June 2008 archive

Down River – Book Review

“Christians talk of a white stag that carried a vision of Christ between his antlers. They believe it’s a sign of impending salvation.” “That sounds nice.” “There are legends that go back much further. The ancient Celts believed something entirely different. Their legends speak of white deer leading travelers deep into the secret parts of …

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Mr. Bones – A Short Story Review

My father, apparently a simple, cheery soul, was impossible to know. -From Mr. Bones- Paul Theroux wrote this short story which appeared on line at The New Yorker in September 2007. The narrator is a man remembering his father from many years previous. Right up front, he tells the reader that not only is his …

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Tying up Loose Ends…

Today is the last day for this challenge! I am planning to leave the links up through July 10th for people to post links to their wrap up posts and May/June reads. For those of you who forgot to post links to reviews in the early part of the challenge, you may feel free to …

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Springtime On Mars: Stories – Book Review

“For years, people imagined they saw canals dug into the planet’s surface. They called these canals proof of life. They worried what intelligent life on Mars might mean to us earthlings, to our safety. But, it was nothing. An optical illusion a cosmic misprint. There’s no life. There’s nothing.” -From Springtime on Mars, page 112- …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: The Wrap Up

By the time I finish this post, the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon will be finished. Phew! What an amazing event. Dewey has asked us to complete post-event survey…so here goes: 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The 16th hour was when I finally crashed and needed to sleep. Then when I woke up during …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Closing in on 22 Hours

I am in awe of those people who have stayed up all night – I’m barely functioning and I slept for 4 hours! Just over 2 hours left of this amazing challenge an Dewey has given us some challenges. Visit the Readers of the Hour Thank the Cheerleaders Do the post-event survey I’ll wait to …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Hour 20 and I’m Baaaaaaack

I meant to get up at 4:30, but somehow I did not hear my radio alarm. So instead, I woke up at 5:00AM – Hour 20. Looks like some of you have stayed up the entire night! Terri, did you really get up at 4:30 to cheer me on!??!?!? OMG – what an awesome friend …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: An Update and Need for Sleep

It is after midnight here on the West Coast and I’m in need of some sleep time. So this will be my final update until probably 4:30AM. Book I’m reading: Down River, by John Hart Number of books read since I started: 2 plus 1 short story The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse (read …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Hour 15 Mini-Challenge

I’m on a roll. Dewey’s just posted a mini-challenge for hour 15 and this will force me to choose my next book. Dewey writes: This hour’s mini-challenge should be easy enough for anyone interested in a short break. Where is your current book set? If it’s a real place, go to wikipedia and find five …

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24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Update at Hour 14

I had to quickly post Vasilly’s challenge to just get in under the time limit. I’m growing very weary…and my brain is getting fuzzy. I hope to make it past midnight before having to get some sleep. My update is as follows: Book I’m reading: Finished book #2 and will next be reading  either Down …

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