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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

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Or, alternatively, because it's a perfect opportunity to … well, you'll see:


My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Blurb:
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. 
Review:
Then he reached down and felt for the dagger at his hip.
Public poetry readings were known to be a rough business, especially when presenting new material. A man could lose a lot more than just his pride.

This book was such a delight! I did expect to enjoy this story but it put my expectations to shame – I couldn't help falling in love with everything My Lady Jane has to offer: The humor, the characters, the whole E∂ians-thing, and basically the entirety of the plot (except maybe for the ending a little bit but I'll come to that later).

G took another gulp,…

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)

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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
Blurb:
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
Review:
"That's the duty of the old," said the Librarian, "to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old." They sat for a while longer, and then parted, for it was late, and they were old and anxious.
Having read The Golden Compass I like to think that I would have loved this story when I was younger (if only because of Lyra's character) but the fact is that I missed that period of …

Book Cake

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I recently baked a cake which reminded my of a book tag I've come across some time ago, namely the (quite obvious) book cake tag. Basically, the idea is that you go through the ingredients of a cake recipe and assign a book/trope to each of those. The original tag was created by Suddenlylorna but I did end up changing it quite a bit according to the recipe I used ( also I kinda wanted to try coming up with my own questions and see how that goes). I hope you'll enjoy and, without further ado, this is my version of the book cake tag.

A book that was slow at first but picked up as it went along.
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick wasn't really a "slow" book, on the contrary, it was fast paced and engaging. Nevertheless, I'm choosing it because I didn't realize how deeply involved I was in this story until it ended and ripped my heart out. In that sense, it did creep rather slowly on me which warrants my choice. Hopefully.

A trope that can make a book (even) better…

The Edge of Everything

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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Blurb:
It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

Review:
"I'm trying to stroke your cheek sweetly," she said. "Is this your cheek? Am I stroking it sweetly?""No, that's my forehead," Zoe said. "And that is my nose.""Okay, well, picture me stroking your cheek," her mother said."I'm picturing it," Zoe said, and laughed despite herself as her mother's hand groped around blindly. "Now stop it, Helen Keller. Please. That's my ear."
After reading Crooked Kingdom I had a (by my own standards) terrible case of a book hango…

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb:
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Review:
"Where do you think the money went?" he repeated."Guns?" asked Jesper."Ships?" queried Inej."Bombs?" suggested Wylan."Political bribes?" offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias "This is where you tell us how …

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.  
Review:
People don't just appear on the beach unless they're demigods or gods or really, really lost pizza delivery guys. (It's happened – but that's another story.)
Welp, this is it, huh? It's over, it's really over. What an awesome ride this story is, what a satisfying ending to a series this book is. I'm really happy I read these books. really sad that they're already done, and really glad that there are more books by Rick Riordan to read. 
I was seriously hoping Chiron would say something good, like No, that's our huge friend Leroy! He's going to help us! But no such luck. He simply nodded. "The most horrible monster of all, the biggest single threat the god…

Discord's Apple

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Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
Blurb:
When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she will inherit. Hidden behind the basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.
Of course, this legacy is not without its costs: There are those who will give anything to find a way in.
With the help of her father, a mysterious stranger named Alex, and some unexpected heroes, Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, and protect both the past and the future even as the present unravels. Old heroes and notorious villains alike rise to fight on her side or to do their best to bring about her defeat.
 At stake is the fate of the world and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.
Review: 
Merlin grumbled under his breath for a moment. "A scouting mission…

Wo das Dunkel schläft (The Raven Cycle #4)

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Wo das Dunkel schläft (The Raven Cycle #4) von Maggie Stiefvater
Zusammenfassung:
Eine beängstigende Dunkelheit hat sich über die Ley-Linien gelegt und droht, den magischen Wald Cabeswater für immer zu zerstören. Für Blue und die Raven Boys beginnt damit ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit auf der Suche nach dem Grab des sagenumwobenen Königs Glendower. Denn wenn sie es nicht finden, wird Blues Kuss für Gansey tödlich sein. Und dieser Kuss wird für beide immer unausweichlicher ...
Rezension:
Ronan Lynch liebte es, vom Licht zu träumen.
Fertig. Endlich. Keine Raven Boys mehr für mich, das ist eine Erleichterung.

Book to Movie Adaptations

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Everyone who's ever watched/talked about a book-to-movie adaptation knows this debate: How can a movie keep up with a book? A book has to be better because one can fit so much more story and narration and perspective into it. Doesn't it?
I don't think so. Frankly, it annoys me when people blatantly proclaim that books are always better than movies because that's just not true. Books and movies are two different mediums with very different potentials, means, and methods. For example: yes, it is true that movies usually have to omit some plot points but, conversely, it's easier for a movie to evoke emotions mostly because it has music and you can "see the characters feel".
Obviously, what I want to talk about today are some book to movie adaptations. Particularly, 10 book to movie adaptations with as great a discrepancy-variety as I can think of between book and movie. I'll start by looking at 5 movies I didn't like and then I'll conclude with 5 m…

Blaue Tulpen

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Blaue Tulpen von Devon Wolters
Zusammenfassung:
Der Krieg ist vorbei. Eine Wüste beherrscht Europa. Die Menschheit hat die Erde verlassen. Nur eine Familie kämpft noch um ihr überleben.
Rezension:
"Woher wissen wir, dass du im Krieg nicht einfach verrückt geworden bist? Ein verrückter, einsamer Mann, der gerade seine Familie tötet?"
Ich habe dieses Buch mit (sehr hohen) erfüllten Erwartungen geschlossen. Natürlich kenne ich Devons Geschichten schon seit einer Weile und doch war ich etwas nervös, wie er sich mit einem solch langen nicht-Hörbuch Format schlagen würde. Ich hätte mir keine Sorgen machen müssen.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.
Review:
"Kampê's too big to get through the doors," I said hopefully. Then the wall exploded.
Okay, this is it. I have come so far and I've reached the point of no return. When I finished this book I had to hug it and almost cried happy tears. This isn't the best book in this series (I liked the third book better, so far) but it is the book which made me realize how much I truly love everything about Percy Jackson. And I only have one book to go. Welp. This is going to be veeeery sad.

In Cold Blood

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Blurb:
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, a wealthy farmer, his wife, and their two young children were found brutally murdered. Blood all over the walls, the telephone lines cut, and only a few dollars stolen. Heading up the investigation is Agent Al Dewey, but all he has are two footprints, four bodies, and a whole lot of questions.
Review:
"How well I know that Perry is goodhearted if you treat him rite. Treat him mean & you got a buzz saw to fight. You can trust him with any amount of $ if your his friend. He will do as you say he wont steal a cent from a friend or anyone else. Before this happened. And I sincerely hope he will live the rest of his life a honest man."
I have rather mixed feelings about this book. At the beginning, I thought it was quite hard to read. Not because it is complicated or convoluted or anything like that but simply because the obsessive detail with which Capote relayed this story tired me.…

A May Throwback

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Welcome to my monthly reflection on my reading life. I'm still in the testing-phase of these throwbacks so I'm trying out lots of different ways how I could present them. Bare with me and I hope you'll enjoy.
Books:
This month I've read 11 books – though I officially finished 12 (one book I gradually read during the last year for uni). Not counting the latter, that makes about 4181 pages I've read in May or, alternatively, almost 135 pages a day. 

Sharp Objects

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Blurb:
When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. 
Review:
"You were never such a good girl when you were little," she said. "You were always so willful. Maybe yo…

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

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The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
It's not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human. But when you're a son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster. Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive.
Review:
"Well," said Apollo with a brave smile. "You were right, my dear. You had everything under control! Let's go see if we boiled anyone important, shall we?"
This was great! I liked it even more than the second book – at least the beginning was great the ending I didn't like as much but it was still very enjoyable.

Der Prozess

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Der Prozess von Franz Kafka
Zusammenfassung:
An seinem 30. Geburtstag wird Josef K., ein allein stehender Bankbeamter, verhaftet. Die Umstände sind so mysteriös wie grotesk: Die Verhaftung erfolgt durch obskure »Wächter«; das Verhör, dem einige Kollegen beiwohnen, findet im Schlafzimmer der Nachbarin statt. Über den Anlass erfährt K. lediglich, dass das anonyme Gericht, das auf Basis eines unbekannten Gesetzes urteilt, von der Schuld »angezogen« würde; obwohl im Fall von K. kein Verbrechen vorliegt, sei die Schuld prinzipiell unanzweifelbar.

Rezension:
Jemand musste Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne dass er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet.
Kafka ist immer interessant zu lesen, was kein Geheimnis ist. Es ist die Art, wie seine Protagonisten auf ein unausweichliches, unerklärliches Ende zu rasen, die seine Geschichten, für mich zumindest, sehr faszinierend machen. Und, natürlich, passt das ausgezeichnet zum Bürokratie-Horror (zumindest habe ich so das "Genre…

Children's Books

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I started listening to the audiobook of Oliver Twist (by Charles Dickens) today and it got me thinking about children's books. Naturally, I've decided to make a post about and share 10 of my favorite works in children's literature.

You probably have already heard me say this but I love me a good children's book. And I always have. My mother used to read out loud to us a lot when I was still very small and once I learnt how to read I started reading out lout to my siblings (I'm the oldest). Obviously, what remains is a strong love and super vague memory for/of a lot of children's books.
However, before I start I want to make clear that these are only a fracture of all of the children's books I love/have loved – they're not even my 10 favorite works – but they are a decent insight into all of the books which greatly influenced me as a child.
Without further ado: Great children's books for everyone (and their young friends/relatives) to enjoy, in no p…

Lieder eines Sommers

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Lieder eines Sommers von Cath Crowley
Zusammenfassung:
Jeden Sommer verbringt Charlie bei ihrem Grossvater auf dem Land. Jeden Sommer versucht sie vergeblich, die Freundschaft der mürrischen Rose und deren Freunde Luke und Dave zu gewinnen – besonders die von Dave. Und jeden Sommer verbringt sie stattdessen mit ihrer Gitarre, übt und schreibt neue Lieder. Aber dieses Jahr ist es anders: Zum ersten Mal schwimmen sie und Rose zusammen, reden, lachen. Und auch mit Dave kommt sie sich immer näher – Dave, der so ist wie ein Song in Dur. Aber will Rose wirklich Charlies Freundschaft oder hat sie ein ganz anderes Ziel im Blick?
Rezension:
Ich habe Sterne in meinem Blut, die leuchtend hell unter der Haut brennen.
Ein kurzes, ziemlich vorhersehbares, aber auch sehr süsses und berührendes Buch, das ich jedem empfehle, der Geschichten über Freundschaft, Familie und Liebe im generellen mag.

Der illustrierte Mann

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Der illustrierte Mann von Ray Bradbury
Zusammenfassung:
Die meisterhaften Tätowierungen des illustrierten Mannes erzählen des Nachts 18 Kurzgeschichten aus der Zukunft. 
Rezension:
Um zwei Uhr dreissig erklärte sich Miss Amerika 1940 bereit, alle Marsmenschen zu küssen, wenn sie sich, bitte, in Reihe aufstellen wollten.
Zugegeben, es hat eine Weile gedauert bis ich mich in diesen Kurzgeschichten zurechtgefunden habe, aber schliesslich haben sie es doch geschafft mich zu entzücken und für sich einzunehmen.
Um zwei Uhr dreissig und zehn Sekunden spielte  die Kapelle How Do You Do, Everbody, um die Verlegenheit zu vertuschen, die durch Miss Amerikas Vorschlag entstanden war.

Erbin des Feuers (Throne of Glass #3)

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Erbin des Feuers (Throne of Glass #3) von Sarah J. Maas
Zusammenfassung:
Von den Salzminen Endoviers über das gläserne Schloss in Rifthold bis nach Wendlyn – ganz gleich, wohin Celaenas Weg führt, sie muss sich ihrer Vergangenheit stellen und dem Geheimnis ihrer Herkunft. Einem Geheimnis, das alles – ihre Gegenwart und Zukunft – für immer verändern wird.
Rezension:
Vielleicht würde sie nie herauskommen, vielleicht würde ihre Wunden nie ganz verheilen, aber … "Gemeinsam", bekräftigte sie und ergriff seine ausgestreckte Hand.Da begann tief in ihrem Herzen die Asche zu glühen.
Ganz ehrlich? Ich war primär gelangweilt. Normalerweise mag ich es, wenn Charaktere einen harten emotionalen Schlag einstecken müssen und dann lernen damit umzugehen, das Problem taucht allerdings dann auf, wenn es 600 Seiten voller gejammerten Selbstmitleid dauert, bis die Charaktere wieder einigermassen auf der Spur sind. Nein, eigentlich hatte ich nach 300 Seiten schon mehr als die Nase voll von Celaena und…

Summer Reading

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My semester is over soon. Like, very soon. I have two weeks left until I'm pretty much completely free. That means that I've been day-dreaming about all the books I want to read this summer for a month or so, aka. ever since the end of the semester came in sight. Today, I thought I'd share some of the books I hope to read this summer with you.
Now, obviously, I want to read the books on the picture above seeing as they're my current tbr-pile/row whatever you want to call them. However, only a few of them I actually want to mention:

Heir of Fire or Erbin des Feuers (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas Generally, I want to finish as many of the series I've started as possible. The libraries around town currently have the third (this) and the fourth of the Throne of Glass books available and I hope to read both of those this summer.  The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan Again, this goes with the finishing series I've started t…

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. 
Review:

Only one more day to go. Surely even I couldn't mess that up.As usual, I didn't have a clue how wrong I was.
This was so delightful. I practically flew through this book and it was pretty much the best book I could have wished for at the moment.

Thalia had gotten herself turned into a pine tree when she was twelve. Me … well, I was doing my best not to fol…

Die Unsterblichkeit

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Die Unsterblichkeit von Milan Kundera
Zusammenfassung:
In einem Fitness-Club über den Dächern von Paris sitzt Milan Kundera, Autor und Figur der Unsterblichkeit, und beobachtet, wie eine etwa sechzigjährige Frau Schwimmstunden nimmt. Zum Abschied winkt sie dem Schwimmlehrer noch einmal zu und macht dabei eine so graziöse Handbewegung, dass der Betrachter beschliesst, diese Geste, die die ganze unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins zu enthalten scheint, der Heldin seines Romans, Agnes, zum Geschenk zu machen.
Rezension:

Das Ehebett: der Altar der Ehe; und wer Altar sagt, sagt: Opfer. Hier opfert sich einer für den anderen: beide schlafen schlecht ein und werden vom Atem des Partners geweckt; sie drücken sich deshalb an den Rand des Bettes und lassen in dessen Mitte einen breiten Freiraum; sie tun so, als schliefen sie, weil sie glauben, dass sie dem Partner so das Einschlafen erleichtern und dieser sich ohne Angst zu stören auf die Seite drehen könnte. Leider nutzt der Partner dies nicht au…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time he got to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends – one a satyr and the other a demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. 
Review:
"Don't get me started on Charon!" Hades yelled. "He's been impossible ever since he…

Hamilton and Books

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So, I've been thinking that I want to make this a — more or less — weekly thing. Not necessarily doing a book tag a week but doing something quote unquote special each week. Seeing as Lisa from Lies 'n Buch suggested I do the Hamilton Book Tag, that's what I'll be doing this week.
Just in case you've been living under a soudproof Internet-blocking boulder: Hamilton is a musical and it's great – I didn't even like musicals until I listened to Hamilton and suddenly became obsessed with it (not musicals in general just Hamilton). Hence, I'm super eager to have an excuse to listen to all of the songs (again)! The Hamilton Book Tag was created by Maureen from Maureenkeavy.

Quick warning: There are some spoilers for Harry Potter, Thondras Kinder, and The Lord of the Rings ahead.

Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1)

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Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by A. & E. Kirk

Blurb:
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it's just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.
The Hex Boys – mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction – have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.
Review:
(Sooo... I might have a slight problem. I can't decide on any of the funny moments to use as quote here. That's why I decided to only use quotes from the first chapter just to give myself a concrete limit to what material I can use. Honestly, that already says enough about how much I liked this book.)

"I believe you suffer confusion, Nex." The volume of its voice lowered. Had it backed off, thinking I had something up my sleeve? &q…