Anita (FAMeulstee) - the fourth 75 thread in 2010
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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
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.
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
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
Hi Anita, found your new thread - and what lovely photos! I like the one of Ari chewing Eoos's leg!
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.
Ooooh, doggies! And books, of course. ;) Too bad those two aren't translated; I would've loved to have read them.
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!
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.
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.
#17: I already have that one in the BlackHole. I need to bump it up!
#17: The Brothers Lionheart sounds great! I'll definitely have to look for that one.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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
#21: How did I miss adding that one to the BlackHole?! No matter, it is added now! Thanks, Anita.
#21 That one sounds really good Anita, I've also added it to my wishlist.
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 :-)
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.
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.
I've not read any other besides the Saga of the Exiles, but I have Intervention somewhere on the TBR.
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...
#29 Me too! But then I also thought that about Julian of Norwich for quite some time...
#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.
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
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.
Love the pictures of the cathedral, and Ari in front of the cathedral, especially!
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.
>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).
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:
That picture is priceless, Anita! The word PUFFBALL springs irresistibly to mind.
Hello, Anita! It seems a long time since I've run across your thread. Love the picture! Hope all is well with you!
I was thinking the same as Roni: puffball. You could put Ari's picture in the dictionary next to the word :)
#41: PUFFBALL springs irresistibly to mind. -- Absolutely! That and Don King. ;) Really, Ari is adorable! (skips off to part 2 of the France outting)
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
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.
> 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!
Looks like you had a very nice trip, Anita! Ari is definitely a sweetheart:)
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.
#48: Well, that's a relief! :)
And onto the Wishlist pile Pictures of Hollis Woods goes. Thanks!
Love the pictures of the dogs at the beach and in the water. They looked like they were enjoying themselves!
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...
#54: Sorry to hear about the dog troubles, Anita. I hope everything works out OK.
#55: Love the pictures of Ari!
I hope they feel better soon, Anita! Both Eoos and Ari:) He is a natural poser btw. He looks adorable in the snow!
*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!
Oooh Anita - we love your photos especially the snowy ones. Such beautiful dogs, hope the eyelid heals without more trouble.
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.
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
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.
Again e great read, Julian May kept my interest all the way, although I had read this book before.
next two reviews on their way
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
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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 ;-)
#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.
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.
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!
> 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.
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
Can't give too much description, as it would reveal some things that happend in book one and two.
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!
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
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.
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!
book #116 Het land der zieners by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF, original title Surveillance
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.
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.
Good review, Anita! Thanks for reminding me of these interesting books!
> 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?
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.
Still recovering from the neck fusion surgery, but each week gets better. Thanks for asking.
> 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 ;-)
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.
> 81: Richard dear
No translation yet :-(
But 3 other books by Nigel Barley are translated, so I might find one of them.
>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!
That's a very cat-like pose for Ari, and I love the one of all three of them with Frank!
Thanks for visiting!
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 ;-)
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...
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
Lol yes, when I first saw the photo it was hard even to tell which end of Ari was his head or tail! :)
book #117 De interventie by Julian May
own collection, translated, SF, original title Metaconcert
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.
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!
#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!)
> 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 ;-)
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....
> 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 :-)
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.
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.
#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.
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.
I send all good wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
thank you dear Linda, the same to you and yours!
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 :-)
book adding statistics:
2008: 82 books
2009: 36 books
2010: 27 books
#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
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!
> 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!
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!
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