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1st To Die notes; Chapters 117 to 126, Epilogue & my closing thoughts

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 117

So Lindsay has her former partner on stakeout duty. From his report to D.I. Lindsay Boxer, it sounds like an awfully boring assignment, I pity the poor guy. The only thing worse than being bored is being bored, tired and hungry.

Lindsay’s increasing reliance on The Club is rearing it’s head again, this time mentioning the she wants Chris Raleigh to meet them.
She tells him that she thinks they’ve broken the case, but my opinion differs significantly as I still think Nick Jenks is at least partially responsible for the murders. Along with Chessy Jenks. Continue reading

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The Gates notes; chapters 28 to 33 and my closing thoughts

The Gates

Chapter 28; In Which Nurd Makes a New Friend and Meets Some Old Acquaintances
Nurd is starting to realise the massive predicament his is in and he has the common sense to be more than a little afraid and quite concerned that he may end up being target practise.

only one being was inclined to go around summoning brigands and murderers from the grave, which suggested to Nurd that a personal appearance by the Great Malevolence was imminent.

As he quite rightly points out, being immortal means you can be punished & made to suffer for a heck of a long time! ’tis enough to give Nurd pause for thought and re-think his own plans to take over the Earth. After all, it does not bode well for a persons physical or mental well-being to start a fight doomed to failure. Best to just circumvent the issue if at all possible.

His plan, if you could call it that, was to find the portal and sneak back through it to Hell…

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Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 27

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 27

“Hello, Jasmine. My name is Raoul.” Spain bronzed his skin and flavored his accent, but his manner was pure American military.

At last! the nameless voice and Jasmine’s personal saviour has a name and his base of operations is in – Las Vegas?! Huh?
Oh well, a few clues are banded about but nothing that makes any sense. The furniture is in Jaz’s favourite pre-arranged display and it seems this “Raoul” may also be more than just a convenient coincidence in her life. He alludes to both Jaz and David having visited this location before but apparently they’re not supposed to remember this. Why, I wonder. Did Raoul make Vayl aware of her presence, if so, that would mean that certain events in her life are not coincidence or “free-will” but carefully planned & coordinated. And what does this mean for David, does he also have some part to play in capturing the elusive Edward “the Raptor” Samos? Continue reading


World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 11, 12 & 13. The End.

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 11, Jurgen Warmbrunn.

I was in the “Kindertransport,” the last chance to get Jewish children out of Germany. That was the last time I saw any of my family alive.

I can understand why he was a part of this task force, as a German Jew he would want to save as many of his people as possible, but why only Jewish children?

Colour me stupid if you wish, but given the circumstances, wouldn’t it be more advantageous to save as many children as possible? regardless of their creed, nationality or shoe size?

But then, maybe that’s just me.

It’s interesting to read about his comparisons between WWZ survivors and those who survived the Holocaust of WWII.

I’ve heard it said that the Holocaust has no survivors, that even those who managed to remain technically alive were so irreparably damaged…

All things considered, the survivors of WWZ had the easier deal compared to the few Holocaust survivors.

Zombies don’t care whom they eat. They are completely unprejudiced.

Can’t say the same for the Nazi SS though. Continue reading this post


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.

Afterthoughts
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.

Afterthoughts
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.