I hope everyone, who is in the midst of the many weather storms taking place in different areas of the world, is safe. While I can imagine what it is like in the snow and ice, I have no idea what those in the midst of a cyclone must be experiencing. I just pray all will come through with no loss of life.
On the medical front, it is much as before though my blood sugars are back to their normal. BP...not so much...I also spent a fun couple of nights, in the hospital with two severe allergic reactions, not sure what the culprit is yet, but my epipen is not leaving my side!
Below the cut I have two fiction recs.
A Summery by the author: Over a century ago, a spaceark from Earth carried religious refugees to the promised land. But Philos is a hostile planet, barely habitable, and the theocratic utopia is suffering, with starvation and disease leading to cultural tension, racism, and civil conflict. Dustin, a young man desperate to escape his hometown, is sent to investigate the disruption of mining operations in the Salt Valley. An exciting opportunity, if it weren’t for that fact that his ‘cowboy’ escort is an asshole. Meanwhile, Thayil gets stuck babysitting a sullen rich kid. If they can keep from killing each other, they might find they have more in common than they think.
Once again ocotillo_dawn's characters are rich, and flawed, one of them I really didn’t like very much until the second book. My impulse to shake him was strong in several chapters! one of the many things I love about the characters she creates, they are so far from perfect, I feel quite at home!
As with her first book, the descriptions are wonderful, you can see this world, you feel it. The back-story, always important to me, is a gradual filling in, to create a great picture, and a truly wonderful read. This story is locked but the author is usually quite happy to add if you wish to read.
This next one is a re-rec. prompted, in part, by reading a rec. made recently by libby_drew who had just read for the first time and loved it. But also because this fantastic story has now reached four books! We are in the middle of the fourth. It is the wonderful,
Books in order are: Falls Chance Ranch, Three Traders, Mustang Hill, Silver Bullet, and a number of lovely interludes.
"Are you worried about your executive? Is he burned out? Frazzled? Less than stellar? Is he an excellent employee that you don’t want to lose? If the answer to those questions is an unqualified yes! then you need to think about sending him to Falls Chance Ranch. In a matter of weeks or months, we’ll turn around your executive and return him to you fit and ready to pick up the reins again.
Falls Chance is a working sheep ranch deep in the heartland of Wyoming. Your executives will be put to work on the ranch while we retrain bad habits into good ones. Executives will remain on the ranch until we’re assured that they’re safe to return to their jobs. The average stay is eight weeks but can run shorter or longer depending upon the person. Our program is completely confidential and has a highly proven track record. Our graduates are in many of the top companies around the globe."
I wrote the following in my first rec.:
"The men in these stories are definitely multi-layered and fascinating. It is a working ranch, with all the usual activities taking place. One of the things I love about this story is how the normal is so much a part of the whole setting.
These are long stories with plenty of time, so that nothing is rushed. There is a lovely mix of psychology and plain common sense in dealing with the client, who has arrived stressed and really not wanting to be there.
I really liked getting to know these characters, they are some of the most well developed I have read. These are gay men, but that is not the main focus of the story and I should perhaps say here that sex, though it is obviously a part of their lives, is also not a main focus. This is a story about family, about making a life together and all that that entails.
One last thing. The descriptions of the ranch and surrounding countryside are beautiful, as is the detailed history of the area and the people. I found myself almost standing in the middle of this countryside, and it was indeed quite lovely."
I would say that with each book, it just gets better if that is possible, with the added enjoyment of both history of the area, and that of native American people, some of which is fascinating. In book four the authors have attempted to split each chapter to include an ascent taking place on Mount Everest. Due to their muses running off in the ranch direction, the latest chapters are not complete, and therefore not up on the site, they can however be read in the file section of the Yahoo group here I also have to say it is one of the few Yahoo groups where I have experienced great conversations and friendliness, it was the result of a few of us asking for a place to talk about the series, during the first book.
It is a well I don’t rec very often! Judging by the length of this post.:)
“Much learning does not teach understanding”.