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text 2020-06-01 02:49
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

The attitude of Robert West to the modern young woman was typical of that of a very young man. He preferred the intelligent woman. He liked to be seen about with one who was making a name for herself. But while he was interested in her he expected her to put her own affairs into the background, and devote herself to his. When she was no longer needed she might be permitted to pick up her own threads again, but she must not trouble him. This he called allowing a woman to live her own life.

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text 2020-06-01 01:34
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux - Jean-Fran├žois Parot

Finished chapter 1! lol

 

I have to agree that this was just an extended introduction/prologue. Actually, this is probably why we had that prologue the way we did, to try to convince the reader that yes, there was going to be action beyond almost getting run over by coaches and getting your only socks splashed by street "mud". (Ok, he had another pair of socks, but he was saving them).

 

My impression was that the first half of the chapter was drier and then it got more readable, so I'm hopeful that I'll start getting more into it once something actually starts happening.

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text 2020-05-31 23:04
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Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

I need a great book to make up for my last reading experience. I also feel like re-reading the Wimsey stories in order, this time including the short stories, which I've so far neglected or rather saved up for special circumstances. I guess, a pandemic should qualify as "special circumstances".

 

In any case, a visit to Duke's Denver is on the cards.

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text 2020-05-31 21:17
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

It was hard to believe that I had ever mistaken it for a regular garden. Now that I knew its history, the warning signs were everywhere. Fat, black laurel berries, the thin needles of yew, straggling patches of self-seeded foxglove, clumps of nettles, which I had taken to be weeds when I first entered the garden but which, I now saw, bore a rusted metal tag dug deep into the earth, labelled Urtica dioica.

 

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Put a name tag with its latin name in front of a nettle and all of a sudden it becomes the most deadly plant in the poison garden. Or Rowan is such a doofus that she doesn´t know what a nettle actually is. Gosh, this book is bloody stupid.

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text 2020-05-31 19:35
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Jesus, I had confined myself mostly to tea since getting here, mainly because the coffee maker was so extremely intimidating - a chrome beast of a thing covered with buttons and knobs and dials. Sandra had explained when I arrived that it was WIFI-enabled, and app-operated - but Happy was proving to be the least intuitive system I had ever encountered.

 

Yeah, I don´t think the system is the problem. It´s more that the main character is the dumbest person ever. And btw, the sleep deprivation thing is about to set in.

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