Saturday… Just Saying Reprint

E. B. White, 1899 –1985

Elwyn Brooks White was an author and long-standing contributor for The New Yorker magazine. He’s most famous for Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little but wrote Adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well.

Quote from: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/E._B._White

Image: Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joan_of_Arc_on_horseback.png

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3/30/2013

I’ve been experimenting with audiobooks.

mykin Del AudioI’m finding I prefer to read books.  Audiobook narrators read too slow for me so my attention drifts. I really don’t like women narrators imitating male voices—sounds corny at best. Another disadvantage of listening to books involves my Looked It Up posts. Audiobooks are not conducive to highlighting or jotting down words to look up.  For me, hitting stop creates a harsher break, and in spoken sentences pauses feel more disruptive to the story. Yesterday, I finished Some Girls Bite, Book 1 of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire Series- narrated by Cynthia Halloway. I liked the story and the narrator was good—her male voices were better than most. But I didn’t write down a single word 😦  Chloe Neill likes to use a hundred dollar word where a five buck word would work, so there were plenty words I would have liked to look up and learn more about.  Hence, no Looked It UP post this week. Sorry, but I did create a new Kindle Guy image for you . (Please pretend my earbud doesn’t look like a shower head.)

So, what are your thoughts on…

Listening to audiobooks VS Reading them?

Narrators imitating voices of the opposite gender?

People who claim listening to a book doesn’t count as reading a book?

Please share your comments!

3/16/2013

Looked that up updated 3-2013
frost burned, briggsThis Weeks Words are from:

Frost Burned, [Mercy Thompson Book 7]
Patricia Briggs

words for 3-16-2013

obstreperous

obstreperous: adjective
1.resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
2.noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.

“But if she gets too obstreperous, just let me know.” Page 227

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nascent

nascent: adjective:
1. beginning to exist or develop: the nascent republic.
2. Chemistry . (of an element) in the nascent state.

Two odd lumps that looked like nascent antlers emerge from his head. Page 175
[in reference to a weird sort of fae.]
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suborned

suborn: verb (used with object)
1. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime.
2. in law: a. to induce (person, especially a witness) to give false testimony. b. to obtain (false testimony) from witness.

He suborned them to weaken you and take over the seethe.  Page 293
[seethe is the author’s fictitious word for a unit of vampires]
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Image: Dance Party:
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Image: Deer Photo taken by Daniel Mayer:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Young_Mule_Deer_in_Bryce_Canyon_NP.jpeg
Image: Witness at Nuremberg Trials:
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3/2/2013

Looked that up

Hexed Iron Druid

  Words from

  Hexed by Kevin Hearnes

  Iron Druid Chronicles Book 2

3-2-13 words

Solipsism: Something related to sunburned lips?

solipsism: noun

1. Philosophy . the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

The solipsism of the rising star made casting of support actors difficult.leather bar

Philtre: Related to phial, British vial?

philtre (British) philter (US) noun

1. a drink supposed to arouse love, desire, etc

She broke my little bottle of philtre number nine.

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Fulminate: To culminate, fully?

fulminate:

verb (used without object) 1. to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
2. to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against ): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

verb (used with object)3. to cause to explode.
4. to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.

noun 5. one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.

The timer  was set to fulminate the bomb in thirty seconds.

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Love_Potion.jpg

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Saturday… Just Saying Christmas

Happy Holidays

From Karen & My Kindle Guy

What Author’s have to say about Christmas:

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
Erma Bombeck
Author, 1927-1996

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
Andy Rooney
Author, 1919 – 2011

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”
Garrison Keillor Author, 1942-

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Charles Dickens Author, 1812 – 1870

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”
Alexander Smith Poet, 1830 – 1867

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
Edna Ferber Author, 1885 – 1968

“From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.”
Katharine Whitehorn, Author 1928-

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/christmas_4.html
http://www.allthingschristmas.com/quotes.html
http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html