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Wayward Reads
Wayward on Words
Wayward Wandering
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads

Let's start with some genre fiction!
Over at SYFY Wire, Swapna Krishna has listed "11 new SFF books to check out this February." Personally, I can't keep up with all of the books in existence and it's not a little sad; but we don't have to read them all, I suppose. Here are some of Krishna's suggestions:

Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
Young Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination. Sounds tense!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
An African Game of Thrones. 'nuff said.

The Raven Tower
by Ann Leckie
A weakening god, a usurper to the throne, dark secrets, and a brave warrior.  All the important stuff!

The City in the Middle of the Night
by Charlie Jane Anders
" supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal. But fate has other plans--and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world." This sounds like a winner!

And what's "new and noteworthy" in general fiction?

The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann
"...a riveting story of past and present—and how love can lead us astray." This sounds like my kind of read.

The Snow Gypsy by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford
"...a haunting novel of two women—one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it." Another good choice!

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
"A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world." This one sounds like a gripping tale.

Mini Reviews

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I hope this story can be saved by the film.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith
Except for the gaping plot hole, a good read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Well, the title doesn't lie.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Wayward Recommends

Louisiana Power and Light by John Dufresne
A powerfully moving novel!
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

First, congratulations to hammajang for earning a spot in the 2019 Oxford English Dictionary. Hammajang is a Hawaiian Pidgin word meaning "all messed up." An apropos addition to the dictionary this year. 

And for inquiring minds: Pidgin is an English-based creole language spoken in Hawaii.

On to the wacky world of weird words! From "26 Weird English Words from A to Z" at Voxy:

Agastopia: admiration of a particular part of someone’s body. Like...a fetish kind of thing?

Cabotage: coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders. Not, as Voxy points out, to sabotage with cabbage, which is what naturally comes to mind.

Gabelle: a tax on salt. That's not going to come up in normal conversation very often. Let's see if we can't work it in somehow.

Jentacular: pertaining to breakfast. Wait...what?

Pauciloquent: uttering few words; brief in speech. Ah...

Captain Hornifer's agastopia put him in quite a pickle as he defended his country's cabotage against the encroachment of Captain Beautiface's airship; but after all, his pauciloquent chef was unable to secure a decent jentacular feast due to the recent gabelle. Now, that's hammajang!
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Wayward Wandering

Amelia Island Book Festival
Saturday, February 16th, Author Expo!
This year's festival hosts John Grisham, Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry, and more!
Fernandina Beach, Florida.
We hope to see you there!

Florida Crackers

You can't tell from this picture, but the lower mandible of the Black Skimmer is a lot longer than the upper, giving them a rather comedic, if not worrisome, appearance. But I thought this particular picture was too cute not to share. You can almost read a haggard, heckled mood on the face of the skimmer in the middle. Poor thing.

This photo was taken on the beach at Sebastian Inlet in Florida last month.



Gentle Lady Do Not Sing

James Joyce

Gentle lady, do not sing
    Sad songs about the end of love;
    Lay aside sadness and sing
    How love that passes is enough.

    Sing about the long deep sleep
    Of lovers that are dead, and how
    In the grave all love shall sleep:
    Love is aweary now.


The Surprise at the End!

From "The 12 Funniest Cat Memes on the Planet" at LifeWire
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