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text 2018-12-12 17:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - Human Rights Day, Task 2 (70+ Year Old Characters)
Miss Marple Omnibus Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens,Norman Page
The Final Solution - Michael Chabon

Admittedly fairly obvious choices, but anyway:

 

1. Miss Marple -- who may or may not have cracked 70 at the beginning of the series (The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930) but is an elderly lady even then and must have been over 90 by the time the last book about her was published, some 46 years later (Sleeping Murder).

2. Allan Karlsson -- the eponymous protagonist of The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

3. Little Nell's Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop.

 

Honorary mention:

 

Sherlock Holmes -- who has retired and is keeping bees in the South Downs in The Final Solution, which is set in 1944.

 

 

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review 2018-12-02 02:03
Spelled ( #1)
Spelled - Betsy Schow

 

I should've have read this story sooner since I had tons of fun reading it! :D
It has a snotty/privileged heroine who will be confronted throughout the entire book with the consequences of one reckless wish... and one very cumbersome curse.
Luckily for her she will have the aid of two unlikely allies. Honestly at the beginning, they pretty much hate each other guts. So imagine the fun we have reading that! ;)
The writing is filled _ and fueled _ with sarcasm and wit; two of my favorite things. The descriptions are vivid and filled with a wacky imagination.
The characters are interesting. There's even one character who changes heads at discretion! It was hilarious! Really.
The plot is absorbing with non stop action and a bit of romance. So, yes, I pretty much loved it and can't wait to read the follow up.
Let the wacky... ness? continue! :D
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text 2018-11-25 22:02
24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 - Mawlid, Task 4 (Characters Who Made a Career Change)
A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael) - Ellis Peters
Poirot: The Complete Battles of Hastings, Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley
The Fabulous Clipjoint - Fredric Brown
Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth

1. Brother Cadfael: A career change can hardly get any more radical than going from crusading soldier to herbalist monk (with a sideline of detection).

 

2. Captain Arthur Hastings: From soldier in WWI to London detective (of sorts) to cattle rancher in "the Argentine".

 

3. Washington Black: From child slave on a sugarcane plantation to explorer to painter (supporting himself by working as a delivery boy) to scientist and scientific illustrator -- all in the space of barely 20 years.

 

4. Mr. Lawrence Todhunter: From philantropist and occasional literary columnist to murderer (which btw is not a spoiler -- it's the book's explicit premise).

 

5. Ed Hunter: From printer's apprentice / assistant to amateur detective to "carnie".

 

Special mention:

 

Miss Maud Silver: From governess to private investigator.

 

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text 2018-11-25 18:56
24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 - Bon Om Touk, Task 4 (Moonlighting Book Characters)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Nights At The Circus - Sarah Waters,Angela Carter
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

Three moonlighting characters:

 

1. Dr. John Watson:  The good doctor actually has a full-time practice as an MD -- which doesn't stop him from routinely going sleuthing with London's self-declared "only consulting detectivie", however.

 

Since "moonlighting" is built into the character profile of pretty much every amateur detective (and if not into theirs, at the very least into that of their sidekicks), I could probably just go on listing cozy mysteries ... but just to keep it varied, I'll add instead:

 

2. Jack Walser: Journalist by trade, who joins Sophie Fevvers's circus and moonlights there as a clown in order to be able to finish Sophie's biography (and just generally be close to her) in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus.

 

3. Rincewind: Discworld's most hapless wizard, who is pressed into moonlighting as Twoflower's (and his luggage's) tourist guide in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic.

 

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review 2018-11-25 01:02
Hikaru no Go (manga, vol. 18) story by Yumi Hotta, art by Takeshi Obata, supervised by Yukari Umezawa (5 Dan), translated by Naoko Amemiya
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 18: Six Characters, Six Stories - Yumi Hotta,Takeshi Obata

This is the series' "short story" volume. It's an anthology composed of shorts focused on particular characters.

"Akira Toya" takes place just before Akira first met Hikaru and shows his loneliness at not having kids his own age to properly play Go against.

He plays against a kid who has a high opinion of his own skills only to utterly crush him.

(spoiler show)


"Tetsuo Kaga" takes place after all the original Go club members have left. Kaga, the kid who was good at both Go and Shogi, goes back to his junior high and is accidentally mistaken for Tsutsui,

a misunderstanding that he uses to gather up new members for the school's nearly dead Go club.

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In "Asumi Nase,"Asumi considers quitting being an insei and skips out on Go in order to go on a date. They end up at a sketchy Go salon,

where her obvious skill and comfort in that atmosphere end up scaring off her date.

(spoiler show)


"Yuki Mitani" takes place at some point in the past (I remember him less than Kaga, which is a bit sad considering I think Mitani was around more). Mitani cheats at Go for cash but isn't as slick about it as he thinks he is.

"Atsushi Kurata" takes place prior to Kurata becoming interested in Go. When he was a student, Kurata used to collect horse-racing data and guess winning horses, becoming increasingly good at it, although he never placed any bets.

The final story in the volume is "Fujiwara-no-Sai," which obviously takes place in the past. Hikaru and Sai play a game of Go in order to win back a prized Keicho vase

that has a "floating" flowers optical illusion when you fill it with water.

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This was okay, I guess. The best stories were Sai's and Asumi's - they felt the most complete. Sai's gave me a little Sai fix. It was lovely to see him again, and Hotta basically made him go through his full range of emotions in a single story - adorably earnest, goofy, serious, and a bit nostalgic about the past. Asumi's story made me wish the series focused on its female Go players a little more. It was nice seeing her

actively choose Go over a "normal" life (although, granted, the guy she was out on a date with wasn't exactly a winner).

(spoiler show)


Kurata's story was nice, too, I suppose, a glimpse of what he was like before he got into Go. I just didn't find it to be as interesting as Sai and Asumi's stories. Most of the other stories, unfortunately, felt more like outtakes from the original series than complete stories in their own right. Mitani's was particularly annoying, since it ended just before the game that was supposed to teach him a lesson about his behavior up to that point.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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