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Taking a break, and a question for a librarian.

Spot and Smudge - Robert Udulutch

 

After the Varney fiasco, I'm taking a break before letting you guys pick my next book.  LOL

 

 

However, I have a question for a librarian about adding books.

This one wasn't listed, even though I'm fairly certain I came across it here.

 

If it's a self published book, who do I put in as the Publisher if there's no publisher listed?

 

The author, or Amazon Digital Services LLC ?

Snakes and Ladders move #10

The Sundial (Penguin Classics) - Shirley Jackson, Victor LaValle

 

That was, odd.

She leaves everything hanging.

Was there a cataclysm?  Or was everyone just humoring nutty Aunt Fanny?

 

 

It fit the square (or at least it was supposed to), so roll 2 dice:  7

 

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

I'll be back after I do some digging.

 

 

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: The Sundial by Shirley Jackson

 

Not books, but a good distraction.

Baby geese!

 

Only  few hours old.

She had just brought them off the nest when I heard the peeping.

 

I was surprised I was able to snap a photo good - the males kept weaving between me and the babies.

In most of the rest you MIGHT be able to see a little fluffy butt sticking out.

Those are my good boys.  

 

Although I have 2 more hatching in the next week - I wonder how they're going to divide their time.  Should be entertaining as long no one gets testy with the babies.

Snakes and Ladders move #10 (part 2)

The Sundial (Penguin Classics) - Shirley Jackson, Victor LaValle

 

Let's try this again.

This one is MUCH shorter.

And I don't think I can wrong with Shirley Jackson.

Snakes and Ladders move #10 DNF (for now)

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

 

I'm out!  

I can't take another 700 pages of this.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 63%.

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

OMG this book has turned into one of the most boring things I have ever read.

 

Now I know why it's attributed to 2 different authors.

Apparently one wrote the first half, up through about chapter 97/98, then someone else wrote the second half.

 

The writing abruptly became completely different.  Even the characters sound, speak, and act different than in the first half.

 

I have found my self skimming and not missing anything.

Maybe I should have just stuck with the unfinished copy.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

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

 

I suppose a progress revision is in order.

Now, having a complete copy, I feel like I slid down a snake.  LOL

 

We have encountered a Quaker squatting in the secondary Bannersworth estate.  He refuses to leave, says he's going to have them arrested even though Henry has the title papers to the place.  The Admiral kicked him the rear.  LOL

 

The wedding is still about a week off.

Liars! Assholes! Aarrgghh! Panic in the shelves! *sigh*

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

 

I thought I was almost done.  LOL  

 

First, the rant:

 

Anyone wanting to read this in ebook form, download it from MobileRead.

 

Both the Amazon free version and the Gutenberg version end very abruptly halfway through the story, which is about halfway through volume 2, the end of chapter XCVI.  Seriously!?  You cut it off at chapter 96 when there's 220 chapters in this behemoth!

 

I don't think it has taken me this long to read a book since Lord of the Rings or my multiple attempts at Atlas Shrugged.

 

However, other than the meanderings (apparently this (these) guy(s) really were paid by the word) the story itself is engaging and at time time hilarious.

 

I'm suspicious of Jack Pringle and the Dr. seems to be a bit off kilter sometimes.

 

Now, off to the wedding!

Reading progress update: I've read 82%.

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

  

It has been decided that the mysterious stranger that showed up looking for Varney is a vampire so some of the men follow him from the inn to the river and shoot at him while he's crossing the bridge.

 

Then this happens:

(Not an actual quote)

 

The moon is rising and turning everything into a beautiful glowing fairy land

Is that a human figure in the water?  Is it dead?

The water is silvered with moonlight 

Is that a human figure in the water? on the rocks? Is it dead?

The willows sway gently to the gurgling of the water 

There's a human figure in the water on the rocks half submerged. Is it dead?

The occasional fish jumps

There's a body in the water on the rocks half submerged, arms swaying in the current. Is it dead?

The moon continues rise and slowly chase the shadows from the far bank of the river,

Where there is a body in the water on the rocks half submerged, arms swaying in the current, face upturned toward the moon.  Is it dead?

 

Pages of this bouncing back and forth between describing the rising of the moon and the guy in the water.

WE GOT IT!

There's a body in the river and we don't know if he's dead!  Get on with it!

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

 

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