Archive for May, 2016



Learn to Knit on Long LoomsLearn to Knit on Long Looms by Anne Bipes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a huge disappointment for me. I have been making hats for a charity group. One of the ladies taught me to use the circle loom. I became addicted to it. Then I thought I would stretch my understanding of loom knitting and started making washcloths on the long loom. That got me curious to other stitches I could try. That’s when I found this book. I even decided to spend my hard earned cash on it.

Mistake. There are so many books out there that are anywhere from free to just a small price. This one was nearly $10. Yet the pictures are fewer than one needs to learn a new skill. The written instructions didn’t include enough true step-by-step clues to help the learner understand. And the number of patterns in the book were so few it just wasn’t worth the money.

STILL, I will keep it and when I feel ready to try again I may see if it has something more than I found with my first attempt. There seem to be a lot of people who love this book so it might work for you, too.

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Fomorian Earth (Star Borne, #1)Fomorian Earth by Lars Bergen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was lucky to win the audible version of this book. Luckily the Kindle version was and is free so I could do immersion reading. And the voice of Elan O’Connor, narrator kept me listening beyond the boring part.

I love sci-fi. I’m currently reading The Martian. Though it doesn’t fit with my goal of books written by women authors about strong female characters, it could easily be. The main character isn’t a macho type who demeans ladies. Ann McCaffery wrote my kind of sci-fi.

But here we are again… It started out in outer-space. I started liking one of the main characters, Brigit. But she sort of got lost in the story and then it became another excuse for a war.

Here you have a story with possibilities, of invention and exploration. What we end up with is a backward planet (Earth) who believed men should rule and fight, and women stay home and birth babies. Tell me, if the best fighter, killer, is the winner of any war, how is it possible to make a better world? And if women were in charge of that, they wouldn’t want war. They don’t want their sons or husbands or fathers to die. Why go through the trouble to birth these people to send them out to die?

On the other hand, this story is a representation of what could have happened in early Irish history. That there are stories that include THEE Brigit that include space travelers in it quite interesting. But that part of the tale came after the story was told. The author telling how the story came into being from research done before writing the fictional version.

So, hey, you may like it. Maybe, if you are like me, the narrator will win your heart, or the possibility that Brigit is from another world? Imagine if sci-fi was a record of history of a religion! Enjoy!

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