The Martian

Did you see the movie? I thought it was awesome. You know what, though? The book is way better!The Martian

So many of my favourite parts in The Martian are about Mark’s struggles. Many of these were omitted completely, and others were cut drastically shorter, which made sense for the movie, but still made me a little sad. I loved learning about Mark’s emotional state through his time on Mars, and as he faced various challenges. I also loved that you got to read a little more about the science Mark used and the reasons behind some of his decisions. And if you like action, the last 50 sols on Mars in the book are fabulous. There’s a whole set of things on his trek to the Ares 4 site that is completely omitted in the movie. You’ve got to read the book!

Ooh, and an extra little tidbit – this book was self-published before it was picked up by a main stream publisher, and the two versions have two slightly different endings. If you can get your hands on both, it’s an interesting comparison.

Handmade Soap

New soaps

If you’ve been eyeing the dwindling choices in my handmade soap basket, I have good news for you! I brought two new batches in to the shop this week – a creamy white Apple Cider scented Mango and Shea Butter soap, and a translucent Maple Sugar scented Olive Oil and Glycerin soap. Come have a sniff – it’s guaranteed to have less calories than anything maple you could eat! :)

Handmade Pottery

We just got a new delivery of handmade pottery from Marilyn – a few new yarn bowls, and lots of mugs. I always love her stuff. Beautiful glazes, a great variety of shapes and sizes, and they’re amazingly light for handmade pottery. These are my favourites this time around. We’ve had some mugs before with trees, but this is a new design and glaze, and with the matching yarn bowl, it’s just crying out for an afternoon of knitting with a friend and a couple of piping hot teas!

New Pottery

Mmmmm… Malabrigo!

Have you felt the new Malabrigo Mechita yet? It’s amazing! It’s a super soft 100% merino fingering weight single, in the colourways you already know and love. It’s been superwash treated, so it won’t accidentally shrink and felt on you, too (although we recommend hand washing with any single like this to preserve all your hard work). Take a peak at our mess of Mechita below (we’re also fully restocked on Malabrigo Rios, which is not shown in the photo):

Malabrigo Mechita

Books and Movies

When a book comes out as a movie, some people swear the book is always better, others will only watch the movie. Usually though, the story is at least similar. I mean, that’s the point, right? Enter Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon.

How to Train Your Dragon

I loved both the book and the movie, but they were totally different. Haven’t read the book and can’t imagine how different it could be? Toothless the movie dragon is the biggest, scariest Nightmare dragon. Toothless the book dragon is a tiny common dragon that sits on Hiccup’s shoulder or hides in his bed to stay warm. While there are many similarities between the book and the movie, this one change is HUGE.

Now, I’m not one of those who always thinks the movie is less than the book (although it sometimes is), but if you haven’t read this series yet, you should definitely check it out. The trials Hiccup goes through (along with his dragon, and his tribe) are so much more amazing when you think of the little runt-like dragon that helps him through his ordeals in the book. It’s also a whole lot funnier! It gives the story a very different slant, and I have to say, in this case at least, the book is so much better than the movie!

Cascade Magnum is Yummy!

We got in a new shipment of Cascade Eco and Eco+ in an array of colours, as well as a new to us yarn. Cascade Magnum Paints are a super-bulky single, in lots of bright colours – perfect for warm winter wear and quick gift giving!


Staff Picks!

Some of you may remember our staff picks section before Marilyn’s hand made pottery took over that area. We finally have staff picks shelves again! Next time you’re in and not sure what you’re in the mood for, why not take a look. There’s a little bit of everything.

We’ll be starting to post a little blurb and review about the books on our staff picks over the next little bit, to let you all know why we love them!

Staff picks - Ask us why we love these!

Staff picks – Ask us why we love these!

Do You Like Live Music?

Tonight is the second of the Home Routes Concerts being held at Faking Sanity this year, featuring Russ Kelley, a singer/songwriter from the Ottawa area. Come buy your tickets before we close at 6 pm for $17 (cash only), or buy your tickets at the door tonight for $20.

Russ has spent his life in music, as a performer, as a songwriter, and as the Head of the Music Section for the Canada Council of the Arts. He is now preparing to record another set of original songs called In Plain Sight.

Come check him out tonight. It’s sure to be a great show!

Photo by Ben Welland.

Photo by Ben Welland.

New sale table: $1 Non-Fiction

If you love a good bargain, come check out our sale table. We changed it up this weekend, and it now includes a wide variety of non-fiction (biographies, christian living, cookbooks, history, true crime, science, among others), all for $1 each or 3 for $2. At that price, you can’t go wrong!

5 YEARS!!!

It feels like we just opened, and yet this week is our 5th anniversary. We’ve come a long way.

We had 4,914 books entered into our inventory the day we opened; we’ve entered 60,028 since then, and have 24,291 in stock right now. We also expanded our offerings to include knitting and crochet tools, yarn, knitting bags and a few other gifty things, like bags and wallets, tea and coffee presses, hand made local pottery, jewellery, soap and hand knits.

We’ve had about 20 artists displaying their work here over the past 5 years, hosted a half dozen concerts, and 40 coffee houses. We’ve also offered a dozen knitting classes, and countless knit nights over that time.

The ride has been a little crazy, a little exhausting, and a lot of fun, and we wouldn’t be here, celebrating our 5th anniversary without all of you. Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported us over these past 5 years, and helped and encouraged us along the way.

As a small token of our appreciation, we will be holding an anniversary sale this week from today, September 21st, to Saturday, September 26th – 20% off all books and yarn (including books and yarn already on sale).

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