Darth Pony

Ruling the galaxy is so overrated.

Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 752 pages.

Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Herman Melville

Ahab is graciously allowing the hunting of whales other than Moby Dick. Not because he's recalled his duty to his employers, but so the crew won't mutiny when they realize seeking someone else's revenge doesn't pay well.


In other, possibly related, news, I have "Ship of Fools" stuck in my head on a repeating loop.

Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 752 pages.

Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Herman Melville

Moby Dick finally got name-dropped on page 201. His name is not hyphenated in the text like it is in the title. Because reasons. I guess. 


Ahab has revealed that he's abusing his position and the trust of the ship's owners in order to turn this commercial whaling venture into his own personal revenge cruise, and all those poor widows with a stake in the profits be damned. (Well, not in so many words, but still.) Most of the crew is surprisingly okay with this. Those expressing uneasiness are basically being charisma'd into submission.


I can practically see Yojo rubbing his little wooden hands together with glee.


Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 752 pages.

Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Herman Melville

We're hip-deep in whale "facts" now, and since Ishmael seems to be insisting whales are fish, I'll insist on those scare quotes around "facts".


Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 752 pages.

Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Herman Melville

That great America on the other side of the sphere, Australia, was given to the enlightened world by the whaleman. [...] The whale-ship is the true mother of that now mighty colony. Moreover, in the infancy of the first Australian settlement, the emigrants were several times saved from starvation by the benevolent biscuit of the whale-ship luckily dropping anchor in their waters. The uncounted isles of all Polynesia confess the same truth, and do commercial homage to the whale-ship. that cleared the way for the missionary and the merchant, and in many cases carried the primitive missionaries to their first destinations.


For all that the chapter is titled "The Advocate", this is the most damning indictment of the whaling industry that I have ever read. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 752 pages.

Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Herman Melville

[...] Yojo earnestly enjoined that the selection of the ship should rest wholly with me [...]

Everything from here on out is Yojo's divine will, I guess. I wonder what Queequeg did to piss Him off.

24 Festive Tasks: DP's Tracking Post

Total Points to Date: 52


52 points!!! Stick a fork in me, I'm done! XD



Door 1 - Día de los Muertos: 4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 4, Book)

Door 2 - Guy Fawkes Night: 4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3, Book)

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day: 4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3, +1 bonus)

Door 4 - Diwali: 3 points (Tasks 1, 2, 4)

Door 5 - Veterans/Armistice Day: 3 points (Tasks 2, 3, Book)

Door 6 - International Day for Tolerance2 points (Task 1, Book)

Door 7 - Mawlid4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3, Book)

Door 8 - Penance Day: 4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3, 4)

Door 9 - Thanksgiving Day: 4 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3, Book)

Door 10 - Bon om Touk3 points (Tasks 2, 3, 4)

Door 11 - Russian Mother’s Day: 3 points (Tasks 1, 2, 3)

Door 12 - Saint Andrew’s Day: 1 point (Task 1)

Door 13 - Advent: 1 point (Task 2)

Door 14 - Hanukkah: 1 point (Book)

Door 15 - Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day: 1 point (Book)

Door 16 - Human Rights Day: 1 point (Task 2)

Door 17 - St. Lucia’s Day: 1 point (Task 4)

Door 18 - Winter Solstice: 1 point (Task 1)

Door 19 - Festivus: 1 point (Book)

Door 20 - Christmas: 2 points (Task 1, 3)

Door 21 - Kwanzaa: 1 point (Task 3)

Door 22 - New Year's Eve: 1 point (Task 2)

Door 23 - Hogswatch: 1 point (Task 1)

Door 24 - Epiphany: 1 point (Task 1)

Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 352 pages.

Predator's Gold (Mortal Engines Quartet) - Philip Reeve


I'll review this tomorrow if I remember. It's the second book in a series, so I'm using it for the Hanukkah book task.

Happy Life Day!

I just completed my annual holiday viewing of the RiffTrax* version of the Star Wars Holiday Special, so I thought I'd count it toward a festive task and also wish all my BookLikes buddies a Lumpy Life Day and an Itchy New Year.



*RiffTrax is like watching movies with the Director's commentary turned on, only instead of filmmakers explaining their vision, it's comedians cracking jokes about the film. It soothes my sarcastic soul, and it's quite possibly the only way to make it through the whole bonkers Star Wars Holiday Special without descending into insanity.


24 Festive Tasks Door 24: Epiphany


Task 1: Tell us: What’s your favorite trilogy?


I'd have to say Lord of the Rings is my favorite trilogy. My dad started reading it to my brother every night when I was little, and I would sneak out of bed to listen. Dad thought I was too young to understand it, and maybe I was, but I got the gist. It was my first exposure to epic fantasy and I loved it. Reading it as an adult always brings back those warm and fuzzy childhood memories. If any book angels out there would like to get me fancier editions than my old 90's paperbacks, this gorgeous set is a mere $5,000 at the Tolkien Library Store:


24 Festive Tasks Door 23: Hogswatch


Task 1: glingleglingleglingle – if you could wish any kind of god(dess) into existence, what would they be in charge of? Dusting?  Weeding?  We’re not aiming high here… tell us!


Actually, I would kill for a dusting god(dess). As I've mentioned before, I'm a chronically ill lazy person. I am also allergic to dust mites. Assuming the god(dess) actually does all the dusting, I would commit literal figurative murder for such a blessing.

24 Festive Tasks Door 22: New Year's Eve


Task 2: 2018 Reading Year in Review. Tell us about your year in books: happy? disappointed?


According to Goodreads, I've read 24,374 pages over 70 books this year. That's a personal best since I started keeping track. I've had more gems than stinkers, and I've discovered some great new-to-me authors and series. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my year in books.


24 Festive Tasks Door 21: Kwanzaa


Task 3: Tell us: If you could travel to Africa (for those living on the African continent: to a part of Africa that you don’t know yet): Where would you want to go?


I would do the totally unimaginative and predictable thing and go to Egypt to ride camels and gawk at pyramids and buy knock-off Egyptian jewelry and obnoxiously ask at every pyramid if the 1999 version of The Mummy was filmed there. (Okay, maybe not that last bit.)

24 Festive Tasks Door 20: Christmas


Task 1: Post a picture of your Christmas decorations.


My husband is a Grinch who hates the rampant commercialization of Christmas, and I am a chronically ill lazy person who loves holiday decorations but cannot face the thought of putting them up and taking them down by myself, so we don't actually own Christmas decorations. We keep saying we'll get a black tree one year and decorate it exclusively with Star Wars ornaments, but it hasn't happened yet. HOWEVER, my husband's grinchy heart grew three sizes one day last month and he surprised me with an early gift:



So not only did he feed my insatiable appetite for plushies and nostalgia, he bought me a holiday decoration that I can keep out ALL YEAR ROUND! He totally played himself with that one. Well done, my dear Grinch! ♥


Task 3: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.


I watched the RiffTrax Star Wars Holiday Special.

24 Festive Tasks Door 17: St. Lucia's Day


Task 4: Guess (scout’s honor, NO GOOGLING!): Did the Gävle Goat survive this year?


I hope in my heart of hearts that it survives this year. It's too cute to torch prematurely. I mean, look at it!



I hope you beat the odds (and the vandals), Gävle Goat!

24 Festive Tasks Door 16: Human Rights Day


Task 2: This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Find 3 books on your shelves with protagonists or other key characters who are -- or can reasonably be assumed to be -- 70 years or older.



Artemis Fowl: Holly Short is about 80 if memory serves.

Uprooted: The Dragon is over 100

The Empire Striketh Back: Yoda is about 900



24 Festive Tasks Door 13: Advent


Task 2: The holidays season is in full swing – tell us: What’s your favorite tradition?


In my family, we have a Christmas Eve wrapping party where we watch Christmas movies and stuff ourselves with holiday treats while we wrap presents to put under the tree. I try to keep the tradition alive now that I'm on the other side of the planet, but when I'm flying solo, there's a lot more movie watching and eating than present wrapping.

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Moby-Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Herman Melville
Progress: 258/752pages