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review 2018-10-15 16:15
BRIONNE - Louis L'Amour

Here's a tight, well-written story of a man (Major James Brionne, formerly of the U.S. Army) whose home in Virginia was torched and his wife killed by a gang set on destroying him because of his previous work which led to the arrest, trial, conviction, and hanging of the murderer Dave Allard.

The time is the early 1870s. Brionne with his son Mat (who had barely managed to escape the clutches of the Allard Gang in Virginia) make their way out west to Utah Territory to eke out a new life there in the desert landscape. There they are tracked down by the Allards and the outcome is not without its thrills and chills.

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review 2018-10-15 15:47
BRIONNE - Louis L'Amour

A very compelling and eloquent account by Iris Origo which conveys both the tempo and temper of life that existed in Italy as she went from being a sometimes uneasy German ally and neutral to a full-fledged co-belligerent with Germany after June 10, 1940. The diary begins on March 27, 1939 and ends on July 23, 1940.

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review 2018-07-28 18:13
Aberystwyth Mon Amour
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

Well, this was different...

 

A noir-style mystery set in alternative version (one hopes!) of Aberystwyth, where a Druid mob silences its opposition by making them ... disappear or just kills about anyone who knows too much.

And all because the Grand Wizard is...

 

Ah. Hehe. 

 

The mystery in this one started off intriguing. A schoolboy has disappeared. Then other schoolboys turn up dead. So, when Aberystwyth's finest ... and only ... private eye is hired to investigate, the mystery turns into a spoofy, yet, gritty detective story that tries and tries.

 

This issue I have is that I am not sure what it tried exactly.

The noir feel was there, certainly, but the spoofiness didn't really work for me. Maybe it was the lack of subtlety, maybe it was the abundance of schoolboy humour (gaah...), maybe it was abrupt (and somewhat predictable) ending. I don't know. What I do know is that this book made me want to pick up a Thursday Next novel again...which, btw, also features Wales in a special light, even tho slightly differently.

 

I'm glad I read this, and parts of the book were funny, but I'm not going to continue with the series.

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text 2018-07-26 22:56
Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 245 pages.
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

WTH did I just read???

 

I didn't hate it, but WTH???

 

I can't say I loved it either. It will take a day or two to digest this one.

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text 2018-07-25 23:54
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 245 pages.
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce

The Druid mafia is building an Ark to prepare the Exodus.

 

WTH???

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