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richardderus seventh thread of 2018

This is a continuation of the topic richardderus sixth thread of 2018.

This topic was continued by richardderus eighth thread of 2018.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1richardderus
Edited: Mar 20, 2018, 3:43pm Top



James B. Janknegt

2richardderus
Edited: Apr 27, 2018, 11:32am Top


Doreen Rappaport, from Abe's Honest Words

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 Everybody Lies
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series The Invisible Library
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 Still Waters
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.

Reviews 32-39 are linked there.

Reviews 40-54 are linked over here.

55 The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal made me all warm and fuzzy in post 42.

PEARL RULED Brobots because it made me overlook too many things in post 64.

56 On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century calls a generation to arms to resist the kakistocracy in post 72.

57 The Purloined Poodle presents a "mystery" for Atticus and Oberon, The Iron Druid series protagonists, to solve in post 109.

58 The Invisible Library is the first in a YA steampunk/fantasy series I'll be continuing to read in post 125.

59 Maelstrom is the 7th book in a series and doesn't sag to my amazement in post 138.

60 Remnant crosses over two series of paranormal silliness I enjoy and does it very well in post 166.

61 The Body on the Barstool surprised me with how deft and twisty it was in post 177.

62 Grey Mask was the first Miss Silver mystery...dated, still fun, see post 187.

63 Cockfighter both film and book are harsh and scarring art in post 195.

64 Fallen Into the Pit introduces Inspector George Felse...sort of...post 204.

65 An Argumentation of Historians is book nine so go get it and read it because if you don't you'll be ever so sorry in post 216.

66 Whiskey Kills follows up The Body on the Barstool ably and amusingly though I wasn't totally satisfied in post 217.

67 Digging In makes middle aged widowhood, redundancy, and mothering sound like an ordeal by chuckles in post 223.

68 Closed Circles takes us back to Sandhamn, Sweden, for another fascinating look at Nora and Thomas's lives of intersecting desperation in post 246.

PEARL RULED READS
Superior Storm would be fine for a christian cat fancier in post 249
The Trials of Obed Marsh uses the Lovecraft Mythos to bore me to sleep in post 250.

69 Plague Ship made me itch for a Netflix deal because this series of antique SF novels would be a great filmed! Post 262.

70 The Battersea Barricades finally tells the story of what really happened in Jodi Taylor's alternate reality when the English routed their fascist overlords in post 281.

3richardderus
Edited: Mar 20, 2018, 3:54pm 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...eeeuuurrrgh this is a major challenge, reading the poem three times in a row!

March 2018
The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson group read on Goodreads...well by dawggie it's a damn good thing I read them all together. Now I need to make myself delve deep and do a real, in-depth review of all three together. *terror*

4richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 3:37pm Top

And you may speak at last.

5jessibud2
Mar 20, 2018, 3:43pm Top

First??!

Happy new one, my friend!

6FAMeulstee
Edited: Mar 20, 2018, 3:45pm Top

Happy new thread, Richard!

from your previous thread:
Sorry you were sleep-deprived, good you were there for YGC :-)

7richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 3:50pm Top

>5 jessibud2: You're first, Shelley!

8richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 3:51pm Top

>6 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita, it was good timing for bad reasons all the way around. *smooch*

9Ameise1
Mar 20, 2018, 3:52pm Top

Happy new one, Rdear. What a colourful opening.

10thornton37814
Mar 20, 2018, 3:54pm Top

Happy new thread!

11richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 3:55pm Top

>9 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! I found that image completely uplifting. I like the exuberance of it.

>10 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!

12drneutron
Mar 20, 2018, 4:07pm Top

Happy new thread!

13johnsimpson
Mar 20, 2018, 4:17pm Top

Happy new thread dear Richard, hope this finds you well dear friend.

14LovingLit
Edited: Mar 20, 2018, 4:21pm Top

Your katie-krug's-fault Book Riot challenge sounds fun, I wonder how many I can retrospectively assign.....
Eta: LOVE the Keep Calm meme you posted at the end of your last thread. That meme is a killer, it is *everywhere*. About 6 years ago a friend had the poster on his wall, before it was everywhere, and he (of course) had to remove it once it took off.

15magicians_nephew
Mar 20, 2018, 4:28pm Top

Ain't nothing like a new thread baby!

Ain't nothing like a new thread!

16SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 20, 2018, 4:37pm Top

I'm in!

17jnwelch
Mar 20, 2018, 5:57pm Top

Happy New Thread, RD!

I like that James B. Janknegt topper. Those colors really work.

I finished All These Worlds, and now I miss the Bobs.

18richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 6:28pm Top

>12 drneutron: Thank you, Author Taylor, I mean Dr. Kinnison.

>13 johnsimpson: Hello John! I'm well, even delighted, since my elderly neighbor got riled up and left the building for good!!!

>14 LovingLit: I am just so so sick of the stupid thing, Megan, I (like your friend) had a big chuckle and enjoyed it for a year or so, then it turned into background noise, now it's just unendurable.

19richardderus
Mar 20, 2018, 6:29pm Top

>15 magicians_nephew: Heh, right on Jim!

>16 SomeGuyInVirginia: So I see! Hey Larry.

>17 jnwelch: Bob left a hole in my reading life too, Joe. I miss the old bastard.

20Carmenere
Mar 20, 2018, 6:32pm Top

Happy new thread, Richard! I like the springlike toppers!

21katiekrug
Mar 20, 2018, 7:51pm Top

Happy new one, Richard!

22PaulCranswick
Mar 20, 2018, 8:24pm Top

Happy new thread, dear fellow.

23scaifea
Mar 21, 2018, 7:42am Top

Happy new thread, Richard!

24karenmarie
Mar 21, 2018, 7:44am Top

Good morning, RD!

My daughter gave me some Keep Calm things for Christmas when it was still a novelty and I still have one on my cork board. Other than that, as Dark Willow would say, "Bored Now".

Ya gonna get some weather today?

25richardderus
Mar 21, 2018, 11:11am Top

Hey everybody, the snow's doing what wet weather does to my wifi. Sorry!

Side note...snow. Really. ::eyeroll::

26SuziQoregon
Mar 21, 2018, 12:47pm Top

Happy New Thread Richard!

Gorgeous artwork up top.

From your previous thread - totally agree about the Keep Calm and . . . meme.

27ronincats
Mar 21, 2018, 12:51pm Top

Happy New Thread, Richard. I came by yesterday but was on my tablet so didn't comment. Love the artwork.

28humouress
Mar 21, 2018, 3:12pm Top

Happy new thread Richard!

29Berly
Mar 21, 2018, 3:17pm Top

I am here,
To spread good cheer.

: )

30magicians_nephew
Mar 21, 2018, 3:37pm Top

>24 karenmarie: Thank you for dropping "Dark Willow" into the mix and calling up many pleasant memories of watching "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" back in the day

Still remember that episode - Poor Allyson Hannigan called upon to play Willow, and "Dark Willow" and then Willow pretending to be Dark Willow - wonderful!

And her "Bored now" tingled with menace.

Ill sit down now

31weird_O
Mar 21, 2018, 3:56pm Top

"Calm" is overrated. I'm calm most of the time. and what has it gotten me?

Gimme time... I'll think of something.

Reading Consider the Lobster. In tandem with a couple of other things.

Stay frosty.

32calm
Mar 21, 2018, 3:59pm Top

Happy new thread Richard.

Reads ... Oh dear! ... I'm not changing my name :)

33benitastrnad
Edited: Mar 21, 2018, 11:19pm Top

I could use a snow day - send one down here. I want an afternoon to spend reading the second of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels - Story of a New Name and to bake something like cookies. However, I must work, work, work for a few years yet.

34humouress
Mar 22, 2018, 2:50am Top

*contemplates plastering Richard’s thread with more Calm... posters while he’s away...*

35msf59
Mar 22, 2018, 7:04am Top

Happy New Thread, RD! Love the toppers, especially Abe with a book. Hope you are surviving the weather. Boy, it has been brutal out your way. Good luck.

36tapestry100
Mar 22, 2018, 9:02am Top

Happy new thread! Trying to play catch up on everyone's threads. Hope you're doing well!

37karenmarie
Mar 22, 2018, 10:19am Top

'Morning, RD!

Bill and I are watching Buffy again - I started it with Jenna when she was home for spring break and then Bill and I continued. We're on season 3.

38Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2018, 11:01am Top

Morning, BigDaddy! Happy new one! I brought Spiced Fig, Coffee and Hazelnut cake:

39Deern
Mar 22, 2018, 11:14am Top

Happy new thread Richard! Sending some sun an spring temps to you.

>30 magicians_nephew: One of my favorite episodes and imo way better than season 6's real Dark Willow.

40richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 11:41am Top

Oh boy! Oh goody goody gumdrops! While I thought the wifi was playing up on its own, due to the weather, it was in fact being upgraded. New network name, more networks across the building, etc etc.

Much to catch up on, and I shall return in a bit to make my calls.

41Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2018, 11:49am Top

>40 richardderus: *happy dance*

42richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 12:22pm Top

55 The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles

Rating: a warm and fuzzy four stars of five

This isn't a novel, but a collection of connected short stories. I'm not upset by that, just noting it so others won't go in expecting something they won't get.

Most romantic fiction comes, these days, in series form. This book's series origins are in the short fiction world. Although the premise isn't unique, the untold story behind an unseen told story, it's got legs for a reason: It gives the read an intimacy, a sense that there is nothing held back, while at the same time holding back the more public face that never existed. I like that. It feels playful to me. It resembles Mark Dunn's hilarious (to me, at least) Ibid, the footnotes to a lost novel that was published in place of the novel so the publisher's loss wouldn't be total. That made me chuckle as well, for the same reason: It's playful! Too much Modren Litrachure is about as much fun to read as a root canal is to have.

Anyway, this book. I liked it for another reason: The protagonists age. They aren't 25 and 33 for the whole book. At the end of the book they're 48 and 56, explicitly stated, and have been together for 23 years. The math adds up! I damned near passed out. Too often the author doesn't do continuity like this in the world of romantic fiction.

But in addition to my squeeing about the continuity thing, I need to mention the character development. As time goes by, any of us who have had any sort of long-term relationships know that the romantic urgency flies out the window at some point. You can't sustain that level of emotional excitement forever, and what takes its place in successful relationships varies. In the case of this couple, it's a shared calling/career. But as veterans of the relationship wars know, there's another powerful force that's inevitably part of the mix: Anger. People who are close, who live in close contact, inevitably rub each other the wrong way at times. In the case of Simon and Robert, the catalyst for the true, lasting anger that invades their relationship is family-based. How exactly true and accurate.

The resolution of that particular issue is just perfect. I was half in love with Author Charles before it took place, and completely infatuated after that story was finished. Oh that more romantic fictioneers would do this, would use the real stuff of living relationships to inform our fantasy of life with The One. It doesn't detract from Robert's love of Simon, or Simon's for his anchor Robert, for the story to include Robert going against Simon's well-founded and powerful desire for Robert NOT to save Simon's life.

Find bigger stakes than that. And then find another author willing to use those stakes to change the relationship the protagonists have in a new and realistic direction while still making the magical fantasy underpinnings of the story a part of that direction.

A very satisfying read. I don't give it more stars because, in the interest of fairness, I rate it based on its novelistic success and not its interconnected story success. Had it been presented to me as a set of stories, a la Tom Rachman's Imperfectionists, I'd give it more stars. As it is, I give it my recommendation to relationship fiction fans in search of realism within their fantasy life, fantasy of life, and life of fantasy.

43richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:09pm Top

>26 SuziQoregon: Hi Juli! I just haddit with that thing some time back, and when I saw this meme...well!

>27 ronincats: Thanks, Roni, happy to see you here.

>28 humouress: Thanks, Nina!

44richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:12pm Top

>29 Berly: Are you?! Wow. Starting a new way of life at YOUR age. I'll see how long it takes before you go back to being your irascible, angry self.

...oh wait...that's me...never mind.

>30 magicians_nephew: I agree that Aly Hannigan was darn near perfect playing Dark Willow. I enjoyed that episode a lot.

>31 weird_O: I think so too, Bill.

>32 calm: Hi calm! You notice the lack of a capital C, I trust.

45richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:14pm Top

>33 benitastrnad: *instasnow whammy for Benita's bit of the South*

>34 humouress: Heh. Good call not to do it. Singapore is not out of my whammy-ing reach.

>35 msf59: Hey Mark! Glad you like those wild and wooly springy thingys. I am Over It re: snow.

46richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:17pm Top

>36 tapestry100: David! How lovely. Thanks for dripping in. I'm doing just fine, thank you for asking. I hope you and Brian are well, too.

>37 karenmarie: Ah, aren't the modern methods of consuming TV wonderful? Binge until bored...return when interested again...no waiting on others' schedules. I love it.

*smooch*

47richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:18pm Top

>38 Crazymamie:, >41 Crazymamie: Mamie DARLING that cake is from which to DIE!! *drool*

Happy Thurdsday. Or whatever it is. *smooch*

>39 Deern: Hi Nathalie, happy to see you!

48SuziQoregon
Mar 22, 2018, 1:26pm Top

Wahoo Wifi !!!

49richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 1:28pm Top

>48 SuziQoregon: So far, so good. I'm a bot reluctant to celebrate until the next rain event proves the new system is more robust than the old one was.

50humouress
Mar 22, 2018, 2:17pm Top

>45 richardderus:. Hmm... snow would be nice. *continues contemplating*

51richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 2:25pm Top

Are we so sure I wouldn't whammy up a month of forty-plus temps only broken by a string of cyclones?

52BekkaJo
Mar 22, 2018, 3:18pm Top

Huzaah! RD is back :)

53jolerie
Edited: Mar 22, 2018, 3:46pm Top

Late in wishing you a happy new thread Rd!

Edited because I can't spell and I'm too button happy. :D

54richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 3:55pm Top

>52 BekkaJo: Huzzah? Well, blow me down and call me Shorty! That's a greeting one could grow accustomed to. *smooch*

>53 jolerie: Thank you, Valerie!

55ChelleBearss
Mar 22, 2018, 6:01pm Top

Happy new thread!

56richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 6:09pm Top

>55 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle!

57LovingLit
Edited: Mar 22, 2018, 7:55pm Top

*toying with the idea of posting a "keep calm and...." meme*
*decided against*
Carry on!
Oops, I kind of went against my intention.
(Don't mind me, I am just here to crack myself up)

eta spelling

58richardderus
Mar 22, 2018, 8:01pm Top

*tight little smirk*

*begins plotting revenge*

*to be served cold*

59LovingLit
Mar 22, 2018, 10:23pm Top

*awaits comeuppance*

60richardderus
Mar 23, 2018, 11:33am Top

61jnwelch
Mar 23, 2018, 1:03pm Top

Huzzah, Shorty. Happy Friday!

62humouress
Mar 23, 2018, 3:13pm Top

>51 richardderus: Hah! Do your worst. It was a blisteringly hot 36 today. I doubt I’d feel the difference between that and 40.

*goes off to look for posters*

63LovingLit
Mar 23, 2018, 4:24pm Top

It's the weekend.
I stayed in bed and finished my book. I shall now get up and have coffee. Because of this, I love my life.
Have a good one!

64richardderus
Mar 23, 2018, 5:09pm Top

PEARL RULED READ Brobots by Trevor Barton

The Publisher Says: Brobots is substantial science fiction with gay characters told across three continuous books.

Rod burners. Scaff dawgs. Laggers. Bucket dumpers. Lerps. Duct monkeys. Tin knockers. Lumbergs. Artificial big guys. Product of a troubled firm. Brobots.

They’re easy to treat like trash. But they’re not so easy to ignore; especially the ones experiencing “the wake up.” The idea was that they could work hidden in society’s plain sight, allowing humanity time to get used to the fact of sentient machines.

But it’s all too easy for others to take advantage of those who live on the edge. What they, and their allies, must do is work out who, and why, before it gets too late.

Plug them in. Wish they never end.

Brobots Book 1:
Jared takes home a cute man he finds in a dumpster and then gets drawn into a world of robots, parenting and conspiracy.

Artificial intelligence can’t be programmed. It has to be grown. Some machines are learning who they are, and humans could do with a bit of that, too.

My Review: Pearl Ruled at 9%. Too much to overlook already. Example: Suddenly the problematically begun with rape (in the old Rape of the Lock sense) relationship, already squicky, proceeds with the human suddenly, inexplicably, impossibly knowing the (b)robot's "name."

...?...

So, no.

65richardderus
Mar 23, 2018, 5:10pm Top

>61 jnwelch: Hey Joe! What a weird and wild day it's been.

>62 humouress: ...so you think...

>63 LovingLit: That is the definition of a Very Good Life Indeed. *smooch*

66richardderus
Mar 24, 2018, 2:19pm Top

Saturday's been busy and very pleasant. A first date with a handsome, charming young man who quite bowled me over. The YGC wasn't happy about it but had no leg to stand on...his "beard" took him to some shindig or another in Vermont. Achievement "Sauce for gander"...unlocked. Drooped him off at work, came home and am now relaxing.

AND ignoring a flurry of texts. Heh. I am a mean old man.

67richardderus
Mar 24, 2018, 5:32pm Top

"Be a nuisance when it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, & disappointed at failure & the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption & bad politics - but never give up."--Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

68swynn
Mar 24, 2018, 6:18pm Top

Happy new thread Richard! I'm dropping a big "Thank you" for The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu which I liked a lot, except for the no pictures. (Seriously, why tell a story about illuminated manuscripts with no illuminations?)

69Berly
Mar 24, 2018, 6:26pm Top

Have fun with the goose, the gander and the sauce! ; )

70bell7
Mar 24, 2018, 7:26pm Top

Happy new thread and weekend *smooches*

71richardderus
Mar 24, 2018, 8:19pm Top

>68 swynn: Hi Steve! I am so glad that book is doing it for you. I was amazed that the story got out, so not surprised that they couldn't get photos of the books.

>69 Berly: It's interesting....

*smooch*

>70 bell7: Thanks, Mary! *smooch*

72richardderus
Mar 24, 2018, 10:35pm Top

56 On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Rating: 5* of five

Not for its perfection of style but for its perfection of wisdom and its amazing timeliness. As I write this today, 24 March 2018, I saw the face of our future president in Emma Gonzalez as she stood silent, focused, determined, at a march made by young people to demand their lives be protected from ammosexual assholes. She spoke for six minutes and twenty seconds in total, the same amount of time that it took one piece of shit human being to slaughter seventeen of her classmates.

I believe that her speech...the few words, the long silence...will be the spark of the youth revolution our country so very badly needs. I am hopeful that Emma Gonzalez will be, by her very adamantine sense of self and her charismatic gravitas, the voice that alerts her compatriots to Author Snyder's clarion call to clarity:
The politics of inevitability is a self-induced intellectual coma.

The most unbelievably high stakes are at risk in the November 2018 elections. Buy this book not for yourself but for your hopes of a reasonably happy future for the United States of America, buy it in quantity and give it to everyone you know and/or can find who is under 25, and talk to them about why you're giving them this short, clear, concise, and urgently necessary book.

Your life, my life, the life of a truly great nation, depends on them showing up at the ballot box on 6 November 2018. This is neither hyperbole nor alarmism. It is simply the truth. Looking away from the horrors of the current kakistocracy's rise to any position of power higher than hall monitor at the local middle school will only ensure the brutal and vicious agenda of these lowlife scumbags and their horrifying cadres of disgustingly venal and/or stupid supporters will succeed.

73Familyhistorian
Mar 25, 2018, 3:21am Top

>72 richardderus: From your lips to God's ears, Richard. We also wish who have no vote.

74LovingLit
Edited: Mar 25, 2018, 4:18am Top

>67 richardderus: yeah baby!

eta: >72 richardderus: also yeah baby!

75jessibud2
Mar 25, 2018, 7:58am Top

>72 richardderus: - Agreed 200%. I read this book last fall and felt exactly the same. I think I marked important passages on nearly every page.

76karenmarie
Mar 25, 2018, 9:50am Top

'Morning, RD!

>66 richardderus: Achievement "Sauce for gander"...unlocked. Good one, gander.

>72 richardderus: It was already on my wish list, but now it's on my Kindles. Normally $8.99 on Kindle, right now it's $3.99.

77richardderus
Mar 25, 2018, 11:02am Top

>73 Familyhistorian: The real injustice of empire can be boiled down to that sentence: "We also wish who have no vote."

>74 LovingLit: *smooch*

78richardderus
Mar 25, 2018, 11:04am Top

>75 jessibud2: It's just as important for Canadians as it is for US citizens, Shelley, give the Ford Effect going on in your hometown now. Pass it out amongst y'all's teens!

>76 karenmarie: Heh. I wasn't too terribly nice, was I. Heh. And $3.99 is a major inducement, isn't it?

*smooch*

79Crazymamie
Mar 25, 2018, 2:08pm Top

Happy SUnday, Richard. I brought you a little something:


Asiago Jalapeño Bagel Burger

>66 richardderus: Good for you! *smooch*

>72 richardderus: Love this - thumb from me!

80jessibud2
Mar 25, 2018, 2:13pm Top

>78 richardderus: - Ugh. You can say that again. Please don't mention Drug Ford's name. I get queasy in the same way most Americans I know get queasy at the mention of trump. I turn off the tv or radio whenever I hear his high-pitched voice or see his bloated clown face. I dread the election in June...

81msf59
Mar 25, 2018, 3:04pm Top

Happy Sunday, RD. Excellent review of On, Tyranny. Big Thumb! And hooray for Emma Gonzalez! A great voice and face for this movement.

82jnwelch
Edited: Mar 25, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Thumb from me, too, RD, for your On Tyranny review. Truth.

83richardderus
Mar 25, 2018, 7:24pm Top

>79 Crazymamie: Ooooooo aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
Yes please thank you please now please

>80 jessibud2: Oh, he's almost a match for 45 in the "faGawdsake don't say its ghastly name!!" sweepstakes. What a stunted runt of a stoat's bastard.

>81 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'm grateful for the peace of mind that young people like Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg give me.

>82 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe. It's so important to have books like that to pass around. I got the YGC and a few other young friends Kindle editions of it. I think it's that important...spent $12 I can't in any reasonable world afford to do it.

84Familyhistorian
Mar 25, 2018, 9:07pm Top

With the amount of younger voices being heard now, hopefully it will bring more young eligible voters to the poles. That remains to be seen.

85richardderus
Mar 25, 2018, 9:09pm Top

>84 Familyhistorian: It does remain to be seen, Meg, the forces of stupidity and evil have not yet begun to fight. I plan to organize a group of younger people to go to the polls with me *on*foot* because we live in a dinky place and if *I* can do it....

86ronincats
Mar 25, 2018, 10:19pm Top

Well, I immediately went and bought the Kindle version of On Tyranny after reading your remarks.

87Deern
Mar 25, 2018, 11:32pm Top

>72 richardderus: Bought! It's not just for the US, the disease is spreading.

Happy New Week to you!

88humouress
Mar 26, 2018, 12:05am Top

Well, I'm safe. I don't get a vote.

89humouress
Mar 26, 2018, 2:36am Top



I’m trying out a new look. What do you think, Richard?

90BekkaJo
Mar 26, 2018, 3:32am Top

Morning Richard. Drive by smooches from exhausted me.

91kidzdoc
Mar 26, 2018, 8:13am Top

Great review of On Tyranny, Richard! Amber convinced me to read it earlier this month, and I'll get to it this week.

Emma Gonzalez and 11 year old Naomi Wadler are my newest heroes. Naomi proved that Rick Santorum is not as smart as a fifth grader.

*steals unclaimed asiago jalapeño bagel burger*

92sibyx
Mar 26, 2018, 8:29am Top

Beautiful review of Tyranny. Gonzalez is amazing.

93richardderus
Mar 26, 2018, 11:57am Top

>86 ronincats: Oh good, Roni! I am sure you know its contents already but maybe a turbocharge of purpose will help you navigate the idiocy of the world.

>87 Deern: Excellent, Nathalie, the disease is fought the same way worldwide.

>88 humouress:, >89 humouress: Uh huh.

Loves me some Scarlet Overkill!

94richardderus
Mar 26, 2018, 12:00pm Top

>90 BekkaJo: Hiya Bekka, happy to see you here, exhausted or not, since it means all lines are open.

>91 kidzdoc: Hey Doc! Nice to see you.

*breaks Doc's thieving fingers with the ball-peen hammer of justice*

Now, now, all beef products are property of the house. *tsk* a promising career cut short...

>92 sibyx: Thank you. Yes, she is. I expect to see more of her.

95humouress
Mar 26, 2018, 12:27pm Top

>93 richardderus: Why, thank’ee.

>94 richardderus: Richard!! Bad weekend?

96richardderus
Mar 26, 2018, 12:40pm Top

>95 humouress: Not specially...had fun torturing my YGC...watched the Stormy Daniels thing...hadda put the hurt on a burger thief...ya know.

97kidzdoc
Mar 26, 2018, 12:52pm Top

>94 richardderus: Broken fingers = early retirement. Thanks, Richard! (Ouch.)

98SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 26, 2018, 1:00pm Top

OK, I just bought On Tyranny.

99humouress
Mar 26, 2018, 1:01pm Top

Wait, I’m confused now. Who is the evildoer?

100benitastrnad
Mar 26, 2018, 10:45pm Top

I didn’t have hot water all weekend and this afternoon I got a new hot water heater. In anticipation of a long weekend without heated H2O, I baked Ziti using mostly leftovers. It turned out GREAT! Nice and warm and filling - just in time for the return of winter to the South.

Must be that Whammy magic from the North that brought the low temperatures after two days of 75 degrees.

101Berly
Mar 27, 2018, 12:01am Top

>94 richardderus: >97 kidzdoc: >99 humouress: I think your evildoer title is in jeopardy after Richard broke Darryl's fingers....at least you have a great red dress.

102humouress
Mar 27, 2018, 12:34am Top

>101 Berly: Hmm... it’s looking that way. Don’t worry, I have weapons in reserve. Also wardrobe, but I’m liking this dress for now.

103karenmarie
Mar 27, 2018, 8:35am Top

Good morning, RD! How are you planning on breaking the horrific caffeine-ban? Counting the minutes?

caffeine-like-infused smooches from your own Horrible!

104magicians_nephew
Mar 27, 2018, 8:41am Top

Watching "The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel" on Amazon.

Husband: You look beautiful tonight
Wife: Yes I have my arms full of meat

105richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 12:07pm Top

COFFEE!!

COFFEE BLESSED COFFEE!!

HOLY MOTHER POMONA'S MOST DELICIOUS DELIGHTFUL GIFT TO HER PEOPLE!!

106Crazymamie
Mar 27, 2018, 12:22pm Top

107katiekrug
Mar 27, 2018, 12:25pm Top

Happy coffee-imbibing!

108richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 12:30pm Top

can't talk cuddling my french press and promising it i will never ever leave it again

109richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 1:01pm Top

57 The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Rating: 3* of five

If you already like the Iron Druid series and have read them all, this will make a pleasant diversion from the tedium of waiting for more. It's nice to have a little more perspective on some magical elements of the series universe. Oberon's a hoot. But, like The Lone Gunmen spinoff of The X-Files in the 1990s, it's not likely to make fans out of newbs or win fallen-away fans back.

I got the eARC from NetGalley ages and ages ago and finally finished the read after more than a year of neglect. In fact I was surprised to find it on my Kindle...and I guess that's everything you need to know right there.

110richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 3:15pm Top

>97 kidzdoc: Oh yes indeed, sending you Barca-ward early was certainly my plan. *glower*

>98 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm very glad. Now give it away to someone 25 or younger when you're done.

>99 humouress: Thou, Mme Equatorial Overkill, art the Arch-Villainess.

111richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>100 benitastrnad: That's the origin of baked pastas in general, Benita, to use up what's on the edge in such a way as to make it safe. I adore Italian cuisine for its Romanesque practicality.

>101 Berly: Yeup. What she said.

>102 humouress: A killer (literally!) red dress is a Good Thing. Even Martha Stewart would agree.

112richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 3:21pm Top

>103 karenmarie: *smooch* see post 105.

>104 magicians_nephew: I love that show! It's so pitch-perfect. I can watch the episodes straight through, where normally I wander off and do other things when "watching" episodes. I mean outside of binges.

>106 Crazymamie: Mamie darling, what a perfect mug. *smooch*

>107 katiekrug: Heya, KAK. Binged on a whole pot of scrummy. Then had cheese grits for lunch. The Best Day This Week.

113brodiew2
Mar 27, 2018, 4:04pm Top

Hello Richard! Okay. I can admit that Susan was bad. After ACE she was insufferable because her dialogue was the same in every book.

You have to do this don't you?

Yes, I do.

It's part of you; like a compulsion.

Yes.

Even if you get hurt?

Yes.

Even if I ask you not to.

Yes.

Every book. Every single one. On the phone or in person.

114Crazymamie
Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 4:41pm Top

>113 brodiew2: Yes, because she is an insipid, insensitive, selfish, self-centered, irrational, horrible, soul-sucking, mind-numbingly boring person who seems to somehow survive on about 250 calories a day. And she drinks room temperature Diet Coke, which I cannot forgive.

*edited because I left out a comma

115richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 5:12pm Top

>113 brodiew2:, >114 Crazymamie: ^^^What Mamie said. All of it. (well okay, not the comma part cuz I didn't leave one out)

Hi Brodie!

Heya Mamie!

116brodiew2
Mar 27, 2018, 6:09pm Top

Hey Richard. Been a while...

Two words: Avery Brooks. :-P

117richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 6:31pm Top

>116 brodiew2: Sisko? Oh! I get it, he was Hawk in the TV show...I didn't watch TV from 1973-1993 because I didn't live with one in house. I picked up bits and snatches when I was at others' homes. I went looking for the TV show info on IMDb when it came up.

118brodiew2
Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:49pm Top

HA! Fair enough. The tv show was pretty good. Hawk was about as cool as any character I've seen on tv since.

119richardderus
Mar 27, 2018, 6:48pm Top

I watched a couple episodes back in the day and found Stacy Keach *uber*irksome*annoying*grating* etc etc etc.

120brodiew2
Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:51pm Top

Stacey Keach was Mike Hammer, not Spenser. Robert Urich was Spenser.

121msf59
Mar 27, 2018, 8:34pm Top

Howdy, RD. I still have to read the last Iron Druid book, along with the story collection he released. I also have A Plague of Giants, the first book in his new series. Hearne has sure been busy.

122LovingLit
Mar 27, 2018, 10:48pm Top

>105 richardderus:
>106 Crazymamie:
I love this place :)
And now I will go and have coffee. It was either that or a cider, and I think the former would be more appropriate, give it is only 345pm.

>120 brodiew2: Spencer Read from Criminal Minds will do for me.....just saying.

123brodiew2
Mar 27, 2018, 11:29pm Top

>122 LovingLit: These days Joe Mantegna is my go to as well. He's doing awesome on Ace Atkins' continuation of tbe Spenser series!

124richardderus
Mar 28, 2018, 9:23am Top

>120 brodiew2: Oh, so that's Urich. I got the names mixed up. This one, Urich, is the one who died of cancer, right? Anyway, he irks me.

>121 msf59: Hi Mark! He's busy as a one-armed paperhanger with the itch. Boy's gotta eat, I guess.

>122 LovingLit: *smooch*

>123 brodiew2: Joe Mantegna always does good work.

125richardderus
Mar 28, 2018, 9:23am Top

58 The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Rating: 4* of five

I want to be a Librarian.
The atmosphere of the place soothed her automatically; the rich lantern lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books.
***
She was a Librarian, and the deepest, most fundamental part of her life involved a love of books. Right now, she wanted nothing more than to shut the rest of the world out and have nothing to worry about except the next page of whatever she was reading...
***
And then they were inside, and out of the wind, and surrounded by comforting walls and walls of books. The rich, delightful smell of old paper, leather and ink permeated the place, washing away the pettier odours of blood and oil and smog.

Need I say more?
A high level of chaos would mean that they could expect to meet the Fae, creatures of chaos and magic, who were able to take form and cause disorder on such a corrupted world. And that was never good news.
***
A Librarian’s mission to seek out books for the Library developed, after a few years, into an urge to find out everything that was going on around one. It wasn’t even a personal curiosity. It was a simple, impersonal, uncontrollable need to know. One came to terms with it.
***
And if she’d been able to choose her options a few hours ago, being trapped in a dead vampire’s private study with an angry Fae would not have been one of them.
***
Irene sighed. “So we have an incredibly glamorous female cat burglar who slinks around in a black leather cat-suit, who kills vampires in her spare time?”

Now. Are you sold? If not, skip it and regret nothing. The rest of us who aren't dead-souled potato heads will be happily reading the five extant volumes for the sheer verve with which Author Cogman lobs twists at us.

126laytonwoman3rd
Mar 28, 2018, 10:38am Top

>120 brodiew2: Just have to make a distinction here---as a lover of Robert B. Parker's work---Robert Urich played Spenser on TV. Robert Urich was not Spenser. Avery Brooks, however, was Hawk.

127karenmarie
Mar 28, 2018, 11:02am Top

'Morning, RD! Happy caffeinated Wednesday to you.

I'm going to delve into the 4th Spenser book, Promised Land soonish. I'm reading On Tyranny and J is for Judgment. I've also cracked The Sword in the Stone, The World of Jeeves, and The End by G. Michael Hopf, a postapocalyptic novel my friend Louise loaned to me. Nothing like being focused.....

*smooch* from Madame TVT Horrible

128richardderus
Mar 28, 2018, 11:06am Top

>127 karenmarie: Good heavens, you're turning into me! This is scary. I have to finish Madness is Better than Defeat, it can't be rechecked, and I have eleventy-eleven other books I am already reading but don't want to put aside.

*smooch*

129swynn
Mar 28, 2018, 11:44am Top

>125 richardderus: I'll probably get to this next month. I was looking forward to it anyway, and after your comments now even more.

(And yeah, being a librarian *is* pretty great but if it's any consolation I spend more time at work reading license agreements than books.)

130drneutron
Mar 28, 2018, 12:58pm Top

I read it last year and have had the second and third sitting on the stack by my reading chair since - gonna get to them as I work through the stack while in Florida over the summer. I loved it!

131brodiew2
Mar 28, 2018, 1:32pm Top

>124 richardderus: Yes, it appears that Urich was the irksome one. However, Keach was hilarious on 'Titus'.

>126 laytonwoman3rd: hello laytonwoman3rd! I can agree with that distinction. Although, I enjoyed Urich's 'portrayal' of the character. I was a big fan of the show.

132humouress
Mar 28, 2018, 2:47pm Top

>125 richardderus: >129 swynn: >130 drneutron: Oh good! I bought that one, lured by the title, and then looked at it on LT afterwards and it didn't look promising. It's looking a lot better now, so maybe I'll get to it soon(er).

133jnwelch
Edited: Mar 28, 2018, 3:04pm Top

>125 richardderus: You convinced me, buddy. I put The Invisible Library on the WL.

134MickyFine
Mar 28, 2018, 4:24pm Top

>125 richardderus: *grumbles* I thought our arrangement, RDear, was that I give YOU book bullets and you leave me alone. *grumbles and adds to wishlist*

Smooches.

135richardderus
Mar 28, 2018, 5:06pm Top

>129 swynn: Being a librarian always sounded a little more workish than would suit me. Being a Librarian, now, swanning about with a dragon-in-human-form assistant across the multiverse and battling cyborg gators....

>130 drneutron: It's just that kind of book, Jim, can't be resisted by the real booklovers....

>131 brodiew2: It's those "-ch" names. Can't keep 'em clear in my tiny little brain.

136richardderus
Mar 28, 2018, 5:08pm Top

>132 humouress: (est) is best.

>133 jnwelch: *preens"

>134 MickyFine: Oh dear. I forgot to tell you. It's mirror day.
*smooch*with a smug smirk*

137karenmarie
Mar 29, 2018, 8:28am Top

Hallo RichardDear!

I'm working on getting my morning dose of caffeine. I hope to focus on some reading today after cleaning up my piles of mail.

>125 richardderus: Note to Self: Do not go back up any of RD's threads to anything prior to when you last posted. You will take a BB hit and immediately go to Amazon and buy said book.

Despite hitting me with a BB when I'm already scattered all over the place book-wise, I hope you have a lovely day.

*smooch*

138richardderus
Mar 29, 2018, 9:41pm Top

59 Maelstrom by Jordan L. Hawk

Rating: 5* of five

***THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE SEVENTH BOOK IN A SERIES SO DO NOT UTTER A SYLLABLE OF COMPLAINT ABOUT SPOILERS***

Here's an amazing fact for y'all. I hate the c-a-t in this series because, well, it's a c-a-t. In point of fact the presence of a c-a-t in a book as a suitable companion for a male human is grounds for a one-star deduction from the five total a book can earn. And yet the sharp-eyed habitué of these precincts will note that this book has a five-star rating! Has His Growling Curmudgeonliness softened in his disdain and disgust for Felis catus?!

Don't register for those classes in the aerodynamics of pork just yet, pigs ain't a-flyin'.

While the c-a-t is prominent in this book and is even presented as capable of performing actions not directly beneficial to itself (which is how we know we're reading a novel), the main focus of this book is on a subject near and dear to my heart: Hating your siblings and your parents, while acknowledging their ability to throttle back their intrinsic evil enough to perform actions that, when squinted at from a far enough distance and lit exactly perfectly, can be construed by an unbiased observer as not entirely destructive. Whyborne's selfish and self-centered father has lost his wife, his adored elder son, and both his daughters; it's no surprise that the poor chump realizes he'd best mend fences with his remaining son, faggot or no. Also no surprise is the said son's unwillingness to let go of his grudge against the old bastard.

And here's where that star comes from. This plot arc has developed over the course of the entire series. It's a difficult task to keep a reader involved in an arc over more than one book without making frequently eyerollingly hamfisted attempts to wedge the damn thing into stories better off without it. Author Hawk has magical fingers. This series doesn't suffer from the dreaded hamfistedness. The presence of Whyborne's father is always plausible or he's left out. While he's there, he acts in character. Even when it's obvious to the reader he's doing his level best to make it up to Whyborne, the man is his abrasive and selfish self. No miracles are adduced. Just as we see the attempts as well as the selfishness, Whyborne does not.

Griffin, however, does, and he tries to offer his dearly beloved a perspective not wholly hostile to Whyborne père. The offer is rebuffed with brusqueness, even a scoche of hurt feelings. Whyborne begins to fear that his beloved husband has been bought off by the sudden generosity his father has shown Griffin. It's even enabled Griffin to purchase a motor car! A (period appropriate) Curved Dash Oldsmobile:

Is that not the most amazing thing! It is in Widdershins, Massachusetts, I can promise you. Griffin is almost bursting with eagerness to take Whyborne for a ride!

In the car, you dirty-minded dregs. In the car.

So Whyborne's fears for Griffin's loyalty are not unfounded; plus he now has to ride in a motor car or risk hurting his dearly beloved's feelings. So into the damned thing he climbs (greater love hath no fuddy-duddy), thence to be sped at a blistering pace (almost twenty miles an hour!) hither, thither, and yon. Worse yet, Christine and her intended groom Iskander the half-Egyptian are enraptured by the damn thing as well. Has Whyborne père cast his net so wide as to deprive his son of all support and succor? The rotter! Then, if that isn't enough to frame Whyborne père in the most villainous light imaginable, he has the audacity to all-but-demand his son visit the evildoer of his childhood, formerly fair-haired boy Stanford, in the comfy sanitorium where he's confined in lieu of a prison cell (greatly to Whyborne's disgruntlement) for the crime of murdering various and sundry people including their mutual sister.

In acceding to his father's barely-not-a-demand to visit Stanford, Whyborne acts like a mulish, unforgiving, spiteful brat towards Stanford as the latter brandishes sweet words and requests for reconciliation. How petty, how small-souled of him, no? Even Griffin advocates for peace! Griffin!! The man was nearly sacrificed to the Elder Gods by Whyborne père and then nearly blown away by Stanford's (badly aimed, thank goodness) gun! Whyborne's feelings of isolation make sense.

I am fully aware of his faulty reasoning and his sense of injustice being perpetrated on him and his pettish whining all from the inside. I see it in myself when dealing with my own "family." (I hasten to add that my siblings have never aimed firearms at anyone nor are they, to the best of my knowledge, sharktoothed half-fish.) So Author Hawk was already singin' my song. The way the family drama and the story drama each resolve in step with the other felt natural, inevitable to me. The fact that Whyborne's loving husband and his best friend both support him emotionally as well as nudge him towards a more charitable view of his intimate enemies is a great enrichment of the emotional facet of the series. It's one reason I keep reading the books. By now most series stories are thin, floppy things. Not Whyborne & Griffin. The world the men occupy is different from our own but keeps adding layers and nuances and even, just like life, harks back to remembered events both fun and not so much.

As this installment of the loving, exciting lives of Whyborne & Griffin approaches its end, there is a chapter...57 to be precise...that will profoundly expand your appreciation for Author Hawk's chops, and will most likely move you as well. For that alone I will read the other two books already out in the series. But I do so in the hope that there will be others to come. It's rare that I feel a desire to continue a series to this length. I feel a strong need to finish what's out before I being the tedious process of waiting for more.

Trigger warning to the squeamishly heterosexual. Depictions of loving and consensual but still filthy-pig-dirty sex exist in here, just like they do in life; avoid if that's disagreeable to you. Also start at the beginning or you'll be utterly at sea reading the later books.

139weird_O
Mar 29, 2018, 10:14pm Top

All too many *smooches* being exchanged here. Man's best friend wants in on the action.

140FAMeulstee
Edited: Mar 30, 2018, 3:14am Top

>138 richardderus: That is a raving review, Richard dear!
I wish the series was available in translation, as I am not sure I am up to nine books in English. Although I am tempted to buy the first three books, as they are available at low cost as e-book... They won't fill up the shelves and can't stare from the shelves shouting "READ ME!".

141magicians_nephew
Mar 30, 2018, 10:04am Top

Promised Land is the Spencer book where Hawk first appears, I think.

The relationship is much more gritty and real not the cuddly Hawk of later books.

But it's a good 'un

142laytonwoman3rd
Mar 30, 2018, 10:07am Top

>141 magicians_nephew: I think Susan "humanized" Hawk.

143benitastrnad
Mar 30, 2018, 10:19am Top

Thanks for your comment over on another thread about witch hunts. I think there is a bit of that going on right now in the art world as a whole, and certainly in publishing.

144Crazymamie
Mar 30, 2018, 10:20am Top



Morning, BigDaddy! Happy Friday to you!

145richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 10:22am Top

>139 weird_O: *baaawww*Such a sweet poochie face! Thanks, Bill.

>140 FAMeulstee: The first three in English, read at your own pace, will tell the story of your interest in the series. If the first one doesn't appeal, maybe wait a while and try the second...but abandon them heartlessly if they aren't working for you.

>141 magicians_nephew: You're correct, Jim, Hawk first shows up in Promised Land. All the characters morph over a series as long as this one is though I agree Hawk changes the most.

>142 laytonwoman3rd: And there's another nail in that horrible Susan's virtual coffin.

SUUUUUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!

146karenmarie
Mar 30, 2018, 10:33am Top

'Morning, RichardDear! Happy Friday to you. Bill's off work today so we'll toodle on out in a while to eat at Harper's, billed as an "American Restaurant with good down home cooking." Sigh. That means soggy vegetables and fried everything. Maybe today will be the day to indulge in a hamburger and fries.

147richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 10:49am Top

>143 benitastrnad: What's bothering me, Benita, is that there's no indication of any intention to investigate and adjudicate these issues. It's as bad as when women were essentially slut-shamed into silence when raped. Any sort of allegation needs to be supported, whether it's his that she's lying or hers that she's been victimized.

>144 Crazymamie: Oh yes please! I'll have two dozen of those. Gawd they look good. *smooch* Thanks for stopping in!

>146 karenmarie: Yeup, that's the sorta place where a cheeseburger and fries is the very thing. And no soggy limp flavorless textureless iceberg leaf on that burger!

148humouress
Mar 30, 2018, 3:04pm Top

You know Richard, if you keep snaffling all the food around here you’re virtually going to get fat.

149laytonwoman3rd
Mar 30, 2018, 3:12pm Top

>145 richardderus: Whatchu got against nice lady Jewish shrinks, huh?

150richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 3:27pm Top

>148 humouress: No calories in virtual food. NYAH

>149 laytonwoman3rd: She drinks Diet Coke. *Room*temperature*Diet*Coke*
She is a soul-suckingly smarmy self-absorbed slimebucket.
Death is too swift and simple a punishment for the touch-me-not Susans of the planet. First they must be taught the error of their ways by being treated *exactly* as they treat the men they abuse.

Other than that, nothing. Why?

151Crazymamie
Mar 30, 2018, 3:35pm Top

152richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 3:40pm Top

153Crazymamie
Mar 30, 2018, 3:43pm Top

OH! Eric, my love! The perfect gif for me!

154richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 3:44pm Top

...and lookin' soooooo fiiiiiiiine...*sigh*

155Crazymamie
Mar 30, 2018, 3:51pm Top

I know, right?! He's gorgeous.

156richardderus
Edited: Mar 30, 2018, 3:57pm Top

Them Swedish dudes. Must be the water. Here's fellow Swede Joel Kinnaman on holiday after wrapping his role in Altered Carbon last year:

157karenmarie
Mar 30, 2018, 4:06pm Top

(>153 Crazymamie: if that's supposed to be Eric Northman from True Blood, then he doesn't like Eric at all. Just sayin'.)

*ducks*

158Crazymamie
Mar 30, 2018, 5:00pm Top

>156 richardderus: Agreed. I'll take Alexander, and you can have Joel.

>157 karenmarie: Blasphemy! YES, he does. He just has gotten a haircut. And, if I not mistaken, that gif is from True Blood. Not that I watched every episode more than once, but I watched every episode more than once.

159laytonwoman3rd
Mar 30, 2018, 5:47pm Top

>150 richardderus: Oooooo......ouch! I'm so glad I asked. I'll give ya the Diet Coke thing, but c'mon. Spenser luuuuurves her. And she reportedly jumps his bones with glee.

160richardderus
Mar 30, 2018, 6:06pm Top

>157 karenmarie: (see >158 Crazymamie:)

>158 Crazymamie: I think Mme Kinnaman, who is also his tattoo artiste, might have words to say about that. As they'd be in Swedish, I'd just go by the tone and run before the needles came a-flyin'.

>159 laytonwoman3rd: She's happy to jump his bones if she's not busy controlling or belittling him. Or drinking *room*temperature*Diet*Coke*

Men tend to "love" the kind of toxic woman they grew up with. The series offers hints about Spenser's past, mostly in what he's willing to endure at Susan's hands.

161laytonwoman3rd
Mar 30, 2018, 6:26pm Top

>160 richardderus: I defer to you, sir, as clearly you're reading from a perspective I do not have. And I know there is a whole school of readers who share your antipathy.

162BekkaJo
Mar 31, 2018, 4:13am Top

Got caught up in a ridiculously busy week - between work and kids stuff I've not even turned LT on.

Hope all is well and you have a weekend full of good books lined up.

Oh and thank you for reminding me I have the rest of the Invisible Library series to read. Huzzah!

163karenmarie
Mar 31, 2018, 1:21pm Top

>158 Crazymamie: Aack! I mis-wrote. I meant to say that that is not Eric Northman as I envision him from the Sookie Stackhouse books. Pardon. *ducks* again

164richardderus
Mar 31, 2018, 2:11pm Top

>161 laytonwoman3rd: *mumble* suuuuuuuusaaaaaaaaaaaannnn *mutter*

>162 BekkaJo: Yay for Invisible Library episodes unconsumed! *smooch*

>163 karenmarie: Oh, whew...I thought you'd lost your marbles. *smooch*

165quondame
Mar 31, 2018, 3:43pm Top

It took me a while to locate your thread. I didn't previously think to search for it by simply searching all the group - silly me, I thought if you had one it would be in Introductions.

Maybe I should have waited until you started the next thread. This one is a bit rough on us Susans.

166richardderus
Mar 31, 2018, 4:21pm Top

60 Remnant by KJ Charles and Jordan L. Hawk

Rating: 4* of five

Whyborne & Griffin, on their way to Egypt to join Christine Putnam at her, shall we say, strongly worded request (see my review of Necropolis), stop in London as one would expect for Americans who are traveling to a British colony to do. There they seek out a stone inscribed with information they can use in aiding Christine's dig, which stone is inconveniently split between the British Museum and the Sir John Soane Museum. There the men meet famous ghost hunter Simon Feximal and his Watson/lover, Robert Caldwell, who have a professional interest in the American duo. Mysterious deaths connected to an Egyptian spirit whose only language available to tell his story on Simon's skin (see The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal) is written in hieratic have brought the men to suspect Whyborne's involvement...after all, he did sink an entire mental hospital into the sea (see Stormhaven)...in the misdeeds!

Whyborne! Imagine. A more sweet-tempered (as long as you aren't traveling with him), self-effacing (as long as he's not channeling sorcerous energies to destroy malefactors) lambkin it is impossible to conjure! Griffin notices the tailing duo as they cross London, and as soon as confrontation leads to conversation, Feximal and Caldwell enlist the Americans in a search for a terrible and inexperienced amateur whose dabblings with the world of the unseen have caused an Egyptian spirit untold agonies.

This crossover between two series I greatly enjoy was a delightful lark. The couples are both established and functioning, though Caldwell's recent sacrifice on Feximal's behalf is still fresh and reverberating through their loving connection. It's causing issues, and the presence of studly Griffin Flaherty offers Robert a chance to pop that blister on the otherwise smooth skin of his passionate love for grouchy, impatient, rough-edged Simon. The Americans are still flushed with the rapturous discovery of their mutual love. Though that doesn't prevent Griffin from responding with more enthusiasm to Robert Caldwell's mildly flirtatious dimplings that Whyborne would like....

Great fun, though a deeper look into the complementary areas of the two series' magic systems would not have come amiss. An enjoyable way to pass a sunny but chilly afternoon reading on the boardwalk while a lovely blond lad cavorted in the sea.

167drneutron
Apr 1, 2018, 9:13am Top

>165 quondame: We have The Threadbook to make it easier to find those pesky threads that are hiding. The link is below, but you can always get to it from the group’s home page.

https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2018Threadbook

168karenmarie
Apr 1, 2018, 9:15am Top

Good morning, RD, and happy Sunday to you!

*smooches* from your own Horrible

169jessibud2
Apr 1, 2018, 9:23am Top

>167 drneutron: - Well, live and learn. I never knew about this! Thanks, Jim!

170magicians_nephew
Apr 1, 2018, 9:40am Top

And a tip o' the hat to the good Dr Neutron who keeps our little shared space happy and healthy

171drneutron
Apr 1, 2018, 9:43am Top

>169 jessibud2: There’s a companion page for general threads like the Group Reads and Challenges. Also linked on the group home page.

>170 magicians_nephew: Thanks!

172harrygbutler
Apr 1, 2018, 11:19am Top

Good morning, Richard! I hope you've been having a good weekend.

173richardderus
Apr 1, 2018, 12:52pm Top

Reading report 1Q18. Today is both Easter and April Fool's Day, which I find humorous and apt.

Out of some 70 reads this quarter, I didn't find something I thought was even a candidate for my annual 6-stars-of-five read.

Lots of MM romantic stuff this quarter due to 1) my Young Gentleman Caller being generous enough to give me lots of Kindlebooks and b) my unwillingness to stay in this reality for any length of time. Fortunately the YGC is still searching for clues about what this whole I-want-men thing is all about and wants to read and discuss everything we can find. Given the gap in our experience levels, he's chosen to turbocharge his flight into the future by asking lots of questions and listening to the answers. This is the most fun I've ever had with a young man.

SFFH reading also progresseth apace. Space is the place, alright. I read all the source stories for the new anthology series PKD's Electric Dreams on Prime, which I liked. The stories were heavily adapted and, in the original form, were often pretty close to unreadable because they were so dated. But Isa Dick Hackett, youngest of the great man's daughters and producer of the series, worked alchemy on her father's ideas and made them fresh again. She also toppled one of the industry's sexual harassers. Chip off the ol' block. The Netflix series Altered Carbon was a lot of fun, and a re-read of the book left me awed afresh by Morgan's twisty brain in action. Artemis was a bitter, bitter disappointment. Jazz felt unpleasantly boyish to me.

I began emptying an old bin full of disintegrating paperbacks by choosing some of the ancients that had been adapted into movies. Often the books were...um...not great and the movies were...um...seriously not great. I'm staring at you, Sangaree. Interesting how no one called this one out for brownwashing a previously white savior into a halfbreed Spaniard...in GEORGIA! In the Revolutionary period when Florida was SPANISH! ::eyeroll::

Plenty of Pearl-Ruled pablum. I record the ones that piss me off. The boringboringboring ones I ignore. In a world where anyone can self-publish dreck why are publishers still doing it? And I came to the realization that Seanan McGuire| and I are chemistry-challenged when I **HATED** Rosemary and Rue so much that I was ready to heave my Kindle at the wall. Luckily, the YGC was here and caught it. It's my fourth try at one of hers and I have never made it even halfway through one. Feed...gag...was the all-time record-holding worst McGuire read. I threw the tree book away.

Picture books and me have had a great year so far. Allen Say's biographical Silent Days, Silent Dreams was a revelation, and his prior autobiographical works of being a young Japanese immigrant to California barely post-World War II were just as gorgeous and moving. Tom Gauld continues to delight and amuse. The genre will never be my first choice but I am slowly shedding my long-held disdain for comic books and kiddielit.

The world lost one of its under-recognized leaders. Ursula K. Le Guin died at 88. I read a collection of her blog entries, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters and was most poignantly moved by it. I will bow to none in my appreciation for literature's educational possibilities. I'm the offspring (Dr. Freud, please consult on a slip: I typed "oddspring" since "d" is next to "f" on my keyboard and stared at it for a while considering leaving it) of lunatic-fringe rightwingnuts. LeGuin's fantasy stories started me down the path of questioning WHY the world was going to hell, and reaching the conclusion that it was already hell for anyone who doesn't look like me. Basic human decency led to rejecting more and more of the underpinnings of the world as it is in no small part because of UKL's didactic art. She made me. I miss her.

Lastly, politics. I hate 45 and his kakistocracy of deplorables. Nothing is better in the US today than it was on 8 November 2016, a day that shall live in infamy. Since this is inarguably true to people with IQs in the positive range, it need not be discussed. How this fucking nightmare began is worthy of discussion and I read several books alleging to probe this from different angles. I came away more depressed. The Democrats are spineless wussies who deserve to lose, but the alternative is government by the least, the last, the most unworthy and embarrassing ammosexuals in the country. So read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century and at least learn what the vile Russian agents controlling what was once a sovereign government, flawed but ours, have in mind for you.

Then try to sleep.

174BekkaJo
Apr 1, 2018, 1:44pm Top

>173 richardderus: Love you RD. X

175SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 1, 2018, 6:49pm Top

I took another timed reading test and apparently I have the reading speed of a second grader. 70 books in a quarter simply floors me. There have been some years when I haven't read 70 books, although participating in the 75 book challenge does make me up my game.

176quondame
Apr 1, 2018, 8:10pm Top

>167 drneutron: I, er, knew that earlier this year. Thanks for the reminder!

177richardderus
Apr 1, 2018, 8:27pm Top

61 The Body on the Barstool by Lolli Powell

Rating: 4 solid stars out of five

I knew this series was for me when I read that the author lived with three or four dogs. I feel a little betrayed that the c-a-t in these books is presented in a favorable light, but one can't have everything. I'm not quite sure why that should be, but there it is.

When Ricki returns to (fictional) Waterton, Ohio, after a stint there as a child in the middle 1990s, she does so as a woman of property, a caryatid of the community, her late uncle's heiress and new owner of a dive bar called The Top Shelf. It's run-down, it's crappy, the police know it by heart, but it's all hers. She's thrilled because her life in New York City was stale as hell. Her college romance drifted into marriage that, sadly, proved not to be right for either of them...her ex-husband Michael remarried after the divorce, tastelessly quickly, to his secretary the Hot Scot. Andy the Hot Scot. So yeah, not really right for the first spouse.

After landing up in Waterton, Michael and Ricki stayed friends and even continued to talk. So it was a huge surprise to Ricki when Michael shows up unannounced at the Top Shelf. Especially since he's dead. Inside her closed and locked bar. With one of her food service steak knives in his side.

Don't you hate when that happens?

Lolli Powell's rollicking ride to resolving this mystery, and the even deeper and scarier mystery at the heart of the murder, is full of surprises and chuckles and relatable moments, just like you want a cozy to be:
I enjoy a good horse race from time to time, but team sports make me yawn. Probably has something to do with the fact that I'm about as coordinated as a legless pig and was psychologically traumatized by always being picked last for teams in gym class.

Also present are the requisite cast of oddballs and eccentrics one requires to be cozy and the employed good-looking heterosexual single men (ha! as if) in this one-stoplight town required for it to be chick lit.

There are a few inevitable holes in the quilt. The characters are numerous so some have little screen time. The red herrings piled up a bit high, though the fishy smell was never quite overwhelming. There's a timely Act of God that did cause my eyes to roll just a widge. The aforementioned Limb of Satan is not dead by the end of the book or there'd be fractionally more stars here. But none of these minor infelicities are remotely big enough to be deal-breakers.

We know the tropes are present. This is good. We know the murder has layers, we know the herrings are red and copious, we know the setting is exotic. (Ohio? There are people there?) We know, in short, all the elements of a satisfying read are present. And having just read the book, I vouch for the satisfactions of the read. I appreciate the chance to look at the world from a front porch once in a while. That's the secret of cozies, they afford a sense of community and connection not always readily available in the real world. Mysteries in general offer a reinforcement of the frequently absent sense that Justice will prevail.

Doesn't sound like your cuppa? Pass on. The world will keep spinning. But I say take a side trip and visit the Top Shelf for a refreshing Jim Beam and soda.

178ChelleBearss
Apr 2, 2018, 9:40am Top

Happy Monday, Richard!
You are reading at quite the rapid pace!

179richardderus
Apr 2, 2018, 10:35am Top

>165 quondame:, >167 drneutron:, >169 jessibud2:, >170 magicians_nephew:, >171 drneutron:, >176 quondame: The resources that Fearless Leader provides are endless, aren't they, Susan, Shelley, Jim (other).

>168 karenmarie: Hey Horrible! *smooch*

180richardderus
Apr 2, 2018, 10:39am Top

>172 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! It was perfectly fine. My roommate was around a bit more than usual, not my favorite set of circumstances, but the rain sounds playlist on YouTube kept me from being hauled away for criminal assault.

>174 BekkaJo: *smooch* Thanks, Bekka!

>175 SomeGuyInVirginia: In fairness to your good self, Larry, I have no job and have always read quickly. I am only counting reviewed books here and not even cataloging the many 10%-and-gone Pearl Rulers.

>178 ChelleBearss: Hey there Chelle! Sending hugs.

181Ameise1
Apr 2, 2018, 12:25pm Top

Big waves from over the pond, Rdear.

182richardderus
Apr 2, 2018, 1:03pm Top

>181 Ameise1: Hi there, Barbara! Happy to see you.

183quondame
Apr 2, 2018, 1:07pm Top

>179 richardderus: Indeed, astronomically!

184swynn
Apr 2, 2018, 2:00pm Top

Very glad to hear you and the YGC are taking good care of one another. You deserve it.

I've tentatively noted On Tyranny as something to read soonish, but I find myself swinging between wanting to rage-read *everything* about the child-in-chief and wanting to go out the door and take the dog for a two-and-a-half year walk. If it catches me on the right day ...

185richardderus
Apr 2, 2018, 2:23pm Top

>183 quondame: ...very punny...*wince*

>184 swynn: It's a different thing than the rage-reads, I promise you. I've had to swear off the rage-reads because I was sliding down the chute towards the bin again. This one offers more guidelines for what one should do in response to the turd in the punchbowl. When it calls to you is plenty of time to read it.

186humouress
Apr 3, 2018, 12:55pm Top

187richardderus
Apr 3, 2018, 7:25pm Top

62 Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth

Rating: 3* of five

In the 90 years since this was written, I think its central premise...that people will do anything to avoid embarrassment...has proved an evergreen turned inside out. Reality TV takes everyone's dirtiest and smelliest laundry public. The characters in this book would have expired in smallish heaps of the honour-vapours at their great-grandchildren's idea of entertainment.

Miss Silver is clearly carrying the pertussis bacterium. Her cough is ever-present. I remember from reading these books in the 1980s how irritating I found it.

The identity of Grey Mask was pretty obvious to me from the first time they appear in mufti, so to speak. One amusing piece of retrospective theater is enough to make my day, and it takes place in the very first scene.

There are over 30 of these little marvies. They are all, au fond, the same book. Either you like that book or you don't. Don't read this one and think, "oh well, maybe the others are better" because they really aren't. I like them. They're quiet and peaceful little murder plots for silly and quite overblown stakes. Miss Silver is more of a sleuth than Marple ever was, in that she sallies forth in her colourless shmattes and her mouse-fur coloured hair and those blah gray eyes that see every-goddamned-thing and doesn't seem to rely as much on chitter-chatter from every ladies' maid in 1920s London.

Try one. If it's not to your taste, well it didn't cost much.

188msf59
Apr 3, 2018, 7:32pm Top

Hi, RD! Are you still waiting on springtime too? This is getting ridiculous. Cold and rainy here, with possible snow later tonight. WTH?

Hope you are staying warm and snug. I see, plenty of books are being read, which makes me smile.

189richardderus
Edited: Apr 3, 2018, 7:41pm Top

>186 humouress: Hmm...more of a Scarlet Overkill kinda gal, Nina. Nowhere near heartless enough to be The Wicked Stepmother.

>189 richardderus: Hey Mark! Yep, cold and rainy here too. Yesterday it snowed, though the temp was high enough that the snow turned to mush the instant it hit and then was indistinguishable from today's fine, penetrating wind-blown drizzle.

Heavy, heavy sigh.

190SuziQoregon
Apr 4, 2018, 1:04pm Top

Catching up here - just requested On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century from the library. I'm becoming more and more hopeful that the youth of this country might save it.

191jnwelch
Apr 4, 2018, 5:04pm Top

Hey, Richard. Have you noticed that hunky guys keep turning up on your thread?

I just finished The Invisible Library and had a grand old time with it. I've already picked up the second. Thanks for the nudge.

192humouress
Apr 4, 2018, 5:54pm Top

>189 richardderus: *sigh* I try.

Oh well, they tell me red is my colour.

But actually >186 humouress: was a hint that you might not want to upset Susan.

193BekkaJo
Apr 6, 2018, 9:19am Top

*does a happy little Friday dance*

Hope all is okay with you RD?

194karenmarie
Apr 6, 2018, 9:57am Top

Hi RichardDear!

MIA on your own thread. I hope things are okay with you.

*smooches* from Madame TVT Horrible

195richardderus
Apr 6, 2018, 12:16pm Top

63 Cockfighter by Charles Willeford

Rating: 5* of five

I have absolutely no idea how this book and its movie came back to the surface of my mind. I watched the film in 1975, I think, and I'm sure it was with Paul the film student. (He was also a drunk, and to date the only lover I've ever had that I allowed to hit me.)

Come to think on it, he's also the source of one of my most enduring pleasures, that of watching films whose books I've read or plan to read, and of making fantasy films of the books I read that haven't got films. Thanks, Paul, for growing me a spine and for giving me that deeply satisfying fantasy life. (He died in 1986, so this is more in the nature of valediction than praise.)

Anyway...I recommend the book to men because it's about us at our most male and least woman-centered. It's brutal and tough and awful. It's a clarion call to the smarter ones of us to look at what's actually going on in our heads and fucking stop it already. Not because women don't like us for what they've done to us, but because hurting ourselves is just damned stupid. The cult of macho is a male reaction to rejection and judgment, as Willeford presents it; this being what I've observed, it had me nodding along as I read the book.

Where the film falls down, I think, is in the nature of the storytelling medium. On its surface, this film's about how a man decides not to live with a woman but to sell every-damn-thing he owns and double down on the world of cockfighting. Ultimately this works out, in the sense that his cock wins the championship.

Not one single human female would watch this movie and think, "oh that was fun." The image of women in it is as emasculating damaging emotional black holes. Yeah, great date-night flick, eh what? And men come off as damnfool eedjits without a lick of sense. That both these things are true doesn't make them any easier to swallow. And on film, there are lost nuances because actors speaking lines aren't readers absorbing language use on multiple levels. So it's no wonder to me that this film tanked.

But it's a misunderstood work of art, Cockfighter is. Its darkest moments and grimmest interpretations are all true and accurate. That's intentional on Willeford's part, based on the entirety of his ouevre. (Go here to read a really, really interesting academic take on Willeford as writer and man manqué.) The levels and ideas that this brutal, cruel, emotionally stopped body of work contains are rewarding to unpick and enjoyable to contemplate.

For Y chromosome bearers.

196richardderus
Apr 6, 2018, 12:54pm Top

>190 SuziQoregon: I cherish that same hope, Juli. It seems as though the youff will be ushering in the world I wanted to live in only 20years too late for me to enjoy.

>191 jnwelch: I never mind that, Joe. And I'm extra pleased that The Invisible Library has made its fun available to you!

>192 humouress: OIC

Well...too late now.

197richardderus
Apr 6, 2018, 12:55pm Top

>193 BekkaJo: I'm okay, thanks for asking Bekka. It's a wild ride weather-wise just now.

>194 karenmarie: *smooch* Hey Horrible! Reading my eyes out. Y'know, status quo.

198Oberon
Apr 6, 2018, 3:55pm Top

Hi Richard. One of the things I brought back from the Cayman Islands was this wine stopper which made me think of you. Thought I would share it here.

199richardderus
Apr 6, 2018, 4:14pm Top

Ha! How wonderful, and yep that has my name engraved on its mantle all righty all right. Thanks!

200ronincats
Apr 6, 2018, 8:35pm Top

Richard, have you read Murderbot yet? There's a free ebook version here:

https://www.tor.com/2018/04/06/free-ebook-all-systems-red-martha-wells/#more-351...

Even if you don't have an e-reader, you can read it on your computer--it's a novella so not hugely unwieldy.

201drneutron
Apr 7, 2018, 9:52am Top

>200 ronincats: Oh cool! Gotta get that one.

202karenmarie
Apr 7, 2018, 9:54am Top

'Morning RD!

*smooch*

203richardderus
Apr 7, 2018, 10:52am Top

>200 ronincats:, >201 drneutron: Hi! Yeah, I downloaded that in about two directly onto the Kindle. The praise this is getting!

>202 karenmarie: *smooch* Hey there, Horrible.

204richardderus
Apr 7, 2018, 11:14am Top

64 Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters

Rating: 3.25* of five

Not precisely as expected. The first murder, one which I'd been *panting* after happening since the instant I met the Kraut Eddie Haskell character who is, disappointingly, not boiled in oil after being flayed alive and rolled in finely ground salt, was but the first salvo in war.

The War. Mm, yeah, best to put this into its time and place. England in 1951 was still under rationing. The scars of German bombing were everywhere, and the shift from staunchly capitalist to resolutely socialist government had not yet taken hold. The veterans of the fighting were, then as now, seen off with a wave and a pusillanimous "good luck!" from their erstwhile "superiors."

One of those veterans figures in the book as suspect, as well as one point on a love triangle, and strangely enough the schoolmaster-cum-confidant to the peculiarly prominent son of the nominal sleuth. He's got PTSD, as we'd now call it, after half a decade of being a murder machine in order to survive in the wilds of Croatia. And the second murder, of his love-rival, cements his place in the town's mind as The Killer.

But the sleuths? Not so sure. Neither father nor son Felse is at all convinced of Doolally Veteran Dude's desire to murder either victim. Son goes on an extended...more on this anon...search for physical evidence while Father does...does...um. Yeah.

Anyway, the two Felse men end up on the same track in the end and they discover the real murderer's identity due to the same strangely silent clue. They arrive in the same place at the same time, luckily, and they jointly score one for the forces of Right and Justice. But they do so in very different ways, and we only see Son's PoV! What?!

So this is why I'm not giving the book four or more stars. Policeman Felse is largely Father Felse in this book. He's not absent, he's just in a secondary crime-solving position, and that's not quite as satisfying as one might have imagined it to be when plotting out the book, Mme Pargeter/Peters (deceased). Oh, and that third murder? Not quite so sure it was well handled plot and position-wise.

But it was your first mystery, so I shall be kind and not fling it against the wall with panther-screeches of outraged fury.

205karenmarie
Apr 9, 2018, 6:27pm Top

Pssst! LT is back....

206jjmcgaffey
Edited: Apr 9, 2018, 11:30pm Top

>204 richardderus: Fallen Into the Pit was her first? I didn't know that - it is among the less satisfying of the two Felse series (there's quite a bit of George, the father, and several with the son as the protagonist. And one with Bunty, George's wife (very interesting expansion of a character who's mostly a cipher in the rest of the serieses)). I do like her work, though I came to her through Brother Cadfael and found the contemporary (relatively) mysteries much later. I guess I need to reread Fallen Into the Pit. I recall having difficulty placing it in the series...if it was the first one written, that's probably why.

207LovingLit
Apr 9, 2018, 11:38pm Top

>138 richardderus: Humph. Spoilers. You shoulda said something.

Lol, couldn't help it ;)

>195 richardderus:
It's brutal and tough and awful. It's a clarion call to the smarter ones of us to look at what's actually going on in our heads and fucking stop it already. Not because women don't like us for what they've done to us, but because hurting ourselves is just damned stupid. The cult of macho is a male reaction to rejection and judgment, as Willeford presents it; this being what I've observed, it had me nodding along as I read the book.

Well, this makes me want to read it and not read it in equal measures! I love the setting of the scene though, of how you came to know the film version.

208Deern
Apr 10, 2018, 2:11am Top

There I was sitting on my sofa on Sunday morning with my coffee, planning to finally catch up... Well, we all know how that went. Whenever LT is down I'm in a panic it might not come back. Can't wish you a Happy Sunday anymore, so how is it for a Happy Tuesday? {{{hugs}}}

209SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 11, 2018, 4:24pm Top

Well, it's still cold here, but tomorrow is supposed to be about 80, and then for the next few days. Whoo-hoo!

210BekkaJo
Apr 12, 2018, 7:02am Top

Hi Richard - just checking in. Hope all is well.

211jnwelch
Apr 12, 2018, 10:29am Top

Hope everything is going okay, Mr. D. I read the second Invisible Library book and enjoyed it.

212Crazymamie
Apr 12, 2018, 11:31am Top


Buttermilk Orange Rolls

Missing you, BigDaddy!

213SuziQoregon
Apr 12, 2018, 2:24pm Top

Just passing through to say Hi!

214swynn
Apr 12, 2018, 4:57pm Top

>195 richardderus: I read Cockfighter about five years ago and found it absorbing. I did not think of it in terms of a broader indictment of the care & raising of men, so I appreciate your comments and the "Nothing is Incohate" essay.

215drneutron
Apr 13, 2018, 8:02am Top

Where, oh where, could Richard be??

216richardderus
Apr 13, 2018, 11:40am Top

65 An Argumentation of Historians by Jodi Taylor

It's Book Nine in a series. If you're still reading reviews, pull the trigger already! Start at book one, Just One Damned Thing After Another, and work your way through the books. You will experience:

--angst
--agony
--outrage
--fury
--loathing

and that's just for the perpetratrix of the series.

All while laughing yourself sore. And note please that should you not be amused by the authorial voice, stop at once. Do not attempt to read further. You will do irreparable harm to your clearly already overloaded pucker-and-purse circuits.

217richardderus
Edited: Nov 23, 2018, 5:35pm Top

66 Whiskey Kills by Lolli Powell

Here's another dose of Ricki-love. I read this earlier this year, right after The Body on the Barstool, and can't quite believe I didn't warble my fool head off about it then. But here it is, time to think about Yule gifting, and what better gift (or self-gift) than a charming, satisfying trip down the fantastical amateur sleuth trail. It's a welcome respite from reality's challenges and stresses to read a mystery.

We all know that real amateur sleuths would be firmly and unkindly squashed by the real police. We also know that a real-world case of murder wouldn't be a safe, or even sane, place to insert your amateur self. That makes these fantasy outings safe ways to get our ma'at needs met. We all love to think Right is always served, that justice being done doesn't go unrealized by the law's wiggle room for miscreants. That is a need commonly unmet by real life. I suspect that isn't a surprise to anyone what can read this blog, eh? So stories, as ever and always they do, fulfill this deep and abiding need for us. We are Ricki the accidental bar-owner-sleuth for the time it takes to read the story. We are alluring to the handsome, long-ago crush object/enemy Gabriel...working out another normally unmet need to get the one that got away.

Frank, the murder victim, is just nasty enough to trigger another ma'at need: Clear out the drain of selfish, self-centered people that sink to the lower level of our lives. Ruby, a good-hearted good-time gal, is the archetypal sympathetic screw-up friend we want to rescue. The stakes, being accused of Frank's murder, are the highest most of us can imagine facing. Ricki faces the troubles despite thinking Ruby's better off without Frank and if that means he's dead...well...eggs, omelettes....

Adam, Ricki's...geez...family relationships are complicated and words for the relationships that begin within the modern iteration of family haven't been invented yet, so the explanatory labels are unwieldy: Ricki's ex-husband's husband...is used in the series as the invaluable practical ally/trusted support character. He's also a wonderful way to show that Ricki is a certain kind of person, a real menschy kind of gal, who looks past what in a lesser person would be a great excuse for a grudge against someone in order to see and care about them. Her mother and stepfather play a big enough role in this book for me to feel the gravity of parental love that Ricki really thinks she wants to escape. Events show her otherwise, as expected; but she also makes a key discovery about the way the past creates the problems of the present via this evergreen conflict of mothers versus daughters.

There are plenty of threads woven through this plot that attach to past events. That's really what I enjoy most about series mysteries. The present, the crime-solving bit, develops over time and relationships come and go, like real life; but the past, in a series, is a character of its own and comes to the fore as the sleuth moves farther from it. Well, in the series mysteries that I read, this is the case or I bail on them. In this book, Ricki (already shown to be someone whose past is part of her present, see: Adam) learns a lot about her love interest Gabe, and about the uncle whose death landed her in Ohio to begin with. It isn't all good, and in Ricki fashion she sees that it isn't all bad either. Events she had no part in are left for her to resolve. Like we all wish we could, she resolves them as best she can and in a positive way. That's a strong through-line in this series of books: Positive change. Managing what you start with to be better when you're done.

I will note that one subplot bothered me: The evangelist megachurch founders are way too caricature for me, and I'm as anti-christian as it's possible to be.

Everett Forman burst into one of the phoniest laughs I'd ever heard, while his wife tittered in a very ladylike fashion. I'm not much of a prayer, but I wondered if I should ask the Lord to keep me from barfing during dinner. If the reverend didn't improve his act, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to hold it in.

All's well that ends well, I suppose, but their twirling-mustachio "I'll get you, my pretty" OTT evillenesse detracted from my otherwise spotless love for the story.

Final Note: One entire star off for four uses of the hideous, cheesy, trashy w-bomb. AUTHORS OF THE WORLD: NONE OF THIS


EVER EVER EVER IT'S CHEESY AND CREEPY AND GROSS

218ronincats
Apr 13, 2018, 3:28pm Top

>216 richardderus: I need to get back to the series, if I can just figure out where I stopped!

219LovingLit
Apr 13, 2018, 10:38pm Top

Oh, you are back. Good to see
:)
Carry on.

220jjmcgaffey
Apr 14, 2018, 1:43am Top

>216 richardderus: I read the first one and found the sex incredibly annoying. Also the big plot hole about what whats-his-name - her man - knew and when he knew it - either he lied about knowing who she was before he met her, or he was obsessively attracted by her appearance alone, and neither one makes him a person I wanted to know.

And with all that said, I have the second book and the novella from before the start of the series, and I expect I'll read them at some point. It's so many fascinating concepts and adventures...

221msf59
Apr 14, 2018, 7:52am Top

Morning, RD. Happy Saturday. Miss seeing the old curmudgeon around. How is everything going? Getting plenty of reading in?

And yep, still waiting on springtime here. Sighs...

222karenmarie
Apr 15, 2018, 6:14am Top

Hi RD!

*smooches* from Madame TVT Horrible. I scored a Large Number of Books and audiovisual materials at the Friends of the Library Sale and can't imagine buying another book for years and years. Ha. Fat chance.

223richardderus
Apr 15, 2018, 3:13pm Top

67 Digging In by Loretta Nyhan

**I own this Kindlebook, so if anyone wants to borrow it, send me a PM with your Amazon-account email and you're welcome to it**

I read and enjoyed this paean to the overweight, overtired, overworked Average Soul taking up space the Skinny Bastages think is rightfully theirs in a shrinking economy.

At almost every turn, I felt the severe pain of the older worker not yet eligible for retirement (forget about able to afford retirement, very very very few ever will be so blessed) but labeled Not Wanted by the irritatingly chipper and voraciously ambitious backstabbing little twidgees snapping at our heels.

At every turn, I felt the agonies of the partner left behind (the love of my life died 26 years ago come May and no, I'm not over it and frankly don't expect to be) as she moves on willy-nilly with life. Not living, just life. Lying down and waiting to die sounds so good...but...nope, just can't, it feels too much like something our departed love would be really, really pissed off with us about.

And I was *revolted* by the slavish fad-following seen at every turn!

But I want a chocolate beet cake. Like, you know, NOW.

224richardderus
Apr 15, 2018, 3:16pm Top

Oh yikes. After last week's unscheduled LT outage, I lost my browser button to navigate directly to LT! I didn't notice for days. Hi everyone! Got some busies to do but will return anon.

225bell7
Apr 15, 2018, 8:04pm Top

Oh drat, I'm even forget behind on the Jodi Taylor series that I thought. I'm not working till Tuesday, so I've put a reminder on my phone to buy the newest book in the series... In July, when I have a budget again.

*smooch*

226jjmcgaffey
Edited: Apr 15, 2018, 11:16pm Top

>224 richardderus: I make a chocolate clementine cake - it consists of boiled and pureed clementines, almond meal, and eggs and cocoa. And vanilla. It is the most incredibly moist and flavorful cake I've ever made. If you're interested, I'm happy to post the recipe. I've seen a few beet cake recipes that talk about much the same thing (though I think most of them are flour cakes, rather than almond meal).

227humouress
Apr 15, 2018, 11:19pm Top

>226 jjmcgaffey: I’d rather you post me the cake, if there’s any left. It sounds delicious!

228jjmcgaffey
Apr 15, 2018, 11:22pm Top

It is. It's the cake I always make for my mom's birthday (she loves oranges and dark chocolate) and frequently for other purposes.

229humouress
Apr 15, 2018, 11:26pm Top

Oh my! In that case, could I have the recipe please?

230jjmcgaffey
Apr 16, 2018, 2:03am Top

I wrote it up, but it's a huge post. So rather than clutter Richard's thread, I put it on mine - here's the link.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/279393#6450166

231Deern
Apr 16, 2018, 4:34am Top

>230 jjmcgaffey: That sounds incredible! Clementine season is just over, but I copied the recipe for the next winter. Sounds like a winner for Christmas!

>223 richardderus: Beet and chocolate still sounds great, and we always have beets. Argh.... really must sugar-detox! :(

Happy new week! :)

232ChelleBearss
Apr 16, 2018, 8:50am Top

Morning, Richard. Hope all is well

233SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 18, 2018, 4:07pm Top

Well, it's been anon, maybe an anon and a half. Where is the boy? Richard, did you go anonymous on us?

234BekkaJo
Apr 19, 2018, 3:13am Top

Just popping in to check up - and add some waves. Hope all is okay.

235Berly
Apr 19, 2018, 6:00am Top

>216 richardderus: On book #5 right now. Doing this on one on audio and enjoying it quite a bit!

Anon and on....Where are you?!

236karenmarie
Apr 19, 2018, 9:36am Top

What Larry said.

We miss you, RD! *smooches* from Horrible

237LovingLit
Apr 20, 2018, 12:22am Top

Hey RD, whats the haps?
I'm just letting my cold settle in here (I often get a change-of-season cold), and entertaining boys and their friends. By hanging at the kitchen table fielding food requests!

238Deern
Apr 20, 2018, 7:49am Top

Hi Richard, hope you're okay? Wishing you a happy weekend, sending {{{hugs}}}

239Berly
Edited: Apr 20, 2018, 5:48pm Top

Just talked with Richard and he is doing quite well. Just some computer tech issues with his browser button and then dealing with medical stuff. But he has great news (!) that I will let him share when he gets back here. : )

240humouress
Apr 21, 2018, 2:21am Top

>239 Berly: Thanks Kim.

We eagerly anticipate his return.

241karenmarie
Apr 21, 2018, 9:20am Top

>239 Berly: Thanks for the Richard Report, Kim. Whew.

242BekkaJo
Apr 21, 2018, 9:49am Top

>239 Berly: Thank you :)

243Crazymamie
Apr 21, 2018, 10:13am Top

>239 Berly: Thanks for that, Kim.

Morning, BigDaddy! Missing you.

244laytonwoman3rd
Apr 21, 2018, 10:37am Top

>239 Berly: Thanks, Kim. It's good to have someone who can check through other means when one of our group goes missing from here for a while.

245jnwelch
Apr 21, 2018, 1:32pm Top

>245 jnwelch: Good to hear. Thanks, Kim. Can't wait for the news.

246richardderus
Apr 21, 2018, 1:45pm Top

68 Closed Circles by Viveca Sten

Rating: 3.5* of five

Ya know what's frustrating? Like lips moving from Heaven to flapping at you frustrating? NOT BEING ABLE TO TELL YOU WHY THIS ISN'T A 4-STAR REVIEW. Because major, major spoilers would be required for me to do that.

Minor irks: Carina and Thomas are brought up and dropped in the space of a few sentences. I'd like more of that please. The partial resolution of Nora's marital woes is a good start, but this entry has next to no Nora-and-Thomas time and I missed it. The Eva subplot's resolution doesn't seem finished, somehow. It seems unlikely to be complete as it stands and it itches for that reason.

Something about these books and their lutefisk-and-cardamom atmosphere makes me crave a jalapeño cheeseburger. I guess that's an index of how very Swedish they are. And how cozy are they? So cozy I want to cruise the piers (I'd have to learn to time-travel, but that's just an added bonus) to recover from the wholesome.

So all in all, a good read and a series I can recommend to my smut-averse, violence-averse puzzle-solving friends.

247richardderus
Apr 21, 2018, 2:01pm Top

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming by. After the site's weird tech failure last Sunday, my knock-on problems began: the browser button to take me here vanished! It's taken a week to make one that has lasted more than a few hours. Problem appears to be solved at last.

But Berly's tease is the best news yet. I have at long last got an appointment with a rheumatologist nearby-ish who can and will infuse Krystexxa into my Medicared veins! Whoopee!! I'll go in on this coming Wednesday for intake/bloodwork/paper-signing activity. YYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

In other news, it's a gorgeous March day outside, sunshiney and chilly and quite breezy. I'd like a normal spring, please, Weather Goddess, and its full and proper length even (!) if that means a shorter summer. Boo hoo, hmm?

Smooching all my delightful pals!

248Berly
Apr 21, 2018, 2:03pm Top

Smooches. : )

249richardderus
Apr 21, 2018, 2:25pm Top

PEARL RULED READ
Superior Storm by Tom Hilpert

DNF 26%

C-a-ts, winks, and gawd. This book'n'me're done.

Modestly successful writing, hugely silly and open foreshadowing, just about nothing makes me want to continue.

250richardderus
Apr 21, 2018, 2:29pm Top

PEARL RULED READ
The Trials of Obed Marsh by Matthew Davenport

Rating: 2* of five

DNF 46%

Lost the will to continue. Might pick it back up one day, though it seems unlikely. Just too much...something...stodgy, sticky writing? Stupid overexplanation? Made me grumpy to read it because I **really** wanted a new Lovecraftian tale.

251SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 21, 2018, 2:32pm Top

Yay! You made bail! Glad to see you back.

252SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 21, 2018, 2:34pm Top

>247 richardderus: Richard, that's freaking AWESOME!

253karenmarie
Apr 21, 2018, 3:00pm Top

Congrats on the rheumatologist and the Krystexxa!!!

254richardderus
Apr 21, 2018, 3:22pm Top

>251 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha. Haha. Oh the wit of our very own Doctor Sarcasmo. Oh ha ha.

>252 SomeGuyInVirginia:, >253 karenmarie: I know, right?!? *smooch*

255jessibud2
Apr 21, 2018, 4:40pm Top

Congrats on the good news! It even brought out the good weather! Thanks and congrats!!

256ronincats
Apr 21, 2018, 11:54pm Top

Great news on the medical front, Richard!

257humouress
Apr 22, 2018, 2:16am Top

Thanks for sharing your good news. And for the smooch.

258richardderus
Apr 22, 2018, 10:28am Top

>255 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! It's brought beautiful April weather here, too, much warmer and no wind. Yay!

>256 ronincats: It is and am I thrilled, Roni--too often has inadequate prep led to problems but this time, not so much. At long last.

>257 humouress: Archvillainess! So pleased to see you.

259humouress
Apr 22, 2018, 11:17am Top

>258 richardderus: You missed me!

260richardderus
Apr 22, 2018, 2:04pm Top

>259 humouress: My aim is off today. Don't count on that, though, as the area of action for some spells makes up for imprecision.

Just sayin'

261harrygbutler
Apr 22, 2018, 3:47pm Top

Hi, Richard! Glad to hear the good news on the health front.

262richardderus
Apr 22, 2018, 4:43pm Top

69 Plague Ship by Andre Norton



Rating: 3.5* of five

Why not more stars, as this is a sentimental favorite? Because I'm rereading it at closer-to-70-than-4o instead of closer-to-10-than-20. It's dated, of course, but it's still a thumping good read for its wonderful interconnectedness to the other parts of Norton's universe: the Forerunners, the Salariki (a catlike people from Planet Sargol), the gems so bewitchingly described...after all, gems are perfect high-value low-bulk trade goods...the horrible, misery-sowing religious professionals, the Patrol, the finny rockets.

As I'm rereading at a time in life where I've had more and vastly enriching experiences translating ideas from page to screen, or at least trying to, I kept looking for the modern technology to slot into the story. It was surprisingly easy to do. Also surprisingly easy was gaying it up. When the Agatha Christie's Marple adapters showed the way to tart up a fairly drab story, by today's TV standards, was to chuck a gay subplot into it, I was galvanized. Heck fire, most of it was already there already! Like with Dame Agatha's stuff, Grand Master Norton's practically has footnotes saying "re-interpret this passage, 21st century storyteller" and wowee toledo does the Solar Queen (heh) have the goods.

The cover of the edition I'm posting is the one I had as a youth. The Kindle Megapack is more convenient, of course, but I still sigh wistfully at the laughable cover art from an era when we hadn't even been to the Moon yet.

Had I been consulted, I'd've told Reed Hastings' people to skip rebooting Lost in Space (which was a dog in 1966 and is a prettier dog in 2018) and instead *make* an episodic entertainment of the Solar Queen chronicles. Someone should...all the elements are there. The youthful, handsome protagonist Dane leaving school, joining the crew he bonds with, growing as a man and as a trader with lurches forward and swattings backward.

I don't know if modern (under-45) readers would have the patience to mentally update the old tech (space ships with mag-tape computers?!) but I'd say this series is a decent place to test the tepidarium of Papaw's stories.

263richardderus
Apr 22, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>261 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry, it's a welcome change from the usual round of frustrations when trying to cope with my condition.

264ChelleBearss
Apr 22, 2018, 5:33pm Top

That's great news! Congrats! :)

265kidzdoc
Apr 22, 2018, 6:06pm Top

Congratulations, Richard! I hope that the new rheumatologist and the medication work well for you.

266katiekrug
Apr 22, 2018, 7:46pm Top

Great news, Richard!

267msf59
Apr 22, 2018, 7:47pm Top

Happy Sunday, RD! Glad to hear the good medical news. High Five! Glad you are enjoying the warm-up. I am too. Grins...

268ronincats
Edited: Apr 23, 2018, 12:16am Top

>262 richardderus: This is my cover and it must be a relatively rare one as my old scanned copy (from when LT had very limited upload capacity) is the only one in the files here. It doesn't really do anything for me, though.


ETA it's a 1973 ACE edition.

Have you read Balance of Trade and Trade Secret by Lee and Miller. It's in their Liaden sequence but several hundred years away from any of their other storylines, if you like this type of adventure.

269BekkaJo
Edited: Apr 23, 2018, 3:12am Top

>247 richardderus: So glad that someone's finally seeing sense! Wooop for good doctors and fingers crossed all goes well.

270scaifea
Apr 23, 2018, 6:26am Top

>247 richardderus: Woot! That's great news!!

271karenmarie
Apr 23, 2018, 8:10am Top

'Morning, RD!

*smooch*

272richardderus
Apr 23, 2018, 9:44am Top

>264 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

>265 kidzdoc: The relief is enormous, Darryl. I've spoken to the office staff, explained how I know what I know about the drug, and discussed insurance. None of the mistakes I made before, in other words, are happening now.

>266 katiekrug: Ain't it just, Katie!!

273richardderus
Apr 23, 2018, 9:51am Top

>267 msf59: Hey Mark! The spring air was so glorious yesterday that I was tromping along singing. A passing tourist drew back in horror as the wild-bearded old weirdo singing "Someday Someway" passed, so I stopped, but still....

>268 ronincats: Ew! I like mine much, much more.

I haven't read those two, but I think I'll adventure a little with the three sequels to this one that I haven't read: Redline the Stars, which I mistakenly thought was a novel of mortgage-granting chicanery in outer space, Derelict for Trade, and A Mind for Trade.

>269 BekkaJo: Thanks, Bekka!

274richardderus
Apr 23, 2018, 9:52am Top

>270 scaifea: Thank you, Amber, I'm pretty excited. I know it's only the first step but it makes me feel like waiting isn't simply enduring.

>271 karenmarie: *smooch*

275swynn
Apr 23, 2018, 10:17am Top

Adding my congratulations on getting access to some promising treatment.

Yay for the Andre Norton space stories-- I honestly don't remember whether I read Plague Ship among all the paperbacks I devoured when I was younger. The tech would have been creaky even in the late seventies/early eighties but they were right up my alley then and still would be now. (Hm. Maybe a Norton read-through .... )

+1 lamenting the resources spent rebooting series that were already worn out the first time.

276Deern
Apr 23, 2018, 11:10am Top

Richard is back and has good news! :D
So happy for you and crossing fingers the treatment will work!

277richardderus
Edited: Apr 23, 2018, 11:16am Top

>275 swynn: Thanks, Steve. It's a huge relief to know help is on the way.

I'm betting you read the whole Solar Queen trilogy-as-was: Sargasso of Space, Plague Ship, and Postmarked the Stars. I think it was statutory reading for Nortonians. The Megapack on my Kindle has a squillion wonderful things in it: this book, Voodoo Planet, Star Born, Storm over Warlock, The Time Traders, Key Out of Time, The Defiant Agents, and Star Hunter. Also some historicals of Norton's, and all for 55¢!

::eyeroll:: at LiS getting a second life when it didn't deserve a first!

>276 Deern: Hiya Nathalie! Thank you for the good wishes.

278LovingLit
Apr 23, 2018, 10:02pm Top

Getting in some retro reads! Nice. For the medicared care you are about to receive, may the Goddesses make us truly grateful.

279magicians_nephew
Apr 23, 2018, 10:04pm Top

doing my modified limited happy Snoopy dance at the good news.

Good luck with it compadre

280richardderus
Apr 24, 2018, 9:40am Top

>278 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan! *gratitude gratitude gratitude*

>279 magicians_nephew: Thank you, Jim! Don't hurt yourself.

281richardderus
Apr 24, 2018, 12:39pm Top

70 The Battersea Barricades by Jodi Taylor

Rating: 5* of five

Yep, full five. The story of the Battersea Barricades is designed to make old people mist up. It did me.

On this series bus or not, this is a story that's relevant to this moment in time and to the entire Chronicles of St Mary's. It's a lot less story than I suspect you little twidgees under 50 are expecting but it's not one whit less moving for that. Read. Now.

C'mon! It's only 99¢ and what better moment, globally, can there be to read a tale of resisting illegitimate authority?!

282quondame
Apr 24, 2018, 1:00pm Top

>281 richardderus: I'll go get it immediately!

283richardderus
Apr 24, 2018, 3:38pm Top

284quondame
Apr 24, 2018, 5:54pm Top

>281 richardderus: Thank you. That was delightful. It certainly supports the fog of war.

285jnwelch
Apr 24, 2018, 5:59pm Top

Great news re the Krystexxa, Richard. Good luck, my friend.

I started Less A Novel, and so far so good. Thanks for the subtle hint. :-)

286richardderus
Apr 24, 2018, 6:19pm Top

>284 quondame: Doesn't it? I was fully involved the minute I got to the lovely scene in Wardrobe.

>285 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! It's tomorrow at 2.30p so I'm practically dancing from eagerness.

I am *so* relieved that you took my delicate suggestion. I feared that you'd maybe miss it.

287PaulCranswick
Apr 24, 2018, 10:19pm Top

Not posting until your new thread, no Sir.

288PaulCranswick
Apr 24, 2018, 10:19pm Top

Not even twice.

289Familyhistorian
Apr 25, 2018, 12:50am Top

Best of luck re your appointment tomorrow, Richard.

290jjmcgaffey
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 1:00am Top

>273 richardderus: I've read all three Solar Queen sequels - and according to my vague memories _and_ the reviews written at the time (which is why I write reviews!) Redline is a little awkward to get into, the next two are much more interesting. Don't stall out, is what I'm saying.

However, once you've gotten your fill of Norton+ (P.M. Griffin is a good author in her own right, but not quite in Norton's style), do take a look at the Lee & Miller books Roni recommended. They're not my favorite Liaden books, but are excellent nonetheless - and yes, I can see a connection from them to the Norton trade books. Not direct, and not style, but - similar base concepts differently worked out, I think.

ETA - congrats on finding a doctor willing to do what you need! Hope the Krystexxa fulfills your hopes.

291quondame
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 1:22am Top

>290 jjmcgaffey: About the Lee & Miller 'Trade' books, I'd say that they loose some of the charm of the Liaden™ series in trade for some of the faults. Fewer inside jokes/references, and magic (OK dramliz stuff) are both good and bad. My favorite is Conflict of Honors so I do have some tolerance for the mystical dimension, but mostly prefer space opera without it.

292jjmcgaffey
Edited: Apr 25, 2018, 1:39am Top

>291 quondame: Heh. I like the inside jokes (though I don't get all of them, I'm sure), and have no problem with mystical stuff (though it sometimes confuses me, and that doesn't bother me either). But I like Val Con and Miri better than Shan and Priscilla, so Agent of Change and Carpe Diem are among my favorites. And much to my surprise, my absolute favorite character is Pat Rin once we got his actual viewpoint - so I Dare is my absolute favorite book (so far). I find the Trade books somewhat annoying, actually - I really dislike the Uncle and his convoluted plots (but then, I always dislike that kind of conniving). It's fascinating seeing the Liaden universe from such a different perspective - not Korval - though. And as an entry point to the universe, they're quite good.

293karenmarie
Apr 25, 2018, 8:46am Top

Good morning, RD!

I hope your appointment goes well. Fingers crossed for you! *smooches* too from your own Horrible.

294jnwelch
Apr 25, 2018, 8:56am Top

Good luck at the appointment today, buddy.

295calm
Apr 25, 2018, 12:23pm Top

Hope the rheumatologist's appointment goes well today.

296Berly
Apr 25, 2018, 12:30pm Top

Hmmmm...do they thread police need to make a visit here, too?

Good luck at the appt!

297richardderus
Apr 25, 2018, 12:56pm Top

Off to see the wizard at last! Was torture waiting this long to leave for my appointment, but I'm really hoping the wait will be worth it.

298quondame
Apr 25, 2018, 2:06pm Top

>297 richardderus: May the wizard work wonders!

>292 jjmcgaffey: I'm sort of topsy turvy on the L&M books, Val Con & Miri irritate me, though I liked most of Carpe Diem and Pat Rin is cool - come visit my page for further Liaden™ discussion - I haven't found one for you.

299FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2018, 2:32pm Top

Just catching up with the threads after my vacation, Richard, so happy to read your good news way ^^up !!!
I hope all goes well tomorrow.

300johnsimpson
Apr 25, 2018, 4:00pm Top

Hi Richard, I am back and hope to be visiting on a more regular basis , I am behind on all the posts so will start from now and hope to keep up to date.

Hope all is well with you and you are having a good week so far dear friend.

301richardderus
Apr 25, 2018, 5:31pm Top

Back from my rheumatology appointment, happy that I'm headed for infusions of Krystexxa in May, but really really worn out.
My right knee blew up in the doc's office, bleeding and pushing out a tophus crystal or two. Honest and truly, I didn't plan it that way!
But who the hell cares...in as little as 18 months, the crystals could be gone.

302PaulCranswick
Apr 25, 2018, 6:07pm Top

>301 richardderus: That is great news RD that treatment is on the way. Rest up dear fellow before that new thread.

303Berly
Apr 25, 2018, 6:15pm Top

>301 richardderus: Richard--Wow, way to save up the "show and tell" for you doctor!! I bet that helped your cause. ; )

Seriously, though, I am so sorry you have to suffer through this. I assume you met with no more obstacles and are clear to go now? How soon in May can they start? SOOON I hope! Hugs.

304jnwelch
Apr 25, 2018, 6:34pm Top

That's good news, Richard. Smart to break out your science fair project for the doctor. I hope it didn't hurt a lot when it showed up.

305quondame
Apr 25, 2018, 6:41pm Top

>301 richardderus: Ouch! I hope the Krystexxa does it for you!

306BekkaJo
Apr 26, 2018, 2:46am Top

>301 richardderus: Well done knee! Sorry for the pain but glad they got to see how bad it is.

Hugs and good books!

307karenmarie
Apr 26, 2018, 8:18am Top

Hallelujah, RichardDear!

Your body knew exactly what to do to 'impress' the doc. I'm sorry it happened, but visual aids are always good.

I'm happy that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

(can't see the image you put in >301 richardderus: - it's a little box with an x in it)

*smooches* from your own Madame TVT Horrible

308FAMeulstee
Apr 26, 2018, 8:59am Top

So happy for you, Richard dear!!!
May can't come soon enough...
(((hugs)))

309laytonwoman3rd
Apr 26, 2018, 11:52am Top

>301 richardderus: : Yowza....but I always say if something is going to erupt, the doctor's office is the place for it to happen. I do hope the new treatment turns out to be just the thing you need. I can't see the image either, but maybe that's just as well...?

310benitastrnad
Apr 26, 2018, 12:35pm Top

I was thankful I couldn’t see the image as those things tend to bother my delicate sensabilities. I am glad that you may be getting some relief. Constant pain is very wearing on the soul and a drag on a quality life.

311richardderus
Apr 27, 2018, 11:48am Top

Hi all! New thread is up over here so mosey on over when you are so moved.

My treatment plan calls for 18 months of infusions, one every two weeks or 39 in total. Each infusion lasts 3 hours. The worst possible scenario has my body producing antibodies to kill the Krystexxa, which would require Methotrexate (an immunosuppressor) to be administered with the drug. It's only a possibility, but it's a sobering one.

The cost is *staggering*: Over $1MM. Medicare, Medicaid, and a foundation grant cover the total. The foundation grant is the scheduling hold-up right now.

Two years ago, before that complete asswipe Martin Shkreli did his devil's work, it would have been less than half that amount. Dr. Cima was more than a little vocal about how the cost skyrocketed because of greed. This told me I would like him.

Onward and upward! 18 months of gout attacks and stewing angrily over greed...followed by no more tophus...worth it.

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