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Aug 18

The Librarians (2014)

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Reviews, TV series

The series can be described as a combination of Indiana Jones (or rather The Young Indiana Jones), MacGyver and Doctor Who/Torchwood. It’s fun and filled with action. The underlying idea is fascinating – a magical library that is more or less infiitely big, that you can reach from more than one place (The Annex), but also a portal that opens just about anywhere so the Librarian can get where the magical action is.

The first episode starts with a woman, Eve Baird, working for an antiterrorist unit who runs into a mysterious excentrically dressed man who is expert in disarming traps (but not the usual kind of bomb trap). She is puzzled but impressed. Soon she receives a mysterious invitation to begin work at the Metropolitan library and finds out about the huge underground library. However, the Librarian (at that time there’s only one) isn’t at all happy to see her. He claims to be able to get by very well without a Guardian (that is the Librarian’s body guard). Circumstances move fast though and Eve (the Guardian) and Flynn (the Librarian) are pulled into a complicated case, fighting a group of ninja warriors. It seems someone is killing off Librarian candidates. Although traditionally there’s only ever been one Librarian and one Guiardian it seems now there’s need for more.

From the second episode there are three Librarians-in-training, protected by the Guardian and a mysterious older man, Jenkins, who seems to be living in the Annex (a sort of add-on to the Library), doing research and keeping an eye on the team of amateurish future Librarians. There’s young amoral thief Exekiel Jones, Cassandra Cillian who is a genius rather like Sherlock, but unfortunately she owes her genius to a tumor in her brain and finally a sort of cowboy who is a genius too – and extremely well educated in archaeology, history and languages.

Like I said, this is a fun, action filled series, with all kinds of supernatural and magical enemies, but I can’t help wishing there was more depth. If they’d only taken the time to write more ‘serious’ and deep episodes I would have been happier. It feels a little llike a YA series with rather hurried plots. Some episodes are downright annoying like the one about Santa, who insists on referring ot himself in the third person. Others, are far more interesting, like one about a town where fairy tales come to life, with dangerous consequences.

So far I’ve seen one season, but apparently there will be another, so at least that’s good. I don’t think I’ll be writing any fan fiction based on this series, but it’s definitely good enough to distract you from your life for a while.

Jun 17

What I’m Loving Wednesday

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in My life

1. Summer. Despite the rain every other day or so.

2. Vegan macaroni and ‘cheese’ (nutritional yeast). Just made up a new recipe and it turned out delicious. I’ll add the recipe to our recipe collection on another site we have.

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3. Books (printed books, ebooks, library books…)

4. The library. I love the peace and quiet.

5. Exploring 3D worlds. It’s so relaxing, fun and interesting.

Jun 12

Doing some errands

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Literature, My life

Today I went to a nearby town to get a few (partly book related) errands done. At last I was able to get my Cybook fixed for a good price. (Of course I wish I hadn’t dropped it in the first place). While I was waiting, I visited the library and borrowed the mystery I really would like to read as an ebook (but can’t). Now I’ve found out that I can’t read the other two books left in the series either (the re-published books, there are plenty of others that haven’t been re-published yet). This is the one I really wanted to buy, but they’re all very pretty. (This is the American edition, if you’re curious about the book. That means I’ll have to go back a couple of times and borrow the others.

After that we went out to the big mall to see if we could find some our special vegan products. Unfortunately, there wasn’t that much, but at least we were able to get some cheese. And – our favorite vegan chocolate that we usually have to buy online.

The weather is great and we’ll try to go back to this other town a bit more this summer. For instance there’s a big free festival there in July). We’ll be able to listen to our Eurovision Song Contest Winner. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually want to go and hear him perform live. ESC is not really my thing, normally.

Mum is also looking forward to seeing this big sailing ship that will come and visit our harbour at the beginning of July.

Jun 3

Library visit

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in My life

Today didn’t start out very well. I was so tired, after just having returned from a tiring trip (more about that later), but despite that, I woke up far too early and couldn’t go back to sleep. Then I decided to go to the Garden Center to buy a few zucchini plants to put in the garden. The only one I could find was one that was suffering from some kind of blight. So, no luck there. While in the shop, I met a woman going back out again – in the ‘wrong’ direction. Apparently, she didn’t want to get too close to me, so instead she did a goat-like jump and tripped over a display stand with fertilizer or something like that and turned one of the containers over. What? I can assure you I was very clean and proper.

After that, I went to the library and sat down to read for a few hours in peace and quiet and now I feel a lot better. :) Thanks, dear library and book. You’re better than a spa.

Feb 5

Little Free Library

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Links, Literature

Little Free Library

Painted red and shaped like a miniature one-room schoolhouse, the first Little Free Library—built by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009—launched what would become a worldwide movement in just a few years.

Read more here.

I love this idea. There should be something like it here in Sweden. Anything to do with books is usually great.

May 10

The Library Test

Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Other


You Are an Imaginative Thinker

You are a nonlinear thinker, and you’re even surprised by the places your mind takes you.

You love to get lost in a story, whether it’s your own or not. You love fantasy.You are a positive and uplifting person. You inspire others to be better.

You are full of wonder and curiosity. You feel a strong connection to the world.

Oct 7

A place of refuge…

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 in Other

“This is a library. A place of refuge. Libraries should be full of dusty old books and nooks and corners and places to hide away in.”
—   Edward Ferrars, Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Jul 28

Quote by Ray Bradbury

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in Other

“There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.”

~ Ray Bradbury

May 20

Book quote

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Other

A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.

E.B. White

Oct 18

Doing some shopping – and more

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in My life

Yesterday I went shopping in the bigger town (“Thn”) that is about ten-fifteen minutes away (by car – a little longer by bus). It’s pathetic really, how different it feels from shopping here. This is probably just me, but I feel more confident there and even thinner (LOL), even though it’s basically the same as this town (“Vbg”), only bigger.

First I want to have my eyes checked up, then looked for new frames. After that I did some grocery shopping. There’s so much more to choose between in this mall, including yummy (soy) ice cream cones.

To finish off I went into the town center to the library to get a library card. Again, there’s so much more to choose from there. A month or so ago, I went to Vbg’s library to look for a couple of books, to maybe sit there and browse through them before I decided if I want to borrow them. It turned out they didn’t have them. The library in Thn did. I wish I’d had time to sit down and look through a few books. Maybe I’ll borrow some next time.

Before I left I checked if they had my two books and they did. They’d even put one of them on the side of one of the bookcases to promote it. I still can’t believe I saw that. It feels completely unreal.

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