Book: The Difference Engine

i reading a book called The Difference Engine. I’m reluctant to post about it because, at about 15% of the way through, I can’t really even tell you what it’s about.

In my opinion, it starts with this very old woman in the early 1900’s. Then she goes back and we hear about her child and young womanhood in the mid 1800s. She gets recruited by who I thought was a scam artist/con artist. AND then, the chapters jump around in about the same time frame. The con man gets the girl, (who may or not be the main character) to break into a hotel room to retrieve an item that was stolen from the con man. But she seems to be at least the third burglar and there is a bloody death. Then there is what seems to be these steam powered horse races. These guys with a new machine blow everybody away in the race. These are the con man’s acquaintances. I think.

And also there’s these boxes of cards, like punch machine cards, seemingly in every chapter, but I haven’t figured them out yet.

It’s interesting to read, but I’m waiting for the “click” where all the bits come together, and I probably should have waited before trying to post about it, but… This book makes me consider looking up the genre of “weird” and see what comes up…

When I was looking for the image above to use, I saw that this book is attributed to be one of the starting factors of the Steampunk genre/style. I try not to read the book reports or reviews of books I’m reading because I don’t want to be influenced by anything other than the book, but I did see that.

I will read reviews in order to find my next book, but not once I start reading the book.

What attracted me to steampunk in the first place was the people and clothes and machines. Look it up.

Happy Friday! Have a good weekend.


I walk the dogs in the mornings and turn around at a spot I call Doublepaint. It’s at a “T” junction where I guess the paint machine put down some extra thick paint.

i took the pictures this morning, then had an inkling that I had posted about it before. And I have. But it’s interesting (only to me probably) to see the difference between then and now.

Tomorrow is Friday! The weather is supposed to turn crappy, but I don’t care, I can’t dive this weekend because of my tooth, or lack thereof.

I’m reading a weird book that maybe I will post about tomorrow.

Have a fantabulous day!

The Rain Heron.

I’m reading a book that I’m really enjoying. The Rain Heron. It starts off with a girl, Ren, who lives on a farm in a nice village. There’s a Heron, she comes out of the water and feeds her land, and she’s the most prosperous in the village. Then a boy, jealous of her prosperity, tries to kill the bird. The bird leaves, there’s a heat wave, and everything goes sour. Ren goes off and lives in the woods. Years later, soldiers come to Rens mountain, looking for the Heron.

Later on, there’s another girl, Zoe, who, with her aunt, collects ink from squid. Their village survives by the ink, and the secret of collecting the super useful ink. They don’t hurt the squid. Then a man comes, no one will share the method, and he tries to get the ink by killing the squid. Then things go sour in the village. Then Zoes aunt gets killed, as they are leaving the village. Zoe becomes a soldier.

Zoe turns out to be the leader of the soldiers who are looking for the Heron.

I’m a little over half way through.

It’s a great book. A story type story that I’m really liking. A tale.

It is the first Friday of the new year! It’s been a long busy week for me, trying to catch up at work.

🎈 Happy Friday! 🎈

Have a great weekend!

Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir

The latest book I’m reading is called Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. It is super good, very entertaining, can’t put it down excellent.

Andy Weir wrote a book called The Martian from which they made the movie starring Matt Damon.

The worst thing about this book is you read it in less than a week and you want more.

The good thing about this book project Hail Mary, is that it’s really good. This guy wakes up on a spaceship and discovers that germs are eating the sun. Sunlight levels are decreasing and he has to kill these germs. Incidents, he also wakes up after a coma with amnesia and can’t remember any of this. Then this alien comes cruising up in his spaceship and they work together to kill the germs.

And there’s more!

PS: they’re not really germs, but they’re tiny and I can’t think of a better way to easily describe them.

Read it you’ll like it!

Have a great day!

The Weekend In Pictures

It was an OK weekend. I mowed the yard and did some spot painting, a little touching up here and there.

There was supposed to be an 800 m sea swim which was canceled, much to my disappointment.

Here are a few photos I took over the weekend.

Is a Crane that handles containers in our container yard. If you didn’t know what it was you probably couldn’t guess.
The place where I sat to drink my smoothie and read my book for a little while.
My across the water view from my reading spot Sunday.

And now it’s Monday back-to-work. Over the weekend, I was thinking of ways to use my time more efficiently at work.

Have a fantastic week!

A “Read Again”

I finished the book Great Circle and I want to immediately start reading it again. All the pieces came together in the end. Other reviews said they thought the beginning was confusing like I did, but I attributed it to me not paying attention or missing the point. Or lack of intelligence.

I’ve started re-reading “Choke” which feels like a toy compared to Great Circle. I thought I already posted about “Choke” but I can’t find it. Oh well, another day.

My cold seems gone. I’m back to work, feels like Monday. I’m in for a real treat when I realize that tomorrow is Friday.. I know it but I don’t know it, if you know what I mean.

Have a Thumpin’ Thursday!

My Current Book

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life.

It’s not a bad book, kinda dry, lots of repetition. I’m about a little over half way done. There’s lots of useful information. I’m incorporating a lot of it, one area at a time.

Just for the fun of it, ask a random person if they have an old, dead printer or computer monitor hanging around their house. They probably do, I do and thought everybody did.

I’m not throwing away anything that belongs to the wife, except old medicines and perishables perishables. But I’m majorly cleaning.

The book reminds me of when I was packing to move here from the USA. I was clearing my house and I would throw a precious artifact in the garbage and feel incredible pain. Hand with item hovering over the can. But as soon as the object left my hands and fell into the trash can, the pain disappeared. Then I would be throwing another artifact away and look into the trash can and see the old artifact and the payment return. The secret is don’t look, you won’t hurt.

So this is a good exercise. Lots of old good stuff going to the humane society, partly because having a yard sale is too much hassle.

Have a happy hump day!

The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue

My latest book, (that I’m reading, not writing), is The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue, already has me hooked. It’s about a girl, who, in the year 1714, escaping her unwanted marriage, makes a deal with “a god who answers at night”, and now will live forever, but everyone who meets her will forget her instantly. Now, it’s been 300 years, and the chapters of the book alternate between 1714 and 2014. Her parents and friends instantly all forgot her, and the people she sees every day never remember meeting her before.

the writing style is beautiful, I think. I can’t wholly put my finger on what makes this book so good.

Easter long weekend is over. Friday and Monday were holidays here. Today is day one of a four day vacation for me. We have our second quarantine guest coming. Yesterday the wife and I cleaned, and today professional cleaners are coming. Kind of like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist…

Have a great week!