Book Blog Name Tag

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Originating at the alwaysopinionatedgirl blog, I spotted it at Stefani’s Caught Read Handed blog and it looked like such fun, I just had to participate. All you have to do is list a character from a book for each letter in the name of your blog.

V – Vincent D’Agosta (Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
A – Agatha Raisin (series by M.C. Beaton)
U – Ursule Mirouet (Ursule Mirouet by Honoré de Balzac)
Q – Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo)
U – Uriah Heep (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
E – Evan Evans (series by Rhys Bowen)
R – Richard Hannay (The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan)

B – Benjamin January (series by Barbara Hambly)
O – Orabona (The Horror in the Museum by H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald)
A – Anna Pigeon (series by Nevada Barr)
R – Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown)
D – Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)
I – Ilse Freemantle (Duma Key by Stephen King)
N – Nathaniel Peaslee (The Shadow out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft)
G – Gervaise Coupeau (L’Assommoir by Émile Zola)

H – Hamish Macbeth (series by M.C. Beaton)
O – Owen Orient (series by Frank Lauria)
U – Ursule Macquart (The Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola)
S – Stephanie Plum (series by Janet Evanovich)
E – Etienne Lantier (Germinal by Émile Zola)

I’m not tagging anyone, but play along if you have time!

The Illustrated Omar Khayyam-Quatrain #38 The Last Dream To Plumb

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Another treat from Benny’s The Illustrated Omar Khayyam. I love most of Benny’s illustrations, but some grab my attention more than others. I found this one especially striking. Details about Benny’s new translation.

Originally posted on Bennythomas's Weblog:

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I repent the dream I lost in Time’s womb;

Perchance Life hides from me a dream to plumb:

Not satiated with the dream to come

Nor what on my skull in cipher writ: Tomb.

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Teaser Tuesdays – November 18, 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.

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Mine this week is from a Stephen King book. I saw many good mentions of Duma Key on various blogs and at Goodreads. The one that decided me to read it now was this one on Emma’s blog, BluChickenNinja.

Duma Key by Stephen King

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I was supposed to lose my life, but didn’t. I was supposed to be mentally impaired thanks to the contracoup thing, and at first I was, but it passed.

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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.

Teaser Tuesdays – November 11, 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.

I’m finally getting it! I found the first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, full of interesting lore about these vampires. I liked the main characters, but the story itself didn’t really intrigue me enough to make me want to read the entire series – that is until a little teaser at the end. Well, I had to read the second book, Living Dead in Dallas, to see that that was all about. Interesting enough, but continuing? Probably not – until the end. Now with third book, I am probably well and truly hooked.

Club Dead
by Charlaine Harris

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A year ago I would have been on the phone dialing 911 before the corpse even hit the floor. But that year had been one long learning curve.

Club Dead is the third book in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. I was immediately engaged with this one and really like the writing style. Much of the background was set up in the first two books and Charlaine Harris began really hitting her stride in the series with this one.

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Any Sookie fans? Fans of the books or the HBO series True Blood?

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.

Teaser Tuesdays – November 4, 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.

Two Graves is the twelfth in the Pendergast series and the third in the Helen trilogy.

Two Graves
by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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“You’ve got quite a killer on your hands–let’s hope you don’t have a … problem.”

The smile indicated he very much hoped the opposite.

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

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Free Time Fridays – October 31, 2014

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shannon (who currently doesn’t have any Free Time due to a recent move) at eatupmyfreetime.

If you’re new to Free Time Fridays, the details are at eatupmyfreetime here.

I’ve watched two movie marathons and an assortment of old horror movies in this week leading up to Halloween.

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First up was a four movie marathon of Tremors. These were fun to revisit, but I actually prefer the television series from 2003. Michael Gross is perfect as Burt Gummer.

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A five movie Alien Nation marathon is in progress. Three down, two to go. These also make me want to re-watch the entire series.

Right in the midst of all the movies, there was a special Halloween team challenge at Fun Trivia featuring six exploding pumpkins. On the book front, I finished Burn by Nevada Barr which was due at the library. Not that our dear librarians would have placed a voodoo curse on me had I been late, but one never knows what esoteric knowledge might be picked up through reading and it was set in New Orleans.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Teaser Tuesdays – October 28, 2014

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

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

Burn is the sixteenth of Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series. I enjoyed and kept up with the early and middle books because I like Anna and her occupation of Park Ranger is unique. Lately though I have been put off by too many chapters devoted to the one-shot characters who are often unlikeable bad guys. With Burn being set in New Orleans, I am hoping the city itself might lend extra interest to these scenes.

Burn by Nevada Barr

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The shop felt witchy enough–a little kitschy as well, but even practitioners of the occult needed to make a living. It was deserted: no customers, no salespeople, not even a black cat lounging amid the esoterica.

Have you read any of Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series? 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.

Teaser Tuesdays – October 21, 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.

This week features a book from one of my favorite long-running mystery series. I first discovered M.C. Beaton in the Hamish Macbeth series which began with Death of a Gossip in 1985. Her first Agatha Raisin book was Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death published in 1992. After reading the first book, I wasn’t sure if I liked Agatha or not. She can take a bit of getting used to. But I enjoyed the book enough to give the next one a try with the result that Agatha and the series were soon great favorites of mine. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead is the 24th Agatha Raisin book.

Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
by M. C. Beaton

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She could not afford to investigate any case where she could not earn any money.

At the week-end, she was morosely looking at her garden, feeling that she should try to weed some of the flowerbeds, and deciding to sit down and have a gin and tonic and a cigarette instead, when her doorbell rang.

Have you read any of Beaton’s books? 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.