Reading notes, week 34

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August 22: Oodles of Young Wizards fanfic. Some of it reads almost like canon, like Reading Redhead’sAlso Pern fanfic, by following links to kudos-leavers whose names I recognised.

Uptown Local and Other Interventions by Diane Duane. Because it was hard to stop. I don’t like most of the stories in this one as much as I like the Midnight Snack stories but there are a few really good ones.

August 21: Midnight Snack and Other Fairy Tales by Diane Duane. One of those “long enough ago” cases.

August 20: Lots and lots of Dalemark fanfic. (Note: this search finds things that are definitely not Dalemark fanfic at the end.) Some highlights: All The Time Between Us (unexpected but not implausible fact about Maewen), roads through time (good women characters linked by friendship and fate), I was and I endure (AU in which Maewen stays in King Amil’s time).

August 19: Meetings on the Stair by Diane Duane. A reflection on the ethics and uses of imagination. (Really good; not even dated much though it’s from the 1980s.)

August 18: Monsieur Pamplemousse by Michael Bond. I think I remember getting it from the library some 30 years ago. Nice undemanding mystery (though it gets really weird in the middle). Spouse acquired a whole stack of them but, as with Paddington, the newer ones aren’t as good.

The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones. Like the other Dalemark books I find lots of new things in the after-some-years reread. Now I need to find lots of Dalemark fanfic.

August 17: Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond. I suspect it’s an updated version because Paddington gets a pound a week pocket money. (Also it’s got “50 years” on the cover.) Lots of tiny irritations (mostly small acts of sexism appropriate for the time it was written but that doesn’t make it right) that I didn’t notice when I first read it, well, decades ago. Also Paddington: Here and Now and Paddington Races Ahead, the two newest in the series, which suffer a bit from neverending series syndrome (for one thing they’re completely unmemorable).

August 16: The Case of the Cockeyed Cat and Christopher Crissom’s Cravat by David Wright O’Brien. Magazine stories from the 1940s, one sort of detective, the other sort of psychological creepy (it’s not dark enough to count as horror). He’s written a lot of science fiction and fantasy stories too, and I might try to find some of those.

Index of reading notes is here.

 

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