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quote 2020-06-24 05:37
“Dylan’s eyes narrowed. “You can’t just kiss me and make everything better, ya know.”

“Yes, I can. The expression is ‘kiss and make up’ for a reason. And considering you just called me your boyfriend, I’d say that’s well within my right.”
Aced - Brooke Blaine,Ella Frank

~ Aced by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

(Book #1, in the PresLocke series)

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url 2020-02-06 15:08
"The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat" by Brooke Bolander

This is a reminder to myself to read this story later, for the title alone.

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review 2019-11-09 17:31
John Webster & the Elizabethan Drama
John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama - Edward Howard Marsh,Rupert Brooke

This is not really a review.

I started reading Brooke's "dissertation" on John Webster and Elizabethan drama a few weeks ago after The Duchess of Malfi left quite an impression on me but somehow got sidetracked by a lot of other books since. Not sure how that happens...


Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures of the actual copy I have on loan from my city's library because it very much encapsulates why I love our library.


So, here we have it. A 1916 edition of Rupert Brooke's work (written in 1913) that gained him a fellowship at King's College (Cambridge).



I am not sure when the last time was that someone borrowed the book, but the fact that I actually can borrow a book printed in 1916 to take home and adore for a few weeks is enough for me to say that libraries are awesome. There are countless other reasons of course. 


I don't even mind the scribbles that previous readers have left. Yes, these people deserve a stern talking to and should really reflect on their shortcomings as readers, but some of the comments do crack me up. 


As for the contents... It has been an interesting place to start reading about Webster and to add other points of view on Elizabethan theatre in general, but Brooke was a poet and this comes across in this work. His focus is on structure, style and on the realisation of emotive expression through the medium of dramatic speech rather than on content or context of Webster's plays, both of which would have been of more interest to me.

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review 2019-10-04 21:29
THE BIG FINISH - Brooke Fossey
THE BIG FINISH by Brooke Fossey
Duffey, the unrepentant reprobate, and his side kick, Carl, are roommates at the “nice” assisted living home. They live in fear of being tossed out and forced to move to the “hellhole” of the only full nursing home in the area.
Nora is the nurse who makes life bearable. Anderson is the aide who aids and abets Duffey and Carl and all the other inmates at the 20 bed Centennial Assisted Living Home. The activities mentioned all ring true as do the shenanigans the inmates get up to.
Told in spare and occasionally uncomfortable prose, the tale is filled with gentle humor and lots of empathetic sympathy. The senior citizens are never disparaged except by the home’s kill joy and money mad proprietor.When 19 year old Josie enters their life needing a place to stay and help with her life choices, the fun begins and doesn’t end until the Big Finish.
Lots to think about and discuss in book groups, especially ones that have a few older members or members with loved ones in assisted living or nursing homes. The importance of hope, honesty, friendship, and sympathetic attention is laid forth with good natured respect.
4 of 5 stars


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text 2019-10-03 15:25
Halloween Bingo 2019: Fourth Extra Square
The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective - Catherine Louisa Pirkis


I haven't finished Sara Collins's The Confessions of Frannie Langton yet, but this came in the mail just recently, and I've been curious about it ever since I listened to the full cast adaptation of one of these stories as part of the BBC's The Lady Detectives compilation, which was my audiobook for the "Read by Flashlight or Candle Light" square.  And so far, it's a pleasure to meet Miss Loveday Brooke ... (whose appearance is actually the polar opposite to what is suggested on the book cover).  Tigus, I think you might enjoy this one!


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