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Festivus: Door #19



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

Well, I got busy decorating and cleaning, and completely forgot to post my holidays! Sorry everyone!

 
Festivus

Door 19:  Festivus

 

Task 1: The annual airing of grievances: Which are the five books you liked least this year and why?

 

Task 2: Battle of the Books: pick two books off your shelf (randomly or with purpose); in a fair fight, which book would come out on top? The fight can be based on the merits of the book itself, its writing, or full-on mano a mano between two characters. Which would win the feat of strength?

 

Task 3:  Go polemic on one of the characters from an entrant in your five least favorite books, or just have a go at one of the books (the book, not the author, please) in Task 1.

 

Task 4: As miracles go, a "Festivus miracle really is't one - it's just something marginally unusual that someone mentions and which someone else then declares Festivus miracle, as a pun on the Christmas miracle trope. (E.g., in the original Seinfeld episode, it's a coincidental meeting: "Oh, I didn't expect to run into you here!" a Festivus miracle!) Create a "Festivus miracle" dialogue/ situation; the greater the parody the better.

 

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

 

 

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Hogswatch - Door 23



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23 - Hogswatch
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

Yippee!

 
Hogswatch

Door 23:  Hogswatch

 

Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?

 

Task 2: Who is your favorite Discworld character and why?

 

Task 3:  If you could spend time in the world of one of the Discworld sub-series (or one of the standalone Discworld novels), which one would you pick – and why?

 

Task 4:  In Terry Pratchett's and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, who do you root more for: Aziraphale or Crowley? Or another character? (And in each case: why?)

 

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

 

 

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St. Lucia's Day: Door 13



17
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

December 13! We're revealing this now, because it is also revealed "beneath the fold."

 
St. Lucia’s Day

Door 16:  St. Lucia's Day

 

Task 1: Famous first words: Tradition has it that the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are woken up by the St. Lucia maidens, as St. Lucia's Day (Dec. 13) is just three days after the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony and many laureates stay long enough to be able to take in the St. Lucia festivities. Imagine one of your favorite (fictional) characters had won that prize: How would you think (s)he would greet the maidens? (If you've used the Nobel Peace Prize for Door 15, Task 3, this can be the same character, of course … or a different one, just as you wish.)

 

Task 2: Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.

 

Task 3:  Trolls, gnomes, dwarves and similar beings (some evil, some less so, almost all of them mischievous) are a staple of Scandinavian mythology and folklore, as well as other folklores and mythologies around the world and, of course, fantasy and speculative fiction. Who is your favorite such creature and why? (No matter whether mythological, fictional or from whatever other source.)

 

Task 4: The historic (3d century AD) St. Lucia was Italian; yet, like those of many other saints (including, e.g., St. Andrew and St. Nicholas), the most important celebrations of her holiday don’t occur in her place of origin but somewhere else in the world.

 

Book:  Read a book set in Scandinavia / Northern Europe, by a Northern European / Nordic author, with a predominantly white cover (or white with red lettering), newly released in November or December of this year, or set in the candle-lit world (i.e., before the discovery of electricity – roughly, that is, before the late 19th century).

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Apologies

 

... for the somewhat uncoordinated way in which we posted the December holidays. 

 

Synching the posting of the final eight holidays didn't work quite as we'd hoped, and what is worse, when we agreed to post the final eight holidays on December 1, with another three doors scheduled to be opened on their actual days, we didn't take into account that the posts for the final holidays, as formatted, would also reveal the tasks for those three technically "regular" holidays.  Since this literally only occurred to us yesterday, there was nothing for it but to post all of the December holidays at the beginning of the month ... with all of the added variance produced by the fact that we're posting from three different continents, with, all told, a 20-hour time difference between the four of us.

 

To find the proper order of all holidays and tasks, please take a look at the post for Epiphany (Twelfth Night), which MbD posted yesterday.

 

I will also complete the list of the holidays in this year's festive calendar that I posted in the bingo group at the beginning of the game.

 

We hope you're still going to have fun with the Festive Tasks game in December!

 

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 - St. Nicholas' Day



17
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
St. Nicholas Day

Door 14:  St. Nicholas’ Day

 

Task 1: Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing. (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?)

 

Task 2: In the Netherlands, ‘Sinterklaas’ is celebrated with ginger biscuits, marzipan and hot chocolate with cream; in Germany, it’s St. Nicholas’ Day with gingerbread, chocolate and / or nut or almond cookies, chocolate candy, and tangerines (or oranges). Choose one or more of the above as a holiday snack and post a picture for us to drool over.

 

Task 3:  St. Nicholas is a man of many names in English alone – Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas … although in the English speaking world he only comes once (at Christmas, not also on December 6 – whereas in Germany and the Netherlands he makes his visits under different names on both occasions). Which of your favorite books were published under different titles in the same language, e.g., in North America vs. Britain? Have you ever bought a book under a title unfamiliar to you, only to discover belatedly that it was one you already own / had already read under a different title?

 

Task 4: A Czech Republic tradition for St Nick's Day is groups of three "people" – St Nick, Angel, and Devil – to roam the streets the night before St Nick's Day and stop children to ask them if they have been good during the year or not. Most kids say yes, sing a song or recite a poem. The three "strangers" then decide if the children are telling the truth. The good kids get candy / treats from the Angel, bad kids get potatoes or coal from the Devil. So: Post a song or poem (your own or someone else’s) that involves candy, potatoes, or coal.

 

Book: Read a book with an orange or red cover, set in the Netherlands or Germany, by a Dutch or German author, or with nuts, chocolate, coins, canals or beer on the cover.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - International Human Rights Day



17
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
International Human Rights Day

Door 15:  International Human Rights Day

 

Task 1: Cook a dish from a culture other than your own or something involving apples (NYC = Big Apple) or oranges (for the Netherlands, seat of the International Court of Justice & International Criminal Court).

 

Task 2: Create a stack of books or a list with books by some of your favorite female and / or minority authors (minimum: five) and tell us what you like about their writing.

 

Task 3:  Nominate a (fictional) character from one of the books you read this year for a Nobel Prize – regardless which one – or for a similarly important prize (e.g., the Fields Medal for mathematics) and write a brief laudation explaining your nomination.

 

Task 4: Reconstitute one of the bodies or institutions of the United Nations (Plenary Assembly, Security Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice / Criminal Court, World Bank, etc.) with some of your favorite characters (minimum: five) and explain why you chose them and what you’d expect them to achieve.

 

Book: Read a book featuring a strong female character (or characters), by an author from any minority group, a story about a minority overcoming their oppressors, or revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused, a book set in New York City, or a book originally written in a language other than English and / or your mother tongue or by anyone not Anglo-Saxon.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 - Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
Winter Solstice

Door 17:  Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal):

 

Task 1: Yule task (Germany / Scandinavia): Burn a Yule log – or if you don’t have a fireplace, light a candle to chase away the winter and welcome in the longer days. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, light a candle to mourn the slow but inexorable retreat of the sun.

 

Task 2: Yaldā Night task (Persia / Iran): Stay up all night reading a good book (or at least stay up past your usual bedtime).

 

Task 3:  Dongzhi task (China): To commemorate Marco Polo’s memoirs of his trip to China, write a fictional diary entry or letter home from an imagined trip to a faraway place (real or invented) – or if you actually have written such a letter in the past and are happy to share it with us, please do!

 

Task 4: Soyal task (Zuñi & Hopi / Native American): While systems of written symbols and communication already existed with the Pre-Columbian Native American cultures, to many tribes even today (including the Zuñi and Hopi) the oral tradition is still important. Have you ever had stories told to you (e.g., as children’s bedtime stories, or at night during a camping vacation)? Or if you haven’t, try to imagine a “storytelling” situation you’d like to experience?

 

Book:  Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 - Kwanzaa



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
Kwanzaa

Door 21:  Kwanzaa

 

Task 1: Share a shelfie or the picture of a stack of books or of an “object” (star, Christmas tree, etc.) created from books with red, black and green covers.

 

Task 2: Music is an important part of a Kwanzaa celebration. Which is / are your favorite book(s) where music plays an important role in the plot?

 

Task 3: Corn, in the context of Kwanzaa, symbolizes of our children and our future which they represent. Make / eat a corn dish. Recipes:
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/our-best-corn-recipes
https://www.delish.com/cooking/g1463/sweet-corn-recipes/?slide=1

 

Task 4: Cup of Unity is another Kwanzaa symbol. Either buy a friend a coffee / tea / etc. or start a small tab ($10 or less) at a local coffee shop and buy a coffee / tea for strangers behind you in line.

 

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (Lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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Book
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24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Years Eve



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Door 22:  New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

 

Task 1: Tell us: What are your reading goals for the coming year?

 

Task 2: The reading year in review: How did you fare – what was good, what wasn’t?

 

Task 3: Bibliomancy: Ask a question related to your reading plans or experience in the coming year, open one of your weightiest tomes on page 485, and find the answer to your question in line 7.

 

Task 4: Tell us: Which famous person, dead or alive and no matter from which walk of life, would you like to invite to your New Year’s Eve party, and what contribution (food, games / entertainment, etc.) would you tell them to bring?

 

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Hanukkah



17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
Hanukkah

Door 18:  Hanukkah

 

Task 1: Spin the dreidel to determine which book is going to be the first one you’ll be reading in the new year. Find a virtual dreidel here:
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-a-dreidel
http://www.jewfaq.org/dreidel/play.htm
http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm

 

Task 2: Latkes or donuts are fried in oil to remind Jews of the oil that lasted for eight days: Fry yourself up some latkes or donuts. Share your recipe with us if they came out tasty.

 

Task 3:  Read a book by candle light (or flashlight).

 

Task 4: The 6th night of Hanukkah is dubbed "Candle of Righteousness"; at this time believers are expected to make a charitable donation. Make a blessing bag or food donation to a local food bank (or another charitable donation if there is no food bank anywhere near you).

 

Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

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24 Festive Tasks: November Stats


I'd been planning to do weekly stats again this year, but RL intervened -- so here, at least, are those for the month of November:

 


(Right-click on the image to see a larger version.)

 

 

As in previous years at this point in the game, the first three calendar doors we opened in November are the most popular ones overall so far, with almost equal numbers of tasks completed and points collected by the game's participants.

 

I have to say, thouth, that I am very happy that not only Japanese Culture Day but also this year's other new holidays, International Children's Day and World Philosophy Day, are doing very well and are proving easily as popular as the other mid-month holidays.

 

Of the individual tasks, the most popular ones this year so far are:

* Door 1 (All Saints' Day / Día de los Muertos) Task 3: "Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year"

* Door 3 (Melbourne Cup Day) Task 1: "Pick your ponies",

and on an equal footing

* Door 2 (Japanese Culture Day) Task 4: "If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish", and

* Door 3 (Melbourne Cup Day) Task 3: "Post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate".

 

Finally, of the book tasks, the most popular ones so far are:

* Door 2 (Japanese Culture Day): "Read a graphic novel, a book set in a school or academic setting, or a book set in Japan or by a Japanese author",

* Door 1 (All Saints' Day / Día de los Muertos): "Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, or a book featuring zombies", and

* Door 4 (Guy Fawkes Night): "Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published".

 

Another thing that is making me very happy is that almost 60% of all participants are doing more than one task for every square they're completing!

 

 

We will shortly be revealing the non-book tasks for the final eight holidays of the game: We're planning to synchronize them so as to more or less all post together, so they may not be in perfect sequence; please refer to their respective door numbers to double check the proper order.

 

With those tasks and the ones for the three remaining, as-yet unopened December doors, I hope the game still has many tasks and great fun for everybody to offer in its second month.

 

Enjoy, everybody!

 

Discworld December Group Read

Guards! Guards!  - Terry Pratchett

 

In all the Festive Tasks excitement, let's all not forget that our December group read also starts today -- and it's a truly great one (IMHO one of the best books in the entire series): the first book of the Night Watch subseries, and though actually written almost exactly 30 years ago, Pratchett could have published it, essentially word for word, as his comment on today's world.  I read it for Halloween Bingo 2019 and was completely and utterly blown away.

 

Speaking of Festive Tasks, however, it of course does also qualify for the "Hogswatch" book task ... as well as "Festivus", "All Saints' Day / Día de los Muertos", and "Guy Fawkes Night".

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day: Task 3

Guards! Guards!  - Terry Pratchett Danger! -  Arthur Conan Doyle Thomas Cromwell: A Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss Interventions: A Life in War and Peace - Kofi Annan The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo - Clea Koff

Of my favorite reads 2019, surprisingly few already were on my TBR at the beginning of the year, so the year was at least as much a year of "great new catches" as it was for catching up with my TBR.

 

Just looking the books already on my TBR at the beginning of the year, the biggest "catches" of 2019 would have been (in reverse order in which I read them):

 

Terry Pratchett, Guards, Guards

Arthur Conan Doyle, Danger

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Thomas Cromwell

Tom Reiss, The Black Count

Kofi Annan, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

Clea Koff, The Bone Woman

 

(Task: St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”?)

 

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 - Advent: Book

Still Life - Louise Penny

 

Turns out I already read my book for this square!

 

On a related note, color me somewhat less impressed than I expected to be -- this is yet another insanely popular series that, as it turns out, I won't be rushing to continue.  There's some really good and insightful writing in the later parts of the book, but the beginning is dominated by cliché and long too-cutesy-to-be-true passages strongly reminiscent of the worst of cozy mystery writing, and equally as importantly, with the exception of Gamache himself (and one or two of the villagers), I found few characters I really cared about ... or could even be bothered to like and root for.

 

(Task: Read a pastiche, a book authorized by a deceased author’s estate, the 4th book in a series, a book with the word “four” in the title, a book featuring four siblings, or a book with a wreath, pines or fir trees on the cover.)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 - Advent



17
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

It's the official kick-off to the Christmas season, whether from a religious or secular standpoint - only 25 days until Christmas!

 
Advent

Door 13:  Advent

 

Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.

 

Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

 

Task 3: Prepare an apple cider wassail bowl or a wassail bowl containing your favorite drink or fruit. Post a picture and enjoy!

 

Task 4: Tell us about an event in the immediate or near future that you’re looking forward to.

 

Book: Read a pastiche, a book authorized by a deceased author’s estate, the 4th book in a series, a book with the word “four” in the title, a book featuring four siblings, or a book with a wreath, pines or fir trees on the cover.

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day: Task 1

The Complete Sherlock Holmes -  Arthur Conan Doyle Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson, David Rintoul Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey - Ian Rankin The Daughter Of Time - Josephine Tey Out of Bounds - Val McDermid The Blackhouse - Peter  May

Six favorite Scottish writers:

 

Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson: For Kidnapped alone -- though his Edinburgh Picturesque Notes, even 150 years after their first publication, remain one of the best portraits of Edinburgh you'll ever read, and his short stories are right up there with the best of them.

 

Ian Rankin: The man who made Edinburgh a character in his novels unlike any other, to the point of making you feel you'd know your way around even if you never actually get to visit.

 

Josephine Tey: In the space of a mere 200 pages or so, she revolutionized modernity's perception of Richard III.  Alas, she only wrote a handful of novels and plays and I've yet to explore even all of those, but what I've read of her, I like enormously.

 

Val McDermid: Tough, no-nonsense crime fiction featuring strong, independent women investigators; including and in particular the Karen Pirie series (also (chiefly) set in Edinburgh).

 

Peter May: Nobody captures the Western Highlands and the Hebrides like him -- particularly the stark, windswept beauty of Harris and Lewis.

 

(Task: Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?)