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text 2017-04-26 01:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 296 pages.
Inspector French Mystery - Freeman Wills Crofts

experts insist that this author rivaled--even surpassed--Agatha Christie in book sales, waaayy back in the day. he doesn't now, I'm presuming, but stuff by him is at least back in print, giving him a fair chance at a rebound, and I for one am anxious to meet Inspector French, in this 1927 whodunit. goody goody, eh?

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text 2017-04-19 16:30
Pimsleur French 1, Lessons 1-5
French Level 1 Lessons 1-5: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs - Simon & Schuster Audio,Pimsleur Language Programs,Pimsleur Language Programs

It's a little tough to rate this before having an opportunity to see how well the phrases I've learned help me once I'm actually in France, but I am unreasonably giddy about being able to carry on a small conversation in French!

 

This audiobook series is for those who would like to learn how to speak French but aren't worried about reading or writing it. I have no idea how to spell what I'm saying or even how many words I'm saying sometimes, but I can greet someone, ask where something is, how they are, say that I would like something to eat/drink.....basic, but that's all I need.

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review 2017-04-18 02:28
So, not sure how accessible this is
Carabosse - tome 1 - Le bal (French Edition) - Nicolas Pona,Stambecco

After all, it's in French and as far as I can see untranslated.   On the plus side, I wanted to nail my French reading, and I'm not really there. I need a lot more practice.   But I'm picking it back up fairly quickly and this really helped.   It was all about the witch Carabosee, but also a new take on her.     While reading this, I picked up a newspaper that mentioned the witch Carabosse in the Sleeping Beauty ballet.   

 

Ah, so this wasn't a new character.   I looked up here history here and found some interesting ways she's been used throughout history.   She was originally part of a fairy tale called The Princess Mayblossom, and then was used in Sleeping Beauty later on.   She's most well known as the witch in Sleeping Beauty - again from the ballet - but she was renamed Maleficent in the Disney movie.   Although, again, she was never really Sleeping Beauty's witch in the first place.  

 

Regardless, this witch is completely different: she reincarnates, with no memory of her past.   When the two men - a scientist and a rich patron of said scientist - find her, they try to explain her past and how she worked for a society that has been cast as criminals but were supposedly honorable.   Carabosse herself finds this hard to believe: that she's a witch at first, and not evil later on.   After all, the flashes of memory seem to indicate that she destroys everything she loves, everything she touches.   Despite one of her past lives bringing fore a memory that she doesn't want to kill - and her inability to kill a guard in her present life - she's surrounded by so much violence, and forced to defend herself, and she believes herself to be evil.  

 

There are plot twists galore as Carabosse and her companions try to get her magic wand, which is now a gun since it morphs to match the era in which she's reincarnated.   I found so many elements of this fascinating, although the history behind Carabosse was a bit convoluted.  It was explained by the end of this volume and I gladly went looking for tome deux.   Sadly, it doesn't exist!   Still, a worthwhile and fun read. 

 

 

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text 2017-04-17 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 46 pages.
Carabosse - tome 1 - Le bal (French Edition) - Nicolas Pona,Stambecco

I couldn't finish Inhumans, so I'm calling La Carabosse: Le Bal as my European book.   It doesn't say, but I assume it's set in France: it's a bande dessinée - a French comic - so I assume it's set in France.   Much like most books that are written by American authors are set in America, or I assume so, unless it explicitly says it's set somewhere else. 

 

It's also written in French, so I figure you can't get much more European than that.  I'm also officially rolling for today, even though I don't have time to write the full review until after dinner.  

 

 

Eight spaces.  I'm at this: 

 

 

Main Street 13.  Looks like it's She-Hulk or Daredevil, then...

 

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review 2017-04-13 17:21
Friday On My Mind - Nicci French 
Friday On My Mind - Nicci French

All of the Nicci French books, standalones and series work very well for me. There's that depressing tone you expect in a story about people who do horrible things, but there is also a strong sense of moral justice, kindness to the outcasts of society which is Christlike without being Christian (immigrants, the homeless, women, the mentally ill standing in for slaves, women, lepers, and the possessed) the importance of intervention, and so much about accepting the kindness of others. Everyone who knows Klein is devoted to her or in opposition to her, but there is no question that she deserves the devotion. Fortunately, she doesn't walk on water, only near it, so much walking, and such happy descriptions of what her little home means to her, and cats, and baths, and wines and tasty food. It's the same sort of mood that made the Richard Jury series a favorite. Because mysteries are involved with the restoration of order they often are very conservative. Not this series, though; Klein is a bomb-thrower at heart.

 

Klein is surrounded by people in harrowing circumstances and she does her best for others and herself. So the books are quite soothing, despite the dramatic tension.

 

Can't wait to have a go at the Saturday book.

 

Library copy

 

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