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This is really three weeks of reading…

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Long train rides makes for a lot of reading.

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What I have been reading: The Cloning of Joanna May by Fay Weldon. I read this when it was first published and thought it was interesting to read again. I can’t say I really liked it. It’s rather dated, set at it is in the aftermath och Chernobyl and for all Weldon seem to lean on nurture over nature, Joanna and her clones seems more alike than different. And all have a preference for small grey cats, which hardly can genetic.

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Still with some leftovers from my vacation reading.

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I’ve read so many books this summer that I would probably bore you to death if I list them all in one post. I’ll bore you in several instead. :)

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I’ve read so many books this summer that I would probably bore you to death if I list them all in one post. I’ll bore you in several instead. :)

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I’m going to stop telling you what I’m currently reading and what I will be reading next. I always read several books at the same time and put them down and pick them up later and if I find it boring to write down the same books I’m reading every week, then I guess you think so too. And I don’t really plan ahead that much.

I don’t have much patience for hard reads right now, as you may have noticed.

So; What I have finished reading Deadlight Hall, another of Sarah Rayne’s supernatural books. An old man wants to know what he really saw when he, as a small boy during WWII was sick at Deadlight Hall. The same night his best friends disappeared, twin girl with a telepathic girl. But pretty quickly it evolves that children have disappeared from the house as far back as the 19th century. And who is the shadow who shuffles around the house, calling for the children? Rayne do write after a formula and this fulfill most of her true and tried tricks. It was still one of the better ones.

The Colony by F. G. Cottham. New writer to me and another supernatural thriller that goes back in history. Yes, I enjoy those. This one if about the mysterious disappearance of a small religious group from a Scottish island in the early 19th century. A media mogul get his hands on a movie reel from the 1930’s that depicts a little ghost girl on the island, taken by a man who later kills himself. As mystery goes this was a rather exciting story, but the cast is HUGE. We have the media mogul, an ex-cop, an ex-military man, a psychic, three scientists, two journalist, a daughter and a professor. Apart from assorted ghosts and people from the past and some less than important characters. All told from about ten POV’s. Added that this is just released on Kindle and the format is odd, paragraphs and new sections looks the same so at times you realise a bit too late that the “he” in the paragraph you are reading isn’t the same “he” as in the previous one…

What I have been watching We have finished Dig which was a bit of conspiracy theory meets Indiana Jones, but over all quite fun. And Jason Isaacs took of his shirt in almost all of the episodes. We’ve also reached “Hide” in DW.

Still meh about True Detectives and still eeep about Hannibal. Evidently the producer (director?) is going to do Neil Gaiman’s American Gods which makes me even more excited about it. American Gods being one of my favourite books.

Kid and I have just watched “Time and the Rani”, which is Seven’s first episode. Seven is the Doctor I have seen the least of, and this episode is one of those I haven’t seen before. It will be fun to see so many “new” episodes.
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I’m a bit all over right now, having a hard time to concentrate on just one thing. I really, really need my vacation and it’s nineteen days to go. Meanwhile I read more books at the same time than usual, flitting from them like a fly and with as much staying power…

What I am reading: Unnatural Death? by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Elephantasm by Tanith Lee. I found it second hand on Amazon for next to nothing. Yay!

Deadlight Hall by Sarah Rayne

What I have finished reading: The Dreams In the Witch House This is one of the first LOvecraft stories I read and I still found it rather scary, even if it has several over the top moments. A young man take lodgings in an old house where, in the 17th century , the witch Keziah Manson lived. She had a rat.like familiar called Brown Jenkins and disappeared before she was hanged. Oh, and she apparently kidnapped and killed small children. Anyways, the young man dreams nightmares, growing more and more horrible and perhaps old Keziah isn’t quite dead…

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What I am reading now: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers, and A Private Disgrace by Victoria Lincoln.

What I have finished reading: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the second Lord Peter-story and it is not as good as the first book, IMO. Whose Body is a tight story with few characters and settings, while Clouds of Witness is a sprawling story with, as the title says, lots of witness, not to mention clue. The fiancé to Lord Peter’s sister Lady Mary is found shot and their elder brother, the Duke of Denver is arrested for murder. As Lord Peter investigates he suddenly realise that if he manages to free his brother, he might have to arrest his sister. It’s still a very enjoyable story, we get to know Lord Peter’s family better and there are plenty of amusing scenes and Lord Peter’s famous banter.

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What I am reading now: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers, and A Private Disgrace by Victoria Lincoln.

What I have finished reading: Vernon House by Sandra Farris. Ghost story about a woman who builds a house and finds a letter that indicates that a previous owner has been murdered, about 100 years earlier. I could say a lot about this book, but I won’t. Let’s just say that I can’t recommend it.

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H. P. Lovecraft. A short story about a man who finds out that his great-great grandmother was something else than human. rather disturbing story about evolution going backwards and some unsavoury views on inheriting the sins of the father (or mother).

What I will be reading next: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers.

He by H. P. Lovecraft.

What I have been watching: Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful, of course, both approaching their finales. I’m so, so happy that there will be a next season for both of them, these are easily my favourite series right now.

Husband and I have binge-watched season 6 of Doctor Who and just has one episode left. This is easily my favourite season when it comes to Eleven.

Dig is a bit of a slow go, it has some topics that makes it hard to watch, but I like it. And lots of Jason Isaacs without a shirt, which can only be good.

We have also started with Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. A lot less complex than the book, of course, but the casting is stellar as if the filming and the costumes. If I have one complaint, then it is that we don’t get enough insight in Stephen, which, considering what happens to him, seems a bit odd. But apart from that, I love it!
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It’s a what I am reading Thursday this week. Kid gradutated yesterday and I had other things to do than LJing.

What I am reading now: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers, Vernon House by Sandra Farris and A Private Disgrace by Victoria Lincoln.

What I have finished reading: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. Sayers easily qualify as one of my favourite authors and I re-read her books every few years. Now I feel the urge again. All but one of her crime novels deals with gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey and were written in the 1920’s-30’s. They are very witty and the crimes generally inventive and interesting. Whose Body? is the first and deals with a dead body in a bath. A dead body who most definitely not is Sir Reuben Levy who disappeared during the night. So whose body is it and where is Sir Reuben and is there a connection?


Unlike Agatha Christie's books Lord Peter age and change throughout the books, but his world is already fully formed in the first one, even if he is slightly cartoonish here. Lord Peter is the second son of a duke, very rich and solves crimes as a hobby. He has a perfect man servant called Bunter and is best friend with a police man, Charles Parker. In this book we also meet his delightful mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver.


What I will be reading next: Unnatural Deat by Dorothy L. Sayers.


Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H. P. Lovecraft.
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What I am reading: Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Vernon House by Sandra Farris.

And still that book about Lizzie Borden. There is only so much bloody ax-murders you can stomach every week.

What I have finished reading: The biography over Anthony Ainley that got a post all on its own.

Rise To Me by Shani Struthers. Rather a disappointment, I’m sorry to say. It’s number two in a series called Psychic Surveys, the first one was called The Haunting of Highdown Hall. I really liked that one. A psychic woman starts a small company that deals with ghosts and other supernatural phenomena. Highdown Hall was the home of a famous movie star and she is now haunting the place and the Psychic Survey gets called in. It was a bit of a mystery novel, a slow unravelling to what happened to the movie star before her death and the reason she is a ghost. Ruby, the central character is nice and there is also a cute ghost dog. What’s not to love?

In Rise To Me Ruby is afflicted with what seems to be a demon. A demon who many years earlier has caused her mother into a complete breakdown. Sadly it didn’t grip me like the first books did and it dragged a bit. I also found a sub-story about a murdered girl to end very unsatisfactory. I’ll probably read the next book anyway in the hope that the series will perk up again.

What I will be reading next: Probably Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers. She’s one of my favourite writers and a regular re-read.

What I have been watching: Doctor Who: Kid and I are on Mindwarp, which I kind of hate because I know how it will end for Peri. Husband and I just saw Vincent and the Doctor, which is one of my favourite DW-episodes ever.

Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful continues to amaze me. I loved Mrs. S and Elena trashing it out and that Felix finally got some kind of recognition. In PD just about everyone had sex, but there was some plot too. I wonder what Lilly will say when she remembers that Victor killed her.

Husband and I have binge-watched Agent Carter, which I loved. I’m very pleased that there will be another season.
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What I am reading: Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Vernon House by Sandra Farris.

And still that book about Lizzie Borden. There is only so much bloody ax-murders you can stomach every week.

What I have finished reading: The biography over Anthony Ainley that got a post all on its own.

Rise To Me by Shani Struthers. Rather a disappointment, I’m sorry to say. It’s number two in a series called Psychic Surveys, the first one was called The Haunting of Highdown Hall. I really liked that one. A psychic woman starts a small company that deals with ghosts and other supernatural phenomena. Highdown Hall was the home of a famous movie star and she is now haunting the place and the Psychic Survey gets called in. It was a bit of a mystery novel, a slow unravelling to what happened to the movie star before her death and the reason she is a ghost. Ruby, the central character is nice and there is also a cute ghost dog. What’s not to love?

In Rise To Me Ruby is afflicted with what seems to be a demon. A demon who many years earlier has caused her mother into a complete breakdown. Sadly it didn’t grip me like the first books did and it dragged a bit. I also found a sub-story about a murdered girl to end very unsatisfactory. I’ll probably read the next book anyway in the hope that the series will perk up again.

What I will be reading next: Probably Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers. She’s one of my favourite writers and a regular re-read.

What I have been watching: Doctor Who: Kid and I are on Mindwarp, which I kind of hate because I know how it will end for Peri. Husband and I just saw Vincent and the Doctor, which is one of my favourite DW-episodes ever.

Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful continues to amaze me. I loved Mrs. S and Elena trashing it out and that Felix finally got some kind of recognition. In PD just about everyone had sex, but there was some plot too. I wonder what Lilly will say when she remembers that Victor killed her.

Husband and I have binge-watched Agent Carter, which I loved. I’m very pleased that there will be another season.
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What I am reading now: The Man Behind the Master by Karen Louise Hollis.

Rise To Me by Shani Struthers.

And still the book about Lizzie Borden.

What I have finished reading: The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths. This is the last book about forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway, another one of those series s that I read whenever there is a new book. These books are formula crime novels, but they are also rather charming.. A crime in the past either is connected, or a parallel, to a modern crime. Ruth is, on one way or another, roped in to help DCI Nelson and his team and has, of course, a big part in the final solution. In this book a WWII plane, with pilot, in unearthed at a building site. But the man in the plane was a man who died at sea and, it turns out, has been buried somewhere else before he is put in the plane.

I’m a big fan of historical murder mysteries, ever since I read The daughter of Time by Josephine Tey and a pre-teen. Ruth is a likeable character and so are most of the other characters as well. My favourite is the modern druid Cathbad. There is, not very original, a lot of sexual tension between the married Nelson and Ruth, but it is solved (or not solved) in a more unusual way. I also like that the characters life doesn’t stands till, they fall in love, have kids, divorce, and change opinions, just like people do in real life. The characters also feels like real people, with both flaws and good sides. Most of the villains are people as well, not stereotypical bad guy. It’s perfectly possible to read any book in the series first, though, there are enough information sprinkled in each book to ground the characters, but I enjoy the “extra” story you get when you read them in the right order.

What I will be reading next:<7b> No idea. I have a few to finish first. 
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What I am reading now: I’m putting Det rena landet away for the time being. It’s very interesting, but a slow go and it will keep to my vacation. I’m also still reading A Private Disgrace and have started on The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths.

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Not much going on in the reading department, as you can see.

What I am reading now:>/b> Still on Det rena landet. It’s an interesting book, but not exactly an easy read.

A Private Disgrace by Victoria Lincoln about Lizzie Borden.

What I have finished reading: The Pictures In the House By H. P. Lovecraft, another short story. Not really very satisfying story, rather Poe-influenced with a Deux Ex Machina ending. But the gruesome cannibal the narrator meets is just gruesome.

What I will be reading next: The Ghost Fields Elly Griffths.
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What I am reading now: Still on Det rena landet.

What I have finished reading: Not much, really. Too much to do, too little sleep and too many allergies. But I picked up and re-read one of my comfort books. Do you have them? Books that you return to when you feel frazzled? I have several, but this one is my oldest; Elizabeth of the Garrett Theatre by Gwendoline Courtney. It was first published in 1948 and have also been published as Stepmother and Those Verney Girls. My parents kept a shelf with books from their childhood and I found this book here when I was nine and has re-read it so many times since then. (I also read Biggles, Westerns, books about horses and girl books by now forgotten Swedish authors.)

It’s a story about four sisters, aged between nine and seventeen who suddenly finds themselves with an unwanted stepmother. They decide on the spot that she must be horrible and do their best to be horrible toward her. They are also all mad about theatre. Naturally Nan, the stepmother is actually a very nice person and eventually she wins them over.

It’s a very funny book and the sisters are all very different characters; shy Alison, rebellious Elizabeth, solid Susan and Georgie who had an unfortunate knack of remembering what everyone else rather she forgot. Mostly it is about Alison and Elizabeth and a very famous actor called Nigel and the book actually have some really good pointers about individual needs and the importance to find the place in life where you belong, regardless of what that place actually is. But it’s hilarious at times, especially if Georgie is around to tell people exactly what her sisters says about them when they are not around.

And it’s cozy; Nan is an excellent cook and know the importance of a nice home and good clothes and to make you feel good. And you do when you read it and you will probably also want some fresh scones and tea while you do it.

And I have read Out of the Aeons by H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald. Another one I hadn’t read before, and actually quite good. A frightening mummy is found on an unknown island and broiught to a small museum. Eventually the narrator learns of an ancient legend about a wrathful god who petrifies those who looks at him, though the brain remain living...

What I will be reading next Don’t know, apart from another Lovecraft short story; The Pictures In the House.
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This last week has been dreadfully busy, so not much writing and not much reading either.


What I am reading: Det rena landet (“The Pure Country”) by Maja Hagerman.


What I have finished reading: The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. A new book and author for me, a fantasy YA novel. Rhea, the miller’s daughter is fifteen years old, nice enough, but neither important or beautiful. And suddenly she is engaged to a nobleman who turns out to be a sorcerer and with no less than six previous brides, with only one of them buried. And every single one of them has lost something very important to their husband when they marry him.


It’s a modern fairy tale picking up classic traits; like doing three impossible tasks, but with a fresh twist. It’s also almost a horror story, both grim and dark and even if it ends on a happy-ish note, it is just -ish. I liked it a lot and will certainly check out more from this author.


The Tomb by H. P. Lovecraft. An early Lovecraft with a clear Poe-influence. A young man get obsessed with a crypt, slowly getting more and more influenced by the family who is buried there.

What I will be reading next: Not sure, apart from another Lovecraft short story, co written with Hazel Heald; Out of the Aeons.
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What I am reading Nothing! I just finished Cryoburn and with that I mean just before I wrote this post, so I haven’t had time to pick up another book yet.

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I have never kept track on my reading before and I find this a lot of fun. I seem to read a book a week on a normal pace, which is largely due to the hour I spend on a train every workday.

What I am reading: Prudence by Gail Carriger.

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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