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Blackwood farm -Why I loved Tarquin Blacwood from the mouth of Lestat

“All right,” he said. “Here comes the litany of reasons I didn’t kill you. I like you. I like that you have a woman’s lineaments and a man’s body, a boy’s curious eyes and a man’s large easy gestures, a child’s frank words and a man’s voice, a blundering manner and an honest grace.”
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I am Ophelia once again * Quote

She lay back on the pillows next to me. ‘I am Ophelia once again,’ she said. ‘I am floating in the water, with only “nettles, daisies and long purples” to hold me up, and I will never sink to “muddy death.” You can’t imagine how it is with me.’
” ‘How so?’ I asked. ‘I see you borne along forever, vital, precious, oh, so sweet –.’ I tried to stay awake, to listen to her.
” ‘Go on, sleep. Men want to sleep when it’s over. Women want to talk, at least sometimes. I am Ophelia drifting in “the weeping brook,” so light, so sure, “or like a creature native and endued unto that element.”

Anne Rice – Blackwood Farm


I was deep into “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse” by John Joseph Adams when I stumbled onto a small story from Cory Doctorow – When Sysadmins ruled the earth. I must say their declaration of cyber-independence and their elections for an internet prime-minister moved me.

“My name is Felix Tremont,” he said, getting up on one of the tables, drawing out his PDA. “I want to read you something.

sysadmins8“‘Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

“‘We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear. Continue reading “CORY DOCTOROW – WHEN SYSADMINS RULED THE EARTH”


Susan Elizabeth Phillips * What I did for love

I think I’m becoming a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Her books are always so dramatic and the love stories so intense, I have to leave at least a couple of months between the books. As a quick list, here are the books I read so far and their reviews:

Are you ready for the latest News Flash??


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Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review

A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird – she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help…Instead she meets Midas Crook, and another transformation begins: as Midas helps Ida come to terms with her condition, they fall in love. What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast. Continue reading “Ali Shaw – The girl with the glass feet book review”

Jeffrey Archer * To Cut a Long Story Short Book review

I have never been so enthralled to hear 14 short stories of Jeffrey Archer again (after the deceptively good Cat O’Nine Tales). Had this as an audiobook playing in my car while driving up north and the entire journey was made ever so entertaining!

Short stories — To Cut a Long Story Short:

  • Death Speaks
  • The Expert Witness
  • The Endgame
  • The Letter
  • Crime Pays
  • Chalk and Cheese
  • A Change of Heart
  • Too Many Coincidences
  • Love at First Sight
  • Both Sides Against the Middle
  • A Weekend to Remember
  • Something for Nothing
  • Other Blighters’ Efforts
  • The Reclining Woman
  • The Grass is Always Greener

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Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs

A vector is a living organism that carries and can transmit an infectious agent, or pathogen, from one host organism, such as a human or animal, to another. Vector-borne diseases represent 17% of all infectious diseases, are responsible for more than one million deaths each year, and current estimates indicate that at least half of the world’s population is at risk from them.

This process commonly occurs when a bloodsucking organism, such as a mosquito, ingests the pathogen whilst taking a blood meal from an infected human or animal, and later injects the pathogen into another host when taking its next blood meal. Continue reading “Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and other bugs”

‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas

After reading the first novel in the Tufa series, Hum and Shiver, I wanted to know what would happen with the main protagonist – the Bronwinator – and the dark – haired people in the Appalachian Cloud County. This is a story about life in a small village and about the two main families of the dark and light fairy people called the Tufa.

The protagonist of the story is  Rob Quillen – a winner at the known game show – “So you think you can sing”. His world has come crashing down around him as his wife dies in an air-crash when she flies to see him at the show final. When trying to heal his wounded heart, he goes on a pilgrimage to Tufa county after a mysterious guide has pointed him in the direction of an old secret song that can heal his broken heart.

With his beloved gone, and his career both awash and uninspiring, Rob takes the chance and makes his way, settling in to the Catamount Corner motel on the edge of Needsville, home of the Tufa. Continue reading “‘Wisp of a Thing’ Alex Bledsoe’s second book on the Tufas”

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