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text 2017-04-26 05:15
BL-opoly | Fourth Roll Activities



Being in Jail gives Teddy Bear game piece a lot of time to think about stuff... like how the Ani Human should have stopped rolling after the second set of doubles.  And why Magnetic Monkey is visiting without honey cakes....

At least there are books to read...

Obviously I am not rolling again yet, and I won't be for a while.  I decided to just go ahead and read books for each square task I have landed on this turn.


Admittedly, I probably could just withdraw/check out the 200 pages I just read for the Prison Library on my last roll.  But for some reason, I'm not feeling that and would like to just finish reading False Memory while I'm stuck in Jail.  Since my last roll, I had 194 pages of False Memory left o read, so if I read another 106 of another book, I can serve my 300 page sentence and finally finish this drawn out reading of False Memory.

For some reason, because it's Dean Koontz, and because the book started getting a bit more exciting, I'm determined to finish it.

 

 


Meanwhile, I decided to listen to a short audio book, Storming the Castle by Eloisa James, a novella that takes place following the first Fairy Tales book, A Kiss At Midnight.  According to all the sources I've checked, Storming the Castle only has an e-book version, clocked at 138 pages.  As of right now, I've finished listening to it (review to be posted soon) and am going to move into finishing False Memory, both for a total of 332 pages, which will be enough to spring me from Jail.

So I'm going to leave the 200 pages I've already donated to the Prison Library alone, to be available for the next unfortunate player who ends up in Jail.


Meanwhile...

As I already stated, I've decided to go ahead and complete both of my reading tasks from the first two doubles rolled during this turn.

These are the books I have chosen:

 

 

 

  


Roll #4.1 netted me Adventureland 24, which gave me the opportunity to read Schoolgirl by DAZAI Osamu, a short novella, which is said to have garnered him great literary success, helping to catapult his career.

Admittedly, I already read it, as it is quite short, totaling 50 pages of a young girl's stream of conscience throughout her day, as she describes everything she notices around her, at the same time mind-meandering about a lot of the things she thinks about on a regular basis.  Her thoughts become quite thought-provoking, and at times it's hard to remember that she's only a young girl, if not for the almost juvenile, over-dramatic tone you can feel from those thoughts.

I read somewhere that this novella depicts a lot of Dazai-sensei's own ideals and thoughts, his misgivings, and doubts and sadness as he was growing up.

At 50 pages, Schoolgirl will add $1.00 to my Bank.  I will cash in after I get out of jail, and after I finish reading the other book.


Roll #4.2 brought me to Mystery Square 35.  And for this square, I decided to read Don't Look Away by Leslie A. Kelly, a book I've been wanting to read for a very long time already and has been sitting on my Kindle shelf for at least three or four years.  Don't Look Away is the first book in a Romantic Suspense duology, so I will have to find time to read the second book soon.

Don't Look Away is presented at 323 pages, which will increase my Bank by another $3.00 when I finish it.


Current Bank:  $26.00

 

  • Roll #1 (4/15):  A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn / 345 pages = $3.00
  • Roll #2 (4/17):  The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox / 284 pages = $3.00
  • Roll #3 (4/21):  False Memory by Dean Koontz // Donated 200 pages ($2.00) to the Jail Library
  • Roll #4 (4/23):  Rolled three doubles, ended up in Jail.  Bank to be updated after completion.
    • #4.1:  Schoolgirl by DAZAI Osamu / 50 pages = $1.00
    • #4.2:  Don't Look Away by Leslie A. Kelly / 323 pages = $3.00 -- TBR
    • #4.3:  300 pages of sentence to be served.
      • Storming the Castle by Eloisa James // 138 pages served -- completed
      • False Memory by Dean Koontz // 194 pages to be served -- in progress

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/bl-opoly-fourth-roll-activities.html
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text 2017-04-23 22:49
Booklikes-opoly | And Now the Fourth Roll!
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For my third roll, I had gotten an 5 and moved from New Orleans Square Station square to Jail Visitor Square.  I choose to read from False Memory by Dean Koontz for my page donations, starting from page 343 and wrapping up at page 557, totally 214 pages read; with this I donate 200 pages to the Jail Library.

 

 

 

 

This book... is still rolling on slowly...

In fact, I was worried that I wouldn't even be able to finish 100 pages before the next day I am allowed to roll.  And then, when I DID finish about 100 pages, I realized that my Sunday was going to be kind of busy and wasn't sure if I'd even have time to sit down, roll, post and update, and choose a new book for the next roll.

With the updated/modified rules taking effect now, I had decided that I would just wait until tomorrow, Monday, 4/24, to roll again.  But, YAY!, I was able to squeeze in some time today!

Here is my fourth roll:

 

 


I rolled a 6, and from the Jail Visitor square, moved to Adventureland 24.

Here is my live game board:

 

 

 

This is a great spot, because I think I might have a few books that will fit.  One in particular that is pretty short, which is perfect, since I rolled a double and will have to roll again.

Here is Roll #4.2:

 

 



I followed up my double roll with yet another and now I'm getting nervous.  With a 12 I will move from Adventureland 24 to Mystery Square 35.  Once again, another ideal roll since I'm all about books with police detective investigations and whatnot.  I should be able to go through my TBR and find something workable.

 


Magnetic Monkey gets too overly excited sometimes, but that's okay.  I'm a bit excited, too!  A mystery is just what I need!  =D

And now, Roll #4.3:  (I couldn't possibly be so unlucky...?)

 


At least Magnetic Monkey has the grace to look a bit abashed for my sake:

 


I should have quite while I was ahead, and:  Hey!!  Now I'm in the same spot, but waving back out to my former spot!

See, I knew I'd end up in Jail at some point in this game.

Anyway...

I guess I'll be here for a while.  I'll need to clarify some things in the Q&A before I move on, but I think the rules had been that I could read books for all the squares I land on, but I don't have to?  And since I'm in Jail now, I also need to serve a sentence of 300 pages.  I suppose this will give me a chance to finish reading False Memory by Dean Koontz, though I only have a little less than 200 pages left of that book... of course, I DID just donate 200 pages to the prison library...

So I could just read 100 pages from my book and use the other 200 pages I donated to spring myself?

Oh, do I need to do all of this in order though?  Read a book for the first square I landed on (Adventureland 24), then the second square (Mystery Square 35), then serve my 300 page sentence?

I think I might just pick one other book for one of the squares I landed on... though... I haven't quite decided yet, so I'll probably post another update with my decisions later.


Current Bank:  $26.00

  • Roll #1 (4/15):  A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn / 345 pages = $3.00
  • Roll #2 (4/17):  The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox / 284 pages = $3.00
  • Roll #3 (4/21):  False Memory by Dean Koontz // Donated 200 pages ($2.00) to the Jail Library

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/booklikes-opoly-and-now-fourth-roll.html
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text 2017-04-21 16:19
Booklikes-opoly | Onto the Third Roll!
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For my second roll, I had gotten an 7 and moved from Mystery Square 8 to New Orleans Square Station (14).  It was a hard selection, but I chose to read The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox, which is clocked at 284 pages (Kindle), equaling $3.00.  It took me having to skip over a roll day, despite how short this book is, to finish the book itself.  Busy days and real life and all...

 

 


I'm thinking that I can't really think of what to say about this book, enjoyable as it was.  And I could promise a review forthcoming, but chances are, I think I'm just going to either group the entire four-book House of Steele installments together and give them a brief series review... or something.

It's just that, this book is simply a straight forward romance with a suspense plot included, where a beautiful man and a beautiful woman, with some unique characteristics of the author's choosing (geeky computer skills in this one), are thrown together under circumstances, then fall in lust almost immediately, quickly followed up by deeper feelings.  Meanwhile, stuff happens in the background.

A great, short fluff piece to devour, really, because Addison Fox does present an enjoyable read, even if some of the rapid-fire scenes didn't really make much sense.   And then the obligatory angst... Oh the angst!

Honestly, I read exactly one other book written by her called Baby It's Cold Outside and loved it.  I'm still trying to decide if I'm disappointed that this one wasn't amazing, or a little sheepish that I might have over done my expectations a bit.

Anyway...

Here is my third roll:

 


I rolled a 5, and from New Orleans Square Station (14) moved to the Jail Visitor square.  Yes, we are Just Visiting:  "Donate 100 pages (or $1.00) to the prison library before leaving the space.  Post your donation on the group "Prison library" thread!"

Here is my live game board:

 


Teddy Bear game piece is just a tad bit too big to sit in the visiting aisle, so he's a bit further off in the corner to convey that we are NOT actually IN the jail, but just chatting with anyone who's in there.  "Hello!  I brought honey cakes!  And obviously a book to read."  *waves*

The angle of the board, when I propped it back up, caused a bit of a glare when I took the picture, and I couldn't get it right, so this will have to do.  Once again, Magnetic Monkey is hanging out, but he seems to be a bit happier about my roll than I am.  Obviously I will not be increasing my Bank amount with this roll, though at least I won't be stuck for 300 pages worth of a sentence.

Looks like I might be the first to donate to our jail library!  Use it wisely guys.  =P

With some clarification from Moonlight in the Q&A (Thanks!), I can simply read part of a book to count for this roll.  In fact, I could read anything, it sounds like, as long as I can accumulate at least 100 pages.

So I will be reading from my current book False Memory by Dean Koontz.  It's the one book I DO need to finish this month to fulfill my Reading Assignment challenge, so I'm trying to make progress on it, little-by-little--I've been at this book since the beginning of the month.  While it's slow going, I can't seem to make myself give up on it because I kind of DO want to know how everything wraps up, even as the tediousness to the book's progression is getting frustrating.

I will try to get at least 100 pages read before the next odd day, and update appropriately with my next roll.  If I can, I'll try to read more and maybe donate an extra 100 pages!

 

False Memory by Dean Koontz


Anyway...


Current Bank:  $26.00

  • Roll #1 (4/15):  A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn / 345 pages = $3.00
  • Roll #2 (4/17):  The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox / 284 pages = $3.00

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/booklikes-opoly-onto-third-roll.html
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review 2017-04-20 14:41
Thoughts: A Perilous Beginning
A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Beginning
by Deanna Raybourn

Book 2 of Veronica Speedwell

 

 

London, 1887 . . Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.

But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime.

From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed....



I'm going to admit, the excitement of this series kind of faded after a while, and that refreshing feel you get from a first book that starts off a series strong might have worn off.  Nonetheless, I still loved reading A Perilous Undertaking a lot, and continue to enjoy the interactions between Veronica and Stoker--these two create a really strong, intimate, yet not quite romantic relationship and partnership that feels, at times, even deeper than a lot of romantic couplings I've read before.

Admittedly, this second book didn't seem to carry the same "flashy new gift" feel you get from discovering a lovely new favorite book--the giddiness I felt for the previous book didn't rear its head.  After finishing the read, I'd say that I like the first book, A Curious Beginning (my review) more.  Although it doesn't escape my notice that the story set-up is much more to the point in this second book; in contrast to A Curious Beginning, this second book doesn't spend endless pages taking you on a side tangent that seems unnecessary in the long run.

I'm not sure how I feel about that, because it has long been one of the complaints I've had about Deanna Raybourn's work since the Lady Julia Grey series--the fact that she spends way too much time building each book's story, world, and introductory.

So I found myself pleasantly surprised at how quickly A Perilous Undertaking hopped right into the murder mystery, bringing Veronica and Stoker into the investigation without dawdling.

Coupled with Raybourn's beautiful writing style, and this book would be darn near perfect for me.


While the first book in this series seemed to focus on Veronica on a more personal level, it feels like this second book is a simple, typical murder mystery; and somehow Veronica and Stoker get entangled in the entire, convoluted twists.  In fact, I sort of got a "cozy mystery" vibe from it, though I suppose it wouldn't be far-fetched to label this book a 'Cozy.'

We still get to touch upon some of the family secrets surrounding Veronica and how she's been affected since the big reveal in the previous book.  And, just as well, we also get to touch upon some personal history of Stoker's--we even get to meet two more siblings in the Templeton-Vane family.

While the murder mystery seemed quite predictable, I can't say it wasn't outlined well.  The progression was great, and the red herrings were placed appropriately.  Related characters were colorful and intriguing in their own way.  I just also get a bit frustrated with characters who get all "I'm not telling you anything even if it could help an innocent man go free" for whatever strange reasons that I didn't really understand, to be honest.  Moving past that, the overall story was still lovely and I enjoyed following Veronica and Stoker in their investigations.

And, as always, I enjoy the character interactions a lot, especially between Veronica and others.  She's a very likable woman, with all the traits of a strong, independent heroine, which is why I love her so much.  She's also quite indifferent to how others perceive her, and pretty much just does as she pleases.  Her banter with Stoker is probably the best parts of the book.

If there was one thing I'd have to say I had trouble with, it would be that Veronica's character feels a lot more... deliberate in this book than the previous.  It feels like the author has taken many pains to make sure of the emphasis on Veronica's open independence in everything she says or does, from how she lives her life, to her unabashed love of sexual dalliances, to her indifferent, blasé feelings about how people view her.  In agreement with some other reviewers, there may not be much explicit sex in this book, but it certainly is mentioned A LOT, and by Veronica, no less.  I've read hardcore erotica where the characters don't even talk about sex this much.

But it's not just about Veronica's open views about sex that are deliberately emphasized.  It's her entire demeanor from her ideas about the heart, feelings, the way she interacts with other characters.  Even her stubbornness in always being right or always being in charge of everything--as Stoker DOES point out at some point, indirectly.  While I love that she's so confident in herself, and I love that she's not shy about it, I feel like the way it was presented just felt too calculated from the author's side--as if the readers aren't already aware that Veronica is so free with her life and thoughts, and we need to be reminded over and again with every action and dialogue, all of it kind of blatantly aggressively presented.

Veronica may not fit into the setting's time frame, and is probably way too forward thinking for the era she lives in to feel real.  And, truth be told, I love her straight forward, Devil May Care personality, just fine.  But she is sometimes, throughout the book, presented as way too perfect, even in spite of some of the flaws the author gives her.

I'm not sure I know how to describe it properly, honestly; but the "in your face" way that Veronica's attributes are presented... it can get a little eye-roll-inducing at times.

Nonetheless, A Perilous Undertaking is still an exceptionally enjoyable book.  And I loved it!  And I am definitely looking forward to the third book.


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Booklikes-opoly


Roll #1:
This book is tagged as 'mystery.'

Page Count:  345
Case Award:  +$3.00

Current Bank:  $23.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/thoughts-perilous-undertaking.html
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text 2017-04-19 02:20
BL-opoly | Second Roll Book: Decision Made!


My second roll for Booklikes-opoly netted the above task square, of which I had some trouble figuring out which book I wanted to read.

But I've decided that we are going to Paris!

It actually sounds a bit more fabulous than it probably is, since we're not REALLY going to Paris.  And also, this book was kind of chosen because I had to rule out other books for one reason or another.  NOT that I'm not interested in The Paris Assignment; I wouldn't have bought it otherwise.  But my other two "first" picks ended up sort of disqualifying for overseas travel for reasons.

Anyway, I always have a bunch of books that I try to find opportunities to start reading, and The Paris Assignment is one of those books.  And what better timing!  Addison Fox is an author I've read before and have enjoyed, so I hope that I will enjoy this book and series as well.

As it is, I'm probably not going to finish this book in time for the next odd day to roll again, so my next dice roll will more than likely take place on Friday, the 21st.

Cheers!

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/04/bl-opoly-second-roll-book-decision-made_18.html
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