The Friday 56: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.Shakespeare's Star Wars

Published last summer, Ian Doescher’s work falls somewhere between ‘Zounds!’ and ‘Revolutionary’. I’ve only read snippets so far (I’m waiting to get it out at the library), and can already tell that the force is… um yeah I better quit while I’m ahead.

Luke – …Verily, I loathe the cruel

And noisome Empire, aye, yet nothing ‘gainst

It have I pow’r to do at present. Fie!

It doesn’t get much better than that, people. Have a good weekend!

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The Friday 56: Cress

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Decided to choose a book which I’m currently reading, Cress by Marissa Meyer. It is the third book of the Lunar Chronicles trilogy. I enjoyed the first two immensely, and have high hopes for this one.

“Nainsi, Kai’s android assistant, appeared in the office doorway, holding a tray with jasmine tea and hot washcloths. Her sensor light Cressflashed. “Daily reports, Your Majesty?”

“Yes, thank-you. Come in.”

He took one of the washcloths off the tray as she rolled by, chafing his fingers with the steaming cotton.

Nainsi set the tray on Kai’s desk and turned to face him and Torin, launching into the day’s reports that blissfully had nothing to do with wedding vows or eight-course dinners.”

Meyer’s fractured fairytales are always creative and entertaining. In Cress, the titular character is imprisoned in a satellite which orbits Earth. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes from there!

The Friday 56: Ender’s Game

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Described by some as Harry Potter in space (but not really), here’s a teaser from Orson Scott Card’s classic Science Fiction, Ender’s Game.

Tor Science Fiction, 2013, 324 pages (paperback)

Tor Science Fiction, 2013, 324 pages (paperback)

Maybe you’ll break down under the pressure, maybe it’ll ruin your life, maybe you’ll hate me for coming here to your house today. But if there’s a chance that because you’re in the fleet, mankind might survive and the buggers might leave us alone forever – then I’m going to ask you to do it. To come with me.

I’m still new to Sci-Fi, but boy oh boy am I fast becoming a fan. This one had all the classic elements I’d normally make fun of – space, alien invasions, no-gravity combat with high tech machines, a last-chance boy-hero – but I enjoyed it despite all that. If that makes me a nerd, I’m proud to wear the badge. Look out for my full review soon!

-Deborah

The Friday 56: The Jane Austen Book Club

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Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

It’s not often I’ll feel compelled to read a book after having watched the movie, but Karen Joy Fowler is quickly taking her place among my favourite authors! It feels appropriate that probably her most popular novel is about a book club, because so far I find her novels very book club-worthy.

Plume, 2005, 228 pages (paperback)

Sense and Sensibility features one of Austen’s favorite characters – the handsome debaucher,” Jocelyn said. “She’s very suspicious of good-looking men, I think. Her heroes tend to be actively nondescript.” …

“Except for Darcy,” Prudie said.

“We haven’t gotten to Darcy yet.” There was a warning in Jocelyn’s voice. Prudie took it no further.

Things are heating up!

-Deborah

 

The Friday 56: The Painted Girls

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Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Riverhead books/Penguin USA, 2013, 357 pages (hardcover)

So far I’m making good on my Winter TBR. The Painted Girls is not everything I hoped it would be, but nonetheless it’s a solid read. From page 56 of my ebook version:

“There is a painter,” I say. “Madame Dominique lets him watch our class.”

Maman looks up at me with woolly eyes.

“He said my face is interesting.”

I can’t wait to review this one! Take care this weekend, friends!

Deborah

Another Non-Fiction Book From Kaite on the Friday 56

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:Brysons Dictionary

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Not that I’m trying to bore you readers to tears, but my current read is, yet again, of polarizing interest to the lovers of literature. Bill Bryson, one of my favourite authors, wrote this 2002 book after his experience as a copy editor for the London Times. Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words provides real examples of the many times writers fall into the numerous traps the English language. Full of misused, misunderstood, or misquoted words or phrases, Bryson’s book is full of interesting tidbits, and provides clarity for many.

decimate. Literally the word means to reduce by a tenth (from the ancient practice of punishing the mutinous or cowardly by killing every tenth man). By extension it may be used to describe the inflicting of heavy damage, but it should never be used to denote annihilation, as in this memorably excruciating sentence cited by Fowler: “Dick, hotly pursue by the scalp-hunter, turned in his saddle, fired and literally decimated his opponent.” Equally to be avoided are contexts in which the word’s use is clearly inconsistent with its literal meaning, as in “Frost decimated an estimated 80 percent of the crops.””

Excruciating!

Happy Reading,
Kaite

The Friday 56 explores worst-case scenarios

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Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

For Christmas, my dad gave me three very random and interesting-in-their-own-way type of books. Today I share with you not a novel, but a slightly tongue-in-cheek handbook which – you never know – might come in handy one day. (Remember, the rules for this meme do allow any book!) From The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, I give you the full instructions about what to do if you are ever attacked by a mountain lion. I know it’s a bit long, but I wouldn’t want to be responsible for not giving you all the information! [Warning: the following excerpt contains animal-related violence. Read at your own discretion.]

Chronicle Books, 1999, 176 pages (paperback)

Most mountain lions are small enough that an average-size human will be able to ward off an attack by fighting back aggressively. Hit the mountain lion in the head, especially around the eyes and mouth. Use sticks, fists, or whatever is at hand. Do not curl up and play dead. Mountain lions generally leap down and prey from above and deliver a “killing bite” to the back of the neck. Their technique is to break the neck and knock down the prey, and they also will rush and lunge up at the neck of prey, dragging the victim down while holding the neck in a crushing grip. Protect your neck and throat at all costs.

For the record, this book generally says it’s a good idea to fight back when being attacked by an animal. When in doubt, go for the nose or eyes, and in the case of a shark attack, punch the gills.

Phew! That was pretty nasty. How ’bout we end this 56 with a somewhat disturbing yet oh-so-cute picture of my own little mountain lion?

Taken by the neck, as promised. Creepy, much?

Taken by the neck, as promised.

From Pippi and I, a Happy New Year! Protect that neck of yours!

Deborah

The Friday 56: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
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G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013, 310 pages (hardcover)

In most families, there is a favorite child. Parents deny it and maybe they truly don’t see it, but it’s obvious to the children.

So what do you think, readers? True or false? Does being a parent change your answer? 😉

At least here in Vancouver it looks like we’re headed for a White Christmas…please everyone enjoy and be safe this holiday season!

Deborah

The Friday 56: Beautiful Ruins

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  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
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Harper, 2012, 337 pages

She shrugged and put the book down again. “Do you think that was wrong?”

He had a fifty-fifty chance of getting this one right. “Yes?”

This book has been sitting on my bedside table for over a week, and I haven’t made it further than page 4. Truth be told, it doesn’t appeal to me in the least, even though two friends with similar reading tastes have recommended it to me and I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy it, in the end. Sigh. 

What does it take for YOU to start a book you’re not that into? Comment below!

Deborah

The Friday 56: Long Walk to Freedom

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  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
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In light of Nelson Mandela’s death, I wanted to honour his amazing life by highlighting a quote from my copy of his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. 

Back Bay Books (Little, Brown and Company), 1995, 637 pages

In the 1940s, traveling for an African was a complicated process. All Africans over the age of sixteen were compelled to carry “Native passes” issued by the Native Affairs Department and were required to show that pass to any white policeman, civil servant, or employer. Failure to do so could mean arrest, trial, a jail sentence or fine.

Here’s to how far South Africa has come and how far it has yet to. Today my heart and prayers are with all my African brothers and sisters.

Peace,

Deb