#Bookreview ‘Rack&Ruin’ by @caroljhedges #TuesdayBookBlog

Today, it is my pleasure to review “Rack&Ruin” by Carol Hedges

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Blurb from Amazon :

The city is in the grip of railway mania when the gruesome discovery of several infant corpses in an abandoned house forces Inspector Lachlan Greig of A Division, Bow Street Police Office and his men to enter the dark and horrific world of baby farming. It will take all Greig’s skill and ingenuity to track down the evil perpetrators and get justice for the murdered innocents.

Meanwhile two school friends Letitia and Daisy stand side by side on the threshold of womanhood. One longs for marriage to a handsome man The other craves entry to higher education. Will their dreams come true, or will their lives be shattered into little pieces by the tragic and unexpected events that are about to overtake them?

Hope meets horror, and Parliament is threatened by anarchists in this rumbustious fourth Victorian crime novel, set once again amongst the dangerous twisting alleyways and gaslit thoroughfares of 1860s London.

Did I like it? And What I didn’t like

It is quite complicated to write an interesting review about a book that you love. It’s a lot easier to point out the things that you don’t like. The flaws, inaccuracies, unbelievable or too stereotypical characters. And the second problem for me, as a reviewer is doing all this without any spoilers.

First question that comes to mind is: Does Carol time travel? Or is she the reincarnation of a (good) journalist from Victorian London?

The flaws: I have two. First, what happens to Laetitia, her future? You can deduct something, but there is no guarantee. Second, the engineer. Although just a minor character you, or maybe just me, have to ask yourself why? How come? His degrading health, that is.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely. If you like Dickens for the scenery and crime mysteries of Agatha Christie and Conan-Doyle. You’ll be well served with book 4 of Mrs Hedges’ “Stride & Cully” series. In Belgian alcohol publicities, you hear or read always ‘à consommer avec moderation’. For the Victorian murder mysteries of Carol Hedges you can forget the moderation. ‘A consommer SANS moderation’. And as someone said. In bed with cushions, tea or coffee and possibly cake!

Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MRJWVXN/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1479201901&sr=1-4&keywords=Rack%26Ruin

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRJWVXN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1479202076&sr=8-3&keywords=Rack%26Ruin

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Ausone’s notebook, 52.nd instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello, humans. Here we are again. Another jubilee edition. One year of my ranting and musings. To be honest, I never thought that I would do this for such a long time. But apparently there are some people reading it (Thank you very much for that). And as long as there are people reading it, I will continue.

Will there be a change in topics? Nope. I’m writing, to be more precise, dictating what comes to my mind. Even if my pen pal sometimes accuses me of using big words. Kitteny, being young isn’t an excuse. You’re a cat. Eventually, you’re just not interested. Which is your right! And no one can take that away from you. But, I propose that you listen from time to time when your human is talking about these things. You may learn some useful things. Or not. I will certainly continue commenting politics, human follies. (Is there a difference?) If there is something on my mind, cat related issues. My pet issue. Flavour of cat food. I repeat it again, no we are not hunting tuna. Never have and never will. So why is cat food (dried or humid) tuna flavoured? Mice, rat? Ever heard. Nope, cat food is flavoured with something that we don’t normally eat or hunt. Beef? The last time I had a look there was a difference between a tiger or a lion and ME. Several hundred pounds of weight. Could you imagine a 5 kilo cat hunting a bull who weighs a ton?

Sometimes local politics. Road bumps in the street in front of the house. Perfectly placed, no driver gives a damn about them. They are rolling like it’s a highway (with their f…ing mobile phones pressed to their ears). There’s a slightly bigger one, a little up the road. Which slows down the traffic a bit. Does it make sense where it is? Depends. There’s a school and a 4way crossing. Even the most idiotic drivers will slow down. Street bumps or not.

For certain reasons I won’t talk about my humans. They will be mentioned regularly. But not in detail. Female doesn’t want to, doesn’t like it. I can and will respect that. There will never be any photos of them. Me, crappy pure breed, the other animals will be shown. If this is fair, I let you, dear readers, decide. Just in case, you have your opinion and you’re willing to share it. Save your breath, Milady has made her choice and there is no one capable of making her change .

No one. Speaking of Milady, who is the preferred photographer, as you should/could know by now. She hasn’t taken any new photos of me (or pure breed). But this isn’t a problem. For this jubilee edition we’ll take one of the two favourite photos of me. My secretary’s opinion and decision. According to him and his completely unbiased opinion. This photo is the essence of me. If he likes it, so be it. I won’t complain.

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See you next week with further musings and ranting of a simple cat.

Yours

Ausone

The Heart Sutra a review.

Translation and Buddhism…

Buddhism now

Heart Sutra
Trans. and Commentary by Red Pine,
Shoemaker & Hoard, ISBN 9781593760823

The Heart SutraMost Buddhists will know the Heart Sutra, at least those interested in the Mahayana tradition. It is chanted daily in Zen temples throughout Japan, Korea and China. This is considered to be the heart, the very essence, of the Perfection of Wisdom(Prajnaparamita) texts. There have been many translations of this short text over the years, but this is a completely fresh look and the translator comes up with some rather unique conclusions.

Red Pine, otherwise known as Bill Porter, is the name he goes by when engaged in translation work—as with his Diamond Sutra: The Perfection of Wisdom, and The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma.

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#Bookreview ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ by J.K.Rowling #ccbookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ by J.K.Rowling

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Blurb (from Amazon) :

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves. But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss.

Did I like it?

Yes, and there is a cat playing a vital role. Hermione turns more into a friend than a straight A student. Malfoy junior and senior are still the same a-holes as ever. Malfoy junior’s friends are still the same senseless bullies as ever. Gryffindor is losing a Quidditch match. Snape is still Snape. Hagrid still Hagrid. Just a pleasure.

What I didn’t like

Not much. There is one thing that puzzled me. In book 2 Harry and Ron erased the memory of their teacher of ‘Defence against the Dark Arts’, two students. In book 3, Snape “catches” all of them near the climax of the book. Threatening all with his wand. And then gets first knocked out. And while Snape being unconscious. None of the group even spends a thought about erasing his memory. When they finally leave the cave. Lupin transforms into a werewolf. Which they have conveniently forgotten that it WILL happen with the light. The reason why Sirius Black is in Azkaban (Pettigrew) escapes. And Snape catches them again. (Abbreviated version). The only one who believes their story is, again, as usual, Dumbledore. Who then gives them hints how to save Sirius Black and even more.

Would I recommend it?

As I’ve already said the Potter series has become an important part of our society. And every book that makes people especially young(er) read has to be recommended.

17 out of 20 points