Ok this post is really for Mr. Lacer but if anyone reading this has a bookish, crafty, foodie gardener in their life and they don’t know what to get her, here’s some suggestions. I always think I’m incredibly easy to buy for, after all I have no trouble spending money on me if I have it! But is seems other people must think I am hard to buy for, so here’s the list;
* Anything from the etsy shops of The Black Apple (fantastic art work), Aunty Cookie (fantastic fabric) or Blockpartypress (fantastic jewellery).
* The following books -
Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russell T. Davies and some lucky journalist – this book looks an absolute must read.
Venezia by Tessa Kiros – it really makes my Christmas when I have a sumptuous cookbook to flick through in a few snatched moments during the Christmas madness.
Aranzi Machine Gun vol 1 - I would like to start reading these considering I’m such a big fan of Aranzi Aronzo and I might as well start at volume 1.
* A voucher for a Rocket Herb Garden.
The Not Very Realistic
* Vouchers for a class from these people and the time to go and do it.
* Anything from Clothkits but I’d totally in awe if it was this.
Getting even more unrealistic
↓ this kit
also from these people
This party dress and the social life to go with it!
I’ve said quite a lot about Stephen King’s Duma Key already in my Sunday Salon posts here then here, but I finally finished it last night. In my earlier posts on the subject I said how much I was really liking Duma Key and I still stand by that (but can you hear the ‘but’ coming?) but in the end it turned out I was more of a fan of the build up rather than the climax. The build up was fantastic, with great characterisation and a slow but subtle ratcheting up of the tension but then the finale, which was still ok but was more like an average airport blockbuster, still perfectly readable but in a way I can’t quite put my finger on, a bit of a disappointment, only in I think because the first five-sixths of the book was so good. Exploring the after effects of a horrible accident (was King in a way exploring his own accident?) and the recovery in a beautifully written piece of the Florida Keys. But this whole ‘experiment’ has proved to me that I was harbouring some fairly snobbish bookish pretensions towards Stephen King and I’ll stand up and admit I’m wrong, that man really knows what he’s doing when it comes to writing a great book, Duma Key won’t be the last Stephen King I read.