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I have decided that it is time to clean this dump up. While my book reviews number in the 1000’s (currently just under 3000), they aren’t all nicely posted one book to a post. From 2000 until 2009 I did monthly posts where I just lumped them all together. It makes searching here on WordPress a nightmare and linking to previous reads or mentions of older books? Forget about it!!!  Matt’s Post about him working on his blog inspired me to get my backside in gear and to begin making this place workable.

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I’ve got two main phases of construction that need to happen.

 

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First, posts from Mid-2012 through the present need to be cleaned of all links to my old GR account that no longer exists or has covers & links to Booklikes, which I can’t count on staying alive much longer. I then need to add updated data. This includes covers, series information, maybe links and appropriate tags.  This is the easiest as each book is still its own post. For the most part, this level of work won’t affect what you see here at all, even if you are email subscribed, unless I come across a discrepancy between wordpress and Calibre. I’m hoping this should be all taken care of by the end of this year.

The second phase is going to be the most intensive and will affect anyone who subscribes to “new” posts by email. I’ll have to go through each monthly post from 2000 through 2012 and write a separate post for each entry in the monthly post. So anywhere from 10-20+ new posts for each month. That is a phracking lot of writing. I’m guessing this phase of construction is going to take years. I won’t be bothering with adding covers to those posts, but there will still be all the prerequisite data that needs to be entered. So once again, series, rating, tags, links, etc.  This is the main reason for this post. Any of you who subscribe by email will be getting inundated with emails once this starts up. Obviously, that time is a ways off, but if you have it in the back of your mind, it won’t come as a complete surprise.

I’ve been working on Phase 1 for about 2 weeks now.  I can do a couple of months worth of the Phase 1 work each weekend.  I pushed it last weekend and did almost 9 months worth of data. That caused me to just be completely “worded” out.  This weekend I’m limiting myself to a month each evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seems to be working out ok without burning me out.

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April Roundup & Ramblings

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Raw Data:

12 Books

4046 Pages

2.88 Average Star Rating (Ouch!)

 

The Bad:

The Last Town  1/2 Star book that I DNF’ddishonor1

 

Gods of the Mountain 1 1/2 Star novel where the author asked for a bad review .  He got it.  dishonor

 

 

 

The Good:

Assail  4 Stars and the longest book at just under 800 pages this month

Thank You, Jeeves  4 Stars and the humor is what upped this.

 

Graphic Novels & Manga

Finished up the Robinverse series of graphic novels I was reading with Under the Red Hood. This burned me out on graphic novels for a bit, so I don’t know when I’ll read another.

Oh My Goddess! plateaued as I was only able to read one volume this month. I just couldn’t bring myself to try a second. This does not bode well for the series as a whole. If I didn’t already own the whole dang thing, I’d definitely be tossing this for something more interesting.

 

Miscellaneous And Personal:

Survival Saturday was more comfort than survival this month. Breakfast Burritos bigger than my fist, yes please!

Surviving a Bad Book allowed the readers a quick glimpse into what helped turn Bookstooge into the battered and psychologically scarred creature of vengeance that he is today. Luckily for the world at large, he’s not a billionaire, so you should be safe.

The month started well with Resurrection Day, then quickly devolved with some twit being an Idiot on Twitter and ended up just being Plain Silly.

Most of the reason for the smaller numbers this month was that I was heavily invested, timewise that is, in the newest Magic the Gathering release entitled Dominaria. It sucked me in and I ended up creating a personalized Commander / EDH deck that is white and black and based on the Knight type. Just creating the Deck List and then Trimming it Down was quite the chore! I found out that I had some rewards from Amazon through our credit card, so I was able to get most of the more expensive cards all in one fell swoop instead of having to scrimp all year long.  I’m hoping this will allow me to play it by June, July at the latest.

On the blogside of personal things, I ended up doing some culling of people I used to follow but for one reason or another have fallen by the wayside.  I have tried to follow a couple of new people by using the WordPress Search for some of my favorite authors. I did follow 2 new people, but neither has updated in over 2 weeks. That doesn’t bode well. If any of you are just itching to suggest anyone, feel free. My main caveats are that they must post at least once a week, have very few YA reviews and finally, they must actually do reviews. When I was looking for book bloggers, I was amazed at how many bloggers participate more in some “Meme Theme” than in actually reviewing.  If someone doesn’t have a minimum 1 to 1 ratio for Reviews and Non-Review posts, I probably won’t follow them long term.  Ok, enough Grumpy Old Man’ing from me.

 

Cover Love:

Jackaby takes it this month. A YA book that didn’t make me throw up and I’ll be continuing the series. I’m as surprised as anyone about that!

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In the words of the immortal alien, Dick Solomon: “I’m Gorgeous!!!”

 

 

 

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Life Advice…w/ Dr. Bookstooge

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It’s one of those kind of days.  I’ve got diarrhea of the brain and fingers, so I’ve got a ton of nonsense just waiting to explode onto the screen.

 

My first piece of advice, to anyone, male, female, tall, short, smart or stupid, is to not have parents. Any problem you might have, it can be avoided by simply not having parents.  Now, if you’re reading this, you’ve obviously ignored this piece of advice. Don’t worry, 100% of people who come to me for advice have ALSO ignored this advice. You are not alone in this.

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(Of course, if you’re listening to that song by Michael Jackson, well, you get what you deserve, in my professional medical opinion)

 

Most people, when they come to me for Parental Pod advice, ask me what they can “do” about their problem.  The thing is, as I shake my wisely visage and appear sympathetic, is to deconstruct the thinking behind that “do”.  Most people don’t realize that Parental Pods (will be referred to as PP’s from hereon in) are also people too. Yes, you heard that right. Most other doctors don’t subscribe to this idea, but if you carefully examine the evidence, you’ll see that I, Doctor Bookstooge, am right. Not just a little bit right, but COMPLETELY right. I call this groundbreaking theory, Parental Pods are People Too, or PPaPT to keep things snappy. My clients like it when I use acronyms. Lets them know that I’m hip with the jiving lingo that the kids use today. Now, if those same kids would just stay off my lawn, we’d be all set.

The second thing to realize is since PPaPT applies, this means that every mood, feeling and thought you have, they also apply to the PP in question. Are you a stubborn jackass sometimes? Are you an opinionated, hotheaded loudmouth? Well, I hate to break it to you, but your PP were those things first. This makes them much more experienced in such things.  Accept the fact that you can’t be more “X” than your PP.

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Yes, this post applies to you too, you stubborn, hotheaded, opinionated, loudmouthed jackass.

 

My final advice to most patients suffering from one form of PP or another, is that they can’t actually do anything about it.  It once again comes down to our PPaPT philosophy here at Dr McBookstooges Inc.  We believe that most cases of PP just need to run their course, kind of like the man-flu.

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And I believe that is probably all the medical advice that needs to be packed into one post. Any more and readers would start losing their minds and begin worshipping me as a veritable dynamo of divine wisdom.

 

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MTG: Good Knight To You Sirrah!

Magic_card_backOk, this post will be dealing with a lot of Magic the Gathering cards. It will be at a level of detail that even I wouldn’t care enough if someone else were writing this, so please,  feel free to skip this entire post and don’t even bother liking unless you like MTG or something.

 

A new set is coming out, called Dominaria. I have already pre-ordered a box from my local gamestore and am seriously thinking of playing my first public pre-release. Anyway. I was perusing Scent of a Gamer’s post about MTG: Art and one of the pictures was of a Paladin, aka, a Knight. We got to chatting and before I knew it, I was seriously thinking of creating a Knight based Commander Deck.  The reason I mentioned Dominaria is because it looks like there will be a lot of knights and things that help knights in this release. I’m pretty stoked to be honest.

I’ve spent the last 2 days going through Gatherer, Wizards of the Coasts online database of every single magic card, looking for cards I can use to create a 100 card deck. I didn’t think it would be real hard, as I wasn’t aware of a lot of knights or things that helped them out. Boy, was I wrong.  I ended up with over 180, and that was after weeding out cards that I knew I simply couldn’t afford. One card was close to $90, so that was out. And as the release date of Dominaria gets closer, more cards are going to be officially spoiled and I bet we’ll see even more knights and stuff. So this list will be changing even after I figure out what I want to weed out.

Here is my list. Roughly organized, linked to Gatherer.com and to Mythicspoiler.com. I wish I could figure out how to make a link show the card when you hover over it. I’ve seen that at several forums, but it might have something to do with the forum hosting all the pictures. I’m sure not going to add 200 pictures just for one post. That would add a lot to my media and 3 gb is not an infinite amount. However, if any of you know how to do such a thing, let me know would you?

I’ve got a lot of work to do to cut this list down to only 100 cards. I’ll probably go through and weed out any $25+ cards first (goodbye Tutors I suspect). I am NOT spending 1K on bloody cardboard. Next step will be to see what mechanics are global versus individual and include more of the global. Then I’ll just see what mechanics I don’t care about and get rid of cards focused on them.  Next will be to winnow out the creatures that have more powerful existing counterparts already on the list. I figure this is going to be an ongoing project for most of the year as I slowly build it up.

I’ll be updating this post as I remove cards or add them. But it shouldn’t keep appearing in your feed, so no worries! Thankyou for your forbearance.

 

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Bookstooge’s Potential EDH / Commander Tribal Knight Deck

 

Commander: 3

Athreos, God of Passage  -Chosen as Commander

Elenda the Duskrose -move to Main Deck

Ravos Soultender -move to Main Deck

 

Planeswalkers: 7

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Elspeth, knight-errant -$13-14 really iffy

Gideon, ally of zendikar

Karn Scion of Urza -Not buying. Only if from my box

Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Sorin Lord of Innistrad

Sorin Solemn Visitor

 

General Knights/Creatures: 58

Ageless Sentinels -flying wall

Angelic Wall -flying wall

Ashenmoor Liege – ? red/black -can play in a commander with only black/white?

Auriok Steelshaper

Black Knight -on the edge

Carrion Wall

Consulate Skygate

Crusading Knight -on the edge

Deathbringer Liege

Eastern Paladin

Fiendslayer Paladin

Fortified Rampart -on the edge

Glen Elendra Liege – ? – black/blue – can play in a commander with only black/white?

Kabira Vindicator

Kinsbaile Cavalier

Knight Errant

Knight Exemplar

Knight of Dawn

Knight of Dusk

Knight of Glory

Knight of Meadowgrain

Knight of Obligation

Knight of the Pilgrim’s Road

Knight-captain of Eos

Leonin Skyhunter

Lightwielder Paladin -on the edge

Marauding Knight -on the edge

Markov Dreadknight

Mirran Crusader -on the edge

Moaning Wall

Mirror Entity

Northern Paladin

Paragon of New Dawns

Paragon of Open Graves

Pentarch Paladin

Plover Knight -on the edge – flying knight though manna expensive

Pteradon Knight

Sacred Knight

Shimmering Barrier -on the edge

Silver Knight -on the edge

Silverblade Paladin -on the edge

Southern Paladin

Steel Wall -on the edge

Student of Warfare

Sunweb

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Thalia’s Lancers

Vona, Butcher of Magan

Wall of Bone

Wall of Glare

Wall of Hope

Wall of Omens

Wall of Resistance

Wall of Reverence

Wall of Swords

Wall of Tanglecord

Western Paladin

White Knight -on the edge

Youthful Knight

 

Dominaria Knights: 11

Aryel Knight of Windgrace

Arvad the cursed -on the edge

Benalish Honor Guard-on the edge

Benalish Marshall

Cabal Paladin-on the edge

Danitha Capashan, Paragon

Dauntless Bodyguard

Josu Vess, Lich Knight

Knight of Grace

Knight of Malice

Kwende, Pride of Femeref

 

Enchantmants: 17  (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Anointed Procession-on the edge

Cathar’s Crusade

Demonic Vigor

Dictate of Heliod

Dub

Glorious Anthem

History of Benalia

Honor of the Pure-on the edge

Knighthood-on the edge

Knightly Valor

Lich’s Mastery-on the edge

Marshal’s Anthem-on the edge

On Serra’s Wings

Righteous War

Shared Triumph

The Eldest Reborn

Triumph of Gerrard

True Conviction

 

Instants/Sorceries: 39 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Allied Reinforcements-on the edge

Altars Reap

Angel Song

Annihilate-on the edge

Aura Blast-on the edge

Call the Gatewatch

Cruel Tutor-on the edge  running roughly $25-30

Cast Down

Costly Plunder

Defiant Strike

Demonic Tutor-out of my league at $45

Diabolic Tutor

Divest

Djeru’s Renunciation

Dread Charge

Dredge

Enlightened Tutor-Own. buy alternate at lethix.com

Gallantry

Gideon’s Phalanx

Healing Grace

Humble the Brute

Invoke the Divine

Infernal Tutor – on the edge – running around $15-20

Knight Watch

Leap of Faith

Mighty leap

Pacifism

Pressure Point

Primeval’s Glorious Rebirth-on the edge Only if get in my dominaria box

Read the Bones

Righteous confluence

Ritual of Rejuvenation

Settle the Score-on the edge

Timely Reinforcements

To Arms

Utter End-on the edge

Vampiric Tutor-out of range at over $40

Vicious Offering

Waylay

Wretched Confluence

Yawgmauth’s Vile Offering

 

Artifacts/Equipments: 19 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Akroma’s Memorial-on the edge

Blackblade Reforged-on the edge

Door of Destinies

Executioner’s Capsule-on the edge

Helm of the Host

Herald’s Horn

Jet Medallion

Kormus Bell-on the edge

Loxodon Warhammer

Orzhov Keyrune

Orzhov Signet

Pearl Medallion

Ring of Thune

Ring of Xathrid

Sol Ring

Spear of Heliod

Staff of the Death Magus

Staff of the Sun Magus

Staff of Nin

Sword of Kaldra

Sword of the Chosen

Vanquisher’s Banner

Whip of Erebos

 

Lands: 40 (Old and Dominaria mixed together)

Caves of Koilos

Command Tower

Concealed Courtyard

Everglades

Evolving Wilds -on the edge

Fetid Heath

Forsaken Sanctuary

Godless Shrine

Isolated Chapel

Karoo

Maze of Ith-on the edge $11

Memorial to Folly

Mortuary Mire

Myriad Landscape

New Benalia

Orzhov Basillica

Orzhov Guildgate

Rogues Passage

Sandstone Bridge-on the edge

Scoured Barrens

Seagate Wreckage

Shambling Vent

Tainted Field

Temple of Silence

Temple of the False god

Terramorphic Expanse-on the edge

Unclaimed Territory

Vault of the Archangel

Westvale Abbey

Zhalfirin Void

Plains x8

Swamps x8

 

Blessed Resurrection Day!

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But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:5-10

 

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

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For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me….

….13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain….

….19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep….

I Corinthians 15:3-8, 13-14, 19-20

 

Resurrection Day is one of the few days in the year where I lay aside my normal pessimism,  melancholy and general New England dourness and simply celebrate the Hope I have in Jesus Christ.

God bless you all.

 

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March ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

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Raw Data:

15 Books

6320 Pages

3.17 Average Star Rating

 

The Bad:

The Algorithm of Power – 1 Star (yet highest viewed post EVER)

Dragon’s Gold – 2 Stars  (This was really the worst book of the month even though I rated it higher than TAoP)

Use of Weapons – 2 Stars

 

The Good:

Sentenced to Prism – 5 Stars

Heirs of the Blade – 4 Stars

Reaper’s Gale – 4 Stars

 

Graphic Novels & Manga:

My Oh My Goddess! read definitely took an upswing in its enjoyment level and I’m very thankful for that.

My Robinverse read took the hit this month, with me realizing that there are certain levels that I just can’t get along with now.  I am hoping next weekend to get to my final Robinverse book, Under the Red Hood. 

 

Miscellaneous And Personal:

Survival Saturday made its successful comeback and we didn’t even mess up the chicken noodle soup. Now that is success!!!

Surviving a Bad Book also returned, with a book so mediocre it should be ashamed to call itself a book.

My non-review posts ranged from (un)Hauling Books to filling that space right back up with a Book Haul to a Random Tag to a Ramble on Re-Reading. I also started up what I’m calling my Versus set of posts. A book versus a movie or movies versus movies or Something versus Something.  I’ve got one all lined up for April already. Nothing like simply referee’ing pre-manufactured drama 🙂

In my 2017 in Review Post I lamented how none of my posts had broken the 100 view mark and that that was one of my goals for this year. Well, The Algorithm of Power – really blew past that mile marker. It now stands just under 250 views.  Too Big to Comment is also approaching that marker. I love when posts can get some discussion and comments going.

On a personal side of things, Mrs B and I have found the new church that we plan on attending full time. We’re starting our full time attendance this Sunday. Resurrection Day is a good day to have a new beginning. I’m hoping with that particular issue stabilized, life will stabilize a bit too. These last 2 months have been really rough on us. On a lighter note, Mrs B has helped me to put together a new signature avatar for my posts. I hope you like it.

 

Cover Love:

Heirs of the Blade takes this month. The Shadows of the Apt series has taken this part several times. Whoever the cover artist is, I just like their work.

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Tynisa being haunted by the ghost of her father Tisamon

 

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A Book (Un)Haul – The Terry Brooks Edition

I have had some of these books in my possession since the late 90’s and haven’t read them since then either. So when my cousin told me her step-son was participating in a fund-raiser that used the weight of the item to generate funds, I knew I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Get rid of almost 25 books and since they are hardcovers, they are bricks and should generate some serious money.

I’ve got an actual Book Haul post coming in the next couple of days (yep, those books never stop coming in) so I figured why not do an Un-Haul post? I’ve mentioned Terry Brooks and his plethora of books to several of you so I know you’re deeply interested, hahahahahaa.

Here we go!

1

The Word and the Void trilogy. It was Brook’s first Urban Fantasy and everyone thought it was a standalone, until he decided to tie it into his Shannara series. Very filled with his Dualism philosophy.

 

2

The original Shannara trilogy with its after the-fact prequel.  Sword was a Tolkien clone. I enjoyed Elfstones the most of these four.

 

3

This tetralogy cemented Brooks’ plot formula. Adventure, stop the bad guys, the decay of some long standing authority structure. It’s all downhill and bleh.

 

4

Meh…..

 

5

And this is where Brooks tied his Word and Void directly into the Shannara world.

 

6

I can’t even tell you ONE THING about this trilogy  *shoulder shrug*

 

7

Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold.  Another series by Brooks and I really enjoyed this first book. Thank goodness for ebooks though *wink*

 

8

Each book gets progressively less appealing.

 

9

Then they get bad. There’s another book after these that I read but didn’t even bother to buy. It was that bad.

 

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And here are all the books stacked up, with Earth: Final Conflict playing in the background.  I’m going to have to load these up into cardboard boxes and cart them downstairs. 3 flights of stairs, sigh. Well, better doing this little lot now than in another 10 years when there is 10 times as much.

And that’s what I call a serious Book (Un)Haul. I will leave you with this suitable quote from Vash the Stampede because I just love you all so much *wink*

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