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75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Edited: Jul 3, 2012, 1:41pm Top

January Reads
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
The Wanderer : The Last American Slave Ship and the Conspiracy that Set Its Sails - Eric Calonius
Lady Susan - Jane Austen
The Glass Devil - Helene Tursten
The Hare with Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise- Joyce Magnin
Pistols for Two Breakfast For One - Matthew J. Dick
Man in the Empty Boat - Mark Salzman
Blackberries, Blackberries - Crystal Wilkinson

February Reads
A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories - Will Eisner
Emperor of All Maladies : A Biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee
Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung
Zenzele - J. Nozipo Maraire
Nelson - Rob Davis
Unseen - Mari Jungstedt
The Waitress Was New - Dominique Fabre
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris
The Potter's Field - Andrea Camilleri
Audition Ryu Murakami
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - The Countess of Carnarvon
Devil's Food Cake Murder - Joanne Fluke
Operation Mincemeat : How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured and Allied Victory - Ben Macintyre
The Whipping Club - Deborah Henry
I am the Messenger - Markus Zusak

March Reads
Gifts and Consequences - Daniel Coleman
Shadows of the Soul - Angelique Armae
Broken - Karin Fossum
1222 - Anne Holt
The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
A Small Hotel - Robert Olen Butler
New York to Dallas - J.D. Robb
Stradivari's Genius - Toby Faber
Man Walks into a Room - Nicole Krauss
The Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill
Man in Beijing - Henning Mankell
Absolution - Patrick Flanery
The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson

April Reads
An Uncertain Place - Fred Vargas
Hark! A Vagrant - Kate Beaton
Seven Moments in Time - Todd Tystad
Mumbai Noir -Altaf Tyrewala
Sleeping with Paris - Juliette Sobanet
Kissing Adrien - Siri. L. Mitchell
Wild Mustang Man - Carol Grace
The Guinea Pigs - Ludvik Vaculik
The Flower Mat - Shugoro Yamamoto
The Rabbi's Cat - Joann Sfar
Below Stairs - Margaret Powell
A Bitter Veil - Libby Fischer Hellmann
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris - Georges Perec
Foul Matter - Martha Grimes

May Reads
Thirty Three Teeth - Colin Cotterill
Pomfret Towers - Angela Thirkell
The Redeemer - Jo Nesbo
Part of the Furniture - Mary Wesley
A Lonely Death - Charles Todd
A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny
Husband Hunting 101 - Rita Herron
The Hangman (Good Reads) - Louise Penny
Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
The Last Good Man - Kathleen Eagle
The Cat Manual - Michael Ray Taylor
Divine Intervention - Cheryl Kaye Tardif
I Have a Secret - Cheryl Bradshaw
When Pigs Fly - Bob Sanchez
Sleeping Love - Sara Curran-Ross
Match Day - Brian Eule

June Reads
Long Island Noir - Kaylie Jones
Picket Line - Breena Wiederhoeft
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene
Age of Doubt - Andrea Camilleri
The Halo Effect - M.J. Rose
Hypothermia - Arnaldur Indridason
Disgrace - J.M Coetzee
Treasure Island!!! - Sara Levine
The Man in the Wooden Hat - Jane Gardam
The Child Thief - Brom

July Reads
The China Governess - Margery Allingham
Yes Chef - Marcus Samuelsson

Jun 5, 2012, 9:07pm Top

Love the grinning camel second from left :)
Happy new thread Caro!

Jun 5, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Marky-Mark - I have Conference of Birds in my obese wish list and I'm promised it sent to me soon. So glad to hear you are loving it. I didn't get to buy a GN copy of GOT on Sunday because ...*gasp* they didn't have one! Waahhhhh.

Cee - Controlled damage in NYC wasn't too difficult for me this time because I didn't have another tote to put the bags in and I was conscious of the fact that I'd have to take the train home. I hate carrying a lot of bags onto planes or trains because it does take space away from other passengers too.

I check my obese wish list through my phone for books I want to get when I'm at bookstores and if I do get them, then I delete them off the wish list.

Darryl - What's the most popular specialty in medicine these days? I remember in Match Day, the doctors favored radiology because they had a better chance at a more balanced social life. Is this still the case?

Megan - you get an award for being one of the most upbeat people I know.

Kath - In your last post on my previous thread, you said Veterinarians do... have sort of floating vets to pick up slack
But I had read it as 'Vegetarians do ... have sort of floating vegs to pick up slack' ..... did a double take and had to laugh.

Paul - SWMBO would have a field day interpreting some of my dreams. Some have been absolute doozies! Oddly enough .... they all feature animals, reptiles, fish or birds at some point

Edited: Jun 5, 2012, 9:13pm Top

Wow, Megan ... you deserve another trophy for being first on my new thread.

Edited: Jun 5, 2012, 9:15pm Top

Hooray! An award :)
I love prizes too, I take it I get one? ;)

Oddly enough .... they all feature animals, reptiles, fish or birds at some point
That is odd, I wonder what it means? I have excellent bizarre dreams, they are seriously mental.

ETA: wow, and I thought that was what my first award was for! This IS a great day for me :)

Edited: Jun 5, 2012, 9:17pm Top

I'm first, I'm first!!! Happy new thread Roni - love the camels! Well, I was first when I got her! Honest!

Jun 5, 2012, 9:24pm Top

#5 : Megan - I often wake up laughing from the dreams that I remember. I can't remember the last time I had a nightmare *crosses fingers that I haven't just jinxed myself* ... one dream I remember from years and years ago is of me walking down a hallway and next to me is a platoon of grey rats wearing viking helmets marching along.

#6 : Sorry, Prue ... Megan beat you out on the first and I'm not Roni. I'm Caroline. You're 0 for 2. ;-)

Jun 5, 2012, 9:26pm Top

Bummer, oh bummer .... I won't be able to make the DC MeetUp this weekend after all. My BIL has to come up to MA for meetings next week and asked to come up early to spend the weekend here with me. I like him and he's quite good fun, but he is going to stay at my house all of next week anyway, so I was hoping to pop over to DC for the MeetUp. Oh well ... there's always next year, I guess.

Jun 5, 2012, 9:36pm Top

Not #1 - but I'm here!
Love the grinning camels :)

Jun 5, 2012, 10:24pm Top

But your camel picture still bears the legend, "one of Roni's camels"--which may have confused her. Cause those aren't my camels! ;-)

Jun 5, 2012, 10:27pm Top

Caro - the interpretation of dreams is not my forte but there must be a reason why the same members of the animal kingdom people your sleeping hours. Could it be you want to eat them all?! Congrats on the new thread. x

Jun 6, 2012, 12:47am Top

Cute camels!!
How did this affection for camels develop, by the way?

Jun 6, 2012, 4:56pm Top

#9 : Welcome, welcome, Cee .... the grinning camels look like they're enjoying a good joke.

#10 : Ahh...good catch, Roni. I didn't realize that caption was still there under the new picture.

#11 : Err...no, I think I can safely say that I have no interest in eating rats, lizards or colorful birds, Paul. Or bi-colored cats too (this appeared in a dream some years ago too).

I've been interested in dream interpretation and started reading some books about them, but then I realized that depending on the author's culture, the same things mean different things in different cultures. So which cultural interpretation should I take into account? The cultural interpretation based on where I'm currently living, or the cultural interpretation based on my ethnicity?

#12 : You know, Ellen... I have no idea. I always liked them, even as a child but it wasn't until I was in high school that some of my friends started to call me 'camel' in school ...because I drank a lot of water.

Jun 6, 2012, 5:02pm Top

Your day in NY sounds positively delightful. I loved The Conference of the Birds with the Peter Sis illustrations, well I've enjoyed all the Peter Sis books I've come across.

Jun 6, 2012, 5:54pm Top

I didn't even know camels could grin, Caro! Very funny picture.

I'm chasing down The Conference of Birds, too, and other Peter Sis books, having heard so many good things about them here on LT.

Jun 6, 2012, 7:01pm Top

#14 : Kerry, the only Peter Sis book I've read has been The Three Golden Keys some years back. It belonged to my brother and I still haven't managed to find another copy for re-read shelf. Which other Peter Sis books have you read and would recommend?

#15 : Camels grin ... usually after they've just surreptitiously spat at someone, Joe. ;-)

RIP Ray Bradbury. I thank you for all the wonderful books that have become my best friends. I think my favorites are Summer Morning, Summer Night, Dandelion Wine and Illustrated Man. I still have Farenheit 451 that I haven't yet read.

Jun 6, 2012, 7:16pm Top

Sad to see the passing of Ray Bradbury at 91 Caro. How about a read of Dandelion Wine at the weekend in memoriam?

Jun 6, 2012, 8:11pm Top

Ooh.. I like that idea, Paul. I vote yes!

Jun 6, 2012, 8:12pm Top

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Historical fiction about lives of the renown Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a lesser known individual, solicitor George Edalji. One was the son of a strong mother who drove in him a deep sense of family history, honor and chivalry. The other was the son of a pastor who instilled in him a strong rooting in religion and what it means to be an Englishman....despite his mixed heritage.
One goes on to study medicine and become a world famous writer, but loves a woman not his wife. The other, on his way to becoming a solicitor, becomes the victim of increasingly nasty anonymous letters and a suspect in the vicious maiming of farm animals. In an act of desperation to clear his name and restore his rightful place in his profession, George seeks our Arthur and presents him with his case, and this intersection of their paths result in changes in both their lives.

The book contains excerpts from letters and newspaper articles and Julian Barnes weaves these smoothly into his fictionalized take on the the personal experiences of both these men. Apart from the rich story, what's incredible is the degree to which he exposes the inner strength that exists in some people even in the face of unbearably unfair treachery, where they draw their strength from, how love can fuel a person to greatness, and how a person's integrity can slide because of an enormous desire for something beyond his reach, and the false sense of comfort one feels when one lives in denial of the truth.

4.5 stars

Jun 6, 2012, 8:30pm Top

I might want to join in the Dandelion Wine read..

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 8:31pm Top

Whooeeee....and now we are 3!

and i love the wandering camel and bedouin, Kath. Me oasis su oasis.

Jun 6, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Oh good, another one who enjoyed Arthur and George. I read it a couple of years ago and very much enjoyed it. I wasn't on LT but I suspect I would also have given it 4 - 4.5 stars.

Jun 6, 2012, 8:54pm Top

I'll join in on a Dandelion Wine reread! I love that book, and it's been too long. Besides, I have the sequel in the tbr pile. Somewhere--I remember buying it even if I can't find it right now. And I have the copy he signed for me of Quicker Than the Eye in 1997 at Mysterious Galaxy. Plus the old paperbacks from way back when.

Jun 6, 2012, 9:27pm Top

#16: I agree on The Three Golden Keys, I love that book. The other is The Wall: growing up behind the iron curtain. I still haven't read Tibet: through the red box which has received a lot of praise on other threads. I liked his books for younger readers like Madlenka as well.

Jun 6, 2012, 9:36pm Top

Yeeeeh we are four already (a bit like a line from a Dumas' novel). Roni, Caro, Paul and Keth!

Jun 6, 2012, 10:03pm Top

Hi Caro!
I would read Dandelion Wine but I don't have a copy and it's not on Kindle. Maybe I'll try the library. Loved what I read of his long ago.

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 10:36pm Top

The News Hour is doing a feature on Bradbury right now. Shall we set up a thread for the read?

ETA ooh, Lev Grossman is the one being interviewed about him.

Jun 7, 2012, 10:38am Top

I may lurk on the thread even though I don't think I can fit the read in this weekend.....

Jun 7, 2012, 3:22pm Top

I'm wounded....another book bullet.....must must must get Arthur and George

Jun 7, 2012, 6:33pm Top

Hi Caro- Good review of Arthur and George. I immediately added that one to my BM WL, as soon as I finished The Sense of an Ending. I definitely need to read more of this guy.

Jun 8, 2012, 3:18am Top

Hi Caro,

I was hoping to read Fahrenheit 451 as my first Bradbury so wont be joining the Dandelion Wine GR. I can only take so much dystopian lit.

Jun 8, 2012, 1:03pm Top

#22 : Ellen, I'm such a fan of Julian Barnes after having read only 2 of his books. I also have The Lemon Table in my TBR Tower and am on a quest to collect the others now.

#23 : Roni, I think with his death, there is a run for his books at the store. I was at B&N last night (just happened to find myself walking through the door) and overheard a few people asking for his books.... took a peek just out of curiosity and they only had 5 of his books left on the shelf..and all singles too.

#24 : Thanks for the recommendation, Kerry... I've added both of those Peter Sis books to my obese wish list and also Starry Messenger : Galileo Galilei which also has had some good reviews.

#25 : Oooh..it's been a long while since I've read The Three Musketeers, Paul .. not a bad nudge. I might bring my trusty copy with me on my next trip at the end of the month.

Jun 8, 2012, 1:16pm Top

#26 : Cee, I hope you do find a copy at the library. It would be fun to have you on the GR as well for Dandelion Wine. Wasn't there a song also titled 'Dandelion Wine' by somebody or other?

#27 : Drats, missed your post, Roni and so missed the segment in News Hour about Bradbury. Is there a thread for the GR this weekend?

#28 : Lurk away, Ellen... we may entice you to join us yet. ;-)

#29 :
There, there, Tina ... here's a little bandaid for the wound. :-) I know you'll enjoy this one though.... the book, not the bandaid ...although maybe the bandaid too, just not as much as the book though. ok, i'm rambling... i'll stop.

#30 : Marky-Mark, that's what I felt after reading Arthur and George. I really want to read more from this author. I'm going to take a little break from him and then hit on The Lemon Table which I already have in my TBR Tower.

#31 : Hi Megan. Had a frustrating day at work yesterday so I left early and went to the batting cages to hit some baseballs. Never fails to let me work off stress. I would have liked to have played tennis (another great stress reliever for me) but it was raining and I didn't have anyone to play with at 3.30pm anyway.

Do let me know what you think of Farenheit 451

Jun 8, 2012, 1:19pm Top

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
A coming-of-age novel about a girl brought up by an evangelical mother, believes in her call to God, but is subjected to her church's intervention when she feels an equally strong call to an alternative lifestyle not condoned by the church's teachings.

The writing is pretty quirky and humorous at times, but also tragic and heart-wrenching at others. Extraordinarily insightful and I loved this.

4 stars

Jun 8, 2012, 1:27pm Top

I see on the book page that recommendations include a few by Sarah Waters, one who has been on my tbr pile for a while.

I bought a copy of Fahrenheit 451 to give to a friend as part of a wedding present, but didnt look carefully enough at the books stats, I (well, she/they) ended up with a teensy copy that had german footnotes! What the? I can laugh about it now, but I felt bad at the time. And it has taught me to look at the measurements when buying online!

Jun 8, 2012, 1:57pm Top

Thumbed your good review of Arthur and George, Caro. I liked that one a lot, too.

I'm going to try to find my copy of Dandelion Wine, and will join in on the thread one way or another. That one had a big impact on me as a kid. Like you, I also loved Illustrated Man. Others that come to mind are Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Martian Chronicles. I always respected Farenheit 451 more than I actually liked it, although it's of course very well done.

Jun 8, 2012, 2:04pm Top

It seems that everyone on the world is reading Ray Bradbury this weekend. I can't find a copy of any of his that I want to read!

Jun 8, 2012, 2:45pm Top

#35 : Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes ... you will like Sarah Waters, Megan. Start with Fingersmith. I do think it's her best.

I've been there too with ordering books and not getting what I expected, all because I didn't pay attention and didn't read the details either. They wouldn't have been disasters if only I could read German or Spanish. Oh well .. maybe some day.

#36 : Thanks Joe. Oh whoopee... another one for the GR this weekend. I must go dust off my copy before I start or go into sneezing fits. I haven't yet read Something Wicked This Way Comes ..very remiss of me, I know. I'll definitely be on the look out for a copy and add it to my TBR Tower. He wasn't a prolific writer but a very good one, unlike *my pet peeve* James Patterson who writes to formula and I has more (not very good, IMO) books published than I have underwear.

#37 : None at the library?

I took a look at Amazon and I'm surprised that a number of his books are offered in the Kindle format but not Dandelion Wine. I wonder why that's so.

Huh...it started out really nice this morning, sunny and warm ..... out of nowhere these giant dark clouds appeared and thunder's rolling out in loud deep growls. Good thing I decided to work from home today .. I get to stay nice and dry .... until I have to go out this evening.

Am bummed that there won't be a Federer/Nadal final at the French Open this Sunday. I really was hoping for this, but instead I'm now rooting for Nadal's 7th title which would make him the ultimate King of Clay.

Jun 8, 2012, 3:03pm Top

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , was good.. I read it ages ago. Nice synpsis Caro.
I cannot imagine anyone not liking Sarah Waters but I guess there are some out there :)

Bradbury was a genius. I loved his stories and books. I rarely bother with short stories, but his are different. I do hope you can pick up or borrow a copy of Dandelion Wine. Read it first.. then Something Wicked, is my opinion .

I know not this Federer, but I'm sorry...


Jun 8, 2012, 4:10pm Top

Lookee here, Kath.. this is Roger Federer the former World #1 and current #3 tennis player.

And here's one of him in action

Jun 8, 2012, 4:10pm Top

Mmm.... I am craving lobster pot pie

Jun 8, 2012, 4:33pm Top

Federer is a hottie.

38> Yeah, the libraries (both public and university!) copies of Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451, and The Martian Chronicles (which would be an acceptable re-read) are all checked out. I could buy a copy of any of them, probably, but my ban continues. It's okay, I have put a couple of them on hold and I'll get them when I get them. :-)

Jun 8, 2012, 5:20pm Top

Is he a lobster fisherman as well, or was that a random craving... he is nice looking :)
How nice that he's good at tennis, too !

Drat it Ellen.. :-/

No friends with books in RL? Neighbors?

Jun 8, 2012, 6:15pm Top

Stopping by for a quick "allo!

Roger Federer is some nice eye candy...looks like a guy i knew in college....that guy had a lot longer hair, though

Love your Camel Chorus Line up top, by the way!


Jun 8, 2012, 6:59pm Top

#40......Pure delicious eye candy! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 8, 2012, 7:44pm Top

Caro- Good review of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. I picked this one up a few weeks ago after reading and loving Winterson's new memoir. Try to find a copy!

Jun 8, 2012, 8:10pm Top

#40 he is purdy!

Hi Caro! :0

Jun 8, 2012, 10:27pm Top

>40 cameling: my bolshie cousin managed to cajole him into having his picture taken with her. She is grinning wildly, and he is stony faced :) Its funny.

Edited: Jun 9, 2012, 1:55pm Top

#42 : Oh phooey, Ellen.. .would have been fun having you on the GR this weekend, but ... you could take a peek at the group thread anyway and share in the fun with us.... beware of some spoilers though ... you know how chatty we can get. ;-)

Went for a run this morning through the woods by the Concord River now the sun's out and the rain's stopped. It was wonderful to be out and just smelling all the great summer air. Saw a waddly beaver, a few brilliant orioles and a pretty majestic heron (you could be forgiven for thinking he knew the birdwatchers were there with their giant telescopic cameras just to take his photograph).

#43 : This is why we should all be neighbors in Three Pines .. think of all the books we could share when one of us isn't able to get a copy for a GR, Kath. We could have come to Ellen's rescue!

And no, he's not a lobster man in his spare time. I just had a craving for lobster pot pie. :-)

#44 : 'allo 'allo Jude. Isn't he just drool worthy eye-candy? I'd be his tennis partner any day ...but then he'd probably fire me because I have a directionless forehand.

Jun 9, 2012, 1:54pm Top

#45 : You're so welcome, Tina... what are friends for? ;-)

#46 : Does she carry the same quirky voice in her memoir, Marky-Mark?

#47 : Haha..Hi Chelle .... yes he is. Wouldn't you like him for a neighbor?

#48 : Megan, your cousin have a picture with him? *green with envy*

Off to do a bit more reading of Dandelion Wine which I'm loving all over again, especially since it's a true summer's day today.

Jun 9, 2012, 2:33pm Top

I agree... neighbors in Three Pines would be perfect.
I'm finished with Dandelion Wine and I could hand it right over to Ellen.
( Can I pick the next one to be murdered?)
(jk) ( and in case you were wondering, I had in mind a current resident of TP)

I have finally received the summons and will be going to my sisters in half an hour or so..
when I get home I will carry on and read Vintage Bradbury. It has a brief version of
Dandelion Wine in it..which I will of course skip.. since I read the full version.
Or maybe by that time I will want to move on to something else. Time will tell

Jun 9, 2012, 6:59pm Top

I have half of the book to go, and need to take a break for dinner now, Kath.

Hmm... I'm curious... who you have in mind for a murdered resident of TP .... i have one in mind myself

Edited: Jun 9, 2012, 7:52pm Top

PM :) Don't want to be accused of posting a spoiler !

Jun 10, 2012, 9:32am Top

Caro - the camels look like the horn section of the Woody Herman Big Band about to go into a looong groove.

Arthur and George was a book I enjoyed way back a few years ago - Conan Doyle was a fascinating figure even aside from Sherlock Holmes. His friendship with Houdini, his wonderful and not that well known Professor Challanger books, and his later spiritualism phase.

Jun 10, 2012, 11:27am Top

#54 : Jim, have you read Russell Miller's biography of Conan Doyle? I hear it's an insightful book into the man. I've got it on my obese wish list for the time being. I've always wondered why the Professor Challenger series was lesser known works of his. They're really fun reads and based on science rather than possibilities. I love the irascibility of Professor Challenger. I remember watching the tv series that was based on The Lost World .. that was pretty cool too.

Jun 10, 2012, 11:29am Top

Finished Dandelion Wine this morning ... just before the start of the Men's Final of the French Open, which has since been stopped for rain delay...Nadal ahead. Whoohooo

But *sigh* ... what an amazing book this is. No matter how many times I re-read it, I'm transported once again to the carefree childhood I enjoyed myself. In reading the book, the air feels crisper, smells fresher and sharper, my heart soars and sings.

There is nothing so open to exciting possibilities than the summer months to a twelve year old and Douglas Spaulding starts off summer by climbing up to his cupola and starts the summer off by switching on the life of the town he lives in... or so it appears. And therein are we treated to the idyllic and magical summer of 1928 through the eyes of Douglas, boy extraordinaire.

Douglas and his brother Tom the summer tracking all that is wonderful, exciting and even fearful with a sense of innocent wonderment that is truly beautiful to behold. The openness with which he embraces all that summer brings, the moment he realizes what it means to be alive, truly alive, sparks the heart of the reader and we follow him eagerly as he flings himself wholeheartedly into life. But this is also a summer where joy is mixed with sadness, when the thrill of new tennis shoes brings the speed of Hermes to the wearer and an elderly lady lets go of her past souvenirs accepting that she must live in the present, when 2 boys manage to rescue Mme Tarot from her evil warden and when one has to stay goodbye playing statues with his best friend.

There is nothing but magic in this book. It provides the reader with a time machine on which to travel to a more innocent and carefree time of their own childhood.
5 stars ......... again.

Jun 10, 2012, 11:32am Top

Lovely review, Caro--you really capture the spirit of the book!

Jun 10, 2012, 12:12pm Top

>56 cameling: Liked and thumbed, dearest.

Jun 10, 2012, 1:06pm Top

49> Your trail run sounds heavenly!!!!!! A beaver, orioles, a heron. Sigh.
I so well remember my trail running days, when I would occasionally just stop running to spend a few minutes watching a pileated woodpecker or a doe and fawn in the woods..... I'm feeling better about my urban life now, but I still hope to get back to a more rural area eventually. I'm glad you had that wonderful run.

Also glad you finished and enjoyed Dandelion Wine --- I was cracking up at the efforts you and Kath were implementing on my behalf. Fear not; I'm very much enjoying my two weekend reads: The Coroner's Lunch and Of Mice and Men.

Jun 10, 2012, 2:07pm Top

Nice review of Dandelion Wine, Caroline! I'll have to look out for it.

I forgot to respond to this message earlier in the week:

What's the most popular specialty in medicine these days? I remember in Match Day, the doctors favored radiology because they had a better chance at a more balanced social life. Is this still the case?

I would think that the most desirable specialties (easiest work days plus highest incomes) would be radiology, ophthalmology and dermatology. As you might expect, those are also the hardest specialties to get into. If I had to guess, emergency medicine might be the most popular specialty, as it also has short hours (although you do have to work night and weekend shifts on a regular basis), pays well (physicians in the US get paid to do, not to think) and is relatively easy to get into. A lot of students and physicians like to perform procedures (including me; I miss suturing lacerations, casting fractures and placing peripheral and central IV lines), and many doctors enjoy diagnosing and treating an acute problem, and then sending the patient on his way home. The primary care specialties (pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, and many OB-GYNs) probably have the most number of practitioners, but they also have longer hours and pay less well.

Jun 10, 2012, 4:23pm Top

Hi Caro, looks like I need to add more Bradburys to my list....nice review

Jun 10, 2012, 5:11pm Top

Thumb from me, too, Caro, for your lovely review of Dandelion Wine. Beautiful book.

Jun 10, 2012, 6:51pm Top

Caro- I've only just started Dandelion wine but it's so good to hear such glowing thoughts. I'm so glad I found a copy.
And yes, Winterson's "voice" in her memoir is both quirky and tough. I love that combination.

Jun 10, 2012, 8:41pm Top

Ah, Caro! I really wanted to read Dandelion Wine this weekend but was not able to procure a copy :P Your review is wonderful and keeps me tempted. I wish it had been on Kindle. I guess I'll request it from my library... though that won't open til Tues.

Have a good week ahead!

Jun 11, 2012, 7:29am Top

I wonder how so many avid readers have made it to a good age and not read Bradbury!
That's what labels will do for you... he was labeled sci fi and so people thought he was another Heinlein,
I guess? and the two could not be more different. Darryl... it would take you a few hours to read, I have a sense that you would consider those hours well spent.

Edited: Jun 14, 2012, 10:52am Top

55: I've read a lot of bios of Doyle and several more about his relationship with Houdini and his spiritualism phase.

Everyone knows The Lost World (though curiously the touchstone for Crieghton's LW came up first) but nobody remember's it's Doyle and nobody realizes it's part of a series.

The last Challanger book is just sad where Doyle gets Challanger involves in sprititualism too.

Jun 11, 2012, 10:58am Top

#57 : Aww..thanks much, Roni. It never gets old, no matter how many times I've re-read it. Can't say that about many books.

#58 : Thanks for the thumbs, RD. Hope you're managing to keep shingles at bay.

#59 : Alas, no beaver or orioles today, Ellen ..because I didn't have time to get out for a run this morning before work. But if it doesn't rain, I may try and get out this evening for a trot around. I'm fortunate living in the 'burbs close to about 5 different conservation parks because I don't do road running.

Oh well, if you weren't able to join us on the GR for Dandelion Wine at least you've got yourself on the wishlist at the library for a copy. You're going to be bowled over by it .. I just know you will. Glad to hear you're still enjoying Dr Siri... he's a hoot, isn't he?

#60 : Absolutely, Darryl.... you have to put this book on your 'must buy immediately' list.

I guess I'm not surprised to hear you say that emergency medicine pays well or that it's relatively easy to get into, but I am slightly surprised that it's one of the more popular specialties. I've been to the ER and all the doctors and nurses there always seem rushed off their feet. Maybe it's from watching too much Grey's Anatomy and Chicago Hope but it had appeared to me that emergency medicine was a high stress specialty.

Jun 11, 2012, 11:11am Top

#61 : Megan, he's truly an author everyone should have the pleasure of reading at least once in their own life time.

#62 : Thanks Joe. He has such a wonderful way of bringing the reader into his world. I'm glad he decided to go into writing and not ....say, mechanical engineering.

#63 : Marky-Mark .. enjoying the book thus far? Or did you put it aside to sit, beer in hand, to stare at your latest haul from the book fair all night?

On your recommendation Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal is now on my obese wish list.

#64 : You'll just love it when you get your copy, Cee. Good luck on Tuesday, I hope your library has a copy that hasn't already been loaned out.

#65 : You may be right, it may be the labeling that has kept more readers away from Bradbury. Then again, everyone and their mother appears to have already read Steinbeck and I'm still dragging my feet on his works. I hear a lot of good things and I have his books in my TBR Tower, but I don't know what it is about them ...every time I go near them, thinking perhaps to start reading one of them, something else will catch my eye and attention.

Jun 11, 2012, 12:28pm Top

#66 : It's a shame the Professor Challenger is not more popular, Jim. I feel cheated on Conan's behalf. ;-) On his imparting spiritualism onto Professor Challenger, I think he did it because it had become so much a part of his life that he became evangelical about the subject and felt compelled to spread the word, so to speak.

Arrgghh...brought my car in for an oil change today and of course since she knew she was going in for a sort of servicing, all sorts of lights start blinking on the dashboard on my way in. Oil has been changed .. so she's sort of happy. But they told me that the side airbag on the driver's side needs to be replaced because there's some connection issue and it's not a matter of replacing a wire but the entire thing. In addition, when they ran some diagnostic on the car, they found that the computer system that detects oxygen levels in the car is also kaput and needs to be replaced. All in all ... a cool $3k ! That's probably more than what the car is worth now if I tried to sell it on the market. Darn ... to fix or just junk the car and replace it with something else? It's a 2000 Volvo ... and up until today, has been a wonderfully reliable car. Plus I just had it detailed last week. *grouchy*

Jun 11, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Whoa, $3K is a lot. I know Volvos are wonderful, but I know I'd be debating the same as you are. I love my 2011 Subaru......

Yep, I'm a Dr. Siri fan - and I appreciate you letting me know what's next in line over on my thread. I have put it on hold. I'll never get to buy any more books at this rate, reading all these library books which don't count toward my RTBBO (Read Ten Before Buying One) commitment...... urgh.

Jun 11, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Id be *grouchy* too Caro :)
PS I had a dream about a camel last night, I dont think it was connected to you, but thought you'd be interested to hear (!@!?)

Jun 11, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Sorry to read of your travails with the Volvo - as you know I also drive Volvos but when they play-up they can really cause problems.

Jun 12, 2012, 9:57am Top

Caro, that is a real bummer about the car repair. My husband likes to keep his Jeeps forever (well, it seems like it). I try to trade every 5 years or so. The most I have to do is have the oil changed and tires rotated.

I'll be looking for some Bradbury books at this week's big book sale/meetup. I'm one of those avid readers who has missed out on Mr. Bradbury over the years. A problem soon to be fixed!

Jun 12, 2012, 2:37pm Top

>73 Donna828: Donna, keep a sharp eye peeled for Fahrenheit 451! I recommend it to all and sundry. It is one of his greatest books.

Jun 12, 2012, 2:39pm Top

Fahrenheit 451 makes me sad :( Of course that isn't the only Bradbury that does that...

Jun 12, 2012, 9:02pm Top

ouch, sorry to hear about your expensive car repairs. I hate spending money on vehicles so I determined to drive mine until it dies (which I hope isn't soon because I am still paying for it ;)

Jun 12, 2012, 9:10pm Top

Living in NY, where parking costs as much as repairs, I finally gave up and sold my car this winter. Since then I've been using Zipcars and rentals when I need to drive somewhere - at least I don't have to worry about repairs, and the cars are pretty new, so generally in excellent shape. My old car (1992 Camry) was a pretty constant drain on the budget.

Jun 14, 2012, 5:59pm Top

#70 : Ellen - I've been checking around and I may be able to get the repairs done a little more cheaply if I were to buy the parts online myself and bring it to a mechanic. My friends who seem to know quite a bit about cars tell me getting it done at the dealership is always more expensive. So I may look into this, even though it means more work for me. Just handing it over to the dealership would mean I can just drop it off, they provide me with a loaner car for as long as it takes them to fix the problems, and then I pick it up when they're done. I don't need to research car parts I know nothing about online and get quotations from mechanics I don't know.

I didn't realize your RTBBO challenge didn't include library books. You set a stiff challenge for yourself, woman!

#71 : And...? Megan, you can't just say you had a dream about a camel and not share what the camel was doing in your dream! *humming and waiting patiently for story*

#72 : Paul, so far, this baby has been doing very well and it still drives well. But with age, yeah, more things need to be dealt with and at some point, I'm going to need to throw in the towel and cry Uncle. The worst thing is that since I just had the car detailed last week and replaced the bumper (I was hit from behind by an idiot in a truck who wasn't paying attention when I was stopped at the lights ... his insurance covered the full costs of repairs at least) and so my car looks almost new ....would look totally new if I were to reupholster the inside, but that would be going too far, I think. haha.

Jun 14, 2012, 6:22pm Top

#73 : Donna, trading in every so often is a good idea except I detest car shopping and anything to with the process of buying replacement cars. So once i get a car, I want to drive them until they really start falling apart.

#74 : RD, I still have to get hold of a copy of Fahrenheit 451.

#75 : Why does it make you sad, Kath?

#76 : Chelle, I'm not even smart enough to learn about car maintenance (apart from being very good at making sure I get oil changes and engine services regularly), so I'm sure if I knew more about my car, I'd have been able to save some money in repairs by doing some simple things on my own.

#77 : Judy - I can see myself doing the same if I lived in the city too. But living out in the burbs, I have no choice but to have my own car. We tried for a while just having 1 car, but the inconvenience of having to depend on someone to drive me to work and pick me up everyday was terribly annoying, so we gave in and bought a 2nd car again. So much for trying to be environmentally friendly. Oh well ... we tried.

Jun 14, 2012, 6:33pm Top

One of my UK colleagues was in town this week and I went out for dinner with him and a couple of other colleagues over the last 2 nights. It's always good to hang out after work with some of these folks because everyone lets their hair down a little.

Work has been crazy this week, 7 am starts and coupled with the late night social activities, I'm just about feeling a little toasted this evening. Luckily my UK colleague left this afternoon for the airport so I have a relatively quiet evening to relax ...before heading to the airport to pick up the hubster who finally returns after a month in Singapore.

But I have a 4am web conference on Friday ...*don't you all just love my wacky schedule?* ... which is likely to last 2 hours. Hmm... I guess I should start putting some final touches to my presentation slides.

BUT .. the sun's out, there's been a nice breeze all day, I had a fun hour and a half lunch with 2 coworkers, came home from work early today and I've got my feet up on the couch, with 2 hours to go before i need to head out to the airport, so life is good. :-)

I look forward to getting back to some reading tomorrow.

Jun 14, 2012, 6:37pm Top

So good to see you! You are working too hard woman!

Jun 14, 2012, 6:43pm Top

Carp, that's why I'm pretty sure Jim and will stay in the city. He can't drive with his vision, and the suburbs would be difficult for him

Jun 14, 2012, 6:51pm Top

Catching up here Caro. I'm wondering what the life expectancy of a Volvo is. Seems like 12 years is pretty good but I'm with you. We like to drive them into the ground. My present car is a 2008 but only has 30,000 miles on it and has not had a single mechanical problem so I'm hoping to get many more years out of it.

You've got me interested in Bradbury. I haven't read anything he's written but Dandelion Wine is now on the teetering tower.

Jun 14, 2012, 6:52pm Top

Hi Caro,
I hope you and the hubster can have a quiet weekend together. You'll both be tired.

Put the message "Do Not Disturb" on your phone and door.
I'm sure you will find something nice to do.
Um. I was thinking of reading ;-)

Jun 14, 2012, 9:18pm Top

4am web conference? Eeek, sounds disgusting. I guess you cant do it in your PJ's either....

Camel dream....gosh it was so long ago now I cant even remember. But last nights nocturnal masterpiece involved stone walls, low ones. I think they were being built (obviously symbolic of the rebuilding of my earthquake damaged town)...cant give you much more excitement than that today, sorry

Jun 15, 2012, 1:14pm Top

You set a stiff challenge for yourself, woman!

Yes, and I'm regretting it a bit......
I have decided to allow books of over 500 pages to count, but my library books are definitely putting a crimp in my progress toward completing ten owned books!

Jun 15, 2012, 5:17pm Top

Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene
Not your typical spy thriller but it surely is very entertaining. A British vacuum cleaner salesman is recruited by MI6 to be their agent in Cuba. He's no James Bond but accepts the position so he can buy a horse and country club membership for his precocious teenage daughter.

Not having any interest in being a secret agent, he makes up fictitious agents and reports which are sent to London. Before long he becomes boldly creative with his reports so much so that London thinks Cuba is on the cusps of a revolutionary war. They send additional staff to aid their star agent and thereafter things start to spin out of control. When some people are killed, he realizes this is no longer a game ans tries to come clean .....but someone wants to kill him. Oh and the Chief of Police in Havana, a man known to carry a coin purse made out the skin of a man he tortured, wants to marry his daughter.

One of the best satirical comedies I've read in a long time. Bravo!
4.5 stars

Jun 15, 2012, 5:21pm Top

Age of Doubt - Andrea Camilleri 's latest is as entertaining as the others in the series. The deliberate chaos he engineers is sheer genius, even when sometimes the results turn against him. We can of course always rely on Enzo 's trattoria to return him to good humorous.
3.8 stars

Jun 15, 2012, 5:35pm Top

My laptop has been infected by a Trojan Worm and is disabled! Aaaarrrgghhhhhh. I may need to borrow the hubster's Macbook tomorrow just to get online for a spell. Using my Kindle Fire right now but it's not too convenient cos I haven't yet figured out how to copy and paste on this thing. I'll have to wait until Monday to have my laptop fixed by our techsupport .... I leave for Tokyo on Tuesday.

#81 : good to be back here. Kath. The weather looks to be good this weekend so I'm hoping to spend most of it outdoors. Can't believe it'll be the solstice next week! I was just starting to really like the longer daylight hours.

#82 : I loved living in the city in my younger days Judy. But now I really like being out in the quiet burbs even if it means I need to drive just for the simplest of things.

Edited: Jun 15, 2012, 5:50pm Top

#83: Bonnie - Volvos tend to have a long run life but as with any machine there's wear and tear on parts that need to be replaced. My Volvo is 12 years old and has close to 130,000 miles on it but it still runs very smoothly. Just hats car flair costs cos the parts aren't as big a hit on the wallet as the labor costs.

#84: thanks Cee ...a reuniting weekend with the hubster is planned. Especially since we don't have to go down to NY for Father's Day. He asked his folks what they'd prefer ....us to go down just for 2 days or for him to go down on Tuesday after droppingme off at the airport and spending the rest of the week with them and they picked the latter. Whooohoooo!

Now that means we can go to a friend's daughter's 29th birthday party tomorrow evening and hang out with friends. Also not having seen him for a month I'm happy to have some time with him all to myself. :-)

#85: Megan - the 4am webconference was not as bad as it could have been. It only lasted an hour and a half and yes, I did it in my pj's and kept my yawns as quiet as possible.

#86: Ellen - if it helps encourage you, the year is half over. You've only another 6 months to go.

Jun 15, 2012, 5:57pm Top

I can't believe that you are about to hit the road again :-/

Edited: Jun 15, 2012, 6:00pm Top

Hello. Just checking in. Sorry about the worm. Enjoy your husband time. :)

I have to put in a good word for Farenheit 451. I think it's a really important book. Just saying. :)

Jun 15, 2012, 6:24pm Top

Congratulations on hitting the 75 books mark, Caroline!

Jun 15, 2012, 8:39pm Top

Hey now, that slipped under the radar! 75 books read, great one Caro.

Jun 15, 2012, 9:32pm Top

Congratulations on reaching the 75 book mark, Caro!

Jun 16, 2012, 10:25am Top

#91 : Kath - Yup,time flies when I'm home... but I'll only be in Japan for 3 days and I'm back on Saturday. I leave on Tuesday morning and get in Wednesday night Tokyo time. Meetings on Thursday, a customer conference to attend on Friday and back on the plane Saturday morning to get back home Saturday night Ta da!

#92 : Fahrenheit 451 is definitely on my obese wish list Jenn.... and what with all these glowing reviews and blue bulleted prods, I suspect I'm going to need to get myself a copy sooner rather than later. Good thing I'm actually surprising myself by doing better on my challenge than I thought I'd be. So I won't feel guilty if I do end up buying this book before the year is out.

#93 : Thanks Darryl. I'm more pleased that I've managed to avoid more duds this year than I did last year ..so far anyway. It's partly thanks to all my pals on LT ... for steering me away from terrible reads ... so I'm sorry some of you had to read awful books you did not enjoy, but I surely do thank you for giving me a heads up so I don't make the same mistake. :-)

#94 :Thanks Megan.

#95 : Thanks Roni.

Jun 16, 2012, 10:36am Top

The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose
A serial killer appears to be targetting prostitutes, dressing them in nun's habits and placing a rosary somewhere in their discarded bodies. Each victim bears evidence of a Catholic ritual. When Cleo Thane, patient of Dr Morgan Snow, fails to turn up for 2 therapy sessions, Dr Snow is worried she may be another victim despite the lack of evidence pointing in this direction. But Cleo is a high priced prostitute iwho has written a memoir. Could one of her clients have found out about her manuscript and is building a screen for himself by killing the other prostitutes before he kills her to prevent the book being published?

In the process of helping the police profile the serial killer, Dr Snow decides to look into the disappearance of Cleo herself with the help of Cleo's business partner, but is she putting herself in danger from a man who believes in what he's doing and who is a consummate actor?
4 stars

This turned out to be a really interesting psychological thriller. It's labeled as an erotic psychological thriller in Amazon, but apart from the fact that Dr Snow is a sex therapist, there's really not a lot of eroticism in the book. I managed to snag this for free on Kindle and I've just found another in the series, The Delilah Complex, also free on Kindle today. :-)

Jun 16, 2012, 10:50am Top

Went for a lovely run this morning in Great Meadows after fixing the hubster some blueberry pancakes. He's injured his leg and can't run for quite a while. Apparently because he'd injured his legs often in the past when he was running and never really let the injuries heal completely before he started running or working out again, there is scar tissue that's built up on top of other scar tissue on top of other scar tissue and it's causing him periodic shooting pains in his leg. He went to see some specialist while he was in Singapore and has been told he may never run again ... driving him into a panic ...unless he has surgery called Z-plasty or goes through some intense massage therapy where the scar tissue are pulled apart, a very painful process. He's been through one such session just before he came back to Boston and he said it was really painful, but that he thinks he already feels a little better. So now he's got to try and find a similar physical therapist here to continue the process because he'd like to avoid surgery if possible.

Which is too bad because today is a really nice sunny but cool day (so far anyway) and I had a lovely time out in the woods. But the hubster has kindly lent me his Macbook so I can log into LT while he finishes cutting the grass. :-)

If the weather's just as nice tomorrow I think I'm going to suggest canoeing down the Concord River ... or at least canoeing part way and perhaps pulling up on the bank, reading and having a little picnic, might be in the order of things. :-) I do so love cool summer days!

Jun 16, 2012, 11:43am Top

Sounds like you are having a good weekend with your hubby! Canoeing and a picnic sounds like fun! Enjoy

Jun 16, 2012, 12:58pm Top

Only if the weather remains good tomorrow, Chelle. So my fingers are crossed. If not, then I guess we'll just have to stay in and read. :-)

Jun 16, 2012, 1:24pm Top

Really liked your reviews! *smooch*

Jun 16, 2012, 1:39pm Top

Me, too! I'm quite envious about Age of Doubt. Must get to that one soon!

Jun 16, 2012, 2:47pm Top

Good review! I have that book, but haven't read it yet....
Sorry to hear about Edd's injury :(
Shocked that he is injured and not you ( ducks )

Amy did some ten mile run in Baltimore today..
I have been flitting in and outside and hanging out on Ammy looking
for a coffee pot.. I need to read, I received 2 really good sounding books
in the mail today, from authors .... I need to read!

Edited: Jun 16, 2012, 7:48pm Top

Canoeing sounds lovely. I hope you're able to arrange that tomorrow.

As does your run in the Great Meadows. Is that like Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Woods? :-)

I skipped my run today; instead, P and I did a 6+ mile hike in the Cascade Mountains. It was so wonderful to be out in the Douglas Firs, Hemlock, Cedars, moss, ferns.....seeing several waterfalls. I just love the woods around this area. And we stopped at a roadside stand on the way back and bought Rainier Cherries..... yum.

ETA: Caro, I'm seriously considering adjusting my personal challenge to include library books!

Jun 16, 2012, 8:08pm Top

Hi Caro!
Sounds like a lovely weekend for you :)

Sorry to hear about the hubster's injury and painful treatment :P~
How about walking? That's a good thing too, ya know. Teaches both of you to slow down a bit!!!!

You really need to figure out how to travel in beams - as in, "Beam me to Tokyo, Scottie!"

I'm sure your reviews are excellent, but I can't read them right now. Have my blue-filtering glasses on.

Jun 16, 2012, 8:21pm Top

ouch...ouch...ouch..injured legs for your husband..no fun at all.

It has been way too long since I've visited. Thanks for understanding.

Sending lots of love your way.

Jun 17, 2012, 7:37am Top

I have Boston Envy. 65F today? We are heating up.. way hot by midweek they say.
Is that good canoeing weather?

Jun 17, 2012, 8:31am Top

Caro, you got me with your thoughts on Our Man in Havana. i have several books by Graham Greene in my library that I haven't read and several more on the WL. I'd better get busy.

I didn't realize it had been a month apart for you and your husband. It sounds like you're making up for lost time. It stinks that he is having leg pain. My hub is a long-time runner who had to quit for 18 months due to back pain and subsequent surgery. We're both happy he can run again. He takes the dog for a daily run and then they walk with me to cool down.

Plans for canoeing sound like fun. Hope the weather cooperates. It's hot and muggy in the heartland today. Ugh.
Wishing you safe and uneventful travels to Japan.

Jun 17, 2012, 3:12pm Top

#101 : Thank you much, rdear ... smooches back at'cha. Another lovely today, yes? Doing anything to get out in the sun for a spell? Perhaps put up a hammock on the yard under a tree?

#102 : Thanks, Joe. It is a delightful book ...and oddly enough, has also put me in the mood to read something else by Donna Leon again. I've missed Commissario Brunetti ... have to go to my TBR Tower and see which ones I still haven't yet read.

#103 : Kath - Hmph! What can I say ... I trip, fall and bounce, but he's the one with major scarring tissue. I think it's because he's runs long distance and also does it more often than I do. I wimp and stop when my lungs and heart start to protest -- usually my lungs give out first though. So perhaps I'm not straining or pulling my muscles. Also, if my muscles hurt because I've pulled them, I don't try to work those muscles again until they're no longer sore. Mr Macho, on the other hand, has always tried to get back to running or working out again before his muscles are ready. So the life of the workout wimp is healthier in the long run. ha!

And the good sounding books would be ...... ?

Jun 17, 2012, 3:23pm Top

#104 : Ellen - your hike sounds delightful. I miss hiking. I used to hike almost every weekend when I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years. It was so much more convenient and fun to hike there because I didn't have to drive just to get to the start of a trail and we could and would often not have to turn around and return by the same route since we could easily grab local transportation to either a ferry point or a subway station to get us home. Here it's a bit more annoying because we have to drive to a hiking trail and have to come back the same way we went out usually in order to get back to our car, unless the trail was circuitous.

Had my best run so far this year this morning, and felt really good. We did go canoeing after my run - and to help make up for the hubster's inability to really work out as he'd like, I 'allowed' him to do all the rowing. :-) What a good wife I am. LOL

Given how many library books you borrow, it would make sense to add them to your challenge ...... and that'll allow you to get to the point where you'll be allowed to buy a book that much sooner. ;-)

#105 : Cee, I've been waiting most impatiently for a teleportation unit for years now. Even one like the George Jetson used would be fine with me. Alas, until they come up with a stable unit, I'll just have to rely on the old fashioned planes. At least this trip will be short.

The hubster is allowed to walk but he hates walking. He says it's too slow and boring. *sigh*

Awww.... do you really need to put on your blue filtering glasses when you come visit my thread? I don't read that many books that are in genres you enjoy ... really....it's safe..... sort of.... I do think you'd enjoy Our Man in Havana though. Not a single gruesome murder despite the subject.

Jun 17, 2012, 3:34pm Top

#106 : Hi Linda, of course I understand .... especially seeing as I've been lurking at more threads recently instead of commenting or been absent for longer than I would have liked, all because RL makes demands on my time. So no apologies needed and I am always pleased whenever you're able to stop in for a visit.

#107 : Kath - the weather's totally delightful. It's a sunny and cool 81F right now. The canoeing was fun ..for me since I didn't do a lick of rowing and just laid back and looked at the beautiful blue sky with a few floaty cotton ball clouds, or at lazy tortoises sunning themselves on half-submerged tree roots or rocks.

I packed a picnic of mozzarella, tomato and pesto sandwiches, roast chicken and avocado salad, and a couple of bottles of iced lemon tea that I had frozen the night before so they were deliciously cold and half melted by the time we had them.

#108 : Donna - I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to Graham Greene either. I'd read some wonderful reviews of his works and now that I've read Our Man in Havana, I'm going to make a more concerted effort to get to his other works. Now the question just remains ...which one should I read to follow this one?

It's summer and so.... time for cherry pies, bacon cookies and chocolate fudge and sherried cherries brownies. Yup, I'm in a baking mood today ...off to pit a big bowl of cherries for a pie. Pitted some and soaked them in sherry last night, and I'll used them in a fudge brownie later tonight. I'm still considering if I might want to make bacon cookies this afternoon .... the hubster's father loves them, so I am thinking of making a batch for him to bring down to NY when he drives down on Tuesday for the week.

Jun 17, 2012, 3:35pm Top

Hypothermia - Arnaldur Indridason
An historian is found hanging from a noose in her holiday cottage and a case of suicide is declared. Detective Erlendur, for want of a gruesome homicide to solve, starts to wonder what would cause a seemingly well adjusted woman decide to take her life, leaving behind a grieving husband and many friends. With nothing pressing at work, he begins a private investigation of his own, to try and understand the woman and her past, and his curiosity unravels a childhood with a protective mother who succumbed to cancer 2 years ago, and a traumatic death of her father when he drowned in a lake when she was but 8 years old.

In an unrelated incidence, the anniversary of his own mother's death looms and with it, memories of his brother who had gone missing during a blizzard when he was 10 years old surface even more frequently.

A visit from an old man whose son had been missing for 30 years gets him reviving a cold case, driven to try and find answers for a father who was himself ill and unlikely to visit him again.

His quiet persistence leads him to raise more questions and uncover interesting answers. He discovers unrecorded medical experiments, love and secrets.

It's different from his usual murder crime fiction, but just as satisfying and I loved how he managed to pull a story from just slim beginnings.
4 stars

Jun 17, 2012, 4:16pm Top

That scar tissue on scar tissue on scar tissue sounds hard to un peel (as it were), I bet the massage sessions are hard core. Ouch. But I reckon it'll work, my sister massages athletes, and that is pretty much her job. Undoing scar tissue.

And your review? Hanging from a noose- eeek! *flees from that book*
Glad you liked it though :)

Jun 17, 2012, 4:21pm Top

Hi, Caro. I've completely caved on the book-buying thing, as it seem to be "mah one vahce", as I saw in a book a long time ago. Well, except for coffe.

Some great and intriguing reviews here. Have a safe and happy trip!

Jun 17, 2012, 4:50pm Top

Caro, you must, must tell me what the H-E double L is in a bacon cookie. I love bacon, big time, but somehow the idea of a cookie sounds a little Bleeech to me. Enlighten me, please.

Jun 17, 2012, 4:54pm Top

Bacon cookie recipe! Bacon cookie recipe!!!

Jun 17, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Arnaldur's books = oh nay nay nay. I shall not re-enter the Valley of the Shadow of Deepest Despondency again! But I *did* thumbs-up your review.

It was beach day. A little read-by-the-surf.

Jun 17, 2012, 6:38pm Top

yes pls... Bacon cookie recipe!!!

Jun 17, 2012, 7:24pm Top

I'm with Joe in being jealous that you've already tracked down and read the latest Montalbano. Pity the hubster and his scar tissue which I'm sure didn't get in the way of a superlative reunion - are you sure he wasn't hinting that he had other exercise in mind other than running and canoeing?! I bet you worked up an appetite anyways.

I am worried that the Trojan attack could be a retaliatory measure for being one of the few to have held out against the charms of Song of Achilles thus far. Then I checked your reading list and saw that you announced Sleeping With Paris and it may have been a strike by his disgruntled family.

btw well done for whizzing by the 75 mark so expeditiously. Missed it by being whisked straight to your unread messages.

Jun 17, 2012, 8:31pm Top

oooo - canoe trip and picnic sounds loverly ;-)
What oh what has happened to my lazy days of summer?
I find I am on the other side of the fence now.
I am a worker bee trying to empty tourist purses now instead of being the delighted and entertained guest in paradise.
I need to find and dig out the hammocks and kayaks - cut the phone cords - and have some relaxing fun. You are my inspiration!

Jun 18, 2012, 10:36pm Top

#113 : Megan - your sister must be really strong. The hubster went for his first session last week and he said it was the most painful thing he's been through....but he didn't scream. that seemed to be his badge of honor.

Really.. it's not a gruesome book .. you ought to try it. He does such a great job building a flowering story out of just a tiny plain seed.

#114 : Gail - no shame in caving. It's a difficult challenge and you're not the only one who's finding it more difficult than it's worth. Still, if it makes you consider whether you should or shouldn't buy a book, it's at least making your *eventual* purchase a more conscious decision.

#115 : Charlotte, a bacon cookie is a crisp cookie with crispy bacon bits in it. Seriously, it's good and so very morish ... after eating one you just need more. ;-)

Jun 18, 2012, 10:43pm Top

Hi Caro- You must be busy with work again! Hmmmmm? I am loving River of Smoke. It looks like another winner.

Jun 18, 2012, 10:48pm Top

#116 / 118 : Roni and Kath ... I'll type out the recipe when I get back from Tokyo. No time to do it now because I've got one more conference call and then I must start packing for my morning flight tomorrow.

#117 : Thanks for the thumb, rdear. But this one really is different .. it's less dark compared with his other books ... well, slightly anyway. It's still really good though...just don't read it during a gloomy rainy or wintry day. heh heh

#119 : Paul - no worries my friend... the hubster's scar tissue only impedes his running. All other forms of physical activity has been approved and encouraged by his doctor and we have indeed found other ways to ensure his heart rate is elevated for a period of time. He now gets a break for a few days while I'm in Tokyo and he heads down to NY before we are together again on Saturday night.

Trojan attack has been well and truly (hopefully successfully) repelled and I've my trusty laptop back again. And yes, I have managed to hold Song of Achilles off at arm's length for the time being but that's because I have so many more clamoring for me to read them. It's hard to walk past their attractive covers and block my ears against their plaintive cries.

I'm surprised I hit 75 this early this year and even more surprised I haven't had many duds thus far. *now watch... now that I've said this, I've tempted Fate and she's going to throw some majorly rotten ones my way*

#120 : Cee - I hear it's going to hit the 90s here in MA on Wednesday. I'm bummed... if I were here, I'd take the day off and hit the beach.

Jun 18, 2012, 10:50pm Top

Disgrace by J.M Coetzee

An English professor in Cape Town, twice divorced, having enjoyed liaisons with prostitutes, is forced to resign from his post after his relationship with a student is exposed. He moves out to the country with his daughter and in doing so, finds a different rhythm of life to settle down to. However, a terrifying incident soon changes their lives.

It's a wonderful, sobering and disquieting study of South Africa post-apartheid. The evolving relationships between David Lurie, the professor and his daughter before and after the incident, between Lurie and his student, between Lurie and Bev, the woman he helps out at the animal shelter, between Lurie and Petrus, and between Petrus and Lurie's daughter, Lucy, make for fascinating studies. What's most interesting is the change in Lurie himself and how he goes from being a pretty self-centered individual to one who starts to put the needs of others before his.

4 stars

Jun 18, 2012, 10:52pm Top

>121 cameling: well when I read my last message and seeing as I have been talking to you about dreams....I had a nightmare last night (this morning actually, woke me up at 610am, for once the kids slept in leaving me in the position of being available at that time for the invasion of nightmares...)
Anyway, it involved seeing a man hanging by a noose....(sounds familiar she says) and three suspicious people following me and my friends while we were hightailing it out of there. All of a sudden my friends are nowhere to be seen or heard....da da da daaaaaah..... and Im running through some dark undergrowth. To be grabbed at any moment.

I wouldnt like to blame your book review. But....
Just throw me a bacon cookie and we'll forget all about it :)

Jun 18, 2012, 10:57pm Top

I received a travel advisory from my travel consultant this afternoon informing me that there's a typhoon Guchol heading towards Tokyo on Tuesday. And I'm flying following the tail of it. Uh huh...

So far United has told me that there's no indication yet that their flights will be affected because for the flight I'm taking, the typhoon "should" have weakened upon hitting land and is "likely" to end by Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. Uh huh...

I'll look again at their website tomorrow morning before I leave for the airport and since I have to transit in Washington DC, if the news isn't great, or if my flight is delayed for hours, I'm just going to cancel my trip, turn around and come home.

Jun 18, 2012, 11:30pm Top

Congrats on blowing past the 75 book mark already, Caro! And safe traveling back home.

Jun 19, 2012, 6:19am Top

Good review of Disgrace Caro. Worried to hear about the travel warning - wise thing to do is what you propose and turn around for home unless the prognoscis is more positive.

Jun 19, 2012, 12:09pm Top

I am probably going to read Match Day... at least it is sitting next to me here ....

Safe trip.. Hope you have no more glitches than you have already had :)

Jun 19, 2012, 12:12pm Top

Caro, I'm another one who has taken a long time to get around to reading Graham Greene (and have still not done so, in fact). I have two of his on the infamous TBR shelf and would like to get to them soon. Maybe at least one of them can be one of the ten I must read before I spend more $ on books....

Jun 19, 2012, 2:51pm Top

Be careful and watch out for Guchol (my sub-par eyes thought at first the typhoon's name was Groucho).

Am looking forward to the bacon cookie recipe, though, sadly, with summer weather upon us now, I probably won't be baking anything of a cookie-like nature until mid-September.

Jun 19, 2012, 3:09pm Top

Typhoon GROUCHO. I'd be megagroucho if I had to fly into a typhoon-wracked megalopolis.

Jun 20, 2012, 9:33pm Top

#127 : Thanks, Roni .... I'm just hoping for no more delayed flights on my way home. It will make a nice change.

#128 : Thanks Paul. As with most weather forecasts, this turned out to be nothing but a tropical storm ... at least Tokyo-side. So it's a nice calm cloudy but warm and somewhat humid day here in Tokyo this morning.

Had a monster of a day yesterday though. My original flight from Boston to Washington DC was delayed, which meant I would have missed my connection to Tokyo. So they put me on American Airlines instead (an airline I detest at the very core of my being) flying through Chicago. Alas, in Chicago, my connection to Tokyo was delayed by ..... 7 hours! Arrghhh.... Actually it was delayed by only 5 and a half hours, but 2 passengers weren't on board and they had to go look for them because their bags had already been loaded onto the plane ...they found them ..... in the bar, completely blotto! So they had to deny them passage on the plane and then waste time removing their luggage from the cargo hold. That took another hour and a half. Sheesh.

#129 : So far so good, Kath ... I arrived safe, sound and badly in need of a shower last night. :-) Am now in my favorite hotel in Tokyo, the Hyatt Regency in Shinjuku. Had a lovely swim in the pool this morning just before my 7am conference call and am feeling as good as new again.

Jun 20, 2012, 10:44pm Top

#130 : Ellen, the problem I have is ... too many good authors who have written too many good books and too little time on my part to get to them. I suspect even if I were to win the mega-millions lottery and live a life of leisure, I'd still not get to all the books I want to in my life time. I hope I come back as a silver fish so I can eat the words I read. ;-)

#131 : Haha.. Charlotte, the first time I saw the name of the typhoon, I thought it read Groucho too!

Typhoon appears to have weakened into a tropical rain storm by yesterday morning, so by the time I flew in, there wasn't even a breeze in the air.

Cookie baking is best done in the summer with windows open. :-) Or you can just keep the recipe until the weather turns more favorable to having the oven on. A friend of mine used to make some interesting cookies on her outdoor grill ... I've yet to try doing it myself.

#132 : Rdear .... I know.. I was having visions of a Ultraman or Godzilla type movie scene with large crashing waves, lashing rain and heavy winds tossing my little aluminum flying sardine can around in the air. Good thing none of the above took place during my flight and we landed with minimum fuss.

Jun 20, 2012, 11:39pm Top

If the weatherguesser is gonna be wrong, that's the direction of wrong I want! Glad you're safe. DId they keep your job at the hostess bar open for you?

Jun 21, 2012, 6:20am Top

I'm also glad that you arrived in Tokyo safely, but I'm sorry that you had such a hellish trip. Did the typhoon cause any significant damage there?

Edited: Jun 21, 2012, 8:10am Top

At least you had your favorite hotel to look forward to!
I hope things go more smoothly from here to home again!

Jun 21, 2012, 11:07am Top

Ah the joys of intercontinental air travel - dorks getting blasted and inconveniencing every man jack on board - anyway glad to see you safe and soundly over to the land of the rising sun. Enjoy. x

Jun 21, 2012, 7:34pm Top

Got there safely, hooray!
Have a fun trip.

Jun 22, 2012, 11:27am Top

Hello there! Thanks for the picture of Federer way back. My brother-in-law looks just like him--so cute! His tennis isn't quite there, but still. Your trip to Tokyo sounds just awful and I am glad you finally arrived. And congrats on the 75!

Jun 22, 2012, 11:51am Top

Jeez, sorry to hear about the travel impediments, Caro. Long delays lead to blotto passengers, I guess, but I've never been on a flight where they were barred!

You'll be glad to hear I enjoyed Naked in Death by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, and I reviewed it over at the cafe and on the book page. I'm taking the next 3 in the series on my own long plane flight (I'm still amazed and impressed at your ability to handle regular long trips).

Jun 22, 2012, 12:31pm Top

I agree, that baking definitely needs windows open in summer, but yesterday (which was unbelievably vile) I had to boil an egg and I wanted to rip my skin off, it was so awful here in ye olde Bay State. So, September it is!

Jun 22, 2012, 12:55pm Top

It's muggy here, too.. no baking for me any time soon.

Jun 24, 2012, 8:39am Top

I hope the trip home was much easier than the trip out..bet you are exhausted, though..

Jun 24, 2012, 11:25am Top

The promised bacon cookie recipe: Actually it's bacon, blue cheese and almonds cookie


3/4 cup (about 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 ounces) almonds
6 strips bacon, minced (you should have about 1/2 cup, packed)
Salted butter as needed, to make 1/2 cup with bacon drippings
1 cup (about 4-3/4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 to 6 minutes. Let cook, and then coarsely chop.
In a medium skillet or sauté pan over medium to medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes; do not scorch. Drain the drippings into a heatproof measuring cup, and reserve the bacon separately. Let cool. To the cooled drippings, add butter as needed to make 1/2 cup total.
With an electric mixer, cream the cheese, thyme, and pepper together in a mixing bowl. Add the butter mixture and mix in well. Add the flour and mix the dough for about 2 minutes. Add the bacon and nuts and mix until just evenly combined. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F at least 20 minutes before baking. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.
Scoop up the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and shape into 1-inch diameter balls (you should get 36 to 40). Place, spaced 2 inches apart, on the baking sheets. With a fork, flatten to 1-1/2-inch-diameter rounds, dipping the tines into flour as needed, and making crisscross patterns as you would on peanut butter cookies. Bake until lightly golden at the edges, about 14 to 16 minutes. Cool on the pan.

Jun 24, 2012, 11:51am Top

#135 : Rdear - I'm glad the weatherman was wrong too. Alas, my job at the hostess bar was replaced by someone less likely to drink away their profits. ;-)

#136 : Darryl - the typhoon turned out to be a tropical storm, so no damage apart from a few floods up north, but nothing major. So apart from cancelled or delayed flights as a precaution against the strong winds, nobody else appeared to be too badly inconvenienced.

#137 : Kath - once I got there, it was all good. Meetings all went well and our customer conference on Friday went off very nicely. It was our 9th time holding this event for our Japanese customers and we had the highest attendance. Nobody fell asleep during my presentation and I managed to hold my own later during the cocktail reception when I was introduced to some managing directors and senior executives. At least I managed a few polite Japanese phrases during the introduction and only needed to rely on my trusty translator from our partner organization in Japan for the rest of the conversations.

#138 : Paul, I'm always surprised when I see some people starting to get rather blotto while they're at airports waiting for their flights. Everyone knows airlines are no longer as accommodating when it comes to drunk passengers. Of course, everyone wanted to kill the couple who had caused even more unnecessary delay.

#139 : Thanks Megan. It was a busy couple of days and then long nights because our business partners there are delightful hosts and insisted on a long and alcoholic dinner on Thursday after our meeting and then a fun dinner followed by karaoke session after customer conference on Friday.

Jun 24, 2012, 12:15pm Top

#140 : Hey there, Kim .. good to see you again. Your BIL looks like Federer?! Oh my.... *fanning self*

#141 : Joe, the international flights tend to be less forgiving of inebriated passengers. They will cut off alcohol to passengers on board if they show signs of becoming somewhat sloshed, and if they're already drunk before boarding, they tend refuse to board them and will insist they reschedule their flight. I like this because I've been on flights years back when some passengers drank too much and became a nuisance to everyone else on the plane.

Glad to hear you liked Naked in Death. You're going to love how the characters and their stories progress through the series. I'm so excited for you ... this is the start to a wonderful series! :-) Don't forget to bring enough books with you because books in Australia cost a bomb!

#142 : Charlotte - the only baking i love to do in the summer are fruit pies. I just love fresh fruit pies. I'm going to the farmers' market in a bit to buy some fresh cherries to make a cherry pie this afternoon.

#143 : Kath - it's actually not to bad here today because of the heavy rain we had yesterday afternoon. I'm glad it's cooled down considerably ... the cab driver last night told me that we had hit 106 on Friday! Yikes!! I'm glad I wasn't here for that.

The flight back was uneventful and ....maybe it was karma, but both my flights left on time! The only momentary concern I had was on my flight from Tokyo to Chicago when a man who looked like Paul Bunyan came on board and squeezed and scrunched his way into the middle seat next to me. Oh boy! 12 hours being squashed next to this man?! He was so large and tall I have no idea how he managed to fold himself into the seat. The armrest between us wouldn't go all the way down because of his large stomach, and his legs and butt were oozing out from his seat space into mine. And he radiated a lot of heat! Ugh! I was feeling bad for the woman in front of him because there's no way she could have reclined her seat with him sitting behind her because his knees were jammed up against the back of her seat. It must have been uncomfortable for him too, but seriously ... the airline should have made him buy 2 seats since he obviously couldn't fit into 1. I thought I'd have had to fly the 12 hours scrunched over to my left since I was in an aisle seat, but fortunately, the flight attendance managed to convince a couple of people to move to some other seats, and Mr Bunyan and his almost equally large son (who was sitting behind him) were moved to a row by themselves. Whew!

The hubster comes home from NY this evening so I thought I'd make a cherry pie this afternoon. It's a sunny day but I'm too lazy to drive to the beach. I think I'll just stay at home (after my visit to the farmers' market and butcher in a few minutes) and put my feet up. I had a short but satisfying run this morning by the wetlands, and my heart soared when 2 blue heron flew over my head, to join some others standing in the water among the water lillies. Also saw a family of geese just sitting and resting by the side of the path I was running on, and dozens of beautiful blue dragonflies flying around. I just love dragonflies.

I think I'll just marinate some steak and make a Greek salad for dinner.

Not going to do anything else today except put my feet up and read the Sunday papers ..oh and maybe finish The Man in the Wooden Hat.

Jun 24, 2012, 12:31pm Top

Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine

A college graduate reads Robert Louise Stevenson's Treasure Island and becomes obsessed with Jim Hawkins and his adventures. She uses the book as her guide to living, seeking adventure where she can, but without taking responsibility for her own life. Her pursuit of the Core Values of boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing lead her to an Amazonian parrot, an unambitious boyfriend, moving back in with her parents, and a family crisis.

It could have been more entertaining if not for the rather irritating voice of the narrator.
2.5 stars

Jun 24, 2012, 1:28pm Top

Hi Caro- Nice to see you checking in. Hope the trip is going well. Did you ever start River of Smoke? I really think you'll like it. Hugs!

Jun 24, 2012, 1:38pm Top

I hope I come back as a silver fish so I can eat the words I read. LOL!

Jun 24, 2012, 6:05pm Top

Glad you are safely back! I've got the bacon cookie recipe favorited. Do you think feta cheese could be substituted for the bleu cheese? And I want some cherry pie, please.

Jun 24, 2012, 6:35pm Top

The bacon cookie recipe is not at all what I imagined. It sounds delicious. I was trying to make it bacon in a chocolate chip cookie or something, which might be good too...

Glad you're home. Hope you get to stay awhile.

I also hate American Airlines. My last experience with them involved flying LAX to Denver with my two kids, one 6 mo. old. She was fussing and clearly annoying the passengers around us. Since the flight wasn't full, I moved to the empty back row to nurse her to sleep. Just after I got started the flight attendant told me I had to move because she was using that row to hold her stuff. I told her I'd be happy to move as soon as I finished nursing, but she insisted. She didn't want me sitting by her stuff. I almost told her to "make me" but that's rarely worth it when you're holding an infant. I went back to my seat with the fussy baby. I did make sure that everyone around us knew that the reason I was back was because the flight attendant wouldn't let me sit in the back of the plane by her stuff, so if my fussy baby bothered them, they could take it up with her. We wrote a letter to AA afterward, but never heard back. Of course. We haven't flown with them since.

Jun 25, 2012, 2:43am Top

I cannot imagine the bacon biscuits....

The personal space invasion on the place would have made me feel gross. Its hard enough that your arm might accidentally touch someone elses, let alone having their guts pressing into your arm! Ack

Jun 25, 2012, 7:50am Top

Bacon in a choco chip cookie might indeed be interesting!

Jun 25, 2012, 1:41pm Top

Thanks for the recipe, Caro. I never would have guessed that it had blue cheese in it - or thyme, for that matter.

Jun 25, 2012, 3:10pm Top

Hi Caro, I'm so sorry I've been absent from your thread, though it's my loss of course.

I'm glad you enjoyed Our Man in Havana so much. It was my 2nd book by GG and I really regret going for the audio for that one, because the production really drove me nuts and fairly ruined the experience for me, which is a shame because it truly is a great and very funny story. You summed it up very well, skin purse and all! I thought Brighton Rock was absolutely brilliant last year (now there's an audio that hit ALL the right spots!) I was hoping to read a lot of novels by Graham Greene this year, but so far have only managed one, The Quiet American, which didn't do much for me.

I'm sorry but... bacon, blue cheese and almonds cookie... you can keep the lot! GAG!!! :-b

Jun 25, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Caro I will pass on the bacon cookies but it is certainly an interesting recipe. Glad you are safely ensconsed back stateside - your designs for cherry pie and greek salad for the hubster get the thunbs up!

Jun 26, 2012, 3:04pm Top

I think the cookies look yummy, and hope to try them.. thanks for the recipe.. I have to favorite that post..if I can remember how. Are you finding some time to relax yet?
So glad you are home!!

Jun 26, 2012, 3:43pm Top

#149 : Hi Marky-Mark. Hugs back.
Trip ended and I'm on what I hope is going to be my summer month at home .. or at least not traveling for work. So far, I've managed to take a stand and say 'no' to a few requests overseas for my charming (ahem) presence and am pushing travel off until August. I know ... it will come back and bite me in the butt because I will probably be home only for 1 week in August .. if I'm lucky. But I can't think of that, and will just focus on relaxing and enjoying myself stateside for the whole of July.
I haven't yet started River of Smoke but I want to. I just need to finish up with a few books I'm reading right now, which have also been derailed because one of my Japanese partners gave me the Evangelion manga series to read and I'm really stuck into it right now.

Edited: Jun 26, 2012, 3:56pm Top

#150 : Ellen, I have a friend in Hong Kong who can't seem to get rid of silverfish in his apartment, no matter how diligently his domestic helper cleans. He's decided to coexist with them but since finding some holes in the pages of some of his books, he's on a new war path and vows to annihilate them.

#151 : Roni, you can certainly try it with feta cheese .. let me know how it turns out. I've tried it with Gorgonzola when I made it for someone who doesn't like strong blue cheese and that turned out very well. A friend tried it with Ricotta and declared them a success. I wonder if cream cheese will work just as well. hmm....

Sorry, but the pie's all gone. Some friends showed up in the evening and I ended up giving them half to take home.

#152 : Hi Jenn, hmm...bacon chocolate chip ... that sounds interesting. I've had chocolate cupcakes with mapled bacon frosting that I liked.

I think American Airlines are just the worst and I'm pretty convinced that they only hire people who have been rejected from companies in all other industries. I can see why you'll never fly with them again. What did she think? That you were going to steal her stuff? They have lockers on a plane for their own stuff that she should have kept her things in. On the other hand, when I was coming back on United, there was a woman traveling on her own with a baby and a 2 year old, and the flight attendants (yes, plural) were really helpful. They'd either sit and play with the 2 year old when she had to go change the baby, or they'd be giving her a hand (she had a fussy baby too) and carrying her baby around the plane for her so she could get some rest.

Jun 26, 2012, 4:34pm Top

#153 : Megan, if you made them you won't need to imagine them anymore. ;-)

If there's one thing I don't like is to have a stranger pressed up against me during a long flight ...especially one I'm not attracted to. haha. It's one thing if they just brush against me on the arm rest periodically, that's ok, but when one whole side of their body is plastered on me, I really don't like it.

#154 : Have I tempted you to experiment, Kath?

#155 : Charlotte, yes, the blue cheese and thyme kinda balance things out to keep it moist, herby and savoury.

#156 : No worries, Ilana. I've been struggling to keep up with threads myself, so no need for any apologies on your part. I'm just happy to see you whenever you do have time to drop in for a wee visit. I've got Something Wicked This Way Comes in my TBR Tower now and I'm looking forward to reading that perhaps in a couple of months' time. Do you think you'll read a dead tree version of Our Man in Havana to wash out the bad taste of the poor audio version?

#157 : Paul, you could always substitute the bacon for turkey or beef bacon. It will still taste good.

#158 : Not really, Kath. I've got conference calls almost every night this week, and a mountain of work to clear before Friday and a couple of hysterical staff members, one working on a complex project and another who just flies into a panic at the slightest (to me) non-issue, to settle. I am looking forward to the weekend (when no coworkers are allowed to call me) and next week when I'm intending to take most of the week off to work from home or drive down to NY.

Jun 26, 2012, 4:47pm Top

Living in Dallas, I mostly fly American and haven't had a terrible experience (yet - fingers crossed)! I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I fly in and out of their home city? Maybe employees here are better behaved? International airlines have a way better level of service, of course, but I haven't experienced AA as any worse than any other major US carrier.

Enjoy your month "off"!

OK - back to lurking :)

Jun 26, 2012, 5:16pm Top

My only experience of flying AA involved crabby old flight attendants who were plastered with makeup, and who were obviously very over working.

"excuse me, could I have some water?"
*filthy look*
Eventually water is thrust my way, with the filthy look lingering and saying dont ask me for anything else on this flight.
"excuse me, can I have two bourbon and cokes?" (repeat til flight is over)
lol, I had the last laugh

Jun 26, 2012, 6:52pm Top

Tempted to try, yes.. but not until it is cooler weather...
I figured you were doing busy things for work, since we haven't seen you :0/

Jun 26, 2012, 7:38pm Top

#162 : Katie...if AA doesn't lose your luggage on your return trips, then I'd say they're probably more careful with passengers and their luggage into and out of their home city. AA has lost my luggage 3 times so far, each time, thankfully when I've been on my return back to Boston. Once it was lost for 4 days in Los Angeles, and each time I called them, they told me it'd be on the next flight, but when I called back at the end of the day, they'd tell me oh, it just missed being on the flight, so it'll be on the 'next' flight. This went on for 4 days and on the 4th, I called them again only to be told that my bags FOR SURE would be on the very next flight out to Boston the day after. And lo and behold, not even 10 mins after I hung up on them, FedEx delivered my bag to my door....the AA agent I spoke with didn't even realize that my bag had already been on an earlier flight, made it to Boston, and been picked up by FedEx. According to her system, my bag was still languishing somewhere in LAX. I didn't bother calling AA to tell them I'd received my bag because I was just so annoyed with them for not even knowing where my stuff was.

Jun 26, 2012, 8:07pm Top

#163 : Megan, and that's why I bring my own bottle of water on my flights. I don't always want a drink when the drink service comes around and I don't want to have to wait forever when I do decide I'm thirsty and want a drink, only to have it eventually served with the evil eye. Plus, I don't know how annoyed they are, and if they've added anything to my water. So... much more convenient and safer drinking out of my own water bottle.

I've seen some passengers buzz for flight attendants and having to wait ages for them to show up, and then ages more for them to bring them whatever it is they've requested. Alternatively, they'll just get up and go to the galley but some flight attendants don't like passengers going into the galley...unless they're in business or first class. The flight attendants in those sections are usually pretty nice... no sorry, they're very nice in first and mostly nice in business.

#164 : Kath - it's the last week of our 2nd quarter so it's all hands on deck and a bit manic at the moment. I can't wait for next week when things will calm down a little... I hope. But I've just completed 2 conference calls this evening, both of which went very well, and I just have one more to go in an hour's time.

Just enough time to grill some Cajun catfish fillets and toss a salad for dinner.

Jun 26, 2012, 8:20pm Top

>165 cameling: - Well, I'll just count my blessing then - no lost luggage! I do have colleagues who will hop the short flight to Houston to fly Continental United rather than American...

Jun 26, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Yikes. I've never flown with American Airlines, and I think I'll keep it that way. I haven't heard anyone I know say anything good about that organization.

Edited: Jun 26, 2012, 9:46pm Top

#167 : Katie, I wouldn't have minded so much perhaps, if the luggage they had lost for 4 days didn't hold about 8 books I'd bought from Australia which weren't published in the US and cost an arm, 2 legs and an eye. Oh, and it also contained a few packets of TimTams, my favorite Aussie chocolate biscuits.

#168 : With good reason, Darryl, with good reason. I think the US airlines are pretty complacent because of the number of domestic travelers. There's some but not a lot of competition that I see among the major carriers of United, Delta and Continental. These behemoths offer less and less value for a seat on their planes, IMO.

Since re-reading Dandelion Wine about a week ago, I've had Ray Bradbury on my mind. I think I'm going to re-read Something Wicked This Way Comes this weekend.

Jun 26, 2012, 10:26pm Top

Just passing through C--love to internet travel with no lost luggage!!

Jun 26, 2012, 10:35pm Top


Jun 26, 2012, 10:45pm Top

Caro, I'll definitely get my hands on a paper version of Our Man in Havana sometime. I just have to wait a year or two to forget what the story is about and then I can start over fresh!

The only Ray Bradbury I've read is Farenheit 451 and have to say I didn't like it much. There's currently a collection of his short stories on sale on Audible I'm considering getting though...

Jun 26, 2012, 11:18pm Top

>169 cameling: Although their prices have increased substantially in the past couple of years, I do feel as if Delta values its customers, at least those who are flying into and out of ATL, the world's busiest airport. There are at least two or three other carriers that provide nonstop or one-stop service to my usual destinations, unlike the poor folks who fly into smaller regional airports. A good friend of mine lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and she drives several times per year from there to Philadelphia, as it costs way too much to fly (typically $600-800+ round trip per person).

Jun 27, 2012, 1:24pm Top

Ahhh, DELTA .


I have Something Wicked This Way Comes sitting here next to me and will read it again soon. Very.

Jun 27, 2012, 2:04pm Top

>160 cameling: - I usually don't have time to do much more than lurk, but I saw the bit about your friend's predicament with silverfish, and thought I'd suggest this:

Get some boric acid (hydrogen borate), some plain paper and some tape. Make up little paper packets of the acid, using two layers of paper and seal with the tape. Place the packets anywhere you have your books - on shelves, in boxes, stacks on the floor - and the silverfish will eat through the paper to get to the boric acid, and usually die after that.

It doesn't completely remove the problem, because they love humid climates and reproduce like crazy, no matter how clean you keep your surroundings. However, the boric acid trick worked very well for me. While I still see the occasional silverfish around, I can't remember the last time I've seen holes/destruction in my books. Hope this helps your friend.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:13pm Top

Stopping by to check out your thread, Caro. Love the camels up top. I cannot believe all that talk of bacon that was going on over on my last thread and NO ONE mentioned the bacon cookie recipe over here - where is the love?

I liked your review of Our Man in Havana - sounds like one for me.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:19pm Top

#170 : True, Kim .. internet travel guarantees luggage staying put at home. But the total upside of travel (experiencing different cultures, food, people, smells, sights) outweighs the risk of lost luggage. I've also stopped putting anything valuable in my checked luggage. I keep them all with me in my carry-ons.

#171 : smoocheroos back at'cha, rdear. Enjoying a less muggy day today?

#172 : Ilana, what didn't you like about Fahrenheit 451? Which of his short stories collection are you going to read? I loved his Classic Stories 1. I re-read those regularly.

#173 : Darryl - Apart from when I fly to Latin America, I don't fly Delta usually because they don't have as many flights going out to Asia, where I'm usually flying out to. They also have fewer airlines in their partner network.

I might be flying Emirates for the first time in August. I've heard a lot of good things about this airline so I'm looking forward to it. I might fly them from Melbourne to Singapore.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:29pm Top

Today was *perfection* at 79 and no humidity to speak of. Glorious! Tomorrow up to 90 and humid, per the weatherguessers. How I hope they're wrong.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:30pm Top

#174 : Clever... I like what you've done with Delta as an acronym.

Ooh, Kath.... want to do another Bradbury weekend GR? I'd love to read Something Wicked This Way Comes in a group like we did for Dandelion Wine.

#175 : Sangreal, thanks for stopping to de-lurk with that tip. I've copied it and sent it on to my friend. I'll be sure to post if it worked with his silverfish. It's certainly a simple enough solution ... although now I have visions of silverfish carcasses piling up.

We've been getting brave single big black ants scouting around in our house recently. At least I think they're the scouts for the rest of the gang who are probably hanging around just outside the door or cracks in the wall, waiting for the reconnoitering scouts to return with news that there's food and it's safe for them to invade. We put down some ant traps yesterday and lo and behold .... we now appear to be ant-free. That's one of the downsides of summer ... bugs galore.

#176 : Hey there Mamie ... thanks for stopping by. Good timing .. at least you found the bacon recipe... will you be trying it out? I'm a huge bacon addict too. The only thing with bacon that I haven't managed to bring up courage to try, is a bacon shake. There's apparently a restaurant in Boston that serves this.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:36pm Top

#178 : It was a brilliant day today up here too, rdear .... mid 70s, no humidity and glimpses of the sun during the day. It's nice and cool this evening .. perfect weather for eating on the deck. We had some friends over and I grilled a whole red snapper, bacon wrapped scallops, lobster and asparagus. Soba noodles in clam miso broth and champagne jellied grapes rounded up the evening.

We're not expecting high 80s until the weekend. I hope the weather guys are right too.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:37pm Top

How could I possibly resist bacon cookies? Will definitely try the recipe.

Jun 27, 2012, 9:41pm Top

*sigh* Emirates is lovely. I've done the 15-hour Houston direct to Dubai flight and it was one of the most pleasant of my life.

Jun 27, 2012, 11:24pm Top

I made bacon rolls the other day.
They lasted about 4 hours from baked to gone. The gone part happened to be 5 minutes after the man of the house returned home from work! They are a favourite around here. Its basically fried up bacon and onion wrapped up in bread dough and baked into little heavenly parcels.

Jun 27, 2012, 11:34pm Top

Oh my. Bacon rolls. I would have to guard them with a rolling pin. I think I'll make some for breakfast Sunday. Do you fry the onion with some of the bacon grease?

Jun 27, 2012, 11:37pm Top

Kath - hahaha - It's like China Airways customer charter they guarantee to get you at least half way home!

Jun 28, 2012, 6:49am Top

hmm, I might be able to do that Caro, the last one was fairly painless. LOL

Jun 28, 2012, 9:22pm Top

#181 : Mamie .. I may make some this weekend now that I don't have to go down to NYC. We were originally planning on going down to visit our niece who had a baby 4 months ago, but this is a branch of the family who very inconsiderately does not respond in a timely fashion to voicemail or emails, but will expect you to drop everything should they need a favor. So having left at least 8 voicemails and sent about 5 emails, the hubster is now officially annoyed with our niece and has decided since she has only just sent him a short text message to apologize for not getting back sooner, but that if we were coming down, she'd love to see us for ...... 20 mins on Saturday because she might want to go play paintball with her friends although it's not confirmed yet but she wouldn't want to miss out. Given that we would be making a 3.5 hour drive down from MA to NYC just to visit her (she's going to move to DC in a month's time), that really smacks of rudeness IMO.

#182 : Katie, everyone I know who's flown Emirates have had good things to say about them. Looks like I won't get the chance this time though, I'll be flying Qantas from Singapore to Melbourne because there are no seats on Emirates for the dates I need to fly. I've seen their flight attendants at hotels though ...very charming uniforms and they're all beautiful women.

Jun 28, 2012, 9:29pm Top

#183 : Megan, bacon rolls? Mmm....that sounds like a great idea. So just a bunch of cooked bacon and onions rolled up in bread dough. Would you sprinkle some rosemary on the top? I could do that. Hmm...I'm thinking perhaps instead of bread dough, I could also stuff them into puff pastry envelops as afternoon tea treats or when the gang comes over to watch baseball.

#184 : Good idea, Jenn ... onions in bacon fat. I can smell it now. Hmm...have you ever knitted a sweater with fried bacon on the front? Ooh ooh... woolen socks with a little bacon motif at the top?

#185 : Paul - they should take a leaf out of Hainan Airways' book ... the flight attendants sing songs and dance along the aisle about 10mins into the flight to entertain the passengers... and possibly distract them from the fact that the airplane is flying rather low.

#186 : Do let me know if you are up for a GR of Something Wicked This Way Comes, Kath. I'd be up for it this week or over the 4th of July holiday since I'm planning on taking the rest of the week off.

Jun 28, 2012, 9:31pm Top

The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam.
After the charming delight of Old Filth, this was rather a disappointment. Elizabeth Feathers does not enchant, does not endear herself to the reader and remains a rather 2-dimensional figure.

At times, I found the writing rather forced, as if the author were trying very hard to convince the reader that this rather spoilt young woman deserves to be embraced wholeheartedly, that she's just misunderstood rather than just a woman behaving badly.

I ended up feeling most sorry for Edward Feathers.
2.5 stars

I know I'm probably in the teeny minority about this because most LTers have raved over this.

Edited: Jun 28, 2012, 10:21pm Top

Hi Caro- I wish I could squeeze Something Wicked This Way Comes in, because I really want to read that one, but I am booked solid for the next couple weeks.
Believe it or not, I've still not read Old Filth. Sad, I know.

Jun 28, 2012, 10:33pm Top

Marky-Mark ... whatever you do, don't start with The Man in the Wooden Hat ... if you detest it as much as I did, you'd never get to Old Filth which would be a shame because that was such a brilliant book.

I think I'm going to move on to The Child Thief ..... at last. It's been in my TBR Tower since Richard's glowing review.

Jun 28, 2012, 10:59pm Top

I loved Old Filth, so I'm disappointed that you weren't fond of The Man in the Wooden Hat. It seems as though someone else had a similar opinion about it, but I can't remember who.

Jun 28, 2012, 11:20pm Top

Gardam did a fine job of making her dislikable.

Jun 29, 2012, 12:19am Top

I kind of like the socks with a bacon motif. I wonder if you could make them scratch and sniff? Which would be a bad idea on a sweater...

Jun 29, 2012, 10:04am Top

So is anyone reading the Bradbury? This weekend? Next weekend?

Jun 29, 2012, 10:16am Top

I can read it anytime, Kath. Something Wicked - right?

Jun 29, 2012, 11:51am Top

Hi Caro!
Looks like you have been having some adventures while I was super busy - then my trip to La-La Land. One interesting thing about the med I was taking - it made me sleep, sleep, sleep - AND what a lot of incredible dreams I had! Very weird and entertaining. Cheaper than going to the movies! All that great sleep and action-packed entertainment for under $1.

So - bacon rolls. Yum. Bacon cookies - the jury is out on that one... it's the almonds that make me wonder.

So glad you are staying with us for July!

Jun 29, 2012, 4:14pm Top

#192 : Darryl, I think part of the disappointment also stemmed from me having liked Old Filth so much and expecting to like Betsy Feathers. I'm now afraid to read The People on Privilege Hill in case I'm not going to like it.

#193 : Rdear ...but I don't like reading about people I don't like, especially when they're the main character in the book. I think she could have given us at least something to like about Betsy ...even if it's just a tiny glimpse every once in a while. Although I'm not sure if that would have made me like the book any better, to be honest.

Jun 29, 2012, 5:00pm Top

It's just not your book, then...Old Filth was your book of the Feathers books.

Jun 29, 2012, 9:04pm Top

#194 : Jenn...I think socks with a bacon motif would be cute ...as would a sweater ...dunno about the scratch and sniff variety though...depends where you're putting the bacon. ;-) How about this for the front of the sweater:

#195 : Kath - I'd be able to read Something Wicked next weekend. I'm in the middle of The Child Thief and I really don't want to put it down... it's pretty gripping stuff.

#196 : Mamie.. next weekend? Is this a re-read for you or is this the first time you're going to be reading it? And yes, it's Something Wicked

#199 : Which is not my book .. The Man in the Wooden Hat or The People on Privilege Hill, rdear? If you mean the former, you're right ... but if you mean the latter, then thanks for the heads up ...although if you could give me a little hint why you don't think it's my book, you'll sooth my little curious cat.

Jun 29, 2012, 9:14pm Top

The last day of the quarter is always crazy and today was no different ... but my madness ended around 3.30pm and I was able to watch the exciting end of Federer's match against Benneteau in peace in my office, waiting for 2 of my colleagues to finish their work for the day so we could go out for drinks to celebrate the end of a very tough week.

Now to look forward to a weekend of .... hmmm... no idea ... no real plans, except maybe heading into Boston tomorrow to watch the Tall Ships come in. But I know the weekend will involve some reading and not involve any conference calls.

Jun 29, 2012, 9:26pm Top

Caro - Trust that you have a peaceful and food filled weekend with the hubster(?). Was rooting Roger yesterday but I'm really hoping that Murray can end Britain's 76 year drought in the Gentleman's singles to coincide with the Olympics being in London - especially now Rafa is going home early.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:05pm Top

Paul - I think Murray folds to the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd at crucial games. I'd love for Federer to win his 7th Wimbeldon. He gave me some heart-stopping moments during his match against Benneteau but finally seemed to get his head together and win the last 3 sets, the last one resoundingly. Whew!

It's already going to be near impossible for any of the current men to challenge some of his records, especially his 16 majors in only 27 majors, he's the only male tennis player to win Wimbledon and US Open Slams back to back for 4 years and I forget how many semis and finals he's been in but I know there's no other male close to his numbers.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:13pm Top

Caro - you may well be right but I think it is a case that the top three are just a little bit better than him. If he fails to do it of course Roger will be my choice - Nole is supposed to be a nice guy but the way he bounces the ball 300 times before hitting the blasted thing does my head in.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:18pm Top

Hi there Caro, bacon and blue cheese in cookies? Is this an appetizer or actually a cookie? Just wondering...

I loved Old Filth so was disappointed to see your review of The Man in the Wooden Hat. And yet feel I've been forewarned. So good job!

Jun 29, 2012, 10:37pm Top

Caro - Next weekend works for the read of Something Wicked. It will be my first time to read it. The group read of Dandelion Wine was my very first Bradbury book, and I loved it, so I am anxious to read some of his others.

I didn't get to see all of the Federer match because we had a huge storm come through and knock out our power - right in the middle of the fourth set! Can you believe that? And it was such a great match...sigh...just got our power back about 1/2 hour ago, and the first thing I checked was the result of the match. Still bummed that I didn't get to see the entire thing. But elated to have the power back on!

Jun 30, 2012, 8:47am Top

I don't like reading about people I don't like DITTO! wholehearted ditto!

Next weekend should work for me, too.. good, lets do it!

Jun 30, 2012, 11:40am Top

*pant wheeze cough* Just caught up here, Caro! You're busy as always, but I'm glad to see that you'll be home for a month! Hope you enjoy your time with the hubster and that the weather cooperates. :) Lots of good reading going on here, my TBR has taken many hits in the last half hour. Hope you're enjoying your Saturday! And thanks for the bacon cookie recipe, will give it a shot in a couple of weeks for a dinner party.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:24pm Top

#204 : Paul - Am I mean for hoping Nole doesn't get past the semis? His pre-serve ball bouncing is as annoying to me as Sharapova's sharp shrieks and grunts. I do so really want to see Federer win his 7th Wimby.

I've just watched the Cilic/Querrey match and for a while I thought we were going to see a repeat of the Isner/Mahut match. Murray's playing Baghdatis now and started to look shaky in the 2nd set, slipping a couple of times .. he should change shoe sponsors. :-)

#205 :Bonnie - give the bacon cookie a shot .. it's a savory snack, so don't think sweet dessert. Whenever I make it and don't tell me people what it is, they all exclaim, try to guess at the ingredients and invariably clean the plate.

Maybe one rainy afternoon when you're trying to figure out what to read next, you might want to give The Man in the Wooden Hat a quick skim through ... maybe you'll like it. I seem to be in the minority of reviewers who didn't like this book. Then again, I didn't like Swamplandia or The Lacuna either and I know many LTers who did.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:37pm Top

#206 : You're on Mamie, next weekend will be a GR of Something Wicked. Do post it up on your threads too and maybe we'll get more people signing up for it. I'll start a thread for it later on in the week.

I'm certainly glad you got your power back .. how long was the outage? You did miss a good match, not sure what was up with Federer in the first 2 sets, he looked sluggish, but I'm glad he got his head back into the game again by the 3rd set and of course you know how the match ended. But he was back to his elegant form and sharp touch once he got over whatever it was that was bothering him at the start.

I keep flashlights around the house, and 2 in the bedroom .. at least if the power goes out, I'll have light by which to read. :-) I've started to replace some of our flashlights from the battery operated ones to those that can be powered by a little handcrank. At least now with these, I don't have to worry about having spare batteries around the house, leaking batteries and the inconvenience of properly disposing batteries when they're dead.

#207 : Whoop, whoop.. and now there's 2. Glad to have you on the GR, Kath. It's a re-read for you, right?

Which other books can you remember not liking because you didn't like the main character?

#208 : Hey there Laura. Good to see you and I'm pleased to have helped add to your TBR pile. mwahahahahaha... Fair exchange since I've been hit by blue bullets on your thread too. ;-)

Ooh..dinner party... i love dinner parties ...what's on the menu?

Jun 30, 2012, 4:43pm Top

Too hot for a run this morning ...well, it wouldn't have been if I had gone out at 7am, but I decided to stay in bed to read and well, the next thing I knew, it was 9.30 and way too hot. So had a leisurely breakfast of blueberry pancakes and bacon, read a bit more and then went for a swim.

Finally bought a new AC for our bedroom and the hubster is going to hook it up this afternoon. I think I pulled my neck helping carrying that monstrosity upstairs ..and hence I'm sitting on the couch with my feet up while he vacuums the house. Ahhh....bliss. And no, I don't feel guilty!

I love the summer. All my favorite sports are on ... baseball, tennis (French, Wimby, US), summer Olympics this year, Tour de France .... *sigh* I'm even enjoying watching the US Olympic trials on tv in the evenings. The hubster is planning to buy a Slingbox tomorrow so we can watch some of the events if we are out of the house on the iPad. I was using my friend's Slingbox account at the office yesterday when I watched Federer's match after lunch. What a great invention.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:46pm Top

The Child Thief by Brom was more than what I expected. Thanks to Richard for the recommendation, I was immediately captivated by the story.

The darkness that is hinted at in James Barrie's 'Peter and Wendy' is given full reign here. Peter, the boy who never grew up, is part human part faerie but instead of hanging around nursery windows looking for children to play with, he haunts playgrounds and parks near ghettos, looking for runaways and children who seek to escape from the horrors of their daily lives, children who should have been but are not protected by anyone. But is the Neverland he promises them all that they expect? Where is this island that's constantly shrouded in mist? Are they unknowingly substituting one horror for another?

But who is Peter and why is he luring boys onto a misty path where they must yet prove themselves strong and brave enough to survive before they're welcomed into his clan of Devils? As Peter leads his band of boys into deadly adventures against the Captain, it takes one boy, battling his own demons, to make realize that life, even in Neverland, is not a game without real consequences.

I loved the illustrations too. Wish there had been more.

5 stars

I am going to share this book with a friend who lives out in LA because I just know he'll love this as much as I did. This is not one for everyone, but oh my .. it's definitely the highlight of my week.

Jun 30, 2012, 5:29pm Top

Something Wicked will be a reread for me..

I can't think of any books offhand, but I frequently judge a story by it's likable characters.
If I don't like them, or at least most of them.. forget it! Now, even a "bad" story with good
and enjoyable characters will gain my approval

Jun 30, 2012, 8:16pm Top

Caro- Terrific review of the Child Thief. I think I had put this one on my WL after RD raved about it and then it somehow fell off. Back on now!

Jun 30, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Caro - agree on both Nole and Maria - with my Napoleonic stature I am not overly disposed towards tall ladies already and she kills everything by screaming like a banshee. Ms. S. Williams is another turn-off as she plays with the opposite of elegance, little grace but an admirable determination. She just about saw off the Chinese lady this evening. Azarenka and Clijsters I do like and it would be nice to see them do well.
Murray got himself through against the always dogged Bagdatis and his tough draw is panning out. Murray beating Fed-Ex for his first title would be my ideal scenario. hehehe let's see.

Jun 30, 2012, 11:43pm Top

>212 cameling: YAAAAY!! Loved your spot-on review! Kath, don't read this book.

The People on Privilege Hill..."The Virgin of Bruges" is IMO the best story, and this is the best line in it:

But even if she had not wanted me I would have gone to her. Frédérique is unlike me. She is a mother, wife of a farmer, beautiful, resourceful, practical, intellectual. I am a small, short man.

That is the best line In The Collection.


Jul 1, 2012, 11:05am Top

#213 : Kath, I was trying to think of a book I liked despite a detestable main character and Wuthering Heights immediately popped into my head. I really liked that book but I detested Heathcliff.

#214 : Thanks Marky-Mark. It's a fantastic read ... right up your alley.

#215 : Paul, I cannot like S. Williams either. You hit the nail on the head, she has no grace on court, and from what I've seen, none in personality either, but has great determination and the arrogance to believe she should win.
I'd like to see Clijsters win this year, if only because she's announced this to be her last major tournament, wanting to retire from the sport and add to her family. I wish Henin hadn't retired when she did. I loved watching her play. I can't say I find any of the current female players particularly inspirational.

Murray played well in the last set to win his match, but seriously... the ball falling out of the pocket thing is a bit of a regular thing with him ... it's happened in other matches before. You'd think he'd just quit putting the balls in his pocket or get his sponsor to sew him deeper pockets. He's got a touch draw though and I don't quite see him making it to the finals this year.

Jul 1, 2012, 11:12am Top

Caro- I might join you guys for the Bradbury next weekend. I have it saved on audio. Enjoy your Sunday! Keep cool.

Jul 1, 2012, 11:16am Top

#216 : Thanks, RD ... you were the one to entice me into reading this and I'm so glad you did. Amazing ...and sad too. Poor Peter.

Ooh...I like that quote ...ok... maybe I'll move this up a rung or two.

Jul 1, 2012, 11:49am Top

Well, it's been a while and complacency had set in ...which always means I'm just tempting the Fates. So what happens? They come and slap me silly on my run today. Gorgeous morning... the hubster had gone to church while I was asleep, thinking to just let me sleep in since we didn't get to bed until about 3 in the morning... I woke when I heard his car roar off down the driveway ...so got up and decided to go for a run.

First sign that all may not be well today .. I went out and realized I had the wrong car keys in my hand. Back I troop to the house, grab keys, head out, slam door behind me.

Second sign that all may not be well today ....I get into the car, and realize that I had the right car keys AND the keys to the other car instead of my HOUSE keys! Crap, I'm locked out. Oh well, no matter, the hubster's only gone to church, he'll be home when I get back. Not worried.

Third sign that all may not be well today .... I get to Walden Pond (yes, of Thoreau fame) and deer leaps out into my path, I swerve and almost hit a tree ..but avoid the ninny deer.

Start my run, enjoying the sun on my shoulders, glad i have my cap on, loving the beautiful blue sparkling water on the pond, nobody around (coz it's only 7 in the morning on a Sunday) so I have the whole woods to myself and the animals. The sun's coming up and it's going to be a scorcher today, I can feel it starting to heat up .....and ....my left foot disappears down a hole and twists ...I slide on my right knee and both palms, and come to a stop, bonking my head on a large old gnarled tree trunk.

Get up, test ankle ... not broken (whew) ...but definitely can't carry on with the run, deep bleeding scrapes in the right knee, pick out bits of gravel from under my skin ....and turn back .....and realized that I've about a 2 mile walk/limp back to the car. Grrr....

4th sign that all may not be well today .....the hubster took the Volvo to church and I drove the SUV with stick shift ...ankle twinges every time I had to step on the clutch driving home.

Get home ....no Volvo ...drats....hubster's not home yet.

6th sign that all may not well today ..... I didn't bring my cellphone with me, so I can't call him. I hobble out back to where we usually keep the spare key ....hmmm...nothing under the solar squirrel. Double drats ... oh well, how long can he be, right? Decide to wait in the car ... thank goodness for NPR .. I listen to some good programs and the news .... hmmm...did he go to a different church today that's 20 miles away?

1.5 hours later ...with an increasingly throbbing ankle, I clean my knee and palms as best i can with spit and tissue paper ....and I finally see the hubster's car.

He went to church, came home, saw the car gone, thought I'd gone to the gym for a swim so he went there too and had a swim himself ....didn't see car or me, called but of course nobody answered, so finally decided to come home.

I guess I'm done in terms of activity today. Ankle has been iced, wrapped and is now elevated on a cushion. All wounds have been cleaned as much as possible, but given how long it took before I could even get into the shower, some cuts have already scabbed over with clots so I'm hoping there's no gravel under the skin there. Lump on the head but thanks to the cap, no scratches ... well at least not on my head, my poor cap had bodies of a few squashed bugs.

Oh and somehow I wrenched my neck too, so the left side feels a little sprained. Have just stuck a heat bandage on it.

The only thing I have to do today now is make some mashed potatoes and creamy polenta for the hubster to take over to a friend this evening who was diagnosed with throat cancer a couple of months ago.

Apart from that, it's a day on the couch for me, with the Sunday papers and a book. :-)

Jul 1, 2012, 11:50am Top

#218 : Yaay...another for the Bradbury GR...good to see you, Marky-Mark.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:27pm Top

good glory girl!!!! It sure can do a lot of damage keeping healthy..
I hope that the rest of the day is slated to be down time?

Jul 1, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Yup, the hubster's just gone grocery shopping with my list. Making roasted garlic mashed potatoes and creamy polenta for him to bring to his friend later this evening.

Will make gnocchi with butter & sage for lunch with a meat & cheese plate, and I was inspired by the salmon pasta salad in the kitchen thread, so will make something similar for dinner but with fresh salmon instead of canned.

There's only so many hours I can sit on the couch anyway without my butt going numb

Jul 1, 2012, 12:44pm Top

BTW, has anyone on FB noticed that the LT link doesn't seem to be working anymore? It's at least not working for me because my LT book reviews are not being posted onto FB anymore.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:47pm Top

That happens sometimes. I'd suggest posting your reviews from Goodreads. It's yet to break, unlike the LT link.

Jul 1, 2012, 12:56pm Top

Sometimes mine post, sometimes they do not... Same with twitter... wonky.
I have no interest in wading into nasty waters to report it, so I live with it. If
I really feel the need to share I do it manually.

Jul 1, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Good suggestion, Richard. I'll link my GR to FB in a few.

Edited: Jul 1, 2012, 1:14pm Top

Kath - If the GR one works I may switch off the LT one.. no sense in them actually posting twice ... on the occasion when the LT links actually works.

Jul 1, 2012, 1:44pm Top

Caro- All I can say is WOW!! What a morning, huh? Yikes. Hopefully you recover quickly. Kick back the rest of the day, put up that ankle and rest! That's an order, soldier!

Jul 1, 2012, 2:19pm Top

Poor Caro - quite an accident prone morning, but at least the Hubster got to you in the end. Look on the bright side my dear - you fared marginally better than those bugs!

Jul 1, 2012, 5:18pm Top

#229 : Mark - At least I managed to read and finish my first July TIOLI book being forced to stay on the couch almost all day. I hope my ankle feels better tomorrow so I can go to the office. The neck feels slightly better after I stuck a Chinese medicinal heat bandage on it.

#230 : No kidding, Paul. I decided not to tempt grumpy Fate anymore and left my ankle wrapped and propped up on a cushion for most of the afternoon. Poor bugs ..at least it was a quick one for them. ;-)

Jul 1, 2012, 5:19pm Top

The China Governess by Margery Allingham was my first July TIOLI rainbow challenge. Quick read, or maybe quicker since I was confined to the couch.

One of the last in the Albert Champion series, a young man engaged to be married is shocked when rumors start to circulate about his parentage. Determined to uncover the truth as to his identity, and with the encouragement of his fiancee's father, he puts their engagement on hold until he finds the answers he seeks. However, there appears to be someone equally determined that he shall not uncover the truth.

Albert Champion is engaged to unravel the mystery behind the death of an old lady, and with the help of his friend, Charles Luke, find the answers before someone else is murdered.

Albert Champion stays a bit in the background in this book, which is a shame, but it still makes for a good read.
3 stars

Jul 1, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Been watching the Tour de France today and as it always happens when I watch these events, I'm eager to get out on my bike too ...but no chance with my banged up ankle. I think I'll also give my knee a chance to heal before I risk donating more skin and flesh to the ground again. There were a few crashes during the race today ... I can only imagine how much that must have hurt some of them when they fall and skid on the road at the speed they're going. I remember the hubster, about 10 years ago, falling off his bike during a triathlon just when he was rounding the corner and heading downhill. His back wheel was clipped by another rider and he went down hard and slid a few meters on the road .... leaving behind a lot of skin and flesh off his left forearm up to his shoulder and from his left shin up to his hip .. yes, his shorts was torn too, but he had his swim trunks under from the swim, so at least he didn't have have to get back on his bike naked ... and yes, the crazy man got back on his bike to finish the race.

No Wimby today being Sunday ...bah!

Jul 1, 2012, 5:47pm Top

Wow, that's a great way to start your Sunday. I'm waiting for the latest Camilleri to arrive at my library for pickup, I can see it's in transit so I'm glad to hear that you liked it.

Jul 1, 2012, 5:56pm Top

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about your accident and horrible start to your day. Are you feeling better? Can you take off from work tomorrow to recuperate?

Jul 1, 2012, 6:31pm Top

Gidday, Caro!

We've landed in Sydney, and you'll be glad to hear we ate takeaway from Pie Face last night. :-) Today we're doing an overview tour, and probably will go to Gleebooks and Badde Manors this afternoon.

Jul 1, 2012, 10:45pm Top

What can I say about your tale of woe other than "OH DEAR!"

Hope recuperation is fast and relatively painless, Caro.

Jul 1, 2012, 11:39pm Top

Lots of posts behind. So, to catch up:

Put me on Alaska Airlines every time.

The Child Thief has gone on the wish list.

Weather here has been plenty cool for running, I've been too lazy....

Dis Serena Williams if you will, but that woman has pulled more wins out of back-against-the-wall than almost anyone. I, too, like Clijsters, but there's a reason she wears a choker...

I really hope your ankle is okay, Caro!!!

Jul 2, 2012, 4:16pm Top

Holy smokes, sounds like you had an interesting and very unlucky Sunday! Hope you are feeling ok today!
See this is why I don't exercise, it's dangerous to your health! ;)

Jul 2, 2012, 5:11pm Top

#234 : Kerry, the most difficult thing for me now is that I have to wait for Camilleri to write another book since I've now read all in this series.
Have you read Donna Leon? If not, I urge you to give her a shot because if you like Camilleri, you'll like Leon.

#235 : Darryl .. had my ankle iced, wrapped and elevated all day yesterday and then left out to breathe at night. It seemed a little better this morning, not as swollen, so I wrapped it and hobbled to work. But it was starting to bother me, so I came home after lunch (well, I did have to eat!) and oddly enough, it seemed to feel a little better after lunch. So maybe my ankle was hungry too? But it's still wrapped and I'll see how it goes tomorrow. I hope it'll be loads better because we have a half day tomorrow and I was planning on spending the afternoon with friends in the North End, which is Boston's Italian section.

Alas, with a sprain, there's really nothing you can do except let it run its course. My knee looks a lot worse than it feels although wearing jeans today to work was not the smartest choice because the material kept rubbing against my scrapes .... so really the sorry bunny limped home ..albeit with a belly full of lobster roll, cheese waffle fries and a pint of Sam Adams' Summer Ale.

#236 : Yaay! You made it to a Pieface! Well done, Joe. So,.... what did you think?

Jul 2, 2012, 5:20pm Top

#237 : Roni, as far as sprains go, this isn't really that bad. I've twisted my ankle far worse than this before. There was one time I had a bad sprain on one ankle which was finally starting to get better, when I slipped off a kerb in India getting into the car to go to the airport and twisted the other ankle. When I boarded my flight (3 days after arriving in Mumbai), as luck would have it, the same flight crew were coming back to the US as well, and one flight attendant saw me, started chatting, then paused, looked at me and said ...weren't you limping on the other leg 3 days ago? *sigh*

#238 : Ellen .. Alaska Airlines huh? I've never flown with them. What do you like about them?
No running for a while for me until this ankle is 100%. Oh well ... maybe I'll go swimming instead.

No Clijsters or Screamapova ... looking at the remaining schedule, I think it would take an Act of God for anyone else to take this year's Wimby away from Serena. I can't see any of the remaining players being strong enough or fast enough to beat her.

On a happy note today.. Federer won his match against Malisse. :-)

#239 : Chelle .. that's what a number of my friends keep telling me. haha.... That and also that I'm the clumsiest person they know. In my defense, I think the gopher set a trap by covering his hole with twigs and leaves ... probably laughing his furry little head off when my foot slid in sideways.

Jul 2, 2012, 9:43pm Top

Hi Caro!
Not doing well with threads lately - but wanted to skim thru yours and get a feel of Boston. Been too long since I have been... glad your guy Federer won! Wouldn't know him if I tripped over him...lol

btw, I don't think you are clumsy. I just think you are in too much of a hurry trying to live life to the max. There's a price for everything ;-)

Jul 2, 2012, 9:48pm Top

#242 : Cee.. if you find yourself in a position to trip over Federer, please, please, please make sure I'm right there next to you. I'll save you the trouble of tripping and throw myself at him ... to protect you, of course. ;-)

Thank you, what a sweetheart you are .... you're the first person not to call me clumsy. *smooooch*

Bought a new combo gas/coal grill today to replace the old and way overused charcoal grill we have. Better yet, they'll assemble and deliver it on July 4th ... maybe in time for us to have a party after all. I love charcoal grills ....love the smell of food cooking on them, love the taste of food cooked on coal grills ...but sometimes, there is something to be said for the convenience of a gas grill. And so now, we will have both.

Jul 3, 2012, 7:27am Top

I can't imagine being alone and hurt like that. What an awful situation! I hope you got hugs afterward. Glad to hear it's starting to feel better.

Jul 3, 2012, 7:42am Top


Arm bands for phones. Please get one. And put a spare key in your car somewhere....


Jul 3, 2012, 1:39pm Top

#244 : Hi Morphy, better than hugs, I got my ankle iced, wrapped and got to sit on the couch with my feet up, reading and watching tv while the hubster cleaned the house. :-)

Feeling much better today, thanks. I worked from home and iced the ankle one more time this morning. I can walk with just a slight limp ... so of course I'm declaring myself fit enough to leave the house this afternoon and to hang out in the Italian section of Boston with a couple of friends. :-)

#245 : Kath .. I actually already have one. I just don't remember to take it with me all the time. Oops?

Edited: Jul 3, 2012, 1:42pm Top

Yes Chef - Marcus Samuelsson
Born of Ethiopian parents and orphaned at age 3, Kassahun Tsegie and his 5 year old sister, Fantaye Tsegie, survivors of tuberculosis, are adopted by a Swedish couple and renamed Marcus and Linda Samuelsson.

Growing up in Sweden, he builds a love affair with food helping his grandmother in her kitchen, learning from her the traditional techniques of layering flavors, tenderizing meat and not taking short cuts. From his mother, he learns about unwavering love and support, from his father, the stoic Swedish ethic of hard work.

The memoir covers his journey as boy, as a man, as a chef, as a father and as a son. One of the first few black chef, he could have focused on the doors that were closed to him because of his race, but instead he chooses to focus on the determination he had within him to succeed, the lessons he learned from his chosen mentors and the ones he tries to pass on to others seeking a career in the culinary arts.

It's a well-written and candid approach to what it takes to become a chef in the competitive culinary world, but it's also a memoir of a man who bridges multiple cultures, who discovers a family history he was unaware of, and who finally finds a place where he can truly call home.

4 stars

As a side note, I ate at Aquavit when he was the executive chef and the food was fabulous. I'm now dying to go visit his Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster. A friend of mine has been and said it's definitely worth a visit... or 5 if you can afford it.

Jul 3, 2012, 4:25pm Top

Will you forgive me, Caro, for chuckling over your latest injury? I feel terribly guilty about it, but somehow I just can't help myself. Maybe it's because, although you are often sent tumbling through the stratosphere, you always come up smiling with a kind of gymnast-like flourish at the end as you bleed and limp your way to sidelines.

Nobody does it like you do.

I, too, have tossed The Child Thief onto the GFW. Sounds good and I love the cover.

Have a good Fourth!

Jul 3, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Caro - So sorry about your ankle and your knee. Cannot believe you had to wait for 1/2 hour before being able to get into your house. Poor baby! Glad to hear that it is healing nicely - but Kath's right, you should carry your cell phone when you are running alone. What if you had broken it and couldn't get back to the car? See, the mother in me just creeps right out - next time take your cell phone, young lady! Okay, now I'm done.

Nice review of Yes Chef - that might be up my alley. I loved your review of The Child Thief but think that one might not sit well with me.

Hope you had fun with your friends!

Jul 3, 2012, 5:01pm Top

Nice review of Yes, Chef, Caroline. I'm especially interested in this memoir, as I recently purchased copies of his cookbook The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa for my mother and her younger sister. It is a strikingly beautiful book, with vivid photographs and a fabulous design.

Jul 3, 2012, 5:18pm Top

Thumbs upped your review of Yes, Chef, and I admit I'm still giggling over the mental picture of the gopher deliberately and with malice aforethought covering the ankle-sabotaging hole.

Jul 3, 2012, 5:35pm Top

Your misadventure did not make me laugh, but the malicious gopher did! Hope you heal quickly and nice reviews.

Jul 3, 2012, 7:16pm Top

Pie Face was good, Caro, and we even went back. We liked the veggie pie the most.

An Aussie told us Pie Face is going to give it a go in the U.S., so there may be more in our future.

Last day in Sydney - we're off to a big art exhibit (the biennale) on Cockatoo Island.

Tomorrow's a low tech rain forest resort called O'Reilly's.

Jul 4, 2012, 4:44am Top

Hi Caro,
checking in and skimming a few posts inbetween unpacking and doing washing....are you having a 4th July party then? Happy 4th of July (its already nearly over here, and we dont do anything for it of course, but Im sure you will!)

Jul 4, 2012, 10:35am Top

Your miserable experience on July 1st is why I don't go running! I managed to trip over the dog on the asphalt trail near our house two years ago and had to complete my walk covered with blood! A cell phone wouldn't have done me a bit of good either. Gosh, it's hard to stay healthy these days with all those booby traps out there. Swimming sounds safer...and cooler.

Happy Independence Day!

Jul 4, 2012, 10:42am Top

Happy 4th of July, Caro! Hope it is a fun and relaxing day for you!

Jul 4, 2012, 11:29am Top

Happy Fourth!

Jul 4, 2012, 12:49pm Top

Be careful in your travels today Caro!

Jul 4, 2012, 1:25pm Top

Have a great 4th, Caro! Enjoy your day. Hugs!

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