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text 2017-08-18 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 186 pages.
I Was Jack Mortimer (Pushkin Vertigo) - Alexander Lernet-Holenia,Ignat Avsey

well, I don't know if it became a trendy thing and we're just suffering the wait for more translations...but apparently, by 1933, at least one Austrian knew how to write a clever, fast-paced Noir Crime novel that's hard to put down. shall finish this tonight, and doesn't look like there'll be any problem with that!

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text 2017-08-18 00:53
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 186 pages.
I Was Jack Mortimer (Pushkin Vertigo) - Alexander Lernet-Holenia,Ignat Avsey

this is a short novel I intend to read--completely--in one day, tomorrow. that leaves me free to start A Dance Of Blades on Saturday, as was scheduled long ago as part of a Buddy read. I could just read a graphic novel tomorrow, but, I have to be honest, now that I've been thinking of reading this book next if I had a whole Friday of reading to account for (well, okay, before and after work), I'm kinda pumped for it. it fits in due to title-similarity with Send For Paul Temple, not to mention Who Is Jake Ellis?, and besides that, I've never read a translated Austrian Crime novel from 1933! so I'm gonna sneak it in.

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text 2016-10-03 18:11
Reading progress update: I've read 149 out of 316 pages.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzie

gosh. what to say, what to say? how do I react to 149 pages of Mystery that inherently suggest there could not possibly be a logical explanation for any of this?! crazy plotting--John Dickson Carr "impossible crimes" scenarios gone berserk. very "Golden Age"--reminds me of Death in the Tunnel and The Mystery of the Skeleton Key, both from earlier this year--in that the puzzle is all, and characterization is in the backseat; two amateur detectives in 1979 attempt to finally solve an unsolvable murder from 1936, in Japan...and we really only get to know those two guys as their conversations about the tragedy occasionally revert to banter that reveals their personalities. oh, and I said murder, but I meant murders: one murder in a locked room, then a second horrible slaying that may or may not be related to the original crime, and then finally, and most gruesomely, six murders to procure body parts for a demented art project linked to Astrology, planned by the fellow who was killed first, months before. so he's gone as a suspect (um, maybe), and his secret notes on his planned ritual murders (of family members!), were just that, secret. so what the hell is going on! I don't know. 

 

this is captivating Mystery reading. who did all this killing? and why?

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2016-10-02 19:51
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 316 pages.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzie

time for a Japanese Murder Mystery (in-joke: seems like I'm not the only one who had that idea at around 2:46, or 2:47 PM, today; hi, BrokenTune! weird timing, eh?...although you did a Planning To Read, while I did a Currently Reading!). hope this is badass and bizarre.

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review 2016-09-13 14:25
The book of Middle of the Road
The Books of Magic - Neil Gaiman,Paul Johnson,Scott Hampton,John Bolton,Roger Zelazny,Charles Vess

*Book source ~ Library

 

From Goodreads:

A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.

 

The artwork is decent and the story is pretty good. Though I’m not sure I understood parts of it. Anyway, ever since I read about Constantine in The Sandman, he’s been a favorite character of mine. I’d love to read more about him. The other three guys are freaky weird. I’m not sure Timothy got what they were trying to tell him. He may be blinded by the new shiny…magic. I know he’s only 12, but I hope he uses his head. If I can find the rest of the graphic novels at the library then I’ll continue on. If not, oh well.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-books-of-magic.html
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