Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mutterings - June 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Reputation :: Good
  2. Annoyance :: Frequent
  3. Gossip :: Huddle
  4. Cleaning :: Fluid
  5. Bottled :: Water
  6. Pet :: Tortoise (one of these was I think) my first pet
  7. Irritation :: Scab
  8. Hearts :: Love
  9. Sighing :: Dolor (Italian and Madrigals!)
  10. I am :: Yahweh (Hebrew name for God)


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - June 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!
'We have missed you,' I said. 'We have rejoiced at your victory.'
Henry risked a kiss to my icy cheek.
from Anne O'Brien's The Queen's Choice Our book group (BATS) book of the month - historical category - Here's a review and an interview with the author. With some reservations I'm quite enjoying this tale of a piece of English history I didn't know much about.

Mutterings - June 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Height :: Depth
  2. Cramped :: (my) Style
  3. Style :: Free (I don't think I'd seen the 'Style' when I entered the word above!)
  4. Butcher :: Do you think so? (shares of Jules and Sand)
  5. Vague :: Nouvelle
  6. Windows :: Gates
  7. Scheme :: Plot
  8. Tradition :: Dead hand of..
  9. Stripped :: Whipped (Lord of the Dance..)
  10. Gentle :: Giant

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Jun 14


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!
Dozens of small lengths of what looked like miniature wainscoting were lined up on top of it.
A little strange, Fenerman thought, but it doesn't make the man a murderer.
from Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. I book I'd encourage you to read - if you haven't already - but it's a book you'll either love or hate! Here's part of the Guardian review
The Lovely Bones is a determined reiteration of innocence, a teeth-gritted celebration of something not dismembered or shattered at all, but continuous: the notion of the American family unit, dysfunctional, yes, but pure and good nonetheless. It's a celebration that is hard-won, often vivid, sometimes moving, comic and sweet,
- though contrary to other parts of that review I thought the book increased its grip on you as you read it.

Mutterings - June 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Manufacture :: PLant
  2. Gum :: Boil
  3. Vest :: Hi-Viz (I've just come back from a Barnaby volunteers briefing!)
  4. Bearded :: Lady
  5. Modeled :: Fashion
  6. Stanley :: Knife
  7. Arch :: Foot
  8. Program :: begin (pascal programming...)
  9. Sneakers :: Stealth
  10. Dentures :: Tablets
Are any other users of blogger finding that the post they're writing suddenly disappears with the draft replaced with the contents of a previous (recent) post? This happened to me while I was writing this and you wonder when you try to recover if you're going to obliterate the old post too - fortunately not! This isn't the first time it has happened but I can't re-create the bug to order!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - June 7


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!
I have great respect for Brian Cox. He has a brain so big that it crosses whole time zones. and he is normally impeccable with the language, so why on earth would he say 'the bombardier beetle and me' when it is surely more natural, and clearly more respectable, to say 'the bombardier beetle and I'?
Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling. This was our book group book for last month, I seem not to have teased it yet. I wanted to like this and did enjoy bits of it but there was far too much irony in it for my taste. I caricatured it, at our meeting last night as hunks of irony separated by disasters at sea!
(Finally notices that Teaser tuesday has moved!)

Mutterings - June 7

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Daughter :: Clare
  2. Intercom :: Button
  3. Employee :: Paid(!)
  4. Alter ego :: Dr Jekyll
  5. Differences :: Integration (differences leads to differentiation)
  6. Android :: Tablet
  7. Leather :: Sofa
  8. Angry :: Friend ('I was angry with my friend' Blake)
  9. Remote :: Spot
  10. Strange :: Meeting (Wilfred Owen)
A few poetic and literary connections here!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - May 31


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!
Gregorius hesitated. The Liceu, as Agostinha had found out, had not been a religious school.
Very gnomic! Pascal Mercier's Night Train to Lisbon I've just finished this and am still thinking it over - I think it's a fascinating story - or is it just confusing. The story of Portugal in the 20th century and a book within a novel. The pianist Maria João Pires hovers around the text, sometimes mentioned and then in the name of another. I might give it a slower and more connected re-read. Here's a review:
It is a last chance for Gregorius to round-off his own heretofore inert life by scouring the landscape of a man who, in spite of his own unfulfilled ambitions, lived inside the bone-marrow of life at its most intense levels. If Gregorius wasn’t able to have it in own life, he is willing to live off the scraps of recounted memories and letters of someone else.

And Gregorius is even more willing to take a last-minute risk of spontaneity by walking out of the school where he teaches, packing his clothes, and taking a train to Lisbon.
I've just noticed that my second hand copy of this book has a mysterious phone number written on the first page! (you'll need to read at least the first chapter to understand this!)

Mutterings - May 31

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Trailor :: Tinker (!)
  2. Marvel :: Comic
  3. Socks :: Cat (the Clintons?)
  4. Clump :: Nettles
  5. Pick :: Bunch
  6. Yellow :: Fever
  7. Punished :: Beaten
  8. Brass :: Monkey
  9. Splatter :: Water pistol
  10. Parts :: Naming (of)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mutterings- May 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Disdain :: Scorn
  2. Ridiculous :: Posture
  3. Staple :: Diet
  4. Junk :: Food
  5. Sally :: Aunt
  6. Satire :: TW3 (That Was The Week That Was - satire from the 60s)
  7. Calculate :: Log
  8. Remove :: List
  9. Swollen :: Glands
  10. Helpful :: Message
List

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mutterings- May 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Relevant :: Contemporary
  2. Fester :: Wound
  3. Moving :: Pictures
  4. Bubble :: Westminster
  5. Skyline :: Silhouette (spelt correctly I hope, well firefox agrees with me!)
  6. Purchase :: Card
  7. Strange :: Scary
  8. Sticky :: Bob (a plant with lots of hooks and stickyness on its seed pods, I think that's what we called it)
  9. Haircut :: Bob (inevitable given the line above!)
  10. Package :: Postal