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World of Words Wednesday – Nursery Rhymes and the letter X

For ABC Wednesday’s letter of the week – X, for Open Link Night at dVerse and also for 3WW(detonate, tedious, limber)

Goodbye, Xmas 2012
Xmas has come and gone, that is clear
And now this is what I hear
What do you think, mommy dear,
Will we get for Xmas next year?
I for one am glad, really, am serious
The Xmas music was getting eXtra tedious
My head was getting ready to detonate, oh yes,
if the radio played one more time, say, Jingle Bells.
I am also glad to say goodbye,
to secret Santas and to elephants white
and of this eXtra long, two-month plight
of what-to-buys, of which-gift-will-be-right.
Santa said to my son in a letter
“It seems that I’ve outgrown my suit
from last year”
Well, not just Santa, but me too, I
fear
Definitely time for me to get more
limber!

And the letter Santa wrote to my son: in the photo below:) You can click on the image to view it more clearly.

For Wondrous Words Wednesday:, I think I have not been paying attention or rather not noting down the words I come across in the books I have read recently, so for today, I went back to the internet and looked for a few interesting words for ABC’s letter of the week – X – and here are my words for ABC Wednesday and WWW – all these words are from Phrontistery:
  • xenodocheionology – love of hotels 
  • xebec – small three-masted pirate ship
  • xenops -a small tropical rainforest bird
  • xenurine – species of armadillo
  • xiphias – swordfish 
  • xylology – study of wood
  • xystus – covered walkway for exercises
Book Review:
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Georgia McBride (editor), Michelle Zink (editor)
Month9Books
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Pub Date   Oct 16 2012
This is an anthology of – as the title says – twenty-two
dark tales. Each tale told here is based on nursery rhymes, some well known and
others not so much.  Some of the stories
did not catch my interest too much so I skipped them – that is the good thing
about anthologies – you can skip parts of the book you do not like and still
not miss a thing.  Each tale is by a
different YA author – I have not read any books by any of these authors so the
book gave me a sampling of their writing and definitely made me want to read
more books by some of them
Instead of reviewing every tale I read (which is not all the
tales in the book), I will give just give an overall review and pick my
favorites in this with a comment for those favorites. When stories are retold, I love it if they are good and when
they are not, I feel a little bad for two reasons – for the bad retell and a
little sad for the original it was based on. This book falls somewhere in between because the stories range from the just OK to pretty good. 
Some of the stories that I enjoyed – I would like to read them as a novel – they definitely have that potential (like ‘Boys and Girls Come Out to Play’) while others were just the right size – a great short read (like ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ – a touching and dark retelling of the famous rhyme). I also enjoyed ‘Ribbon of Blue'(one of the sweet stories in this lot), ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Clockwork’. Some stories were set in the past, others in the present, while still others were set in a world maybe in some dark future times.
If you do not mind going over a few so-so stories while reading the interesting ones, then go ahead and pick this one up. You will definitely love the way the stories are based on the rhymes.
Overall Rating: C++
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital
review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on
this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my
personal opinions formed when I read this book.

36 thoughts on “World of Words Wednesday – Nursery Rhymes and the letter X

  1. I think xenodocheionology (love of hotels) is my favorite! I've never heard it before, probably because it would be so hard to pronounce! Excellent words!

  2. 1) A wonderful poem, great rhyming! Nice that Santa is invoked in keeping with Christmas.
    2) I would rather not mess around with any 'X' words! It's not easy to remember them

    Hank

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