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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

The Gates notes; chapters 23 to 24

The Gates
(Finally typed up!)

Chapter 23; In Which We Learn That One Should Be Careful About Accepting Anything That Is Offered for Nothing
Meet Gath & Shan, two lesser demons who may be related a to a Minotaur, judging from their descriptions.
Meet Melody Prossett, who is human and dressed up as a lovely & somewhat “leggy” fairy complete with a cardboard wand. Not a very appropriate costume for Halloween, but then she is currently employed to dish out free vouchers for the latest brew of alcoholic grog to be tried out on an unsuspecting public. She’s described as very lovely, very sweet, far too helpful for anyone’s good and not too bright at all.

…she was by no means the brightest bulb in the box. In fact, even a box of very dark bulbs buried in a windowless coal shed might have given Melody some competition in the brightness stakes.

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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 23

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 23
Why can’t Cole & Bergman see Jaz’s non-corporeal “body” and what the heck is this about Cassandra’s age. Huh?
So. Not only can brother Daniel & sverhamin Vayl see her but so can Cassandra. Wonder if Evie & Albert could also see her in this state. It’s all interesting stuff to think about I guess, it sure as hell beats walking around.
Events need explaining and this is done at Bergman’s safe-house in between Cass & Bergman dealing with his neuroses & prejudices, the two of them bickering like brother & sister over the validity of magic. All things considered, I don’t know why Bergman is bothering, considering the company he’s keeping and the nature of the opposition.
Cassandra finally gets her hands on the pyramid shaped key, which apparently Bergman forgot to inform her about, and now has the clue she needed to unravel the mystery of the demon. Continue reading

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapters 23 & 24

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish

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

So Glinda’s castle may not be made of rubies but her throne is. Her dress though, is the white of a powerful sorceress which is to be expected.

Dorothy puts her case to the kindly Glinda, even being concerned that her family would be terribly worse off should they arrange a mourning for her. She still remembers that her family is poor even through her great adventures.

Well it seems it is Glinda and not Dorothy who will free the Winged Monkeys, after having used her three wishes to return the companions to the new kingdoms of course. I agree with Dorothy, Glinda really is good. She could have used the Golden Cap for her own purposes but she chooses not to.

Ah, so the Silver Shoes (or Slippers depending on which chapter I’m reading) can get Dorothy home and Glinda helpfully informs her how. Good job the Good Witch of the North didn’t tell her or there’d be no story.

And so with three clicks of her heels, Dorothy & Toto are home again.

Glinda only mentioned this one power of the Silver Shoes, she doesn’t mention what it’s other powers might be. Dorothy loses the Silver Shoes during the journey home so I may never know what else they could do, unless they are found during one of the other books in the series.

When she arrives home, Aunt Em & Uncle Henry are performing their daily tasks. Does this mean that Dorothy wasn’t away for very long, or was her disappearance just treated as terrible tragedy and that life goes on.

Chapter 24. Home Again

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

Whatever my thoughts at the end of chapter 23, it’s obvious that Dorothy is welcomed with sincerity and love and that’s the kind of homecoming that everyone deserves.

I will now consider this one of favourite books, a long list already.
I’ll give Oz a rest but I will be visiting the next book in the series. Maybe I’ll be able to read the next book a little faster than this, although most of my total reading time is also writing time as I have made all my notes while reading the book.