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text 2018-09-12 20:37
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
The Rules - Jamie Fessenden

I hope this gets better. Otherwise, this will be my first DNF since December 2016. :-(

 

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text 2018-09-06 20:43
Reading progress update: I've listened 120 out of 396 minutes.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley, Emilia Fox

"'What's up, Dogger?' I asked lightly, trying to make it sound a little bit -- but not too much -- like Bugs Bunny."

Take note, Ms. Wright: This is how you do pop culture references -- you want them to have a topical and period adequate connection to whatever events you're in the process of describing.

 

And then, just a little later, we get to:

"Then there was curare.  It , too, had an almost instant effect and again, the victim died within minutes by asphyxiation.  But curare could not kill by ingestion; to be fatal, it had to be injected.  Besides that, who in the English countryside -- besides me, of course -- would be likely to carry curare in his kit?"

Flavia is 11.

 

And a certain teenage boy comes to mind whose story Kathryn Harkup tells in A Is for Arsenic ... and who, like Flavia, also owned his first chemistry set before he'd actually turned "-teen" and used it to poison his stepmother.  I guess it's a good thing Flavia is the narrator and heroine of this series ...

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text 2018-09-01 00:02
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 336 pages.
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer Wright

Also starting this one -- which in addition to it being the Flat Book Society's September group read, Moonlight also OK'd for the Doomsday bingo square (and by extension of course, also the Free / Center / Raven square).

 

 

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text 2018-08-31 11:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 273 out of 422 minutes.
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter, Emilia Fox,Richard Armitage

@Jennifer (of Jennifer's Books), have you listened to this?  If not (yet), you absolutely need to ... for Richard Armitage's rendition of this version of Puss in Boots alone.  He completely had me in stitches last night!!

 

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