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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

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The Gates notes; chapters 16 to 17

The Gates

Chapter 16; In Which We Visit the Abernathy House, and Decide That We Wouldn’t Want to Live There
I’d decided on that a while back.

This chapter has a touch of Enid Blyton to it. Only instead of The Famous Five, they number only four. That includes little Boswell.
Tom thinks Samuel is a bit loony but is willing to follow him to the Abernathy’s ’cause they’re mates and mates do that for other mates, you understand. While Maria is intrigued – being a scientific minded person – and knows Samuel wouldn’t lie to her. I guess this above the need to practice some cricket, while they’re waiting for dusk, proves that children are always more inclined to believe other children. No matter how daft or illogical the idea might be. (Random-ish thought; I wonder if puberty has anything to do with becoming cynical) Continue reading


Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 16

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 16
I was right about the weird Tor-al-Degan ritual, not only is the entire event going to make things difficult but now Jaz & company have to deal with a bona fide demon, and one of some legendary renown. Tor-al-Degan is the demon’s name, who is a Kyron(?) and it apparently has an appetite for human souls. Lovely.
Which brings me to Cassandra, an appropriate name for a seer/psychic.
She runs “Cassandra’s Pure & Natural” and from the description of the place at the chapters beginning, it must smell thoroughly gorgeous. Continue reading


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 16

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 16. The Magic Art of the Great Humbug

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

Oz grants Scarecrow, Tin-man & Lion’s wishes and he does so in such a way that it reminds me of those snake-oil travelling salesmen frequently seen in old Western movies.
He really is such a conniving confidence trickster.
Lion’s comment about Scarecrow’s “bran-new” brains had me bark out in laughter. Sharp indeed.

Afterthoughts
How the hell did the Great Oz come to power?
He must be very charismatic as he is anything but powerful or magical. A Wicked Witch turned a living flesh and bone man into a living man made of tin, I think the group should consider finding a Good Witch to perform similar powerful magic instead of this fraudulent Great Oz.