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Reading notes, week 38

September 20: The Deniability of Danishes by E.M. Epps. Prequel to Cold Sandwiches and All, though it can stand on its own quite well. More religion in this one, more politics in the other. Almost everybody is nice, a breeze of fresh air compared to some other things I’ve been reading. Terrible Hours, High Stress,

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Reading notes, week 37

(Not nearly enough reading this week because choirbooks & services & kitchen demolishment.) September 14: Das doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner. Old favourite. Somehow it goes a lot faster than I remembered! My German still works: I had to look up 4 words that I could figure out from context (like “this is a meat

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Reading notes, week 36

September 6: The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. I read this one for Lady Sylvia Schofield as much as for the story (and the other characters). I’d so like a whole book about Lady Sylvia! (She’s briefly in this story of mine. My headcanon has her played by Helen Mirren.) September

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Reading notes, week 35

August 28: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. #2 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. As good as the first one (though Goodreads reviewers seem to think it’s not, but apparently they don’t read closely enough to get Mendanbar’s name right anyway). It’s got a lot of Morwen! And a no-nonsense king! I don’t even

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Reading notes, week 34

August 24: Spock’s World by Diane Duane. Severely handicapped by bad epub conversion that made the text lose all dialog quotes, some italics, and most apostrophes (strangely not the one in “T’Pau”; still, it’s disconcerting to read something set on Vulcan with many women’s names consistently misspelled). Very strong book, part of my headcanon about

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Reading notes, week 32

August 7: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers. It gets better on every reread. I still love all the bell-ringing and Hilary Thorpe is now on my list of literary crushes. August 9: The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie. One of the better Poirots, though I dislike the trope of giving the villain POV

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Reading notes, week 31

August 1: Expedition to Ashas by Irina Rempt (that’s me). Compilation of writeups of a roleplaying campaign; I wanted to know a couple of things and got engrossed while looking those up. August 4: At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie. One of the better Miss Marples, but as I said before with a very unsatisfactory

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Reading notes, week 30

July 25: Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey. Which concludes this round of Five Hundred Kingdoms reread. I do wish there was more because it’s such an interesting concept, the power of stories as a real power in the world with guardians to make sure it doesn’t get out of

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Reading notes, week 29

July 17: The Wizardry of Jewish Women by Gillian Polack. It’s #2 in the Enchanted Australia series, of which The Art of Effective Dreaming is #3, and it could hardly be more different! Except that it’s also slow, which I like; it’s also intriguing and intricate and the magic is wonderful (especially when the eleven-year-old

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