The better to see you, my dear
Reading progress update: I've listened 190 out of 364 minutes.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

*wince* Both better stop explaining.

 

This family is a mess.

Reading progress update: I've listened 97 out of 364 minutes.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Oh shit! The super good day for risks and great things just blew a huge thing, and the kid doesn't notice yet.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 4 out of 364 minutes.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Prime numbers and inability to recognize emotional cues. Aspergers?

 

I'm cheating myself and starting my Dark London before even getting a tenth into the other I have lined to fill up called lines. Very much a mood reader *grin*

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Hah!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

That was awesome!

 

No wonder it caused sensation when it was published.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 624 pages.
El nombre de la rosa - Umberto Eco, Richardo Pochtar

*Scratches head* Alright...

 

I'm reading this one in Spanish for two reasons:

 

- It's closer to the original Italian. Logic says translation should work better (I'm crossing my fingers).

 

- It is a book infamous for being a difficult read. I read about 1 in 20 books in my mother tongue now, usually those originally published as such, or copies I own jointly with mom, but early grasp of a language is never to be discounted as an advantage in understanding.

 

But...

 

I'm one page in and I already fired a notes-file to untangle that first paragraph. And my understanding of Latin only extends to what I can elucidate from modern similar words.

 

This will be a challenge

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 288 pages.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

The way Poirot is subtly setting each member of the community to find up what he needs is really amusing.

 

Very Doyle-ish, the chroniclers' POV. He's even a doctor *grin*

 

 

Review
5 Stars
So that's why...
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

I've always enjoyed Agatha Christie whenever I picked one of her books, though the level fluctuated somewhat. Now I know why this one is held up there with "And then there were none", and it deserves the praise.

 

The mystery is a good one: closed quarters, and it keeps getting more intricate and tangled with each chapter. This, I expected.

 

What I did not expect, was the emotional charge. I felt intrigued and amused for most of it.

Then mentions of loyalty get dropped here and there, and as it peaked at the end, it dawns: so many people, and it's the real deal.

(show spoiler)

I felt awe, kinship and compassion in the end.

 

So, yeah. Full stars.

 

“In my opinion, M. Poirot,” he said, “the first theory you put forward was the correct one"

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 244 pages.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Neatly folded on the top of the case was a thin scarlet silk kimono embroidered with dragons.

 

*laughs* I'd forgotten that bit. What a great taunt.

 

 

Idle hands

Audiobooks leave my hands and eyes free, so I tend to find myself repetitive, drone work when I get engaged in one.

 

Sooo... I've been cleaning up my TBR. Some things bothered me.

 

My sympathies for the next librarian that checks the data-base notifications.

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 244 pages.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

My name is Hercule Poirot.” If he expected an effect he did not get one. MacQueen said merely, “Oh! yes?” and waited for him to go on. “You know the name perhaps?” “Why, it does seem kind of familiar. Only I always thought it was a woman’s dressmaker.” Hercule Poirot looked at him with distaste. “It is incredible!” he said. “What’s incredible?” “Nothing.

 

I've always loved how delightfully conceited Poirot is. Righteous or outrageous, it's always entertaining.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 244 pages.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Starting this one for my "Terrifying Women" spot. Such a pity that I'm spoiled, this having been adapted and referenced so often, but I'll have fun catching the bits of foreshadowing.

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Malay flavored YA
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

Ghostly, entertaining jaunt. Foreign setting, lots of fantasy, family intrigues and romance. Teens and young adults would be a good audience for this one.

 

I liked it well enough, though I wanted to thump some sense into Li Lan several times. And she does the distressed damsel quite a bit. And some issues are managed in somewhat simplistic ways. But it was a speedy read, and I had a good time.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

I'm having an easy and enjoyable time with this.

 

So far, it fits

 

 

 

Lol, I might be missing my guess, but dragons are so proud and conceited.

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

We Chinese did not like to give or receive certain gifts for superstitious reasons: knives, because they could sever a relationship; handkerchiefs, for they portended weeping; and clocks, as they were thought to measure out the days of your life. If any of these were presented, the recipient usually paid a token amount to symbolize that it was a purchase and not a gift.

 

Interesting. Except for the clock one, my half Italian grandfather held those too. And it might have been the full set, and the occasion for him mentioning it never arose.

 

 

Review
2.5 Stars
Man's World
Wolfshead - Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard

This my first stab at Howard, of Conan fame, and I don't know how to rate it, or if I'll ever read something by him again.

 

In favor it has the fact that it has no compunctions about pulling in elements from any source, and mimic any style to flavor and serve the current story. Makes for diverse settings and background mythos, always an entertaining plus.

 

The downside: It is so heavily male. I'd call it misogyny (and it is), but women so seldom make even a peep appearance in this volume, and affect the stories none at all, it goes past contempt or hate to total disregard territory (I went into minute detail here, so scant they are). It is a man's world he writes, and what makes it worth it are guns, swords and fighting monsters so you can tell a tale *eye-roll* White man's world. Blond white man's world... yeah, you get the drift.

 

So, the run of the stories:

 

- The Black Stone: Cthultuish account, with a nice dash of bookish love for ancient tomes. The name Xuthltan comes up.

The flogged dancer, and the sacrificed girl.


- Valley of the Worm: Norse myth flavored epic (Aesirs). Big on white and man.

Some mention of women being fierce too. None named, one appeared a second without lines.

- Wolfshead: Swashbuckling European nobles in Africa, and a werewolf. Reminded me of Quartermain's adventures.

One pretty virgin, one flirtatious twit (who might be the best female character of the whole book, for what it is).

- Fire of Asshurbanipal: Hunting for treasure in the dessert turns Lovecraftian. Another mention of Xuthltan.

None appear.

- House of Arabu: More blond male. If nothing else, the pretty pictures it painted in my mind and the hour reading on Sumerian mythology it spurred may make it worth it. Aesirs' world. Fits the demon square.

One assassin courtesan (that sounds like it could be sooo cool, but no), one backstabbing, abused slave girl, one demoness, geee, we are overflowing.

- Horror from the Mound: Vampires in the old west.

Again, not even mentioned.

 

Since it's an anthology that runs the gamut, this one could fit Vampires, Demons, Supernatural, Monsters, Classic Horror, likely a couple more if you squint, and my pick:

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 368 pages.
The Ghost Bride: A Novel - Yangsze Choo

So far this is looking like a speedy YA romance with some family intrigue and (I'm guessing) a supernatural element. It will make for a nice change of pace.