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text 2018-11-19 20:30
24 Festive Tasks: Master Update Post

 

 

MARKERS:

Books: Meteor

Tasks: Bows

 

 

 

DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Book:  Agatha Christie: Miss Marple - The Complete Short Stories (audio version, narrated by Joan Hickson, Isla Blair and Anna Massey)

Task 1:

Task 2: Favorite epitaph (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Task 3: Sherlock Holmes altar

Task 4: Mexican food

 

Points: 4

 

 

DOOR 2: GUY FAWKES NIGHT

Book: Georgette Heyer: Behold, Here's Poison

Task 1:

Task 2: Book-related crimes

Task 3: Favorite food "flambé (vanilla ice cream and hot cherries)

Task 4: "Non-explosive" "Gunpowder" titles

 

Points:  4

 

 

DOOR 3: MELBOURNE CUP DAY

Book: Dick Francis: Field of Thirteen

Task 1: Pick your ponies: A Prince of Arran, The Cliffsofmoher, Sound Check  (=> 1 point for participation + 1 point for getting 1 horse right)

Task 2: Hats

Task 3:

Task 4: Hamburg Derby & CHIO

 

Points: 5

 

 

DOOR 4: DIWALI

Book:

Task 1: Bonn leuchtet / Bonn Shines (favorite light display)

Task 2:

Task 3:

Task 4: Book covers (girls holding flowers)

 

Points: 2

 

 

DOOR 5: VETERANS' / ARMISTICE DAY

Book: Colin Dexter: The Riddle of the Third Mile

Task 1: Book cover flag of Germany

Task 2:

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Points: 2

 

 

DOOR 6: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

Book:

Task 1: Redeeming element of low-rated book

Task 2:

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Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 7:

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DOOR 14:

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DOOR 18: WINTER SOLSTICE / YULETIDE

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DOOR 19: FESTIVUS

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DOOR 20: CHRISTMAS

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DOOR 21: KWANZAA

Book: Ken Bruen: The Guards

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Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 22: NEW YEAR'S EVE

Book: Stephen Brusatte: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

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Points: 1

 

 

DOOR 23: HOGSWATCH

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DOOR 24: EPIPHANY

Book: Patricia Wentworth: The Clock Strikes Twelve

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Points: 1

 

 

 

BOOK JOKER

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Running Total Score:

 

 21 points

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text 2018-11-10 20:23
Reading progress update: I've listened to 30 out of 636 minutes.
Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer

I'm listening to this for the "Guy Fawkes Night" book task (a book set in the UK).

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text 2018-11-09 16:23
24 Festive Tasks: First Week Summary and Preview for the Rest of the Month

Wow, the first week is almost over, my dashboard and notifications have exploded beyond all proportions, and I'm just blown away by the enthusiasm this is generating, coming as it does straight on the back of the best Halloween Bingo we've had in 3 years!

 

For the lovers of statistics, here's a summary snapshot of the first week's results -- minus the books some have already read for the final 7 holidays, though (right-click on the image and select "show / display" to see a larger version ... and please don't ask my why Excel chose to show the participants' names in reverse alphabetical order):

 

The tasks completed most frequently so far were:

 

* Melbourne Cup Day "pick your ponies" with a whopping 22 participants and 36 points total collected,

* Día de los Muertos -- your favorite epitaph (16 participants)

... and on equal footing with 12 participants each:

* Guy Fawkes Night -- burn a book in effigy

* Guy Fawkes Night -- 3 worst book-related crimes

* Diwali -- book covers: young women holding flowers

 

 

In the coming 3 weeks (each week beginning on Sunday for purposes of the 24 Festive Tasks), we will be opening:

 

* 2 doors next week (=2d week of November)

* 4 doors in the third week of November and

* 2 doors again in the final week of November.

 

Happy (rest of the) Festive Season, everybody ... let the games continue as merry as they've begun!

 

ADDENDUM: And please remember to report your progress in the bingo group!  It not only makes creating posts like this one so much easier ... it's also an enormous help in keeping tabs on the total number of points collected, which will, after all, ultimately determine the amount the hosts are going to contribute to charity.  THANK YOU!

 

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text 2018-11-09 00:30
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 289 pages.
Field of Thirteen - Dick Francis

Reading this for the 24 Festive Tasks Melbourne Cup Day square: A set of 13 short stories set in the world of horse racing.  One of them (Blind Chance) I recently read, under a different title (Twenty-one Good Men and True), as part of the Verdict of Thirteen anthology for the Halloween Bingo "13" square and won't be rereading it.  The others are new to me, though, and so far very enjoyable.

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review 2018-11-08 00:48
Reading progress update: I've read 100% -- of yet another overhyped book.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World - Stephen Brusatte,Patrick Lawlor
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World - Stephen Brusatte

He redeemed himself a bit with the nonfiction part of the T-Rex chapter, but man, that narrative tone and his "I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread and I'm best buddies with all the cool kids in paleontology (even the long-dead ones)" attitude seriously grated pretty much from page 1 to literally the last words of the book.

 

Also, pro writing tip, Mr., um, Dr. Brusatte: If you seriously think it's a good idea to begin a chapter with a dramatic, pseudo-fictionalized scene involving T-Rex and a bunch of other dinosaurs, and you're telling it from the POV of one of those other dinosaurs, you'll want to avoid describing T-Rex as "a monster bigger than a city bus".  Because I'm pretty sure a dinosaur would have had no idea what a city bus was going to be looking like some 66+ million earth years after the extinction of its own species.  It's all about narrative perspective, you see ...

 

Oh, well.  Next!

 

Read for the Flat Book Society and the New Year's Eve square of the 24 Tasks of the Festive Season.

 

 

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