Peregrinations

Peregrinations

 

Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.

 

 

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning - Benjamin K. Bergen
I just finished Bergen's What the F and liked it, so, let me see what else Mr. Bergen has to say.
Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Andi Arndt, Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik The Relic Master: A Novel - James Langton, Christopher Buckley

Well, it took a bit of patience but I managed to find two titles that might be fun to read.

2017 Books---- 72 and counting....
  1. Landfall -- re-read
  2. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  3. Starman Jones -- 39NEW
  4. The Secrets of Wishtide -- 38NEW
  5. Hidden Figures -- 37NEW HISTORY4
  6. Nothing to Fear -- 36NEW HISTORY3
  7. Bad News -- 35NEW
  8. Mrs. Fortescue Steps Out --34NEW
  9. Great Courses: American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' --33NEW
  10. Anansi Boys -- 32NEW
  11. The Great Decision --31NEW HISTORY2
  12. What The F -- 30NEW
  13. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 29NEW
  14. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer --28NEW
  15. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  16. In the Wet -- re-read
  17. In the Frame --re-read
  18. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  19. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  20. Hot Money -- re-read
  21. High Stakes --re-read
  22. Spaceman --24NEW
  23. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  24. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  25. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  26. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  27. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  28. Frederica -- re-read
  29. Friday's Child --re-read
  30. Double Whammy -- re-read
  31. The Foundling -- re-read
  32. Flying Finish -- re-read
  33. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  34. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  35. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  36. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  37. The Far Country -- re-read
  38. False Colours -- re-read
  39. Even Money -- re-read
  40. Enquiry -- re-read
  41. Driving Force -- re-read
  42. Bloodline -- re-read
  43. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  44. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  45. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  46. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  47. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  48. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW
  49. Decider -- re-read
  50. Dead Heat --re-read
  51. Dead Cert --re-read
  52. The Danger --re-read
  53. Crossfire --re-read
  54. Cotillion --re-read
  55. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  56. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  57. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  58. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  59. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  60. Come to Grief -- re-read
  61. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  62. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  63. Charity Girl -- re-read
  64. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  65. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  66. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  67. Break In --re-read
  68. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  69. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  70. Speaking American --5NEW
  71. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  72. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  73. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  74. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  75. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
At Trinity Rep, Providence RI
Fuente Ovejuna - Felix Lope de Vega

I have three days to finally read this play before I see it on Sunday. I've known since last summer that I would be seeing it and still have just not picked it up to read. It is a bit intimidating. Written in Spanish, In verse and contemporary to Shakespeare -- and with the same same challenges of vocabulary that we have today, that of the ever shifting meanings of words. At least the edition I own is a didactic version with lots of notes to help the reader.                                

 

I'm looking forward to the production. I read the play way back in college but have never seen it on stage. So even though I know the translation will stray fare from the original text, I am looking forward

to the production because Trinity Rep is very bold when it comes to re-interpreting old works.

 

FOLLOW-UP: I loved it. Writings become classics because each succeeding generation finds something in them that resonates and keeps that book alive and in the conversation for the next generation to hear about and explore for themselves. Fuenteovejuna is a classic and it shows in the ability of the translator/adapter, the director and the cast to find something new and relevant in the text. We don't have to understand the historic circumstances of the events or the time in which it was written to find something to take away from this play because the message is as relevant today as it was when the play was written. Bravo, Trinity Rep!

 

PS, I never even got past the first scene in reading the play, but I'm working on it!

 

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The Anachronisms are...
The Secrets of Wishtide - Kate Saunders, Anna Bentinck

driving me crazy!!!

 

The book takes place in 1841 or so. Something is described by the first person narrator as smelling like Lysol--which wasn't first marketed until 1889. There have been more usages that I haven't been able to check out that I am sure are out of date.

 

So, I'm just trying to ignore them all and enjoy the the mystery itself which isn't all that bad.

Audible 2 for 1 Credit Sale

Another 2 for 1 sale, another disappointment.

 

I was hoping to clean up on this sale and maybe fill up my cart with exciting reads but as usual, in the couple of hundred books that were on offer on this sale, I found just one title that I would like to read. I guess maybe it is because I'm not a big reader of best sellers and I'm kind of picky about what I do read.

 

I'll look again before the sale ends to see if I change my mind on any of the titles.

 

In the meantime, Audible users, have you noticed that Audible has once again made some changes to its appearance. I'm not sure it for the better this go round. There are some cosmetic changes that instead of giving us more information in a given amount of space are giving us less. I'm sure I will get used to it eventually because really there is no use in complaining about it. Better to save the complaint for something that really matters.

Today's daily deal on Audible...
The Secrets of Wishtide - Kate Saunders, Anna Bentinck

Even though I plunked down my pennies for this one, I'm still not sure why I bought it. I don't usually read historical novels (other than Georgette Heyer) but it is a cozy mystery so maybe that will counter-balance the historical. As always, time will tell. And maybe I will have found another series to work my way through considering that my last try with Margery Allingham isn't going to work out.

Review
0 Stars
Bad News - Donald E Westlake, Michael Kramer

Fun story as always when it's Dortmunder and his gang but terrible narrator compared to the others who have narrated over the years.

 

The scene at Max's Used Cars writing the letter to the Better Business Bureau and the regulars in the bar trying to name the 8 reindeer had me stitches. Vintage Westlake.

Review
0 Stars
Ho hum
Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1 - M.C. Beaton, Davina Porter

I bought it because it was on sale and because it was written by M.C. Beaton but as far as reading Regency romances, I think I will stick with Georgette Heyer.

 

Three stars

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Starman Jones - Robert A. Heinlein, Paul Michael Garcia

 

 

 

It might be YA but Heinlein is a classic no matter who he is writing for.

I've been book shopping again...
Bad News - Donald E Westlake, Michael Kramer Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America - Adam Cohen, Norman Dietz

Having just finished the stack of books I got on the 50% off sale, it was time to spend a couple of my credits and get some more new title to keep me busy. I figured that since "the first hundred days" was a current topic on the news today that perhaps there was some insight to be gained by reading about FDR's hundred days. Then, after all the heaving reading, I decided I needed a bit of escapism and chose a Dortmunder story. This should keep me busy over the weekend.

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A bit scientific but a book for lovers of words, all words
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

A couple of books published recently have tackled the heretofore taboo yet titillating topic of taboo/profane words. This is the one that I just happened to buy but I guess that it could have been anyone of them. The title was read by the author and I usually avoid self-read titles because just because you can write beautifully doesn't mean that you are pleasant to listen to for multiple hours. Bergen is an exception to the rule; he reads as well as he writes. The book is nicely organized. It has a basis in scientific research and is filled with anecdotal evidence to support the points he is trying to make. He writes for a broad audience not academia.

 

Warning, if you hearing/reading taboo/obscene/profane language in any context offends, this book might not be for you. Bergen's over-all intent is not to offend but to explore the topic and discuss its social ramifications. Four-letter words are here to stay; we might as well learn a little bit more about them.

 

If nothing else, this book made me think and it made me want to set my thoughts to paper. I don't have a problem with declaring some words to be taboo--particularly slurs. In fact, I am actually in favor of it. Except for slurs, I also don't have a problem with judiciously using taboo words in my own speech. However, I think that one should not use them with impunity (that is the way I was brought up); there is a time and a place and an appropriate audience. I still don't drop f-bombs in front of my parents, who I don't think I have ever heard use the word, and I don't regularly sprinkle my speech them (to the effect that when I use them, they are powerful!). I don't full agree with Bergen's take on our attempts to censor speech.  I'm in favor of censorship on the airwaves and of ratings of TV, movies and videogames that protect my right not to have to hear any of these words or to have my children hear these words. It should be up to me when I want to hear taboo speech and under what circumstances. I'm not against free speech; I'm just against those who think that just because they say it that others want to hear it or even have to react positively to their utterances. If you insist on peppering each sentence you utter with f-bombs this that and the other, you will soon find that we aren't having very many conversations. Daddy always said that smart people don't need to use taboo language to express themselves and that has always formed the way I try to speak. But yeah, I'm no goody-two-shoes; I do have my moments.

 

 

 

 

Bucket List Reading
The Iliad of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses, The Great Courses The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer, John Lescault

I finally checked off another item on my literary bucket list: The Iliad and the Odyssey. I've had the audio version in my TBR for a couple of years now but very recently picked up these two Great Course lectures to read along with the The I & The O so that maybe I would get more out of the story. It was a good move on my part.

 

However, I bought and listened to the two lectures in the wrong order, thinking that they were two free standing lectures lecture series. Actually, they should be read in the same order as the two epics. Not that they weren't helpful but that there was general info in The Iliad lectures that would have been helpful to have heard before listening to the two epics--not after.

 

 

Just not as good as I was hoping for
The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham, David Thorpe

The narrator killed this book for me--and not in a good way. I listened to the whole thing but it was a battle, with a lousy narrator who made very poor choices for the voicing of the various characters (none of them sounded realistic, especially Albert Campion)) and a plot that was full of holes and full of inconsistencies.Other words that come to mind to describe this book are melodrama, caricature and misogynistic (or perhaps just dated the attitudes toward women). It might do better as a film--a period piece in black and white.

 

Fortunately, a couple of the other titles in the series use a different narrator and I may try them to see if this author improves with age and a different narrator.

 

Overall, two stars-- three for the story reduced by one for the narration.

My Audible Money Saving Strategies

I've been an Audible member since 2002 and 99% of my reading these days (about 150 reads a year) is audiobooks. Over the years, I've learned to play the system and maximize my subscription.

 

Audible is for titles that I want to read over and over again (I'm an avid re-reader) or for titles that I cannot get from the public library digital collection. I've learned over the years how to maximize my investment.

 

  1. --Don't buy just to buy, you can't sell these titles second hand. Buy books that you really want to read and maybe even read again and again. Even in the sales, don't buy just to buy.
  2. --Have a well stocked wish list (especially with those titles that are close in price to the cost of a credit so that you will know where to find them at sale time).
  3. --Watch the Daily Deals. Every now and then there is a title that grabs my attention and the price is always $5.95 or under.
  4. --ALWAYS buy with cash when the cost of the book is less than the cost of a credit. 
  5. --ALWAYS use credits when the cost is higher than what you paid for the credit; if you can't wait for your new credits to arrive,  buy more credits if you can rather than to plunk down cash for a title that costs more than the cost of a credit. 
  6. --Watch for the 2 for 1 and 3 for 2 sales that happen during the year, especially the 2 for 1 because they are a much better deal. These sales are limited to selected titles and sadly I find them more miss than hit--but I always check them out very carefully.
  7. --On the seasonal 50% sales, some of the books that you would have used a credit to buy are now less than the cost of a credit, so check your wish list for titles that have now dropped into "buy with cash" territory.

 

About buying more credits. I know I can do it but I don't know how it works and I don't know if there is a limit to the number of credits you can purchase in a year or if just anyone can buy more credits.