cameling in her reading nook - Part 6
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Hi all, I'm Caro, living in Bedford, Massachusetts .... most of the time. In my fantasy life, I'm sailing the seven seas on a beautiful yacht with a cabin converted into a beautiful library, a full kitchen and a quilted hammock on deck. In real life, however, I work in a software company and travel internationally a fair bit. The wonderful thing about long distance flights is that I have hours of blissful all to myself to read without interruption.
I generally enjoy reading historical fiction, history, cookbooks, travelogues, mysteries, crime fiction, Scandicrime, narrative non-fiction, humor, drama, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, literature, nature, science, food and art. I don't usually read chick lit, straight romance, horror or paranormal/vampire novels. It's like music ... there's only so much time I have to read or listen to music, so I need to prioritize the genres I enjoy and just put the ones I'm not all that interested in aside for other people to enjoy ....and then they can tell me about it. :-)
What you'll find on my threads will hopefully be good discussions on the books I've read or would like to read, recommendations by lovely people like yourselves, food photos, travel photos, on occasion photos of people in my life or LT meetups, and fun chat sessions. So come one, come all .. pull up a beanbag, armchair or a futon, pour yourself a drink, grab a snack and get comfy! Everyone's welcome and all contributions (PG and non-offensive please) are welcome.
oh, and I like camels. :-)
Male Authors: 55
Female Authors: 56
Fiction : 87
Non-Fiction : 24
My 2015 Reading Challenge
Set in China
Set in Japan
In the realm of Science
Serious about Series
In the Pond - Ha Jin
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Me, Myself and Us - Brian Little
River of Smoke - Amitav Ghosh
The Rape of Nanking - Iris Chang
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris
Flying Too High - Kerry Greenwood
The Beekeeper's Lament - Hannah Nordhaus
What Remains of Heaven - C.S. Harris
A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre
Night Flight - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Coventry - Helen Humphreys
The Secret Life of Lobsters - Trevor Corson
Where Shadows Dance - C.S. Harris
Glittering Images - Camille Paglia
The Frozen Thames - Helen Humphreys
Cousin Bette - Honoré de Balzac
When Maidens Mourn - C.S. Harris
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe - Katrina Firlik
Doppelgänger - Chris Driskell
Memories of the Blue Door - Neil Davis
An Unlikely Hero - P.F. Ford
Dialogues of a Crime - John Manos
The Moonlight Palace - Liz Rosenberg
The Steampunk Bible - Jeff VanderMeer
March Book One - John Lewis
March Book Two - John Lewis
The Lotus Eaters - Tatjana Soli
What Darkness Brings - C.S. Harris
Being Mortal - Dr. Atuk Gawande
The Sculptor - Scott McCloud
Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood
Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer
Dead Man's Chest - Kerry Greenwood
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber
Nelson Mandela : A Life Inspired - Gillian Kendall
Why Kings Confess - C.S. Harris
Wine and War - Donald Kladstrup
Unnatural Habits - Kerry Greenwood
Trail of Broken Wings - Sejal Badani
Bangkok Rules - Harlan Wolff
To Catch a Butterfly - T.M. Payne
Murder and Mendelssohn - Kerry Greenwood
Who Buries the Dead - C.S. Harris
Mortal Arts - Anna Lee Huber
Dream Logic - David Mack
Unterzakhn - Leela Corman
The Upside of Stress - Kelly McGonigal
Murder in School - Bruce Beckham
Only the Truth - Pat Brown
The Atomic Sea - Jack Conner
A Family Affair - Mary Campisi
In the Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
One More Thing - B.J. Novak
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon - Fatimah Bhutto
Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Water Museum - Luis Alberto Urrea
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami
Sara's Game - Ernie Lindsey
Tell - Frances Itani
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - José Saramago
The Secret World of Slugs and Snails - David Gordon
Academy Street - Mary Costello
The Napoleon of Crime - Ben Macintyre
Lean on Pete - Willy Vlautin
H is for Hawk - Helen MacDonald
Conversion - Katherine Howe
In Real Life - Cory Doctorow
Black Skies - Arnaldur Indriðason
The Undertaking of Lily Chen - Danice Novgorodoff
Take What You Can Carry - Kevin Pyle
The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula Le Guin
Over Easy - Mimi Pond
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip Dirk
East to the Dawn - Susan Butler
Confession of the Lioness - Mia Couto
Vendetta : Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa - James Neff
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Under the Frangipani - Mia Couto
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy - Karen Abbott
The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
Circling the Sun - Paula McLain
Armada - Ernest Cline
What the River Washed Away - Muriel Mharie MacLeod
Sidewalk Flowers - JonArno Lawson
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
The Black Count - Tom Reiss
Wind/Pinball - Haruki Murakami
Walking Your Octopus - Brian Kesinger
Jerusalem Inn - Martha Grimes
Game of Mirrors - Andrea Camilleri
Six and a Half Deadly Sins - Colin Cotterill
Top 10 - Alan Moore
After the Quake - Haruki Murakami
McGlue - Ottessa Moshfegh
Strange Shores - Arnaldur Indriðason
The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise - Claude Izner
The Orpheus Clock - Simon Goodman
The Beam of Light - Andrea Camilleri
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids - Kenzaburō Ōe
Devoted in Death - J.D. Robb
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Black Man In a White Coat - Damon Tweedy
Becoming Madame Mao - Anchee Min
What a delightful graphic novel to really bring a smile to my face and warm fuzzies in my heart. No text is necessary at all in this wonderful graphic novel of a little girl out for a walk with her dad. Most of the drawings are in black and white but for the little girl's red cloak ..until she spies flowers in the sidewalk. As she picks wild flowers along her walk, unnoticed by her father, the world is slowly colored in. When she spies a dead bird on the path, she leaves some flowers on its little body. And that is the start of her sharing her posey of flowers with a stray dog, a sleeping vagrant, her mother, her siblings playing in the back yard.
I had borrowed this from the library but I like it so much I'm going to purchase a copy and keep it, to re-read whenever I need a little happy boost.
Since you have gone all in on giraffes I thought I would stop by and add one.
I'd read about Sidewalk Flowers somewhere, and your comments have encouraged me to track it down.
Hope you have a fine month of reading.
Thanks to Ellen for her recommendation, this was a quick but very enjoyable graphic novel a Nimona, young girl who seeks out the villain, Lord Blackheart, proposing to be his sidekick. He discovers that there is more to her than meets the eye, namely that she's a shapeshifter and determined to break the rules in the revolving battle he has with his nemesis, Sir Goldenloin, and help him gain the upper hand for a change.
Blackheart's plans go awry when Nimona's help creates chaos and upsets the balance of what is expected. When an order goes out to assassinate her, Goldenloin starts to have second thoughts about supporting the government and considers his friendship instead.
What a fun read!
We're enjoying the cape, too, by the way. Went for a 3-hour sail tonight on a 3-masted schooner. Touristy, but totally fun, and a lovely sunset!
Tomorrow, more beach time, then on Thursday we catch the late afternoon ferry back to Boston. I'm hoping we can meet at the Harvard Coop (and nearby for a beer?) on Friday evening?
>24 EBT1002: Ellen, so glad you enjoyed the Cape. It's a lovely place and you're hitting it right at the right moment, it's not so crowded now because most kids have gone back to school.
We both were of the same mind because I drove down to Goat Island in Newport, RI yesterday morning to meet some friends who live there and went sailing for 2 hours on a schooner. Great day to be out on the water because the weather was perfect - sunny and windy.
Friday evening works for me. Just text me and let me know what time works for you. :-)
>27 scaifea: Thanks, Amber
>28 Smiler69: Thanks for stopping in, Ilana. I have been lurking on your thread and I have also been following the progression of your drawing of Cecil and the little boy on the train on FB. Thrilled that you're starting a giraffe for your next wildlife project.
>29 kidzdoc: LOL .. that is one exuberant giraffe, Darryl. It must know Labor Day weekend is coming up.
>30 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori.
Tuna carpaccio with grapes, tomatilla, basil and sesame seed crisps
Garden tomato on a bed of corn puree vermicelli and sliced chorizo
The Black Count
Alexandre Dumas lost his father, General Alex Dumas, when he was a young boy, but his father's incredible heroic feats were to be the fodder for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.
The author traces General Alex Dumas' start as a boy in what is now known as Haiti, a biracial child of a black slave and a fugitive French noblemen who eventually went back to France, taking his son with him. After pawning his son into slavery in order to claim his inheritance, his father does buy his son back and then enrolls him in a fencing academy where Alex's skill with a rapier was honed.
Thanks to various correspondences and documents, the author has been able to bring to life this extraordinary man, a man who defeated the odds that most others with his racial background, would have been buried by.
It's hard to write a review by picking out highlights of his life because his whole life was pretty remarkable and I can't seem to decide which is more worthy than the other of mention. I did, however, think the author had more enthusiasm for his subject in the first half of the book and that he seemed to want to get the rest of the book over and done with.
Sidewalk Flowers looks completely charming. I must buy it for my niece. And me. And other people. Lol.
Love the sound of the sailing and from the look of the pictures on fb, it was hot and sunny as anything. Sweet!
>42 charl08: If I didn't know that the book was based on journal entries, letters and other documents, I would have been convinced that Gen Alex Dumas was a fictitious character.
>43 avatiakh: Kerry, it was hard to fully grasp all that he went through in life. I'm sure I would not have survived one tenth of his experiences .. well, I would have probably cut myself to pieces during the training to begin with, so my life would have been very short. Haha
>44 LovingLit: Megan - go wash your mouth out with soap now, young lady! Camels are never out!!! I will always have them as a thread topper, but I wanted at least to give a little spotlight to other animals that I like too ... not as much as camels, but they still make me smile. I'm not partial to all long necked animals .. I think ostriches are ridiculous and I'm not sure I could hug a dinosaur if I did see one today.
So only animals I like will feature on my threads, whether they be long or short necked .. at least for this year. Who knows what 2016 will bring. :-)
I can't speak for Ellen, but I had a simply marvelous time! I think LTers in this group are some of the chattiest ad nicest people I know. And for all the conversations we share here, there is such a sense of familiarity that there's not the sometimes awkwardness when meeting total strangers for the first time. I could have known Ellen and P for 10 years and met with them every week, for the comfort level I felt in their company from the get go.
The table is empty because we ate and drank everything! P had a nice martini and Ellen and I had some very tasty glasses of wine. I should have taken pictures of the food but we were so busy talking that I forgot about it until everyone was about halfway through their meal. P had a juicy looking burger, Ellen had some rather impressively sized scallops and I had squid ink pasta. All proclaimed their meals to be excellent fare ... which was a huge relief to me since I was the one who dragged them to this rather off-beat place.
So here's the meetup pic. From the left : P, Ellen and moi.
Hope you have a good, long weekend!
Can others see the pic in >46 cameling:? It's not showing up on my computer.
>52 charl08: I love LT meet ups, so far, everyone I've met in person have been really nice and as interesting in person as they are in LT. So blessed that I've been fortunate enough to meet the ones I've met so far, and looking forward to opportunities to meet others in the future.
The introduction to this set of 2 short novels was really interesting. I did not know the details of the author's background, and now I want to try and locate this coffee shop/bar that he used to own the next time I'm in Tokyo. I hope it's still there, even if it's under a new ownership.
I'm so glad they decided to release his first 2 coming of age novellas about 2 young friends, both of whom try to come to terms with their loneliness. It's inimitable Murakami and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
You liked the Murakami a bit more than me but it was a pleasant surprise. And I loved that introduction.
I don't know how familiar you are with Google+ (I know very little about it). But "sharing" allows you to designate who can view the shared image by listing email addresses. My "family" on G+ is one guy. So I selected a single photo from one of my Albums on Google Photo, clicked through the icons to "share" it with my "family", and it shows up on my G+ homepage as an image I'm "privately sharing." I right clicked on it, saved the image URL, and, yes, I get the URL with the .jpg extension.
Hope this helps. It makes me feel better, anyway, to know it's a workaround I can deal with.
I finally finished The Bone People, by the way, and now I'm digging into The Moor's Account. I don't know when I'll get to read the two books I snagged at the Coop.
ETA: I read my first, but definitely not my last, Murakami right before flying to Boston last week. I'm looking forward to reading more by him and Wind/Pinball sounds interesting -- and like a way to learn more about the author, himself.
ETA - fab meet - up picture! I'll bet you had a great time!
>57 Ameise1: I'm glad it finally worked, Barbara.
>58 weird_O: / >59 weird_O: Is THAT why it was happening? I was wondering why they suddenly wouldn't give a .jpg link That makes sense now. Annoying though.
I did set up an alias G+ 'friend' and did the same thing you did. I 'shared' the pictures I wanted with the 'friend' and then right clicked for the pictures opened the jpg in new tabs.
We had a friend spending Labor Day weekend and this week with us who is also a voracious reader, so off we went to the Coop. This visit to Harvard Square though, also included a visit to the Harvard Book Store because he wanted to mooch around the remainders in the basement. He ended up with 2 baskets of cheap books that he will have to mail home (which may negate his savings on the remainders) using the USPS flat rate boxes.
I'll head over to your thread to get your reviews. I'm interested to see what you thought of Murakami and Bone People.
>61 vancouverdeb: Absolutely had a fab time, Deb. So when are you coming over to Boston for a visit? :-) Would so love to have a meet up with you.
>62 nittnut: Jenn, hooray indeed. I love meet ups and being to actually engage in conversations in person with the people I've gotten to know a little through LT. What I've come to realize is that for each person I've met in person, their RL personalities are the same as their LT personality ... just 10 times enhanced. :-)
I have a friend visiting and staying with us this week and while I'm totally enjoying his visit and spending all this time with him, I'm also starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms from reading. I've only got pockets of time to read, although I did just read a LOL GN yesterday that made me forget how hot it was.
Walking your Octopus
A darn funny graphic novel about how to domesticate an octopus, how to walk it, housetrain it, entertain it, play with it, feed it, go on vacations with it, and more. It's easily read by older children and YA as well.
It's a book that will really make you laugh out loud with each page.
ETA: They don't so I may have to go to Elliott Bay Books tomorrow and see about picking up a copy.
Superintendent Richard Jury is having a bit of time off in Newcastle, when he meets an interesting and attractive woman who is found dead a few hours after their meeting. His interest in her death leads him to uncover what she was really in the area researching, or who she was trying to research. His aristocratic sidekick, Melrose Plant, is having to manage some challenges of his own when his aunt manages to get herself invited to a house party he's attending. Things are bleak enough as it is when he stumbles across a corpse in the snow, and it is one of their party.
96. by Andrea Camilleri
Game of Mirrors
Oh how I've missed Inspector Salvo Montalbano. This is the latest translated and Salvo finds himself caught up in a web of lies by his very alluring neighbor, Liliana Lombardo while trying to investigate a a couple of bombing incidents by empty warehouses.
Nothing seems to make sense and anonymous letters are being sent all over the place, leading to more confusion.
I'm off to my September Series and Sequels on a high note. Yeeeha!
>74 nittnut: Jenn, it's a really good laugh. I hope you find one.
>75 EBT1002: I was down at the Cape, Ellen. Back home now. *sigh* indeed .. it was gorgeous down there, a little cool because it rained on Friday night, but the rest of the weekend was lovely.
>76 Berly: Kim, Montalbano is such a fun read and mood lifter. Have you watched the TV series? I think it's sometimes on PBS. It's pretty old, but the characters are perfect for the roles they play. I couldn't get it up my way, so I've gone and bought the DVDs. :-)
The biggest risk we all run on LT is being hit by too many book bullets,but oh what lovely wounds they be.
Midnight in Sicily
The author's fascination with Sicily, her people, the history of Cosa Nostra and her cuisine is very clear in this book. Sicily is known for friendly people, beautiful landscapes, oranges, Greek ruins, great food and the mafia. This is part travelogue with an eye on the local cuisine and part history of the more infamous individuals in the mafia and those who ran afoul of their operations.
I really need to visit this interesting island one day soon.
Have a good start to the week.
>79 Ameise1: Barbara, I've been reading the Richard Jury series out of order for a long time. I'm trying to get to the older ones so I can proceed in order once I get to the last one that I've read.
There's another new Montalbano out, called A Beam of Light. I just started it and it's already cracking me up - Catarella is being his usual whacko self, but now he also seems to be speaking Latin, like he did in Montalbano's dream a few books ago.
And now the hard work begins. I have a mountain of paperwork to sign and an exit interview with HR scheduled for next week. I also have to really get cracking putting together a list of all the processes I've implemented, background information to the business partners I work with, pipeline updates for the rest of the year, wrap up my quarter financial report, inform vendors I work with of the next point of contact, write a brief thank you note to my clients and provide them with an introduction to my boss.
Still puzzled about FictFact not being updated though .. they've been on the mark in the past.
If book reading is going to take a toll, I suspect that will happen soon. The first month of my new job will see my reading level drop drastically, I'm sure.
>90 jnwelch: Joe, I've put a hold on it at the library under Blade of Light, so it must be published under different titles depending on the publisher. I hope I get a copy in time to read it for this month's theme.
>91 nittnut: Goodo, Jenn. I hope you enjoy it. And thanks for your kind wishes.
>92 LovingLit: Megan .. watch out ... I'm going out to your neck of the woods within the next 6 months.
Six and a Half Deadly Sins
This one is a mystery within a mystery. Dr Siri and Madam Daeng are brought low by the flu, and when they receive a piece of a pha sin with a finger sewn in the hem, they decide to go on a trip in search of the weaver. Each step of the investigation brings them to more Lu weavers and soon they realize that someone has been planning their quest as each weaver they meet delivers yet another bag containing another piece of a pha sin with something sewn into the hem.
In the meantime, Inspector Phosy is sent to investigate the death of 2 villagers and what, if any involvement the Chinese may have played in their murders.
This time though, both investigations lead them into fatal danger.
From the writer of Watchmen, this graphic novel of a police force of mutant super heroes in post war Neopolis battling mutant villains is pure enjoyment.
100. by Haruki Murakami
After the Quake
6 short stories set around the time of the Kobe earthquake. Each story focuses on characters who reflect the fragility and resilience of the country following the massive quake.
The Moore graphic novel sounds good, too. I've just started to be interested in graphic novels. I picked up The Undertaking of Lily Chen, which is very good so far.
Have a nice weekend. Have you started your new job?
>99 nittnut: Jenn, oh do get the next Dr Sri ... the series is a real hoot. I'd have loved to have had him as a relative.
>100 Ameise1:. Beautiful flowers, Barbara. Thank you. It's turning out to be a busy but enjoyable weekend. I was supposed to do some work, but I've decided to push it off until Monday morning.
>101 BLBera: Beth, trust me, you'll not regret embarking on the Dr Siri series. This is a series I would recommend reading in order though because there are relationships and events mentioned later that wouldn't make a lot of sense otherwise.
I hope you enjoy After the Quake. The stories are really quite touching.
I'm glad you are enjoying The Undertaking of Lily Chen and that you've gained an interest in graphic novels. There are so many wonderful GNs out there to enjoy and they don't take long to read.
>103 ronincats: Oh dear, Roni .. I hope it will come off soon and isn't itching.
>104 charl08: The transition documentation is a pain, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I will have a 3 hour meeting with my boss to go over the details. His boss asked him to ask me for additional information on Friday ..... which I thought rather rude. He should have asked me himself. And as it is last minute and will require my digging though multiple reports and documents, all of which have already been filed with our finance department, I told my boss that his boss can get the numbers he's asking for from our finance director. What cheek .... this is an example of the behavior from the new executives that I really don't like and one of the reasons why I'm leaving. They're too hierarchical.
Burrata with roasted tomatoes and arugula
Meatballs & sausage with ricotta cheese and toasted country bread
Don't toy with me, Caro...are you serious? That would be cool! I trust you will keep me posted.
I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, finally. It was wonderful. It must have been a little bit groundbreaking at the time. What with her wantonness and go get 'em nature.
Those meatballs look gooood.....dinner was so long ago....
Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favorite movies. I love her devil-may-care attitude to life. Now that you've watched the movie, which did you prefer? Book or movie?
On the positive side, I'm being feted at lunches each day by different colleagues with whom I've worked for the last 14 years.
I loved After the Quake, too. Touching and imaginative.
It's Hump Day .. counting down to Friday! Whoohooooo.
I still have Norwegian Wood I haven't read and I had initially planned on reading it this month, but After the Quake is still resonating and I keep thinking of some of the stories in there, so I pushing poor Norwegian Wood (it's been pushed aside more often than I can count) off for another month or so.
For a slim book, it packs a heavy punch as the author takes us into the mind of a psychopath, found who wakes up with no memory of the events of the previous night, but is told by many that he murdered his friend. Through his incarceration on a ship and then in jail, through his trial and sentencing, the workings of his mind are sad and shocking. The author's prose is gritty and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone easily offended.
It's a powerful work and well worth the read.
I'm taking next week for a break and starting with the new company on October 5. Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope I'll be happy there.
*Well that and the fact I have limited skills in the kitchen!
>120 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. I wish you a lovely weekend as well.
>121 charl08: Charlotte, I met a group of friends last night to celebrate the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival at a hot pot restaurant, which was perfect for the rather chilly evening. Once again, although food was abundant, we were all too busy enjoying each other's company and the food that we forgot about photos until the very end of the evening when we strolled into a plaza in Chinatown and took some photos with celebratory candle lit lanterns that one of our friends brought.
In Black Skies, we had learned that Inspector Erlendur had gone away on a trip and was uncontactable. In this installment in the series, we learn where it is he's gone and why. While he's out on the Moors, he meets with a hunter who tells him of a woman who has been missing, presumed dead following a bad snow storm, perhaps the same one that he and his brother had been in. With his brother very much on his mind, Erlendur finds himself obsessed with the story behind this woman, the husband who claimed she had gone to visit her mother and had not returned, her sisters and how it was that a platoon of British soldiers who had been caught in the same snow storm could all have been accounted for, even one whose body had washed down the river, but that her body had never been found. As he investigates this mystery, he stumbles across a toy car that could have belonged to his brother at the time of his disappearance.
Jim is having a bit of knee surgery on Thursday, probably in the morning. I think that's the only solid thing besides work that we've got. It would be great to see the two of you.
>125 Berly: Kim, if you haven't started this series yet, start with Jar City, the first in the series. While some of these books work as standalones, they are actually better read in order because there are some team dynamics and Erlendur has some family history that is better explained in the earlier books.
>126 ffortsa: Judy, I was going to send you a text message to see if you and Jim wanted to meet up one evening. :-) Edd has some stuff he wants to get done here first before we go down, so we're still not sure if we will go down on Tuesday or Wednesday. But I should know by tomorrow morning and text you then? If Jim is having knee surgery on Thursday surely he'll be needing to rest for the rest of the week, be a little loopy on drugs and not be moving about?
The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise
The 2nd in the Victor Legris series. Our insatiably curious bookseller is approached by a young and distraught maid of an ex-lover who claims her mistress visited her husband's grave and disappeared into thin air. She's afraid that her mistress's recent obsession with spiritualism has led her to a bad end. Victor starts to investigate out of curiosity, but when his ex-lover's maid and an old man who may have held a clue to the disappearance of his ex-lover are both murdered, he realizes that there is more to this mystery than he had thought. The French police are swamped with their own cases, and it is left to Victor to try and unravel the truth, preferably before those who are dear to him are harmed.
Inquiring minds and all that...
Have a lovely Sunday. xx
>130 ffortsa: How's Jim's recovery, Judy? That was such a fun evening the other night. We had such a great time with the 2 of you at that fabulous North Shore restaurant. Love the place and I've starred it in my notes on my phone so it's a place we visit again in the near future.
>131 Ameise1: Barbara, did you manage to get your hands on any Izner books yet?
>132 ronincats: >135 ronincats: >138 ronincats: Yaaay Ron and congratulations for being cast-free now! *waves back vigorously!*
>133 PaulCranswick: Paul, things have been more than well in my culinary corner .. far too well actually and I'm in danger of resembling the Michelin Man. My 2 week agenda at this new company actually includes lunch with a different manager everyday, and they've all been taking me out to tasty cafés and restaurants. Then in the office, I sit in among a team where almost everyone's desk has jars of candy, chocolate or plates of small cakes with the understanding that they are communal offerings, and if one is not seen helping oneself to at least one of these plates or jars a day, one is asked most solicitously by multiple people if one is ill or being shy, and then having said jars or plates thrust under one's nose with an agitated owner anxiously waiting for you to relieve him/her of his/her anxiety by taking a piece of the offering. When I start, I think I'm going to start a fruit hammock and a nut jar. Someone's got to at least try to add a bit of moderation into this munchaholic team. :-)
I had outlined and walked my ex-boss through all my processes and even had IT send him my laptop so that he would have access to all the files I had kept though the years. It's been a good transition so far, he's only had to call me 5 times with questions and advice on how to deal with a particular channel partner. Haha.
>136 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. It's been a great start so far, and although I've had very long days this week and they've been pretty intense, they've been good days and everyone I've met has been extremely nice to me.
>137 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte, it's going well, so far.
>139 catarina1: I am very happy with my choice because the owners of the company are adamant that all employees emjoy a good work life balance, and the organization also practices continuous improvement.
>140 Fourpawz2: Thanks, Charlotte. I think I've been very fortunate in my choice of employer. I started to fit into the team from Day 2, and it's just been going marvelously since. My schedule during this first 2 weeks is rather intense and takes me into contact with the managers of each department in addition to having to undergo firehouse engineering training so that I understand the products we make and their applications.
>142 ronincats: Thanks, Roni . So far so good.
>143 nittnut: Jenn, the last week went well and I'm looking forward to the upcoming week not only because it'll be the final training week before they let me loose, but also because part of the schedule involves multiple meetings with my boss, a program manager and the president of the company on topics and processes specific to my job role, and the beginning of transfer of responsibilities over to me. Can't wait to dive into the job itself.
The Orpheus Clock
Interesting family history written by the author who discovers the truth about his family's history upon his father's death, and the quest he takes on, to continue his father's life long search for the art treasures collected by his family before they were stolen by the Nazis.
105. by Andrea Camilleri
A Beam of Light
Inspector Montalbano wakes from a nightmare and moves through his day with a deep sense of foreboding. He meets a beautiful art dealer and starts to question his relationship with Livia. In the meantime, there could be some terrorist activities taking place in Sicily that Montalbano and his team stealthily investigate, only to have the investigation culminate in a shocking finale.
I'm glad to read that you had a good start into the new job. The idea of fresh fruits in a bowl sounds good. On Thursdays we have a special break in the morning at school (only for teachers) where in turns everybody brings a snack for all colleagues. Mostly it's something baked (which is delicious but . . .). I always bring seasonal fruits and everybody likes it.
I did get the impression during our last meet-up that you were not so happy in your old job as before the take-over. Does that mean that regular trips to KL are shelved?........*sniffles*
Have a lovely Sunday.
>152 scaifea: Amber, the 2nd week is looming and I'm hoping I remember enough from last week's training to not disgrace myself during my Monday morning quiz. *yikes*
>153 PaulCranswick: Paul... fear not, my friend, for although the industry is different, the role is a little similar. I shall be managing and developing a channel of distributors in APAC, so trips to KL shall continue. In fact, my line of business now could touch yours a little. My company manufactures data loggers here in the US, including ones used with building management systems and some others. So .. you will not be spared... I shall be informing you in the very near future of my next visit to your shores.
Glad to hear, the new job, is going well, in the early going. Hope it continues.
Have you heard of Forget Sorrow? It is my current GN and it is a memoir. It is definitely your cuppa.
Jim is progressing. He sometimes gets a zetz of pain when moving a little too fast, but he's not so dependent on the cane and has stopped the pain meds. He sees the ortho on
Wednesday for stitch removal and next steps, which I assume will include some PT.
>156 msf59: Mark, I hope I get into Booktopia too. Even though BOTNS have decided not to continue holding the event, I'm glad the bookstore have agreed to take over. It must still be popular if it's already overbooked. Do you know what BOTNS decided to discontinue with the series?
I just read Exquisite Corpse, a quick GN which was pretty good and I think something you'd enjoy too ... especially the ending. I'll add Forget Sorrow to my OWL and see if I can get a copy when I get back next week.
>157 ffortsa: Second week in and i'm already participating in a web- product training session by my colleague to the channel partner in the Philippines tonight. There are some really smart people working at my company and I'm certainly learning a great deal from them. I just hope I'll be able to pull my own weight and they don't regret hiring me.
I'm so glad to hear Jim's continuing to recover. It's amazing that he doesn't need the cane as much now and it's great that he doesn't need the pain meds either. I'm sure the stitch removal will go well. I hope he has a nice PTherapist since that can sometimes make a big difference in his PT sessions.
Any news yet about the possible change of date of your migration project?
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
A disturbing story of a group of boys from a reformatory who, because of the war, are shuttled through the woods into a village. They are left there with the villagers while the warden returns to bring another group of boys to join them. While they're in the village, they are fed raw potatoes and made to carry and bury dead animals by the villagers and then shut in for the night in a barn. When 2 people die, the villagers believe the boys have brought the plague and they abandon the boys and flee the village, barricading the path so the boys cannot follow them.
Left to fend for themselves, the boys suffer hunger and anxiety, but gradually they are able to hunt for food and harvest vegetables, break into the villagers' homes to find rice and settle in to sleep in their beds. They discover a dog, come into contact with a Korean boy and a solider who deserted and is in hiding.
With each passing day, the isolation allows the boys to gain little moments of happiness, which makes the sudden change in their circumstances all the more tragic.
eta: reservations made. keep your fingers crossed that no one pulls an emergency on me.
Broome's camel tours against a hazy sunset
>159 cameling: Sounds like Lord of the Flies on sushi!
>161 ffortsa: What a great photo, but I wouldn't have picked Australia as the location.
Have a great weekend.
The Montalbano series is one of the ones on which I want to make significant progress in 2016. I'm dedicating that year (mostly) to completing some author oeuvres and ongoing series.
>162 avatiakh: Kerry, that's a great photo. Thank you so much for sharing. What I would give to be part of a camel caravan out in the desert.... of Australia. :-)
>163 PaulCranswick: Paul, I'm getting a better sense of things now that I've been at the job for 3 weeks. I'll be out in KL some time between mid Jan - February. I'll let you know my dates when I am able to confirm them ... but if you are in town, I'd love to hang out with you and Hani again. :-) Just out of curiosity, have you heard of HOBO data loggers for indoor environment monitoring or have they been mentioned by building commissioners in your line of work?
I think you'll like Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids actually. Isn't this a nice excuse for a bookstore visit?
>164 EBT1002: Ellen, what an excellent plan. I can't wait to see what you think you think of the series. As with almost all series that extend beyond 8 books, there are a few that are less than stellar, but on the whole, it's a fun series and before you know it, you'll be loving the main characters.
>165 Ameise1: Very pretty, Barbara. It's been a very hectic week and I'm looking forward to a somewhat lazy but definitely quiet day today to recuperate and shore up energy and a recharged mind for the start of the next week.
Happy Sunday, Caro! Hope your job is going well. To answer your question about the end of Booktopia- Putting on these events, is a lot of work and expense and Ann & Michael decided to end it. Let's hope other bookstores, like Northshire, continue to host events like this.
You should check with Northshire and see where you are at on the waiting list.
Bummer about the photos not posting.
You must have solved the problems of the world with that esteemed meetup group!
Glad to hear the job is going well, and that you and Paul can continue your KL book conversations. I hope NZ is still on the horizon for you!
Saw CAro and her husband Edd yet again last night for a fabulous book event with John U Bacon, author of "Endzone". As always, they were a delightful, fun couple.
Thanks for joining us!
You're getting me with book bullets. The Orpheus Clock looks like I'd enjoy it, and you've reminded me to look for the next Montalbano when I go to the library. I'm way back on Paper Moon and skipped the 2 before that by accident - I have to go in order!
Any excuse for the bookstore. xx
>179 jnwelch: Joe, it is really odd about your not being able to load photos from the iPad and me from my Surface, but only through our computers. Aren't tablets just mini computers?
I should have been the meetings administrator at our MeetUp and taken notes on all the key current affairs issues discussed and solutions suggested by the group. I was a very willing ear to the wise deliberators at the table.
>180 charl08: >181 drneutron: I can confirm that everyone had a wonderful time that day, and that Marianne's wonderful selection of a breakfast venue fueled us well for the long day ahead. I'm quite we were seated in a darkened alcove in the restaurant we went to for dinner because if we had a Meetup photo taken with all the food we ordered, you would all have been somewhat appalled at the elasticity of our stomachs.
>182 msf59: Absolutely, Mark. I've got my fingers crossed for Vermont too! I'll start rounding the troops some time in February, to set some plans for a MeetUp with you in March. :-)
>184 michigantrumpet: Marianne, thanks for the invite for that really interesting evening. John U Bacon is such a compelling speaker. And humorous too. Edd is thrilled with the photo and he claims Michigan Club really knows how to put on a spread! Haha
>185 cushlareads: Hi Cushla. Nobody ever has to explain about catching up. I'm woefully behind in threads this year. I think I started out quite well and then life got a little complicated sometime around the summer and then downright busy in the last month. But it's been good complicated and good busy, so I'm not complaining. :-)
I hope you do add The Orpheus Clock to your wish list. It's a pretty amazing tale.
>186 PaulCranswick: Paul, so my KL visit is likely to be in mid January, before the CNY holidays. I'll keep you posted on the dates when I look into scheduling my trip. I've got to fit in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and maybe Vietnam as well in there.
Devoted in Death
Just when you think you've read about the worst crazy twisted murder that takes place in Lt Eve Dallas's New York domain, along comes a puzzling death that turns into a race against time to save another from being another victim to a serial killer. This time the team is joined by another detective from a different state who believes a death in his town was not an accident but a murder tied to the one Eve's team is trying to solve.
108. by Louise Penny
The Nature of the Beast
It's been a while since I walked down to the Three Pines and enjoyed the special tranquility of the village with her eclectic mix of residents, the latest of which are retired Chief Inspector Gamache and his lovely wife, Reine Marie. The only thing that has been breaking the peaceful village life has been an imaginative hyperactive child who, after playing in the woods with his stick (which transforms into a sword or gun depending) is found dead the day after he rushes into the cafe to tell everyone of a giant gun and winged monster he saw in the woods.
Gamache suspects foul play but it is only after a search for the boy's stick leads them to a horrific discovery that his suspicions are confirmed. The boy was murdered. Before long, a retired professor and 2 intelligence file clerks descend into Three Pines to look for answers while hiding secrets themselves.
In the meantime, there is a play that a local play group wants to put on, but when the author of the script is discovered to be a serial killer, most actors back out.
Although now in slightly different roles, our investigative team are back together in less harrowing circumstances but with a difficult and dangerous decision to make.
>193 nittnut: Jenn .. absolutely! I checked and my meeting will be held in Hamilton. Would it be anywhere near where you live?
>194 jnwelch: Joe, I was also surprised to learn that the premise was fact-based. I think I was surprised more because it sounded like quite a harebrained scheme in the book. Then again, the Manhattan Project could have been considered a harebrained scheme in its day too, I would imagine. It does sound as if there is soon to be a change in Gamache's retirement in a future title?
Cheese and charcuterie
Chipotle glazed chicken wings
White truffled mac & cheese
Fried oyster tacos
Lobster stuffed garlic rolls
Hamilton is sort of in the middle of the North Island. It's an easy trip by plane for me, and not a bad drive either (6-7 hours). I'm up for it. :)
Regarding The Nature of the Beast - I was shocked that it was based on a true story -- I guess truth is stranger than fiction.
I'll definitely let you know the dates I'll be in Hamilton and if you're willing to brave the long drive or be up for the flight, I'd be thrilled to see you!
>200 charl08: Charlotte, unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take many food pics while I was in Tokyo because I only had 2 meals on my own. The rest were business lunches and dinners, so I couldn't very well whip out my phone to snap away at the food... which was a real shame because there were 2 nights when I had a kaiseiki dinner and the food was incredible both times and absolutely beautifully presented too.
But since you asked, here are some food pics I did manage to take.
Katsu lunch comprising of :
Cabbage, tofu and eggplant with a sesame sauce
Kinka pork tenderloin with fresh cabbage
Sesame seeds in a lemony sauce for the katsu
Miso soup and a side of pickled vegetables
>202 BLBera: Beth, today's terror attacks in Paris made me think of the monstrous machine mentioned in The Nature of the Beast. Just think, if that machine could be made to work, what devastation it would cause. I just don't understand how anyone can justify killing total innocents.
>203 Oberon: Thanks, Erik. Japan will always have a very special place in my heart. It's one of my favorite countries and one in which I could see myself quite easily living in. I've toyed with the idea of retiring there if I could afford it because they have excellent services and medical care for the elderly.
>204 drneutron: Thanks Jim.
>205 catarina1: Thank you, I did. :-) I had to leave this morning unfortunately, and am now in Seoul for the next few days.
So instead of going out tonight to explore Seoul on a Saturday night, I'm going to stay in, order soup from room service and get some rest with an early night.
The Illustrated Man
I don't know what took me such a long time to get to this book which had been on my TBR Tower for a few years. Still, better late than never. A series of 18 short stories told through moving tattoos on a body of a traveling man. His entire body is covered with magical illustrations save for an empty spot near his shoulder ... that would foretell the final story of the person looking through the stories on his body.
The stories are of dreams, space travel, fear, prejudice, living cities, horror and hard truths.
I love Korean food and especially their rich, spicy beef soup/stew, Yu Gae Jang, and the delicious banchan that goes with all their dishes.
Have a lovely weekend. xx
Ugh. Toddlers' colds are the worst. I hope that you feel better soon.
Didn't have the kalbi tang (beef soup) yet, but I did enjoy a hot samgyetang last night (young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice ginseng soup). And here are the photos to share:
cucumber radish kimchi
shrimp and young pea shoots
Dried pollack soup
Home made kimchi
Dried anchovies and soy beans
Spicy raw squid kimchi
Sauteed mushrooms with sesame
Pumpkin porridge with red beans
Oil on canvases
Hope you're feeling better.
Ah well, I will take consolation from all the delicious food and art pics here on your thread. Very sad that you are coming all this way and not to a place that is easily accessible to me. No fair!
Food photos. Sigh. Yum. Squid kimchi is one of my favorite kinds. We had back fence neighbors from Korea for a while and we used to trade food over the fence. She would give me kimchi or bbq beef and I would give her popcorn balls and cookies. Pretty good deal.
>221 LovingLit: There's a tape recorder under your pillow and a soothing voice is saying "go to Hamilton with Jennifer" over and over and over.... (bwhahaha)
I am feeling better today, thank you, which is a huge relief since I have meetings for the next 3 days. I still have a lingering annoying cough, but thankfully it is intermittent and just a dry cough and not something that is not only continuous but sounds as if my lungs are trying to escape from my chest.
>219 jnwelch: Pretty, isn't it, Joe? The photo really doesn't do it justice. You'll have to fly out to Seoul to see it for yourself. The exhibition is on until Nov 30. :-)
>220 Oberon: Erik, the artist for the 2nd one had 6 other paintings on display, all with a similar theme. This was my favorite of his submissions.
>221 LovingLit: Megan, drats, I had a sneaky suspicion I might be too far away from you. Still, one never knows .. i might still find my way over to you one of these days.
I have great faith in your powers of persuasion and will not be surprised if Megan shows up in Hamilton.
>227 weird_O: You're very welcome. :-) Glad I was able to share.
Black Man in a White Coat
Dr Tweedy faced racial prejudice from the time he was in medical school at Duke, to times when both white and black patients did not want to be treated by him because of the color of his skin. On all occasions he overcame his anger at these occasions and rose above the prejudice instead of striking out against the perpetrators. His observations of his colleagues when treating African American patients at community clinics as well as in the hospitals raised questions in his mind about what prejudicial conclusions have been formed in their minds based on socio-economic and racial factors. He highlights certain conditions that are more prevalent among African Americans compared with other ethnic groups, an observation that becomes more personal when he's diagnosed with some of the same diseases he treats his patients for. The treatment he has available to him is markedly different from that offered to many of the patients he sees.
He tries to highlight the health challenges of African Americans and areas where the health system is failing them. I wish he had more suggestions on how changes can be made to the system so not only African Americans but all who live in poorer conditions would be able to receive good medical care. I wanted to like this book more, but unfortunately, I found his writing rather flat.
>231 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. I hope you had a lovely weekend too.
It's been rather busy around here this weekend as we are preparing to host Thanksgiving again this year and the in-laws are all ascending from NY to stay for a few days.
Becoming Madame Mao
I seem to be on a roll here with another disappointing book. Although historical fiction, it was still very biased towards painting a more positive picture of Madame Mao Tze Tung. Given what I know of the history, I was less then enamored with this portrayal. In addition, the writing was choppy.
In any case,...
My book mojo has been off lately too. I am hankering for a cracker!
Hi Caro! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! We had ours last Sunday since Thursday was not a holiday. Thursday was a little festive though, we had a lovely Pavlova. :)
Have a great holiday weekend, and give my best to Edd.
>235 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. I have now appeared to have hit a book slump, perhaps brought on by the recent disappointing reads so I'm planning on re-reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy when all my chores for today have been completed. That, and the In Death books are my go-to books to get me out of a book funk. They never disappoint and they always work.
I hope you and P had a simply marvelous thanksgiving.
>236 LovingLit: Megan, isn't it just frustrating when we hit book slumps? Have reading to W and L been any help at all to getting the bad book mojo off you?
I'm just going to let Jenn work her persuasive magic on you .. re, Hamilton. You've never been? What a good excuse to head over for a visit. ;-)
>237 nittnut: Jenn, what an attractive persuasive offer. I love that you are helping champion this cause. :-)
We had a very busy but lovely Thanksgiving thanks. My parents in-law, sister-in-law and her family all drove up from NY to spend Thanksgiving at our house. They drove up on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning respectively, and stayed until Saturday afternoon. It was a nice family time together for a few days. We had also invited 4 other friends who don't have family here to share our Thanksgiving dinner with us so it was a very full dining table. But a never-ending stream of conversation and lots of laughs. Couldn't ask for a better day. Oh wait... yes I can .. I wish there were some elves who could have done all the cleaning and washing up. Haha.
After they left, the hubster and I did a mega cleaning of the house and multiple laundry loads so now we have our house shipshape again. It was nice to have a house full of people for a few days but it's also blissful to have my house back to it's normal state and smells.
>238 LovingLit: Megan .. tempting, no?
>240 BLBera: Beth, I kept hoping it would get better and instead it just became progressively annoying. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too. How quickly the holidays go by. *sigh*
Great to read you're a H2G2 fan. Hope you've packed your towel (!)
Now home, and rushing around like a mad person trying to get even half prep done for Christmas. There are last minute gifts to buy for people I forgot to put on our list, more cakes and cookies to bake and I just found out that I'm cooking Christmas dinner at my in-laws on Friday! We have a Christmas lunch with some friends on Thursday in NYC. Yikes! So a busy week ahead .... I have missed you all. Hope to stop back in again on Christmas day or the day after to post all my new adventures, new reads and LOTS of food pics. :-)
anyway...... Happy Holidays to you and yours Carolyn
Loved the food and art photos, and I can see you've had another crazy busy few months. The Beijing pollution sounds awful, but hopefully the trip was good and you had a chance to explore. Have a lovely Christmas in NYC!
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!
We left NY this evening and am back in Boston. Lovely to be home again, and we will have a rest tomorrow before a friend from California comes for a visit for the week.
I'm not going to start my 2016 thread until the year actually starts. :-)
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
I put up a thread on 2016 just so it would show up on my thread list. But I too will wait for the new year.
I like that tech-ban for a day idea, too. We didn't have that, but we did play a lot of non-tech games. Charades was a big favorite, as we have a lot of hams in the family.
Merry Christmas Caro! (I would love to do the electronic devices confiscation once a month at least... oh it would be lovely)