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url 2019-09-24 12:49
For any mystery fans still looking for a book for the "Fear the Drowning Deep" bingo square ...
Deep Waters - Martin Edwards
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves - Martin Edwards,Various Authors

... this short story compilation from the British Library Crime Classics series looks like it would fit the bill.  (Link to Obi's review in the header and here.)


Note: For those looking for a print edition, I've also added the paperback edition to this post.


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url 2016-12-15 13:47
BookRiot: Cracking the Names Behind A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Most of us have grown up with Scrooge’s Christmas Eve escapades. We know the plot, the catch phrases, the every “bah, humbugs!” like the back of our hands. The names Ebenezer, Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit are now as deeply familiar to us as Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. We know it all. Or do we? What is it about those Victorian names that haunt our yuletide imagination? What are they hiding about the characters we re-invite into our homes every year? And what, moreover, do they say about Dickens’ supposedly simple tale that may not be so simple after all?

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url 2016-12-15 12:16
BookRiot: Happy 200th Birthday, The Nutcracker!
The Nutcracker - E.T.A. Hoffmann,Maurice Sendak,Ralph Manheim

At this time each year, thousands of little Claras across the world pull their Victorian nightgowns over their heads, lace up their toe shoes, and prepare to take their place on stage in one of the most coveted roles for an aspiring ballet dancer. But the history of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet goes beyond twirling Sugar Plum Fairies and pirouetting Rat Kings.

The character we’ve come to know as Clara originally appeared in a story written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, by the name Marie Stahlbaum. At a holiday party thirty-odd years later, the legendary Alexandre Dumas told his own version of Marie’s surreal fever dream at a party after being tied to a chair by some of his daughter’s friends who demanded they be told a story. The resulting version of Hoffman’s fairy tale was less dark and more suited to a young audience. That was the version that Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky adapted nearly 50 years later for a performance at the Russian Imperial Theatre.

The original performance sold out on opening night (December 18, 1892) and a holiday season has not since passed without a curtain rising on a gorgeous Christmas tree, in the midst of being decorated by the Stahlbaum family and their friends.


Happy 200th Birthday, The Nutcracker!:


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review 2016-05-14 01:39
His Pepper Heart
His Pepper Heart: Short Fiction - Brandy Heineman


Title: His Pepper Heart
Author: Brandy Heineman
Publisher: B. H.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"His Pepper Heart" by Brandy Heineman

My Thoughts....

This was a short engaging story of love not only of the 'heroine' but also its 'peppers.' The loved the research that this author brings to the readers about 'peppers' even though I try to stay far away from them...[smile]. That was quite a read of what Danielle does during her blind date after she finds his pepper journal. What happens after she leaves Zachary puts the icing on the cake? What will she find from her snooping? Will Danielle start to fall for this guy? This part of the read had me laughing at this intriguing ironic twist to the story. The author really knows how to draw the reader into her reads and one will find themselves quickly turning the pages to see what will happen next in the 'foodie story.'

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url 2015-06-23 14:31
BuzzFeed: 23 Short Stories You’ll Want To Read Over And Over Again


Personal favorites:


* "Lamb to the Slaughter" (Roald Dahl)

* "Good Country People" (Flannery O'Connor)

* "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins)

* "The Lottery" (Shirley Jackson)

* "Masque of the Red Death" (Edgar Allan Poe)

* ... and of course Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," even though the play and the movie take that particular story to yet another level entirely.

Source: www.buzzfeed.com/sarahgalo/where-are-you-going-where-have-you-been
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