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


1st To Die notes; Chapters 5 to 7

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 5

Detective Inspector Lindsay Boxer is called to the scene of the homicide, protocol is followed even though she is still reeling from her doctor’s appointment.

I kept hearing the doctor’s words sounding over and over in my head. In severe cases, Negli’s can be fatal.

The reader is then following her as she approaches the Mandarin Suite and the final resting place of David and Melanie Brandt. Continue reading


The Gates notes; chapters 3 to 5

The Gates

Chapter 3; In Which We Learn About Particle Accelerators, and the Playing of “Battleships”
I’m introduced to two scientists who, when slightly bored, aren’t very scientific and play battleships when things get a little dull (how anything can be dull at the Large Hadron Collider is anyone’s guess), while unbeknownst to them, evil things are afoot in the LHC. Lurking and waiting.

The LHC was a particle accelerator, the largest ever constructed: a device for smashing protons together in a vacuum, consisting of 1,600 electromagnets chilled to -271 degrees Celsius (or, to you and me, “Crumbs, that’s really cold! Anybody got a sweater I can borrow?”), producing a powerful electromagnetic field.

There’s quite a decent overall of what happens in a particle accelerator and why anyone would want to use one, should the reader be interested. Written in the same layman’s manner injected with humour, as before.
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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 5

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 5
Sensitivity to vampires comes with an unerring sense of direction. Ho-kay. It seems these skills came along after, whatever incident I still don’t know about and come on! give me a hint. Jaz is CIA now, did she bodge a mission which maybe came with a whack against the skull? It would explain the blackouts she now has to cope with.
At least this new internal GPS allows her to get back to the pink suite at the “Diamond Suites”.

What?! Vayl is afraid of snakes? Phobias. A few of them. Continue reading


World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

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 4, Jesika Hendricks.

This young woman has lost her family, and yet tries not to think bitter thoughts. I’d like to think that makes her a good person, or at the very least, a compassionate person.
No, maybe being compassionate is the better deal.
Being a good person relies too heavily on what other people think of you as a person, defined by society’s rules.
Compassion may be what allows her to continue to help clearing Canada’s lands of dismembered body parts, regardless of her own personal tragedy.


Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 5, Mary Jo Miller.

Considering pre-war, Mary was just another typical mother/worker, she’s shown herself to be a smart lassie.
Yeah, she helped build & manage Troy but her views; she accepts her share of the blame, for the mismanagement of those early days. She and her family were one of those that bought into Phalanx, she believed in the fallacy of a cure.
She knows different now and it shows in her final comments.

At least we’re cleaning up our own mess, and maybe that’s the best epitaph to hope for. “Generation Z, they cleaned up their own mess.”

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World War Z notes; Total War chapter 5

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 7, Total War; Chapter 5, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Choi.

I was beginning to wonder if the resources were available to hunt down all those underwater ghouls. Seems that’s the job for Michael Choi and others like him.
I don’t like the idea of donning a mesh suit or other such combat gear. Not underwater. Where there are still millions of them. They to calculate that there are somewhere between twenty and thirty million ghouls. Some washing up on shore or being caught in fishing nets, the majority still remaining in the oceans. Unfortunately they don’t rot, what fish in their right mind would want to try eating a zombie.
Like animals, they know that something is wrong with the ghouls and do their best to avoid them. The human population can’t afford to, and resorts to hunting them.
I think they are attributing too much to the ghouls, I don’t think they would have any way of predicting their movements. The ghouls don’t think, they just eat. They swarm where the food is and keep moving about until food is located.

Hunting them using Atmospheric Diving Suits, ADS, is preferable to scuba gear.
Unfortunately the Master Chief has seen or heard of many a diver having to surface too quickly and then succumbing to the bends. Being attacked by zombies with no escape other than surfacing is a terrifying prospect. A simple spear gun isn’t going to prevent Zack from trying to get your insides on your outsides, regardless of manoeuvrability.
However, who wants to die screaming into their demand valve (of their diving regulator) and who wants to pull of the mask of a diver who has died in such a manner. Continue reading this post