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Reading notes, week 43

Currently reading: After the Sandwiches by E.M. Epps. Last Atlantide book, alas (there’s one short story left). Starts with Lucien angsting about being Rosemary’s boyfriend because she doesn’t want to be his mistress. Strangely, neither Emma’s website nor Goodreads mentions the book, though I HAVE IT IN MY HANDS (or I’d think I’d dreamed that

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Reading notes, week 42

Octoner 19: The Deniability of Danishes by E.M. Epps. How Lucien Benedict’s parents met. Wonderful! October 18: Terrible Hours, High Stress, Bad Jokes by E.M. Epps. How the king of Atlantide gets his research secretary. Oh wow, I like Koszkiewicz. It’s Patreon-only. Cold Sandwiches and All by E.M. Epps. This is the kind of romance

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Dear Yuletide writer,

Hi, I’m sinkauli on ao3. I don’t know who you are but I probably love you already for wanting to write for me. General Likes A note about crossovers Dislikes and DNWs Fandom specifics and prompts Alpennia – Heather Rose Jones Fare Well Edinburgh Hogmanay 2020 Drone Show Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers

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Reading notes, week 41

October 14: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. I may have read this in the distant past but don’t remember enough to be sure. Also with Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. It’s got a good proportion of nice people, good and clever people who aren’t necessarily nice, morally ambiguous people and icky people. And the person who

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Reading notes, week 40

October 9: The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. Comfort cozy mystery after the mad whirl of teenaged girls. Like many Inspector French books, it has a faux ending at 2/3 and then has a completely new take on the mystery and a resolution! Deftly done. I like the wrap-up at the end. October

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Reading notes, week 39

October 2: Millie Goes to School by Jackmerlin. 14 chapters, more than 30K, crossover of Chrestomanci and The Marlows by Antonia Forest (and now I want to read Antonia Forest). Wonderful. Such a breath of fresh air after all the other school stories. It’s got All The Things except the nastiness. Millie gets called a

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Reading notes, week 38

September 25: The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey. I’d read it before but didn’t remember much. Parts of it are excellent. Parts of it are WAY over the top. (Kyree and dyheli and bondbirds and firebirds? A nonhuman entity that can do impressive magic in the blink of an eye? Come on!) But I like the coming-of-age

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Reading notes, week 37

September 17: Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey. By way of comfort reading. — Goodness, I didn’t remember it was Romeo and Juliet meets Red Wedding! At that point I didn’t even care about most of the people any more (the protagonists, the silly-goose girl, and the tough clever lady, yes; all the feuding nobles,

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The dream engine embarrasses me

By making me show up at a doctor’s office wearing only a (shortish) T-shirt. It was probably some kind of specialist or therapist, because I’d had to go all the way to Maastricht for it. (We currently have a house-guest who lives in Maastricht, so the exact choice of place may be from that.) I

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Reading notes, week 36

September 11: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. (Argh, the reviewer doesn’t get the names right, which is a pet peeve of mine, but the review is otherwise very good.) I’d completely forgotten the gruelling, but ultimately happy ending! And oodles of new fanfic this week, because I discovered a new favourite writer. They

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