Mysteries Solved and Mysteries to Read

Everybody loves a good mystery. Mystery books a-plenty!

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As promised, below you can read the facts surrounding last week’s little mystery photos.

#1 Looks like another planet?  

Well, yes, but it’s not. Here’s the scoop . . .

Socotra (Horn of Africa)

Socotra (also called Suqutra orSoqotra) is an archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean off the horn of Africa. Among the four islands, Socotra is the largest, occupying 95% of the land mass of the archipelago. Why is this island so mysterious? Because, if you set foot here, it may easily remind you of an alien planet from a science fiction movie. One third of the flora and fauna you find here are unique to this island and found nowhere else in the world, such as the umbrella-shaped “blood tree” and certain types of birds as well as cats.

#2 Looks like a scene from the movie UP!

It does, in a way, but this landform is real.

Mt. Roraima (Brazil)

The mountain lies on the border of three countries viz. Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. One thing that makes this mountain strange is its shape. What makes it weirder are the clouds and the fauna around the mountain peak. The peak of the mountain is considered as one of the oldest geological formations in the world. The plateau is believed to be formed by water and winds. But there is no explanation for why some of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

#3  Mold? An ameba? Something gooey?

I admit my initial ideas here were off. I imagine that you knew what this image was all about.

Bermuda Triangle (North Atlantic Ocean)As anyone would have guessed, Bermuda 

Triangle is one of the most mysterious places on earth. Everyone has heard about the Bermuda Triangle and the mysterious disappearances that occur here. Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the triangle covers Straits of Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. Anything that enters this area such as an aircraft or ship is known to mysteriously disappear here. There are numerous theories that try to explain these strange disappearances, ranging from earth’s magnetic field to alien activity. Every time, there is a solid explanation about these disappearances, there will be a new theory that negates the explanation. There is no one theory till date that convinces anyone as to why these mysterious disappearances occur.

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A Monday’s Little Mysteries post

To Read or Not To Read

Just finished reading some comments made by Stephen King on the topic of writing. They were all interesting, but two of them made me stop and think.

The Man!

#1  “The magic is in you. I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

My reply: Fear not, when writing. Easier said than done. Most writers hope most readers will like what they write; that is a great feeling. On the other hand, we all know that you can’t please everyone so we’d better get some fear-be-gone! And, I do like the sound of the magic being in me (or you), but I am still deciding how I want to interpret that sentence. Fun to think about though. How would you interpret that?

#2  Read, read, read. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

My reply: Yes, yes, yes. Now I don’t have to feel guilty when I’m reading instead of writing. **sigh** (OK. I said that but I’m not sure I can do that.)

While fooling around on the Internet, I came across two sites (I’m into two’s today) that you might find interesting.

The first one PewResearchCenter has statistics about Americans over the age of 18 and their reading habits. For example: 76% read at least one book (print, ebook, or audiobook) in 2013. Just click on the name to go to the site.

Such a classic.

Second one Most Popular Book Genres  (click to see more) displays their findings in an easy to read pie chart. It does not include all genres (sub-genres) or non-fiction. The largest slice of the pie was in the Children’s Fiction category. My mind immediately jumped to picture books and things like Frog and Toad, but their list included books like The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Another category, Magic Realism, received 2% of the pie. I’d like to check that out; not sure if I’ve read a book in that category/genre. Here’s one:

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I’ve been told this story is
definitely for adults.

Do you have a favorite genre? 

When do you find the time to read? 

Your comments are welcome.

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