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text 2017-12-07 17:25
Reading progress update: I've listened 427 out of 1244 minutes.
Hyperion - Dan Simmons,Allyson Johnson,Marc Vietor,Kevin Pariseau

On my first read I liked Fedmahn Kassad´s story the least and this hasn´t changed. But only now on my reread / relisten I realise that his story is military torture porn insterspersed by passages where he is "making love" to a total stranger.

 

Rolling Eyes - Lucille, Arrested Development

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I really dislike this disgusting storyline and I´m glad when I´m done with it.

 

 

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text 2017-12-01 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 445 pages.
Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

"And there's the sign, Ridcully," said the Dean. "you have read it, I assume.  You know?  The sign which says 'Do not, under any circumstances, open this door'?"

"Of course I've read it," said Ridcully. "Why d'yer think I want it opened?"

"Er ... why?" said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.

"To see why they wanted it shut, of course."*

 

*This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization.  At least, those bits of it that are not under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.

 

[...]

 

"I'm in charge here and I want a bathroom of my own," said Ridcully firmly. "And that's all there is to it, all right?  I want a bathroom in time for Hogswatchnight, understand?"

And that's a problem with beginnings, of course.  Sometimes, when you're dealing with occult realms that have quite a different attitude to time, you get the effect a little way before the cause.

Oh, it's good to be back with Sir Terry at the height of his powers -- I feel like sharing every other page.  And of course Ridcully would have done better curbing his curiosity about that door ...

 

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review 2017-11-29 06:54
The Moonstone
The Moonstone - Ronald Pickup,Sean Barrett,David Timson,Wilkie Collins,Dale Brown,Jonathan Oliver,John Foley,Fenella Woolgar,Joe Marsh,Jamie Parker

What can I say other than the book is worth the hype?  

 

I wasn't sure at the start; I listened to the audiobook version - which was excellently done - and Gabriel Betteredge's opening narrative is... trying.  I loved his character the best and the narrator who played his part played it to the hilt, which meant it felt like there was an amiable, loveable, old man telling me a story by taking the longest possible route.  I was charmed, while at the same time wanting to prod him along, and honestly, if I had to hear much more about Robinson Crusoe I might have started pulling out my own hair.

 

Once we get past Betteredge's ramblings (which take up the first 40% of the book), the story moves along much quicker and the story becomes far more interesting, as the twist at the midway point was riveting.  I only ever listen to audio while I'm in the car, because I'm so easily distracted, but I found myself carrying my phone and portable speaker out to the garden to listen to The Moonstone while I weeded, and found 3.5 hours disappeared in a blink.  I got so close to the end today by the time I got home, I came straight in and grabbed my print edition so I could finish it. 

 

I guessed who the villain was at the start, but then the twist came in and I had NO idea where he was going with the mystery; subtle misdirections were everywhere in the narratives and so, while I never really gave up my notions of who was guilty, I was entirely ready to believe I had the wrong end of the stick until the end. 

 

The Moonstone is excellent and I highly recommend it; it's not a light, breezy read to be done in one or two settings, but it does reward the reader's commitment at the end.  

 

Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself.

 

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review 2017-11-26 20:42
The Lost City of the Monkey God
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston

Should a bunch of middle aged men invite me on an expedition into the South American jungle, I will politely say "no, thank you". Chances are that these men are complete idiots, not being aware of the fact that everything in the jungle might kill you. Plus they are lugging so many people into the jungle with all the snakes, spiders, tropical diseases and what not, I had to shake my head several times because of the stupidity of these people.

 

So this audiobook was a mixed bag for me. I liked the parts about the history of Honduras and the banana trade, the tropical diseases and the fer-de-lance snake. The rest of the book didn´t capture my attention quite as much. I´m simply not interested in archaeology and anthropolgy, so there were whole parts of the book I was incredibly bored by.

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God is not my favorite work of non-fiction.

 

 

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url 2017-11-02 02:56
Audible's 20th anniversary celebration - 20 days of offers

The first offer (only available for a few more hours) is a free download of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Each day from now until Nov. 20th will have a new perk.

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