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#151 Butter

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Posted Yesterday, 06:20 PM

I finished Play Dead by Leslie O'Kane.  The main character had no sense of humor and was a total know-it-all.  It was enjoyable enough while reading it, but I had to force myself to actually pick it up.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:47 PM

I now know who Tyler Henry is. :lol:

No, I don't believe in clairvoyant's. The whole thing just creeps me out and makes me wonder how they got the information about their customers. Yes, beyond skeptical here. ;)

Now the question of do I believe that sometimes something good happens for an unexplained reason that is beyond coincidence? Yes, I do believe there is something greater. Probably the most miraculous was that on the morning of my father's funeral I received a phone call that I was pregnant. When you take into account that my miracle occurred after almost ten years of infertility treatments and blood draws that always came back negative it was pretty amazing. I have always felt that was my Dad looking out for me.

Oddly the book I am reading has a Cassandra character who is a prophet.
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Posted Yesterday, 09:37 PM

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances: 

http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/

 

I've read and enjoyed 7 of the 10


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Posted Yesterday, 09:45 PM

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances:
http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/

I've read and enjoyed 7 of the 10

Wow, I have liked romance and I like SF/F but I haven't read any on the list. Perhaps because I'm usually in an either/or mood. I really enjoyed No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper. A magician travels back in time to prevent the introduction of evil magic to the world and she must convince a powerful man to back her. Not so much romance as regency fantasy so recommended for those who like the time period and a bit of love story added to the mix.

I'm on my phone but here's the link if anyone's interested in the book I mentioned:
https://www.goodread...rom_search=true

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Posted Yesterday, 10:16 PM

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances: 
http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/
 
I've read and enjoyed 7 of the 10

 

I am just starting to become more interested in fantasy. I found a couple of these to add to my wish lists. Thank you!

 

Wow, I have liked romance and I like SF/F but I haven't read any on the list. Perhaps because I'm usually in an either/or mood. I really enjoyed No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper. A magician travels back in time to prevent the introduction of evil magic to the world and she must convince a powerful man to back her. Not so much romance as regency fantasy so recommended for those who like the time period and a bit of love story added to the mix.
I'm on my phone but here's the link if anyone's interested in the book I mentioned:https://www.goodread...rom_search=true


This is more my normal, at least the time travel part is. ;) I found it in overdrive so will hopefully be able to try it soon!
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Posted Yesterday, 10:25 PM

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances: 

http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/

 

I've read and enjoyed 7 of the 10

 

Ditto what ErinE said - I've read lots of romance and lots of sci=fi but none of these (maybe the McCafferty one way way back in the 80s, if it was even published then).  Going to be checking the library to see if they have any - but they will have to wait until 2018.  Need to finish the Bingo first!


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Posted Yesterday, 10:48 PM

No, I don't believe in clairvoyant's. The whole thing just creeps me out and makes me wonder how they got the information about their customers. Yes, beyond skeptical here. ;)
 

 

Sometimes the whole thing is fake (the "customers" are planted in the audience), sometimes people have filled out questionnaires, sometimes there are hidden microphones, sometimes it's just a knack for cold reading - tossing out lots of information or questions in quick succession until something sticks....  We remember the *hits*, but forget the *misses*...

 

http://www.skepticreport.com/sr/?p=207


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Posted Yesterday, 11:00 PM

I have mostly been listening to books recently - a mix of light fiction and non-fiction, like some of the Ender's Game series (at the insistance of my youngest and our current extra child, child being a description of the relationship, not their age) and A Man on the Moon.  I am still working my way through the Honor Harrington series, and still enjoying it, when I read a real book.

 

I haven't been on the board much recently because my life has shifted and I am now spending lots of time walking either the dog or my mother, or driving back and forth.  Hence all the audiobooks.

 

I miss everyone!

 

Nan

 

Hello Nan! I was just thinking about you. I was watching a youtube thing on sailing and wondered how you were doing. How timely of you to check in. Possibly clairvoyance on your part?  :laugh: 

 

 

I finished two books this week:

 

Ronja Røverdatter (Ronia the Robber's Daughter) by Astrid Lindgren. This was my 5th Danish book for the year, and my first encounter with Ronja/Ronia. I was enchanted! I would like to see the Swedish film, but haven't found access to it yet. Amazon Prime has a Studio Ghibli animated series, and I think I will watch at least a few episodes of that.

 

 

 

 

Love love love Astrid Lindgren. SKL - have you and your daughters done any of her books as read alouds yet?


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Posted Yesterday, 11:00 PM

Hello Nan! I was just thinking about you. I was watching a youtube thing on sailing and wondered how you were doing. How timely of you to check in. Possibly clairvoyance on your part?  :laugh:

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:03 PM

I'm still behind on all my work deadlines. So busy this month. That's good news (Yay! Going to be able to pay all the bills and eventually retire!) and bad news (Dearest sleep ... I hope to spend some quality time with you soon). Looks like everything is going to be wrapped up by the end of the month so we'll have a breather before it gets crazy again.

 

I actually popped in to tell everyone that I finished White Nights by Anne Cleeves. It was the second in the Shetland mysteries and I really liked it. I certainly didn't guess the ending. I love the Scotland setting.

 

 


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Posted Yesterday, 11:20 PM

My book title - "An Optimist Looks at LIfe".

 

...Also, put me on the list of skeptics. I had to google the book and it gave me links about a 1940s movie, so I searched again using Tyler's name. Yep, skeptical I am. Or cynical actually according to his definition. I don't believe in the supernatural at all, in any form. Could my mind be changed? Yes but only with solid evidence. Real evidence. Otherwise call me skeptical and cynical. :)

 

I think you may need to re-title your book.  I suggest "The Skeptical and Cynical Optimist Looks at Life."

 

 

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances: 

http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/

 

I read the first series on the list, 1. The Paradox Series by Rachel Bach, and assumed it would be followed by many other books I'd read.  Nope.  I read 5. Warprize  by Elizabeth Vaughan, so my total is two out of ten.

 

Regards,

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Posted Yesterday, 11:28 PM

I think you may need to re-title your book.  I suggest "The Skeptical and Cynical Optimist Looks at Life."

 

 

Perfect!


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Posted Today, 12:03 AM

All I can say is I now have Laura Kinsale's Midsummer Moon on hold. A hedgehog is a character in the book. A hedgehog!!! Obviously I enjoyed the article.

 

Lisa Kleypas has a historical romance that features a hedgehog.  (In fact, I think it may feature in two of her books.)  You can read about it here:

 

Not your everyday pets in romance: When dogs and cats give way to ... hedgehogs?

http://happyeverafte...l-unusual-pets/

 

I've also seen mention of a book with a shifter hedgehog; I think it's an erotic romance ~ Hedging His Bets by Celia Kyle and Mina Carter.

 

Regards,
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Posted Today, 04:21 AM

Lisa Kleypas has a historical romance that features a hedgehog. (In fact, I think it may feature in two of her books.) You can read about it here:

Not your everyday pets in romance: When dogs and cats give way to ... hedgehogs?
http://happyeverafte...l-unusual-pets/



I've also seen mention of a book with a shifter hedgehog; I think it's an erotic romance ~ Hedging His Bets by Celia Kyle and Mina Carter.

Regards,
Kareni


I diligently went hunting and found the romances that I even added to my wish list with hedgehogs, puffins, and mongoose sidekicks. I will report back! ;)

Now shifters need to be romantic and hedgehogs are adorable and cute. Perhaps even cuddly. But a shifter who curls up in a ball if they get scared (like from a light shined on it.... It just doesn't take much to upset a hedgehog, trust me ;) ) is just not going to be very hot shifter romantic. But the thought is hilarious! :lol:
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Posted Today, 10:09 AM

Skeptic here. Even if I thought it was possible to communicate with the dead thanks-but-no-thanks.

 

However:

 

(1) I have close friends who are believers and I do not consider my friends' beliefs to be ridiculous, just different than mine.

(2) I love visiting and touring cemeteries, especially old ones.

 

 

ETA: I have never read The Tomten! Must rectify...I just requested it through my library. 

 


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Posted Today, 11:40 AM

Skeptic here. Even if I thought it was possible to communicate with the dead thanks-but-no-thanks.

 

However:

 

(1) I have close friends who are believers and I do not consider my friends' beliefs to be ridiculous, just different than mine.

(2) I love visiting and touring cemeteries, especially old ones.

 

 

ETA: I have never read The Tomten! Must rectify...I just requested it through my library. 

 

I hope you enjoy The Tomten!

 

If someone finds comfort and hope in a belief, I find no reason to intervene. As you mention, people have differing belief systems. That said, if someone is being taken advantage of in the midst of grief or is developing unhealthy coping mechanisms, it gets a whole lot trickier. 

 

I also have a fondness for cemeteries, especially old ones. A deep respect for the reality and finality of death doesn't preclude an understanding of or connection with the myth, rituals, and power that death holds.

 

A related reference book:  Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography


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Posted Today, 11:47 AM

I'm still behind on all my work deadlines. So busy this month. That's good news (Yay! Going to be able to pay all the bills and eventually retire!) and bad news (Dearest sleep ... I hope to spend some quality time with you soon). Looks like everything is going to be wrapped up by the end of the month so we'll have a breather before it gets crazy again.

 

I actually popped in to tell everyone that I finished White Nights by Anne Cleeves. It was the second in the Shetland mysteries and I really liked it. I certainly didn't guess the ending. I love the Scotland setting.

 

Glad to hear you liked it! I love the setting, too :)


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Posted Today, 12:26 PM

You gals are to blame for me losing sleep last night and not work deadlines. I started The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on Thursday and was just into it a bit. Last night I finished it at 2 am. What an incredible story. Highly recommended to everybody. That said I think I'm the last one of the BaW Irregulars (name that book reference!) to read it.

 

Now back to arguing with DH over the proper placement and size of handicap markings in parking stalls.

 

 


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Posted Today, 01:07 PM

I diligently went hunting and found the romances that I even added to my wish list with hedgehogs, puffins, and mongoose sidekicks. I will report back! ;)

 

I await your report with interest!

 

Now back to arguing with DH over the proper placement and size of handicap markings in parking stalls.

 

I'm curious to know what the options are.

 

ETA: A one day only currently free classic for Kindle readers ~

Bee: The Princess of the Dwarfs  by Anatole France

 

Regards,

Kareni


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Posted Today, 03:49 PM

I've watched the very first Outlander episode, but... in the books I kind of skim through most of the steamy scenes looking for important dialogue. That's a lot harder to do on the screen!

Yes, the steamy scenes from the book are just as steamy.  I have a tendency to fast forward through those.   :blushing:

 

 

Gail Carriger's list of best SF/F romances: 

http://gailcarriger....ont-know-about/

 

I've read and enjoyed 7 of the 10

Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite fantasy authors and I've read all her valdemar universe as well as many of her other series. 

 

You gals are to blame for me losing sleep last night and not work deadlines. I started The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on Thursday and was just into it a bit. Last night I finished it at 2 am. What an incredible story. Highly recommended to everybody. That said I think I'm the last one of the BaW Irregulars (name that book reference!) to read it.

 

Now back to arguing with DH over the proper placement and size of handicap markings in parking stalls.

 

You all have talked me into it. I'll have to read The Ghost and Mrs. Muir soon.  I've watched the movie two or three times now. Don't know why I haven't read the book yet.  Too many I'll get 'round to it's.'      The writing books went out in the mail today and you should have them in a couple days.    Yep, ada requirements are always fun to wade through.  When our architect finished our plans for the building, including the ada requirements, we were surprised at the number of signs necessary and the exacting measurements for placement.  John ran across an ada inspector while he was out for his walk the other day. Sure enough, the guy had his tape measure, checking for exactness.  



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Posted Today, 04:01 PM

Skeptic here. Even if I thought it was possible to communicate with the dead thanks-but-no-thanks.

 

However:

 

(1) I have close friends who are believers and I do not consider my friends' beliefs to be ridiculous, just different than mine.

(2) I love visiting and touring cemeteries, especially old ones.

 

 

ETA: I have never read The Tomten! Must rectify...I just requested it through my library. 

 

 

I hope you enjoy The Tomten!

 

If someone finds comfort and hope in a belief, I find no reason to intervene. As you mention, people have differing belief systems. That said, if someone is being taken advantage of in the midst of grief or is developing unhealthy coping mechanisms, it gets a whole lot trickier. 

 

I also have a fondness for cemeteries, especially old ones. A deep respect for the reality and finality of death doesn't preclude an understanding of or connection with the myth, rituals, and power that death holds.

 

A related reference book:  Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography

 

I also have a healthy degree of skepticism along with my curiosity, but have no desire to talk with the dead either.  

 

I love old cemeteries as well, reading the old stones. The older cemeteries are quite peaceful too.  Thanks for sharing the book, looks quite interesting. 

 

I have a new title -  Skeptical Knitters and Chocolatiers Outer Space Society.  :laugh: 



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Posted Today, 04:20 PM

Some bookish posts ~

 

A Hogwarts House Reading List: 20 Books for Slytherins  by Rachel Brittain

 

(I may have posted these previously:   A Hogwarts House Reading List: 20 Books for Ravenclaws  and A Hogwarts House Reading List: 20 Books for Hufflepuffs)

 

Rachel Brittain 3 Cozy Fantasy Reads for Winter  by Jessica Yang

 

A one day only currently free classic for Kindle readers ~  Can You Forgive Her? (The Palliser Novels)  by Anthony Trollope 

 

Regards,

Kareni

So many choices!  My father in law has been encouraging me to read Trollope so we can discuss.  Thank you! 


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