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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cabin Trip 2014 - First Day on the Road

We got away in good time this morning -- 6:30 a.m.

The drive went well, although we had rain through most of Pennsylvania. We are now in Mishawaka, Indiana at a Red Roof Inn (pet friendly!). We have fed and walked the dogs (who are very needy) and we just ordered a pizza to be delivered (Vesuvio's Pizza: sausage, green pepper, black olives and mushrooms as well as a garden salad). It will be late before we eat, probably 8:30, so bed not long after that.

I forgot my hardback book at home. I'd just started Michael McGarrity's Back Lands -- the second in a series. His books are all New Mexico based with lots of history and stories of the area where I grew up and went to school. Most of his books have been murder mysteries, but the first in this series starts the back story of his protagonist character. It is a big dense book with great story telling. We tried to find a copy in a couple of book stores along the way to the cabin with no luck. So, after struggling to get this Internet connection, I downloaded it to my iPad.

I hope our food comes soon!

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Posted under: Cabin NewsTravelBooks I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 09/13/2014 at 05:40 PM
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Goat Song

This short read by Brad Kessler was a lot of fun. It is about a couple who move from the city to a country farm in Vermont to raise goats and make cheese. It is a great diary of their dairy and a “year in their life”, and is also well researched with lots of history and lore about man’s relationship with goats since the beginning of history. To someone who likes country life, cheese, life-long learning, and maybe even goats, this was a fun read.

 

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Posted under: Books I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 10/10/2009 at 07:32 AM
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Murder in the Marais

I just finished this book. It is the first book by Cara Black in a series that features a female detective (Aimee Leduc) in Paris. Apparently, she plans to do one murder mystery book for each arrondissement. This was good for a first novel—a bit complex, which is okay, and it could have used a bit more character development. Still a very good story with some historical accuracy and Paris history built in. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

 

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Posted under: Books I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 09/29/2009 at 03:37 PM
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blood and Thunder

I grew up in New Mexico. I lived near a Mescalero Apache Indian reservation. When I moved from New Mexico and lived in other parts of the country and world, I used to make fun about “fighting indians” when I was growing up. (Which really did happen since we went to the same schools.)

I’ve driven through Navajo country and admired the scenery and the people and their culture. Lynne and I own an authentic Navajo rug which is hung on the wall of our Colorado cabin.

Living in Colorado, we’ve heard about the Sand Creek Massacre.

Living in New Mexico, I’m familiar with Carson county and stories of Kit Carson.

I’ve been to Fort Craig and camped and dug for Civil War memorabilia.

Here is a book about the settling of the West. It is really a biography of Kit Carson to some degree, and I enjoyed it (while being ashamed at times) immensely! I highly recommend this book, especially if you have an affinity for New Mexico like I do.

 

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Posted under: Books I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 10/10/2007 at 06:08 PM
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Monday, January 23, 2006

Science Fiction / Fantasy Novels

Recently, I’ve been reading novels by Jack McDevitt. He is a popular writer of science fiction / fantasy novels. I’ve read five of his books so far, and will likely read more! The books I’ve read are from two different ongoing character sets. One is focused on an antiques dealer who uses his detective skills and his partner to solve interesting space-age mysteries, I’ve read two books from this set—Polaris and the recently released Seeker. I think the first in the set is A Talent for War, but I have not read it yet.

The second set of books focus on the adventures of a faster-than-light spaceship pilot, Hutch, and the adventures she gets caught up in, which inevitably result is some heroic rescues toward the end. I’ve read Deep Six and Chindi, and am currently reading The Engines of God.

I highly recommend all these books! I haven’t had so much fun with a novel in a long time. They are great, quick reads when you need to escape this world.

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Posted under: Books I've Enjoyed • by Rick on 01/23/2006 at 01:38 PM
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