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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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Reading notes, week 6

February 12: The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. Very early Poirot, and I like Poirot more and Hastings less in this one than in later books in that series. The women in this one are very well done, each and every one of them, more diverse and more three-dimensional than the men. (Except

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Reading notes, week 5

February 5: The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Almost DNF’ed it because of No Nice Characters Syndrome but then at 20% Midge and Edward appeared. Still separately but that gets better, though not without some hurdles. I sort of like it but it’s not my favourite Christie, not even my favourite Poirot (which is, and will

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Reading notes, week 4

January 29: Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey. Last of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, alas. I love it that the protagonist and the love interest are friends long before there’s a romance. But the villain is so blatant that I thought for a while that he’d turn out to be a good guy after

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Reading notes, week 3

January 18: Princess Hynchatti and Some Other Surprises by Tanith Lee. In (as far as I can see) excellent Dutch translation. I bought the book when I was a teenager and the local remainders bookshop had it for 1 guilder. (This is also how I first encountered Diana Wynne Jones, though those translations are much

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