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Book a Week: Weeks 21-22, Book 13

I read Lovers' Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery by Rick Geary. This was one of the few stories of which I had never heard. It tells the tale of a reverend and his secretary, both married to other people, who were found murdered next two one another in a strange pose. The murders were never solved. No one was brought to justice. It's curious to see the progression of events. Take a stroll back to the 1920s and follow the trail of evidence.
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Book a Week: Weeks 19-20, Book 12

Now that I'm finished with playreading, I wanted to get back to reading some short things. I have a large backlog of Squirrel Girl comics. Gregg traded in my comic collection and got these for me instead. This was Vol 2: Squirrel You Know It's True. The art is fun, but the interactions are hilarious. There's a great part where people are telling stories about SG, and the guy is basically retelling Spider-Man as SG. Right down to the Venom thing. There's also an appearance of Ratatoskr, the squirrel who lives in Yggdrasil. Plus an unexpected appearance by Loki of Cat Thor. You should give it a read.
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Book a Week: Week 18, Book 11

Jack the Ripper is the first book I saw by Rick Geary. I desperately wanted it. At the time, it was out of my price range. I finally received a copy through my Paperbackswap. It's everything I ever wanted and more. Like all of Geary's books, it tells the story of the killings from newspapers and private journals. We get to see everything unfold as if we were there to see it. The book isn't graphic, so no need to worry about who picks it up. I'm incredibly happy to add this to my library. If you can't tell, it's very good. If you like graphic novels and mysteries, you might want to check out his work.
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Book a Week: Weeks 4-17, Books 2-10

It's been a good long while since I posted. I've been reading scripts for DCP, and I wanted to wait until I was finished to post. So, below is the list. Nothing was spectacular, but I did get to read.

Wrong Window by Jane Milmore and Billy VanZandt
Kalamazoo by Michelle Kholos Books and Kelly Younger
Til Beth Do Us Part by Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten, and Jessie Jones
Make Me a Match by Lawrence Roman
Remember Me by Sam Bobrick
Breaking Legs by Tom Dulak
The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon
The Female Odd Couple by Neil Simon
The Shape of Things by Neil Labute

I really felt like I read more. Oh well.
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Book a Week: Week 3, Book 1

This week I finished Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski. The book wandered around a bit through several different story lines, all of which were resolved by the end. I could absolutely see this happening in one of the games. It was interesting to have Coral as a major player, and it certainly gives her more cred in the games. I have to take a break for some time in order to read some scripts.


“I deceived you like a child in the clearing,” he hissed. “You turned out to be as naive as a child. The Witcher Geralt of Rivia! Although his instinct didn't mislead him he didn't kill, because he wasn't certain. For he's a good witcher and a good man. Shall I tell you, good witcher, what good people are? They're people whom fate hasn't blessed with the chance of profiting from the benefits of being evil. Or alternatively people who are given a chance but were too stupid to take advantage of it. It doesn't matter which group you belong to. You let yourself be tricked, you fell into a trap, and I guarantee that you won't get out of it alive.

And suddenly, quite like in a cheap novel, a turning point in the action occurred by the next opening gaping in the rock.

“Dammit, I've barely escaped with my life!” said the poet, getting to his feet and holding on to a bureau. “For fuck's sake, I've never been so afraid . . . I felt like the insides were falling out of my arse. And that everything would drop out of me, teeth included. But when I saw you I knew you'd save me. I mean, I didn't, but I was counting strongly on it . . . How much sodding blood there is . . . How it stinks in here! I think I'm going to puke again . . .”

“May he rest in peace and may the earth rest lightly on him.”


Bonus points for the usage of martinet, ephebe, and morganatic.
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Book a Week: Week 2, Book 1

I've continued The Witcher insanity by heading into Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski. I read some articles regarding the best order to read the books in order to keep up with the TV series. They all said read the short stories first, and I have done that. But the surprise was the suggestion to read the last book next. I have to assume it has the most to do with the current season, and the least to do with what seems to be a developing story with the Blood of Elves. So far I'm enjoying it, but it is a strange book for sure. We meet up with Dandelion and Geralt in a small kingdom, and there we meet Coral, who I actually remember from the games. But the story starts with Geralt being arrested and put on trial, with actual trial lawyers like you would see on TV. It's very strange, because I can't remember a mention of this kind of thing before. Also, I've encountered what I think is the very first mention of a date, in that of July 1, 1245. I'll have to do some digging to see what was happening in our time line then.


“What a woman has a natural right to,” replied Coral, dryly, “cannot – ipso facto – be immoral.”

“The crux is mutual understanding and respect. One mus even differ with grace.”

“Physicians who don't know magic ought to be banned from practising,” drawled the sorceress, putting in the stitches. “Lecture at universities, why not? Sew up corpses after post-mortems, by all means. But the shouldn't be allowed to touch living patients.”


Bonus points for the usage of plafond, cabotage (1), calpac, bootee, proviso, bast (2), skint, physick (n), campanile, disquisition, baksheesh, naiant, imbroglio, furbelow, rapaciously, confraters, tristesse, peregrinations, dissemble (1), mogote, deshabille, cresset, and buffer.
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Book a Week: Week 1, Book 0

I decided to start the year as 0 since I was still reading Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski. Out of the three books I've read so far, I think I like this one best. It has the most interesting stories. It also has the best interactions of Ciri and Geralt. I also really enjoyed the section with Geralt's mother. I've been enjoying The Witcher TV servies. Some people have been complaining about it skipping around. I think the books really helped me prepare for that. Since I recently read the stories, I know what's going on and I'm used to it.


“Very well, very well. You won't be a princess. You'll become a hamster and live in a burrow.”

“The sword of destiny has two blades. You are one of them.”

“No,” she interrupted, “I do not take anything. I just take people by the hand. So that no one will be alone in that moment. Alone in the fog...”


Bonus points for the usage of equerry, cresset, cormorant, sough, and flacon.
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Book a Week: 2019 in Review

It's been another rough year for reading. I had the same issues with moving again, and this time I bought a house to boot. The house needed renovations, so it's been a stressful year. I didn't get in as much reading as I would have liked. However, I was able to read more things I've been wanting to read. At least that was a bonus. I finished out the year with 27 books, my lowest score since I started. As in years past, the scripts aren't counted toward my averages.

The Breakdown:
Good: 78%
Eh: 11%
Bad: 11%

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Recap of 2019:

I had no goals for this year, and I'm glad for it. I needed the freedom to just read. I started The Witcher series, something I've been wanting to do for a few years. Same thing for Good Omens. Funny how a TV series can push you into reading. I finished Snuff, a book that had been languishing. I started but didn't finish Manners and Morals of Victorian America. I also downsized my personal library. Some books were released back into circulation so that I could make room for Geralt of Rivia.

Quote of the Year:

“It's not that I'm not social. I'm social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you're purveying. It improves nothing. It's not nourishing. It's like snack food.” - The Circle by Dave Eggers

With the introduction of social media, it's a very different world now than say 20 years ago. I can't imagine growing up as a kid in this time. It's hard enough as an adult.

Expectations for 2020:

I'm now living closer to a library than I ever have. It's a few blocks down the street. I've only been in it once since I moved. I need a long, good day to hang out there. I guess I'll have to rebuild my reading list based on what they have. So, that's my only goal I'll set on myself. The house still needs more renovations, and I need to give myself some breathing room. The benefit is that I might be able to spend time recreating the reading list and getting a new perspective on what I want to read.

Here's to new adventures in reading in 2020!
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Book a Week: Weeks 49-52, Book 27

More of The Witcher in Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski. This was the book I was supposed to read second. It's full of short stories. I'm just barely halfway finished, so I won't reach it by the end of the year. This is might be a first of carrying something over into the new year. I'm enjoying the stories for sure. All of these were new for me so far.


     “I think,” Dandelion said, trembling slightly, :that down there in the depths, at the very bottom of this bloody ocean, crouches a huge monster, a fat, scaly beast, a toad with horns on its vile head. And from time to time it drawn water into its belly, and with the water everything that lives and can be eaten: fish, seals, turtles – everything. And then, having devoured its prey, it pukes up the water and we have the tide. What do you think about that?”
     “I think you're a fool. Yennefer once told me that the moon causes the tides,”
Dandelion cackled.
     “What bloody rubbish! What does the moon have to do with the sea? Only dogs howl at the moon. She was having you on, Geralt, the little liar of yours, she put on over on you.”



Bonus points for the usage of biretta, snug (n.), decurion, pallet (1), bint, hierophant, oakum, provender, scree, potage, cochineal, barbican, lamia, inviolable, kilim, fry (n., 2), feign, palliasse, short shrift, and the phrase “the tide has turned.”
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Book a Week: Weeks 44-48, Book 26

The Witcher series continues with Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. This is the first book that is an entire novel to itself. We see our friends again. This time we're dealing with Ciri and her education and training, both as a witcher and a sorcerer. The book brings in historical and political information. Not really remembering the countries and rulers, I had a small difficulty trying to connect them back to the game. I remembered the names but not the significance. I was hoping I would run into more people I remembered from the game, but I've come to realize that they take place after the books, like sequels. Still, this was an interesting start to what will be a long journey. The books are bleak, and there are no easy answers.

In the meantime, I realized I started with the wrong book first. So many people said to start with The Last Wish, but it seems that Sword of Destiny was actually the first. So I might go back and read that now. It's also a collection of short stories.


"We are all children of Mother Earth." The grey-haired druid's voice resounded in the silence. "We are children of Mother Nature. And though we do not respect our mother, though we often worry her and cause her pain, though we break her heart, she loves us. Love us all."

"I waited here, in the tavern - it wasn't fitting, after all, for me to follow you into that haven of dubious delight and certain gonorrhoea."

"The sword. On your back. Why have you got the sword on your back"
"Because someone stole my oar."



Bonus points for the usage of goliard, arcade (2a), peccadilloes, malodorous, gorget, cadaverously (2a), soporific, galliass, and trice (n).