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Oh and I like The Man in The Brown Suit too! That one and Secret at Chimneys feel a little more romance-y than her others, but in a good way.
Oh EllCeeGee I could not agree more. Which one is your favorite? Personally, I'm partial to The Viper. I found the prolonged estrangement in Striker kinda depressing and I heartily disliked whatshisname in the short mini-novel. What was it called? The one where he knocks up the village girl and then behaves like a cad until the very end? Oh and Arrow was a big disappointment, I thought. Here we have the most handsome man in Scotland and he... well. Anyway, apart from some nit-picking I adore them. Give yourself a real treat - if you have not already - and listen to Antony Ferguson narrating a couple. My library has them as e-audiobooks. Caveat: on a number of occasions I have been mortified when the car speakers picked up mid-McCarty. As you note, there is much Doing It.
The Tommy and Tuppence short stories are collected in Partners in Crime, loosely tied together to make a novel. Chronologically they fall after The Secret Adversary and before N or M. They are charming and while we are on the subject, I don't know if you've ever seen any of the television adaptations that have been done but people seem incapable of correctly casting either of them.
Wait. Wait wait wait. Naomi Novik as in Temeraire? She has a book about a girl and a wizard and a magical wood? And I am not reading it as we speak? OK. Patricia Wentworth and a non-Temeraire, check.
Oh! I'll do another post! We went through a couple of good ones this summer.
I. Have. Never. Read. Patricia. Wentworth. Starting immediately.
Yes, I love overdrive. Audible and I have a complicated relationship. My Mom gives me credits about twice a year and then I agonize over whether something is really, really, really worth burning a credit over. I have to be sure I will want to listen to it again (Agatha Christie; Georgette Heyer) or the children will (Artemis Fowl; Terry Pratchett.) I got Medicus the other day as $1.99 daily deal and I am beside myself. Only about twenty minutes in but so far it is excellent. I'll look into both Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford. Soothing is good. And as an a-religious type I was surprise by how much I liked Mitford.
Nah. I cannot do Heyer mysteries. Too... too... I don't know. I loathe every character in them. As for Loretta Chase, the first two hundred and fifty pages of her Lord of Scoundrels are my favorite depiction of the ripping of bodices, like, ever.
Oh GEORGETTE HEYER. I am currently listening to Cotillion for the umpteenth time. If you have not already done so, treat yourself to a copy of Pistols for Two. It's a collection of short stories and they are perfect.
Well, Dawn, I don't think it is OK. In fact, I think it is dangerous to do so because it only serves to end conversation and further the divisions that exist in this country. Were you asking that as a hypothetical question or was it in response to what I wrote?
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2016 on The World Turned at Julia
Steve was at the farm last night so I let Caroline and Edward fall asleep in my bed. Then I spent fifteen minutes walking around the house trying to figure out where I had put my phone so I could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Julia
No, no. You're right. I know you are right. It takes about a millisecond of reflection to leap to Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" and "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" and, a most damning reminder of the responsibility we are singularly failing, "In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority." And no, you're not irritating. I just desperately want to believe that having turned a blind eye while voting people like my friend (and yours. and yours. and yours. and yours... ) will not continue to do so. I've got nothing.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2016 on The World Turned at Julia
Well that, my dear Mary, is the truck-sized hole in the apologist justification that's helping me to sleep at night. Is a willingness to overlook moral failure in exchange for what you perceive to be a greater good (because you believe the Republicans will end abortion; because you retain a burning hatred for Bill Clinton; because you think Trump will bring back the steel mills) the same thing as endorsing those failures? I honestly don't know.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2016 on The World Turned at Julia
Book club was held at my house in October, just a couple of days after... may I call it Pussygate? No? OK then. A few days after... The Video was released and although I try my utmost to keep both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Julia
A still life. PS I'm fine. Things are fine. We're all fine. Well, Edward has pneumonia but thanks to the discovery of antibiotics he, too, is mostly fine. We went to Canada. We went to Canada and stayed for quite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Julia
They¹ll listen. They have to listen, they¹re trapped in the car bwah ha ha. Off the top of my head I would recommend Magyk (first book in Septimus Heap series - starts a little alarmingly but is not so fraught moving forward) or Artemis Fowl (boy genius criminal plus fairies) or Sisters Grimm (don¹t remember the first one - they¹re a leetle dark but not too bad I hope) or Wee Free Men (the late, very great Terry Pratchett doing what he did best.) If I think of more I¹ll post more.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Well ok then. Very good to know, thank you.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Bird noire.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Oooh, thank you. Will look for them.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
You should hear these birds. So. Screechy.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Eva Ibbotson wrote the absolute best, most charming, most perfect young adult historical romances ever produced and unless the genre makes you literally throw up you should read them. There are five (six?) of them but A Company of Swans and Countess Below Stairs are particularly swoony. I will absolutely check out the two you mentioned. She was a great talent.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Patrick just read The Giver for his English class and then forced his copy upon me because he said I had to read it. I admit that I whined because I don't really *like* dystopia but I was touched that Patrick wanted to share, so I read it. I found it... troubling and I mean that in the best possible way. We disagree strongly over the what - exactly - is happening at the end by the way. Patrick says I need to read the sequels. Thanks for the Eragon heads up. I remembered vaguely that my bookish blog friends were not enthusiastic but I could not remember why. The fact that it is not good, apparently.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
A couple of weeks ago Caroline rather breathlessly announced that she and her friend K were going to start a band. "I'm going to be the singer." "Fun." "And he's the drummer." (Of course he is. Aren't they always?) "Great,"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Julia