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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope This was a good yarn. I may have seen the movie with my dad back many years ago. It' the classic "Ruritania" novel. It turns out, my dad's catch phrase—"The keys man the keys...but then God forgive me, I believe I struck a dead man in the face"—comes from this book. Anyway, it was an interesting story, and old-fashioned swash buckler, and even provided a few tidbits for thought: What would you do if you were a temporary stand in for someone else, and you fell in love with that person's intended, and she with you?