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Anita's (FAMeulstee) armchair travels in 2009, part 2

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Edited: Dec 30, 2009, 12:17pm Top

March ended with book #29 and message 248 on my thread, so I thought it was time for a new thread.

Link to my first thread Anita's armchair travels in 2009

book #67 Sagittarius whorl by Julian May (msg 204)
book #66 Orion's arm by Julian May (msg 200)
book #65 Perseus spur by Julian May (msg 195)
book #64 Sorcerer's moon by Julian May (msg 189)
book #63 Ironcrown moon by Julian May (msg 189)
book #62 Conqueror's moon by Julian May (msg 189)
book #61 Black horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey (msg 186)
book #60 Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (msg 181)
book #59 Tegenspel by Floortje Zwigtman (msg 178)
book #58 No two alike by Judith Rich Harris (msg 171)
book #57 Schijnbewegingen by Floortje Zwigtman (msg 170)
book #56 The Italian's Marriage Demand by Diana Hamilton (msg 170)
book #55 In the Millionaire's Possession by Sara Craven (msg 170)
book #54 Dragonsdawn by Ann McCaffrey (msg 170)
book #53 Frontier wolf by Rosemary Sutcliff (msg 156)
book #52 Gideons reizen by An Rutgers van der Loeff (msg 141)
book #51 Labradoedel by Jan Mulder (msg 134)
book #50 Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af by Dimitri Verhulst (msg 131)
book #49 Candide by Kristien Dieltiens (msg 131)
book #48 In het teken van de blauwe vlam by Federica de Cesco (msg 119)
book #47 In het teken van de hemelse beer by Federica de Cesco (msg 119)
book #46 In het teken van de rode zon by Federica de Cesco (msg 119)
book #45 Het valkenjong by Federica de Cesco (msg 119)
book #44 Aude by Kristien Dieltiens (msg 119)
book #43 Olrac by Kristien Dieltiens (msg 119)
book #42 People of the Raven by W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neil Gear (msg 108)
book #41 The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (msg 108)
book #40 The crown of Dalemark (fourth book of the Dalemark Quartet) by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 108)
book #39 Drowned Ammet (second book of the Dalemark Quartet) by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 103)
book #38 The spellcoats (third book of the Dalemark Quartet) by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 103)
book #37 Cart and cwidder (first book of the Dalemark Quartet) by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 101)
book #36 The World of Chows in 2007 and 2008, editor Janneke Leunissen (msg 97)
book #35 The Merlin conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 97)
book #34 Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn (msg 80)
book #33 Grass for his pillow by Lian Hearn (msg 80)
book #32 Across the nightingale floor by Lian Hearn (msg 48)
book #31 The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 34)
book #30 Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones (msg 16)

Edited: Oct 29, 2010, 5:32am Top

Today new photos of the litter on my website and weblog

Apr 4, 2009, 6:16pm Top

Simply delightful! I'll bet they are starting to be on the move a lot now too, huh?

Apr 4, 2009, 6:56pm Top

Anita, the puppies are just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these photos. We only did one litter with our standard poodle but it was quite the experience!

Apr 4, 2009, 8:23pm Top

I so enjoy these weekly photos of the pups. Frank always looks so happy when he is holding them.

Apr 4, 2009, 8:41pm Top

I still want the little rough lady, but they are all adorable!

Apr 5, 2009, 7:03pm Top

omg~ so so cute!!!!

Apr 6, 2009, 3:22pm Top

thanks all

The are very cute and a lot of work ;-)

They are all housbroken now, at nearly 5 weeks, but they can't hold it too long. Last nigt I could sleep 5 hours in a row before Egoi woke me up to tell me it was potty time. So 7 pups to the garden and 15 minutes later all back inside for some more sleep.

They start to play more and sleep a bit less, it is much fun to watch them playing (and sleeping, but that's me LOL).

This is our 5th litter since 1998, the pictures at Franks lap started with our first litter, we gave the new owners the photos of their pup, so they could see how fast they had grown in the first 8 weeks with us. And that became tradition.

Apr 6, 2009, 5:06pm Top

Nice to see your new thread :) In reply to >241 (ronincats) on your old thread, just wanted to express pleasure at the idea of a DWJ book with more Chrestomanci in it. Will look out for that.

Apr 7, 2009, 1:27pm Top

The pups are still adorable. Our kittens are two weeks old today and just starting to walk. Are puppies as wobbly walking as kittens are? We have lots of giving up, sitting on our bottoms and having a nap!!!

Also, did you have a clear runt of the litter and did you do anything about it? We have one that is a definite runt and are now feeding it ourselves as well as letting mum do it, she is now keeping pace with the others on her weight gain whereas she was losing 10g a day on their progress.

Apr 7, 2009, 4:35pm Top

>9 FlossieT:: hi Flossie, I am glad you found me again ;-)

>10 lunacat:: Luna
Yes pups start the same, first crawling to mother, then wobbly walking and now they all walk, some even started running.
We had three that stayed behind the first days, I bottle fed them with goats milk twice a day. That way they kept up with the others. The last borns (Esmoreit and Eki) were behind at birth, opened their eyes a bit later and walked later.
They develop well, but stay about two days behind the others.
The third I bottle fed was Eoos, she was big at birth but lost a lot of weight the first two days. She is catching up well, but I keep a close eye on her.

give the kitties a hug from us!

Edited: Apr 9, 2009, 5:08pm Top

This list has been going around so here is mine.
According to the BBC, most people have only read 6 of the books below. Bold the books read, italicize the ones you start but don't finish.

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling TBR
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee TBR
6 The Bible
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller TBR
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger TBR
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy TBR
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams TBR
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky TBR
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck TBR
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy TBR
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini TBR
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden TBR
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving TBR
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley TBR
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov TBR
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie TBR
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville TBR
78 Germinal - Emile Zola TBR
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro TBR
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

17 read
22 to be read
1 abandoned

Apr 7, 2009, 8:50pm Top

I admit it -- I love hearing about those beautiful puppies and Lunacats kittens. We had a few spring like days and plants are awakening. Hearing about new life simply brings hope and rebirth....

Apr 7, 2009, 9:24pm Top


#12 re the 100 book list

That's fabulous--you'd probably be in the top 10% of people whose first language is English! I'm impressed. :-)

Apr 8, 2009, 5:47pm Top

>13 Whisper1:: Linda
I am glad you enjoy the puppies too.
They consume now almost all my time, the rest of the time is for the adult Chows and for sleeping ;-)

>14 MusicMom41: Carolyn
LOL, I did not read them in English, most in Dutch translation. But the Dutch top 100 would be a bit different.

Edited: Apr 9, 2009, 5:08pm Top

finished a book! LOL

book #30 Heksenweek by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of Witch Week
from the library, YA fantasy

Coninuing reading the Crestomanci books, this one was entertaining too and light enough to read now.
4 stars

Edited: Oct 29, 2010, 5:36am Top

puppie update:

new photos at the website

Apr 11, 2009, 8:21pm Top

They have grown so much! Fat and fuzzy and so cute.

Apr 11, 2009, 8:27pm Top

ditto what tui said!

Apr 11, 2009, 8:40pm Top

They are just too cute - decidedly unfair. I want them all, but if I cannot have them all, I still want Embla!!

Apr 11, 2009, 8:45pm Top

so so cute!

Apr 12, 2009, 1:07pm Top


Lol.............what with 7 puppies and 4 kittens, you'll be busy!!!

Apr 12, 2009, 6:04pm Top

Each week I am draw to Eki and Egoi Please tell me about their personalities.

Apr 13, 2009, 12:21am Top

#22: And sneezing my head off since I am allergic to both cats and dogs :)

Apr 13, 2009, 4:21pm Top

Your head is a good one, filled with such an intelligent mind...Please ...don't sneeze it off!

Apr 13, 2009, 4:27pm Top

thanks all

the pups really keep us busy right now, we are enjoying every moment and getting very tired :-)
I barely read a few pages a day...

>23 Whisper1:: Linda
Egoi is easy going and very sweet, in some ways he seems to be wise. He has the longest legs and weighs most, he uses his weight to keep the other pups from dominating him.

Eki and her sister Eoos (the two smooth girls) do everything together. Lay in the bench together, tease the others together etc. Yesterday they first started to do things without the other.
Eki needs time before she likes people. If others have her on their lap for the first time she tries to escape. Second time goes better and after the third time she settles.

Apr 13, 2009, 4:49pm Top

Funny, Egoi was the one I was drawn to too.

Apr 13, 2009, 8:14pm Top

May I ask....Are all the pups sold?

Apr 14, 2009, 6:19am Top

#26: My poor Embla, left out of the sisterhood!

Apr 14, 2009, 4:34pm Top

>27 tiffin:: Tui
It seems that people who look for character in a dog are drawn to Egoi, Chow show people like Erilo, Endo and Eki.

>28 Whisper1: Linda
No, two are sold now. Embla and Egoi.

One will stay ours but is going to live with a friend.
We can't keep a male with Gladdich, but two males in this litter look very promising (Erilo and Endo) so we want to keep one of them to show.

We are still in doubt if we keep a smooth female.

>29 alcottacre:: Stasia
Yes life is hard, Embla likes to play rough with the boys ;-)

Apr 15, 2009, 12:15am Top

#30: Sounds like me - I was always a tomboy as a kid!

Apr 15, 2009, 4:36pm Top

So was I Stasia.
If I did not hate combing and brushing I would have been tempted to keep her!

Apr 15, 2009, 6:50pm Top

#32: I would not want to get rid of any of them, lol.

Apr 16, 2009, 3:04pm Top

finished a book :-)

book #31 De tovenaars van Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of The Magicians of Caprona
from the library, YA fantasy

Last of the Crestomanci books.
Two rivaling magician families in Italy fight eachother for two centuries. But they have to work together to save their city. Crestomanci is called for help. Then young family members of both families disappear...
4 stars

Apr 16, 2009, 5:04pm Top

just stopping by to say hi. I'm always interested in what you are reading.

Edited: Oct 29, 2010, 5:39am Top

New photos are on the website


Apr 18, 2009, 5:04pm Top

Oh my, Anita, they really have grown this past week.

Thanks for posting the photos every week. I look forward to seeing them.

Apr 18, 2009, 5:21pm Top

I love the one of Eki looking up into Frank's face!

They aren't babies anymore, but full-fledged toddlers. I'll bet they are soaking up barrels full of love right now--but remember, most of them will be gone in another 4-6 weeks and how you will miss them!

Apr 18, 2009, 8:57pm Top

>34 FAMeulstee:: so glad you liked this one, Anita! I love this book - so entertaining, so clever. And now I come to think of it, that scene with the spaghetti is probably humour of the disgusting kind that may even entice my eldest son to give it a go... ...hatching evil plot....

Apr 19, 2009, 8:32am Top

came by for a puppy fix....awwwwwwwwwwww so cute!

Apr 19, 2009, 9:59am Top

I went into the Chow section to see the big dogs and there are some wonderful photos there. I particularly liked the canoe series, with a big nervous dog in a canoe. The one of her looking over at her reflection in the water was priceless. Also loved the seaside ones with the dogs playing in the water.

Apr 19, 2009, 5:25pm Top

Embla!! EMBLA!!!!!! (Shades of A Streetcar Named Desire, lol)

Apr 20, 2009, 4:00pm Top

>37 Whisper1:: Linda
They are so much fun, and it is good to share them with all of you :-)

>38 ronincats:: Roni
No, no babies anymore, running around, jumping, playing. Gladdich has a hard time when he goes in the puppy-pen in the garden: seven puppies with puppy-teeth attacking LOL
Yes I know they will leave, at least I hope so! Three will leave next week, for the others we still need good homes. Eoos is going to stay, she reminds us very much of our first smooth bitch, Pandora. If it takes too long to find homes, Eki might stay too, but we really can't keep a male together with Gladdich.

>39 FlossieT:: Rachael
Yes, I can understand what the spaghetti scene could do to a teenager, it was hilarious LOL

40: Kath
fixed? ;-)

>41 tiffin:: Tui
Thank you, there is a lot on the website.
If you like, there are more photos, with Chimay and Gladdich in the canoe at my picasa photoalbum http://picasaweb.google.nl/xinfengchowchows/070715CanoeChimayGladdich

>42 alcottacre:: Stasia
Yes we got it LOL
She goes to her new owners next wednesday.
A very cute photo of her is on my weblog

Apr 20, 2009, 4:12pm Top

Those are great photos, Anita. Chimay is SOOOO beautiful. What a colour in her coat. I got a big kick out of how worried Gladdich is about the canoe.

Apr 20, 2009, 4:12pm Top

Awww, I love the pics Anita. If only they could stay puppies forever!

Apr 21, 2009, 2:44am Top

They are just beautiful, Anita!

Apr 21, 2009, 3:45pm Top

>44 tiffin: Chimay has a very dark, warm color for a Chow.

>45 lunacat: Puppies are cute, but ultimate I prefer the grown ups, with their adult personality, when you know eachother through and through

>46 alcottacre: thank you!

Apr 21, 2009, 3:59pm Top

book #32 De stilte van de nachtegalen by Lian Hearn
translation of Across the nightingale floor
from the library, historial fiction/fantasy, Japan
recommended by avatiakh

Set in a medieval Japan-like country, this book tells the story of a boy who witnesses the destruction of his village. He is saved by Lord Otori Shigeru and becomes his protege, but others claim him too.
Love, war, death, betrayal, all in a well written and captivating book, I look forward to the sequels.

4 1/2 stars

Apr 21, 2009, 6:45pm Top

So pleased that you enjoyed the Lian Hearn book. I must get on and finish the final two books in this series. Love your puppies - we have a naughty but adorable beagle in our house.

Edited: Apr 22, 2009, 3:34pm Top

more puppie pictures today:

090422 Xin-Feng's E-litter playing

(click on the photo to see all photos)

Apr 22, 2009, 3:42pm Top

What great fun to watch them!! Thanks for sharing. But where is Eki?

Apr 22, 2009, 3:48pm Top

Awwww, I want one!! Unfortunately, I don't think it would like having to be in 6 months quarantine to be allowed it.

Apr 22, 2009, 4:16pm Top

>51 ronincats:: Roni
Eki and Erilo had an off-day today, I noticed Erilo in time to take some pictures of him. I noticed that Eki was missing on the photos when I was viewing them on the computer. I'll catch her next time ;-)

>52 lunacat: Luna
For the UK they don't have to go in quarantaine anymore, they may spend the 6 months after their rabies-vaccination at their breeders place. But I think that is still to old to go to a new owner.
But if you really would like a Chow, there are a few smooth Chow breeders in the UK ;-)

Apr 22, 2009, 4:18pm Top

#50: They are just too cute for words.

Apr 22, 2009, 10:13pm Top

All photos captured my heart. I love the ones where the puppies have their heads sticking out of the box.
For some reason photo 43 tugs at my heart strings the most.

I imagine your house is very busy with company stopping by just to see the puppies. Years ago when my bichon, Whisper, had a litter of four, the couple who owned the male dog that bred with Whisper came by each and every night at dinner time....It drove me NUTS! Finally, we had to nicely put our foot down and ask them to be more considerate.

Apr 22, 2009, 10:19pm Top

I couldn't help it...I looked at the photos again. Egoi remains the one that I'm drawn to.

Edited: Apr 23, 2009, 4:24pm Top

>54 alcottacre:: thank you Stasia

>55 Whisper1:: Linda
thank you, they accidently got stuck in the box and I was lucky to have the camera ready ;-)
Photo 43, Esmoreit, is incredibly cute.

Today Esmoreit sold himself, he is leaving instead of Egoi, Marcel and Esmoreit had that click. Puppies sometimes DO choose their owners ;-)

Oh yes a lot of visitors, but not too many yet ;-)
And visitors are good for the pups, Chows tend to be aloof and have to be socialised intensively

Edited: Oct 29, 2010, 5:47am Top

Yesterday I took the last series of photos, next week 4 pups (maybe 5) will leave.
And Eoos is going to stay, she reminds us so much of her great-great-grandmother Pandora.

All pups have an own page at the website now, click on a photo to go to the pups page.

Embla Egoi
Endo Eoos
Erilo Esmoreit

Apr 26, 2009, 7:52am Top

#58: So sad, this being the last set of pictures of all the pups together :(

They are still cute, though!

Apr 26, 2009, 8:02am Top

>59 alcottacre:: Stasia
They are more than two hands full at the moment. There is no way I can keep up with the threads now, so I will be glad as some of them leave with their delighted new owners.
Endo and Esmoreit go to friends, so we will see them regular in the future. And Eoos is staying, so pictures of her keep on coming ;-)

Apr 26, 2009, 8:03am Top

You're shipping Embla to me, right?

Apr 26, 2009, 8:14am Top

>61 alcottacre:: Stasia

Apr 26, 2009, 8:18am Top

So how does that work - the name thing? I've heard something like for every birth you name all the puppies with the equivalent letter in the alphabet which would mean this is the 5th time she's given birth?? Or do I have my facts totally wrong here?

Apr 26, 2009, 2:11pm Top

>63 girlunderglass:: Eliza
A letter for each litter born at our place.
We started with Pandora, who had one litter (A-litter), then her grand-daughter Callisto, she had two litters (B-litter and C-litter), we kept Chimay from the C-litter and she gave us the D- and E-litter.

That was more than you ever wanted to know I suppose LOL


Apr 26, 2009, 5:14pm Top

It sounds silly, but can you keep me posted regarding Esmoriet? I'm happy to know this lovely puppy will be going to your friends.

Apr 26, 2009, 5:17pm Top

oh no, it's Exactly what I wanted to know :) Sounds lovely, so many generations of puppies in your home!

Edited: May 1, 2009, 3:33pm Top

>66 girlunderglass:: Eliza, yes it is, Eoos is staying because she reminds us in many ways of our first bitch: Pandora.

>65 Whisper1:: Linda
Esmoreit left Tuesday and is doing very well, he lives with two other smooth Chows (an uncle and an aunt of Chimay).

Wednesday Embla and Endo left. Endo was our pick of the litter, he stays ours, but is living with a friend. We have hope he will do well in the showring.

Today Egoi left, he is going to live in France. To fill the void Crackers has left. Crackers was a litter-brother of Chimay who got killed in an accident last year. When they saw we had puppies from Chimay they asked if they could have a male again. Egoi liked them at first sight and so did they :-)

So three pups remaining, we hope to find homes for Erilo and Eki, but if no one comes within a month or so, I guess all will stay ;-)


May 1, 2009, 7:53pm Top

Thanks for keeping us posted.

I have enjoyed this journey tremendously.

May 2, 2009, 2:23am Top

What Linda said!

May 2, 2009, 8:54pm Top

But Egoi doesn't speak French! oh dear, I'm going to miss seeing that lovely little face. Ne mangez pas des escargots, Egoi!

May 2, 2009, 10:36pm Top

WOW! They really are stunning now. It's sad to see them go, but you are probably anxious to get some of your reading time back. ;-)

Edited: May 3, 2009, 7:24am Top

"Egoi liked them at first sight"

I love that!

I too, have enjoyed watching the pups.. thank you.

( I am in love with Embla)

May 3, 2009, 7:41am Top

#72: You have good taste, Kath! I am in love with Embla, too.

Now, Anita, when are they going to have more pups. I want to do this again, lol. It has been great fun watching them grow up to this point!

May 3, 2009, 9:17am Top

A Message to all:

I trust your judgment in books, but when it comes to dogs, you might want to take another look at Esmoriet. (I'm smiling of course.)

Anita, I so appreciate that you shared this wonderful journey of seeing the incredible puppies. It was very nice of you to do so. But, then again, you are a nice and wonderful person!!!!

May 3, 2009, 9:23am Top

:) all so cute really~

yes, thank you for sharing the puppies with us..I have enjoyed watching them and hearing about them..

May 3, 2009, 2:05pm Top

>68 Whisper1:, 69 & 72: Linda, Stasia and Kath
It has been a joy to share them here :-)

>70 tiffin:: Tui
Egoi has the age they really easy pick up a new language LOL
Snails are actually very tasty, escargots are among my favourite starters for diner.

>71 thomasandmary:: thomasandmary
Thanks (and welcome! I'll read your thread when I catch up with the group).
When they reach 8 weeks they demand more and more personal attention, so actually we are glad when the first ones leave ;-)
And, yes, some time for serious reading would be nice. But as at least one of the pups is going to stay, the next months will be filled with raising a puppy into a well behaved young dog.

>72 mckait: & 73: Kath & Stasia
So Embla has a fanclub ;-)
She sure has a lot of personality. Their owners are very happy with her, first night she cried a little, second night she slept 8 hours!

>73 alcottacre:: Stasia
Well a next litter will be, if all goes well, in three years or so. This was the last litter for Chimay. The delivery was again hard on her, we had hoped a second litter would go easier, but it did not.
We hope that Eoos will pass all health tests then we can carry on our breeding program with her.

>74 Whisper1:: Linda
thank you , chairwoman of the fanclub of Esmoreit ;-)

>75 mckait:: Kath
Very cute, I know :)

They all are sound asleep now, tomorrow someone comes who might take Erilo...

May 4, 2009, 8:49am Top

I love Embla, too...do you think her owners will ever send photos?

Edited: May 5, 2009, 8:55pm Top

Anita, read this in the local paper this morning:

"Jarod, a 12-year old chow chow, scored a spot in history for chasing a black bear that was trying to attack his master, Donna Perreault, in Genelle, B.C." He was inducted into the Purina Hall of Fame, for animal heroes (it's been running for 41 years now).

Thought you'd get a kick out of that. 12 years old and chasing off a bear!

May 15, 2009, 3:38pm Top

>77 marise:: Marise
no photos yet, but they did send e-mail to tell she is doing fine.

>78 tiffin:: thank you Tui for sharing!

I have been busy, with the pups.
Now only Eoos is here. Eki left last Wednesday to Finland. Some photos of Eki and Eoos last Saturday.
Now the ongoing job of raising Eoos has really started, walking her 4 times a day, keeping an eye on her when she is awake... And Chimay and Gladdich need some extra attention.

And I have been updating my website not much change to see, but a lot of work that included some work on each and every page (214 pages!). But it is ready now ;-)


Edited: May 15, 2009, 3:45pm Top

back to the books

book #33 Het gefluister van de raven by Lian Hearn
translation of Grass for his pillow
from the library finished on April 28th
Second book in the Tales of the Otori, 4 stars

book #34 Het schijnsel van de maan by Lian Hearn
translation of Brilliance of the Moon
from the library finished on May 4th
Third book in the Tales of the Otori, 4 stars

Haven't picked up an other book yet...

May 15, 2009, 4:19pm Top

So good to see you are back! You were missed.

May 15, 2009, 5:57pm Top

Poor Eoos will be really lonely with all her playmates gone! Glad to see you back.

May 15, 2009, 7:55pm Top

puppies are so adorable, soft and snuggly and so so much work!

May 17, 2009, 2:22pm Top

thanks Linda, Roni and Kath

Now the huge task of catching up all threads here is waiting ;-)

Eoos is not very lonely, Gladdich is so happy with her, if we would allow him, he would play all day with her!

Eki had a hard time at the airplane to Finland, I really hope some rest will help, her new owner said she was skittish, afraid of noises and wary about people :-(
I hope to get better news after the weekend.


May 17, 2009, 5:58pm Top

I always like the images you paint regarding your furry friends. Sorry to hear Eki had a hard time. I hope things are better this week.

This is a larger and busier group than our 75 challenge last year. I've been working around the house and have been busy at work and thus haven't had the time to devote as much as usual. I'm behind as well.

I send all good wishes,

May 23, 2009, 3:49pm Top

thanks Linda

Eki has come around in Finland, we were very happy she is doing well now.

Yes, the group is very large this year, I am still way behind, don't know if I will ever catch up with all the threads. I haven't catched up with the starred threads yet!


Jun 3, 2009, 3:36pm Top

Reading is stil slow, currently reading Odysseia translation by Imme Dros. The name of our pup, Eoos, comes from that book.

Last week we visied two of the pups
Esmoreit: http://xinfengchowchows.blogspot.com/2009/06/eoos-en-esmo.html
Endo: http://xinfengchowchows.blogspot.com/2009/06/endo-eoos-and-chimay.html

Jun 3, 2009, 3:56pm Top

Thanks for sharing the pictures Anita!

Jun 3, 2009, 9:10pm Top

So good to see a post from you Anita. I miss you!

Thanks very much for the photos.

Jun 4, 2009, 9:45pm Top

Anita, did the puppies remember each other?

Jun 7, 2009, 5:29pm Top

>88 alcottacre:: you are welcome Stasia, the pleasure of sharing is mine ;-)

>89 Whisper1:: miss you too Linda, lots of work with Eoos and I am doing some big work in the garden. The weather is nice, not to warm and dry, so perfect for gardening!

>90 tiffin:: Yes they did Tui, sadly Gladdich did not, so he had to stay in the car when we visited Endo.

Jun 7, 2009, 5:56pm Top

Check out the Garden and Flower pictures thread in our group, Anita, and post some pictures of your hard work (hopefully Eoos is not helping you there!). Loved the pictures, as usual.

Jun 7, 2009, 10:39pm Top

Oh my gosh, I want those puppies. They are SO gorgeous.

Jun 9, 2009, 5:28pm Top

>92 ronincats:: Roni
No pictures yet, my hard work resulted thus far in a big hole where once stood a Holly (Ilex aquifolium).
Eoos would like to "help", and was a bit disappointed that digging a hole next to mine was not appriciated LOL

I posted a commend in the thread.

>93 TrishNYC: Thanks Trish
Lucky for us they have all good homes now :-)


Jun 10, 2009, 7:25pm Top

Hi Anita
I find gardening to be balm for a weary soul. There is something about digging earth, planting and watching the life grow that gives hope and promise.

I am glad all the puppies have good homes!

Jun 11, 2009, 5:02pm Top

thank you Linda,
you have such a great way with words, expressing right how I feel about gardening.

Little Eoos has done some damage in the garden, but nothing is realy ruined. The plants will grow again and maybe do better in a new season next year.


Edited: Jun 13, 2009, 7:07pm Top

book #35 Het Merlijncomplot by Diana Wynne Jones
Dutch translation of The Merlin conspiracy
from the library

Yet an other good fantasy book by Diana Wynne Jones, not as good as most Chrestomanci books, but well worth reading

3 1/2 stars

book #36 The World of Chows in 2007 and 2008, editor Janneke Leunissen

The bi-annual book about Chow Chows, with articles, photos of new Champions from many countries. Always a pleasure to see.
Sadly not many smooths in this edition, but there is a photo of Demi (Xin-Feng's Demeter) in it, the smooth bitch from our previous litter.

4 stars

Jun 14, 2009, 12:37am Top

I think it is cool that you got to see one of your dogs in a book!

Jun 14, 2009, 12:23pm Top

Yes, it is really great that one of your dogs was listed.
How very special!

I haven't read any of Diana Wynne Jones books, but they are on my tbr pile. Would you recommend starting with the Chrestomanci books?

Jun 14, 2009, 5:15pm Top

yes Statsia and Linda, it is great to see a dog you have bred in a book, I feel like a proud mom LOL!

Linda, I liked the Crestomanci books best, so I think they are the best to start with.


Jun 15, 2009, 8:49am Top

book #37 De onbekende reiziger by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of Cart and cwidder, first book of the Dalemark Quartet
from the library

Very enjoyable read, about a family of singers/travelers in two countries. The North is free and the South suffers from dictatorial earls.
Father Clennen, mother Lenina, daugther Brid and sons Dagner and Morin travel in a pink cart with their horse Olob trough the South. They pick up a traveler who wants to go to the North.

4 stars

Jun 15, 2009, 6:56pm Top

If you recommend it, then I'm adding it to the pile.

Edited: Jun 19, 2009, 5:33pm Top

book #38 De magische mantels by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of The spellcoats, third book of the Dalemark Quartet
from the library

Even better!
This book is about ancient times in Dalemark.
4 1/2 stars

book #39 De weg van de wind by Diana Wynne Jones
translation of Drowned Ammet, second book of the Dalemark Quartet
from the library

Adventures in the South of Dalemark
4 stars

I read these two out of order one was not immediate available at the library, but that did not matter, because The Spellcoats is set in much earlier times. I expect all books will come together in the last book of the Quartet.

Jun 19, 2009, 9:25pm Top

I'm glad you are enjoying these, Anita!

Jun 19, 2009, 9:47pm Top

It sounds like you are having great fun reading this series.

Jun 26, 2009, 6:41am Top

Anita, I hate reading this thread, I end up yearning for one of your beautiful pups!

Nice that you are finding some reading gime though :)
Kepp post pics, please ( darnit )

Jun 28, 2009, 3:57pm Top

Yes Roni and Linda I enjpyed these books!

Kath, haven't taken any photos recently, went down in depression and am rather lethargic these days :-(
Walking Chimay, Gladdich and Eoos, some work in the garden, a bit of reading that is all I can handle at the moment... But if I manage to pick up the camera I will share the photos.


Jun 28, 2009, 4:12pm Top

book #40 De kroon van Daalmark by Diana Jones
translation of The crown of Dalemark, fourth book of the Dalemark Quartet
from the library

Also very good!
All comes together in this book, in present and past Dalemark.
4 1/2 stars

book #41 Dagboek van een halve indiaan by Sherman Alexie
translation of The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
from the library

A beautifull, funny and touching book.

Junior grows up in an indian-reservation, where most inhabitants are alcoholics. To avoid this sad destiny, Junior decides to go to a white school outside the reservation.

This book should have got an Award, sadly this year there are no awards for YA in the Netherlands, because of lack of promotion money, so this jewel has to do without :-(
But I am going to put this book on my wish-list, pretending it won a Zilveren Zoen.

5 stars!

book #42 Het volk van de Raaf by W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neil Gear
translation of People of the Raven
from the library

Needed a lighter read and took an other book of the First North-Americans series.
Enjoyed it, 3 stars

Jun 28, 2009, 5:32pm Top

oh dear... sorry to hear that~ I have been down that road myself, and frequently have to fight going there again..

be well soon

Jun 30, 2009, 12:48pm Top

Some nice recent reading, Anita!

I hope your depression lifts soon :)

Jul 16, 2009, 5:13pm Top

Back at home and catching up on threads, after a 3 week absence. How are you, Anita?

Jul 21, 2009, 3:48pm Top

thanks Kath, Stacia and Roni

I am not very well at the moment.
Last Thursday we had to put down Gladdich, our beloved blue boy.
The last weeks we had many incidents, he tried to bite people in the neighborhood he used to love, he got more and more agressive and finaly attacked Chimay.
Chimay has wounds all over her head, ears, next to her eye and her paws :-(
Luckely she is a strong girl and is healing.

We think Gladdich was in a lot of pain, but were unable to find it in time.
At least he is pain free now, but we miss him, but are releaved a bit too, the last weeks we tried everything to help him, but it was not enough...


Jul 21, 2009, 4:32pm Top

I'm so sorry to hear that news Anita. My thoughts are with you, and I hope Gladdich is at peace now.

Jul 21, 2009, 4:43pm Top


Edited: Jul 22, 2009, 12:30am Top

I am so sorry to hear the news about Gladdich, Anita.

Jul 22, 2009, 7:43am Top

so sorry to hear about Gladdich...

Jul 22, 2009, 12:24pm Top

Oh, Anita, what a tragedy! I am so sorry!

Jul 22, 2009, 3:57pm Top

Anita, I am so sorry to hear about Gladdich. We had to put our older dog to sleep last Saturday, and it is a very, very difficult thing to do, in spite of the knowledge that they are now out of pain. You have my deepest sympathy.

Jul 23, 2009, 4:21am Top

Thanks Luna, Linda, Stasia, Deebee, Roni and Terri

It was hard, especially because Gladdich was very young, only nearly 3 years old...
I still think I see him laying somewhere in the house at one of his favourite spots and then realise he is gone. But I know that phase will fade.

My recent readings are all books that are not available in English:

book #43 Olrac by Kristien Dieltiens
from the library, YA
The story is facinating, but the style not so good. 12th century, a boy called Olrac grows up in a group of robbers. Of each of them he learns valuable lessons. Then the group is killed by the authoroties. Olrac escapes and goes on a search for his real parents.
3 stars

book #44 Aude by Kristien Dieltiens
from the library, YA
Sequel to Olrac, style a bit better, story a bit less.
Aude and her mother live together, her mother gets seriously ill and Aude tries to take her to a famous healer. Sadly her mother dies and she barely escapes from a group of men with bad intentions. She finds the healer in a group travelers and joins them. In the mean time people are accused of witchcraft and are prosecuted. Olracs father sends him to the city to see what is going on.
3 1/2 stars

book #45 Het valkenjong by Federica de Cesco
from the library, YA
I have some books by Federica de Cesco that I like, so when I saw this one at the library I took it and was not disappointed.
In Tokio a student finds out about a family secret and gets befriended with a half Japanes girl, who was raised in Germany. The difference in culture between West and East and old Japanese culture are the themes.
4 stars

the previous book reminded me of the triology by the same writer, where she writes about ancient Japan. The main character, Toyo, tells the story of her mother who is the last priestqueen Himiko.
The story is mixed with the legends of Amaterasu and her brother Susanoo.

book #46 In het teken van de rode zon by Federica de Cesco
book #47 In het teken van de hemelse beer by Federica de Cesco
book #48 In het teken van de blauwe vlam by Federica de Cesco
YA, translated from German
all books 4 stars

Jul 23, 2009, 9:09am Top

Hi Anita
It looks like you are doing some great escape type of reading, probably just what you need to mend a sad, sad heart.

I'm thinking of you.

Jul 23, 2009, 12:49pm Top

Ditto what Linda said.

Jul 24, 2009, 12:28am Top

I'm so sorry about Gladdich. You've lost a member of your family. I know it was a very difficult decision.

Jul 25, 2009, 1:55pm Top

Oh, Anita- I am sending thoughts, prayers, and healing energy your way. I am so sorry about Gladdich.

Edited: Aug 2, 2009, 10:20pm Top


You have my sympathy; so sorry to hear about Gladdich.

Aug 4, 2009, 6:51am Top

Hello Anita
I miss you! I know this is a sad time for you. I send hugs.

Aug 4, 2009, 7:35pm Top

Anita, I am so sorry to read that you had to put down your much loved Gladdich. I am also so very sorry for your poor girl, Chimay. What a time you have been through with this. Perhaps you could plant a rose for him in your lovely garden? That's what I always do when I lose a furred friend. Best wishes and thoughts to you.

Aug 4, 2009, 10:34pm Top

Thinking of you today, Anita, and sending good vibes your way!

Your reviews made me realize that I did not have a copy of the fourth Dalemark book. It was written sometime after the others by a number of years, and I don't know if I read it but didn't own it, or if maybe I just missed it. I just mooched it, so will find out soon. Thanks, though.

Aug 6, 2009, 5:24am Top

thanks everyone
your support means a lot to me!

I am hanging in and Chimay is healing well, I think only a small scar on her nose will remain.
I am going through all the photos of Gladdich, to make a photo-album on my website to go with his tribute. Making this brings up many memories and it helps to heal.

On my website I have tributes and the stories of their life of all our dogs that passed through the years. So each has a little monument (sp?) there.

thanks again

Aug 8, 2009, 3:07am Top

#128: What a terrific idea in putting the tributes for your dogs on the website. I will look for Gladdich's especially.

Aug 16, 2009, 8:11am Top

thank Stasia
It will take some time, the tribute for Callisto (the mother of Chimay) took 18 months before I could write it...

I am still going through the photos of Gladdich, but can't take many at a time, because the tears flow again.


Aug 16, 2009, 8:25am Top

book #49 Candide by Kristien Dieltiens
from the library, YA
Sequel to Aude.
Candide is Olracs sister, she travels to Flandres to marry a rich man. After the marriage her husband is murdered but eventually Candide finds her love and the murderers are caught.
3 1/2 stars

book #50 Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af by Dimitri Verhulst
from the library, available in English as Madam Verona (Comes down the hill)
Little gem, the story of an old lady, Madam Verona, who walks downhill from her house to the vilage beneath for the last time. She knows she won't be able to walk back. While descending the hill vivid memories and aspects of her life are told.
5 stars

Aug 16, 2009, 8:42am Top

Congratulations on hitting 50 books, especially at such a difficult time for you, Anita.

Aug 16, 2009, 9:04am Top

Yes, Anita, I join Stasia in her sensitive, kind message. It is a difficult time for you, and Frank.

I think of you daily and send lots of love to you.

I'm adding Madam Verone Comes Down the Hill) to my to be read pile.

Hugs to you


Sep 22, 2009, 4:19pm Top

thank you Stasia and Linda

one more book to add, despite disaster stuck again.... one of the pups of our latest litter, Linda's favorite Esmoreit, was hit by a car last week and died :-(

book #51 Labradoedel by Jan Mulder
A waste of paper, he tries to write with humor, but there is no real fun in the book. The book is about pets af famous Dutch people who come together because the have enough of publicity. The idea could be fun, but it is NOT.

1 star

Sep 22, 2009, 5:00pm Top

Hi Anita
It is great to see a post from you. Again, my heart goes out to you in the loss not only of Gladdich, but also for the loss of dear Esmoreit.

Regarding book#51, finally one that I will not be adding to the tbr pile from your list.

Take care dear one,


Sep 22, 2009, 5:11pm Top

Agree, it's great to see you post again - hope no more misfortunes and tragedies find their way to you - and hope we can have you happy and posting here regularly again.

Sep 22, 2009, 8:57pm Top

Anita, so sorry to hear about Esmoreit! Know that we do miss you and hope you'll be around more soon.

Edited: Sep 22, 2009, 9:02pm Top

Dear Anita,
I think of you often and missed seeing you post here. My sympathy goes out to you once again. Poor Marcel, that is a terrible loss for him. Esmo really was a beautiful pup.

Sep 24, 2009, 4:06am Top

Anita, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Esmoreit. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing.

Sep 24, 2009, 8:40am Top

thanks Linda, Eliza, Roni, Regina and Stasia

I miss you all too, but I don't read much at the moment.
The library has moved to an other building and was closed for two weeks. Yesterday Frank went ther to return the books and said it was way too crowded for me, so I will wait a bit until I try to explore the new library.

I am feeling a bit weird, can not believe yet Esmoreit is really dead. Marcel, who is a gardener, was working in our garden this week. That was planned some months ago. He needed a bit more time, but that is understandable. Today he is doing the last things...


Oct 5, 2009, 5:39pm Top

managed to finish a book again, I wonder if I'll reach 75 this year...

book #52 Gideons reizen by An Rutgers van der Loeff
Dutch childrens/YA awarded

Title translated would be Gideons travels.
This book was written in 1960, I did read it long ago, but did not remember much. It is about a boy and his father, rich people, who travel the world. Now it is very dated, everyone travels, but then only the wealthy could...
They go to India, Japan, Australia, Mexico and many other countries. After Gideon got very ill in India, the first chapter, he decides he want to help children in poor countries, make a difference. In each country he meets many people and makes a difference for at least one child.

Edited: Oct 29, 2010, 6:01am Top

I finished a large update at my website today, including a page about Gladdichs life, a tribute and a photo album....

thanks to Linda for helping with the English translation!


Oct 6, 2009, 10:57pm Top


Good to see you back here. I checked out all three sites and they are really precious. It is easy to see why you loved Gladdich so much. Take care.


Oct 7, 2009, 4:52am Top

Dear Anita
I"m happy to help. My heart goes out to you my friend! It is good to see you posting here on LT once again. Hang in there, even if you don't make it to 75, remember that is a goal and nothing is written in stone. There are no huge expectations looming over you. It is simply wonderful to have you on board.


Oct 7, 2009, 5:19pm Top

thanks Regina
for taking the time to read the Gladdich pages.
He was loved and lovable...

thanks Linda
I try to catch up, but I don't think I will be able to catch up with all threads in this group, it is really huge now!
No, I know 75 is just a number, but I have hope to get there this year ;-)


Oct 7, 2009, 10:03pm Top

What a lovely set of tributes to your big blue boy, Anita. Thank you for sharing. Don't worry about catching up with all the threads--not even Stasia is able to manage that this year with the tripling of the group's size! Just post here and we'll find YOU!

Oct 7, 2009, 10:03pm Top

Hi Anita

I took some time today to look at the photos of Gladdich. I confess that I shed some tears.

Oct 9, 2009, 5:20am Top

Well it is good to know even Stasia is not able to keep track of all the threads this year, so I won't bother to try ;-)

Thanks for reading my writings about Gladdich, he was very dear to me.
I tried my best to make him a worthy tribute...

Oct 9, 2009, 9:23am Top

I tried my best to make him a worthy tribute..

And you succeed Anita. There are few things that are as sad as losing a beloved pet and companion.

Oct 10, 2009, 8:00am Top

I hate to break it to you, but I am keeping up with all the threads this year. I have had to catch up a couple of times along the way, but generally speaking, I am no more than a day behind at any given time.

That being said, no one expects everyone to keep track of all the threads, even without the difficulties you have gone through over the course of the year, Anita. I hope that you will continue to stick with us! There are a lot of people here who care about you and genuinely want you to stick around, myself included!

Oct 11, 2009, 5:37pm Top

>149 Whisper1:
awww thank you Linda,
you are so sweet!

>150 alcottacre:
okay, I should have known that the womans who reads books faster than anyone else in this group, would still be reading the threads as fast ;-)

Next year I'll give it a try again. For this year I keep it with my own threads and a few others.
Of course I stick around, I do not want to miss you all either!!!!

Oct 11, 2009, 5:58pm Top

Well, I certainly haven't been able to keep up with them all! Not even close. So far it's been just me and my 100 closest friends--of which, obviously, Anita, you are one.

Oct 12, 2009, 6:19am Top

#151: I am glad to see you are sticking with us!

Oct 17, 2009, 11:10am Top

Roni, thanks for calling me your friend, it is unbelievable how large this group got, 642 members!

Stasia, I would not want to miss what you are reading ;-)

Oct 20, 2009, 8:57pm Top

I'm thinking of you and hoping you are well.


Oct 22, 2009, 3:05pm Top

thanks Linda

Yes doing fairly well, thank you!
And finished a book

book #53 De omweg naar de keizer by Rosemary Sutcliff
translation of Frontier wolf
YA, historical fiction, 4th century Brittain

I bought this book last week, now my collection of all Rosemary Sutcliff books translated in Dutch is nearly complete: only one book to go!

Liked this one very well too, she is one of my favourite writers. The only problem was that the translation was not very fluid at a few pages at one third of the book.
After a disaster in Germany a young Roman officer is send to the North of Brittain. Far away from Rome the ways things go are different, the soldiers have their own habits. Then some tribes act together and they have to get away.

4 stars

Oct 22, 2009, 4:16pm Top

I'm sure I've read that one in my youth, and enjoyed it.

Oct 24, 2009, 2:22am Top

#156: I have only read one Rosemary Sutcliff book. I will give that one a go, since I enjoyed the first. Thanks for the recommendation, Anita.

Nov 24, 2009, 7:06am Top

Dear One!

I miss you! I hope you are well!

Nov 24, 2009, 4:03pm Top

dear Linda

I am well, Frank has all november free from work and we went to France for a short vacation, to celebrate our marriage lasted 25 years at November 13th ;-)

I did some reading in France and hope to update here soon, first I want to write down some of our experiences in the weblog before I have forgotten most of it!

thanks for caring!


Nov 24, 2009, 4:15pm Top

How I admire your computer savvy!

It looks like you had a wonderful time in France. Congratulations on 25 years of marriage!

Nov 24, 2009, 4:54pm Top

Wow - many, many congratulations on the silver wedding anniversary. We're not even halfway there, so I am full of admiration for you both.

Nov 25, 2009, 6:30am Top

thank you both!
Time flies, for those who are curious, in my weblog there is a photo of that day 25 years ago.

And I just added the best part of our stay in France: a visit to a museum of modern art.

Two more items to go in the weblog and then I'm ready to write down my latest reading experiences ;-)


Nov 25, 2009, 6:54am Top

I saw some of those stretched dogs by (what I now know is) Giacometi in an art gallery in Prague but I had no idea who the artist was - thanks for sharing!

Nov 25, 2009, 9:56am Top

hi Eliza
I'm glad you know now, he is one of our favourite sculptors!

Nov 25, 2009, 2:12pm Top

>163 FAMeulstee: Isn't it funny to look at those pictures now and think, "Wow, we don't even look old enough to get married!"


Edited: Nov 25, 2009, 2:53pm Top

yes and thank you Terri
We were young then, I was 21 and Frank 22 ;-)
None of our friends married so young, as it was not common at that time, but we liked to do things different.

Nov 28, 2009, 12:48am Top

Congratulations on the 25 years, Anita!

Nov 29, 2009, 10:20am Top

thanks Stacia!

Edited: Nov 29, 2009, 11:02am Top

and now back to the books:

book #54
Dageraad van de draken by Ann McCaffrey
translation of Dragonsdawn
from the library, recommended by Susan (suslyn)

A group of humans go to a planet far away. t takes years to go there and there is no way they can go back.
The planet seems nice but after some time there come trouble in paradise a destructive thread menace.
Local small dragonlike creatures are able to fight it, so the most talented genetic engeneer of the group is trying to mutate these creatures in a larger species: dragons!

nice read, I will be looking for other books of Ann McCaffrey in the library!
3 stars

books #55 & #56
two harlequin romances, nice quick read on holliday ;-)
Franse trots by Sara Craven (translation of In the Millionaire's Possession)
In liefde herenigd by Diana Hamilton (translation of The Italian's Marriage Demand)
both 2 stars

book #57
Schijnbewegingen by Floortje Zwigtman
Dutch, YA, awarded, historical fiction

London 1894, 16 year old Adrian Mayfield, a working class boy, discovers the world of the rich and his own homosexuality in circles around Oscar Wilde.
At the start of the book Adrian works in a shop, but he gets fired. He has no place to go, his parents are divorced, his mom lives in a very small place together with his sister and his father is an alcoholic who tries to earn his money in the theaters.
In the shop he has met an artist, Augustus Trops, desperate he goes there. This man introduces him to Oscar Wilde and others around him. Adrian finds a job as model for some artists first Augustus Trops and later Vincent Farley.
As in the summer everyone leaves London he has no income anymore and becomes a male prostitute. In this world the prostitutes blackmail their clients... So Adrian is happy when everyone returns in the fall and he can go back to his art model work.

Great book! I hope it gets translated soon, so all of you can enjoy this too!
It is the first part of a triology, I am going to find the other parts soon.

4 1/2 stars

edited for typo's

Nov 29, 2009, 11:10am Top

book #58
Geen twee hetzelfde : menselijke natuur en menselijke individualiteit
by Judith Rich Harris
from a friend, non-fiction, translation of No two alike

Judith Rich Harris tries to find out why even identical twins have a different personality.
She writes it like a detective, first look how personality is NOT influenced.

At the end she comes with a theory of tree brain-"modules" who all have different tasks.
At the book page is a good review of the book, better than I can write it :-)

3 1/2 stars

Nov 29, 2009, 12:06pm Top

Since I am the grandmother of twin boys and one of my closest friends has a twin sister, I'm very interested in your most recent read.

It is great to see posts from you!

Nov 29, 2009, 3:01pm Top

Hi Anita - just catching up on some of the threads. I love your tribute pages for your beloved Gladdich. I went to a 'party' yesterday for my friend's guide dog, Orem. We all brought a gift for him and had a lovely get together.

I love the Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey so keep reading - I only found out about them about 5 years ago and read them all in about a month.

Nov 30, 2009, 12:17pm Top

>172 Whisper1: I hope you like it Whisper, I think her idea is plausable.

>173 avatiakh: Thanks Kerry
What kind of guide dog is Orem (I like his name!), there are many kinds of service dogs these days.
Today at the library I saw there are many Pern books to go, but they had two other books I had been looking for, so I'll take the Pern books the next time.

Nov 30, 2009, 11:41pm Top

I still think the original 5 Pern books are by far the best. The first ones were Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and The White Dragon. The rest, you may read because you love the concept, or to follow some of the characters, but most of the originality and charm are diluted. So you should like the five above even more than the one you started with, Anita.

Dec 1, 2009, 12:09am Top

Oram is a labrador (spelt his name wrong in last post). He's Verna's 4th guide dog (first male), she's been blind since she was about 11. Her last dog died suddenly and she was lucky to get Oram, his initial match didn't work out so he was available. He is full of fun when he's off duty and has also been known to get up to a little mischief during Verna's sessions at the gym!

Dec 3, 2009, 1:43pm Top

thanks Roni, so I have some nice reads to look forward to :-)

And I found a way to reach 75 this year.
At the start of the year I read some books like the complete Narnia Chronicles in one band together. If I count them and the others apart...

Chronicles of Narnia 7 books instead of one: +6
The Tomorow series 7 books instead of 2: +5

That would give a total of 69 books read and I can read 6 books this month!
I know, it is not about the numbers, but....

Edited: Dec 4, 2009, 7:29am Top

book #59 (+ 11 = 70)
Tegenspel by Floortje Zwigtman
from the library, Dutch, YA, historical fiction

Sequel to Schijnbewegingen (book #57)
London 1895, 17 year old Adrian Mayfield, a working class boy, discovers the world of the rich and his own homosexuality in circles around Oscar Wilde.
Adrian has found his love: Vincent Farley and has a great time with him. But then the trial Wilde - Queensberry start and Vincent thinks it may be a good career for Adrian to be a jounalist and helps him to get a job. Adrian follows the trial and starts to understand how most people think about homosexuality. His lover can't cope with it and goes to a doctor who thinks he can cure them, he takes Adrian there too.
The the trials coninue and the male prostitutes Adrian worked with in the summer are forced to testify. Adrian is not important enough, so he seems to be off the hook. But the other boys think he has betrayed them...

4 stars
looking out for the 3rd book to be published!

Dec 4, 2009, 12:08pm Top

Congratulations - I know you'll make 75 books now! :)

Don't feel bad about it - a bunch of us talked Stasia into counting her smaller books separately instead of combining them (so she can reach 500!). You wouldn't count a really thick book twice, would you? So it all kind of evens out in the end. :D

Happy reading,

Edited: Dec 5, 2009, 6:31pm Top

thanks Angela

I have just been reading two thick ones (Schijnbewegingen and Tegenspel) and just started Brisingr, so you are very right :-D


Dec 9, 2009, 2:33pm Top

book #60 (+ 11 = 71)
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
from the library, translated, YA, fantasy

Sadly not that last book of the series, after Eragon and Eldest, but again an enjoyable read. Further adventures of Eragon and his drake fighting the bad king who rules great parts of their world.

Now I am waiting for the 4th book (and hope THAT will be indeed the final book!)

3 1/2 stars

Dec 9, 2009, 3:37pm Top


I always smile when I see a post on your thread!

You have had a difficult year and the fact that you read 71 books thus far is incredible.

Hugs to you my friend!


Dec 10, 2009, 1:49am Top

Getting close to the goal! Great job, Anita.

Dec 10, 2009, 1:33pm Top

thanks Linda
I feel the same at your thread :-)
The last week the reading is going well again.

thank you too Stasia
I am halfway #72!


Dec 11, 2009, 6:31am Top

Cool beans!

Edited: Dec 11, 2009, 1:50pm Top

book #61 (+ 11 = 72)
Zwarte paarden voor de koning by Anne McCaffrey
from the library, YA, translation of Black horses for the King

Anne McCaffrey never wanted to write about King Arthur, she disliked the Hollywood adaptions. But in the book Sword at sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff there was one intriguing chapter, about the horses of Arthur.
So when someone asked her if she could write a YA book about Arthur, she knew what she wanted to write: how Arthur breeded larger horses who could carry the knights in armour.

Galwyn works on the ship of his uncle ever since his father died. His uncle is not a nice man. They sail from Brittania to the main land and back. One day they get special passengers: Artos and his men, the go to the south to buy horses. Galwyn speaks many languages and helps Artos on his way.
When Artos is gone, he decides to run away and join Artos and his men.

A good told story, well written, gives an other vision on the well known Athurian legend.

4 stars

Dec 11, 2009, 6:33pm Top

I will have to give Black Horses for the King. It sounds very good. Thanks for the recommendation, Anita!

Dec 11, 2009, 11:42pm Top

ditto what Stasia said...
I love your YA recommendations~

Edited: Dec 24, 2009, 4:51pm Top

book #62 (+ 11 = 73)
De maan van de veroveraar by Julian May
translation of Conqueror's moon

book #63 (+ 11 = 74)
De getijden van Blenholme by Julian May
translation of Ironcrown moon

book #64 (+ 11 = 75!)
De maan van de veroveraar by Julian May
translation of Sorcerer's moon

all from the library, translated, fantasy

Three books that are together The Boreal Moon Tale.
I loved the books of the Saga of the Exiles and Galactic Milieu by Julian May and decided to read some more when I saw these books at the library.

These three are not as good as the above mentiond series, but anyhow a nice read. Julian May is very good in creating a world, fantastic elements, action, romance and the history of this world. But most characters stay flat.

On the fictive midieval island of Blenholme live humans and other species. There is magic, stones used to make magic things to happen, a price (in pain) to pay when using those stones and lots of noble men and women.
Four human countries on the island fight eachother, one King tries to unite them.

I found the first two books the best, both 3 1/2 stars
The third book gets 3 stars

Edited: Dec 25, 2009, 5:56am Top

and while I am here, I will list my best reads of 2009, I don't think there will be an awsome read in the remaining days of this year (and if there is, I can always add it).

7 books got 5 stars:

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Clay by David Almond
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Het kleine meisje van meneer Linh by Philippe Claudel
Mevrouw Verona daalt de heuvel af by Dimitri Verhulst
The book thief by Markus Zusak

Dec 25, 2009, 4:01am Top

#190: Nice summary, Anita!

Dec 25, 2009, 5:58am Top

> 191
Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

> 192
thank you Stasia
It was a worthwile reading year :-)

Dec 25, 2009, 1:00pm Top

Happy Christmas, Anita!

Dec 27, 2009, 1:32pm Top

book #65 (+ 11 = 76)
Het spoor van Perseus by Julian May
translation of Perseus spur
from the library, SF

This was a better Julian May book, funny and stirring.

Stel in an outer world of the galaxy, a young man survives two attacks and searches for his missing older sister.

4 stars

Dec 27, 2009, 2:44pm Top

Stopping by to wish you a peaceful and blessed holiday season, Anita.

I like Black Horses for the King by McCaffrey too, as well as the other she wrote at that level, No One Noticed the Cat.

I only ever tried the first book of the first series Julian May wrote, and didn't make it through it. Sounds like I need to try some of her later work.

Dec 27, 2009, 4:16pm Top

thanks Roni

Sadly No one noticed the cat is not translated (yet).

I loved the first series of Julian May, the only problem at the start is that there are very many persons and names introduced.

The Boreal Moon Tale books are fantasy.
Rampart Worlds are Sience Fiction.
So it is just what you like most if you decide to give her a try.


Dec 28, 2009, 6:03pm Top

Hi Anita! Your best reads of 2009 list reminds me that I want to read something by Sherman Alexie and David Almond in 2010!

Dec 28, 2009, 7:16pm Top

Yes Amy, you should read them, glad I reminded you ;-)

Edited: Dec 29, 2009, 2:31pm Top

book #66 (+ 11 = 77)
De arm van Orion by Julian May
translation of Orion's arm
from the library, SF

Sequel of Perseus spur, again funny and stirring SF.

Asahel Frost gets in trouble again trying to save his family and their commercial enterprises.

4 stars

Dec 29, 2009, 6:06pm Top


both David Almond and Sherman Alexie are excellent writers.

Dec 30, 2009, 2:26am Top

#200: I am going to look for the Julian May books, Anita, since I am trying to expand my science fiction & fantasy reading. Thanks for the recommendations!

Dec 30, 2009, 11:57am Top

>202 alcottacre: Stasia
In my opinion the best books of Julian May are her Saga of the Exiles, starting with The Many-Colored Land. The first time I tried to read that book I failed, but second time I got into the story and read all 4 in a row. They are on my To Be Re-Read list ;-)


Dec 30, 2009, 12:15pm Top

book #67 (+ 11 = 78)
De krans van de boogschutter by Julian May
translation of Sagittarius whorl
from the library, SF

The last book of Rampart worlds, as good as the other two.

Asahel Frost goes on fighting the aliens who threaten his family and humanity.

4 stars

Dec 30, 2009, 5:16pm Top

Hi Anita

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2009, 1:45am Top

#203: Thanks for the input, Anita!

Dec 31, 2009, 6:48pm Top


All good wishes for a calm, healthy and wonderful New Year. You are one of my top blessings of LT!


Dec 31, 2009, 10:11pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita! See you next year.

Dec 31, 2009, 10:12pm Top

Happy New Year, Anita! See you next year.

Jan 1, 2010, 3:35am Top

Happy New Year, Anita!

Jan 1, 2010, 6:00am Top

Gelukkig nieuwjaar!

Edited: Jan 1, 2010, 10:01am Top

thanks everyone!

I go to my 2010 thread to list the first book of 2010!

edited to add link to my 2010 thread

Feb 19, 2010, 7:54am Top

re 158 If you are still pursuing Rosemary Sutcliff books....see www.rosemarysutcliff.wordpress.com. Any use?

Edited: Feb 19, 2010, 7:57am Top

re 156
Do you have a complete list of the Rosemary Sutcliff books published in Dutch? It would save me some research....see www.rosemarysutcliff.wordpress.com ....

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