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text 2017-03-05 10:00
Comic strip of the day

Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.

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text 2017-03-05 04:33
Hogwarts house themed covers

*sigh*

Great. Another Harry Potter cover.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan. I worship these series. But the releasing of yet another cover? This has to stop at some point, right?

Wrong. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the first book, aka 'The Philosopher's Stone', will be released with a brand new cover featuring your favorite house.

Are you a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff? 

According to Pottermore, the Gryffindor red on the covers is meant to signify military strength, a unicorn is for purity and courage, and the antlers are for strength and agility.

In the Hufflepuff crest, there are beech leaves to symbolize tolerance and a little lamb to show gentleness. In heraldry, gold or yellow is seen to represent generosity.

The crescent in the Slytherin crest represents glory and honour, and has been used in several coats of arms throughout history. Slytherin green is for endurance and the dragon-like cockatrice suggests Slytherins are fierce warriors.

Lastly, the Ravenclaw crest gets a parchment scroll to symbolise academic achievement, an owl for wisdom, a spearhead for sharpness of wit and a book for knowledge.

 

The idea is pretty neat to be honest - I am a proud Ravenclaw myself. BUT I hate having mixed editions of a series, and this one dominates my shelves: I have in greek the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th books (I was too young to read them in english) and the original UK edition of the 6th and 7th books. I had been looking online to complete my english collection- in first editions preferably, when Jim Kay started his gorgeous work.

 

Now I'm buyin' the illustrated ones which are truly breathtaking and they do add something new on the inside too (although if you have seen Jim Kay's work something is an understatement).

 

*mini rant*

I got the american  edition of "The Chamber of Secrets" by mistake, which doesn't match the english edition of book one - something that will bug until the end of time. So instead of a neat pair like the one above I now have this:

 

Look at the font difference for crying out loud! why would they do that? 

*end rant*

 

Now this is something I might consider:

as I don't own "The Cursed Child" (yet). Actually scratch that because google tells me that these are a part of a boxed set that is pretty expensive. I'll pass. I have to start saving for the 3rd illustrated edition anyways.

Source: www.pottermore.com/news/hogwarts-house-themed-covers-unveiled-for-philosophers-stone-20th-anniversary
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review 2017-02-13 02:46
Descender vol. 1
Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp) - Jeff Lemire,Dustin Nguyen,Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars has some exceptional artwork and the story is very engaging. I recently watched the series, "Westworld", sparking my interest in stories with androids. This series by the talented Jeff Lemire certainly doesn't disappoint. The main character is the cutest bot ever! Illustrated beautifully the first volume begins with TIM 21 embarking on a journey to find his human companion, Andy. Full of mystery this strange new world is very intriguing! Little bot, big universe, indeed.

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text 2017-02-08 19:23
Goodreads adds a reread feature!

This is fantastic news! It has already been showing up as a feature in my books and I have to say I really like it. Having correct reading dates on my books and not adding a different edition to account for a reread, made Goodreads a lot more appealing as my main book-catalog-keeping-tool.  

Now another requested feature is the half star rating (sidenote: both features are available here at BL). 

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text 2017-02-07 14:42
Heart of darkness free @audible

Written: Joseph Conrad

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh

Length: 3 h 51mins

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:11-23-10

Prose that demands to be read aloud requires a special kind of narrator. For the Audible Signature Classics edition of Joseph Conrad’s atmospheric masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, we called upon four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh’s performance is riveting because he reads as though he’s telling a ghost story by a campfire, capturing the story’s sense of claustrophobia, while hinting at the storyteller Marlow’s own creeping madness.

Heart of Darkness follows Captain Marlow into the colonial Congo where he searches for a mysterious ivory trader, Kurtz, and discovers an evil that will haunt him forever. With this landmark work, Conrad is credited with bringing the novel into the twentieth century; we think Branagh brings it into the twenty-first. Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

Every month "Amazon whispesync" offers a classic title for free; this february it's "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. To get the deal first get this kindle version (for free) and then get the free audiobook here. There is also another narration for free once you get the kindle book; one narrated by Frederick Davidson. You can choose or get both!

Happy Listening!

~M.

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