Reading notes, week 3

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January 23: In the Fifth at Malory Towers. Again, there’s a new girl in the form, will that persist until the sixth form? (Spoiler: yes.) Some rehashing of earlier books at the beginning but then the story takes off and it’s one of the better ones, giving most girls a chance to shine.

Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. Parts of it are excellent. Yes, I mean that. I don’t know if those are the original DLS parts or the added JPW parts. Spouse, having already read The Late Scholar which we now have on paper, talks about “the Asterix effect”, that is, all the familiar jokes have to get in. I think this one has a dose of that as well. But I still like it.

January 19: Third Year at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton. This one has BILL! Also Zerelda, and Gwendoline is unfailingly nasty. This is worse in Upper Fourth at Malory Towers which I immediately continued with, but that one has CLARISSA.

January 18:  Striding Folly, three Lord Peter Wimsey short stories. Underwhelming reread: the first needlessly creepy, the second a nice mystery but with some (period-inevitable, I think) racist views from a policeman of all people; the third would be an enjoyable slice-of-life if it didn’t normalize and perhaps even glorify beating children.

Second Form at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton. This installment has rather a lot of drama, more than I remember; either the translation was heavily edited or my ten-year-old brain wanted to forget it!

We’re now also watching the BBC adaptation of Malory Towers, which is excellent (Cute girls! Strong women! So much diversity in the cast!). I may blog about that separately when I’ve seen all the episodes, or at least enough episodes to say something sensible about the big added-drama thing that’s just about the only thing I don’t like about it. (The source, or at least part of the source, may be the drama involving completely different people in book #2.)

January 17: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers. Perhaps this isn’t the objectively best Lord Peter Wimsey but it’s the one I love most because they’re so married, sort of like my own marriage in which the refrain is “of course this has to happen to us” (invariably adversity which strengthens the marriage). Also, the only cringe scene is between two villains. Cried at the ending, as usual, and bookmarked the long scene with the Dowager Duchess to use in the Old Ladies Crossover.

Index of reading notes is here.

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