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    lincoln in the bardo - george saunders

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  1. review of Still the Same Man by Jon Bilbao The main character Joanes, a failing air conditioning sales person, and his wife and daughter are brought to Cancun, Mexico for his father in law's second marraige to a woman a number of years younger than him. When in Mexico, a hurricane is due to hit the resort causing the holidaymakers to be evacuated. Joanes on the morning of the evacuation takes a drive due to the stress of it being with his father in law for considerable time (i thought saunas were for destressing, evidentally it depends on the company one has in it) and such but comes to trouble as a chimpanzee comes onto the road and he accidentally hits her with his car. Due to waiting and burying the chimpanzee who dies, he misses the evacuation buses. He returns to the hotel and stays the night before the storm in it before his intended. When eventually he leaves to catch up with his family, on the motorway he sees a couple together, a man waking, his wife in a wheelchair. He stops for them when he recognises that the man was an old college professor, a professor he blames for ruining his life and scuppering a very probably job with an engineering firm. The professor and his wheelchair bound wife were forcibly removed from their own busUnfortunately, the lecturer only recognises Joanes as being a fellow Spaniard. There is an immediacy to the narrative of Bilbao because of the effect of the weather on it but there is some really wonderful quotes on it, a description of the transparency by wife of her new step mum's nightie being more transparen tthan a window stand out to me. How trustworthy are the characters is up to the reader and probably shouldn't be taken at face value I thought this was an excellent read, thoroughly engrossing read. * * * * *
  2. Review of Doubloon Cove: The Secret of the Ancient Visitors by Kelly Novak This novel is set in Massachussets in the early 1990s. Jeffrey and Steven are friends from school. Jeffrey has a younger sister Cindy. Jeffrey and Steven are looking for adventure, as the novel starts, they are in a shed on Jeffrey's family home, which they in innocence. When they go to Jeffrey's house, Cindy is in her bedroom as some repairmen have came while their parents are out. They are in fact thieves looking to steal some artifacts of their parents, but are foiled and don't succeed at it. What happens is that Jeffrey's parent, both Professors at University, tells them the basis for the robbery is that they believed and wrote a much derided work on both Viking and Irish visitors to what now is Massachussets 1,000 years earlier. By the end of the first chapter, I was absorbed into the writing and interested in how the novel works out. A really nice mystery / adventure novel with a little bit of cryptology thrown in, i found it quite an enjoyable read. A novel that while the target audience is teenagers, there is a lot of adults to enjoy in it. The dialogue is enjoyable to read particularly between the three main characters. * * * * *
  3. This won the Warwick prize for women in translation recently https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/nov/17/a-week-in-literary-prizes-goldsmiths-national-book-stephen-spender-award
  4. review of Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors, translated by Misha Hoekstra. The novel starts with Sonja, the main character having a driving lesson (from where they get the title of the novel from). Sonja is in her 40s, single and works translating the crime novels of a Swedish writer in the ilk of Steig Larsson, Gosta Svennson. he novel is told both in the present and look back at the past in rural Jutland, a past that no longer exists as the family land has been bought up by the local pig farmer, a guy with an unflattering nickname that I can not recall (sorry) Sonja really doesn't like her job and particularly with the descriptions she has to go through in the task of translating Gosta's works into Danish. There seems to be a bit of a dislike with the obsession to the Nordic crime thrillers genre (something I can relate to, more so in terms of TV than with books as with books I do a good job avoiding them). She also doesn't like her driving instructor, Jytte (the scene at the start I found very funny) who doesn't let her shift gears herself and her relationship with her sister is not good. Her sister's husband runs defense whenever she phones them and they barely talk except by accident. Her relationship with her masseuse sees her take a trip with her to do some meditative hiking but Sonya would as the blurb reads prefer to eat cake than hike meditatively. Can't blame her, really. She can't talk to her father as her father's work has damaged his ears. Despite all these things that she doesn't like, I did like the character of Sonya, she is engaging and indeed very likeable. There isn't a proper story but more a series of events, Nors writing though is excellent and Hoekstra adeptly puts it to English to make a humourous novel. Obserrvant and funny, I really enjoyed this book * * * * *
  5. Site problem?

    It isn't coming up for me either Though. The site doesn't seem to be fully loading either
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  7. Have a Rant!

    I recall taking a survey once and a question was "would seeing 2 people of the same sex kiss make you uncomfortable?" I answered yes to this, my answer would be the same without "of the same sex". I remember once being annoyed that a guy had moved up to a higher step on an escalator to kiss the woman he was with, it did annoy me. We all have different comfort levels for things. I love watching cycling but I hate seeing crashes, though it seems some cycling websites and sports news broadcasts really like showing the crashes, I find them uncomfortable viewing. While I am not particularly fond of sexual stuff in particular, I don't particularly mind it it but one thing I don't like is where I believe there is a coercive or abusive relationship, where one of the participants hasn't fully consented or someone is taking advantage of me. One book I read this year did include an extremely long passage detailing an abusive sexual relationship. It was very difficult reading. We all have different comfort levels. What would really make me very uncomfortable to detailed illness descriptions. Reading is suppose to be a hobby/fun/past time/ enjoyment so if reading something makes you uncomfortable, that is ok, either skim over or skip the parts that make you uncomfortable, it is up to the individual themselves to decide because it is their own time that they are reading on so if they don't enjoy reading particular thing or seeing regardless of what that is, that is ok and up to personal choice. TLDR - it's a matter of personal choice for individuals when it comes to reading material on what they like and don"'t like. Reading is for enjoyment so it's up to each individual
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    two photos i took of a rainbow (well i took a couple more but more as an insurance from my sometimes shaky photo hand) when i was out walking in Dublin on Saturday morning
  9. Rest in Peace

    Kevin cadle, former sky sports american football and basketball presenter died last Monday at 61
  10. Rest in Peace

    gord downie of tragically hip passed away from brain cancer at age 53
  11. what is everyone doing?

    The last update was that 400,000 homes or so were without electricity which is about one quarter of our homes are affected, mostly in the south and west (we're north east so we haven't had the worst of it) but that is a big population of here to be without power.
  12. what is everyone doing?

    Finished work at 12:30 because we are being hit by tropical storm Ophelia, it is suppose to be the worst to hit the country in 30 years.
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    I think it is the ruins of an old church
  14. what is everyone doing?

    that is really nice story momac
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    oh a couple more of the photos from here i have to say being there looking at the work and dedication into the crosses and the round tower, it was very awe inspiring, phenomenal feats of work and labour