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review 2017-05-28 05:33
Inside Job by Connie Willis
Inside Job - Connie Willis

This novella relies heavily on the conundrum of how a medium — channeling a man who made a point of debunking charlatans and frauds — could convince a skeptic that he is who he says he is. It also references out of print mystery novels. With that kind of logical knot, it’s basically Connie Willis distilled.

 

I wasn’t a fan of Rob and his whole “but she’s too beautiful to be doing this stuff” attitude really got on my nerves — it’s far too close to the “but she’s too hot to be in engineering” (or insert STEM job of your choice) attitude. But after a lot of his being dense and arguing weakly that impersonating a debunker made sense in a twisted way, the plot of the novella grew on me, and I thought the ending was cute. You don’t need to know who Mencken was or even recognize his name. I sure didn’t, although the Scopes trial twigged, naturally.

 

The thee/thou usage criticism was spot on and it even started getting ridiculous. You’d think that even if she were picking randomly, she’d still get it right more often than she did. The start of the book could have used some more work on its charlatan lingo; I think that would have helped draw me in faster.

 

I read this in order to donate the pages read to the booklikes-opoly Jail Library. The print version is continually listed at 99 pages, so I’m going with that even though I read the ebook.

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text 2017-05-27 03:45
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

If your bread is so stale that it's barely edible, why wouldn't you eat it with the stew you're making to soften it up instead of eating it dry?

 

This one has been on the TBR for a really long time. I picked it because the random.org oracle spoke and declared that the time of Boneshaker was upon us (this was after the Morningstar decree). I've been procrastinating and not reading it most of the evening though, half waiting till I can roll for booklikes-opoly at midnight. However, maybe I should wait for morning, or wait to do my bonus rolls in the morning because I've had bad luck with rolls made too close to midnight.

 

Or I can read the book. Apparently there are zombies? Why did I want to read about zombies?

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review 2017-05-26 17:51
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

Series: Poirot # 12

 

This was a weird little mystery, partly because it's 1935 and Hercule Poirot is flying on an commercial airliner or aeroplane. It was also interesting to read about a commercial flight from back then and how the plane was arranged. I was initially a little confused because the diagram at the beginning referred to a "rear car" and I had a weird picture in my head of interlocking pieces of an airplane like a train and wasn't entirely sure I was correct about them being in a plane for a few pages. But they were.

 

A murder occurs during the flight when a woman is mysteriously killed by a poison dart that no one witnesses. Poirot is on the flight but too incommoded by air sickness to be paying much attention to anything, so he feels that he has to investigate afterwards to clear his name (some people on the inquiry jury apparently suspected him just because he was a foreigner).

 

I didn't see the end coming and I quite enjoyed the book, but the whole thing was just a little outrageous.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square #29 - The Monorail since it "involves travel by air". At 253 pages, this gives me $3 for my bank, so my balance is now $95.

 

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text 2017-05-26 03:06
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie

This book contains the following comment by Poirot:

"Ah, il a le sex appeal?"

Good lord.

 

Mr. Clancy's view that there is no such thing as too sensational an event in a mystery novel is amusing. He's a mystery writer in the novel.

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review 2017-05-26 00:37
Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnett
Queens' Play - Dorothy Dunnett

Series: Lymond Chronicles #2

 

Francis Crawford goes undercover to help protect little Queen Mary from the attempts on her life disguised as accidents. Of course he does this in a completely Lymond style where he almost gets sent home his first week and he’s later suspected of doing things he didn’t do. It was a fun novel and easier to read than the first one, but it didn’t have nearly as many aha moments that made the first book so great. I also found the ending to be a bit of a downer, but I do plan on reading the rest of the series.

 

I read this for the Water Works booklikes-opoly square “Read a book with water on the cover”. At 496 pages, this nets me another $5 for my bank which brings my total balance to $92.

 

I think I’m going to do a tally at the end of how many times I landed on each square because there are a lot of repeats…

 

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