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text 2018-11-08 21:30
It's so much easier to find women holding weapons....
Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews
Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter
The Myth Manifestation - Lisa Shearin
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
The Devious Dr. Jekyll: An Electric Empire Novel - Viola Carr

...than to find women holding flowers!

 

Who knew that I was such a violent creature.  :)

 

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review 2018-11-05 17:10
Somewhere between Baghdad and Frankfurt
Destination Unknown (Signature Editions) - Agatha Christie

I liked this one less than I liked They Came To Baghdad, but much more than I liked A Passenger to Frankfurt. It's still a late Agatha thriller, which means that it has problems, but it wasn't awful.

 

"Peters said gloomily: “I suppose it always comes to the same thing in the end. A madman who believes he’s God.”

 

There is something so naive about Christie's thrillers - I think that early in her career, her youth and charm insulated her from the ugliness of geopolitics, and late in her career, her wealth served in the same way. It's interesting to me that the body count is often lower in the thrillers than it is in the straight up murder mysteries. She doesn't seem to even remotely grasp the actuality of the violence of espionage and political intrigue.

 

Destination Unknown lacks the romping charm of the Bundle Brent thrillers, or The Secret Adversary, but still requires a suspension of disbelief upon which it fails, ultimately to deliver. The main character, Hilary Craven, is likable and brave. There are wheels turning within wheels turning within wheels, but at the end of the day, the entire machine sort of breaks down.

 

Anyway, this is a lower tier Christie, but didn't hit rock bottom.

 
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text 2018-11-03 17:54
Agatha Christie completion update

I'm catching up a few reading projects, so I thought I would go through and identify which of the very few full-length Christie mysteries I have left:

 

Why Didn't They Ask Evans

N or M

Death Comes As The End

Destination Unknown

The Pale Horse

By The Pricking of My Thumbs

Nemesis

Postern of Fate

Sleeping Murder

 

That's actually more than I thought, although I am aware that some of them are true clunkers - I've heard nothing good about Postern of Fate.

 

I also have several of the short story collections left, including Harley Quin & Parker Pyne.

 

I also haven't read the books she published under the Mary Westamacott name, which are a bit difficult to find, but are by no means unobtainable. 

 

Giant's Bread

Unfinished Portrait

Absent in Spring

The Rose and the Yew Tree

A Daughter's A Daughter

The Burden

 

And I definitely want to track down the three Detection Club stories:

 

The Floating Admiral

Ask a Policeman

Six Against the Yard

 

 

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text 2018-11-03 16:50
Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
Destination Unknown (Signature Editions) - Agatha Christie

This is an odd book. It does remind me a lot of Passenger to Frankfurt, but, at least so far, it isn't nearly as awful as that one. Although it was really the ending that blew up that book, so there is still time.

 

Christie had a really bizarre obsession with the "elites" basically starting their own society to take over the world. Her late thrillers - They Came To Baghdad, Passenger to Frankfurt, and now this one, remind me a bit of Rand's Atlas Shrugged, although Christie definitely frames hers as cautionary tales, while Rand basically glorifies the idea of (her formulation) "the makers" abandoning "the looters" to death and starvation. 

 

Destination Unknown doesn't have the charm of They Came to Baghdad, at least not so far. Hilary Craven (interesting name choice, there) lacks the manic pixie dream girl charm of Victoria Jones, being of a more serious, less effervescent, character.

 

At this point, though, Passenger to Frankfurt represents the execrable nadir of Christie novels for me, so anything that is, even slightly, less awful will be okay.

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review 2018-11-02 16:52
Eyes of the Lich Queen: An Eberron Adventure
Eyes of the Lich Queen (Eberron Campaign Setting) - Stephen Schubert,Nicolas Logue,Tim Hitchcock,Scott Fitzgerald Gray

With some alterations, I planned this as a follow-up to the chain of adventures/modules that started in the 'Eberron Campaign Setting'. With some level adjustments, it's quite possible to play this on the heels of 'Grasp of the Emerald Claw'.

 

The campaign is an ambitious one, almost up to the length of the current $50 hardbound adventures published for fifth edition. Adventurers begin by investigating an ancient temple with evil dragons in at the behest of a mysterious, rich client, and end up traipsing across Eberron.

 

It was a lot of fun, but again, if there's a next time I play this one its going to need some serious alterations to survive play with the timeline intact. I have some objections, but my high rating stands. If there's going to be one Eberron adventure you're going to try, it should be this one.

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