September 22nd, 2011

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early Thursday

I tried getting back into reading Prince Joe, but I really wasn't feeling it right then.  I have a copy of my own now, so I'm sure I'll read it soon enough.  I read more of Catherine Harper's book Intersex.  I'd read that already, so no pressure about reading it.  I'll post on what else I read tonight.

I read one and a half more of Ross Kay's World War I books.  In The Search for the Spy, Earl was very naive and struck me as not being too bright, as he told the spy everything he wanted to know and shipped packages and sent letters for him, without questioning it.  I've read half so far of Dodging the North Sea Mines, in which events are highly improbable and Earl still doesn't know much.

Earl, who is in London as the story begins, gets a telegraph from his father saying "Find Leon."  Leon is Earl's twin brother, who was in France or possibly Belgium when World War I started.  I don't have The Air Scout, which is about what happened to Leon, so I don't know which.  Accordingly, Earl sets out to Paris, while just about everyone except British troops are heading the other direction.  Perhaps hundreds of thousands -- at least thousands -- of people are fleeing to Britain from the countries on the Western Front where the battles are taking place in August and September 1914.

Fighting in France had events that seemed so much more probable to me.  As I said, things like that actually happened.  Well, maybe not the part with the airplane, but the descriptions of trench warfare were all too real.
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so far Thursday

It's actually been relatively busy.  I tried to renew Prince Joe and Forever Blue, in case I didn't get to the library today.  Forever Blue had a hold on it, so I couldn't renew it.  Dad had taken Prince Joe to return it, but suddenly didn't feel well while doing his errands and returned home without going to the library.  I'll take that one back tonight or tomorrow.  I went to the library, meanwhile, and returned Forever Blue.

I went to a large independent bookstore in the area to see if they had Forever Blue.  They had a few of Suzanne Brockmann's books, but not that one.  It's unusual for me to leave there without buying something, but I did.  I made up for it later, as I'll note.

I got a birthday card for Mom.  My brother J. is talking about stopping by to see Mom on her birthday (Saturday) and then taking me and going up to visit Grandma S., who was diagnosed with multiple myelomas(?) a few weeks ago.  I have been wanting to visit Grandma S., but this adds urgency to it.  She's getting shots and various things to raise the level of red blood cells in her body.  The white blood cells are destroying them.  At her age, ninety, they're not going to do chemotherapy.

I went to the secondhand bookstore and straightened out the romances, and filled in the shelves.  I said hi to M., S.G, B. and P. (the one who does cookbooks).  There weren't any donations, so I didn't stay a very long time.  I wanted to get back through [borough] before rush hour.

I did a little more Amazon shopping.  I got a used copy of Forever Blue.  I got Fired Up, by Jayne Ann Krentz, which was on some kind of sale, as it was $3.11 or so.  I got Lessons in Trust and The Complete Dr. Fell: The Boys of Fell.  Then I got a used copy of The Air Scout.  I think that will be it for my Amazon shopping this month.  It was fun, but that should do it.

I'll note later what else I read today.

Later: I read the previous five books in a series for continuity on a line edit, then finished the line edit.  I'd worked on a couple of earlier books in the series, and read the ones before that, but I wanted to do re-reads of those.  They're sci-fi ones where men from a far-distant planet come to take Earth women as sex slaves.  The books are set on the men's planet.  Puzzlingly to the men, six so far fall in love with their slaves.

As I mentioned when I posted about reading Common Powers 1: Soul Bonds, I'm personally not into sex slave stories.  I wanted to read Soul Bonds because of the continuity leading up to Edward Unconditionally.  This one I just did was a job, of course.

Later still: I finished Dodging the North Sea Mines and read With Joffre on the Battle Line.  Events continued to be highly improbable, though a little less so towards the end of With Joffre on the Battle Line.  It was such a contrast to Fighting in France, where perhaps all those things wouldn't have happened to just a few people, but such things happened during the war.