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February and March 2021: Reading Recap

Well, go figure.  The first quarter of 2021 is already behind us, never mind that I’m still having to remind myself on occasion to write “2021” instead of “2020” … (and we’re even a week into April already, but let that go). Anyway, since I never got around to doing a “February in review” post, […]

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John Le Carré: Call for the Dead

I discovered Le Carré as a teenager; not through any of his Smiley novels but through The Little Drummer Girl (his most recent book at the time), which, in the snobbery that characterizes the German literary scene to this very day, was characterized as a thriller and hence, “entertainment literature” (as opposed to “serious literature” […]

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Winter Storm & Flood

Sooo, the better part of Germany — everything from our general area northward — was hit by a major winter storm over the weekend and has been looking like this ever sind: (Image sources here, here, here and here) … as a result of which, trains, planes, and public transport aren’t operational, streets aren’t passable for […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “O”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “L”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “F”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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2020 in Facts and Figures

I already posted my main 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021 posts a while ago — only on my new blog (separate post to come) –, but I held back on my 2020 reading statistics until the year was well and truly over.  And for all my good intentions when posting my mid-year […]

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Fun and Games Literature

Santa in Literature: Theodor Storm’s “Knecht Ruprecht” and DEATH as Department Store Santa in Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather”

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 2: Share with us a paragraph / quote / description / image of your favorite Santa Claus / St. Nick depiction in popular culture, and then tell us why it resonates with you?” E.g., here is the description of Father Christmas from The […]

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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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Book Characters Turning Over a New Leaf

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Japanese Culture Day, Task 2: Japanese Culture Day was first held in 1948, to commemorate the announcement of the country’s post-war constitution on November 3, 1946, which was to make a new start for Japan.  Which book did you read this year where someone was searching for or starting […]

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Quotes and Poppies for Veterans’ / Armistice Day

24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 1: Post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. Here are three quotes from E.M. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front: “Comrade, I did not want to kill you. . . . But you were only an idea […]

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W. Stanley Moss: Ill Meet by Moonlight

The book I’ve wanted to read ever since I visited Anógia village, high up in the Cretan Mount Ida (or Psiloritis) massif, several years ago: The first-hand account of the WWII abduction of German Major General Heinrich Kreipe near his home in Heraklion, after which Kreipe was marched all the way up the mountain and, […]

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Halloween Bingo 2020: The Rest of the Game and Wrap-Up

Sooo, that’s another bingo game behind us already!  Many thanks to our game hosts for successfully moving the game from BookLikes to a new venue and organizing one heck of a game despite that venue’s built-in limitations.  I had a great time and would only have wished I could have participated more throughout the game […]

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Ranka Nikolić: Mord mit Meerblick

Mord mit Meerblick (Murder with Sea View) turned out to be a fairly standard “regional” mystery of the sort that have become fashionable in recent years.  I was initially attracted by the setting, and yes, the reader is served with a tiny bit of local color and does learn a bit about Rijeka and modern-day […]

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BL-opoly, Pandemic Edition – Roll #13

I already finished my last book the day before yesterday, but spent most of my spare time yesterday on my  mid-year reading update, so I’ve only rolled again today.  As the BL-opoly prompts have helped me get out of my pandemic comfort reading, I’m going to continue using them — through the end of July […]

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BL-opoly, Pandemic Edition – Tenth Roll

I guess it’s a good thing that for once I finished a BL-opoly book in the afternoon, because the game gods had apparently decided that since we’ve been having so much fun with multiple hop, skip and jump rounds lately, why not just do another one? For square #4 — the first square the doubles […]

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BL-opoly, Pandemic Edition – Fourth Roll

For once my “quick roll before going to bed” is turning out just that — hooray.  Knight’s entries in the Medieval Murderers series are not necessarily among my favorites, but it is clear that he knows his stuff, and I might just as well finally catch up with his protagonist Sir John de Wolfe’s earlier […]

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“Lockdown”? — Tell me again Germans are supposed to be law-abiding as a rule …

I went for a short walk earlier this afternoon (alone, of course) — the kind of thing we’re still allowed to do to maintain a modicum of exercise and intake of fresh air. This is what our street looked like — and what it, and all the streets in our neighborhood have been looking like […]

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This is good to see – please pass it on to anyone who might find it useful

Reblogged from: Mike Finn   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2091994/this-is-good-to-see-please-pass-it-on-to-anyone-who-might-find-it-useful

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Storytelling

24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Winter Solstice, Task 4 (Soyal – Zuñi & Hopi / Native American): While systems of written symbols and communication already existed with the Pre-Columbian Native American cultures, to many tribes even today (including the Zuñi and Hopi) the oral tradition is still important.  Have you ever had stories told […]

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