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Robin M

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    Chief bottle washer, cat herder, and maker upper of words
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  1. I finished the Consortium Rebellion trilogy by Jessie Mihalik, science fiction space opera which I thoroughly enjoyed: Polaris Rising, Aurora Blazing, and Chaos Reigning. Also Christine Feehan's Judgment Road, first book in her Torpedo Ink series. More sex than story it seemed like, but the plot was good. Slowly making my way through M.M. Kaye's Far Pavilion's Last night's movie was Batman Forever with Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Tommie Lee Jones as Two Face.
  2. Link to week 28 - please join me in the new thread to continue the conversation.
  3. Happy Sunday, my dears! I’m in the mood to play. Who thought reading about socks could be so much fun? Shoes, Socks, Slippers, and Sandals, oh my! Read a book with socks on the cover, inside your wardrobe, or get creative with 35 Best Socks Books of All Time. Even read a book about feet under the covers. Wink, wink! Challenge yourself and read aloud the tongue twister Fox in Sock by Dr. Seuss. I guarantee a barrel of giggles throughout. Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda Maru Mori brought me a pair of socks which she knitted herself with her sheepherder’s hands, two socks as soft as rabbits. I slipped my feet into them as though into two cases knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin. Violent socks, my feet were two fish made of wool, two long sharks sea-blue, shot through by one golden thread, two immense blackbirds, two cannons: my feet were honored in this way by these heavenly socks. They were so handsome for the first time my feet seemed to me unacceptable like two decrepit firemen, firemen unworthy of that woven fire, of those glowing socks. Nevertheless I resisted the sharp temptation to save them somewhere as schoolboys keep fireflies, as learned men collect sacred texts, I resisted the mad impulse to put them into a golden cage and each day give them birdseed and pieces of pink melon. Like explorers in the jungle who hand over the very rare green deer to the spit and eat it with remorse, I stretched out my feet and pulled on the magnificent socks and then my shoes. The moral of my ode is this: beauty is twice beauty and what is good is doubly good when it is a matter of two socks made of wool in winter. Link to week 27 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  4. Oh Amy, I'm sorry to hear Kevin was exposed. Did they tell you that you had to quarantine for 14 days? Does your county have any free drive through testing sites you can go too even if asymptomatic? Hugs and good wishes winging your way!
  5. Thanks for the link and information on Discovered 5 indies within 50 miles that I didn't know existed and looking forward to ordering. My outlaw read for this week - Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik which is pretty good "A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy." A few finds from around the webosphere: Outlaws and Lawmen of the Old West 15 Best Science Fiction Westerns Good books Listopia for Outlaws Story of the Outlaw – Study of the Western Desperado
  6. I'm so sorry, Melissa. Hugs and prayers!
  7. Please! I'm thinking back to when I lived in the south and southern hospitality and since we're one big happy family, you just volunteered to make a salad. If you need any help gathering ingredients let me know. I'll be in the library, writing up a new recipe. 😘
  8. I'm currently reading a kindle unlimited selection by T. Hammon - Blind Seduction (#1 Team Red) which just so happens to have a guide dog who talks in the main character's head. "An accident changed Teresa March's life. Within a heartbeat, she lost her sight and her independence. Her scars are still healing when life takes a turn for the better and she receives Red, a companion German shepherd, from her friend Janey. Red is a typical dog...well, except for the whole talking-in-Teresa's-head thing. They develop a bond, forged with humor, love, and not just a little snarky sarcasm. If a smart-alec dog isn't enough to hold your attention, Sebastian and David came to town and both have set their sights on Teresa. Neither of the sexy ex-Navy men are above using military tactics to secure their target--and so begins the siege of Teresa March. When you stop drooling over the two gorgeous men, consider the implications of a talking dog...the police department certainly has. Laugh-out-loud, steamy romance with a paranormal twist." ETA: When my FIL heard I was reading The Far Pavilions, he recommended I read The Live of Others by Neel Mukherjee. Have anyone read it or any other books by the author?
  9. Sounds like a good idea. Do you want to post something?
  10. Week 27 is live - please join me in the new thread.
  11. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! I was looking over our 52 books bingo categories and realized I built in quite a few crossover categories. Some of which are quite apropos to the present as well as the past. I couldn’t decide which direction to go so, sending you all on a scavenger hunt. From the top of the mountains, to the bottom of the sea, you can go off the grid, look for some enlightenment or something more elemental. Be predictable or dance in the rain to the rhythm and blues. Explore the universe with Captain Kirk, or learn the ways of the force with Luke Skywalker. Choose a locked room mystery with a twenty something, or get a reality check from a femme fatale, who's really groovy, baby. Or maybe get involved with a computer hacker, discover a case of mistaken identity, or pick a number and dive into the world of the unpredictable. But wait! Include an outlaw, cowboy, lawmen or a soldier, from any different time period, from the past to the future for a whodunit potpourri. Oh, the drama of it all. Pick an author's name and plug it into the Literature Map (used Nora Roberts as an example) and choose a different author to explore. Type their name into What Should I Read Next or explore books from their popular subjects lists. Pick a book at random from your own shelves or use the Random Books for Everyone generator. Have fun! We have reached the third quarter in the year which bring us to J.R.R Tolkien’s 2nd book in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Two Towers. Coincidently the book is available for free on Kindle Unlimited. Take your time. Read it fast or slow, by yourself or aloud with your family. We have the whole quarter of July through September to read it. Link to week 26 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  12. My contribution to the dog pile: Roxanne St. Claire's Dogfather series. which were just made available on kindle unlimited. I've enjoyed them all. "Daniel Kilcannon is known as “The Dogfather” for a reason. It’s not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they’ll tell you that their father’s nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie. This old dog has a few new tricks…and he’ll use them all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters…one by one. ETA: Almost forgot: Must Love Wieners by Casey Griffin - Hilarious and sweet.
  13. Happy 4th of July! The Two Towers is currently available for free on Kindle Unlimited!
  14. Yes, the content more than anything else. Which is probably why I'm drawn so much to the whole Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. Escapist literature.
  15. Yes I know. I have a hard time believing some of the things people post. I've had to fact check some family and friends posts because they are just so unbelievable and send them links debunking them. And they quote stuff without giving credit to who they quoted which makes me think they wrote the post. Anywho, It's great your dh and mil are having a long conversation and learning from each other. My husband does that with our customers and gets into long drawn out conversations about politics which just amazes me. When it comes up from customers with me, all I do is nod my head and make hmm noises.
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