Wednesday, December 26, 2012

World of Words Wednesday - Nursery Rhymes and the letter X


For ABC Wednesday's letter of the week - X, for Open Link Night at dVerse and also for 3WW(detonate, tedious, limber)
Goodbye, Xmas 2012
Xmas has come and gone, that is clear
And now this is what I hear
What do you think, mommy dear,
Will we get for Xmas next year?

I for one am glad, really, am serious
The Xmas music was getting eXtra tedious
My head was getting ready to detonate, oh yes,
if the radio played one more time, say, Jingle Bells.

I am also glad to say goodbye,
to secret Santas and to elephants white
and of this eXtra long, two-month plight
of what-to-buys, of which-gift-will-be-right.

Santa said to my son in a letter
“It seems that I've outgrown my suit from last year”
Well, not just Santa, but me too, I fear
Definitely time for me to get more limber!

And the letter Santa wrote to my son: in the photo below:) You can click on the image to view it more clearly.

For Wondrous Words Wednesday:, I think I have not been paying attention or rather not noting down the words I come across in the books I have read recently, so for today, I went back to the internet and looked for a few interesting words for ABC's letter of the week - X - and here are my words for ABC Wednesday and WWW - all these words are from Phrontistery:
  • xenodocheionology - love of hotels 
  • xebec - small three-masted pirate ship
  • xenops -a small tropical rainforest bird
  • xenurine - species of armadillo
  • xiphias - swordfish 
  • xylology - study of wood
  • xystus - covered walkway for exercises
Book Review:
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Georgia McBride (editor), Michelle Zink (editor)
Month9Books
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Pub Date   Oct 16 2012
This is an anthology of – as the title says – twenty-two dark tales. Each tale told here is based on nursery rhymes, some well known and others not so much.  Some of the stories did not catch my interest too much so I skipped them – that is the good thing about anthologies – you can skip parts of the book you do not like and still not miss a thing.  Each tale is by a different YA author – I have not read any books by any of these authors so the book gave me a sampling of their writing and definitely made me want to read more books by some of them
Instead of reviewing every tale I read (which is not all the tales in the book), I will give just give an overall review and pick my favorites in this with a comment for those favorites. When stories are retold, I love it if they are good and when they are not, I feel a little bad for two reasons – for the bad retell and a little sad for the original it was based on. This book falls somewhere in between because the stories range from the just OK to pretty good. 
Some of the stories that I enjoyed - I would like to read them as a novel - they definitely have that potential (like 'Boys and Girls Come Out to Play') while others were just the right size - a great short read (like 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' - a touching and dark retelling of the famous rhyme). I also enjoyed 'Ribbon of Blue'(one of the sweet stories in this lot), 'Candlelight' and 'Clockwork'. Some stories were set in the past, others in the present, while still others were set in a world maybe in some dark future times.
If you do not mind going over a few so-so stories while reading the interesting ones, then go ahead and pick this one up. You will definitely love the way the stories are based on the rhymes.
Overall Rating: C++

Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.

36 comments:

  1. I do love the x words but don't know that I'll get to use any of them. I do have xenodocheionology as long as they're 4 and 5 star hotels! lol

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    1. thank you.. i guess same goes for me too

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  2. New word for the swordfish for me, thanks for sharing.

    eXpedition

    Happy Holidays!
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  3. All new X words for me. I totally understand from where you're coming in your little rhyme.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  4. I think xenodocheionology (love of hotels) is my favorite! I've never heard it before, probably because it would be so hard to pronounce! Excellent words!

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  5. I, too, heard you loud and clear in that eXpressive poem. Great "X" words too.. all new to me.

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  6. I didn't start listening to Xmas music until December 12. Makes it easier to take!

    ROG, ABC WEDNESDAY TEAM

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    1. good idea Roger.. but somehow that is better than the news and it happens to be on our fav music station

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  7. I know eXactly what you're saying! Nicely done!

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  8. Interesting words for WWW. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  9. I too can agree with the sentiments expressed in this poem. What a shame that this is what Christmas has become.

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    1. I think Christmas itself still also has its original spirit but sometimes might get lost in the commercialization a little..

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  10. haha head getting ready to detonate from christmas music...too funny...oy there are def aspects of christmas i am glad to see go....hope yours was great though...

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  11. ...nice perspective of a parent's heart at Christmas..the letter...and fun words and a book review...my, a treat for sure to visit here today ;)

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    1. thank you so much for your visit and comments.

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  12. Your poem is wistful, sad, and a little bit grumpy.

    just right for the post-Xmas blues

    Thanks for the visit and comment.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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    1. thank you JzB.. :) yes, that is how i felt..

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  13. I'm always happy to see Christmas come and go...

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  14. 1) A wonderful poem, great rhyming! Nice that Santa is invoked in keeping with Christmas.
    2) I would rather not mess around with any 'X' words! It's not easy to remember them


    Hank

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    1. Hank, thanks for your comments always..
      and yes, Santa is still here in our home (struggling a little as my son is 10)

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  15. Lovely poem we can all relate, it has become mass advertisement for the companies and practically less for Christ.

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    1. thanks Chris..for your visit and comments

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