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cameling in her reading nook - Part 6

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1cameling
Editat: nov. 22, 2015, 6:08pm



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

2cameling
Editat: set. 1, 2015, 3:15pm



My 2015 Reading Challenge
Australian Author
Set in China
History
Indian Author
Set in Japan
Polish Author
In the realm of Science
Scandicrime
Serious about Series
Translated Works

3cameling
Editat: set. 1, 2015, 3:16pm



January Reads
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

February Reads
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 Reads
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

4cameling
Editat: set. 1, 2015, 3:18pm



April Reads
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

May Reads
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

June Reads
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

July Reads
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

August Reads
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

5cameling
Editat: nov. 22, 2015, 6:08pm



September Reads
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

October Reads
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

November Reads
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Black Man In a White Coat - Damon Tweedy
Becoming Madame Mao - Anchee Min

6Ameise1
set. 1, 2015, 3:11pm

Is it safe? Happy New Thread, Caro.

7cameling
set. 1, 2015, 3:13pm

You're the first, Barbara!

8Ameise1
set. 1, 2015, 3:17pm

Double somersault. :-D

9cameling
set. 1, 2015, 3:20pm

10cameling
set. 1, 2015, 3:25pm

90. by JonArno Lawson
Sidewalk Flowers

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.

4 stars

11Oberon
set. 1, 2015, 3:39pm



Since you have gone all in on giraffes I thought I would stop by and add one.

12cameling
set. 1, 2015, 3:43pm

Thank you, Erik. And what a sweetie he is too. I've always thought it such a shame that it's not possible for wild giraffes to roam around MA.

13jnwelch
set. 1, 2015, 4:27pm

Congrats on the spiffy new thread, Caro!

I'd read about Sidewalk Flowers somewhere, and your comments have encouraged me to track it down.

14avatiakh
set. 1, 2015, 4:39pm

I also loved Sidewalk flowers, so delightful.

15cameling
Editat: set. 1, 2015, 4:56pm

>13 jnwelch: Joe, Sidewalk Flowers is most definitely a delightful mood booster. I challenge anyone to read this and not want to go out and hug someone.

>14 avatiakh: Kerry, I noticed it on your thread so I have you to thank for my injection of happy today.

16cameling
set. 1, 2015, 4:59pm

I am taking the day off tomorrow and am going sailing off Newport, RI with a couple of friends. Whoohoooooo!

17charl08
set. 1, 2015, 6:53pm

Happy new thread! Love the giraffes.

18BLBera
set. 1, 2015, 7:09pm

Happy new thread, Caro. I also love the giraffes. I added Sidewalk Flowers to my list.

19cameling
set. 1, 2015, 8:43pm

>17 charl08: Thank you. I've always liked these gentle creatures.

>18 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I know you'll enjoy the book.

20msf59
set. 1, 2015, 8:46pm

Happy New Thread, Caro! Love the camels & giraffes.

Hope you have a fine month of reading.

21cameling
set. 1, 2015, 8:58pm

91. by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona

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!

3.5 stars

22cameling
set. 1, 2015, 8:59pm

>20 msf59: Thanks, Mark. I'm going to get to work on some books that meet this month's theme. At least that's my plan ... but you know me and plans. LOL

23msf59
set. 1, 2015, 9:03pm

Good review of Nimona, Caro. I really enjoyed this one too. One of my top GN reads of the year.

24EBT1002
set. 1, 2015, 9:51pm

>21 cameling: I'm glad you enjoyed Nimona, Caroline. Mark and Joe encouraged me to give it a try.

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?

25avatiakh
set. 1, 2015, 10:03pm

I'm also in the Nimona club thanks to Mark.

26jnwelch
set. 2, 2015, 9:14am

Go Nimona! I enjoyed that one, too, Caro. Glad you had a good time with it.

27scaifea
set. 2, 2015, 9:52am

Happy new thread, Caro!

28Smiler69
set. 2, 2015, 12:08pm

Happy New Thread Caro! I don't visit often, but I'm always grateful for all the reviews you've posted over the years as I look up various books my friends own when I'm considering a purchase. I think you probably saw my Cecil tribute drawing on FB recently, and I'm poised to start on a giraffe next for my "save the wildlife" (not an official name) project.

29kidzdoc
set. 2, 2015, 2:55pm

Happy New Thread, Caroline!

30lkernagh
set. 3, 2015, 9:29am

Happy new thread, Caroline! Cool camel thread topper!

>5 cameling: - Soooo cute!

>29 kidzdoc: - That is some giraffe!

31cameling
set. 3, 2015, 11:45am

>23 msf59: Mark, Nimona was not only entertaining, it also made me realize that I may need reading glasses soon! LOL .. is it me or was the text rather on the small side?

>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. :-)

32cameling
Editat: set. 3, 2015, 11:48am

>25 avatiakh: >26 jnwelch: I can see this working as a cartoon movie too. Maybe someone at Pixar will read this and be inspired. :-)

>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.

33cameling
Editat: set. 13, 2015, 6:48pm

I had dinner last night in Newport with friends after a day of sailing at a little neighborhood gem called Thames Street Kitchen. Oh my, the food was incredible, so I feel I need to share at least the pictures with you.

Tuna carpaccio with grapes, tomatilla, basil and sesame seed crisps


Garden tomato on a bed of corn puree vermicelli and sliced chorizo

34cameling
Editat: set. 4, 2015, 2:36pm

ETA : for some reason the pictures keep disappearing or getting corrupted, so I've deleted them from this post. Sorry folks.

35weird_O
set. 3, 2015, 12:08pm

>29 kidzdoc: That is GREAT! Doc.

36cameling
set. 4, 2015, 2:39pm

Whoohooo. I get to meet Ellen this evening on their last night before they go home. I just hope I remember to take a photo.

37jnwelch
set. 4, 2015, 2:41pm

>36 cameling: Oh, you'll have a most excellent time, Caro. Wish I could be there.

38cameling
set. 4, 2015, 2:46pm

>37 jnwelch: I'm looking forward to it, Joe. It's not a long flight from Chicago to Boston you know. You could still catch the 3pm and make it well in time for our meet up. :-)

39jnwelch
set. 4, 2015, 2:48pm

>38 cameling: Not if I want to stay married. :-)

40cameling
set. 4, 2015, 4:41pm

92. by Tom Reiss
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.

3 stars

41nittnut
set. 4, 2015, 6:05pm

Happy new thread! Love the cardboard camel and all the giraffe pics. :)

Sidewalk Flowers looks completely charming. I must buy it for my niece. And me. And other people. Lol.

42charl08
set. 4, 2015, 6:48pm

>40 cameling: I really enjoyed this book. As you say what an amazing life for a biography, too much for one review.

43avatiakh
set. 4, 2015, 8:12pm

>40 cameling: This one has long been on my 'to read' list. Great to see you enjoyed it.

>41 nittnut: Love your enthusiasm

44LovingLit
set. 5, 2015, 5:37am

Giraffes abound! Cool, so, are camels out now? Or is there room for all tall long-necked animals? ;)
Love the sound of the sailing and from the look of the pictures on fb, it was hot and sunny as anything. Sweet!

45cameling
set. 5, 2015, 8:32am

>41 nittnut: Jenn, your niece and anyone you gift with Sidewalk Flowers will love you to bits. :-)

>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. :-)

46cameling
Editat: set. 13, 2015, 6:47pm

I had a lovely meetup with Ellen (ET1002) and P yesterday evening in Cambridge. We met the Harvard Coop where Ellen managed to snag 2 books and a cute tote bag before we meandered (and I say meandered because as usual I started off going down the wrong direction and had to make everyone double back) over to the Beat Hotel (it's actually a restaurant and not part of or anywhere near a hotel) for drinks, dinner and a little jazz by students from the Berkeley School of Music.

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.

47msf59
set. 5, 2015, 11:27am

Happy Saturday, Caro! Sounds like you had a wonderful Meet-Up with Ellen. Isn't she lovely? Did you share a beer?

Hope you have a good, long weekend!

48cameling
set. 5, 2015, 11:52am

>47 msf59: Happy weekend, Mark. I had a really fun Meet-Up with Ellen. Now I understand why Joe said I would have a good time. They're both so chatty and interesting. If not for the late hour and them needing to get back to their hotel and rest for their flight back to WA today, I would have been happy hanging out longer with them. We didn't share a beer though, but we did share some glasses of wine. :-)

49jnwelch
set. 5, 2015, 12:28pm

Ha! I haven't met P yet, but I knew you'd have a great time with Ellen, Caro.

Can others see the pic in >46 cameling:? It's not showing up on my computer.

50cameling
set. 5, 2015, 12:52pm

I changed the size of the picture becuase it was too big. And somehow when I did that, it showed up when I first saved the post, but apparently it didn't like having the size changed and went into hiding after. I've changed it back to the original size again... and apologize to everyone that it's so big.

51Ameise1
set. 5, 2015, 1:00pm

Still can't see it, Caro.

52charl08
set. 5, 2015, 2:26pm

Your meetup sounds like fun. And the food sounds lovely too.

53cameling
set. 7, 2015, 2:05pm

>51 Ameise1: It's been really odd but recently when I've tried to link a photo from my Google photo album, I don't get to open a jpg link in a separate tab, it gives a very very long URL, which I think doesn't get locked in on LT. I'm trying a slightly more convoluted way around this now to see if this will work instead.

>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.

54cameling
set. 7, 2015, 2:30pm

93. by Haruki Murakami
Wind/Pinball

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.

4 stars

55cameling
set. 7, 2015, 2:31pm

Happy Labor Day to everyone in America!

56msf59
set. 7, 2015, 3:40pm

Happy Labor Day, Caro! Love the Meet-Up photo. A happy trio!

You liked the Murakami a bit more than me but it was a pleasant surprise. And I loved that introduction.

57Ameise1
set. 7, 2015, 4:23pm

Oh, what a great meet-up photo. Now I can see it. :-)

58weird_O
Editat: set. 7, 2015, 4:43pm

>53 cameling: The photo thing stems from Google divorcing photos from Google+. When you'd view a photo in Google+, you could get a URL link with the dot jpg extension LT needs to find the photo in Google's cloud. When you view the pic in Google Photos, you don't get the URL you need for LT. A few days ago, there was a way you could view the photo in G+, but now I can't find it. It seems that now you jump from G+ to GPhotos for viewing. I think Google is changing the interface a little day by day, just to screw with us. Frustrating.

59weird_O
set. 7, 2015, 5:02pm

>53 cameling: I was just fiddling with The Google, 'cause I want a workaround too. If you "share" a photo from Google Photo with "friends" or "family", it will display on your Google+ homepage. When you right click on the photo, then click on "Save image URL ", you should capture the URL with the .jpg extension that you need for LT.

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.

60EBT1002
Editat: set. 8, 2015, 12:35am

>46 cameling: Thanks for sharing the pic, Caro! We had such a lovely time. I fully agree with your sentiments; had it not been for the dreaded flight back the next day, I'd have happily dragged you to another pub for a beer (and then Mark would have been happier). Thank you so much for playing host for us in the Harvard Square area. The food was great, the jazz was pleasant, and the company was stellar. I do hope we are able to meet up again. Next time I'm in Boston -- and, you know you're always welcome in Seattle!! We have lots of good restaurants and I'd love to take you to one or two of them. Oh, and Elliott Bay Books (although you are hardly hurting for good book-buying opportunities).

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.

61vancouverdeb
Editat: set. 8, 2015, 12:39am

Happy Labour Day, Caro, though it be almost over! Love the cool looking Camel Topper!

ETA - fab meet - up picture! I'll bet you had a great time!

62nittnut
set. 8, 2015, 1:46am

Hooray for the meet-up!

63jnwelch
set. 8, 2015, 10:25am

Fun to see the pic of the meet-up, Caro - thanks for the fix. I can imagine a wonderful life of just flying around the country and world having LT meetups. Lots of time to read on the planes, too.

64cameling
set. 10, 2015, 11:44am

>56 msf59: Mark, I thought the introduction was the best part of the book actually. But I did like the 2 stories were told in inimitable Murakami style. I thought it was interesting that this was his thought process and style from the get go, and not something that evolved after he'd gotten a few books under his belt.

>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.

65cameling
set. 10, 2015, 12:00pm

>60 EBT1002: Ellen, you left Boston just in time. We've been hit with a sweltering heat wave for the past 3-4 days and it's just been absolutely miserably muggy and hot here.

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. :-)

66cameling
set. 10, 2015, 12:03pm

>63 jnwelch: Joe, I'm relieved to have found a workaround as well. I think Darryl's doing a much better job than I am of flying around the country and the world meeting up with LT members and having a wonderful time in the process. The reading time on planes is a huge bonus not to be underestimated.

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.

67cameling
Editat: set. 13, 2015, 6:39pm

94. by Brian Kesinger
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.

5 stars

68charl08
Editat: set. 10, 2015, 5:05pm

>67 cameling: Oh man. I want this book. Sounds fab! Will have to check if it's available over here. I was hoping to find a stash of library GNs when I went to the library in the supposedly bigger city library, but although they had lots of marvel types (which is great, just not what I'm after), nothing caught my eye. Will have to stick to trying to request purchase and reservations!

69EBT1002
Editat: set. 12, 2015, 6:51pm

>67 cameling: Oh, I hope the library has a copy of this!

ETA: They don't so I may have to go to Elliott Bay Books tomorrow and see about picking up a copy.

70cameling
set. 13, 2015, 4:45pm

>69 EBT1002: That's a perfectly great excuse to go to the bookstore, Ellen. :-)

71cameling
Editat: set. 13, 2015, 6:39pm

95. by Martha Grimes
Jerusalem Inn

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.

3 stars

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.

3.5 stars

I'm off to my September Series and Sequels on a high note. Yeeeha!

72cameling
set. 13, 2015, 5:16pm

Went to a very cute used bookstore in Hyannis yesterday evening and picked up Midnight in Sicily, a history of the mafia and Sicilian food, Chrysalis a biography of Maria Merian, and The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise.

73BLBera
set. 13, 2015, 8:33pm

I love Martha Grimes. Nice comments, Caro.

74nittnut
set. 13, 2015, 9:10pm

>67 cameling: Haha! Love that. Must find a copy.

75EBT1002
set. 13, 2015, 11:11pm

So you're at the Cape now?

*sighs in appreciation and envy*

76Berly
set. 13, 2015, 11:26pm

Hi Caro--Love the picture of the meet-up. They are so much fun and I agree that it is so easy to meet people from the 75ers. I haven't read a Montalbano in quite a while, but they are always fun. And the Murakami sounds great, too. Off to find some bandages--I've been nailed by book bullets!! : )

77cameling
set. 14, 2015, 10:25am

>73 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I like the relationship Jury has with his sidekick Plant.

>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.

78Berly
set. 14, 2015, 10:27am

>77 cameling: I didn't know Montalbano was on TV. Just what I need...another thing to watch!! LOL. Thanks for the heads up and I am glad that they did a good job with casting. Happy Monday!

79Ameise1
set. 14, 2015, 1:00pm

I'm a huge Martha Grimmes fan but that one I haven't read so far.

80cameling
set. 14, 2015, 2:35pm

97. by Peter Robb
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.

3 stars

81charl08
set. 14, 2015, 3:08pm

Would love to visit Sicily too. I had no idea how beautiful it was until I started watching the Montalbano series: blue seas and ruins (apparently filmed in Ragusa, according to Wikipedia). Gorgeous!

82cameling
Editat: set. 14, 2015, 3:15pm

>78 Berly: Kim, Joe was the one who twigged me onto the Montalbano series. He used to get it on PBS there. The TV series are as enjoyable as the books. There's also a separate and shorter season for Young Montalbano which covers the start of his career before he was made Chief Inspector and transferred to Vigata, how he met and built his current team and how his relationship with Livia began. Also a good series to watch.

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.

83cameling
set. 14, 2015, 3:23pm

>81 charl08: Me too! I have a friend whose family still live in Ragusa. He's been to visit his grandparents a couple of times and has promised to invite me the next time they plan a trip.

84catarina1
set. 14, 2015, 5:53pm

Thanks for the information about the existence of a Montalbano PBS series. I didn't know there was one. I've investigated and my library has it.

85cameling
set. 15, 2015, 3:25pm

>84 catarina1: That's fantastic. I know you're just going to have a great time watching the DVDs. :-)

86jnwelch
set. 15, 2015, 3:58pm

>67 cameling:. That looks like a fun one, Caro. Seems perfect for our friend RD, too, doesn't it?

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.

87cameling
set. 15, 2015, 4:03pm

I tendered my resignation yesterday morning. So it's finally done! yaaay. My last day will be next Friday. I've had 2 conference calls so far with my business partners in Japan and Malaysia to inform them of my leaving and they were quite sad calls really. I've known and worked with these people for more than 10 years, and some of them at their companies have become friends more than business associates. They were all shocked with my announcement and not a little panicked about any possible disruption to some of our business processes. I have 7 more business partners to inform this week, and 9 official communication briefs with an introduction to my boss, who will manage them after I leave, at least for the interim until they hire someone to replace me.

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.

88cameling
set. 15, 2015, 4:14pm

>67 cameling: Really Joe? There's a new Montalbano out? I just updated my FictFact and it doesn't list Blade of Light as the latest book in the series. *grump* WTH? But I've just rushed over to my library's website and put a hold on a copy. :-) Thanks so much for the heads up.

Still puzzled about FictFact not being updated though .. they've been on the mark in the past.

89Oberon
set. 15, 2015, 4:24pm

>87 cameling: Congrats on your big move! It takes guts to make the leap. Hope your reading isn't too disrupted as you make the big transition!

90jnwelch
set. 15, 2015, 4:28pm

>88 cameling: The actual Penguin title is "A Beam of Light", Caro, despite the wonky touchstone. Easy to find on Amazon. It came out the first of this month.

91nittnut
set. 15, 2015, 7:50pm

>77 cameling: As it turns out, the library had a copy and it's waiting for me now. :)

>87 cameling: Good luck with all the closing off the old job and starting the new. It's a mixed bag, isn't it?

92LovingLit
set. 15, 2015, 8:42pm

I love the meetup pic up there. You all look very happy to be in each others company. As it should be.
:)

93cameling
set. 16, 2015, 1:01pm

>89 Oberon: Thanks, Erik. I was starting to feel a little stagnated at my current company and I could have continued working there, but I was afraid I'd just be too complacent and unchallenged. I was also afraid if I waited too long to make a move, I'd be too old and expensive for anyone else to hire. Haha...

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.

94cameling
set. 16, 2015, 4:52pm

98. by Colin Cotterill
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.

3.5 stars

95jnwelch
set. 18, 2015, 7:34am

I just started this new Dr. Siri, Caro. Nice to be reunited with Madame Daeng and the rest.

96cameling
set. 18, 2015, 9:32am

>95 jnwelch: I know, right, Joe. It's been a while since Cotterill released a new book in the series. I missed the fiesty gang. I think I liked it better when Dr Siri was still the coroner though. I sense the tailing off of the series now that he's getting on in years, retired and the gang split up.

97cameling
set. 18, 2015, 10:29am

99. by Alan Moore
Top 10

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.

4 stars

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.

4 stars

98catarina1
set. 18, 2015, 11:42am

Thanks for the review of the latest Dr. Siri. I've only read the first few but have the others on the TBR. I'm dismayed to hear that he has retired and the gang has been dispersed. But as always, a series "runs out of gas" at some point when the author either runs out of stories or loses interest

99nittnut
set. 18, 2015, 3:43pm

I read the first Dr. Siri a while ago and really liked it. I should get the next one...

100Ameise1
set. 19, 2015, 8:46am

Happy weekend, Caro.

101BLBera
set. 19, 2015, 12:20pm

Caro, you're not helping me to resist starting another series with your comments on the Cotterill. I just got After the Quake from the library and look forward to it.

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?

102Berly
set. 19, 2015, 9:09pm

Waving Hi!

103ronincats
set. 19, 2015, 10:53pm

*waves cast*

104charl08
set. 20, 2015, 11:13am

Hope job transition going well. Loved the Dr Sir series, hope he has one out soon.

105cameling
set. 20, 2015, 2:19pm

>98 catarina1: Oops, sorry to have let the cat out of the bag a little, but if it makes you feel any better, although Dr Sri is retired now, he's still manages to get himself and the gang involved in dangerous situations to find the truth.

>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.

106cameling
set. 20, 2015, 2:25pm

>102 Berly: Hi Kim. Thanks for visiting. :-)

>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.

107cameling
set. 21, 2015, 5:21pm

I made some pineapple tarts yesterday morning and thought I'd share a photo of some on a plate. They make a nice snack.

108cameling
set. 21, 2015, 5:25pm

A colleague took me out for a lovely lunch today

Burrata with roasted tomatoes and arugula


Meatballs & sausage with ricotta cheese and toasted country bread

109LovingLit
set. 22, 2015, 5:34am

>93 cameling: I'm going out to your neck of the woods within the next 6 months.
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....

110cameling
set. 22, 2015, 2:19pm

>109 LovingLit: Yes, Megan .. I think I can safely say I'll be headed your way within the 6 months .. or at least the way of New Zealand. I'm not sure if I'll do both Wellington and Auckland in a single trip, but I'll know details better around the end of October to early November. :-)

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?

111cameling
set. 22, 2015, 3:33pm

My last week at work! Whoohooo..... booo..... Management is suddenly asking me to put together some additional documents for them before I leave. Seriously? They didn't bother asking me for details of the processes I put together last year when they came on board but 4 days before I leave it suddenly becomes imperative that they have all the information? *grump*

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.

112jnwelch
set. 23, 2015, 7:35am

Congratulations on your last week of work there, Caro.

I loved After the Quake, too. Touching and imaginative.

113charl08
set. 23, 2015, 9:29am

Lovely lunches sound great, the last minute requests less so. Keep the food pics coming!

114cameling
set. 23, 2015, 9:43am

>112 jnwelch: Loving the photos of your trip, Joe.

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.

115cameling
Editat: set. 23, 2015, 9:56am

101. by Ottessa Moshfegh
McGlue

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.

4 stars

116catarina1
set. 23, 2015, 10:36am

Congratulations on your last week of working there. I'm beginning to understand why you are leaving. Are you starting at the new one next week or are you taking a short break? I hope it will be a rewarding place to work. Thank you so much for all of your reviews. They are always so useful.

117cameling
set. 23, 2015, 10:51am

>113 charl08: Glad you are enjoying the food pics, Charlotte. Sometimes I'm so hungry (like yesterday at dinner) that I forget to take pics and just dive straight in.

118cameling
set. 23, 2015, 10:54am

>116 catarina1: Haha.. yes, it's a rather disorganized place since the new management took over last year. A number of us who've been with the company for more than 8 years have left or are leaving because it's just not the same company anymore.

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.

119Berly
set. 23, 2015, 9:12pm

Good riddance to hierarchy and yay for scrumptious lunches!! Anything fun planned for the week off?

120Ameise1
set. 27, 2015, 6:01am

Happy Sunday, Caro. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

121charl08
Editat: set. 27, 2015, 6:40am

>117 cameling: Only sometimes? It's the reason I could never be a food blogger*. Got to admire some folks' patience / self discipline. Enjoy your break.

*Well that and the fact I have limited skills in the kitchen!

122cameling
set. 27, 2015, 11:08am

>119 Berly: Kim, it hasn't yet sunk in that I am no longer with my company because I've been seeing so much of my colleagues this past week, and even on Friday. I think it might feel different on Monday when I have no work to do at the time I usually start my work day. I'm going to NYC for a few days next week with the hubster to hang out with some friends we haven't seen in quite a while. I'm so looking forward to the break.

>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.

123cameling
Editat: set. 27, 2015, 1:41pm

102. by Arnaldur Indriðason
Strange Shores

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.

4 stars

124ronincats
set. 27, 2015, 2:06pm

*waves cast--one more week!*

125Berly
set. 27, 2015, 2:10pm

>123 cameling: Not that I need another detective series, but this one sounds good!
>124 ronincats: Yay for almost done! Although I will miss your cast waving -- very funny.

126ffortsa
set. 27, 2015, 5:04pm

>122 cameling: Caro, don't forget we're here in NYC! Do you think you'll have any time to add us to your visiting?

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.

127cameling
set. 28, 2015, 11:09am

>124 ronincats: Yaay Roni. Hang in there ... just one more week to go! Whoohooo... I will expect a picture of the cast removal ceremony. :-)

>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?

128cameling
set. 28, 2015, 11:18am

103. by Claude Izner

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.

3.5 stars

129msf59
set. 28, 2015, 12:37pm

Hi, Caro! Just checking in with my pal. Hope you had a good weekend. Have you been reading any worthy GNs?

Inquiring minds and all that...

130ffortsa
set. 28, 2015, 9:29pm

>127 cameling: I don't think it should affect him that way. He's going in for a laparoscopic repair to his left meniscus and is supposed to walk out of the hospital under his own steam on Thursday. So I think we can meet up somehow. Wednesday evening, of course, and Friday evening. Or you can visit the invalid on 14th St. LOL. By all means PM him and suggest plans.

131Ameise1
set. 29, 2015, 12:03pm

>128 cameling: Caro, I saw that our local library has several Izner books. Will give it a try.

132ronincats
set. 29, 2015, 12:23pm

*waves cast--6 more days*

133PaulCranswick
oct. 4, 2015, 10:16am

Hope things are well in the culinary corner of the group, my dear.

Have a lovely Sunday. xx

134LovingLit
oct. 4, 2015, 9:13pm

New job? Started yet? The farewell lunches sounded great, and I hope you managed to get the processes together in time for your now ex bosses.

135ronincats
oct. 4, 2015, 11:36pm

*waves cast--ONE MORE DAY!*

136Ameise1
oct. 6, 2015, 3:49pm

Wishing you a good start at your new job, Caro.

137charl08
oct. 6, 2015, 5:15pm

Hope it's all going well!

138ronincats
oct. 6, 2015, 6:21pm

*waves*

139catarina1
oct. 6, 2015, 10:07pm

Hope the first week is going well and that you are happy with your choice.

140Fourpawz2
oct. 7, 2015, 8:05am

Hey Caro! Hope all is going well and that you are enjoying your new lemonade stand. I have a feeling you are; you seem like a person who would choose wisely and well.

141jnwelch
oct. 7, 2015, 2:26pm

I'm checking in, too, Caro. Hope the new beginnings are going well. How much is lemonade these days?

142ronincats
oct. 8, 2015, 10:25pm

Caro, hope all is well there!

143nittnut
oct. 9, 2015, 5:33am

Hi Caro. Just checking in to see how the first week went. :)

144Ameise1
oct. 10, 2015, 8:05am

Happy weekend, Caro. I hope the first week went well.

145cameling
oct. 10, 2015, 1:11pm

>129 msf59: Sadly Mark, I'm behind in my GN reads because RL has been just crazy in the last 2 weeks. Good crazy though. One more week of crazy to go and then I am looking forward to getting back to a slightly more normal pace of life. The last GN I was completely bowled over by was Nimona which I think you've also already read?

>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. :-)

146cameling
oct. 10, 2015, 1:50pm

>134 LovingLit: Megan, I started last week at my new job and because it's quite a distance from my house, they've put me up in a hotel 5 mins away so I don't have to endure an hour long commute to and from the office everyday since my schedule for the next 2 weeks begins at 8am and ends at 5.30pm.

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.

147ronincats
oct. 10, 2015, 2:01pm

Glad to hear everything is going so well at the new job, Caro!

148cameling
oct. 10, 2015, 2:14pm

>141 jnwelch: Joe, the lemonade stand is in a sunny spot on the sidewalk and I think I'm about to be ready to serve customers from my pitcher soon ... I think. For favorite peeps like yourself, you get a free glass any time. :-)

>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.

149cameling
oct. 10, 2015, 2:15pm

>144 Ameise1: Happy weekend to you, Barbara.

>147 ronincats: I'm glad your arm is better, Roni :-) I hope you're enjoying a good weekend.

150cameling
Editat: oct. 13, 2015, 5:59pm

104. by Simon Goodman
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.

3.5 stars

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.

3.5 stars

151Ameise1
oct. 10, 2015, 4:37pm

>145 cameling: Caro, I didn't take an Izner book so far but it's on the list for my next library visit.

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.

152scaifea
oct. 11, 2015, 10:21am

So glad to hear that you're settling in so very well at your new job! That's wonderful news!

153PaulCranswick
oct. 11, 2015, 12:07pm

Please to see you settling in to your new work environment my dear and that it seems to involve just as much food as your last place of employment!

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.

154cameling
oct. 11, 2015, 12:45pm

>151 Ameise1: Barbara, it will be a good experiment on my part to see if I'm the only one snacking on fruit or if there are others who will also like fruit as an occasional snack in addition to the candy and cakes they usually reach for.

>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.

155PaulCranswick
oct. 11, 2015, 1:09pm

>154 cameling: Hip Hip Hoooray!

156msf59
oct. 11, 2015, 1:15pm

Happy Sunday, Caro! It looks like our trip to New England is taking shape. I am glad you will be part of it. Fingers crossed, you get into Booktopia.

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.

157ffortsa
oct. 12, 2015, 6:25pm

Caro, how nice to hear you so enthusiastic about the new job. I'm glad it wasn't a pie in the face from the start.

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.

158cameling
oct. 12, 2015, 9:24pm

>155 PaulCranswick: Hooray indeed, Paul. I might actually want to reach out to you offline some time in the next couple of weeks to see if you've any connections in the energy industry in M'sia or insights into certain practices by building planners. I'll text you to schedule a time when it'll be convenient for you.

>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?

159cameling
Editat: oct. 13, 2015, 6:11pm

86. by Kenzaburō Ōe
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.

4 stars

160ffortsa
oct. 13, 2015, 6:41pm

>159 cameling: Uh-oh. sounds like a sad ending.

161ffortsa
Editat: oct. 14, 2015, 7:31pm

>158 cameling: I don't want to celebrate too early, but it looks like the migration has been pushed back to 10/30. Shhh - don't hex it. Jim and I will explore hotel accommodations tonight. I see the event starts at 10AM on Saturday (opening on Friday is sold out). When do you plan to attend?

eta: reservations made. keep your fingers crossed that no one pulls an emergency on me.

162avatiakh
oct. 17, 2015, 5:18pm

Have to share this one with you -

Broome's camel tours against a hazy sunset

163PaulCranswick
oct. 17, 2015, 9:58pm

>158 cameling: Of course Caro, I will help where I can. I do have a number of friends and contacts in the energy field and, of course, am involved in engineering and construction. Just let me know by text or whatsapp.

>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.

164EBT1002
oct. 18, 2015, 6:37pm

Congratulations and best of luck on the new professional adventure, Caro! It sounds like it's going well in the early going.

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.

165Ameise1
oct. 24, 2015, 8:46am

Happy weekend, Caro.

166cameling
oct. 25, 2015, 8:00am

>160 ffortsa: >161 ffortsa: It was great seeing you and Jim yesterday. What a fun day at the BBF! I hope you guys enjoy brunch today with K&R and have a safe journey back.

>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.

167cameling
Editat: oct. 25, 2015, 8:30am

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

168michigantrumpet
oct. 25, 2015, 8:06am

Great seeing you at the BBF - what stimulating and enchanting company! We'll have to make this an annual LT event!

169cameling
oct. 25, 2015, 8:42am

>168 michigantrumpet: Yesterday was a lot of fun, Marianne. You are right, we should make this an annual LT event. Still trying to upload the photo.

170cameling
oct. 25, 2015, 8:43am

Arrggh.... I don't know what's happened with Google photos but I can't open the photos up as .jpgs to upload onto LT anymore. Even the work around I used a month ago doesn't work. Anyone discovered how to do this now?

171cameling
Editat: oct. 25, 2015, 1:24pm

172msf59
oct. 25, 2015, 9:33am

I want to see Meet-Up photos! I want to see Meet-Up photos!

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.

173EBT1002
oct. 25, 2015, 9:20pm

Checking in to see how things are going. Well, I hope.
Bummer about the photos not posting.

174avatiakh
oct. 25, 2015, 9:51pm

>166 cameling: >162 avatiakh: Caro, the photo is actually taken on the beach. Broome is a coastal town in the far north of Western Australia. My brother currently lives in the next town, Port Hedland, about 6 hours drive south.

175cameling
oct. 26, 2015, 8:11am

Ah hah! So apparently I can't post the picture if I'm on the tablet (no idea why) but I can get the jpg if I'm on my laptop. Here is the MeetUp photo from the Boston Book Festival with Marianne (michigantruumpet), Suz (chatterbox), Judy (ffortsa) and Jim (magiciansnephew)

176kidzdoc
oct. 26, 2015, 9:02am

>175 cameling: Nice meet up photo, Caroline!

177Ameise1
oct. 26, 2015, 10:51am

>175 cameling: Ah, what a lovely bunch. Thanks for sharing the photo, Caro.

178BLBera
oct. 26, 2015, 11:04am

Thanks for sharing, Caro.

179jnwelch
oct. 26, 2015, 11:31am

Great to see the meetup photo, Caro, thanks. I can't post photos from my iPad, and have to do it from my laptop. I don't know whether newer iPads are any better about that. Seems goofy to me.

You must have solved the problems of the world with that esteemed meetup group!

180charl08
oct. 26, 2015, 12:43pm

Lovely to see the meet up pictures. What a friendly group of people!

181drneutron
oct. 26, 2015, 9:36pm

Very nice pic!

182msf59
oct. 26, 2015, 10:05pm

Great Meet-Up photo, Caro! Maybe we can get this group together, when I come in to visit. Fingers crossed.

183LovingLit
oct. 27, 2015, 4:45am

>175 cameling: cool! I love a good meetup, and this group looks like a group and a half of goodness!

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!

184michigantrumpet
oct. 28, 2015, 2:32pm

>182 msf59: I think we could definitely arrange a reunion in your Honor Mark!

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!

185cushlareads
oct. 29, 2015, 12:11am

Hi Caro - I'm trying to catch up on here at last. Cool meet-up photo, and congrats on the new job!

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!

186PaulCranswick
nov. 2, 2015, 11:29am

>166 cameling: I haven't heard of that I must admit but I have a partner who has recently bought a stake in a Building Management Systems company and I am sure he would be interested.
Any excuse for the bookstore. xx

187cameling
nov. 7, 2015, 3:49pm

>176 kidzdoc: >177 Ameise1: >178 BLBera: I'm so glad I finally managed to work out that it was because I was on a Surface that was why I couldn't post the photo in LT.

>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. :-)

188cameling
nov. 7, 2015, 4:07pm

>183 LovingLit: Megan, NZ is now quite definitely a March visit. :-) I haven't worked out the dates yet, but I will do so in January and let you know the where and when. :-) Off the top of my head, I can't remember which city I'll be in. Oops.

>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.

189LovingLit
nov. 7, 2015, 4:36pm

>188 cameling: no doubt it'll be Wellington or Auckland. See if you can get Chritchurch on your itinerary. There is only a small chance I could get to Wellington, but I'd be willing to give it a go ;)

190cameling
nov. 7, 2015, 4:49pm

107. by J.D. Robb
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.

4 stars

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.

4 stars

191cameling
nov. 7, 2015, 4:51pm

>189 LovingLit: Megan, I'll know location for sure next week and there's a chance it could be Christchurch.... at least I'll keep my fingers crossed that it is. ;-)

192EBT1002
nov. 8, 2015, 10:13pm

>175 cameling: An illustrious group!

>188 cameling: "...But it's been good complicated and good busy..." I'm so glad!

193nittnut
nov. 9, 2015, 4:55am

*wave* Am I invited to the NZ meetup? *grin*

194jnwelch
nov. 9, 2015, 11:45am

I enjoyed the very different Devoted in Death and Nature of the Beast, too, Caro. I liked that other detective in the former, and I hope he shows up again in the series. I was surprised to find out at the end that the bizarre premise in The Nature of the Beast was based on fact!

195cameling
Editat: nov. 11, 2015, 12:48am



Morning view from my hotel room as dawn breaks over Tokyo

196cameling
nov. 11, 2015, 1:22am

>192 EBT1002: Ellen, we'll have to see if we can rustle a bigger MeetUp the next time you and P come over to Boston.

>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?

197cameling
Editat: nov. 11, 2015, 1:29am

I had a fun day out in Boston with some friends last week just before I left for Japan. Thought I'd post some pics of what we shared during our day.

Cheese and charcuterie


Chipotle glazed chicken wings


White truffled mac & cheese


Garlicky Escargot

198cameling
nov. 11, 2015, 1:32am

Crisp bacon with a bourbon dipping sauce


Fried oyster tacos


Lobster stuffed garlic rolls

199nittnut
nov. 11, 2015, 3:18am

Ah Crisp bacon. I pine for it. Bacon here in NZ always seems more like ham. Not as crispy as one would like...

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. :)

200charl08
nov. 11, 2015, 6:37am

Oh man. Amazing food pics. Looking forward to the Japanese edition too.

201jnwelch
nov. 11, 2015, 9:45am

>196 cameling: Yes, it looked to me, too, like there will be a change in Gamache's retirement status. Looking forward to it!

202BLBera
nov. 11, 2015, 12:34pm

Yum. I forgot, I should never visit when I'm hungry.

Regarding The Nature of the Beast - I was shocked that it was based on a true story -- I guess truth is stranger than fiction.

203Oberon
nov. 11, 2015, 1:44pm

>195 cameling: Lovely picture. Hope you have a good trip.

204drneutron
nov. 11, 2015, 1:46pm

Mmmmm, good pics!

205catarina1
nov. 11, 2015, 6:12pm

Enjoy Tokyo!

206cameling
nov. 14, 2015, 4:34am

>199 nittnut: Jenn, I love crisp bacon but I don't mind it not being crisp when I'm in the UK or Australia...but then that's because my visits there are often relatively short and I know I'll be coming back to crisp bacon again. :-)

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.
Ramen breakfast


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


Barley rice


Miso soup and a side of pickled vegetables

207cameling
nov. 14, 2015, 4:59am

>201 jnwelch: Joe, I hope we won't need to wait too long before her next book is released.

>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.

208cameling
nov. 14, 2015, 5:04am

I was on a flight from Boston to San Francisco last week and as I was waiting to board the flight, I was sneezed right in my face by a toddler being carried by his equally sick parent. *sigh* Not surprisingly, I've come down with a cold. I hope I manage to shake it by tomorrow. I really don't want to be ill at my meetings for Monday through Wednesday. I did buy some masks in Tokyo just incase I'm not totally recovered.

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.

209cameling
nov. 14, 2015, 5:39am

109. by Ray Bradbury
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.

5 stars

210PaulCranswick
Editat: nov. 14, 2015, 6:00am

>208 cameling: Take a rest Caro, dear. Seoul is a lively old place but a bewildering one without a pal with its general absence of usable signage and the fact that 80% of folk are called either Kim, Lee or Park.

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

211kidzdoc
nov. 14, 2015, 10:57am

Sigh...I should never visit this thread unless I've just eaten or am about to eat. I may have to have lunch early.

Ugh. Toddlers' colds are the worst. I hope that you feel better soon.

212cameling
Editat: nov. 15, 2015, 1:05am

>210 PaulCranswick: Paul, the night in last night was a smart move on my part because I was definitely running a temperature, so although I went to bed early, it was not an easy night. Still I feel marginally better today and decided to take myself out of the hotel for a walk around the Hangaram Art Museum and then a long stroll around Myeongdong. Not being a shopper, my interest was mainly in the street food vendors and then a visit to a little grilled beef restaurant down an alley I remembered.

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:


Radish kimchi


cucumber radish kimchi


shrimp and young pea shoots


curried cabbage

213cameling
nov. 15, 2015, 1:19am

>211 kidzdoc: Hmmm Darryl... then you're not going to enjoy the following photos? I decided against eating breakfast at the hotel and went for a stroll outside into a residential area and found a little cafe with some local elders. So I figured it should be good and in I went. :-)

Dried pollack soup


Bean rice


Home made kimchi


Dried anchovies and soy beans


Spicy raw squid kimchi


Sauteed mushrooms with sesame


Pumpkin porridge with red beans

214cameling
nov. 15, 2015, 1:25am

Lest you think all I did was eat since I've been in Seoul, I made some time to visit the Hangaram Art Museum, 3 floors dedicated to some very interesting art. I was fortunate in that this month, they were featuring art works from current Korean artists. Here are some that I particularly liked:

Oil on canvases










215cameling
nov. 15, 2015, 1:29am

More oil on canvas







A set of oils representing white birch trees




216cameling
Editat: nov. 15, 2015, 1:34am

Oil on canvas





Mixed mediums on apples


217BLBera
nov. 15, 2015, 3:25pm

Both the food and art are great. Thanks for sharing Caro. And now I'm hungry.

218charl08
nov. 15, 2015, 3:41pm

Photos much appreciated. As with your other visitors, can report - mouth watering! I really like those pictures of trees. The art reminded me I've just read that there's an exhibition coming to town soon based on the idea of your favourite pictures - what you'd save in an emergency type thing. So much interesting art out there seems impossible to choose.
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/works-know-heart-imagi...

Hope you're feeling better.

219jnwelch
nov. 15, 2015, 3:41pm

>216 cameling: "Like", especially that first one.

220Oberon
nov. 15, 2015, 10:42pm

>214 cameling: Very nice. Personally, I like the second one best.

221LovingLit
nov. 15, 2015, 11:42pm

Hamilton?!?!

*sigh*

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!

222cameling
nov. 16, 2015, 12:57am

>217 BLBera: You're welcome, Beth. I have business meals for the next 2 days so you'll be spared food photos since I can't very well whip out my phone to take photos of the food, which is a bit of a shame because some of them have been as visually pleasing as they have been tasty.

223nittnut
nov. 16, 2015, 3:14am

>206 cameling: Yup. Let me know. I'll talk Megan into coming along. *grin*

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)

224cameling
nov. 16, 2015, 3:39am

>218 charl08: Charlotte, what an interesting art exhibition coming to the Tate Liverpool. That's a great way to get visitors to pay a closer attention to what they're looking at and to consider which they'd save if they had to make a choice.

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.

225cameling
nov. 16, 2015, 3:45am

>223 nittnut: Jenn ... girl, you made out like a bandit! I like popcorn balls and cookies but I'd rather have squid kimchi and bulgogi any day! ;-)

I have great faith in your powers of persuasion and will not be surprised if Megan shows up in Hamilton.

226kidzdoc
nov. 16, 2015, 9:41am

Oddly enough the latest batch of food photos do nothing for me, although I would like to try the spicy raw squid kimchi. Nice artwork, though.

227weird_O
nov. 16, 2015, 10:02am

Love the art. Thanks for not reducing the photos to thumbnail size.

228cameling
nov. 19, 2015, 2:21am

>226 kidzdoc: Darryl, I wish I could have taken photos of the last 2 meals I had in Seoul. They were magnificent but alas, they were both business meals, so it wouldn't have done for me to whip out my phone and to start clicking away.I had a little more time to have walked around other parts of the city, but it's been a tight schedule since the week started and now here am I at the airport waiting for my flight home. I am, however, very glad to be going home.

>227 weird_O: You're very welcome. :-) Glad I was able to share.

229cameling
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 2:51am

110. by Damon Tweedy
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.

3 stars

230jnwelch
nov. 19, 2015, 12:11pm

>229 cameling: Good review, Caro. Such a promising topic; I've read that kind of comment elsewhere (not LT) about the rather flat writing, and him not pushing his thinking further. I still may read it some time for the other aspects.

231Ameise1
nov. 21, 2015, 7:17am

Hi Caro, I love your food photos. I finally find time to do some weekend greetings. Wishing you a most lovely weekend.

232cameling
nov. 22, 2015, 5:35pm

>230 jnwelch: Yes Joe, it was rather disappointing because I was expecting more from the book. Still, he does raise issues that still exist today, and in fact, I would argue that some of the issues transcend race, and in that regard, I found his observations a little narrow.

>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.

233cameling
Editat: nov. 22, 2015, 6:04pm

111. by Anchee Min
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.

1 star

234PaulCranswick
nov. 22, 2015, 7:29pm

>233 cameling: Sorry your recent picks have been a little off, Caro. I read yesterday in one sitting a fictionalisation of the last hours of Muammar Gaddafi which was amazingly compelling and beautifully written - The Dictator's Last Night by Yasmina Khadra. If you want to be blown away reading about bad people, that is the one, my dear.

235EBT1002
nov. 26, 2015, 12:20pm

Sorry to hear about the roll of disappointing books. You need a five-star read!
In any case,...


236LovingLit
nov. 27, 2015, 3:46am

>225 cameling: if I were you, Caro, I would be very surprised if I turned up in Hamilton. In fact, I don't know if I have even been there?! (which clearly demonstrates that I haven't)

My book mojo has been off lately too. I am hankering for a cracker!

237nittnut
nov. 27, 2015, 3:58am

>236 LovingLit: I have seen $89 flights from Chch to Hamilton...

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. :)

238LovingLit
nov. 27, 2015, 3:59am

>237 nittnut: really!? Hm....*thinking...thinking*

239kidzdoc
Editat: nov. 27, 2015, 9:02am

Thanks for your useful review of Black Man in a White Coat, Caroline. That book was on my radar screen, but I'll probably pass on it now. A somewhat similar recent book that I loved is Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care by Augustus A. White III, MD; I reviewed it in 2011, and I gave it 5 stars.

Have a great holiday weekend, and give my best to Edd.

240BLBera
nov. 27, 2015, 9:43am

Caro: I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sorry about your disappointing recent reads. Better luck with the next one. I had a similar reaction to Becoming Madame Mao when I read it, and I don't think I ever finished it.

241cameling
nov. 29, 2015, 10:02am

>234 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the recommendation, Paul. I've added The Dictator's Last Night to my OWL ...and the bookstore is on our agenda of places to hit today as we run errands. So .. :-)

>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?

242cameling
nov. 29, 2015, 10:21am

>239 kidzdoc: Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your folks, Darryl. I saw on FB the photo of your contribution to the dinner and it looked delicious. After cooking for all meals for the last 3 days, I was happy to take a break from it yesterday since we went out for brunch before the replies left. I'm going to look through the book reviews for Seeing Patients for yours to get a sense for the book. 5 stars is high praise from you, indeed. So .. when are you going to write your book? Seems it's a growing trend among MDs these days? *waiting somewhat patiently*

>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*

243cameling
nov. 29, 2015, 10:24am

It has been nice being home for the week, but now I've got to prep for my upcoming 2.5 week trip to China. I leave on Tuesday for Beijing where I'll be for a week and a half, then down to Guangzhou for a few days and then over to Hong Kong for a couple of days before finally coming back to Boston a week before Christmas. I'm trying to do all the Christmas shopping I need to do today and tomorrow online so that we won't be picking out random desperate gifts after I get back, which tend to elicit the 'what were you thinking?' look on the faces of recipients on Christmas Day.

244charl08
nov. 29, 2015, 3:15pm

Good luck with your online shopping. That seems very organised to me.

Great to read you're a H2G2 fan. Hope you've packed your towel (!)

245Berly
nov. 29, 2015, 10:52pm

All caught up here again! Whew! Congrats on the new job and you seem to be right back in the swing of things! LOVE all the food and art photos. I was especially taken with the birch paintings, but they were all magnificent. Good luck shopping and safe trip to China. : )

246Ameise1
des. 5, 2015, 6:29am

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Caro.

247lkernagh
des. 20, 2015, 2:35pm

Stopping by to say Hi. Hope your trip is going well, or are you back already?

248nittnut
des. 20, 2015, 3:02pm

Stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas! A bit early :). Hope it's a lovely time and full of books and good food. I'm sure it will be.

249ronincats
des. 20, 2015, 3:56pm

Caro, while I hope you are loving your new job and finding it very fulfilling, I hate that it has taken you away from LT to such a degree. Miss you lots. But I love the coincidence of finding Linda in the airport--how wonderful!

250catarina1
des. 20, 2015, 8:54pm

Hope you will be arriving soon, back home, in time for Christmas and that you had an enjoyable and fruitful trip. Merry Chritmas!

251cameling
des. 21, 2015, 8:25pm

Finally back from China .. the smog was awful in Beijing, the worst I've ever experienced in all my years of going there for business. And what was the absolute worst was the Chinese government blocked LT ! Yup, I couldn't access the LT site at all for the last 3 weeks!!! *weeps*

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. :-)

252Carmenere
des. 22, 2015, 8:23am

Ah, so cool you met up with P and Ellen! (I really need to visit your thread more often)
anyway...... Happy Holidays to you and yours Carolyn

253Oberon
des. 22, 2015, 12:15pm

>251 cameling: Too many subversives on LT I guess.

254jnwelch
des. 22, 2015, 1:41pm

Welcome back, Caro! Love that airport story with Linda. Three weeks? You must be experiencing severe LT withdrawal symptoms. :-)

255cushlareads
des. 22, 2015, 2:30pm

Catching up at last - Hamilton?!

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!

256Ameise1
des. 23, 2015, 10:40am

257ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 3:33pm



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!

258SandDune
des. 23, 2015, 3:56pm



Happy Christmas!

259cal8769
des. 23, 2015, 9:38pm

Have a very Merry Christmas!

260EBT1002
des. 24, 2015, 12:18pm

By the way, Caro, the photos from the Hangaram Art Museum are lovely!



Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas!

261lkernagh
des. 24, 2015, 12:42pm

All the best this holiday season to you and Edd, Caroline!

262catarina1
des. 24, 2015, 1:19pm

Wishing you a happy Christmas with your family and a year full of wonderful reading.

263PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 1:24pm



Have a lovely holiday, dear Caro.

264BLBera
des. 25, 2015, 10:04pm

Happy Holidays, Caro.

265ChelleBearss
des. 26, 2015, 9:18am


Merry Christmas, Caro!

266Berly
des. 26, 2015, 3:38pm


267cameling
Editat: des. 27, 2015, 11:45pm

A very very Merry Christmas to all my lovely LT friends! Quickly logging in at last after the last few busy days over the Christmas holidays! We tried an interesting experiment .. we banned cellphones and computers for 24 hours on Christmas Day. Surprisingly none of the kids kicked up a fuss, but everyone switched off their phones and tablets and placed them in a bag which was then locked and placed in the attic. I can't remember the last time we all hung around and had conversations with each other without someone's eyes drifting to their phones or tables, and texting while someone else was talking. I saw eyes I hadn't seen in a while! haha... The teenagers made up games to play with the little ones, and I'm pretty sure that was the first time in a long while they'd actually spent more than 10mins with each other without electronic interference.

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!

268charl08
des. 28, 2015, 7:13am

Wow, what a great idea to banish the phones. We had a great time playing Bananagrams and Jenga one evening. I'm not sure we'd have lasted a full 24 hours though.

269ffortsa
des. 28, 2015, 10:54am

>267 cameling: Great idea. I'm glad the older kids went along with it.

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.

270jnwelch
Editat: des. 28, 2015, 4:14pm

Happy Holidays, Caro!

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.

271LauraBrook
des. 28, 2015, 10:30pm

Happy Holidays, Caro! Can't wait to follow along on your adventures next year!

272evilmoose
des. 29, 2015, 12:26pm


Merry Christmas Caro! (I would love to do the electronic devices confiscation once a month at least... oh it would be lovely)

273Ameise1
des. 31, 2015, 3:31pm