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Wordless Wednesday #236

>> Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Morning Sun on a Tulip

Morning Sun on a Tulip
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Nutshell Review: Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction

>> Tuesday, April 29, 2014


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Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction


Hawkeye Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja

Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: #2 in the Hawkeye series
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 136
Source: Library



The Book:
This volume 2 is a compilation of issues 6-11 of the comic series.

From the publisher:
The year’s most critically acclaimed comic! Ace archer Clint Barton battles Superstorm Sandy, digital doomsday, dog detectives, lady problems, murder for money and more as Matt Fraction and David Aja continuetheir exciting, adventurous reinvention of the arrowed Avenger! Plus: The tracksuits are back, and they’re aiming to kill!

My Thoughts:
Superhero comics aren't my normal thing but for some reason I really enjoy this new Hawkeye series. Barton doesn't have special powers he's just the best archer EVER. He's also a bit of a smartass.

It's a little bit of the Marvel Universe that I enjoy outside of the movies. This is not an Avengers thriller. This is all about what Clint Barton is up to when he's not working with the rest of the Avengers gang. I really enjoyed the section of this one told from the perspective of Clint's dog.

3 stars Rating 3/5

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Bout of Books 10 is just around the corner

>> Monday, April 28, 2014

It's that time again. I'm joining in for my third bout of books.

Bout of Books 10 starts on Monday May 12th.

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I haven't made any specific goals yet but that's one of the things I love about this read-a-thon. I don't have to. It's all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will put together some official goals and post them on the 12th. I typically make my goals about time spent reading or listening to audiobooks rather than specific books or numbers of books.

I hope you check it out and decide to join in on the fun.

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Weekend Update - The Readathons and Review Formats Edition

>> Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekend Update







Readathons:
I know that a lot of my blogger friends are participating in "Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon" today.


I've never participated in this readathon because weekends are usually too booked up with other things but I hope everyone who is participating or cheerleading is having a great time.

The Readathon that works for me is the Bout of Books which is a weeklong low key focus on reading.

Bout of Books

The next one is coming up in May but I'll be talking more about that next week.

Nutshell Reviews:
I started this blog way back in 2006 as an online reading journal for myself. Over the years it's been adapted to be more than that but the primary purpose is to document my reading and the books I read. I am still committed to the concept of this blog as my reading journal and posting about everything I read. That said, not every book merits a full review. Some are shorter (such as many of the graphic novels I read) and with others I just don't have that much to say.

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I'm going to start using a "Nutshell Review" format for some of these. You will start seeing posts labeled "Nutshell Review". This doesn't mean the book wasn't good. Some of them are fantastic! These might be books, graphic novels, short stories, novellas, and digital short works that I read and want to document here but they just don't necessarily merit a full post.


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The Accident by Chris Pavone

>> Friday, April 25, 2014

The Accident by Chris Pavone

The Accident by Chris Pavone

Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 343
Source: Copy provided by the publisher

The Short Version:
A manuscript of an unauthorized biography of a media mogul could get anyone who reads or knows about it killed because of the secrets it reveals.

Why I Read It:
I enjoyed Pavone's first book and was happy to have his second on hand.

The Book:
From the publisher

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril. The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

My Thoughts:
I love a good twisty turny suspense story and the fact that this one was wrapped around the business of the publishing industry just made it all that much more fun for me.

The essential events of the book take place within a single day but there are multiple flashbacks to events from the past. The one day time frame and international scope of the story means that a whole lot of STUFF happens in 24 hours.

There is a huge cast of characters and the setting shifts between many different locations. Pavone manages to keep the tension high from the very beginning. For me there was one crucial "Holy &*#!" moment that made me want to drop everything and finish the book in one sitting. Unfortunately I was at lunch at work when that happened and my boss wouldn't have been too thrilled. Nevertheless, I did finish the book that day. It was a wild ride.

It's not necessary to read Pavone's first book The Expats, before reading this but be aware that there are some characters from that book who make an appearance in this one and some plot elements of The Expats are casually mentioned.

The bottom line is that I highly recommend both of Pavone's books and I cannot wait for him to write more.

4 stars Rating 4/5

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Wordless Wednesday #235

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2014



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Audiobook – Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

>> Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Publication Date: 2006 Audio Edition. Book originally published 1986
Length: 5 hours, 50 minutes
Read by: Stephanie Daniel
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Phryne (Fry-nee) Fisher , bored with late 1920's London Society agrees to go to Melbourne to check in on the daughter of an acquaintance but soon find herself in full on Private Detective mode.

Why I Read It:
When Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves talked about this one I decided that it sounded like a fun audio series.

The Book:
From the Publisher:
The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher--she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions--is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia.

Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism--not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse--until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

My Thoughts:
This was a fun first in a series. I liked Phryne from the very beginning. She's a bit of a rebel and very independent and intelligent. Her history is that she was born in Australia and had a fairly poor childhood until she was twelve when "three people between father and the Title died". She and her family moved from Australia to England and lived in luxury.

When Phryne arrives in Melbourne to find out what is really going on with the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Harper. They fear that their dear Lydia has married a reprobate and that Lydia's recurring illnesses are symptoms of mistreatment.

Before Phryne can even begin to learn what is going on with Lydia she is soon involved in helping track down a brutal abortionist who may be responsible for multiple deaths. Then the Russian dancers talk her into helping them track down the cocaine dealers responsible for their mother's death.

It's a lot to pack into a short book but Phryne is fun and she's clearly gathering a cast of recurring characters that have me looking forward to continuing with the series.

I've never listened to a book narrated by Stephanie Daniel but I enjoyed her work. I never felt like I wanted to shift my audio player into the higher speed to move things along. She's good with the voice characterizations without if sounding forced.

There is an Australian Television series based on these books called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. It's available on Netflix and I might check it out once I listen to a few more in the series.

This was a light fun introduction to a series of relatively short audiobooks that are well-narrated. The combination of a fun main character and an interesting setting and time frame means I'll be continuing with the series.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5 for the book

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the narration



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Weekend Update – The “What The Heck Was I Thinking?” Edition

>> Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekend Update

Who was that crazy person who signed me up for two races in six days???

Oh wait, that was me.

First of all let me state clearly that I AM NOT a runner. For a long time I was strictly a walker and I enjoy walking in races. The Hubster is the runner in the family.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Over the past couple of years I've started adding a bit of running into the mix and now I approach races as a mix of running and walking. It’s fun but I doubt I’ll ever be strictly a runner. Anyway I decided several months ago that it was time to give a half-marathon a try. The Hubster and some of his friends were doing the Vernonia Half Marathon which isn't too far from our house and is a course that’s not all hills (a rarity in this area). That was last Sunday. Then the Hop Hop 5k which we did last year in it’s inaugural year ended up being scheduled for yesterday. I had to sign up because it’s just a fun race with a nice course and mimosas afterwards. I figured that the worst case scenario was that I just walk it casually.

I actually ended up doing pretty well (for me) in both races.

Vernonia Lake
Vernonia Lake
My goal for the half marathon was to do a 14 minute pace and finish in 3 hours. I managed to finish in 2:52 thanks to some good early miles because the finish wasn't pretty. The final few miles were a long gradual uphill that just wore me down and then the final quarter mile was a steep downhill switchback that made my calves cramp and I was glad to just make it across the finish line.

But I did it!
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Banks-Vernonia State Trail

The course was beautiful. It was mostly a trail around a lake and then along an old railroad right of way through the woods. The weather was gorgeous.

Then it was time to assess the damage. Beyond the expected post-race soreness I had a giant painful blister on my pinkie toe. The shoes I wore have been tossed never to be worn again. An emergency shoe order was placed so I could get a new pair of the style of shoes I used to wear in time for Saturday’s 5k. Since on Monday I could hardly walk I wasn't even sure if walking the 5k yesterday was going to be an option. But as the week passed the blister healed enough and I gave the new shoes a trial run on Thursday on the treadmill which left me ready to face the 5k yesterday.
Sunrise over Mt. Hood and the Portland Airport
Sunrise over Mt. Hood and the Portland Airport

We had another pretty morning and the wind and rain held off long enough for our race. The half-marathon folks who started later than the 5k folks weren't so lucky. I did much better than I expected. I didn't get a PR but I did finish faster than I did last year. Then there were the mimosas! It’s all about rewards.

Hop Hop 5K Commemorative Glasses
Mimosas!
Now I get a break. This two races in 6 days was kind of crazy but I did it. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt it again. My next race is on July 4th and I’m looking forward to taking a week or so off and letting my legs and feet heal.

Reading this week:
I finished listening to Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. It was fun and I enjoyed both the main character and the 1920’s Australia setting. I started listening to the next (for me) in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. The Dark Horse is narrated by George Guidall and I’m liking it a lot so far.

In print I finished The Accident by Chris Pavone. I now have two Pavone books that I’m ready go push The Hubster to read. I enjoyed both The Expats and The Accident and I think he’ll like them too.

I started reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s fascinating so far and I’m looking forward to reading more.


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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

>> Friday, April 18, 2014

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Niko Henrichon

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 136
Source: Library


The Short Version:
A fictionalized account of the true story of lions who escaped the zoo after the 2003 bombing of Baghdad.

Why I Read It:
Recommended highly (and repeatedly) by many of my friends.

The Book:
From the publisher:

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation — can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

My Thoughts:
Told by and from the viewpoint of the animals this is a beautifully told and illustrated story. The four lions who are the main characters all have distinct personalities. When their world they know in the zoo is suddenly changed so drastically the freedom they have wanted is granted. However in a city at war is a dangerous and desperate place for all of the zoo animals.

The artwork in this is simply beautiful despite the wartime setting.

The political allegory is pretty much what I'd expected and I knew what the final outcome would be so that didn't come as a surprise either. The telling of the story through the animals both worked and yet didn't work for me. At some points it felt like bits and pieces of both The Lion King and the Madagascar movies. The anthropormorphizing of the animals at times went a bit too far into humans they represent in the allegory but overall it was still a good book.


3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Wordless Wednesday #234

>> Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunset
Ixtapa, Mexico

Ixtapa Sunset
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Audiobook – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

>> Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: 2012 Audible Inc. Book originally published 1900
Length: 3 hours, 50 minutes
Read by: Anne Hathaway
Source: Free Audible download

The Short Version:
A tornado lands young Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz which is most definitely not Kansas.

Why I Read It:
When I got the email from Audible that they were offering this free I downloaded it. When I decided I wanted to read Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die I decided to listen to the original book first.

The Book:
From Google Books:
In the first of L. Frank Baum's time-honored Oz novels, country girl Dorothy Gale gets whisked away by a cyclone to the fantastical Land of Oz. Dropped into the midst of trouble when her farmhouse crushes a tyrannical sorceress, Dorothy incurs the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy is desperate to return to her native Kansas, and, aided by the Good Witch of the North, she sets out for the Emerald City to get help from the legendary Wizard. On her way, she meets three unlikely allies who embody key human virtues—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

My Thoughts:
I’m sure I read this as a kid but I sure didn't remember much of it. I remembered it being quite different from the movie but the details have faded.

The book itself is an odd story. The interpretations of it as political and social allegory are well known but whether Baum really intended as that may or may not be true and honestly I don’t care. I was interested in the story and how it differed from the movie and to hear Anne Hathaway’s reading of it.

If I had a recommendation at this point it would be that if you want to revisit the original Baum story go the the library and pick up a print edition. Skip this audio version.

The story was quite different from the movie. The Wicked Witch of the West is almost a minor character. As in the movie there is a fair amount of violence for a children’s story. I really didn't remember the Tin Man being such a whiner. I also didn't remember that both the good witches make an appearance. Each area of Oz has a distinct population and is ruled by one of the witches. The munchkins from the movie are only a quarter of the story.

As for the audio production it started out OK and while I like Anne Hathaway fine as an actress but I will never listen to her narrate another audiobook. She seemed to try way too hard to give each and every character in the book a distinct voice and accent. There are far too many characters for that in this book. The Tin Man might have seemed like a big whiner to me because of the way she did his voice. The Scarecrow sounded exactly like Marge Simpson. Before Dorothy and her companions were falling asleep in the field of poppies Hathaway lost me completely. When the stork sounded like a Valley Girl out of the early 80’s I’d had enough. At that point Hathaway’s increasingly odd voice characterizations became a complete distraction from the story. The Guardian of the Gate in the Emerald City sounded like Daffy Duck and the Wizard himself sounded like an elderly Southern lady.

I only finished it because it was so short.

2.5 stars Rating 2.5/5 for the book

1 stars Rating 1/5 for the narration



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Weekend Update – The Best Reading Week in a While Edition

>> Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Update

Last weekend was a great reading weekend for me. After finishing up A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante Friday night I needed to let it simmer in my head a bit before starting another novel.

Last Saturday I read three graphic novels and made a dent in the stack of books I've got out from the library. I read:

Hawkeye Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction – a fun not quite a superhero series

Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods by Jeff Lemire – this is the first in a new series for me. Post apocalyptic with half human, half animal children and after the first one I went to the library this week and picked up the second

and Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan – I’ve had several people encouraging me to read this one for a while. Based on the true story of the animals of the Baghdad zoo roaming free after the city was bombed it’s a fascinating story and beautifully illustrated

Sunday was road trip day. I have a couple of friends who live north of Seattle and we periodically meet up at a pub in Olympia that's halfway between and me and the one who lives farthest north. That meant 5 hours of audio book time for me on the road.

I finished listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway and my recommendation is stick to the printed format.

I started listening to Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood narrated by Stephanie Daniel. This is the first in the Phryne Fisher series and I'm enjoying both the main character and the 1920's Australia setting.

I started reading The Accident by Chris Pavone. I really enjoyed his first book The Expats and this one is extremely good so far.

Aside from reading, here are a few random photos from my phone from this week:

The trees are blooming and my allergies are raging but it's still pretty

Blooming tree


I love the detail on this building. Even though its several floors up and not easy to see from street level it's beautiful.
Architectural detail


I do love me a pretty sunset

Sunset
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A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

>> Friday, April 11, 2014

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

Genre: Fiction/ Mystery
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 272
Source: Copy provided by the publisher

The Short Version:
A dead man is soon found to have had three wives and the inivestigation into his death becomes both complicated police work and an examination of the women and relationships in his life.

Why I Read It:
I enjoyed Alice LaPlante's first book Turn of Mind quite a bit so when I read the description of this one it was an easy choice for me to read it.

The Book:
From the publisher

When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his own hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose posh Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was well loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life—in fact, multiple lives. A closeted polygamist, Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting women show up at his funeral, suspicions run high. Detective Adams soon finds herself tracking down a murderer through a deceitful web of lies, marital discord, and broken dreams.

My Thoughts:
While Dr. John Taylor is the common thread this book is about the women. It's about the young detective investigating his death and about the three women who were married to him.

Almost no one in this book is telling the whole truth. Lies and deception are as much a part of the current situation as they were a part of Dr. Taylor's life.The twists and turns of the case as Samantha Taylor tries to determine who killed Dr. Taylor are interesting and along the way Samantha begins to question her own relationship.

The story is told in alternating chapters by Samantha Taylor and each of the wives. They were all unlikable in their own way and I had a little trouble believing that someone would put up with the conditions their mutual husband put on their lives and communication. Despite the parts of this that I found a bit unbelievable it was an interesting story.

The ending felt abrupt to me. In fact I wondered at first if the egalley I was reading was missing a section. I had to let the ending simmer a bit in my head before I could decide how I felt about it.

For me this was one of those books that I liked but at the same time there were things about it that I didn’t like. I think it would be a fabulous book club selection because there is plenty to talk about and I’m curious to hear what other folks who have read it think about it.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Wordless Wednesday #233

>> Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Watching the surf
Ixtapa, Mexico

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Audiobook – Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters

>> Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters

Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: #18 in the Amelia Peabody series publication order, #19 in story chronology order
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2006 Harper Audio
Length: 13 hours, 44 minutes
Read by: Barbara Rosenblat
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
The discovery of King Tut’s tomb and potential danger to the members of her family keep Amelia Peabody Emerson busy.

Why I Read It:
This has been one of my favorite series in audio format and I’m sorry to reach the end of it.

The Book:
From the publisher:
Banned forever from the eastern end of the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson's desperate attempt to regain digging rights backfires—and his dream of unearthing the tomb of the little-known king Tutankhamon is dashed. Now Emerson, his archaeologist wife, Amelia Peabody, and their family must watch from the sidelines as Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter "discover" the greatest Egyptian treasure of all time.

But the Emersons' own less impressive excavations are interrupted when father and son Ramses are lured into a trap by a strange group of villains ominously demanding answers to a question neither man comprehends. And it will fall to the ever-intrepid Amelia to protect her endangered family—and perhaps her nemesis as well—from a devastating truth hidden uncomfortably close to home . . . and from a nefarious plot that threatens the peace of the entire region.

My Thoughts:
Note on series order: I read this one out of publication order because I’m reading the series in order of the story. You can find the chronology here.

Elizabeth Peters planned all along to have this series end with the discovery of the tomb of Tutenkhamon by Howard Carter working on behalf of Lord Carnarvon. Since her characters could not actually ‘discover’ the tomb without significantly altering history she manages to have them close to the events surrounding the discovery and the beginnings of the process of clearing the tomb.

As with the rest of the series it’s a mix of mystery, historical fiction, humor and real people and events. The series spans nearly 40 years of both real and fictional history. Amelia and her family and circle of friends have grown throughout the series and the multiple generations of family and friends have become well known friends to me. I will miss them.

As usual for books from this series I'm going to share a few quotes that made me giggle along the way.
"How nice," I said, glancing at Emerson's scowling countenance. "I will send a little note inviting them to tea this afternoon."

"You do so against my wishes," said Emerson, sticking out his chin.

"Yes, yes, my dear, I understand. Run along now and look for tombs."

A cloud of pale dust rose heavenward. Ramses broke into a run. "Stay back," he shouted.

Naturally I proceeded a tthe quickest pace I could manage.

"Not to mention the absence of motive for a murderous attack", I said. "At least I can't think of one."

"Do I detect a certain note of regret?" Ramses asked gravely.

It was just one of his little jokes. "I would prefer a nice simple murder to our present state of confusion", I replied, only half in jest.

"Sorry about this, Amelia," said Cyrus, trying to restrain his guest. "I couldn't stop him. He's kind of upset."

"So I see. Sit down and be quiet, Sir William!"

I did not shout; I employed the tone of voice I have learned to use on recalcitrant persons. Sir William of course did as I ordered. He was seriously out of breath anyhow.

I highly recommend the audio editions of this series and I also recommend listening to then in the order of the story as listed in the link above.

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration



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Weekend Update – The What’s on our DVR, DVD Player and Netflix Queue Edition

>> Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekend Update

A few TV shows we've been watching are winding down. This gives us room to start watching some new to us shows as well as catch up on a few we are a few seasons behind the current episodes.




The endings


How I Met Your Mother
We hadn't even watched this show until a couple of years ago so we watched all 9 seasons over a fairly short time frame. The season finale this week certainly generated some strong reactions. I have mixed feelings. Ending it with a twist wasn't quite on the level of the Pam’s Dream season of Dallas but it did fall a little flat for me. The show had it’s ups and downs over the years but it was mostly fun.

Psych
This show has been fun and I’m going to miss it. We’re down to the final three episodes on our DVR.

Justified
I have been a fan of Timothy Olyphant since Deadwood and Justified has been just an excellent show. It’s true to the spirit of Elmore Leonard and the stories that inspired it. The fifth season is nearly done and next season will be the last. If you haven’t watched this show I highly recommend you find season one and start from the beginning.

The catching up


Mad Men
This is a show we have always been a few years behind in watching. We started by getting the DVD box sets and now we’re watching on Netflix. We've just started season five and the first part of the split season 7 is about to start. I plan to record the new shows while we work on catching up via Netflix. As we did with How I Met Your Mother our plan is to catch up and watch the final episodes when they first air.

The new


The Americans
We were able to record the rebroadcast of the first season of this show in the weeks before the current season started at the end of February. I’m so glad we did it’s excellent. I’m kind of loving Keri Russel as a total badass. What’s interesting about this show is that I find myself rooting for the Russian spies as often as I find myself rooting for the Americans.

The Big Bang Theory
This is a show we never watched but heard from a lot of people that it was funny. I think we never started watching it because it began when we were just watching too many shows and couldn't fit any others into our available TV viewing time. We got the first season from the library and started watching this week. Maybe it’s because I’m married to a scientist but this show is a crackup.

The next on the Netflix Queue


House of Cards
I really want to watch this one but I think we might watch the earlier British version first.


Sherlock
Another one we just haven’t had time for but want to start watching


So what are you watching these days?

Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

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