Teaser Tuesdays – September 30, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

God Bless John Wayne
by Kinky Friedman

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It was raining cool cats and kosher hot dogs in the city that afternoon and things weren’t getting any sunnier as the cat looked over my shoulder at me looking over my bank statement. I was keeping us in cigars and tuna by tackling a murder investigation every now and then, but the big clients didn’t seem to be queuing up on the street outside my building waiting for me to throw down the little black puppet head with the key to the front door wedged in its mouth.

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Cover blurb:

. . . life for Kinky Friedman is a constant adventure. The fact that he hires himself out as a private detective presents ample opportunity for encounters of the dangerous kind. The fact that he lives in New York City quadruples the odds.

. . . In his latest novel, the Kinkster is in absolute top form. Plus, he’s back in atmospheric New York City, ensconced in his downtown loft with his faithful though somewhat disdainful cat, arms akimbo, looking askew at a world run amuck. And in his heart, he knows that the big city is where he belongs.

If you enjoy hilarious dialogue, both internal and external, and are not offended by non-political correctness, you should enjoy almost any novel in this series. Although each one stands alone, as with most series, they are best read in order if possible.

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Free Time Fridays – September 26, 2014

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shannon at eatupmyfreetime.

If you’re new to Free Time Fridays, the details are at eatupmyfreetime here.

 

The past week I finished two non-fiction books I’ve been reading for a while: Letters from Africa by Karen Blixen and Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein. I also started A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction so this is an unusual number of non-fiction books for me to have going at once.

I finished two fictions works this week. The first was a short story by Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons. Finney is the author of Time and Again which is a masterpiece of time travel. He’s also the author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the basis for several movies. The other book I finished was Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

On the tv front, I watched the season premieres of Person of Interest and Survivor. Of the new series I sampled, Gotham and Forever were my favorites.

Did I actually ever leave the house? Oh yes, the highlight of my week was getting my flu shot, lol.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

 

Friday Finds – September 26, 2014

CatFindsFriday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

I only have one find to report this week. It’s a short story and can be read free at Literary Fictions, another WordPress blog.

Miriam by Truman Capote

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Miriam was suggested as a group read by Cheryl at the Nutshell Cubbyhole. The discussion begins today for one week. Everyone interested is welcome to join. We’d love to have you.

Share your Friday Finds with us! Please leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post on MizB’s blog or here. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

Teaser Tuesdays – September 23, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

A Pirate Looks at Fifty

by Jimmy Buffett

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To make matters worse, the first thing the nuns would make us all do on the first day back was to write about what we had done that summer. Having to recall it all while sitting in the antiseptic atmosphere of a classroom was like staring at the goodies in a bakery window with no money in your pocket.

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Including a couple of album covers featuring Jimmy.

Are you feeling nostalgic for the song Margaritaville? Watch Jimmy singing it last year on Ellen. Missing long hair? Go back over thirty years to an appearance on The Tonight Show. Jimmy’s Margaritaville website.

I had to do the same thing umpteen years ago in school! Does this bring back any memories for you? What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Anka Muhlstein on Food, Balzac and Flaubert

BalzacsOmeletteSentimentalEduWhen he is invited to dinner at Arnoux’s house, Frédéric, the hero of A Sentimental Education, “had to choose between ten mustards. He ate daspachio, curry, ginger, blackbirds from Corsica, lasagna from Rome.” Arnoux, a porcelain manufacturer, is not in possession of a great fortune but prides himself on being a good host. He “cultivated all the mail coach drivers to secure foodstuffs, and had connections with cooks in grand houses, who gave him recipes for sauces.” Like many Parisians, he has no hesitation in spending a great deal of money both at home and in restaurants. The tyranny of the palate has never been described; as a necessity of life it escapes the criticism of literature; yet no one imagines how many have been ruined by the table. The luxury of the table is indeed, in a sense, the courtesan’s one competitor in Paris,” says Balzac in Cousin Pons.

Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein

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Fans of Balzac, please visit the collaborative blog La Comedie Humaine.

 

 

Free Time Fridays – September 19, 2014

BlahFTFFree Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

This was a very unproductive week for me. While I didn’t feel as bad as the man on the left looks, I really had the blahs. I think it might the be allergies kicking up from all the grass pollen. I would linger in bed of the mornings, lie down for a nap in the afternoons and, at any point during the day, find myself just sitting and doing nothing–not even daydreaming. Cure: get up and exercise! If only I wasn’t so lazy.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Karen Blixen and the Earthquake

Written from Kenya, dated January 8, 1928

Blixen1The strangest thing that happened here this week was that we had an earthquake on Friday night. It is true that it was only a footling little one; but for someone who has not experienced an earthquake before it was a special sensation all the same. I was in the bathroom getting ready to go to bed and my first thought was that a leopard had somehow got up into the loft; but when the whole house began to rock there had to be another explanation. Despite the fact that it is an uncanny feeling there is something, if I may say so, intoxicating about it, that something one has regarded as lifeless can start to move. You feel as if you want to pat the earth and talk to it: Well, so you are alive after all, old Earth!–Juma says he has experienced it before in Uganda, and then King Edward died the same day!–so now we must be prepared for great events.

Letters from Africa 1914 – 1931 by Isak Dinesen, translated by Anne Born

Teaser Tuesdays – September 16, 2014

FullMoonTTTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

 

Dead Until Dark
by Charlaine Harris

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I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.

Ever since vampires came out of the coffin (as they laughingly put it) two years ago, I’d hoped one would come to Bon Temps.

 

Dead Until Dark is the first in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. The only thing I previously knew about this series was that it was the basis for the television series True Blood. Hannah’s September 2 TT at The Book Pub about Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) prompted me to read the first book.

 

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

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Lovecraft, Long and Used Books

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In those days, Lovecraft and Long frequently browsed among the outside stalls of second-hand book shops. Sometimes Lovecraft thought of a friend in connection with some particular book which came to his hand, and if it cost no more than fifteen cents or a quarter, he would buy it for presentation purposes.
A Memoir of Lovecraft by Rheinhart Kleiner

 

Photo: Howard Phillips Lovecraft and Frank Belknap Long, Jr. in 1931.