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text 2019-01-24 15:54
TBR Thursday
Smoke and Iron - Rachel Caine
The Children of Men - P.D. James
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
Lady Slings the Booze - Spider Robinson
Steel Beach - John Varley
Athyra - Steven Brust

I've lost my groove and I've got to get it back!  I'm finding myself struggling to pay attention to the page in the evenings and am planning a deep dive into my favourite genres to help me get back on track.

 

First, the two books with holds on them at the library:  Smoke and Iron and Children of Men.  I've been excited to get my hands on the next installment of Rachel Caine's Great Library series, and I'm sure it will be an excellent reading experience.  CoM will be my first time reading P.D. James, so I'll be interested to see what that's like.

 

Then, its a plunge back into my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project, with Wicked, Lady Slings the Booze, Steel Beach, and Athyra.  I've had Wicked out of the library for a while now and have renewed it a couple of times, so its time for me to read it or throw it back!  The other three were purchases at the used book store and I'd like to read them & return them for credit.

 

In the meantime, I'm headed to a play on Saturday:  Hammered Hamlet, part of the Drunken Shakespeare series.  It's a collaboration between our city's Shakespeare Company and the experimental theatre group, One Yellow Rabbit, and it's part of the annual High Performance Rodeo that OYR produces each year. 

 

I'm debating whether to drive out to my home town on Sunday to see my aunt.  She's 87, has been diagnosed with breast cancer (for which she has refused treatment) and has been in hospital with lung problems.  I heard from one of her daughters yesterday--she doesn't have pneumonia, which is why the antibiotics weren't doing anything for her, but has liquid in the linings of her lungs.  They're planning a procedure to remove that, which should improve her quality of life substantially.  She also had a meeting with a palliative care nurse who declared her "not even close" to needing that service.  Good news.  I've been out to see her in November, December, and earlier this month, but I have the pressing feeling that our time is limited.  I'm leaning towards going out again.

 

Anyway, that's my life right now.  It's also quite busy at work for various reasons.  I'm not getting to spend as much time here as I would like, but I'll be back, I promise.

 

Have a great weekend!

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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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