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review 2018-05-25 16:24
Joys of Re-Reading: "A Certain Justice" by P. D. James
A Certain Justice - P.D. James

I too read Asterix comic books that I've read before. The memories of reading them as a child, the familiarity of the characters and the incidents, the dialogue even. Of course, there are lots of reasons why we might want to return to a book. Reading a book again is not just reading it for a second time, it involves a reflexivity: reading your earlier reading of the book (assuming you remember reading it before or if you’ve got a review of that previous reading).

 

It’s by re-reading certain authors with greater clarity than I have apparently mustered, the very self-conscious act that lies behind the public use of the verb 'to re-read'. Is it related to the fact that to describe someone as well read is a bigger compliment than remarking on how someone has been to a lot of opera or surfed a lot of the internet? Do we measure intellectual merit by number of books read? Is that a good thing? (I imagine for the readers of a books blog, the answer is “Yes”).

 

 

If you're into Crime Fiction, read on.

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review 2018-05-25 02:23
G. I. Joe Kindle World
Shadowblade - Amy Joy,C.N. James

The main problem is that the central and title character, Shadowblade, is a bit too much of a Mary Sue.  The canon characters stay in character, but the Mary Sue character really isn't that compelling.

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review 2018-05-22 17:51
Buried Truths
Buried Truths - Nicky James

I did like the first one more but I still loved these characters and loved getting more of Alistair and Brandon.  Very interested to see how the 3rd book plays out.   

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review 2018-05-22 17:22
Complex and I want to see where this is going
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts) - Vic James

Luke is a prisoner, about to go to the house of a man who has broken others. The Jardines are consolidating power in England and Abi is a fugitive.

Things that happen are complicated and set the last book up quite well, I really want to know what is going on and how everything is going to resolve itself.

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review 2018-05-22 17:19
Triteness and Boringness: "Cover Her Face” by P. D. James
Cover Her Face - P.D. James


“The cultured cop! I thought they were peculiar to detective novels.”

In “Cover Her Face” by P. D. James


Sometimes people just like to talk about the books they're reading. Not boast. Just talk. I realise such plebeian behaviour may not be acceptable in the rarefied circles some people move in, but for the rest of us mere mortals it happens quite a lot. Given that reading is becoming less and less common, one would think you'd be happy people are reading at all, without feeling the need to bitch about the fact that they happened to have enjoyed something so much they might want to read it again. Unless you think reading should just be restricted to the real intelligentsia, among whom some people obviously count themselves. So, unless those people have evidence that re-reading causes cancer or blows up the WC, why not back off and let the rest of us do what we like. Or better, why not direct that scathing anger at something that really matters? "Oh, I'm re-reading ‘Cover Her Face’.” Yes, there are people who like to brag about re-reading the Shakespeare plays, but most of us are just trying to be accurate. If you say, "I'm reading such-and-such," people assume you mean "reading for the first time.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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