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merci aux soignant.e.s !

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2020 by xi'an

emergency team at Hôpital Bicêtre

Caen hospital [jatp]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on October 9, 2016 by xi'an

Fool’s Assassin

Posted in Books, Kids with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2015 by xi'an

When I learned that Robin Hobb had started a new Assassin’s trilogy, Fitz and the Fool, I got a bit wary, given the poor sequel to the Liveship Traders trilogy I read in the hospital two years ago, and the imperfect Soldier Son trilogy… But also excited, for The Farseer Trilogy is one of the best fantasy series ever! Now that I have read Fool’s Assassin, the first volume of the trilogy, I can only wait for the second one, Fool’s Quest, to appear next summer.  Unsurprisingly, reconnecting with the universe of The Farseer Trilogy is almost enough per se to make reading this book a pleasure, even though it seems to draw too much from the past volumes to gain independent praise, except in the accelerating final chapters. The style conveys too much the homely feeling of Fitz as a retired country squire, surrounded by family and friends. There is obviously a new plot, a new danger to the Six Duchies, and new characters, one of which is singularly attaching!, while Fitz remains as obtuse and whining as in earlier volumes (which is a joy to behold once again!). So now that the setting has been painstakingly and that the game is afoot, I hope the second volume will keep up with the pace of the final chapters… (Nice cover by the way if unrelated to the contents of the book, apart from the snow!)

snapshot from Marseille (#2)

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , on July 6, 2013 by xi'an



leeches [another gory story]

Posted in Kids, Mountains, Travel with tags , , , on April 23, 2013 by xi'an

Besides anticoagulant drugs, my postsurgery treatment involves leeches that stay on my thumb a few hours a day, sucking blood away and dispensing anticoagulants of their own. The hospital actually produces its own stock of leeches for this very purpose and most nurses are quite at ease with the procedure, even though a few seem reluctant to touch the animals. This morning I fell asleep during a leech visit and woke up to see it crawling across the corridor outside my bedroom, leaving a rather obvious trace on the ground…