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#151 mumto2

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:01 PM

We had a lovely day with a large group of friends from our early days of living in England. Dh has seen many of them through his work but I haven't. The gathering took place a couple of hours away so I was able to catch up on my reading for The Razor's Edge. I am really enjoying it.

I am also reading my Murakami very slowly, one story at a time. I read one of those this afternoon also. One of the friend's is hosting a Japanese student so I spent part of my afternoon having English practiced upon me. I think my not overly British accent was seen as a challenge! :lol: Murakami feels appropriate today.....

All my books are finally checked out to finish my Emerald challenge. I need to start reading but am not feeling overly motivated. I have the next Lee Child's thriller in my series read which just happens to start with an E and D.E. Stevenson's Music in the Hills.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:39 PM

Congratulations to all of the 52 books readers and bingo achievers! Admittedly my book reading has slowed down as I attempt to stay abreast of the news these days. Yowsers.

I know what you mean. I'm amazed that Sturgeon has pushed for another independence referendum to the point that the Tories are making a comeback. And what were those Labour councillors in Aberdeen thinking?

In more bookish news, I made some nice finds in Edinburgh: Selected Poems of James Hogg; Listen to the Voice, short fiction by Iain Crichton Smith; and selections from the writings of (non-Scot) Max Beerbohm. Time for some local reading.
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#153 Violet Crown

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:09 PM

From James Hogg's "The Witch of Fife" (local interest!):

"Quhare haif ye been, ye ill womyne,
These three lang nightis fra hame?
Quhat garris the sweit drap fra yer brow,
Like clotis of the saut sea faem?"
...
"The first leet night, quhan the new moon set,
Quhan all was douffe and mirk,
We saddled ouir naigis wi' the moon-fern leif,
And rode fra Kilmerrin kirk."
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:01 PM

Do you have an idea which one? If not,  I suggest either The Way We Live Now or one of the Baretshire books - either The Warden or Doctor Thorne. There's one in between those two but they really don't need to be read in order. Some of the characters overlap but the stories can be followed regardless of the order in which they're read.

He's reading the Palliser Novels. Currently on Eustace Diamonds and also recommended Barchester Towers.  I'll check out your recommendations as well as see which one sparks.  Thanks!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:13 PM

He's reading the Palliser Novels. Currently on Eustace Diamonds and also recommended Barchester Towers. I'll check out your recommendations as well as see which one sparks. Thanks!


Another vote for The Way We Live Now, possibly Trollope's best novel. The 5th Palliser novel, The Prime Minister, was praised by Tolstoy, and is excellent, but very different from TWWLN: quite dark.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:28 PM

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. My father is in the hospital, my mother can't function independently, so I am going down to try and sort things out. It's a long drive, which I'll start tomorrow at the crack of dawn, so I'll probably get a few audio books listened to. I hope you all have a lovely week.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:06 PM

Rose :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:53 PM

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. My father is in the hospital, my mother can't function independently, so I am going down to try and sort things out. It's a long drive, which I'll start tomorrow at the crack of dawn, so I'll probably get a few audio books listened to. I hope you all have a lovely week.

Safe travels, Rose. And hugs to you.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:01 PM

Thank you!
And thanks to all the help I got here!

I think I found a way to make BaW, Goodreads and the Library work for me.
I entered a lot of undiscovered shelves, corners, and paths of our library :)
The only con is that the Librarians don't like it, I ask that much from the back ground collection and the depository. I'm afraid they had a lot to walk for me...

Please pm your email address as I seem to have misplaced it. Thanks!  


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:02 PM

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. My father is in the hospital, my mother can't function independently, so I am going down to try and sort things out. It's a long drive, which I'll start tomorrow at the crack of dawn, so I'll probably get a few audio books listened to. I hope you all have a lovely week.

Hugs and good thoughts winging your way for you and your parents. 


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:08 PM

Sending good thoughts your way, Rose. Safe travels.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:31 PM

He's reading the Palliser Novels. Currently on Eustace Diamonds 

 

Those are next on my list after I finish the Barchester novels.

 

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. My father is in the hospital, my mother can't function independently, so I am going down to try and sort things out. It's a long drive, which I'll start tomorrow at the crack of dawn, so I'll probably get a few audio books listened to. I hope you all have a lovely week.

 

Hugs and safe travels, Rose  :grouphug:


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:38 PM

:grouphug: Safe travels, Rose.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:45 PM

Hope you father recovers quickly Rose! Thinking of you.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:47 PM

Best wishes for your family, Rose.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:55 PM

:grouphug: Rose, sending positive thoughts your way.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:01 PM

:grouphug:  :grouphug:  :grouphug: Rose


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:00 PM

Hope your father recovers quickly, Rose!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. ...

 

Sending good thoughts your way for you, your father, and your mother.  Safe travels.

 

Regards,

Kareni


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

I know what you mean. I'm amazed that Sturgeon has pushed for another independence referendum to the point that the Tories are making a comeback. And what were those Labour councillors in Aberdeen thinking?

 

 

:)

 

I prefer reading about foreign politics these days. It seems just overall happier because no one I know is getting their feelings hurt about them. Then again ... I should have my adult card revoked because I've always been the type to avoid politics and heated discussions as much as possible.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:53 PM

:grouphug: , Rose.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 12:03 AM

May your father recover well, Rose.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 12:05 AM

I read a version of King Arthur last year for the bingo. I didn't like it. I found it a slog.

 

But, if you like action movies &, specifically, movies made by Guy Ritchie, you will probably enjoy his version of King Arthur. I haven't kept up with movies at all lately (that shows how crazy my life has been because I love to go see movies in the theater). Dd decided last minute she wanted to go see King Arthur. I hadn't even seen any trailers for it & the only thing I knew about it was that Jude Law was in it playing the bad guy (Vortigern). Can't go wrong with Jude Law, imo.

 

Turns out there's Eric Bana (can't go wrong there either). And plenty of other good actors, some really cool CGI effects (specifically a cape of flames that is really one of the coolest effects ever) & a great soundtrack for the action. The style of movie-making was very much Guy Ritchie, especially similar to effects/style he used in Sherlock Holmes 2 (imo). Personally, I like his movie-making style so it was a good fit for me. Apparently the movie hasn't made a lot of money & has been panned somewhat, but dd & I both enjoyed it quite a bit. However, users on imdb have given it a 7.3, so that's pretty good. Some reviews have panned "The Mage", but I personally liked her very deadpan, monotone style of speaking as I felt it fit her; she is only ever referred to as The Mage, but to me she's Merlin. (Dd & I discussed this angle on the way home.) I even endured multiple scenes with snakes! (I hate snakes! Just like Indiana Jones hates snakes.) Anyway, interesting new take on the King Arthur story that's way better than the original stories (imo) -- though Arthur purists may argue me on that one. To that I say: :001_tt2: . If you're not an Arthur purist & you do like Guy Ritchie movies, go enjoy!

 


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 12:49 AM

Well, my friends, I may be offline for a week or two. My father is in the hospital, my mother can't function independently, so I am going down to try and sort things out. It's a long drive, which I'll start tomorrow at the crack of dawn, so I'll probably get a few audio books listened to. I hope you all have a lovely week.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:00 AM

Please pm your email address as I seem to have misplaced it. Thanks!


My WTM PM function is disfunctional for several years now, and it seems Another John can't repair it.
But we could pm trough Goodreads, I'm loesje there too:
https://www.goodread...source=homepage
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:22 AM

I 'accidently' bought The way we live now as dvd serie.
I liked it very much!
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 08:19 AM

I've been avoiding this thread as I am ashamed at my lack of fun reading. The semester is over, though, and I am forcing myself not to read anything related to work for awhile. I have a stack of books on my nightstand and a bunch of books on my Kindle that deserve my attention. I have been and will be doing some traveling by car again soon so I also have audiobooks to listen to.

 

This weekend I listened to The Shark by Mary Burton. The story was engaging but I did not enjoy this reader. Why does it seem like audiobooks are hit or miss? Does anyone else struggle with some of the readers?


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 10:09 AM

I've been avoiding this thread as I am ashamed at my lack of fun reading. The semester is over, though, and I am forcing myself not to read anything related to work for awhile. I have a stack of books on my nightstand and a bunch of books on my Kindle that deserve my attention. I have been and will be doing some traveling by car again soon so I also have audiobooks to listen to.

This weekend I listened to The Shark by Mary Burton. The story was engaging but I did not enjoy this reader. Why does it seem like audiobooks are hit or miss? Does anyone else struggle with some of the readers?


I know I struggle with some of the readers. I find it hardest when it's a book or series that I am somehow familiar with and the reader does not sound like they should in my opinion. Also it can be irritating when the reader does voices, Elizabeth Peter's books became very hard to listen to when the son started talking. Drove me nuts! I love the series but ......
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 12:06 PM

Link to week 21 - please continue conversation in new thread