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text 2017-09-02 23:23
Free Halloween e-Book available on Amazon

Free Halloween Book for a Limited Time


The e-book version of the 2017 Halloween novel The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is being offered for free from today until September 5 on Amazon.


It is a brand new Halloween novel based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The e-book version of it is currently being offered for free from September 1 to September 5 so that book reviewers can read it in time for Halloween book reviews.


Although A Halloween Carol was originally written for preteens and young adults, it makes a great holiday story for readers of all ages. Younger readers will enjoy the spooky tale of a despicable holiday humbug who is scared witless by four eccentric Halloween spirits when they whisk him away to Halloweens past, present and future.


Adults will enjoy a nostalgic romp back into their Halloweens past and a brief romantic encounter with long lost love. Young and old readers alike will enjoy the delightful humor, clever word play and black cat antics sprinkled liberally throughout the book.


I hope you will visit Amazon and nab your complimentary e-book The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

Source: www.amazon.com/Legend-Decimus-Croome-Halloween-Carol-ebook/dp/B01MFHLIWS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1503436491&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+decimu&linkCode=ll1&tag=trailsnet-20&linkId=e6434bc3d3a40246d5e9cb5811c9b508
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text 2017-06-21 04:42
Peter Pan Rewrite
Peter and the Starcatchers - Greg Call,Ridley Pearson,Dave Barry

I enjoy reading classic novel remakes. Some of my favorites include Bored of the Rings, The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol & Peter & the Starcatchers.


I was a huge fan of Dave Barry's weekly newspaper articles and often read them aloud to my sixth grade students. When Peter and the Starcatchers was published, I read excerpts from it also. Dave Barry's humor was apparent throughout the novel.

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review 2015-08-26 20:17
The World in a book
War and Peace - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy

Henry James, not himself known for brevity of written expression, considered War and Peace a “large loose baggy monster, ” but each time I’ve read through Tolstoy’s 1000++ page rendering of the Napoleonic Wars era in Russia I’ve fallen completely under its spell. The first time, when I was in college, I had only four days to get through the book, which turned out to be wonderful because I became so immersed in the story that when I heard steeple bells ringing on Sunday it was as if I had been transported to Moscow with its hundreds and hundreds of churches.


It’s an immense, sprawling literary adventure and I love it too much to write rationally about it. In defending War and Peace against its critics, Tolstoy claimed that it’s not a novel, not an epic poem, and not a historical chronicle, but is instead a convention straddling work of artistic prose whose form was dictated by its subject matter.


The book has lots (and lots) of main characters--many of my favorites in literature--and it involves readers deeply, even tenderly, in their lives, loves, hopes, struggles, and spiritual odysseys. There are battles, balls, evening soirees, and family estates ruined then resurrected, but the plot is only part of the story. Also included are philosophical digressions on the truths of life and death, discussions on the forces of history, rants about historians (people who subscribe to the “great man theory” will not find support from Tolstoy), and even a little battlefield algebra--but often these metaphysical excursions are made using capacious poetic metaphors and similes that make reading them a pure pleasure.


And did I mention that I love the characters? Though I have nothing against romance novels  I never seem to enjoy them, but I swoon over the romances in War and Peace. It’s not a book without flaws. For one thing, now that I’m older, I noticed that in the Epilogue Tolstoy seems to write off  people over sixty, and maybe Tolstoy spends too much time away from the plot while propounding his favorite theories. But having finished the book for the fourth time I’m sorry it’s over, and I know that after a few years go by I’ll be happily lost in its pages once more.


Just a note on translation--I think this rendition by husband and wife team Richard Pevear (American) and Larissa Volokhonsky (Russian) is particularly good at capturing the nuances and beauty of Tolstoy’s writing.

Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/the-world-in-a-book
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review 2015-05-11 14:00
Victorian novel with a non-irritating version of Jane Austen’s Emma
Miss Marjoribanks - Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

Resourceful, optimistic, determined, and unflappable, Miss Marjorie Marjoribanks would make a delightful, though perhaps slightly controlling, companion. While staying dutifully--albeit perhaps a bit technically--inside the closely circumscribed boundaries of what is correct and proper behavior for a young Victorian woman, Miss Marjoribanks is able to manage just about every aspect of life in her little town, including politics, even though she can’t, of course, actually vote.


After finishing school and taking a brief tour of the continent, Miss Marjoribanks comes back home to “be a comfort” to her dear papa, a modest and selfless goal she mentions frequently at the most strategic times. Her mother had died a few years back and while her father, the town doctor, finds his life quite complete, Miss Marjoribanks is determined to make it better. She also has a quite a few other things in mind to improve the social life of the town as well, including holding lively and soon beloved Thursday evening gatherings in her father’s drawing room, which she had specially painted in a shade to flatter her complexion (she thinks of everything!).


Miss Marjoribanks decides she’ll continue on this course for 10 years, long enough to make up for papa having had the expense of redecorating the drawing room, before she thinks about getting married. But even Miss Marjoribanks can’t anticipate everything that will happen.


Some readers and reviewers have remarked that Marjorie Marjoribanks is like Jane Austen’s Emma but less irritating, and I concur completely with that sentiment. It’s a long book, and it did drag a little in the middle for me, but the story has a wonderful ending and it’s filled with a variety of spirited, humorous, mostly lovable characters.


My pleasure in this book was greatly enhanced by dialogue with reading partners--Miss Marjoribanks was an April buddy read with the Dead Writers Society on GoodReads and the Reading the Victorian Book Club on BookLikes.

Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/1163125/victorian-novel-with-a-non-irritating-version-of-jane-austen-s-emma
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review 2014-07-08 16:04
Entertaining Victorian classic
Barchester Towers (Oxford World's Classics) - Anthony Trollope,Edward Ardizzone,John Sutherland,Michael Sadleir

Trollope seems to be having a lot of fun in this second novel of his Chronicles of Barsetshire series making it an entertaining, almost light, book for this reader in spite of the length and the somewhat heavy issue the plot revolves around--the heated battles between England’s low and high church clergy. The story is full of clever, often laugh-out loud asides by a very present, quite friendly, somewhat cozy omniscient narrator who frequently parses the actions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters rather than just reporting them.


Most of the main characters from The Warden, first book in the series, are back, and it’s part of the fun to see how they are getting on with their lives, but there are many new and wonderful additions too, including a bishop cowed by his wife and curate, the oily manipulative Mr. Slope, the steeped in ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition Thorne siblings, and the scheming Stanhope family fresh from Italy and full of continental ways. Trollope writes characters who can be silly, weak, selfish, stubborn, pompous, and irresponsible and still you feel some sympathy for them. Like many Victorian novels Barchester Towers is long, but the ending is perfect, with every character arc and plot thread resolving in a way that is highly satisfying.

Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/923542/entertaining-victorian-classic
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