This is too cool not to share! I discovered this via Melwyk at The Indextrious Reader. Can you imagine how long it must have taken to create this video? Haven't you always wondered what happens after the bookstore closes?
I promise to share my library sale finds very soon, but it's always fun to end the week on a happy note, so I pass this along to you. Anyone who is familiar with feline behavior, particularly when a cardboard box is in the same room with them, will appreciate this! Both my cats love boxes and both love to shred them--either with their claws or teeth. And much like small children, when they begin exhibiting naughty behavior, the box must be put away. By the way, I came across this via a fellow needleworker's blog. (And very sorry--if you're computer/internet is like mine it will take a bit to load).
And did you see this Ikea ad "starring" many fluffy kitties? That last shot is just waaaay too cute.
When I came across this interview with Sarah Waters I knew I had to share it. I apologize that the edge of the video is cut off (I tried to resize it, but it didn't work), but I think you'll be able to see everything that's important. The interview lasts about a half hour and it's very insightful to her work, especially The Little Stranger, which I really loved. It's well worth watching. Enjoy!
...And if you aren't able to watch the video, you can also check out this very excellent article on Waters and her work!
Okay. No more Sarah Waters for a while...at least until I read another of her books!
When I was younger I would never have thought of traveling to Iceland; now, though, I think I would really enjoy it. I've read a very small smattering of books set in Iceland in the last couple of years, and a few months back I was introduced to Icelandic crime writer, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, through her first book, Last Rituals. It was a pretty good read, though in some ways it felt like a first novel. It was the 'voice' of the protagonist, attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, that really caught my attention. When I found out her next book was due out soon I promptly got in line for it at the library. My Soul to Take is out now in bookstores, and it looks like my library is processing it, so I hope to have a copy in my hands soon.
I came across a short video of the author (via) talking about Iceland, Thóra, and her two books. It's an interesting look at contemporary Iceland. Although Iceland looks like it can be a harsh country and somewhat bleak in its terrain, there's a great beauty to it as well. In some ways it seems like the perfect setting for a crime novelist, but as the author mentions there's not a lot of crime in Iceland, so it must be a challenging setting as well.
Anyway, take a peek at the video, it'll be well worth your time. If you are a fan of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's books, it's also a nice way of orienting yourself and establishing a nice mental image of where Thóra lives and where the crimes take place. For me, it's only made me want to travel to Iceland all the more, but I will have to satisfy myself by just reading about it for the time being.