Teaser Tuesdays – July 22, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

 

Beauty and the Beast
By Barbara Hambly

Based on the series created by Ron Koslow

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Father’s room was two stories high, roughly circular and vaulted, and filled–floor to ceiling on one rough stone wall and heaped in stacks, pillars, pyramids between every other piece of its battered old furnishings–with books. Old encyclopedias and yellowing ‘thirties pulps, Everyman’s Classic Libraries sold to the rich by the yard in cured leather and gold, crumbling old novels, saints’ lives and Hegel, bright-covered Book Club editions bought to be thrown away, Shakespeare, Donne, Cervantes and paperback self-help, the gleanings of a thousand libraries, they rose in shadowy pillars around Vincent as he passed through the little vestibule with its scarred stone caryatids and crumbling pillars and down the short iron-railed steps to the main chamber.

This novel is based on the television series which aired from September, 1987 to August, 1990 and oh does it bring back memories. As I read Hambly’s descriptions of the various rooms, especially Father’s as quoted above, I can picture it just as in was in the beloved series. The original Beauty and the Beast series starred Linda Hamilton as Catherine and Ron Perlman as Vincent. It is wonderful to read about Father and picture Roy Dotrice in the role since that character is not in the new series. Does anyone else remember the series from the 1980s?

 

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Friday Finds – July 18, 2014

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them somewhere. Anything works.

I found two this week, one which led to another, you know how that goes.

I spotted The Midnight Examiner by William Kotzwinkle at Emma’s Book Around the Corner. It looks like a totally wild and over-the-top read.

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I’ve already ordered a copy in English, but couldn’t resist showing this German cover.

 

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While I was browsing at Powell’s Books, I came across The Game of Thirty which looked intriguing and happened to jump right into my cart.

 

 

 

Share your Friday Finds with us! Please leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post on MizB’s blog or here. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

 

 

Teaser Tuesdays – July 15, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

 

 

Mine for this week is non-fiction.

Letters from Africa
1914 – 1931
by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

Edited for the Rungstedlund Foundation by Frans Lasson
Translated by Anne Born

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My teaser is from a letter to Ingeborg Dinesen (her mother) dated Hopcrafts Shooting Box 20.1.14.

There is no sleeping car, but Bror had brought sheets and blankets. By the following morning the landscape had completely changed and then it was the real Africa, vast grass plains and the mountains in the distance and then an incredible wealth of game, huge flocks of zebra and gnu and antelope right beside the train, and although when you hear about that you don’t attach much importance to it, when you see it for yourself you find it really impressive.

 

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Friday Finds – July 11, 2014

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them somewhere. Anything works.

 

This is my first week to participate in Friday Finds. I would like to thank MizB for hosting this and other memes.

I have one this week:

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The Flood, a novella by Émile Zola

The Flood can be downloaded free in numerous formats from Project Gutenberg and as an audio book from LibriVox. Published in 1880, the French title is L’Inondation.

 

Share your Friday Finds with us! Please leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post on MizB’s blog or here. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your finds in a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week.

Fans fume as Canada’s Tatiana Maslany snubbed by Emmys

Madame Vauquer:

At least the Critics Choice Awards and the Canadian Screen Awards got it right!

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Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO — Tatiana Maslany has twice won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress and won Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Role at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The 28-year-old Regina native’s work on the made-in-Toronto series Orphan Black also earned her nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, ACTRA Awards and Dorian Awards.

But, for the second year in a row, the Primetime Emmy Awards have shut Maslany out — and fans are letting their feelings be known.

“If playing 9 characters and 2 genders doesn’t swing it, I don’t know what does,” tweeted Jenny Brennan.

Another Twitter user called the snub “a crime punishable by law.”

Emmy voters will choose between Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Julianna…

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Teaser Tuesdays – July 8, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

 

 

Hooray! I am finally back to a favorite genre – series mysteries.

The Family Way by Rhys Bowen

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Daniel suggested that he could fend for himself just fine and I should go up to his mother in Westchester County, where I’d be cooler and well looked after. I didn’t say it out loud but I’d rather have endured a fiery furnace than a prolonged stay with Daniel’s mother.

The Family Way is the 12th in Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy series. I was hooked from the very first one, Murphy’s Law.

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Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly

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Now that I’m nearing the end of Six Months in Mexico, and Nellie is in less of a touristy mode and more in her investigative journalism mode, this book has become much more interesting to me. I especially like the chapter about the Press in Mexico at that time (mid to late 1880s).

 

 

 

 

 

The Mexicans understand thoroughly how the papers are run, and they consequently have not the slightest respect in the world for them. One can travel for miles, or by the day, and never see a man with a newspaper. They possess such a disgust for newspapers that they will not even use one of them as a subterfuge to hide behind in a street car when some woman with a dozen bundles, three children and two baskets is looking for a seat.

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One of the newsiest, if not the newsiest, is El Tiempo (the Times), which is squelched about every fortnight, as it is anti-governmental.

Nellie would be out of luck if she decided to work in Mexico as there were no reporters.

Very few have telegraphic communication with the outside world, and none whatever with their own country. They mostly clip and translate items from their exchanges, heading them “Special telegrams,” etc., when in reality they are from eight to ten days old. El Monitor Republicano steals from its exchanges first and the other papers copy from it. Not a single paper has a reporter.

 

 

Teaser Tuesdays – July 1, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 

Anyone can participate.

 

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesday Page.

 

 

 

My Teaser Tuesdays book for this week is a travel one.

Six Months in Mexico
by Nellie Bly
(Elizabeth Jane Cochran)

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The prompter’s box is fixed in front of the stage, and his voice is not only heard continually above that of the actors, but his candle and hands are always visible, and he often takes time to peep out and take a survey of the audience; but the Mexicans do not notice him any more than the footlights. A bell, which sounds as heavy as a church bell, rings and the curtain falls.

Six Months in Mexico can be read at A Celebration of Women Writers where you can also find Around the World in Seventy-two Days and Ten Days in a Mad-House.

Six Months in Mexico is a travel book. I am finding it interesting enough but prefer the other two. Around the World in Seventy-two Days provides the excitement of the race in addition to visits to many lands instead of just one. Ten Days in a Mad-House is the story of Nellie’s ordeal undercover in an asylum.

Nellie Bly Online is a good resource for facts about her. Copies of many of her articles are available there.

 

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