the book focused on finding justice.  The final third of the book deals with many societal issues.  Racism.  Crime.  Justice System. 

Overall, Fledgling is a well written, enjoyable book that leaves you wanting more.

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Magazines

Posted in Christine, Magazine, Non-Fiction, Weight Loss on August 2, 2008 by muerta

I have always enjoyed reading a magazine.  I admit that my tastes are varied, and I have purchased or subscribed to magazines for a variety of reasons.  Currently, we have no magazines arriving to the house; the internet has changed most of the way that we gather our news or information that we seek.  However, this will change soon.

Oprah “O”:  I used to subscribe, but I canceled my subscription when her articles about my favorite things were items that were equivalent in value to my weekly paycheck.  While I still enjoy catching her show when I can [I like Dr. Oz and Suzie Orman(?)], I found her magazine to be too rich for my tastes.

Glamour:  used to be a fun read for me when I had a body that could fit the clothing styles that they advertised.  I also found that working in education with handicapped children and my ability to afford to go out to “stylish” places became more limited as usually I am asleep around 10ish (unless there is a Law and Order marathon happening on TNT or my book is really good) so this subscription too became canceled.

Games for Windows:  my husband’s yearly birthday present but he got mad at them for rating more console games and disagreed with too many of their reviews.  Hence, this subscription was canceled.

Wierd Tales:  another husband subscription but he canceled it because he did not like the format as compared to the older, much more expensive editions that he periodically finds on eBay.  Well, my apologies to them that Lovecraft, et al. are no longer contributing during this modern age of horror writing.

Yankee Magazine:  I loved this magazine for many reasons.  It had an elaborate list of things to do in New England, new places to try, recipes, a great gardening section, a featured “house of the month”, and in general, many interesting articles about life in New England- everything from lobster fishing to Lyme Disease outbreaks.  It was almost pocket sized, definitely pocket book sized, and very identifiable and unique.  However, about a year ago, another company bought them, made it normal sized for a magazine, and increased the advertising to where most of the magazine was focused on people and what they were selling.  No more articles of interest regarding the “Rhode Island Beach Frisbee Dog Catching Contest” or the Children’s Museum in Cape Cod.  With this more modern make-over, I canceled my subscription.  I liked the cozier feel of the old magazine.

After all, it was one article in Yankee magazine that taught us how to really use our Weber grill with accuracy and that alone made it very worth while.

Connecticut Magazine:  subscribed for a year and then canceled when I found out that people were paying reporters to get into the magazine.  It always focused on upscale places, or had rankings of who is the best dentist or doctor, or what is happening in the insurance industry.  There was little human aspect to the magazine; it was all about money being made in Connecticut.  I was hoping it would be a nice support for my loss of Yankee Magazine but sadly, it was not.

Now, I confess that I have succumbed to reading People Magazine in Doctor’s offices (will Tom and Kate survive?  What about poor Suri?  Will Brittany ever lose her baby fat?  and Poor Shaina Twain for her husband’s love affair!)  and about once or twice a month I will buy Star Magazine which I a). love the crossword puzzles because I can actually do them, and b). the girls at the high school love to read it when I am done so it gets recycled around.  Sometimes, I am even able to get the girl’s involved with helping me on the crosswords which makes it fun because it becomes more of a learning/current events activity than just sitting around.

I have also read Women’s World periodically but it tends to make me feel older and seems more focused to organizing your life, your kids, your family, your work, your schedule and lose 10 pounds at the same time!  It has not much in the way of living with an oppositional-defiant dog, a cat who barks, a husband who lives for gadgets and games, and a woman who merely deals with hot flashes by covering herself with wet clothes and fans.  I am getting “older” but I am not ready to admit it.

So for about a year, our house has been subscription-less.

Until now.

I made the decision to join Weight Watcher’s online, and with that, I decided to subscribe to their magazine as well.  I figure it will help me stay the course since I am not a meetings sorta person, and will keep me interested in ideas and redundancy of “I lost weight, you can too” without having to sit around listening to people whine/complain/talk about successes or failures in person.  I am too sarcastic and too blunt, and I suspect that I could hurt someone’s feelings so best to allow me to sit by my computer and track on my own.

So, now this house will have a subscription once again arriving to its door.  I am thinking about getting a second one, about green living and organic foods, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  I guess I would only do it if it was on 100% recycled paper.  It only makes sense that way.

P.S.  The new 2009 IKEA catalog just arrived today.  Now, there is interesting reading as I am starting to redo the dining room this month!  WooHoo!