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How did your weekend reading go? If you planned on anything specifically, did you read it?

Date: 2017-01-16 01:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sunflowerinrain
I read Margery Allingham's "Hide My Eyes". Campion is one of my favourite detectives; in this, he appears but not as the central character.

For a detective novel, it's unusual in that we know from the beginning who did it. The tension comes from what he and his victims are going to do next; around the mid-point the unfoldment is very suspenseful. As the characters develop, the story seemes to slow while the events become rushed. I found the dénouement unsatisfying. Was it because I was married to a compulsive liar / conman and therefore have some experience, that the main character appeared superficially drawn?

Overall: not bad but I need a real Campion novel now!
Edited Date: 2017-01-16 01:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-19 07:50 pm (UTC)
nou: The word "kake" in a white monospaced font on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] nou
I don't think I’ve read anything by Margery Allingham, but according to Wikipedia, Campion started off as a parody of Peter Wimsey — I really like the Wimsey books, so do you think I’d like the Campion books too? And if so, what would you recommend to start off with? I’m more into novels than short stories at the moment, if that helps.

Date: 2017-01-21 12:26 pm (UTC)
sunflowerinrain: Singing at the National Railway Museum (Default)
From: [personal profile] sunflowerinrain
I find the very early ones a bit Biggles and Bulldog Drummond, but amusing nonetheless. The first one I read (decades ago, must re-read) was Tiger in the Smoke. Usually I prefer to start at the beginning of a series, but in the case of Campion there are several short stories for tasters. How about the collection "Mr Campion and Others"?

Date: 2017-01-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
nou: The word "kake" in a white monospaced font on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] nou
Thanks! I’m finding it hard to get into short stories at the moment, but I’ll give it a go.

Date: 2017-01-22 05:10 pm (UTC)
sunflowerinrain: Singing at the National Railway Museum (Default)
From: [personal profile] sunflowerinrain
I should have said, though, that much as I love Allingham's writing and am fond of Campion, nothing beats Gaudy Night.

Date: 2017-01-23 10:49 am (UTC)
nou: The word "kake" in a white monospaced font on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] nou
Coincidentally, I’m in the middle of watching the Edward Petherbridge/Harriet Walter TV adaptation of Gaudy Night at the moment. It’s a bit disappointing — they’ve cut out lots of the story. I’m possibly only still watching it because it was filmed at my old college.

Date: 2017-01-25 12:40 pm (UTC)
sunflowerinrain: Singing at the National Railway Museum (Default)
From: [personal profile] sunflowerinrain
I just finished "Sweet Danger" (the one in which Amanda first appears). Something I didn't notice on first read all those years ago - the villain has a tower-block as an office building, lavishly decorated and staffed with elegant young men and women. It has a gold lift. Campion was not impressed.

Date: 2017-01-17 03:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bonnefois
I don't think I ever reported what I had read, so here's what I've done so far this year.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (audiobook)
How To Fit A Car Seat On A Camel And Other Misadventures Traveling With Kids edited by Sarah Franklin
The Wonderful And Terrible Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal
Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (audiobook)

I had some back pain issues and wasn't feeling well for a while, plus I put reading aside to focus on finishing some more things for [community profile] fandom_stocking before it closed. I'm a bit behind on reading, but I'm further ahead on fic and other stuff so it balances out. Anyways, there's plenty more time to catch up. I can always just fill my mp3 player with my backlog of audiobooks while I walk.

Date: 2017-01-17 08:07 pm (UTC)
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] bonnefois
Yeah ;__; I went straight to the library to go through her memoirs soon after I heard the news. If you haven't heard them yet, I recommend them. She gives a great narration, and it made me appreciate more what an amazing and funny woman she was.

Audiobooks are pretty easy to come by, actually. Audible has some really good offers where you can get 2 months free, and then take advantage of things like sales when they go down to say 1-3$. My other trick is to go to the library, borrow them then rip them for my mp3 player. Libraryvox has some older classics, though I should note they're read by a series of guest readers all of varying skills. Still, it was a lifesaver for me when I was taking a sci-fi/fantasy lit class in 2014, given I didn't have a copy of Dracula handy and couldn't get to the library. You can also find some at youtube if you search. (Some legal, more of the classics and obscure but neat old stuff you'd find at gutenberg, and some not so legal, lol)

I listen to a lot of podcasts too, but audiobooks is a good way to keep up the reading and do the dishes as well.

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