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text 2019-11-09 12:24
24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day: Task 2
Much Ado About Nothing - Paul Werstine,Barbara A. Mowat,William Shakespeare


Roses are red, violets are blue;
Shakespeare nailed it without Much Ado.




(Well, OK, this is more of a tribute to all of the Bard's works, not just one, but among his comedies, Much Ado About Nothing really has emerged as my firm favorite in the past 20 years or so.)


Task: Write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.


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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 2019-06-08 03:39
Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Sorry it has been a few weeks, I was off on a vacation and attending a wedding in Japan and was not able to find time to read, let alone write some reviews. Japan was amazing. the people, food, culture, weather all amazing in their own right and ways. Highly recommended as a place to visit. If you are thinking of going or already planning on going send me a message and I'll share with you some of the things i learned while I was over there. Now onto the real reason you're here a review :)


In the first of a series, Sarah J. Maas explores what happens when a human enters the world of the faerie:

Feyre is the sole provider of her family, she does the hunting, the meal preparations as well as preparing the hides for market, her two sisters and father rely on her. When she gets a chance to kill a wolf she makes sure not to miss, but this shot will change her life forever. This act leads her to be dragged into the magical kingdom on the Faerie and the land of Tamlin, who is everything that Feyre has been told to fear about the faeries. As Feyre grows closer to Tamlin dark forces emerge who want to keep them apart and Feyre soon learns that she may be the key to save them all from a cursed fate.

Alright, I will admit that I am slow to the party that are Maas' books. This is the first that I have read in any of her series, and overall I was really impressed with this book which had me hooked from the opening pages. From the character development to world building there is not one point that Maas seems to fail at in this book. All of the characters are interesting with their own flaws, the romance/relationship never seemed forced (although you know its going to lead to it) and the drama/darkness that Maas builds into the book is beautifully done. I will admit that did question what I had gotten into with the beginning of the book as the first half is very slow. However, the further you read in the book you realize that Maas did this on purpose as she needed to build the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin as it is a key aspect of the plot and everything else hinders upon it. Normally I would not be a fan of a book that is based upon a romance, but Maas really could not have written this book any other way with the same result.

Within the second half of the book the true plot begins to unfold, this is what the first half has been building up to the "fall" and trial of Feyre and Tamlin's relationship. This is where the book takes a turn towards the Darkness as Feyre is put to on trial and must face a series of tests as well as be humiliated and paraded around like some sort of prize to be won. Here is where we get to see what Feyre is made of and she has to determine who she can trust, who is manipulating her and who can she manipulate.

If I was going to nit pick (and you know I will, lol) I personally found the riddle easy to solve, so I was confused why Feyre was not able to do so maybe it is an age thing.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book I feel like

I know that there is going to be a love triangle coming up and that's really not my thing and way over done these days (thank you Twilight and the Hunger Games)

(spoiler show)

. So right now I'm not sure I will read the next book in this series, unless someone can tell me otherwise (and I really hope you can tell me differently).


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review 2019-03-19 17:13
The War of the Roses
The War of the Roses - Warren Adler




















What exactly is marriage? Is marriage truly a sacred bond between two people who promise each other to be with each other in sickness and in health until death finally does them apart, or is marriage just this necessary action between two people to profess love towards one another on a piece of paper without actually knowing one another inside and out? Well, clearly this novel's not about the good side of a marriage, but more about the bad side, for it has this raging irrational wife who describes the B-word to a T, who's not really satisfied with her life and blames her husband for it, and a husband who does actually give a damn about his marriage, well, at least until his wife decides to destroy his stuff from one stuff to another, because he's just too stubborn to move out of the house that's half his and half hers, because they've built it together. Sounds complicated, right? Well, add money thirsty lawyers, two great kids, and pride to the mix and you have got a recipe for disaster and pretty much a possibility for something immensely bad to happen to one of them or both of them. Whatever the case, Barbara and Oliver Rose may not be the most perfect married couple, but their story has earned four stars from me, because even though she was a B-word and he eventually became an A-word, I could understand both of their struggles they were facing from both of their perspective, and the writer has truly done an outstanding job with describing both of their struggles, and explaining how the household that was once the happiest household in the neighborhood, can, if we are not careful enough, turn into a battlefield, and battlefield into war that's either won or lost.     

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text 2019-03-18 20:31
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 243 pages.
The War of the Roses - Warren Adler


















I am starting to wonder whether or not it is a very good idea to start a marriage with someone who doesn't really know you inside and out and you don't really know them inside and out, for if this crazy novel's any indication to it, there's disaster brewing in the air, and more than just one immensely big elephant in the room, when two people who once loved each other deeply, if they ever did actually love each other deeply, cannot get along with each other anymore, and all they truly think about is getting rid of each other from their own house, which isn't a love nest anymore, but has become a complete battlefield.   

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