Monthly Archives: June 2016

First Lines: Inferno

Inferno, or, “How Renowned Symbologist Robert Langdon Dutifully Rushes Through Another Improbable Plot” is the fourth of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, and the third one to be turned into a massive blockbuster. Years ago, I read the first two in the series (The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, the later of which is… Read more »

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First Lines: Held van beroep (reread)

Upon finishing The Count of Monte Cristo I needed something light to get ready for the next big read I had planned. Adriaan Jaeggi’s Held van beroep was perfect for that. Ten years ago, I picked up this book because I was becoming fairly obsessed with a balladeer. Their song Swim with Sam was a… Read more »

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First Lines: The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo is an epic story, in many senses of the word. It’s a adventurous tale — but not a poem, natch — of a legendary figure, in the heroic manner. Also, reading it might seem like an exceptionally long and arduous task or activity, given its length: the edition… Read more »


To my great surprise, I saw 10e making the very same fancy dance move I always make when I’m totally gettin’ my groove on in Arjen Lubach’s latest vlog filmpje. * (Gif made with GIPHY) And I was all, like, omekot. * Fun fact: once upon a time Martine and Arjen (along with the rest… Read more »

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First Lines: American Gods (reread)

When I first read American Gods in 2010, I didn’t have much to say about it. Now, after having been triggered to revisit it two times in rapid succession, and well before the television series is finished, I went ahead and re-read it. American Gods is still the story of what Shadow did after he… Read more »