DIE MORTAL (Stop Calling Me I Think You Have The Wrong Number)

So this dayThis week…Dis wekks!

Sorry, I’m a little…LOOK AT THE PRETTY BIRD HIDDLES!

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LOOK AT DAT SHERASS!

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Now that we’re properly SherLoki’d, I can blog about books.

I’m done with this books forever I never have to see it again End of The Semester Yaaassssss!!!!

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Not what I was going for, but look at the look on that guy’s face. That is my face 16 hours from now, when I’ll be done with my math final. Can we just celebrate?

 

 

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Now, onto novel reading! *Gasp*

I have to finish Ice, by Anna Kavan by tommarrowish cause I got it from the city library and will be leaving thursday. Then I will have to finish Vulgar Tongues, which I got from my library by tuesday, which is when my library’s *gasp* strike will end. 

Then I can read WHATEVER I want…So any suggestions? Please make them quick cause I’m not sure if my mom has internet right now.

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Loki: Ragnaok

Hello. Hello…Hello.

I love Sherlock I really do.

But lately I’ve been thinking about this:

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and this:

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 Loki: Ragnarok was different. Not just because there’s more Loki, but for once, it wasn’t a love story about Loki’s brother. It wasn’t an Avengers against Loki. I couldn’t understand a great deal because the bloody theatre didn’t have captioning staffs, but if I had to regroup it I’d put it in the same area as Guardians of The Galaxy.

Reading-wise, I found this:

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Private Eyes

Even though I haven’t finished these:

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Fellowship of The Ring

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Nor have I started these:

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Handmaid’s Tale

The one on the left is Imagine That by Mark Fins. Can’t find it on Goodreads even though I got it from Goodreads.

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What Loki’d? Ragnarok better or worse? Have you not updated your NaNo count since last weekend, like me?

 

“Sherlock.Sherlock. Sherlock.”

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“I assure you the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter-million on the London poor.”

~Sherlock Holmes, The Sign Of Four

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“One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation.”

~Sherlock Holmes, Adventure Of The Black Peter

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“I am the most incurably lazy devil to ever shoe leather-that is, when the fit is on me, for I can be spry enough at times.”

Sherlock Holmes, A Study In Scarlet

 

 

AGATHA CHRISTIE. ‘Nuff said

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AGATHA CHRISTIE

Born 9/15/1890—-Died 1/12/1976 (85)

 Fun! I had an assignment to research a female playwright AND AGATHA CHRISTIE WAS ON THE LIST!!! 

WORKS OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE

  • The Mysterious Affair At Styles-1920: Previously only publishing poetry, this was her first mystery novel, and the first Hercule Poirot.
  • Murder At The Vicarage-1930: Introduced Ms. Marple
  • And Then There Were None-1939: The greatest mystery novel, it was adapted into a play in 1943.
  • The Mousetrap-1952: The longest running play, it’s only in London’s St. Martin, previously in Ambassadors.

She wrote 66 novels and 30 plays, several of them published posthumously. She also wrote 6 romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott.

 

LIFE

 She didn’t learn to read until she was five. She quickly caught up, writing poems at 11.

 She married Archibald Christie in 1914. In 1919 she gave birth to her daughter Rosalind and son Hercule Poirot. After finding out about her husband’s affair, she disappeared for 11 days, and found at the Harrogate Spa Hotel under the name of her husband’s mistress. She had no recollection of her vacation.

In 1929, Agatha met the Wolleys, archaeologists with a dig in the Middle East. She visited their dig via the Orient Express.  On her second visit in 1930, she met her second husband, Max Mallowan. They stayed for the most part in Iraq and Syria,where both worked to recover the Nimrud Ivories.

“Write even if you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing and aren’t particularly writing well”

 

Sources

“Homepage.” Agatha Christie, http://www./.Agathachristie,com

Saunders, Tristram Fane. “10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Mousetrap.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 18 May 2016,telegraph.co.uk

Rowe, Ignacio M. “Agatha Christie In Mesopotamia.” National Geographic, 2017.

Help, Sherlock Has Me Hostage

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If you have read this blog in the past two months, you may know I’ve fangirled over this particular Englishman. A lot:

Sherlock vs. The Book                                                                                                                     Dear Moffat (of Sherlock)                                                                                                     Summer Book Quote                                                                                                                           The Murders In The Rue Morgue Marginalia Booktubeathon                                           August Wrap-Up                                                                                                                        Imagine Dragons & Other Things I Need Now                                                                 Chocolate Mysteries

I haven’t been able to actually watch Sherlock, but I have been going on pintrest and pinning things like

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Trying to get my flatmate to see Serenity

and

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Happy reading!

 

Chocolate Mysteries

 Whisper Of Ink  recently fangirled over fantasy as part of the This is my favorite genre-what’s yours? book tag. My reply to the question…

Oh, dear. 

A little over a year ago, I would’ve blurted out sci-fi. Cause death, aliens, Ray Bradbury, and DEATH.

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Breaking news: My mom just texted me that there’s a vegan doughnut shop a few blocks from where we lived. It opened last week, two weeks after I left for college.

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The topic at hand is vegan genre doughnut favorites. It used to be fantasy glaze, but since I became vegan it became chocolate frosted mystery.  Vegan mystery doughnuts are harder to find (It got a lot easier for some people) because in my day, three weeks ago, you had to scour the shelves, filter out the pulp, and put it on reserve if you were going to be in town for the next month or so.

But there are delicious. Watson’s intriguing filling, Sherlock’s thrill of chocolate. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…just read my last post. 

Sir Arthur, who created my favorite detective, is not my favorite author. Agatha Christie, with her tunneling writing, is. In the chocolate mystery genre. My favorite author of all time is still sci-fi’s D.N.A., or as the title page says, Douglass Adams.

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  I don’t remember if this is exactly what pulled me into sci-fi, but I was going through a Ray Bradbury phrase during my heavy sci-fi years. He might’ve actually staved me off sci-fi because let’s face it, what’s sci-fi after Bradbury? 

 So I turned to Agatha Christie. I read And Then There Were None a while before I really got into chocolate Mystery, and though I loved it, it didn’t really convert me. What really converted me was…

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Not even a book. I became addicted to chocolate because Benedict. SherlockSherlockSher…

 I read most of the original stories, “most” because the library had volumes one and two of different editions, skipping CAM, whom I admittedly liked more than Moriarty in the show. Not as a person, but he just gave me creeps while Moriarty seems a counter Sherlock, unoriginal. 

 Did somebody ask me where the best chocolate mystery is? 

THE BEST CHOCOLATE MYSTERIES:

  • And Then They Were None, Agatha Christie
  • The Boxcar Children (for younger readers)
  • Sherlock Holmes: If you only read five, If,:
  1.         A Study In Scarlet
  2.         The Red-Headed League
  3.         The Adventure Of The Speckled Band
  4.          The Adventure Of The Final Problem
  5.           The Adventure Of The Lion’s Mane

 Again, I haven’t read all of them, just most, so if you can read all, I encourage you to do so.

What chocolate mysteries do you recommend? Victorian Sherlock Holmes Or modern? What do you recommend from your favorite genre? Speak!

Imagine Dragons & Other Things I Need Now

IMAGINE DRAGONS If you know your bands, you’ll understand. I’ve gone into an Imagine Dragons spiral. I’ve heard one song on the radio over and over-Believer, I believe. It didn’t cause a spiral until I listened to Superhuman Gifts, or whatever the song’s name actually is (It’s a good song, too) and the lyric video for Believer came up. Followed by Radioactive. Followed by Warriors. I finally closed that window and focused on this after Ready, Aim, Fire! turned out to be a disappointment.

 The music itself is a bit junk food-y, commercial, you know? Good, but not original. What really hooked me was the lyrics, the breakingly true lyrics. “Everything I tried to be/ Just wouldn’t settle in” ~Monster (My favorite thus far.) That’s the mirrorly true part. The best lyrics in that song? “And if I seem dangerous/ Would you be scared?” I’ve asked, differently phrased, that question before, and it’s a scary thing to ask, but also hopeful.

  Blogwise, I’m not using photos I got off the internet anymore. I’ll still use Sherlock gifs. I’m taking a class where I have to build a website, and the professor, a professional photojournalist, told scary stories about what happens to people who use copyrighted photos off the internet. If a photo’s copyrighted, I’d expect one of those ‘unavailable’ pop-ups, but just to be safe, no more photos from unknown photographers. 

As for Sherlock, I know and have a hate-love relationship with the creators. Not ‘know’ know, but I know who they are and I’m watching. 

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Sherlock, based on the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories, is a modern reinvention of the olds tales. It’s created and written by Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss, also known as the devil and the devil’s best friend. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John (Jawn) Watson, with the devil’s best friend as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty, Loo Brealey as Molly Hooper, Rupert Graves as Lestrade and Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson.

 Sherlock Holmes was originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 1800s. He later regretted writing them, believing that they distracted from his more “serious” work that nobody reads anymore. Fun fact* after he wrote Reichenbach, fans wrote black armbands in the London streets, one attacking Conan Doyle, forcing him to man up and write more Sherlock.

Somebody do this to Moffatt.

Anyway, I believe I might’ve given enough credit to the creators to use the occasional gif. Or, you know, transform my previous book blog to books-and-Sherlock blog to an I’m-Not-reading-but-here’s-some-Sherlock blog.

 What else about the Sherlock creators haven’t I said? What’s your favorite Imagine Dragons lyric? Are you willing to scare Moffat into submission? Can Moffatt even be scared?