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text 2018-09-21 03:00
Reading progress update: I've read 359 out of 430 pages.
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) - Terry Pratchett

'Well, I expect you have heard of Rule One, right?' he said.

That seemed to give them pause. One said, 'We know millions of rules, human.'

'Billions. Trillions,' said another.

'Well, you can't attack me,' said Lu-Tze, ' 'cos of Rule one.'

The nearest Auditors went into a huddle.

'It must involve gravitation.'

'No, quantum effects. Obviously.'

'Logically there cannot be a Rule One because at that point there would be no concept of plurality.'

'But if there is not a Rule One, can there be any other rules? If there is no Rule One, where is Rule Two?'

'There are millions of rules! They cannot fail to be numbered!'

Wonderful, thought Lu-Tze. All I have to do is wait until their heads melt.

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text 2018-09-21 02:55
Reading progress update: I've read 349 out of 430 pages.
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) - Terry Pratchett

Koan 97: 'Do unto otters as you would have them do unto you.' Hmm. No real help there. Besides, he'd occasionally been unsure that he'd written that one down properly, although it certainly had worked. He'd always left aquatic mammals well alone, and they had done the same to him.

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review 2018-09-20 22:30
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY by John Everson
The House by the Cemetery (Fiction Without Frontiers) - John Everson

 

Bachelor's Grove is a small town featuring a house backing onto a cemetery. There have always been rumors about the house-something about a witch and a haunting. Rumors have no impact on Perry, though. He's an entrepreneur that wants to open a Halloween haunted house there. Great idea, right? Yeah...no. All kinds of things go wrong as you may have guessed and lots of gory shenanigans ensue. Will the haunted house business be a success? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I requested this ARC from Flame Tree Press because I loved the cover and also because I've been wanting to read more of John Everson's work. Ever since I read his book SIREN several years back, I've been meaning to get back to him, and with this book I finally got that opportunity. While I respect his writing, in general, I think he really shines when it comes to the bloody action-plenty of which is too be found towards the end of this story. I just thought it took a bit too long to get there.

 

We are introduced to many characters, maybe too many, and while I did like or care for some of them, I don't think they required the amount of attention they received. Also, it took a long time for us to get to where the story really lived. I would have preferred less of the extraneous characters and more about the main characters and perhaps more about the history of the house. It's hard to add anything else without spoilers, however I will reinforce the fact that the denouement was bloody brilliant and I had a ball reading that portion.

 

Overall, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY was fun in that bloody B-movie way many of us horror lovers enjoy- and if anyone ever does make a film based upon this tale, I would love to see their rendition of the basement at the end of Halloween night!

 

Recommended!

 

*Thank you to Flame Tree Press for the paperback ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-09-20 08:18
J.K. Rowling’s world: Harry potter

 

We all have heard about J.K. Rowling from her famous novel series Harry potter, the movie that changed our childhood perspective of magic and wizards, and somehow during the series, Daniel Radcliffe became to be known as Harry potter. Taking us to the journey of magic through her righting J.K. Rowling have spread her wings into the world of fiction, but, is that really true?

 

Origin of J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is one of the pen names of Joanne Rowling born on 31st July 1965, she has also been writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Joanne is a British novelist, film and television producer, philanthropist and screen writer. Her most popular novel series was our all-time favorite Harry Potter, the book that won many awards and were sold more than 500million copies all over the world. Some of her other works are The Cuckoo's Calling, ‘The Silkworm, ‘Career of Evil, and ‘Lethal White’. She have been through a lot of hardship but, after dedicated hard work she is now the most successful British author alive.

 

Harry potter: the series

J.K. Rowling first got the idea of Harry potter while she was on her way to London from Manchester on a delayed train in 1990, The first book took seven years to make as, she saw her mother dying, her child as born, got divorced by her first husband and many circumstances throughout this time span. But, fortunately the book was completed and was a global hit. Soon there were six sequels of the book, where the last one was released in 2007 ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.

 

J.K. Rowling had put all her heart and might in writing these books that were taking fantasy to a whole new level. A world of magic with so much details that even candies were special in such a world. Let us go through the time span of all the series of Harry Potter and she did not have academic paper writing service online to help her with things that time.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

ABOUT- This was the first ever series of Harry Potter, book released on 26th June 1997 (UK), in English. A fiction fantasy novel.

 

STORY LINE- Harry potter was an orphan, lost his parents after he was born. He was given shelter at his relative’s place the Dursley’s, who made him live in a cupboard under the stairs, was forced to wear his cousins hand-me-downs and was even forced to work at home. But, everything changed at his 11th birthday. He gained an invite to study in a school of magic name ‘Hogwarts’, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was informed by a giant named Hagrid that he was a wizard. When he was an infant, the evil Lord Voldemort killed his parents and then tried to kill Harry too Despite of the Dursley’s efforts to stop harry he takes the night bus (magic bus) to the station and took the train from London to Hogwarts and his journey to magic begins. By the end of the book harry had fought Voldemort once, and had become friends with Ron and Hermione, facing all the dangers in his way.

Many interesting things were introduced with the book like, magic wands, magic candies (even the one that could scream), and flying brooms, talking hats and what not? I honestly wished to have magic so that wouldn’t need to research paper topics for college and could complete it magically.

 

Well as the series took shape more books were released during the span of nine years creating masterpiece after masterpiece, those were the extension of the initial book. The other parts of the novel were as follows with, the time of release that were J.K. Rowling’s own work:

 

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,

 [July 2, 1998 (UK), June 2, 1999 (US)].

 

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,

 [July 8, 1999 (UK), September 8, 1999 (US)].

 

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,

 [July 8, 2000 (global)].

 

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,

 [June 21, 2003 (global)].

 

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,

 [16 July, 2005 (global)].

 

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,

[21 July, 2007(global)].

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review 2018-09-20 05:22
The Lemonade Crime (audiobook) by Jacqueline Davies, narrated by Stina Nielson
The Lemonade Crime: Lemonade Series, Book 2 (MP3 Book) - Jacqueline Davies,Suzy Jackson

Evan and his little sister Jessie are both in the fourth grade, not because they're twins, but rather because Jessie skipped a grade. Jessie is particularly good at math, very focused, feels strongly that things should be fair, and believes that rules are meant to be followed.

When one of their classmates, Scott, announces that he now owns a fancy new Xbox 2020, Evan sees red. He knows exactly where Scott got the money for it - Scott stole that money, over two hundred dollars, from Evan's shorts when they were swimming at a friend's house. Evan doesn't have any proof that Scott did it, but it's the only explanation. Then Jessie comes up with a plan: she's going to bring the truth to light in a court of law created by her and her classmates.

I checked this out from my library's Overdrive without realizing that the library owned the first book in audio as well, or I'd have started with the first book instead. It looks like I'll be listening to this series out of order.

And I do plan on listening to the first book. I enjoyed this second book in the series more than I expected to, considering that Middle Grade fiction usually reads too young for me (yes, I know that's the point - I'm not the intended audience for these books and I realize that). Jessie and Evan were great characters, both flawed in their own ways but still good kids.

Jessie didn't quite feel like she fit in. I sympathized with her trouble figuring out where to hang out during recess (or was it lunch? I can't remember). The way she really got into her courtroom plan reminded me a bit of myself. I could imagine her tossing and turning in bed, unable to stop thinking about all the things she still needed to do before the trial. She'd taken on the responsibility of both setting up as realistic a trial as possible and acting as Evan's lawyer.

Evan was really into basketball and had a bit of a crush on one of his classmates, Megan, who was also his sister's friend. I hated the way Evan acted in one particular scene, but the good thing was that he hated how he'd acted too, once it was all over, and took the time to try to do something about it.

This ended in a way that was more peaceful and friendly than I expected, and I liked the layers it added to the characters.

The peeks at Scott's home life hinted at his motives, even if Evan couldn't see them, and I'm looking forward to finding out character information I missed by skipping the first book.

(spoiler show)


One nice detail: each chapter began with a definition of a term or phrase relating to courtroom proceedings (for example, "perjury"). Usually it was something illustrated by a character's words or actions in that particular chapter.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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