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Anna Elliot, “Georgiana Darcy’s Diary”

February 21st, 2012 by MidMea

Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued
Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Continued
by Anna Elliott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first I was very excited to read another P&P continuation. However, the more I read, the more dissapointed I became. The plot I interesting at the beginning, but being less than halfway through, I had no problems figuring out how it would end.

Most of the characters are fairly “in-character”, but I can’t believe the huge changes Georgiana has gone through. The same with Lady Catherine and Caroline Bingley (what were they doing at Pemberley given her history with the Darcys?!) – it would serve the book better if the author could introduce other characters in their place instead.

The language is not anywhere near the classic Austen style. There are even some phrases that are used today (esp. in American English), but they were nonexistent at that time.
Many characters act as if they travelled there from future with a time machine (drunk Wickham, col. Fitzwilliam’s anger rage – to name a few). If members of such a family would act this way in the beginning of 19th century, they would be all deemed as highly improper and scandalous, as the author often seems to forget the idea of chaperones and proper social conduct in those times. Even the shy, gentle Georgiana seems to forget what is proper and describes almost everything and everyone without the smallest dose of respect, calling her suitors “idiots” or making not-so-funny remarks about how someone is fat and sweaty.

All in all, it is one of (not many) generally well-written P&P sequels, but unfortunately, not really believable as a whole. If you read P&P recently and then follow up with this book, you can clearly see huge differences between them. “Georgiana Darcy’s Diary” could work great as a standalone Historical Romance type of novel, if one would just change all the character names and place it in, let’s say, America.

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Haruki Murakami, “Sputnik Sweetheart”

February 2nd, 2012 by MidMea

Sputnik Sweetheart
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magical realism a la Japan. Once again Murakami explores the worlds of relationships (both love and friendship alike) and loneliness. A real page-turner. I recommend it to all the Murakami readers and also to all those who would like to get a taste of this author.

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Darcie Chan, “The Mill River Recluse”

January 10th, 2012 by MidMea

The Mill River Recluse
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This Kindle ebook wasn’t worth the money. Nor time.
Do. Not. Read.
Ever.
Unless you’re a 10-year-old and still like the world of fairytales and dont min’t the shallowness of dialogue and characters.

It’s like a sugary-sweet dessert with a sugar plum on top and sprinkled with sugar.
Enough. Now I have to eat something sour and spicy.

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Robin Hobb, Dragon Haven (Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)

November 29th, 2011 by MidMea

Dragon Haven (Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Robin Hobb. What else to say? Definitely more fast-paced action, than in the previous volume “The Dragon Keeper”, even more character depth and… a lot more of Kelsingra!

The world described in the latest Hobb’s books is definitely one of the best-developed fantasy worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure to immerse in.

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Robin Hobb, The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)

January 30th, 2010 by MidMea

The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I must admit that reading this book made me feel a bit dissapointed. The characters were interesting, there was some depth to them, a plot was present, for sure, but… what happened to all the action? Reading this book left me feeling lke I was one of those poor dragon hatchlings trying desperately to take another step forwrd – just to find myself back in the mud, moving slower and slower. I hope that it is just a prelude to the real bok and the real adventure in the lost dragon city Kelsingra. Will my hopes be grounded? That remains to be seen.

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Snowing and crocheting…

December 18th, 2009 by MidMea

Yup, it’s snowing in Skåne! Such a lovely sight for the tired with autumn grey wetness eyes…

Whenever I have a moment (or two) of peace – I sit back with a mug of warm tea around, and… do some serious crocheting. Plenty of things to finish before christmas, lots of gifts to be made. Shawls, scarves, mug coasters, maybe even a nice doily. Hold your thumbs!

In the meantime – something nice I made for my sis – an autumn shawl.

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The design is fairly simple, contains of symmetrically laid groups of double crochet stitches. Hope you’ll like it!

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Keeping Warm in Copenhagen

December 7th, 2009 by MidMea

CPH Conference Who haven’t heard about the UN Climate Change Conference yet?

As it’s happening quite close to Malmö (the talks starting today!), I decided to write about it.

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Chokladbollar – a treat for whole family

November 30th, 2009 by MidMea

Chokladbullar

Just look around you, and you will see it. Decorations in all those shop windows, flickering lights everywhere – on the streets, along the buildings and even in your friend’s apartment. Even the sky has chosen to cover itself with this lovely greyish-white fluffy pillow with anticipation of snow. Let’s face it – winter is comming, and along with it – Christmas, as always.

The gift giving season is approaching, I bet you’ve seen all those “JULKLAPPAR!” banners all over the streets. The fantastic thing is, we can start sharing and getting int the Jul-spirit even now, by preparing something really tasty that everyone will like (the kids, especially!). And that’s the main reason I decided to share a very easy sweet coconut-and-chocolate recipe with you today.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you -  CHOKLADBOLLAR!

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Hej!

October 29th, 2009 by MidMea

You’re most welcome to my blog about Sweden. In future, I plan to write here about many topics I find interesting. It can be really anything, so you better be prepared for an eclectic ride!

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