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Friday book list #14: More Ngaio Marsh

Marsh seems to have loved not only referring to and quoting books and plays, but she also made up titles, so there is plenty to work with in her books. The same titles crop up repeatedly, e.g. Macbeth, The Ingoldsby Legends and Jane Eyre.

Death in a White Tie:Publications:
The Times - newspaper.The Evening Chronicle - newspaper.The Daily Express - newspaper. "guides to the turf" - no titles mentioned - racing guides.

The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (as Taylor's Medical Jurisprudence) - what the title says.Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. Christian devotional.The Martyrdom of Man by William Winwood Reade. Philosophy/history.

"paper-bound banned novels of a peculiar indecency and no literary merit whatsoever." - I couldn't resist quoting this, not only because it's a funny description of porn novels, but also because ownership of porn/erotica seems to be a sure mark of a cad - or worse - …

Promising first paragraph (#1)

The opening paragraph of the book I'm about to start reading looks very promising:

Gissing lived alone (except for his Japanese butler) in a little house in the country, in that woodland suburb region called the Canine Estates. He lived comfortably and thoughtfully, as bachelors often do. He came of a respectable family, who had always conducted themselves calmly and without too much argument. They had bequeathed him just enough income to live on cheerfully, without display but without having to do addition and subtraction at the end of the month and then tear up the paper lest Fuji (the butler) should see it. From Where the Blue Begins, by Christopher Morley

Reading report for July 2013

Although I finished 21 books in July I expect the page count was pretty similar to an average month, because I read several short books.

Of the 21 books, 13 were rereads. 5 were audiobooks, all of them re“reads“, although I had only listened to one of them before. 5 of the rereads were comic books (1 Spirou and Fantasio book and 4 Lucky Luke books) I have owned since I was a teenager and hadn‘t touched for many years.

One of my favourite web comics, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, came to an end in July. It had been running for several years when I discoverd it, and I went all the way back and caught up and then followed it faithfully to the end. I hope the authors will publish it in book form one day.

All the Nora Roberts novels were in the 2,5 to 3,5 star range for me, and I don‘t expect any of them will become rereads, unlike the In Death books that she writes under the J.D. Robb name.

The standout book of the month was Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. I didn‘t like it as well as I…

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Headlines like this make me want to scream

Happily, the body of the article isn't so prejudicial, but still: WTF was the headline writer thinking?
I can just see the smirk on their face when they wrote this. (Judging from the tenor of the article, I'd say the journalist isn't the one to blame, but an editor/headline writer).