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About leenasbooks

I have loved books and reading ever since I learned to read on my own as a child. I started writing stories at an early age as well. After five years of Egyptology studies at the University of Manchester, I decided it was time for some "lighter" reading. If ever there is such a thing. In the words of James Bryce: "The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." And, as I finally had time in my hands, I began to write down a story that had been developing in my minds for years already. I am weaving human mythology into the series, and of course ancient Egypt is an important part of the story. You are welcome to read about my writer’s journey, about books, and life.

Book Review: Private Eyes – A Moose McGillicutty Mystery

I haven’t read many animal mystery books. Not that I did not like them – been too busy with my own writing and studies, so I haven’t had much time for leisure-reading. I had Moose McGilligutty downloaded for months before I read it. I’m glad I did.

I liked the book. The present tense was something I was not used to in the beginning, but it did not take long to get used to it.

Moose is a fun character. Macho – but in a good way. A little dog with a big personality. Faithful to his friends – and when one of them is in danger, he does not hesitate to act. The whole plot to save his friend from the death row is great – not what I would have thought animals could perform, for sure. But what the hey – it was fascinating to follow where the author’s imagination would lead.

The action is well described and keeps your eyes glued to the page. I chuckled on many occasions. (Perhaps the only thing that caught my eye was animals calling each other ”people”.)

Following Moose’s thoughts sure made you feel you were inside the little mutt’s mind. Clearly the writer knows how dogs behave.

I’m a cat person myself but I do love dogs, so I think I will follow Moose’s adventures in the future as well. A refreshing new acquaintance.

http://www.leenasbooks.com

Trouble Finding Time for Writing? Let me know.

I have published 9 books and 2 are coming out this year. So that is 11 books in 2016-2019. All the while with a 9-5job, studies and other life.

Many people asked me how on earth did I manage to do that. So I decided to write down my tips. I put up a page on my website where you can send me a time-management problem you’d like to see addressed (regarding finding writing time) or your tips on the matter.

Click here if you wish to send me a note.

Writer’s Life by Leena Maria

If you are interested in horse care, check these “cures” for horses. I have been translating Sven Samuelsson’s horse care book, originally written in Sweden 1775. I got the book from my grandfather who had horses. When translating these I sure hoped he never used these methods… Poor horses! use of mercury and feces, and never ending blood-letting…

My grandfather’s book (in Finnish) is from 1863 and it was missing some pages. Luckily I found the book (in Swedish) from an old book store in Sweden. I’ve been having quite the job when trying to find old Finnish words that are no longer in use, and now I have to translate old Swedish. This should be interesting…

Click here and you will be taken to the page on my website where you can begin reading the horse care tips. This is still a work in progress, so only 30 “cures” are translated so far. More comes when I have the time to translate them.

Object Biography #23: A False Door of Kha-Inpu (Acc. no. TN R4567/1937)

Egypt at the Manchester Museum

This pair of finely executed limestone reliefs comes from a larger false door emplacement. They entered the Manchester Museum from the collection of pharmaceutical baron Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), whose vast numbers of objects apparently included material acquired from the collection of Victorian socialite Lady Meux (1847-1910) – including the present object. Pieces from the same tomb chapel are now in the Field Museum of Chicago and the Louvre. When first identified in the Wellcome collection, the limestone was marred by salt encrustations. Fortunately it has now been conserved.

Kha-inpu The false door of Kha-Inpu

The purpose of the false door was to channel the presence of the deceased (or of a deity in some temples) into a sacred space in order to receive offerings. The eternal needs of the ‘ka’ (the spirit of sustenance) mirrored to some extent the needs of the living to interact with the deceased, and…

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