Jun 13, 2010

Sunday Salon: On the Road Again

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On the road to Toronto on Friday, we tried to listen to the audio version of  The Man from Saigon: A Novel by Marti Leimbach, but there was so much more description than action that my better half decided he didn't want to listen to it. He is after all a Dick Francis and Clive Cussler fan and likes a fast pace and lots of dialogue. I will have to read the hardcover book in a quiet place sometime soon.

We watched the first game of the World Cup in a restaurant, over dim sum and oolong tea, amid the enthusiastic shouts of other diners. Nigeria beat Greece. Later that day, the U.S. was in a tie with Britain. At night on YouTube, we watched Shakira doing Waki Waki (and Waikiki in her hula skirt cum grass skirt) in the opening ceremonies of the games in South Africa, and the Black Eyed Peas belting it out on stage.

I loved opening my comments box over the weekend to see enthusiastic comments  to my bit of writing on Magpie Tales: Magma Points, a poem written in reponse to a visual prompt from Willow. There were more entries to my Book Give-Away: Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas, which runs through June 23.

I finished reading Tim Hallinan's The Queen of Patpong: A Poke Rafferty Thriller, and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. I have to write a full review this week! My comments on Goodreads:

"A literary novel and a thriller rolled into one. Fabulous! was the word that came to mind when I finished The Queen of Patpong. It has some of the most suspenseful scenes I've ever read in a thriller, and the sociological aspects of the story are heartrending. Hallihan has excellent descriptive power and knows his subjects and their environment well."

To see another 5-star review of the book, visit Goodreads.

On the way home, I have another audio book to try. Hopefully, this will hit the spot as we head through rain home.

What did you do last week?


  1. Sounds like a fun filled weekend! Love reading about watching the World Cup over dim sum and oolong tea! And thanks for sharing your 5 star book! I'm going to have to write that down because if you give it 5 stars then it's definitely worth a look!

    Hope you have a safe drive home!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend!!! The rain held off both days for us here in the thumb area!!!

  3. Sounds like fun! People get really into the World Cup- funny because elsewise it seems like there's not a lot of interest in soccer. Oh well! I'm gla dyou had a great time! :-)


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