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text 2018-10-17 07:07
The waiting sands ran through the hourglass and sucked my time
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

Full review to follow later, tomorrow maybe.

 

Spoiler -- Nothing happens to the dog.

 

I'm using this dreadful book for Cozy Mystery.  Except for the five-year interval between the main events and the resolution, all the action takes place at the remote Roshven estate and involves a small cast of just six characters.

 

There are no ghosts or anything else gothicky at all, other than the setting.

 

None of the characters were very likable or noble.  All of then except Rachel were sleazy to one degree or another.  Rachel herself was a monumental wimp.

 

The writing is fine, and the plot is actually quite tight and intriguing, but the characters are just awful people.

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text 2018-10-17 04:57
Reading progress update: I've read 97 out of 224 pages.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

I like these people even less on page 97 than I did on page 68.

 

This is less a gothic/gothic romance than it is a psychological thriller.  All the characters are slightly nuts, some more so than others.  I can't imagine any of them falling in love with, let alone actually loving, any of the others.

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text 2018-10-17 00:30
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 224 pages.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

I am not liking any of these people, except the dog.

 

I shall be very upset if anything happens to the dog, so if anyone wants to slip me a spoiler, I will be grateful.

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url 2018-10-16 23:31
Signups are open for "Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon" -- which takes place October 20, 2018
Source: www.24hourreadathon.com/october-2018-reader-sign-ups
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text 2018-10-16 14:40
Reading progress update: I've read 272 out of 654 pages.
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe

 

You know, the thing I find most horrific about this tale is the lack of personal control any of the women have over their own lives.  They are always in danger of having some older man take over their property or decree whom they must marry.

 

I am so glad I live in the 21st century in a democratic society.

 

 

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