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Paul C's 2017 Reading & Life - 34

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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 7:18am Top

I am following my wife vicariously through the United Kingdom. This is her version of being reflective in the English Lakes at Coniston Water.

2PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 8:44pm Top

Paul's Poetry

In my old and grumpy socialist days.

Death of a Capitalist

You died and were descended to your cold grave.
Underneath hypocrisy, fertilising reeking soil.
Pockets empty lost is all you sought to save
At the expense of the working man's toil.

What use now the gold and jewels you held or traded?
What use now your accounts in this wooded shell?
What use now the shove and shift as you upgraded?
All are misspent on the rocky road to hell.

You died and were descended to your cold tomb,
Whilst those observers apathetic or askance
Walked away to warm suppers in warm rooms
Without as much as a second glance.

Written in 1986 and edited in 2017.

3PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:17pm Top

ME & MINE

Me?
I was 50 in September 2016 and have enough unread reading material on my shelves to take me safely into my seventies! I have lived in Malaysia since 1994 and have a long suffering (but never quietly) wife, Hani (sometimes referred to as SWMBO), three children Yasmyne (20), Kyran (18) and Belle (13), as well as a supporting cast which includes my book smuggling assistants Azim (also my driver and a part time bouncer who, despite his muscles, lives in almost as much fear of my wife as I do) and Erni (my housemaid, almost-little sister and the worlds greatest coffee maker). On this thread you'll probably read as much about the vagaries of life, book buying and group related statistics as you do about the actual books themselves.



I have added 3,000 books to my shelves in four years but late last year I decided to sort my books from the 4,500 books unread into the essentials of 900 fiction and 180 non-fiction books and I will try to make a serious dent in that list this year.

I will also be reading, as usual, plenty of poetry which is another passion and, as you have seen above, a faltering pastime.

4PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 7:26am Top

.BOOKS READ

JANUARY

1. The Magician's Wife by Brian Moore (1997) 229 pp
2. Maus I : My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (1986) 159 pp
3. Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft (2006) 440 pp
4. Out in the Midday Sun : The British in Malaya 1880-1960 by Margaret Shennan (2000) 471 pp
5. Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler (2003) 214 pp
6. The Assault by Harry Mulisch (1985) 185 pp
7. 100 Prized Poems : Twenty-Five Years of the Forward Books (2016) 176 pp
8. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (2005) 400 pp
9. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost by Ismail Kadare (2000) 182 pp
10. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (2010) 352 pp
11. Varamo by Cesar Aira (2002) 89 pp
12. The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen (1935) 250 pp

FEBRUARY

13. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970) 456 pp
14. A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine : The Last Diaries by Tony Benn (2013) 294 pp
15. City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan (2016) 190 pp
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983) 210 pp
17. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by Jaroslav Seifert (1998) 246 pp
18. Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien (2011) 253 pp

MARCH

19. Up the Junction by Nell Dunn (1963) 133 pp
20. Middle Passages by Kamau Brathwaite (1992) 120 pp
21. Maus II : A Survivor's Tale : And Here My Troubles Began (1991) 136 pp
22. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2011) 466 pp
23. Fences by August Wilson (1985) 101 pp
24. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (1999) 262 pp
25. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (2001) 399 pp

5PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 7:27am Top

BOOKS READ

APRIL

26. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2003) 343 pp
27. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason (2010) 296 pp
28. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (1967) 415 pp
29. When I Was Old by Georges Simenon (1970) 452 pp
30. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (1982) 262 pp
31. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013) 444 pp
32. The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald (2013) 307 pp
33. I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish (2010) 236 pp
34. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1965) 81 pp
35. Shout at the Devil by Wilbur Smith (1968) 391 pp
36. A Perfidious Distortion of History : The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis by Jurgen Tampke (2017) 269 pp
37. Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks (1976) 150 pp
38. The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney (1987) 51 pp

May

39. Then by Morris Gleitzman (2009) 196 pp
40. March: Book One by John Lewis (2013) 121 pp
41. Selected Poems : 1940-1982 by Norman Nicholson (1982) 78 pp
42. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992) 587 pp
43. The Englishman's Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe (1997) 402 pp
44. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth (1800) 97 pp
45. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1999) 220 pp
46. And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yaris Varoufakis (2016) 246 pp

June

47. Il Postino by Antonio Skarmeta (1985) 112 pp
48. How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position by Tabish Khair (2012) 190 pp
49. 1914 by Jean Echenoz (2012) 118 pp
50. Resistance by Carla Jablonski (2010) 121 pp

6PaulCranswick
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BOOKS READ

July

51. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (1968) 281 pp

August

52. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson (1936) 299 pp
53. Amok by Stefan Zweig (1922) 121 pp
54. The King's Revenge by Don Jordan (2012) 328 pp

September

55. A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri (2012) 278 pp
56. Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus (2010) 183 pp
57. The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins (2005) 85 pp
58. S. : A Novel About the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic (1999) 201 pp
59. The World's Two Smallest Humans by Julia Copus (2012) 52 pp

7PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:20pm Top

BOOKS READ

October

60. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer (1976) 334 pp
61. My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl (1979) 264 pp
62. Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye (1995) 157 pp
63. The Dig by Cynan Jones (2014) 156 pp
64. The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata (2005) 292 pp
65. Tudors by Peter Ackroyd (2012) 471 pp
66. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017) 231 pp
67. Tenth of December by George Saunders (2013) 251 pp
68. Poems New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska (1998) 270 pp
69. Now by Morris Gleitzman (2010) 182 pp
70. When Adam Opens His Eyes by Jang Jung-Il (1990) 126 pp

November

71. For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri (1973) 215 pp
72. The Other Country by Carol Ann Duffy (1990) 53 pp
73. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2005) 115 pp
74. Embers by Sandor Marai (1942) 249 pp
75. The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdonov (1948) 167 pp
76. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (2002) 615 pp
77. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1966) 126 pp
78. The Barbary Figs by Rashid Boudjedra (2010) 191 pp
79. The Many Days : Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig by Norman MacCaig (2010) 121 pp
80. The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo Jose Cela (1942) 166 pp

December

81 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013) 243 pp
82 Six Poets Hardy to Larkin by Alan Bennett (2015) 206 pp
83. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway (1937) 180 pp
84. Night School by Lee Child (2016) 462 pp
85. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver (2012) 77 pp

8PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:23pm Top

British Author Challenge 2017



JANUARY : IRISH BRITONS - ELIZABETH BOWEN (DONE) & BRIAN MOORE (DONE)

FEBRUARY : SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY - MARY STEWART (DONE) & TERRY PRATCHETT DONE

MARCH : A DECADE OF BRITISH NOVELS : The 1960s - 10 Novels by Men; 10 Novels by Women - 2 DONE

APRIL: SOUTH YORKSHIRE AUTHORS : AS BYATT & BRUCE CHATWIN (DONE)

MAY : BEFORE QUEEN VIC : 10 Novels written prior to 1837

JUNE : THE HISTORIANS (Historical Fiction / Historians) GEORGETTE HEYER & SIMON SCHAMA

JULY : SCOTTISH AUTHORS : D.E. STEVENSON (DONE) and R.L. STEVENSON

AUGUST : BRITAIN BETWEEN THE WARS (Writers active 1918-1939) WINIFRED HOLTBY & ROBERT GRAVES

SEPTEMBER : THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Great Books Since 2000) A novel chosen from each year of the new century 1 DONE

OCTOBER : WELSH AUTHORS (Born in or associated with Wales) : JO WALTON & ROALD DAHL (DONE)

NOVEMBER : POET LAUREATES : British laureates, children's laureate, National Poets - 1 DONE

DECEMBER : WILDCARD (Chosen via a vote) : ELIZABETH GASKELL & NEIL GAIMAN DONE

9PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:37pm Top

American Author Challenge



American Author Challenge 2017

January- Octavia Butler Blood Child and Other Stories
February- Stewart O' Nan City of Secrets : A Novel
March- William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner
April- Poetry Month - Ariel by Sylvia Plath
May- Zora Neale Hurston
June- Sherman Alexie
July- James McBride
August- Patricia Highsmith
September- Short Story Month Tenth of December
October- Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- Ernest Hemingway To Have and Have Not

11PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:44pm Top

ANZ Author Challenge



I will be doing Kerry's ANZAC Bingo Challenge 2x12

ANZAC Bingo 2x12
1: Read a book about conflict or war
2: Read a book with more than 500 pgs
3: Read an Aussie crime novel COMPLETED The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
4: Read a book using word play in the title
5: Read a book about exploration or a journey
6: Read a book that's been longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award
7: Read a book that's part of a series COMPLETED Then by Morris Gleitzman
8: Read a memoir/biography (can be fiction)
9: Read a book written under a pen name
10: Read a book with a musical plot
11: Read a book with water featured in title/cover : COMPLETED The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
12: Read a book with an immigrant protagonist : COMPLETED Now by Morris Gleitzman

12PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:45pm Top

OTHER CHALLENGES

Guardian 1000 (998) Books - 330 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270237#6197972

1001 Books First Edition - 287 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/268508#6162704

Booker Prize Winners - 25 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/268508#6165614

Nobel Prize Winners Read - 63 out of 114 laureates read something. https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6207224

Pulitzer Prize Winners (6 main categories) - 23 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6207348

National Book Award Winners (Fiction) - 16 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208562

Women's Prize Winners - 5 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208568

Giller Prize Winners - 6 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208574

Miles Franklin Winners - 5 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6208578

Walter Scott Prize Winners - 2 Read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209474

Baillie Gifford Winners - 3 Read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209503

James Tait Black Winners - 17 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209513

Whitbread/Costa Winners (4 categories) - 23 winners read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209540

Dublin International Literature Award - 7 winners read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209556

PEN Faulkner Award Winners - 3 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209725

National Book Critics Circle Awards - 6 read https://www.librarything.com/topic/270794#6209733

13PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:20am Top

CURRENTLY READING

14PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:20am Top

READING PLAN DECEMBER

15PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 2:25am Top

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS

I have not included the UK and USA in this as so much of our reading is from those two places but these are my 80 countries. Authors should have been born there, been a citizen of that country or are clearly associated with it.


Create Your Own Visited Countries Map


1 AFGHANISTAN Khaled Hosseini
2 ALBANIA ISMAIL KADARE
3 ALGERIA RASHID BOUDJEDRA
4 Angola
5 Antigua
6 ARGENTINA CESAR AIRA
7 AUSTRALIA PETER TEMPLE
8 AUSTRIA STEFAN ZWEIG
9 Bangladesh
10 BARBADOS KAMAU BRATHWAITE
11 BELGIUM GEORGES SIMENON
12 Bosnia
13 Brazil
14 CANADA BRIAN MOORE
15 CHILE ANTONIO SKARMETA
16 China
17 COLOMBIA GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
18 CROATIA SLAVENKA DRAKULIC
19 CZECHIA JAROSLAV SEIFERT
20 Denmark
21 DOMINICA JEAN RHYS
22 Dominican Republic
23 Egypt
24 Ethiopia
25 Finland
26 FRANCE JEAN ECHENOZ
27 GERMANY JURGEN TAMPKE
28 Ghana
29 GREECE YANIS VAROUFAKIS
30 Haiti
31 HOLLAND HARRY MULISCH
32 HUNGARY SANDOR MARAI
33 ICELAND ARNALDUR INDRIDASON
34 INDIA TABISH KHAIR
35 INDONESIA ANDREA HIRATA
36 IRAN MARJANE SATRAPI
37 IRELAND ELIZABETH BOWEN
38 ISRAEL YUVAL NOAH HARARI
39 ITALY ANDREA CAMILLERI
40 Jamaica
41 JAPAN HARUKI MURAKAMI
42 Kenya
43 KOREA JANG JUNG-IL
44 LITHUANIA ESTHER HAUTZIG
45 Malawi
46 Malaysia
47 Mexico
48 MOROCCO MOHAMED CHOUKRI
49 Mozambique
50 New Zealand
51 Nigeria
52 Norway
53 PAKISTAN MOHSIN HAMID
54 PALESTINE IZZELDIN ABUELAISH
55 Peru
56 Philippines
57 POLAND WYSLAWA SZYMBORSKA
58 Portugal
59 Romania
60 RUSSIA GAITOR GAZDUNOV
61 Saudi Arabia
62 Senegal
63 Serbia
64 Sierra Leone
65 Singapore
66 Somalia
67 SOUTH AFRICA JM COETZEE
68 Spain
69 Sri Lanka
70 St. Kitts
71 Sudan
72 SWEDEN MONS KALLENTOFT
73 Switzerland
74 Syria
75 Tanzania
76 Trinidad
77 Turkey
78 Ukraine
79 ZAMBIA WILBUR SMITH
80 Zimbabwe

16PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 2:27am Top



IRISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE 2018

Format

I will select five males and five females and there will be two special months.

January : EDNA O'BRIEN
February : WILLIAM TREVOR
March : DEIRDRE MADDEN
April : Samuel Beckett
May : IRISH CRIME WRITERS
June : ANNE ENRIGHT
July : COLM TOIBIN
August : MOLLY KEANE
September : RODDY DOYLE
October : POETS & PLAYWRIGHTS
November : EMMA DONOGHUE, JENNIFER JOHNSTON, MAGGIE O'FARRELL
December : JOHN BANVILLE, SEBASTIAN BARRY, COLUM MCCANN

17PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 2:29am Top



BRITISH AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2018

JANUARY - DEBUT NOVELS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6259410
FEBRUARY - THE 1970s - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6262597
MARCH - CLASSIC THRILLERS - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266669
APRIL - FOLKLORE, FABLES AND LEGENDS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6264065
MAY - QUEENS OF CRIME - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6260378
JUNE - TRAVEL WRITING - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266685
JULY - THE ANGRY YOUNG MEN - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266706
AUGUST - BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6265570
SEPTEMBER - HISTORICAL FICTION - http://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266539
OCTOBER - COMEDIC NOVELS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276329#6266707
NOVEMBER - WORLD WAR ONE - https://www.librarything.com/topic/275745#6258461
DECEMBER - BRITISH SERIES - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276796#6268684

WILDCARD - THE ROMANTICS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/276796#6271176

The format of the British Author Challenge next year will be slightly different in that it will be based upon themes.
That said for guidance I will choose 10 books each month to help and guide that theme along but, as you know me, you can then read what you jolly well like anyway!

18PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:21am Top

75ER BOOK AWARDS PUBLISHED IN 2016

19PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:22am Top

Next is yours

20Carmenere
Dec 4, 2017, 7:29am Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Hani's photo's of Edinburgh continue to be stunning!

21PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:32am Top

>20 Carmenere: Thank you Lynda, lovely to see you. She has done so well but that particular shot is somewhere a little to the South of Edinburgh.

22Carmenere
Dec 4, 2017, 7:53am Top

Got it! I should have mentioned I was mainly thinking about her photo's on FB.

23scaifea
Dec 4, 2017, 8:04am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

24PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 8:12am Top

>22 Carmenere: The two of them have put up some lovely photos, IMHO, Lynda. Edinburgh especially.

>23 scaifea: Thanks Amber. xx

25bell7
Dec 4, 2017, 8:54am Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Lovely selection of the reflective photos from Hani. Hope you have a wonderful week!

26jnwelch
Dec 4, 2017, 9:08am Top

Happy New Thread, buddy!

27Crazymamie
Dec 4, 2017, 9:18am Top

Lovely topper! Happy new one, Paul! I am struggling to keep up with the threads and the holiday season, but I am grabbing a seat here.

28humouress
Dec 4, 2017, 10:36am Top

Happy new thread!

29harrygbutler
Dec 4, 2017, 10:47am Top

Happy new thread, Paul! Another excellent topper!

30drneutron
Dec 4, 2017, 11:15am Top

Happy new thread! I love the pic Hani took.

31amanda4242
Dec 4, 2017, 12:24pm Top

A new one already?! Happy new thread!

32thornton37814
Dec 4, 2017, 12:37pm Top

Happy New Thread!

33Dejah_Thoris
Dec 4, 2017, 12:44pm Top

Congratulations on the new thread, Paul! Here's to 10K in your future!

34BLBera
Dec 4, 2017, 1:58pm Top

Happy new one, Paul. Great pics!

35benitastrnad
Dec 4, 2017, 2:11pm Top

Looks like I missed a whole thread while I was gone. I did manage to read a whole slew of books in the last two weeks. I finished reading Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. My real life book group discusses biographies at our January meeting and I usually read a celebrity tell-all biography. After watching a PBS program on the country houses of Britian, I pulled this biography off my shelves and read about Georgian, the woman who was the hostess with the mostest, a Whig party mover and shaker when the party was the opposition, lived openly with her husbands lover as her best friend, and almost single-handedly drove the Cavendish family into bankruptcy with her gambling addiction. What a story! including all the scandals.

What irritated me the most was that all the reviews of this biography mentioned the fact that Georgiana was a Great Aunt so many times removed of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Who cares? Georgiana was much more involved in her countries affairs than was HRH, The Princess of Wales.

36johnsimpson
Dec 4, 2017, 3:52pm Top

Happy new thread mate and a great thread topper photo. Once again the batting failed and if not for Woakes and debutant Overton with a partnership of 66 the test could have been over by close of play. Getting the Aussies 53 for 4 by the close was some slight recompense but they are going to have to roll them over quickly first thing to even remotely think about chasing down a record total to win. Sadly I think we will be two down with three to play but miracles do happen occasionally.

It has surprised me that I have my own devotees on my thread mate as I don't always think what I put on it is very interesting, just day to day life of me, Karen and the kids plus Leo.

Have a good week ahead mate and hope Hani and Belle enjoy their journey around Britain, not much house hunting going on or has she seen something in Edinburgh mate, lol.

37PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>25 bell7: Thank you, Mary. I think "reflective" suits my good lady's mood at present. She is really enjoying her bonding time with Belle although the latter is often an awkward type!

>26 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. I am pondering what I should go with from my poetry. Will put something up later today which is hopefully not too mawkish.

38PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 4:50pm Top

>27 Crazymamie: There will always be a seat at the top table for my friends from the Pecan Paradisio and, particularly its delightful Matriarch.

>28 humouress: Thanks Nina. How is Singapore this early December. When do they put on the Christmas lights there?

39PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 4:53pm Top

>29 harrygbutler: Thank you Harry. I have a great resource in my wife and daughter and often wake up impatient to see what images they have been capturing whilst I have been snoring away.

>30 drneutron: Thanks Jim. She did a whole series of them which you can see on FB. I am trying to persuade her to do it more seriously as I have a good friend and previously partner who was an award winning photographer and they could maybe do something together.

40PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 4:54pm Top

>31 amanda4242: It was overdue actually, Amanda as the old thread was starting to grumble when loading with all the photos I had uploaded to it.

>32 thornton37814: Thank you Lori.

41PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 4:56pm Top

>33 Dejah_Thoris: I don't know whether I will be able to manage it, Princess, although it would certainly be great. To hit a thousand posts two months running and late in the year has never been done before.

>34 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I have my posting and my reading mojo back at the moment and am revelling in it somewhat. xx

42PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>35 benitastrnad: Lovely to see you Benita. I must say that I agree with you in that, other than her tragic and untimely and rather suspicious demise, I really don't get the fuss made about Diana.

>36 johnsimpson: Yes it looks like an inevitable defeat again John. That Overton and Woakes were able to do what the front line batsmen could not does not augur well for England running through their batting today. Some very strange decisions by captains here. I don't understand why Root fielded and I certainly don't get why Smith didn't enforce the follow-on. To me it is a tactical advantage thrown away and poor reward to bowlers who put you in that position and have their tails up.

Why devotees? Yours is an oasis of normalcy, mate.

43johnsimpson
Dec 4, 2017, 5:04pm Top

>42 PaulCranswick:, Cheers mate, I like the term "An oasis of normalcy" and you could add calm to that.

44PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 5:07pm Top

>43 johnsimpson: You could indeed, John - that is until you get into a discourse of Rob's latest doings!

45johnsimpson
Dec 4, 2017, 5:09pm Top

>44 PaulCranswick:, True mate but hopefully that is being sorted, just hoping nothing rears its ugly head on Christmas Day.

46PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 5:27pm Top

81.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Date of Publication : 2013
Pages : 243
British Author Challenge

I am not a fan of sci-fi and fantasy right?

Then why is it I keep giving rave reviews to a number of fantasy books?

Simply loved this book. The creation of place and the wonderful storyline held me from the get-go and I have a distinct feeling that this will be a classic in years to come.

Our hero returns to the haunts of his youth whilst on a familial visit and it stirs up memories that he didn't realise were there.

Highly recommended.

10/10

47PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 5:28pm Top

>45 johnsimpson: So do I, John. Wishing him and his family unit all the very best. (Love to Karen too).

48msf59
Dec 4, 2017, 6:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Paul. Are you trying to hit 40? Grins...Love the English Lakes topper.

And hooray for The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I am so glad you loved it. It is also one of my favorite of Gaiman's works.

49PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:10pm Top

>48 msf59: I don't think that there is a chance of 40, Mark. Let's see, I am just enjoying posting.

I will give more of Gaiman's work a chance now for sure.

50PaulCranswick
Dec 4, 2017, 7:31pm Top

BRITISH AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE

December 2018 - Series and Institutions

This gives all a chance to catch up with or renew acquaintance with series and favourite characters.
Unlike the other months I am not going to name a single book as it really depends where in a series one is!
I haven't chosen anyone from the Queen of Crime month as it would be too much of an obvious duplication. I considered Jack Reacher but, although the writer is British, it just didn't seem to fit the spirit of the theme.

My selections:

JAMES BOND
CADFAEL
DOCTOR WHO
FLASHMAN
SHERLOCK HOLMES
HORNBLOWER
ROSS POLDARK
INSPECTOR REBUS
SHARPE
JUST WILLIAM

51humouress
Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 9:09pm Top

>38 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. The weather in Singapore is warm and humid, as ever.

The Christmas lights in Orchard Road have been up for yonks, even before the Deepavali lights were turned off. This year they only seem to stretch from Tanglin to the Istana, though. They’ve gone for an all-white theme, much as Oxford Street seems to have done. A friend sent me photos of the London lights; they look spectacular!

Do you get a Christmas light-up in KL, or just the general ones that every mall puts up?

52PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 1:19am Top

>51 humouress: Nina, Singapore is great at this time of year isn't it? I hope to get down there before Christmas so that long, long awaited meet-up.........
It is just the malls that celebrate the custom that Yuletide is heir to. Bukit Bintang sometimes will do something festive but they haven't as yet.

53EBT1002
Dec 5, 2017, 1:22am Top

Happy New Thread, Paul!

So, Hani is taking the photos you've been posting of late, yes? They are truly lovely.

>50 PaulCranswick: Oh, that is fun. And good call to leave out Jack Reacher. I agree with the spirit of the theme failure on that series' part.

I also really loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I am also not a fan of fantasy or science fiction. So, you know. We are consistent.

54PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 1:43am Top

>52 PaulCranswick: Yes Hani (with Belle in support) is our photographer in chief at the present.

I just couldn't see putting Reacher as a British icon - I may have had some of you Americans chasing me and claiming Miss Marple as one of your own!

Consistency is fun isn't it, Ellen?!

55BekkaJo
Dec 5, 2017, 2:42am Top

Happy new thread. Hope the house hunting goes well for Hani. Have you got school sorted for Belle yet - or does that depend on house etc?

56Berly
Dec 5, 2017, 2:59am Top

Hello, Paul! Happy new thread. The January BAC -- the series -- looks good. I will have to find something that fits. I am thinking Bond, James Bond, Shaken, not stirred. : )

Glad you enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane--it was a wonderful read for me.

57karenmarie
Dec 5, 2017, 3:30am Top

Hi Paul and happy new thread.

>50 PaulCranswick: Well. Color me surprised. As a serious fan of Jack Reacher and therefore of Lee Child, I did not realize that Child was born in England. He gets it all so right about the US, and I would never have guessed that he wasn't American. I finished The Midnight Line recently and look forward to another Reacher in 2018. I do agree about not including him in Series and Institutions.

Perhaps one year there could be a challenge about a series/character who has a different nationality than the author.

58EllaTim
Dec 5, 2017, 5:46am Top

Hi Paul, happy new thread! Love the topper picture.

I like the theme for December as well, thinking Doctor Who. Or Poldark.

Your threads are still going strong, we'll be cheering you on towards the 10000!

59scaifea
Dec 5, 2017, 6:25am Top

>46 PaulCranswick: Woot!! It's wonderful, isn't it? I'm so glad you liked it!

60Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 8:29am Top

>50 PaulCranswick: well that is just mean Paul, as if you like the first book, you will have gained an addiction you didn’t already have....

61harrygbutler
Dec 5, 2017, 8:38am Top

>50 PaulCranswick: That's a handy theme, Paul!

62foggidawn
Dec 5, 2017, 11:01am Top

Happy new thread, Paul!

63amanda4242
Dec 5, 2017, 2:54pm Top

>50 PaulCranswick: So many wonderful books to choose from!

64johnsimpson
Dec 5, 2017, 3:56pm Top

Hi Paul, looks like we are in for a nail biting last day of the Test Match, the boys did well restricting the Aussies to 138 all out and I would have liked Malan to have survived the day but it was a good call to send Woakes in, he can bat and keep Root company and he is right handed to try and fox Lyon. As I said to Rob a short while ago, it is only two runs per over and we have 90 overs to go at so as far as I am concerned they just need to take their time, bat five overs at a time and as long as Root stays there we have a fantastic chance and if they win this it will really hurt Australia and give England a much needed confidence boost. The longer the day goes on Smith will be getting more and more nervous and will make mistakes as will the bowlers. Come on England.

65PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:36pm Top

82.

Six Poets Hardy to Larkin an Anthology by Alan Bennett

Publication Date : 2015
Pages : 206

Hardy . Housman . Betjeman . Auden . MacNeice . Larkin. This is more than a good introduction to these six poets as it is accompanied poem by poem by a wonderfully anecdotal commentary by Bennett.

I am familiar with five of the six poets here and have read pretty much all their work (excepting Housman) and whilst little is added to my knowledge of poet or poems plenty is added to my enjoyment of them.

This is Larkin's famous poem:

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

8/10

66PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:39pm Top

>55 BekkaJo: Thanks Bekka. Yes, Belle's school will depend upon exactly where Hani decides we should end up!

>56 Berly: The series is for December, Kimmers! I will probably do a Bond - the one written by Kingsley Amis (As Robert Markham) which is called Colonel Sun.

67DeltaQueen50
Dec 5, 2017, 4:41pm Top

Paul, you have chosen some excellent themes for your 2018 BAC, and I will certainly try to participate for a few of the months even though I am fully committed to the many challenges being offered over at the Category Challenge. 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar reading year!

68PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:43pm Top

>57 karenmarie: That's the thing about Reacher - it does feel so authentic that to place him amongst British series would seem absurd even though technically it fits the challenge.

>58 EllaTim: Thank you Ella. It has been great to see you so busy on the threads this year and I have really enjoyed getting to know you better in 2017.

Doctor Who and Poldark are also obvious possibilities for me too.

69PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>59 scaifea: Well Amber, I very rarely give a perfect score so I guess it is obvious that I would agree that it is a very special book indeed.

>60 Caroline_McElwee: Are books an addiction, Caroline? I think I would say in my own case, most definitely yes!

70PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:46pm Top

>61 harrygbutler: Thanks Harry; hope that you'll join in!

>62 foggidawn: Thank you Foggy, dear.

71PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:49pm Top

>63 amanda4242: You could well have a BAC field day next year, Amanda, if that makes any sense at all.

>64 johnsimpson: Well at the very least we have taken the game to the last day and it will be far closer than it had any right to be. Why on earth Smith sent his players out to bat is beyond me, but good. Root is one of the world's best batsmen and we do have Ali and Bairstow to come so the game is not entirely beyond us. I think we'll lose but it is not impossible.

72PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 4:50pm Top

>67 DeltaQueen50: Almost missed you dear Guru. Would be lovely to have you along for some of the months.

73Familyhistorian
Dec 5, 2017, 6:09pm Top

Well, it's a good thing I saw your new thread today or else you would probably be on to number 34 or 35 by the time I caught up. Happy new one, Paul.

74Familyhistorian
Dec 5, 2017, 6:10pm Top

Oops, that should read 35 or 36. I can't keep up!

75PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 6:13pm Top

>73 Familyhistorian: & >74 Familyhistorian: I am enjoying trying to keep up myself, Meg. xx

76Familyhistorian
Dec 5, 2017, 8:04pm Top

>75 PaulCranswick: Ha, maybe you would find it easier to keep up if you spent less time posting on your own thread!

77richardderus
Dec 5, 2017, 8:39pm Top

>46 PaulCranswick: The full ride! Wow.

>50 PaulCranswick: Oh now...I haven't read any Doctor Who books ever so I need to get on that train!

I reviewed another book of poetry. Just sayin'

78PaulCranswick
Dec 5, 2017, 9:16pm Top

>76 Familyhistorian: Hahaha, you are probably right, Meg. If we check the stats on who posts most on others threads I reckon I would probably still figure in the top ten.

>77 richardderus: RD you must be feeling faint. Two books of poultry in a decade! Off to check.

79FAMeulstee
Dec 6, 2017, 4:14am Top

Belated happy new thread, Paul.

And from your previous thread: thanks for the stats!
I am not keeping up with the treads as usual. I hope to catch up somewhere in the next days.

80Caroline_McElwee
Dec 6, 2017, 4:58am Top

>50 PaulCranswick: >60 Caroline_McElwee: oh yes Paul, books are an addiction, especially for those who must own them and love them as artefacts too. I own more books than I could read in the rest of my lifetime, already, and yet I can’t stop buying them.

81PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 5:05am Top

>79 FAMeulstee: I can fully understand my dear lady. Your post about your empty house made me cry a few days ago. HUGS

>80 Caroline_McElwee: Yes, Caroline, that's it exactly! I am probably working my way towards two lifetimes worth of reading. I wish I could read at the speed of a Charlotte, or Luci or Suz or Anita as it would give me half a chance!

82PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 5:08am Top

Last month I went through the group reviews and ratings etc and came up with four fiction and four non-fiction books for 75ERS BOOK OF THE YEAR (books published in 2016)

This was the (sort of) scientifically obtained shortlist.

FICTION :

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
&
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

NON-FICTION
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Gene : An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
&
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi

Some have already expressed preferences but I'd like to get a few more votes to conclude and announce a winner by December 20 th latest.

83Caroline_McElwee
Dec 6, 2017, 6:18am Top

I’ve read four of the shortlist, 3 Fiction and one non-Fiction.

My vote goes to Homegoing, an extraordinary debut novel with 16+ main characters, all drawn fully, telling a visceral, harsh story, and yet maintaining deep heart, and in only 300 pages. I will read it again.

I thought the other three books I read from the list, The Underground Railroad, A Gentleman in Moscow (this year’s book gift to several friends), and When Breath Becomes Air were all fine books. I do have Evicted in the tbr mountain.

84jessibud2
Dec 6, 2017, 6:30am Top

>80 Caroline_McElwee: - Those words could have been written by me. Every one of them. I suspect we, in this group, are not alone....

85PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 10:45am Top

>83 Caroline_McElwee: It is a strong contender certainly Caroline. I suspect one of the four in the fiction lists is a little way behind the other three and the non-fiction has a strong leader at the moment.

>84 jessibud2: I very rarely disagree with Caroline about books so I always take note of which books I haven't read so that I soon can. Looks like it make s the three of us now, Shelley!

86weird_O
Edited: Dec 6, 2017, 11:06am Top

I like that Irish author challenge idea, Paul, and I even have unread books by several of the authors listed. Candidly, I don't recognize quite a few of the listeds. I must consult with my DIL, a Gilligan, who has travelled to Ireland multiple times. (Her family is taking my wife to Ireland in the summer for her 70th birthday. And I get to go along!) I expect Tara will know of all the authors and may have recommendations.

I ought to look at the BAC as well.

87FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 6, 2017, 11:56am Top

>81 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the hugs, Paul, very much needed and appriciated.

>82 PaulCranswick: For non-fiction my vote is for The Gene : an intimate history.
Fiction: I disliked a gentleman, but hope to read Homegoing this week and expect to like it better.

88PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>86 weird_O: Bill, if you are in Ireland next summer and I am anywhere in the locality then a meet-up must be on the cards.

The only one of my selections that I had not really heard of before was Dierdre Madden. I hope that something on the BAC tickles your fancy at some stage.

89PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>87 FAMeulstee: Hugs very happily given Anita, I do hope that live is kind to you and Frank for the foreseeable future at least.

Votes are noted. xx

90PaulCranswick
Dec 6, 2017, 6:46pm Top

BRITISH AUTHOR THEME CHALLENGE 2018

WILDCARD - THE ROMANTIC POETS

I was almost bound to include some poetry but was a little nervous about inflicting these 17th and 18th Century wordsmiths of angst upon the group for a specific month. In the first two years of BAC, I added a Wildcard which could be used at any time and I am going back to that format for those who wish to enjoy the Romantics.

These are the ten Romantic poets selected and a famous poem of theirs.

Robert Burns - A Red, Red Rose
Walter Scott - The Lady of the Lake
William Blake - Songs of Innocence and Experience
William Wordsworth - The Prelude
Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Robert Southey - The Inchcape Rock
Lord Byron - Childe Harold
Percy Bysse Shelley - Ode to the West Wind
John Keats - Ode to a Nightingale
John Clare - I am.

This completes the selections of the British Author Theme Challenge for next year.

91ronincats
Dec 6, 2017, 11:38pm Top

>46 PaulCranswick: Perchance you simply haven't read enough in the genre to realize that, actually, you ARE a fan, Paul!

92PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 12:34am Top

>91 ronincats: And the more that I read the less I am able to say that I don't like it!

93PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 1:14am Top

More Hani photos.

This time she is in Skipton, North Yorkshire taking pictures at or from the castle there:

94PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 1:16am Top

Skipton Castle

95PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 1:17am Top

96PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 1:20am Top

Skipton town:

97BekkaJo
Dec 7, 2017, 4:32am Top

Stunning pics as always :)

98PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 6:22am Top

>97 BekkaJo: Thanks Bekka. The North of England still has plenty to offer, I think to the visitor.

99FAMeulstee
Dec 7, 2017, 7:04am Top

You make me want to travel to the North of England, Paul, with posting all these pictures! ;-)

100EllaTim
Dec 7, 2017, 7:14am Top

hi Paul,

>82 PaulCranswick: I only read one of the shortlist for fiction, so how can I choose? And I started three of the non-fiction list and finished none of them. Sorry...

>95 PaulCranswick: Wonderful pictures again, this one I like best, nice and gloomy. Fitting cover for a fantasy novel?

101PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 7:43am Top

>99 FAMeulstee: You will be more than welcome when I do finally get resettled there. I hope we have plenty of space for our friends to come visit.

>100 EllaTim: Ella - I'll let you into a secret which probably sounds bizarre in that I haven't read any of them! The selections were made from a scour of all the threads and the various ratings and reviews given. I have interestingly enough 7 of the 8 books on the shelves.

102jnwelch
Dec 7, 2017, 9:53am Top

Go Hani! More great pics.

103drneutron
Dec 7, 2017, 10:57am Top

Nice pics! Skipton looks like a cool little town!

104Crazymamie
Dec 7, 2017, 11:18am Top

>95 PaulCranswick: Lovely photos, but this one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing, Paul.

105richardderus
Dec 7, 2017, 11:51am Top

I've always wanted to live in Chester. Looks like Skipton Castle was either a Victorian Phauntaisee or was remodeled in Victorian times to be the beau ideal of a Castle. It's too perfectly charming to be "real."

Romantic poets! Ugh.

106m.belljackson
Dec 7, 2017, 2:08pm Top

For your IRISH Thriller Month,

today's free online "Signature"

features "4 Things Every Thriller Writer Can Learn from Charlotte's Web."

Good and fun!

107PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 3:25pm Top

>102 jnwelch: She is doing well isn't she, Joe?

>103 drneutron: Skipton is a decent little market town. It is especially attractive in summer with the babbling brooks and the daisy strewn fields.

108PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 3:35pm Top

>104 Crazymamie: It is close Mamie but I would have probably plumped for >93 PaulCranswick: xx

>105 richardderus: My best friend from school RD lives in a place called Northwich which is about 4 miles from Chester. Lovely walled city with a super racecourse and a terrible soccer team.

There would appear to have been some renovations and modifications of the medieval castle firstly in Tudor times and then in the late 17th century.

I just somehow knew the Romantics would turn your stomach!

109PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 3:36pm Top

>106 m.belljackson: Hi Marianne. Charlotte's Web and Irish crime writing goes hand in toe most likely .

110richardderus
Dec 7, 2017, 3:48pm Top

>108 PaulCranswick: Northwich looks loverly. Still wanna live in Chester, though, bad footie be hanged.

111PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 4:07pm Top

>110 richardderus: Good curry houses in Chester also as I remember.

112charl08
Edited: Dec 10, 2017, 2:07am Top

I'd only read A Gentleman in Moscow of the fiction and thought it was a great read. Both Evicted and Gene : An Intimate History were brilliant reads. Probably just Evicted because it made suxh a compelling case for change.

Love the Lake District pictures. Did they make it to Hawkshead or Tarn Hows?

113Crazymamie
Dec 7, 2017, 4:33pm Top

>108 PaulCranswick: I love how atmospheric >95 PaulCranswick: is, which is why it's my favorite.

114PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 5:52pm Top

>112 charl08: Duly noted, Charlotte. Evicted seems a little clear of the field in the non-fiction section.

I don't think they did make it to those places as she merely mentioned Coniston and Derwent waters to me as well as Grasmere.

>113 Crazymamie: She has managed to get atmosphere into her photos, Mamie and the most remarkable thing is that they are all taken on a simple IPhone.

115PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 10:05pm Top

83.

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

Date of Publication : 1937
Pages : 180
American Author Challenge

In this case hard boiled is also half baked.

Found the constant references to Chinks and Niggers to be extremely annoying and distasteful but it was only 180 pages long.

4/10

116msf59
Dec 7, 2017, 7:24pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Sounds like it was a much better film, Paul. Glad I can skip it.

117Crazymamie
Dec 7, 2017, 7:34pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Yep. I really hated that book when I read it. The movie, however, is full of fabulous - a much more noble and likable Harry Morgan.

118richardderus
Dec 7, 2017, 7:34pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Ernesto de Hemenhaw is a writer best experienced in small doses, via short fiction, if you listen to my advice. He was brilliant at the authorial wind-sprints. Longer distances, his talent gets all blowed.

119m.belljackson
Dec 7, 2017, 8:26pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick:

180 too many?

120PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 9:29pm Top

>116 msf59: Yes a much better film indeed, Mark. Wouldn't bother with the book if I were you.

>117 Crazymamie: Mamie, Bogie and Bacall was a classic combination which doesn't come across at all in a fairly mean and flat little book.

121PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 9:30pm Top

>118 richardderus: I know he is a, erm, favourite of yours RD. I really liked The Old Man and the Sea but this was pretty execrable.

It is rare for me to award as little as 4/10.

>119 m.belljackson: It was pretty much 180 pages too many in truth, Marianne.

122PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 9:33pm Top

I am hoping to polish off a couple more today which are much better than Hemingway's faux pas:

123Familyhistorian
Dec 7, 2017, 10:29pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Well, at least it was short and put you closer to your goal of 100 faster.

124PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2017, 11:01pm Top

>123 Familyhistorian: It was probably the shortest thing of his I could lay may hands on, Meg, and thank God for that.

125richardderus
Dec 7, 2017, 11:39pm Top

>122 PaulCranswick: I can almost guarantee that The Rehearsal will not disappoint. I liked it very well indeed.

126arubabookwoman
Dec 8, 2017, 12:07am Top

In non-fiction, I loved both Evicted and The Gene: An Intimate History. However, I would vote for The Gene: An Intimate History--I think he is an amazing writer who is able to make a difficult subject interesting and understandable. In Evicted, the subject itself made the book compelling reading.

In fiction, I've only read A Gentleman in Moscow, and I didn't like it.

127PaulCranswick
Dec 8, 2017, 1:03am Top

>125 richardderus: It is a twisted little tale isn't it, RD? Quite insightful and accomplished for a first novel too.

>126 arubabookwoman: Lovely to see you Deborah. Interesting that Amor Towles' book was found to be a let down as it has garnered some really rave reviews.

128jnwelch
Dec 8, 2017, 8:37am Top

Another vote for Evicted as the top NF, Paul. And I'm always happy to see a Reacher book being read. Maybe it's because I don't like doing laundry either.

129PaulCranswick
Dec 8, 2017, 11:12am Top

>128 jnwelch: Hahaha Joe, reason enough to like big Jack, I suppose.

130amanda4242
Dec 8, 2017, 11:49am Top

>115 PaulCranswick: Looks like I can scratch that one of my tbr list.

131m.belljackson
Dec 8, 2017, 11:52am Top

>128 jnwelch: >129 PaulCranswick:

No great love for thrillers here, yet there was a short story involving Jack Reacher
(whom I'd never heard of) in the free online Season of Stories a few weeks ago.

It was intriguing and seemed to be the first chapter of a novel and
it would be good to read the rest - does anyone recognize this plot?

Jack Reacher is stretched out (long, yes) nearly dead in a hospital bed.

A novice detective comes to interview him about the crime that nearly killed him.

He is very reticent, but gives her enough to keep going...

132PaulCranswick
Dec 8, 2017, 6:42pm Top

>115 PaulCranswick: My review sat on the fence almost as much as some of yours do, Amanda!

>116 msf59: Readers of the Reacher books will note that the baddies rarely get in a blow on our hero. I have read most of the books but I don't recognise the synopsis.

133Familyhistorian
Dec 9, 2017, 1:14am Top

>124 PaulCranswick: I think a lot of them are mercifully short, Paul. I was lucky, there were no black people in the The Sun Also Rises but there was someone who was Jewish and who didn't really know how to behave. The language about his was predictable.

134PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 1:17am Top

>133 Familyhistorian: Yes it is amazing Meg not only how such intolerance, racism and bigotry was tolerated but also how it was so commonplace.

135vancouverdeb
Dec 9, 2017, 1:21am Top

Hani really has taken some wonderful pictures, Paul. She really has a good eye- which is why she chose you, I imagine!

136Familyhistorian
Dec 9, 2017, 1:25am Top

>134 PaulCranswick: I was aware of how prevalent the use of intolerant language was as I had heard that kind of language used in my younger days what I was surprised by was the newspaper article that I found when looking for historical articles. I was cleaning up and ran across the article that I found. It reads in part: "Decrease in Lynchings. Only 6 in 1938 Compared With 8 in '37, 20 in '35" The article comes from Tuskegee, Ala.

137PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 1:34am Top

>135 vancouverdeb: Oh Deb! Flattery will get you everywhere!

And one of the everywheres is The Lakes at Twilight

138PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 1:36am Top

>136 Familyhistorian: Wow Meg! I would like to think that such behaviour would not be tolerated in Blighty but it probably came away from such behaviour a mere generation or two before the Southern states.

139Deern
Dec 9, 2017, 1:45am Top

I can live better with those views and expressions when it's really old books and wouldn't want them "cleansed to modern standards", like the eternal discussion about books like Tom Sawyer or whether Jane Austen supported slavery. Hemingway however wasn't that long ago and in his case it must have been a decision, not so much the expressions alone, but also the attitude. Still got one of his 1,001s to read, the only long one, and I'm dreading it. I remember finding the ones I read also quite (sorry) boring. Much alcohol and sweat and dead bulls/fish.

Happy weekend to you, Paul!

140PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 5:31am Top

>139 Deern: He sure could write, Nathalie, but that does not excuse his awful views on race.

As lovely as always to see you Nathalie and I shall definitely be on my rounds this weekend.

141PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 6:18am Top

A more restrained BIG BAG WOLF sale for me this year but I still did buy a few. PART ONE (INCLUDES SOME KYRAN BOOKS)

153. A Deeper Darkness by J.T. Ellison (2012) 408 pp
154. Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper (2014) 708 pp
155. Migraine by Oliver Sacks (1993) 297 pp
156. Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks (2010) 240 pp
157. The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton (2013) 309 pp
158. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (1858) 562 pp
159. The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (1999) 76 pp
160. Age of Discovery by Ian Goldin (2016) 267 pp
161. The Oxford Encyclopedia of World History 200 pp
162. Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer (2014) 353 pp
163. The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe (1992) 235 pp
164. Messer Marco Polo by Donn Byrne (1921) 85 pp
165. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (2005) 309 pp
166. What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman (2010) 243 pp
167. The Food of the Gods by HG Wells (1904) 209 pp
168. Orfeo by Richard Powers (2014) 369 pp
169. The War of the Roses by Alison Weir (1995) 420 pp
170. The Book of Evidence by John Banville (1989) 207 pp
171. The Khufra Run by Jack Higgins (1972) 338 pp
172. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker (1911) 180 pp
173. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (1990) 108 pp
174. The Journey of Ibn Fattouma by Naguib Mahfouz (1983) 148 pp
175. Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan (2004) 172 pp
176. Time Present and Time Past by Dierdre Madden (2013) 224 pp
177. In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (2010) 214 pp
178. The First Men in the Moon by HG Wells (1901) 208 pp
179. The Bloodstone Papers by Glen Duncan (2006) 405 pp
180. Them by Joyce Carol Oates (1969) 538 pp

142PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 6:35am Top

PART TWO OF BIG BAD WOLF BUYS

181. That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (2010) 408 pp
182. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (1952) 220 pp
183. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (2006) 294 pp
184. Dead Man's Time by Peter James (2013) 497 pp
185. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks (1973) 316 pp
186. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (2015) 278 pp
187. A Brief History of Christianity by Bamber Gascoigne (1977) 229 pp
188. Home Made by Tana Ramsay COOK BOOK
189. The Story of Philosophy by Christoph Delius (2006) 120 pp
190. South East Asia's Best Recipes : From Bangkok to Bali by Wendy Hutton COOK BOOK
191. Wok & Stir Fry by Linda Doeser COOK BOOK
192. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham (2014) 439 pp

40 books in all.

143msf59
Dec 9, 2017, 7:03am Top

Wow! What a Big Bad Wolf book haul! That is more books than I acquired all year.

Happy Weekend, Paul. I am having internet issues again. Sighs...

144vancouverdeb
Dec 9, 2017, 7:42am Top

Ahh, that's the Paul I know - with the huge book hauls! All is well in Paul Land, I can tell! Happy for you!

145drneutron
Dec 9, 2017, 8:12am Top

Wow, that’s a heckuva haul!

146Dejah_Thoris
Dec 9, 2017, 10:48am Top

>141 PaulCranswick: >142 PaulCranswick: *snort* Oh, yes, very restrained, Paul.

147richardderus
Dec 9, 2017, 12:29pm Top

>141 PaulCranswick: The Food of the Gods! Goodness gracious me. It's been years and is it ever timely now. All this kerfuffle about genetically engineering foodstuffs...as if that isn't what selective breeding is...writ large (pun very much intended) and so long ago.

>142 PaulCranswick: Black Swan Green. Really. Don't you have a hammer? You could simply bash your testicles with it and suffer equivalent pain, only it wouldn't last as long.

148TheWorstOffender
Dec 9, 2017, 1:29pm Top

>141 PaulCranswick: and >142 PaulCranswick:....Long time no Talk, but I see some old favorites in your haul. Good on you!

149m.belljackson
Dec 9, 2017, 2:28pm Top

>134 PaulCranswick: >135 vancouverdeb:

I read this last night in The Last Ballad:

"That's funny," he said. "The next stop is Lynchburg."

Remark from a detective sent to deal with striking black and white workers
seeking jobs and equal rights in 1929 Gastonia, North Carolina.

150karenmarie
Dec 9, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Hi Paul!

>141 PaulCranswick: and >142 PaulCranswick: Just think, you and Azim didn't have to smuggle them into the house with Hani thousands of miles away! Excellent haul, for sure.

151avatiakh
Dec 9, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Another great book haul like in previous years. Yesterday I shared with my daughter a youtube clip from the 1989 film The War of the Roses, I know not the same topic as your book, but a great dark comedy all the same.

152PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 7:53pm Top

>143 msf59: So did I last night, Mark, as I couldn't get a line from about 8 pm so I stalked off to bed in frustration.

>144 vancouverdeb: It was an interesting experience yesterday because Kyran followed me and some of the books - the Oliver Sacks and the book on Christianity for example are actually for him.

153PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 7:57pm Top

>145 drneutron: It isn't like previous years when my hauls from the sale would be in three figures but I guess it is a case of cutting one's cloth to fit, Jim.

>146 Dejah_Thoris: It is all relative, Princess. :D

>147 richardderus: So one thumbs up and one thumbs down then RD! I will have to be careful then with Black Swan Green as I do treasure my testicles overly.

154PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 8:00pm Top

>148 TheWorstOffender: And some duplications. About four this time which I have never done before - I really am getting old.

>149 m.belljackson: Wonderful! I really do believe though, even if in fits and starts, that the race divide is less marked than before. The England I grew up in was, to my mind, very prejudiced, but I have noticed some changes over the years and racism really is frowned upon in much of Europe. Things are getting better but it is a long, long, long road.

155PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 8:01pm Top

>150 karenmarie: And I didn't have Azim by my side as it was a Saturday but Kyran played an excellent second fiddle, Karen.

>151 avatiakh: Yes Kerry, I love that film too. Reminds me of my own domestic arrangements when Hani is on the warpath!

156PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 8:59pm Top

BIG BAD BOOKS (1)







157richardderus
Dec 9, 2017, 9:07pm Top

The Lair of the White Worm always brings to mind Amanda Donohoe doing that hoochie-coochie dance in the 80s movie "inspired" (I guess, it sure wasn't based on it!) by it. Not quite the scene I was thinking of but an interesting one nonetheless.

158PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 9:22pm Top

BIG BAD WOLF BOOKS (2)









Managed to get all actual covers

159amanda4242
Dec 9, 2017, 9:23pm Top

An impressive haul!

160PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 9:24pm Top

>157 richardderus: I had a bit of a crush on Amanda Donoghue back in the day. I remember the film where she was a castaway and spent almost the whole film starkers.

161PaulCranswick
Dec 9, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>159 amanda4242: I managed to get a Dierdre Madden for my Irish Author Challenge and a few others that took my fancy but it was a bad day for duplicate books and shows how badly I perform in crowds. The place was so busy I could hardly think but for someone who prides himself in a near photographic memory there are actually 8 books which already appear in my library albeit in different formats.

162jessibud2
Edited: Dec 10, 2017, 8:53am Top

Sacks's The Mind's Eye was excellent, Paul. I listened to it on audio a few years ago. I have not read Migraine, though, sadly, I am very familiar with them.

163Familyhistorian
Dec 9, 2017, 10:40pm Top

>142 PaulCranswick: Ah, you always make me feel so much better about my book buying habits, Paul. It looks like there are some good ones in there.

164LizzieD
Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 11:30pm Top

No way can I catch up! I'll just say that I love Hani's photographic ability and looking at your amazing book haul.
I'll just add that I've loved and adored Sheri S. Tepper, and I'm afraid that her last work was not up to the earler writing. I haven't read The Waters Rising, nor do I own Fish Tails, but you remind me that my completist self should get it for someday. I have also enjoyed Deirdre Madden and will keep her in mind. Happy Reading!

165kac522
Dec 10, 2017, 1:31am Top

>161 PaulCranswick: Interesting observation, Paul.... that dealing with crowds and duplication come together. It's a rare used book sale where I don't buy a book I already have, especially when it's one of those all you-can-carry type of sales. Maybe I'm less focused?? Also those sales tend to be huge, and I rush through so that I can be sure to hit every pile of books. Today I was at a library that has a used book sale room in the basement...I was the only one there, took my time, and came home with only 3 books, but none were dups.

166PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 2:51am Top

>162 jessibud2: I think us heavy readers are prone to them, Shelley. Eye strain and lack of sleep being obvious factors impacting upon our poor heads.

>163 Familyhistorian: I try to help, Meg! I was really disappointed to get a number of duplications although a couple of them are decidedly better versions of books that are now a wee bit tatty.

167PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 2:55am Top

>164 LizzieD: Lovely to see you Peggy. Sheri S. Tepper of course died fairly recently so I sort of got put onto her via reading some of the obits for her.
Deirdre Madden is up for the Irish Author Challenge in March so I needed to look out for her books.

>165 kac522: A few of them in fairness I realised Kathy such as No Country for Old Men but I couldn't resist the cover at under $2.
I may go there again later in the week when it is not quite so busy.

168jnwelch
Dec 10, 2017, 10:57am Top

Great haul, buddy.

If you're like me, No Country for Old Men will blow your doors off. Chilling, and unputdownable.

169PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 11:19am Top

>168 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. When I get to the UK towards the end of the year probably, I will most likely be looking to add to my poetry stocks.

No Country for Old Men is pencilled in for 2018.

170Familyhistorian
Dec 10, 2017, 3:44pm Top

>166 PaulCranswick: I usually consult LT when going on book buying binges just to make sure I don't end up with duplicates. But I did end up with two last month, one that I brought back all the way from Salt Lake City and one that different titles for the UK and US markets - it is aggravating when they do that.

171PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 6:17pm Top

>179 I have not added duplicate titles for a long time, Meg, so I was a little non-plussed as to why I did so with such abandon on Saturday. I blame the crowds and the crush and the fact thatthere were simply so many books.

North American / British titles do vary occasionally and this has caught me out before. The fact that it is more common on series gives me more chance on the series I am following. For example Jussi Adler Olsen's books often have a different title in North America so I am careful not to get caught out. Where the book is printed is often a give away too. I prefer the British editions usually and this lessens the chance of duplications.

172BekkaJo
Dec 11, 2017, 6:17am Top

So many new books! What's the total for the year so far?

173karenmarie
Dec 11, 2017, 8:09am Top

Hi Paul!

I always have every intention of checking every book I buy against my catalog now that the LT android app is available, but still get caught up in the excitement of buying books and bring home duplicates. I simply need to slow down and be more disciplined!

174drneutron
Dec 11, 2017, 9:33am Top

For those who use the Threadbook:

Now that the wiki has been re-established, I've updated the Threadbook to include all the new threads made in November/December. If you find any errors, let me know and I'll get 'em fixed!

175m.belljackson
Dec 11, 2017, 10:27am Top

>132 PaulCranswick:

Hi - I emailed Penguin with the result that the Lee Child short story

was titled "Everyone Talks" from No Middle Name,

destined to be released on January 2, 2018.

176thornton37814
Dec 11, 2017, 10:44am Top

I occasionally manage to add a duplicate in spite of checking most of the time. In the last year or so, I intentionally added a duplicate. It was for a really thin book I could not find anywhere. I needed it, and I finally gave up looking for it. I did finally locate it a couple months after I'd purchased the other copy. I decided to keep both copies though. It's so thin I hope I'll be able to find at least one of the copies the next time I need it!

177weird_O
Dec 11, 2017, 11:15am Top

Paul, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with a book-sale obsession. You have quite a few new-to-me authors amongst your acquisitions.

Thanks to you and RD for introducing me to Amanda Donohoe. I was compelled to consult Google Images. Oh yes.

I'm somewhat surprised by the revulsion some of my fellow old people have to attitudes and language displayed in books authored in the first half of the 20th century, even the first two-thirds. Did these folks grow up in cocoons, sheltered from everyday conversations. Don't they recall attitudes and language of Little Rock's school desegregation and Boston's school busing turmoil (to cite just two vile conflicts of my lifetime). A list of slurs mouthed against any tribe that wasn't yours would be very very long.

178PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 3:47pm Top

>172 BekkaJo: Hi Bekka. It is my lowest total for a good while. So far this year I have bought/added 192 books. When I think back to the days when I added 1,200 then this looks massively conservative!

179PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 3:50pm Top

>173 karenmarie: I have always relied upon my memory banks, Karen. Up until recently the said memory banks only very rarely failed me, but I guess that they are now overloaded with all sorts of other stuff besides.

I was appalled actually at the number of duplications even though three of them were on purpose either because the book is elsewhere (in UK or given away to a library or merely a poor copy previously) but there would some genuine gaffs as well. I am not used to making such faux pas so I think these are intimations of mortality!

180PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 3:52pm Top

>174 drneutron: Thank you so much for that, Jim. I felt a bit of a cad bringing it up actually given the fact that you have even more work than I do, but I do treasure the threadbook as a really excellent resource.

You are a gem of a guy really, mate, and I dread to think what would happen if you hopped aboard one of those rockets you are busy upon!

181drneutron
Dec 11, 2017, 3:54pm Top

No worries - they got the system working Friday, then there were issues with folks not being able to make updates, then work went to hell and I lost a weekend. But all in all, it was pretty easy to get the page updated. I've been keeping a list... 😁

182PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 3:54pm Top

>175 m.belljackson: I wouldn't have thought that Big Jack Reacher (as opposed to Tom Cruise's Little Jack Reacher) would lend himself too naturally to the short story form so it is pleasing to find myself wrong!

Night School got more negative press than a lot of his books but I don't really know why as I think it is on a par with much of his stuff. The fact that it takes Reacher back to his army days would I suppose count for some of the negativity but I found it refreshing.

183PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 3:57pm Top

>176 thornton37814: I think intentional duplications make us smarter, Lori! It is the fact that there were a few in there that bemused me. Particularly how on earth someone who prides himself in his poetry reading and prodigious memory could buy a duplicate anthology by Carol Ann Duffy albeit that the covers are different?

184PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:03pm Top

>177 weird_O: This one Bill is really the Book Sale to end all Book Sales and descends upon Kuala Lumpur once a year.

Amanda Donoghue was quite something back in the day.

Speaking of back in the day, I think I can be excused being born in 1966 from an automatic acceptance of the tone and tenor of some of the language in pre-war fiction - especially the hard boiled stuff. To be strictly fair to Hemingway some of his references are meant to be from the mind and attitude of his leading man but I did find it a bit OTT. Writing by British equivalents at the same time would not produce that sort of tone.

185PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:03pm Top

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in KL

186johnsimpson
Dec 11, 2017, 4:04pm Top

187PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:04pm Top

>181 drneutron: As I said, Jim, you are a gem!

188PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:04pm Top

>186 johnsimpson: As you can imagine John, I am only ever so slightly in my element!

189BekkaJo
Dec 11, 2017, 4:10pm Top

#185 Humana. I mean drooooool.

We had the Jersey equivalent ish thingy a few weeks ago. All second hand books in aid of guide dogs. And a hell of a lot of books. But if you took an tenth of the books in a tenth of the space and timesed the people by eight? I had to hide Will under a table for most of it so that I could peruse :)

190amanda4242
Dec 11, 2017, 4:20pm Top

>185 PaulCranswick: Looks like a little slice of heaven.

191johnsimpson
Dec 11, 2017, 4:20pm Top

>188 PaulCranswick:, Would have liked to have been with you mate, lol.

192PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>189 BekkaJo: And to be strictly fair, Bekka, it doesn't even begin to encompass the scale of the thing. Virtually all books $2.

>190 amanda4242: And without having to pass on to get in, Amanda!

193PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>191 johnsimpson: John I am sure that, at some stage, there will be opportunities for us to go book sale shopping together. You may be surprised at the extent of my obsessions and compulsions!

194EllaTim
Dec 11, 2017, 4:57pm Top

>185 PaulCranswick: Good grief, Paul. Is this from one bookshop?

195FAMeulstee
Dec 11, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>185 PaulCranswick: & >193 PaulCranswick: Oooooh, it looks like paradise and 233 hours non stop !?!!?!!!

196PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 5:12pm Top

>194 EllaTim: I am not really sure how they organise it Ella but there are over 3 million books sold or available for sale apparently!

>195 FAMeulstee: It is rare that I am able to avoid a trip there on at least two occasions annually, Anita!

197drneutron
Dec 11, 2017, 5:31pm Top

Wow, that's a heckuva booksale!

198foggidawn
Dec 11, 2017, 5:44pm Top

Now that's a book sale! You definitely exercised admirable restraint this year!

199PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 5:48pm Top

>197 drneutron: It certainly is, Jim.

>198 foggidawn: The sale isn't finished yet, Foggy!

200foggidawn
Dec 11, 2017, 5:51pm Top

>199 PaulCranswick: Guess I should have said "so far this year" . . .

201m.belljackson
Dec 11, 2017, 7:03pm Top

>184 PaulCranswick: >177 weird_O:

Many American authors around Hemingway's time (or ours, like The Last Ballad, loaded with n-words)
did not choose to write racist and sexist drivel except to make a character statement or nuance which was most often
NOT their own.

His words showed his feelings and are about as welcome as a novel by Roy Moore, Bannon, or trump would be today
to that same audience.

202m.belljackson
Dec 11, 2017, 7:05pm Top

Paul - how did you carry all those books to the checkout!?!

No shopping carts are visible.

203harrygbutler
Dec 11, 2017, 7:40pm Top

>137 PaulCranswick: Another good photo, Paul!

>141 PaulCranswick: >142 PaulCranswick: Forty books is a good haul, I'd say, even if the net is somewhat lower owing to duplicates. I've only bought a few books since our Thanksgiving trip, and I have my doubts I'll get much more over the next couple weeks, though I do expect I'll find a few under the tree.

204richardderus
Dec 11, 2017, 9:56pm Top

>177 weird_O:, >184 PaulCranswick:, >201 m.belljackson: My vintage of privileged white people had already eschewed the use of the epithets in question by the Eisenhower years. My mother was *especially* vigilant to call out such words in her husband and children's usage. Her own father had beaten her when she refused to acknowledge that saying the family's Mexican (from Mexico) maid was a lady was Not Done. It made her hypersensitive to the issue.

The people I grew up around looked down on racism as a lower-class failing.

>185 PaulCranswick: OOOO
AAAAAHHH

205Berly
Dec 11, 2017, 11:25pm Top

>185 PaulCranswick: OMG!!! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in KL looks AWESOME!! Great book haul. I am no longer worried you will run out of books. LOL!

206PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 11:49pm Top

>200 foggidawn: Hehehe, Foggy. I have to admit that I can feel a late night visit coming on!

>201 m.belljackson: I have to admit that I thought its use in Hemingway was unduly gratuitous, Marianne. I didn't really get the impression that this was Harry's views alone being put across to a dissatisfied reader.

207PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 11:52pm Top

>202 m.belljackson: This year there were shopping trollies no less. Last couple of years when I added three times as many books, I had Azim in tow to help lug the stash for me!

>203 harrygbutler: I expect that I am going to pass 200 at the very least this year which will be at least double what I have read, Harry.

It is all relative I suppose but the years of adding 100 books a month are gone for the foreseeable future.

208PaulCranswick
Dec 11, 2017, 11:56pm Top

>204 richardderus: My father is certainly a racist, RD, by anyone's standard of measurement. The fact that he referred to my three little terrors (as they were then) as "half-breeds" does rather embellish the point somewhat.

I do find the UK has improved since I left it (a coincidence I do hope) and it is far more tolerant than it used to be. Still a long way to go.

>205 Berly: It is awesome, Kimmers! I cannot conceive of a whole year without it or even of a year when I only go there once!

209karenmarie
Dec 12, 2017, 4:39am Top

Hi Paul!

>185 PaulCranswick:. Oh my. And you only acquired forty? I admire your restraint.

210PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 6:37am Top

>209 karenmarie: I am a very well behaved boy these days, Karen. Honestly!

211msf59
Dec 12, 2017, 7:04am Top

>185 PaulCranswick: WOW! No wonder you went a bit batty.

212PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 7:57am Top

>211 msf59: Batty, moi? Well, yes, I am I suppose buddy.

213charl08
Dec 12, 2017, 8:00am Top

>185 PaulCranswick: Adding that to the wishlist of book markets, sales and shops I hope to visit one day :-) Hope you're having a good day.

214PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 9:00am Top

>213 charl08: I'll invite you one fine day, Charlotte - when my business is running as it was five years ago, I'll host a KL meet-up for some of my best-est pals and you are sure of an invite. xx

215Dejah_Thoris
Dec 12, 2017, 10:44am Top

216m.belljackson
Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 11:47am Top

>204 richardderus:

Your people would have been floored by my fellow Oak Park, Illinois, resident, Hemingway.

He was from Oak Park's upper middle class, his father a doctor (my Grandma's), and,

by the Oak Park standards of those days, the family was considered rich.

217richardderus
Dec 12, 2017, 1:14pm Top

>216 m.belljackson: It is, I suppose, a function of the times and the company. We see lots of extremely wealthy idiots in society today. I wonder what happened to the Koch family, among so many others. The Waltons and their chiseling ways. What wasn't taught to them that I got taught?

218PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 1:30pm Top

>215 Dejah_Thoris: I was going to go there again this evening, Princess, but I fell asleep!

219The_Hibernator
Dec 12, 2017, 1:31pm Top

Hi Paul! Hope you've been doing well!

220PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 1:34pm Top

>216 m.belljackson: Yes, I certainly think it was a state of mind not class at that time, Marianne. Interesting that your Gran and his Dad would have known each other, even in a patient doctor way.

>217 richardderus: Money is of course no barrier to stupidity, cupidity, simplicity or complicity. Some of the worst fellas I knew had more than a bob or two.

221PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 1:35pm Top

>219 The_Hibernator: Lovely to see you Rachel! How I have missed your delightful presence around the threads recently. xx I am OK - fair to middling as the phrase goes.

222m.belljackson
Dec 12, 2017, 4:35pm Top

>220 PaulCranswick:

Well, there's always The Old Man and The Sea

where he catches the albatross instead of using a crossbow...

223PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 6:39pm Top

>222 m.belljackson: I have to be fair to Hemingway in that I really liked that book, Marianne.

224PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 6:45pm Top

84.

Night School by Lee Child

Date of Publication : 2016
Pages : 462

My year would be incomplete nowadays without a little bit of Jack Reacher.

This is very much par for the course with the only difference being that it looks back to a time when Reacher was still an MP (Military Policeman) and the action takes place mainly in Hamburg, Germany.

7/10

225PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 8:02pm Top

Missing Hani's cooking a little bit.

Yesterday she cooked chicken casserole and mashed potatoes for herself and Belle and tormented me by putting it up on FB.

226PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 8:11pm Top

I have got 19 days left to read 16 books, some of which are thankfully started. I am struggling but not yet hopeless.

227Whisper1
Dec 12, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Incredible opening photo. Hani has quite a talent. Hang in there, if you do not reach your goal, no one but you is counting. That is but one thing I like about this group, no pressure!

Much love to you this holiday season.

228PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 9:13pm Top

>227 Whisper1: Thank you dear Linda.

The pressure is all from myself. I have never as an adult failed to reach 100 books so I really would like to make it again.

229Familyhistorian
Dec 12, 2017, 11:26pm Top

>226 PaulCranswick: You can do it, Paul.

>208 PaulCranswick: Reading your thread makes me realize what a tolerant man my Dad was. When I think of it, it really was amazing for someone who was brought up in London's East End and fought in India and Burma. I can remember my brother telling me how upset Dad was when my sister-in-law, my brother's wife, met with prejudice at Dad's golf course in Ottawa. (My sister-in-law is from Hong Kong.)

230PaulCranswick
Dec 12, 2017, 11:43pm Top

>229 Familyhistorian: Fingers crossed.

My Mum is a tolerant person which makes me wonder how she stayed with my Dad for 25 years!

231humouress
Dec 13, 2017, 2:25am Top

>154 PaulCranswick: That’s what LT is for, Paul!

>185 PaulCranswick: Good grief!

Will we, won’t we this weekend? Keep me posted as to whether you’re heading my way.

232karenmarie
Dec 13, 2017, 7:09am Top

Hi Paul! Good luck on your 100-book goal. Short books do count. Books is books!

233PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 7:11am Top

>231 humouress: I should be in Singapore on Saturday all being well and last minute work not intruding. Will PM you when I am sure as to timings and etc.

>232 karenmarie: I may need to remember that Karen! 100 here I come (he says less than confidently).

234PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 7:13am Top

Hani is up to her tricks again:



This is Haworth park where the Brontes and Dame Judy Dench spent formative years.

235Carmenere
Dec 13, 2017, 8:01am Top

>234 PaulCranswick: Stunning and so Bronte.
If anyone can reach a goal, it is you, Paul! A little sprinkle of good mojo never hurts.

236PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 8:17am Top

>235 Carmenere: Sprinkles of mojo, Lynda - how wonderful!

237jnwelch
Dec 13, 2017, 8:37am Top

>234 PaulCranswick: Pretty! As Lynda said, so Bronte.

238jessibud2
Dec 13, 2017, 8:47am Top

>185 PaulCranswick: - Now, tell me, are those tables at least organized by subject, categories, or some semblance or order or is it all mixed up together? I am glad that KL is far away. I am not a person who should be off-leash in a place like that!

239PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 8:48am Top

>237 jnwelch: Atmospheric, I can feel Heathcliff stalking broodily across the winter clad fields.

240PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 8:50am Top

>238 jessibud2: The tables are arranged in genres. General Fiction, Literature, Thrillers, Science Fiction, YA, and etc etc
I am hardly a model of probity and restraint when unleashed in the sales hall either, Shelley.

241richardderus
Dec 13, 2017, 9:23am Top

>234 PaulCranswick: Oooh, Hani's eye is excellent! Just perfect.

Have yourself a merry little Thursday.

242PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 12:02pm Top

>241 richardderus: Thanks RD. Her eyes only failed her a little when she picked yours truly out from the crowd.

243richardderus
Dec 13, 2017, 12:17pm Top

>242 PaulCranswick: All women fail the eyesight test in that case.

244PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>242 PaulCranswick: And some of them spectacularly so - hey Ivanka?

245richardderus
Dec 13, 2017, 1:22pm Top

Ivanka, hell, at least her ever-so-gay husband is (squishily) attractive. It's Melania whose eyesight one questions. But then again it depends on what she was looking at...his bank book looked pretty good from her vantage point.

246PaulCranswick
Dec 13, 2017, 7:21pm Top

>245 richardderus: It's funny RD because I meant to type Melania but it does sometimes look as if it is the daughter who is First Lady.

247richardderus
Dec 13, 2017, 8:51pm Top

>246 PaulCranswick: ...paging Dr. Freud...your slip is showing...

248Berly
Dec 13, 2017, 9:27pm Top

Hi Paul!! Hani's dinner looks yummy! It certainly was cruel of her to tease you with a photo. ; ) Cheering you on for the final push to 100!! I have to get three more done...

249PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 7:59am Top

>247 richardderus: But is isn't showing as often or as enticingly as Melania's.

>248 Berly: She knows how to make her husband miss her presence, Kimmers!

Three more books is home and dry - I have 15 more to go as I have just finished another.

250PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 8:12am Top

85.

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Date of Publication : 2012
Pages : 77

These winsome poetic reflections are a pleasure to wend your way through in far less than a thousand mornings.

Whilst there is nothing earth-movingly profound in Oliver's free verse she manages to infuse joy into elegy and brings insight and colour into the otherwise common place. Her musings are so often on the immediate surroundings and the detritus of her daily existence as she pads the paths and waterways of her home.

It is difficult to separate individual poems in order to advertise her poetic statement as these are very much a movement or mood piece. Here is the opening poem which probably marks the path for the others:

I Go Down To The Shore

I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.

8/10

251PaulCranswick
Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 10:13pm Top

Mary Oliver inspired I don't think, but I was out for an early stroll this morning wondering about home in England and marvelling at the rapidly changing sky portending rain. And rain it did!

This is called :

Morning Rain in Ampang

As sunrise streaks into day
I go down paths
where no leaves are falling,

Although autumn breezes blow
in that fickle hour back home -
there is no fall in Malaysia

whose seasons thrusts are stalling.
The air is fresh; a fleeting play
as autumn here blazes

And the morning skies turn ochre,
turn puce before closing ash leaden;
a moment of brooding.

A moment of calm before fusillades
like God and all His Angels weeping
and the streets in rivulets sing.

Just as suddenly those tears subside
and the same streets steam without shame
and without clearing the air.

14 December 2017

252jnwelch
Dec 14, 2017, 12:13pm Top

>251 PaulCranswick: Nice one, Paul!

253PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 5:56pm Top

254PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 5:56pm Top

My thread seems to have gone a little bit quiet these few days. Have all my friends gone Christmas shopping?

255richardderus
Dec 14, 2017, 5:58pm Top

>254 PaulCranswick: ...and you are...?

256PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 6:12pm Top

>255 richardderus: Probably going book shopping again today!

257PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 6:14pm Top

Pleased to see that we have passed the posting totals for last year whilst I was sleeping.

2016 total top 140 threads = 144,320 posts

2017 total top 140 threads = 144,469 posts and counting

258thornton37814
Dec 14, 2017, 6:38pm Top

>250 PaulCranswick: I love Mary Oliver's poetry. I must seek that collection.

>251 PaulCranswick: Nice poem! I'm impressed.

259PaulCranswick
Dec 14, 2017, 9:59pm Top

>258 thornton37814: She is an excellent poet. Very direct and immediate. I tend to write much less in free verse, Lori, but I am experimenting constantly with style such that I do appear in print to be something of a magpie.

260humouress
Dec 15, 2017, 9:07am Top

>240 PaulCranswick: Thanks for not telling me in advance! Actually, dropped in to Books K this afternoon as they have a sale on and the boys scored vouchers for their birthday, as well as a school award. Unusually, I came away with nothing, with an eye to my groaning bookshelves and my usually tolerant husband not quite so willing to turn a blind eye as Hani.

>233 PaulCranswick: Still not holding my breath. ;0)

261Caroline_McElwee
Dec 15, 2017, 10:09am Top

>251 PaulCranswick: sounds like a lovely walk ensnared on paper Paul.

262PaulCranswick
Dec 15, 2017, 7:45pm Top

>260 humouress: It is so long since I went book shopping in Singapore, Nina, that I may well need some guidance!

>261 Caroline_McElwee: Not like me really Caroline but I suppose subliminally Mary Oliver was rubbing off on me!

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