Mahsdad's (Jeff) 2018 Thread - Q3
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Traditionally, I like to wait until I have 200+ posts before starting a new thread. But today's Friday, and July and a new quarter starts on Sunday. So therefore, I decided to start early. Heck, its my world and you its lovely visitors.
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This new thread lines up with a Foto Friday and a new month, so it counts for all. This image was taken out in Joshua Tree. Thanks for coming by...
2018 Statistics - Q3
A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
K - Kindle/eBook
55. White Noise - Don Delillo
54. Borne - Jeff VanderMeer
53. Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin (A)
52. The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) - Terri-Lynne DeFino (ER)
51. Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything - Martin Sandler (ER)
50. All Systems Red - Martha Wells (K)
49. The Sex Lives of the Cannibals - J. Maarten Troost
48. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi (A)
47. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
46. Supreme Courtship - Christopher Buckley (A)
45. Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler
44. Seven Wonders - Adam Christopher
43. The Zero - Jess Walter (A)
2018 Statistics - Q2
A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
42. The Association of Small Bombs - Karan Mahajan
41. Yes Please - Amy Poehler (A)
40. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Alan Moore (GN)
39. Love and First Sight - Josh Sundquist (A)
38. Wizard - John Varley
37. A Maze of Death - Philip K. Dick
36. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell (A)
35. The End of the World Running Club - Adrian Walker
34. How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Neil Gaiman (GN)
33. Death by Black Hole - Neil deGrasse Tyson (A)
32. The Things We Don't Do - Andres Neuman
31. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
30. Paper Girls, Vol 4 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
29. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
28. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (A)
27. March, Vol. 2 - John Lewis (GN)
26. Titan - John Varley
25. Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
24. Save Room for Pie - Roy Blount Jr. (A)
23. The Odds: A Love Story - Stewart O'Nan
22. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
21. The Man Who Sold the Moon - Cory Doctorow (podcast)
20. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
19. One Second After - William Forstchen (A)
18. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
2018 Statistics - Q1
A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
17. Underground Airlines - Ben H. Winters
16. Searching for John Hughes - Jason Diamond (A)
15. Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
14. The Relic Master - Christopher Buckley (A)
13. Descender, Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots - Jeff Lemire (GN)
12. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn - Boris Strugatsky (A)
11. Saga, Vol 8 - Brian K Vaughan (GN)
10. The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher (A)
9. March Vol 1 - John Lewis (GN)
8. The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov (A)
7. The Parking Lot Attendant - Nafkote Tamirat (ER)
6. Kill or be Killed Vol. 3 - Ed Brubaker (GN)
5. Civil War - Mark Millar (GN)
4. Wolverine: Old Man Logan - Mark Millar (GN)
3. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
2. Kingsmen: The Secret Service - Mark Millar (GN)
1. Earth Awakens - Orson Scott Card
Carrie Fisher - The Princess Diarist (w/ Billie Lourde)
Scott Brick - The Gods Themselves
Keith Szarabajka - The Dead Mountaineer's Inn
James Langton - The Relic Master
Cory Doctorow - The Man Who Sold the Moon
Roy Blount Jr. - Save Room for Pie
Sissy Spacek - To Kill a Mockingbird
Dion Graham - Death by Black Hole
Sarah Vowell - Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Pat Young - Love and First Sight
Amy Poehler - Yes Please
Christopher Graybill - The Zero
Anne Heche - Supreme Courtship
Sunil Malhotra/Cassandra Campbell - When Breath Becomes Air
Oliver Wyman - Winter's Tale
I listen to a lot of podcasts, some of them are 'casts about books and short stories. So I don't clutter up my "official" reading list, I'm going put any short stories that I listen to (or read) that aren't part of a larger collection, here in this list.
Evening Primrose - John Callier (A)
When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11¼ - Neil Gaiman (A)
July Tale - Neil Gaiman (A)
The Monkey's Paw - WW Jacobs (A)
The Gardener - Rudyard Kipling (A)
Repairing the World - John Chu (A)
Unassigned Territory - Stephanie Powell Watts - Levar Burton Reads
Graham Greene - Percival Everett = Levar Burton Reads
The Great Wide World Over There - Ray Bradbury - Levar Burton Reads
The Man Who Sold the Moon - Cory Doctorow - Craphound podcast
The Truth About Owls - Amal El-Mohtar - Levar Burton Reads
Mrs. Perez - Oscar Casares
The Baboon War - Nnedi Okorafor - Levar Burton Reads
Early Review Books
- 2 (DNF)
TBR - 1
Total Read - 27
Didn't Receive - 2
Top Down - Jim Lehrer -
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere - Julie T. Lamana -
Acts of God - Ellen Gilchrist -
Invisible Beasts - Sharona Muir -
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie (DNF) -
Dr. Mutter's Marvels - Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz -
The Future for Curious People - Gregory Sherl -
Furious Cool - David Henry -
Get in Trouble - Kelly Link -
He Wanted the Moon - Mimi Baird -
All The Days and Nights - Niven Govinden (Never Received)
Among the Ten Thousand Things - Julia Pierpont -
Tenacity - J.S. Law -
Slade House - David Mitchell -
God of Beer - Garret Keizer -
Dodgers - Bill Beverly -
The Invoice - Jonas Karlsson -
I Am No One - Patrick Flanery -
Souvenirs and Other Stories - Matt Tompkins -
The Sunlight Pilgrims - Jenni Fagan -
The Vegetarian - Han Kang -
Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood -
Human Acts - Han Kang -
Things We Lost in the Fire - Mariana Enriquez -
New Boy - Tracy Chevalier -
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker - Gregory Maguire (Never Received)
Strange Weather - Joe Hill -
The Feed - Nick Clark Windo (DNF) -
The Parking Lot Attendant - Nafkote Tamirat -
The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) - Terri-Lynne DeFino -
Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything - Martin W. Sandler -
Agent of Utopia - Andy Duncan
Ongoing bucket list to read all the Pulitzer winning novels. Santa was very good to me this year on this front, so I got plenty to work with
Bold : On the Shelf
Total Read - 28
2018 - Less
2017 - Underground Railroad
2016 - The Sympathizer
2012 - NO AWARD
2009 - Olive Kitterridge
2004 - The Known World
2002 - Empire Falls
1998 - American Pastoral
1997 - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
1996 - Independence Day
1995 - The Stone Diaries
1994 - The Shipping News
1991 - Rabbit at Rest
1990 - The Mambo Kings
1989 - Breathing Lessons
1988 - Beloved
1987 - A Summons to Memphis
1985 - Foreign Affairs
1982 - Rabbit is Rich
1980 - The Executioner's Song
1978 - Elbow Room
1977 - NO AWARD
1976 - Humboldt's Gift
1974 - NO AWARD
1973 - The Optimist's Daughter
1971 - NO AWARD
1970 - The collected Stories of Jean Stafford
1969 - House Made of Dawn
1967 - The Fixer
1966 - The Collected Stories of katherine Anne Porter
1965 - The Keepers of the House
1964 - NO AWARD
1963 - The Reivers
1962 - The Edge of Sadness
1960 - Advise and Consent
1959 - The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
1958 - A Death in the Family
1957 - NO AWARD
1956 - Andersonville
1955 - A Fable
1954 - NO AWARD
1953 - The Old Man and the Sea
1951 - The Town
1950 - The Way West
1949 - Guard of Honor
1948 - Tales of the South Pacific
1947 - All the King's Men
1946 - NO AWARD
1945 - A Bell
1944 - Journey in the Dark
1943 - Dragon's Teeth
1942 - In This Our Life
1941 - NO AWARD
Ongoing bucket list to read all the Hugo winning novels.
Bold : On the Shelf
Total Read - 36
2018 - The Stone Sky
2017 - The Obelisk Gate
2016 - The Fifth Season
2015 - The Three-Body Problem
2011 - Blackout/All Clear
The City & the City
2007 - Rainbows End
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2004 - Paladin of Souls
2003 - Hominids
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky
1997 - Blue Mars
1995 - Mirror Dance
1994 - Green Mars
1993 - A Fire Upon the Deep
1992 - Barrayar
1991 - The Vor Game
1990 - Hyperion
1989 - Cyteen
1983 - Foundation's Edge
1982 - Downbelow Station
1981 - The Snow Queen
1980 - The Fountains of Paradise
1979 - Dreamsnake
1978 - Gateway
1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
1975 - The Dispossessed
1972 - To Your Scattered Bodies Go
1968 - Lord of Light
1965 - The Wanderer
1959 - A Case of Conscience
1958 - The Big Time
1956 - Double Star
1955 - The Forever Machine
Retro Hugos - this are given for years when no award was given (more than 50 years ago). Of those...
1939 - The Sword in the Stone
National Book Award Winners
2015 - Fortune Smiles
2014 - Redeployment
2001 - The Corrections
1988 - Paris Trout
1985 - White Noise - Don Delillo
1983 - The Color Purple - hardback award
1981 - The Stories of John Cheever - paperback award
1980 - The World According to Garp - paperback award
1953 - Invisible Man
Man Booker Books
2002 - Life of Pi
2009 - Wolf Hall - sadly I never finished this, never hooked me.
2016 - The Sellout
Total Read - 78
The full list is still in my 2017 Thread (see above), but in no particular order, here are my 5 favorites from last year.
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
Different Seasons - Stephen King
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
The Last Night at the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan
Ummm....knock knock. Can I come in yet? Oh, I see the walls are up, but no furniture, drapes or rugs. I will come back to see how thing shape up. : )
Sorry, Yeah I hate it when work gets in the way. Its free and clear, gradually putting things back on the wall. Thanks for coming by!
Saw an article/op-ed by John Scalzi about his encounters with the recently passed Harlen Ellison.
Wanted to pass it along...
Happy new thread, Jeff!
Nice picture at the top, where/what is Joshua Tree?
>19 FAMeulstee: What, everyone doesn't live in Southern California? :)
As far as what. This is a Joshua Tree -
It is a type of Yucca and is in the Agave family. Its the namesake of the Where. And the where was in Joshua Tree National Park which is just west of Palm Springs CA, which is very much west of Los Angeles.
Since I started a new thread instead of a Foto Friday, I totally forgot to do a book update, since that's a thing, I'm apparently doing now.
Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher - Super Heroes in the fictitious CA town of San Ventura
(Audio) The Zero by Jess Walter - a police drama surrounding an, as yet, undescribed terrorist attack very similar to 9/11. And in a touch of Memento-like memory loss and its Walter-y goodness
(Audio) Yes Please by Amy Poehler, read by her.
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
(GN) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
Hey Joe, thanks for stopping by.
Yeah, Amy is quite funny, probably my favorite book last month
>20 mahsdad: Thank you for the explanation, Jeff, and for the picture of the Joshua Trees :-)
Hey, its another Foto Friday on Saturday. I was in San Antonio for the week and flying home yesterday. Trading hot Texas summer weather for even hotter Southern California coastal weather (yeah, climate change isn't a thing).
Here's an image of some of the amazing clouds, as well as a canyon/riverbed that was somewhere over AZ or NM, that I saw on the way home.
Reading - Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher. A really excellent take on the Superhero genre. Really enjoying it
Ebook - All Systems Red by Martha Wells. Book 1 of the Murderbot diaries. I think I got this free from the Tor book club. Pretty good.
Listening - The Zero by Jess Walter. An early novel. Mystery set in a post "9/11 type" tragedy.
New Book - The Bar Harbor Home Retirement Home for Famous Writers by Terri-Lynne DeFino. This was an ER book from a couple months ago.
New WL Books - when in an airport and being very good about NOT buying books, you can always use your handy-dandy LT app and scan them into your WL.
Rules of Attraction - Bret Easton Ellis. Heard the movie of this mentioned on a podcast. Looked interesting
There There - Tommy Orange. Mark had mentioned this, forgot to put it on the list
The Outsider - Stephen King. New King, of course.
The Good Son - You-jeong Jeong
Startup: A Novel - Doree Shafrir. Another one I heard about on a podcast
Got another ER book today. It is Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed Everything by Martin Sandler
I love space history and I have several NF memoirs by Apollo astronauts and the like, and I thought this looked interesting. But when I got it, I see that its really geared to Middle School readers at the eldest. I'll still read it, but I'm a little disappointed that I was sold a bill of goods, didn't realize the target audience. Oh well, buyer beware, and since it's free, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I should have looked more closely at the publisher's site before requesting the book.
>28 mahsdad: Like the photos, Jeff and nice book haul too. The last 2 I am not familiar with but they sound good.
I am picking up my first "nice" camera tomorrow, a barely used Canon Powershot S X 50 HS. I am looking forward to taking this along on my bird hikes and start getting some serious practice in. Any advice?
I know you like a good story collection, I just finished Florida by Lauren Groff. A terrific set of stories.
>30 msf59: Hey Mark, thanks, about the photos. Oh how I wish the book haul was a real book haul. But building out the wish list is the next best thing.
Congrats on taking the next step into photography. Probably initially, "P" will be your friend. This is program mode. Eventually, you will, or should experiment with F-stops and shutter speeds. I forget what Canon calls them on Power shots. Fstop is how much light gets in. The lower the number the bigger the window = More light. Shutter speed is how long that light is exposed to the sensor.
For my artsy shots, I go with Fstop priority and go as low a number as I can. For your bird photography, you are going to want to shoot with a shutter speed as fast (1/500 of a second or faster) to capture good movement on the subject.
Don't forget, its digital, shoot a LOT of pictures, play around with the settings and throw away the crap. :)
I think Florida will be a definite get, eventually.
Come one, come all.
I'm trying out a new idea I just had. I've created a Collection in my Profile called "Virtual Free Library".
I'm going to put any and all books that I'm done with and I don't want to keep forever. I don't want to go thru the hassle of Book Mooch or Paperback Swap, and these will be things that will eventually get carted off to the Library Book sale, so I thought I'd give my friends here a crack at them.
If you find something in that Collection that you want, PM me and I'll send it out.
Happy Foto Friday on Saturday.
Today's image(s) are of my youngest fur-child (sorry the feline phobic - RD :) ) She is quite photogenic. Enjoy, or don't....no big whoop.
Reading - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Listening - Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
The Zero - Jess Walter
Seven Wonders - Adam Christopher
If you are of a podcast persuasion, I suggest you listen to Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert show.
The one, in particular, that pertains to this group is an excellent interview with David Sedaris
Both are insightful, funny men. Check it out.
Happy Foto Friday Folks.
Took this in the Sacramento Airport on my way home from a long week of onsite work. Its not exactly what I saw in my mind's eye, but it will do. Have a great weekend!
Reading - Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Her take on Taming of the Shrew
Also reading - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Its in hardback so didn't want to take it on my trip.
Listening - Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley (read by Anne Heche)
>36 msf59: Thanks Mark!
Yeah learning photography is a definite iterative process. Digital pictures don't cost anything. Take a ton. Play around. I would suggest picking a subject, like something in your back yard and take multiple shots of the same thing. Play with the settings, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance. Flash on, flash off. Play with composition; google Rule of Thirds. Sometimes being off-center works great. Then you can look at them on your computer and see what worked and what didn't work. The other nice thing is that the pictures retain the settings so you can always figure out what the camera was set at when you took a "good" one.
Gaiman can just about do no wrong in my mind. :)
Okay it looks like my book recap/review habits aren't getting any better. I guess, for now its going to have to be the occasional lightning round recap.
41. Yes, Please! - Amy Poehler. An excellent memoir by one seriously funny person. This was on audio and was read by Amy with some special guests (Seth Myer, Kathleen Turner, her parents). Covers her childhood, thru Upright Citizen's Brigade, SNL and Parks and Rec. The last chapter was a live reading, like a stand up set.
42. The Association of Small Bombs - Karan Mahajan. At the opening a car bomb explodes in a crowded market in Delhi and kills 2 Hindi brothers and injures their Muslim friend. The rest of the book is an examination of the direct impact of terrorism. From the kid's parents, to the surviving friend to the bomb maker himself. A fascinating read.
43. The Zero - Jess Walter. This one of Walter's odder books, but in a good way. The story opens with the main character (a police detective) dealing with the aftermath of a 9/11-type attack and shooting himself in the head. He survives, but has memory losses as he works on finding out who perpitrated the attack. The memory losses will just come at random and jump, leaving out important information, even to the reader. Its a little confusing to follow. Is he a split personality, is he making it all up, is there a shadow government agency behind the attacks? A very interesting, but challenging read (in this case Audio). Recommend.
How are you likng Vinegar Girl, Jeff? I thought it was pretty good, not being a Shakespeare fanatic myself.
44. Seven Wonders - Adam Christopher - In the waning days of Superheroes in the world, there is only 1 superteam left. The Seven Wonders, look over their city of San Ventura, CA and they protect it from the last Super Villian; The Cowl and his sidekick; Blackbird. But then a normal guy starts getting powers and upsets the balance. Its pulpy genre fiction, police procedural, super fights, alien weaponry, good fun stuff. I like his take on the tropes of the superhero and how it affects the world at large. Fun read.
I think one of the most impressive things about Christopher is his virtually full page of all of the world's superheroes that come to join in the climatic fight (cause its a genre story, you know there's a climatic fight). I'll give you just a taste, I want to read stories about all of these heros.
They'd all come. It had taken two days, but all, all, had heeded Aurora's call. They came in groups; the Chicago Nightguard, United International, the Army of One, the Coven, the League of All-Stars, the Computer Council, the Manhattan Manhunters, , the Devils you Know...and solo protectors; Pangolin the Protector, Hammer and Sickle, Czar and Tzar and Star, Kalamari Karl, Senny Dreadful, Your Imaginary Pal (to name but a few)
S: 6/30/18 - 7/12/18 (13 Days)
45. Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler - This is the third book I've read in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Modern day authors were tasked to take one of the Bard's works and adapt them into a novel. This one is an adaptation of the Taming of the Shrew. To be honest, I'm not that familar with the play itself, other than it was a movie staring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 60's.
In this take, Kate runs the household for her eccentric medical researcher father and her flighty pretty sister. She's a teaching assistant in a private school and doesn't really know what to do with her life. Her father, on the brink of an important breakthrough, comes to her with an outlandish proposal. His lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported and the work can't be completed without him. So, the bright idea is that Kate should marry Pyotr so he can stay in the country. And drama unfurls.
This was a pretty good story, some comedy, romantic tension. This was my first Tyler book, so I'm not sure if this is typical of her work, but its a good read. Of my 3 Hogarth reads, this one is probably my 2nd favorite (Hag Seed is still in the lead.
S: 7/12/18 - 7/20/18 (9 Days)
Just a quick quote from The Sex Lives of the Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost. A very funny travelogue/history book of the Island nation of Kiribati.
After a day of sailing the equatorial Pacific, I could feel my freckles mutating into something interesting and tumorous.
>37 mahsdad: Thanks, for the photography tips, Jeff. These ideas are helpful. I will keep messing around. One problem, I have is keeping my grip steady, on long zoom shots. It seems like when, I get ready to click off a shot, the image jiggles away.
I like the flurry of mini-reviews. I am long over-due for a Jess Walter.
>45 msf59: Yeah staying still is hard. Somethings to try...
Hold your breath right as you take the shot. Especially when zoomed in.
Tuck your right arm in against your chest.
Lean against something.
Try a faster shutter speed (if you're not in "P" mode). The faster the shutter the less impact of any jitters.
I've also seen folks use monopods to steady. You can get telescoping ones that are easier to handle than a tripod, which would be completely impractical for birding.
>47 drneutron: That's a very good idea. The mono-pod doubles as a walking stick. A lot of the connections are just a screw at the top of the stick to the bottom of the camera. But if you get really serious, they make quick connect things that would allow you to carry the camera separate and then attach when you need to.
Tour of Penguin Books UK Archive. Boy Howdy would I love to hang out there...
>46 mahsdad: Thanks for the pointers, Jeff. All sound useful. I haven't got out in a week, but I hope to get some practice in tomorrow, on my day off.
I hope you had a good weekend!
British Literary Romantic Drama on Netflix (the new home of Masterpiece Theater?) - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Happy Foto Friday on Saturday. I've been traveling a lot. Last two weeks in Yuba City (45min north of Sacramento). And this shot was taken at entirely too early-oclock at LAX. Hope you all have a great literary weekend!
Reading - House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momady : It won the Pulitzer in 1969. One of the first Native American novels that broke thru into the mainstream. To be honest, a little bit of a challenge to read for me. But I'm going to keep going.
Audio - Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin - I had seen (at least part of) the movie and it caught my eye when searching thru Libby. Its a bit of a chunkster (almost 28 hours), but good so far.
Finished - All Systems Red by Martha Wells. The first of her Murderbot novellas (actually read something in eBook form). I liked it, going to have to find the rest
46. Supreme Courtship - Christopher Buckley (AUDIO) - Funny, political satire that was written 10 years ago, but has a lot of meaning and ties to today's political climate. A homespun President who is a political outsider (Donald Vanderdamp, prescient name selection by Buckley) has the chance to pick a new Supreme Court justice who could change the makeup of the court. He can't get his well qualified selections thru confirmation due to an adversarial climate with the other side of the aisle. So in a move that surprises everyone including his advisers, he chooses a famous TV Judge (think Judy Judy), and wonder of wonders she makes it on the bench. (Side note, there isn't any job qualifications for being on the Supreme Court).
It only gets weirder from there. This was a really fun read. I've read several of Buckley's books, and he always provides many laugh out loud moments.
S: 7/13/18 - 7/23/18 (11 Days)
Glad to see so many books and more photos again!! >35 mahsdad: is very cool and I love the lighting on >52 mahsdad: with the twinkle lights on half and sunshine on the other.
I have read none of the Hogarth Shakepeare rewrites. I should give Hagseed a try...I think I have that around here somewhere and I love Atwood...
Hey Kim, thanks for the kind words about my images. I've been traveling for work a lot recently so I haven't been able to get my big camera out as much as I'd like, but a lot of my recent shots have been on my phone.
Yeah, Hag-Seed is a definite read, Vinegar Girl is a solid probably should read. New Boy is a maybe.
Happy Foto Friday Folks. Here's one I think I posted to IG and FB, but not here. It was from a couple weeks ago when we went to LACMA (LA County Museum of Art), a favorite place of ours. I like how I was able to just about keep me out of the picture while still getting the reflection of what was behind me.
Reading - House Made of Dawn - still reading this. Slow going, but I've passed the Pearl point so I'm going to finish
Listening - Winter's Tale - At 25 hours, its a big one. I actually had to renew this (dead easy thru the Libby app, which is my listening app of choice right now)
ER Reading - Apollo 8: The Mission that Changed Everything by Martin Sandler. This is an ER book and one geared towards the late middle school reader, so this shouldn't take me too long to read.
Thanks Mark. I did! Had some good beers, started a new ER book, got a new one in the mail and decided to put down the Pulitzer book (House Made of Dawn) for now. Life's too short to struggle thru a confusing story.
Off to Seattle tomorrow for a quick meeting. Back on Wednesday.
Sorry I missed your birthday! Glad it was a good one. And that’s a great pic!
Happy Foto Friday Folks. Today was a good cloud day around me. I took this with my phone.
Reading - The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino - an ER book, that is a bit of a May/December romance book between a famous author and an orderly in this special retirement home. Not exactly in my wheelhouse, but I'm enjoying it.
Listening - Still... Winter's Tale. Its a good one, but without a long commute, its taking a while to finish.
For all the Math geeks, amongst this crowd of Book Nerds, here's a fun video about statistics.
"Does Hollywood ruin books". And the surprising answer is, no not really, it just depends upon your data set. :)
Happy Foto Friday Folks! Its the First Friday of September so today's image is the September image from this year's calendar. Its a picture I took several years ago of the signature landmark in San Pedro; The Vincent Thomas bridge (the fourth longest suspension bridge in CA). Happy Reading Everybody!
Reading - Borne - Jeff VanderMeer. A very odd dystopian future story. I'm enjoying it
Listening - Sleeping Beauties - Stephen King (and his son Owen King). What happens when all the women in the world succumb to a strange sleeping sickness and turn in to a murderous bezerker if you wake them up.
I started to listen to Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, but it was a little confusing to listen to, so I punted in favor of the King.
Happy Friday, Jeff. Like the weekly Foto! And as usual, you have some interesting books going. I also enjoyed both Borne and Sleeping Beauties. They also both worked on audio. Wolf in White Van is a fascinating read. Great depth, but I think reading it in print, is the way to go. I also tried it on audio, but I think I missed more not reading it in print. I will try it in that format, one of these days.
>67 msf59: Thanks buddy. I'm glad it wasn't just me with Wolf. I agree, there are just somethings that are meant to be read on paper. Even in ebook I have problems sometimes. I tried to read Three-Body Problem on my iPad a couple times and couldn't finish. My son got a paper version, I'll have to book-horn in sometime.
Love the Friday photo and Borne. Now on to Monday...! Hope you have a great week.
Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by. I think I liked Borne more than the Southern Reach Trilogy. I'm almost done and its probably the weirdest dystopian book I've ever read, and I mean that as a good thing.
The week's looking good. Only working 2 days, then I'm flying back to Pittsburgh to visit my Mom, before driving further east to Lancaster PA for a work conference next week. Long direct flight, plenty of reading time.
In Pittsburgh visiting my Mom, we found a little local independent bookstore, so, of course we had to indulge.
I got a book of Noir stories set in Pittsburgh called (duh) Pittsburgh Noir and in the local section, they had a big Stewart O'Nan collection, so I got A Prayer for the Dying. I could have gotten 2 or 3 others, but I behaved myself.
My Mom got Once We Were Brothers by Richard H. Balson, a WWII story set in Poland, that the clerk recommended to her.
Since I didn't do a book update yesterday, here it is...
Reading White Noise by Don DeLillo
Listening Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and his son Owen King
Anyone do the treasure hunt. I got 'me all. Only had to use a couple hints to help me where I had the right idea but was going in the wrong directions
Happy Foto Friday Folks! Hope all is well in your world. I just got back from a trip back East to visit my Mom and to attend a work gathering (Pittsburgh for my Mom, and Lancaster for work). Quick turn around for the weekend and back on the road to Seattle for next week.
Today's image is some local fauna (okay fungus), that we saw on a walk around our neighborhood.
Read - White Noise by Don Delillo. Finished it last night. Good read, very weird and surreal
Listening - Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King. In King fashion, its a doorstop of book, or really long in audio terms. I'll probably have to renew it (listening on Libby, borrow from the library)
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