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Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Arsène Lupin, gentleman cambrioleur

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Books ]

ISBN: 2253025577

L'arrestation d'Arsène Lupin : Arsène Lupin est sur un transatlantique et la nouvelle de sa présence est annoncée par un télégramme. Il est arrêté par Ganimard au moment où il débarque en Amérique.

Arsène Lupin en prison : Bien qu'en prison, Arsène Lupin parvient à organiser le cambriolage d'un château. Un complice, déguisé en Ganimard, est engagé par le propriétaire pour monter la garde…

L'évasion d'Arsène Lupin : Lupin fait savoir qu'il n'assistera pas à son procès et s'échappera avant. Lors d'un transfert entre la prison et le tribunal il s'échappe, mais revient se présenter à la Santé. Tout le monde est tellement convaincu qu'il va s'échapper que personne ne comprend comment une autre personne peut occuper sa cellule et être présenté au procès. En fait Lupin s'est grimé et ressemble à un clochard qui avait été remarqué par la poclice quelques temps plus tôt. Le faux clochard est libéré, Lupin est libre.

Le mystérieux voyageur : Lupin est attaqué par un homme dans le train. Avec l'aide de la police, il parvient à le faire arrêter ; il s'agit d'un assassin recherché.

Le collier de la reine : Au cours d'un dîner, Lupin (sous une fausse identité) explique comment le collier de la reine avait été volé vingt ans plus tôt par le fils de la bonne de la comtesse qui en était la propriétaire. Le fils en question était Arsène Lupin, agé de sept ans.

Le sept de c½ur : Celui qui est devenu le biographe de Lupin raconte leur rencontre. Son hôtel avait été la résidence d'un ingénieur qui avait conçu un sous-marin. Lupin a arrangé l'échange des plans contre des lettres compromettantes dans l'hôtel en question. Un sept de c½ur percé de sept trous est la clé qui permet d'ouvrir la cache contenant les plans.

Le coffre-fort de Mme Imbert : Lupin se fait engager comme secrétaire dans le but de dérober une fortune en titres, cachée dans un coffre. Mais il finit par comprendre que ceux qui l'avaient engagé l'utilisaient en fait pour donner de la légitimité à leur fortune qui est constituée uniquement de faux.

La perle noire : En cambriolant une vieille comtesse pour lui dérober sa perle noire, Lupin trouve la femme assassinée et la perle volée. Il efface les traces de l'assassin (entre temps acquité pour manque de preuves) et utilise ces preuves pour le faire chanter et le forcer à lui céder la perle.

Herlock Sholmes arrive trop tard : Hôte (sous une fausse identité) au château de Thibermesnil, Lupin le cambriole en passant par le souterrain (après avoir résolu l'énigme du mécanisme d'ouverture). Mais en rencontrant à nouveau la femme qu'il avait rencontré lors de sa traversée de l'Atlantique, et à cause de son regard désapprobateur, il décide de faire rapporter tous le fruit de son larcin. Herlock Sholmes, qui devait venir empêcher Lupin de commettre le cambriolage, croise Lupin sur son chemin alors que ce dernier s'enfuyait.

[ Posted on January 18th, 2009 at 22:28 | no comment | ]

Later Red

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Beer/Shepherd Neame ]

Shepherd_Neame_Late_Red

“blend of Kent hops”

Slightly bitter but slightly sweet and fruity too. Contains malted barley.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 18th, 2009 at 20:45 | no comment | ]

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The Rev. James

Categories: [ Beer/Brains ]

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“brewed to a traditional recipe and has been described as having a flavour not commonly available these days… spicy and aromatic”

Slightly bitter, but somehow sweet too, with hints of red fruits and almond. Contains barley and wheat.

S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd., The Cardiff Brewery, Cardiff, Wales. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 17th, 2009 at 22:25 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The Curse of Chalion

Categories: [ Books/World of the 5 Gods ]

Cazaril comes back to Chalion after over one and a half years at the galley, where he had been sent after loosing a siege, because his name was (purposely) not on the list of the officers who would be ransomed. Without land or money, he's hired as secretary and tutor of the royesse Iselle, sister of the current roya, Orico. Soon after, Iselle is sent with her brother Teidez and her friend Betriz to the court. The king is sick and without a heir, and Teidez is next in line for succession. The Jironal brothers, Dondo and Martou (who is also the Chancellor and actual leader of the country, and the man because of whom Cazaril was sent to the galley) scheme to get closer to the power: Martou convinces the king to let Dondo wed Iselle, while Dondo tries his best to pervert young Teidez and make him his creature. Iselle and Cazaril try to find a way to prevent the wedding to happen. While Iselle prays the Lady of Spring, Cazaril prays the Bastard to send his demon and kill Dondo (well aware that this is illegal and going to cost him his life, the demon taking both the killer's and the victim's soul). Dondo dies, but Cazaril survives the operation, thanks to the Lady who traps both the demon and Dondo's soul in a tumor in Cazaril's abdomen. Soon after, Teidez kills all the sacred animals in Orico's menagerie, under the influence of the late Dondo who led him to believe that they were poisoning Orico's soul, when it was actually preventing him from dying. Being touched by the gods, Cazaril becomes a saint, and is given the power to see some people's auras. The royal family has a dark aura (including Iselle, her brothers, her mother), a curse dating from Orico's grandfather who had used dark magic to kill his enemy. Cazaril learns from Orico's wife that the Lady told her in a vision that if a man would lay down his life three times for Chalion the curse would be lifted. Cazaril also reasons that if Iselle gets married, she would get free of the curse. Orico's will states that Martou will become regent of Chalion after his death. The only politically worth candidate for Iselle would be Bergon, the heir of Ibra, and she sends Cazaril to negotiate a wedding agreement with his father, the Fox of Ibra. When Cazaril meets Bergon, the latter recognizes him as the man who helped him on the galley, where he had also been sent by his jealous elder brother (now dead in the civil war). Cazaril realizes that he has been controlled by the gods from a long time already. The negotiations go smoothly, and Cazaril and Bergon go back to Chalion, where Iselle and him get married. But this is not enough to get the curse lifted. Soon after, Martou's troops try to arrest Iselle on the pretense of rebellion, but when Martou tries to kill Cazaril, the demon escapes and takes Martou's soul, while Cazaril is resuscitated by the Lady. The curse is lifted, since Cazaril has laid down his life three times already (once at the galley to save Bergon, once when killing Dondo and just now). Iselle and Bergon become roya and royina of Chalion-Ibra, since Orico officially died just after the wedding (unofficially one day before, but his wife didn't want to give Martou a ground for declaring Iselle in rebellion and seize the power in Chalion).

[ Posted on January 14th, 2009 at 23:47 | no comment | ]

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Brains Dark

Categories: [ Beer/Brains ]

Brains_Dark

“Brewed using Chocolate malt, providing a clean palate with hints of liquorice and fresh ground coffee.”

Sweet, slightly bitter. OK for the coffee, but I didn't find any hint of liquorice. Contains barley and wheat.

S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd., The Cardiff Brewery, Cardiff, Wales. 4.1% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 11th, 2009 at 18:18 | no comment | ]