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1st To Die notes; Chapters 8 to 10

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 8

I sometimes have grave misgivings about news reporters and the fine line they sometimes cross to get the Big Story. Cindy Thomas is perhaps that type of reporter, hungry to be the next hotshot up & coming reporter with an eye on a Pulitzer maybe. She may have been able to bluff her way into the hotel and garner a few details of the homicide … Continue reading

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The Gates notes; chapters 6 to 8

The Gates

Chapter 6; In Which We Encounter Stephanie, Who Is Not a Demon but Is Still Not Terribly Nice
Stephanie is Samuel’s babysitter, and she isn’t very good at it. In fact, she sounds like the kind of person who shouldn’t be left in charge of any children, at any time, especially as she has no temper for little boys at all. She has lots of time for older boys as she gets her boyfriend to threaten little Samuel whenever the boy displeases her. Sure Samuel plays pranks but every young boy does that and she should either accept that fact or move on to other employment. Like a milk round. Still if she was any good at babysitting she wouldn’t be suitable for this book and the author does a rather splendid job of making me dislike her and her bully of a boyfriend (named as Garth). Continue reading


Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 8

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 8
Whoever is doing the spying against the intrepid duo is very good & really creepy.
Someone knows about Vayl’s aversion to snakes and has the contacts to deploy a snake into Vayl’s luggage. Lucky for him that most of his clothes required for the mission last night were in a different bag, otherwise the snake might have been alive when he opened the suitcase.
Lucky for Jaz too, ’cause now she has the image of an extremely well built & naked Vayl imprinted on her retinas. Even if she did avert her gaze after busting into his room, two seconds is a heck of a long time for such an event. She more than likes what she has seen, so despite what I said about the last chapter, it seems the sexual tension has been cranked up anyway.

First the God’s Arm goons. Then the snake. Now the blood. Who is doing this?

Jaz then finds out that his blood supply has also been tainted. So Continue reading


World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 8, 9 & 10

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 8, Arthur Sinclair, Junior.

Arthur has gone from very important job-role, running DeStRes, to becoming a money cop. His job is no less undesirable or difficult, probably more on both counts. I can’t quite get my head ’round the amount of work this man has to do both now and in the foreseeable future.
It seems he is trying, and possibly succeeding, in regaining faith in the American dollar & the banks. People are starting to move their hard-earned cash (pre & post war) from their Havanan havens to banks on in their home country.
Part of Arthur’s new job is to sort out the honest folk from those who are not so honest in their financial acquisitions.
Not exactly an envious job and one that very few individuals are any good at. Luckily, Arthur is not only trusted but reliably trustworthy and as a former SEC chairman, he knows the ropes. No need for re-training like with his former DeStRes job.

Of all the jobs I’ve done, being a money cop was best.

One of the more satisfying job-related moments has yet to come, though he is anticipating it.

Breckinridge Scott, yes, the Phalanx king, still hiding like a rat in his Antarctic Fortress of Scumditude.

A lot of people back home are waiting to see him, particularly the IRS.
[He grins and rubs his hands together.]

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World War Z notes; Around The World And Above chapter 8

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 6, Around The World And Above; Chapter 8, Terry Knox.

Terry Knox, son of an Andamooka opal miner and an astronaut serving aboard the ISS.

The way he tells his story, from a hospital bed natch, reminds me of a television programme from the 1960’s.
Thunderbirds.
A fantastic show for children of all ages, with this great space station (Thunderbird 5) that monitors all earth communications. The idea being that should there be a catastrophe, the other Thunderbirds would go in and rescue the people under the guide of “International Rescue”.
Wonderful programme, I’ve watched that series over and over.

Mr. Knox’s tale may as well have been that of John Tracy aboard Thunderbird 5.
Monitoring the demise of the Earth and it’s population, human or otherwise. All life was pursued but only humans re-animate.
He and his mates made the decision to remain on board the ISS and maintain any essential satellite’s, the other crew members departed for Earth.
I think Terry may have gotten the better deal but it surely must have been hell not being able to contact family members.
Those spy satellites didn’t help. The entire war played out like an endless soap-opera without sound and no means of intervening. No real way of helping those on the ground.
He saw the battles that raged between the living and the dead. He and his remaining crew mates could only morbidly witness such events as Yonkers & Chongqing.
He saw what really happened in India, how General Raj-Singh did not abandon his men like the rumours say. Continue reading this post


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 8

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 8.The Deadly Poppy Field

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

The Tin-man’s raft gets them all across the river but it’s a pity they misjudged the depth of it. Their long poles prove to be little use in the middle of the river. Scarecrow even gets stranded because of this oversight.
Lion helps the others get to the riverbank but what of Scarecrow. It is rather fortuitous that a stork comes along and is large enough to fly over and carry Scarecrow to safety. What would the remaining friends have done without her aid, as it seems almost all of the good ideas have been from Scarecrow of late.

The flowers, beautiful and fragrant. Baum wrote this around 1900 and so poppies had quite an impact on the society of the time from what I can remember. Taking opium was considered fashionable but not dangerous, here Baum seems to hint at the darker, dangerous significance of the poppy. I’ve been in fields of the common variety of poppy – the type used as a symbol for Armistice (1918) – and although fragrant they have yet to put me to sleep. Which is why I think Baum’s deadly poppies are of the opium variety. I may of course be reading too much into this. I’ve never really delved too deep in the botanical world.

Afterthoughts
Yet more excitement for the intrepid band. Dorothy seems to be becoming less of a heroine and more of a damsel-in-distress at each turn of the page. The focus has yet to swing back to her and I am almost forced to experience their journey through the companions.
Not that I’m complaining, for each has an interesting and are so vastly different that it’s interesting to witness the co-operation of the characters. A common goal and a desire to help each other achieve these goals tie them all neatly together. It makes for fun reading too.