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text 2015-03-13 19:49
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) - Marissa Meyer

I'm rereading this for the Book Club Bookishly Delighted read going on through the rest of March. 30%=first 12 chapters


I've been utilizing for the first time the Kindle book/Audible ability and am really enjoying it! I really like the narrator and she adds a great deal to the text but I can still follow along and highlight passages I want to remember. Now if I can just remember not to swipe the page as my eyes read faster then the narrator can!


As for the book, I'm remembering how much I enjoyed it the first time. I think Meyer manages to create great characters and a decent story. It is as obvious as I remember it though and my watching of Sailor Moon Crystal has only reminded me of the parallels I can see between it and this series.

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text 2015-03-09 21:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 137 out of 210 minutes.
The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency) - Jordan Stratford,Nicola Barber

Oh my word, where has this been all my life? A middle grade mystery series with Ada Byron and Mary Shelley as the main characters? Sign me up!


The writing is wonderful and I love the friendship growing between the two girls. They are very different people (Ada focuses on facts while interactions with people and emotions confuse her. Mary understands conventions, love to read, and ends up explaining and aiding Ada along the way.) but their interactions together always bring a smile to my face.


While there are obvious liberties taken with the timeline, the author makes clear at the beginning that actually there was 18 years difference and not the 3 in the book, the story manages to teach you a great deal about the time as well as the beginnings of Ada's machine and literature.


Nicola Barber's narration is just icing on the cake.

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text 2015-03-09 18:09
Reading progress update: I've listened 207 out of 421 minutes.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Billy Crystal,Norman Lear,Wallace Shawn,Robin Wright,Christopher Guest,Carol J. Kane,Cary Elwes,Joe Layden,Rob Reiner

This is turning out exactly as I'd hoped it would. Elwes does a fantastic job narrating and the asides by various other members of the cast and crew greatly enrich the story. I'm sure reading it and having access to the pictures is great but I don't anything could quite match having Elwes, Reiner, Crystal, Wright, Guest and others retelling in their own words working on this cult classic.

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text 2015-02-13 09:41
Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 349 pages.
Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia - Michael Farquhar

Nicholas I (1825-1855)


  • He reversed most of Russia's modernization and reinforced autocracy while the rest of Europe was enjoying the Enlightenment. He also nearly executed Dostoevsky before Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov were written.
  • Quote: "As Dostoevsky and countless others discovered, free expression was strictly forbidden and censorship elevated to an art. Indeed, the tsar himself spent endless hours poring over books, plays, and periodicals, searching for anything that might smell of subversion. And with the emperor's brutally efficient secret police force, complemented by a vast network of informers, ordinary Russians could never escape the feeling that invisible eyes and ears were everywhere. 'They're in my soup!' one contemporary exclaimed." (p. 183)
  • To keep the people passive, Nicholas' minister of education, Sergei Uvarov worked to keep the people stupid. "If I can extend Russia's childhood another fifty years I will consider my mission accomplished." (p. 191)
  • Alexander Nikitenko, former serf working as censor, tried to secretly help literature. His summation of Nicholas' rule: "The main failing of the reign of Nicholas Pavlovich was that it was all a mistake." (p. 200)


Alexander II (1855-1881)

  • Had several assassinations attempted against him.
  • Quote: "It was while in Paris that Alexander II reportedly had his palm read by a fortune-teller who told him that seven attempts would be made on his life-and that the last one would be successful. If such a meeting did actually take place, the seer's forecast was certainly accurate. Two attempts had already been made, and there were five more to come."
  • The fourth and fifth attempts show some pretty crazy coincidences.
  • The fourth was an attempt to blow up the Tsar's train car. They hit the right car in the second train that went through, always the Imperial train which followed the retinue train. This time, there'd been a delay and the imperial train had gone first. They only managed to turn fruit into "marmalade".
  • The fifth was an explosion set to go off during dinner at the Winter Palace. "Fortuitously enough, there was a slight delay in the usual schedule that evening due to the late arrival of several guests." The explosion turned the room into a chasm and killed servants in the dinning room as well as royal guards who had quarters beneath the room. How crazy that twice delays factored into extending the Tsar's life!
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text 2015-01-29 08:53
Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 206 pages.
Doctor Who: Engines of War - George Mann

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