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The Little Prince – Movie

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So, I did get to watch The Little Prince on Netflix this weekend, and I it was not at all what I had expected.

First, disappointment, it was not a retelling of the book, it was a movie about the book. So, I still highly recommend reading the book itself. They tried to put in some of the good parts, but really missed so much.

It was still an entertaining and heartwarming story. It was basically, more about a little girl, her friendship with the aviator, and her fear of growing up.

Best part was the Jeff Bridges voice over. You can’t miss the voice. I love the way he tells the story. Definitely fit the old man character.

For those not in the loop, The Little Prince is still on Netflix. Here’s the trailer:

Neil Gaiman and American Gods

I had never heard of Neil Gaiman until last year. My friend bought tickets to a reading and he asked me to come with him. I was excited and so I decided to do a bit of homework prior, and the first book he recommended I read was American Gods. It definitely was a good introduction to the author. The book was so amazingly written. You know the feeling, when you finally finish reading a book and you just sit there telling yourself “It’s all true. It’s all so true.” That’s what effect it had on me.

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The reading itself was also an experience. Neil Gaiman is a very charming, and wonderful speaker. He read some, answered some questions, but what I loved the most were the stories. He inserted anecdotes here and there and all were funny, sometimes cynical, but always “so true” as I laughed and nodded in agreement with a man too far to even see me, but somehow I felt I was having a one on one. Thank you again, to my friend, for the experience and for introducing me to another wonderful author.

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As everyone knows, the blog became stagnant when I was switched projects at my last contract. Times got busy, but I always meant to post about this. Now more than ever, if I could, I would urge you to pick up a Neil Gaiman book. Let’s start with American Gods. Why? It’s been adapted into a TV series. Yes, my friends, I am totally nerding out.

I really don’t want to spoil the plot, because I want you guys to read it first, but here’s the trailer because it looks like they will do the book justice. Or, at least, I’m hoping. We’ll find out soon, so far the release date is a non specific 2017.

The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert

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Going to be very honest, this book was a lot harder to get through than I imagined. I picked it from the recommended reading because it was catalogued as a “Mystery” novel. The biggest mystery was how one small town set in (I think) the 20’s can find cause for so much gossip.

The setting and the characters reminded me of the TV Show the Hart of Dixie, although because of the decade it was set in the rules of being a Southern Belle was much much stricter.

I do have to hand it to the author though, I had to look up when the book was published (2011) because the characters and mannerisms of, was just so believable. The only reason it was a hard read for myself was because I am not so used to reading pages upon pages of small town gossip.

There is an upside to having read this book, however. The author did so much research that at the end of the book it includes The Darling Dahlias Housecleaning Tips and Recipes, which I did take notes of.

Link: Wichita Public Library Tour de Wichita
Link: Botanica

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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*via Tour De Wichita of The Wichita Public Library – Animals Genre for the Sedgwick County Zoo Site

Old longings nomadic leap,
Chafin at custom’s chain;
Again from its brumal sleep
Waken the ferine strain.

Starting the reading challenge I thought to pick up an “easy read” and being a classic I have never read before, it served as two birds, one stone.

I thought of it more of a children’s book but as you get deeper into the storyline, and as Buck (the protagonist) finds himself becoming more savage, you realize it is not a book for the very weak of heart. The book follows Buck from being stolen from his domestic life in California and sold from one master to another all the way to the cold Yukon, where “insticts long dead became alive again.” It was to be a story of survival when out of nowhere the story becomes a story of Love and Loyalty. The two not-so-secret but often forgotten ingredient to a great character…in man or beast.

The story seems simplified at first, but the reader gets swept into the narrative soon enough and cannot help but start to empathize with Buck with every turn in the story.

Link: Wichita Public Library Tour de Wichita
Link: Sedwick County Zoo – also look up Winter Wednesdays where admission is only $2.50 per person through February.

“Tour De Wichita” by the Wichita Public Library

Since I always challenge myself to read at least one book a month, when I saw Wichita Library’s Twitter post about a “Literary Journey Through Wichita” back in December I automatically took note.

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There are fifteen genres inspired by Wichita sites. One book from each genre, five different books for each tour and three tours. A total of fifteen books to read from January 4th to March 18th.

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I left work today and immediately visited the Rockwell Library Location. I had to get a Wichita Public Library card. I’m so glad they don’t discriminate based on city of residence or anyone from Derby. 🙂

So I’m ready and set for the challenge, and I’ve asked my sister to join in as well. I will try to update everyone on my progress. Wish me luck.

For anyone wanting to join as well, link for Wichita Public Libary below, as well as the link to their Twitter account in case you want to start following them to keep updated on other fun events.

Wichita Public Library Website: http://Www.WichitaLibrary.Org
Follow Wichita Public Library on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wichitalibrary

“Writing Now, Reading Now” with Mary Ruefle

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“Distinguished Poet Mary Ruefle has published 11 collections of poetry. She has also received many honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award.”

I hope I referenced that all correctly. It was my first “Writing Now, Reading Now” event to attend and the only thing I knew was that I was to hear a “distinguished poet” read her own writings. I didn’t know who she was, never read any of her works, and I had detailed conversation with her (not knowing she was who she was) at the reception, prior to the Reading, about hipsters, Bukowski and English Majors attending the event for credit.

I purchased two books: Trances of the Blast and The Most of It, at the front of the recption area, hoping I could get the author’s signature after the Reading.

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Then imagine my mortification when we all sat and the same lady I had been critiquing the hors d’oeuvres
with took the podium. She insisted there would be no introduction prior and no question and answer portion after. Fantastic! I’ll try to sneak out when she finishes. I listened and tried not to make further eye contact.

During the Reading though I learned why reading is a solitary type of pleasure. I didn’t like the way she read it. Why was she using that tone? I think I would’ve liked it better as I would have read it. So, I realized, once you publish something, you sort of just give it away. It detaches from your voice and takes the voice of the next owner.

I went home to read my new books trying to keep her voice separate from my voice. But you know what proves a good book? The number of dog ears you end up with. I do believe you will find me quoting some of her prose and poems someday.

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Yes, I stuck around to get my books signed. I’m glad I did.

Fifty Shades of Grey

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*special shout out to the woman who made me promise to read it, and I promise to read the rest of the books. The deal was to read the first book before the movie so, Maria, here’s the review and my proof.

First, I never had any interest in reading this because to be frank I have different taste in literature. I’m not saying this is risquĂ©, I’m just saying, please keep Twilight-ish story lines from my erotica. How did I gauge this series without reading it first? “Someone”, I know, who supposedly is an open-minded adult, recommended it to me when it first came out. I was thrilled to find that she enjoyed a good “read” so I lent her my series The Sleeping Beauty Series. She returned it, without finishing the first book. It was too much. So I stared at her books thinking, so what is this?

Well, peer pressure has won. And as the movie draws closer, I have a deadline to finish reading the first book of the series.

I was right and I was wrong. This is Twilight. It’s very watered down. It is a good read though. I find the characters hilarious in an empathetic sort of way. I keep finding myself reminiscing of days when I questioned the simplest gesture of pulling someone’s hair. I’m glad that the younger women are reading it though. Some may disagree, but it teaches about the sense of self-worth, contraception, STDs, and keeping an open mind. Although, I should also point out that this book gives the impression that you can fix people. Seriously, it’s one thing to have a fetish, but completely another to have these fetishes because of some “baggage” you cannot disclose. If someone tells you they have “issues” and cannot discuss those issues with you, don’t ask to sign a contract, tell them to call you when they can either discuss said issue, or have moved on from said issue. People are not projects.

Anyway, still a very great amusing read. And I was asked if I liked the ending, and yes, I did. It ended as most dysfunctional relationships would, but knowing that there are two more books, I’m sure it starts all over again, as most dysfunctional relationships do. How exciting!

By the way, I do plan on watching the movie. That is part of my Valentine’s Day plans. I am very excited to dress up for it, and to see how awkward dinner might be. Wish me luck.

The Myths and Mysteries of Kansas by Diana Lambdin Meyer

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True stories, according to the cover, of the (supposedly) unsolved and unexplained.

I picked the book up when they had a book fair at the work atrium. After reading through it, I felt a little misled. I was hoping for more ghost stories, especially since I’ve heard of the stories of Atchison, Kansas, our “most haunted town.”

For Kansas Day though, I thought it would be fitting to tell you what I did learn from the book. It basically focused on legendary characters that may have lived or passed through. The Bloody Benders, Buffalo Bill Cody, and General Custer, to name a few.

These stories, if you remember your Kansas History from middle school, would be familiar to you already. The author added more detail though, and it did make it more interesting. 12 Chapters of things about Kansas.

Things I didn’t know: basketball was “invented” in Lawrence, Kansas. Now, I understand why the Jayhawks are so passionate about their team. Better not let that 6th man on the court down. Also, ever heard of Nicodemus, Kansas? The Legendary Black Town of the West? Makes me want to visit actually. The author states the the first settlers made dwellings against hills and some are still there today.

So, yes, I felt a little deceived by the title, but still glad I own the book. Something I can lend out to those Kansas History fanatics.