Monday, July 19, 2010

The way home...

After a good visit with our niece today, presently in Cape Cod (from Spain), we'll be taking the long drive home.


  1. Bill Thomasson7/19/2010 01:49:00 AM

    Does the whole world know that Howard is first? If not, they should!

    On the previous thread, Cat asked about Wake. Just finished it a few minutes ago. Quite good -- for a change, Sawyer managed not to throw me off the hobby-horse he was riding. I'll still put Boneshaker at the top of my Hugo ballot, reflecting my amazement that I was totally swept along by an action-adventure zombie novel, but Wake will be second.

    I'll try to do a full review later.

  2. An action adventure zombie novel? Wow,Bill. That definitely doesn't sound like your style. It must have been good for you to be putting it at the top of the list.

    I need to reread Wake before moving on to Watch. I agree that Wake is subtler than some of Sawyer's I've read, the subtext, or the point or the moral or whatever, is less glaring.

  3. As to listener's lovely photo:

    The Road goes ever on and on
    Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
    And I must follow, if I can,
    Pursuing it with eager feet,
    Until it joins some larger way
    Where many paths and errands meet.
    And whither then? I cannot say.

  4. Still 'round the corner there may wait
    A new road or secret gate;
    And though I oft have passed them by,
    A day will come at last when I
    Shall take the hidden paths that run
    West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

  5. Ah, but that stanza is so sad. I prefer the original way Frodo, Pippin and Sam sing it...not that I have it readily to hand. Hang on while I google...

  6. Here we are:

    Upon the hearth the fire is red,
    Beneath the roof there is a bed;
    But not yet weary are our feet,
    Still round the corner we may meet
    A sudden tree or standing stone
    That none have seen but we alone.
    Tree and flower and leaf and grass,
    Let them pass! Let them pass!
    Hill and water under sky,
    Pass them by! Pass them by!

    Still around the corner there may wait
    A new road or a secret gate,
    And though we pass them by today,
    Tomorrow we may come this way
    And take the hidden paths that run,
    Towards the Moon or to the Sun.
    Apple, thorn and nut and sloe
    Let them go! Let them go!
    Sand and stone and pool and dell,
    Fare you well! Fare you well!

    Home is behind, the world ahead,
    And there are many paths to tread
    Through shadows to the edge of night,
    Until the stars are all alight.
    Then world behind and home ahead,
    We'll wander back to home and bed.
    Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
    Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
    Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
    And then to bed! And then to bed!

  7. Ah! I didn't see it as sad, rather the beginnings of the largest adventure of all. . . . May be gettin' old, ya think?

  8. Let's say it's a difference in perspective.

  9. Moderate day, but VERY soggy. I could live without that, lol! Where the humidity is coming from, I haven't a clue. Both me and da cat have stayed pretty much indoors all day. Just opened the front door about a half an hour ago.