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And, so I keep an eye on what's on my shelf, here's a Books-on-the-shelf ticker. The goal is to have roughly half the books I read come off of my shelves.
The categories are:
14. BONUS: Books off the shelf, or audio books already in library or on wishlist
Mini-challenge: September 15-October 15 is Latino Heritage month, so I'll try to read only books by Latino authors during this time period.
And one rule - a book over 400 pages counts as two.
1. YA Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror
1. The Ghost Cadet
2. Shadow of the Red Moon by Walter Dean Myers
3. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
4. Sang Spell
5. Almost to Die For
♥6. Howl's Moving Castle
The She by Carol Plum-Ucci
A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Curse of the Wendigo
The essential element in human interactions is to feel in the hearts of others an echo of our own heart, Julius Lester
I loaned one of my favorite books, When Mom killed Dad by JL, during summer school and the girl loved it so much that she kept it. She had about 1/2 left to go and summer school was over.
1. The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux
2. The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar
3. Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
4. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
5. Al Capone Does My Shirts
♥6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
To Be a Slave
After byFrancine Prose
When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune
Evvy's Civil War
The Book Thief
One Crazy Summer
Marcelo in the Real World
Code Name Verity
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
3. Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror
1. Neuromancer by William Gibson
2. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo
3. The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
♥4. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick
The Windup Girl
The Name of the Wind
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Best Australian Science Fiction available through interlibrary loan
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
Her Smoke Rose up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr
Mockingbird by Sean Stewart
Wildlife by James Patrick Kelly
1. Witch World by Andre Norton
2. Riverrun by S. P. Somtow
♥3. Great Sky Woman by Steven Barnes
4. The Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton
5. Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due
6. 2nd 1/2 of Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due
The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust
Andre Norton who would be 100 years old in 2012 if she were still with us.
A Fabulous Formless Darkness by David Hartwell
Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
5 Mysteries/Histories/True Crime
♥1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
2. All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann
3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
4. Gathering of Waters
5. Inside Scientology
6. The Midwife of Hope River
Devil in the White City
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
Wild Kat by Karen Kijewski
The Celtic Riddle
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
Death comes by Amphora by Roger Hudson
In the Woods by Tana French
Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk
The Sisters Brothers
The Reinvention of Love
The Mistress of the Art of Death
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Aunt Dimity's Death
6. Short Story Collections
1. Latin American Folktales by John Bierhorst
2. The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2: Sex, the Future, & Chocolate Chip Cookies (The James Tiptree Award Anthology series) (No. 2) by Karen Joy Fowler
♥3. Eternity and Other Stories by Lucius Shepherd
4. 1st 1/2 of Teeth: Vampire Tales
5. Three Messages and a Warning
6. Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott
Teeth: Vampire Tales edited by Ellen Datlow
Unexpected Magic by Diana Wynne Jones
Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy
No Easy Answers: Stories about teenagers making tough choices
I Live with You by Carol Emshwiller
Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett
Collected stories by Frank O'Connor
The Best of Cordwainer Smith
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
1. Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox
2. I, Rigoberta Menchu
3. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
4. Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation by Clarence B. Jones
5. 1st 1/2 of Life by Keith Richards
♥6. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Anything we love can be saved by Alice Walker
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
A Mighty Hard Road
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
We of Nagasaki from 1951, available through interlibrary loan.
The Road From Home by David Kherdian
Tibet: Through the Red Box
8. Animals, including humans
1. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle
2. Why Does My Dog Act That Way by Stanley Coren
3. Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable by Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts
4. Love has no age limit
4 1/2. I'll be home soon
4 2/3. Feeling Outnumbered
5. Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life (Dogwise Training Manual)
6. Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding by Jean Donaldson
♥7. Scaredy Dog by Ali Brown
8. Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt
Going Home: Finding Peace when Pets Die
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff
Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff
Winter World by Bernd Heinrich
The Latchkey Dog
Training you to Train your dog
Born on a Blue Day
Stalking Irish Madness
Lads before the wind
The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
9. From the Caribbean - Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico
♥1. Cecilia Valdes or El Angel Hill by Cirilo Villaverde
2. Cecilia Valdes or El Angel Hill by Cirilo Villaverde 491 pages
3. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
4. The Orchid House by Phyllis Shand Allfrey
5. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
6. The White Witch of Rosehall by Herbert G de Lisser
When I was Puerto Rican
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier
Dreaming in Cuban
Down These Mean Streets
Farming of Bones
A House for Mr. Biswas
Bride of New France
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Pao by Kerry Young
Adios, Happy Homeland by Ana Menendez
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Brother, I'm Dying
The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier
1. Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature - the first half of it up to middle of Golden Age, Fuenteovejuna
2. Easy Spanish Reader edited by William Tardy
♥3. Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature - the second half
4. La Maquina Del Tiempo by H.G Wells and adapted by Terry Davis (graphic novel)
5. El Gesticulador by Rudolfo Usigli
6. Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
Aunt Tula/La Tia Tula by Unamuno
The Censors by Luisa Valenzuela
Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature edited by Seymour Resnick and Jeanne Pasmantier
Granta: Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists
Treasury of Classic Spanish Love Stories in Spanish and English
... y no se lo trago la tierra by Tomas Rivera
Barrio on the Edge
The Granta issue and the Nine Centuries are so long (for Spanish language) that I will count them as more than one book, maybe several. I may read portions and then put them down for a long while. Last time I timed it, it took me about 7 minutes to read a page of Spanish. I'm sure I'm better now, and I'll be even better by the end of 2012, but it is still quite time consuming compared to reading in English!
C.-C.: Nonsense! Men are romantic. A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.
ARNOLD: I never know whether you're a humorist or a cynic, father.
C.-C.: I'm neither, my dear boy; I'm merely a very truthful man. But people are so unused to the truth that they're apt to mistake it for a joke or a sneer. William Somerset Maugham from "The Circle"
11. Vintage and Classics (books published over 50 years ago)
♥1. The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan
2. The Woman in White 1st 1/2
3. The Woman in White 2nd 1/2
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
5. The Well of Loneliness 1st 1/2
6. The Well of Loneliness 2nd 1/2
Pierre and Jean
The Literature of Ancient Egypt
The Razor's Edge
2. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 1st 1/2
3. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 2nd 1/2
4. Aids and Accusation by Paul Farmer
1. The Devil in Silver 1st 1/2
5. The Devil in Silver 2nd 1/2
6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking
The Tortilla Curtain was moved to prize winning category to make room for an ER book, and a loaned book. Those two books will complete this category.
Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution by Elena Poniatowska
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
James Baldwin: Collected Essays
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
The God of Small Things
The Land of Green Plums
Hide in Plain Sight by Paul Buhle
The Bookseller of Kabul
The Crying of Lot 49
Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
1. Wolf Hall
2. Wolf Hall for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction published in the UK
3. White Cat Andre Norton finalist
4. The Tortilla Curtain Prix Médicis étranger
5. Water for Elephants Alex award
♥6. Counterfeit Son Edgar Award, ya
Owl in Love for the mythopoeic award
Troll: A love story for the Tiptree award
Maisie Dobbs for an Agatha
The White Tiger for a Booker award
The Changeover for a Carnegie medal
The Child Goddess for Campbell award
Hard Love for Lambda award
Spilling Clarence for Minnesota Book Award
Charming Billy for National Book Award (US, like there's only one nation)
Expiration Date for a Nebula
Stones from the River for a PEN/Faulkner
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for a Pulitzer
Silver Birch, Blood Moon for World Fantasy award
The Feast of the Goat for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist
Brave New World 1001 books
A long way gone africana book award
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie American Indian Youth Literature Award
Zoo City Arthur C Clarke Award
The Haunting of Hill House National Book Award finalist
Feast of the Goat Independent foreign fiction prize (British)
Suite Francaise PEN translation
1. Curse of the Winter Moon by Mary Casanova
2. Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
3. The Glass Butterfly by Louise Marley
4. Marcelo in the Real World
5. Charming Billy
6. Hell House
7. The Tent
8. Oscar Wilde and a Game called Murder: a mystery
9. Beastly by Alex Flinn
10. Treasury of Classic Spanish Love Short Stories in Spanish and English
11. Plain City
13. How to Ditch Your Fairy
I'm adding this category mainly because I've been using audio books as a carrot to help me get housework done. It's difficult to find audio books in my last few categories. I've been on the waiting list at the library for the audio of Devil in the White City for four months now, and I've still got at least 70 people ahead of me. So, this category will help me make that work.
I don't intend to complete this category before the end of the year, but if I do complete this and my other categories as well, I think I'll start 2013 early.
They didn't know what Autism was in 1935, which made Moose's life even more difficult. There was no place to turn. Nowadays,we don't know how to "cure" Autism, but we know what it is, what to expect and what strategies work. Back then, plenty of people claimed to have the answer but they were just experimenting and if something caused an improvement, happy happy.
Moose loves his sister very much, and goes through all the emotions a brother with a sister such as this would - responsibility, guilt, anger, resentment, embarrassment, protectiveness, love. Choldenko portrays all this believably and with great depth, all with no apology or call for pity. And on top of that, it's a great historical glimpse of Alcatraz, and funny too.
On a different note; I'm in the middle of House Rules by Jodi Picoult which is also about a young man with autism who has been accused of murder. She does extensive research even though her books are fiction and I've learned quite a bit more about autism than I knew before. The boy in the story also has a brother and has some of the same emotions you mention above.
23 - Thanks! She's starting to settle down a bit - last night I only had to push her a teeny bit to get her into her crate. :) I'm starting to fall for her.
#35 Sang Spell by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor who is better known for Shiloh. Sang Spell wasn't anything like or anywhere as good as Shiloh. It was a fantasy where a young man whose mother has just dies falls into an alternate world peopled by descendents of Precolonial Portugeese+ settlers in the Appalachains. The world was fabulous, but once we were in Canara, the end was pretty predictable. I also felt like the conversations were repeating themselves. Not a book for me to revisit, although it looks like everyone else who read it liked it better than I did.
#36 Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang Very scary memoir! Well done, and totally appropriate for middle school kids. I was reading it with our social studies teacher's Holocaust question in mind - how do governments turn people into "others" so they can be persecuted. This book demonstrates that very well, to the point where children turned on their own families. Highly recommended for anyone interested in The Cultural Revolution or in large scale civil rights abuses. That said, this wasn't an uncomfortable read like The Diary of Anne Frank can be. While you're reading it, you know Ji-Li survives it and that those days are over.
Whenever I read a book like this, I'm reminded that much of modern dystopia/science fiction owes a debt to Orwell and the Spanish Civil War. I'm not sure a writer can come up with something worse than things that have actually happened on this planet.
#37 - on audio - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick. This was an odd book, as any book by Dick is. I began listening to it, knowing that Dick suffered from schizophrenia and that it influenced his later works. One of my friends told me she couldn't read Dick because it "read like pathology." This one doesn't, but it is very tied up in unreliable mindscapes. I see this book as a forerunner to Cyberpunk, but instead of the action happening in cyber-selves it happens in drugged-out selves. The drug, Can-D, was to be taken while you looked at a "Perky Pat Layout" which is a sort of Ken & Barbie playhouse for adults. ROFL, except, wait, isn't that a lot like a bunch of facebook games? Farmville, Cafe world, etc etc. And let's not just stay on Facebook. There's World of Warcraft and all sorts of other games where a person builds a persona and buys all sorts of things for their Cyber-person, and the live person may even suffer from computer game addiction in ways that may look like drug addiction. -- Huh? How did Dick hit on this before I was born? This book was published in 1963, and comes so close to describing a lot of the things we do now. & of course it deals with the typical Cyberpunk themes, the meaning of existence, confusion, creation, immortality and God.
44 Bronson Pinchot! I haven't heard that name for forever. I remember, the guy with the fake foreign accent. I used to have a crush on that character.
How did Lucy survive 4 unscreened blood transfusions? That should've killed her deader than Un-Dead! She must have been AB+. Lucky her.
I'm listening to Stephen King's Bag of Bones now -- narrated by the author. I do think scary books work well on audio -- hearkens back to ghost-story-around-the-campfire days. King isn't the world's most effective narrator, but there's something about hearing him read his own work, like being a kid and asking "Tell me a scary story, Uncle Steve!" Only this story is definitely not for kids!
That reminded me of a review for the movie Robocop where the only thing, apparently, that bothered the reviewer was his aim when he shot the man holding a lady through her legs. That was the only unbelievable part of the movie?
& @51 - Fey reading Bossypants sounds great too. I heard an audio of one of Louis Black's books awhile a go, and you can't beat a comic reading their own work. No one else could do it.
I'm glad I read Drac, but it was more of a historical curiousity for me than a good read. The tortured, ungrammatical language he used for van Helsing's sections drove me nuts. Mina's "shorthand" sections were pretty linguistically artless too. It's a great story, but the average native speaker of our century will never be able to read it with fresh eyes. I was wondering what it might have been like to read it then when the reader wouldn't know that Drac was going to be defeated and that only the girls were lunch and that all the good guys were really good guys. If I hadn't seen both the classic Dracula movie and Nosferatu, (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU'VE MANAGED TO AVOID ALL THE DRACULA MYTHOS UP TIL NOW) I might have been wondering why van Helsing was so close with his information. Mina is refreshingly intelligent for a book from that time period, but I have to admit, the repeated comments about her having a "man's brain" in a woman's body got on my nerves! - so this isn't really a review, just some reactions.
And #53 Hibernator, yes 4 different men - and SPOILER ALERT after Arthur goes on about feeling that the transfusion was their wedding, van Helsing/Jack can't remember which, does snicker to himself about Lucy being a polygamist then.
& speaking of just what I needed, my Irish Water Spaniel friends have come through for me! A young man is needing a new home, so he'll be coming my way as soon as my foster dog is out of the cone of shame (neutered, poor boy!) The IWS is 2 years old now, and here is possibly one of his puppy photos. It's a photo from his litter, but it may not be him.
Ah, one of those. :) Well, with eyes like that...
I finished "Sweetness" last weekend but haven't gotten around to updating my thread yet - too busy reading everyone else's. Maybe later today or tomorrow. I'll be continuing with the series.
& yes, I'll be reading more of Flavia's stories. They are fun.
The book was well written, worth reading but had an oddly distant narration style. The overall effect was numbing - not mind numbing boredom - more numbing as in anesthetized. The book is filled with deep emotions of love, disillusionment, betrayal, rage and many other emotions but none of them are fully released on the page. Certainly, Stephen, our main character never allowed herself to fully experience her emotions. I'm sure this is deliberate, but it does create a book that is admirable but not a terribly pleasant read.
5 stars though for David, the Irish Water Spaniel in Paris. !!! Any book with an Irish Water Spaniel in it is fine by me - and there were quite a few quotes worth sharing with my IWS friends. Alas, David only frolicked through 1/4th of The Well of Loneliness. Certainly it was the best quarter of the book. :)
>71 cammykitty: I think that the whole "oddly distant narration style" is common for older literature. . . at least so far that is what I find/feel. Which is why I have been reading a "modern" book. . .
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& yes, that narration style is quite Victorian/Edwardian. I wonder what WoL would have felt like if it had been written in a more modern style. It seems out of date to me, and I keep thinking glbt has come a long way since then, but then I run into things that make me think I'm being naive. I'm reading Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation by Clarence B. Jones right now. It's one of my ER books. Clarence Jones was Martin Luther King, Jr's lawyer so he was involved in all the behind the scenes meetings, compromises and fundraising. Apparently one of the main people in the MLK's organization was a gay man who had been arrested for "morals violations) ie being gay. That wasn't that long ago, and it shocks me to realize that people served jail time for that within the last 100 years.
>74 cammykitty: We are listening to The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak in the car and I was wondering the same this about it. One reason is that I am a very fast reader (normally) and audio books seem to take so much longer.
I still have two books by Connie Willis on my TBR shelf. . . things don't seem to be looking up for them being read anytime soon judging by how I felt about the 1st book I read of hers and what you said about the one you read. That and since it was payday I ordered a couple more books . . . the theme this week is french wine. French winre tours is an idea for our 'fantasy' French hotel. . . Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure might just be what I will be reading in bewteen chapters of The Well Of Loneliness.
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Next ER book up is an historical fiction piece on the murder of Emmett Till. It's a great book to follow Behind the Dream but I'm afraid of it. I've seen a documentary on Emmett Till and know that if the book doesn't have some element of the horrific, it hasn't done justice for the Till family.
After all, if we all liked exactly the same books, only a few dozen would be published each year. And group read discussions would be boring.
Hibernator - I learned to make my categories nice and broad! & LOL as to Other being the problem, but look - my Begged/Borrowed/Stolen category is basically an "other" category, and I only have one book read in that one. Other can be tough!
We snagged How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurection this month. Hopefully it comes without too much of a delay. Sorry you are done with your SF category. . . or congrats on finishing it??
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As for finishing the SF category, it's both sorry & congrats. I can sneak SF into a lot of the remaining categories, and certainly plan to do so.
I'll post pictures as soon as I get some that show the proper spirit of mayhem. & I do mean mayhem. Sage jumped up on the kitchen table last night. Greg said Sage thought it was a grooming table. ??? Looks to me like Sage has managed to avoid many a grooming table in his brief 2 years of existence. I think he thought it was a platform meant to help him look out the window.
Di, Enjoy your pack!!!
The Rehab Addict is having an open house today. We are tempted to go. But we have things to do, like find trim for the door that was put in like 3 years (maybe longer??) ago. Of course the big box stores don't carry it. So a salvaging we go! Sad that all of the Re-Use centers closed.
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Di - Good luck salvaging! There are so many things going on today. I'm finding it impossible to be all places at once. It's free comics day, and there's a library book sale at Southdale, & Walk for the Animals and No-Kill Walk for the Animals etc etc. Have fun!
I have discovered if you have a house before the 50's you should be able to find stuff for it, 50's woodwork is not really something you can find too easliy.
We might have found a nice peice for the living room, but we forgot the tape measure. So will need to take some careful measurements and go back. Thankfully the one we want it missing a bottom door and the glass from the top doors and looks like it has been there for a awhile so it should still be there when we go back. Then there will be the issue of getting it home. Glass isn't an issue since I have lots of it. Maybe one day I will finish that Tiffany lamp in the basement . . .
Oh, I almost forgot! I found the doors from our old plant. (My work moved to Chaska and the old place was demolished.) It was weird/funny to find the old doors. I saw them from the back, so I was reading, Norhern Star and thought, huh, I wonder what building that came out of, then I saw the street number! They even still had the paper laminated signs that HR taped on about forgetting your access card. I of course took pictures and emailed them to my co-workers.
Hopefully you have had an enjoyable day as well!
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Walk for the animals was fun. It didn't rain until we got on the bus going home, & Hobbit mostly behaved. He did start play-bowing and jumping on every dog he could at about the 2-mile mark.
& now, I'm in purgatory. The IWSs are here, and the sister, who was supposed to be a calming influence, has decided that I am the devil. She won't go in her crate. I can't get a leash on her, so I don't know what I'm going to do about a potty break for her. She's known to jump fences. !!! But Sage is being a trooper. Probably because sister is here to protect him. :) Although to be honest, I think he's spent enough time with me that his fear has worn off. Hopefully by tomorrow she'll realize that if I planned to shove her in the oven or bake her into a pie, I would've done it already.
This is Sage teaching Hobbit a new pastime - chewing empty plastic bottles. Yum. (Sage is the dark brown dog. Hobbit is mostly white.)
SPOILER: I was reading/listening to the book in the car, had 5 minutes to go and had to shudder when I got out of the car and saw my friend wearing a shirt that said "Trust me. I'm a doctor." END SPOILER
The people who said that if you liked The Woman in White you should read Sarah Waters were right.
"The angels have the phone box." That's my favorite. I've got that on a t-shirt!
-Larry Nightingale, "Blink"
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I managed a tech support department for years, and would tell people that most problems can be resolved with three questions: (1) Is it plugged in? (2) Is it turned on? (3) Is it right-side up?
Of course if you have a chewer you might also want to check the cords! Not that I am talking from experience or anything . . . but there is a reason why we switched to wireless internet.
We will all be keeping our fingers crossed that the solution is really that simple!
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& I have a friend who used to do tech support to, so I knew to ask "is it plugged in" first. It was the surge protector - but only one socket in it. All the other sockets work. So obviously, one socket died in the line of duty. I can deal with that!
Chewing??? My house??? - Leaving the plastic recycle bin in dog reach seems to have channeled the chewing to preferred items. :) They think it's a toy box.
What is everyone planning to read this weekend? I'll be finishing Do over dogs for obvious reasons (basement has become private poo palace) and then will start Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment Camps.
#49 Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life (Dogwise Training Manual) I just finished writing a
Oh well, the review is lost so I'll have to tell you in a few brief words, the book is very useful if you are working with a dog that is coming to you with some baggage. However, the section on resource guarding covers dog-human resource guarding well but doesn't offer a training plan for dog-dog guarding. Which is what I need. But which also isn't too surprising. After all, I'm asking the book to teach me how to make a dog share... when I won't share my Ben & Jerry's with anyone! Not even my dogs!
I hope to work on the gardens (if the weather co-operates & if the ground isn't too wet) and catch up on my 75 book challenge (just a tiny bit beind.)
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Looks like today might be a garden day, although it's probably an even better day to set up a goldfish pond. :) Good luck with the book challenge!
This method took years, but it did work.
Does it work to feed the dominant dog first?
I tried throwing Sage's breakfast into his open crate. He's got crate issues. Then I took Hobbit outside to work for his food (sits, downs, & shake). Sage decided to whine at the window instead of finishing his breakfast, and then acted surprised and snarky when Hobbit ran into the crate and finished the meal.
I'm thinking a lot of hand feeding side-by-side might help.
Have a great holiday weekend!
@133 That would work except #1 is a foster and #2 is permanent. And I don't want either of them thinking they can boss around the other. So far it seems to be the possession law. Whoever has the object at the moment is the one with the right to it, and also the most vocal too. Cats seem to have more respect for hierarchy than these dogs do. Although my old boy demanded a certain respect that neither Sage or Hobbit can.
I think I'm going to resort to feeding 1st dog (Hobbit) first, simply because I'm feeding them in their crates. Hobbit is smaller and his crate is too small for Sage to get into. If I feed Sage first, Hobbit can try to squoosh into the big crate too. Two dogs in one crate = very bad thing!
The Power of Positive Dog Training
Your Adopted Dog
The Dog Listener
- Mine! on resource guarding has been requested through interlibrary loan.
Out from Boneville
Ella Minnow Pea
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Fortunately, most of these books were off the $3 and under cart. :)
And no Wolf Hall. Fortunately a friend has agreed to loan me her copy. !!!! Thanks friend!!!
@140 I've seen nothing but great reviews of Oscar Wao - it was a tough pick because I realized I only had one slot left for my Caribbean books - 3 left to read, and I have 1 book from a friend, and 1 at home for that category. Oops, two. I forgot I have Wide Sargasso Sea too. :( Too many books! Perhaps I can slip one into my prize winners category.
#50 in Begged/Borrowed/Stolen - a friend loaned me Aids and Accusation by Paul Farmer for my Caribbean category, but it doesn't really fit there. Farmer wasn't born in the Caribbean, and that category is for books written by people of that culture; not books by others about the culture. I've found books by and books about have a completely different feel. Aids and Accusation is about the AIDS epidemic in Haiti, what caused it, what circumstances surround it, how it has effected Haiti's economy and international status. It was quite interesting, and covered the history of Haiti from the now extinct Tainos, through the slave rebellion and into the 90s. The AIDS virus got into Haiti through tourists, and although Haiti is perceived to be the hotbed of AIDS in the Western Hemisphere, it actually does not have the highest incidence. Interesting information, but I found the book a bit tedious to read at times even though it did follow the personal lives of three people.
#51 Eternity and Other Stories by Lucius Shepard - this is how I got into Lucius Shepard. I was going to the World Fantasy Convention being held in Madison and had read that he was going to be there. Then I went to a bookstore signing of Octavia Butler's. Not many people came (she was doing another signing in a bigger bookstore the next day) so I got to talk to her one-on-one for quite a while. Lucky me!!! We talked about WisCon, and I mentioned world fantasy and that Lucius Shepard was going to be there (I never actually found him at the con) and she got excited enough that I knew I had to pick up a copy of his book. So I left the store with a signed copy of Fledgling and Eternity and Other Stories. I've picked at the book for a period of years. The stories are novellas, and it isn't the sort of collection you want to bolt down whole. Excellent collection of psychological horror. Most of the stories were based on contemporary events, and sometimes the fantastical element was very tiny. He seems fascinated with religion as a social construct, and specializes in situations where human power has elevated a person beyond human status. More food for thought than scary. I'll certainly be reading more of his work.
As for computer support telling me to check if the cord is plugged in, it drives my absolutely nuts. But it HAS turned out to be the remedy on a copule of occasions. Blush.
Good warning on Brief and Wonderous - I don't always like Pulitzer prize winners either. Confederacy of Dunces? Please! Give me a break!!! That book, IMHO, was best put to use as a dog chew toy! & it won a Pulitzer?
Mambo Kings - I never read it, but saw the movie & know I wouldn't like the book if it is at all like the movie. It was Antonio Banderas's first US movie and I remember, when his character died, my friend and I looked at each other and said "we may as well leave now."
& I think you're right about the prize perhaps getting stuck in it's own criteria, but I think it's an expectation rather than an actual "criteria." Apparently to be eligible for the fiction award, someone (anyone) has to enter the book and pay $50. The following is straight from their website:
What books are eligible for consideration? Books first published in the United States during 2012. All entries must be made available for purchase by the general public in either hardcover or bound paperback book form. In the Fiction, Biography and General Nonfiction categories, authors must be United States citizens. In the History category, the author may be of any nationality but the subject of the book must be U.S. history. In the Poetry category, the award is for original verse by an American author.
It's pretty wide open. If it said the award was for "excellence in the portrayal of American lifestyles" then I'd grumble about Confederacy, but I'd understand why it won. But that would put The Road on shaky ground, since it shows a future lifestyle that hasn't come to pass. I haven't read The Road but from what I've seen, I'm willing to back Hibernator's assessment. I've had and will have categories in this challenge that are for a specific prize. I find it interesting because you do see that there is an often unwritten specific quality that the prize is all about. Hmmmm.
That said, I still hated Vernon God Little.
The Japanese Internment photos are very interesting. I hope you can find a copy. It was an ER a year or so ago, and I found it on my library shelves.
As for feeding Hobbit first, in the crate works. One day, I fed Sage first in his crate #2 which isn't near Hobbit's crate, so I scattered Hobbit's food on the kitchen floor by the water dishes and waited for him to finish before I let Sage out. Mistake!!! Hobbit decided that even though all the food was eaten, the kitchen floor was his turf and worth guarding.
They seem to be working some stuff out on their own though. I had them at a friend's house, and they found the resident dog's rawhide. Resident dog decided she was done with it. Hobbit found it, but Sage dug it out so he got first chew. When he walked away from it, Hobbit pounced on it and growled whenever Sage came near but Sage just ignored him.
As for them getting along, we were at a dog adoption event yesterday where the forever dogs were welcome too. Basically they ran around in the front yard while we ran a garage sale to raise money for the rescue. One of the rescue dogs (Corgi mixed with German Shepherd or something? Oddest thing. Looks like Corgi on steroids) started talking smack to Sage, and Hobbit intervened and told the Corgi-mix to back off. Good boy, Hobbit! He was saying "I'm the only one who can pick on my big brother."
I have A Confederacy of Dunces and Vernon God Little on my TBR pile, the former came in a 10 pack of Penguin Classics I bought a few years ago and the latter I bought cheaply in a charity shop. Neither have jumped out to be read, but are there because they are both on the 1001 list. Might leave them for a while longer.
As for Wolf Hall, I may have to break my buying books moratorium (again!), it really looks up my street.
@157 It would be interesting to see the rankings on the science fiction & fantasy awards and the mystery awards, especially since the way many of those books are chosen is quite different. Many of those awards are linked to a popular convention, books can be nominated by anybody and the winner is determined by a poll of the convention attendees. I'm assuming that many of the major literary awards are chosen by a few judges that read tons and tons of books during the year. I know the Tiptree award is done by a combination of open nominations and judges reading. One of the SF awards, I think the Nebula which is awarded by SFWA, has a few judges read until they think their eyes are going to pop out. Then the judges debate.
Speaking of SFWA, Ray Bradbury just passed. Here's a link. http://www.sfwa.org/2012/06/rip-ray-bradbury-1920-2012/ I didn't like a lot of his work, but Fahrenheit 451 is one of my all-time favorite books & as for "The Veldt" I read it in 5th or 6th grade and still remember it very, very well.
Soffita - yes, you should break down and get Wolf Hall. Last I looked, the waiting list was 205 long at my library. It's a complex book and quite historically accurate. Much of it is based on a journal one man kept about the relationship between Wolsey (cardinal during Henry VIII's break with the Catholic church) and Thomas Cromwell - not Oliver the roundhead. There's a tutored read in the 75ers here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/137481
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". . . Martel's language is like being in a revolving door that is spinning too fast - I think I'm entering the book only to find myself spit out again. Martel is in love with being clever at the expense of clarity, and I am not impressed. . ."
" . . . The author pretentiously disposes of pronouns frequently - so the reader is left wondering who is talking/thinking. Not worth the reading time and certainly not worth the money. "
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Jean Donaldson is a well-respected dog trainer, but I'm a little reluctant to recommend her works to someone who is not really into the dog training world. Her book Culture Clash is considered a classic in the field. It's quite entertaining and informative, but it crosses the line into a rant more than once. Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding is the book I just finished reading. It was a quick, but tedious read designed for dog behavior consultants. It addressed resource guarding from humans quite systematically, but alas never addressed resource guarding by a dog from other dogs -- which is my problem. :(
As for the category, the best book in the lot was Do-Over Dogs by Pat Miller. I'm impressed with Miller's thorough writing style, and am totally in her camp training-wise. I picked up a copy of her Power of Positive Dog Training on a sale day at Half-Price Books. I'm looking forward to reading it... next year.
But the dogs have developed a "possession is 9/10ths of the law rule" so there is much more peace in the house. Sage refused to enter his crate to eat breakfast today, so I locked the crate for awhile, tried again. Then after a polite length of time, Hobbit ate Sage's breakfast and Sage only looked quite dismayed, and then looked at me "My breakfast!" Then he got a rawhide and ate it to show Hobbit he had something better. Hobbit just kept eating Sage's breakfast. ... So at least the resource guarding is improved!
As for the human in the house, I'm going nuts!
Meatloaf ate 2/3s of a pizza yesterday. By the time his misdeed was discovered, he'd forgotten about it entirely. That was my fault, though. It was left on the countertop alone. He has made me into quite a tidy person.
I'm glad the food guarding thing is working itself out. In a year, they'll be fine. ; )
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Kisses & hugs are definitely good qualities in a dog. It makes us forgive all sorts of transgressions. :)
We are really hoping to find a person to adopt Hobbit that has something with hooves to herd. He's a bit to rough for herding children or guests.
Do-over dogs is great for addressing issues dogs may already come with, but for a basic book look at books by Ian Dunbar or try Sophia Yin's How to Behave so Your dog behaves. I haven't read the Yin book yet, but I've looked over it and it comes highly recommended by dog trainers I know and trust. Good luck! You can private message me if you've got specific training questions.
SPOILER: as for the name Wolf Hall, someone on our group thread questioned why that name. After all, we don't spend much time in wolf hall, and saying that you have to be a wolf to be a courtier doesn't cut it for me. I'm thinking Wolf Hall is not only the den of incest, it's the home of wife #3 who is perhaps Cromwell's next project? After all, Anne isn't terribly suitable.
The title comes from the name of the Seymour family seat at Wolf Hall or Wulfhall in Wiltshire; the title's allusion to the old Latin saying "Man is wolf to man" serves as a constant reminder of the dangerously opportunistic nature of the world through which Cromwell navigates.
>184 cammykitty: I am reading The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story from Inside the Vatican and I can't help thinking how differently things are/seem now.
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Sad thing though is I started reading Three Messages and a Warning which I expected to be really unique and original. It's being a bit deja vu for me, but the last story I read in it today was fantastic.
That is really funny - although I doubt I was one of the blocked ones, I'm feeling very dangerous right now! :)
I quite enjoyed Three Messages and a Warning (loved “Photophobia") but most didn't stick out as Mexican stories which I guess is good as I probably have a terribly stereotypical view of Mexico (I know so little about it!) :)
Their love of ghost stories and the influence of Catholicism though is in a lot of the stories. Photophobia was cool. I loved the "Wolves" and "Pink Lemonade" and several others. "Pink Lemonade" seemed particularly Mexican to me - the desire to feed people and help people out feels to me to be a part of their culture, and the Cienfuego (Cuban General) look-alike in a Monsanto building brings a great depth to that story on the political/conceptual level - besides the obvious. Monsanto has been splicing genes from bacteria (and perhaps other sources) into their seeds to make them resistant to pests, and to Round-up which is a pesticide they sell. They are very much in the fore-front of GMO food and certainly have many plants in Mexico.
@203 Thanks GBM! It is going to be a bit hard - I really feel I need to walk in with a plan and some research done. :)
Best book of the category was written by this year's co-GoH and Tananarive's husband Steven Barnes. Great Sky Woman
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Hey any big plans for summer 2014 or maybe 2015? I think it would be a hoot to try fotrally. The US needs some representatives. We could pick a couple long audio books to listen to, and make special LT fotrally t-shirts. I'm not saying that we do the whole thing but just over 12.5 hours should put us in the top 75 if it is anything like this year. Of course just showing up would be an adventure and an acheivment for two old ladies from Minnesota!
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There are 32 trails on former railroads in MN that are suitable for walking and are over 20 miles long. One in the Twin Cities is - Lake Minnetonka and Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail and is 27 miles long. It looks like the Superior Hiking Trail is the longest at 220 miles, but probably not civilized enough for this. . . I think someplace where we can easily be rescued by someone in a car would be nice. . .
I am really starting to see some fun training possibilities. Just think of all the trails we could check out. And the puppies would love it! (Well except for our older dog, she would have to stay at home, or at base camp with the hubby.) Now I wish that I had a trailer hitch and a teardrop trailer for camping. It would be fun to drive somewhere on a Friday, set up camp, spend Saturday on our walk, Sunday recovering and Monday going back home. Of course if it was close enough, we could be home on Sunday night. There are some many places to go in MN.
We will have to check out the Swedish Immigrant Trail when it is done. It is supposed to be a 20 mile, multi-use hard surface trail in Chisago County.
Must look for books on walking . . . besides The Long Walk!
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We stopped at 1/2 Price on the way home from the monthly breakfast in Maplewood. Surprisingly enough we only got 5 new cook books. I also got Pathways Through Minnesota even though it is an older book I am sure that it will be a great start to finding fun & interesting places to walk. Although it is not about places to walk it does have interesting stuff and very brief write-ups on most of the towns.
I told the hubby that we need to be on the look-out for camping stuff on clearance for next year. Nothing elaborite - just a tent, some chairs, basic cooking & cleaning stuff, keeping it simple & light.
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& yes, Sage acts like a small dog in a big body. :) The other dogs in the class are all big. Boxer, labamut, great dane & I think the 4th is another lab mix.
Silly me. I didn't think about trails being off-limits to dogs. But I have since learned (the sad truth) from looking at some web sites. I guess I can understand becuase I know that there are some bad dog owners out there.
Boldness as in good boldness?
I guess we can check out the ones closer to home dogless first. I found a website called - Bring Fido, but it looks like it deals mostly with hotels & stuff. Though I guess if they aren't too expensive we could do that especially earlier or later in the season. If we are walking with the dogs they will be too tired to make trouble while we are sleeping! (must look on Amazon for a book or two . . .)
Time to look for the puppy papers & make sure everything is up to date & in order.
I was thinking Stone Arch Bridge might be the first one to check out. Might drag the hubby there tomorrow before going to the Y. Sunrises are always nice to photograph.
Maybe we should write our own book - Hiking is for the Dogs! Exploring MN with Your Two Legged Friends by Sage, Gracie and Rosie.
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223 Di, I've thought of writing that book before, but am overwhelmed by the idea!!! Stone arch is beautiful and dog friendly. I can be dragged out there any time! Some of the 3 Rivers parks have off-leash areas, some with tempting water holes and rivers so not to be attempted unless there are dog-bath plans afterward.
And yes, good boldness. Sage is chick-chick-chicken, so any boldness is good. :)
The book didn't go into great detail on exactly how to do what needs to be done, but it did provide a general outline. I actually found that refreshing. I knew most of the techniques; I just needed someone to put them together. It was nice not to have to read instructions for how to train attention, how to teach touch etc.
As for Sage, he greeted several dogs at the dog park today. That's a victory!
Stunning book. It's a follow up to Jane Eyre, but don't let not having read or not liking Jane Eyre stop you from reading it. It is a very different, very beautiful and very violent story. It certainly has more passion and more horror than Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper.
>215 bruce_krafft: I'm sure fotrally would be proud of the Minnesotan representation! And this year's 4th place was in his late fifties. Just saying :)
Late 50s!!! That's one man that just won't stop. I'll bet his kids don't know what to do with him! Di, it's time for us to get into training. Looks like I still have at least 10 years to do it. ;)
The second story was a revenge piece. Pauline finds that her fiance has left without a word because he is already married, so she devotes her life to getting even. Perhaps this is where the collection is dated, but I couldn't take this piece. I kept reading it as a high school drama - boyfriend takes girl's best friend to prom, so girl takes sweet guy who has crush on her to prom to make boyfriend jealous. - it was on a more dramatic scale than this, but I couldn't get over the feeling that a mature woman would've figured they were better off without the spineless man.
The third story was kind of sweet, and would've had Catherine Moreland turning the pages very quickly.
It’s obstinacy, I’m not going to let those darn youngsters beat ME! I told my sister-in-law that the best thing about training for Fotrally is there is no real limit to reach. It’s not like a 5k or a marathon where you go a certain distance and you are done. I am sure if we get you and Sage out walking somewhere interesting you will be in shape sooner then you think!
I suppose we will need to learn a bit of Swedish. . . it would be rude not to learn at least a little bit. Good thing it is North Germanic and uses subject-verb-object word order. And while we are there we can find some used bookstores and see if we can find a copy of Kvinnligt mode under två sekel by Britta Hammar that doesn't cost an arm & a leg :-)
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& I want to pick up that Swedish Winnie-the-Pooh gone dark. Being from Minne-so-ta, it shouldn't be hard to find someone willing to teach us a bit of Swedish as long as we're willing to say that lutefisk is good.
I say Sweden in 2015 not in 10 years.
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I found an English-Swedish joke book for the Kindle -
“Mamma, får jag ha behå nu när jag är sexton?”
Mama can I wear a bra now that I'm sixteen?
I refuse to do any 'serious' studying of Swedish until after I get a better 'handle' on Turkish though. But there is so much more available for Swedish, it is so tempting. But I am going to keep an eye out for some books on Swedish.
I am sure that Anders can give us the names of some good childrens books that we can start out on. . . :-) You know good actual Swedish books, not popular english books translated into Swedish. Then we can work our way up to some young adult and maybe some good murder mysteries (short ones not ones with 600-700 pages! You know what books i am talking about here i am sure)
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Poor David - I like that joke.
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My Spanish must actually be far better than it was then, which surprises me. I was using it every day then, and no one forces me to talk now. I wasn't confused like I had been then, and trust me, I didn't remember enough of it (or understand enough of it in the first place) to help with a second read. Divinely subtle ending - and yes it's about history and politics, but also about identity, family and ideals.
Lol "The girl the pannakouken tattoo"! You should be careful with how you attempt to spell "pannkaka". You came very close to "kuken" there, which is something quite different.
See we are on our way to learning Swedish already! Maybe not something we want to use with people that we have just met, but then you never know I understand Sweden is very open minded . . . :-)
Katie we should be able to remember good day (god dag) easily too, it sounds a lot like - good dog. :-)
>245 GingerbreadMan: Yes some good book titles would be fabulous!
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Yes, every day is a dog day - I can remember that!
Besides the complicated ingredients for a very simple thing (a cake in a mug), the first recipe that I looked at has 4 tablespoons of brown sugar in it, plus the instant pudding, oh and did I mention 1 tablespoon of carrot juice? Another one has 3 tablespoons apple juice, 4 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons raisins and I forgot to mention 2 tablespoons oil! No wonder they don't list the calories per serving . . . it would be 240 calories just for the oil, plus 180 for the sugar that’s 420 calories, plus the egg, let’s say a small one at only 54 calories, that’s 474 before we add the flour, juice, pudding or anything else. That is not a guilt free treat.
I might just have to make up some recipes for my 'Cake in a Coffee Cup' basic recipe. I am sure that you will volunteer to be a guinea pig! First order of business is to find my recipe. . .
Great walk today!
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& yes, great walk! Fotrally here we come!!!
& thanks to Di aka Bruce's evil twin and Gracie for accompanying Sage & I on a big scary walk ;) in the wilderness. We killed more mosquitoes than bit us, so it was a success, right?
This is the boy who has been inspiring all my dog book reading. Sage at the dog park in one of his bolder moments.
Just wondering have you read How to Get Your Dog to Do What You Want: A Loving Approach to Unleashing Your Dog's Astonishing Potential? it looked interesting, and i was thinking that I could use a little more mindful interaction with our puppies (well Gracie at least.)
And when & where is our next walk? Gracie is terribly out of shape! We are thinking of checking out the Nordic walk on Tuesday though.
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Di - I haven't heard of Warren Eckstein who wrote "How to get your dog..." It sounds like it's using positive reinforcement though, & my guess is it is describing pretty much the current "basics." Sophia Yin's How to Behave so your dog behaves is a book I've only looked at. I don't own it. But for basic training books, it is one of the better & respected ones out there.
The photo was taken at "the airport dog park" which is an unofficial dog park in the evacuation area of the Mpls/St Paul airport - hwy 62 and south on 28th st? (The exit just east of Cedar)
& Di, for walkies, Tuesday is great! Anywhere. Where's the Nordic walk? Any Vikings that might pop out from behind the trees? Anders, any little elementals/supernatural critters you think we might find transplanted over here?
The Three Messages and a Warning panel didn't happen. The other panelist had to cancel because life hit him on the head. I'm sorry for his misfortunes, but was relieved to have the panel "held over" for next year when we will broaden it to include Aura and some other books of Mexican SF&F/Folklore/Magical Realism. If you have any suggestions of books/authors I need to look into, let me know. I love Aura and can certainly talk about that enthusiastically.
We had an auction of course and I came home with two books by Angela Carter and 4 books in the Borderland series. One of the books I already have, but the others are out of print so I was happy to snag them - although someone snickered about them probably because they are sooooo 1980s. I was outbid on the dragon postcards/cat mummification kids book. Sigh...
Also bought Catherine Lundoff's new book Silver Moon (menopausal werewolves) and had her sign it. I still haven't read her note - must run upstairs to do that. Giggle!
Also, the Mount Wishlist has now reached avalanche proportions - Mike Levy's recommendations on the "What Should I read next" panel always get me, & a few of Greg L Johnson's suggestions hit too. First one I must get is The Dragon Growl by Lucius Shepherd. They spoke highly of After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh too and I know some of you have read and enjoyed that one. The Black Opera by Mary Gentle sounded intriguing, and Night Sessions by Ken McLeod sounds like an irresistible mash-up of sf&f and police procedural.
Next Tuesday the Nordic walking (club? thing?) is at Cedar Lake South Beach at 6:15. You can check out the Hoigaard's Events calendar for more information. The only thing that I can think of that would be bad about Nordic walking is how do you take the dog along when you are walking with poles? I am thinking that would take lots of coordination and practice.
Menopausal werewolves . . . I can't wait for you to tell us about that!
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Catherine read from her menopausal werewolves book. I can't wait to read it now, but a few ER books showed up first.
Dog Tricks & Agility??? Yup, you're a bookaholic. Tell me if there are any super cool tricks I have to teach Sage. Must confess, not much training has happened this week so the tricks he's learned (opening zippers) are ones he's taught himself.
This story is always told as though it's a great joke, a daring and scandalous thing to say, and the subtext is that the people who followed him into his religion were fools ripe for the picking. No one seems to like L Ron as a person when they tell this story, but there's always a sense of admiration that the scoundrel managed to pull it off. This origin story is not mentioned in Inside Scientology. The story that is told is far more sinister.
David Miscavige - current "Chairman of the Board" of Scientology
I could've placed book #68 Inside Scientology in several categories: biography, anthropology, begged, borrowed or stolen - but I'm going to put it into Mysteries/Histories/True Crime because in my opinion, this is a True Crime book - complete with fraud, deception, clinical paranoia, lawyers and manslaughter charges. IMHO, Scientology has hidden behind it's status as a "religion" and therefore managed to pull off human rights violations, including slavery, all over the civilized world. If you had told me they were a criminal organization before I had read the book, I would've laughed at you and said "Tom Cruise is nutters, but preaching that people should refuse psychiatric medication isn't a crime." I've got a totally different attitude now. Inside Scientology is well researched, well documented and riveting. If you like reading about the workings of the mafia or various underworld organizations, you'll enjoy this. It isn't all that different.
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& yes, they have some excellent sales tactics. Ex, in Hollywood, they tell people to come in for acting workshops and workshops on how to get agents. They address those concerns for a little, and then it's Scientology time. I totally understand how someone gets involved in it. I just wish it wasn't so rotten at the center.
Glad you like the pic - it scares me!!!
The White Cat was on the shortlist for the 2010 Andre Norton award which is a fairly new award for young adult science fiction and fantasy that is given out by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Holly Black has been my favorite YA fantasy writer ever since I read Tithe years ago. She has the nastiest fairies on the market. The White Cat is the first in The Curse Workers series, which is touted to be a very dark series indeed. It is. The ability to curse people is rare and hereditary. The workers are victims of discrimination, but justifiably so since "working" is illegal and many workers are members of crime families who work like the mafia.
Yes dark, yes mind-bending, yes unreliable narrator. However it was a cozy dark for me. After all, I was comparing it to the Scientology book I had just finished reading, and also to Holly Black's previous work. If you know her for Spiderwick Chronicles, think again. Holly's books for an older audience hit very uncomfortable topics - addiction, mother's sleeping with daughter's boyfriends etc etc etc. The problems in this book didn't feel as true-to-life as in her other books, so it was an oh creepy entertaining sort of dark rather than a dark that hits close to the bone.
Off to close my eyes again. I hate being wounded!
As an interesting aside, my grandpa actually knew L. Ron Hubbard. Apparently he was eccentric. ;) They were a part of the same Science Fiction writers club. (Grandpa also knew Ray Bradbury, apparently...) I've read Dianetics and was rather choking on the Freudian BS of it all.
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I'm a writer and active in a critique group so every time I read my brain is asking what's working, what isn't, how can this be improved. I know it hasn't gone through it's final edit so it isn't fair to site things like the passage where it says they threw "Katherine and the baby's things into a valise." How did a grown woman fit into a valise? And who was taking care of the baby while she was inside the valise? Oh.... they threw Katherine's things into the valise. Don't the baby's things also belong to Katherine?
Lack of focus for the first 200+ pages is a real issue. I hit three chapters in a row with a plot last night which makes me hopeful for the last 100 pages. Seriously though, a few rewrites could've put plot, tension and pacing into this novel. All nice things to the average modern reader.
BTW - I do love misplaced modifiers; there's a famous one from here in RI that gets mentioned all the time -"Throw the baby down the stairs a kiss".. Usually in reference to the city where they talk that way all the time.
maybe Katherine could fit into the valise because the baby's things were really, really small. And the valise was really, really big.
Sorry I couldn't resist.
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@290 - It was really a Tardis!!!! That totally makes sense! Now I understand the book.
@287 - Ah, perhaps they threw the baby down the stairs a kiss and then put it in the valise too??? I think Christina's advice goes for you too. Time to finish off that old ER book one way or another. It's not for you.
@288 - This one has a VeryImportantMessage too - but I've read lots of books on the depression, know lots of mine/union stories - both sides of my family has historically been in mine management, so I've also heard tacky comments from my grandmother like "getting the wobblies out of the mines is like getting rats out of the house. Only thing to do is shut it down." Yup, my grandmother was a trying woman, & in retaliation I became rather liberal and learned what exactly the wobblies were fighting for. & on the other side of my family, I had a doctor who died right before the depression got rolling. His widow kept finding "payment" in trade left on her doorstep for years - a sack of potatoes, or whatever people had whenever they had it. & yup, I've read tons and tons on race/prejudice too but fortunately haven't lived through the KKK variety - so not much new in this book for me.
& one last snark - If a novel is not a comedy, the phrase "I have to pooh" can not be used in dialog more than once in the entire 400 pages.
Christina, this one may be my "couldn't finish it review." We'll see. I know a big isn't going well for me when I find myself thinking about doing house cleaning. ;)
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& best one in category? Beloved by Toni Morrison of course. It sorts of squeaks into the category as historical, set during early emancipation years.
I wish I'd gotten a chance to read more mysteries.
The Tortilla Curtain in it's French translation, received the 1997 Prix Médicis étranger from France. It is an award for the best book in French translation by an author whose fame has not reached the level of his talent. - I just have to say, I hope the French don't think that all white Americans are as twittish as they are portrayed in The Tortilla Curtain.
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Great description - I feel I know exactly what kind of read it was!
I've had an ARC copy of this book since it first came out and was really popular years ago when I worked at Borders. I always wanted to read it, but also put it off for a long, long time because I knew it was going to be super-disturbing, like watching Hotel Rwanda.
Well, I never actually did crack open my ARC. I got it from the library on audio, and am glad I did. The reader was excellent, and it was easy to imagine that the reader was actually the author telling you what he had been through. This helped, because even in the darkest passages, the reader's voice was a subtle reminder that the boy survived and found safety in the US. Yes it is a traumatic read, but well worth it.
& if I can give a SPOILER::: one of the parts that fascinated me the most was Beah's rehab from being a soldier. I was a bit naive and thought that any boy taken from that situation would be so relieved to be safe and to have food and shelter that, except for nightmares and ptsd, he could go back to a civilian life. Hah!!! Beah makes it very clear how the experience of being a soldier shaped his actions, self-worth and personal image so much that taking the boy from the war was certainly not enough to take the war out of the boy.
Humm... interesting but not sure I want to venture into that one.
>258 cammykitty: Nordic forest walks can be risky affairs indeed. I'd watch out for trolls, giants, rår, Näcken, Bäckahästen, vittror and lyktgubbar especially. Skogsrået is probably my favorite: a gorgeous naked woman, luring you deeper and deeper into the forest. And when you're good and lost is when she'll show you her back: a rotten, hollow treetrunk. Bring a pole.
>256 bruce_krafft: Excellent review of Inside scientology! Scary fact is that they are running kindergartens in the Stockholm area these days where it, of course, doesn't say "scientology" anywhere. You really need to pay attention to the wee letters at the bottom talking about "applied scholastics" to get it. A friend of mine realised that she was about to put her kid in a scientology kindergarten only two weeks before was to start!
Holly Black souns interesting, thanks for the tip!
>291 cammykitty: I sometimes mumble over the fact that almost no physical books are available through ER for me as a swede. Then I'm reminded there's also a upside to that :)
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GBM, say hi to your squirming baby for us!!! & do stay away from those Scientology Kindergartens. That's really scary!!! A friend of mine lives with her elderly mother, and her mother was looking at a pamphlet about addressing her worries and unleashing her potential. My friend grabbed it from her hands. "Stop Mom!!! That's from the Scientologists!!!!" They took over an old (yet still very modern looking) museum building in St. Paul. They are obviously going for a shiny presence here.
& I've heard of those sexy women with the hollow/rotten tree-backs. Eek!!! Fortunately, there don't seem to be as many sexy men with rotten tree-trunk backs. I'm sure we've barely gotten away from some trolls and the like. Di & I are still trying to figure out what the man on the pink chair in the middle of the river really was. Sage certainly thought he was of the demonic variety. & yes, he was hiding behind Mommy.
Di, yes, let's keep picking up litter and bringing the dogs. I'm sure Gracie can handle a vittror. ;)
As a book, it's going to appeal more to boys. It's a 5 star read for sure, and ties with Al Capone Does my Shirts as the best in my YA other category. It's candid, crude, funny and poignant account of a Spokane Indian who decides he needs to go to a school off the reservation. Of course it's semi-autobiographical, but I couldn't tell you what parts are true and what aren't. I've got a good guess, since many of the elements in Part-Time Indian are also in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservation Blues. I'm curious of course, but I don't really care. Alexie obviously blended autobiography with art to create a message that was to be both entertaining and informative.
Alexie, is by his own words "a pissed off Indian." His writing is sharp, cutting and out-spoken. He's gotten the worst of both worlds - criticized for being too white, stomped on for being too native, criticized for discussing the booze and violence. However, there is a disconnect between his writing and his personal mannerisms in my own mind. I watched him once on a TV interview being talked over by another minority representative. I remember being irritated because I wanted to hear what he was trying to say, but he never got a chance to say it. The moderator never jumped in and said please, let Mr. Alexie make his point. I'll get to the point he was trying to address later in my comments. What I learned was true when I watched this interview, was that Sherman Alexie was voiceless. His writing was his voice. He represented many, many people in this world who don't have a voice. His writing is fueled by the anger of being voiceless.
His characters are voiceless, at least off the rez, too. When Junior, made Arnold because Junior is a silly name off the rez, begins speaking in class he is belittled. He's in trouble for challenging the teacher. He's also right. We hear Junior's thoughts, his reasons for his strange reactions, what he thinks versus what he says because what he thinks isn't anybody's business. I'm not American Indian, so I don't know, but I've heard this is a cultural thing for them. I also know much that I know and think about modern American Indians has been shaped by Sherman Alexie's writing. Holding back is also a human thing. Children and teens are often asked by adults to spill their guts, and they feel like it's an order. It came from an adult, so they have to. They don't want to, but they have to. Sigh.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is important because it speaks for people who are voiceless. For American Indian teens, it describes something familiar. It gives comfort by validating their experiences. For non-American Indians, it opens their eyes to the other. It points out that some things are naively racist. It shows the way to open your heart.
But the educators should be looking at this book too. A boy came to our school. He looked like an Olmec statue sitting in the classroom. He was big and silent. His body language was often unreadable. He was Lakota/Nakota/Dakota or Ojibway, I never learned which. He was initially thrown into Special Ed - EBD - because he didn't do anything. He must've come with some sort of report that said his grades in his old school were miserable and they thought something might be wrong with him. In class, he listened. Sometimes he did his work. Sometimes he didn't. He never turned it in. We tested him. He was super-intelligent. He never got into fights - he clearly wasn't EBD. What was going on? I think Sherman Alexie could've told us. He probably would've told us to throw him into our Gifted-and-Talented program, talk to him, encourage him, let him know we knew he was super smart.
So what was the interview about? It was about minorities going to college. The woman who kept talking over Sherman Alexie was Asian and she was angry because some Asian kids had been told we aren't taking you at this college because we have lots of Asian kids. We want a diverse student population. Sure, if I were Asian that would get me mad, but perhaps what the schools were really trying to say is affirmative action and outreach isn't needed to get Asians to college anymore. Other minorities have it harder than you. Sherman Alexie didn't get to say much, but he asked her, have you seen the Indian kids in those schools? You haven't. Because there aren't any. He didn't even get to say what he said clearly in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. They might want to go to college, but their parents haven't. No one in their family has gone. They don't think it is even possible. So, I ask the educators this - it isn't a new question - educators talk about it a lot, at least in the school I work at - how do you get a kid who is plenty smart but believes college is as impossible as walking on Saturn to have confidence in themselves and live up to their potential?
#74 is an ER book, The Devil in Silver. This one is hard to classify. Here's a brief synopsis: After Pepper "helps" his not-quite girlfriend with her ex, he finds himself locked up in the psychiatric ward of New Hyde Hospital in Queens New York. That would be bad enough, but to make matters worse the patient "suicide" rate is up and there seems to be a devil roaming the ward. - so would that be horror? Dark fantasy? Mystery?
It isn't really any of these. Social commentary is the closest category I can think of. The characterization is excellent. The devil - is he more like Jim Morrison's penis? - or is he like a buffalo? (I'm just trying to twig net-nanny.) What is clear for sure is that something is going on, the staff either doesn't care or is incredibly incompetent, and this particular psychiatric ward isn't doing anyone's mental health any good.
Definitely an entertaining page-turner, but ultimately this novel is not what you might expect it to be.
Hibernator, it is really interesting - it does have some foul language in it that is character appropriate, but I still will recommend it to the YA readers I know, especially the "reluctant" ones.
According to Quiet:, 1/3 to 1/2 of the population of the US are introverts. ??? How come I can't think of a single friend that I'd classify as an extrovert? How come when I read the list of questions you would say yes to if you were an extrovert, I think why would you say yes to any of those??? How come I've had an (ex)friend introduce me to someone as an "extrovert" which means I may take the introverted-someone some getting used to? Not sure.
I really enjoyed her sections on China/Chinese Americans and on raising introvert children, and the introvert in the public education system - I have to say our school does do most of the things suggested including small group work with clearly designated roles. However a lot of the business stuff triggered my corporate allergy. Her brain psychology sections felt a little unclear, and when she said that identical twins share 100% of their genetics while fraternal twins share 50% my hackles went way up. Fraternal twins have a probability of sharing 50% of their genetics. They may share 100% or 1% of their genetics. They are more likely to share 50%. Perhaps I'm nitpicking, but a scientist certainly wouldn't have made that mistake.
Anyway, if you are an introvert in the business world, it's worth reading. If you are an uncomfortable introvert, it's worth reading. If you are an introvert and are happy with it, maybe not so much. IMHO - extroverts rule the playground, but the introverts already have taken over the world.
As for picking a favorite from the Begged/Borrowed/Stolen category, I really can't. They are all very different books, and very strong books.
I realize that I'm a little uncomfortable with the book because it has an us against them feel, which is always dangerous ground. & like you say, there's a lot of shadings to intro/extroversion, and it certainly isn't the only factor in a person's personality - so ultimately, as detailed as she can make this book, it will always fall into the "generalization" category.
I know lots of extroverts. I can introduce you to them, though I don’t think many of them work in ‘corporate America’. No, pretty sure a lot of them wear tights on a regular basis, the guys that is . . .
I think that I got a totally different view of Quiet because my hubby is such an extrovert (and I like lawyers.) I think that is it all down to energy. Quiet gives introverts energy and extroverts get it from not being quiet.
As for your ‘friend’ who thought that you were in extrovert, I think that we fake being extroverts well enough that a lot of people think that is what we are. We adapted, learned tricks to make it seem like we are extroverts because that is what was expected of us. Extroverts are good, introverts are bad.
Lawyers aren’t all that bad. I worked for the Office of the General Counsel for a Fortune 100 company before my current job & I loved it. OK so other departments called it ‘the shark tank’ but it was still a nice place to work (until that ‘merge’ thing and we all lost our jobs because they moved the headquarters to NJ.)
The truth is change is scary. The first step is to just start looking for a job, see what is out there. You might be surprised . . .
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As for extrovert friends, I forgot about all those theater majors I know. & festival types - who are/were in a large part theater majors. I agree, it's the energy thing.
& yes, change is scary. Will start looking soon, but I still don't want to leave the school. I love it there. It's just hard to find a complementary job that fills in the hours I'm not at school at the same pay rate.
This is Rosehall.
It's been refurbished and now doubles as a museum of slave-times and as a haunted house - seriously.
The White Witch of Rosehall could be described as a Jamaican Slave Gothic. It's dark, romantic and violent. I thoroughly enjoyed it, both for its plotline of manipulative romance but also for its depiction of the Jamaican culture and the uncomfortable interplay between races.
The favorite book of the category is Cecilia Valdes, which is set in Cuba and also looks closely at slavery and racial assumptions. Where The White Witch of Rosehall races through details of daily life, Cecilia Valdes describes the dances, clothes and customs with so much intricacy that you feel you could either run a plantation or blend in on the mulato side of town after you've read it.
So, sadly I leave the Caribbean now. Next year, Mexico.
& yes, Howl's Moving Castle was the best of the YA fantasy I read this year. Dealing with Dragons was the only one that came close to it - and Wrede too just says it is so, and you need to take her at her word.
@349 I remember considering Small Island earlier in the year. I think because so much is in England, it didn't make the final cut. I'm putting it on the WL now though!
@350 - I'd love to see what kind of write up The Weekly World News could do on it. ;) I'm not surprised it's notorious. Allegedly, Annie Palmer murdered 3 of her husbands by Obeah inside the house. She, herself, was strangled there and thrown out the window allegedly by an Obeah man. If any place is haunted, Rosehall has to be.
So, here's the question. Should I watch it and pretend it's named something like "Steampunk Castle of the Wandering Variety"? Is it good if you don't compare it at all to the book?
LOL @ "Steampunk Castle of the Wandering Variety"?
I did like the movie, but wouldn't have if I hadn't renamed it.
Favorite book of the section is probably Nine Centuries of Spanish Literature if for no other reason than the incredible expanse and variety it includes. The translations of the poetry is miserable, and I was always frustrated when they included an excerpt instead of a complete work but that said, it was still an excellent introduction to Spanish Literature.
I bolted #80 down whole. I don't know why it has taken me so long to read Counterfeit Son. I've owned it for years, new it would be good but just never got to it. It finishes up my bonus awards category. It received the Edgar award in the Young Adult category in 2000. The Edgar award is a major mystery award, named after Edgar Allen Poe, given by Mystery Writers of America - basically the mystery writer's union in the US.
This book was incredible!!! Yes, I figured out the twist/mystery part of it within 3 or 4 chapters, but the average YA reader won't. It wouldn't have succeeded as a novel if the writer hadn't put in enough details to make the final conclusion believable. This is a rough story about a boy whose Pop tortured and murdered boys. The cops have killed Pop, so the boy uses information from Pop's victim files to pose as a victim that has survived. Very realistic. Some adults will think it's too brutal for kids, but sometimes I think the middle school kids can handle this kind of subject matter better than we can. I don't understand why Counterfeit Son seems to be flying under the radar. I've never seen a copy of it in anyone's hands, but I'm sure if the school library had it, it would be checked out almost as often as A Child Called It.
Tough choice, but I'd say this was my favorite from the awards bonus category. Now I'm on to my very amorphous bonus category - off the shelf and audio, plus one dog book that the instructor of my Chicken Dog Class wants me to read. I'm tempted to start 2013, but I really should clear off some books from my shelf - especially the ones that don't fit into my usual categories.
"I really should clear off some books from my shelf"
Yeah, there was that... :)
!!! Yeah Mamzel! I send a note to our school librarian, and she'll be ordering it for the kids with a comment that she wouldn't read it herself - too gruesome, but the kids will love it.
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Mary Casanova is well-respected locally as a middle grade adventure story writer, and this book looks like it is marketed as a werewolf adventure. No! It is for the middle grade reader (even though it received the 2001 Minnesota Book Award in the Young Adult category), but it is historical fiction. It tells of a boy in 16th century France whose family is persecuted by local superstitions (youngest born on a cursed day) and for religious reasons. The book is very good example of what it is, but I wished it had aimed for a slightly older reader. Then the pace could've slowed down and the story could've had more depth.
As for the books off the shelf problem (the "BOSP" perhaps?), for me it isn't mainly about space. But rather that I do have the ambition to sometime read all the books we own - and realise I might have a decade of reading lingering on the shelves, without buying a single book more. That's actually one of the few downsides of LT - it makes it very clear how much you read, and how much you buy, sometimes making you feel a little daunted.
Oh, well, there's always the possibility of needing to seal off the house due to the zombie apocalypse, and guess who'll stay sane and keep busy then, eh???
@393&394 The best thing about LT is you never think "oh there's nothing good to read." & BookMooch makes sure the next book is always in your mailbox.
Speaking of, I work with some kids that "hate" reading, and I think it's because 1. they're reading below their grade level, but they are interested in subjects that are age appropriate. 2. they haven't found the right book. So if anyone has ideas of short books for a 6th grade girl reading at 2nd grade level - she honestly looks at the type size to choose her books - let me know. She likes Missing May. Another is an 8th grade girl who wants realistic romance and she's probably reading at the 4th grade level. I'm thinking Weetzie Bat and Son of the Mob for her. Third is an angry young Somali boy, 6th grade, who grunts at me when I ask him what kind of TV and movies he watches. All I can tell you is he likes playing Monopoly. My guess is he's at the 2nd grade reading level, but I could be wrong. He might be at a much higher level, but just resistant to anything an adult wants him to do. So obviously, any book I want to suggest to him has to be left on a table where he'll stumble upon it. I can be devious that way.
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On the left side you'll find a list of our most popular books and series. You might get some ideas from that. I'm presently compiling a master list of books that we need and I'll go through it for possibilities. Have you considered sports books for the boys? If you know what sports they like, I can give you some titles. The Captain Underpants series is tremendously popular for readers who lack confidence, as are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Babymouse books might be good for your girls. Graphic novels are great for poor readers because they can start by looking at the pictures and then move on to the words. Super hero books work well with boys reading below grade level because they don't look like baby books and publishers are quick to have books at every level about the most popular super heroes (these change rapidly). We just got a large shipment of books about the Avengers -- full of pictures and large text, but the themes are acceptable to older readers. We plan on having them available for all grades. We've also found books based on popular TV shows to do well with reluctant readers. The Candy Apple or Poison Apple series are popular with girls.
Generally, the books that kids who enjoy reading like are not the books that reluctant readers will choose. They need bright, colorful covers. Old-fashioned covers are automatically rejected. The Babysitters Club has the first few books reissued with modern covers but the older ones are not going to be picked up. The graphic novel versions go over well. Bone is great for older kids.
Until that happens, however, they can be quite resistant to reading. That's why series like Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are so important. Not only are they accessible, but peer pressure can also get them to read it.
Scary books are also really popular. Have you tried offering Goosebumps? The new covers are excellent.
& christina, I never thought about the "age" of a book until I was a bookseller. Then I realized that the books that had sat on my shelves waiting for me to get to them had already become old news. I'm wondering if this is what happens when we have fast technology, mass production and a marketing economy. Either that or the kids think, as every group of kids has always thought, that the world they are experiencing is totally different from everything that has ever happened before so 1. adults don't understand them 2. anything about the past doesn't apply to them.
So I'm going to go with Nancy Drew because my obsession with mysteries and television crime dramas is clearly all her fault (along with the Hardy Boys, the Boxcar Children, Sherlock Holmes, and my grandmother, for buying me Sherlock Holmes books in the first place).
@412 I agree on the spec fiction comment. I think fantasy is just the trend now, and that it will crash and crash big like horror did in the '80s. That makes me sad because fantasy is my preferred genre, and I'm rather found of Science Fiction - which there is very little of for YA right now. Mysteries will have their day. A lot of the boys are interested in crime books. I just think the publishing world in general is more in tune with what makes kids tick than they used to be. They've also realized that there's money there. After all, kids are frequently required to read and most adults don't read as avidly as we do.
BTW - my computer at home is dead, at least temporarily, so I'm stuck with library computers for awhile and it looks like they've started enforcing the 1 hour rule even though I'm surrounded by empty computers right now. So... see you when I can!!!
#82 Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport is my latest ER book. The official review is here: http://www.librarything.com/work/12997404/90638412 It was a quick read for an adult, but it's really a non-fiction book targeted at 4th to 8th graders which would be about 9 years old and up. Its design is great for our reluctant readers. It has quotes from the actual survivors in nice gray boxes. If a kid read just the quotes, they'd get something out of the book. That said, it is about an absolutely incredible topic - evacuating Jewish children from Germany right before the official start of the war. The book covered the basic facts well, but could've packed a far more emotional punch.
Hope it gets fixed and back in business for you soon, but happy to see the library computers are keeping you connected with us in the meantime!
> 400 - I'm about 1/2way through The Mysterious Benedict Society and I'm afraid the size would discourage some kids that are not readers to begin with. But I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
Kay - I hope you finish that list soon. I find I pick up the same kind of books for BFK all the time because I'm not sure what else to get. I should be sending you a few more boxes soon.
>411 RidgewayGirl: & 413 - I agree that the sheer volume of books for kids and YA that keeps coming out gives them tons of more things to choose from than when I was those ages. I think that's why many of us that are "older" still have YA categories in our challenges.
Speaking of the disadvantages of having a dead computer, here's one I never thought of. It makes you go to the library more often to use their computers. And libraries have booksales. Yup, they dragged me into the bag sale today and forced books on me. Not sure what all landed in my bag, but there were a few really unusual things, including a Spanish copy of Cecilia Valdes. I'll let you know once I have a chance to see what slipped into the back. I only had 30 minutes before they kicked everyone out.
15 pages left of The Glass Butterfly so I'll have to let you know what I think later. Slow start, a bit disappointed at first especially since it's an author I've read before. I think the end may make up for the start.
I guess we will just have to wait for puppy pictures, but only because you spent your time buying books because that is important! :-)
Puppies - I've become an auntie to a litter of Irish Water Spaniel puppies. I was with a friend when she got a call on her cell phone, 7 weeks ago saying "Shae is giving birth! Come over now!!!" so I tagged along and have been visiting the puppies and photographing them every week since then. Whelping a litter is an amazing experience. I'll get some photos up, and you should see some photos of my boy Sage too now that he looks more like a water spaniel.
#83 I finished The Glass Butterfly and will give it 3 1/2 stars. Slow start, but the ending made up for it. The pace is why it didn't earn a 4 star from me. It's by Louise Marley who I know as a fantasy writer. This novel is more a suspense novel with a supernatural/musical/biographical subplot. The main character hides for awhile (and hiding usually isn't a highly-paced activity) and while she's in hiding she has vivid dreams from the experiences of a maid to the Puccinni family. Yes, the maid's life is based on solid historical evidence. Very interesting, and worth reading.
As for my pack of reluctant readers, I handed The Story of the Kindertransport off to a social studies teacher I know and he practically did cartwheels because it's a high interest but low reading level book on WW II, which he covers every other year. He's planning on keeping it by his desk and when they have reading time and a kid complains about having nothing to read, he's going to be offering it.
The Somali boy is reading The 39 Clues which makes me happy. I haven't read any of this series yet, but it is a series of YA mysteries and each book in the series is written by a different established YA writer. They've been popular, and I believe they are fairly accessible. The 6th grade girl is still reading Mister Boots by Carol Emshwiller and I'll check in with her tomorrow to see what she thinks. The other girl is trying another school for awhile.
Pete, I'd love to hear more about the Bristol Lit Fest and your reluctant reader's panel. I'd like to know what books work over the pond, and I'm wondering if they are different from the ones popular with kids here.
I read Monster Island by Justin Richards earlier this year, it's published by Pearson Educational and part of the Heroes series which looks suitable for reluctant readers.
@428 I haven't read them yet, but I'm going to start pushing that series. I've talked to some kids who read them as fast as they can get them.
As for Mister Boots, it struck out so we're trying Weetzie Bat. She got excited when I told her it was a romance. It's pretty hip and weird, but I'm thinking that might be a plus.
As for the lagging behind books off the shelf piece of my challenge, I only got 60 pages into Last Breath before I decided it was poorly written and not going to hold my interest. It's a YA mystery from the Body of Evidence series that follows a girl who is going to college and assisting a coronor. One of the girls was looking for mysteries, the gorier the better so I promised to give her the book tomorrow with the caveat that I haven't read it so if her parents get offended by her reading choice, don't talk to me. She assured me her parents wouldn't mind and when I told her that it starts with a body being dumped into a shark tank she got very excited and told me not to tell her more because she didn't want it spoiled. Cool. One off my shelves, made her happy. But I'll never get 8 books together to start a bookmooch account. That's sort of a good thing, right?
As for the Somali boy, I think I'll quit worrying about him so much. I got a look at his reading log. Very sketchy, rumpled, blank most weeks but week two was Divergent and it looks like he power read it - over 2 hours the first day and about an hour the next. That tells me he likes to read, knows how to find books but the trouble is in documenting it. Phew!!! There's still a problem from a class work point of view, but I prefer trouble with organization/follow through to difficulty reading/apathy towards books.
Other stuff - I've been spending 1 day a week helping out an Irish Water Spaniel breeder with her recent litter of puppies. They'll be 8 weeks this Saturday. I go over there and "socialize" (play with) the puppies and photograph them for her. I promise you photos soon, but am still dealing with computer issues. I've got Di's beautiful little netbook now, but last night couldn't quite figure out how to get it working with my ISP and ISP closed at 5:00 - how dare they!!! So all I did was play one hand of solitaire while listening to her Turkish music. Fun. Thanks Di! :) As for the Taco Truck, yum!!! Yum yum yum!!! We'll be going back.
It's great that there are so many YA options nowadays, but it depresses me that I hardly ever see my students reading or hear them discussing books. I always had a book in my hand, as did my best friends, but now it is all about phones. (I know - I sound like a fogey!) On Monday, though, it was nice to hear that one of my tweens is reading a book from the How to train your dragon series - in English - with her mum.
@433 but yes, the taco truck was pretty cool too! That dragon series sounds fun. I noticed a review or two about it a day or two ago. I understand what you mean about books vs phones - I used to always have a book, partly because I was shy and knew I wouldn't have to talk to anyone if I was reading. Now shy kids use Ipods or txt messages to avoid talking to their classmates - but that only works outside of the school.
Update on the boy - He's reading Insurgent now and I got him to actually talk to me (previously it's been grunts and snarls) by saying "I hear that's better than The Hunger Games.) So we talked about getting his reading log in so he can get credit for what he's doing, and now I've officially stopped worrying about him. It's in his court now.
This book hit a lot of big issues, and it did it well. As for the portrayal of ASD, the sentence structure and language choices the author (and actor) made bothered me. It came off as too stilted. I've known several people on the Spectrum and plenty of them have a few speech ticks, but I haven't run into one that is as high functioning as his character is but also so linguistically awkward - which isn't to say it couldn't happen. The grammar choices put me off, but the actual thought patterns described felt accurate, authentic and interesting.
The other thing that bugged me was the name choices - wow I'm being picky!!! The father's name was Arturo Sandoval, so I'm thinking of the real Arturo Sandoval. He's an incredible jazz trumpeter from Cuba. The real Arturo Sandoval is such an amazing musician that he can make a schlocky movie like "Vampires in Havana" into a classic. I had difficulty reconciling what I know about the character, Arturo Sandoval lawyer, with what I know about the real Arturo Sandoval. Another lawyer was Jerry Garcia - yes, common latino name. Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead coincidence? I think not. I'm sure there were more of these borrowed musician names that I missed. Music was a big part of Marcelo's world and the book, but I still found it distracting. That said, I'm still giving it 4 1/2 stars.
I think kids today (OK even that phrase dates me!) do relate to books differently, on Wednesday I did 2 pages of a graphic novel with my teens and they really got into it, they couldn't stop discussing what might happen next, etc. One of the other teachers though said it crashed with her class, they just didn't care. Each to their own, though I have to admit it made me really happy to see even the slightly stroppy teens excited by the pages.
& cool article!!! Thanks for the link!
Sort of glad I read it but seen too much of that in the world already.
Thanks for the tip about The Demon' Lexicon, actually I have been keeping an eye on your YA fiction with an eye for a couple of my students with a really high level of English.
I despaired that my daughter would ever become a reader. She had one book that she liked the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, but now she has an iPad she is reading like crazy.
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HH was profane, manipulative and frightening - quite the rated r Halloween read. I will say the steam bath thing has been so overdone since - I think even Maxwell Smart got stuck in a steam bath once - that I groaned at that scene. And I've got a complaint with the end - the way to exorcise the house was way too easy IMHO, but perhaps other people disagree with me.
Although it makes me wonder why they just remade The Evil Dead .. again... hmm..
Hmm maybe it's the black and white sexuality morality leading to static characters in horror that makes it all less palatable and way less interesting, at least in Noir you get the the femme fatale who has a bit of oomph and sometimes even intelligence!
@458 - Vampires in Havana is campy good - you'll love it. & I'll take the warning on the box.
Hi Terri! Thanks. You have too. I think I lost your thread for the first half of the year though. :(
It's a simple and short enough read for the average fourth grader, but I'm not sure it is fast-paced enough for those reluctant readers we've been talking about.
So there are three of us with Gone Girl now. Doesn't Mr. WriterMan sound like a creep. Talking about the beauty of her brains and her centipede thoughts zipping along. Eeyou!!! He's creepier than OJ.
This will probably be the last book on this thread. I've got 160 pages left of Gone Girl, and it doesn't fit into my overflow category - So I'm planning on entering it as my first book in the 2013 challenge. When I set up that thread, I'll come back and leave a link here. See you all in 2013!
& btw, when will the 75ers be setting up a 2013 group? Do 75ers wait patiently for New Years Eve?
@495 LOL - what a twisty book. Alternate title: Sociopaths in Luv
I haven't started Gone Girl yet, I've got one chunkster to get out of the way to complete this challenge and I'm holding off till then. I must pick up How to Ditch your Fairy one of these days.
I was thinking 75ers could get messy split up. You see that sort of thing at changeover time in the category challenge too. I started the 12 in 12 early and the first few months were lonely!
Kerry, try to read Gone Girl before the spoilers get out there. Even some of the blurbs on the back of the book give away too much. I've got about 130 pages left but probably won't be able to get to them until the end of this week.
That's one reason I don't read them much any more. If I do, my terrible memory doesn't retain it so I'm surprised in any case.
Yes, category challenge changeover but x10
I'm dragging my feet on my chunkster, I might even pick up something else and read Gone Girl this weekend. I agree about blurbs that tell too much, movie trailers that give away an entire movie plot are also irksome. Most blurbs are forgettable, but those that spoil a book are hard to forget.
Ava - True about those blurbs - that makes sense about Justine. I knew Scott Westerfeld split his time between both countries, but didn't know why. So have they been an item for over 10 years??? I've run into both of them at WisCon but I haven't been to WisCon for eons and I don't remember them ever being together there. Oooo... a door between Minneapolis and ??? Barcelona? I'm not sure where. Hawaii? I'd wan't a roving door.