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text 2020-05-25 11:55
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 389 pages.
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Wow! These dwarves are completely useless, aren´t they?

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text 2020-05-23 21:08
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 389 pages.
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

If I would be in Bilbo´s place, the Hobbit would be a very short novel. I can´t give the answer to a single one of Gollums riddles. 

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text 2020-05-22 18:17
Friday reads - 22.05.2020
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays - Oscar Wilde
Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Nigel Hawthorne

Ever since the pandemic / quarantine situation has started, I´m even more of a mood reader than I usually am, craving a specific genre for a week or two and then all of a sudden, I´m craving another genre.


For the last two weeks I´ve been in the mood for reading classics. But now, after having reread Miss Buncle´s Book, I´m in the mood for re-reading another book. And yet, I´m still not entirely out of the classics phase and I have a slight urge to read fantasy as well. In a nutshell: my reading is all over the place.


Looking at my shelves, only The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings Trilogy fulfills all these criteria. And I´m a stickler for reading books in order, so The Hobbit is going to be one of the books I will be reading over the weekend.


I started The Black Count a couple of days ago and I´m slowly working my way through it, reading a chapter here and there. So far it´s incredibly fascinating to learn more about Alexandre Dumas family and how their story has influenced his writing. 


I plan on reading the last two plays by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest and other Stories collection. I already loved "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Lady Windermere´s fan" was a pretty strong play as well and yesterday I have read the play "Salomé", which I didn´t like at all. The two remaining plays are "A Woman of no Importance" and "An Ideal Husband".


And my audiobook at the moment is Murder on the Mews by Agatha Christie. This collection of Poirot short stories is not one of my favorites by her and I didn´t enjoy Nigel Hawthorne´s narration of the "Murder in the Mews" short story very much. Luckily the next story in the collection is narrated by Hugh Fraser.


Have a nice weekend everyone and happy reading :D

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text 2019-08-05 19:59
Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/05 (Day 5): Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements?
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection - J.K. Rowling
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The True Game: Kings Blood Four/Necromancer Nine/Wizard's Eleven - Sheri S. Tepper
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
The Dragonbone Chair - Tad Williams
Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart
The Green Mile - Mark Geyer,Stephen King
The Complete Vampire Chronicles (Vampire Chronicles, #1-#4) - Anne Rice

Hmmm, are we talking "series" as in "including trilogies and quartets" here, or does it have to be more than that number?  Also, what about works that were intended as one (very long) book but are traditionally broken up into several parts that are published separately (like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) and books originally published in several self-contained parts but now frequently combined into one omnibus volume (like Stephen King's Green Mile)?


Anyway, starting with the beasts that nobody can legitimately dispute are series and moving on from there, based on the assumption that it's "yes" to all of the above:


Terry Pratchett: Discworld
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
Sheri S. Tepper: The True Game (all nine books, including the Mavin Manyshaped trilogy and the Jinian / End of the Game trilogy)


J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
T.H. White: The Once and Future King
Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
Mary Stewart: Merlin Trilogy
Stephen King: The Green Mile


Anne Rice: The Vampire Chronicles


Unsurprisingly, almost all of my favorite supernaturally-tinged series are fantasy -- and I read both Green Mile and the Vampire Chronicles for pretty much everything but their horror contents.  That said, Rice jumped the shark for me when she insisted on using Lestat (of all characters) as a vehicle for exploring her rapidly altering expressions of faith ... shortly before going BBA and thus earning herself a place on my no-go list once and for all.  I still like the first books in the series, though, especially the first two.



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text 2019-08-05 19:16
Halloween Bingo Preparty Supernatural Series
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Wine of Angels - Phil Rickman
The Palace - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

In general, it would have to LOTR.  Because I've read one copy into the ground.



But this year, my top three Halloween fitting titles would be:


The Women of the Otherworld series. - I believe this was Armstrong's first series.  At times it shows, but you can see her developing as a writer (and she works with her editor).  What I really love about this series is not only does feature women, but each woman is strong in her own way.  And I say this as someone who didn't like all the women in the series.  Additionally, the women are friends with each other.  


Merrily Watkins - I've developed a love for series, mostly because of the characters and the use of English folklore.


Count St. Germain Series (counting the Olivia books) - world's greatest vampire.


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