Reading notes, week 38

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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, Bad Jokes and Layover in Düsseldorf by E.M. Epps. Atlantide stories, I think for Patreon patrons only.

September 21: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. Skimmed most of it because I’d only picked it up to check some facts. It’s okayish but I’d read it too recently to really enjoy it because it’s not one of those books one can read twice in a row.

September 22: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. I think it’s a new one for me, at least after the first couple of chapters. Begins with a bad case of No Nice Characters Syndrome (that’s probably when I didn’t read on earlier), then I started wanting to know what happened, near the end the No Nice Characters were obnoxious again but I wanted to know how it ended. Very satisfactorily, in fact, with a good ending for everybody except the villain (well, and the victim).

September 24: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie. Another Poirot; this one I read a long time ago because I remembered some of the characters but still cringed a little about the misguided romance (which, eventually, didn’t come to pass, thank $DEITY). Excellent ending, though. (It’s the original one, which Christie herself adapted to something “less insipid” for the American market; I’m glad I’ve got the British edition, I don’t think it’s insipid at all!)

Shapechange by amairylle. Cute little Darryl & S’reee story: friendship and a whale who understands autistic humans.

Sovereign Reason by Tamburlaine_the_great. Short-novel length (52K) crossover of Lord Peter Wimsey (mostly Jerry), Chalet School (which I’ve never read but want to) and Dornford Yates (which I’ve never read either). Wonderful; everybody I know is true to type, everybody else is relatable, the story makes sense. I do wish I could have done some copy-editing…

Lighten our Darkness by Tamburlaine_the_great. Coda to Sovereign Reason. In which a woman suddenly becomes a viscountess.

Index of reading notes is here.

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