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Halloween Bingo 2020: TA’s Game Preparation Post

Note When updating this post during the game, the books actually selected will be highlighted in bold print and with a check mark (√) next to them. Updates Spell invoked: Bingo Flip with Lora — STONE COLD HORROR replaced by READ BY FLASHLIGHT OR CANDLELIGHT Also, as our game hosts have made it clear that […]

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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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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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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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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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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman

War Crimes Laid Bare from Beyond the Grave Some 15+ years ago, towards the end of the years when I was practicing law in the U.S., I was asked to represent a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) in an immigration case.  My client was a Tutsi, in her […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman — Part 5: Kosovo

Reading progress update: 256 of 277 pages. The airport of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is called Kosovo Polje — roughly translated, “blackbird field” (“kos” is blackbird in Serbo-Croat).  Kosovo Polje is also the name of the battle (and battlefield) which, in 1389, opened the door for the Ottoman conquest of large chunks of the […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman — Part 4: Croatia

Reading progress update: 194 of 277 pages. Vukovar and Eastern Slavonia: a notorious bone of contention between Croats and Serbs, and a necessary reminder that: 1)  The Serbs weren’t the only ones to commit war crimes, drive out their neighbours or profit from ethnic cleansing.  All sides to the conflict had blood on their hands.  […]

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Barbara Pym: An Unsuitable Attachment

Tea, Pembroke Tables and Marriage An Unsuitable Attachment was Barbara Pym’s seventh book — a number that should prove ominous, as this would turn out to be the book which publishers rejected on the grounds that it was (allegedly) “unpublishable”.  Various reasons for this were advanced; apparently Pym was told initially that it just wasn’t […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman — Part 3: Bosnia

Reading progress update: 157 of 277 pages. Srebrenica: The monster of all Bosnian massacre sites, with 8,000 men of all ages taken away from their families and killed in various locations in the Srebrenica area, or picked up and killed on their way to (believed, relative) safety in nearby Tuzla.  The team to which Koff […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman — Part 2: Kigali (Rwanda)

Reading progress update: 112 of 277 pages. Second section, Kigali. This part begins with a detail I’d have liked to see mentioned right at the beginning of the book itself: The so-called “Tutsi” and “Hutu” “ethnicity” is anything but that — in fact, it’s not an indigenous African thing at all, but an artificial classification […]

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Clea Koff: The Bone Woman — Part 1: Kibuye (Rwanda)

Reading progress update: 79 of 277 pages. A buddy read with Elentarri and Ani.  As Elentarri says in her first reading status update, Clea Koff was a member of a team of forensic anthropologists who worked on several of major war crimes sites in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, collecting evidence to be used in […]

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Barbara Pym: An Unsuitable Attachment — Part 4: 183 of 255 Pages

Spent another enjoyable afternoon with Ianthe, the vicar and his wife, and their parishioners and acquaintances.  Things are moving along at a rather surprising pace in Ianthe’s life, and not in the right direction at all in Penelope’s.  A trip to Rome provides interesting insights (to the characters as well as to the reader).  I […]

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Barbara Pym: An Unsuitable Attachment — Part 3: 118 of 255 Pages

“He worked contentedly for some time and was deep in the intricacies of a genealogy when the telephone rang.  It was a colleague, Everard Bone, who with his wife Mildred was to be one of the guests at the dinner arty that evening. ‘Such a nuisance, Mildred seems to have flu,’ he said irritably.  ‘She […]

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Barbara Pym: An Unsuitable Attachment — Part 2: 110 of 255 Pages

“‘Is Mrs Gammon ill as well, then?’ asked Ianthe helplessly. ‘Not that I know of.  She’s not at home.  It’s her bingo night,’ the vicar explained. ‘Bingo?‘  Ianthe gave the word a horriefied emphasis, for it sounded unsuitable coming from his pale lips.“ Take that, bingo-loving BookLikers … 🙂   Overall review and other reading […]

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Hogfather Buddy Read

Reblogged from: BrokenTune   Prompted by Themis-Athena’s post about the 24 Festive Tasks stats, it dawned that we’re approaching Hogswatch! So, in the spirit of the season, who’s in for a Hogfather buddy read? When: All through December 2018.  Where: Right here! Please comment below if you fancy to join the buddy read, so we all […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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