Reading notes, week 42

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October 17: Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson. Yet another one I thought I’d read and hadn’t! I’m so glad I decided to go through the whole “My Books” list on the ereader and read whatever takes my fancy, as if I’ve moved house and see the bookshelves in a new light. Funny enough to not be horror even if it’s full of ghosts and some of the ghosts are actually horrible.

October 16: Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie. One of the strange thrillers she wrote. I keep confusing it with Passenger to Frankfurt but it makes even less sense, or perhaps that’s because of my lack of familiarity with thrillers. Read it before but don’t remember much, either because it’s a long time ago and not my usual genre or because it’s really not memorable. Also it ends very suddenly without some of the action I’d have liked in a thriller.

October 14: Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. #4 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Now I want to read fanfic about the 16 years that passed between the third and fourth books. (Or I could write some!) Plays interestingly with fairy-tale tropes.

October 13: Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. #3 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Soooo many cats! And a cliffhanger to end on (with the expectation that the poor person will hang off the cliff, or rather be hidden somewhere in their own palace, for about sixteen years).

Some Enchanted Forest fanfic: Resources and Rescues (nice Cinderella subversion), Swine and Forests (Enchanted Forest/Howl crossover), Interrogating the Text from the Wrong Perspective (snarky flash fic), it’s not the years, it’s the mileage (friends to lovers, good enough but not what I’m in the mood for), A Better Plan (princess doing the rescuing). I’ve marked a 4-chapter story and something that’s set after all the canon Save For Later.

October 12: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. Second in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I love it as much as the first one, though many Goodreads reviewers think it’s worse. (And GET THE NAMES RIGHT DAMMIT!) Now why didn’t I read these earlier? Anyway, thank you, past me, for keeping this wonderful treat for later. — I suspect the princess may be a queen by the end of the book, because she and the king are getting on marvellously, but this time I won’t mind friends-to-lovers, it’s a fairy tale after all.

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