A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books

Notes and reflections - not really worthy to be called reviews - written at various times over a long life of eclectic reading.

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June 2019
10
reviewed: Armadale (Collins)
This is a fine old melodrama. It's really much too long and complicated to be easily adapted to a play (although Collins did ...
Armadale - Wilkie Collins
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June 2019
07
reviewed: Murder at Midnight (Challinor)
Going to visit an older relative and looking for something we could read and discuss together, I sought out (1) a mystery nov...
Murder at Midnight - C.S. Challinor
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reviewed: The Gown (Robson)
As is the fashion, this novel has chronologically separate narrative streams told in alternating chapters. In this case, the ...
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding - Jennifer Robson
read and rated
liked:
I won't give this book a rating. I don't know enough about South Africa and the history of Apartheid to know which parts of M...
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First things first, props to Char for recommending this! (Fun fact: I saw that I started writing this review around the time ...
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Clever plot, infused with gentle humour that entertained but lacked the personal angst and historical set-pieces that make th...
June 2019
05
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My first dip into Norse Mythology was Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which, to my mind, was the perfect introduction. This b...
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This collection really tried my patience. I don't like leaving such a negative review for a debut author, but with only one p...
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I'm so torn on my feelings about this book. On one hand, I really loved that this was a reimagining of The Twelve Dancing Pri...
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"Crooked House" is the first Agatha Christie standalone novel I've read. I've been pleasantly surprised by how fresh and simp...
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If blopoly was paid out based on text size, this little 237 page mystery would be a $5 read. Good thing I'm near-sighted. I...
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Jaya has just suffered her third miscarriage. She is carrying around insurmountable grief and it has taken a toll on her mar...