February 8, 2014

Snow. On Porch Railings and In Iron Lake.


This is the view out of our family room window. It's mild, and it's lovely, and it's been snowing every weekend so I'm getting a lot of reading done. Winter, as you may know, is my favorite season.


Les and I are reading Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger. It's the perfect setting for this time year, sitting inside while contemplating this kind of scene:

"The storm that bent the pine trees and the tamaracks, that drove the snow plows from the roads and froze and snapped power lines was not an angry spirit. In its passage, it created chaos not because of anger but because it was so vast and powerful and those things it touched, especially those things human, were so small in comparison. In a way, it was like the bear that Cork had once hunted with Sam Winter Moon, huge and oblivious. If the storm, in fact, was responsible for the disappearance of the boy, Cork knew it was not a thing done maliciously. In his experience, only people acted out of pure malice."

Love the winter. Love the mystery, and reading about the Native American tribes still living in the northern states. You have plenty of time to join us if you choose, if you love winter settings interspersed with the Winter Games.

32 comments:

  1. I bought that book when I went to an event for Krueger but haven't read it yet. I'd like to read the book but would be happy to skip winter.

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    1. I have had it in my nook for ages, ever since Barnes and Noble gave out better books for Free Book Friday. ;)

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  2. The winter is definitely the best time to read! I like to avoid going outside when I can.

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    1. Parts of me feel I should be out skiing in it. Or, at least taking a walk through the powder. But then I just snuggle in deeper with my book and cup of tea.

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  3. Oh, if only I had such snow! You can bet I'd be out in it. But of course you've had a long, hard winter of it and need a bit of spring. We've spent two months just being cold, or iced in, wondering if we might have a bit of pretty winter before spring. It appears the answer is, "No."

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    1. I should be out in it more, Linda. I used to ski, both downhill and cross country, when my parents inspired me. Now they're in Florida for the. Winter and I'm lazy in my chair. Still, I adore the sparkle, I adore the fresh white, I adore the ice laden branches. Wish I could share with you in real life. xo

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  4. That looks like my deck:) I just finished Ordinary Grace by Wm Kent Kruger and enjoyed it. This one sounds good as well.

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    1. This is the first book bynKrueger that I've read. I'm enjoying a lighter read, if you can call a murder mystery light. Still, it doesn't require analysis on every page, and I like that kind of book once in awhile.mi'll have to look for Ordinary Grace.

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  5. That second picture is stunning. Wow. So pretty!!!!

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  6. You have had a winter, haven't you? Trust you to find the beauty in it. I'm glad it's not as cold, and that you had lovely books tor read. xo

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    1. Audrey, if you suffered under our humid, hot, horrific Augusts you would find beauty in the cool crisp of winter, too. I can't stand the unbearable thick heat of Illinois in late summer, give me snow any day! Of course, I can find lovely books in any weather. xo

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  7. Looks like the view from my dining room. :)

    Diane, I loved Ordinary Grace. This one is good, but it hasn't pulled me like his stand-alone. Unlike Bellezza, I prefer the warmer seasons. :)

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    1. Poor Les, I know you don't relish this snow as I do.

      Now that you say you prefer Ordinary Grace, I'm anxious to hear you compare the two. What I like about this one is the setting, and the characterization of the Native American people, but though I'm a third of the way through there's not a whole lot about the murder, is there?

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  8. What lovely views. You don't mind winter if you are warm indoors with a good book. The views are similar here. Snow and more snow!
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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    1. I imagine most everyone in he Midwest has a view such as this. Not sure where you live, Harvee, but I hope you're enjoying it. To some degree. ;)

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  9. No such snow for us, unfortunately - and last year I was cursing too much of it! Never the perfect amount - but I agree with you about the delight of winter reading.

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    1. Perfection is so elusive, isn't it?

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  10. What a lovely view. It's nice and cold out here but I've been doing everything except reading. :-)

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    1. Well, there's certainly plenty to claim one's time to be sure. Yesterday I scrubbed all the wood floors, so fed up with salt and water marks from the melted snow which has come in on our feet...and our dog's four! I hope that you're doing fulfills you, though, Vasilly. Xo

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  11. Wonderful photographs (I love winter, too). Krueger's Ordinary Grace is among my all-time favorites and I have Iron Lake on my TBR list.

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    1. Les said the same thing about liking Ordinary Grace. I'll have to read that one.

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  12. You have the beautiful snow. We have a much needed rain. It has been raining since Wednesday after months of dryness.

    I'm taking an eCourse on Fantasy and Science Fiction. I'm reading Brothers Grimm Tales, later Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Frankestein, Left Hand of Darkness, etc...
    Luminaries is put aside for awhile.

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    1. I remember you telling me about that online course through Princeton, or some noteworthy institution. Is this fantasy/Sci fi course from there? I would love to have taken more courses than what I did, which was in Russian literature in college. Nothing more, as there was no room with my two majors for literature. Maybe when I retire from teaching I can fit some in. Have fun learning with such classics!

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    2. It's Coursera through University of Michigan:
      https://www.coursera.org/course/fantasysf

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    3. Thanks for sharing, Edgar! I'd love to take such a course sometime, when I've retired. You make me aware of more wonderful possibilities for readers.

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  13. Awe! The snow outside your home is just gorgeous.... reminds me of some wonderful holidays and my childhood in Canada... but it's not like that here in Sydney tonight. Have the door open and fans on.... I'm intrigued by this post and your reading of native american stories... that's a genre I have never read - although i've enjoyed some interesting documentaries about the native american history. Thanks for another fascitnating look at new genres.

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    1. I wonder that you don't miss Canada's white winters, but maybe you do. I so love the Native American influence in the Northwoods of Wisconsin that this book is making me quite hungry for the lines and lakes and bears and quiet again.

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  14. Wow - so much snow! I love snow and winter, but I will have to move further north to get a lot more snow than a couple of inches, twice this season so far.

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    1. Not sure where you live, Athira, but I know many people who aren't in snow this winter aren't missing it. It's been a long winter, but in my opinion, quite beautiful.

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  15. This winter has been very harsh. Ice storm and power outages and so many trees fallen down and snow storms, gah. I do love looking at winter, so beautiful, but I always dread the cold. I was able to take tons of beautiful photographs, though. My littlest son is always so excited to play outside. The snowbanks in front of our house is almost thrice his height and he loves climbing up to the top and sliding down it.

    My very wintery read last month was The Game of Thrones. :)

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  16. Would love it to be snowing here, would give me a perfect excuse to buy a fat bike to ride through it. All we are having here is just endless rain. Hopefully all's well with you and yours

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