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Magslhalliday

Magslhalliday

Joined February 2016

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The cover was my favourite part of this. The author couldn‘t pick a pov character, and they spent far too much time observing things happening.

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Creatures of Passage | Morowa Yejide
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In a slightly sideways 1970s DC, Nephthys drives lost souls around in her haunted 1967 sky blue Plymouth.

Not an easy read, for the traumas revealed, but it‘ll stay with me.

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Mehso-so

Straightforward modern cold case crime book set in Amsterdam, in the style of McDirmid‘s Karen Pirie. I‘ll not be rushing to read the rest in the series, but I might well pick them up when I see them at the library.

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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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Pleasant light novel with some lovely thoughts about books and reading.

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A JPW Wimsey/Vane book I‘d not read was an obvious choice from the crime section a couple of weeks ago. Perfectly charming whimsy set in an Oxford college.

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Finally caught up posting here as well as Twitter. I‘ve a recurring appointment on Fridays in town, and have started to go to the library after to recover. And borrow books.

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Dancers in Mourning | Margery Allingham
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Picked up in a bookshop whilst on holiday. I think I read this from the library about 30 years ago. Solid 1937 Campion crime story.

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Munro‘s return to the #DoctorWho target novelisations is a paean to Garner and Le Guin.

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Mehso-so

Cosy interwar crime. It‘s a little bit muddy in its plotting.

MrsK Your right, this is kind of a meh Bude. He has written better. 1mo
Magslhalliday I‘m thinking about seeing if I can do my 2023 LitsyAtoZ challenge entirely from the BL crime classics reprints so I suspect I might be back to Bude in future. ;) 1mo
MrsK @Magslhalliday great idea. You‘ll definitely enjoy it. I may have to steal the idea from you 😜. 3w
Magslhalliday @MrsK I checked and there‘s a handful of letters missing so I can‘t do a full A-Z I might do it anyway, so I‘ve bulk of the alphabet planned in advance. ;) 1w
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Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara | David Fisher, Terrance Dicks
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Mehso-so

Some enjoyable bits but the capture/escape formula is on display too much in this fresh novelisation of a Doctor Who story. I didn‘t like a single character in it.

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A fresh novelisation of a #DoctorWho story that fuses British folk horror with Blake‘s 7 dystopian SF. I can‘t help but hear the Megara‘s voices as like Orac‘s.

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Enjoyable novelisation that really gets inside Donna‘s head.

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Astrid is torn between modernity and tradition when the new priest arranges to sell the church. Wonderfully translated, with a sense of dialect and cultures.

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Shorter Works | Jane Austen
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Mehso-so

This is the nearest match for this small unfinished work by Jane Austen. An early piece, it reminded me of fanfic that starts wildly strong and enthusiastic but then writes itself into a corner and sits unfinished on AO3…

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Mehso-so

A mixed bag of new Haruhi stories. It took me way longer than I expected to get through the middle one.

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Told in the first person by a novelist, with inserts of the novel she is working on as more and more things vanish. Dystopian magic realism, and disconcerting at that. Library loan.

The Litsy summary is wrong! The writer hides her editor inside her house!

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Edgelands: Journeys Into England's True Wilderness | Paul Farley, Michael Symmons Roberts
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Mehso-so

Non-fiction exploring the spaces that edge our cities. A bit heavy on “back when we were kids we could play in abandoned fridges” nostalgia but also idea-generating (those page markers need revisiting). Ignores that women are less likely to visit edgelands because they are not seen as safe.

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Not to be confused with her kids books as contains graphic violence and sexual assault. The village of women are fine by themselves, until the witchfinder comes.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this, and like the use of the different timeframes but perhaps I‘d been overhyped about it.

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I‘ve been a fan for over a decade and this new one had me crying by the end.

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Ms. Marvel Team-Up | Eve L. Ewing
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Very variable collection of cross-overs. Also, neither Spider-Gwen or Rocket Racoon are in it despite being on the cover. Shoddy. Buy Ms Marvel vol 1 instead.

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In present day London a young man comes to terms with his family‘s past and forms of racism. The 1950s-1970s is told through love letters from Sameer‘s grandfather to his dead first wife.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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A bookshop‘s most annoying customer won‘t leave, even after she is dead. Set in 2019-2020, this explores the legacy of inherited trauma. Sounds grim, but it really wasn‘t.

Library loan.

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The entire crew of a lighthouse vanish into thin air. Told over two times, with equal weight given to the partners of the three men. Hints of the supernatural but mostly focussed on what haunts people. Quick and straightforward read.

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Luckenbooth | Jenni Fagan
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Mehso-so

An Edinburgh tenement‘s haunting. I loved the concept but felt I needed to be a closer reader than I am to properly appreciate it.

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Mehso-so

A set of essays on true crimes by the Detection Club (a group of golden era British crime writers). Variable: some essays were fascinating and others were so dry I literally fell asleep.

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Carefully researched and useful collection of essays of women in Devon‘s history. I forgot to take a photo of the book before returning it to the library, so here‘s an image of the shell gallery at A La Ronde, designed and created by the Parminter sisters.

rockpools Gorgeous. Maybe this is the summer I actually get around to visiting A La Ronde… 6mo
Magslhalliday Likewise - though the shell gallery is now off limits as it‘s so fragile! 5mo
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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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I found this a lot more enthralling than I anticipated, though I did tend to slide a little on the scenes of detailed gameplay.

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Scream in Soho | John G Brandon
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Mehso-so

Some many exclamation marks! Rather excitable thriller written in early months of WW2. Racism and xenophobia abound.

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What is an interesting story of one of the women who worked in covert ops in occupied France is mostly focussed on her training instead, and heaving with suppositions. Not good, and only stuck with for research purposes.

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The Confession | Jessie Burton
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I always enjoy a Jessie Burton. With this we have unreliable narrators and inherited patterns of behaviour across two generations.

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I liked the portmanteau structure with a framing story structure a great deal.

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Great historical detection about women detectives during the golden era of crime. Makes you think the Queens were perhaps not as melodramatic as they sometimes seem.

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50 books read in 2021, more than hitting my target of 42. But always with a dip in Sept!

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London A-Z | Geographers' A-Z Map Company
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I completed the #LitsyAtoZ challenge in 2021! Thanks to @BookishMarginalia - I‘ll do the spreadsheet in a bit, honest!

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Given I love Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy it‘s not a surprise that I enjoyed this: Duffy finishing off a Marsh draft. Quick and enjoyable with just enough dark swirly undercurrents to be a wartime crime novel by one of the Queens of Crime.

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I really struggled with this one. The structure involves switching POVs and timeframes, and the tone was too distanced for me. As ever, I don‘t know if that‘s a translation issue. It would have helped if the crib sheet of relationships was at the front not the back.

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Lovely biography setting the quiet radicalism of a landowner in the context of her time. Major diversions into subjects such as fossil-hunting, the railways, etc. Library loan.

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N Or M? | Agatha Christie
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“Daughters can be very trying. Especially when they will be so kind to you.”

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I meant to skim this: instead I got drawn in and read the lot. It does have some pages summarising the plot s of Norton‘s novels which I did skim. Norton left an abusive husband who, in line with the laws of the time, kept custody their children, and all her earnings from her writing. She campaigned to change the law.

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How Cassandra Cain becomes Batgirl. It adds a new mentor for Cass. Lots of nice touches as Cass finds her voice and new mission.

Loved by me and tween.

Library loan.

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On the Golden Porch | Tatyana Tolstaya
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This is why I try to avoid the local bookcycle shop, or at least carry some fivers. You can buy up to 3 second hand books a day, and you pay what you think you should for them.

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Zodiac | Sam Wilson
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable pulp but never lives up to the premise. Useful if you need a letter Z for #LitsyAtoZ.

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Quay Voices #1 | Patrick Gale; Natasha Carthew; Rebecca R
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I‘m doing this as a blurb but it‘s actually a read. I‘m not sure how you can fairly judge a collection that includes your own work. ;)

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Loki: Vote Loki | CHRISTOPHER. HASTINGS
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Mehso-so

Vote Loki!

The main 4-part story would be more entertaining if Trump hadn‘t then won, and I didn‘t love the supporting stories either. There‘s something. To be said for the Golden Age origin story but the others were either too dry (a Loki and Spidey team up that isn‘t funny? How??) or too mangled story-telling wise.

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I‘ve been reading this off and on all year. It contains interviews with a wide range of surviving Bletchley staff as well as neat chapters on the challenges of setting up the park and cracking the codes. A good human-interest version of the history.

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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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I borrowed this to see if would be a good intro to Christie for the 11yo.

It is not. Late Poirot, and nearly every character is disparaging about the idea of people with mental health issues living in the community.

If any Christie fans follow me, I‘d love some suggestions on books to get a tween started on the queen.

StaceGhost I started with the Orient Express and loved it! I never guessed the ending, a big problem with mysteries for me. 12mo
ShyBookOwl Yikes.. I think my first Christie was And Then There Were None when I was 12. I know I read a bunch others directly following it, but I haven't revisited them since so I have no sense of appropriateness nor how they hold up today. 12mo
AvidReader25 I second And Then There We‘re None. I read it around that age and loved it. 12mo
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Magslhalliday @StaceGhost I‘m going to suggest it, the biggest problem being Murder Most Unladylike riffs on it so she can work out the end! 12mo
Magslhalliday @avidreader25 @shybookowl thanks! I know it by its adaptations so will try it and see if it‘s OK. 12mo
Magslhalliday Someone over on Twitter has suggested the Tommy and Tupamaros books as an entry point. 12mo
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Monstrous Regiment | Terry Pratchett
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Reread after retrieving some of my PTerry books from the store. It‘s as much about the foolish sable-rattling of a tiny country, the dangers of propaganda and the pointlessness of war. All from the point of view of a woman refusing gender norms.

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Still Life | Val McDermid
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When I clocked the dates in each chapter of the latest DI Karen Pirie the tension instantly ratcheted up. When the forensics lab have people off sick with colds they‘ve picked up on a trip to Northern Italy…

Written once lockdowns started, there‘s a vicarious thrill to seeing Pirie dart about to Paris, England and Ireland, and you‘re wondering if the case will get mired in the first lockdown in the UK. 👍

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A gentlewoman gets drawn into court intrigues. Telling the story of the Overbury murder from the point of view of one of the plotters. I liked the main narrator‘s voice.