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Book Review Year 3 No 2

Jul. 28th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Three weeks after posting my last review I have another one.  The last few books have been much quicker to read - hooray.

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

A few months ago an American site (I don't remember which one) had a challenge to read the first few pages of certain books and earn points which would be converted into books for children in underprivileged areas.  The books were divided into 5, 10, 15 and 20 minute reads.  A five minute read earned one point, ten minutes two, etc.  It was a quiet day at work - I managed to read a lot of the 5 minute suggestions.  And amongst them were a couple of books which I wanted to read more of.  It turned out this particular book was available within our county library system, so I reserved a copy.  Two and a half months later my reservation was top of the list.

I really enjoyed the book.  It's set in Kent early in WWII.  The men have been called up and the vicar is planning on disbanding the church choir, until the women say they're perfectly able to sing, and what the village needs is something positive.  The story is told by four of the women in the form of letters and diary entries, which gives a number of different viewpoints.  There's a strong plot, with a number of strong women, some of whom begin as quite meek and mild, but gain strength through various events.  There's drama, there's romance, there were a few late nights when I had to know what happened next.  Thoroughly recommended.


Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton

[personal profile] aome  recommended this book.  I wasn't sure, since it's written by an American, but set in the Cotswolds.  However, the protagonist is American so, although there were some things which jarred they made sense because the book is written in first person.  Again I enjoyed it.  It's a light read, but entertaining and I read it quickly.  Also, there's a stuffed pink rabbit called Reginald, who reminds me of the daughter's stuffed pink rabbit called Chewed Ears who you can only tell which way he's facing because of the name tape sewn into the back of his neck.

There are a lot more in the series, and I'm looking forward to reading them.

ETA: the very lovely [personal profile] aome has just sent me the next two books in the series, so I'm really looking forward to reading them :)


The Cheltenham Square Mystery by John Bude

This is another of the British Library of Crime Classics.  One of the main suppliers at work offers a monthly quiz.  You read their latest online leaflet, answer a number of questions correctly, and get a go on a roulette wheel with a 50/50 chance of winning.  I've done it four times and won twice - both times a £10 voucher which I've converted to Waterstone's online tokens.  Waterstone's deliver for free if you spend £20.  So I ordered Little Master Dickens A Christmas Carol for my granddaughter for Christmas; a children's book The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes (and Ferrets), which is good fun; and this book because it's a detective story set locally.

It's not the best.  The Detective Superintendent seems particularly slow and I was shouting at him from halfway through the book - clearly they lacked an amateur detective to solve the crime in half the time.  But there were plenty of local references which I enjoyed and I read it quickly enough.  I shall pass the book onto my mother - it'll keep her entertained for a little while.


And now I'm back on target for my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Christmas & New Year

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:08 pm
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James, Q, and Alec are coming up on six months together and the winter holidays hopefully they get to spend some time together.

Words: 2461, Chapters: 3/9, Language: English

Series: Part 14 of Moments in Another Life

Legally Sane

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:54 pm
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Alec wordlessly tossed the mobile across his desk to land on James', the web page of the Times open, and nursed his drink. If he knew his partner well - and he did, they'd been friends for decades - the whole precinct would shortly be witness of a truly spectacular explosion of rage.

In three.

Two.

One...

"WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!"

Words: 1322, Chapters: 1/2, Language: English

Series: Part 19 of 007 Games Fics, Part 2 of Criminal!Q AU

Senses

Jul. 27th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/natalieashe/pseuds/AsheTarasovich">AsheTarasovich (natalieashe)</a>, <a rel="author" href="/users/Boffin1710/pseuds/Boffin1710">Boffin1710</a>

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It is not simply food...

Words: 226, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 39 of Moments of Life in the Shadows

Clouds

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:28 am
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I have no words, looks like he is watching us.

Words: 0, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

A laugh to start the day

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:32 am
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 Sometimes funny things do happen at work and it’s not all misery. Being one of the first two people in the building each day, the very first parking spot has been “mine” for years. This morning, out of the blue, my other early co-worker parked there. I was like WTF, Tim?? When I turned my computer on I had this email from him: “Sorry I took your parking spot. I had a bicycle in back to give someone so I parked close. LOL It won’t happen again.” I laughed so hard! Do my co-workers know me or what? It actually turned out to be a funny start to the day. :-)

My Demons Play Well With Yours

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:00 am
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In the wake of the attack on MI6, M is ordered to clean house and strengthen her organization - so she goes and hires a demon. Demons are territorial, possessive, and this one also has some impressive technological skills. Many people in MI6 are against it. A demon for a Quartermaster?? Those opposed have one hope: James Bond. 007 has killed demons before - even a Duke of Hell. And now he's coming home...

No one is sure what will happen, but one thing is for sure: MI6 is about to become a hellishly interesting place...

Words: 12394, Chapters: 2/4, Language: English

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Suppose you are going to be marooned on a desert isle (or in my case, a long uncomfortable flight with long layovers.)

What are your long form fic classics that you could not live without, that you would download before the internet blew up?

Any fandom, any pairing!

So far, I've got:

Every Marine a WolfBrother
A Deeper Season
Motion Practice
Leave No Soul Behind

All recs welcome!

A System of Touch

Jul. 27th, 2017 12:17 am
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Anonymous prompt exchange: Bond learning to revel in cuddles/platonic touching

Words: 3032, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 4 of Sven's 007Fest '17 Scribbles

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