‘The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 89/100


The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope By Jonathan Alter

Hardback Edition

Finished on 10/24/2017


Description: This is the story of a political miracle — the perfect match of man and moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March of 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing everywhere. Millions of people lost everything. The Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. With the craft of a master storyteller, Jonathan Alter brings us closer than ever before to the Roosevelt magic.

Genres: History, Nonfiction, Biography, Politics, America

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‘Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 88/100


Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom By Bradley W. Schenck

Hardback Edition

Finished on 10/19/2017


Description: A madcap, illustrated mashup of classic Buck Rogers and Futurama! Ray-guns! Robots! Rocket-cars! Retropolis! Alliteration! Exclamation points!

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is unlike anything else in genre fiction: a gonzo, totally bonkers vision of the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair—a hilarious, illustrated retro-futurist adventure by artist and debut novelist Bradley W. Schenck. It’s a gut-busting look at the World of Tomorrow, populated with dashing, jet-packed heroes, faithful robot sidekicks, mad scientists, plucky rocket engineers, sassy switchboard operators, space pirates, bubble-helmeted canine companions, and more.

After a surprise efficiency review, the switchboard operators of Retropolis find themselves replaced by a mysterious system they don’t understand. Nola Gardner pools their severance pay to hire Dash Kent, freelance adventurer and apartment manager, to find out what happened. Dash discovers that the replacement switchboard is only one element of a plan concocted by an insane civil engineer: a plan so vast that it reaches from Retropolis to the Moon.

Genres: Sci Fi, Humor, Science Fiction Fantasy, Retro-style

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NaNoWriMo Day 11

Today I wrote 922 words. I compiled my total words written this month and have come to the conclusion that I need to pick up the pace of writing if I’m going to finish NaNoWriMo. I’m going to have to forego writing for the last few days of November, so to make up for lost time I’m going to have to work harder up until then to hit the 70,000 word target.


NaNoWriMo Stats

Total: 12,493 words

Remaining: 57,507 words

Goal per Day Remaining: 3,200 words

Day 11: 922

Day 10: 680

Day 9: 2197

Day 8: 938

Day 7: -2245

Day 6: 1109

Day 5: 998

Day 4: 3410

Day 3: 12

Day 2: 2233

Day 1: 2239

‘Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of the Four’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 87/100


The Sign of the Four By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Audible Edition, Narrated by Stephen Fry

Finished on 10/14/2017


Description: As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman – Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation – which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair – even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, ‘Isn’t it gorgeous!’

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Detective, Sherlock Holmes

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