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1FAMeulstee
Edited: Jan 3, 2011, 6:53pm Top

links
My very short introduction

75 Books Challenge 2008

75 Books Challenge 2009, part one
75 Books Challenge 2009, part two

75 Books Challenge 2010 - first thread
75 Books Challenge 2010 - second thread
75 Books Challenge 2010 - third thread

books December 2010
#120 Jack the Bodiless by Julian May, 4 stars, msg 108
#119 Pekingees en Shi Tzu by Winfried Nouc, 3 stars, msg 106
#118 The tiger rising by Kate DiCamillo, 4 stars, msg 105
#117 Metaconcert by Julian May, 4 stars, msg 96
#116 Surveillance by Julian May, 4 stars, msg 72

books November 2010
#115 Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff, 5 stars, msg 71
#114 The adversary by Julian May, 5 stars, msg 70
#113 The nonborn king by Julian May, 5 stars, msg 70
#112 The golden torc by Julian May, 5 stars, msg 61
#111 The Many-Colored Land by Julian May, 4 1/2 stars, msg 21

books October 2010
#110 The brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren, 5 stars msg 17
#109 Mees Kees In de Gloria by Mirjam Oldenhave, 3 1/2 stars msg 3
#108 Voordat jij er was by Daan Remmerts de Vries, 4 1/2 stars msg 2

2FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2010, 9:02am Top


book #108 Voordat jij er was by Daan Remmerts de Vries, illustrated by Philip Hopman
own collection, Childrens, awarded with the Gouden Griffel, Dutch, not translated (yet)

Earlier this month it was Childrens Book Week, traditionally I buy then the winner of the Gouden Griffel to get the free childrens book you get when you buy a book in this week.

The story:
Wolf and Rabbit find a human, a male, they take him home and keep him in a cage. Later they catch a stray female human in the garden, who they put in the cage with the male... Keeping a male and a female together... well you know... yes, they got a baby. Wolf and Rabbit decide to set the human family free.

A sweet picture book for 6 year or older, with great pictures by Philip Hopman. A kind of cross between the creation narrative and not explicit reproduction education.

4 1/2 stars

3FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2010, 9:14am Top


book #109 Mees Kees In de Gloria by Mirjam Oldenhave
own collection, Childrens, Dutch, not translated

This is "het Kinderboekenweekgeschenk" the free Childrens book you get when you buy Childrens books during the Childrens Book Week. Usually it is written by a well known writer.

The story of a nice young teacher to be, who teaches 3 days a week in his last year of his study. The children adore him, because he tries to solve problems in a very creative way.

3 1/2 stars

4FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 20, 2010, 9:23am Top

Today I released a new version of my website, a new lay-out and upgraded from HTML to XHTML.
And I added a page with pictures of Eoos and Ari playing together, if the pictures are too small you can click them.

Here a preview: Ari as devil Fu-dog (thanks to the flash LOL):

5Apolline
Oct 20, 2010, 9:45am Top

Found you again, Anita! Lovely picture:)

6ronincats
Oct 20, 2010, 10:56am Top

Love the pictures, Anita! Thanks for satisfying my craving.

7richardderus
Oct 20, 2010, 11:19am Top

And I didn't even need to nag you! *smooch* to my dear Anita

8BookAngel_a
Oct 20, 2010, 12:55pm Top

Hi - found you and starred you...

9gennyt
Oct 20, 2010, 1:21pm Top

Hi Anita, found your new thread - and what lovely photos! I like the one of Ari chewing Eoos's leg!

10FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2010, 2:04pm Top

hi Bente, Roni, Richard, Angela and Genny
welcome on my new thread :-)

Roni, it took some effort, but when I managed to keep them in the library, all I had to do was wait until the flash was reloaded ;-)

Richard, I was a little late, but waited to start my new thread until I had read some books!

Genny, that was a lucky shot! You can see he is fanatic in play.

11dk_phoenix
Oct 20, 2010, 3:51pm Top

Oooh, doggy photos! I can't resist!

12FAMeulstee
Oct 20, 2010, 4:48pm Top

> 11:
I am so glad I can feed your addiction Faith ;-)

13alcottacre
Oct 20, 2010, 6:42pm Top

Found you again, Anita!

Love the new picture of Ari!

14saraslibrary
Oct 21, 2010, 2:22pm Top

Ooooh, doggies! And books, of course. ;) Too bad those two aren't translated; I would've loved to have read them.

15FAMeulstee
Oct 23, 2010, 6:22pm Top

> 13
hi Stasia, feels good to be found ;-)
So did I. Ari had just a hard time, I did the weekly complete combing and brushing. He was good, has to be with such a coat!

> 14
Yes, doggies Sara!
My days are nearly filled with them ;-)
But the reading is going better, I started The brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren today, a classic childrens book.

16saraslibrary
Oct 24, 2010, 9:23pm Top

#15: I don't think I've ever read The Brothers Lionheart, but I do have one book by her: Pippi Longstocking (still unread). I'll have to look for that one. Thanks! :)

17FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 25, 2010, 5:37pm Top

> 16
I just finished The brothers Lionheart, it is still a great book.
I once saw a movie/tv adaption that followed the book very well.


book #110 De gebroeders Leeuwenhart by Astrid Lindgren
own collection, YA, original Swedish, english translation The brothers Lionheart

I saw this book on Kerry's thread (avatiakh)
It is one of my favorites, so I decided it was time for a reread.

Beautiful written fairytale, adventure, about the two brothers Lion.
The youngest, Karl, is very ill, he adores his older brother Jonathan. Karl knows he will die soon, his brother tells him about the world Nangiyala, where he will go after his death.
But Jonathan dies first, he rescues his little brother from a fire. And Karl follows shortly after him. They both are now in Nangiyala, a world of fairytales and adventure. But evil has come to Nangiyala and both Karl and Jonathan join the resistance against the tyrant.

5 stars

18alcottacre
Oct 25, 2010, 9:04pm Top

#17: I already have that one in the BlackHole. I need to bump it up!

19saraslibrary
Oct 26, 2010, 3:45pm Top

#17: The Brothers Lionheart sounds great! I'll definitely have to look for that one.

20FAMeulstee
Oct 29, 2010, 7:12am Top

Yes Stasia, bump it up to the top and Sara I hope you find it soon, can't wait to hear what you two think of the story :-)

21FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 6, 2010, 7:16pm Top


book #111 Het veelkleurig land by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF/Fantasy, original English title The Many-Colored Land, first book of the Saga of the Exiles

Again a re-read.

description:
In the 22th century humanity has assimilated in the "Galactic Milieu", the unity of different races throughout the galaxy.
But some don't fit in this way of living. They want to leave.
In 2034 a French physicist found a one-way gate to the Pliocene Era on Earth, after his death it is used by humans that don't fit in the new Unity. And even this gate becomes an organised institution.
We follow the 8 members of Group Green in their exile. They don't find an undisturbed paradise on the the other side of the gate, but two races of extraterrestrials who fight their ancient battle now on the soil of Pilocene earth.

review:
This story is a mix of fantasy and science fiction.
The story starts in the 22nd century, where some people feel displaced. So they take their chance to travel way back in time. Then Julian May waeves old Celtic and other myths together with extraterrestials in Pilocene times (6 million years ago).

I still love it!
Now reading book 2 ;-)

4 1/2 stars

22alcottacre
Nov 7, 2010, 1:20am Top

#21: How did I miss adding that one to the BlackHole?! No matter, it is added now! Thanks, Anita.

23souloftherose
Nov 7, 2010, 12:28pm Top

#21 That one sounds really good Anita, I've also added it to my wishlist.

24FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 7, 2010, 3:07pm Top

The Saga of the Exiles are four books:
The Many-Colored Land and The Golden Torc, these were mend to be ONE book, but the publisher thought it was too much and split it, The Nonborn King and finally The adversary.

One warning, the start is not easy, because many characters have to be introduced...

If you are hooked by then, there are more books, but those are in the 21th century: Intervention and then the three books of the Galactic Milieu series.

I own them all and will probably read them all this month :-)

25alcottacre
Nov 8, 2010, 12:25am Top

#24: My local library has The Many-Colored Land and The Golden Torc together in one volume, so that works out perfectly! I will have to check and see if the library has the remaining books in the series. I do not want to start it and then find out I cannot finish the series!

26iansales
Nov 8, 2010, 8:16am Top

I read them all back in the 1980s. They're not bad - entertaining, certainly. May is not as popular she once was, but back then she was a best-selling sf author.

27FAMeulstee
Nov 9, 2010, 12:25pm Top

> 25
Ah, that is good Stasia, those two should be read together. I really hope they have the others too!

> 26: hi Ian
The first time I read them was in the early nineties and recently I found her other books in the library. I enjoyed both the Boreal Moon as the Rampart books.

28iansales
Edited: Nov 10, 2010, 2:26am Top

Hi.

I've not read any other besides the Saga of the Exiles, but I have Intervention somewhere on the TBR.

29gennyt
Nov 10, 2010, 5:59pm Top

I rather liked the sound of The Many-Coloured Land too. Will look out for that and the rest of the series. I had heard of Julian May but not read anything - and until I read Ian's post 26 I assumed Julian May was male not female...

30souloftherose
Nov 14, 2010, 5:33am Top

#29 Me too! But then I also thought that about Julian of Norwich for quite some time...

31suslyn
Nov 14, 2010, 10:02am Top

Marking my spot LOL

32gennyt
Nov 18, 2010, 4:36pm Top

#30 You're not the only one! I somehow always knew J of N was female - I think because when I first came across her she was referred to as Dame Julian perhaps - but even with this prior female Julian knowledge it never occurred to me that Julian May might be female.

33FAMeulstee
Nov 23, 2010, 6:43pm Top

hi everyone

I knew Julian May was female, I think even before I started reading her books.
I finised the Saga of Exiles (reviews will follow soon).

Meanwhile we have been on vacation to France, like last year. I did not mention it here because it is not safe to say you are arway from home for some time, while your address is easely found on the internet too (at my website).
I am writing about our trip on the weblog, just finished the first part

34ronincats
Nov 23, 2010, 7:25pm Top

Welcome back, Anita! Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

35alcottacre
Nov 24, 2010, 12:27am Top

#33: Love the pictures, Anita! Thanks for the link to your blog.

36Whisper1
Nov 25, 2010, 1:28am Top

Hello Dear Friend.

I'm sorry to be so far behind on your thread. I think of you often. Thanks for the photos!

I hope you are having a wonderful time in France.

37gennyt
Nov 25, 2010, 7:49am Top

Love the pictures of the cathedral, and Ari in front of the cathedral, especially!

38saraslibrary
Nov 25, 2010, 12:05pm Top

Thanks for posting the link of your trip! :) France looks lovely. We have a Gap over here too--except ours is a store filled with clothes. ;) Glad you could bring the dogs along. Like you said, no matter the language, they always make people happy.

39FAMeulstee
Nov 25, 2010, 4:15pm Top

>34 ronincats:: I am glad to be back Roni!

>35 alcottacre:: More to come Stasia

>36 Whisper1:: that is mutual Linda, after 12 days away I am hopelessly behind too, how are you doing?

>37 gennyt:: It was a beautifull cathedral Genny more Ari in the next parts ;-)

>38 saraslibrary:: I found the clothes too, when surfing looking for more info on Gap, Sara. Besides, I would never go anywhere without the dogs (and Frank of course).

40FAMeulstee
Edited: Nov 25, 2010, 4:16pm Top

We had a good time in France, too much for one blog-post, the second part is online now. I hope to finish the last part tomorrow.

And a nice pciture of a sleeping Ari:

41ronincats
Nov 25, 2010, 4:47pm Top

That picture is priceless, Anita! The word PUFFBALL springs irresistibly to mind.

42tloeffler
Nov 25, 2010, 4:57pm Top

Hello, Anita! It seems a long time since I've run across your thread. Love the picture! Hope all is well with you!

43catherinestead
Nov 25, 2010, 5:09pm Top

What a gorgeous picture of Ari. :)

44alcottacre
Nov 26, 2010, 12:20am Top

I was thinking the same as Roni: puffball. You could put Ari's picture in the dictionary next to the word :)

45saraslibrary
Nov 26, 2010, 1:04am Top

#41: PUFFBALL springs irresistibly to mind. -- Absolutely! That and Don King. ;) Really, Ari is adorable! (skips off to part 2 of the France outting)

46FAMeulstee
Nov 26, 2010, 11:16am Top

thanks all
I was very happy with this picture of our little puffball ;-)

The puffy part is still his puppy coat, the red hairs on the top of his head is the mature coat coming through. His tail is going to be mosty white it seems. A whole new journey with an other breed :-)

Working on the last past of our adventures in France.

currently reading Pictures of Hollis Woods

47saraslibrary
Nov 26, 2010, 5:22pm Top

lol @ No harm was done to any Pekingese during the play on your website. Yes, but what about Eoos? :D

Hope you enjoy Pictures of Hollis Woods. A coworker of mine really liked that one, but I still haven't read it yet.

48FAMeulstee
Nov 26, 2010, 5:35pm Top

> 47: That sentence popped up in my head when I was looking at the photos and I thought it was funny. There was no harm done to Eoos neither ;-D
Yes I like Pictures of Hollis Woods, you should give it a try too!

49FAMeulstee
Nov 26, 2010, 5:38pm Top

the last part of our adventures in France is online now.

50Apolline
Nov 26, 2010, 6:41pm Top

Looks like you had a very nice trip, Anita! Ari is definitely a sweetheart:)

51Whisper1
Nov 26, 2010, 8:25pm Top

Anita

I love your photos from the France vacation! I image you came back quite weary.

I'm ever so glad you are enjoying Pictures of Hollis Woods. It will be one of my top ten books this year.

52saraslibrary
Nov 26, 2010, 8:34pm Top

#48: Well, that's a relief! :)

And onto the Wishlist pile Pictures of Hollis Woods goes. Thanks!

53alcottacre
Nov 27, 2010, 12:33am Top

Love the pictures of the dogs at the beach and in the water. They looked like they were enjoying themselves!

54FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 2, 2010, 4:22pm Top

Sorry to be MIA again, we had a terrible week.
Just before we went to France I treated Ari with something against fleas, ticks and other pests, he got a terrible allergic reaction. This week his little feet flared up again so we were back to treating his feet twice a day (and he really hates it when you touch his feet...).

Monday we went to the vet with Eoos, her eyes were tearing badly again. We thought her tear duckts were blocked, and she was sedated to flush them. But it turned out she had a little curl in her eyelid, entropion and she got surgery right away. While she was sedated the vet also took X-rays from hips and ellbows, for official HD and ED results. Her hips look allright, but her ellbows not :-(
We don't have the official results yet, but if they are what the vet suspects, Eoos is not fit for breeding, so our breeding days might be over.
After this we ended up in the worst evening traffic jam ever, so the trip home was not a bit more than an hour, but 4 1/2 hours!

Poor Eoos wears an Elizabethan collar now and that while she is in heat too, life ain't easy for a young Chow Chow... And neither for her owners...

55FAMeulstee
Dec 2, 2010, 4:28pm Top

We have winter arriving early this year, Ari loves the snow!
So to cheer up everyone after my previous posting:


weblog entry Ari in the snow
all pictures of Ari today picasa webalbum

56alcottacre
Dec 3, 2010, 2:40am Top

#54: Sorry to hear about the dog troubles, Anita. I hope everything works out OK.

#55: Love the pictures of Ari!

57Apolline
Dec 3, 2010, 6:06am Top

I hope they feel better soon, Anita! Both Eoos and Ari:) He is a natural poser btw. He looks adorable in the snow!

58richardderus
Dec 3, 2010, 11:02pm Top

*smooch* to Anita
a doggie treat and a long scratch to Eoos and Ari

And the snow makes it all better, right? It would for me!

59avatiakh
Dec 3, 2010, 11:23pm Top

Oooh Anita - we love your photos especially the snowy ones. Such beautiful dogs, hope the eyelid heals without more trouble.

60FAMeulstee
Dec 4, 2010, 8:03am Top

thanks Stasia, Bente, Richard and Kerry

Still snow around and everyone (well at least the dogs) love it. The wind makes it chilly outside, but in a few days the snow will be gone, weather forecast tells us the temp goes up and next week we will get rain instead of snow.

61FAMeulstee
Dec 4, 2010, 8:04am Top


book #112 De gouden halsring by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF/Fantasy, original English title The golden torc, second book of the Saga of the Exiles

a re-read.

description:
The members of Group Green slowly discover the true nature of their new habitat in the Pliocene Era and the extraterrestials. The time of their ritual war is approaching and the human resistance plans their further actions.
Aiken Drum creates opportunities to take over power and Elizabeth Orme becomes a very important human in this world.

review:
Again e great read, Julian May kept my interest all the way, although I had read this book before.

5 stars

next two reviews on their way

62alcottacre
Edited: Dec 4, 2010, 8:08am Top

I am definitely going to have to get hold of the Julian May books in the new year. You are just rattling off those 5 star reads, Anita.

edited to fix Touchstone

63ronincats
Dec 4, 2010, 3:19pm Top

I hope Eoos is doing well--sorry to hear about her problems. If she is happy and painfree, though, that is the most important. And Ari is such eye-candy, although I imagine he is a little pill to handle at times.

Happy holidays, Anita!

64Whisper1
Dec 5, 2010, 11:15pm Top

Hi Anita
It sounds like you had a miserable day yesterday. I hope today is better. I love the photo of Ari and the snow.

Hugs to you.

65FAMeulstee
Dec 6, 2010, 3:54pm Top

> 62:
Stasia, it is even more, after the next two Julian May books I did read Pictures of Hollis Woods and that is a 5 star read as well!!!

> 63:
Thank you Roni.
For now Eoos is doing well, you don't see ANYTHING in her movement, that was why we were so disappointed. Chances are she will live her life happely without too much problems, because both ellbows are evenly worse. I know some Chow Chows who have very bad hips, but don't have any symptoms of pain. But it is a bit hard because it is the end of our breeding plans.
Yes Ari is a little dog who thinks he is big and a handfull at times. We have worked out his attitude toward touching his feet ;-) He does not do welll if you try to force him, luring works much better.

> 64:
Hi Linda
I am happy to see a message from you!
Are you doing a bit better?
At least I had a better day today, thank you.
Ari loves the camera, he is good to have around for someone who likes to take pictures ;-)

66alcottacre
Dec 7, 2010, 12:31am Top

#65: I have Pictures of Hollis Woods home from the library now, so I hope I enjoy it as much as you and Linda did.

67Whisper1
Dec 7, 2010, 1:27am Top

Anita

How wonderful to know that after these three years of your suggestions, I've been able to suggest a book to you that you felt worthy of five stars.

Each time I read a YA book that I enjoy, I think of you...and thank you for steering me in this direction.

68gennyt
Dec 7, 2010, 12:16pm Top

Hello Anita, I'm sorry to hear about the disappointment about Eoos and future breeding plans. I hope she doesn't have to wear the collar for long. Have you still got the snow - we've had it here for almost 2 weeks now. My dog gets very excited running about in it!

69FAMeulstee
Dec 8, 2010, 3:19pm Top

> 66: hi Stasia
I do hope you enjoy it, in fact I think you will :-)

> 67: thank you dear Linda,
I saw you also mentioned me in an other thread ..blush..
I am very happy you enjoy YA too!

> 68: Hi Genny
If all goes well Eoos collar goes off tomorrow. And we think the worst days of her heat are over too, it has been a rough time. Ari finally found out yesterday how to play with Eoos without being bothered by the cone collar ;-)
The snow is nearly gone, most has melted and froze again, so it is awfully slippery outside. Walking the Chows is a challenge!
The Chows love all cold weather, as long as it is dry outside (no wet grass), so they are happy with it. Ari's feet are clearing up and he is his happy, jumpy self again.

70FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 8, 2010, 4:07pm Top

 
book #113 De troonveroveraar by Julian May
book #114 De tegenstrever by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF/Fantasy, original English titles The nonborn king and The adversary, third and fourth book of the Saga of the Exiles

re-reads.

description:
Can't give too much description, as it would reveal some things that happend in book one and two.

review:
I really love Julian May's Saga of the Exiles. Feeling a bit sad to say goodbye to the inhabitans of Pliocene Europe and America...

But I am reading now The Surveillance, back to Earth in the sixties and seventies of the 20th century... What happend on Earth before some humans went in Pliocene Exile :-)

both books get 5 stars!

71FAMeulstee
Dec 8, 2010, 4:36pm Top


book #115 Schilderingen van Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
own collection, translated, YA, awarded in 2004 (Eervolle Vermelding), original title Pictures of Hollis Woods

description:
Hollis Woods is a place where a baby was left, is how the baby was named, is an artist and a 12 year old girl...
Hollis is trouble, she lived in more foster families as she can remember. And when she finally finds a family who really accepts her, she thinks she ruined it all and once again she runs away.
Then she is placed with an elderly woman, who is getting forgetfull, Josie needs Hollis. When Hollis thinks her stay with Josie will be terminated, for the first time in her life she takes action to prevent their seperation.

review:
An incredible soulfull and great book. Patricia Reilly Giff describes humans of flesh and blood, and makes you care about them. Slowly the life of Hollis Woods is revealed and the way Josie reaches out to her makes miracles happen.

a well deserved 5 stars!

72FAMeulstee
Dec 10, 2010, 2:18pm Top


book #116 Het land der zieners by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF, original title Surveillance

description:
The early history of the Remillard family (they play a role in the last two books of Saga of the Exiles), starting in 1945 with the birth of the twins Donatien "Don" and Rogatien "Rogi" Remillard.
How Dennis Remillard (Don's son, guided by his uncle Rogi) develops his mental powers and becomes an important researcher in this field. And how in other parts of the world more people with mental powers come together and their numers are growing.
Written by Rogatien in 2113.

review:
Some of the history is dated, who could predict in 1987 (when Julian May wrote this book) that two years later the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall would fall?
But you can read it as a kind of alternate history and I personally remember those days when Russia was larger and called the USSR ;-)
This book and the next Metaconcert are the link between the Saga of the Exiles and the next three books Galactic Milieu.

4 stars

73richardderus
Dec 10, 2010, 2:20pm Top

Good review, Anita! Thanks for reminding me of these interesting books!

74FAMeulstee
Dec 10, 2010, 2:23pm Top

> 73: Wow Richard, you are fast ;-)
Thank you, it was a long time ago I read these books and when I finished the Saga of the Exiles, I needed to read the others too.
Did you ever read them?

75richardderus
Dec 10, 2010, 7:04pm Top

I did, way back in the 1980s. I liked them a lot then. I wonder if they'd speak to me as much now, but I'm a little afraid to find out.

76Whisper1
Dec 10, 2010, 7:06pm Top

Hi Anita

Thinking of you and hoping all is well.

77FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 10, 2010, 7:08pm Top

>75 richardderus:: Richard
They were still as good as I remembered, maybe even better!
Now I know a bit more about Keltic legends then I did back them ;-)

>76 Whisper1:: thanks Linda
Doing well enough, but reading is still a bit slow.
How are you?

78Whisper1
Dec 10, 2010, 7:10pm Top

Still recovering from the neck fusion surgery, but each week gets better. Thanks for asking.

79alcottacre
Dec 11, 2010, 1:30am Top

The BlackHole expands every time I come to your thread, Anita!

80FAMeulstee
Dec 12, 2010, 4:46pm Top

> 78: How long is the recovering estimated to take?

> 79: LOL
At your service Stasia, I was afraid you might run out of books to read ;-)

81richardderus
Dec 12, 2010, 5:07pm Top

I'm reading a book that has a Dutch painter as its narrator...but not one of the usual suspects, like Rembrandt...a man called Rudolf Bonnet, famous for painting in Bali when it was still a Dutch colony, and in the company of a German painter called Walter Spies. The book, Island of Demons by Nigel Barley, is very, very good! If there is a Dutch translation, I'd suggest getting it.

82FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 12, 2010, 5:37pm Top

Today Ari is 7 months old and I have a photo I almost forgot about, taken especially for you all, Ari between the books:


And this morning when Frank came home from work:

83FAMeulstee
Dec 12, 2010, 5:40pm Top

> 81: Richard dear
No translation yet :-(
But 3 other books by Nigel Barley are translated, so I might find one of them.

84Whisper1
Dec 12, 2010, 5:44pm Top

Anita, as always, I love the photos of your beautiful family.

85richardderus
Dec 12, 2010, 5:46pm Top

>82 FAMeulstee: My "awwww" circuits just melted down! Such beauties! I love them all!

When you decide to read the other Barleys, I will be first in line to read the reviews...this is my first one!

86FAMeulstee
Dec 12, 2010, 5:50pm Top

>84 Whisper1: thank you Linda

>85 richardderus: Richard.... so do I :-)

87ronincats
Dec 12, 2010, 6:33pm Top

That's a very cat-like pose for Ari, and I love the one of all three of them with Frank!

Thanks for visiting!

88avatiakh
Dec 12, 2010, 7:13pm Top

Once again, love your photos.

89Whisper1
Dec 12, 2010, 10:56pm Top

Anita...I love the photos and you!

90alcottacre
Dec 13, 2010, 3:48am Top

#82:

91catherinestead
Dec 13, 2010, 5:26am Top

Love the picture of Ari in the bookcase. :)

92FAMeulstee
Dec 13, 2010, 2:06pm Top

thanks Roni, Kerry, Linda, Stasia and Cathy

Ari may look more catlike (in fact he does look a lot like a Persian), the Chows ACT more catlike, they are called the most catlike dogs, because they are very clean and are difficult to train. Ari does try to beat them in the last part, but due to his long hairs there is no way he could be as clean as the Chows.

I took the Ari in the bookcase photo for LT, as I though you all might like 'm ;-)

93BookAngel_a
Dec 13, 2010, 3:46pm Top

I love the bookcase photo - that DOES remind me of something a cat would do...

And I laughed at the picture with your husband, because you can't even see Ari's face! :) What a nice photo...

94FAMeulstee
Dec 14, 2010, 9:55am Top

thanks Angela,
Ari can't climb, so he can only use the lowest shelf ;-)
At the photo with Frank it would be impossible to see Ari's face, he is sitting with his back to de camera! I admit it is sometimes hard to determine his front from his back LOL

95BookAngel_a
Dec 14, 2010, 10:10pm Top

Lol yes, when I first saw the photo it was hard even to tell which end of Ari was his head or tail! :)

96FAMeulstee
Dec 18, 2010, 1:23pm Top


book #117 De interventie by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF, original title Metaconcert

description:
Second part of the early history of the Remillard family (they play a role in the last two books of Saga of the Exiles), starting in 1992 ending in 2013.
Written by Rogatien in 2113.

So now on to the next three books of the Galactic Milieu.

4 stars

I am reading awfully slow at the moment, this book (322 pages) took me 9 days!
I still blame Ari, his coat needs a lot of brushing and combing and with the snow, that he LOVES, he returns inside as a little iceball, the snow sticks in icy-balls to his fur LOL To avoid a very wet floor, I have to brush them out.
But Ari is more than worth all that time!

97alcottacre
Dec 19, 2010, 12:54am Top

I can see Ari as one big snowball :)

98saraslibrary
Dec 19, 2010, 6:04pm Top

#96: For me, 322 pages in 9 days is not bad. Besides, critters should come first, imho. They're so much fun! :) (Btw, we just adopted a dog yesterday at the humane society, so now I officially have no time to read--lol!)

99FAMeulstee
Dec 19, 2010, 6:25pm Top

> 97: Yesterday he came in like that five times!

> 98: Congratulations Sara!
Especialy in the first year dogs are a lot of work, raising, training... after that you know eachother well enough, so everything goes smooth and easy (or easier)... The year we kept Eoos from our litter, I barely read 75 books and most of this years readings were from before Ari's arrival ;-)

100saraslibrary
Dec 19, 2010, 7:05pm Top

Thanks for the advice, Anita! :) Oh yeah, I think we'll (*ahem* us humans) need some training. He's about 5 years old, but so energetic and loving. And energetic. Did I forget to mention energetic? :D So he's perfect for our other terrier mix (she just lost her buddy a couple months back, and she's really been depressed).

Oops, sorry to babble. :) But you did bring up another good point: I may have to rethink my reading goals for next year. I may stick with 75, but who knows if I'll even have time for that. We'll see....

101FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 20, 2010, 7:10am Top

> 100: Sara
You are always welcome on my thread to babble, ramble or brag about dogs! :-)
The energetic part might be worse the first week(s), if he is not sure yet about his new place. Some dogs get quiet the first time, others, well... you get the picture LOL

Yes, training goes both ways, I am well aware of that, ours do a well job in training us, stupid humans.
I remember when Chimay was young, she was in the stage they pick up everything on the street, and she had a piece of paper in her mouth. So I told her to drop it, I thought she ignored it so I said with a bit darker voice: drop it! She looked me in the eye, picked up the paper again (yes she had dropped it at the first command), looked up again to make sure I saw it and literary spitted it out again! Looked up again as if she said: Did you SEE it now!
She is the best communicating dog we have ever had :-)

102alcottacre
Dec 20, 2010, 7:19am Top

#101: Love that story, Anita! Good Chimay!

103BookAngel_a
Dec 20, 2010, 11:22am Top

101- what a dog - I love that story!

104FAMeulstee
Dec 20, 2010, 1:11pm Top

Stasia & Angela

Chimay is a GREAT dog, the first pup who was born at our place and was not sold.
She was raised by Nemo in his last years, he was the smartest dog we ever had, almost an intellectual dog ;-)
She is 6 years now and unchallenged ruler of the pack.

105FAMeulstee
Dec 20, 2010, 1:22pm Top


book #118 Op de rug van de tijger by Kate DiCamillo, translation of The tiger rising
from the library, YA, recommended by Linda (Whisper1)

Linda did a great review on this book: Linda's review

4 stars

106FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 20, 2010, 1:35pm Top


book #119 Pekingees en Shi Tzu by Winfried Nouc
own, non-fiction, Pekinese

An other breed, so now collecting books about the Pekingese. There are not many Dutch books available, but found this one second hand on the internet for a reasonable price :-)
Breed description, breeding, taking care and raising a Pekingese (and Shih Tzu).
Informative, a bit outdated here and there (it was published in 1983) and some nice photos.

3 stars

107alcottacre
Dec 20, 2010, 5:09pm Top

#105: Yep, I already have that one in the BlackHole after Linda's review. I hope to get to it in the new year. Glad to see you enjoyed it, Anita.

108FAMeulstee
Dec 29, 2010, 1:59pm Top

I managed to finish one more before the end of the year :-)


book #120 Jack by Julian May
own, SF/fantasy, translation of Jack the Bodiless, first book of the Galactic Milieu series

Jack Remillard should not have been born, his DNA had 34 deadly genes. But his mother refused to abort him and hided in the wilderness until his birth, together with Uncle Rogi (Rogatien) and with help of his brother Marc.
Jack's mental powers are so strong that he overcomes the collapse of his body and becomes Jack the bodiless.

4 stars

109Whisper1
Dec 30, 2010, 12:09am Top

Dear Friend

I send all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

110alcottacre
Dec 30, 2010, 8:17am Top

120?! That is terrific, Anita!

111FAMeulstee
Dec 30, 2010, 10:23am Top

> 109:
thank you dear Linda, the same to you and yours!

> 110:
thanks Stasia!
Better than last year when I only managed to read 78 books, and a tiny bit less than 2008, when the total was 129.
So the temporary conclusion is that my readings vary between 75 and 130 books a year, depending on circumstances in life :-)

112FAMeulstee
Dec 30, 2010, 11:28am Top

book adding statistics:

2008: 82 books
2009: 36 books
2010: 27 books

113alcottacre
Dec 30, 2010, 11:57pm Top

#111: So the temporary conclusion is that my readings vary between 75 and 130 books a year, depending on circumstances in life :-)

Doesn't everyone's? lol

114souloftherose
Jan 1, 2011, 4:20pm Top

Happy New Year Anita! Glad to see you are still enjoying the Julian May books.

#112 I misread this post at first and thought you meant you had read 27 books in 2010 and got really confused!

115FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 2011, 4:53pm Top

> 113: Yes, of course Stasia,
but the numbers may be different, especially yours :-)

> 114: thank you Heather
Still going strong with the second Galictic Milieu book.
LOL, I was bragging how good we have been, reading a lot more than aquiring new books!

116FAMeulstee
Edited: Jan 1, 2011, 6:59pm Top

ohh I forgot the link to my 2011 thread!

117gennyt
Jan 2, 2011, 12:28am Top

Catching up to say farewell to your old thread. I loved those pictures of the dogs and Frank. Well done on reading 120 books, and Happy Reading (and dog-caring) in 2011!

118FAMeulstee
Jan 4, 2011, 12:36pm Top

thanks Genny, Happy Reading in 2011 to you too!

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