Book talk: “A Thousand Splendid Suns”

Book talk: “A Thousand Splendid Suns”

A Thousand Splendid SunsKhaled Hosseini Although I can’t truly say I loved The Kite Runner, I’m pretty sure I would have eventually read A Thousand Splendid Suns, but since this is the November pick for my book club, I read it sooner rather than later. This isn’t a sequel to The Kite Runner, despite the similarities in their covers, unless you consider Afghanistan a character in both novels – which it is, but I didn’t […]

iPod Random Ten 11-2-07

iPod Random Ten 11-2-07

“Everything About It Is a Love Song,” Paul Simon, Surprise“Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Crowded House, Recurring Dream – The Best of Crowded House“I Hate Myself for Losing You,” Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway“I Wanna Be Like You,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, This Beautiful Life“Probably,” Lisa Loeb, The Way It Really Is“Love Needs a Heart, ” Jackson Browne, Running on Empty“Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway“Burnin’ for You,” Mike Watt, Guilt by Association“Next Year,” Foo Fighters, There […]

Book talk: The “Nursery Crimes” series

Book talk: The “Nursery Crimes” series

The Big Over Easy andThe Fourth Bearboth by Jasper Fforde After a couple of fairly serious fiction reads, and before tackling the followup to The Kite Runner for my next book club meeting, I wanted something light. I’m a big fan of Jasper Fforde’s series about Thursday Next, Literary Detective (a new adventure just published – yay!), and have had the two installments (thus far) in his “Nursery Crimes” series waiting on one of my […]

Did anyone see this coming (out)?

Originally posted 10/29 – please see update/link added below The news has spread throughout both the wizarding and Muggle worlds by now: In an author talk/reading/booksigning event at Carnegie Hall on October 19, the true Headmistress of Hogwarts “outed” Albus Dumbledore as gay. J.K. Rowling revealed this little detail in response to an audience member’s question about the great wizard’s love life. She also mentioned that the makers of the Harry Potter movies are aware […]

Booking Through Thursday – Oh, Horror!

Booking Through Thursday – Oh, Horror!

What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping? I thought about asking you about whether you were participating in NaNoWriMo, but I asked that last year. Although . . . if you want to answer that one, too, please feel free to go ahead and do both, or either, your choice! Don’t forget to leave […]

Don’t play with fire!

Don’t play with fire!

Most of last week’s fires will soon be history, thank goodness, but another Santa Ana winds “event” is forecast for the end of this week, so we’re getting braced and hoping it won’t be as harsh as the last one. But the last round is still in the local news, and the Wednesday morning papers relayed the information that one of the larger outbreaks, the Buckweed fire in northern LA County (one of the ones […]