Teaser Tuesdays – July 29, 2014

LocNessTeaser 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.

 

Death of Yesterday
by M. C. Beaton

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There was a village here that was supposed to be right friendly but along came the Hydro Electric Board, built the dam and made the loch, and the old village was drowned. So folks say there’s a curse on the place.

 

Death of Yesterday (2013) is the 29th entry in the Hamish Macbeth series. It is one of the few series I began reading from the beginning (Death of a Gossip, 1985) which is still ongoing. Thank you, M.C. Beaton!

 

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.

 

The Story of Mark: Project Castor

Madame Vauquer:

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Thank you for the mythology information and the ‘Mark’ refresher!

 

Originally posted on Orphan Clones:

After two seasons of female clones and speculation of male clones, we have finally been introduced to our men and Project Castor. Sharpen you Greek myth skills again for the background on this.

Castor is a twin, his brother is Pollux commonly known as the constellation Gemini. Less commonly known is they are considered the protecting force behind the phenomenon of St. Elmo’s Fire. They protected sailors on the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and still do through this Fire. Castor was also known as a skilled trainer of horses and Pollux as a skilled boxer.

They were fathered by two men; Castor by Tyndareus, King of Sparta, and Pollux by Zeus. Like many myths, there are variety of versions and in some both sons are fathered by Tyndareus or both are fathered by Zeus. Their mother was Leda. Keep in mind that the myths with Zeus has both…

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The Doctor’s Wife

I’m currently listening to The Doctor’s Wife by M E Braddon which was recommended to me by Guy. What a perfect quote for the Friday Finds meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It sounds like Mr. Raymond isn’t as excited about his box of books as most of us are.

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Mr. Raymond was established in a big chintz-covered easy-chair, turning over a box of books newly arrived from London, and muttering scornful comments on their titles and contents.

This book is such fun! Aside from being a Victorian Sensation Novel which I quite enjoy, it is loaded with references to books and characters. A free etext is available at Project Gutenberg and a free audio at LibriVox.

I have read and enjoyed four other novels by Braddon: The Trail of the Serpent, Aurora Floyd, Henry Dunbar and Lady Audley’s Secret. All these and many more can be found free online.

Friday Finds – July 25, 2014

FourBooksFriday 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.

 

A great haul for me this week! Eight books which I ordered from Powell’s Books earlier this month have arrived.

 

Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth #29)
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin #24)
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (Mickey Haller #5)
Ten Little New Yorkers by Kinky Friedman (Kinky Friedman #18)
They Shoot Horses Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
Alien Hearts by Guy de Maupassant
Hard Time by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #9)
Total Recall by Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski #10)

 

Any guesses which book shot to the top of the TBR list? (hint: Series mysteries are my favorite contemporary reading and this is one of the series I have been reading the longest.)

Did you have a productive week? 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 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.

 

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 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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