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Posted on Nov 9, 2012 3:12:07 PM PST
Ladyhawk says:
Doug, I have it as a DTB but haven't read it. Good huh? Thanks

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 3:25:24 PM PST
R. Doug says:
I thought it was excellently written, but the ending was a tad weak and didn't quite live up to the buildup throughout the rest of what was otherwise an exceptionally well written book. Ms. Kostova got a seven-figure advance for this, her first published novel, and I thought that was well-deserved.

And other than Dracula or the original Dark Shadows, I'm not much of a vampire fan at all.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 4:42:09 PM PST
Brendaisy says:
Today has been a busy day. After breakfast DH and I headed to dgd Daisy's school for a Veterans Day program. Daisy is a first grader. The program opened with the principal speaking, then the Kindergartners (who were seated on the gym floor) and first graders sang 'It's A Grand Old Flag' as the first graders entered the gym waving small flags while singing. It brought tears to my eyes to hear the chorus of young voices sing such a classic, patriotic song. The program continued with a local reserve unit demonstrating a flag ceremony . I learned the meaning of each fold in the flag. I hate to admit, I never knew each fold represents something. Following the 'Pledge of Allegiance', and Star Spangled Banner' the various classes (in order) sang 'America', 'This Land is Your Land', and 'America the Beautiful'. They asked the veterans to stand when their branches theme song played, and they played the Army, Marine, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force themes, then fifth grade students gave each veteran a carnation. They followed that with having the entire student body saying "Thank you for your service". It echoed in the gym. I was impressed with this show of patriotism , and how this school was instilling patriotism in their students. I teared up more than once.
Following the service, we stopped for a quick bite and called Thresa ([no, it did not misspell it] she was my friend first, now my SIL) since we were in the big city. We picked her up and headed to a big shopping mall. I had to take my anniversary band back to the store because I had lost a stone, luckily it is still under warranty, and will be back in a couple of weeks. We took Thresa to lunch at CPK, then they dropped me off at home so I could go grocery shop. DH and his sister went to order the monument for my MIL, then DH took Thresa home. Now we can rest until we find out if my MIL had a will or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 4:44:08 PM PST
PegB says:
R. Doug - Yes, the Historian was a fine book - didn't know it was going to be a movie however.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 4:53:38 PM PST
PegB says:
LadyHawk - I am not a medical professional - but most vertigo like you mentioned is "benign positional vertigo". The operative word IMHO is benign. DH says it will not kill you - but you wish it would! There are some wicked procedures called Epley maneuvers which really do help. But, finding an ENT who knows how to do them correctly isn't easy. Of course there are less "benign" causes for vertigo.

DH will be fine for months on end and then one night he will roll over in bed and next thing I know he is waking me up saying "Its back"... SO, good luck with this.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 6:52:16 PM PST
Dix says:
Price drop to 99¢ for this best selling memoir: Bald in the Land of Big Hair by Joni Rodgers.
"Joni Rodgers lives in Texas, where big hair is a God-given right. It's essential to any waitressing job, prerequisite for a real estate license, as natural as Naugahyde, and as important as Elvis. But at thirty-two, Joni was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and lost her hair to chemotherapy."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 6:58:24 PM PST
Dix says:
Daisy, wish I could've been there for that Veterans Day program. Let's hope the teachers involved in putting it together get recognition for what seems to have been a remarkably well done and moving presentation.

But how are you still on your feet? Oh, I know, you're a direct blood relation to the Energizer Bunny. Or Charo, maybe.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:01:38 PM PST
Dix says:
GG Ma ... P.S. = Pause, Sleep ha!
How's your foot?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:09:20 PM PST
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Dix says:
My darlin' Ladyhawk, I had to read up on vertigo. It's one of those things I only think I know about but not really. Know what I mean? Anyway, it sounds horrible. I can take almost any kind of sick except nausea. Just the word "nausea" makes me feel nauseated.

So, I read about it. Most common cause has to do with the inner ear, which is what I've always heard, but, like Peg said, there are several other possible causes. Makes me wonder if you've had the opportunity to look into that EKG issue? If not, maybe you could move that up your to-do list? I have my selfish reasons: I need Ladyhawk to stay well and live forever.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:11:41 PM PST
Dix says:
AR, it's here! I'm writing this reply to that post so obviously I can see it now. Can't figure out for the life of me why I didn't find it this morning. Doesn't seem logical, but think it could've disappeared for a minute or two? So weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:14:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 7:26:46 PM PST
Dix says:
Doug, The Historian just went on my "wanted" list. Meaning, I'm going on the prowl for a first ed.

eta: Are you kidding me? Elizabeth Kostova got a 7 figure advance for a debut novel? Does she know the right people or what!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 7:23:29 PM PST
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Dix says:
Peg, you and LH have convinced me that if I ever do publish my novel, I should make sure "Indecent" is part of the title and it should sell like hotcakes.

I'm posting this freebie again: Tough Cookie (Maggie Sullivan mysteries) by M. Ruth Myers because it's Book 2 in the mystery series and I'm certain some of you got Book One, which is No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries), back when it was on free promo. Probably in March. So don't miss out on #2 for $0!

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 9:35:28 PM PST
R. Doug says:
Just got back from Skyfall. Review will be up on Monday but in the meantime I have three words for it:

Incredible!

Absolutely Incredible!

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 1:34:36 AM PST
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Avid Reader says:
Awake, I am and I seldom ask why ... BUT...the question is that DH is reading "The Dead Room" and when I ask, "why, is it that good?~~~he said yes, it's pretty good. He is NEVER awake during night...He can ALWAYS sleep..he did use to read late. So, it must definitely be better than most of the free books I have gotten for him to read. Doug, we seldom go to the movies these days but I looked up the times and we will go see Skyfall...When I asked him if he wanted to go see the Bond movie...he asked, is that the sky is falling one?

Dix I have both the Maggie Sullivan on my to read list.

back to add that he started 'Encrypted' and couldn't get interested

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:25:00 AM PST
Avid Reader says:
With Indecent in the title you might also add one of THOSE covers that we so
'admire'

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:37:05 AM PST
heidiann says:
The best book I've read lately isBonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. It prompted me to sign up for a conference/retreat whose keynote speaker was the author, Eric Metaxas. if you're interested in History (WWII) and the Christian faith, give this a try.
P.S. I'm so glad I saw this discussion forum; what a nice group of people you have. The welcoming atmosphere is so refreshing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:50:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 8:00:57 AM PST
Avid Reader says:
Hello, Heidianne. We do have the most wonderful group of people. Our Peg is in Kona, Hawaii for the winter. She lives in DC and the rest of us are spread across coast to coast. Carol is off for several weeks scuba diving, etc...Our Doug is an author with books to sell on Amazon.

I will check the Bonhoeffer. I know we have one book by Bonhoeffer ? not sure the same one because I didn't recognize the spelling.

We do no voting up or down.

Heidi, I just checked and was thrilled to see that I remembered the author. I absolutely loved the movie AMAZING GRACE because I was interested in John Newton and his lyrics. I was not well acquainted with Wilberforce and the story of ending the slave trade in England. After recommending the movie, I found that many are not so much interested in the history.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:53:41 AM PST
R. Doug says:
I very much enjoyed this film for several reasons, Avid R. First, as with the last two Daniel Craig films, they spy technology is kept to a believable level. In this movie Q-Branch issue Bond only two "gadgets" - a modified Walther .380 ACP PPK/S and a radio transmitter.

Action takes back seat to plot and character development, even more so than it did in Craig's first film Casino Royale. The action is there, but it's more believable (except for perhaps the initial pre-credit action sequence), and it is driven by the story rather than the other way around (as in most other Bond films).

And I positively LOVE the Bond background story, where we learn a bit more about Bond's upbringing and the tragic loss of his parents when he was young.

This film is dark, dark, dark. There are very little of the trappings of the de rigueur Bond films - few tuxedo-clad scenes, almost no gambling, very muted sexual innuendo. In this film there's nothing initially sympathetic about Bond (as Fleming originally intended). He's pretty much washed up, a physical and mental wreck, and a borderline alcoholic who still enjoys killing far too much, but is finally starting to show some remorse. In one scene, in which the MI6 psychologist is making him go through word association, the psychologist says, "Kill," and Bond without hesitation blurts out, "Employment." It's a rather chilling association when seen on the screen because it flows from his mind to his lips so naturally.

Gee, looks as if I have a good start to Monday's review already written. Sorry for the long post.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:56:28 AM PST
R. Doug says:
Well, hello Heidiann. Charming name. You wouldn't be Swiss by any chance, would you? My wife is.

Welcome to our little group, and enjoy your stay. Care to tell us a bit about yourself?

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:02:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 8:03:44 AM PST
R. Doug says:
Oh, there was ONE traditional Bond icon in this film that had the audience clapping. It was the return of BMT 216A - "The most famous car in the world." This isn't the real BMT 216A, the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball. That one was unfortunately stolen from a hangar in Fort Lauderdale back in the late '90s and never recovered. But this iteration looked precisely like the original and came with the same modifications as the Goldfinger car - the ejection seat, machine guns hidden in the parking lamps, etc.

Really, really cool.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:05:02 AM PST
Avid Reader says:
For sure no sorries for the great review. I read it to DH. We probably will put off the movie going until tomorrow...college football games, you know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:13:32 AM PST
heidiann says:
Thank you, Avid and Doug. I live in Tennessee and am a retired special education teacher. I taught the blind and visually impaired population in our county. Now, I have much more time to read, have joined a book club and am loving it. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly. I'm glad you all don't vote up or down.
No, I'm afraid I'm not Swiss.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:31:45 AM PST
R. Doug says:
Thanks for the intro, Heidiann.

I'm a retired air traffic controller who currently works as a contract training instructor for new controllers at my old facility - El Paso Airport Traffic Control Tower and TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach CONtrol). Hobbies include photography, travel, handguns, bridge, roadsters (and spirited sporty driving), and blogging.

Oh, another rule which Avid R. didn't mention - no politics, please.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:35:52 AM PST
PegB says:
Welcome Heidiann - we are a friendly group. Any up or down voting that we do means that one of us was not wearing our glasses and we clicked on the wrong thing. And by unspoken agreement - we don't discuss politics or religion. Which does make this a very civilized place. We do come running here with our troubles and little daily challenges and triumphs.

And we all have way too many books. For, fortunately, with ebooks - no one has to know! Back before we downsized to a tiny apartment - I had boxes of books stashed in the attic. DH used to tell me that they were going to come crashing thru the ceiling. Well, he doesn't know about my virtual boxes of Kindle books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:04:03 AM PST
Ladyhawk says:
Thank you sooo much. Since I've had it before I KINDA know what to expect - but that really doesn't make it better. I'm seeing a chiropractor Wednesday. I'm thinking it might have something to do with my neck, as when I stretch upon waking up, I have an episode. It happened this AM & yesterday I fell asleep in my recliner and again upon waking an episode occurred. While I'm up and walking around my head it a little "light" feels almost empty. ;-). My DH says that "normal" for me. LMHOROTF Lucky for me an episode hasn't taken me to the floor. ♫. Y'all. Have a wonderful weekend.
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