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It's the May Day reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


May 1, 2:45pm

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Let's all take a minute to dance the springle-ring around the TORn virtual Maypole. Smile

Iím listening to an audiobook titled The Aloha Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini, about a middle-aged divorcee who leaves her hometown in Pennsylvania to help plan quilting workshops at a friendís hotel on Maui. So far itís innocuous enough, with some mouth-watering descriptions of Hawaii and a few details about quilting, including traditional Hawaiian applique, which I know a little about anyway---I have a quilter-friend who was born and raised on Hawaii. (Or, as she spells it, no doubt correctly, Hawai'i.)

On paper, I finished Crowned and Dangerous, which was a pleasant enough diversion, even though it started slowly and concluded too quickly, and the little bits of business were more entertaining than the actual plot. I'll cut the series a lot of slack though, simply because the author, Rhys Bowen, is a polite, charming person.

I'm only on the second chapter of the book about Shakespeare, Will in the World. The material is fascinating if very dense, and the actual format of the book is dense, too, with small, closely spaced type. It's well worth reading but will take me a while.

So what have you been reading?

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....


Attalus
Lorien


May 1, 7:05pm

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Just got Saturnalia by Lindsay Davis out of the mailbox. I am currently in the middle of Five Days In London: May, 1940, by John Lukacs, about when Winston Churchill and his Cabinet had to decide whether to negotiate or stand alone against Hitler. Gripping read. Next up is Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon, continuing the adventures of Ky Vatta, the most winsome admiral in military Sci-Fi. Smile

We are the fighting Uruk-Hai! We slew the great warrior! Well, yeah, first he killed a bunch of us and another whole lot of Mauhķr's lads, and we had to shoot enough arrows into him to drop a MŻmak. But we got him!


Annael
Half-elven


May 2, 5:52am

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Mythos by Stephen Fry [In reply to] Can't Post

is there anything that man can't do? He's written his own take on Greek mythology. I know Greek mythology backwards & forwards, but Fry's way of telling the stories is not only delightful, I'm learning things.

Finished my re-read of "Howards End." There's so much in that book I hadn't seen the first time I read it.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


May 2, 2:07pm

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...I really should renew my library card. Thanks for the recommendation!

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


May 3, 4:47pm

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I started reading "A Scandal in Battersea" by Mercedes Lackey, which is the 10th book in a series regarding magic, psychics & Sherlock, John & Mary. It's pretty interesting, though at times I feel a bit lost. That's the problem with not starting with the first book. I've also been TRYING to read this silly book I got for 99 cents called "Hero in a Halfling," which is supposed to be a mashup of "The Hobbit" and "Discworld." I've never read "Discworld," so I wouldn't know, but it's a pretty silly book. I've picked up several non-fiction books, historical things on life in the medieval times, dark ages, etc. Finally, "Celtic Myths & Legends," which starts with the author analyzing the Old Irish (where I think he's from) language with the ancient Hittite language. That bit is kind of interesting. So, even though he limits "Celtic" to Ireland, the U.K. and part of France, he does at least back up his assertions with some evidence. Anyway, I'm going to Ireland at the end of June, so I thought I'd start with the Irish section of this book. That's it for now, maybe I'll finish ONE of these!Wink

I'm not scared to be seen, I make no apologies - this is me!

from The Greatest Showman




Otaku-sempai
Immortal


May 3, 9:07pm

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I took time out from the prose novel I'm reading (Amongst the Stars by Kelly Sedinger) to peruse a pair of manga collections that my spouse picked up the other day: volumes 2&3 of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card by CLAMP. The charm of the original series is intact, though it would be nice if the characters are allowed to stretch a bit more.



"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

 
 

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