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text 2019-01-03 15:14
TBR Thursday
Lion (Movie Tie-In) - Saroo Brierley
Strong Poison - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic - Emily Croy Barker
What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire

So, a new reading year begins!

 

These are the books that I have out of the public library right now.  Lion is the January book for my real life book club.  Unfortunately, I'm going to miss our January get-together, but I'll still read the book this month.

 

Wicked will be another title finished in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.  I'm looking forward to having more time for this project in 2019.

 

The other three books are purely for reading pleasure!  Strong Poison in my next step in the Lord Peter Wimsy series, which I've found highly entertaining.  And both What Angels Fear and The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic have been on my TBR list for ages.  I'm finally going to take the time to enjoy them.

 

Ahhh, reading what I want to with no arbitrary reading goals!  It feels rather sinful, but I'm going to enjoy myself.

 

What's next with you?

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text 2018-12-20 16:56
TBR Thursday
I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol - S.G. Browne
Very Good, Jeeves! - P.G. Wodehouse
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
Christmas Mourning - Margaret Maron
Dead of Winter - Brian Moreland

This is my last day of work for 2018, y'all.  I'm a bit bedraggled, but I've made it.  Tomorrow is my day to do laundry, clean house, and make goodies to take to a family get-together on Saturday.  Sunday, I'll have to finish my shopping, before heading to my sister's place on Monday.

 

I'll be taking a selection of these books along for the trip!  I'm always up pretty early and they will give me something quiet to do while I wait until the other mice are stirring. (And so I don't get my sister's dog agitated and waking people up super early).

 

I hope that you all have a warm, wonderful Christmas season.  Safe travels to everyone who will be on the move!  It is always a pleasure to spend time with all of you, discussing books, pets, travel, and cooking.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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video 2018-12-04 19:54
Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Slipcase Edition - Various
Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,Sanna Annukka
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Sanna Annukka
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review 2017-12-04 02:15
What-the-Dickens by Gregory Macguire
What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy - Sarah Coleman,Gregory Maguire

Synopsis: When a lone, lost, and dangerously naive fairy named What-the-Dickens,
is born out in the world, he must survive and find a home and become the tooth
fairy he was born to be.

Review: What-the-Dickens is actually two stories. One story is of some kids and
their older cousin alone in an empty house in the middle of a dangerous
thunderstorm, who tells them the other story of a rogue tooth fairy lost in the
world. Its a lighthearted story, although I wouldn't call it funny necessarily.

What-the-Dickens is an endearing character who spends most of the first half of
the book trying to make friends with everyone he meets. A large, hungry cat, a
larger bengal tiger, and a motherly bird. Eventually he meets Pepper, another
fairy who reluctantly introduces him to Northwest Sector, Division B, less
formerly known as Undertree Commons.

 

I liked the character development in this book. Everyone has a lot of
personality (the mama grisset who thinks What-the-Dickens is her child was particularly
endearing), and there are a host of others as well. Including a mouse riding
fairy aristocrat, his butt kissing assistant, and a flighty fairy celebrity.

My gripe with it is, though, it didn't really know where to go with the plot. Or
maybe it did, it just didn't go very far. I'd love to see a sequel where What-
the-Dickens and friends take on some bigger challenges and expand the plot, but
sadly it doesn't look like a sequel is forthcoming anytime soon. Its a shame
because I really liked many of the characters. The other story with the kids is barely even worth mentioning; it's dull, to say the least.


Next up is Ursala le Guin's 'The Tombs of Atuan' a fantasy classic from her
Earthsea Cycle (the 2nd of 4). Its short and I'm trying to get through some of
those before the year's end.

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review 2017-10-22 14:42
Book 69/100: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
This is one of the best Maguire books I've read, right up there with the first couple Oz retellings (I only read the first two but heard the later ones weren't as good.)

Similar to "Mirror, Mirror," Maguire places the story of Cinderella within a firm historical time and place -- Holland at the start of the tulip trade. But unlike "Mirror, Mirror," it doesn't have the strange conflagration of fantasy and historical realism that didn't quite work for me. "Confessions" could be read as a straight historical retelling with the characters holding onto some "magical" belief systems, or it could be read as a very subtle fantasy rooted in a historical setting. This ambiguity worked for me.

The stepmother and stepsisters, as well as the "Cinderella" character, are all vividly drawn. The stepmother comes across as both wicked and sympathetic -- surely not an easy feat to accomplish. As soon as I got over my hangup that it felt as if this story should be told first-person (it's CONFESSIONS, after all!), I enjoyed the masterful and detailed writing -- although the level of detail and the change the characters underwent in the course of the story made it feel as though it should have taken place over a longer span of time than it actually did. Still, that was a minor quibble -- and the minor "twist" at the end really worked for me.

The retelling genre teems with Cinderella stories, but this one moves to the front of the line for me.
 
 
 
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