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text 2018-05-10 19:15
This is what happens...

...when I'm on my library's website and am not paying attention. Instead of "save to my wishlist", I may have clicked the wrong button. It probably was the "I WANT THEM ALL AND I WANT THEM NOW!" button. I'm sure you all know which one I mean...or maybe that is a secret button that I have just found?

 

 

Anyway, the two librarians who handed me this lovely little pile weren't even trying to suppress their smirking, so I had no choice: I surely couldn't hand the books back and admit to accidentally ordering them. I simply had to pretend the erroneous mouse action never happened and I needed all of these lovely books right away...and on purpose.

 

The moral of the tale, my good people, is that ... well, there is no moral, but I'm giving you a heads up that most of my near-future-reading will be about Sir Roger, and more Bond, and stuff.

 

So, yeah, not much change from the regular programme.

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text 2018-03-08 19:18

My kindle fire died this morning. I tried to resuscitate it but there is nothing doing...

 

 

On the plus side, I guess I'll be forced to focus on the physical books on my shelf AND get to look for a replacement. :)

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review 2018-01-26 19:44
Paper Ghosts
Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense - Julia Heaberlin

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

I had liked ‘Black-Eyed Susans’ by the same author well enough, and I thought I’d like this one as well, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the case. As evidenced by the time I needed to finish it, that wasn’t because I had too much work and no time to read, but because it kept falling from my hands and I’d reach something else to reach instead.

It started well enough, and I thought that the story would be a game of cat and mouse between the main character and the suspected killer. However, while I kept waiting for said character to reveal her hand—for instance, to show that she had made this or that mistake on purpose, in order to better turn the tables—such moments never happened. I think this is where it went wrong for me, and I believe the first-person narration wasn’t an asset in this case: with a third person POV, I could’ve been fooled into thinking the ‘heroine’ knew what she was doing, since I wouldn’t have been completely ‘in her head; but with first person, it’s more difficult to fool the reader...

So, well, I wasn’t fooled. In spite of all her alluding to her ‘trainer’ and to how she had taught herself to face various difficult situations, she wasn't really one step ahead. Perhaps in the very beginning, but this fell down the train as soon as Carl started coming up with new ‘conditions’ along the way, and she was totally taken aback, and... just relented, or protested weakly. That didn’t fit my idea of someone who had planned carefully, or whose plans were unravelling but who still had the savvy to bounce back.

Also, I wasn’t convinced at all by the twist at the end. Something you can’t see coming because there was never any hint of it throughout the story, is not what I call an actual twist, but cheating the reader. (Now, when I read something and I’m all ‘a-ha! So that’s why she did this in chapter2, and said that in chapter 6, and that character did that in chapter 14’, well, that’s a proper twist.)

Conclusion: 1.5 stars. Too bad.

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text 2017-12-15 19:30
Reading progress update: I've read 97%.
Malice - Hugh Fraser

Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!

 

I can't believe he's just spoilt the twist in Rebecca!

 

And for no reason! It's not like this was needed to understand the plot in Malice.

 

Hrumpf!!

 

So, should anyone pick up this one before reading Rebecca...

 

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review 2017-03-02 21:52
The Unexpected Guest
The Unexpected Guest - Charles Osborne,Agatha Christie

The Unexpected Guest is another play by Agatha Christie that was adapted as a novel Charles Osborne - so in short, it is not that great.

 

Of course I am peeved that I ended up with this book because it was advertised as an Agatha Christie novel, and it is not, but I am also astounded Osborne got to write several novelisations at all, and all of them on commission by Christie's estate!

 

He has no feel for Christie's characters.

 

While I can see that the setting in this novel is a typical Christie country house mystery, the main character of Laura Warwick does not strike me as a Christie woman at all.

 

But maybe I'm just peeved that Audible did not make it clear that this was an Osbone novel. 

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