|Clyde feels so much better now that he's had his hair cut. :)|
|Stop taking my picture, Dad, I'm trying to sleep|
I won't get in to this too much because I'll do my July reading summary post next. But I did manage to finish one more book before the end of July, that being The Commodore by C.S. Forester, one of his Horatio Hornblower adventures.
"The Commodore is the 8th book in the Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forester that I've read, not in any particular order. They have all been good value for entertainment. I've also enjoyed the TV series featuring Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower. The series is like the Sharpe war / adventure series, except, of course, Hornblower has his adventures on the open sea for the most part.
In The Commodore, Hornblower, newly married and just taking of as Squire of Smallbridge, is called back to London, made a Commodore in charge of a small fleet and sent to the Baltic to try and assist and encourage neutral Sweden and Russia to join the war against Napoleon. Most of the story is set in Latvia, a state of Russia at the time. There are plenty of adventures and lots of action and the story was all-in-all very satisfying, one of the better Hornblower stories, I think.
One thing I did particularly like about this particular story is that Hornblower spent much less time internalising everything; it is a bad habit of his. The story is more political, with Hornblower working intelligently to get in the good graces of the Czar of Russia and using his wits to help them keep Riga, the capital of Latvia, safe from an invading Napoleonic army.
His plans are intriguing and successful and his crew are a group of energetic, talented men. For the most part, the story does revolve around Hornblower, but of course, it is his adventure. A great deal happens in a short time, as the harsh Baltic winter is on the way (NO, not like Game of Thrones) and he must try to succeed at his orders before he must leave the area or risk being ice bound. Totally entertaining and satisfying, another great Hornblower adventure. (4 stars)"
As I said, more to follow on my July reading summary next entry.
The Missus's Genre Challenge
Day 5 - Best book adaptation onto TV or film. I chose To Kill a Mockingbird as my adaptation. Not a surprise really. I've mentioned both as my favourite book and movie in various of my lists here. Someone else chose another favourite of mine, Nevil Shute's On the Beach. Jo chose Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, adapted for film by Emma Thompson. A couple of other choices were the TV adaptation of Vanity Fair and any of the adaptations of the Cadfael mystery series.
Day 6 - Name your favourite television Cop show. I chose one that Jo and I watched when she first arrived in the Comox Valley, that being Da Vinci's Inquest. Excellent TV series.. and Canadian. :) Jo chose Miami Vice. There are almost too many options in this category, so many excellent British, American, Canadian and even Australian series; Hill Street Blues, Streets of San Francisco, Law and Order. All just a few of those chosen. How about the Phryne Fisher mysteries, Halifax F.P., Dr. Blake Mysteries, Midsomer Murders, Morse, Frost, Endeavour, Flashpoint, Private Eyes, etc... yes, I do like a great crime show.
Day 7 - Name your favourite movie score / theme. I chose the theme for The Magnificent Seven, a classic. Jo chose another Western for her score; The Big Country. Some other choices included The Thomas Crown Affair, Romeo & Juliet (1984), Star Wars, etc.
We're still having lots of fun with this. It's been nice switching from strictly music to movies and TV shows as everybody does seem to have fond memories of them.
Before I head off to Great Events in History, is anyone else tired of the latest Apprentice, also known as The Apprentice President, or The Appresident. I just want someone to tell the current resident of the White House.. 'YOU'RE FIRED!' OK, enough of that..
Great Historical Events
We move on to 1781 today.
Bank of North America established at Philadelphia
Expedition of the British into Virginia under Benedict Arnold
Jan. 17. - Battle of the Cowpens
Jan. 19. - Cornwallis joined by Leslie at Charleston
Feb. 2. - Battle of McGowan's Ford
Feb. 16. - Battle of Guilford's Court-house
Jan. and Feb. - Remarkable retreat of Gen. Greene through South Carolina
The war will continue with my next entry for 1781. Who knew that history could be so complicated? (Yup, a dig at the current resident of the White House.)
Science of Common Things (from Prof L.G. Gorton)
We learned about clouds that last couple of entries. And what comes from clouds? Well, let's see.
"What causes rain? When a warm current of air containing a great amount of moisture comes in contact with a cold current the moisture is condensed and falls as rain. (Ed. Comment. Please send some of this condensed moisture to the mainland) Does rain ever occur without clouds? Sometime a fall of temperature will produce rain without forming visible clouds. Why does more rain fall in March and April than in July and August? Because the changes in temperature are more frequent, and every fall of temperature in the air condenses its vapor. (Ed. Comment. How would you get those May flowers otherwise?) Why then, is the weather not colder before a rain? Because this change in temperature is in the upper currents of air, and not on the surface of the earth."
We move on to cold rain next entry...
The Birth Date Thing 10 November 2001
US Billboard #1 Single 10 November 2001
Family Affair by Mary J. Blige. Mary K. Blige, born in 1971, is a successful singer, songwriter, model and actress. Over her career she released 13 studio albums and over 80 singles. Family Affair was written by Blige, her brother and a few others.
UK #1 Single 10 November 2001
Because I Got High by Afroman. Afroman is an American rapper who I guess could be classified as a 'one it wonder'. He was song writer and producer on this song.
New York Times #1 Fiction Best Seller 10 November 2001
"There was something about Manet Hall that called out to Declan Fitzgerald, as the Boston lawyer purchases the grand old mansion in New Orleans, trading his briefcase for a tool belt. But as he begins renovations, he starts feeling inexplicable sensations of terror . . . and nearly unbearable grief."
Pulitzer Prize Winner 2001
It tells the story of two Jewish cousins before, during and after WWII who become very big in the comic book industry.
Nobel Prize Laureate 2001
Hugo Award Winner 2001
Edgar Award Winner 2001
Man Booker Award Winner 2001
"In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. "
Giller Prize Winner 2001
There you go. My next entry will summarise my July Reading. Stay cool!!