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Reading notes, week 43

Currently reading: [redacted] because it’s canon review for Yuletide and I don’t know who reads my blog. 1 of 4 books read (one I can and will skim), starting on the one that’s both shorter than the other two and completely (rather than partially) relevant. Next up: I have the new Saint of Steel book

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Reading notes, week 42

Octoner 19: The Deniability of Danishes by E.M. Epps. How Lucien Benedict’s parents met. Wonderful! October 18: Terrible Hours, High Stress, Bad Jokes by E.M. Epps. How the king of Atlantide gets his research secretary. Oh wow, I like Koszkiewicz. It’s Patreon-only. Cold Sandwiches and All by E.M. Epps. This is the kind of romance

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Reading notes, week 41

October 14: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. I may have read this in the distant past but don’t remember enough to be sure. Also with Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. It’s got a good proportion of nice people, good and clever people who aren’t necessarily nice, morally ambiguous people and icky people. And the person who

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Reading notes, week 40

October 9: The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. Comfort cozy mystery after the mad whirl of teenaged girls. Like many Inspector French books, it has a faux ending at 2/3 and then has a completely new take on the mystery and a resolution! Deftly done. I like the wrap-up at the end. October

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Reading notes, week 39

October 2: Millie Goes to School by Jackmerlin. 14 chapters, more than 30K, crossover of Chrestomanci and The Marlows by Antonia Forest (and now I want to read Antonia Forest). Wonderful. Such a breath of fresh air after all the other school stories. It’s got All The Things except the nastiness. Millie gets called a

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Reading notes, week 38

September 25: The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey. I’d read it before but didn’t remember much. Parts of it are excellent. Parts of it are WAY over the top. (Kyree and dyheli and bondbirds and firebirds? A nonhuman entity that can do impressive magic in the blink of an eye? Come on!) But I like the coming-of-age

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Reading notes, week 37

September 17: Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey. By way of comfort reading. — Goodness, I didn’t remember it was Romeo and Juliet meets Red Wedding! At that point I didn’t even care about most of the people any more (the protagonists, the silly-goose girl, and the tough clever lady, yes; all the feuding nobles,

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Reading notes, week 36

September 11: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. (Argh, the reviewer doesn’t get the names right, which is a pet peeve of mine, but the review is otherwise very good.) I’d completely forgotten the gruelling, but ultimately happy ending! And oodles of new fanfic this week, because I discovered a new favourite writer. They

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Reading notes, week 35

September 4: Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones. Time for an Alpennia reread, not the least because I want to nominate it for Yuletide. This week I mostly read fanfic because Crossworks has revealed and I’ve found a couple of new writers I like. (Or rather, writers I newly like; their work goes back

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Reading notes, week 34

August 28: Uptown Local and Other Interventions by Diane Duane. (Now at half price if you want it!) Collection of mostly very good short stories, many of which touch on Switzerland at some point. August 27: The Family at Red-Roofs by Enid Blyton. I couldn’t remember anything about it except that it was a favourite

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