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Old 12-31-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Now I have another question? What do people think in general of mysteries with recipes included or of mysteries with talking animals who are usually the first to solve the crime. What about mystery series set in bookstores, craft stores, restaurants, etc. or who have specific hobbies usually associated with women? What about mysteries with a bit of the paranormal?
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but when I do I like mysteries in which the characters roam around a city or town quite a bit, so you end up getting a tour of that town and learning about its history. Same goes for thrillers--if you get a tour of the New York Subway system as part of chasing a suspect, I'm delighted. I haven't read too many with recipes or talking animals, but if the mystery was interesting those details wouldn't bother me. Paranormal stuff doesn't usually interest me, and I'm not usually a big fan of graphic descriptions of violence.

 
Old 12-31-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I had yet to see a great film adaptation of any great novel till I saw this current Les Mis movie. I also recently went to see the new movie Anna Karenina (Tolstoi) fearing the worst, and I was instinctively right. That was the first great novel I read in high school and even at that age I understood her complex character and her dilemma. The new movie is a 2-dimensional look at her life with so much Hollywood glitz, I almost left the theater. The novel was not about throwing herself under the train but the movie made that the big dramatic moment of the book, which is a real shame. And the guy they cast as Vronsky (her lover) was completely non-believable in that role. For me, seeing certain movies on the big theater screen as opposed to on a TV makes all the difference. The Les Mis scenes will not come across on a TV.
So sorry to hear this...I like Keira Knightly....I love the version of Pride & Prejudice that she starred in a few years ago.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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[quote=newenglandgirl;27562161The Les Mis scenes will not come across on a TV.[/quote]

Get a big TV
 
Old 12-31-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I read some reviews which did not impress me. My last book was a fascinating item, Pagan Christmas. It's a fascinating study delving into the ethnobotany of Christmas. I've appended a link.

Now I have another question? What do people think in general of mysteries with recipes included or of mysteries with talking animals who are usually the first to solve the crime. What about mystery series set in bookstores, craft stores, restaurants, etc. or who have specific hobbies usually associated with women? What about mysteries with a bit of the paranormal?

I'm referring to cozies, not blood and guts stuff. I'm interested in discovering if I'm the only man who likes these as they always have female protagonists. One of my favorites is Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series.

Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide: Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling: 9781594770920: Amazon.com: Books
The Fifty Shades of Grey series actually has an interesting story to it (outside of the sex).

Love mysteries - just reread Nelson DeMille's "The Gate House" - he is a fantastic writer. I had all his paperbacks (pre-retirement I always bought the books-never went to the library) and I found out my dentist was a hugh fan so I gathered them all up (downsizing anyway) and gave them all to him. He was like a kid in a candy store.

John Sandford is another favorite who writes using many MN locations so it's nice having that familiarity. Ann Rule is another. I guess I go for the blood & guts thing.

Don't think I've read any with talking animals or other topics you mentioned. The above highlighted name is my maiden name - perhaps she's a distant relative - I'll have to look into her books.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Change of subject again, hoping one or two people will get a chuckle out of it. The actual incident is true, however.

When I retired I had to submit a form to my employer. The form doubled as a retirement and resignation form, and it had a space for "reason". Well, if you're resigning, I can see why they would want to know the reason, but I really didn't know what to write for the reason why I was retiring. At my age (61 at the time), lots of reasons come together. Here's what I eventually typed in (and I never received any feedback on it):

"Extreme old age has left me but a broken and hollow shell of my former dynamic, witty, and incisive self. Atrophy has left sagging and skinny limbs where once reigned well-toned sinews. Mental and visual acuity are but dim memories. Time to go!"
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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My wife loved the novels and movie Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I really enjoyed the film.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Change of subject again, hoping one or two people will get a chuckle out of it. The actual incident is true, however.

When I retired I had to submit a form to my employer. The form doubled as a retirement and resignation form, and it had a space for "reason". Well, if you're resigning, I can see why they would want to know the reason, but I really didn't know what to write for the reason why I was retiring. At my age (61 at the time), lots of reasons come together. Here's what I eventually typed in (and I never received any feedback on it):

"Extreme old age has left me but a broken and hollow shell of my former dynamic, witty, and incisive self. Atrophy has left sagging and skinny limbs where once reigned well-toned sinews. Mental and visual acuity are but dim memories. Time to go!"
You must have worked in a real downer place if that didn't bring a few chuckles.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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You must have worked in a real downer place if that didn't bring a few chuckles.
Well, my immediate supervisor got a big kick out of it, and I imagine it did bring a few chuckles at the HR office (which is in a different location from the building where I worked). It is a big enough operation that I did not expect HR to comment on it. They just process all that stuff.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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Well, my immediate supervisor got a big kick out of it, and I imagine it did bring a few chuckles at the HR office (which is in a different location from the building where I worked). It is a big enough operation that I did not expect HR to comment on it. They just process all that stuff.
If I remember right you were a teacher or in public education. If a teacher this info request became routine as school districts and boards of education became consumed with teacher turnover and needed a reason for why people left for accountability purposes. It often became part of administrative evaluations etc etc. Yes it does often provide a chuckle for folks as personal reasons is often the most frequently given response and that drives the data crunchers crazy. I am sure yours gave 9 out of 10 a good laugh and drove the 10th person to wondering about nothing.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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MMOB is loving life. Miami, Vegas a cruise to break up the routine. Way to go!
Thanks!

Yesterday, DW & I went walking along the ocean shore for a couple of miles, past the big resorts such as Eden Roc & Fountainbleu, and then stopped for lunch and drinks a little further down at Tiki Bar on the boardwalk overlooking the beach. We stayed home last night and went out on our balcony to watch the midnight fireworks exploding over the downtown Miami skyline across the bay.

Just another day in paradise.
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