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Reading notes, week 25

Currently reading: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison. It’s here at last! Next up: There’s more Inspector French waiting, and a couple of novel-length fanfic things. Or more Discworld now I’ve got a taste for it. June 24: The Wimsical Adventure of the Dragon’s Tail by inamac. Lord Peter Wimsey (well, his legacy)

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Reading notes, week 24

June 14: Vulcan’s Glory by D.C. Fontana. Because I read a short fanfic story referring to it. A reread after decades (i.e. I remember hardly anything, and my Spock-and-generally-Vulcan headcanon is very different now after things like The Vulcan Academy Murders). (I was at one (1) Star Trek convention in my life and spent some

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Reading notes, week 23

June 12: Under the Vale and other tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey and others. Another mixed bag, and I think I missed it in the first round. Two of the stories were in series I don’t care for, but most were better than the average Valdemar-collection stuff. This is so fanfic, for all it

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Reading notes, week 22

June 4: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. Even better than the previous time. (Bread isn’t meant to fly. But it makes pretty good watershoes as long as it’s stale enough.) Perhaps not such a good idea to read it right now because it makes me want to bake and we don’t

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Reading notes, week 21

May 28: A School Story by El Staplador. Miss Marple/Miss Silver vignette with a guest appearance by Miss Climpson. (I didn’t recognise Ada Doom though I did recognise her line.) Phyllis, a Twin by Dorothy Whitehill. Nice school (not boarding school) story with an actual adventure in it. It’s #2 of something Gutenberg doesn’t have

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Reading notes, week 20

May 20: Foolish Hope by Augustine Lang. And that concludes the Fearless Fairwells series. (It’s also about my capacity for romance for now, so it’s not a bad thing.) I may have read it before because I vaguely remember it, or perhaps only the first (few) chapter(s) in the back of another book. It starts

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Reading notes, week 19

May 14: The Manor House School by Angela Brazil, who turns out to be real, not invented by Diana Wynne Jones for the Chrestomanci books! Somewhat harder to get invested in the characters as it is in the Enid Blyton boarding-school books, but there was a nice mystery, which twelve-year-old me would have been delighted

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Reading notes, week 18

May 9: A Good Kiss is Hard to Find by Augustine Lang. Reread, but I’d forgotten most of the real meat of the story. I like these people! And it’s a kind of romance I can actually read without cringing, with very little failure-to-communicate. May 6: A Fairwell Friendship by Augustine Lang. Romance is not

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Reading notes, week 17

April 27: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts. I can hardly imagine that this book is a hundred years old! (A hundred and one in fact: it was first published in 1920 though the epub I have of it is of a 1921 edition.) It’s long and convoluted, and I somewhat agree with one review

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Reading notes, week 16

April 23: Polly’s First Year at Boarding School by Dorothy Whitehill. It took me a while to realise that this is a boarding-school book set in the United States. The usual boarding-school things happen but there doesn’t seem to be a plot, everybody likes the protagonist, and the only antagonist until now is the Latin

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