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Experimenting with this account as Bookwyrm-adjacent TBR with commentary. Main account is on Bookwyrm; both new as of mid-January 2024. #LearningCurve

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2% complete! TaxideaDaisy2 has read 1 of 40 books.

Caitlin Matthews: The Arthurian Tarot (Paperback, The Aquarian Press) 5 stars

Review of 'The Arthurian Tarot' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A charming little companion to the Matthews' deck of the same name, accessible whether you are new to their brand of Celtic/Arthurian scholarship or not, although a grounding in the Arthurian traditions as well of course as in Tarot is recommended. There are newer editions available, which might be better if you don't already have a copy (probably bought this one in the early 90s; it's a 1990 edition) as they are active scholars and always updating their vision.

Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Strain (2003, Avon Books) 4 stars

The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: …

Review of 'The Andromeda Strain' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Read this one a long time ago... in the 1980s I think, so can't really review now. I liked it. Good SF thriller, fast read. Would I like it today? How well has it aged? Couldn't tell you.

Review of 'League of Lady Poisoners' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

So about this book ... mixed feelings. Three and a half stars, rounded down at first but maybe we'll round up, because it's still a well-crafted volume, with a fabulous bibliography.

On the one hand, a good bit of it, especially in the first few chapters, reads like a middle-school pop magazine, except instead of talking up cute musicians she's rationalizing why this or that serial murderer wasn't really a bad person, but rather a victim of circumstance. If this one had access to anti-depressants, or if that one were independently wealthy, perhaps they'd not have been so desperate. I think especially now, when public violence seems to pop up everywhere, excusing murder because the murderer may have had a rough life is a dangerous game.

Otherwise we found it a fun and informative read. Perrin obviously did a lot of preparation for this work, and her illustrations are often …

Holling Clancy Holling: Minn of the Mississippi (Houghton Mifflin) 4 stars

Follows the adventures of Minn, a three-legged snapping turtle, as she slowly makes her way …

Review of 'Minn of the Mississippi' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Excellent and fun book, if dated in places. That too is educational, and can be good for discussion.

It took us a surprising length of time to get through as we'd picked it up as part of a snapping turtle reading project, and misplaced it once or twice. Really really enjoyed the detailed illustrations, made lots of notes. We started out with a library copy and ended up purchasing our own.