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Notable Quotable # 54

‘The important thing about song is that they’re like stories. They don’t mean a damn unless there’s people listenin’ to them’

New books up the wazoo!

I week or so I realised that recently I have acquired quite a few new books that I haven’t shared with you, my beloved Bookbaggers!

You may not be particularly interested in my new purchases/library borrowings, but if you are read on and gaze in wonder at the bargains and tantalizing tomes I have acquired! 😀

Firstly I took a trip to my local library when I had to take Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane and Mammels by Pierre Mérot and got a new haul:

library books

In case you can’t quite read the titles: Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris (AKA Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, the second sequel to Chocolat); The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (the first Sandman graphic novel); Shades of Grey by Jasper FfordeSkinlane by Neil Bartlett (which I have borrowed and re-borrowed a few times without actually getting to it); Carnevale by M.R. Lovric;  and The Diviner’s Son by Gary Crew.)

Then while visiting one of my best friends, who has been working at the Maylands Salvo’s store I bought myself a bunch of books:

op-shop buys

Again the titles are: Zoology by Ben Dolnick (a debut novel from 2007 with a very pretty cover 🙂 ); Ravelling by Peter Moore Smith (another debut novel, from 2000, which sounds wonderfully spooky!); The Third Brother by Nick McDonell (who also wrote Twelve, a book I read a few years ago and was one of my Top 10 Reads of 2010 – pre-Book Polygamist); The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (which is another debut novel, from 1996 with a very pretty cover); Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (which I read a few years ago but still wanted to own); and Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (which I chose because of the blurb: “In a cut-throat world of highwaymen, spies and smugglers, and insane rulers in silly wigs, runaway Mosca Mye and her goose companion have uncovered a dark plot winging its way toward the city”. It had me at “goose companion” :P).

Then on the 3rd of March I went to the Hyde Park Fair and HAD to get this bunch of books (they were for orphans! What was i meant to do? :P):

hyde park fair books

Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris (as I’ve already established Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors so I had to add this one to the collection 🙂 ); Pilgrim by Sara Douglass (Book 2 of the Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, which is a follow-up to one of my Top 10 Fantasy Series’); The Good Major by Andrew Nicoll (which was one of my Top 10 Reads of 2011); Curious and Curiouser by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (a non-fiction buy which I’m certain will be very amusing and informative); and last but certainly not least, The Lot: In Words by Michael Leunig (a collection of essays by one of my favourite writers/cartoonists 🙂 )

AND THEN on the 10th of March I went to Oz Comic Con and besides getting lots of awesome bit and bobs (mostly jewelry :D) I got Soulless, the manga based on Gail Carriger‘s Parasol Protectorate series, which I have really taken a shine to:

soulless from oz comic con

and these cute bookmarks:

bookmarks from oz comic con

(that’s actually just two bookmarks – the single bird one has the black and silver on one side and the silver and blue/purple on the other, and the owl one is the same on both sides. I also go two badges which match the owls on the bookmark ^-^)

I’m absolutely chuffed with my new books and bookmarks, and I can’t wait to read some of them soon 🙂

I’m going to end with a short reminder. My blogiversary competition ends on the 31st, less than a week from now, so if you want to enter you need to get in quick smart!

Currently there are only 4 entrants, which means if no one else enters all but person will get a prize (nice odds for the current entrants, but not so lucky for the single person that misses out!) so if you haven’t entered please do so and make the giveaway a little more interesting 😉

That’s it for now, so as always:

Happy Reading (and acquiring)!

Collective Nounitude: Spiders

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Spiders

Most common:

A Cluster or Clutter of Spiders

Alternatives:

A Fraid of Spiders (Lol!)

A Rachnid of Spiders (also very good!)

A Tickle of Spiders

A Shriek of Spiders

A Squirm of Spiders

A Fear of Spiders

A Shudder of Spiders

A Web of Spiders

A Lurk of Spiders

A Stampede of Spiders

A Bastard of Spiders (lots of spider hate out there!)

A Bungee of Spiders (hehe!)

A Cuddle of Spiders (aw!…and yet *shudder*)

An Octet of Spiders

A Bath of Spiders

A Tuffet of Spiders (another good one!)

A Skitter of Spiders

A Scrabble of Spiders

An Arachnophobia of Spiders

A Horror of Spiders

A Nightmare of Spiders

A Creep of Spiders

A Tarantula of Spiders

An Eightling of Spiders

A Scream of Spiders

A Crowd of Spiders

My suggestions:

Wow pretty much everything has been covered….

A Congregation of Spiders

A Nest of Spiders (as when they’re in a group its usually a mother with hatchlings)

A Drift of Spiders (when the babies drift off in the wind to a new home)

A Usefulness of Spiders (they are in my house anyway!)

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Baby Spiders by ~Elgaladwen (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission.

Reason for choice:

Reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Sources:

Wikipedia

collectivenoun.co.uk

all-sorts.org

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Notable Quotable # 53

It is a small world. You do not have to live in it particularly long to learn that for yourself. There is a theory that, in the whole world, there are only five hundred real people (the cast as it were. All the rest of the people in the world, the theory suggests, are extras), and what is more, they all know each other. And it’s true, or true as far as it goes. In reality the world is made of thousands upon thousands of groups of about five hundred people, all of whom will spend their lives bumping into each other, trying to avoid each other, and discovering each other in the same unlikely teashop in Vancouver. There is an unaviodabilty to this process. It’s not even coincidence. It’s just the way the world works, with no regard for individuals or for propriety.