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It's the occasional reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
High elf

Sep 24 2022, 6:16pm

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It's the occasional reading thread! Can't Post

It's autumn, not that you would know it here in Texas. We had an early autumn in August and now we're having second summer---for a few more days, at least. I have yet to indulge in anything flavored with pumpkin spice, but I'm sure a latte is in my immediate future.

I read the library ebook of A Divided Loyalty, an Ian Rutledge post WWI mystery by Charles Todd. (The author is actually Charles Todd and his mother, Caroline. Sadly, she passed away recently, which I'm hoping has no effect on the fine writing of the books.) This installment has quite a few scenes taking place at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire, so I was able to follow along with some of the action, even though Avebury was hardly the tourist attraction in 1921 that it is now. The plot played out rather differently from the usual Rutledge story, and I was worried the authors had dropped the ball---but no, not at all.

I now have the library ebook of The Bullet That Missed, by Richard Osman, on my Kindle all ready to go. I've enjoyed the first two Thursday Murder Club novels so am looking forward to this one.

I listened to Nurse, Come You Here!: More True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle, by Mary J. MacLeod. I enjoyed the first of these tales as well. MacLeod was the district nurse on a small island in the Hebrides back in the 70s. Some of her reminiscences are funny, some are sad, but she does a good job evoking the people, the way of life, and especially the landscape. This installment ends with the story of her family's year or so in Nevada and California. As an American, I found her fish-out-of-water moments highly entertaining.

I've now started listening to The Garden of Unearthly Delights, written and read by Robert Rankin, whose sense of humor comes through clearly in both his writing and narration. The book's beginning reminds me a bit of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in that the main character is going about his daily life when the world goes completely bonkers around him. I don't know yet if the novel departs too far from reality for my present mood, so stay tuned.

I'm still listening to Andy Serkis's brilliant reading of LotR, and am several chapters into The Return of the King. Pippin has just watched from the battlements of Minas Tirith as Gandalf rescued Faramir from the Nazgul.

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....


Sep 25 2022, 12:16am

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Another Texas friend commented today that [In reply to] Can't Post

autumn in Texas is the same as summer, but with pumpkins.

I've been moving & everything has been in boxes so I've only got my Kindle, and I have gotten stuck on re-reading the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I'm on my third re-read. It's still engrossing because her plots are SO convoluted and also involve a lot of computer-y stuff which *sound of crickets*. Each time through I get it a bit more, though. But the last bookcase goes up tonight and also I have the newest "Scholomance" and "Kencyrath" books on order so hopefully next time I'll have something more to say.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

Greenwood Hobbit
Sylvan elf

Sep 25 2022, 12:25pm

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I picked up a crime novel recently [In reply to] Can't Post

by Elly Griffiths in a charity shop, 'The Stone Circle' about Dr Ruth Galloway a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk (England,not Virginia!) and I enjoyed it. Turns out it was one of the most recent books in a series, so I've done it rather out of order. I feel I need to start at the beginning and read the ones that came before, to see how the group of regular characters develops.


Sep 25 2022, 4:29pm

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GH did you see [In reply to] Can't Post

I shared your comment about how a home should be "autobiographical, not a museum" on Facebook and it has resonated with many people, who said things like "I needed to hear this TODAY." They thanked me for it and so I am passing on their thanks to you.

Seriously, it changed my attitude instantly and freed me. I have now got a bunch of stuff all ready to go somewhere ELSE, and I don't feel a bit guilty about it. (So hard being the responsible eldest, but I'm friggin' 70 years old, time to put that burden down!)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

Greenwood Hobbit
Sylvan elf

Sep 26 2022, 9:22pm

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How lovely! The words were not originally mine, but slightly misquoted [In reply to] Can't Post

to suit my own purposes from a fascinating book by architect Kevin McCloud, called '43 Principles of Home'. What he wrote was, 'The most interesting and enriching homes are those that are full of autobiography; those that are maybe a bit cluttered, feel lived in and are delightful for it; those that have a mix of new and old, borrowed and bought - and not those that resemble furniture showrooms. A home is not a shop.' I'm glad the misquote helped you and others! As another who reached 70 this spring, I'd say GO FOR IT!


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