August 2011 - The Dainty Squid

Book Recommendation / Review : Geek Love

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I have a new book to recommend to you today! (see the last one here) But this time it's a novel.
Let me preface by telling you this : I AM THE PICKIEST READER EVER. No joke. In high school I read a lot because I was bored. Extra time in class? You could find me reading. Study hall? You could find me reading. On the bus? You could find me reading. I read a lot of serial killer books (loooved Helter Skelter!), Hunter S. Thompson and biographies on Kurt Cobain. (I have literally read every book written in English about him/Nirvana). But somewhere along the line I got picky.  I now find it really hard to get interested in a book. If it isn't weird, gory or shocking - I'm not interested.

I discovered Geek Love by Katherine Dunn by finding it in a book of lists. It was in a list titled "Top Ten Disturbing Books" along side a few books from my very favorite author Chuck Palahniuk. I immediately ran over to find it, and read the back. It peeked my interest but not enough for me to buy it right away. Eventually I got desperate enough for a good book that I went back and bought it. After getting started I tore through the book, completely engrossed and intrigued.

The plot (quoted from Geek Love's wikipedia page);
"The novel is the story of a traveling carnival run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife "Crystal" Lil. When the business begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. The results are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy"), Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly"), a hunchbacked albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal-looking baby of the family who has telekinetic powers.
Oly tells the story of her family in the form of a novel written for her daughter Miranda."
Sounds completely ridiculous right? That's because it is, but in the best way. Katherine Dunn has such a way with words and you will be able to picture each character perfectly right down to the smallest details. The way the characters all looked (perhaps even felt?) to me was so incredibly vivid.

It's been about a month since I finished the book but I really did want to blog about just in case someone is in the same picky book reader boat as me and has trouble finding things to get lost in. (plus I can't get it off my mind!) If at least one person reads this post and goes "oh my gosh, that is so my style of book" - because it's certainly not a book for everyone - I will be one happy little kitten!
I liked it so much it even earned a spot on my special shelf next to all my Chuck Palahniuk books. ;)

You can find Geek Love here! If you read it let me know what you think! that is if you're not totally freaked out by the whole plot to begin with! ;)

animals and nature

Pymatuning Deer Park.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

On Wednesday my mom took my nephew, two of my nieces and I to Pymatuning Deer Park, it's like a family owned mini-zoo. They have over 250 animals including lots of goats, a lion, some black bears, a zebra, cougars, some monkeys, a bunch of birds and more! It was probably one of the last few times I'll get to spend time with the kids before they go back to school (plus I can never resist an opportunity to take photos of animals) so I took the day off work.
The only animals that had me ooh-ing and ahhh-ing were the....
They were absolutely precious. They had tons of room to run and play but seemed to mostly enjoy being up close and personal with park visitors. At the front gate crackers for the animals were sold, so we had fun trying to only feed the smallest of each kind of animal - the big guys were so pushy!

what i wore

What I wore; Colorblock Dress

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The details:
dress - thrifted
sweater - forever 21
necklace - c/o Paper Sparrow
rings - forever 21
socks - target
shoes - c/o Blowfish

I'm madly in love with this dress! I originally bought it to resell, but the other day I was having an "I hate everything I own, it's all dumb" moment and decided to go through a box of vintage goodies that I have in the basement and found this beautiful dress. It's so snazzy!! Pretty sure I'll be keeping it now. ;)

On a kind of random note; for my birthday I bought myself a new iMac! I'm so excited to be working from this big beast. It's transformed what my work space looks like and I'm loving it! My craft room feels more like an office now, which I totally dig! I also feel a new passion to finish decorating in here. (My craft room and I are always in a constant battle in case you didn't notice!) I can't wait to share photos of my workspace!

Well I've gotta go, I'm still working on transferring all my photos and documents over to my new computer! Hope you're all having a fabulous Thursday!

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