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Looking for group

Richard- Chief Warlock of the brothers of darkness, Lord of the 13 hells, Master of the bones, Emporer of the black, Lord of the undead and mayor of a little village up the coast

Richard- Chief Warlock of the brothers of darkness, Lord of the 13 hells, Master of the bones, Emporer of the black, Lord of the undead and mayor of a little village up the coast

Looking for Group” is a really good e-comic! It starts out with Cale’non, a very nice, charming elf, meeting Richard (that’s the guy in the pic). While Cale’non wants to be hero and only do good, Richard is an “evil”warlock, who enjoys killing and destroying. After a few difficulities right at the beginning, one involving Richard reducing Cale’non to ashes, the two of them kind of end up traveling together…

Here is an example of the dialogue and my very fav. part of the comic (Cale’non is in ashes… Richard’s punishment for making fun of his name ;)):

Cale’non:”I think I require the services of a healer.”

Richard:”Walk it off you pussy.”

Anyway the comic is incredibly funny and makes good reading! It’s one of those that make you laugh all the way through! There is a new page every other week and even a movie is planned!

Here is a short video about “evil” Richard! It’s weird but really great at the same time and the music is awesome! (Just can’t think of from where I know the music right now.) But let me forewarn you it’s not for the faint hearted! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Btw. there are a couple more vids on the homepage and a lot of cool wallpapers! (the link is right on top of this post!)

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Mary Cary, Frequently Martha by Kate Langley Bosher is a charming little book about a little orphan girl called Mary Cary, who calles her other – more outspoken- side Martha. Mary Cary lives in an Orphan Asylum and entrusts her thoughts and her adventures to her diary.

Here are the first few lines of the first chapter:

Mary Cary, Frequently Martha (taken from PG)My name is Mary Cary. I live in the Yorkburg Female Orphan Asylum. You may think nothing happens in an Orphan Asylum. It does. The orphans are sure enough children, and real much like the kind that have Mothers and Fathers; but though they don’t give parties or wear truly Paris clothes, things happen, and that’s why I am going to write this story.

To-day I was kept in. Yesterday, too. I don’t mind, for I would rather watch the lightning up here than be down in the basement with the others. There are days when I love thunder and lightning. I can’t flash and crash, being just Mary Cary; but I’d like to, and when it is done for me it is a relief to my feelings… (taken from Project Gutenberg)

Mary Cary, frequently Martha is one of the most charming books ever, but getting it read to you makes it even more enchanting. I’ve had the good fortune to prooflisten for Jan, who’s made the book come alive for me! In fact she’s got me hooked from the first word to the last! ๐Ÿ˜€

Everybody who wants to know who this wonderful book ends, can find the LibriVox recording of it here!

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Summer Sisters

This blogpost is dedicated to my own kind of summer sister and our NBO pact.

Summer Sisters is one of Judy Blume‘s few adult novels. It describes how the lives of Victoria, called Vix and Caitlin intertwine. All starts when they are 12 years old and Caitlin, a popular, vivacious girl from a well to do family quite unexpectedly askes Vix (shy, intellectual girl fron a hard working poor family) to spend the summer with her at her father’s holiday home.
This is the beginning of a long lasting very initmate friendship with many twists and turns…. a full summary can be found here.

<If you haven’t read the book, better not read any further than this ;)>

The book is one of those that grip you and not let you out of their clutches until you have turned the last page. It is funny and sad and everything inbetween… just a perfect mixute. I read it for the first time in my teens and was totally enchanted (and a little embaressed as there is quite a bit about sexuality in it). When I reread it now, I found that the charm worked on me still… It is such a beautiful book, though the end still leaves me puzzled. As much as I would love to believe that Caitlin still is out there somewhere, it seems highly unlikely!

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“Going Solo”

"'I suppose we shall never see the ocean from where we are to live,' said Imogen."

"'I suppose we shall never see the ocean from where we are to live,' said Imogen."

Yesterday I started a second new solo recording for LibriVox, as I’ve fianlly managed to reduce my “assigned chapter load” a bit. I’ve chosen to read “In the High Valley” by Susan Coolidge, who is one of my fav. authors. Her books are just lovely and the language she uses is really beautiful. She has a knack for catching moods and making you feel as if you were really there, watching the scenes from the sidelines.

“In the High Valley” is the fifth book of the famous “What Katy did” series and is the last one that isn’t yet in the LibriVox Catalog or at least in progress. I can’t tell you anything about it yet, as I haven’t read it either! But it starts out as lovely as the fourth book called “Clover” ends, which Neeru and I are currently reading as a duet!

I’ll write more about it, as I continue reading. Right now the first chapter is recorded but still needs some editing before it’s ready to be uploaded and fit to be listened to. Anyway my project can be found here and all of Susan Coolidge’s books are available here!

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Weekly poetry at LibriVox

At LibriVox there is something called “Weekly Poetry”. Usually it’s a really short (Public Domain of course) poem that will take you about 1 minute of reading! The funny thing about it is that the very same poem gets recorded over and over again by different ppl. In the end there are between 10- 20 different versions, of which you can choose the one you like!

A couple of weeks ago I joined in and actually read some poetry for a change. (Usually I don’t really bother with it, as I quite suck at reading them with style. But this one I really liked as it’s quite funny! ;)) Here is the poem and my recording of it:

Business

    TWO villains of the highest rank
    Set out one night to rob a bank.
    They found the building, looked it o’er,
    Each window noted, tried each door,
    Scanned carefully the lidded hole
    For minstrels to cascade the coal–
    In short, examined five-and-twenty
    Good paths from poverty to plenty.
    But all were sealed, they saw full soon,
    Against the minions of the moon.
    “Enough,” said one: “I’m satisfied.”
    The other, smiling fair and wide,
    Said: “I’m as highly pleased as you:
    No burglar ever can get through.
    Fate surely prospers our design–
    The booty all is yours and mine.”
    So, full of hope, the following day
    To the exchange they took their way
    And bought, with manner free and frank,
    Some stock of that devoted bank;
    And they became, inside the year,
    One President and one Cashier.

    Their crime I can no further trace–
    The means of safety to embrace,
    I overdrew and left the place.
Ambrose Bierce

The whole set of recordings can be found on the Librivox Catalog! To make it really easy they areย  here! (Btw. if the link to my recording did not work, don’t worry! It occasionally seems to have hiccups and I can be heard on the catalog among the others as well!)

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Twilight

My attempt to copy the from cover of the "Twilight" book

My attempt to copy the from cover of the "Twilight" book

A couple of months ago I read all four books of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Actually there was quite a hype made around those books and especially the movie of the first one. Usually if a book is that much pushed it can only mean two things. Either its very bad and needs a lot of publicity to get it sold (which it mostly the case in my opinion) or it really is great and deserves to be read! (which is the exception to the rule!)

As luck had it, I was able to buy all four of them really cheap and at once started to read.

<Sorry folks better not read any further from here if you haven’t read them yet! This might contain a few spoilers!>

The first book called “Twilight” starts out quite nicely. Painting the scene of a small rainy town, which appears to be quite the perfect setting for vampires. The main character Bella Swan moves there to live with her father, as her mother is getting married and she doesn’t want to live with her and her new husband… Anyway Bella starts school and there is this strange guy and of course she falls in love. But he is distant and there is something dangerous but very fascinating about him….

Until then the book really is good. But that’s where the whining starts and it hardly lets off till the end. If you look at the book critically nothing happens until the very end, when Bella is nearly killed by another vampire and gets rescued by her heroic Edward (This part is great put it’s really short compared to all the whining and mooning after him)!

That’s where the first book ends and the others start off. I won’t summarize each of them. I’ll only say that the story gets lots more interesting with the second and third book. It’s here that werewolves (bid surprise ;)) enter the scene!

In the fourth the whole clan of the vampires, whose ranks Bella has joined by now is threatened by an opposing very mighty clan of Italian vampires. The author really did a nice job building up towards the climax with the two parties facing each other. And the werewolves finally decide to join the ranks of the “good vegetetarian” vampires (Btw. the Cullen’s, the good ones, only drink animal blood instead of human blood). But just as you get ready for a bit of fighting and bloodshed, the whole thing gets resolved in a totally unbloody sort of way. Bella more or less suddenly developes an amazing gift and the others flee… (In my opinion a bit of fighting would not have hurt the book at all, as this peaceful end not only makes the oposing vampires look pathetic, it too leaves the reader quite unsatisfied!)

<From here it’s ok to read again… done with the Spoilers>

In spite of all my critcism I rather liked the books! The books make an interesting and easy reading (especially the last 3). Besides it really is a nice story, even if there is lots of whining (especially in the first book)!

For everybody who is interested now, here is the full summary.

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