October 29, 2013

Halloween Art

With the weather change, I've been feeling motivated to finish a few of my projects. Last Thursday Lucas turned 18 months and I recorded his little baby footprints on black paper. I was going to use his footprints for my scrapbook, however after snooping around on pinterest I found something better to do with the prints. I painted an old picture frame, drew on on two eyes and a mouth, dated the print and sat back to enjoy my first piece of Halloween art. :)       

October 24, 2013

18 months..oh my how time flies...

October 16, 2013

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

"Fall of Giants" is a fantastic novel by Ken Follett. Set in the early 20th century, this book follows the lives of five families through the first World War, the Russian Revolution, the labor unions and the struggle for women's suffrage.

This is my third Ken Follett novel, and I've come to enjoy his writing style, attention to historical detail and character development. This book is well researched. It does cover a great deal of history and has a large cast of characters. However, even with such a large cast of characters, I never had the problem of forgetting someone or becoming lost in one of the many subplots.

 Earl Fitzherbert's character begins the story as a product of his time. He is a proper British gentleman, and resists the idea of social reform. Aside from his infidelity, he really isn't an unpleasant character. During the war, he fights bravely and with honor. However, as the novel goes on...Fitzherbert's character changes. He becomes more of a villain and his only interest is self preservation.

Maud Fitzherbert and Ethel Williams had a good thing going for them. I wish their characters had been able to reconcile their differences. I feel as if Follett wanted the readers to side with Ethel - the hard working single mothe, vs. Maud - the sister of a wealthy Earl.

In order to include real historical events, some of the happenstance meetings between characters are a bit contrived.  

The book did end with a cliff hanger and I'm looking forward to diving into the second book of this series.

October 10, 2013

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

It has been one year since the death of the Lord Ruler, and already things aren't looking good for Elend, Vin and the rest of Keliser's old crew. This book is all about surviving in the aftermath of the Skaa rebellion and learning that when it's your turn to actually rule its not as easy as it looks. There are three armies camped outside of Luthadel, the mists are killing people and Vin must find the infamous Well of Ascension before it is too late. 

This book has a lot of soul searching, especially between the main characters. The majority of the real action doesn't happen until the last hundred pages of the book. 

As I read this book, I could imagine it as a TV show on the CW network. There is a son-wanting-to-kill the father subplot, the brother vs. brother subplot, the Vin and Elend romance and lastly the Vin and Zane romance. 

This book was predictable. I'm not a fan of Sanderson's method of telling the the audience the story vs. allowing the audience to see/experience the story. Dose that make any sense?? 

I really liked OreSeur's character. His story was the only one that came as a surprise. I hope to see more of him in the "Hero of Ages."