Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.
Posting task 2-- Square 3
Book themes for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Read a book involving veterans of any war, books about WWI or WWII (fiction or non-fiction).
A WWII story of a WREN ordinance officer and two Australian brothers, one a pilot and the other a frogman, in the lead up to the Normandy Invasion.
Oddly enough, this book also counts for the Penance Day read in Square 4: ...where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).
This my first task of the season: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle),
We are at Nordcapp, Norway. As far north as you can travel on the European Continent. It is 71 degrees north, just one third of the way to the North Pole.
But, it was such an amazingly beautiful cruise up the coast of Norway, that I can't stop at just one photo, or even just two. Nordcapp sits on the same coastal island as Honnigsvag.
Further south, on the Geirangerfjord:
We did a very quick trip to Washington, D.C. to see an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and knowing that we could not spend two days wandering around the NGA, we also went to the Newseum, where I kept wondering how come in the various exhibits there was not more mention of legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. That was, of course, until I finally made it into the BLOOMBERG INTERNET, TV AND RADIO GALLERY where there is an entire exhibit dedicated to the man. It includes a film narrated by Bob Edwards, author of the book seen pictured here, with dialogue lifted verbatim from the book.
“If sacred places are spared the ravages of war... then make all places sacred. And if the holy people are to be kept harmless from war... then make all people holy.”
― J. Michael Straczynski, Silver Surfer: Requiem
I grabbed this one out of the re-read pile to fill in time while I try to figure out what new book I want to read. I have read this one a couple of times already but not in the past five years, so it was time to trot it out again and give it a listen. Author Jeffrey Kluger is in the business of making science and recent events in the science world accessible to non-scientist (like me). He wrote this book in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the development of the polio vaccine in 2005. It is a well-crafted story that combines biography, history and even a little science. If you haven't read it yet, I do recommend it.
All throughout this book I kept asking what he now had to say about this and that because it is three years since he wrote the book and Korea has a nuclear weapons capabilities now and the US has a new president and a number of other significant changes. Fascinating book. It will give you a whole new understanding of the world we live in.
The sheer stupidity of the main character is driving me crazy. I only continue to read it because I paid for it! Who walks into the ocean in the dead of night following the bad guy who is swimming back to his boat? Can believe she wasn't heard. Can't believe that she was able to swim the distance described. He was wearing flippers and a wetsuit; can't believe she got as close to his boat as she did. This is definitely the last of this series for me.
At first I thought I wouldn't find anything in the sale pile but they had a whole category of cozy mysteries and I was able to fill my basket with some cozy reads--and some not so cozy reads like The Stranger and a title from The Flat Book Club list of possible reads. Now I will have plenty to keep me occupied.