King Solomon’s Mines

DSC00319The professor must make a confession.

But before I do, you must understand one thing: The professor is vicious and wicked. In truth, this is true.

Thus, even though this professor is vicious and wicked, not even I can rip a good adventure book. But that doesn’t detract from my viciousness.

I hope you understand.

The professor recently read King Solomon’s Mines. And I must say, it was one of the finest adventure stories I’ve read in a while.

Credit must be given to FictionFan for the recommendation. (Seriously, check out her blog if you haven’t. FEF can interest me in practically any book by her fabulous reviews. I maybe—maybe, mind you—remember even being interested in an Austen book once upon a time.)

So, King Solomon’s Mines has been enshrined on the professor’s Adventure Book Shelf—along with the great Robin Hood.

You should give it read. I won’t tell you why, since you’ll probably want to read it more if I don’t.

Plus, the professor is feeling a bit lazy.

That’s all, gentlemen.

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302 Responses to “King Solomon’s Mines”


  1. 1 MissTiffany January 24, 2014 at 19:48

    If FictionFan and I were not already following each other, and had I not been one to get to the Professor to read some Jane Austen, I would definitely check out her blog after this post, Professor. Anyone who can get the vicious (but secretly romantic Professor) to be interested in Austen is okay in my book.
    I will have to add King Solomon’s Mines to my reading list. I’ve been craving a good adventure book lately.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:34

      Romantic? Oh dear. FEF doesn’t think the professor’s romantic. I am wicked, but not romantic.

      Do! It’s a great adventure. I think the professor’s in it.

      • 3 MissTiffany January 27, 2014 at 19:44

        We know the Professor has a small, secret romantic side. There’s no use denying it.

        Then I shall endeavor to read it sooner!

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:21

        What does romantic mean?

      • 5 MissTiffany January 28, 2014 at 14:56

        It might mean really loving the song “So Close.” Or enjoying an Austen novel, even for a little bit. It might mean liking happy endings, or being extra thoughtful towards the special person in your life. Romantic could mean all sorts of things, really.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 18:18

        Well, dadblameit, maybe the professor is! :)

  2. 7 Hazy January 24, 2014 at 08:39

    Interesting. It must be a pretty darn enjoyable book if the professor enshrined it in his shelf. Glad to hear it was a great read. :)

    I’ve never read Robin Hood, come to think of it… perhaps because his reputation preceded him and so many adaptations!

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:01

      Oh yes! The professor loves adventure books. I imagine myself as the hero. :)

      That’s true. There’s so many adaptions–but I like that!

      • 9 Hazy February 13, 2014 at 05:18

        Awesome! I do the same. They always have interesting things happening around them.

        Any favorite adaptations?

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2014 at 14:43

        I think the one by Howard Pyle.

      • 11 Hazy February 23, 2014 at 04:37

        :cool:

  3. 12 Bethy January 21, 2014 at 23:03

    I think maybe I might have tried to read this once, but I am not sure.
    Did you really read Austen?
    I just finished the Hobbit so I think something not quite so adventureish this time!

    • 13 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 23:12

      You are going to read something boring?

      • 14 Bethy January 22, 2014 at 01:29

        Actually I am. But I want to finish it to get it off my stack.

      • 15 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 12:24

        It’s quite possible to simply toss it back into the pool…There are no laws about having to finish a boring book unless you are taking a class and have to study it.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:16

        You know, I should start tossing books in the pool too. But there’s snow here, and no pool.

      • 17 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:11

        Excuses.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:05

        But they’re good ones.

      • 19 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 02:08

        Excuses is excuses ad infinitum.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:08

        Maybe…

      • 21 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 18:51

        some days

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:44

        That’s right.

      • 23 Bethy January 23, 2014 at 00:56

        So true. But I actually bought this book and being the frugal person that I am I hate to throw it back into the pool without finishing it! Besides it has a few moments of interestingness every once in awhile.

      • 24 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 02:15

        “a few moments of interestingness????”

        Well, by the time you are my age you may change your minds.

      • 25 Bethy January 23, 2014 at 02:23

        All of my minds! Wowawee! It is a book on mp3 file so I just listen when I am doing something like folding laundry or doing dishes…and there is only 20 minutes left. :D

      • 26 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 14:53

        Oh, well that might work.

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:11

        And especially by the time you’re the professor’s ancient age.

      • 28 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 18:53

        *Mumbling under her breath*

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:45

        But what about?

      • 30 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 14:50

        Mmmmm

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:09

        That’s scary…

      • 32 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 15:25

        As well it should be.

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 16:21

        And it is!

      • 34 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 20:38

        Woot!!!

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:36

        Woot…nice saying there.

      • 36 Susan P January 25, 2014 at 15:36

        *curtsies* Thank you for saying so.

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:21

        The professor knows good Punchyish sayings when he sees them!

      • 38 Susan P January 26, 2014 at 02:01

        One can only hope that someone recognizes them. I suspect some of the PLers recognize them, too.

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:50

        I suspect you’re right.

      • 40 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 14:01

        :D

    • 41 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:13

      Yes. Don’t make fun of me! Miss T forced me too. Everyone actually did. (And then I was forced to see the movie. Of course, I didn’t watch much.)

      Did you like it?

      • 42 Bethy January 23, 2014 at 01:03

        haha! I wouldn’t make fun of you! P & P is really one of Austen’s best works–her character development is what makes a good story. I just rewatched the movie the other week and it’s not as good as the book of course.
        Did I like P & P or did I like KSM? I don’t remember KSM and yes I did like P&P.

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:02

        P&P is dadblamery! Where are the sword fights, captures, rescues, and untimely, gory deaths?

      • 44 Bethy January 24, 2014 at 19:13

        Um. Not in that story! It’s more like a real life story…because if I had sword fights in my kitchen and untimely deaths following me around it would be very unnerving.

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:31

        Yes, maybe deaths–but even you must relish the thought of a fresh sword fight! :)

      • 46 Bethy January 26, 2014 at 20:25

        haha. Yes, in the right context of course.

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:56

        Of course!

      • 48 Bethy January 24, 2014 at 19:20

        Oh and my husband is of your opinion about P & P too–he goes to sleep without untimely gory deaths :/

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:32

        That’s cool. You see, it would be quite coolio to see Darby and Bingely have a sword fight.

      • 50 Bethy January 26, 2014 at 20:26

        erm. They were best buddies…and I can’t imagine someone as good natured as Bingely was portrayed even dreaming about a sword fight!

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:56

        That’s what they would have you believe! Bingely was in fact a serial-killer.

      • 52 Bethy January 27, 2014 at 15:30

        Laws…I never saw that one coming!

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:05

        It would be a shocker!

  4. 54 Sonya Solomonovich January 21, 2014 at 22:18

    You have good taste, professor, and so does, FictionFan! King Solomon’s Mines is truly one of the best adventure books ever.

    I’ve been traveling so haven’t been keeping up with the punchy news as much as I’d like, but I shall definitely look over the last week’s entries :)

    • 55 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:12

      It sure is! Thanks, Sonya.

      No problem! Where were you traveling?

      • 56 Sonya Solomonovich January 22, 2014 at 19:51

        I was visiting my parents in Edmonton. And soon i’m off to sunny Arizona.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:18

        Cool! Have a great time in the desert! :)

  5. 58 The Dancing Rider January 21, 2014 at 22:12

    I must get over to FF’s blog!

    Hmmm, I’ve not read KSM. I bet I can get that on to my tablet.

    • 59 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 23:13

      She has a great blog.

    • 60 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:12

      Yes, do it! You can find me there causing trouble.

      It’s a great story for sure. You’ve got a tablet? You know, I think the professor should get one. Do you recommend it?

      • 61 The Dancing Rider January 22, 2014 at 14:41

        Just depends on what you want to use it for. I will watch YouTube, even TV shows I’ve missed, and play my Facebook word game. Laptop or desktop is better for typing…..for me anyway.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:00

        But it does seem handy. How about for typing comments and things?

      • 63 The Dancing Rider January 22, 2014 at 21:37

        I’m poor at typing anything on a tablet. But it does work for e-mail, comments, etc. They are quite handy!

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 16:56

        The professor is really thinking about getting one. Thanks, DR.

  6. 65 Nancy Loderick January 21, 2014 at 21:21

    Hey Professor,

    Even though I don’t like wicked things, I will make an exception for you, since you are so likeable. :)

    I’m always on the lookout for good books to read. I am putting this one on the list! I love adventure stories; it’s how I escape.

    Nancy

    • 66 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:11

      Well, thanks, Nancy!! :)

      Awesome! The perfect adventure. (It’s how I escape too.)

  7. 67 ladycheetah7 January 21, 2014 at 20:57

    Eh hem. You omitted ladies as there are women who read your reviews. Just confirmation of your wickedness.
    :-)

    • 68 Bethy January 21, 2014 at 22:56

      I wondered if anyone would bring that up!

      • 69 ladycheetah7 January 21, 2014 at 23:00

        We will soon see if the Professor is up to the task.

    • 70 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 23:14

      Dang! I missed that. Just like him.

      • 71 ladycheetah7 January 21, 2014 at 23:30

        Uh huh.

      • 72 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 01:15

        Good thing a couple of you are keeping track.

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:14

        :D The question is, did the professor do it on purpose?

      • 74 ladycheetah7 January 22, 2014 at 14:56

        The Professor was sleeping on the job….

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:01

        I never sleep. I’m always awake causing dadblamery.

      • 76 Bethy January 23, 2014 at 02:08

        That sounds exhausting! Is it always the same dadblamery or do you switch it up?

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:09

        Oh, the professor tries to switch it up constantly–with little success!

      • 78 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:11

        The Professor is deep.

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:05

        How deep?

      • 80 Bethy January 23, 2014 at 02:07

        Deep as a well?

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:08

        A very deep one. :)

      • 82 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 02:07

        I would not presume to know the answer to that, Professor. :D

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:08

        I think Bethy got the answer.

      • 84 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 18:50

        Dadblameit-how did that happen?

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:44

        I’m not sure at all. You tell me.

      • 86 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 15:28

        It’s not my blog – YOU tell. ;)

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 16:23

        Well, what do you want to know?

      • 88 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 20:42

        I want to know how the PL began.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:38

        Well, that would take revealing a lot.

      • 90 Susan P January 25, 2014 at 15:30

        You mean the Professor is incapable of giving a few hints without giving away the show?

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:14

        Well–any particular questions?

      • 92 Susan P January 26, 2014 at 01:57

        Lots of questions, but you have to guess what they are.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:48

        I’m rather bad at guessing, you know.

      • 94 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 13:58

        Rats.

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 14:18

        But you can ask. :)

    • 96 deanthefish January 22, 2014 at 01:58

      Now, now. You ladies are always clamoring for equal privileges and being called “gentlemen” is surely the finest privilege I can think of.

      • 97 ladycheetah7 January 22, 2014 at 02:25

        Wow! Unlike others who “clamor for equal privileges” I on the contrary don’t ask for what is inherently mine. (Wink) Certainly I had to take advantage of this opportunity to point this out to the Professor as he always been conscientious if his audience.
        ;-)

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:15

        :lol: The professor is maybe embarrassed.

      • 99 ladycheetah7 January 22, 2014 at 14:57

        Key word is maybe. Simply diabolical.

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:01

        Diabolical? Me??? You can’t be serious.

    • 101 deanthefish January 22, 2014 at 03:30

      :D Yes perhaps this is one instance where he is too conscientious…

      • 102 ladycheetah7 January 22, 2014 at 12:51

        Lol! Good times.
        :-)

    • 103 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:10

      Whoops-a-daisy. Wouldn’t you like to be a gentleman, though?

      • 104 ladycheetah7 January 22, 2014 at 14:56

        I am as God intended: 100% Lady

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:00

        :D The professor likes that lots.

  8. 106 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 18:21

    I read King Solomon’s Mine many years ago. I took my time picking it up because I didn’t know what it was, but once begun I could not stop reading it. The title needs sprucing up is all.

    • 107 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:58

      So you loved it, then?! :D

      What would you call it?

      • 108 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 19:59

        An adventure, of course.

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:03

        Huff-Hum.

      • 110 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:08

        That sounds so Winnie-the-Pooh-ish.

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:02

        That is 100% professorish!!!!

      • 112 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 18:59

        Winnie the Pooh is Professorish?

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:46

        Oh dear. Winnie isn’t a hero or fierce, though.

      • 114 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 14:52

        Maybe Winnie’s friend, Owl.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:10

        Tigger!

      • 116 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 15:19

        Tigger does not connote professor to me though your online presence would indicate it may be a good designation.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 16:16

        Online presence?

      • 118 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 20:56

        Yes, how you project yourself online or in the PL.

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:40

        Well, shouldn’t it connote the professor, then?

      • 120 Susan P January 25, 2014 at 15:32

        Perhaps. But not necessarily.

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:16

        What do you think about the professor–overall?

      • 122 Susan P January 26, 2014 at 01:58

        Are you asking for a job evaluation?

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:48

        Am I?

      • 124 Susan P January 27, 2014 at 13:58

        I give up.

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 14:18

        :D

  9. 126 bardictale January 21, 2014 at 17:23

    I fail to see how the professor is wicked and vicious, but happy to hear that the book is a good one, and was greatly enjoyed.
    Mayhaps I’ll try it again.

    • 127 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 18:22

      The Professor likes to believe he is wicked and vicious.

      • 128 bardictale January 21, 2014 at 19:31

        I see. Well then, the professor is a true villain.

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 13:58

        :D

    • 130 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:27

      Definitely give it a read–if you like adventures. You mean you don’t think the professor is wicked?

      • 131 bardictale January 21, 2014 at 19:32

        It hasn’t been proven either way, professor.

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 13:58

        Well, we must prove it, then.

      • 133 bardictale January 22, 2014 at 16:45

        How does the professor suggest we do so?

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:14

        Do you think it will be known in time?

      • 135 bardictale January 23, 2014 at 04:27

        Perhaps. Perhaps not.

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:11

        Hmm. I see.

  10. 137 Alastair Savage January 21, 2014 at 15:46

    I read “She” recently by HRH too and I thought it was a lot of fun. It’s a typical Victorian potboiler but worth picking up if you enjoyed King Solomon’s Mines (and isn’t that just a great title?), Prof.

    • 138 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:23

      (I love the title. The professor is always struggling to come up with titles for posts and things.)

      Is “She” an adventure, would you say?

      • 139 Alastair Savage January 21, 2014 at 18:53

        Very much so. It’s another trek through Africa with an ancient sorceress waiting in a hidden kingdom.

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 19:01

        Cool. Did you write a review?

      • 141 Alastair Savage January 22, 2014 at 07:35

        I didn’t actually and now I’m wondering why not! I think I’ll read it again and post in a few weeks. If you like Victoriana though, maybe you’d like my post on the one-legged man in Victorian fiction: http://alastairsavage.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/the-one-legged-man-in-victorian-fiction/

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:15

        Hey, the professor will take a look.

  11. 143 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 21, 2014 at 15:24

    Great to read a bit about what it is you’re reading, professor. Well done to Fiction Fan for getting you all riled up about a book. I’m sure your Adventure Shelf thanks her, too.

    I’ve not read it, or heard of it, actually. But that would come as no surprise. Glad to know Robin Hood has its spot on the shelf, as well.

    • 144 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:22

      It sure does! FEF has a gift for tempting the professor to read. Maybe it’s ruined my life. You see, I’ve got this huge TBR pile, and it’s quite sad.

      Oh yes. The professor loves RH. And why haven’t you read KSM????

      • 145 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 21, 2014 at 18:59

        Ruined your life! Well that just sounds horrible. Hope you can recover, professor.

        Umm, because I’ve never heard of it. The cover looks…well…boring. I’m sure Fiction Fan knows what she’s doing, if she recommended it to you, then read you should. Good job listening!

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 19:02

        The cover looks boring? That’s the professor on the front! I’m as mighty a warrior as himeth!

      • 147 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 21, 2014 at 19:07

        Tis why FEF thought it was the perfect book for you, professor.

        I think that’s great. Great clothes, too.

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 13:55

        Very true, Audith.

        Well, I was hoping we could improve them.

      • 149 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 22, 2014 at 14:08

        Could we??!!! I’d like that very much, actually. I have lots of ideas. I suppose you do, too.

        (Would you like me to read it? I would for you, if it changed you so much I should want to know why.)

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:18

        Hmmm….do I like this?

        (It’s completely up to you! The professor won’t get cranky about it.)

      • 151 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 22, 2014 at 16:04

        :lol: What do I know. I haven’t read the book, so imagining different clothes correctly would be tough. Twas thinking more of how the professor would dress for the cover.

        Wait! Let me answer for you…rather dull ish. :) (Yes, Boys and Girls, I think Audith has done it!)

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:11

        Which is? I think you’re being feisty.

        And the professor would have to wear war paint.

      • 153 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 22, 2014 at 23:11

        You ruined the fun. I needed that conversation a few hours ago. I was feistier then.

        Probably something with boots and lots of black so your war paint stands out nicely. Probably. We’ll never know.

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 16:58

        But you’re always feisty, right?

        Why not?

      • 155 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 23, 2014 at 20:03

        I suppose I am.

        Because

      • 156 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:51

        You’re being feisty right now.

      • 157 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 24, 2014 at 16:53

        Yes, I still am today, as well. *back away slowly*

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:17

        Okay, I will!

      • 159 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:25

        :lol: Ruined your life?? I’m so sorry – I had no idea!! Well, once you’ve finished Bleak House, Equilateral, the Laidlaw books and Allan Quatermain, you can have a nice long break…

      • 160 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:06

        Yeah right! I’m sure FEF will push something else on me–from out of the blue.

      • 161 FictionFan January 22, 2014 at 16:46

        :lol: Poor C-W-W!

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:14

        If only you meant it!

      • 163 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 01:14

        :lol: If only…

      • 164 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:04

        Huff-Hum and a roar!

  12. 165 Brenda January 21, 2014 at 15:08

    I’ll put it on my list, Professor, despite your professed viciousness. :-)

    • 166 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:22

      :) Definitely! It’s a perfect adventure. You love adventures, right?

      • 167 Brenda January 21, 2014 at 18:37

        I certainly do. I jumped out of an airplane once, just for the helluvit.

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:59

        :shock: Did you survive?

      • 169 Brenda January 21, 2014 at 19:01

        No. LOL

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 19:02

        But you seem to be having fun…

      • 171 Brenda January 21, 2014 at 19:04

        Whoever said zombies can’t have fun? LOL No seriously, I had an awesome tandem master who pulled the chute and made sure I touched down safely, albeit with my hair standing on end. I did it once more, just for good measure.

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 13:55

        :lol: The professor would have been dadblame scared!

      • 173 Brenda January 22, 2014 at 13:57

        So was I, but it was awesome at the same time. :-)

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:16

        Did you really do it???

      • 175 Brenda January 22, 2014 at 15:50

        Twice! Of course it was 20 years ago now. Wow…

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:10

        The professor is more impressed. You may have done something I wouldn’t have!

      • 177 Brenda January 23, 2014 at 02:02

        Well, I was a bit reckless and bold.

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:07

        And brave!

  13. 179 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 14:55

    Hehe! I was almost too frightened to open this when I saw the picture! Glad you enjoyed it, C-W-W – and thanks for the mention. I feel very honoured that one of my reccs should have made it onto your Adventure Shelf! I’m now compiling a list of other books for you – let’s think…Sense and Sensibility…Northanger Abbey…Persuasion…Emma….

    PS Did…ahem…Mic enjoy it too?

    • 180 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:21

      Did you think it was a ripio?

      (If you were honored, you’d spell it right, madam.)

      Oh no, the Austen thing only worked once. After I slapped myself around, I saw the light.

      Mic never read it. I think you really, really, really like Mic.

      • 181 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:16

        For a second – but I knew even the Professor couldn’t be that wicked!

        (Just this once then – I’m honored! Now I’ll have to find somewhere to uuse uup that extra ‘u’…)

        Don’t slap yourself around, C-W-W! I’m sure you could find someone else to do it for you! :twisted: I do think you might enjoy Northanger Abbey though…

        I do – very, very much. He reminds me so much of our dear Professor…

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:04

        Rats! I definitely can be!

        ( :lol: Put it on Mic’s name somewhere.)

        Nothing you could say about that could convince the professor to read that dadblamery.

        You don’t know him. Woof!

      • 183 FictionFan January 22, 2014 at 16:41

        No, your innate cuteness holds you back…

        (I refuse to call him Muc!)

        Hmm…I’m going to re-read and review it soon, so we’ll see. It’s very funny with lots of scary things – spooky house and mysterious deaths…Vincent Price could have a starring role…

        Goodness! Has the Professor turned into a dog?

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:13

        Inane, you mean.

        (I would too.)

        But it’s Austen. What a horrible black mark! Or the VM…

        That’s one of my dog impersonations.

      • 185 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 01:11

        :lol: No, I do not! Why, that would almost be like comparing my C-W-W to that old fool Shnoddy…

        (Don’t be mean to yourself…oh, sorry, I mean…ahem…Mic.)

        Yes, the VM would be great in horror stories, wouldn’t he? But I don’t remember any of Austen’s heroes speaking in an American accent…

        I didn’t know you could do impersonations – how talented! Nearly as adorable as my Schwarzy’s loon…

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:04

        You secretly like Shnoddy. I know this.

        ( :P )

        There is no American accent.

        Oh, the professor has many dog impersonations. Woof, woof–that’s my other one.

      • 187 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 21:55

        What gave me away?

        That’s true – certainly all the nations that participate in the World Series speak the same way…

        Doubly impressive! Do you do growling too? And scratching your ear with your foot?

      • 188 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:54

        Your abhorrent hate. I’m trying to decide between Mic and Shnod as of now…

        Haha. (Between me and you, sometimes Southerners sound a bit…weird.)

        Sadly, the professor isn’t that flexible. I’ve aged incredibly in the last few years. I used to very athletic and fast. The professor is only a spark now.

      • 189 FictionFan January 24, 2014 at 18:01

        Oh, no, I don’t hate the befuddled old fool! More like pity. Decide what between them?

        :lol: (Well, between us, the same could be said in Britain…)

        I don’t believe you. The professor is clearly supple or he couldn’t be a Samurai Rat…

      • 190 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:24

        Who you’re secretly in love with.

        :lol:

        Well, there is a debate on this. I insist one thing, everyone else insists the other.

      • 191 FictionFan January 25, 2014 at 03:17

        :lol: I would tell you who I’m secretly in love with, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, so I’d have to find somebody else to be secretly in love with…but you can strike Shnoddy off the list of suspects…

        But I’m always right.

      • 192 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:12

        But you can tell the professor all your secrets. I must assume it’s Mic, then. That’s why you keep picking on him.

        Yes, of course.

      • 193 FictionFan January 26, 2014 at 19:33

        Oh no, I’ll never tell the Professor all my secrets – especially not the one about… :shock:

        I don’t pick on…ahem…Mic! And of course I love him – talented, cute, adorable and gorgeous – what’s not to love?

      • 194 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:54

        The professor already knows them all. I wish you would tell me that last one. It’s escaped my powers of detection.

        :lol: He’d like that.

      • 195 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 16:38

        Couldn’t! The poor innocent Professor would be too shocked! But perhaps Olmes could help…

        But he’s also very modest, so he might blush…

      • 196 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:08

        The professor can’t play silly-girl mind games. You have to be straight up–like me.

        :lol: He’s not that sort of chap!

      • 197 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 18:51

        Silly-girl? SILLY-GIRL?????? You, sir, shall pay for that!!!! Pistols at dawn!!!!

        Shame – blushing is so cute and adorable…

      • 198 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:13

        Ladies aren’t allowed to duel. I’m sorry…

        Well, this professor never does it!

      • 199 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 23:03

        Then I shall just have to hire an assassin…

        What? Not even when FF calls you cute and adorable? Not even just a tiny little blush? How heartless!

      • 200 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2014 at 14:22

        To kill the professor? (That makes three times, you know.) You wouldn’t be able to find one that is powerful enough. :D

        You were calling Mic cute and adorable, not the professor.

      • 201 FictionFan January 28, 2014 at 21:27

        I believe Jason Bourne does reasonable rates between films.

        So sorry – for some reason I seem to get the two of you confused…

      • 202 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 01:14

        JB is the professor’s hero. He wouldn’t fight me. He might kneel, though.

        I know. I’ll have to let you hear Mic on a skit, so we can clear things up.

      • 203 FictionFan January 29, 2014 at 16:32

        Well, that’s OK – I’ve calmed down now and am rather glad JB didn’t assassinate the Professor…

        Ooh, yes! You could have the two of you having a conversation… :cool:

      • 204 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2014 at 19:17

        He’s so cool. Just watched him the other day. I could do that. He’s a fast sucker.

        And then you’d see the way. Interestingly enough, though… :lol:

      • 205 FictionFan January 29, 2014 at 23:29

        (I’ve never watched him :oops: )

        Hmm…yes, interestingly enough indeed! Perhaps Arthur could join in too…

      • 206 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 01:01

        :shock: :shock: :shock: What?!

        This Friday is going to be bad.

      • 207 FictionFan January 30, 2014 at 02:23

        I know! Shocking, isn’t it? I hope you won’t shun me over it…

        Oh, you always say that, and it’s always good. My C-W-W isn’t capable of making a bad skit – and nor’s Mic. What’s it going to be? I promise I won’t tell…unless anyone bribes me with choccies, of course.

      • 208 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 14:17

        I’ll just have to make you watch them one day.

        The last of the flies–and it’s a real, dadblame trip! Seriously, Nick wrote this one the whole way.

      • 209 FictionFan January 30, 2014 at 14:57

        Are you going to make me watch the Super Bowl this weekend? Or do we not care about it any more?

        Are you trying to pass the blame…or the praise? ;) The important question is – will Schwarzy be in it? I might pop out and buy a coconut…

      • 210 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2014 at 21:10

        :D Well, I might tune in…so you must too. Is that fair?

        Blame. He actually is!

      • 211 FictionFan January 31, 2014 at 00:37

        Perhaps. But who would we be rooting for? (Hopefully the winners this time!)

        Well, if it’s good, we’ll praise Nick and if it’s bad, we’ll blame you. How does that sound? But if Schwarzy’s in it, it’s bound to be great!

      • 212 Professor VJ Duke January 31, 2014 at 16:03

        (That was your fault last time that they lost!) Ummm…do you like horses or birds better?

      • 213 FictionFan January 31, 2014 at 19:49

        Huh! Well, perhaps we should support different teams this time!

        Horses, probably…

      • 214 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 00:08

        Okay, we’ll go for the Seahawks. Get ready to die together.

      • 215 FictionFan February 1, 2014 at 01:20

        :lol: OK, but I hadn’t realised it was a suicide mission!

        Did you see the Davis Cup results tonight? Heheha! (Only a Salami chuckle would do…)

      • 216 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2014 at 23:48

        It is. Peyton Manning got the game. But let’s be fearless warriors!

        I have not! What’s up?

      • 217 FictionFan February 2, 2014 at 19:21

        I’m trying to look as if I understand what ‘Peyton Manning got the game’ means – but I’ll be fearless if you will!

        The UK is smashing the US to smithereens (heheha!) – I was worried it might conflict with the SB, but I should imagine Andy will have it all wrapped up in no time…

      • 218 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 14:21

        We were fearless–and look now! The Broncos were killed. I feel like a hero. (The professor thinks the whole thing was set up.)

        Really? Is it really, really bad?

      • 219 FictionFan February 3, 2014 at 16:45

        Goodness! It was a walkover! It was nice to be on the winning side… :D

        ‘Fraid so. The UK smashed them – sorry! Andy was brilliant, but even some of the other Brits played well – which is highly unusual…

      • 220 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2014 at 18:50

        Sure was…

        Good for the UK…it’s good they feel superior in something… ;)

      • 221 FictionFan February 3, 2014 at 23:02

        You wait till you read Wednesday’s review – you’ll soon know which is the bestestest nation in the world then! In fact, you’ll be searching through your family tree in the hope that you can find a Scottish ancestor…

      • 222 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 00:10

        All of the professor’s dadblame ancestors are American since I’m 100% dadblame American! Well, the ones that came over in the early 1900’s don’t count.

      • 223 FictionFan February 4, 2014 at 01:52

        We’ll see…but if you have no Scottish blood you’ll find you’ll be very jealous…

      • 224 Professor VJ Duke February 4, 2014 at 21:15

        The professor is never jealous only envious.

      • 225 FictionFan February 5, 2014 at 02:22

        You might be both tomorrow…

      • 226 Professor VJ Duke February 5, 2014 at 19:34

        No, just ruffled!

    • 227 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 18:24

      Laughing FF – next you will have him reading Anne of Green Gables.

      • 228 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:58

        Never read that, actually. But FEF chooses professorish books, and I don’t think that one was.

      • 229 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 20:00

        Anne has her moments.

      • 230 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:03

        Most girls do, I fear.

      • 231 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:08

        You fear girls? egad

      • 232 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:02

        Yes, deeply.

      • 233 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 19:00

        Well, perhaps you are quite right. There are some girls that scare the bejeebers out of me.

      • 234 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:46

        Yes, yes, and the professor.

      • 235 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 14:52

        :D

      • 236 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:19

        :lol: I don’t know if my skills of persuasion stretch that far…but since the Professor made me read Tom Sawyer, I’ve come to the conclusion that LM Montgomery was very influenced by Twain when she wrote Anne…so maybe he should read it. Anne’s much more like Tom than Becky isn’t she?

      • 237 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 20:25

        I hadn’t thought of it that way, FF, but she is definitely a wonderful heroine. I’ve read the whole series plus some extra later books that took place during WW1, and I have to say I can’t picture Anne weeping in a cave.

      • 238 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:28

        Indeed not! She’d toss her ruddy locks, raise her determined chin and recite dramatic poetry to keep everyone else’s courage up! (I’m a huge Anne fan too… :) )

      • 239 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 20:30

        Well, since you’ve talked about it, according to his philosophy about reading new books, The Professor must read the books. Or at least the first book.

      • 240 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:31

        :lol: (You’re even wickeder than me…)

      • 241 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 20:33

        :D He’ll be saying it’s dadblamery.

      • 242 FictionFan January 21, 2014 at 20:56

        :lol: I wouldn’t be surprised if he huff-hums too…

      • 243 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 21:11

        Laughing…yep.

      • 244 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:10

        Two and five gurgles to both you ladies, and a Huff-Hum and a roar. Never will the professor read Anne of the Gable.

      • 245 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:09

        Ah, well, there’s no great loss without some small gain.

      • 246 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:04

        The professor doesn’t believe it.

      • 247 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 19:01

        What exactly DOES the professor believe?

      • 248 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:47

        I…don’t…know. You tell me.

      • 249 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 14:54

        If you think I intend to gain entrance to what is going on in your head, you will be sadly disappointed.

      • 250 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:12

        I haven’t even gained entrance.

      • 251 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 15:20

        snort! I almost choked on my coffee. I know that feeling, however.

      • 252 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 16:17

        I have it all the time, every time.

      • 253 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 20:50

        Well, that explains a lot.

      • 254 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:39

        Sadly, it does.

      • 255 Susan P January 25, 2014 at 15:31

        *nods wisely*

      • 256 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:15

        *copies*

      • 257 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:05

        But FEF liked TS!

      • 258 FictionFan January 22, 2014 at 16:45

        I certainly did! And perhaps the Professor would like Anne more than he thinks (she’s very naughty, you know, and very brave) – but I’m not as wicked as Susan, so you’re safe!

      • 259 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:14

        And probably needs a spanking–which no one gives her–which would vex the professor.

      • 260 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 01:13

        Anne is a heroine! You can’t spank heroines!

      • 261 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:04

        Only heroes can.

    • 262 deanthefish January 22, 2014 at 01:59

      I’ve been dying to ask but now I finally know what a porpentine is.

      • 263 FictionFan January 22, 2014 at 02:36

        Hahaha! There’s a comment that should puzzle anyone who reads it! And now you know what my hair looked like at the scary bits too…

      • 264 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:15

        I don’t believe it.

      • 265 FictionFan January 22, 2014 at 16:54

        Didn’t you think it looked cute then? ;)

      • 266 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:17

        No, it looked like the professor.

      • 267 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 01:19

        That’s odd…because I thought it was adorable! Those little wee legs…

      • 268 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2014 at 17:07

        I think you think everything is adorable. I didn’t see any legs.

      • 269 FictionFan January 23, 2014 at 22:02

        They’re the little things that stretch between its body and the ground…

      • 270 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:56

        You’re so wickedly mean.

      • 271 FictionFan January 24, 2014 at 18:01

        I was only trying to be helpful… ;)

      • 272 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 22:25

        You laughed me to scorn!

      • 273 FictionFan January 25, 2014 at 03:20

        :lol: Just a tiny wee bit maybe…

      • 274 Professor VJ Duke January 25, 2014 at 23:13

        And it’s not the first time!

      • 275 FictionFan January 26, 2014 at 19:33

        (Nor the last… ;) )

      • 276 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 13:54

        You finally admit it!

      • 277 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 16:39

        :lol: But always most affectionately…

      • 278 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 18:08

        And I appreciate it, I think.

      • 279 FictionFan January 27, 2014 at 18:52

        :D

      • 280 Professor VJ Duke January 27, 2014 at 20:14

        :P

    • 281 deanthefish January 22, 2014 at 02:59

      Gulp

  14. 282 portergirl January 21, 2014 at 14:51

    You have inspired me to have a read of this book!

    • 283 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:20

      Definitely give it a go! Lovely adventure. Very professorish, too. Do you like elephants?

      • 284 portergirl January 21, 2014 at 18:41

        Absolutely love them, ever since I read Livy’s account of Hannibal riding them across the Alps. Or something.

      • 285 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 19:00

        Well, they kill some in KSM. Maybe a lot, actually.

      • 286 portergirl January 21, 2014 at 19:02

        I can live without them.

      • 287 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 19:03

        Especially, because they killed Rohan soldiers.

      • 288 portergirl January 21, 2014 at 19:15

        Bloody elephants. Nice trunks, though

      • 289 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 13:56

        Too bad they weren’t smarter about the whole thing.

  15. 290 L. Marie January 21, 2014 at 14:20

    It’s okay to admit when a book has beaten you by its sheer enjoyment. Now, don’t you feel better?

    • 291 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:20

      Well, maybe… Yes, I think I do. But I’m losing my professorishness.

      • 292 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 18:25

        Heavens to Murgatroyd ! That cannot happen, The Prof losing his profishness? Never say it,.

      • 293 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 18:59

        Interesting! I like Murgatroyd. Tis an interest. It’s not possible, right? Sometimes I worry about it.

      • 294 Susan P January 21, 2014 at 20:01

        I think you may rest safely.

      • 295 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 14:03

        The professor is always in danger.

      • 296 Susan P January 22, 2014 at 15:08

        From himself or from some other source.

      • 297 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:03

        Oh, an other source, for sure.

      • 298 Susan P January 23, 2014 at 19:00

        *nods wisely*

      • 299 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 14:47

        I wish I could do that.

      • 300 Susan P January 24, 2014 at 14:53

        But you can.

  16. 301 Professor VJ Duke January 22, 2014 at 21:10

    Many thanks!


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