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text 2018-11-02 01:50
24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 - Día de los Muertos, Task 2 (Favorite Epitaph)

Task 2:  Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).


To a Shakespeare fan, there can be only one ...



Good friend for Jesus' sake forbeare,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.


(Photos mine.)


And yes, he wrote that one himself. Apparently he had a premonition just what might happen after his death ...


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text 2018-09-05 13:46
My August 2018
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan,William Shakespeare
Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland
The Couple Next Door - 3.5 stars
Romeo and Juliet - dnf
Wilde About The Girl - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Wilde About The Girl


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Moxie


Apparently the less books I read, the more time I need to actually post my wrap up. When it comes to reading this year, I just feel off. I love reading, I read all the time, but I don't finish any books and it's driving me up the wall. I mean I'm still one/two books ahead on my reading challenge, so I'm not THAT bad, but it still bothers me a lot.

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review 2018-08-28 17:33
The Spy of Venice / Benet Brandreth
The Spy of Venice: A William Shakespeare Novel - Benet Brandreth

When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players - but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith.

England's very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy. Dazzled by the city's masques - and its beauties - Will little realises the peril in which he finds himself. Catholic assassins would stop at nothing to end his mission on the point of their sharpened knives, and lurking in the shadows is a killer as clever as he is cruel.


***2018 Summer of Spies***

William Shakespeare as a character was the hook that persuaded me to pick up this historical espionage novel, but really virtually any well-known man from the period could have substituted successfully in the role. I kind of turned off the “Shakespeare detector” in my brain in order to enjoy the novel as much as I did.

Picture Shakespeare as kind of an Elizabethan James Bond, learning his way around Venice and Venetians and trying to fulfill the mission that he inherits from the assassinated nobleman who recruited him to travel to Italy. The plot was decent—twisty enough to be interesting, but with a few thin spots. For example, I think two actors from a ragged company would be hard pressed to impersonate the English ambassador and his aide. But once you’ve allowed yourself to accept those unlikely situations, the novel is simply fun.

Brandreth seeded a lot of phrases throughout the novel that would presage some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and sonnets. Most of the time, I found them amusing, but occasionally they grated on me a bit. The author is an actor and a specialist in Shakespearean language and history, so his choice of Shakespeare as character makes sense. I also found the language used in the writing to be appropriate—not too obviously 21st century, for example.

I certainly liked this tale well enough to read Brandreth’s sequel, The Assassin of Verona.

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text 2018-08-27 15:19
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 448 pages.
The Spy of Venice: A William Shakespeare Novel - Benet Brandreth


Very enjoyable so far!

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text 2018-08-23 16:20
TBR Thursday
In the Month of the Midnight Sun - Cecilia Ekbäck
The Spy of Venice: A William Shakespeare Novel - Benet Brandreth
A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen
Goldfinger - Ian Fleming
Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy - L.A. Meyer


Can you believe that summer is almost over?  That means a bit of clean up as the Summer of Spies ends and Halloween Bingo begins.


I'm currently working on a non-fiction book Resurrecting the Shark and on Dr. No.  Next up is In the Month of the Midnight Sun, because I've renewed it almost as many times as possible at the library.  The author was originally billed as coming to When Words Collide, but by the time of the conference, she had disappeared from the schedule.  I hope nothing bad happened in her life!


I've got 3 more books I hope to read for the Summer of SpiesThe Spy of Venice, A Royal Pain, and Goldfinger.  Then I am proclaiming my summer reading project finished.


I recently picked up Voyager at the library--it is part of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project and there are 23 people waiting behind me for it.  It seems that Gabaldon only writes huge kitten-squishers, so I will have to concentrate on it soon.  It's due on September 7.


And finally, my September book club selection:  Bloody Jack.  We'll be meeting to discuss this book on September 7 also.  In other words, I have my reading cut out for me over the next couple of weeks!


I hope that everyone who participated in the Summer of Spies enjoyed it as much as I did!  I crossed a lot of titles off my TBR and feel like I have a better understanding of the spy genre than I did in May. 


Happy reading!



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