Thursday, September 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Sep 22


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
To make matters worse, the last youth chosen to play Apollo had died shortly after the ceremony, the one before had left and gone to the shrine at Delos, the birthplace of the god. Only Menoetheus, a man with a face racked in a permanent frown - hard to envisage as a beautiful youth - remained of those who had played Apollo before me.
from Salley Vickers Where three roads meet a re-telling of the Oedipus story to a dying Sigmund Freud. Trivium (for those that know Stravinsky) hovered over the spectral retelling.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mutterings - Sep 20

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Flat :: Tyre
  2. Machine :: State (an IT reference!)
  3. Arthritis :: Osteo
  4. Forks :: Tuning
  5. Task force :: Invasion
  6. Beads :: Rosary
  7. Striped :: Pajamas (or convicts!)
  8. Dumpster :: Truck
  9. Piggy :: Bank
  10. Badge :: Pride

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Sep 6


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
The next stage of advance, lasting a mere 200,000 years or so, reveals a growing use of intelligence in the more careful selection of stones, and more sophisticated methods of knocking them into shape. It was only with the arrival some 100,000 years ago, of homo sapiens, and still more brainpower, that the real acceleration began, visible nowadays in the increasingly numerous and complex artefacts which eventually became the main evidences of civilized life.
from The Concept of Nature by John Habgood. Habgood was the archbishop of York back in the 1980-90s and this book is the text of his Gifford lectures of 2000. I've had this book for a number of years and struggled to start it a few times, this time I've completed and found that once I'd got past the first chapter it was much more interesting as it deals with the environment and medical ethics (amongst other things).

Mutterings - Sep 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Holiday :: Memories
  2. Rotted :: Palm (maybe I read that as Potted!)
  3. Pain :: Emotional
  4. Confused :: Dazed
  5. Surprised :: Joy (the CS Lewis autobiography)
  6. Joint :: Rolled
  7. Desert :: Music (Steve Reich)
  8. Solicit :: Vaz (current political scandal/debate)
  9. Affection :: Tender
  10. Memories :: Holiday (no I didn't see this when I did no 1!)

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Mutterings - Sep 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Electrical :: Circuit
  2. Glasses :: Musical
  3. Comics :: Satire
  4. Satellite :: Telstar (what a throwback!)
  5. Tonight :: Michelmore
  6. Sweater :: Chunky
  7. Clipboard :: Paste
  8. Unglued :: Hanging off (Unglued goes nicely with my above association!)
  9. Plaid :: Martin (Dead men don't wear...)
  10. Upsetting :: Emotion

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 24


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
Nombeko answered him in English and told the truth: that the Israeli Mossad had just barged into the house with the aim of commandeering the atomic bomb in the potato truck. And maybe, while he was at it, killing one or two of the people in the room.
I don't think this is really a spoiler, nothing would surprise me with this plot of The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (Jonas Jonasson). But I found it hard to be involved - or amused.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mutterings - Aug 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Passive :: Voice
  2. Crumbs :: Bread
  3. Grave :: Slow (as in the Italian musical speed indication)
  4. Believe :: Make
  5. Stifle :: Sneeze
  6. Fish :: out of water
  7. Crunch :: Point
  8. Bonus :: Point
  9. Flat :: Fish
  10. Bubbled :: Champagne

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mutterings - Aug 16

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Hiding :: in plain sight
  2. Grip :: Bag
  3. Sticky :: Wicket
  4. Games :: Monitor
  5. Tunnel :: Channel
  6. Japan :: Haiku
  7. Super :: Mario
  8. Map :: Scale
  9. Costume :: Drama
  10. Secret :: Garden
  11. I was going to go with Compton Burnett as an author but I see it's Frances Burnett (but I've not read it for 10s of years!)