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text 2018-11-14 05:25
Back with Harry for another round!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

What an absolute pleasure to be back in the world of Harry Potter!  When I finished the series 7 years ago the first thing I said was that I would like to read it again some day.  And now a member of my book club picked The Sorcerer's Stone for our November read!  Thrilled!  And this time I am listening on Audible...  and loving every second of it!  

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text 2018-11-09 13:12
Peanuts Classics - 20/250pg
Peanuts Classics - Charles M. Schulz

I had planned on using In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox - Carol Burnett  for the Festivus door, and even started it last night after I finished Firestarter - Stephen King,Dennis Boutsikaris, but then while I was browsing Half Price Books while waiting on friends for dinner, I came across this and had to have it. Then I opened it to read  couple comics and just kept reading! So I think I will use this for Festivus instead. 

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review 2018-11-07 02:40
Hocus Pocus ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut

I gave it my best for 40 pages, but finally just saw no reason to continue. This book does have a perverse sort of humor and is funny in places, but it was also off-puttingly angry. The conceit of this book is that it is the disjointed scribblings of a (possibly mad) man who is imprisoned in a library, and he decides to write his life story on random little scraps of paper he found laying about. So even as I recognize that the story's rambly structure and style is meant to illustrate the set up, I still found myself utterly unable to summon the will to keep reading. YMMV

 

DNF at 40/325 pages. Paperback, picked up from... somewhere, and had been sitting on my shelf for 3 years. Fly free now, little book, and I hope you end up with someone who wants to read this kind of drivel. 

 

I was attempting to read this for The 24 Tasks of the Festive Season game, for door 19 Festivus (Dec. 23) book task: Read any comedy, parody, or satire. Instead, I'm going to listen to the audio of Carol Burnett's In Such Good Company

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text 2018-11-05 13:18
Hocus Pocus - 0/324pg
Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut

It's probably a bad sign when I'm already expecting I might DNF a book before I've even read the first page, but I have very low expectations here. I picked this up on a whim at a used books sale, but I'm always hit/miss with Vonnegut and based on other user reviews this is going to fall into the dark humor category as I see descriptions of both "funny" and "angry". Also, it also relies on a shifting timeline narrative and I think I've probably had enough of that from the book I just finished. 

 

Oh, well. I'm reading this for The 24 Tasks of the Festive Season game, for the Festivus door, and if I hate it then I have a Calvin and Hobbes book as an alternate. And although those cartoons are also an acerbic social commentary, they are still more fun than angry, so I won't have trouble finishing THAT one, for sure. 

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text 2018-10-22 02:04
The Return of the King - 70%
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien,Rob Inglis

     But as they came to the east end of the village, they met a barrier with a large board saying, NO ROAD; and behind it stood a large band of Shirriffs with staves in their hands and feathers in their caps, looking both important and rather scared.

 

     "What's all this?" said Frodo, feeling inclined to laugh. 

 

     "This is what it is, Mr. Baggins," said the leader of the Shirriffs, a two-feather hobbit. "You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing Up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-keepers, and Tresspassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings Without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food."

 

     "And what else?" said Frodo. 

 

     "That'll do to go on with," said the Shirriff leader. 

 

     "I can add some more if you like it," said Sam. "Calling Your Chief Names, Wishing to Punch His Pimply Face, and Thinking you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools." 

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