Thaao in Cuba

Madame Vauquer:

What a treat seeing the entrance to Hemingway’s home! Also enjoyed the cars from the 50s – brought back memories.

Originally posted on JOURNEYS and PLACES:

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Sunrise over Havana. July 2014. “We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.”

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A photo from Havana where the cars from the 50’s are everywhere. Its like time stopped there. But beautiful people and the usual Communist spy hovering.

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Finca La Vigia. The entrance to Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba.  Its about 40 miles outside of Havana. A great writer’s hideaway. And outside they served us rum with pure sugar cane. I went back to my hotel understanding this enigma a little better.

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Magnificent church in Havana, built in the 17thC, long before Communism embraced the country and the religion of Santaria became the accepted religion.

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How to Be Awesome Like Alison Hendrix

Madame Vauquer:

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Great post on Alison!

Originally posted on girls like giants:

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Welcome to the final day of Orphan Black Week on Girls Like Giants! We launched this discussion last week with a post on the patriarchal metaphor that structures the show. This week we’ve been featuring a series of “How To Be Awesome Like…” posts on the women of “clone club.” Today our final contributor, Rachel B., gets at the heart inside the neuroses of Alison Hendrix.

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In Orphan Black’s first episode, Alison Hendrix is nothing more than a Social Security card in a safe deposit box. At first glance, this seems an apt metaphor for the woman herself: contained within the cold, sterile routine of her highly regulated suburban life. Unable to think or live outside the box. Indeed, when Felix asks Sarah early in Season 1 why she decides not to inform Alison about the more frightening characteristics of the as-yet unidentified Helena, Sarah explains that if…

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Free Time Fridays – August 29, 2014

LadyReadingFTFFree 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!

 

My free time this week was spent reading (as it should be!) and catching up on some odds and ends. I needed to get as much as possible done because, with two group reads starting soon, the next two weeks will be busy. I’m looking forward to them.

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The discussion of Katia aka Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy begins Sunday at the 19th Century Literature group.

 

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The discussion of Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein begins Monday at the French Literature group.

 

 

Anyone interested in either of these two books is welcome to join us.

 

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?

Teaser Tuesdays – August 26, 2014

PalmTreesTTTeaser 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.

 

Evanovich began this series a decade ago and, even though I avidly read her Stephanie Plum novels, I was rather put off by the title Metro Girl. When I saw it on the dollar table though, I couldn’t resist picking it up after all. Then it lounged around near the bottom of the TBR list until I happened upon a couple of good reviews for it.

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by Janet Evanovich

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“You’re getting better at lying,” Hooker said, when we were belted into the Porsche. “In fact, you were frighteningly convincing.”

 

So far I am enjoying this book with plenty of chuckles. I doubt I’ll end up liking it as much as I do Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but I’ll probably go on to read the next one in this series.

 

Have you read any books by Janet Evanovich? 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.

 

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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