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May Reading List

As usual I read a lot of stuff last month but a few really stand out.

Smooth Talking Stranger, copyright 2009, by Lisa Kleypas. I have to admit that this book hit all of my romance cookies. And I can’t say another thing about it because I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is one I’ll reread again because it was so satisfying.

The Big Sleep, copyright 1939, by Raymond Chandler. I was familiar with Chandler’s work because of Bogart playing his famous private eye, Philip Marlowe, in the film of the same name, but I had never bothered to actually read one of his books. I’m so glad I picked this up. I loved the story, loved the language/slang, loved the slow reveal of the mystery. I’ll be reading more of Chandler’s work now that I know how much I enjoy it.

Raw and Red Hot by Jonathan Shaw Harvard Magazine May/June 2019 A very interesting piece on how science is beginning to link inflammation with almost every chronic disease known.

The Lost Princess Man by John Barnes, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Usually I like maybe half of the stories in an anthology. Mr. Clarke did a fabulous job putting Galactic Empires together. I enjoyed most of the stories in it.

Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017,  anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Another great story from this anthology. I liked so many that I’m not going to list anymore titles. I read the stories in between books last month and was sorry to finish it. Pick up this anthology if you enjoy space opera. You won’t be disappointed.

Troubles

Getting caught in a spider’s web is often how troubles feel.

We all have them. Troubles come in all sizes, shapes, and intensities. Sometimes we get caught in the blast radius of another person’s troubles. Sometimes we are standing at ground zero. After decades of roaming this Earth and dealing with my share of troubles it has finally occurred to me that we need them.Read More

April Reading List

Photo: Wood Duck family on a Log copyright Gunsmith Photo. If you look closely at this image you’ll see the baby Wood ducks nestled under mama. Shots like these take patience to get, especially when the subject is looking right at the photographer.

The List: I read a lot last month, partly for a workshop I was doing, partly because we lost power for most of two days and there was little else I could do, partly because April weather essentially sucked, and mostly because I love to read and read something every day.

I read a wide variety of fiction and several non-fiction environmental studies during April. I had a few disappointments that surprised me. I won’t name the authors because I’m not into bashing a fellow writer. Suffice it to say they weren’t to my taste.Read More

Obituaries

 

An unusual topic, I know. I am fascinated by obituaries. Weird but true. I feel compelled to read them whenever they pass before my eyes. You can tell so much about a person’s life and their relationships by their obituary. Is the obit long? Does it resemble a grocery list of their life’s accomplishments? Does it list family members all the way down to great-great children and how the deceased will be missed by all?Read More