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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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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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review 2017-04-19 23:45
Finders Keepers ★★★★☆
Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

This was a much slower moving story than Mr. Mercedes, with the setup and history to the main action taking up the bulk of the book. But the author is so good at breathing life into the characters and sprinkling action and excitement into seemingly mundane scenes, that I was carried along without really even noticing it. And I was pleased that his awkward and unconvincing attempts at romance in the first book was mercifully absent in this one.

 

And does anyone do murder scenes better than Mr. King? NOPE.

 

Okay, I’m ready to dive into the last book!

 

Audio version, via Audible. Will Patton’s performance was masterful. He does much more than just allow the listener to distinguish between the voices of different characters. He uses a different voice for each scene, depending on the central character for that scene. He creates a unique voice, with breath, speech patterns, and pacing, for each character, that fully embodies the its characteristics. I especially loved his voice for Holly. His voice for Morris was absolutely menacing, it gave me chills.

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