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review 2018-04-04 20:54
How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
How To Be a Victorian - Ruth Goodman

Interesting and informative, but not as good as Goodman's Tudor book. I'm not sure why, exactly. It may be because this was written first or because I've read more about the Victorian era so less was new.

 

Goodman mostly sticks to the facts, but she relates some of her personal experience too. Don't worry, they're relevant, since they mostly relate to re-enactments of a sort where she's tried to do things in a Victorian way (wearing the clothes, eating the food, performing work using that era's technology, etc.).

 

This book took me quite a while to read, but it wasn't because it was boring or anything. Some parts were quite engaging. It's just that it took a back seat to some of my other books due to my participation in the Kill Your Darlings game and keeping up with library books.

 

It looks like a forgot to post a quote about football tactics before the rules were codified that I found amusing (p 326):

The annual football match between St Peter's and All Saints parishes in Derby was famous for its bewildering array of tactics, which included swimming down the river with the ball, as well as removing the ball's stuffing and hiding it under someone's shirt.

Makes me wonder whether the ball's skin or stuffing would be considered to be the legal ball...

 

Previous updates:

384 of 440 pages

265 of 440 pages

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text 2018-04-04 17:25
Reading progress update: I've read 384 out of 440 pages.
How To Be a Victorian - Ruth Goodman

The range of substances that were added to food during this period was astonishing, as was the near-complacency of both the authorities and the public. It was discovered that chalk and the mineral alum were almost ubiquitously present in flour and bread. Chalk was also added to milk as a whitener if it was too watery; cider and wine were sweetened with lead; and brick dust was often used to thicken cocoa. Tea leaves often contained nominal or no actual tea leaves but rather the dried leaves of a variety of hedgerow plants dyed with red lead.

 

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The most adulterated foods were naturally the cheapest, with bread, flour and tea suffering the largest substitution of non-edible adulterants. The poorest families, already short of nutrients, were further starved by the chalk, pipe clay and alum that replaced a portion of their bread and flour. Most knew it, too, but there was nothing they could do.

 

That's an awful sense of desperation...

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text 2018-04-02 17:09
Reading progress update: I've read 265 out of 440 pages.
How To Be a Victorian - Ruth Goodman

"Brushing his own jacket and trousers was one of the very few household tasks most middle-class men would take upon themselves."

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review 2018-03-06 20:09
And Kristoff and Raphael are back...
Bitter Bonds - Lex Valentine,Chris Chambers Goodman

Once again the angels Kristoff and Raphael are back and they've got a new DOM and sub to fix and once again Chris Chambers is providing the voices for our angelic host and their mortal co-stars.

  

Jake a DOM who's lost faith in his abilities to care for his sub. Finn's a sub who's afraid to care for anyone because whenever he cares for someone they walk out of his life.

 

It's going to take more than just Rafe and Kristoff to make these two men see that they each need to risk their hearts one last time to get it right because what they both need is standing right in front of them...they need each other.

 

'Bitter Bonds' was a sweet second chance story for these two men and I enjoyed the relationship that developed between them as they got to know each other. Both men showing the other small glimpses of themselves that they'd kept hidden from the rest of the world.

 

I loved having Nick and Micah, Keller and Haven around to help the angels play matchmaker and we met a new character by the name of Ray and yes, I do want a story for Ray but sadly I'm not sure that there are anymore stories forthcoming from this series as 'Subs for Lunch' was the last story released back in 2014 for this series but one can always hope, right? and in the meantime I can always check out 'Subs for Lunch' to see what Micah, Haven and Finn are up to.

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review 2018-03-06 19:47
Well that was unusually fun and entertaining...
Broken Bonds - Lex Valentine,Chris Chambers Goodman

What do you get when you retell the Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' using a DOM named Keller (in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge) a sweet and loving sub named Haven Noel (I kid you not because seriously I can make this sh*t up, as Tiny Tim? I'm not really sure on this one) and the angels Kristoff (who was Keller's sub on the mortal plane) and Kristoff's twin brother who died at birth as the angel Rafe (Raphael) and sprinkle it all with a light coating of BDSM, well, you get Lex Valentine's 'Broken Bonds' of course.

 

At 2 hours and 48 minutes this is a short and entertaining story to listen to. While it's a bit on the dark side for a Christmas story if you're familiar with the Dickens classic than you'll agree that story is a bit on the dark side to begin with.  I quite enjoyed this one and if you're a looking for a classic Christmas story with an usual twist than this one's worth checking out. 

 

Chris Chambers is the narrator for this book and a new to me narrator in the world of audio books who proved to be a voice that I enjoyed listening to and ticked off my basic list of what I'm looking for in an audio book. He gave me consistent voices that were expressive adding depth and emotional life to the story. 

 

'Broken Bonds' is the first book I've listened to by this author on audio but not my first time with her books. I'm a fan of her 'Tales of the Darkworld' series...it's mix of m/m, m/f and I believe there are dragons involved...ok, I know there are dragons involved and vampires and werewolves and I think there may even be witches and warlocks or something along that line...it was also a fun and entertaining series and it's on audio and you know I'm going to go there, right?

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