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7 December

Book of the day

riversoflondon2Night Witch
(Rivers of London [graphic novel series]: book 2)
Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel and Lee Sullivan
(UK: Titan Comics, 2016; USA: Titan Comics, 2016)

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!

When the young daughter of a wealthy Russian ogliarch is seemingly kidnapped by mythical monster the Leshy, Peter and Nightingale must delve further into the supernatural than ever before to find the truth, before it’s too late for the girl. But there is something off about this case. For one, Leshies don’t exist. Two, if they did, they certainly wouldn’t be found in Kent, England! The magical special unit must enlist the help of Varvara Sidorovna Tamonina, Night Witch by name and nature! But will they uncover something even more sinister along the way?

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (Night Witch)
Available in the USA via Amazon (Night Witch)

readers-8-sun-rosakotFacts of the day

7 December

1941 The USA was brought actively into World War II when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US fleet at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii with 353 planes, killing 2403 people.


The average working week is 43.5 hours, the longest in Europe.


Many parts of a real Christmas tree can be eaten: the needles are a good source of Vitamin C.


The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ describes the concept of ‘buying lots of books but never getting around to reading them.’

Writers birthdays

1784 Allan Cunningham (UK)
1862 Paul Adam (France)
1863 Svetolik Rankovic (Serbia)
1873 Willa Cather (USA)
1878 Akiko Yosano (Japan)
1888 Joyce Cary (Ireland)
1909 Nikola Vaptsarov (Bulgaria)
1920 Tatamkulu Afrika (South Africa)
1923 Intizar Hussain (Pakistan)
1928 Noam Chomsky (USA)
1943 James Tate (USA)

Jokes of the day

A man walked into a library and asked for a book about cliffhangers. The librarian said …

Cartoons: Dennis Schmidt, Overdue library book, CartoonStock

Quote of the day

Albert Einstein: ‘The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.’

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