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Old 03-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #28156
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I've been waiting to see what you made of it. You may have noticed I recently listed this as did-not-finish. I think the biggest reason was that I found Grant and his boss instantly dislikeable. I guess the language was part of that, but I think most of it was what I felt the writing was overly self-conscious. Anyway, I was interested to see your reaction.
It's certainly not her best work, and is her first or second published novel.
There's clearly a problem of racist language and attitudes in the first part of the book, which resurfaces in a different form in the Scottish part. Probably completely unremarkable at the time, which I suppose shows how things have improved.

I quite like the way Inspector Grant is puzzled by the case. And there are some signs of the good writing to come. (I especially liked the Princess and the Pea analogy.)
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:07 PM   #28157
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I'm finally going to start Wheel of Time. It's been delayed too many times.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:30 PM   #28158
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I'm finally going to start Wheel of Time. It's been delayed too many times.
What a great series that is! I'm about to start book 7 soon. 👍
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:25 PM   #28159
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It's certainly not her best work, and is her first or second published novel.
There's clearly a problem of racist language and attitudes in the first part of the book, which resurfaces in a different form in the Scottish part. Probably completely unremarkable at the time, which I suppose shows how things have improved.

I quite like the way Inspector Grant is puzzled by the case. And there are some signs of the good writing to come. (I especially liked the Princess and the Pea analogy.)
Yes, we read it for the old MR Book Club (a re-read in my case), and it had both virtues and those now highly jarring and racists sections. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it did require a willing suspension of modern day sensibilities. I'm hoping that we don't run into similar problems with next month's New Leaf Book Club reading of A Daughter of Time.
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Grayson Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw. Nothing very surprising here: a clumsy romance, a fairly standard ghost and your average* medium coming into her talent. If you're happy enough to buy into the spirit* of this for the duration, it is light and easy reading, but that's about all. 2.5/5 ( * Sorry, couldn't help myself. No, the book is not a comedy. And yes, this is a real fence sitter score. )


The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. I loved this. Magical and emotionally intense! The first part was essentially sweet with only hints of darkness, so I came to love the characters and toys and the setting, but then the Great War hits and everything starts to fall apart. Wonderfully done. Except very early on, the story rarely went where I expected it to go, and it felt longer than it was, but in a good way: it seemed to pack a lot in. I didn't want to rush it but couldn't put it down. 5/5


I need some time to wind down from The Toymakers, so I'm moving on to some non-fiction for a day or two: Scientific American's Physics: New Frontiers.

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Next will be The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke. My oldest unread book from 2014.
At first I was struggling with this but I held on and in the end it was superb. The author's style is not my favorite but I grew to enjoy it a lot. Strong sense of place. I actually felt I was in New Orleans experiencing everything alongside the main character who is one tortured soul. Poor guy. This is not a cozy. Pronounced violence. A good solid read. Make that a very good read. Rated B+ [4 stars].

Next TBD.

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