Just a reading list of historical fiction ebooks from my public library (uses overdrive). More than books pictured.
it seems that this last section of the book is going to be my favourite, and also help me jump up to a somewhat higher rating than I thought I would give; we'll have to see, when it comes to that. but now the plot is actually earning the "A novel of suspense" tag on the front cover. I wish I had liked the sections set in Japan more--fun travelogue and detailed tutorials in Japanese culture circa 1924, but not a lot actually transpiring--and I wish Mary wasn't so distrustful of Mycroft that she keeps telling Sherlock not to contact him for help (to be fair, it does seem that Holmes' brother has dominated some previous books, and is being given an understandable rest this time around), but overall this "Book Three/Oxford, April, 1925" wrap-up section has kind of lit up the book for me in an exciting way.
I always feel a little off, if I don't get to do my bit of reading before work in the morning--like for example, this morning. real life intruded; in fact, starting about 2:30 afternoon yesterday, up until noon today, some things in my life were...not good, suddenly. luckily, I've emerged from the bleakness feeling okay...and I could focus again on reading! meanwhile, this book is not turning out to be a big favorite of mine--I don't feel there's a enough plot here--but the last 50 pages or so that I read sort of brought the whole thing to life, and I'm happier when I look at this as a slow-moving Spy novel. I'm oddly reminded of Le Carre (which I did not see coming!)...the only problem there being that I'm in that minority who doesn't really go for Le Carre that much. I've got "Book Three" to deal with, as of page 223, and I confess to being intrigued with where this book will be going as it creeps to a finale, and being charmed by its weird feel, but also feeling that I'm ready for my next book, which will be a deliberate opposite to this one, in every way...
Mary and Holmes hobnobbing with a cast of assorted personalities on a ship to Nagasaki. one shady blackmailer dude; one missing young lady; one Japanese girl with the trim build of an ex-acrobat, a willingness to hold language and culture tutorials, and a canny way of attracting or repelling people at will. can't wait till this lands in Japan (if we get there). reminds me a bit of A Clutch Of Constables--though I think that was a trip down a river--and maybe some of the Christies. I like it.