Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Norse MythologyNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman re-tells the old myths and legends from Norway/Scandinavia.
Odin All-Father is wise, but vengeful. Thor is headstrong and cocky.

Loki Lies. All. The. Time.
And yes, at one point does turn himself into a mare to distract another horse – and gives birth to am eight-legged foal! And has other bizarre children who may be destined to bring about the end of the world.. Ragnarok.

We learn about Asgard, and Midgard, and the world tree Yggdrasil. We learn how Thor gets his hammer Mjollnir, and how other gods gain the items which make them unique.

Neil Gaiman states in the beginning, that the occasional detail in his re-tellings are either his own additions, or an amalgamation of several shorter tales into one. Therefore, not the text-book resource for if you were to study mythology. It does however, give you a great and easy to read insight into the topics and themes of Norse Mythology; the characters of all the players, and ultimately the culture of the Ancient Norse peoples.

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Cable Owl Coffee Cozy Project


Here’s a nice pattern to practice doing cables. You end up with a cute little coffee cup cozy where the cables make little owls.

Use a few buttons and some spare yarn to add the eyes and beaks.

This pattern came from another blog “My Knitting Basket“.

 

Sherlock Wallpaper Cowl Knitting Project


This pattern came from “Professor-Fonz” on Ravelry: High-Functioning Cowl.

I’ve always loved the wallpaper design from the BBC TV Series “Sherlock”.  You can buy the wallpaper itself, but it’s pretty expensive!  This is a nice alternative to be able to create something to wear that has that same feeling.

This piece is knitted in the round using circular needles.  Towards the very end, I switched up to double-pointed needles as the number of stitches decreased.  In total, it took me 2 weeks or so, just working in the evenings and weekends.  Knitted in the fair-isle technique, which gave me plenty of time to practice getting my tension right.  The pattern suggests using cashmere yarn, however I just used regular double-knitting yarn.  The final item is probably slightly larger than the pattern describes, but I think it’s perfect!

 

Seasonal Affectations


The days are still short
daylight remains elusive
yet we soldier on

The simplest of tasks
take more effort than normal
fatigue gets you down

Need a pick-me-up
artificial stimulants
backfires later on

Stuck inside all day
it’s dark before you leave work
can’t wait for spring time

Perseverance will
get us through the other side
slowly, but surely

On The Beach by Nevil Shute


On the BeachOn the Beach by Nevil Shute

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After a nuclear war, the remainder of the world survive as long as they can. Spoiler: it’s not very long. Quite a sad book. Even more sad when you think that it could actually happen.

WARNING: Review Contains Minor Spoilers

The nuclear war seemed to take place almost by accident, as the first missiles that came from (apparently) Albania were thought to have come from elsewhere, and thereby causing various nations to attack each other following this snowball of misunderstandings. Again, with the current political climate, this also seems scarily possible.

The fallout from the nuclear bombs has rendered the entire northern hemisphere uninhabitable. The survivors all flee to the southern colonies, particularly Australia, where this novel is set. Slowly but surely the radioactivity is spreading southwards. The human race is frankly doomed, and those that remain deal with the coming definitive end of the world in their own ways. The character of Moira understandably comments that “the people are slowly going mad” and behave either as if the coming tragedy is not going to happen, or they are trying to use up the remaining resources (such as fuel for motor vehicles, or rare alcoholic beverages!) as fast as they can.

The last remaining operational US submarine is sent on a few final missions to test scientific theories that there may be survivors elsewhere, or that the radioactivity may be decreasing in some areas. The commander of the submarine, Dwight Towers finds some respite from thoughts of his wife and children with his new friends Peter Holmes and his wife Mary, their friend Moira Davidson, and scientist John Osborne.

Dealing primarily with the characters and their mental states, more than the environmental disaster itself, it’s an example of how humans may behave in the face of the worst possible outcome of war. Haunting.

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