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text 2019-08-11 22:35
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/09 (Day 9): Book Suggestions for the New Squares? Part 1: "Paint It Black"
Complete Tales and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett,Celia Imrie
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor Edition - ROWLING J.K.
Black Roses - Jane Thynne
The Bride Wore Black - William Irish,Cornell Woolrich
The Raven Tower - Ann Leckie
The Signalman: A Ghost Story - Charles Dickens,Simon Bradley
The Poet - Michael Connelly
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Original Movie Script - Jim Sharman,Richard O'Brien
The Godfather - Mario Puzo

Today's prompt is for favorite horror reads; that not being much of my thing (outside, perhaps, the gothic classics and anything more edifying or funny rather than scary), I think I'm going to leave that prompt to Char, Bark's Books (aka Bark at the Ghouls), and the site's other horror fans.  Instead, I'm going to catch up on the prompt from the day before yesterday -- I'm really, really excited about the new squares.


This is going to be another multiple-post reply ... because come on, these covers are just too beautiful not to give them a space of their own!




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review 2019-05-27 00:00
The Godfather
The Godfather - Peter Bart,Robert Thompson,Mario Puzo Amazing very well written and captivated me throughout
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review 2019-03-16 00:58
Snakes and Ladders roll 7
The Godfather - Mario Puzo


If all crime fiction was written like this it would be one of my favorite genres.  I may have to watch the movie again.



Roll 2 dice:  8

63. Cover is more than 50% blue




1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America: Darkness and Dawn by Andre Norton

55. Is more than 500 pages long: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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text 2019-03-12 17:17
We'll see how it goes.
The Godfather - Mario Puzo


I'm gonna take a shot at this for my next square.  

I finally watched the movie a couple months ago, so i figure it's time to read the book.

And it's the only one currently on my Kindle that fits the square and i don't feel like hunting up something else at the moment.

However, Spot & Smudge (and a few others) are waiting in the wings just in case.  LOL

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text 2018-11-09 15:53
Got Gusticed for 7/10
The Family - Mario Puzo,Carol Gino

I can’t blame you for singing “we are family, I got all my sisters with me…”now. As a matter of fact, I’m doing it too. BUT, oh boy, once you read this one you won’t be singing it so carelessly anymore. Guaranteed.


Let me take you back to the Italy of greatest minds in the history. We shall meet with Michelangelo, Machiavelli and many many more and it’s hard to argue, that this was somewhat of an intellectual climax of our good planet so far. What is even harder to debate, though, is that when it comes to dirty minds, we will have to time-travel a trifle more to Sodomy to find some competition and I know way too little about that one to do that.


Puzo knew about it certainly less than he learned about the era of, who he deemed to be the predecessor of all the dons, Pope Alexander VI (Borgia).


Let me tell you, this book can get really nasty and Puzo does it in his very own way, where he describes even the worst possible acts with such a tenderness that at times you feel like “ah ok, it’s some bad shit they did, but they are not the worst people ever…I mean, they were just too weak to fight their desires, aren’t we all victim of the same sin from time to time too?”. (And you naively jerk your head from side to side)


Well, you certainly remember yourself heading to the nearest mobsters recruiting center after reading The Godfather. Feats, these grand people of God do, are way worse, so you might not end up being excited as much as you were back then, but you will still have some hard times to condemn them. (I shall help you with that a bit later when reviewing Erasmus’s Praise of Folly, but shhh about that one for now…)


Puzo would have an automatic 8, but this book was finished by somebody else (for obvious and not very jolly reason) and although he’s not bad, he’s no Puzo.


I guess you won’t be too surprised by the corruption of the Catholic Church in its heyday, but this one really is a tough one to swallow. Again, that relentless romantic in Puzo makes it somewhat better. In fact, he makes it a rather philosophical riddle, as it could be deemed as just yet another display of people not being good or evil, but both good AND evil…


Favourite line:


“Pope Alexander smiled. He seemed more amused with the story than horrified. “The Baglioni are true believers,” he said. “They believe in paradise. Such a great gift. How otherwise can man bear this moral life? Unfortunately, such a belief also gives evil men the courage to commit great crimes in the name of good and God.” 





Source: somethingreallyeasytospell.com/portfolio/mario-puzo-the-family
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