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Book Tuesday: The Baby Sitters Club, by Ann M Martin and Raina Telgemeier

Synopsis if you need it: four 13 years old friends decide to pool their resources and form a babysitting club, and have many adventures along the way.

Book one

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Book two

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Book three

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Book four and final

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The original BSC books played a very important part of my childhood,  ever since my mother bought me the first one when I was in kindergarten. I remember joining the official fan club when I was nine, and a year later, I remember going with my dad to a tiny theater that felt like it was on the other side of the world (I think it might have been in Aylmer) because it was the only place around that showed the movie. When a friend told me that there were comics of the BSC, and that yhey were pretty good,  I owed it to elementary school me to check them out.

I have to agree with my friend. Those comics were excellent adaptations of the original novels,  and I am pretty sure that elementary school me would have loved them. (There is the possibility that elementary school me would have been in a snobbish phase and not wanting to read comics. That phase didn’t last long, though.)

However,  I must note that I (30 years old me) am not the intended audience for these comics, or for the original novels. The characters are 13 years old, they are written like 13 years old and that means that they sometimes show a lack of maturity that 30 years old me finds irritating. The enjoyment I got from reading these books cames from the nostalgia more then from the stories themselves.   With that said, I would throw the book at any little girl who likes to read, even just a little bit.  It makes you want to read more of the series.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Another day late, another dollar short

I keep meaning to write my Sunday posts early, because I am aware, on some level, that I won’t have the time to write anything on the day of. My errands in the day and my board-gaming in the evening take up all the time and creativity I have. So I do mean to write ahead of time, but then I get distracted and I forget.

Anyway, this is what I meant to post yesterday: A Match Made in Austen, my story-telling card game based on the novels of Jane Austen, is now available for pre-order. Those who pre-order get bonus characters, from the novel Lady Susan. Since Renaissance is based in Québec, I was asked, and gladly accepted, to also make a French version of the game, which you can also pre-order. (Allez, mes amis! Commandez!)

And one last thing (one last excuse for not posting yesterday)… the heatwave is back! Argh!!! Why can’t it be fall already?

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

A day late (and a dollar short, perhaps) but nonetheless, here it is.

Yesterday, Apt613 posted this absolutely lovely review of Thrills On Ice.

Check it out right here!

Thank you, Jennifer Carole Lewis! I am so happy that you liked my book.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Tuesday: At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen

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(boy, it’s been a while since I made one of those!)

In 1942, three Philadelphia socialites make their way to a remote Scottish village, with the intention of proving the existence of the Loch Ness monster once and for all. Maddie Hyde, the wife of Ellis Hyde, accompanies Ellis and his best friend Hank on their quest mostly out of a sense of obligation, and is quickly left behind while the two men are gone, sometime for days at a time. She befriends the locals who work at the inn where they have taken rooms, and she learns a lot about herself, and about the true nature of monsters.

A lot of the publicity strategy for this book was to emphasize the connection with Water for Elephants, which makes sense. Water for Elephant has been adapted into a successful movie. (It made enough money to earn back it’s production costs and it got enough good reviews to earn a “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so that is successful to me.) There is also some comparison to be made between the two stories: they are both historical novel, set in the early part of the 20th century, and they both focus on the personal growth of their respective main characters. Of course, I may be missing some other similarity or subtle references: it has been four years since I read Water for Elephants. And this review is about At the Water’s Edge, anyway.

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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Heatwave!

Weeks like this week are the reason I genuinely prefer winter to summer.

Seriously! My workplace is a 30 minutes walk away from my apartment and I don’t have a car. I don’t have central AC, I only have a small window unit that is barely enough to cool my bedroom. I now live with a cat who likes to go out on the patio, and she’s been giving me a pouty face all week because I’m like: “Sorry puss, for not putting your inch-long-fur-coat-covered-ass in 40 degree Celsius weather!”

That’s the kind of weather that makes it next to impossible to do anything except take cool bath, eat Popsicles and wait for the worst to be over. Which it should be, now, thankfully. Unless August has some mean surprise in store for me.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Why didn’t I write anything here this week?

No good reason, I guess. I just got distracted by my new discovery, the fanfiction.net app.

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Seriously, I spent so much time on that thing this week. It might just be my discovery of the year. The only thing that could make this better would be to include the possibility to read completed stories offline.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Meet the new roommate.

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This is Rosie. She is one of the Montreal sibling’s cat, and she’s going to be staying with me for a while, maybe until Christmas.  (Long story)

Personality-wise, she is really different from my old cat. For one thing,  as you can see, she is capable of sitting still and taking a good picture. For another, she really doesn’t like being brushed. She also lets me touch her a lot less then Miou-Miou did, but I’ve only had her for a day,  so maybe that will change in time.  Or not.

In any case, she is a good, quiet kitty, and I’m happy to help out by keeping her for a while.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Flick Friday: Secrets, by Peter H Hunt

This is the movie review I said I would do last week. (I wish I had an excuse better then “the heat is messing with my head”. Seriously, how long before autumn?) It is a made-for-tv adaptation of the Danielle Steel novel of the same name, starring Stephanie Beacham, Josie Bisset, Ben Browder, Gary Collins, Christopher Plummer and Linda Purl.

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I avoided specific plot details in my review of the book, but a large portion of this review is going to be compare and contrast, so be warned: spoilers ahead for both book and movie.

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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Tuesday: Between the Lines, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

I picked up this book because it’s sequel (Off the Page) had been popping on my Goodreads feed with some frequency during the month of June, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I clicked on the handy-dandy Goodreads link, found that the book popping on my feed was the second of a series (a duology, at the very least) and that the first book would arrive from the library quicker anyway, so I started with that one.

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Resume: Once upon a time, there was a fairy tale prince named Oliver, who knew that he was a fairy tale prince. He relived his life over and over again, every time someone opens the book which contains his story, and is only free to live what independent life he can manage when the covers are closed. Until one day, Delilah picks up the book. She’s a fifteen years old who lives with her single mother, seems cursed with unpopularity, and is the first person ever to notice that sometimes, when the characters are not careful, the book changes.

It is a perfectly lovely book, and a quick read: I finished it off in one sitting. I am a sucker for the teenage fantasy love drama, however predictable it is in many ways. I am also a sucker for stories where the fictional characters know that they are fictional and strive to enter “the real world” and escape their fictional destinies. To top it all off, there were beautiful, full-page colour illustrations, by Yvonne Gilbert, and very cute black silhouette art by Scott M Fisher throughout the book. I haven’t read a lot of illustrated novels in my life, I think the last one was The Graveyard Book, and that was six years ago. I don’t know if I’m going to go out and look for more, because the surprise is part of what makes the illustrations fun, as is the rarity.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A new game

This one will be quick,  because it is very late.  I spent this afternoon and evening playing games with my friends, including this one. This is a new purchase of mine, played with for the first time today, and I love it.

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That, right there,  says a lot about my personality.

Have a good week!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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