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By TheophileEscargot (Sun May 11, 2008 at 08:40:43 PM EST) Reading, Museums, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Fallon", "Strip Jack". Museums. Me. Goslings. Web.

What I'm Reading
Borrowed Fallon by Louis L'Amour from the library. They have a Western section but it's only a few shelves, buried away in a corner beyond Large Print. Western sections have definitely shrunk since the towering shelves of my youth: not sure why I never read them back then.

Short, punchy and action-packed. Gambler Macon Fallon flees a card game gone bad into the desert, where he convinces a couple of families to re-open a ghost town, hoping to salt a mining claim and sell it to a sucker.

Unfortunately he encounters a ruthless band of outlaws and other difficulties: fortunately he's a lightning-quick gunfighter, expert pugilist and skilled farmer as well as a superb gambler.

It's written in a simple but effective style, with a nice line in telling details, like the terrifying breath of cool air that precedes a flash flood. The characters are a little cheesy, but there is a good portrait of Al Damon, a teenager turning to the dark side far more convincingly than Anakin Skywalker.

The plot's generally well-constructed, though there's one annoyance: we never find out what happened to Al Damon. Some elements are predictable, but there are a few surprises.

His vision of the West is pretty romanticized, and Indians appear to basically be there for target practice, but L'Amour seems to know exactly what he's talking about in terms of scenery and details.

Definitely a fun read though: L'Amour is a great storyteller. Will keep an eye out for others. He wrote a lot of books and don't know yet how much variation he put into them.

What I'm Reading 2
Strip Jack by Ian Rankin is the fourth Rebus novel. He's back in Scotland now, but this one takes him out into the countryside, and into the high society of Edinburgh rather than its seedy underbelly.

The plot's more realistic this time. Has an absolute maze of characters and red herrings though. I'm not a very proficient mystery reader and found it pretty hard to even remember who was who, let alone work out whodiddit. So didn't really get an aha moment. Might be too advanced for me.

Bought this second-hand as a the first part triple-decker volume The St. Leonard's Years, so I'll probably be onto the next fairly soon.

Saw the Maria Lassnig exhibition at the Serpentine a couple of weeks ago. It's the sort of thing I'd like to like: representative paintings in a distinct style, but for some reason I couldn't get into it.

How to construct an Emergency Party Button:

Yoghurt for women, men.

Economics: Rodrik comments on Eurozone's differential inflation.

Went for another walk along the Grand Union Canal. (pics). Saw a nice potential lair for a small-scale supervillain:

Also some goslings, but Cute Photography is a lot harder than I expected. Really need an optical zoom: this cameraphone doesn't really work for fluff unless you can get very close.


Gosling V

Felt tempted to buy a proper camera, but I suspect I'd only use it once or twice a year.

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Canadian geese with ducklings by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun May 11, 2008 at 09:01:00 PM EST
the only time I don't want to shoot them.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

aka "Avian blended family" by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed May 14, 2008 at 01:54:09 PM EST

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

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That villain's lair is ace by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon May 12, 2008 at 04:15:40 AM EST
I had a really nice walk along the Grand Union Canal this time last year - 15 miles! - I'll have to go back while the weather's good.

It's political correctness gone mad!

Must bring the camera in later in the week by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon May 12, 2008 at 04:50:07 AM EST

Just been for a walk round the lakes in the Science Park and there's a pair of adults with four goslings.

And in the MLWLFC (Miss Lake Wild Life Fun Challenge of course) I can add a chaffinch and lots of Damselflies, most of them are probably Common Blues but there are others here and there.

Cameras by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon May 12, 2008 at 06:12:14 AM EST
I have had a pretty good one for a few years now. It's not a high end SLR or anything, but it's a good one with a good lens and all the right features. I recently got a decent pocket camera because I found that even though the good camera takes really good pictures, I missed a lot of picture taking opportunities because the thing is too big to carry around all the time.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Noawadays one should have 3 cameras. by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon May 12, 2008 at 03:49:15 PM EST
A good cameraphone for emergency pictures.

A good point and shot digital for everyday photography that is easy to carry

A Digital SLR for holidays and special occasions (lets face it, it is an expensive toy).

I love consumerism.

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The poor man is he by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon May 12, 2008 at 08:37:27 PM EST
Who, having much, desires more.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I thought I replied to this before :-) by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu May 29, 2008 at 10:10:17 AM EST
And it said "then we are all poor" or something of that sort.

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