Donnerstag, 29. September 2011

Mittwoch, 28. September 2011

Trying to breathe


The last weeks have been hard.
My aunt died on September 11. Didn't talk about it, needed time to deal.
Dayjob kept me busy.
I have a ringing in my ear and was panicky it would be tinnitus.
Everything was sore.
So I kept breathing. Did Yoga as best as I could. And went onwards.


Dienstag, 27. September 2011

Naomi Novik: Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one was imho the weakest of the series so far. It still entertained me but I was unhappy with the following:



- Temeraire and Iskierka did not have an egg. I want them to have an egg. I think it would be a splendid egg and I'd love to see them quarrel over its education.

- Australia. I don't know why I seem to find stories set in Australia not as catching (see e.g. that one Discworld novel). I know so many wonderful Australians and I want to travel there asap but somehow, with stories, I just don't get hooked.

- I wished Laurence and Temeraire went with Iskierka to America. I was just as disappointed as Temeraire. The Australians can have one revolution after the other for all I care, I'm not really interested. The best part was the part on that port, near the end of the story.


However, I like Emily. She kicks ass. And I'm interested to see what'll happen to Kulingile. Also I love how that world gets more flashed out and real. As do the characters.

So I am impatiently awaiting the next installment in the hopes of them going away to America.

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Sonntag, 25. September 2011

Film tip: Boy A



My heart is still not able to deal. Such a fantastic movie (you might know Andrew Garfield from The Social Network which I haven't seen yet. And he is brilliant. The movie as such is just...a treasure.

Trailer:




Donnerstag, 22. September 2011

Naomi Novik: Victory of Eagles

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was again much more grimmer I think. But this is understandable given the situation the protagonists find themselves in. I love how the universe gets more and more complete and how the characters evolve and grow through it.

Also, I am not ashamed to say, I love Temeraire and Iskierka together. I hope there will be an egg and cannot wait to meet it :-)

Plodding on straight to the last one published. The series is my new drug it seems.

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Mittwoch, 21. September 2011

last days of summer



Took my Revueflex out, loaded with an expired film of which I have about 30 more rolls. I love the colors!

Samstag, 17. September 2011

Experiments

Take: A pool. And a child (in this case: the Goddaughter).



And then let her tell you what to do while she drops a ball into the pool.



Freitag, 16. September 2011

Donnerstag, 15. September 2011

Naomi Novik: Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite the fact that the ending felt like a completely different story (I would have left off at them deciding to do what they do in the end), it made me teary-eyed. I also think that it is the darkest of the books so far, the themes and trials are not as 'light-hearted' (for lack of a better word) than the previous (those being mainly journeys).

I like the undercurrent topics, or rather the recurrent ones, of (I think I have said so before) humanity and tolerance and of course respect and honor and so forth. Also of, in a way, feminism. Also, the characters have really grown on me.

Anyway. Starting with the next book right away.

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Mittwoch, 14. September 2011

Stephen Chbosky: The Perks of being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My first impression was that the narrator reminded me of both/ or a mixture of the narrators in "The Catcher in the Rye" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". But in the end it was all a bit different.



I liked this novel a lot. The further I read the more intense it became. Sometimes it made me uncomfortable, sometimes teary-eyed, sometimes it amused me. I could find myself in some of the things that happened to the narrator and until the end I was deeply worried for him.



This is one of those novels that are classics for a reason (not all of them are if you ask me), so I can highly recommend it.



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Dienstag, 13. September 2011

Tattoo # 2

30 minutes old tat #2

I spontaneously had this done. It has a reference, but I'll just keep it to me for a bit.

Montag, 12. September 2011

I heart...

... the blog Letters of note. Sit down with a cuppa tea and read. You won't be disappointed. Such as this by late Graham Chapman to his bank manager. You know, one of the most awesome people ever and he also was a part of Monty Python.
... this ring because I really really want it ( saw necklaces of miniature books before but a ring is even more precious):



 ... and while we are at it. handmade journals.

... this:
http://utterlycute.com/2011/07/nap-time-2/

... naturally this because Crazy Heart wins:


Freitag, 9. September 2011

Naomi Novik: Black Powder War

Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Third book in the series and still lovely. The beginning was a bit longish but once they were back in the war zone I was hooked again. I also had to laugh out loud over little Iskierka. She's adorable.

I also like that question of tolerance and equality and dominance of one being over another are addressed. That never gets old imho.



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Montag, 5. September 2011

Wedding: Christina and Christian

Last Saturday I was booked for my last wedding job this year. The weather was beautiful, the couple very much in love and I had a wonderful time.  

Letzten Samstag war ich auf meiner letzten Hochzeit für dieses Jahr als Fotografin unterwegs. Das Wetter war wundervoll und wir hatten eine wirklich schöne Zeit. 
 

I'm looking forward to next year and the weddings to come.
Ich freu mich schon auf das neue Jahr und die neuen Hochzeiten.

Sonntag, 4. September 2011

Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching, #1) (Discworld, #30)The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching, #1) by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I couldn't help feeling that either this or "Lords and Ladies" is redundant in a way. Because it deals with the same kind of topic. And it makes Granny look weak when a little girl manages what she has to struggle so hard to accomplish. I really like the Nac Mag Feegles, but I expected more insanity of them. More fun.

So all in all I was a bit dissappointed, but it is still a good read. Not the best of them all though.



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Samstag, 3. September 2011

Caturday





My goddaughter's cat Lilly is almost one year old. She is slightly devilish, fetches her toy mouse and she has adorable spots on her belly.