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text 2018-11-13 20:41
24 Festive Tasks, Day One - Dia De Los Muertos (Update #1)


Book: I tried to get into the book I originally chose for this door, but I couldn't make it out of the first chapter. It is just too Middle Grade for me. So my next choice is The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings (series that is finished). Will update when finished reading.


Task 2: Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).


Unknown Warrior


This was the original gravestone of the UK's Unknown Warrior from November 1920.The ironwork and coffin plate were made by D.J. Williams of the Brunswick Ironworks at Caernarfon in Wales. The destroyer HMS Verdun's  bell was presented to the Abbey and now hangs near the grave (it transported the tomb from France to Britain). I love the simplicity for it gives the inscription a sense of rawness and respectful reminder of what the country went through during the Great War. It was replaced with a more showy, longer inscription in black marble in November 1921.  


If you want to learn more go to https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/unknown-warrior/.


Task #4: Meal time. While I was in London on Veterans' Day, I went to a little hole in the wall Mexican place (right across the alleyway from the theatre holding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), La Bodega Negra. It is extremely hipster, but the service is really great and the food is actually spicy. The menu is limited however. I had the guacamole and chips, red berry hibiscus iced tea, and wood-fire grilled oyster and portabello mushroom fajitas. Great food without making my stomach hate me during the show I went to - which at this point is such a win. The pics are on my IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqGcwcmluFt/


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text 2018-11-13 17:52
Reading progress update: I've read 23 out of 440 pages.
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn


I know these books are popular, but they aren't the best written books in my Science Fiction & Fantasy project.  Sigh!


Nevertheless, this will be my Epiphany book for the 24 Festive Tasks, as it's the second book in a trilogy.


Book number 298 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.




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text 2018-11-13 11:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 Guy Fawkes Night








Task 1:  Burn a book in effigy.  Not that anyone of us would do such a thing, but if you HAD to, which book would be the one you’d sacrifice to the flames (gleefully or not)?





So boring, it felt like the same story just repeated multiple times. The only book I've ever DNF'd. 


Task 2:  List your top 3 treasonous crimes against books.  Not ones you’ve committed, but the ones you think are the worst.


1. Banning or censoring. A big no no for me. Here is a list of the 50 most challenged books - https://www.bannedbooksweek.org.uk/banned-books/50-banned-books/


2. Not returning books. If someone has been nice enough to loan you a treasured book, you read it as soon as and then return it. To do otherwise is a dick move.


3. Defacing books, do it in your own books not in library books. Just selfish.


Task 3:  Share your favorite / most memorable BBQ recollections or recipe, or your favorite recipe for food “flambé” (i.e., doused with alcohol which is then set aflame and allowed to burn off).


Pass, I'm not a BBQ or flambe person.


Task 4:  Find 5 uses of the word “gunpowder” in book titles in contexts other than for blowing up things or shooting people (e.g., Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs = tea).


Gunpowder Moon - David Pedreira (moon exploration)

Gunpowder Alchemy - Jeannie Lin (fiction - engineering??)

Gunpowder Soup - Karl Wiggins (humour)

Gunpowder Alley - John Rowland (Fiction - thriller)

Gunpowder Witch - Jordan Williams (Alternative Salem witch trials).


Book:  Set in the UK, or a political thriller; a book involving any monarchy or revolution; books about arson or related to burning.





That should be 4 points for me, not sure of my total at the moment. I'm doing a bit of catch up just now so will post another update soon with points.


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text 2018-11-13 08:58
Reading progress update: I've read 10%. - this is going to be good
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" came out in May 2012 but slipped right by me somehow.


That's a shame because this is a remarkable book: accessible, authentic and as is the way with such things, taking you someplace you didn't know you were headed to but that you're glad to arrive at.


This is the story of nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn, of Bravo Squad, a hero of the Iraq war being taken on a victory tour of the USA before being sent back to Iraq to complete the last eleven months of his extended tour of duty.


Now I honestly thought, when I bought this book in October, that my restless trawling of digital book stacks had rewarded me with this gem but it turns out I'm just another happy cog in a marketing chain. I see now that this five-and-a-half-year-old book was in my sights because Ang Lee releases the movie version this month.


Now that should be interesting given that the book opens with a slightly bemused Bravo Squad finding their story being turned in Hollywood movie fodder, with Hillary Swank being considered to play the role of Billy, although whether she'd do so as a woman playing a man or a woman playing a woman is still an open question.


I'm reading "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" for the Armistice Day door on the  24 Festive Task reading challenge.


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text 2018-11-13 08:38
24 Tasks of the Festive Season update 1

Having fun carrying out the tasks. 


Using different patterns of snowflakes as marker. One snowflake = 1 point. 


Some of the tasks I skipped over for now. Might go back to them later. 







2 - Grave



1 – Burn book

2 – 3 crimes against books



1 - Picked horses -Cross Counter won



1 – light pic



1 – book poppy

3 – read veteran writers







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