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text 2017-12-30 14:51
December Wrap-up
Old Celtic Romances - P.W. Joyce
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols - Laura Tempest Zakroff
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler
Dreamtime Dragons - Nils Visser
The Grand Phantom - Harold Cloninger
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns - Alicia Plummer,Melissa Schaschwary
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution - Paul Davies

Yes, there's one more day but although I'm getting close to finishing Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I definitely won't be finishing any other books before January 1st.


I seem to have given myself a lot of non-fiction to read this month. Mostly from Netgalley.


I expect to finish Uprooted between today and tomorrow so I'm counting 11 books for the month. Not bad for me!


The stand out ones besides Uprooted (which I'm really enjoying) would be The Toy Makers and the Dreamtime Dragons Anthology. Both have given me a lot of reading pleasure. I enjoyed the re-reading of A Christmas Carol too. 5 of the books are non-fiction so only a couple of meh books.


I also got through some of the samples backlog again. I've only got about 80 left. I collected a LOT over Halloween!


I still have some non-fiction reads in progress so that may slow me down for January reading, but I seem to be averaging more in a month than I used to. I blame all of you.

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review 2017-12-29 18:10
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Something I enjoy reading over and over.

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review 2017-12-14 12:13
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens,Michael Slater

Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other famous Dickensian themes are also present; urban poverty and social injustice.


I found much of the book forgettable, the exceptions being the two longer stories, A Christmas Carol and The Haunted Man. The former had little impact, bled of all power by exposure to countless pop culture re-tellings. The latter made more of an impression - not only unfamiliar but showing some skill at atmosphere in the supernatural parts, which I could have wished for more of. The moral that our sorrows, troubles and wrongs are what make us empathetic and compassionate is as heavy handed as the tone of the much more famous tale of Scrooge.


So, dear readers, my limited experiences with Dickens have not been very positive: Hard Times as a teenager was a disaster. This was mostly meh. I want to give him one last chance, though, and I enlist your help: what is the one novel likely to convert me into a Dickens fan? Suggestions in the comments, please!

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review 2017-12-14 00:00
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Having seen probably every film version of this book that was made (yes even that Susan Lucci version where she played a female scrooge). I decided it was about time I checked out the original! Well all I can say is it was beyond worth it. Despite an occasional word or two I did not know the meaning of due to language changes over the years I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was exquisite, the descriptions of the scenes masterful and the heart behind the words incredible. Everyone knows this story is a Christmas classic... but after reading the original I now KNOW it is truly a classic! What an amazing experience reading this was and I am so very glad to have done so.
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text 2017-12-13 15:17
Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 224 pages.
A Christmas Carol: And Other Christmas Stories - Charles Dickens,Frederick Busch

Listing this as a "read" book feels a little like cheating, as of the four stories contained between its covers I only read the title one. I had read "A Good Humoured Christmas" as a chapter of The Pickwick Papers, though; as for the other two, they just didn't appeal to my mood at the moment.


As for "A Christmas Carol," I'm disappointed in myself for not having read it sooner. What a great story!

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