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David Mitchell
The Travels of Marco Polo
Edward W. Marsden

Discount Armageddon

Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire

So, I finally finished. I really liked Verity, and, while other reviews thought her ballroom dancing hobby interfered with the story, I strongly disagree. After all her conditioning from her 'hobby' is what helped her through her ordeals. While this series jumps between her and her siblings, if I get a chance to read anymore, I'll cherry pick Verity's episodes. 

Having a huge backlog of books with new ones all the time, and my own writing, will make it hard to find time to pick up another one though. Today my daughter and grandkids arrive for a week's stay then I'm meeting them for ten days in Europe before they return home to Bahrain, so I'll sort of be busy and, I already have two books (Circe and The Little Paris Bookshop) set aside for that trip. As it is I'll have to pass on reading The Inner Life of Cats in July. Just too much. I'll still read it in the future but I don't want to just skim it. I'm no scientist but thanks to a lifetime with cats, especially Io and Iris, the two teenage girls I have now, I know them pretty well.  

Don't Cosplay with My Heart

Don't Cosplay with My Heart - Cecil Castellucci

Review to come .

Abandon Ship

Abandon Ship! - Chip Dunham

I used to read Overboard everyday on the commuter train to Chicago and work. I just loved the adventures of pirates, The Captain, Nate, Boof, Charley, Seahawk and all the creatures they dealt with including The Green Ship, Sharks, Sea monsters, snakes, girls and other denizens of the deep. I found these two books that contained reprints of the classic comics and they brought back lots of memories. We can always use a good chuckle. Thanks to Chip Dunham for his creativity.

Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood - Lucy Strange

Review to come in  a few days.

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

Okay, as I explained in an earlier post I've decided to delve into some 'Classics.' At a Writer's Conference in San Diego about two years ago, I had heard a pair of young female agents discussing how they would never have agreed to represent the likes of Hemingway or Fitzgerald. They found their work 'not up to standards.' As I am old enough to be their grandfather I dismissed their ramblings. Later while talking to an older female agent I mentioned this. She told me that's the problem in today's publishing world. Too many young female agent with a narrow point of view.
It nagged at me though as I had not actually read many 'classic' books since my youth. 
So, about a month ago, as previously posted, while I was rearranging book shelves (actual book shelves, not on line ones) I took a hard look at the dozens of 'Classic' novels that I had but never read. The words of my minimalist daughter rang in my ears, "Dad, if you're never going to read these old books get rid of them." So I decided to add a classic book to my current readings. This one, As I Lay Dying , was the first. 
It started out weird. I was told to never imitate people's dialects in writing, yet here Faulkner was doing just that. And, I found it annoying at first, I wanted to quit. But, I ALWAYS finish a book, so I stuck it out. I got more into the characters and toward the end the story blossomed. I give it two stars because it is hard to read but I'm glad to have read it. Is it a Classic? Don't really know, you tell me.

Secret Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben

Fascinating book by someone who has lived his life among trees. I gained a much greater understanding of tree life from Mr. Wohlleben's observations. I've always believed that plants and animals have a greater awareness than'science' gives them credit for. Recent writings seem to bare this out. Highly recommended to anyone who has an open mind.

Overboard Comics

Overboard - Chip Dunham

I used to read Overboard everyday on the commuter train to Chicago and work. I just loved the adventures of pirates, The Catain, Nate, Boof, Charley, Seahawk and all the creatures they dealt with including The Green Ship, Sharks, Sea monsters, snakes and other denizens of the deep. I found these two books that contained reprints of the classic comics and they brought back lots of memories. We can always use a look chuckle. Thanks to Chip Dunham for his creativity.

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

Okay my new thing is not to act out of the moment so I'm going to wait a few days then write a review.  

Nature Books

I'm looking for recommendations on Non-Fiction Nature Books.  Please Help.

 

Secret Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben

Okay my new thing is not to act out of the moment so I'm going to wait a few days then write a review.  My review is favorable though.

I have to stop

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente

Last night I read an additional 10 pages before falling asleep. ASLEEP! Woke up 2 hours later. A lost 2 hours. All because of this boring book! So I created a new shelf and removed it from my reading stack to Temp Stop. Maybe, someday ... Don't judge the book by me however,  many people like it. I'm sorry, I don't find it imaginative; It's just too screwy. My previous note (it's written by Spin a Dial) stands. 

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

— feeling bad smell
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente

 Wow I read 20 pages and this is crazy so far. I moved this up on my reading schedule because so many raved about it but . ... It reminds me of someone spinning a dial when they need to introduce something in their story. Let's see ... I need something to ride on ,, Spin the Dial ... Oh, a leopard, that's good ... Now I need ... 

So far i do Not Like it. Imaginative? I think not. Spin the Dial.  If it does not improve tonight I set it aside.

 

The Spirit of Cattail County

The Spirit of Cattail County - Victoria Piontek

    This book was a pleasant surprise. Very engaging characters and a great story. If you know middle schoolers I recommend this book. I think the author, Victoria Piontek, has a bright future. Her characters are well crafted and the story is well told.  

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - David Mitchell
I originally ordered this novel because it appeared when I did a search for time travel. Thousand Autumns, sounded like it fit the bill. Was I ever wrong but I got a novel that kept me going for a long time. If I tell you what Thousand Autumns really referred to, I'd have to put a spoiler alert on this., so I'll leave it to you to find out on your own. David Mitchell is a tremendous writer and researcher. His command of Dutch names and habits, as well as japanese, is astounding. I really loved this book and highly recommend it. Caution: It is a period piece (Japan pre-opening to the West) so if you do not like period novels . . .
 
 
 

 

READING PROGRESS

The Last Academy

The Last Academy - Anne Applegate

For the first time I've read a book that I liked but somehow had no idea what was really going on. Until the last chapter. I almost never devour a book like I did this one. Great storytelling - I loved this book and highly recommend it. What's it about? Read it for yourself.

 

Classics

     I recently was cleaning my library shelves and, of course, had to remove the books to do so. Afterwards, as I rearranged and returned the books to their shelves, I thought about the many International Collectors Library volumes and other classics that my late wife and I had purchased many years ago. I don’t recall that either of us ever read one. My minimalist daughter would tell me, “Dad, why do you have these? You never read them.” So, I made a pledge to work one in from time to time in my reading schedule. I invite all of you to do something similar.

    Let’s read classic books! Who’s with me? My first will be As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. My reviews of these works will include a little biography gleaned from Wikipedia. I’m sure most of you use Wikipedia to look things up. Donations to them are appreciated.

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