Monday, October 07, 2019

Monday Malarkey

Recent arrivals (left to right):

  • Nature's Best Hope by Doublas W. Tallamy - from Timber Press for review 
  • The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando by William J. Mann - from HarperCollins for review
  • The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White - from Berkley for review
  • The End of Something Wonderful by Lucianovic and Ermos,
  • Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Marie and Lorenzo, and
  • The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Kelkar and Marley - all from Sterling Children's Books for review

The Contender and The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street are hardcovers (both unexpected) of books I already received in ARC form, so I'll read the finished copies in case I decide to quote from them, for accuracy. I believe I signed up for Nature's Best Hope via Shelf Awareness before I stopped opening SA newsletters due to my forthcoming break. I'm excited about it. I always love books from Timber Press. Nature hates me but I am a big fan of it, anyway. I think I mentioned that I changed my updated review policy to continue accepting children's books. I won't accept any that will need to be reviewed while I'm gone but I decided I can't bear to give up the children's books. 

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris

Currently reading:

  • Summary of the Mueller Report by Thomas E. Patterson 
  • Help the Witch by Tom Cox (short stories)

I hope to finish Summary of the Mueller Report, tonight. It's hard rereading it and having all the horror reinforced, but I'm realizing that there are some things I missed on the reading of the complete Mueller Report, probably partly because you lose a little bit of continuity by going back and forth between text and footnotes (there are a lot of footnotes in the complete report) but also because I occasionally was sleepy when I read it. I love the ease of reading the Summary. And, to be honest, it's more relevant than ever. 

I started Help the Witch, last night, and the first story is so long that I stopped before finishing. It was already late when I got going on the Summary of the Mueller Report, later still when I opened Help the Witch. So far, I'm having a little trouble following Cox's description of the house and surrounding track in the title story, "Help the Witch," but I've learned two new words. Here's one of them: 

  1. 1.
    (in classical architecture) a main beam resting across the tops of columns, specifically the lower third entablature.
  2. 2.
    the molded frame around a doorway or window.

I forgot the other but I'll try to remember to share it in my review. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

In other news:

I was wrong about the DVD cases, last week. Season 1 of Glitch is the image of the officer, James, with a woman in a towel — his dead wife, resurrected. Season 2 is the one with the woman in the background, new wife Sarah and their baby. I'm on Season 2, now. It's getting more sinister but I haven't been frightened away, yet. Also watching Chicago FirePoldark, and The Durrells in Corfu. Kind of bummed that this is the last season of both of the latter two. 

Our first cool front of the season has arrived! It's only supposed to get to 76°, today. Woot! Sure, it'll be back in the upper 80s in two days, but we have to take our joy when it comes. 

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  1. A great start to the week!

  2. The House on Tradd Street did nothing for me, but Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter was one of my favorites by Salinger.

    I admire your commitment to the Mueller Report. I couldn't steel myself to learn any more. It is hard enough to read the news, especially with the new revelations.

    1. I liked the atmosphere in The House on Tradd Street, but I can't say I'll go much beyond the new Tradd Street Christmas book. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter is wonderful. I think the Glass family is very entertaining but, yes, I agree with you . . . Roof Beam is special and a favorite by Salinger for me, too.

      Haha, it's hard reading The Mueller Report, but it's not even the legalese that makes it so miserable. The president's lack of respect for law, experience, knowledge, and humans in general is just appalling. And, he has the temperament and world view (everything is about me, me, me) of a 2-year-old. So, it's that and realizing just how much he's done to break laws and norms then totally gotten away with that's utterly exhausting. I finished the Summary of the Mueller Report, last night, and I appreciated the continuity (no footnotes, few redactions) but I confess I'm happy to be done with it because it is so draining.


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