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review 2019-08-28 17:40
We'll Always Have Parrots
We'll Always Have Parrots - Donna Andrews

#5 Meg Langslow


That Which is Fashionable Looks Costumey (is that a word?)     I recalled looking in my high school yearbook recently, and noticing, to my surprise, that from a distance of nearly two decades, the cool people didn't look nearly as cool anymore. The fashionable clothes and trendy hairstyles hadn't worn well. And all of the rest of us, the little people who'd despaired of ever being that cool--we looked rather normal. Time, the great leveler. Pg 213 "We'll Always Have Parrots" by Donna Andrews.
That quote is so appropriate. I went to an all-girl private school and we wore uniforms. But shoes (penny loafers) and hair (big puffy styles) were all the rage. Hairspray anyone. 
Meg and Michael are attending a convention for followers of the tv show that Michael performs in and has to attend conventions. QB demands that as many cast members attend the events as possible and made it part of the contract. While they are there, parrots and monkeys are brought into the hotel and someone released them and they are running all over the hotel. QB has decided to stay drunk through most of the Convention and difficult. She has to be coaxed out of the room. When she finally deems it time to come out of the room, she terrifies Meg's nephew and when Meg finds out, she goes and demands that QB signs her nephew's program and learn how to behave. 
Later, Meg has to break into QB's room and finds her murdered and hears the last words ever said, repeated by an African Gray Parrot. Michael, Walker and a few others are looked as suspects and Meg make it her goal to find who really killed the QB and keep Michael and Walker from being taken to jail. 
Along the way, she meets a whole cast of crazy characters who are like her family in some ways, but her family (mother, father, and nephew) are at the convention, too. 
It is a good read, but not as many laugh out loud moments as when she has more of her family. 
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text 2019-08-25 10:27
The Last, My First, in a Lengthy Series
Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connelly

Hieronymus Bosch (fifteenth century Dutch artist) is also a great name for a detective with the San Fernando police department and yet I come late to the Bosch phenomenon. Twenty one novels (so far) in the series by Michael Connelly and apparently one of the most watched original TV series on Amazon Prime (in its third season), somehow it had not penetrated the ‘Burfo-bubble’. So, I am indebted to an enlightened friend who loaned me his copy of “Two Kinds of Truth” (Intriguingly the latest in the series, published in 2017), as a useful start point. It proved a good call. Part murder mystery, part thriller, part courtroom drama, the novel galloped along like a Grisham/Baldacci mash-up. Still, Michael Connelly is clearly a skilled storyteller, with an eye for character that makes the eponymous ‘Harry’ Bosch an interesting, if somewhat enigmatic hero.

On this occasion Bosch straddles two investigations. A double homicide at a pharmacy will flare outwards from being local murders, to a symptom of wider organized crime and a challenge to the integrity of a historic case, which saw the detective allegedly consign an innocent man to fifteen years on death row. Thus, jeopardy to life and reputation rains down on Bosch, who must protect both victims and himself from the drenching impact of powerful malign forces.

A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the author utilizes a knowledge of criminal justice process and a journalistic nose for the sensational, to repeatedly hook the reader. But, while the dual plot is exciting and moves along at a breathless pace, it also provides some useful space to ponder Bosch the man and his selfless dedication to a very personal cause. I thoroughly enjoyed this very American novel. However, in what is a fairly crowded genre, for me, it is the central character that makes it stand apart. That I am minded to go back to the beginning of the book series is perhaps testament to some fine writing and my friend’s impeccable taste.

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review 2019-08-19 12:49
Potencjał Cosmere
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection - Brandon Sanderson

Wziąłem się za ten zbiór opowiadań głównie po to, by przeczytać historię Zwinki, która stanowi brakujące ogniwo pomiędzy "Słowami światłości" a nadchodzącym "Dawcą przysięgi". Jednak to dwa inne opowiadania przykuły moją uwagę i wywindowały ocenę całości.


Pierwsze to „Cienie dla Ciszy w lasach Piekła“ - historia samotnej matki i wdowy prowadzącej gospodę w bardzo nieprzyjaznym dla ludzi miejscu. Jeżeli myślicie, że ten jednozdaniowy opis nie zapowiada niczego porywającego, to nawet nie wiecie, w jak wielkim błędzie jesteście! Historii tej nie brak naprawdę wbijających w fotel zwrotów akcji, a jeszcze bardziej intryguje świat, w którym się dzieje.


Drugie opowiadanie, „Szósty ze Zmierzchu”, znowu wprowadza nas w zupełnie inny świat, w którym prymitywna dżungla zderza się z wkraczającą nowoczesnością. Tu bardzo mocno czułem (zresztą w „Cieniach“ również), iż okoliczności przedstawione w opowiadaniu w przyszłości będą odgrywały większą rolę w cosmere - sandersonowskim wszechświecie.


Podziwiam autora za tę umiejętność wprowadzania w nowy świat i pozostawiania czytelnika z drążącym od środka pragnieniem poznania więcej szczegółów i odpowiedzi na nurtujące pytania. Panie Sanderson, życzę więc długiego i owocnego okresu twórczego, byśmy wszystkie te odpowiedzi mogli poznać!

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text 2019-07-30 23:10
Why April is the ideal time to investigate Dubai's best attractions

Park life


Discover more than 100 rides and attractions across three amusement parks and water parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Respecting Hollywood activities and film activities, riding on MOTIONGATE Dubai transports tourists to the Shrek domain, Kung Fu Panda, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, The Smurfs and The Hunger Games. Bollywood Parks Dubai is a partner of the Indian film industry with its own rides and the 856-situate theater which facilitates melodic and direct moving parties. More than 60 million Lego blocks are used to make 15,000 models found in Dubai's LEGOLAND, Lego Burj Khalifa among them, and LEGOLAND Water Park has 20 slides and a smaller than expected flow where children can sail with and by collecting blocks Lego ship.


Show time

The elevated aerobatic exhibition was carried out amid the attention of everyone in the round water theater with projections separating dividers, floors and roofs at La Perle by Dragone. Dragone - Franco to his friends - is the imaginative head behind the prestigious performances including A New Day by Celine Dion and Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. Expect to see 25-meter high jumps, Chinese monsters and motorcycle action in this unique story about Dubai. For fans of Mad Hatter and Humpty Dumpty, there is an additional Alice in Wonderland stream at the turn-up QE2 inn, which has a 515-situate theater ready.


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Family-sized dinner


A highly arranged agenda will highlight lunches early Friday or Saturday night. Sources of chocolate springs flow, sweets, mobs, and children flooded with stimulation. A famous family lunch spot, Flow Kitchen at Fairmont The Palm will hold a regular-themed informal breakfast on April 19 and 21 2019, with food and drinks from top restaurants in lodging throughout the board area. An open-air DJ, face painting and petting zoo are only part of the diversion offered, with the Children's Club accessible so that adults can relax and unwind.


Spring looks around

Soak your family completely in the excitement of the emirate in the spring by staying nearby at recommended tourist attractions. Amusement park addicts will appreciate the stopover at the Polynesian-style family inn, Lapita, where the path is sprinkled with flowers and a home-based bistro bar awakened by tropical rainforests. Some parts of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the park is at the door of the inn, increasing the time your clan gets the opportunity to spend time there. Or again, try the La Mer beach destination with shops, restaurants and the Laguna water park that energizes. Prospective officers and young leaders will enjoy a few nights at QE2 in Port Rashid, directly by Bur Dubai where the Dubai Creek river boat junction is among the businesses offered.

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text 2019-07-29 21:52
All You Need to Know About Drinking Alcohol in Dubai

Dubai is an extraordinary city for partying people - with a wide list of clubs and bars so guests can see and get drinks. To be sure, there is no shortage of places to enjoy the city; however, it is very important for guests to realize exactly where to get mixed drinks. Despite the fact that Dubai is tolerant of liquor, there is still a critical principle that residents and guests must submit to ensure that a pleasant night does not turn out to be a real inconvenience.


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Try not to drink and drive


This standard seems undeniable, but repeat that drinking alcohol and driving is taboo. Drunk driving in Dubai is a true violation, and people who interfere with this norm can be placed in prison or even overthrown. For guests who need to rent a vehicle while in this Emirate, it is very important not to try and taste wine if they want to drive; smarter to use elective transportation and ensure a pleasant night does not end in disaster.


Only liquor license holders can buy liquor containers


Despite the fact that the age of enjoying legal Dubai is 21 years, not everyone can basically buy decent bourbon containers from stores like in many countries. In the city, only official scenes can sell liquor, for example, MMI and East Africa. To buy liquor at this retailer, the individual must be a liquor license holder - only given to residents of non-Muslims who must undergo application procedures to obtain it. Even so, travelers don't need to be stressed because in any case they can get R & R in bars, clubs and inns without permission.


Only drink in a lawful place


When visiting any country, it is important to respect local religion and culture. In this way, in an Islamic country, for example, UAE, it makes sense that individuals are asked to keep drinking in limited places. Tourists and residents can enjoy several sights around the city; however, it is forbidden to bring liquor to places that are not licensed, for example, lanes, coastlines, and shopping centers.


Open drinking can get you stuck in an unfavorable situation


Drunkenness and chaos are disliked, and even haram, in some places throughout the world. In Dubai, this is not extraordinary. Here, people are squandered while wandering the streets, spewing out light during the day or causing battles when exposed to liquor can be taken by environmental police. It is important to ensure that someone is always aware and remembers the way of life and city rules when buying drinks; therefore, guests must be careful not to try too hard at night they come out - this will also help maintain a strategic distance from the harmful effects!

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