"But we've got an hour. We'll think of something" p 310 Lord Cavanaugh.
Cliffhanger. Scary fighting. Politics behind scenes. War against alien Zzzrrrh,"But we've got an hour. We'll think of something" p 310 Lord Cavanaugh.
Cliffhanger. Scary fighting. Politics behind scenes. War against alien Zzzrrrh, or something like that. We root for the sole human captive. Can he survive on till the few elite fighters bring his elder brother? (view spoiler)[
Yup. (hide spoiler)] His doctor sister gets trapped on planet Dorcas, under first attack. What about the ultimate weapon, supposedly in parts scattered around the universe for safety after the last big battle against crocodile-aliens? (view spoiler)[
No such weapon exists. Rare chance solar flare killed enemies back then. Croc opponents have deceived humans. Sequel is from Zzrr point of view. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
"I love surprises. don't you?" p 171. " Is this what I want to do with my life? Maybe. And then again, maybe not." p 47
'Bob' Robert Howard narrates fir"I love surprises. don't you?" p 171. " Is this what I want to do with my life? Maybe. And then again, maybe not." p 47
'Bob' Robert Howard narrates first tasks with UK secret supernatural bureaucratic government agency The Laundry. First case has revenant from WW2 called by Nazis, opens gate to alternate Universe. Second case goes faster. Scorpion Stare is Medusa tech coming throught cameras, blackmail note threatens Steel Mile, London's business section. First title makes sense, not so sure about second.
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross p 235
The first half of the book is boring, between Harriet and Brains. Only the action is exciting. I'll save you the trouble, skip there. His surname pops up in p 64, full name p 82, describes self as "swarthy" p 69, and that is all there is, folks. He's a nerd who likes "winding Harriet up" p 14, authority figure.
"Fred from Accounting, the pest who's always breaking his computer and expecting me to fix it" p 27 steps out of the containment circle in a class too advanced. Bob blasts away the demon-possessed corpse and saves "six peoples lives plus my own. But I lost the seventh, so there's going to be an enquiry" p 35. Despite his boss Andy's nit-pickers "Bridget is my head of Department .. and Harriet is her left hand of darkness" p 113 "every time I see her [Harriet] I get the urge to drop salt down her back" p 14, Bob is promoted to active duty.
He is sent to California for British citizen 'Mo', to help her leave. "Dr Dominique p 57 O'Brien" p 93 is an "amazing babe with classic red hair .. striking .. good six feet tall" p 54. What is 'classic' red hair? /color -- Lucy bright/subtle dark? Style -- Audrey Hepburn pixie, Clara Bow bob, Rita Hayworth long? "looks like you could wrap it in insulation and run the national grid through it" p 54. Huh? Hot frizz? He guestimates her age "early thirties?" p 55, which may peg him around same.
Kidnapped by spooky "German accent" p 114 speaker and Arab terrorists, she phones him for help. Instead of following procedure and running, he calls "SWAT" p 112 and goes to her rescue. (view spoiler)[ He's coshed on the head, wakes in hospital bed. Nothing happened because U.S. "allies" say so. (hide spoiler)]
Angleton is bigwig "bony middle finger" p 91 "office wired like an interrogation suite" p 96 with truth spell. He orders Bob to question Mo informally. His "palmtop's antisound" p 148 works like Get Smart Cone of Silence to keep conversations private. At her flat, a monster attacks them. (view spoiler)[ He stabs at the tentacles, finally zaps it back to home dimension with his special cell phone. (hide spoiler)]
His flatmates are lovers: introvert Brains "borderline autist" p 37 feeds him booze between assembling dangerous computer parts and extrovert Pinky likes to party. Mo is assigned to the joint "safe house" and the pair leave. Angleton collects shrunken heads of big failures, tags Bob to fetch files from archives, where lad gets lost. Atrocities are in Amsterdam, in boxes "dark nightmare of a diseased mind" p 141 and "SS memorabilia" p 130. (view spoiler)[
Table in basement is made from bones "backs of the chairs are vertebrae" p 140. Devices extracted pain. One "is wired into the diagram by its eyeballs while still alive, for maximum bandwidth" p 146.
Nazis went to alternate Earth, summoned "Ice Giant", powered by Holocaust human sacrifices. I thought "ice giants" p 111 put us in Thor / Odin / Loki land. Nope. Giant sucked Sun and energy from that Universe, open "hole" p 153 "gate" p 154 "rip in the spacetime continuum" p 171 and take Mo. I guessed it baited trap, filled spacesuit of terse soldier Chaitin. "Speak." "Explain." "Talk more" p 201. Easy guess that "infovore: something that eats energy and minds" p 204 wants energy from their atomic bomb, not that Alan "it's my job. I'm a soldier" p 220 sacrifices self "someone has to stay and pull the trigger" p 220 to save the others despite Hillary "wife and kids" p 220. (hide spoiler)]
Typo p 143 cafè is café
The Concrete Jungle p 323
Moves right to the action. Good. Bob is sent to count the concrete cows in Milton Keynes. Extra exploded with heat, instead of turned to stone by Medusa weapon.
Boring letters in files follow progression. Brain tumor in victim kills target with heat. Experiments lead to Scorpion Stare, meant to stop invaders.
Someone is misusing weapon through surveillance cams. Bob and Jo have close calls. Jo is serious, already married. Mo is away. Even the zombie guards, like Fred killed in last story, attack. Does he have to have a female sidekick, not go alone?.
I'm not fond of foreshadowing. When policewoman Josephine is sworn in, "burning smell is a foreshadowing of what happens if she is ever found guilty of disloyalty" p 234 intensifies, I suspected she wouldn't last. (view spoiler)[
Does Josephine last to reappear in a sequel? Harriet, Bridget, "and her predecessor Mr McLuhan" p 322 tried to maneuver a takeover coup, oust Angleton. Petty politics kills many people. Angleton turns the three villains into shrunken heads -- still alive? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
"The last man who had said You must to her was no doubt still nursing his burns and mourning the loss of his future progeny" p 117.
Lady Claire Trevely"The last man who had said You must to her was no doubt still nursing his burns and mourning the loss of his future progeny" p 117.
Lady Claire Trevelyan 17 lost her father to suicide and London home to riot. Now she leads the cleverest Underworld gang who win at Cowboy Poker in drawing rooms. She blasts rivals with late Luke's Lightning Gun. Dr Rosemary Craig, put in Bedlam ten years ago, holds key to Gun and device Claire and "blackamoor" p 111 Tigg 13 build with engineer Andrew Malvern, funded by Lord James Selwyn.
James "don't even like her" p 57, but wants to marry her. Lady St Ives in Cornwall, with best of motherly intentions, accepts his suit with wedding deadline before minor Claire's next birthday. Claire wants University and deserves her name on their invention patent. Does he intend to destroy all her ambitions?
Claire stands by 'Mopsies' 10 p 105, Maggie and Lizzie, who warms up and becomes same voice as her twin, mute Weeping Willie 5, and other orphans. James "don't like us" p 105 "alley mice" p 117, so they "don't like his nibs"p 105. When Andrew's mother, retired cook to titled Dunsmuirs, relates loss two years ago of their "Lord Wilberforce Albert John Dunsmuir, Viscount Hatley, and Baron Craigdarroch" p 146 from his pram -- hmm, we wonder. Imprisoned Rose -- hmm. Yet the author surprises. Big. (view spoiler)[
Rose is freed the very same night as met. Andrew wants to wed Claire "should be him" p 58. His kiss is "what I have been waiting for, and never knew" 96.
James blacks out Claire's name on patent -- and others? --, steals device from Crystal Exhibition Hall for Texans. Andrew pursues. Andrew's mom recognizes Willie. In their private airship, Dunsmuirs escort Claire and gang to join Rose Craig and Peony Churchill "in the Canadas" p 197 (Upper and Lower back then?). (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Exciting "gave chase" p 63. More silly than scary. Not too many old sayings. Just enough flapper era for fun.
Magic has rules, limits, misunderstandinExciting "gave chase" p 63. More silly than scary. Not too many old sayings. Just enough flapper era for fun.
Magic has rules, limits, misunderstandings. Not quite literal like Amelia Bedelia https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... But same, improved by illustrations. I could wish for color, but not too much in text to go by. Imitating mermaid (hands crossed demurely over front p 15), Jane was "combing her longish ungolden hair" p 30 is dark at 16. Not syrupy sweet, tempers do flare, accidents happen.
Drawings spike curiosity. Title page has spectacled bearded explorer in Inuit furs, petting cat in basket, and looking sideways at similar plump bearded pirate holding telescope and sword. Are those cannon balls behind him? Second title page has mermaids holding turtle legs between them and banner "Oh Turtle". On p1, Katharine ("nine" p 68) stands up (before seat belts) beside Mark and Jane (12 going into "seventh grade" p 13 "twelve" p 67), had to search for tiny Martha ("seven" p 133) between parents, Smiths, in front. Is cat Carrie hiding under car blanket? already leaped out?
In "middle of July" p 13, on their first country vacation, cottage is (called "Magic by the Lake" p 7. In the rowboat, girls and boy have same one-piece (black?) U-neck, no-sleeve p 12, boy-cut bottoms that bell out under water p 14 swimsuits. Some three hours from home in a Model-T (1908-1927), Mark catches a big turtle, who talks. By wishes, the whole lake is filled with magic beings "fairies .. Davy Jones .. Neptune" and more p 18.
What happened to other boats and people? Did they see magic? Being sunset and dinnertime, maybe not.
Mark grabs the tortoise's head, so he agrees to three more wishes. Learning from the book before, they ask for one magic adventure per day. "No grown-ups noticing" .. nothing scary" p 21. Except "nothing does" p 21 scare Turtle.
A mermaid tows them underwa ter to a tropical isle, where they invsibly - pirates are "grown-ups" - watch pirate captain bury treasure. Hearing the children whisper, Captain Chauncey Cutlass threatens to shoot crew, but doesn't, unlike Robert Stevenson's " Treasure Island" https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Aboard ship, "small, fat" p 43 Martha's p 40 "Pinch them, fairies, black and blue" p 38 to provoke mutiny goes too far, and "spirits" p 39 splash overboard. (view spoiler)[
Turtle racks his brains for solution acceptable within magic rules, turns them into turtles. Mother doesn't notice and "dillydallying" p 46 slow walk to grocery astounds "several [kids] were sent to bed without supper" p 46. Sundown ends spell.
At a dance, Kath and Jane wish to be sixteen. Mark wishes for speedy moonset to bring normal back. Upset boys blame "lemon cokes .. gone to our heads" p 70. Next day everyone (within range?) is cranky from less sleep. (hide spoiler)]
Identical flappers in dark bobs p 42 could give a clue, but I forgot how young 1920s teens married. Older two girls dip toes in water, wish to join romantic dance, age 16. In those days "dark" meant opposite of "blonde". Topsfield "dark" and Wigglesworth "blonde", both 16 at "Princeton Prep" p 71, disbelieve "grubby" p 63 "tag-alongs" p 66, escort beauties p 62 on canoe ride.
Turtle warns a "dry-land wish takes a lot out of a lake" p 76. Mark threatens to paint him "white .. with pink rosebuds" p 78, to get wishes every third day. On that stormy, leaky roof day, wishes seem far till Jane realizes "lake water .. in pan". Who knew school science cycle of evaporation and condensation could be magic? They take cups full of hot cocoa on purpose, and Carrie by accident, to the South Pole, but Mark finally remembers "midnight sun" p 95 stays up all night there. (view spoiler)[
Mark's "O Turtle" p 95 brings a talking penguin, who pops them aboard an iceberg float. In tropics, shark circles. Chip melts. Sunset wins. (hide spoiler)]
Mark overhears parents "His Business is Suffering" p 105. Holding lake water in emptied perfume bottle, "Martha in a rage" storms "all the rules were broken and .. with the pirate's treasure" p 115. Silly Mark just wishes they follow. Cannibals tie them up and start boiling big pots of water. Going back fails again. Magic seems all used up from careless wishes. (view spoiler)[
Talking like-um this-um and falling asleep for-um siesta-um makes the tribe un-scary. Drawings are just of shields and spears p 121 p 126. Children "big one is Eliza" p 134, Roger, Ann, from another book, save them with thyme-time sprig wish home "did the trick" p 140.
Going back for treasure sends them to Ali Baba's cave. Abdul (again in beard and specs?) approaches p 163, where "Katherine sat scrooched" p 161, unable to leave oil jar until afreet-jinni takes her out in smoke and frightens thieves. Genie answered not SOS but SAS "Send A Sorcerer" p 164. Couldn't kids tip jar?
Gems just dissolve into sand when brought back. Arab coins are worth little. Gold? I'm not convinced. In "haunted house" p 177 around lake, they find rock scratched with pirate initials CC, same as previous owner. On last day, they convince Mr Smith to dig up box changed into "old American ten-dollar bills, right before our eyes" p 185, enough although no heirs, government takes most. (hide spoiler)] Turtle hints "Time will tell" p 189 when Martha asks about meeting Roger and Ann again. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Reread. The fearful mood, brutal crimes at sea, "wickedest" p 1-8 foul pirates, "haunted" p 4-2 starts early and carries on, even locale name "Black HReread. The fearful mood, brutal crimes at sea, "wickedest" p 1-8 foul pirates, "haunted" p 4-2 starts early and carries on, even locale name "Black Hill Cove" p 3-10. The old-fashioned, salty, seafaring phrases are catching. In trouble is all 'in a clove hitch'.
17--. Jim p 3-5 Hawkins p 5-12 narrates how the gang of Black Dog "half-fawning, half-sneering" p 2-5 and blind man "a voice so cruel, and cold, and ugly" p 3-11 "Pew" p 5-3 scare away his ma and himself from their inn, the Admiral Benbow, after their drunken guest "my mate Bill would be called the Captain" p 2-4 dies. After a stroke, Dr David p 18-11 Livesey takes "a great deal of blood" p 2-14. I think that would kill the patient.
Ma delays counting exact money owed. Jim and ma flee for lives, leave gold, but take first mate's map to pirate Flint's storehouse island, hide. Ma "continued to deplore the balance of the money" p 5-11, but the loss was all her fault. Why not make copies of "the map, all the details of which I well remembered" p 7-1?
Bluff naive Squire John p 7-7 Trelawney repairs inn p 7-9, talks up treasure to "everyone in Bristol" p 7-3 even "Silver's parrot" p 9-4 knows, buys ship "Hispaniola" p 7-3 "clever craft" p 9-3, dubs Jim "cabin-boy", magistrate Dr Livesey "ship's doctor", "I am admiral" p 6-14. Thomas p 18-11 "Tom" p 7-2 "old Redruth, the gamekeeper" p 7-1. "Richard p 18-11 Joyce and John p 18-11 Hunter" p 6-14 are "owner's servants, landsmen" p 18-11 for extras. Much is similar to TV film.
Long John Silver, well-named for his silver tongue, "left leg was cut off close by the hip" p 8-2, "smiling" p 8-2 air, signs on as cook "Barbeque" p 10-6, brought Flint's crew and "gunner" p 17-5 Israel Hand, leads mutiny. We see clues boy misses. Black Dog drinks in Silver's inn p 8-5, the Spy-glass p 8-9. Stern Captain Alexander p 18-11 Smollet "don't like this cruise; I don't like the men; and I don't like my officer" p 9-2. All hands know "latitude and longtitude" p 9-8 of destination. Mate Mr Arrow "deny solemnly that he ever tasted anything but water" p 10-4, finds too much drink, "one dark night .. disappeared" p 10-5.
From the bottom of the apple barrel, Jim hears "treachery" p 10-11. Silver says "you're smart as paint .. same words of flattery" p 11-3. Dr's "noticing lad" p 12-13 counts "grown men on our side were six to their nineteen" p 12-14, poor odds. (view spoiler)[
Leaving six "on board" p 13-10, Jim slips onto landing party, runs, hides, overhears Silver kill honest "Tom" after another far-off "death yell" p 14-7 of honest "Alan" p 14-9. Ragged The "chief for raggedness" p 15-4, "marooned three years agone" p 15-5, "rich" p 15-8 "Ben Gunn" p 15-4 asks for "piece of cheese" p 15-6, calls predicament "being in a clove hitch" 15-11. His home-made boat lies "under the white rock" p 15-15.
Dr takes over account, rows ashore to "stout loghouse .. hold two score of people in a pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side" p 16-3 around fresh spring with food supplies and his "invaluable medicine chest" p 16-6. In another load, they lose three muskets "out of five" p 17-11, and "a good half of all our powder and provisions" p 17-12. "Cold evening breeze whistled through every chink .. continual rain of fine sand .. [smoke] eddied about" p 19-9.
Unusually, "Trelawney is the dead shot" p 18-1 "silent and cool" p 18-2. Aid is "months" away "not back by the end of August Blandly was to send to find us" p 18-7 "rations are short - very short" p 18-8. Redruth, shot, dies. Cannon aims at Union Jack flying above stockade. Captain refuses to "Strike my colours", others agree. In log, Smollett enters names plus "face tied up in bandage" p 19-9 "Abraham Gray, carpenter's mate .. all that is left faithful of the ship's company -- with stores for ten days at short rations" p 18-11. Jim resumes tale. Smollett "divided us into watches" p 19-10.
Enemy "reduced to fifteen" p 19-13. After Ben visits them, "fourteen" p 20-8. In attack, five more fall, Joyce, Hunter later p 22-2, and Smollett wounded leaves "four to nine" p 21-15 "eight" p 21-16 that night. Dr goes off to speak with Ben. Jim sneaks off in Ben's boat "like the first and the worst coracle ever made by man" p 22-12, cuts Hispaniola adrift, "nobody was steering" p 24-9, "struck the coracle" p 24-13, hides her ashore.
Jim tiptoes back into stockade, wakes "green parrot, Captain Flint" p 27-14 "six of the bucaneers" p 28-1. Silly child gets carried away, confesses his every part in "your whole business gone to wreck" p 28-9. Silver defends Jim for "witness" p 28-16 save "from swinging" p 28-17, asks "why did that doctor give me the chart" p 28-19, out-talks mutineers turning against him. Pirates are "careless of the morrow .. wasted food and sleeping sentries .. unfitness for anything like a prolonged campaign" p 31-2.
Heading to treasure site, Ben delays party by singing out phrases like Flint until Silver recognizes ghost "dead of alive, nobody minded Ben Gunn" p 32-10 "half-idiot maroon" p 33-8. "Cache .. rifled; the seven hundred thousand pounds were gone" p 32-15. Silver passes Jim "a double-barrelled pistol" p 33-1. How does George Merry know total £, when account book was looked over back in Britain? Good guys ambush villains. Hispaniola floats free "cruising by herself" p 33-12, but caught in time. For three on island, they leave "a good stock" p 34-6 of supplies. Why so generous? Deserve noose.
Ben let Silver go with "sack of three or four hundred guineas .. cheaply quit" p 34-11, spent £1K "in nineteen days .. given a lodge" p 34-12. Others spend and save wisely for happy ending. Jim has "worst dreams .. surf booming" or parrot shrieking "Pieces of eight" p 34-19. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
X-rated for explicit couplings, routine in brothel, she lies passive, constantly "as you wish" p 2, p 97 "let me give you pleasure" p 113, "always obeX-rated for explicit couplings, routine in brothel, she lies passive, constantly "as you wish" p 2, p 97 "let me give you pleasure" p 113, "always obeyed him" p 125, douches. Homeless well-educated in "elocution and deportment" p 19 society orphans are brought down by common circumstance "young ladies who entertained gentlemen in order to earn a living" p 9. "Miss Blythe's finishing school .. was no more desirable place in London to work" p 10.
The language is phrased simply, as if from the student who struggled, Ger "You are a good girl" p 97, or the girl out of place, Pris "Am I not pleasing you?" p 97. Readers see how each misunderstands the other, tries to stay apart, are drawn together. Unusual couple, challenging topic, issues of time and today.
Sir Gerald Stapleton 29 p 3 p 175 "average height, slim and well-formed, fashionably dressed. His face was pleasant even if not startlingly handsome. His fair hair curled into no particular style, but it was soft and clean" p 2. He feared female entanglements, "avoided commitment or obligation" p 3, stuck to brothels. His mother left, accidentally hurt him "when he was eight" p 83.
His "dearly" p 175 loved stepmother Helena fondled him (married to his father 54, she 19 to Ger's 14 p 174), at her 23 his 18 p 175. The incident is at the bridge, she dressed in pink, Pris echoed exact same two sentences. He falls out of love after only two weeks. He remembers, but can't change feelings, "had turned in a panic and run" p 178 again.
Priscilla Wentworth 23 p 68 "small and dainty" p 82 learned reality on her first "unannounced" visit to "former governess" p 16. The orphan's distant heir Oswald "began "to touch her" p 15, did not "recognize any responsibilities toward indigent relatives" p 18. When "thirty years old and able to inherit her mother's fortune" p 105, the date is too far off, the amount too small to last long. "For all of twenty hours of every day she was free" p 20, working three clients one hour, half-hour cleanup after each.
Pris is the jewel. She misses the country; Ger takes her walking, "to Kew Gardens" p 75. Takes time to learn each other's likes and dislikes. He "hates opera .. screeching sopranos .. dying with great dramatics" p 81. Pris "Sometimes I would prefer to be alone" "Sometimes I would prefer to be free" p 68.
She "for years had helped her father run an estate" p 123, understands his farm accounts "after five minutes" p 124, he takes "two days" p 124. "He had never kissed a woman" p 151. "He did not know how" p 152.
Miles is his caring best friend. "The new Earl of Severn said with a laugh" p 23. His constant "amused voice" p 85 in background even when Ger is drunk. Miles treats her with respect due a lady, punches insulting boor, Gerald "found a very precious little jewel .. who you are is more important than what you are" p 160. Miles cut short his visit to leave them alone for two week honeymoon "in love".
(view spoiler)[ Ger's two aunts Margaret and Hester finally learn truth and "fussed around him" p 200. His father lied to all that wife Doris dead until her funeral years later. Ger buys earrings like emeralds Priss lost in settling of her father's bank safety box. The couple keep lots of secrets from each other.
Ger takes Pris as his mistress. When pregnant, she ends their affair, hides in cottage of Miss Blythe. When Miles makes "exact same crack" p 292 of "too many cream cakes" p 289 to wife Abby, suddenly Ger counts months and rushes to Pris in her last month. Happy ever after. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
In a smaller book size ~9x5" and a minimum of scratchy quill pen lines, the "dayebook" of Grace Cavendish 13 p 64, is believable. Her dying mother's lIn a smaller book size ~9x5" and a minimum of scratchy quill pen lines, the "dayebook" of Grace Cavendish 13 p 64, is believable. Her dying mother's letter from the previous year is in italics p 64. The "same yellow crusting" p 96 on her mother's mouth, the "dusty bitter odor" p 96 of fictional poison darkwort, are familiar.
Her uncle is the royal physician, so she knows facts like blood does not flow after death, and fiction like the killer's image appears in the corpse's eyeballs. Lord Robert is found dead, Grace's betrothal gift dagger in his bloodless back. Laundry maid Ellie and acrobat Masou help investigate.
"Since my mother died, I have only seen my father's brother in one of two states: drunk or hung over" p 109. This puzzles. Was he closer than brother-in-law?
Mrs Bea is "so helpful" p 118 a herbalist. She gives Grace laundry smock to search rooms with Ellie, and inquires of apothecaries. Grace sees Sir Charles's new shoes are bigger p 127.
In Lord Robert's room is a letter to his mother thanking her for suggesting the pearl necklace betrothal gift Grace chose, and making clear his choice is for money to clear his debts, not any caring. Grace feels for women is "undignified to fall in love; that's for men to do" p 133. Mrs Bea gives the crucial answer to Queen E.
The double mystery is fairly easy to decipher. But still there are surprises. How a maiden can solve and be heard? That is the fun part. (view spoiler)[
Her guardian, royal advisor Lord Worthy, has gambled away all her estate and intended the poison for her stuttering suitor Lord Robert. But Queen E makes his nephew Lord Gerald, drunk at Grace's betrothal ball, down Robert's glass of wine. Grace and Ellie search rooms, but for yellow powder, not green.
Greedy identical twin Hector imprisons portly suitor Sir Charles, fails as substitute because horse Doucette despises. Charles reimburses Grace's funds plus Lord Worthy's by law, so she is even richer. (I can guess twins because my sisters are almost impossible to distinguish.) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Reread. 11 chapters of separate misadventures, again espiègle, my favorite for toothsome bites of a light-hearted era between world wars, frivolous laReread. 11 chapters of separate misadventures, again espiègle, my favorite for toothsome bites of a light-hearted era between world wars, frivolous last gasps of a leisured English aristocracy. Unsuitable amours, boisterous schoolboys, domineering aunts, misinterpretations and predicaments - time to 'burnish the old bean' of ingenious conniver Jeeves, uphold Wooster pride, and set all to rights. Silly slang, poetic ramblings, even a bear in Shakespeare, advance my vocabulary and knowledge of classics while tickling my funny bone.
Jeeves tends to repeat "Very good, sir" p 26 x 3 p 58 more than Bertie quotes title p 58. Their interaction is so silly. The plot tends to repeat, love thwarted or consummated, depending on Jeeves's preference. Bertie's costume and vacations are tossed or adopted, depending on Jeeves. Jeeves has a big head, brainy from high fish consumption says Bertie. Maybe some of the attraction is Bertie's class carefree days, last century far from practical concerns now.
1 Jeeves and the Impending Doom - Nesting swan attacks Rt Hon A.B. Filmer treed atop Octagon ruin, stranded on isle in rain by pal Bingo Little's student Cousin Thomas at Aunt Agatha's Woollam Chersey. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves blames Bertie so they can escape to previously planned holiday. (hide spoiler)] 2 The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy - Pal, now magazine editor, lacks gumption to propose to idolized Gwendolyn Moon or reject ex-headmaster Waterbury's submissions. (view spoiler)[ Bertie props flour bag on public door he runs through, but Waterbury uses private entrance. Sippy is late, having been bashed with vase Jeeves didn't like, so as to be injured for Gwen. (hide spoiler)] 3 Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit - Jeeves is distressed over missing Monte Carlo for attractions of cute pixie short red hair Roberta Wickham who suggests revenge on Tuppy Glossop with needle to puncture "hot water bottle" p 59. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves neglects to mention Glossop Sr fears fire and changes first floor bedroom with Tuppy. Bertie flees to Monte Carlo with Jeeves. (hide spoiler)] 4 Jeeves and the Song of Songs - Aunt Dahlia wants her daughter Angela back with beloved Tuppy, now enamored of hefty opera singer Cora Bellinger. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves ensures Bertie, Tuppy, and Cora sing "Danny Boy". Fed up audience throws veggies. (hide spoiler)] 5 Episode of the Dog McIntosh - Aunt Agatha returns for Aberdeen terrier that Bobby Wickham gives away to Hollywood producer's spoiler son. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves substitutes another terrier for boy. (hide spoiler)] 6 The Spot of Art - Bertie declines cruise with Aunt Dahlia and sublime chef Anatole for artist Gwladys Pendlebury who paints portrait he hangs in his flat, both to disapproval of Jeeves. (view spoiler)[ Gwladys runs into her other suitor, artist Lucius Pim, with red sportscar, breaks his leg, installs him in Bertie's flat. Pim blames Bertie for accident to his sister. Her husband, of Slingsby's Soup, puts portrait in Europe-wide ads. Bertie flees with Jeeves. (hide spoiler)] 7 Jeeves and the Kid Clementina - Jeeves takes exception to Bertie's "bright .. vivid" p 139 plus-fours and intended holiday with Bobbie. She asks Bertie to buy supper for herself and her cousin Clementina, who sneaks out. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves has to wake Aunt Agatha's friend, headmistress, for intruders in the back garden. A bobby nabs Bertie for climbing tree to break conservatory window as Bobbie suggested to distract, sneak in cousin. (hide spoiler)] 8 The Love that Purifies - Aunt Dahlia's Bonzo and Thomas are behaving well to win prize from old Mr Anstruther, but others have bets. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves finds Bonzo loves Lillian Gish, Thomas Clara Bow, both behave for love, fight for honor of beloved. (hide spoiler)] 9 Jeeves and the Old School Chum - Richard 'Bingo' p 182 's wife Rosie hangs on every narrow vegetarian dietary whim of school pal Laura Pyke. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves drains gas so girls stranded without lunch or tea, causes spat. (hide spoiler)] 10 Indian Summer of an Uncle - Uncle George "getting fatter" p 207 crushes on waitress Rhoda. Aunt Agatha gives Bertie cheque to buy girl off like they did barmaid long ago. On Jeeves' advice, Bertie invites her mother to lunch. (view spoiler)[ Ma is ex-barmaid Maudie, regrets taking money. Her "Piggy" Lord Yaxley, in cups, mourned lost love. Couple re-unite. (hide spoiler)] 11 The Ordeal of Young Tuppy - From Witherspoon country home, Bertie's Xmas destination, Tuppy telegrams for rugby boots and "Irish water spaniel" p 231, to win regard of "dog-girl" p 234. Dahlia wants Tuppy for Angela, again. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves calls away dog-girl Miss Dalgleish on quest for spaniel so Tuppy wins game for naught, returns to Angela. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I love how housemaid Amelia Bedelia follows instructions exactly. Mrs Rogers leaves a list when she picks up Aunt Myra. Date cake has "lots of dates"I love how housemaid Amelia Bedelia follows instructions exactly. Mrs Rogers leaves a list when she picks up Aunt Myra. Date cake has "lots of dates" p 7, 12 and nuts, "six cups" p 8 popcorn. "greet her with some" "Christmas carols" p 28. "Stuff six stockings" p 30. "Hang the stockings on the mantel" p 34. "Trim the tree" p 37, "put on colored balls" p 38. "String on lots of lights" p 40. My favorite is "Put a big star on top of the tree" p 42. She makes "dozens of popcorn balls" p 46 for the tree. (view spoiler)[
Three Carols greet Aunt Myra, who loves popcorn balls. Calendar pages won't taste good, but everyone loves the spice cake. Poultry stuffing goes in stockings. Ick. Best is a mirror and sign "See the Star" cheers; everybody wants to be a star is right, Amelia. Santa Claus, in Mr Rogers' small brown mustache instead of a long white beard, brings a bag of presents and shoos Amelia off to bed from washing up. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
May 1911 Denver. Ralph Moody narrates his twelfth year as hand on ranch of cow trader Mr Blatchlett. Chapter titles are themes. Drawings add reality.May 1911 Denver. Ralph Moody narrates his twelfth year as hand on ranch of cow trader Mr Blatchlett. Chapter titles are themes. Drawings add reality. Much of first "A Boy needs a man's hand" sounds familiar, explaining why Ma lets her eldest work away for a prime salary of a dollar a day under a good mentor.
"Ornery milk cows" p 19 introduces the home ranch outfit. Mr Brendt bosses when Blatchlett when telegram from wife bearing son (already born?). Gray mustached Hank constantly harps back "By dogies .. I recollect when I was the size of this here young 'un" p 20, "always bragging" p 84, takes Ralph's sharpened axe, fells trees wrong for cutting poles, leads them astray in mountains. Zeb "looked to be seven feet tall" p 21, hums monotone drone "She wore a yella ribbon round her neck" p 89, p 179 echoes welcome rescue for lost pair.
Hazel Brendt, in pigtails and overalls, taunts Ralph, brings him and picnic to her scenic secret place. "Picking a string" p 45 is when she chivvies him into choices for his remuda. Clay is "her old man's prize cuttin' horse" p 50 "Lot o' horse" p 150. Pinch is a "bay .. jugheaded" p 51. Blueboy bucks "up like a geyser" p 59, runs 72 miles straight without blowing, losing wind, to get Blatchett for boy's birth.
"No profit a-fightin a man who ain't lookin' for a fight" is Zeb's principle of taming the wild horse, ensuring not "anything to fight against" p 187. "Keeping time with the fiddler" p 127 is Mr Brendt's advice to ride smoothly along with the rhythm of a horse. "Dirty -- squealing' -- pig!" is the insult Hazel mistakenly tosses at Ralph before he teaches her rodeo stunts, first somersault descent. "Is is sneakin' not to tell somebody somethin' so they won't worry?" p 143 Hazel asks Ralph. Quiet around her Ma, her Pa gets lessons to hand her up on horse same trick as Hi did for Ralph.
"Betcha my life" p 100 represents what gets the youngster into trouble. Hazel gets cash, a nickel for every cow hiding with her calf. Ralph buys her fine leather gloves with the winnings. She scolds him like pretty Jenny "Wren" Warren natters at her beau, red-head Sid. Fine grey-shaded full page sketches depict the young pair rounding up strays p 105, accidentally catching sight of the wooing suitors p 192.
When Hank gets the pair lost, Ralph "waked up" with epiphany p 179. The boy realizes Hank "and I were a good deal alike. Maybe he was trying to do things too big for him so people wouldn't call him an old man .. he wanted the same thing I did: to have other people think he was as smart and able to do things as they were" p 85. "I'd wanted to do something real big, so people wouldn't call me Little Britches and treat me like a boy. But .. only made myself look silly" p 85.
Nature threatens helpless men. Hot winds dry up rivers so weakest cattle starve for water (no synonym in English?). Diamond crossses" p 221 drawn with a twig in sand p 227 is the search pattern for lost cattle. "Cloudburst" p 257 floods a canyon, only Hank's timely warning saves the herd and crew.
New Hand "Trinidad" p 194 usurps Ralph's bunk; the boss intervenes. After "Bunkhouse fight" p 248, fists flying in the shadow of an oil lamp p 253, the bully leaves. "Reckons them six-guns Batch is holding ought to be worth a lamp and table. 'Pears like Trinidad moved on" p 256.
I couldn't understand why Ralph chose the horses Hazel wanted till the end. Otherwise, he''d "have been out on trading trips all summer" p 277. She ensured he would stay at the ranch.
"That was the first time I ever wanted to kiss a girl, but I didn't" p 277. She races away, his gift belt in her hand, pigtails bobbing behind.
I already read sequel, at his granpa's farm, another sweetheart. Makes me wonder how much of these biographies is imagined. I like them anyway. ...more