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text 2017-06-23 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
The Bravest Thing - Laura Lascarso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Da-yum. If we as a species chose one man to preserve as an example of masculine beauty, Berlin would be a top contender.

~~ Hiroku

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text 2017-06-23 20:03
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
The Bravest Thing - Laura Lascarso

 

 

 

 

"Mrs. Potts is right," I tell him. "Your look won't work here."

"How about you, cowboy? Is that look working for you?"

 

 



Meet Hiroku

 

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review 2017-06-18 06:57
The Circular Staircase
The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart

My second read of this book and it's almost as good as the first.  

 

I continue to like Rachel; I'd like to think she comes closest to how I'd act in a parallel situation.  The humour held up too and I still marvel at Rinehart keeping all the plot points of her story straight.  I've read too many contemporary books that have half the plot complexity and holes you could drive a train through.

 

But the racism is still confronting enough to take me out of the story; Thomas might have been well respected by the characters, and the story a product of its time, but the descriptions and use of vernacular were the bruises on what would have been a perfect peach of a story in my time.  And on this second read, I marvelled at how anyone believed so pitiful a disguise could have worked so thoroughly for so long.

 

Still, this is a great story; a gem that shows some things transcend time (in this case almost 110 years): there have always been crafters of labyrinthine plots, there have always been strong women with resourceful intellects, and there is always a place for humour and wit, even in the most extraordinary circumstances. 

 

I'll continue to heartily recommend this book to lovers of a great mystery.

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text 2017-06-17 21:01
Buddy Read: Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart

Who'd have thought this story even has elements of an action movie?

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text 2017-06-17 15:22
Buddy Read: Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart

“Doctor Walker,” I said tartly, “I fail to see any humor in the situation. Since I came here, one man has been shot, and another one has died from shock. There have been intruders in the house, and strange noises. If that is funny, there is something wrong with my sense of humor.”

“You miss the point,” he said, still good-naturedly. “The thing that is funny, to me, is that you insist on remaining here, under the circumstances. I should think nothing would keep you.”

“You are mistaken. Everything that occurs only confirms my resolution to stay until the mystery is cleared.”

I'm enjoying this. It's like Murder She Wrote but set in previous decade. Just like J.B. Fletcher, our MC seems to somewhat attract mayhem and the scorn of the local physician.

 

 

 

 

 

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