Monday, January 18, 2021

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Art Appreciation Sunday


"The Fallen Angel" (1847) by Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889). It showed up (twice) in a book I'm reading.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Some people,” the Lady said, “are scared of me.  Can you beat that?  Scared of an old woman in her one hundred and sixth year!  And me layin’ here can’t even keep no supper down!  You love your husband, Miz Mackenson?”


    “Yes, I do.  Very much.”


    “That’s good.  Love strong and true can get you through a lot of dookey.  And I’m here to tell you, honey, you got to walk through many fields of dookey to get to be my age.



    (from Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon)

 

    10*/10.  The complete review is here.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Book Excerpt for the Day


"How, I beg you, Miss Speedwell, is a man of no fortune and fewer prospects supposed to fund such an expedition?"


I puffed out my lips with impatience. "Really, Mr. Stoker, your lack of imagination is sorely trying. You might apply to subscribers. Wealthy people are always looking to spend their money in ways they can boast of to their friends. For that matter, your patrons need not be wealthy. You could advertise and take very small subscriptions from prosperous merchants and other up-and-comers. Promise them their name on plaques or to call a species after them. People love to have things they don't understand named for them."


(from A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn)

8*/10. The complete review is here.

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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Monday, January 04, 2021

Book Excerpt for the Day

"That word means something else, you know" his father had told him once, when Mission had spoken of revolution. "It also means to go around and around. To revolve. One revolution, and you get right back to where you started."


(from Shift by Hugh Howey)

8*/10. The complete review is here.

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Sunday, January 03, 2021

Friday, January 01, 2021

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

O ants crawl my drunken arms

and they let Van Gogh sit in a cornfield

and take Life out of the world with a shotgun,

ants crawl my drunken arms

and they sent Rimbaud

to running guns and looking under rocks for gold,

O ants crawl my drunken arms,

they put Pound in a nuthouse

and made Crane jump into the sea in his pajamas,

ants, ants, crawl my drunken arms

as our schoolboys scream for Willie Mays

instead of Bach.


(from On Drinking by Charles Bukowski)

7½*/10. The complete review is here.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

Initially the docent had refused to take pity on the man who claimed to have come all the way from America to pray at the Baptistry of San Giovanni in hopes of curing his terrible skin disease. Eventually, though, he had been inspired to become sympathetic, aided no doubt by an offer of five hundred dollars for five minutes alone in the baptistry ... combined with the growing fear that this contagious-looking person would stand there beside him for the next three hours until the building opened.


(from Inferno by Dan Brown)

7½*/10. The complete review is here.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    The drone nodded.  “We were sent out as cannon fodder.  We turned out to be better at staying alive than expected.  When they attached us to a praetorian regiment, we thought they wanted us for our survival skills.”


    “What did they want you for?”


    “Breakfast.”


    “So what happened?”


    SVN/2187 shrugged.  “There was an unfortunate error.  Our commanding officer accidentally got shot by the entire platoon, and then happened to set himself on fire and fell down a hole.  And then a bio-grenade rolled down there after him.  For some reason, high command decided that we were responsible.”



    (from The Pincers of Death by Toby Frost)

 

    8*/10.  The complete review is here.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Covid Testing

They've changed the sample-taking protocol for Covid-testing where we go. Before, they'd stick a Q-Tip in your nostrils. Now, you have to spit/drool/salivate through a straw into a vial.

My learning curve was rather steep for that new process.

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Friday, December 04, 2020

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day


    “So,” I said, eyeing him closely, “maybe it’s good there’s no such thing as time travel.”


    He raised his eyebrows slightly.


    “Or to qualify further, no such thing as public access time travel.”


    “Exactly.  Although the phrase ‘time travel’ is so sci-fi.  We don’t do that.  Here at St. Mary’s we investigate major historical events in contemporary time.”



    (from Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor)

 

    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Photoshop Tuesday


    A way-kewl picture even if it is completely fake.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

Masks


    Wear 'em correctly, peeps.  Lives depend on it.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day


    “I didn’t drop acid before writing the lyrics, as many people later assumed.  And the lyrics weren’t about an acid trip.  I may have smoked a joint that night, but that was it.  Since birth, I’ve had achromatopsia – complete color blindness.  If I had dropped acid, I would have been hallucinating in vivid black-and-white.  I doubt that would have helped me or the song much.  (John Kay, regarding “Magic Carpet Ride”)



    (from Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers)

 

    8½*/10.  The complete review is here.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020