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1st To Die notes; Chapters 8 to 10

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 8

I sometimes have grave misgivings about news reporters and the fine line they sometimes cross to get the Big Story. Cindy Thomas is perhaps that type of reporter, hungry to be the next hotshot up & coming reporter with an eye on a Pulitzer maybe. She may have been able to bluff her way into the hotel and garner a few details of the homicide … Continue reading

The Gates notes; chapters 9 to 10

The Gates

Chapter 9; In Which We Learn a Little About the Gates of Hell, None of Which Is Entirely Helpful
The title alone is not an optimistic one and I have my doubts as I begin the chapter.

It would be very tempting to do a blockquote of the majority of this chapter. I needn’t have worried about Samuel’s safety just yet as he, sensibly, is researching Hell, it’s gates, humans belief in Hell and other not very useful information for his current predicament. Hence the title, clever man that Mr. Connelly.
Again, the notes at the back of the book about the Sistine Chapel and Dante are quite amusing to read and even mentions the long term benefits of reading and knowing Shakespeare’s works.
I do feel sorry for poor Samuel, his research is pretty much in vain. Obviously, no mere mortal human being can sufficiently explain what Hell really is, and our resourceful hero is finding out that even the various religious and intellectual authorities haven’t a clue at all really. Continue reading

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 10

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 10
If you could see me while I read this chapter, there’s a big Cheshire cat-type grin smeared across the lower half of my face.
The approach of Liliana, who has taken to slowly swaggering her way towards out intrepid duo, leaves plenty of time for said duo to have an interesting conversation about the aforementioned late spouse. With the silent (to anyone but the reader & Jaz), stunned & bemused inner voice of Jaz herself and comparisons about tingling spider-senses, deceased grandmothers and the possibility that Vayl knows more about Jaz than he previously let on.
Does Jaz contain a more dangerous & lethal force against vampires? He is giving cause for doubting him as well and I can only hope that he doesn’t drive a wedge between them so early on.
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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 8, 9 & 10

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 8, Arthur Sinclair, Junior.

Arthur has gone from very important job-role, running DeStRes, to becoming a money cop. His job is no less undesirable or difficult, probably more on both counts. I can’t quite get my head ’round the amount of work this man has to do both now and in the foreseeable future.
It seems he is trying, and possibly succeeding, in regaining faith in the American dollar & the banks. People are starting to move their hard-earned cash (pre & post war) from their Havanan havens to banks on in their home country.
Part of Arthur’s new job is to sort out the honest folk from those who are not so honest in their financial acquisitions.
Not exactly an envious job and one that very few individuals are any good at. Luckily, Arthur is not only trusted but reliably trustworthy and as a former SEC chairman, he knows the ropes. No need for re-training like with his former DeStRes job.

Of all the jobs I’ve done, being a money cop was best.

One of the more satisfying job-related moments has yet to come, though he is anticipating it.

Breckinridge Scott, yes, the Phalanx king, still hiding like a rat in his Antarctic Fortress of Scumditude.

A lot of people back home are waiting to see him, particularly the IRS.
[He grins and rubs his hands together.]

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 10

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 10. The Guardian of the Gates

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Lion wakes and the journey resumes. Following the road of yellow brick, they finally reach what seems to be the outskirts of the Emerald City. Instead of blue houses & clothes, it is all green. As I knew it would be.
All the residents are afraid of Lion but Dorothy plucks up the courage to speak to one them. A room & food is freely given and little Toto finally gets to eat. I don’t think he has eaten since the bread ran out some chapters ago. Certainly I’ve never come across a dog who actively seeks out fruits & nuts to eat. The woman who offers shelter has a husband who seems quite knowledgeable about the Great Oz. Unfortunately, the information he imparts isn’t very optimistic. How will Dorothy & party convince the Great Oz to grant an audience? Me, I’d sneak in somehow. There’s always a back door to be found when it’s important enough.

The Emerald City itself is exactly that, a city embedded with emeralds. No wonder the gatekeeper insists on making all of them wear special glasses. The light refracting off the gems is blinding, forcing all who live there to wear these glasses, even little dogs. It all sounds enormously impractical. And who the heck did they get to mine all of these emeralds, that would be a workforce to rival that of the pyramid builders.

This chapter seems more like a means to an end. Wake Lion up, get to the city. I believe the real adventure will begin very soon now, and I’m looking forward to it.