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text 2018-12-13 17:06
24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 - St. Lucia's Day, Task 3 (Book Cover Crown of Light)

My feeble attempt at creating the approximation of a circular St. Lucia's crown:

 

 

Inspiration for the book covers:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3734.Lamps_torches_candelabras_on_the_cover

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33553.Candles_and_Lamps

(These don't have to be books from your own shelves!)

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review 2018-12-13 15:34
Review: Darkmage by M.L. Spencer
Darkmage (The Rhenwars Saga Book 2) - ML Spencer

Darkmage by M.L. Spencer is the second book in The Rhenwars Saga. Set 1000 years after Darkstorm, the Well of Tears is opened, yet again, and Darien Lauchlin is determined to close the Well of Tears, and keep it closed.

I enjoy Spencer's writing and world building. The characters are tormented, and emotions run high in this dark fantasy story. Spencer's writing takes us to the edge of darkness and keeps us there, hoping to find the light. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

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text 2018-12-13 12:33
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

"Education had been easy.

 

Learning things had been harder.

 

Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on."

With my education long behind me but my learning far from finished, this quote made me go - what a wise man Terry Pratchett was - then I thought about how quickly he'd have seen through my self-serving stance. 

 

The thing about reading Pratchett is that, while I might hope to be like Grimes or Ventinarri, I know that theirs are robes I can only wear when Pratchett helps me shrug into them.

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review 2018-12-13 01:36
The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly (Book 5 in the Jack West Jr. series)
The Three Secret Cities - Matthew Reilly

Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"


It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!

 

Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.


And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!

 

5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!

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text 2018-12-12 19:52
Reading progress update: I've read 6%. - the Assassin's Guild reminds me of Eton
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

 

 

I've just started my re-read of "Hogfather" and I'm already asking myself how I can have left it so long* without re-reading it

 

         *(for context, I've only read it once... in 1998... is twenty years too long?)

 

 

 

I'm pleased but not surprised by  philosophical gems like opening with

 

"Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.

 

But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spellings of words. Yet there is the constant desire to find some point in the twisting, knotting, ravelling nets of space-time on which a metaphorical finger may be put to indicate that here, here, is the point where it all began..."

 

Wonderful stuff, not least because it is at the beginning and because it uses the word ravelling in a sentence.

 

Or the dry wit of statements like:

 

"The only sticky bit had been the embarrassment when her employer had found out she was a duchess because, in Mrs Gaiter's book, which was a rather short book with big handwriting, the upper crust wasn't supposed to work."

 

What caught me by surprise was how much the Assassins' Guild reminded me of Eton. It started with Lord Downey's pride in the Guild he leads because it:

 

"practised the ultimate in democracy. You didn't need intelligence, social position, beauty or charm to hire it. You just needed money, which unlike the other stuff, was available to everyone. Except the poor, of course but there was no helping some people".

What really reminded me of the alma mater of English entitlement was this:

 

"...the Guild took young boys and gave them a splendid education and incidentally taught them how to kill, cleanly and dispassionately, for money and for the good of society, or at least that part of society that had money, and what other kind of society was there?"

 

In the current climate in England, this came off as gallows humour.

 

 

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