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The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson #22

Well, what to say.  Okay, I reviewed the first one with flying colours. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson is of course a sequel to the first one, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. I blogged about that one a while back and this book is also another long one, 512 pages to be exact.

This is a kind of book that is hard to review because it is so long, so complicated and anything you say will give things away. There is so much detail in this book that it’s not a wonder why the darn thing counts so high in my Book challenge. I’m supposed to be checking in with my current totals, hence the reason I’m reviewing 2 books in one day, but it’s doubly difficult to review this thing without also giving away the next book, that I’m currently reading.

This started out slow, much like the first one. There wasn’t as many character introductions this time as most of the first book’s character’s came back (SEE, I’m revealing serious plot stuff already … wait …).  This really helped with character confusion that often happens, but I think contributed to the slow start. Of course it picked up after a bit and got interesting.

One thing about these books is the details. Oh my god the details. Seriously, this dude took a page from Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series because DAMN! the man threw in a shitton of details. I gave the first book 10 of my whore dollars because it was riveting (I’ve always wanted to use that cheesy marketing term), but this one wasn’t as much until the end, and then it slightly annoyed me how it ended because then I knew the 3rd book was going to go on with the same damn story line (and it does).

I think because the author died after handing the publisher his manuscripts they didn’t really get to have that author/editor playful banter back and forth to trim shit down. Of course being a bestselling book who am I to critique the wordiness and direction this series seems to go in?

Whatever. It’s still a really good book and if you started the first one and loved it, you’d enjoy this one too, but not on its own. This is a series that has to be read in order or you’d be lost. I won’t give it 10, but I’ll give it 8 G-String dollars and recommend it.


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.

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