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Reading notes, week 15

April 17: (Inspector French and) the Box Office Murders (both titles exist) by Freeman Wills Crofts. I’d forgotten the existence of Inspector French completely, and this is one I hadn’t read before! Very slight period-true cringe moments but the inspector is a decent, respectful human being, who listens to his wife when she has something

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Reading notes, week 14

April 9: The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz, which I read in Dutch translation as a teenager (from my parents’ bookcase) and I┬áthink I read the original too, more than 25 years ago. I remember bits, and often go “oh yes! that!” before discovering that it’s different than I remembered. Fun. I like

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Reading notes, week 45

Read a couple of Yuletide canon books which I’m not listing (until later, probably). This state of affairs may last a couple of weeks as I write treats. November 5: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie. A Poirot that starts with Ariadne Oliver, and I never know if I love her or hate her when

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Reading notes, week 27

July 4: Bad Heir Day by Rosemary Edghill. Funny Arthurian story in which Guenhwyfar is the name of the sword, and “merlin” is a job title. The Town Cats and Other Tales by Lloyd Alexander. Fun moralising stories, all cousins of Puss in Boots. Victory by Susan Cooper. Very touching, with some good family and

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Reading notes, week 26

June 27: Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, as antidote to a couple more Hugo finalist DNFs (military SF, “Game of Thrones on the Moon”). “Of course it bites. It’s a weasel. They don’t kill their prey with pretty words and poisoned sweetmeats.” At times it’s clear that it started as a serial but it

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Reading notes, week 24

June 12: Gebonden Kapitaal by Almar Otten. Local author, set in Deventer. Very nice to see familiar places and (possibly) disguised local figures (disclaimer: I don’t know many). I read it for the plot, though, not the writing– sometimes very stilted and splainy, and people don’t seem to be speaking actual spoken language (doesn’t the

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Reading notes, week 22

May 30: A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively. Wonderful! On a par with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, which I’ve loved since my teens. I read the protagonist as not completely neurotypical but perhaps she’s only shy and imaginative and being brought up by very straitlaced parents. Satanic, Versus by Mercedes Lackey. My first

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Reading notes, week 21

May 22: Harvest Moon, three separate fantasy novellas all having to do with the (full) moon. The first is by Mercedes Lackey, a story about (among others) Leopold and his bride from The Sleeping Beauty having a run-in with the Greek Olympic gods. Second, by Michelle Sagara, in a world I didn’t know yet. Hard

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Reading notes, week 20

May 16: The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey. It took me a while to realise it’s Hansel and Gretel, probably because there are two other subplots first, eventually irrelevant for the main plot. But it was satisfying, with only the villain turning out to be unlikeable (though some other people were a

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Reading notes, week 18

May 2: So You Want to Be a Wizard, because I already had it open and noticed it while I was looking for some fanfic to read while cooling down from One Good Knight. Young Wizards is always a nice comfort read, and it might give me enough circumstance to finish the space meerkat story.

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