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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #120 on: July 26, 2021, 03:00:22 PM »
19) PILLARS OF THE EARTH (1989)

by Ken Follett

I picked this book to read because it was cited by @PolkaDot on page 1 / comment 14 of this topic.



My thoughts:

(Digression Alert)

This is a large idea book - in scope &  theme & page count.

Think DUNE epic minus the sandworms - plus waaaaay more attention to architecture. 

(I learned that little summation trick from my good friend Joe Bob Briggs.)

Pillars of the Earth is ~a tad~ heavy "for me wee Scottish brain," so I will pace myself accordingly, while concurrently reading other books at different speeds, which is typical; no matter how many times I attempt to go cryo-turkey & read but one tome start to finish at a time, I always end up reading a few at a time.

You say "one tome at a," I say "tomes  ought to."***

( *** I "boldly" and  preternaturally quote a posthumous Tom(e) Robbins novel before His demise & prior to the novel's publication! You read it here first.

My apologies & sincere regret, Mr. Robbins. Obviously, I can't be trusted, even on the astral plane. :(   

In my defense, "Tom" (cackling madly), it was just such Tomatoes of temptation that did hang humanity from their stations on that Tree of Knowledge.

How could I be so differently designed than Atom & Evil as to not succumb to such precariously hanging fruit as quoting your fabulous pun?)

Back to my reading habits of naked nuns:

(evil grin)

I prefer having something at claw to read no matter my mood, current attention span, or claw sharpness.

At 973 pages, PILLARS will last a while & will gradually assume the position of engine in the perpetual book train.

The last time I read Follet was in the early 80s! Eye of the Needle.

That retractable stiletto to the eye scene "still haunts-etto" me.

Now, back to Dick & Jane:

See Spot run.

(Things don't look so good for that infernal bouncing tomato red ball.)

It is "fortunate" that  the ball is a Calvinist & believes in Dog's mysterious ways!

(penetrating fang clamp)

I amuse myself here.

End of digression.
 
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LOL. This made me laugh, so thank you for that.  ;D

Dune-esque? I don't know, I've only read the first book- which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way. I was on a Mexican beach I believe....it could have been a Central American beach....definitely a beach.

I hope you enjoy it!
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Right in the middle of her forehead.
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But when she was bad she was horrid.

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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #121 on: July 26, 2021, 10:15:28 PM »
LOL. This made me laugh, so thank you for that.  ;D

Dune-esque? I don't know, I've only read the first book- which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way. I was on a Mexican beach I believe....it could have been a Central American beach....definitely a beach.

I hope you enjoy it!

@PolkaDot

You're welcome for the laugh(s).  :)

With a post of that length, I was in that superposition zone of "possibly amusing" and "possibly tedious."

The environment in which you consumed Dune was ideal.  (There's absolutely no reason to get all crazy and read it in Joshua Tree, CA.)

I can almost see you as heat shimmered memory: lazing about like a rogue Bene Gesserit (speaking of naked nuns and their reading habits) - reclining on an appropriate sandy surface, to be sure - but also present, just over there, in that direction, the juxtaposition of an eternity of water!

That alien azure horizon is a destination desirous enough to make a sandworm Itself fold space to become witness, replete with a reeeeeeally big orange beach towel of course, that says THE SPICE MUST FLOW OR BUST in seventy foot tall crimson letters.

I am confident I will enjoy  The Pillars of the Earth.

No one in the Lodge has led me astray thus far.

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Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #122 on: July 27, 2021, 12:02:27 AM »
Addendum

I neglected to illustrate precisely why Shai Hulud's enormous beach towel is orange.

On the towel's obverse, in 70 foot tall white letters, it reads:

 THE ORANGE CATHOLIC BIBLE
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #123 on: August 02, 2021, 05:24:12 PM »
20) THE PARTY AT JACK'S (posthumously, 1995)

by Thomas Wolfe
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #124 on: August 03, 2021, 09:06:33 PM »
@PolkaDot

You're welcome for the laugh(s).  :)

With a post of that length, I was in that superposition zone of "possibly amusing" and "possibly tedious."

The environment in which you consumed Dune was ideal.  (There's absolutely no reason to get all crazy and read it in Joshua Tree, CA.)

I can almost see you as heat shimmered memory: lazing about like a rogue Bene Gesserit (speaking of naked nuns and their reading habits) - reclining on an appropriate sandy surface, to be sure - but also present, just over there, in that direction, the juxtaposition of an eternity of water!

That alien azure horizon is a destination desirous enough to make a sandworm Itself fold space to become witness, replete with a reeeeeeally big orange beach towel of course, that says THE SPICE MUST FLOW OR BUST in seventy foot tall crimson letters.

I am confident I will enjoy  The Pillars of the Earth.

No one in the Lodge has led me astray thus far.

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Possibly amusing, at least to one's self, is an aspirational goal I can appreciate. Go with "absolutely amusing" whenever the opportunity presents itself.

I must say, there are not a TON of reasons to go to California and Joshua Tree does NOT rank in the upper tiers. If i were a nun lounging or otherwise, i may skip the habit but I always keep a very large hat on hand. It's a rather dramatic look, but I pull it off. Sandworms be damned.

I can't wait to hear the report in the Autumn of your thoughts of Pillars.

I'm reading three books at the moment but don't feel an attachment to either of the first two.  :-\

This was a gift, and it's okay but is very much a love story. ehh..perhaps I am not the romantic people seem to think I am.
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This one is terribly dry but interesting. It's a lot of torture to take in one fell swoop though.
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The third is a Jenny Lawson book. I love her. She absolutely cracks me up, but can also be profoundly sad.  I would absolutely recommend her first book if you want to dip a toe in. Again, I have to break her up with other reads..alas...three books....
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Right in the middle of her forehead.
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But when she was bad she was horrid.

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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #125 on: August 04, 2021, 05:49:26 PM »
The best part of the X-Files mytharc.

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Time to read his memoir, Where There's Smoke ... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.

This could make it onto my 2021 list. Would attach effortlessly onto my book train and as I'm an X-files-phile, it looks interesting.
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #126 on: August 10, 2021, 09:05:39 AM »
Books read in 2021

21) THE $64 TOMATO: HOW ONE MAN NEARLY LOST HIS SANITY, SPENT A FORTUNE, AND ENDURED AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS IN THE QUEST FOR THE  PERFECT GARDEN (2006)

by William Alexander
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #127 on: August 10, 2021, 10:44:29 AM »
Books read in 2021

21) THE $64 TOMATO: HOW ONE MAN NEARLY LOST HIS SANITY, SPENT A FORTUNE, AND ENDURED AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS IN THE QUEST FOR THE  PERFECT GARDEN (2006)

by William Alexander
@Camazotz Automat If one was not a Graduate of the Green Thumb I wonder if that one could enjoy this book. The extreme gardener does seem like a status I'll never achieve.

Iron Maiden are gardening may go well together.

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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #128 on: August 10, 2021, 03:24:56 PM »


Iron Maiden are gardening may go well together.
  ???

*cough* Iron Maiden AND gardening may go well together.

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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #129 on: August 11, 2021, 11:32:54 PM »
  ???

*cough* Iron Maiden AND gardening may go well together.

The tomatoes might be a little tough skinned but extra juicy
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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #130 on: August 26, 2021, 09:35:36 PM »
Books read in 2021

22) THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE (1871)

by Lewis Carroll

(THE ANNOTATED ALICE
THE DEFINITIVE EDITION)

(Notes by Martin Gardner)
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #131 on: August 28, 2021, 11:23:25 PM »
  Iron Maiden AND gardening may go well together.

@KSM

Absolutely.

Sixteen Art Studio Pamphlets for Funfilled Ferrous Farming


1) Our May Den :
Extending your living room area into your garden.

2) Killers :
Insects that can destroy everything you've done.

3) Number of the Bees :
Why pollinators are essential.

4) Piece of Rind :
Picking those prize-winning melons.

5) Tower Slave :
DIY - Building the ultimate rose trellis.

6) Somewhere in Thyme :
Lose yourself in a wonderful world of herbs.

7) Seventh Sun of a Seventh Sun :
14 ways to utilize solar power in your home and garden.

8) Fear of the Dark?
Never be afraid of cultivating mushrooms ever again.

9) No Sprayer for the Dying
Why commercial insecticides may not be the answer.

10) The Sex Factor
Growing successful hybrids and forcing stubborn producers to fruit.

11) Brave New Manure
(Compost of the Gods)

12) Ants of Death :
Colonies that can kill, Colonies that will.

13) A Matter of Growing and Reaping
(You have the perfect garden, now what? What's it all about?)

14) Final Front Yard
The last landscaping booklet you will ever buy.

15) The Book of Moles :
Humane methods to remove the little grave diggers.

16) Senjutsu :
Waging war in a soiless city - Green samurai strategies for an
apartment balcony's clay-potted garden; Tactics for bedroom closet
hydroponic tents.
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #132 on: August 29, 2021, 11:01:27 PM »
@KSM

Absolutely.

Sixteen Art Studio Pamphlets for Funfilled Ferrous Farming


1) Our May Den :
Extending your living room area into your garden.

2) Killers :
Insects that can destroy everything you've done.

3) Number of the Bees :
Why pollinators are essential.

4) Piece of Rind :
Picking those prize-winning melons.

5) Tower Slave :
DIY - Building the ultimate rose trellis.

6) Somewhere in Thyme :
Lose yourself in a wonderful world of herbs.

7) Seventh Sun of a Seventh Sun :
14 ways to utilize solar power in your home and garden.

8) Fear of the Dark?
Never be afraid of cultivating mushrooms ever again.

9) No Sprayer for the Dying
Why commercial insecticides may not be the answer.

10) The Sex Factor
Growing successful hybrids and forcing stubborn producers to fruit.

11) Brave New Manure
(Compost of the Gods)

12) Ants of Death :
Colonies that can kill, Colonies that will.

13) A Matter of Growing and Reaping
(You have the perfect garden, now what? What's it all about?)

14) Final Front Yard
The last landscaping booklet you will ever buy.

15) The Book of Moles :
Humane methods to remove the little grave diggers.

16) Senjutsu :
Waging war in a soiless city - Green samurai strategies for an
apartment balcony's clay-potted garden; Tactics for bedroom closet
hydroponic tents.


By God they've always had a way with titling songs. At least half of those could be names for other bands or albums crated by bands.

Whatta list!

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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #133 on: August 30, 2021, 12:52:41 PM »
By God they've always had a way with titling songs. At least half of those could be names for other bands or albums created by bands.

Whatta list!

@KSM

I knew you (and hopefully a few other music oriented Rivet Heads, Earth Dogs, & Hell Rats that visit the Lodge) would recognise the "slightly" augmented studio album discography of IRON MAIDEN. Heh heh.

It might be one of my all time favorite posts. I wrote it immediately after you said Maiden and gardening may go together, but I decided it was too long of a post.

Yet I saved it. (writers' disease)

And it kept haunting me.  (Camazotz disease)

With Maiden's upcoming (SEP 03) SENJUTSU album, I realized it was my DUTY, to go ahead with sharing the compostition. (Iron Maiden fan disease)

Now, if I could just hear Nicko read the list on a podcast, I could consider my  current incarnation complete and exit stage left while laughing myself into oblivion.

To most others, it must appear I've gone to an awful lot of trouble to list sixteen garden advice  booklets.

Even so, it could be considered pertinent in the Book Lodge.
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey


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Re: The Book Lodge - Drive Thru Open 24 Hours
« Reply #134 on: August 30, 2021, 11:53:55 PM »
Books read in 2021

23) PATIENCE - A Cosmic Timewarp Deathtrip To The Primordial Infinite Of Everlasting Love (2016)

by Daniel Clowes
Book #15 of 2021 reading list:

"All physics has a tipping point, and in this case,
it's four hundred microns," Serge said.

"What's a micron?"

"Only the dead know," Serge said.

- No Sunscreen For the Dead  by Tim Dorsey