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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Elliot » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:03 am

All right... Here is the coyote:
http://www.coyotetale.net/roughing.php

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by ^Rhino! » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:58 am

One Good Twain deserves yet another, or perhaps three:

'Tis a short chapter.

XII. The Cat and the Painkiller

ONE of the reasons why Tom's mind had drifted away from its secret troubles was, that it had found a new and weighty matter to interest itself about. Becky Thatcher had stopped coming to school. Tom had struggled with his pride a few days, and tried to "whistle her down the wind," but failed. He began to find himself hanging around her father's house, nights, and feeling very miserable. She was ill. What if she should die! There was distraction in the thought. He no longer took an interest in war, nor even in piracy. The charm of life was gone; there was nothing but dreariness left. He put his hoop away, and his bat; there was no joy in them any more. His aunt was concerned. She began to try all manner of remedies on him. She was one of those people who are infatuated with patent medicines and all new-fangled methods of producing health or mending it. She was an inveterate experimenter in these things. When something fresh in this line came out she was in a fever, right away, to try it; not on herself, for she was never ailing, but on anybody else that came handy. She was a subscriber for all the "Health" periodicals and phrenological frauds; and the solemn ignorance they were inflated with was breath to her nostrils. All the "rot" they contained about ventilation, and how to go to bed, and how to get up, and what to eat, and what to drink, and how much exercise to take, and what frame of mind to keep one's self in, and what sort of clothing to wear, was all gospel to her, and she never observed that her health-journals of the current month customarily upset everything they had recommended the month before. She was as simple-hearted and honest as the day was long, and so she was an easy victim. She gathered together her quack periodicals and her quack medicines, and thus armed with death, went about on her pale horse, metaphorically speaking, with "hell following after." But she never suspected that she was not an angel of healing and the balm of Gilead in disguise, to the suffering neighbors.

The water treatment was new, now, and Tom's low condition was a windfall to her. She had him out at daylight every morning, stood him up in the wood-shed and drowned him with a deluge of cold water; then she scrubbed him down with a towel like a file, and so brought him to; then she rolled him up in a wet sheet and put him away under blankets till she sweated his soul clean and "the yellow stains of it came through his pores" — as Tom said.

Yet notwithstanding all this, the boy grew more and more melancholy and pale and dejected. She added hot baths, sitz baths, shower baths, and plunges. The boy remained as dismal as a hearse. She began to assist the water with a slim oatmeal diet and blister-plasters. She calculated his capacity as she would a jug's, and filled him up every day with quack cure-alls.

Tom had become indifferent to persecution by this time. This phase filled the old lady's heart with consternation. This indifference must be broken up at any cost. Now she heard of Pain-killer for the first time. She ordered a lot at once. She tasted it and was filled with gratitude. It was simply fire in a liquid form. She dropped the water treatment and everything else, and pinned her faith to Pain-killer. She gave Tom a teaspoonful and watched with the deepest anxiety for the result. Her troubles were instantly at rest, her soul at peace again; for the "indifference" was broken up. The boy could not have shown a wilder, heartier interest, if she had built a fire under him.

Tom felt that it was time to wake up; this sort of life might be romantic enough, in his blighted condition, but it was getting to have too little sentiment and too much distracting variety about it. So he thought over various plans for relief, and finally hit pon that of professing to be fond of Pain-killer. He asked for it so often that he became a nuisance, and his aunt ended by telling him to help himself and quit bothering her. If it had been Sid, she would have had no misgivings to alloy her delight; but since it was Tom, she watched the bottle clandestinely. She found that the medicine did really diminish, but it did not occur to her that the boy was mending the health of a crack in the sitting-room floor with it.

One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt's yellow cat came along, purring, eying the teaspoon avariciously, and begging for a taste. Tom said:

"Don't ask for it unless you want it, Peter."

But Peter signified that he did want it.

"You better make sure."

Peter was sure.

"Now you've asked for it, and I'll give it to you, because there ain't anything mean about me; but if you find you don't like it, you mustn't blame anybody but your own self."

Peter was agreeable. So Tom pried his mouth open and poured down the Pain-killer. Peter sprang a couple of yards in the air, and then delivered a war-whoop and set off round and round the room, banging against furniture, upsetting flower-pots, and making general havoc. Next he rose on his hind feet and pranced around, in a frenzy of enjoyment, with his head over his shoulder and his voice proclaiming his unappeasable happiness. Then he went tearing around the house again spreading chaos and destruction in his path. Aunt Polly entered in time to see him throw a few double summersets, deliver a final mighty hurrah, and sail through the open window, carrying the rest of the flower-pots with him. The old lady stood petrified with astonishment, peering over her glasses; Tom lay on the floor expiring with laughter.

"Tom, what on earth ails that cat?"

"I don't know, aunt," gasped the boy.

"Why, I never see anything like it. What did make him act so?"

"Deed I don't know, Aunt Polly; cats always act so when they're having a good time."

"They do, do they?" There was something in the tone that made Tom apprehensive.

"Yes'm. That is, I believe they do."

"You do?"

"Yes'm."

The old lady was bending down, Tom watching, with interest emphasized by anxiety. Too late he divined her "drift." The handle of the telltale teaspoon was visible under the bed-valance. Aunt Polly took it, held it up. Tom winced, and dropped his eyes. Aunt Polly raised him by the usual handle — his ear — and cracked his head soundly with her thimble.

"Now, sir, what did you want to treat that poor dumb beast so, for?"

"I done it out of pity for him — because he hadn't any aunt."

"Hadn't any aunt! — you numskull. What has that got to do with it?"

"Heaps. Because if he'd had one she'd a burnt him out herself! She'd a roasted his bowels out of him 'thout any more feeling than if he was a human!"

Aunt Polly felt a sudden pang of remorse. This was putting the thing in a new light; what was cruelty to a cat might be cruelty to a boy, too. She began to soften; she felt sorry. Her eyes watered a little, and she put her hand on Tom's head and said gently:

"I was meaning for the best, Tom. And, Tom, it did do you good."

Tom looked up in her face with just a perceptible twinkle peeping through his gravity.

"I know you was meaning for the best, aunty, and so was I with Peter. It done him good, too. I never see him get around so since — "

"Oh, go 'long with you, Tom, before you aggravate me again. And you try and see if you can't be a good boy, for once, and you needn't take any more medicine."

Tom reached school ahead of time. It was noticed that this strange thing had been occurring every day latterly. And now, as usual of late, he hung about the gate of the schoolyard instead of playing with his comrades. He was sick, he said, and he looked it. He tried to seem to be looking everywhere but whither he really was looking — down the road. Presently Jeff Thatcher hove in sight, and Tom's face lighted; he gazed a moment, and then turned sorrowfully away. When Jeff arrived, Tom accosted him; and "led up" warily to opportunities for remark about Becky, but the giddy lad never could see the bait. Tom watched and watched, hoping whenever a frisking frock came in sight, and hating the owner of it as soon as he saw she was not the right one. At last frocks ceased to appear, and he dropped hopelessly into the dumps; he entered the empty schoolhouse and sat down to suffer. Then one more frock passed in at the gate, and Tom's heart gave a great bound. The next instant he was out, and "going on" like an Indian; yelling, laughing, chasing boys, jumping over the fence at risk of life and limb, throwing handsprings, standing on his head — doing all the heroic things he could conceive of, and keeping a furtive eye out, all the while, to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing. But she seemed to be unconscious of it all; she never looked. Could it be possible that she was not aware that he was there? He carried his exploits to her immediate vicinity; came war-whooping around, snatched a boy's cap, hurled it to the roof of the schoolhouse, broke through a group of boys, tumbling them in every direction, and fell sprawling, himself, under Becky's nose, almost upsetting her — and she turned, with her nose in the air, and he heard her say: "Mf! some people think they're mighty smart — always showing off!"

Tom's cheeks burned. He gathered himself up and sneaked off, crushed and crestfallen.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by ygmir » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:14 am

just ordered "The Book of Dust", Pullman. Sounds like a "prequel" to "HIs Dark Materials"?
I hope it's as good as those 3...
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:22 pm

Stalin and the Scientists
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The Lady with a Lamprey

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Post by Traveller in Time » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:17 am

Sobriëtas (The SciFi novel, part of a "MultiMedia" project)
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:05 am

Frida Be You & Me

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Elliot » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:29 am

:shock:
Actually not reading... but I just SAW "1984" -- George Orwell's classic novel -- performed live.

Couple months ago, I joined the local theater company where I live, and we are rehearsing "Animal Farm", to open March 9.
By no coincidence whatever... 40 miles away, the Ukiah Players are doing "1984", now thru March 4.

Ho. Ly. To. Le. Do.
At times, I couldn't even watch.
Doubleplusintense.

Truly scary -- in more than one way.

And fabulously well done.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Ratty » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:24 pm

The Last Don. (This is the real what are you reading' thread.)
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Consequences » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:20 pm

Just finishing up Tommy Caldwell's PUSH A climber's search for the path

Its crazy to read about the places a humans mind will go.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lucky420 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:57 am

Just finished The Serial Killer whisperer
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Luigi » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:03 am

I really tried but could not get thru it:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-off ... eId=139649

Our tax dollars at work! I liked the maps/graphs.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Joeln » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:49 am

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin - wow!
Collapse first and avoid the rush

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Traveller in Time » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:05 pm

The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
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Post by Lonesomebri » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:00 pm

Reading up on ideas for running my camp.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by RaulHin » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:03 am

Any Brandon Sanderson fans in the community? I'm currently reading the third book of his Mistborn trilogy. My 7th or 8th Sanderson book so far. Love his work.

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Post by Asherbeez » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:38 pm

The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean

A true story of how the CIA stole a Russian sub off the floor of the Pacific in the 70's.

https://www.amazon.com/Taking-K-129-Rus ... 1101984430
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Post by FIGJAM » Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:48 pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/771 ... oring-book

Every woman's flesh flower is a beautiful & unique snowflake. Just ask Tee Corinne. Sometime in the early 70's, she began asking her friends if they would show her their vaginas so she could draw them. A few years later, she left her husband, came out as a lesbian & published a book of all her pussy portraits. She called it the Cunt Coloring Book. "Coloring, according to Tee, was a very good way for kids to learn about the female sex, 'because a major way we learn to understand the world, as children, is by coloring.'"
But there were many who did not agree. They found the book's cover & title offensive. So they made Tee change it to the O'Keefeian Labia Flowers, & mask the cartographic vagina on the front with sketches of actual flora. That's when sales started to plummet. People didn't want flowers. They wanted cunts. Thus the original title & cover were restored.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lara845312 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:45 am

I read brawling go manga. This is my favourite.
I read dead tube manga at mangazuki and This is my favourite manga.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Consequences » Wed May 01, 2019 7:21 pm

Just started to read Good Omens

I've read a lot of Terry Pratchett stuff but this is by far my favorite
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Kelsier » Thu May 02, 2019 9:10 am

Currently on Oathbringer, the third (most current) book of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.
If you like Fantasy definitely check it out. Brandon Sanderson is the one that finished the Wheel of Time Series after Robert Jordan passed.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Lonesomebri » Thu May 02, 2019 9:12 am

May’s Poem by Jim Daniels.

“I want to write a poem
about something beautiful,”
I tell May, the cook.
I stand against the open kitchen door
Getting stoned.

“That shit make you stupid.”
May wrinkles her forehead
In waves of disapproval.

“I don’t need to be smart
to work here.”
The grease sticks to my skin
A slimy reminder
Of what my future holds.

“I thought you was gonna be
a writer. What about that
beautiful poem?”

I take a long hit
And pinch out the joint.
“You’ll end up no good
like my boy Gerald.”

“May, I’m gonna make you
a beautiful poem,” I say
and I turn and grab her
and hug her to me
pick her up
and twirl her in circles
our sweaty uniforms sticking
together, her large breasts
heaving in my face
as she laughs and laughs
and the waitresses all come back
and the dishwasher who never smiles
makes a noise that could be
half a laugh.

But she is heavy
and I have to put her down.
The manager stands there:
“Play time’s over. Break’s over.”
Everyone walks away
goes back to work.

This isn’t my beautiful poem, I know.
My poem would have no manager
no end to breaks.
My poem would have made her lighter.
My poem would have never put her down.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by lara845312 » Thu May 02, 2019 11:41 pm

lara845312 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:45 am
I read brawling go manga. This is my favourite.
one last thing i am loving to read the perfect half instead of this brawling go
I read dead tube manga at mangazuki and This is my favourite manga.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by 365manga » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:46 am

Also i read dead tube manga at 365manga.com and This is my favourite manga.

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