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Having grown up in a Victorian home with no brothers, I had the wonderful luck of being raised to be the ultimate bachelor, learning assorted bits of gourmet cooking, gardening, tailoring, housekeeping, home renovation, landscaping, plumbing, automotive repair, etc. I am a Medical Anthro. graduate student, as well as self-taught in many areas. I currently work as a graphic designer and web devel… Read more


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Amy and Isabelle: A novel by Elizabeth Strout
Amy and Isabelle: A novel by Elizabeth Strout
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Elizabeth Strout has written a masterpiece here. A friend gave me "Amy and Isabelle" shortly after I was finally able to come to terms with myself, my past and come out about all of it - at 31. My first thought, was "ugh, another mother-daughter story from another well-meaning friend", but Strout managed to present the story of a mother and daughter coming to terms with themselves and each other without developing suffocating tunnel vision or a soapbox.
This tale is always open with many interwoven avenues like a road map. The reader gets a broad perspective of the various individuals with whom Amy and Isabelle Goodrow interact on a daily basis, rather than just… Read more
Once Upon a Time in Mexico / Desperado (Special Ed&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Antonio Banderas
Both of these movies are amazing, though I was all too happy that I was able to see El Mariachi before either of them. The first movie was done almost entirely volunteer with a budget that barely covered the cost of the ammunition -- and yes, at that shockingly low price-tag -- it was that good that it rated two sequels!
Lots of southwest machismo flavor, guns, musicians, tragic love, what more could one want from a movie aiming for the top of the genre.
Desperado first disjointedly continues from El Mariachi (believe me, if you saw E.M. first, you would have at least a few confused moments when viewing Desperado the first time). Once Upon a Time in Mexico picks up from where… Read more
Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons writes a modern twist on the old vampire story here. A hematologist working for the CDCs and a young orphan at the center of her focus take this story across two continents. A brilliant immersion into contemporary (to the tale) politics. Some of the medical terminology might be a little heady, but no more so than the average science fiction read concerning fictitious/not-yet-developed science.
The end of this tale is not particularly surprising, but then again this tale is centuries old so no complaints. Simmons is dealing with Vlad Å¢epež as subject matter, and spins an exciting yarn as grandiose as the characters at hand. Readers annoyed with the ending of this book… Read more