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I haven’t done a reading post in yonks, so this are several weeks (months?) of reading.

The Wild Girl )
Anansi Boys )

My Sister's Grave )

The Paper Magician Trilogy )

The Roses of May )

The Grass King's Concubine )

Goddess )
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As lways spoilers under the cuts.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I really liked this book, set in Victorian London, but with a couple of strong fantasy and steampunk elements. It started out with a telegraphist receiving a mysterious watch as an anonymous gift, and a bomb threat, and I thought it would be a bit of a thriller, but it isn’t, really. But it’s a bit hard to describe what happens without spoilers. I can say it’s about a man who see the colours of sounds, and a woman who want to see the ether. And about a man who remembers his future and forgets his past. And two love stories. And a clockwork octopus. And I enjoyed every page of it. This is Pulley’s debit novel and it makes me really excited to see what she writes next.

Grimm )

OUAT )

And Versailles will start airing in Sweden on April 13. Wohoo! I only hope it won’t be any hassle, as it’s on a streaming channel we don’t have. It ought not to be a problem, but I’m always sceptical to those things until they do work. I really, really want to watch the new season. If worst come to worst the French DVD will be released by the end of April (with both the English and the French-dubbed version). But I think that if you are in USA you’ll need a DVD player which can play European DVDs.
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The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths. This is the ninth book about Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist and DCI Nelson. A homeless man reports that a homeless woman has disappeared, only to be brutally murdered. Then another homeless man is killed as well, and then another woman disappears. This time from a wealthy neighborhood, but she has one thing in common with the homeless woman. And Ruth finds bones underneath an old cellar, bones which something nasty had happened to. And then there are disconcerting rumours about an underground society...

As I said I liked it, and I found the ideas of people living underground interesting. At first I thought the mention of an underground cinema underneath Paris was just made-up for the book, but apparently it is true. And I also like the gallery of characters; Nelson’s wife Michelle, the police officers Judy and Clough, Ruth’s druid friend Cathbad and her daughter Kate. Their relationships grow and evolve throughout the books, and it is a little like seeing old friends when a new book comes.
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This is really three weeks of reading…

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I’m a bit fascinated that I hadn’t finished a book last week. Taking the bud instead of the train really impacts my reading! Of course, I still read several books at once, so one of these Wednesday I have probably finished more than one book again.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. Sometimes you read a book and you get so involved in the story you don’t notice the screaming discrepancy until you are finished. This book was like that.

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Yesterday I had my first belly dancing lesson. Today my body is a big NO! But it was great fun and I look forward to the next time.

Th Affair of the Poisons by Anne Somerset. Read more... )
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My reading time is severely inconvenienced right now. Normally it takes me half an hour with train to get to my workplace, and I usually read during that time. But now my train-line is shut down until August for extensive repairs, which means I have to take the bus. Not only does it take longer time, but I also can’t read on buses. Most annoying.

The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley. Read more... )
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So, back to this. I have missed it. This last week I have read:

The Serpent Garden )

The Harvest of Scorn )

The Miniaturist )

Death Notes )

An Absence of Light )
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So, back to this. I have missed it. This last week I have read:

The Serpent Garden )

The Harvest of Scorn )

The Miniaturist )

Death Notes )

An Absence of Light )
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Well, I know we are being flooded with tributes to David Bowie right now, but this story, originally published in Neil Gaiman’s Trigger warnings is too lovely not to pass on. It also have absolutely stunning artwork by Yoshitaka Amano. Gaiman himself calls it fanfiction.

The Return of the Thin White Duke
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A little early, but here is the summary of all the books I have read this year. more than I thought! I have read 57 full length books. 37 of those was new, 20 were re-reads. I have also read 24 novellas or short stories; 5 new and 19 re-reads.

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I have been re-reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke at the same time as I have re-watched the series and have fallen in love with the book even more than after my initial read. For some reason the book languished on my bookshelf for nearly a decade as I, as so many other, were a bit put off by all the footnotes. But last year when were were going to Venice I needed a good, hefty book to read and finally blew the dust of it. I was very pleased with my choice and as part of it takes place in Venice it felt quite fitting as well. Now I can’t understand why I waited so long, because this is just the kind of book that appeals to me; long, slow-moving and with a big cast. Two of my all time favourites are The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. And of course I love Jane Austen.

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I have been re-reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke at the same time as I have re-watched the series and have fallen in love with the book even more than after my initial read. For some reason the book languished on my bookshelf for nearly a decade as I, as so many other, were a bit put off by all the footnotes. But last year when were were going to Venice I needed a good, hefty book to read and finally blew the dust of it. I was very pleased with my choice and as part of it takes place in Venice it felt quite fitting as well. Now I can’t understand why I waited so long, because this is just the kind of book that appeals to me; long, slow-moving and with a big cast. Two of my all time favourites are The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. And of course I love Jane Austen.

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I got hit by sinusitis and have spent two days basically sleeping. It’s a bit better, but as you don’t get penicillin for it anymore in Sweden, I’ll just have to wait it through, headaches and all.

Haven’t read much either. Read more... )
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I haven’t read much this week. Or rather, I haven’t finished much. I am reading Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake, Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. But I have only finished one book.

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Long train rides makes for a lot of reading.

Reading and reccing )
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Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge. This is the second book about Mosca Mye, starting a few months after the events in Fly By Night. There were things I liked less and things I loved.

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I’ve read the first two books about Chief Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny; Still Life and A Fatal Grace. I must say I’m quite charmed. Read more... )

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