Reading notes, week 5

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February 6: The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh, “based on the characters of Dorothy L. Sayers”. I absolutely needed to read this as fanfic. It starts interesting enough but Spouse tells me this won’t persist, and already on page 19 it doesn’t entirely ring true. But halfway through it turned out I could just read it as a fun book that incidentally has some well-known characters (but oh, how I wish Peter and Harriet wouldn’t drink white port at inappropriate moments). Verdict at the end: kind of okay. Also nice to see Bredon and Paul as striplings with their own personalities and opinions.

February 3: Flying Free by DeandraAlleyan. Lord of the Rings fanfic, how Lothíriel met Éomer. It’s pleasant to read but needs some editing (which I’d gladly do if I had the chance, but I think the writer is going to do it).

Unforeseen Effects, my Yuletide gift which I’ve put on my ereader. It’s even better as a “real” book than on a laptop screen! (Or I appreciate it more on reread, I can’t tell.)

February 2: Het dagboek van Cerise (Les carnets de Cerise), by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret, part 3 (of 5, 4 of which have been published in Dutch so far). I read 1 and 2 before I started the reading notes, in 2018 or 2019, and should perhaps reread them though the story could stand on its own quite well.

February 1: Florilegium by OldShrewsburyan. Collection of wonderful very short Lord Peter Wimsey stories. (Actually, mostly better than The Late Scholar.) And some more Lord Peter Wimsey fanfic.

Dear Enemy by Jean Webster. As delightful as Daddy Long Legs except for two things: (period-true) discussion of eugenics, and (probably also period-true) racism. (I had “period-appropriate” here, but eugenics and racism are never appropriate.) And of course it’s clear where the romance plot is going, don’t be so nasty about that, Goodreads reviewers.

Index of reading notes is here.

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