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text 2017-04-20 15:18
Update to Agatha Christie Reads for 2017

 

Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Books
 
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) 
 
The Murder on the Links (1923) 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) 
 
The Big Four (1927) 
 
The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) 
 
Peril at End House (1932) 
 
Lord Edgware Dies (1933) 
 
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) 
 
Three Act Tragedy (1935) 
 
Death in the Clouds (1935) 
 
The A.B.C. Murders (1936) 
 
Murder in Mesopotamia (1936) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936)
 
Dumb Witness (1937) 
 
Death on the Nile (1937) 
 
Appointment with Death (1938) 
 
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938)
 
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) 
 
Evil Under the Sun (1941) 
 
Five Little Pigs (1942) 
 
The Hollow (1946) 
 
Taken at the Flood (1948) 
 
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952) 
 
After the Funeral (1953)
 
Hickory Dickory Dock (1955) 
 
Dead Man's Folly (1956) 
 
Cat Among the Pigeons (1959)
 
The Clocks (1963) 
 
Third Girl (1966) 
 
Hallowe'en Party (1969) 
 
Elephants Can Remember (1972) 
 
Curtain (1975) 
 
The Monogram Murders (2014) (Not reading this since it's not a Christie book)
 
Publication Order of Hercule Poirot Collections

Poirot Investigates (1924) 

Murder in the Mews (1937) 

The Labours of Hercules (1947) 

Poirot's Early Cases (1974) 
 
Publication Order of Miss Marple Books

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) 
 
The Body in the Library (1942) 
 
The Moving Finger (1942)
 
A Murder is Announced (1950) 
 
They Do It with Mirrors (1952)
 
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953) 
 
4:50 From Paddington (1957) 
 
The Mirror Crack'd (1962) 
 
A Caribbean Mystery (1964) 
 
At Bertram's Hotel (1965) 
 
Nemesis (1971) 
 
Sleeping Murder (1976) 

Publication Order of Miss Marple Collections

The Thirteen Problems (1932) 

Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979) 

Publication Order of Tommy and Tuppence Books

The Secret Adversary (1922)

N or M? (1941) 

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968) 

Postern of Fate (1973) 
 
Partners in Crime (1929) 
 
Publication Order of Superintendent Battle Books

The Secret of Chimneys (1925)
 
The Seven Dials Mystery (1929) 
 
Cards on the Table (1936) 
 
Murder is Easy (1939) 
 
Towards Zero (1944) 
 
Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Man in the Brown Suit (1924)

Giant's Bread (1930) 

The Sittaford Mystery (1931) 

Unfinished Portrait (1934) 

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934) 

And Then There Were None (1939) 

Sad Cypress (1940) H

Absent in the Spring (1944) 

Death Comes as the End (1944) 

Sparkling Cyanide (1945) 

The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) 

Crooked House (1949)

They Came to Baghdad (1951) 

A Daughter's a Daughter (1952) 

Destination Unknown (1954)

The Burden (1956) 

Ordeal by Innocence (1958) 

The Pale Horse (1961) 

Endless Night (1967) 

Passenger to Frankfurt (1970) 
 
Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930) 

The Hound of Death (1933) 

The Listerdale Mystery (1934) 

Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) 

The Regetta Mystery and Other Stories (1939)

The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (1948) 

Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950)

The Under Dog and Other Stories (1951)

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960) 

Double Sin and Other Stories (1961) 

Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (1965) 

The Golden Ball and Other Stories (1974)

Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories (1991) 
 
The Harlequin Tea Set (1997) 

While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997) 
 
 
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text 2017-04-20 04:49
Child of Morning, Rosy Fingered Dawn
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer,John Lescault
The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver,The Great Courses,The Great Courses

At last! I've finished The Illiad portion of the story and have begun The Odyssey. What a difference!  I'm trying to decide if it is the subject matter of one versus the other that makes the one so much better, so much more readable than the other, so much easier to tell or if it is that the writing of the Odyssey is actually that much better than that of the  Illiad. Or then again, maybe I will just leave it to the critics.

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text 2017-04-18 04:40
Slow going
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer,John Lescault

I'm about 20 books in and it is slow going. Lots of blood and gore and dead warriors. Lots of names I can't get my head around. Very repetitive--no wonder we read a very abbreviated version in high school. I can't wait for the men at war section to be over so i can down to the adventure story.

 

BUT a wonderful, easy to understand translation (I just have to keep reminding myself that "host" means "army" and not the "Master of the House"). AND, a marvelous narrator who uses just enough moderation of his voice that we can tell when he speaker changes. AND marvelous poetry, full of all those devices that do poetry make -- you know, all that stuff you learned in school and can't put a name to now but you sure recognize now when you hear it.

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text 2017-03-19 16:11
♫My Little Po-- *ahem* TBR♫

 

Someone said they had a big tbr…

 

biggerlist

 

 

I am not a List Aficionado,  but I  like lists. I have my Favorite lists, my TBR lists [and my TBR is a list of books I am actually going to read, not just a list of books I might someday, sometime, maybe perhaps, get around to reading]. I make grocery lists. I make Wish Lists on Amazon. I do the schedule for Children’s Story for church. I make lists of my Magic: The Gathering cards.

 

 

So to celebrate lists, I figured I’d post what is currently on my Kindle. That way you can see what is on my TBR for the next 6-12 months. When I finish one series, I simply replace it with another from my Calibre TBR list. Calibre is a fine piece of free ebook managing software. It is also where I keep my reviews offline. The numbers in parentheses are the number of books I have in that series that I still need to read. So without further ado, here’s a list of series I’m reading:

 

 

Dread Empire  by Glen Cook [3]

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott. [1]

Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters [10]

Omega Force by Joshua Dalzelle [5]

Blood on the Riek trilogy by Sand Mitchell. Warhammer novels [1]

Forgotten Realms: The Harpers by various and sundry [15]

The Sackets by Louis Lamour [13]

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson [9]

Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky [9]

The Polity series by Neal Asher [14]

Count to the Eschaton by John Wright [1]

Books by Patricia McKillip [17]

Alex Hunter by Greig Beck [3]

Chronicles of Dune by Frank Herbert [7]

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patrica Wrede [3]

Tales of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn [2]

The Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis [2]

Malaz Empire by Ian Esslemont [5]

Night Angel by Brent Weeks [2]

7Th Sword by Dave Duncan [3]

The Swan’s War by Sean Russell [2]

Chess Team Adventures by Jeremy Robinson [9]

Misc:

  1. Warrior King
  2. Guns of the Dawn
  3. Dreams of Distant Shores
  4. Infinity Engine
  5. The Twelfth Imam
  6. The City of Mirrors
  7. Revenger
  8. Lord of Light
  9. Indomitable
  10. A Fire Upon the Deep
  11. United States of Japan Currently Reading

 

The nice thing about having such a variety of series is that it takes me 6-8 weeks to cycle through them all, so I never feel like I’m reading something stale. And as you can see, several series only have 1, or 2, books left, so then I just replace them, thus continuing the cycle of fresh reading. The other bonus that it has for me, is that I don’t have to “choose” what book to read next. I simply read the next book of the next series. Back in ’11 or ’12 I tried to do the whole “read whatever the heck I feel like at the moment” and it ended up as a disaster. This type of thing definitely doesn’t work for everyone and I’d be very hesitant to recommend it, but it works for me and how I read.

 

 

Now here’s a funny Cyanide & Happiness comic strip about lists to end this post:

 

list

 

 

bookstooge
ps, I am always available for a little bank-robbing, IF, you can guarantee that the cops will show up and we’ll go out in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Cops are negotiable, as I will settle for private security, mercenaries, aliens or even super-heroes, but the Guns & Glory are non-negotiable.

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url 2017-03-14 08:23
Peppa Pig books banned in China
Books Of Opposites (Peppa Pig) - Liz Catchpole
Peppa Pig The Tooth Fairy - Neville Astley,Mark Baker
Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List - Candlewick Press,Neville Astley,Mark Baker
Peppa Pig: Let's Go On A Treasure Hunt - Neville Astley,Mark Baker,Susie George
Peppa Pig: Let's Make A Snowman! - Neville Astley,Mark Baker,Sadie Chesterfield
Peppa Pig and Her Best Friend - Neville Astley,Mark Baker,Gail Herman
Lost Glasses (Peppa Pig) - Neville Astley,Mark Baker
Peppa Pig School Bus Trip - Neville Astley,Mark Baker

Why would grown men in the Chinese government feel threatened by Peppa Pig?

 

If anyone say the Chinese government is fine, don't believe this person. How could a government be fine while feeling threatened by children books about pink pigs. 

 

 

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