Saturday, March 23, 2013


Finished NW by Zadie Smith, 2012 as well as 419, 2012 by Will Smith. Both pretty good but same complaint about both books; story as a whole is disjointed as different parts are told and different characters developed and they are not very well connected together. One character's story would just get interesting and then dropped. Both books ended with things being connected together but not well. Grump, grump.

And then Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, 2011, groan. Another Booker winner I do not like. Started reading it a couple of years ago and gave up so thought I'd try listening to it. Got further but gave up just past half way. I could not attend to the story, it seemed to be going nowhere with characters talking to each other about nothing in particular. More grumping.

beautiful fibre

From Huckleberry Knits in Bellingham WA

and spun

Merino, cashmere, nylon 80 10 10

and a wool sweater found at VV, on seniors day. Thrifty shopping for life on a pension.....

Monday, March 4, 2013


Sweet Tooth, 2012 by Ian McEwan was good. Main character is employed by MI5 but it is not really a spy novel at all. Very interesting ending.

The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
by Michael Ondaatje, 2004. Very interesting book, a documentation of several coversations that Michael had with Walter Murch about sound, editing, movies, books, film, directing. Very readable and interesting to read about how movies and novels are put together.

In the middle of 419: A Novel by Will Feguson, 2012. It's good, a bit scattered as he jumps between story lines, but interesting.