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Halloween Bingo 2021: Card, Spells, Markers and Book Pool

Phew!  I’ve had blog display issues for the better part of August due to a stupid WP plugin acting up (and of course, it was a plugin allegedly intended to “facilitate” the import of content into my chosen theme — haha, right), but luckily they were resolved just in time for Halloween Bingo! (Gosh … […]

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Halloween Bingo 2020: TA’s Game Preparation Post

Note When updating this post during the game, the books actually selected will be highlighted in bold print and with a check mark (√) next to them. Updates Spell invoked: Bingo Flip with Lora — STONE COLD HORROR replaced by READ BY FLASHLIGHT OR CANDLELIGHT Also, as our game hosts have made it clear that […]

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2020 Mid-Year Reading Review and Statistics

What with the pandemic still very much ongoing, BL acting up again, MR’s and Char’s resulting posts re: BookLikes, the BL experience, and moving back to Goodreads, this feels like a somewhat odd moment to post my half-yearly reading stats.  I hope it won’t be the last time on this site, but I fear that […]

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Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time & Dickon

This weekend’s “let’s-forget-the-pandemic” buddy read wasn’t the first time I read Josephine Tey’s setting-the-record-straight-about-Richard III novel, The Daughter of Time, but it was the first time that I did so by reading it together with her play on the same subject (written under the name Gordon Daviot), Dickon, and that combined reading changed my perspective […]

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Cyril Hare: Tenant for Death

Reading Progress Updates 41 of 206 Pages: Aaand we’re off to our next forget-the-pandemic weekend read!  A corpse has been discovered as a surplus-to-inventory item, and the arrival of Inspector Mallett is imminent. If I didn’t know otherwise, I’d never believe that this was Hare’s first published book — the writing is incredibly assured and […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice

Et in Arcadia ego. Scales of Justice is a book from the middle segment of Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn series and a superb example of the “serpent [even] in Paradise” type of Golden Age mysteries.  Marsh goes to great lengths to establish the book’s seemingly idyllic rural setting, beginning with its name, Swevenings (which we […]

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Patricia Wentworth: The Case Is Closed

Well, this was enjoyable.  As in some of Wentworth’s other books, the mystery wasn’t much to write home about  — the principal villains are known pretty much from the word “go”, as is the way the whole thing was worked (there’s one huge clue fairly early on which essentially gives the game away, and the false […]

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Discworld December Group Read: Guards! Guards!

  In all the Festive Tasks excitement, let’s all not forget that our December group read also starts today — and it’s a truly great one (IMHO one of the best books in the entire series): the first book of the Night Watch subseries, and though actually written almost exactly 30 years ago, Pratchett could […]

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Terry Pratchett: Pyramids — Halloween Bingo 2019, Eighth Extra Square (Monsters) & Discworld October Group Read

  I haven’t decided for which bingo square I’ll be using this, but from the blurb and from what I’ve read so far, it will fit — at a minimum — the Supernatural, Creepy Crawlies, Deadlands, Monsters, Ghost Stories, Relics and Curiosities, Murder Most Foul, and Grave or Graveyard bingo squares; possibly / probably also […]

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Discworld: October Group read starts TODAY

The Discworld Group’s October group read is the series’s first stand-alone novel, Pyramids. The blurb: “In Pyramids, you’ll discover the tale of Teppic, a student at the Assassin’s Guild of Ankh-Morpok and prince of the tiny kingdom of Djelibeybi, thrust into the role of pharaoh after his father’s sudden death. It’s bad enough being new […]

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Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards!

This is a book that ought to be read today more than ever: The eighth Discworld novel and the first book of the Night Watch subseries — but first and foremost, an exploration of just how a political system can fail and slip into dictatorship right before everybody’s eyes. Whatever it was that motivated Pratchett […]

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Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters

Like a fine wine … … the kind of book that only gets better the more often you return to it. I’ve revisited Wyrd Sisters three times in the last two years alone, and every single time I’m savoring every single minute of the experience.  Definitely one of my favorite Discworld novels — next to […]

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Discworld: Here is your bimonthly belated reminder …

… that the next group read is upon us and has (umm, theoretically) already started, on August 1, to be precise. (I swear I was going to post about this earlier this time around, but oh well …) The book is Wyrd Sisters, the second of the Witches subseries — and the first book in […]

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Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams: Skeletons: The Frame of Life

Less Than What It Could Have Been OK, so I admit I didn’t check on the authors’ scholarly credentials before picking this up — if I had, I might not have been so disappointed to find that this is not, after all (not even in part) a book dealing with the way in which skeletons […]

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Terry Pratchett: Sourcery

Ooooh, I like this one. It’s got a “knife to a gun fight” reference (only involving porcupines) and a [literally] kick-ass heroine, takes digs at Aladdin and The Lord of the Rings — especially The Two Towers –, the Four Horsepersons of the Apothe…ca…thingamagig make an appearance, and the Librarian is taking a stand — […]

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The Flat Book Society: Open for July nominations!

Reblogged from: BrokenTune   Hello, With the current Flat Book Society read of Napoleon’s Buttons (by Penny Le Couteur) on the way, I have cleared the list of votes to make way for new new nominations. Please add any titles you’d like the group to vote on as the July group read. And if you haven’t […]

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Discworld – Remaining 2019 Group Reads: NEXT ONE (SOURCERY) STARTS JUNE 1

For those who are planning to participate in the next Discworld group reads, these are, for the rest of this year: Sourcery (Rincewind #3) — beginning June 1 (tomorrow) Wyrd Sisters (Witches #2) — beginning August 1 Pyramids (Ancient Civilizations #1) – beginning October 1    — Coinciding with Halloween Bingo.  Maybe we’ll find a […]

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Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (Buddy Read): Umm. So …

… I binged and finished this in one go yesterday.  Is that a bad thing?  I mean, it’s still a buddy read of sorts, isn’t it?     Related Posts Death on the Nile Buddy Read (David Suchet Audio): Buddy Read Announcement Opening Post Death on the Nile: Kenneth Branagh Audio Version Murder on the […]

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Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile – Buddy Read, Reading Progress Update: 1%

… aaaand … they’re off.  (Finally.) If only Mr. Suchet’s narration were to stay as lovely and engaging as it does in the beginning.  Oh well.  I’ll happily revisit this for his Poirot if for nothing else nevertheless.   Related Posts Death on the Nile Buddy Read (David Suchet Audio): Buddy Read Announcement Second and […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman

War Crimes Laid Bare from Beyond the Grave Some 15+ years ago, towards the end of the years when I was practicing law in the U.S., I was asked to represent a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) in an immigration case.  My client was a Tutsi, in her […]

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