The better to see you, my dear
BLopoly roll 8 plus Dewey's extras!

 

April 27th: Seventh Roll

Bank Account: $44

Dice Roll: 4 & 1. 23: Waterworks

Water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks. I made good on Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, 625p. $5 worth.

 

April 29th: Eight roll (plus 3)

Bank Account: $49

Dice Roll: 4 & 3. 29: Monorail

Involves travel by air, has an airplane on the cover or is set in city with subway.

 

Dice Roll: 2 & 2: 33: Tomorrowland: Star Tour

Set in space, tagged sci-fi or includes robots/cyborgs

Double roll: 5 & 1: 2:Frontierland: Shooting Gallery

I'm having a Deja Vu, lol. Here goes Casino Royale

 

Dice Roll: 3 & 1: 6: Fantasyland: Matterhorn

Set in west Europe, or has wintry scene in the cover

 

Dice Roll: 6 & 3: 14: New Orleans sq station

Overseas travel (nope, not likely this time) or has a suitcase on the cover. This will take some browsing.

 

I have only one of the five decided, though the csi-fi will be so easy (I must have a million waiting to be read), but it'll be a neat hawl to pace myself through whats left of the long weekend.

Reading progress update: I've read 625 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

Done!

 

I'll roll my Dewey's extras (crossing my fingers for something fluffy, easy, cheery or all of the above) and come back to talk about this.

Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

This guy is obsessed with Jonah. For all that he goes into progressive, sometimes almost anarchist, commentary on nationality or religion, he loves dumping sermons and waxing on "scientific" justifications for the dogma on us.

Reading progress update: I've read 315 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

Hah! I'm half the way. I will yet tackle this whale.

 

Got through the white this morning. To be honest, after that chapter on classification (which promptly put me to sleep last night) it was a piece of cake. Some chapters later he goes into impeaching drawings. The guy loves going into mind-numbing tangents. He's a perfect example of failing at the "no info-dumping your readers with all you researched".

 

In a perverse turn, I find each time those tangents come around I feel like flipping him a finger and just mutter "I will persevere, you bastard".

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How then could I unite with this wild idolator in worshipping his piece of wood? But what is worship? thought I. Do you suppose now, Ishmael, that the magnanimous God of heaven and earth—pagans and all included—can possibly be jealous of an insignificant bit of black wood? Impossible! But what is worship?—to do the will of God—THAT is worship. And what is the will of God?—to do to my fellow man what I would have my fellow Free man to do to me—THAT is the will of God. Now, Queequeg is my fellow man. And what do I wish that this Queequeg would do to me? Why, unite with me in my particular Presbyterian form of worship. Consequently, I must then unite with him in his
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

Delightful inducements to embark, fine chance for promotion, it seems

 

*chortle* He's just coming out of a gloomy reverie on the dead after reading memorial plaques.

Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick -  Andrew Delbanco,  Tom Quirk, Herman Melville

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

 

Well, very pragmatic of Ishmael. So far I'm having fun. The narrating character is quite peculiar.

 

(just after he's more concerned with Queequeg not coming to bed with his cigar than his machete, since "he is not insured")

BLopoly roll 7

 

April 23th: Fifth Roll

Bank Account: $39

Dice Roll: 4 & 3. Square 2

Main character knows how to handle a gun or someone is shot. The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448p., $5 more.

 

April 25th: Sixth Roll

Bank Account: $44

Dice Roll: 4 & 4. Jail for me. Finished the three hundred odd pages I had left of "Feversong"

Dice Roll (doubles): Jail visiting (yeap) Made a good dent on "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" audio version. I'm up to some 150 of the 768p now.

 

April 27th: Seventh Roll

Bank Account: $44

Dice Roll: 4 & 1. 23 Waterworks

Water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks.

I feel like being ambitious. Let's see how I fare against Moby-Dick.

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 768 pages.
Vicomte de Bragelonne - Alexandre Dumas, David Coward

Going into the rest of the saga that I've been neglecting for years. I think because as time passes, and the characters mature, the world that was always seen through their eyes in a somewhat cynical bent yet filled with passion and expectation, becomes progressively sad and disappointing. The nostalgia gets ever heavier.

 

This is my pick for "jail visitor", and I've got the audio-version going, so I'll be rolling my dice in a bit.

Review
4 Stars
Closing the circle.
Feversong: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

Heh. I'd wondered in the 5th volume, but we were turned around so many times, I'd dropped it. Nice mind-screw.

 

Like this whole saga, the book rating will be very subjective. I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the twist and turns and ridiculous fits of mightiness; rolled my eyes at some of the drama (though I got itchy eyes at some points) and in-depth search inside the characters brain-process (get on with it! Ohhh, that's why!), and loved how it fucks with your suspicions and it's own worlds-building. The shifty morality of most the cast (a point that would stick to most readers craw) bothers me none at all

 

Lots fertile ground for off-shot stories, but mostly neatly tied.

 

I so have to re-read all nine books now I know.

BLopoly roll 6

 

April 23th: Fifth Roll

Bank Account: $39

Dice Roll: 4 & 3. Square 2

Main character knows how to handle a gun or someone is shot. The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448p., $5 more.

 

April 25th: Sixth Roll

Bank Account: $44

Dice Roll: 4 & 4. Jail for me. Well, I have more than 300p left of Feversong *grin*

Dice Roll (doubles): 4 & 6. Lol, ok, Jail visiting. I'll see after finishing Feversong.

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Some Family
The Godfather - Peter Bart, Robert Thompson, Mario Puzo

Do I even need to explain what this one is about? Epic spanning a whole Mafia family sprawled across a decade. Onto review:

 

Like I said in the first comment, the thing that pulls you in immediately is the perfect setting up of the magnetism, the why clans work. The comfort of belonging, the empowerment of feeling backed up by your people. And of course, the unsubstantiated but very present sense of menace when you skirt it's edges.

I don't know that those are very clear to someone born to privilege. I think it's possible for many to read this book and get horrified "in a straight manner", by the violence and the getting away with it. Personally, much of my horror while reading was the realization that I was doubtful about how far was too far.

To explain: law, while a laudable thing that one ought to strive to follow, is not the same as justice. It's supposed to strive to be, but then, it is forged by people with the power to forge it. Humans, supposed to be working for the good of the many, but always with personal views of what that is. And that's with the best possible setting. Government, law enforcement, all the political and economical structure, also follow the same path. Made by people for the people. Which people?.

So when you are part of the demographic that is not the controlling one, or live in a country with a government you distrust, the rounding-of-the-carts  family first, then friends, then we'll see thing seems the safe way to go. I started to have all this thoughts about how far I'd be willing to go, how much I'd flaut the law for my borther, or my best fried, or my child... Let me tell you, it is scary to realize while reading a book that your moral center is not a fixed thing. That's where the mind-screw tag gets deserved.

As for particulars, I have to toast the verisimilitude. No Sicilian's in my tree, but enough Italian blood to recognize many traits that resonated. The appearance of self-deprecating nature that is really pride, the cheerfulness that barely conceals the deep-well of potential violence, the strange to me (since I'm a couple generations removed) highly passionate, forever contentious marital relations, where the man rules, sometimes violently, often unfaithfully, but the woman might stick a knife in his groin. And they'd remain happily married for a couple more decades... yeah, actually, that comedy was my grandparents life. We can laugh about it with mom now, some days.

As for the vengefulness, that's an epic I have nothing in my life to make a parallel, because damn.

By the way, I started to read a bit about Sicily and wiki-walked to the Sicilian Opening stub. I'm so sure the man that named it was being facetious. I mean, really, a very agresive response that does not directly menace an opponent's piece?

Reading progress update: I've read 448 out of 448 pages.
The Godfather - Peter Bart, Robert Thompson, Mario Puzo

Well... It'll take me a bit to write the review for this. I have so many notes, lol.

 

Anyway, finished just in time for the roll, though I don't think I'll start reading till tomorrow, and something light at that. I have some book hangover.

Reading progress update: I've read 420 out of 448 pages.
The Godfather - Peter Bart, Robert Thompson, Mario Puzo

The guy waited seven years. He was aiming to wait a bit more. Jesus.

Reading progress update: I've read 360 out of 448 pages.
The Godfather - Peter Bart, Robert Thompson, Mario Puzo

Well, I already knew he liked his Chekov. I'd been waiting for it. Let the massacre begin.

Reading progress update: I've read 300 out of 448 pages.
The Godfather - Peter Bart, Robert Thompson, Mario Puzo

And so I will say at the beginning that I am here not to quarrel or convince, but only to reason and as a reasonable man do everything possible for us all to part friends here too

 

I confess, after all the previous writing on that word, I saw "reason" and my brain stuttered.

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