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text 2017-09-22 18:54
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Not really liking The Thin Man, but somewhere about page 50 I realize that I would wonder how it turned out if I didn't finish.  Hoping to polish it off tonight and move on to something with a very different feel.

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text 2017-09-21 23:25
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Either my memory is failing me, or there are just too many characters being thrown at me too quickly.  The use of multiple names per person (Nora, Mrs. Charles) and the party scene in Chapter 7 didn't help.  So I actually made a list of characters/people mentioned

 

[ ] Nick Charles
[ ] Nora Charles 

[ ] Asta - the schnauzer 
[ ] Clyde Miller Wynant - inventor
[ ] Herbert Macaulay - Clyde's lawyer 
[ ] Dorothy (Dorry) Wynant - daughter 
[ ] Gilbert Wynant - brother 
[ ] Mimi (Wynant) Jorgensen 
[ ] Mr. Christian Jorgensen  
[ ] Julia Wolf
[ ] Harrison Quinn
[ ] Mrs. Alice Quinn 
[ ] Margot Innes
[ ] Albert Norman
[ ] Larry Crowley
[ ] Denis - girl with Crowley
[ ] The Edges
[ ] Shep Morelli - accused of murder 
[ ] Studsy Burke 
[ ] Policeman John Guild
[ ] Victor Rosewater 

We'll see if this helps.

 

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text 2017-09-19 03:33
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Golly these folks are boozers!!!  I wonder if they don't trust the water. If I drank as much as they did, I wouldn't be able to think straight.  Is it an attempt to portray an idealized life of the leisure class or something else?

 

While it's a hall-mark of classic noir, I'm also not particularly enjoying the obsessively male gaze.

 

I do want to fill the Classic Noir square, and it's a short book, so I think I'll keep going a bit longer.  But I've just requested The Best American Noir of the Century - James Ellroy,Otto Penzler from the library as a backup.

 

 

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text 2017-09-17 14:38
Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Started The Thin Man.  Loving all the activity, but carefully avoiding everyone's updates so that I don't read spoilers by mistake.

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review 2017-08-15 03:41
The Hanging Tree
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

I enjoyed spending time back in the skewed world of PC Grant and his "Falcon" cases. But at the same time, I was slightly disappointed by Installment #6 in The Rivers of London Series.  

 

Not sure how much of that disappointment is from The Hanging Tree being a weaker, mature series book, where it feels like all that gets advanced is the plot and the character's don't grow much.

We DO learn the name/identity of a key villain, but somehow that doesn't seem to change much of anything. 

(spoiler show)

 

 

Or how much of my disappointment is just general malaise and book hangover from the intensity of the last few weeks of Booklikes-opoly.

 

 

 

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