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text 2017-04-23 12:14
Career of Evil - DNF
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

DNF at page 252.


Skim-read the rest of the book and I most happily DNF it. The conclusion to the mystery was meh, the very last page of the book was blergh.

I will get rid of the three books I own, because I most definitely won´t continue with this series. Maybe someone else will get more out of them than me.


Book 4 of Booklikes-opoly

Page Count: DNF at page 252

Earned money: $3.00

New bank account: $32.00


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text 2017-04-23 09:40
Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 574 pages.
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

"She felt strangely unsettled, knowing that she was sleeping five doors away from Strike. That was Matthew´s fault, of course. If you sleep with him, we´re over for good.

Her unruly imagination suddenly presented her with the sound of a knock on the door, Strike inviting himself in on some slim pretext...

Don´t be ridiculous.

She rolled over, pressing her flushed face into the pillow. What was she thinking? Damn Matthew, putting things in her head, judging her by himself....

Strike, meanwhile, had not yet made it into bed. [...] Lying with his hands behind his head he stared up at the dark ceiling and thought about Robin, lying five rooms away."


I feel strangely unsettled, because I can´t take 300 more pages of this badly written "hinting-at-a-relationsship" crap. I´m this close to DNF this book and skim read who the murderer is. I have to think this over for a little bit.


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text 2017-04-22 07:08
Reading progress update: I've read 212 out of 574 pages.
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

This book could be about 100 pages shorter if it wasn´t for Matthew, Robins horrible fiance. I never liked him to begin with, because he is an insufferably jealous twit.

On top of that Galbraith / Rowling is constantly hinting that there might be some feelings between Robin and Strike. And I don´t want them to become an item ... I just don´t.


The mystery is pretty good and kind of creepy and I would like the story to have its focus  on the mystery. But unfortunately there is too much of said relationsship stuff going on for my liking.



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review 2017-04-20 19:19
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

PI Philip Marlowe´s first case and he gets more than he has bargained for. Starting of with a case of blackmail, he suddenly has to deal with multiple homicides, gun-wielding thugs and crazy women.


I really enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with it. I loved the atmosphere that Raymond Chandler is able to create with his prose. It´s one of these books where everything that´s been going on before my inner eye has been tinted in black and white - the true noir colors. Chandler has a wonderful way with words and I loved the snappy dialogue between the characters, who all are flawed in some way or another.


What I didn´t like about the book is the misogyny and homophobia that is on display throughout the whole book (but probably very true to the time that the story is set in). And the language was sometimes difficult to follow, because Chandler writes in the vernacular of the 1930s.


But overall it has been a great read and it won´t be my last bookish encounter with the moody noir private investigator Marlowe.


Book 2 of the Booklikes-opoly

Page Count: 251

Earned Money: $3.00

New Bank account: $26.00



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text 2017-04-17 15:01
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 252 pages.
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

"It was about eleven o´clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn´t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars."


Love that first paragraph.


The Big Sleep is my second read in the first round of Booklikes-opoly (because I managed a double with my first dice roll) and it´s my pick for an author that has been born before 1955.




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