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Old 04-30-2013, 06:13 PM   #16411
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I'm not a big fan of Christie. She writes a good mystery, but the problem is her characters, who are wooden and two-dimensional. Ngaio Marsh and Dorothy L. Sayers, on the other hand, write about characters who come to life as real people. I know that Christie was far more commercially successful than either, but I honestly don't think she was that wonderful a writer.
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Based on my very limited reading of Christie, Marsh, Sayers and Allingham, I'd still take Christie. Indeed, Christie is the only one I've read more than one book by, so far. Maybe that's just because Christie hit the ground running, while the others took a few books to get going? I don't know, but I didn't much like Wimsey, and didn't really feel Alleyn made sense to me. I did enjoy Campion, but the first Campion wasn't Allingham's first book.
This describes me as well, except for the limited reading part.

Agatha Christie entertains with puzzles, unraveling the mystery is the point. I like Josephine Tey, but Sayers and Marsh don't do much for me.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:19 PM   #16412
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:55 PM   #16413
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I only read one Sayers and thought it was on the dull side. however, I did read Christie when I was a teen... so that may change my view of them. They were so much more enjoyable than those assigned books.

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Which one was it. I like most of Sayers books but Five Red Herrings with all its train time tables was very boring. And I suspected it was boring for me just because it was mostly a puzzle.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:38 PM   #16414
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Which one was it. I like most of Sayers books but Five Red Herrings with all its train time tables was very boring. And I suspected it was boring for me just because it was mostly a puzzle.
Frankly I don't remember. Strange I can't find it logged in library thing.. may it wasn't sayers. It was about this rich guy that was a detective... he went undercover as a worker at an Ad Agency to find a killer... iirc.

I am pretty sure it was a MR Book Club selection.. but I can't for the life of me find the book club thread that lists all the past selections.

Ah.. I found it... Murder Must Advertise.

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:17 AM   #16415
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #16416
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Finished "A Memory of Light" by Jordan/Sanderson and enjoyed the end of the series.

Then started and finished "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi after getting it through the Kindle daily deal a few weeks back. Light reading but I enjoyed it. Will give the rest of the Old Man series a try eventually.


Now I'm going throwback and re-reading "The Han Solo Adventures" by Brian Daley. The older Star Wars books before the expanded universe got too crazy are nice to go back to, just to enjoy the original characters.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #16417
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I'm reading Royal Assassin, great so far.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:00 AM   #16418
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HER work, please.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #16419
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Well! now I know!

I'll have to read some of HER books!

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:52 PM   #16420
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Finished "A Memory of Light" by Jordan/Sanderson and enjoyed the end of the series.

Then started and finished "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi after getting it through the Kindle daily deal a few weeks back. Light reading but I enjoyed it. Will give the rest of the Old Man series a try eventually.


Now I'm going throwback and re-reading "The Han Solo Adventures" by Brian Daley. The older Star Wars books before the expanded universe got too crazy are nice to go back to, just to enjoy the original characters.

Besides his Star Wars novels, which were excellent, Brian Daley also did several excellent series of his own, including:

the adventures of Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh (space opera) - "Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds", "Jinx on a Terran Inheritance" and "Fall of the White Ship Avatar"

Coramonde (fantasy) - "The Doomfarers of Coramonde" and "The Starfollowers of Coramonde"

Thanks for the reminder; I must dust off my old paperbacks.

Has anyone read Daley's "A Tapestry of Magics"?
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #16421
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Besides his Star Wars novels, which were excellent, Brian Daley also did several excellent series of his own, including:

the adventures of Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh (space opera) - "Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds", "Jinx on a Terran Inheritance" and "Fall of the White Ship Avatar"

Coramonde (fantasy) - "The Doomfarers of Coramonde" and "The Starfollowers of Coramonde"

Thanks for the reminder; I must dust off my old paperbacks.

Has anyone read Daley's "A Tapestry of Magics"?
I have them all in Paper and have read them many times, including A Tapestry of Magics.
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I have them all in Paper and have read them many times, including A Tapestry of Magics.
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Is "A Tapestry of Magics" related to the Corramonde books?
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No it is a standalone novel. And I loved the humor in the book.
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Next is a risky proposition. Three A.M. by Steven John. Goodreads' reviewers panned this while those on Amazon are more favorable. Harriet Klausner only gave four stars. Published by Tor last year and already hit the bargain bin. The story's description sounds intriguing enough to give it a try.
Abandoned after 75 pages. Writing was sub-par. The interesting dystopian world of dense fog had potential but the author didn't have the necessary skill to write a detective procedural. I believe the author was going for bleak, gritty, gumshoe noir. Needlessly wordy. Repetitious activities replayed constantly ... drinking, smoking, drugging, masturbating, wandering, reminiscing. I had enough. Edit:Rated F [1 star].

Next is What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris. A historical mystery set in 1811 England. My first with this author.

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Just reading number four in that series. They are fun.
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