The Microsoft guy in me is used to ALT codes in Word for getting certain symbols, like the ¢ sign, the © symbol, and a host of others. The other half of the problem here is that I should know the codes for using accent marks because I studied Spanish for several years in high school and college.  Thankfully though, I didn’t have to remember where to get them, because Scrivener has the character map functions under the Edit menu:   My only nit here is that the character map window itself is not resizable for these aging eyes, but there it was, the capRead More →

I’m forgetting my order here, because I know The Hound of Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was finished some time in either late January or early February, but did not make it to the review, and it was a library return. Going on memory, I enjoyed the read, but also found the logic of the verbiage a bit off-putting. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a sense of logic and deduction, but the way this was done (probably more the semantics of the time), was such that it required me to focus exclusively on it. I like to have music in the backgroundRead More →

After all the heavy reading lately, I decided I needed a break. Work schedule has been crazy, and I really didn’t have the time to get lost in a long read, so reverted to one of the books from my childhood: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.  The third in the Narnia triology, this was my favorite as a child.  Even as a 40+ adult, I found myself laughing and crying so much during the few hours it took me to read it. A must read for anyone from any age if you want to get away but only have a fewRead More →

Another classic under the belt for 2017 – Kim by Rudyard Kipling: I can see why it is considered a classic, but it dragged for me after a while. I’d give it 3.5 starsRead More →

Starship Troopers started really well, but after a while, it started getting weary, and felt a bit lecture-y. After the other books that were also preaching certain moralities and ethics, I think I was tiring after a while. Robert Heinlen is an excellent writer, and I see why so many are hooked on his work.Read More →

An all-encompassing reading challenge for the year would be remiss without some classics for a really good foundation, so I decided to take on one I’d never read before from either high school or college.  That landed me on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The first two thirds of the book was a lot of setup. Her writing style was very difficult for me to adapt to, perhaps because it was written from an era that predates my reading interests. Whether it’s because of this, or the fact that my mind is not what it used to be, I had to re-read a lot of itRead More →