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1richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 6:11pm Top


Nutter walking nude on a day like this.

2richardderus
Edited: Feb 23, 2018, 10:13pm Top


Man Reading, John Singer Sargent

My 2018 Reviewing Goals

I'll shoot for 180 reviews written again this year. It was a doable target, but the reviews could be more exciting....




BookRiot's 2018 Read Harder "Challenge"
This is ALL KATIE KRUG'S FAULT.

1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person—My Brother's Husband reviewed below.
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia,
India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature Guns, Germs, and Steel
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
12. A celebrity memoir
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
19. A book of genre fiction in translation
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author Widdershins
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

My Reviews Are Here:
Reviews 1-25 are linked there.

Reviews 26-31 are linked here.

32 8 Feb 2018 Threshold is the second in a Lovecraft-Mythos paranormal gay novel series chewed over in post 15.

33 10 Feb 2018 No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters felt right to read as a celebration of UKL's life in post 63.

34 11 Feb 2018 Silent Days, Silent Dreams blew me away! See post 79.

35 13 Feb 2018 We Are Legion (We Are Bob) takes us on a wonderful upending of the overdone dystopia trope in post 112.

36 14 Feb 2018 It Came From Hell and Smashed the Angels is exactly and precisely what the title promises in post 150.

37 15 Feb 2018 Hipster Slave Boy was ridiculous smut in post 152.

38 19 Feb 2018 The Armored Saint gave me the happy in post 223.

39 21 Feb 2018 Everybody Lies made the science of statistics personal and interesting in post 252.

3richardderus
Edited: Feb 7, 2018, 6:23pm Top

I forgot to do my 2017 ANZAC Challenge because I'm just like that when it comes to challenges. So here it is again, since I need to get these books off the TBR!
Oooh, I just found the 2017 ANZAC Reading Challenge! It's October, so I'm going with a 12-entry choice, but I'm starting out with a big advantage: Text sent me a dozen books to blog about that I need to review this year for sure.

ANZAC Bingo 1x12
1) Read a book about love--I'm going with The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong because the love/hate relationship of these brothers is riveting.
2) Read a coming of age novel--Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Sloan a Text Classics entry that I've never heard of, which is exciting.
3) Read a historical fiction--Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley from Text, set in 1950s Outback Oz.
4) Read a book set on a Pacific Island--Pitcairn Pending by Kenneth Bain which it seems I'm the first person on LT to own. Hm.
5) Read a children's classic--The Fire-Raiser by Maurice Gee which you gifted me with on my 50th birthday Kerry!
6) Read a refugee story--The Road to Winter by Mark Smith is post-apocalyptic but the female lead is a "Siley" or asylum-seeker, so I think it fits.
7) Read a scifi novel--Dark Space and Darker Space by Lisa Henry, two very good gay-male led novels by Aussie romance powerhouse-cum-legend in that niche Henry. Excellent, if a small bit grim; together about 100,000 words and directly sequential, so I count them as one novel.
8) Read a book with a place name in the title--Potiki by Patricia Grace, another 50th birthday gift from Kerry whose 5-star review is here.
9) Read a bestseller--Reckoning: A Memoir is, I'm assured, an Aussie bestseller by Magda Szubanski about her Polish WWII spy father's life and how it impacts her to this day.
10) Read a black comedy/noir--Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan combines comedy and suspense in approximately equal measure.
11) Read a debut novel--When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea is set on Jersey during WWII, written by a Jersey native who has, I gather, expatriated to Oz.
12) Read a book of short stories--Dead Americans by Ben Peek, these are thematically linked short stories and I really like Ben so I've *finally* reviewed this book! 4 stars

I'll edit this post to add links to reviews here on LT as they appear. Thanks to Kerry for making this challenge as I needed a spur to make me write the darned reviews already.

January 2018
God stalk group read with Roni—reviewed here.
The Odyssey translated by Robert Fitzgerald group read on Goodreads...I'll have to write a review of this wonderful poem soon.

February 2018
The Odyssey translated by Stanley Lombardo group read on Goodreads

March 2018
The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson group read on Goodreads

4richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 6:12pm Top

Now you may speak.

5Crazymamie
Feb 7, 2018, 6:12pm Top

Happy new thread, BigDaddy!

6richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 6:22pm Top

>4 richardderus: You're first!

7FAMeulstee
Edited: Feb 7, 2018, 6:25pm Top

Happy 5th thread, Richard!

>1 richardderus: looks very cold!

8drneutron
Feb 7, 2018, 6:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

9msf59
Edited: Feb 7, 2018, 6:29pm Top



^ I think you might need one of these, (no worries there is a bottle). Happy New Thread, RD. Hooray for #5!

10PaulCranswick
Feb 7, 2018, 6:32pm Top

Happy new one, RD.

11jnwelch
Feb 7, 2018, 6:46pm Top

Happy New Thread, Richard. I hope the annoying day has become less so.

12karenmarie
Feb 7, 2018, 6:54pm Top

Happy new thread and all the joys of lemon zest donuts! And YGCs.

13ChelleBearss
Feb 7, 2018, 7:19pm Top

Happy new thread! Crossing my fingers for a warm and restful night for you tonight!

14harrygbutler
Feb 7, 2018, 8:06pm Top

Happy new thread, Richard! Mark has the right idea in >9 msf59:.

15richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 8:19pm Top

32 Threshold by Jordan Hawk

Rating: 3.5* of five, rounded up (actually out of four because there's a cat presented as a suitable companion animal for humans, which costs the perpetrator one star automatically)

The Publisher Says: Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne's railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons—including Griffin's ex-lover Elliot—already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.

Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton—especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?

For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can't afford to trust anything—including his own heart.

My Review: These stories are all in the Lovecraft Mythos. I think I wasn't au fait when I began the series. This makes my feelings about the reads quite different.

Whyborne and Griffin get invited to dinner at the home of Whyborne's much-despised daddy. He hires Griffin, thus also his son, to investigate paranormal doins at a mine that supplies his railroad. They recruit Christine Putnam, Whyborne's Egyptologist/Annie Oakley-level shot colleague at the Ladysmith Museum, as the backup muscle. (Seriously, does it matter why she's along? She has to be, so let's go with it.) They go to some ghastly little horror-movie burg in West Virginia (a state in which I say, from my own experience, there is nothing but horror-movie burgs):
The heights blocked the prevailing west-east breezes, leaving the air stagnant and still. Mosquitoes hummed above pools of water in the unpaved streets, and sweat prickled my neck beneath my collar. I longed for a bit of shade, but the lack of trees anywhere within the town made it a forlorn hope.

And this, laddies and gentlewomen, is Whyborne's first-ever trip away from Massachusetts! I can see the setting, I can feel the depths of utter horror poor, poor Whyborne experiences as he sees this vista of how the other 99.99% live.

The town is insular, cut off from reality, and that makes it vulnerable to alien invasion by creatures from outside our dimension of reality. (Watch that linked video on the Lovecraft Mythos!) In fact, the same thing that the white folk are using the mountain for...coal...is what attracted the aliens to the site. I don't know what spidercrabscorpion aliens would want with coal, but then I wouldn't, would I, what with being human and all. The aliens are called yayhos by the humans they...get to know...and are really, really, really revolting. It's mentioned several times that they smell of ammonia. Not a favorite smell of most humans. And what they say they want, just to be left alone to pillage our planet, makes them deeply analogous to Western colonial powers using Africa in the same late-19th-century timeframe as these books are set. The yayhos have a deep-seated need to learn and explore. Check. They have a callous indifference to whom they hurt in the process. Check. Small groups of them can inflict major damage on us, the natives. Check.

So no one needs to smirk condescendingly about the one-dimensionality of the story. It is making its social commentary and coming (!) to the correct, socially progressive conclusions on many fronts. The conditions for the miners in the town are portrayed accurately and judged harshly; race relations enter into the story and are dealt with accurately and found wanting; the role of the Pinkertons, Griffin's erstwhile employers, as forces of regressive and repressive capital is presented as part of a sub-plot linking Griffin to Elliot, the Threshold Pinkerton manager and Griffin's long-ago savior when he ran away from home to go to the Big City of Chicago.

Also coming out (!) of this entry in the series is the acknowledgment and inclusion in the arc of Griffin and Whyborne's relationship are the two stonking elephants in the room: Whyborne's life of privilege vs Griffin's hardscrabble beginnings; and Griffin's horrible, nightmarish confinement to a madhouse after he first encounters the Lovecraftian side of life. That was lightly touched on in the first book, Widdershins, but here we're faced with the man who found Griffin and made him a Pinkerton in the first place in Elliot. He was also the man who, after Griffin faced the madness-inducing terrors that cost him a partner in service of a Pinkerton case, slung Griffin into a madhouse. And walked away, never looking back. Elliot and Griffin have a lot to say to each other. They say it at an inopportune moment, sadly, leading to Whyborne coming to the hotel where he, Griffin, and Christine are all staying just as Elliot is leaving Griffin's room. A fight, unsurprisingly, ensues, in which some hurtful stuff is said and much, much miscommunication is experienced.

Griffin pleads to Whyborne in defense of his libidinous history with Elliot and with his dead partner Glenn, whose wife and kids were offered up to Whyborne as misdirection when he wanted to know if Griffin freaked out about Glenn's death because they were intime. Finding out that no lie was told makes not one jot of difference, of course, to Whyborne's sense of outrage:
“Believe me when I say I did a great deal more with other men, some of whom, yes, were married. It’s not unusual, you know. Many men like us have a normal family as well.”

It was, and is, ever thus. I speak from long, long experience when I say that this is going on right now and chances are much better than even that you know a couple where one or the other of the partners is in denial about her/is sexual preference. Especially if you live in a red state, or are a member of a religious community with strong opinions about how gawd wants people to eat/dress/fuck. Almost certainly you do if you're over 50.

But the author has much more in store for us than mere social engineering. We're going on a guilt trip! Perfidy abounds; double dealing reaches art-form nicety; the irredeemable are all around us, and their fate is condign. The biggest surprise comes as Griffin and Whyborne come out to each other as lovers:
The fingers of his free hand caught my chin, gently turning my face to his. His green eyes shone, and the smile on his mouth was soft and sweet. “You are my joy, Ival, and I love you more than I thought possible.”
Emotion tightened my throat. “As you are mine.”
“Even if I’m just the son of a farmer from Kansas, who happened to have a talent for mimicking his betters?”
I traced the line of his jaw, until my fingers came to rest just beside the curve of his lips. “You’re not just the son of a farmer from Kansas, or even the orphaned son of an Irishman, or anything else.”
“I’m not? Then who am I?”
“A good man. A man who wants to do what is best, by his friends and the world. But more importantly, the man I love.” His smile was like the breaking of sunshine through clouds. “I think I can live with that,” he said, and kissed me again.

And that right there? That slayed me. What makes me read light romantic fiction, given the years and years of reading...forty-nine years since I got my own library card, fifty-two since I asked for and got my first very-own book...one might wonder. This is what: I want to believe. After almost sixty years on this wide green Earth of ours, I still want to believe that stories tell us truths we're waiting to live, show us goals we can actually achieve, let us love the loves we let go of, lost, failed, never found, just as if they were here and now.

There's not a lot of sex in these...wait...I've recently been told a book that had so little sex in it that I described it as heterosafe was, in fact, not so. I'll say this: The sex in this book is put in places and set at heat levels that match the storytelling. It's not shoved into places it shouldn't go, in other words.

I stared at that phrase for a good while before deciding to leave it there. If that double entendre makes you purse your lips, do not ever, ever buy, borrow, or gawd forbid *read* these books!

16richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 8:44pm Top

>7 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita, and he does look cold as all get-out, doesn't he?

>8 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Johnny on the spot tonight, eh what?

>9 msf59: Oh GAWD yes, I need some amber sanity. Bless you Mark. Now pass the bottle.

17richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 8:49pm Top

>10 PaulCranswick: Thank you most kindly, Your Cranswickishness.

>11 jnwelch: It did not become less annoying, though some smooching made it far less unpleasant to live through. Presently my neighbors are having a donnybrook. I keep hoping for a fatality...doesn't much bother me which one it is.

>12 karenmarie: Hey Horrible, the donuts are scrummy as always and the YGC's thoughtfulness was an agreeable surprise. He has an unusual and, to me, valuable quality: I'm never all the way sure what's going to happen next.

Rough with the smooth, but at least I'm not eyerollingly bored.

18richardderus
Feb 7, 2018, 8:51pm Top

>13 ChelleBearss: Warm inside, Chelle, and warming up outside...all the way to 45°/7C and this is after sunset! *smooch*

>14 harrygbutler: Amen, Brother Harry, A-Bleedin-MEN!

19katiekrug
Feb 7, 2018, 9:38pm Top

Happy new thread, Richard! I brought evening snacks - churros and hot chocolate...

20ronincats
Feb 7, 2018, 11:34pm Top

Five threads, ridickulous! Amazing! How did we ever limp along without you, and you without us! Fortunately, we don't have to worry about that any more. Happy new thread, Richard dear.

21LovingLit
Edited: Feb 8, 2018, 3:42am Top

I know I should talk about books, but that guy, in >1 richardderus:. What the? (did you se him in RL? I get the feeling a RL viewing would be less fun than an internet sighting...)

Aso, is a churro like a donut, but straightened out and slightly twisted? Or am I barking up the wrong tree with that one?

eta: also...from the last thread...cougar bait! I love it. Priceless.

22brodiew2
Edited: Feb 8, 2018, 11:09am Top

Good morning, Richard I hope all is well with you.

This is how frazzled I was last night: I went to fanfiction.net looking for 12/Rose fics. 12/Rose Fics, Richard! Needless to say I didn't find a satisfactory story and I can't promise I won't look again. 11/Rose is a better batch. :-P

Oh, yeah, happy new thread!

23MickyFine
Feb 8, 2018, 11:16am Top

Happy new thread, Richard. Sounds like the YGC spoiled you just right yesterday.

>19 katiekrug: Hope that hot chocolate is still warm this morning because I'm going to snaffle a cup and a couple churros.

24Familyhistorian
Feb 8, 2018, 11:27am Top

Happy new thread, Richard. >1 richardderus: Well, at least he won't have to deal with wet clothes.

25richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 11:27am Top

>19 katiekrug: Yum! Churros are never, ever unwelcome. I love that creamy battery middle and crispy crust outside.

>20 ronincats: Me?! How about Mamie, midway through thread 6! Scary monsters.

I'm pleased to be back and chatting it up. I'm hopeful that my Pearl-Ruling rate drops back as well...I just can't slug it out with Seanan McGuire anymore.

26richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 11:32am Top

>21 LovingLit: Hi Megan! A churro is a scrummy fried-dough comestible, but unlike donuts they aren't yeasty. Unlike cake donuts they aren't crumbly. Here's a recipe...they're decptively easy to make for the delicious crunchy crispness of them.

Chocolate, please note, is optional. Sugar and cinnamon are NOT.

>22 brodiew2: ...that is barely-sublethal frazzlement, Brodie. I'm unsurprised 12/Rose fanfic is...lame. 11/Rose makes muuuch more sense. Although the 11/Ponds slash is a wee bit disturbing.

Thanks!

27brodiew2
Feb 8, 2018, 11:35am Top

I don't read much slash, but I can imagine 11/Ponds being as disturbing as you say. Back in the day, I read some 11 angsty pining over Rose and it satisfied my need. There were even a few good reunion fics. C'est la vie!

28richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 11:36am Top

>23 MickyFine: He was smart in his choice of make-up bribe. I'm elozable.

The hot chocolate is sauce in this case. More like hot fudge for sundaes, only a wee bit thinner. But have some lovely hocho:


>24 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg! Yes, wet trousers are a major drag, but I'm not sure that rain-wetted places-usually-trousered could be considered an improvement.

29richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 11:43am Top

>27 brodiew2: I haven't been very fan-fictiony for a long time. I got lots of that when I was shipping Simon and Jayne back in FFFn days. Rose is the companion of choice for the pining stories, though...I haven't seen a 2/Donna story, for example, yet **reams** of Rose stuff about her and every incarnation!

I hope Billie Piper appreciates the testimony to her creative powers.

30jnwelch
Edited: Feb 8, 2018, 11:46am Top

Morning, Richard.

>17 richardderus: I keep hoping for a fatality...doesn't much bother me which one it is. LOL!

Churros in chocolate sauce, so good.

31richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 12:22pm Top

>30 jnwelch: Yum! Thanks, Joe, I love the churro luuuv, and the strawberries are a lovely addition.

I'm happy to say that next door has been split up by the management. Yay!

Spend a lovely Thursday!

32brodiew2
Feb 8, 2018, 12:31pm Top

>29 richardderus: I appreciate her. Is that enough? She is....that thing you mentioned about Wynona Ryder.

33SuziQoregon
Feb 8, 2018, 1:00pm Top

Hi there Richard! Happy new thread.

Sorry about the rough day yesterday. Hope today is better.

34richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 1:27pm Top

>32 brodiew2: Heh. Dunno...after all, she left Laurence Fox and her kids because being a mum is rough and she didn't like it, so permaybehaps the whole MILFy thing isn't on. Let's ask her!

You first.

>33 SuziQoregon: Hiya Juli! *smooch*

I just hope it doesn't turn out to be as bad only in some different way.

35brodiew2
Feb 8, 2018, 1:29pm Top

>34 richardderus: too funny. I never said she was a responsible person. I just said she pretty.

36richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 1:35pm Top

>35 brodiew2: Quite pretty. Quite. Mm hmm. The smile is a killer.

37jnwelch
Feb 8, 2018, 1:43pm Top

>31 richardderus: Oh, that's good news about mgmt splitting up the nearby sparring duo. May peace be yours on this Sweet Thursday.

38richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 1:50pm Top

>37 jnwelch: Yes indeed...now nappage is among the possibilities! Before a much more peaceful beddie-bye tonight. Roomie is at the doctor's office even as I type. I hope he'll have a less painful sleep.

39BBGirl55
Feb 8, 2018, 3:19pm Top

Happy new thread.

40SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 8, 2018, 3:28pm Top

>15 richardderus: That was wonderful.

41richardderus
Feb 8, 2018, 4:48pm Top

>39 BBGirl55: Thanks, Bryony!

>40 SomeGuyInVirginia: I appreciate your compliment, assuming it was for me and not Author Hawk...*smooch*

42EBT1002
Feb 8, 2018, 11:34pm Top

>1 richardderus: LOL!

Back to your prior thread (and happy new thread, my friend), I was thinking the other day that television watching is so different in the era of Netflix and Hulu and such. I'm not entirely happy to be watching a bit more television than I did for years but the quality is improved. And I agree that I love being able to sit down and watch the next episode when I'm in the mood. And binge-watching. That can be fun, too.

I'm bailing on at least one of my tied-to-the-month challenges and am taking up the PopSugar/ReadHarder challenge along with so many of my buddies. I'm a bit behind but I have 10.5 months to catch up. :-)

43BekkaJo
Feb 9, 2018, 8:44am Top

Just checking in and trying not to put on weight by viewing the pastries...

44karenmarie
Feb 9, 2018, 8:47am Top

Good morning, RD!

*smooch*

45richardderus
Feb 9, 2018, 9:19am Top


46karenmarie
Feb 9, 2018, 9:29am Top

>45 richardderus: *glares suspiciously*

How did you know? LT, too.

47brodiew2
Feb 9, 2018, 12:21pm Top

Good morning Richard. I hope all is well. I will not tell you that I wrote some Bob Newby-11th Doctor drabbles. My fandom obsessions clashed at Hawkins Lab. Carry on.

48richardderus
Feb 9, 2018, 12:21pm Top

Hi all! I don't know how long the charge in the battery will last, and the cord has stopped playing along with my strenuous efforts to get it to feed the computer, so I might not be here until tomorrow sometime when my new computer arrives.

>42 EBT1002: Hey there Ellen...thanks for the well-wishes.

I take your point re hours spent with filmed entertainment. I think it's a boon and a blessing that, what with gigantic new fields opening up for distribution of same, the PTB have elected to make GOOD content in a surprisingly high concentration.

HOWEVER! There is a reason for this Golden Age. Like the TV Golden Age of the 1950s, good quality stuff arrived because the audience was small, well-educated, and affluent. As soon as the hoi polloi got TVs, we got Green Acres and What's Happenin!!. So savor the moment to the fullest, banish guilt and consume consume consume. Won't be long before the tsunami of tedium arrives.

49richardderus
Feb 9, 2018, 12:24pm Top

>43 BekkaJo: Hello Bekka! The joy of virtual food is that the calories are virtual as well. *smooch*

>44 karenmarie: Hey Horrible! *smooch*

>45 richardderus: *bwaaahaaahaaa*
...oh wait...I posted that...never mind.

>46 karenmarie: Vous, madame? La, you cause me to clutch my pearls!

>47 brodiew2: HA! Well done, Brodie, well done indeed. On duly carried.

50humouress
Feb 9, 2018, 12:44pm Top

Happy new thread, Richard.

>26 richardderus: Chocolate optional?! Sacrilege!

51SuziQoregon
Feb 9, 2018, 1:25pm Top

Hope your new computer delivery doesn't get delayed.

52drneutron
Feb 9, 2018, 1:29pm Top

So I'd guess you're not waiting on a new Mac Powerbook, right? 😝

53johnsimpson
Feb 9, 2018, 4:29pm Top

Happy new thread Richard, my dear friend.

54The_Hibernator
Feb 9, 2018, 4:38pm Top

>45 richardderus: I've met those people before! :)

55richardderus
Feb 9, 2018, 9:32pm Top

Upholders and defenders of a status quo, political, social, economic, religious, or literary, may denigrate or diabolize or dismiss imaginitive literature, because it is —motr than any other kind of writing—subversive by nature. It has proved, over many centuries, a useful instrument of resistance to oppression. -- Ursula K. LeGuin, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

#ReadingIsResistance

56Deern
Feb 10, 2018, 1:39am Top

Happy thread #5, Richard, and happy weekend! Work is keeping me off LT (and books) most of the time every February/ early March, apologies in advance for visiting less often.

>1 richardderus: Strangely, my first thought was maybe he prefers being naked to having cold and wet heavy clothes on. But of course he could have taken an umbrella as well or taken the bus. I'm clearly confused and need more sleep.

>19 katiekrug: Or alternatively I need more sugar. Chocolate totally optional for me, I'd be happy with the churros alone. Or eat the chocolate seperately.

>31 richardderus: Great news about the neighbors! It must have been really bad if management intervened.

Good luck with the shiny new computer!

57karenmarie
Feb 10, 2018, 7:36am Top

'Morning, RichardDear.

tsunami of tedium.... yes.

58richardderus
Feb 10, 2018, 9:53am Top

>50 humouress: Hi Nina! Thanks. Chocolate, to me, is *always* optional and had damned well better be accompanied by peanut butter or there will be trouble.

>51 SuziQoregon: Hi Juli...ME TOO re computer delivery.

>52 drneutron: No.

59richardderus
Feb 10, 2018, 9:56am Top

>53 johnsimpson: Thank you, John!

>54 The_Hibernator: Haven't we all had at least a few...glad to see you, Rachel!

>55 richardderus: Yes LAWD! Sing it!
...oh wait...I posted that...never mind

>56 Deern: Hiya Nathalie! I'm on tenterhooks for this delivery. There's 20% charge left on Old Faithful and no amount of jiggery pokery can make the cord deliver juice to the thing. *ngong*

>57 karenmarie: Hello Horrible! *smooch*

60jnwelch
Feb 10, 2018, 12:19pm Top

61LovingLit
Feb 10, 2018, 3:31pm Top

^^ cool, an octo-demolisher!

62gennyt
Feb 10, 2018, 4:04pm Top

>55 richardderus: I love the Le Guin quote.

63richardderus
Edited: Feb 10, 2018, 5:10pm Top

33 No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. LeGuin

Rating: 5* of five

I have always had friends, good and close friends. They have always been of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. They have not infrequently cordially loathed each other. To me, each of them was, and mostly still is, a treasure and a boon and a blessing. A dear, dear friend of mine recently passed her 89th birthday and, in a chat we were having today, I mentioned Ursula K. LeGuin and this collection of essays.

"Who?" asked my friend, blankly.

"A Wizard of Earthsea! The Left Hand of Darkness! We talked about her politics in the 1970s, how she was so very Berkeley...ringing a bell?"

"Nooo..."

*light bulb* "Alfred Kroeber's daughter!"

"Ooohhh, yes, {her sociologist husband} liked Alfred and his work, good heavens she's dead?"

The point of my anecdote is that all writers worth your eyeblinks to read will build bridges among all your friends. My LibraryThing friends know LeGuin's novels. My elderly academic friends know her mother's and father's ground-breaking work. But everywhere, in every corner of the friendverse, there stands Ursula. She furnished my world with metaphors..."do I need an ansible to reach the planet you're on?" demanded a blood relative of my inattentive "mm hmm"ing self recently...she formed my political thought with her questions like, "and why is capitalism, which condones x and demands y and creates z, so great again?" where x, y, z are a subset of injustice and unfairness.

She died at a good age, eighty-eight, good for us because it is large and good for her because it liberated her from the doubtless painful task of comparing the world she grew up in to its decidedly inferior present-day counterpart. A world in which 45 and his kakistocracy of deplorables have snatched ascendency from the merely venal, selfish, and greedy kleptocrats who have ruled us for a half-century now.

Reading these short blog posts was like having a last chat with your revered teacher, a Tuesdays with Morrie that's been shorn of the mawkish sentimentality and portentous Message Making that made that book such a fucking chore to ingest. In every way, this collection of aptly titled blog posts is the opposite, being a uniformly satisfying reading experience. The wide range of Ursula's readership is celebrated in her posts about letters from fans, especially kids; how completely she adored us all. Some of the stuff kids wrote to her is sidesplitting, and to read her recounting of the letters is to hear a delighted cackle from the page. She ends her post on "Kids' Letters" with a particularly puzzling signature she's been mulling over for years, and has decided is perfect in its way, so she says to us all: "mth frum Ursula."

And before someone says it...yes, there are lots and lots of words about Pard, her *shudder* c-a-t. And yes, I gave it five stars anyway. Rank Has Its Privileges.

mth frum Richard.

64richardderus
Feb 10, 2018, 5:14pm Top

>60 jnwelch: Keep going, my Tentacled American friend!

That made my day, Joe. Thanks.

>61 LovingLit: Hey Megan! Ain't that a hoot?

>62 gennyt: Genny! How very lovely to see you here. Sending hugs.

65gennyt
Feb 10, 2018, 5:47pm Top

I'm glad to have timed my visit with this lovely review - what a great title! I'm currently rereading an earlier collection of essays - Dancing at the edge of the world - but will look out for this newer one.

66elliepotten
Feb 10, 2018, 5:54pm Top

I missed churros! And double entendres! And tentacles! And probably about two full threads of equally unusual combinations before that. Goodness, you go off to do a bit of cleanin' and readin' and entertainin' and you come back and all your friends have moved house three times. Good thing I stuck a tracker on your removal van, that's all I can say... *plonks herself down in the nearest armchair* *dunks churro defiantly*

67mahsdad
Feb 10, 2018, 6:21pm Top

>63 richardderus:. Boom headshot.

Btw, to get your mind off the feline, did you see the octopus pix on my thread? A real live in the wild cephalopod. (Albeit one that was gently captured by an aquarium worker and later returned)

68msf59
Edited: Feb 10, 2018, 6:37pm Top



^I hope you are enjoying the weekend, like Mr. Offerman up there, with a fine scotch in hand. I do not have any scotch but I am sipping a Bulleit 95 Rye, which is mighty tasty.

>63 richardderus: Great review of No Time to Spare. I need to add that one to the list!

69ronincats
Feb 10, 2018, 8:28pm Top

>63 richardderus: I adored Dancing at the Edge of the World and enjoyed Words are My Matter, both read last year. Currently I'm rereading the first four Earthsea books and the last two for the first time, although they've been on my shelf forever. The library has 7 copies and 47 holds of No Time to Spare. I can check out the ebook but it is epub so I'll have to read it on my computer, not my Kindle.

70richardderus
Feb 10, 2018, 9:30pm Top

>65 gennyt: A lovely compliment, Genny, much appreciated. I am a longtime fan of Ursula K. LeGuin's and am deeply sad that she left us. Still, 88 isn't exactly an early exit, and there is a great deal of good stuff to read.

>66 elliepotten: You snooze, you lose. No more chocolate. Some cajeta?

71richardderus
Feb 10, 2018, 9:33pm Top

>67 mahsdad: Heh! I'm happy to have smacked ya with this one. You'll like it, I expect.

>68 msf59: No whiskey for me but instead a lot of walking around outside!! It was warm!! *happy sigh*

Bookhorn Ursula in soon, she's worth it.

>69 ronincats: Hiya Roni! I myownself say wait for the Kindle or tree book. There's so much to love about the full immersive experience of reading on a *proper* device.

:)

72richardderus
Feb 11, 2018, 8:44am Top

73karenmarie
Feb 11, 2018, 9:39am Top

'Morning RD!

*light bulb* "Alfred Kroeber's daughter!" Everybody is viewed through multiple defining relationships. Very cool.

74Crazymamie
Feb 11, 2018, 11:21am Top

>63 richardderus: I love this post, Richard.

>77 I have been saying this for years.

Morning, BigDaddy! Happy Sundaying to you.

75jnwelch
Feb 11, 2018, 11:28am Top

>72 richardderus: Yes!

Hope you're having a good weekend, Richard.

76drneutron
Feb 11, 2018, 2:39pm Top

>63 richardderus:, >73 karenmarie:, >74 Crazymamie: Yup, that was a great post, and an interesting book!

77ChelleBearss
Feb 11, 2018, 2:46pm Top

>72 richardderus: Weird rocks!!
Xo

78elliepotten
Feb 11, 2018, 4:47pm Top

>70 richardderus: I had to look up what that was, but OH MY GOD YES. I'll take a vat to go, please and thank you. :)

>72 richardderus: I KNEW IT.

79richardderus
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 5:26pm Top

34 Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say

UPDATE! AWARD NEWS! The 2018 American Library Association Awards honored Author Say's work with its Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience! Well-earned, well done, and congratulations.

Rating: 5* of five

The Publisher Says: James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language.

Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective" in 2008. The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace." And his reputation continues to grow.

Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir Drawing from Memory, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.

My Review: I will never be able to thank my friend Joe enough for bringing this book, this artist, this art, into my life. I am so profoundly grateful to you, old friend.


James Castle with the tools of his trade. I don't know the date, but he died at 78 in 1977, so I'll venture a guess at early 1960s...? I'm actually surprised, given how very little the people he lived among seem to have liked him, that someone took his photo at all.

Artist and Caldecott Medalist Allen Say created this artwork at the request of an Idaho-based friend of his. It was his introduction to James Castle...he says of this amazing moment, "I opened the catalog and suddenly remembered the excitement of seeing a van Gogh for the first time." I rang like a bell when I read that. I had just had the same experience opening this book and seeing Say's artworks based on Castle's.

A spread from this gorgeous book.

I've got a reasonably sophisticated knowledge of art. I'm up to speed on "outsider art" and its importance in our visual vocabulary, to our aesthetic landscape. But there hasn't been an experience quite like discovering, via Artist Say, the astonishing work of James Castle in a very, very long time. The sheer breadth of the material he left behind is astounding! Sculptural constructions, drawings in their thousands, mobiles, it's like the man was working against a deadline that only he knew about and was determined to finish saying what he had no other way to say.

The publisher, Arthur Levine Books, is bringing this to us via a damned-near perfect design and production job. The aesthetics of the design you can see for yourself above. If you don't think that it's outstandingly lovely, look at it in person. If you still don't agree, okay, but why? What failing do you adduce to this presentation of two-color artwork mixed with four-color artwork and all presented in a beautiful matte-coated glowingly white space? What artistic flaw do you find with Artist Say's beautiful, spare evocations of the grim and terrible world of James Castle?

And it was a grim and terrible world, a kind of hell that I fear with all my wobbly, trembling emotional heart isn't unique except in its reasonably happy ending. Artist Say has gone as deep as one can into the little factual material of this ordinary life. His bibliography is quite substantial...and disturbingly complete...for someone who, absent Fate's intervention, would simply have vanished without a trace from the collective memory of US society. I knew I could trust Artist Say to tell me the truth about James Castle when I read:
To emulate his unschooled style, I used the same kinds of odd materials he had used: soot and spit, liquid laundry bluing, and shoe polish, to name a few.
I had help. My wife meticulously made dolls and birds out of wastepaper and cardboard that I think the artist would have approved. I drew on ninety-year-old letters and envelopes that {his friend} found in an antique shop; and to mimic James's unsteady lines, I often switched lands—to my left hand, which hadn't learned to tell lies.

Artist Say is the right one to lead us into James Castle's work, and his life and times insofar as any of us can know them.

The Seattle Times gives us the jacket of this glorious book in its native environment, the store where you'll be going to spend USD 21.99 (higher in Canada) to bring it home with you. And now you're able to do it legally, since a Federal judge ruled that Artist Say didn't violate Castle's estate's copyrights in offering us, in 28 cases from the 150 drawings in this book, his own artistic impression of specific Castle pieces.

Isn't that a sad statement of our current society's obsession with ownership? A beautiful illustrated biography would quite probably have pleased Castle, whose early relationship with books (despite being unable to read or write) was a loving and profound one. Not at issue were any facts, any alleged misrepresentations of Castle, his family, anything...just ownership of the images and therefore the right to profit from them.

Had I been related to Castle I'd've cringed in shame for the picture painted of a cold, uncaring, even cruel "family" that frankly seems to me to be culpably negligent and abusive of their child/sibling/educational charge. They sound like horrible people and I'm glad they're dead.

80jessibud2
Feb 11, 2018, 8:12pm Top

81jnwelch
Edited: Feb 11, 2018, 8:35pm Top

>79 richardderus: Yay! You're very welcome, old friend. I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. What a review! His family was awful, and had no clue of the treasure in their midst, yup. Such an amazing story. He had to create, and we're lucky so much of it survived the ignorance. Off to thumb!

P.S. Please post it on the book page?

82richardderus
Feb 11, 2018, 9:45pm Top

>73 karenmarie: Hey Horrible! It's funny how many identities we collect in a lifetime spent without a purpose of collecting identities.

>74 Crazymamie: *smooch* I Sundayed well. See above review. I read that little book six or seven times and discovered something new each time.

>75 jnwelch: Hey Joe, whaddaya know?

83richardderus
Feb 11, 2018, 9:47pm Top

>76 drneutron: I'm glad you liked it, Jim. PS I'm still reading the book you wrote and are hiding your authorship of for some reason.

>77 ChelleBearss: Don't it just!! *smooch*

>78 elliepotten: Cajeta is so very very much better than caramel. I cannot begin to *drool*babble*slobber*

84richardderus
Feb 11, 2018, 9:49pm Top

>80 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Thank you most kindly.

>81 jnwelch: As requested.

85jnwelch
Feb 11, 2018, 11:06pm Top

Gracias. Bethumbled.

86Berly
Feb 11, 2018, 11:15pm Top

Richard--horribly behind on LT, but loved all your wonderful reviews. I particularly like the LeGuin one, because I like her so much, and Silent Days, Silent Dreams because it reminds me so much of one of my top reads last year -- Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott -- about artist Judith Scott.

Hugs and smooches and chocolate. : )

87jessibud2
Feb 12, 2018, 7:34am Top

>86 Berly: - When I read Silent Days, Silent Dreams a few weeks ago, it also remind me of the Scott book. It was the first time I had heard the phrase *outsider* art.

88karenmarie
Feb 12, 2018, 8:08am Top

Good morning, RichardDear! I hope you have a coffee- and book-infused day.

>79 richardderus: Excellent review!

89Crazymamie
Feb 12, 2018, 8:27am Top

Morning, BigDaddy! Love your review in >79 richardderus:. Thumb from me. And I am adding it to The List.

You know what day it is. I am thinking we must do the doughnut:


Coffee cake doughnuts

90richardderus
Feb 12, 2018, 9:32am Top

While waiting for the new computer, I'm reading Everybody Lies. I ran across this statistical concept, the SomeRussian-SomeOtherRussian Test, so I looked it up:
"In statistics, the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test (K–S test or KS test) is a nonparametric test of the equality of continuous, one-dimensional probability distributions that can be used to compare a sample with a reference probability distribution (one-sample K–S test), or to compare two samples (two-sample K–S test). It is named after Andrey Kolmogorov and Nikolai Smirnov."
Bless you, Wikipedia, for explaining the world to me.

91jnwelch
Feb 12, 2018, 9:54am Top

A coffee- and book-infused day (>88 karenmarie:) sounds great, doesn't it. Plus donuts from Mamie. I'd say you're all set, buddy.

Personally, I'd bury that >90 richardderus: Wikipedia entry somewhere appropriate, where it'd never see the light of day again.

92richardderus
Feb 12, 2018, 12:31pm Top

>85 jnwelch: Thanks!

>86 Berly: Hugs and smooches gratefully accepted, chocolate quietly returned.

That book of Scott looks cool!

>87 jessibud2: It's quite a force in US art circles, the "outsider" appreciation. I find it as hilarious as it is encouraging: The Academy bringing the non-Academy talents into the fold by expanding their definition of what Good is. ::eyeroll::

93richardderus
Feb 12, 2018, 12:34pm Top

>88 karenmarie: I'm fully caffeinated, thanks Horrible, and fretfully tossing books aside as they fail to engage my full attention. *sigh*

>89 Crazymamie: Oooo! Those look utterly scrummy, Mamie, thanks!! I appreciate the review luuuv.

>91 jnwelch: That one really went out of its way to be obscurantist. "Jargon jargon cant jargon, name-dropping, jargon jargon."

*snore*

94SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 12, 2018, 3:29pm Top

Pass the coffee cake doughnuts, puleez.

95richardderus
Edited: Feb 12, 2018, 5:55pm Top

>94 SomeGuyInVirginia: Do you want strawberry

cherry

pumpkin

or chocolate chip?

I ate all the regular ones already, sorry.

96richardderus
Feb 12, 2018, 6:04pm Top

via Anu Garg's A Word A Day:

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. -Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (12 Feb 1809-1882)

97msf59
Feb 12, 2018, 6:57pm Top

>96 richardderus: LIKE!

Hey, RD. Hope you had a good Monday. We watched the 2nd Electric Dreams episode, Autofac? Another good one. Did you mention that you were watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? We watched the first 2 eps. Terrific show. The writing, the acting and the production are stellar.

98mahsdad
Feb 12, 2018, 7:36pm Top

>97 msf59: We just watched Autofac as well, very good. It went in a typical PKD direction, which means one I wasn't expecting.

I keep seeing ads for Mrs. Maisel. We gotta check that out as well. Sometimes its just too easy to fall back on old standbys. Big Bang Theory, West Wing, White Collar. :)

99jessibud2
Feb 12, 2018, 9:25pm Top

100karenmarie
Feb 12, 2018, 9:49pm Top

>90 richardderus: That hurt my brain.

>95 richardderus: Those hurt my willpower. Thank God they're only virtual. I'm grateful that there isn't a donut shop within 30 miles of home.

101LovingLit
Edited: Feb 13, 2018, 3:13am Top

My 9 year-old cherub, W, wants to read Sea of Rust, which you reviewed a while back. What do you reckon? Suitable?
*off to check what that expendable mudge who muses aloud says*

Hey, guess what, I found your review on *the book page*. Who'd a thunk it......;)

102elliepotten
Edited: Feb 13, 2018, 3:41pm Top

>95 richardderus: LOOK AT THAT STRAWBERRY DOUGHNUT THOUGH. I'm a sucker for desserts involving strawberries. Strawberry ice cream. Strawberries WITH cream. Scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Chocolate cake with strawberries. Strawberry milk chocolate. Strawberry white chocolate. Strawberry shortcake. Strawberr- *passes out in a puddle of her own drool*

I have nothing bookish to add, I just reheaaaaally wanted to talk about desserts. Carry on.

103richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 2:31pm Top

>97 msf59: It was very Monday. Many things did not go as I would have liked. But in the end, it was tolerable.

>98 mahsdad: Isa Dick Hackett's exec-producing influence is very apparent in this one. I was impressed with the fact that the male love interest was the needy and naked one, and the ex-love interest was the woman's as well...it makes a great change.

>99 jessibud2: :)

104richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 2:35pm Top

>100 karenmarie: *smooch* sorry for the brain-pain, Horrible.

>101 LovingLit: You know what, I wouldn't suggest it for him. 12 and up is my diagnosis. The next three years will see huge cognitive changes, so I'd really encourage you to wait.

I know, right?! Who knew Papaw would plug his brain in and remember to do such a simple thing!

>102 elliepotten: *hands Ellie the mop* Get busy, girlie.

Totally with you on the strawberry coffee-cake donuts. To.Tal.Ly. (At least I assume that's what a "doughnut" is...I am not to understand from UKlish spellings.)

105SuziQoregon
Feb 13, 2018, 2:58pm Top

106drneutron
Feb 13, 2018, 3:00pm Top

Oooo, I’m loving the chocolate chip ones!

107richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 3:11pm Top

>105 SuziQoregon: I know, right?!

>106 drneutron: Golly, Jim, we're down to chocolate cake donuts. I won't eat 'em so they pile up.

108The_Hibernator
Feb 13, 2018, 3:26pm Top

>96 richardderus: Very good quote. It's interesting that the same thing can be said about human beings. It's the ones who can adapt to change who are the most resilient and able to survive well. Charles Darwin was almost a psychologist as well as a biologist/ecologist.

109richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 3:39pm Top

>108 The_Hibernator: Hence the problem, Rachel...he's quoted out-of-specialty to ill effect because his observations are both relevant and trenchant. Social Darwinism is a nasty outgrowth of those truths.

110swynn
Feb 13, 2018, 3:44pm Top

>90 richardderus: Yeah, who's the audience for that? Most of the math-related entries on Wikipedia read as if they were written by and for mathematicians.

My sense is that mostly they are: I know several working mathematicians who use Wikipedia as a reference source -- to the extent that I've been told that our library needn't bother updating some reference works in mathematics, because Wikipedia suffices. (Well ... also Wolfram MathWorld, but one professor has told me that he finds Wikipedia more thorough, on average.) Of course that means people looking for a layperson's reference must seek elsewhere.

Statistics is not my strength, so I won't attempt a translation. Here's a less jargon-y version:
http://www.physics.csbsju.edu/stats/KS-test.html

111richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 4:36pm Top

>110 swynn: I could follow what that page said without wincing, cringing, or sobbing! Thank you, Steve.

112richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 7:42pm Top

35 We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor

Rating: 3.75* of five, rounded up

This is the most male book I've read in ages. I mean, there are two or three women in it but they're onscreen for a hot minute and then gone again. Mostly it's the titular Bob in one of his many regenerated/rebooted/revived selves.

And I think that's why I liked this read so much. One well-educated geek-boy's wet dream of playing in the galactic sandbox. Hell to the you betcha damn straight yes.

113richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 7:57pm Top

After several weeks of increasing tetchiness re keeping a charge, my 11" Chromebook died for good last night. It's 3 years old and has been off for at most 6-8 hours a day that entire time. It owed me nothing.

Today, my 14" Chromebook arrived courtesy of one of my oldest friends...42 years and counting...who decided that "shrouds ain't got pockets so let's spend it" and had Ammy send it to me. Gawd bless wishlists. And 89-year-olds who remain au courant with the cyberworld. And friends.

114jolerie
Feb 13, 2018, 7:59pm Top

Yay for friends who remember us and go out of their way to remind us there is still goodness and generosity in the world! Wonderful to hear that you won't be disconnected due to techy issues. :D

115richardderus
Feb 13, 2018, 8:08pm Top

>114 jolerie: Awomen, Valerie! And no, I'd've fired up the tablet or even, in a dirediredire pinch, used the phone before being absent again. Decidedly substandard for LTing, those two, but available to me. The modern world makes me deeply grateful for being alive now about a dozen times a day.

116bell7
Edited: Feb 13, 2018, 9:51pm Top

Nice review of No Time to Lose, Richard. It's on my library attack, though at this rate I probably won't finish it till March.

Edited to get touchstones to load

117FAMeulstee
Feb 14, 2018, 3:23am Top

>113 richardderus: Glad you got a new Chromebook, Richard, and thanks for old friends.

When my previous laptop died, I looked at Chromebooks. I wasn't ready to put everything in the cloud, so I bought a laptop again.

Thanks for stopping by at my thread *smooches*

118richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 7:38am Top

>116 bell7: Well, attack it asap Mary! Happy to see you here.

>117 FAMeulstee: *smooch* Happy reading this Wednesday, Anita.

119ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 2018, 9:03am Top

>113 richardderus: What an amazing and generous friend! Glad that you are able to stay online and on LT!

120karenmarie
Feb 14, 2018, 9:07am Top

Good morning, RD!

Happy new Chromebook. New toys are always fun.

*smooch*

121katiekrug
Feb 14, 2018, 9:08am Top

My laptop dies recently, so I switched to a Chromebook. So far, so good! Hooray for good friends :)

122richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 11:17am Top

LT Android app? Ha.

Am back to my dearly beloved Chromebook v3 (third one I've owned...one I broke, one I wore out) after a surprise visit from the Young Gentleman Caller who informs me I am indeed his valentine. This was a most agreeable surprise. As was breakfast out.

>119 ChelleBearss: I am one lucky old man, Chelle. I have *a*maz*ing* friends and I'm grateful for each and every one.

>120 karenmarie: Hey there Horrible, aren't they? Since I gave up and started living in The Truman Show, I had synced all my Google devices (phone, tablet, computer) so it required pretty much no adjusting/fiddling to get the new Chromebook to behave precisely like the old one. *happy sigh*

>121 katiekrug: Hooray indeed! If anything was going to go wrong, I'm bettin' it would've by now. It's amazing how incredibly easy Google makes transitioning to their services.

123ronincats
Feb 14, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Here's to old friends and new Chromebooks!

124richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 12:26pm Top

>123 ronincats: I'm on my way.

Surface Tension, Jennifer Walton...one of a series by that title

125SuziQoregon
Feb 14, 2018, 1:10pm Top

Yay for that friend and your new Chromebook!

I really want to read We Are Legion (We Are Bob) but maybe the audio.

126richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 1:38pm Top

>125 SuziQoregon: I ain't know nothin' 'bout listenin' to no audios, so I say go to it.

127SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 14, 2018, 4:38pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!

128richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 4:53pm Top

>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry.

129richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 6:53pm Top

Roses are red
Martinis are shook
Put the glass down
Let Daddy read his book
#ValentinesDay

130elliepotten
Feb 14, 2018, 6:56pm Top

Roses are red
Martinis are stirred
This lass and her cat
Say happy Valentine's, sir!

131richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 6:57pm Top

>130 elliepotten: *CHOO*
Thagks lodez

132elliepotten
Feb 14, 2018, 6:58pm Top

Roses are red
Allergy relief is underrated
Sorry, dear Richard
Hope your sneezes have abated!

I'll stop now. :D

133richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 6:59pm Top

>132 elliepotten: Ha! Good one!

134msf59
Feb 14, 2018, 8:09pm Top

Hooray for Chromebook, Young Gentleman Callers & a surprise breakfast! Sounds like a lovely day, RD.

135richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 8:23pm Top

>134 msf59: It was a lovely day indeed, Mark, until Parkland happened.

136Crazymamie
Feb 14, 2018, 8:33pm Top

Roses are red
This thread's a delight
I'm so very thankful
That you finally brought yourownself back here where you was loved and missed and needed and for sore eyes a sight

Happy Valentine's Day, Bigdaddy! I am so very happy that all the stars aligned and you received both a new laptop and the Young Gentleman Caller. *smooch*

137katiekrug
Feb 14, 2018, 8:50pm Top

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It's time to debate
Amendment number 2.

138Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 14, 2018, 9:10pm Top

>135 richardderus: Well, poop. It took me so long to write my Valentine, that by the time I posted Mark and you had posted, and then I had to goggle because I had not seen any news today. Sadness.

>137 katiekrug: Truth.

139richardderus
Feb 14, 2018, 9:14pm Top

>136 Crazymamie: *baaawww* How sweet that was, thanks...
>138 Crazymamie: ...until this shit happened I was in a great mood.

>137 katiekrug: AWOMEN Sister Lady. Tomorrow!

140EBT1002
Feb 15, 2018, 12:16am Top

>48 richardderus: "Won't be long before the tsunami of tedium arrives."
Oh dear. And I see your point. And you have successfully eased my guilt. Thank you for that.

How many sentences can I start with the word "And"? And isn't that a no-no? It used to be. Is it still?

>95 richardderus: I'm not some guy in Virginia but I want them all!!

Some books are red.
Some books are blue.
I'm so not a poet.

141LovingLit
Feb 15, 2018, 1:30am Top

Superb poetry here, I must say. In particular, Ellen's calls to me :):):)
One of my favourite haikus starts off about how haikus are easy, and the last line is simply "refrigerator".

142richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 9:29am Top

>140 EBT1002: No longer do the rules apply
I was going to make that a poem
but I let the inspiration die.

All goodies in this thread are 100% calorie and guilt free! Indulge.

>141 LovingLit: Oh, this one!

*smooch*

143jnwelch
Feb 15, 2018, 9:49am Top

>142 richardderus: Ha!

A belated Valentine's Day present for you, Richard:

144richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 10:22am Top

>143 jnwelch: Oh, that is priceless, Joe, what a great piece of street art! From the color it could even be a gay Giant Pacific Octopus. He just lightened his tentacles a bit.

145karenmarie
Feb 15, 2018, 10:24am Top

'Morning, RD.

Happiness for your Google device synch. I am stubbornly un-Googled and un-synched.

Sadness for FL. >137 katiekrug: Part of this morning's Morning Joe had some polls and statistics. Why won't the idiots in Congress listen to their constituents?

146richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 10:31am Top

>145 karenmarie: Key word: Stubborn. *smooch*

Why Congress Won't Listen: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Try to escape it all and read something utterly irrelevant and unimportant. I myownself used the utter misery of those families, friends' families, teachers, community members, et alii, to make a huge leap.

I am trying Audible for free.

Yup. Ear-reading.

I wanted to read Gray Tide in the East, the first of a series of alternate history novels that got a good review from one of the BookTubers I actually listen to. I didn't want to spend $5 on a used copy, so I tried Audible to see 1) if I can actually stay awake 2) I can retain 50% of what I would normally retain if I read it 3) I can forget this shitty rotten-souled vile venal nauseous place I live.

147richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 11:34am Top

A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

molochize
PRONUNCIATION:
(MOL-uh-kyz)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To sacrifice.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Moloch, a Canaanite god of the Bible, associated with the practice of child sacrifice. Earliest documented use: 1825.

USAGE:
“Look to the skies, then to the river, strike
Their hearts, and hold their babies up to it.
I think that they would Molochize them too,
To have the heavens clear.”
Alfred Tennyson; Harold; 1876.

148brodiew2
Edited: Feb 15, 2018, 1:06pm Top

Hallo, Richard!

Mad man in blue box
Cannot stand by as shop girl
Cornered by dummies.

Timeless traveler
Frozen by grieving sorrow
Over broken heart

Rose captivated
Martha pined to no avail
Donna was awesome

Edit: there's more where that came from. I did a whole series of Star Wars haiku back in the day.

149richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 4:51pm Top

>148 brodiew2: Good gravy, Brodie! Those are indeed haikus. Yessiree, they got the 5-7-5 thing *down*! Whee dawggie.

150richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 4:52pm Top

36 It Came from Hell and Smashed the Angels by Gregor Xane

Rating: 4 oh-why-not stars of five

You know why I gave a horror shorty four stars? Because Xane understands the strengths of the form he's using to tell you this story. Most short fiction I've consumed on my Kindle has been satisfying enough but relied on something outside itself to finish me off, so to speak.

This story doesn't rely on one damned thing except the format of the short story to get your response. I like that. It's a smile. Xane doesn't need my kudos, he's got fans, but if you're a noob to the horror shorty world this one's a good gateway drug.

151katiekrug
Feb 15, 2018, 4:57pm Top

That's a great title.

152richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 5:00pm Top

37 Hipster Slave Boy by Nate Tanner

Rating: 3* of five

*snort*

It was 99¢ so I cannot complain about not getting value for money. I wasn't expecting Steinbeck, or even Genet. Actually, it reminded me of Querelle of Brest a good bit...the scene where Querelle throws the dice game? Remember that one? Brad Davis did a great job of that one in the 1982 Fassbinder film.

That was a real eye-opener in 1982 Austin, Texas. Whee dawggie.

Anyway, this little shortie is worth what it costs, but it's a little bit of a letdown at the end. Hell, any more words in this review and it'll double your reading pleasure. Oh, and straight guys? Bet y'all'll like this one. Just don't let Miss Thing find it on your phone.

153richardderus
Feb 15, 2018, 5:00pm Top

>151 katiekrug: Heh. See below.

154drneutron
Feb 15, 2018, 9:02pm Top

>143 jnwelch: Ok, that’s cool!

155jnwelch
Feb 15, 2018, 9:07pm Top

>154 drneutron: :-) It's not just crocodiles down there, Jim.

156bell7
Edited: Feb 15, 2018, 9:53pm Top

>118 richardderus: *snort* that's what I get for not yet replacing the laptop. I meant stack of course, though it's true occasionally I have to attack the stack to get the books returned on time.

And good luck with Audible.

Edited to fix a typo ("attach").

157ChelleBearss
Feb 16, 2018, 6:57am Top

Happy Friday, Richard! Hope you have a lovely day!

>143 jnwelch: That is pretty awesome!

158karenmarie
Feb 16, 2018, 8:20am Top

'Morning, RichardDear!

I'm much more of a fan of octopuses after hearing that story on NPR a while back. >144 richardderus: My my, s/he looks so stern!

159BekkaJo
Edited: Feb 16, 2018, 10:53am Top

Back from UK hellloooos! Just checking back in :)

Also...
Roses are red
Violets are blue
My son was born this day and decided therefore to entirely ruin any sort of valentine celebration for me and his father...

160richardderus
Feb 16, 2018, 11:56am Top



I got nothin' else. Sorry. Laterz.

161SuziQoregon
Feb 16, 2018, 12:08pm Top


You're trying audible??

*thunk*

>1260 F* the NRA and their stooges in Congress

162klobrien2
Edited: Feb 16, 2018, 5:14pm Top

>161 SuziQoregon: SuziQ, I've been saying that to myself since yesterday..."F*** the NRA!" I'm becoming radicalized against the lack of gun control.

Karen O.

p.s. And I am NOT one to use foul language flagrantly--I have to be pretty angry to use it. I have grown more and more angry over this issue.

163brodiew2
Feb 16, 2018, 5:17pm Top

Not...going...to...get...drawn...in...

164humouress
Feb 17, 2018, 4:44am Top

*waving hello*

165LovingLit
Feb 17, 2018, 4:56am Top

>142 richardderus: that's it! You are a master investigator :)

>160 richardderus: you know, I follow a few right wing fb pages, just to see how the other half lives, and there is commentary there about people (like us, you know, who don't want kids to get murdered) *using* these type of tragedies to push an anti-gun (read: anti-american) agenda. It is quite sick-making how twisted that concept is.

166msf59
Feb 17, 2018, 7:10am Top

>160 richardderus: Amen, my friend.

Happy Saturday, RD. Hope you can enjoy an R & R weekend. Just getting ready to head out the door...

167jessibud2
Feb 17, 2018, 8:12am Top

>165 LovingLit: - you know, I follow a few right wing fb pages, just to see how the other half lives, and there is commentary there about people (like us, you know, who don't want kids to get murdered) *using* these type of tragedies to push an anti-gun (read: anti-american) agenda. It is quite sick-making how twisted that concept is.

Yikes, talk about a glimpse into insanity! Not only sick-making but downright terrifying.

168richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 9:03am Top

>154 drneutron: It is indeed, Jim.

>155 jnwelch: ...scarily enough...

>156 bell7: Audible experiment a failure to date in that I am somnolent the *instant* the narrator begins his soothing droning. No, I don't know who he is and I'm incurious.

>157 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle.

169richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 9:09am Top

>158 karenmarie: Heya Horrible. Octopuses are hard not to read as ticked-off meanies, what with those odd eyes and the weirdness of their body shape.

>159 BekkaJo: Oh yes that one's a scary idea: "Honey, it's Valentines Day, let's..." "...never forget that I pushed an entire human being out of my body after excruciating and lengthy and exhausting muscular effort..." "...yeah, never mind."

>161 SuziQoregon: I am. I wish I wasn't, now that I am. I really, really do not like the experience. *smooch* They're fucked, never fear. They have to face karma. *shudder*

>162 klobrien2: Hi Karen, happy to see you here.

170karenmarie
Feb 17, 2018, 9:10am Top

'Morning, RD!

Re your Audible experiment: I only listen to audiobooks in the car, so somnolence is not advisable.

I'm sorry that it's a failure to date.

*smooches* from Madame TVT Horrible

171richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 9:15am Top

>163 brodiew2: Okay.

>164 humouress: That meme makes me belly laugh. It's saved to my hard drive on every computer I've ever had.

I'm afraid of what I'll see if I go there...I follow a right-wing gay guy, one who was fired for being gay, and who thinks 45 is a god. (On Twitter, this is.) It is utterly bewildering. He's a VICTIM OF THESE SHITHEADS HE SUPPORTS. Makes no difference, #MAGA and no spics and sand-niggers and Islam is the pits is all he can tweet about. It's brain-bending. SMH

>166 msf59: I'll try, Mark. Hope yours is a light workday.

>167 jessibud2: It is that, Shelley. Very much that.

172richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 9:17am Top

>170 karenmarie: Hi Horrible. *smooch*

173katiekrug
Feb 17, 2018, 9:56am Top

Good morning, Richard. Awfully bright out there - makes my eyes hurt...

Yes, I can complain about *anything*.

Hope today is a decent one for you. xo

174richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 11:04am Top

>173 katiekrug: My therapist appointment just happened, so it's much...brighter.

Heh. *smooch*

175jnwelch
Feb 17, 2018, 11:09am Top

>174 richardderus: Time to celebrate! Here you go:

176humouress
Edited: Feb 17, 2018, 11:50am Top

Morning Richard. Will this put me in your good books?



But I have a feeling that Singapore isn't as bad as our neighbour across the causeway *cough*hiPaul*cough*; I don't pay much attention to politics here because, even if I were allowed to vote, the majority for the government is too great, so I wouldn't even make a dent.

177richardderus
Edited: Feb 17, 2018, 11:20am Top

>175 jnwelch: Oh my heck! Pecan pie is the dreamiest. I need something sweet to savor. Thank you, Joe.

>176 humouress: Sad to say, Nina, I can't see the photo...but you're in my good books. Singapore isn't. Nor Malaysia nor most of Africa. Nor Florida, for that matter!

178richardderus
Edited: Feb 17, 2018, 5:18pm Top


#GunControlNow

179bell7
Edited: Feb 17, 2018, 5:34pm Top

>178 richardderus: *snort* The face on that bird... I can't even.

180jnwelch
Feb 17, 2018, 6:19pm Top

181drneutron
Feb 17, 2018, 6:39pm Top

Bwa-ha-ha!!! You have made me spew my rum and coke!

182richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 6:48pm Top

>179 bell7: Thanks, Mary!

>180 jnwelch: Yeah, I know, right?!

>181 drneutron: ...all in a good cause...*glowers at Mary*

183bell7
Feb 17, 2018, 6:59pm Top

>182 richardderus: *blinks innocently* What?

184richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 7:14pm Top

>183 bell7: ...yeah, right...

185drneutron
Feb 17, 2018, 7:26pm Top

Starting the Philip K Dick series on Amazon Prime... Episode 1? Excellent!

186richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 7:58pm Top

YAY!! The last, in their order, is probably the most amazing.

187Crazymamie
Feb 17, 2018, 7:59pm Top

>178 richardderus: LOVE this!

I also started the PHD series - I started with episode three because I had read that story. Then I went back and read through your review of it, and you are spot on with your analysis.

188richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 8:05pm Top

>187 Crazymamie: Oh my heck YES Human Is makes me smile all over inside and out. I love that episode. I am so glad you liked it! *smooch*

189Crazymamie
Feb 17, 2018, 9:01pm Top

*smooch back* And guess what?! The Kindle version of all the stories in the series that you mentioned on my thread was a Kindle deal today, so I snagged it for just $2.99!!!

190richardderus
Feb 17, 2018, 11:05pm Top

>189 Crazymamie: Perfect deal, worth full price even.

191EBT1002
Feb 17, 2018, 11:50pm Top

>160 richardderus: I'm with you, my friend.

There appears to be a surge of protest from our younger generation, saying they don't want to be the generation of school shootings, that since the White House says it's not a gun issue but a mental health issue, then perhaps they (he) should not slash the HHS budget and dedicate some funds to mental health programs and services.... I say GO you young ones! And yet I find myself cynical and disillusioned. *sigh*

>178 richardderus: I LOVE that!!!!!

192Deern
Feb 18, 2018, 6:10am Top

Happy Sunday Richard and happy new Chromebook!
I'm clearly feeling better, looking at all those donuts in >95 richardderus: made me SO hungry! Streuseldonuts, didn't know they existed!

I love audiobooks, but when I sit down just to listen, I always fall asleep. I have to listen while driving, walking, doing housework, etc..
However I also actually use them as a sleeping help in "uncomfortable" places (airplanes, hospital, when I shared a room with 3 people on a holiday) or when I'm not feeling well. I got some easy books downloaded just for that purpose. :)

193richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 10:34am Top

194karenmarie
Feb 18, 2018, 10:59am Top

Good morning, RD!

>193 richardderus: I can't say I like it, exactly, but it's stark, true, and clever.

195humouress
Feb 18, 2018, 11:06am Top

196richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 11:21am Top

>191 EBT1002: Emma Gonzalez for Congress. Eloquent, intelligent, and impassioned. May she retain these qualities after the world gets to work on her.

>192 Deern: Thanks, Nathalie, it's a major treat not to have to jolly my computer along. I can simply open it and I'm off to the races! I also love the wider screen. Makes the viewing experience much nicer. :)

I seem not to have the ear-reading gene. I'm irritable enough as it is, this yakking in my ears makes me scowl and snarl after ~10min.

197brodiew2
Edited: Feb 18, 2018, 11:26am Top

Good morning, Richard!

>192 Deern: Amen to that. I'd fall asleep if I were just listening out of the stereo system at home. But I've been listening to audiobooks in my car for over 20 years and enjoying the heck out of it. I'm listening to Hellbent by Gregg hurwitz at the moment.

198richardderus
Edited: Feb 18, 2018, 12:15pm Top

>194 karenmarie: Hi Horrible, it's not a likeable topic is it. *smooch*

>195 humouress: Amen, Nina.

>197 brodiew2: Hi Brodie...wish I could ear-read, but...

ETA because I can't count

199BekkaJo
Feb 18, 2018, 1:33pm Top

>169 richardderus: Yup - 9lb 6 and 59 cm long too.

Sending much love.

Last week at the in-laws was like living in a bubble. My FIL watches the news early in the morning before anyone else gets up. Other than that it was a news free vacuum. Coming home was a blast of wtf is up with the world. My heart breaks for those involved - though it is really beyond my comprehension how it could happen, yet again. Sorry - I'm overly British and hate to offend (though I know that wouldn't offend you and that you agree), but I just don't understand :(

200Familyhistorian
Feb 18, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>79 richardderus: I'm a bit behind here, Richard, but catching up. And now you're able to do it legally, since a Federal judge ruled that Artist Say didn't violate Castle's estate's copyrights in offering us, in 28 cases from the 150 drawings in this book, his own artistic impression of specific Castle pieces. Now that is very interesting.

Great that your friend gifted you with a new computer which you obviously needed. Sometimes things like that happen, people are given what they truly need to express themselves as was James Castle.

I hope that the publicity given to the young people speaking up about school shootings will have some positive outcomes.

201LovingLit
Feb 18, 2018, 3:49pm Top

>173 katiekrug: Yes!!

>193 richardderus: Yes!!

So I guess I'm in an affirmative frame of mind today.

202johnsimpson
Feb 18, 2018, 3:53pm Top

Hello Richard my dear friend, I hope you have had a good weekend and I would like to express both of our sorrow after the school shooting. We cannot really say much as it is not our country but why in an educated land that says it is the greatest are there so many uneducated idiots who can see nothing wrong in gun control. In my humble opinion this has been let go for far too long, at least a century, at the time the amendment was drawn up it was seen as necessary but in the supposedly greatest democracy it should have been seen as no longer required.

Sorry if this upsets anyone but this is just what Karen and I think.

203richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 4:33pm Top

>199 BekkaJo: *sucking on a pickle face* My mother, no stranger to childbirth, told me she'd rather have another kid than a gout attack. I'd say she died at the right time, given that the next words were "...and I'd rather have gout all the time than live with what those poor parents are going through." It was 4/20/99, Columbine school massacre day, and I cannot imagine what she'd think of this.

>200 Familyhistorian: Isn't it interesting, Meg? I was a little bit surprised, to be honest.

Jo has been so very good to me. It's a terrific gift to have as many good friends as I've found myself with over the years.

204richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 4:35pm Top

>201 LovingLit: ...who are you...Megan is *never* this sweet-natured...SCARY MONSTER HELP HELP

>202 johnsimpson: John, it is what I think too. No way is this okay, no way and no how.

205LovingLit
Feb 18, 2018, 5:23pm Top

>204 richardderus: No no, hmph hmph, grrr grrr.
That better?

206richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 5:35pm Top

>205 LovingLit: Oh THERE you are. One of the boys must've impersonated you for a minute. *whew* I was wiggin' there.

207LovingLit
Feb 18, 2018, 5:40pm Top

Here, have an octopus.

208LovingLit
Feb 18, 2018, 5:42pm Top

>207 LovingLit: I believe the caption reads something like, "friends come and go like waves on the ocean, but the true ones stay, like an octopus on your face".

209richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 5:48pm Top

Ha!

Just grateful it wasn't a Giant Pacific Octopus:

210LovingLit
Feb 18, 2018, 5:52pm Top

Eurrrgh. Srsly. Those suckers look, sucky.

211richardderus
Feb 18, 2018, 6:12pm Top

Considering how *very* strong the octopus's muscles are and how powerfully those suckers can suck, sucky is a great way to describe being sucker-punched by a hungry one of these suckers.

212msf59
Feb 18, 2018, 8:10pm Top

>193 richardderus: Perfect!

Happy Sunday, RD. Hope you had a relaxing day and had plenty of book time. Almost 60 here tomorrow, but with rain. Should take care of much of this snowpack.

213PaulCranswick
Feb 18, 2018, 9:39pm Top

No way there be gun control until the Ginger Disaster is gone from the White House. It seems self-evident to anyone with a modicum of common sense that the right to bear arms is talking about the collective rather than the individual. And this should be amended to make this explicit.
The Land of the Free shouldn't be the Land of the Free-for-All.

Happy Sunday/Monday RD.

214humouress
Feb 19, 2018, 1:27am Top

>208 LovingLit: Wishing you many octopi, Richard.

215Berly
Feb 19, 2018, 2:41am Top



Just chilling here on your thread....

216brodiew2
Feb 19, 2018, 11:50am Top

Good morning, Richard! I had crab for dinner last. I also love me soe calamari, which I understand is squid not octopus. :-) Love the Octopus images.

217Ameise1
Feb 19, 2018, 12:03pm Top

Big waves from Davos  *smooch*

218tapestry100
Feb 19, 2018, 1:19pm Top

Richard! I'm loving The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter. Thanks for convincing me to move that to the top of Mt. TBR.

219drneutron
Feb 19, 2018, 3:14pm Top

Yup, it was good! I finished it, but haven't gotten it on my thread yet.

220richardderus
Feb 19, 2018, 3:40pm Top

>212 msf59: Hey there you lazy postalperson lounging around like the slacker all you federal employees are when you should be working! Oh wait it's Trump Day, never mind.

*gaak* I fell down the Trumphole on Twitter and had to urp it forth. I'm better now.

>213 PaulCranswick: 45 is less of a problem vis-a-vis gun control than the Congress is. Still, your point is valid, nothing will be good or safe again in the entire world until 45's gone and we've shamed and humiliated and intimidated the Trumpanzees back into their caves.

>214 humouress: Thanks, Nina!

>215 Berly: Beautiful, Berly, thanks!

221richardderus
Feb 19, 2018, 3:42pm Top

>216 brodiew2: Hi Brodie, what's new?

>217 Ameise1: Davos-by-the-sea?! Oh, heh, I get it. *smooch*

>218 tapestry100: Yay David! I am so so glad you're enjoying the read! Please go tell Rod how much you like it on Facebook. And welcome to the Kindle Klan at last.

>219 drneutron: Hi Jim!

222Crazymamie
Feb 19, 2018, 4:28pm Top


Smoked brisket grilled cheese

Time for some comfort food, BigDaddy. Because we can.

223richardderus
Feb 19, 2018, 4:30pm Top

38 The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

Rating: 4.9* of five

I have a confession to make right off the bat: I didn't request this book. My Tor.com Publishing contact, knowing I am big on books with queer representation, figured I'd like this and sent it along. I looked at it in some surprise because it's by Myke Cole, The Shadow Ops-superhero-y military SF guy. If you've paid me the smallest bit of attention before now, you know I detest superhero-y crap and am only enjoying milSF from a gay-male PoV these days. I was a history major. I've had my fill of battlefield stuff for its own sake. Talk to ME, the elderly queer gent, not the strategist/armchair general, or I got better uses for my eyeblinks.

Author Cole, I am profoundly sorry I pigeonholed your work. I was wrong to do so and I'm glad to learn the error of my intolerant ways in so pleasant a fashion.

This fantasy world is deeply satisfying. It's oppressively ruled by a military/religious Order, but run in time-honored community-based democratic ways. Being staunchly anti-religion, that setup is one I'll buy into immediately. I'm not insensible to its relevance to the current state of affairs in our current US, our very own Russian satellite state, either, though that is not to ascribe my beliefs to Author Cole. I am not acquainted with him and make no representation that what *I* take away from his work is what he intended that I take away from it. That disclaimer being made, moving on.

The basis of this story is simple: How does a person, raised in a world that does not jibe with the True North on their inborn moral compass, survive and live and love in it? Can that happen without a struggle, a fight, a battle, or even an outright war? (MAJOR SPOILER: Nope.) What does it take to be authentically yourself in a world that dislikes you for being who you are?

Preview; the rest goes live on my blog tomorrow.

224richardderus
Feb 19, 2018, 4:40pm Top

>222 Crazymamie: Oh holy GODDESSES yes!! The only way I can conceive of that being yummier is if you made it on garlic toast. Which Bon Appetit magazine tormented me with earlier today, though not with brisket which is probably good since I'd've died of dehydration by now. Perfection.

225Crazymamie
Feb 19, 2018, 4:42pm Top

Garlic toast?! YES!

226swynn
Feb 19, 2018, 4:53pm Top

>223 richardderus: I've avoided Myke Cole for similar reasons. Well, not the history-major reason. And not the disliking-superheroes-crap. And not the seeking-gay-male-PoV reason either. Actually maybe not all that similar after all. But basically because his books look like ammosexual fantasies. (Aha! I've now used it in conversation so it is in the Vocabulary forever!) Nice to know there's more to it than that, and The Armored Saint looks like a good place to start.

227Crazymamie
Feb 19, 2018, 5:00pm Top

>226 swynn: This post made me laugh, so thanks for that.

>225 Crazymamie: I eagerly await the rest of your review, you big tease.

228richardderus
Feb 19, 2018, 5:05pm Top

>225 Crazymamie: I KNOW, RIGHT?!?


>226 swynn: I confess to having very little interest in the milSF stuff even now, but I do recommend The Armored Saint!

>227 Crazymamie: *smooch*

229BekkaJo
Feb 20, 2018, 6:39am Top

Happy Tuesday :)

230richardderus
Feb 20, 2018, 11:21am Top

>229 BekkaJo: Back at'cha!


Book porn!

231jessibud2
Feb 20, 2018, 11:35am Top

>230 richardderus: - Now there's a storage solution I could use!

Hi Richard! :-)

232Ameise1
Feb 20, 2018, 11:45am Top

I thought I could bring you a cup of coffee.


233karenmarie
Feb 20, 2018, 11:45am Top

Hallo RD! Happy Tuesday to you.

>222 Crazymamie: I'm glad those are only virtual calories!

>223 richardderus: Drat. Another BB.

234SuziQoregon
Feb 20, 2018, 1:00pm Top

178 - I love that bird!!!

235richardderus
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 1:32pm Top

>231 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! I think that's a great bedroom-into-study idea.

>232 Ameise1: THANK YOU!! I need that. *smooch* Enjoy Davos, he muttered through clenched teeth.

>233 karenmarie: *smooch* Hey Horrible.

>234 SuziQoregon: Me too, Juli, Birdo up there looks how I feel most of the time.

236magicians_nephew
Feb 20, 2018, 1:32pm Top

Don't know a durned thing about The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter but for the title alone it's now on my TBR list.

Calls to mind the joke about the guy who was training to be a javelin catcher for the Olympics

237richardderus
Feb 20, 2018, 1:34pm Top

238richardderus
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 2:53pm Top

239BekkaJo
Feb 20, 2018, 3:07pm Top

>230 richardderus: So cool! I so wish I had the space. And the time. And the money.
Oh yeah... bum. I'll settle for drooling over the images for now :)

240richardderus
Feb 20, 2018, 3:11pm Top

>239 BekkaJo: *wipes chin free of drool* Amen, my sister, amen!

241jnwelch
Feb 20, 2018, 3:27pm Top

>238 richardderus: Or is that how you get Black Panther delivered to your home?

242richardderus
Feb 20, 2018, 3:46pm Top

>241 jnwelch: ...there's an idea...

243humouress
Edited: Feb 20, 2018, 4:07pm Top

>242 richardderus: Just askin’ : so, if the ‘right to bear arms’ is “enshrined” in the second amendment (have I got that right?) why can’t it be re-ammended?

244richardderus
Feb 20, 2018, 4:15pm Top

The process is laborious and time-consuming...the chance for the pin-dicked gun hugging ammosexuals to make things worse is great...and the legislature is not to be trusted with the keys to the constitution.

245jessibud2
Feb 20, 2018, 4:24pm Top

>242 richardderus: - Bingo. Wasn't that Einstein who said that definition of insanity?

>244 richardderus: - Thanks for that clarification. ;-)

246The_Hibernator
Feb 20, 2018, 10:22pm Top

>142 richardderus: Oh that's hilarious! I'm stealing that.

>178 richardderus: Ohhhhhh.

>242 richardderus: I really hate how the stigma of mental illness increases every time there is a shooting like this. *shakes head sadly* Mental illness IS a problem. But (besides gun control) the real problem is the mental health care system. It's not the mentally ill!

Ok. I know you know that. But I had to say it anyway. :(

247humouress
Feb 20, 2018, 11:03pm Top

>243 humouress: >244 richardderus: In that case, safest not to let them touch it.

248Ameise1
Feb 21, 2018, 4:16am Top

Good morning, Rdear.

249richardderus
Feb 21, 2018, 9:44am Top

>245 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! The Congress should be very, very careful about approving amendments to the Constitution. The Gross Old Pedophile Party found that out when they enacted the Presidential term limit of two out of spite for Roosevelt's four terms.

>246 The_Hibernator: Hiya Rachel, you know you're singin' my song. The same people who bellowed "bad mental health made him do it!" are the ones who said "quit spending my money on people I don't like!" and failed to see the *causal* connection between those two stances.

>247 humouress: Completely agreed, Nina.

>248 Ameise1: Happy days are always easy to have when you visit me, Barbara! *smooch*

250brodiew2
Feb 21, 2018, 11:19am Top

Good morning, Richard!

>238 richardderus: Love it!

251Ameise1
Feb 21, 2018, 11:44am Top

>249 richardderus: *blush* some cake?


This is an Engadiner Nusstorte from Pontresina, my favourite one.

252richardderus
Feb 21, 2018, 2:55pm Top

39 Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowtz

Rating: 4* of five

I have nothing unique to add to the conversation about this book. I think those most in need of reading it won't, and that's frustrating.

If you've ever seen a number adduced to explain a trend, read this book. If you've ever asserted that a certain percentage of something was something/something else, read this book. If you've ever seen a politician quote a study and your innate bullshit filter clogged up, read this book.

Really simple, high-level terms: READ. THIS. BOOK.

253richardderus
Feb 21, 2018, 3:00pm Top

>250 brodiew2: Howdy-do, Brodie!

>251 Ameise1: Oh heavens YES, Barbara, yes indeed hand me one of those.
***

The Young Gentleman Caller and I were out walking hand-in-hand in the gorgeousness. I was talking about something naughty, quel surprise, and he exclaimed,"Daddy! Shame on you!"

Someone walking the other direction, seeing me limping along, hearing him say that, said, "You're such a good son, helping your father that way."

I didn't laugh. It damn near killed me, but I didn't.

254Ameise1
Feb 21, 2018, 3:04pm Top

What a great story. Love it.

255thornton37814
Feb 21, 2018, 4:21pm Top

>251 Ameise1: Could someone please save me a slice of that for Friday after I'm off this "soft" diet (yogurt, pudding, jello, pureed soups)?

256Ameise1
Feb 21, 2018, 4:25pm Top

>255 thornton37814: I try to send you one on Friday. I hope I won't forget it.

257richardderus
Feb 21, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>254 Ameise1: He's a great guy, to my surprise. He didn't say anything to the old lady, just smiled big and pretty.

>255 thornton37814:, >256 Ameise1: Poor Lori. Ughsome diet, though for all the right reasons, and I'm glad you're following it.

258EBT1002
Feb 22, 2018, 1:10am Top

>253 richardderus: "I didn't laugh. It damn near killed me, but I didn't."
Your restraint is remarkable. I'd never have kept from cracking up!

>252 richardderus: Adding it to the wish list. (I'm very obedient. Really.)

Hi Richard!

259Berly
Feb 22, 2018, 1:17am Top

>253 richardderus: That's a funny story Big Daddy!!

260BekkaJo
Feb 22, 2018, 6:11am Top

>253 richardderus: Just snorted my coffee. Love it :)

261msf59
Feb 22, 2018, 6:39am Top

Morning, RD! Sweet Thursday. Love the YGC story. Perfect. All is well here, just trying to put the pieces back together. The adjuster comes out this A.M.
Fingers crossed.

262karenmarie
Feb 22, 2018, 9:28am Top

Good morning, RichardDear!

Great story about you and YGC and how restrained you both were.

I'm slowly coming out of the fog. I got up late and have only now just finished my first cup of coffee.

*smooches* from your own Horrible

263katiekrug
Feb 22, 2018, 9:37am Top

LOVE the story of your walk with the YGC!

264richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 10:51am Top

Happy Thursday, y'all!

What Disaster + Hope looks like.

265richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 10:57am Top

>261 msf59: I have crossed what's still crossable, Mark. Only good news *whammy*

>262 karenmarie: Hey Horrible! *smooch* How good of the fog to lift...I'm still in it, darn the luck.

>263 katiekrug: Life has so many giggle-worthy moments if you're paying attention. Luckily Rob's also alert to the chances for laughter.

266richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 11:22am Top

>258 EBT1002: Obedient! *snort* I'll see what Prudence has to say about that.

I love laughing at stuff with the kid. I feel younger.

>259 Berly: I know, right Kimmers?

>260 BekkaJo: Hi Bekka! *smooch*

267laytonwoman3rd
Feb 22, 2018, 11:31am Top

>253 richardderus: My suspicion is that your lovely young gentleman was quite aware of the lady oncoming, and pitched his comment just loudly enough that she would hear it. One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

268richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 12:01pm Top

>267 laytonwoman3rd: I'm as suspicious an old codger as they come, but Rob denied it when I tasked him with that suspicion.

Not to say that I'm all the way *sure* he was truthful with me...

And in unrelated news, why the HELL did comment 266 above post a half-hour AFTER the comment I made after it?!?

269jolerie
Feb 22, 2018, 1:31pm Top

The LT gods are messing with us. Posts are disappearing into the black hole..duplicate posts..the whole gambit. Fun times. :D

Happy Thursday. Which means Friday is coming, which means the weekend is just around the corner. Woohoo!

270brodiew2
Edited: Feb 22, 2018, 1:47pm Top

Mornin', Richard! I can't remember if I shared the wonderful, beautiful-ness of Orphan X with you?
Either my memory fades or my ADD is in full swing. Anyway. Good stuff if you like a spy-vigilante-revenge thriller every once in a while.

271richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 2:03pm Top

>269 jolerie: It's disconcerting, to say the least. Happy ThursFriSat-Industrial Complex, Valerie! *smooch*

>270 brodiew2: No, Brodie, I didn't catch that one from you. I read The Nowhere Man not realizing it was #2 in a series. I was a little verschmeckeled, so wasn't terribly impressed, but knowing it's #2 of three-to-date I'll give #1 a shot to lead me into the Smoakiverse.

272brodiew2
Feb 22, 2018, 2:12pm Top

>271 richardderus: #2 is the weakest, if forced to say so. :-P But #3 tops even number one. I hope you enjoy Orphan X.

273richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 3:05pm Top

>272 brodiew2: I'm relieved to hear that, since it's really common for me just not to "get" some authors.

274FAMeulstee
Feb 22, 2018, 3:34pm Top

Cathing up is hard work over here (some other threads too), Richard ;-)
>253 richardderus: LOL!
>264 richardderus: Love that picture.

*smooches*

275LovingLit
Feb 22, 2018, 4:14pm Top

>232 Ameise1: that reminds me, I need coffee.

>264 richardderus: that there internet is a whacky-doodle thing, why, just the other day I saw lightening hitting the water and making it *explode*, and now here we have a tornado sucking up a rainbow. Well I never.

276johnsimpson
Edited: Feb 22, 2018, 4:35pm Top

Hi Richard, just about catching up with all the threads after my recent Flu bug although luckily it seems I avoided the full blown bug touch wood but seem to have passed a cold on to poor Karen, she is blaming me for it love her.

Hope all is well with you dear friend and send love and hugs from both of us and from darling Hannah who is getting excited for her seventh birthday next Wednesday.

277ChelleBearss
Feb 22, 2018, 7:02pm Top

>253 richardderus: Did you at least snicker? I would have had a hard time not laughing!

278weird_O
Feb 22, 2018, 7:21pm Top

>252 richardderus: I'd be lying if said I don't lie. So perhaps I should check this book out. If scanned a couple of other reviews and learned that Google search plays an essential role in the author's project. I'll be looking for this title. Tip o' the hat.

279EBT1002
Feb 22, 2018, 10:02pm Top

>266 richardderus: "I love laughing at stuff with the kid. I feel younger." Cool.

280richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 10:25pm Top

>274 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I am glad you're visiting.

The YGC is a treasure. Most of the time.

>275 LovingLit: Isn't that a beautiful picture, Megan? Makes me smile every time I see it.

>276 johnsimpson: Hello John! Send Karen my best, freshest"get-well-now" whammys, okay?

281richardderus
Feb 22, 2018, 10:28pm Top

>277 ChelleBearss: I didn't so much as smirk! I am *very* proud of myself.

But gawd it was SO. HARD. NOT. TO.

>278 weird_O: It's a really good read, Bill. I hope you'll enjoy it.

>279 EBT1002: Yeah, it is. How many men my age have twentysomething boyfriends that don't have "an allowance" or summat li' that? He hangs around with *me* not my wallet!

282EBT1002
Feb 22, 2018, 10:29pm Top

Exactly.

283FAMeulstee
Feb 23, 2018, 3:20am Top

>280 richardderus: >274 FAMeulstee: No one is a treasure ALL the time ;-)

284richardderus
Feb 23, 2018, 11:04am Top

>282 EBT1002: :)

>283 FAMeulstee: No indeed, Anita. I am frequently untreasurable!

285karenmarie
Feb 23, 2018, 11:44am Top

Morning, RD!

I've got Bill bamboozled into thinking I'm a treasure all the time. Last night he made a snarky remark, went to the kitchen to get something to drink, came back to the living room, saw my one-finger salute, and said "That's my KP!" He's deluded...

286richardderus
Feb 23, 2018, 12:09pm Top

>285 karenmarie: Wise man, is Bill Honey. Very wise. How else do you stay married for over a quarter century?

*smooch*

287Ameise1
Feb 23, 2018, 12:12pm Top

Happy Friday, Rdear.

288richardderus
Feb 23, 2018, 12:23pm Top

>287 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! The coffee is inside me at last. My seasonal allergy problems went into overdrive last night so I'm still a bit sleep deprived.

289Ameise1
Feb 23, 2018, 12:26pm Top

Oh dear. *smooch*

290richardderus
Feb 23, 2018, 12:56pm Top

>289 Ameise1: Thanks!

Y'all...the opening credits of Deadpool...I have laughed my belly muscles into cramps twice now.

291katiekrug
Feb 23, 2018, 1:07pm Top

Deadpool is great. Can't wait for the new one...

292SuziQoregon
Feb 23, 2018, 1:46pm Top

>253 richardderus: Great story. Admirable restraint.

293Crazymamie
Feb 23, 2018, 1:50pm Top

>291 katiekrug: What she said!

Happy Friday, BigDaddy! Time for comfort food:


Philly Cheese Steak Sliders

294richardderus
Feb 23, 2018, 3:15pm Top

>291 katiekrug:, >293 Crazymamie: Favorite new easter egg: When Morena Baccarin, she of Inara Serra fame, is about to zap Ryan Reynolds in the balls, he says, "Nononono, maybe not the nethers," it's from Firefly. Kaylee talks about her nethers to a horrified Mal.

>292 SuziQoregon: Thanks, Juli, it still makes me snicker.

>293 Crazymamie: YES on the sliders! I hope there's more. Like, a cow or two's worth more. I am one hungry old man today.

295humouress
Feb 24, 2018, 2:49am Top

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