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Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

Varney the Vampire Or the Feast of Blood - Thomas Preskett Prest

 

And the traitor who attempted murder is squashed like a bug under  a collapsing stone roof!

Serves him right.

 

"He lies but a mangled, crushed, and festering corpse."

 

Man, this book is taking forever.  Too much rambling between the interesting parts.

And we're still not sure if Varney really is or is not a vampire.

 

I keep thinking of Peppers line in Annie:  We're never gonna get there.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Varney the Vampire Or the Feast of Blood - Thomas Preskett Prest

 I don't know how much of this is supposed to be funny, but I keep finding myself giggling and sometimes laughing out loud.

 

A duel with Varney has been interrupted by a mob out for his blood, or whatever, and he has hid himself in the woods nearby.  The other duel participants, 4 men, try to stop the mob.

  

And so we discover the humane way to kill a vampire.

 

page 395

 

"Drive a stake through him," said a woman; "it's the only way, and the humanest.  You've only to take a hedge stake and sharpen it a bit at one end, and char it a little in the fire so as there mayt'n't be no splinters to hurt, and then poke it through his stomach."

 

 

A few minutes later the mob flushes him from the woods and they give chase.

The 4 men are standing atop a little hill watching and commenting and the play by play is like they're watching a steeple chase.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Varney the Vampire Or the Feast of Blood - Thomas Preskett Prest

 

He's channeling Yoda.  LOL

 

pg 13:  

 

...of carved walnut-wood is it made,...

 

...nodding feathers are at its corners - covered with dust are they...

 

His descriptions though, lovely are they.  :  )

Without being overblown and repetitive.  So far.

Snakes and Ladders move #9

In the Rift - Holly Lisle, Marion Zimmer Bradley

 

Much better than the fist book, Glenraven, but maybe I was in the wrong mood at the time.

Kate should go back to Peters and kick some self righteous ass and sue those bigots for vandalism and arson.  And assault and battery.  And expose their little hate cult for what it is.

 

Since I don't own a single memoir:

 

Roll 1 dice: 1

96. From your favorite genre:

 

I've had Varney the Vampire sitting around for years.  We'll see if it's any good.  It was written and published as penny dreadfuls in 1845–47.

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton

55. Is more than 500 pages long: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

63. Cover is more than 50% blue: The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

95. Memoir : In the Rift by Marion Zimmer Bradley

96. From your favorite genre:

Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 356 pages.

In the Rift - Holly Lisle, Marion Zimmer Bradley

 That didn't take long.  I guess I need to be more patient.  LOL

 

 

The cover does not belong to In the Rift.  I changed it, but I don't know if it will be checked, or how soon.

 

It should be this:

 

DNF

The Night Land - William Hope Hodgson

 

Nope.  Even if we ever get to the scary part I probably wouldn't notice.  I swear he was paid by the word.  

 

How many different ways did he think he repeatedly needed to say/describe/explain the same thing over and over and over.  Pages apparently.  

YES!  We know you love her.  

YES!  We get it! You're strong and vain over it.

YES!  We get that your are seeing the dream from 2 different perspectives at the same time. Current and future even though in the future you are younger.  At least that's how it appears.

 

Your readers aren't as stupid as you seem to think they are.

 

Next!

Snakes and Ladders move #8

The New Policeman - Kate Thompson

 

All the lost socks from the dryer end up in the land of fairies/shidh!  

Now that's a thing you know.  LOL

 

Time is being drained through a leak between the two worlds.

A young boy is lead on a quest to discover why and fix it.  As long as he doesn't forget.

 

Slither up the ladder to space 95.

95. Memoir

 

I don't think I have any memoirs.

I don't think I've read more than two or three in my entire life.

 

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton

55. Is more than 500 pages long: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

63. Cover is more than 50% blue: The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

 

Snakes and Ladders roll 7

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

 

If all crime fiction was written like this it would be one of my favorite genres.  I may have to watch the movie again.

 

 

Roll 2 dice:  8

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton

55. Is more than 500 pages long: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Nicely written children's fantasy

Steel Magic - Andre Norton

 

Base on the King Arthur legends.

This a nice read for a child who is starting chapter books, but I think would also be enjoyed by older kids.  

We'll see how it goes.

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

 

I'm gonna take a shot at this for my next square.  

I finally watched the movie a couple months ago, so i figure it's time to read the book.

And it's the only one currently on my Kindle that fits the square and i don't feel like hunting up something else at the moment.

However, Spot & Smudge (and a few others) are waiting in the wings just in case.  LOL

Snakes and Ladders Roll 6

Darkness and Dawn - Andre Norton

 

A what comes next after a nuclear war.

 

This was 2 shorter books in one.  Separated by a few hundred years near as I could figure.  I wish I could know the story of what happened between the two.  What happened after Fors was welcomed back into his clan?  Apparently nothing very lasting except the Traders turned secretive and pretty overbearing.  I don't know if she wrote one.

 

Slither up the ladder:  Space 55

55. Is more than 500 pages long

 

Ooffda.  Lets see what I have.

 

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton

55. Is more than 500 pages long:

 

Snakes and Ladders Roll 5

Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1) - Isaac Asimov

 

How it all began.  Asimov spins a good tale without drowning the reader in heavy science.

I might have to re-read the Robot stories as refresher for the connections.

 

Roll 2 dice:  10

36. Set in Central or South America

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 38%.

— feeling haha
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1) - Isaac Asimov

 

Hari Seldon has been whisked from the University to a secretive sector on Trantor.  

They abhor hair.  I don't know why, but everyone is permanently depilitated when they hit puberty.  I'm wondering how the mothers cope with hairy kids.  Maybe I'll find out.

 

Anyway, he and his 'better keep her mouth shut until spoken to' female companion are required to cover their hair, so Sunmaster gives them head coverings (and strips for the eyebrows) that will cover their hair.

 

Hari Seldon is trying to get his on and it keeps snapping off:

 

"Begin just above your eyebrows," said Sunmaster.  His fingers seemed to twitch, as though eager to help.

 

Seldon said, suppressing a smile, "Would you do it for me?"

 

And Sunmaster drew back, saying, almost in agitation, "I couldn't. I would be touching your hair."

 

I started laughing.  I couldn't help it.  LOL

 

I'm agreeable to peoples religious, cultural, personal, up to a point political, etc.. beliefs and ways, when in Rome and all that.  But I couldn't help it.  Everything leading up to the head coverings wound up just making him sound so aghast and prissy at having to touch hair.  Especially since he had said more than once that he has dealt with outworlders before.

That was fun.

The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison

 

An interstellar police group recruits criminals to catch criminals.
We follow the adventures of Slippery Jim, one of the best con-man thieves in the multiple galaxies.

 

I'm not sure why I always thought these were written by either Peirs Anthony or Isaac Asimov.   They're not.   LOL

 

The Kindle version is less than 200 pages so not usable for this game.

Snakes and Ladders Roll 4

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn) - Brandon Sanderson

 

Who would have thought Wayne had it in him to get angry enough to use a gun.

 

Since this is not set in Asia, I only get to roll one dice.

Roll 1:  4

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn) - Brandon Sanderson

 

Pg 219  Wayne and Marasi are trapped in a grave, bullets flying, and she asks if he has a plan to get them out:

 

"Plan?" Marasi asked.

"Not dyin'."

"Anything more detailed than that?"

"Not dyin' ... today?"

 

Even Hubby laughed at that one.  LOL

 

Pg 359  

Wayne was awakened quite rough-like, in a manner unbefitting his grand dreams, in which he was king of the dogs.  Had a crown shaped like a bowl and everything. He blinked his eyes, feeling nice and warm, and got hit with a blast of air.  Drowsy, he remembered he was flying in some kind of rusting airship with a fellow what had no face.  And that was almost as good as the dog thing.

 

 

King of the dogs.

I love Wayne.  LOL

 

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