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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Jul 17, 2016 at 02:23:23 PM EST) Reading, MLP, Watching (all tags)
Reading: "Pierced by the Sun", "The Guts". Watching: "Song of the Sea". Links.


What I'm Reading
Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel.Curious genre-spanning novel from Mexico. A disturbed, alcoholic policewoman witnesses an assassination which throws her fragile equanimity into turmoil. Has some detective novel elements which aren't particularly well resolved. Becomes more of a novel of character with an appealing and fascinating protagonist. Dissolves a bit at the end into some disappointly formulaic new age stuff.

Even so I thought it was well worth reading for the main character, and the depiction of the problems of contemporary Mexico. From customer reviews it seems to have frustrated some readers by not falling more clearing into a particular genre, but I thought that made it more interesting. Found it hard to put down myself.

Review, review.

What I'm Reading 2
The Guts by Roddy Doyle. Novel following Jimmy Rabbitte from the Committments, now middle-aged coping with cancer. Decent enough with some funny moments, but gets a bit too cosy and heartwarming. Doesn't have the edge of some of his books.

What I'm Watching
Saw children's animation Song of the Sea, about the children of a lighthouse keeper encountering Irish mythology. Enjoyed it at first, but ended up as I often do watching it in half hour sections in the morning at home, and the mood didn't really last. Might work better for kids.

Links
Pics. Degas photographs. Pie chart. Edwardian stunt cyclists. Bathing beach 1920

Sci/Tech. Dispelling some myths about the autistic wunderkind programmer. Space Dashboard. Who invented clothes?

Politics. Theresa May, Labour PM?

Random. The drumming well. Royal epithets. Medieval Christians had a dragon with an a inflatable tail in processions. Star Cops TV series, via.

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I tip my hat to you, sir! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jul 19, 2016 at 11:34:18 PM EST
Thanks once again for the curated links. You are doing God's work.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

O/T by Herring (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Jul 21, 2016 at 04:20:14 PM EST
There is an ongoing podcast series on the Daniel Morgan murder. Which you might already know about or have posted about. I've been listening to it here.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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