Lillelara

Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Wild Card Author pick: Agatha Christie
A Murder Is Announced  - Agatha Christie

I have choosen Agatha Christie as my wild card author and A Murder Is Announced is going to be the book that I´m reading for the "Baker Street Irregulars" square. I´m currently not in the mood to read a YA thriller.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 296 out of 455 pages.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart

Linda finally learned the truth about the murder plot against little Phillip and oh boy, the mystery and Linda´s (supposedly) assigned role in it is so dumb, I think I need some booze as well for the rest of the book.

 

[Source]

 

I have to start another book tonight, because I can´t handle anymore of this for the rest of the day.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 455 pages.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart

Ugh, I don´t get Linda. She is in love with a bully, who practically has manhandled her in a car and forced a kiss upon her. And instead of being sorry, he is incredibly smug about it:

 

"For the kiss I can ´t honestly say I´m sorry [...]"

 

And now after having been on one (!) date and several kissing sprees, she is going to marry him. She tells him that she loves him and he tells her:

 

"This love thing. I don´t know. This is honest. I don´t know."

[...]

"[...] I wan´t you. I need you, by God I do. If you´d call that love  - "

 

This reads more like he wants to possess a toy.

 

 

Halloween Bingo 2018: My Tracking Post

My digital card:

 

 

And my physical card:

 

 

My Markers: Squares I have read are getting an owl. Lollipops, spiders, a sky and the grim garland are for the squares called.

 

I´m borrowing Themis´ layout to track my progress. I hope that is okay :)

 

 

Dead Lands:

Modern Noir:

Darkest London: Silent In The Grave by Deanne Raybourn (04.09.2018)

Diverse Voices:

Romantic Suspense:

 

 

Baker Street Irregulars:

Southern Gothic: Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell (01.09.2018)

Terrifying Women:

Modern Masters of Horror:

Classic Horror: The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (02.09.2018)

 

 

 

Shifters:

Doomsday: The Running Man by Stephen King a.k.a Richard Bachmann (06.09.2018)

Free Square:

Terror in a Small Town:

Cozy Mystery: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (11.09.2018)

 

 

 

Slasher Stories:

New Release:

Murder Most Foul:

13: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (08.09.2018)

Supernatural: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (30.08.2018)

 

 

 

 

Spellbound: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (16.09.2018)

Genre: Suspense:

Amateur Sleuth:

Fear the Drowning Deep:

Genre: Horror: Rosemary´s Baby by Ira Levin (13.09.2018)

 

Review
3 Stars
The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic  - Terry Pratchett

“Obviously you attack,” said Kring scornfully.

“Why didn´t I think of that?” said Rincewind. “Could it be because they all have crossbows?”

“You´re a defeatist.”

“Defeatist! That´s because I´m going to be defeated!”

“You´re your own worst enemy, Rincewind,” said the sword.

 

I´m glad that I already have read a few other Discworld novels before The Colour of Magic. Would this have been my first venture into the world that Terry Pratchett has created, I´m not sure if I would have picked up another book of the series.

 

This isn´t exactly a bad story, but it´s not an interesting one either. Especially in the second part of the novel the story felt disjointed and the most enjoyable thing about it was Twoflowers luggage, which is amazing.

 

Even though this might not be the best book in the series, I´m looking forward to all the other ones, especially the ones I don´t know yet. And this won´t be the last book that I have read for the Halloween Bingo. I´m claiming the Spellbound square with this book.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 241 pages.
The Colour of Magic  - Terry Pratchett

Picturesque. That was a new word for Rincewind the wizard [...]. Quaint was another one. Picturesque meant - he decided after careful obbservation of the scenery that inspired Twoflower to use the word - that the landscape was horribly precipitous. Quaint, when used to describe the occasional village through which they passed, meant fever-ridden and tumbledown.

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant "idiot".

 

Hahaha....

Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 241 pages.
The Colour of Magic  - Terry Pratchett

"It´s a device for making pictures quickly," said Twoflower. "Quite a new invention. I´m rather proud of it but, look, I don´t think these gentleman would - well, I mean they might be - sort of apprehensive? Could you explain it to them? I´ll reimburse them for their time, of course."

"He´s got a box with a demon in it that draws pictures," said Rincewind shortly. "Do what the madman says and he will give you gold."

The Watch smiled nervously.

 

It´s such a shame that I have to go to work in about half an hour. I would much rather snuggle up with this book in my reading chair. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 455 pages.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart

It seems like Raoul isn´t a bad guy after all, because

 

For better or worse, I was head over heels in love with Raoul de Valmy.

(show spoiler)

 

However, I´m still not completely sold on him, even though he is standing up against his horrible father.

 

And finally the actual adventure / mystery part is slowly picking up and it is about time on page 183.

 

So far I don´t think this is going to be my favorite Mary Stewart.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 455 pages.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart

Who is the love interest of our main character, the book nerd Linda? Has he made an appearence just yet?

 

Is it the young, dashing, akward, british, tree-examining scientist William, who desperately wants to see our young heroin again? Or is it going to be the half-french, half-british Rowl (Raoul), who hasn´t made an appearance just yet, but he does sounds like a sleazeball (which his father most definitely is). Or maybe someone completely else?

 

These novels are my ultimate comfort reads. 

 

Review
4 Stars
Clouds of Witness
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

I´m so glad I picked up the second book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series.

 

I enjoyed the first book, but I felt it was an odd one with, as far as I can remember, its emphasis on the forensics and Wimsey´s urge to talk incessantly. He still does that in the second book, but now I have realized that he is rambling on whenever he needs to confuse his audience. And it is glorious.  

 

This was such a fun read. I love the Wimsey clan, Bunter, the trial of Lord Peter´s brother with all the peers in attendance and of course Detective Parker and Lady Mary. I adore Parker and his crush on Lady Mary.

 

Admittedly, the actual murder mystery was a bit confusing. But that the only reason why I have given this book four stars.

 

I might not come as a suprise, but I can´t wait to read the next book in the series.

 

Review
3 Stars
Rosemary´s Baby
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

I have never watched the Mia Farrow movie adaption of this book, but I know that is a classic horror movie. Because of that I´m surprised that this book left me with lukewarm feelings.

 

My main issue with this book was that the strong and intense second part of the novel was bogged down by the lame first part of the book, which reads like an issue of “Schöner Wohnen” (a German home decorating magazine), and the insufferable and unsatisfying third part of the book.

 

Upon finishing the novel I felt the unbearable urge to kick Guy, the main characters husband, in a place where it really, really hurts. I can´t do that, unfortunately, but I can count this book for the Halloween bingo as my “Genre: Horror” read.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy is an asshole. Good to know.

 

If you want to know more about what the douche has done, feel free to take a look at the spoiler.

 

 

This is the morning after Rosemary has passed out for some reason.

 

"The dreams I had," she said, rubbing her forehead and closing her eyes. "President Kennedy, the Pope, Minnie and Roman ..." She opened her eyes and saw scratches on her left breast; two parallel hairlines of red running down into the nipple. Her thighs stung; she pushed the blanket from them and saw more scratches, seven or eight going this way and that.

"Don´t yell," Guy said. "I already filed them down." He showed short smooth fingernails.

Rosemary looked at him uncomprehendingly.

"I didn´t want to miss Baby Night," he said.

"You mean you - "

"And a couple of my nails were ragged."

"While I was - out?"

He nodded and grinned. "It was kind of fun," he said, "in a necrophile sort of way."

 

Charming ...

 

The chocolate mousse might be the reason that Guy raped his wife, but I think he came up with the necrophilia comment all by himself. I´m certainly not blaming the chocolate mousse for that one.

(show spoiler)

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

Guy put on Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter.

 

At least Guy und Rosemary are listening to some pretty darn great music, while they are being harrassed by their awful neighbours.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 229 pages.
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

„And the neighbours certainly don‘t seem abnormal,“ she said. „Except normal abnormal like homosexuals; [...]“

 

I have to remind myself that this book is from 1967. In the context of the period this book has been wriiten in this might have been an ordinary statement. This doesn‘t mean I have to like such statement, though.

Reading progress update: I've read 267 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"She is coming round with me to mother," said Lady Mary determinedly.

"My dear lady," expostulated Mr Murbles, "that would be very unsuitable in the circumstances. I think you hardly grasp -"

"Mother said so," retorted her ladyship. "Bunter, call a taxi."

Mr Murbles waved his hands helplessly, but Sir Impey was rather amused. "It´s no good, Murbles," he said. "Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force."

 

Truer words have never been spoken :D. Especially when it comes to the Dowager Duchess.

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 257 out of 299 pages.
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy L. Sayers

"The position of the fingers being towards the house appears, does it not, to negative the suggestion of dragging?" suggested Sir Impey.

Sir Wigmore, however, put it to the witness that the wounded man might have been dragged head foremost.

"If now," said Sir Wigmore, "I were to drag you by the coat-collar - my lords will grasp my contention - "

"It appears," obeserved the Lord High Steward, "to be a case for solvitur ambulando. " (Laughter.) "I suggest that when the House rises for lunch, some of us should make the experiment, choosing a member of similar height and weight to the deceased." (All the noble lords looked round at one another to see which unfortunate might be choosen for the part.)

 

 

The Lord High Stewart surely knows how to ruffle the feathers of the noble lords.

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