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text 2018-12-18 20:38
24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Task 1 (Bibliomancy)
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

I was just going to do an "Ask Auntie Jane (Austen, not Marple)" ... but as BT pointed out, you can never really ask Will Shakespeare for his comment too often, so I've decided to call upon him for a second opinion.  Not that I mistrust Miss Austen of course, but these are serious questions, after all, so it seems justified to make doubly sure.


So, here we go:


  • A.   Will I read all the books on my TBR?  (page 378, line 29)

Jane Austen's response (from Pride and Prejudice):

"... their vice.  He was fond of the country and of books, and from these tastes ..."

William Shakespeare's response (from Romeo and Juliet):

"Prodigious birth of love it is to me"

Umm.  This is seriously spooky.  You guys can't possibly mean my entire TBR --  or if you do, you've both answered this one completely blindly.  So I'm going to interpret this as meaning I'll at least read all the books on any TBR I might create for a special purpose in 2019 (e.g., for my new spin on the Women Writers challenge).



B.   Will any of my 2019 reads be 5 stars? (page 227, line 31)

Jane Austen's response (from Sense and Sensibility):

"... judged it wisest, from the experience of the past, to submit -- and therefore, ..."


William Shakespeare's response (from Venus and Adonis):

"At this Adonis smiles as in disdain"

What?!  I'm supposedly going to finish off my TBR, but not a single book is going to be a 5-star read?  You've got to be kidding me!  That's some motivation to keep on reading ...


C.   Will I discover a new favorite book / author / series? (page 309, line 23)

Jane Austen's response (from Pride and Prejudice):

"... be soon down again and soon dining at Longbourn, and the conclusion of ..."

William Shakespeare's response (from Love's Labours Lost):

"Suscribe to your deep oaths, and keep it, too."

That sounds like another "no" from both of you -- both answers are along the lines of "stick to what you already know."  You're really not explaining very well how this "finishing off my TBR" thing is supposed to work, you know?  Again, not really a tremendous amount of motivation you're giving me ... unless you mean I'll finish off that TBR because I'll DNF a whole lot of books.  I'll have you know that I typically don't count DNFs towards a reading challenge, though ... Oh well.  Moving on:



D.   Will I discover that a major twist (hopefully, for the [even] better) has occurred in one of my favorite series? (page 459, line 16)

Jane Austen's response (from Pride and Prejudice):

"'I can easily believe it.  You thought me then devoid of every proper ..."

William Shakespeare's response (from The Merchant of Venice):

"Content, in faith.  I'll seal to such a bond"

Aha!  This makes more sense.  A new twist, especially one for the even better, is surely going to keep me reading, because I'll want to know how it ultimately plays out.  Seems now we're (finally) getting somewhere.



E.   Will I finish all of my reading challenges in 2019? (page 69, line 7)

Jane Austen's response (from Sense and Sensibility):

"... regret that they were only eight altogether."

William Shakespeare's response (from Henry VI, Part II):

"... holden at Bury the first of this next month."

Err ... and by that you mean ... what, Will?  I can see that Miss Austen thinks I'll embark on eight reading challenges (no "only" about it, though, I can assure you, Jane!) and I'll easily make mincemeat of them.  But what's the reference to Bury St. Edmunds supposed to mean, Will?  Or do you mean I'll "bury" those challenges?  It doesn't really make sense since you're clearly referencing the place and not the verb, but I think I'm just going to write this one off as one of your lesser known (and, um, I'm sorry to say, less succesful) witticisms.



F.   Will I stay within my book budget in 2019? (page 98, line 5)

Jane Austen's response (from Sense and Sensibility):

"... pleasure at seeing them in London, making the usual enquiries about their ..."

William Shakespeare's response (from Henry VI, Part III):

"And were I strong, I would not shun their fury."

Uh, oh.  I think this doesn't bode well for my book budget.  Miss Austen has me touring my usual London book haunts (which invariably ends up disastrously as far as any budgetary plans are concerned).  And Will Shakespeare thinks I'm just going to cave in to pressure ... which, I'm afraid, just may turn out a rather astute assessment, when faced with shelves and shelves of shiny, sparkling new books in a favorite store ... or on the website of an online seller.  OK, I guess I had better rethink the size of that book buying allowance ...
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review 2018-12-17 18:45
DOGGEM by John F. Leonard
Doggem: A Tale of Toy Dogs and Dark Deeds - John F Leonard


What a fun and dark short story this was!


It's young George's turn to take Doggem home from school over the holidays. Doggem is a cute little stuffed toy and George is excited. The one responsibility that comes along with Doggem is his diary entries. George is required to write about Doggem's life from Doggem's point of view over their time off. George is a little worried about that, but is proud and happy to give it a shot. He will soon discover though, that Doggem is a much more than he seems to be. What will happen over the holiday? Will George be able to keep up with Doggem's diary entries? You'll have to read this to find out!


This is a charming little tale about George, his family, and Doggem. It didn't spool out quite the way I expected it to, and that's what made this bite-sized tale so much fun!




You can get your Kindle copy here: DOGGEM


*I was provided a free e-book copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2018-12-17 14:46
"At Dusk", by John W. Mefford
AT Dusk (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 5) - John W. Mefford
Book #5, in the Redemption Thriller series

Book #5, in the Alex Troutt series

This is another great addition to the series and a must read book if you are into a thriller that features a kick ass female FBI agent. Alex is a very tenacious individual at work and in her private life, a loving and caring single mother with friends she deeply loves, not putting aside that she also has a one of those dry sense of humour. Yes, you can start at this point but I would recommend reading this series in sequence. 

This is not a chick-lit with mushy romance but rather a dark story filled with action with many twists to keep us on our toes. In “At Dusk”, we have a sociopath on the loose terrorizing many in the Boston area. The action starts with Alex on the job investigating the murder of a woman who suffered the similar injuries to a 10 year old case the FBI has in file. Before things get out of hands and there are more victims…Alex needs to get to the bottom fast and get her man (woman). The story takes us in the mind of a serial killer while he hunts for his next catch….and in the head of Alex wanting to catch a predator at any cost. This scenario is played out by a strong cast of good and evil characters and is told from alternating perspectives including flashbacks. Mr. Mefford introduces these chapters smoothly and at the right time. We have a suspenseful and well-written storyline hard to put down. Meanwhile the saga continues on Alex’s home front….What a way to keep the series fresh and exciting…..the sequel “At Last” will bring a new chapter…..

The story is not taxing and is enjoyable to read, the language is clean and we are into a smooth sailing plot till the very last page… 


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review 2018-12-17 11:04
Bookcrossing: "The Partner" by John Grisham
The Partner - John Grisham

(Original review, 1997-05-30)

This morning on the Tube I saw a Grisham lying around, “The Partner”, and I was tempted to take it, but it was not marked as a bookcrossing book - so I wondered if somebody had only forgotten it or lost it out of his backpack when leaving the tram in a haste. So I left it in there. Of course, somebody might have finished it and let it lie there for somebody else to take it. But since there was no affirmation that it was fine to take it I did not want to commit trover and left it.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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review 2018-12-17 07:37
Her Last Move - John Marrs

A spate of murders, but is it a serial killer? The victims die horribly and all in a short space of time, so what is the connection? A huge problem for the police. Joe and Becca from two different departments work together to solve the case. On one hand I loved this book but on the other was irritated by the actions of some of the characters who were never 100% focused on what they were meant to be doing and it began to get very tiresome! That niggle aside, it was a great story and hard to put down. Started with plenty of oomph and finished in the same manner. Plenty of thrills and spills to keep the reader intrigued.

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