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#23459 - 03/22/01 10:40 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction
of troy Offline
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Anyone out there read Jack Finney's "Time and Again?" I am on fifth copy .... and *this one will *not* be loaned.

Oh yes!--there was just an article (NY Times I think, but it could have been else where) about the book-- which remain in print and perennial "good seller" --

I recently read City of Light byt Laurn Belfer-- about Buffulo at the turn of the century-- and Crichton's Timeline-- he had the neat trick of mixing together medial history and quantum physics!--

in non fiction-- i liked the series-- (I forget the authors name (husband & wife team)-- i should look it up--) on Life in a medial castle, and Cathedals, Mills and Forges-- technology in the middle ages.. (there are other in the series, i just haven't read them yet.

and "wetware"....pen and real ink? I thought is was a reference to the warm wet grey stuff between my ears...

my other obsession

#23460 - 03/22/01 11:09 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction
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>medial history... medial castle

does this lead (ineluctably) to *remedial history??

[I'm guessing you mean medieval]

#23461 - 03/22/01 11:17 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction

"and "wetware"....pen and real ink? I thought is was a reference to the warm wet grey stuff between my ears..."

Nope, you had it right... Ms. Nichols confirmed that 'wetware' is indeed used in reference to our grey matter.

i suspect pen and ink would fall into the 'treeware' category, though treeware is traditionally reserved for description of the Japanglish instructions that come with electronics, hardware, etc.

#23462 - 03/22/01 12:09 PM Re: Fact AND Fiction
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I see Geoff already made mention of The Professor and the Madman - oops Is this the first instance of a YART in the selfsame thread?

I love The Cat Who... mysteries that wow mentioned. Imagine, a 50-something hero with a checkered past, a bushy moustache and two Siamese cats. What's not to love?

I refuse to go there with you on the sheep thing, CapK [evil-grin e]
...and bridget, I dunno... "wetware" is a little too graphic for this skittish poster person.

#23463 - 03/22/01 12:31 PM Re: Fact AND Fiction

anna writes: "wetware" is a little too graphic for this skittish poster person.

ah, i see you too have been subjected to the "Hannibal" movie??

#23464 - 03/22/01 01:38 PM Re:wetware
tsuwm Offline
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...not to be confused (hopefully) with wetwork.

#23465 - 03/23/01 03:54 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction
rodward Offline

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Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Among my favourites are:
Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast and Titus Groan but not Titus Alone (and I enjoyed the BBC adaptation)
Frederick C. Crews' The Pooh Perplex on literary criticism styles
and probably more relevant to this forum:
Lancelet Hogben's The Mother Tongue - probably way out of date now but I still find it fascinating.
and an absolute delight:
Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames and N'Heures Souris Rames
but not the German equivalent Morder Guss Reims

Rod Ward

#23466 - 03/23/01 09:47 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction
shanks Offline
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#23467 - 03/24/01 08:11 AM Re: Fact AND Fiction
Rapunzel Offline

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 328
Loc: Eastern Pennsylvania
I generally stick to fiction for my leisure reading, in part because of all of the textbooks I have to read for my college classes. Some of the books I have really enjoyed:

Dune by Frank Herbert (my favorite SF book)
A Place of Greater Safety by Hillary Mantel (an excellent historical fiction book set in the French Revolution)
Anything by Dorothy Sayers or Ellis Peters (mysteries)
The Pendragon cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead (a series set in Arthurian England)

There are plenty of others, but these are the ones that came to mind at the moment.

#23468 - 03/24/01 08:26 AM Re:Children & Violence
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tsuwm : Re:wetware .. not to be confused with wetwork. do you mean a code word for sanctioned killing sometimes heard in spy movies, read in spy books?

Just heard (On CNN-2 BookTV) author Jane Katch on her book "Under Deadman's Skin, : Discovering the meaning of children's violent play."
The talk was recorded at the Harvard University Askworth Education Forum.
She talks about how children desensitize themselves from seeing violent films, playing violent video games and watching violent TV.
Katch suggests remedies including adapting play to a less violent mode suggested by children themselves. Further she gets a lot of input from children themselves and tells of some positive results from the talks with the children and parents.
If I had youngsters around I think this would be a must buy. I will read it in any case but from what I heard it would be worth a browse-perhaps-buying for any parent or grandparent who is dealing with children.
Those of you in US may be able to catch her talk on BookTV ... it was on about 8:30 a.m. EST.
BookTV.org has a site listing the books being discussed and the schedule, including repeats late at night.
Respectfully submitted

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