books

Reading notes, week 4

Currently reading: Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh. Seems to be one of the less irritating ones. I think I’ll finish this but I remember now why I stopped reading Ngaio Marsh: pretty much all the characters are annoying unpleasant people. And still The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road, 1567-1659 by Geoffrey Parker,

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Reading notes, week 3

By now we all know it’s 2020, don’t we? January 18: Simon Hawke, The Slaying of the Shrew. I was on the train and quickly wanted something to read without a lot of scrolling through the list and the burden of choice. It’s got the same advantages and disadvantages as #1: not spectacularly good but

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2020 reading notes, week 2

I notice that so far this year I’ve only read one book by a man (the Judge Dee one). I’m not aiming to read only or mostly books by women, but it happens. Mostly white women, though, like myself (and still not for that). Obviously I don’t know about the fanfic but it’s statistically probable

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2020 reading notes, week 1

Sara had a splendid idea, and this is my modified version of it: I’m starting now, January 1, and updating the post whenever I finish reading something (fiction or nonfiction, any length, new or rereads; no blog posts but notable articles may slip in), keeping the newest on top so people following it won’t have

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Catfishing on CatNet

Naomi Kritzer, Catfishing on CatNet I’d already read, loved, nominated and voted for Cat Pictures Please, so I was excited when the whole novel on the same premise came out, and bought it the same day (Kobo doesn’t let me pre-order without a credit card, or I would have pre-ordered). I was right. I can’t

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Floodtide

Heather Rose Jones, Floodtide Another splendid Alpennia novel, set alongside Mother of Souls which I mysteriously neglected to review. I read a beta of it and the final version felt much better; I didn’t read the versions side by side but now it’s without a couple of scenes that made me cringe and go “eww,

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So many books

There’s much to be said about November, most of it not complimentary, but I did read a lot of mostly wonderful new books. (link forthcoming for The Time Roads, but I think I must reread or at least re-skim it first) One I’d been looking forward to since Heather Rose Jones first talked about it:

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The King’s Deryni

Katherine Kurtz, The King’s Deryni I already had this in hardback, from the moment it was out (late 2014) but unfortunately it has such small type in a light font, in such huge line lengths, that my middle-aged eyes gave up. I thought I’d finished it regardless but the last 20% or so was a

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Reading fanfic

I had a sudden urge to read some Lord Peter Wimsey that I didn’t already know by heart, so I turned to Archive of Our Own for fanfic. I opened about a dozen stories that looked interesting in tabs, after a several-times-refined search that excluded unfinished works, subjects I really don’t want to read about

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Out of Left Field

Ellen Klages, Out of Left Field We read Passing Strange and wanted more Ellen Klages, so I picked up Wicked Wonders and Out of Left Field because they looked the most appealing out of the list that Kobo provided. I didn’t see soon enough that Out of Left Field was burdened with DRM or I

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