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photo 2017-07-24 13:00
Magi, Mystik och det Okända

Magi, Mystik och det Okända.

Source: missmagicgirl.wordpress.com
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review 2016-12-21 10:20
The Gift of the Magi and other short stories
The Gift Of The Magi And Other Stories - O. Henry,Pam Muñoz Ryan

I'm late (as usual) but I've started my holiday reading.  This was my first book, a collection of O. Henry's short stories, starting with The Gift of the Magi which is actually the only Christmas story in the collection, but it's a great one.  

 

O. Henry loved a good twist didn't he?  All of these stories go in directions readers wouldn't expect.  I think the only one that left me flat was The Hiding of Black Bill anti was only really average in comparison to the rest.  The Purple Dress and One Thousand Dollars were the most poignant of the collection to me.

 

Overall, highly recommended, especially if you're new to O. Henry's work.  It's a great taste of his writing without being too big a commitment. 

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review 2015-12-31 00:00
The Complete Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny
The Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride,’
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review 2015-12-25 00:00
Twist of the Magi
Twist of the Magi - Caren J. Werlinger Twist of the Magi - Caren J. Werlinger I believe anyone can download this story for free from Ylva Publishing, but maybe not. They are here: http://ylva-publishing.co.uk

I was very disappointed in the Twist of the Magi in that it ended far too soon. What a sweet story! I really liked it. I felt the perseverance, the lesson about judging a book by its cover, the cold, Germantown and finding a friend when one is so desperately needed. I drank the ersatz hot chocolate and petted the lame cat of the main character and felt…. Christmas for a moment. 4.5 stars.

I'm gushy now. I will check back when i am more rational.
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text 2015-08-15 06:26
Book Haul!!
Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens
Souls Belated - Edith Wharton
The Documents in the Case - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Gift Of The Magi And Other Stories - O. Henry,Pam Muñoz Ryan
A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle
A Pelican at Blandings - P.G. Wodehouse
Chocolat - Joanne Harris
Crime Collection: Sparkling Cyanide / The Secret of Chimneys / Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie
The Children's Bible - Paul Hamlyn
The New Oxford Illustrated Dictionary: Two Volumes - Jessie Coulson,Dorothy Eagle

A church down the road from us had their annual book sale today.  It's the first time I'd ever been, and it was somewhat smaller than I expected, but still very fruitful.

 

 

The 3 books on the right were MT's finds and the picture doesn't include a small bag of children's books I picked up for a song to donate to one of the primary schools I work for (they're in the middle of a book drive for their classroom libraries).

 

Lots of good bargains and a few I bought because I felt like I should read them and at their bargain price, if I didn't like them, I wasn't committed to finishing them.  

 

 But the biggest find, I think, was when I was flipping through the fiction titles and came across an old clothbound copy of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens:  I've never read any Dickens (I know!) and when I flipped open the cover and saw the price I thought "what the hell?" and added it to the stack.  

 

When I got home, I started googling the older books (pre-isbn) to add to my home database and here on BookLikes, starting with the Dickens.  It's one volume of a 17 volume set from 1890.  I found one listing for it on eBay and the going price was 69.99 USD - the condition of that book was NOT good; from the pictures it was missing most of its spine - much worse shape than mine.  What did I pay for my pretty-good-for-a-125-year-old copy?  10 cents.  SCORE!!

 

I also paid 10 cents for Souls Belated by Edith Wharton - with everyone raving about her, while simultaneously talking about how anxious her stories make them, I've been WAY hesitant to dip my toe in - until I found this little 60 page gem.  I'm hoping not even Wharton's characters can scar me too badly in 60 pages.

 

The rest of the haul are all books I'd heard about here or elsewhere that sounded interesting - A Pelican at Blandings was bought solely on the strength of Wodehouse.  The The Children's Bible is the exact same copy I had as a kid and I had a sentimental moment when I saw it; for 2 bucks, it can sit on my shelf and remind me of a happy childhood, although I'm as unlikely to actually read it now as when I was a kid.

 

I've been moderately interested in owning a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary for sometime, so I snapped up this two volume set for $4 - even though MT thinks I'm bonkers.  I also have him seriously considering ripping out the wall my library shares with the hallway, and replacing it with a bookcase wall.  :D  Woot!

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