Monday, March 14, 2011

Reviews

  • Knitting—I’m still working on my Clapotis, and I can see why so many people have knitted it. As I finished the increase section, I wondered what the big deal was about a big piece of flat knitting with a twisted stitch every so often, but then I started the middle section and dropped that first set of stitches. Oh, my! The texture that it gives to the piece is lovely, and the squishiness and drape of the fabric is wonderful. It is not the world’s most exciting knit, but it is still enjoyable.
  • Movie—I know I’m years late in writing this, but while knitting on my Clapotis this afternoon, I wrested control of the television and watched Victoria and Albert on Netflix Watch Instantly. This film was a real treat! The costuming and sets were outstanding, but the portrayal of the difficulties of the young Victoria and the way she had to grow up were something I had never thought about. Everyone acknowledges the difficult political path that Elizabeth I trod, but I had always assumed Victoria was as loved always as she was later in her reign. It was an interesting film and a great love story.
  • Books—a few comments. Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series—titles in my Goodreads panel in the sidebar—was perhaps even more interesting than the previous series that I read. Great entertainment. I did not review each novel at length. The Goodreads summaries will give you a good idea about each book. I also read another Bob Lee Swagger book by Stephen Hunter—Night of Thunder. This is about as far from a romance novel as you can get, but I found it to be an interesting coincidence that I read the book now, right before this year’s NASCAR race at Bristol, the race that forms the background for the book. Finally, I began with The Mistress of the Art of Death, the first of a series of medieval forensic mysteries featuring a female protagonist. I immediately read the second book in the series, The Serpent’s Tale, and I’m planning to move on to the others. In spite of the occasional anachronism, which are fun to look for, the books are interesting, both historically and socially, as well as being good mystery puzzles.

2 comments:

Soonerbeknitting said...

I just wound up the yarn I'm going to use for a Clapotis. I'm glad to hear that it's a good pattern.

Deb said...

I'm getting ready to look for a new series since I'm just about caught up with my Kate Shugak, Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid, and Maisy Dobbs (just waiting for the new installments to hit the library!). I will check out the medieval one you mention!
I watched Victoria Albert over Christmas, followed by the Young Victoria. Both were fascinating.