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Ting Mikyunyu

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    Kame na Na'vi

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    Anything to do with environment and conservation, bird watching, butterfly photography JC's Avatar film, learning Na'vi, radio drama
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    A Sea of Words, A Lexicon to O'Brian's novels

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  1. How lovely to hear from you, Meg. I am delighted BGO is still going strong, and to suddenly see some familiar names gives me the impetus/impulse to come back. As I have a book I would love to discuss with sensible people, maybe I should reorganise my life and return to BGO. In the meantime - re Aubrey-Maturin novels, it so happens that I am in the process of re-reading 'A Sea of Words' by Dean King, searching in vain for words or phrases describing utensils used at mealtimes below decks. Many people believe, or are told, that the phrase 'square meal' comes from the square shape of the woo
  2. Tay, I have come out of 'retirement' to tell you how delighted I am with your reaction. It has been many years since I read the series (the books were not mine) and wish I could read them again. All I have to hold on to now is the film 'Master & Commander, the far side of the world'.
  3. I think this will be a lean year. In ascending order: The Fireship, C. Northcote Parkinson Colours Aloft, Alexander Kent Form Line of Battle, Alexander Kent Remember the African Skies, Chilufya Chilangwa (rough, I think she didn't have a beta reader) Life on Air, David Attenborough A Mixture of Frailties, Robertson Davies, Salterton Trilogy, Book 3 Leaven of Malice, Robertson Davies, Salterton Trilogy, Book 2 Tempest-Tost, Robertson Davies, Salterton Trilogy, Book 1
  4. Life on Air by David Attenborough. Great writer, easy read. The origins of Zoo Quest and the collection of wildlife for London Zoo is very well reported, such that it's not too difficult to read. I hope I get past that period soon, though.
  5. Sorry for that momac. Hope you recover soon. I had a similar experience recently, even though I have non-slip mats in the bath. I have returned to using soap* rather than gel and it makes life somewhat more slippery! *Soap is packed in paper, gel comes in a plastic bottle and therefore is banned in my house now.
  6. The Salterton Trilogy brings together Davies' first three novels. Set in a small town in Ontario, Canada, Book One is "Tempest-tost" (1951), a story about an am-dram group putting on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the setting for the play, the characters, their dramatic interactions are a mirror of the play itself. Two of the amateur actors from this novel move quietly into the second one, "Leaven of Malice" (1954), along with a few more and the setting of this is the local newspaper office where there are a number of interlocking crises. Getting to the end of the second novel, the reader ca
  7. A period of intense activity is now over, for a while. I have a book to post on, so will try to remember what it is all about. It has taken me a few months to read!
  8. I completely agree Dan. (Pause to take action) Having realised I'll never read the others for a second time, I've pulled them out of the bookcase. They'll be going back to the secondhand books shop next Saturday.
  9. Great find Dan. That's a remarkable amount of work on the saints. No doubt, given time, GGs will honor Saint Atwood, too.
  10. I agree with both your observations, Dan. My first reading of this was about five years after Oryx and Crake, so the character reminders were quite helpful. As to God's Gardeners - well, sometimes I just wanted to pick 'em up and shake 'em! I hope you enjoy MaddAddam.
  11. I saw that, too, Viccie. Because of the volume they play films at here, I always have to put in earplugs. Even so I found the dialogue difficult - particularly the American actors. Redmayne was a lot clearer. I wonder ... I'm going to be more conscious of accents now and see if some are clearer than others. Loved the movie, loved the story, loved getting lost in the land of magical creatures. I also loved the darker side of the story - typical Rowling.
  12. Sorry,I've been away a bit and keep trying to catch up with things. I'm so glad there are new fans. As Binker says, every time these books are mentioned you want to start all over again. Tay, those are both reference books, so I won't be posting on them. They are extremely well researched and just add a little bit more info to each story. I really wish I'd had them as I was reading the first time around - which means there is going to have to be a second time around! As soon as everything in my life is 'atanto' (at the moment everything is 'ahoo' ) Round 2 will begin!
  13. I'm not gone - just sooo busy, and the electricity load shedding is a nightmare. But as an environmental person, I can't complain at saving the planet, albeit involuntarily. Reading is nearly out of the question. And I have a couple of big jobs on, so not much time to read anyway. The radio works okay, and through the BBC World Service I know Andy Murray made it. I am so happy for you, Cp.
  14. "Where were you when Donald Trump became president?" I think this in one of those days we will all remember.
  15. I have four pairs currently, Luna: for reading in bed, reading & general (bifocal), computer, driving
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