Where are you now?
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If you were transported to the book you're reading, where would you be?
I'd be in space waiting to reach some destination or other with the captain and his "niece" Dani
Ninth Concession, Nottawasaga Township, Ontario, on a hobby farm owned by a guy who used to write for Harrowsmith magazine.
I'd either be in a haunted house in Tennessee or in zombie infeste Forest Grove, Oregon. I'm reading one and listening to the other.
I'll second that!
Just back from a whirlwind tour of Europe with Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare. Also in Knysna (Western Cape, South Africa) in the late 19th century. And the unnamed town of Winter Rose.
I'm either in the land of Aerie with the Furries of Jim Butcher's world
Or the Land of Shannara (Just started)
Or some random fantasy world traveling with four NPCS
Either in China, early part of 1900s, or Haiti, same time frame. Pretty much glad I'm only reading about both, not going to either, as I don't think I would be very welcome there!
Oh, gosh. London, 1935, and Philadelphia, 1775, and someplace in the bizarre, outlandish (but deeply New-England-rooted) imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, and contemporary Japan.
I'm in Inferno, Texas. Just having survived a night of alien terror of the Stinger!
Atheria fleeing from religious bigotry and trying to find unicorns whilst dodging witches and dragons.
In post-WW2 Massachusetts, sleuthing around Arkham, Innsmouth, and Kingsport.
As much as anywhere, Starship Enterprise in The Physics of the Impossible. Also about to set out for Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, with the 1820 Settlers.
>20 saltmanz: All right! You score a major BB on me, then.
>21 cmbohn: I started with Lovecraft so long ago--as a teenager (and I'm retired now)--that I have no idea. Having read much of his work at intervals over the years, I'm now reading through his complete works chronologically in an inexpensive Kindle edition, but I would not recommend that approach. Incredibly imaginative, morbid, and erudite, with an assortment of fascinating obsessions and an extraordinary vocabulary, Lovecraft appeals to a certain kind of taste that just doesn't seem to characterize the majority of readers. There's enough of a kinship with Poe that I would say if you can't stand one, you probably can't stand the other, but it doesn't necessarily follow that if you love one you will love the other. I happen to. With that in mind, start anywhere, and don't quit at one.
Sorry for the digression.
I'm enjoying One Fine Day in an English village near the sea, in 1946.
>22 Meredy: I'm sorry, what's a BB?
>21 cmbohn: If you're into ebooks, you can usually find decent "complete" collections for free or $0.99. Myself, a little over 9 years ago I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and checked out the three Arkham House collections from the library. The first two stories I read were "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" which got me pretty well hooked.
>25 saltmanz: a Book Bullet, a particularly annoying object that burrows into the mind and can only be relieved by reading the book. In Africa, the physical analogy is a putsi fly, which lays eggs on clean washing drying in the sun and whose larvae then burrow under the skin of the wearer until they hatch as adult flies.
Thanks for all the suggestions! I loved Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, but I haven't read much of the original. I'll give him a go.
>28 Marissa_Doyle: Uh-oh...I'll wait a little, then. Like you, I'm a picky reader.
Anyway, in addition to the Lovecraft (what you might call a background process) I've got four or five other books going at the moment.
Still in China, but also in France, 1600s, being very touchy and ready to pick a fight with anyone. The Three Musketeers.
In Munich 1933 with a group of Australians who seem to be intent on irritating the wrong people.
Paving the New Road
On the topic of the thread, I am in Caracas with a film crew after having made a movie about two Jesuits in the jungle, upstream in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes.
I'm also in North Korea witnessing the cinematic rise of Kim Jong-Il. And I'm in a small community in rural New Brunswick seeing a young woman grow into the ministry. I'm reading that one because of a personal connection.
>30 MrsLee: Love those hot-headed, swashbuckling lads.
>36 NorthernStar: That was one of my favorite books of the year that I read it.
Between the covers of a book, in The Pleasure of Reading. Though as the majority of the writers contributing seem insufferably pretentious, I may not stay there long.
And a brief visit to Pickaxe, Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, for a reread of The Cat who Dropped a Bombshell. Finished in one sitting, regrettably.
I'm in Weed, California hiding from zombies and the CDC.
I'm also somewhere in Sweden, I think. The book hasn't actually stated a city, but the author lives in Sweden.
I have just come off Mount Ararat having been on an expedition to find Noah's Ark in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.
I’m in Baerlon scoffing at the farm boys from the Two Rivers who think this is a “real city”. ;) (The Eye of the World)
>42 catzteach: There are some great hiding places in the hills/mountains/canyons around Weed! Not to mention it's beauty.
>45 MrsLee: Wow, it's a real place? I thought it was a joke. Or, like, the next-door neighbor's back yard.
There's worse names of real places. How about Tietiesbaai for example? Apart from confirming that baai = bay, do I really have to translate?
In the car I'm enjoying a trip with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson while we clear a man accused of murder.
>46 Meredy: Real indeed, about 70ish miles north of my town near the California-Oregon border, at the foot of Mount Shasta. My high school's arch enemies in sports, but not as enemyish as Burney.
I'm living with Elias and Laia in the Forest of Dusk (and feeling like a gooseberry).
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