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text 2017-04-28 14:04
The Shuttle - progress: 176/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

"Rosy," she said, looking steadily in the faded face, "tell me this. Did you never think of getting away from him, of going somewhere, and trying to reach father, by cable or letter, by some means?"

 

Lady Anstruther's weary and wrinkled little smile was a pitiably illuminating thing.

 

"My dear," she said, "if you are strong and beautiful and rich and well dressed, so that people care to look at you, and listen to what you say, you can do things. But who, in England, will listen to a shabby, dowdy, frightened woman, when she runs away from her husband, if he follows her and tells people she is hysterical or mad or bad? It is the shabby, dowdy woman who is in the wrong."

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review 2017-04-28 13:10
End of Watch ★★★★☆
End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Will Patton

In some ways, I was a little relieved to see a return to more classic King in this last book, with the addition of supernatural elements backed by a vague explanation that is really ludicrous if examined too closely, but the storytelling is so good that I didn’t really care to examine it, but only wanted to ride along wherever the author wanted to take me. All my favorite characters returned in this last book of the trilogy, but this was somehow less satisfying, as they had already been pretty thoroughly explored in the first two books. I did enjoy the development of the tender friendship between Hodges and Holly, and Holly’s blossoming into a more confident and independent woman. Unfortunately, there really weren’t any new characters to explore, or that were worth exploring.

 

This whole trilogy of books has been odd for me. Each book has highlighted some of the best and worst of how I feel about Stephen King’s work, from the terrific characters, to the horrifically gruesome details in his action scenes, to the awkwardly unconvincing romance. These were better plotted and less bloated and rambly than is his tendency, and the action wraps up in a more satisfactory fashion than usual.

 

Audiobook, purchased via Audible, because I was too impatient to wait through the loooooong hold list at the library. Will Patton once again provides a truly masterful performance, which has been so strong through the trilogy that I didn’t even bother to buy the hardcover to read first, as is my custom for all SK books.

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text 2017-04-22 16:15
The Shuttle - progress: 99/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Okay, I realize that Betty is a bit of a Mary Sue, but I can't help but love her character and how she interacts with the others. This is a conversation from the morning after their ship had a collision with a steamer:

 

   "I was very rude to Louise, when I found her wringing her hands over you, and I was rude to Blanche," Bettina said to Mrs. Worthington. "In fact I believe I was rude to a number of people that night. I am rather ashamed."

 

   "You called me a donkey," said Blanche, "but it was the best thing you could have done. You frightened me into putting on my shoes, instead of trying to comb my hair with them. It was startling to see you march into the stateroom, the only person who had not been turned into a gibbering idiot. I know I was gibbering, and I know Marie was."

 

   "We both gibbered at the red-haired man when we came in," said Marie. "We clutched at him and gibbered together."

 

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text 2017-04-22 00:25
The Shuttle - progress: 53/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

It just occurred to me that the author started work on this book during her very short and apparently turbulent second marriage, to a man who reportedly was very controlling and attempted to take her money, which she had earned with her writing.

 

 

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text 2017-04-21 15:23
The Shuttle - progress: 41/512 pg
The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Early 20th century gaslighting, before gaslighting was a thing:

 

"'Did - did it?' Rosy faltered weakly. She knew he was offended again and that she was once more somehow in the wrong. So many things about her seemed to displease him, and when he was displeased he always reminded her that she was stupidly, objectionably guilty of not being an English woman. 

 

Whatsoever it happened to be, the fault she had committed out of her depth of ignorance, he did not forget it. It was no habit of his to endeavour to dismiss offenses. He preferred to hold them in possession as if they were treasures and to turn them over and over, in the mental seclusion which nourishes the growth of injuries, since within its barriers there is no chance of their being palliated by the apologies or explanations of the offender."

 

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