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text 2020-05-05 17:15
Snakes and Ladders Track Post
Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens,Richard Gaughan
Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin

 

1. Author is a woman: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey 04/01 Review

6. Title has a color word in it: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 04/04 Review

 

27. Set during WWI or WWII: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer  10/04  Review     

38. Newest release by a favorite author: Golden in Death by J.D. Robb  11/04 Review

41. Characters involved in politics: Yeah, no. Read Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb 14/04 Review and roll 1 die.

47. Snake - go back to 19

 

19. Set in the UK: The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter 18/04 Review

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer 23/04 Review

36. Set in Central or South America: Too scattered for Amado, I read a short Bodoc for children and call it. Review

37. Has won an award: Started Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie  05/01 Review

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year: I counted so wrong before, but I was listening The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin  while cleaning and cooking this weekend and still works. Will post review in a bit. Meanwhile

54. Is more than 400 pages long: Huh... well... I've got Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens on the dock. And Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Either ought to go over that...

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url 2019-11-11 10:49
Who Should Not Wear Red Coral | How to Wear Red Coral | Mars Stone

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review 2019-08-06 18:31
"The Thousand Dollar Tan Line - Veronica Mars #1" by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Kristen Bell,Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas
I've been a Veronica Mars fan since 2006 or so. The TV channels I had access to in Switzerland didn't air the show so I followed it through three seasons worth of DVD boxed set.
 
 
I was totally caught up the (to me) very alien but very believable world of Neptune High. I loved watching Kirsten Bell managing to combine being tough, witty and vulnerable as a teen PI haunted by the death of her best friend. The ensemble cast around Bell covered just about every ethnic group and social background available in Neptune. The plots were complicated and pulled no punches. So, of course, in 2007, at the end of the third season, the series got cancelled.
 
 
 
 You can see the trailer here
 

In 2013, Thomas (the series creator) and Bell used Kickstarter to crowdfund a movie to continue the story. I wondered how they'd cover the seven-year gap between the final season and the movie and was relieved that they'd let Veronica grow up and that they hadn't made a mess of it.

 
 
 
 
 You can see the trailer here
 

This year, Veronica Mars Season 4 was released.

 
 You can see the trailer here
 
 

I haven't been able to watch it yet, so, while I'm waiting for it to become available, I decided to give the novels a try.

 
 

I've never read of novel-of-the-show before. I was surprised at how well it worked. Of course, that might be because I'm filling in all the blanks in the text with memories of the show but mostly I think it's because the writing is smooth and fast and carried me along.

 
 
 

The most surprising thing was the impact of Veronica being all grown up. In this story, she's investigating the disappearance of a young girl spending Spring Break at Neptune. The start of the story is high-grade neo-noir. Then it gets personal.

 
 
 

Veronica goes to the party house the girl's disappeared at and it's very clear she's a generation older than them and sees the party differently. I didn't understand this kind of partying even when I was the right age for it and it's a mystery to me now. Veronica understands it, makes no judgement on it, but stands outside of it the way she stands outside most things.

 
 

The main difference with grown-up Veronica (and perhaps with the novel format) is how clearly Veronica sees the girl who has gone missing and the effect of her disappearance on others. It snapped me out of slick, witty, neo-noir and into something much more human.

 
 

The plot was much more complicated than I'd expected and kept me guessing through most of the book. I listened to the audiobook version, which is narrated by Kirsten Bell, which reinforced the link to the show.

 
 

I had fun with this so I'll also be reading the second book in the series, "Mr Kiss And Tell".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

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text 2019-07-30 09:10
Reading progress update: I've read 38%. - well this is surprising
Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Kristen Bell,Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas

I've always been a Veronica Mars fan. The TV channels I had access to didn't air the show so I followed it on DVD boxed sets, caught up in the performances and the alien world of Neptune High and a female lead that I believed in. Later, watched the movie and was relieved that they'd let Veronica grow up and that they hadn't made a mess of it. When I heard that the series reboots this year, I decided to give the novels a try.

 

I've never read of novel-of-the-show before. I was surprised at how well it worked. Of course, that might be because I'm filling in all the blanks in the text with memories of the show but mostly I think it's because the writing is smooth and fast and carried me along.

 

The most surprising thing was the impact of Veronica being all grown up. In this story, she's investigating the disappearance of a young girl spending Spring Break at Neptune. The start of the story is high-grade neo-noir. Then it gets personal.

 

Veronica goes to the party house the girl's disappeared at and it's very clear she's a generation older than them and sees the party differently. I didn't understand this kind of partying even when I was the right age for it and it's a mystery to me now. Veronica understands it, makes no judgement on it, but stands outside of it the way she stands outside most things.

 

The main difference with grown-up Veronica (and perhaps with the novel format) is how clearly Veronica sees the girl who has gone missing and the effect of her disappearance on others. It snapped me out of slick, witty, neo-noir and into something much more human. at this rate, I'll be moving on to the second book in the series.

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text 2019-07-12 02:31
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

I don’t usually bother reviewing this series as they’re all pretty indistinguishable from each other: Manly men, breathtaking women, heroism, dastardly villains, adventures galore, and scads of vintage racism, classism, and sexism. They’re good fun, but the heroes and heroines are all interchangeable. It doesn’t matter if it’s about John Carter and Deja Thoris or Carthoris and Thuvia or Gahan and Tara; it’s all basically the same Barsoomian stuff on different Barsoomian days. But the comfort of familiarity is one of the big reasons we love our genre fiction, so hooray for sameness. :)

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