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To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome! Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a […]

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BookLikes (and Legimi), is this really all you’ve got?

“The site is live and running again. No other features are planned in the nearest future. The performance will be looked into depending on the problems and the availability of resources. Sorry for any inconvenience.“ Comment on BookLikes’ Facebook page, last night (July 13, 2020).   Sorry, but that just isn’t good enough. Not any […]

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2020 Mid-Year Reading Review and Statistics

What with the pandemic still very much ongoing, BL acting up again, MR’s and Char’s resulting posts re: BookLikes, the BL experience, and moving back to Goodreads, this feels like a somewhat odd moment to post my half-yearly reading stats.  I hope it won’t be the last time on this site, but I fear that […]

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Jean François Parot: L’énigme des Blancs-Manteaux

Reading Status Updates Buddy read en français avec / with Tannat & onnurtilraun. Individual status updates (WordPress links): 41 pages 94 pages 112 pages 221 pages 380 pages 41 pages Et donc ça commence!  Comme d’Artagnan, Maigret, Valjean, Astérix et des nombreux autres protagonistes littéraires français (en tant comme, en ailleurs, La Pucelle, Voltaire, Rousseau, […]

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Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars — Verily, a New Hope

Verily, a Great Entertainment “CHORUS: As our scene to space, so deep and dark, O’er your imagination we’ll hold sway. For neither players nor the stage can mark The great and mighty scene they must portray. We ask you, let your keen mind’s eye be chief – Think when we talk of starships, there they […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone

DNF @ 30% (approx) “Illiterate” (read: dyslexic) working class home help kills her well-meaning but utterly clueless upper class employers.  The end.  (And because it’s an inverted mystery, we know literally from the first sentence that this is going to happen.)  Aaaannnd … I’m out. I’m not merely bored, though.   Chiefly, I’m furious at […]

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Love All (aka Cat’s Cradle)

Sayers Does Drawing Room Comedy When I bought the joint edition of Busman’s Honeymoon and Love All (published in 1980), the obvious pièce de résistance, for me, and the reason why I spent some time hunting down an affordable copy at all, was the stage version of Busman’s Honeymoon – the final full-length outing of […]

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Busman’s Honeymoon

A Lethal Play, or, Sayers’s Last Word on Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane “PETER (frowns): You know, Harriet, this is one of those exasperatingly simple cases. I mean, it’s not like those ones where the great financier is stabbed in the library –    HARRIET: I know! And thousands of people stampede in and out […]

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Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time & Dickon

This weekend’s “let’s-forget-the-pandemic” buddy read wasn’t the first time I read Josephine Tey’s setting-the-record-straight-about-Richard III novel, The Daughter of Time, but it was the first time that I did so by reading it together with her play on the same subject (written under the name Gordon Daviot), Dickon, and that combined reading changed my perspective […]

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Val McDermid: Broken Ground

So what happened at the end there, Val?  Why that infernal rush?  Did you suddenly become aware that you were on your way towards producing a minor brick, or did your publisher tell you to cut it short?  There we were, sailing nicely along in the usual 4-stars-or-higher bracket into which this series typically falls […]

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Cyril Hare: Tenant for Death

Well, it turns out RL kept me busy for much longer yesterday than I’d anticipated, so I really only got back to this book today. That said, I truly enjoyed it — even the fact that the murderer turned out to be the most obvious suspect, in the end, didn’t bother me half as much […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice

Et in Arcadia ego. Scales of Justice is a book from the middle segment of Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn series and a superb example of the “serpent [even] in Paradise” type of Golden Age mysteries.  Marsh goes to great lengths to establish the book’s seemingly idyllic rural setting, beginning with its name, Swevenings (which we […]

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Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame

Well, this rather improved on me quite a bit upon a reread! I still love the humor (for once, virtually without the sarcasm that is present in so many of Heyer’s other books), Vicky and her mother are pure sparks of joy, and I even remembered the solution (though definitely not all the technical bits, […]

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Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver Comes to Stay

Yes — Still a Favorite I’m getting to the point where I’m beginning to revisit “Miss Silver” books because I’ve read almost all the books in the series at least once.  (There are only some five or so books left that I’ve yet to read for the first time.)  So I figured, I might just […]

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Patricia Wentworth: The Case Is Closed

Well, this was enjoyable.  As in some of Wentworth’s other books, the mystery wasn’t much to write home about  — the principal villains are known pretty much from the word “go”, as is the way the whole thing was worked (there’s one huge clue fairly early on which essentially gives the game away, and the false […]

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Patricia Wentworth: The Case Is Closed — Reading Progress Update: 44%

Just under the halfway mark, and Miss Silver is being called in AT LAST.  (By the odious Henry and very much against his conviction, not least, which means that the first thing he’ll llikely be in for is having the rug pulled out from under his feet and landing on his bottom.  Good — I […]

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Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World

What a courageous woman! Justice Sotomayor’s memoirs of her upbringing in the New York Puerto Rican community, and her unlikely, but doggedly pursued path to Princeton, Yale Law School, and ultimately, the Federal Bench — fulfilling a dream that had, oddly, started by watching Perry Mason on TV as a child. Sotomayor is a trailblazer […]

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February and Mid-March 2020 Reading Update

I never got around to doing this at the end of February, so what the heck … I might as well include the first two weeks of March, since that month is half over at this point already, too.  But then, February was such a universal suck-fest in RL that I didn’t even make it […]

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John Bercow: Unspeakable

An impromptu buddy read with BrokenTune; delivered in Bercow’s trademark style and doubtlessly offering as much fodder to those determined to hate him as to those who regret his stepping down as Speaker: I, on the other hand, found myself glued to my phone — this is a riveting narrative (even the bits about his […]

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January 2020 Reading

January turned out a bit of a roller coaster in RL, continuing the course things had already taken in December: not quite whiplash-inducing, but with several sickness-prone twists and turns (for however much I’d expected them to materialize) surrounding one major glorious event (which was, however, truly glorious; even if this, too, was something I’d […]

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