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Absurdity of life under occupation is stranger than fiction

A review of the book
”Sharon and My Mother in-Law: Ramallah Diaries by Suad Amiry
Suad Amiry Diary and emails 1981-2004
It’s an art to write amidst conflict zones in a very humorous way making fun of all situations that might be funny to the reader as the absurdity of the picture comes into the mind but it is of course not funny especially for those who have lived throughout these days in constant agony of the situation that is yet ignored by many westernised countries who suppose that such matters will be cleared on their own without any intervention. I hope this book so humorously written as it could be, has reached many readers thinking more thoroughly on the Israel /Palestinian crisis that is hanging on since many years without any solution in regard to any side, this novel  should be taken as once hilarious on one side but also informative and truthful events in the eye of the beholder on the other.
It was light and well written, to be read again instead of hidden behind inside the far corner of the library stacked behind, portraying the absurdity of what life itself can be, under occupation which is without doubt stranger than fiction.

Hiking up to the Devils Mountain, graffiti paradise

Are you ready for a hike to the Dragons Mountain or are you the person waiting for the sequel premiere of how to train your dragon. Let me tell you I am both.
It was a great Excursion on a Saturday, though the weather could have been better.
It is no joke that the mountain is literally known as Devil’s Mountain and Devil’s Lake, though Dragons Mountain is common likewise. It is pretty much the largest hill in Berlin, a miniature manmade mountain from a pile of rubble from WWII ” trummerbergs ”.
Standing on top of the Teufelsberg you can see the entire panoramic landscape.

In the early 60s Americans had their radars and NSA station there.

Now after the reunion a big magnate thought to build large lofts and double maisonette but his project failed.
It is now a privately owned space where you can see how nature recovered by itself without the need of a human need. Other forms include artistic Street art of international artists which lay their piece of artwork onto the ruins.

The place has transformed into a graffiti paradise where artists let their artwork speak for itself.

Without doubt never have I seen so much beautifully designed graffiti art, as it is now on display in the ruins of the old NSA radar station.
















My impressions on Berlins Green Week vs Fruit Logistica 2014

The Green Week exhibition is a great way of having a family day out and get educated on the way with educational and scientific research topics or a kid friendly education package, it shouldn’t be missed when you are coming to Berlin in the beginning of February or living in Berlin. The Green Week exhibition is held every year in Berlin. Regional and nationalwide stands for fresh and processed foods as well as animal shows and international country stands are exhibited.

In contrast is the Fruit Logistica more business and company oriented. Who attends pays a greater fee, 20 Euros for a day. Students half the price. It’s a great way though to get to know the latest technical innovations involving processes of testing quality parameters of fruits or processing vegetables. Furthermore it is a good place to get into contact with prospective clients and discuss a deal over lunch break. There are many technical advances that is worth a visit just to see what has been established so far. I found it very interesting and worthwhile and would do it again next year if the chance presents itself.

Berlin – Green Week


Russian Presentation


Spaghetti with organic coloration: root beet, curcuma


Queen bee and beekeeper


Carved vegetables


Rosa pomelo

Fruit Logistica 2014 #Berlin







An abrupt end to Gold film series production Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope

Recent news of an abrupt end to the Turkish TV romance drama Benim Hala Umudum Var also known as I still have hope lead me to write an article. As the Gold film production has announced the series will have its end at episode 33 and will not be continued thereafter due to a high decrease in TV viewership, other reasons may took a part as well for this final decision.

It would interest me why the production company has come to this decision. There are some reasons that come to my mind. One of them to mention is that the Turkish broadcasting channels have changed. The first launch was in July 2013 and the Turkish channel Star TV was broadcasting it, a few weeks later also the Saudi channel MBC for the middle east took the broadcasting rights and aired the series dubbed in Arabic. In its beginning the series was a huge success and was one of the top 10 series rated in the end of November 2013.

The child in me still likes the idea of fairy tales and happy endings, even though happiness has its curves and obstacles along the way, that are not always joyful, but it is on oneself to make the best out of each situation i guess but aside from my drifting away, who would actually not like to watch one remake of a Cinderella  story with a Turkish twist of romance and drama. I loved the series from the beginning, so much that I even turned on the live channel to watch each weeks episode with Arabic subtitle.

This years Christmas holidays brought a drastic change, the Turkish broadcasting channel Star TV canceled the show and FOX TV took over the airing with episode 26. The channel has changed but not the timing, at the beginning. Since not all Turkish households have access to Fox TV viewership decreased, afterwards the date of airing as well as the airing time changed, what was once on Monday on 22:30 was changed to Thursdays on 20;30. Viewership also decreased in the Arab world due to conflicting series showing at the same time, at this point it was a decrease due to favoritism towards another show airing I would assume that this was also the case for Turkish viewers.

Another reason might be that the story of the manuscript did not suit with some of the actors so they left the show in a rather shocking and sad way. It could also be that viewers were opposing the story of a triangle love story and put pressure or threats on the production company to change its story script.

Another plausible reason is that continuation of the series is not bringing any profit to the production company, taking all these reasons into consideration may account to the case of discontinuing the series long before its true finale end. At this point the claim that the series will have a second season does not have any point anymore.

With all this in mind I would wish that the series wouldn’t end just yet at episode 33, and still have a hope that even if there is no change towards the final  decision of the Gold film production company towards writing new episodes and prolonging the series, I hope that the series will have an ending that is emotionally powerful in whatever way it may be!

For more information about the series Benim Hala Umudum Var – I still have hope look at the video trailer or see the description for more.

Turkish Star TV: Benim Hala Umudum Var - I still have hope



Vegan red lentil breadspread – Hommos

In no arabic country did I ever hear from Red Lentil Hommos but while preparing a soup it cooked too long and was too thick to dilute again. We tried it as a breadspread dip without adding tahini paste. Surprisingly it did turn out very well. Its somewhat yellow color can be made by sprinkling a little curcuma and mixing all together (optional) With parsley and pomgrenade pieces decorated it looked like chickpea dip aka Hommos. Now it will be from now on our own vegan red lentil Hommos.

1 teacup red lentils
2 cups water
1/2 tsp  Cumin powder
1/4 tsp curcuma
1/2 Lemon as  juice

Boil red lentils add cumin and curcuma, and cook until water dried out. When it’s still corny, use a hand mixer to smooth add the other ingredients. Decorate as you please. Best served with olive oil to dip.

You are free to try it with tahini and tell me how it turns out.

Episode Summary Guide Hareem Al Sultan Season 3 Episode 68 (Muhtesem Yuzyil) and ongoing summaries


Muhtesem Yuzyil Season 3 Episode 68 or Episode 5.

Find links to Summaries for Episodes 69 – 78 further down in English. There are translation guide for episodes 79 onwards of season 3 and also for the 4th and final season of Muhtesem Yuzyil Season 3 Episode 79 ++ translation

Hareem Al Sultan Episode 68

Sultana Khadija is totally enraged and asks how this is happening and why Nigar has come to this place. Hurrem comes forward and says that she brought her cause when she found that she was in a bad condition she sought to help her out. From this day on she will be my servant and she has something good with me after all the time we had together. Firuze standing on the upper floor asks who this woman is, she receives the answer that this woman is Nigar a former servant and held position of the treasury master.
Sultana Khadija tells Hurrem that this woman must leave the premises!! But Hurrem says and why should she leave? Mahidevran says that Hurrem knows the reason all to well, and it was her Mahidevran who kicked her out. Hurrem replies that this woman has received her punishment and it ended. She asks Sunbul Agha if the notebooks have been updated and Nigar is standing again in the place of a servant, he confirms. Gul says that the blame of Nigar is too big and she cannot stay in the palace. But then Hurrem interrupts and says that she is responsible for maintaining the organization in the harem. Furthermore everyone knows that Fatima wanted me dead and tried to kill me, yet she is still on the palace grounds. Mahidevran asks Sultana Khadija if she has anything to say.
Sultana Khadija shouts that everyone should leave cause she wants to talk to Hurrem alone.

Sultana Khadija: When will you stop this Hurrem? Is it not enough what you have let me live through?
Hurrem: I don’t have any problem with you Sultana. You have began that war.
Sultana Khadija : know this, in front of you you face a great ancestry. If you fight me.. You fight against a great ancestry.
Hurrem : That was not my intention. I just showed you the true face of your dear husband. But instead you took out all your anger on me and forgave your husband for his actions.
Sultana Khadija: What is happening between me and Ibrahim is of no one’s concern, and especially not yours.
Hurrem: You are right, it’s not my business.
Sultana Khadija : So this is why you brought Nigar to this place?The scene is changing.
Mahidevran accuses Nigar how she can behave as nothing has happened and returns after she has been thrown out of the castle, she shuts Sunbul down without letting him say anything.
Hurrem says that it wasn’t Nigars fault, it was the fault of Ibrahim pasha and since no one gave him bad credit so Nigar as well is innocent.
Khadija: so it is you who is deciding upon this?
Hurrem:no it isn’t me, we will wait until the Sultan returns and he will decide what is necessary.
Khadija : do you believe that I will allow Nigar to reside here.
Hurrem : Aren’t you able to look at her so this is why you tried to kill her, or maybe everytime you see this woman, you see the treachery of your husband. You are afraid, that he will return to her as he was happy with her.

I dare you to raise your hand upon me. I am not a slave in front of you that you can beat. These days were in the past,I am not a slave, the situation has changed long ago. Don’t forget this.
Sunbul :Go go fast.
Mahidevran :Sultana are you fine.
Afife :Will you allow Nigar to stay in the palace?
Khadija :I don’t want anyone to follow me.

In Tebriz.

One of the posts asks Iskandar Shalabi to come out cause Ibrahim Pasha requests his presence and it cannot wait.
Iskandar : Ibrahim Pasha (angry). What is happening. Why did you hang my guards.
Ibrahim :Are you not aware of what your men did?
Iskandar :No I don’t know.
Ibrahim :they tried to steal the army treasury.
Iskandar :My guards wouldn’t do that.
Ibrahim : Do not think for one moment to defend those treacherous bastards, there is a witness. Helmi Pasha has caught them, while they were trying to steal the treasury. And they have taken the punishment they deserve.
Iskandar Shalabi as I know you are the advisor to Sultan Silliman and responsible for the treasury, isn’t it you who need to protect it. Is this the way how you take care of the treasury of Sultan Suleiman. Or are you a participating companion to those cheaters.
Iskandar :impossible, I have nothing to do with it. How can you accuse me of stealing and being a low of respect.
Ibrahim : I didn’t expect this from you, but it is clear that a decrease of your responsibility actions will cause the Sultan grief.
Iskandar :so you want to explain this story to him.
Ibrahim : I know very well what you are trying to do, you are trying to reduce from my standing and let the Sultan look down to me. Nobody is going between me and the Sultan. Do you understand.
Look at them, take it as a lesson because in the end you will find yourself hanging at their location.
Helmi Pasha : I regret the loss of your men, they were strong.
Iskandar : you cheated on me and took the place next to Ibrahim.
Helmi Pasha: I quit the job when I heard that Ibrahim asked Sultan of his presence, and soon he will arrive you should be prepared.
Iskandar : I will not accept any advices from a cheater like you. Tell me how this happened.
Helmi Pasha: A guard informed me that there were men who were trying to steal the treasury and I wasn’t aware these were your men, because they wore the Persian clothes.
Iskandar : I pray to God that this is what happened.
Helmi :this fight has to end. The Persian army is preparing to conquer us.
Iskandar : let the one who calls himself captain deal with this problem. One day his days are counted and he will find his end.

Mustapha is talking to Captain Khedr and is happy of the victories they achieved against Spain and Venice and the Mediterranean Sea. He is glad to see him well and as a trusted person someone can rely on.
Captain Khedr : it is great honor serving you and I am pleased to tell you that the people and the army love you, and wherever I go they ask of you and remember your name with a good deed.
Mustapha: Allah has given us a task to protect those people and as we act upon their safety we deserve their love of appreciation.
I have heard you prepared a battleship to open Tunis.
Captain Khedr : we are preparing and will establish a new Islamic Republic over there.

Hurrem: it is as if I have expected, Sultana Khadija forgave Ibrahim and they will return together when he returns to the capital. They will continue their life as nothing has happened and it was only you and the newborn who suffered.
Nigar : why did you bring me here? Is it to anger Sultana Khadija, to keep me in front of her.
Hurrem: we need to settle this together. I did you wrong I know but I was forced. You know my problems with Ibrahim Pasha, I didn’t do as they did and left you to die. You are living now, this is important. I will get revenge just trust in me.
Nigar : it is impossible for me to trust you another time.

Mustapha says it is time that the world is opened to see the glory of the Islamic empire. That the flag of the osman empire is held up high in all countries, and I will put this idea to the Sultan and I am sure that Ibrahim will agree with me. He sends Captain Khedr off to conquer Tunis and open a new osmanic empire.

Afife asks Kawthar to see Sultana Hurrem. Kawthar says she will give notice.
Hurrem: everyone will feel as you do, don’t stress yourself with time you will forget.
Nigar : my pain cannot be forgotten.
Hurrem : Nigar you have to take your revenge.

They are interrupted by Kawthar who announces the presence of Afife and Aghas to take Nigar out.
Hurrem asks Nigar to leave and allows Afife to enter.
Afife asks Hurrem to hand over Nigar or she must use other ways to force her to give out Nigar. Hurrem can barely stay calm.
Mahidevran and Khadija went to Mustapha to tell him about Nigars presence, so he will decide upon Nigars fate. Khadija tells him that she asked Afife to bring Nigar but instead Hurrem is waiting outside the door. Mahidevran becomes nervous and wants him to send her away, but he calms her down and says: ‘we will see what she has to contribute maybe we can solve this problem swiftly. Hurrem greets all.
Nigar is taken to a quiet room she should reside there until the situation quiets down.
Nigar : What has become of you Sunbul Agha now serving as a trustee to Hurrem Sultan.
Sunbul: Who shall I serve if not the mother of 4 emirs to the Ottoman empire. Don’t you know the situation here. Durra khanum has passed away and Wiqam has gone, and nobody knows where your standing grounds are. I am forced to do this. What about you, why did you come? When you fled from the palace, why did you return after all the pain and distress that you went through. I was really heart broken.
Nigar: nobody can flee from his destiny.
Sunbul: Listen carefully, if you want to flee I will do the impossible to help you out and this is a promise. Nobody will find you in the place I know of. A young woman like you will get remarried and build a new family.
Nigar: Sunbul I accept my fate and I don’t have dreams any longer.

Mustapha : it’s not possible for Nigar to remain in the palace. I will not allow it.
Hurrem : I am not going against your orders but first I want to know what is she blamed for. I have asked Afife but she didn’t reply.
Khadija : there is no need to explain for you anything, Hurrem!
Hurrem :since you are not able to say it out loud I will do so. Ferial has sinned. This is her guilt, let us take her to the court and they will fulfill the law upon her and along the way also Ibrahim Pasha.
Khadija : are you crazy, what law do you speak of, this is the prime minister of the Ottoman empire.
Mustapha : Sultana Khadija is right there is no place for you to intervene in this problem.
Hurrem :So this is how you want to treat this crime?
Mahidevran : Don’t put yourself into this since it is none of your business.
Hurrem: I will write to the sheikh he will surely find a solution to this.
Khadija : you cannot do this!!
Hurrem : no one can forbid me, I will write about the sin that Ibrahim Pasha is involved with and I will let everyone know about it.
Khadija : are you threatening us, Hurrem??
Hurrem : I prefer to say that I want to find a solution with you, in the end the decision is yours. Either all Istanbul will know about this topic or we wait upon the return of the Sultan.

Afife: Take care of your actions Kawthar because your reputation has become worse.
Kawthar :Really, if that would be true I would have been punished long ago.
Afife : Do you believe that your wrongdoings does not reach me? I know that you threaten the other girls because only in this way can you control them. I advice you to stay respectful. Listen, I will not allow you to play your games around me.
Kawthar : stay away from me, I am the right hand of Sultana Hurrem and who touches me will get burned.
Hurrem : Kawthar!! Go on and give your excuse to Afife.
Unwillingly Kawthar does what she is told.
Hurrem : if I hear another time that you talked in an unrespectful manner to Afife, I will be the one to punish you. Do you understand?? Then, go.

Mahidevran : don’t give in, Nigar has to be punished!
Khadija : didn’t you hear what Hurrem is threatening with.
Mahidevran : so we just do as she wishes.
Mustapha : you have to calm down mother, this concerns the country and it is a private matter to Khadija. Nobody should know about Nigar, it would be very bad especially towards Ibrahim Pasha.
Mahidevran : so what are we going to do?

Hurrem :doesn’t the harem has its laws, there is no way they can take her from me as she is my servant when there is no reason.
Afife : I believe when they want to they will find a reason.
Hurrem : Nigar is standing under my protection now and I will not allow that her fate becomes as the fate of Nadia.

Khadija : Hurrem!! Nigar will remain in the castle until Sultan Suleimans return and he will decide. I will allow her stay until the Sultan returns.
Hurrem : this is the right decision, Sultana.
Khadija : and when the Sultan returns Nigar will leave the palace, and you will leave the palace as well. I will show you the punishment that comes with threatening someone from a dynasty. Afife!! Make sure that Nigar does not cross my ways and I will not see a glimpse of her.

Captain Khedr : Saleh, can you tell me of the whereabouts of Julia Gonzaga.
Saleh :We have found her to reside in one of the neighboring castles but when we approached, she fled in the last instant.
Khedr : It is important to find her as Ibrahims requests it, choose one of your man for this mission and he has any news then to return and inform us.
Saleh : we believe that Julia Gonzaga is with the pope of Rome.
Khedr : Rome isn’t yet our goal. First we will conquer Tunis, maybe she is there. Prepare your plans for Tunis.

”The soul is a shield, Ibrahim. It is a cloth you wear before it becomes you. The place that you own maybe the only one that you will ever reach in your whole life. You cannot rise higher than that. And due to this leave everything as it is, think of your destiny that is now taking its course step by step without you realizing it. Concentrate only on the near future in front of your eyes and don’t get interrupted by anything, no objects, not the world, nor the sea or anything.

Bergam Agha requested an audience with Hurrem so she is accompanied with her servants and Firuze.
He says that he received a letter from Rustem Agha which states that Ibrahim has ordered everyone to call him Sultan instead of Pasha. And initiated new orders. Sultan Suleiman was very angry and even sloan the head of the messenger who brought these news.
Hurrem : Do you know that biggest enemy to the pasha which will be his downfall, himself.

Ibrahim greets Sultan Suleiman on his arrival and welcomes him.
Suleiman : These frightening eyes belong to whom. And to whom is the trembling voice. Who is behind this shield hiding. It is impossible for you to become Sultan just by wearing this shield.

Hurrem is pleased with Firuze but on the way they are interrupted by Mahidevran who finds it amusing that Hurrem befriends Firuze. She angers Hurrem when saying that anything might happen during war and Allah forbid that something happens to the Sultan than it will Mustapha who will rise to the thrown, Mahidevran will become the Mother’s Sultan and it is the end of Hurrem and her children.

Suleiman is angry at Ibrahims actions. He had clear orders to prepare the way to Bagdad and not Tabriz. It was a lucky strike to have conquered Tabriz, thanks to a new ally who supported the Ottoman army with 10000 soldiers. Suleiman asks him How would you stand before me when you didn’t succeed and above all ignored my orders.
Ibrahims says that it was once his words that spoke the way to victory is through shortest route. Thanks to Allah victory was ours and conquering Bagdad can be at any time.

Suleiman : Be thankful that you opened Tabriz.
He turns to Mustache Pasha and asks him about the whereabouts of Tahmasp.

Iskanadr Shalabi proposes to go to Bagdad quickly. Winter is approaching. In the spring it will be possible to regain Tabriz.
Ibrahim says it’s impossible to leave now. The soldiers are tired and it is difficult to transfer the heavy weapons on the desert road.
Iskandar Shalabi wants to take all the needed preparations under his responsibilities. Suleiman approves and decides to move towards Bagdad.
Suleiman: It makes no sense to put a new empire in Tabriz within the Persian land, cause even if I install you or my own son. You will become my enemy. He orders everyone except Iskandr out.
Ibrahim asks Rustem Agha about Ahmed. Rustem said he died by a horse accident so himself was appointed this position.
Iskandr gives the proof to his claims about Ibrahim to the Sultan for calling himself Sultan and bearing his own stamp. Ibrahim said he was doing so to bring calm back to the army. But he doesn’t believe in that. Suleiman accuses him that the one he is complaining about is the prime minister and whatever was his reason he should also take his share of responsibility and dismisses him.

Sunbul Agha brings a letter to Hurrem saying it’s from the Sultan. She dismisses everyone to read the letter by herself. As it turns out, the letter wasn’t intended for her. It was for Firuze. Khadija was sending the letter on purpose to Hurrem. She wanted her to feel the same pain that she felt like a dagger in her heart, and this feeling Hurrem deserved to go through.
Hurrem goes to see Khadija and Khadija turn for revenge had came towards the same words that Hurrem was once hurtful. And she returned it to Hurrem. Saying the Sultan has found a new love, one who is much younger and more beautiful and there is no one who can do anything about that.

Ibrahim requests an audience with the Sultan but his entrance just then is refused. Iskandr informs Ibrahim they are ready to depart for Bagdad and await further orders.
Suleiman send a letter to tahmasp and requests his presence as a leader in war not hiding in his throne like a woman.
Suleiman send for Ibrahim in the night and tells him that Khadija has forgiven him and will not divorce him cause she thinks of her children but he Suleiman how shall he forgive that Ibrahim was using the name of the Sultan without his knowledge. He will leave him this last chance to rid of his greed and solve this problem on his own else he would pay with his own life.
Ibrahim tells Nasukh Effendi that Khadija will not divorce him. He is happy but also sad because he has broken Suleimans heart.

Kawthar is threatening Fatmeh to tell her about the girl who is spending the night with the Sultan. But Afife catches her and punishes her. Hurrem warns her to do anything without her permission or else she won’t stay in the palace.

Ibrahim sends Iskandr to Suleiman and accuses him of his failures to reach Bagdad strong and healthy as already half of the soldiers have died and every day there is new death. Suleiman says it is upon all advisors to decide his fate.

Kawthar in search for Firuze sees her sneaking to Khadija and learns the truths about Firuze. She hides but Khadija suspects her presence and throws her in the dungeon. Nigar visits her promising she will tell the news to tell the news to Hurrem but instead she is planning something different. Hurrem tells her we need to get rid of Khadija, and Kawthar be the one to kill her.

Ibrahim tells Helmi Pasha to be present in the Diwan meeting where the fate of Iskandr will be decided and he orders him to vote against Iskandr.
Iskandr knows that his end might have come and takes a promise from Rustem to stand instead of him and do anything in his powers to get rid of Ibrahim Pasha.

Nigar tells kawthar to kill Sultana Khadija and let it appear as suicide.

The Diwan decided against Iskandr and accuse him of treachery. He is sentenced to death by hanging. Ibrahim sees Rustem emotional and tells him let it be a lesson to you that no one can come between me and the Sultan or his fate becomes like Iskandr.
Suleiman has a nightmare with Iskandr telling him that he was put to death as an innocent men and this guilt will stay upon his shoulders his whole life because he let them kill an innocent men and deep in his heart he knows it’s the truth. He wakes up and swear that Ibrahim fate will be just like the fate of Iskandr. Rustem hears his words.

Kawthar exits the prison to kill Sultana Khadija…

Further summaries
Season 3 Episode 69


Episode 71

Episode 72

Episode 73

Episode 74

Episode 75

Episode 76

Episode 77

Episode 78

Review: Sacrifice by Jessica Fortunato


Book Review

Sin collector Trilogy: Book 2 Sacrifice by Jessica Fortunato

Finally the christmas holidays gave me some extra time to read and review novels again. I was looking forward to reading the sequel to Sin Collector by Jessica Fortunato three months ago, stored but not forgotten in my Aldiko reader shelf, but was always off due to other businesses. One great way to end this year is with a book review to this story.

The best moments in reading are, when you come across something.. a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things..that you’d thought special – particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours to a world of magic. – the history boys

As book 1, I was evenly mesmerized by the second book where you get to know more about other sin collector friends of Olexander former mentor and now in a deep relationship with Liliana. A common enemy the castus and one woman Ariadne who always seems to be one step ahead of all others. Lilianas now growing family, her mortality phase, new telekinetic powers, secrets about a family history, marriage party and an unforeseeable prophecy to come true, would this mean the end of the world as we know of?? Such questions might revolve within your mind, while the story unfolds its mystery and packed action in front of you during Lilianas fight for her beloved family that is worth fighting for. In my point of view this was a five star book written by a five star novelist. I am eager for the third book and patiently await its arrival.