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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"I don´t know if anyone´s noticed," said Lord Eorle, "but you certainly don´t see as many dogs about as you used to."

Vimes stared. It was true about the dogs. There didn´t seem to be quite so many mooching around these days, that was a fact. But he´d visited a few dwarf bars with Carrot, and knew that dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn´t get rat. And ten thousands dwarfs eating continously with knife, fork and shovel wouldn´t make a dent in Ankh-Morpork´s rat population. It was a major feature in letters back home: come on, everyone, and bring the ketchup.

 

Ankh-Morpork seems to have a serious rat problem!

 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

I’m enjoying this much much more than I ever expect to enjoy Urban Fantasy. part of this is because the humor does not seem forced, as if the author is over-trying, or trying to conjure up a sense of humor because the publisher/editor was promised a Humorous Urban Fantasy. I hate books that are trying to be funny, but the author reminds me of sitcoms that get canceled after four episodes. the humor here isn’t insisting upon itself, or Raymond Chandler meets cutesy, bad dialogue. just do a natural lightness, and relax with the cutesy-cutesy, a little.

 

other than that, I’m high on the Arabic angle that has snuck in, in terms of myths and magic - Jinn, elemental magic, etc.; but then, when I Dungeon Mastered D&D, I was an Al-Qadim guy. plus, I’m just constantly entertained with the twists and surprises. it flows, it flows really well. finally, the book makes me feel like I’ve been dropped into October 31st. a good Halloween (or thereabouts) pick. so...cool!

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review 2018-09-23 16:06
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
My favorite so far!
I loved the story in this one. The intensity of a villain like Sirius Black on the loose, mixed with a dose of Lord Voldemort, and the excitement was page-turning! Plus I felt more adventure in this one with the tournament Harry had to participate in.
It was sad to see death in this one, but it is imminent after all so I shouldn't have been surprised. And yet I was.
This book is by far the biggest of the series too. It was easy to read, but still took some time to get through. I don't mind though, it was so worth it.
Get onto reading this series if you haven't already. Seriously.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-goblet-of-fire-40.html
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text 2018-09-23 11:52
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"All right, then," he said. "You´ve all, er, got to take the oath ... eh ... and Corporal Carrot will show you how. Did you take the, er, oath when you joined us, Carrot?"

"Oh, yes, sarge.Only no one asked me, so I gave it to myself, quiet like."

"Oh? Right. Carry on, then."

Carrot stood up and removed his helmet. He smoothed down his hair. Then he raised his right hand.

"Raise your right hands, too," he said. "Er... that´s the one nearest Lance-Constable Angua, Lance-Constable Detritus. And repeat after me..." He closed his eyes and his lips moved for a moment, as though he was reading something off the inside of his skull.

´"I comma square bracket recruit´s name square bracket comma" ...´,

He nodded at them. "You say it."

[...]

´"...do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit´s diety of choice square bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork, serve the public trust comma and defend the Subjects of His stroke Her bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket Majesty bracket name of reigning monarch bracket ..."´

[...]

´"...without fear comma favour comma or thought of personal safety semi-colon to pursue evil-doers and protect the innocent comma laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty comma so help me bracket aforesaid deity bracket full stop God Save the King stroke Queen bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket full stop."´

 

Hahahahaha. This is brilliant!

 

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review 2018-09-23 10:52
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

If you're looking for the cutesy tone of the film, or even its recent live-action re-make, look elsewhere, you won't find it here. You might be better off with Winnie-the-Pooh.

 

I had forgotten that several of the tales collected here are not about Mowgli, or the Jungle or even India in some cases and the Second Jungle Book focuses more on Mowgli than the first. Those non-Mowgli stories are not necessarily bad, though, and perhaps my favourite story from both books is The Undertakers, about a crocodile, crane and jackal. The North Polar story is perhaps second.

 

There's a detectable tone of arrogant superiority both of humans over animals and the English over Indians that is unsurprising from Kipling, who was very much of his era in this regard, but it wasn't strong enough to spoil the fun for me.

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