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text 2017-12-05 14:48
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas ★★☆☆☆
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas - Jeff Guinn

 

Jeff Guinn is a terrific writer of nonfiction historical events and biographies. I thoroughly enjoyed his books on Jim Jones and on Bonnie & Clyde. But it was painfully apparent to me, early on in this book, that this talent doesn’t translate well to the telling of fictional stories. At least not fictional stories about Santa and Mrs. Claus. I tried to soldier on through this book, because I needed it for Square 3 of The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season (Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar)), but I just can’t keep punching myself in the head like this. I had to stop. I can’t even work up the energy to detail the many ways in which this book continually failed me. Just take my word for it: Read the hell out of Mr. Guinn’s nonfiction books – I’m eyeballing the one on Charles Manson right now – but don’t spend your time or energy on this set of “fanciful” Christmas stories.

 

DNF. I gave it 2 stars only because I was able to make through 41% of the book (that’s 4 ½ hours of listening!) before giving up.

 

Audiobook, purchased via Audible. Susan Denaker’s smarmy & self-righteous tone certainly seemed to suit the character as written, but damn.  

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text 2017-07-26 11:27
Erster Satz | Claus Probst: Die Jagd (Am falschen Ort)
Die Jagd - Am falschen Ort: Thriller - Claus Probst

Seit der Sache mit Torrini hat an achtmal versucht, mich zu töten. 

 

Vermutlich gibt es nur wenige Menschen, die das von sich behaupten können. Mit Ausnahme einiger Diktatoren, Rebellenführer und Drogenbarone, die sich jedoch nicht mit mir vergleichen lassen, denn sie umgeben sich meist mit einer Armee von Leibwächtern. Ich dagegen bin völlig auf mich gestellt.

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text 2017-05-25 06:01
Part 3: What's On Your Library Wishlist?
Daughters of the Moon, Volume 2 - Lynne Ewing
The Countess - Lynsay Sands
The Blades of the Rose Bundle: Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, & Stranger - Zoe Archer
Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Crazy Love - Candace Gold
Kissing Santa Claus - Donna Kauffman,HelenKay Dimon
1,000-Year Voyage - John Russell Fearn
Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored - Mary Gabriel
The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Still updating my shelves to reflect and to work thru the wishlist.  Any recommendations to immediately read anything currently borrow-able?

 

(Backfiring as a way to clean up some reading lists because I stupidly keep glancing at the "also enjoyed" and adding more to the TBR but working to remind me I wanted to read something or continue some series.)

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review 2017-03-13 01:53
Book 5/100: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - L. Frank Baum

When I was young, the toy-mation movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorite Christmas movies ever. It still is, although I don't watch it with the regularity of, say Muppet Christmas Carol. It was always a bit obscure -- it was not played every year like Rudolph or Frosty, and a lot of people had never seen it. I was thrilled to finally find it on VHS and later on DVD so that I can enjoy it for every Christmas and share it with my own kid(s) someday.

All of that preamble is to say that it was impossible for me to read this without my perception being clouded by nostalgia. Because the movie actually follows the book very well, reading the book was like seeing the movie in my mind once again -- and we've already established that I love the movie. Objectively speaking, if I read this without the context of my fondness for it, it may have felt a little like one of those books that was just one thing happening after the other without a really clear through-line. On the other hand, the prose was very often quite beautiful and it was easy to get swept away in the magic of the setting and the nostalgia of a Christmas origin story. I do think it's a pity that this is not as well known as Baum's Oz books, because I found it to be just as magical (although, like the Oz books, it did get a little clunky at the end.)

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text 2016-12-31 13:52
December Wrap-Up
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man - Tony Bertauski
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Christmas Tale - Austin Crawley
The Elf: A Christmas Horror Short Story - I. Clayton Reynolds
War on Christmas - Edward Lorn
EMP - Wilson Harp
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text - Neil Gaiman
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Leviathan - Tim Curran

I finished 14 books in December, which is a lot for me!

 

Several of these were short Christmas reads;

 

2 Classics:

 

The Chimes by Charles Dickens (New to me, but one read is enough)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (A favorite I will probably re-read again)

 

One other re-read: A Christmas Tale by Austin Crawley

That was fun to read right after A Christmas Carol because it relates.

 

Claus by Tony Bertauski

War on Christmas by Edward Lorn

The Elf by I. Clayton Reynolds

Supernatural Short Stories for Christmas by Denise Jay

 

All new reads with a Horror element. I tried other Christmas stories but DNF'd any not listed here.

 

Also,

The Christmas Cookie Plate by Julie Schoen (Cookbook for Christmas cookies)

 

Other non-holiday stories were:

EMP by Wilson Harp

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Leviathan by Tim Curran

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Woman Who Killed Donald Trump by Sam Bower

 

ALL of these were good. Seriously, I indulged in pleasure reading and only read books I really enjoyed. I read no samples whatsoever and I was all caught up with Netgalley, though I seem to have acquired 3 more from them now.

 

It has been an excellent reading month for me. :)

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