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Reading notes, week 31

Currently reading: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman. Yes, this is a complete Mangoverse reread. Next up: Probably something from the shelf called “aargh a virtual pile” on my ereader (the “aargh” is to have it stay on top, the shelves are in alphabetical order). Or I may look for another Agatha Christie

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Reading notes, week 30

July 29: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. Re-reread, of course, likely to lead to a reread of the whole Mangoverse. July 27: Inspector French and Sir John Magill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts. Trying to read all the Inspector Frenches I haven’t read yet in publication order (and fill up the gaps). Strange

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Reading notes, week 29

July 24: Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. Comfort reading with guaranteed no steamy sex scenes. (I have a very old copy that I bought in Canada in 1998, and changed the cover of my ebook to a photo of the cover of that copy, because it’s SO much better than

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Reading notes, week 28

July 17: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie. Can’t stop reading Agatha Christie for some reason (perhaps slight brain-fog from vaccination) but didn’t want either Poirot or Miss Marple now. One strange thing: someone leaves 1/4 of his money to his sister, and 1/4 each to the children of his deceased other sister; but he

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Reading notes, week 27

July 10: All of the Butterflies!Verse and some other fanfic, going into rabbit holes by looking up what people wrote who commented or bookmarked or left kudos on mine. (One person consistently likes everything I write, and it turns out that I like nothing they write, because it’s both very dark and very smutty.) July

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Reading notes, week 26

It looks like I’ve been reading hardly at all this week, but I read two whole books and parts of several others as canon review for an exchange. Will disclose on reveal. I had to read half of one book on paper because I fatally mislaid my ereader (I’m sure I handed it to Spouse

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Reading notes, week 25

June 25: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison. … Wow. It’s a low-key mystery novel, and the background is so rich and intricate, even more than The Goblin Emperor because we see much more of the world. And full of genuinely good people (and some bad people too but they get their just

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Reading notes, week 24

June 14: Vulcan’s Glory by D.C. Fontana. Because I read a short fanfic story referring to it. A reread after decades (i.e. I remember hardly anything, and my Spock-and-generally-Vulcan headcanon is very different now after things like The Vulcan Academy Murders). (I was at one (1) Star Trek convention in my life and spent some

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Dear Crossworks writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I’ll do my best to make it easier, but please feel free to ignore my prompts if you have a different fun idea. FYI I’m sinkauli on ao3. 1. Lord Peter Wimsey/Blandings Castle/Miss Marple This almost asks for a detective story at Blandings Castle! But anything else is fair

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Reading notes, week 23

June 12: Under the Vale and other tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey and others. Another mixed bag, and I think I missed it in the first round. Two of the stories were in series I don’t care for, but most were better than the average Valdemar-collection stuff. This is so fanfic, for all it

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