Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Books and theater, Sept-Oct 2015

Books and theater, Sept-Oct 2015

In Vegas there is a free monorail between Aria and Bellagio.  One of the platforms has a Turrell in it?!? Small space, two windows, outlined in pink.  Not an ideal setting like a museum but such a nice surprise in an unexpected setting.

-by Jane Smiley
Early Warnings:  the second in the trilogy...oh man, now I have to wait for the last one.  Continuation of the story of the family Langdon.

by John Buchan
-The 39 Steps:  I saw the play of this a couple years ago and so when I saw it was a book I had to check it out...turns out the book was first-1915! and was one of the first spy novels.  Then there was the Hitchcock film (which I had to watch after reading the book).  Turns out the book and film are like Ian Fleming and the Bond movies....some similarities, but more the spirit of the thing.  A couple other films were made, then the play in 1995 and spoofed the Hitchcock film-only 4 actors, references to other of his films.  I liked the book-makes me want to go back to Fleming....

-By Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train:  This is one of those best sellers where I read it and went, really?  I mean, yes, it kind of pulled you along and again getting into the heads of people.  And a bit of a mystery but you won't ever get the clues to solve it....and it is all about unpleasant people.  Meh, I prefer Jane Smiley.

-by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One:  I know I am late to the game...but yes, this is so fun!!  Totally written for the 40-ish nerd crowd and a fast read.

Delicious drinks and snacks in Vegas!

-edited by Pamela Smith Hill
Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder:  I loved the Little House on the Prairie series growing up, so had to read about the origins.  Turns out to be an interesting story-the first version LIW wrote was non-fiction, intended for adults.  No publisher was interested, so she and her daughter, Rose, rewrote it for children.  And it was no longer true non-fiction.  More like historical fiction, where she tried to be as true to the facts as possible, but often re-ordered them to make a better story.  Now I want to re-read the series....

-by Erich Segal
Love Story: I'm in a reading challenge and one book was "came out the year you were born".  So I looked up the bestsellers for 1970 and this was at the top of the list...and one that I knew I had in my library.  It has been a while-I was surprised at how short it is...and well written-concise.  Maybe I should watch the movie too!

-by Neal Patrick Harris
A Choose Your Own Autobiography:  such a fun set-up.  Love NPH!  And the evolution of he learned to act and the roles he played is interesting.  Since we saw him in Hedwig and the Angry Inch I was blown away by what a demanding role it is, now I understand how he did it.

-by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me:  Anyone who thinks that racism no longer exists should read this.  Hard to read, but harder to not read...

More good Vegas drinks

Why yes, that is a blue cotton candy the famous Serendipity where dessert was frozen hot chocolate.

-by John Burdett
Bangkok Haunts and Bangkok Tattoo:  more in the series of a Thai detective.

-by Paul Tough
How Children Succeed:interesting take, you do best if you have character qualities like grit and determination, which can be built up just like you can improve how smart you are-goes well with the Carol Dweck book.

-by Allie Brosch
Hyperbole and a Half:  Just had to re-read much funny and important packed into a small space.  If you have never heard of her, just go read this

by Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: Okay, so I really liked the first book I read and then was luke warm on the second.  This was more like the second, a nice story, well told, but the ending leaves me feeling a little hanging....not sure I love him enough to read more.

performed by the Shotgun Players in Berkeley:  Wow this was amazing.  A modern retelling of the classic story.

-by Neil Gaiman and various artists
Sandman: this is just something I have to re-read occasionally-inspired by the play above since the Sandman has a version of the Orpheus story.  Only made it through vol 1 and 2 of the giant compilations

-by Art Baltazar and Franco
Tiny Titans, starting with Return to the Treehouse.  This is a fantastic series!  It is great for beginning readers, but fun for all ages!  Look at the art-so cute!!

-by Janet Evanovich
Top Secret Twenty-One:  These are great airplane reading.

Finally, we rode the Vegas monorail and saw Elton John's concert!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hanson travel Galapagos, tortoises, sea lions, albatrosses

Hanson travel Galapagos, part II

The tortoises impress me the most-so much shell!, such a tiny head!

The sea lions are the cutest for sure!  Also very fond of naps.

And a nod to the city everyone flies into and out of on their way to the Galapagos.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hanson travel Galapagos, iguanas, crabs, boobies

Hanson travel Galapagos, part I

I recently had a post from my trip to the Galapagos, it is nice to see how much hasn't changed.  My guess is this was the 70s.

The salt water iguanas are awesome.  They filter the salt to get fresh water and then blow it out their nose.  Of course they also spend a lot of time just laying in the sun.

The Blue-Footed Boobies are so amazing.  I can't think of any other animal that has such a bright blue that looks so artificial!

watermelon fruit bowl!!

gotta have a map of your route