October 1st, 2011

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later Friday/early Saturday

I looked on the county library's website, and saw that The Tempering of Men was available at the library, so I put a hold on it.  I later searched e-book distributors, and saw that Google eBooks and Kobo have it as well.  I read the sample on Google.  I got right into it.  Odds of me getting A Companion to Wolves and The Tempering of Men in e-book format are good.

I talked to A. from Wisconsin for a couple of hours.  Our conversation ranged through many topics, which is not unusual.  He had sent me a written account of the party he went to Saturday night.  It was hilarious.  It was just as funny hearing it told.  He had some adventures, that's for sure.
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Saturday day

We went to the library, the dollar store, JoAnn Fabric and Crafts to see if they have lavender beads, Best Buy to look at e-readers -- just to look -- and the AT&T store.  Mom irked me at the AT&T store.  Just when we were about to buy a phone, she said, "What about getting a Jitterbug?"

"That was $50 for shipping, and you didn't want to do that.  They only took two-day shipping."

"Maybe the price went down," Mom said.

"Maybe it went up.  And it was at least $40 for shipping,"  I said.  She decided to look up the Jitterbug online and come back to the AT&T store Monday if she decided not to get a Jitterbug.  "Thank you anyway," I said to the employee who was helping us.

We went to the grocery store afterwards.  I said hi to P.S., who was working. 

I was still irked about Mom backing out of getting a phone at the last second, when she complains so much about the phone she has.  I should make her be the main one on the plan, and pay the $60, while I go on the Family Talk part of it and pay $20.  Dad has a pay-as-you-go Trak phone.  The family dyamics are all screwy in that way as in so many others.

I inherited my brother's cell phone when he moved to Baltimore, and Mom got a Family Talk line added onto it for herself.  She uses her cell phone as much as I use mine, maybe more.  Not that I had any specific plans for Monday except for maybe getting together with S.M.  It was the way she did, "I'm going to get this -- oh, I'd have to spend $50 -- I'm not going to get this."  She's done it to me several times, us going to the phone store, her waffling, her almost making a decision, then deciding to come back another day.

I got a used book I'd ordered through Amazon, The Air Scout.  It's part of The Big War series.  It was published in 1914.  I'll see how realistic it is compared to the other books in the series.  Maybe after I've read it I'll try to figure out if I could send it to get scanned by Google, or work with Project Gutenberg on it, so it can get scanned as a free e-book.  I wanted to find out what happened in this one.

I tried to read CNET reviews of the new Kindle 2011, but I couldn't get to the whole review.  I updated Flash Player, in case it was a video problem -- the reviews have videos -- and then my version of Internet Explorer.  It all took a long time, because I had to update Windows before I could update Explorer.  I didn't just sit at the computer, though, because I had a book I really wanted to read, The Tempering of Men.

It was rather like three novellas, as a reviewer had observed, with each cutting off at a cliffhanger part, then resuming after the next protagonist of the three (Skaldwulf, Vethulf and Brokkolfr) had a cliffhanger.  I think some AfterElton readers would like it better than they did A Companion to Wolves.  In that one, the single protagonist, Isolfr, was very reluctant to have sex with men for a variety of reasons, stemming both from the culture he came from and from the nature of the culture he went into.  Someone complained that some situations seemed to be dubious consent.  I'm sensitive to that kind of thing, and Isolfr was quite well aware of what he was consenting to.

In this one, the three protagonists were all "lovers of men" without reservations about it.  There weren't any rough scenes that way.  Of course the protagonists were put in various perils other ways.  Brokkolfr seemed to have the proportionately smallest adventures in this book, but maybe he'll have bigger adventures in the third of the trilogy.  Skaldwulf and Vethulf had played important roles in the first book.

Skaldwulf was always a sympathetic character.  Vethulf had a temper, but in this book was shown trying hard to do the right thing.  Brokkolfr was only mentioned in the first book, but is quite a decent young man.

A lot of characters, humans and wolves, were killed off in the first book.  Well, it was a war they were fighting, and a Norse saga sort of story.  It was pretty grim.  I was prepared in this one for beloved characters to be killed off, but not so much of that in this one.  They were endangered, yes, and some characters were killed off, but some parts were lighter.

Added later: I've read and re-read several parts of The Tempering of Men.  If I take it as three novellas, I love all three of them.  I am particularly fond of the man-and-wolf culture, the bonds the men have with their wolves, and the dynamics of the pack.  The various bonds the men have with each other are interesting, too.

See my above entry for my thoughts on what the third book might be like.