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text 2017-07-04 13:04
4th July 2017
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories - Lewis Carroll

Curiouser and curiouser! 

 

Lewis Carroll

 

July 4, 1862: Charles Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll) took three young sisters on a boating trip and told them a story about a girl who went down a rabbit hole. The tale became the basis for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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review 2017-06-30 18:02
"The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I: Family Letters 1905-1931" Edited by Walter Hooper
The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931 - Walter Hooper,C.S. Lewis

Sometimes I'm afraid that if I learn too much about C.S. Lewis, I won't like him so much anymore. That fear has yet to be realized. So far, the more I learn about him, the more I love him. He wasn't perfect, of course, and I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone who's not already a big fan, but I loved learning more of his personality through his own writing and seeing how he developed over the years. It's definitely important to keep in mind that he wasn't the famous author so many people admire when these letters were written. He wasn't even a Christian until the very end of this book.

I was also super excited to see my name (twice!) in one of his letters. And it's actually not unlikely that he wrote my name other times as well because of his interest in Greek mythology. I was able to go to the Wade Center in Wheaton, Illinois and see the actual letter in which he wrote my name. It was glorious. I had to work so hard to keep my fangirling inside my head that day... XD

My one complaint is this: Editor Walter Hooper says in the preface that he left out several letters (technically he says "a few", but he estimated it to be 5% and I'm pretty sure 5% of 977 pages of letters is more than "a few"), which bothers me. I want to read those letters too!!

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text 2017-06-27 04:14
BL-opoly - #24 - Take the Jungle Cruise!
A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in Indi... A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India - Norman Lewis

Several months ago, Open Road Media was offering hundreds of free Kindle books.  I went on a rampage, acquiring about 400 titles over a space of two or three days.

 

I've never heard of Norman Lewis, but I do like learning about new places, so I downloaded this title, amongst all those others.  Last week-end I selected  A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India to fulfill the Take the Jungle Cruise. #24 space on Booklikes-opoly.

 

I'm about 15% into the book, which was written in the 1990s.  So far, it's making me a bit uncomfortable.  I get a distinct colonial feel about it, about Lewis's perspective, but we'll see how it goes.

 

 

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review 2017-06-20 14:06
Should've Been a Cowboy - Vicki Lewis Thompson

I didn't realize I had another from this series. I wonder if the first two are buried in my TBR bin.

 

The greatest issue with it seems to be the absolute lack of willpower on anyone's part. In this one, the H and the h are both saying they'll keep their hands to themselves, then 10 minutes later, he's cornered her in a barn and about to score - at least, until they figure out they have no protection and she decides it's an omen. Of course, her conviction lasts about as long as him telling her there's no mud room (at a working ranch? Riiiiight) so they go back into the barn and do everything but. An hour or so later, they're going at it in a truck, then 15 minutes or so later, on a rock.

 

All the while telling themselves - and each other - that this isn't serious because she's going back to work on Wednesday - she's up for a promotion with a cruise line.

 

Her sister gave her a speech which at least got her head out of her hormones.

She came up with an idea to stay in bumblefart nowhere and told him right after her sister gave birth. Since she'd spent all their time together reminding him she was leaving, he told her she was nuts and all but shoved her out the door.

 

Some cowboy she'd barely met told him off about the whole deal, which made me raise an eyebrow as said cowboy apparently had no issues with his boss treated women. He sends the h a text message, they meet before she goes off on a cruise, she tells him to give her 2 weeks to train a replacement. HEA.

 

Ok, it was done in by a lack of willpower, a cliche (the whole wholesome small town ideology bit), and a cowboy who in retrospect most likely was more resentful because he wanted to record some music with the h and couldn't do that if she was on a ship in the middle of the ocean.

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review 2017-06-13 17:41
Lovely if a bit heavy handed
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

This was a lovely read. A great opening line, lots of magic and adventure, and Reepicheep, a character that has shot to my favorites list.

 

I have issues with the fact that Aslan was mixed up with turning around every bad habit or decision, because it says redemption or improvement is impossible without religion to me. I like the concept of free will, and I like to think we can pick the right path without constant divine nudges, so a start docked for the heavy handedness.

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