Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Mortal: The Books of Mortals By: Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee
Fiction: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Religion 418 pages
Book Count: 7

My review of the 1st book in the series is here. Also if you haven't read the first book, this is not a series that you can randomly pick out a book of. Warning: spoilers.

This book takes place nine years after the end of the 1st book. Jonathan is turning 21, the age when he can become the Sovereign. The nomads and the new Keepers now number 1,200 and they all have the blood of Jonathan in them, with the life that that gives to people. (Note: there are way to many blood transfusions in this book, I get the important symbolism and all, but still.) But Saric is back with 12,000 Dark Blood warriors, men that have also been changed by alchemy or with Saric's blood.  Also he finds Feyn and turns her into a Dark Blood before Jonathan's birthday making her the legal Sovereign, but his servant.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Vintage Fashion Accessories:

Vintage Fashion Accessories By: Stacy LoAlbo
Non-Fiction 251 pages
Book Count: 6

This book deals with accessories from around 1900 to the 1980's.  The majority of the accessories are from the 20's - 60's. Each chapter deals with one type of accessory, with a short amount of info on the history and changes in styles of the thing and then many pictures of different accessories with their age, price and other info on it.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

New Dress a Day:

New Dress a Day The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don'ts By: Marisa Lynch
Non-Fiction: 200 pages
Book Count: 5

If you have ever found a dress at a thrift store and thought, "this would be a great dress if it wasn't so dated because of X," then this book is for you. It shows how different types of common thrift store dresses, shirts, and skirt types can be updated into clothes that look modern, or at least retro instead of just old.  If you have a basic understanding of sewing you can do any of the projects, but most of the ones even have no-sew options for people less skilled in sewing.  It is based off of the writer's blog where she made a "new" dress a day out of old ones.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Jan. E-books Part:2

Homesteading Handbook Guide On Self Sufficiency Everything You Need To Know By: Dalbert Burton
Non-Fiction: Home Ec, E-book

First this book appears to be from England. This makes the 1st chapter on laws on changing your gardening area useless.  Also I do not think that homesteading means the some thing in England as in the US as it has advice like "It is usually better to maintain a garden that is small than a big one," and half the advice is about non-food gardening. Also it has lines like this, "An organic topping that is utilized in the process of retaining moisture in garden soil is garden mulch which is organic."

Legends of the Renaissance: The Life and Legacy of Lucrezia Borgia By: the Charles River Editors
Non-fiction: History, e-book

This book is full of information about the whole life of Lucrezia Borgia and a fair amount of information on her also famous father and brothers.  There is a lot less poisoning in this then you would think. And surprisingly there is no proof of her doing any actual poisoning. (Although, giving the level of medicine at that time, there were few cases in which they could prove poisoning.)

Glycemic Index Diet By: Jennifer Collins
Non-Fiction: Cooking, E-book

This book has a short intro about what the glycemic index diet is and a few notes on foods that are high, medium or low on the glycemic index. The rest of the book is recipes. There are a couple of typos in the recipes, but nothing that would prevent you from being able to make them.

Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook By: Chris-Rachael Oseland
Non-Fiction: Cooking, TV, E-book

Note: this book was written by Americans but has both American and English measurements, word use and in general tries to be useful for people on both sides of the pond.  It is a collection of recipes for Doctor Who fans. There is one for each episode from the start of the 9th Doctor to the Christmas special " The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe". There is also an entire chapter on different versions of fish fingers and custard or at least things that look like them.  The recipes vary between things that were in the show, were of that time, look like (non-food) things in the show (the TARDIS, Cybermen, Ood, etc) or were just inspired by that episode. The book is written in a fun light hearted way including joking about how your just going to go out to the store and buy frozen chips/fries instead of making them from scratch for a recipe but "since this is a cookbook, we'll maintain the adorable pretense that you're actually going to cook instead of taking the easy route" and on the recipes that require Nuttella acknowledging that you may just eat 1/2 the can on it's own. Even for the recipes that were making the food look like some Doctor Who alien they mostly sounded tasty (there was an occasional food used for a decoration that you might like to take out before eating, like the egg for the eye in the Dalek Set's Head, which was mostly alcholic jell-o in a brain mold with tentacles attached.) There are a number of things in this cookbook that would be great for a Doctor Who party, but there are also many ones that you could make in everyday cooking and many tasty looking drinks as well.

Amelia's Last Secret By: Eric Wilson
Fiction: History, Short Story, E-book

This short story is about what might have happened to Amelia Earhart when she disappeared.  It is based off of some of the theory's about what might have happened and also tells a story of a Navajo windtalker that finds something of hers well after she disappeared.  The story goes from the start of the last leg of her around the world trip to modern times.