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Dec 30, 2011 06:24AM

35919 Well, the last time that "...Mr. Jones and me went strollin' through the Barios, and we'd look at the beautiful women..." She really was lookin at me... but I digress... what was talking about? I need a double expresso.

I belong in the service of the Rain King anyway.

Or something like that.

(Yes, I actually like Counting Crows better too.)
Dec 30, 2011 05:54AM

35919 Mike wrote: "Deborah wrote: "Mike wrote: "Ah, I like the Fagles translation. But, I'll have to look at the Lombardo."

Good! I hope you won't have a Big Yellow Taxi experience. I mean Counting Crows did a nice ..."

Wow, it's too early in the morning for me to Channel my inner Joni Mitchel without a cup of coffee.
Dec 29, 2011 04:39PM

35919 I just finished The Altman Code by Robert Ludlum and before that the crown jewl of the Bubba Snoddy line.. Bubba and the Missing Woman by C.L. Bevill
Dec 27, 2011 12:04PM

35919 I've been reading The Altman Code by Robert Ludlum. It's not the same as vintage Ludlum like the Parcifal Mosaic, the Borne Trilogy, or the Holcroft covenant, but it's an enjoyable read.
Dec 22, 2011 06:43PM

35919 If you've read 1984, I have a review on it somewhere (on the book I think) if you haven't read it, the review's a spoiler.

but i liked it a lot! Deep.
Dec 21, 2011 07:44AM

35919 I finished up 1984 by Orwell, the list of those i my last post including Bubba and the Missing Woman now I've started on The Altman Code by Robert Ludlum.
Dec 16, 2011 09:48AM

35919 I finished Fool Moonby Jim Butcher and The Hidden Oasis by Paul Sussman. Both were good reads.

Now I'm reading Bubba and the Missing Womanby C.L. Bevill. This is Bubba Snoddy #3. The first two had me rolling (warning, this is funny stuff!) this one is a bit more serious at the start, but there is still plenty of humor and the writing seems better in this one than in the other two. (It's not like the Bubba Series is Bevill's first books, she has several unrelated books out there too.)

I like Bubba Snoddy. It makes for an enjoyable, light read before I go into something more intense (if not more satisfying).
Dec 16, 2011 09:10AM

35919 He might enjoy the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell for a change of pace. It's military/science fiction, but it reminds me so much of "Battlestar Galactica 2005" everytime I read it, I keep picturing Edward Olmos as the commander of the lost fleet.

It's not copying from the TV show (and miniseries), it just has that same semi-military, semi-space opera feel to it.

That and lots of things blow up.
Dec 16, 2011 06:42AM

35919 I know that I'm way late with this... what is it one, two three... four months?


I appologize for being tardy.

Here is a link to my review/discussion

Nov 20, 2011 04:54PM

35919 When not reading, or working, I'm cheering the best little 75lbs and below, 6 year old cheerleader squad EVER, featuring my daugther and her awsome tumbling skills. The girl can really whip a power cartwheel out when ever she needs one. Even though she forgot and did a two handed cartwheel instead of a one handed cartwheel at the competition.

Gabi (daughter) was the "flyer" on top of "the stack" and managed a back walkover right in front of the judges. The team took first PLACE!... and of course it was as exciting as 6 year old competitions can be. Lots of energy, a few tears. (Coaches and mommies boohooed as they called out the second place teams name leaving our girls as the first place team! (the girls didn't know they won, they hadn't heard their team name called out and everyone was cheering.)

I of course knew it all the time... I hate those proud fathers that can't stop going on and on about their kids. (P-{D> ) Of course that's not me... (Okay, it is me, but I am proud!)
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Nov 18, 2011 05:48AM

35919 Marlene wrote: "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI7wMW...

for everyone who wants to laugh..."

That's even better that what I had going through my mind. We even have a Rama (L)lama theme song to go with the book "Llama, Llama Mad at Mamma" now if we find a movie, we'll have a complete set!

This is what I had in my mind on the speaker that won't turn off..

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Nov 17, 2011 01:01PM

35919 What was that?

Ooo Eee Aaah ah ah
Ching ching
Llama, Llama bing bang?
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Nov 15, 2011 11:57AM

35919 I was holding out for a Llama thing. You know, Lama lama mad at mamma...
Nov 14, 2011 08:20AM

35919 Janice wrote: "Well my reading history isn´t that exciting and I am not really a writer either so I apologize for being a little bit broing!
Ever since I can remember my parents used to read to me, mostly fairyt..."

Your stoyr is wonderful too, it reminds me of how I first heard the Hobbit. I was in the 2nd grade and came down with chicken Pox, Poison Ivy and some other child hood illness (maybe the mumphs) at the same time. My father stayed home from work and, because I wanted to hear what he was reading, he read the Hobbit to me for hours. I had nightmares about the spiders in the Mirkwood forest but I wanted to hear it every day.

I'd also add that we did not have a television set in our house until the 1970s. My parent's read to us (and themselves) for entertainment. This is how I heard "Little House on the Prarie" and the other Laura Ingles books and many other books considered classics now. So, your story is heart warming for me, not boring.
Nov 14, 2011 08:17AM

35919 Alice wrote: "Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "My mother started me reading very young, as a “whole word reader.” At 18 months I could put sentences together by pointing (not particularly difficult o..."


That's a wonderful story. Yes, I remember crying in my teachers arms over my hand writing, but when it came to reading, my mother, following nothing but her instincts got me going on the right foot. I've come to learn that both methods of reading "Phonetic" and "Whole Word Reading" have strengths and weaknesses, but for someone with a reading disorder, relying on leter positoins isn't going to help.

I find it very curious that your own issues with reading came about later in life. I bet that's happened to a lot of other people. For example, a lot of our Veterans coming back from Iraq and Afgahnistan with Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD find they have trouble reading. I wonder if a program teaching "whole word reading," to adults would help?

What I've found is that I've always been dyslexic, and, when I begin to think that I've grown out of it, something happens to prove that this is not so. All I've learned to do is live with it, and manage it. In unconscious ways I've compesated for and corrected for dyslexia, mostly without knowing it.
Nov 14, 2011 08:04AM

35919 Marlene wrote: "All your stories are so interesting! Its funny on how different ways everybody got interested in books!

Hugh, I really admire you for staying with reading (or listening to books) even though you a..."

It's now called a "Reading Disorder" (thouhg I think Dyslexia was a better tearm. It's sort of "dumbing it down" to call it a reading (only) thing.

Yes, it has affected my writting. Computers and spell checker are amazing. However, it has been noted, by my mother, that spelling and writing must not be the same thing, because when asked to spell a word, I'm not bad at it. When I write I misspell everything. (I even mispelled curmudgeon which someone pointed out to me.)

What I'd say about fiction vs reality in writing is this. Remember the Movie (and book) "Jerry Mcguire?" There's a line in the beging that goes "Nobody ever says exactly what they mean."

When you read fiction, you get the entire story, with nothing held back, when you read non-fiction, there is always a spin put on things. I think you can learn as much or more about human nature in fiction than you can in non-fiction. It's just a trickier lesson.

Again, that's me. Take magic for instance, magic is power, don't you get a true image of how power corupts to the core of the soul in a Dresden Book? Isn't that a metaphore for how we deal with powerful things in life?

Just a thought, but that's me. Better an unvarnished metaphor for learning, than a incomplete, or "spun" message from reality.

Didn't anyone read 1984. The past can be changed. Just write it the way you want it to read.
Nov 14, 2011 07:04AM

35919 My mother started me reading very young, as a “whole word reader.” At 18 months I could put sentences together by pointing (not particularly difficult one’s but I was a great conversation piece at parties). I pointed because I hadn’t started to speak yet (now they can’t get me to shut up!). I am/was also pretty dyslexic (now they call it “reading disorder” though I like Dyslexic better). Let this be something for parents to look into. If you teach whole word reading, your kids will be able to read, even if they are dyslexic. If you teach your child to break words down by their sounds, you’ll drive your dyslexic children crazy with feelings of inadequacy. For phonetic reading, letters have to stay consistently in the same place. Even today, I can look at “I”s and “e”s side by side and watch them trade places while I watch (of course it’s more complicated than that, but too hard to describe in a one liner).


I struggled with school, as any person struggling with dyslexia does. By the third grade I was convinced that I was stupid, my parents were in shock wondering what they had done to make me feel that way and finally the teachers suggested they get me checked out for Dyslexia. They did and I had it. I was getting therapy for dyslexia, to develop hand and eye coordination in Houston in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They didn’t understand it any better, then, than they do now. But I benefitted from having people who cared around me and offered a more plausible and much less emotionally painful diagnosis (it’s hard to find people who treat stupidity). Somewhere in there I abandoned the idea that I could learn this “phonetic reading” thing and stuck with the “whole word reading process” that my mother had started with. My mother had just been trying to stimulate our brains and help us get thinking.

The first book I ever read was “Harry is a Dirty Dog.” My wife recently found me a copy and I’m about to let my daughter (6) start reading it. Whole word readers take a little longer to develop because we need a large vocabulary and we have to learn to use context clues to help us “guess” what words are that we’ve never seen before. From then on, I read voraciously. I read Watership down cover to cover by the end of grade school (6th grade). Before I knew it I was draining every “Hardy Boys” mystery from the Library that I could get my hands on and I loved Biographies at the time, though that has changed now. I also read the John Carter of Mars books by E.R. Burroughs.

In Junior High (grades 8-9 for me) I completed, the Hobbit (first time) and the Lord of the Rings, along with the Silmarillon and Unfinished Tales. I moved on drinking in every fantasy and science fiction novel I could get my hands on, including Zelazny’s Amber series, Terry Brooks first Shannara Trilogy, and many others. I joined the Navy and spent my time between watches and military stuff, reading. There were times I’d read instead of sleeping, lots of books, cover to cover, mostly when my ship was at sea.

I got married at 30 and my reading slowed quite a lot, by the time I was chosen “Sailor of the Year” on my ship, I didn’t feel like I had time to read anything. I found time to do a lot of things I shouldn’t be doing, so it wasn’t like I “couldn’t have been reading.” Then my wife and I adopted our daughter, followed by a son two years after that and I stopped reading nearly completely for about 3 years.

Two years ago I found Audio books and iPod and started listening to books whenever I drove anywhere and walked my dog. From there I found a Kindle and realized that I am one of the few people who is able to listen to that computerized voice and still get the images, voices and sounds conjured up in my head that I get when I read it myself. I also hadn’t realized how much trouble reading had gotten for me. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Given kindle with adjustable font size and clear pages I didn’t have to hold down and I burned through 30 books in a month, reading, before I decided to try the text to speech feature.

Now I take my kindle with me to any appointment. I listen to books driving and walking my dog (daily exercise 40mins a shot) and I read at home when I get the chance. I’ve a much broader pallet than ever before, fiction primarily but now I love just about anything from action adventure to police procedurals to horror, to epic fantasy and science fiction. I’m just now getting into classics like Frankenstein and The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard. I still haven’t developed a taste for non-fiction, but I give it a try when I can.

And that’s how I got to where I am as a reader.
Nov 14, 2011 03:34AM

35919 The Raymond Fiest "Rift War" books are a good start. There are a lot of them and they are fun. There are also some by Janny Wurtz. Terry Brooks first Shannara book is fun and has the distinction "Not Tolkien" Though those of us who have read it see the resembalance.

It's a good start.
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Nov 10, 2011 08:28PM

35919 No more Lama Drama.... got it.
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Nov 10, 2011 08:23PM

35919 Kim wrote: "I still think goats/sheep/any ruminants (maybe not llamas because you can't trust llamas, sneaky things they are) would make for a good topic."

NOt lamas..Alpacka's maybe? (SP)
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