My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's SorryMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (2015)

Summary

A young girl’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters that make the girl realize their shared fairy tale world wasn’t just fantasy.

Review

I loved A Man Called Ove, so I was excited to read Fredrik Backman’s next novel. I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t quite as good as Ove. I loved the eccentric grandmother and how the girl looked everything up on Wikipedia and loved Harry Potter. Britt-Marie drove me nuts and reminded me of Professor Umbridge. I don’t think the make-believe Land of Almost-Awake worked well for me, though.

You might like this book if you are interested in…

  • Feisty, eccentric grandmothers
  • Gryffindor scarves
  • Non-existent leaseholders’ associations
  • Magical make-believe kingdoms
  • Looking things up on Wikipedia
  • Getting to know your neighbors

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the BardThe Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (2008)

Summary

A collection of five short fairy tales for wizarding children, Tales is a part of the Harry Potter world that includes commentary from Albus Dumbledore.

Review

I bought Tales when it was published, a year after the last Harry Potter novel came out, but I never read it until now. It is super short (only about 100 pages, double-spaced with large margins). The stories are fine, but nothing special, and I didn’t really care for the Dumbledore commentary. That said, it was still a nice addition to the Harry Potter world and I thought it was pretty awesome that Rowling did the hand-drawn illustrations and that the profits went to charity.

You might like this book if you are interested in…

  • Harry Potter (duh)
  • Fairy tales
  • Magic
  • Children’s books
  • The Brothers Grimm

Cleverbot

A few days ago, I saw the following video in which two chatbots talk to each other. I think my favorite part of the video is when one bot says, “Together we are robots” and the other bot responds, “I am not a robot. I am a unicorn.” Heehee. 😛

The video inspired me to find some other chatbots to talk with each other. Immediately, I thought of SmarterChild, a bot on AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), but SmarterChild was taken down in May 2009. So, I searched online and found Cleverbot. Perfect! Some funny snippets from the bots’ conversations are below:

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