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review 2019-04-05 04:34
More of a curiosity than anything else
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton

This collaborative mystery is not to be taken seriously. While I got quite a kick out of it, it's a good thing that the members of The Detection Club didn't really make a habit of this - there are a total of three of these collaborative mysteries, each with a different spin.

 

At the end of the day, this was really an over-complicated mess with a not particularly convincing solution. The Appendix does provide alternative solutions, with each author beyond Chapter 3 providing their own. Christie's made me laugh out loud, it was so perfectly Agatha Christie. The others were entertaining as well, albeit a bit long-winded.

 

I'm glad I read it, but once was enough. This isn't a book with significant rereading potential.

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text 2019-04-04 15:50
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 309 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton

All right - I'm into the Berkeley chapter, titled: Clearing Up The Mess.

 

 

Color me skeptical that the mess will really be cleared up! I really wanted to finish last night, but I couldn't stay awake. I am 40 chapters from the "end," and then there are 44 pages of appendices where the various possible solutions are revealed to us.

 

I am massively enjoying this extraordinarily quirky little mystery and I hope that my sense that the authors are having a blast is accurate because it certainly feels that way to me. My copy has the tag line "The Most Unusual Mystery Ever Written," and I would say that, while hyperbolic, there's a fair argument to be made that it's accurate!

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text 2019-04-04 03:00
Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 309 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton

Just finished the very long and intriguing Dorothy Sayers chapter! I am not going to lie - I have no idea what is going on with all of these crazy clues!

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text 2019-04-02 15:35
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 309 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton

I have made zero progress - family was over last night and socializing was required! Hopefully I'll be able to read a bit more over my lunch hour today!

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text 2019-04-01 20:42
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 309 pages.
The Floating Admiral - Helen Simpson,Agatha Christie,The Detection Club,Milward Kennedy,Margaret Cole,Henry Wade,Clemence Dane,John Rhode,Anthony Berkeley,Victor L. Whitechurch,Freeman Wills Crofts,Edgar Jepson,Ronald Knox,Dorothy L. Sayers,G.D.H. Cole,G.K. Chesterton

The prologue is very confusing, although I'm sure it will make more sense as the tale develops - the connection to Hong Kong is obscure at best at this point. The prologue was written last.

 

I've finished the first three chapters as well, and am moving into Agatha Christie's chapter. So far, the experience of reading has been amusing, if a bit disjointed. It reminds me of a parlor game - each chapter ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, and then the new author takes the story off in a new direction.

 

The early authors definitely had the easier task, since they are working with a largely blank canvas, as opposed to the later authors who have to keep in mind all of the clues and characters that have been sprinkled liberally about in the preceding chapters. 

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