Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

BorneBorne by Jeff VanderMeer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists.

The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches, and shares living space with. Then there is Wick, her boyfriend. He had been an employee of The Company, the corporate entity responsible for the destruction of the earth via bio-technology.

Everyday is a struggle for existence for all except Mord. Ridding the city of Mord is a challenge. Living with a growing multi-dimensional, bio-technical creature like Borne is another challenge. Then there are the secrets that Wick and Rachel keep from each other. What’s the outcome? That’s for you to find out.

Once I ventured into this world, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s easy to suspend disbelief and believe the unbelievable. And, as far as believing a company will destroy the earth – that’s completely conceivable.

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Patriotic Crochet Patterns

With Memorial Day and July 4th nearing, you might want patriotic crochet patterns to make something festive for your home or for yourself. Below you’ll find five patterns that I found interesting.

patriotic crochet patterns

Here is key to the crochet patterns above:

  1. 4th of July or National Flower Day This is a free Ravelry pattern.
  2. Stars! This is a free pillow pattern.
  3. Americana Place Setting Now you can set your table for every patriotic occasion. This is a Ravelry pattern.
  4. Let Freedom Ring Here’s an afghan you can cover up with all year.
  5. Star Spangled Banner This is just the garland you need special American holidays. Find on Ravelry.

BONUS: Vintage American Flag Throw – Make up an absolutely beautiful throw! You’ll find this on Ravelry.

Easy to Make Chocolate Peanut Clusters

It’s not too late to make an edible gift to distribute at the office or give away to friends and family. This recipe for chocolate peanut clusters is very simple. It takes 5 minutes to prepare because you dump every ingredient into a crockpot. Three hours later, you’ll spend about 30 minutes spooning the chocolate peanut clusters into individual paper candy cups. You’ll have more than enough treats to share with everyone on your list.

chocolate peanut clusters

Recipe for Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters

A Trisha Yearwood Recipe

  • 2 pounds salted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 4 ounces German’s sweet chocolate (about 4 squares)
  • One 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 pounds white almond bark (Note: Almond bark comes in 1 pound packages. I did not purchase an extra package to get the additional 1/2 pound. My treats turned out perfect.)

Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then add the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.

After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into paper cups. Allow the candy to cool completely. (Note: I found small paper cups at Market Street. I’m sure every grocery has them. Each cup holds about 1 heaping tablespoon of chocolate candy.

Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2010