Posts Tagged: mystery

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 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 6

Starfleet Academy by Diane Carey and Bill Maxwell. Meh. Almost DNF’ed it but around halfway I came to care enough about some of the characters that I wanted to know what happened. The military academy setting seems so plausible that I think perhaps at least one of the authors went there themself, or at least

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Reading notes, week 49

Non-Player Character by Veo (Victoria) Corva. When I first started I thought it had an overdose of representation– goodness, does everyone have to be trans or black or disabled or autistic or a combination of those or other abbreviations? For that reason it was a bit hard to get into the book, but I did

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Reading notes, week 46

November 13: Antidote to Venom by Freeman Wills Crofts. A strange book, and I almost stopped reading at 30% or so because the protagonist was singularly unpleasant. I persisted, though, and at about 70% Inspector (Chief Inspector, even!) French showed up which made it much better. The ending is weakish, though. Index of reading notes

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Reading notes, week 41

October 9: Magic at Lyme, or, The Midnight Company by emily_grant. Eleven-year-old Kate, already spectacularly clumsy! Aunt Elizabeth’s aversion to magic explained! Gunpowder, Treason and Plot! October 10: In which Rabbit has a baking kerfuffle and Tigger gets out of trouble with honey by redsnake05. Cozy Winnie the Pooh fic. For Always and Always and

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Reading notes, week 40

Instead of doing canon review for the Trick or Treat exchange (need to get the characters right, I do have a probably-working idea and some of the story written) I’m reading Jerry-survives-the-war fixit fic for some reason. And more fanfic. And still more fanfic, making this a monster post because I want at least a

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