Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
“It sounds like he was an honorable man.”
“He was. But still money was short, and he was forced to do the one thing that sorcerers should never do. An act of such gross betrayal to his art that if it were made common knowledge, his reputation would be destroyed forever, and he would die a broken man, humiliated and shunned by his peers.”
“Right. He did children’s parties.”
(from The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Rain was not a bad thing, of course, as his brother had reminded him on more than one occasion. But his brother was a farmer, and he was talking about proper rain: the sort that cascaded from the heavens to water the earth and fill the aqueducts and wash the drains. British rain was rarely that simple. For days on end, instead of falling, it simply hung around in the air like a wife waiting for you to notice she was sulking.
(from Terra Incognita, by Ruth Downie)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
“So what are you going to do for work in Seattle?” (. . .)
“I’ve applied for some internships. I’m waiting to hear.”
“Have you applied to my company as I suggested?”
I flush. . . Of course not. “Um. . .no.”
“And what’s wrong with my company?”
“Your company or your company?” I smirk..
(from Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
7*/10. The complete review is here.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
“Oh, Toto!” shrieked Dorothy suddenly.
“He’s wandered off to do his business,” said the Lion. “Just between you and me, it’s about time he learned to be private about it. I know you dote on him, but there is a limit.”
“He’ll be lost,” she cried. “He couldn’t find his way out of a cracker barrel. He’s not very bright, you know.”
After a respectful pause, the Tin Woodman observed, “I think we’ve all noticed that.”
(from Son Of A Witch, by Gregory Maguire)
7*/10. The full review is here.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Okay, the truth. I did put laxatives in one of my sandwiches at work once. But it was to catch a coworker on the night shift who kept stealing everybody's uneaten lunches. My ploy didn't work. The sandwich got too soggy, and he knew t avoid it.
Also, the wife of one of my coworkers once sneaked some pot into his lunch-dessert brownies, unbeknownst to him. Which made for a most interesting afternoon shift.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Monday, March 09, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Happy Daylight Savings Time to everybody else, from one of the two states (Hawaii, Arizona) that views it as a Communist plot. I used to think that Alaska and a couple counties in Indiana also refused to change their clocks, but apparently I'm behind the times (pun intended).
Saturday, March 07, 2015
“Sydney can go as your date, Carlos.”
“Sydney has her own date. An old widower on the Board who inherited billions and once grabbed her boob.”
“He did not grab my boob,” Sydney groaned with disgust. “He fell against it when he had a mini-stroke during the centennial parade.”
(from Finding Clarity, by Laura Novak)
5½*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, March 06, 2015
Thursday, March 05, 2015
We can debate what the second-greatest movie ever is. The Princess Bride, The Wall, 2001 : A Space Odyssey, Once Upon A Time In The West, Fantasia, etc.
But there can be no debate that Monty Python's The Holy Grail is the best movie ever.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
Sunday, March 01, 2015
A powerful quote from Shakespeare's King Lear. I came across it in the book in yesterday's post, Fever Dream. I went looking for an image to accompany it, and discovered it is also used on a Magic The Gathering card. How kewl is that?!