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Soulless – Review

soullessCurrently on Loan from the Library:

The Long War by: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Bad Religion by: Ross Douthat

Other Books I’m Reading:

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson

Directive 51 by: John Barnes

Soulless by: Gail Carriger

I admit it. I’m a pretty opinionated person. It is not often that I don’t know exactly how to review a book. Usually I can point to the thing I liked, the things that worked, the parts that were a total disaster. I’m not actually sure I can do any of that with Gail Carriger’s book Soulless. But I’m going to try.

I came across Soulless because of my husband. He was reading an article about new genre twists and asked me if I’d ever heard of Gail Carriger. I hadn’t. How embarrassing. So I popped her book on my to read list, and proceeded to try and get my hands on a copy. It does not exist in my local library lending system. I hadn’t been able to find it at any local books store. It took months, and I finally broke down and bought my copy from an Amazon.com dealer for one cent plus shipping.

Leaving aside the fact that I generally mock the whole, the Undead fall in love genera (sorry Joss) almost as much as I mock the Jesus is my boyfriend genera, there are problems with this book. Stilted dialogue, both internal and external. Scenes I’m not certain make sense. Stock characters that are trotted in because the author needs a place holder. Plenty of romance novel type scenes of corporeal exuberance. Choppy plot. Hit and miss descriptions of people and places. In short, it is not what I look for in a Steampunk novel. Or any novel really.

And yet. And yet.

It’s as if Gail Carriger sat down and did exactly what they tell you to do in writing classes. Write what you like. I think she had a ball writing this. It’s funny, and quirky. Sure it’s a bit silly in places, but it’s fun. And wait for it…….. I enjoyed it.

Obviously I will have to research her work further. Purely for scientific reasons you understand.

Favorite Scene: Queen Victoria randomly shows up.

Favorite Scene to Mock: Let’s have sex on the dungeon floor before the madmen kill us.

Favorite Quote: “These are my monocular cross-magnification lenses with spectra-modifier attachment, and they are invaluable. I will thank you not to mock them so openly.”

Enjoyability: I’m going four and a half stars on this. Definitely a guilty pleasure read.

Where to read this book: Alone. On your e-reader. Possibly in the dark.

Further reading: Started Directive 51. It’s a good day to be me.

Finity – Review

finityCurrently on Loan from the Library:

Finity by: John Barnes

The King’s Deception by: Steve Berry

Robert J. Parker’s Wonderland by: Ace Atkins

Earth Made of Glass by: John Barnes

Cold Vengeance by: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Kill List by: Frederick Forsyth

Other Books I’m Reading:

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson

I was hesitant to pick up another many earths type book after my disappointment with The Long Earth by Pratchett and Baxter. However, I’d heard good buzz about Barnes’ Daybreak series. Which my library does not have access to. So, until I could chase his more recent work to the ground, I decided to go with what I did have easy access too.

I have to say I was not disappointed. Finity is 98% of a ripping yarn. Instead of the traveling through many worlds fiasco of other books, Finity starts out like you would expect an alternate history tale to start. I am a sucker for alternate history books. So I was good with that. The many worlds concept is added as we realize that people are blinking in and out from other time lines.

The hero of the book is one Professor Lyle Peripart. He is a third generation American ex pat living in New Zealand, since America is now part of the Reichs. That’s right. Germany won World War II by blowing up a chunk of the west coast. Lyle is working on some pretty abstract theories about a new kind of logic called abduction, when he is plucked out of obscurity by Geoffrey Iphwin CEO of ConTech.

Once Lyle, and his fiancé Helen are hired by Iphwin, all the crazy breaks free, and culminates in a violent road trip to find out what has happened to all the people who should be in America. It’s a fun, face paced, adventure read.

This is only 98% of a good read because of one scene of corporeal exuberance that is awkward, unnecessary, and weirdly placed. As well as, the ending. They sort of find the answer they are looking for, and then everyone left alive goes home. It’s exceptionally anticlimactic.

It is possible that Finity was intended as the first of a series.  If that is the case, then the ending is a little less grievous.

Favorite Scene: The incident at the Curious Monkey.

Favorite Quote: “Some of the answers correlate,” Helen said, “but that kind of figures. Hardly anyone has Mickey Mouse being a Disney character and a newspaper character named after a brand of chewing gum; nobody had Teddy Roosevelt assassinated by German agents in 1916 and being Secretary of War during World War Two.”

Enjoyability: Four and a half stars. Everything except of the ending was a five.

Where to read this book: Anywhere. But afterwards you may want to stay away from phones for a while.

Further reading: I started the Steve Berry book. Looks promising.

And the Mountains Echoed – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed by: Khaled Hosseini

The King’s Deception by: Steve Berry

Dissolution by: C.J. Sansom

Earth Made of Glass by: John Barnes

Finity by: John Barnes

Young Petrella by: Michael Gilbert

Other Books I’m Reading:

Riotous Assembly by: Tom Sharpe

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson

First I have to admit that I’ve never read either of the other two Khaled Hosseini books The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is possible that my lack of experience with his other works coupled with my lack of knowledge about Islamic traditions, and Farsi poetry are about to lead me to be very cruel to his hauntingly lovely and misunderstood work And the Mountains Echoed. But I don’t think so.

And the Mountains Echoed is not so much a novel as a series of vignettes about loss and endurance. Which could be okay, except that the author tips his hand in the first fifty pages essentially telling the reader how the book it going to end. How it has to end. Sadly between the start and the obvious ending the plot arch is jerky as teen learning to drive a stick shift. There are characters that show up with no explanation, and disappear when their section is done. Leaving me with the feeling that Hosseini was simply trying to get his word count up. There are interesting things that happen off to the side and are never explored. There are parts of the book that are long retellings of what happened with none of the emotion or interest that would have been present had the reader been shown instead. Perhaps most confusing of all, the time line for all of the characters is frankly mushy.

The whole book felt flat and educational. Not educational in that good way either. Where the teacher has peaked your interest in further study. Educational in that way where you end up being thankful that you got a good grade on the test and can move on.

Which is what I’m going to do now. Move on.

Favorite Scene: Abdullah realizing why they are in Kabul.

Favorite Quote: “Or rather, someone’s tragically misguided idea of a mansion, three stories high, pink, green, yellow, white, with parapets and turrets and pointed eaves and mosaics and mirrored skyscraper glass.”

Enjoyability: Two stars. And that’s taking into consideration I’m a white midwestern Lutheran who doesn’t know the first thing about Farsi poetry.

Where to read this book: Somewhere with lots of caffeine close at hand.

Further reading: I’m thinking some John Barnes. The covers look really promising.

I Wish I Was Kidding

I picked up a mystery novel today, by an author I’ve never read before.  One the first page there were five of the most commonly used clichés in mystery writing.

They were, in no particular order:

1. I died twice

2. Some one tried to save me

3. Some one tried to kill me

4. Dying isn’t what you think

5. My father hated black, so when he died I wouldn’t wear black.  Even though Mom tried to make me.  (This one is so epic, it probably counts as a cliché across all literature)

On the first page!

In a way I don’t know what to do next.

Do I:

A) Turn the page and keep reading, because hope springs eternal?

B) Close the book and return it to the library?

C) Drive it to the library immediately and demand something that has been edited more harshly?

I await your guidance.  Because I’m totally bumfuzzled.

Revenge Wears Prada – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

The Shining Girls by: Lauren Beukes

And the Mountains Echoed by: Khaled Hosseini

The God Eaters by: Jesse Hajicek

Letters from a Nutby: Ted L. Nancy

Other Books I’m Reading:

Riotous Assembly by: Tom Sharpe

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

I did indeed read Lauren Weisberger’s books The Devil Wears Prada.

I tried to read it once before I saw the movie, then I tried to read it again after I’d seen the movie. Only the second time did I succeed. It is very rare for me that the movie version of a book makes the book itself readable for me. But there it is.

Even after the disappointing experience I had with The Devil Wears Prada I thought I would go ahead and give the follow up a try. After all, there is something to be said for a really good evil character. I think Miranda Priestly counts as a good bady.

Revenge Wears Prada starts eight years after Andy left the horrible clutches of Ms. Priestly. Andy is about to get married to Max, a supposedly super wonderful media mogul. She is also now best friends and business partners with Emily, the woman who worked with her as Ms. Priestly’s senior assistant.

Once again, Andy has made a series of judgement errors when she’s picked the people in her life. There is her fiancé/husband Max. Who basically tells her who he is several time, but Andy doesn’t believe him. So when he finally stabs her in the back the reader isn’t surprised, but Andy is shocked. There is Emily, who used to torture Andy just as much as Miranda. Andy seems to have forgotten all of Emily’s mean girl tendencies, and gotten into business with her. It is however not clear how Andy could have forgotten all of Emily’s nastiness. Since she is still just as nasty to Andy from time to time. Especially when she isn’t getting her way. Also, Andy seems to have forgotten that Emily wants to be Miranda Priestly one day. If Andy had just remembered this about her best friend, the whole rest of the book never needed to happen.

Then there are the things that could have made this book better if they’d been fleshed out instead of just hinted at. Andy’s mother -in-law doesn’t like her and doesn’t want her to marry the overly sappy Max. This plot point could have been interesting, had it ever come to anything. It doesn’t.

Also, anyone looking for the return of Miranda Priestly in this book will be sadly disappointed. I know I was. Miranda the couple of times she shows up is at best a polite and cool snob, and at worst a mere shadow of her former glory. Miranda is trying to acquire Emily and Andy’s magazine The Plunge for the same media group that owns Runway. Which would make her Andy and Emily’s boss again. The best tricks she can come up with are killing them with kindness, and eventually pulling Andy aside and demanding what she wants. While a grown woman acting like a toddler is indeed worrisome, it’s not really scary. I can think of three better ways to forcibly acquire a magazine in fiction land, and I’ve never even been to New York city.

The end of the books is obvious to everyone but Andy.

Perhaps most annoying is Andy’s continued good girl posturing. Andy is not a nice person. She marries a man when she’s having second and third thoughts about the whole thing. She hold grudges. She throws herself into panic attacks over her suffering from eight years before. She encourages one woman to have an affair. She secretly dislikes the way Emily treats her, but won’t stand up for herself. She’s passive aggressive, refusing to just tell her partner that there is no way she’s willing sell the magazine. I mean, Emily was totally out of line, but Andy wasn’t dealing honestly with her. So neither of them wins that situation. Even though Andy gets an utterly random happyish ending, there is no way the character as written is going to be anything but miserable and/or self deluded for the rest of her life. In the end she can’t dither her way out of a paper bag. Why do I care about this person? Oh wait. I don’t. Hello Mary Sue.

Favorite Scene: Meh

Favorite Quote: Double Meh.

Enjoyability: One star. It got published.

Where to read this book: In secret.

Further reading: I have to read And the Mountains Echoed. I’m not sure I’m looking forward the experience.

The House Next Door – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

The Queen by: Steven James

Revenge Wears Prada by: Lauren Weisberger

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by: Ian Morimer

Kraken by: China Mieville

Reamde by: Neal Stephenson

Other Books I’m Reading:

Riotous Assembly by: Tom Sharpe

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson

I always appreciate it when an author steps away from what they normally write to try something different. I think most authors have more stories to tell then the ones they publish. When an audience becomes used to a certain kind of book from a writer of course they want more of that sort of book. But I like the glances down the road not taken. Even if they aren’t totally successful.

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons is one of those steps away from the normal. Siddons, who has long been known for lush books about Southern life and culture, actually doesn’t step too far from her normal realm here. The book is still set in the south, and still displays many of the usual Siddons motifs. However, The House Next Door is a psychological thriller.

Colquitt Kennedy and her husband Walter have a nice quiet middle class life, until someone starts to build a house on the property next to theirs. Colquitt is actually a little put out that someone is building next door, until she meets and befriends the young architect Kim Dougherty. It’s Kim’s first house. He’s excited, and desperate that everyone should recognize his special genius. Which of course Colquitt does.

Then things turn dark. There are accidents, and unexplained incidences connected with the house. People seem to have personality changes when they are in the house or become depressed. Leading Colquitt and eventually Walter to believe that the house is evil. Or possibly haunted. Of course you can’t have a haunted house on the block killing people, so Colquitt and Walter decide to take care of business.

Here is the thing that keeps this book from being just another haunted house story. Colquitt is the first person narrator of the story. So it’s not always clear if she is telling the absolute truth about things. The truth as she sees it. Or the truth as she’s been influenced to see it by the house. She could be suffering from a deep and scary form of psychopathy, or she could be dealing with a very evil house. It’s never really made clear either way. Although I have an opinion given the last ten pages.

The House Next Door was written in the late 1970’s. Younger reader may find some of it a bit dated. I don’t think it detracts from the book. Sensitive readers should be aware there is one scene containing a mildly graphic description of a miscarriage. On the whole though it is not a gory book.

If you do decide to read The House Next Door clear some time in your schedule. I read it in one sitting the first time. I was up until 3 a.m. It gives the phrase architectural nightmare a whole different meaning.

Favorite Scene: Kim comes by for a drink the first time.

Favorite Quote: “If we find that all our efforts have failed and someone buys the house, we shall set fire to it and burn it down. We will to this at night, before it is occupied. In another time they would have plowed the charred ground and sowed it with salt.

If it should come to that, I do not think we will be punished.

I do not think we will be alive long enough. “

Enjoyability: Five stars.

Where to read this book: Probably not at night alone in a house. I read it at night, but I was not alone.

Further reading: I have a whole pile of books. I should probably just start at the top and work down.

The White Princess – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

Dreaming Water by: Gail Tsukiyanma

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by: Gail Tsukiyanma

The White Princess : by Philippa Gregory

Hell is Empty : by Craig Johnson

Other Books I’m Reading:

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson

Much has been said over the years about how historically accurate Philippa Gregory’s works are or are not. I’m not going to belabor historical accuracy today. I don’t happen to agree with her theory that one of the Princes in the Tower escaped. Enough said.

The only thing left, if I’m not going to look at historical accuracy, is the quality of the novel as a work of fiction. That’s a whole different question. The White Princess is about the life of Elizabeth of York. Daughter of Elizabeth Woodville heroine of The White Queen and granddaughter of Jacquetta of Luxembourg heroine of Lady of the Rivers. Sadly while her mother and grandmother are portrayed by Gregory as women of action, sense, and strength, Elizabeth of York comes out as whiney, and frankly not that bright.

The Elizabeth of the book is forced into marriage with Henry the VII after he rapes her repeatedly at the behest of his mother who doesn’t want to have a barren Queen. Actually truth to be told, Henry’s mother Lady Margaret Beaufort heroine of The Red Queen really wants no Queen at all other than herself. The wedding is just about the last interesting thing that happens in the book. The rest is Elizabeth whining. She whines because she misses her uncle/lover Richard III of England. She whines because her husband is under his mother’s thumb. She whines because her mother, her husband, and her mother-in-law won’t let her play their spy games. She whines because she can’t pick between loyalty to her husband and son, or loyalty to the York family.

Perhaps more annoying than Elizabeth’s constant dithering, is the constant questioning. Every time her mother, or her husband reveal some portion of their plotting, she has a thousand and one questions for them. No wonder they wouldn’t let her play their spy games. As well educated as she is supposed to be, she has no apparent grasp of politics, or world events. She can’t even seem to decide whether she thinks the pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is her brother Richard all grown up, or not. The whole thing adds up to a 522 page book that contains 500 pages of the heroine flailing about uselessly.

This book would have been so much better if Gregory had let Elizabeth pick a side and become a spy master. It doesn’t even matter which side she would have picked.

But wait! Then the book wouldn’t have been historically accurate.

That is true. But the book is not historically accurate as written either. That’s why it is called fiction. Better an interesting read, then a dull whiny one.

Favorite Scene: Watch for the repeated prophesying of Elizabeth I of England.

Favorite Quote: “When I think of the fortune that was spent on your education, Elizabeth, I am really amazed at how little you know.”

Enjoyability: I’m going with three stars on this one. It could have been worse. It could have been much better.

Where to read this book: Far away from any historical reference material that could tend to enrage you. In fact resist the urge to fact check all together.

Further reading: In the background I’ve been working through the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. It has been really well done. Lest anyone think they are to highbrow for a mystery series there was a joke about Cato the Elder about three books back that made me laugh as hard as I’ve laughed over a book in a long time. 

The 9th Girl – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

 The 9th Girl by: Tami Hoag

 Zoe’s Tale by: John Scalzi

 Cold Wind by C.J. Box

 Another Man’s Moccasins by: Craig Johnson

 The Dark Horse  by: Craig Johnson

 River of the Gods by: Ian McDonald

 

Other Books I’m Reading: 

 World War Z by: Max Books

 Anathem by: Neal Stephenson  

Tami Hoag is another one of those authors I either hate or love depending on the book.  For instance, I’m a big fan of her protagonist Elena Estes from Dark Horse and The Alibi Man.  I’m not such a big fan of her Deer Lake series, or really any of her romance novels.  Her newly published book The 9th Girl is the fourth installment in Tami’s,  Kovac and Liska series.  The prior books, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, and Prior Bad Acts were all strong work.  

 

The 9th Girl starts with Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska being called to a scene on the highway New Years Eve.  The car the murdered girl was being transported in hit a huge pothole on the freeway, the trunk popped open and she popped out.  The horrified limo driver who sees the girl pop out of the trunk creates a serious traffic jam, and the cops are called.  The poor dead girl had been stabbed, and her face has been partially melted with acid, leading the reporters to dub her “Zombie Doe”.  The dead girl is the 9th Jane Doe case of the year.  She is also, Kovac suspects, the 9th victim of a serial killer the news has started calling Doc Holiday.  Liska is not so sure. 

 

Meanwhile, Nikki Liska, divorced Mom of two sons is having problems at home.  Her older son, Kyle, who is fifteen is having problems at school.  She’s feeling guilty about her hours.  She’s feeling guilty about not being closer to Kyle.  And the fact that she’s investigating the brutal murder of a child who could be her son’s class mate, is not helping matters.  

 

Then the crazy starts.   

 

Sensitive readers should probably be aware that the forensic scenes are a touch graphic.  However, if you’re a fan of the genera, they are probably nothing that will surprise you.  

 

On the whole I enjoyed this book.  I like that Kovac calls his tiny blond partner “Tinks” short for Tinker Bell.  I like that she calls him “Kojack”.  I like that they work well together, even when they disagree.  And they do disagree.  The plot in The 9th Girl is strong.  The way they finally catch the serial killer is clearly just a stroke of…  Well, I can’t call it good luck, considering the curcumstances.  But it was clearly just a stroke of the author being on their side.  On the other hand, I guess they were due for some luck somewhere in this story.  Besides, really, if the author isn’t going to be on the side of the hero, who is?   

 

Favorite Scene:  Nikki Liska tries not to kill Kyle’s principal.  

 

Favorite Quote: “You have to kill a zombie by killing it’s brain,” Elwood explained. “It’s not that easy.”

 

Enjoyability: A solid four starts.   

 

Where to read this book:  Still in the air conditioning for me.  

 

Further reading:  Someone recommend C.J. Box recently.  I may give that one a shot.  

 

What Alice Forgot – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

The 9th Girl by: Tami Hoag

 

Other Books I’m Reading: 

World War Z by: Max Books

Anathem by: Neal Stephenson  (It may be Neil is permanently stuck on this list.)

 

What Alice Forgot by: Liane Moriarty is a book picked for my monthly book club by one of the other members.   That being the case, it’s not really a book I would have picked out myself.  Still, it’s one that I”m glad I got to read.  

The book starts with Alice waking up on the floor of her gym, during an interrupted spin class.  Alice interrupted the class by plummeting off her bike, whacking her head and passing out for ten minutes.  In her fall, Alice seems to have forgotten ten years of her life.  She believes she’s 29, pregnant with her first child, and happily married.  In fact, she is 39, a mother of three, and in the middle of divorcing her husband.

All of this could be played for comedy as Alice pieces together the last ten years of her life, but it’s not.  There are funny moments.  Her children realizing that Mom is not entirely home and they should take advantage of the situation is fun.  Also, watching her try and piece together the gossip at school is charming, until it’s just heartbreaking.  In the final analysis this is a literate and literary work.  Not a comedy at all.  In fact the first two chapters were so sad, I almost put the book down.  But I’m glad a read on.

By the time Alice’s memories come flooding back, she already has the facts all worked out.  I won’t say what there are.  Spoilers.  I will say that I find the ending completely believable.  Which I was pleasantly surprised about.  It would be easy for an author to write an ending to this book where all the memories come flooding back, but they make everything okay, or everything is okay in spite of them.  Liane Moriarty didn’t do that. Instead Alice is essentially forced by her mind to take one of the best pieces of advice a marriage counselor, or a mother ever gave.  If you start acting loving, even if you don’t feel it, things change in a relationship.

There is a special warning on this book.  Alice’s sister Elizabeth is having infertility problems.  It is a large, and extremely sad piece of the book.  If this is something that it bothers you to read about, this book is probably not for you.  The portions are large enough and important enough to the plot, that not reading it with the rest of the book is really not an option.

I think I’ve used “heartbreaking” and “sad” enough in this review to put a person off the book.  The book is not sad in total.  I found it to be a very enjoyable read.  But it’s a read with some bite.  Which really, doesn’t it make it that much better?

Thank you Book Club Annie for your great pick!  

 

Enjoyability: Five stars, and two boxes of tissue

Where to read this book:  Curled up in the air conditioning.  What a scorcher we’ve had this week.   

Further reading:  I am waiting for the library to come up with about five or six books I’ve put on hold.  Until then, I’m finishing The 9th Girl and working on the ever present Anathem.  

The Ruins of Gorlan – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

The Ruins of Gorlan by: John Flanagan

The Gone Away World by: Nick Harkaway

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by: Winifred Watson

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by: Jennifer Cody Epstein

The Gift of Rain by: Tan Twan Eng

Fire Along the Sky by: Sara Donati

Other Books I’m Reading:

 Anathem: by Neal Stephenson. 

Okay, I’m just going to own it.  I’m not much on Young Adult anything.  I wasn’t much of a fan even when I was in right age group.  Sure, I read Harry Potter, and really enjoyed all the books.  Other than Harry, I haven’t touched a new YA book since I was a teen.  Maybe younger.  I still keep the old standbys standing by.   On the other hand, I’m a sucker for a good sword and sorcery epic.  I always have been.  So when one of my sisters recommended The Ranger’s Apprentice series I decided to give it a try.  I am so glad that I did.  John Flannagan’s The Ruins of Gorlan is a lively and charming read that reminds me pleasantly of the summer I was eleven and completely obsessed with Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.   

 The main character of The Runis of Gorlan is Will, a fifteen year old orphan just about to have his future decided.  One of the Craftmasters needs to choose him to be their apprentice, or he will be sent to work on a farm.  Will is set on going to Battleschool and becoming a warrior, even though he doesn’t have the build to be a warrior.  It quickly become apparent that none of the Craftmasters want Will.  Then Halt the castle Ranger shows up and ends up taking Will under his wing.  Rangers in this incarnation are the feisty, smart, and extremely competent CIA of the kingdom.  Being a Ranger turns out to be an excellent career choice for Will.  Then Will and Halt go out and have adventures.

This book is a very promising start to a much longer series.   So I won’t give away too much.  I will say that the characters are well written, and believable.  I suspect Jenny is destine to be one of my favorites.  The action is plausible and interesting.   I can’t wait to turn these books over to my sons in a few years.   I will absolutely be reading the rest.

Enjoyability:  Five stars, and a fond sigh for that summer when I was eleven.  

 

Where to read this book: Laying on a blanket in the sun. 

 

Further reading: I made the mistake of acquiring some new bookshelves this week, which led to the reorganizing of the library, which led to my must read pile growing yet again.   I’ve really got to stop moving books around our house.  

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