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review 2017-06-23 03:32
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters

Series: Amelia Peabody #1

 

I didn’t like the tone this book started off with, and I found Amelia really annoying, at least at the start. She grew on me once she picked up Evelyn as a companion, however. I did like their interactions. Amelia, a rich Englishwoman, has travelled to Rome from where she plans to sail on to Egypt to winter voyaging up the Nile when she encounters Evelyn, who seems a suitable replacement for the paid companion who had recently become ill and had to be sent back home. So Amelia and Evelyn both set off for Egypt where they do some sightseeing and hire a boat to take them up the Nile. Partway through their voyage they fetch up at an archaeological dig where strange happenings occur and a mummy seems to have come back from the dead. Maybe. That’s the mystery.

 

I had guessed a lot about the resolution of the mystery although I’ll admit I hadn’t quite worked out every detail. I ended up enjoying the book despite the rough beginning, so I may look into whether my library has the next one. Eventually.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square New Orleans Station #14 “Read a book that involves overseas travel”. Since Amelia has travelled first to Rome and then travels on to Egypt, I think the book fits. At 226 pages, with the new rules in effect, this nets me $6 for my bank, bringing my total balance to $132. Yay!

 

Previous update:

72 %

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text 2017-06-22 01:59
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters

So, this happens:

As he spoke, in an insufferably sarcastic tone, I thought I detected a faint smell of singeing cloth.

...

The smell of singeing cloth grew stronger. I have a very keen sense of smell.

...

There was definitely a small curl of smoke issuing from the pocket in which Emerson had placed his pipe.

...

Emerson did not reply. A most peculiar expression had come over his face. I watched him for a moment, relishing the situation with, I fear, a malice most unbecoming a Christian woman.
“Your pocket is on fire,” I added. “I thought when you put your pipe away that it was not quite out, but you dislike advice so much…. Good night.”
I went away, leaving Emerson dancing up and down in the moonlight, beating at his pocket with both hands.

Remember that scene in The Circular Staircase? This is a thing! A definite thing! Also possibly known as a trope.

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review 2017-06-03 00:46
While the World is Still Asleep by Petra Durst-Benning
While the World Is Still Asleep - Petra Durst-Benning,Edwin Miles

This book was excruciatingly dull and was only made worse by horrible audio narration. The story takes place in Berlin, but only a few people have thick German accents, while the main characters sound more American than I do. Odd anachronisms and two-dimensional characters didn't help the slow plot along either.

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text 2017-05-27 03:45
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

If your bread is so stale that it's barely edible, why wouldn't you eat it with the stew you're making to soften it up instead of eating it dry?

 

This one has been on the TBR for a really long time. I picked it because the random.org oracle spoke and declared that the time of Boneshaker was upon us (this was after the Morningstar decree). I've been procrastinating and not reading it most of the evening though, half waiting till I can roll for booklikes-opoly at midnight. However, maybe I should wait for morning, or wait to do my bonus rolls in the morning because I've had bad luck with rolls made too close to midnight.

 

Or I can read the book. Apparently there are zombies? Why did I want to read about zombies?

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review 2017-05-26 18:02
Nobody's Home by Tim Powers
Nobody's Home - Tim Powers

An Anubis Gates novella.

 

Jacky, our friendly cross-dressing girl set on avenging her fiancé from Anubis Gates, is featured in this novella where she encounters a woman being haunted by her dead husband. She saves her life, in fact, when the husband's ghost sets his wife on fire. So this story is all about exorcising ghosts since interacting with the husband's ghost wakes up the ghost of her fiancé (who is haunting her, naturally) and this makes them both magnets for all the other ghosts in the area. Apparently ghosts can see footsteps so to get away they have to climb and take a cab and they end up on the river seeking Nobody's help.

 

I saw this at the library and picked it up on a whim because I quite liked Anubis Gates. It was a quick read and kind of fun.

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