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Radical Acceptance | Tara Brach
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A book on self and inter-personal acceptance and a deck of compassion cards from the Buddhist centre on Holy Isle, Firth of Clyde. We had a wonderful, peaceful day here, walking around the Island. I trekked to the top of the 1030ft high peak of Mullach Mòr and enjoyed magnificent views of Lamlash Bay and the surrounding area of Arran. It's a visit I'll always remember. 💖

saresmoore Sounds lovely! I‘ve not heard of the tagged book, but I really like Pema Chodron. 12m
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Vathek | William Beckford
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We're on holiday on the Isle of Arran, and visited Brodick Castle, which I was surprised to find was once one of Beckford's homes. It's interesting to compare it with my intentional visit earlier this year to Strawberry Hill, the home of Beckford's literary rival, Walpole. I preferred the latter as a building, though the setting of Brodick is more gothic. A tour guide confirmed my impression that Beckford was an utter shit: Team Walpole! 🏰

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The Judge's House | Georges Simenon
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Maigret had been sent in disgrace from Paris to a backwater fishing community for an unexplained infraction (published in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France, perhaps this was Simenon's way of avoiding Wehrmacht entanglements for his hero and himself?)
Maigret's boredom is alleviated by a tipoff from the local busybody about a corpse she's seen through her neighbour's back window. It's not just the fish that stinks in this excellent mystery!

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Love this! ❤
(Found on FB, not the tagged book 🙂)

GingerAntics This is genius!!! This is perfection!!! 💙💙💙 2d
DivineDiana Love it too! 2d
keepingupwiththepenguins Oh, I love this!!!! 2d
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Some of the artist's impressions of the moon landing from the press release of 6th July 1969. Just reading these rather dry NASA technical reports and press releases gives me a frisson of excitement I hadn't quite expected. I was aged 5-7 through the Apollo missions and they had a huge effect on me at the time which obviously still resonates 👨🏻‍🚀

DivineDiana Last night, I watched the CNN film- Apollo 11- of historic footage from the launch. Fascinating! 4d
Bookwomble @DivineDiana It was such an incredible time. I wish as a global community we would put more of our resources and ingenuity into exploration than into trying to kill each other. The Apollo missions can still be a beacon for that cooperation and sense of belonging, I think. 4d
DivineDiana I think so too! ✌🏻 3d
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Getting prepared to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Eagle landing! 🌜🦅🇺🇸

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The full title of Tutuola's first book gives a better impression of what lies within: "The Palm-Wine Drinkard and his Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town". I found this book more fantastic, less horrific than his next novel, "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", which takes the macabre elements a notch higher in intensity.
This book is dense despite its short length, and reads like a Jungian case study of primal archetypes. I just loved it!

Bookwomble Despite being his first novel, "Drinkard" refers passages in "My Life" as if Tutuola had not only written already, but as of it had been published and the reader would already have knowledge of it. A fantastical twisting of literary time and perceived time. 4d
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Listening to Deep Purple this morning and ? "Smoke on the Water"? brought to mind this image of Smaug attacking Laketown! ??
#booksandmusic #dragons

Bookwomble I should mention that the painting is from this tagged book. 6d
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CarolynM 😖😤 6d
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David Bowie: "Space Oddity" | International Music Publications, Limited
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Today (11th July 2019) marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the awsome Space Oddity. Presently being played in the Bookwomble homestead on Maximum Volume 🎶❤👨🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🚀🚀🌚🎶

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I loved reading Tutuola's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" last year, so here I am starting his first novel, "The Palm-Wine Drinkard". Only 12 pages in and it's already rather disorienting: Tutuola's style is powerful and intensely ideosyncratic.
Today's reading experience is enhanced by the happy discovery that I'm 400kcals below my daily intake and that a martini is only 200kcals! Don't mind if I do ???

batsy I have this one and I've been pretty intimidated to read it 😆 7d
Bookwomble @batsy I've only just started it, but it seems like it's pretty similar to My Life..., which I've read and enjoyed, so I'd say, jump in! 😀 6d
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Dexter: An Omnibus | Jeffry P. Lindsay
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I loved the TV show - yes, ALL seven series, and I even liked the finale! - so I bought the omnibus edition of the first three novels and felt meh! I only read the first installmment, which I'd give 3/5 to, then put it down intending to come back to it and haven't done so in several years, so time for somebody else to try it as I pack it off to the charity shop. It's not bad, by any means, just not where I'm at right now.

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I fell in love with the illustrations for this book, and bought it not expecting the text to be of the same standard, translated as it was by a British colonial official in the 1930's, which shows my own prejudices as Clark avoids being patronising and turns a nice phrase. My main gripe, is that he rendered the verse into prose.
Su's subjects include curiosities seen on his travels, family matters and thoughts on life, the universe and everything.

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"The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" is one of my favourite art books - a stunning variety of visual interpretations of their songs, together with John's, Paul's and George's lyrics, and snippets of interviews. The perfect companion to what is, I think, my favourite Fab Four compilation album, "The Beatles Ballads".
#booksandmusic #beatles #liverpool

DivineDiana This looks so intriguing! ❤️ 1w
Bookwomble @DivineDiana First published 1969, but I'm sure it's still in print. It's fab gear! 😁💗 1w
Leftcoastzen This looks awesome! 1w
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1w
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"The residence of T'ien Sui-shêng is covered with foliage. The walls are few, but there is plenty of space, which is covered in maps and books. Both in front and behind the garden is planted with medlar and chrysanthemum. The spring shoots are most luxuriant and may be plucked for making tea for cup and table."

If I had a time machine, I'd pay a visit to 9th century CE China to browse the maps and books of T'ien Sui-shêng, and share a cup of tea.

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Strait is the Gate | André Gide
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Another impulse buy and another Nobel Laureate. I know Gide's name and that he hung out with the French existentialists, but otherwise nothing.
This is a 1953 Penguin in good condition for its age, and the translation of price from 2/- to £2 is a reasonable one, I think.

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CRISTINA & HER DOUBLE | Herta Müller
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"Seen from behind, the women's hairdos were sitting cats."

First line of the book and I was hooked! At £18.99, impulse buying this book might be an expensive gamble, but Müller is a Nobel Laureate, and judging from the mini-bio on the cover flap, an awesome person, so I'm hopeful.

saresmoore She and the book sound fascinating! 1w
Bookwomble @saresmoore Yes, to both. I'm going to try to fit this book in soon. 1w
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"Tha didn't mek it, did tha, luv,
Our gowden weddin' day.
Wi tried so hard to keep thi,
But tha quietly slipped away.

It's fifty years ago to-day
Sin' ah become thi bride,
Ah'd give everythin' in t'world, mi luv,
To have thi by mi side.

But there, it seems 'twere noan fer t'be
But ah seems to hear thi say,
"Durn't fret, mi lass, just carry on,
We'll meet agen some day."

readingjedi 😭😭😭😭 2w
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A book of personal poems about the author's life, from childhood, as a young woman courting her fiancé, through marriage, child-bearing and child-raising, growing old, and finally into widowhood and living alone.

The poems are mostly gently humorous, telling family stories from Bearman's childhood early in the 20th century, through to her old age. Some are more reflective and poignant. I was particularly moved by "Good-neet Luv", a poem about??

Bookwomble the loss of her husband, remembering their last hours together and their night-time routine, which she must now carry on alone.

While Bearman isn't going to be worrying Tennyson or Keats, I really did enjoy her poems, probably because I'm taken back to my childhood and the patterns of speech that my grandparent's generation used. Maybe I've been a bit generous with my rating as a consequence, but, of course, the essence of rating is subjectivity.
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Leftcoastzen 😻I think this is what my cats say about me! 2w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I thought it was funny, but actually my cat adores me 😄😻 2w
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 2w
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 2w
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“The most effective way to show compassion to another is to listen, rather than talk."

Leftcoastzen I love his work! 2w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I've read a few of his books now and they are variations on the same themes, but none the less inspirational for that. In this book about suffering, I'm finding a lot on common with the work of Carl Rogers' on the Person Centred Approach. I'm finding it rather wonderful in that respect. 2w
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In the messages, the UK's ambassador Sir Kim Darroch said the White House was "uniquely dysfunctional" and "divided" under Donald Trump.
"We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept," he said.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48901624

Ouch! ???

SamAnne I am so fed up with the orange Drumpf. 2w
Bookwomble @SamAnne You, me and most of the rest of the world! 🌐✌🏻🕊 2w
SamAnne When I travel out of country I make sure I know how to say in the local language: “I‘m so sorry. I did not vote for him. And I‘m working to defeat him in 2020. 2w
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GingerAntics I love these words!!! I fear the same thing, Sir. (edited) 2w
Bookwomble @SamAnne Happily, through the Litsy community, I've found that many US citizens are as appalled and bemused by Trump as most of the rest of the world is. God speed your good works for 2020 ❤ 2w
Bookwomble @GingerAntics You and your country-people have my sympathies 💗 2w
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Looking Forward | Franklin D. Roosevelt
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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

CarolynM Great quote❤️ 2w
Bookwomble @CarolynM It's nice to be able to quote an American president and not feel embarrassed, exasperated or angry. 2w
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"We pass through this world like two gnats in a husk of millet on a boundless ocean! I grieve that life is but a moment in time, and envy the endless current of the Great River. Would that I might clasp to me some flying sprite and forever wander with him! Would that I might embrace the lightsome moon for all eternity!"

- "The Red Cliffs"

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Maigret and the Old Lady | Georges Simenon
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Maigret gets a busman's holiday to Normandy, and we learn a little about his humble origins in the process, which perhaps explains his affinity with the down-at-heel and the hard-done-by.
That said, the rather well-to-do old lady of the title, who asks Maigret to investigate the murder of her maid, charms him with her eccentricities. Simenon slowly unpeels the psychology of his characters, and Maigret's attitude towards them turns accordingly.

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Liberty Bar | Georges Simenon
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I'm starting to find my own mental image of Maigret, separate to his portrayal on TV, and I'm liking that.
I'm also finding that Simenon cannot be counted upon to deliver the expected, which I'm liking even more. Maigret, as a police detective, enters the scene after a crime is committed, and his cases involve the spectrum of French society, but the circles in which his suspects run intersect, so a crime starting in the penthouse 👇🏼

Bookwomble and end in the tenements, or vice versa, or not! Maigret in this one seems almost possessed by the victim who's murder he is investigating. While there is no direct link with the previous novel, hee was seriously injured in that one, and I wonder whether the malaise he feels in Liberty Bar is an indication that he had not fully recovered. In any event, another enjoyable excursion. 2w
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Liberty Bar | Georges Simenon
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Maigret is on the Côte d'Azure, feeling too hot, with a head full of cotton wool, feeling an affinty with the victim whose murder he's investigating, and a certain amused disgust with the deceased's household. Maigret seems to have an affection for the underdog, those abused by society, and a dislike of pretension and bourgeois mores which I find rather endearing (though, ironically, that sentiment strikes me as pretentious and bourgeois!).

Bookwomble Accompanied by coffee and Jonathan Richman, appropriately singing "That Summer Feeling" ☕? #booksandmusic #booksandcoffee 2w
Nute I think that we can state a dislike for pretension without sounding pretentious, right?😂 2w
Nute Oh, I love that mug!💕 2w
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Bookwomble @Nute My tendency to overthink with myself! 😏 The mug is a favourite, with Samuel Butler's quote on the other side: “Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.” 2w
Nute Chill out, my friend. Overthinking is overrated!😏 I am truly amusing myself today!😅 2w
Nute I love that mug even more!!! 2w
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The woodcut illustrations for this selection of verse and prose poetry by the 11th century CE writer and frequently exiled government official, Su Tung-p'o are strikingly done in a classical Chinese style (according to the preface - I'm no expert) by the wonderfully named Averil Salmond Le Gros Clark, whose husband is the translator. I'm expecting his style to be rather fusty for some reason - we'll see.

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Just saw this racist book by fascist Stephen Yaxley Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) on the shelf at my local charity shop, told them who he is and they gladly binned it! Just a little action in the struggle against prejudice and hate, but a satisfying one! ❤✊🏻❤

AmyG 👊🏻 2w
Leftcoastzen Yikes,he wasn‘t on my radar here in U.S.Good job. 2w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen He's been retweeted by Trump, which probably tells you all you need to know about him! 2w
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GingerAntics 💙💙💙 you‘ve done a massively good thing today!!! 2w
Bookwomble @GingerAntics Well, if even one person less is exposed to his venom, that's for the better, I'd say 🙂 2w
GingerAntics Totally agree. 2w
kspenmoll Wonderful! Thank you! 2w
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Maigret and the Old Lady | Georges Simenon
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"What I'd like more than anything is to sit down at a terrace and drink a glass of cold beer."

Mission accomplished! ??

kspenmoll 😁 2w
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Tarleton Library | Tarleton, Lancashire, United Kingdom (Library)
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My local library looks pretty in the sunshine 🌞
The lantern is a nice architectural feature, making it feel light and airy inside. As I'm (very slightly) moving from owning books to borrowing them, I'm rediscovering the pleasures of a library visit 😊📚

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 2w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen It's a nice community space 😊 2w
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Liberty Bar | Georges Simenon
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A brisk walk to the library to return the book I've finished, and netted another three Maigrets. It was overcast, but the sun's coming out, and I'm treating myself to a cold cider before the walk back home 😊📖🍺

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Maigret and the Old Lady | Georges Simenon
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My next Maigret jumps 18 years in publication, from 1932 to 1950, and skips about 15 books in the series. I don't think there's any interlinking from one book to another, so it shouldn't be an issue, but it will be interesting to see how Simenon and Maigret have weathered WWII. This one is set at the Normandy seaside, so there's certainly scope for the war to be a presence, though perhaps it will have been to soon for Simenon's original audience?

Leftcoastzen I‘ve read a few of them,I want to read more. 2w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I'm enjoying each one more than the last 😊 2w
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The Shadow Puppet | Georges Simenon
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I ended up loving this story, as Maigret uses his feel for people, rather than any great deductive power, to unravel a tragically petit bourgeois murder. The Parisian period atmosphere (contemporary when written in 1932, historical now) is a huge part of the attraction for me.
Simenon describes Maigret as a burly, physically imposing man, and my conception of him is now more Gambon than Atkinson, though, weirdly, still with Atkinson's voice!

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The Shadow Puppet | Georges Simenon
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Starting my second Maigret - I'm struggling to get into this one, despite the action kicking straight in. It's probably me rather than Simenon. Let's see how it feels when I'm outside of a cup of coffee and a cheese croissant ☕🥐📖

Bookwomble I'm pleased to find it was just me: about halfway through and all the way engaged 😊 3w
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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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There are some very good stories in this collection of Grabinski's short works. There's an uncertainty in most of them as to whether the narrative describes objective or subjective reality, and along with the comparisons he's received to Poe and Lovecraft, a couple of the tales could be compared to Philip K.Dick, so high praise. A couple of the endings felt a little rushed, but the oppressive otherworldly atmosphere is well drawn in them all. 4⭐

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"The Glance" is a suitably paranoid one to end on. The circumstance catalysing the protagonist's breakdown is barely sketched, but an incidental part of it acts in such a way on his nerves that he becomes unable to tolerate the hidden and obscure for what he fears might lie there in wait. As much as he protects himself from the mysterious unknown, the urge to peer behind the veil, despite the potential horror to be confronted, grows and grows...

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"Saturnin Sektor": Time, duration, madness, death and the turn of aeons collide in this story, which could be from the viewpoint of another unreliable narrator, but probably isn't, with all that means for objective reality.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"In the Compartment" is an erotic tale with none of the weird or supernatural elements of the other stories, though linked by the train motif, with its suggestion of thrusting energy - think locomotives and tunnels. Anyway, there is also violence and murder added to the mix, suggestive of a Freudian libidinous link between Venus and Mars.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"Vengeance of the Elementals": Science & statistical analysis, or alchemy & arcane knowledge? Either way, the firechief of Rakszawa makes a remarkable discovery about the incidence of fires, and sets to inventing an efficient fire-fighting system. None of which explains his peculiar fire-resistant powers, but does explain why the spirits of conflagration have it in for him. Antoni Czarnocki would have made an intriguing recurring character.

Bookwomble While I doubt there's any connection, the similarity in names and methods of Grabinski's Antoni Czarnocki and William Hope Hodgson's ghost-finder, Thomas Carnacki is suggestive to me. A Czarnocki-Carnacki team-up would be incredible! 🔥 👻 3w
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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"Strabismus" is either a species of the doppelganger motif, though perhaps twisted 180°, or the unreliable narrative of a psychotic, or simultaneously both. Madness, possession and obsession figure largely to create an oppressive atmosphere. Nicely done.
[Strabismus = cross-eyed, the relevance of which to the story might be one of the elements which has caused comparisons to be drawn between Grabinski and Poe, "The Tell-tale Heart" in this case.]

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"The Wandering Train" is one of Grabinski's shorter, and more traditionally framed, stories in this collection. The gradual, inevitable approach of the mysterious locomotive has dramatic intensity, reaching its climax in a fury of speed. There were several possible endings I anticipated, but not quite the one Grabinski delivered, which is always rather satisfying.

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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Due out 3rd October 😍

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"Szamota's Mistress" is a variation on the "spectral bride' theme. I'm not sure if Szamota is intended as a love-lorne romantic, or the creepy, stalkerish narcissist he appears as to me, but intended or not, the infusion of the one with the other makes the story the more effective. Another of Grabinski's stories in which he doesn't leave the sexual element as an undercurrent, making it an overt and central part of the horror.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"A Tale of the Gravedigger" is a slightly more conventional 'chiller' than the three stories before it, but no less interesting on that account. While I'm comparing Grabinski to other authors, this one has a bit of a feel of Chambers' "King in Yellow" stories about it: I have a sense of there being more behind the narrative than is spoken of. Anyway, it starts off with a contagion of restless corpses and proceeds with macabre humour from there.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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Grabinski is compared to H.P. Lovecraft, and the story "The Area" does somewhat put me in mind of "Pickman's Model" or "The Music of Erich Zahn" in that it's protagonist, a disregarded writer in this case, is consumed by his artistic creation, figuratively and literally. The incursion of other dimensions through the intense mental and emotional focus of wayward genius also chimes with stories by Lovecraft's penpal, Clark Ashton Smith. Good stuff.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ever read any M. John Harrison? Reading your descriptions of these stories put me in mind of 3w
Bookwomble @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I've had Harrison on my radar for a while, particularly his Viriconium stories (I have a feeling he's written a few books in that setting?), but too many books... 3w
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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"The Motion Demon" is a dreamlike story embracing the Futurist aesthetic movement and Henri Bergson's philosophy of life energy, contrasting the infinitesimal scale of the one with the cosmic grandeur of the other. So there's that, and then there's a shapeshifting demon, madness and murder!
I like a story that sends me to the dictionary or encyclopædia ?

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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If the first story in this collection, "Fumes", is anything to go by, it's no wonder Grabinski was little known and poorly regarded in his own time, writing at the end of WWI. It's a sexually explicit (not excessively graphic) febrile Freudian nightmare of the Old Dark House variety. It is striking in a disturbing way and I'm giving it a tentative thumbs up, as I move on to the second story.

Leftcoastzen What a cover! 4w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen The credit is given as "Self Portrait with Skulls" by Luigi Russolo. It's a striking portrait, for sure. 4w
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How to Sit | Thich Nhat Hanh
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All you need to know about how to sit mindfully, you can learn from a cat! 😸
#catsoflitsy

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How to Sit | Thich Nhat Hanh
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"Happiness isn't possible without freedom"

I chose to practice how to sit here, on a bench beneath a beech tree in the churchyard at Becconsall. I should make time to do this more often. I'm appreciating this little book and its quiet wisdom.

DivineDiana Lovely! 2w
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