From a light Australian romance to a humourous and super interesting first in a chronicles book about an extremely (try 2,100 years) long lived Druid in modern day USA. This book is full of wonderful characters, action, humour, paranormal, magic, did I mention humour, because I really LOVED that part of this book.
Hounded by Kevin Hearne is the first in The Iron Druid Chronicles and most certainly will NOT be the last one I read in this series. From the main character (and our narrator and view point the whole story through) the Druid Atticus O’Sullivan (at least that is the name he goes by now) to his dog Oberon (who is beyond a hoot and a half) to his werewolf and vampire legal team… oh I could just go on and on… a human widow (Irish and long lived) who made me laugh from the first meeting on… gods that you are not sure if you should love or hate… OH and everyone hates Thor… I mean EVERYONE! (not the same as movie Thor, apparently the different versions/incarnations of the gods etc exist in different places… belief/power/etc determines that)
All for the want of a sword… that is that everyone has a different opinion as to whether or not Atticus should keep hold of the one he has. With old adversaries blending with new and those on his side at times even questionable, Atticus is constantly sharing a bit of his past here, a thought there, a joke always and his love for his pet Oberon… eternal.
I don’t know that I can sing the praises of this story loudly enough. There is lively discussion about various deities… a lovely bit of a history lesson, characters that seem so real you feel like you just need to get to the place and meet them for yourself. Granted, there is some sexuality (goddesses are traditionally quite naked it seems and so many of the pantheons are full of sex and gore), definitely a bit of gore (for really a Celtic Druid with an insanely important sword… duh), but so much humour and such a well told story! I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one!
So with the simplicity of a single entry for all the Platypus and Dr. Seuss resources I figure why not continue the trend? Even if it is not overly helpful to the rest of the world it means I can come back next year and either avoid repeats or recover the treasures with ease. So here goes:
Of course we had to scour youTube for some videos to fit our theme! Here is a selection! Discover Ireland Long Version by Tourism Ireland…
Riverdance for some beautiful Irish dancing… AND a Facebook link HERE of a friend and her troupe as they warm up. Sadly the music playing is live and what they were practicing to was canned music we can’t hear but still… beautiful.
Our focus also fell on Irish instruments… the Bodhran…
The tin whistle…
and the Celtic Harp…
We only watched the first in the series but there are THREE videos on Hurling to watch by Cokane1888 on youTube.
Snow snow everywhere but at least it is not coming down… as much… today. That certainly did not deter the twins and Trinity from going out again. Emanuel chose to stay in and we got working on dot to dots and workbooks. He is still relatively resistant to doing what her terms as “very much” schoolwork but we are getting there.
I was alerted to the fact that in the wee hours of the morning a cousin of mine had her very first baby! A boy! My Grandma would be over the moon… she has her boys in spades in this generation. I am not going to share any particulars as the momma has not shared much on the internet yet herself but we are so pleased for them!
We were SUPPOSED to do our next layer of paper mache on our pot BUT I got a little TOO organized and recycled ALL of our fliers. Of course that means that today’s did not come early… so… TOMORROW we do our next layer! Figures!
We did read our last Irish themed story today. Each of the kids drew their own illustration for the story and wrote a bit about the book. I need to get our stories together and have our reading week soon! I am debating waiting until April what with the stuff in the middle of March! Our St. Patrick’s Day/Ireland binder is getting so full! I love it!
Too Many Leprechauns
Today IS Tuesday which means – LIBRARY! In pj’s of course… Trinity went a little eclectic and did the mismatched pj’s. We started out the only people there until late showers came. The theme was monkeys! I snuck off and did some photographing of a certain NEW sheep! Of course a blog post on Fat Sheep’s blogwill follow!
Checking out the manga
It is hard to believe tomorrow is mid week already! We have a special video about Ireland for the kids to watch and come Celtic fairy tales to read… And hopefully some fliers to finish our pot!
Echo is the best at giving sudden ninja like hugs!!