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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson #17

What a nice book to come to after reading that blah book before. Seriously, I hardly noticed that the tome was 465* pages.

This is a book that my mom bought, probably because the cover is simple, yet bright and eye-catching. So I snagged it off of her shelf before my daughter could get a hold of it, because I’m a good and sacrificing parent like that.

Yeah.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson was first published in Sweden and then, taking a few years, has now been translated into a buttload of different languages. The title, I think, is a perfect pick. The story doesn’t start out about her, but she is weaved into it and then becomes a major character.  The title almost seems to hint that she is a tad different, but is still regarded as just a girl, or slightly insignificant. She is not, I guarantee that. You will fall in love with Lisbeth within the first few chapters for sure.

I know, *gasp* I actually printed a character name, something new to shock the 4 readers I guess.

When I review a book, I don’t tend to describe the story, much about the characters or even their names. It is very important for me to not know what a book is about much and I tend to take that same stance with my reviews. If you want to read exactly what it’s about because you are intrigued by my review, go buy the damn book or borrow it. It’s worth it.

If there was ever a need for a drumroll, this’d be it. I have given 2 perfect reviews before, which means the books were good enough to warrant full whore dollars and possibly even a free quickie. This will be another. Seriously, this was super easy to give this book 10 G-String dollars. Hell I’d give it an 11 but I don’t think it tops Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I couldn’t even take points off for the hard names because I got used to them.

One sad thing is Stieg Larsson has died. His partner has taken up the task of finishing the 4th book he started writing, but it’s a sad day when such a talented writer is taken.

*Here’s a freaking end note about something getting on my nerves. A few of the books I’ve reviewed I grabbed the amount of pages there were by looking at the book itself. However, when I compared it to Amazon, Amazon is always bigger. It annoys the hell out of me that they almost seem to be just counting the number of pieces of paper between the covers than the actual story. Same editions even! /rant.

Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes #8

Jeebus, I know I just did a knitting book, but since mom gave me a Chapter’s card for Christmas I bought a few knitting books for fun and completely devoured these two that I’ve reviewed.

I’ve been intrigued with knitting socks for a while and I jumped in with both feet, pun freakin’ intended Batman. When knitting socks, the intro-knitter will take it up with the recommended DPNs, double point needles.  These babies are about 5-6 inches long and have a point on both ends, hence the name. And I live to say words like ‘hence’ and annoy the über literate with starting a sentence with ‘And’.

Moving on.

DPNs make a great starter sock, but it has its downfalls.

  1. Fifteen bazillion needles around that have no markings on them to tell you their size so you have to not only buy one of those sizing charts you never thought you’d need, but you also have to figure out where the hell to put said fifteen bazillion needles.
  2. Said numerous needles will roll under couches, be used to impale something in a child’s game, or somehow go missing and your pattern will call for 5 needles, not 4.
  3. Patterns calling for DPNs will use differing numbers and will never, ever, match what the store sells them in quantities of (there I go, bugging the über literate again *snort*).
  4. DPNs almost always create what’s called ladders in the knitting where a noticeable mark is at the point where one needle meets the next, looking like ladders on 3, or 4, sides of the sock.

When I saw that you could knit socks using the magic loop method, or circular needles, I was all for it and was giddy to try.  Even indulged in the expensive Addi click circular needle system in order to do it with ease.

I spotted the book Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes in my online search for knitting books and was super intrigued by the idea of not only knitting socks up from the toe, but 2 at a time? COOL! Normal socks are knit from the cuff down, making a strange, albeit usable, heel flap, and ending at the toe, using the often-confusing kitchener stitch to bind it off. Then there’s the “Second sock syndrome” that all knitting whores go through with creating any socks.  You work hours to create this magical, beautiful sock, you’re all gung-ho, feeling the groove of knitting, until you bind off that sock and you realize you have to do the same damn thing over again.

This 176 page book is super easy to read, and since I was so intrigued I breezed through it and then read it again just so I didn’t miss anything.  The images were beautiful, and instructions were very easy to follow.  I don’t recommend it for beginner knitters but then again, most beginners would be very intimidated to even attempt toe-up socks let alone 2 at a time.  This is worth the 10 G-String dollars I’m giving it.

I know, I know, most people don’t give full marks for as many books as I have so far, but my blog, my rules. That and I don’t believe in taking whore dollars away from books without having a good reason to do so.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline #4

374 pages of pure awesomeness.

Whoa, wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the author’s first and only book so far, is a geek’s book for sure.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a true comicon geek or just a regular geek reader, knower of geek things like me (although I am looking into the Comicon scheduled for Calgary because the TNG group is supposed to be there), this book is entertaining, well written and a basically excellent story.  Also, if you’re an 80s child and a non-geek, I’d still recommend the book as well because of his insane knowledge of all things 80s, not just video games, is impressive and nostalgic.

The main character comes across well and is highly believable.  What’s strange is I don’t remember him being described well, physically that is.  Much like Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas, there’s no mirror trick to get you to visualize the main guy, just a few blips here and there to help you get a small picture.  Yet he’s formed perfectly in my mind.  He’s relatable, but not too loveable as to be unbelievable.

The story of the book nestles around a pretty damn bleak future, which then has the chance for redemption for just one person who can win this contest, that was left in the will of a famous, and beloved, computer geek, much like Steve Jobs (not like Bill Gates).  The contest winner will be set for life, and will have the ability to change the world if only he could decipher the clues that lead him to the end.  A lot of surprises thrown in along the way, and I do have a favourite one toward the end that I won’t reveal, and plenty of action kept me reading (1 surprise I’ll reveal just because it cracked me up – Wil Wheaton is a big dude in the book – not president but something more important, which is awesome!!).

Now for the juicy part. I’m not truly a picky reader, I’m a whore after all, I’ll do anything. But I am critical of books.  I want something somewhat easy to get into, not necessarily easy to read, but immersing myself into a book must occur or I won’t give it good marks nor recommend it.  I easily devoured this book, and sunk myself into the story and have no troubles giving this book a whopping giant 10 G-String dollars. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find anything wrong with it, it was that I didn’t care, I loved the story too much.  This baby would hustle up some big coin from sniffer’s row.

Geez I’m a pig.

I definitely recommend this book.   Hell, I’m thinking of even buying the damn thing and I don’t buy books easily.  Definitely pick this book up. Go, now, seriously, stop reading and click over to the amazon link and put it in your cart (or the Chapter’s one I provided on the word “One” of the title – Chapters has much better shipping than Amazon as they choose regular post and it gets put in your mailbox or on hold at the post office if you’re like me and order many books. Amazon only seems to use UPS who drop the stuff at your door and take off, not ringing the door bell to let you know you have a package as they don’t care if it’s you that grabs the package or some shmucky walking down the street, and this is regardless of the value of the package – $25 worth of replaceable books or $300 game systems. Just because Amazon is cheaper definitely doesn’t make them better in my books.).  Make sure to put enough books in to make the shipping free.

Go.

Side note: His website is freaking awesome too, you should check that out after you order the book.  When the book comes, check out the picture he has of himself inside the back cover. Can’t you just die? Dude has a DELOREAN!

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