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review 2017-03-17 22:36
Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol (Brandreth)
Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol - Gyles Brandreth

The sixth of the Brandreth Oscar Wilde murder mysteries, this is in many ways my favourite. That is, I suppose, because for me these books have been more about Brandreth's re-creation of Wilde's voice and milieu, and the murder mystery in each has been secondary. So this novel, which takes place during and just after Wilde's brutal incarceration for homosexuality, is enormously satisfying in its evocation of time and place, even though, by necessity, we lose Conan Doyle as a character, and also by necessity, the whole tone is quite a bit darker than in the rest of the series.


Brandreth is not nearly as sorry for Wilde as he was for himself - unsurprisingly - in De Profundis, his essay-letter from jail. His painful separation from the unworthy Douglas, which of course obsessed the real Wilde, barely gets a mention here. Instead, we get a gallery of minor characters, including some gay and/or cross-dressing, and on every step of the villainy ladder. The delight, of course, is in Wilde's acute observations of them.


While I'm in hopes this won't be the last "Oscar Wilde and...", it comes chronologically very close to the end of Wilde's life, so if we are to have another, it will either have to be absolutely on the Paris deathbed, or dip back into earlier (and more light-hearted) times. I'm up for either, Mr. Brandreth.


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url 2017-03-16 22:53
Learning From Reading: Change Up Your Patterns to Gain More

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 01:18
Soviet's agent take the red pill
Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

Leo's awakening.


In the beginning of the book, Leo is a strong, effective state agent. 


Then things happened that begin to shake his faith of the state, or the state methodology. He was an agent of the state that caught citizens who were accused of subversion. Yet, these people who are caught are not bad people, they are just normal people who would confess to anything if they were being tortured. 


Then he found out that he has been living in a lie. 


Not only he fantasied about his job, he has romanticised about courtship with his wife.


It is all a lie. And Leo begin to see the truth. The truth that put his life in danger.


It started with a denial of a child found killed near the railroad track. Leo delivered the state position that it was an accident.


Leo was also smart and he found out more information that it was no accident. That is against the state position, and all the excuse needed to get him into trouble.


He was also lied to by his wife.


A lot of lies.


Leo was happy when he didn't know the truth.


This is a Russia, Soviet era Matrix story. Would he rather take the red pill or the blue pill.


He take  the red pill and now the illusion is off and the harsher reality review itself. 


Almost to the end of the book. Good story telling. The movie didn't do it justice as a lot of subplot, the more internal revealing of the truth is not shown. 


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url 2017-03-14 13:42
Walk a Mile in Your Characters’ Shoes

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url 2017-03-12 19:39
Use Your Own Life Story To Bring Depth to Your Writing with Steven Pressfield

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