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Andersen's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Rare, Illustrated, w/ D/J, 1926
Andersens Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen – ♦ – SCARCE ILLUSTRATED WITH ORIGINAL D/J FIRST EDITION – ♦ – Publisher: M. A. Donohue & Co., Chicago Copyright: 1926 – ♦ – CONDITION: This book is in good condition. Hardcover with dust jacket. Pictorial boards, light blue cloth spine wrap.

In “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens offers a description of “city streets on Christmas morning.”

The poulterers’ shops were still half open and the fruiterers’ were radiant in their glory. There were great round pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence.

There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by and glanced demurely at the hung-up mistletoe.

There were pears and apples, clustered high in blooming pyramids. There were bunches of grapes, made in the shopkeepers’ benevolence to dangle from conspicuous hooks that people’s mouths might water gratis as they passed. There were piles of filberts (a.k.a. hazelnuts.) There were Norfolk Biffins (which is an apples), squab and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons and in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags and eaten after dinner.

Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan


Pages: 471 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Date Started: December 25th, 2018
Date Finished: January 21st, 2019
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Rating: 4.06

Quotes: 

“ ‘Up there, you got the comsats. Raining data. You can see it on some virtual maps; it looks like someone’s knitting the world a scarf.’ He looked down at me again, eyes shining. ‘Irene said that. Knitting the world a scarf. Some of that scarf is people. Digitized rich folks, on their way between bodies. Skeins of memory and feeling and thought, packaged up by numbers.’ ”

“ ‘But remember the weakness of weapons. They are an extension – you are the killer and destroyer. You are whole, with or without them.’ ”

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Ho Chi Minh Prison Diary, 2nd Ed., w/ D/J, Hanoi, 1965
Ho Chi Minh Prison Diary Translated by Aileen Palmer – ♦ – SECOND EDITION – ♦ – Publisher: Foreign Languages Publishing House, Hanoi Copyright: 1965 – ♦ – CONDITION: This book is in good condition. Softcover. Dust jacket is chipped along edges and spine. Text block is crisp and clean. There
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Florida Days, Margaret Deland, 1st Ed., Illustrated, Lithographic Plates, 1889
Florida Days By Margaret Deland Illustrated by Louis K. Harlow – ♦ – FIRST EDITION ILLUSTRATED 3 chromolithographs, 2 tinted etchings, 59 text woodcut engravings, historiated vignettes, and plates. – ♦ – Publisher: Little Brown & Company, Boston Copyright: 1889 – ♦ – CONDITION: This book is in
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Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, Gertrude Jekyll, Illustrated, 3rd Ed. 1914
Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden by Gertrude Jekyll – ♦ – THIRD EDITION ILLUSTRATED MANY FOLD OUT GARDEN SCHEMES – ♦ – Publisher: Country Life, London Copyright: 1914 – ♦ – CONDITION: This book is in fair condition. Hardcover. Blue cloth with gilt titles. Covers show signs of wear along

J’ai beaucoup aimé le 3e et dernier tome de la trilogie de David Goudreault, «Abattre la bête». Je l’ai même préféré au 2e. J’ai apprécié suivre le personnage en cavale davantage qu’en prison. Il y a plus d’action ☺️ J’ai aussi trouvé le dernier livre plus abouti avec encore plus d’images fortes, de belles citations. Entre autres:

«Comme il est doux de rêver quand le rêve s’apprête à briser la chrysalide de la réalité»

«Lubrifiées par toutes mes larmes retenues, la haine et la peine s’accouplaient dans mon âme meurtrie»

«Tant qu’à être à part, elle préférait être à part entière»

Finalement, l’auteur ne nous laisse pas en plan et c’est très respectueux pour ses lecteurs. La boucle est bouclée, et c’est agréable d’avoir une vraie fin.


22/01/19

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Nayana's review of Vicious (Villains, #1)
4/5: The last time I tried to read a V.E. Schwab book I had to put it away after approximately four pages because of how much I hated every single character, and I'm really pleased to say that this book did not give me the same amount of frustration and pure cringe. A simple summary of this novel would pretty much be "X-Men meets Steelheart", but as I've always wanted a written version of X-Men I don't think this is necessarily a problem. If I'm honest, I was skeptical about how much I'd like reading this as I got into the plot because the concept itself isn't the most original, but what can I s...

BALLIE CRUTCHFIELD (DIED MARCH 15, 1901)

“We know nothing of her life, only of her death, as recorded in the March 17, 1901 edition of the New York Tribune under the headline NEGRO SUSPECT ELUDES MOB; SISTER LYNCHED INSTEAD.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Mar. 16–Ballie Crutchfield, a colored woman, met death at the hands of a mob at Rome about midnight last night. The mob surroundd her home and took her to a bridge over Round Lick Creek, near the town. Her hands were tied behind her, and after being shot through the head her lifeless body was thrown into the creek. The body was recovered to-day, and the jury of inquest returned a verdict that she met death at the hands of unknown persons.

The lynching was the result of a suspicion that the negress was in some way connected with the theft of the contents of a pocketbook containing $120, which was lost by Walter Sampson last week. The purse was found on the ground by a negro boy, who was on his way to return it to the owner, when he was met by William Crutchfield, a brother of the dead woman, who induced the boy to give him the pocketbook upon the representation that the contents were of no value. Mr. Sampson had Crutchfield arrested, and he was taken to the house of Squire Bains for safekeeping.

That night a mob visited the house of Squire Bains and took Crutchfield from the custody of the Sheriff. The mob had started with Crutchfield to the place selected for execution, when he broke from them and succeeded in effecting his escape in the dark. This so enraged the mob that they suspected Crutchfield’s sister Ballie of being implicit in the theft, and last night’s work was the culmination of that suspicion.

“Although the overwhelming majority of victims of mob violence were men and boys, lynchers did not discriminate. Ballie Crutchfield was not the first African-American woman who lost her life to a white mob, and she would not be the last. For example, the murder of Jennie Steers in 1903 was reported in the Chicago Record-Herald:

SHREVEPORT, La., July 26–Jennie Steers, a negro woman, who, it is charged, gave 16 year old Elizabeth Dolan a glass of poisoned lemonade, causing her death, was lynched on the Beard plantation near here last night. The mob took her to a tree, placed a rope around her neck and demanded a confession. The woman refused and was hanged.

“The following item about a nameless woman ran in an April 1914 edition of the New York Age, under the headline WAS POWERLESS TO AID SISTER WHO WAS RAPED AND LYNCHED:

CLOVIS, N.M., Apr. 27–The brother of the young colored girl who was lynched by a mob of white ruffians near Wagner, Okla., a few weeks ago, passed through this town on his way to Mexico. He gave a pathetic account of the lynching to colored citizens here.

The young man’s sister was but 17 years old and of respectable parents. Two half-drunken white men walked into their home during the absence of the mother and found the girl dressing, locked themselves into her room and criminally assaulted her. Her screams for help were heard by her brother, who, kicking down the door, went to her rescue. In defending his sister, he shot one of the brutes. The other escaped.

Later in the evening, local authorities, failing to find the brother, arrested the sister, who was taken from jail by a mob at 4 o’clock in the morning and lynched. From his hiding place the brother, who is 21 years old, could hear his sister’s cries for help, but he was powerless to aid her.