My second Swap Partner this time was fightfightfree from Canada. Sorry, no picture of the box itself, only of the yummy treats inside! :-)
the whole haul
Crispers! I LOVE those - they will be gone way too fast once I open the bag! teehee... The tea looks very intriguing and will be very welcome in the cold days to come.
I requested a couple of maple items, because I love anything maple. Those cookies are awesome! And the maple sugars are really yummy, too! The Werthers made me chuckle, because if i'm not mistaken, those caramels are originally from Germany. I mentioned to my boyfriend how decadent we are: We import German Caramels from Canada to Germany! *giggles*
I love the maple leaf shaped Lollies, I almost don't want to eat them because they are so pretty.
I need your help with the Brown Sugar Fudge, though. This is something I don't know - how do I eat it? Like candy? According to the ingredients it seems to be really sweet. Or do I use it in baking? Sorry if this question is dumb - but I simply don't know Fudge.
Nerds! Oh my gosh, I love Nerds!!!! More candy I will share with my collueges at work - they are in for a treat! I haven't had Fun Dip since I was a child - I used to love it and I will greatly enjoy eating it!
- Current Mood: happy
My swap partner was firecausesburns from Australia and we've agreed on the equivalent of USD 25. This is what I've got:
I love the TimTams and I am now officially a huge fan of TimTam Slam. ;-) (In case you don't know how a TimTam Slam works, Natalie Imbruglia explains it here) Crunchie is also really awesome and was gone way too fast between my boyfriend and me. We also already ate the chocolates with the Froggies on them; one was filled with Caramel, the other with Strawberry filling.
Well - I don't want to sound like an idiot, but I was a bit disappointed. My very first snack swap partner was from Australia, and this is what I got back then. Also, these snacks were packaged in an envelope, which made them being squashed a bit. :-( And she mostly sent single items, instead of a full whole sized package or bag. So, yes. Knowing what I got her and sent on the way, knowing what would be possible for that amount, I am disappointed.
But hey - that's part of the game of we_swap_snacks . It's a lottery. So I just shut up and enjoy what I got.
Neil Gaiman - Anansi Boys read by Stefan Kaminski
Fantastic. The description calls this book a "wonderfully entertaining magical Horror-Thriller-Ghost-Romantic-Comedy-Fa
Throughout the story there are lots and lots of folklore stories interwoven and we jump back and forth between the past and the present and between this world and the realm of the old african gods.
Stefan Kaminski reads fantastic and manages to bring every single character to life. Highly recommended book!
"This is the story of Shadow, who is released from prison following his wife's death and finds himself in the employ of a man named Wednesday.
As Shadow and Wednesday travel across America, another world is revealed. Scraping a living among the people of the modern world are old gods, brought to America in the beliefs of settlers and slaves. These ancient gods, their power waning as they are forgotten, find themselves threatened by the young gods of modern America, gods of TV and technology.
This is a book which meanders, and Gaiman clearly feels that the journey is far more important than the destination. In this case I agree, but if you don't, then don't worry because despite it's meandering, the book builds towards the battle between the old gods and the new.
Of the new gods, my favourite element was the spooks, sinister Men-in-Black type characters who represent the height of modern mythology. However, it is Shadow's encounters with the old gods that makes for the most compelling reading. They range from Odin to the spider-god Anansi to the Egyptian gods of death and the underworld. I was only sorry that my insufficent understanding of mythology meant that I didn't understand some of Gaiman's more subtle references.
There are also some brilliantly written interludes which reveal how some of these older gods first arrived in America, telling stories of Viking explorers, stone age nomads, African slaves and Cornish thieves. In short, this book contains it's own mythology, whilst being about the concept of that mythology itself.
At surface level this book is a brilliant story of magic, deception and human nature, but look a little deeper and you'll see that every page is riddled with fascinating metaphors."
While I liked "Anansi Boys" a tad better than "American Gods" (it's a bit more lighthearted and on the comedy side), it was still a brilliant read - or rather, listening. ;-) I especially enjoyed the interludes. Again, highly recommended!
Yes, I've found a new fav author. Neil Gaiman is my new hero. :-)
- Current Mood: content
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Thomas and I are totally into Audiobooks at the moment. We basically eat them up while gaming besides. Our newest discovery is Anthony Horowitz and his Miniseries "The Power of Five" (Die fünf Tore). We listen to it in German, for Thomas' sake. The first one in the series is "Ravens Gate" ( Todeskreis).
" Matt has always known he has unusual powers. Raised in foster care, he is sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, only to find himself in the midst of sinister goings-on. Matt investigates and uncovers a terrible secret - eight guardians are protecting the world from the evil ones, beings banished long ago by five children. But devil worshippers want to let the evil ones back in..."
The story is very gripping and we can hardly wait to listen to the rest of the series!
While Thomas is watching the soccer world championship, I usually listen to a Thriller. I am now officially a fan of Simon Beckett's David Hunter stories! I finished listening to "Written in Bone" (Kalte Asche) this weekend and it was amazing. I didn't find out who the murderer was until the very end and still, there came a very unexpected turning in the story.
"On his way back from an ongoing investigation into a serial killer in Scotland, forensic anthropologist David Hunter is asked to examine a fire-death on the remote Hebridean island of Runa. Told only that there is something 'strange' about it, Hunter is intrigued enough to accept - despite the worsening winter weather conditions, and the strain it will put on his already troubled relationship with his girlfriend, Jenny.
After a rough sea journey, he and the two police officers who accompany him are met by Brody, a retired DI who now lives on the island, and who discovered the body. Warned that it will be unlike anything he's seen before, Hunter is still unprepared for what confronts him at the abandoned old crofter's cottage - human remains that have been burnt to the bone, except for both feet and a single hand that have somehow survived unscathed. Even more inexplicably, nothing else in the cottage has been damaged by the fire.
It appears to be a textbook case of the phenomenon known as spontaneous human combustion. But Hunter is certain there is a more rational explanation for what has happened. And although the police seem ready to dismiss this as a bizarre accidental death, he finds himself drawn more towards Brody's gut feeling: whatever caused this, it was no accident.
But even as Hunter comes face to face with the knowledge that there is a murderer on the island, the full force of an Atlantic storm descends. Cut off from the mainland, he begins to realise that the burned corpse is only one of Runa's secrets. And as the storm rages, the killing begins in earnest..."
Also, if you are into the darker side of thrillers - think along the lines of Hannibal Lecter - then Cody McFadyen's Smoky Barret novels are for you. The german Audio books are being read by the lady who synchronises Dana Scully, X-Files. The woman has a very nice voice to listen to. And she manages to suck you right into the story with her interpretation. Absolutely amazing! I've started listening to "The Face Of Death" (Der Todeskünstler) yesterday and could hardly stop. It's very brutal and very Silence-of-the-lambs sometimes, but an extremely gripping told story.
Actually, she brings it to the point: "A June 2007 Significant Seven Editors' Pick: Don't let the title fool you. Cody McFadyen's The Face of Death is not just another scary-as-hell serial killer novel (although it is that in spades). Drawing a chilling portrait of a child stalked by a serial killer seeking revenge, McFadyen's second novel is surprisingly moving, standing out in an already packed genre by focusing on victim Sarah Langstrom and her struggle to survive. McFadyen knocked our socks off with his first book Shadow Man, but this arguably better sequel gives readers more time with Special Agent Smoky Barrett (Harris fans should imagine a stronger, more deeply scarred Clarice Starling). Barrett is a remarkable character--a ferocious survivor and reluctant heroine who only realizes her true potential in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Shocking, gruesome, and terrifying as it may be, the big kicker of this second novel is that it may also move you to tears. Easily one of my favorite thrillers of the year so far, The Face of Death is a perfect book for fans of Deaver, Koontz and King. But don't let me convince you, have a gander at the first chapter and decide for yourself. --Daphne Durham
And yes, I was absolutely moved to tears - I don't remember ever sitting there breathlessly, following the story and having tears roll down my face. Except when watching a movie. But ones own fantasy is so much better and mostly more fearsome than any director could ever bring moving pictures to the screen.
This weekend Thomas spent time with his cousin and I had plenty of time for myself. One of my collueges lent me an Audiobook; Hape Kerkelings' "Ich bin dann mal weg".
At first I was quite sceptical. However, on Friday late in the afternoon I started to listen to it while gaming besides - and what can I say, I stayed up until midnight because I could hardly stop listening to the story. I enjoyed it greatly, because Hape seemed like your regular guy and I absolutely enjoyed the way he described his journey. Very interesting.
I did listen a lot of Audiobooks this past long weekend, though my audio library is limited. I do have the Harry Potter Books in Audio and Dan Browns "Da Vinci Code" and "Illuminati". But that's that. Unfortunately, Audiobooks are usually quite expensive, though I would love to listen to more of them.
But now I've found this website: http://www.audible.de They have a flatrate of 9,95 Euros per Audiobook (or less if it's cheaper) if you get the Flex-Abo. I'm tempted to sign up for the service. Any of you guys have experience with this service? It does sound really good in my opinion...