Currently reading:
Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein
Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Currently knitting:
Business Casual Socks

Currently spinning:
100% Undyed Bamboo on wheel
100% Merino (Sky colorway) on wheel
August 12, 2013

Odd Thomas in Review

I finished the first book in the Odd Thomas series, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

It was good. I enjoyed it. The plot moved along and I stayed engaged throughout. BUT I think I let other people’s reviews guide my expectations. I wanted it to be more than it was, somehow. Or maybe I just didn’t mesh with Odd’s way of thinking and internal monologue.

My favorite series of Koontz’s is still his Frankenstein series (which, um, I haven’t finished. Oops). And my favorite book of his is still¬†The Taking, which gave me legit nightmares for days.

I might jump into the second book soon, but I’ve got some other reading to do first.

July 14, 2013

Finished The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever today. Plenty of mistakes, plenty of fun. I’ll be coming back to this pattern again when I have some cotton scraps.

December 2, 2012
And though he [Sancho] did not find more than he had already found [money in an abandoned sack], he considered as time well spent the tossing in the blanket, the vomiting of the potion, the blessings of the staffs, the fists of the muledriver, the loss of his saddlebags, the theft of his coat, and all the hunger, thirst, and weariness he had endured in the service of his worthy lord, for it seemed to him he had been more than well-rewarded when his master favored him and presented his find to him as a gift.
Don Quixote, Chapter 23
December 1, 2012
From everything I have said you must infer, Sancho, that it is necessary to distinguish between master and minion, gentleman and servant, knight and squire.
Don Quixote, Chapter 20
December 1, 2012
… forgive what happened, for you are clever and know that first impulses are not ours to control, but be advised of one thing: from now on you are to refrain and abstain from speaking too much to me, for in all the books of chivalry I have read, which are infinite in number, I have never found any squire who talks as much with his master as you do with yours.
Don Quixote, Chapter 20
November 29, 2012
I don’t know how you can speak of righting wrongs," said the bachelor, "for you have certainly wronged me and broken my leg, which won’t ever be right again; and in rectifying my injuries, you have injured me so much that I’ll go on being injured for the rest of my life; it was a great misadventure for me to run across a man who is seeking adventures.
Don Quixote, Chapter 19
November 29, 2012
Our Lord has relieved me of the task which I was going to undertake to avenge his death, if anyone else had killed him; but since he was killed by the One who killed him, there is no other recourse but to be silent and shrug one’s shoulders, which is what I should do if He had killed me.
Don Quixote, Chapter 19
November 28, 2012
And what’s clear to me in all this is that in the long run, these adventures we’re looking for will bring us so many misadventures that we won’t know our right foot from our left.
Don Quixote, Chapter 18
November 28, 2012
I say that I swear," Sancho said again, "to keep quiet about it until your grace has reached the end of your days, and God willing, I’ll be able to reveal it tomorrow.
Don Quixote, Chapter 17
November 27, 2012
In any case, Cide Hamete Benegeli was a very careful historian, and very accurate in all things, as can be clearly seen in the details he relates to us, for although they are trivial and inconsequential, he does not attempt to pass over them in silence; his example could be followed by solemn historians who recount actions so briefly and succinctly that we can barely taste them, and leave behind in the inkwell, through carelessness, malice, or ignorance, the most substantive part of the work.
Don Quixote, Chapter 16