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1st To Die notes; Chapters 13 to 17

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 13

Claire Washburn is introduced. She is San Francisco’s “chief medical examiner” and she seems to be the kind of no nonsense, no frills “I get the job done” kind of person I’ve always liked. In this book the author also makes her Lindsay’s best friend.

There wasn’t much to say about Claire Washburn, except that she was brilliant, totally accomplished, and absolutely my best friend in the world.

Their relationship seems to be pretty close, judging from Lindsay’s perspective, but it’s difficult to really tell with the current unwanted passenger of ex-Captain Raleigh, despite Claire seemingly finding the young man attractive. Continue reading


The Gates notes; chapter 13

The Gates

Chapter 13; In Which Samuel Decides to Consult an Expert on Demons and Hell, but Doesn’t Get Anywhere
Um, cue a small history lesson regarding the Church of St. Timidus, Bishop Bernard the Bad and a guy named Timidus who tried exceedingly hard to not commit any sins whatsoever. Why? Well, the author reckons it’s all valid information.

Why all that is so important we shall discover later.

Okay, it must important to the story otherwise Mr. Connelly wouldn’t have mentioned it in the first place.
To continue. Continue reading


Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 13 & 14

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 13
This one’s quite a short chapter but it features Jaz finally busting loose a little. Everyone has their breaking point and although she hasn’t quite reached hers yet, she’s getting there.
The events of the past few days have taken their toll on Jasmine, too much action and not enough information to back up the events. Vayl tries to bridge at least some of the gap and provides some Intel regarding the new meeting place in which to finally meet Bergman.
The place belongs to a psychic known to Vayl. He regularly uses the services of such psychics, he tells Jaz that he is in search of his deceased sons in the hopes of finding & being reunited with their reincarnated forms. Continue reading


World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 11, 12 & 13. The End.

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 11, Jurgen Warmbrunn.

I was in the “Kindertransport,” the last chance to get Jewish children out of Germany. That was the last time I saw any of my family alive.

I can understand why he was a part of this task force, as a German Jew he would want to save as many of his people as possible, but why only Jewish children?

Colour me stupid if you wish, but given the circumstances, wouldn’t it be more advantageous to save as many children as possible? regardless of their creed, nationality or shoe size?

But then, maybe that’s just me.

It’s interesting to read about his comparisons between WWZ survivors and those who survived the Holocaust of WWII.

I’ve heard it said that the Holocaust has no survivors, that even those who managed to remain technically alive were so irreparably damaged…

All things considered, the survivors of WWZ had the easier deal compared to the few Holocaust survivors.

Zombies don’t care whom they eat. They are completely unprejudiced.

Can’t say the same for the Nazi SS though. Continue reading this post


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 13

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 13. The Rescue

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

Dorothy is again a celebrated heroine, for in defeating the Witch she has saved the Winkies of the West from slavery.
Their gratitude is great and help both Tin-man & Scarecrow back to health. They are generous, adorning their saviour & her friends with gold & jewels.
The Winkies are reluctant to let Tin-man leave & ask him to stay and rule the yellow Lands of the West. Obviously he cannot as he must accompany Dorothy back to the Emerald City and claim his prize from the Great Oz.

Afterthoughts
This chapter is merely a break from the violence of the previous chapter. I’ve learnt a little more about the Winkies, who appear to be a very industrious people.

Dorothy took the Witch’s Golden Cap at the chapter’s close, with the next chapter being called “The Winged Monkeys” I wonder if the Good Witch’s kiss will protect her again, perhaps she & her friends are destined to save them also.