Demelza: I’ve read 0%.

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Read 2 pages and I can’t deal with family drama right now. So this is going on the back burner for a bit.

and on a rant side of things, WHY did Booklikes mess about with things earlier this week? Everything was smooth sailing, at least for me, then BAM, an almost 24hr outage and now everything is slow and sticky as molasses. Sigh. Not much of a rant, I know, but that is about all I’ve got for now.

 

 

 

 

The Last Guardian of Everness (The War of the Dreaming #1) DNF@70%

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Title: The Last Guardian of Everness

Series: The War of the Dreaming

Author: John Wright

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 333

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:  Spoilers

Galen Waylock, a spoiled young brat who is very talented, thinks he knows better than his grandfather. So when he receives a vision that he thinks foretells the end of the world, he charges in instead of investigating like his grandfather tells him too.

Which leads to Galen being possessed by his ever so great Grandfather, a malevolent magician working with the devil. There are other characters and it is obvious that a lot of various religious Ideas are represented.

 

My Thoughts:

Fairytales can be good. However, most of that is because they are short. Things happen, boom, Happily Ever After. If you take the time to think about them, then you begin to wonder just what in the world was going on and how did such stupid idiots survive to propagate?

This book was a 300+ page fairytale.

It was not written badly or unskillfully. There were no egregious errors. However, it bored me out of my mind and I couldn’t get past the style and the idiocy of some of the characters. It is a good thing this wasn’t my first book by Wright or I would have consigned him to the “Authors to Avoid” list and that would have been a shame.

On an unrelated note, I have about reached my limit with Booklikes. I can’t comment without going through hoops [thanks to you who did comment on my posts], I can’t load my dashboard and even this review took a couple of reloads to get all the parts of the page to appear. If things haven’t improved, site-wise, by the end of the month, I’ll be leaving. If things do improve, then the next goal will be staff interaction by the end of the year. Just wanted to give you all a heads up about where my thoughts are.

Stiff Upper Lip, What, What?

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Every couple of months I login to Goodreads, mainly to remind myself of why I left a community of thousands of people who review books and staff that is constantly updating the site. So I just checked in this evening and speaking of updates. They have apparently redone the feed/home page, again and from what I can tell, it appears to be more aimed at pushing books than actually being your friends info. I thought to myself, “well, maybe I could deal with this if Booklikes folds some day”.

Then, like I always do, I headed to the Feedback Forum and read over the “rules” from 2013. The ones that state that you can’t have a shelf entitled Badly Behaving Authors and a lot of vague wording that allows them to delete your shelves and reviews just because. With all of the bugs and lack of staff and lack of a growing community here at Booklikes, I will still take being allowed to say what I want how I want about anything over a slick production that sticks a rag in my mouth and kneecaps me in a dark alley.

But a little bit of me, deep inside, wants to go back. Kneecapping and all 😦

50 Questions Answered by the Inestimable Bookstooge

Saw this first over at Jessica’s and then saw others doing it as well. And since it is July 4th weekend, the date of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence, this picture is appropriate.

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So here we go:

 

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Open. Too much effort in the morning to have to open them again.

 

2. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I roll around in my sleep, a lot. So they end up un-tucked.

 

3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

No.

 

4. Do you cut out coupons and never use them?
Yep. Then I quit when I realized what a time waster it was for me.

 

5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?
In the woods: a bear. at least I could fight it off with my machete.

In the non-woods: bees. Easy to get treatment for.

 

6. Do you have freckles?

Yes

 

7. Do you always smile for pictures?

An emphatic no.

 

8. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Sometimes. More likely to count cars going the opposite direction from me when driving. Or count utility poles. Until I force myself to stop.

 

9. Have you ever peed in the woods?

Every workday. It’s just part of the job.
10. What about pooped in the woods?
Yes. Not fun, but circumstances leave you with no choice when you’re 1/2mile from any civilization.

 

11. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No.

 

12. What’s your song of the week?

I don’t listen to music on the radio.
13. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
As a man, I can speak authoritatively on this. And I will.

It is PERFECTLY OK to wear pink.

if you’re not a man.

 

14. Do you still watch Cartoons?
Absolutely. Spongebob never fails to entertain me.

 

15. What do you drink with dinner?

Usually one of those no-calorie flavored drink mixes you add to a 1/2 liter of water.

 

16. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

Nothing

 

17. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza.

18. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No.

 

19. Would you ever strip or pose naked for a magazine?
No. I have my dignity.

And I feel only sadness for those who do do such things. What kind of life are they living where they feel it necessary to do that?

 

20. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yes. But not in the last 10 years.

 

21. Favorite kind of sandwich?

Bologna and cheese on whole wheat bread.
22. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Rice krispies and hardboiled eggs. Quick, easy and almost no cleanup.

 

23. What’s your usual bedtime?
I start getting read by 9pm and if I’m good, 9:45pm. If I’m bad, I’ll stay up to 11 reading. And then I pay for it the next morning. I need 8hrs of sleep. Not 7.
24. Are you lazy?
Like you wouldn’t believe. We’re lucky if I vacuum the house twice a month.

 

25. What is your Chinese astrology sign?
I am theologically and philosophically opposed to mysticism. So I avoid this kind of thing like the plague.

 

26. How many languages can you speak?

3

American.

Iglatinpay

Chinese-o.

 

27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

No. I haven’t had a magazine subscription since Scrye in the 90’s.

 

28. Are you stubborn?

Not at all. I’m the most laid back, easy to please, easy to get along with guy you’ll ever meet.
29. Are you afraid of heights?

Yep. Both hands on the ladder kind of guy.
30. Do you sing in the car?

I only listen to preachers and newsmen in the car.

 

31. Do you ever dance in the car?

How is that even possible?

 

32. Ever used a gun?

Absolutely. Own them too. Probably going to get my first sub-compact handgun this year in fact.

 

33. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Highschool in the mid 90’s.

 

34. Do you think muscles are cheesy?

No.

 

35. Favorite type of fruit pie?

Banana cream pie or Pumpkin.

 

36. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?

I don’t ever remember thinking about this.

 

37. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not in the sense of someone’s spirit being here in this world after death. Demons masquerading as said spirits, then yes.
38. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?

Yes.

 

39. First concert?

Never
40. Nike or Adidas?
Don’t care

 

41. Ever take dance lessons?
No.
42. Regularly burn incense?

It is a fire hazard. So no.

 

43. Who would you like to see in concert?

Enya? But her music is multi-layered, so I’m not sure how well that would work out live in concert.

 

44. Hot tea or cold tea?

Iced chai. But that is it.

 

45. Tea or Coffee?

Coffee. Unless it is a hot afternoon, then I’ll take the iced chai.

 

46. Can you swim well?

No. Enough to save my life, but that is about it.
47. Are you patient?
Absolutely. In fact, in some circles I am known as Saint Bookstooge, patron saint of Patient People.
48. DJ or band at a wedding?

Neither. Both are too loud and annoying.

 

49. Which are better, black or green olives?

 

Black on pizza. but green with pimento’s straight out of the jar.

 

50. Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?
Real world. God I can trust. A human author, not so much.

Calibre + Plugins = One Happy Reviewer

When Booklikes gave us the scare last month about being sold and Leafmarks announced it’s shutdown, I was doing some serious hunting for offline programs that I could save my reviews to.

I had considered Collectorz, but the monthly/yearly subscription fee was way more than I was willing to invest.

I settled on Calibre, since I was already familiar with it in regards to managing my ebook collection. It took me about a day to figure out how to create a separate section [library] just for my reviewed books. I simply had to add the books as empty books and then add all my data.

With over 2800 books under my belt though, the task of manually adding and editing them was a bit daunting. I started and figured I’d just make it a long term project that I did a little bit on each week and maybe in a year or 3 it would be done.

This evening I was poking around in the Plugins part of the forum for Calibre and came across one that was called “Import List”. It allows people to add a list of books to Calibre from various sources. One of those sources is a CSV file. So I installed it, figured out how to actually use the bloody thing and am now currently adding all my books to yet another new and empty library. I’ve got author, title, series, date read, tags and comments[review]. Automatically.

Even with going through and editing the series number, this just saved me about a years worth of work. Even if there are other issues I have to edit, just having them all there makes a huge difference.

Now, I have only started this project. Still in the testing phase. The actual import is still working away in Calibre, as I’ve added 6 different things and the plugin how to create a whole structure for those 2800 books. I’m just going to let it run over night. But even if this doesn’t work out “quite” how I want it, I can mess around and try again.

I am pretty pleased at the moment.

The Jungle Book (Classic) – Group Blog Review

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Synopsis

Several short stories about India and animals. 3 stories about Mowgli the mancub, 1 about a white seal, 1 about the elephant dances, 1 about the mongoose Ricki-tikki-tavvi and 1 about some camp animals chatting it up one night.

Plus several songs and poems.

 

My Thoughts

Last time I read The Jungle Book it was actually The TWO Jungle Books and I was not very impressed. There was stuff about Eskimoes and a LOT more poems and songs and short stories that didn’t seem to fit. It did have some additional stories about Mowgli however, so it might be worth reading if you really like him.

This time I read the first Jungle book and it was great. We all know Mowgli, but this is the real one, not the disneyfied cartoon doofus. Nor is he the young strapping lad of mighty pectorals seen in the live action movie with Jason Scott Lee.

Overall, this was just a bunch of stories about the animals of India. Funny, sad, courageous and heartwarming. Perfect for a child’s introduction to Kipling and to a wider range of the world’s Literature than they might have experienced to date.

As for comparing this to the movie, I’ll leave that for the movie review later this evening. But the movie has almost NOTHING to do with the short stories about Mowgli from this book.

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Rudyard Kipling

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Group Blog Info:

For the main event, please head over to:

Jungle Book Discussion Central

and follow the instructions 🙂

The movie can be watched here at my blog at the following post:

Jungle Book Movie