January 3rd, 2014

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Kitsnaps: Swimming Hippo

Swimming Hippo
Swimming Hippo

Swimming Hippo

Swimming Hippo: the March picture for the 2014 CE Murphy photographic calendar.

Hippos are not especially easy creatures to take a cool picture of. They tend too much to looking like giant blobs, whether in the water or out. But I rather liked this one, albeit with a gladness that I was not anywhere near where she could suddenly lunge out of the water and lumber toward me… :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Recent Reads: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Jesus.

I read LIES the year it came out, or close enough to count. In the intervening years I’d pretty well forgotten everything about it except that it was tremendously cleverly written and that somebody died, which is to say, there was a specific death I remembered.

I did not, however, remember the rest of the appalling brutality that went along with that specific death. It was nearly like reading the book entirely fresh: it was still tremendously cleverly written, but sweet mother of mercy, I was taking unexpected emotional hits left and right. I stopped reading once for several days because I wasn’t up for dealing with more horrors.

It’s still a terrifically good book, but man, I don’t think I’ll be leaping into RED SEAS immediately, even if REPUBLIC is waiting to be read.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)