Month: October 2016

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Foremost of Noble Ladies: Hatshepsut – History of Royal Women

By rob koopman from Leiderdorp, netherlands – Maat-ka-Re Hatsjepsoet (RMO Leiden), CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons September 21, 2016 Brittani Barger    One of the most fascinating historical female royal to research and learn about is the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt: Hatshepsut. James Henry Breasted, American archaeologist and Egyptologist, said she was the “first […]

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Simon’s Cat Halloween: “Scary Legs” and “The Monster”

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween: Incidental Opera

 … well, sort of.  I’m not sure whether Bonn Opera actually had Halloween in mind when they scheduled the opening night of their production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (based on Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor) – it’s not overly likely, though I wouldn’t put it past them – but it of course fits the […]

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REBLOG: 15 authors to read based on your favorite drinks

Reblogged from: BookLikes   No matter if it’s a cup of tea or coffee, lemonade or a glass of wine, books and drinks go well together. This universal truth has been discovered not only by avid readers but also writers, some of whom became as well known for their drinking habits as for their literary achievements. Taking advantage of the summer time […]

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Black Cat Productions Presents: Bingos No. 12 & 13 and BINGO BLACK OUT!

     This has been enormously great fun; thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for putting this together and hosting it!  I’ve loved following everybody’s reads – still sorry RL duties made me bow out for 2+ weeks smack in the middle of it all.  Most of my selections turned out to be enjoyable, […]

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Final Bingo Square: Grave or Graveyard

  Changed my mind (yet again) and switched books for my final bingo square, as I’m not sure I’ll be in much of a mind to finish my previous choice for “Grave or Graveyard,” Umberto Eco’s Cemetery of Prague. So I switched to the 2016 BBC audio adaptation of Dracula, starring David Suchet in the […]

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Peter May: The Blackhouse

  Book 1 of May’s Lewis Trilogy; a darkly atmospheric tale of childhood ghosts rearing their ugly heads to bring down the lives of a group of former schoolmates some 30+ years later; set on the northern end of the largest and northernmost of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands, the Isle of Lewis.  May does an […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2016: Eleventh Update and BINGO No. 11

Home stretch – 24 books down, 1 to go!   Bingo No. 11 – the Books:   Magical Realism – Isabel Allende: La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits) Isabel Allende’s breakout success and still one of my favorite novels by her (surpassed only by Of Love and Shadows): A multigenerational allegory […]

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How to Survive Working With Cats

“You are a)&(/)bo;_+:_;*_:ut tttttttttttto about ]t€@|o~[ to re°`ad rea)??`==(=)(d read … [!!$#@!!$*@##!!!]”   Not a new one, but so very true! (“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” – Pam Brown) Merken Merken

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100 Followers already! Thank you all!!

I started creating this blog in late May 2016, and not even five months later WP snuck up on me just this week to inform me I’ve already got 100 followers.  A big thanks to all of you for your interest and support, and for some great exchanges we’ve already had – I hope there […]

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine

The many, many, MANY sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words. By Michael Kruse and Noah Weiland (May 05, 2016) Source: Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor […]

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The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers

(Click on the graphic to see a larger version.) Source: The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers Merken

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Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues

Well, more angry than spooky, actually, but anyway … Robert Johnson is running from the devil (“the Gentleman” in the book) and ends up on the Spokane reservation.  Afraid that “the Gentleman” might hear him if he plays his guitar, he hands it over to a young wannabe storyteller named Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who proceeds to […]

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REBLOG: Mary Stewart: The Merlin Trilogy – Starting November 1, 2016

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder Don’t forget that we are beginning the Mary Stewart Merlin readalong on November 1st!  Start acquiring your books now so you are ready to read!   Mary Stewart: The Merlin Trilogy Reading Progress Update: Part 1 – The Crystal Cave Tintagel   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1484003/starting-november-1-2016

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Halloween Book Bingo 2016: Tenth Update and BINGO No. 10

  The Books: Diverse Authors Can Be Spooky Fun – Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues Well, more angry than spooky, actually, but anyway … Robert Johnson is running from the devil (“the Gentleman” in the book) and ends up on the Spokane reservation.  Afraid that “the Gentleman” might hear him if he plays his guitar, he hands […]

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Birthday Monster Book Haul

…  thanks to my mom, who gave me a bookstore gift card, my best friend, who raided my Amazon wish list (isn’t it nice to know your loved ones know just what you’ll be happiest about?) and a few odd things to which I treated myself: Die Briefe der Manns (The Mann Family Correspondence) — […]

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles … and Dartmoor

  “Yes, the setting is a worthy one. If the devil did desire to have a hand in the affairs of men ––”   “I have been in Devonshire.” “In spirit?” “Exactly … After you left I sent down to Stamford’s for the Ordnance map of this portion of the moor, and my spirit has […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2016: Ninth Update – Catch-Up Post and BINGOS No. 6-9

So, after having spent the past weekend and the better part of last night and today tying up half a dozen half-finished bingo reads that, naturally, hadn’t shown any progress whatsoever while I was exiled on planet work overload, for the time being I’m back on track.  And thus I am happy to finally be […]

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Horrace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto

The grandfather of all gothic literature, madly dashed out in the space of a mere eight days. Intended as a (semi-)satirical response to the “Frenchification” of the 18th century English stage, where – under the influence of Voltaire’s criticism of Shakespeare – scenes considered unduly “rough” and “uncultured” (like the gravediggers scene in Hamlet) were […]

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Bleepedybleepedybleepedybleep

… or for the non-American TV-challenged: Fuckedyfuckedy … (you get the picture).   So it didn’t just turn out one more week, but 2 1/2 f*ucking solid weeks of me and a select few equally fortunate people being chained to conference room chairs and computers, with straight 15-18 hour work days practically the whole time […]

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