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Reading progress update: I've read 68%.

Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) - Terry Pratchett

 

I want a raven (hubby said no, the boy said yes!) so I can name it Quoth which got me a nice eye roll from the boy. LOL

 

“The war was going badly for the weaker side. Their positioning was wrong, their tactics ragged, their strategy hopeless. The Red army advanced across the whole front, dismembering the remnant of the collapsing Black army.

 

There was room for only ONE anthill on this lawn...”

 

And, it's War overseeing a battle between anthills.

That one caught me by surprise. Sigh

 

A little farther along:

 

The Death of rats just got sucked into some weird time hole thingy. I think. And Quoth the raven just sits there preening himself saying I told you so.  LOL

Kill Creek - Scott Thomas

 

I'm not a huge fan of ghost stories or haunted houses, but this was intense in a slow burn sort of way.  Keeping you on edge the whole time without letting you realize you're really scared.

 

I was finishing it last night, all the action was over, we're into the wrap up and the boy comes into the room and asks me if I want to watch a movie.   I screamed and jumped so hard if my chair hadn't had arms I would have fallen.   He says I read to many horror stories.  I told him there's no such thing.

 

Thanks to Char for coming across this one.

Reading progress update: I've read 65%.

Mother, Can You Not? - Kate Siegel

I'm taking a much needed break from the Discworld marathon read.

 

Yesterday I came across some texted messages between the author and her mother that had me in tears.

 

She has an Instagram with more but I haven't been out there yet.

 

When one of the texts mentioned she was an author, I looked her up, and lo and behold yes there was.  

 

Not really wanting to spend $10 on less than 300 pages in a genre I don't normally read, I checked my library. And yes, they had it for immediate download.  Yay!

 

It has been highly entertaining  and I'm finding myself thankful that my own mother had a more hands off approach.

Maskerade (Discworld, #18) - Terry Pratchett

 

Phantom of the Opera - sorta.

Reading progress update: I've read 44%.

Interesting Times (Discworld, #17) - Terry Pratchett

 

Rincewind, Cohen, and the Luggage are back!  YAY!

 

Discussion amongst old (one's in a wheelchair) marauding barbarians who are a bit too old to be marauding anymore,  about what happens if they get caught while breaking into the Forbidden City and are sentenced to being hung, drawn, and quartered:

 

" I believe it's a punishment similar to hanging, drawing and quartering...."

"How are you drawn then?"

"I think your innards are cut out and shown to you."

"What for?" 

"I don't really know.  To see if you recognize them, I suppose."

"What...like,  'Yep, that's my kidney, yep, that's my breakfast'?"

 

Couple paragraphs later:

 

"How are you hung?"

snickers

 

 

Like a bat out of hell!

Soul Music (Discworld) - Terry Pratchett

 

Rock and Roll never forgets.

 

My favorite Death book so far. 

Lords And Ladies (Discworld, #14) - Terry Pratchett

 

 

The ones with the witches are definitely my favorites.

Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)

Pyramids  - Terry Pratchett

 

Meh.  Not particularly impressed with this one.

 

Ancient Eqyptian types and mummies.

We now know the function of the pyramids (sort of) and the kings and queens of the past don't like them.

Did you know camels can do math?

 

 

Collecting Crime Scene The Dark Tower:  Series contains more than 8.

 

Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)

Wyrd Sisters  - Terry Pratchett

 

MacBeth sprinkled with all the fairy godmothers and evil witches from your favorite fairy tales.

 

The three witches disapproved of Cinderellas fairy godmother creating a coach from a pumpkin (who wants to go a ball smelling like a pie?) and glass slippers (dangerous, those are).

 

 

I think this is my favorite so far in this series.

 

Claiming: Cause of death:  Killing curse

 

Reading progress update: I've read 90%.

Wyrd Sisters  - Terry Pratchett

 

Something thought provoking:

 

"There was something here, he thought, that nearly belonged to the gods. Humans had built a world inside a world, which reflected it in pretty much the same way as a drop of water reflects the landscape. And yet...and yet...

 

Inside this little world they had taken pains to put all the things you might think they want to escape from - hatred, fear, tyranny, and so forth.  Death was intrigued.  They thought they wanted to be taken out of themselves, and every art humans dreamt up took them further in."

 

I sat and considered this for a bit and realized it's fairly true.

 

Then the idiot  mad duke ruins the mood and confuses Death and I giggled like an idiot myself:

 

Death says:

"I assure you, you are not dead.  Take it from me.

 

The duke giggled.  He had found a sheet from somewhere and had draped it over himself, and was sliding along some of the castle's more deserted corridors. Sometimes he would go "whoo-oo" in a low voice.

 

This worried Death.  He was used to people claiming that they were NOT dead, because death always came as a shock, and a lot of people had some trouble getting over it. But people claiming they WERE dead with every breath in their body was a new and unsettling experience.

 

"I shall jump out on people," said the duke dreamily.  "I shall rattle my bones all night, I shall perch on the roof and foretell  a death in the house --"

 

THAT'S BANSHEES

 

" I shall if I want said the duke with a trace of earlier determination.  " And I shall float through walls, and knock on tables, and drip ectoplasm on anyone I don't like. Ha. Ha."

 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)

Equal Rites  - Terry Pratchett

 

She is told that girls cannot be wizards even if the have magic.

She sets out to prove them wrong and saves the world.

 

Another one we never really find out what happens to her.

Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)

Sourcery  - Terry Pratchett

 

 

Nooo!!   Not Rincewind!  

There's still hope though.  

A wizard always comes back for his hat.

 

Claiming for Victim Samwise Gangee,  unlikely Hero

 

Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

Sourcery  - Terry Pratchett

 

 

There's a magic war going on, and Death, War, Pestilence, and Famine stopped off at a tavern on their way.

 

The horses of War, Pestilence, and Famine were stolen.

They want to hitch a ride with Death and he told them no.

 

"It's going to look pretty good, then, isn't it," said War testily, "the One Horseman and the Three Pedestrians of the Apocralypse."

 

The Three Pedestrians

LOL

 

Sourcery  - Terry Pratchett

 

An aspiring poet calls her:

 

"...peach-buttocked jewel of the desert dawn."

 

And this pops into my head:

 

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Mort  - Terry Pratchett

 

I don't know if it's just my mood today, but these phrases are popping out like dandelions.

 

While trading flirting insults with Deaths adopted daughter:

 

"Mort glanced sideways at the top of Ysabell's dress, which contained enough puppy fat for two litters of Rottweilers, and forbore to comment."

 

He was smart enough not to say that one out loud.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 36%.

Mort  - Terry Pratchett

 

And now we have an ointment, cooked up by a wizard who drank too much 'potency' elixir so he had to soak in a cold water trough, that:

 

 

"Provides your wild oats while guaranteeing a crop failure..."

 

Snorts and giggles and winks for everybody!

I'd be getting some odd looks if I wasn't home alone today.

 

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