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text 2018-01-25 20:02
I need a clean slate
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan
I Saw a Man - Owen Sheers,Thomas Mohr

Two DNFs in a day, this has to be a new record for me.


The Tropic of Serpents: I´m still bored by this book and whenever I´m looking at it I don´t feel the urge to pick it up. But maybe I will give it another try later on, because I´ve got the feeling I´m not in the right head-space at the moment to enjoy this story. I DNFd the first book in the series and ended up liking it on my second try, so I might do the same with this novel.


I Saw a Man: I skimread the last half of it and now I know how it ended. What a dud this book is. This novel is about 300 pages long and could easily have been cut by 200 pages. There is just so much moping around by guilt-ridden characters I can tolerate in my reading. Thanks BT, for encouraging me to not waste anymore time on this book.


So, what am I reading now:


Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky  


I´m still reading Lonesome Dove and I´m loving it. Can´t wait to dig into the next weeks chapters. And at the moment I have a weird craving for SciFi books, so I´m going to crack up Children of Time tonight. I´m really looking forward to this book and I hope it´s going to be a good one.





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text 2017-10-14 03:15
Reading Update: Under Debbie's Blue Umbrella/47% - Buddy Read
Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

Before I get too far into the next section: Poison Bait, I thought I'd stop here and say...


What the HOLY, ice-cream-loving, I've-got-a-new-lease-on-life, HELL, Det. Ret. Hodges!? I'm not some well read King fan, but what I have read? Not ONE TIME did I think he wrote a character who made such a monumentally stupid decision as Hodges makes by involving Jerome in his wingnut investigation of a hidden SERIAL KILLER. Sure, let the kid go explore some exotic, extremely private internet site. Sounds totally legit. Why can't he just go to the library? If Hodges is so 'old school', why not that? I get looked at like I wear grandma panties when I mention that I use the library. *shakes head*


That said. I do like King's writing. Yes, I do. In some of these passages I'm very much reminded of Insomnia.


"He sits back again, head tilted, eyes fixed on nothing. He isn't aware of time passing; for Hodges, time, which has hung so heavy since his retirement, has been cancelled."


I'm going to try to get through the next section by tomorrow...it does move quick, but there is only so much dark I can handle. 



Bookstooge's Mr Mercedes Posts



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text 2017-10-04 03:19
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

Is this a bonafide thriller/mystery book from King? He's gotten my attention. His writing in this one is on point, full of quips and great imagery. 


"Some cases are like idle computers; they go to sleep."


And it's flowing at a good pace so far. Bill Hodges is totally my type of character. King has already got me invested in the story and the people.


"Hodges has read there are wells in Iceland so deep you can drop a stone down them and never hear the splash. He thinks some human souls are like that."


Hodges is flawed, but full of piss and vinegar:



"His last thought before he goes under is of how Mr. Mercedes' poison-pen letter finished up. Mr. Mercedes wants him to commit suicide. Hodges wonders what he would think if he knew he had given this particular ex-Knight of the Badge and Gun a reason to live, instead."








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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 2017-07-23 09:01
It´s this time of the year

Last week has been my first week at work again after having had a three week vacation. And as every year this week has been an exhausting one. And as every year, I´m hitting a reading slump after my vacation (and for that matter an internet slump as well). I haven´t picked up a physical book in over a week and the only thing I could manage was listening to audiobooks.


Still Life - Louise Penny  A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny  


I´ve finished Stil Life last week and started the second book in the chief inspector Garmache series right away. These are the perfect books in my present state of mind. A mystery set in a quaint Canadian small town, with a likeable main character and with a cozy feel to it.


And to ease myself back into reading physical books, I picked up another one of my Agatha Christie books. I hope this one will be the perfect palate cleanser:


The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie


Keeping my fingers crossed that I can break through my slump.

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