Reading notes, week 5

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February 1: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, because of this post on Tor.com. I had my very badly converted epub open in calibre’s edit mode and fixed each chapter while/before reading. Now I want to read the others as well but I might wait a couple of days if they need fixing too.

January 31: Das fliegende Klassenzimmer by Erich Kästner. I should have read that a month ago, because it’s so much a Christmas story. I cried a bit at appropriate moments.

January 28: Liar’s Dice by Jeannie Lin. This is a novella, offered cheap as a sample for a whole series, but I don’t think I need to read the rest: historical romance, even with mystery mixed in, isn’t my favourite genre. Some romance duly happened (meh, why does it need to be that person? Oh, because they were the only one available, the others were the protag’s siblings/servants/already married to each other), fortunately much less cringeworthy than it looked at first. I liked the historical background and the way the characters’ motivations got revealed. Final verdict: excellent, just happens not to be my catnip.

January 27: Das doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner. From a Twitter conversation. The new English translation is, sadly, called The Parent Trap to tie in with a movie that has only the basic premise in common with it. People, especially children, who want to read the book because they loved the movie might be disappointed (and vice versa).

Earlier reading notes: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

 

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