Re-Enchanted 2019

Another year is coming to an end, fifth year of our blogging adventure – hard to believe! Nice pretext for some stats, recapitulations, general musings. Something that can be written during the short brakes in cleaning and baking, and family reunions ๐Ÿ˜‰

Piotrek: It’s been a very interesting year, both for the Re-E, and in my reading life. My TV/movie watching patterns have changed, perhaps because now I have to negotiate such things… I even have a Christmas Tree at home, for the first time since I moved out of my parents’…

IMG_20191217_221119_BURST1-ANIMATION

I even like it ๐Ÿ™‚

Ola: It’s also pretty interesting overseas, with summer in full swing. Christmas on the beach is quite unusual, but very pleasant, and a deal more sporty than in wintry cold of Mitteleuropa ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Christmas tree this year is rather small, but pohutukawas are blooming, and the waves are good!

Whatipu
Whatipu beach

Continue reading “Re-Enchanted 2019”

Olga Tokarczuk – Nobel Prize Laureate

Sometimes we go a bit outside genre, and it’s not always politics ๐Ÿ˜‰ This occasion, however, definitely merits this little jaunt beyond our usual hunting grounds.

Piotrek: Well, it is election day in Poland, and the stakes are high, but it’s against the law here to discuss politics on election weekend. Lets just say, I’m depressed and did not prepare any champagne for the evening. Looks like four more years of catho-national populism.

Olga_Tokarczuk_(2018)

Good things do happen, though, and last Thursday a very distinguished Polish writer got a Nobel for 2018. Who is she? A dreadlocked feminist winner the Nobel needed, claims Guardian, and I very much agree. I’m not always happy with Swedish Academy’s choices, but this time I am, and not because she’s Polish (who cares) and only partially because of her political views (which tend to be pretty close mine, the regime hates her ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I see her books as both insightful, very up to date – but rooted in the troubled history of our region – and extremely readable.

Continue reading “Olga Tokarczuk – Nobel Prize Laureate”

Tea Party and other news

Tea Party

Seems like we hit a run of non-review posts recently… Don’t worry, the reviews will come back soon, but before – another non-review, maintenance post. This one will probably end up as hectic as my lifs recently, so bear with me here ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, I wanted to explain my recent reticence, owed to the fact that I involuntarily caused a Tea Party for my laptop, and it ended up being a mashup of the craziness of the above Mad Hatter and March Hare party with the ferociousness of the below Boston party:

Boston_Tea_Party

Sadly, my laptop did not emerge unscathed; while his critical components were saved through the valiant efforts of my wonderful husband, it still required a new keyboard and a new screen… Seems like the act of acquiring a new laptop in the near future is becoming inevitable – however, I don’t anticipate it with anything but dread, as, firstly, the amount of data I gathered on my current laptop is staggering and I don’t look forward to going through the task of cataloguing it and copying it; and secondly, my faithful Samsung served me exceptionally well over the years: through another Tea Party, a fall from a table, a bug in the hard drive (a real one, quite dried up by the time we found it) and the still unsolved mystery of three Wolverine-like scratches. Admittedly, it had to be a really tiny Wolverine:

Samsung

Yes; as you can see, I’m quite fond of my laptop and everything it contains (well, except that bug). Anyway, it took some time to get up and blogging again, and I’ll be trying to make up for my absence in the coming weeks (though don’t count too much on it, as we’re having a house move in a couple of weeks ;)).

On a more happy note, however, as a part of the celebration of the four year anniversary of our blog, we’ve decided to follow the example of Erik on the Past Due blog and dig up some of our old posts, posted long before the time we knew any of ya’ll ๐Ÿ™‚ You can expect some of our older reviews popping up from time to time, followed (or not) by a few words of contemporary commentary of the author and some acid remarks of the other blogger ๐Ÿ˜€

We expect it to run every couple of weeks/month, and since we already have over 330 posts, we’ll have quite a lot to choose from… I actually wonder how those older posts will hold up to our current scrutiny; how much our tastes changed over that period of time and whether will uphold our old ratings – guess we’ll see soon enough! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hopefully it will be less like this:

burial-pit

and more like this:

raiders-of-the-lost-ark-idol-scene

๐Ÿ˜€

Silva rerum (5) feat. discarded books and awesome presents

I got this for my recent birthday (still young, but each year a little less so ๐Ÿ˜‰ ):

Isn’t that wonderful? I’ll never be able to do anything similar, but I sure appreciate it a lot. I have to confess that an elfish warrior is my favourite RPG character. Not very original, I know, but I’m stable in my preferences. Never had such a great miniature though!

Continue reading “Silva rerum (5) feat. discarded books and awesome presents”

Odds and ends

Piotrek: As Ola recently realized, Re-E have just reached 100 subscribers! It’s even 103 now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you all very much, it’s such a pleaser to see the audience widening… We’ve already had an anniversary post this year, but this is a nice occasion to give our thanks to all the people who, from time to time, spare us a few moments.

Ola: Yes! Thank you all!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve also been recently nominated to The Versatile Blogger Award – thank you, Briennai/Alex! However, since it involves talking about ourselves, we’ll stick to our regular fare and keep reviewing books ๐Ÿ™‚ Or else you all might just run away or fall asleep from boredom ๐Ÿ˜‰

Continue reading “Odds and ends”

Witch Week is coming!

Hi All,

As Halloween is coming, and with it all things magical and scary, it’s high time for some Samhain-related content! Lizzie at lizzierosswriter.com and Chris at Calmgrove were so kind to invite us to participate in a yearly blogging event, Witch Week – many thanks to both of you! This year the event runs from 30th October to 6th November and thus, besides Halloween, includes also Guy Fawkes Day :).

logoWW2018

This year’s theme is Fantasy and Feminism, and we at Re-enchantment decided that it’s a wonderful opportunity to take a closer look at the female characters in the world of Witcher. As you know, we’re both fans of Sapkowski’s saga, and we’re eagerly awaiting Netflix’s adaptation of his books to the small screen, hoping it to be more along the lines of HBO’s The Game of Thrones or the universally acclaimed games than the previous, horrible Polish adaptation.

Cool posts will be appearing throughout the week on both Chris’s and Lizzie’s sites, so don’t forget to visit ๐Ÿ™‚ Our own discussion is scheduled to appear on November 2nd, and will be re-posted here on Re-enchantment a few days later in a director’s cut ๐Ÿ˜‰ It shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, that our post was originally too long to appear in its entirety during the Witch Week event – we always write loooooooooong posts, especially the results of our discussions are lengthy, as each of us wants to have the last word ๐Ÿ˜‰ But if after Witch Week you still are interested in the full effects of our collaboration, you’ll be able to read them here :).

11 books that influenced me the most

Why eleven? Because I like to go one step beyond ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, that’s what Nostalgia Critic used to say in his “top eleven” lists. Me, I was inspired by Ola’s challenge, despite, and some people would feel really hurt in a situation like this, not being included there. But it made me think, and create my own list.

I wasn’t sure how to go about it. There are books I clearly remember were very important to me, but I’m no longer sure why. And they are books that really resonated with me in the last couple of years, but only time will tell if they will stay with me for the rest of my life. So, I decided to go with these representatives of the first category that I still find important. These are all books dear to me, and don’t pay close attention to which is first, and which eleventh… they are all near the top. And, just as Calmgrove observed, a list like that, if constructed tomorrow, might look slightly different… it’s all very subjective.

Please remember, much of what you’re about to read is how I saw certain topics 10-20 years ago, now I’m slightly more nuanced, or maybe hypocritical ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will limit myself to fiction, because it is supposed to be eleven books, non-fiction of all sorts would be at least twice as much. So, maybe another list some other day?

Continue reading “11 books that influenced me the most”