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Books Re-Read in 2016: The Harry Potter Series (Books 1–7, Do I Even Need to Put a Star Rating?)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Harry Potter Series, AudiobooksThe Harry Potter Series (Books 1–7)
by J. K. Rowling
My rating: 4.25 stars (series overall)

Series Summary:
Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned “One Who Must Not Be Named”. Not all his friends survive massive war.

Okay, so this is really more of a timeline/celebration of re-reading these books for the . . . sixth? seventh? . . . time. As of earlier this year, I now own these seven books in four separate formats—hard copy (a combination of paperback and hardcover), Audio CD (also “ripped” onto the computer in digital format so I could listen to it on my old-skool MP3 player), Kindle version, and now digital audio through Audible (so I can listen through the Audible app on my phone). (Yes, I also own the movies on DVD; I haven’t watched them in a long time, though, because the books are so much better.)

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a latecomer to the books/movies. I didn’t pick up the books to start reading them until right before #6 came out in 2005. I was in grad school, and was put off by the controversy that started up over this series in the more conservative circles of the writing group I was in at the time. As with most things, I decided I needed to experience it for myself before I could come to a conclusion as to whether I thought it was good or bad. I still had DVD service from Netflix at the time, and somehow, timing conspired that I ended up receiving the disks of movies 1–3 at the same time. So I set aside a weekend (in between grad school terms) to watch all three movies. I was barely halfway through the second movie before I got onto Amazon and ordered a set that contained the paperbacks of books 1-5 (all that were out at the time).

Shortly after that, I also ordered the audiobooks—after all, it was a 13-hour drive from Nashville to where my parents lived in Dallas (at the time) and to Greensburg, PA, where my grad school is located. I fell in love with the vocal talent of Jim Dale, who performed the audiobooks, and enjoyed being able to switch back and forth between audio and print as time allowed.

There’s something to be said for a book series that’s this long that it became an instant classic despite obvious issues with the writing style, not to mention several major plot holes and problems with logic. Rowling managed to create such iconic—and yet relatable and sympathetic—characters and tell a story in such a compelling way, it doesn’t matter that she uses embellished tags after each line of dialogue (she said emphatically) or that certain questions never get answered.

For me, the first three books are okay (thus the reason why there are no Goodreads updates on those), but it really picks up in Book 4 (Goblet of Fire)—and it’s no coincidence that happens to be the first “long” book in the series.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
My GR Status Update(s):

01/09 . . .marked as: currently-reading
01/12. . .marked as: read

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My GR Status Update(s):

01/12. . .marked as: currently-reading
01/18. . .marked as: read

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
My GR Status Update(s):

01/20. . .marked as: currently-reading
01/21. . .“Turn to page 394!”
01/23. . .marked as: read

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
My GR Status Update(s):

01/23. . .marked as: currently-reading
01/25. . .15.0%

01/28. . .26.0% “Bubotubers,” Professor Sprout told them briskly. “They need squeezing. . . .”

02/02. . .33.0% “I’m telling you, that’s not a normal girl!” said Ron . . . “They don’t make them like that at Hogwarts.” | “They make them okay at Hogwarts,” said Harry without thinking.

02/03. . .42.0% “He’s not even good looking!” she muttered angrily, glaring at Krum’s sharp profile. “They only like him because he’s famous! They wouldn’t look twice at him if he couldn’t do that Wonky-Feint thing–” | “Wronski Feint,” said Harry, through gritted teeth.

02/05. . .76.0% “A shallow stone basin lay there, with odd carvings around the edge: runes and symbols that Harry did not recognize. The silvery light was coming from the basin’s contents, which were like nothing Harry had ever seen before. . . . It looked like light made liquid—or like wind made solid—Harry couldn’t make up his mind.”

02/07. . .84.0% “Kill the spare!”

02/08. . .marked as: read

02/08. . .100.0% I understand that Rowling didn’t want to confuse readers by bringing in the thestrals at the end of this book. But it’s odd that the “horseless carriages” are mentioned several times at the end—if she didn’t want to confuse readers, why mention them at all? She could have just not mentioned that method of conveyance and then it wouldn’t be so odd when she introduces the thestrals at the beginning of Book 5.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
My GR Status Update(s):

02/10. . .marked as: currently-reading

02/12. . .18.0% “I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful! A prefect! That’s everyone in the family!” | “What are Fred and I, next-door neighbors?” George asked indignantly, as his mother pushed him aside and flung her arms around her younger son.

02/13. . .22.0% Something you notice the umpteenth time you read a book: At the end of Chapter 10, Harry has Hedwig in her cage, Ron has Pig in his cage, and Hermione has Crookshanks in her arms when they get into the carriages at the Hogwarts train station. Yet when they get out of the carriage to enter the castle, they go straight into the Great Hall for the feast and sorting and no longer have the animals with them.

02/15. . .30.0% Harry’s third detention passed in the same way as the previous two, except that after two hours the words “I must not tell lies” did not fade from the back of Harry’s hand, but remained scratched there, oozing droplets of blood.

02/20. . .49.0% Ever since the first time I read this book, I always skip right past Chapter 20, “Hagrid’s Tale.” Sorry, Hagrid, but I really don’t care about what you did and said during your time with the giants, since it doesn’t do anything to move the story forward, either in this book or in the series.

02/22. . .74.0% “I should have made my meaning plainer,” said Professor McGonagall, turning at last to look Umbridge directly in the eyes. “He has achieved high marks in all Defense Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent teacher.”

02/22. . .75.0% I will never understand why, sometime during Harry’s first conversation with Sirius from Umbridge’s fire, Sirius didn’t ask Harry why he hadn’t used the much safer method of the magical mirror he gave him at Christmas. Or at least admonished him to use it the next time instead of risking breaking into her office again. But, then, that would have solved the final conflict too easily. So stupid/forgetful Sirius it is.

02/23. . .87.0% The knot in Harry’s stomach tightened. If Sirius really was not here, he had led his friends to their deaths for no reason at all…

02/24. . .marked as: read

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
My GR Review/Status Update(s):

It’s amazing to me how annoying Harry’s obsession with Malfoy is in this book—even when I know that he’s right! There are also several scenes/chapters I skip in this book (including the sectumsempra episode). But I’d give anything for even the scenes I skip to have made it unscathed into the movie instead of the mangled mess they made out of it!

READING PROGRESS
02/26. . .marked as: currently-reading
03/05. . .marked as: read

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
My Review/GR Status Update(s):

07/20/2007: Fun Friday–Harry Potter: My Predictions
07/21/2007: Harry Potter—the Event & Reading It

03/05/2016. . .marked as: currently-reading

03/05. . .10.0% “How do you feel, Georgie?” whispered Mrs. Wesley. | George’s fingers groped for the side of his head. “Saintlike,” he murmured. | “What’s wrong with him?” croaked Fred, looking terrified. “Is his mind affected?” | “Saintlike,” repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. “You see . . . I’m holy. HOLEY, Fred, geddit?”

03/05. . .11.0% “Well said, Harry,” said Fred unexpectedly. | “Yeah, ‘ear, ‘ear,” said George, with half a glance at Fred, the corner of whose mouth twitched.

03/08. . .63.0% “Harry… Potter…” And then with a little shudder the elf became quite still, and his eyes were nothing more than great glassy orbs, sprinkled with light from the stars they could not see. <– GETS ME EVERY TIME!!!

03/12. . .91.0% Chapter 34, “The Forest Again.” I cried almost all the way through this chapter, which I haven’t done for the last couple of times that I read it. Listening to the audiobook gives that freedom—and Jim Dale’s performance helps, too. I needed that emotional outburst.

03/12. . .100.0% All was well. Sigh

03/12. . .marked as: read

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My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

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Books Read in 2016: ‘Dog on It’ by Spencer Quinn (4.25 stars)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn | Review on KayeDacus.comDog on It (Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
by Spencer Quinn
My rating: 4.25 stars

Book Summary:
As sidekicks, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 have nothing on Chet and Bernie. This charming detective duo make their debut in Dog On It, the first volume in Spencer Quinn’s new mystery series.

Bernie’s enterprise, the Little Detective Agency, limps along, waiting for the next job to arrive. While Chet freely admits that he doesn’t always understand the humans around him, the mutt who failed to graduate from the police academy quickly establishes that he’s got a nose made for sniffing out trouble — as well as the tasty morsel.

But their luck is about to change. During a nighttime stroll through the neighborhood — an older enclave in the southwestern desert that Bernie fears will soon be eclipsed by new development — the pair encounter a panicked neighbor, Cynthia Chambliss. Waving a wad of bills, she beseeches Bernie to find her daughter, Madison, a 15-year-old who has been missing for several hours.

Bernie heeds the call of cash and the urgency of parental concern, leading Bernie and Chet on a trail of clues that leads them into more danger than they’d bargained for.

My GR Status Update(s):
07/25 . . .marked as: currently-reading

07/26 . . .55% “This is one of those books that I actually had to force myself to stop reading last night because it was almost 3 a.m.”

07/31 . . .marked as: read

My Review:
I’ve actually had this book sitting in my Audible library for a few years, and just never got around to listening to it. But now that I’m knocking out the remaining letters in my A to Z reading challenge for this year, I figured there was no time like the present, since this fit in quite nicely with an author last name starting with Q. And since my library had it as an ebook, which I have more time for these days than audiobooks, I read the Kindle version—and enjoyed it so much I’ll definitely be listening to the audiobook sometime soon!

Chet is our main, first-“person” narrative character in this story. Chet also happens to be a dog. A dog who flunked out of the police K-9 academy at the last minute. And Chet has a very unique perspective on things. Let me let Chet introduce both himself and his human, Bernie, a private investigator, to you in his own words:

Sure. We needed money in the worst way. Our finances were a mess—alimony, child support, Hawaiian pants, and almost no revenue except for divorce work. Bernie went over and over that, almost every night. An ant, one of those juicy black ones, appeared from under the stove and tried to run right by me. What was he thinking? I hardly had to move my tongue. Bernie always stressed the importance of protein in the diet.

While the mystery in this mystery novel isn’t really that intricate or well-hidden (I had it figured out pretty much from the beginning—and I’m not an avid mystery reader—which is what kept this from being a solid 5-star read), it’s actually secondary to just reading Chet’s views on life and what’s going on around him, as well as his view of Bernie’s job:

Stakeouts: I’ve sat through a million. Okay, possibly not a million. Truth is, I’m not too sure about a million, what it means, exactly—or any other number, for that matter—but I get the drift from Bernie. A million means a lot, like “out the yingyang,” another favorite number of Bernie’s, maybe even bigger.

One of the most interesting things about having this mystery written from Chet’s POV is that there are certain things that Chet notices/experiences that he cannot tell Bernie, or anyone else, about. There are also times at which he and Bernie are separated. You’d think this would take away from the forward momentum of the story, but Quinn uses this as a great way of actually upping the tension of the story simply because Chet doesn’t know what’s going on with Bernie when they’re apart. There’s also the frustration, as a reader, of knowing what Chet knows but also knowing that Chet can’t communicate it. All-in-all, it’s a conceit that works quite well in this author’s deft hands.

There’s a cute, ongoing joke that Quinn implements which hints at backstory, roughly sketching in the rich tapestry of both Chet’s and Bernie’s history, apart as well as together. Mention is made of Chet’s failure of his final test at the K-9 police academy—there was a cat involved, but we don’t know specifics. Then there are passages like this:

“Graduated first in his class at K-9 school.”

That was stretching it a little, since I hadn’t actually graduated, which is how Bernie and I ended up together, a long story I’ll go into later if I have a chance.

In fact, there are a few things in this story that Chet will get into “later if I have a chance.” None of which this story actually circles back to. Which has the effect of making it even more fun—and building anticipation to read the further books in the series.

Another interesting thing that Quinn does with Chet is that sometimes his memory of things that have happened just a few chapters before fades—or he’s distracted by something that a dog would absolutely be distracted by. Which, again, adds to the humor.

In closing, I wanted to share the passage that made me laugh the hardest. I don’t know why, out of all of the humorous passages in the book this one struck me funniest, but I had to put my Kindle down, I was laughing so hard.

Bernie was wearing one of his best Hawaiian shirts, the one with the martini-glass pattern. I wore my brown leather collar with the silver tags; I’ve also got a black one for dress-up.

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My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

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Blogging Through ‘Scene & Structure’–Chapter 4: “Structure in Larger Elements: The Scene”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Blogging Through 'Scene & Structure' | KayeDacus.comHave you scene it? I’ve scene it. And yet I still sometimes fail to make sure my scenes have all of the elements that Bickham discusses in this chapter.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Just as causes result in effects and stimuli result in responses, the scene inevitably—if written correctly—leads to another scene.

What is a scene? It’s a segment of story action, written moment-by-moment, without summary, presented onstage in the story “now.” It is not something that goes on inside a character’s head; it is physical. It could be put on the theater stage and acted out.

(Bickham, p. 23)

Even though I haven’t read this book cover to cover, this may be one of the chapters I’m most familiar with, as I have quoted from it often here on the blog. It’s in this chapter that we get to the crux of what this book is about—scene flow. As writers, we want our stories to flow like rivers—twisting and turning from time to time, but always moving inexorably forward.

However, a lot of the time, we get stuck in whirlpools—having our characters meet with the same conflict over and over and over and never moving forward at all. To illustrate this “circularity,” Bickham gives the example of two little kids having a “did not” “did so” “did not” “did so” type of argument. Although he doesn’t include it here, I would argue that scenes that take place mostly inside a character’s head would fit into this, too—after all, conflict comes from external sources, and it’s conflict that moves the story forward.

Chapter Section: “The Goal”

Bickham further defines the scene as “a dynamic structural component with a definite internal pattern which forces the story to move forward as the scene plays—and as a result of its ending” (p. 24).

As Carol pointed out in a comment on the previous chapter, it was starting to remind her of Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. And, yes, that’s a very apt comparison. Because that’s how each scene should be structured.

The scene should start with the POV character who has a definite, clear-cut, attainable goal: Anne is going to show George potential sites for (what she thinks is) his engagement party. George is going to reveal the identity of his employer to Anne before the man shows up at the site for the party (Stand-In Groom). Meredith is going to the pet store to buy food for the puppy she found. Major is attending his employers’ New Year’s Day open house because they’ve asked him to come to talk to him about something (Menu for Romance). And so on.

Each scene should start out with a goal that is an important step in the character’s game plan—a small goal that gets them one step closer to attaining the main goal of the story (or what the character thinks is their main goal for the story—that’s where the conflict/disaster part comes into play). But the goal cannot be easily attained; it’s your job as the author to make sure your characters suffer.

As far as making your characters suffer . . . that’s something we’ll get into later in the book.

Chapter Section: “Ending the Scene”

Back in 2001, when I was writing what would become my first complete manuscript, after giving the first half (what was at the time completed) to my mother and grandmother for Christmas, I started sending them each chapter as I finished it. Having something of a devilish streak and wanting to elicit a reaction, I started ending each chapter on a “cliffhanger.” I wanted a reaction. I wanted my readers clamoring for more, more, more—emailing me, I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU LEFT IT HANGING LIKE THAT!!!! and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT??? By doing this, I taught myself to structure my scenes this way—to build up to something (a hook) that would leave the reader hanging and wanting to turn the page to find out.

Bickham calls this a “tactical disaster” (p. 26).

“Disaster” in this usage does not often denote an earthquake, a flood, a plane crash, or anything like the things we often term disasters in real life. But use of the term is justified because the character—and the reader—experience the final twist in a scene as thoroughly bad—disastrous to the attainment of the immediate scene goal, and so a terrible setback in the quest for the story goal.

(Bickham, p. 27)

It’s so tempting to really start digging into this here, but I know how much more Bickham delves into this in the remainder of the book. So, instead, I’ve made a flow chart to go with this chapter:


And don’t worry . . . if you don’t quite get it yet, we’ll be going into a lot more detail as we get further into the book.

Chapter Section: “Scene Length”

Bickham gives something of a “wibbly, wobbly, timey, whimey” discourse on scene length here. So I thought it would be a great time to share a post that I wrote about scene length to put my oar in.

SCENE IT! How Long Should Scenes Be?

Finally, although the point has been stated repeatedly and implied even more often, it’s well to emphasize a point that invariably is asked during lectures on the subject of scene structure and its essential component, the conflict.

The question: “Do I have to have the conflict outside the character? Can’t I have the character at war with himself inside his head”

Answer: The conflict has to be on the outside. If you remember the example of writing something which could be put on the theater stage, you will not forget this principle.

(Bickham, pp. 29–30)

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Works Cited:

Bickham, Jack. Scene & Structure. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books. 1993.

It’s Reading Report Time! (August 2016)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy First Monday of August, everyone.
It’s Reading Report Time!

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

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Tell us what you’ve finished over the last month, what you’re currently reading, and what’s on your To Be Read stack/list. And if you’ve reviewed the books you’ve read somewhere, please include links!

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  • What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since the last update?

  • What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

  • What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?


Here’s my report:

What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since the last update?
As always, click through on the title for my review or for more info on the book.

    The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
  • The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams #1) by Liz Johnson (contemporary inspirational romance | 4 stars)
  • Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir, audiobook read by Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Jenny Sterlin, Jill Tanner, Gerard Doyle, & Robert Ian Mackenzie [re-read, historical fiction—Tudor era | 4 stars (story), 4.5 stars (audio performance)]
  • Tempting Mr. Weatherstone (Wallflower Weddings, #0.5) by Vivienne Lorret (novella, historical romance—Regency | 4 stars)
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens, audiobook read by Simon Vance [classic British Lit—Victorian | 4 stars (Esther’s part of the story), 4 stars (audio performance), ~2.5 stars (non-Esther part of the story)]
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (historical fiction—American Civil War | 2 stars)
  • Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #1) by Spencer Quinn (contemporary mystery | 4 stars)

What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

  • Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham (writing craft book for current blog series | 9%)
  • False Start (Assignment: Romance #1) by Barbara Valentin (contemporary romance | 5%)

What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?

    I’m currently in the process of working through the remaining letters in my 2016 A to Z reading challenge. This month, I knocked out J, L, O, and Q and am working on V. I have two books on hold at the library (on a waiting list) for U:

  • Angel Fire (Lydia Strong #1) by Lisa Unger (contemporary mystery/suspense)
  • Diamonds Or Donuts by Lucie Ulrich (contemporary romance)


  • And then I have a list of books that can fulfill X, Y, and Z. (Yes, the X list is very short. Only one book, in fact.)


2016 A–Z Reading Challenge Update
Here are the letters (author last names) I haven’t fulfilled yet: U, V (in progress), X, Y, Z.

And according to Goodreads, I am 18 books ahead of schedule to meet my overall goal of reading 60 books this year, with a total of 52 read already.

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My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

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Books Read in 2016: ‘From London with Love’ by Jenna Petersen (2 stars)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

From London with Love by Jenna PetersenFrom London with Love (Lady Spies #1)
by Jenna Petersen
My rating: 2 stars

Book Summary from Goodreads:
Three of London’s most admired and desired ladies—these women share more in common than grace, beauty and charm. Each with their own special talent, together they are three of England’s greatest spies.

From the Desk of Lady M–

Meredith Sinclair is one of my best agents. She is stunning, witty and resourceful. She sparkles at every gala and can conquer any man with a whisper and a smile.

Her target: Tristan Archer, Marquis of Carmichael. Known as a proud and powerful member of society, he also once saved Meredith’s life. She should trade on her seductive wiles and their prior relationship, if necessary.

Her mission: To uncover a treacherous plot and bring a potential traitor to justice.

Potential weaknesses: The dashing marquis’s bold, intimate caress. His devilish good looks. And his devastating kiss that could bring even the best spy to her knees…

My GR Status Update(s):
03/23 . . .marked as: currently-reading
03/25 . . .17.0%
04/01 . . .43.0%

04/04 . . .46.0% ‘…just as the orchestra played the first lilting strains of the waltz.’ NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Not in 1812, not in England, not at a country house party!”

04/07 . . .marked as: read

My Review:
Up to 46% = 3 to 3.5 stars
46-70% = 2ish stars
71% = 1 star DNF

(I need to say—I picked this book on the strength of the story’s premise, not on the cover art! For the first time, I almost didn’t include the cover image of the book on one of these reviews.)

As you can see above, the first almost half of this book was okay. Enough to keep me reading—after all, I’ve been searching for books in which both the hero and heroine are involved in spywork during the Napoleonic war. So far, I haven’t found anything that has ended up being a homerun for me.

When it came right down to it, both of these characters were terrible “spies.” Neither could think about or concentrate on anything but each other, whether they were together or apart. And then, once her real identity/purpose was revealed (around the 70% mark) was when the plot and characters really went downhill for me. It just wasn’t worth it to continue to force myself to read something I wasn’t enjoying.

This is another one of those books based on the premise of both characters hiding something from each other. And this is another one of those books in which when one of those characters, who’s been hiding something from the other one all along, finds out the other character has been hiding something, he decides it’s absolutely unforgivable that she would have been lying to him all along. (Why is it, in books that use this trope, that it’s almost always the man who is the hypocrite in this situation? As if he’s so moral and upstanding after he’s spent more than two-thirds of the book being as dishonest with her as she’s been with him. Ugh.)

In addition, I wasn’t enjoying the author’s writing style, either, and it needed a bit more editing (e.g., several typos/errors that should have been caught with a simple spell check!).

(For the explanation of my GR update rant on the characters dancing a waltz in 1812, I’ll refer you to this explanation from another review.)

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My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)

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Blog Schedule, Week of Aug. 1, 2016 (Including “Blogging Through S&S” Reading Assignments)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Here's What's Coming Up This Week on KayeDacus.com
Monday, August 1, 2016:
First Monday of the Month Reading Report

Tuesday, August 2, 2016:
Scene & Structure Chapter 4: “Structure in Larger Elements: The Scene”

Thursday, August 4, 2016:
Scene & Structure Chapter 5: “Structure in Macrocosm: Scenes with Results”

Friday, August 5, 2016:
Fun Friday (TBD)

Hope to see you here!

Fun Friday: First Look at ‘Mercy Street’ Season 2!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fun Friday 2013

One of my favorite shows this past spring was Mercy Street, a six-episode run on PBS’s Masterpiece following the final season of Downton Abbey. In case you missed it, MS is the story of Civil War doctors and nurses, civilians and soldiers, in 1862 in and around a Yankee army hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. (See teasers/clips in my post about Season 1 here.)

After only those six brief episodes, the outcry was clear: GIVE US A SECOND SEASON! Well, our pleas were heard!



And here’s a “bonus” video (from Season 1).

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