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sixgun

sixgun

Joined January 2019

Good books are like good friends. They hold a special place in your heart.
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The Da Vinci code by Dan Brown
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Aenir by Garth Nix
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Castle by Garth Nix
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The Fall by Garth Nix
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Mehso-so

Although written for young adults, the story was fast, fun and exciting. The two main characters are a little over simplified but they do flesh out in the second and third volumes. There is a lot of space to grow in Nix's created world. I'm sure there will be much more from him in the future.

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Pickpick

My 6 yr old enjoyed the illustrations in this book, and although the subject matter was a little beyond her she was able to follow this true story of a barge full of garbage and it's travels. The illustrations were dynamic and fun, and the vast part in both of our opinions.

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Tombstone Courage | J. A. Jance
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Bailedbailed

Janice does a great job capturing the setting of her books. As an actual resident of Tombstone I can't find fault there, but after a few previous reads I've given up. Bring in law enforcement, I just can't get behind her characters. I wanted to like this series, I really did, but I'll pass on the other titles. I just couldn't take another page of the over dramatized inaccurate portrayal of the current law system of Cochise County.

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Wool and Cotton | Rita Storey
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Pickpick

Simple and visual text I use to help explain hand spinning.

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Equal Rites | Terry Pratchett
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Pickpick

Pratchett never disappoints. Quick and easy read that puts a smile on your face. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Pickpick

I appreciated the story in this book, and although it was clever, it was not my favorite Pratchett read. Still great, but his others seem to be more multi-dimensional.

Megara I loooove the Death series of Discworld. ♥️ 1mo
sixgun @Megara Do you have another title you would suggest? 1mo
Megara I‘ve been reading the Death series in order. I‘m not sure you‘d like the other ones better because the reason I like these books so much is I love the character! 1mo
sixgun SPOILERS: @Megara it's not so much that I disliked the characters, I just found the story too stand alone. Death at the bar in Ankh-Morpork was probably my favorite part where we experienced some cross-over, or at the University. The interaction with Mort and Death was good, but not great. Considering Pratchett's other work I hesitate to dismiss any of his other books. 1mo
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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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Pickpick

I loved it. Quick and easy read with bits and pieces woven in from his overall vision of Discworld. So far my favorite of his books I've read so far. Hilarious if you get into his tongue in cheek sense of humor.

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The Colour of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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Pickpick

This was my first Terry Pratchett read, brought on by watching Good Omens on Amazon.
After I got in the right mindset I was hooked. I've read another 3 of his books since.

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Wednesday's Child | Peter Robinson
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#wondrouswednesday @gradcat "I'm back!"
1. I've visited 2, and live in the 3rd.
2. Mountains, but need to be able to visit the coastline.
3. Virungas
4. A country straight out of the author's imagination.

gradcat @sixgun Where‘ve you been? I‘ve actually been thinking about you and wondering if you‘d sort of left us...so good to “see” you again!! Oh, and thanks so much for the tag! ♥️ 1mo
sixgun @gradcat oh I was trying to streamline my life, step back from social media, and then I moved. Things are settling down and I've been reading and said.... It's time to get back to everyone here!! 1mo
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My Man Jeeves | Sir P G Wodehouse
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Pickpick

These stories are just so much fun. The home of British humor at it's finest.

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My Man Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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British humor is like no other.

Swe_Eva 😂 6mo
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A Scandal in Bohemia | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Pickpick

There is nothing quite so much fun as a quick Sherlock tale. This one is fun, with that deduction twist that is always there.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Pickpick

As important as Uncle Tom's cabin is to the understanding of slavery, I think this book contributes another narrative, another perspective, another glimpse into slavery as experienced and recorded by those that lived it. I enjoyed the book. It was well written without it's words and grammar being inaccessible even though it was written 170 years ago. The characters were real people with real struggles and they have changed my life.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. I got a little scared at times when he threw in a 90° turn, but I was enveloped again in the story. Good, quick, solid read.

sixgun I wanted to add, that if anyone would like to read this book, I'm happy to mail it. 7mo
Bklover Sounds really good! Years ago I used to read Heinlein. I‘d love to read it! 7mo
sixgun @Bklover send me your street address to sixgunangoras@gmail.com 😁 7mo
Bklover Done! You‘re the best! Thank you😁😁😁💙 7mo
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed listening to this in the car. I don't think I would have read it on paper however. It had a lot of slow places. I wanted it to be more like James Herriot's work. I enjoyed the small Irish town doctor stories. I did not feel the "big" story was anything but completely predictable and a real letdown.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Life is precious. A man enslaved with the weight of Injustice fully upon his shoulders still holds on to his will to live when someone attends to take it away.

Note: A breakdown in physical or mental health can alter the strength of the hold we feel upon our lives. I just felt that needed to be said.

Cathythoughts Yes ♥️ 7mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Panpan

I love a good heavy book. I'm not sure why, maybe it feels like accomplishment. But when I paged through this book before I started it, I was already put off. I can see why the typesetter did what they did, but....
When I got started in the story I saw that it had a lot of potential, but if at page 5 the character's health was already being explored I just couldn't see where the following pages could go.
I'd be hard pressed to pick it up again

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The Snow Was Dirty | Georges Simenon
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Panpan

The story was there, I know it was, but I just couldn't get into it. I might try it again when I don't have other books i'd prefer to read in my cue, or I go through a dark, cold, Russianesque time.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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I'm loving this book. A good fast read. But I had to show off my newest orphans that I'm bottle feeding.
One week down, we're through the hard part.

Stacypatrice What sweet little buns 💕 7mo
Ericalambbrown Look at those adorable little floofaboos! So sweet 7mo
sixgun @Stacypatrice @Ericalambbrown It's so difficult to get a positive outcome with the wild cottontails, but these two are growing nicely. Sadly it's so difficult to keep them from becoming acclimated to humans. Thankfully we can keep a portion of the yard for them relatively safe. 7mo
Kaye Hi 👋 Julie. I‘m Julie too. You have a cute bunny. Thanks for the Follow. 7mo
sixgun @kaye hello name twin. 7mo
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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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I understand that I am not a person of the years of slavery. I understand that we have seen our mistakes and move to correct them. But the horror I feel when I read passages like this, I want to scream at my ancestors for their ignorance. And I pray that my descendants will never grieve at my actions or despair over the things that I have done.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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I love when authors write about books. All of us bibliophiles hold our books so dear.

Bklover Yes!!❤️love this! 7mo
sixgun @Bklover No book need ever die. So profound. 7mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I loved this book. I did find it very similar to her book "spinning silver", but they had separate storylines that were equally wonderful.
I think every young woman can identify in some part to the heroine. She speaks to my inner Tomboy that also wants to be someone great!
I'd read as many of these books as she wrote

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I recently read Spinning Silver by this author. This is an earlier book, and daresay I like it even more than Spinning Silver. Beautiful story telling, using all the wonder of fairy tales.

hermyknee Do you have to read this one first? Are they related or are they both separate retellings? 7mo
sixgun @hermyknee they are separate stories. The author does have a series prior to both of these books, but these are stand alone. 7mo
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Knot Gneiss | Piers Anthony
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1. Fiction 90% of the time
2. 11/22/63
3. Mathematics (all)
4. Pretty much anything up to the 1920s. After that it gets boring.
5. @EliseJames @haileyeleanor @loraxiom

Thank you @gradcat for the tag and @SailorMoon

SailorMoon Thanks for playing and I totally agree with you on 11/22/63, I loved it... probably one of the books I've loved the most!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 7mo
gradcat Been missing you 😊 7mo
sixgun @SailorMoon my husband and I tried the series but it didn't come close to the beautiful complexity that Kind writes, IMO 7mo
sixgun @gradcat I've been missing you too. Trying to get too much done. But I've had time to read the last few days, so I'll post later today hopefully. 7mo
gradcat I‘m looking forward to it 🥰 7mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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1. Once or twice.
2. On average nine.
3. Fiction, biographies, kids videos, audio books and occasionally video games.
4. The library automatically renews. When I can't renew any more, three times, then it's my responsibility to get it back to the library. I don't know when this started, but I'm thankful.
5. I had about 30 things on hold, but I missed a ton, so I am just working on a few. Plus the bedside table.
6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

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The Time Machine | H.g.wells
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Pickpick

The characters that are in the book are those that you've always heard.
Morlocks... Heard it? Yup, this is the book.
I read it because it was a "classic" I'd never read. If you go in with that mindset, you'll be nicely surprised that there is a pretty good story involved.

ReclusiveHermit I need to read the time machine. I started it 2 years ago and forgot to finish. 8mo
sixgun @ReclusiveHermit I would never have finished it without serial reader. That app is helping me get through all the books that I find mind numbing, but are classics. Turns out in small chunks they're actually pretty nice. 8mo
ReclusiveHermit @sixgun yess, i will try picking it up next month and see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion. 8mo
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Curiouser_and_curiouser @sixgun Here Here!! That be so! 2mo
sixgun @Curiouser_and_curiouser Have you read this? I'm trying to find another short story or novella to try. 1mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @sixgun no, I haven't yet read it, but it's on my TBR. I like serial reader for this same reason :) 3w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Pickpick

This book is amazing. The characters are deep, lovely, rich, conflicted. The storytelling perspectives really entering the whole plot. I cannot say enough good things about a random pick off the library shelf. I am waiting patiently to read Uprooted, her first book.

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Douglas | Cindy Hayostek
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Pickpick

All of the books published in the Images of America series are fun. The pictures show history in a more immediate way than by text. Pictures and captions teach me so many things about so many places. I believe the series head close to 1200 titles for many, many areas around the US.

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Pickpick

Fast read with some interesting mysteries. Some of the stories get a little winded and get a bit jumbled in their retelling, but lots of fun.

sixgun @Soundqueen have you been able to find this? I've been dying to find someone else to dish with on this book!! 1mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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From page one I have enjoyed this book. Page one! I cannot read it fast enough.

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The Lost Continent | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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Pickpick

I'm a huge Edgar Rice Burrough's fan, but this is the first time I read this particular story. To me it feels like a first draft for John Carter of Mars. I love his premisses despite their similarity.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I've just started this, and I'm afraid. I don't know what I've gotten into! It's beautiful, in an artistic, print way. I hope the typesetter got paid a lot more for this book.

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The Lost Continent | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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"Very well, then, let us live while we live, and enjoy to the fullest whatever of adventure or pleasure each new day brings, since any day may be our last, and we shall be dead for a considerable while."

I've been looking for a nice motivational quote. Who knew I'd find it in an Edgar Rice Burrough's book? And with a bit of humor too!

Curiouser_and_curiouser Perfect! Love this 😁 2mo
sixgun @Curiouser_and_curiouser Don't we readers find the most interesting things? 1mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @sixgun Absolutely! 😃 3w
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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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Mehso-so

This book took so very long to get started... Soooo long. But the second Poirot came on scene it moved very quickly and all the threads came together!
If you can push through the beginning you'll like it.
I've rated it a so-so for those first 158 pages. The following 60 pages are pick all the way.

sixgun @gradcat I made it through. 8mo
gradcat Yay! I knew you would!! 😄😄 8mo
Nag1 Right! I made it through. 1mo
sixgun @Nag1 it's great, isn't it? But I felt the build up was too long. What did you think? 1mo
Nag1 @sixgun yes it took time to get into it. It got interesting towards the end. Looking forward to reading more 1mo
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Pickpick

Sherlock is such an iconic character. No matter how many times you've read a story you can always go back and read it again.

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"No information could be got from the lady herself, who was temporarily insane from an acute attack of brain-fever."

If I could only use this at times in my everyday life!!!

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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This was a bit slow going at first... But on page 80ish it all started coming together and I know I'll finish today now.

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Bailedbailed

I tried. I really, really did. But in the end I just couldn't do it. With a mere 40 pages to go I had to call it. I could have read ten books in the time I got through the first 240 pages of this book. I love linguistics. I love travel books. I love little nuggets of factual information. This book has ALL of those things. But the author could not hold a thought through a paragraph. It was like stream of consciousness confusion.

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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Pickpick

I read this in a lot class in high school. It had the most profound effect on me. I was just in awe of a story constructed like this. Short but maddening!
I reread it today. Just as amazing.

KristenDuck Yes! Good pick! I‘ve also re-read this story multiple times. Fascinating. 8mo
sixgun @KristenDuck I very rarely re-read a story. This is maybe like one out of ten, but I'll make sure I read it more often now. 8mo
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Panpan

I listened to this on podcast. After about 4 hours I got bored. The idea, wonderful. The description, wonderful. The complete lack of anything actually happening! Yup!

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Panpan

I love the classic terror that is Lovecraft., However, with this story it feels like the truly terrible was too long in coming and much too unfocused for good reading. It is Lovecraft but maybe another choice would be wiser.

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The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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Such a classic short story. It's been construction has been the basis for so many novels and novellas. My guess is that this story has had a very influential effect upon Stephen King.
For 20 minutes of reading you can't go wrong.

Crazeedi A belated welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 8mo
sixgun @Crazeedi thank you. So glad to be here. 8mo
Crazeedi @sixgun it's an awesome community, I rarely go to Facebook anymore 8mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 8mo
sixgun @Crazeedi nor have I. You all are speaking my language! 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 8mo
sixgun @Eggs thank you! 8mo
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The Adventure of Black Peter | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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Pickpick

Since I love everything Sherlock I much expected to enjoy this short story. I did.
The great thing about Doyle, is that because we're used to the way Sherlock Holmes speaks, there's very little dialogue that's misunderstood

sixgun @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've read more this week of the classics than I did in the 5 years prior. I love this thing!! 8mo
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Bartleby, the Scrivener | Herman Melville
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Pickpick

I prefer not to leave a review at this time.

sixgun But seriously, I really enjoyed this short story. For it's length it really packs a punch. It can be read and reread. 9mo
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I especially liked the narrator. She was the perfect Amelia. I actually found the beginning of the end, the climax of the story as it were, to be expected and a bit boring. But overall, I enjoyed it.

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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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Mehso-so

I was a bit disappointed in this Lovecraft. He's usually quite descriptive, with the story moving pretty slowly. But fun because of the things you see. However this has ho-hum descriptions and let story than usual. It's still a venture into something new, but like a Star Trek with nothing but 60s scenery.

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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I'm still not feeling this book. 😐 I've never encountered this with a Christie book. But, I guess every one can't be awesome. But at least these cats are still awesome. I feel like I'm running a cat sanctuary.

gradcat Keep going...it‘s Miss Marple, right? It gets better (I hope I‘m not steering you wrong, but if so, please forgive me). But meanwhile, awwww 🥰 I love your babies 🐈🐱😻 9mo
sixgun Truthfully, I don't know if it's Marple, Poirot, or otherwise. So far, no one that looks like they could solve the mystery of their shoes untied has been introduced. 9mo
sixgun @gradcat so I had to look it up. It is indeed a Poirot. Ok, I'll keep going. Fine... 9mo
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gradcat Oops, maybe I‘m remembering another Christie novel, because Miss Marple came to mind...oh well, I hope it gets better! 9mo
sixgun @gradcat finally this is getting going. Poirot isn't here yet, but I can tell his train will arrive soon. 😃 8mo
gradcat Omigod! Yay, I guess...meanwhile, at least the CATS are there...and they are bee-you-tee-full!! 😂😻 8mo
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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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I like Lovecraft. I find his short stories pretty great and I see why he's still regarded as a great writer...
But I think it only speaks of the Age he lived in, that everyone's writing is filled with blatant racism as we see it now. This is not the only example, but the most recent.

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Mehso-so

This book was fun, but thankfully it was short. I feel like he wrote in the style of Poe, but not with the same mastery of the thriller. There is a twist, but it's guaranteed as you go through the chapters. I enjoyed it, and it's entertaining for the 30min read, but you'll not walk away with any great insight or change in your life.

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The author is discussing Shakespeare's birthday which is arbitrarily celebrated April 23rd. But what really gets me was the Sept 2nd - Sept 14th part. Boy that work project due date came up fast. LOL