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Masha du Toit
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Just read this.
Loved it.
Need to think a bit before I write a proper review. All I have so far is:  I'm not sure it is fantasy. Also, you need to know a fair amount of mythology to really get the best of this. Unless you are familiar with Beowulf, the Greek myths, the stories of King Arthur etc, you'll miss an awful lot. 
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The author doesn't think it's fantasy.
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Things I researched for my new book today:

1) Rastafarian culture.
2) Best way to kill yourself if you don't want to muck about with guns.
3) How do cooperative businesses work.
4) What are ghosts and migrant workers called in various languages.
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Yes, we had a TV weatherman who seems very jolly on-air, but a couple of years ago, he committed suicide using the helium bag method.  I had never heard of it until then.  It later came out that he had suffered terrible depression for many years, but was concerned about his wife or child finding his body, so he chose this method as it leaves the body looking "normal" instead of messed up like from a gunshot wound or hanging.
Here's a link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_bag
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Lap Pup
While she's still small enough to fit on my lap. My sister's pup, Carlotta after a long mountain walk.  She's a sweetie.
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Except she might get quite a lot bigger +Toni Olivier there's some Great Dane in there...
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Our Level 2 Volunteer training class had a visitor this morning: Teddy, the Rockhopper penguin. He kept throwing his head back and braying, as you can see in the second picture :)

A real character. He obviously loves being petted, kept nibbling at his handler's hands as though preening her. 
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So cute :)
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Squirrel!
Took Pippin for a long walk in De Waal Park this morning. :) It was for work! I do my best thinking on my feet.
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Great pic
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So excellent.
 
Solar lights now benefiting 10 million people in Africa

When you have a light you simply need to pop on your roof the next day to recharge, you have bought yourself the luxury of time and with it a slice of freedom. Your kids can study longer, you can work into the evening, the whole family can burn the midnight oil, so to speak. And with these extra hours and a surge in productivity, that’s when a community can really start to develop. Shops can stay open after dark and people can run their own business from home.

Light changes everything. It can help a family plan for next year rather than just next week, it can kick-start a local economy, it is that moment of inspiration when suddenly anything is possible. Light is the first rung on the energy ladder and the very cornerstone of development. A clean, safe, affordable source of light is the thing that families living in poverty need the most, because without it your options are limited, finances constrained, your health suffers and there is very little room to plan for the future.

When SunnyMoney first started selling pico-solar lights in late 2009 around 40,000 were already on the market. The latest Global Off-Grid Lighting Association figures show that now stands at over 7.2 million, meaning the darkness has lifted on around 50 million people. That’s a lot of people able to study longer, work harder, save money and breathe clean air.

The African solar revolution is under way and our social enterprise is at the forefront having sold one fifth of all lights on the continent, making it the market leader by some way. It has also acted as a market catalyst, creating demand, instilling trust and educating; creating the perfect conditions for other organisations to come in and sell lights too.
As I write this sentence there are 10 million people benefiting from the solar lights made available by our social enterprise in Africa. SunnyMoney have sold 1.7 million lights in total – which isn’t bad for a small business owned by a charity, operating in one of the most difficult markets in t...
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Very good...the villages around the Eastern Cape could use this.
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Load shedding tonight meant a take-away curry supper, and reading by the light of the solar jar :-) 
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Yes I had a clip on light but had to charge it separately and it did not light very evenly. I gave my older Kindle to my mom (last year's mothers day I think) and got the Paperwhite. The Paperwhite is probably the best value for money in Kindles. I see they are stocked locally now and Takealot also has the online.
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Got Anna a brand new, extra-soft pillow today. 
She's suddenly become old. Just a few weeks ago she was bouncing around like a pup. Now she struggles to move and eating is an effort. Still, a soft spot in the sun seems to make her happy.
Am taking her to the vet again tomorrow.
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Oh +Masha du Toit​ I'm glad you're able to make her more comfortable. I'm sorry she, and you are going through this. 
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Is it worth shelling out extra to watch Mad Max: Fury Road in 3D?  Or is the 2D version good enough?

I'm not hugely fond of 3D, but it does work for some movies.
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Good. Thanks!
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Found this, going through some old favourite albums, hoping to refresh my writing inspiration music. Don't know what Hal 9000 has to do with it, though.
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Book review: Infanta by Deon Meyer
English version is called "Devil's Peak

This book is like a roller-coaster ride with none of the safety gear. It's utterly fascinating, funny, horrifying and tragic.  Deon Meyer, for those of you not familiar with is work, writes crime thrillers set in South Africa. I prefer reading them in their original Afrikaans (he has a pitch perfect ear for regional dialog) but the English translations are excellent: they retain a surprising amount of the original feel and atmosphere.

Infanta is the first Bennie Griesel book. Bennie, the cop from the old days, still surviving in the New South Africa, trying his best to numb himself with alcohol. His story is interwoven with two others: Tiny Mpayipheli, the ex KGB hit-man, and Christine, a high class Afrikaans prostitute.

Meyer made me care for all three these deeply flawed and vulnerable people without in any way minimizing their faults.That makes for some interesting reading because, of course, they are in conflict with one another. So you find yourself rooting for the killer as well as the cop hunting him, all the while on the edge of your seat to learn how Christine is going to outfox them all.

This book is really violent and has some pretty graphic sex but all of that is built into the story, none of it feels like it's done just for the thrills or in a manipulative way.

The ending has some really disturbing acts of sexual violence, so if that's not your thing, be warned.

Deon Meyer is one of the few writers I can read without closing my writer's eyes, as it were. I don't get pulled out of the story by recognizing the mechanics.  His plotting, structure and characterization is so well done it adds an extra dimension of pleasure for me, noticing how he's making things work.  

Meyer's books can all be read as stand alone stories, but they do share characters and story lines to some extent. So in this case, the character of Tiny was the hero of "The Heart of the Hunter" (Afrikaans version "Proteus") which is probably my favourite Meyer book.
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+Masha du Toit I'm not as voracious a reader as you, Masha! I used to be, but since I've needed reading glasses, not so much because it's such a bother to keep them at hand. However, I will put this book in line! oh! Amazon only sells the Afrikaans version. 
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This looks fantastic. I'm about to start the first book, so nice to know I won't have to wait for the sequel!
 

The Fifth House is here

My new book, The Fifth House, is out today!

Following closely on the events of The Only City Left, Allin Arcady searches for his lost love. Tyena Branch struggles to scavenge enough food to keep her mother and herself alive. And in the cat city of Pudlington, the uneasy truce between humans and felines is already faltering.

Into this turmoil enters the true power behind Doyle Arcady’s reign... The Fifth House.

DRM-Free everywhere. Free Kindle version with purchase of the softcover. No werebeasts were harmed in the making of this book.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Fifth-House-Only-City-Left-ebook/dp/B00VNBZQUE/ Softcover: http://www.amazon.com/Fifth-House-Only-City-Left/dp/1511568291/
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Andy_Goldman_The_Fifth_House?id=L2d3CAAAQBAJ Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537533 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-fifth-house/id989048359?l=en&mt=11

Need to catch up? Find the links to Book 1, The Only City Left, at http://atgoldman.com/?page_id=2557

Early Reviews for The Fifth House:

1) Mack Moyer: http://www.mackmoyer.com/?p=118

“It seems like every novel taking place after the fall of human civilization spends chapter upon chapter telling us how things like zombies and laser swords came about. Goldman does none of that. His world is full of talking cats, ghosts, monsters and tiny coils that can turn you into a werebear (or perhaps a squid). It’s just awesome for the sake of being awesome.”

2) Ryan Toxopeus: http://ryantoxorants.blogspot.ca/2015/04/review-fifth-house-by-andy-goldman.html

“The way themes re-emerged from the first book to be bigger and badder than before was excellent. The voices of the two main characters were distinct. I found myself liking Allin's humour more than Tyena's straight shooting attitude, but both were well written.”

3) Galit Balli: http://thereadingbud.com/2015/05/05/book-review-the-fifth-house-arc/

“I had high expectations from this book as I just finished reading the first only a few weeks ago and I am so happy it didn’t fall and this book was such a wonderful read. It was fast paced with lots of action scenes and twists and turns that can make you scream at the book.”
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Also impatient so I got it too.
Reading it next is on my list
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I'm an artist, writer and teacher. I read far too much, draw pictures that tell stories and write stories about every-day magic. 

My latest books are Crooks & Straights and Wolf Logic illustrated urban fantasy set here in Cape Town, South Africa.  I've also written The Sisters series,  The Story Trap and The Broken Path.  If you are curious about my books, why not  visit my site to see book descriptions and samples.

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I live with my husband Brendon and dogs Anna and Pippin in a sunny house in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa. I have a BA in Fine Art (Bronze Casting) and a Masters in Information Technology.
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  • University of Cape Town
    Masters Information Technology, 2004 - 2007
  • University of Cape Town
    BA Fine Art, 1990 - 1994
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