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review 2017-10-14 08:14
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier

I was just underwhelmed. I appreciated a lot of it, but I didn't particularly enjoy it - I ended up skimming a when I felt my eyes crossing in the middle.


If it weren't for Mary's ridiculous attraction to Jem, I probably would have liked her as a character more. Her Joss sass was fun when she employed it. I just wish she would have found her inner murderess and beat Joss with a fire poker (or something pointier even) in one of his stupors. It's too bad that creepy, you-knew-he-had-to-be-the-villian, vicar held the honors for that one. Villains killing villains isn't as much fun as you might think.



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text 2017-10-02 07:37
September: Coda
It's a Book - Lane Smith
Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores - Otto Penzler
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews
Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier
Magic and Macaroons - Bailey Cates

I'm going to preface this monthly wrap-up with the disclaimer that there were a lot of short books and short stories in the mix this month.


Total number was 26 - A number I was completely unprepared for.  I think the Bingo game sort of distracted me from paying attention to numbers, even though on some level I knew I'd read enough to complete my bingo card. 


Not including re-reads, I had one 5-star read this month; a children's book that I recommend for all ages, It's a Book by Lane Smith.  If you see it in the library or store, read it - even if you have no reason to buy it, it'll make you laugh when you get to the end.


I had three 4.5 star reads, one an anthology (up front, I've only read a few of the stories - the rating reflects the stories not the overall collection), and the first two in Ilona Andrews' new urban fantasy series, masquerading as paranormal romance.


My least favorite read was easily Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier; literary classic or not, that ending was horse-shit.


In the midst of all of that were a lot of 4 star reads, and the completion of my 2017 Reading Challenge (Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates on 14 Sept), all of which tally up to a very successful reading month.  

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review 2017-09-30 23:39
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier

One of the most beautifully written books I've ever disliked.  And let's be clear - my 3 stars is my attempt at objectivity, because it is a beautifully written book, and I did dislike it.  A lot.


From the first sentence there's no doubt this story is dripping with dark, forbidding, gothic atmosphere.  By the second page, it's swimming it in.  By chapter 2, it's drowning.  I don't know if du Maurier was trying to pad out a short story, or if she just really wanted to make sure her readers knew this was going to be a dark, dreary, forbidding story; either way, too much of a good thing is still too much.  There might have been some skimming.


I liked Mary well enough, but I was unable to muster any sympathy for poor Aunt Patience; I really just kept hoping someone would push her down the stairs.  I do not much like enablers any more than I like those they enable.  Still, I was really getting into the plot (once I deep dived through all that atmosphere), until I got to the part where Mary meets the vicar.


What is up with the albino trope?  I realise that when this was written the whole thing might have taken readers by surprise, but has there ever been an albino in a book that wasn't the evil villain?

(spoiler show)


At that point, I was truly just reading to get 'er done. There was no way the book was going to surprise me from that moment on.


Aaannnddd then there's the ending.  I liked Mary until that point.  Hell, I liked Jem until that point.  Now, I think they both deserve a horrible ever after.   She should just change her name to Patience and be done with it.




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text 2017-09-30 02:15
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 307 pages.
Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier

I'm poised to be "swept up in the nightly chill of dark shadows and muffled voices..."


I'm interested at 15 pages in...it's certainly starting out cold and damp so we're on the right track.



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text 2017-05-25 10:23
25th May 2017
Annie John - Jamaica Kincaid

There's something to be said about a slightly plump person—you have just enough of too much.


Jamaica Kincaid


Happy 68th birthday, Jamaica Kincaid! Born in Antigua, the novelist went to America as an au pair and changed her name when she began to write for a teen magazine.

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