Robert Jordan, wheel of time. pretty close to Branden Sanderson’s wheel of time.
New NEXUS magazine just out : Schauberger’s water vortex, Cannabis & Health, Gardasil and Nagalasa cancer rates, hidden power of Ancient Megaliths, Apollo Moon Missions Hoax, ET warnings of hidden agenda to mix A.I. with human minds.
The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele #1) by C.J. Archer
Got this as a freebee, to entice me into the series. Set in the past its an interesting mix of Victorian values, mystery and a race against time. I enjoyed this & will probably read more in the series.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.
Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.
With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.
Just to say how much I enjoyed your account too: it brought back lots of memories and prompted me to look again at my Photo book record of the two trips I made there. I’m glad I visited the islands in both Spring and Autumn, as that led to quite different experiences. I have a soft spot for the waved albatross….so lots of pics of them – mating, bringing up chicks etc. And, of course, Lonesome George, now sadly gone. I have a ‘candid camera’ shot of him chasing one of the two females he’d been introduced to. He could certainly move….She could too, but not quite fast enough
Like you Jo, I’d go again in a heartbeat….funds permitting!
Hope you enjoyed flopping about. I’ve been doing the same in Spain, house and cat sitting just north of Barcelona.
Bliss to escape the wintry weather and B****t…if only for a few weeks
Goodness, Steve – thank you. I’m flopping about in Lanzarote at the moment (home on Monday) – while you’re reading about my trip to Ecuador. (Between you and I, I think I might need to go back …)
Frogs and Frigate Birds: Over the Hill goes to Ecuador and the Galapagos by Jo Carroll
@Jocarroll isn’t a big fan of group tours (me either) but reading this book I feel Jo has allowed me to join her group for this trip. An easy but not over elaborate descriptive style paints the picture of her surroundings, and her keen sense of humour shines through in her tales. Great read at a bargain price.
The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks.
A debut novel, beautifully written. Atmospheric. Wild, bleak setting. Reminiscent of Jane Eyre.
The narrative unfolds through the perspective of an orphan girl, Virginia, adopted in 1939 at the age of 10. An observant child, with an imperfect understanding of the world she’s been thrust into; and the part she plays in a tragic event. The story moves between World War 2 and the present day (2015) when Virginia is now 86 and still living in Salt Winds, a house full of mysteries. Nice twist at the end. One of those books that stay with you.
“The Veiled Woman” by Anais Nin. Four short stories of erotica, number 6 from the Penguin Modern Classics series. Naughty but nice. I hasten to add these tales aren’t just yer typical man-in-a-dirty-mac porno fodder, rather poetry and profundity intertwine (along with the bodies) with Anais Nin’s erotic narrative, analysing the nature of desire, which tends to have an unexpected sting in every tale. Most satisfactory.
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