Throwing a The Light Side of the Moon Themed Party
Now you might ask yourself: why would anyone throw a party with the themes brought up by a dystopian science fiction novel-especially one where people go hungry? To that I say, Why not? After all people go hungry in the universe of a Christmas Carol and people throw parties with Dickens in mind. So why not The Light Side of the Moon? The desserts The truth is any novel can be used as a themed event. Watch what the characters eat and the food that is mentioned. Look at methods of communication for your invitations. What traditions are shown during holidays? In The Light Side of the Moon, the reader sees two holiday celebrations one is Easter and the other is the French version of April Fools. In this blog, I’m going to focus on the “April Fools” celebration shown in the book. “Celebrating April Fool’s a month early had been a good idea. It kept the children busy and brought happiness to a day that might have been filled with tears. For that Theodore was grateful. He would need those memories to tide him over. ” Excerpt From: “The Light Side of the Moon.” iBooks. Invitations: If this event needs invitations, an e-vite would be the most appropriate because we don’t have society-wide holographic projectors yet and paper is used only for important documents, but if paper Invitations are your thing, consider making them fish shaped out of colored paper. (Especially if you want to throw said party on March 1st!) Menu Drinks In the novel many drinks are mentioned. Raspberry Armagnac liquor (juice for the two youngest Kessler Boys) Red Wine Lemoncello and Tea with Milk Starters / Hors’ D’oeuvre Interesting to note: the word Hors’ D’oeuvre is a French word with originally meant outside the main course. Olives stuffed with cheese almonds Entree Courses: There are so many options when it comes to the entree courses in The Light Side of the Moon. Mixed Vegetable Salad and Biscuits (American) Rice and Beans (American) Daniel Sethson’s Stewed Rabbit and Carrots Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie (English) Baked Ham with the all the trimmings (French) Pork Chops with English Gravy and veg Steaks with English Gravy and veg Desserts When I set up my dessert table, I set out nuts because I had them and I often will set out extra snacks to fill up the party. Chocolate Cookies because In the novel, almost every holiday there was mention of sweets especially chocolate and Ellie often got sweets as rewards. Sean’s Walnut Shortbread Cookies which is something Ellie makes in the book.
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Sean’s Candied Walnut Shortbread
So here is a recipe for bookclubs or TLSotM enthusiasts or anyone who want to share in some cookie joy. I based this off a shortbread recipe that I’ve used many times. I don’t know exactly where it came from. It creates a not-too buttery shortbread as we don’t like greasy cookies or pie crusts in my house. (And yes, I use the shortbread for both cookies and pie crust.) It uses brown sugar but will be good with granulated sugar if that’s what you have on hand. EXCERPT: Cadi eyed her and murmured, “Hmmm…” To Sean she said, “She looks ashore with her breath in her fist.” Ellie was getting used to Sean and Cadi’s strange idioms, even if she didn’t know what they all meant. “Are you?” “Just to see our mums and Michael,” Sean replied. “Keep your nose out of everyone’s business. A person without prudence is a ship without an anchor.” Cadi gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Be good and stay away from the longshorehands.” Knowing the answer would be yes, Ellie asked, “Can I make cookies—biscuits—while you’re gone?” “Clean up after yourself,” Sean said. “There’s a recipe card for Walnut Shortbread on the wall. Use those candied walnuts.” Ellie slipped back below, took off her jacket, got started preheating the stove, and opened the pantry for ingredients. “What are you up to?” Glenn asked as she poured herself a cuppa from the kettle. “Sean said I could make biscuits.” Ellie set the flour and sugar on the counter, glancing at the kettle to make sure the water was above the blue line. “Good. It’ll keep you away from the longshorehands. I’ll be leaving for a quick meeting, but be back in a few hours. Holds are open, but our space is to be kept locked. Remember the emergency code?” Sean’s Candied Walnut Shortbread Candied Walnuts (Just in case you didn’t have any on hand you need to use up) 150 grams/1 cup of chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice) 50 grams/¼ cup of granulated sugar 30 grams/2 tablespoons of butter Melt butter in skillet over over medium heat. Swirl butter around to coat pan. Add walnuts and sugar. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so mixture doesn’t burn. Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts. Allow to cool while you make cookies Cookies Butter for greasing pans/ or parchment 240 grams/1 cup butter 100 grams/1 cup brown sugar 220 grams/2 cups All Purpose flour Pinch of salt if you use non-salted butter Preheat the oven to 148°C/300°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar until fluffy, then beat in the flour. Hint: This is a stiff dough so the mixture will feel a little dry; keep beating till it comes together, I use my hands to mix cookie dough. (Safety Tip: If you do use hands to mix doughs, wash them!) Once flour is incorporated, mix in the candied nuts. Drop the dough by a rounded teaspoon onto a prepared baking sheet. Flatten each ball of dough to about 1 centimeter (3/8 inches) thick; use the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten. Bake for about 22-25 minutes in a preheated oven. Turn sheet if necessary at 10 minutes. You want them to be set, but not brown. Remove c from the oven, and cool on the pans, or on a rack. Yield: about 4 dozen small cookies
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie
Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie This is the third recipe inspired by The Light Side of the Moon. A meat pie is a hearty main dish. This is a great recipe for any ground meat you may have. My husband’s favorite is ground pork. I tend to do all the prepwork for meat pie early in the day or even the day before and then bake it prior to serving. Excerpt: [Ian] jumped at the clatter, as Ms. Blacksmith set down a baked beef pie more heavily than usual. “Grace deserved better than her spouse and only-child in quiet dispute.” Scraping the knife over the bottom of the pie plate, she cut the pasty and served Ian a large slice with the look she used when he was small and made mischief. She handed Dad a piece of pie with the same look. “Fix this. Or this is the last meal I cook for you.” She stomped into the kitchen. Pie Crust (This is the pie crust recipe I use for savory fillings as well as anytime I want a fruit pie.) 220 grams / 2 cups All Purpose Flour 5.5 grams / 1 teaspoon salt 180 grams / 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard 60 – 120 ml / 4 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water Blend flour and salt in large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture using pastry blender or fork until it looks like small peas. By the spoonful stir in just enough water with fork until dough holds together. Shape dough into a ball. Flatten ball into 1/2-inch thick round disk. Chill while you prepare filling. Filling 16 ml / 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 3 stalks of Celery 3 Carrots ½ Onion .45 kg / 1 pound of Ground (Minced) Beef 85 grams / ¾ cup flour .7 liter / 3 cups of milk 150 grams / 1 cup peas Salt and pepper if needed Small dice celery, carrots and onions. Over medium heat, cook celery, carrots, and onions in vegetable oil until onions grow translucent. Remove from pan. Brown beef until no pink remains and remove from pan Whisk in the flour to the drippings/ Cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Gradually stir in milk so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Taste gravy and add salt and peppers if desired Mix all filling ingredients adding the peas last. Chill for 1 hour. Take dough from refrigerator cut dough in half. Roll 1/2 dough from center outward into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle on lightly floured surface for the crust. Transfer dough to baking sheet. Roll second half of dough into rectangle. Put aside Scoop filling on dough on baking sheet leaving a 1/2 inch of exposed dough all around. Lie second rectangle on top. Flute dough as desired. Cut slits in top crust or prick with fork to vent steam. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 – 50 minutes. Tip: I like to use a baking sheet with foil to catch any escaping gravy.
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cucumber and Sun-dried Tomato Sandwiches
Here is the second recipe. This is actually from a deleted scene which you can read here, however I wanted to share it so here is goes. CUCUMBER AND SUNDRIED TOMATO “SANDWICHES” 1 large cucumber, chilled 120 grams / 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato spread, chilled 67 grams / 3 tablespoons crumbled chèvre (goat cheese) A few basil leaves Directions Make lines or indentations lengthwise down cucumber at 1/4-inch intervals, using vegetable peeler or tines of fork. Cut cucumber into slices, 1/4 inch each. Place on paper towels to drain. Spread each slice with about spoonfull of tomato spread. Sprinkle each with the cheese. Chiffonade basil and sprinkle it on top and cover with second cumcumber slice Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 1 hour. SUNDRIED TOMATO SPREAD 27 grams / 1/2 cup of “dry” sundried tomatoes (I make this with the kind in a bag. However, if you can only find the kind in oil, you can use them, but do not rehydrate them in the warm water.) 235 ml / 1 cup warm water ¼ red onion 1 clove of garlic 30 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 15 ml / 1 tablespoon lemon juice 10 ml / 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar Directions: Put the sundried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover them with the warm water for 15 minutes. While the tomatoes soak, chop onions and garlic. Cook in a small pan with a little bit of olive oil until they become translucent. Take the tomatoes out of the water and chop them up into pieces but save the water they were soaking in. Put sundried tomatoes, onions, and 2 tablespoons of the water from the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and rough chop. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it another pulse or two. Add a bit the soaking water if it looks a little dry. Notes: Spread will last a week in the fridge covered if you don’t eat it faster. Leftover soaking water is a good base for soups and sauces. Not only is it great on the above recipe, but this is an awesome high flavor condiment for sandwiches.
“New York Dolls” Book Club Questions
New York City could be viewed as a character in the novel. In what ways does “the city that never sleeps” influence Denton’s story? It’s your first big assignment for Glitter magazine, and at the venue, Amber Donovan stumbles out of a bathroom stall right in front of you. What do you do? Denton and Josie commiserate about life, love, and all things gossip at Mamie’s. How does the bakeshop impact Denton’s perception of life in the city and the events surrounding the fashion show? How would you answer MD’s signature question, “Who is you?” Denton and Chris West enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich following the after-party at Chase. What’s your favorite late-night treat? Where do you see Denton five years following the end of the novel? Lemon meringue pie or bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough?
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Olives
It may sound odd to have a recipes based upon a novel where so many characters are starving, but there is A LOT of food within the book. In fact as an author, I find that meal times show so things about the characters and their culture. And as a person, I admit I enjoy food. This is the first of several recipes inspired by the food of The Light Side of the Moon. I will be putting up a recipe each week ending in a menu plan for a meal or party. Let me know if you use any of them. I’d love to know what you think! Excerpt: The Talliers’ butler entered with a tray full of aperitif—Raspberry Armagnac liquor for the adults, raspberry juice for the two younger boys along with almonds and cheese-filled olives. Andre ignored his juice and kept showing Ian pictures. Ham smiled at Ian and set the boy’s juice on a nearby table. Since I used Kalamata olives and have red plates, I put a few chopped chives on mine as a final garnish Cheese Stuffed Olives: These are an easy make ahead no cook appetizer for a party Ingredients 225 grams / 1 1/2 cups pitted large green or Kalamata olives 43 grams / 1/2 cup toasted almonds sliced 55 grams /1/2 cup of brie 36 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 large cloves garlic pinch dried hot pepper flakes or a dash of pepper oil dash of chives (optional) Olives: If olives are canned or from a jar, rinse and drain well. Check for pits and remove, if necessary. Stuffing: I tend to buy precut nuts, but if you didn’t, chop them into slivers or small pieces. Remove rind from brie. Put brie in warmed bowl and stir in almonds. Stuff the olives with the almond and brie mixture Thinly sliced garlic and combine with oil and red pepper flakes. Marinate the olives in mixture overnight, in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. The almonds will soften after a few hours. Serve chilled with a dash of chives on the plate for color if you wish
Why all the politics in The Light Side of the Moon? Because we can’t escape ourselves.
FYI: this is the answer to an early reader question that I received for my FAQ so this is up at the Other Systems Website too. The Light Side of the Moon deals with serious issues that the world must decide is right or wrong. I feel as a species, we are on a precipice of change as our electronic creations become sentient. We can choose to evolve our morals with technology or not. I look at The Light Side of the Moon as a cautionary tale if humanity chooses not to evolve. If we continue to allow adolescent greed or anger rule how we interact with people. For an example: let’s look at something that has nothing to do with the novel. As the internet grows and expands, we keep discovering other inventive ways to hurt eachother: trolling, swatting, revenge porn and doxing. Trolling: purposfully creating strife or confusion within the comments Swatting: Requesting a local swat team to come out to someone’s house AKA Falsely accusing someone of a heinous crime such as murder Revenge Porn: Creating images with someone’s face or using private images to cause someone (generally women) harm. Doxing: putting out someone’s personal information on the internet in order that they are harassed. The internet is not the problem. It can further our understanding of humanity and let us connect on a level that we couldn’t dream of fifty years ago. WE ARE THE PROBLEM! Okay back to The Light Side of the Moon: some of the events that happen in the novel actually occurred when Europe sent prisoners to Australia and the Americas. (For example: women and girls attaching themselves to Correctional Officers for protection.) One might think that these events still don’t occur, but sadly they do. Some say the adult content in the book is the sex and vulgar language, but in my opinion, the true adult content is that the world in the novel allows children to starve, refuses to pay workers a living wage, and humans still have atrocities such as child betrothal and marriage, economic slavery, and an unjust correctional system. We can go to colonize the moon, we can go to other planets, but until we face the problems we have now, they will always be with us. That being said, even in the darkest places, there is hope for humanity, because good people exist. In my opinion, that is the story I wrote in The Light Side of the Moon.
The Light Side of the Moon Book Club Discussion Questions
Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. How is The Light Side of the Moon atypical of science fiction? Where was the author successful (or not successful) with genre tropes? How does The Light Side of the Moon mix utopian ideas with dystopian ideas? How can it be a dystopian vision if racism and sexism has disappeared? Right now we have public school, do you believe in a future where no public school exists? How do you think that will change a technological society? What do you think about how the book explored marriage? How did you feel about the appearance of a third gender and the openness of sexuality in a monogamous society? How did you feel about the way the author choose to show devout characters and the changes in religions? How do you feel the novel explores classism? How did you feel about how The Light Side of the Moon deals with murder and capital punishment? Do you believe that murder is always wrong? What do you think of the way androids such as Rosalind, Gaston and Vasili are portrayed as “people” with all the rights as humans, but “lesser” bots, such as the medi-bot, are considered tools though they have some intelligence in their programming? During the course of The Light Side of the Moon, Ellie changes in many ways. What do you see as the most significant change she undergoes, and what kind of person do you think she will be two years after the story ends? Why do you think a “good” character, such as Ian, has so many little problems through out the story? Do you believe he and his father are good doctors though they sterilize patients and killed a terminally-ill man? Compare and contrast the decisions that Ian, Ivonne and Ellie make through the novel to ensure the colony’s success. Do you believe space colonization is a viable option for humanity?
Rose’s Will: Book Club Discussion Questions
Hello Bookaholics! Just dropping by to remind you to pick up a few copies of Rose’s Will for your book club. The novel has so many interesting and controversial themes, you might have to take two club sessions to discuss them all. Just sayin’. And to pique your interest, here are the book club questions from the back of the book: BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: 1. A reviewer noted that any of the three main characters could be the hero. Do you agree? Why or why not? 2. Eli tells us that he loves Rose because he sees a simple goodness inside of her that expresses a desire to do little things for him. Does Eli’s love actually make Rose a better person, or does his love for her cloud his vision? 3. Which character did you most relate to? 4. Which character made you change your mind about something? 5. Rose tells Glory to keep her life to herself. Glory believes that kind of love is an illusion without authenticity. Is there a middle ground? Suppose your parents wanted nothing to do with your mate because of race, religion or sexual preference? What if it were your child? 6. Why do you suppose the author chose third person for Ricky’s sections, while Glory and Eli spoke in the first person? 7. Both Eli and Glory are secular characters and rely on reason rather than religion. But Eli embraces certain cultural traditions of Judaism, like feeding the grieving family and appointing the living to stay with the dead body around the clock until the burial. Do you think that most people hang on to religion for fear of losing community and culture? 8. How does the lack of a father figure affect Ricky’s relationship with Rose? 9. Do Ricky’s children, Alexander and Ashley, enhance or detract from the story? Why? 10. Ricky’s and Glory’s perception of “The Aunts” couldn’t be more different. How do you account for that? 11. Aunt Lucy is the only one who adequately acknowledges the abuse that Glory suffered at the hands of her mother. How do the other characters minimize Glory’s experience? 12. Each of the characters have to find their own personal and moral ground in relation to Rose. How did you feel about the ending? Could you have made the same decision?
The Duchess Inheritance: Book Club Discussion Questions
1. The Duchess Inheritance launches into new twists, adventures, and characters from the opening chapters. How did you perceive the pacing of this novel, in comparison to The Duchess Quest? Did you notice any differences or improvements in the writing style or story-telling? 2. How have the revelations about Mac’s character changed the dynamics between him, Jon and Dainy? In what ways did Bos and Mac “swap” roles in Part 1 of this book? Did you find their behavior to be understandable, or out-of-character? 3. Jon Cosmith continues to be a morally complex character, especially as the sequel reveals new – and worse – transgressions from his past. Yet, these are presented alongside his heightened repentance and transformation. Did you find Jon to be an increasingly or decreasingly sympathetic character? 4. Jon isn’t the only character to transform, as The Duchess Inheritance also sees a maturing of Mac, particularly after his return in Part 2. What were the most significant changes you noticed? (For instance, you might compare his approach with Eponina in the second book with his approach to Dainy in the first.) At what point did you begin to see the writing on the wall, with regards to his leadership potential? 5. Discuss the role of the New Republic as the story’s villains. What parallels did you see to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror? Do you feel the book carried an anti-Communist message, or rather, simply that of anti-corruption? 6. Dainy’s desires for her own destiny differ vastly from what the men in her life are pushing her into. Do you interpret her humble ambitions and eventual sacrifice as anti-feminism? Or, to the contrary, do you think her decision in the end aligned with a feminist message in that, regardless of what others wanted for her, the woman chose for herself what she wanted? 7. Do you feel Jon got what he deserved, or was his punishment too severe? Would you agree it was necessary that he lose his vanity, in order for his transformation to be complete? Had he not underwent what he had, would it have been possible for him to be in a significant leadership position without becoming drunk on power and resorting back to his old ways? 8. Discuss Marlena’s story. Did you hold her at fault, or could you sympathize with her plight? Did you feel she redeemed herself? 9. Were you satisfied with the epilogue? What feelings did it leave you with? Did anything surprise you? 10. Do you wish there was more to read in the world of Jordinia? (If so, write me!)
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