Month: August 2012

Weird book titles – 14 of the best

via buzzfeed

With treasures like this (which is one of the more tasteful ones) there are some awesomely brilliant books in this collection.  A little piece of awesome on a cold Friday night.

I’m eyeing up Ruby’s furry coat in a crafty way right now.

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New Zealand – land of exotic competitions!

A small proud moment for New Zealanders as we win more medals in the Olympics per head of population than any other country, we sell off our state assets willy nilly so that the price of electricity and, well anything else will go escalating up but we can win a medal or two.

Meanwhile back here at home we are dressing up possums as fundraisers.  Possums are evil and must be stopped, it’s good of them to have such lovely soft fur, which knits up so nicely into soft socks and hats but this may be taking it too far.  Bizzarre weirdness galore. Wrong on so many levels and yet, somehow, fabulous.  I’m almost sorry for sharing this with you, but I just can’t help it.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7392399/Best-dressed-possum-competition-sick

This is life by Dan Rhodes

I’ve been very slack in writing about the books I’ve been reading on here.  I’ve been a bit slack on here all round to be fair.  But spurred on by other work avoidance I am going to tell you about This Is Life by Dan Rhodes.  Regular readers (I know there are three of you – Hi Mum!) might remember my penchant for Dan Rhodes’ books.  This author makes me happy.  Happy in an ‘I don’t want this to end’ kind of way.  I was worried about this book, which is a great big one for him.  Previously his books are lightweight little numbers which have fitted slimly into your bag, I was worried he couldn’t sustain the fun for a weighty tome.  I was worried needlessly.  It was a lovely whimsical story, exactly as I had hoped.

Young art student Aurelie, is working on her big assignment, short on inspiration she takes a punt, and decides to throw a stone into the middle of a square in Paris, whoever the stone (it’s a small one) hits, she will spend a week with that person and draw them in their surroundings to get to know them and use them as a muse.  Unfortunately the stone lands on a baby, as if this wasn’t bad enough the mother of the baby hands it over and walks off, with the promise of returning in a week.  Aurelie has no experience with babies, little experience of the world in general and it is all a little overwhelming for her, as you would expect.  Thus begins their adventure.

It is also the beginning of some large adventures for her friends, her best friend who leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her, the professor and his wife who take her in temporarily, a Japanese family whose lives will completly change as a result of meeting Aurelie, her friends and the baby.  Funny, whimsical, cute, clever and a little bit silly this is a light hearted romp through Paris.

I loved it, wanted it to last longer, and can’t wait for Dan Rhodes to give me some more treasures.  Disappointingly I bought it as an e-book and am now going to have to spend more money and buy a paper copy to keep.  Great news for Mr Rhodes, not great news for my wallet.