Broadside No. 18 – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the eighteenth broadside – the Lucy Maud Montgomery edition.  In 2018, one of me favourite books of all time, anne of green gables, will turn 110 years old!  Me crew members jackie b @ deathbytsundoku and jane @ greenishbookshelf have been doing an anne-read-along and I have been happily following their progress.  I adore LMM’s writing, have read 17 of her books, and think this be a fine time to highlight the author . . .

Please note: All book descriptions are from Goodreads and the book title links lead to Goodreads.

anne of green gables series

The collection that I grew up reading (and rereading) included 8 books that tell the stories of Anne Shirley growing up on Prince Edward Island.  The tales begin with anne of green gables.  The Cuthberts, a brother and sister, hope to adopt a boy orphan to help with the farm.  However when Matthew goes to pick up the orphan, he finds a red-headed little girl instead.  Their lives are never the same.  Both they and this pirate Captain ended up in love with Anne with an E.  She was feisty, intelligent, imaginative, clever, and just all around awesome.  Ye get to read Anne’s adventures from being a newcomer in a small town, to making new friends and enemies, through growing up, to falling in love (sigh!), to working, to having children.  Then we even get to follow some of her children.  I have to admit I was a bit obsessed.  I adored the movie with Megan Follows who will always be me Anne:

Then there was the Avonlea show in me later years that I watched and adored.  And when me ma took suggestions for where to go in Canada, I begged to go to PEI.  Which we did.  Me ma is awesome.  The trip was a dream come true.  From seeing the Haunted Wood and getting to walk Lover’s Lane to looking at the red mud, I was absolutely ridiculously excited.  I even got me postcards stamped at the Cavendish post office.  I still call friends “bosom buddies” and “kindred spirits.”  Me first mate also recently read this book and thought it was wonderful (so he didn’t have to walk the plank!).  Book one is a classic that I think everyone should read and the rest of the books make me heart happy too.  Okay I know there is not a lot of details here about these books and just a lot of ramblin’ but I adore them all.  Arrr!

Some favorite quotes:

“A bosom friend—an intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my innermost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Goodreads has this to say about the first novel:

When Marilla Cuthbert’s brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, “But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl.” It’s not long, though, before the Cuthberts can’t imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables–but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the time Anne “confesses” to losing Marilla’s amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, “One thing’s for certain, no house that Anne’s in will ever be dull.” And no book that she’s in will be, either.

the emily series

This series is about another orphan girl, named Emily, who grows up in Canada.  Don’t ye just love the cover for book one?  A cat and a book.  Yup.  Sign me up.  Now I have to admit that since Anne had me heart and soul, I never was as obsessed with Emily.  But like Green Gables, this series has wonderful friendships, fun antics, and the lovely writing of LMM.  Really I should read these again at some point!

Goodreads has this to say about the first novel:

Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely — until her beloved father died. Now Emily’s an orphan, and her mother’s snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She’s sure she won’t be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends: with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who’s sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.

the pat of silver bush series

This series is two books.  I have to admit that me memories of this are: “I loved it.”  That is it.  No details at all.  Sheesh! I think this duology is certainly going to get a reread in 2018.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the first novel:

Patricia Gardiner loved Silver Bush more than anything else in the world. She was born and raised in the beautiful old-fashioned house on Prince Edward Island, “where things always seemed the same” and good things never changed. But things do change at Silver Bush–from her first day at school to the arrival of her new own first romance. Through it all, Pat shares her experiences with her beloved friends and discovers the one thing that truly never changes: the beauty and peace she will always find at Silver Bush–the house that remembers her whole life.

 

So that be me introduction to L.M. Montgomery.  If ye haven’t read any of her novels I would suggest ye hoist those sails and get moving!

To visit her website go to:

L.M. Montgomery – Author

To see a complete list of all books she has written visit:

L.M. Montgomery – Books

To add this author or her novels to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

If ye missed me other author broadsides:

Garth Nix – No. 1

Sharon Shinn – No. 2

John Scalzi – No. 3

Tamora Pierce – No. 4

Brandon Sanderson – No. 5

Robin McKinley – No. 6

Michael Crichton – No. 7

Mercedes Lackey – No. 8

Dean Kootnz – No. 9

Justine Larbalestier – No. 10

Neil Gaiman – No. 11

Kate Elliot – No. 12

George R.R. Martin – No. 13

Rosemary Kirstein – No. 14

Piers Anthony – No. 15

Ann Leckie – No. 16

Paolo Bacigalupi – No. 17

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Broadside No. 18 – an author advertisement

Hear ye hear ye me mateys!  I announce an additional broadside to me Captain’s log.  What is a broadside ye ask?  Traditionally:

  1. A broadside is the side of a ship, the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their coordinated fire in naval warfare. From the 16th century until the early decades of the steamship, vessels had rows of guns set in each side of the hull. Firing all guns on one side of the ship became known as a “broadside“. source
  2. A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. source

What does this mean for me mateys?  Well tomorrow I will publish the eighteenth edition of me broadside that will highlight a specific favorite author and their work.  Who ye ask?  It’s a surprise . . .

The Captain’s Log – the empty grave (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Reach fer yer grog!  Day five with book five of the Lockwood & Co. series done.  Challenge Completed!  I give meself a pat on me back!  Arrr!  As usual if ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  No spoilers ahead but if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

So this bleary-eyed but happy Captain managed to read all of the books of the series in one week by the skin of me teeth.  The last book cannot be dealt with in any major way due to crazy spoilers but I will share me overall impressions with ye.

So while book four continues to be me favourite, this book was a highly pleasing conclusion to the series.  There were a couple of major plot points that I did not expect in any fashion and I LOVED them.  The good guys win which is always nice but there were some unintended consequences to the win which I also loved.  I am hard pressed to pick a favorite character at this point.  Lucy was the narrator throughout and it was excellent seeing things through her somewhat persnickety personality.  Flo, George, Kipps, really the whole gang, were lovely to read about.  I am so very glad that this series was brought to me attention and that I experienced it.  Especially during Spooktober!  I think no matter what be yer age, there is something to enjoy in following the adventures of Lockwood & Company.  Do it!

Now some general thoughts of reading a five book series in a condensed timeframe:

  1. I haven’t done this in so long that I now realize that I am not likely to repeat the exercise anytime soon.  While I may occasionally still do a 3 bells segment, in general I really do prefer some time in between the books of a series.
  2. Reading five books in five days does tax me brain slightly.  In between fighting off sharks, burying treasure, and sailing the high seas (i.e me real life), every spare moment was spent readin’.  While that is always fun, the pace did mean that other things like shut-eye and grub sometimes got forgotten.  Me stummy is still grumblin’.  I need some victuals.  Three books in five days is slightly more palatable.
  3. So many unfinished series.  Other members of me crew have been discussing this one recently and writing this Log post sent me a ponderin’ this question as well.  The answer – I have no real idea.  I don’t know how many series I have unfinished or even which ones I want to finish.  I can, however, more easily recall some series that I want to start.  So at some point in the near future I may be making meself a more concrete list.

So now it be on to the next great adventure.  I have no idea what port I will plunder next . . .

I normally put a blurb here but the blurb is soooo very spoilery that I shall not this time.  So there!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the empty grave – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

the whispering skull (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the hollow boy (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the creeping shadow (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

The Captain’s Log – the creeping shadow (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Day four with book four of the Lockwood & Co. series completed.  One more to go!  Arrr!  If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  No spoilers ahead but if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

This Captain is one happy reader.  Ye see  me hearties, yesterday I thought book three was me favourite.  Now it is definitely book four!  Mr. Stroud ups the ante with this one and while I want to rant and rave about how wonderful this book is, I can’t.  Because spoilers.  The spoilers would abound.  Book three sets up book four and so I can’t talk about this one without ruining elements of book three.  And I would never do that to me crew.  So let’s just say that the friendships, ghosts, characters, and plot rock.  The writing style is awesome.  The ending was fierce.  I want more!

I am so very glad that I accepted this challenge am looking forward to reading and finishing the last book tonight!  I will succeed!  Arrrrr!

I normally put a blurb here but the blurb is soooo very spoilery that I shall not this time.  So there!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the creeping shadow – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

the whispering skull (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the hollow boy (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

The Captain’s Log – the hollow boy (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Day three with book three of the Lockwood & Co. series completed.  Over half way there!  Arrr!  If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  No spoilers ahead but if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .

Okay it’s official.  I adore this series.  Book three was absolutely fabulous and me favorite thus far.  Soooo good.  In this tale, Lockwood & Co.’s reputation has continued to improve.  In fact the trio can hardly keep up.  But the high profile cases are still hard to come by.  However, a huge influx of ghosts is keeping the major firms extremely busy which brings a wealthy client to the their door.  The problem?  A set of creepy bloody footprints.  Can the agency solve this case?  What about the massive city outbreak that is threatening to shut down the city?  Can they help with that too?

So many things are great in this book.  There is the usual banter between the trio, the rivalry between the firms, the ghosts, the cases that Lockwood & Co. work on, and characters like Flo and the skull.  Still wonderful.  But the main focus for me in this one was the continuing growth of Lucy’s talent.  This is a book of change and growth for the trio as a whole but Lucy in particular.  This book also brought back some of the tingling feelings of ickiness when reading about some of the situations with the ghosts just like I had in book one.  Add in a new character that adds to both the angst and the humor and I was hooked.  And that ending sheesh!  Totally not expecting that, and I have no idea where the next book is headed.

Just pick up a copy and experience the novel for yerself.  I am looking forward to attempting the fourth book tonight!  Arrrrr!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

Phantoms in your attic?
Spectres by your bed?
Never fear – Lockwood & Co. are here!

A terrible new outbreak of ghosts is causing chaos across London. With the authorities baffled, psychic investigators Lockwood, Lucy and George see a fresh chance for fame and glory.

But countless horrors await them: bloody footprints on a spiral staircase, murderous ambushes in the night – and, waiting at the centre of the outbreak, the most fearful apparition of all.

Ghouls and spectres, thrills and tension in this brand-new instalment in Jonathan Stroud’s best selling series.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the hollow boy – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

the whispering skull (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

The Captain’s Log – the whispering skull (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Day two with book two of the Lockwood & Co. series completed.  Challenge is going well so far.  Arrr!  If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .

It was absolutely wonderful to get back to Lucy Carlyle and the rest of the agency run by Lockwood.  The gang survived the big first adventure (cause this is book two – duh!) and about six months or so have passed.  The slightly bumbling but lovable trio has had a slew of successful if mildly routine cases.  Then they are hired for what should be more of the same.  But of course everything goes wrong.  A Victorian artifact goes missing and the bureaucratic government agency wants it found at all costs.  And if things weren’t bad enough, Lucy’s powers are strengthening and a skull is talking to her.  Can the Lockwood agency solve the case?  Will the voices drive Lucy insane?

I loved this book too and read it in one sitting.  The highlights continue to be the relationships and banter between Lockwood, Lucy, and George.  The world building continues to entertain too.  This mystery, must like the one in the first book, I mostly solved early on but there were details in the who-dunnit that I did miss.  This didn’t bother me in book one and certainly didn’t bother me in this one.  I just liked being present for the ride.  We get a couple new characters in this novel that I loved and growth in some of the characters in the previous book.  I also love the rivalry between the two agencies fighting to solve the case first.  I know that’s not a lot of plot information but I certainly don’t want to spoil this story.  This book did not feel as spooky as book one but I enjoyed it almost as much.

Just pick up a copy and experience the novel for yerself.  I am looking forward to attempting the third book tonight!  Arrrrr!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

Ghosts and ghouls beware! The smallest, shabbiest, most talented psychic detection agency is back.

Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood and Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost-jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case.

Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong – a terrible phantom is freed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin.

Lockwood & Co. must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it’s a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that’s not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again.

The Whispering Skull is the second installment in the chilling and humorous Lockwood & Co. series.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the whispering skull – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

Shiver me Timbers! – A Challenge Begins

Ahoy there me mateys!  A while back I read the book the screaming staircase which is book one of the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  As I said in that review . . .

“This was the perfect read for the beginning of Spooktober.  Ghosts!  The story is set in England where several decades ago the Problem began.  Paranormal phenomenon became widespread.  The catch is that only children and young adults can see and deal with the unsavories.  Society has adapted and agencies have sprung up to deal with the problems.”

I very much enjoyed the first book and found out this . . .

“Side note: Apparently the fifth and final book of this series was just released in September!  I think I may try to read the other four this month if I can track them down.  Challenge accepted!  ::brandishes cutlass::  Arrrr!”

Well me hearties.  I managed to loot the four other books so the challenge begins!  Tonight I start the second book in the series and will attempt to post four book reviews of the four remaining books in the series in the next four days!  Do join me everyday for an update on me progress!  Arrrrr!!!!

Always remember:

In case his ship is sunk, every pirate carries a bar of soap with him at all times.

You know, to wash him ashore.

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain