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Reading notes, week 20

May 17: Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher. OH WOW!! I’m so glad I didn’t download the teaser chapter, because I’d have thought it was horror! and/or postapocalyptic! In fact it was fantasy with T. Kingfisher-signature darkish elements, and it actually became better later on though there was a lot of, well, bone. I love

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The dream engine provides a green car

It was a hired car, though, small and bottle-green. I drove it all over a compound that was half housing estate and half residential hotel (the latter called “Noma”, I think) until I got bogged down in a garden that belonged to a couple of very delightful little old ladies. “I’ll come and collect it

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Reading notes, week 19

May 11: The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #4) by Mercedes Lackey. More notes here. I think I liked it more than last time, either because I knew it was all going to come right in the end or because I’m better at ignoring horror elements. May 14: Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters #5)

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Reading notes, week 18

Still on the Mercedes Lackey binge. May 2: Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey. Okay, this starts with the protagonist in trouble, which I vastly prefer to building up a whole peaceful world and then smashing it to pieces, and she crawls out mostly under her own power and knows when to ask

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Reading notes, week 17

April 26: Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey, Elemental Masters #9. Definitely a comfort reread, though it has both vampires (as evil monsters) and werewolves (both good and evil; the good one is very good), either of which usually disqualifies a book for me. Starts as a somewhat dark Little Red Riding Hood retelling but it

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25  Total: 3:40  Grand total: 18:05 Crew: Altar: Fr T, Fr Deacon V (when I said to him later “I missed you in the night!” he said “I can’t be in two places at once” and we agreed that he wasn’t St Nicholas of Myra)  Choir: SSSAAT (someone: “We have no bass!” me: “Then we’ll do

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:15  Total: 3:15  Grand total: 17:45 Crew: Altar: Fr T, two adult acolytes, two boy acolytes. One was the boy who had been standing on the sidelines looking eager. I think he either volunteered or (more likely) got drafted.  Choir: SSSAATBB (which seems to be everybody at the moment, except the young soprano who begged off to

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Reading notes, week 16

April 17: The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones. OH WOW. This is WONDERFUL. The best take ever on Beauty and the Beast. There are some dark moments but they’re beautifully balanced by humor and love. The protagonist is aromantic (the author had Claudie Arseneault as a consultant for that) and the difference between

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:45  Total: 4:40  Grand total: 14:30 Crew: Altar: Fr T and two acolytes. I heard later that Deacon V wanted to come but couldn’t for some reason; perhaps not tonight either but I’m not sure of that. Choir: SSSAAT, with one A away to read some of the time but two sopranos could fill in and

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Saturday

Time: 1:55  Total: 1:55  Grand total: 11:45 Crew: Altar: Fr T with an acolyte, though a boy on the side looked longingly at the goings-on and got to hold the censer at some point. Choir: SSSSAABB (I had to tell the basses to sing softly more than once because they were so pleased with there being

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