Lillelara

Lillelara

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

Reading progress update: I've read 165 out of 275 pages.
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey

Brat has finally been asking himself the question that I´ve been asking myself for quite some time now:

 

Has Simon killed his own brother?

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Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 275 pages.
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey

Uhm, does anyone know in which time period this is set in? This novel has been published in 1949, but the gaslightning in the street of London kind of threw me off. That plus the fact that whole story feels like it is set in the 1920s.

I have read the short Tey biography in the front of my edition, so I know that she has written this book way before the actual publication date. 

Reading progress update: DNF at page 73
Under A Pole Star - Stef Penney

I will make it short. The reasons for my DNFing this book:

 

Main character no. 1 - Flora (12 years old, her father is the captain of a whaling ship and she is with him on his tour, it´s 1883):

 

  • She "accidentely" gropes the back of a sailor, because his back is so broad and his skin has the colour of honey (and she enjoys groping him)
  • Two Inuit boys show their penises to her, because they think she is a boy (and she doesn´t mind this very much)
  • She gets sexually harassed by the ship doctor (and she actually enjoys being touched by him)

 

... Urhg.

 

Main character no. 2 - Jakob (20 years old) gets introduced into the art of lovemaking by an older, married woman. And the author goes into details.

 

... and I am bored.

 

This happens on the very first 73 pages. I don´t know much else about the characters than this sex stuff and quite frankly, I´m so not interested about anything in this book, especially not the characters. 

 

Next!

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

Well, this book is crazy, from the very beginning to the very odd end. And tbh, I didn´t like it very much.

Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

Seriously, that is his plan. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

This book is freaking insane:

 

I don´t know when I decided to kill Phyllis.

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[Source]

 

Or, instead of booze, a good strong cup of coffee ;)

Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

"My you sound scared.

"Plenty. They know more than you´d think."

"Then it´s really serious?"

"Maybe not, but we´ve got to be careful."

"Then maybe I´d better not sue."

"You´ve got to sue. If you don´t sue, the we are sunk."

"Oh. Oh. Yes, I can see that."

"All right. Do you still love me?"

"You know I do."

"Do you think of me? All the time?"

"All the time."

"Is there anything else?"

"Not that I know of. Is that all with you?"

"I think so."

"You better hang up. Somebody might come in on me."

"You sound as though you want to get rid of me."

"Just common sense."

"All right. How long is this all going to take?"

"I don´t know. Maybe quite some time."

"I´m dying to see you."

"Me too. But we´ve got to be careful."

"Well then ... good-bye."

"Good-bye."

 

I hung up. I loved her like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake.

 

Urgh ... these people. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

Jesus, what a doofus! I guess in the end he is going to blame the white sailor suit.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 115 pages.
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain

When I ordered this book, I didn´t realize this was such a short novel. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is going to be a good one.

Review
4.5 Stars
My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell

If I have to describe this book with one word, it would be delightful. Gerald Durrell´s anecdotes about his family and their life on Corfu are funny, cozy and heartwarming. And even though I suspect that not everything has been as shiny and happy as it has been described in this book, this doesn´t take anything away from my reading experience. It still remains a sweet story that I see myself revisting in the future.

 

The perfect book whenever you feel down and out and you need a read that will cheer you up. 

Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 258 pages.
Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

This was excellent!

Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 258 pages.
Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

"I reflect," he said. "I reflect a good deal. To run to and fro, to make the investigations, that, no. It does not suit my age, my temperament, or my figure."

 

Exactly this is the reason why the most recent Poirot adaption with Kenneth Brannagh has been such a train wreck of a movie. Brannagh´s Poirot is chasing suspects, he is fighting, he is running around. That is not Poirot!

I wonder if the screenwriter actually has read a single Poirot novel before writing the skript for this movie. 

Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 258 pages.
Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

This is fun!

 

Superintendent Battle is doing good old plain detective work. Poirot interests lies in the furniture of the crime scene and the hands that have been played in the bridge match. And Ariadne Oliver takes the head-on approach, suspecting the doctor and not beating around to bush about her views. 

 

Ariadne Oliver is so eccentric (one word: apples). I like her a lot.

Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 258 pages.
Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15) - Agatha Christie

"Copy! Copy indeed! People are so unintelligent. I could invent a better murder any day than anything real. I´m never at a loss for a plot. And the people who read my books like untraceable poisons!"

 

Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race and Ariadne Oliver in one book. Brilliant!

Review
3 Stars
The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

I had hoped that I would like this book more than I actually did. But as it often is with books that have a story inside a story, I ended up liking one of the stories while the other one was a complete dud.

 

In this case I liked the story set in the past, told by Vida Winter to young Margaret Lea. Especially the ending of her storyline was gripping and left me with a profound sadness, even though I wasn´t a big fan of the twin plot in general throughout the whole book.

 

And then there is Margarets story. I found Margaret boring and bland and her twin "issues" felt incredibly contrived. And I especially disliked how Setterfield treated the mother within the story. She felt like a villanous kind of character, even though I was under the impression that she suffered from a mental illness. So there was a lot of beating around the bush in regards to the mother, which annoyed me immensely.

 

So in the end this book was ok and it wasn´t a complete waste of time. But since I had high hopes for this novel, I feel a bit disappointed as well.

Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 291 pages.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

This is such a great read, even though the racism and the injustice done towards the Osage Indians are outrageous.

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Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories - Agatha Christie
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry