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review 2020-04-15 04:58
Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything
Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything - Bianca Del Rio

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: It’s Bianca.

The Story:

So I once again jumped in both feet first on a book I knew absolutely nothing about. I didn’t see the subtitle until after the audiobook started. I didn’t realize I was signing up for 4+ hours of absolutely terrible and rarely funny advice. I know Bianca leans towards being an insult comic and in small doses it’s hilarious but for me it got old quick. I powered through and listened to the whole thing while plugging away at work. I kinda just wanted to get it over with. It breaks my heart because she is a talented queen and I wanted to love this book but if there’s anything I’ve learned in life it’s that you can’t love them all. Oh well.


The Random Thoughts:



2.5 Stars

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text 2020-04-06 18:35
Reading progress update: I've read 100%. How wrong I was about Georgette Heyer
No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #1) - Georgette Heyer

I hadn’t expected something as playful as this. It’s mildly subversive in its way, pushing a little at the conventions of the genre. Vicky is a female Loki, a little goddess of mischief and chaos, The Prince is so over the top that he works. Emmy is a trouper in every sense. 

 

I think this would make a great stage play. It’s one step away from farce, the characters are larger than life and there are some fine set pieces.

 

And, good grief, I’m now a Georgette Hayer fan. My teenage self would never have predicted that.

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text 2020-04-06 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 - Georgette Heyer,Ulli Birvé

Well, this rather improved on me quite a bit upon a reread! I still love the humor (for once, virtually without the sarcasm that is present in so many of Heyer's other books), Vicky and her mother are pure sparks of joy, and I even remembered the solution (though definitely not all the technical bits, which in fact I'm bound to have forgotten all over again by later today probably).  Now if only Heyer didn't have a penchant for making at least one part of the HEA element of the resolution feel quite so much like insta-love in practically every single one of her books ... (or, well, her mysteries, anyway).

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text 2020-04-06 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 89%. - Hemingway is a breath of fresh air and Vicky is much smarter than she presents herself as being
No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #1) - Georgette Heyer

I can see that I was set up to think well of Hemmingway by having the local Police Officer be such a dullard but I do enjoy his oblique approach to life.

 

I'm even starting to like Vicky Yes, she lives her life as if it were a Live Action Role Playing game but she is aware she's doing it.  She's beginning to seem more connected to real life than Mary.

 

I loved this exchange between the two of them where Vicky calls out Mary:

 

‘You know, Vicky,’ said Mary, ‘I’m absolutely horrified by the way you talk about your mother! It’s positively indecent.’
‘Dearest pet, the way I talk truly isn’t as indecent as the way you think,’ Vicky replied. ‘Because you’ve got the most degrading suspicions, and you disapprove of the poor sweet so much that you daren’t put it into words. I don’t disapprove of her at all; in fact, she has my vote.’


 

 

 

Although

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text 2020-04-06 00:22
Reading progress update: I've read 71%. I hadn't expected this to be so funny
No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #1) - Georgette Heyer

I like Hemingway -good head on his shoulders and able to adapt quickly BUT the star is definitely Vicki. What a part that would be to play in a TV version of this.

 

I'm stopping now. I'll finish this in the morning.

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