Ronincats targets Books off my own Shelves for 2017: Sector Seven
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This is Kitten Central for the time being, thanks to some feral cats deciding our property is the safest place to raise their families.
I’m Roni in San Diego and I’ve been a member of the 75 book challenge group since 2008. I have a husband, 4 cats, 1 dog, a garden, many books, and am retired. I spend my time reading, gardening, crocheting, and making pottery and wire jewelry. Last year I did miserably on my reading goals, not meeting a single one. This year I want to focus on reading books already on my shelves. My main focus in reading is in speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) but I also try to read at least a dozen nonfiction books per year and am keeping up, more or less, with 4 mystery series. Welcome to my thread. If you are a speculative fiction reader, comment on my thread and I’ll come visit you. I follow those members with similar tastes or that I forged friendships with back in the days when this group was smaller--there is no way I can keep up with everyone, although I would love to be able to.
Goals for 2017:
I will continue my goals to read 150 books and 50,000 pages, as I have met that goal 6 out of 9 years, but amount is really not a focus.
Previous goals have included limiting the number of books acquired to fewer than the previous year and to de-acquisition as many books as acquired. This year I will set a goal of limiting acquired books to 85 and to send at least 50 books on their way out of my house.
I have done very poorly on my goal of reading unread books already on my shelves, but I really want to highlight that this year, and so I’m setting an all-time high goal of 50 books. I did read 40 such books in 2013, but only 41 in the last three years combined.
Books read in 2017:
DNF Daughter of Gods and Shadows by Jayde Brooks (135 pp.) (2015)
1. The Kindred of Darkness by Barbara Hambly (248 pp.)(2016)
2. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J. R. Rowling (42 pp.) (pre-2011)
3. The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims (305 pp.) (2015)
4. Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart (299 pp.) (2016)
5. The Heart of What was Lost by Tad Williams (222 pp.) (2017)
6. I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill (342 pp.) (library)
7. Linesman by S. K. Dunstall (372 pp.) (2016)
8. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (361 pp.) (library)
9. Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger (260 pp.) (pre-2011)
10. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (192 pp.)
11. The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (94 pp.) (2016)
12. Dawn by Octavia Butler (256 pp.) (pre-2011)
13. Spoiled Harvest by Leah Cutter (222 pp.) (2016)
14. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (352 pp.) (reread)
15. Where Shadows Dance by C. S. Harris (342 pp.) (library)
16. Where Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris (341 pp.)
17. Evicted by Matthew Desmond (420 pp.)
18. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud (445 pp.)
19. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (298 pp.)
20. Deeds of Honor by Elizabeth Moon (152 pp.)
21. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (265 pp.)
22. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (360 pp.)
23. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina (90 pp.)
24. Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (447 pp.)
25. Why Kings Confess by C. S. Harris (340 pp.)
26. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (388 pp.)
27. What Darkness Brings by C. S. Harris (353 pp.)
28. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (106 pp.)
29. Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (431 pp.)
30. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (243 pp.)
31. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (312 pp.)
32. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (467 pp.)
33. Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (436 pp.)
34. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (333 pp.)
35. Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (87 pp.)
36. Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
37. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (514 pp.)
38. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (478 pp.)
39. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer (249 pp.)
40. Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (337 pp.)
41. The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (479 pp.)
42. Borderline by Mishell Baker (392 pp.)
43. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice (619 pp.)
44. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (160 pp.)
45. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire (338 pp.)
46. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (94 pp.)
47. The Book That Changed America by Randall Fuller (294 pp.)
48. Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon (503 pp.)
49. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (340 pp.)
50. Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis (347 pp.)
DNF Everfair by Nisi Shawl (168 pp.)
51. Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (333 pp.)
52. Crochet with Wire by Nancie Wiseman (88 pp.)
53. Beauty by Robin McKinley (264 pp.)
54. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley (306 pp.)
55. The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (352 pp.)
56. All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis (128 pp.)
57. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (244 pp.)
58. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix (372 pp.)
59. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (400 pp.)
60. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brown (466 pp.)
61. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (352 pp.)
62. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (219 pp.)
63. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (362 pp.)
64. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (410 pp.)
65. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (341 pp.)
66. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (352 pp.)
67. Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (408 pp.)
68. The Burning Page by Genevive Cogman (356 pp.)
69. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (349 pp.)
70. We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor (283 pp.)
71. John Adams by David McCullough (656 pp.)
72. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (271 pp.)
DNF The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (199 pp.)
73. Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris (338 pp.)
74. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (411 pp.)
75. A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde (357 pp.)
76. For We are Many by Dennis Taylor (321 pp.)
77. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett (450 pp.)
78. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman (416 pp.)
79. Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey (296 pp.)
80. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (144 pp.)
81. Merrill's Marauders by Gavin Mortimer (230 pp.)
82. When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris (355 pp.)
83. New Lands by Geoff Rodkey (325 pp.)
84. Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey (374 pp.)
85. Leviathan Wakes by James Corey (572 pp.)
86. Arabella of Mars by David Levine (350 pp.)
87. Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon (433 pp.)
88. The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (410 pp.)
89. Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman (329 pp.)
90. Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ursula Le Guin (302 pp.)
91. The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman (334 pp.)
92. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (373 pp.)
93. Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris (338 pp.)
94. The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell (377 pp.)
95. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (342 pp.)
96. Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman (378 pp.)
97. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (113 pp.)
98. Inferior by Angela Saini (200 pp.)
99. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (390 pp.)
100. Kingfisher by Patricia McKillip (346 pp.)
101. Winterling by Sarah Prineas (248 pp.)
102. Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman (345 pp.)
103. Avians by Timothy Gwyn (426 pp.)
104. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (189 pp.)
105. The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr (248 pp.)
106. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (320 pp.)
107. The Warded Man by Peter Brett (453 pp.)
108. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
109. Thraxas and the Warrior Monks by Martin Scott (256 pp.)
110. Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (317 pp.)
111. The Jesuit and the Skull by Amir Aczel (289 pp.)
112. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (375 pp.)
113. The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty (468 pp.)
114. The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (311 pp.)
115. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay (320 pp.)
116. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (152 pp.)
117. A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty (470 pp.)
118. Words are My Matter by Ursula Le Guin (337 pp.)
119. Interim Errantry 2 by Diane Duane ( pp.)
120. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (271 pp.)
121. Vallista by Steven Brust (328 pp.)
122. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (153 pp.)
123. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand etal. (494 pp.)
124. Maps to Nowhere by Marie Brennan (174 pp.)
125. The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold (139 pp.)
Books acquired in 2017:
2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond
3. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
4. Zeroes by Chuck Wendig
6. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman (Kindle)
7. The Unwinding by George Packer (Kindle)
8. Rough Crossings by Simon Schwama (Kindle)
9. The Inkblots by Damion Searles
11. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina (Amazon)
12. Merrill's Marauders by Gavin Mortimer (Amazon)
15. Magic For Nothing by Seanan McGuire (Amazon)
16. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (PBS)
17. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt (PBS)
19. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (MG)
20. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (MG)
21. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab (MG)
22. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (PBS)
24. The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Amazon)
25. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (Kindle)
26. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (MG)
27. Inferior by Angela Saini (ER)
28. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (MG)
29. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (MG)
30. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (PBS)
31. All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (PBS)
32. A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly (PBS)
33. The Clean Eating Slow Cooker by Linda Larsen (BargainBooks)
34. The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams (Amazon)
36. Darwin's Ghosts (Amazon)
37. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (Amazon)
38. The Essex Serpent by Saran Perry (from Jenn (nittnutt))
39. The Shape of Ancient Thought by Thoma McEvilley (Amazon)
40. An Oath of Dogs by Wendy Wagner (MG)
42. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (MG)
43. Death's End by Cixin Liu (Amazon)
45 Words Are my Matter by Ursula Le Guin (Amazon)
46. The Glasswrights Series by Mindy Klasky (Amazon)
47 The Great Alta Saga by Jane Yolen (Amazon)
49. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (113 pp.)
50. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
51. The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone (576 pp.)
52. An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon (349 pp.)
53. In Calabria by Peter Beagle (176 pp.)
54. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip (290 pp.)
55. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (387 pp.)
56. Cinderella Necromancer by Faith Boughan (322 pp.)
57. All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Smith (367 pp.)
58. Interim Errantry 2 by Diane Duane (546 pp.)
59. The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin (432 pp.)
60. Tropic of Kansas by Chris Brown (469 pp.)
61. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Barker (563 pp.)
62. Moonburner by Claire Lune (313 pp.)
63. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neal DeGrasse-Tyson (223 pp.)
64. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (317 pp.)
65. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (153 pp.)
66. Vallista by Steven Brust (334 pp.)
67. Maps to Nowhere by Marie Brennan (174 pp.)
68. The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold (139 pp.)
69. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (128 pp.)
British Author Challenge
February - Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters
June - Georgette Heyer:
October - Jo Walton: Necessity
December - Neil Gaiman: Odd and the Frost Giants
January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2016, but never started/completed" - Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart
February: "Space Travel!" - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
March: "Religious Themed SciFi/Fantasy" - Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak) by Ken Scholes, The Gospel of the Knife by Will Shetterly
April: "Dystopian/Apocalyptic theme" - On Such a Full Sea
May: "Alien contact" - The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis
June: "Series Month" - City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
July: "Award Winners/Nominees" - Leviathan Wakes by James Corey, The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
August: "Humorous sci fi/fantasy" -
September: "Steampunk" - The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
October: "Near Future SciFi" -
November: "Historical SFF" -
December: "Magic Systems" -
January: Prizewinners - Evicted by Desmond Morris
February: Voyages of Exploration - Wanderings by Chaim Potok
March: Heroes and Villains - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice
April: Hobbies, Pastimes and Passions - Crochet with Wire
May: History - John Adams by David McCullough
June: The Natural World
July: Creators and Creativity - Dancing At the Edge of the World by Ursula Le Guin
August: I’ve Always Been Curious About…. - Inferior by Angela Saini
September: Gods, Demons and Spirits -
October: The World We Live In: Current Affairs
November: Science and Technology
December: Out of Your Comfort Zone
Obama Reading List Challenge http://www.librarything.com/topic/247375
February--Non-Fiction Titles: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March--All-time Favorites: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
April--Excellent Novels and Poetry Collections: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
May--Books About Other Presidents: John Adams by David McCullough
June--Summer Reads 2016
July--Summer Reads 2015
August--Independent Bookstore Purchases
October--Additional Authors and Philosophers
December--Books for Daughters
I am reposting my list of favorite books from each year of my life (published date).
Okay, several people have been posting lists of favorite book per year of every year of their life. Seemed like an impossible task for me, but then I realized it didn't mean BEST book, and further realized that I could morph the conditions somewhat. So what this list contains is favorite books as defined by books that I keep coming back to and rereading with enjoyment. Except for the last 5 years, this means I have reread the books listed at least three times, and often many times more. Also, I have tried not to use books in a series too many times. I mean, I could list ALL of the Bujold books, the Vlad Taltos Series, the Liaden books, the Attolia books, the Toby Daye series, and so on, as I often reread all the previous books every time a new one comes out. I have tagged books that are part of this type of series with an asterisk. Need I say I spent far too long on this?
1949 Needle by Hal Clement
1950 The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
1951 Between Planets by Robert Heinlein
1952 Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
1953 Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
1954 The Lord of the Rings: Books 1 & 2 by J. R. R. Tolkien
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert
1955 The Lord of the Rings: Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
1956 Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer
1957 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein
1958 The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
1959 The Beast Master by Andre Norton
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
1960 The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
Storm Over Warlock by Andre Norton
1961 Catseye by Andre Norton
Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak
1962 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
1963 Way Station by Clifford Simak
1964 Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge
1965 Dune by Frank Herbert
1966 The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz
1967 Taran Wanderer* by Lloyd Alexander
Dragonflight/Dragonquest* by Anne McCaffrey
1968 A Wizard of Earthsea* by Ursula K. Le Guin
1969 The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff
Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
1970 The Tombs of Atuan* by Ursula K. Le Guin
1971 A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle
1972 The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
1973 The Dark is Rising* by Susan Cooper
1974 The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
1975 Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
1976 Dragonsong* by Anne McCaffrey
1977 Charmed Life* by Diana Wynne Jones
1978 Beauty by Robin McKinley
1979 The Door into Fire* by Diane Duane
1980 Lord Valentine’s Castle* by Robert Silverberg
1981 The Pride of Chanur* by C. J. Cherryh
The Ring of Allaire* by Susan Dexter
The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
1982 The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
God Stalk* by P. C. Hodgell
1983 Jhereg* by Steven Brust
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy
1984 Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
1985 Talking to Dragons* by Patricia C. Wrede
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
1986 Shards of Honor* by Lois McMaster Bujold
1987 The Uplift War* by David Brin
1988 The Dragonbone Chair* by Tad Williams
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter* by Elizabeth Moon
Agent of Change* by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
1989 Guards! Guards!* by Terry Pratchett
1990 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
1991 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1992 On Basilisk Station* by David Weber
1993 The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
1994 Mirror Dance* by Lois McMaster Bujold
1995 Sabriel* by Garth Nix
1996 The Thief* by Megan Whalen Turner
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone* by J. K. Rowling
1998 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Dark Lord of Derkholm* by Diana Wynne Jones
Changer by Jane Lindskold
1999 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* by J. K. Rowling
2000 The Curse of Chalion* by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Queen of Attolia* by Megan Whalen Turner
2001 Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Eyre Affair* by Jasper Fforde
2002 Lost in a Good Book* by Jasper Fforde
2003 The Wee Free Men* by Terry Pratchett
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
2004 Going Postal* by Terry Pratchett
2005 Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Cast in Shadow* by Michelle Sagara
2006 The King of Attolia* by Megan Whalen Turner
2007 Wizards at War* by Diane Duane
2008 Nation by Terry Pratchett
2009 Rosemary and Rue* by Seanan McGuire
2010 I Shall Wear Midnight* by Terry Pratchett
2011 Rivers of London* by Ben Aaronovitch
2012 Three Parts Dead* by Max Gladstone
2013 A Natural History of Dragons* by Marie Brennan
2014 The Martian by Andy Weir
2015 The Astronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
2016 Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
We've been to the beach for lunch today--lovely weather! This was the view from my seat at the restaurant. I love it after the tourists go home!!
Happy new thread, Roni.
From the previous thread and >7 ronincats: - That is an impressive list!
KITTENS!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHH, KITTENS!!!!!!!!!!
Ahem. Hello, Roni. How are you? :)
Happy New Thread from me too! I love that you're able to get to the beach when you want. I didn't get to the coast even once this summer. Oh well.
I'm not sure how I missed your best published list, but I love the idea. I'll be interested in doing that when I have more online time. Unfortunately, I can't just borrow your list.....
>8 ronincats: That looks like a lovely place to have lunch. I made myself sick today at lunch, I had to get out of the house as it was being shown and I just wanted to grab something quick and being lazy I settled on the MacDonald's drive through. My system seems not to be able to handle MacDonalds and I suffered the rest of the day with feeling off.
>8 ronincats: Oh, what a view! I'm afraid the restaurant would have had to kick e out, as I could sit there and watch the waves for hours!
Happy New Thread, Roni!
Is Kitten Central fun to follow? It looks like it would be.
When is "not-tourist" season in your beautiful part of the country? I imagine you must get tourists in the winter?
I love the new thread parlor. Kitten Central will be a wonderful place to visit. I really wish we had a few cats running around the library. I'm sure they'd all come jump in my lap right at the moment I needed a cat fix!
>8 ronincats: Jakes? I'm so impressed with your reading AND your list of "best" books -- including that you regularly reread that many books. Glad weather at home has cooled off and hope it stays that way. We've been having a few hot days (like near 90!!) but it's supposed to be high of 60 tomorrow, which I will love :)
Hi Roni and happy new thread.
Kittens are cute. I'm still resisting. *smile*
For some reason my 18-year old Kitty William is sitting on my desk calendar plucking fur out. He's getting medicine for arthritis and gets Advantage for cats once a month, so I know it's not fleas or pain. Perhaps it's a protest that I haven't made my breakfast yet. I usually share a bit of protein with him.
Happy new thread, Roni.
The kittens are still lovely and somehow I suddenly want to go to the beach ;-)
Happy new thread! Love the kitty pics and the beach view! I bet it is quieter once school starts again. Do you still have nice warm weather?
>9 PaulCranswick: First one in, Paul! Would you like a kitten for your prize? The list is only so impressive because I am an OLD fart. ;-)
>10 lyzard: Kittens and sloth babies--they completely outrank humans for interest, Liz!
>11 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.
>12 LizzieD: Peggy, we don't go from Memorial Day to Labor Day as a rule because the tourists have it clogged up beyond belief. One has to get to Mission Beach (where we were) before 9 in the morning any day of the week and Coronado before 10. Now is the best beach weather of the year anyway, and we love having our parking and beaches back. It's only 12 miles to Mission beach, under 10 miles over to the beach on Coronado, so it is a quick trip.
>13 DeltaQueen50: It is a lovely spot, Judy. So sorry that MacDonald's made you queasy--hope all is well now.
>14 rosalita: It has a bar, so you could just refill your drink and watch--or go down on the boardwalk or sand and get an even better view, Julia!
>15 jnwelch: Kitten Central is lots of fun, Joe. Yes, we get tourists in the winter as well, but not in as heavy a concentration as in the summer where, besides all the summer vacationers, we get all the 'Zoners coming over en masse to avoid the heat.
>16 thornton37814: Added some more pics in >2 ronincats:, Lori, since the first one double-posted.
>17 RebaRelishesReading: No, Cannonball, on the second floor of the building on the southwest corner of the Mission Beach complex there. They have the Plunge completely torn down, as well as our usual hangout north of there, which is an outside patio with bars. We have warmed up again this week after our lovely cool days last week. It was 78 at the beach yesterday and 88 in El Cajon.
>18 karenmarie: I hope William is more comfy today. He is a respected elder, isn't he? My oldest is 15.
>19 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. How far away is the beach from you?
>20 foggidawn: Thanks, Foggi.
>21 SandDune: And thank you, Rhian.
>22 RBeffa: Thanks for catching that, Ron. I had changed books and forgot to change the author.
>23 ChelleBearss: It's not just local school starting, Chelle. It's that EVERYONE else's schools started too, and so they all went back home. And yes, we should have lovely warm weather for the next 6 weeks or so that will be perfect beach weather.
A stay-at-home day today. Had to clean up the kitchen (disaster zone!) and do a complete clean out of the refrigerator for starters, but with some time for kitten watching too.
Kitten Central indeed! I LOVE it!!!
So, on a different note, I took a pottery class back in graduate school and I LOVED it, too. I quit after a semester (for reasons that I won't go into but think "first girlfriend") and have often thought that I would like to try it again. I'm starting to do some research about options in my area. I have one piece that I made in that grad school class -- it was a slab container and I keep my bookmarks in it on my dresser. :-) We did get to throwing pots and I was getting the hang of it....
I'll keep you posted if I generate the motivation to follow through on this...
>8 ronincats: "I love it after the tourists go home!!" I feel the same way. :-)
Happy New Thread, Roni!
I love the kittens! It's been years since I had a litter around and they are just so darn much fun!
And the beach picture is lovely, too. I so agree with >14 rosalita: that the restaurant would end up having to kick me out.
>24 ronincats: and it's cooled off here -- think I'll stay (won't work I know but I can dream). We had near record temps last week, up to 89 one day but yesterday it dropped from 80 to 60 around sunset and today 60 is supposed to be the high. Much better imho :)
>24 ronincats: We live to far away from the beach for a quick visit, Roni, it is over an hour to get there. But my parents live close to the beach, tomorrow we go there, so if the weather is good we might do a walk on the beach with Ari.
>25 EBT1002: Welcome, Ellen! I hope you do find time to take up pottery--it is so relaxing!
>26 sirfurboy: Yup.
>27 thornton37814: That's my Miles, who was the spring kitten that came in from the cold.
>28 streamsong: Hi, Janet. Yes, we haven't had a litter for a long time either, but I grew up on a farm and spent lots of time in the hayloft every summer taming kittens, and I've missed it.
>29 RebaRelishesReading: Warm here for another two days, then we'll cool down, Reba.
>30 FAMeulstee: Hope you get that beach walk in, Anita.
Today was pottery day. I trimmed all the pieces I threw last week--it will be another 3 weeks before I bring any finished pieces home thanks to the hiatus caused by my trip. I also threw a vase intended for my niece's Christmas present and another bowl. Then off for a flu shot and a trip to Costco as well as a stop at the library.
AND big day--we brought Motley and Dinah inside. They are currently in my bathroom and not particularly happy about it, but they were fully weaned and Mom was experimenting with moving them--we don't want to lose them.
>31 ronincats: so does that mean you're going to keep those two? What are you going to do with the others?
And are Motley and Dinah faring better today? Ditto Reba's questions!
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
>8 ronincats: Oh! I do miss the beach! What you said about loving it after the tourists go home: it doesn't seem that long ago when you posted a pic of the beach and said you were enjoying it while you could BEFORE the tourists came. Summer sure flew by!
Sweet kittens. I'm so glad you were able to rescue Motley. He sounds like a daring kitten who is going to need a lot of watching so he doesn't spend all of his 9 lives in one year. :)
>7 ronincats: You sure put a lot of work into creating that list! I share a lot of reread favorites with you, and even more favorites that I've only read once.
Have a wonderful weekend!
It's been a good day. First up and play with kittens. Get ready and go with friend to Season of the Heart craft show and buy gifts for Christmas, then go to Milton's deli for lunch and THEN stop by Mysterious Galaxy on the way home. I intended to purchase The Stone Sky to complete the prize-winning trilogy, but two other books followed me home, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic and Tropic of Kansas. Then home and play with kittens.
>32 RebaRelishesReading: Maybe. I could see adopting the two out (they are adorable) but my husband tends to fall in love. I'm not sure I'm ready to have 6 cats, though.
>34 sibyx: They have conquered the bathroom, Karen.
>34 sibyx: I'll check out that book, Lucy. I was unaware of it.
>35 Storeetllr: It did fly by, Mary. Motley is indeed a zestful consumer of life. And yes, I did put a fair amount of work into my list--my bad for being so OLD!
>36 EBT1002: They are playing under the door with Miles and Sybil, who are inserting paws through the crack. AND their eyes are changing--a light gray today on the way to whatever the final color will be.
Aw. Beautiful kittens. The beach restaurant also looks wonderful. Can't wait to be by the sea next week.
Haha, look at mama cat's face! Actually, I have had that same face when my girl was little. lol
Books read: 7
Pages read: 2378
Average pages per day: 79
Average pages per book: 340
New reads: 7
Library books: 2
Books off the shelf: 3
New acquisitions read: 1 (purchased new)
science fiction 0
Author gender: 4 female, 3 male
Country of origin: USA 5, Scotland 1, Australia 1
Books acquired: 11
Source: ER-1, Amazon-5 (all Kindle), PBS-2, MG-3
Read: 1 read this month, one was the acquisition of a previously read book
Genre: science fiction-2, fantasy-8, nonfiction-1
Books out the door: 1
A very slow month for reading. Dare I blame kittens? Still no rereads for 3 months now and I'm hurting. I have 6 books out from the library and 4 on their way, plus all those books I just acquired. I did very poorly in following through on plans for this month, and so am not making many for next month.
I'd say Mom suspects you of poisoning that food lol. That is not a happy face. Does she really have eyes of different colors?
OMG! Those kitties are beautiful! And feral???? Your property looks not only safe, but also looks like lots of fun! Also looks like you are feeding them and they are loving it. Great pictures.
I have yet to get any really good pictures of Gracie. I'm not much of a photographer and she's not enthusiastic about being a model. Nevertheless we are clicking. She's been hopping up on my lap when I read. It's very cool to have a kitty on my lap again!
>43 ronincats: Yikes. That's not fair, to show such adorable kittens.
>7 ronincats: I've read 56 of them (and for most of the series ones, the whole series - as you do, read the first ones over when a new one comes out). I'm really surprised about the dates of some of them - or is that when you first read them? To Say Nothing of the Dog came out the same year as Dark Lord of Derkholm? and Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Agent of Change are the same year? Three of those are old favorites (I haven't read the Willis, yet), but I thought Agent of Change was much older than Paks, and Dark Lord was quite new (and ...of the Dog was a classic, old book). Funny how the mind slips things around.
Belated happy new thread Roni!
>7 ronincats: I think I got part way through creating my own list of favourite books after seeing the list on Paul's thread and did start to struggle to not just list another Vorkosigan or Discworld book for some years :-) But I think it shows the high quality of those series too...
Glad to hear the kittens are continuing well!
Happy October, Roni. This month is my favorite one of the year, the weather is usually good, the leaves are turning, our Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming weekend, oh, and it just happens to be my birthday month as well. ;)
Love the pic of the kittens eating and Mom with her two different eye colors!
What a lovely thread, Roni! Those kittens are SO cute.
Love your list up there in >7 ronincats: - I have read 21 of those, and I could pretty much just use your list to further my sci-fi/fantasy reading, so thanks for that.
>45 ronincats: Kittens to blame for slower reading?
Yes, I guess that is fair, Roni!
So, I've not been around here all week, it seems. On Sunday, the hubby, having been constrained by me for several weeks from doing yardwork involving the noisy string trimmer, went ahead and cleaned up the back yard since Motley and Dinah were inside and the younger kittens could retreat behind the fence. As a result, Mama moved them out of our yard Sunday night. However, she was unable to get one of the kittens to follow her up the honeysuckle trunk onto the front porch--necessary to getting them out of the back yard. I'm pretty sure she has the other four in the neighbor's side yard where she had her kittens last year, but can't tell because of the tall wooden fences. Anyhow, I was agonizing over this other little kitten--she was still coming into the back yard for breakfast and supper and she'd let the other little one feed a little then, but he was alone and scared. On Tuesday, the hubby was able to trap the little one and bring him in. He is now flea free and well fed, but still lonely as Motley and Dinah are too rough with him to let them have access to him unsupervised. So he's in the shower stall.
Motley and Dinah started being allowed out of the bathroom proper two days ago as they had conquered the bathroom environment, and now are out pretty much full time except when we are gone or at night. Here they are in one of their rare "down" times on the couch in my office as I am typing.
Miles thinks they are his personal playthings and they seem to like that, giving as good as they get. Looks like we'll be keeping these two after all.
I'm still missing having the other kittens in the back yard, though. And I won't be able to tame them now.
Something in the October air seems to trigger my type 2 migraines--ones with faint nausea, background headache at a low level, and a general feeling of malaise. That took up all of Tuesday and I fought through one yesterday to go to pottery (where I glazed and trimmed and threw) and took a nap in the afternoon after I read one of the books I picked up at the library on the way home. Tuesday I realized I'd better get busy on replenishing my jewelry stock since my first show is coming up soon and made three tree of life pendants, which is a start at least.
In case you are thinking it is easy to photograph these things, here is proof to the contrary, showing what I have to deal with.
I actually have gotten some reading done along with all of this and will report on it in the next message after I acknowledge all my lovely visitors.
>46 lycomayflower: Hi, Laura, good to see you! Yes, they are.
>47 RebaRelishesReading: I was wondering when someone would comment on that, Reba. Yes, they really are two different colors.
>48 -Cee-: Gracie is a lovely kitty, Cee, and she's lucky to have you.
>49 karenmarie: You only "have" to look at them, Karen. I have to have them right here in my face.
>50 RBeffa: That's a pretty good number, Ron.
>51 jjmcgaffey: Oh, LT member with the highest number of shared books in the group, why am I not surprised by your 56? The dates are taken from Wikipedia's dates of publication.
>52 souloftherose: Definitely some high quality series there, Heather.
>53 DeltaQueen50: Sounds like a good month for you, Judy. An early Happy Birthday for you!
>54 sibyx: Hi, Lucy. Wish she'd move them BACK into the yard--would help her out to have them eating the dry food too. I keep mentioning this to her but so far she's been unresponsive.
>55 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie. Feel free to use my list as a resource.
>56 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul, for validating my excuse.
But I have finished some books this week! And so for my first book reviews on this thread--about time.
Book #113 The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty (468 pp.)
This is the second book in the YA fantasy trilogy. Lots of things happen after the surprise at the ending of the first book and we are left with much to be resolved in the third book.
By now it was Tuesday and I wanted something totally comfort while dealing with my migraine, plus I hadn't had a reread in MONTHS, so I picked this book up and as always totally enjoyed it.
Book #114 The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (311 pp.)
I love Hoffman's characters--they are always so rich. Tom has always been able to see ghosts and it has caused him many problems as a child being bounced from family member to family member, so he's worked at shutting it down. But now it's starting up again and results in his fleeing Portland to end up in a small town in eastern Oregon. Little does he know that he's jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. Fantasy, Presences, romance, twisted powers and lots of lovely characters--this is one of my favorite comfort reads.
Book #115 Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay (320 pp.)
Several LTers have been reading this lately, including Berly, and so I picked it up from the library. This collection of essays makes for powerful reading and I'm glad I read it. Powerful alternate perspectives are definitely to be cultivated.
Book #116 All Systems Red by Martha Wells (152 pp.)
I've read several of Wells' fantasy books but I ordered this science fiction novella from the library because blue (bluesalamander) was warbling about it, and then Heather (souloftherose) chimed in too. It's about a murderbot who has nullified its command chip so it can OD on popular entertainment videos and it doesn't much care about anything else. But against its own desires, it starts to interact with its survey team (the one it's supposed to provide security for) when it becomes clear that someone is trying to eliminate them. Short and sweet, I'll look for the next one definitely!
Roni, those kittens are so charming - thanks for posting the photos. I'm so glad you have taken them under your wing - lucky, lucky kitties.
Adding The Thread that Binds the Bones to the list!
Richard!!! Here, quickly put on my super-duper allergy nose filters to allow you to breathe more comfortably while visiting!
>61 ronincats: *aaah* Much milder, thank you. I just finished a book I'll be recommending to my blog followers that I want you to read: Acadie by Dave Hutchinson. Pub date February 2018. PM me your addy and I'll send you my ARC. What a joy that book was! (And I'm pretty sure Dave modeled the villain's appearance on me.)
Richard, I think you would really enjoy All Systems Red (see just above). Unfortunately mine is a library copy so I can't send it to you.
>57 ronincats: You seem to have a lot of . . . help . . . in laying out your pendants for photographing!
Oh I love the new tree pendants (and the photo showing your "helpers"). You remind me that one of these days I really should get to Cracks in the Kingdom before I forget what happened in the first book.
>59 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie. I saw you up there. Richard distracted me--he's good at that. ;-) You know what my household is like right now--remember Mischief and Mayhem when they were just kittens? How are they and Mercy doing, btw?
>66 richardderus: I agree, Richard.
>67 foggidawn: My point exactly, foggi!
>68 bell7: Hi, Mary. I'm working on the third book of the series now. Did three more pendants, will put up a photo later tonight.
>69 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. Almost as cute as your girls!
So...Mama bowed to pragmatic reality and moved her kittens back into the back yard again today. She definitely needs help feeding the little monsters--Motley and Dinah's brother is positively gaunt and tearing into the dry food like there is no tomorrow. They are fully mobile now and up on the deck. Here's Mama and two of the kittens a few minutes ago...
A good ending to a bad beginning. I woke up at 2:30 with a pounding headache. We are having a Santa Ana and the humidity has been below 20%, causing the headache. I took meds but it lingered on until mid-afternoon. Then I made another pendant and started a book.
>70 ronincats: Glad to see mamma cat came back, Roni, does she have a green and a blue eye?
Sorry for your headache, I hope the weather turn soon into a non headache way.
Glad to see your kitties came back to your yard! My Chloe would love to be your neighbour, so many kitties to visit! One of our neighbours has a front porch cat that always come over to say hello to us and Chloe is delighted every time!
Sorry to see your head is pounding! Hope it eases for you
Oh yuck, Santa Anas!! So sorry you're having a head ache. Would a humidifier help you when the humidity outside drops?
Sorry about the headache but I am so glad mama kitty brought her little ones back!
Went to WL The Thread that Binds but it's already in!
I am SO glad Mama kitty brought her kittens back into your yard (smart mama).
Does that mean the little one she couldn't take with her is being mothered again?
I'm sorry to hear about the headache, though.
I've had Bad Feminist on the bedside table for a while now and I need to get to it.
Oh hell, a Santa Ana is torture. I'm so sorry.
What book did you start?
So of your three reviews - one I hadn't read that sounds at least mildly interesting, an old favorite, and one I'd heard of but wasn't all that interested in. Maybe I'll pick up All Systems Red, on your recommendation. Martha Wells is one of those authors that I'm pretty sure I'd like but I've never gotten around to reading any...
Glad the kittens came back - Mama saw the light. I love her different-colored eyes. I usually see those on harlequin cats, with different colors on different sides of their faces - odd that hers is more even. Pretty, though. I noticed them on the first picture of her, but forgot to mention them.
Last week I (and my mom) started a ceramics class - I kept having flashes of your comments here. We made some simple things - I made a pinch pot and a slab/molded plate. Next week...I think...they'll go in for bisque firing, and we'll do more stuff. I'm hoping to make a mug of a type that I love, that doesn't seem to exist - one potter, at the Torpedo Factory in the DC area, made them, we bought literally dozens over several years, and still have several (this was...20 years ago?). Apparently the potter died and no one at the Torpedo Factory took up his design. It's a very simple mug - upright, with slightly flared top, and (this is the important part) a handle that rises slightly above the edge (and is nearly straight). That makes it possible for my father to actually hold the mug with his whole hand (big hand - 90% of decent-sized mugs he can only get 3-4 fingers into the handle).
We'll get to the wheel in a few weeks - pinch, coil and slab first, to get used to the clay. And glazing, and underglaze, and so on. It should be fun! After 4 weeks of class, we're allowed to go to the open workshops, too. This is at my senior center, that I'm finally old enough for.
Hi Roni It's a pleasure to follow your thread, with kittens, and those wonderful pendants, Oh and books of course. I hope the headache gets better soon!
>70 ronincats: By the way, I love how the kittens are halfway into the food bowl. So cute!
Well, that didn't last long. The husband let Molly out after dark to do her business, she got aggressive with the kittens, and Mama moved them out again.
>71 FAMeulstee: She does have mis-matched eyes, Anita.
Thanks for the good wishes on dispatching the headache, Chelle, Reba, Lucy, Ellen, Paul, Richard, and Ella. It's been an every other day affair for the last week, but hopefully this Santa Ana and its bone dry air will move out in the next few days. Yes, a humidifier helps, Reba, but it's been SO long since we've had a real Santa Ana that I wasn't prepared. No fires to speak of in our county, fortunately, but if you've been watching the news you've seen the fires up in wine country and in Orange County--terrible. The winds can stop soon enough.
>75 EBT1002: I probably wouldn't have put the baby out back even if Mama had stayed, Ellen, since I had just gotten all the fleas off of him and got him socialized. He's big enough to play with the older kittens now. I'm letting him out to play with them during the day.
Motley and Dinah have taken over the house, into everything and everywhere, and Miles thinks they are his personal action toys. I am trying to take some good pictures today to post later.
So yesterday was a feeling better day and we went up to the University Town Center mall which has a storefront Amazon store!! Of course I had to go in, and then of course had to pick up something. Selection is definitely limited--they have the most children's and YA books, but they have just as much science fiction and fantasy as they have general fiction, which is good priorities from my POV. I bought Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Ninefox Gambit. Both are books I could have gotten from the library (although I'm 167 in line for the first) but that I won't mind actually owning.
Book #117 A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty (470 pp.)
This is the book I was starting, Richard. It's the third in a YA fantasy series called The Colors of Madeleine featuring an alternate world with cracks into this one. This series kept surprising me, with unexpected twists as well as very creative world-building. Definitely recommended for the target audience!
>57 ronincats: So glad all the kitties have you to look out for them. And I love, love, love the tree pendants - I think they are my favourites of all your designs - just beautiful.
>58 ronincats: Really happy you enjoyed All Systems Red - I think I saw there are going to be at least two more in that series but not until next year.
>70 ronincats: Glad to hear Mama has moved the kittens back. And that the migraines have eased a little.
>82 ronincats: Oohh, the champagne colored one in the middle is spectacular!
"Storefront" and "Amazon" aren't words I expect to see joined together.
Sorry to hear about your migraines and hope you're pain free.
I laughed out loud at the picture of your helpers. My Kitty William, 18 years old, was 'helping' me this morning by sitting on my book and standing directly in front of the monitor. He also tried to put his paw on the monitor when I was playing a Tom Lehrer video on YouTube. I swear I can hear him thinking "I want opposable thumbs!"
I hope you have a lovely Thursday.
>83 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather, and yes, I did enjoy the murderbot book.
>84 richardderus: Thank you, Richard. Yes, a few do exist, however much an oxymoron that seems.
>85 karenmarie: We have our humidity back, Karen, and I am much better. I do have kitten updates!
Here are Motley and Dinah--she has found the yarn tying my Kindle charger and it is HERS!
And the baby in the same area.
YOu can see that they have
So I realized Tuesday evening when preparing to send out notices about my craft fair to my mailing list that the show at the local nursery that I thought was NEXT Saturday is actually THIS Saturday, so yesterday was spent organizing, pricing new items, and packing my pottery!
And today of course was pottery day. I glazed 4 major pieces, put handles on and trimmed four mugs, and brought home these little dishes, 4" in diameter or less.
>86 ronincats: I can see some of you upcoming posts may be quite purrfect.
What a gorgeous lot of stuff. Those blue bowls (and pitcher and etc) in the middle are particularly eye-catching. I want to figure out how to do those splashed and streaked glazes - they're so beautiful!
>87 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul!
>88 jjmcgaffey: Jenn, your post made me wonder if I had responded to your lovely newsy post up above, and I see that I missed you completely. I think it is very exciting that you have started a pottery class! We have several mother-daughter duos at our pottery--it's a neat thing to do together. I look forward to seeing your work and would love a pic of that torpedo mug. My mugs tend to have outsize handles as I like to be able to get a good grip.
Yikes! Glad you realized the show is this Saturday in time. Hope you do well.
Up early, the truck is all packed, and off to the show for the day. Wish me luck; I did very well here last spring and would love another day like that.
>93 ronincats: Good work. I am impressed by the rings, Roni, but how on earth do you do the ears?!
Have a lovely weekend.
Enjoying the kitty photos but >86 ronincats: is exactly why I don't want one myself. :-)
That is an impressive array of pottery!
My cat was climbing on my keyboard; I lifted her off, and now my computer is missing a couple keycaps. They're not lost, and I can reattach them, but...argh.
OMG Roni, your kitties are THE CUTEST!! And your jewelry just gets better and better.
Hope you have a wonderful week.
VCKP - very cute kitten pictures.
And I've never see ear climbers before! I love them.
>95 RebaRelishesReading: Reba, it went very well, thank you.
>96 PaulCranswick: Very funny, Paul.
>98 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara.
>99 qebo: Oh, it is totally worth it, Katherine.
>100 jjmcgaffey: Still worth it, Jenn.
>101 AMQS: Thank you, Anne.
>102 karenmarie: And thank you, Karen.
>103 Storeetllr: Very well, Mary, indeed.
It was a lovely day at the nursery. I was among the citrus and right across from the salvia and milkweed, so had hummingbirds and monarchs when there weren't that many humans around. And I had a very good sales day to boot.
I've finished up three books yesterday and today.
Book #118 Words are My Matter by Ursula Le Guin
Nonfiction, this is a collection of essays, talks and book reviews in Le Guin's inimitable style.
Book #119 Interim Errantry 2 by Diane Duane
This chronicles the Ordeals of three of the wizards who we have met working with Kit and Nita in previous books, so background and filling in for fans of the series. Not the place to start, but always fun to spend more time in that universe!
Book #120 Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (271 pp.)
This science fiction novel has been getting a lot of buzz and I see why. Truly creative world-building and characters that get under your skin.
I love your list in >7 ronincats: ! I've read about twenty of them. I have just one living on Planet TBR - Dandelion Wine. I'm so far behind with my challenge to read books that I already own that I'm avoiding book bullets. But since I already own this one, I'll see if I can't get this one read sooner rather than later.
>86 ronincats: Beautiful to see all your handiwork lined up like that! Good luck at the show.
I'm loving the kitten pics. I'm doing a reread of Little Women since the real life book club is reading March this month. In one of the early chapters, each of the girls wants to send something to the lonely neighbor boy while he is ill, and one insists on sending over her litter of kittens. How great would that be! I'm sure yours could cheer anyone up!
>106 streamsong: Oh, I loved Dandelion Wine! You're in for a treat when you get to it, Janet.
Morning, Roni! Your kitties are keeping you plenty entertained, I see. You had asked how mine were doing - Mayhem and Mischief are coming up on a full year soonish. Mayhem is a magnificent beast - about 13 pounds and so handsome. He is not as coordinated as the girls, which cracks us up as he misses quite a bit when he attempts jumps. He is not at all shy or cautious, and he is very funny. Mischief is much smaller and very quiet - we have only heard her meow a few times and then only in distress. She is much more cautious and tends to run away from loud noises or sudden movements. But she is SO sweet. Very loving and likes to sit with a person. She has mad skills with a bottle cap, and will fetch it back to you if you throw it for her.
Your pottery is gorgeous as ever, and how fun to see so much of it in one photo! And I totally agree with Richard about your tree pendants - "the champagne colored one in the middle is spectacular!"
Here's hoping that your Wednesday is full of fabulous!
>106 streamsong: Thank you, Janet. For all your comments. Kittens do cheer anything up!
>107 Crazymamie: Thanks for the update on your kitties, Mamie. Motley sends his love to Mayhem. The guys seem to take a couple of years to grow into their large bodies, so there is still hope. Dinah is just as rambunctious as her brother, and is matching him in growth so far as well. Thank you also for the kind words about my crafts. Tomorrow morning I have a small fair to go to, and I don't expect too much there but hope I break $100.
Book #121 Vallista by Steven Brust (328 pp.)
This is the 15th book in the series about Vlad Taltos, sometime assassin and destabilizer of Dragearean society. It was published yesterday, when indeed I received it in the mail from Amazon. Brust delights in confounding expectations with twisty mysteries and this is a good example, but not the place to start. Definitely read in publication order, starting with Jhereg. Here's a good article written yesterday.
Wishing you good luck at your craft fair today, Roni, and crossing my fingers that you break $100.
You got me with that series by Steven Brust, and thanks for the link to the article, which cemented the deal. It sounds like one that Craig and I would both like.
I finished reading Nine-Fox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. This is the first novel by this author and it is full of promise. It took a long time to get into it and I almost gave up on it. But Jim (drneutron) said to stick with it as it would get better. It did. This author excels at writing battle and action scenes. That makes it great reading. However, the plot got way to complicated and that muddle things to much at the beginning. However, for those who like SciFi, I would recommend this novel and I am delighted that my public library has the sequel Raven Stratagem on the shelves. When I return the one, I will pick up the next one.
Only a so-so turnout today, I'm afraid, at $71 with a $25 fee, but the fee goes to the Red Cross for Puerto Rico so that's okay. This is a small show and we really only go because we like the people organizing it. But thanks for the positive wishes, Mamie. And I'm delighted you are going to try the Brust series.
>110 benitastrnad: I had this on hold at the library but went ahead and bought it last week when I was at Amazon in UTC because I had heard good things (and it was nominated for the Hugo).
This is the kind of day it is here. Actually some sprinkles of rain off and on and I've a stew on the stove. But sleeping doesn't mean they aren't all actively growing!
Oh that picture is priceless! Everyone sleeping!
Love your new stuff, so glad too that you are selling so well.
I will have to revisit Brust one day, I think, I can't believe something you enjoy so much wouldn't be something I would also like more than I did the first time around.
>108 ronincats: The Vlad Taltos novels are such fun. I wouldn't have predicted that I'd like them at all, but I love them ...
>112 ronincats: Lovely picture. Almost enough to make me want to head off for a nap myself! Kitten pics are so cute. I am missing my aunt's cats - they were lovely and warm when they deigned to sit on my lap for a while.
Hope your next event is more financially rewarding. Seeing all the work in >86 ronincats: is so impressive.
So yesterday was an errand day, off to have watch batteries replaced, cat food bought, a trip to Catalina Offshore to pick up salmon and mussels and steelhead trout, then found king crab (HUGE and CHEAP) at Costco during our shopping for staples (and wine) there, and finally past the pottery to pick up the pieces that were ready since I didn't go on Thursday due to the craft show.
I tried some different glazes and really like the ones on the smaller pieces. The large bowl is interesting but I don't love it.
Today has been quiet, doing some housecleaning, watering the garden (temps up to 86 F. today, supposed to be over 90 tomorrow and near 100 on Tuesday), watching some football, cooking the seafood, and enjoying the kittens. Easiest to take pictures while they are napping--today it was on the top of the cat tree in the living room.
And I've finished some books.
Book 122 The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (153 pp.)
This novella won the Hugo for 2016 in its category. I can see why, with its topicality on race issues and nod to Lovecraftian fantasy. But the evocation of that somewhat dated atmosphere kept it from grabbing me emotionally.
Book 123 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (494 pp.)
This is an entertaining YA fantasy/alternate history where Lady Jane does NOT lose her head after 9 days as queen, and I think would be great for its target audience of preteen and teenage girls. Adults, however, note that the authors do CUTE and abstain if CUTE pushes your irritability button. That being something I was able to take in stride, I found it light and entertaining. Recommended by Rachel (aktakukac).
Well, pottery, kittens and books aren't pulling in the visitors. How about weather?
We are 5 miles from the coast so right in between the coast and inland highs usually.
>117 ronincats: Hi Roni, The blue ones are marvellous as always, I'd go for the small one on the left, I think. The seafood sounds wonderful. King crab.
>118 ronincats: I read Lovecraft as a teenager, but now the word Lovecraftian is a bit of a deterrent.
>119 ronincats: Oh Wow, over a 100? We could do with more sun, but this would be too much for me.
>119 ronincats: UGH
I'm so glad to be northeastern...it was 70° today.
>117 ronincats: Sherlock, Mr. B, and Barney say hello to those sweet fur-babies!
Glad you liked My Lady Jane! I agree with you, adults need to take it in stride and realize it's just for fun. It's certainly an entertaining read :)
Your kittens are absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing pictures!
>119 ronincats: Yeesh. My sister lives in Rialto and at 6:30 this morning your time she texted me "today, hot and windy, already blowing. I will wear 100 mph hair spray."
You're definitely worse off than we are since I won't have to condition my air today - either cool or heat - although the humidity's 92% right now, temp 61F. Can you say muggy?
Hiya, Roni. We’re finally getting fall up here. Hope it cools down some for you!
Hi Roni, I have been concentrating on setting up my 2018 Category Challenge and haven't been around to visit much. The kittens seem to be thriving and growing and I bet they are so much fun to have around. We just went through another offer on the house that didn't pan out so feeling a little disheartened about that. I ordered wool and patterns for a couple of afghans for the apartments' den so we will be cozy (if we ever get to actually live there), and today our carpender friend is taking a look at a spot that he is going to build a wardrobe for me, so I am excited about that. I guess you are entering into the season of craft shows as we lead up to the holidays, so I expect you are going to very busy over the next while. Of course, it goes without saying that no matter how busy, we always have time for reading!
The wather report did it! Visitors! HI! Welcome!
Ella and Richard, it got up to 97 at the house today and now at nearly 9 at night it is still 84 F. Tomorrow is supposed to be the last day of the Santa Ana and we will have temps drop and humidity go up on Thursday.
>122 thornton37814: The fur babies say hi back. They are endlessly entertaining.
>123 aktakukac: It was entertaining, Rachel. I'm glad you brought it to my attention.
>124 karenmarie: You had some bad storms in the area though, Karen--they showed tornado pictures on the news tonight.
>125 jnwelch: Next month we might get some fall, Joe--that's how it usually happens. We may be able to get in a few more beach days before then.
>126 DeltaQueen50: Oh, Judy, I'm sorry to hear about the house offer. I wish you could get a good offer that pans out soon. I've got a couple more craft shows coming up in November, but I didn't schedule myself too heavily this year.
So I got my Tenner badge today for my Thingaversary, celebrating 10 years on LibraryThing. I had already anticipated with some of my book purchases earlier this month.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
But that still gives me some leeway. I think some of them will be pre-orders. Candidates include
Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller--the newest Liaden book, January
Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara--January
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor--January
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire--January
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon--February, but I may try for a library copy.
And Bujold will have a new Penric novella out in November, The Prisoner of Limbos.
I thought there was a new Aaronovitch Peter Grant book coming out in January, but I don't see it.
Oh, and I discovered a new extension for Chrome on Facebook today (thank you, Richard!). LibraryExtension will let you know, when you look for a book on Amazon or other online bookseller, if your library has a copy!! Fantastic!
And finally, I am looking for a month and participants for a group read of God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell. Possibilities are November, December, or January. Give me your input.
>127 ronincats: Oh, and I discovered a new extension for Chrome on Facebook today (thank you, Richard!).
De rien, ma amie.
We did have tornados in NC, just none near us. This might jinx it, but we've only had one tornado warning near us at this house - I hid in the bathroom with the kitties for about 45 minutes. It never did touch down, fortunately.
Congratulations on your Tenth Thingaversary! What would we do without LT?
Congrats on your 10 Roni! Sounds like you have a good start on celebrating :)
Happy 10th anniversary, Roni. I just caught up with your thread. RL has been so busy lately that I am hopelessly behind on LT. That is an impressive amount of pottery in #86! The kittens are so cute. I love it when they are full of mischief when they are little. As for weather, send some of that heat up north!
Hi, Richard, Karen, Jim, Reba, Meg, Joe and Anita! Thank you!
So yesterday was haircut and dropping off flyers for the smallest kitten looking for a home for him. And I snapped this one of Motley and Dinah...
Today I did NOT go to pottery because!!!!! I had an early access code from Ticketmaster to buy tickets for the January San Diego touring production of HAMILTON!!!! Which I had to be at my computer at exactly 10:00 am to ensure that I got some. And I did. We are going to see Hamilton on January 17. :-D Which was right in the middle of my class time. I'll go in over the weekend.
>135 ronincats: Hamilton! Woohoo! I saw it in Chicago this summer, and loved it, of course.
Congrats o snagging the tickets, Roni! That photo of Motley and Dinah made me laugh.
I feel fortunate, foggi and Mamie, because all the pre-sale tickets sold out pretty quickly.
We went to see Marshall at the movies this afternoon (beating the heat, although it's about 5 degrees cooler today) and I thought they did a really good job. Thurgood Marshall was one of my heroes of my youth, along with Eleanor Roosevelt.
Ronnie-- I am so far behind here! My apologies. I blame RL. ; )
Love, love, love the pendants and pottery, earrings too!!
>58 ronincats: Very glad you liked Bad Feminist--yay!!
And your kitties are too cute for words. I can't imagine you got anything done or organized with them around. LOL.
Can't believe you got tix to HAMILTON! Lucky duck.
>139 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy!
>140 Berly: Good to see you here, Kim. I know, you've been busy--what a success your brilliant ideas were at the fundraiser!! Yes, kitten watching is a full-time occupation here--they are only little once.
Ticketmaster is using a new plan to try to stymie the scalpers, especially the agencies who use 'bots to scoop up hundreds of bulk tickets and then sell them at 10 times the price to the general public, besides limiting each order to a maximum of 4 tickets. It involves having people with (or who create) Ticketmaster accounts (and we have used Ticketmaster before so had an account) send in an application (very simple, just sign in and request it) for a verified Ticketmaster status. We had 4 full days to do that. At the end of that time, they selected the # of early access slots they had (I don't know how many of these there were) by lottery and then notified those of us who had been selected. This morning they texted me the website to go to and the access code several hours in advance, suggesting that I be signed in and set up (and I did need to update my credit card info) prior to the 10:00 time when tickets went on sale. So I did and was, I'd selected my target date, and I was able to find tickets in my price range that were not in the nose bleed range! I am happy!!
Book #124 Maps to Nowhere by Marie Brennan (174 pp.)
These are 10 short stories by fantasy author Marie Brennan, most having been previously published in magazines or collections. Some are very short sketches of ideas. The first one is probably the most fleshed out. And there is a fun Lady Trent story. Interesting ideas, but not something I would pay for personally.
>141 ronincats: Was that Marie Brennan an Early Reviewer copy, Roni? I was notified that I won it last month but have yet to receive it.
>142 rosalita: It was, Julia. It is an ebook and I received an email with the download URL. Look for an email from Chris Dolley; I received it on October 1.
>143 richardderus: Thank you, Richard. It is 64 degrees and 50% humidity (instead of 5%) and lovely right now. Should still get up into the mid-80s today, but I can live with that and tomorrow is supposed to be back down into the 70s.
A 10 year thingaversary! pretty cool. Only 8 1/2 years for me and I still feel like the new kid in town.
We can finally enjoy our Fall weather here in the Bay Area now that the smoke has cleared out. Air quality is still a bit iffy at times but it is so much better.
We had one of our cats at the vet yesterday for an overdue checkup and as usual they have several kitties available for adoption. I think your kittens have made me a little jealous and I was imaging bringing a pair of siblings home. I hate kitties without a home and I am so glad you are enjoying yous.
>144 ronincats: Thank you so much, Roni! I looked in my Spam folder for an email from Dolley on Oct. 1, and there it was. I've got it downloaded now. I actually won two ebooks last month and the other email had arrived some time ago, so I was wondering what was happening with this one. I'm so glad you posted your review so I could ask!
>141 ronincats: Kudos to Ticketmaster to working around the scalpers. Scalpers' outrageous prices have put a lot of acts beyond the public's price range and have subverted the relationship between artist and fan. Congrats on ending up with great tickets to Hamilton.
>145 RBeffa: Ron, we really are enjoying them. I always love the cat picture at the top of your thread. And good news, the baby has a home!
>146 rosalita: Glad to be of assistance, Julia. I've missed a few emails with ER links myself.
>147 Storeetllr: I've 4 or 5 really old ERs I've not done, Mary, but I'm fairly well caught up with the newer stuff.
>148 Familyhistorian: Yes, it's simply ridiculous the price some of these things go for, Meg. Thanks.
As noted above, the baby is going to a new home this afternoon, so that's a relief. I think he'll really shine in a place of his own.
I want to throw out a request for participants in a group read of one of my favorite but relatively unknown fantasy novels, God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell. The "stalk" refers to stalking gods, not a stem. It is the first of a still ongoing series, but it is a complete story and easy to walk away from after the first book if you wish--indeed, all of us had to wait many years after this one to get a sequel. I am looking at possibly November, December or January for the time frame, but the actual month will depend on what those interested work out. If you would be at all interested, please PM me or drop by my thread and let me know.
I'll be posting this on the threads of readers I think might be interested today.
I'm so glad your little one has a new home. Are they all settled now?
Now that I know the "stalk" refers to an action rather than the stem of a plant, I want to read God Stalk. I vote for December or January - I'm doing NaNo again this November so won't be reading much, if at all. Thanks for the invite!
Hey Roni. I cracked up when I saw your post of the weather forecast as a ploy for attracting visitors. Your thread deserves a LOT more traffic with all the adorable kitten pictures and of course your delightful self.
I saw your request over on Joe's thread and I'm here to say "I'm in." This will be just the thing for helping me explore fantasy genre a bit more. I would request December or January for target date.
Hi Roni, I would certainly be interested in a group read of God Stalk, I too would prefer December or January as my November is already quite full. I have picked up a copy of the book for my Kindle and it looks like a good one!
Hey Roni! Count me in for God Stalk. You haven't steered me wrong on interesting SFF.
I'd prefer January because I just told myself I was going to spend the last two months of the year on books I already own. Not a resolution, not a law, and rules are meant to be broken, right?
Kitties adorable, pottery beautiful, thread interesting as always; your weather sounds perfect! Snow forecast in Montana for later this week ....
>155 richardderus: Me, too, Roni. December or January would be my preference, but I'll join in whatever you pick. Thanks for posting on my thread.
And hooray for finding the baby a home!
Ooh, how nice to get home from glazing pottery and find all these people who are in for the read! It looks like January, then, because everyone can do that.
Regarding availability, it looks like Amazon has 35 used copies of God Stalk running you at about $5 or $6 including shipping and the Kindle is $6.99, sold without DRM at publisher's request. There is a book called The God Stalker Chronicles, which is the combination of the first two books, so don't get confused. There is also a pricey compilation called Dark of the Gods, which has the first two books and a related short story packaged together. Also not necessary.
As soon as the 2018 75er group opens up, I'll put up a thread and send a reminder to all of you!
Baby's new parents should be here in about 15 minutes to pick him up.
Thanks for the invitation to read God Stalk. I'm sure I have a copy, but I didn't get it into my catalogue here, so finding it may be a problem. I'll try to read it whenever you say.
Love all the kitten pictures! They are lovely, and I applaud your taming them and finding them homes. Ray, Rah, Roni!!! I expect it is a bit of a wrench to let baby go. Pet some kittens.
Glad baby has a home.
I read God Stalk in the mid-late 80's. 30 years later I pretty much don't remember a thing other than reading it! I was in a paperback swap at the time so a lot of books came and went then and I don't have a copy. I'll check the local book sales the next couple months and see if a copy jumps out to me.
>86 ronincats: If I send you a box of books, could you send me Motley (the kitten with black and white markings). Though, from your photos, I note that most of the kittens are black and white. Drat, I really do need to respect Will's copd and the fact that he is also allergic to cat fur.
I love how our pets become a part of our extended LT family. Do you think you will keep the kittens, or, will you slowly find homes for them.
I am not surprised that the feral cats decided that your home is the best place to have their kittens.
Peggy and Lucy, I was hoping you would join in. Lucy, why am I not surprised? Ron, I hope you find a copy.
Linda, you can't have Motley, sorry. Baby was the odd kitten out, and Miles, Motley and Dinah have their forever homes with us.
I brought home my first items from my ceramics class...I don't think they're up to your quality, but I like them. I've actually used both in the last couple days.
The red plate is about 3-3.5 inches across; the green bowl is about the same size (maybe a trifle larger). The colors are pretty true. There's a fishbone stamp inside the green bowl, but the brown (which was supposed to highlight it) kind of washes it out. The bowl is a pinch pot, the plate is slab and mold (I rolled a slab, laid it on a plaster mold and shaped it a bit. Not much, the edge is still kind of raggedy).
Count me in for the God Stalk group read! I don't plan out my (other) reading so any month works for me.
>158 ronincats: Roni, thanks for that - I was going to pick it up on Kindle and then was confused by the offerings. Now I know which one to get!
I bought (!) the Kindle book The God Stalker Chronicles, which, as you note, is the combination of the first two books. Will that work? The exclamation point is there because I almost NEVER buy books anymore. :)
>86 ronincats: Those kittens are such cuties!
>105 ronincats: Glad you enjoyed Central Station as I've had that one on my radar for a while and a Le Guin is always good.
>108 ronincats: I've paused on the Dragaera series after Orca - I think because the books are hard to get hold of here and I was waiting for a affordable version of Dragon to come up but now I've just noticed they are now available on kindle in the UK so perhaps next year I will reread the ones I have and then read the rest. I've really enjoyed the ones I've read.
>127 ronincats: Belated happy tenth thingaversary!
>135 ronincats: Oh wow! Congratulations on Hamilton tickets! Very jealous!
>149 ronincats: Definitely interested in a God Stalk read. January works for me too.
Just popping in to say hello, and thanks for your kind words on my thread. :) I hope your coming week is a happy one. Congrats on the Hamilton tickets too! Very nice.
>164 jjmcgaffey: Jenn, I mentioned on your thread that your photo isn't coming through. Looked for it in your gallery, but you must not have uploaded it there to post it.
>165 kgodey: Yay, Kriti!
>166 Crazymamie: I exist to serve, Mamie. ;-)
>167 swynn: Yay, Steve!
>168 Storeetllr: Of course it will work as well, Mary. And see below for news re: book buying.
>169 souloftherose: Hi, Heather. Yay, you've caught up AND you'll be in the group read.
>170 nittnut: Hi, Jenn. I feel for you and your family. Just SO glad the kids weren't there.
And the news--Bujold has just published the latest Penric novella ebook, The Prisoner of Limnos. Off to read it immediately!
Book #125 The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold ( pp.)
This ebook novella completes the story arc started by Penric's Mission and Mira's Last Dance very satisfactorily with another adventure rescue. My only regret is I can see many side characters and areas that could have been more developed in a novel.
>172 ronincats: I saw on Goodreads that Lois is making a corrected version of the novella available, but I didn't know what was being corrected. Anything jump out at you?
Hey there, had a spare moment and caught up on your most recent thread. Kittens lovely, of course. Pottery and jewelry always a pleasure to see.
Sign me up for the Godstalk group read too.
>173 richardderus: "As discussed in the prior post, the file uploaded on Friday of "The Prisoner of Limnos" was corrupted due to a formatting glitch -- 14 out of its 18 chapters were missing their final paragraphs. We caught up with the problem on Saturday afternoon, and a fresh and supposedly corrected file was uploaded at the three vendors." I didn't buy my copy until Sunday so didn't get any of the glitches.
>174 justchris: Chris, delighted to have you for the group read in January!!
Thanks for the visit ... count me in for the God stalk read .... most likely will be December/January thing for me ( just did a library request but will Kindle it if not)
Some good book bullets up there ..... & kittens !
I’d be in for the God Stalk books too. I definitely trust your fantasy recommendations!
>135 ronincats: Awwww! They are just entirely too cute! I don't see how you could let that cute baby go. I'm going to miss photos of that sweetheart!
Oh, very good, Alex and Rhian! The more the merrier!
Lori, knew you'd love the pics. I'm a pragmatist. I'm already going to be emptying litterboxes for 6 adult cats soon--7 was just more than I could face.
So it's been a busy day. Had the cable guy coming by at 10 to figure out why our cable box on the big tv wasn't working properly. I'd unplugged everything on Sunday while we deep cleaned and rearranged the living room and when I plugged it back in, it would only show one channel. They had to install a new box and upgrade the software, took the guy an hour, but Cox does have good service here, I will give them that. Then, as soon as he left, the Thomasville truck showed up with the reason for the Sunday deep cleaning, my lovely new Gustav Stickley coffee table! It was definitely a splurge, but I love it and it really goes with the room the way I thought it would. Zoe will demonstrate.
And then, after lunch, I got up in the attic and got down all of my one size smaller pants from storage and packed away all my previous size pants--after I lost the 10 pounds in June, I can do that. The fact that I pulled down 40 pairs of pants just shows I am a pack rat and means that, no, I don't need to go out and buy any more, thank you. Of those, 10 are going to Good Will because they a) just don't fit right, b) are full drapey styles that are not in fashion and I don't think ever will be for me again, or c) a color or weight that I just don't wear now that I am not working. I live mostly in jeans and 11 pairs of those in various colors came down. 9 pairs are still too small (sizing varies so much) and going back up. 5 pairs of dress pants and two of cords will be kept and I have another 5 that are summer weight.
>180 ronincats: Lovely new coffee table, Roni!
Good you are back in previous size pants and kept them :-)
>180 ronincats: Gorgeous new Stickley table! I love that rug. Such satisfying colors.
Cats, kittens and more kittens!
>172 ronincats: Do you happen to know (since you're my go-to guy on these matters) if she's planning on releasing them at any point in paperback? I really want to have her books on my physical shelves rather than as e-books.
As for God Stalk, I'm ready to go when you are. It's been sitting on my bedside table all month while I dither over whether to start it, in anticipation of the group read, or read The Lies of Locke Lamora which I'm hesitant about because some LTers were put off by it and I think, from what they said, I'll feel the same way. But I did go out and buy it before I read the reviews, so I'm stuck with it until I do read it. I might go ahead with God Stalk anyway, as I like to spread out my favourite series, so I'll probably end up having to catch up anyway. I'm still on the Vorkosigan group read of a couple of years ago....
Love your new coffee table!! And congrats on the pants change-out :)
Congratulations on the Tenner Badge, Roni! 🔟🎖 I also love the list of your lifetime favorites by year. I will start working on a similar list soon, although I probably won’t put in the time and care that you did.
I love all the cat and kitten activity at your house. Can pretty Mama cat with the different-colored eyes be captured for spaying? She has such handsome babies, but it seems like you have reached the cat limit!
What a great coffee table! Are those real or decorative drawers? I am always looking for ways to sneak in more storage.
>181 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
>182 richardderus: Isn't it gorgeous, Richard?
>183 Berly: Thank you, Kim.
>184 humouress: I believe eventually they will be published in omnibus editions in paper, Nina. In the meantime, they are freely lendable from one Kindle to another. January is the God Stalk group read--we are up to 18 people interested.
>185 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba.
>186 Donna828: Thanks, Donna. Mama has disappeared for the moment--she's been spotted lurking across the street occasionally, but we'd love to trap her and get her spayed. On one side of the coffee table, the drawers open--a shallow one on top and a deeper one using two of the faux drawers outside, that extend across the whole table in depth. Therefore, the ones on the other side are simply decorative. My previous table, which we are trying to sell, had six shallow drawers, three on each side, but it was 42" by 42". Also built of solid wood (none of that pressed wood stuff) it is still in great condition but I was ready for a change.
>187 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle. Somehow it's not the same when there are no kids in the house. ;-(
Well, after no reading at ALL yesterday, I've already read some in each of my ongoing nonfiction books, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which is seriously scary and enraging, and A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III.
Books read: 13
Pages read: 4069
Average pages per day: 131
Average pages per book: 313
New reads: 12
Library books: 6
Books off the shelf: 0
New acquisitions read: 6 (purchased new)
science fiction 2
Author gender: 10 female, 3 male
Country of origin: USA 10, England 1, Australia 2
Books acquired: 7
Source: ER-1, Amazon-6 (3 Kindle, 3 physical)
Read: 4 read this month
Genre: science fiction-2, fantasy-4, nonfiction-1
Books out the door: 1 via PBS
Oh, I meant to ask, have you seen Sean Forest Roberts’ pottery? He does amazing things with slip cast pottery. A video of his work landed on my Pinterest page.
ETA: after the iOS updates for the new iPhone, I can’t seem to get any images to stick on my iPad. I don’t know if you can see the picture, but I can’t.
>188 ronincats: we'd love to trap her and get her spayed
My sister did that to a feral cat that comes on to her property in Cyprus. But when they got the cat to the vets they were asked what her name was ... and my sister was very embarrassed that she had to put it down as 'Cat' as she'd never thought to give her one.
Happy 10th Thingaversary!
Congrats on nabbing Hamilton tics, and
I'm loving your cat/kitty pics - they look precious!
Hi Roni! I ordered a copy of God Stalk and it arrived today so I'm ready to go for the group read.
Zoe does a good job showing off the new coffee table. And I love Christmas Cactuses. Yours is blooming a bit earlier than mine, which has a few fat buds on it. It usually blooms right around Thanksgiving for me.
Congrats on losing 10 pounds and your Tenner Thingaversary!
Congrats on the ten pounds. I put on a bit last year and am trying hard to get back where I was . . . I'm in that awful between size where the next one up is a bit too big but my "preferred" size is a bit snug.
I have the same question I noted above -- These Bujolds are e-books, right? Or, hmm, it appears you can pay for an instant copy, maybe. Must go research this. I haven't read any of them, oh joy!
Let's not talk weight while I am still eating Halloween candy. : P
Got my copy of God Stalk...let me know when!!
>190 humouress: No, I haven't and, since your photo isn't showing up, I did google him. Interesting stuff!
>191 SandDune: We actually have a feral cat society that will pay for the spaying, and not expect names either.
>192 brenpike: Thanks so much, Brenda!
>193 kgodey: Fantastic, Kriti. We have 18 of us interested which should make for interesting discussion.
>194 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. Yes, it's early cactus blooms this year.
>195 sibyx: Right now those are the only options, Lucy, but at some point I think they'll combine like three of them into a mmpb.
>196 Berly: It will be in January, Kim. I'll put up the thread when Jim opens the 2018 group.
So, pottery day today. Glazed three pieces I'd lost in the shuffle, and threw 2 good sized bowls and 5 little shaving soap bowls. This is what I brought home:
>197 ronincats: I am enamored of the persimmon-y colored glaze, Roni! I like them all, but this one's unusual and exactly my personal taste.
Happy Friday! Do you have any shows this weekend?
I like that lovely "persimmon-y" red too! Also like the shape of yours mugs and bowls.
>135 ronincats: Excellent (both the kittens and the tickets to Hamilton).
I signed up for season tickets at the Paramount (traveling Broadway productions) this year because Hamilton is part of the lineup. We'll be seeing it on February 15. I know tickets for the general public went up for sale last week and I believe it was virtually impossible to get one or a pair. My approach means we have way too many theater commitments this year but I so wanted to see that production....
>197 ronincats: Red mug. Yes.
I edited my message in >164 jjmcgaffey: - does the picture show now? Or in my thread? Google Photos is a pain...it would be nice to have a place for photos on the web, but this is really not functional. If this doesn't show, I'll just upload to LT.
>198 PaulCranswick: Strewth, Paul!
>199 richardderus: Good taste, Richard. The husband has already appropriated that one, as it is exactly his taste as well. There is a small show tomorrow in El Cajon at the home of a noted water color artist, who has painted an octopus you would LOVE!! www.elizabethkapa.net It's no longer in her inventory but I will try to take a photo of it hanging in her house tomorrow for you. This is a different one on a card.
>200 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba. If you would be interested in the show tomorrow, let me know. Otherwise, you might want to come down to the CV Elks next weekend to see my red bowls if you are still interested.
>201 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
>202 EBT1002: This new procedure certainly enabled a lot of us "regular" purchasers to get hold of tickets that couldn't have before. I wonder if your venue used the new procedure? Sounds like the company is coming up to you as soon as they get done here.
>203 drneutron: Hi, Jim. Jim?
>204 jjmcgaffey: YES, they are there now. How fun and eminently usable!
>205 ronincats: That glaze needs must feature in your future production, it would seem. The greens and blues and milk colors are so lovely and soothing that it's easy to forget how satisfying reds, golds, yellows are as well.
That Tentacled American is spectacular! I hope you can get a photo of one you think I'd like even better. I'll visit her site now.
I will if she still has it on her wall, Richard!
So, I spent some of this afternoon increasing my inventory of Christmas earrings for tomorrow. Don't need loads, just a bit more selection, and here they are.
I got a late start today as a certain kitten decided to get cuddly and demand attention after I got up briefly at 3:23 this morning, and I didn't fall back asleep until after 5, so the day was not as productive as planned.
>207 ronincats: Lovely! The farthest-right ones are my faves. No gold colored ones?
I like Kapa's artworks quite a lot. This one stood out:
The one of the man-of-war was lovely but too accurate—I could feel my first sting from 50 years ago afresh!
ETA spelling of Kapa's name
Happy Saturday, Roni! As always, I love the pottery - so beautiful. And the red! You know I love me some red. Your Christmas earrings are so cute - I favor the same ones that Richard mentioned.
>205 ronincats: Thanks, Roni. This weekend isn't going to work but perhaps CV next weekend. What are the hours?
>207 ronincats: Love the earrings — almost makes me wish I wore the things. :-) The second and fourth are my favorites.
>208 richardderus: I misremembered--it's the man-of-war she has blown up large in her bathroom, not an octopus. I'll make some gold earrings (and silver ones too) for next week's show. I didn't sell any Christmas earrings today anyway.
>209 Crazymamie: HI, Mamie! I know you love red.
>210 RebaRelishesReading: Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 9 to 4 at the Chula Vista Elks.
>211 foggidawn: Thank you, foggi!
It was a beautiful day weather-wise--all sunshine and 70 degrees. I did moderately well for a private home show and there was good company.
Belated congratulations on your 10th!
>197 ronincats: I always worry a little when you say you threw a bowl :0) I like all your pottery - maybe I’ll go for the green mug since everyone else picked the red. But I agree with foggi on the earrings. Somehow, I prefer the more complicated-looking ones.
>208 richardderus: Ouch!
>203 drneutron: Love that idea, Jim! Mostly we are managing to see every production but we'll definitely cut back next year.
>207 ronincats: I like those Christmas earrings. I'm glad the show was moderately successful although I'm sure you would have liked to sell more.
Yesterday my sister and I toured the Weaverville Art Safari and I bought a mug and three pairs of earrings. I had said I didn't want to acquire anything new, but....
The mug was by Beth Mangum (that is not a typo) of Mangum Pottery. Beth was making pieces in the studio as we wandered through and I was reminded of my desire to find a pottery class in the next few months.
It is great you are going to see Hamilton! I love the red mug too.
Oh yes, kittens deciding it is time to Play!
Well, two depressing things today. Number one, I finished Jane Mayer's The Dark Side: the inside story on how the war on terror turned into a war of American Ideals, and it was riveting and scary as hell.
Book #126 The Dark Side: the inside story on how the war on terror turned into a war of American Ideals by Jane Mayer (355 pp.)
The documentation is extensive as to how Cheney and his people completely set up and hid from Congress and the courts the procedures and legal opinions that created extraordinary renditions and interrogations that resulted in the the mess we have today, with a military tribunal judge ordering a US Judge jailed for contempt for concluding that he could not fairly represent a plaintiff at Guantanamo last week. What happens when political agendae mix with novices in government without a good legal and constitutional grounding is a terrifying cautionary tale especially given our current government.
Number two is nowhere near as significant. Tor.com published a reviewer's choice article about the best sff books of 2017 and I have read NONE of them. At least I had read 2 of the 5 finalists for the World Fantasy Awards, although not the winner, The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North.
Yesterday I made my seasonal closet switch. Sleeveless and short-sleeve tops into the back closet and attic, long-sleeved tops and sweaters into the bedroom closet and dressers, Jayhawk gear down from the attic for the basketball season.
Hiya, Roni - I finally made it by to visit!
There's so much to comment on, I hope I remember to get it all in. I loved your year by year list - I think I've read 39 of them, and I took a few suggestions from it. The pottery and jewelry are gorgeous, as always. Belated congratulations on your 10th Thingaverasry!
I have serious kitten envy. I'm sorry that Mama Cat moved her kittens away, but how lucky that you were able to find the little one a home.
Congrats on the Hamilton tickets! I'll see it one of these years.
I'm in for God Stalk. January works for me.
I hope Tuesday is turning out to be a great day!
Okay, I admit that I don't have all the kittens sorted out one from another. Is the gray and white one in >219 ronincats: "Big Brother Miles"? They are both so darn cute but I'm a particular sucker for gray-and-white tuxedo cats.
Love the kitty photo! Plan to see you Friday morning. I think I've read enough scary books for the time being. Hope your closet switch won't bring the ugly weather back.
>218 ronincats: I checked that Tor list - I have also read none of them, and the two or three I'd heard anything about I was actively not interested in reading. So there's that. Best in one person's eyes (or even a few persons' eyes) doesn't necessarily mean best for everyone...
Hi Roni, your Christmas earrings look very fun and merry and you've reminded me that Christmas is right around the corner. I better get my skates on and start some Christmas shopping as I hate to still be shopping in December!
Wow I got so far behind on your thread, sorry.
Anyway, put me down for the God Stalk group read in January. Thanks.
Oh, a busy, busy day! Off to pottery studio at 9 (oops, have to take a picture!), then to the retired teachers luncheon at 11 at the Chula Vista Elks, then home and right back to the Elks to set up for a 3-day craft fair Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4 (because I couldn't convince the husband that it made sense for him to bring the truck loaded with my stuff down to meet me there--that's 45 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Served him right, though, when he had to sit around while I set up my tables! If he'd met me, he could have headed back home as soon as he unloaded!), and then home at 4 where I finished the handle for my purse (finished a poncho last night) and now I have to head back in to put these earrings on cards (only one of each ear climber is shown to save space). Gold ones, Richard! I have to make some silver ones now.
>220 Dejah_Thoris:, >227 sirfurboy: Dejah and Stephen, I've got you both in for the group read. Great!
>221 EBT1002: Yes, Ellen, that is big brother Miles!
>222 RebaRelishesReading: Lovely weather, Reba, but I'm inside this year after last year's heat wave.
>223 jjmcgaffey: You got that, Jenn!
>224 charl08: Hi, Charlotte. I felt it was important to know, no matter how grim.
>225 Dejah_Thoris: Of course!!
>226 DeltaQueen50: It is definitely right around the corner, Judy. Scary, right?
Loving the artwork here, as per usual. I really like the mottling effect on this last batch. : )
>229 ronincats: I really like the wide dish here.
I went to a members preview of our friends of the library sale and no god stalk. sigh. The nearest local used bookshop doesn't have it either. I'll keep looking. Looking works - last night I found a cache of Liaden books and bought several, not remembering the titles of what I have been gathering this past year - of course I got a duplicate but there are several others and I'll go back tomorrow and pick them up if they are still there. I finally think I am prepared to tackle the series next year! They also had several Robin McKinley, an author I have not read in decades. I think I will pick up a few of hers also.
>219 ronincats: Motley and Miles look very comfy! They are keeping an eye on everything though.
I've also read none of the Tor books but several are on my radar. My reading habits have changed some this year, or I probably would have read N.K. Jemison's The Stone Sky already. As it is, I'll get to it soon. I hope. I recently added Barbary Station to my ereader, so will probably get to that, well, eventually. And I have The House of Shattered Wings in the Tower of Due -- which isn't in the Tor list, but its sequel is. So many books, et cetera.
Ooh, Roni, that 10" pasta bowl is so beautiful! I love those shades of water-and-foliage-and-sky so much.
The gold trees are lovely, so lushly gleam-y, to neologize an ungainly word. The green beads at the top are so pretty, and that shade of red is the one I always call "Yuletide red" in my head...like the holly berries I enjoy so much in wintertime.
I really liked House of Shattered Wings and liked it so much that I purchased the sequel before it came out. Even though want to get to it, it is still on the bedside table waiting for me to pick it up.
>218 ronincats: I think the only book mentioned by Tor that I've read was The Stone Sky (which is an excellent conclusion to the Broken Earth trilogy) otherwise lots of the books they mention are on my radar but I haven't got to them yet (sometimes because I still haven't got to the earlier books in the series...)
But I have read The Sudden Appearance of Hope and very pleased that Claire North has a big award win as I feel like she deserves more recognition for her books. Still haven't read her 2017 novel The End of the Day though.
>197 ronincats: I think that cup in the lower left hand corner of the photo is the one that now resides in my cupboard and holds my morning tea each day :) I also got a beautiful cranberry red vase that I simply love (see the red toward the back of the photo in post 86 above). It's a lovely shape and a most fantastic deep red.
Whew! Three days of show for an all-time high gross, and Reba helped me get there! I'm exhausted, looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and then I'll catch up with everyone here. This (3 days of 9 to 4) was all too much like going back to work! But it was fun even if exhausting. See ya all tomorrow.
Congrats on the successful show!! I am not surprised--your stuff is beautiful. : )
So happy the unrelaxing labor was rewarded with a very relaxing remuneration. Sending virtual foot-rubs and shoulder-massages.
So glad the sale went well. I thought your stand was the best and you had a great location -- so YEAH!!!
>229 ronincats: Oh, I do love the dish on the left! It's good to hear the show went well - hooray for fun and profit!
Hooray for success at the show!!!! Hooray for help from Reba!!!! Hooray for a day off!!!!
I'm breezing through except to stop and look at pottery and jewelry and CATS! That coffee table is gorgeous! So is Zoe.
I did sign up for God Stalker, didn't I? I meant to.
Oay, I just wrote a lovely long response, all about the show and with individual responses to every one of you, and if I had posted it at that point, I would still have it. But while I was searching out the cover of the one book I've finished last week, the computer crashed and I lost it all. And I've not the energy to recreate it, so please, just accept that it was lovely. :-(
Book #127 Greenglass House by Kate Milford (376 pp.)
This is a middle-school fantasy recommended by foggidawn, and it was an easy read while still full of interest as a diverse group of characters show up at Milo's parents' inn totally unexpectedly during the Christmas holidays. Who are they and why are they there? Why do things keep disappearing?
Speaking of disappearing things, when I was closing windows after writing this, guess what? My disappeared response showed up, and if I can convince Motley to let go of my fingers as I type, it is posted below!
Whew again. It's been a day of rest, other than cleaning up the kitchen and picking up all the detritus scattered around the house thanks to overactive kittens with too much time on their own!
I sold 21 pieces of pottery! Of course, the dish that Ron and Richard and Dejah like in >229 ronincats: went early. And 15 pairs of ear climbers--I kept coming home and making up more in the most popular colors to keep up with demand. And the grey circle top--only 3 crochet pieces, but that one was a biggie. Even some Christmas tree earrings and a pair of cork earrings, 2 tree of life pendants. NO necklaces.
>230 Berly: Thank you, Kim. I did like the way those sea green bowls came out (the medium sized bowl not so much).
>231 RBeffa: Hopefully you can find a copy before January, Ron. There are 20 of us now, a fantastic turnout! And I'm jazzed to hear you are thinking of starting the Liaden books-be sure to read Agent of Change first. What McKinleys?
>232 thornton37814: They've been holding down the fort while we've been at the show for three days, Lori (and the state of the house shows it).
>233 sibyx: I can't compete with the Tor list, Lucy.
>234 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. It was my highest grossing day of the show, after a disappointing Saturday, so it was good.
>235 swynn: I will also be getting to The Stone Sky--I have it in the tbr pile. Barbary Station sounds interesting to me as well.
>236 richardderus: The tree earrings that sold were red wire with gold beads, purple wire, and the 3 green wire trees, one with a red bead atop and one underneath and one just plain wire. But I appreciate your appreciation muchly, Richard Dear.
>237 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita.
>238 souloftherose: I will be reading The Stone Sky, Heather, and I have never heard of Claire North but want to give her a try.
>239 RebaRelishesReading: I think you are right, Reba. I am so glad you are enjoying your pieces.
>241 Berly:, >242 foggidawn:, >243 richardderus:, >244 RebaRelishesReading:, >245 sibyx:, >246 Dejah_Thoris:, and >247 LizzieD: Thank you, Kim, foggi, Richard, Reba, Lucy, Dejah and Peggy. Yes, Peggy, you did sign up for God Stalk!! ((((Peggy))))
The Robin McKinley I read years and years ago was Hero and the Crown. I picked up 3 at library sale - The Blue Sword, Sunshine and Deerskin, I'm most interested in the Blue Sword.
And I have remembered to start with agent of Change for the Liadens.
Congratulations on the successful sale, and I can understand why the ear climbers sold so well - they are wonderful.
Hooray for the wonderful sale!
My copy of God Stalker just arrived, too. Darn - the condition is disappointing. Sometimes ordering used books online is the pits.
Is the group read January for sure?
Wow! No gold wire trees sold?! I am surprised. They'll go before Yule, I'll bet.
My copy of God Stalk isn't here yet! I'm feeling all pouty about it, though it's probably for the best since I'm scrambling to get the Booksgiving reviews ready for my blog. I know myself: I'd tear into it the second the mailer was sliced open. I need to focus on other things...but when it comes...oh dear.
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