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review 2018-05-30 17:01
Lord Peter Views the Body / Dorothy L. Sayers
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy L. Sayers

In this delightful collection of Wimsey exploits, Dorothy L. Sayers reveals a gruesome, grotesque but absolutely bewitching side rarely shown in Lord Peter's full-length adventures.

 

Lord Peter views the body in 12 tantalizing and bizarre ways in this outstanding collection. He deals with such marvels as the man with copper fingers, Uncle Meleager's missing will, the cat in the bag, the footsteps that ran, the stolen stomach, the man without a face...and with such clues as cyanide, jewels, a roast chicken and a classic crossword puzzle.

 

 

I hadn’t realized that this was a book of short stories, but I enjoyed being able to read a little bit, put it down to do something else, and return when I was done, not having to worry that I’d forget some crucial detail in the meanwhile. I also enjoyed the vast range of subjects that Peter Wimsey displayed his knowledge in—as disparate as poker, wine appreciation, jewels, and crossword puzzles. Obviously Sayers had wide ranging interests and was able to indulge them through Lord Peter.

I’m also enjoying Peter Wimsey’s evolution over the course of these books—he started out a bit dim, rather like Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster, but he has gradually become much more like an Agatha Christie protagonist or Conan Doyle’s Holmes, being able to put the puzzle pieces together faster than the average person, when the picture is still a bit hazy. Obvious when he points it out, but he’s the first to see the whole picture.

There’s a reason why Sayers, Christie, and Conan Doyle retain their popularity in the 21st century. They give us memorable characters and create mysterious crimes for them to solve. We still enjoy a good puzzle, no matter what time period is chosen for the story.

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text 2018-05-24 15:44
TBR Thursday
Bog Child - Siobhan Dowd
A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy L. Sayers
Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Jo Nesbø

This is the clean up round, folks, just clearing the decks before I begin The Summer of Spies!

 

I'm finishing up a rather busy week, looking forward to some time on the weekend and next week to catch up on my library books.  The weather here has been lovely, inspiring me to spend an evening wandering a local park with a cousin.  And I've done a household purge, taking an enormous quantity of clothing, bedding, etc. as a donation to a charity. 

 

Still to be done:  I bought plants on the long weekend which I need to get transplanted into my balcony planters.  One of my friends gave me a lovely bunch of rhubarb and I intend to make Ginger Vanilla Stewed Rhubarb either tonight or tomorrow.  Plus all the usual household stuff that one has to attend to when one lives alone and can't delegate. 

 

I wish you all a happy weekend of reading!

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review 2017-09-21 18:18
Impossible Views of the World - Lucy Ives

WAY too much unneeded description of everything. I could only stand 15% before closing this book. I won't be going back to it. Reading a book should be entertaining, not agony.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was just impossible for me.

Thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-02-26 19:37
Lord Peter Views the Body
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy L. Sayers

I like Peter and Bunter, but the stories in this collection were lacking something - either the development of other characters or a hook.

 

I stand by my hypothesis that some authors are great at creating novels but can't quite transfer the same skill to short stories or - without referring to the format - simply shorter stories.

 

Still, some fun adventures with Peter.

 

Now on to the next Wimsey novel...

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text 2015-08-04 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 297 pages.
Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature - David H. Richter

This edition was published over 20 years ago, but the arguments presented in the introduction are the same we are having now. I wonder if the rest of the content will hold up in the same way. And I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

 

I'm fascinated by the idea that conservatives are still hung up on the idea that students are "radicalized" from the top down- by charismatic radical teachers- when Tumblr and Twitter have now proven otherwise.

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