reading notes

Reading notes, week 22

Exile’s Honor by Mercedes Lackey. Long enough ago that it was newish. I’d forgotten that it includes much of the war, and I admit I skimmed some of the war. Still think it’s one of the best Valdemar novels. Exile’s Valor by Mercedes Lackey. Ditto, and last time around I thought it was not as

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Reading notes, week 21

Well, not quite one book this week. Two full novels and also a bunch of fanfic, which I’m not listing except the one that stood out by a mile. Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers.¬†Concluding this round of Harriet Vane rereads because I was reading canon for my intoabar story, and I don’t much feel

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Reading notes, week 20

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. (If that link throws up a paywall, clearing cookies and refreshing the page is likely to fix it.) Part of the Harriet Vane reread. Goodness, I’m reading a different book yet again. If I’d read only Gaudy Night in my life, and none of the other Harriet Vane novels,

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Reading notes, week 19

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers. Part of my Harriet Vane reread. It contains both the best (searching on the beach, solving the cypher) and the worst (row about gratitude, cringingly antisemitic encounter with theatre agent) scenes in all of Dorothy Sayers’ works. The puzzle is exquisite, though. (And the TV adaptation is also

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Reading notes, week 18

All of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. Now I’m fixing the atrocious epub conversion so I can give them to Spouse without cringing. I think my favourite is #2, Searching for Dragons. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. Canon review, in fact, because I offered Harriet Vane for the a ficathon goes

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Reading notes, week 17

A slew of Enchanted Forest fanfic (GET THE NAMES RIGHT DAMMIT, you can check that they’re called Cimorene, Mendanbar and Kazul, not Cimorine, Mendenbarr and Kuzul), which makes me want to reread the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Oh, and ignore all the things tagged “vore” that the search above yields unless you happen to be into

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Reading notes, week 16

Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie. I didn’t remember (and neither was it clear from my previous post) how absolutely weird it is. Goodness, I’d have tossed it aside because I had no patience with (mostly) old (mostly) white men discussing world domination if it hadn’t been for Aunt Matilda. Oh, and the protagonist Stafford

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Reading notes, week 15

I thought I hadn’t been reading anything (except, very slowly, my current book) because of Holy Week but I’ve actually got something to write up! Both rereads, one because of a fediverse conversation and the other because I had a craving for Ariadne Oliver. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie. One of the better Poirots

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Reading notes, week 14

Pastiche by Celia Lake. Starts slow, much like On The Bias, but that’s no problem. I love Alysoun! There’s much Failure To Communicate but the protagonists actually overcome it! Sadly, I got it with DRM because that’s what my go-to webshop had and I didn’t notice in time, so I can’t share it with spouse

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Reading notes, week 13

Lots of Young Wizards fanfic I didn’t know yet. Wheee! Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey et al. This time around I actually read some of the stories I skipped or skimmed earlier, and skimmed or skipped some I’d already read — Fiona Patton is a decent writer but I’m not

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