Fact and Fancy By H. P. Lovecraft

Madame Vauquer:

Happy Birthday to the old Gent!

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Originally posted on H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club & Reading Group:

How dull the wretch, whose philosophic mind
Disdains the pleasures of fantastic kind;
Whose prosy thoughts the joys of life exclude,
And wreck the solace of the poet’s mood!
Young Zeno, practic’d in the Stoic’s art,
Rejects the language of the glowing heart;
Dissolves sweet Nature to a mess of laws;
Condemns th’ effect whilst looking for the cause;
Freezes poor Ovid in an ic’d review,
And sneers because his fables are untrue!
In search of Truth the hopeful zealot goes,
But all the sadder tums, the more he knows!
Stay! vandal sophist, whose deep lore would blast
The graceful legends of the story’d past;
Whose tongue in censure flays th’ embellish’d page,
And scolds the comforts of a dreary age:
Would’st strip the foliage from the vital bough
Till all men grow as wisely dull as thou?
Happy the man whose fresh, untainted eye
Discerns a Pantheon in…

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Teaser Tuesdays – August 19, 2014

OceanMoonTeaser 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.

 

My Teaser Tuesdays this week is from a group read at the 19th Century Literature group.

The Sea Wolf
By Jack London

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“And when shall we arrive at Yokohama?” she asked, turning to him and looking him squarely in the eyes.

There it was, the question flat.  The jaws stopped working, the ears ceased wobbling, and though eyes remained glued on plates, each man listened greedily for the answer.

 

Have you read anything by Jack London? 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.

 

Honoré de Balzac – August 18, 1850

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Honoré de Balzac died on this date in 1850.

Victor Hugo’s The Death of Balzac can be read on the collaborative blog La Comedie Humaine. If you are a fan of Balzac’s books, explore the site for other items of interest. If you’re looking for something in particular and can’t find it, leave a comment about it. One of us might know.

I could not name my favorite book by Balzac. A Top Ten list would be possible, although it probably changes from year to year. Le Père Goriot definitely makes any list and is always my sentimental favorite. It was the first Balzac book I read and the one which started me on the journey of reading the complete Comedie Humaine and more.

All of Balzac’s Comedie Humaine, plays and a few more items are available as free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Free Time Fridays – August 15, 2014

A new MEME this week! Read about it at Shannon’s eatupmyfreetime blog.

ShannonFTFFree 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!

 

First I think I need a definition of Free Time! When I was working, I always thought that after retirement, I’d have oodles of free time to read, read, read. Well, this was before the days of the Internet, book groups, trivia hangouts and certainly before the days of blogs. Do I read more now than before I retired? No. Do I occasionally (often), at the end of a day, log off and think that I could have read an entire book in the time I just spent on the Internet? Yes. C’est la vie.

 

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This week I spent nearly an entire day preparing for the group read at the Nutshell Cubbyhole of The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft.

HaunterAndFirst I discovered it was a sequel to The Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch which appeared in the September 1935 issue of Weird Tales. (Bloch is the author of Psycho among other things.) Naturally I had to find this story and read it first.

Lovecraft’s story was written in November of 1935 and published in the December 1936 issue of Weird Tales.

This stone, once exposed, exerted upon Blake an almost alarming fascination. He could scarcely tear his eyes from it, and as he looked at its glistening surfaces he almost fancied it was transparent, with half-formed worlds of wonder within.  –  The Haunter of the Dark

Another discovery was that Bloch had written a third tale many years later. The Shadow from the Steeple appeared in the September 1950 issue of Weird Tales and I can hardly wait to get to it! Fortunately all three have been reprinted together by Arkham House in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.

 

That pretty much sums up my free time (so-called) 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 – August 15, 2014

TwistedHouseFFFriday 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 am very excited about my finds this week. I spotted the first book on the Cozy Crimes poll at Goodreads.

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Amanda Albright Still:
1. Echoes of the Storm
2. Brides of the Storm
3. Secrets of the Storm

 

The Galveston Hurricane Mysteries feature female attorney Dash Gallagher and are set in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane which hit Galveston in 1900 killing several thousand people. This caught my eye because I have vacationed in Galveston and read about the hurricane. In researching whether or not these books would interest me, I learned that the author died earlier this year.

 

Please share your Friday Finds with us! It’s easy. Just 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.

Happy Birthdays! – Orphan Black Clones

Madame Vauquer:

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Thanks to FLYFISHERJO for researching and recording birthdates and places! It will be a busy spring and just in time for Season Three.

Originally posted on Orphan Clones:

While watching Season 1, I got wrapped up in the birth certificates of the various clones that Sarah finds. I started writing them down, then searched for the information on the other clones and came up with this list.
If you can’t send a card to your favourite clone, just bake a cake and eat it in their honour! Post photos of the cakes on the Orphan Black Twitter or FB account just to be sure they know fans out there are celebrating.
There was no recorded birthdate for Rachel. Guess no one wants to celebrate her birthday. ;)

Alison Hendrix: April 4, 1984, Scarborough, ON, Canada

Elizabeth Childs: April 1, 1984 East York, ON, Canada (deceased)

Katja Obinger: March 24, 1984, Berlin, Germany (deceased)

Janika Zingler: March 10, 1984, Salzberg, Austria (deceased)

Aryanna Giordano: April 4, 1984, Rome, Italy (deceased)

Danielle Fournier: March 20, 1984, Paris, France (deceased)

Sarah…

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Teaser Tuesdays – August 12, 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.

 

The Closers
by Michael Connelly

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The point is, I need the gun. I need the badge.

Cover blurb:

He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit.

His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.’s tides of crime.

 

The Closers is Michael Connelly’s eleventh Harry Bosch mystery and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. My introduction came many years ago when, during a camping trip, another camper and I traded the books we had already read. One of the ones he gave me was The Last Coyote which is the fourth in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. I knew then that I wanted to read the series and read them in order.

 

Have you read any of Connelly’s books? 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.

Friday Finds – August 8, 2014

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Friday 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.

 

This book was brought to my attention a few weeks ago when Mike nominated it as a group read at the Yahoo French Literature group and arrived earlier this week. The read and discussion will take place in October. Anyone interested is welcome to join us. We’d love to have you.

The Life Before Us
(La Vie devant soi)
by Romain Gary
Translated by Ralph Manheim

I was unable to find a cover image for the particular edition I have, so chose another by the same translator.

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Several readers I know are fans of Romain Gary’s books. Emma at Book Around The Corner has a page devoted to him. She wrote the following of the next book: “Back in February, when I prepared the fourth Wednesday with Romain Gary post, I felt the urge to reread Lady L and I wasn’t disappointed.” This persuaded me to add Lady L to my book order.

Lady L
by Romain Gary

This book was originally written in English which confused me until reading at Emma’s site that Gary’s first wife was British writer Lesley Blanch.

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Both these books have been made into movies. La Vie devant soi, which won the Prix Goncourt the year it was published, was made into a movie titled Madame Rosa starring Simone Signoret. The movie of Lady L retained the book title and starred Sophia Loren, Paul Newman and David Niven.

Did you make any fabulous discoveries this week? 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.

Nina Clay Watches Orphan Black

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I totally missed this reference to the Canadian television series Orphan Black on the Friday, August 1, episode of General Hospital. I don’t care for the character of Nina Clay and usually fast forward through her scenes, even when they are with characters I do like.

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Thank you to @OrphanBlack for Tweeting the link at Tumbler. I have now watched it four times and counting.

Teaser Tuesdays – August 5, 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.

 

 

Mine this week, the first book of a trilogy, was recommended by Nancy with these words:

“This may be the best book you never heard of.”

Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett

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Edwin could not escape from the universal assumption. He felt it round him as a net which somehow he had to cut.

 

The Clayhanger Family:
Clayhanger (1910) Project Gutenberg or LibriVox
Hilda Lessways (1911) Project Gutenberg or LibriVox
These Twain (1916) Project Gutenberg or LibriVox

The Roll-Call (1918) is a sequel to the trilogy. Project Gutenberg or LibriVox

 

What are you reading now? Anything exciting or enlightening? 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.