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Wayward Reads

Here on the Space Coast of Florida, there's a mid 70s chill in the early morning air and the days' highs this week hang in the 80s, instead of in the high nineties. It's fall! Finally. Time to break out the pumpkins and orange wreaths! 

Fiction Wise
Time sent me a link to their "15 New Books You Should Read in October." I don't like being told what I should and shouldn't do. But they're books, after all. Let's have a look at some of their suggestions:

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi; translated by Marilyn Booth
"In the village of al-Awafi in Oman, we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla, who chooses to refuse all offers and await a reunion with the man she loves, who has emigrated to Canada.These three women and their families, their losses and loves, unspool beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present" Excellent!

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
"...the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace." This sounds wonderful!

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg 
"...a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to—maybe, hopefully—break free." Sure to be a great read!

The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada; translated by David Boyd
"Told in three alternating first-person narratives, The Factory casts a vivid—if sometimes surreal—portrait of the absurdity and meaninglessness of modern life. With hints of Kafka and unexpected moments of creeping humor, Hiroko Oyamada is one of the boldest writers of her generation." This is some weird stuff!

Sci-Fi Fantasy
This link from Polygon popped up in my inbox: "17 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Check Out This October." So, let's check some of them out!

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
"In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories." That sounds fabulous!

The Princess Beard by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
"Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell." We really need some humor right now, don't you think?

Warrior of Altaii by Robert Jordan
"The watering holes of the Plain are drying up, the fearsome fanghorn grow more numerous, and bad omens abound. Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future." The unpublished book he wrote before The Wheel of Time series!

Supernova Era by Cixin Liu; translated by Joel Martinsen
"Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die." Chilling!

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
"A woman on the run. A captain adrift in space. One of them is infected with an alien parasite. In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future." Scary stuff!

Mini Reviews

Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Many forced plot points, but an engaging tale of a Korean "picture bride" in Hawaii. 
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
I guessed the twist almost immediately, but I enjoyed this sweet book.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Beloved Mother by Laura Hunter
A bit muddled and plotless, but filled with quirky characters and beautifully told.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Wayward Recommends

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
Very enjoyable historical read!
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

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Wayward on Words

From "Weird Words for Crazy Urges We've All Had"* at

cacoethes: The urge to do that one thing, that one thing, that you must never do! In Greek, the word literally means "bad disposition." (If it involves chocolate, it's not bad.)

coprolalia: The urge to use obscene language (Is it an urge if it's part of your charming personality?)

echolalia: That irritating urge, noted in politicians, to merely echo the question back to the interviewer instead of actually answering it. (Did I like that book? It was a book. Did I like it?)

tarantism: The urge to dance (Been there, done that!)

*Originally, this asterisk was going to say, "Speak for yourself!" But, as it turns out, I have had all of these urges. Even that one about just repeating the question; and I'm not even a politician. Wait! Does that mean I'm crazy, or that these urges aren't?

Where's Wayward?

FreeFlo 2019
November 2-3
Holiday Inn Orlando Intl Airport

Miami Book Fair
Street Fair
November 22-24
Downtown Miami
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Florida Crackers

Batesian mimicry is when a harmless species has evolved to look like a harmful species to avoid being eaten. (Named after the English naturalist Henry Bates.) Mullerian mimicry is when two or more species that are both harmful or...don't taste good...evolve to share the same warning signs to predators. (Named for German naturalist Fritz Muller.) 

The viceroy butterfly was once thought to be a batesian mimic of the monarch. But it has been discovered that the viceroy tastes pretty awful, too. So it's now considered a mullerian mimic. I don't know who tasted it.

I took this picture at the Viera Wetlands, in Florida in September 2019.



Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


The Surprise at the End!

This photo was taken by jeremy.bastrenta and made available through Flickr
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