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My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).


1st To Die notes; Chapters 18 to 23

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 18

Okay, despite what I may have said previously about her, I’m beginning to warm up to Cindy Thomas.
She appears to be genuinely interested in Lindsay, as a friend. I’m under the impression that Lindsay needs more people, more friends in her life.
Cindy has to ask about the case, it’s important to her career but she may have enough integrity not to damage her friendships and personal morals. I hope.
I honestly think that most modern day reporters have lost a large measure of their empathy, a by product of business practices wanting to sell the news. There are so few journalists today who have remained unaffected by today’s disturbing need for sensationalism. Continue reading

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The Gates notes; chapters 21 to 22

The Gates

Chapter 21; In Which the Verger Is Assaulted, and a Very Unpleasant Person Comes Back to Life
In which the church built by Bishop Bernard the Bad slowly comes back to life-ish.
I’ve no doubt the vicar and verger are disconcerted, but if gargoyles started hopping off the church with the aim of learning to fly – let me just say that I’d be off, running at breakneck speed away from the building. I might even break a world record or two in my earnest bid to get away. Now if the aforementioned gargoyles then went and tried to chew on my foot, I really don’t think I’d just stand there and let it. If I hadn’t already vacated the area, there would be much stomping & kicking, also known in local parts in the U.K. as “getting the boot in”. Continue reading


Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 21

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 21
Jaz spends some time during this chapter processing Cassandra’s show ‘n tell. Not that I blame her, there’s a lot to deal with from just one moment of her life and she seems to be the kind of character to slowly absorb these kinds of experiences. A more preferable way of dealing with the matter than pushing the mind too fast and having a total mental white-out. Continue reading


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 21

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 21. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts

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

It’s obvious by the title of the chapter that Lion will, very soon, also have a new home & domain to rule.

All these varied animals having a meeting, united by a common threat. A person wouldn’t normally see a fox amongst such jungle animals either, or a bear for that matter.
Lion calmly hushes the crowd of animals with merely his presence and finally there is a lion once more in the forest.

A giant spider, again shades of Tolkien, only this culprit brings the evil Shelob to mind.
Lion is wise to strike while the massive spider is asleep but some might say not very courageous.
Who cares though, the tyrant is dead and the forest animals have a new lord and all is well.