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Comparing covers: Needful things

For some reason I thought of Stephen King this week. I read a lot of his books when I was younger and really liked him, even though I was scared to death.

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One of my favourite Stephen King books is “Needful things”. The main reason I liked this books so much was because of the interwoven plot. Every detail was connected to the others in a very clever way. I can’t remember a lot of details but I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I like the cover of the English issue because of the graphic cover style. Stephen King’s books have been re-issued by Hodder & Stoughton, all in the same style with the plain title, an image and a tagline. “Buy now. Pay later.” Pretty much sums it up. You buy at Needful Things and you WILL pay later, whether you want it or not.

Some of the other taglines are very nice, too. “Pet Sematary”, which I found especially frightening, has “A pet isn’t just for life.” “The shining” has “Never overlook the past”. “The Dark Half” has “George Stark. Not a very nice guy.” I like them.

The German cover? Oh, well, another run of the mill cover. Fits the German title I suppose. Again they couldn’t translate the English literally so they chose to go with “In a small town.”

If you have never read Stephen King, would like to, but have no idea where to start, the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton offers a short introduction to Stephen King with some advice.

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I won something!

Yesterday Dreamspinner Press had a little contest on Twitter asking what Zahra Owens first published work was. That was easy. I blogged about Diplomacy some time ago. If you haven’t read it, go ahead and check Diplomacy out! So today I found a message that I won. What a nice surprise! The prize is a Daydream of my choice. In the light of recent events I went and chose Together by Rhianne Aile & Madeleine Urban, a story about two soccer players.

I don’t think I have read a story about soccer players before. Not surprising, actually. Some time ago I read a few articles on a German news website, Spiegel online (which also has an English section, btw) about homosexuality in soccer. Seems it’s not the best sport for gay men. If you are interested and speak German here are some links.

Wer sich outet, wird plattgemacht.

Karrierekiller Homosexualität

Der Fall Amerell

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Duke of Sin by Adele Ashworth

dukeofsin Blurb: He is called the "Duke of Sin" … a notorious rogue and recluse whose reputation is as black as the Cornish night. They speak of his conquests, his past, and his mysteries in breathless whispers. And now lovely and desperate Vivian Rael-Lamont has no choice but to enter William Raleigh’s lair.

Vivian prayed that the scandal that drove her from London would never be revealed — but now she will be exposed to the world … unless William can protect her. She has heard the rumours about the infamous Duke of Sin, yet she is unprepared for the man’s raw, sensuous power … or for the traitorous response of her own body. Surrender, however, could prove most dangerous indeed — for both of them. For while the duke is intrigued by the guarded, intoxicating lady who has invaded his solitude — and fully intends to discern her every secret through sweet, unhurried seduction — it is his own heart that will be imperiled when passion takes them farther than he ever intended.

My thoughts: This is the first book in the "Duke-Trilogy". After reading "Winter Garden" I was curious to see whether I would like another story by Adele Ashworth just as much. "Duke of Sin" definitely has some similarities as to style and qualities of her characters.
The so called "Duke of Sin" is a formidable hero, as tortured as they come, but actually sweet, caring and pretty perfect. The title of the novel is not really misleading because only from reading the blurb every halfway experienced romance reader must know that the allegations about him can’t be true. He is just the Duke of Sin in the eyes of the gossipy neighbours, ton etc. but – of course – he is innocent and a victim of evil machinations.
Vivian is honest and sincere and never lies about her feelings. William never has to speculate whether she likes his advances, whether she likes him, loves him, desires him. It’s all plain out in the open. At the same time she is independent and self assured, downright acid sometimes when it comes to talking to her supposedly betters. She just has a secret that she doesn’t want to come to light. Fair enough.

I like Adele Ashworth’s writing style. Even though long winded at times, often she cuts to the chase instead of boring me to death. An example: Vivian has just told William that they can never be together and leaves him, never to see him again. End of chapter. Now normally I would expect at least a chapter or two of going back and forth from hero to heroine showing how much they suffer, how miserable they are, how they dream of each other…. Here right after the leaving scene the next chapter starts with a scene where Vivian and Will meet again after a five months separation.

The blackmail plot is pretty simple and really not very important. Just like in "Winter Garden" the smuggling plot, it is just a way to bring the characters together. I couldn’t care less whether those characters were fleshed out or not, they were just accessories.

There were a few things that bothered me a bit:

The dialogue is highly unusual for an historical romance. Especially the sex talk is open and straightforward, no pussyfooting around. This is even more surprising when you consider that Vivian is a virgin. An what a virgin she is! This is one of the flaws of the novel.  Not even a modern virgin would behave the way Vivian behaves. She is sexually aggressive, she knows what she wants, how she wants it and and how to get it. I found this unbelievable.

At one point when Vivian tells William about her marriage she says something like "a few years later Leopold moved away to spend his life in France…". I thought that at this point William must have realized that Leopold was not dead but that Vivian was still married. How else, by the way, could she be blackmailed? Certainly the threat to expose that her late husband was an opium addict wouldn’t work. It must be a bit more substantial than that. But William did not draw that conclusion.

Why on Earth did Vivian (or William for that matter, since he already had a professional investigator at hand) never made inquiries as to the current status of Leopold. Excuse me, the guy was heavily addicted already umpteen years ago and wasted his life. Chances are that he died a long time ago (as he obligingly did), so what would have been more obvious than to check that out much earlier than they did.

Will’s two fellow dukes are the heroes of the following two books in the trilogy. They seemed likeable enough to me even though they only made a very short appearance in the book. So I’m looking forward to reading about them. Maybe this will explain a few things about them, like for example why one of them is such an excellent forger. A pretty unorthodox talent for a duke, if you ask me.

One more word to the back cover of the paperback. When I saw the cover online I was rather pleased with the unobtrusive front cover. Too bad that the back does not correspond to it. It is the usual tacky romance cover with a half naked stud and a long haired beauty. I could have done without this.

Duke of Sin is available on Amazon

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Weekend Cooking: James Rizzi and the art of baking

As you know I love cookies. The other day I discovered this cookie book in the library. I am sure you have heard of James Rizzi; Peter Bührer is a Swiss chef who has already created a few cookbooks together with Rizzi. It seems that this is a German book, it is available on amazon.com, but only at an horrendous price and, I think, in German.

“American cookies and more” is a nice combination of delicious rizzicover recipes and art. Each page is embellished with Rizzi’s art, an absolute pleasure to look at. orangecrunchies The recipes vary from muffins, brownies and pancakes & pies to cakes and a number of Christmas cookies. They are not very difficult and usually consist of four or five steps only.

 

 

 

I will share the recipe for chocolate cake with you, not the most original cake, admittedly, but I can vouch for it, since I tried it already. It is rich and delicious. I translated the recipe into English, so forgive me for any awkward terms that an English speaker wouldn’t use when talking about baking. 

Chocolate Cake

  • 250g soft butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 200g sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 500g flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 150g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 200ml milk
  • 1/2 bottle of bitter almond oil (these are tiny, tiny bottles)
  • grease for the baking form
  • 50g almond flakes
  • icing sugar to dust the cake

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1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Grease the form, sprinkle it with almond flakes and distribute evenly.

2. Beat butter with salt and sugar until frothy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix flour with cocoa, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix milk with bitter almond oil. Add some of the flour mixture and some of the milk mixture to the butter mixture alternating between both. The dough should be heavy and sticky.

3. Fill dough into form. Bake for about 1 hour in the middle of the oven. If it gets too dark at the top, cover with aluminum foil.

4. Leave cake in the form for about 10 minutes, turn it out and leave on a cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

American Cookies and more is available on amazon.  

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

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Thursday 13: Useful Origami

Origami (from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper") is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. (Source: Wikipedia)

If you ever are in a situation where you only have some paper at hand and feel the need for let’s say a box or a medal (for whatever reason) those instructions might come in handy.

Have a look at what other Thursday 13ers are blogging about today.

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Bodacious Blogger Award

Leeswammes gave me the Bodacious Blogger Award. Thanks so much, Judith, what a great thing to find when you get home from work.

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OK, this is how it works:

If you are given this award you must first accept it by leaving a comment on the post you were nominated on. Then copy and paste the post and add it to your own blog.

Make a list of the last 5 books you read and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers (no backsies!). Please also identify the blog from which you got the award and don’t forget to tell your picks that they have a blog award!

The last five books I read were:

My candidates for the award and the reason for it would be:

Erotic Horizon because she is constantly giving me recommendations of what to read.

Beth Fish reads because she came up with the Weekend Cooking meme which I find a great idea. Gives me a chance to talk and read about food, which is always a wonderful topic.

One book away from heaven, because she gave me the inspiration for my cover compare posts.

The view from Sari’s world, because she covers a whole range of topics and is another soccer fan (and she supports the right team during the world cup, :-)).

Graasland, because I like her vegetable pictures, she’s a fellow Weekly Geek and I learn a bit of Dutch along the way.

Go and check out their blogs!

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The end of the e-book reader?

On ZDnet.com there is an interesting article about the possible / probable approaching end of the dedicated e-book reader. Main reason is the recent price drop, of which I knew nothing, since over here there was none, and the release of the iPad and general multifunctional devices like smartphones.

Would you like to read a book on your iPhone or Android? Or on your laptop? I wouldn’t. According to the article’s author the “Millenials” would go for iPad, phones etc, whereas the “Boomers” as the majority of hardcore reader types would stick with the reader for now.

I don’t agree, why would a “Millenial” – if he is a reader – put up with a tiny display and / or more inconvenient “ink technology if he can have something better?

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Book read ‘round the world

There is still time for non-US bloggers to sign up for Carin B.’s Book read ‘round the world event. Today Carin posted the three books we are voting on.

They are

  • “The ridiculous race” by Steve Hely and Valy Chandrasekaran
  • “Lost on Planet China” by J. Maarten Troost
  • “The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth von Arnim

An eclectic mix, all travel related, each in its very own way.

I can’t wait to see what we will all agree on. This is going to be a fun event.

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Comparing covers: Darkyn

Erotic Horizon sent me the links to the new book covers of Lynn Viehl’s German Darkyn books. So I’m taking a quick look here.

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I love both styles, but I prefer the colour schemes of the English ones. The titles are another thing. I haven’t read the books, so I can’t say how much the German titles reflect the content, but they have changed them significantly once again.

  • If Angels burn – Versuchung des Zwielichts (Temptation of twilight)
  • Private Demon – Im Bann der Träume (Under the spell of [the] dreams)
  • Dark Need – Dunkle Erinnerung (Dark memory)

On the other hand, the literal translation from the English sounds so clumsy that nobody would buy the books, I’m sure. Isn’t language fascinating?

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Weekly Geeks 2010-22: Hoarding Behaviour

So this week, I am curious about those gigantic TBR piles which readers tend to accumulate. Please share with us your habits, tendencies or obsessions when it comes to hoarding behavior.

  • Post a photo (or two or three) of your books to-be-read
  • Share your buying or book accumulating habits – how bad of a problem do YOU have?!?!?
  • Do you keep all the books you’ve read, or do you give them away or sell them?
  • Can you walk past a bookstore and not go in? If you go in, do you impulsively purchase?

Don’t let these questions restrict you…tell us all about your hoarding issues, if only to make the rest of us feel better!

I don’t think I have a problem. I know, everybody says that they are alright, but when it comes to hoarding books, I’m good. Sort of. Just a bit erratic and random.

I buy books when I see them and like them, planning to read them soon and then I don’t. On the other hand I buy books and read them right away. It all depends on the book and my mood.

I have no TBR pile, some books are next to my bed, some are on one book shelf, some are on another one. I’m not that organized when it comes to books, I’m afraid. Sometimes I want to read a book and can’t find it. So, maybe I do have a problem after all.

When I see a book store I usually go in. Just to have a look around, not necessarily to buy something.

I used to keep all the books I’ve read, but recently we started to have a severe problem with space. So, now I only keep fiction books I know I might want to re-read again. Others I swap. This month I also started to give away books here on the blog, which I want to keep doing regularly. I have two moving boxes full of books I want to get rid of right now and there are more to come. Somehow though our shelves look just as crowded as they did before. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, it seems.

Have a look at what other Weekly Geeks have to say about their hoarding behaviour!

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Barbed wire and bootheels

Blurb: What goes with Barbed Wire and Bootheels? Cowboys, of course. In Vic Winter’s Life on the Land, Jason has worked hard for his land, and for his life. Thank goodness he has Robin to share it all with him. Robin cares for him as much as he cares for his ranch, and he’s sure good things are on the way. In Ride ’em Cowboy by Lorne Rodman, Hue isn’t the only one at the rodeo and fair with an old-fashioned name. He might be a greenhorn, but he sure gets cowboy Chase’s attention. And in Too Careful by Half, by BA Tortuga, Sam and Beau from File Gumbo are learning how to deal with Sam’s terrible injury. And recovery. Earthy, rough and ready, and all cowboy, that’s what this Taste Test is all about.

My thoughts: This is another “Taste Test” by Torquere books (a previous one was Rainy days and Mondays) . Those taste tests are a good way to get acquainted with authors you haven’t read yet, a quick glimpse to see whether you like their style.

“Life on the Land” was just a short moment in the life of Jason and Robin. Nice, but too short really. I would like to know how those guys met and ended up together on the ranch.

“Too careful by half” is obviously some sort of sequel. I’m not sure I like the idea of putting a sequel into a Taste Test since without the knowledge of what happened beforehand (especially in this case) I was at a loss as to how to relate to those guys. I liked their interaction, admittedly, but as a sample of an author’s style a stand alone story would be better.

“Ride ‘em Cowboy” I liked best. It is the beginning of a possible relationship where the two characters meet for the first time, which I always prefer to already established couples. I also liked the atmosphere of the fair, rodeo and the general setting. I wonder whether the story will be continued. I’d get it immediately to find out more about Hue and Chase. Definitely need to check out Lorna Rodman’s backlist.

Barbed wire and bootheels is available at Torquere Books

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Weekend Cooking: Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories

I bought this book years ago because I liked the combination of, well, recipes and memories. I imagined that a book that had Italian recipes and Sophia Loren’s memories in it can’t be bad at all. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The book is divided into various sections. Every section comes with a small introduction, additionally there are small tidbits of information about the ingredients and more details about certain dishes in general like polenta or frittata (the Italian version of an omelet). Often Sophia Loren would explain where she knows the dish from and give little additional tips for preparing or varying the dish.

The book is full of private family or movie photographs with captions that give more information about what was going on at the time and in the picture. If you like Sophia Loren and Italian cuisine this cook book is a must have.

Here is a recipe so you see what you’re getting. I chose an unusual one, but there is something for everybody in there, from the basic to the refined.

Spaghetti al Limone (Spaghetti with Lemon)

For 6 servings

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Zest of 2 to 3 lemons, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese (optional)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until golden; add the lemon zest, 1/4 cup cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove and discard the garlic if you like.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain the pasta and add it to the saucepan along with the remaining cream. Toss well for a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and serve. Pass the cheese at the table.

Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories is available at amazon.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads 

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Thursday 13: Lost in translation

Lost in Translation is a book about “Misadventures in English Abroad”, the “very best and worst instances of genuine grammar-gargling from around the world”.

Since I am working in the hotel business I was most interested in the hotel section of the book, but there are many more. Here is a selection of the hotel related “misadventures”.

  1. Suggestive views from every window. (Amalfi, Italy)
  2. Welcome to Hotel Cosys: where no one’s stranger. (India)
  3. Guests are requested not to smoke or do other disgusting behaviours in bed. (Tokyo)
  4. It is our intention to pleasure you every day. (Hamburg, Germany)
  5. Measles not included in room charge. (Seoul)
  6. If there is anything we can do to assist and help you, please do not contact us. (T’aipei, Taiwan)
  7. The concierge immediately for informations. Please don’t wait last minutes. Then it will be too late to arrange any inconveniences. (Sorrento, Italy)
  8. It is defended to promenade the corridors in the boots of the mountain in front of six hours. (Switzerland)
  9. Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension. (Austria)
  10. If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it. (Moscow)
  11. If you want just conditions of warm in your room, please control yourself. (Japan)
  12. You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid. (Japan)
  13. We highly recommend the hotel tart. (Torremolinos)

 

To see what other Thursday 13ers write about today, visit Thursday 13.

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Book Bloggers Abroad – International event

Another international book blogger event “Book Bloggers Abroad” will take place soon and is still looking for participants.

Lees Wamme from Leeswamme’s blog is hosting a great event where book bloggers from all over the world introduce themselves with a guest blog post talking about their reading habits, country, books shops and what not.

Want to sign up? Head on over to Leeswamme’s blog and leave a comment.

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How much do you know about Harry Potter?

Today I found this quiz on MSN called “How much do you know about Harry Potter?” and gave it a go. I have read all the HP books but was convinced that I would fail miserably. I mentioned before that I can’t remember a single plot and never know who is who and what they did in the books. Amazingly enough I only answered one question wrong and reached 92% which makes me a Hogwarts professor.

There must be more to the Harry Potter books than I thought. It seems that subconsciously I stored all sorts of stuff about them in my mind to come to the surface when asked.

You want to take the quiz, too? Go to the How much do you know about Harry Potter quiz. Let me know how you did!

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Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren

Blurb: Sullivan Quinn didn’t travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he’s ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission—to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman’s delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest…she is his mate.

Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover The Others’ enemies poses risks she never expected—to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last…
Now, with no one to trust but each other, Quinn and Cassidy face a foe that’s edging closer every day, threatening to destroy the life they’ve always known, and the passion they’ve just discovered…

My thoughts: Somehow I must have overlooked that this book is by the same author as “Fantasy Fix”. Had I known this I probably wouldn’t have gotten this book, since Fantasy fix really got on my nerves. However, I liked “Wolf at the door” quite a bit. According to amazon both books belong to the Other series and Fantasy Fix (now called One bite with a stranger) is book six, while Wolf at the door is book 1. Fantasy Fix was written much earlier and as far as I can remember had no references to the Others at all, but maybe the re-release is quite different from the first one.

Anyway. I liked the point of departure in the story. The Others are not only weres and vampires but practically everything you can think of. Faeries, brownies, selkies, animi, gargoyles, you name it, the Others got it. They are now threatened to be exposed to the humans and have to take action in order to prevent this, possibly by anticipating the opponents’ move and “unveil” themselves.

That plot was not a very complicated one, still didn’t get resolved completely by the end of the book. The Others did find out who was pulling the strings, but the direct enemy never got exposed and the way it looks they won’t be in the next book either. Doesn’t matter, I still enjoyed reading this story, mostly for the humour in it. Cassidy’s wisecracking towards the end was a bit over the top for me, but still nice to read.

As far as the romance goes, it took up a fair amount of the book and there wasn’t much doubting, angst or anything. The chemistry was immediate, Quinn (why he was always referred to as Quinn I didn’t get, his first name is Sullivan) had made up his mind about Cassidy from the start and she didn’t take long to come around to the fact that there is something more meaningful between them than just a fling.

A nice and entertaining story. I checked the following books for a sequel about Richard, the selkie, but it seems no such luck. Richard is the character I’d have like to read more about. Oh, well, I think there are more Others books to come.

Wolf at the Door is available at amazon

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Bloggiesta wrap up

The bloggiesta weekend is over and I’m quite happy with what I was able to do. I didn’t reach all my bloggiesta goals, but I got sidetracked and did some other additional stuff that I hadn’t planned.

So, what did I do?

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  • As far as advance posts go, I only managed to write one Thursday Thirteen post for this week’s Thursday. Not very productive.

All in all I might have spent five hours to do things, not counting the looking at other blogs. I was just doing that in between. Not sure how many comments I left, around twenty or thirty. Not really a lot, I know.

All in all this bloggiesta was a really fun weekend. I also enjoyed the twittering. I’m not a big twitter fan, but it was definitely the easiest way to find everything that was going on and what news, hints and tips everybody had to share.

I hope there will be another bloggiesta next year.

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Book giveaway


I have been thinking about giving a book giveaway for some time now, and I think the bloggiesta is a good opportunity to get started.

It’s going to be a “From my shelf to yours” sort of thing. The books are used (definitely used, even though I have to admit I have not read them). So, please don’t expect a pristine condition.

The two books are romance novels by Johanna Lindsey. “You belong to me” and “Defy not the heart”.

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Giveaway rules:

  • The giveaway is open to Europe.
  • It runs until June 30, 2010.
  • Please fill out this form to enter. No following, subscribing or anything required. You don’t need to be a bloggiesta participant either.
  • The winner will be drawn randomly, announced on my blog and notified by email.
  • If the winner doesn’t answer my email within three days I’ll draw another one. 

Good luck everybody!

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Bloggiesta update 3

I wasn’t very productive yesterday. I managed to consolidate my Bloglines with my Google reader, so that worked out fine. My reader is now clean and rid of all the sites I’m not reading anyway. I hope this will last a while.

Additionally to my list from yesterday I came across this post by Leeswamme about the google webmaster tools (found it via Carin’s blog A little Bookish). So i set them up, which wasn’t hard to do.

I haven’t gotten any further with my advance posts. I’ve got to get a move on here.

Oh, Carin and Leeswamme are both talking about an international blogger event, which sounds very interesting. Watch out for more info in the next week or so.

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Weekend cooking: The best film about food – ever

If you like movies and food you will probably know this film already – if you don’t know it, it’s about time. I’m speaking about “Tampopo”, a film by Japanese director Juzo Itami. It is one of my favourite films, it is brilliant, full of humor, mouth-watering, simply wonderful.

It is the story about the quest for the perfect noodle soup, it is the story about what’s important in life, it is a romance, a comedy, a tragedy, a gangster film, it is everything a film can be. There is a main plot, to which we always come back, and a number of side stories – all food related – that all blend into each other. It’s perfect. I don’t know the number of times I have seen it, but I will never tire of it. The trailer below is in Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves.

 

 

I can’t resist showing you my favourite scene of the movie, if not my favourite movie scene ever. It is one of the short side stories of the film. Don’t worry, this one has subtitles, :-).

 

If you have never seen “Tampopo”, go and watch it!

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Weekly Geeks 2010-21: Reassess your blog / Bloggiesta update 2

Two events are happening at the moment: Bloggiesta and Book Blogger Appreciation Week Registration. Both provide an opportunity to reassess your blog and your blogging goals.
If you are participating in either one, great, but even if you are not you can still take part in this week’s Weekly Geeks.
During Bloggiesta participants are asked to take a look at blogging goals. What are your blogging goals? Maybe you did this for the last Bloggiesta, find that post and reevaluate those goals. Have you reached them? Do they no longer apply?

I’m not going to take part in the BBAW, somehow this is all getting too much. September 20-12 will be the Blogfest 2010 I signed up for, so that will be enough to do already.

For Bloggiesta I already did a mini challenge about labels / tags that was hosted on Beth Fish’s blog. Actually that post of Beth’s made me join the Bloggiesta yesterday.

I only recently gave my blog a new look with a new theme, banner and some cleaning up, but I still have some plans what I want to do in the course of the Bloggiesta.

Oh, I need to get going now…

Read what other Weekly Geeks do for the Bloggiesta or BBAW!

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Bloggiesta update 1

OK, I did my first mini-challenge. Well, a mini-mini challenge. Beth Fish talked about labels on her blog today and that was all I needed to get started. My labels (or tags as they are called in wordpress) have been bothering me for quite a while. I had lots of authors’ names as tags. With only one or two books tagged those tags just were not necessary. After all you can search for an author’s name with the help of the search field.

So I removed most of the author tags (except for a few), but added, as Beth suggested, year tags. In my case year of review. That way I can keep track of the amount of my reading (and reviewing) activities per year.

I think I’m happier now already.

{Time spent: ca. 20 min. thanks to WordPress’ bulk editing feature} 

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Bloggiesta weekend

blogiestaThis week is Bloggiesta Weekend  hosted by Maw books blog for the third time. I didn’t participate the last two times but I think I could do with a little re-organizing. So I decided to join the fun this weekend. At least for a bit. I won’t have that much time to do stuff, but I’ll see what I can do.

At Maw books blog you will also find a list of mini-challenges hosted at various blogs to help you get started. Check them out!