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This is where I had my birthday celebration dinner earlier this evening.
Books read so far:
1 North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
2 The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
3 The Guards by Ken Bruen
4 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
5 Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
6 Shadow by Karin Alvtegen
7 The Road Home by Rose Tremain
8 One Pair of Hands by Monica Dickens
9 Pure by Andrew Miller
10 The Appointment by Herta Muller
11 The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
12 The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J.L. Carr
13 No Glossing Over It by Gary Edwards
14 Unknown by Mari Jungstedt
15 The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
16 Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
17 Zoo Station by David Downing
18 The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
19 Jack Sheppard by William Ainsworth
20 An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
21 The Fourth Man by K.O. Dahl
22 Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
23 Troubles by J.G. Farrell
24 My Life in Cricket by Dennis Lillee
25 Voyageurs by Margaret Elphinstone
26 The Affair by Lee Child
27 The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri
28 The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
29 The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
30 Praying Mantis by Andre Brink
31 Parky by Michael Parkinson
32 All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel
33 The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker
34 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
35 Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel
36 Treblinka : A Survivor's Memory by Chil Rajchman
37 L'Enver de Treblinka by Vasily Grossman
38 Open Season by C.J. Box
39 Divorcing Jack by Colin Bateman
40 The Chalk-Circle Man by Fred Vargas
41 Lovely Green Eyes by Arnost Lustig
42 The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White
43 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
44 Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
45 The Butterfly Effect by Pernille Rygg
46 Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo
47 Eternal by Craig Russell
48 Life by Keith Richards
49 The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
50 Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
51 The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Transtromer
52 Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet by Gerry Davis
53 War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
54 In the Heart of the Country by J.M. Coetzee
55 Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster by Terrance Dicks
56 The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill
57 The Day of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks
58 We Were Young and Carefree by Laurent Fignon
59 River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
60 Thirty Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
61 Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors by Brian Hayles
62 Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum
63 Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
64 Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
65 Disgrace by Jussi Adler-Olson
66 Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
67 The Deep Dark Sleep by Craig Russell
68 Burned by Thomas Enger
Best Books of the Year so far:
1. The Road Home
2 Lyrics Alley
3 Wolf Hall
4 Dandelion Wine
5 Sea of Poppies
1. Zoo Station
2. The Deep Dark Sleep
3. The Potter's Field
4 Divorcing Jack
12 in 12 categories
1: Historical Fiction 7/12
2: 19th Century Fiction 3/12
3: Biography 9/12
4: In translation 7/12
5: Series Starts 7/12
6: Scandicrimesters 7/12
7: Sci-Fi 7/12
8: Noughties 5/12
9: One Word Titles 5/12
10: African Born Writers 4/12
11: Bought and Read in 2012 7/12
12: Off the Shelves 0/12 (IN RESERVE FOR THE END OF THE YEAR)
List of my active series. Doesn't include series I own books but haven't started (far too many) or series that I have read all - Sherlock, Poirot, Marple, Dr. Who, Wallender, John Carter, Richard Hannay, Father Brown, Rougon MacQuart, etc etc etc
WRITER SERIES NEXT BOOK UP
1 Abbott, Jeff // Whit Mosley Black Jack Point 2/3
2 Adler-Olsen, Jussi // Department Q Disgrace 2/3
3 Akunin, Boris //Erast Fandorin Special Assignments 5/10
4 Atkinson, Kate //Jackson Brodie When Will There Be Good News 3/4
5 Aubert, Brigitte //Elise Andrioli Death from the Snows 2/2
6 Auel, JM //Earth's Children The Valley of Horses 2/6
7 Bateman, Colin //Dan Starkey Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men 2/7
8 Billingham, Mark //Tom Thorne Good as Dead 10/10
9 Black, Benjamin //Quirke The Silver Swan 2/5
10 Black, Cara //Aimee Leduc Murder in Belleville 2/13
11 Blake, Nicholas //Nigel Strangeways A Question of Proof 2/16
12 Block, Lawrence //Matt Scudder A Drop of the Hard Stuff 17/17
13 Block, Lawrence //Bernie Rhodenbarr The Burglar in the Closet 3/10
14 Blunt, Giles //John Cardinal Crime Machine 5/6
15 Box, C.J. //Joe Pickett Savage Run 2/12
16 Brand, Christianna //Inspector Cockrill Heads You Lose 2/6
17 Brookmyre, Christopher //Jack Parlabane Country of the Blind 2/5
18 Brown, Dan //Robert Langdon The Lost Symbol 3/3
19 Bruen, Ken //Jack Taylor The Killing of the Tinkers 2/9
20 Burke, James Lee //Robicheaux Neon Rain 2/19
21 Camilleri, Andrea //Montalbano The Age of Doubt 14/15
22 Carr, Caleb //Kreizler The Angel of Darkness 2/2
23 Chandler, Raymond //Philip Marlowe The High Window 4/7
24 Child, Lee //Jack Reacher A Wanted Man 17/17
25 Cornwell, Bernard //Saxon Chronicles The Burning Land 5/6
26 Cotterill, Colin //Dr. Siri Disco for the Departed 3/8
27 Crispin, Edmund //Gervase Fen The Case of the Gilded Fly 3/9
28 Dahl, KO //Frank Frolich The Man in the Window 2/3
29 Deaver, Jeffrey //Rune Death of a Blue Movie Star 2/3
30 Deighton, Len //Harry Palmer Horse Under Water 3/6
31 Deighton, Len //Bernard Samson Faith 7/9
32 DeMille, Nelson //John Corey Plum Island 2/6
33 Dibdin, Michael //Aurelio Zen Medusa 9/11
34 Downing, David //John Russell Silesian Station 2/5
35 Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan //Brigadier Gerard Adventures of Gerard 2/2
36 Dunnett, Dorothy //Francis Lymond Queen's Play 2/6
37 Eastland, Sam //Pekkala The Red Coffin 2/4
38 Edwardson, Ake //Erik Winter Frozen Tracks 3/6
39 Eisler, Barry //John Rain The Detachment 7/7
40 Finder, Joseph //Nick Heller Buried Secrets 2/3
41 Forbes, Colin //Tweed Double Jeopardy 3/24
42 Ford, Richard //Bascombe Independence Day 2/3
43 Fossum, Karin //Sejer The Caller 8/9
44 Fraser, George MacDonald //Flashman Flashman in the Great Game 5/12
45 Freeling, Nicholas //Van der Valk Because of the Cats 2/13
46 Fyfield, Francis //Helen West Shadow Play 2/6
47 Gadney, Reg //Alan Rosslyn Immaculate Deception 5/6
48 Ghosh, Amitav //Ibis Trilogy River of Smoke 2/3
49 Gilman, George G //Edge Hell's Seven 9/61
50 Gray, Alex //Lorimer A Small Weeping 2/9
51 Harvey, John //Resnick Cold in Hand 11/11
52 Harvey, John //Elder Ash and Bone 2/3
53 Hewson, David //Nic Costa The Seventh Sacrament 5/9
54 Hill, Reginald //Pascoe and Dalziell Ruling Passion 3/24
55 Hillerman, Tony //Leaphorn / Chee Dancehall of the Dead 2/18
56 Holt, Anne //Vik and Stubo The Final Murder 2/4
57 Hurley, Graham //Faraday and Winter Cut to Black 5/12
58 Iggulden, Conn //Conqueror Bones of the Hills 3/5
59 Indriadson, Arnadur //Erlendur Hypothermia 6/8
60 James, PD //Dalgleish A Taste for Death 7/14
61 James, Peter //Roy Grace Dead Tomorrow 5/8
62 Jardine, Quintin //Bob Skinner Skinner's Ordeal 5/22
63 Jecks, Michael //Medieval Mysteries The Merchant's Partner 2/31
64 Johnstone, William W //Mountain Man Ordeal of the Mountain Man 17/32
65 Jungstedt, Mari //Knutas The Killer's Art 4/7
66 Kerr, Philip //Bernie Gunther A Quiet Flame 5/8
67 Leon, Donna //Brunetti The Girl of His Dreams 17/21
68 Lovesey, Peter //Peter Diamond The Summons 3/13
69 Lucarelli, Carlos //Negro Day after Day 2/2
70 Ludlum, Robert //Bourne The Bourne Supremacy 2/3
71 MacBride, Stuart //Logan McRae Shatter the Bones 7/7
72 MacDonald, Ross //Lew Archer The Way Some People Die 3/18
73 Mahfouz, Naguib //Cairo Trilogy Palace of Desire 2/3
74 Manning, Olivia //The Levant Trilogy The Battle Lost and Won 2/3
75 Mantel, Hilary //Cromwell Series Bring Up the Bodies 2/3
76 Marklund, Liza //Bengtzon Paradise 2/6
77 Martin, Andrew //Jim Stringer The Blackpool Highflyer 2/8
78 McBain, Ed //87th Precinct Killer's Choice 5/55
79 McCall-Smith, Alexander Tears of the Giraffe 2/13
80 Nabb, Magdalen //Guarnaccia Death of a Dutchman 2/14
81 Nadel, Barbara //Ikmen Deep Waters 4/15
82 Napier, William //Attila The Gathering of the Storm 2/3
83 Nesbo, Jo //Harry Hole Phantom 7/8
84 Nesser, Hakan //Van Veeteren The Inspector and Silence 5/7
85 O'Brian, Patrick //Aubrey Post Captain 2/21
86 O'Brien, Martin //Jacquot Confession 5/7
87 Plaidy, Jean //Tudor Saga Uneasy Lies the Head 2/11
88 Price, Anthony //Audley The Alamut Ambush 2/19
89 Rankin, Ian //Rebus The Hanging Garden 10/18
90 Rees, Matt //Omar Yussef The Saladin Murders 2/4
91 Rendell, Ruth //Wexford From Doon With Death 3/23
92 Rickman, Phil //Merrily Watkins Midwinter of the Spirit 2/11
93 Robinson, Peter //Banks Watching the Dark 20/20
94 Russell, Craig //Lennox The Deep Dark Sleep 3/4
95 Russell, Craig //Jan Fabel The Carnival Master 4/6
96 Sandford, John //Lucas Davenport Buried Prey 21/22
97 Sansom, CJ // Shardlake Dark Fire 2/5
98 Sayers, Dorothy L //Lord Peter Wimsey Whose Body? 2/14
99 Sigurdottir, Yrsa Thora //Gudmundsdottir Ashes to Dust 3/4
100 Silva, Daniel //Gabriel Allon Portrait of a Spy 11/12
101 Simenon, Georges //Maigret The Crime of Inspector Maigret 9/98
102 Sjowall, Maj //Beck The Man Who Went Up in Smoke 2/10
103 Smith, Tom Rob //Demidov Agent 6 3/3
104 Taylor, Andrew //Dougal Waiting for the End of the World 2/8
105 Temple, Peter //Jack Irish Black Tide 2/4
106 Vargas, Fred //Adamsberg Have Mercy on Us All 2/7
107 Waites, Martyn //Joe Donovan Bone Machine 2/4
108 White, Stephen //Alan Gregory Privelged Information 2/19
109 Wilson, Robert //Javier Falcon The Silent and the Damned 2/4
110 Wingfield, RD //Jack Frost Frost at Christmas 3/6
111 Cornwell, Bernard // Richard Sharpe Sharpe's Gold 2/21
112 Enger, Thomas // Henning Juul Pierced 2/2
NOBEL WINNERS READ WITH FAVOURITE WORK READ SO FAR:
2011 The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Transtromer
2009 The Appointment by Herta Muller
2007 The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing
2006 Snow by Orhan Pamuk
2005 The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
2003 The Master of Petersburg by J.M.Coetzee
2001 A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
1998 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago
1995 Station Island by Seamus Heaney
1994 A Quiet Life by Kenzaburo Oe
1991 July's People by Nadine Gordimer
1988 Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
1987 On Grief and Reason by Joseph Brodsky
1983 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1982 A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1976 Herzog by Saul Bellow
1972 Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Boll
1970 Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1964 The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre
1962 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
1961 Bridge On the Drina by Ivo Andric
1958 Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
1957 The Plague by Albert Camus
1955 The Atom Station by Halldor Laxness
1954 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
1953 History of the English Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill
1949 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1948 The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
1947 The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide
1946 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
1938 The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
1932 A Man of Property by John Galsworthy
1930 Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
1925 Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
1923 Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats
1921 And the Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
1907 Kim by Rudyard Kipling
UNREAD NOBEL WINNERS ON THE SHELVES
2010 The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
2008 The Interrogation by J.M.G. Le Clezio
2004 The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
2002 Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz
2000 Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
1999 The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
1993 Jazz by Toni Morrison
1992 Collected Poems 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott
1990 The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
1986 Ake: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
1985 Flanders Road by Claude Simon
1981 Auto de Fe by Elias Canetti
1978 The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1973 Voss by Patrick White
1969 Molloy by Samuel Beckett
1968 Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
1965 And Slowly Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov
1952 The Desert of Love by Francois Mauriac
1950 A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
1937 Jean Barois by Roger Martin du Gard
1936 The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill
1933 The Village by Ivan Bunin
1929 Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
1920 Hunger by Knut Hamsun
1915 Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland
1913 He (Shey) by Rabindranath Tagore
1905 Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
A kiss blown from afar for my first visitor. The doors are always open over here Nina. xx
*runs in and plants flag* I claim this 9th post for all eternity and beyond! Lovely new thread, Paul, and I'm happy to be caught up again.
I don't think the Eleventh Doctor is going to quit soon, though. He'll be on to the Eighth Series at least. Once he is gone, though, I will firmly petition BBC to make you the Twelfth Doctor! :D
Do I get a kiss too! How about we make it an air kiss? Congrats on thread 25! Wow! Love the Flamenco photo too. What did you end up eating?
Just narrowly avoided a crushed toe as the flagpost went in! The Doctors seem to be getting younger and more dashing so at least I could put a stop to that.
Mark - hope that a manly hug will suffice.
Tapas: Calamari, peppered beef, spanish meatballs, spinach and pine nuts, potato and jalapeno tortilla, chicken liver pate, baked mushrooms
Main: Farmer's Paella - with chicken and prawns
Dessert: Hot chocolate pudding.
Yes, a man hug is good enough! Wow, that meal sounds fantastic! Any cold ale?
Well, I missed all the West Side Story discussion on your previous thread but raced to get caught up so that I could wish you a happy birthday before it was too late - which isn't a problem since in my timezone it is still your birthday! ;-)
The birthday menu has me drooling.... sounds like a scrumptious feast and glad to see you had a great day!
Yum! Great birthday meal, Paul. I trust the Lord of the Manor is being treated royally during this birthday weekend?
I had to place caveats on my personal courier services after a friend made me bring a doggy-bed to Hong Kong a few years ago and a cousin in Australia ordered a carpet.
>11 manly hug, you mean those big back slapping numbers? They are funny, but better than a stilted too scared to hug at all kind of hug. hehe.
Happy new thread for a new birthday.
Glad you had a fun family meal out...and three courses too! Excellent.
Another great-looking restaurant, Paul. And it sounds like a great birthday meal and celebration.
Oh! I'd like some hot chocolate pudding right now for my night time snack ;-)
Glad you had a great birthday dinner... congrats on Thread 25!
You can slow down any time now :)
You know, I thought this was a challenge to read 75 books...but now I get it, it's a challenge to have 75 threads....right?
Happy birthday, Paul! (it's only 10pm here, so I'm not late, I swear!)
(Belated) Happy Birthday Paul!!!
For whatever reason my computer doesn't show me the restaurant pic, but what a great meal!
Edit: now I can see it from my home notebook. Looks lovely!
I get post 25 on thread 25 - surely that is serendipity?! Congrats on your latest thread! Love the pic up top, and your birthday meal sounds wonderful.
Mark - I wish for the cold ale mate. Normally I don't partake if the kids are in attendance as it brings grimaces a plenty from my lovely wife!
Calm - I did indeed have a nice day. Today was busy as, like you, I don't have the benefit of the Labor day holiday like our american friends and tomorrow the kids are back at school so it will be a distant memory very shortly methinks.
Roni - You would have liked this one whcih was in a giant metal plate/bowl. I had chicken (with prawns replacing snails) whilst SWMBO had the more traditional mixed seafood paella which, judging by the absence of conversation, must have been delicious.
Lori, according to the record your comment was received well in time; thank you!
Caro - I was treated very nicely even by the Clone (Belle) who normally finds it difficult to show her Dad how much she really care about him.
Hahaha on the courier services - no I don't see SWMBO imposing quite so unreasonably. She has a good friend sending her daughter to San Francisco for studies so whatever duty free goodies she had had in mind have already been kirim via her.
If I blink around here I miss a thread. Your birthday sounds marvelous. I see you are fast approaching the 75 goal too. Love your lists, the series one blows me away.
Megan - I had a genuine but perfunctory embrace in mind - slaps sound far too likely to be painful and I would be terrified that Mark would reciprocate as he looks quite a bit bigger than I!
Joe - it is a great place and has a fine selection of wines & cigars and wonderful sangria. Sans children it is somewhere I like to go and chill.
Chelle - Lovely of you to stop by when you are so preoccupied by happy events of your own.
Cee - I was the only one that got the chocolate pudding. Individually presented with one candles and a lovely warm vanilla sauce. I managed to avoid sharing it with anyone else which was worth the fleeting excruciation of having the ubiquitous Happy Birthday song slaughtered in my honour. Happy that my thread keeps buzzing along even though I am presently finding it difficult to cope with to be honest.
Reba - hahaha I won't get anywhere near 75 threads - will I?
Nora - You also made it with a couple of hours to spare on my birthday - your time. Thanks very much for your wishes.
Nathalie - Glad you were able to see it eventually - the spanish food is excellent and I am a huge fan of tapas. It is one of the longer established places that we like to frequent.
Genny - If I reduced my thread post count to 200 as I noticed one or two members do I would be at thread 32 already. Some like Kath, Stasia, RD and, well, you tend to get to near 300 before starting a new thread. If I waited to 300 I would be on thread 21.
Mamie and serendipity are words that sit nicely side by side don't you think?
Lucy - I will be extremely disappointed not to pass 75 early this month with the Series and Sequels upon us.
The Deep Dark Sleep by Craig Russell
Does this beat Disgrace so recently finished - I think it probably does.
Craig Russell has two quite distinct series; one set in Hamburg featuring Jan Fabel and his team and another with the world-weary ex-Canadian airman Lennox at its centre- mired as it is in post-war Glasgow of the 1950s.
A magnificent cast of characters includes the Three Kings (the Glasgow Crime Lords) their henchmen including Twinkletoes (named as such due to his penchant for removing toes with a bolt cropper), policemen as devious and unsavoury as most of the villains they are trying to collar and ladies aplenty. Hard boiled in a uniquely british way and rent with humour of that wry Scottish variety I have come to appreciate so greatly.
The plot which I am not going to spoil is great too. Read this book!
Hey Paul, Happy Day After Birthday to a fellow Virgoan! Now I understand your need to make lists and keep track of things. We tend to be very orderly people. ;-)
If you saw my reading room Donna and spoke to my wife I don't think you would retain that favourable impression for too long!
Ah Well... 32 behind. So 9 years since your last birthday together? That seems sad for twins.. but then, I don't have a twin, so ?
Oh, rats. I missed your birthday. I'm sorry I wasn't traveling the threads yesterday, but please to accept my belated well-wishes!
I have the first in that series by Craig Russell on my WL, thanks to Judy - do I need to read them in order?
Kath - I do speak to Peter most days actually which is possibly not the most financially advantageous way to keep in touch.
Amber - Don't worry I have done the same thing so many times now. Better late than never - thanks for the belated wishes.
Mamie - It is better to read them in order. Lennox is a great introduction to the series too.
That is high praise, indeed. I'll get to it sooner rather than later!
A Belated Happy Birthday! to you Paul. I've been ignoring my computer and working all weekend. Sorry to have missed the day. Hope it was a good one!
Paul, my sweet friend, happy belated birthday!
I see that you pre-celebrated by purchasing many books on the last day of August and a few on the first day of September. Wonderful additions to your collection!
Your birthday restaurant looks charming, too.
I love the list of series you are reading. And I'll be joining Mamie in checking out Lennox. The library here has been closed for a week, for a budget-related furlough, but it opens tomorrow which means the website will go live again and I can start putting books on hold. :-)
Happy Birthday! That restaurant looks like a nice place and the selection must be fantastic if your menu is any indication of what is available.
It was good to read your list of titles read and see what you bought to celebrate your birthday. I am in the process of moving and on Sunday purchased six bookcases to hold my stash. Even with all that new board feet all of my books won't fit into the cases. I have been severely criticized for having so many books and was beginning to feel ashamed of myself. I have long had a policy of getting rid of my books once I read them, so thought I was doing fairly well in moving books out of my apartment. However, some nice weekend conversations with friends assured me that an accumulation of junk and books was natural after being in the same place for 18 years. One friend was a great comfort to me when she confessed how much overage they had to pay in order to move their library across the country from Baltimore, MD to Bozeman, MT. What will you do if you move?
Hi Paul, a belated happy birthday mate, 46 eh, it's my big 50 next July but it's only a number your as old as you feel. Just got back from the Cotswolds and only purchased 12 books physically with one to come after the author has signed it on saturday. The one to come is by ex Derbyshire opener Paul Gibbs who has written a fictional cricket novel based in the sixties, apparently it's loosely based on players from the time but he's keeping tight lipped about names. Will let you know what it's like.
Mamie -Yesterday hectic beyond belief as the kids started back at school and I had my scottish client here too. Got home at 9.00 p.m. thoroughly exhausted and for the first time in ages had no LT for a whole day. I love the style and storylines of the Lennox series and hope you will too.
Joe - thanks mate - good decision on the Lennox.
Jenn - nice to see you; sometimes it is nice not to have the computer on all the time but I do miss all you guys if I stay away too long. My too long is usually measured in hours!
Anne - thanks so much - it was a lovely day but in the end I'm just that little bit older!
Ellen - I couldn't resist adding a "few" purchases and didn't especially have my birthday in mind when I was blitzing the book stores. Had a meeting near the Pavilion so I lunched there and went to the bookstore, I had the meet up with Prue so we went to Kinokuniya, had a lunch with Hyundai's boss so I went to the bookstore adjacent to our meet, went to a bookstore with a huge stationery section for the kids school stuff and naturally couldn't help myself. Four days, four different bookstores, four moments of weakness. It would have happened in April just the same as September but externally my birthday becomes a good excuse!
Benita - hahaha one of the problems in not moving is how on earth I will move all my books and CDs. Six bookcases sounds fantastic - I also need a couple more.
John - Good splurge in the Cotswolds mate. Do you mean Peter Gibbs? Played for Derbyshire between 1964-72 and averaged just under 30 with 11 first class centuries? Would be an interesting read I'm sure.
I'm not sure I wished you a Happy Birthday on your last thread now... in any case, HAPPY 25th!!! :-) So young, and yet, so wise. And popular! No wonder. xx
#30: I have not read anything by Craig Russell, so I am going to have to give him a try. Thanks for the recommendation, Paul.
A happy belated birthday wish from me too!
Sorry to hear about your hectic day, Paul. Is today off to a good start? Good coffee in the green Harrods cup? Hoping today is better for you.
>46 : And these bookshops, Paul, they just happened to be next door, did they. I mean, of course you would never plan such a thing, would you? It's not your fault those books jumped into your hands, after all, is it? I know exactly how it is ...
You would definitely like Lennox Mark. Btw I ordered the 2nd Jack Taylor book yesterday from Book Dpository.
Stasia - You are most welcome my dear - I will have to contact the fellow's website and ask for commission as he doesn't seem to have struck a chord with many!
Hahaha Mamie- still having my coffee in my green Harrods mug - well remembered! Today off to an ok start.
Nina - There was an element of planning of course! After all I did set the venue with the Hyundai lady, SWMBO did ask where we could get good stationery for the kids' schooling (my office has ample actually), I did decide where I entertained Prue and my trip to Pavilion did involve a diversion of sorts.
Paul- Mamie just finished the Killing of the Tinkers (she is now officially on the J.T. Train) and enjoyed it as much as the first. I'm sure you will love it too!
That's so true, Paul, and I have already acquired the third one. I'm planning on getting to it this month. I just love murder and mayhem, dark disturbing plots, deeply flawed heroes with grit...sigh...
Sending positive thoughts for a non hectic day.
Adding my sympathies for the hectic day - I knew something must have been amiss when I opened LT this morning and your thread had only 11 new posts!
I can't imagine the chaos of getting more than one child off on a first day of school - I had my hands full with just Charlie (first day of preschool was yesterday)!
Mark - I am looking forward to receiving it in the next couple of weeks. The books stubbornly refuse to show themselves in the shops here so I'm left with no choice but to order them.
Mamie - Deeply flawed heroes are the stuff of proper fiction aren't they?
Amber - I don't see things slowing down at all until Friday and I will have so much catching up to do by then. Getting the three to school is even less fun now with no driver and SWMBO's car being terminally ill. She is getting up to drive me to work after dropping off the kids and it is just one more personage to squabble with early in the morning except this one bites like a mule!
this one bites like a mule
I don't believe you for a second! Why don't you bring her here on vacation and I can find out for myself:) When your schedule settles down, of course. Good luck getting through your week.
Awww, I missed your birthday??
Well, belated birthday congrats are in order! I hope you were spoiled on your special day, my friend. :)
And oh, of course, Happy New Thread!
Yeah Paul it's Peter Gibbs you are correct, i was a bit tired after the long drive back. I'll let you know what it's like i'm really looking forward to it. The book buying is easy, it's the reading that seems to be the difficult bit but i'm going to knuckle down and get a bit more than normal done to try and bring the book pile down.
Sound like you are having fun at the moment with the school run (not), who bites like a mule you or SWMBO.
Hi Paul, I was thinking about you yesterday while I was raking the grass clippings (the mind works in mysterious ways). I thought you must have been busy as hadn't seen you threading in a while-(did I just make up a new word there? I hope it catches on).
Anyway, hectic seems to be the word being thrown around, so Im glad its nothing worse, and that you are still checking in with your old mates!
Talking to your brother almost daily- you are worse than me and my sister! We text too, and FB. But she is only 45 minutes away so there isnt too much pressure to be in contact.
The early morning routine with back to school sounds a bit of a challenge. How you manage to fit in all that work, family commitments, reading and visiting so many threads on LT, I cannot imagine. And consistently high scores on Bejewelled Blitz too!
Anne - Your skepticism is noted; I will send her to the dentist before we travel to the States!
Valerie - Thanks; six times "celebrating" after 40 becomes a bit hollow anyway, but appreciated nonetheless!
John - cricket would seem to me to be ideally blessed for good fiction. There was an award winner last year (the Commonwealth Writer's Prize) which went to a book about cricket - Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka and you might want to look it up.
Yorkshire had a good day yesterday with Adam Lyth and Steve Patterson putting in good shifts. A win over Glamorgan will put us close to promotion won't it?
Megan it is strange what crosses our minds when we are doing chores. I'll take it as a compliment of sorts but I am worried a little - did you burn the grass clippings?
I still try to make fleeting visits even when snowed under.
I must admit my heart sinks ocasionally when I see my brother's number on my phone given that he tends to call in the middle of meetings or just when I am going to start my dinner. He has never called me when I sorting the grass clippings - probably because the condo has its own gardeners!
Genny - I do try to get 10 minutes a day on bejeweled blitz but usually it is SWMBO on facebook. I cope some times better than others with my schedule in truth and this last week I have been treading water a little and struggling to stay afloat.
I have my own gardener too, Paul. But husband persons only goes as far as mowing the lawn around here. I'll have to work on the incentives maybe....no burning of grass clippings though so fear not :)
Re: phone calls at not great times.....its hard to devote yourself to a proper conversation. The other person often senses the distraction too. Its a pain huh?
It's okay. I tell people that I'm 23 every year which is a blatant lie, but it makes me feel better so I'm sticking with it. :P It's not so much what the number is but rather what you feel? Being 40+6 is very different from feeling like 40+6. :)
Up there somewhere: Four days, four different bookstores, four moments of weakness.
LOL -- and that sounds both heavenly and very familiar!
Hi Paul, we've beaten Glamorgan and are three points clear at the top of the table but Derbyshire, Kent and Hampshire finish their games tomorrow so depending how the results go we will know what needs to be done in our last game away at Essex next week.
I'll look out for the Chinamen book. How are you and yours mate.
Megan - Since "husband person" works for the municipality you could possibly try to pass it off as part of his responsibility to keep the garden in trim (he might wonder what that has to do with traffic control mind).
Untimely phone calls are the bane of my existence. I have a habit now of switching my phone onto silent to avoid being disturbed while I'm really busy and then realise I've missed an important phone call!
Valerie - hahaha you have the same anti-ageing strategy as SWMBO who has remained 27 for several years now! I am starting to worry that if she doesn't adjust this shortly I will come under investigation for being a dirty old man.
Joanne - Thanks so much!
Ellen - C'est la Vie with me and bookstores but I don't think I am anywhere near unique in this group!
John - Good win and nice to see Adam Lyth who can be so fluent back to somewhere near his best. Fingers crossed next week - we clearly deserve it. Everything is slowly coming together over here and slowing down finally. Hope things are well over in God's own country.
Quick stop to wish you a good day Paul! I'll be off to bed fairly soon...
>68 good idea! Ill get the City Council mower tractors (with grass catchers) around here next time! haha, Ill just say Ive got the Mayors approval and Im sure it wont be questioned.
I love SWMBOs age trick. 27 was a great age to be....maybe Ill reinvent myself as a 27 year old.
Hi Paul - quick catch up, great book haul. Hope you have a restful weekend.
Ilana - Nice to see you here my dear although by the time I have got round to responding you are hopefully safely and happily in dreamland.
Megan - hahaha if they are anything like council equipment elsewhere they won't be being put to much use in any event.
SWMBO has pitched the age thing very cleverly although I have noticed that some of the looks I get when her "age" is mentioned are, shall we say, interesting.
Calm - I am really hopeful of a great weekend spent in a leisurely manner catching up with you all and with plenty of reading an no work.
It's Friday morning for me, so it must be Friday evening for you - you survived another week! Will you get some down time this weekend?
I am sincerely hoping so Mamie. I am about to leave for home. We have dinner at a friends house this evening and I have a short meeting in the morning but the rest of the weekend is MINE.
Happy belated birthday, Paul dear. Your celebratory dinner sounds delicious. 40 + 6 is a great age to be, still in the prime of life!
It's great to hear that the Lennox series stays strong, I enjoyed the first book so much that I immediately ordered the second, sounds like it's time to order number three.
>74 but the rest of the weekend is MINE
Take it Paul, and run with it!!!
Mamie - morning meeting finished and I am back in the swing of a free weekend.
Judy - I am happy with my age Judy even though I occasionally feel every minute of it. I remember that you are a devotee of the Lennox series and, whilst the first remains my favourite, all three are pretty darned good.
Megan - thanks my dear I am running already (Ellen will be pleased).
Update on the posting league since I have a few minutes to catch up:
Top 60 listed
1 Paul 6307 Threads 25
2 Richard 5857 Threads 21
3 Kath 5506 Threads 19
4 Joe 4973 Threads 20
5 Mark 4852 Threads 19
6 Stephen 3515 Threads 14
7 Ilana 3295 Threads 13
8 Darryl 3135 Threads 13
9 Mamie 3125 Threads 12
10 Claudia 3052 Threads 13
11 Caro 2545 Threads 10
12 Amber 2471 Threads 10
13 Donna 2341 Threads 10
14 Megan 2333 Threads 9
15 Chelle 2202 Threads 10
16 Ellen 2131 Threads 9
17 Lucy (Sibyx) 2117 Threads 10
18 Bonnie 2054 Threads 9
19 Suzanne 1919 Threads 8
20 Stasia 1745 Threads 6
21 Linda (Whisper) 1686 Threads 8
22 Peggy 1597 Threads 8
23 Terri (tymfos) 1596 Threads 7
24 Roni 1542 Threads 7
25 Jude 1448 Threads 6
26 Judy (DQueen) 1397 Threads 6
27 Deb 1190 Threads 5
28 Micky 1180 Threads 5
29 Sara 1166 Threads 5
30 Nora 1164 Threads 5
31 Calm 1160 Threads 5
32 Joanne 1144 Threads 5
33 Katie 1139 Threads 5
34 Lynda 1098 Threads 5
35 Heather 1097 Threads 5
36 Luxx 1012 Threads 4
37 Morphy 982 Threads 4
38 Kim (Berly) 932 Threads 4
39 Gail 912 Threads 4
40 Kerri 895 Threads 4
41 Linda (Lindapanzo) 889 Threads 5
42 Nathalie 869 Threads 4
43 Rachel (TheHibernator) 868 Threads 4
44 Valerie 822 Threads 4
45 Anne (AMQS) 802 Threads 4
46 Kerry 795 Threads 4
47 Anne (AnneDC) 790 Threads 4
48 Dee 777 Threads 3
49 Kara 740 Threads 4
50 Nancy 737 Threads 3
51 Laura 732 Threads 4
52 Tui (Tiffin) 713 Threads 4
53 Cushla 705 Threads 3
54 Genny 704 Threads 3
55 Lori (Thornton) 693 Threads 4
56 Jim (drneutron) 666 Threads 3
57 Rhian (SandDune) 658 Threads 3
58 Pat (phebj) 656 Threads 3
59 Leah 653 Threads 3
60 Beth 646 Threads 3
Threads with the most posts in the 3rd quarter of the year only - which shows Mamie, Valerie and Kim amongst others climbing the league
Top 30 listed
1 Paul 1674
2 Richard 1526
3 Mamie 1494
4 Mark 1416
5 Kath 1313
6 Joe 1201
7 Stephen 999
8 Darryl 824
9 Ilana 782
10 Caro 751
11 Amber 743
12 Megan 672
13 Claudia 671
14 Valerie 665
15 Ellen 603
16 Chelle 583
17 Stasia 581
18 Linda (Whisper) 575
19 Bonnie 528
20 Donna 490
21 Rachel (TheHibernator) 469
22 Terri (tymfos) 460
23 Lucy (Sibyx) 458
24 Kim (Berly) 453
25 Suzanne 409
26 Nora 384
27 Peggy 373
28 Jude 367
29 Katie 341
30 Roni 316
Kerry - your thread was certainly a busy one this month but you have been consistently in the top 50 all year.
I haven't really taken note of that before. So what scandicrime are you reading now?
Paul, I am impressed with your list persistence. I hope you're doing well and having a good weekend.
Kerry - I am reading Burned by Thomas Enger. First of a new series and an impressive one too so far. Enger is from Norway.
Ellen - I am nothing if not persistent. Same to you my dear; I am jogging along to your place next.
A belated Happy Birthday, Paul! Glad you had a wonderful book buying spree -that's always fun!
Oh your dinner is making me hungry! I need to eat right away!
Hi Paul- It looks like you are our Fearless Leader! Which, of course, is not a surprise. Finding myself in the 5 spot was a bit of surprise...oh wait a second, no it wasn't.
Glad to see Mamie making a dash! Go Mamie! Go Mamie!
Hi Paul - Happy belated birthday. I'm in awe at your list of series you've read. Not only that, you know where you are in each series. How do you keep track of them? I see you are starting one of my all-time favorities -- Martin Beck. I originally read them in the 70s and loved them and have reread some of them over the years. I think they hold up very well.
Oh I do love the stats. silly me.
Yours series lists will turn out to be quite a resource for all of us, I expect.
Paul, enjoy a weekend of reading and rest. I don't miss those hectic mornings of getting three kids off to school at all - but I do miss the kids! I like beginning each day with a walk with DH and pup. It's the only time I have with hubby when he's not distracted by work or TV...and he might say it's the only time with me that I don't have my nose in a book!
Mark - I have had a slow week because of my work commitments. I actually had a chuckle when I noticed that in the 3rd quarter you were running 4th instead of your accustomed position! Mamie is indeed making a dashup the charts and I wouldn't be surprised if she disturbs the top 7 places which have not changed all year long.
Dee - nice to see you and thanks. RL must have been playing havoc with you recently as I haven't seen you around the threads with your normal frequency.
Beth - I am expanding it this month with a dozen new series starting due to Judy's September Series and Sequels! I have a data base of all my books read and purchased since 1994 when I first came to Malaysia (before then I rely on my dodgy memory). In order to keep up with the series order and the number in each series and its order I often check with a site fantasticfiction.co.uk which is a great resource for a listomaniac like myself.
I have read the first Martin Beck and have the next few on the shelves. The husband and wife team Sjowall and Wahloo were committed Marxists but their prejudices don't come across in the Beck series. Those two and Leif Persson were the forerunners of the Scandicrime genre.
Lucy - you and me both! My penchant for a stat or two has got me through many a rainy Yorkshire afternoon and I have carried the habit to tropical climes. American statoholics have baseball whilst we Brits have cricket. Lovers of cricket invariably fall through the trapdoor of statistics and I am a typical case I'm afraid. I'm glad that you enjoy the series lists - Mamie, Liz and Heather are amongst others maintaining similar lists and I drew inspiration from all of them too.
Nina - hahaha I do think that our Chicagoans near the top of the leaderboard are nothing if not consistent. You have moved up a few places too this month by the way.
Donna. Thank you. You know as I see the kids growing up so quickly I think I am going to try and enjoy our mornings together as much as possible even if I have to grind my teeth sometimes to do so! SWMBO likes to go for walks together too but she sets such a blistering pace in the searing evening heat that the enjoyment of it is dubious.
Bonnie - Each week is the same isn't it - busy on the threads and a couple of masterful reviews from your wonderful self. x
I've been so far behind on threads that I'm just now catching up and discovering that I've missed your birthday. Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a good one.
I am not sure how I managed to make the posting league due to my lack of participation in the group this year:)
I hope the free weekend is everything that you want, Paul!!
Lori - thank you. I had a lovely birthday actually as my team both at home and in the office made me feel very special for at least a day or two. It is very energising feeling appreciated every now and then.
Well caught up with forty or so threads in three hours - now will bathe and it is cinema day for the first time in a while. I will be salmon fishing in the Yemen later followed by going blow to blow with Jason Bourne wish me well!
Balance of threads on my return.
I loved Salmon Fishing in Yemen. What did you think of Bourne Legacy? We haven't seen that one yet. It's getting mixed reviews over here.
Only just read about your hectic week. I hope the weekend - which must be almost over by now where you live - has been relaxing so far (and continues to be so) and you liked the movies.
"Salmon fishing in Yemen" is a movie I'd love to watch just for the title, but the few theaters in my region here only show the big blockbusters + German and Italian productions.
For a second there I thought you were actually going fishing in Yemen :) I thought, oh, cool, a great break for Paul, he kept that one under his hat well. lol.
I'm off to see Jaws shortly, cool! On a big screen too :)
Jenn - disaster struck as it so often does for dear old me and my cinematic plans. Bourne Legacy was marked 18 here meaning that the kids cannot get in (Belle definitely wouldn't pass muster) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was on precisely 25 minutes after arriving in the mall for its only show. Vetoed by the kids who were far more interested in eating than watching. Finished up watching something called The Dinosaur Project which was a spoof documentary but actually reasonablly ok.
Roni - I am just about to start the first one of the Three Pines. In a few minutes actually.
Nathalie we are well into Sunday late afternoon here (5:40 pm). I didn't make it to see either of my film picks today so I might surprise SWMBO with a date night before Thursday when the movies change over.
Megan - Yemen is not at the top of my list of countries to visit. When I think of NZ and cinema it conjures up images of that wonderful picture house in Geraldine....fantastic.
The cinema is you may well have guessed quite close to a bookshop so I added to my pile in a very modest way (mainly because SWMBO didn't seem in the best of moods - although it is sometimes difficult to tell!). Anyway:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (replaced my old battered copy as Kyran is doing it in english this year).
Collected Stories of Tennessee Williams by Tennessee Williams
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton (another series to start).
Saw a mini half price book sale in the corner of the shop but daredn't return to take advantage of it.....more this week on this I'm sure.
Stasia - I just noticed we cross posted yesterday!
There are three reasons I see that cause you to place top 20 despite sporadic activity:
1 You are immensely popular
2 When you are active you are something akin to a whirlwind
3 You reply to everyone that posts to you
Burned by Thomas Enger
2nd up for series and sequels September and I think I have hit upom another winner.
Henning Juul returns to his work as an investigative journalist after a long absence recovering physically and mentally from the death by fire of his infant child. The police believe that they have a straightforward but gruesome case before them but our hero soon discovers otherwise. Great plot and very good characters. A must read for lovers of the genre.
Tomm and I haven't been to the movies since Charlie was born. Sigh. Eventually, maybe, we'll make it back there...
Paul- Sorry the movie plans went awry. I've heard mixed things about the new Bourne film. I'm not familiar with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
"Burned" sounds like another winner. And 9/10? Impressive.
>105 Megan, that's exactly what I thought, too. LOL!
Paul - So sorry that you did not get to go salmon fishing!! Like Megan, I was picturing you actually fishing - I had not heard of that movie! Oh well. Bummer about your cinema plans going bust. At least you managed to snag a few books to console yourself with.
Like everyone else, I am in awe of your ability to keep up with the stats, but I do so love seeing them all and perusing through your various lists. Such fun! Looks like I need to hunt down the the book you reviewed above - another one for my obese WL.
I've heard it's surprisingly good too. (Bourne).
-110 - but thank heavens for Netflix and On Demand..... we missed at least five or six years of movies but we've caught up on most of them now. No, it's not as good as a theatre, but so much better than nothing at all.
Wow - Bourne Legacy at 18 is a very high rating - in the UK it was a 12 (which actually means that a child of any age can see it as long as they have an adult in tow). Do you usually have such a big difference? I have to admit I thought it ws OK, but took a long time to get going and very confusing for the first half hour. Probably incomprehensible if you hadn't seen the original trilogy.
sibyx: Yes! I wouldn't have survived the past 4 years without netflix, methinks. And yes, so so *so* much cheaper!
Amber - We have always been a family keen on the cinema. We probably catch 40 or so films a year at the movies.
Mark - I didn't mind too much really as Hani and I will sneak off during the week to catch them at some stage. Burned is right up there with the Adler-Olsen.
Mamie - I remember going off the coast of Malaysia for two days in the early days of our marriage to a kalong (a house on stilts in the middle of the ocean). In basic conditions we sat sweltering for two days with our rods hopefully dangling in the ocean and caught.....nothing. I have been deep sea fishing with a good friend and it is fun but fishing generally is not for me. Glad you are enjoying the stats as you keep sneaking nearer the top of them every time I update.
Lucy - Pirate movies are the norm here on CD but, ethics to one side, they are not for me - I like the atmosphere of the big screen.
Mamie - Cost is not so much of a problem here - tickets are about $2 here.
Rhian - the censors are strict here - those classifications may seem harsh bt consider that they are then edited with kissing scenes (never mind nudity) cancelled out. I do sometimes think that the local censors are looking out for the local industry as the same rules don't seem to apply to local films whereby horrific violence will still merit a PG13.
Amber/Lucy - Kyran is a great one for such things and bought himself Rocky and First Blood. Good lad buys originals too.
>112 : No 'Salmon Fishing' Mamie? With Ewan McGregor, aka Obe Wan Kanobe mark II ('scuse spelling - can't be bothered to Google it).
Re film ratings, I think Australia seems fairly strict, too. We only seem to get one film each school holidays with a PG or G rating. Things like 'Avengers' which I was hoping to take them to are rated M. It must be for a reason (probably for violence), so we don't get to see those. I'd rather not risk it, especially after the Scooby Doo debacle.
Thanks Paul. Interesting to know I'm moving up the stats. I usually skim those, because I know my posts for the year are only a fraction of most people's for the month. I could start to get into this ...
Nina - Nope, I hadn't heard of it. I guess I need to get out more! Our local library has it though, so I guess I'll get in the queue and see if my number comes up before we move.
Mamie - I know; now you know why I love the cinema here. Actually I got scolded by SWMBO for exaggerating ok less than $3 in any event.
Nina - I will make sure that the force is with us and get to see the movie Obi Wan or not. I'm not overly keen on censorship if truth be known as I think we are just about capable of determining what is suitable for the tribe to see. What happened to poor Sccoby - was he caught doing something untoward with Shaggy or Thelma?
I suspect you are already drawn into the posting wars!
Mamie - the novel was actually hugely successful and is, surprise surprise another on the shelves swimming slowly toward attention.
Mimilina - Thank you. For agreeing. So succinctly.
I think you will enjoy A Cold Day in Paradise and the rest of the series, Paul. It should make for a cool, wintry read to offset the everlasting summer that you live in.
Judy - I do recall Steve Hamilton being strongly recommended to me last year and seized upon its appearance in the shops here.
Hi, Paul! We liked Salmon Fishing in Yemen a lot, but it's not everyone's cuppa.
Way behind in your thread, Paul, but I enjoyed your comment in my thread. You must have some great conversations with your wife and your friends in Kuala Lumpur! You know, my brother was flying small planes in the Maldives when he met his wife , who was working as some sort of welcomer at one of the resorts on the archipelago there. The country is Muslim too, but not strictly so. My brother said he and his fellow pilots would sometimes exchange beer or a bit of alcohol to beg off a flight and off part of their stipend of alcohol to another pilot in exchange for him taking the flight. Anyway, my sister in law is from a mixed marriage, her father a moderate practicing Muslim from Tunisa and her mother an atheist from Germany. She tells fun stories of growing up in Tunisia with her father attempting to kill a goat for Ramadan and her mother and her hiding away from the bloodshed. Anyway, eventually they moved to Germany, where she finished her schooling. I can assure that my brother's wife is most liberated, sporting a dolphin tattoo on her belly as well as a piercing and is most thoroughly westernized. She does love her Muslim background though and respects her father's easy going beliefs. Inter marriage is not nearly as difficult as some might imagine, at least from what I have seen.
Have a great weekend, Paul!
Joe - I have it pencilled in for Wednesday now but the only problem is the only show is 12.15 so I am going to have to take a long lunch break.
Deb - All things in moderation for me especially in matters of religion. Islam has a set of core beliefs and the,n like the rest of the religions, most everything else is argued about. A close reading of the Koran reveals (depending upon translations) marked differences between theory and practice. For example most Muslims nowadays avoid alcohol but, whilst the Koran cautions against its use and strictly forbids drunkeness at the Mosque, there is no outright stricture against moderate imbibing. Tattoo's are taboo in islam due to comments in the hadith which are supposedly the sayings and practices of the Prophet but all of these are argued upon immensely as to veracity and are much of the cause of the rivens amongst the various creeds, especially between Sunni and Shi'ite. I do not sport any tattoos but I wouldn't hazard to the position that doing so is right or wrong intrinsically. God teaches us to be tolerant and leave the judging to him but I find this a very scarce value retained in this world of ours today unfortunately. Of course Deb I am biased maintaining a successful mixed marriage (for all my vaunted terror of SWMBO I love her dearly) but I do think breaking down the barriers between race and creed is the way to achieve God's purpose. x
Just cruising through to catch up, Paul. I heard wonderful things about "Salmon Fishing in Yemen" and failed to see it when it was in the theaters. Must put on netflix queue.
...like the rest of the religions, most everything else is argued about.
Some things are common to all perspectives.
*delurking* to return your visit :)
God teaches us to be tolerant and leave the judging to him but I find this a very scarce value retained in this world of ours today unfortunately.
I am an atheist, but I agree with you that "tolerance" is indeed a value which appears to have less of a meaning to a lot of people, and this is not only something in regards to religion and culture.
Especially since living part-time in Germany, I have been noticing the major difference between London and the place I live in Germany.
German's are definately less tolerant than the Londoners - I don't like to speak for the whole of the UK, as I know that there are plenty of places which are not as tolerant.
I remember our first year back in Germany. My son got bullied in school because he is "English" - and the kids thought it was very funny that he had problems with the articles, used to have long hair (up to his waist), and used to wear knitted jumpers and has no interest in "labels". It took him quite some time to find his feet and his way around. After four years he is fine and has got lots of friends, but the initial stage was hard going. I taught my son to never judge people from their "shell" - cultural, religious, colour, disabilities etc - but to judge their character. So far, it worked fine.
Ellen - Religion is a dodgy topic as I realised already when typing my response to Deb. I think that my view on each of us being answerable to God in our own way without intereference from others is non-contentious and mere common sense but it is amazing how difficult it is to see such an attitude in practice in organised religions.
Bianca - Nice to have you visit my humble abode. Not sure that the Germans are more or less tolerant than the Brits but I have noticed a genuine mood swing in the UK in the last 20 year whereby race seems to count for so much less.
>123 : Paul, we had a long discussion on drachenbraut's thread about kids and nightmares and their causes.
>130 : drachenbraut, I think capital cities and large cities tend to be highly multicultural, more so than the rest of the country, and so the population is more tolerant perforce. After all, these cities attract the highest numbers of recent migrants.
I too am curious about the Scooby Doo debacle. I sense a story...
I think Salmon Fishing in Yemen is one of the best films I have seen in a while. Just thought I'd say that.
I agree, Paul, religion can be a dodgy topic. Since my particular religious beliefs (LDS or Mormon) are often misconstrued (both purposely and accidentally) I understand well the issue of tolerance. All groups have their less tolerant folks, and as members of any group, we have to find a way to deal with that. That said, I also think it is important to find a way to "agree to disagree" sometimes. My beliefs do not prevent my having relationships with people who believe differently, but it is possible to stand up for what you believe while respecting the right of others to do the same. In our church, we have a creed which states "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." I really believe that. Let God work out the details. My daughter's best friend is Hindu, and we have discussions all the time with her because she is 8 and trying to work out how people who aren't Christian are still good people. It's a good thing to work out - the younger the better. My daughter's friend and her family are very good people. I think exposure to other beliefs and challenges to your beliefs make you really think about what you believe. It is my hope that my children will be more tolerant and better people for having friends of different cultures and faiths. It was true for me growing up and I'm grateful for parents who allowed me to be exposed to different cultures and beliefs.
OK - hope that didn't sound terribly like a lecture, don't mean it to. It's what I am trying to teach my kids.
Ooh Thanks for the password :).
I completely understand - my nearly 14 year old son used to have nightmares too. He's still pretty sensitive. Most recently, he and his friends got into some online thing called Slender Man. He freaked himself out so bad he had to sleep with a light on for several nights. I can still get him pretty good if I walk quietly into his room after he's gone to bed and just stand there...
Nina - My childhood nightmares and sleepless nights were either Dr. Who related or probably due to my first inklings of mortality (I was a precocious little so and so) but I don't recall Scooby or the always unmasked villains causing me any problems. I do recall major irritation however when Scrappy Doo was added to the cast and ruined the show.
Jenn - Thanks for your very interesting post about your beliefs. Most religions have their detractors and misinformers and some more than most - I hope that the Mormon faith does not suffer too much in the eye of a non-Mormon media storm given Romney's run and that whatever missteps he makes (if any) politically are considered political and not theological. I believe firmly that basic humanity surfaces irrespective of creed and your "let God work out the details" addage strikes a chord. Well said - your kids are in very good and wise hands.
I am happy to have joined the secret scooby society and Nina did a decent job of promoting it!
In a desperate attempt to improve my reading time I have managed to recruit a new driver. His name is Halim and he was the long term driver of my now retired neighbour and close friend. He came to see me together with his wife last night and w quickly settled the terms. He will start on 3 October. Yippee!
Congratulations - an experienced driver!!! You must be beside yourself with glee!
*on a side note, I totally agree with your analysis of the show's ruined status as a direct result of Scrappy Doo's addition to the cast.
Interesting comments about tolerance of others in Germany and the UK. As a black American, I am very comfortable in London, and I'd say that I feel more at home here than I do anyplace else I've ever lived or visited, with the possible exception of NYC. However, Londoners are considerably more friendly (and less full of themselves) than New Yorkers, and I don't fear the police as a black man in London the way I do as an African-American in NYC.
Mamie - thanks; maybe we should start the scrap-the-Scrappy campaign.
Darryl - We Northerners believe that Londoners and all points south of Nottingham lack the warmth of us Northern folk. I do notice that a little abroad to be honest but I am not one of the Northerners who has had any troubles making friends in London. One of the good things about the UK is that increasingly the Police are disliked equally by all ethnicities! I'm kidding as I grew up next to a Police village outpost and some of my best friends ended up in the force.
Congratulations on hiring the new driver, Paul! I hope he works out for you for a long time.
My local library does not have any of Thomas Enger's books. *sigh*
Hooray for the new driver, and sign me up for the "Scrap Scrappy" campaign. I would also move to scrap the movies with humans. I much prefer the animated Scooby Doo.
As far as having a member of our church running for president, definitely all the crazies are crawling out of the swamp, but at the same time, it is a good opportunity to talk to people about what we believe and what things people are saying that are not exactly correct. Mr. Romney seems to be doing a fair job of dealing with all of that. I don't suppose it's too different than when Kennedy was running and people were concerned that he was Catholic. Of course, I wasn't there... As far as I know, Mr. Romney is a decent human being. Perhaps a tad too liberal for my conservative soul, but his business experience is certainly to his favor. :) I, for one, will be very pleased when this campaign is over. I am starting to wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to ban television ads in political campaigns. The epitome of hyperbole, as my favorite comedian (Brian Regan) says.
Great news about Halim! I'm sure you're counting the days til October.
Oh, an experience driver! May he work out wonderfully for you, Paul!
Thanks Stasia - he is someone I have known through my neighbour for a good while so hopefully it will work out fine. Thomas Enger is not yet widely available here too - I am lucky that Kinokuniya over here seem to have a similar fondness as I for Scandi.
Thanks Cee; it will certainly make it easier to read in the car. Today was frustrating as there were no traffic light or traffic jam holds to allow even a cursory glance at my latest Series book.
Lori - The wife is even happier than myself and was at pains yesterday to let Halim know that he will be working for her almost as much and me! Poor fellow.
Mark - Thanks mate - I trust that he will not go so quickly though otherwise I'll be arriving at meeting shaken up like a bag of marbles.
Jenn - Welcome on board and I agree that animated classics should stay as they are/were.
The world has changed immensely in the time since Kennedy won the White House and much for the better if you ask me. With my hotch-potch of ideas and values I don't think that I would be able to classify those views as belonging to any camp as there are some good ideas on all parts of the spectrum which it is good to borrow from at will. I believe that everyone deserves an equal chance irrespective of their race, creed, colour, sex, sexual orientation or background and I think that the world has moved greatly in that direction in the last 50 years.
Laura - I am a bit ambivalent really as I do like driving my own car every once in a while, but overall I am very happy it will free up my time.
ANDY MURRAY has just ended Great Britain's 76 year wait for a Grand Slam men's tennis title. Thrilled for him after his tears on the lawns of Wimbledon and glad that he has shown that he has the composure and spirit to go with his renowned talents.
Howdy Paul, back from your fishing trip yet?
My trip to the Island of Amity was lovely, but rather shocking, there was a rogue man-eating great white shark ! lol
Not much to report here, other than another vomit bug. Little Lenny has succumbed this time. Makes 3 nights running of under 5 hours sleep.....still coping though. Fingers crossed for tonight.
Congratulations on finding a driver. How nice to find time like that
Megan - Hahaha - great name for a shark-infested resort though isn't it?! My fishing trip has been postponed until later in the week for date night.
Also had a food poisoning bug here but alas I have been the victim and my rumbling tummy is just about settling itself.
Reba - Thanks; of course he is employed by the company but since it is my company that makes it easy to spoil myself. Not half as grand as it sounds though but devilishly useful in the traffic here.
Congratulations to a new driver as well.
I also would like to sign up for the "Scrap Scrappy" Campaign. I only like the original classic Scooby Cartoons. Something, my son enjoyed from a very early age.
I hope the food poisoning didn't effect you too badly, as I know that can be quite nasty.
Oh no - another food poisoning/ stomach bug? I hope you'll feel better very soon!
And yay for a new and experienced and recommended driver!
Sorry to hear about the stomach bug. It looked very much like Mr Dragon had one on Saturday night - very bad timing as this Monday is the busiest day of the year for his business. Fortunately he was fine by Monday so is blaming Saturday's pizza or pizza topping. Others in the family had same pizza but with different topping!
Hope you're fully recovered soon.
Bianca - I remember making a joke of very poor taste about losing weight by contracting typhoid (which happened to my good friend who is in tune with my sense of humour so it didn't result in a fat lip for yours truly) and now I can appreciate that there are far far better ways to reduce one's weight.
I can see the flood of bad will towards Scrappy and will admit to a twinge of remorse - still as an irritant he is especially annoying.
Nathalie - thank you - I suppose sitting on the loo for extended periods does allow me to do a little more reading than normal.
Dee - that is bad luck getting food poisoning from pizza - glad to hear that he speedily recovered. My case is a little my own fault as usual. During the month following ramadhan it is traditional to celebrate by visiting friends who host "Open Houses". I went to one over the weekend at a friend of SWMBOs (I don't really think they conspired), and was pushed to sample various local dishes intended to be eaten hot but which had been left outside uncovered in sweltering heat for around 5 hours by the time we got there. Not only did I not enjoy the food (I cannot catch on to the Malay knack of enjoying hot food long gone cold) it certainly took an intense dislike to me. Just about fully recovered thankfully.
Yay for the new driver!
Adding my vote to the no-Scrappy Camp - Scrappy was definitely the Shark Jump for that show.
Amber - perhaps we can feed the little runt to the sharks - but I guess even they might find him indigestible!
Great to hear that you are getting an experienced driver. Hope that everything is going well with you and yours.
>159: I couldn't agree with you more. And besides that, his head is too big for his body.
Thanks Calm - Halim's family is lovely too; his wife Sal is a regular chatterbox though not as widely or prolifically read as our own.
Laura - what were the animators thinking about - isn't there anybody out there with a nice word for him? I have a project manager on my new condo site who famously has a huge head so much so that we struggle to find hard hats for him to wear. He doesn't look like Scrappy though.
Kath - You will always have a prominent place here dear lady.
I'm happy for Andy Murray, Paul. He seems like a good guy who deserved to finally break through on the big stage.
I'm very happy for Mr. Murray; it's been a long time coming and is a nice accompaniment to his Olympics win.
Hooray for the new driver, Paul! This means more reading time in your future, I hope, as well as safe travels to all the places you need to be.
I hope your week is going well. I'm off to an all-day training in preparation for "my" institution's impending Capital Campaign. Going to learn how to schmooze. :-)
Joe - It seems he is not universally popular in England given his comment that he always cheers on the oppsition when England play soccer. To my way of thinking he is no different from any Scot in that. I as one English born Brit am ecstatic for him.
Ellen - His choice of coach raised eyebrows this year but paid off handsomely. Lendl looked almost as if he was enjoying himself out there....mmm...well almost.
Considering a dicky tummy to start I have had a super week so far; if a few clients paid their bills we would actually be doing extremely well.
#167 It seems he is not universally popular in England given his comment that he always cheers on the oppsition when England play soccer - That's the reason my husband gives for not liking him, as well as his haircut. But I think he forgets that being Welsh, I can't be relied upon not to support the opposition either!
hahaha Rhian - I usually consider myself english but being from a Rugby League area I always cheered on Ireland when they played England at Rugby Union. In the North and unlike in Wales where all the mining villages had their rugby team the 15 a-siders in England were considered public school toffs. His haircut is not his strongest feature that's for sure.
100 messages behind....
I almost wrote 1000 messages behind, but that is totally possible as well. ;)
Will confess to skimming for the most part otherwise I'd be sitting here at the kitchen table ALL morning long.
Congrats on finding a new driver! I hope he works out great for you and the family!
Haha, your lists of threads and posts is always fun to look like and I always feel a sense of accomplishment, like in school when your teacher hands you a report card and you've managed to increase the grade rather than the opposite! Thanks Mr. King of Lists. You are much appreciated!
Hello Paul, just checked all the messages as i seemed to be about 60 behind. Really good news that Andy has got that monkey off his back winning the U.S open. I think he needs to remember that the LTA spent good money funding his coach a few years back so should cut out his anti-english comments.
The Police house is still there paul as is the force driving school, in 1989 i joined West Yorkshire Police, No 4436 but only stayed in for ten months, it wasn't for me, i was 26 with two young children and could not be molded to their way of doing things, i was based at "Fortress Millgarth" a bad career move for me.
On thr rugby front, Wakefield managed to make the play-offs after winning their last seven games, hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
How are you mate, bet you can't wait for your new driver.
Skimming or not Valerie it is always a pleasure to see you here. Glad to see you think my grades are keeping up; I have seen how competitive SWMBO is with the kids' grades so I wouldn't want to go to her, cap in hand, and admit to failing my exams!
John - Murray seems comfortable enough to call himself British and I'll live with that happily - he is a proud Scot and let's face it as a lifelong Leeds United fan steeped in the glories of Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister the Scots are ok with me.
If you know the South Hiendley Police house mate then you know the house I was brought up in sandwiched as it was between the Police house and the old garage on George Street. I'm too short to have a chance to make the Fuzz and I think I am a little too individualistic to fit in anyway.
When the Wildcats were more properly called Trinity they were my team but it is impossible to follow here. As you know Sharlston is a great hotbed of League with the Fox family hailing from there and I grew up as a scrum-half but Hemsworth High played the other code so 13 was the last time I played League.
Things are good over here at the minute and I trust that you and yours are equally fine in God's own.
A few days ago Caro provided a link to an addictive site for tracking your series. It is called fictfact.
The site is quite comprehensive but still has missing gaps (only a few mind) here and then both on books in series, authors and on series themselves but it is great fun updating for freaks like me. They have a good feature where any missing authors or books or series can be suggested. Surprisingly I got a response back in a couple of hours to my email and they had already corrected and updated the site! Impressed.
They have a feature which allows you to record series in progress, series current or completed and series not yet started but planned. For the latter I have included those series where I have the book on the shelf already to start the series. I am by no means complete as I have not checked my own data base and have noted that three of my in progress above are not on the site, but a summary of my series so far is:
Total Series - 341
Series Books Read - 890
Series in Progress - 165
Series current/complete - 39
Series not started but book on shelf pending - 137
Should anyone want to take a peek : http://www.fictfact.com/list/PaulCranswick/ALL
Ellen - hahaha I would like to see Judy (Delta Queen) and Mark's too as I think they would be quite formidable. Lucy is another who revels in the series as I recall and Mamie. The amount of books that Suz reads also leads to the view that her stats would be challenging/amazing. Aim is to have 500 series logged before the end of the year - remember that to qualify with the not started I must have the book on the shelf to start the series.
You may note that I catalogued those in only two and a half days and didn't get much sleep whilst at the same time cheering on Mr. Murray and the English national soccer team.
Well, messing around on a good book-related website is a good way to "multitask" while watching sports!
You betcha Ellen. Please look up the site. Caro and I are definitely there already.
that site is indeed very interesting, looks like it could be as addictive as being on here :)
I'm not much of a series reader compared to you and the other big guns Paul ( a paltry 123 going according to LT stats) but I'll take a look at that site and will very likely get sucked into it as it's about books so....
I guess I prefer stand alone books for the most part and the writers I'm drawn to don't write series for the most part. Of. Ourselves I am chomping at the bit to get at the latest Louise Penny book. That's one series I definitely keep up with.
Kerri since you have 933 series listed on your stats page here I think you will also have fun over there.
Bianca - it can't beat being over here because you don't get the interaction that you can over here.
Bonnie - Actually there are some series that I wouldn't have figured - of course Amitav Ghosh qualifies as does Trollope and they are certainly not run of the mills serials.
That's true - but what I mean is that you probably could browse for hours, because you have got all the series together (bundle presentation). :-)
I think I have to start looking a bit more into the LT features. I just found out that I have apparently 500 series. I am a great fan of series, but I would not have thought I have that many.
I also still could not figure out how to get to my own wiki page. I am a very very slow learner with everything computer. :)
That's looks an interesting site. One of the reason that I don't read as many series as some people is that I forget what I have read and so a lot of my series reading is confined to book 1.
Paul, as per your request - I am an avid fan of Fact.Fict and I just pulled these numbers from my records:
Total Series I'm Tracking: 586
Total Series Books Read: 792
Series Complete/Current: 36
Series in Progress: 273
Series Not Yet Started but
Have 1st Book on Shelf: 53
Series Not Yet Started
and no Books Owned: 224
If I take away the series that i haven't started yet and don't own any books for, my total series comes down to a much more manageable total of 362. Actually our figures are quite close, Paul.
I just registered at that site, but they only have series in English language, or so it seems. At least I didn't find any of the German childrens books series I read.
Bianca - Well I have certainly spent a great deal of time on it so far already! The LT series feature is a little too all-inclusive. My series list runs to 1228 but there are too many duplicates in there. Caro passing me the link was great timing with it being Series and Sequels month. I am also useless with a computer.
Rhian - Actually my memory when it comes to books and music is fairly uncanny but if SWMBO asks me to do some chore on the way home it goes clean from my mind!
Judy - The ever reliable guru. Series complete is almost the same isn't it. I have made about 20 recommendations or so to the site for series that seem to be missing so my numbers will go up a little hopefully. I haven't included any series not started if I don't have the books as I would be tempted to include way too many and I can't see me reading all that I have already.
Nathalie - You can make recommendations to them and they seem to act upon them quickly.
>183 : Bianca, I asked the same question, and have only started using my own wiki page in the last week or so.
Go down to the bottom of this (or any LT page) and click on 'WikiThing' (in the middle of the sec on last line, above the copyright line)
On that page, in the green box on the left, you should see 'Your WikiThing' at the bottom of one of those lists (going from memory, here). Click on that, and you're in!
Now, if anyone can help me work out how to create a wiki page not linked to my wiki page, I'd be grateful.
ETA : if you're looking for your Series list, go to the very top of the page and click on either the 'Home' or 'Profile' tab (under the LT logo), and then on the 'Statistics / Meme' link on the line that comes up below the tabs (again going from memory). On that page, then click on 'Series' from the lists in the grey box on the left.
Another way of getting to the series page is through one of the boxes on your Home page*. Look for Your Zeitgeist on the left hand side. Just click on Series there and you are taken straight to the page. It also tells you the number of series LT thinks you have:)
*depending on how you have customised it.
I'm with RD. However... it's a little tempting. Feeling a bit like Gollum when he starts arguing with himself about what to do...
"No,no, we musn't go to fictfact"
"seriously, it can't hurt, and it might be fun"
"NONONONO! We musn't!"
Nope not going anywhere near that site. LT eats enough of my time and if I want to check out a series order I tend to go to Fantastic Fiction. It doesn't tell me what I have but that's OK:)
WOW! While I was sleeping, you had a birthday! Happy Belated! I hope your day was as special as you are.
The world certainly needs more of you!
The site is very tempting, but I really don't need to find another addictive site when I don't actually have any more extra hours in a day to spend on it.... My husband would spazz as he gets ignored enough as it is with the time I spend on LT... :)
Hi Paul, thanks for the message and thanks for the tip about the series site, i am going to pay a visit and will no doubt be a regular visitor, keep up with the reading and the stats that you avail us mere mortals with. Hope you,SWMBO and the kids are all ok.
Hi Paul! Congrats on hiring a new driver! Hopefully it works out well for you!
I am refusing to look at fictfact as I don't need another addictive website in my life! Nope, not gonna do it ;)
Just stopping by to say hi. I am still in the throes of moving but things are finally starting to get better. I was told the house was ready to move into, but it wasn't. It turned out that there were lots of things that needed doing, and had to get done, but today I took a hot shower in my own house! It felt good. I know that the stacks of boxes will move out eventually, and that I will be feeling more "at home" when they do, but right now I am not doing well at all. I can't believe I had that much junk. (Not the books - those aren't junk. Its that other stuff.) This is a good time to do some real getting rid of things.
I did manage to finish reading Good Clean Fight and I was so disappointed. I remember reading Piece of Cake and thought it was wonderful, but GCF only made me angry. I am puzzled by this as I so enjoyed the Bartle Bull books last summer, and this series seems like a caricature of British pluck and dash, while Bull's books never did. I have the third book in the trilogy somewhere in the moving boxes and will read it just to see if the second in the series was a stinker or if the sequels just weren't as good as the first. Have you read this series?
We're on our way home on our 9th cross-country drive in the past 4 years. Today we drove through the Rockies and then through a really beautiful valley. Both are nothing like anything in Europe or SE Asia. As we drove I was thinking about your trip and hoping that when you come you get to drive through some of these areas that are so different. Of course, that assumes that you find landscapes interesting....
Yes - I'm on Fictfact - found that a while ago, it's helpful. I haven't gotten all my series in yet though, very slow going, I'm afraid.
Laura - That's good right? The site is just a useful tool for logging and keeping track of your series. Don't see that it could become addictive in the same delightful way LT and this group is.
Nina - As must be patently obvious I am familiar with calling up series and awards and stats etc from the profile and zetigeist sections. The WikiThing looks like something I need to explore.
Calm - You described quite nicely what I do when I'm spying on everybodies catalogues!
RD - You could look at it as another manner of Book porn just that it doesn't adorn the thread as decorously as your unearthing of those stunning personal libraries.
Jenn - Why am I not convinced?!
Calm - Now fantasticfiction.co.uk I have plugged numerous times - it is by far the most complete resource for checking on what books need to be bought.
I LOVE fictfact - just saying. I do not have everything logged in yet - just doing a bit at a time, but like you I really like how you can pull the information up. It puts all your series info into one place and it is so easy to see what book is next in the series and to see what you have versus what you don't have. Fabulous!
The internet is driving me mad this morning as it has crashed twice and I have lost all my replies to your posts. Will have to post them a couple at a time otherwise I'll be doing this the whole day and I have a few tricky meetings in the morning, the kids to collect at 4 and a certain Ms. Caro to entertain thereafter.
Linda - gracious words from such a gracious lady. I trust that your post-op visits to the site are now increasingly pain-free.
Valerie - I have no intention of letting SWMBO know anything about the fictfact site as it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back so to speak. I would probably come home only to find my laptop at the bottom of the fishpond with the communal koi for company.
I have had a jolly good look at fictfact too recently, they certainly do act fast on recommendations! I dont think it will rival LT though as most of the discussion threads seem all but dormant.
John - Thanks for the nice words mate. Seems like Yorkshire are almost over the finishing line and it is heartening to see Adam Lyth return to form in such a timely manner. Would like to see him tour instead of young Joe Root as I don't think he's ready. Jimmy Adams would be my first choice with Lyth to challenge him. Walton must look charming as summer fades into autumn.
Chelle - Hopefully driver situation is settled. I am reading the first Hornblower book by CS Forester and the temptation to read while driving is scary as the book is pretty riveting stuff. I bet you take a peek at fictfact.
Benita - I moved house a few times in my early days here (well in truth SWMBO did most of the actual moving) and it is stressful. You are right that accumulation of the deritus of life is startling in its propensity. Our chicken-coop of a maid's room was converted to a store when I refused to let Erni be entombed therein and it is now floor to ceiling with boxes and piles of things I don't even recognise.
A cariacature of British pluck and dash - what a lovely phrase! - I haven't read either series but I did look at the offending books via the touchstone and the covers at least look enticing!
Reba - How I do long for such a road trip - with the wide open Prairie before me. I was fascinated as a child by the Native American and must admit normally hoped against hope that they would triumph in whatever movie I was watching and to see their original habitat is something I simply must do. Have a safe and wondrous trip and I hope to follow in your wheeltracks anon.
Lucy - I will try to find you over there - the social side of things there will thankfully always mean that this place is unchallenged! As usual and like a dog with a bone I blitzed through the A to Z in less than three days but I know looking at my database yesterday through a whisky and cigar haze that there are many on there that need to be added.
Mamie - I followed Caro's progress and she seemed to have found you too - I'm not sure I am following the correct Mamie but I am gratified to know that at least you are there!
Megan - Yep I guess you don't believe Jenn either! Your appraisal of the use of fictfact is exactly mine too. Useful to update and track but nothing more.
I would miss you all far too much.
Paul -I'm taking my time getting over to fictfact too! LT is a time bully and soaks up much of my free time. I'm still curious though.
I finished Midwinter Blood. It was just okay and it's a series I don't think I'll be continuing. He threw in everything but the kitchen sink. Do you know that expression?
Have a great visit with Caro and make sure you guys toast me with some fine ale!
Mark - I know the expression and have seen it in action many times! Not sure I better drink too much ale this evening as I'll be driving and I'm not that great behind the wheel stone cold sober!
As a person with some American Indian ancestry (of which I'm quite proud), I'm pleased to hear you sometimes cheered for the Indians!
Reba - hahaha - isn't it funny that Red Cloud is not well represented at the cinema - mainly because he failed to lose!
Nearly 150 posts behind, YIKES. So I skimmed a little bit, yes I did. But I see all the comments on Fictfact, and add me to the list of people who definitely don't need another time gobbler on the net! So no. Not. Going. I really want to, but no. Never. Or at least, not tonight because I need to get to bed. :-)
Congrats on the mini splurge. Splurging is what makes the world go round. Not really, I just can't come up with anything clever to say! xx
Ilana - sweet dreams; my guess is that enticing websites might intrude into dreamtime tonight. x
189 +190 humouress and Calm - Thank you:) I finally found my Wiki page. So, now all have to think about what I am going to do with it.
Paul - I registered on fictfact as well now, I think it is great to see on one glance which is next in series and to have the release dates on hand, all in one place. Thanks for mentioning the side. However, as Nathalie/Deern said they don't seem to cater for German books and I will take your advice as well and see if they can add them. :)
Bianca - I have found you on there too and am "following" you there whatever that entails! Hopefully they can assist you with the German books.
Hi Paul - I started at fictfact and have just clicked to 'follow' you. My username there is 'Jelsie'
Kerry - I will find you! What has Caro started.....wait I'll ask her in about half an hour.
Wait a minute - there is more than one Mamie on fictfact? What's up with that? And I don't know how to follow someone - I must check this out. I need a five year old to help me with social media!
Just so you know, I am the same Crazymamie over there as I am here.
Okay, ya'll need to stop talking about Fictfact. I have all my series recorded in an Access database and I don't need to duplicate my work just because it's all pretty and clicky and stuff. So just stop it! *whimpers*
Again, I agree with Morphy.. lol Although, the only place my series are cataloged is here.
I got way, way behind with your thread, Paul. I seem to have missed your birthday. Belated birthday greetings!
So glad you found a new driver.
As far as fictfact, no, not gonna go there . . .
Ok, apologies to Morphy and Kath - but about Fictfact - you are not following me, Paul. There is more than one Mamie!! I am following you, however, as I figured it out without the help of a five year old - which is good because I had no idea where I was going to get one!
Fictfact! My goodness, so many places to visit! I'll have a peek, Paul. Let me know what you think of your new Long Listed Bookers. I'll be curious as to what you think of them.
Oh, I love that Hornblower series, Paul! Hope you have a good time with the Lieutenant.
You're right. The bad Gollum won. I followed you to fictfact. I am still nittnut over there. One thing that's bugging me - some of the books I consider series aren't on there. Maya Angelou, for example, her biographical series. Hmph. It's just sucked up an hour of my life. Thanks ever so. :)
Glad you worked it out Mamie. I was going to offer my 5 year old... :)
We may need to form 2 support groups here. Those who have joined and have sucked into the black hole and the rest of us who are valiantly trying to hold off as long as we can. :)
Well, nigh on seven delightful hours in the company of Caro. Through a traffic snarled Kuala Lumpur evening to the Pavilion shopping mall to hit one of my two main bookstores. As Prue will attest I have a habit of slowly accumulating books in my arms as we are walking along but I will log these later. Added a copy of Empire of the Summer Moon for her since Mark and I adored it so; we also bought her a couple of other titles by Ishiguro and Theroux.
Caro brought me the latest Camilleri The Age of Doubt as well as Night Train to Lisbon and Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste. She also brought a lovely book on the premier restaurants of Nantucket for SWMBO The Nantucket Restaurants Cookbook.
We battled the traffic again to go to the Tamarind Springs for Thai food. Tamarind Springs is the restaurant I used for the lead photo for my thread #20. Very nice meal in a lovely setting comprising - mixed Thai starters, fried sea perch in spicy sauce, broccoli with almonds and beancurd, Laotian beef curry (we didn't mention Dr. Siri once) and soft shell crab. All this finished off with a decent coffee.
Also discovered that whilst our intrepid traveller is not phased by camels she is averse desperately to frogs and I was called into chivalrous action to shield milady from the fiendish creatures!
Special evening interspersed with the wit, warmth and intelligent conversation that I have come to so appreciate from dear Caro. Thanks to her for spending a little of her busy time with me.
btw we did get a photo from the event on her camera which she will post up no doubt.
A reminder of the restaurant that Caro and I whiled away the hours this evening. A tremendous thunderstorm made the scene even more impressive. We actually got kicked out as they wanted to close the place.
There is surely only one crazymamie! Your surge up the posting league cropped up in conversation this evening and Caro and I both felt that there was indeed only Mamie.
Oh dear Morphy I detect a sign of weakness there.
Kath - as a simple source of reference the site is ok anyways.
Terri - thanks for the belated wishes................I'll see you over on the fictfact site some time soon.......
Jim - Nice to see you - the following of series in the group you formed is becoming an addiction for sure!
Mamie Hahaha - I figured it was the wrong gal but I'll excuse myself by admitting that I was copying Caro. Will follow the right Mamie soon.
Deb - the Booker longlist will be worked through at my usual place - painfully slowly.
Joe - I am really enjoying the first one in the series (chronologically) and managed to avoid terrorising Caro by reading at the traffic jams and lights only by a supreme effort of will. He's not Lieutenant yet though - a mere Midshipman.
Jenn - Well I told you so. Will seek you out avidly.
Valerie - Go on and move from one group to the other.
Laura got notified that you were following me already and to be truthful being tailed as never been so ethusiastically received.
Darryl - I will rely on Caro to put the one and only photo up....she seemed to be struggling with the camera but the Nepalese waiter seemed to know his business.
Rhian - I think the constellations are alive with the sight of 75ers hurtling into the anti-matter - as you can see I don't do sci-fi!
You are such an enabler, but that's probably one of the reasons why we love you so much! :P
Looking forward to seeing the photo of you and Caro, and I 'm glad you had such a marvelous time.
These meet ups are great!
That looks like such a gorgeous setting. And I must admit to badly wanting to see you shielding Caro from frogs.
Do you have extra special giant human eating frogs over there, or are we talking standard ones?! Our cats often bring us home frogs and leave them in the house, alive and unharmed. And scared frogs scream. It's a very odd sound!
I've having great fun adding myself as a follower to everyone as they announce here that they are now on Fact.fic. This make stalking so easy!
Valerie - thank you so much; you're not half bad yourself!
Linda - You are right; I revel in the meet-ups and have managed 4 this year from my tropical outpost (+NZ) and all of them have been very positive experiences which reinforced the impression I already had that the people I was going to meet would be great fun.
Jenny - lovely to see you here - I must admit that I saw no frogs but we could hear them. The frogs are normal sized as far as I know and one of the few animals that cause me no concern so I was able to appear brave for once!
Judy - hahaha I was originally under the impression that nobody wanted to join!
I am steadfastly avoiding FactFic -- LT steals enough of my time already!
You are right of course Rebecca and now I am fairly well updated over on Factfict I don't think I'll be there that often other than to keep up my records and add series that I come across and into ownership of.
Seven blissful hours with Caro? Does life get any better? I'm so glad you guys had a great time and you picked her up a terrific book too? I am sure she will LOVE it! I can't wait to see the photo.
In post #230- Did you mean Mamie bought you books, or Caro?
Mark - It was a lovely evening despite being sans ale as I thought I better not drink and drive her around. Oops, well spotted....it was of course Caro that brought the books - I will edit above!
Back to the splurge yesterday:
Caro brought me as I stated above:
The Age of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
Caro also gave SWMBO:
The Nantucket Cookbook by Melissa Clark
The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins
Song and Dance by John Fuller - a collection of new poetry
Beautiful for Ever by Helen Rappaport
Bangkok Eight by John Burdett
Siberian Red by Sam Eastland
Monuments Men by Robert Edsel
Landfall by Helen Gordon
Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin
The Impossible Life of Mary Benson by Rodney Bolt
The Mystified Magistrate by Marquis de Sade
The Blue Door by Lise Kristensen
Deity by Steven Dunne
I'm going to encourage one and all to visit KL because Paul is most definitely host bar none .. and also a damsel's intrepid frog slayer ... or at least frog repellent. I wish I had thought of it at the time, but the froggy chorus would have provided good backup singers for an aria or two from Paul. However, since I was busy sweeping the path with my eyes, looking out to make sure the battalion of croakers weren't attempting an ambush on my feet, all other brain activity ceased.
Here's a pic before we braved the ferocious froggies.
Great photo! Another pair of lovely LTers! Thanks for sharing Caro! Glad the froggers didn't get you!
Caro - thank you my dear.....there could be fewer better guests I'm sure. I have been blessed in that Megan, Prue and yourself have confirmed to me that this is a community of the wise, the fun loving, the caring. Thanks for sharing the photo and avoiding the two of us being castigated for avoiding the limelight a la the last time we met up. It was funny that our intrepid Nepali photographer asked us to sit for a second shot and seemed pleased - the first one must have been so bad that he deleted it himself or was it that his hands were shaking too uncontrollably? Thanks again for a lovely evening and sorry for keeping you out so late - we just about got Cinderella back home on time didn't we......couldn't find any glass slippers in the Volvo this morning anyhow!
Mark - I think Caro and I agreed yesterday that a trip to the Windy city next year to meet up with you and Joe and Bekka and Kerri and all the Chicagoan 75ers is an absolute must. btw how big are the frogs in Chicago?
#269: Great picture! I love seeing LTers get together :)
*waving* at Paul
Waving right back Stasia....your infectious energy will be missed when your next semester starts.....next week?
Yay, love the picture! :)
Disappointed that there was no action shot with the frog though...maybe next time!
Oh yay! We get a picture this time—thanks Caro! Sounds like you guys had a great time.
What lovely pictures up there, and nice to hear that you all enjoyed your meet up so much.
I am curious as well, how did you manage to fight of the battalion of croakers *grin*. My parents told me I am a natural frog repellent - They see me and they run/hop/jump away, whatever - because they are scared I catch them.
Edited to add - I saw on your fictfact list that you have 1Q84 by Murakami still to read - I very much can recommend that one. Unfortunately it is a very addictive read, and I was almost sad when I finished.
At present I am 1/2 way through Kafka on the Shore - so far - as sureal as the other two I read. Brilliantly written, again another page turner.
I used your list to simplify my life in adding my series - haha - I just clicked on the ones I also have and added them. I have done the same with nittnut's list.
Gadzooks! Six thousand posts on my threads?! I am gobsmacked. I appreciate your statistical outbursts, Paul, it's very interesting to see what the trends are...I'm not compulsive enough to do it myself.
>227: Nittnut, I was going to offer Mamie my three year old, but he can't read yet.
>228: Valerie, at some point, I suspect the two support groups (of sucked into the fictfact blackhole / desperately resisting) will merge into one; it's just a matter of when. Myself, I'm being pulled from one to the other; whenever I get the time to have a good look at it, and go through all my series properly (I'm trying to work out if I can put on the ones I've read in the past, too)(and try to remember them!)
Nice report on your meet up, Paul and Caro. And well done for getting a photo on so quickly this time :) (If you hadn't, I suspect an imported picture of any frog would have appeased a lot of people, judging from some of the comments)
Hehe - Do you think Caro plans all of her trips based on the size of frog life she might encounter?!
Good to know that you are an adequate frog repellent though Paul. Perhaps you could come and have a word with the frogs round here, and convince them that it's not the best place to hang out, given the large number of cats that like them as pets?!
If not, I'll have to get Caro in to tell the cats how terrifying they are.
Paul- You know we would be honored if you paid our fair city a visit! But just keep in mind, you will not get away without having an ale or 2. That's a promise! Have a great weekend.
Valerie - the frogs were more reticent than we were - they could be heard but not seen.
Ilana - Caro had carefully remembered to bring her camera and then it appeared that it was out of battery. Actually she was unsure how to use it - we soft-soaped a friendly Nepalese waiter to both show us how to use the camera and then take the shot.
#253: My new session started Wednesday, Paul. I am already in the thick of it!
Bianca - Caro said exactly the same thing as you re:IQ84 - I did question the four figure pages but she told me that, for her, the book was over just too soon. Will get to it soon - especially if I can count it as three books.
RD - We did mention yesterday your incomparable spurts of activity whereas I am more of a grinder - an apprentice to your mastery of the threads. It is no secret that my dinner companion of last evening has a soft spot for you - she was thinking of bringing you home the complete works of Dickens.........plenty of fuel for a house fire if you get cold this winter.
Nina - the under fives are certainly more adept than the over forty-fives at figuring out the computer and all its ways.
Give in to the dark side with fictfact - its great for keeping records.
Well anyway the photo we finished up with was our version of the Princess and the Frog.
Jenny - hahaha I am repellent not only to frogs according to SWMBO! Would gladly help it with keeping your place frog free if someone would spot me the air fare!
Stasia,,,,ha! and struggling to leave us all behind this time I see.
Great photo, Paul, and sounds like a wonderful meetup. The frogs in Chicago are enormous, but polite and well-dressed. They're also slow, so they're easy to elude if you're accompanied by someone with ranidaphobia (fear of frogs). There aren't a lot of natural frog habitats in Chicago, so they tend to hang out in the bars.
It would be great to see you here, when time permits.
Night Train to Lisbon - I thought that was quite a book, but didn't think many on LT shared that view. Fun to see that's one Caro picked up for you.
Didn't we have an LT 75er t-shirt once upon a time - with FROGS on it?
Oh joy oh rapture say it isn't so goody good good Caro goes to SINGAPORE where NIGEL BARLEY is published and I get Dickensed.
Whee. Confetti toss. Yahoo.
What a lovely photo of you and Caro! Sounds like the two of you had a lot of fun!
Jenn and Nina - Thanks so much for thinking of me! Now I know who to call the next time I am needing help with social media and require the assistance of a five year old or a three year old - truly, I don't think being able to read is absolutely necessary to figuring out how to do stuff on the internet, in fact I think it might hinder success!
I loved Night Train to Lisbon and think that you will like it too. It tends to be philosophical but there is so much in that book that makes it a terrific read. I know that there are others who didn't like it, but I am not among them.
The move is going better. Finally feel like I am living in one place and moving out of another. Will finish the packing of the old apartment tomorrow and be fully in the new place. Then I can get to reading. My new book cases look great. I just need to buy more as I have filled them up and still have boxes of books to unpack. It is a terrible thing to be a book lover and have to move.
I did find the box of books in which Damned Good Show was ensconced so started that last night.
Caro and you looked like you were having a great time at the restaurant. I hope that you will be in Chicago when the American Library Association is meeting next summer. If so you can take home boatloads of books. And you can meet up with the Librarything Gods. (As well as Mark and company. I will be there as well.)
Oh my Night Train to Lisbon - great book - just reminded me that I never put up my book thoughts when I read it a couple of years ago. But I think I'll go and do so now:)
Hoorah on meetups! And book swaps, and yummy meals out. And the weekend :)
(and the Royal visitors to KL? Any sightings there?)
Great picture! Glad you guys had a wonderful time :-)
Paul, If you visit Chicago, I will do whatever I can to get there myself. I've never met you or CHI - or Mark for that matter. Hope it comes to pass ;-)
Joe - It was a great meet-up; she's quite a gal! Night Train to Lisbon was strongly recommended and she is usually right.
Jenn - I don't see Caro replacing the camels with frogs.
RD - Funnily enough I have Barley's biography of Raffles and I'm sure you have made a bonfire of any Dickens.
Mamie - phenom that is Mamie was discussed with admiration during our meet-up but sadly Caro is not fond of pecans. I can offer an 8 year old to support the youngsters.
Benita - Would love to see the book-cases when you are set fair. I am going to have to make shipping arrangements when we make the States.
Calm - I hadn't heard of the book so I am now looking forward to it.
Megan - I turned down Bill and Kate in favour of Caro - right choice!
Cee - if you can't make it then I'll find you in Maine - I wouldn't go to that part of the world and not look you up.
Oh, and btw Paul, your MiL comment reminded me of The Fall ans Rise of Reginald Perrin, where he thinks of a hippopotamus whenever his Mil is mentioned! Leonard Rossiter is partly responsible for Lenny being called Lenny, he's a fave around here :)
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