mahsdad's (Jeff) 2023 Thread - Q4

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mahsdad's (Jeff) 2023 Thread - Q4

Editado: Set 30, 6:28 pm

Welcome to 2023 Q4 and my little corner of the world

Hi, I'm Jeff. I live in San Pedro California. Moved out from Pittsburgh in 1989. I'm an avid reader. My wife might say I'm bordering on the obsessive. But then, I think that could apply to a lot of us in this group. I also enjoy photography, movies, hiking and playing games and hanging out with my family. Book-wise, I have a pretty eclectic taste in what I read and I hope to give you not so much reviews but my impressions about what I read.

What you will find here is mostly my rambling thoughts, my Wishlist and TBR pile temptations and a smattering of my photography. I don't really make a plan for what I'm going to read thru out the year. Its mostly what strikes my fancy from the TBR piles.

Past 75 Threads :
2013 2014 2015 2016
2017 2018 2019 2020
2021 2022

Come in and sit a spell. I'll start of the thread with an image I took this year (with a little manipulation). Its an old building at the former Nike base down the street from me.

Editado: Nov 25, 4:56 pm

2023 Statistics - Q4

A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
K - Kindle
LL - Life's Library

95. On Drinking by Charles Bukowski :
94. The Pram by Joe Hill (K) :
93. After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh (A) :
92. News of the World by Paulette Jiles :
91. Startide Rising by David Brin (A) :
90. Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird by Agustina Bazterrica :

89. Sundiver by David Brin (A) : :
88. The Complete The Killer by Matz (GN) :
87. The Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry :
86. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (K) :
85. Salmon Fishing on the Yemen by Paul Torday (A) :
84. The Rifle by Andrew Biggio (A) :
83. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor :
82. Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky :
81. The Power by Naomi Alderman (A) :
80. Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr (K) :
79. Antimatter Blues by Edward Ashton (A) :
Favorite : Salt, A World History

Editado: Set 30, 6:35 pm

2023 Statistics - Q3

A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
K - Kindle
LL - Life's Library

78. Mickey7 by Edward Ashton (A) :
77. Doom Guy: Life in First Person by John Romero (A) :
76. No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai :
75. Last on His Feet by Youssef Daoudi (GN) :
74. The Marauders by Tom Cooper :
73. One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde (A) :
72. The Visit by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (K) :
71. Falling Bodies by Rebecca Roanhorse (K) :
70. Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (A) :
69. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King :
Favorite : Doom Guy: Life in First Person

68. Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty (A) :
67. Void by Veronica Roth (K) :
66. Pieces for the Left Hand by J. Robert Lennon :
65. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs (A):
64. The Long Game by Ann Leckie (K):
63. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir :
62. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde (A) :
61. How It Unfolds by James S.A. Corey (K) :
60. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon :
Favorite : Project Hail Mary

59. American Prometheus by Kai Bird (A) :
58. Just out of Jupiter's Reach by Nnedi Okorafor (K) :
57. Slow Time Between the Stars by John Scalzi (K) :
56. Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon :
55. Gauntlet by John G. Doyle (K) :
54. Nimona by ND Stevenson (GN) :
53. Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov (A) :
52. The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis :
51. Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker (A) :
50. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers :
Favorite : The Yellow Birds

Editado: Set 30, 6:39 pm

2023 Statistics - Q2

A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
K - Kindle
LL - Life's Library

49. The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani (GN) :
48. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (A) :
47. Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst :
46. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (A) :
45. Einstein by Jim Ottaviani (GN) :
44. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (A) :
43. Wool by Hugh Howey (A) :
42. The Wishing Pool and Other Stories by Tananarive Due (ER) :
Favorite : The Wishing Pool and Other Stories

41. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (A) :
40. Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson :
39. Help! A Bear is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen :
38. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre :
37. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde :
36. Persephone by Lev Grossman :
35. The Heart of the Comet by David Brin/Gregory Benford :
Favorite : Lost in a Good Book

34. It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth (GN) by Zoe Thorogood :
33. Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica :
32. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (A) :
31. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (A) :
30. Double Feature by Owen King :
29. The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders :
28. White Night by Jim Butcher (A) :
27. Cosmos by Carl Sagan :
Favorite : The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Editado: Set 30, 6:38 pm

2023 Statistics - Q1

A - Audio
ER - Early Review
GN - Graphic Novel
K - Kindle
LL - Life's Library

26. Fairy Tale by Stephen King (A) :
25. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella by Fredrik Backman (K) :
24. Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman :
23. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart :
22. Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman (GN) :
21. The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde (A) :
20. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (K) :
19. American Cult: A Graphic History of Religious Cults in America from the Colonial Era to Today edit by Robyn Chapman (GN) :
Favorite : Shuggie Bain

18. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (A) :
17. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (A) :
16. West by Carys Davies :
15. Lost Places by Sarah Pinsker (ER) :
14. M is for Monster by Talia Dutton (GN) :
13. Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America by Ryan Busse (A) :
12. The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television :
11. Independence Day by Richard Ford :
10. Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman (GN) :
9. Drowned Worlds edited by Jonathan Strahan (A) :
Favorite : Gunfight

8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (K) :
7. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman (K) :
6. 1984 by George Orwell (A) :
5. Billy Summers by Stephen King (A) :
4. Sandman: World's End by Neil Gaiman (GN) :
3. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey :
2. A Brief History of Timekeeping: The Science of Marking Time, from Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks by Chad Orzel (A) :
1. Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman (GN) :
Favorite : Billy Summers

Editado: Nov 28, 8:31 pm

Audiobook Narrators

Mike Lenz - A Brief History of Timekeeping

Paul Sparks - Billy Summers

Simon Prebble - 1984

Too Many to Name - Drowned Worlds, Salmon Fishing on the Yemen, From a Certain Point View - Return of the Jedi

Ryan Busse - Gunfight

Marin Ireland - Cloud Cuckoo Land
Simon Jones (narrated the book within the book)

Mur Lafferty - Six Wakes

Andrew Wincott - The Constant Rabbit

Seth Numrich (with an appearance by Stephen King) : Fairy Tale

James Marsters : White Night

Susan Duerden : The Eyre Affair

Jennifer Beals (as Daisy Jones) plus a full cast too numerous to name : Daisy Jones and the Six

P.J. Ochlan, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki : The Heart of the Comet

Emily Gray - Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursdays is Missing

Jennifer Kim - Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Edoardo Ballerini - Wool

Paul Boehmer - The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Titus Welliver - Appaloosa

Jeff Harding - Time Shelter

Jeff Cummings - American Prometheus

Barbara Rosenblat - Deja Dead

Sarah Mollo-Christensen - Station Eternity

L.J. Ganser - Citizen Vince

John Romero - Doom Guy: Life in First Person

John Pirhalla - Mickey7, Antimatter Blues

Adjoa Andoh - The Power

Shawn Compton- The Rifle

George Wilson - Sundiver, Startide Rising

Therese Plummer - After the Apocalypse

Angela Lin - After the Apocalypse

Editado: Out 15, 12:35 pm

Pulitzer's Read

Ongoing bucket list to read all the Pulitzer winning novels.

Bold : On the Shelf
Strikeout : Completed

Total Read - 37
2023 - Demon Copperhead
2023 - Trust
2022 - The Netanyahus
2021 - The Night Watchman
2020 - The Nickel Boys
2019 - The Overstory
2018 - Less
2017 - Underground Railroad
2016 - The Sympathizer
2015 - All the Light We Cannot See
2014 - The Goldfinch
2013 - The Orphan Master's Son
2012 - NO AWARD
- Swamplandia - Nominee
2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad
2010 - Tinkers
2009 - Olive Kitterridge
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2007 - The Road
2006 - March
2005 - Gilead
2004 - The Known World
2003 - Middlesex
2002 - Empire Falls
2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2000 - The Interpreter of Maladies
1999 - The Hours
1998 - American Pastoral
1997 - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
1996 - Independence Day
1995 - The Stone Diaries
1994 - The Shipping News
1993 - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
1992 - A Thousand Acres
- My Father Bleeds History (Maus) (Special Awards & Citations - Letters)
1991 - Rabbit at Rest
1990 - The Mambo Kings
1989 - Breathing Lessons
1988 - Beloved DNF
1987 - A Summons to Memphis
1986 - Lonesome Dove
1985 - Foreign Affairs
1984 - Ironweed
1983 - The Color Purple
1982 - Rabbit is Rich
1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces
1980 - The Executioner's Song
1979 - The Stories of John Cheever
1978 - Elbow Room
1977 - NO AWARD
1976 - Humboldt's Gift
1975 - The Killer Angels
1974 - NO AWARD
1973 - The Optimist's Daughter
1972 - Angle of Repose
1971 - NO AWARD
1970 - The collected Stories of Jean Stafford
1969 - House Made of Dawn : DNF
1968 - The Confessions of Nat Turner
1967 - The Fixer
1966 - The Collected Stories of katherine Anne Porter
1965 - The Keepers of the House
1964 - NO AWARD
1963 - The Reivers
1962 - The Edge of Sadness
1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1960 - Advise and Consent
1959 - The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
1958 - A Death in the Family
1957 - NO AWARD
1956 - Andersonville
1955 - A Fable
1954 - NO AWARD
1953 - The Old Man and the Sea
1952 - The Caine Mutiny
1951 - The Town
1950 - The Way West
1949 - Guard of Honor
1948 - Tales of the South Pacific
1947 - All the King's Men
1946 - NO AWARD
1945 - A Bell
1944 - Journey in the Dark
1943 - Dragon's Teeth
1942 - In This Our Life
1941 - NO AWARD
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath
1939 - The Yearling
1938 - The Late George Apley
1937 - Gone with the Wind
1936 - Honey in the Horn
1935 - Now in November
1934 - Lamb in His Bosom
1933 - The Store
1932 - The Good Earth
1931 - Years of Grace
1930 - Laughing Boy
1929 - Scarlet Sister Mary
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey
1927 - Early Autumn
1926 - Arrowsmith
1925 - So Big
1924 - The Able McLaughlins
1923 - One of Ours
1922 - Alice Adams
1921 - The Age of Innocence
1920 - NO AWARD
1919 - The Magnificent Ambersons
1918 - His Family

Editado: Out 15, 12:37 pm

Hugos Read

Ongoing bucket list to read all the Hugo winning novels.

Bold : On the Shelf
Strikeout : Completed

Total Read - 41

2021 - Network Effect
2020 - A Memory Called Empire - Arkady Martine
2020 - This Is How You Lose The Time War - Novella
2019 - The Calculating Stars
2018 - The Stone Sky
2018 - All Systems Red - Novella
2017 - The Obelisk Gate
2016 - The Fifth Season
2016 - Binti - Novella
2015 - The Three-Body Problem
2014 - Ancillary Justice (DNF)
2013 - Redshirts
2012 - Among Others
2011 - Blackout/All Clear
2010 - The Windup Girl
The City & the City
2009 - The Graveyard Book
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union
2007 - Rainbows End
2006 - Spin
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2004 - Paladin of Souls
2003 - Hominids
2003 - Coraline (novella)
2002 - American Gods
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky
1999 - To Say Nothing of the Dog
1998 - Forever Peace
1997 - Blue Mars
1996 - The Diamond Age
1995 - Mirror Dance
1994 - Green Mars
1993 - A Fire Upon the Deep
Doomsday Book
1992 - Barrayar
1991 - The Vor Game
1990 - Hyperion
1989 - Cyteen
1988 - The Uplift War
1988 - Watchmen - category : Other forms
1987 - Speaker for the Dead
1986 - Ender's Game
1985 - Neuromancer
1985 - The Crystal Spheres - David Brin - Short Story
1984 - Startide Rising
1983 - Foundation's Edge
1982 - Downbelow Station
1981 - The Snow Queen
1980 - The Fountains of Paradise
1979 - Dreamsnake
1978 - Gateway
1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
1976 - The Forever War
1975 - The Dispossessed
1974 - Rendezvous with Rama
1973 - The Gods Themselves
1972 - To Your Scattered Bodies Go
1971 - Ringworld
1970 - Left Hand of Darkness
1969 - Stand on Zanzibar
1968 - Lord of Light
1967 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
1966 - Dune
This Immortal
1965 - The Wanderer
1964 - Way Station
1963 - The Man in the High Castle
1962 - Stranger in a Strange Land
1961 - A Canticle for Leibowitz
1960 - Starship Troopers
1959 - A Case of Conscience
1958 - The Big Time
1956 - Double Star
1955 - The Forever Machine
1953 - The Demolished Man

Retro Hugos - this are given for years when no award was given (more than 50 years ago). Of those...

1939 - The Sword in the Stone
1951 - Farmer in the Sky
1954 - Fahrenheit 451

Editado: Set 30, 6:50 pm

National Book Award Winners

2015 - Fortune Smiles
2014 - Redeployment
2001 - The Corrections
1988 - Paris Trout
1985 - White Noise
1983 - The Color Purple - hardback award
1981 - The Stories of John Cheever - paperback award
1980 - The World According to Garp - paperback award
1953 - Invisible Man

Man Booker Books
2022 The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
2021 The Promise
2020 Shuggie Bain READ
2019 The Testaments
2019 Girl, Woman, Other
2018 Milkman
2017 Lincoln in the Bardo READ
2016 The Sellout READ
2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings READ
2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
2013 The Luminaries
2012 Bring Up the Bodies
2011 The Sense of an Ending
2010 The Finkler Question
2009 Wolf Hall DNF
2008 The White Tiger
2007 The Gathering
2006 The Inheritance of Loss
2005 The Sea
2004 The Line of Beauty READ
2003 Vernon God Little
2002 Life of Pi READ
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang
2000 The Blind Assassin
1999 Disgrace
1998 Amsterdam
1997 The God of Small Things
1996 Last Orders
1995 The Ghost Road
1994 How Late It Was, How Late
1993 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
1992 The English Patient
1992 Sacred Hunger
1991 The Famished Road
1990 Possession
1989 The Remains of the Day
1988 Oscar and Lucinda
1987 Moon Tiger
1986 The Old Devils
1985 The Bone People
1984 Hotel du Lac
1983 Life & Times of Michael K
1982 Schindler's Ark
1981 Midnight's Children READ
1980 Rites of Passage
1979 Offshore
1978 The Sea, the Sea
1977 Staying On
1976 Saville
1975 Heat and Dust
1974 The Conservationist
1974 Holiday
1973 The Siege of Krishnapur
1972 G.
1971 In a Free State
1970 The Elected Member
1969 Something to Answer For

International Booker Prize

2023 Time Shelter - Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria) : trans. Angela Rodel Read
2022 Tomb of Sand - Geetanjali Shree (India) : trans. Daisy Rockwell
2021 At Night All Blood Is Black - David Diop (France) : trans. Anna Moschovakis
2020 The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Netherlands) : trans. Michele Hutchison
2019 Celestial Bodies - Jokha al-Harthi (Oman) : trans. Marilyn Booth
2018 Flights - Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) : trans. Jennifer Croft
2017 A Horse Walks Into a Bar - David Grossman (Israel) : trans. Jessica Cohen
2016 The Vegetarian - Han Kang (South Korea) : trans. Deborah Smith Read

Editado: Set 30, 6:50 pm

100 SFF/Fantasy Reads as compiled by NPR

1. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien READ
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams READ
3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card READ
4. The Dune Chronicles By Frank Herbert READ
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
6. 1984 A Novel by George Orwell READ
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury READ
8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov READ but only the 1st one
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley READ
10. American Gods By Neil Gaiman READ
11. The Princess Bride S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman READ
12. The Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm by George Orwell READ
14. Neuromancer By William Gibson READ
15. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons READ
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov READ
17. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein READ
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles BY by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut READ
20. Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick READ
22. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood READ
23. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King READ
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey BY by Arthur C. Clarke READ
25. The Stand By Stephen King READ
26. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson READ
27. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury READ
28. Cat's Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman READ
30. A Clockwork Orange BY by Anthony Burgess READ
31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein READ
32. Watership Down by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein READ
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz By Walter M. Miller Jr. READ
36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea By Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes READ
39. The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells READ
40. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad By David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. Mistborn Trilogy Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld by LARRY NIVEN READ
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin READ
46. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King BY by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere by NEIL GAIMAN READ
49. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact by Carl Sagan READ
51. The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman READ
53. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson READ
54. World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks READ
55. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman READ
57. Small Gods A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle READ
62. The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road by by Cormac McCarthy READ
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson READ
66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
69. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger READ
71. The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
72. Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne READ
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series by R. A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War by John Scalzi READ
75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson READ
76. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke READ
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire READ
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde READ
83. The Culture Series by Iain Banks
84. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
90. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man By Ray Bradbury short works collection
92. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov READ
95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle READ
97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
99. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

Editado: Set 30, 6:51 pm

100 Horror Reads as compiled by NPR

1. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
5. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
6. The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
7. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
8. The Monkeys Paw by W. W. Jacobs
9. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
10. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
11. Oh, Whistle, And Ill Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James and Darryl Jones
12.The Werewolf Of Paris By Guy Endore
13. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson READ
14. Let The Right One In By John Ajvide Lindqvist
15. The Vampire Chronicles (First Triology) by Anne Rice READ
16. Minion (Vampire Huntress Legend Series) by L. A. Banks
17. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
18. Those Across The River by Christopher Buehlman
19. Bird Box by Josh Malerman READ
20. Feed (Newsflesh Series) by Mira Grant
21. World War Z by Max Brooks READ
22. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey READ
23. The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft
24. The Ballad Of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle READ
25. The Fisherman by John Langan
26. Laundry Files (Series) by Charles Stross
27. The Cipher By Kathe Koja
28. John Dies At The End by David Wong READ
29. At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
30. All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe
31. Uzumaki by Junji Ito
32. Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber OR Majestic by Whitley Strieber
33. The Repairer Of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers
34. The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
35. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
36. Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
37. The Shining by Stephen King READ
38. House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
39. The Elementals by Michael McDowell
40. The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
41. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
42. The Bone Key by Sarah Monette
43. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
44. Infidel by Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia, Pornsak Pichetshote and Jeff Powell
45. The Ruins by Scott Smith
46. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
47. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
48. The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
49. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
50. The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr.
51. Left Foot, Right by Nalo Hopkinson
52. Come Closer by Sara Gran
53. Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
54. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
55. Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
56. Sandman by Neil Gaiman READ
57. Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
58. White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
59. Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti
60. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
61. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson READ
62. The Collector by John Fowles
63. The Terror by Dan Simmons
64. Intensity by Dean R. Koontz
65. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
66. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
67. Night They Missed the Horror Show by Joe R. Lansdale
68. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
69. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill READ
70. Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
71. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding READ
72. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood READ
73. Beloved by Toni Morrison
74. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler
75. The Devil In America by Kai Ashante Wilson
76. I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
77. Books Of Blood by Clive Barker READ
78. The October Country: Stories by Ray Bradbury
79. The Weird: A Compendium Of Strange And Dark Stories by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanDermeer
80. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron
81. Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991 by Ramsey Campbell
82. Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez
83. Shadowland by Peter Straub READ
84. A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
85. Rosemarys Baby by Ira Levin
86. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
87. The Body by Stephen King READ
88. Its A Good Life by Jerome Bixby
89. The Other by Thomas Tryon
90. The Troop by Nick Cutter
91. Elizabeth by Ken Greenhall
92. Please, Momma by Chesya Burke
93. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell
94. Goosebumps (Series) by R. L. Stine children
95. Rotters by Daniel Kraus children
96. Jumbies Rise Of The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
97. The House With A Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs
98. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
99. Coraline by Neil Gaiman READ
100. Down A Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Editado: Set 30, 6:52 pm

The 75'r Chunkster List

1. The Overstory by Richard Powers READ
2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco READ
4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell READ
6. The Witch Elm by Tana French
7. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr READ
9. Little, Big by John Crowley
10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides READ
11. The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
12. Possession by A.S. Byatt
13. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel DNF
14. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
15. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
16. The Parisian : A Novel
17. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
18. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
19. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami READ
20. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
21. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie READ
22. American Gods by Neil Gaiman READ
23. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon READ
24. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
25. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen READ
26. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
27. A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava
28. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
29. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James READ
30. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson READ
31. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
32. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
33. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin READ
34. JR by William Gaddis
35. Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
36. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
37. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
38. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett READ
39. The Stand by Stephen King READ
40. Underworld by Don DeLillo
41. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
42. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
43. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry READ
44. 2666 by Roberto Bolano
45. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
46. Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
47. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
48. Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas
49. Women and Men by Joseph McElroy
50. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Paul's Alternative 20

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon READ
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Saville by David Storey
To Serve Them All My Days by RF Delderfield
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving READ
The Singapore Grip by JG Farrell
Magician by Raymond E Feist
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
A Chain of Voices by Andre Brink

Bill's Alternative Weird Dozen

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis READ
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger READ
Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak READ
August 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams READ
11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King READ
His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling READ

Jeff's how the heck did this not get on the other lists list
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Alaska by James Michener Read
The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst Read

Editado: Set 30, 6:59 pm

2023 Reading So Far

Books Read : 78
Pages : 11,290
Listened : 16 days, 6 hrs, and 41 mins

# of Authors : 63
Authors of Color : 6 (10%)
Lady Authors : 19 (30%)
Narrators : 29

A new stat I started tracking, the Author's birthplace:

Editado: Set 30, 7:01 pm

Scatter Plot

My favorite, useless graph. Here's all the books I've read plotted out in order of when they were published

2023 So Far

Editado: Set 30, 7:02 pm

2023 Books of the Month

January : Billy Summers by Stephen King
February : Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America by Ryan Busse
March : Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
April : The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
May : Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
June : The Wishing Pool and Other Stories by Tananarive Due
July : The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
August : Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
September: Doom Guy: Life in First Person by John Romero


Set 30, 7:12 pm

TV show suggestion...

If you have Netflix, and you like Wes Anderson films, or you like Roald Dahl stories, check out The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

Its the first of 3 short films (40m) that Anderson did for Netflix. It is delightfully weird in the best Wes Anderson way. If you like his stuff, I think you'll love this, if not, might want to pass it by.

Here's the trailer :

Set 30, 7:14 pm

Happy new thread Jeff!

Set 30, 8:18 pm

Happy new one, Jeff!

Set 30, 9:53 pm

Happy new one, Jeff. As always the lists and stats are great to wallow in!

Out 1, 2:56 pm

Happy new thread!

Out 1, 4:14 pm

Happy Sunday, Jeff. Happy New Thread. Thanks for the heads-up on "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar." I was a bit underwhelmed by Anderson's Asteroid City.

Out 1, 4:59 pm

Thanks for the new thread greetings all!

Paul, glad to share the stats, I'm sure more than a few of them I got the idea for, from you. :)

Mark, that's too bad about Asteroid City, I still want to watch it, but I will with a grain of salt.

Out 1, 6:41 pm

>22 msf59: Wanted to see Asteroid City because the previews showed all the bright colors! (I paid no attention to content)

Out 1, 8:21 pm

Happy new one!

>14 mahsdad: Love the statistical presentation.

Out 2, 11:16 am

New 🧵 orisons, Jeff!

Out 2, 6:19 pm

>24 quondame: Yeah, Anderson has such a wild visual style. We'll definitely see it.

>25 figsfromthistle: Thanks Figs!

>26 richardderus: Thanks RD!

Out 2, 6:24 pm

New Book - Audio

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family.

But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

The men lock Roxy in the cupboard when they do it. What they don't know is: she's been locked in that cupboard before. When she's naughty, her mum puts her there. Just for a few minutes. Till she calms down. Slowly, over the hours in there, she's worked the lock loose with a fingernail or a paperclip in the screws. She could have taken that lock off any time she wanted.


Out 2, 6:33 pm

New Book

Who Goes There by John W. Campbell, Jr.

"Who Goes There?": The novella that formed the basis of "The Thing" is the John W. Campbell classic about an Antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient, frozen body of a crash-landed alien. The creature revives with terrifying results, shape-shifting to assume the exact form of animal and man, alike. Paranoia ensues as a band of frightened men work to discern friend from foe, and destroy the menace before it challenges all of humanity! The story, hailed as "one of the finest science fiction novellas ever written" by the SF Writers of America, is best known to fans as THE THING, as it was the basis of Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World in 1951, and John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. With a new Introduction by William F. Nolan, author of Logan's Run, and his never-before-published, suspenseful Screen Treatment written for Universal Studios in 1978, this is a must-have edition for scifi and horror fans!

The place stank. A queer, mingled stench that only the ice-buried cabins of an Antarctic camp know, compounded of reeking human sweat, and the heavy, fish-oil stench of melted seal blubber. An overtone of liniment combated the musty smell of sweat-and-snow-drenched furs. The acrid odor of burnt cooking fat, and the animal, not-unpleasant smell of dogs, diluted by time, hung in the air.


Out 2, 7:33 pm

Hallo Jeff. Ain't seen ya in a long time. Of course, I haven't been around. Just a mere total breakdown...or not. Love your lists.

Out 2, 9:07 pm

Hey Bill, no worries. Whether you had a breakdown or not, this place should feel like work. If things get to be too much, then just step back. Do what makes you happy.

Me, lately I've found that just keeping my little corner churning is enough for me. I lurk around the threads, but I find I'm only interacting occasionally. I enjoy the conversations going on, but right now, I'm happy just to "listen"

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate you swinging by

Out 3, 9:57 am

>29 mahsdad: Ooh, you got me with Who Goes There! Looks great! Thanks!

Karen O

Out 3, 3:28 pm

>28 mahsdad:
I have had The Power on my bedside table, ready to read it, ever since it was on Obama's summer reading list back in the day. I still haven't started it. I did notice it again the other day when I was downsizing my shoes and moved it up towards the top of the bedside stack.

Out 3, 5:47 pm

>32 klobrien2: Hi Karen, I forget now who suggested it, but it is a pretty good read so far, only a couple pages in. Interesting, I don't read too many ebooks on Libby (I borrowed this from the library), and usually there's a fairly straightforward process to transfer the book to my Kindle. This time, I couldn't for the life of me figure it out. Finally stumbled upon the fact that this book isn't available on Kindle. I could down the key to unlock the ePub version, but not Kindle. Interesting.

>28 mahsdad: Hi Benita. Yea this was definitely an impulse select on Libby for audio. I generally just scan thru my WL and look for something interesting and see if its available. (Unless I've got a specific book in mind) So far so good.

Out 4, 1:25 pm

Hey, Jeff. Book is in the mail.

>24 quondame: If you want bright colors, Susan, Asteroid City has that in spades.

Out 4, 7:53 pm

Hey Mark. Thanks for the update! Looking forward to it.

Out 6, 1:38 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Hey, its the first Friday of October, and what does California give us.... Santa Anas and the hottest weather we've had all summer. Typical. LOL. Having some friends over tonight for some steaks so, we've got the stress of introverts having to entertain, at least I do. Can't I just sit in the corner and read my book?

Haven't got any new or interesting images this week, so I'll give you a picture of the Broad (I think) Museum in LA that I took a couple years ago.

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky 75%
Reading - Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson 56%.
Listening - The Power by Naomi Alderman 40%
eBook - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 45%
eBook - Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr. 36%
Graphic Novel - The Complete Killer by Matz 47%

Finished Books

79. Antimatter Blues by Edward Ashton (A) : . The sequel to Mickey7. Set a couple years after the first book our intrepid expendable has given up his job as an expendable, living an idyllic life raising rabbits for the colony. But he has to come out of "retirement" to lead an expedition to get back an antimatter bomb that a group of aliens have in order to save the colony. A fun quick read I did on audio, not as good as the first book, but not too bad.


Out 6, 9:18 pm

>37 mahsdad: Yep, looks like the Broad to me. Cool picture but the green ellipse?

Out 8, 2:45 am

Happy new thread, Jeff!

Always a pleasure to wander through your lists, and count how many I have read :-)

Out 8, 6:50 pm

>38 quondame: I couldn't remember at first, but I googled for the Broad Museum, and if you look at images, you'll see some of the whole façade. Its part of the front of the building. 🤷‍♂️

>39 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita, I think that's what I like about them too. While I'm not that much of a completist, I like seeing my progress.

Out 8, 7:54 pm

>40 mahsdad: I just realize that I've only ever saw the Broad from 1 side! (not counting the inside) - I think it's the west side but in any case a side without the distinctive window visible from the ground and with a courtyard near the entrance that has a pricey but good restaurant further in.

Editado: Out 12, 8:01 pm

New Book -audio

The Rifle : Combat Stories from America's Last WWII Veterans, Told through an M1 Garand by Andrew Biggio

It all started because of a rifle.

The Rifle is an inspirational story and hero’s journey of a 28-year-old U.S. Marine, Andrew Biggio, who returned home from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, full of questions about the price of war. He found answers from those who survived the costliest war of all -- WWII veterans.

It began when Biggio bought a 1945 M1 Garand Rifle, the most common rifle used in WWII, to honor his great uncle, a U.S. Army soldier who died on the hills of the Italian countryside. When Biggio showed the gun to his neighbor, WWII veteran Corporal Joseph Drago, it unlocked memories Drago had kept unspoken for 50 years. On the spur of the moment, Biggio asked Drago to sign the rifle. Thus began this Marine’s mission to find as many WWII veterans as he could, get their signatures on the rifle, and document their stories.

For two years, Biggio traveled across the country to interview America’s last-living WWII veterans. Each time he put the M1 Garand Rifle in their hands, their eyes lit up with memories triggered by holding the weapon that had been with them every step of the war. With each visit and every story told to Biggio, the veterans signed their names to the rifle. 96 signatures now cover that rifle, each a reminder of the price of war and the courage of our soldiers.

Corporal Joe Drago was involved in some of the most storied action in World War II history, and he just happened to live next door. My whole life I thought I knew /Drago. He was a grouch. Whenever the kids in the neighborhood played baseball in the street and a foul ball landed in his yard, he was always short with us - the stereotypical mean old neighbor that most have pity on, but also steer away from. It wasn't until I became a Marine that Drago ever really warmed up to me, and by warmed up I mean that he waved to me occasionally from his porch. Ever the consummate grouch. Now I know that it was more complex than that.


Out 13, 12:03 pm

>41 quondame: I could have sworn I replied, but I guess I didn't. We still haven't managed to get into the Broad yet. Looking to remedy that around Thanksgiving. We'll be bringing Laura's Mom out from Palm Springs for a visit, and plan on putting it on the itinerary. Looking forward to it.

Editado: Out 13, 2:39 pm

>42 mahsdad:
That book looks interesting. I think I've been shot. BB.

And now I see that there is a sequel. Rifle 2: Back to the Battlefield I guess that is two BB's.

Out 13, 3:12 pm

>44 benitastrnad: Yeah, I follow a YT channel called The History Underground, that does a lot of "on site" history lessons about WWII and the Civil War and other subjects and he's talked about the book. Plus, I'm rewatching Band of Brothers on Netflix and when I scanning thru my WL, it came up.

I think I knew there was a sequel coming out, but now that you've confirmed, its a self-inflicted BB.

Politics and whether or not war is right aside, I am always astounded and humbled by hearing the stories of veterans. The bad and the good.

Out 13, 5:28 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

We made it to another Friday. The kid's finally leaving the nest... for a week. She's going to visit her friends in Kansas. We won't know what to do with ourselves without the troll that lives in the room next to ours that we only see occasionally. :) I'm sure we'll manage. It will be good for her to do a little adulting.

Today's image is from a bit of weather we had last Saturday amongst the heat of the day. A really unexpected fog bank rolled in over the harbor. This was at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - Binti by Nnedi Okorafor 25%
Reading - Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson 56%.
Listening - The Rifle by Andrew Biggio 33%
eBook - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 64%
Graphic Novel - The Complete Killer by Matz 63%

Finished Books
82. Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky : I got this from Paul for Christmas a couple years ago. It is an excellent history of our world (albeit a mostly Western history) thru the manufacture, commerce and use of salt. It was a fascinating read. Never did I think a story about salt would have some surprising twists and turns, and surprisingly it did. A must read for any fan of the ubiquitous mineral.
A Breton expression was "Kement a zo fall, a gar ar sall", Everything that is not good asks to be salted. Everything from meat to butter to potatoes was salted. Salt was Brittany's cheapest product, the one everyone could afford. Another Breton proverb was "Aviz hag holen a roer d'an nep a c'houlenn" - Advice and salt are available to anyone who wants it.

By 1849, when Henry David Thoreau visited the Cape, he was already writing about saltworks being broken up and sold for lumber. Those boards, used to build storage sheds, were still leaching salt crystals 100 years later.

81. The Power by Naomi Alderman (A) : Read on audio. A future history written about the world that has to come to grips with a change in the power dynamic when its discovered that young girls start to aquire the ability to generate electricity and they start to wield that power. Men are starting to be put in their place and they aren't happy about it. A sort of religion emerges and the zealots of such are looking to take the world to an extreme conclusion. I've seen the book for several years in stores, but after hearing about the Amazon series they made, it gave me the nudge to pick it up.

80. Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr (K) : A short novella written in 1938, its a closed room mystery set on a research station in Antarctica. It was the basis for the 1951 movie; The Thing from Another World and John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. That's the movie I remember from the early days of HBO, I'm sure I've seen it at least a half dozen times. As I was reading this story, I couldn't help but see Kurt Russell and Wilfred Brimley in their namesake parts. A little far fetched on the science side, but how could it not, since it was written over 80 years ago. A pretty good October read.


Out 13, 7:05 pm

>46 mahsdad: Happy Friday! Wow, weather, who'da thunk it?

Out 13, 8:02 pm

Around here, yeah, its so strange. I think it was last week or the week before when it rained all of a sudden. We were sitting around debating to go out and do some yard work and we look out of one window, blue skies, out the other, pouring rain. For all of about 10 minutes, enough to make it not worth the effort to do yard work. LOL.

Out 15, 12:49 pm

New Book

Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry

Pulitzer Prize–winner Larry McMurtry writes novels set in the American heartland, but his real territory is the heart itself. His gift for writing about women—their love for reckless, hopeless men; their ability to see the good in losers; and their peculiar combination of emotional strength and sudden weakness—makes The Desert Rose the bittersweet, funny, and touching book that it is.

Harmony is a Las Vegas showgirl with the best legs in town. At night she's a lead dancer in a gambling casino; during the day she raises peacocks. She throws her love away on second-rate men, but wakes up in the morning full of hope. She's one of a dying breed of dancers, faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an even bleaker future. Yet, she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermarkets, drive-in wedding chapels, and all-night casinos.

While Harmony's star is fading, her beautiful, cynical daughter Pepper's is on the rise. But Harmony remains wistful and optimistic through it all. She is the unexpected blossom in the wasteland, the tough and tender desert rose. Hers is a loving portrait that only Larry McMurtry could render.

Harmony is driving home, eastward out of Las Vegas, her spirits high, her head a clutter of memories. Harmony loves to remember bits of her life, it makes her feel well, anyway, it's all been interesting. One of the memories that pops in is something Ross used to say, which was that they out to call Las Vegas Leg City, or else Titsburg. Ros was always thinking up funny names for things, he had kept her laughing right up until the time they had Pepper...


Out 15, 5:06 pm

New Book - audio

Salmon Fishing on the Yemen by Paul Torday

An unassuming scientist takes an unbelievable adventure in the Middle East in this “extraordinary” novel—the inspiration for the major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor (The Guardian).

Dr. Alfred Jones lives a quiet, predictable life. He works as a civil servant for the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London; his wife, Mary, is a determined, no-nonsense financier; he has simple routines and unassuming ambitions. Then he meets Muhammad bin Zaidi bani Tihama, a Yemeni sheikh with money to spend and a fantastic—and ludicrous—dream of bringing the sport of salmon fishing to his home country.

Suddenly, Dr. Jones is swept up in an outrageous plot to attempt the impossible, persuaded by both the sheikh himself and power-hungry members of the British government who want nothing more than to spend the sheikh’s considerable wealth. But somewhere amid the bureaucratic spin and Yemeni tall tales, Dr. Jones finds himself thinking bigger, bolder, and more impossibly than he ever has before.

Told through letters, emails, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, and personal journal entries, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is “a triumph” that both takes aim at institutional absurdity and gives loving support to the ideas of hopes, dreams, and accomplishing the impossible (The Guardian).

Dear Dr Jones, We have been referred to you by Peter Sullivan at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Directorate for Middle East and North Africa). We act on behalf of a client with access to very substantial funds, who has indicated his wish to sponsor a project to introduce salmon, and the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen.


Out 15, 8:13 pm

Happy Sunday, Jeff. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed Five Wounds. Better than I expected. I am a big fan of McMurtry but I am not familiar with Desert Rose.

I just finished volume 2 of The Killer. I also just picked up The Complete The Killer. Not sure how much of it, I will get through before returning it but I am enjoying this series very much. How much of it, have you read?

Out 15, 11:53 pm

Out 16, 1:26 am

>51 msf59: Hi Mark. Glad you liked Five Wounds. I agree, it was better than expected. I wasn't familiar with Desert Rose either. Only 20 pages in, its definitely not Lonesome Dove :). In the preface he said that he wrote this in 3 weeks when he was sort of stuck writing Dove. So far, so good at any rate.

>52 quondame: I agree, I watched the movie several years ago, always wanted to read it. It is quite charming so far.

Out 16, 2:15 pm

>50 mahsdad:
I have GOT to QUIT visiting this thread. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is another BB.

Out 16, 5:36 pm

>54 benitastrnad: Ha! For as many BBs that I've received from others around here, I can sympathize. My WL hovers around 800 books at all time.

Tho selfishly, I'm glad that I can be an influencer every once in a while.

>51 msf59: Mark - I totally forgot to comment about my progress into the Complete Killer. I'm on 495 out of 768 pages. Its really interesting how political it got. I wasn't expecting it. Good stuff. You said you just finished Vol 2 of the Omnibus edition. I think that's just the second half of the complete edition that I'm reading. If you've read Vol 1 and 2, I think you're done. The Complete, is just the two of them put together, unless I'm mistaken.

Editado: Out 20, 2:40 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy weekend, nothing much to report today, except to apologize to RD for today's pictures. They were just too dang cute to resist.

Laura took this one of the twins.

And this is our grumpy older child who still hasn't forgiven us for bringing said twins into the house.

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - The Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry 38%
Listening - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday 84%
eBook - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle 64%
Graphic Novel - The Complete Killer by Matz 67%

Finished Books

84. The Rifle by Andrew Biggio (A) : The author seeks to find out and honor the WWII experiences of his Great Uncle who died in the war before he was born. In doing so buys an M-1 Garand rifle, the iconic weapon of the war, and takes it to as many WWII veterans he can find to get both their signatures on the gun and their stories. Read on audio, a fascinating listen.

83. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor : A Hugo and Nebula winning Novella about a young Himba woman from Namibia is selected to go to the finest university in the galaxy. She's never left her village, let alone the planet. Along the journey her ship is attacked by warring aliens seeking revenge on the school and the humans who inhabit it. She might be the only one that can save them all. First in a trilogy, I guess I'm going to have to read the rest.

My father said that my curiosity was the last obstacle I had to overcome to become a true master harmonizer. If there was one thing my father and I disagreed on, it was that; I believed I could only be great if I were curious enough to seek greatness.


Out 20, 2:19 pm

>56 mahsdad: - What great pics!

Out 20, 2:51 pm

>56 mahsdad: Yes, your kitty pics are wonderful!

Karen O

Out 20, 3:08 pm

>58 klobrien2: were there pictures up there? All I saw was blurred blobs as I squinted through swollen lids.

Out 20, 4:45 pm

>56 mahsdad: the twins portrait is hilarious

Out 20, 5:12 pm

>57 jessibud2: >58 klobrien2: >60 ffortsa: Thanks!

>59 richardderus: I'm glad you weren't traumatized too much by the little dears. ;)

Out 20, 7:39 pm

>56 mahsdad: That pair lightened up my afternoon!

Out 21, 5:17 pm

>62 quondame: Thanks Susan!

Out 21, 5:27 pm

New Book - audio

Sundiver by David Brin

In all the universe, no species reached for the stars without “uplift” guidance, except possibly humankind. Did some cryptic patron race begin the job long ago, then abandon us? Or did we leap all by ourselves? That question burns, yet a greater mystery looms ahead, in the furnace of a star. Under the caverns of Mercury, Expedition Sundiver prepares for the most momentous voyage of our history – into the boiling inferno of the sun, seeking our destiny in the cosmic order of life. This freshly revised re-issue includes a substantial author's introduction about the personal and scientific journeys leading to his now-classic first novel. Sundiver is the first book in David Brin’s magnificent Uplift series, among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written, comprising one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Others include: Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity’s Shore, and Heaven’s Reach.

"Makakai, are you ready?" Jacob ignored the tiny whirrings of motors and valves in his metal cocoon. He lay still. Seawater lapped gently against the bulbous nose of his mechanical whale, as he waited for an answer. One more time he checked indicators on his helmet display. The radio was working. The occupant of the other waldo whale, lying half submerged a few meters away, had heard every word.

This is a reread for me, haven't read the Uplift War books in many years. This came up in my Libby searching and thought, why not.


Out 27, 6:43 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy Weekend Everyone! For your image today its an oldie that I took a couple of years ago. I always like taking pictures of rust, and the lines here attracted me. Enjoy...

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - The Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry 78%
Listening - Sundiver by David Brin 80%
Graphic Novel - The Complete Killer by Matz 80%

Finished Books

86. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (K) : This is Lovecraftian horror novella, about a black man in 1920's New York running into and partnering with an evil genius, who wants to bring one of the old gods into our world. A pretty good read, especially for this time of year.
A curtain of silence fell between him and the residents. The young men on the corners huddled closer, opened their mouths only when it was their turn to inhale.

85. Salmon Fishing on the Yemen by Paul Torday (A) : An epistolary novel narrated by a whole cast of characters. It tells the story of a rich sheik from the Yemen who is in love with salmon fishing and wants to bring it to his country. A government scientist and a financial consultant are tasked with bringing this improbable project to fruition. Told thru diary entries, letters, transcripts of interviews and TV shows, this is a somewhat satirical look at government bureaucracy, foreign relations and the lives of salmon. It didn't exactly go where I was expecting, but it was a worthwhile listen.


Out 27, 7:12 pm

>65 mahsdad: Rust has so many shades. The contrast with the blue is gorgeous.

Out 27, 7:52 pm

Thanks Susan!

Editado: Out 28, 8:20 am

Happy Saturday, Jeff. I did pick up The Complete The Killer from the library and after reading the first 2 volumes, I am only about a third through the big collection. Wow.

I also started The Human Target. I rarely read any DC/superhero comics but this has a nice twist to it. You might want to check it out.

Out 28, 6:47 pm

Great shot!

Out 28, 6:48 pm

Hi Mark. I still have about a 100 pages to go on the big one, its really an interesting story that went where I wasn't expecting

thanks for the rec on The Human Target, I'll have to look for it.

Out 29, 7:06 pm

New Book - Audio

Startide Rising by David Brin

A starship crew of humans and dolphins skirts the brink of interstellar war in this epic adventure by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Postman.

We are not alone. Humanity’s explorations have revealed galaxies inhabited by millions of intelligent species interacting under ancient traditions. Foremost among said traditions is uplift, which requires all spacefaring races to welcome newcomers into Galactic culture by breeding and genetically guiding each client species to full sapience—but at a price. Patron races demand centuries of indentured servitude from each uplifted client. But is upstart humanity a patron or a client?

The Earthship Streaker—crewed by humans and uplifted dolphins and chimpanzees—discovers a derelict armada, perhaps left by the very first patrons, the fabled Progenitors. Suddenly the Five Galaxies teeter on the brink of all-out war as fanatics hunt Streaker for the secret. With a damaged ship and hostile aliens in pursuit, the crew must band together if they hope to survive . . .

Streaker is limping like a dog on three legs. We took a chancy jump through overdrive yesterday, a step ahead of the Galactics who are chasing us. The one probability coil that had survived the Morgran battle groaned and complained, but finally delivered us here, to the shallow gravity well of a small population-II dwarf star named Kthsemenee.


Out 29, 7:14 pm

New Book

Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird by Agustina Bazterrica

A collection of 19 dark, wildly imaginative short stories from the author of the award-winning TikTok sensation Tender Is the Flesh.

From celebrated author Agustina Bazterrica, this collection of 19 brutal, darkly funny short stories takes into our deepest fears and through our most disturbing fantasies. Through stories about violence, alienation, and dystopia, Bazterrica’s vision of the human experience emerges in complex, unexpected ways—often unsettling, sometimes thrilling, and always profound. In “Roberto,” a girl claims to have a rabbit between her legs. A woman’s neighbor jumps to his death in “A Light, Swift, and Monstrous Sound,” and in “Candy Pink,” a woman fails to contend with a difficult breakup in five easy steps.

Written in Bazterrica’s signature clever, vivid style, these stories question love, friendship, family relationships, and unspeakable

First the dentures fell onto the blue tiles of your patio. They broke in two, and it was that harsh, metallic sound that stopped you in your tracks


Out 29, 7:18 pm

>71 mahsdad: Startide Rising is such an amazing book!!!

Out 29, 7:21 pm

Love me some Brin.

Apparently, its been almost exactly 10 years since I last reread the Uplift Saga. Since I just finished Sundiver, I had to just jump right onto the rest.

Out 29, 7:26 pm

>69 drneutron: Hey Jim, Sorry I missed your post. Thanks for the photo love!

Out 30, 10:28 am

No worries! By the way, David Brin was on our science team for Parker Solar Probe. Never got to meet him, but fun that he wrote a book about flying into the Sun and was also on a mission designed to fly through the Sun's corona.

Out 30, 12:00 pm

Wow, cool. Why not have a scifi writer who speculated how to get to the sun throwing out wild ideas about how to actually get to the sun

Out 30, 12:35 pm

Yep. He's also a PhD astronomer and has a master's in optical engineering.

Out 30, 1:23 pm

Jeff, you posted on my thread at #77:

>71 mahsdad: weird_O: Regarding your haul, I read (listened to), The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared last year, and really liked it. I replied: >77 mahsdad: mahsdad: I put the Hundred-Year-Old Man on The WANT!! List™ (crediting you, Jeff) and I actually starting reading it last night. So far so good.

Logging in to report I still have 100 pages to read. Thanks for the BB.

Out 30, 2:08 pm

>64 mahsdad: I haven't read the series in decades! The re-read is of revised versions? That must be very hard for him to have done...enjoy the process.

Out 30, 2:10 pm

>65 mahsdad: Your usual powerful gemoetries, Jeff. Lovely color in the sky, too.

My new thread's got some snapshots of me with my sister Valerie.

Out 30, 4:56 pm

>79 weird_O: You are most welcome!

>80 richardderus: I don't think its the revised versions. I didn't know there were actually revised versions, I just thought the new covers were just a re-issue money grab by the publishers. More power to him to revisit and be able to get back into the headspace to make changes.

I'm reading whatever the library offered me up on Libby for the audio.

As far as the snapshots, I saw them, just didn't comment. Looking good my friend. I really appreciate the comfy pants look you got going on there. The older I get, the more I'm going for comfort over style (not that I had any to begin with). :)

Nov 2, 11:55 am

2023 Books of the Month

January : Billy Summers by Stephen King
February : Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America by Ryan Busse
March : Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
April : The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
May : Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
June : The Wishing Pool and Other Stories by Tananarive Due
July : The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
August : Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
September: Doom Guy: Life in First Person by John Romero
October: Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky


Nov 2, 11:58 am

October Recap

Books Read - 11 (89)

Overall sources
DTE - 28%
Audio - 38%
Digital - 34%

Useless data point - 61% of the authors I've read this year are from the US, 25% from the UK and then a smattering from 10 other countries

Unique Authors - 72
Lady Authors - 20
Authors of Color - 7

Nov 3, 1:54 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy First Friday of November, which is the 11th month, but the name comes from the Latin for 9, so it should be the 9th month, and it was ( along with September - 7, October - 8 and December - 10) because the Roman calendar started in March. The Roman Senate changed the year in 153 BCE, to start in January and all the months shifted. Thus ends your useless trivia for the day.

Today's image shows that while my phone takes really nice close up flower and cat pictures, it is crap for taking astronomical pictures at night. But its an interesting image anyway.

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird by Agustina Bazterrica 63%
Listening - Startide Rising by David Brin 25%

Finished Books
89. Sundiver by David Brin (A) : : First book of the Uplift Saga and a re-read for me. I liked that Brin just drops you into a world where there are sentient alien species, and the conceit of the universe is that older species have been "uplifting" child species to become sentient. The main story is about a group of humans, and aliens travel in the ship Sundiver to the Sun, to investigate rumors of creatures living in the chromosphere of our star. There's political intrigue between the various species and what the implication of new live on the Sun could mean. Were they the progenitor species that uplifted humans, or did humans uplift themselves. Good hard science fiction that makes it seem like a journey to the Sun is plausible. Only made more so, when Jim told me that David Brin is a Phd in Astronomy and was part of the science team that worked on the Parker Solar probe. Fascinating. I went right on to Startide Rising

88. The Complete The Killer by Matz (GN) : This is an excellent, but large graphic novel about an elite assassin who has a crisis of conscience and wants to get out of the game, but in the way that crime always seems to go, just when he thinks he's out, they pull him back in. But this time instead of just being a gun for hire, he gets involved in a geopolitical game of oil, drugs, Cuba, the CIA and has to strap on the guns again to help advance his superiors. A really excellent, intriguing story.

87. The Desert Rose by Larry McMurtry : This is a story that McMurty wrote (according to the introduction) in 3 weeks when he was was stuck on where to take Lonesome Dove. Lonesome Dove it ain't. It's the story of the best showgirl in Vegas. She's getting to the point where she's aging out of the system, fighting with her young daughter who is coming to the business, and dealing with her ex and what she's going to do with her life after she can no longer be a showgirl. Its pretty good, but it is a little cringy with how he handles the couple gay characters to say nothing of the 16 yr old daughter and her relationship with a much older man. It was a decent read, there were just some parts that didn't really age well from 1983 when it was written, IMO


Nov 3, 2:07 pm

>85 mahsdad: Taking astronomical pictures at night is a challenge for any photographer with any set of equipment.

Nov 3, 5:52 pm

>85 mahsdad: I think your phone pic came out a LOT better than you had any right to expect it to! Love the veil over the moon.

Brin's also written a blog for, like, forever where he discusses the double-plus-ungood state of the world and what he thinks we should do about it. Since I agree with him, I read it regularly.

McMurtry was a man of his time. At least he HAD gay characters in his 1980s fiction. That he did it, um, awkwardly doesn't dim my appreciation for his acknowledgment of my existence.

Nov 3, 6:33 pm

>86 quondame: Too True.

>87 richardderus: Thanks RD.

I see Brin on FB, but I think I have to go look for his blog and add it to Feedly.

Regarding McMurtry, point well taken. I appreciate your perspective.

Nov 4, 7:43 pm

Book Haul

Well not a really big haul, but a haul nonetheless. My home branch of the LAPL was having a Book Sale. The first one probably since pre-COVID, so I had to go. Unfortunately, unless you wanted Clive Cussler, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, etc, you had slim pickins

I got...

70. Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess. I've only ever heard of (and read) A Clockwork Orange, had to give this a try
71. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford. Independence Day is the sequel to this book. I've read Independence Day, so I thought I would pick this up and read (essentially), the prequel.


Nov 5, 4:32 pm

I remember seeing the book about salt in a library publisher's catalog. I wondered how it was. While I'm not going out of my way to get it, if my library has a copy, I might pick it up.

Nov 5, 4:34 pm

Hi Lori, thanks for stopping by. I guess even a light grazing of a BB counts. LOL.

Nov 5, 5:08 pm

If any of you see this before you see the post in Group Announcements (fat chance of that LOL), the 2023 Christmas Swap page is open, come on by

Nov 5, 5:19 pm

New Book

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

Captain Kidd laid out the Boston Morning Journal on the lectern and began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment. He had been born in 1798 and the third war of his lifetime had ended five years ago and he hoped never to see another but now the news of the world aged him more than time itself

I've had this on my shelf for a couple months and after Mark's recommendation, it popped up to the top of the list. And despite the french flaps (which are mildly annoying IMO) and the deckled edges (that are incredibly annoying, IMHO), I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

(And I'm sure my opinion's of the fancy options on the book will be looked askance by some around here, but they're just my opinions, sue me. ;p)


Nov 6, 1:38 pm

I'm reading Startide Rising right now, and I am tickled by the either the happy coincidence, or homage that Brin gave to Douglas Adams.

Dolphins are prominent characters and in Adam's world, they were the 2nd most intelligent species.

And, one of the alien spaceship propulsion methods is a Probability Drive, which is only slightly different than Adam's Infinite IMprobability Drive. :)

Nov 7, 11:16 am

>90 mahsdad: Enjoy your foray into Anthony Burgess's œuvre. It has some excellent reads in it...A Dead Man in Deptford for a memorable example...and, well, A Clockwork Orange too.

Nov 9, 11:35 am

Thanks RD, who knows when I'll actually get to it. LOL. I finally read Clockwork last year, I don't know if "enjoyed it" is a good phrase for it, but it was a really good read

Nov 10, 1:42 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy Friday, nothing much to report except that the Christmas Swap signup is still active, come on by (link here : >93 mahsdad:). If you're not inclined to join us, that's fine, just ignore my polite (hopefully) nudging for the next couple weeks.

I couldn't find anything interesting photo-wise to share with you today that was recent, so I'm going back to 2010, to share this interesting shadow and refraction that I took of the sun thru a glass.

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - News of the World by Paulette Jiles 46%
Listening - Startide Rising by David Brin 83%
eBook - The Pram by Joe Hill 26% : This is a short story from Amazon's Creature Feature collection

Finished Books
90. Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird by Agustina Bazterrica : From the author of Tender is the Flesh, this is a collection of short stories that continue in the horror genre that Bazterrica seems to be excelling in. As is usual with a story collection, some really good, some not so good, but all are varying degrees of creepy and weird. If you're into that sort of thing, this is certainly worth your time.


Nov 10, 2:19 pm

>98 mahsdad: Lovely image...the flare on the table up through the base is graphically interesting. Happy weekend-ahead's reads!

Nov 10, 3:05 pm

Thanks RD, its the graphically interesting images that gets my motor running ... photographically.

Right back at ya, have a great weekend!

Nov 10, 3:16 pm

>100 mahsdad: It reminds me of those Berenice Abbott photos illustrating science concepts, or her structure-of-the-city landscapes. They always please my inner eye.

Nov 10, 6:48 pm

Nov 13, 11:20 am

Thanks Susan!

Nov 13, 11:27 am

New Book (audio)

After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh

Publishers Weekly Top 10 Best of the Year

In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we'd do to survive the coming zombie plague.

Cahill lived in the Flats with about twenty other guys in a place that used to be an Irish bar called Fado. At the back of the bar was the Cuyahoga River; good for protection since zombies didn't cross the river. They didn't crumble into dust, they were just stupid as bricks, and they never built a boat or a bridge or built anything. Zombies were the ultimate trash. Worse than the guys who cooked meth in trailers. Worse than the fat women WIC. Zombies were just useless dumbfucks.


Nov 15, 2:16 pm

New Book

On Drinking - Charles Bukowski

The definitive collection of works on a subject that inspired and haunted Charles Bukowski for his entire life: alcohol.

Charles Bukowski turns to the bottle in this revelatory collection of poetry and prose that includes some of the writer’s best and most lasting work. A self-proclaimed “dirty old man”, Bukowski used alcohol as muse and as fuel, a conflicted relationship responsible for some of his darkest moments, as well as some of his most joyful and inspired.

In On Drinking, Bukowski expert Abel Debritto has collected the writer’s most profound, funny, and memorable work on his ups and downs with the hard stuff - a topic that allowed Bukowski to explore some of life’s most pressing questions. Through drink, Bukowski is able to be alone, to be with people, to be a poet, a lover, and a friend - though often at great cost. As Bukowski writes in a poem simply titled “Drinking”, “for me/it was or/is/a manner of/dying/with boots on/and gun/smoking and a/symphony music background.”

On Drinking is a powerful testament to the pleasures and miseries of a life in drink, and a window into the soul of one of our most beloved and enduring writers.

O ants crawl my drunken arms
and they let Van Gogh sit in a cornfield
and take Life out of the world with a

Poetry is definitely out of my comfort zone, but Bukowski is a local fav (settling in San Pedro and actually being buried in a local cemetary), I thought I'd give this a try. And given its all about drinking, I'll probably find something to intrigue me. LOL.


Nov 15, 4:45 pm

>72 mahsdad: I bought a copy of this after reading Tender Is the Flesh. I hope to read it before the year's out...

Nov 17, 1:25 pm

>106 ocgreg34: Hi Greg, hope you like it when you get to it. LOL.

Nov 17, 1:46 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy Friday, I'm going to continue to beat the drum for the Christmas Swap! Still looking for people to join us. Either in place of doing SantaThing or in addition to it. Come one, come all. :) Here's the link >93 mahsdad:.

Hard to believe that its Thanksgiving next week. As is usual with us, we don't have much family out here, so its pointless to do a big traditional turkey thing. Laura will be going out to Palm Springs to get her Mom, and we'll probably get some nice steaks and cook out on the grill. We'll probably go to a musuem or something over the weekend to keep ourselves entertained.

Hope you all have a good week next week!

Today's image is another oldie. One I'm sure I've shared before, but its one of my favorites. its a sculpture up at the Griffith Observatory. Enjoy..

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - On Drinking by Charles Bukowski 16%
Listening - After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh 86%
eBook - The Pram by Joe Hill 26% : This is a short story from Amazon's Creature Feature collection

Finished Books
92. News of the World by Paulette Jiles : This is a really good story about an aging veteran, a widower. Traveling to small towns across Texas in the post Civil war days. Reading news papers articles from around the world to crowds for dimes. On his travels he is tasked with taking a little girl who had been kidnapped and raised by indians, home to her family. Its not an easy road and when the get home, is it the best home for her? I enjoyed this quite a bit. There is a Tom Hanks movie adaptation, but after watching the trailer, I'm not sure I will watch it. They seemed to change the story a bit that on the surface, I don't think I like. What am I saying, if I see it, I'll probably watch it. :)

91. Startide Rising by David Brin (A) : Listened on audio. Enjoyed this quite a bit. Humans and dolphins crash on a planet where they find a secret that all the sentient races are going to want. There's a war above them and there's a rebellion going on in the ship. Who is going to survive. My only "problem" with it is, is it entirely practical to have a space ship crewed by dolphins who need to live in water. Too much mass to move efficiently, no? Oh well suspend your disbelieve, its a good story.


Nov 17, 1:47 pm

And it is always a striking image.

Nov 17, 1:57 pm

Thanks Susan!

Nov 17, 6:55 pm

>108 mahsdad: The skies in that photo...!

I'm so glad Dr Brin's book stayed good to the last drop. Have a good weekend-ahead's reads, Jeff.

Nov 18, 4:58 pm

Happy Saturday, Jeff. Looking forward to your thoughts on News of the World. I have had After the Apocalypse on my TBR for several years. You could send it my way, if you think I will like it.

Any plans for Christmas Swap this year?

Nov 18, 6:19 pm

>112 msf59: Mark Mark Mark. :) You certainly don't read my thread, or the Group Announcement threads do you? I've posted about Christmas a bunch of times? LOL. Just jaggin ya. I know you've been busy. Certainly we're doing Christmas. Here's the thread...

News of the World - go back up a couple posts >108 mahsdad: I just finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed it

After the Apocalypse, I think you will enjoy it, interesting takes on the apocalypse, some more personal and smaller than others. Unfortunately, I can't send it to you (though I would), I listened to it on audio from the Library.

See you over at the Christmas Thread, I'm going to assume you're in, unless I hear differently. :)

Nov 18, 6:29 pm

New Book (audio)

From a Certain Point of View - Return of the Jedi: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Return of the Jedi - Olivie Blake - editor

Celebrate the lasting impact of Return of the Jedi with this exciting reimagining of the timeless Star Wars film featuring new perspectives from forty contributors.

On May 25, 1983, Star Wars cemented its legacy as the greatest movie franchise of all time with the release of Return of the Jedi. In honor of its fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from Return of the Jedi through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists:

Olivie Blake provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of Emperor Palpatine.

Saladin Ahmed recounts the tragic history of the rancor trainer.

Charlie Jane Anders explores the life and times of the Sarlacc.

Fran Wilde reveals Mon Mothma’s secret mission to save the Rebel Alliance.

Mary Kenney chronicles Wicket the Ewok’s quest for one quiet day on the forest moon of Endor.

Anakin Skywalker becomes one with the Force in a gripping tale by Mike Chen.

Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:

Tom Angleberger, K Arsenault Rivera, Kristin Baver, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Emma Mieko Candon, Olivia Chadha, Gloria Chao, Adam Christopher, Paul Crilley, Amal El-Mohtar, M. K. England, Jason Fry, Adam Lance Garcia, Lamar Giles, Max Gladstone, Thea Guanzon, Ali Hazelwood, Patricia A. Jackson, Alex Jennings, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Sarah Kuhn, Danny Lore, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kwame Mbalia, Marieke Nijkamp, Danielle Paige, Laura Pohl, Dana Schwartz, Tara Sim, Phil Szostak, Suzanne Walker, Hannah Whitten, Sean Williams, Alyssa Wong

To celebrate the launch of this book, Penguin Random House and Disney/Lucasfilm will each make donations to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. In recognition of both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate at least $100,000 worth of booksto First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.

Narrated by a full cast, including: Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Sean Kenin, Nika Futterman, Jon Hamm, David Lee Huynh, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Brandon McInnis, Euan Morton, John Pirkis, Adam Scott, Kristen Sieh, Marc Thompson, Shannon Tyo, and Sam Witwer

I hope so, commander, for your sake. The emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
Lord Vader had forgiven him, then. Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod watched him go for longer than was strickly necessary. He would allow no detail to escape him. The rhythm of Vader's boots against the hanger bay floor; the sway of his cloak behind him; the precision of his gait, never hurried and never slow. The pace of inevitability,.


Nov 18, 7:16 pm

Yep, you caught me out! I don't stop by the Group Announcement threads very often. I should have stopped by there before commenting here. Glad to hear you that you are keeping the tradition going. I also missed your comments about News of the World. I would skip the film.

Nov 18, 7:38 pm

Like I said on your thread, its all good.

thanks for the advice on NotW movie. I will skip it.

Nov 19, 11:15 pm

I got your message, Jeff. Sure, I want to participate in the secret gift exchange. I'm at the same address. Guess I better make a list.

Nov 22, 7:51 pm

Dear Jeff,

Happy Thanksgiving from an appreciative non-celebrator.

Nov 24, 3:02 pm

>118 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Hope you had a pleasant Thursday. :)

Nov 24, 3:20 pm

Fantastic Photo Friday

Happy Friday, Last time, I'm going to beat the drum for the Christmas Swap! Still looking for people to join us. Either in place of doing SantaThing or in addition to it. Come one, come all. :) Here's the link >93 mahsdad:.

Hope all the US folks had a great "Turkey" day. We had T-bone steaks that I cooked on the grill. Much easier to clean up.

For the rest of you non-US people that visit me, like I just said to Paul. Hope you had a great Thursday.

On Wednesday, we went to visit the Broad museum in LA. Its a relatively new modern art museum, had some pretty cool stuff; Basquiat, Warhol, Koons. A large collection of Lichtenstein's that was really cool to see

Today's image is a selfie that probably everyone that goes to this museum has. :)

Book Update
>4 mahsdad: Q4 Books
>3 mahsdad: Q3 Books
>4 mahsdad: Q2 Books
>5 mahsdad: Q1 Books
>6 mahsdad: Audiobooks

Reading - On Drinking by Charles Bukowski 86%
Listening - From a Certain Point of View-40 stories celebrating 40 years of Return of the Jedi. Edited by Olivie Blake 56%

Finished Books
94. The Pram by Joe Hill (K) : . From an Amazon short-story Halloween collection. A husband and wife more into an old farm house in Maine, and uncovers some horrific secrets that should have remained hidden. Pretty good read.
93. After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh (A) : A collection of stories that are about life in various different kinds of apocalypses. From a story that is a cross between the Walking Dead and Escape from New York, to one that about what happens when the computers become a little too smart for our own good. As is my usual comment about story collections, some are really good, some are just okay, but its a good collection nonetheless.


Nov 24, 3:24 pm

Here's some others from the museum...

Nov 24, 3:25 pm

>120 mahsdad: Nice hubcap selfie!

The McHugh has crossed my radar before and I still don't have it open. I don't know why not, no one dislikes it....

Happy weekend-ahead's reads!

Nov 24, 3:26 pm

And since we're a bookish lot, I thought you'd enjoy this one especially.

Its by Edward Ruscha. Its called Gilded, Marbled and Foibled.

Nov 24, 3:32 pm

>120 mahsdad: It is fun! Even aside from great photo ops!

Nov 24, 3:39 pm

>122 richardderus: Hi RD. More like a bunny selfie, the full sculpture is in the first one of the montage.

>124 quondame: Hi Susan. It definitely is a nice museum, very opening and welcoming. The guides/guards were very informative. First time I've had someone like them giving information about the art. And its free. :) Perks of having a rich benefactor. LOL

Nov 24, 4:22 pm

>123 mahsdad: Beautiful!

>124 quondame: Whatevs. Looks like a moon hubcap from the 1950s aftermarket to me....

Editado: Nov 24, 5:02 pm

There's an Ed Ruscha retrospective at MOMA now. We have to make some time to go up and see it. We've already missed the 'young Picasso' exhibit at the Guggenheim, it seems. I thought it was still up. Grump.

Nov 25, 4:11 am

>120 mahsdad: At the time I saw a Jeff Koons exhibition, with the bunny, I didn't have a camera with me, as museums didn't allow taking pictures back then ;-)
But I did take similair selfies at other occasions.

Love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing, Jeff.

Nov 25, 4:54 pm

Hi Anita, Thanks for stopping by, and the photo love!

Nov 25, 8:26 pm

New Book

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

A spellbinding first novel about a young boy's fascination with the wonders of the seashore during a summer that will change his life.

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity. When he later finds a rare deepwater fish in the tidal waters near his home, and saves a dog from drowning, he is hailed as a prophet. The media hovers and everyone wants to hear what Miles has to say.

But Miles is really just a teenager on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting from him. While the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. In this unforgettable, beguiling novel, we witness the dramatic sea change for both Miles and the coastline that he adores over the course of a summer—one that will culminate with the highest tide in fifty years.

I learned early on that if you tell people what you see at low tide they'll think you're exaggerating or lying when you're actually just explaining strange and wonderful things as clearly as you can. Most of the time I understated what I saw because I couldn't find words powerful enough, but that's the nature of marine life and the inland bays I grew up on. You'd have to be a scientist, a poet and a comedian to hope to describe it all accurately, and even then you'd often fall short.


Nov 26, 6:52 am

>121 mahsdad: I like that one on the bottom right, flowers? Balloons?

Nov 26, 10:57 am

>130 mahsdad: That's some review! Well done! Did it send you out to the tide pools? Do we have them south of Pt. Mugu?

Nov 26, 1:29 pm

>132 quondame: Hi Susan. Can't claim credit for that. LOL. It is the blurb from Amazon about the book (effectively the back cover stuff) and the first paragraph of the book.

Any of the "new book" posts are me just starting a book. I'm only about 20 pages in so far.

thanks for your vote of confidence. :) I appreciate it.

Nov 27, 5:24 pm

>130 mahsdad: I'll be interested to hear what you think of it when you've finished.

Nov 28, 10:55 am

>131 fuzzi: Hey Fuzzi, totally missed replying to you. Yeah, they're balloon tulips. Its a pretty big sculpture. Made out of stainless steel and probably 5 ft high and 10 ft or so long

>134 ffortsa: Hi Judy, so far so good. Stay tuned.

Nov 28, 8:18 pm

New Book (audio)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and—even more important—on his writing.

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back.

By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in running.

There's a wise saying that goes like this: A real gentleman never discusses women he's broken up with or how much tax he's paid. Actually, this is a total lie. I just made it up. Sorry! But if there really were such a saying, I think that one more condition for being a gentleman would be keeping quite about what you do to stay healthy. A gentleman shouldn't go on and on about what he does to stay fit.
At least that's how I see it. As everybody knows, I'm no gentleman, so maybe I shouldn't be worrying about this to begin with, but still, I'm a little hesitant about writing this book.


Ontem, 8:33 am

That Murakami book sounds good enough to read! I don't guess I'll seek it out, but I do have several of his books on one shelf or another. And I've read only one. Shameful.

Ontem, 12:52 pm

Hey Bill, yeah, its probably only for Murakami completists. I'm listing to it on audio, and I was just searching various authors and it came up.

Its a short one (only 4 hours) so if you're looking for a palette cleanser on audio or physical it might be a good choice. So far so good.