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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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    The Fireship, C. Northcote Parkinson

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  1. Book Lists 2017

    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
  2. Currently Reading

    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.
  3. what is everyone doing?

    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.
  4. 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 can predict what is going to happen - and it does, but it's not a disappointment. So Book Three, "A Mixture of Frailties" (1958) is about that, as well as introducing the character who will eventually bring everything to conclusion. There are many characters in this trilogy, all extremely interesting in their own right, but also fitting so well together to generate the feel of a small town. I found them very identifiable. The humour? There is supposed to be humour: "hilarious, satirical, witty and clever", Edmonton Journal. Maybe I would have spotted it if I was a wee bit more intellectual (I think it was Meg, way back, who commented on Davies' novels falling into that vague category.) The symbolism; there is symbolism, apparently - it's bondage to freedom. Okay, so I'm not a great one for spotting symbolism ... My overall impression was one of light to dark, with the first novel being the lightest, moving to the darkness of the third novel, but I think that could be my imagination. I'm glad I read it/them, but maybe I would have been content with the first of the three. (It was Tay who said something similar about another of the trilogies.)
  5. what is everyone doing?

    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!
  6. 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.
  7. The Year of the Flood

    Great find Dan. That's a remarkable amount of work on the saints. No doubt, given time, GGs will honor Saint Atwood, too.
  8. The Year of the Flood

    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.
  9. What films have you seen recently?

    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.
  10. 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!
  11. what is everyone doing?

    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.
  12. what is everyone doing?

    "Where were you when Donald Trump became president?" I think this in one of those days we will all remember.
  13. what is everyone doing?

    I have four pairs currently, Luna: for reading in bed, reading & general (bifocal), computer, driving
  14. Word Association MkII

    Brighton Rock
  15. What films have you seen recently?

    I had to lend my "The Water Diviner" (Russell Crowe) DVD to someone last week, so watched it again, maybe for the fourth time? I am still in awe of the approach it takes to the Gallipoli campaign. Beautiful scene in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.