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text 2020-06-05 16:02
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 382 pages.
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-François Parot

On chapter 5, and I can definitely say I'm into it. I hope that the pacing issues were just limited to the start, getting stuck again would be genuinely annoying.

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text 2020-06-05 03:29
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-François Parot

Finished chapter 3.

 

Not making much progress, but at least I found some time to read this book for a bit tonight. Of course, that puts me behind on my other books, but oh well. Il faut que j'avance au moins un peu. I have to advance at least a little.

 

All I can say is that it must have been some carnival the year before. And is Isabelle's Nicolas's sister or something? Did her father have a fling with his mother and then have her abandon him in the cemetery?

 

Oh and I have a soupçon about who was in that barrel.

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text 2020-06-01 22:03
Reading progess and other things
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-François Parot

Chapter 4, and the story is finally picking up, it seems. Hopefully it's just a slow start, and not a problem with the prose throughout the book.

 

It'd be especially annoying because I'm having the same problem with the other book I'm reading right now. I like its premise (it's a fantasy novel about an alternate 19th century where world powers depend on the dragons they have), but it's taking a bit to start and by this point the main characters are still pretty bland - I seriously can't wait for that development to kick in. Still, there are enough things I enjoy about it, and I don't feel like dropping it.

 

And, back to the French Buddy Read, I'll just drop this link here; it's a great reference work by themis-athena, I'll be definitely looking it up as I go along with the book.

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text 2020-05-31 17:50
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 382 pages.
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-François Parot

So far this book isn’t really pulling me in, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. It’s a perfectly okay start, the prose is more than competent and the location is interesting. I’ll go through a few more chapters, and see.

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text 2020-05-30 23:56
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-François Parot

Et on est parti!

 

Alright, I've only managed to get through the prologue so far, but the weather matched the weather outside so I felt compelled to comment. It's not so dark though.

 

One thing that is bugging me is that the prologue takes place after the first chapter, so is it really a prologue when it happens later?

 

And why were they rolling barrels that must have contained a corpse?

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