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I'm so far behind. Booklikes-opoly

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

 

 

This was a wonderful read.  Get 'em girl!

 

Booklikes-opoly

Red Chrysanthemum (Sano Ichiro, #11) - Laura Joh Rowland

 

Finally dipping the toe in.  If i had realized I was reading book 11, I would have looked for book 1.  Some of the reviews indicated the series started going downhill.  If the previous ones are better than this, I'll be reading them.

 

305 pages, $3.00

 

Memorial Day Rolls

I have't even finished my first book yet!  I'm so behind.

Hopefully I can get a bunch done this weekend.

 

For my Memorial Day Rolls:

 

Roll 1: 2 (double 1's)

 

Doubles, roll again: 3  Visiting Jail

 

 

Roll 2: 7

 

 

 

Booklikes-opoly

Now that I have confused myself tremendously since I didn't realize til today we were already starting, I'm off!  I think.  LOL

 

 

Rolled 5: The Silk Road

Snakes and Ladders finished!

Dragons of Winter Night - Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis

 

I may need to re-read the first one, but these books seem to be a bit disjointed sometimes.

 

 

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

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

 

Snakes and Ladders square 100

April 27, 2019

 

I was waiting, but it looks like not a lot of takers for this post.  Out of 10 votes, it's 7 for Dragons of Winter Night and 1 each for the other three.  

I'm almost done with my current book, so I'll leave the final count til then, but it looks like we have a winner!

 

Dragons of Winter Night

 

 

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April 24, 2019

 

Choose my next read book buddies!

  

The Postman

 Dragons of Winter Night

The Dragon and the Raven

Make Room! Make Room!

That was fun!

Spot and Smudge (Spot and Smudge #1) - Robert Udulutch

 

If highly unbelievable.  

 

Although, if you can believe a smart as a human golden retriever was created through gene splicing (the Watcher) I suppose quick mutations during gestation and early growth from purple toxic sludge isn't too far fetched.

 

I will definitely be checking out book 2.

Taking a break, and a question for a librarian.

Spot and Smudge (Spot and Smudge #1) - 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!

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