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text 2020-01-18 17:01
Reading progress update: I've read 533 out of 543 pages.
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

Goodness, this is tense. 

 

Also, I took a reading break earlier to make the most of the gorgeous sunny weather we had today and went for a walk. 

I took the book with me. I mean, when does one ever get a chance to do this??? - 

 

 

I can even forgive the cover designer for taking a stock picture of a Scottish castle even if it has nothing to do with the story. It is very picturesque. 

 

 

Btw, despite it being freezing cold outside, this place was mobbed (I know it doesn't look it, but it was). It seems like everyone wanted to take advantage of the sunshine.  

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text 2020-01-18 13:16
Reading progress update: I've read 493 out of 543 pages.
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

Rumour of the hurried Assize had reached the streets by midday, and by two o’clock the Lawnmarket from the Butter Tron to St Giles was thick with people.

By midafternoon, a further rumour spread that the prisoner, taken out through the Castle postern, was already in the Tolbooth. As this became known there was a good deal of shouting, and someone with no religious intent started up the 109th Psalm: the grave words, used ceremonially at a degradation for treason, yammered on the wind up to St Giles’ sunny crown: ‘Deus laudem meam ne tacueris …’

Apart from the fabulous characters, I've also really enjoyed the setting and locations - whether it'd be the Borders or Edinburgh. It's been fun, and I am sure that next time I'm visiting any of the places referenced in the book, I'll be picturing parts of the story while there.  

 

The scene I'm at right now is set in the Tolbooth, but this building no longer exist. St. Giles, on the other hand, is still there in all of its magnificence.

 

 

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text 2020-01-18 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 458 out of 543 pages.
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

To his surprise, Richard found himself shouting. ‘Edinburgh! Who mentioned Edinburgh? If I object to playing apothecary in private, I’m damned sure I’m not going to trip about with hot towels in public.’

Ha! Richard may be an ass but he has his fun moments. 

 

Also, I didn't anticipate to be reading as much of the book tonight as I have, so I will probably finish the book tomorrow. 

 

I've enjoyed the book but I am now very ready to finish it and move on to something different.

 

One of the weird things about the book is that I got more enjoyment out of the character - and mostly the "supporting" characters at that - than I did out of the main story.

 

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text 2020-01-17 20:52
Reading progress update: I've read 400 out of 543 pages.
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

 

 

The black eyes raged at him: Margaret also had had a shock.

‘It’s hardly my fault if my bowman tries to stop a prisoner from escaping. That’s what he’s paid for.’ She kicked the saddle and its furniture. ‘You’d better take that, too. Her family might want it.’

‘Is that all you have to say?’ said Gideon.

‘She was blind. It’s too great a handicap. She’s better out of it,’ said Margaret in a staccato voice, and mounted her horse.

‘Was that her sin?’ said Gideon, watching the cavalcade move off. ‘I had come to fancy it might be something quite different.’

(spoiler show)

 

 

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text 2020-01-17 06:59
Reading progress update: I've read 286 out of 510 pages.
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett

The fact that everyone knows about Lymond´s secret plan 

 

to barter Will Scott for a specific Englisch man

(spoiler show)

makes me smile. And what we know about Lymond so far is that he likes to toy with people. So maybe the secret plan is a false one as well? I cannot wait to find out.

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