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Oh jeez. Couldn't she have picked a different location??!

And I'm now tempted to double check whether that tube ride would really have worked exactly as described in the 1920s.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Unless by calling it Mecklenburg (without the h) she deliberately made a reference to Harriet, I think she should have picked a different location. I did check my editions of GN and Sayers seems to have turned it into the Square without the "h" also... Anyway, minor detail...but it really bugs me.

I think the tube stations work out, tho, if she had been in a hurry it may have been faster to get on at Leicester Sq. and use the Piccadilly Line up to Russel Sq. I think this would also have been around at the time. Never mind, why do we need to know what underground she used at all?
Which is *precisely* what made me want to check out the connections. This is pure showing off, and that sort of thing immediately brings out the contrarian in me.

As for the tube trip, it might have worked assuming you get the same kind of immediate connections then that you have today. But back then you'd have been lucky to have 5- or 10-minute intervals between one line and the next at a given stop -- which might have made quite a different route more preferable ... and / or as you said, getting out at a different station; notably and obviously Russell Square.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
That is a very good point about the connections. And if she was on the District Line in the first place, why not stay on it until one of the 7(!) shared stops with the Piccadilly Line (then hop off at Russell Square)??? Unless there was an editing error and in an earlier draft Maisie stopped by her office near Warren Street first? But in that case, she might have just gotten off at Warren Street.

Between the trains and the window boxes in places that have hardly any window sills wide enough to land a pigeon, ... GAAAAAAHHH!!!!!

I see a low-star future for this mess of a book.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Btw, this is a fun tube resource:

http://www.chilliant.com/tube.html
... but no DNF, for the sake of the buddy read?
Oh, wow. That site is super cool.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Well, Lillelara is not impressed with the book either. We'll see. Currently, the buddy read is my only reason to keep reading.
Your slam-fest and my read of "Death from a Top Hat" have been providing competing entertainment around here all evening ...
BrokenTune 2 years ago
LoL. We aim to please , I guess.
Death from a Top Hat sounds intriguing and fun. Was it?
Oh, it is -- I'm probably going to finish it tomorrow. It's deliberately over the top, but in a tongue in cheek fashion -- at heart it's a huge hommage to virtually all of the Golden Age tradition, with an extended passage at the beginning name-checking every famous literary detective, every trope and writing tradition etc. (which in and of itself won me over; for its contents as well as for the nonchalant way in which it breaks the fourth wall), and then a little later an explicit hommage to Dickson Carr's "Hollow Man" / aka "The Three Coffins" (this *is* a locked room mystery after all). This being a story set in magician / illusionist circles, ACD's fairy photographs -- and spiritualism in general -- makes an appearance, too -- and some of the language is also a parody of classic noir writing (also, there's a fake Chinaman illusionist). This is *much* better than I had expected; I'm glad Otto Penzler resurrected it (and Martin Edwards first pointed me in the right direction).
BrokenTune 2 years ago
That sounds like a fantastic read. :)
Just what the doctor ordered on a Sunday night ... especially after the excellent but heavy fare that is "Beloved"!
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Oh, I bet.
„Beloved“ is a five star read obviously ... but I am very glad about the change of pace Mr. Rawson is providing me.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Yeah, one of the reasons I'm looking to postpone Beloved to after bingo is that I'm looking for light reads just now, and Beloved does not sound like a light read.
It isn't. And I can see that after "Rule Britannia", it wouldn't look like the next book to jump to. But whenever you do feel ready, you really should read it.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Oh, I will. That's why I acquired the pb version recently. :) Good to know that is comes so highly recommended.
I'm not in the right mental place to write reviews right now (other than the mini-reviews included in my bingo updates), but I second every word in the reviews of the BL book page. It's a difficult read -- not merely because of its contents -- but oh, so worth it. And print is definitely the way to go if you've never read it before.
Murder by Death 2 years ago
I tried to read this book twice; DNF'd it both times and gave up. I never made it past the graveyard scene...
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Ah,..."Vincent" and the conveniently-placed attendant who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the names of all the unnamed graves and their visitors. ;)

Good to know that you could not read this either.
Murder by Death 2 years ago
It was pretty awful, imo. Well, not awful, but flat, dull and uninteresting, and I remember not liking Dobbs at all - I remember her as being cold, aloof and a tiny bit arrogant. But it's been a lot of years, so my memory might have warped itself to match my feelings about the book.
Lillelara 2 years ago
Oh, I´m so not feeling this book, BT. I´ve read a bit into the 1910-1917 section and it seems that the authors tells us Maisie´s life story, her meeting Lady Rowan and that Maurice guy. It takes her a freaking 140 pages to do this. I don´t think I can do it.
I would continue reading it, if you want to go on with it. But otherwise I would suggest that we both DNF this book. What do you think?

I´m already making slight adjustments to my reading plans and how I strategically can use my transfiguration spell cards. I´m thinking of reading ACD´s "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" for creepy crawlies and then I can use the transfiguration card for the cozy mystery square.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Agreed! There are better books out there waiting to be read! DNF sounds good to me.