Monday, 7 October 2013

Books, Buddha, Bravery .... and Photos ..... oh, and Music

Still trying to find a new author to read; re-read a couple of old favourites - 2001 Space Odyssey and Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyTrilogy in four parts - but now scouring the Internet trying to find something new.

I am a member of Goodreads and have found some great reads through that but just not being successful at the moment.  They have 'lists'  .... so if you are interested in Scifi you can see heaps of lists of Scifi books, if romance rocks your boat there are lots of lists on those books.  So I have been searching through the lists of murderers and thrillers trying to find something that piques my interest.

I started reading Lisa Gardner's Alone; read the first 50 pages but just can't get into it.  A Karin Slaughter or Kathy Reichs she isn't .... lol
Day #20 - Stairs ...

... it was a stalemate on the book siege....
... Chewie decided to take the stairs up to the next level in hopes of finding a way to send a message for reinforcements. The Chase was on, he needed to find The Navigator before he ended up The Gulag Archpelago or worse - in Purgatory so it was Cross Country to find the Lost City ......
I was given a book by it's author to read and review .... he suggested that I would like it because I had read Dan Brown's works and had given them good reviews.  Sadly I never made it past the first 40 pages .... lol.  He actually overdid it; too many technical descriptions, to much background information, in fact there were even too many bodies in the first few pages.  You lost the characters in the description overloads.  Consequently I gave it a 'thumbs down' review.

Funny how you get locked onto favourite authors and then compare others to them.  You expect your favourites to churn out books each week instead on yearly ... lol.

Some of my favourite 'serial killer' authors include - John Lutz, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Jeffrey Deaver, Thomas Harris, Cornwell, Patterson, Kellerman and Kava.

I have come to the conclusion that Mr Spot was a Buddhist monk in a previous incarnation - the amount of times I find him sitting alongside one of my Buddha statues is amazing.

He seems to like sitting with them; mind you some are not in a comfortable place but the fat cat manages to fit ..... lol.  Weighed him the other day - 8kgs (17.5lb) - he is certainly a big boy and yet he doesn't look fat.  Cali, on the other hand, would be lucky to weigh 4 kgs - she never eats much; think those early years living on the streets and then being so badly abused have taken a big toll on her.

Still she is getting very brave lately and had taken to sitting on the roof; mind you if I go outside while she is up there she started meowing and expects me to climb up and get her down - it doesn't work..... lol.

She is still so terrified of people, except me; I don't think she is going to change now - I have had her about 3 years - she still hides as soon as she hears the doorbell or another person's voice.  Sad really because she is so affectionate and she would get lots of cuddles from visitors, wish she were just a little braver.

Going to be fun when my girlfriend and her hubby come down to stay for a few days; I bet we don't even glimpse her ..... lol.

When my son and his family came down from Queensland for a few weeks last year they saw a brief flash as she raced across the room to hide toward the end of their stay.

In for another month of Photo-a-Day ... some interesting themes this month.

 Bit concerned about the Depth of Field one - I always have trouble trying to photograph that.  Usually when I try to it never works; the times I have had success were when I trying for something else .... lol.

The other I may have concern with is "first world problem" - these are generally sarcastic views on the material society that we live in; typically they are tongue-in-cheek to make light of trivial inconveniences.

But I thought about going serious, something like a Macca's or some other fast food sign but I have a suspicion that others may go that route also.  The other is the waste at the local tip but I don't know that I want to drive out to the tip and pay to go in just to take a photo....lol.

Don't think I will have any problems with the rest; my main problem is finding something a little different than my usual hum drum.  I need to think outside the box when thinking of things that suit the day's theme.

Downloaded some more music for my Ipod - this time music from Doctor Who (295 'songs') - there is some amazing tracks in it.  Some are so beautiful, some sad, some very moving and others snappy; you only hear a brief stanza or two during the show so to hear them in their entirety is great.

Also found Nitin Sawhney - he is a British Indian musician and composer.  His work has elements of jazz and Asian influences; and explores multiculturalism and spirituality.  Some tracks I am not that keen on but most of it is fabulous. If you like 'world' music take a listen, there are about 40 songs in this track list; a good cross section that I am sure you will enjoy.

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