Archive for May, 2015

Doctor Who and the Importance of Reading

Posted May 28, 2015 By Jandy
 

Every Doctor Who fan knows that the Doctor believes in the power of books and reading. Us readers appreciate the different references. There is the giant library where the Doctor and Donna meet the shadows – and the Doctor meets River Song for his first time (and her last time). Clara gets trapped inside the Tardis when it is taken for salvage. She spends part of her time in the library, learning about the Doctor’s past.

Doctor WhoTonight, though, I’m rewatching “Angels Take Manhattan”. The Doctor is reading Melody Malone’s book to Amy when they realize it was written by River Song. She is trapped in 1930’s New York with Rory. Amy starts reading ahead to try to find Rory. The Doctor grabs the book away from her because it’s dangerous.

Amy: “It could help us find Rory.”

Doctor: “And if you read ahead and find that Rory dies? This isn’t any old future, Amy, it’s ours. Once we know it’s coming it’s fixed. I’m going to break something because you told me that I’m going to do it. No choice now.”

Amy: “Time can be rewritten.”Book Shelf

Doctor: “Not once you’ve read it. Once we know it’s coming it’s written in stone.”

Ah, the power of reading…

Book Review: Blue Labyrinth

Posted May 12, 2015 By Jandy

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is spending a quiet evening at home with his ward, Constance Green, when someone knocks on the door. By the time Constance gets to it, the person who knocked is gone. Instead, a dead body lays on the door sill. Pendergast chases after the car pulling away from the curb but is unable to catch it before it disappears into New York City traffic. This leads him into a hunt that takes him to California, Brazil, and back. The killer leaves specific clues that lead him to dead ends and questions.

When a man is found dead in the New York Museum of Natural History, Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta is assigned the case. The man, an assistant in the Osteology Department, was killed and hidden to a side area. He wasn’t important in the ranks of the museum, nor did he appear to have any obvious enemies. The last encounter he had had was with a visiting professor studying a skeleton of a Hottentot male from the mid 1800s. D’Agosta presents the case to Pendergast, knowing the agent’s interest in odd cases.

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Book Review: Bride of the Rat God

Posted May 3, 2015 By Jandy

Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly

LBride of the Rat God by Barbara Hamblyos Angeles in the 1920’s is a combination of artificial Hollywood glamor, open spaces, rich and poor, Prohibition and speakeasies, parties, and small town Los Angeles. Norah Blackstone’s sister-in-law Christine (stage name Chrysanda Flamande) brings her from a low paid lady companion’s position in England to be her assistant.

Norah’s life has completely changed. After the death of her husband in the war and her family to the flu a few years later, Norah was left bereft. The only position she could get was with an older, stingy woman with a lecherous son. Now she lives with Christine, a Hollywood star at Colossus Studios. Norah takes care of Christine’s Pekingese dogs, stays with her on the sets, accompanies her to parties and lives with her.

Christine kept a fabulous necklace she was given from her last movie. Norah catches notice of an elderly Chinaman trying to talk to Christine. He claims the necklace is haunted by the Chinese Rat God who will try to kill the actress.

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Thanks for the recommendation, Karmen.