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Friday, February 22, 2008

A double library list

Since I neglected to post last week's list before now, I'll just do both today - though we've already returned stuff from last week.

First, the list from last week.

Heat: How to stop the planet from burning. I didn't finish it the last time I borrowed it. I've had it for a week and still haven't cracked it open. I'm writing a review as I read it, but I'm not looking forward to it. :-P
Thai Classics: yes, we're still experimenting with Thai cooking - and enjoying every bit of it! Much more fun, now that we have a wok-style frying pan. :-D
Complete Mushroom Book; the Quiet hunt. This is a combination field guide and cook book - very gourmet and an enjoyable read.
Mushrooms are Marvelous. This is a cookbook from the late James Barber, and a lot more useful for everyday cooking! No hunting of esoteric and exotic ingredients here.
Complete Price Guide to Watches 2007. I grabbed this one for Eldest. She had no interest in the price guide at all, but it does have illustrations of the mechanisms inside, and that she most definitely *is* interested in. ;-D
Brother Cadfael 1st compendium. This book has A Morbid Taste of Bones, One Corpse Too Many and Monks Hood. I also picked up the VHS for One Corpse Too Many, so that we could see what changes from the book they made for the series. Eldest has really started to enjoy the books now, too. Ellis Peters had a wonderful style of writing.
The Bastard's Tale. Part of the Dame Frevisse series. I didn't really like it. My favorite part of the book was the bit at the end, where the author describes her research on the various real-life characters and incidents. It's a good series - I just don't care about the kind and the politics surrounding him.
People of the Nightland. Another book I didn't really enjoy. Set when the last ice age was ending, culminating with the breaking of the ice jam that lead to draining a colossal glacial lake off what is now the US and Canada. Lots of rape, war, murder and mayhem, with a bunch of mysticism thrown in for good measure. I couldn't help but feel the authors were projecting their own concepts onto an ancient people. It showed up in the little details, such as in what various characters considered attractive in the opposite sex, and in the relationships characters had with each other. There was a distinctively modern North American slant to it.

I don't remember the names of the other stuff we'd returned, so on to the new additions. Youngest didn't take out any more books, as she's still got a couple at home. Eldest chose:

European Architecture 1750-1890
Umbrellas & Parasols (The Costume Accessories Series)
Hats: A history of fashion in headwear and
Men's Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook.

I didn't want to take out too many books, as I still had several to work on, but I did grab a few.

Cool It: The skeptical environmentalist's guide to global warming. I was on the waiting list for this one for quite some time. Another reason to finish off Heat as quickly as possible.
Extreme Weather: A guide and record book. I couldn't resist this one. Like the book, El Nino, that I'd written about in my last library list, this book was written in response to claims by global warming alarmists that we will have more extreme weather events due to increased global temperatures, examining historical and modern data to see if these claims are warranted. It looks like it'll be a very interesting read - and it has some amazing photos, too!
A World of Dumplings: Filled dumplings, pockets, and little pies from around the globe. This book makes me hungry every time I look at it! I look forward to trying some of the recipes.
Prairie Home Cooking: 400 recipes that celebrate the bountiful harvests, creative cooks and comforting foods of the American Heartland. Wow. What is it with really long sub-titles?? *L* Lots of extra little historical tid-bits thrown in among the recipes.

That's it for books. On dvd, we picked:
Rumpole of the Bailey, seasons three and four, set two.
Big Ideas: A new history of the world
Legacy: The origins of civilizations Disc 3 - Central America: the Burden of Time and The Barbarian West
Architectures 1: The Bauhaus, The Faculty of Architecture in Oporto, Family Lodging in Guise, Nemausus 1, The Georges Pompidou Centre, The POst Office Savings Bank in Vienna
F for Fake

And finally, cd's:
De Dannan - Hibernian Rhapsody
Voices Across the Canyon Vol. 3: A Canyon Records Collection of Native American Music
Carnival du Quebec: Que la fete continue!
Rivers and Rails (various artists)
Quango World Groove: A celebration of dance music featuring Rachid Tara, Yotho Vendi, Jan Wobble and more...
The Rough Guide to the Music of Canada
Alligator Stomp Vol. 1 Cajun & Zydeco Classics
Reggae Gold 2007: Treasure of the Caribbean
Tiesto - Elements of Life

We've actually already finished listening to all the music cd's. Well, skimming through some of them. Didn't like Rivers and Rails, skipped a lot of Quango World Groove, and found I already knew the songs on Alligator Stomp from another cd I'd borrowed in the past. Carnival du Quebec has some good tunes, and I really liked Rough Guide. The throat singers are always amazing to hear. Reggae Gold wasn't what I expected - more like rap than the reggae I'm familiar with. I still liked it. Leahy is always incredible to listen to. Elements of Life is trance music, which I liked as well. Voices Across the Canyon was hit and miss, which is to be expected with so many different styles of music.

Phew! Done! *L*


1 comment:

The Travelers Journal said...

What a list! :)