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text 2018-10-16 18:23
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 224 pages.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

I'm only 31 pages in, but I have to say I'm not liking this as much as I did Emerald Station. There's nothing I can put my finger on, other than to say everything is too pat, too contrived, too unconvincing.

 

But here's a closer scan of the cover, showing the Harry Bennett signature.

 

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text 2018-10-16 15:26
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 224 pages.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

Haven't really started reading but wanted to point out that this is a Harry Bennett cover.  I don't think it shows up on the scan I did, but the signature is on the left, just under the base of the cliffs.

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text 2018-10-16 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch

Not the edition I'm reading, but by far the most atmospheric cover of all the editions on BL.

 

I don't like either of the men -- if I'm not supposed to, job well done, Ms. Howatch.  If I am supposed to like one or all of them (or even find them intriguing) ... I guess it's a good thing we've moved on since the 1970s.  That said, as a teenager I'd probably have fallen for Daniel.

 

Kyle of Lochalsh. 
Got some photos of my own, too -- will have to look for them later.

And I'm pretty sure Roshven is inspired by Eilean Donan Castle ... which, after all, also figures in everything from James Bond to the Highlander movie (and which in reality isn't half as ancient as it is conveniently made to look).

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text 2018-10-13 00:24
Just to add the cover for my 1975 edition.
The Waiting Sands - Susan Howatch
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review 2018-09-19 20:03
Nine Coaches Waiting
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart

I can´t even bother to write a proper review for Nine Coaches Waiting.

 

The mystery was lame and ridiculous, the romance was boring as well, the female main character was an idiot, her love interest was a douche and all the French people were depicted as mean spirited and/or dimwitted and/or downright evil. And this book jumped the shark several times. A thing which shouldn´t even be possible.

 

My final verdict: Bah .... NEXT!

 

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