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review 2018-02-18 15:08
Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Tiger's Bones

 

A bizarrely political tale that takes a side-swipe at Colonial-industrial exploitation of less developed nations in passing. A hubristic scientist is astonishingly idiotic - and not, in my opinion, an accurate stereotype except in terms of egotism. Deeply sceptical of science and engineering at the same time as taking advantage of both in order to produce mass market copies of the book itself...

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text 2018-02-16 17:10
Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 144 pages.
Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Coming of the Kings

 

The Nativity, Ted Hughes style! (An interesting choice since he wasn't Christian, or formally religious at all.) Ever wondered what the innkeepers thought about events in Bethlehem that night? Read here to find out. Try to ignore the dumb mistake where they decide to cook a pig...

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text 2018-02-12 15:20
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 144 pages.
Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

The Pig Organ

 

A bizarre opera about musical pigs and love across the class divide!

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text 2018-02-08 17:56
Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 144 pages.
Collected Plays for Children - Ted Hughes

Orpheus


This version of the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice does not have the Classical ending!

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review 2017-12-20 23:52
Review: Death Plays a Part
Death Plays a Part (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 1) - Vivian Conroy

With her theater closed for renovations, Guinevere lands a summer job cataloging books at a castle on Cornisea, a small island off the coast of England. Together with her little dachshund Dolly, she sets off, expecting an idyllic summer exploring the tiny island. When she arrives, she’s delighted to learn that the castle is hosting a re-enactment of a historic trial, but when a man is found murdered in the dungeon and her new employer is accused, Guinevere jumps into action to find the real killer, uncovering a greedy plot and family secrets.

 

Thoroughly enjoyable first in a new series, with a charming location, rich plot and of course, an adorable Doxie.  What more can you ask for in a cozy?  I loved this from the very first page,  I felt like I was right there along with Guinevere as she got off the train heading for Cornisea, I could almost feel Dolly tugging at the leash!  The pace was perfect, introducing the characters with just enough detail to make them jump right off the page and setting up the puzzling plot full of twists and turns that kept me glued to the book.  I enjoyed watching it all unfold, locked room mysteries are my favorite and I really appreciated Guinevere’s thought process in solving it,  no sudden AHA! moment for our girl, she sat down and figured it all out rationally.  Go LOGIC!

 

Overall, Death Plays a Part charmed the socks off me and I can’t wait for the next book to come out in August.  Will Oliver and Guinevere let their sparks fan into a relationship? Will Lord Bolingbrooke ever catalog all of his books? Will the treasure be found? I’m gonna stay tuned for more!

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