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The Crone, the Mother, the Maid and the Whore: A Comedy of Terrors (The Wyrdmasters Book 1)
The Crone, the Mother, the Maid and the Whore: A Comedy of Terrors (The Wyrdmasters Book 1)

5.0 out of 5 stars Wyrd Mastery, 5 Mar. 2015
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Give me more! I want to hear more about the evil squire and his occult gambling formula. It’s like Terry Pratchett, Iain Banks and Spike Milligan have embarked on the ‘Way of Wyrd’! I also enjoyed the operatic/ Nordic mythological references. In addition to the pleasing pace of the book and frequent loving references to the timbres of speaking voices, I particularly enjoyed the following phrases: ‘casting their memories into the stream’, ‘The moisture hung in the air like a grated bath’, ‘What you don’t see is what you get’ (nice programming reference there), ‘Seen through a darkling glass surely’ and the sequence where ‘Her voice sweet and pure as an artesian spring’ gradually degrades to ‘Her voice dabbled about a bit in the weeds’. Amongst the words I had to look up but am glad to have made their acquaintance are: ‘sattered’, ‘shim’, ‘trug’ and ‘strowlers’. Nice old words, thank you. ‘Fanny Titmus’ and ‘Sir Arseley Hedrackit’ are names worthy of Tom Sharpe, particularly for the tender moments of dialogue! The coach driver’s name turns out to be ‘Ben Hurgh’ and the exclamation ‘A hedge goblin! A s*** sprite’ is still creasing me up for some reason I still don’t quite understand.
This book commandeers a fictional area of West Sussex and gives voice to the character and history of the area: this is a joy for those of us raised in the area. There are some fascinating plot strands that are obviously intended to come together over a number of books, but only the hard of understanding would have any difficulty following them. Thank you!


Learn More About Hops...Craft Better Beer
Learn More About Hops...Craft Better Beer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hop Poll, 8 Nov. 2012
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This book is an absolute godsend for anyone who brews with actual hops. Information about the very variable quality and date of hops available to the homebrew market in the UK is very hard to acquire and the distributors tend to be somewhat opaque about where they've got them from. At least, with this clearly set-out book, one can estimate not only the type of oils and acids going into one's precious brew, but discover what proportions - particularly of the essential oils - account for what flavours. The storage rating for each hop variety (along with an estimate of how much the acids decline with time) is GREAT!

This is an american book but deals with most of the hops you'll find for sale in the UK.

I contacted Dan Woodske with a couple of queries (he invites contact in the book) and he was extremely helpful.

Thanks Dan!


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