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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reading Around the World: Part the Second

Part I

So here are the books I’ve gathered. My initial criteria was that it was fiction and that it was written in another language and translated into English. I didn’t want to add books that have a non-English language setting, because I wasn’t sure if they counted or not. (ie John Burdett lives in France and Bangkok, and writes about Bangkok, but is British. So does that count? I decided no. Same for Pearl Buck.) But I added a couple, because the authors are not British / North American.

I also didn’t count any of Michael’s manga. Because it’s not my thing.

If I own a book, but have not yet read it, I stuck it at the end and marked it (NR). But I felt I should get partial points for possessing it.

So here’s the list:

Isabel Allende Daughter of Fortune Chilean
Isabel Allende Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Chilean
Isabel Allende Zorro Chilean
Peter Hoeg Smilla’s Sense of Snow Danish
Andrea Camilleri The Shape of Water Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Terra Cotta Dog Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Snack Thief Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Voice of the Violin Italian
Andrea Camilleri Excursion to Tindari Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Smell of the Night Italian
Andrea Camilleri Rounding the Mark Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Patience of the Spider Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Paper Moon Italian
Andrea Camilleri August Heat Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Wings of the Sphinx Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Track of Sand Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Potter’s Field Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Age of Doubt Italian
Andrea Camilleri The Dance of the Seagull Italian
Andrea Camilleri Treasure Hunt Italian
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Swedish
Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire Swedish
Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Swedish
Guillermo Martinez The Oxford Murders Argentine
Guillermo Martinez The Book of Murder Argentine
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Fencing Master Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Flanders Panel Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Seville Communion Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte Captain Alatriste Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Nautical Chart Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Queen of the South Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Purity of the Blood Spanish
Arturo Perez-Reverte The Painter of Battles Spanish
Sergei Lukyanenko Day Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Night Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Twilight Watch Russian
Sergei Lukyanenko Last Watch Russian
Victor Pelevin A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia Russian
Joann Sfar The Rabbi’s Cat French
Giancarlo de Cataldo Crimini: The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction Italian
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  (NR) Love in the Time of Cholera Colombian
Arnaldur Indriðason (NR) Jar City Icelandic
Carlos Ruiz Zafón(NR) The Shadow of the Wind Spanish
Futaro Yamada (NR) The Kouga Ninja Scrolls Japanese
Arturo Perez-Reverte (NR) The Club Dumas Spanish
Vikram Chandra (NR) Sacred Games Indian

So that’s 46 total on my shelves, of which I’ve read 40.

(And I KNOW I own a copy of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. But I have no idea where I put most of my fiction. So there are might be some other books I’m missing.)

I’ve been remiss. Translators of the above books:
Margaret Sayers Peden, Margaret Jull Costa, Sonia Soto, Andrew Hurley, Stephen Sartarelli, Andrew Bromfield, Reg Keeland, Andrew Brown

And then there’s folklore and mythology… Do they count? I think they should, but since you might have a different opinion, I separated them out.

A.K. Ramanujan Folktales from India
Aleksandr Afanas’ev Russian Fairy Tales
Ananda K Coomaraswamy Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists
Brown Theogony
David Patterson Greatest Jewish Stories
Diane Tong Gypsy Folk Tales
E.C.T Werner Myths and Legends of China
F. Hadland Davis Myths and Legends of Japan
Frank Delaney Legends of the Celts
Gwyn Jones Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas
Harish Johari The Monkeys and the Mango Tree
Harold Courlander A Treasury of African Folklore
Henry Glassie Irish Folktakes
Herodotus The Histories
Homer The Odyssey
Innes Metamophoses
Italo Calvino Italian Folktales
Jack Zipes The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
James R. Foster The World’s Great Folktales
Jane Yolen Favorite Folktales from around the World
Jeffery Gantz The Mabinogion
Jesse L. Byock Saga of the Volsungs
John Bierhorst Latin American Folktales
Kevin Crossley-Holland The Norse Myths
Laura Gibbs Aesop’s Fables
Linda J. Ivanits Russian Folk Belief
Moss Roberts Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies
N.K. Sandars The Epic of Gilgamesh
Nelson Mandela Favorite African Folktales
Peter Christen Asbjornsen Norwegian Folktales
R.J. Stewart Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends
Richard F. Burton Tales from the Arabian Nights
Royall Tyler Japanese Tales
Sally Holmes The Complete Fairy Tales of the Charles Perrault
Samuel Noah Kramer Mythologies of the Ancient World
Sir Thomas Malory Le Morte D’Arthur
Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatian de Blumenthal Folk Tales from the Russian
W.B. Yeats Irish Fairy and Folktales

That’s 38 more, if you think they count.

Do I have all the countries in the world? Of course I don’t. Could I read 174 books in a year? Probably. I’ve got 150 books this year, thought I’ve been slacking the past two months. But that seems… not fun.

So, readers: what non-British or non-North American authors I should read?

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Reading Around the World

The radio just finished playing this story: One reader, 197 books, one year to finish them all.

How often do you read a book from an author who comes from a part of the world unknown to you?

So, my first thought was, that’s cool. My second was, my bookshelves are definitely not empty of foreign authors. Yes, American and British authors predominate, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read a lot of books by foreign authors.

So, I’ll look and report back.

And here’s a link to her website and list: A Year of Reading

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Thank you, to those who have served, who are currently serving, and to their families.




Ben Klishis WWII



Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday Word Association: News Edition

No, I’m not telling you the news. Which makes today’s word: secret

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Everyone Loves to Get Mail!

I spent the day organizing (because that’s what I do when I’m anxious) and discovered that I have a huge pile of postcards from various places I’ve visited over the past five or six years.

If the place is somewhere I’m likely to go again in the near future, I’ve set those cards aside.

Which still leaves me with a large stack of cards.

So, if YOU would like to receive a piece of actual MAIL that is not a bill or junk, let me know, and I’ll send you something. (If I don’t have your address, you’ll need to email it to me.)


If you would like me to send a card to someone you know, I can do that as well! (Again, you’ll just need to email me their name and address.)

I’ve been told that small people ESPECIALLY like getting mail, so if there are small people in your life who would love surprise mail, let me know!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Books of October

The Thief (1996) Megan Whalen Turner
River of Stars (2013) Guy Gavriel Kay
Engraved on the Eye (2012) Saladin Ahmed
Jack The Giant-Killer (Jack of Kinrowan) (1987) Charles de Lint

Short Stories (fantasy)
Charmed I’m Sure (2013) Elliot James
Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (2013) Elliot James
Dog-Gone (2013) Elliot James

Through a Glass Darkly (2006) Donna Leon

Night Watch (1998/2006/2010) Sergei Lukyanenko translated by Andrew Bromfield Narrated by Paul Michael

The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West (2006) Chris Enss
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2011) Helen Castor

The books I really loved were:
The Thief – 10/10
River of Stars – 9/10
Jack The Giant-Killer – 8/10

And, for my usual geeking out…

I read 11 books, three of which were re-reads, and two of which are books I own in multiple formats.

eBook : 8
Paperback : 1
Trade Paperback : 1
Audio : 1

It was mostly fantasy this month.

Fantasy : 8
History : 2
Anthology : 1
Mystery : 1
YA : 1

As for the gender of authors I read…

Male : 5
Female : 2

But I’ll be honest, I really thought Elliot James was a woman working under a male pseudonym.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

What Interested Me This Week

Lots of things!

A little girl dressed as all 11 Doctors. (not all at once)


Actors reprise their roles.

I have no idea what it was, but I kept coming back and looking at these pictures.

(I’ll be honest, this was my favorite picture–Simon Pegg is so damned adorable!)


As a huge fan of the Rose Bowl parade, I loved these flower sculptures.


This one I have complicated feelings about.

To Flatten A Heroine: Artist Puts Disney Princess Filter On 10 Real Life Female Role Models

Supreme Princess

First, you should read everything the artist has to say. Here’s an excerpt:

“My experience of female role models both in culture and in life has shown me that there is no mold for what makes someone a role model, and the whole point of Merida was that she was a step in the right direction, providing girls with an alternative kind of princess. Then they took two steps back, and painted her with the same glossy brush as the rest. So I decided to take 10 real-life female role models, from diverse experiences and backgrounds, and filter them through the Disney princess assembly line.

First and foremost, I appreciate that the artist has created some gorgeous pictures.

Second, he makes good points about forcing female models into a single mold. It shouldn’t happen, yet it does.

Third, I now want a Justice Ginsburg action figure. Preferably one with a broadsword, so she can cut through the BS.


No Ents betweehn Eryn Vorn and Fangorn forest
Free shuttle horses provide alternate service


Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths


The Fug Girls now have a shoe line, with all their proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association

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