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review 2017-11-24 16:44
Quick but lots to think on
Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan - Anna Badkhen

This has been my eBook read while at work. Good but more like a magazine article. Did come away with some great food for thought about why Afghanistan is such a quagmire in terms of help, assistance, and why the war is dragging on with no end in sight. 

 

Also, I learned lots of new words like kleptocracy (rule by a thief or thieves). Love that term! 

 

 

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review 2017-11-11 21:12
Hope
Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Handling Haven: A Deimos/Trident Security/Delta Team Crossover (Kindle Worlds) - Samantha A. Cole

Lucas AKA “Frisco”  meets Haven at her worst moment.  He cannot get her off his mind for months following.  When he sees her again, and the attraction is till there, he knows he must say something.

 

Haven has already had a hard life.  Going through an injury that may change her life should have been expected.  When it all hits the fan - can she trust someone she just met to make her feel better about her situation?

 

The Deimos series starts off with a literal bang!  The characters are interesting, as well as mysterious and definitely worth reading.  I loved these characters and the way they interacted.  The gritty story gets your blood pumping, while the love story soothes the rough edges.  I enjoyed every page!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2017-11-09 22:16
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 - Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: 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), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the last couple of days of my trip to England back in July on the Norfolk coast, so here are a few impressions from that part of the trip:

 


Snettisham Beach



Wells next the Sea

 


Cromer Hall (inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Baskerville Hall)

 


Norfolk Broads -- cruise in a historic steam boat

 


Horsey Windpump & Horsey Mew

 


Happisburgh beach & church (inspiration for the setting of P.D. James's Devices and Desires, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Dancing Men)

 


King's Lynn (town center, purfleet, and guild hall)

 

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And since I am blessed to live (and have grown up) in a beautiful part of the Rhine Valley, here are a few of my favorite spots on the Rhine in and near my home city:

 


Views of Bonn's city center from "our" (= the opposite) river front

 


Historic flood marker on the river front, and a replica of "the Bridge Manniquin", which used to be on a pillar on our side the main bridge connecting both sides of the Rhine, pointing its backside in the direction of Bonn.  Other places have city rivalry -- we have river bank rivalry!

 


Sunset on the Rhine, looking towards Bonn

 


Looking towards the "Seven Mountains" ("Siebengebirge"), south of Bonn

 

Drachenfels, the best-known of the "Seven Mountains"

 


Arp Museum, a modern arts museum south of Bonn (designed by Richard Meier, the architect who designed the L.A. Getty Center) -- and looking back towards the "Seven Mountains" from the patio of the museum restaurant (the lower of the two buildings in the left picture; a former train station)

 


Remagen and the ruins of the bridge (now a peace museum)

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text 2017-11-09 15:33
Barcelona Guide Books
Lonely Planet Best of Barcelona 2018 (Travel Guide) - Lonely Planet
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Barcelona - DK

When I went to Spain I brought two with me from the libraries, the DK Eyewitness Top 10 2017 Barcelona and Lonely Planet's Best of Barcelona that was fresh off the new books shelf.  Both were interesting but I was almost overwhelmed with the places and things to do.  I was also a little stymied by the fact that neither of them fit in my handbag (my fault), but the suggestions weren't very useful for someone with only 2.5 days in the city.  The Sagrada Familia may be a "must see" but the queues are insane. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is a well worth the trip, under touristed space where we had space to wander and a great time (I also spent too much in the gift shop).

 

To be honest they were good but quick googling helped us almost more.

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video 2017-11-08 04:38
Marilyn and Monet - Paul Levinson

reading first third of the novelette at Readercon 2017

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