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text 2019-01-20 07:12
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Mmh ... I haven´t done a whole lot of status updates because there isn´t much to say about this book so far. It´s not the worst Highsmith book I have read and its definitely not the best.

 

Tbh, I´m not overly fond of the characters. The Reynoldses and the young police officer are incredibly bland and the third main character, Kenneth Rowajinski, is interesting enough, but he isn´t on the peak of his scheming just yet. Plus most of the chapters so far have been told from the perspective of the other characters.

 

I hope the story will pick up from now on.

 

BT, how far are you into the book? :)

 

 

 

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text 2019-01-19 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Well, this settles it, BT. The creep is truly a creep:

 

Kenneth liked his walks, because his mind raced madly, inspired by the ever-changing objects that his eyes fell upon - a baby carriage, a policeman, a couple of overdressed women glimpsed briefly in a taxi, a fat woman lugging home still more to eat in huge grocery bags, and the smug people into whose living-room windows he could see - men in shirtsleeves watching television, a wife coming in with a tray of beers, warm yellow lights falling on bookshelves and framed pictures.

Snobs. Crooks, too, otherwise how´d they get so rich, how they´d get a woman to live with them and serve them? Kenneth had little use for women, and believed they gravitated only towards men with money to buy them and to spend on them. He was convinced women had no sexual drive at all, or not enough to warrant mentioning, and that they used their physical charms merely to lure men towards them.

 

 

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text 2019-01-15 13:44
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 394 pages.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

Got through the introduction and into the first chapter - and remembered the slog of my first time reading it.  Nothing against Kean - it's just whenever we start talking about electrons swapping and using words like ions, I have t slow down to make sure I have the facts straight and I'm not conflating electrons with neutrons or anything stupid.

 

Not to mention constantly try to banish the 'old fashioned' orbital planets model from my head as I'm reading.

 

Huggins says READ FASTER - MY SPOON IS STILL MELTING!!

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review 2019-01-09 02:50
Re-Read Leaves Me Wanting
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan

I did this as a Buddy Read with "Romance Book Buddy Reading" group on Goodreads.

 

Good lord, I got nothing. I just realized why this was my least favorite of the Brothers Sinister books. Sebastian and Violet are tedious, all of the science parts did my head in completely, and Violet's sister is written inconsistently. The way she is initially framed in the story is being protective of her daughter, then Sebastian calls her a viper, and we get a scene where Violet's sister is upset about her daughter getting an education, and her sister becoming known as an educated woman with "theories". Spare me. 

The only thing I loved in this book and wish had been played up more is that we get to figure out what really happened to Violet's now dead husband. 

 

Sadly I liked these two in the other two books in the series, I was shocked as anyone that their standalone left me cold. 

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text 2019-01-08 01:24
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan

Eh not feeling this reread. Violet and Sebastian were even more aggravating. The whole plot with Violet hiding what she’s been up to just didn’t work for me. And her and Sebastian were beyond dumb to be hung up on being with each other.

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