Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Paperman

Graphic Novel Challenge: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was the last book Will Eisner ever created and it was a story that was near to his heart. In case you have never heard of the, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are a piece of antisemitic propaganda that has been created well over one hundred years ago, it has been proven to be a forgery many times and yet, it refuses to die. People still believe in it, unquestioningly, as fanatics will do.

The Plot by Will Eisner

Eisner follows the Protocols from their ultimate source - a polemic book written by Maurice Joly against Napoleon III in 1864 - to their first publication in Russia in 1903, as an instrument to convince the Tsar of a Jewish conspiracy. From there, the Protocols saw publication all over the world. The Times first wrote about them being a fake in 1921 and that should have been that. Instead, the Protocols went on to become a source of antisemitism in Nazi Germany, in the United States, the Middle East, Japan and many other countries. The comic follows the people who created them and the people who tried again and again to expose the forgery, convinced that this time people would surely accept the Protocols for what they are.

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Here, the editor of The Times has just printed the article exposing the forgery and is confident that the Protocols will do no further damage. But on the next page, Adolf Hitler is using them in one of his early speeches.

So Eisner's book is only one of the latest in a long row of books dealing with the Protocols. I highly doubt that it will finally kill the myth, but it may well reach people who otherwise would never read any of the other rebuttals. The story is quite fascinating and Eisner offers a direct comparison between Joly's book and the Protocols. It's a bit more text heavy than Eisner's other graphic novels, but the art still plays an important part and serves to tell a complicated story in a few pictures.

2. book for the Graphic Novel challenge
Reviews 2013
3. book for the Library Challenge 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Labyrinth

Labyrinth was the first movie I ever saw on the big screen. I was six at the time and I still remember that CGI owl at the beginning and how real it looked. I have seen Labyrinth many times since and it just doesn't get old. The actors of course are brilliant, Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. The fact that anyone is able to concentrate on anything in the, um, face of David Bowie's trousers says a lot just about how good they are.

But what makes this film so wonderful is all the thought and work that went into it. Apart from the owl, there is no CGI. There are however a ton of models, puppets and matte paintings and a huge amount of creativity when it comes to really weird characters. All the goblins are unique and you can spent the whole film just looking at them. They even all have a backstory, Brian Froud published a companion book "The Goblins of the Labyrinth" that I can only recommend.

Whatever Sarah meets in the Labyrinth, it's real in a way that no CGI can ever accomplish. That enormous battle robot she and her friends come up against when they enter the Goblin City? That thing is not a model. It's a fifteen feet tall hydraulic puppet (named Humongous) and when it swing its axe at them, that is not a trick shot.

You will never have noticed all the little details after you've watched Labyrinth once. Or after the fifth or tenth time. Sarah's room alone is a great example. The camera sweeps the room at the beginning and the whole movie is there, down to a Jareth doll, but you cannot take it all in so quickly. The battle at the Goblin city has so many hilarious details, just happening in the background. I mean, there are milkbottles in front of the gate to the castle on the edge of the Goblin City. The DVD has an hour-long documentary that is highly entertaining and reveals just how much work went into the movie. And how annoying those black chickens were.

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Labyrinth is a great movie for kids, they love the goblins and big, gentle Ludo and the slightly insane Sir Didymus and all those wacky creatures. But it's also a great movie for adults who can enjoy all the stuff the kids love and all the parts of the story that go right over the kids' heads.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Secret Window

I haven't had much to do for these last two weeks than lie in bed, read, spend time online and watch movies. I went through a lot of my comfort movies and Secret Window is definitely one of them. Whatever that says about me.
Anyway. It's one of the non-horror Stephen King movies and like most of those, it works very well. Johnny Depp is adorable in nearly constant bed hair and the fugliest bathrobe I have ever seen. And then he goes from adorable to slightly worrying to absolutely creepy. John Turturro is creepy right from the get-go and he makes a very believable stalker.

The movie has beautiful cinematography and a gorgeous, uninterrupted opening shot that seems to last forever. Watch that sequence carefully and it tells you everything about the movie. It gives away the ending, in a way. I doubt you'll get it the first time around. But once you have watched the movie, go back and watch the beginning again. It's all there.

Oh, and if you are looking for a slightly unsettling soundtrack for your next game night, listen to Philip Glass's score.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Graphic Novels Challenge: Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese is an adventurer and a rather unlikely hero because he tries very hard to not do anything heroic. He looks out for himself and not for much else. But nonetheless, he has a lot of charm - the lone wolf.

In Ballad of the Salt Sea, he gets caught in the middle of the war between the Germans and the British in 1914 and in the schemes of an almost mythical man called The Monaco.

The book takes place in the Bismarck Sea and the Solomon Sea and you get to see and hear a lot of folklore of that region, most of it just in the background. I loved the many masks Pratt drew, the Museum of Ethnology here has quite a collection and I recognised a couple of designs.

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The weird thing about Ballad of the Salt Sea is that it goes from stereotypical natives with bones in their hairs who go ugh (yes, really) to actual characters who do a lot more than just serve as exotic background. The only female character, Pandora, I found incredibly whiny. She pretty much gets shuffled around like a piece of baggage. As much as I'm for female characters, if you can't think of anything else for them to do than having them sit around clutching a blanket to their chest, then just stay with an all-male cast.

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The art is quite striking, with almost minimalistic backgrounds and characters that are instantly recognisable just with a few brushstrokes. The story ows a lot to Joseph Conrad, R.L. Stevenson ect. and while Corto Maltese is quite the cynic, there's still a lot of romanticism in his story.

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1. book for the Graphic Novels Challenge
Reviews 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

7th Sea: Labyrinth

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Dear Isabel,

on a clear day, when I chose a high vantage point, I can see Castille. We're in Paix and that is closer to Altamira than I have been in years. As you can imagine, I'm seriously tempted to try and see you. I will not risk coming to Altamira, but I might be able to arrange something. Let me think about this some more, I have no desire to risk your safety with a reckless plan.

Meanwhile, I promised to finish telling you what happened at the Black Lily club: after I did my best to treat Ramon's wounds, I returned to the others. The fight was already over, the Ussuran shapeshifter was unconscious and Lasombra had returned to looking like a normal cat. The judge had still not recovered from the shock of seeing the Ussuran change, so he was no trouble. Logan helped me get Ramon down from the attic into one of the rooms while de Chevalier spoke with Madame, who turned out to be willing to help us. The judge had blackmailed her and she has no love for him. She also sent for a doctor for Ramon, a midwife, as she officially has to call herself - but she knows her trade, better than many physicians I have seen. I took the chance to learn what I could.

Lucia was furious at me - I had seen the fear in her eyes when we were in the judge's dungeon, but I did not know that she actually believed I was in league with the judge. It seems I played me role a bit too well. I should be used to that reaction by now. I'm not. It is one thing for Logan to say that he does not know if he can believe anything I say, although I did not enjoy hearing it, but Lucia... I would have thought that I had earned more of her trust by now.

After all, I did not suddenly start to lie and cheat, I only did what we had planned and I did what I had to to save Lucia's life and mine. If I had been less convincing, I am sure the judge would have had us killed and probably not quickly. In the end, Lucia did admit that I could not have done anything else, but it continues to stand between us and things are only slowly returning to normal.

Concerning our plan, we did get enough information on both the judge and the doctor to help us and to fulfill our bargain with Robert. We also received a letter of introduction from Madame that will help us here in Paix. We spent another two weeks in Dechaine, brushing up on some skills, having clothes made and finding ourselves am entourage to fit our various ranks. Ramon recovered fairly well from his wounds, but the long journey to Paix still was not a very enjoyable time for him. I have never known him to be that cranky. He did get a lot of attention from various tavern maids wherever we stayed. That man certainly has a way with women, without even trying.

We are staying at The Labyrinth, a frankly gargantuan building that houses the hosts of diplomats that stay in Paix. The whole city revolves around it. De Chevalier is now openly wearing the title of Vicomte du Lac and Lucia has chosen to appear in Paix under her own name as well. I will remain the only commoner of the group (although Logan seems more than uncomfortable with the title he acquired a year or so ago), as a scholar I will have other options of getting to know people. And of course there are my more questionable talents. I have to admit, despite what happened between Lucia and myself, I am looking forward to playing this game again.


In any case, I wish I could just drop everything, cross the river and come see you and Alba. We will see what we can do about that.
Love
Marcello

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Man, Lucia really ripped into Marcello and Logan joined in the fun. I loved every minute of this because it's something that I think has happened to Marcello quite a few times before and it's more than a sore spot for him. He really is an excellent liar and actor and he hasn't had much of a chance to employ these talents while he was traveling with the group. That is going to change in Paix and in Charouse.

In a play by mail, Marcello told Ramon why exactly he is on the run and Ramon offered to help him. Marcello said that he will take him up on that offer when the time has come. But being so close to Castille, Ramon would not be Ramon if he didn't think about how to make it possible for Marcello to see Isabel. And it's not like Marcello isn't tempted. When the GM mentioned that we were only a day's ride from the border, Ramon's player just grinned and I pretty much knew that we were going there, one way or another. Now I just need to write a bit about Isabel and Marcello's backstory so that the GM can plan things.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Graphic Novel Challenge 2013

The Graphic Novel Challenge - my goal are 12 books. I might go for the categories as well, but I'm not sure. Here's a list of all the books I read and reviewed for this challenge:

1. Corto Maltese - Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt
2. The Plot - The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner
3. Kraa - The Lost Valley by Benoit Sokal
4. Dieu en personne by Marc Antoine Mathieu
5. Sinbad by Arleston/Alary
6. I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
7.-9. Belladonna by Pierre Alary
10. The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist
11. The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan by Laura Howell

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cthulhu Gaslight: Through the Desert

Cast of Characters:
Thomas Roquefort, American, archaeologist and adventurer, recently arrived in London after an expedition to Egypt
Richard George Thomas Lumley, second son of the Earl of Scarbrough
Jasper Burnside, physician and in the last two years something of a hermit. It's common knowledge that he has lost someone close and there are rumours aplenty for those willing to listen (he's my character)

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In the last hours of the year 1890, Thomas, Jasper and Kamal start their journey to Thoth's Shadow. They have been given just about enough water and food to last them one day, some tools and a camel that looks like it is going to die at any moment. They are left to go alone, but under these circumstances and with Sir Jeffrey and Thomas Kincaid still in the hands of Meheret's Heirs, they are not going to escape anyway.

When dawn breaks, they have found their goal. The ruins of an ancient city lie before them, half covered in sand. Even from a distance they can see a tower in the middle of the city, built on a hill. That's where they head since it seems a good place to start. Making their way through the quiet streets, between crumbling buildings and over ruins, they have the distinct feeling that they are being watched, but cannot see anything or anyone.

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The tower is made from stone and is in much better shape than the rest of the city that that has been built with clay bricks. The door has long since rotted away and they can easily climb over the sand that has blocked half of the opening. Inside, Jasper and Thomas turn around to see a monster snarling directly behind Kamal. Jasper pulls Kamal aside while Thomas strikes at the monster with his torch. He hits it and at the same moment they notice that it's just a statue of a baboon, but an incredibly lifelike one.

A bit of searching reveals a shaft with steps leading down and they follow it, walking for quite some time. At last, the shaft ends at a steeply sloped tunnel with only enough room to walk bent over. Suddenly, they hear a shot from upstairs and then another - hopefully, Sir Richard has managed to get help. But they decide that they will not go back or wait for the outcome of the fight and follow the tunnel. It's uncomfortable and slow and finally, Jasper loses his footing and slips. He takes Thomas with him and they both tumble down the slope and land, unhurt at least, in a chamber below. Kamal follows them much more elegantly.

They take a look around, but before they can decide what to do, they hear someone else sliding down the tunnel and get ready to fight. The person does a belly flop right into their middle and luckily, they recognise Sir Richard before they attack. Jasper is not surprised, but very glad to see him. Richard has indeed brought the British army to the ruined city, but when he left, the fight with Mehert's Heirs was not yet decided. And so the group presses on.

A short tunnel brings them to a much greater vault, where the floor abruptly gives way to a dark chasm. There is a way across in the shape of several pillars, just wide enough to stand on and close enough together to reach each one with a big step. They cannot see how deep the chasm is or how far it is to the other end. Thomas goes first and all goes well until he can already see the far side of the chasm. Then he slips and falls. To his surprise, he lands hard after only a short fall on wet sand, but he quickly finds out that he will sink if he moves to much.

Before the others can come to his aid, they hear a loud rushing noise and an enormouse flock of bats swarms all over them. They manage to keep their balance and wait for the bats to fly off which they do after a time. Richard throws a rope to Thomas and they pull him up again. After a short break to catch their breath, they continue and make it all safely to the other side.

Here they step into a chamber decorated with hieroglyphs and with a huge portal flanked by four empty nooks. They realise that this is probably why Meheret's Heirs have killed the women in London, to get the organs for the canopic jars that will open the door. Originally, it were Meheret's organs kept by Tezud which would have opened this door. This brings them up short since of course they have brought nothing of that sort with them and they cannot discover a mechanism that would open the door without the canopic jars.

"Let us try and see if we cannot open this door together", they hear a voice from behind them. It's Thomas Kincaid, in much better shape than when they last saw them, well-dressed and obviously highly satisfied with himself. He has brought company: Meheret's Heirs, who aim a couple of guns at the group and who bring Sir Jeffrey with them or rather haul him in on a chain. Kamal is forced to his knees by them, they take Richard's revolver and Kincaid asks Thomas to open the door for him. He has brought the canopic jars with him.

Thomas flat out refuses. Even more than Richard and Jasper, he's shocked and deeply hurt by the betrayal of the man he saw as one of his closest friends and whom he thought he knew. Kincaid is not very impressed by Thomas' reproaches and holds the revolver to Sir Jeffrey's head. Thomas gives in and places the jars in the nooks. He knows that he cannot win anything by refusing, Kincaid knows very well how to open the door - he just doesn't want to risk being killed by a trap.

The portal opens slowly and reveals another room, even bigger and much higher than the antechamber. Thomas, Jasper and Richard are send in first. Thomas reads an inscription on the doorstep that says that it's only possible during one month to enter this room without peril. He knows that the first month of the Egyptian year is dedicated to Toth, but it doesn't coincide with January. Jasper cannot read the inscription, but covers it up with some sand since Thomas didn't say anything about it.

In the light of their torches, they see that all over the walls of the room scrolls are stored in pigeonholes - this is like finding the library of Alexandria. But they are not in the mood or the situation to enjoy their find. At the far end of the room is a statue of Toth, with a small altar in front of it where an open scroll is placed. Jasper and Richard see a glinting of light high up and Richard calls Thomas to him under a pretence to tell him. Jasper walks up to the altar and sees that the scroll is empty.

Kincaid rushes up to the altar, while Meheret's Heir enter the room much more slowly and awestruck. When Kincaid bends over the scroll, furious at finding it empty, Jasper pulls the dagger he still carries and attacks Kincaid. He strikes at the man's throat and cuts it. Kincaid collapses over the altar and Jasper drops his torch on the scroll. For a moment, he can see hieroglyphs on the burning paper, then it's gone. The blood soaking the scroll and running over the stone starts to boil.

The guards need a second to recover from their surprise and then attack, but none of the shots fired hit. Kamal uses to opportunity to attack the men holding him and Richard and Thomas get into the fight as well. Jasper makes a step towards them when he feels a cold draft and he just knows that there is something behind him. He turns, dreading what he will see.

Milton Fox has appeared on the pedestal where Toth's statue stood. He looks just like the last time Jasper saw him, but he's deathly pale and his eyes are completely black. In a deep voice, he starts to chant in a language that none of the others can understand. They just know that they would do anything to make it stop, that they would kill anyone if it meant that they could leave this place. Richard simply collapses, as does Sir Jeffrey and they both flee into their minds to escape the horror.

Meheret's Heirs are just as affected, one of them charges the Milton Fox-Thing, another starts to bleed from his ears. Jasper and Thomas start to run, while the portal starts to close. At the same time, a blindingly bright light floods the chamber from above - now it can be seen that there is a opening in the roof covered with highly polished metal discs that guide the sunlight into the room. But it's not only light - it's getting dangerously hot in the room as well. Jasper grabs Richard and drags him outside, then he and Thomas help Kamal and Sir Jeffrey. In the few second this takes, the air in the room is already almost too hot to breathe. They simply run, as fast as they can. A last glace behind them shows them the Milton Fox-thing, screaming soundlessly, swollen to twice its size.

When they arrive at the chasm, they hear the sound of its body finally exploding and then a rumbling that tells them that the chamber has probably collapsed. But none of them feel any urge to investigate, they just want to see sunlight again. The chasm can be crossed without much problems because Meheret's Heirs brought planks with them that make a walkway across the pillars. When they leave the tower, they are met by Captain Hayden and some hussars who have won the battle.

Thomas and Jasper decide that Lady Kincaid does not need to know what her father did. They will keep it a secret and tell her and anyone else that Kincaid has been killed by Meheret's Heirs when he refused to open the chamber for them.

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That was unexpected. I'm as paranoid as any Cthulhu player, but I really did not see it coming that Thomas Kincaid would be behind it all. It took a bit of waiting for him to come close enough, but I highly enjoyed killing the man. Jasper did not - he has never killed anyone on purpose before and I'm not sure how he will deal with it. But it may have been their only chance to stop Kincaid from getting his hands on the Book of Toth.

The adventure has run much longer than we planned. Partly because we only get to meet once a month or so, but also because we simply took our time. It would have been possible to cut or shorten a lot of scenes, but with hindsight, I'm fairly glad that we didn't. There has been a lot of fluff and I enjoyed it. Although I probably would have enjoyed the adventure without it as well.

Once again we have all survived - I did not see that coming, either. I was fairly sure that we would all die or at least go insane. Richard did, since he lost ten sanity points all in one go, but he should recover with time. But we had more than enough opportunities to die in the course of the adventure.

I coined the term Swashbuckling Cthulhu for my playing style. Yes, I'm paranoid and I don't have a death wish. Neither have my characters, but they are not as paranoid as me and they don't have the time to ponder their decisions for five minutes before they act. They just do things, they act rashly. I won't do things just because they look awesome - not in Cthulhu. But I've started to take risks and to not overthink what my characters do. So far it has served me well. I'm sure it will get me killed one day, but I'm just as sure that it will be worth it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Alphabet House

Usually, I stay away from most crime fiction because it bores me. Scandinavian crime fiction, all the rage in Germany, doesn't do anything for me. But Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Alphabet House is not strictly crime fiction and was recommended to me, so I gave it a try.

Two British pilots survive a crash landing in Germany during WWII and manage to hide in a sanatorium, disguising themselves as high-ranking officers. They soon discover that they are not the only simulants and that they are in even more danger than they thought.


I really enjoyed the relationship between the two pilots and how it changes and eventually is destroyed by what happens during and after the war (the second part takes place in 1972). And if Adler-Olsen hadn't decided to garnish the story with frankly sadistic war criminals, Beutekunst and devoted, quietly suffering female characters, it could have been brilliant. As it is, it was a lot of meh for me.

Sometimes I got the feeling that while doing his research (and he did it well), Adler-Olsen came across so many things he felt he wanted to include in the book that in the end it was just too much. The pilots' story. Old Nazis who hide in plain sight in Germany. Experiments on hospital patients during WWII. The Munich Olypmics. And then all those parts of the story stand in each other's way.

Reviews 2013
The Library Challenge 2013


Butterfly Update

The butterfly that hatched last week is back. We let it go because Common Brimstones will often fly early in the year. He flew away and that's when I started to think that this wasn't such a brilliant idea - he had just hatched after all and he had no reserves to get him through cold spells.

For some reason, the butterfly returned to our balcony and we took him inside again. He's now residing in an improvised cage with room enough to fly a bit and two primroses, the only flowering plants to be bought at the moment. He also gets honey water and a couple of daisies and he seems to do well. We'll let him fly again in two months or so, depending on the weather.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Shadowrun: Marigold

I ran the next installment of my Shadowrun adventure last week and man, I sucked. Part of the problem was that I started to suffer from a migraine right in the middle of the session, but even before I wasn't really able to get in the mood and be creative. I feel like I gave away the chance to make the Marigold, a 1920s style speakeasy, a really memorable place. I knew exactly what the place should look like and how it should feel, but I just wasn't able to get it across. I think I need a list of useful words for descriptions to jumpstart me if that ever should happen again.

One thing at least went as I had planned it: the entrance to the Marigold. I described a normal city street, with a couple of small stores, a laundry, a phone booth, a restaurant and blocks of flats. The characters had a string of numbers they had been told was the code for the Marigold. My players both went blank for a short time and then one of them, more as a joke, said: I'm going into the phone booth and I dial the numbers.

Which wasn't so easy because the handset of the phone didn't work as expected - only the ear piece came off - and instead of buttons there was just this round disc. A bit of poking revealed that the disc moved and finally the PCs figured out how to work a dial disc. Dialing the numbers caused the back of the booth to open and they had found the entrance to the Marigold.
I had thought that at least one of the players would immediately jump at the phone booth because who needs one in the age of Shadowrun and comlinks?

You can read an in-character account of the evening here.

Turn of the Century Salon

The Classics Challenge hosted by November's Autumn was the only one I finished in 2012 (although I never wrote a wrap-up post...). This year, she hosts the Turn of the Century Salon, not a challenge, more of a monthly get-together to read and talk about works created between the late 1880s and the early 1930s.

For January, an introductory post.

What draws you to read the Classics?
The chance to learn about times long past. The very cheapest and most comfortable way of time travelling since I don't own a blue box.

What era have you mainly read? Georgian? Victorian? Which authors?
I don't think I have specialised in a certain era. I've read my share of Victorian authors because I enjoy Victorian Gothic fiction and because I like the whole era very much.

What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
The first one I have ever read from that time is Dracula, I think I was about ten years old. I loved it then and I love it still. I've read a lot of William Somerset Maugham and he's one of my favourite authors, mainly for his short stories.

Name some books you're looking forward to read for the salon and which authors do you hope to learn more about?
Once again: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Maybe this year, I'll actually do it. I want to re-read Virginia Woolf's Orlando. And maybe I'll read Parade's End... because I'm a Cumberbatch fangirl, I admit it.

Siegfred Sassoon and E.M. Foster I want to learn more about. I've only ever read about Sassoon when I read about WWI, but I never read much of his actual work. E.M. Foster - I only saw a couple of the movies made from his books and while they all were excellent, I never read the actual books. I want to read A Passage to India in particular since I have developed an interest in India and the British Raj in particular.

1. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
2. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

More Mushrooms

Guess what's for dinner.

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a how to if you have old books you want to get rid of and a liking for mushrooms.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A good start

Last summer, our nasturtiums were the home of several caterpillars. We got one to pupate on a stick and kept it around to see it hatch. We already knew that it would be a Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and that it would take between six and eight weeks. Common Brimstones spend the winter as adults and will be active even in cold weather, they just look for shelter when it's freezing.

Two months went by and nothing happened. We thought that the caterpillar had died and we took the jar with its stick inside. Then we pretty much forgot about it until this morning when the butterfly hatched.

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We took it outside, it's fairly warm at the moment and it should be able to survive until spring.

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I take this as advice for this year: don't give up hope. Even things that look like they didn't work out have a chance of coming out alright in the end.

Library Challenge 2013

The Library Books Reading Challenge
choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
check books out of the library
books may overlap with other challenges
any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)


January
1. The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
2. Corto Maltese - Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt
3. The Plot - The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner
4. The Complete Book of Drawing Techniques by Peter Stanyer

February
5. Kraa - The Lost Valley by Benoit Sokal
6. Dieu en personne by Marc Antoine Mathieu
7. Sinbad by Arleston/Alary
8. Hamburg in old photographies

March
9. I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
10. Endgame by Frank Brady
11.-13. Belladonna by Pierre Alary

May
14. 13. Bismarck - A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
15. 10. The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist
16. Himmlers Germanenwahn by Volker Koop
17. Kameraden by Felix Römer

August
18. Der Rote Baron by Joachim Castan

September
19. A Wicked Company by Philipp Blom

Reviews 2013

Just to keep track of things.

1. The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
2. Corto Maltese - Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt
3. The Plot - The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner
4. Kraa - The Lost Valley by Benoit Sokal
5. Dieu en personne by Marc Antoine Mathieu
6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
7. Sinbad by Arleston/Alary
8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
9. I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
10.-12. Belladonna by Pierre Alary
13. Bismarck - A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
14. The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist
15. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
16. Kameraden by Felix Römer
17. The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan by Laura Howell
18. Der Rote Baron by Joachim Castan
19. A Wicked Company by Philipp Blom
20. Neverending Story by Michael Ende
21. Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton
22. Bloodchildren
23. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen