Friday, April 03, 2015

The Florence Nightingale Weekly Link Round-Up

It's going to be a short intro for this week's round-up. Poor Denis has managed to catch a very nasty intestinal bug, and I'm trying to keep him as comfortable as possible-- which means extra laundry and the like. He's taken good care of me when I've been down for the count, so turnabout is fair play!

While I'm on the subject of health, if any of you are acquainted with Barbara, whose book blog is Views from the Countryside, please hold this lovely woman close in your thoughts. Her journey here is drawing to a close.

Here are those links I've been saving for you...

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • The Toronto Public Library has scrapped its used book buying program. It wasn't going well. 
  • Baghdad's book row gets its first female bookseller.
  • I love this man! Billy Connolly will be given the Great Scot Award during New York's Tartan Week.
  • Author Steve Hockensmith remembers Leonard Nimoy on his birthday.
  • J.K. Rowling's brilliant response to a fan who asked her "Why is Dumbledore gay?"
  • Here's why Downton Abbey is ending. 
  • How author Cory Doctorow feels about the Clean Reader app.
  • This Salon writer is boycotting Game of Thrones next year, but it may not be for the reasons you suspect.
  • Thousands of books were donated to children after a Milwaukee publishing company closed its doors.
  • A new Alzheimer's treatment has been shown to fully restore memory function in 75% of the test subjects. 
  • Stieg Larsson's partner, Eva Gabrielsson, is not happy with the new sequel being published in August.
  • At the end of April, a J.K. Rowling book will come to life on HBO.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Not good: China's wealthy are banking on extinction.
  • I loved this video of a baby elephant taking its first steps.
  • This porcupine in Israel thinks he's an archaeologist! 
  • You may not know this, but I love buffalo. I have since I first saw a buffalo herd grazing outside Cody, Wyoming, when I was ten. So... when I learned that buffalo (bison) were going to be grazing once again at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Chicago, I had to smile. You see, there's an old, old buffalo wallow south of the farm town where I grew up. It's good to know buffalo are coming back to my part of the prairie.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Ever thought about spending the weekend on a private lighthouse island off the coast of France?
  • It's not easy dealing with tourists. After dealing with a particularly obnoxious (and unintelligent) one, a safari guide walked off and left his group behind. Too bad there wasn't a way to leave the obnoxious one behind while everyone else went on their way!
  • If blue isn't your favorite color, you may not want to visit this town in Morocco.

►I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and-- Read something fabulous!


  1. So sorry to hear about Barbara! I will definitely keep her in my thoughts.... And of course, very sorry to hear about Denis too. I hope he's up and around soon. In the meantime, thanks for the links, Cathy. Now I think I'm going to book a week at that private lighthouse :-)

  2. Hope Denis feels better soon!

    1. He's slowly on the mend-- and so am I. Naturally, I caught it, too, and it is a very very nasty virus. I haven't been online in about 3 days, and thought I would make an attempt now to check email and the like, but it won't be long before I'm flat on my back again. Yuck!

  3. Hope Denis recovers soon. Very sad about Barbara.

    Wanted to say that I don't have time to read the links because -- I'm deep into Harry Bingham's Talking to the Dead.

    I haven't been able to sink my teeth into a book since February, but now that I'm involved with this one, I can't stop. And the recommendation comes from this blog and Reactions to Reading.

    1. Funny you should mention Talking to the Dead. My review of the third book in the series will post in a couple of weeks. Such phenomenal books, and I'm so glad you're enjoying the first one!

  4. Apparently I'm a binge reader. Nothing else in that bunch fit me.

    Ugh. Sorry you've both had to deal with a nasty virus. Does it at least leave you mentally competent to read, since you've got all that down time? I really hate the ones where you're so ill you can't even concentrate on the entertainment.

    1. I did NOTHING but lose bodily fluids or sleep for over two days. I LOATHE that kind of illness!!!! I knew I was beginning to shake it off when I actually wanted to pick up a book.

  5. So you liked the second and third Fiona Griffiths as much as the first?

    I find this such an unusual book, so much of it is character development. Also, I like the author's compassion for the women victimized by traffickers and other criminals.
    It's unusual and enough to perk me up from a nonreading stint.

    1. It's the only trilogy (and I hope it doesn't remain a trilogy) in which I've rated all three books an A+, Kathy.

  6. Great! Well, that's encouraging. Harry Bingham must be quite a special person with a lot of understanding of human beings and much compassion.

    I'm a bit reminded of Lacey Flint in Fiona Griffiths, but Fi has much more wit and is full of pep. She is, as her friend Ed says, a work in progress. That is a good assessment.

    1. Yes, I thought of the Lacey Flint comparison as well, but there's a deadness... a finality to Lacey's character that isn't there in Fiona's. We are all works in progress, but many of us forget that fact. Fiona hasn't, and it is fascinating to watch her "tinker" with her canvas.

      Harry Bingham is quite special. He's responded to my reviews and even told me of his publisher's decision to make the third book available only in digital format on this side of the pond-- although I do see that they must have changed their minds a bit. A paperback edition of the third book is also available.

  7. So sorry to hear you've been so unwell - hope you're both feeling better now. And I'm so sad about Barbara too.

    1. We are both feeling better now. Thank you, Margaret. I so wish the same were true for Barbara and Dave.

  8. I do think that Fiona has more energy and zest for life and a sense of humor than Lacey Flint who seems like a determined, hard-working, but lost soul.

    I'll look for books 2 and 3. I'm going to miss Fiona after I finish this book, but I'll look for the next book -- after I plow through some other tomes here.

    1. One thing that holds true for many of us: we are never at a loss for something to read!


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