The Moor

Moor Laurie R. King

Currerbell has been reading up a storm and The Moor by Laurie R. King was the next one to bite the dust.

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A Piece of the World

She also finished A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline recently.

Andrew Wyeth Christina's World

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

Fun fact: the painting above by Andrew Wyeth was part of the inspiration for the novel, and Andrew’s father – N. C. Wyeth – is a man who’s illustrations have graced some of the books of my youth.

I love when things connect like that.

As of this posting Christina’s World is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Strongholds of Splendor

The second expansion we’ve played for Splendor is “Strongholds,” (we played “Cities” earlier”) and this direction made more of an impact on the “regular” game.

splendor game strongholds

Castles in the Sky

It played well although we need a couple more go-throughs so I can get a more solid strategy down.

Then when I lose it can be entirely my fault and I’ll be right at home.

 

Christmas with the Kranks

Every year during the holiday season we watch through a group of movies that may or may not have a festive setting and theme.

(Hint – they do.)

This year was the first I had seen Christmas with the Kranks (she had seen it previous) so I was hoping we had found another to add to the list of our rotational December viewing.

Christmas with the Kranks movie poster

I’m not (obviously) looking for the new definition of classic cinema, but I was looking for a decent Christmas-flavored flick to get into the spirit of the season with.

This movie did not do that, but a few laughs got me through to the end.

The Dark Tower

 

Dark Tower movie poster

We watched The Dark Tower mid-November of 2017 and had hoped for more.

We’ve never read the book series, but the movie had the seemingly massive good/evil confrontation that I enjoy with cool characters that could pull it off.

It was not to be however, as I felt the movie wasn’t sure what it was – was it a horror movie, an adventure movie? Were we supposed to understand everything, or just go with the flow and not think too much?

It finished strong but as someone who did not originally have an interest in the source material I wanted this to be the gateway. Not to be.