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My 2013 ORPHANED books ticker:
I want to treat the Short Story collection challenge as a ticker-to-itself thread, thinking 48 reviews as my goal. I'll keep the thread over in the Short Stories forum.
My 2013 SHORT STORY collections ticker:
I'm going to keep a mystery-genre thread over in Crime, Thriller, and Mystery forum, with a goal of 50 reviews. Way way way too many of my reviews this year, in all forums, were mysteries and thrillers, and while I love them, I don't want to get too rut-ified and read only those books while keeping up my self-made review writing census.
My MYSTERY & THRILLER books ticker:
THIS THREAD is the 75 challenge for 2013, which will be non-fiction and non-genre-fiction books published in 2012 and 2013, plus recommendations from other 75ers.
My last thread of 2012.
My 2013 NEW books ticker:
Book 1...thread one.
Books 2 & 3...thread two.
Book 4...thread three.
Book 5...thread five.
Books 6 & 7...thread seven.
Books 8-11...thread eight.
Books 12-19...thread nine.
Books 20 & 21...thread 10.
Books 22-25...thread 11.
Books 26 & 27...thread 12.
Book 28...thread 13.
Books 29-31...thread 14.
Book 32...thread 15.
Books 33 & 34...thread 16.
Books 35-38...thread 17.
Books 39-42...thread 18.
Books 43-45...thread 19.
Books 46 & 47...thread 20.
Book 48...thread 21.
Books 49-52...thread 22.
Books 53-56...thread 23.
Books 57-61...thread 24.
Books 62-65...thread 25.
Books 66 & 67...thread 27.
Books are reviewed in post:
Today is our last full day here on Kaua'i and then tomorrow we fly home. I "only" bought 4 books, I think, while here. And now I have to figure out how to get them back stateside. And then, the house deal closing, and the six weeks at my daughter's home.
One of the books, Robert Allerton: The Private Man and The Public Gifts is a study, in part, of how a gay man survived and thrived in the early 20th Century. He had the good fortune to have been born into a family of wealth, his father at one time being labeled the third richest man in Chicago.
Robert and his partner were vacationing in 1938 outside of Europe due to the impending conflict. They somewhat accidentally were sent to Kaua'i from Honolulu due to a reservation mix up; and were shown the property, now Allerton gardens, which just happened to be for sale. I am looking forward to reading of their development of the property which is now one of my favorite places on Kaua'i. We should all have such good fortune. I think I'll ask Santa for a series of happenstances which result in my having such a wonderful place for retreat. With a library, of course.
I hope your week continues to be good with little to no discomforts and plenty of excellent reading.
Congrats on the new thread! Good reviews at the end of the old one. I have a charlatan-fascinated BIL who might take to As Flies to Whatless Boys. What a cut-through-the-clutter title that is, too.
Hope you and Stella are warmly commiserating near the fireplace and aren't too disrupted by the stormy weather.
Congratulations on being first up, Karen44!
Allerton Gardens sounds spectacular. I'd love to visit one day, especially given the history!
>4 jnwelch: Hiya Joe! That is a no-clutter title, isn't it. It's supersunny here, but effin' cold. It *might* break freezing, but I doubt it. Happily, the sunshine is melting the snow on the roads and our driveway (it's brick, so it's dark like the roads). Less ice worry!
xoxo to you and Stella
Now to find you a book about a handsome gay druid that enjoys walking around naked. ;)
Okay! Let's get right on that, shall we? And maybe make a movie out of it, too!
Stella sends slurps.
Hounded does sound good - I'll have to see if I can track down a copy.
Saw this this morning and thought of you:
Richard, did someone already point out this new spiced rum to you? Seems to warrant a place on your shelf.
>16 avidmom: HA!! Love that. Thanks!
>17 jnwelch: What a great packaging job!! I love it! Now I need a bottle for display. (I can't imagine pre-spiced rum would be anything except dire.)
Embarassed to say that almost my favorite thing was sitting in their woodsy old parlour and feeding the fire, one carefully placed log at a time.
I like your book nook photos.
Have fun without me!
>20 ronincats: HIM I want to meet. Hi Roni!
>21 mmignano11: Hi Mary Beth! Wow, you *remember* that review? It was on my old-time blog! I'm so sorry to hear you're not sleeping well. It's torture, and I speak as one blessed with easy sleep. When it's taken away from me, it's agony. I hope things smooth out soon.
>22 mckait: Hi Kath! Ugh, late night again, eh? Horrors. Sending poopless and stinkless workday whammys! Stella and I are tucked up after our freezyfrostycold first walk, me with coffee and her in a patch of sunshine. All in all, a good morning.
It's a photo from a real-estate site, so the books are props. But the bookcases are real and the idea is drool-making.
I am up early, also not sleeping all that well with all the noise of the surf, and the fans, etc. Poor me (not). Really, it is the prednisone. I'm still taking some and it begins to act a little like speed which is sometimes a good thing, sometimes not so much.
We are flying back to cold weather today. One of my friends asked me if I'd left heat on in the house I have now sold; concerned for frozen pipes. Thankfully, talking to my niece I find they'd be over there recently and no frozen pipes.
I am enjoying the fact that I've finished a couple of books and am looking forward to more reading time! Yay! So much more fun than packing, and moving, and all that!
I hope your week is going well. I like coffee whilst sitting in a beam of sunshine, oh... that's Stella in the sun, and you with the coffee. Well, close enough.
We're happy as clams around here! Stella *adores* the wintertime, even more than I do, and we both enjoy the sunshine. I've read a few good books this week, and just can't work up the oomph to write reviews. Oh well.
Lead in The Zona just managed to get away from the jimson crazies, and the preacher he was hunting is for the moment helping him rather than offing him. That will toy with Lead's mind, I'm sure. It's Kindle "in-between" reading for me, so it'll take a while to finish, but so far so good.
And, I have to thank you - I'm afraid of octopuses (octopi?) and squids, and seeing them on your threads is really helping me get over this irrational fear! *smooch* for that, and for you being you.
I am not sure of the hr there but there goes some hot chocolate
>35 mmignano11: I bucked and reared and screamed about the Kindle. I like it a lot now. I can't use the bloody highlight feature to save my soul, so I don't spend much time reviewing Kindle reads.
If money is a concern, go with the basic-model Kindle at ~$70; the selection of books is not identical, and the advantage is to Amazon. Otherwise, I'd go with a Paperwhite.
My tablet computer is a Nexus 7, and it works fine for reading, too. Tablets like Kindle Fire et alii are good dual-purpose devices. But for my own uses, I prefer the dedicated Kindle.
>36 mmignano11: I love the peatiness of Islay single-malts, and my favorite is Ardbeg Corryvreckan. It runs $75 or so, and is as good as it gets on the Islays.
For something a little less intense, a good Speyside single-malt is Glenfiddich 15-year-old, about the same price and more of a mellow, cognac-y effect.
Oh gawd I'm drooling!
wishing you a minimal pain weekend, bookporn aplenty and lots of *cheap* coffee that won't fret you. *smirk*
also a smooch for Stella and mention give Perkins my virtual best.
That is so true! And today I put back a cat card and got an octopus one, it was just so much more....dynamic!
On the other hand, the Kindle and Nook are lighter and much more reader-friendly in terms of weight, size, price and battery life, so plan accordingly.
I blushingly admit to owning a Kindle Fire and a Nook. The Nook is a dedicated reader and works great with the single exception of no back-light. The Kindle is more of a tablet, but fine for reading. Big advantage to the Kindle for being backlit. That said, I use both and have a considerable virtual library on each. I'm still fonder of physical books, but even so, the e-readers are handy and travel very well.
>41 mirrordrum: Good morning, dear Ellie! I am especially pleased to note the progress my Tentacled American friends are making in image terms around here. Stella sends slurps! *sips guiltlessly inexpensive coffee*
Perkins! Miss Ellie wishes to have a word. I believe it is "hello."
>42 LovingLit: Agreed! *smooch*
>43 mldavis2: Mary Beth, the advice and recommendations Mike and Gail are giving should answer your concerns! Thanks, Mike, I didn't know that about basic Kindles.
>44 bohemima: Morning, Dannie darling, hope you're well. It's cold here, but it's even colder (relatively speaking) there I notice. Poor lamb! *smooch*
A thoroughly unpleasant book.
>50 Berly: BERLY!! *smoochiesmoochsmooch* It's a much warmer day today than yesterday was. And it's a better day still because you're here!
Have a lovely weekend and I am pleased to see the weather agrees with you.
Happy Weekend! xoxo to you and Stella
Genius! Lazy, but genius.
Heading for *much* colder weather tomorrow. Yikes!
I've known quite a few in my day. The one that comes to mind is a woman who said if she had a boy, she would refuse to breast feed him and only give him the bottle, as opposed to her daughter(s) which she would always give breastfeeding to. I am not sure if she was serious but I felt sorry for her and any future children she may have. She clearly had issues.
It is w-a-a-a-ay too chilly for that sort of thing here, right now.
Library lending systems vary. In Missouri we use the Overdrive system. In Kansas it's 3M Cloud or Blio. I've found that the selections are fair at best with few really new releases or old favorites being available. Many new authors seem reluctant to release their books in electronic format (fear of copyright violations I suppose), and lending libraries do not obtain or access many of the books currently available in e-format. Libraries must pay the for the service, and the services vary as to the extent of what they choose to pay the authors and publishers for access, so there are two very effective filters that make most of the lending selections disappointing as I've found out. In short, don't get excited and expect to find all your favorites in an online lending library.
>70 mckait: Ho effin' ho effin' ho.
>72 luvamystery65: Perkins! A double valium espresso for Miss Roberta, please, and see if you can prod Stella into wakefulness long enough for her to send slurps to the Devilles.
And those sort-of-Barcelona chairs look mighty uncomfortable. I assume there is lamplight somewhere?
Now that I've picked it apart, I want it.
We fianally re-jiggered this year and now I have a wonderful light over my place on the couch - I'll never leave!)
Everything else, specially the cold hospital paint would go.
Comfy sofa with blankets and soft pillows for me to lounge, sit and contort in any possible position hunting the elusive perfect one. :P
>66 richardderus:: I, too, have enjoyed after 50. This year's known to me as "The Year My Life Fell Apart", but next year marks the beginning of being myself. I'm calling it "And Now for Something Completely Different."
It is horribly cold. Couldn't even take a walk. Had to spend the day reading, resting, being online, with a couple of hours devoted to helping child (46!) with some chores, thus preventing an imminent crying jag. All in all, I can mark this as a good day.
gee, I am invading Richard's turf here but >85 bohemima: bohemima made me laugh out loud (I refuse to use this LOl thing) big time.
Love your names for the years, so relate to it (a wave would go nicely here... when is LT introducing smileys???)
That is for what you wrote on my thread. xo
I, too, think naming years is a good idea. Well done, Gail!
I'll have to think about what 2013 would be called....
I LOVED your review of As Flies to Whatless Boys! I've added my thumbs up and it now sits atop a huge wish list!
"Just at the moment I don't give a damn what fails you," Martin Beck said heatedly. "Get that guy."
"Use the stoolies," Kolberg said.
Twice in one day. I'm buying a lotto ticket tomorrow. If I win, I'm coming to see you.
>86 luvamystery65: It's got a retro charm, eh Roberta?
>87 tigerlyly: I particularly like "And Now For Something Completely Different," Lyly. It's apt and well-said.
>89 TinaV95: I liked Hounded just fine, and if the next one materializes, I'll read it. Atticus is a bit too hetero for my affections to be fully engaged. I do love Oberon the Wolfhound.
I'm so glad I could cause a surge of book-envy! It's a really good book.
>90 luvamystery65: Ooo, that's spooky. Buy the ticket! We've got plenty of room. xo
hmm, I wish to be able to call 2014 "Year when Victoria's Secret came knocking and all my lottery predictions came true". Is this a too long name? darn...
glad to see you made it in from the dark and cold.
This cold is really too cold. That is all I have to say about it.
Love the Ditto!
I like the airy openess of that room in the latest book porn, however, it seems a bit odd to have a lovely fireplace and not group the furniture around it. The books don't need it!
>95 tigerlyly: Hi Lyly! I like the title of your year. Who says there's such a thing as too long?
>96 mckait: This book funk is worrying me. Seems to be more than the accustomed seasonal book funk. We made it in just fine and dandy! Our place is lit up like an alien landing strip, and the street's very well-lit. I'd be in trouble if it wasn't! If I trip and fall, there will be BIG trouble all the way around. So it's a good thing it's so well-illuminated a block.
>97 sibylline: The Ardbeg Corryvreckan is only sold in select locations around the US, so visit the website to see what's nearby...but it is SO worth it. Even just one self-indulgence bottle is worth it.
I love that corner fireplace. I'd re-do the furniture for sure.
Reading along. Nothing to say. Pre-Yule, snow, and cold temps paralysis of all body parts, especially the brain.
#68 : Going back to the Kindle discussion for a bit, I have a Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire and I have been borrowing e-books from libraries without any issue. I get to borrow up to 5 at a time for up to 3 weeks.
Greetings from the frozen north. My under the desk heater is working overtime today!
# 108 - Loved this one too. :)
Smooches to you and Stella.
>109 Cobscook: I looked at the Maine temps and said a swift prayer of joy that I live on an island in the Atlantic. Keeps things MUCH warmer!
>110 jnwelch: Heh...I think we all relate to that one...and I'm not sure about resigned vs confident. I say "whatever works" more and more these days.
>111 MonicaLynn: Hi Monica! *smooch* back...Stella's completely gorked. She had too much fun in the snow today.
Still think that sometimes.
>116 mmignano11: Amazing, isn't it, Mary Beth? A huge amount of experience shared so generously! Lyla + klonipin = serious need to sleep, I would think. I know it makes me sleepy when all 40lbs of Stella press up to me and I'm warm under a blanky and the book is...*smorphlgggg*
>108 richardderus: Of all the "addictions" to have, I find this one the least bit to worry about. A book buying addiction can be bad, but I sublimate it with booksales/used books and the liberrrryyy. A little bit more worrisome is my addiction to food, but even that isn't *that* bad either. Mostly, my addiction to sweets/sugar is what gets me in trouble, but I'm working on it. I'm grateful I don't have any other substance or behavioral addictions. A lot of people in my family had alcohol problems and I'm glad I was able to escape that. I think that has more to do with the fact that people are more aware of that kind of thing these days. I can be a little bit "hoard-y" but I try to keep that in check too. Hoarders, the t.v. show, and their ilk keep me in check. :)
>128 msf59: Thanks, Mark, it was fine. I have Doctor Sleep glowering at me from the Tome Tower. One day...one day...
I think, now that it's The Season, you should be allowed to have a flask with you on your rounds. Hey, if that 16-year-old can drive drunk (and not for the first time, apparently), why shouldn't you be able to?
A soft smooch to you.
*smooches* from the Original Curly-Crested Satanic Book Warbler, aka Horrible
On the other hand, one of the main advantages of e-readers is that you can carry hundreds of books in the palm of your hand - certainly handy for travel or reading away from home. The built-in dictionary is a winner for me since I am often too lazy to get up and open the paper dictionary. And of course for those with failing eyesight, the ability to choose font size is a Godsend.
rd... I see that K-Mart made an add for ? Nice of them. I wish you cookies :)
Be adventurous!That is how I found Keeper of Lost Causes!
>130 bohemima: It glowers at me daily, insisting that The Shining was a fluke and this mammoth tome won't be worth the wrist pain. Howzabout you re-read that one, and I'll send this one to you when I've read it?
>131 ronincats:, 132 We don't have K-Mart in my market. I'll have to go look at the ad.
>134 tigerlyly: Speaking of coffee! The coffee angel came and even left it in a beautiful cup! Thanks Lyly!
You ARE leaving the books.
>135 karenmarie: Hiya Horrible! Happy Wintertime! It's a perfect winter day, cold enough but not bone-cracking, sunny, lightest of breezes. *aaahhh* And I can stay inside, read, drink coffee, and fondle my doggie.
>137 mckait: morning dear...I haven't looked at the ad yet. King scares me once in a while. The Stand scared me to leaking. The Shining, the book, scared me, and the movie (a good movie, but very little like the book) made me jump.
>138 luvamystery65: Good idea, Roberta!
>139 jnwelch: Isn't it a beaut, Joe? I'll be cafe-bound shortly, hoping for something scrummy.
*smooch* for dear Ellen
Seriously funny and the amazing part is that the darn thing's running on TV!!!
What a hoot! Thanks, Roni, you know what will pique my pervy-old-man interest!
Hi Berly! *smooch*
I was feeling old and useless today. This beautiful image and apropos quote inspired me!
Oh Susanne's book! I like her. She's fun. I'm trying to find a place to run a review/interview with her. She's a stitch!
Too much sweetness makes my teeth itch.
>162 johnsimpson: Doing well! We're at the tag-end of a cold snap, but I'll take that over a hot spell any darn day.
Eerie, isn't it, the similarities....
ETA: I like it. Keep it up, Richard.
ETA: *snort* is a noise, not an action
The single gaudiest, most obnoxiously overblown Yule tree I've ever seen, or even imagined I could see.
I love it.
No scratch that. It MUST be. A real tree would collapse!
Vacation day today - baking, wrapping, mailing, hanging with daughter, drinking coffee, reading (?). Insomnia rears its ugly head, so I might nap later on. Only one more day of work - the 20th- then off until January 2, 2014!!!!! Bliss.
Have a loverly day, RD! *smooches* from your own dear Horrible
Gaudy, ugly tree :P
Not a single thing to say, as the day is barely begun.. laundry chugging away. Ready for second cuppa....gearing up for a longish day. Sending feel great mojo your way...
I downloaded The Shining last night for a mere $1.99, and read the first chapter before sleep. Daughter is already prepared for the late-night knock on her door with me asking to sleep in her room.
Paybacks are wonderful, even when delayed.
OMG! That Christmas tree is a monstrosity! LOL!
How about a Christmas tree cake for your holiday enjoyment?
>174 karenmarie: Gaudy?! Madam, that tree is to gaudy as warmish is to the surface of the sun! Yeee-ikes! That's a reasonable amount of vacation, and goodness knows you've MORE than earned twice that amount with the audits and the Italian trip and the stupidity of the supervisees. But you have time to enjoy life and that's a good thing. *smooch*
>175 mckait: Hiya sweetness! Ugh laundry that's on today's list. Ugh ugh ugh. Other than laundry, I'm planning a pasta bake for tonight and tomorrow night's solo dinners. Ain't I a laugh a minute? *smooch*
>177 bohemima: Oh my goodness yes! The *intense* satisfaction of payback. It's delicious, as I hope you will find the chills and scares of The Shining! PS I've arranged a weather warm-up for you, dear Danvers, and didn't even make you sacrifice a kitten for it. You may kiss my ring.
>178 msf59: An excellent plan, Mark, one worthy of your statesmanlike wisdom and common sense. I think that tree's got a *something* that eludes exact words, something that elevates it into artfulness.
I know! Vulgarity!
>180 jnwelch: I think learning that phrase circa 1962 would've stood many many of us in good stead!
Cute tree, too.
>183 richardderus: Shouldn't there be a samovar in that room somewhere?
*there there, pat pat*
I'd love to have that plaque. I'd keep it on my wall year-round!
Love the weird. That would be me.
Heh. Me too!
Free speech = say what you like, within limits set by law; freedom also means taking responsibility for your actions. He said stuff lots of people think, yes, but lots of other people don't think it and don't like it. They get to criticize and insult him for what he said and what it means about what he believes. They too have free speech!
Have you ever seen the show? I haven't and do not plan on it. I wonder what Rush has to say about this on his show today? LOL.
Re: Duck Dynasty, I almost feel sorry for public relations people when these issues come up because it seems like whether they choose to ignore it or address it by firing or reprimanding, someone is always mad. I've always been a supporter of LGBT so of course I think he was out of line.
Honestly Tamara, as yucky as I find his stance on gays and lesbians, it's his "happy darkies under Jim Crow laws" line of guff that makes me see red and start screaming. Put the two together and you get a scumbag. I wouldn't piss in his ear if his brain was on fire.
Sarah Palin Defends Duck Dynasty Star Suspended For Anti-Gay Remarks
GOP Politicians Defend ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Right to Anti-Gay Comments
Sorry, I know its not funny really, but I love that saying.
Don't know Duck Dynasty, but do know an a$$hole when I hear about one. They are out there, I sometimes forget cos I choose to surround myself with decent folk, but boy are they out there. And it is scary what some people think.
Potential viewers of his show know what the show is about and with what kind of people from the first 10min.
He is no politician who wants to be famous, or actor, or anything else that he pretends to be.
He is a redneck in the South, with little respect for yupees or any metrosexual fad of the day. He more or less has this opinions on almost every episode.
if you are free to speak in a country than everybody should be free, being them right or wrong.
It's my prerogative to not watch or follow somebody if I do not like their opinion.
My censorship - turning off the channel - is enough, and I am intelligent enough to sort out who is worthy of my attention.
Really I do not need networks telling me what I should think about somebody's comments or groups of people.
We should do what we preach :), live and let live and let anybody speak , with their own prejudices and opinions.
Argue with them, try to make them see they are wrong - yes, all the time.
Ban them from TV cause it is not popular what they say - no, it is a slippery slope that I hate to see the whole world slide on for the last 20yrs.
Sorry :), still love you ...
>196 LovingLit: He is a complete douchebag, and anyone who thought he might be otherwise is surely disabused of the notion now. I'm not surprised about any of it, except that it took so long to hit the fan!
>197 tigerlyly: No, not true, Lyly. No one is telling the man to shut up except THE PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY HIM. Surely your boss can fire you for making your company look bad? He said stupid and offensive things, and the people who made him and his clan of idiot goofball rednecks famous and rich said, "no indeed, that isn't something we want our television network associated with."
They own the broadcasting rights. That means the things he says, even off camera, affect how people see their network. They made a business decision to get rid of someone who associated their network with bigoted and homophobic beliefs.
Why can't they do that, and have it come under the heading of free speech?
Why would you? It would only take a second or two for his 10 neurons to burn to a crisp.
RE: Duck Dynasty: I was not aware of racially charged comments/opinions. That's icky. This guy is a real winner. ::eyeroll::
I am worn out. Hard to keep standing long enough to make stuff to fill the freezer, do laundry, and get the last bit of trash to the curb.
See all tomorrow!
>201 katiekrug: HA! Yes, Katie, he missed one by not going after the "Christ-killers." Horrible way to live, don't you think, being so against people you don't know for reasons that don't make sense?
>202 tiffin: Someone described TLC, the network where most of those shows appear, as "the Tiaras, Losers, and Cupcakes channel." I about wet myself laughing.
Rob Ford wouldn't raise much of a stir outside his home patch in the USA. Not anymore. Too used to these kinds of fruitcakes in politics.
>204 leperdbunny: That Booboo creature isn't being raised any differently from many others, just that it's on camera. While the mother may be salting the money away for the future, she still has the kid on camera at a time in life where I'm not at all sure that's a good idea.
But she's not my child or grandchild, and I don't know these people, so I can't judge them, only what I see on camera and that's revolting to me.
>206 alcottacre: *smoochiesmoochsmooch* Thank you, dear Stats-meister!
>207 mckait: I took advantage of my soon-to-depart minion's good nature and got in the supplies to make a big pan of mexican-style pasta casserole, which freezes well and will give me ~12 dinners. The minion also took the leaf-trash to the curb, so all I had to do was defenestrate the kitchen garbage. It coincided with a painful foot day, so I complain more about it than it warrants, based on the facts.
This is such a lovely place, on line, for hanging out and skimming, perusing, and reading comments by interesting and largely kind and caring people. We have a rare snow storm today and so I'm hanging with the kids while they start their Christmas vacation one day early.
Life is Good.
Reality shows in a nutshell! Brilliant.
>203 kidzdoc: Another brilliant comment. This place is full of 'em!
RMD- you have classy visitors. A mark of the man.
Happy Solstice to you too. Your days will get longer, and mine shorter from now on. Our summer heat doesn't usually kick in til late Jan or Feb, so summer is still gearing up. If you don't hear from me for about a week it is because I am off glamping for Christmas- I will see you again close to the New Year! (will I cope- no LT for over a week?)
Take care of your good self this holiday season.
>211 maggie1944: Baaawwwww, Karen44, you're making me mist up! Aren't we amazingly lucky to have this haven for the bookohlics in our lives? How dry and grim it would be for me without it. Very very. *smooch*
>212 LovingLit: Ain't we the pair! I know several people across multiple platforms, so I'm sort of accustomed now to conversations that cross over in sometimes incomprehensible ways. I bless the gawds of the internet every time I fire up this netbook.
Have a wonderful week of glamping, dearest Maudie-pie, and hug all the necks within reach from me!
Thought you'd get a giggle out of this one:
Meanwhile, in honor of the axial tilt, Happy Solstice, Richard! Look what we found for you:
Thanks for all you do to keep us thinking, entertained, flustered, shaking our heads, and laughing!
I have watched the show before just for laughs (because Lisa's niece and nephew love it) so his comments didn't really surprise me too much, but they way people have just jumped all up to defend him SO vehemently has made me sick at my stomach (literally).
>215 mmignano11: I find most reality TV annoying on some level. I like Project Runway because I have no dog in that fight, but if I miss some episodes, I can survive just fine.
I'd prefer to watch science and nature shows from the BBC on Netflix and Amazon Prime. (And YouTube, but don't tell anyone.)
>216 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! I love the jpeg. It IS the reason for the season! Heh.
>218 TinaV95: I can only imagine it would, Tina, given where y'all live. SMH
Well! The UPS man needed a helper to come to my house today. An old friend from RL sent me 6 books! An old friend from LT sent me a carton of my favorite cookies! And I ordered doggie supplies. Then there were some mystery books....
The New Confessions...I like William Boyd's books, so I was happy to have this one.
Stoner...I've been champing at the bit to get this!!
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night...someone yodeled this one's praises, can't remember who, and I wishlisted it.
Tomorrow-Land...the first World's Fair I remember and how it grew.
Glazed Murder...barely hit my wishlist and *whoomp* there it is!
The Crash of 2016...because she knows I'm a screaming wingnut leftist who gobbles all available anti-reactionary materials.
From my old pal Nancy, whom I have known since the 80s. I did a bit of consulting for her and these are my reward. *aaahhh*
Mars, Inc.: The Billionaire's Club
The Steel Remains
Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera for a New Age (boo! no touchstone)
I don't know this, but I suspect that a blogger friend of mine sent these to me. No note. I guess I'll find out.
Still! A superb haul, and timely, and lovely thoughtful prezzies all!
Your Lee book is in the mail!!
xoxo to you and Stella
>223 luvamystery65: And visions of (pairs of) sugarplum-shaped, errrmmm, objects, danced in his dirty-minded head....
Stella sends slurps! Schmoozle the Devilles from me.
The days will now be getting longer, Richard. For me, this is a good thing.
I am trying to upload a new cup I bought with you in mind but it does not work, the pic is too big it seems. Finally , managed it
I put on my thread the answer to the DD discussion cvause was too long. Have been in writing mood lately :)
((Hugs)) and xx smooches xx for today
I'm off to clean the sun room, get the clean laundry folded and put away, drink Gevalia Stockholm Roast, freshly ground and brewed with my wonderful well water, and eat some chocolate covered pretzels.
You're the goods, always.
My mind is pretzeled otherwise. Probably people are no stupider than they always have been. Of course there are a lot MORE people, so there are more stupids than ever, but let us hope balanced by more enlightened people too.
>229 mckait: Yay for no more snow! The warmth will end soon enough. But it's very weird. It's almost 50° already. This climate destabilization is as disorienting for me as for the poor plants. A few bulbs are thinking about sending up leaves. I hope they don't make it before the next frost!
>230 sibylline: Hiya cuz...no doubt in my mind that the proportion of stupids isn't higher nowadays than ever before, but the massive, massive upward redistribution of income and resultant educational attainment nosedive makes even the borderliners sink into the dimwit category.
People aren't taught to learn now. That would be bad for the richest, because the more information people have, the more likely they are to question why they can't keep more of what they earn.
The Luminaries -- simply beautiful.
TransAtlantic -- involving, enriching, if a bit unnecessarily complex.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena -- brutal, hateful, necessary.
The Daughters of Mars -- layers upon layers of sadness and conflict, made right in the end by the lessons learned.
The Yellow Birds -- a poet's first novel, about a war he didn't have to fight and the horror of life lived in fear of death...long after the threat is over.
And while I don't find our reading tastes overlap very often, I think I'll check out your list of top 5 books above because, well, I'm a sucker for lists... :D
Some of those books are, I suspect, outside what I've seen of your comfort zone. Each one has a lot to offer. Sometimes it's rough to judge the match between reader and book, but of that list, I'd suggest taking a closer look at The Luminaries. The astrology bits are not crucial to the story.
Part way through The Luminaries and it will also make the list. Not got the others yet.
Interesting telephone conversation with SWMBO. She told me quite superciliously to make sure that I am at the airport at 9.00 pm on Monday 22nd. I pointed out that Monday is the 23rd and she is now hurriedly packing and I am picking her up on Sunday evening instead now. What a chump! Happy and bemused at the same time.
Have a great weekend, dear fellow.
I think the most astounding thing about 2013 is the number of books published this year that picky-picky me loved. Just flat-out loved. Most years I'm thrilled with three or four loves...this year at LEAST a dozen made my heart smile.
>238 leperdbunny: You're in for a treat or five, Tamara! I know, Hani's little goof is humorous, but aren't we all relieved that she found out BEFORE the Sunday flight left?!
And also in gift news, today's mail brought an RL friend's generous gift of Morvern Callar from my Ammy wishlist! Yippeee!
So then I thought, why not do both things? What books published in 2013 made me think the most, gave me the most food for thought, bid fair to stick with me?
After the five above:
Among Others -- luminous. Walton relives her youth with improvements.
How The Light Gets In -- Louise Penny comes home to Three Pines and the relief is epic. Wonderful tale! (Thanks for the signed copy, Suz!)
The Unwinding -- politics. Populist. Simple. Clear.
The Everything Store -- Bezos isn't a nice man. And when have driven, obsessive, power-hungry people ever been nice? No other way to GET rich in the world. But the business he built is, whatever your opinion of it, GENIUS.
Below Zero -- NO ONE TELL PAUL OR JOE THAT THERE'S A POULTRY BOOK ON MY TOP LIST!! But this book is spare and lean and fabulously imagined and told. I loved it.
American Honor Killings -- deeply disturbing, completely perplexing look at what idiots who internalize Bronze Age Jewish "morality" as their own will do when normal right-thinking people reject it, and by extension them.
Commentary -- touchstones all go to bible-based bull. This book is a new translation of Marcelle Sauvageot's beautiful meditation on loving someone who doesn't love you back. Gleaming, perfect prose.
Crapalachia -- a semiautobiographical more-fact-than-fiction look at the same sort of world Donald Ray Pollock writes about. Fabulous, amazing book.
Sounds like some fun books there!
I haven't heard much LT buzz on The Daughters of Mars but I'll have to add that one to the list too!
I'm lurking through the threads for a few minutes. Love it here.
I didn't read any of them yet, but I have 4 on Mountain TBR, and I'm looking forward to reading them:
The Luminaries, TransAtlantic, The Daughters of Mars and The Yellow Birds.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
>243 richardderus:: Yes, yes! Luminous is the perfect descriptor for Among Others. I really can't think of a better word.
>245 msf59: It was Suzanne that caused my interest to flare in that one, and it was every bit as good as I'd hoped. I hope it can get onto your 2014 read list.
>246 maggie1944: Hi Karen44! *smooch* Happy to see you.
>247 bell7: Hi Mary! Glad you stopped in. I know what you mean...I could sink into one of those chairs and submerge from life for a very long while. It's an inviting space. I'm envious of them as owns it.
>249 wilkiec: Hello there Diana! I hope you'll enjoy them all, though everyone brings a special pair of eyes to every book. I hope you'll see what I saw that made them best-of material for me.
>250 MonicaLynn: Morning Monica! Glad to see you. We're probably going to be slobbish until time to make dinner. Smothered pork chops, potatoes Anna, and a pumpkin chiffon pie. Nothing fancy.
>251 dk_phoenix: How do, Faith...I think the astrology bits were an odd idea, one that makes sense when one considers how very young the author is. A bit tricksy. I myownself had to use internet astrology sites to learn what the configurations meant, as I'm not conversant with the language.
It was interesting. All I'll say.
>252 cameling: Caro darling! *smooch* I'm just glad you *weren't* dead. I suspect your seatmate was a worrywart in many ways. Plus a weirdo. Why wouldn't you simply "accidentally" drop something and check for vitals that way?
Silliness. Happy that your undead status remains undiscovered! Oops I've said too much....
Also, Pat Frank's classic post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon, about the struggles of one small town in Florida (!) to cope with life after the nuclear holocaust we all feared back in the day.
Both are $1.99 on all ereader platforms today, 22 December. Worthwhile to archive on the device, even if reading them today isn't in your plans.
Never mind; 2014 will be here soon enough. Hoping your Sunday is as pleasant as possible, I remain your
The Headless Dickens, or, Richard's Fantasy Best Yule Gift EVER If Only It Was Real Life and Maybe About 1840
What you and Karen are going through at this moment is unpleasant and difficult on so many levels, and the beauty of having this large community of reader/friend/supporters is that we're here a lot of the time when local friends might not be. Plus so many of us are of an age and have therefore been through, or are going through, what you and Karen are.
Take heart from the number and variety of people who wish you and your while family so well! Happy Yule to you all.
>264 mckait: ...I'm sorry, you are...?
xoxo for saying such sweet things. I hate to imagine what my life would be like without your friendship.
>265 jnwelch: Oh dear! I seem to have SMASHED THE EFFIN' THING INTO DUST PARTICLES and swept them into the toilet. Pity.
So dinner's smothered porkies were outstanding, huge, thick, perfect boneless chops...the smotherin' was very tomato-y, with basil and fennel and a hint of balsamic vinegar to balance the onion. Three layers of thin-sliced potatoes in brown butter, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and parmesan baked with about a cup of cream came out tasty enough that 5 people ate 5 pounds of potatoes. Then the let-down: I made a tasty pumpkin chiffon pie today. The disappointment? It really needs to set overnight. Runny runny runny, dagnabbit! Even after 3hrs in the freezer. A wee bit bummed by that.
But I am here to tell you that the people ate every morsel. I love when that happens.
*shedding a tear over poor head separated Charles* Super glue! Super glue! Someone must have some.
Poor Dickens, such a prolific writer he was...
Have a lovely Monday. *smooches* from Horrible
>270 tututhefirst: You know, Tina, The Daughters of Mars might make your list. It's deeply involving. I loved the time I could spend immersed in it, so permaybehaps you'll find the same thing.
>271 Cariola: Thank you most kindly, Deborah!
>273 karenmarie: Hiya Horrible, well if the hilarity of the idea that a small town in Florida (!) survives the nuclear holocaust and is responsible for remaking civilization doesn't make you grin, it's a bad funk indeed. *smooch*
>274 mckait: WAAAYYY too late on the pain, I fear, all that time in the kitchen doing the fun stuff (I know I'm weird, but I like to cook) has made the footsies pretty sore today. Thanks for the wishes!
>275 Cariola: No indeed, there are at least two of us on this path of most resistance.
I've read only one on yr. best book list, Among Others and I concur. The Penny, i will read or listen to eventually, no doubt. And..... Hmmm. Those with whom I share the closest 'taste radar' or whatever it is, didn't like The Luminaries all that much. That means I'll 'test' it at the library. The rest I've had to look up and read yr. reviews of.! Thee is a much more serious and thoughtful reader than me, and I'm glad for that. I'm happy to learn secondhand through your thoroughness.
I also loved TransAtlantic and it made my own top five.
I own but have not yet read The Yellow Birds (and it now moves up on the TBR pile), and I have been wanting to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I had it from the library, but didn't get to it before it was due.
I'm receiving a copy of The Luminaries soon and will definitely read it early in 2014.
The Daughters of Mars has not been on my radar. Must investigate.
And I hope that 2014 is, indeed, better.
Smooches to you and the Stella dog.
I wish you a belated "Happy Solstice", an early "Merry Christmas" (in case you're celebrating) and in any case a very "Happy Year-End"!
Your smothered porkies sound simply delish. I love porkies but I have to wait until the hubster isn't home to make them for myself because he doesn't like them (WTH right?) I usually like to do the eggwash and breadcrumb thing (twice to get a really thick crunchy crust) and deep fry them. add a large dollop of stone mustard and mashed potatoes on the side .. ok, maybe a broccoli floret or two and blissssss.......
>276 richardderus:: We can but hope. I've had a lot more than enough of 2013.
>286 Deern: Ummm welllll I don't know how to make that easier. Permaybehaps there will be fewer of them in 2014? One never knows. Thanks for the wishes! Sending hugs.
>287 cameling: Those porkies sound supercalafragilisticexpialadocious, too!! How about some curried roasted broccoli and cauliflower? Oh yummm. xo
>288 bohemima: AMEN!! Pain's not subsiding too much, there's a low-pressure system parked overhead and I'm affected quite a bit by same. *grumble*
>289 EBT1002: Some days it's all I can do to keep up with my own threads. And I still lose people every year! How does this happen?
And if that did not convince you, let's not forget Tolstoi and his never ending War and Peace
And why are you sore, people in that era need it soap-opera too, you know. They had no Spanish telenovela's but they had sappy novels. Shame on you to begrudge them that :P
(and add a self made picture to your collection of nice pictures)
I am sorry I did not know you when I was living in NY, we would definitely had some cooking/reading parties.
Merry Christmas, Richard! And that means Peace on Earth, Good Will toward (Wo) Men.
>297 msf59: I was thrilled and amazed, Mark. I wouldn't have made a peep if it had arrived at New Year's Day! But certainty, security and celerity were the order of the day.
>298 tiffin: I like Jamie Oliver's style of cooking a lot. I enjoy his programs when they're re-run on BBC America. I can see a Naked Xmas would be a good one!
>299 avidmom: Heh, it's a pretty good sight for Internetted eyes. Mocha in a mug with candy cane, oooooo
>301 paulstalder: Thank you for the beautiful painting and the warm wishes, Paul! I will see you in 2014!
>302 tigerlyly: Oh thank goodness you brought coffee, Lyly. I've done my part of the arranging and am now in need of fortification. Coffee ho! Well, yes, I think we'd've had a ball as neighbors, but the internet means we can have fun any time!
>303 Carmenere: OOOO Lynda! That is some kinda yummy book porn! Thank you, and see you in 2014!
>305 sibylline: HA!! I adore them!! So cute, thank you cuz!
>306 wilkiec: Many thanks, Diana, and I hope to see more of you in 2014!
>307 maggie1944: doesn't that sound like the best thing ever, Karen44? So lush and inviting, isn't it? Looking forward to 2014 with all my 75er pals!
I'm not an e-book-er, but Make Room! Make Room! is definitely on the list of books I need to read.
Merry Christmas, my book loving friend!
And I do mean it -- happy Christmas to you and the lovely Stella!
RD - I had planned to say something about what an all-round good egg you are but I know how you abhor all that mushy, gushy stuff. So simply put: thank you for being my friend and sometime word jouster. Have the most wonderful of festive seasons.
I'm wishing you the merriest of Christmases tomorrow, my friend! I love you!! Be well and enjoy the day!
What a gift it has been getting to know you this year, Richard. Your incredible charm and thoughtfulness has provided for me many smiles, and your humor and wit has made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. Hoping that you know how very much you mean to me and how very much you are loved. May your holidays be filled with fabulous, just like your heart. *smooch for you, BigDaddy*
No fancy gifs, alas, just heartfelt sentiments...
'The Garrison Library of Gibraltar is no ‘ordinary services' library. Its founding was due to the perceptive Captain (later Colonel) John Drinkwater, author of one of the most famous histories of the Great Siege of Gibraltar, which lasted from 1779–1783. Having suffered from a lack of reading material during the four years of the siege, Colonel Drinkwater saw the need for a good circulating library and club as a means of saving the officers of the garrison from “having their minds enervated and vitiated by dissipation”. The library now houses in excess of 45,000 books.'
Unfortunately I didn't visit it but love the story of how it started and that it is still there, though now is a research library.
Many *smooches* and hugs from your own Horrible
We were a very small group last night. One of our invitees was hit by a bus (!!) so wasn't in attendance, which left us with extra portions of cod salad, grilled veggies, bacalao, salad, and napoleon cake. Boo effin' hoo. It was a scrumptious dinner of all fish dishes in deference to Italian tradition, but it was no hardship at all. Everything was outstandingly fresh and delicious.
My goodness! I am utterly incapable of waiting for xmas day to open presents, so the gifts that Santa brought for me were well-hidden. (I looked. They were WELL hidden.) As I spent too much time with my body in its least favorite position, seated, I'm mostly incapable of movement today, and have requested that unwrapping wait until Boxing Day. I'll spend a quiet and welcome day alone today, sunshine and FREEZINGBLOODYCOLD temps safely outside until I have to walk Stella this evening.
And, of course, the leftovers....
>331 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie! The "bright" bit is for sure. This day is so clear it's almost painfully bright.
>332 leperdbunny: Thanks, Tamara! Lovely wreath. I'm glad you're back in the land of the posting 75ers!
>333 PaulCranswick: Thank you most kindly, Paul, I appreciate the sentiments indeed. All the more for your restraint, as you suspected!
>335 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle! Have a wonderful 2014, you and Nate and Small-one!
>336 TinaV95: Baaaaaaawwwwwwwww, Mrs. Lisa, so cute and so sweet! *smooches* for you both, and scroodles of loving support for a calmer yet even happier 2014.
>337 Crazymamie: *sniff* Now listen here, bad bad woman! I am an EVIL CURMUDGEON with NO REDEEMING GRACES and you best not forget it! You take back *every*word* of those calumnies on my character!
>339 Storeetllr: Thank you, Mary! What a beautiful image that is. I love Yule trees in their decorated splendor.
>340 avatiakh: So kind, Kerry, thanks! I love that story about the Garrison Library's origins! Drinkwater might have had a slightly purseymouthed reason for starting it, but it's a darn fine gift to give the colony.
>341 maggie1944: Survival whammys coming your way, Karen44. I'll check your thread on Boxing Day to be sure you're not a casualty of the merriment.
>343 -Cee-: Thanks Claudia, and what an adorable gif that is! Snow doesn't seem like a bad idea now, it's so cold. Always feels warmer if it's snowing. (I think it actually is warmer....)
>344 MonicaLynn: So kind, Monica! Thanks. And Stella, lazy animal, would send slurps if she hadn't fallen asleep!
Happy Boxing Day, too, dear man.
My 2014 thread is up. Wander by at your leisure.
Richard dear, I know I'm late but could not be remiss in wishing you a wonderful holiday time and a pledge to try harder to keep up with all the book porn, hunky guys, humorous jibs and jabs to say nothing of the pithy reviews that go in to each and every one of your threads. I'm not ready for 2014 yet and when I am you may already be on your third or fourth thread. Somehow, I'm behind already and 2014 is still six days away. *sigh*
>359 brenzi: Baaawwww Bonnie, how sweet! I'm glad to know 2014 is already slipping away from someone else. The group went up today and already I'm a-welter in a sea of unread messages.
I'll take this over bored any day, however.
>360 ronincats: Up to it or not, I'll be chivvyed and horsewhipped unless I hop to! I do so love the Yuletide. The colors, the gaudiness, the overeating...all just wonderful.
Best wishes to you for whats left of 2013... ( she says with a cringe)
Stella and I are comfortably ensconced in full "no thanks, we're napping" mode. Sending hugs for your industrious self, back at work!
Me too! I mean, they are something I miss out here in Wshington ( and I missed them in Oregon).
Hi Richard. I see you are trying to make this thread eek it out until time to start the new 2014 thread.....
>374 leperdbunny: Funny coincidence...I ordered a hunks'n'puppies calendar for myself!
>375 lkernagh: Hi there Lori! Thanks for the wishes, they came true. I love that nostalgic image!
>376 dk_phoenix: Thank you, Faith! It was a lovely holiday season, and I'm still glad it's over.
Glad to see that you survived the holidays :)
And to think, all Terri, Stasia and I did was roam around, around, around, around and around trying to find your house.
Happy Holidays filled with good cheer and calm quietess.
Oh my gawd (as they say), I am up late, have had 7x early starts in the last 7 days (with multiple uppings in the night- yes- kids) and am promised a sleep in tomorrow. So I am going to try to make the most of it and go to bed (in a BED!) now. xx
Hoping you had a Merry Christmas, but unable to get past post #233 just yet. :)
The season was perfectly fine, thanks, and still I'll be glad when all the desperate, manufactured gaiety is done.
>386 PaulCranswick: How lovely of you to say those kind things, Paul. I return the sentiments most heartily.
And many smooches to you.
Where did 2013 go??? And where is the famous forum and threads for 2014 which were started too early??
Oh, did you see how fast I de-lurked when I heard the word party???
cocktails anyone?? Richard dear is not nice to kick out your guests ;)
Cheese and crackers, anyone?
And Move On? What are you, a medium? Exorcist? Activist? Do tell?
Me LOVES my RD!!!
Moving on now!!! You can't help it you're so popular, love. ;)
Happy New Year RMD!!
.... sorry RD, I just couldn't resist! ;-)
Here I am with another cat, and still not a red tabby. le sigh