reading notes

Reading notes, week 16

April 17: The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones. OH WOW. This is WONDERFUL. The best take ever on Beauty and the Beast. There are some dark moments but they’re beautifully balanced by humor and love. The protagonist is aromantic (the author had Claudie Arseneault as a consultant for that) and the difference between

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Reading notes, week 15

April 13: Witchmark by C.L. Polk. One reviewer called it “sort of steampunk-fantasy murder-mystery with paranormal romance vibes set in a world inspired by WWI Britain” — er, yes. Happy ending, after a couple of fairly nasty things (not between the lovers though) that I didn’t see coming. April 15: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice

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Reading notes, week 14

April 7: Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers. Goodness, they’re so young. Parker, in particular, is very young (and serious, but he stays that way throughout the series). But the people are already real people, even the minor characters (Freddy Arbuthnot, Christine Levy née Ford, the Dowager Duchess). I don’t know yet if this is

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Reading notes, week 13

April 2: Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. Completeness reread. Parts of it are excellent, and I see a couple of things I hadn’t noticed before (especially characterization; I wonder if this is Sayers or Walsh). For some reason it’s a very slow read this time, even when I sit down

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Reading notes, week 12

March 24: A Presumption of Death by (Dorothy L. Sayers and) Jill Paton Walsh. I know almost for certain that Sayers only laid the groundwork in The Wimsey Papers, and Walsh did all of the writing. It’s okay writing, though, good fanfic [1], unlike The Attenbury Emeralds which annoys me more every time I reread

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Reading notes, week 11

March 17: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers. So-manyth reread. Spotted a tiny continuity error: somewhere at the beginning, Lord Peter is on a windowsill with a cat and when he gets up the cat leaves in a huff, jumping out of sight, and not much later he retrieves his blazer from under the cat. (Though,

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Reading notes, week 10

March 11: The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson. Fluff with a bite. March 11: Tiles on the Roof by Avatar_Vyakara. Long (but consisting of many tiny stories) Encanto fanfic. Recommendation from a friend, hard to stop reading (open in a browser tab most of the time to dip into in between doing other things).

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Reading notes, week 9

March 4: Ask Miss Mott by E. Phillips Oppenheim. First read it in July 2020. Still good comfort reading. I especially like the Florence story. All Seasons and their Change by tsukara. “Scenes from the first of the next fifty years for Janet and her earthly scholar.” Cute and thoughtful Janet/Thomas. Adaptive Coloration: Four Identities

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Reading notes, week 8

February 25: Magic and the Modern Girl by Mindy Klasky. This is the #3 in question, and the first 80% or so I was getting more and more annoyed with Jane because she was so using her mother and grandmother. (It got better. But not much.) There’s more in this series but I don’t think

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Reading notes, week 7

February 19: Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector by Nicole Kimberling. Collection of related novelettes and short stories. It’s actually #3 of a series but that doesn’t seem to matter. Tries very hard to be fantasy noir, but it’s too funny for that (fortunately). CW: explicit M/M sex scenes, which I’m

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