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text 2014-05-04 17:52
2014 Reading List to Date
The Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann
The Grapes of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - John Steinbeck,Macmillan Readers,A.W. Steinbeck
Longbourn - Jo Baker
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance - Edmund de Waal
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1) - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett
Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas

So 2014 was going to be the year I tried to read my backlog of unread books.  I'm not sure if I'm going to get through all of them, but it's been fun trying. 


I've definitely enjoyed being bound by whatever the candy bowl throws at me. Although I have to confess to deviating a couple of times when books I've had on order from my library became available.


I was hoping that having a list of unread books would prevent me from buying any new ones, and to a certain extent it seems to have worked in that I've been putting books on a wish-list rather than hitting that Amazon one-click button. But every so often a book will whisper "buy me, oh please buy me", and boom, there it is, sitting in my Kindle waiting for me. 


Ah well.  At least I'll have plenty of fodder for my 2015 list.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-26 10:29
Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 581 pages.
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts


You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues



Every word of this song is perfection, I am amazed how well it suits the characters as well as my emotions.




 'Kate is my friend. That is true. But the songs were for her daughter. And the passion, for ever.' 


'But I am her daughter,' Philippa said.




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text 2014-03-23 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 581 pages.
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

"Tant que je vive, mon cueur ne changera
Pour nulle vivante, tant soit elle bonne ou saige
Forte et puissante, riche de hault lignage
Mon chois est fait, aultre ne se fera."


Not for the first time I regret not knowing French. One of my long term plans is learning French and reading The Count of Monte Cristo in original. It's unclear when I'll find the time but I've wanted it since I was in high school. It has been altered somewhat to include rereading the Lymond Chronicles as well.


She stood now in another country, whose sun burned and whose air was too rare for her breathing. And she stood there alone, with the words of a warning for company:

Tant que je vive …

Long as I live, my heart will never vary
For no one else, however fair or good
Brave, resolute or rich, of gentle blood.
My choice is made, and I will have no other.


I had to stop reading after part I. FML. If only I didn't have a test tomorrow. If only I had started reading last night. If only I was on vacation...  :D

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text 2014-03-21 19:49
March Book Haul #2
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
Midaq Alley - Naguib Mahfouz
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

The doorbell just rang...the delivery man came bearing such wondrous treasures to fill my every waking moment. Inside that deceptively plain cardboard package were books for next months group reads and books for hours and hours of reading pleasure, taking me into worlds as yet unexplored. I think my discovery that Chapters delivers will prove to be a very dangerous knowledge for my budget, but a sacrifice I'm willing to make, after all, food is highly over rated.


The scary part is that before this delivery was even made I had added an additional 9 titles to my shopping cart for next month's order...perhaps a pruning back is prudent. I like to think I'm doing my part to support the book trade as well as the economy...whew...now that my conscience is clear I think I'll get back to The Last Battle, as in only 50 short pages I'll have concluded the Chronicles of Narnia and the first stage of the C.S. Lewis Project.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-20 17:47
‘And if we are going to be metaphysical, I have no sea card, or compass, or star.’
The Ringed Castle - Dorothy Dunnett
No ordered thoughts or anything even resembling a proper review.

The Russia parts turned out the most boring ones in the book. Although I did find some of Philippa's page time in the first part not so intriguing as well.

I can't see Lymond surviving a few more blows to the head, both physical and emotional. He's tough, but really, is that necessary? The poor sod. 

Favourite moments:
- Philippa reading Lymond's books.
- Diccon Chancellor and Lymond's friendship.
- Philippa tapping all Lymond's quotes.
- The "L" play, Languish Locked in L!!!
[spoiler] And deep within him, missing its accustomed tread, his heart paused, and gave one single stroke, as if on an anvil. ‘We’re there, sir,’ Nicholas said.
The air hurt his skin. His nerves, unsheathed, left him over-sensitized and defenceless, as sometimes happened: exposed raw to the touch of his clothes, as if his flesh had been stripped off with acid. He remained perfectly still. [/spoiler]

- Lymond's "duel" with Austin Gray. Hilarious.
- Every word out of Danny Hislop's mouth.


It annoys me occasionally how Philippa sees it as perfctly acceptable to intervene in every aspect of Lymond's life without being invited to do so. Like that knife in TDK or the child-searching in PiF. Or like how she gave John Dee Lymond's date of birth. Not. Her. Business, damn it. 

It's a big part of who she is and I like her but this sometimes drives me up the wall.


"There is cilantro you cannot already guess. You know now what you want. You are about to learn how to give. But the hardest lesson of all is accepting."

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