Lesser Spotted Animals

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 04:49 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Recently picked up at the library, a really fun book Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You've Never Heard Of by Martin Brown.

I particularly liked the bit on the Sand Cat (and there's an illustration of one in a t-shirt that reads I HEART SAND). The sentence "This animal is very psammophilic (sand-loving)." had me thinking of Five Children and It.
"You don't know?" it said. "Well, I knew the world had changed—but—well, really—Do you mean to tell me seriously you don't know a Psammead when you see one?"

"A Sammyadd? That's Greek to me."

"So it is to everyone," said the creature sharply. "Well, in plain English, then, a Sand-fairy.

Booksale pile

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 12:55 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I got a satisfying stack of books at a recent booksale.

I've already started one of the many Harlequin romances in the stack, The Beast Within (published in 2007) and two pages in been rewarded by the sentence "Grief choked him along with noxious fumes." Yay, science-experiment-gone-wrong werewolf!

Also Sex, Power and Pleasure, which is an ostensibly nonfiction book from 1985, solely because it fell open to the declaration:
Apart from being potentially versatile, lesbian sex can be tremendously powerful. It is of course true that any strong love, or any strong sexual urge, unleashes a powerful force in human beings. But without entering into competition for the Olympic sex medal, one can claim that the unique power of lesbian eroticism is one of the strongest forces in human existence.

Ironic that for both of these I'm linking to listings of ebook editions.

Dog covers

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 09:10 pm
katherine: You have been chosen to ride the Kingdom Chums' Love Light text against blurry rainbow colours (rainbowy)
There exists a whole series of Harlequins (Love Inspired Suspense, too bad for my reading preferences) with nothing but dogs on the covers: Rookie K-9 Unit.

My favourite is either Honor and Defend (there's puppies!) or Rookie K-9 Unit Christmas.

Not an elf name

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 12:44 pm
katherine: You have been chosen to ride the Kingdom Chums' Love Light text against blurry rainbow colours (love light)
I've started reading Enchanted Paradise, a 1985 book I picked up a while back very likely solely because the cover is ridiculous.

There are elves with beards, which I object to. I said to Graham "Gleb is a bad name for an elf." He said that's a bad name for anyone. However, I've been re-reading The Clan of the Cave Bear lately and it's a name that would fit right in.

Steampunk Roomba

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 05:53 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I picked up Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano from the library. There are gears on its cover which I did not notice until after reading a few chapters.

There's a steampunk Roomba:
The windup metal vacuum discus is repeatedly knocking into the corner, trying to find its way out. The copper is scuffed, the gears whining for their efforts.

Black Beauty

Friday, August 14th, 2015 06:51 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
The Annotated Black Beauty is alright, though not as much detail as I hoped for.

I did side-eye a particular paragraph in the Introduction (by Ellen B. Wells and Anne Grimshaw)
Anna Sewell brought sensitivity and sentiment to the horse world with her novel Black Beauty, written as a protest against the callous treatment of working horses, in particular the bearing rein and the docked tail—the dictates of fashion. However, she makes no reference to the operation of castration, an operation performed on the vast majority of male horses and which, at that time, did not require the use of anaesthetics. Whether the omission of this important event in Black Beauty's life is due to Victorian delicacy in such matters or whether Anna Sewell was simply unaware that most male horses underwent this operation will probably never be known.

Veronica the hippo

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 08:50 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I recently picked up a sweet kid's book about a hippo, Veronica (written and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin). What I picked up was a comfortably rubbed at the corners 1962 edition, but it looks like it's been reprinted: there's a review of a 2006 hardcover edition. A blog has some photos of the pages: http://www.oneplusonedesign.ca/soapbox/design/illustration-inspiration-veronica-the-hippo/

Oh and I see sequels!

Veronica and the Birthday Present apparently involves a kitten and by this point Veronica has moved to a farm.
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
In poking through E. Nesbit's The Book of Dragons to find a remembered tiny, pet elephant, I found (in a different story, "The Fiery Dragon, or The Heart of Stone and the Heart of Gold")

The Prince rode out of the town with his hippopotamuses trotting and frisking behind him, and people got inside their houses as quickly as they could when they heard the voices of his pack and the blowing of his horn. The pack squeezed through the town gates and off across country to hunt the dragon. Few of you who had not seen a pack of hippopotamuses in full cry will be able to imagine at all what the hunt was like. To begin with, hippopotamuses do not bay like hounds: They grunt like pigs, and their grunt is very big and fierce. Then, of course, no one expects hippopotamuses to jump. They just crash through the hedges and lumber through the standing corn, doing serious injury to the crops, and annoying the farmers very much. All the hippopotamuses had collars with their name and address on, but when the farmers called at the palace to complain of the injury to their standing crops, the Prince always said it served them right for leaving their crops standing about in people's way, and he never paid anything at all.
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A future thing: sort through old and very old art.

A tonight thing: relaxing evening activity of CueCating (that's a verb now, I say) long-stored books into LibraryThing.

I mis-typed CueCat when searching for somewhere to link, and landed on CURCAT, "a unique psychometrically evaluated tool in VET for measuring practitioners' industry currency."


Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 09:39 pm
katherine: Cat-eared Dreamsheep, sleeping against a pale green background (catdreamsheep)
I thought I was two or three books behind on reading the Temeraire series but as I'm now two-thirds of the way through Crucile of Gold I'm only a bit over one behind it seems.

I liked this bit (from Chapter 9):
"It is not exactly slavery, though," Temeraire said. "You would not say that you were a slave, after all, only because you are mine."

It was some time since Laurence had considered himself entitled to demand Temeraire's obedience, which otherwise might have enabled him to explain the contradiction easily; and on the face of it, he realized in some dismay, the relations between captain and beast could with more rationality be given the character of possession by the latter, than the former.


katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (Default)


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