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« Reply #700 on: March 19, 2019, 03:25:41 PM »

Sorry RR, for not answering . Didn't see your post listed in the queue of posts when I checked it this morning.
I find Miss Marple a little more laid back.I can curl up in a chair and relax. I definitely don't feel that way reading Sherlock. H Poirot is in between .

Place in the woods - land my parents bought almost 60 years ago for next to nothing price wise. It was then out in the middle of nowhere but there has been development. But our house and 12 acres (don't know offhand what that measure equals in Russia) is still a bit isolated. A lot of trees were lost in the last big hurricane (so many lost that we were essentially trapped at the house until people could hack away and create openings) but more trees have sprung up. We have been nursing a bunch of longleaf pine trees, a nearly endangered species in our area. I will be long gone by the time those trees reach maturity.
I'm trying to establish a meadow area outside the house . Also trying to restore an oriental garden my Father built up over 20 years ago and was also damaged in the hurricane.
Wish I could spend more time over there as there's so much work to do, and is also very peaceful.
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« Reply #701 on: March 30, 2019, 05:40:27 AM »

I'm periodically reading Hector Berlioz's captivating, often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking memoirs in the stunning translation by David Cairns. Last night I read it with Mr B's own L'Enfance du Christ blaring and a large glass of whiskey to hand (life sometimes calls for it).
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« Reply #702 on: March 30, 2019, 07:32:29 AM »

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« Reply #703 on: March 30, 2019, 07:45:33 AM »

Short horror tale "Feather Pillow" by Horacio Quiroga. 3/5.
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« Reply #704 on: March 30, 2019, 08:28:13 AM »

Jk, thanks for mentioning Berlioz's memoirs. He's a favorite of mine. Went online and put it on my "wishlist" to read later when I get through some of the other books in my huge pile.

SBonilla, unfortunately that's become a routine. In reading the daily newspaper I work all the various puzzles , and check the obituary page.

RRA1 I prefer short horror stories, particularly if they contain some "gallows humor" . Stephen King has written a bunch of them. Is Horacio Quiroga worth checking out?
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« Reply #705 on: March 30, 2019, 09:59:47 PM »

2 NOLA - Discovered Horacio Quiroga via this Short Scary Tales site. The link is the tale inspired by HQ's ''Feather Pillow'', it's here https://www.shortstoryproject.com/story/the-feather-pillow/

Today's find you'd enjoy reading too, Liz - ''The Fly-paper'' by Elizabeth Taylor, English novelist.
''Tales Of The Unexpected'' adapted it in this eerie ep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0vJztcnMOo
Preface by Roald Dahl.
Didn't see the series before, theme song is lame. But music and desolate atmoshere in the *linked ep* immediately is sth. I like. To me, music in horror films/ suspense is as important as the plot.
(Info about E. Taylor - http://www.raintaxi.com/from-england-a-belated-gift-elizabeth-taylors-fiction/  http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/the-other-elizabeth-taylor/)
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« Reply #706 on: March 31, 2019, 05:38:33 AM »

Jk, thanks for mentioning Berlioz's memoirs. He's a favorite of mine. Went online and put it on my "wishlist" to read later when I get through some of the other books in my huge pile.

You're welcome, E. I always open it with a feeling of dread (it's the same with every book these days) and love every line of it. And the chapters are short. Wink
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« Reply #707 on: March 31, 2019, 08:24:31 AM »

Yes, I love books with short chapters !
I use an e-reader sometimes and it indicates how long it would take to read a chapter. I groan when it indicates "1 hour 30 minutes left in chapter" as it's hard for me to have the time to read it in one sitting, unless I'm away from home at the coffeehouse. Thankfully some books have breaks within their chapters so I can find a good stopping point.
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« Reply #708 on: March 31, 2019, 09:00:06 AM »

2 Nola - Don't you see I answered your question & even additional short horror tale recommendation? With links & film adaptation  re: "Flypaper" which to me is better than book. It's creepy visually, music brings fright, with good twist. Realistic, could easily take place to any naive school kid & even possibly adults. See it. Quiroga's tale's good as well.
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« Reply #709 on: March 31, 2019, 11:26:24 AM »

I read about Quiroga. He had a very tragic life. I think his horror stories must have been ways of coping with this. Will give him a chance although I don't know that he is "my cup of tea." I checked and it's hard to find things by him in English.

 I will check out the other links you provided later on. Dealing with a sprained right ankle now - at least I hope it's just sprained, not broken!
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« Reply #710 on: March 31, 2019, 02:32:17 PM »

I don't care about Quiroga, just found that single short tale & shared the link to it. You say "Feather Pillow" isn't your cup of tea. What you disliked about it? Could you comment shortly?

Lemme know what you think about the other links. I'm curious about comparing views (which everybody knows is fun).
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« Reply #711 on: March 31, 2019, 05:00:17 PM »

I thought "Feather Pillow" was terse. There was no character development. Even though it was very short it would have been more interesting if it was written in the girl's perspective - what she was thinking when the horror was happening, why wasn't anyone helping her, etc.

I'll check out the other links when I can. Trying to deal with my foot injury - so much had to be done and I can't do most of those things right now. Grrr!
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« Reply #712 on: March 31, 2019, 06:19:34 PM »

It's in duller side, yep.
Is it slippery in streets, injury due to it? Here it's icy walks. To deal with it, trucks drive around sifting brown sand to paths, driveways, zebras each now & then.
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« Reply #713 on: March 31, 2019, 06:52:26 PM »

I had just left a Church service. It was raining so I tried to take a shortcut to my car. Big mistake!
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« Reply #714 on: April 02, 2019, 05:55:45 AM »

Well, it didn't make sense but would like you check the links, especially youtube ep "Flypaper". It's must-see. It slightly differs than Elizabeth Taylor's short tale (linked below as well) but better. As usual, what's interesting big time to me is reviews. Lemme know what you think about it. Even better if it's not short review, detailed. Ta in advance.
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« Reply #715 on: April 02, 2019, 10:00:25 AM »

I just finished My Friend Dahmer, a graphic novel about Jeffrey Dahmer by Derf Backderf, who went to high school with the serial killer. It was a pretty interesting read, and it also has some local interest for me as the events of the book take place not far from where I live.

I'm also in the middle of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, and Mystery Train, by Greil Marcus.
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« Reply #716 on: April 02, 2019, 01:01:20 PM »

I just finished My Friend Dahmer, a graphic novel about Jeffrey Dahmer by Derf Backderf, who went to high school with the serial killer. It was a pretty interesting read, and it also has some local interest for me as the events of the book take place not far from where I live.

I'm also in the middle of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, and Mystery Train, by Greil Marcus.

Now that is a wonderful read! I'd be interested to know what you think of it when you're finished, GH. Wink
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« Reply #717 on: April 02, 2019, 06:45:18 PM »

Well, it didn't make sense but would like you check the links, especially youtube ep "Flypaper". It's must-see. It slightly differs than Elizabeth Taylor's short tale (linked below as well) but better. As usual, what's interesting big time to me is reviews. Lemme know what you think about it. Even better if it's not short review, detailed. Ta in advance.

It did have a bit of a surprise ending. I knew there would be a "twist" and assumed that the man would turn out to be good and the woman bad. And I liked that it left the reader "hanging " with various scenarios possible . Of course the mention of the flypaper and the half dead flies was disconcerting...
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« Reply #718 on: April 02, 2019, 07:22:32 PM »

Now would like you check youtube ep. As I said, I'm especially interested in what you think about book adaptation. As you know, I like film discussions. You read book [''reader''], now see the ep. Enjoy. Thumbs Up
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« Reply #719 on: April 03, 2019, 09:06:20 PM »

Watched episode. It was good but the story was better. There's still the surprise ending but in the film it was obvious that the guy was up to no good. In the story there was always the possibility that he was just very "eccentric."
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« Reply #720 on: April 06, 2019, 05:40:14 PM »

Recently started reading Sound Therapy by Patricia Jourdy
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« Reply #721 on: Yesterday at 03:19:15 AM »

I've just finished reading "How It Could Have Gone Down", a fantastic fanfic by a good friend of mine that takes the mess that The Walking Dead has become, reinstates a couple of important and well-loved characters that were killed off for no good reason and brings it all to a mind-blowing conclusion.

You can find it in the top link in my signature. Heartily recommended by someone who's familiar with the gist of TWD but hasn't seen a single episode!  Grin
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